Dry Skin Confessions

Oh gee, how do I start this off? I guess I should just come out with it.

I have dry skin. And I’ve always had dry skin. It’s not something I’m proud about either. It’s embarrassing. You can’t exactly go around scratching your lower back with intense frustration in public without people giving you the side-eye. But to my rescue, I present two drugstore (aka affordable) brands that have been coming to my rescue. First up…

Aren’t they sexy?

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Canus Goat’s Milk Soap rocks!

I’ve been meaning to share with y’all the soap that has replaced every single one of my body washes. It takes something special to make this body wash-obsessed girl go from having several bottles in the shower to eliminating them all to sticking with just one lowly bar of soap.

Goat’s milk soap is mutha cluckin’ jump off!

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Green Beauty: SJ Creations Pure Body Organics

As promised, a majority of the body care products that I review on Clumps will be from brands that include organic ingredients, and are free of sulfates and all of the other harsh additives that some products may have. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I think you should use whatever floats your boat. But these days, with my skin acting the way it does, I HAVE to use products that are not only nourishing but gentle. And it just so happens that the majority of these products are natural.

I have been LOVING  Pure Body Organics’ body lotion in lavender. And here’s why…

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Marie Deneen: Lippies and Lotion

Let me introduce you to Marie Deneen; a brand whose motto is Providing Nature’s Goodness With Style. A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to test drive some lippies and lotions from the them. Gotta love a brand that contributes to West African projects and Jamaican education programs, right? Founder Rashida Morgan-Brown not only has a passion for giving back but also likes to include natural ingredients in her products.

Perhaps that’s why Marie Deneen has recently been featured in Essence Magazine and People Magazine. Holla!

Let’s rap on the lippies first. I tried three of the Shea Lips.

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Natural Beauty: Why Castile Soap rocks my socks….

I am going to start featuring more natural product reviews on Clumps of Mascara. I mean, it only makes sense! Natural products are staples in my home and very rarely do I show them love here on the blog. That changes today!

Have I told y’all how much I love castile soap?


I buy the different fragrances and different sizes and I just LOVE them.


Please tell me you know what Castile soap is? It’s just that! Soap. And it’s all natural. I ain’t playin‘….check out the ingredients.


It looks like regular liquid soap when poured out.

Add a few drops of water and what do you get? Soapy goodness!


Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has 18 uses. Okay, sooo…I haven’t found all 18 but I’m using castile soap daily!

-I wash my hair with it (Peppermint or Tea Tree)
-I clean my bathroom and kitchen with it. (Unscented)
-I wash my face with it (Lavender or Almond)
-I clean my make-up brushes with (Unscented)
-I remove stains with it (Unscented)
-I use it as a body wash (Almond or Citrus)
-I have used it as a toothpaste..but giiirl, don’t swallow it (Peppermint)

I have developed a great love affair with castile soap. This is one product that I can not leave home without when traveling.

You can find out more about castile soap here. If you are looking to incorporate more natural products in your lifestyle, castile soap is a must have. And it pretty affordable and easy to find. They are popping up at drugstores and I have known to find some at Target stores. But of course they can easily be found at natural food stores and markets like Wild Oats, Whole Foods and Trader’s Joe.

Want to know more about Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps? Or interested in purchasing it online?
Click here.

Lather up, mamas!

Beauty Review: Citrus & Spice All Natural Body Scrub

FACT: Your Head Newb here is a fan of bathing.

Granted I hope you ALL like to bathe but what I mean is I truly enjoy soaking in a hot bubble bath after a sweat fest at the gym or particularly stressful day. As a matter of fact, as I type this post on my lunch break I am already looking forward to a nice warm bubbly.

But what can take an all ready blissful experience to the next level? An exfoliant to scrub off of those dead skin cells to reveal beautifully smooth and luscious skin. And not just an kind of exfoilator. Many contain hash ingredients that do more bad than good to your skin. Some are too harsh while others aren’t grainy enough.

Face it, finding a great exfoilator isn’t all THAT easy.

Let me introduce to you:

INGREDIENTS Ultra-Moisturizing, All Natural body scrub by M.B. Carey & Co. Ltd.

Everybody say “Ohhh” and “Ahhhh”! The line-up is as follows.

Citrus & Spice, Lavender/Mint, Patchouli/Pine – MSRP: $40.00 – 19 oz. /538.5 gm. Tub

Citrus & Spice, Lavender/Mint, Patchouli/Pine – MSRP: $6.00 – 2.5 oz. /70.8 gm. Jar

I used the Citrus & Spice and wa-wa-wooow….I would have never thought of actually using cinnamon in a scrub but it works out beautifully. I used it in a bubble bath and wanted to just sleep in the tub for hours. It was wonderful!


Is it just me or does this look….edible? Yum!


The scrub consists of only a few products: coarse sea salt, mineral oil, petrolatum, cinnamon, clover and Sweet Orange essential oil. I’m finding that using SALT in an scrub as far better than sugar because not only dissolves but it isn’t sticky. See the dissolving action?

SCRUB ALONE

SCRUB with a bit of water


I was a little weary with the scrub containing mineral oil as mineral oil can be a property that clogs pores. However, Mommy the herbalist said that its use in small doses is not harmful. I found that I didn’t even need to apply lotion after using it so I definitely understand its purpose in the scrub!

Overall: A+ from B. You too should pamper yourself with this and other wonderful products from M.B. Carey & Co. Ltd. Visit their website at:

Sound like a product that you would like to try? Tell me!

Stay beautiful!