I have a sensitive scalp and it behaves very differently in different seasons for which I have tried and tested from few of the best luxury brands out there in the last few years. I have few favorites which performed well as compared to the hype around them and few of them which didn’t work well for me. I was a fan of this brand since I bought and used the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil reviewed here. I bought Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt last year and I am a fan of this one too. I bought the small packaging (CAD $24 excl taxes for 2.7oz/75ml) to give it a try and then this full-size big packaging (CAD $67 excl taxes for 8.33oz) was the result of my love with the product.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt is described as a Purifying, Hydrating and soothing shampoo for sensitive scalps and oily roots. Sephora describes this as a purifying, moisturizing, and soothing scrub is the ideal detox treatment to remove product buildup and rebalance sensitive or oily scalps. It can also be used as a post-coloring treatment to relieve itchiness and remove chemical residues left on the scalp. Its original formula contains sea salt—a natural exfoliant—which eliminates impurities and supports natural blood circulation. The paste is enriched with a 100 percent plant-derived agent, which offers deep and long-lasting hydration to the scalp even after rinsing, leaving it soothed, rebalanced, and healthy. It is free of Paraben, Silicone, and colorants.
It is advised to be used once or twice a week and I have used this every week for two months. At first, this product seems very different and difficult to use but once you get started, it seems easy and worth when you see the results. The first things I liked about this product is the idea of scrub for the scalp, I do have a lot of buildup from the styling products or when I have dandruff, it is just a mess (i know it is not the right way to describe my own hair but that is true).
I wet my hair, take a small amount, almost a teaspoon of this into the palm of my hand and massage it on my scalp gently. Then I add a very small amount of water and continue to massage gently, it lathers very nicely. Keep in mind the lather does feel different on the hands than the lather from other shampoos and soaps. Then I rinse thoroughly, yes it does take quite an effort to have this all out of hair. I apply a conditioning treatment to the length and ends of my hair. I prefer to use Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil as they both work very well together. If not, any other conditioner works well with this. After rinsing the conditioner thoroughly, yes I am done. Just want to mention here that the smell of this product is very fresh and lemony which I like. If used alone without any conditioner afterward, you will feel the hair a bit dry as it is a purifying shampoo.
I have really liked the concept of a scalp and hair scrub and the after-results. My itchy, irritated and sensitive scalp feels calm, my dandruff stays at bay with regular use, and my hair does feel soft and shiny. This has been my second repurchase of this product and I hope to keep sticking to this one for my problem scalp. Also, I notice it does give a nice volume to hair which is a big yes for me.
If you are interested in reading my review about Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil, I have linked it in the first paragraph of this post. They do work well together and even separately. It is available for purchase at various international online merchandisers like Net-a-Porter and also at Sephora.
Have you tried a scrub for scalp? What do you use when your scalp is itchy, irritated or have product buildup?
I have been a lover of Vichy since some time now and the newest addition from the brand to my skincare routine is the products from the Vichy Normaderm range. If you are interested in reading more about the products I love from Vichy, I have linked them here and here. Just for your reference again if you are a new reader of my blog, I have a combination skin which is prone to hormonal congestion and that does leaves marks on my face. I try to take good care of my skin but once every month, nothing works and then I start looking for more options that may help my skin and congestion.
I had a facial appointment last month and my esthetician did a lot of extractions and few of them, she didn’t touch as they were tender, I was so clueless again whether it is the weather, hormones or just stress. She recommended me to use something with Salicylic acid and use light products for face avoiding the heavy balms and oils too. I know, I can’t live without face oils, I will use the light one, maybe just a few drops. For the cleansing balms, my Emma Hardie Balm is already finished and the backup is on the way. The Omorovicza Cleansing balm , I have already put in the back drawer until fall arrives.
This press package from Vichy came at the right time. I clicked the pictures of the products first and put them straight on my skincare shelf. I have been using the Vichy Products from their Normaderm range every morning since last one month and few times in the night routine too. I was sent Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel ( CAD $19.95 excl taxes), Normaderm Skin Balance (CAD $19.95 excl taxes), Normaderm Corrective Anti Acne Treatment ( CAD $29.95 excl taxes), Normaderm Cleansing Mattifying Foam (CAD $19.95 excl taxes) and Mineralizing Thermal Water (CAD $13 excl taxes for full size).
Normaderm’s Purifying Cleansing Gel is formulated with LHA, salicylic and glycolic acid. Salicylic Acid unclogs and deeply cleanses the pores. Glycolic Acid allows gentle peeling and fights with the acne bacteria. LHS gently smoothes skin texture and stimulates skin renewal without irritating the skin. This is a part of the treatment for acne prone skin. It cleanses away excess sebum and impurities, without over drying the skin. It helps minimize the look of large pores, eliminates shine and reduces acne scars while fighting pimples & blackheads.
I am not a fan of foaming cleansers as I feel they dry out my skin but after reading about this range, I decided to give it a try and I am not disappointed. This is a nice gel cleanser and works very well to clean the skin without making it overly dry or giving any irritation. I have used it as a first as well as a second cleanser too sometimes. I did not notice any issues but I felt it worked very well at keeping my skin concerns at bay or it may be that I am using the full Normaderm range which is why it is more effective.
Normaderm Skin Balance moisturizing acne treatment is formulated for oily-acne prone skin. This is a hydrating anti-shine aquagel which mattifies skin, reduces the size of large pores and provides a day-long fresh and clean skin sensation. This is a very lightweight gel and I have been using daily after cleansing and before the Normaderm Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment which is described next in this post. It sinks into the skin fairly quickly and is the perfect base to start moisturizing and then on to the makeup.
Normaderm Corrective Anti-Acne Moisturizing Treatment is formulated with Salicylic Acid and LHA to help minimize large pores, eliminate shine and reduce acne scars while fighting pimples & blackheads. Phe Resorcinol in this formulation combined with exfoliating LHA, reduces acne scars thanks to its de-pigmentating properties. Air Licium is another main ingredient which is an ultra-light aerogel, it helps reduce sebum production and minimizes large pores giving the skin a soft focus mattifying finish. I use this after the Normaderm Skin Balance moisturizing acne treatment and they both do work well with each other. Both these products, i use it on my face and neck area avoiding the eye area.
Normaderm Cleansing anti-shine Mattifying Foam cleanser is suitable for oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin. It cleanses the excess sebum and impurities and mattifies skin. The formula fights pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. The results are soft and clean skin without over drying and irritated skin. I do not have an oily skin but combination skin, I was not much impressed with this mattifying foam as I am more into the clean, hydrated and dewy skin. Moreover, my skin does not produce a lot of oil that may give a shine to the skin but it is more of hormonal acne which is always my main concern to keep it in control. For the time I have used this cleanser, I did feel it mattifies the skin and would be perfect for oily acne-prone skin types.
Mineralizing Thermal Water is a refreshing mineralized thermal water that is perfect for either a little hydration kick to the skin or for a mid-day refresher in a hot day. I have had this little bottle in my bag since I received this, it feels so refreshing and alive. It has been very calming to the skin when I am traveling or if I am outdoors. It imparts a very pretty glow to the skin.
All the products I talked about in this post are hypoallergenic. I am glad I tried these products from the Vichy Normaderm range and I do feel the difference in my skin in terms of control over my existing and new acne, a great savior for my summer skin. The products are available to be purchased at vichy.ca
What are your go to products when your skin is behaving badly? Do you have any favorites when you have a breakout or congested skin?
Thomas Carlyle “Tom” Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own “Tom Ford” label. And after that, he has been everywhere, he is loved for everything he does in his line. Tom Ford White Patchouli is a fragrance created by Tom Ford in cooperation with a perfumer of the house of Givaudan. I bought this perfume a few months back and is my first perfume from this line.
The perfume is a mix of white flowers, coriander, peony and bergamot as top notes, Rose, Jasmine and Ambrette as middle notes, Patchouli, Incense and Woody notes as the base. This fragrance is described as “With its sensuous heart of patchouli, Tom Ford White Patchouli is surrounded by sleek wood notes with luxurious elegant white flowers. The Modern Fragrance with Retro-Classic Influence is a Sophisticated Interpretation of Bohemian Chic.”
First of all the packaging of this fragrance, as you can see in the pictures, is in a very beautiful heavy white glass bottle with a golden plate having the brand name engraved on it. There is also a golden string around the top which looks very elegant on white. This fragrance is a very classic everyday fragrance that can be an approachable option for people who want a patchouli fragrance but are not looking for candy. I can’t think of many other fragrances that provide this option.
It is a beautifully balanced between tradition and modernity. It is a strong floral in a nice way and can be referenced as Fresh, Chic, Subtle, Sensuous, Captivating and Exotic. The longevity of this fragrance on my skin is over 7 hours which is pretty good. It is perfect for all weathers. Again, the combination of the patchouli with white flowers is in a way that does smell elegant and sophisticated and not very girly. It is classified as a women’s fragrance but after using this I think it should be classified as unisex.
This EDP retails for CAD $160 excl taxes for 50ml which I bought and the other option is 100ml for CAD $224 excl taxes. It is available at Sephora, The Hudon’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and other major retailers.
Do you like patchouli fragrances? What is your favorite floral perfume?