Facial cream? Not for me. A $19 stick of deodorant? Yeah right!

But after many years, lessons learned and as I saw them, dollars poorly spent, I finally understood that age-old adage: you get what you pay for.

I’ve never lived outside of my means. A few years ago I took great interest in budgeting and tracking my expenses, more so as a personal challenge to save more vs. keep a lid on frivolous spending. With the budget came research, and with the research came true appreciation of value over cost.

I started to review my purchase history when I had enough data and I noticed that I’d spent $12 on a three-pack of Old Spice, for example. Sure these sticks lasted awhile and I could keep one in a travel bag and another at home, but they weren’t performing as well as I thought they should have been. And then I thought: they performed exactly as they should have – they’re $4 sticks of deodorant.

I wanted something different, better, and for a good value. All of a sudden the $19 stick I’d once scoffed at seemed appealing. Value over cost.

Fast forward to today and a consumer who happily spends a little more for personal care. If you’re tired of the old and ready for the new value like I was, see below for my opinions of Baxter’s deodorant and a few other daily staples I’ve grown into over time.

NOTE: These reviews are my own opinions; I received no compensation for sharing them.

Product: Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser | Jack Black | $20 (5oz.)

IMG_4036.jpgWhat the company says:

Powerful 2-in-1 cleanser formulated with a unique combination of glycolic acid, vitamins, plant extracts and minerals to gently but deeply cleanse and exfoliate skin of dead cells, oil and debris while soothing and smoothing. May also be used as a purifying mask for more intensive cleansing. Dermatologist tested. Fragrance and paraben free. Vegan.

Why I like it: it has volcanic ash in it which I’ve found to be a good exfoliant for my sensitive skin. I use it daily, but I particularly like it after a shave as it leaves the skin feeling clean and smooth. I haven’t used it as a mask but the consistency of the product leads me to believe it’ll sit well.

Product: Facial Fuel | Kiehl’s | $42 (6.8 oz.)

IMG_4035What the company says:

A vitamin-enriched and energizing non-oily facial moisturizer. This “facial recovery accelerator” helps skin resist the effects of environmental stress for a healthy, invigorated appearance. Sskin will feel refueled, re-energized and revitalized!

Why I like it: This stuff is fantastic. It’s like a cup of coffee for the face. It isn’t oily and there’s no real smell to it either. I use this daily, and I particularly like it after a shave (instead of an aftershave). All I need is the size of a dime and I’m taken to fresh-face heaven.

Product: Body Fuel | Kiehl’s | $30 (16.9 oz.)

IMG_4034.jpgWhat the company says:

All-in-one Energizing Wash for Hair & Body. Energizing formulation performs as a body wash, shampoo and facial cleanser in one. With Caffeine and Vitamin C & E to invigorate hair and body. With Menthol & Zinc to refresh and purify; Leaves skin and scalp feeling conditioned and energized for a full “body high.” Silicon-free. Sulfate-free. Paraben-free.

Why I like it: The 2-in-1 can’t be beaten. It saves me time in the morning and it smells great – fresh. A few pumps into a loofa and two for the head is all I need. Like Facial Fuel, this stuff leaves me feeling clean and refreshed — from head to toe.

Product: Face Buff | Jack Black | $18 (3 oz.)

IMG_4033.jpgWhat the company says:

Face Buff deep-cleans and smoothes your skin, clearing the way for a closer, easier shave.

Eco-friendly, bio-degradable scrubbing particles help open congested pores and sweep away deep-down oil, dirt, and dead skin cells, helping to prevent ingrown hairs and minimize shaving irritation. Your razor is able to get closer — so less chance of razor drag or burn.

Paraben-Free. Colorant-Free. Always Dermatologist tested and cruelty-free. Made in the USA.

Why I like it: similar to the ash found in the Deep Dive cleanser, this product has these little pebbly, sand-like particles that do hard work with little effort. Since I started using this product, I’ve never shaved without using it beforehand as it softens the stubble and greatly reduces nicks and cuts; I’ve experienced zero razor burn after utilizing this product.

Product: Deodorant | Baxter | $16 (2.65 oz.)

IMG_4032.jpgWhat the company says:

Our top-selling, clean citrus and herbal musk-scented deodorant is aluminum-free, making it perfect for sensitive skin. The clear solid paraben-free gel won’t stain or discolor clothes. GQ Grooming Award Winner 2015 for Best Deodorant. AskMen.com Grooming Award Winner 2016. Paraben-free. Aluminum-free.

Why I like it: I have sensitive skin and have experienced zero irritation from using this product. It’s scent is subtle and there’s just the right amount of it (it isn’t overpowering). Truth be told it hasn’t ruined any of my undershirts, and it’s the only deodorant I’ve used that’s kept me dry under my arms (which says a lot considering it’s aluminum free).  High-five nature, high-five Baxter.

I’m a tough sell, no doubt. If you’re ready to step up your skin-care game, give these products a try and let me know what you think!

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2 thoughts

  1. Love all of the above. I’ve also gotten into Rugged & Dapper face wash as well as Lather & Wood as I try to change to always have an exfoliating factor.

    New place called Aesop in Wicker Park opened up right by my place. It’s called the Kiehl’s of Australia. It’s outrageously expensive but I did bite on their after shave ($40) and it’s been the best I’ve ever had.