Using the Beekman 1802 Goat Milk Body Soap with CBD

That’s right my darlings, the testing of the Beekman 1802 products from the quarterly box continues as I try to decide if this quarterly box is worth keeping for a while. Thus far i have actually quite enjoyed the items I have used so I am leaning towards a positive feel for the brand in general.

Prior to using the products in this box, I tried out a small hand soap bar from them. It was quite a while ago and it might have possibly been a trial sized bar of soap but i remember thinking it was quite nice. So I was pretty eager to try out this Goat milk Body Soap with CBD.

When you go on the website there are a variety of soaps. The body soaps like this one are 9 ounces. The other soaps seem to be a bit smaller and I am guessing they are more hand soaps. While I love a large amount of product, this is a big bar of soap. I’m not mad at it, but I also do not have the biggest hands in the world. For me there is no picking up this bar and using it against my skin. At least not until it becomes a much smaller bar.

This is the sort of block of soap you put on a shelf in the shower out of the reach of the spray and rub a wash cloth over to get product on it and then use the wash cloth. I know that for many people this is how you use body soap any way. For me when I use a bar of soap in the shower I tend to lather up my hands and then put the soap down.

Given the size it isn’t really workable for me with this bar. It is also a really soft soap. A minute in the range of the spray and it was starting to get really soft around the edges. This is a soft enough formula that it needs to be kept out of the spray. I think what will be interesting is if I keep this subscription, comparing it to other versions of the soap that might come in the box. It will be interesting to see if all of their soaps are like this or if it is just the CBD one. Providing of course that there are more soaps sent while I have the subscription.

And to be honest, even if they aren’t I might actually pick up another bar on my own. This CBD Goat Milk Body soap had zero scent to it, but I see several scents in their soap line up that I wouldn’t mind trying and even though this is an over sized bar that goes a bit melty in the spray, it was a really good soap. There was no soap residue left on my skin and my skin feels soft and hydrated.

I only got to use the bar a few times as my baby doll claimed it for his own. Which was interesting. He really likes the scented soaps from Squatch and I am sure I will continue to pick them up. One of the reason he likes them is that they are just sort of plain square bars. This too is a plain square bar of soap. It has the b1802 imprinted on it, but that was hard to see before the bar was used and gone after a few uses. My baby doll doesn’t like what he considers ‘fru fru bath stuff’.

Well let me correct that. He likes the effects of the items, he just doesn’t want it to look fancy. So he can pretend it is a basic item. He really liked using the bar. His hands are larger so he had no trouble with the size and in fact I think that is what made him think it was a ‘manly sized’ bar and there for best for him. He did think it was a bit on the soft side so he put it on the shelf out of the spray. Once dry it is no longer so soft and it works well. I asked him if he wanted to know what was in it and he said ‘no, but we can get this again.’

Which more or less means that he likes it, wants me to reorder it, but wants to think of it like a larger version of unscented Ivory soap. He also wants to think that it costs less than a dollar, which is what the hardware store around the corner from us sells hand sized bars of Ivory soap for. He doesn’t want the details because then he fears he’ll be in ‘fru fru’ territory again and have to give up a product he likes because anything but basic Ivory soap is too much.

Which is, to be honest, very high praise from him.

So I liked it enough to try out another bar to see if the firmness when wet remains a consistent factor. I liked the way it made my skin feel although it was a little large for my hand and my baby doll really liked it. I’d say, that was a pretty positive response for the Beekman 1802 Goat Milk Body Soap with CBD.

Trying out the Julep Love your Face Hydrating Bamboo Water Cleansing Wipes

I know we have discussed this before. Once I loved using cleansing wipes. I used them for makeup correction and removal. I kept a packet in the car to keep my fingers clean. I kept them around for the mid afternoon grimy skin feel. You know when it is hot outside and you go to the mail box and comeback not quite sweaty enough to call your self sweaty but you still feel like your skin feels kind of gross?

they are useful things.

they just produce a lot of waste and I did my best to ween myself off of using them. The problem is that I still know how good they are. While I no longer purchase them, I do occasionally receive a pack in a subscription box.

This set of Julep Love your bare face Hydrating Bamboo Water Cleansing wipes came to me in a subscription box a while back. I really like the brand Julep. I generally think of them as just good clean Korean makeup even though they are also heavily into skincare. Their cream to powder shadow sticks are amazing if you ever get a chance to try those out. I actually put one of their trios as one of my weight loss rewards. I try to give myself a reward for every ten pounds i lose and this shadow trio is on my rewards list.

textured cloth of the wipes

These wipes are not listed on the Julep site. They are available and may other retailers though. I’m not sure if Juelp discontinued them or not. They were listed at Walmart.

These wipes are really good actually. They have only a light fresh scent to them. They are gentle on the skin and take off makeup very easily. I tried it on black eyeshadow and read lipstick and everything disappeared like a dream. they also didn’t dry out my skin which was nice. There was no alsohol residue in these wipes.

The wipes themselves are wet but not overly saturated. After using them on your face the skin is damp but not dripping and the liquid soon dries without needing to be wiped off. There is no residue feeling left behind when they dry.

While i liked using these wipes, I like using them a bit too much. I really don’t want to bring disposable cleansing wipes back to my routine and with first the Beekman 1802 that came in a subscription and now these, I feel myself falling into old habits. So even though there are still plenty left in this packet, I will be relocating this packet of cleansing wipes to my car rather than keeping them in my bathroom. I think they will be much better used on sticky fingers instead of letting myself fall back into the habit and convenience of daily disposables.

they are however quite fabulous.

Testing out the Beekman 1802 Cleansing Wipes

As I have mentioned before I have been trying out a lot of the Beekman 1802 products because I signed up for their quarterly subscription box. I loved getting the box as it is beautiful and everything looked lovely, but the box is only worth getting if I also like using the pretty, pretty products.

I will admit that the Beekman 1802 Facial Cleansing wipes weren’t my favorite item in the box. It isn’t that I don’t like cleansing wipes. I do. they are really convenient and great to have around. They are a very useful product to have around. However they are single use products and I have been trying to use fewer single use products.

slight texture to the cloth

I am a little relived though as these are 100% biodegradable. It makes the guilt less, but I am still trying to keep the habit of reusable.

It was actually difficult for me to ween myself off using facial cleansing wipes because they are a great convenience product. So I am torn about having them here. I like them but i don’t want to get back into the habit of using them. But they are here and so I will be using them. This pack is the unscented variety. The link will take you to the page where all of their various facial wipes are located and you can see the scents (including unscented) that are available.

I’ll admit the Honeyed Grapefruit is calling to me. I am trying to resist.

But more people should use grapefruit as a scent. I’m just saying.

These cleansing wipes have no scent. which is nice for general use. While I am using this for my makeup I did also use one to get what I think was jam off of a small child’s hands when i was asked to watch him for a moment. His mother said it was fine. There was no cleansing without permission. She didn’t notice he was sticky until the emergency pass over and these were designed for sensitive skin, unlike the soap that we currently had in the bathroom.

worked well for removing makeup

We’ll call that a victory for cleansing wipes.

Actually, I really enjoyed these wipes. The pack has 100 in them so they will last a while. The cloths were damp but not overly saturated. They are slightly textured do they were better able to remove makeup. And of course, they are convenient.

I did have to do a double cleanse. I went for my tube of cleanser after using this to remove the makeup, but it did do a good job of removing the bulk of the makeup without leaving any excess cleansing formula or stickiness behind.

And to be honest, while I am attracted to the scents on the website, I am happy with the unscented. The unscented worked out well for these. It makes them more multipurpose and so I feel more comfortable using them for things other than removing my makeup. (Like sticky fingers). The biodegradable makes me feel less guilty about the single use product.

While I will never go out and purchase these Facial Cleansing Wipes from Beekman 1802 and i really hope they aren’t a routine item in the subscription box, I am okay with using this one pack.it is a good product, it just happens to be one that I will not routinely buy.

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Using the Ouai Melrose Place Body Cleanser

Over the years I have used quite a few Ouai products. All of them have been hair products. When this Ouai Body Cleanser in the scent Melrose Place came up as an option in Birch Box, I thought it would be a fun option to try. Mostly because I didn’t realize that Ouai made more than hair care products. The description of this product on the site is fairly simple.

This hydrating cleanser gently washes your bod with a blend of skin-softening oils in our Melrose Place scent.

The version of the product I have is a 1 oz sample size. The full size of this product is 10 fl Oz and costs $28. Now here is the thing. There are quite a few products I don’t mind spending money on. And there are several products that I will put on my personal list of what to splurge on for a treat for myself, usually around my birthday. But to make it to that list, a product has to work better than or feel more luxurious than the product I turn to for everyday use.

especially if it is an everyday use sort of item. And let’s face it, body wash is an everyday item. Everyday I bathe and every day I use body wash. While I try out a lot of body wash products I always end up coming back to my tried and true. My tried and true is the Olay body wash.(the link will take you to their general body wash page) The scent will vary based on what I see on the shelf that I want to try when I am shopping, but while I try other body washes, I always come back to Olay. It is currently listed at $13.32 for 22 ounces if you want to do a price comparison. Which mean that is what i am comparing this Ouai Body wash to when i use it.

Even though I did list price it is just for reference sake. If the Ouai performs well enough or feels luxurious enough it can still go on my splurge list. And I have to say the Ouai thick Hair shampoo and conditioner are on my splurge list. So if I like this then it could go on the list to pick up while I am there.

The Ouai Body cleanse is a gel cleanser as you can see in the bottle. It is clear. The scent Melrose place is a light Rose scent. It is a nice rise scent actually. It is not overly floral or overly sweet. It is like a very well behaved rose scent. I actually like it quite a bit. And it did make my shower smell rather fancy when I used it. As though I was visiting a spa. It lathered like any other body wash. There was no extravagant foam or luxurious feel. It was a good body cleanser that foamed and rinsed off cleanly. Did my skin feel hydrated? Yes. Did my skin feel cleansed? Again Yes.

Did it exceed expectations enough to make it onto the splurge list? No. This rose scent is nice, but it is not really a unique scent. I have had other products that have this sort of well behaved rose scent. It is quite pleasant but it is not unique and it is not something I am going to crave. Would I use it again if it came in a subscription box? Yes I would. In fact if it was a choice in a subscription box, I might even choose it. Depending on what it was up against.

Is it something I need? No. Is it something that I will add to the cart when my other Ouai Splurge items make it to my purchase list? Probably not. Because it doesn’t out perform my standard Olay. In fact Olay is moisturizing enough that I can occasionally skip the post shower body moisturizer. Not every day, but if I am in a rush I can skip it post shower and then just use the body lotion at night.

With the Ouai Body cleanser, it was moisturizing and did not strip moisture from my skin, but while using it I did not skip the post shower body lotion. it simply doesn’t provide enough moisture to do that. For me to add this Ouai body Cleanser onto my splurge purchasing list it would have to give me something I couldn’t get in my regular body wash and it simply didn’t. This is a nice product and I wouldn’t mind using it again as I found it quite pleasant, but it isn’t something I will go out of my way to purchase.

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Letting the Sunshine in with the Beekman 1802 Sunshine Scrub

As I mentioned in a couple of recent reviews, I signed up for the Beekman 1802 quarterly box and to decide if I want to keep receiving it I am going through the products and determining how much I like each and how much I want to see come into my house from the brand. Thus far I really like that it is a mix of skin (facial) care items and body care ones.

This is the Sunshine Scrub. It is described as…

Beet the bumps with the first-ever clinically tested body scrub to help temporarily diminish the appearance of bumps and chicken skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris*. Dermatologist tested and approved. This Clinically Kind® formula blends creamy goat milk prebiotic with 7.5% plant-based exfoliating polyhydroxy acids and golden beet root extract to gently exfoliate skin and smooth bumpiness without disrupting your skin’s microbiome.

Now I love a good exfoliator whether it is for the face or body. In fact I think I might like the body ones more. I know it may be strange but there is something deeply satisfying about a good full body exfoliation. It’s like you are covered in new skin.

dry formula

This was a very gentle body scrub and to be honest, instead of doing a once a week scrub with an exfoliator, I found myself simply reaching for this with every shower and I had no ill effects from it. It is worked really well as a body scrub. There is no real scent to it. I know it says the color is from golden beets. I read it well before I got into the shower, but still some how I expected a lemon scent. I don’t know if it is the yellow product or the name Sunshine Blend, but I saw both and my brain immediately said lemon scented even though i also saw golden beets.

I know, sometimes my brain is a bit bent.

There isn’t really a scent and when it dispenses, it kind of looks like mustard. The big issue is that if you put it on a cloth or a sponge or something of that nature, you will need to massage it into the cloth before using. The product won’t soak into the cloth of it’s own accord. which is fine but it does mean that if you dispense the product and accidentally tilt the cloth while setting the bottle down, the product can fall off in one lump. A bit like a snake made from playdoh.

It’s easy to pick up unless it falls into the spray. If it does, let it go. the water softens it and it becomes a scrub rather than a playdoh snake looking creature. It is just a drier formula in the bottle than I am used to for body scrubs. I am also used to body scrubs that come in jars and where you have to scoop the product out. They also have skin softening agents so I think that keeps the formula wetter.

I was worried that the tube would clog, but it didn’t. I am about half way through the bottle now and there is no issue with the dispenser clogging which was a bit of a concern with a body scrub.

I like this scrub. It is nice and gentle and it works well. It is gentle enough for everyday use actually and I can’t think of any other body scrub I have tried recently that I can say that about. Most I use once or twice a week instead of daily. My only complaint is the lack of scent. I understand why it isn’t there, but i did find myself wishing there was a little bit more scent to the product. Is it my favorite body scrub? no. I miss the scent. Would I use this again? Definitely. I would also purchase it for a couple of family members who have problems with scent and who are looking to stock up on products that do not include scent in them. For me personally, I find the Sunshine Scrub a great product, I just kind of miss the scent.



Cleaning up with the Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Butter

I’ll admit.  I put off trying this cleansing balm for a while.  This is the Clean Genie Cleansing Butter from Huda Beauty’s Wishful Skincare line.  In general I like cleansing balms.  They are, to be honest, my favorite form of makeup remover.  I really like being able to take the semi-solid balm and place it where I want on my face and see that it is there.  I like being able to see that I have covered my face with it.  I feel that cleansing balms give me a little bit more control than products like oils.

before use, pale green with an inner and an outer lid to keep it from drying out

I’ll use other forms of course, but I prefer balms.

So, Why did I put off trying this balm?

Scent.  While I love Huda Beauty’s eyeshadows and liquid lips and well quite a few other items from the brand, I have generally found that the skincare items I have tried from Huda Beauty are very highly scented.  I tried a serum that was so perfumed that a) I had to double check that it was serum and b) ended up with a headache. 

So I kept finding excuses to put off trying it.  But I decided it was time, so I took it out of the skincare drawer.  And I am glad I did.  There is almost no scent to the product.  Which came as a welcome relief. The product description is short and to the point…

full face of makeup

Clean, Refreshed, and Radiant Skin! A cleansing butter infused with green tea and cherry blossom extract to melt away makeup and impurities while keeping skin feeling soft and supple, instead of greasy and dry.

cleansing balm on, breaks up makeup almost on contact

I expected to be hit over the head with green tea and cherry (especially the cherry blossom).  If you stick your nose right down into the product there is a slight green tea scent with a lightly sweet note that I’m guessing is the cherry blossom.  It is light and barely noticeable.

mascara harder to remove and is still on lashes and under eyes. I went in and cleaned up with a makeup eraser, which is pretty standard for most makeup removers

As for the rest of the description, it is spot on.  The cleansing balm had a little trouble with mascara, but most non eye makeup removers seem to do that and the mascara left behind was easily taken care of by my Makeup Eraser.  The rest of the makeup on my face melted away easily and quickly.  My skin didn’t feel stripped at all.  I can’t say it felt especially hydrated, but it did feel clean.  All of my foundation was gone as was eyeshadow and lipstick. 

I was very impressed with this cleansing balm and will happily use the rest of the jar and consider repurchasing it. I will also keep my makeup Eraser handy unless I am specifically using an eye makeup remover as well. Trying to use any form of makeup remover not specifically designed to remove eye makeup tends to leave a residue on my contacts that is hard to clean off. But the Wishful Clean Genie was a very good cleansing balm, it just needs a little backup.

Makeup Eraser

Putting my Best Face Forward…

While I typically do not have a lot of blackheads and break outs, I do get them on occasion. And recently my skin had a somewhat trying time. There was fever, chills and my entire skincare regimen went out the window as I struggled to stay awake for more than an hour at a time.

the product

Once health returned, I needed to do skin care damage control. For me, this Best Face Forward (BFF) Purifying Cleanser looked like it might be a good option, so I rolled it into the line up to see if it would be beneficial. According to their product page…

foaming

Our foaming gel cleanser is designed to manage and deal with blemish-prone skin – and all the annoying things that come with it, like inflammation, scarring, dryness, excess oil, soreness, and breakouts. A great start to your beauty routine, it’s gentle on your skin but works its butt off when you need it to.

BFF Website

For me this was especially encouraging. While I had quite a few blackheads and oily spots, I also had some dry spots on my skin as well, and dealing with the oily spots can cause damage to the dry spots. Many of the blackhead fighting cleansers I have tried have had this effect. I think that part of it is that cleansers aren’t spot treatments. They are dispensed over the entire face, so if you have a product that is designed to dry up the oils then it can also overly dry the dry spots.

clear skin (the water was cold, hence the slight redness)

This did not do that. I don’t know if it is because of the Aloe Vera mixed into the cleanser or what, but it did minimize the blackheads and redness and caused no damage to any of my dry spots. I also think that having the salicylic acid farther down on the ingredients list rather than in the top three helped to minimize the over drying of the dry spots as well. In fact I have no dry spots and no black heads. Part of the dryness reduction may be a return to my regularly scheduled moisturizer, but the cleanser did not exacerbate the issues. which is all I could hope for.

The cleanser foamed well and rinsed off cleanly. Is it the best clean I’ve ever had? No, but it solved the problems that I was having. There is something that I have noticed recently though. I have been using this cleanser for a little over two weeks at this point. The issue though is that for the bulk of that time, my nose has been pretty stopped up. Because of that, none of any of my skin care seemed to have any scent to it. Now that my nose is not blocked, I am noticing a slight perfume-y scent to the cleanser that i am not a huge fan of. I can smell the finger lime mixed in but there is a bit of fragrance that I don’t particularly like. If the lime scent was beefed up I think it would smell fresher and I wouldn’t have a problem with it because I don’t mind fresh scented cleansers, but this leans a little too heavily into the perfume category.

I do have about half a tube left so I will be using it for the next two weeks, but I don’t think it is going to become my everyday standard cleanser because of the scent. I like the way it works so I may purchase it again when I am facing some skin issues, but I don’t think I will be stocking the BFF Purifiying Cleanser in my line up.

It is the scent that makes me not want to face it twice a day even though it is a good product. I know I would grow tired of the scent and want it to go away. part of that however is also that break outs and skin complications like I recently faced are rare for me. I simply don’t have a lot of problems with break outs right now.

There have been times in my life where I have had issues with break outs and there might be times when I again face that as a major skin care issue. In either instance, I would get over the scent and use this BFF Purifying Cleanser as it is good at clearing out black outs without drying out the skin. It works well and I like knowing that I can purchase it when I need it. And to me knowing what products to use should my skin care needs change is important. I just don’t need to use this cleanser every day. So I will be using this cleanser until it is gone and then putting it on the roster of products to be called in should a break out and dry skin combo return.



First Use Clove and Hallow Cloud Cleanser

Clove and Hallow sent their brand new Cloud Powder Cleanser for me to try out and review. While I will give a more full some review after I’ve used to for a full thirty days, I wanted to go ahead and give my first impressions. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Clove and Hallow they are a clean beauty brand as well as vegan and cruelty free. Their products are sustainably made in the United states as well.

shaker lid

And I know packaging isn’t everything (although some packaging is clearly better for the world than others so I suppose I should say beauty isn’t everything, maybe…) but I love the look of this packaging. Simply put it is glass and looks like a spice shaker. And truthfully once the cleanser is all used up and the jar rinsed out, this glass bottle will have a second life in my spice drawer. I’m sure eventually it will make it’s way into the recycling, but it will be well reused here.

But before that day comes, there is a product to use and review. Let’s took a look at what Clove and Hallow have to say about their new Cloud Powder Cleanser.

a little powder

Who doesn’t want skin as soft and bouncy as a cloud? Packed with soothing colloidal oatmeal, vitamin B5, and mango extract, Cloud Powder is a water-activated cleansing powder that gently washes away makeup, sweat, and impurities. Even the most sensitive skin will feel deeply cleansed, but still nourished and soft to the touch. CLOVE + HALLOW cares: Cloud Powder Cleanser is packaged in a glass jar which can be reused or infinitely recycled. Its cap is made with recyclable plastic.

Clove and Hallow
just a little bit of water

See it isn’t just me planning to reuse the bottle. It was designed that way. Aren’t they fabulous? I really like the thought of a powder cleanser. I used the Amore Pacific cleanser which comes in powdered form and beyond how the cleanser performed (which was lovely by the way) I really enjoyed the powder format. It let me control how much water I added to the mix. In the mornings I could add a little more water and just do a quick clean rinse, but in the evening add less water for a thicker product which made me feel like I was truly taking off the last of my makeup.

So I am down for a good powder formula. I also like the fact that it doesn’t run the risk of leaking during travel. I do love a good pump cleanser, but you can’t really travel with them. I had an unexpected travel moment this weekend and this cleanser was fantastic. The glass bottle was sturdy and traveled with no issue and as it is a powder there was no leakage.

bubbles stay as it applies and then rinses off clean

The cleanser dispenses into the hand through the shaker top. I did notice I have a tendency to shake out more product than I needed. I think because it is shaped like a spice jar (or at least my spice jars) I tend to give it a couple of vigorous shakes. One shake is all you need and you have enough product. After a few days I remembered that and I was fine.

There is a light scent to it that is almost vanilla-y but not quite. I had to look on the label and I think the almost but not quite vanilla is from the Mango. It is that borderline vanilla scent/taste that some mangos get. I personally really like it. It is a very light scent though and disappears almost instantly. And trying to get closer and sniff just gets cleanser up your nose. I do not recommend that.

For a first use (or first weekend use actually) I really enjoyed this cleanser. It was gentle on abraded skin (it was a very emotional weekend leaving my skin extra sensitive) and it gave my skin a great clean. I am looking forward to using this Cloud Powder Cleaner from Clove and Hallow for the next month (and beyond) and seeing how it performs over time. As a first use though it gets a thumbs up on smooth clean skin, a second for a light, pleasant but quickly dissipating scent and at least one more for sustainable and reusable packaging. I know, that is more thumbs than I have, but I am really enjoying the Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Cleanser. Hopefully the love will last the month. See you in thirty days…

One month of the Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha

It is the end of the month and I am wrapping up several month long product trials. With the Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser it is a bittersweet wrap up. While I enjoy the thought of trying out new products, this is truly a cleanser that will be missed for several reasons. It was a very good cleanser.

But before we get into that, let’s look at the product claims from the website…

2-in-1 foaming cleanser and soothing clay mask to relieve the skin of redness and irritation as well as reduce the skin’s production of excess sebum and oils. Made with double-fermented artemisia (mugwort) extract harvested from a mineral-rich environment. Recommended for: sensitive/irritated/acne skin.

Missha Skincare

Okay, while I have used this mostly as a cleanser I did try it out as a mask. I liked it, but I realized that I liked it more as a cleanser. The thing with the masking element though is that it was very helpful when i was using it as a cleanser.

cleanser going on

I now, it sounds strange but bear with me. First of all, this cleanser is thick and almost mask like in texture when you dispense it into your hand. It also has this wonderful light, herbal scent that just smells clean and fresh. With the masking texture, I always knew exactly where I was applying my cleanser. There was no guessing if I missed a spot. Which I know sounds odd, but I am not my best in the mornings and sometimes will wear a night mask. i have occasionally missed washing off parts of my night mask only to find the non rinsed off mask peeling off in little strips (and making me think my skin was peeling) So this was an added benefit for me.

foams with water

The best part was the Artemisia that is in the pack foam cleanser paired with the masking capacity. Last summer I found out that my skin really likes Artemisia especially after too much sun. while the sun hasn’t been as much of an issue during this trial, (often disappearing for weeks on end), cold blustery winds have been a bit on the damaging side. On those days where I start my night time skincare ritual and realize that I spent a little more time in the wind than my skin was comfortable with, this cleanser became a secret weapon. I could apply it and then give it a minute or two to sit on my skin (I removed my makeup prior) and the Artemisia would soothe away any wind burn I had. Then I rinsed off the cleanser and continued with my routine. The next morning it was like the wind burn had never occurred.

rinses clean

By using this soothing cleanser and employing the mask function I was able to correct the damage when the irritation was small and not have it become an issue. while I wouldn’t use this as a face mask in the normal sense (not because it doesn’t work, but because it is much more useful elsewhere) I loved that I could let the cleanser sit like a mask so that my skin could get more benefits from the ingredients.

And you may be wondering how the thick green cleanser washed off. It washed off beautifully. I applied it to damp skin and if I washed it off right away or let it sit for a few minutes, it made no difference. The mask faded into white bubbles and rinsed off cleanly, leaving smooth, soothed and refreshed skin behind. I absolutely loved using it and I think I will be getting another tube just to have it on hand for the summer. The Artemisia Essence i used last summer has become a staple, but I think that this cleanser may come in handy. I never actually plan to get too much sun,. but between gardening and the walking trail, there is always that one day where a little soothing sensitivity is a good thing. At the moment Missha is having a sale. This cleanser (long with the rest of their products) are 20% off with the code Hello20.

While I think this cleanser is well worth stocking up on at full price I am never upset by a discount. If you have sensitive or acne prone skin this might be a cleanser you want to look into. It is actually designed for sensitive and acne prone skin. While it is a great daily cleanser, it really shines when my skin has minor issues. It helps clear them up before those minor issues can become major ones. I imagine if you have continuing issues this would work even better for you.

As for me, I have enough product left in this tube for this week and possibly into a little of next week. I am also going to be taking advantage of their sale and picking up at least one tube for emergency summer use. I was very impressed with this cleanser and while I enjoy trying out new products, the next cleanser I try, has a lot to live up to.

Let’s Talk Reusable Makeup Cloths

Finding reusable products instead of disposable items is something that is really important to me. I have been doing my best to eliminate waste in my routine wherever possible. I have reusable rounds instead of disposable pads for products like toners and I use wash cloths and reusable makeup wipes for my makeup and mask removal.

The Turkish Towel company recently sent a set of six Makeup removal washcloths for me to try out and review. I’ve seen their towels before and have actually been contemplating picking up one of their robes for quire some time, but I missed the fact that they have Makeup cloths. Currently on their site the Turkish Towel Company has a set of twelve Cloths for $44. which boils down to $3.67 per cloth and given that you can more than likely reuse these cloths for years makes it a really good deal.

These look like washcloths and have the word makeup embroidered on the front. So I am surprised that i missed them. They are 100% cotton, which I absolutely love. I am a big fan of natural fibers. I don’t mind using non-natural ones in some cases but if i can use natural it is my first choice.

I have only been using these cloths for a week (maybe a little less). As there are six of them in a pack that means that they just came back from their first laundry day. I’m sure many of you know from pictures that I am a fan of both dark colored lipsticks and charcoal masks. Both are the reasons that many of my wash cloths and reusable cloths have some staining on them.

In fact one of my favorite charcoal based masks (The Annmarie Charcoal Cacao Mask) is the reason that several of my wash cloths have gray splotches permanently on them. It is an excellent mask and they do warn you it can stain, for me it definitely did (but still well wroth using which is why I just picked a wash cloth to use specifically with the mask)

hung up to dry after use, once dry they are put in the wash with other dark colored items, easy peasy no special wash

Thus far everything has washed out of these Makeup Cloths from the Turkish Towel Company with zero staining. Now they are black to begin with so they have a leg up, but honestly making a reusable makeup removal cloth out of dark material just shows good sense. These cloths are soft and absorbent (hello, 100% cotton). Six cloths gives me enough so that I can use a different cloth every workday with one for masking and then just put them in the laundry. I hang them up to dry after use and then when dry just put them in the wash with the rest of the laundry.

back from the dryer, no staining

I wash them with other dark colors, mostly jeans and towels and There was no issue when they came out of the dryer. I simply folded them and stacked them for another week of use. I will be using them as my makeup removing cloths exclusively for a full month just to get a feel for how they wear, and then I’ll be mixing them with the other cloths that I use.

Thus far, these makeup cloths from The Turkish Towel Company look like real winners. Hopefully they will stand the test of time. If they do it will give my other wash cloths some much needed relief from potential staining. And it will make me much less worried when I restock the Annmarie Charcoal Cacao Mask which is a definite plus.

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