Taking it Off with One Love Organics, Derma E, and Dew Puff

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One of my early posts described my evening skin routine in steps. At the time, I said that I planned to finish up some products and look for cleaner product options. Today, I am ready to revisit steps 1 and 2, or first and second cleanse. This is also a bit of a high-low/splurge-steal routine. Starting with the splurge: I have started removing my makeup with an oil-based cleanser and I love it. I’ve been using One Love Organics Vitamin B Active Moisture Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover ($36, 4 oz.).

Here is how they describe it:

The ultimate in multi-tasking luxury, Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover effortlessly lifts away impurities and makeup while restoring skin’s natural moisture and pH balance. The unique, creamy formula features papain, a fruit enzyme that helps to exfoliate and soften skin, and a natural Vitamin B complex to detoxify and tone. Concentrated yet gentle enough for all skin types.

This is a pricey, but beautiful product. If you don’t have heavy makeup on, you can probably get the job done with one pump. I find I need two pumps in order to get my makeup off–including mascara. It gets every bit of makeup off and using it gives you the opportunity to massage the oil into your (dry) face, which is relaxing and good for circulation. My favorite thing about it is that it turns milky once you splash water on, making it easy to remove. I really didn’t want anything like a balm that required a washcloth a day to remove. (More laundry? Um, no.) I also love the scent. It’s pineapple/papaya/tropical goodness.

Here is what is in it:

helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, di-ppg-2myreth-10 adipate, polyglycerol-3 beeswax, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil* (and) lecithin* (and) cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil* (and) papain*, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, tocopherol (natural non-gmo vitamin e), proprietary natural & organic fragrance                *indicates organic

Now we turn to steal:  Since I start with an oil, I like to do a second cleanse to get everything off. For this, I have been keeping the fruity theme with Derma E’s Vitalizing Cleanser ($13.75, 6 oz). I like to put a tiny squirt of this on my konjac sponge to cleanse and gently exfoliate.

Here is how they describe it:

Gently wash away dirt, oil and impurities with this invigorating cleansing gel. Infused with tropical Tamanu, Pomegranate, Green Tea, Papaya, Aloe plus Vitamins A, C and E, this antioxidant-rich formula leaves your complexion clean, revitalized and refreshed. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

I think refreshing is a great way to describe this gel. It is really gentle, doesn’t foam and leaves a clean, but not dry or tight feeling to the skin. I also think it is a perfect for situations where it isn’t being relied on to take makeup off, but to gently cleanse and refresh. It’s a perfect second cleanse and I also use it in the morning, where I skip the oil step.

Here’s what’s in it:

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry Extract, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Nut Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (C-Ester), Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract* (.1%), Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Pineapple Mango Fragrance. 

Stay tuned for more skincare posts. Am currently trying a new sunscreen—not the Coola one that was on my wishlist. The twitterverse told me to skip it. And I have a couple of new masks to try out. It’s all about the glow!

Cheap Thrills Raffle!

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I am excited to announce my first-ever raffle. I will be accepting entries through noon on Friday, March 14th. I am using Rafflecopter for the first time, so bear with me! The contest is open to readers who live in the U.S. Once the reader is selected on March 14, I will make the announcement and the winner has 48 hours to respond with an address. Otherwise, a new winner will be selected. Here’s what one lucky winner will receive:

-The Ecotools concealer brush and tapered blush brush (reviewed here)
-A Dew Puff kojac sponge (not pictured above; reviewed here)
-A tube of Waxelene (reviewed here)

Enter today!

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Cheap Thrills: Dew Puff

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Dew Puff is one of the companies offering facial sponges made of konjac root.  Konjac sponges are getting a lot of attention in skincare circles at the mo. You can get a plain sponge or sponges infused with bamboo charcoal (the charcoal purifies oily or acne-prone skin) or Asian clay (the clay soothes and moisturizes). When dry, the sponge is lightweight and hard. Like pumice and Styrofoam had a baby. When you wet it, it becomes soft and has a slippery texture. Like a sea sponge and jell-o had a baby.  In other words, it is nothing like loofah or those scratchy buff puff things (do those still exist?). It glides over the skin and exfoliates so gently, I even use it around my eyes.  My skin feels clean and smooth after use—I use it once a day after I cleanse with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup. You can add cleanser to it or not. I also like the tear drop shape of the sponge. It fits perfectly in your hand.

The Dew Puff has a little string on it so you can hang it to dry. I hang my on the medicine cabinet knob. I think it’ll last longer and remain more hygienic if you dry between uses. You can also boil or microwave it to clean it (check out the company site for tips on that). They recommend the sponge be replaced every 3 months or so.

I picked up the charcoal Dew Puff at a local store. You can find it on Dew Puff’s site for $7. I’ve also seen it at varying rates on amazon.com.

I like Dew Puff. I like it a lot.