The 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil ($9.80; sephora.com) is one of my very first skincare picks from The Ordinary. It is 100%, high-purity, sustainability sourced, organic, cold pressed rose hip seed oil, sans any fillers . The packaging, like everything else from the brand, is simple and comes in an opaque glass jar with a dropper. Its nice as an additional step to any skincare routine, especially for this time of the year. Its a lovely oil and takes care of any dryness issues really well. It is unrefined and can have a strong, fishy scent (some more than others since its a naturally occurring scent), so that is one to keep in mind if you have a sensitive nose. I am quite sensitive to fragrances in my skincare and this surprisingly did not bother me at all. It sinks in fairly quickly and doesn’t feel too greasy or heavy. While I do think that this is a lovely oil that I like as part of my skincare routine, I don’t think it is miraculous. I like the hydration from it, the slight brightening effect and how it feels on my dry skin. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and have a lot of it left in the bottle, so its good value for money too, for less than $10. I only use this in the night and it can make skin a tad sensitive the next day, which is something to keep in mind if you are outdoors a lot. Overall, if you have dry/combination skin, its a good oil to have as part of your skincare routine, in addition to other moisturizers.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
L’Envol de Cartier Eau de Toilette ($105; bloomingdales.com) is a fresh, bold citrus fragrance for men, packaged in a sleek bottle, featuring notes of honey, guiac wood, citruses and musk. Its a very fresh, zesty scent that is great for the spring-summer.The citruses are what I get mostly from opening to dry down, although there is a certain softness from the musk that comes through as the scent fades through the day. This could make for a great unisex scent, but it does lean a little towards the masculine side for the most part. Overall, a fresh, sophisticated, light yet zesty fragrance for men that is a great one for when the weather becomes a little more warmer.
Monday, January 8, 2018
The Shea Melting Body Butter ($34; usa.loccitane.com) & Limited Edition Shea Whipped Hand Cream ($12; usa.loccitane.com) are both new from L’Occitane for this colder weather season. The Shea Melting Body Butter is a gorgeously whipped body butter with a super high concentration of 70% Shea Butter. Its ultra rich, yet feels lightweight and hydrates intensely. The consistency is unique - a slightly thicker, whipped cream that melts upon application and keeps my skin feeling very soft and comfortably hydrated. I also love the fragrance - although a little strong, it has really grown on me. The Hand cream is fantastic - it reminds me of an older L’Occitane formula, the Honey Whipped hand cream. The consistency is similar, however, this one is in the 20% Shea formula and fragrance. I find this to be more hydrating than the regular Shea hand cream formula and also much lightweight. Overall, fabulous luxury body & handcare picks from L’Occitane for this time of the year. Also part of this launch are the Shea-3-in-1 Cleansing Water, Shea One Minute Hand Scrub (Relaunch) and the Shea Wonderful Jasmine Melting Butter (Limited Edition).