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Alorée Sweet Purifying Cleansing Milk

J’Adore: The Sweet Purifier Cleansing Milk by Alorée

May 28, 2013

Is it possible to become addicted to your cleanser? Because I would say that I’m addicted to my cleanser. Like crazy.

I’ve gone through a lot of cleansers before. So when I say that Alorée’s Sweet Purifier Cleansing Milk is by far my favorite, I am not exaggerating. After that horrible experience I had with the Alorée CC Cream Second Life, I’m so happy to shed a positive light on a different Alorée product.

This cleansing milk proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Alorée truly is a top notch skincare brand.

Alorée Sweet Purifying Cleansing Milk

Alorée, Le Safe Spirit

Alorée is a young and promising organic french skincare brand.

The brand launched in 2011 during the Beyond Beauty Expo in Paris. That year, Alorée won the Beauty Organic Award for its innovative use of chlorophyll as an active ingredient in its products.

The main active ingredients in Alorée products are in fact a complex of anti-oxidants, which includes chlorophyll, polyphenols, oligo-elements and omega-3. These ingredients work to slow down signs of aging by reducing the level of intracellular oxidation induced by UVB rays. In short, the anti-oxidant complex of ingredients help to boost cellular metabolism and oxygenation in the skin.

Abiding by “Le Safe Spirit”, Alorée products are made with a high content of natural ingredients. They are free of preservatives and synthetic perfumes and are therefore suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types.

Alorée, Le Safe Spirit

The Sweetest Cleanser, Ever

The Sweet Purifier Cleansing Milk by Alorée gently removes makeup and impurities from the skin’s surface. At the same time, the main active ingredients work to oxygenate and detoxify the skin. It is suitable for all skin types, especially for normal to dry skin.

How To Use It: You can apply this directly on your face or with a cotton pad, then rinse with water. It’s gentle enough to use for both mornings and evenings.

Aloree Cleansing Milk Closeup

Aloree Cleansing Milk Closeup

My Experience:

Let me tell you! I have been using this cleanser for a month. And oh my goodness, I am positively addicted to it!

I think it’s mainly the scent that I’m addicted to. To me, the scent is so sweet to the point that it’s intoxicating. It’s a very natural scent actually, like green apples. And whenever I catch a whiff of it, I want to run to the bathroom and wash my face!

I also really love the soft, milky texture of this cleanser. When I apply it to my face, it feels incredibly soothing. I don’t hesitate to use this over my eyes, as it never stings. This cleanser also works well with my Clarisonic.

But what I really love to do is to give my face a massage with this cleanser. I swear I was lost in the bathroom for what seemed like hours, just enjoying the scent and the feel of this cleanser while massaging my face!! Okay, granted, this was while I was in Amsterdam and I may have been under the influence of a few things…

Really though. This cleanser always makes me want to take my time and give my face a therapeutic cleansing massage.

By the way, if you don’t know about the benefits of massaging your face or you don’t know how to go about giving your face a massage, I highly recommend watching this DIY Face Massage video by Kristen, an esthetician and founder of Holistic Vanity skincare.

The Results: Clean, soft and pampered skin. Howerver, this is not the most powerful of cleansers. So whenever I wear makeup, the only way I feel like my skin is sufficiently clean is if I use a l’Eau Micellaire beforehand.

What I like about Alorée’s Sweet Purifier Cleansing Milk:
– The sweet, intoxicating scent!
– The gentle, milky texture
– Feels very soft and soothing on my skin
– Does not sting, gentle enough to use on my eyes
– Effective at removing light makeup
– Natural and organic ingredients
– Oxygenating properties of chlorophyll

What I don’t like about it:
– I can’t rely on this cleanser alone. I usually have to use it with a l’Eau Micellaire beforehand. Or in conjunction with my Clarisonic brush.

How Much: €16 for 125 ml at Mademoiselle Bio

Would I Buy It Again: Yes, yes, yes! A thousand times YES!!! I don’t know what I’m going to do when I get back to the U.S. and will no longer be able to find this cleanser (T_T)

Ingredients:

HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) SEED WATER*, AQUA (WATER), SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, GLYCERIN, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), SODIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM LEVULINATE, HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) EXTRACT*, SODIUM ANISATE, CITRIC ACID, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) LEAF EXTRACT*, CI 75810 (CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX).
*Ingredients sourced from organic agriculture
Certified organic by ECOCERT
100% of total ingredients are from natural sources
59.6% of total ingredients are from organic agriculture

Alorée Sweet Purifying Cleansing Milk

Concluding Thoughts

For such a gentle cleanser, I’m rather surprised at how well the Alorée Cleansing Milk works at removing makeup. But if you tend to wear heavy stubborn makeup everyday, it’s best to use this cleanser with another makeup remover.

I would highly recommend Alorée’s Cleansing Milk if your skin tends to become inflamed and irritated. This cleanser will gently clean your skin while giving you a sweet and soothing experience!

Alorée CC Cream Second Life

Alorée CC Cream Second Life. Not A Happy Ending.

March 20, 2013

Alorée CC Cream Second Life

Let’s cut to the chase.

Alorée’s CC Cream Second Life is a flop.

This is really too bad because Alorée happens to be one of my favorite french natural and organic skincare brands.

To be fair, I’ve NEVER had a good experience with any BB creams. And CC creams are supposed to be the evolved version of BB Creams. But this nonsense needs to end right now.

No matter how far up the alphabet you go, if you have a crappy cream then you’ve got a crappy cream. CC. DD. EE. Whatever. Crap is crap.

Now I love Alorée. In fact I’m in real awe of the science and technique behind their skincare products, which harness the anti-aging powers of chlorophyll. I’m a big fan of their moisturizers, serums and masks. I’ve even met the créatrice for goodness sakes. And she’s a really nice lady who’s obviously dedicated herself to providing quality skincare products.

Unfortunately, the few positive qualities found in Alorée’s CC Cream are easily outnumbered by the negatives.

Alorée CC Cream Second Life

Alorée CC Cream Second Life

 

What Is It: Alorée CC Cream Second Life Complexion Perfector with SPF 6

The Description Reads: A day cream that provides an even, perfect coverage while also enhancing the skin’s natural glow. It is a complexion perfector with the benefits of a daily, anti-aging formula.

Claims To:
– Provide instant and natural skin coverage
– Conceal any blemishes
– Suit all skin types (including sensitive skin)
– Reflect light to provide a soft glow
– Protect against external attacks, sun rays and premature signs of aging (with SPF 6)
– Excellent as a make-up base

Ingredients:  AQUA (WATER), HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) SEED WATER*, GLYCERIN, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL*, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, MAGNESIUM SILICATE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) LEAF EXTRACT, POLYGLYCERYL-3 STEARATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, TRIHEPTANOIN, GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE, GLYCERYL BEHENATE, TRIBEHENIN, SODIUM LEVULINATE, TOCOPHEROL, XANTHAN GUM, CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM ANISATE, CITRIC ACID, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), MONOSODIUM CITRATE.

* Sourced from organic farming

Alorée CC Cream

First Impressions:

Alorée’s CC Cream has real quality ingredients. A lot of the BB creams out there are loaded with silicones and other synthetic ingredients which allow them to act like foundation. But then they contain few other ingredients to support the claims of all their purported benefits.

Not so with this CC Cream. The Barley Seed Water and Barley Leaf extact contains the chlorophyll compounds which provides the skin with oxygen. And the grape seed oil and olive fruit oil contain anti-oxidants.

But the sun protection factor, weighing in at a measly 6 SPF is almost a joke.

My Experience:

The first thing that I noticed about this product is the scent. It reminds me of apple flavored candy, and I have no idea why. Other girls hate the scent. But I LUV it.

The next thing that I noticed about this cream is that it dries quickly. If you look at my swatches below, the photo on the left shows the cream 3 seconds after I put it on my arm. It’s already dry. This makes it really hard to apply.

Because it dries so quickly, the cream starts peeling and caking off right away. The more I try to smooth it off, the more I end up peeling and caking off little bits of it. Not good!

You can see how cakey my skin looks in the closeup photo of my face (btw, closeups are never a good look).

swatch

Alorée CC Cream Closeup

Results:

Along with making my skin really cakey, flaky and resemble melting wax–this cream did not conceal my blemishes. So scratch that claim. I can almost fool myself into believing that it gives me a more uniform complexion, if I happen to be standing 10 feet away from the mirror!

The cream does provide sufficient moisture throughout the day. But, after a little bit of time my face starts getting a greasy sheen. And the worst part? Even though the tint is “universal nude,” after a few hours my face starts taking on this orange tint.

What I Like About It:
– The scent
– Good moisture
– Good ingredients
– Nice packaging
– Natural & organic

What I Don’t Like About It:
– Sigh…
– Where do I begin?
– Dries too quickly
– Peels and cakes off
– Does not conceal blemishes
– Greasy sheen
– Orange tint
– I look like a third-generation oompa loompa

How Much: €12.50 for 13ml tube / €32.00 for 40 ml tube

Would I Buy It Again: No! Luckily, I only picked up the small tube and bought it at a very discounted price.

Conclusion: I really do think BB creams are just one of those passing beauty fads.

There’s too much going in one product. They’re trying to roll in a cream that acts as a primer, illuminator, moisturizer, sunscreen, pigment corrector, anti-aging formula—all in one. But really, all you end up with is gobbledy goop.

And Alorée should not have fallen for a fad like this! I hope Alorée will keep working on great skin care products with the oxygenating powers of chlorophyll.

But please, leave the BB gimmicks to the real quacks out there. It’s a fad that must quickly pass and die soon.

 

Have you had any good experiences with BB creams? Which ones? I’d love to know.