As the end of the week greets us again, I want to talk about a travel/sample size product I tried out recently. This is the Ren EverCalm Gentle Cleansing Milk, which I took back with me during the weekend leading up to my husband and I’s recent move.
I had finished up using the L’OREAL Skin Perfection Purifying Gel Wash as part of my recent project pan, and so while I was packing to spend some time with my family before the move, I decided to pull out one of the cleansers from my sample drawer. If you’re curious what else is in my sample drawer, many of the products from my sample stash posts are still in my collection, and if any stand out to you, I have written first impressions on them just like I’m doing today.
So as you can see, the travel size tube itself is on the petite size, fitting comfortably in the palm of my (admittedly small) hands. It’s extremely convenient for travel, and that’s the key reason I picked this out when I did. I can fairly confidently make little tubes like this one last at least 2-3 applications, sometimes more, so I knew I was covered for my brief trip to see my family.
As my tube is potentially outdated, I want to include a quote from Ren’s product page for this product:
” A gentle cleansing milk with a multi-action formula that fights environmental aggressors, increases skin resilience and minimises the signs of irritation and sensitivity that can lead to visible premature ageing.”
Bearing in mind I’ve only got enough of the product to use it a couple of times, the longer term claims like preventing premature aging, increasing skin resilience, etc, aren’t things I can really measure in the 4-day period that I incorporated it into my skincare routine. So I’m going to address it’s ability to function as a cleanser, where there is a brief description on the back of the tube which are as follows:
“Gently removes dirt, pollution and make up. Skin feels purified, calm and soothed. Minimises the feeling of sensitivity. Combats the signs of premature ageing.”
I’m being a little critical here, but the two quotes I’ve provided here ultimately aim to say the same thing, but go about it in slightly different ways. But what the second paragraph includes that I can compare my experiences to are the claims about the skin feeling purified, calm and soothed.
Before I get side-tracked, this little travel size sample is simple and easy to work with: a small soft plastic tube with a hard plastic cap that you twist off. The packaging of the full size product is a bit different, which if you are curious about it, I suggest you visit the product page I linked above. You can also find Ren in Marks & Spencer’s, if you’re from the UK and looking to see this product first-hand.
The travel size packaging is fine for the purpose of travel, as while the hole you dispense the product from leaves the product exposed to the air, you’re not expecting to keep it exposed for more than a few applications. If you tend to use milky cleansers as part of your everyday routine, then you can expect to only leave it exposed for a few days, which is the case for me.
The formula itself is a gel-milky formula that’s easy to dampen and smooth over the skin. While the product doesn’t have any artificial fragrances, there is a floral scent that I assume comes from the ingredient list, featuring floral extracts like mandarin orange, sesame seed oil, sunflower oil, fennel fruit extract, among others.
If you’re curious about the full ingredient list, the product page I’ve linked above is useful to check out. I’m not a big fan of the strong scent, but it’s not one that is aggravating for my nose, skin or stomach, so ultimately this is a matter of preference. I can understand that for some, the floral scent gives a luxury feel to the product, so I advise opening a tester in-store if the option is available to you, and see how you react.
As a cleanser, this would be typically what I use as the first step in preparation for getting ready to shower, where I wash away any excess oil or residue on the skin before I apply my current face masks. However, my routine was a little mixed up while away from my own home, so it ended up being an in-shower cleanser. I also didn’t take my facial cellulose sponge with me on my trip, this is one I washed off with my hands and with the help of the pressure of my shower head so there was no remaining residue.
My skin did feel clean and satisfied, although it’s not one I’d personally use to remove makeup. I prefer to use micellar waters for that task, so I’m speaking from a perspective of preference. I don’t have any experience using this cleanser to remove makeup to adequately comment on its ability to remove makeup.
The full size product is £20.00 for 150ml, and for me personally, that’s not worth the money. The cleanser itself is fine and great for using a few times a week, but ultimately, I prefer gel-based cleansers for my skin’s needs. So spending £20.00 on a formula I’m not 100% in love with isn’t the right choice for me. If you have a drier skin type and can get hold of a sample or a travel tube like this one, I suggest giving it a try and take it from there. Trying this cleanser has made me curious to try more from Ren even though they have a more mid-high end price tag, so I hope I get a chance to try more of their products.
Thank you for taking the time to read my first impression, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you have a relaxing weekend, and I’ll speak to you again soon.