Happy Friday! To round off the working week, I want to talk about a product that’s been in my skincare routine for a while, and a sort-of companion to another product I reviewed recently. This is the B. Refreshed Essence Lotion, which you can find exclusively in Superdrug. It’s an intriguing product for me as it’s an essence and a lotion in one, so when I saw this on the shelf, I wanted to give it a try.
It retails for £6.99 at full price, however the brand frequently has sales and offers, so that’s worth looking out for. The brand is cruelty-free, and while I can’t speak for all of their products, this specific one is vegan-friendly.
So what is this product? On the front of the bottle it claims:
“Designed to replenish and soothe skin after your cleansing regime. For all skin types.”
So with this in mind, this ended up being a companion to the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner, which I reviewed recently. I initially used these two alongside each other, but I quickly found that both of these products together are too sensitising for my skin. I’m not sure what cause(s) are factoring into my skin’s reaction, but when I started using this separately, I had much better results. So as I described in my review for the Botanics product, I use it as a cleansing and toning step in one in the morning or evening if my skin is excessively oily, but this B. product I use for days when my skin is already cleansed and needs that extra step. These situations are typically post-makeup removal or post-shower, when my skin has already been cleansed by micellar water, cleansing oil, or my shower skincare routine.
The other ‘side’ of the bottle has more claims, which are as follows:
“B. Refreshed is a lightweight, soothing essence lotion. It replenishes skin with 12 hour intense moisture.
Instantly soothes – Allantoin helps to soften, protect and soothe.
Softens and smoothes – With naturally derived Algae Extract.
12hr hydration – Packed with Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise deep down.”
For a product with such strong claims to be soothing and protective, it was weird when it did react alongside my Botanics cleanser-toner as uncomfortably as it did. In a separate routine though, this is easy to glide on the skin with a cotton round (the instructions say to pour a few drops on your hand and tap onto the skin) although I don’t find my skin feels moisturised… It’s not drying per se, but my skin didn’t feel nourished in the way I expected it to. I’m not sure if it’s just an issue with my skin personally, as the reviews on Superdrug’s website contradict my experience. I can easily forget to use this product in my routine and my skin doesn’t miss it.
It makes me sad to say it too, as I quite like this brand. I’m going to assume for now that it’s just an incompatibility with my skin type, which is oily-sensitive and finicky a lot of the time. There is perfume in the product (under the term ‘parfum’) so it’s possible my skin is sensitive to this much of it in the formula as it’s quite high on the list compared to a lot of products I’ve tried where it’s one of the last. With perfume and fragrance in mind, the product itself has a very mild, fresh scent, and isn’t actually noticeable for me even to hold to my nose to sniff it.
Overall this is a product I’m quite conflicted with. I think if you’re curious about this and you’re not sensitive to any of the ingredients on the list, I’d suggest waiting for it to go on sale and try it then. However if you think you might react similarly to how I did, I’ve just give it a miss, which saddens me to say. I plan to finish this bottle up as I’m about 2/3 of the way through as far as I can tell, but I don’t plan to repurchase it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.