Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion vs Clarifying Lotion 1.0


There was a moment of panic earlier this year when Clinique very quietly stopped restocking Mild Clarifying Lotion, and equally quietly, slipped 1.0 Clarifying Lotion out with the standard 'we've just improved Mild Clarifying Lotion! This is an updated/cleaned-up version!'.

Let's be clear, the only thing these two products have in common is that they are both by Clinique and both called 'Clarifying Lotion'. They are completely different. It is not the case that Clinique have cleaned-up Mild and revamped it with 1.0, they've just deleted Mild Clarifying Lotion from their range and brought out 1.0 as a replacement, which is obviously their right to do, but it doesn't make much sense to me.

For ease of comparison I'll list things side by side with comments below each comparison:

Mild/1.0

Salicylic listed as fifth ingredient/ Salicylic listed as ninth ingredient
In the US, ingredients do not have to be listed in order of quantity in the product, in the EU, they do, so by this standard there is a lot less salicylic in 1.0 than there was in Mild, rendering this almost pointless for oilier skins looking for a glycolic-free acid to target spots.


Packaging
The packaging is see-through on Mild, and green coloured plastic on the new 1.0. This has eliminated the need for the synthetic colourings present in Mild. A good thing.


Ingredients
1.0 is in a witch hazel base, an improvement on the high amount of butylene glycol in Mild, but still seems to be a large amount for a product aimed at dry to very dry skin.


Listed for 'Delicate' skins/Listed for 'Very Dry to Dry'
I'm unsure why a dry to very dry skin would need salicylic acid. They'd be better off with lactic. This makes me think that the salicylic acid content in the new 1.0 is very low.


So how do they compare when used? 
Although the sting factor was very low on Mild - I mean you literally had to use it on an open spot to notice there was an acid present, there is absolutely no sting factor on 1.0. Which is great for you if you don't like a sting, and love Clinique toners. Sadly, this moves this product out of the realm of 'acid toners'.

Clinique are one of the few brands that have the means and resources to bring out proper acid toners, the current Clarifying Lotions have long needed revamping, they could remove the alcohol content and replace them with different acids suited to differing skin issues, instead of offering what are essentially 'traditional' toners graded from 'drying' to 'nail varnish remover' in the case of Clarifying Lotion 4. 

If you have combination skins and would like a toner with a little salicylic, this is for you.
If you are dry to very dry, which this is targeted towards, there are much better essences/toners out there for you. Witch hazel can be drying used at such a high percentage, and will surely cancel out the hyaluronic content.
Clinique have a lot of brilliant products. This is not one of them. 


Clinique 1.0 Clarifying Lotion is £26.50 for 400ml and available from all Clinique stockists. I would ask them if they still have Mild Clarifying Lotion in the stock room and buy that instead. And even better, if you can, buy it in the US. The exchange rate on this is unforgivable at £26.50 vs $24.00. Shocking. 






*Excuse the photographs of the ingredients. Not one site listed them, including Sephora.



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58 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for posting this run down comparison, even though it is a bit depressing.
    Clinique Mild Clarifying lotion has been a long time favorite for my dry yet hormonal breakout prone skin.

    Do you have any replacement recommendations?

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    1. I too would love a recommendation. Salicylic is the only thing that works for me!

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    2. I third this request please. Have acne rosacea/sensitive/combination skin. I loved the Mild version...

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    3. I've been using the Clinique Anti-Blemish clarifying lotion to get my Salicylic Acid fix, i believe it has 1.5% in it. Maybe this is the reason they dial down the salicylic acid quantity in their other toners?

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    4. Paula's Choice 2% liquid bha, regular strength, is the best I've yet to use. It's pretty much the only product from this brand I can't find a replacement for. Not a toner but still has 2% bha and some aha (about 5%, I think) it's the Avon Mark blemish treatment. I quite like it, does its job well.

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  2. Thank you for this Caroline. That rules out 1.0 for me. I liked the salicylic on my oily spot prone skin in the mornings. I won't be buying the new version.

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  3. Thank you for comparing the original and the new. I'm glad to know I not the only one who is disappointed by this change.
    Would also like to second Jillian to ask what you reccomend as a replacement for the mild.

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  4. Uuuuggh why is it so hard to get an acid toner that's just BHA!? Paulas choice is the only one I know and I refuse to pay the €15 for shipping they look for when shipping to Ireland.

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    1. Open up a parcel motel account and if its cheaper to ship to the UK, you can use the Belfast Address. Its 3.50 for delivery from there, but its definitely the best way to avoid higher postage costs to Ireland!

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    2. Niall, have you tried lookfantastic.com (no affiliation)? Free standard shipping to Ireland and loads of PC BHAs :)

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    3. lookfantastic.com stocks paulas choice and does free worldwide delivery!

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  5. I bought this recently when the SA swore blind it was the same thing, just a different bottle. I should have read the ingredient list myself :/ might go back and see if I can get the old one, because they were definitely on sale alongside the 1.0.

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  6. thanks so much Caroline, you just managed saving a whole lot of us from spending so much on a product that doesn't make sense...i wonder what Clinique was thinking..
    i have struggled finding a toner with salicylic acid, any advice pretty please?

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  7. Please can you suggest an alternative for the original? Thanks x

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    1. I'm with Lucy Adams, an alternative to the original would be nice. Thanks a lot for this comparison.

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  8. Yes please, any alternatives for a salicylic acid toner?

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  9. Caroline- are you sure about products sold in the US not having to list the ingredients in order of quantity? I've always thought we do have to...

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    1. We do; they must be listed in order of descending concentration. However, if an ingredient is present in a quantity over 1%, it must be listed at the top under the heading: active ingredients. See: http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/Labeling/Regulations/ucm126444.htm#clgl

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    2. Obviously I'm not lady H, but I had the same 'What!' moment when I read that. I always thought so too! But after reading that I went on the FDA website, and it's true. Here in the US they are required to list them by weight... which isn't the same thing.

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    3. I think where the confusion arises is that some ingredients in the US are classed as a drug - and therefore have to be listed first, before the order of quantity. In the EU they are not listed as drugs, do not have to be declared first so they are listed purely on order of quantity. I think Vitamin C is one, in the USA it is classed purely as a drug so it has to be listed first, whereby in reality the product could have very little Vit C in it.

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    4. Caroline, I really, really appreciate all of your skin care knowledge and analysis, however have the same question as Kate. US law requires ingredients to be listed in order, unless it contains an active drug, the ingredient is under a concentration of 1% or it is a colour additive. I found information about this on the FDA website under Ingredient Labeling / Order of Declaration

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    5. I don't know what the legislation says but I have a sunscreen from Kiss My Face and the ingredients are listed alphabetically, with the exception of the active ingredients, that are mentioned separately at the beginning.

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  10. Thanks for the comparison! Quick question - should I be avoiding glycolic acid to target spots? I've been using Pixi Glow Tonic all over my face including hormonal chin area but thinking from reading above should I be switching to something with salicylic? Hope you have a fantastic holiday!

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  11. Bravura do a 2% salicylic acid and Aveda has the Botanical Kinetic Exfoliant. I've enjoyed using both.,

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  12. Oh that's disappointing, I'll have to savour the rest of my bottle of mild clarifying lotion as I shan't be buying the 1.0. Do you have any recommendations for a similar product to the mild, pretty please?

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  13. So what is a good salicylic acid toner to use?

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  14. Clinique have stopped producing all their products for oily and oily combination skin. Have also had sales assistants tell me that the stuff for dry skin is oil free so will still be suitable for mine..... Err I do t thnk so. Would slow appreciate any substitutions for day and night creams for oily skin that still provide anti ageing. Have been using Clinique for nearly 25 years on my oily skin. Which unfortunately I still have in my 40s. So I now defo need anti aging qualities. But other brands assume only teenagers have oily skin. Not impressed with Clinique.

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  15. I hate it when they do this, and in a sneaky way too. Just be upfront about it.
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  16. What a shame! I have used the original for years and years but will no longer. Yes, please suggest a similar replacement, pretty please?

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  17. Thank you for posting this! I literally had the 1.0 in my cart on Sephora ready to go and you posted this. You saved me my money. Weirdly, this and the old version are $18 in Canada, so they would be even cheaper in the US. That is a DISMAL exchange rate if it's £26.50 in the UK. Would also love a replacement at a similar price point like others have suggested.

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  18. Looks like you need to update your toners cheat sheet! On that note... Would you be able to do a cheat sheet for cleansers? I'm sort of a newish person here and I'm not sure what to look for in a cleanser.. there are SO MANY options. Love you, you're amazing x

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  19. Clinique was the first 'posh' skincare I ever used back in the seventies and I still feel very loyal to the brand but don't feel they've kept pace. I always view them as a skincare brand rather than makeup so this really feels like a missed opportunity.

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  20. AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant is just salicylic acid in a witch hazel base - so a decent replacement I imagine.

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  21. Just a suggestion for everyone but Paula's Choice do some great 2% Salicylic acid (BHA) exfoliants in different formulations to suit your skin type and even do a 1% for sensitive skin in their calm redness range. All have gentle ingredients in them and are the PH for acids to actually work, you can from their own website or lookfantastic.com .

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  22. I just wanted to say thank you for including the photos of the ingredients. Clinique is very stingy about lifting their ingredients online. Whenever I'm considering a Clinique product, I hopefully Google to see if someone has done a review on it and posted the ingredients. I was interested in the Mild clarifying lotion so I'm sad the 1.0 is not up to par.

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  23. Thank you Caroline, that's really helpful to know. I won't be buying it x

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  24. Yikes, a £10 increase in price as well! Thank you so much for the review. I'll need to find something else.

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  25. soooo what to replace it with in my routine? I use it as am toner (Pixi or liquid gold in the pm). Be interested in lactic acid toner or another salicylic as I have found using this keeps my (middle age hormonal) spots at bay

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  26. the ONLY reason I bought this was the salycilic acid, which was already low for me (judging on how it interacted with my psoriasis plaques). I now returned to using Glow Tonic and will consider the Nip and Fab pads or resort to Paula's Choice which has a far higher percentage of salycilic acid.

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    1. The Nip n Fab extreme pads are brilliant - they have really sorted out my skin, I am getting compliments on how glowing my skin is without wearing make-up, which has never happened to me in my 45 years on this earth! The Paula's Choice on the other hand, brought me out in some rather large spots despite me only using it 3 times per week.

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  27. Thanks for the post! I've been waiting for it. I was Wondering have Clarins changed their Exfoliating toner's ingredients? I just bought a new one and it feels different. It usea to be gel like and now it feels like a regular toner. Dont know if here in Finland was just a really old batch before....

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  28. Hi Caroline, I wonder if you can help me.
    I read your blog regularly and wanted to incorporate an acid toner into my routine. Tried pixi glow tonic and it has brought me out in angry red cystic spots with no head :( I'm assuming its the glycolic acid, can you suggest another toner without this ingredient? Used good genes a while ago which had the same effect..

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  29. Thanks for this super useful post! What would we do without you ?

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  30. One point of clarification on U.S. ingredient lists, if I may. The U.S. FDA's Cosmetic Labeling Regulations specify that ingredients must be listed in descending order of predominance, with a few exceptions. For example, ingredients present at a concentration less than 1% may be listed in any order after the listing of the ingredients present at more than 1%. And, if the cosmetic is also a drug, the active drug ingredients must be declared before cosmetic ingredients are listed.

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  31. Great comparison! Never tried any Clinique Skincare, other than a Clay Mask! Will definitely have to try more! X

    Amylaurenxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Thank you for the "clarification" see what I did there? (I'm so clever) Really, thanks, I needed this! :D

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  33. Nip & Fab pads are the way to go ( especially when on offer / half price)

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  34. This is SO disappointing! I don't understand why Clinique would interfere with a product that was just great as it was. I've been using the Mild pretty much every day for years now, but I'm on my last bottle. I also have the Pixi and the FAB pads, but this is the only salicylic acid product that I regularly use. I have the PC 2% liquid but it's a bit strong for me so I only use that when I have proper spots or during a Sunday facial. I would LOVE to know a suitable alternative to the Clinique Mild, but my best efforts have so far failed. Please help Caroline! Meanwhile, I'm off shopping to see if my local stores have any of the Mild left...

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  35. I've stopped all acid toning as they gave me spots.

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  36. No mild available here in FLorida... :-(

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    1. There are some mild still available in Dillards Altamonte Mall and Oviedo Mall (Orlando area) Just saw them today. ;)

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  37. My skin doesn't like any Clinique products I've tried. I've given up on them. I'm allergic to the moisturizer and the toners are too drying. Agree with Zah above. Nip & Fab do it much better for the price.

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  38. The Mild Clarifying Lotion is one of my favorite parts of my skin care routine. I really do need to branch out though and try some other toners!

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  39. I bought two back up bottles when I saw your post on Instagram about the discontinuation and reworking of the formula. The old formula works so well for me as a small dose salicylic acid and a low PH toner to prep for other acids and serums. I do see a big difference in my skin when I'm not using it. I wont be purchasing this new formulation though, not a fan of witch hazel and the ingredients list doesn't look like a match for me. Thank you so much for this rundown!

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  40. Hi Caroline! I love your blog and would love to guest post on it sometime! Maybe soon? :)

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  41. Thank you so much for this post, Caroline. A request/suggestion of a post that could be interesting for a lot of people is: which ingredients cancel out others? Maybe we are combining different products wrong or maybe, as it appears to happen in this case, ingredients within the same product cancel out the overall effectiveness/claims. I think this would be extremely helpful :)

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  42. When I first tried the Clarifying Lotion 1.0, I was pleased to note firstly that it did not sting on application. However, shortly after application with cotton wool, I noticed that my skin felt very tight and dry. When I looked in a mirror, I noticed more redness than usual on and around my nose. As the day went on, I began to feel heat and flushing in my cheeks. When I looked in a mirror, I saw that the redness had spread out from my nose area across my cheeks in a ‘butterfly’ pattern. This was in contrast to my usual experience with Mild Clarifying Lotion, which I always found to be soothing.
    When I first read the ingredients list on the packaging, I was concerned to see that the second-largest ingredient is witch hazel water, which in some cases can be irritating and can contain alcohol. I wondered, then, why the formula was labelled as alcohol-free, and whether there was any ethyl alcohol in the formula.
    I am certainly not a cosmetic chemist, but I did make the effort to buy some proprietary alcohol testing strips. These sort of strips, I believe, are used to detect the presence of alcohol in saliva and thereby provide an approximation of relative blood alcohol concentration. I made sure that these strips would also be suitable for detecting the presence of ethyl alcohol in aqueous solutions. I shook the bottle of Clarifying Lotion 1.0 first to make sure that the ingredients would be well-mixed. I then dipped the alcohol testing strip into the Clarifying Lotion 1.0 for 8 seconds as directed, and then read the result after 2 minutes as directed.
    The colour change on the testing strip showed the presence of alcohol at the level of 0.04% relative blood alcohol concentration. So while the ingredients list certainly does not include denatured alcohol as an ingredient, I am concerned that the formula appears to have tested positive for the presence of ethyl alcohol. I am concerned, therefore, that the formula is being labelled ‘alcohol-free’ and I wonder whether this may in part account for the irritation that I have experienced.
    It was a great disappointment to learn that the Mild Clarifying Lotion was being discontinued as I have been using that product for almost thirty years now. I have searched as extensively as I can, but I cannot find any good liquid salicylic acid exfoliants, which do not contain irritating ingredients, for sale in UK retailers. This would seem to suggest that Mild Clarifying Lotion was a remarkable product, and was a unique selling point for Clinique, and that makes it all the more puzzling that they would want to discontinue it.
    It can be very difficult for people with sensitive skin and dry skin conditions to find good exfoliants that they can tolerate. I believe that the whole original concept of Clinique was to create allergy-tested formulas to cater for consumers who could not use ‘normal’ cosmetics. It would be wonderful if they would respect this heritage by reintroducing the Mild Clarifying Lotion.
    I believe that gentle daily exfoliation is so vital to a good skin care routine for maintaining and improving skin. It is so upsetting that there now seems to be no non-irritating Clinique Clarifying Lotion available for sensitive dry skins. I do hope that Clinique may be able to take the opportunity to reintroduce the Mild Clarifying Lotion or to reformulate the Clarifying Lotion 1.0.
    As far as I am aware, in order for persons with sensitive skins to benefit from the new Clarifying Lotion 1.0 in the way that they did from the old Mild Clarifying Lotion, it would be wonderful if Clinique was willing to look at these small modifications:
    • Please could the witch hazel water base be taken out to remove the potential for sensitizing reactions and irritation.
    • Please could the amount of salicylic acid content be at least 0.5%, if it is not already, like the original formula.
    • Please could a pH-adjuster be added to stabilise the formula’s pH between 3 and 4 to allow the salicylic acid to function effectively as an exfoliant.

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  43. I ordered the Mild version as soon as I saw it in one of the online stores - it arrived, and smells like fermented fruits :( probably expired already, going tomorrow to the customer services to return it. Ehh, no more Mild lotion for me :( waiting for my first Pixi Glow to arrive, though (yay Black Friday!)

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