Today’s Friday! And I don’t feel like lifting a finger to publish a proper review or post or anything… still, I have things flitting round inside my head and I must get them out:
In memoriam of my beloved Enzymion from Lush, that reached its end some weeks ago.
There was still some left in the jar, but since it looked a little strange, at first a bit like curdled cream with some liquid on top, then runny, then sort of congealed like in the photo, it made me suspicious. It didn’t smell off, and its due date is next year (I got it last year), but given the wide jar it comes in, and knowing Lush’s policy of keeping preservative doses low in its formulas, I thought it best to dispose of what was left.
The thing is, I look at the ingredients list, and when I think how much I actually liked this crème since first trying it, and how often I used it during the cold months, I’m surprised to see so many ingredients that give me pause: the first in the list is lemon infusion, and towards the end it lists several citric essential oils (which are well known skin sensitizers).
Besides being a lightweight moisturizer and nice to use, I was hooked on its fruity scent: it wasn’t like a synthetic fragrance version of tropical fruit, but reminiscent of real cubed fruit served fresh. So yummy… even so, and though I loved it, I won’t rebuy this winter.
A read / listen
Speaking of which: Beware beauty products in jars – Episode 106 from the Beauty Brains podcast (with transcript).
I love listening to the BB guys while I do tasks: they’re entertaining, endearing, and they know their stuff. In this episode, they talk about the hygienic problems of jar packaging, and a little about the problems caused by citrus oils on skin + sun exposure, among other things.
Julia Roberts’ no-makeup makeup for her characterization as Mary Reilly in the movie of the same name.
Apparently she was panned for this interpretation, and the film in general got skewered by critics and the public at the time of release. Me, I loved this movie as much as I loved the original book, surprisingly, and Roberts just blew my hair back.
I’ve never found JR a captivating actress like everyone seemed to do back in the day, but here, I found her exceptional: I thought she was more beautiful, expressive and compelling in this role than in any of her overdone, America’s Sweetheart rom-com ones she’s famous for. But that’s probably my Goth leanings talking.
Blues Traveler “Hook”. Ahh, nineties nostalgia…