Le Couvent des Minimes 3-in-1 Micellar Water


I’m trying to keep my skincare simple these days, due to a recurring case of facial dermatitis that’s been bothering me for months. (It an allergy? Is it caused by stress? Who knows?) That means minimal product, but I still need to cleanser and to remove my makeup at night—and Le Couvent des Minimes’s 3-in-1 Micellar Water came along at just the right time.

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Product Review: Aroma M Camellia Cleansing Oil

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The independent perfume line Aroma M has quietly expanded its catalogue to include a line of camellia oil-based skincare products, adding new items one by one. I’m already a devoted fan of the collection’s facial oil and hair oil, but the Camellia Cleaning Oil took me a while longer to try. That’s only because I’ve never cleansed with oils before, as much as I love them for post-washing treatment. I don’t know why; the time just had to be me right for me to experiment.

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Product Review: Almonde Botanicals Mocha Facial Exfoliant


I recently happened to visit Jersey City’s 6th Borough Market, an outdoor event offering crafts, antiques, vintage clothing, and interesting food, all locally made or locally sourced. I stopped by Almonde Botanicals table, where I couldn’t help noticing this display of powdered facial scrubs packaged in salt shakers, and since Fall is a good time to make adjustments in skincare before Winter arrives and takes its toll, I picked up Almonde’s Mocha Facial Exfoliant to take home with me.

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Product Review: Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Buttercream Cleansing Cream

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As far as facial cleansing goes, I’m still loyal to LUSH’s 9-5 for a morning rinse and Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser for evening makeup-removal and a deeper clean. On especially warm and sticky days of the summer, however, I’ve been using Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company’s Buttercream Cleansing Cream once or twice a week when I need a little extra something to wash away the day’s sweat and grime.

Buttercream Cleansing Cream is a thick, waxy product packaged in a glass jar. When you scoop out a small amount and work it onto damp skin, however, it alters into a thin, liquid-y cream with light foam. It’s actually a combination of soap with moisturizing ingredients, so it cleans without leaving my face feeling tight and dried out.

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Product Review: Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream

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Have I complained about this unusually cold and snowy winter yet? I’m sure I have. In any case, it’s the kind of weather that really puts skincare products to the test. One product that hasn’t let me down in this recurring polar vortex chill is Aesop’s Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream, a “daily moisturizing cream for normal to dry or stressed skin.”

I apply Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream in the evening, after washing my face and pressing a few drops of Aesop’s Fabulous Face Oil into my skin. I concentrate on dabbing the cream onto areas that always need a little extra moisture (between my eyes, the tip of my nose), as well as any other areas that might be feeling drier than usual. If it’s been a particularly cold and windy day, I apply a very thin layer of cream all over my face, on top of the facial oil. This combination, used nightly all winter, has kept my face amazingly free of flaking or redness.

This cream is packaged in a glass jar—not ideal, since you have to handle it a bit carefully, but I always apply my nighttime skincare with freshly washed hands anyway. (The bigger problem, for clumsy me, is not dropping the jar on the floor.) It has a light lavender scent and a pleasingly creamy (not greasy) consistency, and it’s packed with skin-healthy ingredients:

Water, Hazel Seed Oil, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Evening Primrose Oil, PEG-20 Stearate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Lavender Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Wheat Germ Oil, Disodium EDTA, Sage)Oil, Sodium Citrate, Linalool, d-Limonene.

Even when the dry, freezing weather gives way to spring, I’ll still be using this cream in conjunction with the Fabulous Face Oil. It’s just an effective, customizable duo that works for me.

Have any particular skincare products really won your devotion this winter?

Product source: I purchased this product at an Aesop boutique.