If you’re anything like me, you’ll love skincare that’s conscious of the environment, but still has a pampering feel to it. Clarins is certainly renowned for its luxurious, sensorial and effective skincare, and, good news – their iconic cleansers and toners have now been revamped and updated to be even greener!
With changed formulations, eco-conscious packaging and some new additions to the pack, Clarins have given their cleansing and toning range an exciting revisit. With a wide variety of textures to choose from, formulas tailored to every skin type – and not to mention the uplifting botanical aromas – this selection transforms the daily cleansing ritual into a pampering treat!
If you’re a loyal fan of our blog, you’ll know that I’m passionate about sustainability, so I was naturally really intrigued to learn more about Clarins’ latest reformulations. I’ve tried and tested each and every luxurious formula (all in the name of research, of course!) to help you find out which of Clarins’ cleansers and toners is just right for you.
What’s so great about this range is that no matter your skin type, you can choose your ideal texture that’s tailored to your specific concerns. Whether your sensitive skin is in need of soothing, or you want to combat oiliness for a shine-free glow, switching up your cleansing and toning routine will help to transform your skin.
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At the heart of each formula lies the purest natural ingredients sustainably cultivated in Le Domaine Clarins, an open-air zero-pollution botanical farm and laboratory in the Alps. Clarins set up this sustainable project to carry out biodiversity studies and encourage the growth of organic and pollution-free plants and botanicals to ensure the highest quality natural extracts that respect and preserve the environment. This eco-conscious decision ensures optimal traceability along with ethical production, and is a demonstration of Clarins’ continued aim to be more sustainable and kinder to the planet.
Another bonus? Each nourishing formula is held in recyclable packaging made with recycled materials, so you know you’re not contributing to excess waste when you’ve finished your product.
Read on to find the perfect one for you…
For All Skin Types
The Exfoliating Cleansing Mousse
You Will Love This If… As this cleanser is suitable for all skin types, it’s perfect for anyone looking for a sensorial, rinse-off face wash to hydrate and balance their skin.
What You Need To Know About The Clarins Gentle Renewing Cleansing Mousse Is… This reformulation is even greener and even more pampering! It offers a mild exfoliation to refine your skin and recapture its glow while lifting away dirt, makeup, pollution and impurities. Skin feels soft and refreshed after each cleanse, and I love that this foam doesn’t strip anything away or leave any tightness or discomfort.
Hero Ingredients: As with all of the cleansers in this collection, the Renewing Cleansing Mousse is soap-free and has a Gentle Complex blend at its core to offer a soothing and softening cleanse. The exclusive Gentle Complex combines the purest organic Alpine herbs – cultivated from Le Domaine Clarins – of skin-renewing gentian and soothing lemon balm for a uniquely gentle cleansing experience. The bubbly lather comes from organic Saponaria, while the exfoliating action is thanks to natural AHA tamarind pulp, which purges skin of dead cells and trapped dirt for your most radiant and silky-soft skin yet!
The Pampering Part? The clear liquid transforms into a rich and foamy mousse that’s packed with bubbles. Oh, and you’ll love the fresh, citrusy aroma of tangerine, neroli and ylang-ylang; it’s the perfect way to revive your skin and the senses.
The Micellar Water
You Will Love This If… This is particularly suited to those who opt for fuss-free skincare, and it would be an ideal choice as the first step in your double cleanse. Its gentle cleansing abilities make it suitable for all skin types – even those with very sensitive complexions.
What You Need To Know About The Clarins Cleansing Micellar Water Is… This effortless cleanser attracts dirt and impurities almost like a magnet – and all without the need for rinsing. It quickly removes makeup and daily grime in one step while gently purifying and softening skin.
Hero Ingredients: The micelles in this water effortlessly lift away makeup, while moringa captures and dissolves makeup and pollution. It’s also packed with Clarins’ Microbiota Complex, which is made up of a nourishing trio of aquatic plants, along with saffron flower polyphenols and kelp that ensures a healthy balance of good bacteria in the skin.
The Pampering Part? This lightweight water has an uplifting fruity-floral scent that blends notes of peppermint, fig, lily and white musk with tangy raspberry for an aroma that’s similar to fleshy peaches.
The Silky Oil
You Will Love This If… If you look for something a little more luxurious to remove your makeup, this is the one for you. This is especially effective at breaking down heavy-duty makeup, so it’s the ideal option if you like to go all out with your looks but want minimal effort when it comes to removing them.
What You Need To Know About The Clarins Total Cleansing Oil Is… Your full glam makeup look stands no chance against this hardworking rinse-off oil! The lightweight and gentle cleansing oil easily melts away even the most stubborn waterproof mascara and long-lasting formulas to remove every trace of the day. I love how soft and supple my skin felt after using this; it doesn’t leave a greasy film as it transforms into a moisturising milk when met with water for an effortless and comfortable cleanse.
Hero Ingredients: As well as containing anti-pollution moringa and Clarins’ soothing and softening Gentle Complex, the easy-rinse oil boasts a hearty dose of 47% organic sunflower oil, which is non-comedogenic and non-irritating no matter your skin type.
The Pampering Part? This refreshing oil is light and non-greasy; it activates with water to create a velvety lotion that’s nourishing as well as pampering. The floral-green scent reminds me of dewdrops on a petal on a crisp sunny day. The refreshing aroma blends melon, green mandarin, rose and violet leaves for a sweet and dewy scent, while cashmeran wood, musk and amber create a silky warmth.
The Velvety Milk
You Will Love This If… If you want to soothe and calm your complexion with a creamy texture, this is the one for you.
What You Need To Know About The Clarins Velvet Cleansing Milk Is… Not only is the new Velvet Cleansing Milk more eco-friendly, but it’s also even more gentle. The creamy cleanser can be used with water or simply wiped off with a face cloth, allowing you versatility with your cleanse, which is especially good if your skin reacts to water. It’s hydrating and easily breaks down makeup, leaving skin soft and clean while feeling incredibly comfortable.
Hero Ingredients: Clarins’ exclusive formulas – the Gentle Complex and the Microbiota Complex – are at the heart of this balancing cleanser, while they are met with two bonus humectants – which are ingredients that hold onto moisture – to boost skin’s natural hydration levels.
The Pampering Part? This velvety milk has a lotion-like consistency that’s smoothing and silky on the skin. To continue the theme, a soothing floral scent of violet, rose, white musk and sandalwood infuses the lotion.
Clarins Cleansers For Sensitive Skin
The Gentle Wash
You Will Love This If… If you have sensitive and very dry skin that’s prone to redness, discomfort and irritation, then this will be the face wash for you.
What You Need To Know About The Clarins Soothing Gentle Cleanser Is… Calming and comforting, the Gentle Foaming Cleanser offers an ultra-gentle cleansing experience. The rinse-off formula preserves the skin’s microbiome to ensure a healthy level of bacteria in the skin while conditioning the complexion and leaving it soft and smooth.
Hero Ingredients: In addition to the Gentle Complex and Microbiota Complex, this creamy face wash contains a dollop of shea butter and organic chamomile to leave skin soothed, conditioned and comfortable, with moringa to detoxify and rid skin of pollutants. Plus, vegetal squalene strengthens skin’s hydrolipidic film to fend off dryness, even after rinsing, and organic saponaria offers a naturally-lathering foam.
The Pampering Part? This rich whipped cream beautifully lathers on the skin while releasing the delicate floral notes of honeysuckle, ylang ylang and cocoa blossom.
The Soothing Toner
You Will Love This If… If you were a fan of Clarins’ peach toner, then you’ll love this even greener formula as it’s just as soothing and comforting for dry, very dry and sensitive complexions.
What You Need To Know About The Clarins Soothing Toning Lotion Is… If you have sensitive skin, you may shy away from a toner for fear of upsetting your skin’s balance or stripping anything away. And that’s where the Clarins Soothing Toner comes in – it’s calming, balancing and hydrating, and will also help lift away any traces of cleanser or residue left behind.
Hero Ingredients: Like all toners in this collection, it’s free from alcohol, so you don’t have to worry about it stripping or drying out skin. Along with the skin-balancing Microbiota Complex, this soothing toner has added Roman chamomile for ultra-soothing and calming abilities.
The Pampering Part? A hybrid between a fluid and a gel, this lightweight toner has a uniquely comforting texture. The fruity-floral aroma lingers delicately, blending lemon, cardamom, freesia, magnolia, peony, apricot and white musk for an uplifting olfactory experience.
Clarins Cleansers For Dry Skin
The Moisturising Cleanse
You Will Love This If… If you have normal to dry skin that needs a dose of hydration every time you cleanse, then this will help to lock in moisture.
The Most Important Thing About The Clarins Hydrating Gentle Cleanser Is… This face wash will moisturise as you cleanse! The nourishing rinse-off formula cocoons skin in a moisture-rich blend so it feels soothing and softening, while effectively removing makeup, pollution and daily impurities.
Hero Ingredients: What makes this formula different is the addition of naturally healing and deeply quenching aloe vera. Packed with antioxidants to fend off free radicals, aloe vera enhances the moisturising abilities of this wash, while the Gentle Complex and Microbiota Complex work hard to soothe and balance skin.
The Pampering Part? The rich white texture feels more like a face cream than a wash, but it quickly transforms into a lightweight, foamy lather. It has an invigorating floral-citrus scent that combines notes of mandarin, neroli and sandalwood for a refreshing aroma that will perk up the senses while reviving the complexion.
The Hydrating Toner
You Will Love This If… If you want to moisturise your normal-to-dry complexion while balancing it, this is the right toner for your skin.
What You Need To Know About The Clarins Hydrating Toning Lotion Is… The perfect companion to the Hydrating Cleanser, this toner is made to quench thirsty and dry skin, as well as tone.
Hero Ingredients: This skin-quenching toner is perfect for tackling dryness and dehydration as it includes a hydrating mix of aloe vera along with moisturising fig and the skin-respecting Microbiota Complex.
The Pampering Part? The fluid toner has an aqueous texture with a floral-citrus aroma. The fragrance bursts with notes of orange, rose and violet while vetiver, leather and woods give it a natural earthy edge.
Clarins Cleansers For Oily Skin
The Purifying Scrub
You Will Love This If… If you have oily or combination skin, this is the daily exfoliating face wash for you.
What You Need To Know About The Clarins Purifying Gentle Cleanser Is… This deep-cleansing face wash purges pores for a shine-free and purified finish. The naturally-foaming granular formula exfoliates the skin while eliminating pollutants and dead cells for a radiant, detoxed complexion that’s refined and less oily.
Hero Ingredients: The purifying cleanser has the addition of mattifying organic meadowsweet extract along with pore-cleansing granules of salicylic acid. These gently buff the skin and shed dead cells and trapped oil, while vegetal squalene defends the skin’s hydrolipidic film to ensure skin isn’t stripped or dried out. Clarins has included their Gentle Complex and Microbiota Complex to ensure a naturally beautifying and calming effect.
The Pampering Part? This rich cream is cool and refreshing; it’s packed with natural biodegradable blue grains to provide a scrub experience, while fresh, zesty notes of lime, fresh mint and ylang-ylang wake up the complexion.
The Invigorating Toner
You Will Love This If… If you’re after a non-oily and mattified glow that’s visibly refined and noticeably softer, then this is an ideal toner.
The Most Important Thing About The Clarins Purifying Toning Lotion Is… The eco-friendly and skin-refining toner will address the needs of your oily or combination skin. It expertly tones while respecting skin, as well as minimising pores and oiliness. It leaves the complexion with a shine-free radiance that’s clear and purified.
Hero Ingredients: Along with the microbiome balancing mix, the Purifying Toner has the added benefits of clarifying meadowsweet extract, which mattifies the complexion. It also has purifying witch hazel for a soothing and pore-shrinking effect.
The Pampering Part? I love the sweet fruity-floral scent of this toner! The aqueous fluid is cooling on the skin, while the tangy notes of citrus, blackcurrant and peach meet the floral bouquet of rose, peony, jasmine, violet and white musk for a revitalising fragrance that’s clean and mood-boosting.