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.