Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Bionsen - Stick Deodorant
saromakeup 6/10/2012 10:05:00 AM
Good, effective, lower chemical deodorant. Does not contain aluminum. Very nice fragrance.
Moisturizers -Kiehls - Ultra Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15
saromakeup 6/10/2012 9:39:00 AM
I used this for years before discovering it contains NO UVA PROTECTION. UVA is the ageing type of sun rays (UVB is burning), both are linked to cancer and obviously in a face sunscreen UVA protection is pretty darn key. So I threw out my last bottle and now use face sunscreens that contain Tinosorb S, Tinosorb M or Mexoryl, the only 3 really effective (chemical) UVA ingredients. I also have some physical sunscreens containing zinc/titanium oxide, which are great but the formulations I have are less good under makeup.
First I should say that I have used and loved this moisturizer for years as my HG moisturizer. It is a squalane moisturizer, which is a very good type of moisture for skin, absorbing well and being very hydrating. But - this product contains PARABENS, both methylparaben and propylparaben, which in new research is being linked to breast cancer. The independent scientists who are studying this class of ingredients say they won't use products containing it themselves, after seeing the breast cancer evidence. I am so disappointed. I feel like Kiehl's is not on the cutting edge of using good ingredients. For years I used their SPF 15 Ultra Facial Moisturizer before discovering it provides no UVA protection - just what you want in a face sunscreen :) If anyone who likes Ultra Facial Moisturizer could recommend other moisturizers they also like, I'd love to have some options which I can check for parabens. Thanks!
Hair -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Natural Jojoba Conditioner
saromakeup 3/31/2012 7:38:00 PM
Been using this for many years. My fave all-round conditioner. Smells lovely, seems to coat my curly / porous / breakable hear well, adding a body and manageability to it. Recently I've been migrating closer to no-poo (no shampoo), and using this more as a cleanser too (after a diluted shampoo), by really massaging it in to the scalp and roots. Great for that purpose too.
Hi - I also wrote a review on the Badger SPF 30 because I have both, but just wanted to highlight a couple of reasons why I love both the SPF 15 and 30. Basically, it's the ingredients that make this a fantastic product (maybe that's obvious?). EVOO, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, essential oils, plus obviously the zinc oxide. See, for me, that's exactly the type of stuff I love using on my skin anyway. So it's super-handy someone added in zinc oxide for sun protection (including great UVA protection which, as the solar radiation most responsible for ageing, is clearly super relevant). Also UVA travels through glass :( so it's important to be using a daily sunscreen that includes good UVA protection. And I wouldn't be happy using a chemical SPF on my facial skin every day for... ever. So a natural product is much more realistic for me. On the whiteness, I actually don't find it a problem for either the 30 or 15. I have olive toned skin and actually white products (or light foundation, for example) do look bad on me, but these aren't a problem. You have to let them melt in to your skin, and I do wear foundation / powder or bronzer on top most days, but not very thickly. That's my two cents (or pence) worth! Love it.
I absolutely love this product. When I put it on it melts into my skin honestly without that much whiteness (I use it on my face everyday, and I'm a tanned / olive skinned person so actually whiteness can show up on it). I know people have found it white / thick / greasy or even lumpy. Some thoughts on this. I am used to natural skincare products, using olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter on my face and body variously as cleansers and moisturisers. So I'm not put off by a 'greasy' feel - I actually find this super-luxurious and softening. I also don't mind a thick product as long as it's spreadable and workable which I find this one is. The lumps are not zinc oxide! :) They are beeswax. They work into my skin pretty quickly, more so if I soften them between my fingers with the heat of my hands. Again, something you're maybe more used to if you use natural skincare products. For me Badger sunscreen is an absolute daily pleasure, because the ingredients are exactly what I would normally seek and use for my skin (olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil) because those ingredients are anti-oxidant, hydroxy acid rich, plus gorgeously moisturising. I used to be put off using a daily SPF because I don't like chemicals on my face (not so fussed about my body), so I've been very happy since using this almost daily on my face. But - if you're someone who is very used to conventional skincare products (even the high-end ones!) that contain a lot of mineral oils / petroleum derivates and silicones, you may well find this product greasy and weird to work with. I can only say that I love it!! The whiteness I guess is an issue for ppl but honestly I find it disappears after about 10 - 15 seconds of gentle spreading on my face. I do roll the tube as they say in the directions, perhaps that also helps.