Lotions/ Creams -Alba Botanica - Original Body Lotion
Nikopie 12/29/2005 8:32:00 PM
I like to buy the unscented lotion. It sinks right in but it doesn't moisturize enough so I have to reapply during the day. I also like to keep a bottle in the kitchen so that I can moisturize my hands right after I wash them. Ingredients: organic herbal infusion, safflower, jojoba, seasame, grapeseed and avocado oils, glycerine, aloe, isopropyl palminate stearic acid, cucumber ex, sea kelp ex, panthenol, lecithin, silica, methyl/proplyparaben, vit E
Lotions/ Creams -Alba Botanica - Alba Hawaiian Kukui Nut Body Butter
Nikopie 12/29/2005 8:25:00 PM
I was hoping this body butter would be more moisturizing. Even if applied right after a shower, it never really sank it. I have had more luck with pure shea butter.
Way too harsh for my sensitive, combo reactive skin. I switched to this toner from the toner for sensitive skin after I began to have breakouts caused by other Hauschka products. Obviously this works for quite a few people, I'm not one of them.
Lip Treatments -C.O. Bigelow - My Favorite Lip Balm
Nikopie 12/29/2005 8:03:00 PM
I got this for free from BBW. I'm glad I didn't pay for it. I hate that it makes my lips feel coated in plastic (the ingredients explain it all). Ingredients:Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Squalane, Bis-Diglyceryl Poyacyadipate-1, Shea Butter 5%, Sweet Almond Oil 2%, Oat Kernal Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Candelila Wax, Jojoba Esters, Bisabolol, Vit A Palminate, Cholesterol, Aloe Ex, Allantoin, Vit E, Vanilla Ex, Glycine Soybean Oil
I have repurchased this stick several times and even though I like to try new things I keep coming back to it. I like that it does form a protective barrier that works if it reapplied throughout the day (lots of sticks don't do this in the winter). I like the packaging because I can carry it and apply it easily. However, I do not like the orangey cast that it leaves on my lips-I can't layer it with a color. I don't mind the smell which is floral. It does its job but its not my favorite (still searching). Ingredients: Ricinus Communis, Rosa Carina, Buxus Chinensis, Lanolin, Cera Flava, Daucus Carota, Butyrospermum Parkii, Candelilla Cera, Carnauba, Rosa Gallica, Prunis Dulcis, Anthyllis Vulneraria, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeciaca, Parfum, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Cinnamal, Linalool, Eugenol, Lecithin.
Moisturizers -Caudalie - Revitalizing Moisture Grape Seed Cream/Mask
Nikopie 12/29/2005 6:12:00 PM
I bought this on the rec of a Caudalie rep. I left this on all night as an intensive moisturizer as she suggested. I tried this for about 2 weeks. When I woke up, my skin looked amazing but it was just a temporary fix. As soon as I washed it off, its effects went down the drain. So, it wasn't moisturizing at all for me.
Treatments -Caudalie - Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum
Nikopie 12/29/2005 5:59:00 PM
I had high hopes for this serum. It gave me tons of blackheads without any perceptable improvement. Try a sample first if you have prone skin (I returned mine to Sephora).
Toners -Caudalie - Eau de Raisin Hydratante - Grape Water
Nikopie 12/29/2005 5:46:00 PM
Because my skin is so sensitive, I can't use most toners. I like the short list of ingredients and it is very soothing to spray on. It doesn't have any moisturizing agents, so I always layer ontop to keep my skin from drying out. This spray works well to set makeup and as a refresher. It does have a raisin scent-so spritz before buying. Also, this is the only Caudalie product I will rebuy-everything else I purchased in this line went back to Sephora.
Masks -DDF - Sulfur Therapeutic Mask [DISCONTINUED]
Nikopie 12/29/2005 5:32:00 PM
I like to use this mask as a spot treatment. Because of the strong lingering sulfur smell after the mask is washed off, I can rarely bear to do this mask full face (even putting Decleors YY oil ontop doesn't cut the smell). It is effective and I think that the price is reasonable at BBW (they frequently offer coupons). A thin coating or a small amount for spot treatment is all that is needed.
While this oil is rec for dry skin, I have oily combo sensitive skin and this product works well for me in the winter time. I like to alternate this product with the YY oil. It has a light scent. Patting this on after a shower keeps my skin hydrated all day. I usually don't like products with chamomile in it, but I haven't had trouble with this-it is very soothing.
I still haven't found my HG lip balm, but this is a very nice find. Because of the jar packaging, I don't carry it with me so I can't reaply during the day (it might be more effective that way). I use it at night and in the morning. I take out what I need with a small spoon (don't like to stick my fingers inside). I do like the scent and taste (lemon with a hint of spice) its a nice alternative to the usual mint. Ingredients: Hazelnut nut oil, beeswax, shea butter, macadamia nut oil, rice bran oil, carnuba wax, lemon peel oil, bitter orange oil, spent grain wax (huh?), vanilla ex, dipieryx odorata seed oil, cinnamin bark oil, tocopherol
I love this product! I'm using this as my moisturizer with YY oil ontop. It has a strong herbal smell that fades quickly. Although I like the smell of Caudalie's Grape Water spray more, I find that this mist keeps my skin from becoming dry due to the Ylang-Ylang oil. This also doesn't bother my sensitive skin like Twinlab's NaPca spray. Ingredients: water, propylene glycol, kiwi fruit water, aloe leaf juice, orange fruit water, Sodium PCA, oak root extract, bitter orange oil, lavender oil, melilotus officinalis extract, oleth-20, tetrasodium EDTA, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben
I'm crazy about this product! I'm so glad that others shared their views on it because I would not have tried it otherwise. If you have a Sephora near, go get a sample and try it. I have very sensitive and reactive skin and this has done wonders for me. I apply it mornings and evenings after Decleor's Hydrating Mist. This product works fine under makeup-just let it sink in. I also use it to spot treat any small spots that popup. Edit:I still love using this product. I also rotate this oil with other Decleor oils as the weather changes. Ingredients:Hazelnut oil, Canaga odorata flower oil, pelargonium graveolens oil, st. Thomas bay leaf oil, lnalool, citronellol, geraniol, eugenol, benzl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, farnesol, isoeugenol, D-limonene
Too Shea has made a big difference in my skin this winter. I apply it right out of the shower (warm it slightly in your hands first). It is 100% pure with no other additives. Most other BBW lotions have PJ and annoying fragance added. I subtracted a lippie for the $$$.