Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

I am always on the look out for a good cleanser. Even though I use a wide variety of skincare, it is the cleanser that never leaves the list. I may trade out serums to treat specific issues, Vitamin C to brighten, Hyaluronic Acid for those pesky fine lines, but cleansers are always a staple.

While coffee helps me out in the morning, I don’t really feel awake enough to make the coffee before I’ve washed my face and removed the remnants of my night time skin care. Serums and moisturizers can wait, but the cleanser is first thing. After exercising, I will often need a gentle cleanser to remove the sweat and salt from my skin. Otherwise I will just feel icky all day. And of course at night, after i have used a makeup remover to remove the makeup I need a product that can rinse off whatever is left behind leaving me a clean canvas for my night time skincare.

And lets face it, sometimes mornings are rushed and sometimes I am o tired at the end of the day that my eyelashes are sweeping the floor. I may skip other elements of my routine, but I don’t skip the cleanser. All of this means that it is not only a necessary element of my skincare, one may even claim the most necessary part, but it means I use up more cleansing products than i do any other product in my skincare routine.

I like a wide variety of cleansers. I like creams and thing foaming ones are just loads of fun. Cleansing Milks are not a category I have too much experience with however. I’ve tried one before this and it was extremely liquidy. That isn’t my favorite consistency. I like being able to apply the cleanser to my damp face and see where the cleanser is and then massage it into the skin to make certain all of the skin is covered. With liquids I simply find it harder to tell where the cleanser has been. Is that skin damp from water or did I go over it with the cleanser?

I know it is not the most profound reason for liking formulas, but half-awake or half asleep, I need something that requires very little thought. So as a consequence I rarely purchase Cleansing Milks. This Andalou Naturals Age Defying Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk however arrived in a subscription box. Petit Vour I believe. I received several Andalou Naturals products from Petit Vour Subscriptions, which isn’t all that surprising.

Petit Vour specializes in clean beauty products. As this cleansing milk uses certified organic and fair trade ingredients, it falls right into their wheel house. I’ll admit, I was hoping that this would be a good product. Partially because I like the ingredients and the clean aspect of the product, partially because I am partial to apricot and wish it was seen more in products and partially because I have seen the brand Andalou Naturals on the shelves at my local grocery store.

Again that sounds like a small thing. Most of my products I do order on line. Skincare, Hair care and body care were mostly ordered on line before the world turned upside down. Occasionally things would be picked up on multi-store shopping trips, but once lock down hit and the only physical outing was the once a month grocery run, everything non grocery related went to on-line ordering. while Andalou Naturals can be ordered on line (the links in this post all going to their on-line site) I like the thought of having a list of products that I can pick up quickly when I run to the grocery store.

That way if I run out, I can just grab a replacement and then have time to place an order if need be. I am actually trying to get at least one in store favorite in every skincare category. I really just like knowing that I could pick up something quickly if need be and that I know it is good. Recently I added the Olay Regenerist Moisturizer to the list (which shouldn’t be surprising as most of the Olay Regenerist line is on my list – Incidentally Olay is having a sale at the moment, clicking on the link will take you to the Olay site.) So will Andalou Naturals make the list?

First let’s look at what the claims are for this Age Defying Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk.

on the face

Fruit Stem Cell complex from the Apple & Grape, Resveratrol CoQ10 and skin-friendly vegan probiotics gently remove make-up and impurities, rinsing away dull surface cells and balancing skin flora. Apricot and Borage Oils are infused to rejuvenate dehydrated skin, for a fresh glow and a rejuvenated complexion.

Vegan Product

Andalou Naturals

Okay, sounds pretty good and basically what you would expect from a cleanser. So dispensed in the hand it isn’t a liquid. I know surprising for something that is labeled Milk right? It mostly resembles under whipped cream. If you are whipping cream and almost to the soft peak stage, that is the texture of the cleansing milk.

I dampened my skin lightly and applied the cleanser. It didn’t apply like a thick cream and it didn’t foam, but I could definitely see where the cleanser was applied on the skin. I know what areas of my face were washed and which weren’t. Which I like. It rinsed off well, but left a little bit of a residue on the skin. I think it is the moisturizing aspect. In truth it wasn’t heavy and my skin did feel lightly moisturized. I tone my skin right after washing so whatever was left on the skin was taken off as the toner pad glided across my face.

I’ll be honest as far as makeup removing went, this cleanser wasn’t that great. It took off powders but left mascaras and foundations in place. This is a cleanser that is meant to be used as the stage two of a two part cleanse. Take off your makeup then use the cleanser to wash your face. The makeup remover will leave a little residue behind, but this cleanser will take off whatever is left behind. it just needs someone to come in first and break up the party before escorting guests to their vehicles. As the second part of a two step cleanse it was fantastic.

In addition, this was also a fabulous mid day sort of cleanser. After my walk and workout, my skin needs just a bit of a gentle cleanser or I am just going to feel gunky the rest of the day. I could use the Andalou Naturals Age Defying Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk with no fear of stripping my skin through over washing. In fact the post work out cleanse was where this product really shined. I could wash my face and not have to reapply other products because it was very hydrating. The only thing I added after washing was another dose of sunscreen. And then I put on my makeup.

The scent of the cleanser is fresh and light. It has a slight apricot scent to it, but mostly it is just a fresh clean skincare kind of scent. It reminds me a little of the health food store my mother used to take me into as a kind, which I think might be the result of the Borage oil. But again it is a very light scent. The scent also washes away when you rinse off.

Over all I was very impressed with this cleansing milk. It isn’t going to be a big makeup removing product, unless you only wear a light dusting of powders. It is fantastic if you want a post workout cleanser that isn’t going to strip your skin or make you feel over washed. I truth, once I start going back to the gym, I think this might be the cleanser I add to my bag so that I can rinse off my face before leaving. It is definitely something i enjoyed using and will make it onto my to purchase again list. I never would have picked this up on my own, if only for the fact that the term cleansing milk gave me an impression of a product I wouldn’t like. Now of course, I think I’ll peruse the product line next grocery trip and see if anything else catches my eye. Hopefully other Andalou Naturals products will be just as good.


The Skincare Line Up: August 20th, 2021

It is time once again for my favorite post of the week.  The skincare line up.  I love the chance to talk about skincare.  I think that is why I have such an elaborate line up.  There are so many products out there that I just want to try. Plus, I love putting the claims that companies make for their products to the test.  Admittedly I always feel bad when I have to report in that the products didn’t come up to the mark.  On the other hand I always feel happy when they do exactly what they claim to do.  And when they exceed expectations I really want to give them a gold star. So shall we see if there are any gold stars in this week’s line up?

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Andalou Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prizmatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay, starting at the top, the Native Deodorant performed well.  It wasn’t put to too much of a test this week as I did not sweat it out in the walking trail, but as it performed well last week in the brutal sun and humidity I am still pleased with it. The scent is nice if you sniff the actual product.  It disappears once the deodorant is on.  Which is a little sad as I like the scent.  But I suppose if I went around smelling of blackberries I’d attract bees. So for those out there who are super sensitive to scent, this one might be for you.

This week I again used the sample of the Andalou Cleansing milk in the morning, keeping my Korres for night time. The sample is almost empty though.  I will be using the last of it tomorrow morning.  It is a nice cleanser.  It has very little scent to it.  It is a bit of a loose formula as it is a cleansing milk rather than a cream.  It isn’t liquid though.  It actually reminds me of whipping cream when you’ve whipped it to soft peaks rather than stiff ones. It is a good light cleanser and I could definitely see myself picking it up in the store to use again.

The Murad toner worked well. It is actually one of my favorite Murad products.  It takes off the remnants of anything on my skin, but doesn’t strip the skin or cause me any problems really.  It just quietly and effectively does its job, which is toning. And of course when used in the evening it is the ever present judge where the makeup remover is concerned.  Have you done your job?  The toner will tell.  Or at least the round that I am using with the toner will tell. 

Currently I am using the Magnitone reusable rounds and they are performing really well.  They also wash well.  I have been using the mesh bag that came in July’s Birchbox to wash them.  I put the used rounds as well as my makeup sponges in the bag and chuck it in the wash. The bag keeps any stray hair or lint from getting on the sponge and rounds and they come out fabulously clean.

But that’s a bit off topic.

The Time Revolution is still one of my gold star products.  This week it was just used as an essence.  I didn’t spend any excess time in the sun, mostly because there wasn’t any sun. So I didn’t need the essence as a recovery mask.  Although really, soaking a couple of rounds with the essence and laying them on the over exposed skin to calm down any red spots and irritation is now my favorite trick.

To be honest, I am not really seeing the effects of the Byroe Serum.  It feels good on the skin and I want it to be an effective part of my regime, mostly because I absolutely adore Byroe’s toning essence.  That is a product I will buy repeatedly.  This Bell Pepper serum isn’t really doing much.  I actually took it out of rotation for a couple of days to see if my skin felt the lack and there was no difference.  I think I might rotate it out and give another serum a try next week.  I still have several sample sized serums I would like to try out (especially before we get around the the Black Friday Sales) so that I can see if a full size might be something I want to purchase.

The ESPA Eye cream I really like.  I can see it plumping up many of my fine lines now and I am still not at the thirty day mark in terms of use.  It is a sample sized tube and I have already marked it down for a full sized purchase.  It is eye cream though and so little is actually needed that the sample tube will last for quite a while. Which, as far as I am concerned, is a good thing.

The OSEA moisturizer is still an okay product.  It isn’t my favorite, but it isn’t bad.  When thinking about what to say about it, by first thoughts are.  The bottle is very pretty glass and the pump works really well. Which, while nice, shouldn’t be the first things that you think about when you think of a moisturizer.  It isn’t a bad product.  It absorbs well and isn’t greasy. It just feels like the basic version of a moisturizer. There is no ‘special feel’ to it.  I think using the Olay Regenerist moisturizer sample at night last week really threw it into perspective.  The Olay was fantastic and I was very sad when the sample was used up. However it’s fantastic-ness really showed the OSEA up as just basic. For now I am going to continue using it, but I will not be upset when it rolls out of the line up and I won’t be repurchasing it.  I will pick up the OSEA Cleanser as it was fantastic, but the moisturizer doesn’t make the list.

Since I knew this was going to be a mostly indoor sort of week, I didn’t roll a sample sunscreen in to try but stuck with my tried and true Volition.  Because even if I wasn’t spending a lot of time outside, I was spending some and it is now habit to apply sunscreen at the end of my morning skincare line up.

As for the Crest Deep Clean, I’m pretty sure this is going to be my go too toothpaste for a while.  My mouth feels really clean after I use it and my gums look really healthy.  They weren’t horrible before, but they just look very healthy now.  So I am happy.  And as it was the toothpaste my dentist recommended, I’m sure he’s happy too.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

For the most part, this week had a lot of overlap between the day and night as I didn’t add in any sample products.  Since the ones I used in the daytime performed exactly the same at night, I’ll just skip the duplicates.

The Peach Pudding makeup cleanser is nice and took my makeup off well.  It isn’t the best with mascara and the eyeshadow I used this week had some serious skin staining properties, but over all no real complaints.  I went in with my Makeup Eraser on the mascara and all was good. It is a good product I would definitely repurchase.

The Korres Cleanser also falls into the repurchase category.  It smells clean and fresh and my skin feels clean and fresh once I have used it.  There is no stripping of the skin and no residue left behind.  I really like that it is a thick cream.  It sounds a little silly, but that does make it a bit easier to use. There are less drips. I just damp my face down, dispense some of the cleanser and apply it, the cleanser stays on the face without dripping down. I can rub it as though it was a cream without making a mess. As more water is added it foams up and then it rinses away clean in a foaming mass. The more I use this cleanser, the more I like it.

That also holds true for the Herbal Dynamics Beauty serum. This is the second bottle of this I have gone through and it is definitely a repeat purchase. I have a line in my forehead that (let’s face it) is not really going anywhere. I affectionately refer to it as my stress crack. Over the past year and a half it deepened considerably. It won’t disappear, but with the serum it is looking more like a line rather than a canyon. There is certainly less depth to it, which I love. This is on a repeat buy list and will remain there for a while.

The Bite Beauty lip mask is a standard. I have in fact forgotten how many times I have repurchased this. It is a very thick formula and you have to work a bit to get it to squeeze out of the tube, but it is worth it. This is a formula you can apply at night and really let it sink in. It has the thickness of petroleum jelly. And the one I have smells like Maple Syrup. It is especially useful in the winter. Recently I received a Leniege Lip Mask in my IPSY Glam Bag X and I will be rolling that into my line up this week to give it a try. The Bite Beauty mask will come back, but for now I want to try something a little different.

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

To be honest I thought that this would only be a one product line up for other skincare this week. I thought the exfoliator would stand alone. The Hey Honey exfoliator is a once a week use product and I will happily use it once a week and then reorder. There is very little from the brand Hey Honey that I don’t like actually. Their products and my skin just get along really well. With both skincare and makeup actually. Their Trick or Treat CC cream is really quite nice to wear.

But that is a different post.

I enjoy exfoliators, both chemical and physical. The physical ones I try not to use too often. Once a week is generally about my cap for them. This is gentle enough that when I did need an extra scrub I could roll it into a second day of use in the week without causing my skin damage which I like. This is definitely a scrub I will reorder.

The reason I thought it would stand alone is that I thought I was almost out of product in the Phat Glow Facial. I have been using it twice a week. My skin feels clear and clean. I am actually quite a fan of the mask. The container drives me batty though. That pump is just kind of a pain to use. But the product is good. I had enough for the week and surprisingly there is still product left in the container. I really have to work to get it out because the pump gets stiffer with every use, but I think I might just be able to get through one more week of use. Which makes me happy. It is after all, a really good mask.

So that is the list for the week. the products used throughout my skincare routine, both night and day and sometimes only a few days a week. My skin has mostly recovered from the greasy sunscreen breakouts (Supergoop and I didn’t get along) and I am feeling quite good in my skin actually. Its a nice feeling. I know it helps me out to look at what I am using and how i feel about it. I hope it helps you out as well as you think about products that you want to use. Next week there will be some samples rolling through as well as a couple of full sized products. So changes are coming to the line up. Stay tuned.


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The Skincare Line up: August 13th, 2021

Happy Friday the 13th my darlings. I don’t know about you but I always end up have a really good day on Friday the 13th’s . They always seem super lucky to me. Hopefully today will prove just as lucky for me. So are you ready to look at some skincare? Let’s start with the day time line up.

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Andalou Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prizmatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50 AND Supergoop PLAY Everyday Lotion

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay my darlings, let’s start at the top. For the past two Weeks I have been giving a Clean Deodorant from Dove a try. In general I like the Dove brand. I have used their products for years. Several of their products I still use. Since my teenage years my go to deodorant was Dove so I had high hopes for this one. It was a no go. I did my best and even though I didn’t like it for the first week, I used a second week to test out the Megababe Space Bar Detoxifying Charcoal Underarm Bar. (Deodorizing soap basically) The soap worked well and I’ll talk more about it in a different post, but I finally cracked. The Dove 0% simply wasn’t cutting it. I was just too stinky to take. So I purchased a Native Deodorant and rolled it into the line up. I’ll sub in the Dove on days when I am only working at my desk, but it was just too stinky. This time I am trying a different scent. It is the Blackberry and Green Tea scented deodorant. It is a nice scent in the tube but disappears once on the body. I catch no whiff of it once it is applied, which is fine with me. I don’t need to smell my deodorant, I just need for others not to smell a stinky me.

The Time Revolution Essence is still my summer MVP. I am going to have to look into more Artemisia infused products because it has been excellent on my skin when I have had too much sun. It really has been fantastically soothing.

Speaking of the sun. I have two sunscreens listed. One is my favorite Volition Sunscreen. This week I also tried out one of the samples in my collection. This is Supergoop Play. It is SPF 50 and it seems to do its job well. However I am not a fan. I haven’t used a sunscreen that made me this greasy in years. There was enough product in the container for three days worth of use and I used it for three days. I was exceedingly greasy after using it and now I have a host of small break outs, especially on my chin. They aren’t allergic reaction break outs, they are the clogged pore kind of break outs. If I had really dry skin, I wouldn’t have has as big a problem with the Supergoop. But with my skin (which due to the season is normal leaning towards oily) it just didn’t work. The sweat from the summer sun added an extra factor and for the three days I wore this sunscreen I was just a grease ball. If you have dry skin perhaps this is for you. All I know is that this Supergoop Play is not for me.

The third new items in my daytime line up was the Andalou Naturals Apricot Pobiotic Cleansing Milk. The consistency of the product is thinner than a cream, but it isn’t a straight up liquid. So you can dispense it fairly cleanly into your hand. While I damp my skin before applying the cleansing milk, if you have your face too wet it can get a bit runny. The scent is clean. There is no real apricot scent to it. The cleanser just smells like clean skin care. With your eyes closed if asked to sniff and say what it is I would be able to say skincare. It could be a cream or a cleanser, but the scent is definitely a skincare scent. I know that isn’t all that descriptive but I have no other term for that scent.

The Cleansing milk works well, but it is a bit of a moisturizing cleanser. It takes off all of the dirt without stripping but tends to leave a thin film of moisture behind. I use a toner right after and the toner takes that layer right off, but it is there. It isn’t a heavy layer of moisture, but it is there. The sample size I am using has enough for a second week of trial and I have no issues using this Cleansing Milk for a second week. I like the brand Andalou Naturals and I like that it is a Clean product that I can actually buy in the Publics Grocery near me if I wanted to. I’ll make my final determination next week but at the moment I think that I would repurchase this if I went shopping for cleansers. I want to try it out on a week where my skin is not also dealing with the Supergoop, but I think it will pass the buy again test.

I still haven’t made up my mind about the Byroe Serum. To be honest, I am not entirely sure if it is doing anything. It feels nice on the skin though. Admittedly, it generally takes thirty days to see an effect from skincare and I haven’t been using it that long. I’ll continue using it and hope to see some sort of effect at some point.

The ESPA eye cream I really like and will continue to use. I’ll compare pictures in a few weeks but I feel like my eyes look less tired after using it so I am happy.

The OSEA moisturizer though is just working out okay. It is nice enough to use and I wouldn’t mind using it again if it came my way, but I don’t think I would seek it out. The product looks lovely in the bottle, but it is only an okay moisturizer. It is thin and light which works for the summer so this seems like the perfect time to use it up, but I have tried several different moisturizers from a variety of price ranges that I like much more. I think this falls into the good enough to use, not good enough to seek out category for me.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Olay Regenerist Ultra Rich Moisturizer

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

The only new product in the night time line up this week is the Olay Ultra Rich Moisturizer. As you can see from the picture it is a tiny sample that lasted the week. And it only lasted the week because I only used it at night. I have enough to get through tonight’s skincare regimen and then the little pot will be empty. It is kind of a sad moment. Because it is a fantastic moisturizer. In general I am a big fan of most of the items in the Olay Regenerist line. (I say most because I haven’t tried them all, all that I’ve tried I like). This cream is thick but it absorbs fast. It has almost no scent to it and my skin absolutely loved it. Clearly with only a sample sized container that lasted a week, I can’t say I saw any long term results. However this moisturizer is going on my list of products to try in the full size. In fact it may go to the top of the products to try in a full size. I love the fact that while I can order this on line (which can save a little bit of money) but you can also go out and pick this up from practically any drugstore. I actually don’t think there is a drug store that doesn’t carry Olay products. Also, while I have tried a lot of rather expensive moisturizers, I haven’t really found a drug store one that I really like. If the full size performs as well as this sample did, I may have actually found one that I like. Which is always fun.

Everything else in the night time routine is still working well. I am doing more experiments with the day time line up than the evening one at the moment. I have several sunscreens I want to give their chance at the summer sun.

There are no issues with any of the products I am using, in fact they are working great. I do want to give a shout out to the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Serum. It is fantastic. I can really see a reduction in the depth of the line across my forehead. It will never go away of course, but it is less canyon like than it was. This is not my first time with this serum, but it always surprises me how fantastically it performs.

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

I think my time with the Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial is coming to the end. There is still some product in the container but I suspect it will at best get me through next week. It has been a fantastic mask and I think my skin looks glowy because of it. That pump may drive me to distraction, but the product it dispenses is really good.

The Hey Honey Come Clean was actually used more than once this week. I try not to over use physical exfoliators and keep them to once a week, but I had to add a second use this week to deal with the after effects of the Supergoop clogs. This scrub is a really good one and it isn’t too harsh. I really like the sweet honey-ish fruit scent it has to it and there were no issues using it twice this week. Hopefully next week it will go back to being a once a week scrub. But for that, we shall have to see how the products I use perform. See you back here, same time next week to discuss it.

Happy Friday the thirteenth everyone.

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The Empties of May

The empties of May

Hello my darlings and welcome to a brand new month.  I hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.  May was an interesting month for Empties actually.  A lot of them were sample sizes, but there were a few full sizes.

I’m actually going to start the empties with a full sized product that I am very disappointed to run out of.  It is the Color Wow Dream Cocktail Coconut infused Hair Serum.  I absolutely loved this and have already ordered a replacement.  It was initially sent to me by Color Wow to try out and I have to say I am hooked.  You put the serum in your wet hair and then when you blow dry it , the heat activates the product.  It made my hair so soft and silky and gave me fewer fly aways.  Like I said I have already reordered this and will be keeping a bottle in my standard products retinue. 

In the bath I used the Andalou Naturals Citrus Sunflower Shower Gel .  This travel size lasted quite a while as you only need a little dollop to get a lot of suds.  It has a scent that smells like the shells of sunflower seeds mixed in with a light citrus scent.  I know that sounds a little strange but that is my best description.  It is a nice and very light scent.  The shower gel worked well and the scent dissipated quickly.  My skin felt clean and hydrated.  I would definitely consider purchasing this in the full size.

This month I tried a sample size of the La Roche Posay Anthelios Sunscreen SPF 50.  It is a mineral  sunscreen so there is a little bit of a white cast until you rub it in.  It does feel a little waxy.  I really liked this on my neck and upper chest, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it on my face.  I will actually be picking it up in a full size though as I really like it for everywhere except my face. 

There is one empty facial oil this month and it is the Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule.  To be honest I didn’t really notice any brightening from the product and  while it was an okay product, it isn’t one that I would repurchase.  It was just okay and I have tried several products that are better than just okay that I would repurchase first.

There were two serums in this month’s bin, one is a sample and one is a full size.  The sample size is the Loum Pure Serenity Golden C Serum.  To be honest it worked really well.  My skin looked and felt fantastic while I used the sample.  It is however highly fragranced.  It smelled like a very floral perfume. 

Not a skincare floral, a perfume floral.  While I was okay using the small sample I am not entirely certain I could use this on a daily basis with a full sized bottle.  It is a product I am on the fence with though.  I really liked the way it worked.  The scent is the only thing that gives me pause.  If it weren’t such an expensive serum, I might try a full bottle and if I couldn’t get through it just pass it on.  However it is quite pricey so I would have to really think about it before committing.

The second serum was sent by Influenster and it is the L’Oreal Midnight Serum.  This serum started off strong.  The first day was fabulous.  After two weeks of trying it, I absolutely adored it.  After about a month though I wasn’t seeing the effects as much as I did in the first two weeks.  And byt the end of the second month when the bottle was empty, I was ready to see it go.  The only thing I can think of is that my skin was lacking something that the serum provided and then once my skin stocked up on what was missing the serum became irrelevant.  I can find no other explanation.  In those first two weeks it was fantastic.  However after using the endite bottle, I don’t think I would purchase another one.

I finally managed to work my way through the Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing oil.  It was an interesting product.  It works really well but smells intensely of CBD oil.  After a while I stopped minding the scent so much and just concentrated on how fabulous it worked.  Because it really did work well.  It is one of those products that I wouldn’t mind using again if it happened to come my way, but it isn’t something that I would intentionally seek out.  I am glad I used it and I really like how it works. It is just the scent that keeps me from automatically repurchasing.

Oddly enough I loved the scent of the Akar Skin Balance Toning mist.   I also loved the orange glass bottle.  It worked well enough as a toner, but the product wasn’t my favorite.  It had the tendency to make my face feel a little sticky. It was a decent product and I wouldn’t mind using it again, but it isn’t something I am going to seek out as a must have. It is more of an if it is there I’ll use it kind of product.

There was one eye cream in the batch and it was the Perricone MD Soothing and Hydrating Eye Cream.  I really liked this eye cream and would not hesitate to repurchase it.  Interestingly enough I think I might like the sample size better than the full sized version.  One of the things I really liked was that the eye cream came in a tube with a very small hole to let product out. 

Since so little eye cream is actually needed, this was perfect.  I could dispense just a little bit of product and so this tine tube lasted a really long time. I know the full sized version comes in a jar. I’m sure the product works just as well, but I really like the smaller tube for eye creams.  But I would still purchase the jar.

Finally, we come to the moisturizers.  There are three, two sample sizes and one full size.  The first Sample sized moisturizer is the Neogen Dermalogy Probiotic Youth Repair Cream.  I really enjoyed this moisturizer.  It is very light weight and smells vaguely like candy.  It was very moisturizing and very well suited to the warmer months when you want a lighter moisturizer.

The second sample was the Arrow Radiant Skin Moisturizer.  I know Arrow is a brand that is owned by Birchbox and this sample did come to me in their subscription box.  It was okay.  To be honest that is all I have to say about it.  It was okay.  It wasn’t bad.  It wasn’t good.  It was just okay.  Fine to use in a pinch but utterly forgettable. I’d use it if there was nothing else around, but it isn’t something I’d order a full sized version of.

The last item in this month’s Empties bin is the full sized moisturizer the 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream NACy2. I really enjoyed this cream.  It was very well suited to the day time.  It certainly wasn’t heavy enough to use at night.  It did exactly what it said it was going to do and it was a very nice moisturizer.  Because of some of the ingredients, it is a moisturizer that is more suitable for cooler temps than warmer temperatures so I wouldn’t use it in the summer time.  However I would definitely reorder it and use it in the winter time.

And that my darlings are the products I managed to use up in the month of May. There weren’t as many as there have been in past months, so this wasn’t a huge post. I actually like doing these every month, even when there aren’t a whole lot of products. It is nice to actually look at the products as they leave the house or get repurposed into something else and to actually take a moment to think about how I feel now that they are in fact leaving my skin care arena. I find it especially helpful to look at the sample sizes again and decide if I really want to try the full size. To be honest I completely forgot about the Neogen until I saw the tube and went ‘Oh yeah, I really liked that one.’ Hopefully you found it useful, or at least somewhat informative as well.


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CITRUS SUNFLOWER UPLIFTING SHOWER GEL from Andalou Naturals

I’ll be honest, I tend to forget to review bath products like I should. I use a wide variety of them and like everything else I try I have a definite opinion about them. I’ll use the product, whether it is a shower gel like this one or one of Zent’s Bath truffles and I will think, I really should remember to review this. But then i don’t.

It isn’t as though I’m keeping secrets it is just that with products like this the sensory experience is so very important. When I am looking at Shower Gel, I want a fresh clean from it. I want a pleasant but not overpowering scent, and one that doesn’t linger too long after the shower. I don’t want it to compete with the scents of other products. I Like a moisturizing shower gel but i still want to feel clean and not like i have just added moisturizer to my skin.

I know it isn’t a long list, but it is a little on the picky side.

So let’s look at Andalou Naturals. This particular Citrus Sunflower Uplifting Shower Gel came to me in a Petit Vour Box. If you are looking to try out an array of clean beauty products I highly recommend the Petit Vour subscription box. It leans heavily towards skin care but has the occasional makeup item. In addition it goes wide on the skin care range. You will still get moisturizers oils and serums but you will also get body products like natural deodorant and shower gel.

Clear gel just out of the bottle

I’ll admit, I’ve seen the Andalou Naturals products before but never picked them up. They are sold in my local Publix and I pass the shelves every time I do my shopping. I never picked them up though. I think it is because the container reminds me of a bad shampoo I tried in the early nineties. I think because of the similarity of packaging and my avoidance of the other product I avoided this by association.

Which was wrong.

And I am going to work on correcting this.

since this Citrus and Sunflower Shower Gel was here, I went ahead and tried it. I think in the back of my mind I was still braced for the bad shampoo.

(In case you were wondering there was some ingredient in the shampoo that I was allergic to and not only did I get a rash on my scalp and my hands, but anywhere the suds touched as I rinsed my hair out. It was an unpleasant experience and one I hope never to repeat.)

It has nothing in common with the bad shampoo other than a slight packaging design resemblance. According to the website…

This skin conditioning gel blends emollient rich rosehip and argan oils with coconut water and gentle cleansing botanicals for fresh, healthy looking skin. Uplifting citrus sunflower delights the senses as superfruit antioxidants and ultra-hydrating aloe vera help protect and uplift skin’s moisture barrier for an invigorating, all-over body treatment.

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It is also a vegan formula with certified organic and fair trade ingredients.

the scent is very light, so if you have issues with scented products, Andalou Naturals might be a brand to look into. There is a slight citrusy note but it is barely there. While I have grown sunflowers I honestly can’t remember a scent coming from the flowers. Most scent I have associated with the sunflower is with the toasting of the seeds which brings out the light scent of the oil. i don’t remember the flowers having much of a scent. I will certainly double check this year as I have several sunflowers planted (hopefully to grow).

Foamy with just a little rubbing

If there is a scent, I did not detect it.

The gel is clear when applied to the bath sponge. It foams up quite well. In fact i was really impressed with it’s foaming capacity. I know it probably shouldn’t matter but i really like a foaming shower gel. I think it was because when i was little my Dad explained that shampoo and soap worked by sucking the dirt into the bubbles and carrying it down the drain. And so I have in the back of my head that bubbles mean clean.

There are plenty of bubbles and I really didn’t need to use a lot of product to get them A quarter sized amount was enough to wash me completely.

And it was a very clean wash. I didn’t feel like anything was left on my skin as you can sometimes get with moisturizing shower gels. At the same time, My skin didn’t feel like it was being stripped of all the good oils my body needs to stay hydrated. I’m sure the Uplifting part of the name has to do with the citrus scent, but really, scent is not an issue with this product. The scents are light and barely there and once the suds are rinsed away you only have clean smelling skin left. There are no heavy perfumes remaining. Just clean moisturized skin.

I was very impressed with this Andalou Naturals Shower Gel to be honest. It gave me everything that I wanted and nothing that I didn’t. In addition it made me feel good with the organic and fair trade elements. Not only will I be purchasing this in a full size when I have worked my way through my current collection of Shower Gels, but i will be dipping further into the Andalou Naturals section in my local Publix store.

I like ordering items online, and in fact I tend to order most of my items online, however I also like to have a list of products that I can trust to work well and that i can pick up in a pinch when I have unexpectedly run out or have company coming. This Andalou Naturals Shower Gel has definitely made it onto that list. Hopefully other products from the brand will prove equally fantastic. I’ll keep you posted.


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