All My Cleansers and Die, Bastard! Die! and Cake

Please excuse the post title, but I really mean it.  DIE, BASTARD!  DIE!
Okay.  Look, by the time it takes two YEARS to finish a product, you want it to die and die faster.  DIE MORE FASTER YOU BASTARD; DIEEEEE!

I would say over the course of testing it over the very short two years, that I can confidently say, I really do not like this cleanser.

As a stand-alone cleanser, I found it didn't work well enough to break down my usual sunscreens and foundation and definitely couldn't handle my eye makeup.  I used it when I double cleansed when I accidentally got my hands and face a little wet prior to an oil cleanse (so hence poor emulsion) or if I used coconut oil to cleanse.  Towards the end, I was using GOBS of it just so I can finish it.  In addition to not being that effective when used alone, it also dried my skin out gradually as lots of cleansers do.

Will I buy this again?  *using my inside voice*  NOOOOOO!

I do have need in my cleansing rotation for a very gentle foaming cleanser, so a few weeks back, I purchased the Chantecaille Rice and Geranimum Foaming Cleanser.  Let me also show you all the other cleansers I have been using.

(L to R) 1) purity (die!), 2) CervaVe Hydrating Cleanser, 3) Chantecaille Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser, 4) Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser, 5) Eve Lom Cleanser 6) Coconut Oil masquerading as an Eve Lom Cleanser 5) MUJI cleansing oil 6) Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water.

Here are my brief takes on each:

  1. Philosophy Purity - see above for my deep and unending feelings about this JUG.
  2. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - is a very gentle non-foaming cleanser and seems close to the Cetaphil one.  This doesn't have the effectiveness to power off all the clown makeup and sunscreen I wear on a daily basis but is nice and soothing for a gentle cleanse in the morning.  I sometimes use this after using a cleansing oil.
  3. Chantecaille Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser - I don't generally like foaming cleansers which often dry my skin, but as I mentioned before, I need to have one around.  This sucker is very expensive, but a very small amount produces an embarrassing profusion of foam.  It is also slightly exfoliating but gentle.  So far no issues with it drying me out.  
  4. Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser - is the "lite" version of the classic balm cleanser.  Has a slightly less gritty and a tad lighter consistency.  For some reason, it doesn't seem to work well at makeup removal, but as a morning cleanser it is super gentle and refreshing on my skin.  It is very scented and the weird smell takes some getting used to.  I love how there is no stripping and how incredibly soft my skin is after using this, all perfectly prepped for my morning slather of the clown face.
  5. Eve Lom Cleanser - is a balm type cleanser that is massaged onto dry skin and then emulsified with some water and wiped off with a muslin cloth.  I love the whole ritual of cleansing with this balm as well as the gentle physical exfoliation from the muslin cloth.  It does take time, so I tend to reserve this for the weekends or when I am wearing heavier than usual makeup.  It takes everything off very effectively and I never feel the need to cleanse again after this.
  6. Coconut Oil - I bought a large bottle of organic cold pressed coconut oil from Whole Foods.  My skin seems to really get along with coconut oil thankfully, and I love the scent.  The solid white oil very quickly melts into a clear liquid in my hands and on my skin and really melts all the makeup off.  It does leave an oily residue after being wiped off, so this is when a foaming cleanser is necessary for me.
  7. MUJI cleansing oil - YUCK!  I am determined to finish this thing.  There are two versions and I think this is the gentle version.  It's slightly thicker than my old discontinued Shu Uemura Premium A/O cleansing oil (green one).  I'm not sure if it is rancid or what, but has an off smell.  It never seems to emulsify well enough and I always need to double cleanse after this.
  8. Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Solution - another classic, but I find I don't use this very often.  I use this when I swatch for the blog to take all the swatches off my arm.  On occasion, I use this is an easy cleanser in the morning.  I have many backups of this!  Maybe too many.
Speaking of too many, holy crap!  Why do I have so many cleansers?  I am definitely in need of some streamlining here.

Annnnnd speaking of too much of too much, how does a cake with four sticks of butter in it sound to you?  Over the weekend, I reattempted making the Brooklyn Blackout Cake that I showed a while ago (here).  I took some corrective action from the last time I made it (lower oven with shorter cooking time, thicker pudding texture).  This time the cake came out as well as I could have hoped for.
It is chocolate (4 different kinds: semi-sweet, bittersweet, unsweetened and dutch process cocoa powder) on chocolate on chocolate.  Seems practice (and some crying) makes perfect, just like makeup application.  It looks rather like a shaggy dog with the crumb layer on top and it's hard to see the three layers of the pudding filling inside.
I am so skipping meals to justify eating this cake all week long.  It is a thing of beauty... chocolate wise.

Ever take on a recipe with blood sweat and tears and just KILL IT?  What did you make?  Share some recipes with me?

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