The tube of Gatineau was included in the Beauty and the Beast Limited Edition box by Latest in Beauty. The card says:
“As the first product bourse in the world to launch an exfoliating back in 1949, the Radiance Enhancing Gommage has years of Gatineaus research and development behind its ground-breaking enzymatic and Vitamin C enriched formula. This unique exfoliator begins with a luxurious Balm like consistency, and transforms into a nourishing oil as it gently dissolves the top layer of skin, clears pores, and refined skin texture to reveal a radiant fresh, glowing complexion.”
The exfoliator comes in a white coloured tube, with grey writing. There is a little flash of pink on the front for the Gatineau branding. The back of the tube contains the company contact information, and place of manufacture (U.K.). The cream has the following warning on the bottle:
Warning: Use only as directed. Avoid contact with eyes. Sunburn alert: this product contains alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) that may increase your skins sensitivity to the sun, and particularly the risk of sunburn. Limit sun exposure or use adequate sunscreen protection whilst using this and for a week afterwards. If irritation persists discontinue use and discuss with physician.
Ingredients: isonyl, isononanoate, triethylhexanoin, octyldodeceth-25, aqua ((water) eau), glycerin, sorbitol, sodium hyaluronate, tetrehexydecyl ascorbate, hydrolysed triticum monococcum seed extract, pyres malus (apple) fruit extract, coralline officinalis extract, bisabolol, bacillus ferment, propylene glycol, malic acid, butylene glycol, glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, parfum (fragrance), limonene, linalool, potassium sorbate, phenoxethanol, caprylyl glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, mica, red 40 (ci 16035), iron oxides (ci 77491), yellow 5 (ci 19140), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), 23840.
Directions: apply once or twice a week to dry skin, massage for 1-2 minutes until texture turns to liquid. Rinse with water.
I lift the lid of the tube, and inhale. I can smell sweet orange fragrance drifting out of the tube. It’s not a fresh, zesty orange smell like when you start to unpeel and orange and get that hit of fragrance, but it smells like pretend orange, like orange squash or orange lollipops. It makes me want a Calippo! I squeeze out some of the liquid. It’s also orange and shimmers in the light. The consistency is thicker than a liquid, but it is runny and not quite a gel. I rub it into my face, and I can see and feel the consistency change to become much thinner, and more like an oil. After a minute or two I start to wash off with water, and the product gently foams as I rinse.
Afterwards my skin feels really clean, although it doesn’t feel as exfoliated as it does when there is something rough in the product to give my skin a good scrub. I’m also not sure about the safety warning – I’m going abroad soon and I don’t want to risk burning my face. I think I’ll save the rest if the sample to use when I know my face is safe from sunburn, but I will use it twice a week as a little skin boost.