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Confession. I am the WORST about skincare. I don’t sleep nearly enough, drinking water is more of a suggestion for me, and I’m on all sorts of medication that does weird things to my skin. Up until recently, I didn’t even really have a real skincare routine. It consisted of splashing my face with some drugstore face wash and cold water and calling it a day.
Lately, my skin’s been getting worse, so something had to change. But I’ve also been reading a ton about all of the bad chemical-y things that we’re putting on our skin: hazards including carcinogens, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and allergens. I’ve been looking into a lot of my products using the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which I learned about from Lauren Bejot. It shows you whether the ingredients in your skin and makeup products are bad for you or not. So how about the one face wash product I’ve been using? Not a great score. Um. Yikes.
So I started researching really clean products that don’t have all of this yucky stuff in them. Guess what? They’re really, really expensive, and I just can’t justify fitting them within my 26-year-old budget. I find this dilemma to be highly annoying - why do I have to spend a million dollars just so that my face wash isn’t a cancer or allergy concern?
Then an amazing thing happened. A consultant from Lemongrass Spa, April Carnahan, reached out to me to see if I wanted to try out some all-natural, cruelty-free skincare products (sans harmful chemicals). Needless to say, I was totally in. I tested out some of her products for about three and a half weeks.
What I Tested:
- Detoxifying Charcoal Trio, including the Bar Soap, Face Polish, and Face Mask
- Face Créme with Tea Tree
- Pomegranate Body Polish
Detoxifying Charcoal Trio
It seems like lately I’ve been hearing a lot about the wonders of using charcoal as a cleanser, and after using the charcoal soap, face polish, and face mask, I totally get it. My skin always felt really clean after I used them, but I never felt like it was dried out. The products also felt really light. I never realized before how my old face wash had a really heavy texture to it, but after using these, it’s so obvious (and really annoying).
A couple of other things I LOVED about the detoxifying charcoal trio:
- The face polish wasn’t harsh like a lot of exfoliators are, and my skin felt so soft after I used it.
- I was also PUMPED that April sent me a great bar soap to try. As you may remember from one of my previous posts, bar soap holds a special place in my heart for its eco-friendly qualities.
- I also loved that these products didn’t have much fragrance to them. Frankly, I don’t need my face to smell like a grapefruit to feel like it’s clean - I just want the products I’m using to work.
The first week I used the detoxifying charcoal trio, my skin had a mini meltdown, and I had a bit of an acne flare-up. I had to switch up some of my hormonal medication literally the same week that I started using this, so I’m assuming that was a huge part of the problem, but by the second week of using these products, my skin looked less dull, I was getting fewer blemishes, and as mentioned above, my skin just felt really clean.
Face Créme with Tea Tree
I’m not proud of this, but I’ve never purchased or used a moisturizer before. Ever. I have combination skin, so some parts of my face are always dry, while others a bit more oily. I know I’m wrong now (I know, stop “tsk-ing” at me), but moisturizer just didn’t seem like a solution that would work for me given this weird balance between oily and dry skin. Holy buckets, I’ve been converted. I love this stuff. It feels really soothing after using the face wash, and I realize now that it’s important for the long-term health of my skin.
I’ll admit that I didn’t have huge expectations for the body polish when I first saw it (sorry, April). I couldn’t have been more wrong. I was actually completely freaked out the first time I used it because my skin felt so weird, and I didn’t know what to do. Was something wrong? Was I okay? Yes. My skin was just really, really soft - like, softer than I had ever felt it before. It was beyond perfect for getting rid of my gross winter dry skin. I especially loved using it on my legs.
The Biggest Bonus?
Okay, so remember me crying above about how healthy skincare products are too expensive? Lemongrass Spa products are TOTALLY affordable. Shockingly so. If you buy the entire charcoal trio, you’ll only spend $35. I was looking into other similar products, and a bar of charcoal soap alone can cost $25 from other companies. Similar exfoliators? $35 on their own. This stuff is a hell of a bargain, and I’m so glad that I don’t have to compromise my budget for products that are healthy to use. You can see their whole catalog here.
I absolutely LOVE Lemongrass Spa products, and I’m only mad that I didn’t know about them sooner. They work extremely well, and I don’t have to pick between spending a ton of money or using chemical-laden products (I’m now shuddering at the ingredients in my old face wash). This stuff is for real, and I wholeheartedly recommend them. Check it out, and let me know what you think!
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