Bubalina Spicy Pumpkin Skincare Products, A Review

In February, I ordered a Bubalina Spicy Pumpkin Skincare Set from My Habit.  It came with a bottle of body wash and a bottle of lotion.  I paid $15 for it and My Habit listed a retail price of $40.  Shipping was free.  I don’t know how much the products retail for regularly Looking at their website, the body wash/shower gel is going for $22/bottle.  Guess I won’t be getting anymore of their products anytime soon.  My inner product junkie should have jumped out and ordered two or three of the sets.  Oh, well.

Anyhow, today was the first day I tried the products.  I love them!  I still don’t know if they’re worth $15 in my book.  Perhaps they are because it’s a unique scent.  It’s cool either way because I deserved a treat and treated myself to this wonderful gift.

The body wash had a rich, creamy lather even using about a quarter sized amount.  The scent stuck to me for a bit.  When I got out of the shower I followed up with the lotion.  It was thick, strongly scented, and very moisturizing, even using a small amount.  +1 for the products being “anti-inflammatory”.  Great smell, great coverage, and medicinal naturally!

Sometimes I dislike skincare products because they aren’t moisturizing, require the use of too much product to be effective, or just aren’t worth the price in general.  However, I feel these products are wonderful and each 8oz bottle of product will last me awhile.  I’m not a tiny person either and the small amount of product used gave me great coverage.

If you ever catch these products on sale, try them out.  It’s such a nice treat 🙂

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Imperial Dax Hair Care Samples made an awesome mail day!

This is a review, kinda, sorta.  Last week I ordered samples from the Imperial Dax company, manufacturer of African-American hair care products.  The samples were free but I had to pay $3 for shipping.  Their website says ‘Due to the cost of shipping we had to add a charge to our DAX samples. When ordering DAX samples, you will receive 4 of each DAX sample packet that we have in stock.”

I received a nice priority mail envelope FULL of samples.  Wow!  I got hair care samples as well as skin care (body butter) samples too.  It cost the company $5.70 to send, so they still footed some of the bill for the samples.  I think it was worth it.  What do you think?  I can’t wait to use some of them so I can do an actual review.

You can get your samples here.

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The Natural Me Whipped Shea Butter, A Review

I heard about the “Natural Me” through some folks on a message board.  I love shea butter so I ordered two tins of whipped shea butter and a headband.  Almost $40 and three days later, I received my package.  Man, I couldn’t wait for the mail person to arrive.  To my surprise I received a tiny box that left me wondering if all I ordered could really be in there.

Well, yes all my items arrived.  I’m kind of upset that I placed an order though.  Looking at the products and smelling them, they look and smell like the shea butter sold on many corners in Philly.  In addition, the butters have scents, but they aren’t that strong considering the smell of shea butter is strong.  All I would have to do is buy shea butter, add oils to it, whip it up and voila, whipped shea butter for less than $15 per 8oz.

I’m not disputing that the product works. If you can get access to shea butter and whichever oils you’d like to add, you can save some money and have more of a supply.  Just sayin’!Image

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, A Review

Five stars for Palmer’s Cocoa Butter.  I love the smell and the price.  I purchased a 13.25oz for less than $6 at BJ’s membership storeIMG_0756.  I do realize that everyone doesn’t have a club store membership, so it may not be cost effective.  I’ve seen smaller containers of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for more money at Target, Walmart, etc.

Plamer’s Cocoa Butter includes Vitamin E and claims to heal and soften rough, dry skin.  It also “soothes marks & scars” whatever that means.

I used this heavily during the East Coast winters.  Sometimes I mixed it with Neutrogena Bath oil, lotion, or just used it on its own.  It always made my skin feel soft and moisturized, refresh, and the extreme opposite of rough.

When I put it on my face, I always received compliments of having beautiful skin.

While I give this product five stars, it’s based on fulfilling its claims and the price I paid.  I’d give it less stars if I had to pay more.  In being frugal, I think there are several products that can do what you want that don’t cost a lot.  I also have a tendency to think that regular price is just an asking price or starting point.  Sales, deals, and coupons start the bargaining and bring prices down to an acceptable amount.  The exception to this is smaller businesses that don’t see their product in store or offer coupons.

Anyhow, Palmer’s Cocoa butter is it.  Go get yourself some!

Efa Gold Pure Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, A Review

Five stars for the Efa Gold Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.  I’m on my second 16oz container purchased from Amazon for about $11 and shipped free with Amazon or orders over $25.  It has a light smell, moisturizes, seals, a little goes a long way, goes great mixed with other oils or on its own, can be used for a multitude of purposes, cost effective, can be used as a pre poo, mixed with conditioner, and the list goes on and on.  Shall I say more?  The downside could be the price, but I have nothing to compare it to.  I’m that kinda gal that sticks with familiarity.  If it works great, why search for another alternative?

I purchased this item strictly to use as a hair product, but know that it can be used for cooking and skin care as well.  From what I understand, Coconut Oil is one of the best oils for hair as it has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft, unlike other oils.

I didn’t use it for cooking or on my skin, but with what it does for my hair, I know it would work.

It has a funky smell, but it doesn’t linger.  It is great on my hair by itself, or mixed with other oils.  The 16 oz size lasts months and months.

5 stars for this Coconut Oil.  I don’t have any other coconut oil to compare it to, but I do know that not all oils are created equally.

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Clean & Clear Morning Burst Infusions Hydrating Cleanser, A Review

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Infusions Hydrating Cleanser gets a 5 star rating from me.  I love this stuff and the 9fl oz bottle has lasted me quite awhile.  However, one must realize that I alternative the skin care products I use frequently, which means every couple days at the least.

This products claims it is made with real pineapple and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. I can say that the claims are accurate and after washing my face with this, I don’t feel like I need to follow up with a moisturizer.  In addition, the price is right with it being around $5 at Target.  Another plus is that Clean & Clear often offers coupons for their products so they can be had pretty inexpensively.

Some might think this product has a few downsides.  For one, it has an allergy warning on the back of the bottle.  Anyone allergic to strawberries should not use this product as it contains real strawberries.  Another potentially negative is that the second ingredient is SLS or Sodium Laureth Sulfate, a harsh cleansing detergent found in many cosmetics, dish detergent, laundry detergent, etc.  I’m not one to avoid harsh chemicals, but if you are, you probably want to skip this item.

Overall, I’d recommend this product because it fulfills its claims, is pretty inexpensive, and it is usually easy to find coupons + sales and deals for this item.

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CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, A Review

Let’s cut to the chase.  I can’t give this product any stars for two huge reasons. First of all, this dried out my skin.  The product claims that it is good for normal to oily skin.  I believe I have normal skin and this facial cleanser left my skin feeling dry and in need of immediate moisture.  Secondly, it is priced at $9.99 for 12 fl oz regular price at Target.  There are less expensive facial washes that do a much better job.

I’ve seen coupons for CeraVe, but never tried it because of the price.  I’m frugal to put it nicely.  So when I found this on clearance at Target for $2.56, I grabbed two bottles and put it to the test.  I’ll be returning one of the bottles and keeping the one I opened.  Who knows what I will do with it because I wouldn’t wish dry skin on my worst enemy.  It looks bad and most of all, feels bad.

I wouldn’t recommend trying this at regular price, but if you find it for super cheap, try it on your skin and let me know what you think.Image