Using the La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser

Cleanser is one of those skin care categories that is always there. I may forget to add my vitamin C or decide to skip my toner, but every morning and every night, I wash my face. I tend to do a double cleanse, removing my makeup with one product before I actually move into the daily cleanser.

So while this La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Face Cleanser does remove dirt and makeup, I tend to use it to remove the last traces rather than apply on top of a full face of makeup. I like for my toner pads to be as clean as possible when I use them post cleansing. And this certainly does the trick.

It is also mild enough that if I come back from the gym and a quick splash of water just won’t do it for me, I can use this mid day and not worry about overly washing my skin.

Creamy on damp skin

While it is a foaming cleanser, it comes out of the pump in a liquid form. What I really like is that the liquid is thick and you only need one pump to wash your entire face. When applied to the skin it actually applies like a cream. If you look at the picture you can see that you can apply it to your face and see where the cleanser is, making sure to get your entire face, without having it drip off.

I know that sounds like a weird thing to like, but I really do like that. I like knowing that i didn’t miss a spot. The foaming part comes with the water added on top of it. (I tried to get a picture of this but the bubbles kept sliding off). With the ability to make certain that I covered every spot and the foaming taking the dirt away with the bubbles, I always feel like I am getting a good clean.

With cleansers I always feel a little off when talking about ingredients. There are some, like salicylic acid that are great for breakouts and can, if over used, dry out your skin, however for the most part, cleansers don’t stay on your skin all that long and while I appreciate that the ingredients are in there, I am never really sure they are doing too much given the length of time they are on the skin.

Foamy with water

Having said that, this cleanser does have niacinamides, which I do like in my skin care, and like more the older I get. Niacinamides help build keratin to keep skin firm and smooth. I don’t know how effective they are in a cleanser, but I like the thought of them there. If you have a sensitivity to them, just keep in mind that they are there and that might not make this cleanser for you. I also like that it is sulfate free and fragrance free as even if I may wonder about the effectiveness of the ingredients, I do know that repeated use of fragrance can cause sensitivity and I am not a big fan of sulfates. Although I shouldn’t be surprised it isn’t in here. Toleriane is a line that is designed to be used for sensitive skin and specifically avoids using many allergens. While I am not overly sensitive, because of the gym I do wash my face more and find that the sensitive skin formulas do really help me out with preventing me from overdoing it while rinsing off the workout.

For me this La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Facial Cleanser is one that I return to quite often. While I do often order it from the La Roche Posay site, I like that it is also a cleanser that I can pick up at both Target and Walgreens if I need to. As I mentioned at the beginning, I may skip out on a toner or serum here and there, but I always use a cleanser. Occasionally I have run out when I thought I had a back up waiting in the drawer or I’ll try a product that just doesn’t work for me and needs to be swapped out immediately. I like having a cleanser I know will work for my skin available in a place I can easily run out to if need be. I still tend to order on line, but if necessary i can pick it up locally. It is definitely an extra perk.

Also a perk is the price. A 400 ml bottle of this cleanser is $14.99. I find this to be a pretty decent price for a cleanser in general. However, one pump is all that you need to wash your face each time and if you look at the top picture I have used about a third of the bottle in six weeks of steady use. That means each bottle i can get a solid 18 weeks worth of use from, which isn’t too shabby. Effectiveness, gentleness, price and availability all combine to make this a cleanser I will repeatedly purchase.

La Roche-Posay- ACD

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Trying out the Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder

Last week I started posting a weekly line up of my skin care products, not only so I could share what I am using with you but to show how I rotate products in and out of my line up. 

And because I can’t resist talking about skin care.

At least not for very long.

I will be shortening it up a bit as Friday’s post got a little bit long, but I wanted to break out some of the products in their own posts.  The first one I wanted to mention was the Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder.

It is a sample size and it arrived in my Ipsy Glam Bag on February 17th.  I began trying it out that very evening and this morning, March 15th, I used the last of it.  Tonight I will be opening my La Roche Posay cleanser. While not quite a month of use, I am only short by a few days so I figured it was worth breaking out into is own post.  Especially as I absolutely loved it.

I figured I should let you know that up front. It was an excellent cleanser. After using it, I can see why the Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder is one of their best sellers, despite its slightly clunky name.

But I am jumping the gun a little bit.  First, let’s look at the cleanser itself.  The word peeling had me a little nervous at first but as it is Amore Pacific I was somewhat at ease.  Their products, at least the ones I’ve tried, have all been excellent and more importantly my skin always reacts really well to them.  They are on the more expensive side so while I do save up and look for sales I also latch on to any sample sizes from the brand that even remotely come into my orbit.

I will in fact alter my orbit to scoop them up.

So, let’s look at what the official description of the Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder is from the Amore Pacific site.

A daily exfoliating cleanser with a powder-to-foam formula powered by plant-derived enzymes to gently remove dull skin cells, impurities and residual makeup.

This daily deep-cleansing exfoliator is formulated with papaya and green tea derived enzymes to remove skin-dulling residue for a brighter, smoother complexion. The water-activated, powder-to-foam formula leaves skin primed to receive skin-care ingredients that follow. Use morning and night, after removing makeup. The bottle is designed to dispense the perfect amount per use. Dispense powder onto your palm, add a small amount of water, and fully lather. Massage onto face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with warm water.


Amore Pacific

Now as I had a sample size, I did not have the dispenser that controls the amount of product let out.  I had a screw top and a guess.  Actually, I fiddled with the amounts a bit.  The interesting thing was that the amount of product you put in your hand determined the way the product felt on your skin.  If you used only a little (maybe a dime sized amount), you got a light foaming wash.  More product, maybe a nickel sized about – which was my typical use – produced a richer foam but was still a light foam. A quarter’s size or more of the pro made it a dense and creamy face wash.  While I liked the middle of that range, I tended to find myself going lighter with the product in the morning when all I was washing off were the remains of my sleeping mask and heavier in the evening when I was taking off makeup. 

That was more personal choice in product consistency on the skin than anything else.  I used the cleanser after removing my makeup.  It took off makeup remnants the same no matter how much or little I used.  I just liked the denser creamy feel when I was wearing more full coverage products that day.  Even if I used only a little I ended up with a fill clean.  I go in with toner right after my cleanser and the toner pads were almost devoid of any makeup residue. 

The foam produced by the smallest amount used (about half of what is pictured above) Sorry for the face I’m making, but i was trying not to get it in my mouth.

I really liked the feeling of playing with the product though.  It was fun to dispense it and decide exatly how much product I wanted.  I liked adding the water to it.  I thought that part might be a bit messy but it wasn’t  I cupped the product in my hands and used only a little drop of water then placed my other hand over it and rubbed.

Voila! Foam.

No messy drips or anything.  And because the product was dry in the package there were no clogged pumps or messy tops to worry about.  It was fun and clean to use.

But how did it work?  Well, it took off all the dregs of makeup easily.  It didn’t strip my skin although the peeling nature of it removed dead skin cells.  It didn’t leave my skin overly processed or create any dry spots.  I never once felt overly peeled. My skin is soft and feels amazing and except where I had issues with my eye cream, I had no breakouts during my trial of this product.  Not even in the masking area where I have been getting breakouts lately. I’d have a couple of spots where it looked like my skin wanted to think about breaking out.  I’d get a red spot and then after my night time wash and skin care followed by my morning skincare the redness faded and my skin decided not to break out at all. 

toner pad post use. This was after makeup removal of a full face of makeup and a wash with the cleanser.

Part of that is due to the fact that my skin is less oily than it is usually due to the winter, but I really feel that the cleanser taking off all the remnants of makeup really played a role in preventing break outs.   I know this is a bit of an unbalanced review but I really could not find anything I did not like about this cleanser. 

The toner pad pictured to the left is after use post wash. I did use the MAC Cleanse Off Oil and my MakeUp Eraser before washing. Normally even after removing my makeup and washing my face my toner removes the last dregs of the makeup from my skin. With this cleanser the dregs were very minimal.

The scent was clean and fresh, slightly floral, slightly fruity but not overpowering and quickly dissipating.  I really enjoyed this cleanser and will be putting it on my list of products I want to buy in the full size.  Actually with Amore Pacific it is the products I will add it to the list of products I am waiting to go on sale, it is actually the least expensive one on the list.  I have been watching the Time Response Skin Reserve cream for a while now.

I tried a sample and fell in love.  The fact that it is a $450 cream means love hurts.  It generally takes me a while before I can talk myself into the more expensive products I like.  I am sure I will have better luck with this $60 cleanser.  That, even if not on sale, I can generally justify for a personal treat.  Truthfully, sale or not, I might be making this Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder my birthday present to myself this year.  My birthday is at the end of June so I have some time to decide.  It is most certainly a possibility though.


The Makeup Bag: January 22nd, 2021

The Make Up Bag Used January 16th -22nd, 2021

Welcome my darlings to the weekly makeup bag post, where I discuss all of the products that I used on my face through the week and what I thought of them. This week I didn’t have to go anywhere.  I was working at my desk all week and while there were a few phone calls, none of them involved video.

And what did I wear on my week of only for me makeup?

Well I started with the Illamasqua Primer.  (The link will take you to the full primer review post). The reason I pulled the primer from the dressing table is actually due to a cleanser issue.  I finished up my Elemis Cica Foaming cleanser (which I adore and already have a second bottle waiting in the wings) so I decided to try out a Murad Acne Clearing Cleanser. I was having such good luck with the Murad Hydrating Toner I’m using that I thought it would be nice. And it started off nice.  It cleared up my blemishes fast, and then it dried my skin out something awful. The fault is really my own actually. The Toner is hydrating and the cleanser is acne fighting. It fought my acne, and once my face cleared I should have set it to the side. If I had done that, everything would be fine. But I didn’t, so my skin became overly dry. The product is fabulous and works exactly as it is supposed to, this was entirely user error.

So I have been packing on the extra moisture from trusted brands ever since. 

One thing this Illamasqua primer does is it hydrates as well as gives you a nice smooth base to work your makeup magic on. And this week was all about hydration.  When my Look Fantastic Box arrived and I found it was the spoiler for the February box I was kind of amused by the timing. While I like this primer, I can only use it in the winter. It is far too hydrating for me in the warmer months. But it is excellent if my skin is feeling winter dry. (ir if I’ve gone overboard on and Acne fighting cleanser).

When I pull the Illamasqua primer out of my dressing table I almost always pair it with the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lave Water Foundation.  It is Vegan, it is matte, it is fabulous on my skin. And it works well with this particular primer. This is one of my favorite foundations it is not a hardship to use it. I know I have been using a lot of tinted moisturizers and skin veils lately because I really do like them, but this primer needs an actual foundation so I was happy to turn to Pretty Vulgar. It works as beautifully as always. Although to be honest I probably need one shade lighter for the winter.

One of my new products to try this week was the Item Beauty Cheek Money Bronze Contour Duo in the shades Mood and Vibez.  I’ve never tried anything from Item Beauty. The packaging on this duo is lovely.  It has an orange ombre effect and it feels good to hold. 

Post bronzing

The product however is pointless.  In the picture you can see my face after I applied the bronzer.  I had a hard time seeing it.  I tried building it up, but to no avail.  The product swatches well, and with effort it can be applied in a solid line on the cheeks.  The small line you might see on my cheek is part shadow because the lighting at the time of day I did my makeup on the day I scheduled to take photographs was awful (hence the reason there are more product photos than my face this week) and part where I had yet to attempt blending in. As soon as you do any blending it disappears.  It never builds up it just fades away.  I tried both sides of the dup and had the same result with both.  This is not going to be a product I turn to again. It also makes me hesitant to try any more Item Beauty products.

For blush I turned back to my tried and true Ciate London Marbled Light Blush in Halo.  It is one of my favorite blushes and after the disappointment of the bronzer I was happy to have it.  It is a soft buildable formula that lets me decide how blushed I really want my cheeks and I really enjoy using it.

The Sleek makeup highlighting palette was a new to me product this week.  It features four shades of highlight.  Three of them disappear completely into my skin tone and one of them gives me a pinkish tint that I would like better as an eyeshadow. 

To be honest I might try repurposing this highlighter palette as an eyeshadow palette.  The shades simply give almost no highlight to my skin, providing more pigment than highlight.  I like my highlights subtle but for me, this just disappeared or left unwanted color on the skin. I’ll have to try it as eyeshadow and report back on how it does.  I really like the compact, but like the Item Beauty, the packaging is its best feature.

I had two powders this week, The Smashbox Photo Finish and the sample of the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores pressed powder.  Both were in my makeup bag last week, although I didn’t reach for the smashbox because of the tint of the foundation I was using. This week I used them both. 

I would definitely pick up the Smashbox photo finish fresh powder again and keep it stocked.  The It Cosmetics pressed powder however I will be using the sample up and then bidding it a farewell.  It is nice enough to use, but not something I feel is so nice that I need to stock it.  I would much rather repurchase my No. 7 Perfect light

I know I mention the No. 7 a lot but for me that is the test. I don’t have a problem spending $30 on a powder as I know it is a product I will use. Seriously, if there is one product in my makeup bag I will use even if I don’t use any other that day, it is my pressed powder. And if it is a good one then I will spend the money to purchase it. But the No. 7 Perfect light Pressed Powder is $12.99 and is absolutely fantastic. A pressed powder has to work as well or better than my No.7 in order to make the repurchasing mark, whether it costs more or less. I may not mind spending $30 on a really good product, but I won’t buy a cheaper one that doesn’t work just because it is cheaper either.  Several powders do make that standard mark, this It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder is just not one of them for me.

For the eyes this week I used my favorite KVD single eyeshadow in the shade Lolita. (currently KVD Beauty is having a sale. The link will take you to the site.)  I love the formula of this shadow and will happily use it repeatedly in a one and done look.  However, this week I chose it because I knew how it performed.  I paired it with the Thrive Causemetics brilliant eye brightener shadow stick in the shade Aurora.  I really liked the way the shadow stick performed.  (The link will take you to the full review of it.) 

I will be using this shadow stick quite often in the future and possibly looking into others from this line as well.  I wish they had some mattes in the line, but alas they do not.  I’m finding I really like using shadow sticks.  The problem is that all the ones I have are shimmers.  I don’t know if they even make matte shadow sticks, but that is something I will definitely be looking into.

New to me this week was The Estate eyeliner in black. It is a liner that starts off very black but went a little grayish by the end of the day.  It did stay in place without smudging and it dried quickly, it just went a little gray.  However the point of the liner is quite fine so if just lining your lash line if you move quickly then it is nice and thin.  It is not my favorite eyeliner, but it works. Just don’t plan to wear it more than six hours if you are going to do anything more than simply lining the lower lashes. This is not a liner I would turn to for a wing.

My brow pencil this week came from RealHer.  I’ve used it before and loved it, this time was no exception. I have to say the more products I try from RealHer the more I like the brand. The shade Eye Am Strong works really well for me.  And I am happy to keep this brow pencil in rotation.

30% off “You Are Brilliant” Pro Blush Palette! Available for $26.60, original price at $38.00. No code needed!

Currently RealHer is having a sale. The link is above if you are interested. I absolutely adore their Cheek Trio Palette and am actually close to hitting pan on the bronzer in that palette.

My mascara this week was the Pretty Vulgar The Feather’s mascara.  I initially purchased this because it looks just so beautiful. However, I love the way it performs and I really like the curve of the wand.  The mascara is not an overly dramatic one, but it is one that I can use to sort of punch up an everyday look without going too far with it.  It still looks office appropriate and not too after hours.  It doesn’t flake and it dries pretty quickly.

When they had the two for one sale back in November I stocked up.  While this is my second tube of this mascara, I have two more unopened just waiting for their chance to be used.  It is gorgeous packaging that houses a really fantastic product. Right now they have a Mystery box sale going on that you might want to check out. I have tried two products from them at this point, the mascara and the foundation -both in this post actually – and I love them both.

No mascara on the left, mascara on the right

Finally, this week I went with the Sugar Crush Liquid Lipstick in the shade Sprinkle.  In a surprising note, it was my only lip product this week. I know my darlings, take a moment and recover from your shock. But yse, there was only one lip product this week.

It is a really nice shade and once on the lips it dries down almost completely.  The dried down part means I am not leaving lip prints everywhere, but the ‘almost’ dried down means that it doesn’t make my lips dry and sandpaper like. 


It is a fantastic liquid lip as far as performance goes.  It smells like cake batter and this particular color is a nice neutral that goes with a lot of everything. This is one of those formulas that I could actually see myself collecting the entire lip line. It shouldn’t surprise me, it is a Tarte Cosmetics product and I always have really good luck working with their products. I was just very impressed by how this dries down so it doesn’t leave lip prints everywhere but doesn’t turn your lips into sandpaper. It is a very fine line and they walk it well.

I did forget entirely to add a setting spray this week, in case you are wondering about it’s absence.

So that was my makeup for the week my darlings.  I learned my lesson on timing though. The sun hits that window at a certain time of morning and while the light is actually really good for applying makeup, it is just horrid for taking photos of the process. I’m still learning on these posts so I hope you’ll bear with me on the photos. I promise to work harder at getting better. And as always if there is anything that you would specifically like to see, let me know.

There were some tried and true favorites this week. There were also some stand out newcomers and some absolute bombs.  Quite the exciting mix actually. Next week, I have one scheduled conference call so I won’t be making up just for me.  Because of that I may lean on more tested face products next week.  But I won’t really know until I sit down with my makeup bag and start choosing products. I can’t wait to see what makes it into next week’s bag.

Pretty Vulgar Make up

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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