Name: Cleansing Milk with Gentian
From Clarins’ website:
Natural Plant Extracts help to maintain the skin’s natural pH balance and protective cutaneous flora. Plus a combination of Gentian, Sage, Iris, Hawthorn, Guava and Vitamin E cleanse, decongest, reduce redness and oiliness and soothe.
What I liked:
– leaves skin soft
– cleanses skin well and removes most of the makeup
– doesn’t leave an oily residue behind
– doesn’t dry skin
– soft scent
– the packaging
What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t remove all makeup
– may be too rich for those with oily skin
– contains some ingredients that can be irritating
I don’t really like spending lots of money for a cleanser and to be honest I’m not a big fan of Clarins skincare either (love their makeup range though), but lately the brand has released a travel size set containing a toner, an eye makeup remover and this Cleansing Milk with Gentian at a bargain price. So, I thought I’d give Clarings skincare another try and after a few weeks of use, here are my thoughts about this cleansing milk.
Texture and scent
Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian, targeted to those with combination to oily skin, is white in color and has a subtle scent that I find very pleasant. Its consistency is creamy and rich and I find the cleanser leaves my skin soft and smooth after I rinse the product off. However, I also feel that it is a tad too rich for my oily t-zone while on my dry cheeks, it worked very well.
Does it cleanse and remove makeup well?
Well, that depends. If you’re the type of girl that wears very minimal or mineral makeup, then this cleanser does a great job at removing everything quickly and efficiently while leaving your skin soft and smooth. But if you wear liquid foundation or heavy makeup, this alone won’t be enough. I had to use quite a lot of product to remove my foundation (YSL Teint Singulier Sheer Powdercreme Veil Foundation in case you’re wondering) and then I applied toner with a cotton pad to see if any traces of makeup were still on my skin.
And yes, the cotton pad got dirty as some of my foundation was still on! I’ve since stopped using this to remove makeup as it I’d have to use too much of it so that it would run out quickly. So now I’m only using it in the morning to cleanse my face when I get up and that it does well. It is also easy to rinse off, doesn’t leave a residue behind and doesn’t dry skin either.
Let’s talk about the ingredients
Clarins claims this Cleansing Milk contains the finest natural ingredients to benefit skin but most of the ingredients in this are synthetic and the natural ones aren’t as good as Clarins claims. The cleanser contains Gentian, which has anti-inflammatory properties, but in very small quantities so it won’t do much. What is present in high quantities instead is Sage, which has antioxidant properties. However, Sage alss contains camphor and phenol, which can both be irritating for the skin.
I was also surprised to see that Fragrance is listed quite high on the ingredient list which means there probably is too much of it and that could cause irritations as well. Of course just because a product contain ingredients that can cause irritation, it doesn’t mean they will. My skin for example doesn’t get irritated easily so I didn’t experience this side effect but if yours is sensitive then I wouldn’t recommend this to you.
But overall, I think this cleanser is poorly formulated. I mean, there are lots of other ingredients out there that offer the same antioxidants properties of Sage but without the potential side effects, and as for the fragrance, well, there really is no need for such a high amount in any skincare product. If the cleanser works for you and doesn’t irritate your skin, there’s no reason not to use it, but for the price and from a brand famous for its skincare products, I was expecting a better formula to be honest.
Overall, Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian is an average cleanser with a high price tag. If you have normal or combination skin that isn’t too oily, don’t mind the price tag and wear minimal makeup, I think you will like this as it will clean your skin well while leaving it soft. It doesn’t leave a residue behind and it doesn’t dry skin either. However, if you wear heavier makeup this cleanser won’t remove it all and it may also be too rich for those with oily skin. In addition, it contains some ingredients that could potentially irritate your skin, especially if it sensitive.