I was hoping this would help clear up my skin. Not only did it not help, I think if anything my skin's looking a bit worse. That could be due to other factors, but in any case, this is not worth the $$$. I'm glad it's worked for a lot of the other women here, but I will try returning this.
I use Lotus Oil in the summer, when my skin becomes more oily, as my night treatment/moisturizer 2 or 3 nights a week. Oil in summer? When skin is oilier? Seems odd but it actually works. Lotus Oil has been developed and blended specifically for oily skin. When I first started using it, I wasn't exactly sold on it and then one night, I was able to press a bunch of gunk out of an enlarged pore on my nose (I know this doesn't sound exactly appealing) - stuff that had withstood my attempts to get it out after trying things like pressing a hot face-cloth to the area first, using scrubs and clay masks, etc. After 3 or 4 nights of Lotus Oil, I was suddenly able to extract this garbage. After that, I was sold on the stuff. Used sparingly on summer nights, it leaves my skin soft and also seems to help control oil over-production in my T-zone. I have this in the older packaging (without the dropper) and because I use it sparingly and not all that often, the colour has changed to a very pale yellow. I asked my Clarins rep if I should replace it but she assured me that even with the change in colour, it is still effective. I do wish this came in a smaller bottle (with a smaller price tag) for people like me who use this up very slowly but still, I find it a very effective product and will continue to purchase it.
For reference, I have combo skin (oily T-zone and chin, dry eye area, some minor acne and large pores around the nose). I have a complicated relationship with this product. When it works, it pretty much works like a dream - reduced spots, even skintone and texture, soft and balanced skin. The problem is that it doesn't work consistently. For a product this expensive, you kind of need it too.
I never found out why it worked sometimes and not others. BUT, for best results, I'd recommend using this when your pores are as clean and open as they will go - after an evening shower or steaming. Also, I would recommend alternating use of this with your regular moisturiser, as I found I started to break out if I used the oil more than 3 or 4 nights in a row. Don't load it on - a light layer will do.
Because of the price and the sometimes-unreliable results, I probably won't be purchasing this again. I'll check out what else Clarins has, though.
I've been using this for 4 months now and I love this product. I use this oil after toning my skin by warming it on between my palms and pressing it into my skin (night time only). First few weeks of using this I woke up with excess oil on my face and thinking 'isn't this meant to balance my skin and not make it greasier?'. since the oil wasn't breaking me out I figured I might as well use it up and to my surprise, I started to notice my skin becoming less oily on the t-zone and my cheeks were not feeling tight and dry (2 months use). The other day I went out shopping with no makeup and by 3pm my face was still shine free! Success! Will definitely repurchase :)
Smells divine. I tip a couple of drops into my palm and warm the oil up and then massage into my skin. I do have combination skin, but found this works well and my skin has more plumpness and added clarity. Though not cheap, as such as small amount is used, a bottle will last about 6 months
I gave this my best shot, but sadly it just isn't working for me. I have very oily/combo skin and all of the reviews I read indicate it's great for that skintype.
It seems that no matter the amount of product I use, my face turns into a complete oil slick. I started out using 3 drops combined with the Clarins iris toner and that was way too much. Then I went all the way down to 1 drop of oil to about 1/2 tsp of toner and that still made me very greasy.
I've also noticed that my blackheads actually worsened while using this product.
While I love the smell and the way it feels on my skin, I cannot justify keeping this and repurposing as a hand moisturizer since it is so expensive.
Really wish it worked as well as it has for others, but I'll be returning it.
Here's a non-glowing review. The product works well, in that it moisturizes without causing acne, but it didn't improve my skin and didn't clear my existing problems. For the high price I was expecting more from this product. It does sink in nicely and doesn't leave a greasy film behind so I give it 2 lippies for that.
I love this product, I first used it when it was applied after microdermabrasion. Initially I was sceptical that an oil would work on my acne prone/combination skin, but it really visibly improves my skin after use. The blue orchid oil is also good for dehydrated skin as it moisturizes a lot more, the lotus still leaves some dry areas (which I get from benzol peroxide). It's expensive but a little goes a long way, you could mix it with your moisturiser at night to make it last even longer. After use my skin is smoother, calmer and more radiant. If you aren't sure ask for a tester at the clarins counter as it will last a few times.
I have acne-prone skin and little bumps on my forehead. I am using triclosan wash twice a day from my doc to keep the bumps in control. I got this as a sample and has been using for 2 weeks. It has definitely improve my skin condition. I use 1-2 drops every night before sleep and I wake up to bright and glowing skin every morning. It has somewhat reduce/tamed my breakouts, though i still have occasional zits. It reduces the bumps redness too. i now use the triclosan wash just once a day, and surprisingly my skin has been obedient.
This is definitely going on to my HG list. I am intending to purchase this at the airport when i go for my overseas trip next week so I can save the GST. This is quite pricey but definitely a good investment. A little goes a long way. I am just 1/5 way through my sample size.
My skin is quite acne-prone but feels very dry...The lotus oil has definitely helped me to have a more moisturised and soft skin.I feel that overall I had less breakouts since I've started to use this oil.
Usually I will apply it twice a week at night on a clean skin and in the morning after washing my face my skin feels amazing !!!
Pro's:leaves skin soft,reduces spots,a bottle is enough for a whole year or more
Con's:the price,skins needs to be thoroughly washed after application,the smell.