Brand Overview: Ogee

Using jojoba oil as a hero ingredient, the vegan skincare products from Ogee promises to restore the natural beauty of the skin from within. My experience with jojoba oil has been a bit of a hit or miss but these certified organic and cruelty-free products housed in luxurious bottles looked too good to ignore.

The Gentle Glow Cleansing Cloths ($19 for 3 pack 10) aims to cleanse, hydrate, and exfoliate the skin with plant-fiber, microporous cloths, drenched in jojoba oil, aloe vera juice, and botanically derived AHAs. I prefer cleansing balms to remove makeup but this comes in handy for times I want to remove my makeup in the middle of the day at work. The cloths are soft and smooth and they leave my skin fresh and cleansed afterward. It feels gentle and moisturizing as well.

Using boswellia tree extract, the Liquid Gold Cleansing Oil ($85) removes makeup with restoring the natural hydration of the skin. This smells like a garden, which of course I like. It’s thicker than most of the cleansing oils I usually prefer but my face always feels cleansed and taut after using this. It was able to easily remove cream products and my eyeliner with a few strokes. Since the consistency is a bit thicker, I put some pressure into mixing this with a bit of water to rinse, though.

Claiming to be an anti-aging serum, the Seeds of Youth Serum ($98) works to hydrate, boost radiance, and firm the skin using edelweiss plant stem cell, hyaluronic acid, and cold-pressed jojoba oil. This feels very light on the skin. It doesn’t leave a tacky finish and sinks into the skin after a few minutes. However, it feels a bit heavier than I’d like so I only use this at night. I used this for more than a month and it did help hydrate the skin. However, the thing that I liked best about this is how radiant my skin looks the morning after. I will be using this again once it gets colder as I feel like this would work best for my oily skin once the temperature drops again.

The Jojoba Glow Face Oil ($64) is designed to moisturize, restore, and smooth the skin using jojoba oil. I like using this on the dry patches of my skin. After a few days, it would soften and smooth those areas so I would say this does what it claims to do.

For the price, these products would work best to those whose skin responds positively to jojoba and those with dry skin. For my oily skin, however, I would like to use these again, especially the Seeds of Youth Serum, come the colder months.

The Ogee Gentle Glow Cleansing Cloths, Liquid Gold Cleansing Oil, Seeds of Youth Serum, and Jojoba Glow Face Oil were provided by @ogee. Available at ogee.com

Skincare Review: So Wiped Tropical Face Wipes, Total Zen Calming Lavender Mousse Cleanser, and No Glow Anti-Shine Stick

One of the first cleansers I have was the foaming facial cleanser from Clean&Clear, that was more than 20 years ago. Now, the band released a new line of products, C&C by Clean&Clear, that fight acne and blemishes while promising to be cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan, and without oil, paraben, soy, sulfate, and synthetic color.

The So Wiped Tropical Face Wipes ($8) aim to get rid of dirt, oil, and makeup to reveal clean skin with no heavy residue. These face wipes had a faint sweet smell that lasted for hours. I like using this at work, when I’ve been outdoors for way too long and when I need to change my makeup. The cloths are soft and don’t tear easily so for the price and the quality, they do the job easily and inexpensively.

The Total Zen Calming Lavender Mousse Cleanser ($12) promises to provide calming and cleansing qualities.

This feels gentle on the skin and the lavender smell feels relaxing. However, this doesn’t completely remove excess oil. For a cleanser, I would expect to be fully cleansed without the stripping, tightening, and leaving a film.

The No Glow Anti-Shine Stick ($16) claims to absorb excess oil, eliminate shine, and blur pores. One swipe and this literally mattified the oily parts of my face and blurred my pore. Like literally no glow, as the name suggests. It’s an anti-highlighter and I like it. This is matte, too matte so best applied to the t zone area, not all over the face because you will look a bit pasty or sickly. The matte-ness lasts for about four hours. After hour 4, the shine that shows up isn’t the typical oiliness I would get if I don’t use any mattifying products so the effect is still favorable. For me, it’s best applied under makeup as it can remove some foundation if applied over it.

I would recommend Total Zen for those with normal skin type and the So Wiped and No Glow to anyone looking to refresh and mattify their skin. Honestly, for the price tag, and the products being vegan and cruelty-free, everything is worth a try.

The So Wiped Tropical Face Wipes, Total Zen Calming Lavender Mousse Cleanser, and No Glow Anti-Shine Stick were provided by C&C by Clean&Clear. Available at candc.com