Thursday, 12 June 2014

June's Fave Freebie – Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser

Today I’m launching a brand new regular feature, Fave Freebie Of The Month. Every month, as I’m shelf browsing at WH Smith (other newsagents are available!), I’ll pick out the lifestyle mag with my favourite beauty freebie mounted on the cover and post a review.

It’s struck me that glossy press beauty freebies have got incredibly decent. No longer a flimsy plastic comb or a weeny body cream sachet cellotaped to the cover (OK, you can still get the odd rubbish ones), more often than not it’s a decent size sample from a big brand inside a shrink wrap. Sometimes even a full size product - I recently got a 75ml Percy & Reed Wonder Balm!

I admit I do check out the free gift before deciding whether or not to flick through the pages of a magazine.  Actually, now I come to think of it, my decision to buy a mag is wholly down to the freebie.  There, I’ve confessed! 

I imagine I’m not alone in being totally seduced by the  covermount -  why else would the giveaways have got so good? It’s easy to see why brands and mag publishers have got themselves such a cosy partnership going. It really is a win win  for all concerned: the brands gain exposure, the magazines get a boost to their circulation, and we get a fabulous free product to try.

Of course, there’s no certainty that my favourite freebie will turn out to be a fave product, if I’ve never used it before. All will be revealed in the review.


Kicking things off is Ren’s Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser. It’s bundled free with the July issue of InStyle and comes with a face cloth.  Do you have a fave freebie ? What partly makes the beauty industry such a fascinating and dynamic place is that we all want and like different things.

I have a sneaky suspicion that many of you will choose differently from me this month. There were after all quite a few branded nail varnishes on front covers, including ones from Ciate (Marie Claire) and Leighton Denny (Harper’s Bazaar).  But I’m a skincare junkie (I’m not so much in to cosmetics), and so for me it had to be the Ren. As I’ve rambled on quite a lot already, I’ll keep this month’s product review  brief!

Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser, 30ml sample with cloth – Review


As a fan of Ren products (especially the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask), I’ve been wanting to try this cleanser since its February launch. It has a creamy texture, similar though not as rich as Liz Earle’s signature cleanser, with a delicate rose scent. It feels pleasingly nourishing on the skin and has a good slip.

Now to remove. The cloth is a flannel-type rather than a muslin. Personally, I prefer to hot cloth cleanse with the latter. To me this feels like I am wiping away product with one of my bathroom face flannels, so my choice would be to team it with a muslin instead.

Cleanser removed, face patted dry with a fluffy towel and I’m done. Thoughts? Skin is soft and make-up removed beyond a trace. But the Ren cleanser doesn’t ‘wow’ me like the Liz Earle, which as well as being creamier also has a more exciting and refreshing scent.

The full size Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser costs £16 (150ml). You can buy it here.
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22 comments

  1. What a shame it didn't wow you, for that price maybe you would expect a little more from it? I haven't tried this before as it is out of my price range but I like to read how others find products before trying something new

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    1. Yes, it doesn't work as well for me as say Liz Earle but everyone is different with individual tastes and needs, and I'm sure for others this REN cleanser will be perfect. For me just not, sadly.

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  2. Oh wow what a great freebie - I love Ren products so I need to get this, thanks for sharing

    Laura x

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    1. I love REN as a brand. It's quality, so yes great to have freebies of this calabre with magzines. Just sadly this particuarly REN product didn't WOW me so much. Tx

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  3. What a great feature to start...
    What a shame it didn't wow you but it does sound ok....

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    1. Thank you Kim. I'm going to really enjoy putting these features together each month :)

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  4. I'm going to see if I can find this tomorrow, I could do with a small cleanser to take away with me next week.

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    1. If you get it, please do let me know what you think. I'd love to hear. Tx

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  5. Fab idea for a new feature hun!
    Glad I read this, saves me trying it out! ;) I'll stick to my Liz Earle! :)
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays...

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    1. Thank you Lianne. I do think if you love the texture and fragrance of Liz Earle that you will likely want to stick with it :)

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  6. I bought this magazine last weekend and have been using the REN cleanser ever since. I feel the same as you - a little underwhelmed. I think it's perfectly okay - but i probably won't go out and buy it now... It's a shame cos some REN products I absolutely love! (Even in the same range, I find the Rosa Centifolia cleansing water really really good...) Daisy xxx

    http://daisydabbles.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Spot on. I totally feel the same as you :)

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  7. Great review! Appreciate your honest insights. Too bad it wasn't as good of a cleanser as you'd thought. The rose scent does sound good, though. :) Cheers, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Tina. Yes a shame but other REN products I love. You win some you lose some, as they say. Tx

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  8. I'm so glad it's not just me who's attracted by the freebies on the cover of the magazines. I do try not to purchase unless it's a mag I would buy anyway or a product I'm desperate to try. Last month I recieved three samples of Aromatherapy Associates products from either Marie Claire or Cosmo (I'm not too sure which) and you have inspired me to give them a go. These samples are always handy to keep in your handbag or washbag. I'm liking the sound of the Liz Earle Cleanser, I love the scent of roses! x
    Deborah
    moonstoneandmay.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ha ha, indeed. Though I think if the freebie was so good I wouldn't really care what the mag was like. AA. Lovely. Let me know which they were and how you've got on with them. Tx

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  9. I love the idea of this post! Can't wait for next month's! I don't think I will try this cleanser if it isn't a wow product, think I will buy another magazine :-) X
    Pretty in peach.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Beauty Bunny. I can't wait to get a crack on with next month's post. I know the next issue of InStyle will come with a free Neal's Yard hand cream. It sounds lovely. Will see how it compares with the other mag offerings. Interested to hear what everyone else is favouring too :)

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  10. Wow- that surely is a decent sample size! In the US there is barely ever a sample of anything attached to a magazine- and this is the funny thing: I actually started my blog because I had a hard time finding beauty samples here! Even in store the girls do not like to give you samples! In Germany I had no problem asking for samples without- you know: the look "she wants something for free". Never tried anything from Ren. Kisses, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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    1. Oh blimey Sissi, I had no idea. I really thought you'd get loads of lovely big freebies in the US. Being such a competitive market and all. The shop samples situation here is a bit less predictable. Some stores at great at handing out freebies/samples, others pretty lousy. The thing is the mag freebies really do drive both product sales and magazine sales. It's a win win, so really surprised you don't get the same sort of offers as we do. That's pants :( xx

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  11. I love magazine freebies. I do like this cleanser x

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    1. The freebies are fab aren't they. A great way to discover new stuff. Just sadly this product didn't really do it for me, though as a brand I'm very fond of REN.

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