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Talking about skincare online is tricky. On the one hand it is amazing to find likeminded people that share your passion, on the other hand things can leave the “passionate” level pretty quickly and turn into an online war if specific topics are brought to the table. And one of the topics is Double Cleansing.
Something like a simple Skincare Routine post on your Instagram feed, bottles carefully decorated in a way that is aesthetically pleasing (and at least in my case bears no resemblance with how they actually look on my sink) suddenly turns into a battleground where you are forced to pick a side.
Are you for Double Cleansing or against it? Pick your weapons and ride to battle!
You could of course replace Double Cleansing with “fragrance in skincare”, “daily sunscreen” or “alcohol/silicones/parabens” and get a similar effect, which underlines my case: We fight for a truth here that, in most cases, doesn´t even exist.
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“A rose is a rose is a rose…” I bet you have heard that before. The sentence was written by Gertrude Stein as part of her poems.
It is often interpreted as meaning “things are what they are”, a statement of the law of identity. In Stein’s view, the sentence expresses the fact that simply using the name of a thing already invokes the imagery and emotions associated with it.
But I bet you are not here for an excurse in poetry (though it is a fascinating topic!). You are here for beauty products, and I promise I am going to talk about one:
The pixi Rose Cream Cleanser *, which, as rightly observed by Mrs. Stein, instantly evokes a certain mental image by name. I for one expected it to be a rose scented cream cleanser.
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2007 German government decided that smoking in public buildings would be banned. That included pubs, restaurants and cafés, basically everywhere food was served and consumed.
I was 20 in 2007, and hanging out in pubs was much more common for me than nowadays. Even though I didn´t smoke myself, I was never bothered by friends or strangers smoking in my presence. Until the day I learned how much better I felt the next morning if I hadn´t been surrounded by smoke the whole night.
Less dry throat and eyes, less headache, less grey skin… But the most important thing? Not having to deal with the scent of old smoke in my hair and clothes. Honestly, not having to wash my hair after being out simply because the smell would make me nauseous was amazing!
Why I am telling you this story from times long gone, you ask? Because when sniffing the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, I get a faint hint of that smell. Not overpowering, and not preventing me from using (and, spoiler alert, enjoying) the product, but enough to remind me how lucky I am to no longer have to deal with that.
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If you have been around for some time, you know that “detox” is a word that drives me nuts. That goes a little against zeitgeist, I know, but is funded in my medical training and general skepticism.
See, your body has numerous ways of getting rid of toxins, and unless you have a medical condition, your liver and kidneys do all the detoxification you need.
It is sensible though to stop putting potentially harmful stuff into and onto your body, and the experience that you feel better when you stop eating a lot of bad stuff has led to the development of special diets.
One of them is the alkaline diet, which is part of alternative medicine since approximately 1913, and the main claim is that our food contains too many acids, making us sick. As a solution, alkaline foods are promoted as well as alkaline powder as supplement.
To be crystal clear here: Yes, we do eat too much sugar and animal products, and yes, when we focus on leafy greens and complex carbs instead it is way healthier. But that has, as far as scientific proof goes, nothing to do with acidosis in our bloodstream. Acidosis is a severe illness that needs in hospital treatmeant, not a supplement!
So you can imagine that I was more than skeptical when a PR package filled with Droste-Laux She.Tox products arrived at my doorstep, as this specific line is focused on alkalinisation of the body and strengthening your inner light.
But I decided to leave skepticism aside and give the Droste-Laux She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser * a fair chance.
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Given that I am a full time working mother of two, my mornings are usually pretty relaxed. And I am well aware that a morning skincare routine like mine (read here if you are curious), though already streamlined, is not possible for someone with little to no help.
In case you didn´t know, we live in a shared house with my parents, as one big family, and as my parents take the kids to daycare after breakfast, I can get ready and rush out the door at 6:45 without the need to do the whole dress, feed, dress again and then drop off.
How lucky I am strikes me, when my parents are on holiday. Because despite getting to work one hour later than usual, I barely find the time to brush my teeth, let alone do a five step morning routine.
Now I can´t skip makeup entirely and I already do breakfast al desco, so cutting down my skincare is the only way to go. Which is when multitasking products come in very handy.
Like the Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser *.
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Are you a perfume girl? I most definitely am not. I struggle to even remember to apply it once in the mornings, let alone reapply throughout the day. My collection consists of three bottles, and only two get used regularly.
So it is safe to say, I am not your best bet when it comes to describing scents.
How does that smell? –Nice. Story of my life.
When reading up on the erborian Solid Cleansing Oil, someone mentioned it smelled like green tea. Ever since I have been sniffing my cleansing balm like a mad woman, trying to make up my mind what it actually smells like. So far I haven´t succeeded. The only thing I can safely say though is that to me, the erborian Solid Cleansing Oil does smell nothing like green tea.
I guess it is time to stop trying and focus on everything else the erborian Solid Cleansing Oil has to offer. Because the scent is just a small part of the package.
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I know I start most reviews with a little story, but things will be different this time. I just had too much to say about the product itself and didn´t want to waste your precious time.
So, the product. The Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash *.
I have to admit I had a hard time with this product.
It starts with the mixing. The cleanser is a powder cleanser you need to freshly prepare by adding water. Or adding it to water. Your call.
After numerous attempts (and product wasted), I think I have found a way that works for me: I pour water into a small pot and then add powder. This seems to be the best way to actually control the viscosity and amount of cleanser I will get, as adding water to the powder inevitably lead to a “Just a drop more… one more… Ups!”-situation in my clumsy hands.
Now, with the mixing down, I could finally focus on the effects the Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash * had on my skin.
And this is where my second concern comes in: The main ingredient is baking soda or sodium bicarbonate. Now I know that baking soda is praised high and low in natural and DIY exfoliants, but added to water it is alkaline. And our skin is acidic, for good reason, as this acid mantle protects against dehydration and bacteria. Now the product claims to have a pH of 5.5, which is acidic, but I can by no means see how that is supposed to be achieved with these ingredients?
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Have you ever heard about mediation? No, I am not missing a t in the word. Mediation means you work with two different sides, usually people in a conflict and try to get them to common ground. Take a divorce with kids involved for example. Mediation will help the conflicting parties, the parents in this case, work out their issues with a professional to actually achieve a fair and manageable separation.
But because the topic of divorced parents isn´t a pleasant one, let´s move on to another example. Skincare.
I mean, you knew you could trust me to come back to that topic eventually, couldn´t you?
In skincare sometimes different people take different sides, often with very strong opinions. So today I will do my very best to mediate between Eve Lom on one side, claiming their EVE LOM Cleanser is “remarkable, multi-purpose, the original balm cleanser” and beauty bloggers calling it “glorified mineral oil”.
Let me take you way back in time, when we had only one continent, mammoths would roam the fields of grass and I was a little girl just turned 13.
It was the night after a long and exhausting week at school (ha, little did I know!) and I had decided, all mature and grown up, that I would run a bath for relaxation. And because I was lacking the fancy salts and scented candles I had glimpsed on tv (I told you it was long ago), I grabbed the next best thing I had on hand. A tiny bottle of essential oil I used to diffuse in my oil burner.
If you have ever done anything similar, you know what is coming: Getting into the bath was the most horrible experience ever, because little me did not know that you can´t just use these oils in your bath and on your skin. You will have to treat them properly, or they will burn.
I have learned a lot since then (and not seen a mammoth in a while), and I have gone back to using essential oils in my skincare. But I will never forget how strong and irritant they can be.
Now here am I going with that little anecdote of mine? Well, the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser I am going to review today contains quite a few essential oils, listed among “Favorite” or “Other” ingredients depending whether they do have an effect or simply smell nice. I did, however, also include them into the “Unfavorable” ingredients list, to warn people with sensitive skin. They can be powerful irritants!
Advertising means exaggerating, I get that. But how much is too much? Ever since I visited the Nip + Fab homepage to learn more about the ingredients and claims of the Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Fix, the Kylie Jenner quote that greeted me has been stuck in my head:
“I love the glycolic range! I´ve been using the cleanser non-stop”.
24 hours non-stop? Or just every morning and night?
Because one would probably indicate a mental disorder, while the other one would just be very trying on the skin.
Just to put it out there: I have been using this cleanser a lot as well. But only once a day, and that not every day of the week.
So it is up to you to see if you are going to trust my review on the Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Fix or if you want to turn to Kylie Jenner for an expert statement.