I make my own cleaning spray, 50/50 vinegar and water. It works. And it’s SO boring. I always want more cleaning products, even though I don’t need any: I guess what I want is to buy one of those magical looking bottles and then have animated people from the commercials leap out and clean the house for me. (Mr Muscle man*, I’m thinking about you.)
But… most cleaning products are a) expensive, b) no more effective than vinegar and water, c) tested on animals, d) full of more chemicals than a mad scientists labratory, or e) all of the above. So, I keep on shaking and spraying my homemade cleanser.
This week, I treated myself to another Eco Store product- a lemon scented cream cleanser. Anticipation!
It smells nice: softly lemony. It looks pretty: pale pink. It’s not tested on animals, is GE Free, and “contains no toxic petrochemicals, optical brighteners, chlorine, synthetic dyes or perfumes.” Alllriggghtt! But… does it work?
Why yes, yes it does. Beautifully. For me, the best bit was the lack of water – my cloth was damp, but not soaking. With the spray cleansers there ends up being a heap of liquid everywhere, so wringing and mopping become the norm. With this one you just stick to the scouring, and the cleanup just happens. It dealt well to the soap bits that get left in the soap pan, and the blue tinged sink from the copper piping.
So, I think this was a good treat purchase, and I’ll continue using it! I’ll also continue using the spray, especially for the shower/ bath – where you need the extra water a bit more. I like this product, Ecostore! Thanks! This was purchased at Countdown, but again their online store is http://www.ecostore.co.nz/
*Incidentally, why are most animated super-cleaning heroes male? Wishful thinking? Or just the shock factor of seeing a male cleaning?! Can we cry false advertising on this, or not? (no offense intended to the clean and tidy males out there, and the men who do an equal amount of the chores. Yep, all four of you. I’d buy you a beer.)
Lush makes a series of face cleansers that are unlike any other I have tried – not a lotion, or a soap look-alike, but.. more like a soft oat scrub in a tub. And I guess that is exactly what this is! Angels on Bare Skin is “the Lush version of an expensive medieval skincare recipe. Rose oil and lavender oil were discovered to do wonderful things for the skin, too. Almost a thousand years later, you’d be hard pressed to find a better all round cleanser and exfoliator than Angels.” (http://www.lushnz.com/shop/product/product/path/154_159/id/103/skin-cleansers-angels-on-bare-skin)
Personally, I can’t smell rose in this, it just smells lightly of lavender to me. There are blobs of lavender flowers throughout, which is really pretty. The texture is dry – you mix a pea sized blob with water (in the palm of your hand works best!) and gently rub it on your face and neck, then rinse off. I find it very gentle in its exfoliating, but very effective. It doesn’t make my skin dry, but it does make it bright red! (I’m so sensitive at the moment that almost anything does, though). I do moisturise afterwards, but my skin isn’t dry and screaming out for it, its more a preference of mine.
I really like this cleanser, and although it seems a bit expensive ($18.30 per 100g), it’ll take me at least 6 months to go through that amount, and thats using it everyday. I had a sample from Lush (they are great there, just go and talk to them! Shops in most cities around the world, I believe.. check online for shops near you) – and it was tiny, and lasted 2 weeks.
Lush don’t test on animals, and in this cleanser there is nothing bad for you, and heaps of things that are good for your skin. 🙂