Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Daily Debrief Cleanser Trial with Debenhams Beauty

When I was asked if I would like to take part in a fun Cleanser Trial, I jumped at the chance. Debenhams is my favourite store and I am a big fan of The Daily Debrief and read it religiously.

The three Cleansers which arrived into my possession are from Ole HenriksenTrilogy and  Balance Me and all three were products that I had never used before, so I was looking forward to seeing how they worked.


Each cleanser was totally different to use, whether it was the texture, the scent or how it felt on my skin whilst I was using it.

The first one I tried was Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser. I haven't tried many products from this brand so was keen to try it first and I did so for over a week.  The first thing that stood out to me was the scent, whilst I had read about the product, I wasn't quite prepared for how fresh the scent would be.  The actual texture was also a surprise, to see the gel which is quite watery inside the bottle becomes a foam once it has been dispensed. The foam isn't is not at all runny and is easily applied to the skin.  Once in contact with the skin, it is easy to spread and massage as you work it onto and into the skin.

I found that I only needed to use two pumps on my wet face and then I massaged it onto my skin for few minutes before rinsing. As a product it is packed full of anti-ageing ingredients and uses African red tea to strengthen the skin's outer layer which helps to slow down the aging process. Borage seed oil os used for its moisturising properties and it also acts as an astringent and anti-inflammatory. There is also added Vitamin C to stimulate collagen, plus the inclusion of Grapefruit, orange and tangerine extracts which brightens with astringent, antiseptic and aromatic qualities. For me it is the Citrusy scent of the orange and grapefruit which give this product its scent.

This is a soothing, non-drying formula which left my skin feeling clean and fresh and the orange scent was still noticeable. For me this is a something I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a purse friendly cleanser and one I happen to like much more than I expected too.




Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser 
This is not a foaming cleanser like you have with Ole Henriksen it instead a gel cleanser, so the texture is much runnier than I had anticipated, I therefore advise only a light squeezing of the tube or you will end up with more than you need.  

Trilogy make use of Witch Hazel and willow bark alongside aloe vera, chamomile and cucumber as ingredients and unsurprisingly this makes for a product with is really soothing and cooling on the skin. The scent however is not quite as you might imagine it to be, instead of being quite heavily scented of Witch Hazel, what you actually get is something quite fruity and very much unexpected and it is due to the inclusion of Elderberry which acts an antibacterial agent.  

Designed to invigorate, refresh and rebalance your complexion this produce is perfect for those of us who have combination/oily skin as it helps balance and tone. I have an oily tzone but dry cheeks, so a product that can help with the balance and tone is one I always looks for.

To use, you only need a small amount and I always ensure I have wiped my face first to remove any surface dirt but always ensure my face is damp, and then I applied this cleanser using my fingertips onto my face and massaged it onto the skin for a few minutes before rinsing off.  After drying my skin, my face felt incredible fresh and clean not to mention really hydrated.


Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm.  

Hurrah, this one comes with a cleansing cloth, an item you can never have too many of and if a product states you use should a cloth, then I always try it with a cloth to see how I get on.  (For those of you who fret about germ harbouring, I wash my clothes after every use!)  

This cleansing balm is 100% natural and is Almond oil based with coconut and adds ingredients such as camellia and rosehip oils, oatmeal, coriander, vitamin E, Cloudberry and finally rosemary. Designed for normal, dry or sensitised skin and is gentle enough that it can be used on oily skin.

For a cleansing balm it surprisingly isn't as smooth as you would expect it to be and that is because it has tiny oatmeal particles which you can feel on your skin as you massage the cleanser onto it and they act a gentle exfoliator which I quite like to polish your skin.  Scent wise, it has that Balance Me scent about it, the one which is fresh and fragrant with Rosehip being something I immediately recognised.

The texture of this balm is really thick, so you only need a small amount and I find it is much easier to use if you warm it between your palms first before applying it to your face.  As you massage it onto the skin and those oatmeal particles get to work, it is surprisingly gentle on the skin and it is as though you can feel it working its way through all that dirt and grime that you have attempted to already remove with either a pre-cleanse or a wash.    Then once finished remove the remains of the with the accompanying cloth, which should be wet as it makes the task a whole lot easier. After using the face balm my skin looks and feels not just clean but really clean as well as being very soft and moisturised.                                                   


For me, each of these cleansers are totally different and choosing a preference between them is quite a difficult task because I like different things about each one of them:



Ole Henriksen - I love the fact the gel turns to foam and it has an amazing scent to it and would be a brilliant travel companion

Balance Me - I love the oatmeal particles because they are something I wasn't expecting to find within the balm and they do give your skin a really good polish and it can be used for double cleansing. But for me it is a product I would want to use for a treat or because I feel my skin needs a good clean rather than everyday.

So that leaves the one which I absolutely adored and would not hesitate to repurchase and that is:

Trilogy has a lovely calming and soothing texture and another scent that I love and I find that it works incredibly well with my skin and does go someway to help deal with the oily Tzone without leaving my skin feeling as though it has been stripped of its natural oils.

Have you tried any of these cleansers?

38 comments:

  1. This was such an interesting post to read - thanks for sharing! I love the sound of the Trilogy cleanser, it sounds right up my street! x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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    1. Thanks Emily, they are all really lovely cleansers who each do their own thing really well x

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  2. Brilliant post - thank you.

    I have been using the Trilogy eyecream (which is great) and the Trilogy Vital Moisturiser (which I'm not sure about). The Trilogy cleanser is on my "list" but I wasn't sure whether or not to risk it. I can give it a go with confidence now!

    www.bellaforcella.com

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    1. I love the Rosehip Oil from Trilogy so I had high expectations for the Cleanser x

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  3. I've used the Balance Me cleansing balm before. I just seem to love everything that brand puts out. I've never used either of the other two, though quite familiar with Trilogy (I just love their Rosehip oil). Some truly lovely cleansers here. Difficult indeed to judge the best, as you say, but the Trilogy does sound rather special. Tx

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    1. I am also a huge Balance Me fan as you know x

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  4. I haven't tried any of these but I do like the sound of the ingredients used in the Trilogy Cleanser and how it feels cool to the skin.

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  5. I haven't used any of these cleansers before but I really like the sound of the Trilogy one. I love anything that leaves your skin feeling fresh and is calming :) x

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    1. It does everything it says it will, well they all do to be fair x

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  6. I love the look of the Ole Henriksen cleanser, I've tried something similar from Murad and really liked it. Great post :)

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    1. The Ole one was a real surprise to find a foam and not a gel x

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  7. Great post.
    Never heard this brand before but really want to try them.

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  8. I havent tried any of them. Does your skin ever react to trying the different products?

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    1. Hi Jen, no never unless it has mineral oil in it, then I sometimes get breakouts x

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  9. I think the balance me with oatmeal particles would be perfect for me :)

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  10. I've never heard of these before but they look and sound really good. Great review x

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  11. I really like gels, so I would go for that one too! However, all sound and look pretty good to me...

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  12. I really like all the Trilogy products I've tried, the cleansing gel sounds fab! I'm not a fan of the Balance Me balm as I found it really difficult to remove, it left my skin feeling kind of greasy and sticky :/

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. All of these products sound amazing, thank you for sharing!

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  14. I've not heard of these before but these products look fab! I like the idea of the foaming one.

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  15. I've got a balance me product from one of the beauty boxes I signed up to, yay, I recognise something! x

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  16. I love the sound of the Ole Henriksen foaming cleanser, I'm obsessed with foaming cleansers at the moment :)

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  17. Trilogy sounds like what I need in my life! It must have been fun to try all 3! :D

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  18. I've only heard of Balance Me before reading this ;-)

    I love reading your posts as my daughter is make up obsessed and I get to sound all knowledgable about different brands and products lol x x

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  19. I am afraid I am a water girl! But like Cass above, my 18 year old loves her products and I love telling her about your favs.

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  20. Ooh they all sound great but I'd love to try the Trilogy one! xx

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  21. Really intrigued by the Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser - would like to try that.

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  22. I've tried both the Ole Henriksen one and the Balance me one. I love the Balance me one but unfortunately the Ole Henriksen one completely stripped my skin and left it looking like tissue paper in places so I had to stop using it x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  23. I've never heard of any of these before. I've been using Liz Earle's hot cloth cleanser which is really great and I highly recommend it. The Balance Me one sounds lovely and one I'll add to my list.

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  24. I'm addicted to Liz Earle's hot cloth cleanser and as yet have not been swayed away by other brands, but I'm always open to trying a new one

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  25. The balance me one in particular sounds great - I love how it provides exfoliation too x

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  26. I haven't tried any of these but I like the sound of the Trilogy one the best. xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  27. i love the sound of the balance me one! i would love to try it soon

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  28. I love this review - so great to read about all the comaprisons. I like the sound of the Ole Henriksen one.

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  29. Thank you for sharing - they all sound brilliant. Kaz x

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  30. I used a foaming cleanser for the first time recently, and I was surprised how well it worked. I expected it to be drying, but it wasn't at all.

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