I have dry/dehydrated skin that is prone to getting blotchy and sensitive when the weather is really cold (like it is this 2012/13 winter). I didn't mind using this in the fall, but atm, its a bit too drying for me. With that being said, the fact that is a BIT is pretty good given that its a bar and not a creme cleanser.
Yes, I would buy again any other time of the year, but with the humidity being so low, its just a touch too drying, emphasizing my flaky nose and cheeks. It has a faint, yet lovely smell, rinse clean away (I have well water) and doesn't break out my acne prone skin.
What a little miracle soap! So impressed with it. Adore avene products any way and this just ticks all the boxes. If your looking for something to calm upset skin then look no further. It's definitely not a makeup remover but its perfect for just sweeping away excess dirt or oil ( perfect for morning wash) and really does leave your skin looking a feeling super fresh, without that horrible tight dry feeling. The packaging is also really classy and has a very clean look without any stupid 'miracle cure' crap on it. Will be repurchasing as soon as it runs out!
Im on my second bar , after purchasing my first one on an impulse.
Sometimes , impulse buys get to reveal a true gem. This was the case with me and this little bar of soap.
I am not a fan of soap bars , I have used shower gels and liquid soaps for the last 10 years. Very rarely do I buy soap bars so dont know what got me to pick this one up.
But from the first wash , I totally fell in love. The scent to me screams of "clean". And it lingers for a while , and I like to catch the smell of it on me ... it gives me a positive feeling , for some reason.
Its mild , as it's soapless - I have used it on my face a couple of times too. I am very careful of what I wash or cleanse my face with. I had no hesitation to pick this up and wash my face with it.
It didnt break me out or give me a reaction. I cant say that about many products.
I will be buying this for a long time from now on. Avene is slowly becoming my " go to" brand - I get along with their face cleanser , thermal water and now the cold cream soap. I am very pleased and impressed. Well done , Avene!
I bought this to use through the cold weather and though it left my skin feeling very soft and supple it really clogged my pores.
After about 2 weeks, I am totally smitten with this bar!
When I had a resurgence of acne in my early 20's, I tried many things that just irritated my skin more (including ProActiv, which helped my skin in my teenage years). Eventually a good friend recommended Origins Cream Bar, which combined with Cetaphil cream helped calm and clear my skin. Unfortunately, as is often the case, Origins discontinued the bar a couple years ago, and I was sent looking for a replacement. The nearest dupe I could find at the time was a Cetaphil bar, but even that felt a bit drying. Over the last couple years, I have explored and fallen in love with various Avene products, so when I discovered they had their own cream bar, I figured it was a must try (especially at just £4.50, and IME if cared for properly, bars last a looong time). So far, so great! My skin feels clean, but not dry and has been less oily. Also, the combination of switching from the Clarisonic sensitive to acne brush head + this bar + Triacneal have given me some of the best skin I have had in my adult life.
I use this bar everyday and I love it. It doesn't dry out my skin and it gets rid of the odd spot quite quickly, which I didn't expect. I'd defiantly recommend it for tired, dry skin.
Um...I don't know how to feel about Avene. I hate/love their products. This cleansing bar for instance, is really great! However if I use it too much I wind up with really clogged pores, but it makes my skin look so fresh, clean and hydratated. It makes me very mad that it also clogs my pores too. I tend to use it when I screw up my skin with DYI stuff (like SA toner I tried to make myself) or Ive been a zealot with treatments and my skin is really flaky and dry.
I would buy it again, and might for evening use...or morning use, I don't know. This bar confuses me.
***UPDATE*** When my skin is dehydrated I might use this once or twice to give my skin a break but I have to admit it *stuffs* my pores. This is not my HG cleanser and I probably will not buy it again.
It's not unique and for that reason I am not giving it 5 stars, tho it is an excellent cleanser. I use this soap free cleanser in the winter to combat "winter itch". I alternate between this and La Roche Posay Lipikar Syndet gel or Surgras bar.
Great for traveling if you can only bring a carry on
I received this in an international swap as I was interested in the line. I purchased it for my body skin, not my face but it is amazing on both. I live in Buffalo and all the stories are true. It is so dry here that I get horrible dry skin when nothing but oil will work. This year was particually bad and I started using this bar since I could not stop itching. Well I have been itch free for a month and only half the bar is gone. A+ for Avene. It maybe $9 but is worth it. I tried it on my face and it worked well for everything except my eyeliner.
I was traveling for work and ran out of my usual cleanser, Avene gentle gel cleanser and saw this on the shelf for $9.00. As other reviewers have stated, it's pretty cheap compared to their other products so I thought I'd give it a try especially since I wouldn't be able to bring the full bottle cleanser on the plane with me after I bought it! I am now loving this cleanser. My face feels clean and I haven't had any breakouts or reactions from it. Also, my face doesn't feel dry or stripped of moisture after I use it. The only thing I don't like is the scent but it doesn't stop me from using it. I have now switched to this cleanser and will continue using it!