Cleaning up with Elemis Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser

For well over a month the Elemis Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser has been a part of my skincare Line up. While I mention it in my weekly line up posts, I wanted to take a minute and go over the product more fully in a separate post.

While Elemis is a brand that I will always go back to because I simply really like the way their products work, most of what I am familiar with is a part of their Marine Collagen line. I was first introduced to this brand through subscription boxes. While I heard of them before, they were a bit on the expensive side and I’ll be honest, when I purchase expensive items it tends to be because I have tried them in sample form and liked them enough to know that I will enjoy using the full sized product.

I prefer pump top cleansers for ease of use with wet hands

With Elemis, since the Marine Collagen line was so often in subscription boxes, I was able to try most of the line and start purchasing with confidence. At least from that line. I had also tried several items from their Super food Line. This Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser is one I went out on a limb with a little bit. I had not tried anything Lime Blossom from Elemis , but by the time I ordered it I had enough confidence in the brand to feel good about ordering the full sized product. The full sized 200 ml bottle of this product is $36 which is actually quite a good price for a cleanser I thought. Most of my cleansers seem to come in this basic range.

two pumps of product were enough for a daily cleanse

Literally nothing I have ever used from Elemis has given me problems, and this cleanser was no exception. The Lime Blossom scent is lighter than many of their other products. The Lime Blossom scent, which I personally adore, is present, but it fades very quickly. Perhaps this is because it is a cleanser, perhaps it is because the scent of Lime Blossoms isn’t an overpowering one. If you have never smelled lime blossoms before, I highly recommend finding a lime tree and taking several deep breaths. The scent is lightly floral with a hint of citrus teasingly in the background. I find it an absolutely lovely scent.

The face was is light and creamy. It has a pump, which I really like for cleansers as it lets me control how much product I dispense. I always go through tube style cleansers far too fast simply because I squeeze the tube with wet hands. Sometimes that results in little product coming out, sometimes in loads more than I intended. Of course that also depends on the tube, some are easier to use with wet hands than others.

I still prefer the pump. And this one is good. It is a thinner style of pump but large enough to be sturdy and used with one hand. I generally found that two pumps was enough for my morning use. I tended to use more in the evenings to remove makeup. While I do love a good cleansing balm I did try this cleanser without a makeup remover beforehand. This cleanser will get you about 85% of the makeup off (non-waterproof makeup) without using a makeup remover balm prior. Personally i like to remove my makeup , then cleanse and then bask in the glory of a mostly clear toner pad. But that is just me. If you don’t use a makeup remover prior, then this is still a good cleanser to use. Just know you will have some makeup residue on your toner pad.

Product on face (sorry for the bad angle/ blur as my hands were wet and the camera was slipping) the cream texture lets you see where it is applied.

The cleanser is not foaming. At all. To apply I wet my face and then massaged the cleanser into the skin. It applies just like a cream. While I do enjoy a good foaming cleanser, there is a great deal to be said in favor of a non-foaming one. The first is that you can tell where you put the cleanser on your skin. I liked applying the cleanser and seeing that my whole face was covered before I started massaging the product over my skin to get it clean. It let me know I hadn’t missed a spot.

The product is thick enough that it really didn’t drip so it was clean to apply and use. I also use a vibrating skincare device. While I often use it to massage in serums, it works really well with this style of cleanser and I felt I got a better clean because of it.

The Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser rinses off clean without either stripping the skin or leaving any form of residue on the skin. My skin felt soft and clean, which is pretty much what I want from a cleanser. It was also a gentle formula that was non-irritating. During the past month I tried out a moisturizer that had an ingredient my skin did not like. Irritation followed and while I was careful with the products I used while the irritation faded, I never had to discontinue use of the Elemis Cleanser. It was gentle enough that it didn’t hurt or further irritate my irritated skin and still allowed me to wash my face with no issues. Over all, I found this Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser to be a fantastic purchase and it is one that I will make again in the future. A month of use has seen me only a quarter of the way through the bottle and I am glad it will remain in the line up for a while longer.

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The Skincare Lineup: January 7th, 2022

Good morning my darlings. It is time once again to look at all the skincare products in this week’s line up. I always look forward to this post. and I hope you enjoy it. This week was interesting. On a couple of products I am approaching the one month mark which means full reviews are eminent. A couple of products are still new and I am trying to get a feel for and a few, I’m just not sure about. Kind of a nice mix. So let’s get started with it.

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

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Toner: Glow Recipe Watermelon PHA + BHA Pore Tight Toner

Essence: 111SKIN Antioxidant energizing Essence

Serum: TerraVibe CBD Age Defying Eye Serum with hyaluronic acid

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Okay, the elemis Cleanser I have been using off and on for over a month now and absolutely love it. I will be posting a full review with all sorts of details hopefully next week but here I will just say it is a fantastically gentle cleanser. Even when I had issues with some sort of allergic reaction, this cleanser worked well for me. Cleanses without irritating. It doesn’t hurt that Lime Blossom is one of my favorite scents.

I can’t say I feel as warmly about the Glow Recipe Toner. There are some products from Glow Recipe I love and others that i don’t. I happen to really like the Avocado sleep mask. I really don’t like this toner. For me it is mostly the scent. As a toner product it seems to work well. Normally the watermelon scents of Glow Recipe’s products don’t bother me, but something about this smells off to me. I think it might have something to do with the BHAs and PHAs added to it. Somehow that seems to have altered the scent so it still smells like watermelon but it smells like watermelon mixed with stale water. I am working my way through it though and will continue to use the product up. I will not be repurchasing it.

I will probably repurchase the Terra Vibe Serum though. This morning I hit exactly thirty days of use and will be taking my after photos to go along with the before ones I already took. I;ll have to see what the photos say, but I do feel a really big improvement in the texture of my skin, so I am pleased with this product. I will be posting a full review on Monday. But I am a fan.

And finally we reach the Moisturizer. This is an interesting one as I am currently using it as both a day and night cream. And to be honest I feel very different about it in the day and night time uses. To put it bluntly, it is too heavy for day time use with my skin. It is just too moisturizing. At night it is perfect, but it is not a cream I can wear in the day. I’ve noticed each day I am taking less and less for application onto my face. So I think I am going to shift this to just night time use and roll in a day cream for this next week’s line up. of course night time use is completely different. Let’s take a look at that.

The Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

Toner: Glow Recipe Watermelon PHA + BHA Pore Tight Toner

Essence: 111SKIN Antioxidant energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drop

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask

Okay a lot of the products were the same from day to night so we will focus on the differences. The first difference is the Serum. Because I was testing out a serum with hyaluronic acid in the day, I went with a brightening serum for the night so that i could tell what was doing what. Because let’s face it if you have three hyaluronic acid products how do you tell if it is just one or all of them combined giving you the results. Or worse, one who is masking their ineffectiveness behind a rock star product?

So I separated the products. While I used the Purple cabbage drops for a few days prior to this week, it is still a very new to the line up product. Thus far I haven’t used it long enough to actually see any results. And to be honest there were a few days this week where I think I forgot to use it. I’m fighting a cold at the moment so there were a couple of days where my night time routine was reduced to taking off the makeup and slapping on the moisturizer before crawling into bed. So I can’t really say too much about this serum yet. I do like that it is a thick feeling serum that absorbs rather quickly and has only a light fresh scent to it. I was kind of worried it would smell like cabbage. Well not just cabbage, over cooked cabbage I suppose. It does not. Hopefully after this coming week I will have formed more of an opinion.

While the moisturizer is the same as I used in the day time line up, the night is where it belongs. This moisturizer provided enough moisture that I didn’t feel myself needing to reach for an extra dose of night mask. The scent is vaguely lemon cleaner-y but it isn’t too heavy and I find I don’t mind it. I think that my nose tips it more into the lemon verbena category than the industrial lemon cleaner scent that gives me fits with the Balance Me products. This moisturizer does take a little while to absorb, but it left my skin feeling beautifully soft and hydrated when i woke up the next morning. It is another reason that it is better used at night. Even with a small amount in the day time, you just had an hour or so of shiny face in the morning while it takes it’s time absorbing in. It is worth giving it the time because it is a good product, but I just don’t have that kind of time in the morning. I will happily keep using this moisturizer at night, but i will swap in a day time cream as well. This is a night time product only.

Also used only at night is the Laneige Lip mask. I really like it for night time moisturizing of the lips. As I have been fighting a cold it has been especially helpful this week. Whenever i have a cold my lips tend to dry out fast. This mask has been helping to keep that drying to a minimum. So I am happy to have it in the line up. Mine is the Berry Scent and I have used it before. I do want to branch out and try their other flavors/scents. Do you know they have one called Gummy Bear? that sounds like fun. It will take me a while to work my way through this jar though, so a repurchase is far into the future.

And there you have it my darlings, the weekly skincare line up. After a previous bad reaction, I feel like my skin is now back on solid ground, While this week’s products don’t have universal praise, it isn’t all in all not a bad group to kick off the New Year.

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