1 October 2014

Small But Mighty: Skincare Minis from Kaia, Hush & Dotti + Earthbody

You know what they say about good things coming in small packages?  Never more true than with these skincare minis.  They may not be the biggest, but all three are pretty darn fantastic.  

Hush & Dotti Original Balm Cleanser

Hush & Dotti is a vegan, cruelty free skincare line committed to making high quality, natural and organic small batch products.  As I understand it, the Balm Cleanser was the company's inaugural creation and what started it all.  Cleansing with a balm always feels a bit strange to me, but I've enjoyed using this one nonetheless, particularly during the transition to drier fall weather.  The balm is rich and buttery, but not at all waxy, so it wipes off easily and doesn't leave your face feeling coated.  Instead, you're left with soft, hydrated, touchable skin.  Hush & Dotti's formula is also coconut oil free, great for those of us who can't tolerate coconut oil on the face.  The cleanser also has a really pleasant, slightly spicey, herbal scent.  

Kaia Bamboo Tapioca Beads*
Kaia's Bamboo Tapioca Beads are a dry powder that - once activated with the liquid of your choice - can be used as either an exfoliating cleanser or a face mask.  Composed mainly of bamboo, tapioca, and kaolin clay, the powder is gentle, but also very effective.  The powder form may seem like extra effort, but I really love how it allows you to easily customize it, just by switching up the liquid component.  You can use anything from water to tea, an oil, honey, yogurt, or even a liquid face cleanser.  Whatever you choose to use, the beads leave your face feeling smooth and refreshed and they smell great too - fresh and citrusy!

Earthbody Brighten Cleanser + Mask
Brighten is a rhassoul clay-based cleanser/mask that came in the August Petit Vour box and has quickly become a favorite.  It's packed with thirteen plant and fruit powders, including acai, papaya, guava, mangosteen, and pineapple to "firm, lift, and hydrate without depleting essential moisture."  I've only used it as a mask thus far, but it can also be used as a rinse off cleanser.  

Have you tried any of these?

*Press sample


  1. I've heard good things about the Kaia Bamboo Tapioca Beads and have been looking for a new exfoliant since using up my OLO Brand New Day sample. I'll have to give this one a try!

    1. I haven't tried OLO's Brand New Day, but I really enjoyed the Kaia! I'm pretty sure I'll be picking up the full size at some point :)

  2. i love the kaia bampoo tapioca beads! i just finished off my mini size and am definitely planning to buy a full-size at some point.

    even in the powder format it doesn't have to be any extra effort -- i would wash my face with my regular cleanser, then pour some powder into my already wet hands and rub them together a bit, which makes the powder lather up a bit, then rub it into my face and rinse off. voila! i didn't try it as a mask or mix it with anything other than water, but i'm sure i'll experiment with it more when i have the full size.

    1. I completely agree! I've used other powdered cleansers, but the Kaia seems easier...maybe because of how fine it is? Either way, I really enjoyed it. I'm planning to get the full size at some point too :)

  3. unfortunatly, this mask will be in my september empty :( BUT i ordered the full size last week because i really enjoy to used it! This time i picked up earth body mask purity :)
    Bamboo tapioca beads seem very interesting!
    Great post Caitie! Xx

    1. Oh, nice! I was just looking at the different Earthbody masks, you'll have to let us know how you like the Purity one :)


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