I read elsewhere that this was a suitable copycat of Dr. Hauschka's lip balm, which I love best of all, except this is $5.
And certainly the ingredients seemed promising (jojoba oil, beeswax, shea butter, candelilla wax, rose, carnauba wax, vanilla, natural perfumes), but I find this is merely ok. The texture is waxy and protective but comfortable, and it has a light vanillic scent. ... [more]
Eugenol is a fiery molecule that lends a prominent bite to cloves, carnations, and basil. Sometimes, the spice that lurks in the carnation is obliterated in a flurry of fresh-green, silky-pink petals (Caron Bellodgia), and in other cases it takes on a salty, mournful, ghostly lavender quality (Jean Patou Normandie). Coup de Fouet, and the richer parfum that goes by the name of Poivre, is neither ... [more]
Absolutely absurd price for a single eyeshadow, but otherwise I have no complaints. The compact is grandiose for such a modest rectangle of pigment, the texture is exquisitely fine, like silk, so blending is almost a non-issue. But it's the color that got me.
I looked high and low for a lilac that effects the perfect faerie glow on my cool complexion, an ethereal but not insubstantial ... [more]
For the price, the performance is excellent, it blends smoothly, covers decently, and lasts well enough. The color range has lately been expanded (the formula, I should add, is the same as the more expensive TruBlend), but I'm not sure how widely they are distributed. It will not suffice for serious discolorations, and I would recommend setting it with a little powder if you have oily skin and ... [more]
This on Colleen's excellent rec, and it is my first sulfate-free shampoo other than Nature's Gate, which was too strong for my dry hair.
It's strange how you grow used to certain ingredients without even knowing it. One does not realize how trained you become to the lather of sulfates, and the first time I used it, alarm bells rang: it didn't lather exuberantly and my hair felt ... [more]
Here are the qualities that make a perfect cleanser:
(1) it does not abrade the skin in any way, leaving it feeling stripped—using a harsh cleanser is worse for your skin than skipping sunscreen
(2) and yet, it should be rinse cleanly, leaving no residue on the skin
(3) if possible, it should remove makeup completely
This product is the first cleanser I've tried that ... [more]
No. 19 is, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful of the Chanel perfumes. It is also the most unapproachable, with its austere combination of aggressive galbanum and cold rooty iris. In the EDT concentration, it is sparkling emerald dust. It is in the parfum, however, that one detects the full presence of the composition. The verdancy of galbanum is sharpened into strident flourescence with ... [more]
This is my first Aubrey Organics product, and as the brand name implies, it is all natural, so there are no silicones to beef up the texture of the formula. It was described as quite rich, which is rather uncommon among natural hair care lines, and indeed, it is very thick and creamy. Unlike most silicone-based conditioners, it does not feel smooth and slippery until you wash it out, but rather ... [more]