I’m a big fan of oil-based balms for my skin, both for my face and my body. So, I was really happy to be able to try the balm by Taui, who make a simple product with organic and sustainable ingredients. This is a balm formulated with organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, propolis, bee pollen, and royal jelly, and everything’s handmade in Portland, Oregon by a two-person team. A little bonus is that the balm is available in both a 2-ounce glass jar for $20 or a 1-ounce plastic tube for $13, which means I have a jar that lives in my bathroom cabinet and a tube that lives in my travel bag for weekend trips.
I have combination skin that’s very prone to dryness and dehydration, particularly around my eyes and cheeks. About two weeks ago my skin started getting hit hard by the changing weather and colder, drier air and I’ve needed to adjust my skincare in a big way. Dry skin generally requires more care than just a heavy face cream, and I’ve developed a handful of strategies for alleviating tight, irritated, and generally sad winter skin. Here are five main ways I approach dry skin, and a bunch of my favorite products I’ve found in each category.
I have three thick, multi-purpose skin balms that I think make for interesting points of comparison. It all started with Egyptian Magic, which I’ve previously praised on the blog, and I later branched out to trying other less expensive but similarly conceived products from Alaffia and The Honest Company to see if I could save some money while treating my skin. These are all natural products with simple formulations that nourish the skin, including face, lips, and body. I ended up with distinct thoughts about all three of them, so I wanted to lay them all out.
For the past few months I’ve been using an extremely lovely makeup removing balm from Banila Co. called Clean It Zero. It’s a really popular Korean option that I purchased at The Yeon in Flushing, Queens, but is also readily available online. They call it a sherbet cleanser, which is very apt – it’s solid but has a really light and silky texture, and it emulsifies once you add water.
The Honest Co. first caught my attention while browsing through Target, where I remember seeing a big display dedicated to the brand’s many products, including baby, bath, body, home, and more. It wasn’t until I saw their a couple of products pop up at Costco that I first purchased, and I’ve since been trying out their Honest Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 30 and multipurpose Organic Healing Balm.
So, technically, I’m not really supposed to be shopping. I’m trying to take a break after traveling and moving. Still, I’ve been picking up some items here and there and have a little bundle of new stuff I can share, and including makeup, skincare, nail polish, hair care, and bath products – a little bit of everything.
I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter for a long time and have only mentioned it once on the blog, which was in my list of standout products of 2013. So, I really like it but have taken my time getting a review up! This is a rich makeup removing balm that features Community Fair Trade camomile water that comes from a family cooperative in England and is formulated to be appropriate for those with sensitive skin.
Up until the summer, I had been reviewing the products I finished up on a monthly basis, but once I started traveling at the beginning of the summer I had to change my approach a little. It wasn’t practical for me to save up the empty containers and I found that I was too short on time to keep up with the monthly posts, and so instead I just kept a list and made a note when I finished something up. Now that I’ve recently come home, it’s a great time to review some of the products I used up while I was away.
The Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is one of these products that’s gained a cult following and is (supposedly) loved by celebrities like Madonna, Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, and Emily Blunt. To tell you the truth, I hadn’t heard of it until my mom offered me a jar. She had found a two-pack at Costco, and apparently sister wasn’t terribly fond of it.