Do you use essential oils?

Have I told y’all how much I LOVE essential oils? Mama Clumps started it. What you see are just the ones that I use regularly. Mama Clumps is lucky that I don’t live with her. I’d be snagging her 100+ essential oils collection religiously.

But alas, it requires a small fortune to build a hefty collection. Which oils do you use? I use Peppermint just about everyday. It’s in a spray bottle of water that I spritz all over my hair. I also use that and lavendar oil for when I wash clothes. And of course it makes for a perfect aromatherapy blend as well as making natural skincare products.

Oh, and I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t place a disclaimer. Essential oils  should NOT be applied directly to the skin without carrier oils. Tea tree and lavender oils are the only exceptions.  Mama Clumps has most, if not all, of those too.

I’m so jealous.

Drop your favorite essential oils and their uses! And should you or should you not store eau de toilette in medicine cabinet?

Beauty Review: Dial Nutriskin Body Wash

Boy, I tell ya…Dial is certainly steppin’ their games up in the body wash department. For quite some time, whenever I thought of Dial, I thought of a golden bar of soap. Who knew that they would start cranking out body washes that leave the skin cleansed and silky smooth?

The concept behind this body wash is that it is to leave your skin feeling moisturized AND light. And how do they do this, you ask? With Fruit Oil.

By using a combination of hydrating fruit oils and soothing extracts, these body washes give you that cleansed feeling without feeling greasy. You know what I’m talkin’ about, don’t you, girlfriend? After you rinse, some body washes just leave you with an icky and greasy feeling. No me gusta.

I’ve never experienced this kind of feeling with a body wash that was not creamy. Talk about beating a misconception! I only thought creamy body washes could do that!

And do you see those itty bitty micro-beads?

The kid in me had to mash it up to see what it would do.

They baby beads are made up of fruit oils that provide deep moisturization. I can dig it! And the price is a steal to. You can get a 16-ounce bottle of the Grapeseed and Lemongrass (shown) or the Cherry Seed and Mint for only $3.99. Not bad at all!

If you’re looking to try a new body wash, hang up and dial…Dial! Go ahead and laugh…you know my joke was funny. HA!

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Carol’s Daughter: Ecstacy Gel and Body Butter

How my family knows what products to get me as gifts is such a mystery to me. I don’t live with any of them so how do they know that I DON’T have this and have never tried that? It’s amazing, I tell ya! I got Carol’s Daughter Ecstacy Gel and Body Butter for Christmas ’09 and um, wow…

Is that a WOW-good or WOW-bad? Hit the jump to read on.

Ecstasy Shea Souflee

Price: 3 out of 5 ($13 from CarolsDaughter.com)
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“This luxurious formula is light and fluffy like a soufflé, but moisturizes skin with the intensity of a butter. It’s packed with natural butters and oils to effectively nourish and hydrate dry, parched skin for a soft and velvety appearance.

The perfect blend of succulent nectars shines throughout this fruit medley. Accented with Egyptian musk, precious amber, as vanilla bourbon completes this captivating fragrance.” (source)

The truth:
This stuff smells soooo sweet!

What I loved about it: I love the consistency. It is perfect for the winter time.

What I didn’t like:
The packaging isn’t too hot. When you have used up at least half of the souflee, you literally have to do a 3-finger reeeeach to get to the bottom of the pot.

Overall: I love love love it. The sweet smell is rather addicting. The souflee consistency does a great job at moisturizing even the driest skin. And the scent lasts all day. Loves it!

Next up….

Ecstasy Body Cleansing Gel

 


Price: 3 out of 5 ($13.50 from CarolsDaughter.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“A natural soap blend, derived from coconut, olive and jojoba oils combined with exotic aromas for a gentle rich lather that leaves skin fresh, clean, rejuvenated and moisturized. Perfect shower or bath. ” (source)

The truth:
Just as good as the souflee!

What I loved about it:  Hmmm…the smell! It smells like a baked apple pie drizzled with honey. Hmmm…

What I didn’t like:
N/A

Overall: By the time you will have read this review, I will be on my second bottle of this gel. First of all…it comes out of the bottle like honey. It isn’t sticky but looks like sweet nectar goodness. The gel consistency lathers well and rinses off easily leaving you with silky smooth skin.

I love love love this line. And so does every one else in the world because it seems to be sold out quite often on the Carol’s Daughter website. Anyone try anything from Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy line?

 Other Carol’s Daughter reviews
Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo
Pearl Perfume
Almond Cookie scrub and lotion
Hair Milk and Tui Hair smoothie
Lisa’s Hair Elixir
Loc Butter

Natural Beauty: ONE hits Target

I just love how natural products and brands are becoming more widely available. AND affordable. I mean, two years ago you couldn’t find eco-friendly lip balms in your neighborhood Target.

Say hello to ONE.

ONE is brand that not only believes in healthy and natural formulations, but they also package their products in eco-friendly housing.

From the products that I tried, the skin conditioning bar ($6.49) is my favorite. It is full of lavender oil goodness but the packaging is also made from recyclable material.

I’m impressed at the relatively small ingredients list! The bar is amazing. It slathers on like a regular body butter but it isn’t greasy. And I love the fact that the smell isn’t too overpowering.

ONE also has hair products including solid shampoo and conditioner bars ($6.99).

Don’t judge its size. One of these is equivalent to three 8 oz bottles of shampoo. I haven’t tried it on my locs just yet but I will do a formal review soon.

We’ve covered body and hair so what could we be missing? Ah! Cosmetics, of course. ONE has lip butter balms ($2.99).

While I’m not the biggest fan of the scent, this shea butter based balm feels great on the lips without drying them out. The ingredients list makes me smile.

I’m lovin’ it! You can find ONE at any Target location.

Have you seen ONE in your Target yet?

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Beauty and…the Male: Jock Soap review

Greetings again, Clumpers! With it being close to Christmas time, it’s time for me to start some product reviews so that you can begin to get that husband, boyfriend, brother, father, or friend, some of the new products out there for HIM!

BEAUTY AND THE MALE PRODUCT REVIEW:
JOCK SOAP– “A HEAD OF THE CLASS”


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Company: Jock Soap

Products: Face, Shave, Body, Cologne, Hair, Etc.

Product Reviewed: The 4 piece Shave Collection

Price: $39

How to get it: TheJockSoapCompany.com

SHORE LEAVE SHAVE CREAM: A+

Finally! Jock Soap understands the most important part of the shaving experience—THE LATHER!! This lathered up VERY nicely and the best part is that a little bit goes a LONG way! Fellas will probably get about 10+ shaves out of this (and my mama gave me a pretty big head to shave)!

JOCK SOAP SHAVE BRUSH: A+

I had heard that shave brushes were unbelievable but I wasn’t expecting such a high quality brush! It washes and dries quickly and using it I could actually feel the brush moving my hair bristles around. And I have to admit…a few times, I just got in some extra lathering because it was giving me a nice head massage! Go get one of these for the man in your life NOW!

“TALL DRINK” AFTER SHAVE LOTION: B+

Cool a$ name. But, unfortunately the bottle and name was cooler than the product inside. Don’t get me wrong, it was not heavy was refreshing and did an adequate job of moisturizing my skin. However, I’ve used better products and this one won’t make me stray from my normal aftershave lotion.

STRAPPING COMPLEXION BAR: C

Same deal here. There was nothing too special about this face soap that would make me switch. It does the cleaning adequately though. However, here’s a NEWS FLASH for the folks at Jock Soap—men barely use face soap and women take up 90% of shower space with their products—put the cleanser in a bottle!

SPECIAL BONUS–LIP BALM: B+

Very nice. Medicated and something that would your man would probably use if he could keep up with it. If you’re into having your man use this, buy about 10 of these and put them everywhere (his car, his nightstand, his office drawer). This is a big step for a man (my girl laughed at first…’til she got a taste) but if you compliment him REPEATEDLY and shower him with kisses, you’ll always get what you want!

Overall grade: A

High quality + low price=a new customer. This one was complimentary from Jock Soap but my head is hooked on the shave! The products were well packaged (except for the soap) with dark colors and cool manly themes. Visual is half of the battle with us—trust me! The product far exceeded my expectations; in fact, I’m gonna end this right about NOW…it’s about time for a head massage!

Until next time,

KP

More about Kenneth:

Kenneth D. Pratt Esq. is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Florida State University College of Law. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he began his career there, as a certified legal intern at the Office of the State Attorney and progressed to the Office of the Attorney General where he served for three years. Pratt has published several short stories, poems, and op eds in National as well as local publications. In his spare time he enjoys reading, travel, and sports.




This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR representative. Read our disclosure policy here.


EcoTools has more than brushes now?

Ya’ll know how much of an EcoTools nut I am. I have just about ALL of their brushes. Every time I get an email about brushes for newbies, I recommend EcoTools. It is SO hard to find brushes that are not only that is not only affordable but are great in quality as well. Aaaand….they are green! That is something we can all love.

Well well well…my EcoTools fam is expanding and bringing us body products. I got my hands on the body splash and lotion. Are they up to par? Or should EcoTools just stick to brushes?

Blooming Planet Body Mist

Price: 4 out of 5 ($7, not bad, not bad.)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“This Body Mist instantly transports you to a blooming botanical garden with a bright and fresh floral scent. Refresh your natural wellness with this captivating blend of elegant floral blooms. Smells great and feel great, inside your world and out.”

The truth:
Not bad…not bad at all!!

What I loved about it: It lasts for quite some time for a body mist.

What I didn’t like:
It’s a tad bit strong so a good spritz or two just do you good.

Overall: I like body mists. But I haven’t purchased one in quite some time. I am more of perfume and body oil kind of gal but I think body mists are wonderful for traveling or right before bed when you want a nice light scent.

I don’t know what it is about me and why I feel like I need to spritz a mist a dozen times. LOL….it’s like I feel incomplete if I don’t spray it a good 5 times or so. So dramatic, I know but this mist really does go a long way. A good pump or two should do you good.

I’m serious. More than that and people will smell you comin’ a mile away. And true to their claim, EcoTools keeps it simple on the ingredient list.

I totally recommend this mist if you are desirous of nice and clean scent.

Sustainable Softness Body Lotion


Price: 4 out of 5 ($7.99)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims:
“For those seeking intense moisture, look no further than this body lotion that is 98% from nature. Sustainable Softness features nourishing shea butter, which easily absorbs into skin and leaves it feeling silky and smooth. Skin will instantly feel hydrated and sustain your softness.”

The truth:
Hmmm, I can dig it!

What I loved about it: Of course I love the smell. It is very light but has a nice shea butter-y scent that I like.


What I didn’t like: The bottle is a little wonky. It is a little hard to squeeze but I would imagine it will really become difficult when I get low on product. Not the biggest problem. Just something I noticed.

Overall: Way to go EcoTools. I am so proud of you and this lotion. It’s not bad at all! I can be quite the Ash Queen when I want to be. I’m talkin’ elbows so white that it looks like I was playing in flour.

I’m being dramatic again but I like that EcoTool’s lotion can tackle my dry skin. And it is a rich lotion that does on nice and thick.

What’s in this baby, you say?


I hope that in the near future we see butters from EcoTools. They would be perfect for winter! For right now, though, I’ll continue being BFFs with the lotion.
Yay to go EcoTools!! I am glad to see them branch out from just brushes to bring us the fabulousness that is body care products. Who knows…..maybe in the near future you will bring us lipglosses and eyeliners–all green and affordable. The thought alone excites me!
What do you think? Impressed at EcoTool’s newest venture? Interested in trying?
My other EcoTools posts:
You can find these products, including a hand cream and body wash at Walgreens nationwide!

Beauty Review: Dove Nutrium Moisture Body Wash

Veteran Clumps readers know that I love me some Dove. Not too long ago and sang praises to the Visibly Smooth deodorant. Now it’s time to shout like mad for their newest body wash. Am I exaggerating or is it really the bomb diggity? Check the review…


Dove Nutrium Body Wash

Price: 5 out of 5 (12 oz for $4.99-$7.99)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:

“• Repairs and maintains skin’s protective layer during cleansing
• Unlike moisturizers in other body washes, Dove Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™ penetrates surface skin deep down to replenish and nourish

• Clinically proven to significantly reduce dryness and improve moisturization” (source)

The truth:
Well, it’s from Dove so you already know it’s a wonderfully smooth and smells oh so clean.

What I loved about it: It feels soooo smooth!


What I didn’t like: Not much to NOT like. Affordable? Effective? Easy to find? That makes me one happy and clean lady!

Overall: Most of us are all too familiar with Dove, the brand. If you haven’t tried their body washes, then you’ve probably tried their soaps, hair products or deodorants. I don’t know many people who have bad experiences with Dove. Aside from keeping moisture one of their top priorities when it comes to skin care, they are also very conscious about taking care of the sensitive skin peeps of the world. Gotta love that.

The idea behind this new body wash is the introduction of NutriumMoisture technology. You can read more about it here but basically it allows moisture to get deep down in the skin instead of just sitting on top. Kinda like this…..
Pretty friggin ‘awesome, right? I’ve been looking forward to this luscious stuff after every work-out.
The nozzle….
Ohhh, creamy baybeeee….
And it still stays creamy after hittin’ water.
Love iiiiit. It comes in Deep Moisture, Gentle Exfoliating and Sensitive Skin.
You can find these anywhere Dove products are sold.
Are you a Dove lover? Tried this yet? Whatcha think?

Beauty Review: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

I will PayPal 50 cents to the first person who can pronounce L’Occitane correctly. Skype me now! LOL, I’m kidding really but I won’t even tell y’all what I first called this glorious brand of soaps when I first saw a store in Orlando’s Mall of Millenium. Just so there is no confusion, it is pronounced….
Locks-a-ton

I am right, aren’t I? HA! Anyway—I HAVE to share with you the wonderfulness (is that a word?) that is this oil. I bet you’ll be double clicking your mouse like mad trying to order it online after reading my review. Words really can’t do it justice but *deep breath* I’m going to try!

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Price: 3 out of 5 (2.5 oz for $8 and 8.4 oz for $22)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Transforms into a lavish, softening foam–original and unique in texture–that leaves a satin-like softness all over the body. Rich in almond oil and nourishing lipids. Cleanses gently to impart a delectable perfume. Keep handy in bath or shower as an extra-pampering alternative to Shea Butter Soap and our fragrance Soap. Suitable for men and women.” (source)

The truth:
What in the….how does oil foam up? It’s magic, I tell ya!!

What I loved about it: The foaming action, the smell, the packaging, wooooow.

What I didn’t like:
Now y’all know I’m going to complain about the price. That’s just my nature. I’m a budget-conscious mama so I can’t help it. The price is a little “wowsers” but I can’t even shower without this stuff now so I have to save up to keep repurchasing it.

Overall: L’Occitane is one of those brands that you may not know much about unless you know someone who uses the products an loves french soaps. L’Occitane is French-based company with a dynamic story. Most importantly, they understand the importance of natural and organic infusions in beauty; namely skincare. I could preach all day about this company but you can get your learn on by reading up about them here.

So with this being my first L’Occitane product I can proudly say, I can not WAIT to dabble around with some of their other products. This almond shower oil is amazing! How can something so light an weightless bring so much joy in the shower?
I’ll show you….
The nozzle of the oil looks like this:


It distrbutes the right amount of oil in the palm of your hand. When it first pours out, it looks like your average oil. It has the consistency of extra virgin olive oil.
It is golden yellow in color and decadent in smell. I love that it isn’t TOO strong. I like to use this after a body wash and the two scents never clash.
Spread the oil around a bit and it gets a little thick. It gives you that same feeling you would get if you, say….applied too much body wash to your skin. See!
A bit more rubbing around and what do you get? Foaming homie goodness!



Yeah, don’t ask me how that happens but it feels absolutely amazing on the skin. Oils already feel great when you apply them but on warm and wet skin in the shower? Giiiiirl, it gives me life, I tell ya! And when you rinse it off, your skin is left smooth and feels revived. This is the next best thing to a trip to the spa.

Until you step out of the shower and realize you’re late for work. HA!
I.Love.It. Immensely, that is. L’Occitane=french soap heaven and I can’t wait to play around with more of their soaps.
Have you tried this oil? Or anything else from L’Occitane?
Whatcha think?