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What weighs heavier in your decisions, science or personal experience. Asking for a friend here, because of course I only go by science and would clearly change my opinion about a topic when presented with scientific facts.
Well, that friend (Let´s call her Anne, shall we?), Anne always said that shea butter would break her out. Even when she read that shea butter was recommended for acne. Even when she read that shea butter was one of the very few ingredients with a comdeogenic rating of zero. Even when presented with actual studies regarding that subject.
Anne was adamant. And then, one day, raiding her mother’s skincare stash, she grabbed a pot of Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream and used it. Without breakouts. Not knowing it contained shea butter pretty high up on the ingredient list.
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Given my day job it is no surprise that I read “The physician” by Noah Gordon years ago. In fact, I have read all three novels around the dynasty of the Coles.
“Shaman”, the second one, is by far my favorite, while “Choices”, last of the three, is a waste of time. In my opinion, anyway, books are as personal as perfumes. Not that I know a thing about perfumes, but I digress.
Back to topic, or at least back to the long and windy road to the topic (Odacité Bl+C Pimples serum, in case you were confused).
If you have read “The Physician”, you are familiar with the name Ibn-Sina. If you haven´t, you might have heard about Avicenna, who is the same person just going by a Latin name. He was one of the most admired scholars of his time and wrote the standard reference of medicine, Qānūn at-Tibb.
And in Qānūn at-Tibb he mentioned several uses of Nigella sativa oil, or Black Cumin Oil, one of the three ingredients in Odacité Bl+C Pimples serum. Finally on topic!
He did however mention quite a few other treatments (ranging from disgusting to dangerous) for several diseases, so let´s dig a little deeper and see what happened since then and if the Odacité Bl+C Pimples serum stands its ground in modern days too.
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Ah, France! The land of fromage, vin rouge and apparently best projection screen for skincare fantasies.
Don´t you agree? French skincare is as much a myth as French food, and while I am a fan of both (a cheese plate is life!), I´d advise you to take the things said about them with a grain of salt.
Probably a grain of Fleur de Sel de Camargue, to stay on topic.
So what if I tell you that the Flora Mare Skin Energizer not only contains marine extracts, but that these extracts are actually harvested in France, at the beautiful Atlantic Coast? Add some peptides and platinum to the mix and you have the modern version of a skincare fairy tale.
I at least was immediately eager to slather myself in the green goodness the Flora Mare Skin Energizer provides. Preferably with a side of Bûcheron.
But French phantasies aside, did the product convince?
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I know I am (once again) completely off trend here, but I just don´t understand the need to make everything “Asian beauty”
Not that I think the Asian Beauty community isn´t noteworthy, or that I would deny incorporating a few bits into my routine as well.
It is just that I firmly believe that people adapt to their surroundings and way of living, and that this influences their needs.
Not the most basic ones, obviously, I mean there are toilets all around the world – but you get what I am saying here.
Just look at me:
I am 1,72 m, have a strong frame, blonde hair, curves and love dairy.
I am by all means more Valkyrie than Geisha.
And that is perfectly fine. It just gets awkward if I forcefully try to adapt to a Geisha way of life.
Strictly speaking skincare here. I would look as weird trying to blow the steerhorn as I would trying to play the shamisen.
So at first I was a little surprised that Caudalie, obviously a French skincare brand, would claim to be inspired by Asian beauty when they released the Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence. But Mathilde Thomas did live in Asia for quite a bit, so I guess it is only natural that she got inspired there. So let´s see if this inspiration lead to Asian beauty fit for a Valkyrie.
Turning into my mother was never a thought that scared me.
It might sound mushy-gushy, but she always was the woman I wanted to be when I grew up. Not exactly, of course, but in terms of values and standing up for herself, in terms of being independent and creative, caring and curious… I could go on.
Which I won´t, because I know that she is reading this blog post and will probably text me “Kitsch” right this very second.
She is also my number one fan, from the very first blog post published she has been there. Not only because she is my mother, but also because we share an obsession for skincare.
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Do you read the Brontë sisters? I admit I have a weakness for Victorian literature, ever since I first started Jane Eyre on a rainy autumnal afternoon.
Of course I wouldn’t want to actually live in this epoche, but books tend to skim over things like Womens Rights, health care and poverty and instead focus on haunted mansions, horses and unfulfilled, but fiery love.
And, especially with the Brontë sisters, on nature. Roses, the endless moor and storm clouds rolling in – everything just seems to be a little more when compared to how it feels today.
Why I was reminded of their writing? Well, read the claims on the May Lindstrom Honey Mud and see for yourself!
Motivation can come from different sources. Like, you motivate yourself because you really want something. Or you are motivated by something external, like the bonus you´ll get if your work turns out superior.
And sometimes you are motivated by another person. Your wife, for example. Like it happened in the case of developing the Caudalie Premier Cru Serum. Dr. David Sinclair (Harvard) was approached by Caudalie with a research question and almost declined the offer. Almost. Until his wife said: „Oh, Caudalie? I use a lot of their stuff.“
True Story? I don´t know. I read it in a magazine and immediately knew I had to give the Caudalie Premier Cru Serum a go – good thing my mother had a bottle in her bathroom cabinet already.
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I love testing new products (I know, I know, what else is new?), but there is one thing that I enjoy even more.
Testing new lines of products. Something about the matching packaging, the matching claims, the feeling that I am entering a whole new planet of skincare instead of just a small part – it never gets old.
Even though I admit that very rarely a whole line of new skincare convinces me enough to make it into my permanent stash. That is usually reserved to a selected few (like the Instytutum eyecream here).
The latest line I got my hands on? Avon Anew Perfect Skin *