Sunday, February 13, 2011

Kiss My Face!



I have an issue with products with declarative names like "Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific" or "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!" So, I think that explains my reluctance to buy the "Kiss My Face" shower gel. The name "Kiss My Face" just bothers me. Aside from that, however, I wasn't a big fan of the different scents they offer, scents like mandarin ginger lily, cardamom mint and, worst of all, "peaceful patchouli." I've expressed my distaste for patchouli in a previous post, but I truly can't understand why people would choose to smell like that. It is downright offensive. But I digress. I'm not talking about the patchouli body wash, although I was tempted not to buy anything from Kiss My Face simply because they have the gall to produce a body wash with that vile scent.
Instead, I thought their cold & flu shower gel might be interesting, particularly this time of year. Though I didn't have a cold, I figured the smell of eucalyptus and horehound (really, horehound?) might be nice if and when I do get a cold. OK, I wasn't so sure about horehound, whatever that may be. But eucalyptus certainly hits the spot when you're all clogged up. After using it, it does clear the sinuses, though it doesn't quite have the effect that the same scent has when you're utilizing it mixed with steam. But still nice when you need. However, I did tire of it fairly quickly since I didn't have a cold. So, I think I'm going to shelve it for a while until I need it.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Avalon Organics Cleansing Milk

This is my second cleansing milk purchase (the first being the Alba cleansing milk that I wrote about in a previous post) and I'd questioned the actual cleansing capabilities of something that seems to have the qualities of a lotion rather than the typical bubbling facial cleansers or scrubs that I have become accustomed to. Surprisingly, though, the Alba cleansing milk seemed to do a fine job of cleaning my face, from what I could tell, and had a nice coconut smell, as well. So, I decided to stick with this odd cleansing milk stuff, trusting that it must actually work, though I was curious to try a different brand. So, I came across the Avalon Organics Vitamin C Hydrating Cleansing Milk and figured I'd give it a try.

Avalon Organics seems to have a whole line of orange scented Vitamin C cleansers, toners, etc. The smell is nice and very refreshing, with a light orange scent. The texture is very similar to that of the Alba cleansing milk, which is much like a lotion without leaving any oily residue. After my first use, I thought it seemed to do a fine job of cleaning my face, just as the Alba one had. However, now that I've been using it for over a week, it seems like my face is much more oily than normal by the end of the day, and just doesn't feel as clean as it did when I was using the Alba cleansing milk. So, unfortunately, I don't get the feeling that it's doing much cleansing at all.

The whole appeal of a cleansing milk, to me, is that since I tend to get dry, flaky skin, particularly in the winter, the cleansing milk cleans and moisturizes which the cleansing gels ans scrubs do not. But if it's not actually cleaning my face, it's really not doing me much good at all.