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Mini Smackdown #1

Firstly, Happy New Year!  I can't believe that we're here in 2014, and despite being almost two weeks in this is my first post.  Ruh-roh.  But hopefully in the coming weeks normal blogging will resume - and today we're beginning with a mini comparison post. 

For me, a lot of buying over the internet involves in dithering between one or more of the same product or different shades.  So for anyone else out there in the same predicament, I've put together my thoughts and a few pictures comparing a few different products - hopefully they will be of some use to you.

Rosehip Oil:  Trilogy Rosehip Oil +* v Pai Rosehip Oil
Ana and Sandra were kind enough to send me some samples of these two products back when I was trying to decide between the two. I started by using them both on different sides of my face, but soon I knew which one was the winner.  The Pai won out for me due to its rich colour and fruity scent.  It just felt more of a treat to use than the Trilogy oil which didn't have anything about it to discern it from any other oil I own.

However, in terms of effect, I couldn't see any noticeable variance between the two during the time I used them - so if you're not influenced by the scent of a product, or you prefer less scented products, then this Trilogy oil would definitely be the better buy.  (But look at the colour of the Pai!)


Pai Certified Organic Rosehip Oil -  30ml @ £20.00 = 0.66/ml
Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + -  30ml @ £26.50 (currently £16.50 at Naturisimo) = 0.88/ml
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil - 45ml @ £28.50 = 0.63/ml
*This is the Rosehip Oil Antioxidant Plus which is blended with other oils as opposed to the pure Organic rosehip that is also available.  Winner:  Pai!

Madara Tinted Fluid:  Moonflower Rose Beige and Sunflower Golden Beige
Not really a smackdown, as either way Madara wins, but I feel like it might be useful for anyone looking into buying their tinted fluid to be able to see them side by side.  I tried a sample of the Moon Flower a while ago, and it featured in this post here, where I wanted to test it alongside Dr Hauschka.  In that challenge, Dr Hauschka won and I've been using their 00 shade since.  However, as I'm feeling I might like to change up my foundation, Madara is coming into the picture again.  Especially since I realised that I had assumed that £20.00 for the Hauschka bought you 50mls.  It doesn't, it's 30ml.  So more bang for your buck with Madara.  Annnnyway...



When I had the lighter sample I wondered whether the darker shade might suit me better as it didn't look much different, so picked up a sachet with a recent order.  Unfortunately the darker shade is too dark and gold (orange)-leaning for me, but they are both on the lighter end of the shade spectrum.  Moonflower on the left and Sunflower on the right.  A full size tube will cost you £23.00 from Naturisimo for 50ml. Winner:  Moonflower.

Hand Sanitizer: Bentley Organic Moisturising Hand Sanitizer v Dr Bronner Hand Sanitizing Spray
I ran out of my Bentley Organics sanitizer quite a while back, but when I saw it again in my health shop, I also noticed that Dr Bronners did this lavender style one.  I thought having tried one, I would try the other and see how they compared.  Unlike the Bentley, Dr. B has alcohol in, so the experience is a bit different.  It also comes in a spray rather than a mousse, and is heavily scented with lavender.


I'm torn as to which I prefer, as the alcohol content feels like it's doing more to sanitize my hands, along with the antiseptic lavender, but I think this means that it has dried my hands out a bit.   Whereas the Bentley has felt more gentle on my skin, but I wasn't always convinced of its efficacy.  (Did anyone see any of the Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners show where they used the q-tips and germ measuring device?  I feel like I need one of those to do a proper scientific sanitary test!)

In price, they're both in the same bracket, so it's very much down to personal preference.  In short:
Dr B - Lavender, feels potent, alcohol, a little drying, not sticky.  Around £2.99.
Bentley - No real scent, feels like a mousse, alcohol-free, no drying, mildly sticky.  Around £2-5.00 depending where you buy it.  
Winner:   Dr Bronner

Do you enjoy product comparison posts?  
Have you found any other hand sanitizers I should know about?  

Comment and let me know!  


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  1. What a great post! I love the way you've done this :-) I would love to read more like this!
    Rach xx
    AllNaturalAspirations.com

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    1. So glad you enjoyed! I love comparing products, hopefully this is the first in a few :) x

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  2. I like this kind of comparison post really great idea, glad you liked the Pai Rosehip oil :) Xx

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    1. I loooove it :D I'm halfway through a full bottle now and still addicted to the scent x

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  3. I always love a little smackdown ;-) Haha no, more seriously, it's a brilliant post!! I've been wanting to try Dr. Bronners hand sanitizer and Pai rosehip oil for ages: since both were winners, I guess I won't regret if I purchase them. Awesome post, hope you'll do some more smackdowns ;-) xx Liz

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    1. Haha! Need to find some more products to pit against each other, but definitely planning on it :) Look forward to seeing what you think of the Pai/Bronners x

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  4. Great post. I much prefer the Pai oil, it just feels lighter and seems to absorb so much better. Thanks also for showing the moonflower as the sun flower is too dark for me.

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    1. It's been a little while since I had the two alongside, but that's interesting that you thought it absorbed better. I also like the slight tinge of colour that on me brightens my face a little bit (if only for a little while!). I'm very much considering the moonflower as a future purchase - glad the swatches were helpful. Thanks for stopping by :) x

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  5. I love the smackdown format! My Pai oil has been nearing the bottom and I've been bouncing between buying it again or trying another rosehip oil (neither until the spending ban is over, of course), so that one was especially helpful :)

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    1. If you can get a hold of a sample of any others then the Trilogy one wasn't bad at all, I'm just weirdly obsessed with the scent of Pai. I remember reading that you like products that are unscented... is that right? How do you get on with the smell? x

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  6. Really useful to read! Haven't tried to Pai oil, mine only concerned being the stains on clothes or bed linen? does it happen?x

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    1. Hey :) I've actually been using it in with my foundation in the mornings, so haven't noticed any staining. If you apply just before bed then I guess that there is more of a possibility. I just went and rubbed some on my hand and then wiped it on my pillowcase - there was a slight tinge that I think would probably come out with a wash..but I'm not certain so please don't take my word for it! Glad you liked the post :) x

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  7. Great post! I'd love to see more posts like this. The colour of the Pai would jst make me want to use that more than Trilogy it looks more nourishing and as if it would do more! I use the Madara Sunflower because I didn't realise they did a lighter one and I would definitely repurchase the lighter one in the future. I've done that twice now with foundations haha #idiot! I've been looking for a hand sanitizer for a while now so I'll have to try out the Dr Bronners one!

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