Three Cleansers Reviewed


I recently finished 3 cleansers and it felt so GREAT. Is that weird? Skincare hoarders–you know what I mean.  The “I’ve gotta finish these before I get anything new” feeling transitions that miraculous moment when the pump sputters and you know it is time to shop! I even like the feeling of dropping empties into the recycling bin. All of it is so damn satisfying. I am not repurchasing any of the cleaners that I am writing about today–at least not at the moment–so if you have suggestions for new things to try, let me know! Here’s what I thought about each:

First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser is a good buy at $26 for 5 ounces. It has a light, lotion consistency and not much of a scent. Coupled with a washcloth for removal, it really does get make up off–including mascara. It worked well as a first cleanse in the evening. It also lasted even though I pumped a ridiculous number of times (like 15) with each application. I want to say it’s mild–it really doesn’t irritate. However, something in it feels slightly cooling on my eye area–like in an alcohol or menthol way. Like I said, it doesn’t irritate, but I don’t like the way it feels around my eyes. Of the 3 it was the least hydrating.  Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Tetrasodium EDTA, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, EDTA

MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanser was a splurge at $58 for 2.8 ounces. (Thank goodness for sweethearts and giftcards.) This stuff is lovely and gentle. This has simple organic ingredients and a faint mandarin scent. I will say it took me a bit of time to come around to liking it because it is a dryer, thicker cream. It doesn’t spread easily. Once I started applying, then wetting my hands to work it in, it started making sense. This is a “hot cloth” cleanser and I found that putting the hot, wet washcloth over it and removing it took off makeup and resulted in my skin looking really good/refined and feeling soft after cleansing. I mostly used this as a first cleanse. I know some people will think it’s nuts to use something so luxe for the gunky makeup obliterating first cleanse as opposed to a second messaging cleanse, but I like light gels for the second cleanse. (Hello, Yuli Halcyon!) I might splurge on this again someday, but for now I want to try new things and maybe spend less money removing makeup.  Ingredients: Water Camellia (Camellia Oleifera) Oil* Cetearyl Glucoside Vegetable Glycerin* Olive (Olea Europaea) Fruit Oil* Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil* Glyceryl Stearate Vitamin E non GM (Tocopherol) Xanthan Gum Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium & Lonicera Japonica) Extract With essential oils of: Rose, Chamomile and Mandarin * Potassium Sorbate

Blissoma Mild Rice Cleanser
 was a Kimberly Loc made me do it. I keep this one in the shower for morning cleansing. (I don’t recommend washing your face in the shower if you take hot showers–I take cool to luke warm showers depending on the weather.)  This is moisturizing and has some crushed rice in it for exfoliating, but the grains to cleanser ratio is not high so it is really, really gentle. In fact, I wouldn’t even call it an exfoliating experience, so you can absolutely use it daily. This one is $39 for 4 ounces and I think it lasts quite a while as a morning cleanse. I only wish this one rinsed a little cleaner (see below for the ingredients, it does contain oils). I didn’t remove it with a cloth the way I did the others because it seemed like it might be harsh to take something slightly grainy off with a cloth. This is a really nice cleanser and it has really lovely ingredients and a very mild scent.  Ingredients: Infusion of Althea officinalis* (marshmallow), Stellaria media* (chickweed), Plantago major* (plantain), Rosa damascena*, Arthemis nobilis* (chamomile), Glycerin*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) Oil*, Oryza sativa* (brown rice), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cocos nucifera (coconut) Oil*, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernal Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Salix alba* (willowbark) extract, Cannabis sativa (hemp) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gluconolactone, Echinacea purpurea Extract*, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Essential Oils of Lavandula angustifolia, Litsea Cubeba, Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa), Canarium luzonicum (elemi), Boswellia carterii (frankincense), Vetiveria zizandoides (vetiver), Xanthan Gum, Rosemary Oleoresin Extract, Grain Alcohol*+
essential oils in this product contain: linalool**, geraniol**, limonene**, citral**

Love: Mahalo Petal Mask


Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Mahalo Petal Mask. Don’t get too worked up, my Petal. It’s just the hall of fame of a tiny-ass blog that some people are reading sometimes AKA Glossed in Brooklyn. But it’s a compliment nonetheless because not that many things get in to the GiB Hall. You are up there with Hall of Famers like Yuli Halcyon Cleanser, Ilia Lip Conditioner, Tatcha Camillia Cleansing Oil, and Pratima Neem Rose Facial Sunscreen. The list isn’t that long when you consider the la-a-a-a-rge number of products cluttering the bathroom shelves (yes plural), the nightstand, and the makeup drawers (yes, again plural). And there you are among them, first as a little sample and now in your large and in charge full size. Petal, you started out as the sidekick in May’s Beauty Heroes Box, but you are super heroine material to me.* Let me tell you why:

1) You are gentle, yet you exfoliate my face to baby bootie levels of softness and plumpness in just minutes. Seriously, I am stroking my own cheeks like a weirdo after using you. You’re also brightening and you don’t strip or dry out skin. While you may be used daily, using you twice a week is perfect for me.

2) Like any good hero, you are complex and made of good things: raw honey blend* [mel (Hawaiian honey), leptospermum scoparium mel 15+ (manuka honey)], rosa damascena (rose hydrosol)*, amazonian white clay, sodium hyaluronate, rosa damascena (rose flowers)*, camellia japonica*, laminaria (algae)*, silver hydrosol, sclerotium gum, rose clay, rosa damascena (rose oil), jasminum officinale (jasmine)*, calendula officinalis (calendula)*, artemisia pallens (davana), cananga odorata (ylang ylang)*, citrus aurantium var. bergamia (bergamot fcf)*, rosa centifolia (rose de mai)*, hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus)*, pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium)*, theobroma cacao (cocao absolute), vanilla planifolia (vanilla), santalum paniculatum (hawaiian sandalwood)*, curcuma longa (turmeric)*, lithospermum erythrochizon (gromwell), salix alba (white willow)*, cedrus atlantica (cedarwood atlas)*, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C ester)

3) You are a multi-tasking, hard worker. Look at that list of ingredients. Honey to soothe and hydrate. Clay to purify. Flower oils and hyaluronic acid to hydrate. Beta hydroxy acid to exfoliate. Vitamin C to brighten. Silver to fight bacteria. Petal, you got a lot going on and I dig it!

4) You are uniquely you. A scent all your own, a texture that is a hybrid between pudding and jello. You are a wobbly, glorious concoction, Probably not a huge factor for most people, but I love that about you.

What more can I say Mahalo Petal Mask? Well done and welcome!


*I subscribed to just to get Mahalo’s Indigo Balm–seriously what a deal: A full size Indigo Balm costs $110. For $39, I received that and a general sample of the Petal Mask. I will review Indigo soon, but Petal stole the show for me so that’s why I am starting with it.

Empties: Spring ’16


Time to take out (recycle) the trash, lovelies. But before I do, here’s what’s up:

Andalou Naturals Lavender and Biotin Shampoo: I’ve said it before, Andalou Naturals is underrated. I’ve used the orange argan version of their shampoo before–it’s the moisturizing one. The lavender one is for building volume and it does that. It’s under $10 a bottle too! One thing to keep in mind–this might be drying for some. My hair is on the oiler side and I tend to focus on the roots when applying. If you do have dry hair, I suggest checking out the orange argan formula. (Repurchased.)

Yarok Feed Your Ends: This leave-in conditioner smells all kinds of amazing. I love it for days when I want to skip conditioning my hair in the shower. Yarok hair products are pricey but really nice. (See my Yarok product reviews here.)

Avene Thermal Spring Water: I cannot stop spraying myself with this soothing mist–especially now that it’s warm out. It’s perfect for spraying in between layers of skincare, for cooling off your face and neck, and for soothing irritated skin (sprayed it on my little one’s prickly heat for relief). Sometime, you don’t need fancy toners and this one is a good pick! (On my third bottle.)

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser: I recently reviewed this affordable cleanser. I am currently switching between this and Blissoma Mild Rice Cleanser for my morning cleanse. Reviewed here. (Repurchased.)

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm: I purchased the mini of this cult cleansing balm because I wanted to experience a luxury cleansing balm. There’s such a fuss about this one, I figured it would be the one to try. It’s wildly expensive and so I am relieved that I didn’t fall in love with it. I didn’t like the texture. I warmed to an oil one your work it in, but with a really a waxy feeling that lingered. I recently got the Sunday Riley New Moon cleansing balm and like it much better–and while expensive, it’s not Omorovicza-level expensive. Review coming soon! (Not repurchasing.)

Drunken Elephant Lippe: I love this from it’s texture–not too shiny or thick–to it’s gorgeous clean ingredients. The packaging is adorable, but when I got to the end, I was scraping product out of the well at the bottom with my hands for a couple of weeks–so much was in there! I am hoping they revisit the packaging. See my review here. (Will repurchase this eventually–waiting for a sale.)

Tatcha Silken Sunscreen: I love that Tatcha has such a large selection of minis. I really liked this sunscreen. It is matte and velvety. It performed well as a day to day sunscreen and works well with makeup. I purchased it after trying the Coola Matte, which was so silicone-y it made my makeup slide off. That being said, I still have my ride or die, Pratima Neem Rose sunscreen on hand. (Not repurchasing at this time.)

Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine: I got this with Sephora VIB points. I am a sucker for citrus scents even though they have not lasting power. I love this because it smells of orange and white flowers so it’s not too sweet. Since this isn’t a green product, I spray it on my clothes. My birthday last month brought citrus sampler box of these. I am currently trying the grapefruit one, which I don’t like as much. (Not repurchasing at this time.)

Real Techniques Makeup Sponge: These are really good and affordable compared to Beauty Blenders. I don’t think they are as durable though (overall these are really, really good whereas BBs are great). This sponge has little cuts in it from my nails and has gotten a little too floppy with time. (Not repurchasing at this time–I have 2 others already.)

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Recovery Cream: Another mini from Tatcha. I bought this because of BeautyIdealist. I adore her blog and her picks are spot on. When she said this product had the highest concentration of colloidal oatmeal of any product, I was sold. I got this when I had an uncomfortable windburn on my cheeks and this was very soothing. I do find it to be a bit thick, so I will repurchase in the winter.

Amala Rejuvenating Collagen Mask: This was a nice mask for moisture and soothing dry skin. It is a rich lotion that can also be used as a leave on mask and smells amazing–cocoa/citrus/rose/vanilla/ylang ylang. If you think the scent is complex, the ingredients list is huge–a blend of oils and extracts that are clean, It lasted me a really long time. I recommend for dry skin or winter skin. However, I am not repurchasing due to wanderlust.

Embryolisse Lait Creme: This french pharmacy cream is also a cult favorite. I had purchased it and left it on a shelf in favor of greener, cleaner products. When I started expanding from oil to cream and balm cleansers, I decided to use this up as a cleanser so I could recycle the tube. It works great as a first cleanse with a washcloth, but I don’t recommend it. If you’re going to cleanse with a “cold cream” and you don’t care what’s in it, there are cheaper things to try that will likely work just as well. Hell, there are cheaper green brands to do cream cleansing with. (Not repurchasing.)

Onomie A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment: I bought this with the Onomie concealer. This is a vitamin a, c and e infused treatment that is a pearly pink. It is a brightening layer that is also addressing fine lines. I liked it, but found myself skipping this step a lot since I use Drunken Elephant C-Firma every morning anyway. (Not repurchasing.)

Ilia Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady: I love this lip conditioner–the formula, color, effect, ingredients–all of it!  Reviewed here. (Repurchased.)