Saturday, 16 February 2013
After receiving the Elemis FreshSkin Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash in my Glossybox this month, I enjoyed using it, went crazy and bought the Fresh Start Discovery Kit. No, I don't need it, but I caved. I've been wanting to try the line for ages so liking one product from it will be my justification. Besides, these are only miniature versions, it's not that bad..
As I said in my January Glossybox post, the line is targeted at young skin that needs basic daily care. Elemis products are paraben-free and they use loads of natural ingredients so you're very unlikely to react badly to these and if you do, you're extremely unlucky! This set comes with small sizes of the Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash, Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash, Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser, Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturiser and three 7ml sachets of the Deep Clean Purifying Face Mask for £19.90 from timetospa. I don't think that's too bad considering that Elemis is definitely more of a luxury brand than a high street brand.
I'm really disappointed to say that I didn't love this range like I hoped I would. I have pretty oily skin and I felt like although this line is targeted at teenage skin, it was still too moisturising for my skin. I really liked the Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash as I did find that it cleansed my skin properly without stripping it, and I enjoyed using the face mask which is a classic mud mask. It was the moisturisers I wasn't so keen on. They smell absolutely amazing, like aromatic and lavender-y and nice but I felt that they were way too heavy for my skin type and eventually started to break me out. I stopped using them as soon as I decided that they were the cause of my breakout and just continued to use the other products from the range which seems to be OK for me. So whilst I didn't find the line to be 100% effective for me, I wouldn't say it was a bad line at all, I would recommend it for teenage skin but perhaps for more normal skin.
NB. I can't blame Elemis for this because they don't sell the products on their own website but in my experience, timetospa (which Elemis recommends as the place to buy their products from online) has pretty poor customer service. I was entitled to 20% off with a code in my Glossybox but they chose to ignore this, and when I called up to complain I was told they would take 20% off my final bill. I had to contact them twice after this before they finally deducted 20%. I'm not saying everyone will have this experience but I was pretty unimpressed. Just as a warning to you if you're planning to buy from this website!
Have you tried this range before or would you like to?