Drunk Elephant The Littles discovery set

I was curious about Drunk Elephant, so I bought The Littles discovery set.

The Littles

I’ve exchanged brief messages with founder Tiffany Masterson via Linkedin and found her very responsive and friendly. I haven’t tried all the products in the discovery set. Here are the ones I’ve tried:

  • Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
  • Lalo Retro Whipped Cream
  • T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum

Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is the gentlest cleanser that I have used. I like to do a double cleanse with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Lalo Retro Whipped Cream is a very good moisturizer with a whipped consistency. While I had  no problem with the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum the first time I used it, I experienced irritation the second time I used it. I skipped all treatment serums and used gentle creams to soothe the irritation the following day.

Of the three products, I’d be most inclined to buy Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Fortunately, there is a sample in Sephora’s 2019 Birthday Gift!

Save the oceans – ban oxybenzone!

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill to ban oxybenzone and octinoxate from sunscreens sold in the state by Jan. 1, 2021 to protect coral reefs and marine life. Beauty trade groups such as the Personal Care Products Council, chemical industry organizations, skin-cancer prevention proponents and big sunscreen brands regard the act as misguided and dispute the research behind it.

Cue Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50. Ocean Potion advertises its products as “reef-friendly.” This article from Beauty Independent notes:

To differentiate themselves from large players with oxybenzone- and octinoxate-driven sunscreens, emerging mineral sunscreen purveyors are promoting their products as reef-safe or not containing the banned ingredients, oxybenzone in particular. The term reef safe could increasingly be subject to concerns as it, similar to other marketing terms in the beauty industry, is unregulated and lacks a clear definition.

Putting that aside, Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50 is a great sunscreen.

Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50

Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50

It advertises itself as going on clear. It’s a thick white cream in the jar, but with a little blending, it leaves no whitish cast (+). It also has a matte finish (+).  It’s not irritating (+) . Active ingredients are Octocrylene 4% and Zinc Oxide 5% – no oxybenzone.

👍🏻 Recommended. I bought Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50 at Safeway. I’ve also seen it at Giant.

Brown, R. (2018, July 10). How Hawaii’s Ban On Oxybenzone And Octinoxate Could Change The Sun-Protection Segment. Retrieved July 13, 2018, from

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DHC skin care

DHC. Perhaps you receive its print catalog, the one with the sample packets glued inside.

Did you know:

  • DHC sells fine foods in addition to skin, body, and hair care products and makeup? 
  • DHC stands for “Daigaku Honyaku Center”? 
  • DHC skin care products are a fixture in Japanese drugstores? 
  • DHC sells a wider range of products, including food, clothing, and lingerie, in Japan? (visit its Japanese site, – the auto-translations from Japanese to English are really quite hilarious)

I was curious enough to open the sample packet of DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to give it a try. DHC Deep Cleansing is the brand’s “iconic” product.  It is formulated with olive oil (first in the ingredient list), and has a slight herbal fragrance, thanks to the presence of rosemary oil. What pleased me was that the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil removed all makeup, including eye makeup. No need for a separate eye makeup remover!

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Whereas DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is the first step in DHC’s skin care routine, the second step is the clear DHC Olive Soap to wash your face. It creates a lot of lather, rinses clean, and leaves the face feeling soft.

DHC Olive Soap

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and DHC Olive Soap are part of my nighttime skin care routine. Sometimes I follow up with moisturizer and/or serum, sometimes I don’t. Less is sometimes more, I think.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil comes in TSA-friendly 1 fl. oz. ($5.50) and 2.3 fl. oz. ($14.00) bottles and a larger 6.7 fl. oz. ($28.00) bottle. DHC Olive Soap comes in a 0.35 oz. mini-bar ($3.00) or 3.1 oz. bar ($22.00). DHC skin care may be purchased through my complaint is that there is a high threshold ($85.00) for free shipping.

Disclosure: DHC furnished samples of its Deep Cleansing Oil and Olive Soap. Opinions are my own.

Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads

I love alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). They’re instant skin care gratification.

AHAs work by destroying the “glue” that holds dead skin cells to the skin’s surface. Dead skin cells are then sloughed off, and the skin immediately appears brighter. Sunscreen, moisturizer, face primer, and makeup apply more smoothly after an AHA treatment.

 AHAs are typically derived from fruits or sugar cane. Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads use AHAs derived from sugar cane. Get it? Cane + Austin? 🙂 Austin refers to dermatologist Dr. Craig Austin, MD.

Source: via STYLE on Pinterest

Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads are saturated with a 10% glycolic acid solution, a fairly high concentration for an AHA product sold outside a doctor’s office. I like this product. I do object to the recommendation for use: daily, both morning and night. A 10% AHA product should be used only once or twice a week. This seems to be a ploy to get the customer to buy more, more often. It’s the same thing as the shampoo-rinse-repeat myth.

Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads may be purchased through its website or The Cane + Austin website provides for auto-shipment of a 30-day supply of 60 pads: surprise!

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NOTE: Samples of Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads were furnished by the PR rep.  Opinions are my own.

Argania 1640 100% pure argan oil

Argan oil is all the rage now. Think Moroccan Oil and Josie Maran’s argan-oil infused cosmetics line. Moroccan Oil, in actuality, is mostly silicones.

Argan oil is an organic oil pressed from the seeds of the Argan tree (Argania Spinosa), which grows only in southwestern Morocco. Argania 1640 works directly with Cooperative Agricole Argan Mogador in Had Draa, Morocco to support female artisans who grind the seeds and press the oil by hand.

The argan nuts are cracked to release the seeds
Argan oil is pressed from the seeds

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I was delighted to receive a 15-ml bottle of Argania 1640 100% pure argan oil from the company. With my package, I received a note that the argan oil was hand-pressed only weeks earlier. The bottle is made of brown glass with a dropper in the cap.

Argania 1640 100% pure argan oil

I use Argania 1640 100% pure argan oil to smoothe and add shine to my hair, treat dry patches, and moisturize my dry, ratty cuticles. In my experience, plant oils are the best for moisturizing cuticles. Argania 1640’s web site describes other ways to use argan oil. I want to try the recipe for strengthening nails.

My favorite skin care products

Karen Murrell ECOCERT-certified lip color

Karen Murrell‘s self-named product line is a product line that has obtained ECOCERT certification for organic ingredients. Karen draws her inspiration from the natural beauty of her native New Zealand.

I was pleased to receive Karen’s elegant presentation box, which contained four lipsticks, a lip conditioner, and her skin and body care products. The outer boxes for the products are made of recycled paperboard and feature romantic, sensuous illustrations.

Over and over, I write that I am not a purist when it comes to cosmetics ingredients. When I try natural or organic cosmetics, I want to find out if they perform as well as conventional products. More often than not, I am disappointed.

When, however, I had read in Thread (NZ), that Karen Murrell lipsticks compare favorably with MAC in look and feel, I took notice.

Karen Murrell lipsticks.  Credit: Thread (NZ)

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: makeup-wise, there’s nothing as glamorous as opaque lipstick with a creamy to demi-matte finish.  And Karen’s lipsticks have great color payoff.  They compare favorably with other lipsticks, such as those from Australian Poppy King.

Here are swatches of Karen’s first lipstick collection:

Karen Murrell – the first lipstick collection

Colors (L to R) are:

  • Cordovan Natural (nude)
  • Pink Starlet
  • Red Shimmer – not as shimmery as the name might suggest, but that’s a plus: real reds should not be shimmery
  • Violet Mousse

Karen now has secure online shopping on her site. And yes, she ships internationally.

Watch out for an upcoming feature on Karen’s latest lipstick shades: Coral Dawn, Carnation Mist, Sandstorm, and Fuchsia Shock.