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simple ingredient beauty {S.W. Basics}

Do you know how many ingredients are in your eye makeup remover? I do.  Three.  Sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and extra-virgin olive oil are apparently all you need to remove impossible waterproof mascaras and gel liners. The area around our eyes has some of the most sensitive skin on our bodies, so ditch the harsh chemicals — you don’t need them!  With S.W. Basics I have found the holy grail of makeup removers, and it’s the simplest, most unassuming (and organic) thing going.

s.w. basics makeup remover

S.W. Basics runs a transparent operation, placing their small (5 or less) ingredient lists on the front of the packaging.  Each ingredient is something you could source yourself, and some may be sitting in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet already.  The beauty products are all made from scratch using top quality, pure ingredients with a less is more mentality.  Absolutely nothing unnecessary is used… no fillers, no synthetics, just good for you and safe for the environment ingredients coming from organic, fair trade or small-farm sources.

I have “hyper-sensitive” skin or so my dermatologist says, leaving me with a smaller pool of possible skincare products.  One of the most sensitive areas is the delicate skin around the eye.  Even products that claim to be for sensitive skin can irritate that area, often leaving me with red, dry skin.  That’s no good but neither is ditching my beloved eye makeup, so I set out on a mission to find a remover that was not only gentle, but also effective.  Tricky.

Despite their bully-like nature, I love mascara and liners, but lately I have been slacking on my makeup routine.  I just completed 9 months of pregnancy and now am on week 3 with a newborn.  These types of lifestyle choices make me time a little more scarce, so I do have to pick and choose my battles.  Struggling with removing eye makeup every night has sometimes been a battle I’d rather not begin.  It is a struggle because I cannot use your average makeup remover on my “hyper-sensitive” skin.  They all irritate (read: BURN) my skin so badly, I have to resort to soap and water… and that is a real task.

S.W. Basics’ Makeup Remover is a trio of oils that cut right through makeup, leaving behind clean, clear and CALM skin/lashes.  *bows in gratitude*  The oil isn’t greasy or heavy, actually pretty light, and instead of stripping moisture, it replaces it.  Most importantly for me, there is zero irritation.  No redness, no burn and no dryness down the road.

s.w. basics lip balm

I did get the chance to try several other products from S.W. Basics and I gotta say, they are all impressive.  The Cinnamon Lip Balm is now my favorite lip balm — creamy without that artificial coating feel and so aromatic.  It is a balm I can even convince my husband to use, and he is a lip balm hater.  After application, the balm sinks right into your lips leaving behind nothing but softness and a spicy aftersmell.

It seems nothing in your bathroom cabinet is safe to use these days. Our awareness of harmful, even toxic chemicals found in mainstream products has driven us to places we never thought we’d go… like making our own laundry detergent (never would have seen that one coming, but here I am).  Pinterest is a jumble of homemade beauty product recipes, some brilliant and others total flops, but because we cannot unlearn the nasty ingredients and processes our favorite beauty products use, we make sacrifices.  These homemade products take time and effort to make, and let’s face it, it leaves a lot open to human error.

S.W. Basics products are like the best road-tested, Pinterest-found homemade beauty recipes, formulated and encased in modern apothecary-style packaging.  Could there be anything better?

Replace your whole skincare routine with these simply brilliant, natural products, purchasable online at S.W. Basics.

Product was provided by S.W. Basics to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.

 

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  1. February 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm — Reply

    […] Do you know how many ingredients are in your eye makeup remover? I do.  Three.  Sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and extra-virgin olive oil are apparently all you need to remove impossible waterproof mascaras and gel liners. The area around our eyes has some of the most sensitive skin on our bodies, so ditch the Read on… » […]

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