I will review products individually in small blogs over the coming weeks. But before I do, I thought a little update.
As anyone who follows my blog is aware…I am v lazy. I rarely wear make up. I don’t wear foundation. I tend to keep a neat look by making sure my hair is hennaed and my roots are done and well conditioned. My eyelashes and eyebrows are tinted. My eyebrows are shaped and tidy. My lips are hydrated. My skin is hydrated. And I wear lipstains like Benetint or Posie Tint from Benefit usually, with a Burts Bees tinted lipbalm to top up. Or I used a revlon lipgloss/stain, applied it and wiped it off to leave a fuschia tint that didn’t look over done.
I’m 42. I don’t have much sun damage. I don’t really have lines. My skin is normal. Sometimes a bit dry in winter. I went through some hassle when I came off the pill five years ago and my skin got dry. Nothing seemed to work. I knew it would be hormonal and would balance out. I tried all kinds of creams and ended up with a rash from one and thought, that’s it. I will bite the bullet and try Creme de la Mer. Everyone raves about it. It can’t make this worse and I am wasting a fortune. (Note – I tried Lush’s Skin’s Shangri La at this time. Not cheap. It sorted the moisture but gave me clogged pores).
3 weeks later my skin was transformed to the point people thought I had, had something done. It appeared poreless. Spotless. Smooth. Moisturised. And I was amazed. Truly hadn’t expected a miracle despite the reviewers claims. But it was one!
Since then I have favoured La Mer moisturisers. The body cream, eye balm, moisturiser and lip balm. I also use the regenerating serum in the summer as a light alternative.
According to the PETA, La Mer, owned by Estee Lauder lost its cruelty free status a few years ago. This wasn’t due to anything La Mer or Lauder changed but rather a change in PETA categorisation. La Mer don’t test on animals. Their products are not made by people who do. La Mer is essentially cruelty free. But…they sell to China. And the Chinese test every skincare product they sell on animals.
So now a moral dilemma. Is La Mer cruelty free as it was until a few years back before being reclassified? Is is cruelty free when I buy it in the UK but not if I bought it in China. Or is it immoral for La Mer/Lauder to sell to China and we should boycott them by virtue of a lack of integrity? Or should we all lean heavily on China to stop their methods?
For me, my Stoptober experiment was interesting. I am recently full vegan (diet not lifestyle) after being mostly vegetarian since my teens. And I had used Lush products during my Stoptober experiment as I have enjoyed them since their Cosmetics to Go days.
Well. The second my experiment ended, I am back on La Mer. In a month it really wrecked my face. The Fun I used as body wash was great. And I liked the body lotions I used. Liked. They did give me soft skin. But in honesty…they weren’t user friendly. Not fast to absorb. Some better than others and my dry skin on my legs cleared up…but I was using argan oil all over before bed too (in place of bio oil).
Having to look into each product was interesting. Lush use some harsh foaming agents. They use laureth-4 which is not good for allergy prone skin. They do use some petroleum based additives…but the ingredients list on the labels is user friendly and the natural ingredients…all good. But the bad side? Being honest, the smells which seem such a treat when used occasionally, when used together create such a strong smell I couldn’t wear perfume all month because my hair smelled of vanilla, my body smelled of orange and patchouli after washing with something smelling citrusy and bathing in a sakura scented bath.
It got a bit much really. Especially because the body lotions (while effective) seemed to need a half hour sinking in period before dressing. Something I don’t have. So they may be good for before bed but daily use did become more time consuming than I am used to.
So for this month…a simple test…I will use the Lush bath stuff and washes as before. Herbalism and Ocean Salt for my face. But only La Mer body cream, argan oil, La Mer moisturiser and serum. And see how I go.
I can’t make a conclusion at all…these are hardly clinical trials. But I am starting to wonder if maybe the moisturising bath and shower stuff I was using left a detergent residue on my skin causing the dry patches…watch this space anyway!
Also, those who think Creme de la Mer is crazy expensive…£70 wasted on Lush face moisturisers that ruined my skin is worse. If you bought a bath bomb for each day of a month – about £3 a day that would cost you twice as much as using Creme de la Mer face moisturiser (a little goes a long way).
One thing I will quickly big up though! Lush’s lipsticks and eyeliners – versatile and work v much in the way I use Benetint/Posie Tint. I will definitely continue using their make up and hair care…by the end of November I will decide whether I will continue with their cleansers too!
So my subject to review conclusion at this point is…I think Lush and La Mer will work well together for me. I think my dry skin problems may have come from using Dove products that are too full of chemicals and slightly irritated my skin.
Also…my eyes have been opened to the fact that sometimes choices are based on what works best and others may choose based on company ethics. And right now, I am not sure where I stand on that.
Xxx ALM (Maya)