Dream Clean: Yuli Halcyon Cleanser

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Yuli Halcyon Cleanser is the second product that I have purchased (and reviewed) from this luxe green line. I am on my second bottle of their Panacea Elixir (my third bottle should be arriving any day). Let me just say that Yuli has a way of upping the ante on skincare products. Take the Panacea Elixir (reviewed here). It’s just a spray toner right? Well yes, but it makes my skin look toned and plumped up and happy right after each use.  It also really helped my skin get back to normal after a trip to breakout-ville. The same is true of the Halcyon cleanser. It’s just this watery, herbal-ly, almost clear gel that barely lathers. Yet somehow it gets your skin exceptionally clean and toned.  The usual redness in my cheeks even seems to subside. These seem like simple products, but don’t be fooled by the simple lines of the packaging. A lot of thought–and ingredients–go into this line.

Here’s how the SBL site describes what’s in Halcyon (to be further impressed, take a look at the full list of ingredients): Made without harsh detergents, sulfates, soap bases, alcohol, or chemical sufactants which can cause pH imbalance and irritate skin, an herbal infusion of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and gunk-dissolving ingredients like red clover, green tea, zeolite clay, papaya & pineapple enzymes, and red algae calm, clean and balance while colloidal peptides create gentle foaming action that helps rinse away the debris, grime, excess oils, harmful bacteria, and sweat.

Now, I don’t use it to remove make-up.  That would be a waste. This stuff isn’t cheap ($52 for 3.4 oz) and not eligible for sales and coupons on Spirit Beauty Lounge. (Wah!) Luckily, I do better at controlling myself with the cleanser (unlike the elixir which I cannot do anything but spray with abandon). I also alternate it with other cleansers to make it last. I like to use Halcyon as a night-time second cleanse after oil cleansing (see review of One Love Organics Cleansing Oil here). I like putting it on cleansed skin and really massaging it in so it can do its thing without makeup, sunscreen, and other gunk in the way. Or I’ll use it in the morning–sometimes with a konjac sponge for super duper cleaning. I say get some. Put it on and massage away. Let it be one with your face. You will not regret it. Your face will look brighter. Your pores will look cleaner. You’ll (hopefully) feel tranquility as you pamper your gorgeous mug.

First Haul Post with Yuli, RMS & Honore Des Pres

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I nearly posted this while I was waiting for these items to arrive. I was really excited. Like waiting with bells on excited. (By the way, I expected the “with bells on” idiom to have an interesting backstory.  Sadly, it doesn’t.) Anyway, two big things happened this month. One: My birthday, upon which I received a Spirit Beauty Lounge (SBL) giftcard from my lovely and generous sister. Two: SBL had a summer kickoff sale.  I try to wait for a sale to get the most out of my gift card. And it ain’t easy. But luckily I didn’t have to wait long! Now I have said before that surfing the SBL site is a form of meditation for me. But it’s even better when you move from wishlisting to buying. Check out the lovely-ness that just arrived in the mail.

Yuli Panacea Elixir. This is my second bottle of this stuff and it arrived just as my first bottle was beginning to sputter instead of spritz. Read my review here. This makes my skin feel freshened, toned, plumped, and tightened up. It quickly became a staple and with summer on the way it is reaching super-staple status. Now, if I could just stop spritzing so generously so it would last longer…

Yuli Halcyon Cleanser. First time purchase that I just had to have after reading such rave reviews. I intend to use it as my second cleanse following One Love Organic’s Vitamin B Cleansing Oil (reviewed here).

RMS Un-powder. Also, a first time purchase. I am shiny in the t-zone when it isn’t summer in NYC. So this has also arrived just in time. Reviewers are saying it keeps shine away all day. All day? I put on makeup in the morning and never think about it again, so this could be a match made in heaven for a non-touch-er-upper like me.

And finally…my first clean perfume. Honoré Des Prés Love Coconut. I’ve set aside my Bobbi Brown Beach perfume (ok, it was nearly empty anyway) for this organic summery scent. Here is how it’s described: Love Coconut is a liberated coconut fragrance. Combining head notes of seeds and leaves of coriander and fresh coconut milk with heart notes of tonka bean and vanilla bourbon with base notes of white cedar and organic coconut essence. Lovely, right?

I am excited to play with my birthday acquisitions and to review the ones that are new to me.