March 10, 2014

Product Review: Michael Todd True Organics

      Like many others who subscribe to makeup & beauty gurus on Youtube, I first heard of Michael Todd True Organics from them. I eventually bought the Sensitive Skin Regimen because it was already discounted on the Michael Todd website & I had a coupon code which bought it down to only $62 for 6 full size products. I'm very glad I took the plunge and purchased the kit because there were some amazing products in the kit! I recently purchased a new product & repurchased two products from the kit and will be reviewing them in this post. If you're new to Michael Todd and aren't sure which products to try, click through the jump!


      In this post I will be reviewing three products: the Honey & Oat CleanserCitrus Cream Moisturizer, & the Blue Green Algae Toner.

      I bought all three products myself, and the cleanser and moisturizer are actually repurchases. For reference, I have sensitive acne prone skin. Sometimes I have small dry patches on my cheeks, forehead, & chin, but for the most part I have oily skin. None of these products have irritated/stung my skin or caused more breakouts.

Honey & Oat Cleanser (7.1oz, 70% organic, $22) | Grade: A+

This is my holy grail cleanser. It has all the makings of an amazing cleanser; it's gentle, effective, non-drying, tear-free (love that fact), smells amazing, and has a creamy lather. I used to use Cetaphil's Daily Facial Cleanser, but it didn't really lather up which is something I actually prefer in cleansers. I wash my face with it every night (in the morning I splash my face with tepid water and "cleanse" with Bioderma), and I use it with my Clarisonic Mia 1-2 days a week. It never stings my skin and using it in the shower is so relaxing because the sweet lemony aroma really comes out. Like the bottle says, I think that this cleanser is appropriate for all skin types. I also appreciate that the new packaging comes with a leak proof cap because the older lid had leakage problems. All in all, I can't say enough good things about this cleanser, but I will say that if you only want to try out one product from Michael Todd, this is definitely the one to try!

Citrus Cream Moisturizer (2.4oz, 81% organic, $29) | Grade: A

As expected from the name, this moisturizer is citrus scented but also has a slight herbal scent too (rosemary). This is somewhat of a heavy moisturizer, but I did use it throughout the summer with no problems. If you're oily like me, the key is to use only the tiniest amount. I use half a pump and it's more than enough. For that reason, the product will last forever and it took me more than 6 months to finish the entire bottle. My skin loves this moisturizer and drinks it all up. I also notice that my skin's clarity is better which I attribute to the citric acid in the product (a natural exfoliant). I recently had a period of bad breakouts and while stress contributed to the breakouts, I also had been using a new moisturizer as well. Within a week of switching back to the Citrus Cream Moisturizer, my skin substantially calmed down and the breakouts stopped after 2-3 weeks. In summary, it's a great moisturizer and you get a lot of product (2.4oz compared to the traditional 1.7oz).

Blue Green Algae Toner (8.4oz, 97% organic, $18.50) | Grade: A

This isn't a repurchase but a new Michael Todd product for me. The sensitive skin regimen had the Cranberry Antioxidant Toner which was great, but I opted not to repurchase that and to buy the Blue Green Algae toner instead since it's supposed to be geared more towards acne prone skin. One thing that really stood out for me was the smell - it has a strong herbal lavender earthy scent. It's probably not for those of you who have sensitive noses or dislike the smell of lavender. You should opt for the Cranberry Toner if you're sensitive to strong smells like lavender. As you can see the toner is completely clear, as it sinks into the skin it does leave behind the lavender/herbal scent. Like all Michael Todd toners, it is alcohol free. I actually decant my toners into a spray bottle because it's faster & wastes less of the product. I haven't been using it long enough to see if it lives up to its anti-inflammatory claims, but I mainly use toners as a prep product to my moisturizer and not so much as my main anti-acne product. I will perhaps update to see how it compares to the Cranberry Antioxidant Toner after longer usage.

Concluding Remarks

    Last important notes are that Michael Todd products are available to purchase on Amazon with Prime shipping if you have it, on the Michael Todd website where I highly suggest you Google for coupon codes before you checkout (I go to RetailMeNot), and through my Luvocracy which sometimes offers free shipping or other discounted deals. Be sure to check all possible avenues in order to ensure you're getting the best deal!

Hope this was helpful!!

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