I have long since gotten rid of most of my astringent skincare products after fully accepting the fact that I have somewhat problematic dry skin. I do, however, still keep a few blemish busters on hand for those rough days, like Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Toner. Sadly, one of my favorites, the In Her Element Spot Control Facial Oil, has been discontinued. And I am now on the lookout for a replacement, starting with The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil (PHP 495 for 10ml).
Quick Specs: made in UK
Ingredients: Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Natural Additive), Limonene (Natural Additive), t-Butyl Alcohol (Denaturant), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Citral (Natural Additive), Leptospermum Petersonii Oil (Natural Additive), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).
At a certain point, I think everyone has their list of go-to ingredients that they check for when shopping for potential skincare products. I often seek out hyaluronic acid in moisturizers, centella for soothing skincare, and witch hazel or tea tree oil for those occasional flare-ups.
For my most recent anti-blemish care purchase, I’ve decided to change things up by trying out a serum-type blemish care product that I can easily sandwich between toner and moisturizer. This is The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution (PHP 1,095 / USD 13.20).
The Body Shop Blemish Solution
Quick Specs: 50 ml / 1.69 fl oz ; made in Thailand
Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Medicago Sativa Extract/Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Limonene, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citral, t-Butyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Citronellol, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Tocopherol
Since I rang in 2018, I’ve been spending more time shopping the beauty stash than shopping for new things. It has a lot to do with a hall closet that turned into a beauty vault during the time of the Great Hoard of 2015-2016. With that said, I’ve been quietly using up what I’ve amassed (for both the full-sized and sample-sized product categories), so expect there to be more empties posts this year.
For the first quarter, here’s the meager spread I’ve started with:
Biore, Bobbi Brown, and Estee Lauder
How was your weekend? Mine was certainly better than the last. I spent last week recovering from an ulcer that decided to act up, and I was only too glad to be feeling well enough to catch a movie on Sunday. The flick du jour was Now You See Me 2. And while I still think the first one kicked the sequel’s bum, I’m still looking forward to Now You See Me 3. (I read that it’s already being planned!)
But back to beauty products… I love my current face wash to bits, but it’s about to run out. I’ve started using The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Face Wash (PHP 550), and it has been good to my skin.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash
Quick Specs: 3.3 US fl oz; 100 ml made in UK
My weekend is looking to be mellower than expected. I was supposed to meet a bunch of friends for a long-overdue reunion, but half the group suddenly had to postpone (again) due to sudden commitments. I think this is the third postponement? Aaaah, the sad part of being adults. We’re lucky if we’re all under the same roof twice a year. So now I’m staying productive and entertained by getting a lot of writing done while binge-watching The Good Wife. I’m currently on season 2, by the way.
One of today’s writing activities is this blog entry on post-holiday product empties. Click on the product names to read their full reviews.