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Clinique Facial Soap Mild

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Brand: Clinique / Type: Cleanser / Subcategory: Soap / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses,

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      31.07.2011 20:22
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      A great product for pampered faces

      I have never been a huge fan of soap, as every one I have tried has dried my skin out and given me flaky patches, or been inadequate in dealing with my oily T-Zone. But as I received the Clinique Mild Facial Soap as part of a gift set, I thought I would give it a try as I use other Clinique products to great results as I have sensitive skin.

      The Clinique soap is a good sized 5oz bar and is presented in a very fetching opaque mint green plastic tray with a lid, which serves as a soap dish. The lid has the familiar Clinique logo on it in silver. This means you can take your soap away with you without mess (and without having to spend around £15 on a new bar, though they do do travel sizes if you go away a lot and don't want to be without your soap).

      The bar itself is a rectangular shape, in a light lemon yellow shade, with the Clinique logo etched into the bar. It looks nice, as you'd expect from a higher end brand. The soap itself lathers up nicely - I would describe the bubbles as creamy rather than very foamy, and it feels nice on the skin - I tend to use this only on my hands and face. After you have washed your face and dried it (patted dry with a towel rather than dragging is best), you are left with a lovely soft feeling face - clean, but almost as if you'd used a little moisturiser, too. The bar is unscented but it does smell (if that makes sense), a very clean smell and very pleasant. This is one that men could use as well as women, certainly my husband likes to use it as it is kind to the skin which can be dry after shaving.

      I was very pleased with the soap, not something that I would have tried unless I had been given it as part of a gift set, but certainly something I will be buying again. It is available at all chemists and departmental stores with a Clinique concession, and online - I find generally that Strawberrynet is cheapest but do shop around. Overall, I have to give this soap a four out of five, it loses one star purely because it's slightly over priced for a soap - yes, it's a good soap but £15 is a bit steep, I'd buy it all the time if it was say £8, and I'd buy it for others, too. At £15+ it's something you use sparingly, but it does last (as long as you don't store it in the shower).

      Overall - very pleased with this softening soap which is strong enough to remove make-up yet mild enough not to irritate sensitive skin, and leave you feeling soft and clean rather than taut and dry.

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        21.06.2011 23:23
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        EXCELLENT

        I have been a big fan of clinique for quite a few years now, i have been using the facial soap daily for the last 3 years and its about time i wrote a review on it.

        Cost and Availability?
        Yes i know people are going to say its very expensive for a bar of soap! It costs £9.50 for 100g bar and includes the travel storage dish. I prefer to buy it from house of fraser or debenhams as i like to blag freebies from the clinique counter. Can also buy it online from www.clinique.co.uk all priced the same.

        How to use?
        Very simple as im sure most people know how to wash your face with a bar of soap but for those who dont i will explain. It comes foil wrapped to keep it fresh, i remove the foil wrap and rinse it under water and rub the soap between my hands until my hands have a light soap coating, i then rub it over my face until it lathers up and rince the lather off until all the soap has left my skin. I use a towel and gently pat my face dry. I replace the soap bar into the free container i received with the soap, the container is mint green in colour and slightly transparent, it has the clinique logo on the lid.

        What i think?
        I love the soap and am happy to pay the price, i have very sensitive skin and often break out in spots. My friend recommended the clinique skin care range to me and i now only use this range on my face and rarely have any break outs. The soap is mild and gentle on my skin, it does not dry my skin out or make my skin feel tight. Its great at removing make up and leaves my face smooth and refreshed. I love the container to store the soap in, its handy to throw in a bag for weekends away or taking on holiday. Clinique also do the mild soap in a liquid bottle which i have tried but find the bar lasts me much longer and saves me money. I have also recommended it to my mum and now this is the only product she will use.

        I recommend the soap bar to anyone with sensitive skin as its very gentle to use and has a lovely fresh smell to it.

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          26.10.2010 15:42
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          Highly recommended

          I've never been a fan of shopping for clothes, shoes, or toiletries. Therefore when I was given a bar of Clinique soap for Christmas I kept my fingers crossed that this could put an end to my search for the perfect facial soap for me.

          {Cost and Availability}

          Most people will already know Clinique is not the cheapest choice for any product - as this was a gift I am not sure of the exact price paid (and I know that as it was bought in the US it was significantly cheaper than prices here). I am also aware that you can get a deal on buying the soap, toner, and moisturiser from shops such as Boots who stock a large range of Clinique products.

          {Use}

          The soap comes wrapped in foil and in a plastic tray with lid, which is very useful for storage in your bathroom. I find that it is best to leave the lid off the tray when you have used the soap so that it dries back out again, and does not leave a 'sludge' behind on the tray.

          It lathers up fairly easily, although when fresh out of the packet this takes longer than when you have been using it for a while. Once you have started to rub the soap into your face it lathers up further, and is easily rinsed off. It leaves your face feeling very clean and your skin refreshed. I also find that it is very effective at helping to remove your make up, which helps to eliminate an extra night time job for me!

          I also find this soap very easy to take away with me when I go on trips, if there is no weight considerations I simply put the lid back on the tray and take it as it is, however if I am going abroad I simply slice a piece off the end and store it in a small tupperware box. I have been using the same small piece for a few months now and it lasts plenty of time.

          {Conclusions}

          I would highly recommend this soap to anyone, although it is not the cheapest around it is extremely effective. I would recommend anyone who wants to try this out to visit your local stockist and ask for samples as they will often give away a small bar of soap, or some sample bottles of the liquid soap as well as other products. I did not do this myself as the person buying me the gift knew my skin type, but I know friends have gone about it this way, and the sample products are also very useful for taking on holiday.

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            04.02.2010 12:50
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            I loved this product, but no longer use it owing to the diminished benefits I saw when using it :o(

            One of the first things I learned about skin care from my mother was not to use soap on your face. This was because she considered it too harsh and drying to use on the delicate skin on my face. I just didn't like the way in which it left my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable, like it was too small to be stretched across my bones. Apparently traditional bar soaps which are not formulated for the facial tissue are simply too strong for sensitive skin; they are likely to cause breakouts and really dry the skin out. This can in turn lead to premature wrinkles developing and of course, no woman wants a poor complexion.

            My mother used to always say the best way to cleanse your face was with simple warm water. I must admit until my early 20s, that is exactly what I did, I never suffered Acne as a teen and I never had any problems with my skin whatsoever, not even the inopportune zit in the middle of your forehead just before a big date or night out. So when I turned 21 and woke up with a smattering of pimples across my forehead, nose and chin, I was absolutely trashed! Therefore, for the whole of my early 20s I tried and tested many a cleansing solution; and while I would get rid of the spots temporarily, they would always come back and my skin has scarred from a couple, so my perfect teenage skin has sadly departed for good.

            One day I went in to House of Fraser and wandered to the Clinique counter, I was actually looking for some Happy perfume, which is one of my all time favourites and the counter assistant approached me and asked if I would like to try a sample of a new moisturiser they had on sale; the conversation began to flow and I explained my skin care dilemma. She suggested that I try their facial soap. Obviously you can imagine my disinclination toward the product when I discovered that, it was... hold my breath... a solid bar of soap! I mean, I almost left the store! However, she went on to tell me all these benefits and explained it was specially formulated for facial skin and tissue, which meant it wouldn't dry out my face or block my pores. She told me that owing to the added emollients and super fatty content of the bar, it was actually intended to give my skin a comforting feeling. With the exclusion of fillers and detergents from the formula it would not block up nor create that taut feeling of stretched skin that I so detested.

            I again almost flipped out when I saw the price, £9.50 for a bar of soap! Granted it did come in a little green signature Clinique soap box / tray and it would look kind of cute in my bathroom, but £9.50! To sweeten me the sales assistant gave me a sample of Happy and a sample of the moisturiser too. I reluctantly made the purchase, completely dazed (this was in the days before I realised that skin care was an investment), hopped on the bus (also, pre-driving days) and went home to try out my new purchase.

            I raced upstairs, donned a cosmetics head band to keep my hair out of my face and set to work. The bar of soap was hidden in a designed paper wrap, which when opened revealed a creamy pale yellow colour with the Clinique brand logo carved in to the bar of soap. Kind of dome shaped at the ends, so it was quite nice for rubbing between my hands and working up a little bit of a lather. It doesn't lather up a great deal, because lather actually only comes from synthetics in soap products, so this specially developed to be kind formula doesn't give off a great deal of lather. I applied the creamy soap to my dampened face and using small circular motions with my fingers I rubbed it in. It is important to really work your cleanser in to your face to loosen the surface dirt and slough away dead skin cells to reveal the new, younger and brighter looking cells below - you should always use tepid water too, not too hot or cold as this effects your pores. It can either open them if it's too hot, leaving them susceptible to build up if you don't rinse thoroughly or, it can shrink them if too cold, meaning the soap can't do it's cleansing work. The soap is gentle enough to use around the delicate eye area and should be used on your neck too.

            I then rinsed off by splashing my face with lukewarm water. And I patted my skin dry with a fluffy soft towel - no rubbing because this can damage the skin. Remarkably the soap bar is non-drying so it doesn't crack or dry out when you haven't used it for a while. I covered it over using the green case and immediately looked in the mirror to see what skin miracles had taken place. The results were amazing; I had the porcelain, perfect, flawless skin of a model. Ok, I didn't, but it didn't feel dry or tight, it did in fact feel cleansed, refreshed and dare I say it - comforted! It didn't strip my skin, but it did remove the spot causing grease from my troublesome T-Zone.

            Obviously no product will ever give you instant results, but within a couple of days of using this, my blemishes / pimples seemed to even, no more lumpy toad skin and the redness of some of the more prominent ones reduced. Within a fortnight my skin was breaking out with new spots, but these were the ones that had been lurking for a while ready to surface - so they would have popped up anyway. However, the new spots didn't seem to be as noticeable and they felt worse than they looked. After about a month of using the soap my skin was completely clear and a lot of my old skin confidence returned, no more heavy concealer usage, no more hiding my forehead with a fringe and chin with a neck scarf. It was fantastic. The soap bar lasted me around 3 months with daily usage, so the £9.50 did not seem so expensive, it had just seemed like a lot to outlay at the start. A small price though for a good, clear complexion.

            I was then bought the 3 mini soaps as a gift that they sell, which gave me 50% more than I got in the 100g bar. After around 5 months of use, the inevitable happened and a huge pimple appeared on my skin - I was, without doubt, completely heartbroken! I went in to see my Clinique lady for some advice and ended up chatting to another sales assistant, I explained how much I had loved my experience with the solid soap bar. She told me, and ladies; I don't know how much truth there is in this, that skin can become immune to the effects of a certain product. She tried to sell me some alternatives and I was just so disheartened I politely declined and left the shop. I did perservere for a while, but it kept getting worse; I gave my remaining soap to my partner at the time and to my knowledge she has used to product since without complaint, must be about 5 years now. I had many trials and tribulations with cleansers since, including trying the liquid version of this soap, but to no avail; I have now settled with a No.7 regime which I have been using for over 6 months and have not seen any reduction in the benefits of those products.

            So, in summary, this soap is not drying or harmful to skin like the soaps of old, it is a little expensive, but lasts so long and is non-drying (no waste) so it is worth the money. It worked to clear my skin, but I seemingly only got a temporary benefit from it before the magic wore off. Perhaps it was not suitable for long term use on my skin type, but I would definitely say it is worth trying - owing to the experience my partner had with it and because some people I talk to have been using it years satisfactorily. I'd particularly recommend its use on adult skin with teen breakouts like I suffered from, even if just used for a temporary clean up of the skin. It comes in lovely packaging and has a pleasant if almost unnoticeable scent.

            The product can now be purchased in 3 different strengths I used Mild, you can get it in Mild, Extra Mild and Oily to suit your skin type. As I said you can buy it in a mini travel sized pack, this costs £12 for 3 x 50g bars, so if you think it's a little expensive, you could sample it by going three ways with friends and each having one bar, although you would have to fight over who gets the mini soap dish!

            Available from Larger Boots Stores, Department Stores, various online retailers including the manufacturer's site, www.clinique.co.uk, best when used as part of a 3-step skin care regime with Clinique Clarifying Lotion and your favourite Clinique Moisturiser.

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