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Votary Rose Geranium & Apricot Cleansing Oil


It might seem a bit strange but one of the least talked about skincare products on my blog is cleansing oil. The truth is that most of the ones I’ve tried break me out (unfortunately, the same applies for most of the cleansing balms I’ve used) and my favourite cleansing oil is quite hard to get hold of.

So, I’m always quite nervous whenever I’m trying different ones but at the same time, I really hope to find cleansing oils that don’t irritate my skin. When I found the Votary Rose Geranium & Apricot Cleansing Oil in my Liberty Advent Calendar, at first, the essential oils in the ingredients list made me a bit unsure, as they can be troubling for me. But I decided to try it and I started using it every night and occasionally, on a colder morning when my skin feels a bit more dry.

I have a beautiful 50 ml glass bottle of the cleansing oil, it usually comes in 100 ml, it has a pump and a lovely face cloth in 100% cotton. Votary Cleansing Oil is made from 100% natural plant oils like Sunflower Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Rose Geranium Flower Oil and Chamomile Flower Oil. The consistency is quite thin and almost watery which for me, personally, is great because it feels light on my skin and I can also massage my face a bit longer. Some cleansing oils are just too thick for that.

I use this cleansing oil as a morning cleanse or a second cleanse in the evening after I’ve taken my makeup off with another product. In the morning I apply one pump of the oil and in the evening – two. I prefer to use it on dry skin but my hands would usually be damp, it’s just how I prefer it but you can use it with dry hands on dry skin, as well. Then I massage my face and neck and at the end, I remove it with a clean hot flannel. When I proceed to my toning step, there’s nothing left on the cotton pad, my skin is clean, soft and hydrated but like I said, I don’t use the oil to take makeup off. The texture of the cleansing oil is beautiful, it’s easy to spread and to massage your face with it. It leaves my skin smooth and nourished and the best part is that it doesn’t break me out. In fact, after a month of using it, my skin looks a bit clearer, brighter and more balanced.
I’m not sure how it would perform on a hot summer day, considering how my skin tends to freak out in the warmer months but for me, this is an amazing cleansing oil that doesn’t strip my skin in the freezing days.

It’s definitely a pricey product that I can try thanks to the advent calendar but I’m really happy to have this possibility because it is a wonderful cleansing oil for my winter skin. My evening skincare routine got even more enjoyable, thanks to the soothing scent and beautiful texture of the Votary Rose Geranium & Apricot Cleansing Oil.

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Products That Deserve Your Attention

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In a world full of beauty launches and recommendations, many products remain unnoticed. Products that are just as good as the hyped up ones, if not better. I realised that I’m using a lot of beauty items that you won’t see on many beauty blogs or magazines and I decided to share them with you because I simply love them. It turned out that there were more than I expected, so this might become a series and hopefully, it will help you to discover or re-discover amazing gems.

Skincare
Last year, I found the perfect cleansing oil for me (review here) and unfortunately, this is just the empty bottle of the A.S Apothecary Cleansing Oil #5 but they now have a stockist in Sweden, so I really hope to see their products in Norway soon. It’s an exquisite cleansing oil, feels lovely on the skin, smells amazing and removes make-up incredibly well while taking care of your skin thanks to Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Borage Oil, Calendula Oil and Vitamin E. It doesn’t break my combination skin out and I really miss it in my evening skincare rituals.

Speaking of breakouts, around ‘that time of the month’, my skin can go really crazy and that’s what happened a few weeks ago. I realised I’ve ran out of all my La Roche-Posay Effaclar treatments, so I had to go to the nearest pharmacy and get more of them. However, there was a huge display of Dermalogica products and I’ve always been curious about the brand, so I decided to take a look at it again. I’ve never heard people mentioning their Clear Start Overnight Treatment but it sounded so miraculous to me that I brought it back home. I applied it in the evening after cleansing and toning my face and on the next morning I woke up to less angry blemishes, the redness was almost gone, my skin didn’t feel dry or irritated and I couldn’t believe how well this product actually worked on me. I continued using it and I can say that my opinion hasn’t changed after the first use, I love this product, I might even love it a bit more than Effaclar Duo +, so go get a sample and see for yourself.

It might be spring coming but here in Norway, it’s still snowy and pretty cold. This caused me cracked and bleeding lips which doesn’t happen often to me, as I’m always taking care of my lips but there were such freezing days with icy wind that nothing could help. So, I had to deal with the aftermath and luckily, I always have the Kaufmanns cream (the one in a squeeze tube) because it heals my lips with just a couple of applications. It’s a relatively thick white cream that smells really delicate because it should be suitable for children, after all. If you find yourself in Germany, be sure to check it out because unfortunately, it’s available only there. A great product from the drugstore.

Make-up
Clinique is a popular brand but some of their products are really underrated. Just like this Airbrush Concealer that I have a mini of. It’s great for highlighting under the eyes, it’s lightweight but pigmented, sits natural on the skin and makes you look fresher. I love the simple packaging and the pen-form.

Another famous brand is Clarins but their Eyebrow Pencil isn’t mentioned often. I’m not sure how many of it I’ve gone through but I really like it because it has powdery finish and lasts all day. Also, it doesn’t require sharpening that often and has a brush on one end.

You may have noticed that I’m using a lot of Essence products, I just think most of them are really good quality at a drugstore price and they’re also cruelty-free. We’ve heard about their lip pencils but not much about their eyeliners. A liquid one really disappointed me but this Gel Eyeliner in the shade 06 Cocoa Bean is one of the best eyeliners I’ve tried. It’s dark brown that looks incredibly flattering, the texture is smooth and glides on easily, it’s waterproof, it’s very pigmented and doesn’t require sharpening.

Body and Hair
I’ve confessed my love for Kneipp body washes a million times but I wanted to mention them once again. They have so many different sizes, types (from creams to foams) and scents… I haven’t experienced a disappointment, so far, they feel amazing on the skin and you should definitely try them!

Ziaja is a Polish brand that I discovered last year. I love their sensitive micellar water but I’ve never mentioned their Cocoa Butter Hair Mask. Not only it smells nice but it also nourishes my hair and makes it feel soft and shiny.

These are some of my favourite products that aren’t talked about enough, I hope this post would be helpful for you to find new beauty loves.

Oils, Oils, Oils…

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I realised that oils have a huge part in my beauty routine. Face, body, hair oils, I’ve been loving them all and I didn’t even notice how much I’m actually using them. That’s why I decided to share with you some of my favourite oils at the moment.

The Cleansing Oil
AS.AP Cleansing Oil #5* is the most exquisite cleansing oil that I’ve tried, it’s suitable for all skin types, it removes all traces of make-up while the lovely formula nourishes and soothes your skin. I’ve done a full review on this cleansing oil, so if you’d like to have more detailed information, click here.

The Facial Oil
I’ve mentioned Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil so many times that it can only tell you how much I like it. This product has been part of my skincare routine for about a year now and there is a reason why. It balances my combination skin out, it makes it less angry, it soothes it and the herbal scent is very relaxing. You can see my review on it here but the difference now is that I use it every other evening after toning my face instead of just twice a week.
In the past months, I’ve had some dry patches appearing, probably it’s the cold weather in Norway, so I started using their Blue Orchid Oil as well but I’m going to share more about it in an upcoming post.

The Shower Oil
After using up another bottle of my favourite L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, I fell in love with one by Rituals. It was already in an Empties post but I had to mention it because it’s just wonderful. Rituals have amazing body products and their Fortune Oil isn’t any different from this. It’s really light on the skin but creates luxurious and nourishing lather. The scent is more than lovely, it’s zesty but also spicy and warm.

The Body Oil
I’ve tried many body oils and I don’t think I’ve had a disappointing one but none of them was as relaxing as the Mirins Copenhagen Aromatherapy Calming Body Oil*. I have to admit that I use it only on weekends when I can really take the time to treat myself. It’s just a special product that I don’t want to waste on a normal day and I prefer to fully enjoy it rather than just quickly slap it on after a post-workout morning shower. It has Argan Oil in it and a relaxing blend of Lavender and Bergamot Essential Oils.

The Hair Oil
Couple of months ago I picked up the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil for all hair types. I love the glass bottle although I can’t take it with me when I travel. The product has a blend of 6 flower oil extracts and smells wonderful. I’m a big fan of hair oils because I use them either as a mask before washing my hair or as a leave-in conditioner on a damp washed hair, or on the next day onto the ends of my hair if I want a little bit more shine to it. This is a very lightweight oil that makes my hair soft and easy to brush. My hair is pretty long but one pump of this oil is enough for me.

The Multi-Purpose Oil
Who doesn’t love a bit of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse? This product can be used on face, body and hair. I skip the face part because of my combination skin and because I’m pretty happy with my Clarins Lotus Oil but I love applying it on hair and body. It contains 6 plant oils and Vitamin E and some people even add it to their moisturisers or foundations for a dewy look and more hydrated skin. I love this mini bottle and I always refill it because it’s really handy to carry it around.

Do you have a favourite oil?

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AS.AP Cleansing Oil #5 Soothing & Restorative

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AS.AP is a small batch distillery and stands for Amanda Saurin Apothecary. Amanda Saurin is the founder, plant grower and gatherer, distiller and maker at AS.AP. They’re based at Ashurst Organic Farm in Sussex. I love how they say ”We have chosen to be small in scale but huge in benefits.”
They use only plants that are fresh and in season. Nothing is automated, every part of the process is hand made. Every harvest is recorded and available on their website, so that everybody can go and see. It’s worthy to see their story as well, it’s fascinating. Every product is made from the finest of ingredients, there is nothing artificial, nothing is tested on animals and all products are EU Certified by an Independent Chemist.

It’s not the first time that I’m featuring an organic and natural product on my blog because although I’m not using only products with organic ingredients, I love face and body care made of plants. I even made my boyfriend fall in love with such products and when he’s having a skin burn or insect bite, he always asks where our calendula cream was, for example. I love herbal tea, I love spritzing our bed sheets with a calming oil blend. Maybe it’s because my mom loves her garden and I got it from her, maybe it’s because I come from the land of roses, maybe it’s both, I just love it.

I never thought I’d have a cleansing oil included in my skincare routine. I haven’t tried many because the ones that I did try were too heavy or greasy on my combination skin, or if they didn’t make me more oily, they didn’t remove any make-up. In fact, I gave up searching for the right cleansing oil because I always double cleanse anyway. Until the day I got the chance to try AS.AP Amanda Saurin Apothecary Cleansing Oil* and I’m going to be forever grateful for that.
I love the simple yet stylish packaging which comes with a pipette and you only need just a few drops to cleanse the whole face.

When you open the bottle, you’re welcomed by the most exquisite rose scent and a gorgeous consistency, it’s oil but it’s not greasy, it’s simply gorgeous. The oil contains Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Borage Oil, Calendula Oil, Vitamin E and essential oils such as Rose, Bergamot, Clary Sage and Benzoin. You can see even by the ingredients that the cleansing oil is going to be very soothing and it’s also antiseptic.
I use micellar water to remove most of the make-up in the evening and then comes the oil time which is so relaxing and uplifting. For the purposes of this post, of course, I used only the cleansing oil to remove my make-up and it did a great job. I tried to have on more than what I usually wear and it removed everything – eyeliner, mascara, absolutely everything and it didn’t irritate my eyes.

I was lucky to get their gorgeous Cleansing Cloth #1* as well. It’s 100% cotton and handmade. It’s really soft but at the same time gently exfoliates the skin. After taking off the cleansing oil with the cloth, there is no oily residue left. Just a glowy and plump skin.

There’s only one thing I’m sad about and it’s the idea of not having the possibility to get AS.AP products here in Norway. So, if you have the chance to try some of them, do not hesitate, you and your skin would be very happy.

This beautiful oil turns my evening cleanse into a relaxing ritual while leaving my skin clean, soft and radiant. Easily my favourite part of my skincare routine in the past month…and the months ahead.

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