Mascara -Physicians Formula - Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara
jt_in_canada 9/17/2011 8:50:00 PM
I've been slowly switching to products with safer ingredients and decided to give this product a try. It was at Wal-Mart in a two-for-one package. It defines my lashes and adds a bit of volume. It also holds a curl. The only weak part is that it does leave some smudge marks on my lower lashes after a few hours, but I'm willing to put up with that in exchange for better ingredients.
Moisturizers -Aubrey Organics - Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Moisturizing Cream
jt_in_canada 8/29/2010 12:59:00 AM
I switched to this product after the hit-or-miss experiences I've had with the moisturizers in the Dr. Hauschka line. Overall, I'm really happy with this rosa mosqueta cream. I have dry, flaky patches on my forehead, around my nose, and on my chin and this cream is able to keep them at bay. I also like the rosey scent, though I can see how it would offend some people. It does dissipate shortly after application, if that's any consolation to those who don't like scent, but want to try this product. Don't forget to brace your core muscles and really shake the bottle before use! (It is a bit in consistency.)
Moisturizers -Dr. Hauschka - Moisturizing Day Cream
jt_in_canada 8/29/2010 12:53:00 AM
This is a very light and runny lotion. It absorbs quickly and doesn't feel heavy or greasy. I like it, but it feels a bit posh to spend this much on a lotion. I have since switched to Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta cream and it's working out really well for my super dry, patchy skin.
I was surprised to like this product. I tried the Rose Day cream and it didn't help my dry patches, so I didn't think this one would do anything for me. I was wrong -- this product was better for my skin. It absorbed well, and even soothed the dry, flaky areas on my forehead and around my nose. The main reason why I wouldn't repurchase this is because the price is a bit too high. Although I don't need much for my face (it's quite concentrated), it's still at least $1 a mL. Also, I've since discovered Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta moisture cream -- it gets rid of my dry patches, smells just as nice and costs only about $20 for 4 oz.
I have dry skin, with patches of desert, so I was hoping this cream would solve all my problems. Sadly, it didn't alleviate those dry spots. It's a thick cream (kind of felt like Nivea), strongly scented, and you have to make sure to shake it, or you may end up with a squirt of separated product. I tried the Quince day cream and like it a lot better for my dry skin.
If you love the smell of roses, then you'd like this facial toner. I know the whole Dr. Hauschka thing is to cleanse, tone and then step away from the night-time moisturizers. I just couldn't do it. I tried for almost a week, but my face was just parched and then I had to deal with the peeling, flaking patches. Luckily, I purchased one of those starter kits from Whole Foods for about $25 so it allowed me to try out the line before committing the big bucks.
I liked this cleansing milk much more than the cleansing cream because at least it felt like it removed my mineral make-up. Reminds me of Christian Dior's Equite eye make-up remover milk (loved it, but I think it's been long discontinued), actually. Still, I'm not a total convert, given how expensive this cleanser is. I've started using sunflower oil to remove my make-up, followed by a warm wash cloth, and it's given me the same results.
This reminded me a lot of Angels on Bare Skin by Lush...but with a hefty price tag, and not so clean rinse-off. I have doubts this removed any of my mineral make-up, and if anything, it felt like it left a layer on my skin. I did follow-up with the Facial Toner (rose), which helped to remove that layer. I liked the cleansing milk more than this, in terms of this line's cleansers for normal/dry skin.
Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Dr Mist Body Hygiene Flotation Spray
jt_in_canada 8/29/2010 12:03:00 AM
I have to say I was skeptical about this product, but it was recommended in two books that I read recently (Ecoholic and Green For Life), and then I saw it at London Drugs, so I thought I'd give it a try. Turns out it's been the best natural deodorant I've tried. (I've used Toms, the Crystal, Naturally Fresh.) I have been using the unscented version for several weeks now during a pacific northwest summer. The label says that it could last up to three days for some people. Application: You shake the bottle, spray it on and then rub it in. Since I can't aim very accurately, I spray this on the back of my hands and then rub it under my arms. It dries quickly and interestingly, it seems to neutralise odour during the day. I apply this in the morning after a shower (I use Dr. Bronners in the shower to wash under my arms.) There are moments when I've checked and have noticed the spray is not working, but then other points in the same day, I'll check again and discover there's no odour. I'm not sure how it works, but it's done a good job so far this summer. Lately, I've started dusting on a layer of Lush's dusting powder (Karma scented powder) near the end of the day as a refresher. I recently bought the lavender version, though my particular batch doesn't seem that strongly scented, so either version works for me. For Canadians, I've purchased this at London Drugs for $7 (sometimes on sale for $6), and have also seen it at Superstore (Loblaws), so it's a bonus that it's easily available. I would definitely repurchase this.
Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal
jt_in_canada 8/28/2010 11:47:00 PM
I bought the roll-on in Lavender and had high hopes. Unfortunately, I didn't read the label carefully enough (it was on sale at the local drugstore, and I remember it getting a good rating on the EWG database so I thought it would be fine.) Turns out that low hazard rating was for the old formulation. It has since been changed and now includes phenoxyethanol and 'fragrance' -- always a scary addition to any ingredient list since it makes you wonder whether that means phthalates. I actually emailed the company asking them why they decided to change the formulation, and also asking what they meant by 'fragrance'. I assumed a natural lavender roll-on would contain essential oil, but this one doesn't and instead lists 'fragrance'. Total red flag! Anyways, despite the dubious additions, I still gave this product a try for a couple days during the summer since I figured it couldn't be any worse than the antiperspirants I've been using for years. I would roll-on the deodorant, but then have to use a blow-dryer because I couldn't wait any longer before getting dressed. After all that trouble (and waste of electricity), the product didn't work to neutralize odour, despite my rather sedentary days. Don't waste your money on this roll-on.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Double Extend Mascara with Lash Boosting Serum
jt_in_canada 7/5/2010 8:05:00 PM
Didn't like how my lashes looked when I used the serum and the mascara. It didn't hold a curl, plus the mascara made my lashes look anorexic. I've since used the serum with Clinique's Lash Doubling mascara -- slightly better results. My lashes still went straight once the serum dried, but at least the Clinique mascara added some fullness. I'll have to try again when I have some more time, but so far, I am not that impressed. I got better results from Mavala's Double Lash, in terms of lash growth.
I'm reviewing the German version, which I bought from London Drugs in Canada. Great moisturizer -- I use it on my face and lips and have no complaints. It is greasy upon initial application to my face, but after a while, it all gets absorbed (on me anyway) and the greasy look disappears. I don't like using it on my hands as much, but it works great on my feet before bedtime (socks on after applying). I used to use Cetaphil lotion and barrier cream but found it wasn't moisturizing enough, so this has become my favoured facial cream when skin gets too dry.
A good basic mascara, but it doesn't hold curl if I apply more than one coat. Also, it takes a while to dry. So at this price, I'd rather stick with the better choices at the drugstore.
Nothing new to add to the other reviews -- this mascara works for me, so I have no complaints at all -- it doesn't even leave smudges under my eyes at the end of the day. One tip though -- save the cap that comes with it, so that you can close up the tube and wash the brush every day. I found that when I left the brush in the tube, the application would be more difficult and clumpy.
I used the regular AAE for the past year, and grew to like how the slippery finish helped with applying concealor, etc. Unfortunately, AAE Rich sometimes burned when I applied it. This has never happened to me with any skincare products. It's a thick eye cream that tends to stay on top of my skin. Looks like it's not for me, so I'm glad I didn't pay for it (it as part of my GWP.) I'd recommend getting a sample of this before actually buying it.