It is hard to believe that it is already the end of December, and that the new year is upon us. Here is my last empties post for 2023, and I managed to toss all of the empty containers into my recycle bin before 2024. I finished up 10 full size products, one deluxe sample and one full size candle– not a bad way to close out the year.René Furterer Triphasic Shampoo ($15.00-$76.00 for 1.6 oz to 20.2 oz. from René Furterer, Dermstore, LovelySkin and SkinStore): This non-stripping shampoo gently cleans the hair and scalp, and it is formulated to treat the hair follicles to encourage hair growth. Hair is left manageable and looks more full and healthy. I purchased this during the pandemic because I noticed that the stress of living in lockdown was causing me to shed more hair than usual. Once the pandemic became less of an existential threat, I no longer really needed this shampoo. Purchase Again? If ever I need it again, I will most certainly buy another bottle!
René Furterer KARITÉ HYDRA Hydrating Shine Mask ($15.00-$54.00 for 1 oz.- 6.9 oz. from René Furterer, LovelySkin, Dermstore and Amazon): If ever there was a hair mask that nourished, moisturized and left hair soft, manageable, shiny and frizz-free, it is this one. It offers dry hair much-needed moisture without ever weighing it down, and it rinses clean. Formulated for dry, dehydrated hair, the Shea oil replenishes moisture, helps restore the protective barrier and supplies the hair with essential fatty acids and vitamins. It has the most delectable light, nutty aroma that is an absolute pleasure to the senses. Purchase Again? I already opened a big jar!
Davines OI All in One Milk ($40.00 for 135 ml / 4.56 fl.oz. from Davines, Nordstrom, Amazon and Cult Beauty): is a wonderful multipurpose leave-in treatment that tames frizz and flyaways, and it softens, detangles, hydrates, and protects hair from the heat. Additionally, it gives hair a gorgeous shine. It includes Roucou Oil, which is rich in Beta-Carotene and antioxidants, that protects and strengthens hair against environmental damage. This luxurious treatment has a lovely warm and creamy aroma that lingers in the hair, but it isn't in the least bit distracting or overpowering. Purchase Again? Without question, this stuff is magical!Spongellé Tunisian Moon Body Wash Infused Buffer ($18.00 each from Spongellé): Spongellé Riviera Collection Body Buffers are brilliant body wash-infused sponges effectively and gently clean and exfoliate the skin, and they also leave the it deliciously baby soft, smooth, supple and moisturized. They really excel in their ability to clean and exfoliate the skin while delighting the senses with their delightful aromas. Fragrance Notes: Top: Italian Mandarin, Crisp Green Apple, Golden Neroli. Middle: Creamy Coconut, Orange Blossom, Jasmine. Base: Dark Vanilla, Cedar, Cashmere Woods. Purchase Again? This scent was limited edition, and is now gone, but there are so many from which to choose, and they are all quite fantastic! I have several of their body buffers, and can't imagine not using them on a daily basis!
Trader Joe's Red Currant Foaming Hand Soap ($2.99 from Trader Joe's): If you shop at Trader Joe's, then I urge you to buy a bottle or two of the new seasonal foaming hand soap. I bought a bottle when I was grocery shopping, and it is the perfect embodiment of the holiday season. It has a wonderful red currant aroma, but it is not overpowering, and it boasts a luxurious creamy foaming lather that moisturizes the skin. Furthermore, it is cruelty-free and very affordable at $2.99 for an 8oz. bottle. Purchase Again? YES! It is on my grocery list, and I just hope that they haven't sold out by the time I get there!
The A Method C Glow Moisturizer ($75.00 for 1 oz. from The A Method): is a gorgeous lightweight and fast absorbing Vitamin C-based moisturizer that is antioxidant-rich and very nourishing. It offers skin effective and sustainable hydration while fighting free-radical damage. Skin is left decidedly soft, smooth and luminous. It does not contain a sunscreen, and therefore you will need to apply your sunscreen after you have let this lovely moisturizer sink into your skin. This moisturizer has the most heavenly citrus aroma, but it is neither too assertive, nor is it long-lasting. Purchase Again? I just opened a new bottle.