Beauty

Skin + Body Care Empties

March 21, 2017

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The beginning of a new year usually ignites in me the urge to declutter and deep clean my house. This year that didn’t hit until about mid-February, which was around the time that my obsession with watching minimalism videos on Youtube coincided with a period of using shiz up. Is there anything more satisfying? Hence, my first empties post is here! I think I can now officially call myself a blogger.

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I have been so inspired recently to continue cleaning out my beauty drawers and only hold onto products that I truly enjoy. I welcome an excuse to re-purchase what I loved, and be done with the things that did not work out so well. If you’re curious what my thoughts are on my recent empties, keep reading.

1. Evolvh SmartStart Leave-In Conditioner: Protect

This is one of my favorite hair products of all time (refer to my post here). I spray this all over my tangled head of hair after showering, and it allows my brush to easily glide through. It also adds light moisture and a shiny, silky effect to my hair without weighing it down. I repurchased a backup of this when my first bottle was about half-empty to ensure I would never be without it. Its really that good.

2. Schmidt’s Sensitive Formula Deodorant: Tea Tree

I was pretty excited when Schmidt’s released a baking soda-free deodorant awhile ago. My underarms get very angry when I use products containing baking soda (due to the alteration in ph levels). I was not crazy about any deodorants I had previously used, so I had to give this one a go.

Positives:

  • It it packaged in a tube (NO dipping fingers into a jar to smear onto your armpits)
  • It applies pretty easily and smoothly
  • It was effective at keeping the stink away all day (if applied liberally)
  • My skin experienced no red bumps or irritation

Negatives:

  • The scent range is limited (only three scent options are available in the sensitive line)
  • This left deodorant build-up on inside of clothing
  • The tube does not last long (I used mine up very quickly)

I contacted Schmidt’s after using it for a while and asked about the build-up issue on my clothing. Their representative suggested that I apply my deodorant before getting dressed and letting it soak in for a few minutes. Then wipe off any excess before putting on clothing. Schmidt’s kindly sent me a second tube so that I could re-test the deodorant. I tried that tip, as well as some laundry ideas (such using hot water and peroxide to help remove the buildup).

My problem was mainly… how do I put this…I don’t want to walk around naked for a while after applying deodorant? Getting dressed after putting on deodorant is simply not my routine or my preference. I tried it several times, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Plus I noticed if I wiped off excess product, I would get stinky throughout the day. If I used enough to keep me smelling nice, I would get residue on the inside of clothing. I tried using hot water and peroxide on the marks, but it was not super effective and honestly it was quite a hassle to go through each time I did laundry. Again, I used the second tube up very quickly. Sadly, this just did not work well enough for me to re-buy. I have ordered the Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant to try next!

3. MŪN Akwi Purifying Cleanser

Tears were shed the day this cleanser ran out. If you are wondering why it is one of the best I have EVER used, you can read my post here. This is a rich cream that works to gently remove all traces of makeup and grime without stripping or drying out my skin. This also washes off nicely leaving my face feeling soft, but not greasy. I would love to keep this in my skincare routine, but it retails for $60 so I don’t anticipate that happening right now.

4. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub

I have used this off and on for about a year now. When I first tried it, I was in love. It worked really well to slough off any dry and flaky patches on my face to create a smooth surface. Over time I became a little hesitant about using it long term. I noticed my face started reacting to it- my skin would sting and turned a little red. I think it may be due to the lemon peel included in the ingredients. I also was concerned about possibility of micro-tearing with this since it is a fairly gritty product for the face. I have recently been binge watching/reading everything from Jordan Samuel, and came across an article about exfoliation that makes me rethink using facial scrubs. You can read it here. As you can probably guess, I am not planning to repurchase the Acure scrub.

5. Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

There are no words for how beautiful this product is. I discovered it in the November Beauty Heroes Box and immediately wondered how I had ever survived without it. The scent is just perfection, and my face feels like a million bucks after spritzing it all over. The mister is so fine that it perfectly distributes product onto the face. I already have a backup of this all set to go.

6. Apoterra Herbal Balancing Serum with Immortelle + Green Tea

This serum is a fantastic simple face oil. I mean simple in the best way possible. When my face is breaking out or feeling inflamed, I apply this and it truly works to re-balance my skin. It contains grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, safflower oil, blue chamomile,  immortelle, and is infused with thyme and green tea. I am on the fence between repurchasing this, or trying the Jordan Samuel serum. Decisions, decisions…

7. Kiss my Face 4 In 1 Moisture Shave: Fragrance Free

I have tried many natural shaving creams and always come crawling back to this one. It helps to keep skin soft, DOESN’T MAKE ME ITCHY, and is just so darn affordable.  This creamy liquid comes in a pump bottle, and lathers up lightly on the skin. I already added another one to my most recent Vitacost order (if you haven’t tried Vitacost before, feel free to use this link to get $5 off)

That does it until my next collection of empties!

*My opinions are my own, and I am not paid to give positive reviews. I will occasionally include affiliate links.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Kali Borovic March 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Great post! xx.

  • Reply Laura March 22, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Have you seen people talking about the meow meow tweet deodorant? I’m so curious if it’s really any good.

    • Reply giginaturelle March 22, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      I’ve heard quite a few people say they like it. Have you heard mainly bad or good?? 😬 I guess I’ll find out soon!

      • Reply Laura March 22, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        Mainly good, that’s why I’m so interested. Because I also heard great things about Schmidt’s but it did really work for me

        • Reply giginaturelle March 22, 2017 at 8:34 pm

          Hopefully I’ll find out soon! The Meow Meow Tweet one is on the way 👍

          • Laura March 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm

            You have to let me know how you like it!

          • giginaturelle March 22, 2017 at 10:20 pm

            Oh I will! 😉

  • Reply thecleancurl March 31, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Love this post and the pictures. I have been wondering about the Apoterra. It is so funny to read that you are binging on minimalism videos and Jordan Samuel. I am right there with you. Which is so conflicting with so many products to try!

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