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.

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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.


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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

OSEA

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?

Limeade.

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="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=hHyMhrojQEw&offerid=838904.50&subid=0&type=4"><IMG border="0" alt="Target advanced signs of aging on the neck with SkinCeuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair. Now available at LovelySkin!" src="https://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=hHyMhrojQEw&bids=838904.50&subid=0&type=4&gridnum=16"&gt;OSEA Ocean Cleanser at any size you pick it up.  The travel size is good if you want to give it a go (and it is significantly less expensive than the full size) and see how your skin works with it.  Like I said, I have picked this up repeatedly in the travel size. It is one of those products that consistently makes my hits list.  If you are looking for a spurge sort of cleanser, this is the one I would go for.


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

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

full face of makeup

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

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

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

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

Yensa

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

Cleansing oil over makeup

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

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

water added to foam the oil

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

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

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

clean skin

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

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

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

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


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Trying out the Codex Beauty Bia Exfoliating Wash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Washing it away with the Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk

Purlisse Blue Lotus 4 in 1 Cleansing Milk

At this point the cleanser was the only product I hadn’t tried from Purlisse’s Blue Lotus line and I was happy to give it a try.  After all the rest of the line worked out really well for me.  The Blue Lotus Moisturizer by the way is a really good light weight moisturizer that is pretty good when your skin is transitioning from summer to autumn, or autumn to winter for that matter.

As many of you may know I am always leery of products that claim to do more than one thing.  While the 4 in 1 name may imply that it does more than one thing, I believe it is just referring to the ingredients and their benefits. 

As the description reads…

Removes makeup, while gently cleansing and toning skin

Blue Lotus extract is a powerhouse antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits known to combat against free radical damage, White Tea helps rejuvenate skin, Soy Milk is rich in amino acids & maintains skin elasticity, Whole Oat calms & soothes sensitive skin

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So the four in one really relates to the blue lotus extract, white tea, soy milk, and whole oat not multiple tasks.  This cleanser has only one real task.  It is a cleanser.  And a pretty good one at that.  While I used cleansing oil to break down my make up, this cleanser then came in and washed away all of the residue from the makeup and the cleansing oil.  My skin was clean and refreshed but never stripped. 

I have to say it was both odd and appealing to use this cleanser.  The previous two cleansers were both foaming ones.  The first was  from Elemis and was fantastic, the second foaming cleanser I tried was from Kylie Skin and was horrible. It was a relief to transition back to a really good cleanser, but strange not to have a foaming one.  As you can see in the pics it is a creamy consistency and while it does get a little bubbly on the face, it is not terribly foamy. 

It is very cleansing though.  I accidentally squeezed a little too much out of the tube in this photo.  I actually needed a little less to get my face clean.  If anything that is the downfall of this product.  Because it is a squeeze tube it is very easy to dispense more product than you need.  There isn’t any damage to your face.  It’s not like your skin is going to complain that it is too clean, it is just a waste of the product.

I think I would have a little more control with a pump. But that won’t stop me from picking this up again.  The Blue Lotus 4 in 1 Cleansing Milk is $36 and I believe that is a fair price for both the amount of product you get and the quality of the product.  I would certainly have no problems using this product again.  For now I am going to use the last of the product up and swap it out for the next cleanser waiting in the wings.  It is an Olay one from the Regenerist line in case you are wondering.

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Province Apothecary Moisturizing Oil Cleanser, Does it take the day off without stripping the skin?

I enjoy double cleansing.  In fact I really like making a big multistep moment of my skin care.  So many things seem to be streamlined in an effort to save time.  And I get that, time is often a rare commodity.  In many cases I am all for streamlining. 

My skin care isn’t one of them.  While I like when products have more than one benefit, I am leery of products that try to tackle too much. I would rather have an array of skin care items that I use in order, each with its own special focus, than one super powered product that mostly does the job of three products, but only really does one thing well and is sort of meh on the other two.

Plus, I really like the night time ritual of skin care products It is a time to not only calm down and slow down, preparing myself for sleep, but also a small stretch of alone time. Especially now that everyone is spending more time in the house.  A little solitude is a very good thing. In fact I may have been extending some of my nightly skin care rituals to create just a few more minutes of alone time.

I love everyone, I’m just not certain why I’m the only one who knows where everything is located. Alas, it seems I am.

But that is another mystery, now we discuss removing makeup.

So, as I mentioned, I don’t mind double cleansing.  In case you just used a regular face wash ain your routine and are wondering what the point of double cleansing is, the purpose of using a cleansing oil or balm before washing your face isn’t really to completely blitz away the makeup.  It’s job is to break the makeup down so it can more effectively be washed off. 

Then a regular cleanser can be used to not only wash the remnants of the oil and makeup residue, but to actually clean the skin, washing the face instead of washing the foundation. If you’ve ever used just a cleanser and then went in with a cotton round to tone your face and come away with a cotton round covered in foundation, that is one of the reasons why.  Your cleanser needed an enforcer.  Which is the makeup removing oil or balm’s job.

They are the hefty bouncer sending the waterproof mascara and 24 hour foundation out of the door at closing time, even though they don’t want to leave the dance floor.

But what are the claims for the Province Apothecary Moisturizing Oil Cleanser?

Transform your skincare routine with our purifying organic oil cleanser. Use daily to thoroughly remove dirt, make-up, and pollution without disrupting the natural pH of your skin. High in antioxidants and vitamins A, E and omega-3, this cleanser keeps skin well hydrated. The blend of pure plant oils won’t clog pores, dry out skin or cause irritation, making it ideal for all skin types including acne-prone. 

Uses Avocado Oil | A rich, viscous carrier oil that deeply penetrates the skin to fight dryness, dullness and dehydration and Raspberry Seed Oil | Very high in linoleic acid, a fatty acid found to be lacking in the sebum of acneic skin, the oil also works to smooth and replenish the skin’s moisture barrier. 

INGREDIENTS

Sunflower Seed Oil*,  Jojoba oil*, Avocado oil*, Evening Primrose oil*, Raspberry Seed oil*, GMO-free Vitamin E, Rosemary leaf extract, and therapeutic essential oils of Bergamot, Lavender*, Frankincense* and Petitgrain. *Certified organic ingredient.

Province Apothecary website

Over all I found it to be a pretty good cleanser. I like that it is clean and organic. It even won an award.  It was chosen as a Best of Green Beauty 2016 by The Detox Market. When I used it, I dispensed the product into my hands and then rubbed it on my makeup covered face.  Then I went in with my dry Makeup Eraser and wiped off most of the broken down make up before moving on to my cleanser. 

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This cleanser worked well with water proof mascara and pretty much every foundation I tried while using this product. The cleansing oil worked very well with almost all of my lip products.  The only one that defeated it was the Clarins water lip stain in red. 

But as the Clairins stain defeated every product thrown at it including lip scrubs for three whole days regardless of the product, I don’t think that can be held against it.

The moisturizing nature of the oils meant that my face didn’t feel stripped as the make up broke down.  Sunflower seed oil, Jojoba oil and Avocado oil all work really well with my skin so I really shouldn’t be surprised. It didn’t clog my pores or break me out in any way and it washed off without residue.

I have but one issue with this product. 

Scent.

I just don’t like the scent of bergamot. It has been an ongoing issue with me as the scent of bergamot was around my whole life.  I actually used to think I didn’t like tea because my mom loved Earl Gray and it smelled so strongly of bergamot that I couldn’t drink it.  I love black tea, I just can’t stand bergamot. 

Turns out I am not a big fan of it in the cleansing department either.  While I did use this cleanser and enjoyed the effects, the scent was a real struggle for me.  I did finish the bottle and the product did perform well. (unlike the Kylie Cleanser I tried a few weeks back that smelled bad and worked poorly).

While I will not be purchasing this cleanser for me, I do think that I will be picking this up for my mother.  It is a good product.  It works really well, I just can’t get past the scent.  She on the other hand will adore the scent as well as enjoy using the product.

Plus her birthday is coming up and I really like sending her a kind of health, wellness, beauty bundle so she can have a self-care moment with products I know will suit her, but that she might not have tried yet.  As she isn’t going to get her spa day on her birthday this year, I know she will enjoy it more.  Plus, it sort of fits with her bathroom esthetic.  She uses blue glass dispensers for soap, shampoo and conditioner as well in her bathroom.  Between the bergamot and the blue glass this was almost tailor made for her.

Although it is not a product for me, I am glad it came my way as I can now add it to my list of gift giving ideas. While there are always a few standard ‘you can always get me more of this’ products, I always like adding new products to the list. The Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleansing Oil came to me in a Petit Vour box a few months ago. It wasn’t last month as I will be switching to the oil that came in last month’s box now that this sample has been used up. I think the Province Apothecary was two months ago.

I know it came in with the Ursa Major 3 minute Flash Masks (which are absolutely fantastic). This far I’ve really been liking the Petit Vour selection of products. There have been a couple of duds of course but over all the winners have far out weighed them. I’m still dipping my tow into some of the clean beauty products and learning more each day. It is an entirely different world for me and most of the companies Petit Vour sends I’ve either heard of only in passing or have never heard of so it is especially nice to give them a try. and also one of the reasons I evaluate the products I receive in the box each month is to see if I am still enjoying the box and if it is worth keeping the subscription. Thus far, this subscription has proven worth the price and I can’t wait to see what they send my way next.


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Cleaning up with Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Purifying Cleanser

This summer I have had more issues with clogged pores and acne than I can remember having in the past five years combined.  While stress is almost always guaranteed to break me out, masks and an extra hot summer of sweat haven’t helped anything. So I have been adding a few products here and there to try and help out my skin where I can. 

To be honest the Peace Out Skincare acne patches have been a lifesaver.  On a day when I know I am going to be at the computer for most of the day, I can apply them and let them work to pull some of the more stubborn, deeply buried clogs to the surface for me.

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However finding the right cleaner has been important as well.  My top three cleansers at the moment are The Elemis Cica Superfood Foaming Cleanser, the Osea Ocean Cleanser and the Fresh Soy Face cleanser.  However as much as I adore those products and will continue to keep them around, I needed to look into a product that is a little more targeted towards breakouts.

And so my darlings, I put my favorites away for the turn of the seasons when my skin will hopefully return to its normal self and when I stop sweating buckets. While I’m sure my quest is far from over, I decided to start with Dr. Brandt.  The Pores No More Pore Purifying Cleanser to be specific.  While it was a choice item for the August Boxycharm box, I didn’t choose it and instead picked it up as an add on.  Despite shipping concerns it actually arrived on my doorstep less than two weeks after I ordered it so I have been testing this out for a few weeks now.  In fact I probably have only a couple of week’s worth of product left in the tube.

But before I discuss my opinions, let’s see what the product is designed to do. According to the Dr. Brandt website this cleanser is…

A non-drying, pore-refining cleanser that removes makeup, residue, and dead skin while helping to banish sebum and decongest pores. Skin feels fresh and mattified, without any drying sensation.

For oily/combination skin

It is ophthalmologist tested, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic and safe for contact lens wearers. It is formaldehyde free, paraben free, phthalate free, synthetic fragrance free, and mineral oil free.

Results To Expect: Dissolve impurities, oil, residues, and debris to purify skin, Maintain a clear-looking complexion, Exfoliate dead skin cells, Wash away excess sebum for less shine, without any drying sensation, Clean and purify skin to feel fresh, Help minimize the appearance of pores and refine skin texture over time.

Wow that is kind of a lot. First of all, I can vouch that it is contact lens safe as I didn’t have a single problem with my contacts in this cleanser at all.  Which I appreciate.  Not every cleanser can boast that.  There have been a few that have left a film on my contacts when I wash my face.  Usually it isn’t a problem but some of the oil based cleansers have been problematic. 

The product has a creamy gel like consistency. It looks a little runnier here as my hands were very wet and the water began to mix in.

I also appreciate that it is free of a whole bunch of other stuff that I don’t really want to put on my skin.  Let me pause here for a moment and add a little detail about my skin. 

My skin tends to fall into the normal slash combination arena.  Now I know some of you think ‘wow I have to fight with oily or dry skin all year long so that sounds great’.  In a way yes, but in a way no.

What it means is that I end up with seasonal skin care.  In the summer I lean towards combination to oily skin and in the winter I skew more towards the dry end of the spectrum.  Spring and fall I have straight up normal skin (and fewer issues) so since I can use the same products in the spring and fall I have three seasons of skin care in my world. 

I also should point out that some of it is location based.  I currently live in Tennessee where summer is hot and humid.  When I lived in Texas the heat tended to be a dry heat so I was always trying to get moisture into my skin regardless of season.  In New York environmental issues were a big factor and in Wyoming wind was the biggest factor of all.  It beat hot, cold dry and humid. Because of a lot of wind burn I avoided almost all exfoliants when living there.

Anyway that was just more or less to pin point where my skin sort of resides on the spectrum to help you orient yourself as you read this.  At the moment, I tend to be a little more oily than the rest of the year even if I am not truly oily. I think if I were, I might have liked this product more.

cleanser on face. It foams slightly but not a lot and it does rinse off cleanly with little residue left behind.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good cleaner and I liked using it. It washed well and rinsed off clean which I appreciate.  The scent is a bit on the medicinal side, which I think is due to the tea tree oil.

I tried this cleanser, using it as I would any other cleanser, once in the morning when I first wake and then again after I used a cleansing balm to remove my makeup. The first couple of days it worked really well. I could see red spots where breakouts were imminent face and my skin in those areas become smoother.  Used in conjunction with my toner and the Peace Out Skincare Acne Patches, I started seeing some results in my skin.  Things started to clear up a bit.  I still had clogged pores along my lower orbital bone and chin, but everything else started clearing up. It did very little for the existing break outs though.

Then, my skin started getting a bit dry. I switched to only using this once a day, in the morning, and using my Elemis cleanser at night.  The drying stopped and my skin looked pretty good.  I still have some issues in my two problem areas but the random stress break outs have eased a lot. 

I have had this issue before.  Because I am kind of on the balance between skin issues, things sometimes work for me and sometimes don’t.  It’s one of the reasons I’m a big believer in getting sample sizes to test out and why I adore subscription boxes. This Dr. Brandt Cleanser is geared towards oily/combination skin.  I have normal/combination leaning towards oily skin at the moment so I could use this once a day to help me with oil control, but no more or it was too drying. 

It is the curse of being in the middle.  There are products for oily/combination and dry/combination, and I have to figure out which works best for me in the moment.  If you have oily and problematic skin I can see this might be something to look into.  It is an excellent cleanser, it was just a little too drying for me to use as an everyday cleanser.  I will use up the rest of this product with my once a day wash however. 

By the time it is gone, the summer might hopefully be starting to edge into fall and my skin will once again start transitioning with the seasons.  As masks are a part of our reality that will be staying for a while, I will look for other products to help me with my trouble spots.  (I really do think the masks are in cahoots with the stress to add to my usual problem areas.) 

I do know that once the seasons change this will be too drying for me to use.  I might put it on my list to repurchase at the beginning of next summer though as I think that if this product was used at the onset of my oily season, it might be a more successful deterrent to clogged pores than a removal of them. The breakouts it had the most success combatting were the ones just beginning to form. It was the already existing breakouts that it didn’t really help with, at least with my skin. So perhaps this would be used at the first sign of trouble rather than a continuing combatant. At least for me. 

While I will keep this in mind for later use next summer, for now, the search will continue for acne and maskne controlling products.


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A face full of foaming fun

Elemis Superfood Cica Calm Cleansing foam

There is something just plain fun about using a foaming face wash.  Dispensing a plethora of foamy white into your palm and smearing it all over the face is just kind of an amusing thing to contemplate.  Well for me anyway.  Recently I have been using the Elemis Superfood Cica Calm Cleansing foam calming micellar cleanser and I have to say, I have been loving it.

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The scent is fresh and clean, the foam is fun and my skin feels fantastic. I know I shouldn’t be surprised.  I always seem to have good luck with Elemis products. They are just really well made. I think it is the fact that it is a foaming face wash that makes me think ‘Fun’ instead of functional.  But it is quite functional. 

According to the product page…

Cleanses, Soothes, Balances Packed with fermented Superfoods and formulated with Micellar Technology, this soothing foaming cleanser easily removes all traces of makeup and impurities, leaving the complexion looking calm, balanced and fresh. Infused with soothing Biotransformed Cica and nourishing Fermented Green Tea Seed Oil. Leaves the skin feeling purified and refreshed. Vegan-friendly and 100% sulfate-free formula won’t leave skin feeling dry or tight

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I have to say I agree with all of that.  Even waterproof makeup came off easily and cleanly with little left on the toner pad to pick up.  There were as always a few traces of mascara under the eyes but  they were light smears that were gone with one extra pass of the wash cloth.  While I loved the fun of the foam, I also liked that I didn’t have to rub really hard at the sun.  I just lightly massaged the foam into my face and the makeup came off. 

Now I have to say, I looked up Cica because I wasn’t sure what it was and  to be honest I thought it sounded a bit like a shortened form of cicada.  I knew it wasn’t because the product is listed as vegan. So putting something not vegan on the label would seem really odd.  So I looked it up.  Cica is short for Centella Asiatica.  It’s an Asian medicinal herb that looks a bit like a clover.  Its main uses seem to be calming inflammation, being an antioxidant and enhancing wound healing.

I’m not entirely certain what the biotransformed part is and I couldn’t find any details on that.  But I will say, I am a big fan of this cleanser.   While I find the cleanser great and the foam fun, I have to say the practical side of me really likes the fact that you can lock the pump down. So if you decide to travel with it, Elemes will not befoaming all over your travel bag and its contents. It will be locked down tight and remain in the bottle until use. I love that feature. Disturbingly, not all pump products come with it. Personally I think they should.

The Elemis Cica Superfood cleanser is definitely in my top three cleansers at the moment.  The other two in that top tier are the Fresh Soy face Cleanser and the Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser.  I like all three for different reasons, but if I had to rank them I would say the Elemis beats the Fresh Soy Face cleanser by just a smidge and is running about even with the Malin+Goetz (that citrus scent is hard to beat in the mornings – I think my ideal would be to use the Malin+Goetz in the morning and the Elemis at night.) Not that it’s actually a competition, but if it were all three would need a photographer and a stop watch to call the race.  I would happily use any of these three on any given day.  I think it goes without saying that I will definitely be repurchasing this cleanser again.


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Reviewing Blueberry Bounce from Glow Recipe

Nope my hand is not massive, its another of the travel sizes I’m using in my collection

I picked this up as one of my add-ons for IPSY thinking it would be the perfect size for a short trip and take up much less space in my bag than my regular sized cleanser. Plus I had never tried a Glow Recipe cleanser before and I like to use the travel sized versions to get a feel for a product before I commit to an entire full sized bottle. I find it helps me waste less product. I can try things out on my skin and decide if it is right for me as travel sized products generally have enough inside them to allow me to do just that.

I have a mixed reaction to many Glow recipe products. While they all work well, sometimes the scent gets in the way.  I’ve loved all of the watermelon scented items I’ve tried (both scent wise and product wise) but with the Pineapple serum it was another story.  While that one worked really well and I loved the way it made my skin feel, I just couldn’t get past the scent.  Every sniff told me I was smearing sticky sweet syrup on my face and I just couldn’t take it. So when I picked up the Blueberry Bounce, I was more worried about the scent than how it performed.  So I opened and sniffed.

Would it be sweet as pie or subtle and clean?

The scent was oddly familiar, yet I couldn’t place it. I took a second sniff.  After a moment of thought, I knew exactly what it smelled like. Does anyone remember those Strawberry Shortcake dolls from the 1980s that had a scent to their plastic bodies?  I think it was somehow impressed into the plastic so it had an odd fruity, plastic smell? Well Strawberry Shortcake had a friend named Blueberry Muffin.  This Cleanser smells exactly like that doll, although I think the plastic scent comes from the bottle not the product.

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I have to admit, I find the scent oddly appealing.  More importantly it isn’t too sweet for me.  I don’t feel bad about using it to get clean. So, now that I know the scent doesn’t bother me, what claims does it make?

This 3-in-1 cleanser functions as a makeup eraser, daily face wash, and a deep clarifying mask too. It’s got a totally unique texture—a light, bouncy gel that builds into hydrating, micro-foaming bubbles that deeply cleanse without over-drying your skin. Once you rinse, your face will feel supple, not stripped of moisture. It’s loaded with antioxidant-rich blueberry extract to protect skin and soothe inflammation. A mix of gentle exfoliating acids get rid of dead skin cells for clearer skin and smaller pores. This clean formula is free from parabens, mineral oil, sulfates, silicones, phthalates, and synthetic dyes.

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I can say right away, it does have an odd gel like texture. The gel sort of melts a little in your hand, but never really becomes a liquid. I suppose it might if you hold it a long time, but I don’t know why you would hold it that long.

On the face, it became more soapy than foamy which I guess is what they are calling mirco foaming. It washed my face well and rinsed off without leaving a residue on the skin.  When I used it after removing my makeup, it was a nice gentle cleanser.  It performed well.

When I tried using the cleanser with make-up on however, the cleanser did well with face make up, leaving only a little behind, but it was not very good with mascara or darker red lipstick. To get those off I had to go back in with my cleansing balm. It is a very good gentle cleanser and I think if you wanted to wash your face after the gym before applying makeup just to get the sweat off without stripping the skin, it would be a good product to use. 

Since I am at the gym a lot these days, that does make it quite useful to me. Well I was at the gym a lot. Now I am sweating while walking outside, so it will still be used post workout, just in a slightly different way.

As a primary cleanser, I have to say it leaves too much makeup behind for me to use unless I am double cleansing. While I’m always happy to find another product that can be added to my gym bag, for when the gym reopens, I’m afraid that this probably won’t be joining my daily skin care team.