I have been using this cleanser for the last six years, or maybe even longer? What got me attracted to this product is their use of natural ingredients. I used to have teen acne problems, not an extreme case, but when you live in a tropical country, it gets really annoying, especially with combination skin. I was always trying to improve my three step cleaning system and have tried Clinique, Murad, Proactiv, Neutrogena etc. None of them was able to leave me satisfied.
So while researching online, some people said it takes awhile for the face to heal and you need to treat it from the underlying root of the problem. I went on to search for something that's calming for the face (maybe I am sensitive, hence the acne) and treats combination skin. Of course, I found Clarins and the rest is history.
The cottonseed cleanser is soothing to the face. I won't say it cleanses very well with the fingers but it can if you use it together with a Clarisonic or face towel. It leaves your face with a tinge of tightness, which I do love because it hints a clean and refreshed face. If you live in a cold country, I will recommend to put the toner and use a good moisturizer to balance the moisture. In a warm climate, I usually leave it without moisturizer after toning. The face will generally oil up only after three hours or so with some activity at home.
After so many years of usage, my face has gotten better. The skin is leaning slightly towards dry combination than oily combination. I get the occasional pimples only when I am very stressed during menstrual periods. Yay!
I recommended this one to my roommates, and they are now only using this cleanser. We all have combo. skins, and we live in hot places. It cleans well, but the most amazing part is the after cleaning effect. It helps strike the perfect balance of oil and water on my face. Highly recommended to oily/combo skins.
Sometimes when I have acne problem, I use avene gel cleanser (green bottle of gel) as it addresses acne problem. But when I don't have acne, this clarins cleanser definitely makes me feel most comfortable.
Been using this product with my clarisonic Mia 2 for about two weeks and it has been very good so far!! ^^ my skin feels refreshed and squeaky clean without the harshness felt! Best of all is its smell. Comforting in a way. Haha!
Will update on future usage. For now, it is doing a really good job and I'm falling in love with it :)
When I first bought this cleanser I really liked it. It removes makeup and dirt extremely well and lathers into a nice foam. It smells nice and you only need to use a little bit each time.
However, after continued usage of this product my skin has become so dry that it's even painful sometimes. In particular, the skin around my lips has become very dry and my lips are painfully dry. I attribute it to the use of this cleanser because I have never had a problem with dry skin before.
There is nothing "gentle" about this cleanser despite the name. I am a big fan of Clarins makeup but this product has completely disappointed me.
I've purchased and tried many Clarins products, but this product didn't live up to its usual standard for me. I have sensitised, oily skin and seborrheoic dermatitis but generally the products are well suited. Despite the pleasant scent and feel of this cleanser going on, it left me, my housemate and my sister (whom have different skin types to me) on separate occasions, dry, tight and uncomfortable to the point where my housemate developed a rash on her lower face. This cleanser went beyond the realm of 'squeaky clean' into a tightness that didn't subside for hours despite moisturising.
I have no qualm about using Clarins generally, but for a product that is marketed as being gentle, it was anything but.
I absolutely love Clarins products and have a bathroom cupboard full of them. My skin is getting a little bit sensitive as I'm getting older (just turned the big 30 a few months back) but I've never had any major problems. I used this for quite a few months and developed dermatitis on my chin and around the lip area. As soon as I stopped using it the dermatitis disappeared. I waited quite a number of months before trying it again to check it was this product and within a week the dermatitis was back. Again I stopped using it and it disappeared. It's the only ever time I've had it and luckily no other Clarins products seem to do this to me. I've moved onto the Shea Butter one which I love. Not faulting Clarins though...as I say I absolutely love their products and have been using them for years.
So I received a Bay gift card and decided to splurge on some Clarins products - the shea butter cleanser received great reviews here. The Clarins rep recommended that I try this cleanser instead because of my combination skin. I also decided to get the Lotus skin balancing oil as I had read about the drying sensation of this cleanser on this site. Whoot! I LOVE this combo! The cleanser is expensive but it foams REALLY well so you only need a tiny amount - the tube will last a very long time. My face feels super clean and my makeup is fully removed (which didn't happen with my previous cream cleanser from Aveeno). I then put two drops of the Lotus oil in my palm, rub my hands to warm the oil and then pat it all over my face at night. My skin is now really soft and supple.
I really really wanted to like this product. Actually I loved this product, until I didn't.
I got two deluxe gift with purchase sizes over the last two months. Normally I use a glycolic acid cleanser (DDF or MD Forte) alternating with a gentler cleanser (Boscia purifying) and then the moisturizer/treatment alternates as well (retin-A, korres rose serum, or boscia clear complexion). This regimen has led my skin to be the best its been for a long time (knock on wood!) but I still get a pesky pimple once a month, probably hormonal. I also am going to be unhappy with my pore size forever and a day because genetically I just have big pores and that's that. So although my skin texture tone and brightness is great with the current regiment, I always stray a little to try new stuff.
When I first tried this cleanser I loved it so much. It really does give a squeaky clean feeling but not drying if that makes sense (I'm not usually a squeaky clean fan but this was def an exception!). It smells great (like fresh laundry as someone else said), and a small dab goes a long long way (its SUPER concentrated probably moreso than any other cleanser I've ever used). After washing I felt like my skin was so smooth, soft, oil free and the pores were so much smaller. It just looked airbrushed! And it stays that way for a few hours for sure before my oiliness kicks in (sooner on this cleanser btw than my others, so that was unfortunate). But that wasn't the deal breaker.
Deal breaker was the pimples I started getting with this. I was so surprised since yes my skin is sensitive but its not THAT reactive to products generally, it'll get red or itchy but not break out like michael jackson on the dance floor. However, clarins really brought out the evil in my skin. I tried to blame these pimples on everything else, honestly from my other skincare staples to the stress in my life and change of season but in the end, whenever I stop using this cleanser, I go back to the one pimple per month phenomenon instead of 4 new zits every 2 days (FML). I get these nasty cystic pimples on this cleanser, and I was boggled as to why. WHY? Its a GREAT cleanser otherwise!
The only thing I can think of is--the shea butter. Why on earth would you make a cleanser 'oil free' only to add butter to it? Oily ladies, would you feel comforted if someone told you that a cleanser was oil free only to discover later that it has lard or crisco in it instead? That's just word play to me, if its some thick fatty ish then it should really not belong in a cleanser meant for combo/oily skin. I have noticed before that shea butter anywhere on my face gives me some pretty impressive (=atrocious) zits.
Sadly, although this really shrinks pore size (or appears to) and gives a great airbrushed look, soft matte look, it really made me break out. Honestly, its one of the few cleansers (maybe the only cleanser actually) thats made me break out. Wow.
I'm so sad because I wanted this to work so bad. In fact I'm going to try the tamarind cleanser from Clarins next because I just can't believe that I can't have my cake and eat it too in terms of pimple free skin and perfect looking skin.
Used this cleanser and really do like it! Alot of people are mentioning tightening or drying out, I had this too but realised i was using way to much! A tiny bit is all you need and it felt much better. Got rid of a few of my breakouts noticed a visible difference, but i do agree it is slightly drying but does do a nice job however i think i would try a more moisturising cleanser from their range before i buy again.
I bought this cleanser after running out of a Clinique one, i thought it would be great because i use a lot of Clarins products already and I have normal/combination skin and that's what the cleanser is for, however after the first time using it my skin didn't feel too great, then after continued use i started to break out a fair bit and that's pretty unusual for me, it could be that it was a bit too drying..