Recently Loved: Patchouli, Incense and Sandalwood

I love the warmth and density of spicy scents. Patchouli smells kind of sweet and spicy, in combination with ylang-ylang it seems almost flowery itself. Incense remains more on the cool side of spicyness, for me it is not as complex as patchouli and smells maybe a little dull. Yet I like it much! Sandalwood, as the name suggests, smells woody. Together with citrusy scents it adds volume to every composition.

In music, for me …
… patchouli would be a bariton in “Ameno“.
… sandalwood would be the cello in “Tonight“.
… incense were background choir in “Ronja Rövardotter“.

But as in music, these scents don’t go solo. They take their part in an orchestra of ingredients and essential oils blended together to create some wonderful skincare.

Franincense Essential Oil and Hydrosol

Frankincense promotes healing, fades scars, helps against acne and evens the skin tone as well as lifts the skin. It reduces the appearance of large pores, combats wrinkles and fine lines and has a calming effect on the mind.

Patchouli helps with acne and skin irritation, it is cell regenerative, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-aging. It counteraffects inflammation and promotes healing.

Sandalwood is effective for acne and eczema and reduces large pores. It is good for very dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin.

You can add 5 drops of essential oil to 30ml carrier oil for a body treatment oil or 10 drops of essential oils to 100ml carrier oil to get a face oil. Also you can use incense, patchouli and sandalwood hydrosols as face or body mist.

(I gathered these informations from all the manufacturers websites that make these and more lovely products containing incense, sandalwood and patchouli.)

Akamuti Olive & Avocado Night Cream

Akamuti Olive Avocado Night Cream

This cream is one of my most pleasant discoveries of the last months. It helps keeping my skin hydrated by preventing moisture to evaporate. The scent is calming and helps me to relax at night.
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Zeitgeist #4

Zeitgeist 4

What happened the last weeks? I’ll give you a short catch-up to my beauty world!

Buys and Rebuys

I like the Lavera Pink Energy Shower Gel very much. It smells really refreshing and energizing in a fruity way, and it contains extracts of pink grapefruit and pink pepper. This was a limited edition and when I wanted to rebuy the shower gel, it was no longer available in most stores. When I finally found a shop that had it in stock, I bought two shower gels and a body lotion as backup. The shower gel lathers very well for a natural one, and mostly after biking to work I enjoyed using it. If you find a store that has some of those left, smell if you like the fragrance!
Lavera Pink Energy Shower Gel
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DIY Soapnut Detergent

Have you used soapnuts so far? They are very versatile, you can wash your clothes with them, shower or wash your hair to name a few purposes. I like to have soapnuts at home, just in case. Once in a while I make a fluid soapnut cleanser and washing detergent.

DIY Soapnut Detergent
DIY Soapnut Detergent

I take 50 soapnut shells and cover them with 350 ml boiling water. I let them soak for half an hour and pour the liquid in a 1.5 litre container. Now I pour another 350 ml very hot water over the soapnuts, this time I use a blender to mix the soapnuts into the water. This will foam a lot! After another half an hour I pour liquid and foam into the container. After that I will soak the soapnut fibres in boiling water twice, 350 ml at a time.

After two hours you have nearly one and a half litre of soapnut fluid. Filter the fluid through a cotton cloth to hold back fine residue. Fill up to 1.5 litre with water.

Voilà, here you have your soapnut cleanser. You can wash your hair with it or take a shower, use it as hand soap or wash your dishes. Store it cool and use up within a week.

To make it a more powerful detergent for washing clothes, I add a tablespoon of baking soda and some essential orange oil (like 5 ml) to the fluid. Shake well to blend everything together, and also shake gently before every use. I take 150 ml for a single use, so the 1.5 litre last for about 10 machines.

Why do I take the time to boil and mix the soapnuts?
Hereby I use heat (boiling water) and physical power as well as soaking time to get the saponins out of the nut shells and into the fluid. This makes the detergency more powerful! In this way I do not have to use high temperature for the washing and can take a shorter and more gentle washing programme to get my clothes clean.

 

How do you use soapnuts? Do you have other alternatives to common cleansers and detergents?

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

Private Purchase

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