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Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Wash Passion Fruit Review Caulfield's Counter

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Wash Passion Fruit

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Wash Passion Fruit Review Ingredients

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Wash Passion Fruit Ingredients

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$ ($10-$20) – Available at Vitacost.com and iHerb.com.
Scent: Tropical passion fruit
I Like: the light texture of the body wash. Effectively cleans. Cruelty free.
Not a fan of: the synthetic fragrance ingredients.

Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Passion Fruit Body Wash effectively cleans without leaving your skin overly dry. The body cleanser has a relatively intense tropical fragrance – something to keep in mind if you’re sensitive to strong scents. However, the smell doesn’t linger after washing. This product does not produce a lot of lather, but it does leave you feeling island fresh. Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Passion Fruit Body Wash is certainly worth trying if you’re seeking a reasonably priced tropical-scented body wash.

Picture of Aesop Catherine Oil Burner Blend Review

Aesop Catherine Oil Burner Blend

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$$$ ($30-$40) – Available at Aesop.
Scent: Warm blend of orange and cedar wood with a hint of clove.
I like: the multi-functional aspect of this essential oil blend. In addition to its use as an aromatherapy burner oil, the blend can be added in very small doses to carrier oils for skincare.

Aesop’s Catherine Oil Burner Blend is a lovely proprietary mix of essential oils. Made primarily with essential oils of orange, cedar wood, and clove, Catherine Oil warms the senses and settles the mind with its distinct complexity. Though Aesop markets the essential oil blend for burner use, I experimented with the oil by adding three drops of the blend to one ounce of a carrier oil for use as a body moisturizer. (Note: always take a look at an essential oil blend’s ingredients list before using them for skincare. Some essential oil blends offered by not-so-natural companies may contain synthetic ingredients not suitable for use on the skin. Thankfully, Aesop has a strong reputation for using natural, plant-based ingredients in its products.) The body oil blend turned out beautifully with a relaxing, subtle scent. When used as an adjunct in skincare, Aesop’s Catherine Oil will add a pleasant, relaxing aromatic dimension to plant-based carrier oils like argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, camellia oil and sweet almond oil. When used in an essential oil burner or diffuser, Catherine Oil Burner Blend will make your home smell like a relaxing, luxurious spa.

Kirk's Original Coco Castile Bar Soap review skincare natural

Keeping it Simple: Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Bar Soap

Kirk's Original Coco Castile Bar Soap Ingredients List Natural Skincare

Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Bar Soap Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $ (under $10) – Available at iHerb, Drugstore.com, and Swansonvitamins.com.
Scent: Light coconut.
I like: the simplicity of this soap. The natural fragrance is light and the soap is gentle.
Not a fan of: nothing.

Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Bar Soap is a no frills soap that can be used for a variety of purposes. Body and face wash come to mind, but you can also use this gentle, versatile bar soap as a hair and scalp cleanser as well as a pet wash. The soap’s natural scent is pleasantly light. The bar effectively cleans without leaving the skin feeling overly dry. At less than two dollars per bar, Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Bar Soap is an excellent value for those seeking a natural and gentle soap for the entire family.

 

BEAUTYOILS.CO Camellia Oil Moisturizer - 100% Pure Cold Pressed Tsubaki Face Beauty Oil Review

BEAUTYOILS.CO Camellia Oil Moisturizer – 100% Pure Cold Pressed Tsubaki Face Beauty Oil

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$ ($10-$20) – Available at BEAUTYOILS.CO and Amazon.
Scent: fragrance-free.
I like: how light the oil feels. Nourishing and versatile – ideal moisturizer for all skin types.
Not a fan of: nothing. This natural serum has virtually no scent and absorbs easily into the skin.

BEAUTYOILS.CO 100% Pure Camellia Tsubaki Beauty Face Oil is an effective nourishing moisturizer that works wonderfully well at maintaining skin softness and elasticity.  The oil is clear, light, and has nearly no scent.  BEAUTYOILS.CO’s Camellia Oil has a non-greasy feel and absorbs easily into the skin, which makes it ideal for dry and combination skin types.  I applied the camellia oil on my face and neck every morning for a week to combat the effects of washing and shaving.  My face felt healthy and properly moisturized throughout each day.  I did not experience any breakouts while using the oil.  The Japanese have benefitted from using camellia oil as a beauty aid for centuries.  Thankfully, Western cultures have finally caught on to the benefits of this simple yet sublime oil.  Adopt BEAUTYOILS.CO 100% Pure Camellia Tsubaki Beauty Face Oil into your skin care routine if you’re looking for a potent natural moisturizer that keeps those pesky fine lines at bay.

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen for Kids Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Review

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen for Kids Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen for Kids Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Ingredients List Review

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen for Kids Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $ (approximately $10) – Available at Alba Botanica, VitaCost, and LuckyVitamin.
Scent: Fragrance free.
I like: This is a mineral sunscreen.  Effective in preventing sunburn.  Stays on in water. Great for the entire family.
Not a fan of: the thick consistency, which makes it more difficult to apply and spread. In no way a deal-breaker considering this is a zinc oxide/titanium dioxide sunscreen.

If you’re looking for an effective, natural sunscreen for the entire family, Alba Botanica’s Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen for Kids Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an ideal product to start with.  I consistently used this mineral (zinc oxide/titanium dioxide) sunscreen with great results during a recent Hawaiian vacation. While the Alba Botanica sunscreen is thick and takes a little more effort to apply, it will prevent you from getting sunburned if used properly and often. The product is unscented and gentle enough to use on the entire family. I usually apply a natural moisturizer five minutes before using this sunscreen. This way, my skin is properly nourished and protected from the Sun’s damaging effects.

 

South of France Orange Blossom Honey Bar Soap Review

South of France Orange Blossom Honey Bar Soap

South of France Orange Blossom Honey Bar Soap Ingredients Review

South of France Orange Blossom Honey Bar Soap Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $ (under $10) – Available at Drugstore.com, LuckyVitamin.com, and iHerb.
Scent: sweet orange blossoms.
I like: the springtime aroma of orange blossoms and the soap’s ergonomic shape. This soap gently cleans without drying the skin.
Not a fan of: nothing.

South of France’s Orange Blossom Honey Bar Soap is a sweet-smelling, gentle body cleanser that is a pleasure to use.  Its ergonomic shape makes it easy to grasp while bathing.  Sadly, I’m very clumsy with bar soaps – they often slip through my fingers in the shower and get chipped or dented.  Luckily, this was not the case with the South of France bar soap.  The uplifting orange blossom scent left me wanting to take a longer shower.  The soap stays firm and doesn’t overly soften up like many other bar soaps do.  At less than five dollars, South of France’s Orange Blossom Honey Bar Soap is a fine value for a great body cleanser.

Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo Review

Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo

Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo Ingredients List

Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$$ ($20-$30) – Available at Kiehl’s, Nordstrom, and Barneys New York.
Scent: subtle floral notes.
I Like: how well the shampoo nourishes and cleans without stripping away oil.
Not a fan of: the SLS and parfum/fragrance ingredients.

Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo is one of the most nourishing shampoos I’ve used in some time.  The shampoo has a creamy texture that squeezes out cleanly.  The scent is slightly floral with very subtle citrus notes.  Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo is concentrated, so a little goes a long way.  That little amount of shampoo thoroughly cleans without leaving the hair feeling dry and stripped of its natural oil.  If you have dry hair, Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo is a luxurious splurge worth investing in.

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