Life happens and before I know it, almost three months have passed by. I’ve switched completely to a whole Biologique Recherche routine now (with some small additions of cleansers and sunscreens from other brands), therefore most of these empties I don’t repurchase. But here are my thoughts anyway.
- Clinique Take The Day Off
This balm cleanser is brilliant at removing sunscreens for me (I rarely wear make-up). I liked how simple and no-fuss it is. I liked its texture, too – soft, easy to remove. I would repurchase in a heartbeat if I didn’t know it has plastic (polyethylene). I also realized that Caroline Hirons x Pixi Double Cleanse and Farmacy Green Clean also have plastic. Farmacy Green Clean made my skin strangely uneasy even before knowing this fact, so that’s a hard pass. I’m using up the Double Cleanse but will avoid. Currently Alkimi Cleansing Melt is a win for me.
- May Lindstrom Skin The Pendulum Potion
Gorgeous scent. I think I like this scent the most out of all May Lindstrom products I tried. Neither too floral nor fruity. Felt a bit like honey and camping smoke. Really, really beautiful. I liked using it after sauna, it usually left my skin really soft and plumped without drying. But this cleanser is too expensive for me to use only once per week. It’s supposed to be used up quicker. And I’ve come to accept that my skin is not the biggest fan of oil cleansers. A bit too messy for my taste and most importantly, I have to work too hard to remove it. I prefer gentler approach and therefore cleansing balms are my go-to nowadays.
- Kypris Cleanser Concentrate
Another one that made me feel strangely uneasy, probably because it was gritty and I’m not a fan. Expensive and I didn’t enjoy using.
- Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk
Many people swear by it and I don’t belong to that group. I wanted to have a gentle morning cleanser and thought this one could be it, but my preference for a morning cleanse is one with the ability to be washed clean with water and no washcloth needed. This one left residue on me if I only splashed it off with water. I guess it would work well if I used it for second cleanse in the evening with washcloth, but I already have my favorite cleanser for that purpose. What I did was turning it to hand wash after I brushed my teeth and before starting my actual routine.
- Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser
I was interested in this brand but somehow none of their products quite worked for me. I actually tried this sample only once and forgot about it. It was a bit gritty if I remember right. Don’t think I will purchase the full size because I’m a bit wary of fragrance, eucalyptus leaf oil, and peppermint oil in combination.
- Avène Thermal Spring Water
I bought this one since I started using sunscreens regularly and changing my cleansing method. I would apply cleansing balm, massage to lift up sunscreens and dirt, spray this on Shiseido cotton pad, spray my face lightly, then use the cotton pad to remove everything (I learned this method from Liz Alaska). Removing sunscreens is gentle enough for my skin like this, and I don’t feel like changing anytime soon. Repurchased and went up to the biggest bottle.
- iS Clinical Warming Honey Cleanser
This is my chosen morning cleanser. It’s gentle but effective enough with papaya enzymes and honey. I know many people like the Cleansing Complex better, but that one has both glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Even if it’s mild, I don’t want to risk using it when I have acids in other parts of my routine. I have the feeling that fruit enzymes and honey suit me better. And it has green tea extract, too!
- Votary Toning Serum – Lemon and Neroli
It was very nice to use together with other Votary oils (probably not Intense Night Oil), but I stopped using facial oils altogether now. Would recommend if you use oils and want to boost their absorption.
- Jordan Samuel Skin Hydrate Facial Serum
I used this one when I was using retinol and my skin wasn’t at its best. I don’t think retinol is for me. Currently I only use Biologique Recherche serums, but I might try this serum again at some point together with other Jordan Samuel products. Maybe.
- Oskia Super 16
I loved this serum. I feel like Oskia has the best formula and technology out of all the green beauty brands I’ve tried so far. It works. Maybe Kat Burki as well but I haven’t tried this brand. Oskia and Jordan Samuel Skin are certainly the brands I would look at if I wasn’t using Biologique Recherche.
- Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Dew It All Eye Gel
I liked this eye cream a lot when I tried it. It actually didn’t feel like gel texture to me, more like very light cream. Didn’t irritate, not drying. May come back to it.
- Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer
I mixed in Vintner’s Daughter when I used this because it didn’t feel moisturizing enough otherwise.
- Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer
I liked it when I used it together in a whole Tata Harper routine. But I’ve been steering away from too much essential oils and don’t see myself coming back.
- Kypris Pot of Shade Heliotropic SPF30
I liked this sunscreen when I used it back then and brought a sample with me to Vietnam. I still think it’s a good one, just that it still left a bit of a white cast and didn’t set quick enough for me. I liked it, but now I have something else I like better.
- Bjork & Berries White Forest Body Wash
Wasn’t impressed. I didn’t like the smell and thought it was a bit hard to wash off if my memory serves me right. And while having it, I kept thinking if there are birches that are not organic?
- Kiehl’s Rice & Wheat Volumizing Conditioning Rinse
This Kiehl’s shampoo and conditioner combo totally turned me off from Kiehl’s. They made my hair so dry and stripped and I even started having dandruff while using them. I still suffer the aftermath till this day. I have the feeling that they have very good marketing, their products are inoffensive, but honestly “not earth-shattering” as Caroline said. A friend asked me about their SPF50 (I think) and I wouldn’t use it either, because it has homosalate, octocrylene, and oxybenzone.
- OGX Kukui Oil Conditioner
My favorite shampoo and conditioner, made my hair so soft and smooth and light. Too bad they’re not available in Finland anymore. Most likely I will get them from Sweden later on, currently testing other stuffs.
- Jo Malone Orange Blossom Body & Hand Wash
I think I talked about this before on my insta stories. The first three ingredients are Aqua, SLS, and Parfum. Its scent was nice enough but still too strong for me. And the liquid was so thick and hard to pump out. Not ever again.
- MV Organic Skincare Hand Rescue
Tried using it up but didn’t enjoy. I’m not a fan of sandalwood scent. It was functional as a hand cream, but wouldn’t be moisturizing enough or gentle enough if my hands got dry or sensitive.
- Oskia MSM Supplement
This is one from Oskia that was not for me. Too big to swallow and I didn’t notice positive changes while taking it. Manage to get through but not going to buy (I got this one as gift with purchase).