Deodorizing with Charcoal

Recently I received this sample sized Cleo Coco Charcoal Deodorant in a subscription box. Normally i would give a deodorant a much longer trial, but as it is a sample size and after just a short time of use the amount of product is being rapidly depleted.

First a little mention of size. The size above is 0.56 oz. The full sized version is actually 2.5 oz. The full size is also $18 which does make it more expensive than a product like Native. As a comparison a full sized Native Deodorant is 2.65 oz and costs $13. Since Native is the natural deodorant that I lean into it is the one I use for comparisons. In case you are wondering.

The Cleo Coco Charcoal deodorant I have is unscented. The company does make various scents, many of which I find interesting. While I think it would be fun to try them out, I am not upset with an unscented version. And this Charcoal deodorant has absolutely no scent to it.

Which is nice for an unscented product.

light gray and comes with a cap to keep it from drying out, much like the Milk Makeup Products

I know that sounds strange but sometimes unscented can mean the company didn’t add any scent and just let the product smell like it’s ingredients. This has zero scent. Their description is…

A natural deodorant that works in harmony with your body’s chemistry to detoxify impurities and neutralize odor at its root—without aluminum and disruptive synthetics. Our unique formulation of activated charcoal, plant-based powders, clay, and essential oils glides on clear, creating a sensorial experience that only Mother Nature could provide. Silky-smooth on the skin and scented with blissful botanical notes.

I found my time wearing this deodorant to be very interesting. First there is the wearing it during the normal course of the day. In the photo I have put the deodorant on my arm as it was much easier to take a photo. You can see the charcoal doesn’t turn anything gray or black, but that the deodorant does leave a waxy looking strip on the skin.

This waxiness wasn’t that much different from any other deodorant that I have tried, natural or otherwise. And while I worked at my desk and around the house, with occasional forays into the garden, the deodorant behaved well. It felt just like any other deodorant, it had no scent and it kept me from stinking. I had no irritation and no real problem with any sort of staining on the underarms of my shirts.

light color and slightly waxy on the skin but no major difference from regular deodorant until there is a lot of sweat

The real test for the deodorant was on my walks. We haven’t been below 85 degrees and 80%+ humidity where I live for months. Any shirt I walk in is going to have sweat stains. So to be fair, it doesn’t matter what deodorant i wear on my walks right now, my shirt is getting soaked. It is why I have the summer sacrifice t-shirt collection. Once the weather breaks in October there will be a mass clear out of shirts that have given their all for my summer wear. Their colors will be significantly faded and even if the sweat stains have washed out the material will still look grungy when clean. The shirts will be repurposed, but no longer worn.

So in the sweat stain department this Cleo Coco deodorant performed just the same as any other product I have ever used in the summer under my arms. It also blocked any form of scent from rising. I in no way stank while I was wearing this deodorant. It is very good at odor control. However, the feel of the deodorant changed as I wore it on my walks. When I was sweating profusely, the product felt more waxy and somehow sticky.

It wasn’t Velcro skin to skin sticky but there was a noticeable stickiness to the product. It still worked well and it stayed on the skin without staining the shirt noticeable, but I didn’t like the feel. I don’t know if it was the inclusion of the clay (bentonite), the charcoal, the beeswax or some strange combination of the three (or even something else) but once I reached a certain sweat density it became slightly sticky even though it continued to work.

The end result is that this is a good deodorant. it does exactly what it claims, even if it is on the pricier side. And when I was working at my desk and going about my day, it was a fantastic product. It is only when it came to my workouts that things changed. it still worked as it should, but I found the feel of it on my skin unpleasant. I would consider using this Cleo Coco Charcoal deodorant as an every day deodorant, but I think I would have to switch to a different product when I knew I was going to be sweating a lot. Even then, I have to give them credit, it was only a textural issue. No matter what, the deodorant kept working.



A little ray of sunshine with Mio Future Proof Body Butter

There is something about the scent of orange that just says it is going to be a bright sunshine-y day. Maybe it is all of the Florida based orange juice commercials. I don’t know. But in the scent department Mio Future Proof Body Butter delivers an intense orange scent.

which isn’t really much of a surprise.

I tried the Mio Body wash a while back and it too was orange-tastic. It was also a really good body wash that I have repurchased. Actually my brother loved it so I tended to get it for him. It was actually the perfect body wash for him. He didn’t like a lot of the heavy ‘many’ scents like forest and mountain that a lot of people put with men’s bath products and he didn’t like buying the kid’s body wash with the dinosaur head on the top either. He did love citrus so this was a nice alternative for him. I tended to add it into my cart every time I picked something up from the Look Fantastic site.

thick cream and this amount covered both hands and forearms.

But this is about the Body Butter. It does have the same intense scent to it, and while the scent does remain on the skin after use, the scent of the body butter doesn’t really travel. It may stay in the air for a little bit in the room where you apply it, but it fades pretty fast. However after a few hours you can still lift your hand to your nose and smell the orange scent. The thing I like about this is that it isn’t an overly sweet orange scent.

It does remind me of orange juice when I sniff it, but there is some sort of spice in there that keeps it from feeling sweet and sticky (at least mentally sticky – sometimes when things are overly sweet my brain thinks of them as sticky by association.) I can’t really say what spice if any is mixed in because it does just smell of orange to me, but it isn’t overly sweet.

quickly absorbed with no greasy skin left behind.

As for hydration,. it does that pretty well too. The cream is a little thick and when you first massage it into the skin there are a few white streaks, but they are quickly absorbed and what is left behind is freshly hydrated skin that doesn’t feel greasy. What I like is that I can slip this tube into my purse and know that not only is the scent not going to irritate anyone (because it doesn’t travel far enough to irritate anyone) and that after sanitizing my hands I can massage a dollop into my hands to keep them from becoming overly dry and cracked and then just go. The absorption rate is quick enough that I can apply while running errands and then not have to worry about my hands being too slick on the steering wheel.

I was very impressed with this body lotion. I did try it on my post skin shower as it is a body butter and not just a hand lotion. It worked well right after the shower. It took a little longer to absorb in on freshly washed skin (but I am using a hydrating body wash at the moment) but the absorption was still relatively quick. I will personally be using the last of this tube as a hand cream to carry in my purse, but i would definitely consider a full size of the Mio Future Proof Body Butter for my post shower moisturization in the future.



One Month of My Fitness Pal, the free Version

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Regardless there was a spate of time where the weight was put on. And it didn’t come off. It stayed. Then I decided to go on a weight loss journey. The reason was simple, I woke up one morning and got out of bed and couldn’t remember when my feet didn’t hurt at some point throughout the day. I decided that was not a good thing and that it was high time I did something about it.

I know, not as sexy as wanting to look good in a bikini or getting ready for a class reunion or even running a marathon, but it was my reason for losing weight.

the problem was where to start. while I am a full time writer now, I went to school for (and still write about) Architectural History. It means I can tell you a great many sociological reasons why American banks were designed to reference Roman architecture, but I can’t tell you squat about the human body aside from a third grade song listing the bones of the skeletal structure.

So I dove into the world of dieting and fitness.

I don’t know if you have been, but it is a terrifying place. It is also full of very opinionated people.

What I wanted sounded simple in my head. I wanted to shave some weight off of my body so my feet didn’t hurt shortly after I got out of bed. I wanted a program that I could maintain for a life time rather than a quick fix. As at my heaviest I weighed 246 lbs, I knew there wasn’t going to be a quick fix. I was in for a long haul. Crash diets weren’t going to work. Cutting out a single food group wasn’t going to work. i had over a hundred pounds to lose and I needed a long term solution.

What I landed on was portion control and regular exercise. I know, like ,making my feet not hurt it isn’t the sexiest of diet plans. There is no cool name or concept backed by pseudo-science. it is no magic fat melting pill. I just needed to balance my calories in and calories out. As simple as it sounds I have tried many ways to do this. The simplest way for me is a food diary. I have used a notebook and pen to record what I eat and how much activity I got, but then I had to look up the calories and while it was helpful, it is just plain easier to use an App for that.

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My problem with a lot of the apps is that they seem to assume that I am purchasing pre prepared foods. While this works for a few things, I tend to cook most of my meals. One of the things I really liked about the My Fitness Pal is that I can build a recipe. I can type the ingredients in and then tell they system how i portion out what is created. Then it tells me how many calories I consumed.

The recipe builder and food diary are the two elements of the My Fitness Pal app that I use the most. One of the things I like is that it lets me keep the regularly used items in the list so each morning I don’t have to input coffee I can just check the box and have done with it, easy peasy. I am sure most of the apps do that, but it is the recipe builder function that is in the My Fitness Pal app that I have found a lot better than most and the most helpful. It takes a bit to add the recipes in but once you have then you are done.

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While I have used these features for years at this point (off and on), this month I committed to using it and building the habit of logging in every day. For me, keeping track of the food keeps me on track. I also enter my exercise so I can figure out my calories in and calories out. Oddly enough the checking in section has been hugely beneficial. While I weigh in once a week officially for the Friday Weigh in, I really like the habit of getting on the scale each morning and just typing the info in to the system for a chart. I know there are going to be some points (like the holidays) that I don’t want to do that, but there is something i really like about seeing the chart grow and build. I think it is because while there is a degree of up and down in my dieting, I can look at the chart and see that even if this week I gained half a pound, the chart still shows an over all downward trend. I find that encouraging to see. It really helps me not get caught up[ in minutia.

The blog function has also been useful for me as well. It has been a way to just add quick thoughts about what is going on. New foods I’ve tried, things that go well or don’t go well. I have also found inspiration in the news posts about various exercises and foods that come up on the site. Overall it has been a really good tool for me to use and after a solid month of use, I am now in the habit of using it. It has become routine to log in and input what I am eating and to log in my work outs.

the version I have been using though is the free version. I have found that sometimes I use a free version of a program and love it, and then dislike the paid version. On the other hand, sometimes once I try he paid version I find there are parts I really don’t want to let go of and remain with the paid version. There are several items on the paid listing that are intriguing to me;. There is a greater depth to the food logging app and a guided nutrition plan. There are also recipes targeted towards my nutritional goals. As I am always looking for new recipes to try out, I am very interested in that. The paid version sounds like it would actually be a benefit. So now that I have gotten used to the free version i am going to give the paid version a trial and then do a side my side comparison to see if it is the right plan for me or if I was fine with the free version of the app. So shall we see if the paid version has elements that I really need, or if the free version is all that I need? I think we shall. Let the trial begin!

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First Use of the New Balance Ab Wheel

I fully admit that I have an odd fascination with random workout tools. I think it comes from a childhood where things like the Thigh Master and the rowing exerciser. Both still disturbingly on sale on etsy and e-bay, I checked. I actually broke my toe with the rowing exerciser. I wanted to see how far the spring would stretch then I lost my grip on the slick handles. I smacked myself in the face and the handle whapped my toe (I was barefoot). It was not a good day.

The fascination remains, although now I actually read instructions.

I have however heard good things about these ab wheels and heard no stories of tow breakage. I was looking into picking one up to try, mostly because I need to do some work on my mid section instead of simply walking for my workouts and I can usually count on myself to give any new thing at least thirty days to see if it does anything. Then I ended up getting the Fab Fit Fun Box (I used my referral link for this so I think I get some kind of store credit if you use it. If that bothers you no worries, just goggle it instead of using the link) and this New Balance Ab Wheel was one of the items. I selected it.

the three exercises

It was easy to assemble and I have to be honest, it looked a bit like a toy. Still I was glad that the handles are textured for a more secure grip and since it was here, I figured I would give it a try. Like skincare exercise tools aren’t magic, so even though I did give it a first try i know I have to commit to using it for a month before I see any results. So this is just a first impression of the work out and a recording of measurements before the month begins.

The first think i noticed was that the wheel didn’t really like rolling on carpet. It didn’t roll smoothly and was hard to control. So I lay down the yoga mat. This worked fabulously well. It provided a smoother surface with no carpet fibers and the slightly textured surface of the yoga matt helped with my control. So I can tell you right away that I will be pairing this with my yoga mat.

The booklet that came with the Ab Wheel has three exercises listed on it so I did one set of each. As I progress maybe I will add in more but one set worked well for a first try. I did notice that Even though I was working my abs while using the tool I was also very firmly gripping those handles. I don’t know why but the first few exercises I sort of felt like it was going to suddenly roll out from under me and then I’d smack my nose into the floor.

textured grip of handle a plus

I didn’t it behaved exactly as it should. My other fear was that as the athletic woman in the photo is much smaller than me, that the tool would not be good with my weight. while the wheel is plastic and the handles rubber, the shaft that runs through the wheels and is covered by the handles is metal. It was easily able to support the weight I put on it for the exercise.

I’ll admit, my focus was on the balance and not injuring myself. Which I managed to do and will hopefully not focus on so much moving forward. The first two exercises were on my knees and went fairly well. The standing workout pose “Pike Roll” took a little bit more time to get used to. And the next morning I felt that one in my calves as well as my abs.

carpet vs. Yoga mat. Go for the yoga mat as its textured surface provides a little grip and you can control it more easily

I did feel the efforts from the day before. The Ab wheel may look like a toy of some sort but my body certainly feels the effects of using it. As I feel the muscle stiffness in the abs where the tool is supposed to work, then I feel I have at least used it appropriately.

And so the month begins. Before I end this post, there are the small matters of the measurements. I figured Waist and Hips would be appropriate so those are the two measurements given for the start of the thirty days with the New Balance Ab Wheel.

Waist: 48 inches

Hips: 50.5 Inches

I suppose we will se if in thirty days wither of those measurements change. Let the trial of the New Balance Ab wheel begin.



Rub a dub dub it’s Foamie in the Tub

This bar of Foamie Shower Body bar came in a subscription box and even though I usually don’t get all that excited about a bar of soap, I have to say I was excited to try this one out. There were two reasons for my excitement.

The first was scent based. Even as I opened the subscription box, the scent wafted up to me. Once the box containing the soap was lifted out and opened the scent was even stronger. The scent was papaya and it smelled delicious. It also smelled like a wonderful summery bath time scent.

In the summer everyone seems to go for watermelon, strawberry or coconut. I know, they are popular scents and this is their season to shine. But after a while it can be a bit much. This papaya scented soap is lightly fruity and slightly sweet and very much a summery scent. I think because I have had so much watermelon and coconut in my products lately, I was extra thrilled by the scent.

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And while this scent is strong in the bar and after a shower does tend to leave the bathroom smelling a bit papaya esque, the scent does fade fairly quickly from the skin so as intense as the scent is in both the box and the shower, it doesn’t really linger as more than a slight scent on the skin. And even that you pretty much have to press your nose against your arm to smell it.

It was a nice aroma for the post shower bathroom though.

The shower body bar from Foamie does lather well and rinse away clean. I do like that it has a Ribbon to hang the soap from a hook in the bathroom (My shampoo caddy has one at the bottom which was perfect.) I like this because one of the reasons I am usually not a big fan of soap in the shower (I generally use a body wash) is because I absolutely hate that soft gunky mush on the bottom of the bar of soap where it has been sitting against something.

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Even if you don’t have somewhere to hang this, then there is less gunky surface as the bottom of the bar is textured instead of flat.

The other reason I was excited to see this bar of soap was because it is a papaya and oat milk bar. My babydoll has allergies that occasionally cause him to break out in red skin irrigations when he comes in contact with certain types of mold and things. The antihistamines take down a lot of it but sometimes his skin remains irritated and oat milk based soaps have a good soothing effect on his skin.

wears fairly evenly in the shower, the use after this the soap broke free of the cord

Admittedly he doesn’t like a lot of the scents that oat milk soap tends to come in, so it is always a quest to stock up each summer. He liked the scent of this and it is also why I only tried the soap a couple of times to see how it performed (foams well and rinses clean, leaves little scent behind) and then turned the soap over to him.

He really liked using and loved the formula. His one complaint is that the bar didn’t last as long as some of his other bar soaps. As you can see it is nearly gone. His one suggestion was to make it a little bigger so it would last longer, otherwise he loved it. I think he was a bit surprised that he liked it as he thought the scent was over the top fruity. However he was pleased the scent faded and the oat milk took down his skin irritations. If t was just a little bit bigger, he would have been thrilled. I suspect, we will be getting this bar again in the near future as he asked me to look into whatever other scents they have. I think he’s hoping for something in a spruce. I don’t think they have that, but they do have mint, so perhaps that will be getting a try in a shower soon. Over all this Foamie Shower Body Bar was a winner.

Checking in on the Athena Club Shaving Subscription

In June I decided to try out the Athena Club’s Shaving Subscription. The base intro price was $9 and this got you a reusable handle, two sets of razor blades and a handy wall mount. Refills were $12 for a pack of four razers and you could get them at 1, 2 or 3 month intervals.

I know it is no real surprise that I was trying out shaving subscriptions. I’ve been trying to reduce waste and eliminating disposable razors seemed like a simple step forward. I also seem to forget to buy razors until the one I am using is so dull that it no longer works for shaving. So a subscription that sends me blades reminds me I need to change them out and so I have less of a problem.

still on the wall (handles come in other colors, I just liked the blue)

The problem has been that shaving subscriptions made me feel a bit like Goldilocks. This razor had a metal handle with no texture on it so it kept sliding out of my wet hands. That one had a moisture strip that stuck out further than the blades which just moisturized my leg hairs instead of shaving them off. This one had a blade that had too much flexibility so I found it hard to get everything cut and found large swaths of my legs were missed entirely despite using the razor.

All I seemed to be doing was accumulating reusable razer blade handles.

Athena I liked enough to keep for a while. The blade had flexibility but not too much flexibility. The moisture strip was just enough but not too much, and this far the wall mount is still on the wall. It has a 3M adhesive on the back rather than a suction cup and a magnet to hold on the razor.

I love that it is a flat surface that is slightly angled so it doesn’t accumulate water to stand on it. I also love that it is still attached to my wall. It has not fallen, shifted, slid or allowed my razor to drop into the bath tub. All of which have been issues in the past

The blades lasted me about three weeks (I am not a terribly hairy person). At the three week mark, the moisture strip was about gone and I noticed the razor wasn’t shaving as well, so I replaced the blade and was happy once again.

Today the Athena Club Razor replacement pack arrived. The plastic mailer is about six inches long by about 4.5 inches tall. The bag holding the razors is just enough smaller than the mailer to fit into the bag. While each of the four razors are individually packaged, the bag they come in is a thin plastic with a zip top. I believe it is recyclable, or at least I am going to try to put it in my plastics bin and see if they take it.

What I like about it, is the outer zip top bag, is waterproof. This means it can be slipped into my little shower caddy so that I can see it and remember to change the blades when I need to. It also means it won’t get lost somewhere and have to be located each time i want to change a blade. I am on the once every three month plan so I will get another pack of replacement blades in October. If I find I need more I can always request them. If I find I don’t need them or need to skip a month, I can. I actually like the timing, because if October works out, that means I won’t need new razors until January.

outer packaging, nails horrid as I pilled weeds this weekend

Which means I won’t forget them during the holidays (either to order or to delay the order because I am out of town) so for me that timing is perfect.

I know it isn’t much more information than my first review of the subscription, but since I actually kept this one long enough to actually get the refill pack, I thought I would offer that update for you. While everyone has their own needs and preferred style I am actually quite pleased with the Athena club. I haven’t tried out any of their other products like shave lotion or body wash because I didn’t want to get attached to a product if I didn’t like the razor. Now that I know I like the razor and will be keeping the subscription I’ll be trying out some of their other products, so stay tuned.

Sometimes its the pits…

For the past few years I have been giving natural deodorant a try. After testing out a bunch of different varieties I ended up settling on Native. I had an interesting adjustment period with the shift. While there was no scent, the deodorant taking care of that aspect, and indeed I would not have used it if it hadn’t. However in those first few months there were a lot of sweat rings on my shirts. I actually ended up choosing a few shirts to sort of sacrifice as my body adjusted.

And after a time, my body did adjust. The sweat rings lessened and the deodorant works as well, a deodorant. I was able to wear the Native Deodorant in the gym and indeed most situations. Some scents I found more appealing than others. A few scents were stronger than others, but over all I found several that worked for me.

This should have been the end of it.

But alas it is not.

This summer, things changed. Maybe it is because of the heat coming on so intensely so fast, maybe it is that while I do yoga in the house the walks are outside and there is nary a gym in sight, but things have changed.

I went on a walk and noticed that I was a bit on the stinky side. In addition the sweat rings were back and they were fierce. Again, the heat came on fast and hard this summer so perhaps my body didn’t adjust all that well. The sweat rings I can deal with. I have specific shirts I wear when walking, I don’t go walking in the same shirts I wear to work.

It is the stink factor that can not be tolerated.

With the walks it is nominally acceptable as I come home, cool down and take a shower before beginning my day. But I noticed that later in the day, if i left the house for a meeting or running errands, if the day was warm (which most of them have been) then after a time I started to detect a little whiff. And this is not okay. I picked up the Dove advanced care Dry spray to provide back up when going out to meetings and I have been using that while I use this stick of Native deodorant up completely.

The pairing has worked well. I am almost out of the Native deodorant (as I am of the Dove spray, which shows how much that has been in use actually) and so I will be replacing the almost empty Native, with a stick of Dove. In the autumn, when temperatures cool, I may go back to either the Native deodorant or begin my quest again to find a natural deodorant that can work well. However as previous to this I was so thrilled by the native Deodorant’s effectiveness, I just wanted to give you a little bit of an update as things shift.

Maybe the shift is the summer, maybe the shift is me out doors instead of in the gym, or maybe they have adjusted their formula. Either way, I wanted to let you know where I was and to give a kind of heads up, for those of you who may be thinking of switching your deodorants and weighing the prows and cons of the new varieties out there. There are many out there and I know one thing we all want to avoid is stinking in public.

I know, not the sexiest post, but if you are spending a lot of time outside or working out, I hope you find it helpful.

A pretty little box…and a case for the use of Body Powder

In the summertime one of the products I find myself reaching for more often is body powder. Now I don’t mean glittery bronzing powder designed to highlight collar bones with a delicate glow (although I do like those as well). Nope, this is the general body powder that goes in places not meant to be seen by the general public.

At least I don’t think that anyone is really looking at the backs of my knees or under my breasts.

Especially as I am not walking around naked.

Now, while I recall my grandmother always using body powder after a bath and keeping a lovely glass container in the bathroom for it (currently my mother uses the same one) body powder has fallen out of favor for a lot of people. It doesn’t seem to be a hugely touted product any more. Which is a shame as if you live in a warm humid environment it can be a life saver.

No matter what I wear on my walks, I will be sweating and the cloth will rub. When I come home, I cool off, take a shower, massage body lotion or oil (usually oil in the summer as it tends to absorb faster) and then at the end I take a little body powder and add it to the places where my skin may have been rubbed a little by the sweaty clothing to ensure the fresh clothes I put on won’t irritate that skin. I also add a little powder to the parts of me that are likely to sweat. Like the backs of my knees, under my breasts and at the small of my back, especially if I know I am going to a meeting.

Most of the places where I have meetings in the summer have overly air conditioned meeting rooms so I will wear slacks in the summertime (oddly I wear the skirts more in the winter but that is another story). The slacks keep me from freezing in the meeting but moving between indoor and outdoor air, sweat rises. The powder absorbs it and keeps it from leaving damp spots on the clothing.

So despite not being a popular touted item, it is quite a useful one. Now I always get the powder that is talc free and I also go for unscented where possible. Because it is such an old-school type of beauty product, the scents for it tend to remind me of the older ladies of my acquaintance. I do have a lovely powder from Too Faced that smells of Gingerbread, but it also has glittery bits mixed in. I still use it but the glitter is wasted on the backs of my knees.

With powders you generally get a large plastic bottle with a few holes that you squeeze out or you get a box with a cut out that has a small puff with it. I do like to apply powder with a puff as I find it makes less of a mess. The boxes that plan on you using a puff always make a mess. So I picked up my own container. This pretty little box came from Amazon. This is the link. They have many styles and colors. I’m sure similar ones can be picked up in a lot of places, but I wanted to highlight the features I really like about it.

First of all the metal lid seals really well. The jar is a light weight metal so it can go from bathroom to luggage easily. I have never had it spill in my luggage, but i do put it in a plastic bag for traveling just in case. It is easily wipeable. This particular one came with a powder puff. I use the puff until it needs to be replaced and then I buy replacement puffs. Generally they are sold in bags of 10-12 and I generally replace them at most two times a year. So the bag lasts a while. This one came with the jar (Because I had to order a new one since I left mine at my mom’s when I was down in May and she loved it so much I told her she could keep it).

The puff doesn’t fit inside of the jar because of the internal lid, but I am okay with that. I would rather have the internal lid than not so I will accept the puff not fitting. It is the one thing i would change though. I would make the lid high enough to accommodate the butt. Because it needs the handle. I love the internal lid as it means I spill less. Sometimes when you pull a lid off a jar you tilt things. the internal lid means the powder stays sealed in while i take the lid off and then I just lift it up to expose the powder.

Because body powder isn’t as widely used (or at least not talked about as much) it is a little difficult to find containers that look nice in modern bathrooms, but it is worth the effort. After a work out it can keep abraded skin from becoming rubbed raw. It absorbs excess sweat so you have fewer seat stains on your clothes and you feel a little more comfortable in your own skin on a hot day. And there is something about it that just makes me feel a little bit glamorous when using it. Perhaps it is that powder and powder puffs tend to feature in 1950s era adverts and bathroom design, but it is a small thing that helps my skin out and makes me feel a little bit special all at the same time. And that is not a bad thing to add to a daily routine.

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Sanitizing with Touchland Power Mist

Let’s face it, hand sanitizers have become a part of our lives. Once they were an occasional use item for me, now it is in use several times a day. Every day. Unless it is a day when i don’t leave the house and don’t come into contact with the rest of humanity.

I always knew hand sanitizer was drying, but until i started using it so often, I never realized just how drying it was. (Considering the components of you typical hand sanitizer, it really isn’t surprising, I simply never thought about it.) And when the drying hand sanitizer is paired with the extra handwashing, dry skin is more or less inevitable.

While it has leant me a new appreciation for hand lotion, this need to sanitize and the drying has led me to look into moisturizing hand sanitizers.

The packaging that it comes in is minimal

This is an interesting category that even five years ago probably wasn’t even a thought in most people’s minds. Now there are several variations on the market. The problem is that sometimes when you combine moisturization with hand sanitizing, you get really slimy feeling hands.

I picked up the first bottle of Touchland Power Mist that I used on a whim. I was shopping in Sephora for something else, saw it in the ‘You might like section of the website and said, you know, I might like, so I bought it to try. I like the design of the packaging. It is slim and easy to slide into a purse without causing a rounded bulge. It has a spray so there is no fiddling with caps and flip top lids. I have yet to have anything hit the sprayer while the bottle is in my purse.

The bottle sits upright and I generally have one on my desk and I do like the way it looks on my desk. The hand sanitizer comes in a variety of scents, including unscented. I prefer the Rainwater scent as it is light and unisex so everyone in the house will use it. It sprays as a very fine mist and absorbs well. It sanitizes but doesn’t leave my skin dry and cracking. It also doesn’t leave my skin feeling slimy.

while this hand sanitizer doesn’t eliminate the need for hand lotion, after using it I don’t feel the immediate need to put on hand lotion as I do with many hand sanitizers. I can use this spray to sanitize my hands after grocery shopping and then just drive home. I don’t need to apply lotion, wait for the lotion to settle in so my hands aren’t slick on the wheel and then drive home. It makes things run a lot more smoothly.

My one complaint about this product is that the packaging is not refillable. If Touchland had refillable pods to go in them I would pick up several to station around the house and refill. As it is, this one usually ends up traveling in my purse so that I can use it while out and about. The slim line of the packaging and the moisturizing but greaseless formula plus the ease of dispensing make it perfect for running errands. And while I found them on the Sephora website, I did notice that my local Target now carries them as well. It is a great product. They just fell down on the refillable aspect.

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Let’s give ourselves a hand…

Today we dive deep into the box of single masks and instead of coming out with a new set of eye patches or a sheet mask I find I have pulled out the Starskin Nourishing Double Layer Hand Mask Gloves Hollywood Hand Model. That’s right today we are trying out sheet masks for your hands. Starskin and I don’t always have the best of relationships. I will say that when I like their products I really like their products and when i don’t then it still isn’t bad. The absolute worst I’ve ever had from the brand was just meh not actually bad. which is one of the reasons I keep going back to them. Because when they get it right, they really get it right.

So shall we take a stab at becoming a Hollywood Hand model?

I found them offered for sale on the Skinstore Website for $10, this seemed to be the best price. Starskin is always something that I find listed on other sites, like The Skinstore but rarely see on their own. The blurb is from the Skinstore.

STARSKIN® Hollywood Hand Model™ is a unique, patented hand mask that intensely nourishes and repairs hands, one of the first parts of the body to show signs of aging. A powerhouse serum formulated with deeply hydrating Shea Butter and a blend of 16 botanical ingredients and oils wrap the hands in an innovative Double-Layer Technology hand mask. The dual layers of this hand mask work to create a sauna-like effect to effectively deliver a powerful yet gentle skin-treating serum to the hands. Repair, rejuvenate and soften even the roughest hands and cuticles in just 15 minutes. Use this at-home hand treatment 1-2 times a week for youthful hands that will never give away your age.

Starskin on The Skinstore Website
sticky tab

The packet has two gloves as expected. They are connected in the center and you tear them apart. As described there is a fuzzy sort of insert inside the gloves and a sticky tab to keep them closed. To be honest, the gloves remind me of a thin version of a baby’s leak proof diaper. It has that same plastic feel to the outside and the same baby soft fiber insert against the skin.

double walled

The gloves were easy to slip on. The first tab was easy to pull off as I had one non-gloved hand. It was harder to pull off the backing for the second one, so this might be something you want a friend to help you with. While the gloves fit well, especially once you pull the tabs tightly down and stick them, the fingers are a great deal longer than mine which led to the difficulty with the second glove. It is understandable that they are longer as it means they can fit a variety of hands. It did make fine maneuverability a bit problematic.

These aren’t really gloves you can wear while doing much else. As a test I did navigate on my desk top from the home screen to YouTube (I deliberately used the keyboard to see if I could type) single letters were fine, but I am not writing up an e-mail with them on.

The structure of the gloves means there is no leakage which made sitting at the desk easy and less damaging. I could read papers and turn pages, just not really hold a pen or type well. I ended up reading over a proposal for fifteen minutes.

As I sat with the gloves I felt myself wiggling my fingers and rolling my hands to maneuver the internal liquid around. I also rubbed my fingers together where I knew my driest cuticles were so that I could get the most benefit from the serum.

when fifteen minutes elapsed I removed them. I expected that I would have to tear the plastic as the tabs would be too strong, but with a hard pull I managed to remove them without tearing the gloves. I was more worried about liquid dripping out than I was about the gloves themselves. There was no spillage. The second one came off more easily, again due to the fabulous use of fingers.

On the back of the package it claims that you should pat the excess serum in instead of washing it off. For me there was a bit too much excess serum, so I patted a put of it off with a dry wash cloth. The rest i let absorb.

hands after removal. I patted off a bit of the excess serum and everything was fine.

there is no scent to the serum and the gloves more or less smell like plastic gloves. They are comfortable to wear for fifteen minutes, but is it worth bothering to wear for fifteen minutes?

Yes. It is so worth it. My hands feel soft and nourished. While hand creams do a lot for my skin,. sometimes the hand sanitizer dries out the cuticles and I forget to concentrate the cream on them. This did wonders for my dried cuticles. My hands feel smooth and hydrated. Now that they have had a second or two to dry in the air, I don’t feel the need to wash them. I did have to pat off a little excess serum, because there really was a little too much. However the gloves didn’t leak. I was able to do paperwork at my desk while wearing them and my hands feel amazing. I’m sure this set came in a subscription box as it is a single pair and that is usually where my single sets come from, but I can’t remember which.

I will say though, that i will be ordering more of these. many Starskin Products I can take or leave, but these were quite excellent and something I will keep around. While I could have used them during the heavy spring gardening, they will be fantastic in the fall when I spend time in the chilling air getting the garden ready for winter. Then not only will my hands be dry on their own but they will be going through the heavy winter garden prep and be in need of some TLC. While I will use them in between then and now, I will definitely keep a pair or two by for that This is by far one of the best single use products I have tried in a while. While I try to keep the use of single use products to a minimum, I think that this Starskin Hollywood Hand Model Hand Mask makes the list of items to use. Admittedly if I could just get a bottle of the serum, I would use that instead.

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