Category Archives: Bath & Body

Natural Skin Care | Witch Hazel

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Witch hazel is one of my favorite natural skin care ingredients. I’ve been using it as a toner and makeup remover for several years, as well as a treatment for insect bites. I think it’s similar to tea tree oil, in that it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and acts as a natural astringent. It’s quite nice for oily, blemished skin.

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T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel | Website
I’ve been through countless bottles of this stuff. I mainly use it during the summer, when my skin is very, very oily. This does contain alcohol, so those with dry skin may find it too astringent. It smells a little odd at first… an herbal/alcohol smell? But I’ve gotten used to it. It’s a nice natural way to remove excess oil, dirt, or makeup.
dickinsons_witch_hazelINGREDIENTS: Witch hazel (100% all natural), Alcohol (14%).

Thayers Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch Hazel | Website
This is better suited for drier skin and/or colder months because it’s both alcohol-free and contains aloe vera, a natural moisturizer. I think I may even like this brand a little bit better, because it has the same benefits of Dickinson’s without being too drying, so I can use it all-year-round. I think this would be better for those with drier, more sensitive skin. And it smells so refreshing… like real cucumber juice. Their rose petal water witch hazel is probably their more popular version. I may give that one a try after I finish this bottle.
thayers_witch_hazelINGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.

Both brands are significantly more cost-effective compared to “finished” toners you find in the skin care aisle. Aside from using witch hazel by itself for toning, you could also add it to homemade face masks as well to calm blemished skin.

Have you ever used witch hazel as part of your skin care routine? What did you think?

Dirty Talk | Little Bath Bomb Haul

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When I think of “baths,” a blur of wrinkled fingers and toes, plastic boats and fluffy bubble beards comes to mind. I’ve never experienced the pleasure of indulging in a soothing bath, and as I am making more of an effort to find new ways of implementing acts of self-care into my life, I thought, “Hmm, I could probably enjoy this!”

I recently ventured on to Etsy to look for some homemade bath bombs to try out. I purchased these particular ones from a shop called Pisces Pieces (the shop owner, Christy, is a real sweetheart, by the way!). Each bomb is $5.00 and enough for up to two baths each (if you break them in half). The ones I got are “Fairy Dust,” “Sweet Orange Chili Pepper,” and “Toasted Marshmallows.” I’m not the best at describing scents, but I’ve included the description of each bomb fragrance directly from the shop descriptions below to give you a better idea:

FAIRY DUST
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Fairy Dust is a fresh lemon peel creates a sparkling accent for the sunny fruit accord that opens this fragrance. A rich fruity floral signature balances night blooming jasmine with fresh cassis, while hints of ozone create a shimmering effect. Complex musk tones intertwine with rare woods and a hint of vanilla at the base of the scent.

SWEET ORANGE CHILI PEPPER
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This is the sassy, saucy combination of Valencia orange, sparkling bergamot, tangerine zest, tart cassis, orange juice, neroli, ground pepper, fiery chili pepper, and sheer musk.

TOASTED MARSHMALLOWS
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This is just like the smell of marshmallows toasted over a campfire.

They’re beautifully made too. The shimmer in “Fairy Dust” and the sprinkles in “Sweet Orange Chili Pepper” are nice touches. I also like how “Toasted Marshmallows” is browned on one side as if it was literally held over a campfire.

I think “Sweet Orange Chili Pepper” might be my favorite of the bunch. It’s sweet and zesty, with just a touch of warmth. I think the best way I can describe it would be “like sexy orange juice.” I have a big sweet-tooth and love confectionery scents, so “Toasted Marshmallow” was hard to pass up. “Fairy Dust” is redolent of spring and summer time; floral and sweet… think, sitting outside next to a flowerbed while sipping a mimosa on a sunny mid-morning. Can’t wait to toss these in the tub. 🙂

What do you think of bath bombs? What are some of your favorite scents?