Finito! Clarins Extra-Firming Body Cream

I wouldn’t usually write about something just because I had finished it; I finish things every day and then I go out and buy new things, or dig into my bottomless pit of things that I need to test. At the moment I’m judging about a million beauty products for the Zest Smart Beauty Awards and so it’s all a bit chaotic in the AMR office, but from the pit of despair, I managed to rescue this empty pot of Clarins body cream. I had been saving it to remind me to write a recommendation for it – it’s one of my favourite Clarins products.

This Extra-Firming Body Cream has a good strong texture but isn’t anywhere near as solid as a body butter.  I like a body butter, but I find them quite hard work sometimes. The Clarins cream slips on easily and feels thick and nourishing without being a total pain in the arse to rub in. It’s not highly fragranced, it’s not greasy, and applied before bed it’s a surefire way towards extremely soft skin in the morning. Firming-wise, I’m not sure. Can it lift? I doubt it, but if you enjoy using it and apply it regularly, the repeated massaging action could have some effect. Toning and comforting, definitely.

The pot I’ve just finished was from when I had stockpiled a load of it during a particularly good “Gift With Purchase” season, but I see now that the skanky apricot-coloured packaging has been shunned in favour of bright, clinical white. I like it – it’s less eighties, therefore less nostalgic for me, but it looks good on the bathroom shelf.

Crikey! I’ve just seen the price – £40! Has it always been this much? I’m sure it wasn’t that much last time I bought it. It’s up there with the best, I think, when it comes to effective body moisturising, but if you’re looking for something more scented and luxurious then see also the Emma Hardie body cream and Decleor’s l’Age Youth.

Clarins Body Cream is £40 with free delivery from

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  1. August 18, 2012 / 6:53 am

    I too love the Clarin’s body cream (and yes I think that the price has, indeed, gone up) but do we have a verdict on the caffeine factor? If you recall your mum wondered if it was keeping her or you up at night? I’ve not used mine since then, waiting for a verdict (insomnia issues), though it DOES look lovely on the shelf! Thanks, Ruth.

    • Ruth
      August 19, 2012 / 6:47 pm

      I think it’s the Lift Minceur with the caffeine in! x

  2. Céline
    August 18, 2012 / 11:57 am

    That cream is indeed fabulous and a staple product for me :-)
    Although I do have to admit I buy Clarins products largely because they remind me of the 80’s haha(the original Eau Dynamisante is so French Riviera Summer 1987 chic!)x

  3. August 18, 2012 / 8:39 pm

    Sounds like something I need to give a try

  4. August 19, 2012 / 5:31 am

    I love Clarins’ body care product. I have tried their leg slimming gel and quite like it. Also now on their lifting bust gel and firming bust gel. They both works. I’m thinking to buy their bust volumizing gel. Hoping to get bigger cup size! Lol. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Rita the parachutist
    August 19, 2012 / 7:50 pm

    Sounds like a nice body cream I could consider purchasing :)

    Ruth, I wanted to ask you if you ever had a look at Skin Deep Cosmetics Database where you can check the ingredients of almost every product out there?
    If you take it seriously, the findings are actually quite disturbing :/

    • Ruth
      August 20, 2012 / 9:47 am

      Yes, but there are SO many controversies with ingredients, many blown way out of proportion. So I try just to keep a sensible and balanced view! x

  6. August 20, 2012 / 6:37 am

    Clarins products are amazing, I haven’t tried this one but the Moisture-Rich Body Lotion from the brand that I am currently using rocks.

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