“ Brand: Superdrug / Type: Cleansing Lotion / Subcategory: Lotion / What it does: Cleanses / Product line: Superdrug Skin Essentials „
Although I do love my high-end beauty products, my purse strings are way too tight to be shelling out too much for everyday products like cleansers. So when I last ran out of facial cleanser, I decided to opt for Superdrug's basic cleanser, the Essentials Camomile Cleansing Lotion.
The lotion is suitable for all skin types, and runs at £1 for 150ml. At that price, I figured it was definitely worth a try. I should point out that my skin is pretty well-behaved. I don't tend to get breakouts, and although it's a little sensitive that tends to be with makeup rather than cleansers or moisturisers.
The packaging, as you'd imagine, is pretty basic, but that suits me just fine. There is no pump or nozzle to portion out the product, so it can be a little tricky to get as much as you want onto the cotton wool. I tend to just stuff a cotton wool ball into the bottle neck and shake it around a bit, and it works about right. I do think it might get a bit tricky when it starts to run out, though, but it should be pretty easy to prop the bottle upside down against something when it gets low.
Scent-wise I was also expecting pretty plain and it is, but that's actually something I love in a cleanser. It just feels much fresher and cleaner to me to be using a product that doesn't smell to much. The gentle scent would also probably suit more sensitive skins compared with highly-fragranced skincare products.
The directions instruct you to massage into the face and neck and wipe off with cotton wool. Well, I'm not sure how you're supposed to apply it if it's not already on cotton wool, so I just tend to rub it about a bit and that works okay!
Unfortunately this product isn't on the Superdrug website and I bought mine a couple of months ago, so I can't say if it claims to remove makeup, although the bottle doesn't mention it. Well, I will say that it certainly doesn't act as a makeup remover. That said, I am lazy and still use it to remove mine, although not necessarily that effectively. My foundation is very long-lasting and tends to cling to makeup brushes etc, so is probably also a little harder to remove. I find that I need two cotton balls full of product to get rid of most of it, and there are still streaks if I continue to wipe with a dry ball. If you are following up with a toner, or don't wear much makeup, you'd probably be okay. For me, I could do with a deeper cleanse. That said, I never find cleansing milks/lotions as effective as gels with scrubbing beads or liquid cleansers.
The lotion is fairly thick and I find that it to be quite moisturising, yet still doesn't feel greasy on the skin. Although my skin is very dry, I think that it is lightweight enough to suit oilier skin.
The lotion is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, unsurprisingly as none of the ingredients appear to have been found in nature, which is to be expected for the price. I don't really care about what's in skincare products if I'm honest, but it's worth noting if you look closely at the ingredients list.
Overall this cleanser is not wonderful. Saying that, I find it to to be about as effective as brands costing three times the price (eg Simple) and as I have no particular skin issues and like to cut back where I can, I will probably repurchase. I'd estimate the bottle would last around 4 months of daily use, and you really can't complain about that at a pound! I think I will also purchase the toner from this range to follow up and try cleanse a little better, though.
I was looking for some cleanser in Superdrug and saw their Camomile cleanser that is suitable for all skin types. I knew that being Superdrug it wouldn't be expensive so was even more pleased when I saw that it was only £1. I thought, well at least if I don't like it, I haven't spent that much money on it.
According to the information on the bottle this cleanser is suitable for all skin types and removes dirt and make up. There is nothing about removing eye make up so you will need a separate cleanser for this. It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans which is good to know.
The packaging for this cleanser is actually different to the one in the picture. It is now a white bottle that is nearly see through. There is a yellow band that goes around the front middle and "Cleansing Lotion Camomile for all skin types" is written on the band in black. Above this is a silver star. I think the yellow band adds some nice colour. All in all its very basic but because this is a cheap product this is not unusual. I think that Superdrug are trying to get across the fact that you are paying mostly for the actual product and not for fancy packaging.
The first time I used this I screwed off the top and started to pour the lotion onto some cotton wool. Problem is, pretty much half the bottle flowed out! This cleanser is very thin and runny. I think a flip top cap would have been better because then the hole at the top wouldn't be so big and let so much of the product out. Every time I use this cleanser I have to be very careful about how I get the product out. It is very easy to tip the bottle a little too much and end up wasting half of it, which when you've bought it to save money, doesn't make much sense.
After cleansing my face feels quite clean and soft too the touch. Personally I have found that it does not dry my skin out.
So I always think that the big test for a cleanser is whether it removes make up well. Unfortunately I've found that I need to use quite a few cotton wool balls before one comes up clean. Again this takes me back to the fact that this product is cheap but if you are using a lot of the product at a time, even £1 seems a bit too much really.
Despite my negativity on this product I didn't throw it away after one use. I still use it now and again but only on a morning when I have no make up on to take off. I mainly use another kind of cleanser that cost a bit more but doesn't waste so much.
I know £1 isn't really much money for a cleanser but I really do feel that I've wasted my money. Its not expensive but also not value for money. Yes my skin felt nice after use but I needed to use a lot of the product to remove my make up and it is very easy to waste it because of the consistency.
At the height of the credit crunch, many retailers started to promote their budget brands more, presumably to keep their customers and send out a message that they offered great value. Superdrug was one such retailer, and to draw people in, they re-branded their camomile range and began to charge just £1 an item.
A few months ago, I read in a newspaper at work, that since launching this £1 range, sales had shot up, as women attempted to keep their skin looking good on a budget. Not wanting to miss out, next time I was in Superdrug I picked up a bottle of the camomile cleansing lotion, optimistically hoping that it would be just as good as my preferred No.7 cleanser which comes in at £7.75 (although admittedly I frequently use the £5off vouchers that Boots like to dole out so don't always pay that).
This cleanser is suitable for all skin types, and contains a soothing camomile extract. They say it will leave skin feeling soft and clean, without drying out the skin. Music to my ears as my skin is very dry, and if it lost any more moisture it would probably crack! They also say that their gentle formulation is ideal for removing dirt and make-up, although there is no mention of whether it will remove eye make-up. Another thing to note about this cleanser is that it's suitable for vegetarians and vegans which is good to know, because vegan products can tend to be quite pricey.
The bottle the product comes in changed when they re-branded so no longer looks like the one in the picture above. The new bottle is white with a yellow band, and screams simplicity. One of the things Superdrug focused on when re-launching this range, was the fact that a lot of the time you're paying for fancy packaging, rather than a quality product.
I do have a bit of a problem with the bottle though. It has a screw top lid, where I think a flip top cap would have been more appropriate. The reason I say this, is because the 'lotion' is extremely runny. The first time I used this, I assumed that, given the large hole from which it is poured, that it would be quite thick. I turned the bottle upside down, only to find that the so called lotion, is not much thicker than water, and promptly lost about three quarters of the bottle down the sink. So much for economising.
The cleanser is white in colour and despite being so runny it feels very creamy against the skin. In some ways it almost feels like rubbing a moisturiser into the skin rather than a cleanser. One of the reasons I say this is because it seems to sink into the skin, so you have to be very quick with your cotton wool.
Once the cleanser has been wiped off, my skin feels quite nice to the touch - it's left soft and hydrated, this product leaves no tightness and in no way dried my skin.
On first appearances it seems that this cleanser has removed most make-up. The exception would be waterproof eye make-up which doesn't budge, but that wasn't a huge issue for me as I tend to use a separate eye make-up remover anyway.
I always use a toner after I cleanse and here is where I noticed a problem. On days when I had been wearing make-up I would find my toner removed a few traces of it that had been left behind. This is not totally unusual, but when I toned on days I hadn't been wearing make-up I really saw a problem. The cotton wool pad I had toned with would be grey with what I can only presume was dirt and grime that the cleanser hadn't removed (god knows how I got so filthy!). Really that's unacceptable, and after a week of use, I have now given up with this product and moved onto something else.
So much for saving money! This 150ml bottle of cleanser may be a good price at just £1 but it is certainly not good value for money. It's not drying and it left my skin feeling nice, but crucially it didn't cleanse effectively so I wouldn't recommend it and I won't be using it again.
My favourite cleansing lotion for my face is Superdrugs Cleansing Lotion Camomile for all skin types. I have tried so many different cleansing lotions over the year I have lost count. I have got on with them for a while however I do have sensitive skin and after a while they tend to dry it out. I have tried all the expensive ranges thinking the more money I spend the better the product would be so one day I decided to go into my local Superdrug store and try the cheapest cleansing lotion I could, none of the expensive ranges suited my skin so why not? After comparing prices Superdrugs own cleansing lotion was the cheapest so I decided to give it a go. That was several years ago now and I am still using it with no problems what so ever.
There are only about 2 different types of cleansing lotion in this range, one is Fragrance Free and the other which is my personal favourite is Camomile. The lotion has a very light/ delicate Camomile fragrance, it is not too strong and over powering and once applied to the skin you cannot smell it which is a particular feature I like as I hate the strong alcohol some cleansers have even once applied to the skin and rubbed in.
The Lotion Itself
The actual lotion is quite thick with a creamy texture, the best way I can describe it is, it is about the thickness of baby lotion. I particularly like this as it means less mess when cleansing your face, the lotion stays in place on the cotton wool whilst rubbing it into your skin and does not run off over you hands and clothes like some other cleansers which are thin/ runny.
Superdrugs Cleansing Lotion packaging has recently been changed and now comes in an almost see through white bottle with a clear lid screw lid which is very easy to remove. The bottle has a yellow band going around the middle of the front of the bottle with the words Cleansing Lotion Camomile for all skin types written in black on the yellow band. Above the writing is Superdrugs logo of a silver star. The ingredients, direction and care and safety advise are all written on the back of the bottle in blue writing. Although the design of the bottle is very simple it is not unattractive.
Superdrug have a variety of different products in this range which are either fragrance free or Camomile, including
Make Up Remover
The main ingredient is Aqua, from experience I have always found that when it states this is the main ingredient the product is usually gentle on the skin, however this is just my personal experience it may be different for other people. This product is dermatologically tested and being a Superdrug product it has not been tested on animals, all Superdrug products state that they are against animal testing, it also states on the back of the bottle that this product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
I find this very product very good value for money. It is £1 for a 150ml bottle. Although it is not a massive bottle you need very little of the lotion at a time therefore making it long lasting and economical.
As previously mentioned you actually need hardly any of the lotion at one time inorder to fully cleanse you face. The lotion is easily absorbed into the skin and does not leave it feeling oily or greasy as some other products do, in fact it leaves you skin feeling very fresh and clean. I also suffer with quite dry skin from time to time and find that this product also lightly moisturises the skin at the same time as cleansing it meaning I need to use moisturisers less often as after a while I find these tend to make my skin feel greasy, Superdrugs cleansing lotion allows you to avoid this problem.
Overall I would highly recommend this product. It is very economical, very reasonably priced and one of the best cleansing lotions I have tried in a long time doing a much better job of keeping my skin feeling clean, moisturised and fresh than more expensive products. I would not consider a different product and with a range of products there is something for you whole cleansing routine.
Remove dirt and make up without drying out your skin /