review: then i met you living cleansing balm

then i met you living cleansing balm
i'm going to go ahead and preface this review with a disclaimer: 
this review is the result of the completion of the discussed product.
that's right, i've used it in it's entirety.
the product took about 3 months for me to finish with regular use.
these are my complete thoughts.
thank you.

cleansing is hands down my favorite skincare step. the ritual of concluding your day by removing its remnants from your face is therapeutic. i’m a cleansing enthusiast, which is why, of course, when this product launched i knew i was going to have to give it a go. for science.

the product

TIMY living cleansing balm ($38) is an olive fruit and grapeseed oil based balm cleanser (hooray for being coconut oil free) that claims to be luxurious and nourishing. the brand is cruelty-free, vegan, and excludes mineral oil, alcohol, silicone (bless), parabens, artificial coloring and synthetic fragrances from their formulations which earns them som major dope points with me.


the TIMY site describes the texture of this balm as “sorbet-soft” and I will 100% agree with that statement. the color, texture, appearance, even somewhat the smell is reminiscent of sorbet to me which, in my opinion, lent a unique cleansing experience a la, have you ever wanted to rub a dessert on your face vibes.
for me, experience is the most important aspect of a higher-end cleansing product. with cleansers, i don’t expect to see anti-aging results, it doesn’t sit on my face that long. no, if i’m going to invest beyond basic level bucks on a product i’d like to see, smell, and feel where that extra coin is going.
visually the cleanser is stunning. the packaging, although plastic, feels sturdy, there are no labels affixed that may go soggy, no laser printed or etched lettering to flake or be scratched off, it’s appropriately premium by mid-tier standards. the cleanser itself is a gorgeous, inviting, dare i say mouthwatering color that is reminiscent of mango sorbet.
the cleanser’s scent is pleasant, not too strongly scented, just enough to stimulate the senses and provide a pleasant aura of juicy notes that enhance your cleansing experience.
texturally, i’m split. from jar to hand, the living balm cleanser feels surprisingly soft, like ice cream that’s been out on the counter for a bit. it glides out of the jar rather than chunking or flaking away from the remaining product. the act of physically scooping a bit of this cleanser from the pot is a notable experience all by itself. however, i personally find that once applied to the face, there isn’t as much slip as i’d like and in order to get adequate glide, you have to use more product than i’d like. i did find that often times, i would pull what i thought to be an adequate lump of product from the jar and yet would still experience light tugging.


i don’t mind putting in a little elbow grease in my cleansing routine, so consider that position in this section. this cleanser doesn’t instantly melt away mascara, so if you are looking for something super quick this may not be a product for you. i find that you really have to work this balm into the skin, twice actually. give it a good massage while still oily and add water for an additional round of cleansing action to emulsify, this second step is where i see the bulk of the magic happen. even after a thorough work over, i still have found remnants of mascara leftover that required a second round of cleansing to remove entirely. again, this isn’t something that bothers me but when i write this all down and read it back to myself, i can see where this would be a major deterrent for heaps of consumers.
i personally think that the work is worth the nourishing finish this cleanser imparts. if you are dry or dehydrated, you know how stripping some oil or balm cleansers can feel, i can assure you this is not the case with this guy.

the rinse

now this is where the balm really falls flat for me.
the balm emulsifies, bless, however, i find that the film left behind after a reasonable rinse is one that i could never be satisfied leaving behind on my face and i feel it’s necessary to follow with a second cleanse.
double cleansing is dope, don’t get me wrong, i love it. that being said, if i’m getting into mid-tier pricing on a product that is literally being washed down the drain, i’d like it to be capable of performing solo if you feel me.
while the finish is nourished, the film feels somewhat occlusive and i worry it would interfere with actives applied post-cleanse if not chased with another product.

who is this for?

i would recommend this product to someone who is staunchly in camp balms4life and is looking for a cruelty-free option, free of most industry standard “nasties”. if you want something instagram worthy, super soft, and pleasantly scented and you don’t mind using a little more product per wash, following up with a second cleanse or polishing off with a hot towel, you’ll be into this and i wouldn’t blame you.


ultimately, this is a lovely moisturizing cleansing balm, but for the price, I expected a little more. where it hits its marks in appearance, scent, and texture straight out of the jar, i find the cleansing process to be slightly less silky, slightly more tuggy, than i’d like and i’m not a fan of the film left behind after rinsing with water.

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what to buy in the credo / detox market sale 2019

I haven’t used any affiliate or referral links in this post. I just really want people to experience some baller ass products.
If you would like to support me:
follow me on insta @ariana.graciela or @anti.wild
holla at my referral code to credo

We’ve got heaps of ground to cover and like no time so let’s go.

Both sales are 20% off sitewide through Sunday, 10 Nov 2019

I recommend (and want to repurchase):

  • African Botanics*
    • Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum – $160 – this stuff is hydrating and firming and gorgeous. would repurchase if I had the extra money.
    • Rose Treatment Essence – $160 – luxe af. not necessary but super hydrating and just a pleasure to use. this is absolutely a “treat yoself” moment but if I had the spare coin I’d always have it on hand.
    • Fleurs D’Afrique Intensive Recovery Face Oil – $250 – this is the brand’s retinol serum and it does include retinol (vitamin a). My skin loves this stuff and I dont think I’ve seen better results in terms of skin texture in such a quick amount of time from any other product I’ve tried so far.
  • BYBI Beauty *
  • CV Skinlabs
    • Body Repair Lotion (credo) (TDM) – $36 – extremely dry bodies REJOICE. This stuff is industrial strength. nourishing and protecting without silicones. bless
  • Dedcool
    • Madonna (Lilly) Eau de Parfum – $130 – peppery. sandalwoody. unisex af. everyone smells good in this.
    • Coconut Milk Lip Balm – $14 – like a freshly opened can of coconut milk. good lord this stuff smells amazing and it works super well as a daytime balm. one of my faves.
  • Fitglow **
    • Lip Serum – $42 – HEAR ME OUT. This is NOT JUST a gloss!! This IS a treatment. The color range is gorgeous, sheer but buildable color payoff. The magic in these glosses is the sting-free plumping effect. Without any tingle, you feel your lips surging with hydration to levels you never thought possible and with that, your lips appear and FEEL fuller instantly. The price is insane but worth imo, and I would repurchase time and time again. THAT BEING SAID, and I know this is a post about credo and TDM but they do have a mini trio out for the cost of less than one full-sized product and I would highly recommend looking for one of those sets over buying here unless you know what full-sized color you’re after.
  • Honua **
    • Aloha Youth Serum – $58 – lightweight, hydrating, brightening. This serum is ride or die for me. Extremely effective, great for all skin types. You’ll love it, there’s no way you wouldn’t.
  • Innersense
    • honestly almost everything but ESPECIALLY (credo) (TDM)
    • Hydrating or Pure Harmony Hair Baths – $28
    • Hydrating or Pure Harmony Conditioners – $30
      • The Hydrating range is super heavy and great for ultra damaged, dry, dehydrated strands in need where Pure Harmony is great for all hair types or daily use
    • Quiet Calm Curl Control – $26 – soft, shiny, defined, frizz-free curls/waves
  • Kosas
    • Tinted Face Oil (credo) (TDM) – $42 – two drops is all it takes for me to get a perfect light coverage base. the finish is supremely skinlike and the color selection is forgiving. I wear 2.5 and it looks exactly like my skin after blending. This is my HG, effortless, foolproof, slap on with fingers without a mirror if necessary, base product. NOTE: product doesn’t play well with absolutely everything and pilling is reported with use over top water or silicone-based products.
    • Wet Lip Oil Gloss (credo) (TDM) – $27 – Not fully on board with this price point but damn these are magic. Super shiny, comfortable, and long-lasting. I have the colors Jellyfish, Malibu, and Dip and highly recommend all 3. NOTE: This is a more heavily scented lip product (a la the orange oil in the formula) and will irritate those with sensitive noses.
  • Mahalo **
    • The Petal Hydrating Mask – $95 – As the name suggests, a solid hydrating mask that makes my skin feel smoother and appear more even in tone.
    • The Bean Antioxidant Mask – $80 – my favorite pre-mixed mask on the market. an all around skin fixer. brightening, smoothing, skin clearing. i miss it so much.
  • Marie Veronique
    • Pre + Probiotic Daily Mist (credo) (TDM) – $40 – I still believe this is my all-time favorite HG face mist. If my skin ever had a frea`k out this stuff rebalanced me and got me back on track without any effort.
  • Mun
    • **SOLD OUT** Akwi Purifying Cleanser (credo) (TDM) – $65 – HG first cleanse. Milky, nourishing, moisturizing, emulsifying, unscented. It’s a damn dream.
  • Osea
    • Undaria Body Polish ** – $48 – HG body scrub. Smells like chamomile tea, the scrubbing particles are super fine and gentle but also effective af. The base leaves skin feeling nourished but not oily. You won’t make the next person up for a bath slip on product LOL
  • Osmia **
    • Lip Doctor – $12 – One of the absolute best balms on the market. PERIOD. Olive and avocado oil based make this a unique formula imo. No coconut oil! This stuff is serious
    • Night Body Oil – $64 – sup girl. You like lavender? Chamomile? Relaxation? This is the product for YOU. Seriously probably my absolute fave scent on the whole planet. This body oil is the epitome of calm.
  • One Love Organics
    • Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover (credo) (TDM) – $42 – I am early in this relationship with this cleanser but omg it is magic. SUPER silky on the skin, absolutely no tugging in this cleansing experience. Emulsifies into a milk and rinses clean leaving behind a totally film free, nourished face. NOTE: this is fragranced like pina colada, pleasant, but strong.
  • Ranavat
    • Mighty Majesty Hair Serum (credo) (TDM) – $55 – hands down the best hair oil/serum on the market!! HG status. The absolute ONLY jasmine scented item on the planet that I find appealing. Good lord this smells just like a real, fresh, jasmine plant and leaves your hair so nourished and shining like no other.
  • Tata Harper
    • Regenerating Cleanser (credo) (TDM) – $84 – we did it, we found my HG 2nd cleanse! I was without this for ages, found a sample in my stash, used it for the first time in months and instantly saw such a huge improvement in the brightness and texture of my skin. This will always and forever be in my collection from now on. It’s magic.
  • Tower 28 Beauty *
    • ShineOn Lip Jelly – $14 – perfectly priced, balmy, comfortable, super shiny, sheer color (like a gloss SHOULD be). I have the shade Fire and it’s a gorgeous warm orangey-red wash but I need them all tbh and at that price, I shall.

Have yet to try but really want to (wishlist)

*Only available at Credo
** Only available at the Detox Market

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otherland candle trio review: rattan, canopy, kindling

otherland candle trio in Rattan Canopy and Kindling

We’re revisiting my impulse shopping issue today with a bit of an odd purchase for me. Aside from the fact that the packaging and branding is on point and everything I want in a product presentation (free shipping sealed the deal), this is an odd purchase for me.

I’m not realllllly a candle person. Its not like I’m anti but its more of, who has the time (3 seconds) to light a candle? Are people really so discontent with the smell of their homes naturally that they pay for wax piles to mask the naturally occurring scent. Perhaps these are smellier people than I. Perhaps these people live with smellier people than I. Will the acquisition and utilization of candles create some sort of scent dependency that makes me uncomfortable with the absence of a foreign scent? Idk idk, but I’ve never felt like i NEEEEDED a candle.

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