Natural Bath & Beauty Products I’ve Used Up #6

empties6Some more natural body products I’ve used and a quick word with my thoughts on each product…enjoy!

CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray – Love this soothing and hydrating spray so much for my face and body.  I’ve talked about it here and here.

Zum Face Gentle Facial Cleanser – This is the best affordable oil cleanser I’ve found thus far. It melts my makeup and does a fantastic job of removing stubborn eye makeup as well.  My only caveat is that it can sting my eyes a little if I’m not careful.  My favorite makeup removing oil cleanser is the Elizabeth Dehn for OLO…but it’s a bit pricey so I’ve been using this one a lot.

Honest Deodorant Bergamot Sage – I did not like this deodorant at all.  It just didn’t do anything for me.  Not only that, but when there was about 20% of the product left, the spray nozzle stopped working and would splatter the spray heavily.

Skin Owl Beauty Drops in Geranium – I really enjoyed this face oil – it had a lovely mild scent and worked really nicely with my skin during the summer and early fall.  It also has a great price point.  This is something I might repurchase.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub – A great affordable facial scrub.  This was my second or third tube.  I haven’t bought a new tube yet, but will probably purchase another in the spring or early summer.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil – One of my favorite face oils to date – probably in my top three.  The scent took some getting used to for me, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.  I actually haven’t repurchased this one yet, but only because I have a few oils that I want to use up first.  However, I plan on buying another bottle.  I talked about it here.

The Little Alchemist Ultra C Radiance Serum – This was a nice serum that I used only at night (due to concerns about Vitamin C and photo-sensitivity).  I used it up and enjoyed it…but I’m not sure I noticed any difference.  Also, I prefer other oils and serums for nighttime.

Brittanie’s Thyme Balancing Toner – [This bottle is totally blocked by another bottle in the photo…oops!]  I loved this affordable toner for the hottest part of summer last year.

Coola Mineral Sunscreen Matte Tint SPF 30 – This is my go-to for summer face sunscreen.  It keeps my face from looking oily.  However, my skin is getting drier, so I’m not sure I will need a matte sunscreen this coming summer.  However, if you get oily or greasy in the humidity, I think you would love this sunscreen.  I talked about it more in-depth here.

 

Have you used any of these products?  Let me know in the comments!

All-Natural Summer Skincare Routine

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Finding a skincare routine that actually works is like scaling a mountain – so trying, but so rewarding when you reach the top.  My skin is very finicky and changes with the seasons, so I basically had to completely overhaul my skincare between winter and summer.  I finally have a combination of products that are working well for my skin.

(FYI, my skin is combination-normal right now.  It is not oily nor dry. I have not had any real breakouts in a couple of months.  The main issue I have been dealing with is some clogged pores.)

Morning Routine:

In the morning I start with Osmia Organics Luz Enzyme Facial Soap which I’ve only been using for about two weeks.  I absolutely love this soap – it lathers so well but doesn’t strip my skin at all.  I follow that with a few spritzes of Britannie’s Thyme Balancing Facial Toner, which feels cooling due to peppermint oil.  However, this toner is surprisingly gentle on my skin.  I love it for summer.

I follow with a few drops of oil, lately it has been either Skin Owl Beauty Drops in Geranium or Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil, both of which I really enjoy.  The scents of both are quite nice, too, though the MMT is a bit earthier.  These two oils are also very affordable as far as all-natural face oils go.  Finally, I usually add a pea sized amount of Acure Oil Control Facial Moisturizer and spread it over my face before I start on my sunscreen and makeup.

 

Night Routine:

Night is more intensive because not only do I need to remove my makeup, but I want to prepare my skin with high-quality products that will work during the night.  I have been using the Meow Meow Tweet Oil Cleanser to remove makeup.  I remove eye makeup first and then use it on the rest of my face with a hot muslin cloth. I don’t think I like this oil cleanser as a first step.  It doesn’t remove my eye makeup well enough.  I think after I use this up I will switch back to Indigo Wild Zum Facial Cleanser which does the job better for a great price.

Once makeup is removed, I take a konjac sponge with a half pump of Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser to gently cleanse my face.  I have really enjoyed this cleanser the past several weeks I’ve used it.  Again, I spritz some Britannie’s Thyme Balancing Facial Toner and a couple of drops of the same oil from the morning – either Skin Owl Beauty Drops in Geranium OR Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil. I warm up a tiny amount of Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Eye Balm between my fingers and massage around my eye area. I actually prefer this eye balm to other eye products I’ve tried because this one is so thick.  I actually love that aspect of it because my eyes are still moisturized in the morning.

After these products have had a couple of minutes to sink into my skin, I massage into my skin one pump of True Nature Botanicals Pacific Night Serum with Retinol (about 3-4 times a week). I love this product and don’t even want to think about it being empty. It is so gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any irritation at all.

 

Weekly:

About twice a week I gently scrub my face with the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub.  And about once a week I have been using the Mahalo Pele Face Mask which so far, seems to be the best face mask I have ever used.  My skin always looks better the day after I use this mask.

Have you used any of these products?  What skincare products are you having success with this summer?

My Face Oil & Serum Collection

faceoilsAbout two years ago, I finally took the leap into all-natural facial oils after hearing about how many benefits they have for your skin.  I did a lot of research and reading about oils for the face and read experiences from those that used and loved facial oils. I don’t have any specific reading recommendations on the subject of the use and benefits of natural facial oils and serums – I’m a big fan of using your favorite search engine and falling down the rabbit hole for a while.  That, in my opinion, is the best way to get well-rounded knowledge of something.  Reading, and reading, and reading some more.  I suppose that’s the English major in me.

My gateway facial oil was argan oil, which, in my mind, is perhaps the most well-known of the facial oils.  One of the things I noticed after I switched to argan oil (from semi-clean face creams) was that I had significantly fewer breakouts, and the annoying little clogged pores (aka bumps) on my forehead cleared up.  Things were going well with argan oil for quite a while…and then I started wanting to try more brands of oils and serums with different ingredients, oils, herbs, essential oils – you name it, I was curious.

I have been loyal to only one face oil in two years – and that is the magnificent Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, but more about that in a moment.  We also always keep a bottle of Acure Organic Argan Oil, which my fiancé uses quite often.

This is my current selection of face oils and serums I’m using, along with a brief review of each.

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Oil “swatches” from left to right: Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, Skin Owl Beauty Drops in Geranium, TLA Ultra C Radiance Serum, Mahalo Body Vitality Elixir, Acure Organic Argan Oil, Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil, One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Serum

 

The Little Alchemist Ultra C Radiance Serum – After falling in love with TLA Cacao & Banana Face Glow (here) that I received in a recent Petit Vour box, I read up on their other products and wanted to try out this lovely serum.  This is formulated to revitalize skin and boost collagen production, with fantastic ingredients like rosehip oil, vitamin C, Co Enzyme Q10, Squalane, and towards the end of the ingredients, Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), which encourages cell turnover and is a proven anti-aging ingredient.  [As far as my stance on the safety of retinol, I will say this – the retinol is at the bottom of the ingredients list for this product and I only use this serum about 3 times a week, and always at night].  I really have been enjoying this serum.  For me, this has a nice scent that isn’t overpowering, and the consistency is medium-heavy.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil – This oil is my love.  I am smitten with this simple but powerful product.  It only contains rosehip CO2 seed extract, rosehip CO2 fruit extract, natural vitamin e, and rosemary leaf extract.  It isn’t complex, but the quality is what makes this shine.  The grade of oil is superior and highly concentrated.  I can’t say enough about it.  If you’ve had success with other products containing rosehip oil, put this oil at the top of your “to try” list.  It has healed sun exposure on my daughter, pimples, dry skin…there is nothing this hasn’t been able to fix for me – it truly is a fantastic all-around oil.  When I purchased my first bottle of this oil, the scent was a bit much for me (OK – I didn’t like it at all) but I swear, I have not only adapted to the scent, but I actually like it.  Our senses are funny things, aren’t they?  For me, the consistency is medium-heavy.

Skin Owl Beauty Drops in Geranium – I heard a couple of natural beauty bloggers and YouTubers comment on this oil, so when I caught it on sale on Pharmaca, I decided to try it, and have not regretted it at all.  Only containing argan oil and geranium oil, this is another oil that while not complex in ingredients, is special because of the quality of those ingredients.  I can tell that the quality of argan oil is of a higher grade than more affordable argan oils.  There is also something about the geranium oil that just works for me.  Since I purchased it, I have actually been reaching for this oil quite a bit.  The scent is mild and nice, while the consistency is medium but heavier than the Acure argan oil.

Mahalo Body Vitality Elixir Facial Oil – Oh, mama, is this oil spectacular!  Seriously, just click on the link and read the ingredients…I just can’t handle its awesomeness.  I also have their amazing Face Balm, but that’s another post.  This oil is a gorgeous golden color and sinks into my skin like no other oil I’ve tried.  It is a luxury serum and an investment, no doubt (I actually scored a very nice discount code on my bottle), but the quality is stellar.  The texture is silken and the scent is complex and beautiful.

Acure Organic Argan Oil – A staple in our bathroom cabinet, this is the bottle of oil my fiancé most generally reaches for after he gets out of the shower.  I tend to use this oil only for my neck, décolletage, legs, and cuticles.  This is also the oil I use if I want to add an oil to my face masks.  It is affordable and does the job.  For me, this is a medium consistency oil with little noticeable scent.

Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil – I kept my eye on this oil during the winter, as I read that it was excellent for breakout prone skin.  My skin was almost completely free of pimples for several months when the weather was dry, but it tends to act up in more humid weather.  Since it is starting to get humid where I live, I’ve been using this a lot since I purchased it about five weeks ago.  It is really great considering the affordable price tag.  The hempseed oil is the star ingredient.  As far as consistency, it is a bit on the thicker side to me.  And the scent has never bothered me – I actually like the scent.

One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal – I’ve heard some people say this serum isn’t heavy enough, but for me, it is a heavier consistency oil.  It doesn’t immediently absorb into my skin the way the Mahalo Body Vitality Elixir does, for example.  It tends to “sit” on my skin and actually looks like I have a layer of oil on my skin.  This is actually my second bottle, but I’ve been reaching for it very rarely these days.  It’s not that it’s subpar – it’s actually a very nice oil.  I just have been having more success lately with other products.  I think maybe the watermelon seed oil is what I really like about this product.  I will definitely use this up at some point.

There you have it – my current collection, which is always rotating as I discover new oils and serums that I want to try!  Have you tried any of these with success?  Do you have a favorite face oil or serum?  Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!