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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.
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.
pH = 8
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)
multiple, additive exposure sources; contamination concerns; use restrictions
Which sunscreen have you been loving this summer? Comment below!
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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.
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.
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
- 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 (R) and Melt Cleanser (L)
Side cleansed with Green Clean after rinsing
Green Clean EWG Rating
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
- 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 Cleansing Balm after rinsing
Melt Cleanser EWG Rating
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 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
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!!