I bought this about two weeks ago and have used it every night (and most mornings) since, as instructed. I've also applied it as instructed. I like the feel, the packaging, the scent--I can tell it's a quality product. I also feel that it's contributed to clearing up the outbreak of bumps on my forehead. HOWEVER, my facial skin started to dry out about 4 days into my using it. At first, it seemed like a good thing, as my forehead was clearing up, but now my face is pink and irritated. My face burns when I apply my sunscreen now and is peeling a bit on the sides of my nose. Bottom line--NOT recommended for long-term morning/night daily cleansing if you have even remotely sensitive skin. I'm going to try the cleansing milk instead, because I'm not ready to give up on Dr. Hauska just yet. I'll probably continue to use this as well--about once/twice a week for a deep clean.
I've been usuing this for about 3 years and I think it's excellent. It's a treat for my sensitive, occasionally acne-prone skin. It's not a product that I use continuously, though. For instance, I'll use it for a couple weeks each night, and take a month off, etc. This past month I've been plagued with a rash of those little forehead bumps--not really zits, but lots of little bumps that look bad in certain lighting. I started treating them with lotus oil about 4 days ago as part of my nighttime regimine and they are clearing up! This stuff is also great for smoothing out pores. I keep my bottle in the fridge and it's kept for a couple years. Good, pure ingredients, too!
My review is not to compare this base to the previous intensive base, as I have never used it. I have, however, been flirting with the idea of switching over to a mineral powder base for some time. I like the idea of the small amount of ingredients that comprise a simple mineral powder, and so I thought I would take advantage of Everyday Minerals' free samples. I liked the idea of the IT base because it has only four ingredients (I believe this is supposed to be the most natural and non-irritating of the bases as it doesn't contain lauroyl lysine). While I was impressed with the array of shades that are offered, and I do believe I found my match, the base didn't do it for me. I have sensitive normal-oily skin and this made it feel dry and "stayed on top" of my skin. I wore it for two days in a row and I couldn't adjust. My usual base is a sheer tinted moisturizer, and by comparison, this base made my face look dull and dry and feel itchy. It also aggravated a zit. (If it didn't, the swirling brush application of it certainly did.) Anyway, I wanted to like this base so badly, but it just isn't for me.
I just purchased my second tube of this today. The rose tint gives my lips a very flushed look, but it's sheer enough to apply without a mirror (and it doesn't have that annoying shimmer that their other tinted lip balms have). Of course, it doesn't really stay on for the amount of time, say, lipstick does, but then it isn't lipstick. It glides on super smoothly and keeps my lips hydrated. Minus one lippie for: $7.00/tube=overpriced. Otherwise, I love this stuff--it's the perfect amount of color for me as I like to keep my face looking as natural as possible.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Mill Creek Keratin Shampoo
coppersnowflake 2/19/2012 8:35:00 PM
I've used a lot of organic-y shampoos and as long as they get my hair clean, I'm fairly happy. HOWEVER, this shampoo has put me off on a couple of counts: it very much smells like kid's cherry-flavored medicine--enough for me to be bothered. I'm usually fine with even strong herbal scents, but this just smells sickeningly sweet to me. I also find the consistency runny compared to most other shampoos, and it takes a good bit of the stuff to lather up effectively. (I have mid-length, fine/medium hair, and I usually end up washing it twice with this product.) Again, it gets my hair clean in the end, but I'm not likely to repurchase.
Cleansers -L'Occitane - Shea Butter Extra Gentle Cleansing Milk
coppersnowflake 2/15/2012 10:06:00 AM
I'm on my second bottle and am quite pleased with this cleanser. Currently, I'm adhering to a no-water method of facial cleansing based on the idea that over-washing strips down facial oils and in turn, the face produces more oil, etc. I'm also steering clear of tap water on the face, as the extra additives in it can be harsh to the skin. For me, this extra-gentle cleanser has done the trick. I slather it on, wipe off with cotton pad and repeat as necessary. Yes, it does leave a thin film on the skin, but I love that because I rarely need to moisturize now. I have fair, acne prone skin and this has not caused me any irritation or break-outs. Quite the opposite, actually. All of this being said, if you wear a lot of makeup, this may not be the product for you. I wear minimal eye makeup and a very sheer base and it's takes 2 or 3 applications to remove it. If you're obsessed with that squeaky-clean feeling after you cleanse, this probably won't be your cup of tea either.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Renew Intensive Skin Therapy
coppersnowflake 2/14/2012 11:38:00 AM
My mom used to sell Melaleuca, and that's how I ended up trying this lotion. It's not at all greasy but somehow keeps skin hydrated for longer than any other lotion I've used. It doesn't irritate my very sensitive skin. I keep a large pump bottle in my bathroom, a medium size bottle on my desk, and travel size tubes in my handbags. I've been using it for years and will continue to do so because no other body lotions measure up!
Sunscreen -Keys - Soap Solar Rx Brioad Spectrum Sunblock
coppersnowflake 2/14/2012 10:50:00 AM
This is my go-to daily sunblock and it's amazing. I searched for a long time for a non-chemical, non-irritating sunblock for everyday use, and was so excited to finally find this product. It's light and non-pasty and blends in easily. However, I don't use this if I'm going to be in the sun for hours or if I'm going to be sweating or swimming. It's not made for that. What I've found is, there really isn't a satisfactory sunblock that is perfect for every occasion. I'm not going to find a light-as-air, non-chemical sunblock that will hold up during a marathon. You either slap on the chemical kind that absorbs UV rays, or you buy a sweat-proof natural block that's going to be thick and pasty. Otherwise, this sunblock is tops if you're looking for a higher-range spf that is non-chemical for daily activities. I have fair, acne-prone skin and this blends in super well and even mattifies it a little. And the cost is actually pretty cheap because you get a very large amount for the money. HG product!
Conditioner -Ouidad - Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner
coppersnowflake 2/14/2012 10:27:00 AM
Granted, I'm not a connoisseur of leave-in conditioners, and I don't have curly hair. What I do have is lots of over-processed, fine to medium-textured wavy hair that is quite prone to frizz. This stuff has just been a lifesaver while I grow out my over-dyed hair. I found that a rinse conditioner wasn't doing the trick, so I bought this stuff. After I shampoo and condition with a lightweight rinse-out conditioner, I lightly towel dry my hair and then apply about a dime to nickel size amount of Ouidad to my medium length hair. Then I comb out the tangles, part it down the middle, and secure it in a low bun at the nape of my neck. I let it get about half-dry in that manner and then remove the bun and go to sleep. When I wake up in the morning my hair looks soooo much better. I will repurchase.