At Christmas - yes I'm still writing opinions about presents received - I asked for Oil of Olay moisturiser. By this I meant the standard 'pink' one, and did get a couple of bottles, but someone bought me one I hadn't tried before. I finished the bottle I had been using, went to the cupboard for a new one and found a bottle of Oil of Olay Touch. The first thing I noticed was that it had a built in UV protection of SPF 15 and, since the summer has just started; I decided that it would be a good idea to use this one next. I have fair skin and we now live near to the sea so I thought the UV protection would be good for me. This product comes in a 100ml plastic bottle with a black screw top, which is very easy to hold and use. Being quite small it would also be ideal to take on holiday too. To get at the contents you just remove the screw top, squeeze the bottle and the thick white, creamy but non-greasy liquid appears through a hole in the top. The fragrance of this cream is lovely. I find smells very hard to describe in words, but this is light, fresh and clean smelling, if that?s any help. If you're interested have a sniff when you?re next in Boots! The liquid is absorbed quickly and easily into the skin, with no greasy residue at all. There's never any irritation from any of the Olay products either. It is very economical to use too, as I find I only need a small amount to cover my face and neck. I would guess that this bottle will last until the autumn quite easily, then I can ask for another one for Christmas can't I? The writing on the back of the bottle states 'smooth evenly over your face and neck every morning for more touchably beautiful skin'. I'm not sure I'm more 'touchably beautiful' but my skin does feel soft and I have had no problems with due to the sun either. Since this was a present I had no idea as to the price so I checked on the Boo
ts web site to find that it currently retails at £5.99 for the 100ml bottle. It is made by Proctor and Gamble and, of course, covered by their usual money back guarantee, but I really can't see you having any problems with this product at all. I definitely want some more when this one runs out!
Note: English is a foreign language for me- don't be furious about my mistakes! No, Olays secret is not a brand new product made by Olay (in some countries, the brand name is Olay, Oil of Olaz or Oil of Olay I don't know why there are so many different names for o n e company.). However, Olay was the trusted name for my mother, she used the Classic Fluid many yerars ago (do you remember, this fresh pink fluid with the irresistible smell *g*). After that, the series Revital, Special Care und Complete came on the market. Total Effects is the start into the new Olay future. But there is also another new product from Olay: Touch. A new fresh product in a new noble typical Olay style. I researched some more information about this product (the homepage of Olay offers poor information) and found the article from Rita [RitafromRSA] on dooyoo.co.uk (-> Read her article as well!). In her excellent statement Rita wrote that many ingredients of Touch and (the much more expensive) Total effects are similar. That was an interesting point for me; Touch costs about 13 Swiss Franks, Total Effects 40 Swiss Franks (!). So I spent more than 6 hours to compare and contrast the ingredients of Touch and Total Effects. Furthermore, I searched explications for the scientific language (<<Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate Titanium Dioxide>> etc. are quite difficult words, aren't they? *g*). After a long time, I came to the conclusion that Rita was right! The essential ingredients Vitamin B5 (Panthenol) and Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate) are in the same quantity in both products, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) has in Touch nearly the same concentration as in Total Effects! Touch [Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid] has another Sunscreen system than Total Effects [Titanium Dioxide]. Therefore some names on the ingredient list are different. Each
product has different emulsifying agents. But don't forget; the emulsifying agents have to do with the consistence of the product (if it is liquid, creamy...), less with the active substances (which are responsible for the product results). Some of the emulsifying agents that are only contained in Total Effects are Sodium Palmitate (Palm oil), Sucrose Cocoate, Tocopherol or Sucrose Polycottonseedate. All in all I can say that Olay Touch is the cheap alternative to Total Effects. And that means that Touch is not only gentle to your skin, but to your finances as well. Ps.: Up until now I didn't say anything if Olay Touch is worth money or not. Believe me- really it is! It takes only few days, and Olay Touch makes your skin so much silkier and softer. The skin absorbs the fluid rapidly and there is no (oily) shine on your skin. But the most amazing thing is that your skin gets not only softer, but a healthier look as well (a friend of mine thought I was on holiday). Without exaggerating I can say that this is the best moisturiser I ever used- until now these were numerous (ask my mother again * g *). Olay Touch Sensory Moisturising Fluid SPF15 UV Protection [100 ml] Alternative forms: Olay Touch Sensory Moisturising Fluid [100 ml] Olay Touch Sensory Moisturising Cream SPF15 UV Protection [50 ml] Olay Touch Sensory Moisturising Cream [50 ml]
I came across Olay Touch by chance two weeks ago. And as I am often plagued by contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction to ingredients in skincare products or cosmetics), I am always on the hunt for moisturisers that will offer the benefits I need without causing my skin to react. I always use moisturisers with SPF of at least 15, and they should be light enough for my combination skin and should never cause pimples. I thought I’d buy Olay Touch Fluid with SPF 15 and try it out (it claims on the box that it is gentle enough to be used all over the face everyday). Believe me, I thought I’d probably be consigning it to my ‘Spare’ cosmetics bag, the one I hide away (which is filled, by the way, with the following unsuccessfully tested moisturizers I have discarded: Guerlain Issima HydraMythic, Estee Lauder Daywear ,Estee Lauder LightSource, Roc Chronobloc, Roc Hydra + Vitamines, Roc Hydra + SPF, Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Neutrogena Moisture, Elizabeth Arden Daily Moisture, Clinique Super City Block, Lancome Beinfait Total, L’Oreal Activ Futur, L’Oreal Futur-E, and Almay Skin Stays Clean. And dozens of dermatologist brands which are simply YUK!) Some of these have since been donated to my friends, fellow students, cousins, mother and aunts. Anyway, I purchased Olay Touch Fluid with Spf15 without much hope that it would be very different from everything else I have tried. I got home and applied it gingerly to my face, and… NOTHING. No reaction, which is the most important thing. No shine, and it absorbes quickly into combination skin. I have been using it for 2 weeks now (trust me that’s a long time for my skin) and it hasn’t caused me any problems. I was so excited about it that I’ve been on the internet looking up information about it and found doo.yoo. I think I may have found THE moisturizer for me! Upon the first application of Olay Touch my skin looked better. I found I needed to a
pply less foundation. And I have noticed that my skin is softer. Hopefully this will improve even more in time. The product contains Vitamin E (tocopherol acetate), vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and vitamin B5(panthenol). It also contains synthetic moisturisers (dimethiconol and dimethicone) which is good news for oily, acne and combination skins. Synthetic moisturisers are non oily and therefore, in theory, should not cause pimples or shininess. I haven’t had any breakouts while using this product (knock on wood). Another important thing, is that this product does not contain any coal-tar colourants (often listed in ingredient lists as FD&C or F&D). It is important that if you are using a moisturiser with this in the ingredients that you DO NOT ever apply it anywhere in your eye area. You can get bad allergic reactions, and according to my dermatologist, it can even lead to blindness if you accidentally rub it into your eye enough. You see that’s why cosmetics companies market eye creams, they are simply colorant-free versions of their regular face products. My dermatologist assures me that it is perfectly safe to use free-free moisturisers around your eye area and that eye creams are just unnecessary. (Shhhh… Don’t tell him, I use eye cream anyway, Dermalogica with spf15). By the way, in my investigative pursuit of info on Olay Touch, I have uncovered a devious Olay secret. I am a post-graduate marketing student so I am aware of these things. For all those who have been raving on doo yoo about Olay total effects, but complaining about the price, try out Olay Touch. I discovered that Olay Touch contains the same active ingredients as Total Effects, the three vitamins (B3, B5 and E). Touch also contains them in large quantities. So in theory Touch should do the same job as Total Effects, just cheaper. The only thing is that they are marketing the vitamins in Total Effects as something called VitaNiacin, but it is the same 3 v
itamins, they simply do this for patent and copy rights. But do check out the product ingredient lists for yourself if you don’t believe me: www.olay.com and www.total-effects.com. I can’t really comment on price, because I am in South Africa. I paid R79.99 on special for Olay Touch 100ml. Gasp! It sounds like a lot doesn’t it? but actually that’s roughly equivalent to 5 pounds, but you can never be too sure, what with the rand fluctuating by the second and all. One thing I do know is that if you consider the price per ml of product, Olay is one of the cheapest Moisturisers I have ever tried. The texture of the product is very fluid and it spreads easily. The fragrance is very light, pleasant and not at all overpowering. I like the packaging, the bottle is very cute, and different from other square-looking Olay bottles, which in the past I always thought looked outdated. Brilliant stuff.
Yesterday there was a disaster. Not altogether a natural disaster, but more the man-made sort. There I was, sat at my dressing table happily cleansing and toning without a care in the world. Much like any other weekday morning, I reached over for my Clarins Energising Moisturiser but then disaster struck! As I depressed the dispenser it gave out a small wet trump noise (why are trumps as funny at age 5 as age95?) and threw out the last dregs of it's luscious content. Which, as it happened, was barely enough to moisturise a flea, let alone my big old face! Houston, we have a problem! As Houston apparently ignored my cries, which is probably something to do with my dressing table being located at ground level in Sheffield as opposed to floating several hundred miles above the earth surface, I needed a solution. I contemplated sneaking into missblueeyedflatmate's room to borrow hers. However, she sleep very lightly and waking her up wouldn't be a good idea considering the amount of Stella Artois we had consumed (and worn) the night before. It was bad enough that I had to be up for work without me disturbing the rest of the house. In desperation I rooted through my dressing table drawers. There are usually crammed full of things I 'save' for such occasions and never use. Well, today I needed just such an item and with fate on my side I retrieved a sachet of Olay Touch Sensory Moisturising Cream. Triumph! One small step for missbroweyedgirl, one giant step for her workmates. (Well they didn't want to sit and look at my dry skin all day, not to mention the amount I'd have moaned about it!) Looking at the sachet, which was styled like a 2D tub of cream, I vaguely recollected the humble beginnings of it's life in my drawer. I had visited the Olay website and requested a free sample. For reference you can still do this - go to http://olay.com/uk then into the news section, then click the samples l
ink. After a small fight, such as you have with those fiddly little packets, I managed to get the sachet open. Surprisingly it didn't empty its entire contents over my hand/suit/dressing table! Feeling like it really must be my lucky day, I squeezed a little of the cream onto my finger and applied it to my face. The cream spread very well and was quite runny for a cream. The product is also available in a lotion (fluid) but I think really would be too runny. It would be dripping off your face before you could rub it in! Anyway, back to the point, you need very little of the cream to do a large area. To give you an idea I used the 3ml sachet again today and there still must be about half of it left. The product itself has a kind of nondescript moisturiser scent. I had kind of hoped it would smell of old-school pink Oil of Ulay (remember that?) but I was sadly disappointed. I can't really describe the scent any more than that as it's so faint and has no distinctive characteristics. On the plus side it may be more suited to sensitive skin. So far I was fairly with the product until it started to dry on my skin leaving it tacky to the touch. This I was particularly unimpressed with as you can image! I like a moisturiser that absorbs into the skin rather than one that leaves a filmy layer. Whilst looking at the website later on in the day I noticed that Olay claim 'Touch is very easy to apply, and is fully absorbed by the skin in moments'. I think this is quite a stretch of the truth! After getting that little rant out of the way I must say that the product works well. Taking into consideration that I have only used it twice, I didn't see (or feel) any visible results but my skin does feel adequately moisturised. Apparently the Touch range can make a dramatic difference to your skin in five days. If my sachet lasts that long I'll let you know! The product is marketed as suitable for all ski
n types, is dermatologically tested and apparently non-comedogenic. Ok I didn't know what that mean but dictionary.com have kindly pointed out to me that a comedogenic product tends to produce or aggravate acne. Touch is non-comedogenic, so therefore doesn't! As much as this product was adequate I feel it lacked that 'special' quality that I need in a moisturiser. See it doesn't have any energy or crazy vitamins and minerals. It does however have a lot of nasty sounding ingredients (see list at end) but for only £5.99 for 100ml it would be rude to expect more. In conclusion, this is a good product for its price. I'm going to stick to my Clarins, but why not apply for a sample and try Touch for yourself! For reference: Ingredients list taken from http://olay.com/uk: Aqua, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Isoprophyl Isostearate, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Tocopherol, Dimethiconol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-100 Stearate, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Isopropanol, Sodium Acetate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Stearate, Myristic Acid, Pentadecanoic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT, Parfum. * Update * Day 3 and the sachet is still going strong! However, it looks like it may run out tomorrow, conveniently preventing me from testing their 5 day improvement claim. I have also noticed my skin is feeling a little dry . To be continued... * Update * Day 4 and the little sachet is empty! My skin feels considerably drier today, which leads me to refute the 5 day claims. I've managed to locate a few more samples so maybe I wont go straight back to the Clarins...;)
Introducing Olay Touch, a new sensory moisturiser, formulated with a Hydravitamin System to continually hydrate and refine your skin /