Well, I must say this product seemed to work well when I was shown an example by the sales lady. I was super impressed by the fact that there existed a "gel" that could exfoliate my skin so rapidly and leave it looking so well on my one wrist. When I got it home I tried it again and started wondering what chemical this could possibly be and why have I not heard of this before. After thinking about it, I could only think of one concoction that could semi do this and it is cuticle remover. Well cuticle softener has been around for a while. I also wondered if this miracle exfoliating gel crafted by L'Aveu was really so miraculous so I decided to do a little experiment.
I took my favorite pair of Coach tennis shoes which were really dirty on the rubber parts and decided to use a plastic spoon to dip in the L'Aveu exfoliating gel and then applied it to the rubber portion of my shoe. I let it sit for about 20 seconds and began to rub it in a circle with my plastic spoon. Guess what? The little balls of stuff, that I had been told was my skin in the store, began to form on my tennis shoe. So how in the world was the rubber on my shoe producing the little balls of stuff just like my skin did?
The only answer I can assume is that the gel actually begins to dry out as it is rubbed and it forms the little balls on its own.
I feel really duped by this sales team and by this product. I will be returning my product set to the store where I purchased it.
Please do yourself a favor and do not buy into this set.
I purchased the product and right away felt and you could see a difference in my skin. The one thing I don't like is that the company is not listed anywhere to be able to restock.
No time to read the review? If you purchased this gel (and perhaps anything from the entire line)? Keep your receipt and get a refund.
L'Aveu means "The Confession" in English. Given that this product was an overpriced, unadulterated false premise? I suppose the confession is that, "Yeah, we just ripped you off, hope you didn't save the receipt."
Ah, dear fly-by-night cosmetics booth. Dear hawkers of crap products whom I almost had to flag down to get to pay attention to me...likely because I appeared too hard to swindle..
I kept the receipt, and will return this product tomorrow as for $85? And for the countless women I'm thinking paid for this nonsense without any clue of how to read and understand an ingredient listing? I'm hoping I can prevent someone else from making the mistake I did.
While the package I purchased contained an exfoliating gel, day + night cream, and daily cleanser? This review is only for the gel as I could tell by reading the ingredients on the other packaging that the products were mediocre at best. Mineral oil high in the ingredients of the creams, sodium laureth sulfate in the cleanser, all beneficial ingredients in too low of a concentration to have any effect beyond placebo, etc. But what hooked me was the "dead skin removal" I noticed when the associate used the gel on my wrist.
She applied a tiny bit, and rubbed. After approximately 15 seconds, tiny balls of "skin" appeared on my wrist where the product was being "activated." I have only used one product in my life which actually worked to that capacity--literally dissolving skin while friction was applied to it. It was a cuticle cream, Ms. Manicure was the brand, and the second ingredient was Subtilisin. It's a protein-digesting enzyme, and the cuticle cream was evidently taken off of the market.
So my Spider sense about this product was already going off, until I got everything home and began Googling the company. Didn't exist. No websites were listed on the product boxes, even though the associate swore that the product retailed for triple the price she was charging me. Finally found references to Innovage LLC, which is a wholesaler of T.D.O.T. Industries & Int'l Trade Ltd (an Israeli company, which I am only noting because the products were heavily spun to me as being more "authentic" because they were "foreign"). I was able to locate several other product lines from this company, all related to selling products with "Dead Sea Minerals."
Right before I applied the gel to my face, I double-checked several of my firm-hold hair products, as they use polyvinyl alcohol as a main ingredient--which was the second ingredient in the exfoliating gel. I knew that if I waited too long to apply the polyvinyl alcohol-based products to my hair? They began to form little balls between my fingers, as the ingredient basically acts like a rubber cement.
But I figured, well, I already have the gel, so I applied it to my dry face, and rubbed it for 20 seconds. Sure enough, the little balls of "skin" began to form (I've attached a picture). I rinsed the gel/"skin" mixture off, and 20 minutes later my face feels very dry. And looks exactly the same way it did before I applied the product. And feels the exact same way it did before I applied the product, except drier. It doesn't feel smoother. At all. I've seen more immediate exfoliation from my using a damp washcloth, warm water and nothing else. I've seen more immediate exfoliation from using teen-oriented acne pads.
I'm not going to go as far as saying that this gel is a complete waste of money. I'm not going to go as far as saying that this company is preying upon women who don't understand product ingredients, and how they perform. I'm not going to go as far as saying that people should stay away from anything related to the L'Aveu "franchise."
But I'm getting a refund tomorrow. And shame on them.