Less Enthusiastic Reviews

Usually when I review things here they’re positive reviews because I’m happy with a product and want to share. But I figured I’d post about a couple things I was less happy with, just to keep things balanced and maybe to save you time if you were considering a purchase.

L’Oreal Go 360° Clean Deep Facial Cleanser: I’d seen these around, and was intrigued by the “scrublet,” because I’m always looking for ways to scrub and exfoliate. So the last time we were at Target, I picked the green one, which is just the basic cleanser. It smells nice. It cleans fine, doesn’t leave any film or anything. But the scrublet is disappointing. It’s not scrubby at all, it’s very soft. I’d get a better scrub by just using a regular washcloth. Oh well, it’s a good gimmick, anyway.

Alba Botanicals Coconut Cream Lip Balm: This came bundled with the first Alba sunscreen I bought, and as much as I loved the sunscreen, I am not a fan of the lip balm. It’s kind of thick, it doesn’t go on nicely. And it barely lasts a minute. I guess the only thing I like about it is that it twists up from the top of the tube instead of the bottom…

Avon Vibes Cleanser: This is a new product that isn’t out yet, so no link or picture. It’s very similar to the Neutrogena Wave – a vibrating battery-operated device that you use to wash your face with pre-soaped pads. I haven’t used the Neutrogena one, though. So, the pad attaches to a velcro-like surface on the device. Then you run it under water, and go to town on your face. I guess I thought it’d be scrubbier than it was, or shake the dirt out of my pores or something. It doesn’t really vibrate that hard, really just hard enough to be annoying. And I wish it had a timer or shut off automatically when you’re supposed to be finished, because the first time I tried it I just kept going around and around my face, wondering when I was supposed to stop. Also, it’s just a flat round surface, so it doesn’t really conform to a lot of the contours of your face. I ended up with two containers of the pads, but I don’t think I’ll be buying anymore when I run out.

Mark Relief Effort Total Comfort Body Creme: This lotion smells delicious, I’ll give it that. And I like that it’s made with fair trade ingredients. But shortly after you apply it, it starts kind of peeling off your skin, rolling up like eraser dust. It’s a little gross. It’s nice while it stays on, though!

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