Using the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging Detoxifying Pore scrub

One of my go to products has been the Olay Gentle Cleanser for a while.  It is one of those products that I can use after a workout no matter what time of day I worked out and know that it is going to take the sweat off, but not be too harsh on my skin.

We’ve combined some of the top ingredients to deliver a powerful yet gentle clean for your sensitive skin.Only $34.99 plus free shipping!

While I continue to buy this cleanser for my post work out rinse off, I recently decided to expand my Olay universe.   I picked up a body wash to try out and I picked up this, the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging Detoxifying Pore scrub.

It seemed like something I would enjoy. According to the description…

Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub deeply cleans and exfoliates to reveal bright, smooth skin. Its special formula increases surface cell turnover to reveal softer skin and reduces the appearance of pores. Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub exfoliates and deep cleans down to the pores. It’s a face wash designed with a lathering gel formula that exfoliates to polish away dull skin and regenerate skin’s surface. Discover a refreshing clean that primes skin for the rest of your skincare regimen.


Now in addition to using the Olay gentle cleanser of a routine basis, I did try out the Regenerist Whip moisturizer a while back.  I remember liking it, but it was a small enough sample and a long enough time ago that I don’t remember much of the details.  It just left a positive impression in my mind.  So I was happy to try something else from the line (and yes I will be picking up the moisturizer and probably their night time retinol cream to test as well in the near future).

Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer Original on sale for $29 plus free shipping!

So to the secure testing facility I went. 

It’s also called the back bathroom where my skin care lives, if you want to get technical. First off, I like that the product is in a tube.  It makes it much easier to dispense a usable amount into my palm, especially with wet hands.  Sometimes with jarred exfoliating scrubs I do tend to take too much just by dipping into the jar.  This was easy to portion out. Plus, I didn’t accidentally drop water into the jar.

I know you laugh, but I have done that. I am not at my best in the morning, so I tend to splash cold water on my face first thing as both a wake me up and a prep for cleanser. It means the first item I reach for (usually the cleanser) has to be able to be gripped or opened with wet hands. While I love glass jars, for morning cleansers, I like either pumps or tubes. (Ideally glass pumps for the recycling and reusing aspect)

The scent is fresh and clean.  It smells less like a scent has been added to it and more like that is just what the cleanser smells like.  It is a very soapy scent, but in a good way. It is a physical exfoliate, but an extremely gentle one.  It feels a bit like fine sugar crystals. Very fine caster sugar. The product foamed up like a face wash and rinsed off cleanly.  If you wet your skin first then it foams well at the start. If you don’t then it is a creamy exfoliant on your skin and then foams when you add water and start to rub it in and then rinse it off. I felt no residue on my skin and my face did not feel as though it had been stripped of its moisture or too pulverized by the exfoliate.  My skin, in fact felt clean and fresh. 

While I used it only two to three times a week, because that is just how I use exfoliating products, I did try one week where I used the detoxifying scrub every day.  It was gentle enough that I had no over exfoliation problems and my skin reacted really well to it.  I did find that while I started off using it all over my face, I ended up massaging it more in the areas where I had clogged pores from wearing a face mask. 

In these areas it really helped to clean out those pores and get rid of a lot of the bumps before they could become full blown blemishes.  While I didn’t have any problems during that week of constant use, after completing my week long test I returned to using it only two to three days a week mostly because I am always cautions with physical exfoliation.  I did make certain those two to three times a week were after I spent time with my face mask in place as it really seemed to help keep those pores from getting clogged and becoming blemishes. I think it’s ability to deal with those clogged pores is kind of it’s hat trick.

While I am not prone to massive acne, as of late it has been increasing, but it is only increasing in areas of masking and clearly only when i wear the mask a lot. while I keep acne dots like those from Peace Out Skincare around for my normal break outs, I don’t keep a lot of acne treatment products on hand for the rest of my face.

Mostly because a lot of them simply aren’t designed for my skin and while they treat the breakout areas and clogged pores they leave dry patches everywhere else and just cause other issues for me to deal with that are kind of a pain. For me this really helped in the maskne arena. As a reminder, I am using it primarily on clogged pores before they become full blown break outs. I am not exfoliating broken skin.

To be honest, this is the first drugstore exfoliator I have used in a while. So many of the ones I picked up and read the labels for had at least one ingredient that made me put it back on the shelf. Usually walnut shells. This one, I was very happy to pull off the shelf and to be honest, it is one I would definitely purchase again.  I love the fresh scent and I really like how it works. 

Currently Olay is having a sale that is well worth checking out. The pore scrub I used was $9.49 and is now $7.12. Even at full price it is a good deal. I also love that it is available at my local Target so if I run out, I can just pick up another tube when I happen to be in Target and not go somewhere else. To be honest Target and the grocery store (which are located in the same shopping center for me) are kind of my only in person shopping right now. I order Walgreens on line at the moment, mostly for Vichy and La Roche Posay products, but Target has become my drugstore so I can eliminate a lot of in person shopping.

They have also started a subscription service called Club Olay where you can sign up to have our favorites sent to you. As I am trying to reduce the number of times I leave the house and the number of stops I have to make, this is a service I will be looking into. I don’t know if the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging Detoxifying Pore Scrub is a part of the Club Olay product selection, But if it is, it will definitely make my list once I have worked my way through this tube.


Removing it all (almost) with Polaar IcePure Micellar Water with Arctic Cotton

Polaar Ice has been making routine visits to my Look Fantastic and Glossy Boxes recently. This summer I tried and liked their sunscreen and now that my Marc Jacobs Youthquake trial has completed I will be trying out a sample size of one of their moisturizers.

After using cleansing oils (thank you on correcting me on how to properly use them Deanna after your comment on the SkinFix, I changed my use) and cleansing balms, it was interesting to use a non-oil liquid cleanser as my first step in a double cleanse.  As I used to use micellar water in general as my makeup remover, it isn’t an unfamiliar product, but it has been a while.

So what are the claims Polaar makes?

Purify and refresh your complexion with the Polaar Arctic Cotton Micellar Water; a luxurious, transparent fluid that expertly cleanses the skin, lips and eyes. without over-drying or uncomfortable tightness.

Harnessing the powers of Arctic Cotton, the gentle cleanser effortlessly eliminates dirt, pollution and even the most stubborn make-up to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion. Delivers long-lasting moisture and hydration to leave skin feeling soft, supple and revitalised.

Ingredients: aqua (water), propanediol, peg-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, peg-7 glyceryl cocoate, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, glycerin, eriophorum spissum flower/stem extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, codium tomentosum extract, hydroxyethylcellulose, parfum (fragrance), butylene glycol, citric acid, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, decylene glycol, sodium benzoate, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, linalool.

This treatment is formulated without parabens, alcohol or mineral oil. It has been tested under dermatological control.


Not too over the top in terms of claims.  So I tried using a little of this Polaar Ice Pure on a cotton round to take off a full face of makeup.Mostly so that I could more easily show the mlevel of makeup removal.

That was a bad idea.

The first thing I found was that the cotton round was not up to the task.  Applying toner, yes. Removing a full face of makeup, no. A full face of makeup was just too much product for the cotton round to handle.  The product did well with taking off the makeup, but the cotton round broke down.

too much makeup for the cotton round

So I turned to my Makeup Eraser (Incidentally they have a huge discount only for today with the code EGGNOG You get 60% off a 14 day set of daily use Makeup Erasers- the small square kind so you can change them out daily instead of using parts of the same one for the whole week. They are doing a 12 days of deals so there is a new deal each day. They reveal each one on the day of the sale and each one gets better I don’t know how they are going to beat 14 Makeup Erasers for only $20 but I’ll be checking in to see.) 

I used a bit of the Polaar Ice Pure on my Makeup Eraser and it worked really well removing all of my face makeup.  (I know Makeup Erasers work really well in general with makeup removal, but this just sort of bumped it up several degrees from just using water.

It was when I got to my eyes, that there was a difficulty.

While shadow and mascara were a breeze for this to remove, eyeliner was a bit difficult.  Thinking it might be the specific eyeliner, I pulled a couple of different ones to try out and had the same problem. 

eyeliner remains

In addition to testing it on removing the product from my eyes I drew a couple of lines on my hand and then tried to see what the issue might be.  I think that part of it is that with most eyeliners, you have to rub this product (and the cloth it is on) pretty hard to remove the eyeliners.  The other products didn’t require that much effort to remove.  I think that might just be the nature of eyeliner, at least good eyeliner. 

I just didn’t want to rub my eyes that hard.  Plus there is a second issue with this makeup remover and the eyes.  It stings.  I had a little bit of product get into my eyes every time I tried to use it to remove my eye makeup and it stung every time.  It wasn’t an unbearable pain and it faded quickly, but it still wasn’t pleasant. 

Makeup on (yes my lip liner got out of hand, sigh more on that in the Makeup bag post Friday) and then on the left makeup off. or mostly off

On my face however I really liked how it removed product.  It left the skin clean and didn’t feel tight in any way.  I would agree with the product description that my skin felt soft, supple and even revitalized (which typing that out makes me sound very much like i was working oil and polish into an old boot). I was however pleased with the product. I did use this as the first step in a double cleanse and my skin was almost completely clear of product. I had less residue than I expected. In fact the second cotton round I used with my toner, came out clean and lovely. (at the moment I am trying out a Murad Toner)

The only real issue is the eyes.  I currently have an eye makeup remover from Klorane that I want to test out, so I think I will be partnering that product with the Polaar to see how they team up.  It too is micellar water based (although designed for the eyes specifically) so hopefully they should pair well. Over all I did enjoy this cleanser and found it a gentle, but effective product on everything except eyeliner. I will happily use the rest of the bottle (avoiding my eyes) and I wouldn’t mind using this again as I feel it is worth the price.  In the future, I’ll just keep it away from my eyes.

Going Native for the Holidays

Holiday scents can be tricky beasts. On one hand you have a delightfully seasonal aroma. On the other you have the precipice of stink that can either be cloyingly sweet or nose searingly spicy. I remember a body spray one year that more or less made me feel like gingerbread men were coming to smother me with bags of powdered cinnamon in my sleep. That is the danger of leaning towards the savory instead of the sweet side.

However I needed to make a Target run and low and behold there were the bins of holiday products at the end of the aisle. I actually was there to pick up some Olay Body wash, which I did, but I also picked up these two. One of which is now causing the Olay Body wash to wait patiently for me to get around to it. It is my standard for body washes at the moment as far as the drug store goes. For comparison sake the Olay body wash is regulartly $7.99)

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Because I started with the Native Body Wash and set Olay to the side. While I have recently been using the Native deodorant, this is my first experience with their body wash. It was the candy cane that got me. what can I say, I love peppermint. And this is the one time of year I get to gorge my senses with it. So I figured what a good time to test out Native’s Body wash. (In all fairness if I had passed an end cap with almost any brand’s Candy Cane scented Body Wash I would probably have picked it up and decided it was the right time to test it out.

And don’t worry, my display photos were taken over the sink, not in the shower. While I’m pretty sure I could easily get a G rated photo of the body wash at work I am equally certain the camera would come to a watery end. And yes, that is my Daily Concepts scrubber you see. It came in a Look Fantastic Box a while ago and I now have replacements in the linen closet so that it can be immediately replaced when the time is right. I have fallen in love with it.

But what about the body wash?

It comes out clear rather than creamy and as you can see in the photo, lathers quite well. The lathering agent is Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate in case you are wondering and they do use coconut oil in their mix, so those with coconut allergies should be aware. The one issue I came across with Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is that it is a penetration enhancer so it can help your skin absorb other ingredients.They do leave out the sulfates and parabens though so most of what it is enhancing is not bad for you. It is also the ingredient that gathers up all the dirt and oil from your skin and drags it towards the drain.

In using this body wash I felt clean, but my skin was not stripped. It was soft and nourished and my shower smelled like a peppermint stick. It was slightly sweet but not in a sticky sort of way that disrupts the feeling of clean (which is a fine line that a lot of holiday products miss) and it was very pepperminty. However, as minty fresh as the shower smelled, there was no lingering scent on the skin. The scent was washed down the drain with the bubbles. I got out of the shower, dried off and sniffed my arm.

Nothing but clean skin.

Which is fine as it doesn’t interfere with the scents of other products. It is essentially a shower experience. I would imagine all of the other scents of body wash from the brand have a similar feature, which is nice to know since so many of them appeal to me but aren’t scents I would want to wear throughout the day. To be honest my one regret is that I bought the trial size and not the full sized bottle. Although I honestly didn’t see the full sized bottles of the candy cane scent. I’m hoping I was just a little too early for the full holiday display and that there will be the big bottles soon. All full sized body washes are $8. The Native site offers a subscription service that delivers your favorite products every three months (you can change out the scents) and the price drops down to $6. Which I think is a fair price. Especially as body wash and deodorant are still products that I go to the store for. This year that list has dwindled down significantly.

size comparison between travel and full

But speaking of deodorant, I also tried out the Sugar Cookie scented Deodorant when I picked up the Body Wash. It is the same nice formula that all of their deodorants are and it does smell like a sugar cookie when you sniff the product. The scent fades almost immediately so that you aren’t wafting sugar cookie scent around. To be honest, this is one of those products I am glad I got the travel size. It is large enough to last the month and then it will be gone. I can’t see myself wanting to keep it around longer than a month so I am perfectly happy with that. It is a holiday scent that is in a product the size of which will not out last the holiday. It also makes me want to pick up some of the other scents in the travel size to see if they might be more longer term in my bathroom products. I like the Cucumber and Mint that I am using, but several of the others are quite appealing. I just don’t know how long they would be appealing. The travel size would be a great way to test it.

So there my darlings are my two Native Holiday Products. The Candy Cane body wash I will attempt to find in a full size (Possibly buying extra should I managed to find it) and it has tempted me into thinking about the Native subscription service. The Sugar Cookie Deodorant works like it’s year round counterparts, but will not be something I want to keep past the holidays even if it is tempting me into more trial sizes.

Testing the wild rose and leopard lily of Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse

I’ll admit, I tried two of Tatcha’s moisturizers before and wasn’t a fan. Some of the ingredients made me a little worried, but mostly I believe I heard so much hype about them that the actual products could never have lived up to the buildup created.  By contrast, I have heard nothing about the Tatcha Deep Cleanse.  

I’m sure there is a review out there.  In fact, I would be very surprised if there wasn’t.  However I didn’t come across any in my random ramblings, and after I put this as an add on in my IPSY Bag, I deliberately tried not to look at any reviews.

I wanted a chance to form my own opinion without thinking about what anyone else thought of it.  I have to say, I was kind of impressed. First, a little bit about the product…

The Deep Cleanse oil-free gel lathers into a creamy foam to lift away dirt, oil and impurities without over-drying. It cleanses with amino acids derived from silk gentle enough for even the most delicate skin, leaving skin soft, refreshed and comfortably hydrated.

The formula harnesses the power of the Japanese Luffa fruit, a natural beauty multi-tasker beloved by Japanese women for centuries. Ground fibers from the fruit exfoliate, helping to turn over dead skin cells, deeply purifying & decongesting pores, while the fruit extract beautifies and conditions skin.

Japanese Wild Rose works to visibly tighten pores and smooth skin texture, while Japanese Leopard Lily helps minimize excess oil.

Now as much as I really like exfoliators, I am always nervous when they come inside of a daily cleanser.  At best I use exfoliators a couple of times a week. Actually with the rise of face masks, I have been using exfoliators more regularly. Before I would go weeks without using one and then just have myself a spa day.  Now I do a once a week exfoliation regardless as part of my keep the maskne down plan.

So I was cautious when using this cleanser. I was very surprised.  It is a creamy gel.  I tended to damp my face, smear the cleanser onto my skin and then rewet my hands to work it into a lather.  Part of this was because it seemed the best way to get the best clean, the other part was due to the bottle. 

just on the damp face (I got the cleanser on my lips in case you are wondering about the facial expression, it smells good, but does not taste good)

The size of the sample bottle and the thickness of the plastic makes it almost impossible to apply with wet hands.  It just slides right out of the hands without dispensing product.  I really think it is the size of the sample tube (as well as its shape) that causes this issue.  I doubt it would occur in the larger size. So I made sure to squeeze the tube with a dry hand and hence the application sequence listed above. I also stood the tube upside down on the sink to help with dispensing.  Kind of like the ketchup bottle in the fridge.

The scent is lightly floral.  I’ll admit seeing the wild Japanese rose and the leopard lily gave me pause. While I don’t mind fragrance in my products, in fact most times I actually like the fragrance, some floral scents get really cloying. Or start to smell like industrial bathroom gleaners and or potpourri spray. And actually I had that problem with several products that I currently have arrayed on my skin care shelf. Yesterday’s Balance M Serum and tomorrow’s Derma E Toner to be exact.

the start of foam with water, and I am just rubbing my face and trying not to have drips hit the camera rather than whispering secrets to the medicine cabinet.

So I approached cautiously with my sniffer. It is not an overpowering scent and smells more clean than cloying.  It smells more like the cleanser had a brief love affair with florals but the memory has faded over the years to a brief shadow instead of an intense heat.

I recall one of the moisturizers I tried from Tatcha having a similar scent.  It was much stronger in the moisturizer than it is in the cleanser though.  This scent was very light.  And for those seeing Rose listed in the ingredients, it is not really a rose scent.  It is just lightly floral.  I think the Leopard Lily balances the Wild Rose out.  Whatever the cause it is a light fresh scent which I really like. Instead of bracing myself to use it, I eagerly reached for the bottle.

As for exfoliation.  It was extremely light. The exfoliates sort of faded from solid bits to almost nothing as I washed.  The exfoliation aspect of this cleanser was extremely light.  To my surprise it was a cleanser I could easily see myself using daily with no irritation or skin issues.  The fact that it was exfoliating merely meant that when I went in with my toner pad there was almost no trace of makeup left behind on my skin.I’m sure it managed to exfoliate my skin as well, but it was so mild that my skin felt no harsh rubbing. If you are worried about over exfoliating, but still want a little bit, this may be a product you might want to look into.

I managed a little over a week’s worth of use with this sample sized cleanser.  While it wasn’t enough to see any long term benefits I will say that it was gentle on my skin, smelled nice and clean, removed the last traces of makeup (I double cleanse) and did not strip my skin. 

It was quite frankly, a fantastic cleanser. I definitely think that the full sized version will be appearing somewhere in my near future.

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I Feel Like coming clean (with a pumpkin walnut cleanser of course)

This is not the first time I have used this Feel Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanser, and it won’t be the last.  It is also one that routinely sells out on the Feel Site.  Now you may notice that my little tube (deluxe sample size) is a little different from the one that is pictured on the Feel site.  It is also a little differently named,  The site lists it as the Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser.  It is the same cleanser, as near as I can figure, but feel went through a rebranding and repackaging session a few months back so things look a little different.

The Description on the site is the same as it was with the old product thought…

Our Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser will help you maintain smooth, healthy-looking skin. Every day you lose around 30,000-40,000 dead skin cells off the surface of your skin. Exfoliating with our Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser helps this process by sloughing away those dead skin cells revealing your smooth skin surface. The enzymes Bromelain and Papain are key factors in speeding up this process.

Our natural powder exfoliants provide deep cleansing to lift away trapped dirt, oil, and makeup to free up your pores. This helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and fine lines.

Exfoliating helps prepare your skin to better absorb the rest of your skincare products. Our sensitive ingredients (like Pumpkin Seed Oil) allow you to exfoliate anywhere from daily to once a week (depending on how sensitive your skin is), without drying it out. Pumpkin Seed Oil is also a rich source of multi-vitamins that helps nourish and reduce problematic skin.

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Polylactic Acid, Maltodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Juglans Regia Shell Powder, Parfum, Caprylyl Glycol, Papain, Bromelain, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Isopropyl alcohol, Eugenol, Limonene.


Okay first off, let’s talk scent.  It smells like pumpkin and spice.  There is no cinnamon or nutmeg in the mix (which is really good as neither are very good for your skin) but it smells like they are. It smells quite frankly delicious. 

Now it does have powdered walnut in it and it is an exfoliate.  It is a rather gentle exfoliate though.  Even though it is a daily cleanser, I only used it twice a week, and even then once a day instead of morning and evenings on the days I used it and simply used a different cleanser the rest of the time.  In between I used one of my favorites the Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Cleanser.  (They have a deal actually that runs though the end of today if you are interested in Malin+ Goetz products – free expedited shipping + bodycare trio featuring deluxe samples of our best-selling hand + body wash, moisturizer + deodorant when you spend $100+.use code MGBODYCARE20 at checkout. Valid: 11/5-11/9)

The Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Cleanser is an excellent cleanser by the way.  It is one of the cleansers I like to keep on hand and tend to reach for whenever the cleanser I am trying out is problematic.

slight foaming but not much

The Feel Cleanser wasn’t problematic, it just couldn’t be used every day, at least by me.  While I used it like an exfoliator instead of a daily cleanser, I love the way it foamed up on my skin and rinsed off cleanly.  It exfoliated the skin but worked like a cleanser as well so that I didn’t need to use a second cleanse on the days I used it.  My skin felt refreshed and renewed after using.  I also wanted a piece of pumpkin pie after using it, but that is also the changing of the seasons.

Plus, my baby doll and I have been making a list of all the things we really want over thanksgiving this year.  Since it is just the two of us sans extended family, we are paring the giant meal down to the favorites we both like and want to eat. While there will be massive left overs regardless, we aren’t feeding twelve people so anything we generally have because it is expected but isn’t something either of us wants to eat is getting nixed.  Plus, we don’t need three pies for just the two of us.  (generally Apple, Pumpkin and a chocolate mousse type of pie.) While my baby was happy to eliminate some of the veggie dishes he really doesn’t want to lose one of the pies.  I left the decision up to him and he is agonizing over the merits of each.  I think he has gotten it down to pumpkin and chocolate. But there has been a lot of pie talk around the house as he debates filling.

This cleanser leaned me a little more towards pumpkin just because it smells delicious. But the final result is that this is a cleanser/exfoliating scrub, that I have used before and will use again, if I can ever manage to catch it when it is restocked.  It is a gentle exfoliate that I have to treat as a few times a week product rather than a twice a day use kind of thing, but I don’t mind. This is a definite repurchase.


Washing up with the Pa’akai Cleansing Cream

I have seen the Pa’akai Cleansing cream advertised often on vegan and cruelty free skin care websites and always thought it looks pretty. Somehow I never got around to trying it even though everyone always raves about it.  So when it appeared in my Petit Vour Box, I was very pleased to have a chance to give it a try. According to the product page…

Cleansing Hawaiian salt and antioxidant rich hibiscus combine to create a gentle daily cleanser that will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. Seaweed extract works to strengthen and renew the skin, while accelerating the natural skin repair process. The Pa’akai Cleansing Cream is great for all skin types.

Ingredients: 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Pure Vitalized & Coconut Water (Aqua), Organic Rose (Rosa damascena) Hydrosol, Organic Witch Hazel Water (Hamamelis virginiana), Wild Harvested Seaweed Extract (Fucus vesiculosis), Hibiscus( Hibiscus sabdariffa) Co2,Honua Pa’akai (Hawaiian Salt) Organic Herbal Oil Infusions of Rose Petals (Rosa damascena), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Chamomile Flowers(Matricaria recutita), Calendula Blossoms (Calendula officinalis), Comfrey Leaf & Root (Symphytum officinale) & Rosehips Seeds (Rosa mosqueta) in Organic High Oleic Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) & Sesame (Sesame indicum), Sorbitan Olivate, Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Lecithin, Organic Gromwell Root CO2 (Lithospermum erythrorhizon), Sage (Salvia officinalis) & Organic Rosemary Antioxidants (Rosmarinus officinalis), *Lactobacillus Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract and *Sodium Anisate *denotes New Green Beauty Approved Preservative System, Made in USA

Pa’akai site

Now I have grown hibiscus before and know how good it is for the body internally. The tea is not only fantastic but it tastes far more citrus-y than the flowers would lead you to believe. I made hibiscus tea and jam and loved both. I have not used it in skincare though, at least to my knowledge. As working with it turned my skin pink, I was not surprised that the cleansing cream is a pretty shade of pink. 

two pumps needed to wash the face

The cleanser comes in a glass bottle with a pump dispenser at the top.  I like that the pump has a wide flat top actually as it makes operating it with wet hands quite easy.  While packaging isn’t everything, some considerations are necessary. This packaging was well thought out in terms of the pump. 

The cleansing cream foams well on the face, cleans the skin well and rinses off clean.  The product itself I had no issues with.  It worked well. Two pumps was all that was necessary to get my entire face clean.

My issue is with the scent.

I know, when does scent not come into play with me?

The hibiscus scent is strong. Really strong.  It is a very perfume-y flowery scent that I just don’t care for.  Oddly, it is more perfume-y smelling than the actual flowers.  My hibiscus had more of a tart scent to it than this does.  If this actually just smelled of hibiscus than there would be less of an issue.  The scent actually prompted me to go back to the ingredients list. While I initially noticed only that everything was a not bad for my skin ingredient I didn’t pay too much attention. With cleansers the product stays on the skin for so little time that I am not as focused as I probably should be on the ingredients list. The culprit here, scent wise, I believe might be the rose.  It seems to take the tart of the hibiscus right out and brings the whole thing into perfume land.

As good as this product is, I just can’t get past the scent.  The longer I used it the less I liked the scent.  It is pretty.  The container is well thought out.  I love the ingredients list and I love the way the cleanser performs on my skin.  But because of the scent, I was incredibly happy when the container was empty and I could move on to another cleanser. Because of the scent, using it up was a chore for me. If you like the scent of rose, then I would highly recommend this cleanser as it is a really good product.  While I like the light scent of rose in many French skincare products, this was just too much of a perfume bomb for me, especially in a cleanser.  So I will not be purchasing a full size of this in the future. I am however very glad I finally got to try it.

Cleaning up with the OSEA Ocean Cleanser

The OSEA Ocean Cleanser is one of those cleaners that I have tried several times before, but always in the trial size.  I’ll go ahead and tell you, I absolutely love this cleanser.  I do however have a little amusement where it is concerned.  But before we get to that, let me cover what it is that this cleanser is according to the product page.

Look like a morning person with this seaweed cleansing gel. Vegan Lactic Acid gently resurfaces complexion for clear, radiant skin. Removes impurities while protecting skin’s natural moisture barrier. Formulated with a plant-based probiotic and pH balanced.

Ingredients: Aqua, Algae Extract*, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Sorbitan Olivate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Natural Smectite Clay), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil*, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Seed Oil*, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil*, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorophyll – * denotes organic ingredients


Okay when you read through this, the cleanser looks like a serious and seriously healthy cleanser.  It comes in a lovely glass bottle (even in the travel size.)  It looks expensive and spa like.  When you pick it up you read through every thing and you feel good about the product.  No animals were injured, plants are all organic.  It is a cleaner that makes you feel like a grown up, eco conscious ‘good person’ just for having in your bathroom.

Then you use it.

You know what it smells like?


Seriously, it smells exactly like the syrup they use in the Sonic Limeades. I don’t know why that tickles me so much.  It does though.  I think because it looks so serious and everything on the site is so serious. It is clearly marked as a good for you product (which it is).  And the bottle is really pretty frosted glass.  Don’t get me wrong I really like looking at it on my bathroom sink.  I love using it and at some point I am going to spend the $48 for the full sized bottle.

It is a seriously good cleanser.  I love the way it makes my skin feel.  Again, I am not certain how beneficial the ingredients are as they aren’t really on the skin a long time, but there are no ingredients that are potentially damaging, to either me or the rest of the world, it cleans the skin without stripping it and after washing my face I want to walk around without anything else on my skin for a little while.  I have never had a problem with clogged pores while using it and my toner pads tend to be a bit less gunky with left behind makeup residue after using it.

Foamy on the face

When I get this cleanser I tend to use it at night for just that reason.  I wash my face and then just sort of hang out with a book and bare skin before later applying my night time serums and moisturizers because I really like the way my skin feels when I use this cleanser. It isn’t super foaming, but it does foam up somewhat and it gets the skin clean.

But as serious a product as it is, it smells like limeade. The scent doesn’t linger, but it does make me smile every time I use this cleanser. I think it is because a Sonic Limeade is not what I consider a healthy, all natural product, where as this is. I would recommend this <a href="http://<a href=""><IMG border="0" alt="Target advanced signs of aging on the neck with SkinCeuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair. Now available at LovelySkin!" src=""&gt;OSEA Ocean Cleanser at any size you pick it up.  The travel size is good if you want to give it a go (and it is significantly less expensive than the full size) and see how your skin works with it.  Like I said, I have picked this up repeatedly in the travel size. It is one of those products that consistently makes my hits list.  If you are looking for a spurge sort of cleanser, this is the one I would go for.

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How well does the Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil work?

I have to say I have been really impressed with Yensa lately.  I was always a fan of their primer, but then I fell head over heels in love with their lip oil.  As you may recall if you read my IPSY unboxing post this past month, one of my repeat items was the Yensa CBD Super Food Dual Cleansing Oil.  At the point when the new bottle arrived I had been using the bottle of cleansing oil I had for about a month.  I am less than halfway through the bottle.  So in case you read the post and think, how did you get through so much cleansing oil in such a small amount of time?  I did not, this is the older bottle.

full face of makeup

So first, let’s see what the product claims are…

A dual makeup remover and cleanser infused with CBD and 8 SuperOils that nourishes, cleanses, softens and removes impurities without stripping the skin.  The eight benefits are:

  • Dual-phase Makeup remover and cleansing oil
  • Nourish, soothe and cleans the skin while removing impurities
  • Powered by CBD 8 super oils
  • CBD oil calms skin and helps reduce redness
  • Black sesame oil improves skin rejuvenation
  • Black cumin oil fights against acne and clogged pores
  • Chia seed oil restores moisture in the skin
  • Broccoli seed oil is rich in omega -6 and helps cell renewal

Ingredients: Heliantus Annuss (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cannabidiol, Bakuchiol, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)


Now, I could be wrong, but here is my take on cleansers.  I am happy to see all sorts of good ingredients in them and I do prefer the ones that are designed with skin care in mind rather than throwing a bunch of elements at me.  However with a product like a cleansing oil, it is the first step in my skin care routine.  I apply the cleansing oil over my makeup, let it break down the makeup, rinse it off, and then go back with a regular cleaner.  Then of course I proceed to the toner. 

Cleansing oil over makeup

What this means is that the products that are in the cleansing oil, aren’t going to stick around long.  I don’t know how much cell rejuvenation and renewal the ingredients can do in the short amount of time they have against my skin.  I appreciate their efforts, but I am not looking for a whole lot of long term benefits in a cleansing oil. 

What I want it is to not cause damage to the skin, remove my makeup and not leave my skin feeling stripped. The lovely ingredients list tells me that the ingredients in the cleansing oil are not going to do damage to my skin.  Nothing in the list is something I have a sensitivity to and nothing is going to cause a reaction for me. So that is one box checked.  The only issue I could see is from the fragrance added.  However it is the last ingredient listed so I don’t think there is enough included in the product to be an issue.

water added to foam the oil

As for the scent of the product, it is slightly earthy.  If I was blindfolded and asked to sniff this cleansing oil I would be able to tell it was a CBD product. It has that CBD scent to it.   To be honest, I have no idea how else to describe it, and not because of my usual scents coming up as colors and tastes either.  It smells like a CBD oil.  The only time I have smelled that scent is in products with CBD in them. It isn’t a heavy scent.  It isn’t over powering, but it is present.  I don’t particularly mind the scent, but if you have issues with the scent, you might want to pass.

I really like the design of the pump.  It is easy to dispense, the bottle is sturdy and to be honest, I will probably end up reusing it when I am done with the product. Only two pumps of the product are needed to cover the entire face.  It is a clear oil in a green bottle.

As with most cleansing oils, it does have the tendency to get into your eyes when you remove your mascara and eyeliner. I did get it in my eyes.  It didn’t sting and surprisingly it did not stay to film up my contact lenses.  I had that problem with the Sunday Riley Oil cleanser.  Once in my eyes it would stick to my contact lenses and no matter how many times I took the lens out and cleaned it, the film remained so the world was a cloudy place.  I wear disposable lenses so it wasn’t as big a deal as it could have been but It was something that bothered me. 

clean skin

This Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing oil did not have that problem. When it did get onto my contacts, it was easily rinsed away.  Perhaps it has something to do with the dual cleansing.  Speaking of which…

After I applied the oil over my makeup and rubbed it around on my face, letting it start to break down the makeup, I added water as specified and began to wash.  The cleanser did foam up a little and then rinsed off.  It took 90% of my make up with it when it washed off.  There was a little mascara and a bit of foundation left behind (toner pads don’t lie), but most of it was gone. My skin did not feel stripped and I had no issues with clogged pores. 

However, I still felt as though I needed to wash my face with a regular cleanser.  Especially after I did the toner test and found makeup remaining. My skin just didn’t feel all the way clean with just the cleansing oil, dual action or not.

It is a very good cleansing oil, but I needed a regular cleanser to follow. I enjoyed using it for the past month and will continue to use it moving forward.  It is one of those cleansing oils that is a good reliable product.  I may set this to the side to try other products, but I will return to it until the bottle is empty.  I have no problem returning to it and in the future I might pick up another bottle. While I am more of a cleansing balm sort of person than a cleansing oil, this is one of the better cleansing oils I have tried lately. While I am uncertain about the eight listed benefits in the description, it does meet my three criteria, It doesn’t irritate my skin (or do other damage), it takes off my makeup well, and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped.

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Calm and Clean

In the September Boxy Luxe I received the Cuccio Somatology Yogahhh! Calm and Clean Epsom Salt Hand and body wash with Lavender oil. I know, that is quite a name. And to be honest, i wasn’t certain about using the same product on my hands as my body.

I know. it is all skin, but the skin of my hands sees a bit more activity than some of my other parts and needs a slightly different product. But I am always game to try something new.

So, I looked the product up on the website…

CALM + CLEAN EPSOM SALT HAND + BODY WASH gently cleanses without dehydrating the skin.  Using the finest ingredients, Epsom Salt helps muscles feel reinvigorated and reenergized after the most intense of workouts.  The combination of Pro-Vitamin B5 + Shea Butter help keep your skin feeling moisturized post-shower.  Enjoy the soothing essential oil blend of Lavender Oil to help wash away stress and worry from the day, leaving the mind, body and spirit completely calm, renewed + restored.

I like epsom salts. When I was little we kept a jar of them in the house. Anytime you had a skin irritation such as poison ivy, you rinsed off any remaining oils from the plant (so they didn’t spread elsewhere) and then got to spend a large chunk of time soaking in a bath heavily laden with epsom salts. Because that is the trick with them. The longer you soaked, the better they worked. But you have to soak to get the benefits.

clear product in hand

I’m sure there are some benefits to putting them in a soap that you use and rinse off quickly, but given my past experience with epsom salts, I am not completely sold on this. However I’m guessing that the calm part of the title relates more towards the lavender oil.

And boy does this have some lavender oil in it. The only reason I am certain it is not pure lavender oil in the bottle is that it does foam slightly when you use it. Otherwise, it smells like lavender oil. Very strong lavender oil.

I like lavender but this was just a bit much for me scent wise. Still I figured the water would dilute it and so I put it to the test. I started with the shower. Here I used it like body wash. The hot water helped bring out the scent of the lavender before washing it away, which I didn’t particularly care for, but I managed. As a body wash, I didn’t particularly care for it.

It lathers slightly but not a lot. When rinsed, my skin did feel softer but it also felt like a little oily film was left behind. Combined with the scent, this was not a bath time product I enjoyed. While I don’t require massive amounts of foam from my products, I do want them to rinse off cleanly.

But there are two uses listed on the bottle. Hand and body, remember?

So I tried it on the hands.

the foaming action

The lavender scent was a bit much, but as I was only using it on my hands, the scent was not too overpowering. Because of so much hand washing and hand sanitizer, the oil aspect of this hand soap was appreciated. The skin of my hands really appreciated it. It didn’t dry my skin like my usual antibacterial soap. I still use my antibacterial soap when touching anything that came from out of the house, but it is nice to have a milder soap around for just normal handwashing, like if you just spilled honey onto your fingers when you made tea. So for those purposes it was nice to have around and I will certainly keep it around until it is used up.

It is however a product that retails for $39.95. As a body wash I didn’t care for it and while it is nice to have as a hand soap. I could just as easily use regular soap and then apply hand cream. For me to spend nearly $40 on this product it would have needed to be amazing. It did not come in as amazing, it came in as tolerable. So I will use it, and quite possibly reuse the bottle because it is a nice blue pump bottle (in fact the bottle is kind of my favorite part of the product), but I will not be purchasing a replacement.

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Trying out the Codex Beauty Bia Exfoliating Wash

I am a big fan of exfoliants.  I tend to use them about once a week, occasionally twice, depending on my skincare needs.  While there are several that claim they can be used daily, it is rare to find one that actually can be used daily without causing too much exfoliation to the skin.  The Codex Beauty Bia Exfoliating Wash claims to be a…

Gentle everyday cleanser that lightly exfoliates and tones skin. Bia Exfoliating Wash lightly exfoliates and tones skin, making it gentle enough for everyday use. Jojoba grains provide exfoliation without irritating the skin and castor oil helps clear pores and impurities and evens the appearance of skin tone. This wash never leaves skin feeling tight or dry and is clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin flakiness. Scent: Uplifting Grapefruit and Elderflower

I received this in a subscription box (Glossy Box actually) and I have to say the daily cleanser/exfoliate was a combo that I found interesting.  The deluxe sample was enough for me to use twice a day for two weeks.  It is a cream consistency with the particulates (the jojoba grains) suspended in the product.

I have to say that it was gentle enough that I could use it twice daily without feeling like my skin was being scrubbed raw. It actually did no damage and did exfoliate well. It is an extremely gentle exfoliate.  You can feel the jojoba grains in the product but they tend to break down a bit as you wash rather than break your skin down and stay solid hard particles.  I had no fears that I was doing any damage to my skin while using it.

The cleanser aspect of the product foamed well when rubbed into the skin, but not extravagantly. this is not a suds galore product. It is more of an exfoliating product that also cleanses. The cleansing part is very much secondary to the exfoliation, but at the same time I didn’t feel as though I needed to go back and wash my face after rinsing off the Codex exfoliating wash which is a big plus. Typically with exfoliates I use an oil or cleansing balm to remove makeup, then exfoliate if I am going to and then use a cleanser. This did eliminate the need for an additional cleanser.

So it cleansed nicely and exfoliated well, achieving both of it’s stated goals. I appreciate that. The only drawback I had with this product was the scent.  While it claims to be a grapefruit and elderflower blend, what I got was mostly castor oil with a slight citrusy back note.

It isn’t a bad scent, but I don’t think it is for me.  I can always tell when a product is really good but the scent isn’t for me (other than the scent) because I will reach for it and sigh. I know it’s just me in the bathroom so there is no one I need to be dramatic for, but it is something I always do. Good products with scents I don’t care for get the sigh, because I want to use them, I just can’t get past the scent.

In case you are wondering products that don’t work well but smell nice, don’t get the sigh. Those just get moved along. I think the sigh is a sign of disappointment, either for the product of for my inability to get past the scent to use the product that works well. Because let’s face it, I know me. I am very scent oriented. I may know this (or any other) product works well, but if I don’t like the scent I am just not going to reach for it. I can power through a sample, but not a full sized bottle.

While I think the Codex Beauty Bia Exfoliating Wash itself is nice and it does an excellent job of cleansing and exfoliating the skin, I don’t think I could take the scent of the product every day. 

I kept hoping I would get used to it, but somehow, I never did. Which is a shame.  It really is a great product and I love that it is a gentle enough exfoliating wash to be used daily.  It is one of the few products I’ve tried that have made that claim and been able to live up to it. I love that it uses natural ingredients and plant based preservatives. I love their sustainability ambitions.

But for me, the scent is the killer. I tried very hard, but I just can’t get past it.  So sadly, while an excellent product, a full sized purchase will not be in my near future. If I purchased it, the tube would just sit there because I would find excuses not to use it.  I will however, keep the efficacy of the product in mind and look at other products from the brand in the hopes that they work just as well but have a different scent to them.