When it comes to curating a great skincare routine, a good cleanser that suits your skin/needs is a must. Specially since all serums and expensive moisturisers are pretty much useless when applied on poorly cleansed skin.
I choose my cleansers based on a) how much makeup i’m wearing that day b) my skin type. And as my skin changes so frequently I like to switch up my cleansers too. As you’d imagine, i’ve accumulated quite the stash and have tested a fair few.
This fall Clé de Peau Beauté takes cleansing to a whole new level introducing 7 cleansers to address various needs and skin types. All packaged in pristine white with gold accents.
It’s a selection of cleansers that not only look good in your skincare cabinet but also transforms the routine of cleansing into a luxurious night time ritual to pamper and ensure the wind down is a blissful one.
The collection includes the following,
Softening Cleansing Foam
Clarifying Cleansing Foam
Cleansing Clay Scrub
Cleansing Cream Oil
Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
Eye & Lip Makeup Remover Towelettes
Gentle Cleansing Milk
I’ve been testing 4 of the 7 cleansers these past months, and i’ll be talking about those in depth today.
Kicking off with my favourite from the bunch. The Softening Cleansing Foam. A surprising choice as i’m usually never drawn to foaming cleansers. Hah!
The Softening Cleansing Foam is a creamy foaming cleanser that foams rather thick. An absolutely silky & luxurious formula that makes the ritual of cleansing a more indulgent experience.
The formula is said to contain a ‘special combination of moisturising ingredients’ (including Hyaluronic acid) and an Intelligent Cleansing Technology that helps create an ideal environment for skin, therefore never too stripping, even on drier skin types. Since I have combination/dry skin, this suits my needs perfectly and cleanses dirt & grime from the day without dehydrating my drier areas further.
This also is my go-to on lazy days since I know it does a thorough cleanse and I can then rush through my serums & moisturiser and get to bed ASAP.
As a strong believer in double cleansing, on days I wear a full face of makeup I tend to use this as a second cleanse, relying on an oil cleanser to take off a bulk of my makeup. Overall this is great for all skin types (except the extremely dry ones) and also perfect for one step cleansing if you don’t wear heavy makeup day to day.
The method of use is a simple one.
Place approximately 1cm of cleansing foam (use less than you think you need) into the palm of your hand and lather up with some water. You can then apply this foam on damp or dry skin and cleanse with circular motions. Rinse well and pat dry.
Water. Glycerin. Stearic Acid. Sorbitol. Myristic Acid. PEG-6. PEG-32. Potassium Hydroxide. Lauric Acid. PEG-60 Glyceryl Isostearate. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. Lauryl Betaine. Glyceryl Stearate SE. Bees wax. Polyquaternium-39. Polyglyceryl-4 Lauryl Ether. Acrylates Copolymer. Fragrance (parfum). Disodium EDTA. Trehalose. PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Sodium Benzoate. Iron Oxides (CI 77492). Pearl Powder. Silk Powder (Serica/Poudre de soie). Serine. Sodium Hyaluronate. Iron Oxides (CI 77491). Tocopherol. Theanine. Diamond Powder. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Butylene Glycol. Polyquarternium -51. Hydrolyzed silk. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein. Phenoxyethanol.
Next up is the Cleansing Clay Scrub. A cleanser that incorporates gentle exfoliating into your cleansing routine.
The Cleansing Clay Scrub is great to maintain healthy skin when incorporated once or twice a week alternating with your regular cleanser. The non abrasive scrubies are perfect for clearing off any dead skin build up and deep cleanses pores with it’s clay base. .
The formula also contains peony extract to help manage surface sebum & the same Intelligent Cleansing Technology as the Softening Cleansing Foam. The overall result is a smooth, radiant skin with less surface texture.
Take approximately 4cm of product and work in with circular motions onto dry or wet skin avoiding eye area. Rinse and pat dry.
Water. Glycerin. Dipropylene Glycol. Kaolin. Glyceryl Stearate SE. Zinc Oxcide. PEG-60 Glyceryl Isostearate. Butylene Glycol. Talc. Bentonite. Alcohol Denat. Behenyl Alcohol. Stearyl Alcohol. Microcrystalline Cellulose. Phenoxyethanol. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. Disodium EDTA. Trehalose. PEG/PPG- 14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Isostearic Acid. Fragrance (parfum). Lauryl Betaine. Barium Sulfate. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate . Aluminium Hydroxide. Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract. Serine. Tocopherol. Theanine. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Benzoic Acid. Sodium Benzoate. Polyquaternium-51. Hydrolyzed Silk. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein.
Following with a luxuriously silky cleanser that’s perfect for dehydrated, drier skin types. The Cleansing Cream Oil.
This smooth creamy emulsion which transforms into a luxurious oil, cleanses skin without dehydrating or stripping. The texture is sublime, gently breaking down even heavier makeup with silky smooth strokes.
This too, formulated with the Intelligent Cleansing Technology, creates the ideal environment for skin and promotes smooth, radiant and more even textured complexion. In addition it also contains Argan Oil, an ingredient known for it’s skincare benefits including moisturising and healing.
Take approximately 3cm of product and massage into dry skin with soft circular motions. Once transformed into oil, the cleanser breaks down all makeup which then can be rinsed clean or tissued off.
I’d recommend this for dry to very dry skin types as this particular one rinses off leaving a oily residue (which essentially keeps skin moisturised). Something to keep in mind if this bothers you.
Hydrogenated Polydecene. Pentaerythrityl. Tetraethylhexanoate. Sorbitol. Water. Glycerin. Isododecane. Dimethicone. Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone. Sucrose Stearate. PPG-15-Buteth-20. PEG-60 Hydrogenated Caster Oil. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. MethylParaben. Trehalose. Argania Spinkosa Kernel Oil. PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Sodium Citrate. Algin. Citric Acid. Fragrance (parfum). Butylene Glycol. Sodium Metaphosphate. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate. Aluminium Hydroxide. Tocopherol. Limonene. Crataegus Monogyna Flower Extract. Trisodium EDTA. Serine. Theanine. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract. Polyquaternium-51. Hydrolyzed Silk. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein. Phenoxyethanol.
Lastly the Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
An essential in every woman’s life. A point cleanser is perfect for taking off stubborn makeup (waterproof mascara) with ease. As with most eye and lip makeup removers, this too is a two phase formula easily identifiable with the separating of the ingredients into two layers.
What’s special about this particular one is, I find it leaves a relatively less oily residue than other two phase makeup removers. Most of which cause blurry vision as the ‘oils’ seep into the eyes. I find this effectively takes off gel or liquid liner (an exception being the TF liquid liner which most cleansers struggle to remove btw) making your next step of facial cleansing a comfortable experience. You wont be left partially blinded through the rest of your cleansing routine!
This gentle formula is easy on the delicate skin around the eyes and lips and pampers the skin with moisture.
Application is pretty straight forward. Just spritz a few drops onto a cotton pad and press over the eye area or lips to dissolve makeup, wait 5-10 seconds and wipe off. Follow with your regular cleansing routine.
Water. Cyclomethicone. C11-12 Isoparaffin.Butylene Glycol. Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate. Cetyl Ethylhexanoate. Glycerin. Alcohol Denat. Sodium Chloride. Phenoxyethanol. Trehalose. Argania Spinosa Kernel oil. PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Trisodium EDTA. Benzalkonium Chloride. Fragrance (parfum) . Camellia Japonica Seed Oil. Serine. Theanine. Sodium Citrate. Polyquaternium-51. Tocopherol. Citric Acid. Hydrolyzed Silk. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein.
For those willing to fork out the cash for a truly decadent experience, these are worth a look. The standout products were the Softening Cleansing Foam which I thought was an excellent cleanser and also great value for money as the tiny amount needed per cleanse would really stretch this tube for quite some time.
My second recommendation would be the Cleansing Cream Oil. Apart from it’s (obvious) excellent cleansing abilities, I found this such a luxurious experience. A must try.
Pricing & Availability
This range is currently available at all Clé de Peau Counters.
Price list, to be updated.