Banishing Acne for a Bargain: Desert Essence Blemish Touch Stick

DesertEssence1 It’s hard to top my favorite acne diminishing product, Osmia Organics’ Spot Treatment (see my full review HERE) and yet, I’ve found a worthy, bargain-priced contender: Desert Essence’s Blemish Touch Stick ($5.99). I couldn’t believe my eyes when I stumbled upon this natural, botanically-formulated skincare gem at Vitacost and was even more perplexed as to why other bloggers have not talked about it more. The Blemish Touch Stick swiftly treats acne spots and blemishes AND dries completely matte on skin after application. What?! Yep, you read that right. So you can treat your acne during the day, under makeup, moisturizer or serums without looking like a overly greasy, oily-spotted loony. DesertEssence2 Like most Desert Essence formulas, the Blemish Touch Stick combines a powerful proprietary blend of  sustainably-harvested, natural Tea Tree Oil with botanical essential oil extracts (Chamomile, Lavender, Palmarosa, Wintergreen and Calendula) to effectively diminish acne spots and skin imperfections while soothing and nourishing the skin. This product never leaves my face feeling dried out or flakey. I will note, this product feels and smells very potent on my sensitive skin. My skin did start to tingle and burn if I applied too much product to my face. Be especially careful if you apply to any areas near the eyes, it can easily cause irritation. Go easy with applying this product, there’s a ton to go around with the generous size of 0.31 fl oz.

“A combination of nine natural extracts and essential oils specially blended together in order to leave skin looking clear and radiant. The known antiseptic properties of Tea Tree Oil work to diminish skin imperfections while Chamomille, Lavender, Palmrose, Wintergreen and Calendula soothe and nourish the skin.”

The EWG Skin Deep Database rates this product at a low score of “2” for overall safety, see the details HERE. There’s no question I’ll always be true to the amazing Spot Treatment from Osmia Organics (the gentle formula and captivating scent alone has me shelling out dollars,) but when I need a quick, more affordable fix for my acne woes, Desert Essence’s Blemish Touch Stick will definitely be up there at the top of my repurchase list.

“Inspired by the healing spirit of the desert, our sustainable, natural products draw from nutrient rich desert botanicals like Jojoba, Aloe and Tee Tree, all revered in native culture for their deep healing properties. Naturally effective without harsh chemicals, our products work in harmony with your body to nurture, soothe and restore.”

Where to buy: Desert Essence always has great promotions on their site too, check this page for updated promos and deals. Until June 30th, get 25% off all orders using code: DESUN14 Visit Vitacost using my personal invite link and get $10 off a purchase of $30 or more HERE!

Have you tried the Blemish Touch Stick from Desert Essence? What are your favorite natural products for treating acne and blemishes?

Desert Essence products are produced and formulated: vegetarian/vegan, gluten free, cruelty free, from recyclable, biodegradable, renawable sources. Never formulated using animal derived ingredients or animal testing, no parabens, artificial fragrances/dyes, petroleum compounds (mineral oil, petrolatum and paraffin), SLS, PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA or TEA, and no glycols or phtalates.  Ingredients: Natural grain alcohol denat., hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel), water, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, aniba rosaneodora (rosewood) wood oil, calendula officinalis flower oil, cedrus deodara wood oil, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower oil, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) peel oil, cymbopogon martini oil (procumbens (wintergreen) leaf oil, lauvrus nobilis oil, lavandula spica (lavender) flower oil, lavandula augustifolia (lavender) oil, melaleuca viridiflora leaf oil (tea tree) myrtus communis oil (myrtle).

*Post contains affiliate links. All  opinions are my own, product purchased by me because I have acne too, guys!

Beauty Chat: Sara Damelio, Founder of Skincando


Skincando is a Washington D.C. based natural skincare company created by Sara Damelio. The brand specializes in handcrafted skincare products made in small batches. Skincando uses high quality natural and organic ingredients free from harmful synthetics such as parabens, petrochemicals, fragrances or dyes and use non-toxic cleaning agents in the production process. Read my review on Skincando products here.

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Neuth Creme Pour Visage and Afterglow Serum Review + Discount!


Neuth is an organic skincare brand featuring products that encourage a simple, luxurious nightly facial care ritual. Lovingly made in small batches, all Neuth products are formulated with ingredients that are organic and sustainably harvested by Fair-Trade Certified suppliers. Neuth’s founder, Alison Rodriguez created these products after searching for, yet failing to find a cold cream product not formulated with mineral oil. Mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum and has many skin-clogging characteristics.

Indulging in the Neuth experience is that time, when we can calmingly massage pure, organic, natural ingredients deep into our skin, breathing deeply into the essential oils, to reveal our true beauty within. Neuth is dedicated to creating all natural, organic skincare indulgences that nourish the body. So dim the lights, massage some Neuth on your beautiful self, and honor your light within.

Inspired by ancient Egyptian culture, from which cold creams are derived from and Neuth, the Egyptian Goddess of the Sky, Alison created her own version of an organic cold cream. Crème Pour Visage removes makeup while also moisturizing and nourishing the skin. The second part to the Neuth ritual is the Afterglow Serum, which locks in moisture and keeps the skin hydrated and glowing. I was able to try both these products and here are my thoughts on these little skin luxuries:


Crème Pour Visage ($75/100ml or $150/200ml): Even before unearthing this unique cream-based cleanser, the elegant packaging just screamed “luxe”, setting the tone for the opulence my skin was about to endure. Neuth’s Crème Pour Visage is a rich, thick, milk-white cream to be applied every night to the face, neck, and décolleté. Due to my sensitive skin, I usually shy away from super thick or heavy creams and my initial misgivings about this product were no different. In the jar, the texture reminds me of a thick, body butter, soft and creamy yet once spread across the skin, it feels a bit more airy (but no less silky) than its appearance.

Applying this product is a soothing ritual in and of itself; from the gentle, freshly-scented formula to the clarifying feeling of removing the crème, this is a facial indulgence your skin will thank you for. The crème leaves my skin feeling incredibly silky-smooth, moisturized, and nourished. It also is a gentle makeup remover that effectively clears away any trace of makeup or dirt left on the skin. The thickness of this crème requires a hot, wet washcloth to remove product from the skin and it takes time especially for my lazy, impatient self, but it feels extra purifying in the process.

My favorite aspect of the Crème Pour Visage is that it leaves a luminous effect on the skin and keeps my face feeling truly moisturized throughout the whole night. I have to admit, after first using this product I kept staring at my baby-smooth, radiant face in the mirror in pleasant shock. Talk about plein vanity! The organic, fair-trade ingredients are no less intriguing: organic grape seed oil, organic aloe vera, organic coconut oil moisturize and nourish the skin while organic sweet orange essential oil provides a slightly fruity scent.
Ingredients: Organic Grape Seed Oil, Distilled Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Lanolin

We suggest massaging a quarter sized amount of Neuth’s Organic Crème pour Visage to your face, neck and décolleté. We recommend smiling at yourself in the mirror as you do so. Run the tap water hot and wet a washcloth. Wipe all of Neuth’s Organic Crème pour Visage away, follow with Neuth’s Organic Afterglow Serum.


Afterglow Serum ($35/15ml or $65/30ml): This serum is lightweight yet deeply moisturizing and nourishing. It makes my dry skin so soft and supple and undeniably radiant. You can really feel the full effects of the Neuth ritual complete after using the Afterglow Serum.

Though this is applied at night after cleansing with the Crème Pour Visage, my face stays super hydrated and dewy until the morning! It smells of fresh, herbal goodness (with organic rosehip and lavender essential oils ingredients) and leaves my skin soothed without feeling irritated or dry. Neuth’s Afterglow Serum is the perfect product to end the night with as it retains moisture and provide nourishing, radiance to the skin.
Ingredients: Organic Rosehip Oils hand-blended with Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil and lavender essential oil, grown without the use of chemicals.

Using these products remind me that I should spoil my skin and indulge in luxury every once in a while. If you’re looking for an elegant cleansing and moisturizing ritual, I recommend trying this duo from Neuth. Your skin will thank you for its healthy, glowing and nourished existence from the inside out. Purchase both products together with the Neuth Redezvous set starting at $99 or select each product separately online.

Have you tried any Neuth products before? Want to try out these products for yourself? Neuth is generously offering my readers with a special 20% off coupon code for any purchase online!
Use the code: pleinvanity until April 20th for 20% off all orders at Neuth’s online shop.

*UPDATE: We’ve gotten some messages about issues using the discount code for Neuth. The code is now working and will expire on April 20th! Happy shopping! 🙂



*Products were provided to me for consideration. Reviews are based on my honest opinion and personal experience. I am never paid for my opinions. 


Niora Naturals Adult Acne Treatment Review + Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Looking back on my skin growing up, I’d say that I was blessed with a generally acne-free existence. My acne problems have mainly been hormonal and nothing too out of the norm (not that I don’t get crazy, awful blemishes from time to time). Playing around with makeup and learning more about green beauty has encouraged me to focus on keeping my skin healthy and blemish-free especially as I’m getting older. Too often acne is linked to puberty and youth but the truth is, adults get acne too.


Niora Naturals is an unique, natural skincare company in that the products focus on solutions for adult acne and anti-aging prevention. You could say the brand grew out of a labor of love. The brand is based in Portland, OR and created by chemist, George Tindall for his wife, Cindy who suffered from adult acne. Cindy couldn’t find any effective, non-irritating acne products on the market for her skin and her condition embarrassed her. George took it upon himself to develop a natural and organic anti-acne product for her that would clear blemishes and maintain healthy skin. After using Niora products, Cindy’s skin immediately cleared up, maintained its natural beauty and she has not had acne since. What a love story!

I was very intrigued when I received the chance to try out Niora’s Adult Acne Treatment system. The line is based on Niora’s unique Alpha Clear formula and anti-acne system. Product ingredients are natural, organic, Eco-Cert, cruelty-free vegan ingredients. Read all the details about Niora’s ingredients here. Niora product formulas are “the perfect balance between anti-aging and the effective treatment of acne”. (Scroll to the end of this post for a special Niora giveaway!) 

Alpha Clear adult acne treatment is a two-step process that cleans, tones and moisturizes, encouraging the skin’s natural ability to heal acne while normalizing dryness/oiliness levels. Alpha Clear contains intensely moisturizing jojoba oil, which dissolves dried sebum, or skin oils, unclogging pores and clearing blackheads and whiteheads. The natural fruit acids in alpha clear exfoliant tone the skin, clearing remaining cellular debris from within pores. With rinsing, the skin is left soft and clean.

The Alpha Clear Adult Acne Treatment is based on 2 simple, daily steps using the Alpha Clear Cleanser and the Alpha Clear Exfoliant. The next optional step is the moisturizing, Alpha C Serum. I was able to try a Niora cleanser, exfoliant, eye serum, anti-aging serum, and a makeup removing cream.


Though I was initially skeptical of the claims of these products, I ended up really enjoying the gentle, effective formulas. I found most of the Niora products to be watery in texture though moisturizing, non-irritating and non-drying on the skin. The products did calm my irritated skin and lessen the appearance of blemishes.

Niora’s goal is to provide effective, natural anti-aging skin care solutions for adults with acne-prone skin by using superior anti-aging ingredients to create skin-friendly treatments that clear acne. We are committed to formulating our skin care to the greatest extent possible with natural ingredients that are cruelty free, organic and earth friendly.

My favorite products from the line were the cleanser and the exfoliant. I did start to see a difference in my skin after using solely these products for about a month. The redness in my face subsided, previous blemishes and spots lessened and I actually didn’t see many new breakouts appearing after continually using the products.


Alpha Clear Cleanser: The texture of this cleanser is creamy and watery but is a pleasant light cleanser. It does a great job of refreshing the skin, producing smooth skin and preserving moisture. I felt like my skin was deeply cleansed. You also get A LOT of cleanser in one product. I didn’t experience much irritation with this cleanser though with all the products from this line, I did feel a slight tingling sensation whenever applying but I believe this is due to the natural astringents and acne-fighting ingredients. ($16.95, 8oz)


Alpha Clear Exfoliant: I was intrigued by the idea of a spray-on exfoliant and really enjoyed using this product. This product is like a toner and exfoliant in one. Lightly sprayed onto the face and neck, it left me feeling fresh with soft skin and also removed any excess oil, dirt and redness from my skin. I really saw improvement with my skin from this product and the cleanser combined. Out of all the products, I could feel the tingling sensation most from this exfoliate. I would advise to avoid spraying close to the eyes and from a farther distance. ($13.95, 4oz)


Alpha C Serum: This serum was very light and creamy without being greasy. I enjoyed using this as a night-time moisturizer and even during the day under makeup. It leaves behind a silky, smooth, matte texture  on the face and is so moisturizing. My sensitive skin is always a factor when I choose moisturizers and serums, but my face never felt dry or irritated when I used this serum. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, I think you’ll love this! ($31.96, 1oz)


Silk Basic Emollient Make-up Remover: This yellow-toned, creamy cleanser was gentle and moisturizing. It was a bit thin and watery compared to the cleansers and facial oils I am used to. However, it was an effective makeup remover and left my face feeling clean. I liked it but I think I like my cleansing oils better. ($17.95, o.5oz)


Eye Therapy Anti-Aging Serum: This product was extremely watery in texture and was a bit greasy on the skin. I liked how it kept the area under my eyes well-moisturized and my skin felt tauter though I didn’t see much difference in the way of reducing discoloration or puffiness. I have dry skin around my eyes and usually like to use a heavier serum or cream at night. However, I would keep using this because it was very moisturizing. ($17.95, 0.5oz)

Out of all the products, I recommend the Cleanser and Exfoliant combination because they did live up to their claims of reducing acne overtime and cleaning the skin while maintaining moisture. The Alpha C Serum was another favorite of mine because it left my sensitive skin absolutely silky smooth and moisturized all day and night long!

I think Niora Naturals is a very intriguing brand to explore and I believe they are very gentle, effective formulas as far as natural, acne-fighting skincare products go. Plus, I think these products are very affordable for the sizes you receive and their effectiveness in treating adult acne. Definitely make sure to check out the Niora ingredient lineup here.

Are you interested in trying these products? Niora Naturals is generously providing one lucky reader with one full set of the Adult Acne Treatment products to try!  How to enter:

  • Leave a comment below telling me which Niora Naturals product you are most interested to try and why.
  • Like Niora Naturals on Facebook and Twitter 
  • Like Plein Vanity on Facebook or (If you already like me on Facebook, please follow me on Twitter!)

The contest ends on Tuesday, April 8th at 12pm EDT. I will randomly pick a winner and update this post as well as contact the winner by email. Contest is open to all participants in the U.S. and internationally.*
The winner will receive all the products I reviewed: 1 Alpha Clear Cleanser, 1 Alpha Clear Exfoliant, 1 Alpha C Serum, 1 Silk Basic Emollient Makeup Remover, and 1 Eye Therapy Anti-Aging Serum. Good luck!!

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Congratulations to Shaleen for winning! 🙂

Thanks to everyone who entered and shared with me your stories. I enjoyed reading all your comments! 


*Giveaway is open to all U.S. and international participants. Prizes and shipping cost provided by Niora Naturals. All information provided by entrants is confidential and will not be shared to other third parties. Winner will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If no response is received from the selected winner 72 hours after the email is sent, another random winner will be selected.

**Products were provided to me for consideration. Reviews are based on my honest opinion and personal experience with the products. I am never paid for my honest opinions.

SkinFare Coconut Oil Lotion Sticks Review


 {Unfortunately, it seems that SkinFare has gone out of business. I never received notice from the brand and it seems they have slowly and silently closed. 🙁 All links in my post have been removed to avoid any confusion.

I haven’t received any responses from the brand to my past inquiries but should I ever hear back from them or the brand happens to re-open, I will let everyone know. It’s a shame because I really loved these products!}

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Ecopique Blogger Box Review

For all you beauty subscription box lovers, there’s a new girl in town and her name is Ecopique. Taking a unique twist on the popular concept, Ecopique is a monthly subscription box service that is specifically aimed at providing bloggers with green beauty products. The goal of this service is to allow bloggers an easier and regularly occurring way to connect with brands and products they may not have otherwise been aware of. Ecopique also emphasizes the importance of supporting local green beauty brands. Stay tuned for more information about Ecopique and check out their website for launch details or follow them on Twitter.


Meet Ecopique: A better way to discover all-natural personal care and home good alternatives. 
Ecopique is dedicated to providing an easy way for consumers to make smarter and healthier decisions about the beauty and household products they purchase. Our mission is to make all natural living no longer a trend, but an integral part of everyday life.

I was very excited when the team at Ecopique asked if I wanted to participate in their pilot program and receive a green beauty box. Being a subscription box virgin, I enjoyed the surprise of receiving a mystery box full of new products I might love. Each product included in the box was hand-picked and tested by the Ecopique team. I was impressed with the first Ecopique box and am curious to see what else is in store. (Plus, the Ecopique color scheme is so cute! I love anything turquoise!)

Here is what was included in my Ecopique pilot box:
AEOS: Cleansing Oil De-Maq
Angel Face Botanicals Facial Toner
Arbonne: Lip Polish & FC5 Facial Pack
Benedetta Control Creme
Greenbody Greenplanet Rejuvinating Shampoo & Conditioner
Primal Pit Paste Deodorant (Lavender scent)

Products I found to be interesting:
AEOS: Cleansing Oil De-Maq: The packaging is luxurious and eye-catching, very chic. Plus it smells amazing! The scent is a mix of citrus and floral and is very refreshing. The formula itself I found to be a bit thick and greasy to my liking but it does remove makeup (including heavy eye-makeup) very well. Due to its thicker texture, the De-Maq keeps the skin very moisturized and never dry nor flakey. I found that my favorite way to use this yellow-tinted cleansing oil was dabbed on a cotton pad. The twist-open bottle top was not the best design idea either. Though pretty and unique, this should have had a pump or an open cap design, as it was a bit messy to get the cleansing oil out of the tube. Overall, I liked this cleansing oil and it was definitely a nice find! I’d love to try more AEOS products.
AEOS is an organic skincare line from the UK: “AEOS products contain organic and biodynamic plant extracts, essences and essential oils, as well as spagyric tinctures of crystal energies, and the waveforms of colour.”
Ingredients: Vitis Vinidera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil, Squalane (plant derived), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Oil, Linalool*, Triticum Aestivum (Spelt) Germ Extract, Tocopherol, Garaniol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Limonane*   *from natural essential oils  Colour: natural green – 100% natural and plant derived.
Price: Based on my research, this Cleansing Oil is currently only available online from Europe for about £39.99 or $65.93 for 75ml (2.64fl oz).


Angel Face Botanicals Lavender & Aloe Balancing Facial Toner: This toner combines some really nice ingredients and leaves a cool, reviving feeling with each spritz. I loved how smooth it left my skin and I noticed less redness and shine on my face after use. I was pleased at how well the spritzer fully distributed the toner from the bottle. Many toners I’ve tried have faulty nozzles that spritz pathetic amounts out. The product’s aromatic ingredients produce a very calming effect and I actually tried spritzing this on my body as well. The scent was particularly strong to me for use on my face so I’m not sure how much I like it as a regular, everyday toner. I do like how simple and effective the ingredients are as well as the affordable prices and size options.
Angel Face Botanicals is a brand based out of Soquel, California featuring a “full line of facial & body care products handmade with natural ingredients & scented with therapeutic grade essential oils to heal, nurture & product indulging your senses with luxury.”
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Lavendula angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Salix nigra (Organic Black Willowbark) Extract, Vaccinium angustifolium (Organic Wild Blueberry) Extract, Aspalathus lineans (Organic Rooibos Tea) Extract, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Lavandula angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Essential Oil, Polysorbate, Citric Acid, Reiki Healing Energy & lots of love!! *Certified Organic Ingredients
Price: $10/2.2oz, $18/4.5oz, $32/9oz


Benedetta Control Creme: I thought this was a very interesting multi-use cream product that claims to treat acne, irritation, bug bites, rosacea, blisters, excessive oil and more. I applied this as an acne spot treatment and it did lessen the appearance of my acne within a few days. This was a fast, effective product that I did enjoy using. The only thing I didn’t like was the smell. No matter how little product I used (and you don’t need to apply a lot,) the product emitted a strong, herbal scent that did not dissipate. Might sound strange but it reminded me of old maple syrup or caramelized sugar. I loved the results from using this cream but the smell was a bit off-putting. Being scent-sensitive, I don’t know if I could bring myself to purchase this. However, the ingredient list is 100% botanical and 98% organic and the rapid effectiveness of this product is very intriguing to me. I enjoyed using this and would love to see how well it works for bug bites and other topical irritations. I think a lot of people would like this and should give it a try.
Benedetta is a brand based in Sonoma County, California and is “an authentic, 100% farm-sourced botanical skincare line. Encompassing ingredients sourced directly from certified organic and biodynamic farms, many domestic. The sweet aromatic and fresh smell of each formula comes directly from the synergy of active ingredientsnever fragranced…Each product is prepared in small batches to assure viability and freshness.”
Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Foraha, Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils, Soy Lecithin, Bee Propolis, Vegetable Cellulose. Contains: Certified Organic, Certified Biodynamic, Sustainably Grown and Wildcrafted Ingredients.
Price: $25/0.5oz(15ml)

Overall, I really admire the idea behind Ecopique and I think a service like this could really benefit both bloggers and small brands. I was pleased with the amount of information provided about each product within the box which is necessary for a research junkie like me. I would have liked to see more information about the brands themselves. To my surprise, there was also a fair mix of sample size and full-size products included. I think the Ecopique team did a great job of providing interesting, effective products with notable ingredients and mostly natural/organic formulations. If you’re a blogger or just a curious green beauty junkie, I think Ecopique would be a wonderful service to try and to discover new products that are not so mainstream.

Do you belong to any beauty subscription boxes and if so, which ones? Would you try Ecopique?

*Products were provided for my consideration. This review is based on my honest opinions and personal experience.

Caru Skincare Co Soap Sampler Review + Discount!


I stumbled upon Caru Skincare Co on Etsy and fell in love with the gorgeous packaging and drool-worthy soaps and facial kits. Founded in 2012 by herbalist, Dominique CaronCaru Skincare Co is an organic skincare line from New York City whose all-natural, sustainable products are handcrafted and made in small batches. The handmade care and personal thought that goes into crafting every product from Caru Skincare Co reminds me why I prefer buying local, natural products whenever possible and to support brands that really do care about my personal health and well-being. 

Read my interview with Dominique Caron to learn more about the story behind Caru Skincare Co and their products here. Also, just for my readers, purchase any Caru Skincare Co products through their Etsy shop at 20% off with my special code: PLEINVANITY at checkout. Code is valid until February 28th and only for purchases through the Caru Skincare Co Etsy shop. 

I received a sampler from Caru Skincare Co to try that contains the 5 types of soaps from the brand’s line plus 1 gorgeous, full-sized Activated Charcoal Soap. The soaps are made from 100% natural ingredients that are organic or wildcrafted, contain no preservatives, artificial ingredients, fragrance or any other harmful ingredients. More about Caru’s ingredients here. 


While the soaps themselves are gorgeous works of art, even the soap labels are beauties with their simple, vintage-inspired flare. All product labels are biodegradable and handmade from 100% post-consumer waste paper embedded with plant seeds so that you can give your waste a new life. You can plant these labels in soil and watch a non-invasive wildflower grow! (See more details here.) I admire the brand’s transparency and commitment to using simple, organic and wildcrafted ingredients and providing sustainable and beautiful product design. Full-size soaps are 4.5 oz for $9 each and travel-size soaps are 2oz for $7 each.

Here are my thoughts on the soaps I tried:

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  • Activated Charcoal + Dead Sea Salt Soap (Black):
    This is a great face (and body) soap! It contains activated charcoal, which is super absorbent and detoxifying, and Dead Sea salt, which is jam packed with tons of beneficial minerals for your skin. We also added tea tree essential oil and neem oil, which will help keep your skin clear and blemish free. This soap is great for people with oil or aceneic skin, but is suitable for all skin types. The scent is sweet & musky with a mild citrus undertone. INGREDIENTS: Olive oil*, Coconut oil*, Reverse Osmosis water, Sustainable palm oil*, Cocoa Butter*, Beeswax*, Calendula flowers*, Chamomile flowers*, Chamomile essential oil*, Geranium essential oil*, essential oil blend* *organic

As the description mentions, this soap is really wonderful for washing your face with especially if you have breakouts and irritated or oily skin. Also lovely as a soap for the body, it’s gentle, hydrating and calms irritated skin. You can feel the activated charcoal working to detoxify and clarify skin of impurities. The soap leaves a smooth, fresh lather on the skin and reduces blemishes. The scent is unique but also subtle, you can smell a hint of sea salt combined with soothing notes of essential oils. I also can’t deny the deep, black tint of the activated charcoal which makes this soap feel especially exotic to use.

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  • French Green Clay Soap (Green): 
French green clay is extremely absorbent and detoxifying. It is a natural clay mined in France and is often used as a facial mud mask. We make this soap with lavender and cedar essential oils which help keep your skin healthy and clear. This french green clay soap makes a great face and body soap. The scent is mild and refreshing, a blend of lavender with undertones reminiscent of a walk through a pine forest. INGREDIENTS: Olive oil*, Coconut oil*, Reverse osmosis water, Sustainable palm oil*, Cocoa butter*, French Green Clay, Lavender Essential oil*, Cedar Essential oil*, Essential oil blend* *organic

To me, this light, grassy green-colored soap is très chic. I love the scent (a lovely mix of lavender and cedar), the color (like a true, pea green) and the lather (super smooth). It was my favorite of the bunch that I savored for cleansing my face. It left my skin feeling very smooth, and hydrated. The delicious scent also lingers on the skin. This is recommended for dry or sensitive skin and it’s very gentle yet detoxifying and also helps to prevent blemishes or breakouts.

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  • Calendula + Chamomile Soap (Yellow): 
Calendula and chamomile are two yellow flowers that are renown for their skin healing properties. We use real organic calendula and chamomile flowers as well as luxurious roman chamomile essential oil and geranium essential oil. This is a very soothing soap great for cold weather dry skin. The scent is floral and slightly fruity with earthy undertones. INGREDIENTS: Olive oil*, Coconut oil*, Reverse Osmosis water, Sustainable palm oil*, Cocoa Butter*, Beeswax*, Calendula flowers*, Chamomile flowers*, Chamomile essential oil*, Geranium essential oil*, essential oil blend*  *organic

Chamomile is one of my favorite ingredients to ingest (like in tea) and to apply topically (like in cleansers or facial oils). This soap is very refreshing and soothing on dry, winter skin and is super calming to use on those typical stressful days. The two main ingredients: calendula and chamomile provide a soothing, luxurious lather and a sunny soap color, not to mention the pretty appearance of the flower petals.


  • Peppermint Soap (White):
This organic peppermint soap smells so wonderful! Made with organic peppermint essential oil, it will help you wake up in the morning, will leave you feeling refreshed during hot summer months and will brighten your spirits during long and dark winter days. This soap is gentle and makes a wonderful body soap. The scent is sweet and minty, just like peppermint 🙂 INGREDIENTS: Olive oil*, Coconut oil*, Reverse osmosis water, Sustainable palm oil*, Cocoa butter*, Beeswax*, Peppermint essential oil*, Essential oil blend*  *organic

I usually favor minty soaps to use while showering or bathing due to the refreshing and relaxing scent. This soap smells amazing! It’s the perfect sweet, minty peppermint scent that hydrates and relieves tension from my body. Like all the other soaps, this one also has a gentle, soothing lather and nourishes the skin.

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  • Tea Tree + Pumice Soap (Brown):
Pumice and apricot kernel meal are blended with tea tree essential oil to create a wonderful exfoliating soap. In the shower, this soap will invigorate and help scrub off dead skin, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed. This soap is also amazing for cleansing hands and feet. Tea tree essential oil’s anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties combined with the finely ground pumice work amazingly well together to get rid of that hard to clean oil and dirt. INGREDIENTS: Olive oil*, Coconut oil*, Reverse osmosis water, Sustainable palm oil*, Cocoa butter*, Beeswax*, Peppermint essential oil*, Essential oil blend*  *organic

The sandy grit of this soap feels wonderful on the hands and body. I enjoyed using this soap on my hands to exfoliate and smooth out skin. It’s also nice to use as a body soap to scrub off dead skin cells and to clean and maintain soft skin. The gritty texture is gentle and the remains are not too pebbly or hard on the skin. I enjoyed using this to smoothen the dry spots on my heels and the soles of my feet.

Have you tried any products from Caru Skincare Co? Do you have any favorite natural soap products? I can’t wait to try one of their toners and the Jojoba Facial Oil. Don’t forget to use my special discount code for 20% off all Caru Skincare Co Etsy orders until Feb. 28th! 

You can also shop for Caru Skincare Products directly from their website here (discount code does not apply here). You can also find a physical shop near you or online site that sells Caru Skincare Co Products using the store locator or buy select products online at Anthropologie. Follow Caru Skincare Co on FacebookPinterestTwitter and their Blog for more inspiration! (Their Pinterest is chock-full-of-gorgeousness!)

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*Product samples generously provided for review purposes. I am never paid for my honest opinion and will only write reviews based upon my personal experience.

**All images are copyright Plein Vanity. Product descriptions courtesy of Caru Skincare Co.

MyChelle Clear Skin Serum Review


During the summer I did a VISIA complexion analysis at Whole Foods where I learned the status of my skin and added more exfoliation and oil-control to my daily skincare routine. One of the products recommended to improve my complexion was the MyChelle Dermaceuticals Clear Skin Serum ($33, 1oz). Used regularly, this potent serum minimizes oily-blemish prone skin, clears pores, and aids in skin repair. Initially I purchased this serum because the Whole Foods esthetician incorrectly noted I could use this alone as an acne spot treatment (you can’t, really) but I’m glad I picked this up because it is a great product for maintaining clear, balanced skin.

“Powerful bioactives deeply calm, balance oil and keep pores purified…minimizes surface shine while improving the clarity of oily and blemish-prone skin. Retinol resurfaces skin and clears pore-block debris while Montmorillonite clay detoxifies and absorbs excess oil. Totarol, a botanically-derived antibacterial, and B Vitamins assist in the growth of repair of skin tissues.”

I really like MyChelle products because the brand is affordable, accessible (sold at Whole Foods), participates in eco-friendly operations and gives back to the community. They approach skincare by using natural, nontoxic ingredients that provide effective results without sacrificing the health of your skin. MyChelle products are also organized into a clear numbering system so you can easily understand each product, its usage  and its order within your skincare regime. The Clear Skin Serum is a Step 3 product.


Also, how cute is this packaging?     “Seeded in science and rooted in nature”

My results

MyChelle recommends using 2 pumps of this serum daily after regular facial cleansing. I usually apply this serum at night right after cleansing my face and before applying my night cream or facial oil. I have found this serum works great during the day too, with my daily moisturizer and even underneath makeup.

“For clear, smooth, well-balanced skin, apply two pumps after cleansing. Follow with mist, nourishing cream and sun protection.”

Like I said, I had a preconceived notion that this serum would also work as an acne spot treatment which it does not. I can’t say it completely removes all my blemishes or acne. However, it does keeps the texture of my skin amazingly smooth, balanced and leaves my pores squeaky clean. The pores around my nose and cheeks are the usual dirt collectors and I was shocked at how effective the Clean Skin Serum was at completely banishing those little nasty blackheads.This serum doesn’t take long to produce noticeable results, the formula penetrates quickly and calms skin. I have been using this serum for a couple months now and I’ve noticed how it has also healed and maintained my skin overtime. I feel that this serum really does treat and nourish my skin.

I have a strong aversion to specific scents (too earthy or herby and I can’t stand it) and have a very sensitive nose. I love the scent of the MyChelle Clean Skin Serum and it is very botanically-scented. You can specially smell the Ylang Ylang flower oil and Lavender oil among the other lovely herbal ingredients in this Serum. To my nose, the scent does linger but I find it pleasant and not irritating but definitely noticeable. The ingredients are effective in combining organic, naturally-derived and bioactive ingredients that have many skin benefits such as Retinol (Vitamin A), Montmorillonite (clay minerals) Witch Hazel water, Willow Bark extract, Tea Tree Leaf oil and Aloe. 

Overall, the MyChelle Clean Skin Serum has earned a permanent spot in my skincare regime. This serum never fails at regularly maintaining the texture of my skin, clearing pores and assisting in calming redness or blemishes. I can’t wait to try other MyChelle products like the Pumpkin Peel and Fruit Enzyme Mist.

Ingredients: Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Aqua (Water), Alcohol Denatured (Grains), Glycerin (Vegetable)*, Polysorbate 20 (Plant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Montmorillonite (Clay Minerals), Yogurt Extract (Milk), Retinol, Fructooligosaccharides (D-Beta) (NutraFlora®), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Totarol, Panthenol (D) (B5), Niacinamide (B3), Pyridoxine HCI (B6), Biotin (D) (B7), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice, Collinsonia Canadensis (Stone Root) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Aloe Leaf)*, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Limonene (Citrus), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Phytic Acid (Rice), Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar)  *NOP Certified Organic

Have you tried the Clean Skin Serum or any other MyChelle Products? What are your methods for maintaining clear skin and clean pores?

*The product featured in this post was purchased by me and all opinions in this review are based on my personal experience. I am never paid to give my honest opinion on products or brands.