Product Type: Simple body care
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Simple Kind to Eyes Nourishing Eye Makeup Remover Cream - Simply Effective
Simple Nourishing Eye Make Up Remover
Member Name: Verbena
Simple Nourishing Eye Make Up Remover
Advantages: Cleanses and moisturises effectively without irritation & goes a long way.
Disadvantages: None for me; might be too oily for some
I'm an occasional wearer of eye makeup rather than a regular. Due to having sensitivity in the eye area - and sensitive skin generally, really - I'd already used the liquid one in the Simple range but found it stung a bit. This surprised me as I couldn't work out why I'd be having this reaction. I decided it was probably that I was getting a tiny amount of the liquid in my eye when I wiped. I quite like a few of the Simple products, so when I saw that they made a cream eye makeup remover cream I decided to try it on a last chance' kind of basis. I felt this could give me more control in terms of amount I used & where it went when applied. I bought my bottle in my local Tesco store a few months ago. The current price on the Boots website is £3.99 with a 3 for 2 offer on selected Simple products - and Boots points, of course [website accessed 2/1/2013]
The 100ml bottle is in the typical green and white of the Simple products. I guess the tube is about 6 inches long and 2 - 2 ½ inches wide. This is the only size available. It fits comfortably in my hand and feels 'right' for want of a better expression.
This white coloured product has the consistency is of a thinnish cream. It's stored top down - as most things seem to be these days. There's a small clear plastic circle that plugs the opening hole and this in itself has a hole not much bigger than a pinprick. It allows me a fair degree of control in squeezing out the cream. I don't have to squeeze hard but neither does it come pouring out.
One of the first things I noticed was that it's true to its claim to be unperfumed - I was unable to detect anything but the faintest odour.
Simplicity Itself To Use
I apply it to cotton wool or a cotton wool pad, as directed, and sweep gently across my eyelids. I don't wear heavy eye makeup but I do sometimes wear waterproof mascara, which Simple claim this cream removes. I find most of the makeup is removed first time round. I do occasionally need to pay a bit more attention to my eyelashes, to make sure all the mascara and eyeliner has gone. It does seem to remove the products I use effectively, and I have never experienced the stinging I felt with the other product by Simple. This one is definitely better for me.
It does leave a slightly oily feel on the skin after use. That's not really a problem for me, with mature, sensitive skin that has always tended to be dry. Also I find I mostly use it in the evening or at just before going to bed, so any extra moisture is absorbed overnight. It might be a bigger issue for someone with younger or oilier skin, I suppose, although I wouldn't have thought they would opt for this kind of product unless their skin was also sensitive.
A little seems to go a long way for me so, as I'm not using it every day, I think this is going to last me a long time!
I don't feel I can usefully compare it to similar products as it's quite a while since I bought anything from other than the Simple range.
I'm not going to list them fully because a) even with reading glasses the writing is quite tiny & I might not be accurate and b) I haven't a clue what some of them are. The first 3 listed are aqua, paraffinum liquidum and glycerine, which I think are self explanatory. Simple say it's the glycerine with the allantoin [listed further down] that are 'skin loving nutrients' while it's Pro-vitamin B5 that 'actively restores, softens and smoothes.' I couldn't work out what this vitamin is, but a Google search revealed that it is pantothenic acid or panthenol which one site refers to as 'one major player in the anti-aging game'. It's used in a lot of beauty products, including mascara as a lash-conditioning ingredient. I have heard of allantoin in connection with the comfrey herb, although I believe it can be derived from a number of sources. It's odourless, non-toxic and non-allergenic, and is both moisturising and keratolytic, which means it has an effect that causes the keratin to soften, enabling it to better take up moisture & thus aid skin healing. So, with these ingredients, this cream ought to be advantageous to sensitive skin.
There is a clear statement that Simple skincare contains no animal derived ingredients. I don't think this is universally true, e.g. for their soap. I was expecting to find a similar statement about animal testing but unfortunately to date the only one I have found was online in response to a FAQ: 'Simple products are not tested on animals. We can assure you that it is the policy of Simple Health & Beauty Ltd not to undertake any animal testing during the development of its cosmetic and toiletry products'. I feel that it would be better business, and better ethics, to make a clear statement on the product so that I, as an average consumer, would be left in no doubt. The packaging does state that the cream is dermatologically tested and approved. I know it has to say that but the cynic in me says 'I should jolly well hope so!' as I don't think you can be too careful about looking after your eyes.
Both the lid and bottle are recycleable, which is good in our area as we can put such containers in our recycling wheelie bin if they have been rinsed out. It wouldn't be difficult to do this, as the plastic circle looks as though it would be a simple task to lever it out.
I'm not 100% certain about this, but it does appear, somewhat unusually these days, that Simple Health and Beauty is a UK company. This item says it is made in the UK. My reservation is that its Australian version of the website seemed to imply it was part of the Unilever group.
A gentle product that lives up to its claims for me - no perfume, no colour, no irritation, plenty of moisturising, removes even waterproof mascara quite effectively. I will continue to use this product unless I find something else I'd like to try - that won't be for a while as I'm not using this very quickly! 4 stars because, while I like it, I feel it might not suit everyone.
Further information about Simple products:
www.simple.co.uk includes skincare tips and advice, online shopping opportunities, samples and more
http://simpleskincare.my/index.php - details about the company in the main.
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Summary: A gentle product that, for me at least, lives up to its claims.
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