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One-Step Cleanser by Clarins

When I rolled (quite literally) into the bathroom last night, taking my make-up off was the last thing on my mind.

Things on my mind, in order of importance were:

1) Trying to take my tights off without falling over and causing myself fatal head trauma
2) How I was going to sneak into bed and pretend to be less drunk than I was, even though I could hardly remember my name
3) Why I had a section of pizza crust stuck in my hair
It goes without saying that cleansing was not a priority. However, I am fastidious about taking off make-up before sleeping, and when the irritatingly sober voice of my conscience began to whine at me as I was brushing my teeth, I knew that I would not be able to sleep easy until I had done it.
Enter Clarins One-Step Facial Cleanser, which is part-oil, part-lovely-orange-smelling liquid. This is a product that definitely undersells itself; it whispers it’s claim modestly on the bottle “One-Step” cleanser, whereas really it should be bellowing “I TAKE OFF ALL MAKE-UP INCLUDING MASCARA, IN UNDER TWENTY SECONDS, I AM MARVELLOUS!” (ouch. My head.)
The oil in this cleanser melts make-up away, and the liquid freshens up. It’s not harsh or abrasive, you don’t need water and it leaves the skin feeling moisturised rather than tight and dry. £17.50, widely available, and a bottle will last a good while, unless you do what I did last night, and shake it vigorously with the lid off.


  1. Is this your everyday cleanser? What do you recommend apart from this?
    By the way I really like your witty style of writing in this blog :)

    • I do use this more than any other cleanser, I think that it’s fantastic! There’s also a gel formula one from Clarins that is good, and I also use Liz Earle Hot Cloth Polish quite often too! Look out for a post coming up soon about my skincare regime!

  2. Hi Ruth, do you moisturise after this?

    • It’s just a cleanser, doesn’t really provide anything in the way of a moisturiser, so yes – I’d use a light moisturiser afterwards. Probably an oil-free one like Chantecaille Water Fluid x

  3. Excellent. You’re a mine of information :-) Many Thanks

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