LUSH’s AvoBath Bath Bomb

Yep, I’m back with another one. This bath bomb smells like avocados. No, I’m kidding. How loco would it be if it did though? But it does contain fresh avocados and lemongrass essential oil. Lemongrass is by far one of my top favorite essential oils. This bomb is also infused with olive oil; a plus for ladies with super dry skin. AKA moi.

But it isn’t my favorite bath bomb. It smells just okay but I didn’t leave the tub feeling all silky smooth like I’ve felt after using other bath bombs. It wasn’t a total waste because I absolutely loved how green it made the water.

Yes, the little things amuse me. It was a good $6.95 but I wanted more from this bomb. It definitely can’t beat my favorite bath bomb. Oh well, off I go to try another one. Have you tried this bath bomb from LUSH? What say you?

Get additional deets about it here.

The Sweaty Betty Diaries: How a natural deodorant saved my pits.

I’ve had a love hate relationship with deodorant for as long as I’ve been allowed to wear it. Love because the stuff keeps me from smelling like a goat and hate because although it keeps the funk at bay, it wrecks havoc on my sensitive underarms. And then I got to thinkin’…the skin under the arms happens to be super sensitive. Why then are we using deodorants and antiperspirants with super harsh ingredients in them? Especially after shaving? A light bulb went off and to my beauty bin I went to retrieve a natural deodorant I’ve had for some time but stop using.

I received the Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal to review almost a year ago. I tested it for a good week but found absolutely no results. Fast forward to a few months ago and now you couldn’t pay me to go back to a traditional deodorant.

Here’s the thing about natural deodorants…you have to prep your pits for using them. No matter how hard you scrub, it is often pretty hard to remove deodorant from under your arms. I gave my pits a good scrubbing using baking soda. It took a good 5 minutes per pit, but I was ready! While a traditional deodorant have waaaay too many ingredients listed, this deodorant crystal has two. Dos. 2. That’s it.

My pits were already breathing a sigh of relief. The crystal looks just like, well…a crystal.

Cool, uh? To “activate” it, you wet the top and apply a generous amount under your arms. My issue was always that I’d be left with wet underarms but they dry pretty quickly. Ohmigoodness y’all…when I tell you this stuff works, I mean it WORKS. Aside from it keeping me from stinking, I found that it has kept my pits in so much better condition. My underarms are smoother and not as dark.

Pro’s

-It’s affordable. Retailed at $5.99, this crystal will last for months and months and months.
-It doesn’t have a fragrance.
-It is gentle enough for even the most sensitive of underarms.

Con’s

-It loses its power after 10+ hours
-It may be hard to find.

“Yo B, what do you mean it looses its power after 10+ hours?”

Good things don’t always last forever. The same can be said for this natural deodorant. I’ve been in situations where I went from smelling fresh to smelling less than pleasant in 3.2 seconds. What happened? The deodorant simply wore off. I have no shame in tellin’ y’all that me without deodorant is stinky. Funky. I mean, it’s bad… I have since learned and keep the Spray Mist version of this deodorant in my purse at all times. The Spray Mist is super small and tote-able so it makes transferring it to different purses a breeze. If I feel like I’m going to be away from home more than 8 hours, I head to the ladies room and attack the underarms. And bam…the stinkies stay away. I’ve also learned that I have to continue to thoroughly scrub my pits every time I shower. I scrub with a combination of my body wash and baking soda. A good cleansing creates a nice clean base for another fresh application.

I’m a believer and as much as I’ve loved my traditional deodorants, me and my pits are just happy rolling with Naturally Fresh’s Crystal Deodorant. I’ve heard many guys and gals say they’ve given up on the natural deodorant because they simply…don’t work. I say give ’em another go ’round. If you’re interested in using gentler products under your arms, it may take some time and diligence on your part. Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal comes in crystal, Spray Mist and Roll-On. You can grab it at Whole Foods and other natural food stores as well as online.

Any natural deodorant lovers in the house? If you aren’t one, would you give one a try?

Add THIS to your makeup bag.

Anyone else feel rather lost and insecure without an on-the-go makeup bag? I know, I know. It sounds absolutely insane for me to admit but I am a gal who REALLY relies on her makeup bag. I have since thrown out my dingy and dirty Hello Kitty makeup bag for one that is 10x more attractive.

Purty, uh? Carefree has gifted me with a Freshen Up Essentials kit complete with all of the items that I’ll need to stay fresh throughout the day.

And is toted in such a darling pink bag.

That says a lot for me considering I’m not a fan of the color pink.

😯

Yeah, I know…

Also inside this kit comes a few of Carefree’s ActiFresh liners.

Don’t get me that Too Much Information face, girl. We’re all women here so we can rap about this sort of thing. Ideal for pre and post-period, these liners are great for giving you that extra bit of freshness. They are super thin, surprisingly comfortable and have an odor control system that keeps you fresh for up to 8 hours. Heyyyy! And did I mention that they are only $6.60 for a 120-count box?

Snag ’em anywhere Carefree products are sold.

Softsoap’s Strawberry Smoother. Yummers!

I know. I just HAD to do it. It wouldn’t be Clumps of Mascara if I didn’t do something silly like toss a bottle of body wash in a blender. But seriously…when I first laid eyes on this body wash, I was all “OMG, I need a smoothie STAT!” Y’all KNOW how much I love smoothies. That said, I am loving the concept behind this kid.

Sweet, uh? Retailing for less than $5, this body was is perfect for gals who desire only a bit of of fragrance after bathing. I love that it isn’t long-lasting as I am not a fan of body washes whose scents last alllll day. While my skin is a little too sensitive right now to give this a whirl, I will definitely be stashing this for the winter months. That is, if I can stop myself from using it as a handwash.

I am picky about what I put on my skin so I was hoping that this was low on the synthetic ingredient side.

But it wasn’t. And yeah, I did have high hopes because it looks as if many commercial drugstore products have gone green-er and have omitted parabens, sulfates, dyes and what have you. Here’s to hoping that Softosoap jumps on that bandwagon!

Still…it’s a great soap. And did I mention that there are what looks to be actual strawberry seeds in there?

Coooool! All of this talk about strawberry smoothy-stuffs has me itching to make a smoothie myself. Ooooh blenderrr….

Face sunblockin’. Protect thy skin!

The minute summer struck, I was on a mission to find great and all-natural sunblocks for my face. The all-natural part was very important to me considering my super sensitive skin is prone to break out when I use products heavy in synthetics and fragrances. Insert Nature Gate’s FaceBlock with SPF 25.

I am absolutely in LOVE with this sunblock. It is everything that this brown girl with sensitives skin could ever need and love when it comes to sunblocks.

Well, well…look at that. Not only does it exclude fragrances (yes!), it is also rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Both help to keep the skin moisturized while the UVA/UVB protection to help prevent sunburn. And honey, forget what you’ve heard. Brown girls burn too. The way I see it, any and everyone with um…skin can burn. This sunblock has been my shield against those rays. The consistency is a little different than your average sunscreen. In fact, when I first used it, it was a bit on the watery side…

But it thickened up when I rubbed it in.

One of the problems that many brown girls run across when it comes to sunscreens is the ghost-face that it tends to give us. Nothing sucks more than walking around with that white cast all over. It’s hard to find a sunscreen that doesn’t give that effect but I happy to say that this one is ghost face-free. Yay! When applied all over, it doesn’t look like I have on anything at all.

I look so sessy, don’t I? Ha!

Which is exactly how I like it. Like most sunblocks, you’ll have to apply every few hours (and more often when swimming) but I was impressed at how well it stood up against sweat, wind and ocean water. It’s a sturdy sunblock alright. It goes for less than $9 which can be considered a steal for an all-natural brand like Nature’s Gate.

You can grab it at Whole Foods and I’ve even spotted it at Amazon for close to $4. Score!

Have you been wearing sunblock on your face, darlings?

*Insert the “You better say yes” emoticon here*

Soap Hope: All-natural products with a purpose

It’s one thing to love a product but it’s something else to love the mission behind a company. Such is the case with Soap Hope. Not only do they offer premium, all natural cosmetic and beauty products at affordable prices, but every single dollar goes into programs that help lift women from poverty around the world. Amazing, uh? I got the opportunity to test drive some of the fabulous brands that Soap Hope has to offer.

If you’re a natural beauty products lovin’ girl like I am, you’ll be aware of many of the brands. I’ve played around with Hugo Naturals before, have heard of Pangea Organics and put Mahya Cosmetics on my radar. But it was the stunning soaps from Indigo Bar that stole my heart.

Just how gorgeous is this Citrus Mint goat milk soap?

And trust me, darlin’. They feel as lovely as they look.

Formulated with all-natural everything (including dyes and fragrance), I have taken a total liking to Zum Bar. I found it to be super moisturizing, which is usually the case with all of the goat milk soaps I’ve tried. The price is about right too at $3.99. While I’ve been using this for face and body, I think it’s just too darn purty to NOT use as a handsoap as well.

So while I’ll be ordering more of these beautiful soaps, I’m also going to check out Zum Clean, Indigo Wild’s natural laundry detergent. I can’t use traditional laundry detergent because of my sensitive skin.

For more information about Soap Hope and to get your shop on, visit their website. Oh, and did I tell you that in addition to already having lower prices, they often offer coupons. Woo hoo!!

Giveaway! Caress Fine Fragrance Elixir body washes!

Ooooh yes, darlings…as we continue to celebrate Clumps of Mascara’s 4th anniversary, I’ve got another fantastic giveaway. Brace yourself for this one. This giveaway will make your summer a little sweeter…

Have you seen these gorgeous body washes in stores yet? I saw them at my local Target and fell in love at first whiff. I held from purchasing because my skin has been ultra sensitive; leaving me only able to use specially prescribed soaps and lotions. But that doesn’t mean a Clumps guy or gal can’t win one of these decadent body washes.

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