MV Organic Skincare 9 Oil Cleansing Tonic – Whatever your problem, this is a solution

When you do something the second time, you are way better prepared. So when the time arrived to go to the hospital to deliver my son earlier this year, I knew how I was going to feel afterwards: Exhausted, emotional, sweaty and completely off balance. And that this feeling would stick with me for the weeks to come.




So when the time came to pack my skincare stuff for the hospital (here is a video on it, in case you are interested), I totally fell for the promise of MV Organics Skincare:

„MV is a unique and beautiful skin ritual which allows all women a moment in the day to truly relax and unwind.“

Just what I needed, so I packed the MV Organic Skincare 9 Oil Cleansing Tonic, ready to put that promise to the test.


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Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser – Here, there, everywhere

Whenever I see something branching out from medical research into the world of food shopping and cosmetics, I can´t help but smile. So many things that are proven to be beneficial in one aspect of our health get called out as the new solution for all our problems, and are suddenly found everywhere.

The latest? Probiotics. There is a lot of evidence that the kind of bacteria that inhabits our guts has a big influence on our immune system, plays a role in autoimmune disease and does affect our skin when it comes to things like psoriasis or eczema.


Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser


Shortly after this research reached the mainstream media, probiotic drinks started popping up everywhere, claiming to deliver „healthy bacteria“ and help with everything from bloating to fatigue. If you take a closer look at 95% of these drinks, they are mostly sugar, some milk and, of course, some bacteria. Bacteria that may be healthy, but will most likely never reach your gut, because the acid in our stomach is designed to specifically kill all bacteria. You see, there is a reason why in case of medical need, you do a „stool transplant“. I will spare you the details on that.

If you are wondering why on earth I talk about gut bacteria today, the reason is this cleanser: Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser . And you can tell by the name that it contains probiotics. Designed to go on your face. As I said, they are everywhere.

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Garancia Pscht Magique – Do you remember foam parties?

Once again I am going to embarrass myself by sharing memories of long gone times, times when a few of you weren’t even born yet, but I was already out there, wearing blue glitter eyeshadow and way too dark a foundation, ready for a fun Saturday night out!

It was the age of foam parties, and even though I just attended one in my „wild young days“, they were all the rage.

You basically entered a big room that got covered in foam, there was a lot of music, very little clothing and everything turned wet and slippery. Sounds strange? I agree, but it was actually fun in a very strange way.


Garancia Pscht Magique, the LE packaging
Garancia Pscht Magique, the LE packaging


Now the product I am going to talk about today has absolutely nothing in common with trashy mid-nineties foam parties. Except that it is a foam and that it feels kind of strange, but in a funny way.

It is the Garancia Pscht Magique New Skin and is a cleanser, marketed as micro peeling treatment.

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Caudalie – Somehow I just don’t get it

There are many well-known and, dare I say, hyped brands out there that I have been meaning to try for a while now. I fall for anything that gets a lot of attention on the blogs quite easily and have a obscenely long „wish list“ on my Pinterest featuring products that most likely cost more than my annual salary when added up.

Every once in a while I will take the plunge and get some stuff to see for myself what all the fuzz is about.

And every once in a while I am left pretty clueless, wondering: What am I missing?


Caudalie Beauty Elixier (1 von 2)
Caudalie Beauty Elixir


The last time that happened was with the brand Caudalie. Of course I try different products, as there is no „one size fits all“ in skincare, and today I will be showing you the two latest I put to the test. The „Eau de Beauté“ facial mist (listed among the „Cult products on the website) and the Instant Foaming Cleanser.

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Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser – Is natural always better?

I am a scientist at heart.

Even though I am well aware of the limitations they have, I love studies and case reports and all the neat little numbers and diagrams that come with them.

That being said, I do understand that man-made may be scary for some.

But is natural always better? Or, to put it that way: Is natural always safe?



Organic Surge brightening hot cloth cleanser
Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth cleanser


I don’t think so. Natural ingredients are just that: Grown by nature. That makes them neither better nor worse than man-made stuff. Especially when it comes to adverse reactions.

Preamble aside, let´s talk about Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. I will explain what my point is further down the line.

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Alpha-H Micro Cleanse – Old habits die hard

I really try to eat healthy. Not only during pregnancy, but all year round. And while I don’t struggle too much with getting my greens in and snacking on fruit and nuts, I do have a sweet tooth.

A big sweet tooth.

To be honest, it is out of control.

The best way to keep it under control? I just don’t buy the stuff. Because if I do, I will end up eating every last bit of it, going back to the sweets drawer numerous times a day purely out of habit.

Alpha-H Micro Cleanse with glycol acid & rice bran
Alpha-H Micro Cleanse with glycol acid & rice bran


Same seems to happen when I have a product with physical exfoliant in my bathroom: Even though I vouched to never use one again and instead stick to my chemical peels, I keep going back and reach for it!

Meet Alpha-H Micro Cleanse with glycol acid & rice bran and find out if I regret it as much as last nights bag of potato crisps…

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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.

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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


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.
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

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?
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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