I was thinking about brand loyalty recently because I noticed that while I love Bumble & bumble hair products, I tend to buy all sorts of random shampoos. I have a stack of them in my shower ranging from fancypants expensive salon varieties to good old drugstore cheapskate brands. My basic requirement on shampoo is that it needs to smell good, I guess — I’ve never really noticed that one makes a major difference over another.
Skin care’s another story, though. I am officially fussy about the stuff I use on my face, and fiercely loyal to one particular brand, who I swear is not paying me to say so: philosophy.
I’ll admit I’m kind of a sucker for their great packaging and the fragrance of their line (lots of lavender), but I also think their stuff just . . . works. Awesomely. My favorite items:
Hope in a Jar Moisturizer. I have tried a thousand other moisturizers and this is the One to Rule Them All. It feels sensational as you apply it, like thick shaving cream, and it just melts into my skin. After I’ve put it on, my skin actually looks better: more clear, not shiny. Best. Moisturizer. Ever.
Microdelivery Vitamin C Peel Kit. I use this every couple weeks or so, and my face always feels amazingly soft afterwards. It includes an exfoliating scrub and some crazy vitamin C activator goo that turns the scrub into a foamy froth, after I rinse it all clean my skin is like BUTTAH.
Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser. This is a really basic, mild cleanser, and I feel kind of silly for buying it when surely there are many products that provide the same ingredients at a lesser cost. I’ve tried to embrace the much-loved Cetaphil, but I just can’t — something about it makes me feel like there’s a film on my face afterwards, or something. This stuff is just pleasant: easily rinsable, gentle, and just right for my combo skin.
How about you? Do you have certain brands for skincare that you stick with?