Brand Overview: Lavido Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Facial Toner, Replenishing Facial Serum, Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion, and Thera Intensive Foot Cream

From the Galilee Valley, the vegan and cruelty-free brand Lavido uses botanicals, herbs, and fruit extracts to develop skincare products. Their products are also created without mineral oil, petroleum, silicones, propylene glycol, synthetic dyes, phenoxyethanol, synthetic alcohol, parabens, PEGs, and SLS.

A cleanser to balance the skin while melting away makeup and impurities, the Purifying Facial Cleanser ($29) contains pomegranate, orange blossom, and propolis. This gel cleanser feels gentle and soothing on the skin. After wash, my face feels smooth, clean, and fresh. However, it packs a strong fragrance which I don’t like.

The Purifying Facial Toner ($24) has similar key ingredients as the cleanser and promises to balance and refresh the skin. Same with the cleanser, this feels gentle on the skin. The solution is contained in a pump bottle and dispenses to form a small mass of bubbles when pumped onto a cotton ball. It leaves the skin smooth and fresh after application. However, this one comes scented as well. It’s not overpowering, but still, the scent is kind of strong for me.

Using pomegranate, lemon myrtle, and mandarin, the Replenishing Facial Serum ($59) aims to plump, retain moisture, and smooth the skin. I use this serum before bedtime to hydrate and nourish the skin. It doesn’t feel heavy and helps me keep my face soft, smooth, and supple especially after it gets absorbed into my skin. Out of all the products, this is my favorite because of how nourishing it feels on the skin.

For the body, the Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion ($19) contains mandarin oil, orange oil, and bergamot oil to nourish and hydrate. This lotion has a whipped texture that smooths evenly on the skin. It also comes with a refreshing citrus scent. I have dry skin, and use lotion to calm down dryness. This lotion surprisingly doesn’t feel tacky and uncomfortable when applied even when I’m out. It sinks in quickly and feels light. I want a more moisturizing body lotion but this does soften my skin.

The Thera Intensive Foot Cream ($28) is for dry, cracked, or chaffed feet. It contains tea tree, achillea extract, and myrtle oil to soften and condition the skin. This foot cream has the same whipped texture as the body lotion but thicker. It also has a leafy scent to it. I like how it easily melts onto the skin as I massage it on my feet. It does manage to soften and smoothen my foot, especially dry areas like my heels. It also helps to keep it smelling fresh.

The Lavido Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Facial Toner, Replenishing Facial Serum, Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion, and Thera Intensive Foot Cream were provided by @lavido and @purplepr. Available at lavido.com

Bodycare Review: Tammy Fender Rose Geranium and Tangerine Body Lotion

After a long and tiring day, you just want to take a long bath and put on a luxurious body lotion. Recently, I’ve been using the Rose Geranium and Tangerine Body Lotion from Tammy Fender. The citrusy rose scent felt relaxing, especially because it’s mixed with chamomile. It comes in a big glass bottle that would seem to last me for months. It also has a pump that dispenses product easily. It’s also thick and creamy, which works well with my extremely dry skin, keeping it moisturized and smooth.

The Tammy Fender Rose Geranium and Tangerine Body Lotion was provided by @tammyfender and @tractenbergandco . Available for $75 at tammyfender.com

Brand Overview: Skin Syrup

Thai skincare brand Skin Syrup blends natural extracts from Africa, India, Korea and blends it with Thai and Chinese herbs to create products that keep the skin fresh, relaxed, and clean. They sent over their entire line and I had fun playing with all of them.

The Radiance Facial Wash Gel contains indian gooseberry to cleanse and stimulate collagen production, vitamin b to soften, and vitamin b5 to smooth and reduce irritation. This helps me achieve a clean and fresh face. It’s not honestly just an okay product but it does feel gentle on the skin. I prefer cleansing foams to gel so I don’t reach for this often.

The Fresh Mineral Water Spray is honestly a mystery to me. It uses water from a hot spring to keep your skin fresh and hydrated. However, I prefer a more hardworking and more hydrating mist because my skin easily gets dehydrated.

The Radiance Facial Serum contains kigelia africana extract to strengthen and tighten, indian pomegranate extract to protect and brighten, gingko biloba to restore and tighten, licorice extract to balance, ginseng extract to plump and hydrate, and chamomile extract to soothe protect. This feels very light on the skin and it sinks in quickly, making it a good morning serum. It might provide brightening results slower than other but it leaves the skin feeling smooth and bouncy.

The Radiance Facial Moisturizer contains the same ingredients as the Radiance Facial Serum, it also feels lightweight. It has a somewhat runny consistency which gets absorbed quickly into the skin. I usually put this on at daytime because it’s lightweight and doesn’t feel uncomfortable and sticky even when I sweat. However, I cannot differentiate its benefits from the serum so I only end up using this or the serum most days.

Lastly, their Vital Lip Balm contains camellia oil, rosehip oil, beeswax, babana oil extract, and jojoba oil to soothe, moisturize, and heal the lips. It feels nourishing and moisturizing on the lips so it’s a good everyday lip balm option. However, for lips that are chapped or lips that easily dries, you might need a more moisturizing option.

To be honest, these face products might be too gentle for me. Their packaging is genius and would be great travel companions and are good at nourishing and moisturizing the skin but I tend to look for stronger products if I really need hydration and brightening.

They have three variants of shower gel. Revive shower smells and feels refreshing and leaves the skin soft and smooth after wash. It claims to reduce dark spots but I have yet to notice its effects on me. Activate is my most favorite among the three because of the fruity scent. Calm has a soothing scent perfect to cap off the day. I like using this on days when my skin feels dry and needs a bit of calm.

For haircare, the Restore Scalp Treatment Shampoo lathers quickly when massaged onto the hair. It has a refreshing smell and doesn’t dry out my hair. The Restore Scalp Treatment Conditioner is not creamy and melts immediately onto the hair as it is applied. It’s pretty to look at as it has shimmers in it. It’s non-drying and it did soften my hair but I always feel like I need to use more than the usual amount to cover for all areas.

To soften the skin, the Revive Lotion has a runny consistency. It’s so lightweight that it feels as if you’re just applying water on your skin, only that it leaves it moisturized and smelling nice – this applies to the Calm Lotion variant too. It smells very floral and absorbs really nice in seconds. They are both easy to use and carry around, thanks to its packaging. It has a nice and relaxing smell too. With these, my skin is left soft and smooth, without any sticky feeling.

The Restore Hair Coat Serum nourishes my hair and scalp to leave it soft and less wavy. I recently had my hair layered so the unwanted waves and flyaways were inevitable. I applied this on my damp hair to see if it would help calm the waves and it surprisingly did. It left my hair soft, less wavy, and looking healthy.

These Skin Syrup products were provided by @skinsyrup. Available at skinsyrup.co

Bodycare Review: C.O. Bigelow Sakura Rose Salve and West Village Rose Body Wash, Hand Wash, Body Butter, and Hand Cream

I have a great bias toward floral scents so I was excited to receive some products from the West Village Rose collection of C.O. Bigelow.

Developed by their chemists cruelty-free, the fragrance of this collection has floral and woody top notes of anjou pear, mandarin, bergamot, and thyme with mid notes of the petals of violet, magnolia, rose, and geranium. The scent dries down with notes of oakmoss, amber, vanilla, white cedar, musk, and sandalwood. The scent is my jam, it’s just right up my alley as it smells so much like my home to me, a smell I always go for.

The Body Wash ($20) aims to hydrate and cleanse with sodium PCA, coconut oil, and aloe vera. It has a thicker consistency compared to the other body washes I’ve tried, which I really liked because I easily get dry skin. It feels cleansing enough as it bubbles but leaves a bit of a film, which is probably because of its consistency. It feels moisturizing, though, so I like using this when my skin feels extremely dehydrated.

The Body Cream ($30) contains kukui seed oil, coconut oil, and shea butter and has a whipped and raw texture. It feels extremely moisturizing so I like applying this on the drier parts of my body like my legs. Since it’s almost always sunny where I live, I only apply this on my body at night for some overnight application of moisture. A little goes a long way so the tub hasn’t even reached half down even if I’ve been using it for almost two months.

The Hand Wash has glycerine, shea butter, and sweet almond protein to soften and moisturize the skin. This, like the Body Wash, feels thick and creamy. It doesn’t foam that much and instead forms into a creamy lather. I really like using this on my hand because it feels so luxurious aside from being moisturizing. The moisture lasts than most hand washes, even after wetting the hands.

The Hand Cream ($16) has shea butter, avocado oil, and olive oil and promises long-lasting moisture. I didn’t expect this to be so thick but I like it because I only have to use a small amount to moisturize my hands. It’s also long-lasting, I can use this once in the morning and the moisture will last the whole day.

They also sent the Sakura Rose Salve ($7.50) claims to soothe dry skin and chapped lips with rose extract, lanolin, and jojoba and cottonseed oils. It smells so vintage – a subtle hint of floral but more berry-like. It’s very balmy but applies evenly and stays on my lips even after I drink some water. I also use this on my elbows but find that I get more noticeable results when used as a lip balm. I used this when I was sick and this helped prevent chapping.

These moisturizing products all provided the things they claimed to do and gave off my favorite scent that lasted the whole day. I especially like the body wash and the hand wash because they just felt so luxurious and nourishing on my skin. My husband, on the other hand, has already swiped the hand cream and the salve from me and has kept them on his desk to use.

The C.O. Bigelow Sakura Rose Salve and West Village Rose Body Wash, Hand Wash, Body Cream, and Hand Cream were provided by @cobigelow. Available at bigelowchemists.com

Brand Overview: Marlowe

Marlowe sent over their skincare products. Paraben, phthalate, and cruelty-free, they use their proprietary M Blend in their products. This blend contains passionflower extract to restore and moisturize, green tea extract for cell repair and to protect from environmental stresses, willow bark extract to reduce inflammation, deep sea algae extract to soothe.

The No. 103 Men’s Body Wash ($10.99) contains willow bark extract, deep sea algae, passionflower fruit, and green tea to nourish, smooth, repair, and revitalize the skin. Compared to most body washes I use, this is more watery. It also doesn’t foam that much. It’s also not as moisturizing so I still prefer my other body washes.

I was most excited to try the No. 002 Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion ($10.99) because it promises to soften, smooth and restore dry skin in a non-greasy, quick-absorbing formula. I use a generous amount every time as I liked how it applied to my skin. It wasn’t too sticky even in warm weather. It also leaves my skin smooth and moisturized.

The No. 141 Men’s Shave Cream ($10.99) has shea butter and coconut oil to soothe the skin while forming a barrier on the skin to prep face for a close shave. I let my husband use this and he liked the texture and how it feels moisturizing right after shaving. I used this on my legs as well but, personally, I prefer shaving foams.

The No. 124 Lip Balm ($10.99 for 3) aims to moisturize and protect the lips with coconut oil. It also has UVA / UVB SPF 15 for daily protection. It moisturizes the lips the whole day. It’s also not that thick and it doesn’t apply glossy so I can easily apply this over or under lip colors. My husband swiped this from me already and loves it.

I think the Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion and the Lip Balm are standouts here but I’m just amazed by how inexpensive these products are. They also have a fresh and clean scent that will be enjoyed by everyone.

Marlowe Men’s Body Wash, Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion, Men’s Shave Cream, Lip Balm were provided by @marloweskin. Available at marloweskin.com