BEAUTY REVIEW // SIMONE FRANCE


Recently I was contacted by the Simone France skincare company, they offered me some free products in exchange for a review. I was just running out of my usual products, which aren’t cheap and I’m being really careful about money these days, so the timing was right. I definitely get a lot of weird offers for random stuff but this was one I actually wanted to try. I’m not getting paid for this post, for the record (if you’re keeping one?). First they had me fill out a little questionnaire about my skincare routines, issues, etc, and they sent back a reply with some helpful tips and selected products based on that. They sent me Rich Milk, Refreshing Toner, Refining Scrub, Soap, Lovely Glow and Disposable Cleansing Cloths, and a little booklet explaining when and how to use each product.

I’ve been using them consistently since I received them and I’ll give you a couple pros first: using the scrub is definitely decent for exfoliation, my skin is really soft after the morning routine. The soap seems to be the most natural of all the products, as it just contains oil and some plant extracts. The toner is really gentle, like they say. One of their best tips is to rinse your face post-cleaning with warm water and then cold water, which is a classic beauty secret- the cold water tightens your pores.

Unfortunately for me and this line, that’s about as good as it gets. I confess that I often get lazy with my skincare, but I’ve definitely seen the results that come from consistent use with products that work for me. If I use my usual brand every single day, my skin looks its best. I’ve been consistent with this line to give it a fair chance and it’s just not working out. I’m no beauty scientist so I can’t tell you where exactly it’s going wrong, but the moisturizer seems to be an issue for me. It makes my skin oily, like the product is just sitting on top of my skin. I’m not exactly breaking out, but my skin doesn’t look very clear either. One thing that disappointed me about this line is that they are a bit unclear about their ingredients. Sure, there’s an ingredients page, but you need to mouseover each product name to get the REAL list. The one shown automatically only highlights the natural ingredients, and none of the preservatives or parabens (the most commonly-known bad guy in skincare, a man-made preservative). On their blog they claim that the half-hidden list is because things like alcohol and acids seem scary, and they try to tell you that each scary science ingredient is still probably from a plant. Well, that’s just not always going to be true and it bums me out because it kinda feels like a trick. I know that at first glance, I totally glazed over the small text informing me of the way to see the full ingredients list.

Natural ingredients are important to me. There are a lot of issues surrounding beauty products and why this is important… if you’ve never thought about it before, I encourage you to check out the products you use and do some research on the ingredients. Did you know that there are still tons and tons of lipsticks out there that contain lead? You guys! That is insane. Anyway, without getting too deep into that stuff, my feelings can be boiled down to the fact that I’ve had the best results from natural skin products.

One last thought: disposable cloths, seriously? Is it really that hard to just rinse your face off with water? They say on their site that “no amount of rinsing” can really get your face clean, and that it’s the texture of the cloth that makes the difference, but I can’t get behind throwing two of these things into the trash every day. Maybe if they made them biodegradable it would be better? I really do feel bad writing a review that is mostly negative because the people I was in contact with were super nice, but I have to be honest about my experience. It’s weird to feel guilt over an honest product review. I am sorry for not liking the products!

Oh, even one more last thought: If you use this skincare line, or if you want to try it (there’s no reason it won’t work for you, it just wasn’t right for me), let me know and I’ll send you the products (minus the soap cause that’s a bit weird) for the cost of shipping.

  • http://hello-souris.blogspot.com/ Anne

    I really admire you for taking a product and not feeding your readers bullshit about the way it’s changed your life and how much you recommend it.

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  • http://www.darcydubose.com Darcy

    I love a good beauty review, but even more so when its about natural beauty products. Bummer these didn’t work out for you, but honestly how many different products can you really put on your face? I’m all for rising with water and maybe some witch-hazel. Have you read Annie’s blog?

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    anja Reply:

    If you mean Little Ocean Annie, then yes! Yeah, it was a lot of products to use at once. The natural stuff that I use (Evan Healy) has a lot of components too but it works so well that I can’t complain!

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    Darcy Reply:

    http://anniesallnatural.wordpress.com/ !

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  • http://www.dearfriendrebekkaseale.blogspot.com rebekka

    Wow, I agree with Anna above. Way to be honest!!!

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  • http://www.dearfriendrebekkaseale.blogspot.com rebekka

    Sorry, I meant “Anne” :)

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  • Lynn

    Thanks for your honesty!!! I love the products and would definitely pay you for the leftovers :)
    Lynn/pa

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  • http://aldeninteriorsinc.com Alison

    I’ve been getting facials from Simone herself since I was 23. I’m now 58. People are always telling me my skin looks great, and that I do, also. She used to get the products made herself before the women you spoke to & she went into business. I know Simone is not altogether happy with their business relationship, but I do not know why. HOWEVER, I love her products. I use the Sandwich every morning but use a clean washcloth! that I wash in the washer! every other day or so…& I also have a heated towel rack & radiant heat in my bathroom, so bacteria doesn’t really have a chance to grow.
    I used the light milk cleanser & regular toner (or light) until last year when I had to switch to the richer milk, gentler toner, and French Formula moisturizer because of my age. My daughters, 24 & 27 LOVE the peel facial called Instant Radiance. They & I would love to do it weekly, but since it’s expensive even bi-weekly makes a huge difference in our skin!

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  • jon dibenedetto

    I’ve used these products for 3 plus years now & have had great results. The line certainly uses some ingredients(alcohol, palm oil, lanolin witch hazel) that are viewed negatively by most now: I’ve had no issues from them however. I think those ingredients in moderation & combined with other ingredients are very effective. I agree about the disposable clothes: a warm face cloth seems fine for rinsing. I tried a couple of other lines like Rene Rouleu (horrid) & Biotherm(pretty good). For me tho the Simone France line is the best. I’ll use it the rest of my life.

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