i have a bit of an obsession with beauty products. not make-up – i just use concealer, mascara, and maybe some lipstick if i’m feeling fancy. make-up actually just intimidates me, and mostly i’m too lazy to figure out what to do (even though is totally mesmerizing). but stuff that cleans the skin, stuff that makes you smell nice and that you’d like to think give you a glow-ey & dewy complexion are like crack to me. beauty crack!
face washes and anything that involves lots of foam and water tend to dry my skin out and just irritate it, really. so these days i have really been getting into oils, serums & cleansing balms and anything that is full of natural ingredients. if you’re interested in what oil cleansing is then read about it by Merl Kinzie. by Alex Raye is also very informative. i made myself some DIY cleansing oil and it works wonderfully, but still i can’t resist the temptation of trying new products. i’m also blaming the chicks at , which is a great beauty blog if you’re a South African looking for beauty product tips.
so, here are some things that i have used, would like to use or have heard are great. maybe you’ve tried some – or have some tips for me? please hit me up with some beauty blogs that you love to read, too!
i must admit that i have become a little bit obsessed with ever since in Cape Town started stocking their products. i LOVE , it is probably my favourite product ever. while not a cleansing oil, you can use it all over your body and also in the bath. similarly, is just a treat more than anything – it’s a roll-on oil that i used it on the plane on the way to and from NYC last year and then also every day in lieu of perfume, now that smell will always remind me of our honeymoon. is a great basic oil make-up remover.
i know that this is an obvious one for the list, and i actually ended up buying their solely because i’d heard it mentioned on blogs and by people i follow on . i am yet to see the miracles it apparently works, but i do love the smell. it’s really expensive, so will have to see if it’s a buy again item.
i haven’t actually tried , but every time i go into Lush i am tempted to buy it (and not just because the salespeople are SO helpful and chirpy). when all the rest of the stuff in my bathroom runs out i will certainly give it a try, mostly because i like the idea of a product being “bland”. it’s bland, and it works. well, it’s made with honey, essential oils and beeswax so i doubt it’s actually bland at all. you can buy locally at the as well.
if i lived in the states i would have ordered plenty of their products by now, just going on their lovely packaging. i like the sound of their which contains all organic vegan ingredients including rosehip, argan, jojoba oil & carrot seed. a lovely cheaper alternative to Kiehl’s i think.
also selling on etsy, makes some rad natural & organic beauty products. the luxe is filled with antibacterial essentials, astringent oils and restorative lipids and their is a nice alternative for those who don’t feel like DIY’ing their own. lots of other tempting serums & things in this shop.
this smells amazing and it really works amazingly well. i actually prefer this to the home-made oil cleanser that i made, a balm is just firmer and almost easier to smoosh around on your face. PRICEY though. will see how long it lasts.
i have only read about , what people like to call a “miracle balm”. similar to Elizabeth Arden’s famous (which i DON’T like at all) you can use it to soothe anything and everything – it’s all natural. it really does sound amazing; containing rosehip, jojoba butter, jojoba oil, avocado butter, beeswax, shea butter, rosemary extract, vitamin E, chamomile oil etc etc etc.
this is a local brand that i am eager to try, everything is handcrafted in small batches by founder Jesslyn Schlamm. a great option for South Africans looking to get into cleansing balms and the like without spending hundreds of bucks on imported stuff. they have cleansing balms and treatment oils and other cool things at their .
if there’s one product on this list that i want most of all, it’s by . there’s a cool interview with her . Oilio Lusso is all kinds of expensive, so will have to see about this one. you can also buy it at .
i haven’t tried their yet, but i have heard it’s good – basic – and also a very affordable option.
another with lovely affordable & things that are 100% vegan & organic and doesn’t contain any shit like parabens and sulfates etc. they also carry other treat-yo-self kinda things like and products .