I would like to get back into routine of writing more reviews. I don’t typically write them because they take the most time to not only make a post out of, but to product-test and/or have a discussion set up. As such, not all products are worthy of discussion (which is how I decide whether to review something or not) but certainly for today, we’ll be having quite a heated one.
This time, I am reviewing the L’Oréal Fine Flowers Gel-Cream Wash, so stick around to find out just what I think!
FYI – I have combination to oily skin, with a tendency to be dehydrated.
What is it?
It’s a gel-cream wash cleanser, formulated for dry and sensitive skin. I don’t necessarily have dry skin so arguably this isn’t for me, however I find it interesting to test out some products this way because I don’t think labels are always correct.
This cleanser’s selling points are its rose and jasmine flower extracts which supposedly sooth, moisturise and protect the skin.
How much does it cost?
£3.99 so it’s pretty inexpensive and affordable.
You can purchase at your local drugstore easily. I purchased mine from Boots on offer I think.
Who is it for?
For those with dry and sensitive skin. This cleanser has some big claims – not only will it not dry your skin out, but it will make it so much better.
What made you buy it?
I reviewed its sister cleanser months ago and loved it. [See: Review: L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Wash] Since then, I’ve been curious to try the other cleansers and this is one of them so far. (I will eventually try them all, out of pure curiosity and for comparison!)
Can you talk me through the ingredients?
Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Coco-Betaine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Jasminum Officinale Extract / , Jasmine Flower Extract, PPG-5-Ceteth-20 ,PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride Sodium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, (F.I.L. B196916/1)
Note: For my ingredients research, I use the Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary.
- At first, I made the mistake of thinking that there is SLS in this. (A foaming agent and surfactant commonly used in shampoos and household cleaning products.) Actually, there is SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) in this which is SLS’s little sister. It’s milder than SLS but still an irritant which will be upsetting news for those with sensitive skin. Oh, and isn’t the label ironic? No soap? (More about that below.)
- Researching the star ingredients, Jasmine and Rose, was disappointing to say the least. Both are essentially fragrances used for masking in skincare manufacturing. There is little to no benefit to the skin. For medicine and aromatherapy – yes, for skincare – no.
- Jasmine (Jasminum Officinale Extract) for instance, is used to aid liver diseases which means nothing in the context of this review. It seems to only be in this product for fragrance reasons. Not all sources consider it to be a moisturising ingredient.
- Rose (Rosa Gallica Flower Extract) is possibly a better ingredient, but contradicting. One or two sources I found states that it’s skin-conditioning and even suitable for those with eczema, however those who are especially sensitive to fragrance or flower extracts will not benefit in my opinion. Other sources strictly state the ingredient as a fragrance.
- Overall, I found few good ingredients in this list. I get the sense that many of the ingredients are there to create the texture whether it’s foam-boosting, bonding, a pH adjuster or viscosity controller. In other words – style, no substance.
You can refer to CoSDNA for the ingredient breakdown.
What do you have to say about it?
I wasn’t initially going to review this because I didn’t have much to say. That’s your first indicator that I find this product somewhat disinteresting and boring. Whilst my opinion hasn’t changed too much, the more I dived into the research, the more appropriate it seemed to write this review because now, I have lots to say.
Where to begin?
Upon purchasing, I didn’t pay huge attention to the descriptions written on the back. However, one evening in the shower was all it took to discover the marketing fluff. Of course, this is common across many products but this one is not short and sweet. Actually, it is quite exaggerated if I do say so myself. I cringed a little when reading it.
The product claims:
The rich gel-cream texture emulsifies in water, transforming into a creamy foam that cleanses and softens the skin without drying it out.
Beyond clean, the wash reveals deeply comfortable skin that feels smooth and silky soft. Day after day, skin is softer, more supple and appears more beautiful.
I have highlighted in bold, the claims that I think are rather ridiculous claims.
What does it even mean for the skin to be beyond clean anyway? Surely the skin starts disintegrating or something cos I’m sure we need some amount of healthy bacteria in our system and whilst clean skin is and should be the goal, I’m not sure that a beyond clean skin approach is the way forward. It just sounds painful.
The experience when using this cleanser was certainly lacking. I never once looked forward to using this. I found it drying if anything and just plain boring. I felt like I was using soap on my face and not an actual cleanser. I wanted something creamier. I wanted to treat my skin and whilst it probably did clean my skin, it was taking away too much from it.
The substance itself is hard to squeeze out from the tube. I’m not sure if I blame the packaging either because the product wasn’t so hard to squeeze out from its sister cleanser however different substance, different product. Either way, it’s definitely not my favourite and even for its price which is relatively inexpensive, you can get so much bang out of your buck elsewhere.
Overall Loving: 3/10
I just don’t enjoy using this! It doesn’t even pass as a good, basic cleanser and it manages to dry my skin out, which makes me question its good rating on multiple websites. The drying effect wasn’t so bad after a period of time but I think this was largely to do with the rest of my routine to help aid the dryness. I have managed to finish the full tube but for sure, I will not be repurchasing.
This is an old write-up of a review which I forgot to post months ago. It’s probably not as relevant now but I didn’t want to delete it either.
Speaking of cleansers, I have gone mad as I have purchased so many cleansers lately (not that I needed any). Don’t be surprised if I start talking about them soon! What’s new on the skincare market now anyway?
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