I don’t normally buy Clarins products but I had some Boots points saved up and thought I would try something different. My sister in law raves about Clarins product and her bathroom is full of the stuff rather like mine is full of Lush and Weleda ones.
~~~~~~~ ABOUT CLARINS ~~~~~~
I am sure anyone who has been into a Boots or Debenhams, House of Fraser or similar shop and visited the cosmetic section will have seen the Clarins section, it is one of the main High street up market brands.
Jacques Courtin started Clarins in 1954 in Paris. He was masseur and created treatment oils he used in his salon and sold them to his clients. He soon had a loyal following or high nd customers and the company went from there.
By 1980, Clarins was the top-selling luxury skincare brand in France and then by 1981 it found its way to the USA and by 1990 it was the top selling brand in Europe! Clarins is now sold in 150 countries around the world. Although the founder is now dead the company is now run by his sons so is still run by the same family.
Clarins claim to be trailblazers in the creation of plant based beauty products and some of their products are 100% pure plant oils. They refer to their combination of plant ingredients as : “Aroma-phyto body care—a term invented by Clarins to convey the combination of aromatherapy and phytotherapy (fragrance + the power of plants).”
Clarins values their socially responsible initiatives, and says their ethics are helping society toward a more desirable future by cooperation and knowledge-sharing.
Clarins was the first French company to stop testing on animals in 1987 . However this is not entirely honest and their products do NOT carry the leaping bunny symbol. When asked directly Clarins state :
“ ‘As a global company, we are committed to providing our products and services to our consumers where they live and to do so, we must comply with all legal requirements where we do business. Some countries unfortunately still require animal testing in order to validate the safety of cosmetic ingredients in products.”
My personal view is DO NOT SELL in those countries if you really stand against animal testing and that way if all companies followed that places like China might be forced to change.
~~~~~~ CLARINS BOOSTERS ~~~~~
There are three of these newish booster products in the Clarins range; Energy, Repair and this Detox one.
They sell for around £30 which I feel is a lot of money for 15 ml of product however fancy thhe name and a smart looking package.
The Energy one comes in an orange container, the Repair in a blue one and the Detox ina green one and they are all the same apar from the colours.
The contents do vary too of course and the Energy one is designed to tone and energise the skin while minimizing signs of fatigue and reviving radiance and has lots of ginseng as the active ingredient.
The Repair one they claim reduces feelings of discomfort, strengthens skin and minimises redness and the active ingredient is Mimosa tenuiflora. I will go into the Detox one in more detail in the review.
All three are oil products and you need just a small amount added to number of different product options for the benefits to be seen.
They all come in the same basic packaging. The container has a base and lid of a shiny gold ish metallic while the central section is the colour of which ever detox booster you have and it is a solid colour so the contents cannot be seen. You dispense the oil with a kind of dropper at the end of the open end under the lid. It is almost like dispensing aromatherapy essential oils and in truth you get about the same amount in the container too .
~~~~~~ WHAT THIS PRODUCT CLAIMS TO DO ~~~~~~~~
Clarins claim that this product does three things:
It revives radiance of a dull complexion
It detoxifies the skin
It plumps up the skin making lines less visible.
The main active ingredient in this one is green coffee So coffee beans not roasted and the cafeine extracted.
~~~~~~~ MY EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS ~~~~~
This is a light oil in looks and has a pleasant floral/light herb sort of aroma. This particular one is ideal for anyone who is living in a polluted environment such as a large city, maybe they might smoke or live with a smoker, they may travel in confined public transport frequently or anywhere that the environment has more than the usual pollutants.
Your skin does naturally cope with the toxins and pollutants in the environment but as we get older our skin finds this harder and also this natural built-in system of the skin struggles with excess pollution and especially things like cigarette smoke. (Thank heavens for the smoking ban in public places as I hated coming back from a night somewhere stinking of cigarette smoke – I could feel my skin aging) .When too much is thrown at the skin it struggles and this is when toxins begin to build up.
If you doubt this look at the skin of someone who is a smoker and you will easily see what damage has been done by the pollutants in the cigarette smoke.
This does not mean this product is only for smokers as we all have pollution all around us. It also helps when you are feeling tired or have been ill and your body is struggling to recover. I find my skin needs extra help when I am visiting my children who live in Londn and also when travelling by plane as the atmosphere is so dry and closed up for so many hours.
The way I use this is to add it to on of my other face products. Clarins suggest it works best with their products but I use natural face products and add this to one of those at least twice a day. I don’t use this every day but when I feel my face skin has been through a tough time.
You can add just three drops of this to a mask if you like and then lie back and let I do its work before rinsing it off along with all the toxins hopefully! I tend to add mine to either my serum or my moisturiser as I feel those are the products that stay longest and are absorbed by my skin.
I wash and tone my face before using my serum then moisturiser and afte that I may or may not apply a primer and foundation/BB cream or whatever. By adding the drops of Detox oil to my serum it gets to soak into my skin and hopefully the moisturiser will help it work and trap in all the goodness.
It is important to realise that this product will not work miracles if you continue to remain in a polluted environment, you must eat sensibly and drink lots of water to help flush out the toxins. Drinking water makes a huge difference to your skin and is the cheapest way to keep your skin fresh and radiant looking.
This is not a face lift but I have noticed that when my skin is looking tired after a long flight or after a few days in London if I use this twice daily for a week or so and drink lots of water that it seems to recover more quickly. I don’t look ten years younger but it doesn’t claim to do that. My skin just looks fresher and more radiant as though I have had a day or so of rest and pampering.
This product as I mentioned is a kind of oil in consistency but the top ingredient we are paying £30 for is water followed by glycerine which can be natural or made from propylene alcohol but this is not made clear here. Glycerine helps maintain moisture and actually attracts and seals in moisture into the skin and is found in many skin products.
Butylene Glycol is a petroleum based ingredient which is a preservative, thinning aget ad conditioner but it is a man made ingredient and is also used in anti freeze and construction materials so personally it is one ingredient I would prefer nt to see but it is found in many skin products these days.
Oat Kernel Extract which is great ingredients know to be calming on the skin and is used in mmnay products for sensitive skin such as Aveeno products.
Coffea Robusta Seed Extract which is the coffee extract with lots of caffeine to stimulate and wake the skin up. It is full of anti oxidants to fight toxins and is a natural detoxifier ad it can reduce the effects of free radicals in our body up to 10 times than regular green tea.
Green coffee also boosts the blood circulation and helps slow down the appearance of signs of ageing . Finally green coffee beans are also rich in fatty acids and esters which nourish and moisturise the skin and help it sag less so slow the ageing process.
Phenoxyethanol which is another preservative agent and does nothing good to the skin.
Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract which helps to unclog the pores of the skin. It is also used to relieve skin inflammation.
Cotton Seed Extract contains proteins, minerals and essential oils that help to protect the skin and keep it moist.
Sodium Hyaluronate, this is the plumping agent as it helps the skin absorb more water like a sponge .
Potassium Sorbate, this is a preservative an alternative to parabens but can cause skin
and eye irritation so be aware.
~~~~~~ SO DO I LOOK YEARS YOUNGER? ~~~~~~
Sadly no, but no cream or potion is really going to do that I fear and as I am not prepared to inject stuff into my skin or go under the knife this I have to do the best I can with the crems and potion , drinking lots of water and getting fresh country air.
Is it worth the £30 price tag? Well personally I won’t be buying it again. It was okay but I think that using a good face oil, drinking lots of water and using natural masks and face creams and not eting stacks of junk food does the same job.
I don’t think it is a bad product but just over priced and has a couple of ingredients I would prefer were not there. I also am trying to avoid buying from companies with questionable animal testing ethics. I am more annoyed by those who claim to be against animal testing and then hide behind the disclaimer that some countries do test products – easy solution – don’t sell to those countries.
It didn’t cause me any irritation at all and I do sometimes get rashes from some skin care products so that is a plus.
My skin did look a bit fresher after a couple of weeks or so following a period when I looked awful, tired and drained of colour but that may just have been me getting better and using my other kin products.
~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~~~~
I am not sure about this. My sister in law thinks this is wonderful as she does every Clarins product. I think this is overpriced for what you get but it isn’t a bad product. I am not happy about the animal testing pretence so from an ethical point of view this is a product I will not be re buying. There are so many great skin care products made by small British companies I would prefer to buy from rather than big name companies like this.