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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Birchbox Review: FIX Malibu Wish Wash Exfoliating Powder Wash

This is the last review for the products in my August 2011 Birchbox! In case you are just joining MUMW, an overview of Birchbox and August unboxing is below as well as the links to the other products that came in this month's box.

Review: Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

Review: Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream 


 Now, the review:

FIX Malibu Wish Wash Exfoliating Powder Wash ($40.00)

The Birchbox breakdown: 


When FIX Malibu founder Rebecca Giles’s favorite travel necessities kept getting barred from planes, she simply invented a TSA-friendly alternative. This fine powder magically turns into foaming cleanser when you add water, which makes it both practical and nifty. Plus, the gentle formula gets rid of dirt, oil, and dead cells without stripping skin—you can wash morning and night without worrying about dryness.


 I'm going to start off with telling you that it was love at first unboxing. I am on a plane at least once a month and, during the summer, almost every weekend so I can't tell you how many nearly full liquid beauty products I have had TSA snatch from me (for being 4 oz. instead of 3!!). It's not just the novelty of a powder cleanser that sucked me in though, it's that is actually works.

First off, I wouldn't say this is a "foaming" cleanser by any means. I added water and small bubbles formed. When I think of foam, I think of the stuff you wring off a shower puff, not whatever this made. Regardless, the foam isn't what draws me to a cleanser, it is the efficacy, and this is effective. I used the cleanser after a long day in the hot southern sun with a full face of makeup and, after cleansing, I used a makeup wipe to see if it left any makeup behind. The result: nada. Another bonus: it gets your face this clean while managing to be gentle. Gentle exfoliation is no longer an oxymoron with this cleaner, people. 


The only downside I found was the price. It is much pricier than any drug store cleanser I typically use, but if I used it strictly while traveling, I could make it last quite some time. 



I love it! Who else will love it? Those sick of TSA confiscating your beauty loot. Those looking for a neat and effective alternative for liquid cleanser. Those looking for a gentle exfoliator. If the only thing deterring you is price, consider only using it only for travel.

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