Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara

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Finding a good buy in the green world of beauty can be a challenge, so when I read about Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear Mascara I was anxious to try it. The price point is decent at $9.95, although admittedly on the high end for a drug store product. But a steal compared to my current favorite, Dr. Haushcka’s mascara that has a hefty price tag of $25.95. Physicians Formula is running a rebate on the Organic Wear Mascara, so if you are willing to shell out the money up-front, it is essentially a free trial.

The details of this green mascara are impressive for a mass-market drugstore cosmetic.  According to the website, there are no parabens or synthetic presevatives in any of the Organic Wear products. The mascara is certified by ECOCERT (not all of the products in this line are) and I reviewed all of the ingredients and none of them are petroleum based. I have sent an email to Physicians Formula which will hopefully confirm this for the entire line.

For those of you accustomed to the more sophisticated packaging of let’s say, a Chanel or Dior mascara tube, be ready for a campy, not-so-sexy presentation of a beige tube with a metallic green leaf on top. Hopefully this is easy to get over, because the product is actually quite good. I’m not gonna lie and say Organic Wear will give you the same lashes that Chanel’s Inimitable does. (I still use that when a night out calls for it). But the department store equivalent would be Clinique’s Natural Glossy which I used on a daily basis for years until I decided to clean up and go green. I have since switched to Dr. Hauschka’s mascara, but am always on the look-out for something better or at least as good and less expensive. Organic Wear’s is definitely as good as Dr. Hauschka’s and is definitely cheaper!

As for its performance, it darkens the lashes, makes them fuller, and lengthens moderately. It gives a natural, everyday look. Unfortunately, Organic Wear Mascara has a slightly sour, waxy smell. The first time I used it, the smell lingered for most of the day. The second time I used a lighter application and the smell was fainter. This could end up being a deal breaker for me as I am very sensitive to smell in products that I use on my face. I either need them to be unscented, have it dissipate quickly, or I need to love the scent.

Regardless, I think this is a great product and if you are willing to fill out the rebate form, give it a try. If you do, leave a comment and let us all know what you think! Or let us know what “green” mascaras you have tried and leave your feedback.

UPDATE: May 15, 2009. I just got my rebate check yesterday for those of you curious about how long that would take. Looks like 3 months exactly.

posted by ~Trish

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Jo Wood Amka

 I have learned that Amka means “to wake” in Swahili. (This information is on every site where the line is sold). And I agree that Jo Wood’s Amka possesses a lively quality, but it is soothing as well. I wear it to bed frequently because frankly, its lack of sillage and faint lasting power are good for the late night hours. I love crawling into bed after a bath, having just hydrated my skin with the Amka Body Oil and spritzed my skin with the Body Dew. I guess ultimately that is how I appease my heartbreak that this fragrance just does not last. Sad, but true. Because I love this scent so much.

 

Now that I have lamented its ephemeral quality, let me tell you why I still love it. I said it’s lively. This is due to the effervescent neroli Jo Wood has chosen. It’s slightly spicy, bursting with a piquant citrus aroma, yet mellowed by a beautiful warm cedar that envelops the neroli charge ever so perfectly. These opposing qualities have been balanced harmoniously. It is such a special fragrance that I am willing to forgive its transient nature, and enjoy its short-lived comfort and tranquility.

 

I know not everyone will have this kind of patience given its steep price tag. But take into consideration that Jo Wood has sustainable organic standards, and follows strict ECOCERT guidelines. She never uses petroleum products, phthalates, or parabens in her natural products. (See her website for more detailed information).  Also, I have found the best way to get the scent to last. I spray either the Body Dew or the Eau de Toilette (EdT) in my hair and then very liberally on my skin after applying the Body Oil, to get about an hour of scent time. I know, remember reading above about how much I love this perfume?

 

The difference between the EdT and the Body Dew is the EdT is softer and more floral, whereas the Body Dew has more cedar. Additionally, I’d say the EdT lasts longer on my skin; I can squeak out maybe two hours. But keep in mind that it wears very close to the skin. The Amka line includes the EdT, Body Dew, Body Oil, Body Lotion and Bath Oil. As an aside, the Body Oil is rich and luscious. It is very hydrating, and soaks into skin after about two minutes. The scent evokes the neroli, but the cedar is deeper and there are more hints of the rose otto than in the EdT or the Body Dew. And take note, I do not recommend the lotion. The texture is very watery and separates easily. Mine was quickly returned.

 

Jo Wood Amka is available at Beautyhabit.com

Posted by ~Trish

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