I was feeling nostalgic for this cleanser, plus my skin has been strangely rough and parched. I looked up the Ponds cold cream but read it had a strange formula and wasn't the same as it used to be. I heard the Walgreens is a replacement. I checked it out and it is partially correct. Yes, Walgreens make a Cold Cream that is practically a dupe of the Ponds original formula we all know and love. But, it is only in the Green jar that is 9.5 oz. They make a cold cream, also in a green jar but in a 3.5oz jar that, strangely, has different ingredients. And the sizes they are in both seem to be the only size they come in. They both say cold cream on the front too. The only difference i can surmise other than the size difference is that the Ponds dupe has the word Hypo-allergenic on the front, under the word cold cream. So if you are looking for a lovely Ponds original cold cream dupe, grab the 9.5oz jar. If you want a cheaper version of the Modern, reformulated Ponds cold cream, grab the little Walgreens jar. Its odd, but that's how it is. Anyway, I'm reviewing the 9.5oz ponds classic dupe. Its a lovely product, although it's green and white generic-ish looking jar doesn't do much to highlight that. But under the screw top lid is a lovely creamy whip that is perfect for cleansing and soothing my combination skin. It also has that lovely smell of vintage roses which makes using it just a little more pleasant. I scoop it out with a little scoop spoon, and massage it all over my face. I use the a ball about the size of a cherry, I think. I can use this on my face right before I take a shower and then my face doesn't seem to get so dried out from being under the water for so long. Then at the very end of my shower, I just wash with a little facewash since I don't want to have too much of the moisturising film left on. Feels lovely and glad I can still have a product like the original Ponds.
**Updated Sept. 2012** This is a skin serum. This product claims to help correct wrinkles, unevenness, and pores. This is a pearly pink-ish white serum, with a light gel-lotion like texture and a floral fragrance. It comes in a pump bottle, which is colored teal and silver. I received a full-size bottle of this and have been using it for a week or so. First off, you should always spot test products to check for reactions. As I have slightly sensitive skin, I have to be careful with products. I have not had any reaction with this product, though. I put a pump on my fingers, dot it about my face, and smooth it in. This serum instantly smoothes the face, and absorbs just as quickly. The fragrance is pretty apparent though, and last for a while, but not overwhelmingly so, in my opinion. It is not sticky or tacky, and wears well under my other lotions or products. It doesn't seem to moisturize really (but it isn't a moisturiser anyway) but it also doesn't dry my face out at all. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is really soft and dewy, which I quite like. It seems to be smoothening out my skin a little, but I prefer to give it a month to see what the results are. I'm hoping that the smoothening will continue, as I'm using this to fight wrinkles, mostly. I have had a tough time getting my skin used to retinoids, so I'd like to see if this has any positive effect so I can stop trying to use retinoids. This product is approx $84 (USD) for 1 oz of product. As a side note, in the US market, you can only buy the Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector. In certain Asian countries, you can buy not only the Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, but also a Toner-like product and an Emulsion (aka skin lotion). These two additional products are rather expensive in Korea, at least, but are also available in Airport Duty Free with a pretty good discount. In the Incheon Airport Duty Free as of Summer 2011, prices were (in USD) Serum - $98; Toner - $42, Emulsion - $58. As of 2012, there is now a Visionnaire Cream in Korea and other select Asian markets. Price and availability in Incheon Airport Duty Free is unknown although it retails for 120,000KRW in Korean regular retail. The Ingredients for the US product are (From box): Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Tetrahydrojasmonate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone, Bis-Peg/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone. Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/ Ammonium Polyacrylolyldimethyl Taurate, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Argilla/Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dimethiconol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium EDTA, Tetrahydrojasmonic Acid, Citronellol, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Parfum/Fragrance.
Other -Unlisted Brand - Heliocare Dietary Supplement for the Skin
YuzuBunny 8/18/2011 1:43:00 AM
This is a dietary supplement for the skin. It claims it is a "natural anti-aging supplement with antioxidant effects on the skin." It is often marketed for use to alleviate sun damage. It is not intended to provide any type of sunscreen effect, so you must still wear sunscreen regularly and correctly. This is a an orange capsule pill that you take 1-2 times a day. It is bigger than a tylenol capsule, but is still not difficult to swallow. I received a 10-pill sample and took them when I went on a trip in a tropical climate. I didn't have any thoughts about the product, but thought it probably wouldn't hurt to use it, since I would be in a lot of sun. It didn't have any negative effects, but I didn't feel any positive effects either. I guess it has some scientific data to back up its antioxidant activity, but its just one of those products where you just can't be sure if it works or not, especially since it is meant for the long term. I won't necessarily buy it again because I don't really take supplements. It is a bit expensive at almost $1 USD per pill, and you take one pill per day, or two if you get a lot of sun exposure. But I guess if you are really concerned about your skin and sun it could be ok.
*Updated 09/22/2012* I haven't used the Pink Ice since I finished the bottle I used for this review. I'm now using the White Ice because its what I can find when I purchase; though they do sell the Pink Ice still (Maybe only in the fall?). But I don't see any difference in results from the Pink or the White. I do still agree that it is good for combo skin in the summer, but isn't enough in the winter. Dry skin will probably have to layer it with another moisturiser, and oily skin may like it year round. This is a gel moisturiser. It comes in a pump bottle. This product claims to moisturise skin. It is very similar in ingredients to the other Arcona product, Magic White Ice, but does not seem to be identical, as the ingredients vary slightly. The difference is, in addition to all the MWI has, it also has "Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract". It also lacks " Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple)". Unless you are seeking or avoiding these specific ingredients, it is probably not enough difference to matter. The pink in the name, while describing the colour, also seems to be in part to support breast cancer as it states on the package "Arcona will donate $2 for every Magic Pink Ice sold in the month of October to Cancer and Careers" (I didn't buy in October, so I guess that means my purchase doesn't actually support the Cancer and Careers organization?). You apply this gel to dry skin, 1 or 2 times a day. It is pink in colour and has a sweet, candy-ish cranberry smell. The smell dissipates after about 20 minute or so. It goes on smoothly and sinks in very quickly. Feels refreshing and light and not at all sticky. I like it but don't think it moisturises that well - it just isn't meant to be a really strong moisturiser. It is perfect for my combo skin in the summer, but I still use some moisturiser on my cheeks during the beginning of spring, though. I think I would need more moisture in the winter so I probably won't use it during those months. It is recommended to us within 6 months of opening, as well. Ingredients from Box: Aqua, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglceride, Alochol Denat., Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta), Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit, Camellia Sineosis (White Tea) Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Melaleuca Alternafolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Totara Extract, Panthenol, Tocotrienols, Phytic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Acacia Gum, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Squalane, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Essential Oils
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Topix Replenix Green Tea Serum CF
YuzuBunny 3/18/2011 10:27:00 AM
This is a Green Tea and Caffeine antioxidant serum. This product is manufactured by Topix Pharmaceuticals, and is part of their Replenix line. It is sort of a brownish gel-serum. Smells a little like an herb I can't name, but not necessarily like green tea. You just smooth a pump of this serum onto dry skin. I actually use two pumps and it covers my face and neck. I really like this serum because it is soothing and gentle. It seems to keep my skin calm (sensitive, combination). Not too much moisturising but it is not drying either. Also, not sticky or silicone-y as it is free of cones, and it absorbs quickly. Great for layering under other creams, serums, or makeup. Ingredients: Purified Water, Caffeine USP, 90% Polyphenol Isolate of Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Bisabolol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate-20, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Tetrasodium EDTA. Please note that this is a different product than the Replenix Green Tea Serum, as that one does not have caffeine and this one does have caffeine. This is also different than the Replenix Green Tea Cream or Replenix CF Cream because those are creams and not serums. Seems obvious, but...if you read some of the other reviews for the Replenix products, people just randomly put reviews in for products that don't match the titles. So hopefully this post will be clear on what is being reviewed. **Update on 8/29/11 - I am changing this to a 5 star rating because it just keeps my face so soothed and helps reduce redness. I can really tell the difference when I use it or don't. I don't think I can live without it.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - ZNP Bar by Stiefel Laboratories
YuzuBunny 12/7/2009 5:39:00 AM
This is a bar cleanser, which can be used for face, body, and hair. It is meant for the treatment of skin disorders like Seborrhoeic Dermatitis. I have been using this bar for about 6 months now and I love it! I have had itchy skin on my shins for all my life, sensitive scalp which can get red and sore if exposed to certain chemicals, and also redness around the corners of my nose and between my eyebrows. Very mild, yet annoying. Using this bar completely eradicates the problem. It is shaped and looks just like a bar of soap, but it is a gentle cleanser with a very soft, large bubble foam, and I find it lathers quite well. The lather is so soft and creamy, and it is very gentle on the skin. I can use this everywhere, and regularly use it on my face and occasionally for my hair and scalp. It cleans very thoroughly but is totally not drying at all! It rinses very clean and leaves my skin soft. I was sceptical to use a bar cleanser at first, but this is nothing like a bar of soap. At first, I used this every day, but now I feel that I only have to use it 2-3 times a week and my skin is still happy. Of course, if I go too long without using it, some of my issues come back. But I think it says a lot about the product if I can use this only 2-3 times a week, and also use my other regular cleanser, and not have any issues arise otherwise. Also, my boyfriend uses it and likes it. He doesn't know it is a special soap and does not seem to think of it as anything other than regular "man soap" LOL. It is a great medicinal product that doesn't seem medicinal at all. It is a light blue bar, and comes with a little plastic draining tray to put it on - a bit flimsy, but I've been using it with the soap for the last 6 months and it is fine. It lasts for a decent amount of time, but the bar is a little soft and can melt if left directly in the path of water. There is a very faint scent, but nothing discernible and it hasn't seemed to bother my skin in the slightest. Highly recommended for people with sensitive, itchy, or red skin. I will never go without this bar again. I purchased mine at DermaDoctor for about $10. I haven't seen it in stores, but I'm sure you could have your pharmacist special order it, or it is probably available on other specialty skin website stores.
Toners -Unlisted Brand - Organicare Finding Balance
YuzuBunny 8/16/2009 1:42:00 AM
This is a Toner, i guess. Sort of like a Skin Softener lotion. This is unfortunately not a good product. It is called a pH Balancing Skin Conditioner, and is USDA Organic. You are supposed to put on a clean face and it is recommended for normal to dry skin type. It has a sort of watery gel texture, and a fresh herb smell. It feels really soothing when it goes on, but the big problem with it is that it makes my face feel tight! It doesn't feel balanced or conditioned, unfortunately. Maybe it would be better for someone with oilier skin? Either way, I don't think it is worth its hype or price. I think I paid $35 for it at Nordstrom.
This is a facial sunscreen, it is "chemical". Wow, I was pleasantly surprised by this sunscreen. I haven't found a Neutrogena sunscreen I liked until now. I put on 1/4 tsp and it is not whitening and it dries nearly matte and smooth. (I am NC35ish now). It is also very non-irritating, which is typically for me with "chemical" sunscreens. It is a creamy white lotion, and didn't make me oily, but it didn't particularly moisturise either. I have pretty normal to combo skin. I haven't had any issues with breakouts, but I rarely do, so I guess I can't really comment on that. As for the waterproof/sweatproof, i can't comment on that yet either since its been rather cool where i am. Pretty neutral smell, but has hints of the scent that I associate with neutrogena sunscreens. All in all, its a great sunscreen, though for me personally, it has a few more chemicals than I like. I would still use this on beach days or high sun days, though, particularly due to its wearability and supposed high PPD. One note, its offical name seems to be Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Face Sunblock Lotion, SPF 70, but the package only says "Neutrogena Sport Face Sunblock Lotion, SPF 70+" actives: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 4%, Oxybenzone 5%. Inactive Ingredients (from drugstore.com and confirmed on packaging) Water, Silica, Adipic Acid/Diethylene Glycol/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Octadecene/MA Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Saccharomyces Potassium Ferment, Artemia Extract, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Bisabolol, Saccharomyces Magnesium Ferment, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Saccharomyces Calcium Ferment, Saccharomyces Sodium Ferment, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Beeswax, Triethamolamine, Diethylhexyl 2,6 Naphthalate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylisothiazolinone 2.5oz squeeze tube, 9.99 US Dollars at Walgreens.
This is a hair dryer, with an attachment to make your hair wavy. I have always been trying to have wavy hair...i've done braids, and twists, and knots and curling to try to get that perfect wavy, beachy look. This blow dryer, used with the "airwave" attachment, has been the best tool to get me to that state. It definitely does work to give you wavy locks. i have chin length, naturally straight, slightly thick hair. To use this blow dryer, you snap on an attachment, which is essentially a big tube like apparatus. You then turn on the blow dryer and feed a little section (they suggest about 1" wide) of damp hair into the tube. Once in the tube, it is both dried and twisted simultaneously. You are also supposed to move the dryer up and down so it can dry and twist the entire length of the section. Once it is dried, it will be a twisted little rope, and you leave it there, and proceed to the next section. After they are all done and cool, you can finger separate them to make wavy, tousled hair. I would say it definitely works, but the waves are a little subtle. Not in your face curly waves, but beachy, mussed up, loose waves. Some notes from my personal experience: I have shorter hair, and it can still work with short hair. One issue I had though, was that your scalp gets hot if you have to hold it closer to your head! I also didn't put any product in my hair, so I'm not sure if that would have made it more wavy. I'm also a little concerned about heat damage, so I might use a heat protectant next time. It dries hair pretty fast, but you have to clip up sections of your hair, and you can only do small sections, so it takes a little time to go all the way around your head. Maybe 15 minutes on my short hair. Obviously, if you towel dry your hair, and maybe blow dry it a little bit before you do the wave attachment, it will dry faster. Also, since my hair is so short, i had to be careful about how far I moved the dryer up and down the strands...if i moved it too much, the section would fall out. Finally, it says it doesn't tangle, but i did have some tangly areas. maybe because the strands were too short, and they fell out of the tube midway. And when I put them back in, the twist might have been re-twisted in a different way. The airwave attachment just snaps in, but it was a little difficult to snap it on and off. I'll have to see how long it lasts...i hope it doesn't break. It felt pretty sturdy, though. It also comes with a concentrator attachment, but I didn't use that yet. As a hair dryer, its a pretty nice standard dryer. It is 1875 watts or whatever, and has 2 heats, and 3 speeds. Plus a cool shot button. The cool shot button seemed to take a while to turn to cool air, though. It supposedly has ionic ceramic and anti-frizz...can't say if that helped or not, because i don't have very frizzy hair. All in all, its a nice basic dryer to have, especially if you would like to have the option of making waves. The wave attachment makes it a very good value. I think it costs about $24-$30 and I found it at Target. I've also seen it on drugstore.com and amazon.com
This is a Lipstick in a Compact. I love these new (Fall 2008) Lip products. They are described as a "Blush of Colour" for the lips, and is called a lipstick. Its sort of more like a lipstick stain, in a pot format. I'd say they are a richly pigmented stain, with a semi-matte finish. They have a light, weightless feel - not heavy at all. The texture is smooth, silky, and feels slightly dry - not sticky at all. Even though it has a drier texture, my lips felt moisturised for hours. They last incredibly long, and are not drying at all. You can apply with your fingers or a lip brush, and over lip pencil, other lipstick, or under gloss or another lipstick. It works great either way. The colour can also be built up in layers. My favourite way is to apply just to my bare lips and apply a little gloss or balm. It lasts so long and the stain looks so beautiful. I love the sleek and shiny black packaging of the product. Its a tiny clamshell compact - a little bigger than a MAC eyeshadow compact. It comes with a mirror in the top part too. I suppose its rather small, but I expect it to last a while, since you only need a few dabs to cover your lips. This is available in 6 colours: (my colour descriptions) #1 Nude Beige - true pale nude #2 Antique Rose - a nude blush / MLBB type of colour #3 Sienna - sweet brick-rose #4 Raspberry - ripe pink raspberry #5 Cardinal Red - pure red #6 Deep Chianti - gorgeous wine Price is $26, 1.9g/0.06oz Available at GIorgio Armani Cosmetic counters and online at www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Polyehtylene, Aluminum Starch Octenylesuccinate, Arachidyl ropionate, Talc, Polybutene, Kaolin, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Octyldodecanol, Diiisostearyl Malate, Aqua/Water, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Polyester-33, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Synthetic Fuorplogophite, Tin oxide, Perlite, Disteardimonium Hectorite, BHT, Methicone, [May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492, Iron Oxides, ci 45410 / Red 28 Lake CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 45380 / Red 22, CI 45410 / Red 28, CI 45370 / Orange 5, CI 75470 / Carmine, Mica]
This review is supposed to be for the Non-US Version of Eucerin Shower Oil, called Eucerin pH5 Shower Oil. This product does have fragrance. For the US Eucerin Calming Body Wash Daily Shower Oil, see: http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=109594/Calming_Body_Wash_Daily_Shower_Oil/Eucerin/Gels/Soaps Glycine Soja, MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Ricinus Communis, Laureth-4, Cocamide DEA, Poloxamer 101, Parfum, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Lanolin Alcohol, Citric Acid, Diammonium Citrate, Aqua, Propyl Gallate, BHT, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Coumarin.
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Incoco Dry Nail Applique
YuzuBunny 8/29/2008 5:50:00 PM
This is stick-on Nail Polish. These are a unique product. They are stickers/decals made out of Nail Polish. Basically you stick the nail polish on instead of brushing it on. These come in a package with all different sizes stickers, in the shape of a very long nail. I found that most of them fit, but four of my nails are the same width, but they didn't have four of the same width stickers - only two. I had to use stickers that were too narrow for some of my fingers. The rest, I had no use for, not even on my toes, and since they are all a different size, none would fit my fingers again, so I ended up throwing those away. To apply these, you peel off one side of the sticker, then the other and press it on to your nail. It was easy to unpeel the stickers but then you have all these little plastic pieces to throw away. The placement was a little difficult, I thought. The stickers are very floppy, so its hard to get them lined up correctly. Also, they are "nail-shaped" if you have perfectly roundy and even cuticles, but I don't, so some of the nails had gaps of naked nail between the cuticle and the sticker polish. Once placed, you just rub the sticker to keep it on and then file off the extra length, which was easy enough. They looked mostly good, but I felt I can paint my nails better. The amount of time it took to carefully place the stickers seemed to be as long as I take to paint my nails. Also, I used a pale colour and it didn't completely conceal my natural nail so you could see the line between my nail and nail bed. Had I used real polish, I would have added another coat, but you can't really do this with this product. The sticker is very soft, so I immediately got a nick, too. Maybe I should have used a Topcoat? Not even sure if you can do this. Finally, it smelled very strongly of nail polish, and the scent lasted for a few days! unpleasant. It was nice to not have to wait for them to dry. As my time wearing them wore on, some unpleasant things happened. First, the edges started to wear away, and their is no really way to touch this up. Also, I got multiple nicks, probably due to the softness of the nail polish material. The edges near the cuticle kind of loosened, too. Finally, during the very end of the wear (about a week), the polish developed hair-line cracks in the surface! I decided to remove the polish...that was a horrible experience. The package comes with a little square of felt soaked in nail-polish remover, but it hardly helped. I had to hold the felt on my nail for like 20 seconds to get the polish to soften up and then scrub scrub scrub to even remove a quarter of it. I finally gave up and dipped my hands in some acetone-based acrylic nail remover. I had to do that twice, as well, to get all the polish to remove. It dried my nails out so bad, of course, that I felt I couldn't wear polish for a week after while i super moisturised my nails. All in all, the negatives detract from my desire to use these again. They do work and look nice, but I'd rather paint my nails my self and wait a little for the drying, to know that I can retouch and remove my polish easily. Also, price-wise, they're a bit expensive I thought. I can buy a whole bottle of polish for the price, plus you throw half the product away. I don't want to pay for stuff I don't use. It was about $7.49 at Walgreens in Chicago.
*****UPDATE! - its almost 2010 and I still use and love this! No changes to my review except that it is now available at Ulta also, and rumour has it, Walgreens too, tho I havent seen it there yet.******* This is a Body Lotion with Glycolic Acid (AHA). I have a mild case of KP (Keratosis Pilaris) on my arms and am always on the lookout for products that could help with that. Supposedly Glycolic Acid (AHA) can help. (I had been using Paula's Choice products, but didn't like them.) This is a brand that is exclusive to Rite Aid stores, I think. I noticed it one day and thought I'd try it. It is a creamy white lotion, that feels smooth and soft without being sticky. It has a nice floral/powder scent to it as opposed to the weird scent of Paula's Choice AHA. It has a thousand ingredients in it, too. They don't seem to irritate me, but I'm not sure what they are supposed to be doing, exactly. This definitely sinks in well and keeps me soft throughout the day. My KP has improved as well, and the white flaky areas on my legs are much better! The packaging is sort of generic, and the flip-top cap is convenient, but doesn't work the greatest. It is also a bit small for the price, imo. But its the best I've found so far so I will continue to use it. Also, it does go on sale, as I bought it through buy-one get-one half-off. Summary of Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl palmitate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, detyl alcohol, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, Glycolic Acid, lactic acid, sodium pca, pathenol, sodium hyaluronate, glycerine, butylene glycol, allantoin, like 10thousand plant extracts that I'm not typing, tocopherol, polyacrylamide, triethanolamine, dea-cetyl phosphate, peg-100 stearate, c13-14 isoparaffin, propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, retinyl palmitate, magnesium aluminum silicate, fragrance, laureth-7, carbomer, xanthan gum, disodium edta, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, tianium dioxide (CI 77891). 6.7oz/200mL - $16.00 at Rite Aid Drugstore in 2008
Gels/Soaps -Neutrogena - Body Clear Body Wash - Pink Grapefruit
YuzuBunny 8/24/2008 10:48:00 PM
This is a Body Wash with 2% Salicylic Acid (BHA) Acne Treatment. I was a big fan of the original version of this scrub. I used it for many years. Then, I started to get drier skin and I also couldn't seem to find it anymore so I moved on to different things. This new release reminded me of those days, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Plus, I am a sucker for grapefruit scents! This products is an improvement over the older one in a couple of ways - texture and scent, and indirectly, packaging. It comes in a clear plastic oval shaped bottle, which shows off the cute pink colour of the body wash, and the pearly scrubbing beads. The product itself is a gel-like body wash, with a fantastic, crisp and tart, true-to-life grapefruit scent. One of the best commercial grapefruit scents I have smelled in a long time! So exciting! Anyway, the problem with the old version was that it was sort of a thick gel, didn't smell so exciting, and was *impossible* to squeeze out for some reason. I have had no problems with this with the new version, even though it seems to be in similar packaging. It has a good foamy lather, so you only need like a quarter size. It has tiny pearly scrubbing beads, that you can sort of feel as you use it, but they don't seem to have too much of an exfoliating effect. I think it cleans really well, and doesn't strip the skin, but it still might not be the best choice for drier skin. I have drier skin and had to use moisturiser afterwards. I don't have body acne, so I can't actually comment on how it helps that...sorry. I have noticed that my KP on my arms is slightly better though. All in all, it is a fun new version of an old favourite. It cleans well, and may be helpful if you have body acne. Ingredients from bottle: Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Polyquaternium 7, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crisups (Carrageenan), Agar, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Polysorbate 20, ALumina, Butylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, odium Hydroxide, Benzalkonium Chloride, Sodium Benzotriazoyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Titanium DIoxide, Iron Oxides, Red 30 Lake, Red 40, Violet 2, Mica, Fragrance (963-181) 8.5oz/250mL - $7.99 USDollars
Toners -Clean & Clear - Deep Cleaning Astringent (orange)
YuzuBunny 8/24/2008 10:28:00 PM
This is an Acne Treatment Astringent with Salicylic Acid 2% (BHA). I usually have combo sensitive skin, but lately it has been much oilier and I have clogged pores on my forehead. I needed a cheap but effective BHA product to help with that. This toner definitely has helped with both the oiliness and the clogged pores, and in under a week. It is pretty simple in its ingredients, and it is the correct pH to exfoliate effectively. Although it does have 41% alcohol. It also has surprisingly not irritated me, but I don't think I'm actually sensitive to alcohols, and I believe its because of the way I use it, which will be addressed further. It is a pink watery liquid in a flip-top cap bottle. The instructions state "moisten a cotton ball and cover the entire affected area with a thin layer" I know that it looks like a toner, and the name is "Deep Cleaning Astringent" but there are definitely some things that should be noted. 1. It is not a facial cleanser. It states on the bottle that you should clean your face before using this. I know it says "Deep Cleaning" but that does not apply to your entire face. 2. It is not a toner. As stated on the bottle, you only apply to the affected areas, and you only apply a thin layer. Don't be all saturating your face with this stuff and then complaining about how it dries you out. Especially if you normally have dry, non-acne, alcohol-sensitive skin. You need a different product. I only use this on my oily/clogged parts of my face once a day and it works great in that manner. I would never use it on my drier, unaffected areas. No need! It is a very cute pink colour and it smells like a overly-boozy cosmopolitan. If you are sensitive to fragrance or to alcohol-smell, you will not like this. I do not mind it and the scent dissapates quickly. I don't mind that its in the plastic bottle, but I do mind the annoying flip cap. Mine won't open/shut very well, and it doesn't distribute the product out of the bottle very well either. Overall, its a good, cheap, and effective drugstore option for someone with oilier, clogged or acne skin. It has worked for me in a pinch. Ingredients from Bottle: Active Ingredient - Salicylic Acid 2% Other - Alcohol (41%), benzophenone-4, denatonium benzoate, dimethicone propyl PG-betaine, fragrance, isoceteth-20, water, red 4. 8oz/240mL at $3.99