Review of Kiehl’s Grapefruit Bath & Shower Liquid Body Cleanser

Pros:

Smells fresh of citrus.

Cons:

This is just an average soap, no smell of grapefruit in sight and does not lather.

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I have an obsession for all things that smell of grapefruit, therefor I thought this soap would be a real treat. My impression of Kiehl’s as a brand is that they have good quality for a pretty high price, so I have high expectations, since paying over 20 dollars for a soap sure is a splurge.

First of all, it does not smell of grapefruit, it smells of citrus, there is a difference. It does not lather properly and therefore you use more than you actually need per shower. Sure after my shower I do not feel itchy, something I have experienced previously, but that is pretty much it. For this price you could at least expect the smell of citrus to linger on you skin for a while, and of course it doesn’t.

Overall: starnostarnostarnostarnostar

Value for money:starnostarnostarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

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Rudolph Care: Acai Body Lotion

 

Pros:

Organic and free from harmful ingredients. Softens and hydrates skin.

Cons:

Glass bottle with pump: Not handy to travel with.

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I will start out by repeating what I wrote in an earlier review on a Rudolph Care product:

I have said it before, and I will say it again: I’m a fan of Rudolph Care. I love that they make products without harmful ingredients or chemicals. I think this is something that the entire beauty industry should focus a lot more on: We apply these products to our biggest absorbing organ (our skin) several times a day. I.e. when using products with perfume, chemicals and what-have-you, we feed our body with toxics, and the consequences is starting to show around the world. Okay, enough of me preaching (I just wish there were more ‘healthy’ products out there).

The Acai Body Lotion is a really nice lotion with a light smell. The bottle has a pump function that easily provides me with the lotion I need. The lotion is easy to apply to skin as it is not too thick. The skin is left soft and hydrated without feeling greasy. The Acai berry should help against signs of ageing.

Rudolph Care claims that the lotion can be used for sensitive, irritated and dry skin. Even for skin with a rash. This is also my experience. Here’s an example: My boyfriend and his sister has a tendency to get red spots/rash on their upper arms (I think they’re called something special, but I don’t remember the word). The Rudolph Care Acai Body Lotion is the only lotion that makes that rash go away.

I like to have one lotion that I just know works and that is good for my skin and my health. This one is my favourite when it comes to that, and you can actually use it for your hair if it’s a bit dry. Just apply a little to the ends…

 

Overall: starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

 

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The Body Shop: Spa Wisdom Japan, Yuzu & Rice Body Milk

 

Pros:

Against animal testing*! Easy to apply with the spray function. Use for summer.

Cons:

A bit thin, doesn’t feel like it goes that much “in depth”.

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This body milk smells fresh and is easy to apply, first of all because the bottle has a spray function, second, because it’s a very light cream. I would use this product in the summer when my body needs a light relieving moisturiser that smells fresh and summerly. The smell is a bit too much for me for every-day use.

Another plus is that you support community trade with this product.

 

Overall: starstarstarnostarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

 

*I have to mention that The Body Shop was criticised for selling their products in China, where the government (for reasons I don’t see) requires animal testing. When it came to the media’s attention, Body Shop quickly removed their products from the Chinese shelves (More here and here).

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Rudolph Care: Acai Lip Balm

 

Pros:

Tastes good, ‘healthy’, leaves my lips soft and hydrated without being too sticky. Also good for other dry areas

Cons:

You have to apply it with your finger, which means that you stick your (dirty?) fingers into the balm whenever you want to apply it

More:

I have said it before, and I will say it again: I’m a fan of Rudolph Care. I love that they make products without harmful ingredients or chemicals. I think this is something that the entire beauty industry should focus a lot more on: We apply these products to our biggest absorbing organ (our skin) several times a day. I.e. when using products with perfume, chemicals and what-have-you, we feed our body with toxics, and the consequences is starting to show around the world. Okay, enough of me preaching (I just wish there were more ‘healthy’ products).

The Lip Balm comes in a little glass container and looks really cute. You have to stick your finger in the container and apply the balm with your finger, which I’m not a huge fan of, as it’s inevitable to drag some bacteria into my lovely lip balm.

The balm smells great (the Rudolph smell) and it even tastes all right if you accidentally eat it, which is hard to avoid, when applied to lips several times a day. I keep the lip balm in my coat pocket or purse, to have it with me at all times. It works wonders on cracked winter lips, and during the summer time, it’s good for sunburned skin or lips.

I also use the lip balm to give my lips a little “shine” when I go out.

Even though I feel a here-and-now hydration and improvement of my lips’ condition, the balm does not hydrate my lips in-depth, further, this is an expensive product (around €26 for 15ml), but it lasts long.

 

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar

 

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Review of Rudolph Care Facial Scrub Mask

 

Pros:

Leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated

Cons:

Skin feels a little oily after use. Also, some skin types are not good with scrub masks

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I have said it before: I’m a fan on Rudolph Care. I love things that are organic, and I love products without harmful ingredients or chemicals. Read a little more on the Rudolph products here.

The Acai Facial Scrub Mask from Rudolph is no exception. The mask claims to rejuvenate and hydrate, and I definitely feel that my skin is hydrated after using the mask.

The mask is a creamy scrub mask, with a high degree of good oils, amongst them is shea butter, olive and coconut oil. Pulverised abricot kernels exfoliates the skin in a gentle way.

When I feel that my skin needs extra mousture, I cleanse my skin, leave a damp cloth on my skin for a little while and then apply the Rudolph Acai Scrub Mask, that I gently massage into my skin. After removing the Scrub Mask, my skin feels soft and hydrated again

This mask is especially good if your skin needs extra care, for example during winter time, when cold weather has dried out your skin, or during summertime, when the sun and bathing has left their marks.

The product is in the expensive end, and there’s only 100 ml in the standard tube from Rudolph. However, you only need to apply a little every time, so that it lasts longer. Still, this is the reason for only three stars in “value for money”.

 

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar

 

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Review of Avéne Soothing Hydrating Serum

 

Pros:

Bottle with pump. Easy to apply. Feels good for my skin.

Cons:

Expensive. Not that soothing.

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This Eau Thermale Avène serum is a lightweight gel moisturiser for sensitive skin. The Thermal Water is said to be soothing and good for irritated and/or acne prone skin. I still need to see the scientific evidence for these claims (in beauty products). Paula’s Choice states that “There is inadequate research demonstrating that Avene’s thermal spring water is soothing for skin.” But there’s no source on the statement.

My skin is sensitive and has a tendency to get dehydrated, while still being acne prone. I have used the serum every day and night for almost a month (There’s 25% left of the 30ml bottle). I use approximately two “pumps” per time. The serum is easy to apply and is ok absorbed.

I tried to apply the serum and then a day cream, but that gets too much (too greasy/shiny). The serum alone is OK. My skin feels fine, but I do feel that my skin could need more hydration.

I’m not sure I see/feel a noticeable difference. For a product at this price, I would expect more hydration and better results.

I didn’t experience any breakouts or irritations from the serum, which is a plus.

By the way, Avène claims to be cruelty free (not tested on animals), however, they still sell in China, which requires that their products are tested on animals (More here).

 

Overall: starstarstarnostarnostar

Value for money: starstarnostarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

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