Friday, 8 June 2012

REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser - Review


I came across this a couple of months ago and thought it might be suitable for those days where my skin just doesn't know what it wants to do with itself. I always find clay a great neutraliser.

It's a little like restarting the computer for your skin.

I've started using it a few times a week as a second cleanse in the evenings and as a quick refresh cleanse in the mornings and am becoming addicted to it.

What's in it?

Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Water, Kaolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Oryzanol, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Linalool, Limonene, Zinc Gluconate, Bisabolol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Crataegus Oxyacantha Stem Extract, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol


I have to say from the off that I'm not obsessive about ingredients. My priority is that it functions as it advertises.

REN is genius marketing - the brand is based around being 'clean' - i.e.


and they were doing it long before most. But I will only judge it by its merits. It's all good and well being 'clean' - but it needs to work.

What's good about it?
It works.
The clay content is very evident - which I love. It feels substantial in the palm and on the face. It's more like a creamy clay mask than a milk cleanser.
Clay is the second ingredient - after camomile water. So its calming and substantial at the same time.
It contains sage and lactic acid - ingredients I love.
It kills off the surface bacteria, absorbs oil and tones pores. I love that it says 'tones' pores - rather than the usual BS of 'closing' pores - like they are doors.
Being REN, you can see when you are running out - always helpful.

It's affordable - £18.00 - for 150ml. Massive in comparison to most of its competition. Amazing value for money.

What's bad about it?
Honestly? I haven't found anything yet. And you KNOW I try.

(As an aside, I think the range is getting a little too big. It's like they've said 'ooh we're making money - let's make tons more products!! Now!!' Not necessary. No brand needs 8 cleansers. Get a grip.)
*back to the review*


Although it is aimed at blemish prone skin, I would happily recommend this to any skin type. It would make a really good weekly detox treatment for someone with really dry skin that was afraid of heavier clay exfoliation.

Love it. 5/5.

Available here.



21 comments:

  1. Thanks for this review - looks like a great product. I also love that you've started scoring as well - very helpful!

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  2. I love their ClearCalm3 mask, and was thinking of getting the cleanser. Have you seen any skin improvements though? xx

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    1. I'm definitely smooth and calm - its helped to bring one of my cystic lumps to a head too.

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  3. thankyou for doing this post! i recently bought the clearcalm 3 mini set and fell in love with this cleanser, i have acne prone skin and very bad scarring. i have been searching for the perfect cleanser for my skin for a long time (am shortly starting on roaccuntane!!) and i think i have found the closest to perfect im going to get. now it has your approval i am sure its a good choice! chloe xxx

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  4. This sounds right up my street. Will purchase immediately! X

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  5. This is far and away my favourite cleanser - my skin has been very happy with it since I first encountered it at the launch. It's the cleanser I go back to the most and what it does for me when my skin is spotty is just the best - can't recommend it highly enough. x

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  6. This is one of my favourite cleansers, I love how it gently clarifies the skin. The mask in the ClearCalm 3 range is amazing too.

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  7. Grrr you know how much I love good cleanser and now I am going to have to go and buy this - actually it is a timely review because I am beginning to get an influx of under the skin lumps that with a bit of careful squeezing satisfyingly explode but because my cell turnover is non existant leave me with redness, oh dear there is no fool like an old fool. Thankyou Caroline. I am glad you are not too obsessed about ingredients, I tend to go with what feels right on my skin but then I have a miriad to chose from ;) Right off to find this cleanser. xx

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  8. I need to get this! I have a cystic spot growing on my cheek and need something to bring that sucker to a head.

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  9. Caroline, what fantastic timing! I'm off to Cairo for three months from the start of July so I definitely need something to get all the smog and sunscreen off my face - do you think this + Emma Hardie would be a suitable pollution busting team, or can you think of something better for that situation? I own and am a bit obssessed with Neal's Yard White Tea clay mask - is it too similar to the REN to bother purchasing the REN? (p.s. are the thursday clinics over? God help us) xx Leila

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    1. Clinic back on Monday and yes those two would be great together :)

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  10. This sounds perfect for my skin! But would it be suitable to use everyday (in the evening)? Thanks :)

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  11. Many thanks for this recommendation - rushed off yesterday and bought it at lunchtime. Off topic, your nails look great. Can you recommend manicurist in London or do you tend to them yourself? Thanks Megan

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  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE REN and will definitely be buying this cleanser.

    Brilliant review, as always.

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  13. Thank you for this excellent review! I have really oily blemish-prone skin and am loving Ren's resurfacing concentrate. Rushed out in the rain just to buy this today!

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  14. I bought this as I love the mask but was planning to return it as I've fallen for the Aesop fabulous face cleanser... Now I have read this I don't know what o do?!? Lol. Confused.com! By the way the advise about using a flannel daily and using a clean one (sounds so basic but I wasn't) was fab advise, thank you :-)

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  15. Bought this on your review. I simply love. Fantastic cleanser, I bought the mask too.

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  16. I found this a month or so ago and love it as well! I have oily skin and took it to India along with a few other products from this range and they were life saving in the heat over there.

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  17. Hi Caroline, I was turned onto you by the Pixiwoo talk and I must say I love everything you have to say about skincare! I very much respect your opinion :) I am looking into getting a REN cleanser (I've been loving their glycolactic mask and aha concentrate) and I've narrowed it down to the cleansing balm and this clay cleanser. I got samples of both from my local Sephora to test out but wanted your recommendation. I have fairly normal skin that can get oily in the t-zone, mainly around the nose. Usually if I'm sticking to a good routine that works for me, its very normal, not oily, not dry, not combination. The combination is usually when I'm trying out too many products and my skin is getting angry >:)

    Sorry for the chatty comment, but I would love your input on deciding which of these cleansers to purchase. To date, my favorite cleansing method has been OCM (oil cleansing method) if that helps :)

    Thank you in advance and have a beautiful day!

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  18. Hello Caroline,

    What do you think about REN's Cleansing Balm? I can't get a hold of the Emma Hardie one in Canada. Any other amazing balms for makeup removal? Thanks

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    1. Yes please let us know, I live in Canada too and there aren't that many balms out there!

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