Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Disappointing products #3




It has been such a long time since I have done a disappointing products post that I thought I would do a little round up of products I have not got on with for the last couple of months, there aren't many but most of them are big big fails in my book. 
Starting us off is the Essential care Tea Tree and herb shampoo, now I tried the gentle herb shampoo by Essential and hated it (although love it as a baby/child shampoo!) so you would think I had learnt my lesson, but no, after seeing lot's of great reviews of this version I decided to give this a try. First of all this is a really low foaming shampoo, I am not sure if it was my washing technique but pieces of my hair were literally breaking off as I was washing my hair which was painful and uncomfortable, but the real kicker came after I had washed when I realised my scalp was sensitive to the high levels of tea tree and had blistered. This just isn't for me as a shampoo, however it isn't going to waste and I find it great for washing make up brushes. Don't be put off by my experience as so many people have written good things, I however was disappointed with it after reading all the great reviews. 

Next up is Butter London Nail Varnishes, I have a few of their colour shades and this top coat. The top coat I used once and it literally flaked off my nails within 30 seconds of application... the most awful nail polish I have ever, ever used. The colour polishes I can make work but only with a base coat and top coat from another brand, something about the formulation and my body chemistry just don't mix, as I forked out well over a tenner for this I am bitterly disappointed I can't use it, if anyone wants it let me know and I can negotiate a price for you, it is still full. 

This Melvita SPF 50 was something I bought last summer and I found it in a draw and realised I had never been able to make it work. It is thick, gloopy and never absorbs fully in to the skin, this will make you look like Casper the ghost in a steam room, shiny and white! it's horrid. I hate to waste anything but this is going in the bin, I just can't find a way to make it work!

Back in December I ordered some samples from Spirit of Beauty Lounge including the infamous May Lindstrom Blue cocoon, I eagerly awaited my order and when it arrived I ripped open the packaging and immediately opened the precious sample. Firstly I had heard such good things about the calming scent... for me it was just a bit meh... not unpleasant but nothing to write home about. Now, May is the darling of the green beauty world, I want to make it clear that I like her and her philosophies, but I had high expectations for this balm given the hefty price (£125 gulp!) and my six day sample failed to deliver any results for my redness prone skin, there was nothing about the product that to me would justify the price, there are plenty of balms I like just as much if not a lot better for a lot LOT less money. This is undoubtedly a nice balm, I am not saying it's a bad product but someone has got to say this: Sorry May, but your prices are crazy!

One of the things that consistently annoys me are those scratchy muslin cloths that organic brands insist on giving us with their cleansers, these are rough and wash terribly, I wouldn't mind so much if you had the option not to buy them, but so many organic brands include them in the price of the cleanser and it really annoys me. I know that organic cotton growing is better for the planet but give me a nice soft flannel any day, they are so much more durable and unlike the nasty scratchy muslins you can actually get them clean!

I would love to know what has disappointed you lately?

Ana x

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  1. I don't like Butter London either. Given their price point I expected them to perform so much better than they do x

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    1. Glad I am not the only one, they just peel right off my nails which is annoying! Xx

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  2. Hello Ana,
    I am a nail Lacquer junkie, and Even though I pursue a green life, sometimes I "sin" and buy nail polishes like Marc Jacobs' beauty line who chip and peelings 30 second after applying it...expensive + bad quality.
    I've been Using Kure Bazzar and those work really Good...now I am eager to try FNUG, but haven't heard reviews about them.
    Hugs

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    1. Everyone has their vice, I love Kure Bazaar they are the best I have found in terms of ingredients/colours/performance! Never heard of FNUG I will take a look! :) Xx

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  3. That sounds like a terrible experience with the shampoo. I also find Butter London polishes don't last very long - i think it must be something to do with the formula, even the glitters chip super easily x

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    1. It was awful... That's interesting because glitters are usually a nightmare to get off, a few people have said now that they have had a problem with them Xx

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  4. Ahhh I'm trying out the shampoo at the minute. Luckily for me I don't get any scalp issues (that sounds really painful for you!) but I have a love/hate relationship with it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it just makes my hair feel greasy straight after washing! It seems to be the case with most natural shampoos that I've tried :( I really wanted it to work for me because Jen said she can go without washing her hair for four days but unfortunately that's not the case :( better keep looking....
    I'm not that big a fan of Butter London either, the colours I've tried are pretty flaky. Also, I love a good fluffy flannel too! I buy mine from either Primark (£1.50 for 3) or I found some in HomeBargains that are much fluffier for 49p each, bargain!!

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    1. Hair care is such a hard one, I test things for at least two months before reviewing because of it. Shame it didn't work for you either, just goes to show we are all individual and what will work for one won't work for the other. Fluffy flannels are a must! :) Xx

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  5. For nail polishes, you might like Avril. It's a french brand, I know it's available at Mondebio UK. They're reaaaally cheap and so far I didn't have any problem with them. 2.59£ a bottle, can't beat that ;-)

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    1. I actually have an Avril polish from a beauty box, the formula is very good so I may well pick up more colours, thanks for the reminder :) Xx

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  6. Thanks so much for your honesty- I like the idea of posts like this that sort of highlight the products that maybe aren't working so well- I have struggled to find a more natural SPF that I love too.

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    1. The SPF thing is very very hard, if you think about the amount of money companies put in to SPF production and research it's easy to see why natural brands struggle with it, I use conventional brands but check ingredients and make better choices Xx

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  7. Great post Ana! I'm not a fan of Essential Care Herb shampoo either x

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    1. Glad I am not the only one Xx

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  8. Interesting to hear that the Essential Care shampoo didn't work for you - I've been meaning to try it ever since I first thought about organic/clean/green options, but I'm sticking with my Avalon for the moment! I agree that I'm not interested in the muslin cloths that come with products, but I did buy some idividually recently that I really like and use all the time :) x

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    1. It may still work for you, maybe pick up a trial size first to see. Where did you get your muslins? They sound great :) Xx

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    2. Haha oops I just realised in finding them that they aren't muslin!! They're actually Organic Cotton Facecloths... no wonder I like them! :) x

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  9. Thank goodness! Someone else who dislikes muslin cloth. They will never replace a good quality Egyptian cotton facecloth. Another non-fan of Butter London here too. I don't understand how some brands get such a high profile when the products are poor.

    Ali

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    1. Yes for me the cotton facecloth wins on all counts, I am not sure why some brands still manage to do so well with not great products I can only imagine they have good marketing budgets, but in Butter London's case they have had some real mess up's in that department too so I have no clue Xx

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  10. The Essential Care shampoo is a funny one - I have recommended it to so many of my friends and family and the vast majority hate it! Different strokes for different folks eh?! I'm not overly keen on Butter London polishes either, though I find some of the shades chip worse than others x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. I think it must have a lot to do with hair type ect... I really wanted it to work for me because I like the brand however they have a few products I just can't get on with and this is one of them. So may people agree with the Butter London thing, I have and use Yummy Mummy because I like the colour but I am searching for a dupe, they are ok with a decent top coat I think Xx

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  11. Great post! Please do them regularly...
    To be honest I don't like any of the products I've tried from Essentual Care. So far I've tried both shampoos and the cleansers/face wash, but none impressed me at all. Butter London is a ripoff in my opinion. I've just ordered some Benecos and BeautyBay nail polishes, which are very affordable. I'll let you know how they perform once I'll test them out. They better perform well, as I went a bit overenthusiastic and ordered loads... :)) xx

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    1. Glad you liked it, I have to agree with the cleansers too from EC they are not for me, their moisturisers are very good though and they do some great make up items such as the concealer and eye liner, not the eye shadows, they are very low pigment. I would love to hear about Benecos I want to expand my collection :) Xx

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  12. Ana you're absolutely right, May's prices are kinda ridiculous..I would loove to try her products, they sound amazing but I think that's not gonna happened just because of the the price tag.. :) xx

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    1. Glad I am not the only one who feels that way Xx

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is my 3rd attempt at commenting! It never seems to work for me when I do it on my phone so have now gotten my laptop out! Anyhoo, enough whining from me, just wanted to say I loved how honest you are in this review, really good! I find it equally interesting reading about products that didnt work as ones that do so definitely more of that please =) I agree with you on May's price points, they are bit too steep when there are just as effective products out there for a cheaper price. That said, I may have to splurge on the Honey Mud, love it too much! Keep up the stellar blogging Ana! xx

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    1. Thanks Nic I do appreciate you taking the time to comment, I have to say the honey mud is the one product that tempts me too, I may still try it! :) Xx

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  14. Hi Ana, a great post! Appreciate your honesty. Surprised so many people have had a negative experience with Butter London. Been trying out a few natural nail polish brands and can confirm that so far, Benecos and ZoyaUK are long lasting, have gorgeous shades which makes them a good investment. Still have a few more to try before post goes live *a giveaway too* x

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