Trying out the Bloom and Blossom Wonder Worker Multi-tasking balm

I have a love hate relationship with multi-tasking products.  When they work well I tend to fall in love with them. Take the Mane Club’s One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 Spray.  Reading the label for the first time I laughed and I though, no way.  But it does all ten of the things it lists and does it well.  Which is why I will always have a spray bottle of it on my dressing table regardless of whatever product I am testing out.

Bloom and Blossom’s Wonder Worker Multi-tasking Balm doesn’t quite have the same lengthy claims as The man Club, however it is supposed to be used on pretty much every inch of skin.  It it works I could, in theory eliminate a lot of extra products.   According to the website…

on hand

Apply with clean fingers to skin that needs extra attention.

Short on time?

This is your ultimate dry skin on-the-go companion.
A little goes a long way so you can rub a small amount into any area of dry skin and continue with your day, letting Wonder Worker do the hard grafting.

Speaking of hard grafting, this little tube is the queen of quick fixes. Cuticle cream, overnight balm, foot balm, burns, cuts, scrapes and grazes, lip balm, hand cream, the list goes on.

One thing we love to use this for is a moment of self-care. For a mindful evening in just one minute, simply rub a small amount into your temples to ease your mind and breathe in the aromatherapeutic lavender.

Time to spare…

not sinking in

Our absolute favourite self-care ritual with Wonder Worker is using it as a hand mask. It’s so easy. Just apply liberally all over your hands and slip on some cotton gloves (or glove-free if you don’t have any). Wait 15 minutes or so, practising some breathing exercises (remember our lavender fragrance) while you wait, or do it in front of the latest TV drama – your choice. You’ll be left with silky-soft hands either way. 

First, let’s talk scent.  It is very lavender scented.  In fact it is so pungently lavender that is smells rather medicinal rather than floral.  I know not everyone thinks that super intense lavender comes across as medicinal, but for me it has always fallen into the same category as rosemary.  A little is nice, a lot is medicinal.

This has a lot.

But I am okay with a highly scented hand cream.  Plus, this is a cream that can be used all over the body.  If I tried it on my hands and couldn’t take the scent I could always relegate it to use on my feet thus keeping it as far from my nose as possible.

So I tried it. 

The formula is rather greasy feeling.  I am guessing this is from the lanolin used in the formula as Lanolin can have that feel to it.  I enjoy Dr. Lipp’s balm and that too has lanolin in it.  However, this was a thinner consistency and didn’t absorb well.  I applied it to my skin and then left greasy prints on anything I touched. 

I decided that perhaps my hands weren’t dry enough for the cream to really absorb so I tried it on a few drier spots of skin.  Again it didn’t really absorb well.  It stayed on the skin and made me feel greasy.  Worse, when I finally wiped it off, my skin was still kind of dry. On the website it seems to get a lot of rave reviews, but personally, this isn’t for me. The Bloom and Blossom Wonder Worker Multi-Tasker  was a complete fail for me.  And it will not be repurchased in any size.


Using the Grown Alchemist Mandarin and Rosemary leaf Body Cream

I have to admit, I was quite surprised by this body lotion from Grown Alchemist.  A while back I received a night cream from the brand in a subscription box.  As I am always on the lookout for a good night cream I tried. It.  While it worked very well, it was so highly floral that I made it halfway through the tube and then set it aside to use something else.  I will return to the night cream some point soon so that it doesn’t spoil and can be used in a timely fashion but I needed a break from the scent.  I think it may be a product I roll in and out of my skin care line up just to use up because that floral was just so intense I couldn’t take it on a nightly basis.

I expected the body cream to actually be more intense.

Oddly enough it isn’t. 

The Grown Alchemist Body Cream is in the scent mandarin and rosemary leaf.  I saw the rosemary on the list and thought it would dominate and the cream would smell medicinal.  It doesn’t.  The mandarin and rosemary balance really well.  The rosemary keeps the mandarin from being too sweet and the mandarin keeps the rosemary from being too medicinal.  In addition, while it does have a noticeable scent when first applied, it fades back fairly quickly.  If you lift a hand to your nose, you can still smell it, but otherwise it fades away to nothing. 

The softness remains.  The cream absorbs quickly and not a lot of cream is needed to hydrate the skin.  It isn’t greasy and keeps the skin hydrated for quite a while. 

I actually really like that it is a body cream that isn’t too sweet.  Many of my body lotions smell like candy as they have vanilla in the mix.  While I don’t mind this, it is nice to have a bit of a change.  The rosemary gives it a slightly earthy note and combines with the orange to feel and smell really fresh. While I wasn’t terribly enthused by this cream to begin with, I have to say it has won me over.  I am far more impressed with this than I was with the overly floral night cream. I am very glad I tried it and I would definitely consider adding this to the list of body lotions I would repurchase once it runs out.



Goat Milk Hand Cream with Dionis

I’ll admit I wasn’t terribly enthused when this arrived in one of my IPSY bags. Partially I was irritated as I specifically told them in my profile that i didn’t want hand creams. The reason I didn’t want hand creams isn’t because I don’t use them. I do. Quite often. Several times a day in fact at this point.

For a while I wasn’t using them as regularly and my hands became very dry and cracked from excess washing and the hand sanitizer chaser. So now I am back to using the hand cream. I have to say i was intrigued by the Goat Milk Hand Cream. While I have a wide variety of creams in my house I don’t have any that are goat based.

Not that I am opposed to the idea. I have a very fantastic goat’s milk soap that I pick up periodically and really love. I had just never tried a goat milk hand cream. So Despite having other options I decided to go for it and use it until it is used up. Only a little bit now remain and soon the tube is destined for the empties bin.

Before I tell you my thoughts on the Cream, lets talk a little bit about it. Dionis Goat Milk Hand Cream is sold at both Ulta and Macys. Ulta has the full size listed at $10 and the travel size (which I have) listed at $5. Currently Macy’s has the fill size on sale for $7.64. The Travel Size is 1 oz (28 g) and the full size is 3.3 Oz (93 g). The Brand website for Dionis has the hand cream in a large pump top container (which I find really hand for hand lotion) containing 8.5 oz (240 g) for $12.

So in general it is a reasonable price and you can get the cream in whatever size suits you from several locations. It’s always nice to have options. The links will take you to the brand site in case you are wondering (I have no affiliation and make nothing from the links) and the information about the product is also taken from the brand page.

So what do they have to say for themselves?

Dionis Lotion is a non-greasy formula that leaves your skin soft and hydrated. The lotion absorbs quickly, helping to keep your skin moist and beautiful. Use as needed, wherever you have dry skin.

Our rich and creamy body lotion, with regular use, will ease rough skin and make it smooth and silky without leaving a greasy residue. Our formula is made with natural Goat milk that is packed with vitamins and minerals used to nourish and help retain skin moisture, making it ideal for those of us with dry skin.

Our 8.5 oz. Body Lotion comes with a pump

Made in the USA
Paraben Free
Cruelty-Free

Dionis Goat Milk Skincare

I will say that my skin always reacts well to goat milk. I’ve tried a couple of different soaps made from it and generally find it gentle and soothing regardless of the brand so I had high hopes for a hand cream. And I was not disappointed. Despite the washing and the hand sanitizer, the rough and dry skin of my hands is gone. I was especially having issues with the skin around my joints and now, that is not an issue. The skin is soft and supple.

I was concerned that because it is listed as for dry hands it would be a heavy formula. It is nice. It is a very light weight cream that absorbs well and quickly into the skin. It feels almost as though it has a whipped texture to it. Almost. it is as light as a whipped formula, but massages in a lot more quickly. Like the claims made, it leaves no greasy residue behind.

I have noticed that with goat related products, they can smell a little, well, goaty. It is completely understandable, however this didn’t have that issue. It is listed as Vanilla Bean and it is definitely a vanilla bean scented product. There is no goaty scent to it at all. The vanilla bean is a little strong for me. It is very sweet when applied to the skin. Luckily, the scent does fade down once the cream is absorbed. Overall I have to say that I did like the cream and despite having other products to use, am rather sorry that the tube is now virtually empty. I will more than likely finish out the tube today and send it to the emoties bin.

I very much enjoyed using it and I think that I would definitely consider buying this product in a full size. I probably wouldn’t pick up a travel size to keep in my purse as the scent is really strong and I think using it in public would cause the strong initial scent to travel to others who might not enjoy the vanilla bean as much. I would actually consider buying the full sized pump top bottle to keep by the sink. Our kitchen is relatively open and the scent dissipates quickly. I also like keeping a hand cream near where I wash my hands so that the triple hand care can just become habit. Wash hands, dry, apply hand sanitizer and then add the hand cream. I think this is the way to keep germs down and my skin from drying out again.

For this, the pump top would be a fantastic option. In addition, my baby doll really likes the scent. He likes it a bit more than I do, but then he does have a stronger sweet tooth and things that desert is imminent when i use it. Once he got over his no creme brulee disappointment he used and liked the cream as well. As it is really hard to get him to use a cream regularly, I am more than happy to repurchase one that he thinks he will use. This very much argues for a full sized purchase in the near future. I also think that I may have to branch out and try some of their bath bombs, or body scrubs as well. Perhaps they too will be something my skin will appreciate. All of the products on the site seemed to be reasonably priced when i perused it so trying several products from the brand won’t be cost prohibitive. And at the moment I really need to stock up on bath bombs and other bathing products. I’ve been using up a variety of sample sized products in my bath and have almost cleared out my entire collection of bath time samples. Soon it will be time to make some full sized decisions.

But that is a tale for another day. For now, the Dionis Goat Milk Hand Cream goes on my list to repurchase. However it is one that will be used at home where the strong scent will just make my babydoll think of delicious desserts.

Sampling the Crabtree and Evelyn Smooth and Refine Body Lotion

I don’t know about you, but the name Crabtree and Evelyn evokes memories of fancy soaps that I was not allowed to touch. When I was younger they were the soap of choice for all the ladies in church to have in their guest bathrooms. I was forbidden to go near them and it is still the first thought that comes to mind when I hear the name of the brand.

They seem to have gone through a rebranding since then.  I’ll be honest, I hadn’t actually heard of the brand since I was in middle school. A few months back I received a perfume sample from the brand and then in December’s IPSY I received this body lotion.

The body lotion I received was the Smooth and Define Body Lotion. Since the sample I received was small enough that using it on my body would make it simply a one use item, I decided to use it as a hand cream.  This way I could test its capacities over a slightly longer time then a one use blitz would afford.

So let’s see what the website tells of this body lotion…

Our Smooth + Refine Body Lotion is your new go-to. It moisturises, gently exfoliates and both without needing to do the dry-down dance.

Packs in hydration without the heaviness. Exfoliating apple AHAs get to work on resurfacing dry, dull skin. Leaves behind softness and our uplifting Crabtree scent

In general the description is what you might expect from a lotion. But let’s break it down by use.

The first thing we have to cover is scent.  I know those of you who routinely read my posts are thinking ‘When do you not start with scent, Mimsy?’ I know, I am very scent oriented.  However, with this body lotion, you cannot start any other way.  You unscrew the cap and ker-POW. Scent.

It is not a subtle scent.  It is not a delicate scent. It is the Crabtree and Evelyn scent.  It is the same scent as their perfume. It is also oddly reminiscent of the fancy soaps I remember from way back when.

It isn’t a bad scent.  It is however a strong scent.  It is also a very aggressive scent.  If you use this body lotion, you are not putting on any other perfume that day. There is no layering of other body product scents either.   The scent of this lotion will smother them all. To paraphrase LOTR – This is the one scent to rule them all.

This has you covered. It will be with you all day long. It will fade towards the end of the day, but it will still be noticeable when you go to take your shower at night.

And I know you see apple in the description, I saw it too.  Apple may be the source of the AHA’s but it is not in the scent.  This is the scent of their perfume. While I don’t mind the scent of their perfume, it isn’t one I would define as refreshing.  It is floral. It is rose with a back note of other florals to keep it from being just the single note of rose. It is well balanced though and not overly sweet or cloying.  Oddly the perfume is not as aggressive as the body lotion.  (but that is a different review)

While I like scent and could use this on my hands, I would be very hesitant to cover my entire body in this cream.  I think it would just be too much to handle.

cream on hand

As for the cream itself, it is a thinner cream that melts to a liquid rather than putting white streaks on your skin that you have to massage in.  You do need to massage it in and wait a moment for it to absorb. That being said absorption is really quick. There is also no grease factor left behind on the skin.

Once it absorbs it is a really nice cream, especially on over washed hands. Between the shea butter and the AHA’s from the apple, my hands felt wonderfully soft and hydrated from the moment I first started using it.  It is actually a really good formula for body lotion.  I don’t know if they have an unscented version of this lotion, but if they did I would not hesitate to purchase it and keep it next to the hand sanitizer by the sink or to keep a tube in my purse or in the shower for post shower body lotion. 

going liquid (before massaging in)

It is just the scent that gives me pause.  It is just so highly scented and so highly aggressive that I am not certain I could take it on a long term basis.  The small tube was large enough to let me know that the cream itself was fabulous, but it was also longer than I wanted to spend with this scent.  If they don’t have an unscented version then I might go for the Citron and Coriander instead as that scent might be more appealing to me. While I love scents, I find I tend to lean more into the spice and citrus rather than the florals.  Even if they are as aggressively scented I don’t mind it as much.  I think they have different components rather than just different scents though, so I’d have to try it out to find out if it works the same way.  If I decide to go for it, I will let you know.

For now I have to say the formula of the Crabtree and Evelyn body lotion is amazing, but the aggressiveness of the scent says use with caution.


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