I bought a Clarisonic Mia electronic brush a few years ago & it sits unused & unloved in a storage basket. I agree, it's a bit harsh. I've used Clinique's Cleansing Oil for a long time, since it first came out in fact, but I still hanker after old fashioned bar soap.
I use Decleor cleanser in the morning (bought from eBay ages ago) and Simple micellar water in the evening. But I do occasionally use soap and water and my skin hasn't suffered as I've got no blocked pores and, thankfully, don't suffer from break outs.
My gran and mum always washed their faces in soap and water and both had lovely skin. I think a lot of it is down to genetics, rather than what you slap on the skin.
The article said the tester used Pears soap & I thought, my Nana used that so I Googled it, just for jolly. Sadly, they've messed around with it and a Facebook campaign was launched called 'Bring Back The Original Pears Soap'
The old bar contained just eight ingredients - Sodium Palmitate, Natural Rosin, Glycerine, Water, Sodium Cocoate, Rosemary Extract, Thyme Extract, Pears Fragrance Essence - but these were ditched and replaced with 24 ingredients.
Among the new ingredients are;
* Sorbitol - a sugar substitute often used in diet foods and also as a thickener in toothpaste.
* Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) - A wetting agent used to allow the soap to glide across the skin. A health and safety warning about SLS states that it 'may worsen skin problems' and that it can cause oral sores.
* Linalool - A chemical found in plants used as a calming scent. A health and safety warning about Linalool states that it may cause allergic reactions such as eczema.
The soap was first produced in 1789 - 221 years ago - by Andrew Pears at a factory in central London, and was the world's first transparent soap and the first registered brand in the world.
That article won't please Caroline from Liz Earle. Too bad! I started using C&P when they first brought it to QVC and I used it exclusively for 10 years. Then finances changed and I had to change to other things. Towards the end I definitely thought it changed in formula although they have always denied it.
I am still loving Superfacialist creamy Rose cleanser. It's very similar to C&P with a Rose aroma. I also use No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser too.
I remember there were a lot of complaints about the changes to C&P. I tried it when it first came out, but it wasn't for me. A shame that article didn't experiment with Micellar Water. Bioderma Sensibio H2O gets a good write up on Beautypedia