Fancy Things That I Am Not Repurchasing, Part 2


Have you ever really wanted to try something and secretly hoped you wouldn’t love it because it’s so pricey? Or you loved it on first use, made it a staple, and then they changed the formulation (sigh)? Or maybe it was very nice, but didn’t make it to must-have status?

Let’s start with MV Organics Skincare…I had really, really wanted to try the Gentle Cream Cleanser and Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer. There were so many raves about these particular items from the line that when I received a gift card for the Detox Market this spring, I scooped them up. These are definitely in the “damn, this is expensive! I hope don’t fall in love” category. The cleanser comes in two sizes: for $58 for 2.4 oz or $91 for 4 oz. The moisturizer comes in two options too: $35 for .5 oz and $135 for 2.4 oz). The clean, white packaging is a precursor to what is inside: white creams that are formulated with gentle, mostly organic, and lovely ingredients like jojoba, vitamin E, rose oil, and camellia oil. They have the most subtle scents. After the initial newness wore off, I found myself not using them very frequently. Both are on the dry side and feel a bit waxy. They are hard to spread around without liquid to move things along. The moisturizer feels, to me, like it seals the skin as opposed to feeling like my skin breathing. I am not sure how to describe this better, so I am hoping you get what I mean. I am holding on to it for winter because it is to heavy for me now. It might be a perfect salve for winter chapped skin/windburn. As for the cleanser, I most enjoy using it once or so a week mixed with One Love Organics Brand New Day which is an exfoliating powder. The addition of the cream cleanser makes it easier to mix and apply the powder. It also makes OLO’s gentle exfoliant all the more gentle by adding the buffer of cream. I like to work it in and leave it for a bit like a mask. Of course, I don’t need a cream cleanser this special for exfoliating. So, though these two products very gentle and hydrating, they are not on the repurchase list. And that’s ok. I like trying out new things, so it’s sort of a relief to my wallet and my wandering eye.

This one is kind of hard for me. One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil ($42, 4 oz) was probably my most repurchased item since greening my skincare. When sales came around, I would buy 2 or 3 at a time. I loved a lot of things about it–how it melted my makeup and sunscreen with ease, the scent, the packaging… The thing I loved most: it emulsified with water and allowed you to splash off the makeup/cleansing oil. I really like not having to remove cleanser and makeup with a washcloth. I’d rather use the wet cloth to warm or cool my skin and gently exfoliate during a second cleanse or cream cleanse in the a.m. It’s just a personal preference. The pretty new OLO packaging came with a slightly different formulation. The oil feels thicker, doesn’t emulsify much and definitely doesn’t come off without a cloth. I think the instructions should to change to say it’s removed it with a cloth. I love oil/double cleansing so once I finish my two OLO bottles, I plan to look for an oil that emulsifies. If unsuccessful, I’ll try to embrace the washcloth daily.

Odacite Aloe and Immortelle Refreshing Toner Mist ($45, 4 oz). I got this with the Detox Market giftcard gift card too. I love the packaging. I love the ingredients, which include aloe; floral waters of rose, immortelle and chamomile; willowbark and oat extracts; and more. I love that this toner makes skin feel comforted immediately. Aside from price, really the only thing I don’t love is the scent. I am not even sure how to describe it. Medicinal? I am having trouble getting past it, but I will finish the bottle.

Another cleanser–Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip ($45, 4.2 oz). I got this as sort of a consolation/impulse/sale purchase when Sephora was sold out of Sunday Riley Luna Oil. I am finally close to the bottom of the bottle. I am cheating a bit by including it because I wrote a full post about it where I compared it to a very affordable cleanser from Acure, I am not saying they are a dupe, but…Anyway, read all about it here.



Andalou Naturals Super Goji Perfecting Cream and 1000 Roses Toner


I purchased Andalou Naturals Super Goji Perfecting Cream at Whole Foods a few months ago. (I cannot go there without buying skincare, so I don’t even fight it any more.) That particular visit featured my first Andalou purchase and I have to say, it was a good one! I layer the Goji cream over serums/oils in the evening or to apply before sunscreen on days that my skin needs it. I also like to use it on my neck and decolletage because on me, that area is too sensitive for anything other than gentle moisturizers.

I think it’s good to have a non-fussy moisturizer in the mix. This cream fit the bill in 3 ways: 1) the cost–it’s $24.99, but I have seen it for $19.99 2) the ingredients are hydrating and anti-oxidant 3) the light, fluffy, non-greasy texture. It has a pleasant peachy scent. I do think it would be great if it came in a pot with one of those pump covers just to ensure it’s kept fresh and clean. Love those.  The cream also made me curious about other Andalou products, so I recently got a bottle of the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner. I like having an another toner to rotate into my routine–it helps my beloved Yuli Panacea Elixir last longer. The Andalou Toner costs $12.95 for a generous 6 ounces–cheap thrill alert! It has aloe and hyaluronic acid to help boost moisture and the bottle sprays a fine mist–all that I am looking for when it comes to non-fussy. The only thing I don’t love is the scent. However, I will finish it and then plan to check out their other toners–I have my eye on the Illuminating Clementine + C Toner.


Cream Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) and Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oils*, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Glycopeptide, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Extract*, Glyceryl Monolaurate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Bisabolol, Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Allantoin, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) and Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oils*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) and Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extracts*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Agathosma Capensis (Buchu) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil* Non-GMO verified    *Organic    † Fair Trade

Toner Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Distillate*, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lauric Acid, PhytoCellTec (Alpine Rose, Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Soothing Complex: [Hyaluronic Acid, Magnolia Officinalis Bark, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Leaf Cell and Boswellia Serrata (Boswellin) Extracts], Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa and Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) and Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oils*, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Oil Non-GMO verified    *Organic    † Fair Trade

I don’t use either of these exclusively, so I can’t speak to the anti-aging effects. However, both of these products feature a nice combination of moisturizing, soothing, and antioxidant ingredients–lots of them (vitamin C and E, CoQ10, resveratrol to name a few). In addition to the other ingredients in the formulation, I was attracted to the idea that the cream contains peptides, as they are known to attract moisture and help the skin repair itself. I figured this would be a good thing to add to my layering of products since my serum or oil will have other things covered–like exfoliating ingredients. Andalou gives you an affordable way to do that extra layer of moisture and helpful ingredients. They even offer a serum in this line for those who don’t need as much moisture or don’t like products that come in a pot. In terms of the claims about fruit stem cells, I am not addressing those here because there seems to be a lot of conflicting opinion on them. From what I read, they are promising, but need to be studied more.  I liked FutureDerm’s take on them–they aren’t proven, but are boosting ingredients to add to proven essentials such as AHAs, retinols, and niacinamide. I am looking forward to checking out other offerings in this range. Thus far, it seems really well done and at great price points.


One Love Organics Brand New Day and MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanser


A new power couple! One Love Organics Brand New Day and MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanser are two new (to me) products that I love, love, love  to use together. Since this is my first time writing about them, I’ll address them individually first, then talk about how I use them together.

The Scrub: One Love Organics Brand New Day 

You’re thinking: Didn’t she say she hates scrubby exfoliants?  Yep. I said that. And having said it, I really love One Love Organics Brand New Day Microderma Scrub + Mask ($37, 1.7 oz). It shouldn’t be too surprising as I have enjoyed everything I’ve tried from this brand, including their Vitamin B cleansing oil (HG status), Vitamin D spray toner, Morning Glory oil (now a serum) and Vitamin C body oil. I may need to do a little brand spotlight on them soon! But getting back to the Brand New Day scrub, it combines “organic sweet pea flour, pineapple enzymes and mineral rich kaolin clay to remove impurities, clarify, and smooth skin for a luminous, baby-soft complexion.” Yes, yes it does. This powder is super fine in texture and gentle on the skin. You mix it with water to make a paste for scrubbing or use it as a mask by mixing it with yogurt for a clarifying mask or honey for a hydrating mask. The fine texture has enough going on the physically exfoliate, but you can also feel the enzymes and clays at work. It is powerful and, I think, very versatile because you can figure out what your skin prefers/can take and go from there. I use this twice a week and it is a definite “will repurchase” item for me. I also love the jar packaging which has a dual opening so you can sprinkle or pour it out. And, by the way, kudos on getting Ecocert-fied, One Love Organics!

Full ingredients list: zea mays (corn) starch*, pisum sativum (pea) flour*, sodium cocoyl glutamate, kaolin, ananas comosus (pineapple) fruit extract*, fragrance. *Ingredients from organic farming.)

The Cleanser: MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanse

You know I put that Detox Market giftcard that I got for my b-day to good use, dontcha? I selected MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanser ($58 for 2.3 oz; $91 for 4 oz) and their moisturizer and an Odacite spray toners (we’ll cover those last two in detail another time). This cleanser is a cult fave among models and celebs and I can see why. It is green and an extraordinarily gentle, effective product. Your face feels cleansed, lightly exfoliated, and moisturized after using. But man, is it a splurge. This is a pleasure to use as a morning cleanse or second cleanse in the evening. I wouldn’t use this for taking makeup off. You want to experience it! The texture is thick and somewhat dry. I find it works best to apply it with wet fingertips so it’s easier to spread around  This does need to be removed with a wet washcloth, which also provides the gentle exfoliation. They recommend putting a warm to hot wet cloth on your face for a few seconds, then removing. Sometimes I do this. Sometimes I use a cool cloth, because: summer. Both work.

Full ingredients list: Water, Camellia (Camellia Oleifera) Oil*, Ceteary Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin*, Olive (Olea Europaea) Fruit Oil*, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Mandarin (Citrus Reticulata) Oil*, Vitamin E non GM (Tocopherol), Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium) Flower Extract, Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Chamomile Roman (Anthemis Nobilis) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Geranium (Pelagonium Graveolens) Oil. *Organically Grown – 75% Organic.)

Scrub + Cleanser = Win/Win


My absolute favorite way to use these products is in combination. I use it in the morning before a shower. I’ll add a 1-2 pumps of cleanser to my palm then sprinkle some of the scrub into it. I blend them together then add a drop or two of water. I spread it on to my face, then wet my hands to really getting it going. I put very little pressure on my cheeks as they tend to get red. I am more vigorous on the t-zone though! I usually drag the mixture down over my neck and upper chest too. Then I leave it there while I get the shower going and hop in and wash up. I leave the mask in place to then end.  That’s when I turn down the hot water to rinse my face and hair (in addition to being more gentle for your face, cool water seals the cuticle leaving hair shinier). So why do I like mixing them together so much? Lots of reasons: 1) The scrub is a bit easier to mix when it has the cream cleanser to stick to. I find I lose less product from it dripping off my hand like it does when I mix it with water. I can’t seem to get the water technique down! 2) It’s also easier to spread around and work in because it has texture.  Also, the texture is even softer–the cream is like a buffer. 3) It enables me to efficiently use it as a scrub and an in-shower mask in one shot. I get the exfoliation/refining and moisture/soothing from two products that excel at each.  4) When used together, the cream cleanser rinses off clean—no need for a washcloth. See? A total win/win!