December 2011 Birchbox

 

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TRYING:

  • Befine Gentle Cleanser
    http://befine.com
    I was expecting more a gel based on the sample bottle but gushed out a watery consistency instead.I’m on the fence because it’s somewhat awkward to use and doesn’t do amazing things to my face. But it’s a good quality and ingredients and has that fresh peppermint feel without going overboard.Really not sure about this one!

    Other items from their line that I would like to try: Lip Serum, Warming Clay Mask, Exfoliating Cleanser, Eye Blossom, Rough Spot Lemon Balm,
    http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/259523/Be_fine_Gentle_Cleanser_food_skin_care/

  • Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss
    In Birchbox Pink. Nicely Moisturizing but the color is somehow horrible on me. I also know there are healthier lip glosses out there but this was in that range I would still try and maybe wear once in awhile if it had been a good color on me.
    Skin Deep Report (matches the ingredients listed for the other color) http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/410945/Jouer_Lip_Gloss%2C_Blush/
  • EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Booster
    This looks like Emergen-C but with a couple of different ingredients. I’ll do a side by side comparison.
  • Showstoppers® Designer Fashion Tape in Nude/Black
    I think the nude would be more useful than the black they sent me. However they do say they help with hems so maybe they were thinking black pants and skirts would be more common. I’ll have to give these a try on some pants that I know have started to come undone.What I can say I like about them without even using them is that they look handy to keep on hand for emergencies. Moreso than a roll of doublestick fashion tape. I may just pop the remaining one in my purse and see if I ever need to use it.

I THINK I’LL PASS:

  • Harvey Prince Yogini
    achoo! Stupid allergies. And back to my prior comments about unnatural perfumes. But more the allergies than anything. Headaches, sneezing, it’s rare for me to really like a perfume. I just had to sniff the bottle without spraying it to tell this was a no go.
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil
    Dimethiconol – another silicone derived ingredient is second on the list and I’m not going to risk a highly likely major breakout before the holidays.

WHAT I WISH THEY HAD SENT ME:

  • Olìe Biologique Huile Moderne
    Seriously every month I complain about hair products with dimethicone and unnatural ingredients. Then they have one with NO dimethicone, all natural ingredients and they don’t send me a sample? Oh wait… for skin? I’d still take it though with the Argan Oil I would probably try this on my hair too. Argh! 🙂
    http://www.birchbox.com/shop/new/olie-biologique-hulie-moderne

November 2011 Birchbox

  • LaROCCA Champagne and Shimmer Acai Sugar Polish
  • Chuao Chocolatier Chocolate Bars (these are delicious!)
  • Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover with Cornflower Water
  • Oscar Blandi Jasmine Protein Mist
  • Zoya Gems & Jewels Collection

I didn’t manage to review all of the products for the blog this month but wanted to go ahead and post this.

Klorane Soothing eye makeup remover with coneflower

My ingredients differed from those listed in the Cosmetics Database so I ran my own report. The Cosmetics Database gave this a 3 (left image) which was already good but with the ingredients from the bottle I got a 2 (right image.) Click to enlarge either report.

Cosmetics Database Based on ingredients on the package

I ended up not trying this ONLY because the flowery smell made my nose itch (I can’t handle some flowery scents hanging around on me all day, allergies.)

 

LaRocca Champagne and Shimmer Body Scrub:

http://www.laroccaskincare.com/products/body/Champagne_and_Shimmer_Acai_Sugar_Polish.html

Notice the contradicting in marketing there? Fragrance in the ingredients but then just after that they’re trying to market that it’s fragrance free? Meh.

The rest of the ingredients were good so I did try this. I do wonder because it had a wonderful cooling feel after I rinsed if there wasn’t mint or something else that’s not listed in the ingredients. It wasn’t quite the same feel as mint oil but similar in some way.

October 2011 Birchbox

While still fun, I’m less excited about it this month.
Two words: dimethicone and fragrance.

Almost everything I got has dimethicone in it which makes me break out. Now you might be thinking “you don’t put hair product on your face” but trust me, anytime I put it on my hair, my hair touches my face and I again break out. I’m just over trying anything with dimethicone because even expensive products with this ingredient break me out. I keep watching hair tutorials with gorgeous silky hair and inevitably they use some serum with, yup, dimethicone (usually Frizz Ease.) The painful kind of zits, not just the ugly kind. I really wanted to try the Laura Geller bronzing primer too. 🙁 But I’ll pass.

As for fragrance … really do I need to cover this one? Allergies, toxins, overpowering scent. At least the Ahava hand cream was overpowering even in the tube.

The one item I’m looking forward to trying is the “Sunday Riley Modern Skincare Juno Transformative Lipid Serum.” Amazing ingredient list. Tried a little on my hand and it’s clearly good stuff but a little … hippie smelling. And natural products don’t need to smell … hippie. I really have no better word for it. No not patchouli hippie, it’s just not exactly bad but it’s not exactly good smelling either. I don’t want them to add fragrance, no way, but I’ll be spraying my homemade lavender spray on my face to see if that helps.

Serum INGREDIENTS: Acai seed oil, Argan oil, Black Cumin seed oil, Blackberry seed oil, Blueberry seed oil, Broccoli seed oil, Carrot seed oil, Chardonnay Grape seed oil, Cranberry seed oil, Marula oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Red Raspberry seed oil.

At $125 a pop (30 ml) I probably won’t be buying this puppy unless it also fixes me coffee in the morning but the 5ml sample might last awhile. Hey never say never. If I can suddenly get less redness, more even skintone and not need foundation I’d consider it.

It’s still exciting to get something fun to sort through and that serum sample alone is worth the price of the box. I guess I just wish this were a more natural selection of products that I could really dive into more.

 

My first Birchbox – September 2011

This is my first BirchBox and it’s also the first anniversary of the company.

In my box:

ColorScience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder SPF 30 in Medium • Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment • Julique Rose Hand Cream • Salvatore Ferragamo Parfums Attimo L'eau Florale • Incoco Nail Polish Applique zebra print • Birchbox Friendship Bracelet 1 year anniversary gift

Here’s a list of all the products they sent out:  http://www.birchbox.com/shop/september-box

2 products I got do not have their ingredients listed on the website: 

  • ColorScience Pro Sunforgettable SPF 30
    This didn’t have the ingredients listed so I had to email the company. It took extra effort to find their contact info but they were super fast to respond.

    Active Ingredients:  Micronized Titanium Dioxide (12%), Micronized Zinc Oxide (12%) Inactive Ingredients:  Mica, Dimethicone/Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Corallina Officinalis, Calcium Silicate May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone.
    This ingredient list is actually pretty good and healthy. However I have noticed I break out more when I use anything with a “cone” in the name so Dimethicone is out for me personally. I’ll be using this in part of a bigger giveaway soon.
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Parfums Attimo L’eau FloraleIngredients: Alcohol Denat. (sd alcohol 39-C), Aqua (Water), Parfum (fragrance), Benzyl salicylate, Butylphenyl methylpropional, butyl methoxydibibenzoylmethan, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, limonene, hydroxycitronellal, ethylhexyl, linalool, isoeugenol, geraniol, citral benzyl alcohol, cinnamyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate.

    I think I typed all of that correctly. Here’s what I got from the cosmetics database for this (click to enlarge):

    Which makes me wish they had sent me the natural perfume that’s on the site (LIV GRN C2C) instead of the Ferragamo. I listed that I was interested in natural products so I’m really unsure how this trumped the natural perfume for my box.

And a couple of additional comments:

  • The Julique Rose Hand Cream feels wonderful … but rose usually makes me sneeze. Since I’ve worked a lot on my allergies it just now makes my nose curl (if that’s possible.) If you love rose this is something you should really try though.
  • And then the Jouer Lip Treatment has three kinds of Parabens: ISOPROPYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN
    Le sigh.

So what am I left with? Well I sprayed the Ferragamo once despite the ingredients so I did try it. Wasn’t impressed at all. I did in fact try the Julique just because it’s been so long since I tried anything with rose in it that I was no longer sure if I wouldn’t be able to tolerate it. If it weren’t for the scent it would be awesome.Which leaves me with having tried and not liked two items, and there are two items I won’t be trying and then there are the nails. Probably not healthy but it’s a one off and I’m going to try them.

And OMG – the Incoco is three free! Does Incoco Contain Any Formaldehyde, DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate) Or Toluene? No, Incoco nail polish appliques are three-free!Ok now I want their: French manicure in champagne, and the french tips as well as Patterns in: “Suit Up”, “Crème de la Crème”, or “Ballerina Princess.” Let’s see how long this stuff lasts on my nails since I type a lot. I may be buying some more!

Will I get another BirchBox? Yup. It’s fun. And it’s worth the $10 to get to try a few things even if I’m not happy with the whole shabang. If however they start sending no natural items and natural items are listed regularly for that months box I’ll probably cancel because natural trumps everything else for me.

Oh great – I think the perfume is making my cat crazy – time to go wash that off before he attacks my arm.

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Quickly playing with the zebra incoco with zoya loredana and the birchbox bracelet (click to enlarge)