As you all know I’m not stranger to skin issues. While I don’t suffer from cystic acne, I do still suffer. Over the years I’ve tried everything from over the counter products, as seen on TV products, black soap, to prescribed creams and anti-antibiotics and when I tell you nothing has truly worked for more then 5 minutes nothing has worked until now. A few months back I received the Michael Todd True Organics Jojoba Charcoal Scrub and I put it in my medicine cabinet and totally forgot about it until about a month ago. Well I finally came to Christ and put it in weekly skin care rotation and I realized *AHHHHHH* it actually works! That being said I took my tail to the Michael Todd site and started researching and before I knew it I was buying their “starter kit” (pictured above). My idea is to test this out for a month. This is currently week one and I am impressed. My skin hasn’t been this clear in YEARS! Granted I still have scars but my skin is soooooo soft and smooth and I can actually tell that my pores are in fact shrinking. I thought it would be a good idea to share my views on these products along with descriptions and swatches.
Acne Or Oily Skin Kit
Organic Discovery Collection
Let me start off by saying that I love the color scheme. I am a true sucker for anything purple. These are all trial sizes which I’m OK with to start ranging in size of 1.3oz to 1.7oz. This kit is currently on sale for $33.00 and and is for Oily/Sensitive skin which means this was made specifically for me LOL.
So I’ll go in order from Left to Right.
Charcoal Detox Cleanser
Deep Pore Gel Face Wash
*PICTURE FROM MICHAEL TODD SITE I FORGOT TO UPLOAD THE PICTURE I TOOK*
“This unique cleanser utilizes the properties of Activated Charcoal in a base of organic aloe vera to neutralize acidity and absorb impurities while sugar cane and maple provide gentle exfoliation for increased cellular turnover. Amazingly absorbent, Activated Charcoal is widely known for its ability to effectively cleanse the skin, unclog pores and remove deeper impurities and dead skin cells.”
“Beneficial for all skin types, powerful antioxidants and tea tree and other essential oils provide effective anti-aging and blemish healing properties, including treatment of acne, rosacea and eczema.”
Sulfate free “no tears” formula does not irritate eyes. 210 ml / 7 fl oz
This is in fact a really great cleanser. It comes in a slightly thick liquid formulation and it is very gentle on the skin. I notice that it leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. It does not go as deep with the cleaning as I would like but the remaining dirt is removed with either the scrub or the toner. A small amount goes a long way and the bottle is antibacterial friendly as it has a pump so you do not have to stick your hands in a bottle or jar. Overall, it’s a great cleanser I have no cause for complaints.
Purchase the full sized bottle here.
Price: $23.00 for 3.4 fl. oz.
Blue Green Algae Toner
Hydrating Antibacterial Toner Organic
“Take a whiff. This organic toner’s fragrance of fresh lavender with a hint of birch-wood will have you thinking you just stepped into a luxury spa.”
“Rich in vital nutrients, trace elements and amino acids, blue green algae and organic kelp in a base of soothing aloe vera juice penetrate deeply into the skin to speed the elimination of toxins, promote cellular renewal, naturally nourish and remineralize the skin. Also contains black willow tree extract recognized for thousands of years for its healing power, and fresh, warm, spicy tea tree oil – a powerful immune stimulant to help fight infections and promote clear skin.”
“A huge favorite, customers love this toner for its antibacterial formula to aid in treatment and prevention of problem skin. NO alcohol to sting or dry. Enjoy, ideal for all skin types. 250 ml / 8.4 fl oz”
Like every other toner this one comes in a liquid form and is to be applies with a cotton pad/ball. It does have an interesting smell that I can’t really describe and while I’m not the biggest fan I don’t hate it. It is fairly moisturizing and does a great job with removing any remaining dirt that is left on your face after your cleanse. I will say that I more then likely will not purchase the full sized bottle of this but I will use the rest of it.
Purchase a full sized bottle here.
Price: $18.50 usd for 8.4 fl. oz.
extra gentle for sensitive and blemished skin
“Unique polishing facial scrub using Jojoba Wax Beads and Activated Charcoal to effectively remove dead skin, impurities and toxins. Jojoba Wax Beads provide gentle exfoliation without leaving microlacerations on delicate skin. Highly absorbent Activated Charcoal penetrates deeply into pores to draw out impurities and toxins. Refines texture and encourages skin renewal, leaving skin smooth and refreshed.”
“All skin types will benefit from this facial scrub but especially gentle for dry, sensitive and blemished skin .100 ml / 3.4 fl oz”
Well this right here has been in rotation for a month now and I have to say I LOVE IT! This was the first product I have ever owned from this company and it is what prompted me to purchase more of their products. It is AWESOME! It leaves my face feeling refreshing and soft. Some exfoliates leave your face feeling dry but not this one. It leaves you feeling refreshed. It doesn’t have a smell to it that I can recall and once applied it looks crazy because of the gray hue. It gives your face a smoked gray cast because of the shade. It is grainy in texture but not super rough on your skin. I just absolutely love it.
Purchase the full size here.
Price: 18.50 for 3.4 fl. oz.
Moisture Lite Lotion
Non-Oily Hydrating Moisturizer
“A soothing hydrating lotion formulated for individuals with normal to combination, oily & sensitive types for whom regular moisturizers are not suitable. Oil-Free. Absorbs completely without clogging pores. Soothes and moisturizes where skin and is a great option for sensitive skin types as well. A wonderful moisturizer to apply after our Knu anti-aging cream or serum for added benefits!”
“Normal to Oily skin types. 70 ml / 2.4 fl oz”
Let me first go on record in saying that I hate the way this lotion looks LOL!! Anywho, this is a very light weight and thick yet thin lotion. That probably makes no sense but that’s the only way I can describe it. It is indeed very hydrating and a little goes a long way. Just one pea sized drop can cover my entire face and my neck too. It blends easy enough and has a smell although I don’t know what it smells like. It says that it doesn’t have oil in it but at the same time it leaves a glow on your skin. The only thing I don’t like like about this product is it leaves your face feeling a little tacky. I’m an oily girl like the real kind like you can pull the oil out my face and fry some chicken. It’s insane in the summer time. I’ll have to use a primer even when I’m not wearing makeup.
The full sized bottle can be purchased here.
*I HAVE NO INTENTIONS OF BUYING A FULL SIZED BOTTLE ALONE*
Kaolin Clay Mask
Detoxifying Facial Mask
“A soft purifying clay mask using the exceptional absorbent properties of French green and white and pink Kaolin clays to detoxify the skin, replace minerals and improve skin tone without dryness or irritation. Tightens pores and significantly improves smoothness. Also balances oiliness and aids in the elimination of blemishes.”
“If you thought masks were only for mature skin types…think again! The key to clearer skin is to unclog pores, reduce bacteria and nourish, tone and heal on and below the skin’s surface. Today’s masks from MICHAEL TODD true organics do all that transforming dull, lackluster skin into clearer irresistible complexions.”
“Blemish Prone, Combination to Oily Skin Types – 100 ml / 3.4 fl oz”
I love this mask. It has a thick but soft and creamy texture. It applies in an off white almost light pinkish purple shade and it dries to almost a brownish pink. Once it dries your face is sooooo night which actually isn’t an issue for me. It sucks everything out of your skin and once it is rinsed with warm water your face will feel sooooo clean. I love it. The only issue is it smells AWFUL. If you can get past the horrible smell then you are set. This mask comes in 2 strength Regular and Maximum and because I’m at work and not home I can’t tell you which one I have.
Price: $34.00 usd
This kit is amazing. My skin hasn’t been this clear in ages. To be honest with you all I will be purchasing the full sized kit as soon as this one is all used up and inside my empties bag. I love it. It’s been a long time since I have felt good about my skin.
Have you every used any Michael Todd products? Which ones and what was your experience?