Friday, 6 September 2013

Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Cleansing Lotion and Toner (review)

I don't use cream cleansers half as often as I use wipes and washes, because they're not as quick to use as the former and don't freshen as well as the latter. However, I do sometimes feel like pampering myself a bit, and this is where creamy cleansers come to the fore. Nivea's Pure & Natural version smells great, is good value, suitable for most skin types and comes with a matching toner.


 Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Cleansing Lotion and Toner
Cleansing Lotion
Nivea's Pure & Natural range has been steadily expanding, but this cleanser has been the staple of the range since the beginning. The pure white lotion is 95% natural and contains argan oil and aloe vera. It's described as a lotion, because it's runnier than a cream, but still thick enough to massage into your face without it running everywhere. It smells nice, too – other reviewers have complained that it has little to no smell, but I disagree, it's noticeable but not overpowering. Unfortunately the scent is 'parfum', which could be anything.

The lotion sinks into skin very well, but I find myself using quite a bit so I go through a bottle quickly. It can remove grime and even make-up without much effort, but I find using a muslin cloth or cleansing sponge cleans far deeper than wiping off with cotton wool ever has. And for any men reading: cheap cotton wool will shred on your stubble/beard, you're better off with muslin or sponge, too.

Cleansing Toner
I've said elsewhere that I like toners, and this 95% natural version is one of my favourites. Under the flip-top lid is a single hole that dispenses the toner – which has the consistency (and appearance) of water – in an easy to control stream. Nivea call it a Cleansing Toner that 'cleanses and revitalises' your face 'enriching its natural healthy glow'. Not much differentiates ones toner from another, and I'm afraid to say that's the case here.

It smells nice, though, and is very refreshing to use; so it's great for summer! It's also surprisingly soothing, despite containing alcohol, so the addition of natural extracts seems to have paid off. It doesn't sting, even on freshly tweezed eyebrows, and I didn't find it dried my face out at all. If you have dry or sensitive skin, however, I would find an even gentler toner (pure rosewater is good) as you're more likely to react to the alcohol in this.

Summary
We've already reviewed the matching Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes and Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream. Also available is hand and body lotions and a lip balm (reviews to come!). Both products tested perform excellently, but I prefer the toner. It's not that there's anything significantly wrong with the cleanser, it's just too light in texture for my tastes. I like the fragrance and it's gentle enough for most skin types to use – the fact it's a bargain, too, seals the deal.

YES!
NO!
Both products smell lovely and fresh...
...but do so with unknown 'parfum' ingredients
Gentle formulas cleanse and tone effectively...
...but alcohol in both could cause issues for sensitive skin types
Outstanding value for money and available in lots of shops


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Brand: Nivea

Website: www.nivea.co.uk

Size: 200 ml
Price: £3.65 (£1.83/100 ml)

Manufactured: Germany

Cleansing Lotion Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,Tocopherol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Citric Acid, Alcohol Denat., Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Parfum

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Cleansing Toner Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Glycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Trisodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Parfum

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