Formula 10.0.6 is the brand that makes So Totally Clean, which happened to be my absolute top product of 2014. It was so totally rad, then, when they got in touch with me to send me some more of their products to try, and an extra so totally awesome when the parcel contained another bottle of STC for me to hold on to as a backup. Well, come to think of it, I could give it away to a reader, given I go on about it so much. If you want me to give it away, leave me a comment! And have a scroll and read what I think about the other Formula 10.0.6 products while you’re at it.
The first and one of the biggest things to appreciate about Formula 10.0.6 is how affordable and accessible it is. I mean, of course there are a million brands of decently affordable skincare at the supermarket, but don’t try to tell me you haven’t stood in front of the skincare section at the supermarket and felt completely overwhelmed. And then when you look at the products in detail and read the labels, you’re going to find a whole lot of microbeads and foaming cleansers and not a lot of functional, active ingredients.
Formula 10.0.6 isn’t going to be anyone’s exclusive skincare brand, because although they do make wipes and moisturisers, only their cleansers and masks are available to the New Zealand market. That’s okay, though, because their cleansers and masks are really fucking good.
You already know how much I love So Totally Clean. I don’t need to talk about it any more, although reading the ingredients I did realise that it’s pretty much an enhanced micellar water, which probably explains how much I like it.
The One Smooth Operator Pore Clearing Face Scrub is the one thing out of this selection I’ll be taking it easy with. I’m not a huge fan of manual exfoliation, but I have to admit sometimes I just want to give my face a good scrubby scrub. This one uses both oat meal and pumice to scrub with, and I’m sure you can tell which one of those I feel more positively about. The pumice does have me a little wary, but in practice this isn’t actually too rough on the face.
Then there’s the Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask. I’m no stranger to mud masks. For me, the ultimate mud mask formula should dry down on the skin and deal to my excess sebum, preferably visibly by way of oily spots over my pores. And ideally do all that without being overly drying! This one contains kaolin and bentonite clays, but also contains aloe juice which takes care of that soothing business. It dries down into a nice creepy crust and smells good (that’s the orange and bergamot). I do think there is some risk of irritation here if you have sensitive skin (that’s the orange again, goddamn it) but it was fine for me. Your mileage may vary.
So here’s the lowdown. Formula 10.0.6 products are cheap and dope. The new additions haven’t blown me away, but they’re functional and affordable. After blogging for a while, it’s easy to forget that the amount of money I spend on skincare is not the amount of money that most people are prepared to spend.
Have you tried any other Formula 10.0.6 products? Do you have any you’d recommend I try?