There are a number of things the French excel at. Included among those things is a legacy of brilliant skin care revered the world over. And so, to add to a canon already at capacity with reverence, I share my thoughts on Embryolisse lait-crème concentré, Embryolisse Artist Secret Radiant Eye and Collosol eau de lait.
Embryolisse Laboratories has been in existence since the 1950’s and was started by a French Dermatologist who wanted to create products in keeping with the high standards demanded by his profession. In addition, it was also important that the formulas help to maintain and restore the skin’s barrier while reducing the potential for allergic reactions. Embryolisse lait-crème concentré is a medium thick white cream that is lightly fragranced and has a multitude of uses. I’ve used it as a primer, a mask and to hydrate my dry skin. It can also be used post-shave, as a makeup remover in a pinch and even on babies. I’ve also found that it outperforms some of my other big name primers and has made a tremendous difference between my disliking some foundations and suddenly loving them once I used this as my primer.
I’ve also reached for this when my skin was in the midst of tantrums and this was the only thing to placate it. Added to the suggested uses, I would also recommend this for dry, ratty cuticles and I’ve also seen someone recommend it to tame flyaways. Embryolisse lait-crème concentré comes in two sizes, is paraben free and not tested on animals.
Moving now to Embryolisse Artist Secret Radiant Eye. I came across a piece about this product a while back and was immediately intrigued enough to order it online. I’m on my second tube now because this is exactly what fatigued eyes need. This is a product that needs to be twisted up like a lipstick and when applied to the skin around the eyes, there is a cooling feeling that imparts immediate relief. It does an excellent job of smoothing out lines, brightening the skin and reducing the look of shadows lurking under the eyes.
Embryolisse Artist Secret Radiant Eye is the perfect size to pop into your handbag, even if it’s a tiny evening clutch and of course, it travels very well. Along with Embryolisse lait-crème concentré, Artist Secret is counted in the pro kits of some of the best and brightest celebrity makeup artists.
Now to a product that I kept seeing and finally decided to get. Collosol eau de lait is a water milk cleanser that is multi-use and a joy to use. Firstly, the amount of fragrance in this is admittedly on the high side. However, because of the fragrance, I would give it high marks on sillage (the extent to which a fragrance lingers), so your bathroom or bedroom or wherever you use it will be beautifully scented long after you’ve finished your routine.
Collosol eau de lait is a water cleanser that I personally prefer over micellar cleansers. Collosol eau de lait is a combination of ‘milk’ and water, or glycerine, castor oil and vegetable oil that actually feels and looks like low-fat milk. It is used by placing a few drops onto a cotton square, then swiping over the face to remove makeup, dirt and whatever else the day has left on your face. Thereafter, there’s no need to rinse as this is a no-rinse cleanser.
It can also be used in the bathtub, plus I’ve used it when giving myself manicures by soaking my fingers in it with an equal part of warm water. When you lift the cotton square away from your face after swiping it around, don’t be surprised if you stumble back by what you see. It is that good. As an amusing aside, it is believed that Karl Lagerfeld adds a bottle of this to his bath every day.
Collosol Eau de lait comes in three sizes and it too boasts a history dating back to Paris in the 1950’s, conceived by a Pharmacist who’s customers needed something easy with which to cleanse. For a product that began its existence as an exclusive, accessible only to the elite, it has now made its way onto the cult list and can be obtained by anyone who wants it, anywhere in the world. Lastly, it is paraben free, cruelty-free and vegan. It works for all skin types but I would still suggest a patch test if you have highly sensitive skin, specifically because of the amount of fragrance.
Together, these three products with their multi-use facets can very well constitute the contents of a light yet effective travel pouch or a tightly edited at home skin care routine. They hit the points of cleansing, hydration, toning and can even be used in the bath or as a salve for irritated skin. Thus, if we’re really honest, an approach such as this eliminates the need for much more. As always, share your thoughts with us below and thank you!