Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BeautySoClean: Candy Cane Scented Brush Cleanser

Press Sample

Happy hump day, dear readers! Is it just me, or are the days going by faster than ever now? With the holiday season in full swing, my days are filled with more events and activities than normal, and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. Thankfully the gift shopping is done and the gifts that need to be shipped out are wrapped and scheduled to be picked up later today! I keep telling myself I really should just shop online and have items shipped directly to the recipient, both to save on time and possibly shipping costs, but I really enjoy the full experience of hand selecting gifts, usually locally when I can, and then wrapping. Next year may be the year it is all deemed to be "too much", but for now, I don't mind the extra tasks for the month. Now on to today's post!


Let me just go ahead and start this post by saying these photos are a lie. While attending The Makeup Show in Los Angeles last month, I was provided with this bottle of BeautySoClean's Conditioning Brush Cleanser in the scent Candy Cane to test out. Given that the bottle also included images of traditional candy canes, one might think it is safe to assume this cleanser would smell like peppermint. While peppermint is far from a favorite scent of mine in general, I do like to surround myself with it often over the month of December for the holidays. This Conditioning Brush Cleanser, on the other hand, smells like a combination of alcohol and lime. There may be the slightest teensiest hint of peppermint, but in truth, I think I'm only fooling myself into believing the scent is there since I want it to be so badly. While this is ultimately a brush cleanser and what I should be focusing on, it was a major disappointment when it came to the scent factor.


In spite of my issues with the lack of peppermint scent, I still wanted to give this brush cleanser a fair shot. I normally deep clean my makeup brushes every week, and I also like to spot clean my brushes after each use, both to help rid any excess colour that may remain from products and to remove any bacteria that could potentially be lurking there. While my brushes are for my use alone, it gives me greater confidence that my makeup is as clean as possible and increasing the life of my makeup. This was the first I have used BeautySoClean products, and I was pretty happy overall with how will it cleaned my brushes. To clean my makeup brushes, I would spritz the cleanser with a few pumps onto each brush and then wipe my brushes on a clean wash cloth to remove any makeup residue. One spritz/wipe cycle was generally sufficient at removing product from my thinner brushes while my powder and blush brushes generally required a second, if not third, spritz/wipe cycle to remove the excess makeup residue. While I'm not entirely sure how long the scent lingered in my brushes, after spot cleaning them after makeup application in the morning, I wouldn't notice the scent on my brushes the next morning.

Final Thoughts

While the Conditioning Brush Cleanser certainly stood up to the task of spot cleaning my brushes, and I liked the convenient 2oz size from traveling, I still can't bring myself to get past the scent issue. The Candy Cane/peppermint fragrance I was expecting was just not there, and as much as I like citrus scents, the alcohol plus lime combination is just too repellent for me to continue using it. Something I did find interesting about my experience with this particular product is that it isn't on the BeautySoClean website, nor has it been since I received this just over a month ago. I did some more digging so I could find a store or website that might carry this particular product for you, and all I could find was a blog post from Dec 2012 and sites that no longer have it listed as "In stock". According to Beautylish, a website that did sell it at one time, the Candy Cane Conditioning Brush Cleanser was a limited edition scent released for the holidays. Given the odd scent and the fact that this brush cleanser contains many natural ingredients (a chamomile-type flower extract, lime oil, and willow bark extract), I cannot help but wonder if my bottle of brush cleanser is actually five years old and one or more of the natural ingredients has taken a turn. I must admit this has left a less than favorable impression of the brand on me, and I am hesitant to recommend the brand or try any of their other products. If you have tried this or any other products from BeautySoClean, I would love to hear about your experiences, be it good or bad!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!

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34 comments:

  1. Jen I completely appreciate your honesty here and the length you went through to find out morenon this scent. I was planning to pick up more BeautySoClean brush Cleaner Saturday at TMS NYC Pop-Up Shop but this leaves a bad taste in my mouth :(

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  2. Omg grossssssss. I would be so put off from a brand if they gave me 5 year old product. The scent you describe sounds gross. It should definitely be minty.

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  3. Wow, that is not good. For me, the peppermint scent especially if it were from peppermint oil would be a no-no even if it were fresh and not 5 years old coz my skin is allergic to it

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  4. That is odd that they gave you something that may be old and not as advertised? Good on you to do some digging and provide us with this information. I appreciate your honesty Jen. <3

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  5. I've used other Beauty So Clean products that I've liked. When I used to swap on MUA I cleaned everything with their wipes. It would bother me to have this scent too.

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  6. That is so disappointing to hear! Most likely they were trying to prune their non-moving stocks so they decided to give them away instead. Bad marketing

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  7. That’s so sad! Such a bummer to because I mean having more festive things are always the best!

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  8. I agree that sounds like an odd scent for a brush cleaner. I usually prefer my brush cleaners without a scent so they don't clash with the natural scents of my cosmetics.

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  9. Hmmmm candy cane, I cant seem to get enough of it and now there is a brush cleanser that is scented with candy cane this is epic

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  10. Yikes! It definitely sounds like it may have turned. I've had scents that don't smell like they should, but never peppermint.

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  11. Interesting. I'm not sure if I'd like this. I like the smell of peppermint, but I'm not sure if I'd like it on my brushes.

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  12. ahh i love love love peppermint!! I'd have it on anything and everything!! :)

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  13. I love anything peppermint flavor ... I would love to try this one :D

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  14. This is great review! I love peppermint smell! It will be great refreshing smell for brush!

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  15. ...wow, that's awful. Old, grody product. no thanks.

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  16. Pine? OLD PRODUCT? So much nope from me.

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  17. Huh, why would they say it's candy cane/peppermint scented if it's not? And old? All the nope.

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  18. I don't really like the smell of peppermint it's a bit overwhelming.

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  19. Why would they give you that old product? hmm. Almost everything is disappointing.

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  20. It's never fun to expect something and get something else entirely different as you did with the scent. I would be put off by it as well.

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  21. I've never seen a brush cleaner before but this is definitely interesting. Worth a shot!

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  22. That is a shame for the fragrance but as far as I am concerned, I prefer when cleansers don't smell too strong!

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  23. That brush cleaner looks really good! This is my first time to see this. I'll give this a try.

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  25. Candy Cane scented cleaner?!?!?! That sounds like fun!!! I would be so pissed to get my hopes up only to find out is smells like alcohol and lime!!! WTF?!?!

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  26. I love the idea of candy cane scented cleaner! How cool is this?

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  27. That seems like a little bit of false advertising to me! I’d totally expect more of a scent too!

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  28. Okay, I'm guilty of not cleaning my brushes but this is awesome. I would totally use this!

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  29. I love how you kept it real in this review post! It seems you rarely see that so thanks for the heads up! I can't imagine a product that's supposed to smell like candy canes, smelling like limes!

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  30. That's really disappointing, I agree! I appreciate your honest review, never tested this product before, sure I won't in the future thanks to your post!

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  31. Love that this is candy cane scent! How fun for the holidays!

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  32. Appreciate the honest review. I love candy cane scents so I’d be very disappointed that it smelled like lime! That could work during the summer though! 😩

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  33. I do not blame you for being hung up over the scent. If something is advertised as smelling like candy canes, it should smell like candy canes.

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  34. I wonder truly how old it is. Kinda spooky if it's very old.

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