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Review: Osea Malibu's Ocean Cleansing Mudd

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**I was sent this product to review and all of these thoughts are my honest feedback.**

Description: "This exfoliating, oil-balancing cleanser deeply purifies and thoroughly decongests oily and blemished skin. A potent blend of USDA Certified Organic Algae and Cypress oil removes surface impurities and visibly balances blemishes. Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Rosemary provide a cooling sensation and leave skin feeling refreshed, energized, and clarified." -https://oseamalibu.com/products/blemish-balm

Ingredients: Aqua, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract*, Decyl Glucoside (Vegetable Foaming Agent), Fucus Vesiculosus Extract*, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate (Emulsifier from Olive Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf (Tea Tree) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf (Rosemary) Oil* Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract*, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Natural Smectite Clay), Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Lonicera Caprifolium Extract, Lonicera Japonica Extract

How To Use: "Apply to damp skin in gentle, circular motions, avoiding direct contact with eyes. Rinse with warm water. Use morning + night. For Oily or Blemished skin types, follow with OSEA Sea Minerals Mist, serum of choice, Essential Corrective Complex and Blemish Balm. For Normal skin types, apply a few times a week for a purifying deep cleanse."

Scent? This took some getting used to. It smelled strongly of peppermint but also of seaweed. I wasn't a fan at first, but after using it for a while, I stopped smelling it.

Texture? Creamy but with a thicker "mud" like texture.

My Experience: I started using this in the beginning of June. I have normal acne prone skin for context. When I first used it, the scent was not to my liking and the minty sensation was very overwhelming (even for me, a tea tree oil zealot). I also mistakenly used it as a traditional cleanser and tried to take my eye makeup off with it. Biiiiig mistake. My eyes burned terribly. Of course I looked at the ingredients list and recommendations afterward and they say to NOT put it near or in your eyes. Lesson learned. So I used it how it was recommended night and day for several days. This stuff is very strong, within several days, combined with their Blemish Balm, it was too much for my skin. It had become dry, itchy and irritated. I wasn't moisturizing nearly enough for this cleanser because I was also using(reviewing) the Blemish Balm in conjunction. So I decided to alternate days with cleansers(Indie Lee's Rosehip Cleanser). This was the perfect combo. I was still getting the exfoliating benefits without over drying my skin. It was also recommended to me by Osea to mix the Cleansing Mudd with their milk cleanser the Ocean Cleansing Milk, but I didn't have the milk cleanser unfortunately, so I can't speak to that. Alternating seemed to work fine for me. I can definitely say it helped reduce my blackheads. Not a crazy amount, but it was noticeable. It also worked really well as a spot treatment! For when you get those painful wet pimples, this stuff is great to just blob on and let dry. It helped reduce their size and calm down.

Overall: I think this is a great cleanser/exfoliator, but my favorite way to use it was as a spot treatment. The smell doesn't make for a great first impression, (neither does putting it in your eyes like a dummy) but it's a great choice for cleaning out your pores and fighting breakouts. I did feel like whenever I washed with it, I was getting a good clean. Psychological? Maybe. But I did notice a small difference with my blackheads and my skin was turning over much more. I wouldn't recommend this for someone with sensitive skin however. It's very powerful but that's why I like it! It pulls no punches.

Ocean Cleansing Mudd 5 oz $44 USD (Pictured is the travel size product I was sent)

An evening with May Lindstrom

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"I wanted to bottle a catalyst for a ritual." - May Lindstrom

Thursday night, I attended the May Lindstrom spring event at The Detox Market. Their location in Santa Monica is nestled in the heart of the very trendy Montana Ave right across the street from Jurlique and next to a Michael Stars. When I arrived, they were filming inside and we had to loiter for a bit. Which was fine with me because I got to meet a lovely lady named Rose who is starting her own skincare Instablog called @moonlightrosebeauty. Once they opened the doors we filed in trying to find a seat. It's a little smaller than their other location in West Hollywood, but it still gets me so excited when I see all the products. We were sat in little white chairs in the front of the store. I managed to snag a front row seat and looked behind me instantly recognizing Adri of @sortofobsessed. (We've chatted on Instagram before) She introduced me to the lady at her right who was Chrissy of @honeyanddewskin. I met Lori of @riseandgloww in the procession for Pressed Juicery beverages alongside Kye's nori wraps and black bean brownies. It was a lot of fun getting to meet these ladies in person and geek out about our passion for skincare. Once we settled, Suzanne Hall, co-founder of The Chalkboard Mag and May Lindstrom herself settled onto some stools. May's hair was slicked back into a sleek long braid and she wore a military green blazer. May's skin was absolutely glowing. We were all remarking about it and how it must be because she uses her own products. As she was settling in, she looked at me and said "I'll try not to kick you!" Because we could have played footsies she was sitting so close in front of me haha.

She started by speaking about her childhood, where she grew up and her early struggles with her extremely sensitive skin. Everyday actions like washing your hands in a restaurant bathroom, were scary things for her because of their hand soaps. If she used them, they would cause her hands to bleed and blister. Or going to a sleepover, she was unable to touch the generic skincare products that her friends were playing with. This was a day to day thing and caused a lot of trauma for her growing up. It became very clear to me, that May really understands what struggling with your skin means. Mentioning that even at 34, she still deals with issues whether it's hormonal acne from breast feeding or perioral dermatitis. This really resonated with me because of how much I struggled in high school with my skin. I had cystic and hormonal acne that I had no idea how to fix at the time. It drove me crazy and made me hate looking at my face. Eventually I was able to solve most of my issues with probiotics, healthy eating and being more careful about the products I put on my skin. I have yet to really try May's products and see their efficacy, but seeing where she came from and hearing about her own struggles is reassuring in a brand. 

She was a formulator and loved food from a very young age. Experimenting with things from her family's garden and pictures from recipe books. As she described her products, she spoke about them as if they were food items. Words like "pudding" "mousse" "treat" "delicious" "meal" all evoking a sense that we were experiencing May's wonderful culinary treasures. Which, we were.

The first product I got to touch was The Good Stuff. What May referred to as her "Fabric Free Lingerie" and that she's pretty sure it's the reason why her husband married her. A body and hair oil, it smelled intoxicating and of cacao and rose. It left tiny gold flecks on my skin and I couldn't stop smelling my hand haha. The oil was silky and moisturizing when I rubbed it on. This was May's first launched product, she laughed saying "There were a billion first products that didn't make it here." A testament to her perfectionism. It's surprisingly her lowest selling product meant for the body. "Nobody invests in their body even though it's all of your skin." Something I'm personally working on.

When she showcased her upcoming The Pendulum Potion, her newest product to come out in 3 years. Which in this industry, is pretty crazy because most brands are coming out with a new product every 6 months. May wants her products to speak for themselves. "The collection is concise on purpose." She only releases a new product when it's perfected and she feels it's really needed (mentioning she's working on developing a washcloth that will actually work well and isn't abrasive! she promises she will get it for us!) The color is this beautiful Spring earthy green. It has a thicker oil texture which is difficult to remove without water. But once the water touches it, it becomes easy to manage and I noticed my hand felt more hydrated after removing it. When asked by Rose that she had problems getting it all off when using a sample at home, May responded by saying you have to use a washcloth to remove it, but that the great thing about the product was that it was nutritious for your skin if left on. This product is supposed to be able to remove all your makeup, lipstick, sunscreen and "all the days troubles". I'm waitlisted for it, so it will have it's own review here once I get my hands on it (I hope to be able to really dive in and write about all her products as time goes on)

Each and every one of her products smelled incredible and most of the time, indescribable. The Jasmine Garden smelled soooooo good (so refreshing when I sprayed it on my face) When I inhaled the scent of The Honey Mud, it was the first time I'd ever smelled a skincare product and thought I wanted to eat it. But it wasn't just the smells that were heavenly, it was also the textures of each product.  Something that really surprised me, was when she mixed The Problem Solver mask in her gorgeous mixing bowl. It's a powder that you mix water with. May explained that the ratios are very important if you want results when using her products. She brought it over to me and I was surprised to see how fluffy it had become. It was a black, puffy thick mixture and a really beautiful obsidian color. The Clean Dirt had a similar puffy texture, but was a brown sienna like color.

But when she brought out the Blue Cocoon with a gorgeous tiny golden spoon, it was sensory overload. Absolutely beautiful. The turquoise melty balm is her favorite product. One that she says is really good for bloggers (hello!) because of how many products we are constantly trying. May says that it's also an antihistamine. This is May's go everywhere with her product and she says that it's her healer. While I have yet to try this all out for myself, I have to admit, this is probably at the top of my skincare wishlist. When I put it on my hand, it went it on quite smoothly, melting quickly. It moisturized where I put it on my hand and left the skin feeling soft. I won't be able to say more until I get my hands on it, but the scent is incredible too. The best way I can describe it, is an herbal honey-ish like scent yet even that doesn't do the smell justice. The major ingredient is Blue Tansy which gives it that lovely hue, so I could be smelling that. But bottom line, it smells wonderful.

The Youth Dew is also very silky. It has a bright yellow color and like everything else it smelled amazing. I rubbed it all over my neck, my neck felt moisturized.

The Jasmine Garden smells unbelievable. Like fresh jasmine. After spraying it on, my skin felt refreshed after my long day at work and there was a slight..not a tingling sensation...but a refreshing sensation.

I really had no idea what to expect when I arrived. but every single product she showcased smelled incredible and felt really nice on my skin. Breathing them in, touching them. They are an experience. I have yet to really dive into them all, but I cannot wait.

The evening ended after the demonstrations and with a brief Q & A session. Someone asked May if she used sunscreen and what her opinion was. Apparently, May doesn't use sunscreen and when she does, she mixes pure zinc powder with the Blue Cocoon. She also mentioned that she will probably make a sunscreen at some point when she's ready and only when it's perfect.

Afterwards, we all scattered about the store to check everything out. I couldn't stop inhaling her products haha. They each smelled so good! I waited in an informal line to speak to her and I honestly just wanted to thank her for the evening and for her passion and for what she was doing. A lot of what she said resonated with me and I just wanted to tell her that. Something I'm working on is getting better at coming up with questions. Not stupid questions, but I tend to get so overwhelmed by all the awesome all I can say is, "AHHH that was awesome!!" Then later the questions will come to me. Anyways, she greeted me with a hug. I introduced myself and told her what I was thinking and thank her for the evening. (Check out the whole 1 hour and 40 minute talk on The Chalkboard mag's facebook page. I can't possibly go over everything and I think it's a must watch. I'm the girl sitting at the front in black haha)

When she asked about my skin and if I was happy with it, I told her about my skin issues and how I literally can't touch ice cream or I break out in cystic spots. This goes back to some of the things she was saying in her talk about how it's usually us getting in our own way with our skin. Whether it's putting too much retinols on our skin or eating terribly, skin care starts with our own healthy choices. For me that was a huge turning point. If you want beautiful skin, put down the ice cream (I recommend Coconut Bliss if you need an ice cream fix) put away the crappy foundations and take care of yourself. The bottle is only a bottle. There is no such thing as a skincare fix all because our skin is a living organ. It will continue to react to the environment, what's happening with your body and what you eat. Skincare handles those issues when they happen. Anyway! She told me she has the same issue and that dairy and sugar are huge troublemakers for her as well. I told her I take probiotics for it and she recommended The Problem Solver and the Blue Cocoon for me. 

I talked with so many wonderful people afterwards. I met Vanessa who is working with her and is a nutritionist. Danelle is also working with her and is a creative director and was the guinea pig in the video who's face I smelled haha! It's captured in the video (the face mask she was wearing did smell amazing)

I ended up chatting with May again later and asked her if we could take a picture and she said yes (she really is a wonderfully sweet and kind woman) I thanked her again and called my Lyft home.

And with that the evening was over. I have a product review backlog I'm currently working through, but her products are definitely going to be on this blog in the future.

In the meantime I'm keeping my eye out for those little golden spoons and that washcloth May. It was lovely getting to share those moments with you.

I hope you enjoyed my article on the evening and a special thank you to Elena of The Detox Market. I listed below the tips May recommended from the video with each product and some quotes or May-isms that I really loved.

Here I am with the lovely May Lindstrom. I'm smiling like such a goober. We both agreed there needs to be selfie stations.

Here I am with the lovely May Lindstrom. I'm smiling like such a goober. We both agreed there needs to be selfie stations.

My minis that I received that evening in my giftbag!

My minis that I received that evening in my giftbag!

May's Tips & Tricks:

The Good Stuff: Use on dry skin if you want more of a shine. Put on the clavicles, legs and shoulders. She likes to keep it in the shower and use it on wet skin before she gets out of the shower. She recommends to fill the palms with it, run it all over and put it through your hair. May also loves to use it as a hair leave in treatment the night before she washes her hair.

Pendulum Potion: Massage in the oil, use a hot washcloth (for the steam) and press it on your skin. Sweep it away with light strokes gently. Rinse with water. Take it all the way down your neck if you want. If you have really active acne outbreaks, don't use a washcloth.

Honey Mud: You can actually use this as a gentle cleanser. If you put this on dry skin, it looks like pudding. If you put it on wet skin, it turns to milk. Splash the skin, take a big dollop and massage it into your wet skin. Then rinse off. When used as a mask, put it on clean and dry skin and wear as long as you want. Not great at removing heavy makeup as a cleanser. A pea sized amount goes a long way with wet skin. She mixed with The Clean Dirt at around 58 minutes.

The Clean Dirt: She recommends doing The Clean Dirt in the shower because it's messy. She says it shouldn't be used everyday but about as often as you need to wash your hair. She likes to use it on her chest for fall off. (It fell on my jeans in the video it was pretty funny XD) Leave it on and then rinse it, don't overdo it though. She also recommends using it on your shoulders and armpits. She recommend it to be blended with The Honey Mud to help with brightening & hyperpigmentation.

The Problem Solver: Make sure it's measured correctly. It should be bubbly and fizzy when mixed. Don't rub or scrub this off ever, only rinse off. She recommended mixing it with the Blue Cocoon for painful pimples and cystic acne. She likes to do it once a week at full strength either mixing it with The Jasmine Garden or water and once a week mixed with The Honey Mud. The Honey Mud mixture is better for more sensitive skin. Combine The Problem Solver with the Youth Dew for wet painful pimples that haven't yet come to a head.

The Blue Cocoon: You only need a very small amount. After your cleanser and rinsing, skip the towel and massage the balm in. May recommends following this with The Jasmine Garden. As well as rubbing it on your chest. When I told her I had asthma, she actually recommended that I rub it on my chest to help with that. She says it's great for an eye treatment and to rub it into lids and lashes.

Youth Dew: May recommends mixing it with the Blue Cocoon to help with acne and to use it with wet skin after you've cleansed and rinsed. She says to massage it in well on fine lines and where she feels a breakout coming on. She says this is also a leave on.

The Jasmine Garden: She recommends using this after the Blue Cocoon and if you can to mix it with The Problem Solver as a mask. Spray on top of the oils.

 

May-isms:

"Don't be scared of your products."

"I am a little over the top and I admit it. But it's the only way I want to do things. "

"I formulated this as a cleanser, but everyone uses it as a mask." -On the Honey Mud

"Always always play."

"First take off the day, second put the nourishment back in." -On the honey mud

"Get out of your own way. It's not in the bottle. Sometimes the bottle is the reminder."

"I deal with nature, she's my boss."

"You should pick it up and want to tell your girlfriends about it."

"I'm still a food person."

"All I do all day long, is talk to you."

"Learning to play. Learning to listen to our skin."

"When I go home after an insanely long day and there's been 5 billion challenges and I can't get the ingredient and I failed a client and that shipment didn't make it and this thing went wrong and everyone's losing it and I go home to my two children who need me and my husband who needs me and no sleep and every other thing like most people, what am I going to do to make it okay for me? What am I going to do with my 30 seconds that I get that night? What am I going to do with my 5 minutes that I get that day? Maybe today is the day that I ask for that hour from my husband. And learning that lesson that I can take it too. The mantra that I say all day long that I say to each of you is 'I have to take it back'."

"My mantra that I say to myself all day long and that I say to you is, 'I have to take it back.'"

"This is my practice. Some people have meditation, yoga or running, I do this: I wash my face. I use oils. I take a deep breath. If it's not enough, I do it again and again everyday and I show up. And that's it. That's my practice."

 

Review: One Love Organic's Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil

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Description: "The ultimate in multi-tasking luxury, Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover effortlessly lifts away impurities and makeup while restoring skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH balance. This non-stripping, clean-rinsing formula features papain, a fruit enzyme that helps to exfoliate and soften, and a natural Vitamin B complex to detoxify and tone. Designed with dry, dehydrated skin in mind yet concentrated enough for all skin types, The Cleansing Oil is ultra-effective when used alone or as the perfect first step in any double cleansing routine." -https://shop.oneloveorganics.com/

Ingredients: organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, di-ppg-2 myreth-10 adipate, polyglycerol-3 beeswax, lecithin* (and) cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil* (and) papain*, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, tocopherol, fragrance/parfum(read my take on this below)

How To Use: Warm 1-2 pumps between hands and apply to dry face. Add warm water and massage into a delicate milk. Rinse clean. May also be used with a cotton square to remove makeup—no water or rinsing required. 

Tip: For a deeper cleanse and light exfoliation, apply cleanser then press a warm washcloth to face and let cool. Gently remove excess cleanser with washcloth. Rinse and repeat.

Scent? It smells like a pina colada! No joke! I personally enjoy it, but I've read others say it was too much for them. The fragrance seems to be the most controversial thing about this product. Whenever you see "fragrance/parfum" in an ingredient list, it raises a brow because there could be anything in the mix. It doesn't have to be labeled. I know several people in the clean beauty world that will simply not touch a product because it has those words on the back.

Here's a direct quote from the FDA's website on this issue:

"If a cosmetic is marketed on a retail basis to consumers, such as in stores, on the Internet, or person-to-person, it must have a list of ingredients. In most cases, each ingredient must be listed individually. But under U.S. regulations, fragrance and flavor ingredients can be listed simply as “Fragrance” or “Flavor.”"

This means companies can put whatever they want into the "fragrance" without having to list it's ingredients along with the initial product's ingredients. Leaving us with a big question mark. So it's an understandable concern. One that I share.

To be honest, I bought this product based off of great reviews and I had been wanting to try One Love Organic's products for a while. I don't normally just buy something without thoroughly checking out the ingredients, but I had a good feeling about it and it was a best seller on The Detox Market's site. They have high standards for products they stock.

Happily, I wasn't betrayed. This is One Love Organic's response to concerns about the fragrance/parfum in their product:

"We only use ECOCERT certified blends of 100% natural origin. One Love Organics uses a proprietary blend of ingredients found in nature including therapeutic essential oils, fruit and plant extracts and oils to compose our wonderful pineapple aroma that has to be labeled parfum/fragrance by the FDA. Our natural fragrance is free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, chemical sunscreens, petrochemicals, formaldehyde donors, peg’s, dea/tea and 1,4 dioxanes.

I think it would be beneficial to put this statement with the ingredients on their website, but that's just my opinion.

Texture? This is something I loooooved about this cleanser. It's an oil cleanser, so it's transparent when it comes out of the bottle. The texture of it is a lot like coconut oil. When you add a touch of water to it, it thickens a tad and becomes milky. It feels lovely.

My Experience: I've been using this morning and night for about 3 weeks. It's the first oil cleanser I've used, so I don't have other oil cleansers to compare it to, but I used it according to the instructions and followed the tips. I will say, it's the first cleanser I've ever used that hasn't stripped my skin. My skin felt moisturized after cleansing! Which is an odd thing to me, I'm used to cleansers leaving my skin feeling like they need immediate moisture afterwards. When it came to makeup removal, it did a great job at removing my eye makeup. Even my waterproof eyeliner. I'm not someone that wears a lot of makeup on the day to day, so I can't attest to some of the crazier makeups out there, but I was told by One Love Organics that it's been able to tackle everything they've thrown at it. So take that however you like. My skin had no bad reactions to it whatsoever, in fact it's very clear right now.

Notes: I highly recommend doing the warm washcloth tip if you have the time. It feels really nice and opens the pores up. I recommend starting with the outer parts of your face and then ending with the eyes. That way the makeup that you are taking off doesn't get rubbed all over your face.

Overall: I think this is a wonderful cleanser. I enjoy the way it smells, I love the texture of it on my skin and on my eyes, it does a great job at taking off makeup. My skin is not stripped afterwards and retains it's original moisture before use. I'm glad I listened to my gut and bought it. If you aren't a fan of pineapple, then this isn't the cleanser for you. If you are looking for a cleanser that does not strip your skin and removes makeup, this is a great choice. I feel comfortable using this product despite there being "fragrance/parfum" in it's ingredients list because OLO only uses ECOCERT certified 100% natural ingredients for their fragrance. Personally, I really like it and I can't wait to try more of One Love Organic's products.

Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil - $42