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I received this Caudalie Buffing Cream as a present about 6 months ago, and I have used it once a week since then. Before using this product, I used Clarins Orange extract exfoliator and Yes to Carrots facial exfoliator, so I will be comparing it against these two products for performance.
The Caudalie Buffing Cream comes in a 60ml white tube, in simple but elegant packaging typical of Caudalie, with a light but not overpowering scent. The active ingredients in the Cream are Jojoba microbeads, Grape oil and Honey. The blurb states that the product removes dead cells gently and stimulates cell renewal, leaving skin radiant, smooth, soft and clean.
How did I use it?
Well, I used a pea sized amount on my slightly wet skin, massaged the product in using circular motions as per instructions, and rinsed off with warm water. The first thing I noticed was that the exfoliating beads were very fine and not at all scratchy, as they are in the Yes To Carrots product. There are also lots of them - rather than a gel with a few beads in as in the Clarins exfoliator, this product is more like a thick paste packed with tiny gently cleansing beads.
How did it perform?
I would agree that the product is VERY gentle and effective- I would be happy to use it even on irritated skin which I wouldn't with the Clarins or Yes to Carrots products.
I felt that my skin was definitely more radiant after use and I felt the effects for around 4 days afterwards, so I think that using this product once or twice a week would be plenty, making it more economical than a lot of other scrubs.
The product also left my skin feeling very soft and not at all dried out or ultra-shiny as happened with the Yes to Carrots exfoliator.
Would I recommend it?
I would give this product a 9/10. As I don't have ultra sensitive skin I would have to say that for my combination skin I still prefer the Clarins exfoliator- it's lighter, easier to work with and left my skin even more radiant. However, this product comes a close second, and for sensitive skins it's really ideal. I would be happy to recommend this product, although the rather hefty 19 pounds average price tag means it's not a budget buy.
Ingredients: Grape-seed oil, jojoba microbeads, honey, plant cellulose, liquorice, extracts of coriander, sweet lime, lemon, guaiac wood, sweet orange, vetiver, sandalwood and lavandin / This luxurious scrub eliminates imperfections, dead cells and excess sebum; stimulating cell renewal / The Gentle Buffing Cream leaves your skin clean and soft; revealing your radiant complexion preparing your skin for any Caudalie treatment / even the most sensitive / How to use:Once or twice a week, apply the Gentle Buffing Cream onto a wetface, neck and décolleté / Gently massage in with circular movementspaying special attention to the T Zone / Rinse off with warm water / Avoid the eye contour area / To exfoliate and cleanse in a singlemotion: for normal to combination skin, mix the scrub with the InstantFoaming Cleanser / For Normal to dry skin, mix the scrub with the Gentle Cleanser / Key