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Just Notes: What I've been into, lately
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, April 26, 2008 8:34 PM (Eastern)

salux beauty skin cloth

Salux Beauty Skin Cloth. A marvel of modern engineering; I'm impressed with it, every shower. I use half the soap I normally would, without skimping on lather. Any keratosis pilaris-y bumps are neatly filed away; great for keeping legs ingrown-hair-less; ankles, toes and elbows are radiantly free of dead skin.

Yet it's pleasant to use, rather like a spa in your morning shower.

Its true might though is as a facial exfoliator. I pity the fool (okay I don't actually pity the fool, just having a Mr. T moment) who blows hundreds of dollars on a Clarisonic, while this under-five-bucks nylon gem sits on the shelf. I see skin on my face I haven't seen in years. Fewer flakes, clogged pores,'s all that, and the proverbial bag of chips.

andy tauer l'air du desert marocain

Andy Tauer's L'air du désert marocain. Dain sent me a sample, I have it in my cubicle. :) It's not something you could ever wear a lot of, in an office, yet it's ideal for hot weather, when you want to smell soapy.

As a fragrance, I can admit it's a bit literal. It smells hot and dry, and like a spice market, okay...but it's done with such care. So it doesn't smell cheap-spicy, or as if it were trying too hard to be sexy. To me it's not sexy at all, it's rather...dry and clean, masculine. If I could fault it for anything, it's the mediocre staying power, the price...cheaper than the Montale oud eau de parfums, more expensive than the regular Montale line, but, all in all, a lousy deal, given how many times you'd have to reapply it during the day.

As a sample though, it's my favorite among many, many samples. I tried the Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger sample I'd bought (kicks self) as an office cubicle hot weather scent, and regretted it bitterly the first time I used it...pure eau de cleaning products, albeit really good cleaning products. mumbles...

dr hauschka body care kit

Along with Giò lotion from a bygone era, I've dug out my Dr. Hauschka kits and delved into the body one. These kits have a long life; you can dabble for months inside just one kit. So far I'm liking the Rose Body Oil, perhaps for the novelty of using a body oil, but it's genuinely likable, with its delicate rose scent and light feeling.

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April 27, 2008 12:28 AM, Blogger EZE said...

The best part of the Salux cloths is the packaging. It's just the right mix of cheese and functionality.

April 27, 2008 1:20 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I got a lot of citrus from L'Air du Desert Marocain, a sandy fizz over dry spices and curls of cedar. It was definitely nice, but not my taste. Have you tried layering it over one of your Montales? I liked it over Black Aoud.

April 30, 2008 12:52 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I wasn't overly wowed by the packaging :) There were several Chinese knock-offs on the shelf, but I wanted to try the patented Japanese version. The pic is no exaggeration...the thing is like a small bath towel.

I got this at my local "Japanese dollar shop"'s sort of a combination of a regular Japanese odds 'n' ends shop...they've got dishes and novelties...and a dollar shop, where they have 99 cent items. They also have a section for Japanese shampoo, facial cleansers and the like. It's pretty neat.

I get next to no citrus out of ...Marocain? On me it's spicy, dry, hot and calming. What's great is that it's not sweet. I'm not into spicy perfumes, but the dryness here works. I'll have to give it a go over a Montale.

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Beauty Notes: Salux Beauty Skin Cloth
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, April 12, 2008 12:34 PM (Eastern)

salux beauty skin cloth
If this doesn't qualify as a cheap thrill, I don't know what does. ($2.69)

I picked up one of these on a whim from a local Japanese shop, after having passed it over numerous times at other markets. They had several knock-offs, but I decided to go with the Japanese version (it really wasn't much more than the knock-offs anyway).

You get a large stretchy towel, as shown in the image; you can easily wash your back with it, and then some. As promised in the copy on the package, you don't need to use much soap. A couple of swipes generate ton loads of lather. Assuming the towel is durable, which it certainly seems to be, this is a good way to extend your soap budget.

It's scratchy, as you'd imagine, but then you don't need to scrub. Using a light touch, you get painless exfoliation and super smooth, soft skin. It's kinda like a loofah, only more efficient and likely much longer-lasting.

The one bugger I experienced was trying to wash my ears with it. It doesn't work well for ears, or else I haven't gotten the hang of it. I had to do the ears a couple of times to get them squeaky clean. And I don't dare use it on my face. It seems a bit rough for that.

All in did I live without this? (I've been using for a week, after a lifetime of washcloths.)

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April 12, 2008 4:34 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I've used something like this since childhood; in Korea people will scrub you down with these things at spas. It's a textured viscose cloth, right? You can find mitts for $0.99, and they are durable. It works best if you soak for a bit so all the dead skin gets soft, and then you'll just see it all peel off, it's a real gross-but-satisfying moment, like picking your nose.

April 12, 2008 10:03 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I'm not sure it's exactly the same's nylon, and you can't really scrub with it. It's far too rough. I didn't notice peeling, but then I don't soak, so that could be it.

It's sort of like, you just touch your skin with it, you rub very lightly.

I did try it out on my face today...after I wrote the post, I realized it didn't make sense not to try it. It's actually pretty good. Again it's not good for small areas such as around the nose, but for broad areas like the forehead, it's better than my Hauschka Cleansing Cream. (Might be worth a few extra minutes in the shower to reduce the amount of Cleansing Cream I use.)

BTW did you know Google bought Feedburner? It's what LP uses to syndicate the blog, so that could be good.

April 13, 2008 4:48 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Hm, it may be the same thing nevertheless. It's rough, and abrades dead skin pretty thoroughly? It's a little tricky applying evenly, though, and it's easier with a mitt. I try to do it after I soap up while there's conditioner soaking in my hair but before shaving, by that point, your skin has soaked up enough water to come off easily (it "pills" up into these little grey bits, charming, I know).

April 13, 2008 5:41 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yeah, the principle sounds similar. I tried it again today but didn't get pills yet. lol! I dunno, it just sounds like something fun to watch.

It's incredible for my face, so far. I used about half the amount of Cleansing Cream on my face, after washing it with the cloth. I actually felt the cleansing cream was a bit unnecessary. I suppose it'll take a few days to work into a routine.

April 15, 2008 2:14 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I guess the virtue of the cleansing cream is that it exfoliates without abrading the skin, it simply collects all the loose bits and rinses away. My guess is that it's probably redundant to use both, but the Cleansing Cream is probably better for your skin.

You need to apply horizontal pressure, if that makes any sense.

April 17, 2008 11:03 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yeah, that would make logical sense, but more for young skin. My skin has changed a lot over the past few years. For young people, I would say the cloth is overkill. The cleansing cream alone should do it, if you even need to exfoliate much.

It's odd, how age changes you gradually. You don't look in the mirror overnight and go, "Wa', what a right old bag." lol But gradually, I've needed to exfoliate much more. Since the change is gradual, sometimes it's hard to realize just how much more.

So far I've been using the cloth first, then a teeny dab of cleansing cream, about half the amount I used before. I feel the cleansing cream functions more as a moisturizing treatment (since the cloth leaves my face squeaky clean, which isn't good for oily skin), and picks up whatever odd dead skin the cloth missed in more complicated areas like around the nose.

April 18, 2008 3:24 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Hm, actually, it's the other way around. Young skin is always the more durable. It's probably more the fact that you're oily that makes your skin fine with it.

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