Using the Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Oil

This Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Oil came to me via a Boxy Charm. To be honest I had never heard of Mitchell and Peach, however it is the season for body oils. At least in my opinion. In the winter I go for heavier creams which my dry winter skin soaks in.

As the temperatures rise, I tend to prefer body oils. For me it feels like they absorb much more rabidly and hydrate really well. I prefer to use them right after my shower when the heat from the shower has opened my pores. I basically towel off and then apply instead of body lotion.

This year the warmer weather snuck up on me. I was prepared for it, then we got snow and I had to hustle back into my winter clothes. Then just as I thought temps were again on the rise, we had another cold snap. So I am late stocking up on my warmer weather products as it seemed that every time I thought about it, the cold would return.

I am pretty sure it won’t be coming back until October at this point.

Having never heard of Mitchell and Peach (or this product) I looked them up. Accoding to the brand this body oil…

The newest addition to the Mitchell and Peach collection, this expertly blended body oil was inspired by the lush, verdant countryside of the Foxbury Farm estate in Kent, England.

The nourishing formulation, containing natural oils and Vitamin E, is delicately scented with a ‘green floral’ fragrance possessing both cut-leaf freshness and intriguing depth.

Mitchell and Peach
the open top

While I have never been to Foxbury Farm and to be honest my visits to Britain haven’t been to Kent either, I can say that this Body Oil has a very green scent to it. I know, it isn’t helpful when I describe scents as colors. Sometimes the wires just get crossed.

It has a fresh scent to the oil that is like the first scent of a green leaf emerging from a tree. If you sniff the branch where the tree is starting to bud out, before it gets the particular scent of the plant type and is still just new growth, that is more or less the scent of the oil.

It is a light scent that is refreshing after a hot shower, the scent feels a bit cooling actually as it reminds me of an early spring morning which is generally cooler than my shower. Applying it produces a delightful mental fission, at least in me anyway.

I love that there is vitamin E in the oil as it is a great softening agent for the skin and my skin really enjoyed it. Thus far this has been a great addition to the body care line up.

However, while I adore the glass bottle, I don’t really like the lid. It is not the easiest to twist off with damp hands (it also has condensation from the humid air of the bath and is wet itself) and post application it is harder to get into place with my then oily hands.

Normally this isn’t too big of an issue, I can set the bottle to the side, wash and dry my hands and then put the cap back on. The issue is that it is an open top under the cap. There is no regulator and I do not have the largest bathroom in the world. I have almost knocked this over a couple of times. And it really world be a shame to waste it.

I also don’t like the open top for dispensing the product. It is better now that I have used a bit and the bottle isn’t full. It is easier to control the pour when then bottle isn’t completely full. The open top means that you really have to watch how you pour it into your hand as it is very easy to use too much. Too much of a body oil makes you feel greasy. Applying a smaller amount that the skin can absorb easily makes the skin soft and hydrated.

Over all, I really did like this Body oil and will continue to use it until it is gone. Would I purchase it on my own? Yes actually I would. I would however replace the cap with one that would let me control the dispensing of the product a little bit better. I a actually fairly certain I have a cap from another bottle that would fit. I will be trying it out as a replacement later. Beyond that one minor detail, this Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Oil is a great product and it makes me want to further investigate the Mitchell and Peach Brand.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Molton Brown Gift Sets

I’ll admit, I have a weakness for Molton Brown Bath Products. I absolutely adore their shower gels and the wide array of fragrances available. I love that there is a scent for everyone too. Want something fresh and Fruity? Try Rhubarb and Rose. It’s floral that is well balanced with a bit of a tart note that keeps it fresh and not to heavily floral. Looking for something costal? Try out the Costal Cypress and Sea fennel. It has the fresh scent I always think of when I think of the sea side. Looking for something a little bit spicy? Then Pink Pepper may just be for you.

And those are just a few of the scents. Every time I am on the site I find new scents that i just want to try. The descriptions draw me in just as much as perfume descriptions do and I often find myself wanting to try them all. (which tends to be why I order the sampler set for myself during Black Friday. It’s my reward for having gotten all of my gift shopping completed).

And as my Mother introduced me to the brand, you know I couldn’t let a mother’s day pass without including something from Molton Brown on the list.

This year there are two items I think are well worth picking up. The first is the Floral and Fruity shower Gel Gift Set. It includes: 3 x 10fl oz in -Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel, Jasmine & Sun Rose Bath & Shower Gel and Orange & Bergamot Bath & Shower Gel.

I love the formula of the Molton Brown Shower Gel. It has a really rich lather that rinses off cleanly without leaving any filmy residue on the skin. In addition,. while the scent in the shower is intense and sort of fills your shower with utterly delicious scents, once you towel off the sent fades back to barely a whisper against your skin. It was one of the things I was concerned about when i first used it. The scent in the shower was kind of strong so I assumed it would mix and mingle with every other scent I attempted to put on. It doesn’t. It is a soft scent of clean skin and is very light. I have to say, I chose this because these scants are exactly the ones my mother likes. I know she loves the Rose and Rhubarb, but I suspect that is only because she has never tried the Orange and Bergamot.

You know me, I am not a bergamot fan, in fact i think I might be slightly allergic to it. My mother on the other hand loves it. I am pretty sure that if she could submerge herself in essence of Bergamot while sipping Earl gray tea she would. So I know this set would be a big hit for her.

The second item that tops my charts is the Worldly Traveler Drawstring Travel Pouch. I think what draws me to it is that it is a sampler kit, which you know i love. And the scent’s draw me to it. It includes: Vetiver & Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel 3.3fl oz, Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel Bath & Shower Gel 3.3fl oz, Re-charge Black Pepper Bath & Shower Gel 3.3fl oz, Geranium Nefertum Bath & Shower Gel 3.3fl oz, Tobacco Absolute Bath & Shower Gel 3.3fl oz, Purifying Shampoo With Indian Cress 3.3fl oz, Molton Brown Drawstring Travel Pouch

I know this is much more of a me gift than it is for my mom, because these are scents I tend to gravitate towards. But I thought I would mention it in case like me, your mother isn’t always drawn to florals.

I really like the wide array of products and gift sets that are on the Mother’s Day list for Molton Brown. There are the shower gel options or hand care options. There are even perfume options. And of course sets that include all three (Hand lotion, shower gel and perfume). And while there are a lot of floral options the scents are varied so you can indulge in just the right one for your mother.

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Using the Honey Pot

There are products that i try and then let go. many of them I review here. There are also products that I try out and then incorporate into my daily routine. Some of those I also review here. Then there are products that I use on a regular basis that I love but have become so much a part of my routine that I completely forget about reviewing them.

The Honey Pot is one of those products.

For those who have never heard of The Honey Pot it is a foaming wash for your vagina.

easy to use nozzle even with wet hands

Hydrate your vulva and balance your pH for long-lasting freshness with this naturally-derived feminine wash. One rinse with our plant-derived feminine cleanser and you’ll kick your soap to the curb. Best of all, our intimate body wash is cruelty-free so you can feel good about using it!

This vaginal wash formula is plant-derived and made with herbal ingredients. For on the go freshness, check out our honeypot-approved feminine wipes.

The Honey Pot

I picked this up more because for a while it felt like the commercials were stalking me then from an intense desire to try it out. Not that I think trying something gets the commercials to go away. I don’t know what about the algorithms (other than the fact that I am biologically a female) that made the commercials follow me. But for a while it felt like every other commercial I saw was for the Honey Pot. (Now the commercial currently stalking me is Savage By Dior and advertised with Johnny Depp, go figure,)

At this point of commercial stalking, I had just started working out and was still trying to remember that wearing lacy undergarments while sweating heavily, no matter how small the lace trim, often turns the lace into sandpaper deeply exfoliating places that do not need deep exfoliation. The panty line was the worst because there would often be decorative detail I forgot was on there.

foam has a fresh, slightly vinegary undertone in scent due to its pH balancing elements

The irritation was caused by rubbing material and (since it was lace trim to blame) located along the panty line. Body wash tended to sting so I figured it might be a good time to try The Honey Pot out. It isn’t a wash designed to save you from forgetting to change into plain cotton undies before working out (Thank you HANES for your cotton panty packs! They are a workout life saver.) but it is gentle enough that any overlap as I bathed didn’t cause any irritation. It is a gentle enough product that even the normal (which I use) causes no irritation.

I use the normal wash because i didn’t have any real problems like sensitivity, dryness or irritation (except for the accidentally self inflicted). They do make a sensitive wash of those are your issues. But once I started using this I felt fresher and cleaner (regardless of the time of month) and I noticed a real difference when I tried going back to my regular body wash.

Seriously, I tried it, liked it and at the end of the bottle thought ‘Oh yeah fresh and clean, just like soap’ and then i went back to soap. It is not like soap. It is better than soap for your lady bits, especially if you are spending time working out. It is one of those things you really have to try for yourself, but for me it was well worth adding it to my bath time routine. I may forget to mention it, but The Honey Pot has become a standard in my bathing routine.


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A shower for me with Lavender Tea

I’ve been trying this Lavender Tea Body Wash from Bubble T for a while now and I have to say it has been an interesting experience. Generally when i use a body wash I have some pretty right off the bat feelings about them. Scent is always a big thing. Degree of clean I get from the product. I evaluate how moisturized or even stripped my skin feels depending on the product. While how my skin feels can vary from first wash to fifth or beyond, I tend to use bath products a little longer to get the feel of them.

Sometimes I can use a moisturizing product and feel fantastic only to realize by the second wash that my skin was just dehydrated and needed that extra shot of moisture even if it didn’t feel as fabulous in future washes. As a result I tend to vary my post shower moisturizers as well. I’ll take a few days and skip my normal post shower body lotion for a few days and then I will make certain to use my body lotion after every bath. This way I can evaluate how much moisture I am getting from the body wash and if it is indeed stripping my skin.

I am used to Bubble t’s bath salts and bath bombs both of which I enjoy, but I wouldn’t qualify as favorites. I will say the Rhubarb Custard bath bomb from Bubble t smelled delightful, but didn’t have the skin care benefits of a Zents Bath truffle. Likewise their bath salts were nice, but I prefer Kniepps. They fall into that nice while they are here and I will purchase again, but aren’t my absolute favorites category.

The body wash I am even more ambivalent about. According to the website…

Let the feeling of this Lavender body wash hydrate and moisturise your skin. Each body wash contains calming citrus Lavender and tea extract to aid relaxation.

All of our Vegan body washes gently cleanse without removing the natural protective oils on the skin. With added Aloe vera extracts to gently cleanse and moisturise, this uplifting shower gel will leave a sweet scent on the skin for all-day freshness.

Bubble t

The body wash is a lovely purple color that reminds me more of a mad scientist’s lab than a lavender field. Which I’m not mad at. I find the purple goo somewhat appealing. The scent when it first comes out of the bottle is as though You are sitting at one end of a room, someone is pouring a cup of black tea into a cup across the room while there is a lavender scented air freshener at the midpoint in the room. The scent of faux lavender, maybe with a hint of citrus and a back note of black tea is not terrible strong.

The purple sort of darkened the exfoliating round a bit

It is certainly present when you dispense it and it gets a little stronger as you work the gel into a lather. It is a pleasant scent. The gel foams nicely. It rinses off cleanly as well. There is no left behind residue.

There is also no scent left behind. Which isn’t a bad thing, it just doesn’t leave a scent behind on the skin. It also doesn’t strip the skin or leave any moisturizing elements behind either. The clean isn’t a ‘wow I feel clean,’ feeling. It is more of a ‘well, I’m not dirty’ sort of clean. Just as the moisturizing element is a ‘well my skin isn’t dry and stripped’ sort of thing rather than being moisturized.

This body wash is kind of the base definition of a body wash. It will get you clean and it won’t strip your skin. I think this is why I have put off reviewing this Lavender Tea Body wash for so long. It is not a bad product, but to be honest, it is not something I will remember once the tube is empty. If I think about it at all it will be to think about the purple goo color and how it resembled some sort of evil potion in a mad scientist’s lab. Everything else about it is pretty forgettable.


Farewell to peppermint delights…

Each year as the holidays roll around I wait for that one delightful moment where peppermint is one of the dominant scents. I absolutely adore peppermint. Oddly enough I absolutely can’t stand spearmint. Unfortunately someone decided that peppermint was a seasonal scent. It gets marked as Candy cane, Winter Wonder land or all sorts of other winter centric terms and confined to the holidays.

So this year I went a little peppermint crazy, especially where the brand Native is concerned. they have a line of Peppermint scented products called Candy Cane. This year I picked up the deodorant, body wash, shampoo and conditioner to try out. That’s right, I immersed myself in a peppermint-tastic wave of scent. And now most of those products are running out. So was it worth it?

One of the things that I have noticed is that if it is a scent that I like that I only get one time of year, I tend to be a little lax on the judgement. with the over abundance of the peppermint products, I was able to break that down. because none of the products were my only peppermint scented product. It made it much easier to look at the actual product and how it performed.

Let’s start with the category I use year round from Native. And that is the Deodorant. I switched from antiperspirants to deodorant and while I have tried a few different products, I ended up more or less settling on Native. While I will probably try different ones in the future, Native is now the standard for my deodorant selections. I vary the scents, but I like the product. Did I like the peppermint?

Yes. I adored the peppermint deodorant. It was minty, but it was not overpowering and most importantly it was not too sweet. It struck the right balance and to be honest, I would use this Candy Cane Scented deodorant all year long.

The body wash was another winner for me. I tried this last year, and it was what made me decide to test the entire line this year. It is also why I ordered three bottles. I am about to finish with one and have the other two in reserve. while I will use other body washes, I actually wanted to keep at least one bottle in reserve for the warmer weather. I know, Candy Cane is a winter scent, But I think that on some of those overly hot days we get in the summertime, the peppermint body wash will be extremely refreshing and so I am going to hold one bottle back for a summer time trial just to see.

It really does irritate me that peppermint is kept for the winter. I think it’s cooling effects would be fantastic in the summer. This summer, I will test it out and see. But the body wash did not disapoint.

extras for summer heatwave testing of the peppermint body wash

Then we get to the shampoo and conditioner. The scent of the peppermint is milder and this was my first time using a shampoo and conditioner from Native. It is interesting. I found that on the day i washed my hair, my hair was soft and clean without being stripped. I almost always needed some kind of leave in conditioner afterwards though or my hair tended to get a little frizzy. And then there was the skipped day. I only wash my hair every other day. on the days I skipped, my bangs especially started to get a little greasy. I had to employ a dry shampoo. Which was fine, I like dry shampoo. however usually I don’t need it in the winter. While I always have it on hand in the summer, in the winter I take a break. When using this shampoo and conditioner a break wasn’t possible. I need the dry shampoo for my bangs on my skip day.

This isn’t unusual as I often need the dry shampoo with drug store shampoos such as Pantene on those in between days. However there are a lot of shampoos and conditioners where I don’t need the extra help between washes. If I was washing my hair every day then this shampoo would be fine. I do like the way it makes my hair feel. I just wish that feeling would last a little longer. And to be honest, the reason I bought this set was because of the scent. The scent is mind and it fades fast. Of the products I tried before, this was my least favorite and to be honest, I probably won’t buy the set again.

In my quest for peppermint scented products this year, the body wash and the deodorant from Native were hands down winners. I will certainly pick them both up next season. I plan to try out the body wash in the summer to see if I should stock up during the limited window for extended use throughout the year. I will however be giving the shampoo and conditioner a pass. In fact, it isn’t just the Candy Cane scented Limited edition Shampoo and conditioner I will pass up, but most of Native’s hair care as well. I just didn’t find the shampoo and conditioner to be quite up to the mark and while I love their deodorants, I will look for my shampoo and conditioner elsewhere.

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Paging Dr. Botanicals and the Strawberry and Poppy Seed Cleansing Bar

This past year saw a rise in Dr. Botanicals products entering my world. They sort of quietly slipped in through subscription boxes without a lot of fan fair and then settled in to be some of my favorite products. The Lemon Rescue Butter has made it onto my list of repeat purchases and I have a mask from Dr. Botanicals waiting in the as of yet untried masking products line up that I can’t wait to try.

Today however there is a new product to discuss. It is the Strawberry and Poppy seed Cleansing Bar. According to Dr. Botanicals…

This is not a soap. Start your day with this completely vegan cleansing bar. Feel uplifted and energised as you wake up to clean, hydrated skin and a blissful scent every morning.

About this Product: This cleansing bar was made to simply clean, hydrate and gently exfoliate the body and hands. Black Poppy Seeds act as a natural exfoliator and buff away dead skin cells to reveal fresh, smooth skin. Moisture-loving glycerin hydrates the body, while we think breathing in the scent of juicy strawberries is the best way to wake up.

Dr. Botanicals Website

I think they go out of their way to tell you it isn’t a soap because it looks exactly like a bar of soap. And to be honest, you use it like a soap. with the poppy seeds I suppose it is intended to be an exfoliating soap.

This product has been perfuming my office since it’s arrival. Through the box, the scent of strawberries is prevalent. Anytime I opened the drawer where I stored it to wait it’s turn at use, a puff of strawberry scented air arose letting me know it was still there. So I finally decided to try it. While most of my uses were in the shower, I did take my pictures over the sink in the powder room for illustrative purposes.

The strawberry scent was strong, until the water hit it. Then it was as if the water seemed to call the scent of glycerin from the bar of not soap. It became very much a lightly strawberry scented vegan soap. Which it is. It just has that particular scent that all vegan soaps seem to have. I don’t mind it, actually I quite enjoy it, but it did kick the strawberry to the back seat. Which I thought was impossible given it’s previous dominance.

The soap itself lathers well and leaves the skin feeling clean and hydrated. There is no moisturizing residue left on the skin and the skin does not feel dried out. When you smell the skin after the shower, the scent of glycerin soap remains with only a hint of strawberry beneath it.

But this isn’t just a strawberry soap, it is a Strawberry and Poppy Seed Cleansing bar. The poppy seeds are there for an exfoliation factor. They failed miserably. And I had to take extra care to make sure they washed down the drain instead of sticking to the shower tiles. If they didn’t get rinsed down they tended to stick to the tiles when the shower dried and I needed to scrape them off so that my times didn’t become textured. Oddly enough providing the exfoliation the cleansing bar lacked, at least on my feet. The poppy seeds were disappointing. And the fading of scent was a bit disappointing. the quality of the cleansing bar itself was top notch.

I think that because this year has seen hit after hit come out of the Dr. Botanicals items, I felt that this just okay cleansing bar was a bit more of a let down than usual. While this was a good vegan cleansing bar, it wasn’t my favorite product and I don’t think that i would actually purchase it on it’s own. I will use the bar until it is gone, because it is a good cleansing bar, it just isn’t something I would feel compelled to repurchase. The Lemon Rescue Butter is a far better purchase.

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Bath time with Bubble T

As you know yesterday was a cold cold day for me. Much of it was spent outside and I was in desperate need of a good hot soak to warm me through. In fact now that the weather has finally decided it is in fact Winter, I will be using many more of my bath products. I simply can not soak in a bath when it is really hot outside. I just can’t do it. So I collect all of the bath products that arrive in subscription boxes throughout the warmer months and then have bath time extravaganzas throughout the winter. It also lets me take advantages of sales for my favorite brands in the off months so I can stockpile.

Or at least attempt to.

My babydoll will take baths year round and there are some bath products that he likes but claims only to use because I happen to have them near by. So occasionally things go missing. For example I stocked up on the Zents Mandarin Bath Truffles during black Friday and yet mysteriously there is not a single one to be found in the storage closet.

No matter, yesterday when I sunk into my hot bath to completely warm myself up, I broke out the Bubble T Rhubarb Custard Bath Fizzer. I have used Bubble T products before, In fact I have their Earl Gray bath salts in my bathroom right now. It is a product i like but don’t love. Partially because it has little bits of plant matter in the salts that I have to clean out of the bath once I’ve finished using it, and partially because there is just a little too much bergamot for me to really enjoy the scent. It does make my skin wonderfully soft though.

So I had high hopes for this bath fizzer. It has a lot of the same skin softening ingredients, none of the plant bits and even in the plastic it smells of rhubarb and custard. Rhubarb was eaten in large quantities in our house every summer so I adore it. If you don’t know the scent, it is tart but slightly fruity as well. mixing it with the custard scent sort of mellows it. I found the scent even through the plastic absolutely delicious. The scent intensifies when the plastic is off and is quite strong in the water.

I would recommend using a pair of scissors to remove the plastic before heading into the bathroom. It is not easy to tear open, especially with wet hands. I know, that sounds like common sense. I struggled and then luckily found a nail kit in the medicine cabinet. It had a pair of nail scissors to help me out.

I found it a wonderful scent to luxuriate in and after my bath my skin was soft and fragrant as well. The scent from the bath fizzer only lasts about an hour or so after your bath. The softness remained and I didn’t have to use a body lotion after my bath as I usually do. Which was nice. I don’t think any of my body lotions go well with the scent of rhubarb custard so it was for the best that I didn’t mix them.

My one concern is regarding size. It is a really large bath fizzer. If this is the standard size for all Bubble T bath fizzers then in the future I would cut them in half and only use one half for the bath. Luckily the bag is resealable so i think that if you did have to cut the fizzer in half it would be easy to store the extra half. Usually when you do something like that it makes a bit of a mess. The package seems designed to contain that sort of mess. which probably means I’m not the only one who looks at it and things about cutting it in half.

The final question is always the same. Would I get this product again? Yes, I think I would. It was a lovely scent, it made my skin soft and I really enjoyed using it. I would not only get this again, but i would happily go on the Bubble T site and pick out other scents to try. while this one was one of their giant bath fizzers some of their smaller ones look like they would better fit my bath time uses without needing to be cut apart. If they have the same basic formula I would consider stocking up on Bubble T Bath fizzers.


Its a Peppermint-tastic Holiday bundle from Native

I know I have brought this up more than once. In fact I have a tendency to rant about this every holiday season. I love peppermint. I also hate spearmint. Yet somehow spearmint gets to dominate most of the calendar while peppermint is relegated to the holiday season.

Is that fair?

Is that right?

Is it some sort of conspiricy by the anti-peppermint brigade?

Possibly. However much I might wish it, peppermint seems to have a firm association with the holidays. So while it is lacking in the rest of the year, once December hits, I go a little peppermint crazy. Last year I tried the Candy Cane Body wash from Native and loved it. However by the time I went through the bottle, the scent had already been taken off the shelves and the Holiday scent was no more.

So this year i stocked up. I decided to order not one but three bottles of the Peppermint scented Candy Cane body wash from Native.

Okay technically I meant to order only two, but I accidentally hit three.

While I was there I decided that in addition to stocking up, I was going to give a few other peppermint treats a try. So I ordered the Deodorant, shampoo and conditioner to try along with the body wash.

I know, it is the peppermint-tastic time of the year.

The body wash, which I tried last year, foams well and gives a really good clean. It’s scent is strong when the water is hot and teaming up the shower, and it does leave the bathroom with a bit of a minty fresh feeling. The scent isn’t all that long lasting though. with the fading of the steam from the bathroom, the scent fades. The scent also only remains on your skin for about an hour before fading. Which is probably for the best. While I like the scent, I probably don’t want to run around smelling like a peppermint stick all day.

However if the body wash was available year round, I would consider making it a repeat purchase through out the year. I just really like peppermint. And their body wash has a nice formula in general. I am also partial to their cucumber and mint, especially in the summertime. For over all moisturizing of the skin, I am still an Olay body wash person though. I have to add more body lotion post shower with the Native than I do with the Olay, but I consider the peppermint worth it.

The shampoo and conditioner were interesting. I have never tried any shampoo or conditioner from Native before. Generally I stick to their Deodorants and occasionally a body wash. It lathered well, rinsed clean and left my hair shiny and soft. I still used a leave in conditioner afterwards, but it was a good shampoo and conditioner set. It cleans without stripping and my hair felt nice. I also really like the pumps on the bottles. Is it my favorite shampoo and conditioner?

No, but it is decent. Especially if you use a small drop of leave in conditioner after the shower. I’m currently using the CHI Silk Infusion, which I absolutely love. It just needs a tiny drop to work through the hair and my hair is soft and silky smooth.

I don’t think that I will purchase the Native Shampoo and Conditioner throughout the year, and I don’t think i will stock up on it. I do think that come next Christmas i will probably purchase it again. The peppermint scent is nice, but again fades as the hair dries. It is lighter in scent than the body wash. It is a shampoo and conditioner set that works well enough that I don’t mind using it, but not well enough that I want to use it all the time. For me this is a holiday treat specifically because of the peppermint.

And then we come to the most peppermint-tastic of all, the Native Candy Cane Deodorant. I like Native Deodorants in general. They are just a good product. The only issue i have with some of them is in regards to scent. Sometimes they have almost no scent, other times they are powerfully scented. The Candy Cane Deodorant is powerfully scented. It goes on minty and as you move through out the day you will occasionally catch light scent flutters of mint. Personally I like it. And if it was on off year round, I would purchase the scent year round. of the Native Deodorants that I have tried, it is my absolute favorite. Because it is my first time with this scent, I did not stock up. I will use this one well into January though. Once it is done, I will decide if I want to stock up next year or not, but for now, this is the most peppermint-y of them all. It is the only one that really has any peppermint scent after the initial application. At the moment, I love it. How much I love it will remain to be seen when it reaches the end of it’s life.

For now, I am reveling in the peppermint scent. Since I already knew I liked peppermint and was planning to stock the body wash, I went with full sizes, however, they do have trial kits so you can try all of the scents as well. I have no association with the brand, but the links will take you to the site. While many of their products can be found at Target (and that is where I generally pick up my deodorant) not all Target’s carry all the scents and it is a little cheaper on line. My Target didn’t have the deodorant or body wash when I looked. It did have the shampoo and Conditioner in Candy Cane though. I’m not sure if that is just how the stocking goes or if it is a store by store thing. Since I was ordering the body wash, it was actually cheaper to order from the site.

So that my darlings is my take on the super fabulous Candy Cane Scent from Native. Some are going to prove only seasonal products that I use when they become available and forget about the rest of the year, others are going to be ones I want year round and will miss when they are gone. It is good to know which is which.



Coming clean and going to Mars…Terre de Mars

I always find body washes to be an interesting category to think about. Like facial cleansers it is an essential part of the body care routine. It isn’t one of the optional items. Bath bombs are nice (sometimes very nice) but they aren’t essential. Post showering body lotions are usually a good idea, but they can be skipped.

Body wash or even just plain soap is, for me, an essential part of my bathing process. without some form of soap or other cleanser, then I simply don’t feel like I got my body clean. Personally I am more of a boxy wash sort of person. I like bar soap to use, but I really hate that soft bottom it gets from even just the trapped moisture when you put it back down. Even it it doesn’t have water in the soap dish, there is a line of soggy soap where the damp soap presses’ on the surface of whatever it is on. Growing up my mom and grandmother used to put bar soap in these open weave knitted bags and you would just use it in the bag. The bag provided the exfoliation for the skin and could be hung up so that the soap didn’t get the soggy line.

Those bags I like but I haven’t been able to find them in forever. So I use body wash. My baby doll likes soap though and doesn’t have that textural issue. While he will occasionally use something like Huron Body Wash, he always falls back to the Dr. Squatch soap. They actually have a holiday deal that I need to look into so I can stock up for him. He will travel with the Huron Body wash since he doesn’t like traveling with soap, but we will need more soap at the house.

But stocking my cabinet isn’t the point at the moment. The Terre de Mars is, so lets see what it has to say for itself…

An organic low-foaming, aromatic and soft cleansing gel suitable for all skin types. Infused with bioactive ingredients such as coffee and rosemary extract and verbena oil tone, purify and protect the skin while Aloe vera nourish and smoothes. Leaves a clean, refreshed and toned skin without drying it.

Terre de Mars Website

Okay, this full sized body wash is 150ml and in US currency is $22. I mention that here because I had a hard time getting to US currency. the Terre de Mars site didn’t like it and I had to find it on Amazon. I think you can still order from the site if you are in the US but it seemed easier to go to Amazon. Normally all of my links tend to go back to the brand’s home page or if there is a site like Lovely Skin (currently has 22% off most items from major brands)or All Beauty (they tend to have different brands from Lovely Skin so I tend to bounce between the two sites) where I tend to buy the product because it is usually a better value, I’ll link it there. Because I don’t know about availability, This is the Terre de Mars Site link and this is the Amazon link. That way you can see both and if you plan to take an official peep you can choose the one you think would work best, or you could compare the two.

Now I am not opposed to spending $22 on a body wash. One of my favorite luxury body washes is from Molton Brown and generally comes in around $30. Actually they just released their holiday scents (as well as gift sets and advent calendar) The holiday scent I want is the Muddled Plum Bath gel ($35). I picked up a sample of it last year because plum seemed like it could end up being to stick sweet smelling but it was fantastic. That I will probably purchase in the full size this year.

However the brands that can get me to spend that much on body wash are few and far between. Actually Molton Brown is the only one that can, and truthfully, I tend to get the deluxe sample sized sets and work my way through the smaller bottles so i can try out the different scents. They actually have an entire selection of travel sized toiletries collections which I like picking up, especially before holiday travel. I use Molton Brown as my test of high end products.

On the other end, the drug store end if you will, is Olay Body wash. That is my standard body wash. and actually I set aside my current favorite Olay, Orchid and Black Currant to try out the Terre De Mars. Olay generally costs $7.99. Currently on the site it is on sale for $5.97 if you are looking to stock up on Olay products. Actually the entire site is 25% off right now. (their Regenerist skincare line is quite fabulous as well. Actually this year they have really been killing it. But that is another post)

The Terre de Mars Body wash tends to fall into the middle of these two price ranges. But is there where it’s performance ended up?

The body wash comes out in a clear gel. The scent is a lemon verbena scent. There are other ingredients listed, but it is the lemon verbena that makes its presence felt. I happen to like lemon verbena. It is the scent of my favorite Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser. And that is one of my top all time cleansers, partially because I love the scent. And partially because it is a fantastic cleanser. Like the Annmarie Skincare, there is aloe in this body wash as well.

Unfortunately I don’t like it as much. Perhaps it is because it doesn’t foam up as much (it is a low foaming body wash) but it felt as though the aloe remained on the skin in a thin film rather than nourishing and sinking in or simply washing off.

The Olay has many moisturizing agents in it, but it doesn’t leave that film behind. While I like the scent of this body wash, I didn’t like that film and found myself reaching for my body scrub and/or exfoliating bath scrubber pad more often because of it. And then because I was exfoliating more I ended up using more body lotion when i got out of the shower. Which is fine, I had several I needed to use up and clear out. But the scrubbing made the post shower body lotion a necessity rather than an extra.

For me it was a great scent but I don’t think i would purchase this body wash again. It comes down to the level of clean you feel, and I simply wasn’t feeling it. For me it was the light film left on my skin. It was a light film, so if that doesn’t bother you, perhaps you would like it. The scent is gorgeous. I just can’t take the film. And so it may fall in between the two ranges of products in price, but it isn’t one I will purchase again.

Molton Brown (US)

CITRUS SUNFLOWER UPLIFTING SHOWER GEL from Andalou Naturals

I’ll be honest, I tend to forget to review bath products like I should. I use a wide variety of them and like everything else I try I have a definite opinion about them. I’ll use the product, whether it is a shower gel like this one or one of Zent’s Bath truffles and I will think, I really should remember to review this. But then i don’t.

It isn’t as though I’m keeping secrets it is just that with products like this the sensory experience is so very important. When I am looking at Shower Gel, I want a fresh clean from it. I want a pleasant but not overpowering scent, and one that doesn’t linger too long after the shower. I don’t want it to compete with the scents of other products. I Like a moisturizing shower gel but i still want to feel clean and not like i have just added moisturizer to my skin.

I know it isn’t a long list, but it is a little on the picky side.

So let’s look at Andalou Naturals. This particular Citrus Sunflower Uplifting Shower Gel came to me in a Petit Vour Box. If you are looking to try out an array of clean beauty products I highly recommend the Petit Vour subscription box. It leans heavily towards skin care but has the occasional makeup item. In addition it goes wide on the skin care range. You will still get moisturizers oils and serums but you will also get body products like natural deodorant and shower gel.

Clear gel just out of the bottle

I’ll admit, I’ve seen the Andalou Naturals products before but never picked them up. They are sold in my local Publix and I pass the shelves every time I do my shopping. I never picked them up though. I think it is because the container reminds me of a bad shampoo I tried in the early nineties. I think because of the similarity of packaging and my avoidance of the other product I avoided this by association.

Which was wrong.

And I am going to work on correcting this.

since this Citrus and Sunflower Shower Gel was here, I went ahead and tried it. I think in the back of my mind I was still braced for the bad shampoo.

(In case you were wondering there was some ingredient in the shampoo that I was allergic to and not only did I get a rash on my scalp and my hands, but anywhere the suds touched as I rinsed my hair out. It was an unpleasant experience and one I hope never to repeat.)

It has nothing in common with the bad shampoo other than a slight packaging design resemblance. According to the website…

This skin conditioning gel blends emollient rich rosehip and argan oils with coconut water and gentle cleansing botanicals for fresh, healthy looking skin. Uplifting citrus sunflower delights the senses as superfruit antioxidants and ultra-hydrating aloe vera help protect and uplift skin’s moisture barrier for an invigorating, all-over body treatment.

Andalou Naturals

It is also a vegan formula with certified organic and fair trade ingredients.

the scent is very light, so if you have issues with scented products, Andalou Naturals might be a brand to look into. There is a slight citrusy note but it is barely there. While I have grown sunflowers I honestly can’t remember a scent coming from the flowers. Most scent I have associated with the sunflower is with the toasting of the seeds which brings out the light scent of the oil. i don’t remember the flowers having much of a scent. I will certainly double check this year as I have several sunflowers planted (hopefully to grow).

Foamy with just a little rubbing

If there is a scent, I did not detect it.

The gel is clear when applied to the bath sponge. It foams up quite well. In fact i was really impressed with it’s foaming capacity. I know it probably shouldn’t matter but i really like a foaming shower gel. I think it was because when i was little my Dad explained that shampoo and soap worked by sucking the dirt into the bubbles and carrying it down the drain. And so I have in the back of my head that bubbles mean clean.

There are plenty of bubbles and I really didn’t need to use a lot of product to get them A quarter sized amount was enough to wash me completely.

And it was a very clean wash. I didn’t feel like anything was left on my skin as you can sometimes get with moisturizing shower gels. At the same time, My skin didn’t feel like it was being stripped of all the good oils my body needs to stay hydrated. I’m sure the Uplifting part of the name has to do with the citrus scent, but really, scent is not an issue with this product. The scents are light and barely there and once the suds are rinsed away you only have clean smelling skin left. There are no heavy perfumes remaining. Just clean moisturized skin.

I was very impressed with this Andalou Naturals Shower Gel to be honest. It gave me everything that I wanted and nothing that I didn’t. In addition it made me feel good with the organic and fair trade elements. Not only will I be purchasing this in a full size when I have worked my way through my current collection of Shower Gels, but i will be dipping further into the Andalou Naturals section in my local Publix store.

I like ordering items online, and in fact I tend to order most of my items online, however I also like to have a list of products that I can trust to work well and that i can pick up in a pinch when I have unexpectedly run out or have company coming. This Andalou Naturals Shower Gel has definitely made it onto that list. Hopefully other products from the brand will prove equally fantastic. I’ll keep you posted.


Andalou Naturals