Clarins Cleansing Gel Comparison

clarins cleansing gel

Clarins’ newest launch is the Daily Energizer range, targeted at a slightly younger age-group than standard Clarins products. I was interested to see that the new range includes a cleansing gel that looks really quite similar to the Pure Melt Cleansing Gel with Marula Oil that I’ve been using for years. The Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel costs £10.50 for 75ml, the Pure Melt costs £18.50 for 125ml. Price per ml, then, is 14p for the DE version and 14.8p for the PM. Not a vast amount of difference, price-wise – I’d have thought that the younger range would be much less expensive. Yes, the purchase price is obviously less, but you’re only getting just over half of the product volume!



The Pure Melt Cleansing Gel has long been a favourite of mine because it does a great job of removing makeup. It goes on as a gel, massages in as an oil and rinses off as a milk. Job done. What I want to know is this: is the newly launched Daily Energizer version better? More effective at removing makeup? Better for younger skin? Better for older skin? Which is the better deal overall? We’ve established that it’s certainly not that much cheaper, so let’s find out how it performs!

The difference between the two formulas is instantly apparent when you massage the gels into dry skin. (The Daily Energizer version is supposed to be applied to damp skin, but I wanted to see how the gels behaved!) The Pure Melt cleanser turned in to a light oil and stayed that way – it wasn’t too greasy, but it did an amazing job of removing my eye makeup. The Daily Energizer turned a soapy white. It was slightly stingy on the eye area, but it does say to avoid the eyes, so that was my own fault!

The Pure Melt rinsed off as a milk when water was added, taking the makeup and dirt with it. The skin felt nicely clean – not too tight and squeaky. The Daily Energizer rinsed off very easily and left the skin feeling fresh and toned. I think this is where it has a very different purpose to the Pure Melt – it freshens and brightens skin without adding excess oil. Important for younger, hormonal skin that might need a bit more of a ‘careful’ cleanse. This didn’t leave my skin tight either, which is a very good sign – it’s not stripping oils away from the skin, it’s just gently taking away the excess.

What’s my verdict? Well, considering that they’re approximately the same price, I’d have to choose my cleansing gel based solely on my skin-type. Oily skin, even more mature, might benefit more from the Daily Energizer gel, whereas I’d definitely recommend the Pure Melt with Marula Oil for normal skin, and most definitely dry skin! I think that the Daily Energizer is actually an excellent cleanser for the younger range – fresh and speedy. It’s more of a ‘face wash’ than the Pure Melt, there’s no luxurious massaging opportunity!

The Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel is £10.50 from Boots HERE and the Pure Melt is £18.50 from Boots HERE.

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  1. Roxxii
    May 22, 2011 / 8:42 am

    Always with the best posts! haha defo getting the pure melt once my current clarins cleanser runs out. is it ok to use on combination skin daily? xx

    • May 22, 2011 / 12:54 pm

      @Roxxii, I can’t see why not, although I never use same thing daily as I get bored! x

  2. Becca
    May 22, 2011 / 11:04 am

    I have tried the Daily Energizer range and I thought it was pretty good, but not spectacular. The cleansing gel was nice and refreshing, but for only 75ml is quote off-putting for a student like me! I think it would be great for oily skin too, although my normal-dry skin didn’t feel stripped or irritated which was good! Might look into your recommendation now :)


  3. Serena
    May 22, 2011 / 12:20 pm

    I’ve been using Clinique 3 Step routine for years, but I always hear rumours that the toner part isn’t too good for you, so I’ve been on the hunt for a new routine that might be better for my skin!

    I definitely agree with you about the oily/dry skin type thing. I found when I went to the Boots counter, the new Clarins range was maybe a bit too strong for my skin, which is generally dry, and the scent, although nice, made me think the three products might be a bit harsh for sensitive skin.

    I’m now 22 so my skin is pretty stable, but my little sisters who are 19 and 15 love the new range, as their skin is still quite changeable and teenager-esque!

    Love this website by the way!

    • May 22, 2011 / 12:50 pm

      @Serena STEP AWAY FRM THE 3-STEP! I have been trying to find out what the ‘benefits’ of 3 step are for years – I find not one. And every ‘sciencey’ person I speak to says the same thing. It’s really very stripping and makes no sense to me. I like Clinique but I wish they would scrap the 3 step – it’s a crime against skin!

  4. Laura
    May 22, 2011 / 12:34 pm

    I’m a massive fan of the Pure Melt, its perfect for me. I bought the new Daily Energiser after getting a sample of it, and really like using it in the morning. I wish the moisturiser has some anti-ageing benefits though, it makes my skin glow like nothing else can!

  5. Vera
    May 22, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    Yes, I use this cleansing gel in the morning. I used to apply the moisturizer (gel) too but I stopped during the winter. Now that the summer weather arrived maybe I will be back to that one. Like Laura said, it gives a glow to your skin that anything else does, it’s a pitty that it is not enough during the winter.
    My skin is very dehydrated, só I use the Clarins Orchid Oil every night (didn’t have courage to try the Rodin yet :P ) Clarins is one of the few brands that I actually trust the whole range of products. For some reason, EVERY Clinique moisturizers I tried cause breakouts…

    • May 22, 2011 / 5:26 pm

      @Vera I didn’t get on with the Orchid oil at all – got spots each time! Probably too rich for my skin-type! Is a gorgeous texture though – that’s why I persevered! Wish I could use it! x

  6. Emma
    May 22, 2011 / 7:53 pm

    I really like the SPF 15 fluid in this range so far :)

  7. Abigail
    May 23, 2011 / 2:36 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I just wanted to say how much I adore your blog and your writing, reading your reviews and humorous musings is like having a box of chocolates, each one a treat! It’s great to get your opinions on various products too, thanks so much for taking the time to do the reviews and videos, your readers really appreciate it. xo

    • admin
      May 23, 2011 / 4:33 pm

      @Abigail thanks! What a lovely comment! : )

  8. Vera
    May 24, 2011 / 2:09 am

    Ruth, my skin used to be very kind of oily. I say “kind of” because I had lots of RED breakouts, like bad acne. Very red but only on my cheeks and my skin would always feel very hot there. But then I found I had alergy to lactose and since I stopped consuming it I never had breakouts again. So I’m not even sure if it was actually acne of an oily skin or just bad alergy.

    Also, I move from country to country very often, and this last winter I’ve been in Canada, a particularly cold winter, very dry winds and negative temperatures and would seem that the moisture on my skin would also freeze. That’s when I started to use more a heavier moisturizer and had to go to the oil because even Avéne creams for very dry skin were not enough.

    Now that the Spring (?) is arriving in Canada my skin is not as dehydrated, but I still use it at night, just use a lighter moisturizer in the morning.

    So… maybe it is your skin type combined with the weather. I still could not test it because I only found about the lactose stuff last November, and I was in Ukraine/Poland…not a very warm place too. But after September I will be in the Netherlands for 1 year, in a very wet climate and I will check how my skin behaves :P But yes, I guess climate may play a big role and the rainy London might not be the driest thing to our skin.

    Oh, I also like oils because I find to speeds up the cell renewal. My deep and old breakout marks are almost completly gone. And I’ve been using a glycolic acid 10% from B. Kamins, a Canadian brand from Quebec, I wonder if you know about it and if you would like to try. I’ve never seen that in Europe, though. Maybe Sephora NY has.

    Sorry for the big comment, but I really like this beauty reviews :P


    • admin
      May 24, 2011 / 8:38 am

      @Vera have you also tried Rosehip oils? They are supposed to really help regenerate cells and heal damage – Trilogy do a nice one and so do Pai! x

  9. Vera
    May 24, 2011 / 3:31 pm

    No! But I might give them a try. I usually only buy on the store and I don’t see those brands here. Never bought beauty product online :P

    Also, my mom just finished a new course in Portugal on natural oils (for skin and haircare), 100% organic, I’m very curious to try it when I come back for vacation. We only eat organic food at home, and I’m always more and more impressed realizing that it actually makes the difference. Maybe now I can stop buying some expensive things now :x No silicones, no parabens…hmm

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