Product Review: Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian

by Gio

Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian is one of those products that has been around forever. Must be something special about it, right?

Not really. Here’s what I mean:

Key Ingredients In Clarins Cleansing Milk With Gentian

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride To Cleanse Skin

Don’t let the complicated name fool you. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is a highly purified grade of coconut oil.

It usually acts as an emollient, making skin softer and smoother. But in Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian, it has another important role to play, too: it cleanses skin.

It works thanks to the like attracts like principle. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride attaches to the oils on your face (sebum and makeup + sunscreen ingredients) and rinses them off down the drain.

Related: The Complete Guide To Coconut Oil In Skincare

Glycerin To Hydrate Skin

Glycerin is a moisture magnet. Literally.

Its job is to attract moisture from the air into the skin and bind it there. It’s a way to make the cleansing process gentler. If your skin retains moisture while it’s scrubbed clean, it won’t feel tight and dry afterwards.

Related: Why Is Glycerin In All My Skincare Products?

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian has a bit of an identity crisis. It claims to be the perfect cleanser for oily skin, but truth is, it’s way more suitable for dry skin. Here’s why:

This cleanser has a creamy and rich texture that’s more moisturizing than cleansing. Both during and after the cleansing process, my skin stays soft and smooth, a clear sign the cleanser didn’t strip it bare of moisture.

Problem is, it didn’t strip much else, either. While it can remove dirt and grime easily, it struggles with makeup – especially the waterproof and long-lasting kind.

I had to use a lot of product and elbow grease to get every last bit of foundation off… and it wasn’t even a full coverage foundation!

I guess this would make a nice morning cleanser for dry skin. But don’t expect it to do more than that…

Available at: £21.00 at Escentual and Nordstrom


Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Parfum/Fragrance, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Ethylexylglycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Disodium Phosphate, Geraniol, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citric Acid, Eugenol, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Limonene, Glucose, Crataegus Monogyna Flower Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Gentiana Luted Root Extract, Zinc Sulfate, CI 19140/Yellow 5, Sorbic Acid, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Silica [V0001O1]

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Nikki September 10, 2010 - 12:54 am

for that price and it does not remove all traces of makeup? Hmm..that made me think twice, I’ve always wanted to try Clarins skincare, I have an aunt who swore by it

beautifulwithbrains September 10, 2010 - 6:46 am

Nikki, I was very disappointed that it doesn’t remove all traces of makeup, unless you’re wearing very, very little of it. I mean, for the price I expected much better.


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