Trying out the Cuccio Pause Meditation Mist in Peppermint and Sage

This item recently came to me in a Kinder Subscription box. If you are into clean beauty products it is a subscription you might want to check out. It has only clean products and is vegan as well. This Pause Meditation mist is from the brand Cuccio. A while back I tried one of their hand soaps and I really enjoyed it.

I Love the blue glass spray bottle however I will say I was uncertain what exactly a meditation mist was, so I looked it up.

WHAT IT IS: CALMING RITUAL.  A meditation mist made to help calm the senses and prepare for the best of meditation sessions.  Can also be used as a pillow spray or a mid-day mist of calm.

PAUSE Meditation Mist calms the mind and body in moments.  Using the finest ingredients, no artificial fragrance and all natural essential oils to help relax, leaving the mind, body and spirit completely calm, renewed + restored.  

I am not big on meditation. I now others who love it and meditate routinely. I envy them actually. Any time I try to meditate story ideas pop into my head. Some how I don’t think plotting out a locked door murder mystery is quite the intent of meditation. It is usually where my brain goes when I try though. Which is odd since I don’t write a lot of murder mysteries. And yet anytime I try to meditate, that is where my brain goes.

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And so I used it as a pillow spray.

It was fantastic. For me any time I have tried a pillow spray bad things have happened. For some reason the two scents most often used in pillow sprays are bergamot and lavender. The bergamot makes me sneeze and for some reason lavender doesn’t calm me down like it does some people. It makes me feel like there is something I forgot to do but can’t remember and then I get anxious thinking it might be important.

Peppermint on the other hand I love and sage is one of my favorites. I always have a pot growing in my sun room and often pinch a leaf just to get the scent on my skin. I like that these two are combined in this spray actually. The sage takes some of the sweetness off of the peppermint and the peppermint takes some of the medicinal/thanksgiving stuffing, scent off of the sage.

It is quite a delightful pairing actually.

the mister on this spray is a powerful mist. One spray on the pillow will do for the night.

I can honestly say if i saw this in the store i probably would have walked right by. Receiving it in a Kinder subscription box means that I had it on hand and thought I might a well try it. So I did. And I liked it. In fact there is a good chance I will be purchasing this again in the near future. It is nice to have a pillow spray that doesn’t smell of bergamot and lavender and helps send me off to sleep with sweet fresh scents. This was an unexpected surprise for me and one I am happy to add to my bedtime rituals.

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My Favorite New Travel Item

Let me introduce you to my favorite new travel item, The soap Sheet packet from SOS Studios on the Shop Miss A site. I know soap sheets are not a stunningly new item in the world, they have been around a while. However this is my first real experience with them.

I picked this set up from Shop Miss A a while back when I went and just decided to order a whole lot that interested me from the site. As pretty much everything is a dollar it is a shopping spree where I got a lot for very little money. And I found several items I will most certainly be ordering again.

To be honest, I slipped this set of soap sheets into my order simply because I was curious. I’d heard of soap sheets bet never tried them/. The Shop Miss A site had many scents to choose from and I went with the Peach. And to be fair the soap sheets smell like peach. Slightly. Mostly they smell like soap that might have once been placed next to some peaches.

The sheets are thin and feel a bit like wax paper. I put one in my hand and then added water. The sheet starts to dissolve almost immediately. one quick hand rub and the sheet dissolved into bubbles. I rubbed my hands together, washing them and then rinsing them off.

Any peach scent went down the drain with the suds and my hands were just left freshly washed. I suspect that would happen with any scent that you tried these soap sheets in. Some might be stronger than others but i am pretty sure it is the soap that will count.

It is just soap. It isn’t a moisturizing soap, nor is it a terribly drying one. I did end up using hand cream after using the soap, but as after washing my hands I generally sprayed hand sanitizer on them, the lotion was more to do with the hand sanitizer than the soap sheets.

While I was traveling for Thanksgiving and this did let me avoid the mostly empty soap dispensers in the restrooms on the drive. While I was home I ended up washing my hands a lot more than when I was here. There were several children with stick fingers around, mostly because we had a make your own caramel apple event on the Saturday post thanksgiving while several parents went out shopping. There were also several people who had recent operations moving in and out of my visit so the washing and sanitizing was intense. Beyond that, this was an amazingly useful product to have on hand, not just for the trip but in everyday life.

I may have purchased this set of soap sheets from Shop Miss A on a whim, but it is now one of my favorite items and I will be stocking up so that I can keep one in my purse, one in the car and one in my travel kit. Sometimes it is the simple things that make all the difference.



Holiday Bundle: Soap and Glory

Each year without fail I pick up some sort of Soap and Glory Bundle. What is kind of amusing is that each year my purchase is driven by one factor. I look at all of their packages and bundles and then I purchase whichever one has the full sized Heel Genius inside of it.

I know, not the best decision making process. However it is mine. This isn’t to say I don’t like the other products in the bundle. This $40 gift set for example comes with several products I like.

Pinkly the Best Includes:

Clean On Me Hydrating Body Wash 500ml

The Scrub Of Your Life Exfoliating Body Scrub 200ml 

The Righteous Butter Body Butter 300ml

Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream 125ml

Heel Genius Foot Cream 125 ml

Face Soap Clarity Face Wash

Reusable Soap & Glory white and pink tin

The Clean on me Hydrating Body Wash and Scrub of Your Life are two products I purchase for my shower every so often. I like the scent and the effectiveness. The scrub of your life is quite exfoliation-tastic, although not overly harsh on the skin. Because of the exfoliation I can’t use it daily, but for a couple of times a week it is fabulous.

My mother loves the Righteous Body Butter and Hand Cream so those two items will be passed on as stocking stuffers. I have never tried the clarity face wash from the brand so i am looking forward to giving that a go. and truthfully the Tin is going straight into my laundry room. I have a collection of dryer balls, which I absolutely love, but I need a container to corral them in and this will quite frankly work perfectly.

So nothing in this gift set will go to waste.

But I did purchase it for the Heel Genius Foot Cream.

I am posting about this as part of the Holiday Gifts posts not only because this and many other Soap and Glory Products and Bundles make great gifts, but as a reminder that sometimes great products do not have to break the bank.

This Heel Genius Foot cream costs only about $7 and it is the best foot cream I have ever used. It is a drug store product although my local Walgreens tends to run out of this on a regular basis so picking it up is always hit or miss. Hence the reason I specifically make a point to pick it up at the holidays. I do a lot of walking and my feet really take a beating. I have tried a lot of pricier items but in the end, i always come back to this. I have forgotten about foot care for several months and then realized suddenly that i am going to be wearing open shoes where people will be assaulted with my heavily calloused feet and rolled in this Heel Genius for an emergency rescue.

An hour before bed, when I am settled and reading in bed before sleep, I will slather my feet with this cream and pull on a pair of socks. (I can’t sleep in socks for some reason so I take the hour before bed to do this and then peel the socks off just before sleep.) Three nights of this and my callouses are softened, A week and my feet are soft and hydrated. Every time.

Sometimes we get caught up in the new and expensive and we forget the old reliable, and inexpensive products. This is a reliably good product and it deserves to be remembered. And if you can get a squadron of other nice products at the same time, even better.

This year, for me, The Heel Genius was found in the Pinkly the Best Holiday set from Soap and Glory. (Surprisingly though on the official website it is not listed as included in the kit so that may just be a US version.) Each year this is a treat to myself and each year I really enjoy it. It is my self care moment before the craziness of the holidays arrives. Some of the products I will pass on to those I know will love them but most I will keep for myself. It is Happy Holiday to me and I am well pleased.

Weekly Weight: 235.7 Lbs

If you are looking at the scale and thinking, wait a minute, that is the same number as last week, I congratulate you on your excellent memory. It is the same number as last week. I suppose after the more than four pounds dropped last week it should be expected that there would be little change this week. That is generally what happens with me.

More than four pounds in one week is a really big number for me, so I wasn’t expecting a big change this week.

This week i kept on keeping on. I missed a few exercises. due to rain early in the week and yesterday my brain was focused on getting a story out of my head so I shorted pretty much everything, including exercise. But I did manage to keep a tight reign on my food.

I am back in the habit of using the free version of My Fitness Pal. I have started remembering to put in my food and exercise on a daily basis and that has really kept me on track. I wanted to get back into the habit of using the free version of the app before I tried out the paid version. Since I am now in the habit I will be starting my paid month long trial (that is me paying for the app instead of the free version, no one is actually paying me to try the app) in November. I think nit will be quite helpful going into the holidays actually and I am kind of excited to get that started.

Today it wasn’t that exciting to see the same number appear on the scale but it is understandable and not something I am overly worried about. I am hoping that if I keep doing what i know I should be doing, that number will change and I will be slowly easing my way into a healthy weight number.

And that is where I really want to be.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 235.7 lbs

This Week’s weight: 235.7 lbs

This week’s Change: No Change.

Lost over all: 10.3 lbs

and so we keep on. I know that I am doing the right things, I just need to have faith that the right things will eventually get me where I need to be. And if they don’t then i will go to my doctor and have a conversation about adjusting what is wrong so that I am doing right again. But for now, I understand why the scale didn’t move, even if it was disappointing. So minor disappointment but no anxiety over this week. It’s not fabulous, but it could be worse. have a great Friday everyone.

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Its time to Scrub a dub in the tub with Dermalactives

I apologize for the dark picture above but with the product being a dark green and the lettering being black I think the only way you can see the details clearly is after the entire jar is empty. Currently I am about halfway through with the jar. I’ll have to take a shot at photographing it once it is empty to see if i am right.

This is the Demelectives Elastin and Collagen Rejuvenation Soft Salt Glow Body scrub in Apricot and Green Tea. If this seems slightly familiar to you it was recently featured in the Dermstore beautyfix beauty box ($24.95 per month – I believe this was a feature in either august or September) and on the IPSY website.

According to the brand site…

This gentle soft scrub is enriched with Apricot Abrasive and Green Tea extract for natural exfoliation that is also rich with antioxidants and nutrients. It provides skin with the essential nourishment & conditioning while cleansing it of unwanted pollutants leaving skin looking fresh & clean, with a vibrant & naturally healthy radiance.

I am a huge fan of exfoliators (I think you know that by now) but finding a good body scrub is surprisingly difficult for me. I often feel like Goldilocks actually. This one is too harsh, this one is too soft. this one leaves too much undissolved particle in the bottom of my shower, this one leaves too mush residue on my skin.

I have to admit, i was somewhat skeptical of this one when I tool off the lid. while the scent is amazing, mostly apricot with a fresh green tea backer to keep it from smelling too sweet (Too sweet always makes me think sticky even if it isn’t. Not only was this not sticky but it didn’t feel mentally sticky), it looks like particles suspended in jelly.

when i dipped it out onto my fingers I thought at first that it was just speckled jelly. At first I couldn’t feel the exfoliates. Then as I used it they made their presence felt. The particles proved to be a good, yet gentle exfoliate that, when they did their job, dissolved and didn’t leave particles all over the shower tiles. To be honest i expected them to stay and exfoliate my feet until I scrubbed down the bottom of the shower.

they didn’t which was a pleasant surprise. In fact most everything about this was a pleasant surprise. The jelly melted over the skin, sticking around just long enough to get the exfoliates where they needed to be. While they did hydrate the skin a little bit, the gel aspect was much more of a conveyance mechanism. I’m sure it did some hydrating, but I still had to moisturize post shower and when i use the more moisturizing exfoliators I don’t have to do that.

This isn’t a criticism though. I have plenty of body lotions I am more than happy to work on using up. As I said before a good body scrub isn’t all that easy to find. This one was good. It exfoliated and washed away clean leaving no film on the skin as it left.

Sadly none of the scent remained on the skin. There might have been a delicate trace of scent prior to my toweling off post shower, but it didn’t remain and was obliterated by the body lotion I used afterwards. The scent was nice in the shower, but didn’t last so if you are looking for a clean smelling body scrub that won’t clash with post shower products this is definitely one to look into. As I liked the scent i was somewhat disappointed. I may have to search the brand and see if they have anybody lotion in this scent to go along with the scrub. I may not have put apricot and green tea together on my own, but it definitely worked well in my shower.



Enjoying a shower with Kueshi Naturals

This Kueshi Naturals Vanilla Shower Gel was a new product and a new brand to me when it appeared in a subscription box. I am never opposed to getting shower gels in subscription boxes. I like using them and often I will end up using them when I travel. The main reason is that my usual body wash is from Olay. The scents vary based on what seemed to catch my eye when i went shopping. And while I love Olay (enough to keep buying it) the bottles are kind of big. So what i do, especially as we start rolling into fall and winter and Holiday travel looms, is to try out the body washes and other shower gel type products and if I like them enough set them aside for travel. Mostly because they are more compact than the Olay bottle.

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And they are there.

this Kueshi Naturals I tried out and then took with me to my mother’s house where it was the bathing product i used for the two weeks I was staying with her. Normally I would post a little blurb about what the company claims for the product and maybe look at a couple of the ingredients. However this product was very difficult to find. I found it posted on Mecari and other resale sites but it was not listed on the Kueshi naturals site. (The link above will take you to the main page for the brand).

foams nicely but not extravagantly.

I’m guessing because it says limited edition on it, they no longer have it in stock. Which is a shame. The vanilla was a nice light scent that wasn’t overly sweet or cloying, which is sometimes difficult to do with vanilla scented products.

The shower gel foamed well, rinsed clean and was a pleasure to use. I thought about not posting about it, because the product seems to have disappeared from the brand site, but as it is the first item i have ever tried from the brand I decided to go ahead and post a few thoughts about it. The main reason is that because of this shower gel I am more interested in trying other things from the brand. This Vanilla shower gel was very good and I enjoyed using it. If the other products from the brand are anything like this then I will definitely be giving their products more of a try in the future.

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Trying out the Honey Pot Lavender Rose Panty Spray

I am a big fan of the Honey Pot’s foaming shower wash. I tried it and incorporated it into my daily routine. It has become a staple in my daily routine. It is ph balanced for a woman’s body and even though I was skeptical about actually needing it before once I tried it there was no going back to just using a regular body wash on my nether regions.

however after trying, loving and repeatedly repurchasing, I didn’t try anything else out from the brand. And so I decided to pick up this Honey Pot Lavender Rose Panty spray to try out.

Totally innovative and dynamic, The Honey Pot Co’s Lavender Rose feminine hygiene spray is a great way to feel fresh throughout the day. We’ve updated our refreshing herbal panty sprays with DeoPlex® technology, resulting in a perfected formula for better deodorization and moisturization. Use this feminine hygiene spray to freshen up fast, without any artificial fragrances or harsh chemicals. 

I chose the lavender and rose because I thought they would be a good balance. They work well together but they are a bit strong for me. The heavy scent is a bit too perfume-y and I would prefer a lighter fresh scent. I think if choosing again I would go for the cucumber and aloe scent instead.

And would I purchase this again? Yes actually I think i would. It isn’t as necessary for me to have on hand as the wash, but it was quite useful this summer. When I went for my walks in the summer heat, i came back sweaty. while I generally jumped in the shower as soon as I could peel my clothes from me often times I just rinsed myself off with water. I like to do a full shower at night and just rinse off after my walk. with the water rinse and towel drying bits of me over drying more than any form of personal scent were the main issue. This spray was just enough moisture without causing any fragrance irritation in sensitive areas.

For me the Honey Pot Lavender Rose Panty Spray was excellent post work out, simply for the way I move and care for my body. The scent was a heavier one but can easily be remedied. While I might not need this as much as the heat fades and autumn gets underway, it is something that I will certainly have on hand as spring fades into summer. I will just choose a lighter scent to suit my own personal preferences.

Using the Space Bar

In writing the Space Bar is my friend. Turns out that in the battle to prevent summer stink, especially when using a natural deodorant, the Megababe Space Bar Detoxifying Charcoal Underarm bar is my friend as well.

I’ll be honest, i hung onto this bar for a while, not sure if it was to be used like soap or something else. It turns out I was overthinking it. The Space bar is simply a bar of soap that is designed to use on your underarms to basically take down the summer stink. Or if you want something a little more professional in terms of descriptions…

B.O. control that’s out of this world!

Powered by activated charcoal & tea tree, Space Bar Detoxifying Charcoal Underarm Bar absorbs & washes away odor-causing impurities in just 60 seconds. The palm-free treatment bar keeps skin soft with hydrating avocado, sunflower & olive oils. Glycolic acid lightly exfoliates for smoother, brighter pits. Use every time you shower for deeply cleansed pits that are perfectly prepped for deodorant! Tested on Megababes, never on animals!

Like soap, this bar foams up quickly and easily creating a thick rich lather. While I have the sample sized bar, I will be picking up the fill sized one ($8) on my next Target run. while the link will take you directly to the brand website, these Space Bars are available at Target.

this was the trial size (36 g. The full size is 99 g)

It is not a replacement for deodorant. At first I thought that might be what it was going for, but it is not. It is just a soap designed for your under arms. I found it immensely useful after my workouts. I was stinky, I bathed, I used this under my arms and it took the stink out faster than regular soap or body wash and left no scent behind. I also found that my natural deodorant (Native at the moment) seemed to work just a little bit better when I was bathing with this Megababe Space Bar.

On occasion it was also used as regular soap in the shower. A few times by me and a couple of times by my babydoll who just saw soap and used it, well, like soap. He tends to get generally itchy skin from allergies floating through the air and he thought it helped. He also thought it was black because it was a special allergy soap, for what it is worth. I think for him the charcoal paired with the lack of extra perfume was what helped him out.

when I did try it as a regular body soap it worked fine. It felt like a waste as it was so fantastic on the underarms, but I appreciate not needing to have multiple bars of soap open in the shower. It is not a big space and tends to look cluttered easily. The only downfall for me, was that if you place it on the shower shelf it will leave dark marks. they wipe off easily, but they are there. I ended up placing it on top of my exfoliating bath scrubber and all was fine. that was really all of the down side I could note.

All in all this was a positive experience for me. The Megababe Space Bar needs to be paired with a deodorant post shower, but it gets rid of the post work out stink quickly, which lets me use less water and spend less time in the shower. It also has a thick rich lather that I really did enjoy. over all, I was very impressed and will certainly be using this again.

It’s Cactus and Pink Pepper from AHAVA

I’ll be honest, AHAVA isn’t one of my favorite brands. However I never have any problems receiving it in any subscription box. I like their hand creams but my mother adores any skin care product they produce. I think it is a difference in skin needs to be honest. She has always had very dry skin where as I tent to lean into the oily end of the spectrum for most of the year. She finds the moisture level in most of their skin care product to be absolutely perfect for her while i can generally use it in the winter but for most of the year it is simply too much moisturize for my skin.

So typically AHAVA products that come my way are sent unopened to her and she always does a happy dance. I ended up using this AHANA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream in the Scent Cactus and Pink Pepper instead of passing it on. The first reason was that she has a ton of hand and body lotions she is working through and didn’t want any more regardless of brand and the second reason is that I found the Cactus and Pink pepper an interesting combo and I was curious.

the cream on dry skin

I have to say, it did not disappoint. While facial moisturizer from AHAVA are too much for my skin the body lotions are really good. The cream is thick, and at first it does leave a little bit of white streaks on the skin. As soon as it absorbs though, the white is gone and the skin is left hydrated and not greasy.

Because it does have that thickness of cream, I found I could also use this on my feet, which is not all that usual for me. Most creams that aren’t targeted for feet don’t do much for mine other than take down a little of the temporary dry roughness. This actually penetrated the calluses and helped soften them up. I was quite impressed. I applied it to my feet just before I started my before bed reading (I read for at least half an hour before bed). Then I put on some socks and let them sit while I read. When it was time to turn off the light I took the socks off and the moisturizer had helped soften my feet. (the socks were to keep the moisturizer from getting on the sheets.)

not so dry skin after massaging in

The scent is floral in nature. And actually smells like cactus flowers. If the pepper does anything it is to make the floral nature less cloying. Other than that, it is dormant. I really liked the scent of this as it is a nice light floral. It does tend to linger. You can generally smell it on your skin up to an hour after you use it. For me this wasn’t an issue as I happen to like the scent. It is however something to consider if you are scent sensitive.

Over all I was very impressed with this AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream in the scent Cactus and Pink pepper. Not only am I pleased I didn’t pass it along, but I am definitely willing to purchase it again.

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Using the Ouai Melrose Place Body Cleanser

Over the years I have used quite a few Ouai products. All of them have been hair products. When this Ouai Body Cleanser in the scent Melrose Place came up as an option in Birch Box, I thought it would be a fun option to try. Mostly because I didn’t realize that Ouai made more than hair care products. The description of this product on the site is fairly simple.

This hydrating cleanser gently washes your bod with a blend of skin-softening oils in our Melrose Place scent.

The version of the product I have is a 1 oz sample size. The full size of this product is 10 fl Oz and costs $28. Now here is the thing. There are quite a few products I don’t mind spending money on. And there are several products that I will put on my personal list of what to splurge on for a treat for myself, usually around my birthday. But to make it to that list, a product has to work better than or feel more luxurious than the product I turn to for everyday use.

especially if it is an everyday use sort of item. And let’s face it, body wash is an everyday item. Everyday I bathe and every day I use body wash. While I try out a lot of body wash products I always end up coming back to my tried and true. My tried and true is the Olay body wash.(the link will take you to their general body wash page) The scent will vary based on what I see on the shelf that I want to try when I am shopping, but while I try other body washes, I always come back to Olay. It is currently listed at $13.32 for 22 ounces if you want to do a price comparison. Which mean that is what i am comparing this Ouai Body wash to when i use it.

Even though I did list price it is just for reference sake. If the Ouai performs well enough or feels luxurious enough it can still go on my splurge list. And I have to say the Ouai thick Hair shampoo and conditioner are on my splurge list. So if I like this then it could go on the list to pick up while I am there.

The Ouai Body cleanse is a gel cleanser as you can see in the bottle. It is clear. The scent Melrose place is a light Rose scent. It is a nice rise scent actually. It is not overly floral or overly sweet. It is like a very well behaved rose scent. I actually like it quite a bit. And it did make my shower smell rather fancy when I used it. As though I was visiting a spa. It lathered like any other body wash. There was no extravagant foam or luxurious feel. It was a good body cleanser that foamed and rinsed off cleanly. Did my skin feel hydrated? Yes. Did my skin feel cleansed? Again Yes.

Did it exceed expectations enough to make it onto the splurge list? No. This rose scent is nice, but it is not really a unique scent. I have had other products that have this sort of well behaved rose scent. It is quite pleasant but it is not unique and it is not something I am going to crave. Would I use it again if it came in a subscription box? Yes I would. In fact if it was a choice in a subscription box, I might even choose it. Depending on what it was up against.

Is it something I need? No. Is it something that I will add to the cart when my other Ouai Splurge items make it to my purchase list? Probably not. Because it doesn’t out perform my standard Olay. In fact Olay is moisturizing enough that I can occasionally skip the post shower body moisturizer. Not every day, but if I am in a rush I can skip it post shower and then just use the body lotion at night.

With the Ouai Body cleanser, it was moisturizing and did not strip moisture from my skin, but while using it I did not skip the post shower body lotion. it simply doesn’t provide enough moisture to do that. For me to add this Ouai body Cleanser onto my splurge purchasing list it would have to give me something I couldn’t get in my regular body wash and it simply didn’t. This is a nice product and I wouldn’t mind using it again as I found it quite pleasant, but it isn’t something I will go out of my way to purchase.

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