Darphin Skincare: French Luxury At It’s Best and a Giveaway!

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood: Review and Pictures

The French do everything right, don’t they? Fashion, wine, perfume, skincare and macaroons! I’ve recently been introduced to Darphin, a French luxury skincare brand. Everything about the brand whispers elegance and opulence not to mention efficacy.

Founded in 1958, Pierre Darphin revolutionized aesthetic care by opening one of the first beauty institutes in Paris for complete body, hair and skin care solutions. Custom-tailored to specific, personal needs, Pierre Darphin believed that a woman’s skin is a mirror, reflecting her life. What a beautiful viewpoint!

Darphin products are specifically formulated to envelop the user in a multi-dimensional, multi-sensory delight. From the elegant packaging and lovely scents to the custom formulas, Darphin skincare brings a little bit of French glamour to your vanity. In fact, their philosophy is “More than skincare, an art.” When testing their products, I found this to be absolutely true.

I had the pleasure of trying the Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm ($45). I’ve used cleansing oils before, but nothing quite like this. I believe I’ve found my ‘Holy Grail’ cleanser! Suitable for all skin types, the balm is housed in a large tub. I glide three fingertips over the balm rather than digging in to it, then apply dry using circular motions to each part of my face. I found that I needed to repeat this three times for my entire face–one time for each side of my face and one time for my forehead. The texture is thick but very soothing–so soothing and comforting that I like to linger in this stage for a bit. When you add water, the balm instantly turns into a milky emulsion, rinse and you’re done. My skin feels ultra soft and smooth with no tightness whatsoever–it actually feels conditioned as opposed to tight and dry. You can also wet your face first and then apply the balm–this will make it emulsify immediately but I MUCH prefer applying to a dry face, it gives the balm a chance to deep clean, erasing stubborn make-up and sunscreen. And deep clean it does! I conducted a little test by cleansing with the balm, then using my stronger toner, DDF 10% Glycolic to see if there was any residual make-up left–my cotton pad came clean! This was never my experience with cleansing oils–in fact I would have to cleanse again after using the oil to get ALL my make-up off, which kind of defeats the purpose. This product, beauties, is ideal for women over 40!

The aroma reminds me of a high-end spa and the scent is indeed aromatherapy inspired. It’s not a perfume or fragrance smell, but more botanical, Darphin recommends taking a deep inhale of the balm before applying.

Not only is the texture unique, the ingredients are also what makes this cleansing balm special (with the exception of sauge officinale, all are organic).

  • Marula Oil
  • Sauge Officinale
  • Ylang Ylang and Rosewood Essential Oils
  • Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract

All of these combine to nourish and relieve dry skin, improve suppleness and enhance the skin’s natural glow. The lipid enriched formula is also non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested. Darphin has a unique and luxurious approach to skincare that provides an extraordinary experience with extraordinary results!

Overall Thoughts: If you have dry or sensitive skin, Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm may be the solution you’ve been looking for. It has made my dry winter skin sing! It is on the pricey side ($45) but honestly this tub will probably last me a year and I will gladly pay the extra pennies for the fabulous feeling my skin gets from this cleansing balm. This is one of those products that makes me wish I was Queen of the Land so I could gift every woman over 40 with a tub of Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm. Ladies, wash your face, relax and have a French macaroon!

Prime Beauty Grade: A+

Darphin STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream is a Smooth Operator

I was also able to try the Darphin STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream. This rich emollient eye cream hydrates beautifully without being the least bit greasy, and the hydration lasts all day. Just like the singer Sade, it’s a smooth operator–it absorbs fully making my under eye area instantly feels smoother. Missing from this formula is something that is a pet peeve of mine with other eye creams and that is that some ‘ball up’ under concealer–not the case with STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream, in fact it helps concealer apply with ease and looks smooth all day. Packaging is an elegant glass jar with a ‘spoon’ applicator for sanitary purposes. Speaking of the formula, key ingredients include:

  • Deepsane
  • MDI-Complex
  • Centella Asiatica
  • Mango and Chamomile Extracts
  • Wheat Proteins

As with most eye creams, apply with your ring finger, from the inner to the outer orbit of the eye, patting on. Using twice daily, AM and PM, my lines do appear softer and my under eye area brightened. I didn’t see any lessening of my under eye puffiness and I don’t have dark circles so I can’t speak to that. Darphin’s Dark Circle Relief and De-Puffing Eye Serum addresses those specific issues. I have terrible allergies and my eyes can get itchy and watery. I’m pleased to say STIMULSKIN Plus does not migrate into my eyes when they start watering, which for me is a big plus!

Overall Thoughts: I’ve tried many, many eye creams and I love the consistency of Darphin’s STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream, it’s rich but lightweight and incredibly hydrating without feeling greasy. If your eye area is dry and needs extra moisture or you are getting fine lines and wrinkles, Darphin STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream may be your answer. I have been testing the at-home PaloVia Laser on my crow’s feet and consequently the area around my eyes is very dry. I can apply STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream before bed and in the morning all the dryness and flakiness is gone–amazing! Are you sure you weren’t talking about this eye cream, Sade?

Prime Beauty Grade: A- (A+ product, but I took off a few marks because it is expensive– $135 for a 0.5 oz. jar. There are a lot more expensive skincare products out there, but this one does a really great job so I still stand by my grade of A-).

Now here’s how to enter for a chance to win Darphin product(s) valued at a minimum of $100!

Leave a comment telling me which product would you like to try from Darphin and why?

Plus, Darphin has a special offer (one of their best!) just for readers of this post: Get a free Age Defying Dermabrasion Deluxe Sample, Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum Deluxe Sample and Spa Headband with any order at Darphin.com through 5/31/12. Use code BLOGGER at checkout.

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 4/23 – 5/24

Be sure to visit the Darphin brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and  I was compensated for writing it. All opinions are my own and soley based upon my expereince with the products.

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  1. I would love to try the Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm. I LOVE cleansing oils, but this one sounds considerably more luxurious than any that I’ve tried.

    • I too would like to try Darphin products. I’m not one to spend a lot of extra on myself (drugstore basics), but with my combination skin I have to be careful. Darphin products seem to speak for themselves. Sounds good enough to me!

  2. I would really love to try any Darphin product.

    tweeted at twitterDOTcom/#!/TwatteringOne/status/194434834528092161

  3. Patrícia Dias says

    I wolud love to win:)
    patrícia dias

  4. Athena Frecoe says

    I would love to try the aromatic cleansing balm. I have horrific dry flaky skin especially from winter and periodically through the summer. I haven’t really branched out of my skin care routine other then what I read in blogs. I try samples some stuff really works some not so much but the prices is what really hinders me.I’m a stay at home mom, and my husband doesn’t understand my obsession with beauty lol in terms of skin care an makeup so unless I can sell him on why I need said product I normally just hope for samples or clearance lol thank you for sharing this I definitely wanna try it!!!

  5. Marianne P. says

    I would like to try Stimulskin Plus Eye Contour Cream. Tweeted about givaway at

    Thanks so much!

  6. I would love to win this. Thank you for the giveaway! engineergirl@mail.com

  7. I would love to win Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm to give to a special friend who is fighting the battle of her life. This would help her skin immensely.

  8. Mary Anne says

    Believe it or not thy both sound lovely! It’s planting garde time here in tthe Pacific N.W. and I’m out there in tthe dirt and playing with our 7 hens-so sweet and deliscious eggs! I would love some paampering! Thanks

  9. Haven’t had the chance to try a cleansing oil yet. As a lover of all things Francais, I am sure I would love this as well. Love your blog!

  10. AROVITA C Line Response Cream – would love to try this

  11. The cleansing balm sounds very interesting. I have extremely dry and sensitive skin. Thanks for the great review!

  12. Both look great, but since I can never find an eyecream that I love, its got to be the eyecream.

  13. The eye cream! I’m turning 35 this summer and starting to notice a few fine lines around my eyes.

  14. I would love to try the eye cream. This line sounds amazing.

  15. I would love, love to try Darphin. It sounds like a line I would love!

  16. The eye cream sounds like just what I need
    Thanks for the opportunity to try these products! they sound fabu;ous

  17. Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm sounds impressive. Though it’s a little expensive, I feel my skin deserves such luxury and treatment.

  18. ooo la la ……………………I would love too try the cleansing oil.

    ajlurie2001 at yahoo.com

  19. CLEAR WHITE Brightening and Soothing Serum to help with uneven skintone

  20. Karina Lee says

    i would love to try the Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum. i hate the circles under my eyes

  21. Theresa J says

    I would love to try Melaperfect to help my age spots

  22. Theresa J says
  23. Deb Anderson says

    Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum is my choice. I have sensitive skin prone to redness, and I have a lot of trouble finding effective products for my condition.

  24. tomate farcie says

    The Stimulskin line of products is excellent!! I really want to try the cleansing balm! I love all things Darphin!!

  25. I’m very intrigued by the cleansing balm! I just recently started using cleansing oil and I love it except for the mess of using it. Would love to get the same effect minus the drippy-mess!

  26. Hi, and thanks for the Giveaway! I’m hoping to get the chance to try the cleansing balm. It sounds so soothing and I love the fact that it can also be deep-cleansing, also. Having dry, very sensitive skin, it can be difficult finding a product that will deep clean my skin without over-drying it.

  27. Anna cait says

    I would like to try the darphin aromatic cleansing balm because it sounds absolutely wonderful?

  28. Tina Renee says

    I would love to try the Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm for my sensitive, over 40 skin!

  29. Tina Renee says
  30. I would love to try Darphin’s Anti-Dark Spots Perfecting Treatment. I have very visible age spots and the brightening serum sounds amazing and might help with my issue.
    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  31. tweeted about this giveaway:


    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  32. Shaney Evans says

    I am DYING to try the cleansing balm. I have a bit of an obsession with cleansing oils, and I believe I have tried most that are available…and have even concocted some in my own kitchen!

  33. would love to try so many of the products… i’ll say the eye gel!

  34. That cleansing balm sounds divine! I love cleansing oil, but this sounds even better.

  35. I would love to try one of the products from the Intral line. I think the moisturizer would be perfect for my sensitive skin.

  36. Jessie C. says

    I’d like to try the Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream for my fine lines problem.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  37. Jessie C. says
  38. Michele Powell says

    Age Defying Dermabrasion because I am looking so old lately! Actually, I could use anything to liven skin, lighten marks, hide pores and lighten dark circles… I’m a mess lately!

  39. Michele Powell says
  40. Peggy Bayer says

    I think I’d like to try any of their products after this review! I’d really like to try the Cleansing Balm. I love herbs and this sounds very herbal. Not only cleanse but relax at the same time. Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I’m lucky!

  41. I would try the CLEAR WHITE Brightening and Soothing Serum because my skin is discolored from both psoriasis and rosacea.

  42. The Aromatic Cleansing Balm seems like something that would be very good for my skin.

  43. I would love to try Darphin’s Anti-Dark Spots Perfecting Treatment. I have some sun spots on my face, and I want to get rid of them.

  44. linneawiedeman says

    I would love to try the aromatic cleansing balm. sounds wonderful.

  45. ShellieAndBrutus says

    I’ve always wanted to try a cleansing balm or oil. My face is so dry now that I’m in my mid 40’s.

  46. ShellieAndBrutus says
  47. Mamavalveeta03 says

    You’ve confirmed everything I’ve ever suspected about Darphin: It’s luxe, but it’s worth it!
    valhoff 3 at yahoo dot com

  48. Mamavalveeta03 says
  49. SKIN MAT PURIFYING AROMATIC CLAY MASK to control my oil problem

  50. I need STIMULSKIN PLUS REJUVENATING LIFTING SERUM to help lift my jaw area

  51. Tamara B. says

    I loved your wonderful review and like that the products are lightweight and incredibly hydrating without feeling greasy.

  52. Tamara B. says
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  54. ANGEL JACKLYN says
  55. That cleansing balm looks divine. I have sensitive acne-prone skin that leans dry and am having luck with Kate Somerville and Peter Thomas Roth right now. I love PTR’s Anti-aging cleanser, but I would love to try that cleansing balm. And, I am in the market for an eye cream. I just use regular products on my eyes.

  56. I would love to try the Clear White brightening and hydrating creme to even out my skin tone

  57. These products look amazing! Thanks for the fun contest! xo

  58. Kimberly Adams says

    I’m an over 40 esthetician and am intrigued by the cleansing balm. I often recommend a cleansing milk to my clients with dry skin. I would love to try this. Thanks for the opportunity.

  59. Schmidty says

    I would like to try the STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream to treat the fine lines and dry skin of my eye area.

  60. Schmidty says
  61. This line looks absolutely divine! I’d love to try the Lifting & Firming Eye Serum!

  62. I would love to win the cleansing balm. If you say it’s the HG of cleansers, then I definitely want to try it. I have dry and sometimes sensitive skin, so I fit the profile. Thanks for the contest and thanks to Darphin!

  63. Tabathia B says

    Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm so that it can remove more dirt
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  64. Tabathia B says
  65. Your review was wonderful and has me so excited about these products…the cleansing balm sounds AMAZING! However, I am also intrigued by the STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream, especially since I’ve developed such dark undereye circles & swelling around my eyes since I developed kidney disease. I have been trying every eye cream I can get my hands on and most are just so-so. This one by Darphin sounds like a miracle in a jar.

    email: tduadu2@aol.com

  66. I would love to win this Darphin Skincare: French Luxury At It’s Best and a Giveaway!

  67. Having mature skin, I think the I would love to win the cleansing balm.

  68. I’m sure its a good kind of skin care soap..I would like to have this kind of give away..

  69. This looks like such a nice line. I would love to try Dark Circles Relief and De-Puffing Eye Serum. thanks for the chance.

  70. Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream because I need help with my wrinkles

  71. I would really like to try their cleansing water, since I’m constantly on the hunt for a good toner.

  72. 1955nurse says

    I would most like to try the Stimulskin lifting serum or Divine lifting cream – sounds like it would do wonders for the jaw area!!!((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) Thanks for the chance….

  73. I want to try the darphin cleansing milk to see if it helps with my blemish problem. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  74. I’d love to try the INTRAL Redness Relief Soothing Serum.

  75. I would love to try the De-puffing Eye Serum to help with my aging eyes!

  76. the eye cream looks great-i need help with puffy eyes!

  77. marissia says
  78. Laura Royal says

    I would love to try the Darphin STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream b/c the delicate skin around my eyes need a good cream to stay moisturized!

  79. Laura Royal says
  80. I get some redness around the eyes so I’d love to try the Intral Cleansing Milk.

  81. Holly S. says

    I would love to try the CLEAR WHITE Brightening and Soothing Serum to even out my skin tone and fade the dark spots I’m starting to get. Thanks!

  82. Holly S. says

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/HollyStormEtsy/status/202870539835027456

  83. I would love to try the Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm, I suffer from eczema so I am always wanting to try a product that helps with dry skin!

  84. I’d like the depuffing eye serum. I tweeted about the giveaway. https://twitter.com/#!/SweepstakesMom

  85. Would love to try the eye gel!

  86. The main thing I do is moisturize and stay out of the sun. I’m starting to see some signs of aging anyway though at age 47 so I’d love to try this!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  87. Oh lala The french do kow their beauty!
    pamphyila on twitter/pamelaruthmunro on facebook

  88. Debbie B says
  89. Debbie B says

    I’d like to try the Darphin’s Dark Circle Relief and De-Puffing Eye Serum

  90. Erica Best says

    Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm seem like my best bet i have dry skin.

  91. Erica Best says
  92. I’d like to try the STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream so my eyes can get back some of they hydration that has been lost. My skin is altogether too dry.

  93. Maria Cantu says

    age-defying dermabrasion I’d like to try and why because next month I turn 51.

  94. Tweeted here: https://twitter.com/chewmani/status/205831550087073792
    thanks for the entry!

  95. I’d love you try the Darphin STIMULSKIN Plus Eye Contour Cream to get rid of my dark circles & dry under eye skin

  96. I would like to try the cleansing balm because It sounds like it really cleans well and smells wonderful


  97. Although both these products sound like heaven, if I had to pick one it would be the cleansing balm. I’m a recent convert to the world of cleansing oils and balms and this one has been on my “to try” list for some time. I have dry sensitive skin that does NOT like to be soaped up,, but I wear mineral makeup and physical sunscreens which are difficult to thoroughly remove. I’m already an ardent fan of darphins purifying balm and aromatic oils and from what ive read about this balm, I think it could be my next holy grail product!


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