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’ve been using two different Herbivore Botanicals skincare products that are carried in Sephora. I’ve had the Orchid Facial Oil since December, which I started using over the winter, and the Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme, which I started using about a month ago. Herbivore is a Seattle-based brand founded in 2011 that emphasizes organic and food-grade ingredients as well as luxurious glass bottles and jars. On the Herbivore website, they say, “Knowing that everything we put on our skin quickly absorbs into our bodies, we ethically source the finest raw natural materials the earth has to offer.”
Malaya Organics is a brand I first encountered in the holiday market at Grand Central Station in November when I was shopping for gifts, and I had the privilege of speaking with the brand’s founder at that time. I believe Malaya is based in Brooklyn but their collection is available online, and they offer a fairly small and carefully considered collection of products for the face, hair, and body. I purchased travel sized versions of the Moisturizing Body Oil in the Woods scent and the Rejuvenating Face Serum to give them a try.
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.
The Ordinary skincare: Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution, Azelaic Acid, and Plant-Derived SqualaneBy Erin on April 7, 2017
The Ordinary is really new to the skincare scene but has quickly caught everyone’s attention for their really straightforward and affordable products (also, cruelty-free). I have purchased 5 items from them so far but can’t try them out all of them at once, so I thought to start out I’d talk about 3 products that I’m using right now: a vitamin treatment, a direct acid, and a hydrator. Today I’m reviewing the Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F (vitamin C in a lightweight oil, $17.80), Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (multifunctional brightening treatment, $7.90), and 100% Plant-Derived Squalane (lightweight hydrator, $7.90).
A few weeks ago I bought some basic cleansing products from Sephora recently because I was kind of at a loss for what to buy once I had run out of my old stuff. Sephora Collection has added some more cleansing products since I last shopped in their section of the store, and so I walked away with a bottle of the cleansing oil and then a bottle of their cleansing cream in the rose scent to see what they were like.
I’ve been buying some more stuff. A few basics, a few replacements of similar products I’m running out of, and a few nice-to-haves. I’ve been trying a couple of products for a couple of weeks now but most of it is brand new and I’m just starting to try out the different bits. I have some cleansing products and makeup from Sephora, lip colors from MAC, and some natural bath and body from Whole Foods.
I wanted to dive into some more skincare because I’ve been really flying through these products and have really enjoyed them. Back in the winter I needed some heavier moisturizing products, and it turned out that a Nature Republic had just opened up in Union Square. If you’re in New York City but don’t want to trek all the way out to Flushing to shop for Asian skincare, this is a great location to have here. It’s nice and large, unlike the Manhattan Chinatown location which is a closet.
I have a Japanese facial oil to talk about today, which has just recently been released in the US. The Vegetable Oil by Black Paint, which I believe will be launching in the US as the Age Eraser Moisture Boost, is a blend of 10 organic botanical oils and can be used to both remove makeup and moisturize and nourish skin.
Another month gone, so here comes another summary of the products I finished up. I mostly worked through some skincare in March, as I’ve been traveling and haven’t been reaching for a ton of different makeup products lately. I got to the bottom of a handful of nice products, so let’s chat a bit about about each one of them.