One Love Organics + new face wash routine

15 May 2015

Let’s talk about another new routine! Well, new-ish. Until last year, I used Cetaphil to wash my face, and the Josie Maran argan oil moisturizer. I loved that moisturizer, and loved that it had SPF 40. (I even wrote about it here!) Sadly, a few months after that post, Josie Maran reformulated my beloved moisturizer, and I hated the new version.

Casting about for a new option, I decided to try One Love Organics. I first heard about OLO on 100 Layer Cake in 2011, and thought it sounded neat – no GMO ingredients, parabens, or synthetic perfumes or dyes, and made by a small company in Georgia. However, the price point was pretty high, so it took a few years and hearing that my friend Lisa used and loved the products for me to take the leap.

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I started with a trial size of OLO’s Skin Savior waterless balm ($19) and Easy Does It foaming cleanser ($9). I used Easy Does It to wash my face morning and night, and Skin Savior as a moisturizer morning and night. I loved it! My skin immediately started to rebalance from the drying disaster that was the reformulated Josie Maran. It seems paradoxical, but often the reason skin (at least mine) seems greasy is because it’s not getting enough moisture. The OLO products also seemed to help improve the texture of my skin.

I happily reordered both products six months later, and then again six months after that (to give you an idea of how long the “trial” sizes last me). I purchase from the Dermstore site, because they often offer discounts – I received 20% off one time and 30% off another!

In the last two months I’ve stepped up my game even more thanks to this video on the OLO site. This is now my evening routine:

— Start with clean hands. Scoop out a small amount of Skin Savior and gently massage all over face for about 1 minute. I usually work in sections: forehead, then right cheek, then left cheek, etc.
— Wet a washcloth with warm water and lay it over your face and eyes for about 30 seconds. I keep a small stack next to the sink because I like to use a new one every night. The warmth and moisture will help to gently lift away makeup, dirt, and grime. Gently wipe the balm away, then rinse the cloth and wipe again using the clean side.
— Pat skin dry.
— Dot Easy Does It on your forehead, cheeks, chin, and temples and gently massage in circles (sometimes I’m not so good about doing it gently!). OLO recommends doing this for one minute but I usually do it for a bit less because I find the Easy Does It doesn’t stay moist on my skin that long – maybe I don’t use enough?
— Rinse thoroughly. Apply small amounts of Skin Savior to any dry areas.

The whole process takes about three minutes. Since my skin is so thoroughly cleaned in the evening, now in the morning I just rinse and apply Skin Savior to moisturize.

As you all know I am FAR from a skin care expert, but there are not many products that seem to really work for me and that I feel passionately about, so when I find one, I want to share!

Would love to hear if anyone else has tried One Love Organics and what you thought!!

P.S. My only complaint with this routine is that I haven’t found a good way to work in sunscreen. My Bare Minerals powder is SPF 20, but I don’t feel like that’s enough. OLO currently does not offer any products with sunscreen, though according to their site they plan to in the future. They recommend wearing a hat, shirt/cover-up, and sunglasses instead, but I don’t find a hat to be practical in all situations…

6 Responses to “One Love Organics + new face wash routine”

  1. Emily

    This brand does sound awesome!! I just wouldn’t be able to use the Skin Savior because it has coconut oil in it, which is very comedogenic and makes me break out :( Sad day. I’ve just started using Lush’s Ultrabland cleanser which sounds similar to this, and I like it so far!

    As for sunscreen — I just bought a trial size of Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist with SPF 50! It sets your makeup and adds a layer of sunscreen! I’m sure it’s best to have a layer on underneath makeup, but this stuff sounds amazing for the beach! :)

  2. I have sensitive skin and have been wanting to try OLO for a few months now and this post has inspired me to go for it :)

  3. Thank you for your review of these! I haven’t tried One Love yet, but have had my eye on it. For sunscreen, I LOVE MyChelle’s Skin Shield. It feels like a normal sunscreen (I always check products against the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep rating system, and so many sunsscreens that get good ratings are thick and hard to put on). I found it in Whole Foods for a while, but mine stopped carrying it, so I’ve been getting it online. Juice Beauty makes a nice one as well, though it is a little bit thicker, but they also have a lightly tinted option, which is nice for daytime!

  4. So happy to share an OLO obsession with you–and happy that if one of us forgets something on a trip, we can share! :)

  5. These sounds like great products! I’m a Mary Kay fan (my mom has been a consultant since before I was born) and my favorite is the foundation primer that has SPF in it. Protects my face and makes makeup go on super smooth!

  6. Janessa

    Burn out has always been my go to sunscreen but they reformulated as well and people were seriously peeved on Amazon. I just tried their kids one and so far so good. One of the reasons I love their products is because it becomes clear very quickly even though it goes on pretty darn white. Whole Foods has it :)