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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)

Review: French Girl Organic's Rose Lip Polish

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Description: "An invigorating rose & mint-infused sugar scrub formulated with nourishing butters to gently remove dry skin leave lips supple and hydrated."-https://www.frenchgirlorganics.com/

Ingredients: Sucrose (Natural Cane Juice)* Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter* Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil* Euphorbia Anisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil* Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter* Ricinus communis (Organic Castor) Seed Oil* Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Powder, Essential Oils of Pelagonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium)* Mentha Spicata (Spearmint)* Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)* 
* Certified Organic

How To Use: "Gently massage a pea-sized amount onto lips; rinse."

Scent? An amazing sweet minty rose.

Texture? A melty sugar mixture.

My Experience: Having never tried a lip scrub before, the bar has officially been set very high. I used it several times over the past week, following the instructions. I take a small amount (you really don't need much) and use my index finger to rub the polish over my lips. Then I gently rub the granules over them, paying particular attention to my lower lip which loves to dry out and chap. After scrubbing it on, my lips felt moisturized and full. The dry skin on my lips had seemingly gone away and they felt soft. I used it yesterday before applying one of my favorite matte lip colors, it went on nice and smooth. No dry chappiness for the lip stick to catch on!

Notes: For more exfoliation, you can take a wash cloth and use that instead of your fingers to scrub at your lips. But be gentle! Don't rub your lips raw, it defeats the purpose of self-care.

Overall: I really love this scrub. It smells wonderful, the texture is nice and I enjoy the way my lips feel afterwards. They indeed feel polished. I would highly recommend it! Here is their website for the curious.

Rose Lip Polish - 1oz $15 USD

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

Review: Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

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

Description: "A multitasking miracle balm specially designed for the sensitive skin around the eyes. Mango seed butter dramatically diminishes appearance of dark circles, while calendula oil, beeswax, and lavender oil increase skin's elasticity." -http://indielee.com/

Ingredients: Calendula Officinalis Flower (calendula) Oil, Beeswax, Magnifera Indica (mango) Seed Butter, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Oil, Squalane (olive derived), Persea gratissima (avocado) Oil, Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol)

Directions: Use ring finger or skin care spatula to scoop out a grain-sized amount of product. Let the balm momentarily warm, then gently dab around orbital bone twice daily. For external use only

My experience:

I've been using the balm for about two weeks with my morning and evening routines. A little goes a long way, it's not scented and has a sheen to it when you put it on your skin. I have drier skin under my eyes and this stuff does a great job at keeping them moisturized. It claims to help with circles under your eyes, I didn't really have dark circles to begin with, so I'm not sure if it helped with that. But overall, the skin under my eyes looks much healthier and feels soft.

Notes:

Because it does leave a sheen, I recommend rubbing it in a tad more with your makeup in the mornings. I do wish that it had some caffeine in it to help with my morning puffiness.

Overall:

This product is great at moisturizing under your eyes. I really love it and understand why it's always sold out on Indie Lee's site!

Calendula Eye Balm - 0.5 oz $42 USD