Thursday, November 24, 2016

Holy Snails El Dorado Review

Holy Snail's El Dorado
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Holy Snail's El Dorado
All Holy Snails products come with cool cards like this! The ingredients are on the back. I would include a photo of that but I got mine wet so... It's not pretty. Sorry guys. 

What is it?

I'll hand it over to Chel first because her shop description is flawless as usual. My comments follow. 

"What is El Dorado? Is it a mythical city of gold? A man? A bird? An island in the desert that can only be reached by sail (sail sail)? The answer is simple: it is liquid gold in the form of 7% THDA (oil soluble, stable Vitamin C). Accompanying it is 1% Vitamin E and many rich treasures from the desert, including Prickly Pear, Agave, Yucca Root, Avocado, Jojoba, andEvening Primrose.
THDA, or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, is a very stable form of Vitamin C. It has been shown to stimulate collagen production, reduce photodamage, brighten and even skin by inhibiting melanogenesis, and provide antioxidant activity. It does not exfoliate.  This is not a substitute for sunscreen."

This product is incredibly unique I had never heard of this form of vitamin C before!  Thank You Chel for introducing me to something new to love... again. I love facial oils. I love vitamin C in my routine. Two in one? Sign me up! Sign me up! I also really have to give a shout out to Chel for noting that it does not exfoliate. You want a different type of vitamin C if you are looking to increase cell turnover. She is very clear about what this product does and DOES NOT offer. Also not a sbstitute for sunscreen. Many people mention the benefit of vitamin C serums to boost protection from the sun... even if this is the case... not a sun screen substitute. If you want to skip it... personal choice but she is not advising you to use her product as a replacement. 

Who can use it?

"Suitable for:  All skin types.  Many Snail Mail testers with Oily or Combination skin were able to use this with no issue, although there was one user with oily skin who reported it had trouble sinking in fully. If you have concerns, please consider a sample size bottle first to see if it is too heavy."
Everyone! And I recommend that if you want a sample size... you check out a giveaway I have going on because there might be one popping up on the prize list... I personally have no issues with it sinking in within seconds. Even when I made my little mistake with my first use... Even with multiple moisture layers under it (but not an occlusive step... where it goes in the routine is explained in "how to use." I have very dry skin though so YMMV. Samples are cool. Holy Snails offers them for a reason. Although... Her products are NOT hard to destash if you jump in fora full size and find you don't love it.

What's In It?

Ingredients:  Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tetrahexyldecylascorbate, Prickly Pear Extract, (Ethylhexyl Palmitate & Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract & Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract & Agave Americana Stem Extract & Yucca Brevifolia Root Extract & Opuntia Coccinellifera Flower Extract & Fouqueria Splendens Stem Extract & Larrea Tridentata Extract), Tocopherol

COSDNA for the curious Yeah there are flags. I don't love COSDNA. I think it's outdated. I include it because other people like it as a reference. You know your skin better than a website. In fact...

"Please always patch test any new products. Our products have very concentrated ingredients, so please patch test to make sure you do not have any sensitivities to any of them. This product does not cause purging, so if you experience breakouts or irritation, please discontinue use. There is a Sample/Travel Sized version to try if you are unsure of your ingredient sensitivities."
The product description page even warns you to check out the list for sensitivities, patch test, and try out the product slowly. Good advice man. Good advice. 

Check out that packaging...

Holy Snail's El Dorado
see the nice pump?
Holy Snail's El Dorado
Technically the back... the logo

How do you use it?

"How to use:  Both of the carrier oils used in El Dorado (Avocado and Jojoba) are occlusives, so they should be used near or at the end of your routine. It can be used in place of, before, or after your moisturizer, but to get the maximum benefit of the 7% THDA, it is not recommended to mix it with other oils or moisturizers. If you are using other Holy Snails products, the product layering order would be Snowbang EssenceShark Sauce, and then El Dorado Oil Serum."
"This product does not contain any photosensitizing ingredients, but the most vital and effective anti-aging step in your routine will always be sunscreen. Please note that while this has photoprotective properties, it is not a substitute for proper sunscreen. Please always use (the correct amount of) sunscreen for best results in fading hyperpigmentation.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional skin care provider. It does not have any fragrances."

See I told you all would be revealed!  Again she repeats that it is not a substitute for proper sunscreen. Thank you for being so thorough.  I use um... A few more things than just Snowbang and Shark Sauce (lately it's been Lemon Shark... Then Holy Snail Water Actually,) before my El Dorado... but yep it doesn't go on before. And unlike some oils I wouldn't use this as a "booster" for a sheet mask. For my skin it's not going to work in place of a moisturizer. I'm a bit too dry. I actually like it as a mid day routine step. If I'm not doing a full routine but I need to refresh... The right cleansing water and some El Dorado are part of my "perk up" recipe. 
This is one pump. You can barely see it because it's clear. One pump is decent face/neck coverage for me technically but I'm greedy and I like to use two. For most people one is plenty. How she found pumps so well calibrated I will never know. 

How did it go for me?

Dear Chel... Please Make something that sucks. For me? Please? Or... just doesn't work for my skin type at least. Make a product that works really well for the oily and acne prone folks but not so well for the dessert dry like me. I feel like a shill here. Even Manyo Factory has a few detractors from me... Granted I've tried 20+ of their over 140 product line and your line has... way less... I'll give it time. Yeah that's my big complaint about the product. I like it. If you didn't already know I like Holy Snails product's check out my post with links to my other reviews...

I already sort of started explaining how I use it. You know how it says its fragrance free? Well I go two ways with fragrances. I either am offended on a migraine level (usually sweeter smells do this... shaving creams marked towards women, candle shops, perfume aisles (until I found Darling Clandestine....) or I just smell very little. I noted this in my Klavuu reviews and many others before and to come. I think part of it comes from years of smoking (I don't currently smoke so don't nag... actually even if I did it's not your place to nag a stranger... I'm not telling you to hit the gym...) and part of just the way I am. So anyway I unscented products usually have some scent because if fragrance is not used the natural ingredients themselves have an odor... this is the case it seems with Holy Snail Water (Review pending it's written guys I just have to format....)  

So I kept on pumping out more and more trying to figure out what it smelled like because I assumed it just really really didn't linger. My body got a treat. My bottle would have lasted longer had I not done that... and shared some with a few friends because I couldn't resist. 

Still even with my mishaps and sharing I got a full month of testing with no problem. Then I got more testing time without an a standard vitamin C serum (nope it's not a substitute.) I went without it in my routine... nope... I didn't like that either. It's an oil that brightens. It doesn't have a scent so I can use it no matter how I'm feeling. It feels good on my skin no matter how poorly I've treated it. It quickly sinks in and smooths my face out in a pinch... while adding benefits. Yeah that day I covered my body in it by accident?  If I were rich this would be right up there with Snow Bang and Manyo Factory Galatomyces Niacin Essence for Full Body use daily. 

Final Score?

5/5! I am a not loyal to vitamin C serums OR facial oils. This though... does not force me to cut out either from my routine. I've gone  without it and noticed a difference I did not like. I was just about to crack into the sample size I purchased for my giveaway since no one knew about it anyway (actually I was just going to reorder,) when... The announcement came! The formula is being updgraded to 10% THDA instead of 7%. Available starting on Black Friday... That's TOMORROW! Stay tuned for a follow up post guys.

Rating scale

1- I want both my money and the time I spent using this product back. It should never be used and if I encounter another in my collection it goes to the trash bin.2- The product is nothing special but not horrible. I would use it again or give it away if I got it as a free sample.
3-The product is nice enough but I would not repurchase because I have many better options. May be better suited for others
4-I really like this and would likely repurchase if I do not find something better.
5-I love this product and it has become a staple in my collection.
So now you know what the numbers mean!

Where Can You Get Some? 

Grab a Whole Bottle! $45 for 30ml 

sample sized El doratio 5ml $10 

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