Category: Bath

Softsoap Holiday Scents Get You in the Mood for Christmas

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to get yourself in the holiday spirit, Softsoap just released three new limited edition seasonal body wash scents that are well worth a look: Alpine Mint Frost, Parisian Berry Bliss, and Venetian Vanilla Spice.

My husband and I thought the Alpine Mint Frost was very similar to the Wintermint Snowfall body wash Softsoap released last year. The mint scent is great for waking you up in the morning, so this is the perfect option for those of you who need a little help getting out the door!

The Parisian Berry Bliss smells like red winter berries. It’s fruity, but still rich and sophisticated — almost like red wine. It doesn’t scream “Christmas” like the Alpine Mint Frost, so this is a product I can see myself using all winter long. In fact, I’ll probably pick up an extra bottle or two before it’s out of stock.

Honestly, I did not care for the Venetian Vanilla Spice body wash. It smells too much like something my grandmother would wear, although the scent did get me in the mood to bake Christmas cookies!

All of the limited edition Softsoap scents are sold in 18 ounce bottles. Suggested retail price is $3.50. They are available at Walmart stores nationwide until December 2014.

If you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas for teens and adults, a bottle of Softsoap holiday body wash is a thrifty yet practical option.

I think these fragrances would also be a nice addition to a holiday gift basket of pampering products. You could include body wash, lotion, a new shower pouf, some fuzzy socks, and a bottle of nail polish in a fun color.

Personally, I love getting and receiving gifts that I can actually use instead of more things I need to dust on a regular basis!

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

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Pamper Your Loved Ones with Gilchrist & Soames Gift Sets

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re shopping for someone who loves bath and body products, Gilchrist & Soames has several gift sets that would be excellent holiday stocking stuffers.

For more than 30 years, Gilchrist & Soames has been one of the most renowned bath and body brands. Their products can been found in the many hotels, spas, and resorts throughout the world.

The Spa Therapy Water line is my favorite Gilchrist & Soames collection. This line is designed to pamper you from head to toe, with products that are infused with marine extracts of Japanese sea kelp, sea fennel, sea lettuce, sea salts, and aloe vera.

The Spa Therapy Jet Set Travel Pack sells for just $12.00 and includes

  • 1.35oz. Sea Kelp Shampoo
  • 1.35oz. Sea Moss Conditioner
  • 1.35oz. Sea Wrack Body Wash
  • 1.35oz. Sea Fennel Body Lotion
  • 1.5oz. Aloe Soap
  • 1.5 oz. Exfoliating Sea Salt Soap

I love this set because all of the items have a subtle, fresh scent. They leave you feeling clean, but not overly perfumed. The sea kelp shampoo and sea moss conditioner are my two favorite products. The sea kelp shampoo is not a high lathering formula, however, so you need to remember that a little goes a long way.

All of the items in the collection are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, TEA, DEA, and propylene glycol. The company is cruelty free and does not test on animals.

The sets come packed in a sturdy clear plastic pouch that is perfect for dealing with airport security. The waterproof pouch would also make this a great set to take to the gym.

Two other great lines to consider are:

  • English Spa, which uses English botanicals such as natural oatmeal, aloe, lemongrass, and sea kelp
  • Essential Elements Spa, which features mallow extract, vitamin E, coconut oil, shea butter, and a hint of rosemary

Visit the Gilchrist & Soames website for complete purchasing information.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.  

Photo credit: Gilchrist & Soames

Body Doodlers Let You Create Lots of Fun Halloween Looks

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 by No Comments

With Halloween just around the corner, I want to share a fun alternative to traditional face paint. Body Doodlers are washable crayons that can be used to make a wide range of designs on your face and body.

The crayons have plastic barrels and caps. You twist up to expose the paint. They are nearly mess-free to use and I love that the Body Doodlers come in a convenient plastic storage case.

The crayon tips are fairly chunky, so Body Doodlers are not great for detail work. But, it’s easy to make basic designs like hearts, stars, rainbows, or clown faces. For simple stuff, I’d much rather use these than pots of paints with makeup brushes.

Body Doodlers are non-toxic and easily removed with soap and water. My son and I both have very sensitive skin and we haven’t had any trouble with the paint causing any rashes or irritation.

Compared to other face and body paint products I’ve used in the past, this seems much more comfortable to wear and less likely to smudge if your children tend to touch their faces a lot.

The only thing I don’t like about this set is that you’re limited to the six basic colors. They don’t blend together easily, so you’re basically out of luck if you want something beyond the primary colors.

Despite this flaw, I still think this product is worth keeping on hand for Halloween costumes, dress up days, and general rainy day fun. My son loves to experiment with the crayons to see what different designs he can draw!

You can purchase the Body Doodlers set on Amazon for $7.95.

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The Body Shop’s Detangling Comb Is Perfect After a Bath

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 by 1 Comment

The thing I’ve always dreaded the most about giving my daughter a bath or shower is the hair combing that always has to happen afterwards.

She screams, accuses me of trying to kill her (seriously), puts her hands up in the way, and totally loses her mind for the few minutes it takes to get the tangles out (de-tangling spray and pre-shower brushing can only do so much).

After reading some reviews, I went to the Body Shop and picked up their wooden detangling comb. It’s made from birch wood. I think it’s interesting that it isn’t just another generic plastic comb—those tend to rip my hair out, and I don’t struggle against combing the way my daughter does.

The wide-toothed style of this comb detangles without causing a lot of breakage. I can imagine it’d be good on any hair type. My daughter and I both have a lot of hair, but It’s very fine. It works for us.

I noticed one warning that showed up over and over again in the reviews I read. Don’t leave it in water.

That sounds pretty obvious since it’s a wooden comb, but if you like to comb conditioner through your hair in the shower, it’s not so far-fetched to think it’s easy to leave it behind in a small puddle of water inside the shower.  The comb will lose its shape and break when you try to bend it back.

Overall, I think this is a very good comb for anyone to use, and if you shop during one of the frequent sales the Body Shop runs, you’ll probably be able to get it for much less than its regular price of $7.00.

Photo credit: The Body Shop

The Wet Brush Makes Detangling Hair Pain-Free

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 by No Comments

If you or your daughter have long hair, you’re probably well aware that detangling after a shower can be a torturous process. Tugging through knots is painful, but it can also lead to hair breakage and damage that can be difficult to repair.

The Wet Brush features thin, super strong Intelliflex bristles with SofTips that massage the scalp. The bristles bounce back to their original form after every brush stroke, eliminating the breakage and pain associated with brushing out tangles from long hair. The handle is ergonomically designed so it’s easy to grip while you’re getting ready in the morning.

My initial impression was that The Wet Brush would be too flimsy to stand up to my thick hair. The brush itself feels much lighter than other hairbrushes I’ve used in the past. However, The Wet Brush glided smoothly through my wet hair and made detangling totally effortless. I didn’t even need to use a separate detangling spray to get the knots out!

Combing through wet hair is The Wet Brush’s strength, but this hairbrush also works on dry hair, extensions, and wigs. It’s rapidly become my go-to brush for all my hair styling needs.

Visit The Wet Brush website to learn more or to purchase a brush. The brushes come in several different colors and patterns. You can buy a full sized Classic brush or a smaller purse-sized Squirt version.

The Wet Brush can also be found at Target stores nationwide.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: The Wet Brush

Spa Lab Allows Moms and Daughters to Bond and Have Girl Time Without Visiting the Nail Salon

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by No Comments

I’ve noticed a lot of moms like taking their daughter to get pedicures. I’d love to do that, but I don’t really like pedicures and I’m pretty sure my daughter would kick someone in the face. A scene from a comedy would ensue, and we’d run out of there, slipping and sliding on our wet feet as I threw some money back into the doorway to cover the damage and part of the pedicures we actually received.

Girly spa days sound fun, though, so we’ve been playing around with All Natural Spa Lab from SmartLab. We haven’t worked our way through all of it because I almost always forget to address those recipes while I’m making the grocery list, but we’ve experimented with the recipes a bit. I like that they’re natural, even if that means extra steps for me (shopping).

I think that’s my main gripe about this set and there’s really not a whole lot they could’ve done about it without making it, well, not so natural. Yes, some powders to color and scent the lip balm would’ve been nice, but I can’t expect them to put avocados or bananas in the kits.

There probably could’ve been a better middle ground, but overall, the ingredients for the recipes are things most people have around the house. If not, they can be found at the grocery store.

The spa kit has recipes for body scrubs, bath bombs, masks, deep conditioning treatments for hair and scalp, and more. There are also molds for the bath bombs, containers, mixing spoons, citric acid, and glitter. I would’ve liked to have seen more overall for almost $20—more recipes, more dry ingredients, etc.

Though I was personally a little disappointed in what came with the kit, my daughter loves it and thinks playing around with the recipes is a great way to spend an afternoon (you haven’t heard laughter until you let a six-year-old mash up an avocado and smear it all over your face), so all in all, it’s worth it. I think this kit’s probably best for ages 6-10.

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An Eco-Friendly Manicure for Your Little Princess

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 by 2 Comments

If your little girl loves to play beauty parlor, it’s important to make sure she’s not being exposed to dangerous toxins in the process. Ecoprincess non-toxic nail polish is 3-Free, which means it does not contain formaldehyde toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). These chemicals can cause asthma, cancer, reproductive harm, and other negative health effects with long-term exposure.

The nail polish is sold in sets of three coordinating colors packaged in a pink organza bag with a ribbon drawstring. The bottles are quite tiny, so if your daughter spills them you won’t end up with nail polish all over the floor. The polish itself goes on fairly sheer, so you should probably plan on doing at least two coats.

The Ecoprincess colors are designed to appeal to young girls. The set I received was called “Flower” and featured three colors: a bright purple, a pale pink with subtle sparkles, and a clear polish with flecks of purplish glitter. Of all the colors, I liked the pale pink with subtle sparkles the best. It’s feminine enough to make your daughter feel pretty, but not real noticeable from a distance.

I’d suggest the pale pink on her fingers and the purple with a glitter top coat on her toes. If you’re going to be brave and let your daughter paint your nails, go for the pale pink so mistakes aren’t quite as noticeable!

The nail polish is not peelable play nail polish. It is intended to be worn for at least a few days, then removed with nail polish remover. Traditional nail polish remover is also full of all sorts of nasty chemicals, so I would recommend picking up a bottle of Ecoprincess’s All Natural Nail Polish Remover with your polish order.

Visit the Organic Beauty Now website to view the complete Ecoprincess product line.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Organic Beauty Now

Kiss My Face Helps You Get Ready to Show Off Your Legs

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 by No Comments

I envy women who can go for weeks without shaving their legs. I need to shave every day to avoid looking like Chewbacca. So, I go through a ton of razors and shaving cream over the course of a typical month.

Recently, I had a chance to try Kiss My Face’s 4-in-1 Moisture Shave. This product is paraben free, phthalate free, and SLS free with no artificial fragrances. It’s designed to soften, smooth, soothe, and moisturize with natural ingredients like vitamin E, lemongrass, aloe, olive oil, and coconut oil.

The Kiss My Face 4-in-1 Moisture Shave feels more like a lotion than a thick foamy lather, which can take a little getting used to if you normally use a foamy product like Skintimate. It rinses off easily and leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the mint fragrance I tried, but the line does have several other fragrance options to pick from. There is even a fragrance-free option if you’d prefer to avoid scented products entirely.

Overall, I think this product performs comparably to Bath & Body Work’s True Blue Spa Silky Smooth Shave Cream–which is my normal go-to product when I want silky smooth legs. However, Kiss My Face 4-in-1 Moisture Shave comes in an 11 ounce bottle for $7.95, while the Bath & Body Works cream comes in a 7.5 ounce bottle for $12. Kiss My Face also gets bonus points for using all natural ingredients.

Since summer is quickly approaching, I’m pleased to have found an affordable way to get my legs ready for shorts, skirts, and capris.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Kiss My Face

One Word for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber: Amazing

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 by 2 Comments

I’ve been a fan of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers since they first came out. They tend to live up to their name in most instances. There was one place, however, where the regular Magic Eraser (and all other cleaning products I used) just couldn’t quite get the job done: my ugly, textured shower floor.

The Magic Eraser was the best of all the things I tried (and I have tried everything, from natural cleaners I mixed up on my own to the ones that were supposed to be the strongest of the strong available at the store. No matter what I did, the disgusting-looking gray-brown floor won.

It’s white now. Totally white, not just lighter. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber is now my new best friend. That thing made cleaning the shower floor almost effortless (I had scrubbed on my hands and knees for an hour at the time with barely any progress before).

The soap scum on the glass door? Poof—gone with one swipe and a rinse. I haven’t had trouble getting the door clean in the past, but this does make it about five times easier and it’s kind of fun to watch all the cloudiness melt away.

So this product is actually the Magic Eraser plus something a little extra that helps it cut through the soap scum, and it’s also bigger and more durable than the regular one (the site says it’s 30 percent larger).

Check the website to see if coupons are available coupons before heading to the store.

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