“This cashmere-soft soap effectively cleanses away impurities and even makeup to reveal skin with renewed radiance and clarity while enhancing the receptiveness to the benefits of the following skincare regimens. “ – Cle de Peau
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6 /10)
PRICE DETAILS: $100 for 100g/3.5oz. (♦♦♦♦♦)
PRESENTATION: Bar soap with plastic soap dish
TEXTURE & SCENT: Rich foam with distinct rose/perfume scent
SKIN TYPE: All Skin Types, except those sensitive to fragrance.
KEY FEATURES: L-Serine clarifies and exfoliates, hyaluronic acid provides intense moisture, Rose SYNACTIF is an exclusive light fragrance that creates a luxurious skincare experience.
QUICK REVIEW: A lovely soap that leaves skin soft and clean – but cannot quite justify its inflated price tag.
the REVIEW: Cle de Peau Synactif Savon (Soap) may currently be the most expensive bars of soap on the market but pure curiosity got the better of me and I dropped my money on this golden lovely. Synactif is primarily based on L-Serine (see details) and Rose Synactif which smooths and clarifies skin while providing a beautiful rose scented experience.
The bar fits comfortably in your hands the the lather itself was very rich and did not take much prompting – while the true rose fragrance provided a spa-like moment. It removed light makeup well but should not (like most bars) be used around the eyes. Skin is left smooth, clean and ready for treatment products.
If you remove all the luxury that comes primarily due to the hefty price tag, however, you are left with just a nice facial bar. Yes, it cleansed the skin wonderfully with no irritation (unless you are sensitive to fragrance). Yes, it didn’t cause breakouts or dry patches. It was definitely lovely to look at and will likely last about 3-4 months with regular use. But did it perform better than a plain amber colored bar soap? Not really.
I’m definitely happy to have this as part of my cleansing options and use it when I need a pick me up. Still, it has solidified in my findings that while cleansing is paramount in keeping skin healthy and clear, it literally gets washed down the drain. So perhaps finding a more affordable option would be the best course of action.
the FINAL ROAR! While I may not buy this bar again (unless I become independently wealthy) it will be a product that gets used up. The luxurious lather may not be particularly special – but like the right guy, it makes me feel special and pretty every time I use it.
Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Soap ($40). This bar looks pretty, smells divine and leaves skin softer and clean. With a center that contains a bouquet of 11 essential oils and a pretty floral scent, this facial soap maintains the balance of the skin while gently cleansing away excess oil and makeup.
Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar ($3.49). Simply washes away makeup and grime without leaving a residue.
CLE DE PEAU SYNACTIF SOAP (SAVON) DETAILS
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Extra gentle soap effectively cleanses away impurities and even makeup to reveal skin with renewed clarity while conditioning skin to maximize ingredient penetration of the following skincare regimens. (Source: SaksFifthAvenue.com)
CLE DE PEAU SYNACTIF SOAP (SAVON) INGREDIENTS: Water, Sucrose, Glycerin, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Methyltaurate, Sodium Laurate, PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, Myristic Acid, Potassium Myristate, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, PEG-10 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Sodium Stearate, Carboxydecyl Trisiloxane, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Potassium Laurate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Lauryl Glycol Carboxylate, Caprylyl Methicone, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Potassium Palmitate, Sodium Metaphosphate, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides. (Source: Cle de Peau product packaging)
SERINE: “Serine is an α-amino acid that is common in many proteins, sometimes in substantial concentrations in the outer regions of soluble proteins due to its hydrophilic (dissolves readily in water) nature.” – Source: New World Encyclopedia Website.
“Serine is a constituent of phospholipids, which help seal in moisture, so it is also often included as a natural moisturizing agent in many cosmetics and skin care preparations.” – Source: VitaminStuff.com
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Cle de Peau products are available at Neiman Marcus or at saksfifthavenue.com.