Using the Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar

For a little over a month I have been using Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar in my skincare line up. (currently it is on sale on the Skinstore Website, if you are interested in it, they have a massive 4th of July sale going on right now as well for other Skincare related items – I’ll link it below.)

As you can see the jar is simply lovely to look at.  It is heavy glass and feels very luxe in the hand and looks great on the skincare shelf.  I received this product in a Boxy Charm box a while back and when I did I just received the jar.  In looking at the site page for the product, it shows that the company does include a spoon/utensil with the product.

While I didn’t receive one with mine, I appropriated a small spoon from the kitchen because this product needs one in order to use.  The consistency of the product is not the sort where you can really dip it out with your fingers. 

In general I don’t like dipping fingers into skincare products because of possible contamination. I like using s clean spoon or spatula to get the product out and then after use I wash the spoon or spatula.  I just find it better than contaminating the whole jar with other serums or cleansers or anything else that may be on my hands at the time.

With this product, the spoon is less optional and more of a necessity.  The consistency is more like marmalade than a cream or a gel and because of the jar shape, were I to use my fingers by the time I used the nectar down to the half way point  in the jar I would have a hard time reaching it.  The mouth of the jar is narrow so a spoon is the way to go. 

That is not a complaint.  I actually like that the jar is shaped in such a way as to protect the product and that its shape and consistency force you to use the spoon rather than forget and use our fingers.

But the jar is hardly the point, as lovely as it is.  So let’s look at the product. According to the website…

A healing ointment-to-serum, quench-it-all hydrator that soothes, nourishes and helps repair the skin’s barrier.  Powered by our Proprietary Dutch Tulip Complex and a bouquet of earth-sourced botanicals, apply it anywhere your skin needs extra love. Try it as a moisturizing sleep mask—you’ll wake up with skin fit for a queen. NO Parabens, NO Sulfates, NO Phthalates, NO Fragrance, NO Synthetic Dyes

Skin type: dry, combination, sensitive

Skin concerns: dryness, dullness

INGREDIENTS: Glycerin, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water/Aqua, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylyl Glycol, Phospholipids, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower, Marrubium Vulgare Meristem Cell Culture, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Isosorbide Dicaprylate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Panthenol, Tulipa Hybrid Meristem Cell Extract, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Lactate, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Butylene Glycol, Rumex Occidentalis Extract, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Dextran, Nonapeptide-1

Bloomeffects

Okay the first thing you need to realize is that no fragrance does not mean that this product does not have a scent. It does.  A rather strong one actually. It is just a natural scent.  It smells a bit like tulips, but to be honest, the scent I get from the nectar is vaguely cinnamon-y. I really like the scent. It smells vaguely desert like without being sweet. There is no accompanying sweet scent that makes the word sticky spring to mind.

As you can see from the ingredients list, there is no cinnamon listed.  There is a lot of good stuff listed as well, like sunflower Seed oil, Silk Amino acids, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C. All very good.  There is also a proprietary tulip complex in there that is supposed to help moisturize.  Moisturizing and brightening are this product’s main goals. 

And it does them very well. 

I had an interesting journey with this Nectar though.  The first week I used this Nectar every night and it worked well.  The second week, I found that every night was too much and that I need to drop it to every other night.  By the third week I found that once a week and additionally on nights when I spent too much time out in the sun, was when I needed to use this product.  In the fourth week the trend held steady. 

I think that this is one of those products that is too much moisture for my skin to take on a day to day basis.  I think that when I first started using this product, my skin was just coming out of a dry season and getting used to being in the sun again and so the extra moisture was a fabulous addition.  As my skin recovered I needed less and less of it.  I like this nectar on my skin and found that I had no adverse reactions to any of the ingredients, however I think for me, it is a post sun or once a week mask in the summer time.  I think in the winter I would use it more often, maybe a couple of times a week.

My skin falls into the middle range generally referred to as Normal.  Occasionally I can fall into a Combination category.  What that means for me is that my skincare tends to be seasonal.  I am dry in the winter and oily in the summer and Spring and Autumn can vary by the day. This is very much a dry skin product. 

However, I have found that after too much sun it does work well in my personal recovery pairing.  Lately I have been reaching for the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha to put on my face after too much sun. I’ve found the Artemisia or Mugwort really helps sooth the skin.  After soothing, a little bit of this Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Nectar on top of the absorbed essence really helps with post sun recovery. 

If you have dry skin, I think you would really like the moisturizing effect of this product.  If you have oily skin, you might want to avoid it.  It is defiantly a moisture bomb.  When I use I at night it is the last step of my skin care routine and I have to apply it at least twenty minutes before laying down.  The twenty minutes gives it enough time to at least partially absorb so that it isn’t smearing off all over your pillow.  Some probably will go on the pillow, but if you apply it early it will be more absorbed into your skin than your pillow case.

All in all I did enjoy using the Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar, however I think I am going to adjust my usage to a once a week or post sun treatment rather than attempting to use it as part of my daily skin care regimen.  My skin simply doesn’t need that level of moisture.


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Let’s talk First Aid Beauty…

I’ll be honest, I know a lot of people look to First Aid Beauty as one of those Ride or Die Brands. I have Friends who have used them for years, love them and would never consider using anything else. I have tried a few products from them and generally put them in the ‘I’ll use it if it comes in a subscription box, but I won’t go out and buy it.’ The products seemed okay, but easily forgettable.

Until now.

And I have to say, I absolutely love it. For the past month i have been using the Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer from First Aid Beauty. The jar I have is 1.7 fl oz (I think that is a deluxe sample size, but I’m not certain. It might actually be the full size. They have several sizes available on their website.). After about a month of use, I am about half way through the jar.

My skin is in the ultra weird category most brands call Normal. A fact that always amuses me. What it boils down to is that how my skin acts depends more or less on the seasons. I can get away with using the same products in spring and autumn but summer and winter are entirely different. In winter I lean towards dryer skin and in the summer I lean towards oily.

Half gone after a month of use

This moisturizer from First Aid Beauty has the thinner consistency I like with my summer weight moisturizers. I simply couldn’t use this in the winter time. It is slightly thicker than a water cream but not as thick as a gel cream. With oil control products, even in the summer time, I have to be careful because many of them are designed for skin much more oily than I become.

In the product description First Aid Beauty Claims

This oil-free cream instantly mattifies and delivers weightless hydration without clogging pores.

This ultra-light formula provides optimal hydration for oily skin without leaving a greasy after feel. Oil-controlling ingredients deliver a powder soft finish, help minimize the appearance of pores and keep skin shine-free all day.

In the first week, it applied well, absorbed fast and didn’t make me feel greasy. Generally the first week with an oil control product is fine. It is the second week where issues start cropping up. So I kept an eye out. I looked for overly dry spots, flaking and redness. None occurred. I continued using it and after a month, it is still performing well.

It absorbs into the skin but doesn’t overly dry me out. There is no real scent to the skin so if you have issues with fragrances in your skincare you should be fine with this. I have to say that after using this First Aid Beauty Oil Control Moisturizer for a month, it actually meets and eve exceeds everyone if its listed claims. This is one First Aid Beauty Product that is going on my repurchase list. It will only go on my summertime skincare list though. While I do like the hyaluronic acid in the list as well as the oat and licorice root, I only really need oil control products in the summer and this would simply be too lightweight for me to use once the seasons turn. For now though, it works and it works well. I will happily continue using it for a second month thus finishing out the moisturizer. While our summer heat won’t have faded by then, hopefully the moisturizer that follows will prove just as summertime worthy.

For those that enjoy First Aid Beauty Products, the Skinstore has them all on sale right now. In addition they have a program that gives back helping to pay off student loans. As I took quite a long time to pay my own off, that is a cause I am happy to help out with. I’m just glad i now found a product I like enough to reorder so i can. The details are all on the Skinstore website with links to specific products and programs.

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Trying out the Pearl Brightening Sleeping Mask from LAPCOS

Recently I have been using the Pearl Brightening Sleeping mask from LAPCOS as my final touch at night.  Make no mistake, it is not a night cream.  Night creams tend to have a thicker consistency so that they can slowly soak into the skin overnight.  This sleeping mask has a much thinner consistency to it.  It is a light cream that oddly reminds me of a water cream as far as texture goes.

According to the Lapcos website…

Our Pearl Sleeping Cream features a 2-in-1 formula with a convenient spout that makes it so that you can enjoy the brightening, skin tone evening efficacies at home or on the go. For an even and energized appearance, this balancing formula revitalizes dull, lackluster complexions come morning. Pearl Extract & Glycolic Acid both lightly exfoliate to clarify skin and reveal a glowing complexion. Bilberries contain both strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to even and resurface the skin tone, and defend against spot-causing environmental aggressors. 

How to use:  After face cream, apply the cream evenly across face (avoiding the eye area) as the last step of your nighttime skincare routine. Cleanse in the morning with warm water. Use two times per week or when needed.

Now, I am currently using a moisturizer that is a day cream. I do have an actual night cream on hand as well. I have about half a tube of the Grown Alchemist Night cream left.  It is a good cream and I need to write a full review of it, but basically I like it, but needed a break from the heavy floral scent of it. I can only take the scent for so long before I have to put the cream away. However, for this I can rotate it into use if needed since I know it works well.

Here is the thing with this sleeping mask. If I used the sleeping mask as the last step over the day cream that I am currently using (111Skin’s Y Theorem Day Cream) then I had to use it every night because the day cream really isn’t enough of a moisturizer for night time use. If I tried using the sleeping mask over a night cream (Grown Alchemist) then is never really absorbed.  The night cream basically had it covered and the services of the sleeping mask were not needed. 

And so the mask sat on my skin.

Well, actually the mask absorbed into my pillow case and now my pillow case has a grease spot from the side of my face. I’m hoping it washes out when I do laundry this evening.

I tried the sleeping mask on its own without the day cream as sort of a replacement night cream, but I just didn’t like it.  The sleeping mask absorbed almost all the way, unlike when I paired it with any other product, but it didn’t feel like my skin was getting the correct level of moisture. 

For me the trick with this mask was finding the right balance.  It couldn’t be used in conjunction with a night cream and it couldn’t really be used on its own.  So I had to use it after my day cream absorbed in simply because my day cream wasn’t providing enough moisture for the night. 

I really wanted to like this mask.  I would love to have an affordable sleeping mask that I could just have on hand.  This one is very affordable, but I’m afraid it just isn’t for me. Perhaps if I had much drier skin I would be able to combine it with a night cream and be happy, but even when my skin is at its driest, it isn’t dry enough for this sleeping mask.

This is a sleeping mask for people with really dry skin.

I would much rather just get a good night cream and skip the sleeping mask.  It would have been a lot less trouble. I am all for adding a variety of products to my list.  I don’t mind having a long and detailed arrangement of skin care products.  when it comes to skincare I am not a minimalist.  However, if an item is on my list, then there is a clear benefit. Sleeping masks have a benefit.  I have tried several that I really like.  This just isn’t one of them.


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First Impressions: A trio of Moisturizers

First impressions of Kiehl’s Calendula serum infused water cream, Shiseido Essential Energy Gel Cream and IT cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion

Because it takes at least thirty days to actually see any visible effects of skin care on the skin, I’ve decided to break down sample sizes into a first impressions sort of post. While these sample sized moisturizers didn’t last long enough to show results, they did last long enough to let me know if I wanted to give the full sized version a full trial.

Today we have three moisturizers: Kiehl’s Calendula Serum Infused Water Cream, It Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion, and Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Gel Cream

Let’s start with IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Cream. This was the shortest of my trials as the product only lasted a little over a week.  As the name suggested it is a gel cream.  It has a light fresh scent and it absorbed well into the skin in a reasonable amount of time. During my week using this gel cream it felt like a gel cream. 

IT Cosmetics product

There was nothing wrong with it, but it didn’t wow me. There was really nothing that made it stand out over other gel creams. It was also only of use to me as a day cream.  It simply wasn’t moisturizing enough for night time use. 

This isn’t an automatic deal breaker for me as I don’t mind a separate night cream, but it is something to keep in mind. Using this, you may need to get a second night cream. Would I mind using it again? No, I wouldn’t mind at all.  Would I go out of my way to pick up a full size of the product for a full trial? No.  It was good, but not a stand out.

Next up we have the Kiehl’s Calendula Serum Infused Water Cream.  I recently tried a mask from Kiehl’s Calendula line and really enjoyed using it (the link will take you to the full review), so I had high hopes for this moisturizer.  When you open the jar, you can tell it is a water cream.  It is a much thinner consistency than the gel creams.  I don’t mind the consistency, as long as it absorbs well in a reasonable amount of time.  This water cream has a somewhat floral, yet oddly lemony scent to it. 

I rather enjoyed the scent to be honest.  In fact, it was my favorite part of the cream. While I like that this cream only needs a little to work, it does take a while to absorb into the skin. If you are in a rush in the mornings, this probably isn’t for you. It is the sort of moisturizer you put on and then leave the bathroom to attend to other things before coming back and applying your makeup.

Also despite the time it takes to absorb, on me it was only a day cream.  It wasn’t moisturizing enough to let me set aside my night creams. While I did like the scent, I think for me this was a pass.  I will certainly be returning to the Calendula Petal Infused mask, but I will not be purchasing the water cream.

And this leaves us with the Shiseido Essential energy Moisturizing Gel Cream. I have to say this is not my first time with a sample from Shiseido.  I generally like their products, but with Shiseido it always comes down to scent.  Everything I have ever tried from Shiseido is highly fragranced.

This cream is as well.  It is a lightly sweet floral scent.  While the scent is not cloyingly floral and has an almost fruity scent mixed in, it is very much present.  I happen to like the scent, but if you are thinking about picking this moisturizer up, you really need to take into account your own sensitivity to scent.  Because it is such a strong and present scent, I would recommend trying a sample before purchasing.  The floral notes are not rose based, or at least they don’t seem so to me.  They seem more in the lily family to me, with maybe a hint of plum. 

Shiseido Cream

The cream itself is a typical gel cream consistency.  The scent that is so strong in the jar fades almost immediately upon contact and the cream absorbs well and quickly into the skin.  Only a very little of the cream is needed and in fact this sample size lasted a hair over three weeks. 

I really enjoyed it on my skin.  In addition, I found that when using it I didn’t need a separate night cream every night.  I found I could use a night cream or sleeping mask twice a week and this cream the rest of the time and be perfectly hydrated.  This is a cream I am adding to my list of products to try in the full size.  I very much enjoyed my short time using it and look forwards to doing a more extensive trial with it in the future.

For now, all three containers are empty and are making their way to the empties bin. The Shiseido will definitely return, the Kiehl’s definitely won’t and the It Cosmetics is a maybe. 


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Trying out the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel

The full package with lid in place

A while ago I picked up two mystery boxes from the Glossy Box annual mystery box sale.  At least, they’ve done the sale a couple of years running and I am really hoping it remains an annual sale. Regardless of sale frequency, my premium mystery box ended up being the Limited Edition Rodial box that was released earlier in the year. 

When the box was released, it interested me, but it came out when I was concentrating on my holiday shopping so I put off my personal interests while I conducted my holiday gift buying and by the time I finished shopping for others, it was gone. So I was quite pleased to have it reappear as a mystery box. 

without the lid: the entire red part at the top depressess and product is dispensed through the hole in the top

The reason I was so interested in this box is because I have tried a couple of sheet masks from the brand and always came away with mixed reviews. Essentially the sheet masks had excellent serum, but the material from which the masks were made was too stiff to adhere well to the face.  I was hoping that by trying more products I would get a better feel for the brand.

In my mystery box was a mascara, a bottle of cleansing water, two sets of under eye gel patches, two sets of lip masks and this Sculpting gel, all from the Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood line. The mascara I will be opening soon and the cleansing water makes it Mimsy Skincare Shelf Debut this evening as I emptied a micellar cleansing water this morning, so I will have to get back to you on those.  The under eye gel patches were okay, but not my favorite and the lip masks were similar to the sheet masks; great formula, horrible execution.

This leaves us with the subject of today’s review: the Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what a sculpting gel was when the item arrived.  I thought it might actually be a hair styling product and thought it strange that it actually came in what looked like a skin care container.  So I looked it up.

Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel is an innovative sculpting gel that helps to define facial contours and add volume to sagging skin. Dragon’s Blood forms a second skin-like protective film, renowned to protect against external aggressions, reducing redness and inflammation.

Gently massage onto a cleansed face and neck and allow to absorb thoroughly. Use morning and evening.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Laureth-4, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Lupinus Albus (White Lupin) Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Dehydroacetic Acid, Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, Geraniol, Potassium Sorbate, Linalool, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Sorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Anemarrhena Asphodeloides Root Extract.

Rodial Product page

What it breaks down into is that it is sort of like a creamy serum.  You apply it before your moisturizer, let it sit and then apply your moisturizer on top.

Okay, so knowing what to expect, I took the container into the bathroom to add to my skin care shelf and try it out. 

I will say right off that the lid drove me crazy during my use of this product, but I loved the design of the rest of the package.  The lid is just a clear plastic cap with no intents, no ridges, nothing to actually grip and it just pulls off and pushes back on.  It is super simple. 

Until you have anything whatsoever on your hands, from water to other product. Then you become a monkey trying to get an acorn out of a bottle when it won’t fit through the bottleneck. As I wash my face and used other products before reaching for the sculpting gel, it was a morning issue. In the end, I just started taking the lid off before starting anything so it was ready to go, which solved the issue.  I only really mention it because it was the only minor annoyance with the packaging.  The rest of the package was great.

the three parts, the pump mechanism to the left, the main jar in the center and the plastic lid to the right

It was one of those push top pumps where you press down and the product is dispensed on the top of the plastic.  Then you just swipe your finger across, gather the product and apply it to the skin.  There is no contamination of the product and it stays safe from the air.  The only packaging I have seen like this is with the Drunk Elephant Products.

While it is a fantastic design, it does take up space which meant there was less product than I thought there was going to be, which made me a little sad. This is a travel size and it lasted me three weeks. 

I know, I have been trying to list sample sizes that last under a month in the first impressions category instead of giving them a full review and only breaking out full sizes that last at least a month so I could see results, but quite frankly I couldn’t resist talking about this.  While thus far I have been sort of on the fence about how I feel about the Rodial masks, there is nothing on the fence about this Sculpting gel.

It is fantastic.

The scent of the product is slightly citric and quite frankly reminds me of a pack of smarties (the American Kind, I’ve added a picture in case you are confused). The scent is faint and fades almost immediately.

Smarties, and yes that is my skull cookie jar where I keep candy hidden

The texture of the sculpting gel is like a light gel cream, which sort of goes along with its name.  It absorbs rapidly into the skin and makes the skin feel amazingly smooth. I thought that as it sort of looked like a gel cream that moisturizer would feel like too much when placed over it.

It was not. 

Moisturizer went over it well and when using this sculpting gel I found that I liked the moisturizer I was using better.  I used this sculpting gel with a couple of trial sized moisturizers.  There was one I didn’t particularly care for, but when I used the Rodial first, I liked it a lot better. Which more or less just means I liked the Rodial Sculpting gel.  It is one of the reasons I kept having to pause my use of the Rodial.  I needed to get a feel for how other products worked without it along. 

All the cream that was left for the picture

The same applied to the products I used before the sculpting gel.  While the Rodial Sculpting gel may have gone on before my moisturizer, it went on after my serums, toners and other pre moisturizing products. 

And I have to say I really liked using it in conjunction with them as well. The sculpting gel worked well with every product I tried. There were no interaction reactions that I noticed.  While the product did not last long enough for me to see lasting results, during the time I used it, my skin felt absolutely fantastic.

In case you are wondering why my photographs aren’t as illustrative as they usually are, I did not realize the mechanism from the pump took up so much space so I thought there was more product inside then there actually was.  So in using it I thought, ‘Oh I still have time to take product pictures’ and then I ran out of product. It was most upsetting.  There were only 0.3 fl oz listed as being inside the jar so it was a true sample size. The full size contains 1.7 oz of product and costs $108.

Rodial is a pretty pricey brand and I have to say, this is the only product from them that I can see justifying it’s price.  The sheet masks, under eye gels, and lip masks are all pricey for their category and I would give them a pass.  This Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel I would purchase in a full size.  It is actually going on my “Ideal” list.

For most products, skincare, haircare, makeup and so forth, I generally classify products by answering the question: would I buy again or in a full size or would I pass on using this product again?  A few products not only make the repurchase list but make the “Ideal” List.  This is the list of the products that would go into my Ideal Skin Care (or makeup or haircare) bag.

Sometimes a product stays on there for years.  Other times it makes the cut and then is eventually replaced. Partially, it is replaced because of new products that I try and how I feel about them, but sometimes due to my skin’s changing needs.  Occasionally, it is because the product is discontinued. 

I may not always stock my ideal products (because skin care goes bad and I like to try new things) but in my mind the products on the Ideal list are the products I compare other products I try to. With this, it is almost a cheat because I don’t know of any other products specifically in this category.  I know that my skin felt softer and more nourished and there was a slight tightening of the looser skin around my jaw line.

So perhaps the category is broader than I think and encompases more premoisturizing creams. Because quite frankly that was one of the bonus points for this cream. It not only worked well with my skin, but it went over serums and under moisturizers, causing no trouble and enhancing both. 

I do know that if I do come across something similar, the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel is what I will compare it to. I also know that Look Fantastic tends to put different high end skin care brands on sale throughout the year.  Rodial is usually one of them.  While I would definitely purchase this product, given the high price, I will probably wait for the sales. Sale or not, I do know that I definitely want to see this product return to my skincare line up.


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Also for those shopping Eyeko has a 25% off deal going right now when you buy two or more products and Elemis has a deal going until February 12th.

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Trying out the Kopari Coconut Face Cream

I started using the Kopari Coconut Face Cream back in December and I have to say this is one of the hardest reviews I’ve had to write.  I used the product for a month and then sat down to write the review. 

My mind was a blank.

I set it to the side and tried out other sample sized moisturizers while I tried to figure out what to say about it. Then I came back to it, used it a few days and sat down to write up my review, again.

But before I get into that, let’s see what it has to say for itself…

A rich facial moisturizer packed with fatty acids to help nourish, hydrate, and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier for a more youthful appearance

Locks in moisture, soothes inflammation, and protects skin from environmental stressors

Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, promote collagen production, and restores elasticity

Lives up to Kopari standards: Dermatologist-Tested. Non-Irritating. Non-Allergenic. Cruelty-free. Phthalate-free. Sulfate-free. Paraben-free. Safe for Sensitive Skin. Non-Comedogenic.

Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (ORGANIC Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Carbomer, Tocopherol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrolyzed Soybean Fiber, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower/Leaf (ORGANIC Chamomile) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (ORGANIC Green Tea) Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel (ORGANIC) Argan Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract, Butter Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood/Iliahi) Wood Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis (Melon) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC) Aloe Vera Leaf Juice

Kopari Website

Now if you look at that long list of ingredients there are quite a few good ones listed on there.  Coconut, Camomile, Green Tea and Argan oil are all quite familiar in skin care products and all quite nice to see.  I tend to prefer argan oil in my hair products than in my face products, but I don’t mind it in a moisturizer. I was somewhat excited to see the list when I first started testing out the face cream.

Then I tried it.

The Kopari Coconut Face cream isn’t bad.  If it were bad it wouldn’t be hard to talk about at all.  I’d feel bad for breaking it down, but I would be able to do it. 

the cream on the hand

Likewise if it was a good product I would be able to extol its virtues and obsess about its ingredients.

The problem is that it is neither good nor bad.  It is so very middle of the road that it is kind of hard to talk about.  It is like the skin care equivalent of a Playmobile vegetable.  You look at them and you know what it is because it looks like a three dimensional illustration of a vegetable, but it is neither good nor bad, just representational of what you could expect a vegetable to look like in real life.

That’s what this cream is.  It smells kind of like vanilla infused playdoh to be honest. But while it isn’t a scent that attracts me, it isn’t a scent I find repellant. It is a lightweight texture that is slightly thicker than a gel moisturizer, but not quite a thick cream moisturizer. It absorbs relatively quickly into the skin and it moisturizes without being greasy as long as you apply it in moderation. Too much and it just sits on the skin. I did like that it came in a tube so that I could squeeze out as much product as I needed without contaminating the rest of the product. when traveling I do prefer the moisturizer in tubes as I don’t worry about them shattering so if I were traveling that would be a plus.

massaged into the hand

I can’t tell if it protects from environmental stressors, but when I did have inflammation on my skin, it didn’t really do any soothing. My red spots stayed red.  It didn’t irritate them though.  It didn’t do any noticeable plumping to create a youthful looking texture.  It did work well as a hydrating day cream.  It wasn’t substantial enough for me to use as a night cream, but in the day it was fine.

And in the end that is all you can say about it.  It was fine. It is a moisturizer that moisturized.  It caused no damage to my skin, but it also had no real noticeable benefits beyond moisturizing.

Would I get this moisturizer again? 

No.  While it was fine, I have come to expect more from my moisturizers.  I have tried so many that have been better than this moisturizer. In all fairness I have tried many that have been much worse as well. And while I didn’t find the playdoh like scent of the product too objectionable to use, it isn’t one that I would seek out in my skincare.

Do the final review is that the Kopari Coconut Face Cream was fine, but not for me.



Library of Flowers Honeycomb Hand Cream

I know I often complain about getting hand creams in subscription boxes, but the truth is, there are often just so many of them and a lot of them are relatively indistinguishable. 

I do use a lot of hand cream, more now than I used to because of all of the hand washing, so the complaints are mostly because I often feel as though I am stockpiling.  I dislike feeling like a hoarder or the thought that product might go to waste because I just didn’t get to it in time.

However, the Library of Flowers Honeycomb hand cream is not only one I enjoy, it is one I often think of in much the same way as I think of a perfume. The tube of cream retails for $20 and while the cream itself is in a painterly metal tube, the tube comes in a lovely decorative box.  

And yes I did buy a second tube for myself as you’ll see in the photo below.  I also bought a couple as gifts at the same time and figured since I liked it so much I would go ahead and add a second one for me into the cart.  It is a hand cream I enjoy enough that I know I will use it.  And the pretty boxes made it ideal for quick gifting. 

While I work alone, my darling dearest supervises a couple of people, two of whom are women in their fifties.  Because they work with archival materials they were constantly washing and sterilizing hands even before the pandemic, so hand cream was always going to be a good gift. (There are often complains about the industrial type lotion they keep at the office). This was pretty enough to serve as a gift and appropriate (especially this year) as a small office gift. Especially since they both know me and knew I picked it out as well as it being a general theme in their office.

But now that I’ve told you I like it enough to repurchase and to gift, let’s look at the official description

Cast of Characters: Top: Sugared Fig, Middle: Ambrosia Honey, Bottom: Royal Bee Blossom

Description
Divinely creamy. Sublimely scented & irresistibly soft: sweet, silky joy is at hand! Specially crafted to dissolve quickly into skin, generous amounts of Cocoa Butter & extra-conditioning Shea Butter deliver deep hydration to parched skin. A replenishing pick-me-up, restorative Macadamia Nut and healing Avocado Oil infuse this unique formula with superior soothing power.

Key Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Avocado Oil, Elderflower Extract.

Do you see what I mean?  The description reads very much like a perfume.  And to be honest when I use this cream, I specifically don’t wear perfume.  Given the ingredients I would be surprised if it didn’t absorb well and make the skin silky smooth. 

And it does absorb well and quickly.  The cream has a light texture and isn’t heavy even though it performs like a heavy duty cream. I think the oils tend to lighten up the butters. Admittedly, that is just my theory and one gleaned more from baking rather than product production. Regardless, it is a lightweight texture.

It is really good on dry rough spots and overwashed hands. Even though it is fragranced, I had no irritation from the fragrance on my over washed hands. I have also found that I can apply this on my legs for a hit of moisture and if I start with the legs and then apply it on my hands and arms then I have no problem pulling on a pair of leggings because the cream will have completely absorbed.

The second (new) tube next to the one in use

That’s sort of my test for quick absorption. Sometimes leggings or tight jeans will stick if pulled on over just lotion-ed limbs.  If I start with the legs, then moisturize the hands and arms there wasn’t a sticking problem.

The scent is lightly floral and slightly sweet with lightly earthy back notes. To be honest it smells like Royal Bee Blossom, Honey and Fig. Which shouldn’t surprise as it is exactly what is listed in the description.

Truth in advertising, what a concept!

The green scent of the fig actually balances out the flower and the honey so that the scent is sweet without being cloying.

While the scent comes on a bit strong when it is first applied.  After a moment or two it fades back so that you really only smell it if you lift your hand to your nose. Basically, as the cream absorbs into the skin, the scent fades. It remains present throughout the day, but it is a close to the skin sort of scent.

Of the multitude of creams that have come my way recently this is definitely in the top five and currently one of only two that I have reordered (The Cake Milk Made is the second in case you are wondering). I am very happy to have this hand cream around.



Is Youthquake by Marc Jacob’s worth it?

I have been a fan of many Marc Jacobs products for a while. I have a bronzer that I will use down to pan and when I found I still had a Velvet Noir Mascara still in my dressing table I squealed with delight. So I was very interested when I found out that Marc Jacobs was delving into skin care. I was even more pleased when I managed to get my hands on a jar of the Marc Jacobs Youthquake Moisturizer (retail $59). I have been using it for the past month and now it is time to share my thought on the product with you. First, a little about the product.

A multitasking moisturizer, with powerful pineapple enzymes and encapsulated sodium hyaluronate, that provides deep hydration and retexturizing results for a glowing, makeup-ready canvas.

Have it all with Youthquake. This multitasking moisturizer has the perfect combination of moisturizing and retexturizing results. Why bother rehydrating dead skin cells? Smooth away rough texture and reveal a fresh surface that’s ready to receive major moisture magnitude. Formulated with 54% enzymatic pineapple water and 5% encapsulated sodium hyaluronate, this innovative gel crème gives you an instant glow and lasting hydration for up to 24 hours. Most suitable for normal to dry skin, Youthquake’s hydrating formula with a full-bodied gel-crème texture and creamy tropical scent melts luxuriously into skin. With the addition of antioxidant-rich starfruit and dragonfruit extracts, the nourishing formula results in a makeup-ready canvas that looks smoother, plumper and more youthful.

Ingredients:
ANANAS SATIVUS (PINEAPPLE) FRUIT WATER, AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, C14-22 ALCOHOLS, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-100 STEARATE, ISOHEXADECANE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, DIMETHICONOL, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, XANTHAN GUM, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, POLYSORBATE 80, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, MICA, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, SORBITAN OLEATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, GLUCOSE, SELENICEREUS MEGALANTHUS FRUIT EXTRACT, BROMELAIN, AVERRHOA CARAMBOLA FRUIT EXTRACT, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), YELLOW 5 (CI 19140).

Marc Jacobs Website

Okay, first off – the packaging. It is gorgeous. It has a sleek and sophisticated look to it. I love the rounded edges and the way the product seems to hover in the jar. It is not a hardship to look at on the skin care shelf. I also like that inside it has a secondary lid to protect the cream from air and unwanted contaminants.

The scent of the cream is delicious. It is a tropical coconut pineapple blend. It is mixed with the scent of cream so that it doesn’t feel like you are smearing a cocktail on your skin. And the scent is light enough that it is not overpowering. It does linger though. You can smell it on your skin for a little while after you apply it. If you have issues with scent, you may want to think about that before trying it out. (or get a sample before committing to a full sized jar)

The texture is thick and creamy. Usually, in the winter I like thicker creams so that wasn’t an automatic dealbreaker for me. This cream is not just thick though. It is heavy. I would not be able to use it in the summertime. If I had very dry skin then maybe, but my skin just can’t take that much moisture in the warmer months.

I started out using the cream both day and night. For the first week I was fine. It was a heavier cream than I was used to and I applied much less during the day then I did at night. That first week it worked like a dream. Even though it is on the heavy side, it absorbed well and I felt any of the rough spots I from summer sun damage rehydrating and smoothing out.

Because it is so thick, I found that putting it on my hands and rubbing them together to warm the cream up slightly before application helped it absorb more quickly. Otherwise there was a lot of rubbing on my face as I waited for it to absorb in. That is more common in thicker creams, so I didn’t have a problem with it, I just have to remember to warm it first.

By the second week I realized that while I was still applying this cream normally at night, for day time use I was dipping a finger in to get as little product as possible on my finger, then rubbing my hands together before applying. It was simply too much for my skin during the daytime and I was beginning to see breakouts.

I stopped wearing it during the day and used it only at night for the rest of the trial, using a lighter weight day cream during the day. The break outs cleared up so I was happy.

For reference I have what is amusingly referred to as Normal skin. It means I balance on a very thin line with my skin’s needs changing with the seasons and sometimes the weather of a particular day. My activities during the day also have a greater impact on what product I use. In the summer, I lean more towards oily and in the winter I lean more towards dry.

As a night cream, the Marc Jacobs Youthquake worked well for me in the moisturizing department, combating the dryer air of the central heating system. I don’t mind a thicker cream at night, in fact I prefer it. I like putting on a thicker night cream and letting it soak in while I sleep. That way I can go with a lighter, more quickly absorbing cream during the day. That helps cut down my getting ready time while not depriving my skin. It absorbs well into the skin and really left me feeling hydrated.

Some of you may have noticed that with this post, there are no before and after pictures with this moisturizer. That’s because the only thing this moisturizer did was moisturize. While I felt hydrated and could feel no dry patches, it really didn’t do much beyond that.There was no minimizing lines, and quite frankly I’m pretty sure any resurfacing action was done by my exfoliators. This is not a multi tasker, at least I did not find it to be so.

It hydrates, that’s it.

With a night cream this doesn’t bother me. I really like using exfoliators and serums and then finishing off with a hydration bomb that sinks in overnight. As such this worked. It is simply too heavy a cream for me to wear during the day. I will continue to use it as a night cream until it is gone.

To be honest, it is one of the better night creams I have tried in a while in terms of moisture and I would keep it around just for that. I suspect that it would also be good for me in the summertime after a day with too much time I the sun. It wouldn’t be an every night use as it is in the winter, but it would be an occasionally welcome addition to my skincare arsenal.

At the moment while I have several moisturizers that I like, the list of night creams I enjoy is rather short and this does top the list. I would consider repurchasing only to use as a night cream and to be honest, really only if it went on sale. I think that at full price I would probably pass it up, but I could easily see myself tempted into a purchase by a sale, especially if I don’t find a better night cream. (That search continues). I would probably add it on when purchasing a bronzer or a mascara rather than seeking it out on it’s own. Kind of a while I’m here, and since it’s on sale purchase, not something I would stalk to wait for a sale. (To clarify). I like the scent of the Marc Jacobs Youthquake and I like using it as a night cream, especially in the winter. It moisturizes well, but overall it falls short on all of the other claims.


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Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask

Recently I have been using the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask. I have an interesting history with Glow Recipe products.

I know everyone raves about all of them, but for me they are very much hot or miss. The Blueberry Bounce cleanser was okay, but not fabulous. In fact I forgot I even tried it until I went to write this review and then had to double check. Generally that is not a good sign. If I liked a product, even a little I generally tend to remember it. The Blueberry Bounce was completely forgettable.

The Watermelon Sleeping mask was really good, but only in the summer months.  I ended up not liking it once the weather grew cold.  I just don’t think it provided enough moisture for my skin when the winter arrived and the central heat kicked on. It was a sample size though and I do have a full sized one to try out once this has been emptied. The Watermelon Ultra fine Mist did very little for me.  It was cooling after I’d been on a walk but truthfully I prefer the Avene Facial Spray. It may not smell like watermelon, but it is cooling and soothing. Its one of those products I go through a lot of but always forget somehow to write up. Also as they tend to move around the house, when empty they are placed in the recycling instead of my empties bin. It is something I need to get better about. I do highly recommend the Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray though. It is a $9 product that beats both Evian and Glow Recipe in my book.

But that isn’t the point.

Night Cream is the point.

And I am always looking for a good night cream. Retinol is very good for my skin so I am very glad that is a label mentioned ingredient. (It can also be sun sensitizing so generally use it at night as a precaution). So on with the night cream.  According to the Glow Recipe site…

The retinol of your dreams is here to make all your radiant and plump skin dreams come true. The Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask is a creamy, nourishing mask formulated with antioxidant-rich avocado, exfoliating PHA, and the most gentle form of retinol, encapsulated retinol. This super gentle, yet effective mask works to reveal smoother, hydrated skin with each use. Use as a wash-off flash facial or overnight mask for deep recovery.

Full Ingredient list: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, C9-12 Alkane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyisobutene, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, C13-15 Alkane, Platonia Insignis Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Hexylresorcinol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gluconolactone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Malachite Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxypropylsulfonate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer, Maltodextrin, Hydrated Silica, Curcumin, Ethylhexylglycerin, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Retinol, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Sodium Phosphate, PEI-10, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Arginine, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Flavor/Aroma*, PVP, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol. *Natural Fragrance

Glow Recipe

There are a lot of really good ingredients in this night cream and to be completely honest, I really enjoyed using it. Avocado features heavily in the top ingredients which should be expected (despite all of the really long terms surrounding it). Ginge is also up there too as is my buddy Squalane.  There are also a lot of preservatives and antibacterials, which as I’ve seen avocados go black and mushy within moments of being sliced, I’m really certain is a good idea.

inside the jar

It is a thick cream.  It sort of has the consistency of mashed avocados to be honest.  I found that rubbing it between my hands helped in warming it up before putting it on my skin.  It is more moisturizing than its watermelon counterpart and in the cooler weather is where this product shines. When it is warm outside, I found it a little too heavy unless it was on the days where I spent too much time in the sun. Then I felt like a raisin and this was the perfect night cream. I think that is again my middle of the road skin showing it’s more obstinate side. If you have oily skin, I think you could still use this at night, I would just use less. If you have dry skin, just use more. I like heavier creams in cold weather so for me, this is a winter use night cream.

Not a lot is needed and if you warm it up in your hands before applying it to your face then it absorbs very quickly into the skin.  If you don’t, then it takes a little longer.  As night cream is the last thing I put on my face and I tend to read in bed after putting it on. The absorption rate was not a big deal for me either way, but it does absorb faster when warmed.

While it didn’t clog my pores and didn’t really have much of a scent, there was one issue that bugged me about using this product.

The jar.

the cream itself

While it is a cute shape and the dimples in the glass make it very easy to grip, the shape of the jar itself insures that once you have used the product down to a certain point, it is difficult to get out of the jar without a spoon or spatula.

Maybe I just have short fingers, but I reached a point where I needed something other than my fingers to extract the product from the jar.  It is just the way the jar is shaped.  Which is really annoying because so much thought seems to have gone into the rest of the jar.

The dimpled glass makes it easy to grip even with wet hands, the lid turns smoothly and easily.  It is great, except for getting product out once the level drops a little past the midway point of use.  Don’t get me wrong, I will still use the rest of the cream, I have just appropriated a spoon in order to do so.

I think because everything else works so well, that one design issue stands out more.  I think it is a good product, one of the best Glow Recipe Products that I have tried thus far actually.  I will use it down to the bottom of the jar, using my appropriated spoon to extract all of the product, and I will purchase this night cream again next fall when the weather once again turns cold. That is when this kind of night cream works best for my skin. All in all I am very pleased with this Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask.


Today is not only Veterans Day (happy Veterans day to all who have served in the armed forces, including several of my family both past and present. I hope you are having a fabulous day. In my family it is usually a day of gathering where fried chicken is eaten and Thanksgiving plotted out. Dishes are divided out and an official turkey day headcount is made. Alas that is not this year’s plan, although I suspect the fried chicken will still be eaten.) but it is also Singles day and sales aboud. Some sales start this morning and some this afternoon. Some actually started last Friday. It’s a wacky year. Anyway for those wanting to take advantage of these, I will be posting some of them below and again later in the afternoon as they become active. They are also mentioned in the ads. If you are trying to get things ordered before the crush of Black Friday/Cyber monday this might be your best chance. Happy shopping.

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Trying out Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

I know I have been hitting the sample moisturizers pretty hard lately, but once I finished this Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 Moisturizer, I shifted into opening a full sized face cream (the Marc Jacob’s Youthquake to be exact) so more full sized moisturizer reviews will be coming shortly. Plus my skin really needs to settle in with a longer moisturizer trial so I can change out some of the other products and have it remain stable.

Incidentally Lovely Skin has SkinCeuticals products on sale during the Singles Sales. In fact most products on their site (including the one I’m currently reviewing) are 22% off. It is a really good place to stock up on a variety of skin care as they offer a boat load of brands and products to choose from so you can pick up a lot of different items and just get them shipped together. I’m finding these days bundling items so that I am waiting on fewer packages is the way to go. Plus they have free 2-3 day shipping on most orders. I am a sucker for free shipping. And despite all the post office mehem, everything I have ordered from them this year has come arrived in a timely manner. Which at this point is kind of a minor miracle.

But moving on to today’s review.

This sample sized tube of the Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 Moisturizer had a little over a week’s worth of product inside. According to the website…

Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is an anti-aging cream that contains the optimal and patented lipid ratio of 2% pure ceramides 1 and 3, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% fatty acids, which is proven to nourish skin and correct signs of aging. This unique lipid correction cream contains the first 2:4:2 cholesterol-dominant ratio to help restore skin’s external barrier and support natural self-repair, while potently nourishing aging skin for improvement in the visible appearance of skin smoothness, laxity, pores, and overall radiance.

  • Restores essential skin lipids: ceramides, natural cholesterol, and fatty acids
  • Improves the look of skin fullness, texture, and pore appearance
  • Improves the appearance of skin evenness and overall radiance
  • Unique lipid stabilization system in a lightweight and fast-absorbing texture
  • Shortens the adjustment period to retinoids up to 1 week while reducing dryness (see Science & Proof below)
  • Paraben-, and dye-free
  • Ideal for aging, normal, and dry skin types

Ingredients: aqua/water/eau, dimethicone, hydrogenated polyisobutene, glycerin, cholesterol, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, ceramide 3, helianthus annuus seed oil unsaponifiables/sunflower seed oil unsaponifiables, bis-peg-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, sodium polyacrylate, peg-10 dimethicone, nylon-12, lauryl peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, dimethicone/peg-10/15 crosspolymer, phenoxyethanol, disteardimonium hectorite, hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid, ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, chlorphenesin, caprylyl glycol, peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone, propylene carbonate, disodium edta, acrylonitrile/methyl methacrylate/vinylidene chloride copolymer, adenosine, dipropylene glycol, lavandula angustifolia oil/lavender oil, rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil/rosemary leaf oil, t-butyl alcohol, mentha piperita oil/peppermint oil, sodium citrate, linalool, isobutane, ceramide eop, bht, tocopherol, limonene, d182888/1

Skinceuticals

Now I will have to say, I have no idea why cholesterol is good for your skin.  It does amuse me that it is considered good for your skin as so many people have demonized it because of heart health care.  And I can see why, I am not making fun of needing to cut down on cholesterol.  My baby doll in particular has to watch his cholesterol.  What I find amusing that what is bad for your heart is good for your skin.

I will say that I did try the moisturizer before I read through the ingredients list.  The first thing I was struck by was the scent.  I know when am I not interested in the scent?  Still, I sniffed and smelled peppermint. It isn’t like a toothpaste peppermint, it is a light peppermint scent.  It smells like I stored the cream in a bag with my mouthwash and the lids were a slight bit loose.  Dental care adjacent maybe would be the correct term for the strength of the peppermint. 

And as my moisturizer generally sits on the side of the sink next to my toothpaste, I’ll admit,I did check the cap. No leakage.  Then I checked the ingredients and found waaaaay down on the list, peppermint oil was mentioned. And the mystery was solved.  No cross contamination at all.

It is seriously a light scent though and once I knew why it was there, it was quite pleasant. It is a white cream, but there was no white cast left on the skin.  The texture is thin enough that it absorbs really quickly. It didn’t leave a greasy film on my skin and it didn’t clog my pores.  Now a week of use isn’t enough to provide any real skin care results, but I really did like the way my skin felt when using this moisturizer.  My skin was hydrated without being greasy and the peppermint scent dissipated almost instantly.

I was actually sad when this sample size ran out.  My only draw back was at night I think I would want a little bit more moisture for my skin. Not much more though.  I was only reaching for my night cream every couple of days rather than every night.  I think if you lean more towards the oily side, you could use this and not need a separate night cream, if you were more on the dry side of skin care, you might want to just use this as a day cream.

Like I said, I didn’t use it long enough to actually see any results, but I did like this cream enough that I am willing to put it on my list of products I’ve sampled that I do want to try out in a full size. This has definitely made my list for a future full size review.


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