I've been watching and reading a lot of 'Disappointing Products' videos and posts recently, which got me thinking about the beauty products that I actually never (or rarely ever) purchase. Surprisingly, I was able to come up with a quick top six list. So here are the products I don't buy!
(1) Aerosol Deodorants
I made the switch to more natural deodorants a few years ago, and although I do buy the odd mainstream one every now and again (usually when the weather gets really hot and in a stick or roll on format), I never pick up aerosol deodorants. This is mainly because of enviromental and health reasons - one of the first essays I wrote for Uni focused on aerosols and it didn't make for pleasant reading! Whilst some brands have now taken out some of the more harmful ingredients, there are plenty which are still really bad, so I prefer to steer clear of them.
I just don't get Vaseline - it always dried out my lips and left them worse than ever before, it's made of petroleum jelly and it just feels and tastes horrible. Gross!
I may have mentioned it before, but I find that a lot of perfume brands give me awful headaches so I generally don't use them. I do love my Jurlique Essence of Rose Fragrance Oil though, which is just made from essential oils and I've never had a problem with that. I also always enjoy buying perfume for friends and family (as long as they tell me what they want and I don't have to try anything!).
(4) Cleansing Wipes
I do sometimes buy cleansing wipes but they're definitely a once in a blue moon kind of purchase for me. I'm a firm advocate of a good and proper double cleanse in the evenings, and I've never found cleansing wipes to be all that effective. On the rare occasions that I do use them, it's usually for things like camping trips and festivals where they come in very handy.
(5) Water Sprays
A few years ago, it seemed like everyone was hyping up the Evian Water Spray but I didn't buy into it. I couldn't bring myself to pay several pounds for what is essentially plain water in a pressurised can, what is the point?!
(6) Shaving Foam
Shaving foam is a real bugbear of mine - of course when I was a teenager I didn't know any better and religiously used it every time I shaved my legs. I was left wondering why my legs were irritated, dry and red all the time and the penny finally dropped - it was the shaving foam that was drying everything out. I now just use hair conditioner or shower oil instead and my legs are much happier!
Are there any beauty products that you DON'T use?