As a general rule, I tend to prefer chemical exfoliants to physical ones but I've recently been trialling Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator and wanted to share my thoughts.
Caudalie claim that Deep Cleansing Exfoliator purifies & refines to give clear, smooth & radiant skin without drying it out.
On first impressions, I liked the packaging which is aesthetically pleasing thanks to the use of green & white. It clearly communicates what the product is, the fact that it's suited to all skin types and that it's free from "nasties" such as parabens, SLS and phthalates. The directions were clear and easy to follow and I liked that they only recommend using the product twice a week as I find that many companies promote over-exfoliating, which can aggravate skin & cause excess oil production. The relatively small 60ml size didn't bother me as I'd rather use up a small tube than have a larger one expire before I could use it all when only exfoliating once or twice a week. I appreciated the functionality of the tube with flip top lid, which makes it easy to control how much product is dispensed.
Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator has a cream texture with a high concentration of exfoliating micro granules, which make for a satisfyingly abrasive scrub which nonetheless, didn't feel harsh. For me, a major downside is the inclusion of polyethylene within the formula as the use of plastic beads isn't environmentally friendly.
I found the formula easy to apply to skin. It doesn't lather and there's no discernible scent. I noticed a slight tingling sensation during use which was similar to the feeling of using products containing menthol (which this does, in fact, contain) This left my skin feeling wonderfully fresh but I don't feel that it would be a good choice for those with sensitive skin.
Owing to the micro granules within the formula, I found that it took a little effort to remove every last trace. After rinsing, my skin felt deeply cleaned and as such, I feel that this product is appropriately named.
Whilst I enjoyed the usage of Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator, I wasn't wowed by the results and didn't notice much difference to my skin's texture following use. In particular, some small dry patches were still present and I didn't notice any improvement to radiance or skin tone. As such, I'd be unlikely to repurchase it especially considering the relatively high price point of £18 for 60ml.