Friday, 17 September 2010

Review: Decleor Aroma Cleanse Cleaning Mousse

Disclosure: PR sample

Decleor's latest product was originally intended to be a permanent QVC exclusive, but once developed, Decleor decided it was too good to keep from the mass market.  So, it's available for an initial period as a QVC exclusive, and will then be made available via other channels.

Exclusiveness aside, what we have here is a cleansing mousse with an impressive list of claims: softening, exfoliating, hydrating, and indeed anti-ageing.  The sleek pump tube is supplied in a chic white bag with two of the white muslin clothes becoming so ubiquitous with a good cleanse.

Dispensing about a half pump into the palm of your hand and lathering with a bit of water produces a rich, mousse-like foam; you have to be careful to use enough water, or you end up with a hard to spread, thick emulsion which isn't particularly easy to use.  The theory is that you apply it to clean, dry skin, and then use a damp muslin cloth to remove it, enhancing the exfoliating effects.  So far so Cleanse and Polish, right?

I'll admit that I've been cheating, and not using the muslin cloths at all.  Apparently, to ensure proper cleanness, one should wash them after each use in the washing machine, which frankly sounds like too much washing to me.  Rinsing under extremely hot water is OK too, but only extends the wear of one cloth by a day - so if you're using these as prescribed, you'll be washing them at least twice a week.  I'm too lazy busy for that, so I've been using the cleanser both alone, and with my Clarisonic.

The foaming texture works very well with my Clarisonic, providing plenty of soapy lubrication (I can't believe I just wrote that) to help the Clarisonic glide across the skin.  It also effectively cleanses the skin when massaged across the face with the fingertips.  Once the foam is splashed off, the skin is left feeling very clean, and rather squeaky.  While my skin doesn't feel dry and gasping per se, I imagine that there is a little bit too much cleansing going on here for dry skins - for normal to oily skin, it's acceptable, so long as you don't mind that squeaky feeling.

I've been using the foam for a few weeks now and it's showing no signs of approaching the end of the bottle, which is rather good as it costs around £25 a tube.  My skin is indeed very smooth and clear, although I'm not sure how much of that can be attributed to a cleanser - it's on the skin for such a short amount of time, I can't really credit it with much other than a good deep cleaning action.

If you have oily to normal skin and like a good deep cleanse, or want to remove every last scrap of your foundation, you might well like this product - but if you have dry skin, I'd steer well clear, despite it being aimed at all skin types.  And although the tube says that it's suitable for removing eye makeup, I'd advise you keep it well away from your eyes - mine stung painfully when I tried to remove my eye makeup with it.

If you'd like to try this for yourself, you can find it exclusively at QVC, where it will set you back £24.56.  What do you think?  Do you like a really deep cleaning, squeaky cleanser?


  1. Oh no not another cleanser to try! I have so many. I did not think it would be long before Decleor jumped on the C&P bandwagon, I know that Elemis already has and what's the betting that Gatineau won't be far off either? I like a good deep cleanse, but hate any squeakiness, and have steared away from foaming cleansers for that reason. However maybe with the forth coming QVC 4x ezpay Beauty Day this could be worth a try if it is featured. Thanks for the post Jan x

  2. If you don't like the squeaky feeling, you won't like this at all :)

  3. Waaaay too soapy for me! That tacky, sticky feeling afterwards reminds me of being unceremoniously scrubbed with a bar of Imperial Leather as a small child. Pass!


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