Sailor by Captain Blankenship Review

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Two weeks of testing done! I’m ready to share my final thoughts on the couple of items I picked up a few weeks ago from Target’s exclusive Sailor by Captain Blankenship range. One is a new favorite of mine that nearly made it to my February Favorites and the other is a dud that I’m convinced doesn’t work. Keep reading to find out!

Lately, Target has heavily invested in expanding their natural beauty section. Personally, I’m all for it! All-natural ingredients aren’t necessarily something I look for in a skincare or makeup product. It’s a huge bonus if a product does, but I’m not strict about only buying all-natural or organic items. Occasionally I like to dip my toes into the natural beauty world. One of my goals is to use more ethical products in the future. That includes cruelty-free items, too! I’m not quite there yet but I’m trying!

Sailor by CB is a range of affordable natural beauty products from Captain Blankenship that are only available at Target. I didn’t know anything about the Captain Blankenship brand until this range came out last month. Obviously, I’ve never tried anything from their regular, higher priced range before this so I can’t comment on how these affordable options compare to their pricier products.

The Target-exclusive range has a small selection of five products. All are under USD $20. There’s a toner, hair spray, cleanser, resurfacing mask and moisturizer. All of the basics! While I’d have loved to try them all, I only picked up the two products I felt I needed the most: the moisturizer and resurfacing mask. Each product comes in a gorgeous frosted glass pump bottle, which makes these seem more expensive than they really are. The nautical-themed design gets five stars from me! Even the names fit the ocean theme. I love little details like that!

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Deep Blue Face Moisturizer

At first, I didn’t get this. This just felt like another good daily moisturizer. Nothing special. It didn’t help that the strong bergamot scent made me gag. However, I quickly changed my mind. The Deep Blue Face Moisturizer is fab! The scent still makes me gag, but fortunately, it doesn’t linger on my skin. I’ll overlook the gross scent because I’ve fallen in love with this moisturizer!

This is the perfect lightweight daily mattifying moisturizer! I’m sure there are others like this out there, but I haven’t tried them so for me this a new, exciting discovery. This gets the job done and it does it well. It provides just enough hydration to keep my dry patches at bay. It sinks into in my skin in an instant. My skin drinks this up! At first, this goes on a bit thick and feels tacky, but trust me this dries down to semi-matte that sits perfectly under makeup. You won’t even notice you’re wearing any moisturizer! It has a thin, watery cream texture that glides on your skin. My skin feels velvety smooth when I use this! Since it transforms into a semi-matte, this moisturizer can act as a primer for your makeup. I know I never apply primer anymore, but I still want to have a smooth, non-greasy surface before slapping on my foundation. I would caution against using this if you have severely dehydrated skin. This most likely won’t give you enough hydration to combat major dry skin issues. But for those with oily, normal or combo skin, I think this is an excellent daily moisturizer!

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Smooth Sailing Gentle Resurfacing Mask

While I’m borderline obsessed with the Deep Blue Moisturizer, I’m let down by the Smooth Sailing Gentle Resurfacing Mask. In short, this all-natural exfoliating mask is pointless. It doesn’t seem to do anything! I’ve tried to make this work for me, but I think it’s time to move on.

When they say “gentle,” they mean it! For once, maybe it’s not a good thing. I’m all for using gentle products on my sensitive skin, but this is somehow too gentle. On the plus side, I’ve had zero problems with irritation. At least you don’t have to worry about forgetting to take this off within the recommended time, burning your skin in the process. Slightly embarrassed to admit that that’s happened to me on more than one occasion…

I’ve used this about four times now. The mask has a thin, gel-like consistency. The watery gel comes out of the bottle pale blue but spreads clear onto the skin. The smell, to me, is sickening. Candy citrus on steroids. Maybe others who are fond of sweet citrusy fragrances might enjoy it, but for me, this was a no-no. I haven’t noticed any tingling sensation or stinging when I apply this, unlike other masks like this. I leave this on for the recommended 3-5 minutes and wash it off with warm water. After each use, my skin feels a bit softer but most of the texture is still there. That’s my issue with this resurfacing mask. It doesn’t do enough! I really wanted to love this, but it looks like it was not meant to be!

Overall, I think the Sailor by CB line is a great option if you’re on the hunt for affordable all-natural skincare options. Like any skincare range, there are some fab products as well as some duds. Since I’ve fallen head over heels for the Deep Blue Face Moisturizer, I’m tempted to pick up the toner and cleanser. For now, I’ll stick to these two! Have you tried any Sailor by CB products? What were your favorites! Let me know in the comments!

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