Other -Vaseline - Petroleum Jelly with cocoa butter
ratgirldjh 11/11/2012 2:54:00 PM
i love this stuff. but i have a love hate relationship with it. for a long time i used regular vaseline petroleum jelly and was very happy with it. then i found this stuff. at first i couldn't deal with the fragrance but all of a sudden it grew on me and i hardly notice it any more. it is much more moisturizing and sinks in quicker and deeper than regular vaseline petroleum jelly. i can tell it moisturizes deeper because my skin tone looks deeper and i can see the difference in my tattoes when i use it compared with the original. it also really helps my wrinkles on my face and fine lines around my eyes. it even has made some old scar tissue much softer and less noticeable. but i think it may be clogging my pores on my face. i am not entirely sure since i can't really see any evidence of this - no pimples or blackheads have showed up - but i feel my pores around my chin area and mouth seem a little bumpier than usual. i've tried going back to regular vaseline but now after using this the regular vaseline just doesn't seem to be doing as much as i like. sigh. yes i will buy this again. i've already bought it several times even though i ended up giving away my first jar because the smell was so strong. i've thought of just making my own without the fragrance but this is so cheap and easy to find and now i kind of like the fragrance too. i've just got to figure out how to keep my pores from becoming clogged.
I'm going to review something that will sound weird at first... but it works extremely well on my aging skin! I've tried every oil I could get my hands on and Lard and Vaseline Petroleum Jelly are the only things that have helped and Lard helps better than anything. I have the cheap Armour Lard that you can buy at the grocery store. It is white and totally odorless and looks like Crisco or cold cream. However the difference ends there! I scented some with lavender oil and started using it as a moisturizer and it sinks in super fast and makes your skin SMOOTH!!! Crisco sat on top of my skin for forever. This sinks in in a matter of minutes leaving nothing but soft, smooth skin!!! After a few days of use my fine line (and even some deeper ones!) were pretty much GONE!!! I find it amazing that more people don't use this. It is a hidden beauty secret :)
I am so disappointed that this did not work well for me. Yes, it does seem to moisturize a bit and it feels nice and is silky and I like that it is un-scented and I can add EO's; but it really just sits on top of my skin. It seemed to leave my skin more dehydrated looking after it 'absorbs' and I found it slightly irritating to my skin too. I've used petroleum jelly on my face and body for a while now and feel it is a 'cleaner' feeling moisture and with the petroleum jelly (Vaseline) I only need a tiny bit and I'm set for days. With the Crisco needed tons and then if I would wash my hands my hands would be instantly dry again. I even tried exfoliating with sugar and soap and then using the Crisco and still it just sat there and made my skin feel more and more dehydrated. Finally I looked at my arms and they looked like 100 year old arms! And I put the Crisco away in the back of my cabinet in the disgraced products pile. I'm glad it works for a lot of people and frankly I'm jealous because it would be so cool to have a giant tub of white un-scented goo to rub on after a bath... if only it did something.
Gels/Soaps -Unlisted Brand - Remwood Products-Grandma's Lye Soap
ratgirldjh 4/14/2012 6:13:00 PM
i love this soap for brushing my teeth! i also use it for hair washing (with a vinegar rinse) and for my pets. it is one of my all time favorites and i like that i can buy it instead of having to make it since lye has gotten harder to find.
I love the Cortas Orange Flower Water. I have tried the same brand's rose water and found that the scent made me feel ill - and so decided on a whim to get the orange flower water. I use it mainly to clean my eyes and to spray for a light perfume. I pour it into a spray bottle when I get it and first wash out my eyes with cool water and then take a cotton ball and get it wet and spray several sprays of the orange flower water on it and hold it to my eyes. This whitens them and leaves them feeling very fresh! Try it!
This is the only carmex I like! All the others are either too goopy or too stiff feeling. Now I haven't tried the lime yet but if it is anything like this one I will love it too! This has made me a carmex user again after years of not wanting to use it!
Masks -Auromére - Ayurvedic Herbomineral Mudbath Powder
ratgirldjh 8/22/2011 10:06:00 PM
I love this clay! I use it for a scrub by putting it into a shaker bottle and just sprinkling some out and rubbing it between my wet hands. I also do the mud bath procedure occasionally. Both leave my skin very smooth and nice and this clay is less drying than others. One of my favorite uses for it is to wash my hair! I mix a small amount (1 scoop for my chin length bob) with 1 drop of oil and enough water to make a thin paste. I let it sit a minute and then gently rub it through my wet hair and then brush gently with my tangle teezer. Then rinse, rinse, rinse!!! This clay is amla based (the first ingredient) so you don't need an acid rinse. It leaves my hair super shiny!
this is a wonderful soap! of course it smells like herbs - mostly basil - but don't let that discourage you! it smells very fresh and bright and happy! i've used this soap to wash my hair and my pets and it leaves my hair (and theirs) very shiny, soft and full. i always follow with an ACV rinse (infused with basil and rosemary) and then a cold water rinse. if you choose to use this for shampoo - make sure you lather it up good and rinse well so it won't leave residue because it is a 'soft' soap. this has replaced my previous favorite shampoo bar!
i love oatmeal! i eat it and make masks out of it. my favorite mask at the moment is finely ground oatmeal (i grind it in my coffee grinder) mixed with a few drops of youthing strategies sesame oil face and body formula, and water. i make a very thin paste of it and smooth it on. when it is almost dry i roll it off into little balls. it takes dead skin away and leave my skin moisturized and smooth. after this i just splash with water and make sure it is off and leave a bit of the 'oat juice' on my face and then add a few drops of oil. this is the most gentle exfoliation that i have found. i can use this every day if i wish.
i have used this for several months before writing this review in case i changed my mind. before using sesame oil i have used both virgin coconut oil which i used for a few years til i got sick of the coconut smell and it started drying out my skin, olive oil which i still love. sesame oil works even better than VCO or EVOO for my aging dry skin. i have used both refined sesame oil and unrefined raw sesame oil as well as youthing strategies auryvedic cured sesame oil (which is my favorite). all these oils make my aging dry skin feel almost young again! my skin just drinks up sesame oil! if you have very dry aging skin you should definitely give sesame oil a try. and if you don't like the smell of the sesame oil try youthing strategies face and body oil - it is scented with geranium - yummy!
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
ratgirldjh 7/5/2009 4:46:00 PM
ok i've been using rosehip seed oil for a while now. and while it is not expensive - i have to order it on-line to get a good deal on it. when i was using it i kept saying to myself that it sure reminds me of olive oil in some ways... so i was reading about how the extract the cold-pressed rosehip seed oil and they use olive oil to extract it... so i started using olive oil again and now i love it. what i've been doing is just wiping my face with a damp cotton ball with olive oil on it. this gets off much more dirt than anything i have ever tried!!! i'm serious! when i do this i think it must take off the top layer of my skin also - because i have not needed to exfoliate and my skin feels so smooth! i used to use baking soda to exfoliate to get the same feeling! i have not needed to do this since i started using olive oil in this manner. i don't wear make-up - so i just clean my face like i was taking off make-up. afterwards i splash some water on my face and neck and rub the rest in. if i need to i add a little EVOO later... i also love to add some to my bath. i'm not sure my hair appreciates EVOO though. every time i've tried to use a olive oil treatment - put some on let it soak and wash it off - my hair looks much thinner and just blah for days... maybe i'm using too much :) UPDATE: after using the above method for a while my pores on my chin were totally clogged... :( so i now use sesame oil on a rough wet wash cloth and scrub my face with it. this works much better for me and my pores are no longer clogged.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Oil Cleansing Method OCM
ratgirldjh 6/12/2009 3:57:00 PM
WOW! i've finally discovered a way to use the OCM that works great for me! seems my aging skin does not like water! so the steaming and using the water makes my skin dry and just not happy! so - what i've been doing is do dampen a cotton ball and just wipe rose-hip seed oil on my face. i use it just the way i would use a toner. i keep changing cotton balls until i've done my whole face and they come away clean. then i sometimes splash my face with cool water - or spray some orange flower water on my face - and add a little more rosehip seed oil if needed - and that's it! in the morning i do it again - but not as thoroughly. this has totally turned my skin around! i always had 2 pimples on the edge of my chin that never went away. they are gone - my skin looks flawless! my smile wrinkles are getting less noticeable too! it is amazing! i think the exfoliation provided by the cotton ball is the key here. it is also not making my skin drier like other methods... on the contrary - when i am finished my skin is smooth and silky! UPDATE: this ended up making my skin drier and drier and my pores started clogging up. i now just wet my washcloth and add a few drops of oil and scrub my face with it. this seems to unblock pores better for me. UPDATE: i dont do this any more. now i use organic ghee mixed with a little turmeric and use it as a scrub and then remove with a warm washcloth. no clogged pores and silky smooth skin!
i LOVE castor oil! i actually use it on my whole face and neck every night before bed. since i have been doing this not only have my eyelashes gotten stronger and longer (i put it there too) but my sleep wrinkles are not so noticeable in the morning and my face looks more refreshed. i've tried using other oils (including my beloved VCO which i used to use on my face) and now i always go running back to castor oil! try it! it is amazing!
i used to love this soap. recently i decided to buy it to use on my hair. well it seemed to work very well. after air drying my hair was shiny and soft. that night i noticed that it was hard to make my bun on my head for sleeping. the next day my hair instead of being wavy from being in my bun all night was sticking out in all directions! i brushed it and it was frizzy and dull looking. weird. it still felt soft just weird. usually i wash my hair with a coconut oil based soap (chandrika) and wanted to switch to an olive oil based soap because i thought it would be less drying. well it wasn't for me. BUT i tried this soap for washing greasy dishes! it works great for this! this is a great and inexpensive soap to have next to the sink for dish washing - just swipe the sponge on the soap and scrub! all the oil came off my plates and it doesn't have a chemical smell to it. so i will probably buy this again just to use as a kitchen soap!
i tried this on my hair to remove build up and it totally dried out my hair. so i keep it away from my hair! the first time i tried it as a facial exfoliant i hated it. probably i scrubbed too hard because it seemed to leave my face extremely dry, tight and irritated even after i toned with ACV (to restore the acid mantle) and rinsed very good with cool water and put on VCO. since then i've tried it again with better results - very smooth not too dry skin. also i've found it works better for me if i put on a thin layer of either VCO or EVOO and then rub in the baking soda. this way i get the exfoliating effect without the severe drying effect. i am going to try it as a whole body scrub in the bath tub.