Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs - review


This is one of those products that I'm glad I looked up in terms of usage instructions, because the pressing motion Clarins suggests (see below) is not how I would have used the product.

Having said this, I'm not getting a lot of love from this cleanser no matter how I use it, and if the reviews online are anything to go by, it's a polarising product: you either love it or think it's useless. I'd put it in the latter category!

Clarins claims/product details:
  • A soothing cleansing milk that lifts away makeup and impurities with spa-like efficiency
  • Clarins’ proprietary blend of softening and toning plant extracts (including Alpine herbs, St John’s Wort, sweet almond, marshmallow and linden) helps maintain skin’s perfect moisture balance for optimum comfort and radiance
  • Leaves skin feeling soft, supple and perfectly refreshed
  • To use: warm cleansing milk to skin temperature in the palms of the hands; apply by gently placing the flats of the hands over the face; hold for several seconds without pressing; briskly lift the hands off the face; repeat 5-6 times (the milk will gradually thicken and create a suction effect to lift off makeup and impurities without irritating or pulling the skin); rinse with water or remove with a tissue
  • RRP $44 AUD for 200ml


It's rare that one comes across a product with such detailed and involved usage instructions, and to be honest, I'm not a fan of that. I don't want to follow that many steps when it comes to washing my face: I just want something that gets the job done with a minimum of fuss, and unfortunately this doesn't deliver on either count.

It's a light green cream that smells quite strongly of herbs, so if you don't like scented products, you probably won't like this.

The packaging isn't convenient (I think a tube or dispenser would be better) and the cleanser itself doesn't do a good job of washing my face. I don't love cream cleansers as a general rule but I've certainly found some good ones - and this isn't one of those.

It doesn't remove dirt or makeup well at all, and it also leaves a film on my face. It dissolves a little gunk but not much, and I need to use another cleanser after it to get the job done - plus a really good toner to remove the cleanser itself!

If your skin is super dry and can't stand harsh cleansers, you may have some luck with this but I wouldn't recommend it. Plenty of better gentle cleansers exist on the market and you could find a cheapie in a pharmacy that actually does a good job.

I can't find anything good to say about this product unfortunately. Low marks from me : (

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