Giveaway: #ED4OLO Vitamin B Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover

Hey beautiful people. Full-time internship + practicing/rehearsing/traveling for piano duo performance = radio silence, but have I got a treat for you…

Back in May, I passed 100 followers on Bloglovin’ (you can find me here) and I have been receiving some really beautiful emails from readers and brands and vomiting all of my green beauty love in them (like taking breaks from writing school essays to write green beauty essays) and I want to say thank you all so much! Thank you all for following and reading and commenting and sharing in my green beauty experience. It makes it all the more fun to hear what you love, what works for you, and what works better for you.

So as a thank you, I have one of my top green beauty favorites to offer: Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover (valued at $38). I was introduced to this via a sample pack (purchased) and immediately purchased full-size…after full-size…after full-size of this. A year and many bottles later, this cleansing oil is still a staple in my routine, and I’ve even gotten my sister hooked on it. You can read my full review from last summer here.

This giveaway is open from Monday, June 23 through Monday, June 30 (midnight PST). U.S. only–sorry international lovelies, will make it up to you. Good luck and go wild!

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Disclaimer: I bought this product myself from oneloveorganics.com and have been saving it for a lucky one of you. It’s a brand new, unopened bottle and even has its original bubble wrap with it. Yay! This giveaway is not sponsored by One Love Organics or Elizabeth Dehn–I included their Twitter handles in the giveaway because I think they are great resources to follow. And their Active Moisture line is stellar.

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Organic Bath Rice Bran Cleansing Beauty Oil

Two absolutely necessary staples of my life are rice and a good cuppa green tea. A close third, since going green, is a good cleansing oil. Recently fulfilling that role is Organic Bath’s newly released Rice Bran Cleansing Beauty Oil.

My history with cleansing oils ranges from the very simple one-ingredient oils to my favorite Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Cleansing Oil. I’ve used coconut oil (skin did not like), jojoba oil (skin liked), and sweet almond oil (skin liked) which were all great at removing makeup when paired with a warm, damp muslin cloth. I repurchased jojoba oil and sweet almond oil multiple times because they were simple yet effective–they each have moisturizing benefits, easily remove makeup, and got along with my skin. I’ve also repurchased the ED4OLO oil at least four or five times by now (and that’s not even including my sister, who’s also hooked). It’s got more frills than jojoba or sweet almond (maybe even throw in a tutu skirt)–having a tropical pineapple scent and the ability to be washed off by water–no cloth needed.

The Rice Bran Cleansing Beauty Oil stands somewhere in the middle. You’ll need a washcloth to gently massage off the oil and grime, but it’s definitely fancier than your average jojoba or sweet almond oil. When I first saw the ingredients list, I zoomed in on the manuka essential oil and the sweet orange essential oil. Manuka essential oil has super strong antimicrobial effects–studies have been done on its antimicrobial activity against staph (excellent, by the way) and various oral bacteria (manuka was the strongest out of tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary). Sweet orange essential oil has also been proven in studies to not only have strong antimicrobial effects against microorganisms , but also to potentially have an anxiety-reducing effect when smelled. It also happens to be anti-inflammatory. For someone who thinks about acne on a daily basis like me, this is poetry.

But to be honest, as Gianne told me, the inspiration for this oil was Asian culture. She loves their usage of rice bran oil and camellia seed oil, which were the second things I zoomed in on. Grapeseed and sweet almond oil are typically recommended as single-ingredient oil cleansers or makeup removers, and they have their own perks (antioxidants, moisturizing), but camellia seed oil and rice bran oil are pretty special. Camellia seed oil, or green tea seed oil, has good whitening and antioxidation, anti-permeability, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anticancer properties thanks to high levels of catechin, polyphenols, saponin and squalene. Rice bran oil also contains squalene, fatty acids, and antioxidants which means hydration, protection from free radical damage, and encouragement for the skin to naturally regenerate itself.

On nights where I’m exhausted, I’ve been flying for a day, or I can’t be bothered to use a washcloth and wash my face and the washcloth afterwards, I will still reach for the ED4OLO oil because it is quick, convenient, and my face still loves it. But on other nights when I’m ready to give my face some loving, or something is getting ready to erupt on my face, I reach for this one and give my face a good 5-minute lymphatic massage, Into the Gloss style. The ingredients are lovely, and by lovely I mean a great combination of moisturizing + anti-acne, and I want them to spend a little longer time on my face before I wipe them off with a damp cloth.

Pre-final packaging and release, I found the oil a bit strong on the orange scent (it takes a delicate balance to cover up the apparently stinky manuka essential oil), but Gianne of Organic Bath wanted it to have a soft and uplifting scent, so she adjusted it just a little bit. And she hit the spot–I think it’s perfect. And I just started eating oranges a year ago after turning up my nose at them because I used to think they were smelly (sad true story. Also my parents broke to me and my sister that what we thought was “orange” in Chinese actually meant “mandarin” and the word for “orange” sounds pretty close to the one for “bug”…). But it’s more than just a scent. As she said:

“My hope is to scent everything softly and exquisitely. But I want each scent to have a purpose. I love that the organic Sweet Orange essential oil is known to be uplifting as well as anti-inflammatory.  My hope is that I can sneakily hook my family and friends onto cleaner, greener beauty options..and a lot of that will do with things not smelling too ‘earthy crunchy’.”

I seriously love that she wants each scent to have a purpose–that’s one of the things that I love about green beauty–how scents are seen not only as something nice for the nose, but also something purposeful for the skin and body.

Before final packaging, I was using maybe a generous 70% full dropper to massage the day from my face, and now with the pump, the equivalent is about 5-6 pumps, which sounds like a lot, but the pumps are a little miserly and it is worth it. Paired with gentle hands, the oil glides smoothly over the face without sinking in too early (so no tugging on the face) and easily takes off all of my makeup.

I took a break from my foundations with coconut oil at about the same time I switched to this, and the combination has left my skin really, really happy (sorry rms and Kjaer Weis–more on this later). When I came home for summer break three weeks ago, upon reuniting with friends and family, one of the first things many have said has been, “Your skin looks so much clearer!” (*beams and rainbow eyes) Granted, nothing stopped my hormonal visitors (also it was around my sister’s birthday and ice cream was involved), but they were fewer and less severe than they usually are.

tl;dr Beautiful balance of moisturizing + anti-acne ingredients with a purposeful, anti-inflammatory, citrusy scent. Washcloth needed. Helps bring out happy skin. Great when paired with massage.

What is your current fave for removing makeup? Think you’ll be trying out the new kid oil on the block? And for fun, do you try to sneak friends and family onto green beauty via scents that aren’t too earthy crunchy?

Ingredients: Organic Oryza sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Organic Camellia oleifera (Camellia Seed) Oil, Organic Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Organic Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Organic Manuka Essential Oil, Organic (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil.

Disclaimer: Gianne from Organic Bath kindly sent this product to me five weeks ago in the last week of April and I have been using it every night since minus maybe 3-4 nights. Quote taken in its unadulterated form from our email correspondence with her permission. I am not being compensated in any way for my words. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Additional Sources
Feás, Xesús, et al. “Triacylglyceride, Antioxidant And Antimicrobial Features Of Virgin Camellia Oleifera, C. Reticulata And C. Sasanqua Oils.” Molecules 18.4 (2013): 4573-4587. Academic Search Complete. Web. 7 June 2014.

Goes, Tiago, Costa, et al. “Effect Of Sweet Orange Aroma On Experimental Anxiety In Humans.” Journal Of Alternative & Complementary Medicine 18.8 (2012): 798-804. CINAHL Plus with Full Text. Web. 4 June 2014.

Neng-guo, Tao, Liu Yue-jin, and Zhang Miao-ling. “Chemical Composition And Antimicrobial Activities Of Essential Oil From The Peel Of Bingtang Sweet Orange ( Citrus Sinensis Osbeck).” International Journal Of Food Science & Technology 44.7 (2009): 1281-1285. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 June 2014.

Song, Chi-Youn, Eui-Hwa Nam, Seol-Hee Park, and Cheol-Yong Hwang. “In Vitro Efficacy of the Essential Oil from Leptospermum Scoparium (manuka) on Antimicrobial Susceptibility and Biofilm Formation in Staphylococcus Pseudintermedius Isolates from Dogs.” Veterinary Dermatology 24.4 (2013): 404-E87. Web.

Takarada, K., R. Kimizuka, N. Takahashi, K. Honma, K. Okuda, and T. Kato. “A Comparison of the Antibacterial Efficacies of Essential Oils against Oral Pathogens.” Oral Microbiology and Immunology 19.1 (2004): 61-64. Web.

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Best of 2013: Skincare and Bodycare

Happy end of 2013! It’s been a really fun year of green beauty: of discovery, of healing, of truly, fun. I’ve had a fun time interacting with other greenies and falling in love with new products. Keep reading for my skincare and bodycare favorites of the past year…

Soapwalla may have taken the green and non-green world by storm, but I’ve been loving how the Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream with Tea Tree takes away my stink. Even when I sweat (which is much and often), I smell, can I say, deliciously of tea tree and void of any smelliness? Also delicious is the consistency of the cream, which is soft and smooth as butter, though it has been a bit harder thanks to chilly, dry California.
I’ve gone from using tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil, to even nothing as spot treatments. Accompanied with a good diet and yoga, I’ve lately been enjoying Osmia Organic’s Spot Treatment as an extra punch against blemishes. There aren’t necessarily any instant results, especially with larger, more evil blemishes, but not only does it smell lovely, I’ve found it to help along the healing process of my blemishes without leaving flakes behind. The mini rollerball also makes application very easy.
YÜLI pretty much took over my skincare this year. The Panacea Elixir was my initial gateway drug, then the Cocoon Elixir soothed my skin over the summer, and with that I was done for. Pure was the only mask I brought home because it’s my favorite two-for-one: clarifying yet simultaneously soothing in one formula. It heals blemishes I’ve naughtily popped the night before and brings out other blemishes to the surface while leaving my complexion smooth and soft (and matcha green tea is one of its ingredients!). Cell Perfecto PM is definitely one of my holy grail products for how much it healed my acne scars this year. Not only did it enable no-makeup days, but also dabbling into blush and bronzer, something I had given up while my cheeks were too rosy from scarring. I will show picture evidence soon. Halycon has become my favorite second-step cleanser (or only step, if it’s a no-makeup day) for how gentle, light, lovely, and effective it is.


I upgraded from removing makeup with jojoba oil and a flannel to Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organic’s Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover and haven’t looked back. The first time I tried the oil, the tropical papaya scent hit me, and I was like, “Omg.” Then I began massaging it in my face, watched the makeup melt away, and was like, “Omg.” Then I rinsed it off and then I was really like, “Omg” because the oil washed off with water and left my face so soft that I wasn’t sure I had rinsed it all off. Then I had my sister tried it and she had basically the same reaction. Love.

The rest of my bodycare favorites might as well just be dubbed as body oil favorites. I had been pretty nonchalant about body moisturizing before, and was content with just DIYing it with coconut oil or jojoba oil. Until I tried Lina Hanson’s Global Body Serum, which not only smells deliciously of citrus and vanilla, but also leaves my body so moisturized and soft. Osmia’s Body Oils overturned my post-shower routine–I now wait just a little longer before toweling off so I can slather one of these deliciously smelling blends over my whole, damp body. The idea is that lotions are basically a mixture of water and oils–so why not use the moisture left over from the shower with the body oil to make your own effective lotion? Brilliant, Osmia. I’ve been loving sultry Sunset and pretty flowery Flower.

Papaya Heaven

I thought I was going to DIY my makeup remover for life with single ingredient oils like jojoba oil and sweet almond oil, both of which work well with a wet, warm washcloth*. But midway through the summer, I was seeing praise for OLO x BeautyBets all over my feeds. At last I couldn’t stand not being in the know, so I hopped on that bandwagon with a sample pack or two…and as soon as I finished my sample of the vitamin b active moisture cleansing oil and makeup remover (and the one meant for my sister**…oops), I sprung for full-size.

When the amazing, tropical papaya scent of the cleanser first hit me, my olfactories just about sprang to heaven. Every time my sister washed her face with it, she would walk to me from the bathroom, massaging her face, saying, “This smells soooo good***.” The best part? It’s not just a pretty scent. As OLO themselves beautifully explain on their blog, papaya gently exfoliates, brightens skin, and feeds the face with fatty acids. This along with pumpkin both contain plenty of vitamin b which help to detoxify and calm the skin.

The cleanser beautifully removes all trace of makeup and rinses off with water. Wait, oil rinsing off with water? For all of my purists out there, you will notice there is one ingredient you cannot pronounce on the ingredients list: di-ppg-2myreth-10 adipate. I emailed OLO and received this response:

Hi Jade,

di-ppg-2myreth-10 adipate is an ingredient that helps the oils rinse clean with water. The ingredient does not have harmful PEGs and is rated a zero by the Cosmetic Safety Data Base: See http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701913/DI-PPG-2_MYRETH-10_ADIPATE/
It is a hybrid between a skin emollient and a surfactant so it helps to clean and condition the skin simultaneously. We wanted our cleansing oil to rinse off completely with water so we chose this ingredient to help us with that function.

Please do let us know if you have any other questions.

Warmly,
Suzanne

And that was enough consolation for me to click the “Checkout” button. Since the ingredient is non-toxic, I can live with it. And as much as I enjoyed the wet, warm washcloth method, I really enjoy the convenience of a rinse-off oil. Also it’s awesome watching my mascara-induced panda eyes just wash away. The cleanser always leaves my face feeling so soft; so soft that sometimes I rinse extra because I’m not too sure I’ve rinsed away all of the cleanser!

I’ve used this cleanser at night alone, in the middle of the day after yoga, and currently I’m enjoying it as my first step in double cleansing at night. I’ve also just repurchased because my skin behaves so well with this cleanser that I don’t want to mess with its zen.

Have you tried this cleanser? What are your thoughts?

*How’s that for “w” alliterations?
**It’s okay, I left her with 1oz when I took the full-size with me back to school.
***And then she would paint a batman mask on her face with her mascara and eyeliner remnants. Yeah.