Product Type: Soap & Glory body care
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Clean Mary - what about clean Alyson?
Soap & Glory Clean Mary Cleansing Milk
Member Name: alyson29
Soap & Glory Clean Mary Cleansing Milk
Date: 13/05/11, updated on 16/10/11 (102 review reads)
Advantages: Favourable fragrance
Disadvantages: Name of product is misleading. Consistency of a lotion as opposed to a milk
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
I find almost the entire range of Soap and Glory very appealing to the eye and whilst I'm not a fan of girly pinks I am rather fond of their packaging. Clean Mary is presented to us in a sturdy white plastic bottle containing 180 ml of product, which seems rather an odd amount, particularly as most manufacturers tend to provide 150 ml or 200 ml. The usual shades of pink text can be found on the packaging and included on the upper section is a large pump dispenser. The familiar retro images are located on the front of the packaging where we see an image of a female face with her palms resting against her cheeks.
If you are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that ever since my early teens I have followed a strict beauty regime where I cleanse, tone and moisturise and I never leave my make-up on over night. As a result, I have skin that I can be really proud of, but this is not solely down to my clockwork routine, but due to the products that I use. I was initially a little apprehensive in choosing a new cleansing product, particularly as many brands I have used have caused my skin to become a little sore and dry due to the acid ingredients. However, although I am now in my forties I could remember the Ann French cleansing milk was fairly gentle on my skin, so I was hoping for similar results from Soap and Glory. I was pleased to witness on the packaging that this product is aimed at all skin types, so the fact that I suffer with T-zone skin was not an issue.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING CLEAN MARY
I had initially expected to dispense a small amount of the milk onto a cotton wool pad and simply sweep the product across my skin. However, this is not the case as included in the considerable information contained on the reverse of the packaging we are advised that this product is actually a face wash as opposed to cleansing milk, so the name is very deceiving and I felt somewhat cheated. Consequently, I followed the directions for use and pumped the dispenser a few times. I was surprised at the consistency of the product, as it resembled that of a lotion as opposed to being a liquid. I was unsure if I needed to remove my make-up due to the fact that the directions are rather vague, so I removed it in the usual manner and applied the pale pink product to my skin and gently massaged using circular motions. Soap and Glory recommend that particular attention be given to large pore areas; after which the product should be rinsed away, the skin patted dry and moisturiser be applied and I would advise that no sticky residue was left remaining on my face.
I found the fragrance of Clean Mary very favourable, as whilst it is very delicate I could witness a very faint aroma of sweet fruits. It is claimed that the product also contains vanilla and as someone who cannot abide the fragrance of vanilla I was extremely pleased that its' presence was far from evident. There is no information whatsoever contained on the packaging concerning the benefits of the product, which I found rather strange and as a result, it was necessary for me to carry out a little research.
I learned that the "milk" contains natural seaweed to assist with the removal of dead skin cells, which subsequently cause blackheads and it was solely due to this fact that I decided to proceed with using the product. I further learned that Clean Mary contains Vitamin E and Andiroba oil, which nourish and smooth the skin. Whilst my skin felt extremely soft and smooth with blackheads and spots remaining at bay, I felt very disappointed with this product, particularly as I am unfamiliar with cleansing my skin in this manner and prefer products that do not require rinsing. What I found extremely favourable is that the delicate fragrance remains on my skin for a short while following rinsing with the sweetness seeming to disappear.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
I do not believe in copying lengthy lists of ingredients into my reviews, but would advise that Clean Mary does not contain acid, so it is very gentle on the skin and hasn't caused me any adverse reactions. The product should be used within 12 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
For some very strange reason, this product is not available on the Soap and Glory website, neither can it be purchased from Boots, so I am presuming it to be discontinued, as I am doubtful if it was very popular. However, ASOS stock this product as well as numerous sellers on ebay with ASOS selling the 180 ml bottle for £6.15.
I am currently ¾ of the way through my bottle and cannot advise that I would purchase this product again. I feel it is too expensive and it isn't really what I expected and for those reasons Clean Mary Cleansing Milk receives only 2 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Summary: A really disappointing product from Soap and Glory