My Beauty Fallbacks: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

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Post by AF Beauty

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Testing makeup and skincare products can be exciting and amazing, especially when you find a wow product or something unexpected – that’s always a total buzz. However, testing can also be a buzzkill, sadly. At something-something age – I do have a fairly good idea of what my skin needs and likes and if something I’m testing is not as wow as I hoped, I have my fallbacks where I can trust that I’ll get my skin back to an even playing field before starting on the next test.

My Beauty Fallbacks: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment OilNow, I’ll be honest, this oil is totally scathed by Paula’s Choice review. They say this is as “good for for dehydrated skin as massaging it with sandpaper!“. Interestingly, the comments on the site (only two) are positive – neither written by me! – but I would add my endorsement to their opinions.
I’ve used this on and off for about 5 years now having seen it recommended in another beauty column. The whole oil will help with dehydration thing is a bit of a mind bend, but for my skin it works.

This is how I use it: First is simply as a step in my usual routine. I would normally wash my face using the nanna flannel technique with whatever cleanser is on the go at the time. I wipe my face with the flannel till clean but don’t then reach for the towel. My face isn’t sopping wet, it’s more damp than dripping. I reach for the oil, drop a few drops in my hand – usually between 2 and 5 depending on how my skin is – warm the oil in my hands and then pretty much apply as if it were a moisturiser, pressing a little in here and there in spots which I feel need some extra TLC. Clarins have a whole little video on how to apply which is far more tender and serene than my description – you can see that in the link in one of the pictures of the product. Once oil is applied I then go for serum or moisturiser as usual – I wouldn’t use it before applying make up.

Avène Thermal Spring WaterI do occasionally also use this as a treatment of itself – especially on a weekend where I am feeling the need to pamper. Either I’ll wash my face in the usual way – or if I’m feeling posh, I’ll wash then apply a fancy spray water to my face to moisten and ready for further application. I’m currently using the Avène Thermal Spring Water. I then take the oil in the same way as before and apply. If I’m applying as more of a treatment, I’ll do this, wait about 30 mins, then reapply again – spray with the water and reapply the oil. You could then apply a mask of your choice over this as well. Overall I notice with even just a week’s application my skin hydration improves – I think quite significantly. I really notice the plumpness is restored to my skin and I have fewer dry lines.

David Jones online or in store Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil $52
Priceline has Avène Thermal Spring Water $9.99/50ml

There are a number of Clarins oils for various skin conditions, have you used any of them? How did you get on? Are you a fan or do you side with Paula?

16 thoughts on “My Beauty Fallbacks: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

  1. I do love this one. It’s the first oil I’ve used for skin care and it smells divine. Which is exactly why Paula’s website hate it so much, I assume. Anything with fragrance or essential oils in it will get a bad review.

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  2. Thanks for revealing some of the secrets to your dewy good looks Portia! I have Paula’s book: interesting, but I cannot say that I am a fan. Her big thing seems to be ingredients sensitivity, which is fair enough in itself but should not be regarded as prescriptive. My Clarins experience is that I adore they way their products Smell but the pricing is prohibitive.

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    • Hey there Bernadette Winfield-Gray, AF Beauty is one of our fabulous contributors, not me. Mostly my “dewy good looks” have been achieved by overeating, underexercising, soap and water. I think regular exfoliation helps though and I take my make up off with oils.
      This looks like it might be fun to try too AF Beauty.
      Portia xx

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    • I know pricing is completely subjective and one person’s bargain is another’s splurge, but I’ve always thought Clarins was well quite reasonably priced compared to it’s competitors.

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  3. I had one of Paula’s books ages ago. I don’t really bother with her website. I’ve found that what she thinks is fabulous and what my skin thinks is fabulous often differ greatly.
    I’ve not tried any of the Clarins oils. If they smell nice I’d think of that as a plus. I like products that smell nice.

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  4. I’ve never tried Clarins oils, but would like to try. I have heard many good reviews about them and besides I am a fan of the skin care oils, especially in the winter.

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    • They often do small trial samples, I’d recommend getting one if you’re interested. If you took your own sample pot that would cover them not having any testers.

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  5. I’ve never tried Clarins products, but I looked up the oil on the Nordstrom website and there were 52 reviews, with 44 people giving it 5 stars. I’m going to order! Thanks for this post!
    Aloha from Fifi

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  6. Hi AF,
    I rarely agree with Paula’s reviews but really like and use a couple of her products. Re Clarins oils: I love the fragrances but prefer Lierac Sensorielle oil with three white flowers.
    Azar xx

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  7. I used to love Clarins. Then they started coming out with too many products. I tried several and they irritated my skin, so I dropped the line. I use Suki and love them.

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  8. I love Clarins. Funny, I was in local dept store yesterday and while poking around in the extremely limited fragrance section, I turned around and voila, there was a Clarins counter (about 3 weeks old). I bought one of the body tonic oils (love them) and Eau Dynamisante. I read Paula’s website for some things but they always seem to bash natural products and go for the chemicals only. I haven’t used Clarins facial oils on a regular basis but have used Aveda’s or ones I’ve made and no adverse side effects. Awesome for mini facial massages, relaxing at night, etc. Wouldn’t surprise me if nature gets a bad rap sometimes because it’s harder to make a profit on something you can grow yourself…

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    • I have Eau Dynamiste, love the smell of it, so unique, I find it very refreshing and summery!

      Yes, Paula is all about the chemicals, I’m not sure where she thinks they come from to start with….

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  9. Clarins oils were my introduction to moisturising through oils. And it works, if used correctly! I can give you some scientific background if you are interested: the upper layers of our skin are essentially dead because they need to serve as a barrier and protect. Trying to add moisture to dead cells is as useful as beating a dead horse. The keratinisation and death of upper skin cells is a normal procedure and not something that can be avoided. Oils penetrate the dead cell walls, fortify them and help keep moisture in the deeper skin layers. Actually the best skin moisturiser is drinking a lot of water. Hydration only comes from within.

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