DHC – Deep Cleansing Oil

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DHC –  Deep Cleansing Oil 

Price: $36.96 CAD | $19.85 CAD
Size: 200 mL (full size) | 70 mL (travel size* pictured above)

Before my trip to Asia I went searching for popular Asian products and this cleansing oil from DHC came up a couple of times so I picked it up and tried it out -here is a my review. Please excuse the half used bottle in the photo above, I opened it to try the product while still in Asia and took the picture after I returned – rest assured the bottle does come filled.


CLEANSING OILS

Just a quick note if you are new to cleansing oils: cleansing oils have been around for a bit and sound scary to anyone who has oily skin or are in general just not a huge fan of oil. Simply put there are ‘good’ oils and then there are ‘bad’ oils. The bad oils, for example sebum, are the oils we do not want on our face. However, good oils, for example botanical oils, are the oils we want to add to our face. On our face we have both good and bad oils and when we wash our face with cleanser it washes away both and do not replace the skin with any good oils – leaving your skin feeling dry and striped. You know that squeaky clean feeling you feel after washing your face? Ye, THAT feeling is a face striped of oils, good and bad. This makes your skin feel imbalanced and your skin will produce oils (ie. sebum) to make up for the lack of hydration which in turn could produce acne and the dreaded oily skin. So to combat that from happening, cleansing oils were created to be the saving grace! When you use a cleansing oil the dirt and bad oils are pulled from the skin while keeping the skin hydrated which will keep the skin from feeling the need to produce sebum to re-hydrate it. Now you might think – can a regular oil like baby oil do the same? Yes and no, the baby oil will work to break down the makeup and dirt however, because of the properties in the specific oil it will actually block and clog your pores. This could make it difficult for your skin to breath and that may cause breakouts. So if you are going to venture into the world of OIL COSMETICS make sure you do your research and look into which type of oils are best for your own skin. There are a lot of types out there and they have made oils geared for dry, oily, normal, acne prone, and so on so definitely do your research.


PACKAGING

DHC is a middle range brand so their packaging will be judged accordingly. The cleansing oil (travel size) came in a hand sized, clear plastic bottle, with a simple pump and cap. The label and look are relatively clean and basic like their brand. Functionally, I had no issues with the pump or cap however it was really nothing special, for some reason I expected them to have better packaging as many Japanese brands put lots of effort into the look and function of their products. Overall, the packaging worked fine and I had no trouble at all however, it did not really wow me in any way.


PRODUCT

To preface this section – I will break down what I usually look for in a cleansing oil.
1. The cleanser should be able to break down makeup with 1-2 pumps
2. The cleanser should leave my skin feeling hydrated and plump but NOT greasy
3. The cleanser should NOT clog my pores

The DHC cleansing oil was light weight and the texture was similar to many other cleansing oils that I have tried. Firstly, it worked to break down simple day to day makeup with roughly 2-3 pumps however anything heavier (ie. instagram makeup) and more water resistant products would require a couple more pumps. Secondly, the cleanser did leave my skin hydrated however, I wanted it to feel a little bit more plump and refreshed. My skin usually feels clean and plump after cleansing oils, however, it did not give me that same level of fresh and clean feel. I did go over my face with a toner and could see that the cleansing oil did a good job, it just did not give my skin that clean feeling. Lastly, the cleanser did not clog my pores, however I feel like it did little to help me clean out my pores, so I ended up using a pore clearing cleanser after the cleansing oil just to make sure there was no build up of dirt in my pores which could lead to break outs. Overall, the cleansing oil did do its job however, if I am comparing it to the others that I have tried – and they perform relatively the same. If the price was a little cheaper I would not mind repurchasing the product, however I can get a similarly performing product for a cheaper price so it just would not make sense to repurchase this one. If you are a fan of DHC products and you use their other products and are looking to add this one into the mix it definitely is not a disappointing product, I personally just feel like it did not do much more than other ones that I have tried. Personally for a product  that is marketed to be a DEEP cleansing oil I would expect it to clean out my pores a little better.

Side note: it is important to apply the cleansing oil to your DRY face and massage the product in to break down the makeup and dirt. Then you slowly incorporate water and massage till the product turns into a milky consistency and then you can rinse it away. It will not work as well if you use it like a regular foam cleanser.

– SL.


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TATCHA – Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder Review & What an Enzyme Wash is

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TATCHA – Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder Review

Price: $78 CAD
Size: 2.1 oz (pictured above is a sample size at 0.35oz)

This week I am reviewing a relatively new kind of skin care product, the Tatcha Enzyme Powder cleanser. I will first explain what an enzyme wash is, why it is used, and how to use one. I will do a review on the Indigo version of Tatcha’s enzyme powder because I was  only able to get a sample size of this one from Sephora. Continue reading “TATCHA – Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder Review & What an Enzyme Wash is”

LUSH SERIES: Hottie Massage Bar

ImagePrice: $9.95 CAD
Size: 60g

INGREDIENT
Cocoa Butter
This ingredient is amazing for the skin it works to fight free radicals thanks to its antioxidants. It also helps with reducing stretch marks, hydration, and healing sensitive skin.
Shea Butter:
Is an amazing product for the skin it works to hydrate and boost collagen in the skin. It also helps to protect and heal due to the Vitamin F which contains essential fatty acids.
Jojoba Oil:
Jojoba Oil aids to fight facial lines, scarring and fatty tissue. Also it is often used for healing acne and skin psoriasis
Ginger Oil:

SMELL
This one is a little hard to explain, it smells slightly spicy but not overwhelming like Rub-A535 or other stronger muscle pain relief. Honestly speaking at first I was not fond of the smell but I thought if it helped then the smell was something small but over time you do get used to it. 

PRODUCT
My initial impression of the massage bar was that it melted extremely quickly; it started to melt in my hands right away even before I started to use it on my neck. I did not find that it did much for my muscle pain but it did moisturize my skin very nicely. The bumps were great but since it melted so quickly, so did the bumps which were a little disappointing. I will not repurchase the bar again but may give the other ones a try. Overall, I did not find this product one of Lush’s best. 

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– SL. 

 

LUSH SERIES: Phoenix Rising

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Price: $6.95 CAD
Size: 100g

INGREDIENTS
Cocoa Butter:
This ingredient is amazing for the skin it works to fight free radicals thanks to its antioxidants. It also helps with reducing stretch marks, hydration, and healing sensitive skin.
Organic Jojoba Oil:
Jojoba Oil aids to fight facial lines, scarring and fatty tissue. Also it is often used for healing acne and skin psoriasis. 
Shea Butter:
Is an amazing product for the skin, it works to hydrate and boost collagen in the skin. It also helps to protect and heal due to the Vitamin F which contains essential fatty acids. 

SMELL
This bath bomb smells amazing! It smells a lot like apple cider, which is one of my favourite winter drinks. It has the spicy apple and cinnamon fragrance to it that simple warms up your mood. 

PRODUCT
This bath bomb has 2 components to it; a ballistic center and a bath melt on the outside. When I first threw the bomb in it instantly started to fizz and dissolve, turning the water a beautiful purple-pink hue. As a side note this bath bomb does have a small amount of shimmer but it was not significant enough to bother me too much (I am not very fond of glitter on my skin). The bath did soften and hydrate my skin while leaving a warm apple scent. I really recommend this for the cold winter days; it really warms you and your mood up. On the down side, it was very hard therefore I could not break it apart for multiple uses. 

** There are giveaways going on my FACEBOOK page please enter for a chance to win ! 

– SL.

LUSH SERIES: Rose Jam

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Price: $6.25
Size: 100g

INGREDIENT BENEFITS
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is known to have multiple benefits for the body; in this case it works to prevent dry and flaky skin. It also works to delay the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin that comes with age.
Shea Butter
Is an amazing product for the skin it works to hydrate and boost collagen in the skin. It also helps to protect and heal due to the Vitamin F which contains essential fatty acids.
Rose Absolute
This is an ingredient widely found in perfumes however it also has many benefits. It is great for depression, eczema, mature skin, and stress.

SMELL
The Rose Jam smells amazing! It has a sweet rosy floral scent that does make your skin smell amazing. I highly recommend this bubble bar if you love the scent of roses.

PRODUCT
This bubble bar is one of my favourite products from LUSH and I have repurchased it many times. This product gives you a bubble bath with moisturizing effects. From my experience with the product, I have noticed that it does make my skin a little softer and less dry however it is not enough to replace your moisturizing routine for your body. As for its bubble producing abilities, a little does go a long way, you only need about a quarter of the product to produce some bubbles for your bath. It dissolves well if you break it down under the tap. On the down side, due to its oily center that connects the two halves it may make a small mess where you store it, so i suggest keeping it away from cloth or paper. I made the mistake of putting it close to a towel and it left a small pink stain. Overall, this is a great product for baths especially as it does work to moisturize and hydrate your skin.

* I also have giveaways going on, on my Facebook page so go there to find how to enter.

– SL.

LUSH SERIES: Dark Angel

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Price: $12.95 CAD
Size: 100g

I wanted to start off my Lush series with my newest favourite product from Lush – Dark Angels. Which is an cleansing exfoliator, made from ingredients below.

INGREDIENT BENEFITS
Rhassoul Mud
This is great for detoxifying your skin while improving your skin’s texture, clarity, flakiness, dryness, and elasticity.
Avocado Oil
Do not be alarmed by this ingredient if you have oily skin. This will not break out your skin, instead, it will rejuvenate and lightly hydrate your skin along with reducing signs of aging. It is well known that avocados have a high level of Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that works to neutralize free radicals and prevent cellular damage from occurring.
Charcoal
This ingredient works to absorb excess oils along with deep cleansing the skin.
Black Sugar
This ingredient works to exfoliate your skin leaving your skin smooth and free of flakiness.

PRODUCT
I bought this product because it contained black sugar and charcoal, which are ingredients that are great for exfoliating, cleansing, and absorbing oils from the skin. The product, as you can see in the pictures above, consists of a fine grain mixed in with larger black sugar crystals. This gives you an amazing exfoliation that cleanses the skin without stripping it dry. It is an amazing product if you are looking for an exfoliation product, especially for the men out there. It provides a medium to strong exfoliation, therefore using it once to twice a week would be ample. I love this product as it leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, and lightly hydrated, I also have no noticed any breakouts following the usage of this product. On the down side, it is a grainy consistency without much to hold it together, which makes it hard to pick up the product to spread onto your skin, even after mixing it with a little water. However, once you get it onto your skin it is easy to massage into your face without losing a lot of the product. Overall, I was really pleased with this product and would recommend this to you if you love product made from natural ingredients. Lastly, just as a side note, the product will make a small mess in your sink during usage, but is easily washed away with a light splash of water.

SMELL
I personally am a little picky and sensitive when it comes to smells and this is what often turns me away from using Lush product. This would product would definitely fall under this category, as it does carry a light charcoal scent paired with a rubbery smell. On the plus side, this product’s fragrance is not extremely repulsive nor does it give me a head ache. Overall, if the smell does not bother you it is a great product to try.

* as always I have link the photo to the product online

 

– SL.

L’OCCITANE – Hand Creams

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L’occitane Hand Creams
PRICE:
1. Pivione Flora: $12 CAD
2. Cherry Blossom: $12 CAD
3. Almond: $12 CAD
4. Shea Butter: $12 CAD
SIZE:
1. Pivione Flora: 30mL
2. Cherry Blossom: 30mL
3. Almond: 30mL
4. Shea Butter: 30mL
** The ones in the photo are a smaller size than the ones sold in the boutiques

PACKAGING
As someone who used to paint a little, I loved the packaging, as they reminded me of the tubes paint come in. Each has their own unique labelling design that goes beautifully with the product. I have not had much difficulty getting the products out of the tubes so far, and have not come across any other complications as of packaging.

PIVIONE FLORA
Pivione Flora captures the frangrance of peonies very beautifully. The cream smells sweet and floral making it a perfect option for spring. Not only does it smell amazing but it moisturizes my hands well, without leaving a sticky residue. It absorbs quickly into the skin giving you a smooth feeling instead of a greasy feeling like many other hand creams. I also did not find myself needed to reapply the product often, so this is great for normal to a little dry, skin types.

CHERRY BLOSSOM
Cherry Blossom’s fragrance sits on a little stronger side than Pivione Flora, however it is still retains a sweet floral scent. The consistency is quite similar to the Pivione Flora cream as it absorbs quickly into the skin and makes your skin smooth to the touch. Once again it does not have a sticky or greasy feeling to it following application. This is a great option for spring if you like a stronger floral scent, and just like Pivione Flora it is great for normal to a little dry, skin types.

ALMOND
Almond carries the exact same fragrance as their almond line (which is amazing). the fragrance smells like sweet milk with a hint of almond, it gives me a sense of feeling fresh. The consistency is a little thicker than the 2 floral hand creams above, but not significantly thick. Like the other 2, it also absorbs well into the skin and works quickly to moisturize your hands. The almond hand cream would be ideal for normal to medium dry, skin types.

SHEA BUTTER
Shea Butter’s fragrance reminds me a lot of baby lotions (which I am personal not a huge fan of). The consistency is a lot thicker than the floral and almond hand creams, kind of like a body butter consistency. The thicker consistency is due to the fact that it is enriched with 20% shea butter, which is known to be amazing and moisturizing for the skin. It does not leave a sticky feeling, however it does leave a bit of a mix between a moisturized and greasy feeling. It does replenish the skin well and would be great for dry skin types. This would be ideal for the cold winter months,to protect your skin from the piercing cold winds.

OVERALL
L’occitane has done an amazing job with their newer line of hand creams, in comparison to their old formula, which was moisturizing but sticky. The fragrances of their hand creams are all amazing and beautiful without being over powering. The new formula also absorbs quickly into your skin which leaves your hands feeling smooth and silky. You should definitely go smell their Shea Rose Heart and Lavender hand creams as these also smell amazing!

**ALSO if you have not done so, please enter the giveaway! It closes on April 1, 2014 so enter soon!

– SL.