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My sister in law gave this product to me to try as she had stocked up on loads of items from the Body Shop website when they had an offer on recently. I had actually considered buying it myself before as I have an eye cream and eye roller from the Body Shop vitamin C range which I love. This range really appeals to me due to its bright packaging and the fact it is supposed to improve the skin's radiance, making it look healthy and fresh.
=== My experience of using this product ====
This facial cleansing polish is a combination of cleanser and exfoliator. It is a thick gel containing small scrub particles in the form of rounded beads. When you squeeze the cleansing polish out of the tube you are hit with a lovely, fruity and refreshing whoosh of orange scent. This is quite unusual for a facial cleansing product as they are usually more neutrally scented in my experience. The scent is more like what I would expect from a shower gel but I like it. I think it is quite envigorating as it is a citrus, slightly tangy fragrance and not too sweet or cloying. It certainly helps me wake up a bit in the morning.
I rub the gel in my wet hands and massage it into the damp skin of my face. It creates some lather, but not a huge amount and the texture of the gel remains quite thick. Although I generally prefer a bit more lather, I don't mind this as I do feel that it is giving my skin a thorough clean.
The beads are small and quite sparsely mixed through the gel, so the scrubbing and exfoliating effect is subtle. This means you could definitely use it more frequently than a full on scrub. I have been using it in the mornings and another cleanser at night, and have had no irritation at all from daily exfoliation with this cleansing polish. It is very gentle.
The cleansing polish can simply be rinsed off very easily.
This leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed. I haven't noticed any real difference in the appearance of my skin, but luckily I generally have a clear complexion anyway and follow a good facial skincare routine every day, so I didn't expect to see any particularly visible difference from this new cleanser.
=== Packaging ===
The cleansing polish comes in a 100 ml tube with a flip top cap. The cleanser is dispensed easily by squeezing. It is quite easily to control the amount but I would prefer a pump action bottle which gives you exactly the right amount. The design is fresh and attractive with bold orange and simple writing without too much fuss. It stands out on the shelf and it does really appeal to me as I think I associate the orange with health and radiance. The plastic of the tube is quite thick, not too flimsy, and the flip top is also sturdy and I don't think the tube would be at risk of splitting or leaking in an over night bag.
=== Value ====
The 100 ml tube costs £9. I think this is actually quite expensive considering I normally see Body Shop as quite an afforable, mid-range shop. Because the tube is so small, this cleanser costs more than my usual Clinique cleanser which is £14 for 200 ml.
I will definitely look out for this when offers are on, as they seem to come around quite often on the Body Shop website, but I probably wouldn't pay £9. The cleanser is very nice and I am happy to use it but I would have expected to pay about £6 for it.
Get your vits!
I recently stocked up on facial skincare products in the Body Shop as they were selling them for half price on their website. I have never tried any of the Vitamin C range before but had often checked them out, so I was quite keen to try out this facial wash.
At full price, this retails at £9 for 100ml. The product promises to cleanse and exfoliate, leaving skin fresh, smooth and radiant.
The gel comes in a squeezy tube that sits on its lid, and is a nice, pale orange colour with quite a lot of text on the packaging. It's nothing amazing but is functional and does the job!
A thick gel
Inside the gel is thicker than I thought it would be. Squeezing a little out, it is a clear gel but full of tiny little orange flecks, which I am guessing are the microbeads that this product contains. It has a very pleasant citrusy fragrance that isn't too overpowering but does make this a nice product to use early in the morning!
You apply this gel to damp skin, which I do in the shower. It's really easy to apply, and despite the contents it doesn't feel rough or scratchy - although you can tell that there is something 'in' the gel! I find that a really small amount is all that's needed - so I think the full tube will last a long time even with quite frequent use - and it's easy to spread this all over. As I say, the gel is quite thick so it doesn't really lather up or anything, and I just tend to massage it into my skin. Doing this feels very nice and relaxing, and the product doesn't budge so you don't need to worry about it dripping off or anything.
It is fairly easy to wash off - obviously being a thick gel it needs a bit of a helping hand, but it washes away easily enough.
Lovely and soft
After drying my face, I find that this gel has left it feeling soft, smooth and clean and perfect to apply moisturiser and make up on to.
Overall I think this is a really good facial wash. It's easy and pleasant to use and really does leave skin feeling soft and clean. For me personally, I think it is a little too thick to use everyday as I do prefer to use a lighter wash on a daily basis.
However I do have to knock off a star for the price. I think £9 for 100ml is a bit on the steep side and I definitely wouldn't repurchase this at full price. At half price though I am well pleased with it!
The facts and figures
This wash is part of a new facial care range from the Body Shop, with an emphasis on refreshed, healthy looking skin.
The facial wash costs £9.00 for a 100ml tube. The tube is a light orange colour with a yellow pattern, which ties in with the Vitamin C content. It has a flat flip lid which it stands up on, meaning the contents are already at the right end when you want to use it and making it easy to get the last drops out. I found the lid easy to open even with wet hands, but tight enough that nothing leaks and sturdy enough not to snap off after a few uses or being accidentally dropped.
The liquid itself is clear with a slight orange tint, and contains tiny orange beads which provide the exfoliation. It is quite a thick consistency which makes it easy to control and although it doesn't really produce much lather, it is still easy to apply to your whole face using only a small amount.
Finally, if you shop at The Body Shop even a few times a year and don't already have one, you can purchase a 'Love Your Body' discount card. This costs £5 but is valid for 12 months and gives you 10% off all purchases including online. You also get a free £5 to spend in your birthday month and up to £15 back to spend over the year, depending on how often you use it.
What are the claims?
The website describes this facial polish as an all in one 'radiance revealing' facial wash, in other words an exfoliator which is gentle enough to use every day. Strangely, there is no actual orange extract listed as a key ingredient, only the exotic sounding Camu Camu berry and community fair trade organic Aloe Vera.
Does it deliver?
The product does work as an everyday exfoliator in the sense that you can feel the exfoliating beads doing their stuff but the action is gentle enough to use every day. The cleanser did leave my skin feeling clean and soft and I didn't experience any irritation from it. I also found it easy to apply although it doesn't really lather.
Would I recommend this product?
On the whole, I was satisfied with this product but not blown away. The best thing in my opinion was the fragrance, a lovely light citrus scent which was really refreshing first thing in the morning. Other than that, although the product suited my skin, I can't say I noticed it looking any more radiant than usual. And of course, there is the issue of price. At £9 a tube, I think this is just too expensive for a daily facial wash. As it stands, I would be happy to receive this as part of an offer etc and would happily use it again, but I don't think the results justify the price tag.