A few weeks ago I decided it was ridiculous to keep spending $17 on tiny bottles of natural facial cleansers (from MyChelle), and I could go back to spending half that amount on the regular (gigantic) kind I used to use (Cetaphil). First my face started breaking out — whatever, I figured it would clear up as my skin got accustomed to the old stuff. But then my upper lip started to become miserably chapped and swollen and itchy. WTF? I thought that would go away with time, too, but it seems to just be getting worse, and I am not enough of a planner to always have chapstick around, and I don’t really like the idea of using one product to solve the problem another one creates. So I’m back to the tiny $17 bottles of MyChelle Honeydew Cleanser, and this particular attempt at budgeting has failed. The reason I switched in the first place was that MyChelle doesn’t contain supposed cancer-causing parabens, so maybe my upper lip is just repulsed that I would start putting parabens on it again. Or something.