Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Summer Cleaning with Renee Rouleau — The Freshness!

Renee Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel ($35.50) is a minty-fresh cleanser that leaves skin feeling refreshed. I’ve been using this as my AM/PM cleanser (not makeup remover, though) for the past three weeks, and I really just like the way it leaves my skin feeling, which is cooled and refreshed. It’s particularly been lovely for me as my seasonal allergies have been acting up!

Key Ingredients: Licorice Root Extract – anti-inflammatory properties, Peppermint Oil – vaso-dilator that increases circulation to bring fresh nutrients to the skin, Rosemary Leaf Oil – antioxidant skin energizer, Spearmint Leaf Oil – invigorating, circulation-boosting.

The texture is also thick without being heavy. It’s thick and gel-textured, so you don’t need much — really, you don’t — just one little squeeze and a pea-sized portion later and you have enough. Despite using it for three weeks, I’d say I’ve only used up about half an inch’s worth thus far, which means I anticipate a solid six months or more of usage out of this. It’s not a makeup remover, so while it removed my tinted moisturizer, it’s not going to get off long-wearing eyeliner.

I love Renee Rouleau, the woman behind the brand, even though I have never met her in person. (But seriously, sometimes I just want to go visit Texas so I can book an appointment at her spa so I can meet her.) She is inspiring as a female entrepreneur, but she gives real, meaningful skincare tips on her blog–actually written by her, gasp!–and it feels genuine.

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The Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel is recommended for those with oily/combination skin and not for those with severe redness or rosacea. It contains no artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, parabens, or sulfates for those concerned about ingredients. I have normal-to-dry skin typically, but in the summer I do get a little more normal-to-oily. I like this after a day spent outdoors or after a workout–very invigorating but not burning, stinging, or irritating–refreshing.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For those with oily/combination skin looking for a no-fuss, easy-to-use cleanser that cleans skin well while leaving you feeling fresh, I think you may like this one.

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15 thoughts on “Renee Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel Review & Photos

  1. Thank you for the nice review, Christine…glad you love it!
    -Renee Rouleau

  2. natasha mehta

    sounds like i would love to try it. How many oz’s is it? Its a little pricey.

  3. GG

    Man, it sure does contain an awful lot of irritating plant oils! I think I’ll stick to Cetaphil.

    • Ashley

      Actually Cetaphil should be a lot more irritating given the sodium lauryl sulfate and other harsh unnecessary sulfates in it..really drying and bad for the skin.

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    ok seriously Christine you make me want so many of her products! They look so good and look like they work…man….

  5. Ashley

    Thanks, Christine. I’m really wanting to try Renee R’s products. Do you think you could do a review of the Aloe Milk cleanser? that’s the one I really want to try. would love to know if you find it effective for getting off makeup though, before I spend the $30+ on it. thanks :-)

  6. Paloma

    IS it also not recommended for people with Psoriasis? Why isn’t it recommended? I have Psoriasis around my nose, but my skin is mostly just a combination type skin.