Okay, PROBLEM: remember when I did the post on cheap but good brand stuff, and I mentioned my favorite Dove face moisturizer and then expressed panic that it seemed to be gone from their web site, and then Andrea said YES, her sister emailed Dove around Christmastime and the face stuff is discontinued?
So I panicked and went to all the stores around here looking for stuff that might still be on the shelves, but it has been too long and it is GONE. So I looked on eBay, which is where I sometimes get good deals on the discontinued Bath & Body Works lavender-vanilla conditioner I like so much—but no, the sellers are still in their “Ha ha, we took the opportunity to buy up something we heard was being discontinued so now you can’t get anywhere else! Nyah-nyah, pay us $50 for a $6 moisturizer, LOSERS!!” stage, which is such a cute stage but it won’t last long. (In the beginning, eBay sellers were trying to sell SAMPLE bottles of the lavender-vanilla conditioner for TEN DOLLARS EACH—but I recently got four full-sized bottles for less than twenty.)
In any case, I don’t feel about the discontinued Dove moisturizer the way I felt about the discontinued lavender-vanilla conditioner (transcript of my reaction to the news of the discontinued lavender-vanilla conditioner: “OH GOD WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?????”). I wouldn’t go so far as to say I “don’t mind” switching face moisturizers, but I DO mind messing around on eBay, and I don’t have the “I can’t find anything similar” feeling I had about The Particular Beloved Lavender Scent.
But which to try? I am hoping to choose based on how many recommendations I get for each line. My goal price is the “$10 for 4 ounces” range—but that doesn’t mean I won’t consider the “$15 for 4 ounces” range if the devotees are loud enough, and Paul has been saying that he thinks I should spend even more (everyone has their own Strong Points, beauty-wise, and I am vain about my skin). I’d prefer for it to be something I can get at Target—but again, it doesn’t mean I won’t CONSIDER something that I have to make a special stop for. It absolutely must be at least 15 SPF (I say “at least” not because higher is better, but because I didn’t want to rule out higher SPFs), but I notice that seems pretty standard now anyway.
My skin is in its late-side-of-the-midline thirties, on the dry side but not PARCHED, not prone to acne, and ALMOST sensitive: that is, I’ve definitely had soaps and moisturizers disagree with it, but plenty of non-sensitive products work just fine, and sometimes it seems to me that something crucial has been removed from the products marked sensitive. I MIGHT be sensitive to higher SPFs: last summer I bought a Neutrogena 70 SPF face moisturizer and I found it a little irritating and got a pimple now and then—but I don’t know if that was the SPF or something else. I tried an “aging skin” moisturizer once and it had finely-ground GLITTER in it (I think it was supposed to provide the “luminous” referred to on the package); DO NOT LIKE.
So, if you use an inexpensive brand-name face moisturizer, would you tell me which one? I am down to my very last drops of my last bottle of Dove. (WOE!)