My April Skin Care Empties

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April has been a good month of getting rid of more skin care products that don’t fit in with my lifestyle anymore.  And unlike my last empties post I have one product that I will actually be repurchasing!!  I will give you my recommendations on alternatives or what I use now that are organic and cruelty-free.

april skin care empties

Face Products:

Sukin Organics Purifying Gel Cleanser:

Sukin Organics, a very misleading company as this is not an organic cleanser.  It has PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine – all toxic ingredients.  It’s an OK cleanser but I didn’t like that there was a residue left on my skin even after wiping my face repeatedly.  So combine that with their blatant greenwashing, I will not be buying any of their products ever again.

Will I repurchase?  No.

What do I use now?  RosehipPLUS Organic Daily Cream Cleanser – Made in Australia. Certified Organic, Certified Vegan & Cruelty Free.

Korres Brightening Eye Cream: 

I stopped using this cream as I developed a ridiculously dry patch just under my eye and I can only pin it on this product.  It smells great, roses, but I don’t believe it did anything to brighten or soften the skin around my eyes.  And one of the ingredients in this cream, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, has been known according to the EWG and some studies to produce excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, and lead to cell death. This reaction may also be implicated in cardiovascular disease.

Will I purchase?  No.

What do I use now?  Nothing, I am not convinced eye creams do anything so I won’t be using any in the future.  Although if you have a recommendation for an eye cream you think is da bomb, then I am all ears!!?

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick: 

This product is very drying on my skin and a bit too abrasive for the skin on my face.  I think using harsh scrubs like this stick is not good for the delicate skin on your face and should stick to using more acidic toners to slough off dead skin.  As opposed to a scrub that literally rubs off the dead skin.  But to each their own.

Will I repurchase?  No.

What is an alternative? The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner.   Made in Australia with fermented Certified Organic ingredients. Cruelty-free, packaged in glass bottle.


Hair Product:

ABBA Moisture Conditioner:

I got given this sample by my hairdresser and I never liked it.  It is probably a few years old and I use it once or twice a year, thinking I will give it another chance.  But I just never liked the greasy feeling my hair has after using this.  I persevered with it because it’s 100% vegan, free of synthetic dyes and Sulfate and DEA free. But it just was not meant to be.  I have fairly normal hair, certainly not dry and not greasy, I can get away with not conditioning every time.  So it could be that this product might suit a person with drier hair than me.

Would I repurchase?  No.

What is an alternative?  Josh Rosenbrook Nourish Conditioner or 100% Pure Glossing Conditioner.  Both companies are 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Tone-Correcting Shampoo:

I am actually brunette now but can not stand wasting anything so I kept using this even after moving from Blonde to Brunette.  My hair has a tendency to turn brassy no matter what, I have naturally medium brown hair with blonde and red highlights.  So I bought this while I was blonde in the hopes of warding off the brass.  And I think it did an OK job of keeping me blonde.  But now that I’m brunette (for the moment) I don’t need this shampoo anymore.  And if I did go blonde again I would probably try a natural alternative to try and keep my tresses brass free.

Would I repurchase?  No.

What is an alternative?  Beauty & The Bees Shampoo Bar in Rosemary & Mint. Made in Tasmania.  Beauty and the Bees products are 100% palm oil free, natural and chemical free.  This bar is perfect for Brunette/Red hair as the Rosemary, yarrow, lime flowers, sage & mint infusion slightly deepens brunette/red highlights.  (They also have a bar with lemon & chamomile which is perfect for Blondes!)

Body Products:

Dove Triple Moisturising Body Wash:

I have used Dove Body Wash for years and years and years.  I love it.  Smells great.  I feel clean.  No residue.  Does not dry my skin out.  But no more.  This product has a few toxic ingredients that I no longer want in my life.  The worst of which is DMDM Hydantoin, please see my toxic ingredients post to read up on this nasty.

Would I purchase?  No.

What do I use now? Corrynne’s Eco Soap or Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Wash.  Both are all natural, vegan and cruelty free.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius:

This product was so disappointing.  It did absolutely nothing towards softening up my feet.  It smelled great though!  I was very happy when I finally used it up so I could move onto something else.

Would I repurchase?  No.

What is an alternative?  Really struggling with this one.  I haven’t been able to find anything that I like or works.  Any recommendations?  Or I might start dabbling with my Homemade Beauty book to see what I can cook up for my tootsies!


Baby Products:

Moo Goo Milk Shampoo:

This is a beautiful mild shampoo that is suitable for babies to adults and those with sensitive scalps to those without.  I never used it on myself but it made my kid’s hair soft, clean and smell great (naturally of course).  Moo Goo have a terrific range of products that are all natural and cruelty free and is proudly Australian made.

Would I repurchase?  Yes!


Finally I have something to repurchase!  I am hoping to have more and more to repurchase as I discover wonderful all natural, cruelty free products that actually work without needing to use toxic ingredients!


What are your thoughts on my April skin care empties post?


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18 thoughts on “My April Skin Care Empties

  1. I always see the Moo Goo products at the chemist but have yet to try them. I haven’t been able to find many reviews on the product so thanks heaps for yours!

  2. Thank you for your recommendations. I was going to try the John Freida but I will hold off. I love Dove body wash too. It is the only soap I will purchase! I do not like when Products claim to be organic but are not, so will avoid the Sukin.

    1. Yes when I realised they called themselves Sukin Organics I got really mad. It’s so misleading! Try the John Frieda, buy it when it goes on special somehwere. 🙂

  3. I love how detailed your explanations are in this post. I’ve never thought much about what the products I use are doing to my body, but this really makes me think that I be more cognizant of it!

  4. I love these posts, Leah. I love how you go over the good, bad, ugly, and your recommendation for a better product. Kudos!

  5. Moo Goo Shampoo sounds perfect for my son!!! He has a sensitive scalp so I’m always looking for new and improved shampoos for him 🙂 R.M.

  6. Great post. its absolutely a great idea to think more about what we are putting on our skin as its our largest organ. I use this line called Pure on me and my kids and it’s worked wonders for us. But I’m going to take a look at Moo Goo. xoxo

  7. Moo Goo is so good! Every now and then when we visit the child health nurse she gives us more samples from the brand – it’s great to use on my toddlers, although I haven’t yet started using any of it myself!

    Hope you are having a fantastic week 🙂

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