This is the fourth part of a series of Valcena reviews I will be doing! The following are Valcena products I’ve got in my queue. Starred (*) items are ones that have been sent to me by Valcena for review; the others I have purchased at Winners:
- Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk * (today’s review)
- Cleansing Gel
- Cleansing Scrub
- Éclat Anti-Age Face Mask (mini) *
- Roller Glacé Eye Contour Cream *
- Nutri-Lift Serum *
- Nutrition Absolue Day Care
- Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream *
- Multi Active Régénérante Night Cream
- Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion *
- Rose Absolue EDT Natural Spray *
Valcena Paris were kind enough to send me a package of some of their most popular products for honest review.
Review of Valcena Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk
Right off the bat, I’m just going to admit that I don’t generally like milky, lotion-y cleansers. I know it seems weird for someone with dry skin, but I have rarely ever found a milky cleanser that actually cleans properly and doesn’t end up just moving grease and makeup all over my face. Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk is slightly better than some others I’ve tried (I’ve a real doozy to trash on my blog quite soon) but it’s still really not my cup of tea.
Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk‘s active ingredients are Damascena rose water, Damascena rose oil, Vitamin E, and Q10.
You’ll be captivated by the original texture of « Eau Lactée », which is between a lotion and a cream. This highly precise makeup remover deep cleans your skin to rid of toxins and impurities. It refreshes, cleans and removes makeup without having to rinse your face.
This cleanser is packaged in a translucent jar made of sturdy plastic. The product itself is contained in an opaque white jar inside, and the dispensing mechanism is a pump. The cap pulls off directly; you’ll want to ensure that you don’t attempt to twist it off.
The first time I encountered this cap, for some reason I started to try twisting it open. I’m not sure why—I suppose the design just struck me as a twist cap rather than a pull-off cap. Anyway, the whole cap came off and I saw this long stem inside that was attached to the cap. I thought, What a bizarre way to package a cleanser, and, as my brain was severly sleep-deprived, I slapped some of the cleanser onto my hand from the long stem, and proceeded to wash my face.
Of course, a little later, I realized that I needed to screw that cap back on, and then pull off what was the actual cap, revealing a pump mechanism. The entire pump was just stuck in the cap and I’d removed the whole thing. Duh.
Since Valcena’s products all seem to contain rose extract, this serum smells wonderful to this rose lover! It is well-scented, so the very sensitive-skinned should probably stay away, but I love scented products so this is just perfect for me! Valcena’s rose scent is a heavier rose, with a touch of lipstick about it, but it also has a watery aspect to it that reads as a dewy rose.
Valcena’s instructions for this Cleansing Milk actually say that you may wish to use it twice. Presumably, this means that the product doesn’t clean makeup off that well, and that is exactly what I found to be the case.
The cleanser has a light, milky-creamy-gel feel. It feels nice on the skin and washes off well. I didn’t find it to be good for removing makeup. If you don’t have any makeup on, or if you’ve already removed your makeup in a second step, then this is a reasonably decent cleanser for dry skin. Due to the fragrance, I’m not sure this is the best option for very sensitive skin.
Personally, I like my cleansers to do a little more cleansing, so this product isn’t for me. It’s a decent cleanser if you like this kind of formula. I rank it around the same as Nuxe Melting Cleansing Gel. Coincidentally, it also smells like roses—it seems to be called Cleansing Gel with Rose Petals, now. I probably like the Nuxe a tad more, as it cleans a little better and I prefer the texture and scent by a hair.
I will just use it up this Valcena cleanser in the mornings, when I don’t have any makeup on, same as the Nuxe.
Aqua, paraffinum liquidum, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, dimethicone, glycerin, isopropyl myristate, Rosa damascena flower water, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, propylene glycol, lecithin, carnitine, ubiquinone, tocopheryl acetate, parfum, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, triethanolamine, BHT, Rosa damascena flower oil, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, butylphenyl methylpropional.
Paraben free, no added coloring. This product has not been tested on animals.
Valcena Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk comes in a 100 mL pump container. I do not know the official MSRP, but I have seen Valcena’s face creams retailing online for approximately GBP£22. I personally have found and purchased several Valcena skincare products at Winners (TJ Maxx/Marshalls) for CA$12.99. I’m not sure where this product is made, but I am guessing Bulgaria, since my Valcena face creams had that stickers on the wrappers (the press samples didn’t come with wrappers).
Valcena Paris was launched in 2010 and is based in Paris, France. The brand’s skincare products revolve around Damascena rose essence from the Balkan valley. The company’s products are free of parabens, preservatives, and added coloring. Valcena is cruelty-free.