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Alba Botanica Good & Clean Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser Review
Complexion, Reviews, Skin Care - Be the first to comment! - April 27th, 2014

I love a good, inexpensive facial cleanser. Bonus points if it smells good. Alba Botanica’s Good & Clean Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser fits the bill on both accounts. It’s also mildly exfoliating, and quite gentle.

The Good & Clean Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser is a hybrid type cleanser, with a creamy base and a gentle lather. I didn’t find it drying at all, which is great. It contains a blend of fruit acids to exfoliate, as well as green tea and willow bark extract. It has a strong citrus scent, which could be problematic if you’re sensitive to scent. I love it, especially in the mornings.

It takes off makeup very well, and didn’t irritate my eyes. Overall, I recommend this cleanser if you are looking for a cream cleanser but want some lather. It’s great for oily skin types, as well as normal skin. If you are dry, it might be too much. I would buy this again!

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You Smell Good: Lavanila Fresh Lemon Vanilla Perfume Review
Earth Friendly, Perfume, Reviews - Be the first to comment! - June 1st, 2013

Lavanila’s newest fragrance is Fresh Lemon Vanilla, and it’s pretty much the bomb, yo. I bought the rollerball on a recent Sephora trip, and have been wearing it almost non-stop since then. Citrus scents are so great in the summer, since they’re light and fresh.

It’s described as a bright, juicy lemon, with lush watery fruits (huh?), fresh bamboo and pure Madagascar vanilla. I dunno about the lush watery fruits, but it definitely smells lemon-y and vanilla-y. It’s fresh and warm at the same time, but doesn’t smell particularly food-y. It’s not a dessert lemon scent at all. The wear time is not the longest, as to be expected for a perfume that doesn’t contain a lot of synthetics. The lemon burns off after about an hour, and the vanilla lasts for an hour or two after that.

I really like the rollerball format because it’s convenient for touching up the scent, since it doesn’t have the longest lasting power. It’s also pretty affordable, at $19 for 0.32 oz. The larger size is a better value, but I like the portability of the rollerball.

Fresh Lemon Vanilla also comes in a stick deodorant. I love Lavanila’s stick deodorant formula, but it’s soooo pricey. If I get a super-awesome job, I’d consider splurging for it, though.

Overall, if you like citrus scents and vanilla, I recommend checking out Lavanila’s Fresh Vanilla Lemon perfume. It’s perfect for summer!

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J.R. Watkins Lemon Cream Hand Cream Review
Best Of, Body Care, Cheap Thrills, Earth Friendly, Reviews - Comments (2) - February 4th, 2013

It’s really hard finding a good hand cream. My gold-star favorite is L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream, but at $25 a tube, I have to admit it’s pricey. (In its defense, a full-size tube lasts for like six months, so it’s not that bad, which is why it’s still my gold-star favorite.) BUT ANYWAY. I’m picky about hand cream. I really, really hate that slippery feeling you get on your hands when a lotion or cream contains a lot of silicones. I don’t mind it on my body, but I hate it on my hands. I picked up a tube of J.R. Watkins Shea Butter Hand Cream to try out because of its IMPRESSIVE ingredient list and more reasonable price.

So, what does it have in it? What doesn’t it have in it? Seriously, this hand cream reads like a who’s who of awesome ingredients – shea butter, jojoba oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, babassu oil, apricot kernal oil, aloe, calendula, chamomile… it goes on. It doesn’t contain mineral oil, petrolatum, silicones, or parabens. It’s pretty darn close to an all natural product. The scent is a delightful lemon frosting/cookie smell, very refreshing and very yum. Seriously, I almost wanna lick my hands, it’s that good. It is knock-you-down strong though, so if you don’t like a strong fragrance, steer clear. It’s more dessert-like, as opposed to fresh cut lemon juice.

The texture is quite thick. If you want a light hand cream, this isn’t it. It’s thick, it’s rich, it’s going to leave a feeling on your hands for a while after you apply it. It won’t be a slick, slippery feel though, which is why I like it. It definitely relieves dryness like a champ. A little goes a long way, so this tube is going to last for a while.

Overall, I’m quite pleased to have given this a try. The 3.5 oz tube is on the large side to want to carry in my purse, but it’s fine for the tote bag I drag to school every day. It’s also a perfectly good size to keep on your nightstand or on the bathroom counter. Price will vary depending on where you shop, but it should always come in under ten bucks for a tube. I give it two (no longer dry!) thumbs up!

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5 New Products I Want
5 Things, Shopping - Comments (1) - February 2nd, 2013

It’s late winter/early spring, which means New Product Launches for a lot of my favorite brands, especially skin care launches. Also, Valentines. I love Valentines stuff, even though I’m not really all that big into the holiday itself. I just like fun products. Here are five things I really wish I had the budget to buy!

1. Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil. I loooooove facial oils. I like to use a drop or two either by itself or under moisturizer at night. They make my skin happy. This facial oil contains camellia oil and rice bran oil (both of which my face likes a lot), as well as some really nice essential oils. I wannit!

2. Many items from Flower Cosmetics, which has launched at Wal-Mart stores and online. I love the packaging for this product line, AND the price points! I really need to get on over to a Wal-Mart to check it out.

3. This Red Ruby Groovy Natural Body Wash from gud smells THE BEST. Strong grapefruit scents are basically instant cheerful in a bottle, for me. I just need to use up a bottle or two of body wash, and then I can justify buying this.

4. Grapefruit must be a thing for 2013 because Yes To has launched a Pink Grapefruit product line targeting skin brightness and clarity. I want the eye cream and the serum and the towelettes. I already love the Blueberry and Cucumber towelettes, so I’m guessing I’ll love the Pink Grapefruit ones too.

5. Lush’s Valentines stuff sounds lovely, and DAMN THEM! These perfumes… oh God. I don’t love all of Lush’s perfumes, but the ones I like I LOOOOOVE. They’re seriously killing me here.

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Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Hydrating Cleansing Milk Review
Complexion, Earth Friendly, Reviews, Skin Care - Be the first to comment! - October 24th, 2012

I’m kind of a sucker for cleansing milks. I like them because they are not drying like some foaming cleansers, and they do a great job taking makeup off – especially eye makeup. I haven’t tried this one from Avalon Organics before, so I decided to give it a whirl. It’s the Vitamin C Renewal Hydrating Cleansing Milk.

The Vitamin C Renewal Hydrating Cleansing Milk is made with aloe vera, sunflower oil, kukui oil, borage oil, shea butter, a slew of citrus extracts, white tea, and vitamin C. It has a light texture, smells divinely citrus-y, and rinses easily. It leaves my skin clean and soft. It does pretty good at removing makeup, although waterproof mascara sometimes needs a second pass. Regular makeup comes right off.

It was under $12 at my local store, so not super-cheap but not too spendy for a nice, plant-based cleanser. It contains a high quantity of certified organic ingredients and the bottle is made from 100% recycled material. The really great citrus scent gives it a leg up on other milky cleansers I’ve used. It gets two thumbs up! I really want to try the Vitamin C Renewal Refreshing Cleansing Gel now, for in the morning. I like to use a foaming cleanser in the shower, and I imagine the citrus would be a great pick-me-up.

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Lush 25:43 Perfume Review
Earth Friendly, Perfume, Reviews - Comments (1) - May 13th, 2012

I love citrus-y perfumes for summer. There’s something very refreshing about a citrus fragrance when the weather is really warm. The two perfumes I have from Lush (Tuca Tuca and Imogen Rose) are both more cool weather fragrances for me, so I was really excited to try out a new one and find it PERFECT!

25:43 was named for the amount of time it took the perfumer to develop it (25 minutes 43 seconds, apparently). It has notes of lime, tonka bean, lemongrass, vanilla, ylang ylang and litsea. This is a very lemon-y perfume, but the addition of ylang ylang, vanilla, and tonka bean keep it from veering off into Pledge territory. It comes a bit close to smelling like lemon sandwich cookies, but manages not to stray too far in that direction from the herbaceous lemongrass and litsea notes.

I love this perfume. It wears a bit close to the skin, which is nice if the weather is particularly warm. I catch whiffs of it now and then that are quite pleasant. Like most citrus fragrances, it’ll last longer on well moisturized skin – I recommend spraying it on right after you’ve applied lotion (even if it’s not particularly matching lotion).

The 0.3 oz size is only $14.95. I suspect I’m using it up faster than my other Lush perfumes in that size, because you can spray it more liberally without creating a suffocating cloud. All this is to say that I’m probably going to wish I’d gotten the big bottle.

If you’re looking for a beautifully sunny citrus scent with a bit of sweetness, do check out 25:43. It’s lovely.

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L’Occitane Verbena Summer Secret Perfume
Perfume - Be the first to comment! - July 9th, 2010

I really like citrusy fragrances for summertime, and summer has definitely arrived in Oregon! After what seems like months of rain, we finally have weather in the 90′s and sunshine, so what’s more appropriate than a fresh, citrusy fragrance to cool off with? L’Occitane’s new Verbena Summer Secret Eau de Toilette perfume is fits the bill perfectly.

I have never been a particular fan of L’Occitane’s original Verbena¬† Eau de Toilette. It has a lot of geranium in it, and I don’t particularly like geranium. I am rather fond of the Citrus Verbena version, with all its grapefruity goodness, but I think this Summer Secret wins the prize as the best one so far.

It opens with a burst of apple and some watery green notes with anise. It’s not a jolly rancher type apple, but is rather more tangy and less sweet. Then the mint and basil and verbena settle in, and the base notes have cedar and musk. There is a definite fruitiness to the fragrance, but after that wears off it definitely takes on a more masculine herbalness that I like.

This is a perfect hot weather perfume. It’s super-refreshing and has great lasting power for a citrus scent. I love the mint and basil, it’s like they trick you into feeling cooler even if it’s hot outside.

The Summer Secret collection includes a shower gel, lotion, and candle, all of which I’m just dying to have! Two thumbs up for this lovely summer scent.

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5 Things Spring Perfume Edition
5 Things, Perfume - Comments (1) - April 4th, 2010

It’s finally starting to look like spring around here, despite all the rain we’re having in Portland. I start pulling out all my fruity-floral-girly scents in the springtime, so here’s a list of five that I like.

1. Hidden Fantasy by Britney Spears is a happy, fun fragrance. Lots of citrus and cake to cheer you up when the weather is bad.

2. Kenzo 7:15 AM in Bali is also a citrusy vanilla scent, with more flowers than Hidden Fantasy. It’s super-refreshing and happy.

3. Dreaming by Tommy Hilfiger is a great peachy-floral fragrance. Fabulous for springtime.

4. Diesel Fuel For Life for women: Berries and weirdness. One of my favorite perfumes!

5. Wrapped With Love Hilary Duff is definitely a spring scent – its aggressive fruitiness is a bit much for me unless I’m really in the mood.

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