I am not a regular purchaser of Clarins products as I think they are quiet expensive compared to other equally efffective brands. I have a rather wealthy sister in law who has a bathroom full of Clarins products and rates them highly so I guess it is a matter of personal taste and opinion.
~~~~~~~ ABOUT CLARINS ~~~~~~
Clarins is a high end brand sold in most shops offering high end cosmetics and beauty products so you will find them in Boots or Debenhams, House of Fraser or similar shops.
The company was founded by Jacques Courtin 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 of high end 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 ay thy are the ones to first create plant based beauty products and some of their products are 100% pure plant oils. They call 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 states they value socially responsible initiatives with their ethics helping society toward a more desirable future by cooperation and knowledge-sharing.
Theys were the first French company to stop testing on animals in 1987 . However this claim 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.
~~~~~ DOUBLE SERUM ~~~~~
This is not a new product and in fact larins are updating the formula and tis new one will be out later this year, although the lady at Boots today said anyone who was used to the old serum probably won’t notice any difference.
This serum is apparently a double system which is the result of Clarins’s 27 years of ant ageing experience. It has twenty plant extracts and these are, according to Clarins, the most powerful water and oil based anti aging ingredients.
~~~~~WHAT CLARINS SAY ~~~~~~
” More than just a simle serum, it is a complete age control concentrate with 20 plant extracts which stimulates all the skin’s vital functions. A double anti ageing performance for a more youthful appearance: firmer skin, rescued wrinkles, more radiant and even complexion, less visible pores.”
~~~~~~ MY EXPERIENCE ~~~~~
I have only used this a few times as had a few samples given to me in the shop some months ago and I have only just got around to using them.
On the card I was given instructions to fold the sample and mix the two components. One was a clear oil and the other an orange water based substance. They mixed easily and I believe that in the full sized product they are both in the bottle and you have to shake this to get a good mix of both and them mix tis in your hand before applying to your face ad neck. Each sample jus about gave enough for one use on my face and neck.
The serum smells lovely, a sort of sweet orange aroma and although you could tell it was partially oil based it didn’t feel that greasy and was absorbed into my skin quite quickly. I do find that natural serums are quickly absorbed into the skin whereas petroleum based products sit on the skin hence natural ones get into the skin better.
I was actually quite pleasantly surprised at how this made my skin look. It did tighten the sagging bits and I have enlarged pores on my nose area and this did seem to make my skin look smoother .
I was also pleased to find that I could apply my make up after some short time and that it didn’t make my make up slide off or become blotchy at all.
Clarins say that this serum is “a discovery inspired by two noel prizes” They use a Cangzhu extract which is a Chinese herbal medicine and this they say ” is able to activate the G protein which encourages cellular function.” This has be discovered through in vitro tests apparently and they explain it by saying that the “Cangzhu extract enables us able to activate this protein found on the cellular membrane which enhances messages sent to other cells by the other ingredients.” It is all beyond my scientific knowledge so I can’t say if this s likely or not. All I could find on Canggzhu was it was used medically for internal ailments and nothing about this in vitro discovery.
I found this to be an effective serum but I am not sure how much more effective than other serums I have used and many of those had a far smaller price tag and a less high end name behind them.
~~~~~~ CLARINS CLAIM ~~~~~~
They have won 57 prestigious beauty awards from around the world.
They also use a sample of around 200 women to test the product over four weeks of use and give their opinion of the products and how it worked for them.. This is what they gave as feedback:
After the first application 82% said their skin was more radiant, 73% said it was more toned and 88% said their skin looked smoother.
After four weeks 87% said their skin was firmer,88% more and fewer visible pores and 79% said it reduced their wrinkles.
The trial didn’t say the ages of these women and as the judgement of these things is subjective I take trials like this with a pinch of salt.
~~~~~~~WHAT IS IN THIS SERUM THAT MAKES IT SO GOOD? ~~~~~
Well I have mentioned the magical cangzhu extract but this serum has twenty plant extracts so let’s see what these are and what they do for the skin.
There is arnica which helps to decongest and revitalise the skin – it also helps prevent bruising so is healing too.
Green banana which is firming and reinforces the skin’s fibre network.
Kiwifruit which is almost a skin tonic by itself as it is known to help with rejuvenating the skin, firming, controls excess sebum, anti aging, helps fight acne, prvents sun damage, helps stimulate cell regeneration and lightens dark circles under the eyes.
Organic white tea which is a great atioxidant.
Pistachio tree extract which is also an anti oxidant and helps reduce environmental stress.
Marshmallow is there to soothe the skin.
Maritime pine boosts the skin’s oxygen levels giving a nice healthy glow.
Musk rose is also calming and helps boost radiance.
Bocoa or ironwood extract is an intense skin protector and also firms the skin.
The Cangzhu helps all these other extracts get into the skin and start their work
I rcognise a number of thes natural extracts from other natural based skin products I use more regularly so Clarins are not alone in creating a product using these but the Cangzhu I have not come across before and that is their secret ingredient in this mix.
~~~~~~ SO DO I LOOK YEARS YOUNGER? ~~~~~~
Sadly no, but I honestly don’t think any cream or potion will make me look younger. Some may help he skin look fresher and tighten the skin tmporarily but a permennat effect will only ever come from surgery or injections which who knows what may occur. I am not prepared to inject stuff into my skin or go under the knife so I use what I can to help slow the skin aging process and try to keep it protected from the sun and other damaging elements,drinking lots of water and eating healthy foods.
~~~~~~~~ WHERE TO BUY AND HOW MUCH? ~~~~~~
You can buy this from Boots in store or on line and if you have a Boots loyatly card you will earn som points. It can also be bought from Clarins counters in most Department storres and if you search on line you may find you can buy it for less but on the whole the prices are prety similar in the main high street stores.
The re are two sizes on the full sized product; a 50ml bottle is about £70.00 and the 30ml bottle is £55.00 so the larger one is better value if you find you like it.
~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~~~~
Yes I would say it is an effective product in the short term and I know many who swear by Clarins and this serum specifically. My sister in law who is 70 thinks this is wonderful as she does every Clarins product but I have to say, and I am not being unkind or nasty, she doesn’t look much younger so as she has used Clarins for years maybe it is not that effective. 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.
It didn’t cause me any irritation at all and I do sometimes get rashes from some skin care products so that is another plus.
My skin did look a bit firmer and pores less obvious but I am not sure the effect was a lasting one.