Friday, June 5, 2020

Vitabrid C¹² Deep Cleansing Shampoo Shot and Purifying Shampoo Shot

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Vitabrid C¹² is definitely one of my favorite skincare and haircare brands these day because their innovative products really work so well for my skin and hair. They recently launched their Shampoo Shots to care for the scalp, and since a healthy scalp leads to healthy hair, Vitabrid C¹² feels that this is an essential step for the overall care of one's hair.
Vitabrid C¹² Deep Cleansing Shampoo Shot Pre-Shampoo Treatment ($47.00 for 2.87 oz. from Vitabrid): This Deep Cleansing Shampoo Shot is formulated to deeply clean the scalp and to effectively exfoliate dead skin cells without stripping or drying the scalp or hair. The gel transforms into a milky emulsion when water is introduced, and it can be used before you use shampoo, or you can mix it with your shampoo. It rinses clean and really refreshes the scalp.

According to Vitabrid,

Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. This concentrated gel-to-milk scalp and hair shampoo shot features a proprietary blend of Vitabrid CG and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to exfoliate and deeply cleanse the scalp while restoring the hair’s natural oils. Its active ingredients soothe irritation and detoxify without stripping the skin’s moisture, promoting a healthy and balanced scalp.

Directions: Use as a shampoo mix treatment before shampooing for maximum effectiveness.
Apply to wet hair in sections and delicately massage of one minute into the scalp and through to the ends of hair. Rinse thoroughly then shampoo and condition as normal. Recommended for use two times a week depending on type of scalp concern. Tip : As desired, mix an appropriate amount (1/3 of shampoo amount) with your shampoo.

Key Ingredients:

Vitabrid CG (Active & stable vitamin C) - Removes dead skin cells, brightens skin, improves elasticity, skin regeneration effect, helps to improve skin condition.

Celery Seed Extract- Soothes and moisturizes; helps fight against dandruff, itching, dryness and hyperseborrhea to provide purity and comfort to both oily and dry scalp.

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt- A natural exfoliant that help to support a healthy and balanced scalp.

Plant-derived Oil Complex*- Provides a long lasting hydration even after rinse off.

Vitamin Complex*- Provides essential nutrients to help strengthen the hair from root to tip.

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil- Provides vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids that give soothing and rejuvenating effects.

Peppermint Oil- Reduces scalp irritation and gives refreshing sensation*

Vitamin Complex: Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), and Biotin (Vitamin B7)* Plant-derived Oil Complex: Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Argan Oil
Vitabrid C¹² Purifying Shampoo Shot Pre-Shampoo Treatment ($47.00 for 2.87 oz. from Vitabrid): This Purifying Shampoo Shot is formulated to really deeply exfoliate and cleanse dead skin without drying or stripping the skin or hair. The gel transforms into a milky emulsion when water is introduced, and it can be used before you use shampoo, or you can mix it with your shampoo. It rinses clean and really refreshes the scalp. The charcoal really does next level cleaning and exfoliating, but the quality is so high, and the other ingredients are so nourishing that it really pampers rather than dries out the scalp.

According to Vitabrid,

Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. This concentrated gel-to-milk scalp and hair shampoo shot features a proprietary blend of Vitabrid CG and charcoal to exfoliate and deeply cleanse the scalp while restoring the hair’s natural oils. Its active ingredients soothe irritation and detoxify without stripping the skin’s moisture, promoting a healthy and balanced scalp.

Directions: Use as a shampoo mix treatment before shampooing for maximum effectiveness.
Apply to wet hair in sections and delicately massage of one minute into the scalp and through to the ends of hair. Rinse thoroughly then shampoo and condition as normal. Recommended for use two times a week depending on type of scalp concern. Tip: As desired, mix an appropriate amount (1/3 of shampoo amount) with your shampoo.

Key Ingredients

Vitabrid CG (Active & stable vitamin C)- Removes dead skin cells, brightens skin, improves elasticity, skin regeneration effect, helps to improve skin condition.

Celery Seed Extract- Soothes and moisturizes; helps fight against dandruff, itching, dryness and hyperseborrhea to provide purity and comfort to both oily and dry scalps.

Bamboo Charcoal- A natural exfoliant that absorbs toxins and draws out clogged pores.

Plant-derived Oil Complex*- Provides a long-lasting hydration even after rinse off.

Vitamin Complex*- Provides essential nutrients to help strengthen the hair from root to tip.

Baobab Oil- A nutrient-rich oil that soothes an irritated, inflamed scalp and hair.* 

Vitamin Complex: Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), and Biotin (Vitamin B7)* Plant-derived Oil Complex: Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Argan Oil
Overall Assessment: Vitabrid is currently running a lot of sales, and therefore I encourage you to take a look at their website, if you are looking to try or replenish any of their products! Their Shampoo Shots are excellent quality, and well-worth trying if you are looking to exfoliate dead skin cells on your scalp.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020


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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

CLEARstem Clear Kit: Anti-Aging and Anti-Acne Skincare

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If you are having an issue with breakouts, then CLEARstem’s four piece kit, which features two serums, one cleanser-makeup remover and one exfoliating cleanser, might just be what your skin is seeking. This anti-aging & anti-acne skincare line is formulated to clear up breakouts, to help fade acne scars over time and to hydrate the skin while reducing the appearance if fine lines and wrinkles.

According to CLEARStem,

The real CLEARStem difference is that the line uses absolutely no pore clogging ingredients. According to co-founder Danielle Gronich, a cellular biologist and licensed esthetician who has her own acne-focused clinic in San Diego, “organic” isn’t the right strategy for acne. In fact, she says essential oils, coconut oil, shea butter, seaweed, algae and many more create instant “traffic jams” in the pores.
GENTLEclean ($39.00 value) is a purifying, detoxing & restoring cleanser that is good for dry, mature, sensitive, blemish-prone, combination and normal skin types. It removes makeup and dirt effectively, and without stripping the skin or leaving it taut and uncomfortable. Furthermore, it forms a very light lather and has a pleasant, but barely detectable, clean scent.

According to CLEARstem,

Excellent cleanser to remove all makeup and oil without stripping the skin. This blend is nourishing, non-drying, and even gets rid of mascara and foundation (gently, of course). Makeup artist approved.

Directions: Wet face with lukewarm water and apply a quarter-sized amount to your wet palms. Lather well; bring hands to face. Begin to gently massage cleanser into skin using circular motions (pressure should be light-medium). Massage into skin for 30-60 seconds. Use this time to take several deep breaths of the custom herb & fruit aroma. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water; pat dry. Safe for eye makeup removal as well as a full body wash.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Sclerotium Gum, Polysorbate 20 (naturally derived), Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Allantoin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Capsaicin (Vitamin C Bioflavinoid), Hesperidin (Vitamin C Bioflavinoid), Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil , Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract. Certified Organic*
VITAMINscrub ($44.00 value) is a smoothing, decongesting and brightening exfoliator that gently and effectively removes dead skin without irritating or stripping. It forms a luscious lather that is punctuated by the exfoliating bamboo particles that leave skin smooth, clean and luminous. It has a wonderful fruity aroma that is very satisfying, but it's not in the least bit overpowering.

According to CLEARstem,

Good for all skin types including dry, mature, sensitive, blemish-prone, combination and normal
Smoothing scrub designed for daily use. Environmentally-friendly bamboo particles act as a polish to resurface the skin and keep pores clear. Skin’s texture will appear smooth, refined, brightened, and pores will appear smaller.

Directions: Wet face with lukewarm water (never hot!) Heat kills skin cells. Apply a 50-cent piece-sized amount to your wet palms. Lather until it foams! Bring hands to face. Begin to gently massage scrub into skin using circular motions (pressure should be LIGHT). Massage into skin for around 20-45 seconds, focusing more on any areas of breakouts. AVOID DIRECT EYE AREA. Use this time to take several deep breaths of the custom fruit and herb aroma. We’d love if you used this time to give yourself props for all you did that day. 30-45 seconds is the ideal amount of time to VITAMIN scrub. If skin is dry, reduce to 15-20 seconds. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water; pat dry. Smile because your skin is now smoother.

OTHER USES: May be used on the body as well, and helps eliminate bikini line irritation, ingrown hairs, and razor burn.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract or Juice*, Propanediol, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium, Cocoyl Glycinate, Cocamide MIPA, Capryloyl/Caproyl Methyl Glucamide, Lauroyl/Myristoyl Methyl, Glucamide, Sclerotium Gum, Arthemis Nobilis or Chamaemelum Nobile*, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Capsaicin, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Chromium Oxide Green, Proprietary Collagen Stem Cell Formula, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Hesperidin, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Lactic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Ormenis Mixta, Chamaemelum Mixtum, or Ormenis Multicaulis*, Panthenol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate. Certified Organic*
CELLrenew Collagen Stem Cell Serum ($59.00 value) is serum that is formulated to fade scars and hyperpigmentation (from acne scars and sun damage), and it features anti-aging and anti-acne ingredients to heal and calm the skin. I do not have acne or a lot of hyperpigmentation from sun damage, and therefore I am not sure about the extent to which it will treat those conditions, but I can say that my skin is calm, soft and my fine expression lines are lightly plumped because of the hyaluronic acid.  It has a light and clean aroma that is refreshing, but not long-lasting or assertive.

According to CLEARstem,

Hormonal support in two ways; ingredients like Saw Palmetto, Green Tea, and Reishi Mushroom regulate oil production, while Tumeric and B5 halt inflammation, allowing skin to re-balance and heal.

Good for ALL skin types, including dry, mature, sensitive, acne-prone, combination, and normal.
We created this product because our clients needed a serum to fade scars and brown spots left behind after breakouts & sun exposure. It is Anti-aging AND Anti-acne, calming, and completely non-toxic. Collagen stem cells along with our targeted botanical extracts and natural hyaluronic base have created the perfect formula to drastically improve the appearance of your complexion no matter what your skin is going through. We’ve got you covered from your teens to your 90’s – enjoy!

CELLrenew can also be used for post peel care as well as laser treatments, microneedling, and hair removal. Whenever the skin undergoes professional exfoliation or heat treatments, there will be inflammation that needs to calmed down ASAP. The fresh skin that has been brought to the surface also needs friendly stem cells to help regenerate quickly and aid in cellular renewal. This item also has hormonal helpers like Saw Palmetto which will calm the oil glands in the hair follicles to reduce the chance of breakouts as a side-effect of the treatment. Triple win!

Directions: SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE before use. We don’t use junk fillers or binders, so natural separation occurs. After CLEARity has had a chance to do its job, apply 2-3 pumps of CELLrenew over entire face. Massage into your skin for about 30 seconds. Massage motions are ideal for best results – circulation increases healing! Safe for whole face, lips and neck, just no eyelids.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Hyaluronic Acid, Isopentyldiol Epilobium Angustifolium (Willowherb) Extract, Proprietary Collagen Stem Cell Formula, Proprietary Enzymes, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract*, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto/Palm Fruit) Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover Flower) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Leaf) Extract*, Citrus Grandis (Pink Grapefruit Peel) Oil, Frankincense Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata (Mountain Pepper), Kunzea Pomifera (Emu Apple/Native Cranberry Fruit) Extract, Syzygium Luehmannii (Riberry Fruit) Extract, Curcuma Kwangsiensis/Curcuma Wenyujin Rhizome (Turmeric) Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5). Certified Organic*
CLEARity Mandelic Acid Smoothing Serum + Vitamin C ($64.00 value) is a smoothing and detoxing serum that helps to clear acne-prone skin, and it helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and brighten the complexion. It gives skin a pronounced clarity and luminosity that is really noticeable. It has a light and pleasant citrus aroma, but it is neither long-lasting, nor in the least bit overpowering.

According to CLEARstem,

Excellent for all skin types including acne-prone, dry, mature, sensitive, combination and normal
Exfoliation serum to unclog pores and dissolve away extra skin and oil. With a perfect acid blend, specific pH, and stabilized Vitamin C bioflavinoids, you’ll experience skin that appears brighter, healthier, and free of blemishes. Because this serum also contains Vitamin C, you do not need a separate Vitamin C serum. Watch breakouts and fine lines disappear as your skin tone brightens dramatically.

Directions: At first, use only at night for a week or two. Let your skin adjust to the new level of exfoliation! After 10-14 days feel free to incorporate into your morning regimen as well! P.M. Apply 3 pumps to your fingertips, and then apply to face. AVOID EYE AREA. Massage into skin, then go chill for 15-30 minutes while CLEARity does its job. This is the perfect amount of time to watch a Friends episode and write down down what went well that day. Relaxation helps your skin, so get some. If after 10 days your skin is not dry, repeat this process in the A.M. as well. Use the 15-30 minutes to do something positive, like meal prep, play some tunes or plan out a happy day! May be used on other body parts that need some rejuvenation, like chest, tops of hands, any areas of old scars, or even the bikini line.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Mandelic Acid, Propanediol, Olive Glycereth 8 Esters, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Sodium PCA, Cameila, Sinensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Capsaicin, Hesperidin, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Sodium Lactate, Natural Fragrance. Certified Organic*
Overall Assessment: If you are seeking an anti-aging line of skincare products that refresh the skin and treat breakouts,  then CLEARstem is definitely worthy of your consideration. While you can purchase the set, they sell each of the products individually as well. 

$159.00 for the 4 piece kit from CLEARstem and each product sold separately from CLEARstem HERE (Unaffiliated Links).

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

FRÉ Recover Me Restorative Night Cream

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FRÉ Recover Me Restorative Night Cream is a wonderful multipurpose lightweight and emollient cream that is for formulated for all skin types. It deeply hydrates, clears breakouts,  helps fight damage that occurs as a result of UV exposure, and it softens the appearance of fine lines. Furthermore, it sinks in immediately, it has no detectable scent and it leaves skin soft, smooth, luminous and with a pronounced clarity.

 vegan | paraben-free | gluten-free | cruelty-free | fragrance-free | for all skin types

According to FRÉ

3-in-1 treatment: clears, fights UV damage, hydrates, Your active skin only needs one night-time solution. Meet Recover Me, the revolutionary night cream that fights breakouts, sun damage, and dehydration. It strengthens your skin barrier night after night, so you can continue living your active lifestyle with confidence during the day. Recover Me's magic is based on an Argan Tree patent-pending formula that is more powerful than existing chemical solutions to fight UV damage and skin inflammation. With this little miracle cream, you can wake up ready for the day, with a clear and radiant complexion.
Directions: Apply to freshly cleansed face. Massage a small amount of RECOVER ME onto your face until fully absorbed. Avoid the eye area. For optimal results, use every night. Before using RECOVER ME, we highly recommend cleansing your face using PURIFY ME and then applying REVIVE ME, our deep replenishing serum.

Select Ingredients:

- Argania Active Complex© has potent anti-oxidant and hydrating effects, reducing the signs of aging, improving the skin's firmness, and restoring its elasticity

- Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 is a peptide compound that is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles

- Hyaluronic Acid retains moisture by promoting skin hydration and by reducing trans-epidermal water loss

- Coco-Caprylate/Caprate is a natural moisturizer and provides strong hydration

- Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3, which enhances the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness

- Tocopherol are organic compounds which have Vitamin E activity and are anti-oxidative

- Copper tripeptide 1 stimulates the production of several important skin ingredients (e.g. collagen, elastin, and glycosaminoglycans). It has significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, improves skin elasticity, clarity and firmness, and reduces lines and wrinkles

- Lavender Oil has anti-inflammatory properties, restores skin complexion and reduces acne

Ingredients: Water, Argan (argan spinosa) Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 , Xylitylglucoside, Hyaluronic acid, Argan spinosa oil, Coco- Caprylate/ Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl glucoside,polysilicone- 11, Isomalt, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Laureth-12, Copper Triptide-1, sweet almond (prunus Amygdalus Duleis oil) , cetyl alcohol, saccharide Isomerate, Xanthan Gum, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Argan spinosa callus culture extract, Tocopherol lecithin, levulinic acid, p-anisia acid, Sodium Benzoate, Geranium (Pelargonium) Graveolens Flower Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil graveolens flower oil, (peppermint oil,lavender (lavandula Angustifolia) oil, ylang- ylang (cananga Odorata) flower oil.
Overall Assessment: I have had very good luck with all of the products that I cave tried from FRÉ Skincare, and this night cream does not disappoint.

$54.00 for 1.69 oz. from FRÉ Skincare (Unaffiliated Links).
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Monday, June 1, 2020

Derma E 20% Off Skin Restore, Anti-Aging an Firming Collections

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Derma E is one of my favorite affordable eco-friendly, and cruelty-free, brands. Their products are solid performers, they do what they promise and they are very pleasant to use. They are currently offering 20%Off their Skin Restore, Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Collections from May 28 - June1 at 10:00AM PST. Use Code: GLOW20The prices are great even without a discount, but the extra 20% off makes this a great deal.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

5 Tips to Prep Hair for Summer

Fabian Lliguin, Rahua Co-founder, President, and New York Hairdresser provides 5 best tips for prepping hair pre-summer:

1. THE FRIZZ FACTOR: The humidity of warmer weather often results in frizzy hair. Dry, porous hair is attracted to the moisture (water) in the air which causes the cuticle to swell and change texture. The best way to avoid this is to keep your hair as hydrated as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to use plant-based ingredients which create a natural protective barrier on the hair. Using a regimen of hydrating products such as Rahua Hydration Shampoo, Hydration Conditioner (Reviewed HERE) and Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier will combat this phenomenon and help keep frizz at bay.

2. PROTECT YOUR SCALP FROM THE SUN: We all spend time putting sunscreens all over our face and body, but often forget that the scalp gets sunburned, too. Of course, covering your head with a hat or bandana will protect the scalp, but we aren’t wearing a hat every day. Protecting and caring for your scalp is essential by using a scalp treatment. Rahua Founder’s Blend Scalp and Hair Treatment (Reviewed HERE) is a non-toxic, plant powered treatment created with Hemp oil, Rahua oil and Palo Santo oil to strengthen follicles and balance the scalp’s microbiome. It’s nourishing for both the scalp and strands. You can spot treat or apply a light coat before hitting the beach or out in the sun to protect it and reap the benefits.

3. KEEP UP WITH HAIRCUTS: Regular trims during the summer is key to keeping the ends free of split ends and providing a healthy appearance. Using a product like Rahua Leave-In Treatment or Leave-In Treatment Light (for finer hair) (Reviewed HERE) helps to protect the ends and allow for good hair growth.

4. HAIR UNPLUGGED: Take a break from blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, etc. and let your hair air dry! Prepping the hair with Rahua Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier or Rahua Control Cream are the perfect hair primers. The moisturizing formula of Rahua Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier not only detangles and blocks humidity, but leaves hair soft, smooth, and manageable. This is the time of the year to accentuate your own natural texture rather than fighting it. Products like Rahua Control Cream, Freestyle Texturizer and Enchanted Island Salt Spray are perfect for air dry styling to accentuate texture, waves, and curls.

5. MASKS ARE IN: Hair masks are a wonderful way to keep hair in optimum health. It’s a step that people often  feel they don’t have time for but applying a mask during the day and wearing your hair up is a great way to benefit from a treatment. You can do it before you hit the beach or just under a cap when you’re out and about. Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask (Reviewed HERE), created with pure Symbiotic® natural Amazonian ingredients, deeply penetrates the hair shaft leaving hair strong, shiny, and revitalized.  Plus, the lavender and eucalyptus scent provides an uplifting, aromatherapy experience.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Beauty Spotlight Team Welcomes June

Prime Beauty says for clear, bright skin you need to exfoliate but you don't need to spend a lot of money. Try Bubble Up Peeling Pads from Hanhoo!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog just reviewed the Boxwalla June Beauty Box: Three Ways to Savor Summer (With a Little Help From My Friends), and HIGHLY recommends this eco-luxe box! With a $185.00 value, for only $49.95, it features three full-size holy grail products from African Botanics, Nini Organics and Pai Skincare!

Looking for a good neutral polish? Looking for one that might work better with your skin tone? Check out Cassie from Southeast by Midwest's review and swatches of the Lights Lacquer YNBB Collection.

Never Say Die Beauty has found a perfect solution for the warm compress she needs to treat her dry eyes every night. Perfect for relaxation, help falling asleep, and depuff-ing eyes, too. Brilliant for travel.

If you're thinking of starting a garden, you'll want to check out Stacie's post on The Makeup Obsessed Mom Blog. She finds gardening to be therapeutic and you may too.

The pandemic hasn't stopped Beauty Info Zone from sharing giveaways with our readers. At the time of this post there are 3 current ones to check out including this one for Dr. Plotka's Mouthwater Toothbrushes. Enter this and the two others that are posted.

While on hiatus, Notes from My Dressing Table invites you to enjoy this throwback post featuring Airelle Skin Care Anti-Aging Manuka Honey Face Mask.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Boxwalla June Beauty Box Review: Three Ways to Savor Summer (With a Little Help From My Friends)

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Boxwalla enthusiasts know that Boxwalla's eco-luxe beauty boxes are an extraordinary value, and that the products themselves are nothing short of spectacular. Their carefully curated green beauty boxes are a tremendous value, with steep discounts, and they feature truly covet-worthy cruelty-free organic beauty products. 

BEAUTY BOX June Box | $49.95: A Beauty Box for the luxury loving skincare nerd, this box lets you experience the most effective and exquisite beauty products that harness the potency of plant-based ingredients. 

- Bi-Monthly Delivery
- Free U.S. Shipping
- Effective Plant-based Ingredients
- Always Cruelty-Free
The Boxwalla June Beauty Box is themed: Three Ways to Savor Summer (With a Little Help From My Friends), and this extraordinary box ships in June. There are three brands in this Box and three full sized products. Retail Value: $185.00!
Nini Organics Natural Detox Foam ($52.00 value): This delectable detox foam is an ultra-finely milled powder cleanser, with a luscious minty aroma, that transforms into a creamy dreamy foamy mousse with a few drops of water. While you could certainly mix it in a bowl, I prefer to cup my hand and mix it with my finger, and then apply it directly to me face. Boxwalla posits that it can be used as a first cleanse if you aren't wearing makeup and a second cleanse if you are.

The coconut-based foaming agent gives this cleanser its creamy texture and the green clay deeply cleans the skin. Ingredients such as white willow bark gently exfoliates and helps fight acne without stripping the skin. This magical powder is filled with nourishing and antioxidant-rich ingredients, such as neem, spirulina, broccoli and baobab extracts, camu camu and goji that leave skin soft, smooth, supple and luminous.

According to Nini Organics,

Natura Detox Foam is a unique water-free foaming cleanser supercharged with detoxifying dried vegetables and super antioxidants. A super gentle foaming agent derived from Coconuts helps create a super effective foaming cleanser. Broccoli powder rich in vitamin C & A helps to mop up all the daily pollutants and free radical damage whilst Organic Baobab powder helps promote skin’s collagen formation, boosting skin’s natural elasticity and smoothness. White Willow Bark contains salicylic acid which gently exfoliates your skin helping to fight acne / hormonal breakouts leaving your skin feeling fresh and looking radiant. Organic Goji Berry powder is rich in antioxidants helping to further reduce environmental damage.
Directions: Use 2/3 times a week as a recharging cleanser designed to give your skin a full detoxifying cleanse. Add a small amount to the palm of your hand, slowly add droplets of fresh water to create a supercharged foam ready to deeply & effectively cleanse your skin. Apply in circular motions onto dry skin adding more water to activate more foam, massage in for around 30 seconds before washing off with cold water for a more refreshing feel.

NINI Tip: Mix with our Coffee & Cacao Face Scrub for a more exfoliating cleanser or use as a second cleanse to our Halo Cleansing Elixir. Can also be used as a second cleanse to any existing routine. 

Please Note: The subscriber bottles will come in the newly designed outer boxes that are under production.
Ingredients: Sodium cocoyl isethionate (coconut foaming agent)**, Sodium bicarbonate ***, Citric acid**, Montmorillonite (Green Clay)**, Spirulina platensis powder (Spirulina)*, Azadirachta indica leaf extract (Neem)*, Spinacia oleracea leaf powder (Spinach)*, Brassica oleracea italica extract (Broccoli)*, Adansonia digitata fruit extract (Baobab)*, Lycium barbarum fruit extract (Goji Berry)*, Myrciaria dubia fruit extract (Camu Camu)*, Maltodextrin**, Salix alba bark powder (White Willow Bark)*, Mentha spicata herb oil (Spearmint)*, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil (Rose Geranium)*, Citrus aurantium flower oil (Neroli)**, D-Limonene****, Linalol****, Citral****, Geraniol****, Farnesol****. *Organic or Wildcrafted **Natural ***Aluminium Free **** Naturally Occurring
Pai Skincare Sea Aster & Wild Oat Instant Calm Redness Serum ($78.00 value): This serum has the texture of a lovely light and emollient water-based lotion, and it is formulated to calm and soothe skin and to reduce redness and irritation. Furthermore, it nourishes and hydrates, pampers sensitive skin without any irritation and it leaves it comfortable, soft, supple and luminous. It has a very very light herbal aroma, but it is so faint that it isn't detectable on the skin.

According to Pai,

Our Instant Calm Redness Serum is expertly formulated restore calm and confidence to reactive complexions. This lightweight and hydrating serum is enriched with Sea Aster, a flowering plant that actively calms troubled skin and reduces visible redness and blotchiness. Combined with Wild Oat, rich source of Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids, it helps to comfort areas of dryness and soothe sensitivity. To reduce flare-ups caused by dehydration and dryness, this ultra gentle formula is carefully balanced with filtered water.

This serum is free from ingredients thought to dry or irritate redness, Eczema and Rosacea-prone skin, including: Alcohol (denat.), Benzoyl Peroxide, Synthetic Fragrance, Methylisothiazolinone (MI), Phenoxyethanol and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate.

As well as instantly calming flushed skin, Sea Aster also strengthens surface blood vessels to improve and prevent redness over time.
Directions: Massage 1 pump into clean skin at night.

Boxwalla asserts: I use this after a toner/hydrating mist and under an oil and cream/balm, as you would a hydrating water based serum. It also layers beautifully under Monastery Aloe. It is very versatile - If you experience redness, in addition to using it as a serum, you can also dab on red areas after your skincare routine. It is also useful to layer under more active serum if you want a bit of a buffer while using active serums.
Ingredients: Full Ingredients (INCI): Aqua - Purified Water, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water* - Orange Fruit Water, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract* - Oat Extract, Glycerin - Organic Derived Vegetable Glycerine, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate - Naturally Derived Emulsifier, Cetearyl Alcohol - Naturally Derived Emulsifier. Aster Maritima/Tripolium Extract - Sea Aster Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate - Hyaluronic Acid. Carya Ovata Bark Extract - Hickory Bark Extract, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil* - May Chang Oil, Adesmia Boronioides Flower / Leaf / Stem Oil* - Paramela Oil Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil* - Sunflower Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride - Naturally Derived Emollient, Acacia Senegal Gum - Gum Arabic, Xanthan Gum - Xanthan Gum, Sodium Levulinate - Naturally Derived Preservative, Sodium Anisate - Naturally Derived Preservative, Glyceryl Caprylate - Naturally Derived Emulsifier, Tocopherol - Natural Vitamin E, Lactic Acid - pH Regulator, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract* - Rosemary Leaf Extract.

Naturally occurring in essential oils: citral*, limonene*.  Certified Organic by the Soil Association (*Organically produced 79% of product). Suitable for Vegans. Not tested on animals. Nut free formula.
African Botanics Marula Botanical Hand Cream ($55.00 value): The ultra-emollient luxury oil-infused cream boasts a refreshingly creamy lightweight texture that sinks into the skin immediately and doesn't leave hands in the least bit greasy. If you adhere to the belief that one needs to use thick and greasy hand creams in order to stave-off and heal dry and chapped hands, then you will be astonished by the efficacy of this ingenious hand cream.  In fact, I think that it is more accurate to classify Marula Botanical Hand Cream as a cutting-edge antioxidant-rich anti-aging serum/cream hybrid that protects, nourishes, hydrates, soothes, brightens and repairs the skin with great efficacy.

Not only are my hands soft, supple and ultra moisturized, but they are left with the type of pronounced luminosity that I have only ever experienced in luxurious serums and beauty oils for the face. The delectable warm and earthy scent heightens the sensory experience of using this luxe hand cream, but it does fade soon upon application, and therefore won't pose a problem for those among you who prefer scent-free products.

It is noteworthy that the formula is very concentrated, and the effects are very long-lasting– therefore a single tube goes a very very long way.  If you treat yourself to one new body product this season, then African Botanics Marula Botanical Hand Cream should be at the top of your list. I kid you not, this hand cream is that extraordinary.

According to African Botanics,

Formulated to regenerate, repair, deeply hydrate, soothe, even skin tone, brighten and restore comfort. Reduces dark spots and lightens with Swiss Garden Cress. Protects and fights aging with Alpine Rose plant stem cells, plant peptides and Hyaluronic Acid while promoting healing.

Packed with a bespoke blend of wild-harvested African oils, exotic butters and moisturizing botanicals that naturally soothe, soften and deeply hydrate while combating dryness and the appearance of age spots. Sinks deep into the skin and delivers vitamin rich restorative hydration providing an uplifting and calming aromatic experience with Wild Rosemary Leaf and Cape Rose Geranium. Quick-absorbing treatment leaves hands soft, soothed and well protected.

A unique combination of antioxidant and omega-rich Marula, Baobab and Kigelia oils calm, hydrate and increase skin elasticity. Mafura, Mango and Shea butters nourish, soothe and help reduce inflammation. Green Rooibos Tea and Swiss Garden Cress, rich in phytonutrients help reduce age spots, pigmentation and even out skin tone. Hyaluronic acid, Alpine Rose Plant Stem Cells and plant peptides visibly smoothe, strengthen and enhance the lipid barrier function to protect and maintain moisture.
Ingredients: Aqua (Spring Water), Aloe Ferox (Bitter Aloe) Leaf Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)* Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Decyl Oleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea)* Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango)* Seed Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Trichilla Emetica (Cape Mahogany Mafura)* Seed Butter, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Lecithin, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab)* Seed Oil, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Globularia Cordifolia Ferment, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Tea Extract, Cyclopia Genistoides (Honeybush) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexapeptide-3, Pelargonium Graveolens (Cape Geranium) Essential Oil, Rosarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E). *Organic and Wild-Harvested Ingredients.
Overall Assessment: Not only are each of the products in the June Box extraordinary, but the value is unbelievable! I highly recommend Boxwalla June Beauty Box: Three Ways to Savor Summer (With a Little Help From My Friends). A+

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

May Empties 2020

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The months seem to be blurring together since we have been under a stay-at-home order, and it really seems as though I just did an empties post for April! As you can clearly see, I am using up a lot of bars of soap each month with all of the necessary hand-washing, and the other products just tend to be daily use items.

LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant ($14.00 for 1.7 oz. from LAVANILA, Amazon and Ulta): LAVANILA makes wonderful healthy deodorants that are effective and smell wonderful (though they also make an unscented variant for sensitive skin). Their Vanilla Grapefruit scent is probably my favorite because it smells utterly scrumptious, and offers long-lasting protection. Purchase Again? I already have a replacement!

Fleur's Delightful Body Exfoliating Mist ($53.50 for 3.3 oz. from LeSpa USA): I am thoroughly obsessed with this exfoliating body mist– it is unlike anything else that I have tried. It has the most gorgeous floral aroma, it hydrates and refreshes the skin, and it effectively exfoliates dead skin cells. Simply spray it on your body, gently massage the skin and let it do the rest. Purchase Again? Maybe eventually, but I already have a couple of foaming and gel body exfoliants that I need to use up first.

LAVANILA Vanilla Grapefruit Rollerball ($19.00 for 0.33 oz. from LAVANILA and Ulta): This combination of warm Madagascar Vanilla and tangy pink grapefruit is such an unexpected surprise. The vanilla warms up grapefruit and transforms it into a creamy, warm citrus. Purchase Again? I have a full size bottle that I am currently using!

Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge Perfume ($240.00 for 1.7 oz. from Sephora and Nordstrom): Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge Perfume (sample): I love this scent! According to Tom Ford, "Voluptuous, sensuous and audacious, TOM FORD Jasmin Rouge is a saturated, spiced floral. An unexpected blend of precious sambac jasmine sepals absolute—an ingredient never used before in perfumery—with dusky clary sage and rich spices." Purchase Again? I would definitely consider purchasing a small bottle, but I need to use up a few of my perfumes first.
MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask ($10.99-$17.77 for 7 masks from Yes Style Global and Amazon): If you are looking for serious stress relief, MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask, which stays at a comfortable temperature for 10 minutes, bathes "eyes and the delicate eye area in warm steam. This 'steam bath for the eyes' helps with deep release of the tension of the day and soothes the mind. Purchase Again? I have two full boxes, and I will definitely repurchase when they are nearly empty!

Flowerspice Modern Apothecary Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser Rose & Coriander with Prickly Pear and Aloe Vera ($82.00 value from Boxwalla): This ultra-creamy moisturizer is rich, and yet luxuriously light and fast absorbing– it melts into the skin immediately, and it leaves behind no greasy residue whatsoever. It leaves skin remarkably soft, supple, lightly plumped, hydrated and luminous. It has a wonderful scent that is informed by the Rose and Coriander– thus it has a lightly spicy floral aroma that is utterly beautiful. Purchase Again? I definitely will once I finish up a couple of my open face creams, this stuff is sensational!
Artnaturals Hair Argan Oil Conditioner ($26.00 for 16 oz. each from Target): This conditioner, which is enriched with Argan Oil, is formulated to condition and protect hair while moisturizing, strengthening and enhancing manageability. This formula is safe for color-treated hair, gentle enough for curly dry hair, and it doesn't weigh down fine hair. Furthermore, it leaves hair soft, shiny, manageable and adds volume to lifeless tresses. It has a light scent that is clean and not long-lasting. Purchase Again? I already have a replacement bottle!

Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap ($8.00 for 8 oz. and $14.00 for 16 oz. from Ulta and Nordstrom): This Alpha Hydroxy Acid body wash effectively exfoliates dead skin cells without any exfoliating particles, and it does so without stripping the skin in the least bit. It has a nice lather and a pleasant subtle aroma and it leaves skin soft and supple. I only use it where I seek exfoliation, and then use a non-exfoliating body wash elsewhere. Purchase Again? Just as soon as I finish up a few more body washes.

June Jacobs Fresh Squeezed Lemon Cleanser ($44.00 for 6.7 oz. from June Jacobs and Walmart): This wonderfully uplifting aromatic lemon cleanser is lightly lathering, non-stripping, and gentle enough for daily use. It effectively sweeps away dirt and makeup without ever drying or over-working the skin. The nourishing formula leaves skin feeling fresh, clean, soft and supple. Purchase Again? While I would definitely use this again, I am currently swimming in facial cleansers, so I won't need another for quite a while.
Dove Pink Beauty Bar ($2.99-$12.99 for 2-14 bar packs from Target and Walgreens): This creamy cleanser contains ¼ moisturizing cream to help make skin soft, smooth and hydrated. It doesn't strip skin in the least, nor does it leave it taut. Purchase Again? Most definitely! I already have more bars!

Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar ($3.19-$12.99 for 2-14 bar packs from TargetWalgreens and Bed, Bath & Beyond): If you have sensitive skin, then you likely seek a gentle cleansing bar that will neither strip, nor dry out your skin, and this bar definitely delivers. Furthermore, this bar leaves skin soft, smooth and not in the least bit taut. Purchase Again? Most definitely! I already have more bars!

Nubian Heritage Olive Oil & Green Tea Bar Soap ($4.99 for 5 oz. from Nubian HeritageiHerbThe Vitamin Shoppe and Swanson Vitamins): This wonderful bar soap has a rich and emollient lather that is neither stripping, nor is it in the least bit drying. In fact, it hydrates and nourishes the skin while the green tea leaves offer gentle exfoliation for the removal of dead skin cells. The aroma is intoxicating and exhilarating, and it fills the shower with its fresh green essence. Purchase Again? Oh yes!

L'Occitane Extra Gentle Soaps ($14.00 for 8.8 oz. from Sephora and Skin Store): You simply can't go wrong with any of L'Occitane's beautiful, and moisturizing soaps. I prefer to buy the large bars since they last for such a long time. Purchase Again? YES!
Overall Assessment: Well, there you have it. As you can see, I used lots of soaps and a little bit of this and that. What did you use up or toss out in March? Any real duds or winners to report?

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Four Favorite Facial Exfoliants in May

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I have been wearing no makeup (except for the periodic Zoom meetings for work), but I have been babying my skin since we have been living under the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, and my skin is quite happy. One of my very favorite treats is using a great quality facial exfoliant, and here are my Top 4 for the month of May:

Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste ($53.00 for 2.9 oz. from Nordstrom and SkinStore): This is a non-lathering cream-based exfoliator that uses fine quartz and lactic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells. The former physically exfoliates skin while the latter helps to dissolve dead skin cells, and the combination of the two simultaneously removes dirt and helps to clear clogged pores. The end result is thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated, and yet unstripped, skin that is rendered soft, smooth and supple. Furthermore, it rinses very clean and therefore leaves behind no greasy residue. One can detect the aromas of the Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, the Lavender Oil and the Rosemary Oil, and their combination is at once earthy, calming and very pleasant. This is well suited to my normal/combination skin.

According to Aesop,

Fine riverbed quartz contained in a cream base sloughs away tired surface cells while lactic acid offers a mild chemical exfoliation to leave skin immediately cleansed, soft and polished. Aesop product formulations use botanical and scientifically validated man-made ingredients of the highest quality.

Skin Types: Normal, dry and mildly sensitive skin, frequent travellers, shavers, winter and cool climates.
Suggested Directions: Dispense half a teaspoon into the palm of your hand. Work over your face and neck, including the lips. Avoid the immediate eye area. Allow the quartz and lactic acid to gently exfoliate by employing minimal pressure. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then follow with your preferred Aesop toner and hydrator.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Quartz, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, C12-16 Alcohols, Lactic Acid, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool, d-Limonene.
African Botanics Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish ($75.00 for 3.4 oz./100 ml. from African BotanicsNet-A-PorterCredo Beauty and Cult Beauty £66.00): Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish is a very deep-cleansing facial exfoliator that effectively and efficiently sweeps away impurities and cleans out clogged pores. It is formulated with a combination of Marula Oil, Baobab Oils and Buchu Plant extracts that are punctuated by Micro-Algae and ultra-fine granules of ancient volcanic minerals. The fine granules, which densely populate this exfoliator, efficiently and effectively unclog pores, and remove dead skin cells, excess oils and impurities. Papaya and Pineapple enzymes help to dissolve dead skin cells, aid in cleaning out the pores, and make them appear reduced in size. Skin is left brightened, deeply cleansed and utterly glowing. In fact, the first time that I used it I noticed that it left my skin feeling as soft and silky smooth as ultra-fine velvet. Only the smallest amount is needed to achieve the desired results for the face, neck and décolleté, and the exfoliating particles are so efficient that you do not need to apply any pressure as you massage it into the skin. Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish Skin neither strips the skin, nor does it deplete vital moisture or hydration. Dull, congested skin gives way to youthful, radiant skin that feels amazing to the touch. 

Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish has a wonderful earthy aroma that greatly enhances the sensory experience of using this exfoliator. While it is formulated for most skin types, people with sensitive skin should mix a very small amount with their favorite cleanser. I routinely mix it with Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser when I only want light exfoliation, but I use it alone at least once or twice a week.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Pumice (Volcanic Minerals), Vegetable Glycerin, Agathosma Betulina (Buchu)* Leaf Powder, Corn Starch, Acrylates, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)** Seed Oil*, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab)** Fruit Powder*, Cape Aloe (Aloe Ferox)* Leaf Extract, Lactobionic Acid, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Essential Oil, Athrospira Platensis (Spirulina) Micro-Algae Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Cape Rose Geranium)* Essential Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract*, Aspalathus Linearis (Green Rooibos)* Tea Extract, Cyclopia Genistoides (Honeybush)* Plant Extract, Xanthan gum, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin. *Organic, **Wild-Harvested Ingredients. pH balanced.
MyChelle Refining Sugar Cleanser ($19.00 for 2.3 oz, from MyChelleThrive Market and Kohl's): is a thick, dense and ultra-creamy exfoliating cleanser that leaves skin very clean, soft, smooth and hydrated. It is gentle, forms a creamy and satisfying lather, punctuated by small exfoliating particles, and it never strips the skin. Since it is dense and very thick, it takes a little bit of pressure to squeeze it out of the tube, but it is very concentrated– therefore, you need only a tiny amount to clean your face, neck and décolleté. It has the most delectable warm and creamy vanilla aroma that makes using this lovely cleanser specially satisfying. Additionally, the Hyaluronic Acid keeps skin hydrated and soft. MyChelle products are cruelty-free and this exfoliating cleanser is made without GMOs, Gluten, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates, Silicones, Sulfates, Ureas, artificial fragrances or artificial colors, and it’s vegan.
According to MyChelle, 

Natural sugar and intoxicating Vanilla-infused cleanser that gently exfoliates surface impurities as it transforms into a creamy, foaming lather—leaving skin radiant and refined. Boosted with anti-aging Matrixyl® Synthe’6™ Peptide, bioactive Plant Extracts, and Hyaluronic Acid to help keep skin hydrated

Directions: Dispense a small amount of cleanser on wet hands. Massage face and neck until sugar dissolves. Use more or less water to tailor your exfoliation level for your skin condition and concerns. Gentle enough for daily use.

Ingredients: Sucrose, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Canola Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Vanillin, Zeolite, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Sodium Polygamma-Glutamate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Benzoate.
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser ($42.00 for 1.7 oz. and $84.00 for 4.1 oz. from Tata Harper,  SephoraNordstromNet-A-PorterCult BeautyThe Detox MarketCredo Beauty and goop): is a truly fantastic cleanser that I have been using for quite a while now, and it remains one of my most reached-for wonder-products. I generally prefer lathering cleansers, but this one with its light creamy consistency, that is filled with gentle and refined exfoliating particles, is one of my all-time favorite cleansers. It gently exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs congested pores and it hydrates, rather than strips and dries out the skin. Many moisturizing cleansers leave behind a greasy film, but this leaves behind no sort of unpleasant residue. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple and luminous. It has a very faint fruity aroma, presumably from the essential oils blend, but it is not in the least bit overpowering, and it does not linger.
According to Tata Harper,

This gentle exfoliating cleansing treatment acts as a 4-in-1 product to thoroughly cleanse and improve glow while purifying, minimizing the appearance of pores and helping to protect the skin’s natural hydration balance. Free of soaps, alcohols and detergents, this cleanser clarifies with fresh enzymes, clays and essential oils, while microspherical beads polish the skin and reduce appearance of blackheads – all without stripping the skin of moisture. Skin is left feeling balanced, hydrated and glowing. Minimizes the appearance of pores. Deeply cleanses and decongests the skin.

Tips from Tata Harper: Apply it on dry skin and massage into skin using circular motions, then focus on highly congested areas during a second buffing cleanse.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Sorbitan Olivate, Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract*, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Aqua/Water, Coco-glucoside, Cetearyl glucoside, Kaolin (Rose Clay), Sclerotium gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Salix alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Phytate, Denatured Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Aroma**, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool *Ingredients from Organic farming **Clinical grade essential oils blend.
Overall Assessment: These are my four May loves. What are yours?

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