Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Ojon’s Tawaka “The Ball” ($65.00) is a cleanser and full-body polish. Inspiration behind the product comes from a 1000 year-old cleansing ball only available in the Tawaka villages in Central America. Ojon’s version contains Savage Cacao (antioxidants), Ojon Oil (restorative), Alula Leaf Extract (anti-irritation), Passion Fruit Oil (Omega-6), Swa oil (moisturizing). Each ball takes two days to produce, and each one contains as many antioxidants as would be found in 2,834 pounds of blueberries.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Soap & Glory is my new favorite budget bath & body line. In my shower product post, I told you how I adore their Flake Away Body Polish. It’s an awesome salt-based scrub that works wonders on your skin, gently exfoliating and sloughing off all of the dead skin cells. I also tried their Righteous Body Butter Lotion, which has the same scent as their Flake Away scrub. I often will apply this rich body lotion after my shower, because it’s quite moisturizing, and it reinforces the scent and smell of the scrub. I actually got my boyfriend to use this on his rough spots (elbows, mostly), who would have thought? I like the products I’ve tried from the brand, and I hope to try out more in the future. I know many of you expressed an interest in more drugstore reviews/coverage, so consider this in that direction :)

Soap & Glory is available exclusively at Target. In-store may offer more product selection than online, FYI!

Monday, July 28th, 2008

A month or so ago, my body wash of choice was Travertine Spa’s Botanical Body Wash in Citrus ($22.00). Unfortunately, it was so popular in my shower, that my boyfriend got his hands on it and went through it in two weeks. This body wash contains jojoba oil, chammoile, calendula, and other essential oils, making it on the “natural” side of the beauty spectrum. What I particularly liked about it was the soft citrus scent that lingered in the shower, but faded by the time you moisturized your body. I also liked how easily it foamed and lathered (a must for any body wash for me!), so I could use a little and make the bottle stretch. My boy does not understand this concept at all, and he’ll use several squeezes of any body wash he likes (and yes, he steals the ones I love all the time! boo!).

I always enjoy trying out at-home spa products, because I can’t fit regular spa trips in my budget (and a part of me feels like they aren’t worth the money–at least not at my current income level). So being able to check out and use products that will give me my own personal “spa experience” at home and for a fraction of the cost of a true spa experience is always something I’m on th elook out for. I tend to be able to stretch out my shower products, so I don’t mind splurging a bit if it’s going to make me feel relaxed and enjoy using the product.

Have you tried at-home spa products? What has your experience been like?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

I recently tried a few products from Verikira Naturals, a new brand I recently learned about. First, let me give you a background on the brand. Verikira Naturals was founded by Kira Peterson with a vision for being an advocate of healthy choices. Founder Kira was diagnosed with a complex muscle illness, and through her journey of learning to manage her health, what she discovered is what she shares in Verikira Naturals. Verikira “never uses synthetic fragrances, unnecessary chemicals, or animal byproducts and only the purest essential oils are used to create the most pleasing of natural aromas and the deepest of therapeutic values.” Every sale of Verikira Naturals results in a donation of a portion of all profits to various non-profit organizations throughout the world.

I tried three products in particular, two of which I enjoyed, but the third I didn’t like in the least bit. The one I liked a lot was their Cucumber Hand & Body Wash, Sink-side ($16.00). The last time I tried anything with Cucumber in the title, it was B&BW Cucumber Melon, which I detested (the scent, at least). However, this is strictly cucumber, and it smells just like it–the scent I tend to associate with salad. So every time I use it in the shower, I feel like I’m making a salad, LOL. Which isn’t a bad thing! What I like about the Sink-side version is that it has a pump, so you can easily get the amount you need. One pump onto a loofah is plenty to keep you cleansed from head to toe. I don’t want my boyfriend stealing this, so I told him it was an exfoliator! (The word “exfoliator” will keep him far, far away.)

The next product I tried from this line was their Soothing Muscle Gel ($16.00). When I am able to con my boyfriend into giving me a massage, I love it when I get a little added bonus through using oils, bars, etc. In the past, we’ve often opted for Lush’s massage bars (love them!). Since I had this on hand, we decided to try it out on some achy muscles. It kind of does this thing where it feels warm, but then not… I know this thing is filled to the brim with essential oils, which presumably are good for you.

The final product I tried was their Honey Bath Body Polish ($38.00), and it is something that will never find a place in my shower. What turned me off of this product was its smell–it reminds me of Chinese Sesame-Honey-Something-Rather Chicken. It’s not really a sweet smell, it’s tangier, and it just doesn’t work for me. I felt like I was in the back of a kitchen over a hot stove. My second issue with this product, which may or may not be consistent across the board, was that the salt (Dead Sea Salt, to be precise!) was stuck and hardened at the bottom. It was more work than I anticipated, because it was a pain in the butt to attempt to mix the honey mixture with the salt whilst showering. Perhaps, if I mixed it in the kitchen using a spoon, it would have gone easier. To be honest, the scent is not one I can jive with, so I didn’t even bother. I do feel that perhaps the salt falling to the bottom may be the result of the product I was sent being too old or something. The texture of the salt, the grit of it, is fine, and I think would work well as a body exfoliator. But give me a different scent, please! (They do, for reference, have two other scrubs, Peppermint & Grapefruit Coffee and Spicy Citrus Walnut.)

Despite my bad experience with the body polish, the other two products I tried keep me having faith in the brand. Like I said, I’m hoarding my Cucumber Body Wash away from my boyfriend!

For more information, visit www.Verikira.com.

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Molton Brown Intoxicating Davana Blossom Foaming Bath Oil ($68.00) is a lovely way to relax away the day’s stresses and worries as you soak in a moisturizing bubble bath. It is lightly scented with a pleasing fragrance of raspberry and floral notes. I like that it has a lot of moisturizing properties (e.g. it is a bath oil), but it still foams and acts like a regular bubble bath. It sort of reminds me of a very grown-up, luxury bubble bath, because the packaging is sleek and solid and the price can make you think twice. The only consolation is that you do get 300ml of the bath oil, so it isn’t as if you are only getting an ounce.

Check out Molton Brown products at www.moltonbrown.com.