5 Products I've Been Using That Are On Their Way to Stapledom

Newish to me, but I've been using them every single day.
Publish date:
October 7, 2015
moisturizers, Davines, the body shop, etude house, body butters, skincare, l'occitane, peels, hair serum, Staples

I am forever trying new products. I mean, it's my job to do so. Every other day there's a new face cream in the mail, a new serum, a new lipstick, a new conditioner, etc., etc. I write about some of these products--the ones I really love or the ones I think you all will love. And to be fair, there are just as many times that I don't write about a product, as well.

That said, there's a special caliber of products that end up in my regular rotation. Products that will, no doubt, hit the pan or run dry. When that happens, I'm more apt to re-up versus switching to something completely new, and that's when I know I've found a product that really works for me.

Here, I'm sharing five products that, since they landed on my doorstep, I've used on a consistent basis.

Davine's OI Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion, $22-$42

This product actually came to me just after I filed a post on hair serums, and I regret that I didn't get the chance to include it in the roundup. And yes, I know that Davines tends to get a little too much love in xoLand, but GD it's good stuff!

This OI Oil has a striking scent: clean, a little masculine, and definitely salon-esque. Also, it noticeably smooths the shaft and then absorbs quickly to prevent any greasy-looking nonsense. Two or three drops is plenty, and I typically apply it as a finishing oil after I've styled my hair.

The Body Shop Hawaiian Kukui Cream, $36

A short while back, I gleefully reviewed The Body Shop's new Spa of the World line. I certainly use a handful of those products, but the one I've reached for almost every single day since it came into my possession is this Hawaiian Kukui Cream. I've been a fan of The Body Shop's body butters for a long time, and this one felt the most consistent with their current formulation.

I'm seriously obsessed with the scent of this stuff, though. It's creamy, both rich and light at the same time, and somehow complements every single perfume I own. I use it on my arms and my legs after showering and my skin soaks it up.

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel, $55

About two times a week, I like to do a more intense peel or face mask, and this Intensive-C Radiance Peel by Murad has been my go-to for months. In fact, it's almost gone. Wahh.

Anyway, I apply it to my freshly washed face and right away start feeling the effects. It gently tingles, which makes me feel like it's doing its job, and also slightly cools the skin. After about 10 minutes, I rinse and then follow up with a moisturizer.

I think the effects are visibly noticeable, but more importantly, my face feels soft and hydrated and refreshed.

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, $13

I purchased this Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner. from Amazon after reading rave review after rave review on Reddit's r/AsianBeauty. Lest the name confuse you, it's a toner.

One reason it's so popular in the skincare community is because it has a pH balance of ~5, which is exactly where you want it. I've also found that it serves as the perfect follow up to pretty much any cleanser and moisturizer I've used in conjunction with it. It has little to no scent, helps control oil/shine (thereby slightly minimizing pore size) and really does give you the feeling that you've rebalanced your skin.

L'Occitane Divine Cream Mask, $108

Oh. My. Goodness. This product came to me and just sort of sat there for a while before I decided to give it a try. I wish I would have tried it earlier, because this stuff is heaven in a jar.

L'Occitane's Divine Cream Mask is thick, making it feel extremely luxurious and hydrating on the skin. I was worried it would be too moisturizing for me, but it soaks into the skin within five minutes, allowing me to even wear it under makeup.

It leaves my skin feeling so soft that I can't stop caressing my own face like some kind of weirdo. I know it's an expensive one... and I'm sorry for introducing you to it. ::runs away quickly::

  • Any items you've recently tried that are sure to become staples?
  • How much would you pay for a face cream?