e.l.f. Happy Hydration Cream–Nourish Skin with Hemp Seed Oil

In my last post, I reviewed the e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream from the new CBD Collection. E.l.f. also released the Cannabis Sativa Collection this year, which features hemp seed oil. It is a common misconception that CBD and hemp seed oil are the same thing because they both come from the hemp plant (range of Cannabis Sativa plants that contain 0.3% or less of THC). CBD is a compound that can be extracted from any part of the plant except the seeds, while hemp seed oil is extracted only from the seeds.

Like CBD, hemp seed oil has become a very popular ingredient in skincare products. When I ordered the CBD eye cream, I knew I wanted to try something from the Cannabis Sativa Collection as well. I settled on the Happy Hydration Cream (isn’t that the cutest name?) because I wanted to try a slightly more hydrating day cream now that the weather has turned cooler here in the Midwest. Hemp seed oil is a very nourishing and hydrating ingredient, making it perfect for fall and winter. This moisturizer would also work well as a night cream for normal to oily skin types, but I have a different product that I prefer to use at night. 

You might notice in my product photos that the jar looks very small. That’s because I bought the mini “on the go” size that is 0.52 oz. instead of the standard size 1.7 oz. Since I like to try a lot of different products, especially now that I’m writing product reviews, I thought it made more sense to get the smaller size. I appreciate that e.l.f. offers mini versions of some of their products for people like me, or anyone looking for smaller products for travel.

Product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Make your skin extra happy and nourished with this luxuriously creamy, hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil face cream. This formula blends easily into the skin. Perfect for all skin types.

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Other product details

  • Price: $12.00 (or $4.00 for the mini)
  • Net weight: 1.7 oz. (mini is 0.52 oz.)
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • For all skin types
  • Formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, fragrance, dyes, or gluten
  • Ships to USA and Canada only
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Ease of application: 8/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Ease of application

This moisturizer is packaged in a semi-transparent jar. This type of packaging makes it very easy to get the amount of product you need. I prefer a pump or squeeze tube for moisturizers to avoid dipping my fingers into the product, but I’m not sure if that would work for this product since the texture is slightly thick. I took two points from this category because the packaging doesn’t protect the product from light and air, and I’d prefer a more sanitary delivery system.

The product itself is very easy to apply to the skin. It has a very smooth creamy texture that blends into the skin like a dream. It never feels greasy and soaks in quickly.

Hydration

Happy Hydration Cream is a very hydrating product. I think it provides the perfect amount of hydration, especially for daytime. I really enjoy the hydration this product provides because my skin always feels like it’s getting the ideal amount of moisture without feeling heavy or greasy. I think the hydration and texture of this product are what make it work so well for any skin type. I would describe the texture as a gel-cream hybrid. It feels great going on the skin!

Team player

I apply this moisturizer every morning after toner, serum(s), and eye cream. It always blends into the skin without any fuss and very little effort. There is no pilling when this cream is applied over those skincare steps, or when makeup is applied on top. Happy Hydration Cream provides a nice smooth hydrated base for makeup. It is an all-around great team player.

Ingredients

There are a whopping 32 ingredients in this moisturizer. Don’t let that scare you, though!

Water (Aqua), Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Stearyl Heptanoate, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Isostearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Trehalose, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Panthenol (Vb5), Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyethylene, Disodium EDTA, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, BHT

I’m a little bit disappointed that there are only ten ingredients in this product that provide direct benefit to the skin. That’s actually quite a few, but it doesn’t seem that way at first glance because of how many ingredients there are. I’ll describe each of the ten “good” ingredients below:

  • Hemp seed oil
    • Contains omega fatty acids, phospholipids, plant sterols, amino acids, and vitamin E
    • Moisturizing
    • Strengthens skin barrier
    • Regulates oil production
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Niacinamide
    • Improves appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, and fine lines
    • Regulates oil production
  • Cetearyl Olivate
    • Paired with sorbitan olivate, generates liquid crystal structures that are similar to the outer layer of the skin
    • Moisturizing
    • Repairs skin barrier
  • Trehalose
    • Plant sugar that hydrates skin
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
    • Humectant (sodium form of hyaluronic acid)
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1
    • “Famous” peptide (part of Matrixyl 3000)
    • Stimulates collagen production
  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Slows degradation of collagen
  • Panthenol (provitamin B5)
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Sorbitan Olivate
    • Paired with cetearyl olivate, generates liquid crystal structures that are similar to the outer layer of the skin

I am very happy to see that hemp seed oil is the #2 ingredient on the list! There is a very high concentration of this ingredient, and it’s a great one to provide much nourishment to the skin. Niacinamide is also in the top ten and that’s one of my very favorite ingredients to use in my skincare regimen. It’s wonderful for balancing combination and oily skin. 

Five of these beneficial ingredients are in the top ten, which is great to see! It’s always best for skin-loving ingredients to be at the top of the list since those are the ones that have the highest concentrations. Unfortunately, the other five beneficial ingredients are further down the list, in the middle. That doesn’t mean they’re not going to benefit the skin, but you’re more likely to see benefits from ingredients with higher concentrations. 

As for the other 22 ingredients in this moisturizer, I consider them to be neutral. None of them are harmful, but they also don’t provide any direct benefit to the skin. These ingredients are things like emollients, texture enhancers, emulsifiers, and preservatives.

I don’t do “bonus points” when rating products, but if I did, I would give this one a bonus point for not having any natural or artificial fragrance! Fragrance is unnecessary and irritating for many people, so it’s nice to see skincare products formulated without it.

Price

I think the price of this moisturizer is very fair at $12.00. That price is in line with a few similar products from other e.l.f. skincare collections. You can find less expensive face creams at the drugstore, but not many, and they likely aren’t as good as this one. Good ingredients are important to me and since hemp seed oil is the second highest ingredient in this formula, I think this moisturizer is definitely worth the price. 

As for the mini size, I think it is also very fairly priced at only $4.00. Some brands rip you off with their mini sizes, if you pay attention to the price per ounce, but that isn’t the case here. With the mini size of this product, you get just under a third of the amount that you get with the standard size, and it’s exactly one third of the price.

Other products in the e.l.f. Cannabis Sativa Collection

E.l.f. smartly released three other products in the Cannabis Sativa Collection, in addition to the full-size and mini-size Happy Hydration Cream:

  • All the Feels Facial Oil $12.00
  • Calm Balm $5.00
  • Puff Puff Primer $8.00

I’m interested in the Puff Puff Primer, so you may see a product review about that sometime in the future!

If you’re interested in all four products from the Cannabis Sativa Collection, but don’t want to commit to buying the full-size versions, you can try each of them in the Mini Skin Hit Kit for only $15.00. There is also a full-size Skin Hit Kit, but it’s $37.00 and doesn’t save you any money since it’s the same price as if you were to buy all four products separately. Either of the kits would make a great gift!


Happy Hydration cream is not the perfect face cream. There is room for improvement in packaging and formulation (it would be nice to see some of the skin-loving ingredients moved up the list), but overall it is a really good quality product! I have been enjoying it very much. 

E.l.f. claims that this product is good for all skin types, and I agree with that claim. It’s unusual to find skincare that works for everyone, but I think this is one of those few gems. It has the hydration that we all need, and the gel-cream texture won’t make combination and oily skin types look greasy like some moisturizers.

Have you tried anything from the e.l.f. Cannabis Sativa Collection, or any of their other skincare collections? Since this is one of only two e.l.f. skincare products I’ve tried, I’m very curious about their other products and collections. Please share any comments below!

Lauren

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e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream–Full Spectrum CBD and Peptides Revive Tired Under-Eyes

I had never heard of CBD (short for “Cannabidiol”) until it was legalized in my state. Everyone was talking about it and suddenly CBD shops started popping up all over the place. I was very interested in CBD oil because it’s supposed to be effective in treating a lot of things like anxiety and pain (I had back pain while working at my former job) for many people. I used it for a while and didn’t notice any benefits, unfortunately. 

It’s now very common to see CBD used in a variety of things like pet products, body care, and one of my favorite things, skincare! Even though I didn’t notice any benefits from my CBD oil tincture, I became very curious about the benefits of CBD in skincare products. The known skin benefits of CBD are that it’s anti-inflammatory, soothing, reduces excess oil production, and it’s an antioxidant (you can read more about CBD in skincare in my Hemp-Derived Ingredients in Cruelty-Free Beauty Products blog post). E.l.f. released CBD and Hemp Seed Oil collections earlier this year and I knew I had to try something from each. From the CBD collection, I opted to try the 50 mg CBD Eye Cream. I frequently don’t get enough sleep, so I bought this hoping that it would help to revive my tired under-eyes.

Eye cream is a controversial skincare product. Many argue that it isn’t a necessary step because facial moisturizers can be applied to the under-eye area along with the rest of the face. I agree that eye creams aren’t absolutely necessary, but I do enjoy them and they’re often gentler than moisturizers for the rest of the face. I usually use them as a first step in that area; I apply eye cream, let it sink in, and then apply moisturizer to that area as well. The under-eye area can look very crepey if it’s not sufficiently hydrated, and this method works well for me.

Product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

A 50 MG full spectrum CBD eye cream that helps revive and plump the under-eye area. Helps reduce the appearance of aging. Infused with Hyaluronic Acid known to soothe and plump as well as peptide complex known to help brighten under eyes. It’s a total reawakening.

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Other product details

  • Price: $15.00
  • Net weight: 0.5 oz.
  • Made in USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Contains full spectrum CBD (contains all of the naturally-occurring compounds that are found in the hemp plant)
  • Contains less than 0.3% THC (certificates of analysis available at ElfCosmetics.com/CBD-lab-certificates)
  • Formulated without drying alcohol, fragrance, silicones, dyes, SLS, mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and gluten
  • Ships to USA and Canada only (the CBD collection is not available for sale in Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska, or South Dakota)
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com
  • Overall rating: 9.4/10
    • Ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 9/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Price: 8/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Ease of application

My favorite type of packaging for eye cream is an opaque squeeze tube with a small opening to make it easy to control how much product is dispensed. That is exactly the kind of packaging e.l.f. chose for this CBD eye cream. This makes me very happy! 

Opaque, well-contained packaging is important because it doesn’t allow light or very much air to reach the product. This protects beneficial active ingredients, like CBD, that may not be stable once exposed to light or air.

In addition to the squeeze tube making it easy to get the correct amount of product (you only need a very small amount for each eye), it is also very easy to apply. This eye cream has a lightweight gel texture that absorbs quickly. It takes me barely any time at all to smooth this eye cream around my entire eye area and since it soaks in so quickly, I don’t have to wait before applying moisturizer on top.

Hydration

This eye cream feels very soothing and hydrating on my skin. I’ve used a couple of other eye creams with similar gel textures in the past, and this one is more hydrating than the others. It provides a good amount of hydration for daytime, especially if you plan to wear makeup over it. As I mentioned in the intro, I also like to apply my moisturizer over eye cream for added hydration.

I’m very pleased with the level of hydration this eye cream provides, but I do think it’s better for daytime use. I use it AM and PM currently but I would prefer a little more hydration at night. I took one point away from this category for that reason, but honestly it isn’t that big of a deal to me. I’ll soon start using another eye cream at night and I don’t mind having separate AM and PM eye creams.

The delicate skin around my eyes isn’t particularly dry (I have a combination skin type) so I don’t need as much hydration in that area as some people would. If you have dry skin, this eye cream may not be a good choice for you.

Team player

Eye cream is the next to last step in my skincare routine, before moisturizer. I apply toner, sometimes my Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant, serum, then eye cream. This eye cream applies very easily on top of those other products. Because of its lightweight texture, it wears just as well over multiple other products as it does on its own. Moisturizer applies well over this eye cream as well. I never experience any sort of pilling or difficulty blending in any of my skincare products when used in conjunction with this eye cream.

Some eye creams can be problematic underneath makeup. This one works very well with every color corrector, concealer, and foundation I’ve used with it. This eye cream creates a nice base for makeup application.

If you’ve had a hard time finding an eye cream that works well with other skincare and/or makeup, I would encourage you to try this one. E.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream is an excellent team player! 🙂

Ingredients

If you’re already interested in this product based on the other categories I’ve reviewed, just wait…these ingredients will knock your socks off! I was resistant to trying e.l.f. skincare for a long time because I didn’t think the ingredients would be very good. If this product’s ingredients are a good representation of all e.l.f. skincare collections, then I was very wrong! Keep reading to find out what all the fuss is about!

Water,Glycerin,Cannabidiol,Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5,Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7,Dipeptide-2,Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil,Panthenol Dunaliella Salina Extract,Allantoin,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,Sodium Hyaluronate,Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone,Steareth-20,Sodium Polyacrylate,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Sodium Hydroxide,Phenoxyethanol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Citric Acid,Sodium Benzoate,Potassium Sorbate,Pantolactone,Tetrasodium EDTA

First, a very brief summary. There are 24 ingredients in this eye cream, which is fairly average for skincare products. Of those 24 ingredients, 14 of them provide direct benefit to the skin. I know it’s a lot, but I’m going to list each of the 14 standout ingredients and their skin benefits below so you can understand why I’m so impressed!

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Cannabidiol (CBD)
    • Calms skin
    • Reduces excess oil production to balance combination/oily skin
    • Powerful antioxidant
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5
    • Protects and boosts collagen
    • Improves skin texture
  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Slows degradation of collagen
  • Dipeptide-2
    • May reduce under-eye bags by increasing lymphatic circulation
  • Hemp seed oil
    • Contains omega fatty acids, phospholipids, plant sterols, amino acids, and vitamin E
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Panthenol (vitamin B5)
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Dunaliella Salina Extract
    • Rich in beta-carotene (protects against UVA damage)
    • Potent antioxidant benefits
    • Source of vitamin B12
  • Allantoin
    • Soothes and conditions skin
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
    • Humectant (this is the sodium form of hyaluronic acid)
  • Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Citric acid
    • AHA (very mild in this low concentration)
  • Pantolactone
    • Humectant

It’s wonderful that hemp seed oil was also used in this CBD eye cream, because the Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary states that it enhances the benefits of CBD. I really appreciate that e.l.f. thoughtfully formulated this eye cream with so many beneficial ingredients!

The other ten ingredients are “neutral” ingredients that support the formula, such as emulsifiers, thickeners, and preservatives. I am very pleased to see that there are no “bad” ingredients in this formula! I’m especially glad that e.l.f. chose not to include any fragrance, since it is a bad idea to use fragrance around the delicate eye area.

Price

I was very surprised when I first saw that this eye cream is $15.00. That’s because I’m used to buying e.l.f. makeup, not their skincare. Looking through all their skincare products, there are actually quite a few products over $10.00. 

Do I wish this eye cream was a little less expensive? Yes, but I’m very frugal. Do I think $15.00 is an unreasonable price for this product? No, definitely not. 

It’s very common for products containing CBD to cost more than comparable products formulated without CBD. Full spectrum CBD is an expensive ingredient. They included a lot of other high-quality ingredients in this product as well. I think it’s also important to consider the additional R&D that went into creating this product since e.l.f. just added its CBD collection this year.

Other products in the e.l.f. CBD Collection

There are five products in the e.l.f. CBD Collection. If you’re interested in this eye cream, you may enjoy these products as well!

  • 100 mg CBD Facial Oil $18.00
  • 5 mg CBD Lip Oil $13.00
  • 50 mg CBD Moisturizer $15.00
  • 50 mg CBD Body Cream $18.00

If you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited about e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream. I’ve been enjoying this product for weeks, but I’m even happier to have it now that I’ve reviewed its ingredients. I think this is the best eye cream I’ve ever used! 

I feel that this eye cream would work well for just about anyone, possibly with the exception of people that have dry under-eyes and want a more occlusive eye cream. If you’ve been considering trying CBD skincare, this would be a great product to start with. It’s reasonably priced and contains so many amazing ingredients!

Have you ever tried skincare products made with CBD? Please share your thoughts with me below!

Lauren

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Hemp-Derived Ingredients in Cruelty-Free Beauty Products–Real Benefits or Just Another Trend?

The term “hemp” is a broad classification for a range of Cannabis Sativa plants that contain 0.3% or less of THC, which is a psychoactive compound. Due to the low concentration of THC, hemp is a non-intoxicating form of Cannabis Sativa (unlike Marijuana which contains more than 0.3% and up to 30% THC). Hemp plants are used to harvest derived products for a variety of items like textiles, food, paper, building materials, and more recently, personal care products and cosmetics. 

Hemp-derived ingredients that are now fairly common to see in cosmetics, are CBD (which stands for “Cannabidiol”) and hemp seed oil. It’s important to note that these ingredients contain little to no THC and will not make you feel “high.” CBD is extracted from the stem, stalk, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant, while hemp seed oil only comes from hemp seeds. I wanted to discuss these ingredients because I’ve noticed several popular cruelty-free brands like e.l.f., Flower Beauty, Milk Makeup, and Pacifica, recently releasing products formulated with CBD and/or hemp seed oil. I was curious, as I’m sure many of you are, about the efficacy of these ingredients. Do they provide any real benefits, or is this just another trend? I’m going to do my best to answer that question for you!

While these ingredients are used in many different types of products, I’m going to be focusing on their benefits to the skin.

Is CBD (Cannabidiol) an oil?

Often when you see CBD referenced, you’ll see it called “CBD oil.” This name is misleading in my opinion, because CBD is extracted from the hemp plant as a powder. It becomes CBD oil when the CBD powder is mixed with an oil such as coconut, hemp, or olive oils. 

Benefits of CBD in skincare

In cosmetics, CBD is marketed as an ingredient that is good for a few different skin concerns:

  • Acne
  • Anti-aging
  • Wrinkles
  • Sensitive skin

While scientists have not yet confirmed that CBD is beneficial for acne-prone skin, it has some properties that are very promising in treating acne. CBD is known to reduce inflammation and sooth skin, which is important to note because acne is an inflammatory skin condition. CBD may also reduce excess oil production, balancing the skin and potentially reducing breakouts. 

The claim that CBD is an anti-aging ingredient or that it will diminish wrinkles, comes from the fact that CBD is a powerful antioxidant. Many other plant-derived ingredients also contain antioxidants, so this property alone does not make CBD particularly special.

CBD is beneficial to sensitive skin for reasons already listed above. CBD’s skin-soothing property calms skin to reduce redness and irritation.

It is even possible that CBD could be useful in treating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, according to Dr. Gharavi at Cedars-Sinai Cosmetic Dermatology Program. Those conditions are usually treated with topical steroids, but those drugs can have side effects. CBD would be an excellent alternative treatment if it is found to be as effective at reducing inflammation.

What to look for when shopping for CBD skincare

There are a couple of simple things to look for when shopping for skincare containing CBD. First, make sure the ingredient list includes “cannabidiol” which is CBD. Other terms are not compliant with INCI (International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient) names, which are internationally recognized. Other terms may be misleading. 

Look for products with stable packaging that minimizes exposure to light and air. This will help to preserve the ingredients so they remain effective longer. This is a good thing to look for in any type of skincare product to protect active ingredients.

CBD + hemp seed oil = a match made in heaven

The terms “CBD” and “hemp seed oil” are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. They’re kind of like cousins since they’re both derived from the hemp plant, but come from different parts of the plant. If you can find a skincare product that contains both of these ingredients, you’re in luck! Hemp seed oil actually enhances the skincare benefits of CBD. As stated on PaulasChoice.com, “This is likely due to the interaction between trace amounts of cannabinoids in hemp seed oil and pure cannabidiol.”

Benefits of hemp seed oil in skincare

Hemp seed oil is a unique skincare ingredient. Your skin can benefit from it whether it’s applied topically or ingested (dietary hemp seed oil). Hemp seed oil is a good ingredient to use for several skin concerns:

  • Excess oil production
  • Acne
  • Inflammation
  • Anti-aging

Hemp seed oil is able to balance the skin and reduce excess oil production. It’s also very moisturizing without clogging pores. This is a great ingredient for all skin types, but especially for combination and oily skin.

Hemp seed oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid, which has anti-inflammatory and skin-regenerative properties. This means that hemp seed oil is great for reducing inflammation associated with acne or other skin conditions. 

Hemp seed oil contains many other fatty acids as well. These are beneficial for strengthening the skin barrier and retaining moisture. 

In addition to fatty acids, hemp seed oil also contains phospholipids, plant sterols, amino acids, and vitamin E. All of these things aid in making the skin more resilient, moisturized, and youthful.

Are you ready to integrate products with CBD or hemp seed oil into your skincare routine?

There is still much research that needs to be done for both CBD and hemp seed oil, but as of this moment I do not see any sources citing negative side effects from CBD or hemp seed oil. Both ingredients seem like excellent additions to the skincare world. While those with the skin concerns listed above would probably benefit the most from these ingredients, I think CBD and hemp seed oil would work well for anyone, regardless of skin type. Who doesn’t love some good calming ingredients in their skincare products? It’s also a good idea to consider using CBD and/or hemp seed oil products alongside skincare that can be somewhat irritating, such as certain acids and retinoids, to reduce or eliminate irritation.

I’m very excited to see what lies ahead for these innovative skincare ingredients. There will definitely be a lot more research to come, and there might be even more benefits that we aren’t aware of yet!

Have you tried any skincare products formulated with CBD or hemp seed oil, or do you plan to? I’m currently using one product that contains hemp seed oil, and another that contains both CBD and hemp seed oil. Stay tuned for reviews on both of those products! 🙂

Lauren

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e.l.f. Halo Glow Setting Powder–One Product to Set Makeup and Blur Imperfections

For most people, setting powder is a necessary part of the makeup routine. It is used to set makeup in place so it won’t move throughout the day, reduces the tacky feeling of foundation, and also absorbs excess oil. Setting powder is a must for people with oily or combination skin types, and may even need to be reapplied if too much oil comes through during the day. I have combination skin and almost always use setting powder to set my T-zone or my whole face. If I don’t powder my T-zone, I look greasy very quickly! I’ve almost always used pressed powders since they’re easily portable and simple to use, but have recently been feeling like I might be missing out on something with loose powders. Loose powders are generally more finely-milled than pressed powders which means they have the ability to blur imperfections. They are also less likely to look cakey on oily skin because they don’t contain any kind of oils or waxes to stay pressed like a pressed powder. 

E.l.f. released a new loose setting powder this year, called Halo Glow Setting Powder. It has gotten a lot of positive reviews on YouTube and on ElfCosmetics.com. It was also recommended to me by a friend, so I had to include it in one of my recent e.l.f. orders. I was intrigued by the name, because the other setting powders I have in my collection are very mattifying.

Product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Want to make your skin look like it’s wearing a beauty filter? The silky, weightless texture of this setting powder drapes the skin for a dreamy, blurring, soft-focus finish. Created with finely-milled synthetic sapphire particles to give your skin a soft glow, help smooth the appearance of fine lines, and blur imperfections.

Formulated to keep shine at bay and ensure makeup looks and feels fresh throughout the day.  

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Other product details

  • Price: $8.00
  • Net weight: 0.24 oz.
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Six shade options
    • Light
    • Light Pink
    • Medium
    • Medium Beige
    • Tan
    • Deep
  • Ships to USA and Canada only
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com or Amazon.com (please note that only the Medium and Deep shades are available for $8.00 on Amazon at this time)
  • Overall rating: 8.2/10
    • Inclusivity: 8/10
    • Luminosity: 7/10
    • Blurring effect: 8/10
    • Oil-control: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

This powder comes in six shades and that is great! E.l.f. is doing better on inclusivity with this product than most competitors with their loose powders (a lot of brands only offer one option that is “translucent” but may be visible on deeper skin tones). 

The one problem I have with this product’s shade range is that deep and very deep skin tones might find the “Deep” shade to be too light for them. To me, the Deep shade looks like it would suit medium skin tones better. It’s possible that I’m off-base on this judgement since I have fair skin myself, but I always think the more shades available, the better. 

Luminosity

Since the name of this product is “Halo Glow Setting Powder,” I expected it to provide luminosity for glowy skin similar to the model in this photo (I know that’s not exactly a realistic expectation since her skin is perfect). While I don’t think this powder has a flat matte finish like most setting powders, I also wouldn’t call the finish “glowy” or “luminous.” I would say this powder provides a satin finish that may look very slightly luminous in certain lighting situations, and makes the skin look healthy.

I have to wonder if the other shades might provide more luminosity than the Light shade, which is what I have. I compared the ingredients for each of the six shades online, and Light is the only one that doesn’t contain mica. Mica is a commonly used mineral powder that reflects light, and it is the first ingredient in every shade other than Light. I’m not sure why e.l.f. made this decision. 

Blurring effect

According to the product details on e.l.f.’s website, this powder should perfect skin and make it look like you’re using a real-life beauty filter. I’m not sure I believe any powder could be capable of that, truthfully. 

However, I do find that because of the lightweight finely-milled texture of this powder, it significantly blurs the enlarged pores around my nose. It also has a smoothing effect on the rest of my face. I did a side-by-side comparison with Halo Glow Setting Powder applied to one side of my face and one of my old pressed powders applied to the other side, to see which side looked better. The Halo Glow side definitely won that contest!

I’m not sure if the skin-perfecting aspect of this powder is visible to anyone standing more than a foot from my face, but it’s definitely obvious to me. I love the way my skin looks with this powder! 🙂

Oil-control

The primary reason I use setting powder is to lock my makeup into place and prevent my excess oils from quickly breaking through in my T-zone. I usually find that with my pressed setting powders, my makeup lasts about four hours without my oils coming through. I get the same wear-time with this setting powder. I don’t think this is unreasonable since I do have an oily T-zone and can apply more powder if I get too shiny. 

Price

Unsurprisingly since this product is from e.l.f., the price is very affordable! At $8.00, it’s not the cheapest loose powder at the drugstore, but it’s less expensive than many competing products. It also has an added perk that is uncommon for drugstore-priced loose powders, and I believe that adds value. I’ll discuss that in the next section. I think this setting powder is well-worth $8.00, and probably more than that (but don’t tell e.l.f. I said that!).

Packaging

I always have five categories that I use to rate products in my reviews and packaging didn’t make the cut this time, but I still wanted to mention it. 

Loose powders are notorious for being messy, largely because of their packaging. There’s always a sifter to control the amount of product that comes out, but if there is no cover for the sifter then at some point the product will go everywhere in the packaging. If you drop it or travel with it, you’re guaranteed to have a mess on your hands when you take off the lid. For that reason, most loose powders are not travel-friendly. 

E.l.f. Halo Glow Setting Powder looks like any other loose powder on the outside, but once you open it you’ll find that there is a “lock” on the sifter. By lock, I mean there is a cover that you turn to open and close the sifter. The design is brilliant and makes this loose powder much easier to use than others with sifters that are always open. It’s also travel-friendly thanks to this design.


Halo Glow Setting Powder is another winner from e.l.f.! I’ve really been enjoying this product and I’m so glad it was recommended to me. 

I think this setting powder would work well for any skin type. Plus, because it’s so finely-milled, I believe it would work well to touch up oily skin throughout the day without ever looking cakey.

Do you prefer pressed or loose setting powders? Which powder is your favorite? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Lauren

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e.l.f. Luminous Putty Primer–Popular Poreless Putty Primer Goes Luminous

Of all the types of makeup products available, primer is the one I’ve been the least interested in overall. In my experience, most of them don’t do anything for me at all, or cause my makeup to look worse than it would without any primer. So many people swear by primers for creating a good base for their makeup, I occasionally get curious and try one. 

Lately I’ve been feeling bored with my standard matte look and decided to try a couple of products that would give me some glow. There are a lot of glowy primers on the market, and I decided to try one even though that’s not something that I’d normally be interested in with my combination skin. I enjoy a lot of e.l.f.’s products, so I ordered their Luminous Putty Primer. 

E.l.f. released the original Poreless Putty Primer a little over a year ago and that primer was wildly popular. I remember searching for it in stores every time I went shopping for months and it was always sold out! Once I found it and started using it, I didn’t notice any difference in the appearance of my pores, smoothness of my makeup, or wear-time of my makeup when I used that primer. 

Late last year, e.l.f. released the Luminous version, as well as a Matte version, of Putty Primer. I wasn’t interested at first, but lately I’ve felt the need to switch things up and thought I’d give the Luminous Putty Primer a chance. It definitely wasn’t what I expected. Please keep reading to learn more about my experience with this primer. I have combination skin and recognize that this product may behave very differently on other skin types. 

Product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Our best-selling primer goes luminous! This primer delivers a soft, radiant base for your makeup application. What we love:

  • Infused with hyaluronic acid and vegan collagen to help plump and hydrate the skin.
  • Velvety texture glides effortlessly over the skin, smoothing over imperfections for a poreless effect.
  • The ultimate grip on makeup.

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Other product details

  • Price: $8.00
  • Net weight: 0.74 oz.
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Special ingredients that add hydration: 
    • Squalane
    • Sodium Hyaluronate (sodium form of hyaluronic acid)
    • Vegan Collagen (derived from synthetic sources)
  • Best for dry or combination skin types (according to e.l.f. Cosmetics)
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Ships to USA and Canada only
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com or Amazon.com
  • Overall rating: 6.0/10
    • Ease of application: 10/10
    • Luminosity: 4/10
    • Pore-filling: 6/10
    • Grip on makeup: 2/10
    • Price: 8/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup. 😉

Ease of application

This primer is packaged just like the original Poreless Putty Primer, in a small jar. This packaging seems ideal to me because the primer is thick (a squeeze tube wouldn’t work) and the wide opening allows easy access to the product even once it gets low.

While the product is thick, it’s also very soft and easy to get out of the jar. I usually get a tiny amount at a time and pat it over each part of my face so I don’t end up getting too much. I’m always concerned that applying a primer over my sunscreen will disturb the SPF and affect my level of protection, but it’s easy to gently pat this primer into the skin instead of rubbing it in.

Luminosity

My understanding is that the primary function of this primer is to provide a luminous base. This product is very pretty; it’s definitely luminous and is a subtle gold color (no glitter, more of a fine shimmer). Once applied, you can still see that subtle glow on the skin.

Unfortunately, that luminosity almost disappears under every foundation, BB cream, and tinted moisturizer that I’ve applied with it. If I apply setting powder too, then the luminous effect of the primer is basically undetectable. I’m very disappointed by this because it appears to be such a beautiful product. One could certainly wear this primer on its own without any coverage products, but I’m not sure if I like the way it looks alone on my fair skin. I think it would probably look better on someone with a medium skin tone.

Pore-filling

Like e.l.f.’s original Poreless Putty Primer, the Luminous Putty Primer is meant to give the skin a poreless smooth appearance. I’ve done side-by-side comparisons with this product to see if the side of my face with the primer applied has less visible pores, or smoother looking skin. To a degree, I agree with the pore-filling claim. I think my pores are slightly less obvious when I wear this primer, but it is only a minimal difference. 

As for the smoothing claim, I have to disagree completely. This primer sometimes makes my skin look textured or dry in areas where there is no texture or dryness. Again, I’m very disappointed by this, but not terribly surprised since I had a similar experience with the Poreless Putty Primer.

Grip on makeup

Another one of the claims for this product is that it provides the “ultimate grip on makeup.” When I see that a primer is supposed to “grip” makeup, I take that to mean that it will keep my foundation from breaking up as quickly, and just generally extend the wear-time of my makeup. 

Unfortunately, I do not notice any sort of “gripping” effect with this primer. My makeup appears to wear exactly the same whether I’m using this primer or not. I gave the product two points for this category because many reviews claim that it does extend the wear-time of makeup. I’m guessing that it is more effective on dry skin. 

Price

E.l.f. Luminous Putty Primer is $8.00. E.l.f. makes many different primers and this price is consistent with the others. For anyone that finds this product to work well for them, I think this price is very fair. However, since it didn’t deliver on the claims on my skin, I had to take a couple of points away for price. The small benefit I get from this product is not worth even $8.00 to me. 


I know this review was brutal compared to most of my product reviews. I usually love e.l.f. products, but e.l.f. Luminous Putty Primer was a big miss for me and I always want to be honest with my readers.

While I am not a fan of this product, I recognize that it works well for a LOT of people. It currently has a 4.3 star rating on ElfCosmetics.com and 4.5 stars on Amazon. If you have a normal or dry skin type and are interested in this product, I think it’s definitely worth trying!

If you’ve tried this primer, please let me know what you think of it! Have you tried any other luminous primers that are more visible under foundation, or are better for combination/oily skin? Please comment below with any feedback! 🙂

Lauren

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Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant–Reveal Glowing Youthful Skin with Chemical Exfoliation

I’ve reviewed a few scrubs here that are meant to exfoliate the lips, body, and underarms. Those scrubs work by physically exfoliating the skin with granular ingredients like sugar or salt. There are a lot of products and methods to physically exfoliate the face as well, but there is another option for exfoliation that I like to use in my weekly skincare routine. 

Chemical exfoliants are acidic solutions that increase the rate of skin cell turnover to reveal glowing youthful skin. There are two common types of chemical exfoliants: alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). Common AHAs are glycolic acid and lactic acid, while the most common BHA is salicylic acid. 

Choosing the right type of chemical exfoliant

People with dry or normal skin would benefit the most from AHA exfoliants because they exfoliate the surface of the skin while helping it to retain moisture. For those with oily or acne-prone skin, BHA exfoliants work better because not only do they exfoliate the surface of the skin, but they also exfoliate inside pores.

Those of us with combination skin can opt for either AHA or BHA exfoliants. Since it seems to me that BHAs have more benefits than AHAs and I don’t have dry skin, I prefer BHA exfoliants. Paula’s Choice is famous for its leave-on chemical exfoliants, so I had to try Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant. The most popular product from Paula’s Choice is the 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, but I thought the gel formula would be less messy and therefore easier to use.

Importance of sun protection with chemical exfoliants

I want to add a quick note about the importance of wearing sun protection when using exfoliants on the face or body. When you have a layer of dead skin cells on top of your fresh new skin, that layer provides some sun protection. Once that layer is exfoliated away, the new outer layer of skin is more sensitive to the sun, and more likely to burn. Make sure you always wear sufficient sun protection, especially when using exfoliating products in your routine.

Product claims directly from PaulasChoice.com

This leave-on gel exfoliant is a completely non-abrasive way to remove layers of dull skin to reveal younger skin hiding underneath. It also shrinks clogged pores, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, and improves skin tone.

  • Gently reveals smoother, radiant skin
  • Refines and clarifies pores
  • Gel texture hydrates and perfects skin’s surface

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Other product details

  • Price: $29.50
  • Net weight: 3.3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Non-irritating
  • pH range of 3.2-3.8
  • All skin types
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: PaulasChoice.com or Amazon.com
  • Available in 20+ countries/regions (each has its own website; they can all be found here)
  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Ease of application: 10/10
    • Exfoliation: 9/10
    • Team Player: 7/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Ease of application

This gel exfoliant is packaged in a pump, which makes it very easy to get just the right amount (I use about half a dime-sized amount for my whole face). I apply it in sections to my forehead, and then the right and left sides of my face just like I would with my other skincare products. It applies smoothly over the skin and is safe to use near the eyes so you don’t have to avoid that area. This product is very easy to use and not fussy like some other exfoliating products since it’s gentle enough to be used on the entire face.

Exfoliation

As far as the exfoliation of pores goes, I see very little difference in my pores when using this product. I don’t think that means it isn’t working, but I think this is something that might take a lot of time and frequent use to see the full effect on pores. I’m currently only using this product three or four days each week because I also use physical exfoliators sometimes. 

Paula’s Choice makes a couple of other BHA products that have higher percentages of salicylic acid. Those might be a better choice for someone looking for a deeper exfoliation of pores.

Gentle exfoliation on the surface of my skin is the main thing I want from an exfoliating product, and that is where this product truly shines. I only apply this product at night, and my skin always feels soft and smooth the next morning. I love that I can get that effect without any harsh scrubbing! This exfoliant is definitely effective for loosening and removing dead skin cells to reveal more youthful skin.

Team player

As I said before, I use this exfoliant a few nights a week and on those nights, it’s the second step in my skincare routine. I apply my Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner first, and this exfoliant applies very well over that since the toner really is weightless. 

This exfoliant is a bit thicker than I would like. It feels tacky once applied and products don’t apply easily on top. It does help to let the exfoliant sink into the skin for 10-15 minutes before applying other products, but I don’t always have time for that (it would help if I wouldn’t stay up so late, but who am I kidding, that’s not going to change!). The main product I struggle with getting to work with this exfoliant, is moisturizer. Both products are somewhat thick, and when they combine it takes a lot of effort to work into the skin completely.

Again, I think there are other products that would likely solve this problem for me. I haven’t tried it yet, but the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant appears to be very light like a toner, so I don’t believe I’d have the problems with that product that I do with this one. It seems as though the only advantages of the gel over the liquid are ease of use and it’s also more hydrating.

Ingredients

I was pleasantly surprised to see that this product only has 13 ingredients, and there are a lot of good ones!

Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Salicylic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Willowherb) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Bisabolol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide

Six of the ingredients in this formulation have wonderful skin-loving benefits!

  • Salicylic acid
    • BHA
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Phytosphingosine
    • Complex fatty alcohol that functions as a water-binding agent
    • Has preservative qualities
  • Grape seed extract
    • Potent antioxidants
  • Green tea leaf extract
    • Contains antioxidants
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Willowherb extract
    • Contains antioxidants
    • Skin-soothing
  • Bisabolol
    • Skin-soothing

The one bad thing about these six ingredients, is that they’re further down the list than I’d like. Salicylic acid is the fifth ingredient and that only accounts for 2% of the formula. That means the others are even lower concentrations.

The good news is that the top four ingredients, as well as all the other ingredients not listed above, are “neutral” ingredients that support the efficacy of the formula. For example, Butylene Glycol is a multitasker; it’s a solvent, a humectant, helps the product absorb faster and deeper into the skin, and also helps the product spread easily over the skin.

There aren’t any bad ingredients in this formula. By that, I mean that there aren’t any ingredients that will irritate the skin or have any other negative effects.

Price

The price of this exfoliant is $29.50. That is more than what I pay for most of my skincare products, but I think it’s a fair price. While it can be difficult to use with some other products, it is very effective at gently exfoliating and it’s very easy to use. I also think the amount of product in the bottle, 3.3 ounces, is very generous. I’ve had this product for quite a while now and I won’t run out anytime soon!


Despite the difficulties I sometimes have with this product, I do enjoy the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant. I think the Liquid Exfoliant might work a little bit better for me. The gel exfoliant would probably be ideal for someone with normal to dry skin that wants to dip their toes into a BHA product, since this one does provide some extra hydration and soothes the skin.

If you decide to try this or any facial exfoliant, please remember to wear sunscreen daily! It’s very important to protect your skin, especially when it’s sensitive from exfoliation.

Have you tried any Paula’s Choice exfoliating products? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo–Quick Easy Refresh Between Washes

Hair washing and styling is very time-consuming. Who has time for it every day? I very rarely ever style my hair, but I used to wash it daily because my hair gets greasy after just one day. I later learned that daily hair washing really isn’t healthy because it strips natural oils that protect and moisturize the scalp. The consequence of too-frequent washing and stripping those oils is that the scalp produces even more oil to attempt to replace the oil that was washed away. Washing less frequently will help to regulate oil production so the scalp won’t over-produce oil.

To keep my hair and scalp as healthy as possible, I now only wash my hair every two to three days. Since I work from home and don’t need to leave the house most days, I don’t mind if my hair looks a bit oily between washes. I refuse to go out in public on days that my hair looks dirty, though. For a quick easy refresh between washes, I use dry shampoo.

I’ve been using dry shampoo for years now and there are some benefits other than stretching time between washes. It volumizes limp hair to make it look more bouncy and healthy. It also adds texture which is nice for styling. Dry shampoo is also very convenient and travel-friendly because no matter where you go, or if you have access to running water, you can still have clean hair!

I’m now on my third can of IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo is great for those of us with particularly oily hair. I like that IGK has two other dry shampoos that are made for lighter cleansing: IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo and IGK Direct Flight Multi-tasking Dry Shampoo.

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Product claims directly from IGKHair.com

This heavy-duty charcoal dry shampoo allows you to go even longer between washes, even after workouts. Detoxifying charcoal powder lifts dirt and build up while absorbing oil and sweat. Cooling, calming white tea powder calms scalp and strengthens hair follicles.

Other product details

  • Price: $27.00
  • Net weight: 6.3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Provides UV protection
  • No artificial colors, mineral oil, petrolatum, parabens, or sulfates
  • Perfect for oily scalps and fine, medium to thick, and coarse texture hair
  • Safe for color-treated hair
  • Where to buy: IGKHair.com or Amazon.com
  • Ships from IGK website only to the contiguous United States (For international requests, please call IGK office during business hours Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm EST at 1-855-IGK-3322 to see if an order can be processed to your requested country)
  • Overall rating: 8.0/10
    • Ease of use: 10/10
    • Oil absorption: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Ease of removal: 8/10
    • Price: 5/10

Ease of use

This dry shampoo is in the typical format of a dry shampoo packaged in an aerosol can. This type of packaging and delivery system make it very easy and convenient to accurately spray the product exactly where it’s needed. 

First, you section hair and spray the dry shampoo from 6-12 inches away on dirty areas, making sure to use as little product as possible. It’s important to give the product at least 30 seconds for the cleansing powders to absorb oil. Then you can remove/distribute excess product by massaging it into the hair with your fingers and/or a brush. I always start with my fingers and then use a brush if there’s still some product visible. If you want to add volume to your hair, definitely use your fingers instead of a brush. I feel like using a brush takes the volume right back out of my hair. 

A common problem that I’ve had with dry shampoos in the past is that they leave a white or dull cast on the hair no matter how little product I use or how hard I try to work it into my hair. This IGK dry shampoo does go on white, but I find that it’s very easy to work it into my hair and once that’s done, I no longer see any residue on my hair. This is a big part of why I’ve purchased three cans of this dry shampoo! 🙂

Oil absorption

This dry shampoo does an insanely good job of absorbing excess oils. You really only need a minimal amount and it soaks up all that extra oil to take your hair from greasy to fresh in seconds. It makes sense that this dry shampoo is so effective at absorbing excess oil since this dry shampoo has the highest cleansing level of IGK’s three dry shampoo formulas.

To illustrate the effectiveness of this dry shampoo’s oil-absorbing ability, I took before and after photos. This is day three hair, so it was extremely greasy. I normally only skip one day between washings, so I needed even more oil-absorption than usual. It didn’t let me down! My hair looked fresh and clean after I worked the product in with my fingers. I think my hair looks slightly greasy in the “after” photo but it looked better in person. Tilting my head down like that made the hair section out, showing some oil that I missed with the dry shampoo.

Ingredients

I normally rate a product’s ingredients based on whether they are beneficial/”good,” neutral, or bad for the skin or hair. I had to look at this product’s ingredient list a bit differently because dry shampoo is not designed to directly benefit the hair; it’s simply made to extend the time between washings. I looked at these ingredients in terms of their contribution to the product’s effectiveness.

Butane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Zeolite, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrated Silica, Charcoal Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Carbonate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Cellulose, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-59, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Acetate, Water, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

There are 24 ingredients in this dry shampoo and seven of those are oil- or sweat-absorbing agents. These ingredients are what make this product so effective at absorbing excess oil and sweat:

  • Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate
  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch
  • Zeolite
    • Also traps odors
  • Hydrated Silica
  • Charcoal Powder
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • Magnesium Carbonate

A bonus ingredient included in this formula is Green Tea Leaf Extract which provides antioxidants and UV protection. It is also anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial.

Most of the ingredients in this formula are what I call “neutral” because while they don’t provide a direct benefit, they are necessary for the product to be functional. For example, the butane and propane are propellants that are necessary since this dry shampoo is an aerosol spray. It is important not to inhale those gases so I try to spray dry shampoo on quickly in the bathroom and then walk out to let it disperse. Those ingredients are otherwise safe. Other neutral ingredients are thickening agents, pH adjusters, anti-static, solvents, etc.

There are a few bad ingredients that I wish had been omitted or replaced with alternative ingredients:

  • SD Alcohol 40-B (denatured alcohol)
    • Used as a solvent
    • Drying to the skin
    • May damage skin-barrier
  • Fragrance
    • Mystery proprietary blend of scented ingredients
    • May or may not be unsafe
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
    • Fragrance ingredient
    • Allergen potential (one of the “EU 26 fragrances” that must be labelled individually)

I am not very concerned about the effects of the alcohol on skin since dry shampoo is meant to be applied to the hair, not directly on the scalp. However, I do have to wonder if it has the same drying effect on hair. My hair has never looked dry where I’ve applied dry shampoo, but this could be a problem for people with already dry or brittle hair.

As for the fragrance ingredients, those have potential to be irritating for some people but I’m not overly concerned about them since they are the last two ingredients on the list (therefore the lowest concentration). This is also not a heavily scented product, which makes me think the amount of fragrance ingredients used is very low and therefore less likely to cause irritation.

Ease of removal

The down side of dry shampoos, including this one, is that they build up on the hair. The amount of buildup of course gets worse if dry shampoo is used more than once between washings. I usually only use it one time between washings to minimize buildup. The more buildup, the harder it is to wash your hair completely clean. 

On days that I’ve used a little more of this dry shampoo than I normally would, I do have difficulty removing it with my traditional shampoo. When I know I’ve got some extra buildup to remove, I use my trusty Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo which does an excellent job of removing any amount of product buildup.

Price

I’ve discussed the good qualities of this dry shampoo. Unfortunately, now I’ve got to tell you its biggest downfall. This dry shampoo is $27.00, which means it’s $4.29/ounce! This product is very effective, but I have a very hard time paying $27.00 for it. In fact, the last time I purchased it I got it 50% off. At that price, it is reasonable, but honestly I don’t know if any dry shampoo is truly worth $27.00. I’m more frugal than most people though, so many may disagree with my opinion on this. 


Dry shampoo is an amazing product to keep on hand to save time by extending washes. It also saves on water, shampoo, and conditioner! I appreciate all of those things because with my long thick hair, it takes some time just to wash which means a lot of water, shampoo, and conditioner as well. 

IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo is an excellent product for anyone that has very oily hair like I do. If you don’t mind the price, then I think you’d be very pleased with the performance of this product.

If you’re just starting to use dry shampoo and want to skip some washes, you’ll need to have a good shower cap to keep your hair dry in the shower. Kitsch makes some adorable ones like this one in floral print.

Have you tried this IGK dry shampoo, or any of their other products? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream–Brow Pomade to Perfectly Fill in and Define Eyebrows

Eyebrows frame the face, so it is important to remember to take care of them and groom them for the most put-together look. I didn’t take my own advice until I had LASIK surgery in 2018. Before that, my glasses mostly covered my eyebrows and I never gave them any thought. Since I no longer wear glasses, my brows are exposed to the world and I’m self-conscious about them when I don’t put any product on them. 

I love being glasses-free, but there are days that I’d like to hide behind glasses again because my eyebrows are such a thorn in my side. Why do I loathe my eyebrows so? My eyebrow hairs are not straight like what most people have. Mine are sparse in some places, curly, and want to stick out in every direction. I trim them every couple of weeks to attempt to keep them under control, but then sometimes I go too far and cut them too short. What a nightmare, right?

I’ve tried a few different types of brow products over the past couple of years. There are several that have worked well enough, but the one I can always count on is brow pomade. I think brow pomade is the best choice to perfectly fill in and define eyebrows. 

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I’ve tried brow pomades from a few different brands now and my favorite by far is the e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream. I originally bought this product in the shade Light Brown and that turned out to be too dark for my liking, but the Taupe Blonde is perfect! I’ll list all the shades below.

This product is called e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream because it can be used as either eyeliner or brow pomade (I disagree with e.l.f.’s statement below that it could be used as eyeshadow), but I only use it as brow pomade. I tried smudging it on as eyeliner once and it looked awful, so I’ll stick to only using it on my brows going forward. I will only be reviewing this product as a brow product, not as an eyeliner.

Product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

This cream glides on smoothly to sculpt, shade, and define brows. It can also be used as eyeshadow or eyeliner for gorgeous, long-lasting color.

Other product details

  • Price: $4.00
  • Net weight: 0.19 oz.
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Four shade options: 
    • Taupe Blonde
    • Light Brown
    • Medium Brown
    • Espresso
  • Ships to USA and Canada only
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com or Amazon.com
  • Overall rating: 9.2/10
    • Inclusivity: 6/10
    • Ease of application: 10/10
    • Pigmentation: 10/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup. 😉

Inclusivity

Big “spoiler alert” here, but inclusivity is the one and only category that I give a “thumbs down.” I’ll explain my reasoning and then we can move on to why I do like this product so much. 

There are only four shades available in this product. Most people try to match their brow products to the color of their natural eyebrow hairs, and obviously there are a lot more than four shades of hair out there! I think that the shades they chose will work for a lot of people, but there are definitely many excluded that will not be able to use this product. I listed the shade names above, but I’ll describe them in more detail here:

  • Taupe Blonde: dries to a light brown shade with neutral undertones
  • Light Brown: dries to a medium brown shade with warm undertones
  • Medium Brown: dries to a dark brown shade with cool undertones
  • Espresso: dries to a very dark brown shade with warm undertones

All four shades appear darker on the eyebrows once the product has fully dried. This is important to take into consideration if you’re interested in purchasing this product. I don’t have a problem with the shades drying darker than they appear in the packaging, but e.l.f. definitely needs to expand the shade range. There are no auburn, gray, black, or even true blonde shades available. At minimum, I think they should add four more shades to address those hair colors. There should also be a variety of undertones available. I’m very fortunate that the Taupe Blonde shade works so well for me!

Ease of application

Like most brow pomades, this one is packaged in a small jar. Simple but effective, this packaging makes it easy to access the product no matter how low it gets.

The product is somewhat stiff and waxy, but is smooth enough to very easily apply with a small angled brush that has short densely packed bristles. Once applied, you can use a spoolie to more evenly distribute the product and brush through brow hairs to make them look however you’d like. 

In my opinion, this type of product is much easier to apply than many other brow products on the market. It’s a 3-in-1 because it can be used to fill in, define, and hold eyebrows in place. Since eyebrows are usually my least favorite part of my makeup routine, I appreciate the simplicity of brow pomade.

Pigmentation

As you can see in this side-by-side comparison photo, e.l.f.’s brow pomade is very pigmented! There is no need to build up this product because it really packs a punch with its pigmentation. You don’t need much at all, so it will last a very long time. If you’re often disappointed by the low pigmentation of eyebrow pencils or other brow products, you will definitely appreciate this product!

While this product is extremely pigmented, I should also note that it’s creamy enough to be blended out easily, or wiped away if excess product gets on your skin during application (just be sure to do that before it fully dries).

Staying power

The staying power of this product knocks my socks off! I’ve never experienced any kind of smudging or running with this brow pomade. It always stays in place and keeps my brow hairs in place, as well. 

I did a little experiment to really put it to the test, just out of curiosity. I brushed some onto my arm and tried to wash it off with hand soap. It did not budge until I started scrubbing at it, and even then I couldn’t get it all to come off completely until I showered later. 

This might seem like a problem because you don’t want products to be so stubborn that they won’t come off at the end of the day, but I’ve never had a problem removing this product from my eyebrows when I wash my face with my current cleanser, Pacifica Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash

Price

E.l.f. products are always very reasonably priced, but WOW this one is seriously a steal. This brow pomade is only $4.00! Even if you’re only comparing this product to other “drugstore” priced brow pomades, this one is significantly less expensive than most. To find out just how good of a deal this product is, continue onto the next section. 😉

Dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade

Anastasia Beverly Hills is famous for its eyebrow products, including their DIPBROW Pomade. If you enjoy that product, or have had your eye on it, I’d encourage you to take a look at e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream instead. These two formulas feel and perform identically. The only differences are the packaging (ABH uses a glass jar while e.l.f.’s is plastic), shade range (ABH has 11 shades), and the price. ABH DIPBROW Pomade is a whopping $21.00! That’s more than 5 times the price of the e.l.f. dupe!


I am so happy that I decided to try e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream. With this brow pomade, I’m able to make my brows look the best they’ve ever looked in my entire life. Not exaggerating! No other type of brow product can compare, if you have stubborn crazy eyebrows like mine!

I literally cannot think of a single complaint about this product other than the poor shade range. If you think one of e.l.f.’s four shades will work for you, then I’d say definitely go for it! If you need more shade options, ABH DIPBROW Pomade is also a great product (just much more expensive).

What is your favorite type of product for perfecting your eyebrows? Have you ever tried e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream, or any other type of brow pomade? Please comment below!

Lauren

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Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Hand & Cuticle Cream–Restore Moisture Lost from Extra Hand Washing

Hand washing is essential for good health, now more than ever. In addition to all the regular times we’ve always known to wash our hands (before preparing food, after blowing your nose, etc.), the CDC now recommends washing hands after touching surfaces in public and before/after touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

It is undeniable that hand washing and hand sanitizer are more important than ever before. However, this increased hand washing is not without consequences. Every time you wash your hands, the natural oils on your hands are stripped away which compromises the natural skin barrier. This, combined with harsh cleansing agents, can lead to dry, irritated, damaged skin. It’s important to use a moisturizer often, especially after hand washing, to restore moisture lost from extra hand washing.

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I’ve recently developed eczema on my left hand, and it is caused by excessive hand washing. It is very frustrating, but I’ve found a way to manage it. Every time I wash my hands, or any time they’re feeling particularly dry, I apply a pea-sized amount of Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Hand & Cuticle Cream. This is a product I’ve been using for several months now, but I’m using it much more often these days and have come to count on it for relief since I developed eczema.

Please note that in my review of this product, I will only be reviewing it as a hand cream. My cuticles have always been very healthy so I don’t notice any difference in my cuticles when I use this cream.

Product claims directly from YesTo.com

A non-greasy yet super moisturizing hand and cuticle skin protectant cream. This hand and cuticle saver, helps to smooth and restore dry, cracked and chapped skin. Formulated with Virgin Coconut Oil, which is rich in Vitamins A, C and E and provides nutrients that keep hands and cuticles protected.

Petroleum, SLS, & Paraben Free

Other product details

  • Price: $5.99
  • Net weight: 3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • 95% natural ingredients
  • 2016 Allure Best of Beauty Award winner
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com
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  • Overall rating: 9/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Greasiness: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Fragrance: 9/10
    • Price: 10/10

Hydration

My hands instantly feel more hydrated when I apply this hand cream. That is true of most hand creams, but with this one I can feel a difference long after application. Because of my frequent hand washing, I don’t feel that extra hydration all day long, but I don’t mind reapplying. I am very pleased with the level of hydration I achieve with this hand cream.

Greasiness

My biggest pet-peeve with hand creams is that greasy feeling that many of them have…like you’ve rubbed Crisco all over your hands! Not a good feeling, and not practical if you plan on touching anything. I was drawn to this Yes to Coconut hand cream because I specifically searched for non-greasy hand creams and this was one of the results. “Non-greasy” is in the product description, so I had to give it a go!

When I first tried this hand cream, I thought “Oh no, this is just another greasy hand cream.” That’s because when you first apply it, it does feel quite greasy! I continued using it because I liked how hydrating it is, and I could put it on before sitting down to watch TV or anything else that didn’t require me to use my hands. But finally, I realized that it just needed some time to sink in. I was being impatient, as usual. This hand cream does sink into the skin well after a few minutes. If you give it that time, you’ll find that they were being honest with the “non-greasy” claim. 🙂

Ingredients

Please note that the ingredient list shown here does not match what is shown on Amazon or YesTo.com, but it is correct. I reached out to Yes To customer service and they confirmed that I have the most recent formulation.

Water, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Stearyl alcohol, Stearic acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerin, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Polyglyceryl-10 laurate, Sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), Calendula ocinalis flower extract, Psidium guajava fruit extract, Orchis mascula flower extract, Musa sapientum (banana) fruit extract, Morinda citrifolia (noni) fruit extract, Hibiscus sabdari-a flower extract, Aleurites moluccana (kukui) seed extract, Polyglyceryl-3 stearate, Tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, Allantoin, Citric acid, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (natural), Coumarin

There are a whopping 35 ingredients in this hand cream. I’m not sure if that is common for hand creams since this is the first one I’ve reviewed, but most of the other products that I’ve reviewed ingredients for, have only 20 to 25. Thirty-five seems like a lot!

This hand cream contains some amazing skin-loving ingredients. I’m impressed! I’ll list the most noteworthy ingredients and their functions below:

  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Helps wound healing
  • Cetearyl olivate & Sorbitan olivate
    • Together, they form a natural emulsifier with the trade name “Olivem 1000” which generates liquid crystal structures that mimic lipid structures in the outermost layer of the skin
      • Repairs skin barrier
  • Sesame seed oil
    • Contains nourishing and moisturizing fatty acids
    • Repairs and regenerates dry skin
  • Sweet almond oil
    • Loaded with nourishing fatty acids
    • Contains vitamin E
    • Smooths, softens, and moisturizes
  • Avocado oil
    • Packed full of nourishing fatty acids
    • Extraordinary skin penetration ability
  • Calendula ocinalis flower extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antioxidant
    • Healing properties

The one unfortunate thing about the beneficial ingredients in this formula, is that there are only four of them in the top ten (ingredients with the highest concentrations). The other six ingredients in the top ten are “neutral” ingredients that help the formula to work, but don’t really provide any benefit to the skin. These are ingredients like solvents and emollients. 

There are a couple of bad ingredients on the list. The “Fragrance,” while natural, is of unknown origins and could cause irritation or sensitization of the skin. Coumarin is also added for fragrance. This is one of the “EU 26 fragrances” that has to be labeled separately (can’t be included with “fragrance” or “parfum”) because it has allergen potential. 

Fortunately, Fragrance and Coumarin are the last two ingredients on the list, which means they have the lowest concentrations. I don’t think the low concentration of these fragrance ingredients will cause a problem for most people, but just like with all fragranced products, it’s best for anyone with very sensitive skin to avoid.

Fragrance

As I just mentioned in the ingredients section above, the “Fragrance” and Coumarin ingredients which give this product its scent, could be problematic for some. However, if you don’t have sensitive skin, and you like coconut, you will probably enjoy the fragrance of this product. It is very mild, but this hand cream does have a slightly sweet coconut scent.

Price

This hand cream is definitely a bargain at only $5.99! It’s a great product overall, plus the tube is generously sized for a hand cream at three ounces ($2.00/ounce). A tube of this hand cream lasts me a very long time, even when I use it frequently. 

All Yes To products are very reasonably priced and I really appreciate that! Usually, products that contain mostly natural ingredients are very expensive. Yes To does a great job of keeping their prices low so their products will be accessible to all. 🙂


I wholeheartedly agree with Yes To’s product claims for the Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Hand & Cuticle Cream. I have definitely enjoyed using it, and I’m glad I have a backup tube for when I run out of my first one soon!

I think this hand cream is such a good affordable option for anyone looking for something to provide a good amount of moisture, without making their hands feel greasy!

Have you found any non-greasy hand creams that you enjoy? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Pacifica Coconut & Charcoal Underarm Detox Scrub–for an Easier Transition to Natural Deodorant

When you stop using antiperspirant, the first two to four weeks are known as a “transitional” or “detox” period for your underarms. During that time, all the aluminum that’s built up is released. For most people, this time brings some unpleasant changes like excessive sweating and a different or stronger odor. This is something that everyone goes through after stopping antiperspirant, whether you immediately switch to natural deodorant or decide to go au naturale for a while.

As companies have innovated and created every type of natural deodorant imaginable, they have also considered the detox period their customers experience. There are now exfoliating acids, underarm masks, and scrubs that make for an easier transition to natural deodorant. These work by either diminishing bacteria or drawing out the aluminum and other impurities more quickly than they would be released naturally.

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The product I chose to help me through the detox period was Pacifica Coconut & Charcoal Underarm Detox Scrub. I know I discuss a lot of Pacifica products here and I apologize if you’re tired of seeing so much Pacifica, but it is a brand that I genuinely trust and enjoy!

Honestly, I don’t remember my detox phase very well at this point. I have always struggled with finding deodorants that work well for me and none of them I’ve ever tried have consistently helped with controlling my odor. For that reason, I didn’t notice much of a difference between my detox period and the time after. You might be wondering why I would review a product like this since I didn’t have a noteworthy detox period. I want to discuss it because even though I haven’t used this product exactly the way it is intended, it’s still useful to me and I see its merits for anyone transitioning from antiperspirant to no deodorant or natural deodorant.

Product claims directly from PacificaBeauty.com

It can be hard to transition to natural deodorant. We get it. This scrub makes it easier by helping to remove pore clogging products so your pits can get back to their natural state.

Other product details

  • Price: $15.00
  • Net weight: 7 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Formulated without parabens, sulfates, aluminum, phthalates, or mineral oil
  • Container is made from post consumer recycled plastic
  • Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com and Amazon.com
  • Ships to USA and Canada only
  • Overall rating: 9.4/10
    • Ease of application: 8/10
    • Exfoliation: 10/10
    • Odor elimination: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 9/10
    • Price: 10/10

Ease of application

Like a lot of scrubs, this one is packaged in a jar. A squeeze tube would be easier to use, but the product is quite thick so that is probably why Pacifica chose to use a jar. I understand that, and it’s a very pretty jar! I do, however, wish they’d put ridges on the lid to make it a little easier to grip. Most people will be using this product in the shower with wet hands, so I think easily “grippable” packaging is important. I never screw the lid back on too tightly to make this easier and it works well enough so this is only a minor complaint.

The scrub itself is very easy to use! I scoop out less than a dime-sized amount and scrub gently in circular motions. Once finished, the scrub rinses off easily without leaving any residue behind.

Exfoliation

This underarm scrub does an amazing job of exfoliating! When I was between natural deodorants and had gone back to antiperspirant for a while, I used this scrub to remove my antiperspirant when soap wasn’t getting the job done. This was common on days that I didn’t sweat as much as usual–that stuff did not want to let go, until I remembered I have this scrub specially formulated for the underarm area! It always got my armpits squeaky clean.

That exfoliation comes in handy now with natural deodorant as well. I often reapply deodorant in the afternoon and sometimes it’s still hanging on when I shower. This scrub gets it off easy-peasy. 🙂

I only use this scrub for exfoliating my underarms since I have a separate body scrub that I enjoy, but this underarm detox scrub would be effective at all-over body exfoliation as well. It’s a very gentle scrub that won’t harm the skin, but will exfoliate away dead skin or product residue (like deodorant or even sunscreen).

Odor elimination

The most common reason I use this scrub recently has been for odor elimination. Sorry for the TMI, but I can get pretty stinky some days. On those days, I know that soap alone won’t be enough to eliminate that odor. It’s really frustrating to get out of the shower after scrubbing with soap and find that my armpits still stink! My solution is to use both soap and this scrub. It is the most effective product I’ve found for getting rid of stubborn B.O.

Ingredients

This underarm detox scrub is a beautiful product, both to look at and in use. But what makes it work? There are some really interesting ingredients in this product that make it so effective.

aqua, cetyl alcohol, prunus armeniaca (apricot) seed powder, glycerin, glyceryl stearate citrate, charcoal powder, maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, coco-caprylate, hydrolyzed verbascum thapsus flower, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, decyl glucoside, potassium cetyl phosphate, xanthan gum, diheptyl succinate, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum (natural)

I’ll first go over the two most important ingredients that make this scrub so effective for use during the “detox” or “transitional” period after stopping antiperspirant:

  • Apricot seed powder
    • Scrubbing agent
  • Charcoal powder
    • Traps and draws impurities out of the skin
    • Eliminates odor

This photo isn’t the best, but you can actually see the apricot seed powder interspersed, and the charcoal powder gives it the gray color. I like it when I can see a product’s active ingredients!

“But wait, there’s more!” There are other beneficial ingredients in this scrub to consider:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Arrowroot powder
    • Softens skin
  • Hydrolyzed verbascum thapsus flower
    • Antioxidant
  • Coconut oil
    • Moisturizes and seals in moisture
  • Green tea leaf extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antimicrobial

The majority of the other ingredients are there to support the formula. They are thickeners, emulsifiers, emollients, and preservatives. The one bad ingredient is “parfum.” Even though it’s stated that it is natural, there is no way of knowing what makes up this fragrance. I always mention this, but in this product’s case it is a pretty minor offense since this is the last ingredient on the list and therefore a very low concentration.

Price

I have not seen any other products quite like this one and as a result, it is difficult to compare the price to similar products. If this was any old body scrub, I might think it’s a bit overpriced. It isn’t body scrub though; this scrub is designed to be used specifically on the underarm area which means you don’t need to use very much. This product has lasted me a very long time and I’ve barely put a dent in it. I’ve had it much longer than the suggested shelf life of 12 months and it’s still going strong! To me, that means this product is a great value.

Companion product

I want to mention one other Pacifica product that can assist with the transition to natural deodorant, and even during continued use. After a workout or anything else that might make you sweatier than usual, you might want to reapply your deodorant. That likely won’t feel very nice though, if you haven’t first wiped off the excess sweat.

That’s where Pacifica’s deodorant wipes come in handy. You can use them to wipe away excess sweat and then reapply deodorant. Your armpits will feel fresh and clean again! This product comes in three fragrances: coconut & gardenia, rose, and coconut milk. My favorite of the three are the Coconut Milk & Essential Oils Underarm Deodorant Wipes.


Pacifica Coconut & Charcoal Underarm Detox Scrub is a unique product. I think Pacifica really nailed it! If you’re reading about this detox scrub out of curiosity but haven’t yet chosen a natural deodorant, you may also want to read my review about Pacifica Coconut Cream Clean Deodorant. Pacifica makes some really great body care products!

I would recommend this underarm detox scrub to just about anyone. I think it’s such a good product, whether you’re transitioning from antiperspirant to natural deodorant, or if you’re like me and enjoy using it for the exfoliation and odor elimination. It’s a great multi-purpose product.

If you’ve made the switch to natural deodorant from antiperspirant, did you use any type of product to make that transition easier? Please comment below with your experience!

Lauren

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