I have a confession.. before my Switch, I didn’t really wash my face…I KNOW. It’s horrible. I went to bed without washing my face, and on my days off…I didn’t wash my face in the morning. It’s.so.gross. When I think of all the toxins sitting on my face for over 24 hours and the nastiness on my pillow. Ew.
When I first started my journey into green beauty, One Love Organics was a brand I knew I had to try. Bloggers and reviewers raved about it, and… it’s all over instagram. Plus, One Love Organics had partnered with Elizabeth Dehn, a beauty guru and blogger of BeautyBets.com to create their award-winning Vitamin Collection, which is appropriately abbreviated to ED4OLO. They describe the collection as:
“A treatment line like no other, the Vitamin Collection combines the highest quality vitamins and antioxidants with a moisture-rich base to deliver maximum hydration, combat premature aging and restore skin’s natural radiance. The result? Skin that glows from the inside out…One Love Organics only the finest, most effective ingredients on the market – like our award-winning organic chia supercritical extract, innovative plant stem cells, and clinically proven D’Orientine S.”
So, what did I try? Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover. A knock-out cleansing oil that comes in a 4 fl oz bottle for $42 and one of the Cleansing Sponges ($10).
Cleansing oils are the ONLY way I remove make up. Not only are they incredible multi-taskers to remove makeup and impurities, I find cleansing oils are less harsh and leave my skin feeling plump. So say “au revoir” 👋🏻 to the dry, tight, itchy feeling from generic cleansers…
Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil is everything you could dream an oil to be and full of fruit enzymes to help soften and naturally exfoliate. The Vitamin B helps to detoxify, tone and brighten the skin. Cha-ching 💰💰💰 But let’s not stop there. The first thing I noticed was the scent. OH.MY. Such an intoxicating tropical breeze that reminds me of the perfectly ripe pineapple, and fresh coconut at the fruit stands Haliewa aka The North Shore in Hawaii.
I love that Sunflower Seed Oil is listed as the first ingredient due to the highly moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties and it’s jam packed with antioxidants. Especially because these cold New England winters last half a year, and my skin tells me…well really shows me how much it dislikes the harsh winters. Plus, pumpkin seed oil helps to retain all the moisture and papaya seed oil helps dissolve dead skin cells and brighten any unwanted discoloration.
Here is the full list of ingredients:
organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, di-ppg-2 myreth-10 adipate, polyglycerol-3 beeswax, lecithin* (and) cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil* (and) papain*, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, tocopherol, fragrance/parfum
*Ingredients from Organic Farming
So everything sounds great, but does it work? OLO says to warm 1-2 pumps between your hands and apply to your dry face. Then use warm water to gently massage. The oil emulsifies into a white-ish milk-like color. I find a few extra rubs helps take off mascara (I always wear 2-3 layers of mascara…not graced with luscious eye lashes). Plus, I love that the oil is gentle enough to not worry about it bothering my eyes. Cleansing oils need a few extra splashes to remove fully, but afterwards, my skin glowed, looked pleasantly plump, and get ready…DEWY.
On a whim, I decided to buy the rose clay heart Cleansing Sponge – it’s absolutely adorable, made out of konjac and a cheaper option to muslin cloths. Then I fell in love with it. This precious little sponge took cleansing to a whole new level, and the soft, bouncy texture just makes me happy. The heart sponge helps to wipe away excess oil, dislodge blackheads, adds a gentle exfoliation and dries faster to prevent bacteria. I even use it to wipe off a face mask – it’s SO MUCH EASIER.
The Cleansing Sponge comes in three different options, original (white – all skin types), rose clay (pink – dry/sensitive), bamboo charcoal (grey – combo/blemish prone). I’m not sure how effective each are on those respects, but if you like hearts, love color, and want an easy and effective way to cleanse – these are for YOU.
I highly recommend sticking to the suggested sponge cleaning process (read it here). After using, I run the sponge under hot water for a few seconds to help disinfect the poor guy. I make sure to squeeze out excess water, and leave it hanging in place that isn’t humid – i.e. not your bathroom. Otherwise you might end up with smelly heart shaped sponge 😖
I truly enjoy using Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover (it’s a mouthful). This fruity concoction is everything my face needs at the end of the day. What’s even better – the oil is gentle enough to be used in the AM and PM. After 1 month of consistent use my oily/dry/combo/whatever skin drinks up the oils, but never feels congested. On the nights I’m feeling extra bleh, I do a double cleanse. Vitamin B Enzyme first, cleanser of your choice, followed by a toner, serums, then a balm/moisturizer. However, a double cleanse isn’t mandatory to feel deliciously clean. All skin types can use Vitamin B Enzyme, especially those on the dry side. However if you find yourself super sensitive, I suggest testing a small amount on your skin due to the strong scent.
If you’re looking to really kick your cleansing up a notch, splurge on the Cleansing Sponge. This duo are the “superheroes” to my skincare routine. No serums, oils or moisturizers will be as effective without a good cleanse to wash away the days grime. And it doesn’t hurt that with every wiff, it’s as if you’re in a tropical paradise 🌴
You can purchase both products here:
So, what’s your favorite way to cleanse? Are there other cleansing methods you prefer? Leave a comment below!
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