It is really hard to believe that October is almost over, and that we are entering the holiday season. You can see that I finished very little in the way of skincare, or body care, and I think that I was so bogged down at work that there didn't seem to be enough hours in the day to take that extra bit of time. I did, however, burn candles and use room sprays and essential oils to help me relax after I finished working for the day. Here is what I used up in October:
Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum For Face ($185.00 for 30 ml/ 1 oz. from Space NK and Cult Beauty (£175.00): This lightweight and fast absorbing golden elixir boasts a delectable warm and earthy aroma from which one can detect the Rose Damascena Absolute, Jasminum Grandiflorum Flower and a fusion of the remaining essential oils. The intoxicating aromatherapeutic experience delights and calms the senses while it quiets the mind. I find that I slow down and inhale deeply as I massage in into my skin, and that any residual stress that I may have been experiencing just melts away. This ritual is utterly relaxing, and it heightens the sensory experience of using this luxe oil. This serum significantly bolsters radiance and it leaves skin silky smooth, soft and supple. I note a distinct brightening and evening of my skin tone, a lifting and softening on my fine lines, and an undeniable increase in the long term hydration of my skin. Repurchase? I just opened a new bottle!
Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($12.00 for 1 oz., $37.00 for 4 oz and $45.00 for 6.76 oz from Suki, Dermstore, Amazon, Birchbox, iHerb and SkinStore): I am madly in love with this cleanser and years ago it was my only daily cleanser. Then I started LSBB and began using a far wider range of products and somehow forgot about who much I loved this gem of an exfoliating facial cleanser. The lovely formula, which has the intoxicating scent of organic lemongrass extract, uses natural sugar to exfoliate the dead skin cells leaving your skin soft and silky smooth. I find it non-stripping and non-drying for my normal/combination skin, but if you have dry skin you would likely want to use it less often. I like to activate the light lather in my hands, which also breaks down some of the sugar, then with the lightest touch I massage it into my skin and rinse thoroughly. I use it a few times a week, and I always look forward to it since it is such a delectable treat to the skin and the senses. Repurchase? I already purchased a full-size jar!
Colbert MD Intensify Facial Disks ($70.00 for 20 discs from Colbert MD, Dermstore, Olivela and Amazon): I have regularly used various types of facial exfoliating pads for many years, and have to confess that my experience with Colbert MD Intensify Facial Disks was a real game changer for me all of those years ago. While most of the solution soaked exfoliating pads that I have used are thin and double sided, Colbert MD has reimagined its form and instead has opted for a very plush and thick single sided pad. The generously saturated pre-moistened disks include a small tab on the back that makes holding the disk easy, and allows one to maintain effortless control.
The combination of the mild microdermabrasion action from the surface of the pad coupled with the enzyme action of the solution immediately and effectively encourages cell turnover that aids in the promotion of collagen production. Skin, unobstructed by a proliferation of dead skin cells, is then able to effortlessly and effectively absorb skincare products. The end result is unbelievably soft, smooth, supple and luminous skin. Purchase Again? I recently opened a new box, and will definitely purchase another after!SENTEURS D'ORIENT Hammam Soap in Oriental Gardenia ($36.00 for 7.2 oz. from and Net-A-Porter): Simply put, this is the most beautiful soap imaginable. From the gorgeous design of the soap itself to the otherworldly aroma of the gardenia used to make this ultra-luxe bar– this is the most delectable soap in which to luxuriate. The rich and creamy lather gently cleanses the skin without stripping it, while the beautiful aroma delights the senses. I love that this soap is on a rope– since hanging it allows it to dry out between uses. It smells like the embodiment of gardenia in a warm summer breeze, and I have used it nearly every single day since opening it. If you love the smell of gardenia, you will become as obsessed with this soap as I have. Repurchase? I have another one of their soaps in another scent that I will open soon!
Farmhouse Fresh Oatmeal Goats Milk Soap ($12.50 for 4.5 oz. from Farmhouse Fresh): Farmhouse Fresh Oatmeal Goats Milk Soap features goats milk from California and certified organic oats from Kansas. This rich, emollient and creamy goats milk soap has a wonderful oatmeal aroma, and it's filled with vitamins A and B12, coconut, rice bran, olive oil and buttery fats that nourish and hydrate the skin without ever stripping it. Furthermore, the oatmeal is very gentle on sensitive skin, and I like to use the lather to shave because it is so rich and creamy. There are actual pieces of oatmeal throughout the soap that facilitates light exfoliation. Repurchase? Probably at some point, but I have a drawer filled with soaps that I need to use first.
Dove White Beauty Bar ($2.99-$12.99 for 2-14 bar packs from Target and Walgreens): This gentle, creamy cleansing bar contains ¼ moisturizing cream that leaves skin soft smooth and very clean. Repurchase? Most definitely! This is a staple for my family!kms California MOIST REPAIR Leave-In Conditioner ($19.00 from select salons) This deeply penetrates hair and helps detangle, moisturize and fights frizz. I simply spray it on wet or dry hair for added manageability and moisture. The formula is lightweight, the results are immediate, and the effects are long-lasting. Repurchase? I think that I have another bottle in a cabinet!
Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water's ($48.00 for 100ml. from can be purchased in select spas and LeSpa USA): This is a delectable hydrating body spray that smells like the embodiment of summer in a bottle. Inspired by the beauty of Costa Rica, this elixir is a lightweight and moisturizing body tonic that has a tropical scent that is punctuated by the aromas of peach, apple, melon and pineapple blended with jasmine, cedar and musk. The aroma sits close to the skin, and it is neither overpowering, nor is it in the least bit cloying. Repurchase? Maybe at some point, but it is more of a summer product.
RITUALS The Ritual of Dao Bed & Body Mist: Oh how I love this spray! While it is quite lovely on the skin, I tend to use it to spray my pillows and bedding, and what a wonder it is! The wonderful aroma is a calming light scent that defies a precise description. It is soothing and warm punctuated by the White Lotus, and its delicate aroma promotes relaxation, and makes the bedroom smell heavenly. Repurchase? I would, but I think that it has been discontinued. I highly recommend their products, though!