I discovered this range while at a L'Occitane skincare consultation. I do suffer with oiliness around the T-zone and the consultant recommended this range for me. I found it a little strange that this range is based around rice! Well red rice, but people do eat red rice. L'Occitane are a French company from Provence, which is where they take a lot of inspiration for their products. The Red Rice is grown in Camargue which is a wild region around the boarders of Provence in France.
Red Rice is known for it's great flavour and benefits for health and diet. L'Occitane claim to have 'adapted every part of the plant to offer healthy benefits for the skin'.
So while in the store I picked up two of the Red Rice products.
The Foaming Red Rice Cleanser and Ultra Matte Face Fluid:
I've always loved how L'Occitane package their products. The Immortelle Ranges are packaged beautifully. This packaging is a little boring in comparsion, although the cardboard box and labels have a vintage effect to them, making the packaging a little more unique.
The Red Rice Cleanser costs £14 for 200mL:
This is a foaming cleanser that claims to leave skin 'clear and pure'. It contains 'rebalancing zinc', red rice extract and 'astringent red rice vinegar'.
This cleanser is a gloopy liquid with a few tiny exfoliating particles in. They don't really provide a proper exfoliation so you'll want an exfoliator as well. The liquid does foam up quite a lot when you rub it into wet skin. The first time I used it, it didn't expect it to foam up as much and it all went in my mouth, blurrrgh.
The cleanser is great for oily skin as it cleanses well and really strips away any excess oil. As it's quite stripping a good moisturiser is needed after. I love L'Occitanes Divine Cream (see 'here') but for really oily skin Precious Cream is much better and an utter favourite of mine. My ache has stopped controlling my face, as this cleanser removes all dirt and excess oil, spots and blackheads fail to survive (hurray)! This cleanser is great for people suffering with oily skin.
The Red Rice Matte Cleanser costs £21 for 30mL:
Again this contains rebalancing zinc and red rice extract. It says to leave skin 'pure and mattified'.
This fluid is recommended to be used as a moisturiser for combination/oily skin. However I don't think it's moisturising enough to use it without another moisturiser, so I slap on a bit of Precious Cream before hand. One pump is all you need to cover the T-Zone, or two pumps if you haven't used a moisturiser.
The texture is really light, it soaks in really quickly and leaves a gorgeous refreshing feeling. It wakes you up in the morning!
I've tried so many primers and mattifiers in a quest to find a product that keeps me shine free for the whole day. I've found my miracle product here. This mattifier actually works! I love it. I apply my foundation straight on top and shine stays away all day. A do get a little excess oil coming through, however it doesn't seem to cause any shine and I just blot it away.
The Red Rice skincare range is great for anyone with oily skin, especially if your worried about shine.
What do you think to L'Occitane? Do you like the idea of their Red Rice range? Do you own any L'Occitane products?
Becca :) x
Disclosure: I brought these products myself.