Thursday, December 31, 2020

December 2020 Empties

Purchased and Press Sample (Affiliate Links)

I close out the year 2020 with my December Empties, and I made one last push to use up largely empty containers in an effort to live more sustainably, waste less, buy less and to use what I have. I also burned a lot of candles this month because I found that it helps reduce some of the stress that I have been experiencing in this very difficult time.

SALT By Hendrix Magical Rose Sugar Soufflé (This appears to have been discontinued): Of all of their body scrubs, this was by far my very favorite. As the name rightly suggests, it really was a magical scrub. This sugar-based exfoliator has a light and fluffy soufflé texture that is neither too dry, nor too oily. It contains a lovely symphony of oils that hydrate and nourish the skin while the sugar particles exfoliate dead skin cells–revealing soft, smooth, supple and moisturized skin. It has a light rose aromatic veil that is very soft and feminine. This lovely scrub is cruelty-free and free of toxic ingredients, and the sugar melts completely, and therefore will not clog your drain (and is safe for the environment). Purchase Again? I most certainly would if they still made it!

Nubian Heritage Goat's Milk & Chai Bar Soap ($4.00 for 5 oz. from Swanson Vitamins): This lovely bar soap gently exfoliates dead skin cells while hydrating, softening and conditioning the skin. It boasts a creamy light lather that neither strips the skin, nor does it leave behind a greasy residue. It has a faint warm aroma from which one detects rose, honey and chai. I keep this bar at my bathroom sink, and love how soft it makes my hands. Purchase Again? Eventually, but I have lots of soaps to use before purchasing more.

Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Bar Soap ($4.00 for 5 oz. from Swanson Vitamins): I love the rich warm and creamy scent of this soap lathers so nicely, and it contains exfoliating particles, but it never strip the skin or leave it dry and uncomfortable. Purchase Again? Eventually I will.

LAVANILA Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil ($20.00 for 3.4 oz. from Beauty Encounter): This lightweight, super-hydrating creamy oil smells divine, and it delivers instant hydration without leaving behind a greasy residue. It leaves skin soft, smooth and supple and lightly fragranced. The consistency is thin, it melts into the skin immediately, and leaves behind an ethereal glow. The warm veil of vanilla bean aroma is comforting and rich, and it lingers for quite a while. Purchase Again? Yes! This is either my second or third bottle, and I really love this stuff so much!
Bodyography Lip Scrub and Mask ($25.00 from Bodyography): My lips have periodically been chapped throughout this winter season, and I have been using so many lip balms and oils to deal with this issue. Bodyography is a brand that I absolutely love, and this duo does not disappoint. This cruelty-free, vegan and gluten-free scrub and oil duo is very effective, easy to use and it is filled with antioxidant-rich and hydrating ingredients. The scrub gently and effectively removes dead skin without causing further damage, and the oil deeply nourishes, hydrates, smooths and restores dry lips. There is no detectable taste or fragrance, and therefore it should pose no problem for people sensitive to scented products. Purchase Again? Probably not, but I really liked this a lot.

3 Graces Radiant Lip Scrub ($18.00 from 3 Graces Beauty): This wondrous antioxidant-rich lip scrub has a delectable aroma that is best described as warm, creamy and comforting. Simply apply a tiny amount and gently massage it into clean lips and then remove with a damp cloth. The nourishing formula removes dead skin, heals chapped lips and it leaves them smooth and hydrated. It is the perfect way to prep your lips for your lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm. Purchase Again? Probably not, but I loved it!

Vichy Liftactiv Hyalu Mask ($40.00 for 1.69 oz. from VichyDermstoreAmazonTarget and SkinStore): is an ultra effective Hyaluronic Acid-based hydrating mask that is a perfect pick for dehydrated, stressed and dry skin. This is every French Pharmacy fanatics dream-come-true hydrator, and its refreshing water-gel texture feels cooling and amazing against the skin. It plumps fine lines, deeply hydrates and leaves skin soft, smooth and supple. It is formulated for all types of skin, and it is paraben-free, oil-free and fragrance-free. Purchase Again? I already have a new jar!

The A Method C Gel Facial Mask ($75.00 for a set of 6 from The A Method): These wonderful masks have a delighful light citrus aroma, and they are cooling and soothing on the skin. The Stabilized Vitamin C does a wonderful job brightening dull skin and softening the appearance of fine lines. After 20-30 minutes, my skin was richly hydrated, soft, smooth and luminous. If you love high quality sheet masks, then you will revel in the magnificence of this one! Purchase Again? I still have a couple left, but I like these a lot a will likely purchase more when I use up more of my sheet masks.
INNA Organic Frankincense Rich Revitalizing Eye Mask ($71.89 for 5 ey mans and 5 face masks from Amazon): Frankincense Rich Revitalizing Eye Masks do a tremendous job nourishing and hydrating the delicate area under the eyes. These serum soaked cotton masks plump fine lines, diminish the appearance of dark circles and leave the skin lifted, soft, smooth and supple. Purchase Again? After I finish up my collection of other eye masks, I will definitely consider buying these.
Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub ($38.00 for 8.8 oz. from Sephora): While I only had a deluxe sample, I used it long enough to know that I really liked this scrub, but not long enough to review it. Purchase Again? Maybe eventually, but I have several body scrubs to use up first.

Oribe Curl by Definition Crème ($48.52 for 5.9 oz. from Walmart): This is one of the most incredible styling products that I have ever used on my curly hair. If you have curly hair, you know just how challenging it can be to find products that are effective, that don't weigh down curls, that don't dry out the hair, or leave it greasy. While this styling crème is quite expensive, it has always been money well-spent for me. It has a rich, creamy and moisturizing formula that tames frizz, smoothes hair, defines and controls unruly curls, without weighing them down, and it offers hair a beautiful glossy shine. If you have wavy or curly hair, then the ultra-luxe Oribe Curl By Definition Crème is a phenomenal haircare option worthy of your serious consideration. Purchase Again? I will definitely consider it when I finish some of the other products that I am currently using.

Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream ($19.50-$52.00 for 1.7 oz. and 5 oz. from Nordstrom): I have a few samples of this Moisturizing Cream and I am quite happy with the results so far. It is described as, "a high-gloss, leave-in conditioner that restores even the driest hair, calming frizz and elevating shine for touchable softness." Purchase Again? I am seriously considering it!

Rituals Indian Rose Scented Candle (It looks as though this has been discontinued): The moment that I opened the box and smelled this gorgeous candle, it was true love. I love rose scented candles, and this one is really special. The aroma features the pairing of Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil, and it is warm, sweet, but not too sweet, and perhaps one of the most lovely roses imagined. Purchase Again? I would in a heartbeat!

Tiziana Terenzi White Fire White Glass Candles ($45.00 for 6 oz. from Amazon): Notes: fir, jasmine, bergamot, fresh ice, honey. I received these in a Barneys New York LOVE YOURSELF Gift Bag years ago, and I loved using them. Purchase Again? At some point I will consider purchasing more, but for now I am swimming in candles.

Alora Ambiance Bimbi Candle ($50.00 for 9 oz. from Alora Ambiance): is a study in refinement and elegance, and it would not be an overstatement to suggest that it is a candle with which I am thoroughly transfixed and obsessed. The lovely aroma, which is a delectable blend of Bimbi Lavender, Chamomile and Bergamot, is a luscious composite of the three scents, and together they yield the most extraordinary citrusy floral that is neither too sweet, nor too assertive. The ultra-high quality soy candle, with a cotton wick, burns for about 50 hours, and it fills the air with the most intoxicatingly beautiful and calming aroma. Furthermore, the glass vessel is so beautiful that you will want to save it to display your makeup brushes or eye pencils.

Diptyque Baies Candle ($36.00-$68.00 for 2.4 oz. and 6.5 oz. from NordstromDiptyque and Space NK): I love Diptyque candles, and this one is really lovely. It is described as, "An irresistibly fresh and fruity scented candle that warms your heart and home." I used this on my nightstand, and it was calming and beautiful. Purchase Again? Very likely.

Rebel & Mercury Botanical Candle in Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Clove ($8.00 value for a custom tin from Boxwalla and the full size candle is $42.00 for 8 oz. from Rebel & Mercury): This delectable candle has an otherworldly aroma that is punctuated by top notes of sweet orange that give way to a refined combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove with a subtle undercurrent of cardamom. It smells like the holiday season distilled into a perfect little candle. As Boxwalla has noted, one can dip their fingers into the tin and actually use this as a solid perfume, and I have tried this and find it utterly hypnotic! I am transfixed my its warm holiday scent, and look forward to purchasing more Rebel & Mercury's candles. Purchase Again? It is on my list!

Overall Assessment: It's hard to believe that 2020 is coming to a close. Let's hope for a much better 2021! Cheers to a Happy New Year, and a healthy one in which Covid-19 is no longer an issue.

What did you use up, toss, give away or return in December? Any particularly good or bad products to report? Do tell!

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