My Favorite Charcoal Products!

Epic fail. I haven’t blogged in forever, but I’ve wanted to write this post for a while now… so here goes! I’ve been loving various charcoal products lately, and here are my favorites!

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Basin Charcoal Shampoo Bar

Have you heard of Basin? If you’ve been to Disney Springs (Downtown Disney), you’ve probably seen the store. I’ve seen it so many times, gone in a handful of times but never really paid attention to what they had. A couple years ago, we decided to actually look around and we picked up some shampoo bars to try. I Instantly fell in love with the charcoal bar (peppermint is second). It is amazing. If you’ve never used a shampoo bar.. it’s just like soap, you wet the bar and lather it up. It lathers really nicely, leaves your hair literally squeaky clean and washes out without a problem. It’s great it you use a lot of product or dry shampoo (like me), it gets your hair super clean.

Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Cleansing Stick

I did a separate post on this products already, but it definitely deserves another mention. I’m super glad I got this when the charcoal mask was out of stock. I use it every day, and it keeps my face amazingly clean and clear. Any breakouts I may have, this helps get rid of them super quickly.

First Aid Beauty Cleansing Body Polish with Active Charcoal

I’m always looking for new products to deal with KP (keratosis pilaris) or ‘chicken skin’, which are those little bumps you can get on your arms and legs. I have a lotion that I use that controls it very well, but when I saw this product, I had to try it. These are some of the key benefits:

  • Chemical and physical exfoliators buff away dry patches of skin and even the bumpy “chicken skin” associated with keratosis pilaris
  • Active charcoal sloughs away dirt and impurities
  • The paste-like texture transforms into a foam when mixed with water
  • Perfectly preps skin for a flawless self-tanning application
  • Argan oil and vitamin E hydrate and calm skin

So far, I really like it. The only downside, for me, is the scent. It smells almost seaweedy… I hate seaweed lol, but I can deal with the scent.

So there you have it! Those are my top 3 charcoal products at the moment. I’m definitely looking to dry more, like a charcoal peel off mask. Do you have any favorite charcoal products?

 

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Review!

I don’t even want to tell you guys how obnoxiously dry my skin was at the start of winter, I decided it was definitely time for a skin care upgrade.

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I asked a blogger group that I’m part of for suggestions, and a bunch of people said to try out First Aid Beauty.

I went to Sephora that weekend, tested a bunch of stuff and ultimately decided on the Ultra Repair Cream.

I’ve been using it every day since I bought it, and I have to say that it actually made a huge difference right away. My skin is noticeably more moisturized, not one patch of dryness. My makeup is looking so much better after I use this in the morning. It’s so good that I use it in the morning under my makeup and at night before I go to bed. The texture of it is a bit different, it feels almost whipped. It’s super soft, non-greasy and absorbs super quickly. The only thing that’s lacking for me is the scent, it’s just very lotion-y, and it look me a little while to get used to it. It’s not unpleasant, just kind of meh. I can definitely overlook the scent with these results, though.

Overall, amazing. I’m kind of obsessed with this cream, it is awesome. I actually want to go back and get the serum as well. First Aid Beauty will definitely be one of my skin care go-tos from now on.