Being a beauty blogger I’m often testing out skincare products, so my face care routine is forever changing. However, once I’m done testing a product (over 4-6 weeks) it goes at the end of the line so I can finish the product I was previously using.
Things have been rather stable lately in the testing department and these are the products that I currently reach for during my evening face care routine.
Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic
I always start my routine with micellar water, and when I was looking for an all-natural one I discovered the Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic.
Powerful yet gentle, this innovative tonic water helps capture and lift away dirt, oil, impurities and makeup without harsh rubbing or even rinsing. Leave skin feeling clean, hydrated and refreshed without over-drying. Cactus water, full of skin-loving beneficials, has a history of toning and hydrating. All skin types.
Sorbitan Oleate Decyl Glucoside Crosspolymer – A PEG-free, non-ionic fragrance solubilizer made from 100% biobased raw materials.
Decyl Glucoside – A natural, renewable, plant-derived, biodegradable mild non-ionic surfactant.
Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus Flower) Extract
Jasmine Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Water
Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Water
Rosmarinus Officinale (Rosemary) Leaf Water
Phenoxyethanol – Common cosmetics preservative that’s considered one of the least sensitising for use in formulations. It does not release formaldehyde. Can be found naturally in green tea, but the commercial ingredient is synthetically produced in a laboratory creating what’s termed a “nature identical” chemical.
Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin – A glyceryl ether used as a weak preservative and skin conditioning agent. As its name suggests, it is made using glycerin.
Parfum (All Natural)
Look at how beautiful this bottle is!
This is the only cleanser I use on my eyes so I use this whether I’m wearing makeup or not. I’ll put a few drops on a facial cotton and gently wipe my eyes.
When I’m not wearing makeup I use it to remove the oil/sebum that accumulated during the day. When I’m wearing makeup it removes all of my eye makeup with 1-2 swipes and that’s it. I’ll also swipe the cotton all over my face to help remove some of the makeup as a little first cleanse.
I don’t find this one as moisturising as the previous micellar water I was using, but it does seem to cleanse my eyes better with fewer swipes, and I always moisturise my eyes so it’s not an issue for me.
This one smells very light and soapy.
Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash Original
While I was at Loblaws a few weeks ago to buy more shampoo I decided to take a look at the facial cleansers they had since I needed a new one. I’ve never tried anything from Desert Essence before, but this cleanser with tea tree oil looked interesting so I decided to give it a shot.
The extract of Hawaii’s fragrant awapuhi plant brings additional softening properties to this gentle, but effective cleanser already rich in soothing extract of goldenseal and essential oil of chamomile. Eco-Harvest® Tea Tree Oil leaves a clean that feels oil-free, and with regular use, helps improve your skin’s texture and radiance.
– Water (Aqua)
– Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
– Tall Oil
– Potassium Hydroxide – An inorganic compound used as a pH adjuster.
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract
Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract (Awapuhi)
Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (Bladderwrack)
Cymbopogon Martini Oil (Palmarosa)
Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil
Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil
Callitris Intratropica Wood Oil (Blue Cypress)
This face wash is very liquid – it’s just like water. I find one full pump to be too much; I use about half a pump. It’s so liquid that I don’t add water to it, I just lather it up right into my wet hands. It lathers really well by itself and if you want to, adding a touch of water just boosts it up.
It cleanses really well. It smells like tea tree, which is to be expected, but I don’t find it too strong. And as soon as you’re done rinsing your face the scent is gone.
I bought this one at Loblaws, but you can also get it on Well.ca for $16.99 CAD.
raspberrymint Face, Body & Home Mist – Rose Chic
I always use a toner after cleansing to add an immediate burst of moisture to my skin. I prefer the ones with a misting pump cause I just pump/spray it all over my face as soon as I’m done drying my face from the washing. Also, I don’t rub it in, I leave it as is and will rub it in when I follow with my serum or oil after.
This product is a must have if you love the smell of fresh roses and flower gardens. May be used as a facial toner, on hair, body, furniture, pillows, curtains, as a linen spray, etc.
Rose Floral Water (Rose Damascena)
I started using this one after I finished my Eau florale de Rose from Maison Jacynthe (which I absolutely loved) and although this one from raspberrymint is nice, it doesn’t smell as good as the one from Maison Jacynthe. While the other one smelled very light and floral, this one has a very strong rose scent that almost seems fake. I know it’s not fake, but compared to my previous one it just smells like it.
It still works well though.
Cacay Naturals 100% Cacay Oil
When I started looking into natural products I did a lot of research on natural oils and cacay (pronounced ca-ca-y) oil was touted as the latest must-have oil. So, I had to try it out.
Why cacay oil?
– 50% more Vitamin E than Argan oil
– Contains three times as much Retinol (Vitamin A) as Rosehip Oil
– Loaded With Linolenic Acid
I’ve been using this mostly on my eyes and lips where fine lines and wrinkles are more prominent. I haven’t really noticed any changes in my fine lines, but my skin does feel great.
This one has a light, nutty scent that I absolutely LOVE!
ACURE Organics Quick Fix Balm
This is a product that I reviewed recently and it’s become a must in routine. I won’t go over the ingredients and full details again since I would just be repeating myself, but I love it. I use it on my eyes and lips after my cacay oil.
ACURE Organics Aromatherapeutic Rose Argan Oil
This is another product I reviewed recently and has become a must in my routine. After I was done testing it I returned to the serum I was previously using and I felt a big difference in how my face felt at the end of my routine. I could tell that it lacked moisture, so I’ve added this one back.
As you can see I’m already more than halfway through it.
aromic citrusy nighttime face oil
The last step of my routine is to moisturise. I’m currently testing a new-to-me moisturiser (which I’ll be showing you next week), but before that, I was using this face oil (which I’ve reviewed before).
Ideal for all skin types to give a healthy glow and provide hydration without leaving it feeling greasy.
Ideal for nighttime use due to it phototoxic properties.
Argania Spinosa – argan oil
Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil
Citrus Limonum – lemon oil
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil
Propylene Glycol – A synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water.
Diazolidinyl Urea – An antimicrobial preservative used in cosmetics. It acts as a formaldehyde releaser.
Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate – A water-soluble preservative used globally in the paints & coatings, wood preservatives, personal care, and cosmetics industries.
Tocopherol – Tocopherols are a family of vitamin E compounds naturally found in vegetable oils, nuts, fish and leafy green vegetables.
I first tried this product last fall before I made the decision to go natural and clean with my ingredients, and when I introduced it back into my routine earlier this year I did not even think to look at the ingredients. Being an all-natural product I just assumed that it met my requirements. Now that I’ve done my research for this post I can see that not all of the ingredients align with what I want in my products, so I will not be using this product again.
I decided to leave this product in this post to show you why it’s important to look at the ingredients in the products you’re using and DO YOUR RESEARCH. Don’t just assume like I did. Every new product that I’ve tried this year I researched before using/buying, but since this one was already in my stash I didn’t even think twice about it. Lesson learned.
I use a lot of products, as you can see. And my face does feel a bit oily once I’m done, but I can tell you that this winter my face has been feeling amazing! My routine will most likely change for the summer since the air gets quite humid around here, and I’ll do an updated post once that happens. But for now, these are all a must in my evening skincare routine (except for that aromic face oil that is going into the trash).
My morning routine is slightly different and I will share that one with you soon.
What products do you use in your face care routine? Do you use different products for morning and night?
– Chantal 🙂