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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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?