Monday, March 24, 2008

The Men's Room: Vichy Homme

1998 saw the launch of Basic Homme by Vichy, designed specifically for men. In 2001, the brand was redesigned and re-released as Vichy Homme, and then in 2007, Vichy upgraded the entire men's skincare collection, to respond to their further research into men's skin requirements.

Over the past few weeks I have been using a couple of products from the Vichy Homme line. Here are my thoughts on the Shaving Gel, Cleansing Gel and the Hydrating Care cream.

Anti-Irritation Shaving Foam
For me, shaving gels fall into two groups:

1. Those that come out in a squiggly continuous string, which then once applied to the skin,"foam up". I never know how much product I really have until I start rubbing that clump of gel into my face.

2. Foams that expand up to 5 times in volume upon release from the container. I always find that you have too much.

The Vichy Homme Shaving Foam comes out in a manageable one-inch ribbon that gives a smooth shave with just a little squirt.

Purifying Cleansing Gel
This product is soap-free, non-drying and contains salicylic acid for cleaning away imperfections. At first it felt as if I was just rubbing hair gel into my face-where was the soapy foam that makes it feel like it’s really working? Well, after washing it off, I found my face was really clean and felt refreshed.

I tend to get pimples from going overboard on sweets and soft drinks; this cleansing gel has helped to minimise my breakouts-without stopping my bad habits!

Hydra Mag C Fortifying 24 Hr Hydrating Care

Do you have dull and tired looking skin? I think this product will help. After applying a small amount to my skin, it looked as though there was a luminescence quality. Now it’s not sparkly, because that would be just wrong, but it just brightens up my skin. In addition, it keeps my skin hydrated in the cold and dry weather, which is great. I think that if I was hung over from a night of partying, this product, along with a pair of sunglasses, would make people none the wiser.

The branding consists of sleek black and red packaging. I understand that the colours are meant to represent Science and Fertility, Performance and Elegance and Rigour and Modernity. Hmm. I think the packaging looks masculine, and that's all that matters to me.

Overall, I was glad to test-drive these three products from the Vichy Homme collection. They were all easy to use and did a great job. I will be buying them again once my current containers are empty.

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