Elemis kindly sent me a sample of their Skin Clear Purifying Face Wash, which I have been trying out this week. My initial thought was that the blue tube was nice; very simple but quick to find amongst all my other beauty products thanks to the bright colour. The colour choice is also great marketing for a facial wash: blue = the ocean = nature = naturally gorgeous.
When I opened the tube and squeezed the clear facial wash into my hand, I was surprised at the jelly-like consistency. It was a bit clinical looking and similarly, I could detect a smell of alcohol (Bombay Sapphire, to be precise!) which only made the sterile/clinical assumption stronger. However, after I read up on the product I discovered that it contains antiseptic to encourage healthy cell growth to repair any damaged tissue - which explained the alcohol-tinged scent. This is something I will gladly put up with in exchange for healthy new skin cells!
On applying the face wash, the Cedarwood fragrance developed, which was very pleasant and actually over took the smell of Gin! The consistency of the face wash actually feels quite smooth on the skin, without any foaming or lather. It rinsed off easily and my skin felt very clean afterwards. The face wash doesn't feel particularly soft, but my skin did feel as though it had been thoroughly washed - something you would expect from a facial wash - and it definitely isn't one of those flowery products that doesn't actually do anything. That said, the Elemis face wash contains cucumber for soothing purposes, so won't leave your skin feeling tight or dry.
The Elemis Skin Clear Purifying Face Wash is a product that will suit anyone who likes to properly clean their skin without leaving it feeling stripped of it's natural goodness. This is a great every day product for both hardcore beauty junkies and basic soap-and-water fans.
Elemis Skin Clear Purifying Face Wash, £12 available at Time To Spa Elemis shop.
With thanks to Elemis.