September 13, 2008

my recent new love

Don't you love that feeling when you finally try a skincare product that actually works well. Its that "eureka" moment that seldom happens. With so many skincare products out there finding the right ones that work for you can be tiresome and tedious. With that being said, there isn't just that one item or brand out there. What can work for you in one season might not work well in the following season. I've blogged before about some of my favourite cleasnsers, however this summer while in St. John's, NL I walked into TVAL and couldn't resist trying their skincare line. I had never heard of this store but cannot rave enough about their skincare line. Amazing! In the past I have raved about cleansing oils and how I love the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil. The latter being one of my top faves, although FANCL & DHC are high up there on my list too. Well, on this trip I picked up a large sample of the Deep Cleansing Oil with Mandarin & Cedar, Cleansing Gel with Cucumber & Rhubarb, and Resurface. Tval Skincare philosophy is pretty simple:
It is easy to be seduced by all fun, fancy and exotic ingredients out there (especially as the formulator, I've been tempted many times!), but if they don't really do anything for your skin why put them in there? We believe that "Less is more" when it comes to skincare. We are exposed to so many substances in our daily lives, so why add more? We chose ingredients that have been proven to actually help your skin, and we cut out all the rest. No fillers, no short cuts! (Anna Hellqvist, founder of TVAL)

My Review (I waited a month before reviewing):
Deep Cleansing Oil with Mandarin & Cedar
I absolutely love this oil cleanser! It has surpassed my expectations & I like it better than my Shu Uemura. Its not a thick cleansing oil, very fluid, and washes off nicely! The smell is divine too! I like to message this a bit into my skin & either follow with the Oil Cleansing Method or the Cleansing Gel with Cucumber & Rhubarb. According to the TVAL website;
Makeup, debris, pollutants and other pore-cloggers are easily dissolved with this Deep Cleansing Oil. The mandarin oil is clearing and stimulating, and cedar is used to treat dermatitis, acne and eczema. The oil is easy to rinse off, and your skin will be left with a deep clean feel, and yet so soft to the touch. For reference I have combo skin that is prone to clogged pores & this has left my skin radiant. No clogged pores to report!
Retails $7.00CDN travel size or $16.00CDN full bottle
5/5 score (hmm that would make it HG status)

Cleansing Gel with Cucumber & Rhubarb
Another great find from TVAL! This cleanser is SLS free (yipee) & Vegan too. Does not strip skin or leave it feeling tight. Instead your left feeling hydrated & clean, washes off makeup well (even when I don't use the cleansing oil prior). And the smell is refreshing! Lathers just a bit (not too much) & all you need is a pea size amount.
Retails $7.00CDN travel size or $16.00CDN full bottle
4/5 score

What a great scrub this is! Gentle scrub with very fine particles. Leaves you skin glowing! Depending on the amount of pressure you use & what you can tolerate be gentle! For more sensitive skins use a light hand. This works really well & now that the colder months are approaching can't wait to continue to use Resurface as part of my fall/winter skincare regime. And I love the light scent!
Retails $11.00CDN one size.
4/5 score

My skin is looking better than it has in a long time. I will add that I'm not very generous with my scores thus when I like a product that works & delivers I can't rave about it enough. And to be fair I've been using this for a month therefore in a few more months I'll blog about the progress again.
With that being said I plan on visiting TVAL Toronto store & picking up a few other items. On my list is the full size Cleansing Oil, Buddha Eye Cream, Oil-free Lotion with Strawberries & Salicylic acid, & either the Golden Olive Face Serum or one of their other moisturizers. Also, while in TVAL in St. John's I had the opportunity to meet the owner Anna Hellqvist , it is so nice to meet someone who is passionate about their products & knowledgeable. All TVAl items are developed in-house.

Store locations:
Tvål280 Water StreetSt. John's, NewfoundlandA1C 1B7
Store Hours:Mo-We 10-6Th-Fr 10-9Sat 10-6Sun 12-5
Phone: (709) 579-7627

Tvål799 Queen Street WestToronto, ON
Store Hours:Mo-Fr 10-6Sat 10-6Sun 12-5
Phone: (416) 815-7627

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1 comment

  1. Very cool! I am intrigued to try their skin care line. I appreciate that they make their own products and in small batches so you know it's always fresh. Great post!


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