Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Skincare Review: Blackbox Cosmetics Frost Face Wash

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ProductBlackbox Cosmetics Frost Face Wash

Review: I have 3 basic qualifications for facial cleansers. They need to get every bit of makeup off my face, rinse clean, and not dry out my skin. I feel like that should be pretty easy to accomplish, but I can't tell you how many times I've been bummed out by cleansers. That said, the Frost Face Wash by Blackbox Cosmetics is a solid choice. Here's what they say about their product:

"Our face wash truly is unrivaled in its category. Containing so many nutrients and super anti-oxidants (like all of our products), it must be packaged in an airless container. "FROST" Face Wash is definitely at home in our family of Cosmeceuticals. It is a powerful product on its own and is full of Vitamin C, Niacinamide(B3), Beta Carotene(Vit.A), Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Panthenol (B5), Organic Aloe Vera, Willow Bark, Coconut oil, Pomegranate extract, Green Tea extract, and Tea Tree oil. Not only does it leave your face feeling cool, clean, and soft... it has a large dose of natural skin bacteria killers and it is non-comedogenic. Frost does not contain harmful sulfates or parabens. It is organically preserved."

Here are the ingredients:
Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Ammonium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside,Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cocoglucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycol Stearate, Decyl Glucoside, CocamidopropylHydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MIPA, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Ascorbic Acid(Vitamin C), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Panthenol Vitamin B5), Aphanizomenon flos aquae Extract (Blue Green Algae), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3),Beta Carotene (Pro Vitamin A), Salix nigra (Willowbark) Extract, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Essential Oil, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Oleaeuropaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Camellia sinesis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aminopropyl AscorbylPhosphate (Vitamin C), Rosemary Oleoresin, Polysorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Essential Fragrance Oils

All sorts of really great things, right? I absolutely LOVE that it's aloe-based (like all Blackbox Cosmetics' products) and is sulfate free. I know that is a huge issue for some people, and it's actually something 2 of my best friends deal with on the regular. This product is a wonderful option for the sulfate-sensitive. It smells faintly minty, lathers a little bit, and rinses clean. And it cleans the hell out of your skin. When I wash my face (I always use a soft washcloth), after I rinse, there's not a hint of makeup or cleanser residue to be found. Plus, there's the added bonus of tiny bits of bacteria-killing essential oils for those who are pimple/acne prone, but without any tingling or stinging. It's quite gentle, in that regard. Very inoffensive.

The packaging is the standard acrylic Blackbox air & light free pump container. You can actually remove the product canister by prying the silver part up and then replace it with a re-fill when you run out, which is nice. Refills are $11.95 vs $14.95 for the whole shebang (regular web price), so while it's not  huge difference, at least you're saving the environment a little. Those canisters are apparently recyclable.

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What it looks like in real life
The product itself is colorless and looks like a normal, standard face wash. There's nothing strange or unique about the texture, the lather, or even the scent. You really only need about a pea-sized amount (1 pump), so I expect the 1.7 oz container will last me a minimum of 3 months or so.

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1 pump's worth of product
I think this is a very solid product, and I do like it a lot, with one caveat. It dries out my face a little. Not a lot, but I have to make sure I slap the serums etc. on immediately after or else I can feel that dry, tightening sensation, which I hate. As long as you wear moisturizer (which everyone should be doing, because duh), I think you should be fine. Also, I have a hard time believing all the extra goodies in the cleanser do much for my skin since it's only on my face such a short time before I rinse it off. Maybe that's just me?

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is allergic to sulfates, has acne/breakouts, and has normal-oily skin. People with dry skin can totally use this with great results, but they might have to up the moisturizer to combat the minimal-moderate drying effect. I would say it's comparable to Origin's Checks and Balances: pretty much the same results, but Frost isn't as frothy or creamy, and is way less minty. Personally, I think I prefer Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil for myself in the winter, because it works just as well without the drying factor. I do think I'll go back to Frost in the summer though, because I'm much more oily then and it's rather refreshing.

Rated Beauty Grade: B+

Price: $18.95-MSRP, $14.95- Web, $11.95- ISA at Blackbox Cosmetics

Refills: $11.95-Web, $9.95-ISA at Blackbox Cosmetics

Disclaimer: I am technically a Blackbox Independent Sales Associate (ISA) so that I could try the products out at a cheaper price because this brand has intrigued me for a while. All the links are to my replicated Blackbox shopping cart because you can only buy from Blackbox with an ISA sponsor code and using mine is a) easier for me to find for links and b) more convenient for you so you don't have to Google around for an ISA code. Yes, I'll get a little bit back in commissions if  you buy something using my code and I'll happily support you if you go the ISA route like I did, but you do you! If you want to find another ISA, Google will help you out! I'm not and never will be doing this to sell you something.

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