Friday, October 12, 2012
The topic of today's Friday Forum is facial cleanser. A New York Times feature on Bar Soap's resurgence, published on October 4, got me to thinking (as Southerners say). I never use bar soap on my face. I use cream or liquid cleansers designed for gentle and effective cleansing. I seldom use bar soap on my hands. I do use it in the shower, although it's an ultra-gentle aloe/shea butter soap.
Now, the Times has suggested that bar soaps are back. Erno Lazlo's Dead Sea Mud Cleansing Bar never went away. AVEENO's oatmeal soap, available in drugstores, is a popular staple for many. Now there are new entries that are formulated to be non-irritating.
There's something about the tactile pleasure of holding a bar of soap that is attracting customers back to this neglected market. Can bar soaps pick up and hold bacteria? Apparently, yes, if storage conditions are right. Liquid soaps, on the other hand, may contain harsh surfactants, like sodium laureth sulfate. You must read labels. Perhaps it's a draw on the pros and cons of the two competitors.
What do you use on your face? What do you prefer? Does holding a nice bar of soap make you feel good? What about when it loses its luster and doesn't look as pretty as it did when it was new? I'm not sold on bar soap for my face - no matter how well-formulated it might be. Maybe my preference is the ease and speed with which I am pump an application of cleanser straight to my palm and onto my face.
The cloudy weather earlier in the week - and last week - left me desperate for photos. Finally, the sun returned and I was able to take a few. I can't tell you how happy that made me. I have another Armani Eyes to Kill Palette to show you later this morning.
I'm really looking forward to two makeup events this weekend. I'll see Eddie Hernandez from Chanetecaille today and Tim Quinn from Giorgio Armani tomorrow. It's going to be a beautiful weekend!
Let's talk about your week of beauty. It's time for the Friday Forum, our open chat. I love this part of our week. Have you selected your favorite holiday collection - and purchased a few new treasures? What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers will have moved on.
Don't forget the NARS Walk on the Wild Side giveaway contest. The deadline is tomorrow, Saturday, October 13 at midnight. It's a nice set. Why not give it a shot?
Photo courtesy of newfoundlandnature.blogspot.com