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

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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

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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!

The Line Up: Fancy Sunday Pampering

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I just thought I would review what I used for a recent round of pampering. I busted out all my green beauty faves and fancies for this one…

First Cleanse
I removed sunscreen, makeup, and a few layers of sweat and grime with One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. This pineapple-scented oil takes it all off–including mascara. You really work it into dry skin to break down the makeup, then add water to emulsify. I like to splash a little water on and pass my hands over my face gently to emulsify because I don’t want to press the oil in further. It rinses pretty clean, so no need to use a washcloth–yet.

Second Cleanse
I then did a second cleanse using Yuli Halcyon Cleanser. This beautiful bio-active gel leaves skin clean, fresh and toned without stripping. Halycon, along with the OLO cleansing oil are probably my most repurchased green beauty items. They are hall of famers.

Exfoliating Mask
Next I applied Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask for some gentle exfoliation. This floral jelly does its thing without burning or irritating the skin one bit–even if you leave it on a little longer than directed. It features beta-hydroxy acids, french pink clay and willow bar. It tightens as it dries. The closest description I can think of for the texture when dry is an an egg white. I left it on for about half an hour. This pot is almost empty and I definitely will repurchase.

Now for the Wash Cloth
I wet a wash cloth with warm water and put it over my face to moisten the mask, remove it and provide light exfoliation. I followed by splashing cool water on my face.

Hydrating Mask
I patted my face dry then applied the Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask (not pictured–sorry I accidentally tossed it without photographing it like the noob that I am). This two-step sheet mask was a gift from a Korean friend. Innisfree looks to be a green brand, but I had trouble finding an ingredients list in English. You apply a gel to the skin, then put on the sheet mask, which is also soaked in gel. It was very hydrating and brightening. I do like hydrating sheet masks and hydrogel masks and I will do some digging around for additional options. After leaving that on for about 20 minutes, I removed it and rubbed in the remaining gel.

Tone and Treat
Once the gel from the mask was absorbed, I spritzed some Yuli Panacea Elixir (another all-star) and patted in a few drops of Sunday Riley Luna Oil. I am going to use this a little longer before reviewing it, but so far I really like it. My only gripe is the addition of blue coloring. I let that sink in and then patted on some MV OrganicsRose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer. This one is new promising. I finished with Waxlene balm on my lips. Pampering complete.