Review: Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser

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I recently splurged on the Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser and I have no regrets! (For those of you keeping track: I am still very devoted to my OLO Vitamin B Cleansing Oil and my Yuli Halcyon Cleanser–I always have back ups of these ready to go because they are that good. OLO reviewed here and Yuli reviewed here.)

I bought the TH Refreshing Cleanser because my skin is winter-worn: red, dry, and dull. I wanted something creamy that I could remove with a warm, wet washcloth. My goal was to exfoliate the dry flaky skin off my cheeks and hairline in the most gentle way possible. I was inspired to look at TH cleansers by skincare guru Caroline Hirons (look up her blog because she is awesome). She loves TH’s Regenerating Cleanser and is a big advocate for removing cleansing products with a flannel (or washcloth here in the States). After looking into the Regenerating Cleanser, I opted against it because it contains exfoliating particles and I didn’t think my skin would take kindly to it. I did like the oils and clay in the ingredients list and was thrilled to find that the TH Refreshing Cleanser has those lovely ingredients without any particles. 

Here is what is in it:

Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl olivate, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Sorbitan olivate, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) peel Extract,  Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root) Extract, Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit ferment extract, Salix alba (Willow bark) extract*, Kaolin (Rose Clay), Sclerotium gum, Coco-glucoside, Cetearyl glucoside, Cetyl palmitate, Sorbitan palmitate, Soybean peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, Sodium phytate , Aroma**, Limonene, Citral *Ingredients from organic farming ** Clinical grade essential oils blend 

I have been using it a few times a week as a second cleanse in the evening or as a first cleanse in the morning. I apply it to dry skin, work it in well, wet my hands a bit, and work it in some more. I finish with the washcloth. I’ve also applied it and  left it on while I did a little housecleaning and it made for a nice mask.  It is effective, gentle, and refreshing (as advertised). The cleanser is creamy though you can feel the oils in it. I really love taking it off with a cloth. The dry patches and flakes are gone. The clay and enzymes make your skin feel clean–pores feel tightened and your face feels toned overall. My skin feels soft and clean–but not stripped clean. Oh and the grapefruit scent is very uplifting. My skin is happy. For those of you who are counting, this is my second Tata Harper acquisition. I have–and love–her Resurfacing Mask. Reviewed here.

Osmia Organics: First Impressions

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First impressions…I was going to wait to post about these little beauties from Osmia Organics, but I thought I would anyway because today is International Women’s Day and Osmia Organics was founded by a woman named Sarah Villafranco. I loved reading Sarah’s story. Having devoted a good part of my career working in and volunteering for organizations dedicated to women’s leadership, I am inspired by stories of women entrepreneurs (secret wish to be my own boss perhaps?). And since I love skincare (and makeup), so she is particularly inspiring to me.

Pictured above: Osmia Organics Spot Treatment, Active Gel Toner, and samples of their restoration and brightening facial serums. I decided to place an order with Osmia because of the pimple that would not heal. There were a couple of other small breakouts, but this one pimple seemed like it was setting up permanent residence. I think the breakouts were caused by not exfoliating. My skin has become so dry and red from the other thing setting up permanent residence in NYC–winter. I stopped any exfoliation by product or konjac and just moisturized like crazy to try to calm it all down. I think that was the wrong move. Not helping those dried out dead cells shed caused the breakouts–at least in large part.

The first thing to go into my cart was the OO Spot Treatment ($22, .16 oz). This has really helped. I think it works differently from other spot treatments because it calms and heals the pimple as opposed to drying it out. Essentially, it shrinks it and takes the redness down so you don’t wind up with a red scaly patch where the pimple was. Their site said to apply 3-5 times a day. I saw improvement after 1-2 applications. Here is what is in it: organic evening primrose oil and essential oils of lavender, cajeput, lemon, parsley, thyme, cypress, and rosemary CO2 (96.5% organic). I know the bottle looks tiny, but I think this will last quite a bit because you only need a tiny amount.

While exploring the OO offerings, I was really intrigued by the Active Gel Toner ($58, 1.7 oz.). I am obsessed with toners of all kinds–hydrating, exfoliating, refreshing, you name it. This is described as adding a layer of soothing moisture. Sign. Me. Up. It has a great ingredient combination of calming (aloe, oat, calendula) and moisture attracting/retaining (hyaluronic acid, glycerin,  niacinamide). When I am not sniffing it (it smells so clean and good) I have been using it over a generous spritzing of Yuli Panacea Elixir (reviewed here.) It’s a a thicker gel that feels refreshing. You need to moisturize over it or it’ll feel tacky. For the past few days, I have been topping the gel toner (while still damp) with my sample of the OO Facial Restoration Serum. Keeping true to the theme here–it is also calming and moisturizing. You wake up with calm, soft skin. You know, not buying the full size was a real feat of self control. I should have given in to my instincts though because I really like it and am planning to get it. I will do a full post on it.

I want to close with what is not pictured. My order came with a sample of Juniper Shea soap. It smelled ah-mazing. We never use bars of soap around here so my three-year old claimed it immediately. I wonder whether liquid soap is something Osmia might make someday. One thing I do know–my next order will definitely include soap. I suspect it’ll be hard to pick just one.