I realized today I tend to post mostly product reviews. I’m going to try to keep this to a monthly post as to not overwhelm anyone… This time around, some of these products were tried due to me buying the wrong product. So, there’s a variety, but learn from my mistakes! I’m also going to add a little ‘intent of purchase’ section so you know what I was initially looking for as this will likely affect my review!
St. Ives: Apricot Cleanser
Intent of purchase: By mistake. I meant to grab the apricot scrub but bought the cleanser instead. However, I actually needed a new morning cleanser for the shower so I wasn’t really upset about this.
Consistency: Creamy with smooth exfoliating beads. The beads seemed smoother and less scrub-like than those pieces in the apricot scrub.
Effectiveness: Not great. I used this one day when I had foundation and eye makeup on. I used it twice in the shower but it didn’t really remove anything. I’m OK with this as a morning cleanser to freshen already cleaned skin though.
Smell: Disappointing. This almost has a fruity or citrus aroma but not quite. I really wish it did as it really would brighten my morning.
Overall: Not going to purchase again. It doesn’t really clean your skin, it doesn’t really smell great and the exfoliating beads really don’t exfoliate.
St. Ives: Apricot Scrub
Intent of purchase: I ran out. I’ve been using this product for a long time to exfoliate. I’ve always had trouble skin and find this product to be delicate but yet effective. It helps keep my pores clean, my skin soft and my trouble skin behaving!
Consistency: Very thick, slightly creamy and semi-rough apricot grinds. Reminds me of extra large coffee grinds but yet much better smelling.
Effectiveness: Really good at sloughing off dead skin and keeping pores clean. You can rub this into your skin to exfoliate but yet you won’t cause redness or irritation.
Smell: Almost not there. I think because there’s only a minimal amount of “creaminess” to bind the apricot seed grinds together it really don’t allow room for a scent. This is fine by me!
Overall: Excellent. I really really enjoy this product as well as the price tag it comes with. I have very sensitive skin (lets say some moisturizes will turn me red as a tomato) and if my skin disagrees with anything it will become problematic (and I’m too sensitive to use most blemish products!). This really has helped my complexion, it’s still not perfect and never will be, but if I stop using this I absolutely notice a dull and rougher appearance within days. If they ever discontinue this product I will cry. Then buy apricots and grind their seeds and put them in jars.
Matrix: Biolage – Hydratherapie Shampoo
Intent of purchase: A semi-healthy shampoo. I know sulfates aren’t good, but I just don’t like sulfate free shampoos. I figure if I use a sulfate shampoo that’s paraben free I’m meeting health half way. Plus, if it’s a good shampoo that means I can wash less frequently.
Consistency: This is pretty much a light gel consistency. It’s got a little sparkle to it as well. Spreads very easily so you can get away with a dollop or two depending on how long your hair is. I use 2 dollops but my hair is below my armpits so….
Effectiveness: Wonderful. I never have to “rinse and repeat” with this, but it also doesn’t make my hair “squeak”. To me that’s a win as I’m leaving essential oils but thoroughly cleaning product and buildup out.
Smell: Very good. I will say the smooththerapie is even better, more citrusy and refreshing, but there’s nothing wrong with this one at all. It’s bright and clean smelling. It may be the highlight of my shower experience.
Cost: ~$20 for a BIG bottle. I’ve had the bottle for over a month, 2 of us use it and it’s about half way finished. So, a little more expensive but not bad.
Overall: Love it. I would prefer the smooththerapie for the scent but it’s not paraben-free so this is my #1 shampoo. I’ve tried so many other shampoos, ranging from L’Oreal to Pureology but this is the best in my opinion. It’s a great combination of a healthier shampoo, a delightful smell and a wonderful effectiveness. I’m not looking to try any other shampoos anytime soon…
Matrix: Biolage Detangling Solution
Intent of purchase: Conditioner needed. I liked that this matched the shampoo and was also paraben-free.
Consistency: A lightweight cream.
Effectiveness: In the shower my hair was silky as could be, it was wonderful. Trying to run a wide tooth comb through my hair after towel drying it was a little more challenging. This really is a detangler, not a conditioner. It is light weight but not pointless. I find with a leave-in conditioner this is perfect.
Smell: Good, but not that strong. My husband comments on my hair smelling good after I shower, if that means anything.
Cost: ~$15. But, you don’t need a lot.
Overall: Good for a light weight detangler. Keeps static at bay, keeps hair healthy looking. In combination with a leave-in conditioner it’s great. But, I’ll purchase a new one next time and see if I can find one that’s a step up.
Burt’s Bee’s: Tinted Lip Balm
Intent of purchase: A natural lip color that’s not too dark, not lipsticky and doesn’t taste bad.
Consistency: Chapstick consistency. The color is very light and not ‘in your face’ at all. Does not remind me of CoverGirl LipSlicks at all, which was my fear.
Effectiveness: As a lip balm with a slight tint of color, great! As a conditioning chapstick, doesn’t do it. But, it doesn’t claim to be a chapstick either…just beware when the packaging looks like chapstick
Smell/Taste: It really doesn’t smell and it really doesn’t taste too much. If you do lick it, it’s got a pleasant neutral flavor.
Cost: $7 on average
Overall: I really like this. The color is very subtle. I bought “Rose” and was afraid it would be too pink/red but it’s extremely natural looking and gives me just the right amount of lip tint. I’m sold on this and this will likely become my go-to lip gloss.