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The Body Shop: Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil

P1010095I’m going to start out saying this is/was simply the most affordable, accessible, effective, gentle cleanser out there. Until The Body Shop USA decided to discontinue it (other countries continue to sell this). I have no idea why would they inflict such an atrocity on mankind, but here’s with a hope that they are bringing something even better!

Back to this wonderful goodness locked in an opaque travel friendly tube. It has a glorious slightly runny gel texture which upon massaging on dry skin turns into an oil giving just the right amount of slip. Effectively removes makeup and wonderful medium to give your face a massage as well. I gently wipe it off with a warm steamy face cloth/flannel/wash cloth (whatever you’ like to call it) leaving my skin nourished.

A simple darn cleanser that does its bloody job. ‘Was’ very affordable and on clearance now is cheap as chips ($6). If you still manage to find it near TBS get your hands on it, and just give it a try!

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My Thoughts: Priori Advanced AHA Gentle Facial Cleanser

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Apologies for disgusting cap… On bright side you know I use it like crazy woman!

Priori is such an under-rated brand. It has some amazing products in their line however I’ve rarely ever heard anyone rave about it or give it the recognition and credit it deserves. Today I want to give this cleanser its much deserved claim to fame!

I’ve used this cleanser for past 7-8 years on and off (trying other things) however time and again I’ve returned to this cleanser. It has a light milky cleanser consistency without any offensive scent. Lightly massage this into my skin and it leaves my skin lightly exfoliated (due to its lactic acid content), soft, hydrated, smooth. I noticed an overall radiance and brightness in my skin over a period of time. Did it prevent breakouts? In my opinion and experience, it’s difficult to resolve this issue with just a cleanser. Personally I rely on serums, spot treatments etc to resolve that matter.

A perfect addition to line up of cleansers as it does a wonderful job at a light cleanse in morning or as a second cleanse after my makeup removal ritual (with oil or balm).

The bottle lasts me decent 4-5 months using one pump each time, twice a day (180ml). Fortunately, the price tag is not as steep as many cleansers ($38 – Drugstore.com), so I can easily justify shelling out such moolah for a good cleanser.

Additional Information:

Appropriate for all skin types – Gentle enough for any skin type (I’m dehydrated, combination & acne prone).

No animal testing

Ingredients (my simplified explanation of what it does):

Aqua, Sodium Lactate (salt of Lactic Acid), Stearyl Alcohol, Sucrose Cocoate (sucrose moisturizer), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol (made by heating Coconut Oil), Glyceryl Stearate (skin lubricant derived from palm), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Phospholipids, Tocopherol (chemical with Vitamin E activity), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A), Butylene Glycol (works as humectant), Portulaca Oleracea Extract (anti-inflammatory or analgesic properties), Allantoin Glycyrrhetinic Acid (anti-inflammatory agent with healing and conditioning properties), Bisabolol (German Chamomile – anti inflammatory properties), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (essential fatty acids), Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract (Grapefruit extract), Xanthan Gum (adds viscosity and texture), Disodium EDTA (preservative & stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative a natural alternative to parabens)

Unsung Heroes

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So we try new products every now and then but then some products continue to work tirelessly in the background without much limelight or acknowledgment or appreciation. I’m not referring to products we road test and write reviews about. These heroes quietly work away in background without whom we may find ourselves handicap to carry out our daily menial skincare and makeup tasks.

So here’s a list some of my absolute Super Heroes without whom all the new lovely skin or hair care products would lose its charm!

  • Muslin Cloth – Sheer Awesomeness to remove makeup with balm or oil cleanser
  • Flannel/Face Cloth – same as above and also steam my face to open those pores and thoroughly clean them. This method is such a source of relaxation….Nirvana (refer to Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm review)
  • Shampoos I don’t like for my mane – just because they dint cut it for my tresses they move onto next most important thing, cleaning my makeup brushes. Not only they smell great, it cleans them thoroughly, conditions the bristles and mostly doesn’t make my frugal ass feel guilty of wasting a product!
  • Cotton tips or Q tips – to smudge eyeliners/shadows, blend eyeshadow, cleaning or sharpening lines around eyes (yes strong winged liner, I’m talking to you) and bleeding lips (not literally…obvs!)
  • Paw Paw ointment – dry or cracked lips, heels, elbows, knees, cuticle, burns, rash you name it.
  • Birchbox Boxes or Shoe boxes – helps me organize small sample sachets, sample pots, travel stuff etc
  • Sample containers – once the sample is tried tested or plain thrown, I thoroughly wash the containers and use them when I travel. Small, light, portable and can squeeze only as much I need for a trip!
  • Tweezers – my BFF…need I say more?

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I’m probably still doing them injustice by grouping them in one post, but let’s vow to start here and I shall continue to deliver them persistent words of appreciation, kindness and glorify them till cows come home!

My life without you fellas is incomplete and dysfunctional. Just because I don’t say love you every day doesn’t mean I don’t value your existence in moi life. Know this in your heart till your last breath, I have always and will always love you, admire you, respect you and cherish you till my last breath.

<Completely carried away with emotions…>

xx