Nuxe is a skincare brand that hails from France which was founded in 1957. The selling points of its product range would be that up to 80% of the ingredients used are of natural origins (plants extracts and such), usage of pure active ingredients supported by research and tests as well as the luxurious texture of its products.
The above piece of information is generally what i have gathered after visiting Nuxe's website: www.nuxe.com. However, being a skeptic and daredevil, i do not take words at its surface and so i have decided to give this cleanser a try - The Aroma-Perfect Purifying Cleansing Gel that is supposed to clear pores and eliminates excess serum while respecting the skin.
From the brief product description, it sounds good, especially when the ingredients are mostly derived from plants and i have previously finished a bottle of their Toning Lotion with 3 Roses (it is ultra gentle-no irritation of any sort , alcohol free-doesn't dry up my skin and it really soften the skin with a subtle pleasant rose scent). I am pleased with the results so repurchasing it is a high likelihood should i decide to change my skincare regime.
And so... a test was conducted for the cleanser.....
Nuxe's Aroma-Perfection Purifying Cleansing Gel for oily and combination skin.
Milky coloured, gel-like texture.
The cleanser comes with a lock pump that is able dispense the amount required (a single pump is good enough for both the face and neck)- a plus. The gel-like texture of the cleansing is more of like those of face lotion than a cleanser, it gives off a very nice clean subtle citrusy apple scent which is relaxing and i like that. When i add water to lather the gel cleanser, it took me quite a bit of effort to work up some foam to massage onto my face.
I think that is largely due to the fact that it is soap free and mild surfactants free, which is fine by me (my experiences with cleanser tells me the easier it foams, the higher the likelihood of the cleanser drying up my skin). However, those who are used to cleansers that produces much more foam might not be able to get use to this cleanser.
In terms of performance, i think this is a pretty decent cleanser, gentle enough for people with sensitive or even dry skin even though it states that its for oily and combination skin type (my skin doesn't feel stretched or tight after 2 simultaneous wash). I am not a heavy makeup user and i do use cleansing oil to remove my makeup first followed by a facial cleanser to make sure that all impurities are removed. I replaced my Clarins gentle foam cleanser with this to test on its cleansing ability and i found that there are hints of yellow (dirt) on my lotion soaked cotton pad with i don't normally see with my Clarins cleanser despite having tested it out for a few more times.
In conclusion, Nuxe's Purifying Cleansing gel is a good mild cleanser and i do like it in most aspects but at the price tag of S$42.00 (which is in the high-end strata for cleanser), one would expect it to be able to remove dirt entirely. In this case, it simply isn't efficient enough to remove traces of dirt entirely.
I would recommend this cleanser to those who are looking for a good gentle cleanser and those who are fond of products with ingredients of natural origins.
Priced at S$42.00 for 200ml, available at Watsons and good Departmental stores.
Main Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl, Apple Amino Acids, Acrylates Copolymer, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Cottonseedamphoacetate, Carapa Guaianensis seed oil, Gluconolactone, Butylene Glycol, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide, Zinc PCA, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate.