Reviewing the Snow Mushroom Water Serum by Volition

The newly opened serum with the innovator card

Volition beauty recently sent me three products for the purpose of review.  While they did send the products to me, the reviews of them are my own opinions. As a quick note, the links included in this post are for the Volition website and while I highly recommend visiting their site to anyone interested in finding out more about their products or the company (and they are a really interesting company) Volitionbeauty.com only ships to US and Canada. If you are not in either the US or Canada, @cultbeauty ships Volition Beauty worldwide, and @meccamaxima / @meccacosmetica ship to Australia and New Zealand.

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When testing skin care, I tend to rotate products in one at a time and let my skin get used to them before swapping out any other elements to my skin care.   The first product I added in of the three I was sent was the Prismatic Luminizing Shield with SPF 50, mostly because I needed a sunscreen I would actually wear. It is billed as the sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen (which is me) and is a fantastic product that has gotten me into the habit of actually wearing sunscreen daily. The link above will take you to the fill post if you are interested. 

The second product I rotated in was the Snow Mushroom Water Serum and then a week later I added the Celery Green Cream.  So next week I will be posting the Celery Green Cream Review after using it for a full month.

For those that are unfamiliar with Volition Skincare. They produce clean, cruelty free, vegan skincare.   In addition they produce crowdsourced items.  So if you have an idea for a product, you fill out the form and send it to them.  They then ask the community what they think of the idea.  If it is approved, then they set a team of specialists to work turning the idea into a product. 

I thought this idea was interesting when I came across it the first time.  I have to say that having tried some of the products produced thorough this system, I am even more impressed by it.  I love that each product comes with a innovator card, letting you know who came up with the skin care idea.  The Snow Mushroom Water Serum was thought up by Keidy. And what is the serum supposed to do?

According to the site…

Snow Mushroom. It’s nature’s sponge. It holds nearly 500 times its weight in water. It’s the wonder ingredient in this hydrating face serum that delivers a surge of moisture as it naturally minimizes the appearance of pores.

Now I am the first to admit, I love a good serum.  I will also say, I love mushrooms.  I love all sorts of mushrooms and for a while I was even growing my own blue oyster mushrooms.  (mostly because I could never find them at my local grocery). I was a little skeptical about them in my skin care though.  However, I am all for minimizing the appearance of my pores.

However it isn’t just the snow mushroom that makes up this serum.  It has some help.

  • Snow Mushroom: Delivers hydration and helps improve moisture retention.
  • Marine Water: Helps detoxify skin, reduce shine, and minimize the appearance of pores.
  • Watermelon and Apple Extracts: Excellent sources of Vitamins C and A; visibly brighten the look of skin.
  • Lentil Extract: Rich in Vitamin B5; Helps to soothe and smooth the skin while helping retain moisture resulting in the appearance of softer, clearer, firmer-looking skin.

Full Ingredients: Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Propanediol, Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sea Water, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Water, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, N-Prolyl Palmitoyl Tripeptide-56 Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Diheptyl Succinate, Xanthan Gum, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin.

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As you can see there are a lot of good ingredients listed.  My skin loves vitamin C and it is often in my serums. I’ve never thought of lentils as a skin car ingredient but I do have a favorite recipe that uses both lentils and mushrooms so I find it oddly comforting to see them paired together here. (and yes I realize that makes little scientific sense, but it is still true)

Before I used this serum I took a look at the reviews. I like to kind of see if there are any problems I should look out for when trying a new product out. Plus I also like to find out whose reviews closely match mine so I can compare with other products.  The reviews were overwhelmingly positive.  I lifted a skeptical eyebrow and continued on. Given how positive the reviews were however, I was very much hoping my experience was as positive because it sounded fantastic in a Liz Lemon -I want to go to there – kind of way.

And yes, the first thing I did was open the bottle to take a sniff. 

Cause it’s me and you know that’s what I am gonna do. 

I was expecting a kind of earthy mushroom funk. I will say there is a slight underlying earthy note, but it doesn’t come right out and say I am mushroom come smell the funk.

Which is fine.  I may love the smell of sautéed mushrooms, but I wasn’t too certain of how I would feel about the scent in my skin care. While it does have that base earthiness, the serum just smells fresh and clean.  Maybe it is just because they used the snow mushroom water.

Or because they weren’t sautéing them.

I know that the Snow Mushroom Water is one ingredient, as opposed to water pairing with serum, however this serum has a very thin ‘water-like’ consistency. It is extremely light weight.  If you fear heavy pore clogging serums, then lean in this direction.  It feels extremely light on the skin and I had no trouble with any clogged pores while using it.

A small amount covered my face neck and decollete with no problem.  After applying it though, I did need to wait a minute before moving on with the rest of my skin care.  It wasn’t terribly long. 

I generally found if I applied it, and then brushed my teeth, then by the time I finished with my mouthwash rinse, my skin was ready for the moisturizer. If I didn’t wait then the two products mixed and both took longer to settle in. Since I had to brush my teeth anyway, it wasn’t a hardship to wait.

I used this serum twice a day for a full thirty days as part of my trial.  I applied it in the morning and in the evening.  After thirty days I am exactly halfway through the bottle.  So It is a fair estimate that the bottle will last two months. 

For me this is good to know because I will so be ordering a replacement bottle when this runs low and I need to know when to order it.  I really enjoyed this serum.  While it is light weight on the skin, it really does a heavyweight’s job. My skin felt hydrated and refreshed.

The pores on my cheeks and nose were reduced enough that I actually used a non-pore filling primer and  my skin still looked smooth.  I  also noticed a reduction in the fine lines at the corners of my eyes.  The skin was plump enough with retained moisture that they were less noticeable.  I stopped using my eye cream while using this serum for my trial because I wanted to make sure it was this product doing the line filling and not a combo effort. 

It was definitely the Snow Mushroom Water Serum.

closed

My only criticism of this product, and it is a slight one, has to do with the packaging.  It is in a lovely frosted glass bottle with a nice rose gold cap.  When you turn the cap the top pops up and operates the dropper inside.  All of this is fabulous.  It worked really well and it was easy to tell when the bottle was opened or fully closed.

open

  The only drawback I had was that the entire cap is smooth.  While opening it is no problem, closing it involves either hands still slick with left over serum after I’ve massaged it into my skin or hands slick from washing them post application. (yes I dry my hands but they are still slightly slick) There were a couple of times I almost dropped the glass bottle.  If the lid had just a little bit of texture to it, I would be less worried about dropping it with slick hands.  

I know I could just wait until I reach the end of my skin care regimen and my hands are clean and dry, but I don’t like leaving products open too long after I use them.  Plus, I recently had to bid an untimely farewell to one of my favorite concealers because I forgot to recap it. So it is sort of on my mind.  But with this I really was worried about dropping the glass bottle. 

While I’m sure it is shatter resistant, I wouldn’t want to risk losing even a single drop.  I may have to set this aside to try out new skin care items, but I know this is one that I will consistently return to use when I am not testing things out or need a break between tests. At the moment I am considering easing out of using it so that should my next trial not go as smoothly, I will have product remaining to repair whatever damage it does. It is a fantastic formula and The Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum will remain on my favorites list for a long time to come.


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Trying out the Speak Vegan Deodorant Cream

I’ll admit, for the past few years I have been tempted by all natural deodorants.  I know some people maintain that regular deodorants are bad for you, health wise, and other’s claim that it is a load of hooey.

And yes, hooey is a technical term.

Personally, I was mostly curious.  Let’s face it I have been putting my deodorant to the test with my outdoor workouts.  It’s one of the reasons that I didn’t give in to my curiosity and attempt a natural deodorant prior to this. I figured I would try it out when I once again returned to working out in an air-conditioned space. It seemed less likely to fumigate my neighbors with possibly product failure.

However, this Speak Deodorant Cream came in my Petit Vour box in June so I figured why not.  The walking trail I use is mostly abandoned and if it fails there will be even more reason for people to keep their social distance.  It’s sort of a pandemic friendly experiment.

Petit Vour

So first, I opened the metal canister and took a sniff. 

And yes, I have to smell everything.

It smells vaguely oatmeal like.  The scent wasn’t bad, so I looked the product up on-line to find out more about it before I progressed to the trying out stage.

I’ll admit, I was sort of stalling.

I’ve used the same deodorant since middle school  –  Dove powder scent in case you are wondering.  The biggest change for me was switching from roll on to a solid sometime in high school.

But on with the stalling…er research.

A gentle, yet effective natural deodorant with a creamy texture that glides on to give you satin-soft protection.

Why it’s special: An aluminum and baking soda-free formulation that’s great for sensitive skin. Lightly lavender-scented.

Benefits: Protects against odor naturally and Replenishes moisture to combat temporary discomfort.

Well I suppose I wasn’t expecting a massive batch of flowery prose, after all how many claims can deodorant have? It’s deodorant.  It keeps you from stinking and hopefully from getting sweat stains on your shirt and with luck doesn’t irritate your skin. I think that’s all any deodorant can claim. 

Well, that and its scent.  I have to admit the scent of lavender surprised me. I don’t smell lavender.  I smell oatmeal.

Incidentally, there is no oatmeal in the ingredients. 

Full ingredient list: Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) root powder, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, magnesium hydroxide, kaolin, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil

https://speakskinbeauty.com/products/09-deodorant-cream

So yeah, no oatmeal.

But with a hearty hope for the best, I began to try the product out. 

First of all, this deodorant cream is in a metal can.  The product does not come up to the top.  You cannot just open it and rub the can into your armpits.  You have to extract the product from the can and then apply it with your fingers.

scooping with the back of my nail

And despite the name of cream, it is as solid as a regular solid deodorant.  To apply it I ran my nail backwards over the surface so the product was scooped onto the top of the nail.  This seemed the easiest way to get it out.  I then rubbed the product under my arms and repeated with the other side.

The product goes on well.  My underarms felt properly coated with product.  However so did my hands.  Because of the wax and oils in the product, I had to wash my hands with soap.  I could not just rinse it off as the wax just made the water run off the skin.  As annoying as this was (because I am already washing my hands a lot these days and did not need to add an extra hand wash every morning), the waterproofed hands did give me some hope in the sweat proofing department.

So product applied, I went about my day. My sweaty, sweaty day.

At this point in time, nothing is going to prevent the underarms of my shirts from getting soaked. We’ve been hitting above 90 degrees with a minimum of 80% humidity for the past few weeks. Last night, we finally got some rain and cleared the air out for a little bit.  It felt wonderfully better at 65% humidity this morning.  Then the sun rose and we are above 80% again.

So there will be sweat. 

However, I was pleased to note, there was no stink. 

That’s right, I did not emit a pig pen-esque cloud of funk. The product worked.

When I went to take my shower however I noticed it sort of pilled up a bit in areas where my skin rubbed together and when I showered I really had to scrub hard to get all of the product off. 

I blame the wax.

Still there was no stink and no irritation.  My skin had no problems with the product.  I have been wearing it for over a week now and I have been very impressed by its performance.  If you are looking for a good well-performing vegan deodorant, this one does work.

While the extra scrubbing in the shower and the pilling up of the product weren’t my favorite side effects, neither was bad enough to make me stop using it.  However, I really don’t like applying it with my hands.  I know that sounds like an overly precious thing to say, but I really don’t like scraping it out with my nail and rubbing it into my arm pit. I just don’t. 

If this came in a stick form, I would have no problems purchasing this and using it more. But I know myself.  I will continue to use this product until it is gone, but I am not going to order another can and that is simply because of the application process. I know I would not use it. It would sit on the shelf while I purchased other products and felt guilty about the waste. With that said, it is a good product, it is just not a product for me. If they ever make a stick form of it, I’m in.  Until then, I’ll pass. I will however be more open to trying other vegan and all natural deodorants. So I suppose that is something.


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The Anti-sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen; Reviewing the Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield with SPF 50

Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 50: This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes, the opinions however are all mine.

I have always had a love hate relationship with sunscreen.  As a kid I remember being lathered up before being sent out for summer play.  While I never minded my arms and legs being coated and I loved that my parents let me play outside longer if I was wearing it, I hated when the sunscreen was applied to my face. Invariably it would either get washed onto my lips where it would taste nasty or it would get washed into my eyes making them sting and burn for the rest of the day.

As I grew up, sunscreen got better and while most of it doesn’t taste any better than it did when I was a child, most of it stays in place.  Still I hate putting sunscreen on my face.  I know that is the one place I really need to put it, but I have to admit, I usually don’t.  I spray my whole body down with sunscreen, more vigilantly now that I had that painful early spring burn, but I still avoid my face. 

Instead I layer products like I’m creating the great wall of SPF.  “Oh this has SPF 10, I’ll put it on and then add this product that has SPF 30.” It’s a construction project.  I know I need to get over it, but I’ve had a hard time finding a product I like.

However, Volition Skincare sent over three products for me to try and the first item I pulled out of the box was the Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF50. I had to laugh because right on the top of the box it says “Sunscreen for the Sunscreen Haters.”

It’s like they knew.

Or I’m not the only one to hate sunscreen.

I prefer the term skin care psychics, but that is just me. I should point out they don’t claim to be psychic an any way shape or form. But Volition is a really interesting company even without the tarot card possibility.

If you go to their main page there is a section where you can submit an idea for a product. It doesn’t matter who you are, you can submit an idea for a product you would like to see available for purchase.  The idea then gets submitted to a vote by their beauty community.  If it gets enough votes then their team goes to work creating the product. All of their products are certified clean and cruelty free with no animal testing and no parabens or sulfates. Incidentally, the links posted are for volitionbeauty.com which only ships to the US and Canada. If you are outside the US or Canada then @cultbeauty ships Volition Beauty worldwide, and @meccamaxima / @meccacosmetica ship to Australia and New Zealand. 

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There is a whole section where you can shop the winners and I have to say, I really like going onto the site to see who came up with what. You can also take a skincare quiz to determine which of their products might be right for your particular concerns so you don’t spend a boat load of time staring at a product and trying to guess.

But back to the sunscreen for the sunscreen haters.

The box clearly looked like it was aimed at me.  I opened it and the first thing I saw was a little card telling me that this innovative product was created by a woman named Aja.  It had a picture of her and a little bit about her on the back. I thought that was really neat. It’s rare that you actually get a name to go with a product.

But Aja made this, or at least came up with the idea while a team of highly skilled professionals brought her idea to life.  But what do they have to say about what they created?

Bare face

The Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF50 (retail $35) is…

The anti-sunscreen for the sunscreen haters. It’s never greasy, smelly or thick. It’s daily protection you’ll actually want to wear. It is a weightless, breatheable formula with broad-spectrum sun protection, luminous, pearl-like finish and a light, neutral scent.  It addresses skin protection, dry skin, and dull skin and is good for all skin types.

Shake well. Apply over entire face 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours or as needed. Can be worn alone or under makeup. Use a water-resistant sunscreen if sweating or swimming.

Not too shabby.  And I like that it is SPF 50.  In my attempt to layer to build a wall of SPF on my face without actually using sunblock, I try to get as close to 50 as I can get. 

Before rubbing the sunscreen in, there is a white cast that disappears quickly

So knowing who made it and what it is supposed to do, I took the product out of the box.  I know appearances aren’t everything and that I shouldn’t focus on the shallow packaging, but this is a good looking bottle of sunscreen.

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting that.

I think because sunscreen is such a utilitarian item that just gets tossed in a bag and kicked around at the beach or pool side that it always looks like a basic plastic squeeze bottle with maybe a pretty or fun decal on the front. This may be a tube you can squeeze, but everything about it says skin care. It looks like it belongs in the bathroom next to your serums and moisturizer and not something you’d chuck in a kid’s pool bag with the goggles.

Don’t get me wrong, those items have their place.  I have quite a few of them stationed around the house. They are an essential part of my summer. But I needed something to put in the bathroom with my skin care. Because like skin care, I needed to make it part of my routine. I knew that was the only way I was going to get into the habit of putting it on. So I took the bottle from the box, moved it into the bathroom and began using it.

For the past two weeks, this anti-sunscreen has been part of my morning routine.  I put it on after I finish my skin care, but before I put on makeup.  There is no real scent to the product so anyone out there who is sensitive to scents should have no problem. 

The consistency of the product is like a thin primer or a water cream moisturizer.  It has some body to it, but it leans towards the liquidy side. To apply, I dispensed a pea sized amount into my palm and rubbed my hands together then applied it to my face. It sort of spread out as it hit my hand anyway so I just let it follow it’s natural inclinations. Easy peasy. 

Just the sunscreen on my face

On first contact there is a little bit of a white cast. (see the above picture) The first time I applied it I started to get concerned that I was going to spend the day looking like a mime, however I rubbed it in a little bit and the white disappeared almost instantly.

While I don’t want to walk around with the white sunscreen face all day, I do like that at first touch it is a little white.  This lets me see where I’ve put it to ensure full coverage before I rub it in. 

True to their claims, it feels weightless on the skin and is not greasy.  It is however quite luminizing.  Just like the really pretty bottle, I wasn’t really expecting that. And yes I know it says it in the title, it is just brighter than I expected.

I tend to go for matte primers and foundations.  For me the matte balanced it out well.  With the matte foundation on top of it, I had no problems, it was actually quite nice paired with it and gave the matte product a little depth.  I could not use a luminizing primer or foundation with it as it was too luminizing for me.

Makeup over the sunscreen, I used the Purlisse BB Cream over it with no primer for this photo

I should also say that the day I tried a luminizing foundation, no one had issues with the extra luminosity but me. I even got a compliment on my glow, so I think that is really just my personal preference.  If you like luminosity then you are good, if you aren’t a fan, use a matte product over it.

No matter what product I used, the sunscreen sat well underneath the makeup.  I had no problems with reactions between the sunscreen and my foundation. They played well together and I didn’t break out in a welter of clogged pores. There were, in fact, no extra break outs. (The stress related ones I had spent the night with some Peace Out dots, but no new ones appeared.) 

In the description it is recommended that if you are going to sweat or go in the water you should look into a waterproof product.  While I didn’t go swimming while trying this (because that isn’t what it is meant for and at this time the pools near me are still closed) it is June in Tennessee and you can’t step outside without sweating.  If the heat lets you go then the humidity will insure the sweat rises to your brow, among other places.  As my neighbor likes to say, this is the season where you get the air you can wear, the unavoidable fashion accessory.

So there was sweat.

You know what there wasn’t?

Stinging eyes.

Well, the sweat stung a little because it’s salty, but it didn’t burn like acid.  There were a couple of days where it was hot enough to melt your skin off of your bones and I was standing outside with a mask on. I know some of it dripped into my eyes.  There is no doubt about that. The product not dripping would be an impossibility.  I think I sweated out water I drank three years ago on those days, so there was no defense for anything topical. 

But there were no burning, pain filled eyes, so I am taking that as a win.

And no I am not going to squirt it directly into my eyes to double check. 

Although I have to confess, I did put a little on my lips to taste since the mask kept my lips safe and secure, along with my lungs and the rest of me. It didn’t really taste of anything. I’m not going to go putting it on an ice cream sundae or anything, but the accidentally tasting wasn’t horrific.

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To be honest, this sunscreen passed all of my tests with flying colors.  No gag worthy taste, no burning eyeballs and it was easy to remember to apply because it sat with my skin care and became part of my daily routine. Applying it became a habit, one I hope to maintain.

The Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield didn’t make me break out. It didn’t make me feel greasy.  It felt weightless on my skin and it provided me with SPF 50 level protection for my face without having to do a construction game with other products. 

Don’t get me wrong, I still favor a lot of products with built in SPF, especially in the summer time, but I really like not having to rely on them. I really like having the good sunscreen underneath so that anything layered on top is just extra, not vital.

And oh yeah, no sun burn even though I spent loads of time outside in the hot, hot sun.

Seriously, this made sunscreen part of my skin care regimen instead of something I hated and tended to forget. I honestly didn’t think that was going to happen. I suppose the only question that remains is whether or not I’m allowed to send Aja a thank you note.

Because this was a very good idea.


Remember the links in this post are for volitionbeauty.com which only ships to the US and Canada. Mostly because I am located in the US. Even if you aren’t in the US it is well worth poking around on their site. If you are outside the US or Canada then @cultbeauty ships Volition Beauty worldwide, and @meccamaxima / @meccacosmetica ship to Australia and New Zealand. I love that this sunscreen is available worldwide.

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My first Petit Vour Subscription Box: Reviewing the June 2020 Box

Petit Vour is a beauty subscription box that centers on clean beauty.  I’ve been aware of it for a while but I kept putting off trying it. There was no particular reason, I am just sometimes absent minded. In case you are wondering, I am trying to add and try out new boxes this year so it isn’t always BoxyCharm and IPSY. While I love them and will continue with them, I felt the need to branch out.

So Petit Vour is a monthly subscription box centering on cruelty free vegan beauty. They have two beauty boxes, the regular Petit Vour that is $18 per month and comes with four clean beauty products to try and the second is the PV Plus Beauty box for $25 per month.  It comes with 5-7 travel to full sized beauty products.  I decided to try out the $18 per month beauty box.  June was my first box and I have to say I was impressed with the compact size of the box. 

I know that sounds strange to say, but I like that there was very little waste with the box. Everything is recyclable from the box to the little cardboard scrunches inside.  As this is a box that focuses on clean beauty, I appreciated that they continue the theme with their packaging. And because of the way they do their packaging, it is not only recyclable, but it is safe to break up and add to my compost bin. Which I really like.

But what was inside my box?

First up, was the LipDrink Lip balm from Jane Iredale.  It is a full sized lip balm valued at $17.

I’ve tried Jane Iredale lip products before and I really like them.  I like the sleek silver packaging and the fact that the product smells like lemon balm. It is supposed to smell like lemon, but for some reason smells more like lemon balm to me. 

Maybe that is just me.  Either way I like the scent. It looks like pink lemonade though but only gives a barely noticeable blush to the lips. Its not really enough to call color but it is a little something. The fact that it is SPF 15 doesn’t hurt.

Next up is the Speak Deodorant  Cream.  It is a travel size valued at $12.  I’ve been interested in trying out some natural deodorants for a while but haven’t really gotten around to it. 

I suppose now that I actually have one in my possession, I have no excuse not to try it.  I will say that given the heat and humidity going where I am, it would definitely be a test. I’m pretty sure it’s a struggle for my regular deodorant.  Even though this is a travel size, I think that this actually has enough product to conduct a two week trial. I think two weeks is enough time to know if I like a deodorant.

I suspect two days will be enough time for those around me to know how they feel about my deodorant too. If it works, no one will know the difference, if it doesn’t, I’m sure I will hear about it. My loved ones aren’t the sort to let that type of thing pass. At least we are still social distancing so it will only affect the ones I love. And really, when planning a potential stink fest, you should really concentrate on the ones you love.

When I opened the Speak jar, the cream smelled sort of oatmeal like which I don’t hate.  I sense a trial coming on. I may have to be sneaky about it though to get a fair review from my Baby doll. His mom tried a natural deodorant a while back and it didn’t work all that well, so now he believes they are all the same. He’ll say it doesn’t work on principle. So I won’t tell him and see if he notices.

But for now we will move on to item number three. This is a Green Apple cleansing bar that comes from Juice Beauty.  It is valued at $3 and it smells exactly like a green apple.  I have used Juice Beauty Products before and found them to be pretty nice. I think that despite the small size of the bar of soap there is definitely enough of it for me to get enough uses from it to form an opinion if it.  (It is a little larger than a hotel soap bar, actually about like two hotel soap bars put together.)

There should also be enough uses in it for me to decide if I like the BKind Sensitive Skin Facial Scrub valued at $9.  I have to say it is a cute little tube and unlike a lot of small tubes it is packed full of product. There is very little empty air space in it. 

Finally there is the Lauren B Beauty Nail Growth Serum valued at $75.  I believe this is a full sized product.  I don’t know how well it works, but I look forward to giving it a go.  Nail and lash growth serums always intrigue me for some reason. Possibly because I like long lashes without wearing false eyelashes and I want long nails without wearing gel or acrylic. Okay so maybe it is perfectly understandable why they intrigue me.

When I take off my nail polish tonight I will take a picture and start applying it to my nails to see what happens.  I would be thrilled if it worked because my nails have really taken a beating lately.  It happens at the beginning of every summer.  Even with the gloves on I destroy my nails gardening until my plants are big enough that weeds are less of a threat.  Then of course I concentrate on chasing the neighborhood rabbits around with a hose to protect my lettuce beds. 

It’s the circle of life.

Or maybe just the life cycle of my garden.

I have to say I was really pleased with my first box.  In my $18 box I received $116 worth of products, two of which were full sized.  I’d heard of two of the brands, but the other three products were completely unknown to me so there was a mix of the familiar and the unknown. All of them are products I am excited to try out.

In addition, I can go onto the Petit Vour site and get points for reviewing, stocking the points to use on products.  I like the fact that these are clean beauty products.  I have to admit, I am still learning about a lot about clean beauty products and I really like being able to try out brands I’ve never heard of.  As this is my first box, I am not sure if they are more skin care oriented or if this just happened to be a skin care month. 

Either way I look forward to finding out.  And who knows in a few months from now perhaps I’ll give their $25 box a try.  For now I am happy to find out what more goodies the $18 box will bring my way.  It has definitely earned a few more months on my list of subscriptions.


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Branching out with Rose and Kombucha in a face wash

Pacifica Rose Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash

I’ll be honest the thought of Rose and Kombucha wasn’t all that appealing to me when thinking of a face wash.  While I like the scent of rose, it is often over powering and I was hesitant about the fermented tea. However when I placed my order with Pacifica, using a gift certificate I was gifted by the company, a travel sized (1.4 fl oz) of the Rose Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash was one of the gifts with purchase that came with a $50 order.  I figured it was the perfect way to try something new and so I picked it up with my order.

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 My thinking was that it was a trial sized tube so even if I didn’t like it, there wouldn’t be much waste to the product. Incidentally, the full sized version of this product is 5.0 ounces and retails for $10. As I am always looking for good , affordable products, especially in face wash as I go through so much of it, I was very interested to try it.

But first, we look at the claims.

Disobey time with the power of flowers and fermented tea in Pacifica’s Rose Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash. One of the best defenses against aging is clean skin, it gently removes makeup, oil and impurities. This light-foaming, sulfate-free cleanser balances and refreshes skin – helping to achieve an absolutely luminous complexion at any age.

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For those that are unfamiliar with Pacifica, they are 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free.  Their products are formulated without  Animal testing, Animal ingredients, Parabens, Phthalates,  Mineral oil, Sulfates, Synthetic fragrances, and Petroleum.

Given that there is rose listed on the ingredients and it is usually the synthetic rose scent that becomes overpowering, I was more relieved than usual to see there were no synthetic fragrances in this face wash.  Oh and the face wash is designated for all skin types so I didn’t have to figure out if I was in the target range for the product, which I kind of like.

My skin typically falls into the normal/combination area with more oil in the T-zone, but I am dryer in the winter and oilier in the summer.  The curse of so called “normal” skin is that it’s like standing in the center of a moving teeter totter while temperature and humidity play. If the weather is perfectly balanced so is my skin. At this time of year, it seems to change daily so I have products for  both shifts, oily and dry, in my bathroom.  For all skin types is generally a relief to see on a label when the weather hasn’t actually committed to a season.

So to the testing.  Because this face wash claims to remove makeup I put it to the test and tried it once on its own on a full face of makeup, then I tried it as the second act in a double cleanse routine.  Now usually I have issues with mascara coming off, but I have to say this worked really well in taking off more mascara than most.  There was a slight smudge under the eyes but not as much as usual.  A quick single wipe with the Makeup eraser took care of it with no rubbing.  In case you are wondering, I am currently oscillating between two mascaras at the moment.  One is the Pretty Vulgar Feathers Mascara and the other is the Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Wow Wings.  I like both and will be posting a mascara review soon. I just mention it here so you know the products the Pacifica Rose and Kombutcha Flower Powered Face Wash was able to take down.

not a lot of product is needed

I suppose I rather jumped to the use in that.  To back track a little, it is a creamy pearly face wash and the scent is interesting.  There is the hint of rose but it only really serves to mitigate the scent of the kombucha.  It smells like tea more than anything else but it is not a heavy fragrance.  Personally I found it a pleasant one, especially in the mornings.

The cleanser did foam on the face but it wasn’t massive foaming, just enough suds to let you know it was working.  It rinsed off clean, and as mentioned above, took off most of my makeup. My skin felt clean but not stripped and it worked for me no matter which way the weather shifted my skin.

Over all it was very positive experience.  I know I sound a little surprised but this was not a cleanser I would have picked up on my own.  I am really glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something I thought I would more than likely not like.  It turns out I liked it a lot.  I also like the fact that while I can order it on line, I can also pick it up at Target if I run out of cleanser and need to pick something up.  I really like having a list of products I can simply pick up if I forget to reorder.  This is certainly going on that list.

If you are interested I have a code you can use to get a bit of a discount.  It is MIMSY15 and I get nothing if you use it so feel free to use it to your heart’s content. It is just for you. They are also having a bit of a sale at the moment so you can add the discounts together.  It is currently 10% off with no code if you want to check it out.

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