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: Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalizing and Foam Cleanser

The Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm from Banila Co is my OG first cleanser. I bought it during my first trip to Korea, before I even started this page, and have compared all my cleansing balms to it ever since. It set the standard as to how I want my cleansing balms to be – solid texture that melts to oil as it removes makeup and dirt can be rinsed with water and doesn’t leave a film on the skin. I had tubs and tubs of the original one, the one where the packaging is more colorful until they released other variants.

Since then, I have moved to the Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalizing ($24) which uses the Zero Balance Technology with Resveratrol along with grapeseed oil and olive oil to cleanse the skin without stripping it. I may have other cleansing balm holy grails but this will always have a special place in my heart. It has the same sherbet-like texture, it still removes all traces of makeup, and it still leaves the skin feeling refreshed and thoroughly cleansed.

The Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser ($14) promises to gently cleanse the skin, reduce irritation, draw out impurities from clogged pores using active botanicals, hot springs water, vitamin e, and vitamin c. True to its claim, this feels really gentle on the skin as it cleanses. I prefer cleansing foams over other types of second cleansers so, it was easy to like this one. It also doesn’t leave any residue after rinsing but it doesn’t leave the skin feeling to stripped or dry either.

Of course, nothing would beat the Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm but the Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser is a welcome addition to the family, especially those who are just getting in to skincare.

All these products were formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and mineral oil so they feel gentle on the skin.

The Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalizing and Clean it Zero Foam Cleanser were provided by @banilaco and @bluewheelmedia. Available at banilausa.com

Skincare and Makeup Review: Frank Body Lip Products

Just look at these gorgeous-looking lip products from Frank Body.

Their Lip Scrub ($14.95) smells exactly like the body scrub and it’s an easy way to exfoliate my lips. It contains coffee, sugar, cold-pressed macadamia oil, and beeswax so it smells and tastes so sweet before leaving it feeling soft and moisturized.

At night, I apply the Lip Balm ($11.95), which contains coffee arabica seed oil, vitamin e, coconut, and grapeseed oils, and lanolin to soothe, hydrate, and nourish the lips.

It’s similar to most lip balms but I like the packaging, specifically. It’s easy to carry around, especially when my lips are extremely dry. It dispenses products easily the texture and weight of the balm feel light.

For some color, the Taupe-Less And Cherry Bomb Lip & Cheek Tints ($11.95 each) uses lanolin, coconut oil, coffee seed oil, and honeycomb to moisturize and hydrate the lips while adding some tint. Taupe-Less has a nude tint while Cherry Bomb offers a wine-colored tint that looks fun. Both offer a slight sheen but it applies thinner than the lip balm, making it feel lightweight.

The Shimmer Lip Gloss can be used alone or as a topper to your matte lip color if you’re feeling celebratory. It has glow dust, coffee seed oil, grape seed oil, citrus extract, and lanolin to moisturize with an additional oomph to your look.

The Frank Body Lip Scrub, Lip Balm, Taupe-Less And Cherry Bomb Lip & Cheek Tints, and Shimmer Lip Gloss were provided by @frankbody. Available at frankbody.com

Monthly Favorites: August 2019

Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash

The Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash from Fresh Beauty ($33) cleanses and exfoliates to refine, soften, and smooth the skin using two sizes of sugar crystals from beetroots, soapberry peel extract, strawberry fruit and blackcurrant fruit extracts, and grapeseed oil. This face cleanser smells a bit like strawberry jam, which isn’t exactly a bad thing since I love strawberries but sometimes, the smell can get a bit concentrated. The actual cleanser has exfoliating sugar cubes that seem to melt with the actual cleanser the more you massage it onto the skin, which for is genius. It exfoliates and calmed my skin in one application. Despite the exfoliating bits, this feels gentle enough for my skin. It lightly exfoliates and, upon rinsing, it leaves the skin slightly smooth. My skin also feels moisturized a bit, not tight or squeaky clean. It’s a good option for some light exfoliation while smelling strawberries.

The Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash was provide by @freshbeauty and @octoly.

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Wander Beauty Drift Away™ Cleanser

Enjoying all things pink recently so I’m always reaching for the cruelty-free products of Wander Beauty.

I’ve been enjoying the Drift Away™ Cleanser ($32), their gel-to-foam cleanser that promises to cleanse, nourish, and vitalize the skin using seawater, kelp, coconut water, acai fruit extract, and guava extract. This face cleanser has a gel texture that turns into a white paste once rubbed on the skin. Then it transforms into a clear color the more you massage it. It’s honestly an adventure. As instructed, this vegan cleanser is meant to be rinsed with warm water but I had reservations the first time I used it. It feels creamy and pasty on the skin that I thought it wouldn’t be able to remove my makeup and it wouldn’t come off cleanly. I was wrong. It removes everything – makeup and oils. It was able to remove even full-coverage foundation but I had to use an eye makeup remover to remove eyeliners and mascaras. As a first cleanser for every day, this leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, devoid of oils but not tight or dry.

The Wander Beauty Drift Away™ Cleanser was provided by @wanderbeauty. Available at wanderbeauty.com

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

When I first started this page, I posted about my adoration for the Wave Spray and the Rose Hair and Body Oil from Ouai because they work well with my extremely dry hair and body.

Another new thing to like is the Scalp & Body Scrub ($38) which promises to deeply cleanse the scalp and skin using sugar crystals, probiotic blend, and coconut oil. First off, this scrub smells luxuriously amazing. Per the website, the scent is so good they made it a fragrance called Melrose Place (sidebar, I have more than enough perfumes but this smells so good.)

As for the product itself, I love it. The sugar crystals are coarse but it doesn’t hurt the skin or the scalp. They’re like crystals that melt onto the skin and leave a lather. It doesn’t leave a film or residue after rinsing, which is a great plus. As a body scrub, my skin just feels cleansed, soft, smooth, and great smelling. Once a week, I use this as a scalp scrub on the weekends to make sure that I have all hair gunk removed as I use texture sprays and hair oils every day to tame flyaways or create added volume. Since the crystals are gentle, it doesn’t hurt the scalp and instead feels relaxing to the scalp.

This is another win for me and a great addition to my selfcare routine.

The Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub was provided by @theouai. Available at theouai.com

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Water

The Bloomstay Vitalizing Water ($75) from Sulwhasoo uses plum blossom and yuzu to hydrate, revitalize, and moisturize the skin. This face toner is watery but it has a certain weight to it. I’ve been applying this at night as my first toner the past few weeks and I’ve been really happy how nourishing it feels on my skin. I also wake up with soft and plump skin afterward.

*I got this product from Octoly.