Dec 1, 2011

Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream

Burt's Bees recently introduced new products designed for those with sensitive skin types. Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream is one of those products.

Packaged in an air tight pump bottle, this slightly thick, rich, white, unscented cream, is quickly absorbed and leaves my face feeling dewy, soft, and moisturized without being oily or shiny. Although this product contains zinc oxide, there is no SPF listed so those wanting sun protection may want to use this under a sunscreen.

This product is full of nourishing, natural ingredients, and is said to be 99% natural. It feels great on my face without feeling heavy. although it is not scented, there is a slight scent from the ingredients it contains, it smells natural and pleasant. Although not previously a Burt's Bees fan, this product is excellent.

The 1.8 ounce pump bottle retails for $15. and is available at a variety of stores and the Burt's Bee website.

Ingredients:  Aqua (Water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cl 77947 (Zinc Oxide) Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Flower Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Jojoba Esters, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Kaolin, Lecithin, Sucrose, Fructose, Glucose, Inositol, Citric Acid, Benzoic Acid, Trehalose, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Laurate, Potassium Sorbate, Sucrose Stearate, Sucrose Polystearate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium PCA, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol.

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Nov 1, 2011

Redken Extreme Anti Snap

L'Oreal owned Redken 5th Avenue New York's Extreme Anti Snap is a protective leave-in hair serum. It is designed to reduce breakage and protect hair from heat and friction. This highly scented product has a texture like a facial serum. It is applied to towel dried hair, especially on the ends, to help seal and protect the hair.

This product seems to do a good job of calming frizz but can be heavy if too much is applied. The scent is quite strong but pleasant. It does seem to add shine to my hair but I noticed some breakouts where my hair touches my face.

Redken 5th Avenue New York is available at some stores, beauty supply stores, and finer salons. An 8.5 ounce bottle retails for around $15.00.

Ingredients: Water (aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Dimethiconol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth 23, Laureth 4, Laureth 7, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Arginine HCl, Taurine, Oleth-10, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Lecithin, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Phosphoric Acid, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Trehalose.

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Oct 1, 2011

The Body Shop Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner

I recently tried a deluxe sample of The Body Shop's Rainforest Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner. The Rainforest is the new sulfate-free, silicone-free line of hair care products. The scents are a bit strong but extremely pleasant. The products come in different formulas such as moisturizing, shine, radiance, and balance.

The Radiance shampoo and conditioner left my highlighted hair feeling dry, rough, and I was not able to comb through my hair at all. I had to rinse some of my Mastey de Paris Frehair Daily Conditioner through my hair just to be able to comb it. The shampoo has a light lather that builds and it rinses cleanly. The conditioner is easily rinsed out and both have a wonderful, somewhat nutty scent.

Mastey de Paris is the original sulfate-free, silicone free, hair care line, and in my opinion, the best.

The Radiance line may be better suited to those with virgin hair that doesn't easily tangle.

8.4 ounce bottles of these products are available for $10 at The Body Shop boutiques and their website.

Ingredients Shampoo: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sucrose (Depilatory Agent), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (Surfactant), Lauryl Betaine (Surfactant), Laureth-5 Carboxylic Acid (Surfactant - Cleansing Agent), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate (Surfactant), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Parfum (Fragrance), Sucrose Laurate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Isopropyl Alcohol (Solvent), Polyquaternium-6 (Conditioner), Salicylic Acid (Preservative/Hair Conditioner), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Fragrance Ingredient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).

Ingredients Conditioner: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate (Antistatic Agent), Glycine Soja Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Sucrose Laurate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Hydroxypropyl Guar (Emulsion stabilizer, Viscocity increasing agent), Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Fragrance Ingredient), Salicylic Acid (Preservative/Hair Conditioner), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).

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Sep 1, 2011

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is a very emollient, 100% natural, cuticle balm designed to nourish nails and cuticles. This somewhat strongly lemon scented cream starts out waxy and melts into an oily texture when applied to the cuticles. I apply it to the entire nail area and it seems to reduce dryness and moisturize the cuticles.

A 0.60 ounce tin retails for $6.00 and is available from the Burt's Bees website and many stores.

Ingredients: Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Beeswax, Citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Beta-carotene, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, Canola oil, Vegetable oil.
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Aug 1, 2011

L'Oreal Paris RevitaLift Clinical Repair 10 Day Cream

New to L'Oreal's RevitaLift line is two new products designed to address the 10 signs of aging. I recently bought a tube of L'Oreal Paris RevitaLift Clinical Repair 10 Day Cream.

Packaged in a red, metallic tube, this cream is similarly scented to the other RevitaLift products. This slightly off white cream is thick and not as easily spread as some moisturizers. This product is said to contain clinic amounts of Retinol which is thought to reduce wrinkles. This cream is designed to reduce the signs of aging while protecting the skin with sunscreen.

I like this product a lot; however, it is a bit difficult to spread as it is quite thick. The scent is rather light and pleasant and similar to some of the Lancome products. This cream contains soybean oil which is thought to benefit the skin but because of that it seems to spread during the day and I noticed that it got into my eyes a few times. It can't be applied too closes to the eyes for that reason. This product is silicone free.

L'Oreal Paris RevitaLift Clinical Repair 10 Day Cream comes in a 1.7 ounce tube and retails for $25.


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Jul 1, 2011

The Naked Bee Moisturizing Hand and Body Lotion

The Naked Bee Moisturizing Hand and Body Lotion is certified 70% organic. I discovered this great product at a museum gift shop. This product contains Aloe, White Tea, Honey, and Hyaluronic Acid. It is free of parabens, propylene glycol, and mineral oil.

This slightly thick, rich, emollient, lotion has a wonderful Green Tea scent. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling moisturized and soft. The scent is rather strong and lingers, but is pleasant. This product is concentrated which allows me to use less of it.

Availability of this product is somewhat limited as the manufacturer website does not allow consumers to buy the products online. Instead, I have found it available on Amazon. Available in a variety of formulas, scents, and sizes, prices vary.

In addition to the hand lotion The Naked Bee has a line of facial skin care products. Some of the products are available unscented.


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Jun 1, 2011

The Body Shop Nutralift Firming Serum

The Body Shop's Nutralift Firming Serum is a new line of products designed to firm and plump the skin. This serum is rather strongly scented, a sort of sweet, fruity scent. Infused with Pomegranate and Honey, this serum seems to hydrate my skin and give it a bit of plumping. It is similar to Garnier skin care products (L'Oreal owns The Body Shop and Garnier.) I found this serum is a bit heavier than some of the others manufactured by The Body Shop, and it can "ball up." This seems like a great choice for a fan of The Body Shop who is looking for products mean to firm and moisturize.

A one ounce bottle is available at The Body Shop boutiques and from their website for $36.00.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Creatine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caffeine, Dimethicone, Honey, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentylene Glycol, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Wheat Germ Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Lecithin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Adenosine, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Ursolic Acid.
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May 1, 2011

Mastey de Paris Moisturee Conditioner

Mastey manufactures some of my favorite hair and skin care products. Silicone, oil, and sulfate free, Mastey designs products designed to work. Their products add moisture to hair and skin without covering them up with heavy silicones and waxes.

Mastey de Paris Moisturee is a hair conditioner designed to add moisture to dry hair. The light, creamy texture melts into the hair giving it a moisture boost. With a light, fresh scent, Moisturee leaves my hair feeling better moisturized, stronger, and smoother. Using Moisturee after Mastey de Paris Traite Shampoo and before Mastey de Paris Frehair Daily Conditioner is ideal when my hair feels dry or rough after being colored.

Mastey products continue to be innovative and luxurious making them my favorite.

An 8 ounce bottle is available from the Mastey website and finer salons for $17.00.


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Apr 1, 2011

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Serum

Nutriganics is a newer line of products from The Body Shop. Nutriganics Smoothing Serum is a light, naturally scented product. It contains numerous natural ingredients meant to moisturize and protect the skin. This serum has a light texture but feels a bit heavy on the skin. The scent is similar to Origins products which is manufactured by Estee Lauder. This serum makes my skin feel soft, however, it doesn't seem to absorb as easily as some of the other serums available. This serum might be a good choice for someone who wants moisture from a more natural product.

This serum is available at The Body Shop boutiques and on their website. a one ounce bottle retails for $26.00.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Olea Europaea Oil/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil/Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Sucrose Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil*, Sclerotium Gum, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Tocopherol, Myristic Acid, Citral, Linalool, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Citronellol, Buddleja Davidii Extract*, Thymus Vulgaris Extract/Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract*, Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil/Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil*, Geraniol, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract/Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Foeniculum Vulgare Oil/Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil*, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil/Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil*, Vanilla Planifolia Extract/Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil/Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Thymus Vulgaris Oil/Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*.

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Mar 1, 2011

The Body Shop Wise Woman Vitality Serum

I recently tried a sample of The Body Shop's Wise Woman Vitality Serum. It is a light, highly scented serum. It absorbed quickly and left my skin feeling hydrated. It reminds me a lot of L'Oreal's Age Perfect Re-Cushioning Serum. (L'Oreal owns The Body Shop.) Although this serum is highly scented, it is a pleasant, somewhat floral fragrance. This serum is part of The Body Shop's Wise Woman line marketed more toward more mature skin. Overall, while I like this serum, I still prefer Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex Serum and L'Oreal Youth Code Serum Intense.

This serum is available at The Body Shop website and boutiques. A one ounce bottle retails for $36.00.

Ingredients: Water, Lactobacillus/Clover Flower Ferment Extract, Oleyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycereth-7 Trimethyl Ether, Borage Oil, Fragrance, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Methylparaben, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.
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Feb 1, 2011


Many moisturizers contain ingredients such as silicone or petroleum products such as mineral oil. These ingredients create a barrier and help prevent moisture evaporation. They can also make the skin look and feel better. However, I have found products with these ingredients increase breakouts. The reason, it seems, is that these ingredients can trap dirt and oils. One solution may be applying these products only onto clean skin, however, oils are produced throughout the day. My skin is super sensitive to products containing a lot of silicones, mineral oil, or petrolatum. It seems to cause clogged pores and breakouts. Although I do use serums that contain silicone, I generally apply them to specific areas and not all over my face. The moisturizers I use are silicone free. What are your thoughts and opinions on products with silicones and petrolatum or mineral oil?

Post your responses below.

Written by: Skin Care Junky

Jan 1, 2011

Open Forum: Must Have Skin Care Item

What is the one skin care item you must have regardless of price? For instance, mine is Mastey de Paris Moiste Facial Moisturizer. What is your favorite product, why do you like it so much, and where do you purchase it. Leave your comments below.