Raw Honey in Skincare

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Recently, I watched May Lindstrom and Caroline Hirons interview on YouTube and I was really inspired by Lindstrom’s ingredient philosophy.

It dawned on me “I have raw honey!” We keep bees and just harvested 12 pints of honey – way more that I could ever eat. Propolis and honey are common skincare ingredients and even Dr Alktilas suggests mixing his Organic Universal Mask mask with honey so I decided to do some research and experiments.

Raw, organic honey is fantastic for the skin! (I wouldn’t recommend using conventional, massed produced honey). It’s antibacterial and contains zinc so it can treat and prevent breakouts. It’s very high in antioxidants so it can prevent signs of aging. It’s also nourishing and hydrating. Honey can be used alone as a cleanser or a mask. I used it as a mixer for powdered masked: Dr Alkaitis’s Organic Universal Mask and May Lindstrom The Problem Solver.

I absolutely loved mixing the Organic Universal Mask mask with honey – it made my skin feel very hydrated.

I didn’t 100% love honey with The Problem Solver. I will probably continue to do it periodically because it offers some great benefits but it damped the sensory experience of the mask. Mixing the powder with honey + water took away the tingling feeling I usually get with the mask and it lessened the wonderful molasses cookie scent it normally has. So, if you have sensitive skin, adding honey to The Problem Solver might make it less harsh on your skin.

I’m really excited to keep looking for places to use raw honey in my skincare routine! Have you bought raw honey at the story to use for skincare? How did you use it? Let me know!

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Simple | Water Boost Micellar Gel Wash | Review

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In A Few Words
A gentle cleanser suitable for normal and sensitive skin that contains no harsh chemicals, artificial colors or perfume.

The new Simple Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash, a new generation face wash with Micellar cleansing bubbles, infused with skin-essential minerals and plant extract, this formula delivers instant hydration AND gentle yet effective cleansing – perfect for even sensitive skin. The cleansing gel comes in a 5oz plastic tube and I bought mine for $6.00 on Amazon.

I think this a great buy from the drugstore! It’s gentle on the skin (soap free and SLS free) and leaves the skin feeling clean, but tight stripped. This cleanser is not hydrating or moisturizing at all, so might want pass if you have dry skin. It’s unscented, simple, and very utilitarian cleanser so while it does the job, it’s not enjoyable to use (but for I wasn’t expecting it to be). The Micellar Gel does a good job removing face makeup but I wouldn’t use it for eye makeup and I normally just second cleanse or morning cleanse. While washing your face, it stays a very thick gel consistency so I use a cloth to wash it off because it is difficult to rinse off with water.

This cleanser is a great basic, budget buy for normal to oily skin types.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Lactic Acid

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Phthalates
Parabens
Fragrances
Dyes
Aluminium

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
Unknown – I cannot find a clear answer, on their website they state “Our parent company Unilever have been leading our industry and investing £3 million a year for the past 7 years on developing alternative non-animal testing methods.” … which is not a “Yes”

Complete Ingredients:
Water (aqua), Cocamidopropyl betaine, Propylene glycol, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Sodium chloride, Panthenol, Citric acid, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl acetate, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Pantolactone, Saccharide Isomerate, Potassium chloride, Sodium citrate, Lactic acid, Sodium benzoate

Currently Loving | Cleansers

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A rundown of the cleansers I am currently grabbing for ALL the time. My skin is normal / dehydrated and I get hormonal acne. I look for cleansers that don’t strip the skin of its natural oils, has a low pH, is free of sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), is not abrasive/physically exfoliating, and fit in my budget!

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Pixi Beauty x Caroline Hirons | Double Cleanse | Review

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Pixi Caroline Hirons double cleanse

In A Few Words
The Pixi X Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse is a “unique 2-in-1 jar created by Caroline Hirons where one side contains a solid cleansing oil and the other side a luxe cleansing cream for the ultimate PM cleansing.” It is a simple, gentle oil and cream cleansing duo for all skin types. The cleanser come in a plastic tub with 50mls (1.6 oz) of each cleanser and is sold at Target and pixibeauty.com.

I have no complaints with the goo – obviously, if Caroline put her name on something, it’s going to be fantastic. With that being said, I won’t be repurchasing it (this tub was given to me as a birthday gift) because I hate everything about the packaging. Because it’s a two-in-one product, you get 1/2 the volume of each cleanser so I BLEW through this so quickly. I know it’s purely a physiological thing, but I finished the tub in a month-ish and I just don’t want to have to repurchase a cleanser that frequently. Also, I hate tubs. All balms come in tubs, there’s no other option, but I really hated digging the cream cleanser out of the tub – I would never purchase a solo cream cleanser in a tub and I really don’t *enjoy* the cream cleanser in the Double Cleanse enough to come to terms with that. Finally, I am a disaster – I travel, I have kids, and I’m super Type A and a tub is not conducive to my life. If you set your cleanser on a shelf, calmly open it, and gently place it back in your cupboard then you’re good, you won’t have an issue. I, however, regularly drop it and shuffle it from travel bag to bathroom and the cream cleanser gets EVERYWHERE in the tub and fraternizes with the cleansing balm. The divider in the tub just can’t keep the cream contained when it’s getting thrown across the room.
Even though the packaging is a nightmare for me, the balm will get every spec of makeup off your face, but it can’t quite tackle liquid lipsticks and the cream cleanser is thick, moisturizing, non-irritating and just a great basic cleanser.

All of my negatives with packaging are really personal preferences and, even though I did enjoy the cleansers, it’s not worth it to me to overcome my packaging issues to buy a new tub.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Camellia Seed Oil
Murumuru Butter
Vitamin E

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Parabens
Mineral Oil

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
No

Complete Ingredients:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylgylcerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil. Cleansing Cream INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, sh-Decapeptide-7, sh-Octapeptide-4, sh-Oligopeptide-9.

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25% OFF MURAD coupon code | DAMMIT HIRONS you get me every time!

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Seriously, Caroline Hirons could get me to but snow in Alaska… but I trust her and I really enjoy her knowledge bombs.

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I stocked up on my Pigment Lightening Serum and I’m going to try their retinol because my prescription has just become too much for me.