Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser Review

Looking for a cleanser that can take your complexion from dull to luminous in a very short amount of time? If the answer is “yes, please!” then Body Merry has the perfect face wash for you.

The product: Body Merry’s Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser

What it’s good for: Cleaning your face, but in a really thorough kind of way. Body Merry actually recommends not using this face wash daily because of its strength. As they put it, “The ingredients in this product are stronger than your average face wash so we suggest starting out by using it only 1-2 times per week then increase your usage of it from there, based off of how your skin tolerates it.”

My skin is on the dry/sensitive side and I’ve found that using this face wash 1-2 times per week is the perfect frequency. That way I’ve been getting the brightening and cleansing effects minus any dryness or irritation.

Key natural ingredients: There are several awesome natural ingredients to highlight here. Of course this cleanser contains glycolic acid, which is a type of alpha hydroxy acid known to have the smallest molecular size and hence the greatest bioavailability. In other words, it can really get into your pores and clean them out. Next, this cleanser features acne-fighting willowbark which is a natural source of salicylic acid. There are also jojoba beads to help the exfoliation process. But don’t worry, they’re not environmentally unfriendly. These tiny beads are made from jojoba oil.

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Photo Courtesy of Body Merry

The price tag: $18.99 (6 fl oz). Not a bad price at all and it will last a long time since you’ll be alternating it with another cleanser.

Where to buy: BodyMerry.com (right now they have free shipping on U.S. orders over $25!)

My favorite perk: This face wash is awesome at unclogging pores and getting rid of dead skin, which is great news for everyone, but especially those of us who struggle with breakout-prone skin.

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Best Natural Men’s Products

I have been meaning to this post for a LONG time — some of my favorite beautifying products for the male sector. As I created this list, I intentionally kept price points down and quality and performance high. Here are some of my favorite picks in the following categories:

(1) DEODORANT

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{Every Man Jack Deodorant in Citrus – around $6}

Cotton extract and witch hazel absorb wetness while the fresh scents of mandarin orange and lemon last all day.

(2) SHAVING CREAM

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{Aubrey Men’s Stock City Rhythms Shave Cream – around $7}

This shave cream has organic avocado oil and wheat germ oil for a really smooth shave. Cedarwood, sandalwood and bergamot combine for a woodsy and refreshing scent. Camphor, menthol and organic eucalyptus add to the fresh scent and also provide an actual cooling affect on skin.

(3) AFTER SHAVE

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{Herban Cowboy Dusk Soothing Carrot and Cucumber After Shave Balm – around $6.99}

This is actually my go-to product for razor burn. Relief is pretty much instantaneous.  The scent is sweet and earthy.

(4) SHAMPOO

AO Shampoo

{Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo – around $10.99}

Is there anyone on the planet that doesn’t want stronger, healthier hair? This shampoo has the perfect ingredients (biotin, saw palmetto, wheat protein and vitamin E) for a healthy scalp and thicker locks.

(5) HAIR POMADE

{Brooklyn Grooming Vegan Fort Greene Hair Pomade – $26}

With a pure and simple mixture of shea butter and a few ultra nourishing oils, a small dab of this pomade goes a long way to style and moisturize hair. The mixture of rosemary, bergamot and lavender oils smell delightful and are also very nourishing to the scalp.

(6) CHAPSTICK

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{john masters organics lip calm – around $6.00}

This lip balm contains rosemary, gingko biloba and rich African shea butter for a trusted remedy for the driest of lips. The taste and scent is reminiscent of creamsicle in a good, not overpowering way.

(7) FOOT SPRAY

{HoS by Branch + Vine Cleansing Calm Foot Spray – $9.00}

I created this foot spray for House of Steep‘s line. It actually discourages and decreases foot odor. It also relaxes sore and tired feet with a mix of therapeutic essential oils.

I have to admit that part of my judging criteria is whether or not I find myself stealing these products from my husband… I can testify that these all get stolen regularly. I had him weigh in as I created this list and he concurs with my picks. Thank you Dylan for always being my guinea pig :)

You can find all (or at least most) at your local Whole Foods or your local health food store. This list could go on and on so just let me know if you would like any other recommendations!