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My skin is tremendously dry and sensitive, so I have always had my legs waxed to avoid irritation from shaving or creams. However, during the recent hot spell I was unable to get an appointment (too much of a wuss to do my own!) and I had legs like a yeti so as a last resort I boutght Veet, expecting a night of itchy legs. I braced myself for stinging when I applied the cream, but it felt cooling and comfortable. The applicator supplied worked well, even around my ankles and knobbly knees. The consistency of the cream meant I could carry on moving without it dripping and, unlike other reviewers, I didn't notice any smell. After 5 minutes I removed the cream, and my legs were completey smooth. Regrowth has been slow (I'm now 8 days in and you can just about see fine hairs appearing) but I don't think I'll need to do it again for at least another week. It cost me £3.50 at Tesco (during a 50% off promotion) and there are still two applications left as I only do half-legs, so it comes out at around £1.17 a go - much cheaper than waxing. I will buy this product again as it works brilliantly and is a real bargin, even at full price.
I was given a tube of this cream as a gift, and seeing as it's very expensive (£19.50) I was really delighted. As with all Clarins products, the packaging is lovely and it looks nice on the shelf. The flat lid means you can also get all the cream out of the tube as well. You only need to use a little bit, so a tube lasts for a few months. The ingredients include shea butter, sesame oil and myrrh extract. Despite the butter and oil, it did not leave my hands greasy and it sank in easily. However, shortly after application my hands (which were already very dry and chapped) did get very red and itchy. After an hour this did calm down and my skin was softer but it was quite painful and stinging to start off with. After a few applications this did stop happening, and I think this may have been due to the state of my hands rather than the cream. This product did benefit my nails which were stronger and seemed to grow more. If it wasn't for the price tag, I would have bought more of this cream when this tube ran out. However, until Clarins come up with a cheaper version, I'll only be using it when I'm bought some as a present!
Our toddler loves this toothpaste - it has a mild minty taste and is very smooth. It's a good introduction to toothpaste's taste and texture. The paste itself is just plain white (no stripes yet as this would be too off-putting), and does not stain clothes as adult toothpastes can (good news if teeth-cleaning is a wrestling match). It contains 1000ppm of fluoride which is the BDA's recommended amount for children with healthy teeth in the 0-3 age group. The packaging is a mini-version (50ml size) of an adult toothpaste tube - I don't know why it's a tiny tube and this is annoying as you have to buy it quite frequently. However, the small tube does minimise mess when your toddler manages to get the lid off and squeeze it everywhere. Which brings me to another point -although the advice on the tube is to avoid swallowing, there is no safety cap and it's really easy to open so keep it out of reach. This is a really good product to use when you want to get your child into teeth-cleaning.
My hands have previously got to the stage of becoming so dry that they have cracked and bled, so I've tried almost every brand there is (including one at £40 a tube, gulp!). I bought Atrixo as an emergency measure in a corner shop, and it's fantastic. It doesn't have the glitzy packaging of some other brands but I like the slightly kitch design. The plastic pot is good for in the handbag and I keep tubes all over the house. The cream itself is white (be careful - it does leave oil marks on fabrics and furnishings) and quite thick. It absorbs very quickly and does not leave your hands oily. I also found that it was the only cream not to make my hands go red and itchy after application when they were especially dry. It has a mild scent - kind of like a grown-up version of the baby lotion smell. After a month's use this cream has completely healed my hands and is now a must! A really good find.
The serum helps those of us who are cutically-challenged become smooth and silky....but only if you use about double the recommended amount. The instructions on the back tell me to use one pump of serum, but my shoulder-length bob needs about double that to smooth out. The pump is easy to use and the serum is a good consistency - it is viscous enough to dispense easily but heavy enough to stick to your hair even if it's wet. The packaging says you can apply it on wet or dry hair, but I find that on dry hair it sticks strands together and unless you're very careful, you can end up with greasy-looking areas. However, on wet hair it's great and it helps me to get a really smooth blow-dry and stops fly-aways when I use my straighteners. It's also a good product to have around if you use heated rollers as it combats 'velcro frizz'.
I've tried almost every hairspray on earth to try to gain control of my frizz-prone, crazy hair but this is the only one I've found that does the job. It keeps my hair in place whether it's up, down, curly or straigtened. The spray is very fine, so it gets right into your style rather than sitting on the surface and only holding the top-most strands of hair. The claim on the cannister that it does come out 'at the stroke of a brush' is true so if your hair goes mad with over-frequent washing you can use this hairspray daily without having to wash it constantly. The three sizes of cannister help too - there's a small one for handbag/ travelling, a medium one for your gym bag and a megasize for at home. This is also one of the least chemical-smelling hairsprays I've come across - in fact I quite like the smell but perhaps that's just me!
We bought these wipes as my daughter has very dry skin, and the other Johnsons products we had bought had worked well for her so we thought we'd try them out. They are more expensive than other wipes (especially compared to supermarket own-brands), generally around £2.50 a pack (64 wipes) but if you shop around or multibuy you can find them for around a pound, especially in the supermarkets or Boots. However, they are larger and thicker than most other wipes and have that lovely Johnsons baby smell. These wipes are very wet, which is great if you're dealing with a really sticky horror of a nappy, but if you're trying to get them out of the packet in a rush, they all stick together and come out in one long chain. If you only have one spare hand, it's then difficult to separate one wipe to use it. The other problem with them being so wet is that they aren't very absorbent, so if you try to use them as an all-rounder wipe you can't clean up toddler spillages with them. These wipes are supposed to double-up to remove make-up, but they didn't really get any of mine off until I rubbed my face repeatedly which wasn't ideal. They also left quite a lot of moisture on my face, which then dried and felt tight until I washed it off. They were good for my daughter's bottom and didn't dry out her skin though. I would buy these wipes again for the size and the thickness of them, but other brands are easier to use when you're in a rush.
This is a lovely eau de toilette with a strong but feminine scent. The main ingredients are rose, jasmine, ylsng-ylang, orange blossom, Dutch jonquil, Florentine iris, tonka bean, musk, patchouli, vetiver, amber, civet and aldehydes. The resulting smell is unlike anything natural, but this was not Coco Chanel's intention with this perfume - she wanted something that smelt womanly, not floral and this is exacly what you get. The vapouriser spray bottle (50ml) dispenses just the right amount of eau de toilette - this is quite a strong scent and if you put on too much you might notice the people around you sneezing! The scent does last well through the day, but seems to linger more on my clothes than on my skin, so if you're wearing layers you might need to reapply it if you take a layer off. Famously Marilyn Monroe wore nothing but this scent to go to bed, so clearly it worked on her skin if not on mine! The bottle is a good size and the pump action is easy to use - I have very small hands but can use this with one hand. It's nice sprayed onto a hairbrush and then brushed through your hair (strangely this seems to help control frizz too!).
I was given a bottle as part of a duo for my birthday (the other was Bain aux Plantes "Relax", which I have also reviewed) and have loved it - another top shower product from the clever bodies at Clarins! The classic Clarins shaped bottle (like a squashed cylinder with a transparent body and a white lid) looks good in the bathroom (especially as a set with the Relax' bottle) and fits easily onto my shower caddy. It has a flat top so when I get to the bottom I'll be able to balance it on the lid to get the last bit out. The bottle squeezes easily, and but this formula seems to be thicker than the Relax one so it can take a minute to get enough out for a decent wash. It's worth the effort as it gives a lovely lather. In the bath it gives plenty of bubbles and is refreshing (great on days like today when the weather is hot). Again, Clarins have created a product of a wierd colour - it's a yellow shade that reminds me of dog piddle! However, if you can get past that image, it's got a lovely scent although it can be a bit over-powering when you first open the bottle. The smell mellows when you add water into a lovely aroma. I don't find it particularly invigorating, but is certainly is lovely afer a day of being too hot. The main ingredients are: essential oils (Rosewood, Geranium, Mint, Rosemary), Coconut, extracts of Juniper, Balm, Pine, St. John's Wort, Arnica, Gentian and Witch Hazel. One word of warning - it does say on the bottle that it's for adult use only. According to an aromatherapist I spoke to, this is because some essential oils are not good for kids.
I was interested to see that the other reviews for this product were mostly negative, as I've found it to be brilliant! I was given a bottle as part of a duo for my birthday (the other was Bain aux Plantes "Tonic", which I have also reviewed) and have really enjoyed using it. The classic Clarins shaped bottle (like a squashed cylinder with a transparent body and a white lid) looks good in the bathroom and fits easily onto my shower caddy. It has a flat top so when I get to the bottom I'll be able to balance it on the lid to get the last bit out. The bottle squeezes easily, and the formula comes out well. It lathers up really well (and I'm in a very hard water area) and I need only a little on a sponge per shower, so it's lasting for ages. In the bath it gives lots of bubbles and is lovely to to climb into after a busy day. The colour is a little off-putting as it's quite a vivid aqua shade (I use something of a similar colour to clean the loo!) but the scent is lovely. The list of ingredients on my bottle from February 2012 is different to the list given in earlier reviews, so I do wonder if Clarins have changed the formulation to improve the scent. The ingredients are: Basil, Camomile, Petit Grain, St. John's Wort, Linden and Valerian extracts. One word of warning - it does say on the bottle that it's for adult use only. According to an aromatherapist I spoke to, this is because some essential oils are not good for kids.
This is a great eye-make up remover. It removes all kinds of mascara, eyeshadow and eyeliner without the need to rub hard or apply repeatedly. It even removed my waterproof mascara, which previously I was having to shampoo off my eyelashes with soap (ouch!). Although this product is very powerful, it does not sting or make your eyes itch. You have to shake the bottle to mix the two liquids which is a bit of a faff if you're in a hurry, but from them on it is very quick. The write-up on the back of the bottle claims that it is 'non-oily' but I have found that it does leave an oily residue that has to be wiped off afterwards. The residue does come off easily, and the product is so good that I'm happy to forgive it! I paid £16.50 for a bottle from Boots - I thought it was expensive at the time but it is so good that I'd happily pay the same again.
I have always avoided scrubs and facial exfoliators as my skin is sensitive and turns red and blotchy at the slightest thing. However, this scrub was a gift and as I've found the other Burts Bees product to be very gentle, I decided to give it a go. I'm glad I did - it really clensed my skin thoroughly and I didn't look like I had sunburn afterwards. This is quite a gritty formula (the grit is ground peach stone), so be prepared to feel it working. The particles are carried in a lovely soft clenser, that smells like peaches and always leaves my skin peachy soft. As with the Burts Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Clenser, I found that I couldn't rinse it off thoroughly with just my hands and water but it did come off properly with a flannel. As well as using this regularly (once a week) as an exfoliator, I also used it at Halloween when I couldn't get my face paint off properly! It worked like a dream!
This clenser is very thick when you squeeze it out of the tube and looks like it's going to be very heave-duty. However, once you massage it onto your skin it is very gentle and doesn't dry out your skin. It does need a few minutes of massaging in to really work, but it is worth it as your skin does feel truly clean afterwards. I found it difficult to wash off properly with just my hands and water, but if you use a flannel your skin feels really fresh. I would recommend using a toner afterwards, as this is a creamy formula and the toner just gets rid of any last traces. This clenser has been excellent on both my dry forehead and oily nose - a real all-rounder. One word of warning - a little goes a long way! About a 2cm squeeze is enough for your whole face but this makes this clenser really good value.
I have severely dry legs, and everything else I had tried only worked for a few hours. This product is fantastic - even though it isn't specifically a dry skin formula, it does provide relief all day. It's not a very attractive colour when it comes out of the bottle (kind of beige!) but it smells delicious. You can really smell the honey, there's a hint of vanilla too. Although this lotion contains two oils (coconut and sunflower) it doesn't leave a slick on your skin - I can get dressed just a few minutes after putting it on without worrying about my clothes sticking to me. My only criticism is the bottle - the flip-top does get gunked up, even if you keep the bottle closed, so you do have to remove it and rinse it through with hot water to keep the hole open. Other than that, this is a great product, especially if you have dry skin.
I use this toner as part of my daily Burt's Bees face care and I love it! The smell is lovely (like rose Turkish delight) and it removes any last traces of toner. It doesn't leave skin feeling tight and is especially refreshing on warmer days. My skin is very sensitive, and this is the only toner I have found that doesn't leave it red and blotchy. It comes in a glass bottle (very eco-friendly) with a screw on lid. Be careful with the lid as I over-tightened mine for travelling and cracked it. The write-up on the bottle suggests dabbing it onto your temples and forehead during the day if you need a pick-me-up - I sometimes take off the lid and have a sniff to cheer me up! A really good buy if you have a sensitive skin but need a toner that will get rid of the last traces of a clenser.