Why is no one talking about these eye patches?
Honestly, if you aren’t using Klorane, you’re missing out.
This is the brand we you need now.
Oh and by the way, it’s incredibly accessible.
I looked high and low for a comprehensive review of Klorane and I couldn’t find anything relevant, so here’s my take.
Klorane is a French hair and skincare brand with products rooted in plant-based ingredients. I was first introduced to Klorane in those little Bluemercury gift bags; I think it was the shampoo with chamomile for color-treated hair. At first pass that’s where my curiosity with Klorane ended. It was another shampoo sample. I didn’t really care. I never even tried it, which looking back was stupid since these products are A-MA-ZING!
Flash-forward to my next Bluemercury gift bag when I received the Eye make-up remover with organically farmed Cornflower, and BAM, hooked. I am telling you that sample-sized makeup remover put Klorane on the map for me. But before we go any further, here’s what you need to know about the best brand you’ve maybe never heard of.
50 years ago in the South of France, pharmacist Pierre Fabre’s curiosity with pure botanical care led to the birth of Klorane.
In 1966, Fabre launched the founding product, his shampoo with chamomile, a bestseller for the brand to this day. This shampoo would set the tone for future inspiration: to create innovative products based on a simple concept – one concern, one plant, one benefit.
Today Klorane is the #1 hair care brand in European pharmacies and remains dedicated to protecting both plant heritage and the environment. With every Klorane purchase, a portion of its sales goes to support activities of the Klorane Botanical Foundation and helps fund school gardens in the USA through the Budding Botanist Grant.
So back to my love of Klorane, and now, Cornflower
Klorane meets all of the requirements I have for a hair and skincare brand: it’s sensitive in nature, it delivers on the product promise, it’s formulated using plants and botanicals, it’s ecofriendly, and it’s available at a totally reasonable price point ranging from $9 – $29. With a cult following in Europe, Klorane’s hair care is well established; products are shoppable by hair type: curly, color-treated, dry, thinning, etc., or ingredient: citrus, mango butter, peony, magnolia, the list goes on.
So yes, they’re these botanical experts with amazing hair care, but what made me start drinking the Klorane juice was actually the skincare. It’s a small skincare line, but these little guys are mighty. Grown in the Tarn area of France, the cornflower base to Klorane’s skincare is organically harvested and picked in full bloom. “A pure floral water is extracted by a special distillation technique that preserves all the precious ingredients and purity of the cornflower.” And why is cornflower so great you might ask? “Cornflower water is known for its soothing, softening and decongesting properties for sensitive eyes and skin.”
Now for the good stuff.
THREE KLORANE SKINCARE PRODUCTS I SWEAR BY
Review: If you’ve read my posts in the past you know how much I love eye patches, with Chantecaille right at the top of my list. But when it comes to relaxing and smoothing sensitive skin around the eyes, I reach for Klorane, which also happens to be a whopping $100 cheaper. They aren’t quite as effective on wrinkles as Chantecaille, but they have significantly more soothing properties (getting at bags and puffiness) than all the other anti-inflammatory patches I’ve tried.
Unlike Patchology and other brands that tend to slip and slide, Klorane patches stay in place while they work to banish bags, minimize fine lines, brighten, and hydrate the under-eye. More than the popular Wander eye patches (which I do like), Klorane patches have a longer lasting effect. Perfect to throw on when you’ve just landed or are waiting to go to dinner and want to look fresh all night. And for about $3/set, I happily rotate these eye patches and save my Chantecaille to wear during long-haul trips or for an anti-aging boost.
Genova Tip: I like to cut up patches and place them in other areas of the face that need a bit extra help like around the mouth and even on the caverns across my forehead.
Website Description: Soothing hydrogel eye patches visibly reduce signs of fatigue and under-eye puffiness, diminish the appearance of dark circles and visibly smooth fine lines.
Cost: $24 for 7 sets
Review: One of the most sought-after, illusive products in our skincare arsenal is the waterproof eye makeup remove that actually REMOVES waterproof eye makeup. So basically, a product that does what it says it’s going to do. I mean sure, many many brands claim to remove waterproof eye makeup only for us to wake up with black residue chilling in our under-eye the next morning. Not the case with Klorane. Dear Bluemercury, thank you again for including Klorane makeup remover in that set I mentioned earlier because it changed my eye makeup game.
I started to fully avoid eye makeup because I had so much trouble taking it off, most especially waterproof. But in the summer and by my wedding there was no way of getting around waterproof mascara. I tried Lancome Bi-Facil but it really didn’t wow me. When I starting using Klorane, all makeup traces melted away without the oily, greasy feeling I associate with most makeup removers. Klorane’s version leaves you with a clean feeling as you wipe away the day without the grimy after effects. Once more, it’s effective, so as the cornflower helps to soothe and smooth, there’s no need to scrub or be pulling at sensitive skin. While it might seem crazy that I’m hyping up an eye makeup remover, it really does make a difference when you consider how important clean skin is to overall skincare health and hygiene.
Genova Tip: Leave the eye makeup remover on for a few seconds before wiping away with a cotton pad, giving the product a moment to breakdown makeup. Also, I use this step AFTER my first cleanse (to ensure I am removing any makeup leftover from my oil cleanser) but before going in for the deep clean in cleanse 2.
Website Description: Gentle, bi-phase waterproof eye make-up remover, quickly dissolves highly resistant make-up without rubbing, and helps to strengthen and condition eye lashes.
Review: Okay, so micellar water has mixed reviews. Let me explain why.
Micellar water was invented by the French and has been a pharmacy staple ever since. Micellar water is functional in that it provides a quick “clean,” but it’s essentially soapy water, SOMETIMES brands include added nutrients. In your skincare routine, micellar water belongs maybe as a cleanse 1 or a pre-cleanse just to take off top-layer residue and pollution. I do not recommend leaving micellar water on overnight because of the properties that make it “soapy” or “cleansing.” You wouldn’t leave your cleanser on all night, right? So don’t leave a micellar water on the skin while you sleep, especially if you’re going to all the trouble of getting a good, clean canvas. I do however LOVE to use it when I am on the go. Great times to use micellar water:
– After a workout
– After the beach
– When you need to refresh during the day
– Between flight connections
– When you have LITERALLY no time to properly prep your skin for makeup
But not all micellar waters are created equal. Some have oil and alcohols that can clog pores and cause irritation. I’ve long been an advocate of Darphin’s Azahar cleansing water, but Klorane is right on par.
With cornflower water as a base, Klorane’s micellar water has only seven ingredients and is 90% natural. And it cleanses without stripping or feeling greasy. If you’re going to use a micellar water, reach for this one with it’s skin-friendly ingredients, free of Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Fragrance, and Oil – so it won’t be drying, clogging, or inflaming the face.
Genova Tip: I do not fully wash my face during the day as I find I breakout when I cleanse too often. Rather, I grab micellar water, swipe for 10 seconds or so, and follow with an essential oil or a simple hydrating moisturizer like La Mer’s classic cream.
Website Description: Ultra-gentle, 3-in-1, no-rinse Micellar cleansing water, toner and makeup remover delicately and thoroughly removes all traces of makeup from face, eyes, and lips.