Santaverde Aloe Vera Cleansing Milk [Review]

I have used up my Santaverde aloe vera cleansing milk and want to give you a full review of this cleanser. I liked to use it and am sad that I have finished it. First I will give you some facts, then I talk about my personal experience.

The small numbers ((x/y) requirements met) you can see after the paragraphs tell you how the product fits into my top-of-the-tops requirements for really good products.

Ingredients

INCI: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Pyrus Malus Fruit Juice*, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Myristyl Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil*, Alcohol*, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydoxystearate, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Phytate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Glycerin, P-Anisic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Silver Sulfate, Aroma**, Linalool.
*Certified organic, **Natural apricot scent

The aloe vera cleansing milk is vegan, cruelty free, certified by Natrue as organic (my package, however, is certified by BDIH), does not contain colourings and preservatives and the promoted ingredients are in the first spaces of the ingredients list.
(8/10) requirements met

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Packaging

The cleanser comes in a plastic cosmetics tube with hinged lid in a cardboard box with ingredients and other information listed on it. You get what you see and read, there are no empty promises and no misleading labels. The cardboard box provides additional information, the plastic tube is user friendly. Sadly you cannot choose between several sizes, no trials or travel sizes are available.
(8/10) requirements met

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Marketing and Price

Filling quantity: 100 ml (base price per 100 ml = 18,90 €)
Actually, the marketing phrases for use are correct for most people, I think. However, my skin is not average and has a need for more oil residue after washing my face. It feels dry and tight after the use of most skin cleanse products. The product is not cheap, it will cost you about 14€ for three months of usage (I calculated that on my own consumption, used twice a day) and you have to pay about 19€ even to get the cleanser.
(5/10) requirements met

Personal experience

I really like the product: the application feels good, the product does not sink in the skin too much so you can use less product, and it spreads very well on the skin. It does not sting and emulsifies grease and particles from air pollution and minor make-up well. (It is not made to get rid of a major full face make-up, so use a make-up remover before this cleanser if you like coats and coats of mascara, lots of eye liner and high coverage make-up.) You can easily wash the cleansing milk off, or you can use a cotton tissue to do that, both is okay. After I washed off the cleanser, my skin feels a little dry and tight, so I cannot do oil free night skin care after this – but very likely you could use it if you don’t have oily-dry skin like I do. But I feel very clean and do moisturise my skin afterwards, so no offence taken. The smell is very subtle and a little bit sour, like green apples and some flowers. About the ingredients I am a bit ambivalent: aloe vera and apple juice as main ingredients are great, but the INCI list is soo long, that I do not like very much. Less ingredients would fit my expectations better. Also the price is not even near low budget for a product that you use twice a day. If the ingredients list was a little shorter and there would not be aroma in the product, I think I would happily re-buy the aloe vera cleansing milk. I am simply not sure if I want another tube or if I want to look out for a better cleanser. You know, better ingredients might read good, but if the effect for my skin would be better is doubtful. So stick with it?
(9/10) requirements met

All in all

Ingredients and packaging are okay, marketing and price could be better, nevertheless I liked to use the product very much. If you are looking for a vegan, cruelty free cleanser that is easy to use and do not wear (much) make-up, this cleanser is for you.
(30/40) requirements met

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What are your favourite cleansing milks and how do you like to use them, with cotton cloths, hot cloth method or just plain water?

Schmidt’s Deodorant | Unboxing Ecco Verde

Usually I make my deodorant myself. That is easy, you basically mix bakingsoda with shea butter and add some drops essential oil. But sometimes I don’t want to use my DIY stuff – this is when I begin to surf blogs and onlineshops after THE ONE product I want to try instead. In the past few weeks this has been deodorant, as I used my DIY version almost a year now. The result is an order I placed at Ecco Verde. I am always curious to see how online shops pack their things, therefore I will show you some unboxing pictures.

My order came in a cardbox with biodegradable packing material (the stuff that glues together when moist), everything was in fine order.

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | package
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | package

I ordered some mineral makeup samples, they were placed in a small plastic bag to avoid spilling and falling around in the box.

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | products inside the package
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | products inside the package

The deodorant itself was rolled up in bubble wrap and the eyelash curler in a separate plastic bag.

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | products inside the package
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | products inside the package

The Avril Eyelash Curler (£1.19 | €1,49 | $2) seems quite good for the price. The silikon pad is rounded and super soft, and there is a spring that helps getting a better feeling for the pressure. An extra silikon pad is delivered with the curler, it is placed at one of the handles.

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | Avril Eyelash Curler
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | Avril Eyelash Curler

I ordered sample sizes of some mineral makeup. Inika offers a vegan, cruelty free foundation based on aloe vera juice and organic oils, I tried shade honey (Inika Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation Mini Size, Honey, 6ml: £2.49 | €2,99 | $4). Lily Lolo sells powdered Mineral Foundation (LSF 15 Mini-Size, 0,75g: £3.29 | € 3,99 | $5,50) in cute little srew-top jars, I ordered Butterscotch and Saffron. They are also vegan, cruelty free and without nasty ingredients. Also I decided to get samples of Everyday Minerals which I have never used before, just like the Lily Lolo and Inika mineral makeup: Everyday Minerals Cheeks Blush Sample Peony Petal (0,14g: £1.10 | €1,49 | $1,80) and Everyday Minerals Foundation Matte Base Sample Size 5W Golden Tan (0,14g: £1.10 | €1,49 | $1,80).

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | mineral makeup trial sizes
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | mineral makeup trial sizes

The best part is the Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant (56,7g: £8.99 | €10,99 | $14,70) which I am soo curious to try! The ingredients read fantastic simple: shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder, cocoa seed butter, bergamot essential oil, lime essential oil, vitamin E, hop extract. It is certified vegan & cruelty-free.

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | Schmidt's Bergamot + Lime Deodorant
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant

Ecco Verde offers free delivery to the United Kingdom from £39.95, to Germany from €25, and ships throughout Europe.

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Which is your favourite deodorant?

New Beauty July & August 2014

In July and August I bought new products which I haven’t used before. Most things are from online shops as the brands are not available locally.

New Beauty July & August 2014
New Beauty July & August 2014

Make-up Products:

Alba Botanica: Mineral Terra Tints SPF 15, Blaze
I like having a tinted lipbalm in my handbag. The colour is a brownish rose tone and suits my lips.

Alima Pure: Satin Matte Blush, Honey Rose
This blush fits the colour of my natural blushing but adds some freshness. Powder blush for every day use.

Dizao Organics: Protective Lip Color Balm 207 Oleander
The ingredients of Dizao’s products are really good and I wanted to try another colour. This is, as the Alba Botanica one, a tinted lipbalm. This one is more pigmented, has some shimmer and comes in a natural fresh pink.

Zuii: Mermaid eyeshadow
This duochrome eyeshadow is likely to become one of my favourites. The main colour is a blueish green, the shimmer is a yellowish green. Zuii uses petal powders as base for the powdery products as eye shadows, powder foundations and blushes.

New Beauty July & August 2014 | make-up
New Beauty July & August 2014 | make-up

Skincare and Fragrance:

Farfalla: Nuvola
After using up some trial sizes I purchased the full size of this powdery fragrance. Absolutely love it!

Joik: Alcohol Free Facial Toner with Sea Buckthorn Oil and Aloe
Funny two-phase-product which you have to shake before use. The sea buckthorn oil will disperse in the transparent fluid and then float up again. I own so many serious products that, from time to time, I have to get some not-so-serious stuff. The ingredients are not so bad, though.

Urtekram: Nordic Birch Hand Soap
Usually I use solid soap bars. When I got this in my Blogger BIOty Box I was happy to try something totally new.

New Beauty July & August 2014 | skincare and body products
New Beauty July & August 2014 | skincare and body products

Dr. Bronner’s: Peppermint Soap
Travel size of the liquid soap. Didn’t have any Dr. Bronner soaps by now and wanted to try something.

Go & Home: Conditioner
New brand from Austria. They invented products with double function, this conditioner is also a shaving cream. Sounded interesting and I needed a conditioner for the weekend out so I bought this travel size.

Kivvi: Bergamotte & Litsea Body Marmalade
Travel size body butter that smells like summer. Great ingredients, love the design.

Less is more: Tangerine Curl Balm
I wanted to try some of the less is more haircare products and started with the curl balm. Smells nice, feels good.

Living Nature: Deep Cleansing Mask
This single unit trial size cost me 4€ so it’d better be good.

Pai: single use samples of Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream for Dry Sensitive Skin, Echium & Macadamia Replenishing Day Cream for Age-Prone Sensitive Skin, Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser for all Skin Types, Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator
I hope I like them!

Marie W.: Powder Bowl
Tiny powder bowl for mineral makeup. The size is small but fitted for kabuki brushes.

New Beauty July & August 2014 | skincare travel sizes
New Beauty July & August 2014 | skincare travel sizes

Private Purchase

Which things do you like to try in September?

Empties July & August 2014

August is over and so seems the summer. In the last two months I have used up some products, and today I will show you some of them.

Empties July & August 2014

Farfalla: Aloe Vera Gel Classic
One of my favourite summer products for beach days is now empty. I loved to use it on my face, arms and shoulders for some extra moisture. Swimming in the sea and numerous showers dry the skin, the gel helped to minimize that effect. In the evenings I spread some aloe gel over my back and sprayed hydrolate over it. That cooled my body somewhat and made it easier falling asleep in the hot climate.
Repurchase? Yes, next year right before summer.
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