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.



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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