Thursday, March 31, 2016

Day 2359 - Thalgo Cocooning Cleansing Milk and Softness Exfoliator

Thalgo: La Beaute Marine

A lovely box arrived at my door and I was soooo excited to see the Thalgo wrapping. 

You may recall I trialed a Thalgo product for the first time last year.  I was hooked and I still declare it the best foundation I've ever used when it comes to looking and feeling younger.  That reminds me, I really must track down some more ...

So when a Thalgo package arrived on my doorstep from the PR peeps two weeks ago, I may have squealed.  I posted the above pic straight to Instagram which is basically an eSqueal in any case.

Inside was the Thalgo Cocooning Cleansing Milk and the Thalgo Softness Exfoliator.

What's in a name?

Cocooning Cleansing Milk:  That right there makes you want to open the bottle and get a gentle hug.  Great marketing by Thalgo.  The whole 'cocoon' and 'milk' combo makes you feel kind of safe and nurtured don't you think?

Softness Exfoliator:  Can exfoliating be soft? Apparently so! When you think exfoliate you think of a word like 'scrub' rather than 'soft', so to have an exfoliator that doesn't sound abrasive is a great start.

What's in a colour?

The baby pink packaging is (again) so nurturing.  I guess that's the feeling I'm getting about these Thalgo products.  That they're going to feel "comfortable".  They even smell pink (if pink had a smell). The actual cleansing milk product is white which is what you would expect a milk to be.   The exfoliator is also white with just the tiniest hint of a soft exfoliating grain.

What's in a smell?

I recently opened the product of another brand (which I have not blogged about) and it smelt like alcohol.  I was disappointed.  Not so for Thalgo.  Definitely no horrid 'chemical' smell.  Just the smell of pink.  I guess it kind of smells a bit like the original Oil of Ulan used to smell. I can't quite place it. The smell appeals to me though. It again feels nurturing.

What's in the bottle?

I am not a beauty expert so the list of ingredients mean nothing to me. Plus they are written so small that my Deep Fried eyes can't read them. I was a little surprised to see so many ingredients were listed though. If you'd like to know what's in these products, just google the product names and the word 'ingredients' and it will come up in a search.

Thalgo is known for their natural products free from parabens, artificial colourings and GMO's.  I've also read they are free from mineral oil, propylene glycol, silicon and and ingredients of animal origin (although some products do use bees wax).  They're also known for using marine ingredients. But mostly they are known for their commitment to nature. They are keen to "minimise the ecological footprint on the natural riches of the land and sea".

Both the cleansing milk and exfoliator are created from a revitalising red algae extract which all sounds very fancy and natural. Almost warrior like! Which is good for someone like me who is a warrior against all things middle age. The exfoliator also has jojoba oil micro-beads which helps to remove dead cells while preserving the skins nature protection.

How does it feel?

So we've talked about the name, the colour, the smell and the ingredients, now it's time to talk about how the product feels on the skin. The important stuff.

Deep Fried skin can get a bit sensitive I've got to say.  This aging process is all a bit dry at times.  Both of these products felt good on my skin.  I keep saying it but the word "nurturing" seems to fit here again.

I used the milk on my body while in the shower this morning and I used the exfoliator on my face.  I'm not sure if I am supposed to use it on my face, but it comes in a smallish tube and is just so soft it seemed like the thing to do.

Does it perform miracles?

Well, that's hard to say.  These two products are lovely. There is no doubting that. But are they any more lovely than (say) Olay?  I guess that depends what you're looking for in your skincare.  The fact that they are based on marine ingredients and have all natural sort of stuff is a good start.  But does that translate to doing fabulous anti-aging things to your skin? I'm not a scientist nor beauty expert so I can't comment on that.  Although, I can say that Thalgo foundation I talked about last year is miracle-ish when it comes to making me look younger. So these products may do magical things if you use them for long enough. Even if only to make you feel more youthful.

How much does it cost?

Thalgo isn't cheap.  It's not ridiculously expensive either. I guess it's middle of the range as far as skin care is concerned.

The recommended retail price for the Thalgo Cocooning Cleaning Milk 250 ml is $60.50.  If you search you can find it on the internet at places like for $42.35 (+ P&H).

The recommended retail price for Thalgo Softness Exfoliator 50ml is $62.50. You can get it from Active Skin at the moment for $43.75 (+P&H).

Would I recommend it?

Unlike the foundation (which I shouted from the rooftops) I'm not ready to say "do it, do it, do it" about these products yet. But if you are looking for new, nurturing, natural and environmentally friendly products within a mid-range budget, then definitely check Thalgo out.

Thalgo can be found online or at selected spas or salons.

Have a great day!

PS In the process of writing this post I actually ordered my new Thalgo foundation online from Active Skin for $20 less than it would have been through a salon.  #winning  

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