Pros: Very gentle. Makes my skin feel soft and clean instead of tight and dry.
Cons: Doesn't really get foamy. Hard to rinse off. Expensive.
Every once in awhile, I like to go on a beauty product shopping spree. These beauty sprees don't happen very often because I tend to be pretty laissez-faire about my looks. But over the past year or so, I have noticed that my skin seems drier and it's gotten worse since we moved to Germany. I recently shopped on Lancome.com, where I came upon Lancome's Ablutia Fraicheur Purifying Foaming Cleanser (how's that for a mouthful of a name?). I was looking for a gentle but effective cleanser that wouldn't dry out my skin more than it already is.
My Ablutia Fraicheur Cleanser came in a plastic container with a pump dispenser. For a 6.8 ounce bottle, I paid $27. That seems like a lot of money, but then, I tend to take awhile to use beauty products. The cleanser is a clear deep pink in color and comes out of the pump as a thin gel. I wouldn't say the gel smells heavenly, but it does have a pleasant enough herbal scent. It's pretty subtle.
Directions for use
Massage over wet face and throat. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Follow with a toner.
My experiences so far
I was pretty excited to try this new cleanser. I wet my face with warm water, squirted about a dime sized portion of cleanser in my palm, and spread the stuff over my face. The first thing I noticed is that a little bit of this stuff goes a pretty long way. That dime sized portion was plenty to cover my face and throat. Next, I noticed that while this cleanser is supposed to be foamy, it's really more slick than bubbly. The cleanser has a slightly thick, slippery texture that feels more like jelly than anything foamy. Even after rubbing it a bit on my face, it never really developed much of a lather. And finally, I noticed that the cleanser takes more than a few splashes of water to rinse away completely.
Despite the lack of bubbles and the slight difficulty I have rinsing away this cleanser, I like the way my face feels after I use it. Ablutia Fraicheur is very gentle. There's no tingling sensation when I use it. It just feels cool and soothing. But when I dry my face after washing with this stuff, it feels soft, smooth, and clean. Best of all, my face doesn't feel like it's been stripped of all essential oils after I wash with Ablutia Fraicheur.
I do wish this cleanser were a little more foamy and a little less slick. I'd also like it if it were easier to remove after I wash my face. But overall, I like the results I get after using Ablutia Fraicheur.
Should you buy Ablutia Fraicheur?
I'll admit that $27 is a lot to pay for a face cleanser, especially when you're used to paying a few bucks for something at a drugstore. Most people probably don't need to purchase a product like Ablutia Fraicheur. The nice thing about this cleanser is that for $27, you do get a lot of product and a little bit goes a long way. I invested $27 in this cleanser, but I expect to use it for a long time.
I would recommend Lancome Ablutia Fraicheur Purifying Foaming Cleanser for people who don't mind paying top dollar for a gentle product. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is hoping for a cleanser that gets really foamy or people on a tight budget.
Lancome's Web site: www.lancome.com