Products I’ve Used Up: Skincare & Makeup


Lots of products I used up during the last half of winter and spring.  Some products I loved, some I didn’t!

Flo + Theo Body Butter in Lemon Orchard – I loved this Petit Vour sample – the scent, the whipped texture, the way it hydrated my skin.  I would consider repurchasing if I ever run out of body lotion/oil/butters, which I never seem to do.

Balanced Guru Scrub Me – Another Petit Vour sample.  I enjoyed this very much the first time I used it, however, after a couple of weeks I opened it to use again, and it had dried out to the point where I couldn’t really use it, which was very disappointing.

One Love Organics Skin Savior – One of the products I used during the winter and early part of the spring to combat my very sensitive and dry skin.  Possibly will repurchase this fall, but there are some other cold weather skincare products I might try instead.

BWC Brown Eyeliner – Yet another Petit Vour sample, this one from last fall I believe.  I tried to like this, I tried not to waste it – but this eyeliner is terrible.  The color payoff is minimal and I had to really tug on my eye to get any to show up.  Not worth it, so I got rid of it.

Balanced Guru Fearless Spray – Another disappointment I just could not get myself to enjoy.  The smell, for me, was terrible.  It just smelled unpleasant.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub – A staple in my shower that I use a couple of times a week.  So nice and such a great price point.

Hurraw! Lip Balm in Orange – Possibly my favorite flavor from my favorite lip balm company. More here.

Stark Grapefruit Balm – A sample I received with an Integrity Botanicals order last winter, I used this on my winter skin and really enjoyed the consistency and scent.  I did not like it as a cleanser, however.

W3LL People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara – Favorite mascara, ever. Excellent non-flaking formula, perfect wand, perfect consistency.  Enough said.

Mineral Fusion Oil Cleanser – Bought this on a whim and I basically forced myself to use it up – no other oil cleanser compares to the original formula of the ED4OLO Vitamin B Cleansing Oil.  Sadly, I heard that to obtain ECOCERT status, OLO had to take out one of the ingredients that made their cleansing oil so great.  Disappointing, but I do understand.

Laurel WPO Healing Balm – Another Integrity Botanicals Sample – I loved this balm so much, it was my favorite out of the face balms I used in the winter (OLO Skin Savior and Stark Grapefruit Balm being the other two).  I would definitely consider purchasing a full size this fall.

Coola Mineral Sunscreen Tint – My favorite summer sunscreen, which I recently posted about here.

Evan Healy Rose Geranium Hydrosoul – I love EH hydrosols – there are just excellent quality.  I don’t think you could go wrong with any of their hydrosols.  Expensive, but so nice.

Root Science Youth Serum – An excellent serum.  I would definitely repurchase.

Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Castile Soap – The granddaddy of all-natural multi-purpose products.  I primarily use this watered down to clean my kitchen and bathroom. Look here.

Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water – Such a beautiful rose water.  I picked this up at Whole Foods and absolutely loved it to the last drop. I primarily use rose water to set my makeup or as a pick-me-up during the day.

Raw Skinceuticals Cream Blush – A Petit Vour sample that just didn’t make sense to me.  The color was a weird mauve-lavender and the texture was creamy but somehow still dry.  It didn’t blend easily, either.  No, thanks.

Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator – A cult status product that just didn’t wow me personally.  I got at least 10 uses out of the mini size, which was impressive.  However, I just never noticed a difference in my skin – it was not softer, clearer, or brighter after using.

Lotus Wei Inner Peace Energy Mist – Loved this, but not quite as much as their Infinite Love Energy Mist, which has the most amazing scent. These products truly have an immediate, positive affect on my mood and sense of well-being.

Christopher Drummond Duo Phase Hydrating Concealer (FYI – now Hynt Beauty) – My favorite concealer ever.  It doesn’t crease, lasts all day, and covers my dark circles and redness.  I won’t fix what isn’t broken, so I just keep repurchasing this one again and again.  This company recently became Hynt Beauty and this is the concealer now.  I hope it is exactly the same as the old formula!

 Are any of these products favorites of yours?  Are there any you have tried and were disappointed with?

My 5 Favorite Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap


This eco-friendly, all natural product is well-known for having multiple uses.  I thought it would be helpful to mention the ways I like using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.  Keep in mind that because this gentle soap can be diluted with water, one bottle can potentially last a long, long time.

1) Diluted with water and essential oil as a bathroom hand soap.  I reuse a foaming soap pump and mix Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild with some water and essential oil, usually lavender oil, but recently I used Thieves oil for the soap and it smells fantastic for fall, given that it includes clove and cinnamon oil.  I don’t use exact measurements, I just mix up about 1/3 soap to 2/3 water and add a few drops of oil.  This is an incredibly eco-friendly and economical alternative to constantly buying new plastic bottles of hand soap.

2) Diluted with water as an all-purpose cleaner.  I love using the peppermint version mixed with water in a spray bottle and using to wipe down bathroom surfaces.  The smell is very clean and refreshing and does the job. In the kitchen, I enjoy the citrus orange version to clean counter tops, microwave, oven top, and more.

3) Diluted with water to use as a kitchen floor cleaner.  For years, I strictly used only water in a steam mop for my floors.  I didn’t want any chemicals near my daughter when she was crawling on the floor.  Now that she is older, there are more messes on the kitchen floor and often the steam mop isn’t enough.  That’s when I started using Dr. Bronner’s on my kitchen floor – and wow. I am a bit odd and enjoy spraying the kitchen floor in a fine mist of Dr. Bronner’s diluted with water.  After the solution sets for a couple of minutes, I wipe down the floor with a microfiber cloth attached to my steam mop…and the results are fantastic.  It lifts grime and food from my linoleum floor with ease.

4) Cleaning my makeup brushes. Just some water and Dr. Bronner’s, and maybe a couple of drops of tea tree oil in a cup.  I soak my brushes for a few minutes to help loosen the makeup, rinse, and air dry.  Perfectly clean makeup brushes without using harsh detergents!

5) Scrubbing the front porch.  In the spring, our porch steps were thick with dirt and build-up.  I used a firm scrub brush and Dr. Bronner’s and it really helped cut through the mystery grime on the steps.

What is your favorite use for Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap?