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Monday, August 23, 2010

Product review time

Several weeks ago I posted about ordering new personal care products from Aubrey Organics, and I wanted to hold off on reviewing them until I could see what they did for my skin over time.  Well, let me tell you, I can say without a doubt that they are awesome.

A little background...most treehugging redheads are fair with sensitive skin, and I am no exception.  I have a mild case of rosacea, weird combination skin, and anywhere from mild to severe acne (caused by the rosacea, according to my dermatologist, but I think my skin just thinks it's still a teenager).  I have tried a slew of skincare products, ranging from prescription-strength topical acne medication (made my skin totally freak out) to topical medications for rosacea (the sulfur smell in one made me so nauseated I had to wash my face about seven times to make it go away, and the last one I tried made my sinus issues flare up) to a wide variety of over-the-counter products, ranging in price from Neutrogena to Clinique.  Nothing has ever really worked.  If it took care of one problem, it exacerbated another, and most of them had fragrance that gave me a migraine.  However, one day I was surfing the internets and I came across reviews absolutely raving about the Vegecol line of skincare from Aubrey Organics.  I looked at their site and was very happy to see that they offered a travel set of trial sizes for their products for under $10, and then I found another site that carried it and offered free shipping, and I was sold.

I bought the Vegecol with Aloe Facial Cleansing Lotion, the Vegecol with Aloe Alcohol-Free Facial Toner, and the Vegecol with Aloe Moisturizing Cream.  My first thought upon using the cleansing lotion was, "It feels like I'm slathering my face with butter!  It's never going to get clean like this!"  However, it rinses clean (I use a washcloth because I'm so used to the "squeaky clean" feeling you get from the conventional products with SLS and the like) but doesn't make my skin immediately tight.  I instantly fell in love with the toner.  I've never been able to use toner because it burned my skin, but this uses witch hazel and is very mild--and it actually tones my skin.  Imagine that!  The moisturizing cream was a bit weird at first--I was a little put off by the bright yellow color--but it goes on nicely and feels good on my skin. 

My skin looks really good.  (Well, good compared to before.)  My redness has gone down considerably, and I have a nice glow that isn't oil or sweat.  It doesn't do much for preventing breakouts, I think, but once I have a breakout it heals it very quickly.  I ran out of my samples and had to go back to Purpose while waiting for my shipment to arrive, and my skin flipped out.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has the same issues I do--and Aubrey Organics also has different skincare lines for different skin types (all with the trial sample). 


  1. I might have to try that. I am useing a St. Ives Green Tea Scrub and it has helped cut down a little on the reddness. I'm sure you rememeber what my faced looked like a few months ago when I was just SO horriable. I never even had that big of a problem when I was a teenager! I have scares and i can't find a product to reduce the reddness. Neutrogena had one but I can't find it.

  2. Very cool! I might have to give those a whirl. I also have a problem with very mild breakouts every so often. I have discovered though that since I stopped drinking soda and drink way more water that I don't break out near as bad or as often. I also started using an organic soap on my face by Solay about every other day so when I do break out, they are very small and go away in almost a day. I've been looking for a good toner and cleanser though, thanks for the sharing! :)

  3. I try to always comment on your posts, but I wouldn't have a clue what to say. Any blog that says "I instantly fell in love with"...a skin product is outside my realm of understanding.

    But I am glad you are happy about it!

  4. Just a tip about treating breakouts. Try Aubrey sea buckthorn serum. Sea buckthorn penetrates deep into the dermis, is very healing, and will clear up acne.