Farmacy Green Clean Balm Review

The Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm is one of my favorites for many reasons. First, it costs $34, which is on the higher end but not unreasonable, unlike some products on the market whose price tags make my head spin.

Second, this cleanser is made with sunflower and ginger root oil to remove eye makeup and foundation at once. These dual-action cleansers are convenient for consumers who don’t want to spend their life savings trying to remove their makeup. I wish more cosmetics companies were more mindful of this.

Third, this cleanser is made with gentle ingredients, including papaya, which lightly removes dead skin and gives you a healthy glow. The ingredients are safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin, so you won’t have to worry about breaking out into a rash because of the harsh chemicals.

Another bonus is that this cleanser is cruelty-free and eco-friendly and made without artificial fragrance, parabens and formaldehyde. The large and small containers both travel well, and both fit easily into most medium-size handbags.

Finally, the scent is another plus. It’s pleasant but not overpowering, and it doesn’t assault your senses like some products do. The lime, orange and bergamot fragrance smells refreshing and reminds me of summertime picnics at the park.

After cleansing, I like to use the Farmacy Honey Drop Moisturizer, which is also pretty amazing.


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What is clean beauty? Myth vs fact

Clean beauty isn’t about perfection, but it’s about being environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Here are some facts and myths about the clean beauty movement.

Here are characteristics of clean beauty:

1) Clean beauty products are free of harsh chemicals.

The beauty of clean beauty is how you can use these products without having to worry about them harming your skin or health. Clean beauty products are safe and free of harsh additives and toxins that could irritate your skin or destroy your health.

2) Clean beauty means honest labeling.

Clean beauty companies practice honest labeling and list all ingredients, including fragrances, on the labels. That way you know what you’re getting upfront. There are no unwanted surprises or concerning rashes that spring up out of nowhere.

3) Clean beauty means keeping it simple.

According to an article by The Good Face Project, clean beauty doesn’t contain “mystery ingredients” or “claim to be something that it’s not.” Clean beauty uses natural ingredients and sticks to the basics, kind of like this UpCircle moisturizer with argan oil. And often it has a clean design.

Most important of all, clean beauty is instrumental for a healthy environment, and it’s economical, kind of like making your own homemade face masks with ingredients from your pantry.

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Myths About Clean Beauty

But there are some myths about clean beauty. Many people assume clean beauty is all natural, but that’s inaccurate. Clean beauty products can contain safe synthetic ingredients. The key word here though is “safe.”

Surprisingly, clean beauty also doesn’t have to be organic or green. Clean beauty is simply safe, toxin-free, and healthy.

See more about clean beauty at The Good Face Project.

UpCircle Moisturizer with Argan Oil Review

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on UpCircle Moisturizer with Argan Powder, which has become my new favorite. This moisturizer is light and non-greasy, and it’s perfect for daytime, but you apply it day and night.

This cream is jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients, including argan powder, sunflower oil, shea and cocoa butter, bitter orange, salicylic acid, and aloe vera, and it contains traces of the argan shells that are usually thrown out. However, these argan shells are worth keeping in the cream because they’re loaded with vitamin E to soothe and moisturize your skin. Salicylic acid exfoliates, shea and cocoa butter heal and hydrate, and aloe vera softens your skin.

This moisturizer feels refreshing, like a glass of water for your face. It absorbs quickly and brightens your skin and keeps your face moisturized all day.

What I love most about this cream is how it moisturizes without feeling greasy or oily. It also looks smooth and blends well under makeup, and it works on all skin types.

Use this cream twice daily, once in the morning and again at night. .

The jar is recyclable and made of eco-friendly glass and aluminum. You can buy this cream for $24 here.

Have you tried this moisturizer? If so, what did you think? What are your other favorite moisturizers?