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7 Easy Steps to the Perfect Summer Beauty Routine

7 Easy Steps to the Perfect Summer Beauty Routine


Summer is officially here! Of course, for those of us who live in the northern part of Kentucky, it has felt like summer for several weeks. We went (as usual) from temperatures in the 30s and 40s to temperatures in the 80s and 90s. I would love to get some mid-70 temps for at least a month! Spring, where did you go??

Hot, humid temps mean that if I don't want my face to look greasy or have my makeup products literally slide off my face within a couple of hours, I have to be sure to make adjustments in my beauty routine. Ain't nobody got time for blotting all day!

I basically subscribe to the theory that if you need lighter/cooler clothing, then the same is probably true for your skincare and makeup. Of course that won't be the case for everyone, but for the most part, I think it's a safe bet.

Let's talk about skincare first:

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - one of my favorite cleansers for sensitive, breakout-prone skin!

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1) Switch to a lightweight cleanser
Depending upon your skin type and the cleanser(s) you use, you may need a lighter cleanser in summer. Especially if you have combo or oily skin. By "lighter", I mean one that doesn't contain a ton of ingredients that are left behind on your skin - like a creamy moisturizing cleanser. Those with dry skin may still need that extra moisture, but it probably makes the rest of us feel hot and sweaty.

I use lightweight cleansers year round. The ones I've been using most since my rosacea diagnosis work well for me in all temperatures. I use CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, or Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream. They're gentle and don't make my skin feel dry or greasy.


Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum - a vitamin C serum is one of the top three products on my must-haves for anti-aging skincare list. I'm a fan of this Timeless serum, and it has a great price point!

2) Use anti-aging products with a gel or serum base
Anti-aging products come in all shapes and sizes as well consistencies. If you usually use one that has a heavy cream base, you may find that switching to one with a lightweight serum or gel consistency works better in hot weather. And again, this will be especially true for those with combo or oily skin.

My anti-aging products are mostly serums that are lightweight and easily absorbed, so they work well year round. I use Timeless Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid, Timeless CoEnzyme Q10 Serum, and Argireline™ Solution 10%, Buffet Peptide Serum, and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum from The Ordinary.


CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion - this reasonably-priced moisturizer contains ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. My sensitive, acne-prone, mature skin loves it

3) Try a lightweight moisturizer
I'm talking to my combo and oily girls here, because unless you have super dry skin, you're probably going to feel better using a lightweight moisturizer during the dog days of summer. Keep in mind that everyone is different and you should do what works best for your skin.

When it's hot, I either use a moisturizer that also contains 30 SPF (and some anti-aging ingredients) or a foundation that is an all-in-one product. I'm all about less layers of product on my skin. Fewer layers feel lighter and are also less likely to slide off my face in the heat. My favorite general daytime moisturizer/sunscreen is the RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 from Paula's Choice. It's lightly tinted, fragrance-free, mineral-based, and also contains antioxidants, including resveratrol. If I'm at the beach or going to be outside for an extended time I skip the moisturizer and just use a sunscreen with at least 50 SPF. At night, I use Pretty Pearlfection Cream and CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.


Wearing a sunscreen daily is the number one thing you can do to slow down the aging process. I even wear sunscreen on days I stay inside! Paula's Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense is one of my top 5 favorites!

4) Find a sunscreen that dries to a matte finish
How many times have you heard me say that sunscreen is the single most important thing you can do to combat the signs of aging? If you're spending money on anti-aging products/procedures and not using daily sunscreen, you're throwing your money away!

The trick is to find a few sunscreens that work well for you. For instance, I look for a mineral sunscreen to use on my face because chemical sunscreens burn my eyes and irritate my skin. It has to be fragrance-free, absorb completely and leave no tackiness on my skin. It also has to play nice with my skincare/makeup. For my body, I'm less picky. It can be a chemical sunscreen, but it still has to absorb completely without leaving my skin feel greasy - and be fragrance-free or only lightly fragranced. I mentioned my favorite facial sunscreen above, and you can read more about the rest of my favorite sunscreens in a past post.


Now let's talk summer makeup:

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream is one of my favorite foundations!

5) Switch to a lightweight foundation
I bet you know what I'm going to say! Are you sensing a theme yet? Yes! You're going to most likely want a lightweight foundation for the warmer months. I wish I could get away with just using a tinted moisturizer. But I need some coverage, and I have yet to find a tinted moisturizer that provides that. I suspect that at least some of  you are in the same boat.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a lightweight foundation that also offers at least medium coverage. And doesn't settle into lines. And comes in the right shade. It's such a process, am I right?

The two that I'm reaching for in the heat are Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream and IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream.

The Missha BB Cream has a lighter consistency as well as decent, buildable coverage and SPF 42. The downside is the lack of colors - there are only seven. I blend three of their shades in the summer - #21 Light Beige, #23 Natural Beige, and #27 Honey Beige. I know that sounds excessive and you're probably thinking "I don't have time (or money) for that". But I promise - they're available at drugstore prices. I also wear this in the cooler months, but I only use one or two colors. (Read more at Product Review: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream and Product Review: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream (2017))

 IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Betterâ„¢ CC Cream isn't full coverage for me, but it does have lightweight, medium coverage as well as broad spectrum physical-only SPF 50+.

I have a love/hate relationship with the Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream. I stopped using it for a couple of years because I received a faulty tube and customer service on the IT Cosmetics website and I disagreed on how that should be handled. (You can read more about that here if you're interested.*) I found a sample tube in my stash that I started using a couple of  weeks ago and this stuff is so great on my skin with a light faux tan. I find that the Medium shade works best for me in the summer. It's great because it gives good medium coverage (I've never found it to be full-coverage as they advertise) and it also contains anti-aging ingredients and offers SPF 50. On most days I can skip moisturizer/sunscreen when I use this foundation because it's an all-in-one product.

(*I'm going to be purchasing a new tube - but I will buy from Sephora this time since they have great return/exchange policies. I struggle with knowing that I'm giving my money to a company that had poor customer service, but I'm comforting myself with the fact that IT Cosmetics is now owned by L'Oreal. I'm hoping their policies have changed, but I still recommend purchasing from a place that has a good return policy.)


e.l.f. High Definition Powder is my favorite setting powder - and it's only $6!

6) Use a setting powder
Setting powder can help keep your makeup in place as well as take the shininess away. I use setting powder year round, but it's especially important for me when the weather is hot. I don't mind a little "glow" but I don't want to look like the dudes in Raiders of the Lost Ark when their faces melted off. Plus I feel like I can reapply throughout the day when/if needed without my face getting that "caked-on makeup" look.

My favorite is super inexpensive - e.l.f. High Definition Powder in Sheer. For me, it works even better than expensive brands - and I've tried many of those. (read more at How Does e.l.f. HD Powder Measure Up?) It's also available in a compact if you prefer pressed powder to loose (and it's nice for throwing in your handbag). I also like the e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Powder (read more at How Does e.l.f. HD Undereye Setting Powder Measure Up?).


Skindinavia The Makeup Setting Spray is one of my favorite setting sprays!

7) Definitely use a setting spray
Once you have all of the above on, you want to make sure it stays on, right? Then you need some setting spray! This is another product that I use year round, but I can't be without at all for summer.

I've tried several, but I like Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray and Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray best. If you haven't tried those, I recommend them both. (I've heard that Skindinavia makes UD's spray, so that's probably why I like them both.) I'm currently using the Skindinavia and it's fabulous at keeping my makeup in place. I know some people are concerned that it contains denatured alcohol, but I've never had a problem with it drying my skin.

Sometimes the beauty routine that works great for you in fall and winter just isn't right for spring or summer. I'm going to tell you how to adjust your routine to make it perfect for warm weather!

And there you have it - my tips for getting your beauty routine ready for summer! What do you usually do to change your routine for summer? Let me know in the comments, on Instagram, or Snapchat!

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Adventures of Gus and Kim: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park - Tallahassee, Florida

Adventures of Gus and Kim: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park - Tallahassee, Florida


Earlier this year, Gus and I visited the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee, Florida. The park is beautiful and offers something for everyone. They have a recreation area that includes a playground, swimming, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, picnicking, hiking and biking. But that's not why we were there.

Adventures of Gus and Kim: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park - if you're looking for a must-do activity in Tallahassee, you can't go wrong with Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. It's especially beautiful January - March when everything is blooming!

We were there to see the beautiful Maclay Gardens and the Maclay House.

Adventures of Gus and Kim: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park - if you're looking for a must-do activity in Tallahassee, you can't go wrong with Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. It's especially beautiful January - March when everything is blooming!

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!

Just a little background info about Alfred B. Maclay (I didn't know anything about him prior to our visit.) Maclay was a very wealthy banker from New York who was married to Louise Fleischmann (of the wealthy Fleischmann (margarine and yeast) family). They visited Tallahassee in 1923 and fell in love with the area. He loved gardening and decided this would be a perfect place for his gardens. There was a 1906 hunting lodge on the property, so the Maclays did extensive renovations from 1923-1925, naming it Killearn (in honor of the Scottish town) and making it their winter home.

Azaleas at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!

Camellia at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!

Both Maclays loved camellias and azaleas, so they make up the foundation of the gardens. The garden grew and grew, adding dogwoods, oriental magnolias, tulips, irises, banana shrubs, honeysuckle, silverbell trees, and pansies.

Beautiful gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!

Alfred died in 1944 at the age of 46, so Louise continued their dream. In 1953, she and their children donated more than 300 acres of land to Florida - including the house and gardens. Land has been added since then, so that the park now covers almost 1200 acres.

Beautiful gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!

Beautiful gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!

I have one piece of advice for you. When you plan your visit, be sure to go between January and March when the gardens are blooming. We were there in mid-March and everything was in bloom. It was stunning.

Azaleas at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!

There is an added fee when you visit between January and March, but it's worth it. The trees and flowers are just amazingly beautiful, and the entire garden area is so peaceful and calm.

Beautiful trees at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!

I fell in love with the house. Even the interior. It just looks like a home you'd find in Key West. Minimal rooms, but oh-so-charming.

Main house at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!
Main house at Killearn (now Maclay Gardens)

Living room in main house at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!
Living room at Killearn (now Maclay Gardens)

There is another building behind the main house which we were told was the childrens' residence. There was only one bedroom in the main house, so Louise had the childrens' quarters built. I like the way she thinks!

Childrens' residence behind main house at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee!
Childrens' residence at Killearn (now Maclay Gardens)

The weather was wonderful the day we were there and we really enjoyed the time we spent in the gardens. It's definitely a must-do in Tallahassee!

Adventures of Gus and Kim: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park - if you're looking for a must-do activity in Tallahassee, you can't go wrong with Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. It's especially beautiful January - March when everything is blooming!

Adventures of Gus and Kim: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park - if you're looking for a must-do activity in Tallahassee, you can't go wrong with Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. It's especially beautiful January - March when everything is blooming!

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, Florida  32309
(850) 487-4556

Hours:
Park and gardens 8am - sunset, daily
Maclay House January - April, 9am - 5pm daily

Cost:
$6 per vehicle (does not include Gardens entry, January - April)
$6 Gardens entry, adults January - April
$3 Gardens entry, children (2-12) January - April
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You CAN Whiten Your Teeth Without Sensitivity!

You CAN Whiten Your Teeth Without Sensitivity!


(This post is sponsored by Carbon Coco. All opinions and experiences are my own. disclosure policy.)

Do you have sensitive teeth? I do, and it's incredibly annoying. Especially when I would like to whiten my teeth.

Have you heard of using charcoal powder for whitening teeth? Charcoal is in everything these days - cleanser, shampoo, facial masks, toothbrushes - the list goes on! Why is charcoal in everything?

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You CAN Whiten Your Teeth Without Sensitivity! I've had more success with Carbon Coco activated charcoal products than I ever did with whitening strips, toothpaste, or gel. And no sensitivity!

Activated charcoal is carbon that has been heated to make it expand, making it more porous and able to trap toxins. It chemically binds other substances to it's surface, but is not absorbed by the body. You've no doubt heard of it being used to treat certain types of poisoning. It is said that when charcoal is used in beauty products, it draws out impurities and oil. The same process applies to tooth care products, like Carbon Coco - the charcoal is supposed to bind with stains and help whiten teeth. Without causing sensitivity.

Carbon Coco Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish works well without sensitivity!

Now you're probably saying, That's great - but does it work? - I had the same question. First, let's address some of the reasons why someone's teeth may not be as white as they would like. Receiving certain antibiotics as a child, taking certain medications, certain illnesses, or genetics are all things that can not only cause teeth to be not be "white", but can also prevent whitening products from working well. I've always had problems whitening my teeth to blinding white (and I admit to having some envious feelings when I see someone with a whiter-than-white smile). I did have a lot of antibiotics as a child and I have also taken antihistamines daily for years. I don't drink coffee, but I do drink iced tea. I always use a straw, so the tea doesn't really come in contact with the surface of my teeth.

I've used whitening toothpaste and mouth rinse for years, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I've tried several types of whitening strips, but I have to be careful because of sensitivity. I use Sensodyne toothpaste, but the strips still make me miserable. I've tried a couple of whitening gels, but they didn't work either.

Carbon Coco Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish works well without sensitivity!

Charcoal powder seemed like a good option for me, and I was more than willing to give it a go. Carbon Coco Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish is made of finely milled organic coconut shell activated charcoal with a bit of bentonite clay and lemon myrtle.

A little powder goes a long way - you dampen your toothbrush, dip in the in charcoal, then brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes. I never noticed any taste or smell to the powder. Tip: Keep your mouth closed as much as possible, or you will find little spots of charcoal everywhere! I recommend having a damp paper towel nearby. No matter how careful I am when I rinse, I always make a mess!

Carbon Coco Activated Charcoal Toothpaste!

Next, you brush as usual with the Activated Charcoal Toothpaste. It's black, but once you start brushing, it lightens to a light grey. Or maybe it's white and the residual charcoal in your mouth turns it grey. Either way - it looks grey when you spit it out! The toothpaste is spearmint-flavored and does not contain fluoride. Both the polish and toothpaste are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

Carbon Coco Activated Charcoal Toothpaste!

The Carbon Coco website says that using the product nightly usually shows results in 7-14 days.


I have been using the charcoal polish and toothpaste (with the Carbon Coco Bamboo Charcoal toothbrush) nightly, and my regular Sensodyne Extra Whitening toothpaste in the morning for about 4-6 weeks. And guess what? I have definitely seen an improvement - without tooth sensitivity!


Are my teeth as white as I would like? No. I don't think they ever will be unless I get veneers - but they are visibly whiter than they ever were using whitening toothpaste, strips, or gel. Will I keep using charcoal? I actually think I will. I'm not using it nightly now, just 3-4 times per week, which seems to be a good maintenance schedule. It's easy to do, and definitely works better for me than whitening strips or gel - plus the added benefit of no increased sensitivity.

You CAN Whiten Your Teeth Without Sensitivity! I've had more success with Carbon Coco activated charcoal products than I ever did with whitening strips, toothpaste, or gel. And no sensitivity!

If you're interested in trying Carbon Coco, they're having a sale right now and they have free international shipping AND also a "love it or leave it" guarantee, so you can get a full refund if you don't see results within 14 days.

You CAN Whiten Your Teeth Without Sensitivity! I've had more success with Carbon Coco activated charcoal products than I ever did with whitening strips, toothpaste, or gel. And no sensitivity!

You can find Carbon Coco on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

Have you ever tried activated charcoal for whitening your teeth? How did it go? I'm curious to see if others had results! Leave a comment here, on Instagram, or Snapchat!


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Tuesday Brewsday: Proof Brewing Company - Tallahassee, Florida

Tuesday Brewsday: Proof Brewing Company - Tallahassee, Florida


It's always nice when a family can find an activity that everyone enjoys. For our family, one of those activities is visiting breweries. If you've been around the blog for awhile, then you know that not only do we visit our local breweries, but we also try to find breweries whenever we travel.

One of my favorite breweries is Proof Brewing in Tallahassee. Why? Because sour ales, Berliner Weisses, Goses, and stouts are always a good portion of their selections, and those are some of my favorite types of beer!

If you're in the Tallahassee area, be sure to stop by Proof Brewing Company! Awesome taproom with lots of great beer!

We've been to Proof a few times and always enjoy the brews and atmosphere. They're located in Railroad Square Art Park at 644 McConnell, but they are in the process of moving to a larger facility at 1320 South Monroe - which is less than a mile away and will put them within walking distance of Cascades Park and near downtown. It's my understanding that the current facility will remain open until the new location is ready. The last I read, they're estimating the opening to be no later than January 2019.

Current Proof Brewing Company site in Tallahassee, Florida - they're moving to a new location later in 2018!

They have a great set-up right now, with one of the best outdoor areas I've seen: a good-sized beer garden, games, and a place for live music. The indoor area is nice, but it can get a bit cramped, so it will be nice to have more room. I can't wait to see what they do with the new building - and it occupies an entire city block!

Current Proof Brewing Company outdoor area in Tallahassee, Florida - they're moving to a new location later in 2018!

They don't serve food at the current location, but you can bring in your own. They plan to have a kitchen at the new location.

Current Proof Brewing Company outdoor area in Tallahassee, Florida - they're moving to a new location later in 2018!

As I mentioned, they do amazing sour ales/Berliners/Goses. I've tried to figure out the name "coding" - I thought if "Evil Kiss" was in the name, it was a sour ale/Berliner Weisse, and if it was just "Kiss", it was a sour ale/Gose. But apparently that's not correct, because Passion Fruit Kiss is a Berliner. I guess you can say that is there is "Kiss" in the name it's a Berliner Weisse or a Gose! Their Creatures in the Dark chocolate sweet stout is one of my absolute favorite stouts.

Current Proof Brewing Company beer menu!

Flight of beer at Proof Brewing Company!
(pictured above, left to right: Passionfruit Evil Kiss, Raspberry Kissing Giants, Strawberry Lemonade Evil Kiss, 
and Tea Time Evil Kiss)

You'll notice in the list of "favorites" below, that Buddy and I have several, while Gus only has one. There are a couple of reasons for this:
1) Gus is really bad at checking in on Untappd, and if he doesn't check in, he won't remember what he had when I ask for a blog post.
2) He's not a fan of sour ale, Berliner Weisse, or Gose. And he only likes a few stouts.

My favorites*:
  • Peach Mango Evil Kiss (Sour/Berliner Weisse)
  • Creatures in the Dark (Chocolate Sweet Stout)
  • Tea Time Evil Kiss (Sour/Berliner Weisse)
  • Dragonfruit Evil Kiss (Sour/Berliner Weisse)
  • Passion Fruit Kiss (Berliner Weisse)
  • Raspberry Kissing Giants (Sour/Gose)
  • Mango Wit (Belgian witbier)
Gus' favorites*:
  • Hefeweizen
Buddy's favorites*:
  • Mango Wit Nitro (Belgian witbier)
  • Peach Mango Evil Kiss (Sour/Berliner Weisse)
  • Creatures in the Dark (Chocolate Sweet Stout)
  • Win-Win (New England IPA)
  • S'Mores Glass Emperor - Bourbon Barrel (Imperial/Double Stout)
If you're in the Tallahassee area, be sure to stop by Proof Brewing Company! Awesome taproom with lots of great beer!

So if you enjoy kicking back with a beer (or two...) you're going to want to stop by Proof when you're in the Tallahassee area!

Here's where/when you can find them:
Proof Brewing Company
presently at 644 McConnell Street
relocating to 1320 South Monroe late 2018/early 2019
Tallahassee, FL  32310

Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday 4pm - 12am
Friday - Sunday 12pm - 12am
(will have expanded hours at the new location)

Happy Hour:
Tuesday - Thursday 4pm - 6pm
Friday 12pm - 6pm

Tours:
Saturday 1pm and 2:30pm

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What's your favorite brewery? We're always looking for new ones to try! If you're interested in our drinking adventures, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat because that's where you'll see the most pictures/info!

*A note about our beer preferences:
Me: witbier, Hefeweizen, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, white ale, non-coffee-flavored stouts, Kentucky common ale, ginger beer, some saisons, and some Scotch ales
Gus: witbier, Hefeweizen, blonde ale, red ale, Belgian tripel, Kentucky common ale
Buddy: IPA, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, red ale, stouts (especially coffee-flavored), porter, Belgian tripel, Belgian quad, saison


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Organic Fragrance-free Cleansers from Acure Organics!

Organic Fragrance-free Cleansers from Acure Organics!


Do you have sensitive skin? Do you prefer to use organic products? Do you want products that are cruelty-free? Sulfate, fragrance, and/or paraben-free? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Acure Organics might be just what you need!

If you read the blog regularly, then you know that I was recently diagnosed with rosacea. Even prior to that, I had skin that was sensitive to added fragrance. If you've ever looked for fragrance-free cleansers/body wash, then you know it's not easy to find good ones.

If you have sensitive skin or just prefer to use organic and/or fragrance-free products, I recommend the sensitive skin cleansers by Acure Organics!

(This post may contain affiliate links which were added to make it easier for you to find the items. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you). You are free to use the links or not - if you do, I thank you!)

I discovered Acure in one of the Target Beauty Boxes, and I've been using their products for a little over a year now. I've mentioned the cleanser in My Favorite Facial Cleansers for Mature Skin post, but I wanted to go into a little more detail about both the facial cleanser and body wash.

I do want to mention that they have recently repackaged their products. I have photos of the products I purchased in 2017, so they have the older packaging.

Sensitive Facial Cleanser by Acure Organics!

The Sensitive Facial Cleanser was originally packaged in a white tube with teal graphics. It is now called Seriously Soothing™ Cleansing Cream and comes in a white tube with pink graphics. Same product - different packaging, different name.

Fragrance-free Sensitive Skin Body Wash by Acure Organics!

The Sensitive Skin Body Wash was originally packaged in an eight ounce teal tube with white graphics. It is now called Simply Unscented™ Body Wash and comes in a 12 ounce white bottle with light blue graphics. Same product - different packaging, different name. More product.

Both of these products are vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, mineral oil free, petrolatum-free, silicone-free and cruelty-free.

If you have sensitive skin or just prefer to use organic and/or fragrance-free products, I recommend the sensitive skin cleansers by Acure Organics!

Even though they don't have any added fragrance, there is a slight scent that comes from the ingredients. It's pretty neutral and doesn't bother me at all. Of course, sometimes, I would rather have something that smells delicious, but not if it's going to irritate my skin. Right?

Cleanser ingredients: water, aloe vera leaf juice*, acai fruit extract*, blackberry fruit extract*, rosehips fruit extract*, pomegranate fruit extract*, calendula flower extract*, chamomile flower extract*, rooibos leaf extract*, sodium cocoyl isethionate, decyl glucoside, sodium lauroyl lactylate, glyceryl stearate SE, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, coconut oil, stearyl didydroxypropyldimonium oligosaccharides, glyceryl oleate, glycerin, phenethyl alcohol, hydrolyzed jojoba esters, glyceryl caprylate, sclerotiom gum, gycerophosphoinositol, sunflower amino acids, argan kernel oil*, argan culture extract, peony cell culture extract. *organic ingredient

Body wash ingredients: water, aloe vera leaf juice*, acai fruit extract*, blackberry fruit extract*, rosehips fruit extract*, pomegranate fruit extract*, calendula flower extract*, chamomile flower extract*, rooibos leaf extract*, sodium cocoyl isethionate, decyl glucoside, sodium lauroyl lactylate, glyceryl stearate SE, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, coconut oil, stearyl didydroxypropyldimonium oligosaccharides, glyceryl oleate, glycerin, phenethyl alcohol, hydrolyzed jojoba esters, glyceryl caprylate, sclerotiom gum, glycerophosphoinositol, sunflower amino acids, argan kernel oil*, argan sprout cell extract, ubiquinone. *organic ingredient

If you look closely, you can see that the ingredient lists are identical except that the cleanser contains peony cell culture extract, and the body wash has ubiquinone (CoQ10). The consistencies are a little different, too - at least in the original. The body wash has a thicker consistency. But the major difference is that the facial cleanser is only four ounces and the body wash is 12 ounces. For the same price. You see where I'm going with this? I think I would definitely consider using the body wash on my face!

Comparison of consistency of the sensitive skin facial cleanser and body wash by Acure Organics!

I like both of these products, and they haven't irritated or dried my skin at all - not even my face which has been so sensitive since the rosacea diagnosis. That's very important to me. I also appreciate that the consistency allows a little to go a long way - especially if you're using a konjac sponge and/or a shower pouf.

If you have sensitive skin, rosacea, or just prefer to use fragrance-free or organic products, I recommend both of these cleansers. Acure has some other great products as well.

Do you have a favorite fragrance-free or organic cleanser? I'd like to add one or two as backups to my regular cleansers, so let me know in the comments here, on Instagram, or Snapchat!



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