Bodycare Review: Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream and Brazilian Nude Cream

I have been on the lookout for the most suitable body moisturizer for me and I might have found them through these body creams from Sol de Janeiro.

Ticking my wish for a thin, quick-sinking texture, the Coco Cabana Cream ($45) promises to treat and transform the driest and most dehydrated skin. It contains coconut oil, fermented sugar, cupuaçu butter, and açaí oil to provide lasting hydration while nourishing the skin. This has a sweeter more coconut-y scent than I would prefer. The scent lasts so long as well. I once used this before bed and I woke up to my bedroom smelling like a beach. Scent aside, I love how this sinks in so quickly and how it dries matte on the skin. I like using this on days when I know it would be too hot outside. It keeps my skin moisturized without the tackiness and grossness.

If you’re looking for something fragrance-free, the Brazilian Nude Cream ($40), promises to nourish, hydrate, balance, and soothe even the most sensitive skin. It uses brazilian passionflower and colloidal oatmeal. It’s lightweight and creamy, a sweet middle ground between the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and Coco Cabana Cream. It also applies thinly on the skin and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling.

These products are cruelty-free, vegan, and are made without gluten, soy, parabens, artificial colorants, phthalates, PEGs, talc, sulfate, mineral oil, and microbeads.

The Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream and Brazilian Nude Cream were provided by @soldejaneiro. Available at soldejaneiro.com

Skincare Review: Bellflower Coconut Daily Moisture Cream and Idebenone Glowing Face Cream

I have recently been using these two moisturizers from Bellflower a kbeauty brand under the same company of Iunik. They are focused on streamlining the ingredients of skincare products and on using EWG safety grade components.

The Coconut Daily Moisture Cream aims to moisturize and smooth the skin using coconut oil, coconut extract, aloe vera extract, apricot kernel oil, and camellia japonica seed oil. When I applied this to my face, I got a slight hint of coconut, which thankfully dissipated after a few minutes. It has a creamy texture, which, for my oily skin, is suitable for nighttime. The smoothing benefit took a bit of time to be visible but it did help moisturize my skin, especially on the parts that I recently got dry patches.

Promising to brighten and nourish the skin, the Idebenone Glowing Face Cream contains niacinamide, idebenone, propolis extract, and rice extract. This has s similar texture and consistency with the Coconut Daily Moisture Cream. It’s also equally moisturizing. This provides a slight brightening benefit and it feels nourishing to the skin.

These moisturizers are not mind-blowing but I like how nourishing and inexpensive they are. At $15 each, it does the job of moisturizing and nourishing the skin. The packaging is also useful especially when you’re traveling. It’s thin and compact and can easily be brought anywhere.

The Bellflower Coconut Daily Moisture Cream and Idebenone Glowing Face Cream were provided by @bellflower. Available at bellflowercos.com

Cult Favorite: Briogeo Scalp Revival Collection

I have said this countless times but my hair and my scalp are more sensitive than my face. That’s why I have three kinds of shampoos and conditioners in my shower. Recently, I had some products from the Scalp Revival collection of Briogeo included in my rotation.

The Scalp Revival Collection uses binchotan charcoal, biotin, tea tree oil, and witch hazel to calm irritation, itchiness, flakes and dry scalp. All of which, I can have if I’m not too careful.

I wish Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo ($42) came in a pump so it wouldn’t take that much space in my bathroom shelf. It does the job though. It has a mask-like consistency, thicker than most conditioners, and it feels a bit grainy due to micro-exfoliators. If feels cool on the scalp and leaves my hair feel soft afterward. What I noticed after a few weeks of use, however, is that this prevents my scalp from getting too dry. It also helps with the itching I would feel after a day of staying outdoors and sweating a lot.

I use Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment ($32) before sleeping. I actually have this already in my stash. This is just my go-to when my scalp feels too itchy and oily. It helps balance my scalp.

I also like massaging the Stimulating Therapy Massager ($16) whenever I apply the Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo and the Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment. Aside from it helping me when I apply these products, it also massages my scalp, which feels so relaxing. This just calms me and puts me to sleep. I actually have another scalp massager on my bedside table.

The Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo ($24) is something I don’t use often. Living in a sunny and humid area leaves me with no choice but to wash my hair daily. I only use dry shampoo when my hair is feeling a bit oily to control and balance my scalp throughout the day.

The Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo is a nice discovery and it complements my use of the Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment to prevent itching, dryness, and oiliness while keeping my hair looking healthy and feeling soft.

The Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, Stimulating Therapy Massager, Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment, and Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo was provided by @briogeo. Available at briogeohair.com

Bodycare Review: Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Body Oil and Coconut Body Oil

Trying products made me realize just how much I prefer body oils over creams. I easily sweat so the tackiness cream products give isn’t really for me. I like how body oils moisturize my skin even though it sinks in quickly.

The body oils from Herbivore Botanicals promise to offer concentrated moisture while nourishing and hydrating the skin.

The Jasmine Body Oil ($44) works for glowing and hydrated skin using camellia seed oil, grapeseed oil, and jasmine sambac oil.

Another variant is the Coconut Body Oil ($36) that aims to hydrate and nourish the skin with coconut oil, coconut pulp CO2, orchid extract, and camellia seed oil.

Both oils moisturize my skin. They both feel nourishing and they also helped with my dry patches. I like the Jasmine Body Oil better than the Coconut Body Oil because of its floral scent that just feels relaxing. It just smells amazing, however, it just feels too thick for me. When I use both oils, can still feel it even after a few hours. So, I have relegated using Jasmine Body Oil at night before I sleep to get smoother and softer skin in the morning.

The Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Body Oil and Coconut Body Oil were provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available at herbivorebotanicals.com

Skincare Review: Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, and Baba Bomb

I have also subscribed to the belief that only oily skincare products should only be all or one of these things – lightweight, watery, or gel-like. That products for my skin type should never be creamy. However, since I’m older (and, hopefully, wiser) I have found the truth – my oily skin can use creamy, heavier than usual products. It just all depends on the situation.

The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, for example, is not the usual cleansing gel I would go for. In fact, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried. As per all cleansers, this promises to remove excess oil, impurities, and even waterproof makeup using a blend of algae and marine flower extracts along with allantoin, provitamin b5, indian gooseberry extract, and lavender oil. What sets it apart is its glue-like texture and consistency. Like the kind of glue you play with when you were a kid – sticky and dense. It removes makeup the way I’ve never seen before – lifting them up instead of melting the makeup. It’s very evident as I rinse. All the makeup products I used rose above the water. It’s fascinating. It removes face products but needs a little more massaging when it comes to lip products and eyeliners.

A whipped moisturizer best for cold days if you have oily skin, the Baba Bomb ($39) aims to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize the skin using babassu, avocado, green tea, and plant collagen. This moisturizes and soothes my skin on days when it’s feeling dry and parched. I don’t use this every day, only when my skin is reacting to the drop in temperature. Since this moisturizer is on the heavy side of the spectrum, I only use this on really cold nights.

Promising to be more than just a face oil, the Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops ($32) uses algae, marine flower extracts, jojoba oil, maracuja oil, coconut oil, vitamin e, and squalene to hydrate and nourish the skin. It can be used as a highlighting primer, a lip oil, or it can be mixed with the foundation for a radiant finish. It’s a lightweight and runny oil that, for me, works best when mixed with my foundation for natural-looking dewiness that doesn’t look greasy. I like that it doesn’t feel sticky and it sinks in the skin. I have been into because of its runny and lightweight texture, this gives my oily skin a healthy glow even on warm days.

The Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, and Baba Bomb were provided by @tartecosmetics. Available at tartecosmetics.com