Clarins Treatment Oils have a bit of a cult status in the beauty world and were recently in the Guardian’s Top 50 Beauty Buys. High praise indeed. So, what are the products claims? There are three options to choose from: Blue Orchid for dehydrated skin, Santal for dry/very dry skin and Lotus Oil for combination/oily skin. The oils contain 100% Pure Plant Extracts with no preservatives and a different combination of extracts such as sandalwood and lavender to treat and balance specific skin complaints.
Clarins Lotus Oil contains rosewood, geranium and lotus which is supposed to purify, tighten pores and produce a refined skin texture. Also in the blend is hazelnut oil to soften and sooth the skin with the aim to prevent fine lines. I’ve been using this on and off for almost a year now. I always get sidelined with other treatments, especially Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. But I do come back to it when I feel my skin’s needing a little TLC.
Clarins Lotus Oil smells lovely, a very relaxing aroma that’s perfect for night time application. This feels heavier than Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery and takes a bit longer to sink into my skin too. I always start with just one drop on clean, dry skin to see whether my skin will drink it up or not. Sometimes one drop is all is needed. Even though it’s an oil it doesn’t (or shouldn’t) leave your skin feeling greasy. Mine is left feeling replenished and soft. What I really like about this is that it doesn’t irritate or clog up my pores. So hopefully it shouldn’t clog up yours either. If I’m using it for a wee while I definitely notice a difference in the texture of my skin, it looks more refined and my pores aren’t as large/noticeable. Also, I’ve found that my t-zone isn’t as oily throughout the day when I’ve been using this. Once stopped the appearance doesn’t remain.
If you’re having trouble finding something that’s moisturising without irritating your skin and fancy trying an oil I’d say this is worth a go. Clarins counters usually have the treatment oils out so you can feel the texture and maybe get a cheeky sample before spending £30 on something you might not like. It will last you for ages though, so if it does suit your skin it’s worth the investment.
Have you tried any of these treatment oils from Clarins? Did you like them?