Gels/Soaps -Yves Rocher - Tradition de Hammam - Oriental soap with olive oil
sapphireo 5/26/2011 8:55:00 PM
This is a good looking bar of soap that came in a shiny box. It has beautifully carved patterns on it and looks like chocolate. For me though that's about it for the good part. The soap works OK, not bad but nothing special either. Neither my husband or I like the smell. You'd think something that's supposed to contain nut oil and looks like chocolate should smell yummy, but it's got a rather citrus and incense smell that reminds me of some cheap soap bars you can buy for $1 from ethnic grocery stores. This soap is OK, I'd say comparable to some higher end commercial soap, like those French made olive oil soap. Except you can buy those soap for $4 each and this one cost $16. If this soap also cost $4 I'd give it a much higher rating. For $16 this is not up to expectations.
Crème -Cover Girl - Cover Girl TruBlend Whipped Foundation
sapphireo 2/13/2009 4:58:00 AM
I like this foundation a lot. It's probably not right for everybody but for me it's quite good. My skin is good so I don't need much coverage, just something light to make it more even and this foundation does a good job. It seems to spread quite easily and create a thin sheer layer. It's unscented and I've never had any breakout from using it. (I sometimes go to bed wearing it, too.) The packaging is a bit user unfriendly as you need to dip your finger in every time. I do like those pump bottles better, but I suppose this one's a bit thick for those. I definitely won't take it for travel. The glass jar can break and make a mess. The price is quite reasonable, even when it's not on sale. It can be found in most stores so that's good, too.
This perfume smells very sweet, it's nothing like the real rose absolute, but still a yummy scent. Reminds me of candies. It seems to lift the mood and makes me happier, like the real rose oil does, so that's great. I don't think it's worth the full listed price, but you can usually get it at half-price, then it's not bad for your money. The packaging is simple yet elegant, very decent for its price range. The color is a pretty pink. I would buy again to give as gifts.
I tried several different bars from Chagrin Valley. Overall they're pretty good. I especially like the scents, as they only use essential oil, no fragrance oil. They smell natural and kind of earthy. (Ok, I heard the neem and tea tree one smell rather bad so I've never tried it.)
These shampoo bars are pretty mild, I need to lather up three times and scrub to get my hair clean. I do have long, thick hair that's on the oily side. My husband has non-oily hair and he lather up twice for each wash. I use 5 - 10% ACV rinse after wash and it makes my hair much softer. My husband doesn't use any acidic rinse and his hair is fine.
Compared to regular shampoo, my hair is fuller and wavier using shampoo bars, though I have to admit there's a little less slip. If your hair is very long or tangles easily, using some conditioner would be good. Some of their bars are more moisturizing and more suited for dry hair. I couldn't use the babassu and marshmallow one or the cafe moreno one, too moisturizing and I just didn't feel clean. Order some samples to find out which one suit your hair and scalp type before you buy the full-size, as the full sized bars are huge.
Overall I would recommend these shampoo bars if you love totally natural products, and don't have hard water. Hard water and soap products usually don't have good results and would require frequent clarifying.