Do these products look very familiar to you? I am sure some of you must have seen them while you are shopping in Guardian or Watsons in the past few months.
The growing trend of "Back to Essentials" consumers has led to the birth of Essentielles under Vichy Laboratoires face and body range.
Essentielles is a BASIC face and body care range that focuses on skin's essential daily needs, without targeting a particular skin problem, as they hydrate, protect and reveal skin's radiance. These products are tested on sensitve skin under dermatological control.
So can you make a guess what is the key ingredient in Essentielles products?
Hint: The main focus on the packaging!
Yes, that is the rose (known as the French Rose) ..and this is also how one differentiate the Essentielles range from the rest under the Vichy family.. The French Rose ( Rosa Gallica extract) has always been used by pharmacists for its soothing, protecting and hydrating properties. It allows the skin to reveal its glow. Researchers have found out that Rose contains Polyphenols and in nature, these proteins protect against external aggressions and ensure their freshness in the long term. All these products are paraben free and hypoallergenic.
Other active ingredients include:
- Glycerin- A moisture keeping agent capable of retaining high quantities of water within the stratum corneum, ensuring the hydration of the skin's outer layers.
- Shea Butter - (in facial emulsion and body cream-milk) soothes and protects against external aggressions.
- Vichy Thermal Spa Water - a natural active ingredient that soothes and fortifies the skin day after day.
You must be wondering why I mentioned Essentielles is a basic face and body care range??
Because.. there are only 2 products for skin care and 2 products for body care under this range. Can say it is really a fuss-free skincare regime for people who do not have any particular skin problem in concern.
The 2 Essentielles products for the face:
- Essentielles Foaming Cleanser
Description: A foaming cream to gently cleanses and removes makeup. Hypoallergenic and paraben-free.
Full ingredients list for Essentielles foaming cleanser:
Size: 100ml tube
How to use: Apply onto the face every morning and/or evening & rinse off.
My thoughts after trying the product for a week:
This cleanser is one of the foamest cleansers I have ever used. See the amount of foam that I can whip up using the small amount of product and some water.
No joke right! See how foamy the cleanser is when I am it on my face. This product is one of my favourite products in the Essentielles range. I love how creamy and foamy the cleanser lathers up, and how it makes my skin clean and soft after each wash. No tight after-wash feeling too. It is mentioned that i can remove makeup, even eye makeup and I tested it on my eyes, and see if it could remove my mascara and eyeshadow.. (Ok, I have to admit I do not use cleanser on my eye area but for this review, I gave it a try because I was also curious to see if it really can double up as an eye makeup remover as well)
It can remove my eye shadow. However, when I tried using the product on my eyelashes, and used a cotton pad to remove the waterproof mascara on my lashes.. it actually stung my eyes, quite painful when I opened my eyes although I saw some traces of mascara being removed.(not fully) So conclusion is it can be used to remove light eye makeup but not waterproof mascara, it is better to avoid using the product near the lash lines. I will still stick to using a separate eye makeup remover when removing my eye makeup.
Scent wise, it is not really the typical rose scent, it smells more like a nice light flowery scent to me. I am really loving and enjoying using this cleanser! Did I mention that it tone our skin as well? (That is why there is no toner in this range!) Must try this product if you have a chance!
- Essentielles Facial Emulsion
Description: This emulsion for normal to combination skin soothes the skin with Polyphenols, it also contains Allantoin that has repairing, softening, moisturizing and calming properties for damaged or fragile skin.
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