Product Type: Olay body care
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A Clean Face
Olay Essentials Refreshing Face Wash
Member Name: cyberem78
Olay Essentials Refreshing Face Wash
Advantages: Works well, nice fragrance.
I started using face washes a couple of years ago after my skin started to react badly to hard soaps. I have tried several brands of face washes since then. I'm not really loyal to any brand and will often just buy whatever is on offer. I saw this Olay Essentials in my local supermarket recently and it was on offer for £1.50. This made it cheaper than even the supermarket's own brand face wash. I respect and trust the Olay brand after using their moisturiser products in the past so I felt confident about buying this product.
The face wash comes in a 150ml sized soft bottle. This is designed so that it sits on it's lid in order to provide easier and instant dispensing of the liquid. There is a flip lid on the bottle. I'm not sure if it's like this on all bottles (mine could be faulty) but the lid does not seem to be entirely secure. I would not take this away in a suitcase as I'd be afraid the lid might pop open on it's own.
The packaging design is visually appealing. The front of the bottle shows an abstract drawing of a woman's face being splashed by water. This might suggest the product is only suitable for ladies but I'd actually say it would be perfectly fine for men to use too. The back of the bottle is printed with a lot of information including full ingredients, contact addresses for the brand and directions for use.
The brand state this product is suitable for normal, dry or combination skin. They also say the product contains aloe and extracts of cucumber. They say the product is perfect for removing make-up and other dirt and that it will also feel refreshing.
In a blatant attempt to sell up their other products Olay recommend using this alongside the toner in the same range and an Olay moisturiser. The product is meant to be used on the face and neck and one application is enough. You simply massage the liquid into your hands or straight on your face until it lathers and then rinse off.
The liquid face wash is like a gel and is transparent with a viscous consistency. It feels more sticky than other face washes I've used. This is probably a horrible comparison but it reminds me a little bit of snail trails! It blends with water very easily though and dissolves into a bubble rich foam. It is easier for me to rub it in the hands before spreading it over my face. It has a cool, soft feeling.
The fragrance of the face wash is very pleasing. It is not overtly feminine so could be used by both sexes. I would perhaps describe the fragrance as being like a fresh fruit salad. It is very crisp and lively. It makes me feel like I'm really giving myself a deep cleanse. The illustration on the bottle is a pretty apt description of what using the face wash feels like - as though a cool, clean wave of water has just washed over you.
The face wash is very effective at cleaning my face. I would have thought I might have a problem with a mascara I have which is quite thick and long lasting but the gel cleans this straight away. It also leaves my pores looking clean and less oily. I would describe myself as having normal skin but occasionally having combination skin with an oily T-zone. This face wash seems to even up the skin tone so that I'm not shiny or greasy in those areas. It also leaves my skin feeling nice and soft, perky and young. I still moisturise after using it but my skin isn't crying out to be moisturised as the gel is so kind to it.
I am very happy with my purchase and would definitely buy this again in the future. I would also recommend this to women and men. I also think it could suit any age of person as the face wash is very kind to skin. I myself am in my mid thirties and I feel this is the perfect face wash to help me cope with my ageing skin.
You can get this at supermarkets and chemist stores. Prices vary but expect to pay at least £1.50.
Summary: An effective and pleasing product.