Cult Favorite: Holifrog Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash

I am more of a mask person than a scrub person but trying a lot of products made me appreciate scrubs more. Even though I really prefer masks I find that some scrubs really get when it comes to smoothing and softening my skin. I have tested a few scrubs but have only one in my stash and I’m happy to add the Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash from Holifrog. It was honestly love at first application.

This face scrub promises to exfoliate while nourishing the skin for a soft, dewy, and polished complexion without redness or irritation. It contains poppy seeds, bamboo stem powder, black currant seed oil, poppy seed oil, vitamin c, vitamin e, apricot kernel oil, borage seed oil, rosehip fruit oil, and astaxanthin.

It has a gel consistency that feels a bit oily but not oilier than I expected. I use this after double cleansing a couple of times a week. Due to the consistency, it almost feels like massaging a creamy, moisturizing mask onto my skin. It’s gentle and even though the poppy seeds don’t melt once it’s massaged onto the skin. I massage it for a few seconds before rinsing and I really like the instant result it gives.

After rinsing, my skin felt smooth and soft but not tight and dry. I have been using this once a week and I just really enjoy the feeling of my skin after each use. I will continue to use this and keep it as it just makes my skin look healthier and clearer. This is honestly my favorite product from Holifrog.

For those wondering, this product is also made without Acrylates, Alcohol (SD alcohol, ethanol, denatured, isopropyl, methanol or ethyl alcohol), Aluminum compounds, Benzalkonium Chloride, BPA, Butoxyethanol, Chemical Screens, Coal Tar Dyes, DEA, Detergent, Dyes, EDTA, Essential Oils, Ethoxylated ingredients, Formaldehyde, Fragrance, Heavy metal, Hydroquinone, MEA, Mercury + mercury compounds, Methylisothiazolinone, Mineral Oil, Palm oil, Parabens, PEGs, Phthalates, Polysorbate, Propylene Glycol, Resorcinol, Silicones, SLES, SLS, TEA, Toluene, and Triclosan.

The Holifrog Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash was provided by @holifrog and @pokepr. Available for $40 at holifrog.com

Cult Favorite: Briogeo Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant

It was love at first swipe with the Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant from Briogeo.

For a couple of years I have gotten on the natural deodorant train and I have gotten off numerous times. When things got tough and sticky, I go back to my old deodorant – wanting its stability of not making me smell and sweat. However, using the Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant made me stay the longest and I can finally say that I don’t think I will falter again.

This deodorant promises to be a natural, non-toxic, plant-based deodorant that doesn’t contain aluminum, zinc, talc, or baking soda. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and is made without silicone, gluten, paraben, and sulfate. It aims to neutralize odor, soothe irritation using tea tree, eucalyptus, and coconut water.

The clear stick swipes on easily onto the skin without any marks, making it easy to get dressed in the morning without worrying about stains. You don’t have to avoid your armpits when putting on a top, in case it puts white marks on your clothing. It virtually has no smell, just a hint of fresh mint, also so it doesn’t fight your body cream or fragrance. I sweat easily and this prevents me from getting sweat stains. This claim also lasts for more than 20 hours. I know because I used this during a long haul flight. I have been using this for months now and I also noticed that my underarms look lighter. It’s amazing honestly and I have recommended this to all my friends.

The Briogeo Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant was provided by @briogeo and @pokepr. Available for $16 at briogeohair.com

Bodycare Review: Agent Nateur Uni(sex) N5 Deodorant

Out of all the deodorant variants of Agent Nateur, the Uni(sex) N5 Deodorant worked best for my skin. Aside from the scent of vetiver, rose, sandalwood, cistus and warm cedarwood that last all day, this keeps the sweat at bay. I, along with my armpits, sweat easily and not all deodorants can keep up with that. This does. The creamy solid bar also doesn’t stain my clothes unlike others with the same texture and consistency. My only gripe with this is because of the creaminess, it spreads easily, which is good for application but not with the packaging. The product gathers at the edges. It doesn’t spill or melt but it can look a bit messy.

This deodorant contains coconut oil, beeswax, baking soda, avocado butter, sunflower butter, castor oil, and essential oils.

The Agent Nateur Uni(sex) N5 Deodorant was provided by @agentnateur. Available for $21 at agentnateur.com

Selfcare Review: Myro Deodorant

I’m always on the lookout for deodorants that are not only good for me but also good for the environment. That’s how I met Myro.

Myro sells plant-powered and cruelty-free deodorants. They use barley powder to keep armpits dry and don’t contain aluminum, parabens or baking soda. The deodorants are packaged in a modern and durable case that is refillable. This travel-friendly packaging allows you to purchase refills instead of purchasing another one. It also has cap locks to prevent mess.

I have the scent Chill Wave, which is a blend of cucumber, jasmine, and spearmint. It creates a subtle fresh scent that doesn’t overpower my perfume. It usually takes a week for my skin to get used to a deodorant. Meaning I have to spend a week feeling sweaty and dirty before I see the actual effects of the deodorant. However, for this one, it took two days for things to normalize. After two days, I experienced fresh and dry armpits. The actual deodorant is creamy and dries a bit white though unlike other deodorants in the market that applies similarly, this didn’t stain my clothes.

I am honestly impressed because the weather is getting warmer, which means I sweat more, but this deodorant stepped up to the task. Also, for the price, this feels so luxurious on the skin. Effective too.

The Myro Deodorant in Chill Wave was provided by @myro. Available for $10 at mymyro.com

Brand Overview: Agent Nateur

I have always stalked Agent Nateur so I was really excited to try their products. Using handmade formulas that are free of GMO’s, soy, parabens, sulfates, aluminum, and petroleum, their products aim to nourish and heal.

The Holi(Rose) ($26) was created with Shiva Rose using sandalwood and rose. This deodorant smells amazing. Just the right kind of clean floral that I always look for in scents. It also feels silky and it doesn’t stain. Unfortunately, this didn’t match me. It’s deodorizing benefits only lasts on my sweaty pits for about half a day even when I’m just in the office.

A new favorite, the Holi(Water) ($88) promises to exfoliate, plump, tighten, brighten, and firm using wildcrafted bulgarian rose water, hyaluronic acid, pitaya, and cucumber toner. This face toner smells like a floral aromatherapy oil and leaves the skin satiny smooth. It’s watery and sinks in quickly onto the skin. It also feels gentle, smooth, and hydrating. Used day or night, its runny but viscous consistency worked really well on my oily skin.

In powder form, the Holi(C) ($120) claims to be a topical #antiaging powder that helps brighten, tighten, and even the complexion using french patented calcium, and sodium ascorbyl phosphate. It’s meant to be mixed with the Holi(Water) to apply. This is a really weird product for me that’s why I wanted to try it. I have been adding this with the toner and even though I have seen how this helped brighten my skin, I may have to use this more to see its tightening benefits. What I really like about this is I think this would last me longer compared to oil and water based vitamin c products that oxidize after a few months.

The Holi(Oil) ($120) aims to be a hydrating, non-greasy, antiaging face oil that provides radiance, brightness, and firmness to the skin with wildcrafted bulgarian rose, calcium, organic oryza sativa, organic rosehip oil, and organic helichrysum. This is another product I fell in love with. It’s light with a rose scent that feels relaxing. The oil is a bit dense so there’s a bit of a slip while applying it. It doesn’t feel too tacky as I leave it but you can still feel the oil’s weight, just not as heavy as other oils, which definitely works for me. It also doesn’t sit on top of my skin, which is what happens when I use face oils. It sinks in and leaves the skin silky. I use this at night and I wake up with bright and hydrated skin that isn’t oily.

Since I’ve been to hydration lately, I fell in love with the Holi(Water) and the Holi(Oil) immediately. Together they helped keep my face hydrated and bright without making my skin oily. An impossible feat especially that it’s getting warmer.

Shaving is my preferred way of removing hair. One, because I do not like waxing. Two, I am too lazy and shaving is just the easiest way to do it. However, I am also not the most careful of people so having products to help me shave is important.

The Holi(Skin) Shave Oil ($42) uses the base of Holi(Oil), which is one of the face oils I usually use, in combination with calendula and chamomile to calm the skin, coconut to make the oil foam when mixed with water, and grapefruit and sandalwood for the scent. The #shaveoil is pretty easy to use as it applies easily and it doesn’t feel to tacky. It emulsifies into a milky lather and helps smoothen the shaving process. What I like about it though is how moisturized and hydrated my skin feels afterward that I don’t feel the need to apply a moisturizer.

They also sent the Holy(Youth) The Oceanic Adaptogen, which honestly put me off first because I don’t know what it is and it smells fishy. The adaptogenic blend can be mixed with hot water, teas, smoothies, or juices or as a face mask to promote radiance. It contains basil, pearl powder, spirulina, and marine collagen. This is not for everyone as it has a really fishy taste and smell. For me, the powder is a bit difficult to dissolve but it does provide this calming feeling after a few sips and easily detoxifies so I like drinking this at night before sleeping.

The Agent Nateur Holi(Rose), Holi(Water), Holi(C), Holi(Oil) Holi(Skin) Shave Oil, and Holy(Youth) The Oceanic Adaptogen were provided by @agentnateur. Available at agentnateur.com