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Floracil: Gatineau’s Best Selling Solution To Stubborn Eye Makeup

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After endless demands from skincare lovers, Floracil has ended a three-year hiatus to grace our lashes once again. From this month it’s available nationwide. I was lucky enough to be one of the first to bag one and it’s a product I’d definitely recommend.

Removing Eye Makeup

In an attempt to reduce waste I switched to using The Original Makeup Eraser and its Primark dupe over a year ago. Despite being incredibly effective in terms of removing standard mascara, I’ve long since learnt not to use it to tackle anything waterproof. Although it will eventually work, it requires a much more aggressive hand and has resulted in a few lost eyelashes. Dark circles are something I’ve accepted as hereditary. For that reason, I avoid other under eye issues by being as gentle as possible.

Floracil by Gatineau | £22 (200ml)

I’ve never gotten on with stand-alone eye makeup removers, preferring wipes as a less faffy alternative for stubborn makeup. However, after hearing that Floracil was once Gatineau’s best selling product of all time, my curiosity got the better of me. The product reminds me of an oil-free version of Clinique’s Take The Day Off.

What really sets it apart from the crowd is that it’s been formulated with the same pH as our tears. I don’t know about you but I find that pretty incredible attention to detail. This explains how such an effective product is simultaneously gentle enough to avoid stinging, irritation or puffiness. I’m a not-so-proud contact lens wearer and hay-fever sufferer which justifies my critical opinion on eye makeup removers generally. I can without a doubt say that this is the best I’ve ever used. I no longer have to reach for an oily cleansing balm every single time I want to remove waterproof eye makeup (which is much more often now that I’m regularly visiting the gym). Although I love balms like Emma Hardie’s, they’re typically too expensive to be using often and purely because I have no other way of removing stubborn mascara. Gently wiping Floracil across the eyes allows it to work by effortlessly melting away makeup and impurities. And it is effortless.

Floracil contains algae extract which claims to treat dark circles and stimulate micro-circulation. As someone with circles so dark that without concealer people ask if I’m ill- I regret to report that I’ve seen no noticeable improvement to my own. On a more positive note, the chamomile and cornflower do work to soothe the delicate eye area as promised.


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Final Thoughts

Every single aspect of the product justifies its status as luxury skincare. Its effectiveness is impressive but it’s the ease and experience of use which has converted me. Mine is from QVC which is double the ml of that sold by Gatineau (for less than double the price). A little of this goes a very long way so I have a feeling this will last a good while, but right now I have no doubts that I’ll be repurchasing when necessary.

*  This post contains a PR Sample which has been sent for me to review and give my honest opinion about. I was under no obligation to feature. All words, images and opinions about the suitability of the product are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. 

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  • Reply Jenny in Neverland

    I’ve honestly never heard of this product before but clearly it’s very popular! I think when it comes to your eyes and eye make up, it’s usually worth paying a little more for something which won’t irritate / hurt. I’ve used plenty of eye make up products before which seriously hurt my eyes!

    Jenny in Neverland

    March 21, 2019 at 5:18 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree, I’ve tried so many which I didn’t get on with at all so I’m so happy to have found this! x

      March 23, 2019 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Ellie Phillips

    Your photos are amazing 😍

    March 21, 2019 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Chloe Dickenson

    This sounds awesome; I hate products that claim to remove all traces of makeup and then don’t follow through but this one sounds great! xx

    March 21, 2019 at 5:24 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I HATE most makeup removers but this one is so different to any others I’ve tried! x

      March 21, 2019 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply Irena BookDustMagic

    This sounds great. I’ll have to check if Gatineau is available in my country.
    Thanks for the review. 🙂

    March 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    The same pH as our tears? That is actually amazing and when you think about it, it makes such good sense that you wonder why all eye make up removers aren’t made to the same standard. I’m terrible about using separate products to take my make up off, I just use my face wash to remove everything and then a bit of micellar water on a cotton pad to remove anything left over under my eyes. I’m quite happy with the slept in look the next morning, haha. This product does sound like it’s worth the price tag though, proving once again that you do get what you pay for. Great review, Soph:)

    Lisa x

    March 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s amazing isn’t it?! I typically find this type of makeup remover quite faffy but this has been amazing! x

      March 22, 2019 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Em

    Not only am I very lazy with removing makeup, but I always find eye makeup such a task to take off – so this product sounds great! xx

    Em //

    March 21, 2019 at 6:26 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I wear liner and mascara every day so this has been amazing! x

      March 22, 2019 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Amie Cadwallader

    I’ve heard a lot about this brand lately! This sounds liek a wonderful make up remover!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    March 21, 2019 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Lex

    This stuff sounds amazing! I hate oily eye make up remover, and also have issues with dark circles!

    March 22, 2019 at 6:43 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      This has absolutely no oil so is perfect! x

      March 23, 2019 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Khanak

    Finally, a product that does what it says! This sounds wonderful, and definitely something I wouldn’t mind investing in. Great post!
    Khanak x

    March 23, 2019 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Danielle xx

    I feel like I am going to have to get my hands on this item!

    Danielle xx

    March 23, 2019 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Beka

    This sounds perfect! Taking off mascara is the worst part about make-up for me, sometimes I would rather leave it on and tackle it the next morning than try and take it off at night (bad, I know 🙈). I’ll have to try this out! Although, I’m currently using one of those no-product make up cleansing cloths and it works wonders to get that mascara off quickly ☺️

    Beka |

    March 23, 2019 at 5:54 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Noo definitely take it off at night haha! I love the no-product makeup cloths too but they just don’t work on waterproof makeup for me!x

      March 23, 2019 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    Love that there are more options for makeup removers that actually remove all of the makeup. Clinique does a great job at it except I hate how oily it leaves my skin. I need to check out Floracil! I’m glad the product worked out well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this!

    Nancy ♥

    March 24, 2019 at 3:31 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree- I love Clinique generally but I just can’t get on with their remover. You do, I’d 100% recommend it!x

      March 24, 2019 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Kristin Harris/Tales from Home

    I feel like I need this in my life. Attempting to remove waterproof mascara is a real pain!

    March 24, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’d recommend it to anyone who wears stubborn eye makeup for sure! x

      March 24, 2019 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    I’ve never heard of this before but it sounds pretty good, I have so much skincare in my cupboard at the moment but when I need a top up – I’ll remember this!

    Lucy | Forever September

    March 24, 2019 at 7:10 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Definitely keep it in mind! Its a game changer for stubborn make up- especially waterproof! x

      March 26, 2019 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Lucie Fox

    Love this review – I might have to give this brand a try!

    March 24, 2019 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Liz

    I also have never heard of this brand, thank you so much for introducing it to us, it was very interesting to learn about new products!
    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

    March 25, 2019 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Aaliyah

    This sounds like an eye makeup remover that I need! I’m always on the lookout for really effective removers that don’t contain oil because I have eyelash extensions! I haven’t tried out this remover before but it definitely sounds like something I want to get my hands on! X

    March 25, 2019 at 5:26 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I don’t have extensions myself but there’s absolutely no trace of oil whatsoever so it should work well for you! I absolutely love the stuff haha x

      March 26, 2019 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Fay Charlton

    Never heard of this brand before, but it sounds amazing I will have to give it a go! X

    March 25, 2019 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Radi

    I would love to try this. It’s always a bit hard for me to completely remove my make-up.

    March 26, 2019 at 1:21 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Its a game changer! I usually only struggle with waterproof mascara but not any more! x

      March 26, 2019 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Cate

    I usually use the CT eye make up remover which works wonderful for eyes but it’s almost over so this new one could be a great new purchase!

    Cate // 35mminstyle

    March 26, 2019 at 10:29 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Ooh I’ve not tried that one yet! I’d definitely recommend it! x

      March 27, 2019 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply New Lune

    I haven’t heard of this brand or product before but this sounds amazing! Love your pictures x

    March 26, 2019 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    I have never heard of this product. I’ve tried a lot of make up removers. Some make up is really hard to get off. It is good to know what works and doesn’t work. I will remember this product especially since it is on QVC.

    March 26, 2019 at 10:14 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’d definitely recommend it- the QVC offer works out cheaper considering how much you get, so it’s a good option! x

      March 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Jacob

    I use garnier and it removes everything, this also looks nice though!

    March 27, 2019 at 3:04 am
  • Reply Mercy

    I need a good eye make-up remover, I’ve been using Clinique but I need an alternative.

    March 27, 2019 at 4:07 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      The Clinique one is way too oily for me so I much prefer this one! x

      March 27, 2019 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Anna

    I´ve never heard of it before, but the PH is so important! Will definitely try Gatineau eye makeup remover!

    Have a great week!

    March 27, 2019 at 1:43 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s a really great concept isn’t it?! I hope you love it as much as I do x

      March 27, 2019 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Flea

    Sounds like a great product! Love your photos, too! 🙂

    March 27, 2019 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Missy May

    I haven’t heard of this product before, but surely sounds promising. Thank you for the honest review.

    March 27, 2019 at 7:04 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s definitely one to keep in mind! x

      March 28, 2019 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    I haven’t heard of this before! It sounds great though, I’m a big fan of a product that removes eye make-up well and doesn’t irritate your eyes. Last year I used to just use face wipes to remove make-up which was probably not great for my skin and also not fab for the environment but now I use Soap & Glory’s Make-up remover and it’s my favourite thing everrr!

    Chloe xx

    March 27, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love the brand so it was great to try out one of their best sellers! Ooh I’ve not heard of Soap & Glory’s makeup remover so thank you for the recommendation! x

      March 28, 2019 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Gemma

    This sounds dreamy, I wear a lot of mascara so always on the look out for something that delicately cleanses everything off x

    March 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      This would be perfect for you! x

      March 28, 2019 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    Okay, you have my attention. I don’t really know what the ph being the same as tears does for the product, but it makes it sound more eye friendly? I’m still *sigh* having to avoid eye makeup a lot right now because of the situation with my lashes. A lot of removers are still too harsh for my weak lashes and cause me to lose a couple even when I’m being gentle so this is definitely something I’d be interested in trying x


    March 27, 2019 at 9:09 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Yes! It’s super gentle on the eyes and I’ve never had an issue with stinging so I assume that’s a benefit of it. Ooh yeah you don’t want to be using any that require excessive rubbing or anything either then do you? I’ve found this really gentle so it might be a good one!x

      March 28, 2019 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Valerie

    Wow, this product sounds wonderful! I love that it is created with the same ph as tears! I definitely will be checking this product out! Thanks for sharing!

    March 27, 2019 at 9:42 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It really is! That’s such a cool feature of it, isn’t it?! I hope you love it as much as I do x

      March 28, 2019 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Ashley Firth

    I haven’t come across this product before. I have terrible hayfever and find that my eyes are easily irritated. This product sounds like the perfect solution for me! Thank you for sharing xxx


    March 27, 2019 at 10:42 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I get very bad hay fever too so totally relate- I’d definitely say that this one would work for you if it does me! x

      March 28, 2019 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Tina

    Such a lovely review, haven’t heard of it before but sounds like such a great remover 🙂


    March 28, 2019 at 7:59 am
  • Reply JustSoElina

    Ooo this sounds absolutely amazing! I personally don’t like makeup remover wipes as they irratate my eyes and skin. Do I tend to lean towards oil based removers, mainly the classic and affordable coconut oil. But from what you have said it sounds gentle enough that I could use it and really effective xx
    Elina |

    March 31, 2019 at 11:44 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It really is wonderful! I haven’t used wipes for over a year now and definitely don’t miss them. I find oil ones leave an uncomfortable trace on my skin and they’re so uncomfortable if accidentally got in the eyes! This one is amazing x

      April 2, 2019 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Joyce

    ooo this sounds amazing. I usually just remove everything at one go with an oil cleanser but it doesn’t remove my eye make-up entirely x


    April 3, 2019 at 3:13 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It certainly is! I have some oil cleansers which do the job well but I just can’t get on with them as they’re far too greasy! x

      April 5, 2019 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Nicola

    I’m so bad for constantly having panda eyes!! This looks great

    April 13, 2019 at 1:33 pm
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