Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Keeper: Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel


Beauty bloggers are a fickle bunch, often moving from one product to another with lightening speed, part of the problem is that there is just so much choice it's easy to keep changing and partly because well honestly we are always looking for the next best thing. Regardless of what else I have been testing this product has been a staple in my skincare arsenal now for at least a year or more, this is in fact my second bottle and there will be without a doubt a third too.

As you can see in the photo above The Renaissance cleansing gel (£29.50 for 100 mls) is a pink gel when it comes out of the pump, it's very soft and bouncy and scented with Rose and Chamomile it is like an extremely subtle Turkish delight, delicious. You apply this gel to dry skin, I use it either as a second cleanse or a morning cleanse, this would happily remove all make up but it seems a bit of a waste considering the amount of make up removers I have so I use it as a follow up, the ingredients are also the kind you want on your skin doing you good rather than moving around your foundation. When massaged in to dry skin the thick gel becomes a light silky smooth oil, it has great slip so you can really go to town with the massaging phase something that always seems to do my skin good. If you are oil phobic I have to emphasise the word "light" because this feels nothing like putting say coconut oil on your skin, it's a completely different and much more refined experience, I remove with a warm flannel but you could easily do without as it does emulsify into a milk on contact with water leaving no residue. 


So with all that said what makes this different from the other cleansers in my arsenal, well ultimately it's the ingredients, Vitamins A, C and E, Omega 6, Chamomile, Rose and Starflower make this very gentle and non stripping giving a good hydration boost, I believe the Vitamin A has a slightly illuminating effect too and helps to fade acne marks, but the key ingredient is the Pumpkin enzymes that offers a very gentle exfoliation and pore clearing action over time reducing black heads and congestion. It works for my skin whatever state it's in, whether it be very dry or blemished I know I can count on this cleanser to make my skin look and feel better. It also works for combination skins, Amber tried this on my recommendation and loved it even though her skin is very different to mine. I like to take my time with this cleanser, obviously the longer you have the ingredients sitting next to the skin the better so I try and massage it in for about five minutes or sometimes I will pop it on as a gentle mask.

The old bottles had slightly more product so lasted a long time, I still think the smaller bottle will last too (it's gone from 150 mls to 100 mls), a pump is all you need for the whole face so I have no doubt it's great value for money. Bottom line, if you told me I was going to loose the rest of my cleansers tomorrow I would have a little cry and then go out and repurchase this one again, it is worth every single penny. Oskia I love you, please never discontinue this product. What do you think, have you tried this cleanser? 

Ana x

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  1. I remember seeing Amber rave about this cleanser on her Vlog. It looks like a lovely consistency. I think I may have to try this one out as I like a facial wash cleanser however I also like using oil cleansers now too. Like Amber my skin is combination / oily so it could be worth a try :) xx

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    1. Hi Charlie, the Pumpkin enzymes make it ideal for congested skin but the light oil is also good at breaking down dirt and grime so yes I would totally recommend you try it if you can, Content have a sample service so you could see it in action for yourself too :) Xx

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    2. I really do love this, thank you for the mention Ana! It just pains me how expensive it is...especially now the bottle has gone down in size! I'm going to try to get it with £10 on OSKIA if they still do that soon :) xx

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    3. If that doesn't work you have your 20% at Content and they deliver free so may work out similar price! :) Xx

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  2. Liz has left a new comment on your post "The Keeper: Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel":

    I'm so happy you did this review Ana! I remember reading Amber's and I had been mentally putting it on my wishlist. Now your glowing review makes me want to try it next. I've been hesitating between Therapi's Lemon Myrtle and Oskia, but I really like the sound of a gel turning into a light oil. A good thing there's the beautiful Content coupon from the Field Trip Tour ;) xx

    Lovely Liz I somehow managed to delete this so have copied and pasted from the email so I can reply as I don't know how to restore it, sorry lovely Ana x

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    1. Hi Liz, apologies for deleting I was moderating from my phone and my finger slipped ooops! Anyway I do like the Therapi cleanser but the Oskia is my favourite of the two, I think it;s more versatile and has more skin benefits as it is gently exfoliating, the Therapi works well with a Konjac sponge especially good in the heat but for winter and Autumn Oskia has the edge and yes the content voucher softens the blow too :) Xx

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  3. After hearing you and Amber rave about this cleansing it's on the top of my list to try...once I use up all my other cleansers that is!

    Mayah x

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    1. It's such a lovely product I really like it, fingers crossed you love it too :) Xx

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  4. love everything about this cleanser! x

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  5. This cleanser does sound really lovely, I like the fact that it can be used as a mask to make sure you get all the goodness!

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    1. I love a good multi-purpose product so it really suits me, one of the best cleansers I have ever used! :) Xx

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  6. Another cleanser I really want to try x

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    1. I think you will love it Karen! :) Xx

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  7. Agree with Karen! :) Heard great thing about it :) xx

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    1. It's my favourite I hope you all get a chance to try it too :) Xx

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  8. I am waiting on my package from Cult Beauty to deliver this cleanser to me and I cannot wait to try it, even though I love the cleanser I am using right now (Odacité Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser). I hope it works well for me, too!

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    1. Finger's crossed you love it! I have yet to find anyone who didn't but skincare is personal and subjective, I will interested to hear how it compares to the EDOLO because I know that is your favourite! :) Xx

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  9. Beautifully written review Ana & you've totally convinced me that I need this in my life! Been meaning to try Oskia for ages.
    Nic x

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    1. Thanks Nic! I think if you are looking to buy your first Oskia product this is a great place to start! :) Xx

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  10. This cleanser sounds so heavenly! I love that it contains enzymes in it.. sounds good for my congested skin type. I have been using Yuli Halycon as of now just because it's easier for me to get a hold of. It also contains different enzymes and has a gel-liquid consistency that melts into milky texture. Wondering how this one compares! :) I will try it next time.

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    1. I have had Yuli on my wishlist for a while now but my regular beauty shops don't carry it but it is definitely the enzymes that make this perfect :) Xx

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  11. I have this cleanser and i really love it! I am going to be re purchasing - I would also like to try the mask they do! have you given it a go?

    L.E.M Beauty Blog

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    1. I haven't tried the mask yet but it is definitely on my wish list! :) Xx

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