Briogeo Strengthening Treatment Hair Oil Review

Briogeo’s Strengthening Treatment Hair Oil is from their Don’t Despair, Repair! line and claims to be lightweight, to provide shine and smoothing to the hair and to hydrate, reducing frizz, damage, split ends and breakage, citing an 88% repair of damaged split ends after two uses.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid Copolymer*, Ethyl Macadamiate*, Rose Flower Oil*, Ceramide NP, Squalane*, Rose Extract*, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract*, Panthenol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil*, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dicaprylyl Ether*, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate*, Malic Acid, Tocopherol, Fragrance (Parfum). *Coconut, Vegetable, Plant, or Sugar Derived.

The Strengthening Treatment Hair Oil is silicone-free and contains a number of oils and triglyceride, ceramides that help strengthen the hair and hyaluronic acid to help lock water in the hair shaft. Dicaprylyl Ether is a fatty acid. Fragrance is the last ingredient. The product is pretty, with a real rose inside.

Directions: Apply a few drops to wet or dry hair, focusing on midlength to ends of the hair.

My hair is thin, dry, frizzy and has a number of split ends that are just starting. I ran out of the Olaplex hair oil I had been using and wanted to give the Briogeo oil a try; I have used for 3 months about 3 times a week. I’ve used the hair oil on dry hair and wet hair after using a leave-in conditioner. The oil has a similar scent to other products in the Don’t Despair, Repair! line with more rose fragrance. The scent is relatively heavy but dissipates pretty quickly.

Just trying the oil on the skin, it leaves a shine and feels moisturizing.

The left photo is the oil applied to dry hair after blow drying, and the right on dry hair after air drying. I shake two drops in my hands, spread on the palms and apply to the hair. As above, the oil is good when using to control frizz and fly-aways, however, with just two drops, my hair looks and feels a bit heavy and is more greasy than silky. Once the oil absorbs a bit, about 10 to 15 minutes, my hair feels oddly dry, so I prefer to use on wet hair. After the 3 months, my hair is not particularly improved; though some say that once hair is damaged, there is nothing that will improve it because the hair is dead. Also, once the hair is split, the only thing to do is cut it as no product will mend a split end together; products like creams or oils may stick the splits ends together, giving a temporary fix.

For comparison, the Olaplex oil is much lighter, more repairing and the hair feels very silky (likely due to the silicone). Another oil I have been using is the Fable and Main HoliRoots Treatment Oil; this is a scalp oil, but I use it on the lengths of my hair as well. HoliRoots is silicone-free, lightweight and makes my hair feel silky, and I also prefer this over the Briogeo oil.

I have since stopped using the Briogeo oil on my hair, but I really like mixing it into body lotion, adding extra protection and ceramides to my skin. I also use as a cuticle oil and layered over hand and foot lotion.

While improving frizz and fly-aways short-term, Briogeo’s Strengthening Treatment Hair Oil is heavy and leaves a greasy yet dry feeling on dry hair and I will not repurchase for use on the hair, however, may keep using on the skin.

Murad Clarifying Body Spray

The Clarifying Body Spray by Murad is a spray that works for application at any angle, even hard-to-reach areas, claiming to reduce the number and severity of breakouts on the body and prevent new breakouts from forming, while soothing the skin.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat, Butylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Glycerin, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extract, Panthenol, Glycolic Acid, Menthol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil

Denatured alcohol is the second ingredient, which can be drying to the skin. This contains 0.5% salicylic acid – for home use, the maximum strength is 2%, and this is what I see in many skincare products, so was surprised that this Murad product has only 0.5%. This also has glycolic acid. Glycerin is a humectant. The spray also contains menthol, which provides a cooling effect, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), niacinamide for reducing inflammation and allantoin to soothe and protect the skin. Cymbopogon schoenanthus oil is also known as lemongrass oil, often used for fragrance.

Directions: After cleansing, spray an even layer over affected areas. Start with one application daily, increasing to two of three times daily if needed. If dryness of peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day.

My teenage daughter and I both used the clarifying body spray, she for back acne for 1-1/2 months and me for chest acne for 4 months, once a the day in the evening. Her back has larger pimples and hyperpigmentation from the breakouts. My back has smaller pimples and whiteheads. The clarifying body spray is a fine mist that spreads easily, is easy to apply and dries fast. It was not drying to the skin. The scent of the product was odd, first smelling like alcohol for a couple seconds, then I thought a mix of almost a urine smell and licorice for a couple seconds (maybe the lemongrass?), however, the scent does not last long as the product dries very fast.

As above, the spray did not prevent new breakouts from forming and the skin was not particularly improved. Since it was not helping, my daughter stopped applying after 1.5 months.

For me, I used daily in the evening for 4 months on my chest. I did not really feel a cooling or soothing effect, nor see a reduction in inflammation. This also did not help prevent new breakouts nor really improve the texture and breakouts already on the skin. I should add that I’m not sure if the breakouts on my chest are keratosis pilaris (this product has helped the KP on my legs particularly); my chest has looked like this for years now (KP is hard to improve and there is no cure), but the breakouts randomly look worse and better. The Murad body spray may not be as beneficial for KP as other products. In any case, I would not repurchase.

Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence

The Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence from Cosrx is formulated with 95% galactomyces ferment filtrate and niacinamide and claims to hydrate, improve skin texture, brighten and smooth fine lines.

Ingredients: Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol, Adenosine

Galactomyces ferment filtrate is a yeast and byproduct of fermented sake and is said to reduce pore size, hydrate, brighten and nourish the skin, reduce oil production, reduce blackheads, increases absorption of other products into the skin and provide antioxidant benefits. Niacinamide is said to improve skin texture, strengthen the skin barrier, reduce inflammation. fade hyperpigmentation and regulate oil production. Panthenol, glycerin, butylene glycol and sodium hyaluronate are humectants. 1,2-Hexanediol is a preservative and a moisture-binding agent. Betaine balances hydration. Allantoin soothes the skin. Adenosine soothes and restores skin.

Directions: After cleansing and toning, apply a small amount to the face and pat into the skin. Follow with moisturizer.

I have oily/combination skin, hyperpigmentation, redness and blackheads. I used the galactomyces essence for 4 months, morning and evening; one to two pumps for the face and neck.

This essence has a thin, watery-gel texture that applies very nicely with good spreadability. There is no scent. I tried it a few times with no moisturizer to see how it performed on its own in terms of hydration (with how oily my skin is and depending how moisturizing a toner or essence is, I often don’t need a lotion). This essence absorbs quickly, but leaves a dry, smooth, tacky feeling on the skin for about an hour until my face gets a bit of its normal oil. I don’t really find the galactomyces essence hydrating and need to add a moisturizer. I’ll use a light serum or lotion; the Cosrx snail essence on its own provides enough hydration.

After the first couple days of use, I got some whiteheads on my cheekbones and pimples on my neck (which are unusual spots for breakouts for me), but these disappeared after a couple more days and did not recur. After one week, my T-zone got less oily throughout the day and after 2 weeks, my skin seemed brighter. Noticeable benefit seemed to stop here, however. I continued use for a total of 4 months.

Other than some brightness and oil reduction/balance, my skin didn’t really feel or look different or improved, with no reduction to the hyperpigmentation, texture, fine lines or blackheads in particular. I would not repurchase.

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Cosrx Hydrium Watery Toner Review

The Hydrium Watery Toner from Cosrx is for all skin types and is said to provide long-lasting hydration and soothed and dewy skin.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate

The Hydrium Watery Toner has 6 types of hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration. Glycerin is a humectant. 1,2-Hexanediol is a preservative and moisture-binding ingredient. Panthenol (also known as B5) has moisturizing, regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties. Allantoin is soothing to the skin.

Directions: After cleansing, use a cotton pad to swipe away any cleanser residue, pat on the skin with fingers or cotton pad, mist on the skin throughout the day when skin is feeling dry, or soak a cotton pad and let sit on dry areas for a few minutes like a sheet mask. I like to use these toner mates.

I have combination skin, more on the oily side in the summer, and prone to congestion. I have dry areas as I am using Retin-A. I have been using the Hydrium toner in the morning and evening after cleansing for a couple months now. I apply to a cotton pad and swipe over the skin to get rid of any cleanser residue and then pat the toner on the skin and mist with mineral water.

The toner has a water-like consistency and no scent. It applies smoothly and absorbs quickly. There is no sticky or tacky feeling on the skin. The skin feels hydrated and soothed; I would not say that it looks dewy, however.

I generally like the Cosrx Hydrium Watery Toner, particularly for hydration. If looking for a toner that is more calming and soothing to the skin, while providing moisture, I would recommend the Soon Jung Relief Toner (which I will likely go back to after I run out of the Hydrium Toner).

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Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser Review

Kamili is a body wash from Drunk Elephant for all skin types, formulated with mild surfactants to gently cleanse and plant oils and amino acids to soothe, strengthen and moisturize the skin. This product claims to create a rich foam that lifts dirt and other residue without drying the skin.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Chloride, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Carbomer, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Lactate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, PCA, Alanine, Arginine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Valine, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Aspartic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Acetate

Kamili contains coconut-based surfactants, an amino acid blend to strengthen and soothe skin and plant-based oils that provide moisture. There is no added fragrance, just the natural scent of the ingredients (sweet almond).

Directions: Apply to wet skin, massage and rinse. It is suggested to follow with Drunk Elephant’s Sili Body Lotion. Drunk Elephant says Kamili can be used to cleanse the face as well.

I have combination skin on my body; dry legs and back and oily chest. I have keratosis pilaris on my legs and arms and acne on my chest. I usually use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash which I do not need much of to make a rich, long-lasting lather due to the sodium laureth sulfate. When I use the Aveeno, my back tends to feel dry and itchy, so I wanted to try something else.

Kamili has cocamidopropyl betaine, a surfactant often used in sulfate-free shampoo that makes the lather. Kamili has light, soft, rich bubbles when massaged onto a bath poof (if using just the hands, it does not lather much), but I need to use about twice as much body wash than I would using a wash containing sulfates (perhaps to be expected).The foam does not last long on the body or the poof. I’ll wash my whole body, shave one leg (I just use body wash to shave) and by the time I go to the other leg, the bubbles are almost gone. I tried to “reactivate” the bubbles on the poof by massaging again and adding water, which does not work, and I have to add more body wash.

The body wash itself cleanses well and rinses well with no residue. My skin feels moisturized and a bit softer and my back does not get dry or itchy. Kamili is more enjoyable to use than other body washes; I think because of the softness of the bubbles and the almond scent. The acne and breakouts on my chest remained the same (though I did not really expect the body wash to help).

I’ve used Kamili a few times on the face as well. I have oily/combination skin. This product foams a bit while massaging with the fingers. It cleanses well (needs a double cleanse for makeup and sunscreen) and rinses well, however, after rinsing and drying, the skin feels quite dry on its own and to the touch and I would not continue to use this product as a facial cleanser.

While Drunk Elephant’s Kamili Cream Body Cleanser is moisturizing, has soft bubbles and is nice to use, the bubbles do not last long and I need to use quite a bit of product. I likely will not repurchase.

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