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My Favourite Things – September 2015

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It’s time for the September edition of “My Favourite Things”. A linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene where you post about something you enjoyed in the previous month.

This month I’m posting about the skin and hair products I use and have been working pretty well for me that last few months.

Protane Shampoo, Conditioner and Argan Oil
Protane Shampoo, Conditioner and Argan Oil

When I first thought about doing this post I didn’t expect that I’d be using a Shampoo and Conditioner that I bought from Aldi but here we are. I’m currently using Aldi’s Protane Naturals brand of Shampoo, Conditioner and Argan Oil. The products are sulfate free and kind to my hair. Although Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is in many shampoos and considered safe to use on your scalp I found it mads mine quite itchy, although I never noticed it until I started using a sulfate free how much nicer my scalp felt. Granted, there are some all natural shampoos that go so far in the other direction that your hair never feels clean. I have wasted many dollars on products like that.

I only recently started using an Argan oil product for my hair. I’ve been so scared in the past to put an oil on my hair after I washed it but now I’m used to it and it really makes a difference. My hair is so shiny, soft and easy to deal with. The good thing about using Aldi brand products is that they’re cheap!  These 3 cost me around $15 all together. The only let down is that the Argan Oil is considered a sale product and they don’t sell it all the time.

Previous to using this brand I was using Seven Wonders Moroccan set which was great, although the conditioner took some getting used to (it had the consistency of body lotion) however to buy the shampoo, conditioner and argan oil treatment is quite expensive and I noticed, one day while wasting time in the shower, that while the product is owned by an Australian company it is made in China and I feel like they are probably exploiting cheap labour and making a hefty profit off consumers so I chose not to buy it again.

Skincare products
Skincare products

asap daily cleanser and exfoliating scrub

I first received these as a sample size from Adore Beauty and thought I’d give them a try and was amazed with the results. They are gentle but work really well for my skin. I only use them a few times a week in the shower and they are good for that but obviously you could try them daily. The cleanser is nice and soft and creamy and has a slight scent of vanilla while the scrub has tiny exfoliating particles that don’t scratch the face and aren’t so abrasive that they give you that tight, dry feeling. It has a slight smell of eucalyptus.

After trying to save every last drop from the samples I bought a set of the full size and have used it ever since.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: Corrective and Unclogging Care

I was having mega skin issues, pimples everywhere! So I went in search of a product that could help me out. I’m not even sure how I stumbled on the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (what a name!) but it is awesome. Initially, I was putting it all over my face but it quickly got to work and I didn’t need it quite so much anymore. I usually use it for individual spots now and it is quite good at reducing their size and taking out redness until they’re gone completely. It can be a bit drying though which is why I try and limit my usage.

Lush Skin Drink Facial Moisturiser

I don’t buy a lot of Lush products but earlier in the year I had a skin emergency, I had tried an Alpha-Q product that claimed to be moisturising and well, it wasn’t. The end result was sore, peeling skin that felt burnt. I wasn’t sure how to quickly fix it but I knew that the team at Lush would be helpful and they’d have something that could ease the pain and sort my skin out fast. I told them of my predicament and they suggested the Skin Drink moisturiser which is quite thick and has really softened my skin. I’m on the look out for something a bit lighter now that it is coming into Summer here but this really saved me when I needed it – if you have any suggestions of a good summer moisturiser let me know. Lush’s Skin Shangri La moisturiser is also excellent but I couldn’t justify spending $55 on a small tub at the time.

And that is it! I don’t wear any product in my hair or any makeup. These are basically the only products that touch my hair and face.


6 thoughts to “My Favourite Things – September 2015”

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever used Argan oil for my hair yet. It’s great you found the Protane brand and it’s working well! I agree that there are some sulfate-free shampoo that doesn’t work well in cleaning your hair. So it’s good when we find a good sulfate-free product! ^^

  2. I’ve always wanted to try Argan oil, but never had the time. I’d be worried that I’d put too much on and make my hair greasy as well haha. Or something like that.

    I have La Roche-Posay hand cream, which is great. Not too strong-smelling and not too greasy.

  3. I was considering trying La Roche-Posay. I was afraid of it breaking me out so I passed on it, but I’m glad to hear that it’s great! I actually purchased Clarins recently instead and it’s working great for me. :D

  4. I’d love to try all the products you’ve mentioned because you had me so convinced with its good effects on your hair and skin! I have only started to REALLY take good care of my hair and skin and I’m trying to research on other products I could try. My skin is really sensitive so I have to be really careful so I wouldn’t waste my money on products that I won’t be able to fully consume.

  5. Argan oil is so great for the hair! I used to use the Organx shampoo and it was wonderful for my hair! I had to switch it around for a Kukui Oil one because it made my hair a little bit too oily. Also, it smells wonderful.

    Also good to hear that La Roche Posay product worked well for you! I only use their sunscreen one for sensitive skin (it’s orange lol) and it’s wonderful. I’ve always wanted to try more products from the brand!

    1. Oh, after I made this post I bought this which might be in the same range. It’s strange using an oil as a sunscreen but it seems pretty good so far.

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