Monday, February 17, 2014

REN Clean Skincare

Just over a year ago, my skincare routine consisted of a Neutrogena foaming cleanser and matching facial moisturizer. I know--I should have warned you to grab a steady object before dishing that one. But, then, on a sick day (after coming home from the ER, might I add), I discovered the wonder that is the Essiebutton brand--she can lift any vitality--as well as the other high ranking UK beauty blogger lot: Vivianna, Lily, Alix, and friends.

Now, after a whole day stranded in bed like a brick and an iPad on constant charge, my wishlist grew just about as long as a mile; and, for reference, I also made a miraculous recovery that day, too.
So Lillian's skincare addiction began and the first purchase was a cleanser: the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser, to be exact; and my love affair still exists to this day.
I was blown at how effective more costly than chips, non-alkaline (hmm...) skincare could be. And whenever I needed a new addition, I always turned to REN. 

Now, I have a slightly different beauty philosophy, partly because I named No More Dirty Looks my bible. So, even with stricter standards, guess which brand still passes the test?
REN's philosophy circumvents 'performance,' 'purity,' and 'pleasure.' 
Surrounding performance, just read a few REN-centric reviews on 'Parisian To Be' and you'll understand why this box earns a slash.

The purity aspect is why, even after my ingredient reality check, I'm still lusting after their stuff. Boasting a thoroughly clean conscience, 'REN only uses 100% plant and mineral derived actives and is free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients.'
Well, what are these unamiable components, anyway, that these potions remain without? We're talking synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, petrolatum, sulfate detergents, synthetic colors, animal ingredients and parabens, glycols, PEG's, PPGs, urea, and others--which I won't go into because I lack the knowledge to understand what half of them are (but, higher minds alike, here's the full list for your entertainment; you're welcome).

Last, the pleasure induced with every use comes down to the high effectivity. And, also, the packaging (a typical Lillian-discussed topic).
Call me boring, but white may be my favorite color; so I'm obviously partial to the minimalist containers. Each range comes with it's specific shade--pictured above is the radiance range depicted in a vibrant orange. Nearly all their products also come enclosed in a clear bag with a transparent outer face. It sounds simple, but it means it eliminates any 'darn--I've run out' situations which always turn a day for the worst.

Based upon the former evidence, you may be able to conclude that I'm a fan of REN Skincare, especially pertaining offerings of their Clay Cleanser, Clarifying Toning Lotion (seriously good stuff), and, although I'm not able to find a way to fit it into my routine, the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask is also nice.

The marketing part of my countenance praises REN for their ability to market themselves as a secretly clean brand, without the voodoo and gypsy connotations that other clean products bring (not that there's anything wrong with that). All I have to say is--damn: how come I didn't discover this sooner; talk about illness cures?


  1. I used to use neutrogena too haha, I chuck their face wash in the bin once I feel in love with the REN clear calm cleanser! other loves include their clairifying toner and face masks.
    there is definately no going back once you try REN :)

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  2. i used the neutrogena face wash for a while but it never really worked for me. I love La Roche Posay for my everyday skincare. Haven't tried REN ... yet! xxx


  3. I haven't tried too many REN products but I've loved every one that I've used and I have so many other products of theirs on my wish list! Their Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask is my go-to when my skin's feeling a bit dull and lifeless.

    Stephanie | Love, August

  4. Great post! I generally do love REN but my goodness I can't believe I gave into the hype of the Glycol Lactic mask because it was really disappointing for me. It cost 70$ and it did nothing for me in re: brightening. I found that the Michael Todd Pumpkin mask did better and it was half the price/more product.

  5. Oh I gotcha, REN is my all-time favourite 'nasties-free' brand. In fact, I've got my mum hooked on it recently, and she's in deep haha. Do try the F10 Smooth & Renew Mask, I actually like it better than the Glycolactic one. It's more gentle and does the job just as good. And well... all their cleansers are amazing. Their Hot Cloth Cleanser is fab (which has recently launched) and I highly recommend their Cleansing Balm too.

    find me on 9outoften.com

  6. My love of REN started with the ClearCalm 3 Clay Cleanser, too! Such a beautiful product.

    Check out my DIY evening cleanser and decor tips for a clean and bright room and mind.



  7. My favourite brand for sure! Love their cleansers, masks, serums and especially their night range. Ooh, also in love with the Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash. Amazing stuff!

  8. No More Dirty Looks is one of my favourite sites, it's where I found a lot of my info when I was first switching to natural products :) REN products are great, I really want to try the toner! x

    Ria @ naturiabeauty.com

  9. Mademoiselle natureFebruary 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I am glad you started to embrace natural beauty like I do! Really like REN....and trust me, lots of many other nice organic brands to be discovered too :-)

  10. Why don't I own REN products yet? Probably because the price scares me and I have too many skincare products to go through already. BUT, I'm certain I'll be adding their products to my collection soon. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  11. Your blog does bad things to my bank balance :). Pai Roseship oil on the list, and now Ren goodies, I've tried the clear calm clay cleanser before and I loved that, I'd love totry more from Ren I have the ever calm cleansing milk on my wishlist x


  12. Ooo. Which face masks from them have you tried; I'm in the market. xo

  13. Unfortunately, I'm in the same boat as you: I haven't tried many, but have been obsessed with every one. P.S. Your profile picture is gorgeous.... xo

  14. Ah; that's aweful. I'm so sorry. I promise: I think you'll have luck with other products soon. xo

  15. Haha! Your mom sounds heavenly. I'll add the F10 Mask to my wishlist; I have to admit--I was so bummed the Glycol Lactic mask didn't work for me. And I remember you talking about their cleansers. xo

  16. Anything Moroccan and rose sounds right up my alley. xo

  17. Have you read the book? If not, you must! xo

  18. Oooo. Do you have any good recommendations to pass along? xo

  19. Haha! I'm glad you like it. I think I have another REN convert? xo

  20. Please do; you won't look back. xo

  21. Haha! I'm sorry (but I'm also not sorry *wink*). It sounds like you have a wicked list on the go. xo

  22. Absolutely! I got their Omega-3 serum, too, and OHMYGOSH. If you haven't tried that wondrousness yet, DO. IT.

  23. I love REN, too! I also have the Clear calm Clarifying Clay Cleanser. But I started with their masks. And I also like their balancing T-Zone Day Fluid (mayblossom I guess).



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