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Review: L’Oréal Fine Flowers Gel-Cream Wash

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.

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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.

Where from? 

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.

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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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12 Comments

  1. I heard such good reviews about it, it’s such a shame that this product didn’t do anything for you. I thought I’d give it a go but after reading your review, I don’t think I’m going to buy it. Thanks for your honest review! x

  2. I have not seen this cleanser around before. Thanks for the review. *LOL* I totally understand that feeling with the old write ups wahaha

  3. Jessica says

    Ugh, anything with SLS in it doesn’t do my skin any favors either. I am happy to see you doing product reviews again though!

    • Tbh, I have probably used countless of SLS-filled face cleansers but in this particular cleanser, I really felt the horrifying effects of SLS. Do you know if SLS is prominent in Asian skincare out of interest?

      Also thought it’d be interesting to add that I have completely banned using any hair products with SLS in it and best decision I’ve ever made! My scalp is so much nicer without it. Can’t say I’ll do the same for cleansers but I’m definitely weary of it.

      • Jessica says

        I think SLS is fairly common in foaming cleansers, but there are usually coconut-derived sulfates or something similar in cream / gel based cleansers so I was surprised to see it in this cleanser!

  4. How disappointing that this only got 3/10! The claims do sound a little silly – leave it to beauty brands to make exaggerated claims like that! I do love the scent of jasmine, though.

    • In terms of scent, I don’t remember the scent of this to be that out there. I think if anything, it was probably a subtle floral scent which I kinda don’t care for in skincare now that I think about it!

      Do you have a fave drugstore cleanser?

      • I don’t, actually! To be honest, I’ve used high-end cleansers my entire life which is a little ridiculous now that I think about it, considering you just wash it off your face…

  5. I love me a negative skincare review – nobody wants to be wasting money on products that aren’t going to work. It’s a shame though, this sounds like it had potential xx

  6. It is eye opening once you’re able to lift the veil of marketing spin. What is “beyond clean”?! 🙄
    I haven’t bought any new cleansers in ages because I’m quite happy with what I use. I’m still enjoying Shiseido Extra Creamy cleansing foam in the mornings. For removing makeup, I’m using the Shu Uemura cleansing oil which was part of the Takashi Murakami collection. I didn’t want to love the Shu Uemura cleansing oil but I do! It’s so pricey for what it is… 😛 Once I’m done the bottle I’m going back to using the MUJI Sensitive Skin cleansing oil.

    • I definitely want to use Shu! But I have no direct access to it and I could probably buy online but I have a feeling the prices are inflated anyways lol can’t win. I think I will just wait until I go to HK again which would actually be next Feb as my brother is having a wedding there!

      I would like to check out Shiseido skincare, especially their cleansers! I have only tried their mascara primer so far (which I dearly loved). Actually, I am a little bored of my skincare again so I am about to splurge again on some new stuff haha…tis the season… 😳

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