“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Cleansing Gel / Subcategory: Gel / Cleanser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, Refreshes, „
**Introduction and reason for purchase**
I love my beauty items (barring make up as I rarely wear it) and am in my element when it comes to buying most toiletries. It doesn't matter whether I already have about 5 of the same items already open, if something catches my eye and especially if it's a bargain then I'm more than happy to part with my cash for it. I buy a lot of my everyday essential items from my local Superdrug store due to the convenience of the locality as it's literally minutes from my home, but my 'pampering products' are nearly always from the french beauty company Yves Rocher where I've been a customer all of my adult life.. and it's safe to say I'm a bit of a fan.
A few months ago I bought some face cream from the Hydra Vegetal range which proved to be perfect for my skin, so when placing an order a few weeks ago I decided to buy a cleanser style face wash in the same range - 'Refreshing Gel Cleanser' - and which my review will now focus on.
**What Yves Rocher have to say about this**
An instant bath of freshness with this rinse-off cleanser which:
- Eliminates in-depth, all make-up, impurities and excess sebum
- Leaves skin clean, comfortable and radiant
The formula is tested under dermatological supervision whilst the botanical-based ingredients are Maple Tree Sap, Organic Witch Hazel Water.
***Price, packaging & availability**
As per usual Yves Rocher can be ordered in the following ways:
~By phoning 0870 049 22 22
~By venturing into one of their stores which are sporadically dotted about (the nearest to me is in York though typing into a search engine will no doubt give you an indication if there is one based near to you)
~Through their mailing leaflets (available by phoning their order/customer line on the number above)
~Ebay always offers a good range of YR products so it's worth perusing if looking for something in particular especially discontinued items.
The gel cleanser is presented attractive packaging which is in the form of a quite wide and stubby tube in a transparent plastic casing. The packaging, as with all YR products, is recyclable and the company prides itself on being very 'green' and as well as using recyclable materials their products are also plant based making them as close to nature as possible. What caught my eye with this gel cleanser is the light and watery appearance of the liquid which looked different from the more thicker based consistencies of facial washes that I normally opt for and even though the packaging has an oceanic blue hue to it the product can still be clearly viewed within.
Apart from the logo in a bold white font on the front the packaging is quite plain and simplistic but the beautiful blueness of the tube is very aesthetically pleasing and catches my eye whenever I enter my bathroom as it's such a pretty shade of blue.
The product is available in one size only which is 125ml and can be currently purchased for the price of £4.25 which is half of it's usual RRP of £8.50.
**How to use**
According to the blurb on the back of the packaging this should be applied to damp skin both morning and evening avoiding the delicate eye area. Gently massage into the skin before rinsing thoroughly.
**My experience of using this product**
I've used many products from the Hydra Vegetal range in the past and up to press I've always been satisfied and been overall impressed with the results. I bought some face cream/ gel a while ago and found it to be one of the best face products that I'd tried in a long time so when I spotted this fairly new addition to the range I was certainly drawn to it.
I've always used face cleansers on a morning which are normally in the form of a cream based product but when I saw this refreshing cleanser I liked the sound of it and it seemed different to my usual choice of products, plus the fact that I've become a fan of all of the other Hydra Vegetal products certainly helped to sway my decision towards wanting to try it.
The tube has a large circular flip opening lid which opens easily enough though I've found it doesn't seem to fasten as securely as I'd quite like. On one or two occasions when my husband has used this and not closed it properly I've found the product has leaked out slightly so do be warned if storing in an upright manner. Once the lid is opened though the product emits quite rapidly and doesn't even require the bottle to be squeezed so again be careful if you decide to purchase this.
I found the consistency of the gel cleanser to be slightly thicker once out of the tube than it appeared to be whilst still ensconced in the packaging, and deceivingly the product is completely clear and not blue as I imagined it to be. The fragrance is very gentle here and there is a light 'seaside' scent to it which has a salty ocean fragrance as well as what reminded me of cucumbers - bizarre combination I know but somehow it did work and smells very pleasant.
On using the gel on my already damp skin I proceeded to apply to my forehead, cheeks, chin and neck then followed the instructions of 'gently massaging' into my skin. The gel is incredibly fresh on application and gives an instant cooling effect, which I found particularly when used on a morning to have a reviving and 'wake up' effect.
The gel feels very light and I found that one small pea sized blob seemed to almost absorb into my skin so thought for future use I would double the amount to see if that fared any better. I found the product felt cooling as mentioned and gave my skin a nice 'zing' feel to it though in a nice subtle way.
I liked how quickly the gel cleanser rinsed away once applied - a few splashes of tepid water and the product had disappeared and it certainly saved me time as mornings can be a rushed affair when it's the school run so a time saving product like this certainly scored points with me.
Having tried it over the next few mornings (I don't use a facial wash on a night) I found using the equivalent of two pea sized blobs seemed the right amount for my skin and even though it still seemed to absorb a certain amount it also left a significant amount on the top of my skin which made it easier for massaging in before rinsing.
I've been using this product now for nearly 3 weeks on a daily basis and I have to say overall I'm very pleased with it. My skin has felt smooth and refreshed each morning after use and has left it hydrated rather than drying like some facial wash products can. I don't think it's the best facial cleanser that I've ever tried but it certainly does the job it's designed for and that's the main thing. I've found I've used almost 3/4 of the gel in just less than 3 weeks which is a lot as a facial cleanser for me normally lasts at least 6 to 8 weeks but this will be used up very soon, so economically it's not worth it especially if the full price was to be paid. Also worth mentioning is the fact it's very difficult to read the wording on the back of the packaging, which didn't bother me too much but if wanting to read certain ingredients for example it was almost impossible.
I'm going to award this 3/5 as it's nice enough but not the best from the Hydra Vegetal range and doesn't last long because of the amount I need to use each time though it did leave my skin soft and refreshed so a respectable halfway mark it gets from me.