Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Yes To Carrots - An Extensive Review

My YTC stash:

The carrots range is great for dry skin and has helped tremendously with keeping my eczema (and thus dry skin) semi under control. Because those of you with eczema will know that flare ups can occur at any time, so it will never be fully under control.

The YTC products are all paraben free and consist mostly of organic ingredients. They are all based primarily on the repairing qualities of carrot juice. Add a long list of other yummy fruity, mineral-y and vegetable-y (heehee) ingredients to that and you have a recipe for success.

The only thing I don't like about YTC is that they use imidazolidinyl urea as a preservative. It is known for releasing formaldehyde in the body. But, they seem to be changing this....I noticed that they removed it from the shampoo. So I have my fingers and toes crossed that they will remove it from the other products too! :)

But enough chit chat. No brand is perfect of course, but YTC comes close ;) So let's continue on to my thoughts on the products I have!

C a Softer You Hand and Elbow Moisturizing Cream: I don't know how I ever managed to survive without this stuff! While it does take a while to fully absorb, it leaves your hands so incredibly soft and moisturized! I like to massage a little bit of this into my cuticles before doing my nails and it works really well. The only downside is the size of the tube. It's VERY big (200ml) so taking it with me in my purse is difficult :/ But you do get one heck of a lot of awesome product for your money!

Eye and Face Makeup Remover: I use this only to remove my face makeup with, because it doesn't seem able to remove (waterproof) mascara very well. And if you get it in your eyes by accident: OUCH!! Also, you need to moisten your washcloth/cotton wool pad before you put this stuff on it. It will work a lot better then :) But I love this stuff for those no-makeup days when you just want to let your skin breathe. It's a very gentle cleanser and non-drying for parched skin.

C Loves Your Hair Pampering Carrot Juice Shampoo: I was using Chi Organics SLS Free Olive Shampoo, but when the supplier wasn't able to supply (:P) it anymore, I was forced to look for something else. I'm allergic to SLS (causes my scalp to break out in eczema hot spots), so that made my search a heck of a lot more difficult. But this stuff is amazing! And the smell...OMG! <3

C is for Conditioner Pampering Hair Mud Conditioner: The first time I used this, I found it awfully slippery haha. So my first reaction was "Oh God, silicone build up, Do Not Want". But, while it does contain dimethicone, I haven't had any problems with it weighing down my hair or causing nasty build up. I have no idea why that is though.... Either way, once you get past the too-slippery feeling and you (blow)dry your hair, it feels really soft and healthy. And it really does condition and nourish your scalp very well.

C is for Clean Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser: Excellent exfoliating cleanser for superdry supersensitive skin. 'Nuff said ;) It makes your face feel really smooth and clean. Doesn't get rid of any hardcore flakiness though. I found myself needing something more gritty during wintertime. But now that it's summertime, this is perfect for me.

C Today or C you in the Morning Moisturizing Day Cream: If you have normal or oily skin, then this is not the moisturizer for you. But, if you have skin that, on a good day, resembles the sahara desert....well, then give this a go! But for anything other than severely dry skin, this is just not suitable, as it is a VERY rich cream (and it even feels a wee bit greasy). I prefer using Dr. Organic's Pomegranate day cream instead, simply because I'm not a patient morning person and that one settles into my skin quicker. But I've been using the YTC day cream as my night cream LOL. Still, I don't think I will repurchase this one. Purely because it's too rich, even for my dry skin.

C the Difference Exfoliating and Soothing Mud Mask: Great stuff :) I didn't notice any beneficial effects when it came to blemishes, etc. But the ingredients are great for brightening the complexion and evening out the skintone.

C Me Smile Lip Butter: This is the only product I'm feeling a little meh bleh blah about. I like it when I use it, but then afterwards when it's fully absorbed into my lips (or simply has worn off due to eating, etc.) my lips don't feel as moisturized as I feel they should be. But maybe I just have extra dry lips to begin with? Either way, I feel my Weleda Everon lipbalm does a better job at fully and truly moisturizing my lips. But I prefer the scent and light citrus flavour of the YTC lip butter.

Wow, that was long review! Well, I hope that was helpful for you guys! Have any of you ever used YTC products? Or perhaps things from their tomatoes or cucumbers range? Let me know what you think!


Suzanne said...

I lóve Yes To Carrots, die geur gewoon! Wil er supergraag dag én nachtcrème van, en shampoo en conditioner. Oh en thanks voor je reactie bij mijn blog. Suzanne's zijn gewoon cool haha. :)