Hello, WordPress friends! I have been polishing off products at warp speed lately, which is excellent as I am soon to be drowning in even more skincare products with more skincare lines being introduced at my workplace. (Related side note: has anyone tried Vivier, and what are their thoughts on the brand overall? Any specific products for younger, oilier skin that were great?) I threw out a bunch of garbage, half-used products that never worked well, donated a bunch of unused makeup/sanitized skincare and makeup, books, clothing, and random household items to a local cat rescue’s garage sale, and I am feeling so much lighter. Although I’ve downsized my belongings greatly, I’m still continuing to go through everything and purge what doesn’t fit and doesn’t work, and make room for new things and breathing room. It’s been such a great feeling! And to add onto this spree of downsizing, the theme of today appears to be hydration and body care, so here are five more hydrating and healing empties that I will be clearing out:
- Name: Herbivore Citrine Glowing Hydration Body Oil
Price: CAD $55.00
Certified Cruelty-Free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
Noteworthy Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, Rosehip Oil, Apricot Seed Oil, Capric Triglyceride, Neroli Oil, Orange Blossom Oil, Rose Absolute, Vitamin E Oil.
The smell of this product is so whimsically sweet and summery that I likely used way more of it at a time than I should have. If you don’t want to smell like a sweet little Starburst however, I don’t recommend purchasing this product. I love that this product has rosehip oil, as it is so hydrating and protectant of the skin. BUT this product is pricey as all hell and did not last me a super long time. It could be because I live in a very dry climate, or that my legs are a kilometre long and I applied this to literally every safe area of my body, but I purchased this during the Sephora VIB sale on April 13th and used it up by the end of May. I likely could have made this last a little bit longer by being more conservative with my usage, but again, it is very dry here. If you want to splurge though, by all means go for it! It is a lovely little product.
Would I repurchase? In the future, possibly. At the moment I’m still trying to use up other hydrating products, am a smidge on the broke side, and have a growing list of other high-end body care products I’d like to try out first.
- Name: Saje Bare Face Complete Makeup Remover
Price: CAD $19.95
Size: 6.8 fl oz/200 mL
Cruelty-Free and “Natural”
Less Than Noteworthy Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Lavender
DO NOT PURCHASE. I’m still internally screaming at myself for purchasing this! What happened was when I still worked at Saje, the Bare Face Makeup Remover was a brand new product that we were really trying to hype up in the store. My coworker, bless her heart, had tried this product and had loved it and was just so happy with her skin, and attributed a recent bout of softer skin to this product, although I’m sure recent dietary changes, exercising more, and other really healthy, incredible steps she had taken in her life around that time should have taken more credit. Despite reading the ingredient list, despite knowing how horrendous coconut oil is for the face, I still took her advice and bought the product. Within two days this product broke me out. I stopped using it for awhile, tried using it again to see if it had been a fluke, and nope, another breakout. I repeated this product half a dozen times and still ended up with breakouts each time. I knew better, I just did not listen to my gut. I don’t recommend using coconut oil on your face ever, even as a makeup remover, but if you’re going to, you can get lavender coconut oil for way cheaper literally anywhere. Even aloe vera, another main ingredient, can be purchased for much cheaper in a much larger size at literally any health food store. Saje is very hit and miss–they have some really excellent, well-formulated products, and they have some really horrible, slapped-together-last-minute-by-research-and-design products, and this unfortunately is the latter.
Will I repurchase? Hell no. I love myself more than that. In fact, I don’t recommend using the majority of their face products other than their eye cream and their herbal balm. Essential oils can be great in skincare if formulated the right way, but their facial products are not formulated well and cause a lot of sensitivity in even people who aren’t that sensitive. I’ve had very few allergic reactions in my lifetime but I have had a few to products like Saje’s Rose Renewal.
- Name: Saje Après Sport Bath Salts
Price: CAD $24.95
Cruelty-Free and “Natural”
Noteworthy Ingredients: Eucalyptus, Epsom Salts, Rosemary.
After I spent a good paragraph tearing Saje a new one, here is a product I really adore from Saje! My mom first got me into these bath salts, and she is the ultimate connoisseur of bath salts. This is a great soak for when you are aching and sore, coping with an injury, or if you work on your feet all day. You don’t need to pour in much, maybe a few capfuls, and I don’t recommend sitting in the tub for more than 30-45 minutes, as you can grow a bit numb with these salts. If you do want to wallow in the bath for hours on end, make sure someone is home to help haul your naked butt out of the tub if you get stuck! These were a life saver in dealing with a shoulder/back injury that has been plaguing me since the beginning of 2018.
Will I repurchase again? Next payday I’m ordering these from Saje!
- Name: Okanagan Lavender Farm Hand Salve No. 32
Price: CAD $16.95
Cruelty-Free and “Natural”
Only Two Ingredients: Fair Trade Shea Nut Butter and Pure Lavender Essential Oil
Is this product super simplistic? Could you likely mix it together on your own? Yes and yes. But they have the perfect balance of lavender and shea, the lavender is good quality, Canadian-grown lavender, and this stuff works. Great for cuticles, cracked feet, elbows, or severely dehydrated skin. You only need a sliver of product to cover your entire hands, so this product lasted me nearly a year. It comes in a small tin that you can easily tuck into your purse or bag, and reuse to store odds and ends like bobby pins or earrings once used up. When I first purchased the product I thought the price was steep, but it lasted forever and I really enjoyed the aromatherapeutic benefits of the lavender, so I’m not complaining now. All of their products are small batch and hand crafted, and I have enjoyed every facial and body product I’ve purchased from Okanagan Lavender Farms. I mean I’m likely biased because I am obsessed with lavender, but if you’re a lavender fanatic as well, I think you’ll enjoy this.
Will I repurchase? I think so!
- Name: Christophe Robin Regenerating Masque with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Price and Size: Free Deluxe Sample 50mL Travel Size
Noteworthy Ingredient: Prickly Pear Seed Oil
This mask is beyond expensive and beyond bougie but it makes your hair so soft. I have thick, loose curls and find that my hair is often dehydrated from over-showering, living in a dry climate, and curling it with a curling wand. After the winter my hair was quite brittle and sad, and this helped get it back to feeling good. I caved and purchased the full size once this little guy ran out, but it does last a long time. You don’t need to use much, and you only need to use it once or twice a week at most. When my hair was longer I’d use a glob the size of two quarters, but now that I’ve chopped off some length I use about one quarter’s size.
Would I repurchase? I technically already did!