Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser – In love with Aloe vera

Shortly after we moved in together, Mr. Loca and I got into a major fight. Now I should probably mention that we do fight quite often (a fact he blames on me being stubborn and I blame on him for falling in love with a willful woman), but that was one of the major ones.

To be honest, I don’t even remember what caused it, but I remember it ending with slamming doors and me shouting: „And you never even got me flowers once!“ Mature, I know, especially considering the fact that I don’t really care about flowers.

Alpha H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera (trial size)
Alpha H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe vera (trial size)

When he returned, he had bought me a plant. Thick, serrated green leaves with teeth on the margin and no flowers to be expected. Aloe vera.

It is one of the few plants that I actually kept alive throughout the years, and one that will always hold a special place in my heart. Which is why whenever I read „Aloe vera“ on a product, it touches a soft spot in an instant.

The latest one? Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe vera. Read more


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Dipping my toe into oils – The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil

„The skin is endowed with many functions to preserve its beauty, but one thing it can not do is cleanse itself.“

Now while I wholeheartedly agree with this line, I didn’t come up with it.
It is by Shu Uemura, an explanation why he chose to come out with a cleansing oil back in the days when soap and foam still were the way to go.

The Body Shop Camomille Cleansing Oil
The Body Shop Camomille Cleansing Oil

Being a long-time convert when it comes to balm cleansers, I never really tried a cleansing oil, but I was determined I would.

I could have gone for the Shu Uemura one, loved by many and looking all lush at their website, but I hesitated to spend more than 40 € on a product I wasn’t sure I would love or even get on with.

A drugstore option was hard to find, but finally I discovered The Body Shop Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil. Much more affordable for an oily test-run! Read more


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Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

I have traveled quite a lot throughout my life, but one place I have never been to is Africa.
And I am talking the continent here.
Neither have I been to the northern countries nor to the South, I never ever set foot on african soil.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

That sounds more dramatic than it is, I know, but I am married to a man who has literally travelled every continent, so I feel the need to catch up.
To be honest, we just set foot on Antarctica when we went to Chile for a very short time, but you know, we have been there.
It counts.

As I seem to do very often these days, I turned to a beauty product for comfort. At least the
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser  has Africa written all over it. Read more


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Luxury in a pot? – The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

Sometimes it is a product name that gets me.
Sumptuous…
I immediately think of a spa night, luxurious oils and someone offering me fruit slices, a fantasy that could not be further off my current evening routine.

Instead of a spa night it is the wading pool with my daughter, instead of luxurious oils it is nappy cream and instead of being offered fruit slices I get cucumber thrown at me. Which I sliced and offered myself, obviously.
Ah, mom life!

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

So I decided I needed a little more sumptuousness in my life and bought The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter to add to my evening routine.


What The Body Shop claims:
This cleanser is an indulgent makeup remover for the whole face. It gently and efficiently melts away makeup and impurities, leaving the skin feeling clean, refreshed and pampered.
– Gently melts away makeup
– Leaves skin feeling clean and petal-soft
– Removes all types of makeup
– Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers

Facts:
One pot contains 90 ml and retails for 13 € at The Body Shop stores/ online. By the time I was writing this review it was marked as „sold out“, so I dug up another link on Amazon here.
They sell it for 17 € though, so better check out your local stores.

The cleanser itself comes in a tin container that is sturdy but lightweight and great for traveling. Despite being named a butter it is hard to the touch (think coconut oil), but easy to scoop out and quickly to melt on your skin into a rich, oily texture. „Oily“ is used in the best way possible here, it doesn’t feel greasy or heavy, but very soft.

The BodyShop Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

After massaging it onto my face for a little while I take it off with a wash cloth and warm water. There is no oily residue left on my skin and my face feels soft and nourished.
I got it to use as a second cleanse, as I take my makeup off with Bioderma Eau Sensibio, but for research reasons I have used it to remove my makeup and it did do very well, but with some difficulties when it came to lip stains or waterproof mascara.

The scent is a soft floral note that doesn’t remind me of camomile too much.

Favorable ingredients:
– Olive Oil: Nourishing
– Shea Butter: Moisturizing
– Tocopherol: Vitamin E, antioxidant
– Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil: Rich in fatty acids, cleansing
– Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract: Camomille, soothing

Unfavorable Ingredients:
– Fragrance

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes.
It melts away makeup, my skin feels soft and clean after using it and it is certainly suitable for contact lenses wearers. If you are sensitive to fragrance though, I would patch test first.

Will I rebuy?
I don’t think so.
Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy using it and it is packed with great ingredients, but among the other balm cleansers I have tried so far (Clinique, Review here, and Emma Hardie), I just prefer them.

Who do I recommend it to?
It is one of the more affordable balm cleansers, so if you are on a budget and want to invest in a good balm cleanse, this one might be a good choice.
If your skin is dry, the nourishing ingredients will help you cleanse your skin without stripping it.
If you are looking for a product suitable as first and second cleanse, this one is well worth looking into.
It is a great everyday basic cleanser.
But if, like me, you are looking for more sumptuousness in your life, look somewhere else.
This is more camomile tea than champagne.


Have you been to a spa night recently?
And did you try this cleanser before?


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