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Fri Dec 12, 2003 3:37 am      Reply with quote
Aloha everyone.

Two thumbs up for Orlane's Oligo Vitalizing Scrub. I would compare it to other brands if I could, but I can't because I've never been able to use a scrub before!

My skin is so sensitive, I can only sleep on satin sheets--even high quality sheets feel like sandpaper to me. And using a cotton ball on my face makes me look and feel as if I'd used steel wool!

Because I desperately needed exfoliation, I summoned the courage to try this Orlane scrub for sensitive skin. The result: No irritation whatsoever. Only wonderfully smooth, happy skin!

I've been using it twice a week for months, and I can't believe how good it feels to be rid of all those dead skin cells!!!
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Orlane B21 Oligo VIT-A-MIN Vitalizing Scrub (75 ml)
Orlane B21 Oligo VIT-A-MIN Vitalizing Scrub (75 ml)

Vitalizing Scrub for dry or sensitive skin types
This gentle exfoliant eliminates dead surface cells without damaging the skin. It contains Orlane's innovative Cellular Life Complex, which revitalizes and smoothes skin. Recommended for use with dry or sensitive skin. Smoothes and softens by exfoliating the skin gently. Instructions: Apply twice-weekly, lightly massaging the skin.

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Fri Dec 12, 2003 4:07 am      Reply with quote
Sounds nice Alohagirl! I have two questions for you:

1) Does it feel minty to you? Very Happy
2) Have you tried Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads or the Phytomer Gommage Exfoliant?

I had to mention them 'coz I think they're fab and particularily the Phytomer should be suitable for sensitive skins.

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Fri Dec 12, 2003 2:41 pm      Reply with quote
Sorry, it's not the least bit minty. Sad

I haven't tried the other scrubs you mentioned, and I'm not sure if I should. I enjoy trying new things, but I love the Orlane scrub so much, and given my past history, I'm kind of scared to try something else.

Still, my skin looks and feels so much better now. It's possible that Orlane has cured me of my hyper-sensitivity. (The satin sheets are still a must, though!) :P
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 5:06 pm      Reply with quote
The woman the Orlane counter last night, told me that the VIT-A-MIN line for sensitive skins is supposed to "toughen up" sensitive skins. She says that after a few months of using that line, then one can move on to other Orlane products. You and Leila have convinced me that I have to try this scrub Wink
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Lucky you. Sounds like your salesperson was knowledgeable. I've purchased Orlane at two different Neiman Marcus stores, and none of the saleswomen knew much about the line. Orlane has a gazillion products, and when I asked which ones would be best for me, one saleslady actually said, "Just buy the most expensive ones you can afford."Surprised
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Sorry, it's not the least bit minty. Sad


Bummer! Or actually, that might be a good thing Smile How many different scrubs does a girl need? .... On second thought, better not answer that question just in case I don't have enough :P

I fully agree with your 'stick to what works' attitude to your skin. I think that's your best bet if you have sensitive skin which, by the sounds of things, you do.

I am sure a lot of sensitive-skined people on this forum would love to know the entire skincare regime that transformed your skin. Wink
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Sounds like your salesperson was knowledgeable. I've purchased Orlane at two different Neiman Marcus stores, and none of the saleswomen knew much about the line. Orlane has a gazillion products, and when I asked which ones would be best for me, one saleslady actually said, "Just buy the most expensive ones you can afford."Surprised


WSurprisedW I can't believe she said! VERY LAME of her. Well I went to Saks last night and got Orlane samples and tonight I went to N.M. and got more Orlane samples--problem is the sales ladies each recommended DIFFERENT products for me to use! That's the trouble that I am having with Orlane--there are SO many products, I don't know what to choose! Surprised But it's also a good thing that they try to accommodate every type of skin out there. My main concern right now is enlarged pores on my cheek area and dehydration. Any suggestions?
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Thoughtcrime--Of all the Orlane products I've tried, the best fix for dehydration was the Oligo Vit-A-Min light smoothing cream. I was discussing it with a knowledgeable friend today, and she pointed out that this cream is a moisturizer, whereas most of the other Orlane products are "treatments."

Unfortunately, Orlane's website doesn't give much information on usage. For example, should one use the products singly, or layer them. Treatment then moisturizer, or vice versa?

As for visible pores, I noticed that mine are much less visible when my skin is well-hydrated by the Smoothing Cream. Also, they completely disappeared after using the Oligo Vit-A-Min Vitalizing Mask. (Unfortunately, the effect was only temporary!)

I'll be posting a review on that Mask after I've had a chance to use it a few more times.

Alohagirl--Wink
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I am sure a lot of sensitive-skined people on this forum would love to know the entire skincare regime that transformed your skin. Wink


I'd be happy to. I'm kinda new here, so could you tell me where to post that kind of information?

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Alohagirl, you know after your awesome Orlane smoothing cream review, I really wanted to try it. But two Orlane sales ladies from 2 different counters told me that one wasn't appropriate for my skin type. Surprised One recommended the hydra-mattifying which turned out not to be mosturizing enough, and the other recommended the ultra-light day cream. I like the ingredients on the ultra light day cream, but I have yet to try it. I think I have a vitalizing mask coming in my order of the Orlane blue beauty pouch, so if it's in there I'll check it out! BTW that Orlane blue beauty pouch is the best deal! As for your question about the treatments line, I was told this by the Orlane sales manager:
"You can use the treatments for a short term as needed, then go back to your regular Orlane regimen."
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I was told this by the Orlane sales manager:
"You can use the treatments for a short term as needed, then go back to your regular Orlane regimen."


I wish I could talk to that sales manager. I can't decide which products should become my "regular Orlane regimen." I love most of the products I've tried so far, and I've even gone so far as to use one product on the left side of my face, another on the right. After a few days, I see absolutely no difference. Both sides look and feel healthy and happy. I'm so confused!!!Sad

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I finished my tube of this and ordered another. I had a big surprise the first time I used the new one.

My face got all cold and tingly, and stayed that way after rinsing. I checked the box, and sure enough, halfway down the ingredient list is "Menthol."

At first I was afraid my sensitive skin would be very angry about this tingly sensation. But I've used it four times over two weeks with no reaction. Yaaaay! Very Happy
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Hey Alohagirl,

Out with one lemming and in with the next! So it's minty huh? Sounds good to me, though I so don't need another exfoliator at the moment Smile But this gets put on the list (which is getting longer and longer - I need a bigger face to go through this stuff quicker LOL).

Any idea about the VIT-A-MIN cleanser and toner? There's a special on them at the moment and I'm kinda considering getting them Smile

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Mabsy,

I didn't care for the Oligo Cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling dry and tight. I prefer the Orlane Vivifying cleanser which isn't for sensitive skin, but I have no problem with it. (I could do without the strong scent, though.)

I haven't tried the Oligo Toner because I'm not big on toners in general. I like to keep my routine simple and just don't see the need for that extra step.

--Alohagirl:P
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Three days ago I posted a comment that my skin is not reacting to the new "minty" formulation of this scrub. Not so! I used the scrub again and my face threw a TEMPER TANTRUM!MadMadMad Just to be sure, I put a little on my neck and within hours had painful lumps there too!

This was my most favorite product of all. Why oh why did they have to change the formula and ruin it? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that you shouldn't put "tingly" stuff in products for sensitive skin!!!!MadMad
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Fri Mar 19, 2004 5:11 am      Reply with quote
Oh no! Sorry to hear that Alohagirl. Has your skin recovered?

So they have changed the formula of the scrub then? Hmmm.... I might try to get a sample of this with my next order and see how I go (my skin is not sensitive).

Mabsy

ps. Thanks for your comments on the toners/cleansers.
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Mabsy,

I think you'll love this scrub. Everything about it is the same except for the addition of menthol. As long as you don't have sensitive skin, it's the greatest thing. Sadly, I've become addicted to the way it leaves my skin smooth, polished and glowing for at least two days. Now what am I going to do? Any suggestions for a replacement?SadSadSad

And no, I haven't recovered yet. I've still got half a dozen raised lumps (very ugly, so I'm staying close to home!) Mad This isn't the first time my face tolerated something for two weeks and then said ENOUGH!

I'm going to try Thoughtcrime's remedy (Decleor Harmonie). By the way, where is Thoughtcrime these days--and the others? It seems our regulars have gone missing....Sad
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Alohagirl, I'm still here Wink
I'm sorry to hear that they changed the Orlane formula on you Mad
I hope your face goes back to normal soon. Smile
That's exactly how I felt about the Decleor Harmonie Essentielle moisturizer-- why did they have to discontinue it, why? The replacement is not the same and doesn't have UV protection. Try a sample in case it doesn't agree with you. When you put it on, wait a few minutes and you will notice redness disappearing, and your face looks calm. I love using this after a long plane ride.
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Any suggestions for a replacement?


Hey Alohagirl,

Sorry to hear your skin is still suffering. Decleor Harmonie sounds like the right way to go! I hope you let us know if it helped (and I hope it helps! Smile).

I will definitely try to get a sample of this scrub with my next order, though I so don't need any scrubs at the moment *sigh* Can't fight the inner beauty junkie though Smile

I suggest that you try PTR Buffing Beads. It's a really gentle scrub plus you get a huge bottle of it. It's great value! It's on the PTR pages under "cleansers and toners' (not sure why it's there and not under scrubs). Another one that (to me) seem gentle is the Phytomer Gommage Marin. This one is one of those exfoliators that you need to roll off your skin so it gets a bit messy though.

Hope your skin recovers quickly, make sure you have a relaxing weekend - that should help and if not then it certainly won't hurt :P

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Thoughtcrime,
Good to hear from you:) I assumed some of you were taking a forum break, but maybe I just missed a bunch of posts. (I'm spending way too much time online, so I don't read every new thread like I used to.) Sad

You were right about the Decleor Harmonie line. I have a sample of the emulsion and started using it after this hideous reaction started. I noticed the redness diminished quite a bit, and it feels quite soothing.


Mabsy,
I really want to try the buffing beads now that you said they're "gentle." I know you've mentioned in a few posts that it's a favorite of yours, so it must be good!

Thanks, ladies!!!Very Happy
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