Creme de la Mer have a number of different cleansers, none of which I found so far are particularly amazing for makeup removal however*.
The lotion-based cleanser (The Cleansing Lotion), unfortunately didn't do it for me – it contains fennel, and as I may have said before, I’m a bit hit-and-miss with fennel, sometimes I love it, sometimes it makes me gag. The smell of fennel in this product gave me a niggling headache, so back out the door it went, donated to a friend of mine who I believe liked it.
The Cleansing Foam I use every second morning (alternating between that one day, and Natura Bissé AHA Cleanser the next) in the shower, and I love it – it’s a gentle foaming cleanser, a smidge of it works wonders at cleansing and freshening up my face, although to-date it hasn't been a great makeup remover, it works fine for lighter makeup alright. I will post more on this one, because I have found a device that turns this cleanser into a passable makeup removing cleanser (more on that to come in another post later).
So onto the point of this post, The Cleansing Gel...
Why not, you ask, since I’m an absolute dyed-in-the-wool CDLM acolyte! As Agent Smith said in The Matrix: "it’s the smell, you see". It’s not a bad smell, it’s inoffensive enough actually. But picture a really cheap smelling herbally-piney-scented shower gel in a cheap plastic container in a cheap hotel. Picture the green colour of it. Now picture using a slightly thicker version of that to wash your face. That’s precisely what it smells like. Looking at the ingredients listing, it does contain some goodies, mixed in with a lot of chemicals and CDLM’s Deconstructed Waters stuff, but honestly, I can’t get past the look and smell. When I use this, I feel cheated, like CDLM is taking the absolute p*ss out of me. For that reason, for the cost reason, because there’s other stuff out there better, and for reasons of my particular skin type, I won’t bother.
200ml of this will set you back €95. So far so pricy. Look here for more information on this.
* I believe that the line-up now includes a cleansing oil, which I imagine should be good for makeup removal. Must look into it.