A few days ago I came back from a trip to Los Angeles, California where I attended a special event that I cannot wait to tell you more about (keep your eyes peeled for that). In the meanwhile, I thought about putting together a list of my most re-purchased products. These are the products that I am never without and I order the minute I am running out of them. They are also the products in which I was not able to find alternatives. Given that I receive a lot of emails and comments asking me what my favorite -insert type of product- is, I think that this post will answer some of your questions.
Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. My most repurchased product of all! I was sitting next to Elizabeth Dehn at a pre-event brunch last week and I told her that I had six bottles of this oil lined up at home (I made her giggle!). Since it is one of my most used skincare products I always take advantage of sales to stock up. It is my favorite product to remove makeup and I always use a generous amount of it, which is probably why I run out of it so quickly. It is an oily blend that when massaged into the skin breaks down the makeup effortlessly and gently, even eye and waterproof makeup. It is perfect to give my face a nice massage and smells wonderful (like pina colada without any artificial/overwhelming scent).
If you use makeup, you should definitely give it a try. I have bought at least 10 bottles or more since I got my first one. Currently, it is not available in Europe, but it WILL arrive in Europe, it is just a matter of time. By the way, I might have a little giveaway coming up for you European folks to give you a chance to try it because I realized I have been teasing you for too long! Make sure to follow me on Facebook because that is where I will share more details about it. Available here.
Rahua Voluminous Shampoo. I am not going to lie, I have sampled a few other shampoos since I last mentioned Rahua, but I always go back to it and I have purchased it about 5-6 times. It just works perfectly for my hair type. For the reference, my hair is very straight and fine, gets oily fairly quickly, and lacks volume. This shampoo makes my hair look much more full and bouncy. It is also gentle on the scalp and keeps my hair clean longer compared to other shampoos. I don’t even use conditioner after using this shampoo because it leaves my hair very manageable and easy to comb, (however, I apply some argan oil overnight to moisturize my hair, whenever possible). It ain’t cheap, but I just cannot seem to find one that works as well.
One thing to keep in mind is that the type of water that you use when you wash your hair may change the way that a shampoo works for your hair. For instance, mine is always very soft and bouncy when I use this shampoo, but while I was in California last week, and I used this same shampoo from Rahua, my hair was not as voluminous, soft and bouncy. I felt like it was a bit sticky and funny looking. Consider getting a shower-head filter for the home and maybe another one if you travel often. Available here.
Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil. I probably went through five or six bottles of this. I love it as a face oil because it moisturizes the skin beautifully without making it greasy. In fact, Argan oil works great for more oily complexions due to its balancing properties (you can read more about it in my review here). I also use it on my hair as a pre-shampoo treatment/overnight mask so that after I wash my hair, it is extra soft. For me Kahina’s Argan Oil is an inexpensive luxury treatment because for $36 it works as great as some of the most expensive serums. If you have combination skin, give it a try. Available here.
Pai Skincare Echium and Argan Gentle Eye Cream. A long-time favorite of mine. It’s delicate enough not to cause my eyes to water and get irritated. Its light texture does not leave any greasy feeling under my eyes, but provides enough hydration. In fact, it soothes the under-eye area making it look brighter and it goes beautifully under makeup. I have gone through 4-5 tubes. Available here.
YULI Skincare Cocoon Elixir. You guys know I love facial mists, and this one from YULI is possibly my favorite. It is soothing and hydrating. It immediately tones down the redness that shows up on my cheeks after cleansing. It contains two of my favorite plant ingredients, which are chamomile and calendula and it is free of alcohol and essential oils. It’s light, refreshing, toning, calming. I like it so so much. I am on my third bottle in just a few months and will probably stick with it as long as my skin responds so well to it. Available here.
Maya Water Facial Mist. I have repurchased it about 8-9 times at least, for a few reasons. First, I use it to prepare my skin for cleansing so that the cleanser has a wet base to glide on. Second, since I spend so much time indoors with air conditioning my skin feels dehydrated most of the time and this is a quick pick me up to get some moisture back into my skin. Third, when I wear foundation, it helps with freshening up the skin, especially after hours of wear when the foundation starts to sink in the fine lines. I also love it to mix with my powder face masks (like the YULI Pure Mask and another one I just started to use from Laurel) to create the perfect consistency; I just make sure to press gently and slowly to make the product drip as opposed to spray when I want to mix it with a powder mask. Available here.
Priti NYC Nail Polish Remover. I cannot stand the smell of conventional nail polish removers and I find them very drying to my nails. This nail polish remover, which I purchased 3-4 times already, is oil-based and removes all of the polish leaving my nails moisturized. It comes in two versions: unscented and lemongrass-scented, which I like very much. Available here.
Waxelene. A true lip saver, especially when it’s very cold/windy and my lips are suffering. It’s a multipurpose balm that is also great to massage into the cuticles or on chapped hands before going to bed (slightly greasy to use during the daytime, but perfect as night-time treatment). I have purchased it at least 4-5 times. It’s inexpensive and works great. Available here.
Morihata Yoshii Face Towels. Technically, this is not a “product” but an accessory. However, I wanted to mention these because they are perfect for cleansing. They are incredibly soft, perfectly sized, and they properly remove the products from my face. I have grown a pretty nice collection of them as I try to get a new one with every Spirit Beauty Lounge order that I place. They are a good investment as they wash well and stay soft. Available here.
Weleda Skin Food. It’s a thick cream that softens the roughest skin. I like to use it to moisturize my feet throughout Summer, so that they are always sandal-ready. During Winter I also like to use it on my hands when they need repair, mostly at night because it is a little greasy. It smells lovely, slightly citrusy. I have gone through at least 6-7 tubes and I also keep a travel-size in my handbag. Available here.
Which products have you repurchased multiple times?