Monday, November 15, 2010

Product Review: L'occitane Red Rice Skincare Line

And we're off on another manic Monday! I don't know about anyone else, but I don't much mind Mondays...never really have either. Except for when I was in high school...but that was loooooong ago, lol. You'd never know by looking at my skin though. My oily skin. Don't get me wrong, I don't totally hate my oily skin...anymore, lol. I appreciate my natural oils for what they do. One of the benefits of having oily skin is that it ages less rapidly than other skin types. It's the main reason why folks can't guess my true age. Not that I'm ancient or anything, but I'm told quite often that on good days I still look like I'm in my late teens *batting lashes*

I love that, lol! On my bad days I look like I'm in my 20's, which is still a complement. I owe it all to oodles of MELANIN, good genes and oily skin ;-)

The disadvantages of having overly oily skin are having your foundation turn into an ooey gooey oil slick oozing down your face (I stopped wearing foundation because my skin no likey), shiny/greasy T Zones and finding skin care products to treat/tame it all. *Sigh*

I have been searching for the longest time *cue Billy Joel* and I *cue U2's Joshua Tree* still haven't found what I'm looking for. Though, at times, I've come rather close. This brings me to L'occitane's Red Rice Line. I watched a youtube video a while back about rice water toners and how good they were supposed to be for those with oily skin and decided that I would try it ASAP. Although the vid showcased a tutorial for homemade rice toners, I also needed a cleanser and moisturizer so, as usual, I Googled. To my surprise and joy I found this Red Rice Foaming Cleanser by L'occitane (pronounced lox-e-tahn)...

It comes in a nifty $8 trial size (now $4 but I'm not sure how long)
It cleansed my skin without stripping it comepletely of its natural oils
It made my skin soft and supple and appear less oily
It seemed to reduce my breakouts
Has a nice smell
Soap free
Contains some natural/organic ingredients (they use sustainable/renewable organic ingredients whenever possible)
L'occitane does not test on furry (or non-furry) critters
They are ecologically responsible (recycled/recyclable packaging)

Contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Contains more chemicals/compounds than natural ingredients

Overall, the cleanser gets a 4 out of 5 Qtips on my beauty prods scale.

Next up we have the Red Rice Purifying Toner...

It comes in a nifty $8 trial size
Has a slight tint that adds a nice glow
Made my skin look/feel matte
Has a nice smell
It seemed to reduce my breakouts
Has a nice smell
Same last three pros as the foaming cleanser

Feels gritty
Made my skin feel too dry and tight

Contains Methylparaben
Contains Salicylic Acid
Overall, the toner gets a 2.5 out of 5 Qtips on my beauty prods scale.

Finally we have the Red Rice Ultra-Matte Face Fluid...

Comes in a nifty $8 trial size
Has a nice smell
Same last three pros as the cleanser and toner

Feels gritty
Made my skin feel overly dry and tight
Contains Salicylic Acid

Overall, the face fluid gets a 1 out of 5 Qtips on my beauty prods scale.

Though I like the philosophy of the company and I like the way the products smell, I will not buy the full size system nor will I purchase the trial sizes again. Based on my needs and concerns, the Red Rice Skincare line just isn't a good fit for me. Back to the drawing board *shrugs*

That's it for now guys and gals...


*The aforementioned L'occitane products were purchased with my own money. My review is unpaid and impartial.*


Ningrum said...

Wow, you are so detail about pros and cons... thank you for the review, it helps me a lot. I wrote this red rice cleanser on my wishlist and I'm Googling around to find if this product's really work or not. :) Thanks.

Btw, may I know, is this red rice certified organic or not? :)

Adjua said...

Hi Ningrum,

As far as I can tell from info on the L'occitane website, the red rice used in the formula is organic. Check this link -->,49,1,20491,188713.htm

It's very vague IMO though. The rice may be organic, but I doubt any of the other ingre dients are. I hope tis helps. Take care and thanks for stopping by! :-)

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