Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanser

Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanser

[READ TIME: 4 MIN.]

What They Have to Say

Cleansing & toning, this 2 in 1 cleansing lotion contains micellar encapsulated micro-capsules to lift and remove dirt whilst hyaluronic acid locks water into the skin.

EVOLVE ORGANIC BEAUTY
  • Evolve Organic Beauty Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanser
  • Demo
  • Inside
  • Directions
  • Side Label

Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanser Review

I LOOOOOOOVVVEEE this micellic cleanser. It is affordable, cleanly formulated, great at removing makeup, extremely gentle, and oil-free.

It smells amazing but the scent is barely noticeable as there are no irritating artificial fragrances. You don’t have to worry about this micellic cleanser leaving your skin red or irritated. It will be fresh and ready for your second cleanse. If you prefer to use micellar waters as your morning cleanse, this will leave your skin refreshed and prepped for the rest of your AM skincare routine without stripping your skin of natural oils.

It is powered by one of my favorite skincare ingredients, pomegranate extract (an all-around skincare powerhouse). It also contains a healthy dose of rose water, aloe leaf juice, hyaluronic acid, and coconut-derived (rather than petroleum-derived) micelles. Added bonus… there are no harsh preservatives either.

DIY Travel-Friendly Micellic Cleanser Makeup Remover Pads - Photo by tCBC

DIY Travel-Friendly Micellic Cleanser Makeup Remover Pads – Photo by tCBC

The only drawback I’ve found with this product is that it needs to come in a larger size. I also think the product could be a little bit more acidic. A 6 rather than a 6.5, but that’s just extreme nitpicking.

Overview

This product is 99.9% Natural, 48% Organic, Handcrafted in small batches, Vegan, and Cruelty-Free.
$
AMT
$ / Oz.
$ / Mo.
$23.63 3.4 oz $6.95 $11.82
EWG RATING
pH
EWG Skin Deep Database - 2 6.5

Ingredients
Aqua (water), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water*, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract*, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Mannitol, Lecithin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Citrate

*ingredients from organic farming

(Ingredients of Low Concern) (Ingredients of Moderate Concern)

Concerns
Multiple, additive exposure sources, Occupational hazards, Cancer, Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
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Antioxidant Dew

Antioxidant Dew

[READ TIME: 2 MIN]

What They Have to Say

Our Antioxidant Dew restores hydration, vitality, and radiance to skin. Drench your complexion with ocean extracts and herb derived antioxidants. Phospholipid encapsulated superoxide dismutase, vitamins C & E, and an array of botanicals love on your complexion. Use as a lightweight multi-action moisturizer or as a potent layering piece in your skincare wardrobe.

KYPRIS

Antioxidant Dew Review

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Overview

This product is Cruelty-Free and Vegan.
$
AMT
$ / Oz.
$ / Mo.
$72.00 1.5 oz $72.00 $24.00
EWG RATING
pH
EWG score 1 ?

Ingredients
Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Xylitylglucoside, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Algae, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phospholipids, Phragmites Communis (Reed) Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Xylitol, Anhydroxylitol, Waltheria Indica Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Calophyllum Inophylum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Superoxide Dismutase, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mannitol, Dextrin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Gluconate, Xanthan Gum

(Ingredients of Low Concern)

Concerns
Multiple, additive exposure sources, Contamination concerns, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Cancer, Data gaps, Ecotoxicology

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Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil

Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil

[READ TIME: 2 MIN]

What They Have to Say

The ultimate in multi-tasking luxury, Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover effortlessly lifts away impurities and makeup while restoring skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH balance. This non-stripping, clean-rinsing formula features papain, a fruit enzyme that helps to exfoliate and soften, and a natural Vitamin B complex to detoxify and tone. Designed with dry, dehydrated skin in mind yet concentrated enough for all skin types, The Cleansing Oil is ultra-effective when used alone or as the perfect first step in any double cleansing routine.

ONE LOVE ORGANICS

Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil Review

I’m officially halfway through this bottle and I enjoy it. The ingredient list is short and it’s a very effective cleansing oil. And, bonus, it smells fantastically like a tropical fruit basket (no fake fragrance, of course)!

It contains papain, a natural fruit enzyme that gently exfoliates your skin. So if your skin benefits from daily exfoliation, this will make a great morning cleanser as well.

Two pumps and a good massage, and makeup is easily removed with a warm washcloth. This seems to be best practice with this cleansing oil, it removes easily (no rough scrubbing to remove oily residue) and your skin will feel moisturized and smooth.

Following it with the Easy Does It Cleanser (also by One Love Organics) works beautifully but not your only option. Using any foaming cleanser as a second cleanse to this enzyme cleansing oil works equally as well. I’ve really enjoyed following it with the Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser by Glow Recipe or the No. 9 Beste Jelly Cleanser by Drunk Elephant.

Comparatively, the Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil is decently priced. As far as ingredients and packaging go, there’s nothing revolutionary so $28 – $30 would probably be a better price point for this product. Now it’s just waiting and seeing how long one bottle lasts.

Overview

This product is Cruelty-Free and Made in Small Batches.
$
AMT
$ / Oz.
$ / Mo.
$42.00 4 oz $10.50 ?
EWG RATING
pH
EWG Skin Deep Database - 2 N/A

Ingredients
helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, di-ppg-2 myreth-10 adipate, polyglycerol-3 beeswax, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, papain, lecithin, fragrance/parfum (plant-based)

(Ingredients of Low Concern)(Ingredients of Moderate Concern)

Concerns
Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous
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U.F.O. Ultra–Clarifying Face Oil

U.F.O. Ultra–Clarifying Face Oil

[READ TIME: 4 MIN.]

What They Have to Say

A quick-absorbing, medicated dry face oil to clear congested pores, treat and prevent acne, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for clearer, smoother skin.

Sephora

U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil Review

I’ll just start off with I HATE the smell of this face oil. It is obnoxious!! I have never been a big fan of the smell of German Chamomile, but I can handle it in small concentrations because it is wonderful for your skin. Everything from calming sensitive skin to calming acne inflammation to moisturizing dry irritated skin… it’s an overachiever. They just put wayyyyyy to much of it in this formula.

However, that’s the end of the negative things I have to say about this product. I really enjoy everything else about the U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil. It’s not a super heavy oil. It does absorb nicely into the skin after a few seconds of warming in your hands (rub them together well!). It has never irritated my skin and I do notice a reduction in size and redness of any zits/spots/pimples/what-have-you the next morning.

Because this is a BHA (salicylic acid) face oil, I do only use this at night and ALWAYS wash my face the next morning to make sure it is removed. I would like my face oil to help my face not age it… so as best practices go, you should use an SPF for the daytime simply because you are exfoliating your face.

I also don’t use this face oil every night – mostly because of the smell. After having this for several months and barely making a dent in it, I have decided to stop using it – entirely because of the smell. It’s so strong my fiancé doesn’t like to be anywhere near my face either… and he only has one working nostril. Lol

I guess the moral of the story here is that if smells don’t bother you or you like the smell of German Chamomile AND you need help keeping your oily/combo skin moisturized and acne free… then this oil is a GREAT option for you!

I would even say that this is safe for sensitive skin.

What You Get for Your Money

The U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil retails for $40.00 – $80.00. If you go for the smaller $40 option, you get 0.5 fl oz (15 mL). That rounds out to about $2.67 per milliliter. If you chose to get the larger $80 options, you get 1.18 fl oz (35 mL) … so that’s roughly $67.80 per ounce/$2.29 per milliliter.


EWG Rating

EWG Skin Deep Database - 2

 

pH = n/a


Ingredients
Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Ethyl Linoleate, Hexylresorcinol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salicylic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisii (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Amino Esters-1, Amber Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Pearl Powder, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil (Ingredients of Low Concern)(Ingredients of Moderate Concern)
Concerns
multiple, additive exposure sources; irritation (skin, eyes, and lungs); enhanced skin absorption
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Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic Sunscreen & Primer

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic Sunscreen & Primer

[READ TIME: 3 MIN.]

What They Have to Say

A multifunctional, translucent veil of non-nano, broad spectrum SPF 30 and moisturizing botanicals to prime skin for daily radiance.

Kypris

Let’s Talk Sunscreen

Sun care is everywhere this year! So here is another sunscreen to add to the list for consideration; the Kyrpis Pot of Shade: Heliotropic. It is a physical broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen and primer – so it won’t contribute to photoaging as it wears away like it’s chemical cousins.

This particular sunscreen uses 20% non-nano zinc oxide… so if you know that zinc oxide clogs your pores, better check out a different sunscreen.

Also avoid this if you hate white cast because this one will give you hardcore white cast if you are any darker than printer paper! We’re talking at least two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. You will definitely want a different one for days that you don’t plan to wear foundation.

White cast aside, it is a really good sunscreen and primer, and it wears BEAUTIFULLY under almost any foundation! It is an emollient cream formula that is GREAT for prepping skin, but I have noticed it only extends the wear time of my foundation in drier climates where my skin is significantly less oily.

In a nutshell, if you have drier skin this will leave your skin dewy and hydrated for foundation, and it works best if you give it about 5–10 minutes to sink in before applying foundation.

IMPORTANT: This is not waterproof! Please use a waterproof sunscreen for the swimming or sweating.

This is by far my favorite sunscreen I have tried this summer. Yep, even more than the Glossier one people are raving about. Every time I wear it, my skin looks so radiant no matter which foundation I wear. If glowy skin is your jam, then this is what you need in your life.

What You Get for Your Money

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic retails for $68.00. For your hard-earned cash, you get 0.91 fl oz (27 mL). That rounds out to roughly $74.73 per fluid ounce/$2.52 per milliliter.


EWG Rating

EWG score 1

pH = 8


 

Ingredients
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide – 20% Inactive Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isoamyl Laurate, Coconut Alkanes, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lecithin, Rose (Rosa Damascena) Flower Extract, Algae, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Isostearic Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil, Sweet Iris (Iris Pallida) Leaf Cell Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Sodium Chloride, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Kukui (Aleurites Moluccanus) Seed Oil, Pumpkin (Cucurbita Pepo) Seed Oil, Squalane, Xanthan Gum, Tamanu (Calophyllum Inophylum) Seed Oil, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Chaparral (Larrea Tridentata) Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid (Ingredients of Low Concern)
Concerns
multiple, additive exposure sources; contamination concerns; use restrictions
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Battle of the Cleansing Balm – Round 1: e.l.f. vs Farmacy

Battle of the Cleansing Balm – Round 1: e.l.f. vs Farmacy

[READ TIME: 6 MIN.]

What They Have to Say

A nourishing cleansing balm that erases makeup and gently lifts away impurities caused by pollution, it leaves the skin hydrated and silky smooth.

Farmacy

This Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser easily dissolves makeup and pollutants from the skin. Infused with argan oil, rose extracts, seed oils, and vitamin C, this cleanser leaves your face moisturized with each use.

e.l.f.

The battle of the cleansing balms has begun!

Cleansing balms have become an important part of cleansing routines worldwide, 365, 24/7… all of that. No matter if it’s Summer, when you need to thoroughly remove stubborn SPFs, or in Winter, when you may wear a little bit more makeup.

BUT which cleansing balm is the one… the almighty… the all powerful one that will clean off all the makeup, dirt, etc., without stripping your skin?!!

That’s why tCBC started this series! We will do all of the hard work and save you from the decision fatigue that can be comparing the hundreds of cleansing balms on the market today. So, on to our first match up!

e.l.f. Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser vs. Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™

Obviously Farmacy takes the cake for in the naming department (insert hysterically laughing emoji face).

Names aside, let’s get down to what really matters… what does the product look, smell, and feel like, because to quote Juliette, “What’s in a name?” Not a damn thing!


Farmacy’s Green Clean Cleansing Balm

Farmacy Green Clean - Inside

Farmacy Green Clean – Inside

  • Cost = $34.00 for 3.2 fl oz (90 ml)
  • Cost per ounce = $10.625 per fluid ounce

In the jar, the Green Clean cleansing balm is a pastel kind of aqua color and it has a very subtle, bright citrusy scent. It does contain the citrus essential oils; lime, bergamot, and orange. Please note that they do not specify if the bergamot is bergamia-free (the compound that can sensitize your skin to sunlight), so if you have sensitive skin keep that in mind.

The product is hard to the touch but starts to melt on contact with skin. The balm suddenly becomes this luxurious feeling oil that glides easily over skin and doesn’t tug at the eye area or irritate the eyes. It also emulsifies and rinses clean with minimal pressure or tugging. So all A+’s for feel and performance!

As far as ingredients are concerned, it contains a lot of great ingredients such Turmeric, Ginger, and Moringa oil and extract. However, the Moringa extract appears very low on the ingredient list which just makes us wonder how concentrated it is or did they have to use less to keep at a certain price point.

Speaking of pricing; it’s not cheap, and it’s not outrageously expensive. $34 is pretty middle of the road as far as cleansing balms go and, for the amount of plant extracts and oils, isn’t too steeply priced for what’s in the jar.

As far as packaging goes, the outer box, as always, is beautiful and an enjoyable way to learn about Farmacy as a brand, but the jar itself is simply thin plastic. They counteract the cheap jar by adding a lid and spatula to help keep the product sanitary.

Oh.. and it lasts quite a while, using on average four times a week, it lasted about 3 1/2 months. So… it’s about $10.00 a month…

Cleansing Skin with Green Clean Cleansing Balm (R) and Melt Cleanser (L)

Cleansing Skin with Green Clean (R) and Melt Cleanser (L)

Side cleansed with Green Clean Cleansing Balm after rinsing

Side cleansed with Green Clean after rinsing

Green Clean EWG Rating

EWG Skin Deep Database - 2

Green Clean Ingredients
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Peg-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Amber Powder, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Water/ Aqua/ Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid
Green = Low Risk 
Yellow = Moderate Risk

    Turns into a light oil texture
    Doesn’t tug around or irritate the eyes
    Contains a variety of cleansing plant extracts and oils to help keep pores from clogging
    Comes with a second lid and spatula to help keep the product sanitary

    It’s not exactly a budget-friendly initial investment
    It’s only readily available if you live near a Sephora


e.l.f. Melt Cleanser

 

e.l.f Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser - Inside

e.l.f Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser – Inside

  • Cost = $10.00 for 1.41 oz (40 g)
  • Cost per ounce= $7.09 per ounce

e.l.f. did a surprisingly good job with this cleansing balm as far as clean ingredients. It is a clear balm that kind of smells, looks, and feels like petroleum jelly, but isn’t petroleum jelly… that’s the most apt description we could come up with. ;D

This balm features a lot of rose ingredients and Argan oil. It melts down on contact with skin but still keeps more of a balmy texture than the Green Clean cleansing balm. Sadly, it doesn’t perform QUITE as well as the Green Clean either. It does tug at the eye area a bit (so maybe don’t use for removing eye makeup), and it can leave some mascara/eyeliner residue behind after rinsing. The residue wipes away, or washes away easily if you double cleanse. I did notice a difference in how hydrated my skin felt when not double cleansing.

Ingredient wise, the Melt Cleanser has a simpler, over all cleaner ingredient list.  The packaging is nice and beautiful in it’s simplicity. I appreciate that e.l.f. took the time to use outer packaging, and the jar is a sturdy double-walled frosted blue jar. Aesthetically, e.l.f. wins.

Again averaging four uses per week, it lasted one month… so again, you’re paying $10.00 a month to use this product.

Left side cleansed with the Melt Cleanser after rinsing

Left side cleansed with the Melt Cleanser Cleansing Balm after rinsing

Melt Cleanser EWG Rating

EWG score 1

Melt Cleanser Ingredients
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Sucrose Stearate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ascorbyl Palmitate
Green = Low Risk | Yellow = Moderate Risk

    It’s readily available
    It’s well priced for most budgets
    Ingredient list is simple
    It does what it says; removes your makeup and leaves the skin hydrated.

    The amount of product is a little on the small side
    It tugs at the eye area a bit and doesn’t completely rinse away eye makeup

Who takes the win?!

Farmacy Green Clean - Inside

Farmacy Green Clean – Inside

We have to give the win to Green Clean. It works out to be the same cost per month as the Melt Cleanser, and it’s easier to keep the product sanitary, but what really won it for Green Clean is how easily it removes eye makeup without tugging!!