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If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know I have dry/combo skin, and I focus on hydration a lot. However, I’ve always been struggling with pores – they clog easily and will not shrink! Luckily, lately I’ve been lucky to receive some products that target pores, and the latest ones I’ve been testing are from Caolion Cosmetics.
Caolion Cosmetics is a company that focuses on natural ingredients instead of chemicals, and don’t use artificial fragrances. Their products hydrate and nourish the skin to reveal the beauty of natural, make-up free skin. I’ve tried their Pore blackhead steam pack & pore original pack duo before, with mixed results – the steam pack worked wonders for me, but the original pack was just OK. Since a lot of the Caolion products target pores, while still hydrating, I was excited to try a couple more products.
I am picky when it comes to face cleansers. I don’t care for any that make my skin feel tight, which makes it hard to find some that target pores, but don’t dry out my cheeks. I often multimask, but I draw the line at using two separate cleansers for my T zone and cheeks. I was naturally very interested in this soap, that promises nourishment and hydration. The soap is hand made with awesome ingredients like rosehip and argan oils, honey and licorice extract. It’s hypoallergenic and natural.
For me this soap walks the fine line of cleansing very well, and leaving my skin almost tight, but just a little bit less stripped of oils, so it works for my dry cheeks and my T zone, too. I definitely have to moisturize after using it, but in my whole life I’ve never found a cleanser after which I don’t need to apply a face serum or a cream.
On its own the soap lathers nicely, but the silky mesh it comes with is a game changer. The mesh gives a rich foam that feels so nice. I personally find the foam to be a bit too bubbly and the soap moves around in the bag a bit, so I like to lather and apply the soap with the mesh, then take it out and run the mesh over my face. This way I get some gentle exfoliation and deeper pore cleansing. Then I put the soap back into the bag and hang to dry, which will extend its life.
Ingredients: Water, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Palmitic Acid, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Rosa Canina Flower Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Titanium Dioxide, Honey, Glycyrrhiza Glabra(Licorice) Root Extract, Gardenia Yellow Color, Fragrance, Tetrasodium EDTA
I was so excited to try this product! A convenient stick that delivers moisture and cools the skin at the same time? Count me in! No matter how much I moisturize in the morning, by the end of the day I’ll get a few dry spots, so I was hoping this stick would take care of that, especially since it can be applied over makeup. Also, the cooling effect will be so helpful now that it’s finally getting warmer in BC (read: my face is already sweating like crazy thanks to the new mom hormones).
The first time I applied this product, I was shocked. I expected a creamy, even greasy feeling. However, this feels like splashing my face with cool water, a.k.a AMAZING. Since water dries out my skin and can’t go over makeup, this really got me excited. The product immediately sinks into skin and takes care of dryness. It does cool down my skin, but it’s not overwhelming like some minty lip balms and face masks can be (this doesn’t contain mint). The only thing that didn’t work for me – some peeling dry patches still stay the same after applying it.
I am planning to travel this summer, and I’m bringing this stick with me. It’s small and easy to use, I don’t even need to rub it in, so it’s good for use on the go, when my hands might not be very clean.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Stearate, Xylitol, Zanathoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Niacinamide, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Adenosine
I was quite impressed by both of these products. The soap is my new in-shower cleanser, since I can easily hang it to dry in between uses, and I’m saving the stick for traveling (unless I use it up as it gets hotter here). Both products deliver on their promises, and the retail prices are as follows (in USD):
Have you tried any Caolion products? Are these two products interesting to you? Do you like products that come in a stick form?