I’ve been finishing up some fancy green skincare products lately and it occurred to me that I am not repurchasing most of them. So I thought I would briefly review them and tell you why I am not repurchasing (in many cases, it’s because I want to try something else in that category). I will review all of the new things I mention individually. So let’s get started:
Cream Cleanser: I recently finished a bottle of Tata Harper’s Refreshing Cleanser. (See here for review.) I really liked it–especially as a gentle way to cleanse (morning cleanse or second cleanse at night), massage, and remove (exfoliate) with a washcloth. I didn’t repurchase (because: wanderlust) because I wanted to try other cream cleansers. I may go back to this one though because it really is lovely. For now I am trying MV Organic Skincare’s Gentle Cream Cleanser. I have been really curious about this Australian brand and I had a gift card to The Detox Market, which is one of the few domestic stores that carry MV. I’ve used it a few times and am pleased thus far. It is very thick and a little goes a long way–that means something coming from me because I always find that I need to use more than directed. It is a dry firm cream that doesn’t spread easily. I like to swipe it on here and there, then dampen my fingers to work it into my face. Many reviews discuss how well it removes make-up. I think it’s too special/pricey for that. Thus far, I have used it as a morning cleanse and removed it with a wet washcloth. A more in-depth look at it coming soon.
I also finished a pot of the May Lindstrom Honey Mud. I love the ingredients and the scent of this. I didn’t love the texture. It is described as having a pudding-like texture but I found it to be more like thick honey. I started liking it better when I applied it in haphazard swipes then used wet hands to rub it around my face. It emulsifies beautifully and you can feel the clays through the honey, which I love. I used it as a second cleanse at night and removed with a washcloth. Like the MV, this stuff is too special/pricey to use for makeup removal. I may repurchase this one when a sale comes around. It’s a nice “special treat” product for me. However, for now, I decided to try May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt (also purchased with my Detox Market gift card). I thought this might be a versatile pick as I can use it as directed (mixed with water) or mix in with cream cleanser to give it a little boost. We shall see!
Moisturizer: I am scooping out the remnants of Kahina Beauty Night Cream and have finished Amala Rejuvenating Advanced Firming Complex (reviewed here). Both of these are rich, lovely creams. I especially like the Amala in the winter. Chalk it up to wanderlust, but I am not repurchasing these . I am trying out the MY Organic Skincare Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer and Andalou Naturals Super Goji Perfecting Cream. So far, I am impressed with both and it’s nice to have options at either end of the price spectrum!
Deodorant: I haven’t totally finished the Dr. Hauschka Fresh Deodorant and I don’t plan to. This bad-boy is so expensive and it doesn’t work well–at least not for me. The floral smell somehow mixes with my body chemistry to make me smell most un-fresh. I barely register on the smell-o-meter without deodorant, so this stuff did the opposite of what it was supposed to. It’s also super-pricey. I recently started using The People’s Pharmacy MOM Deodorant (milk of magnesia) and it is excellent. I can work up a sweat and there is no smell–not from me or the product. The best part is that it costs a fraction of the price of the Dr. Hauschka. I am so glad I found this stuff because I thought I might have to go to one of the well-loved green brands that package their deodorant in a pot. I just don’t want to dig around a pot for product and smear it on my pits. Thankfully, I don’t have to!
A naturalish deodorant detour: Here are some of the other deodorants I have tried in the past year: Tom’s of Maine (stick): This was my starting point for cleaner deodorants. It didn’t do much for me. Nourish (stick): It’s sticky and gritty and thick. The worst of the bunch for me. Lavanila (stick): Worked ok. Texture was ok. Crystal Essence (roll-on): Best of this bunch–but not nearly as good as the MOM deodorant. Weleda (spray): Save yourself the money and put some alcohol and a couple of drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Or don’t because it doesn’t work that well. Le Couvent Des Minimes (roll-on): Works pretty well; a bit too perfumed; irritated my skin with continued use.
Spray Toner: I purchased a small size of Yuli’s Cocoon Elixir to try out this past winter–it’s their soothing and hydrating elixir. It’s nice, but I won’t be repurchasing. I love the Yuli Panacea Elixir (that’s the balancing and hydrating one; reviewed here) and have two full-size bottles of it. Plus I have yet to try the Yuli Metamorphic Elixir. I also finished a bottle of Suki spray toner that I purchased as part of a Hautelook impulse buy. This is a very nice toner. It smells and feels juicy (not fruity-juicy, more herbaceous-juicy). I liked it a lot, but not planning to repurchase at the mo.
Body Wash: This isn’t a fancy one but I’ll include anyway–I am a huge Dr. Bronner’s fan for showers, makeup brush washing, and cleaning. However, it can be pretty drying on the body when you use it in generous amounts, which I tend to do. I usually opt for Almond, but I had the baby mild for my toddler (and found it too intense for his skin) so I used it. Since I received a Soap Stash from Osmia Organics for Mother’s Day, I am off liquid soap for a bit. I am guessing it’ll be a long while since the Osmia soap bars are substantial. So far, I am loving how hydrating they are. Also, I use a lot less soap when it’s in bar form. I am currenly suds-ing myself with Milky Rose and it’s glorious.