Friday, December 30, 2022

December 2022 Beauty Empties to Bid the Year Farewell

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I used up 6 full-size products in the busy month of December, and not a single one of them was a skincare product! I only used hair and body products, but they were all absolutely noteworthy.
Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel (Discontinued scent): I fell in love with this innovative shower gel from the very first moment that I used it. It's an extraordinary take on the ordinary, and for me it makes my bathing experience anything but mundane. The unique gel to foam technology not only makes it immensely fun to use, but it exceeds my every expectation of what a body cleansing gel should do. It cleans beautifully, smells glorious, and leaves the skin lusciously hydrated and soft. Furthermore, the rich dense foamy texture lends itself to being one seriously amazing shaving cream that cleanses, softens, and gives a seriously close shave. My legs have been transformed into the most soft and silky skin imaginable, and this gorgeous product has quickly given the boot to all of my other shaving creams! Purchase Again? I have a couple of other scents from Rituals, and will open another one soon!

Spongellé Body & Soul Detox Buffer in Cosmic Lavender ($28.00 from Spongellé): This is a body wash infused buffer with ashwagandha root extract, and it includes its own chakra stone for meditation and cleansing. Helping to wash away negativity, each crystal creates a new found sense of energy– based upon the 7 chakras. The scent is lovely, and it thoroughly cleans and leaves skin soft and exfoliated. Violet is Cosmic Lavender (Crown Chakra). Purchase Again? I have more from this collection that I am about to open!

Potager Soap Co. Rosemary Lemongrass Soap ($9.98 for 4.5 oz. from Potager Soap Co.): This soap strikes the perfect balance between the aroma of the Rosemary and the Lemongrass. Each scent tempers the other in the most delectable way. It is a very moisturizing bar with a very satisfying creamy lather, and it is an absolute delight to use. Purchase Again? I just opened another Potager Soap Co.!

Viori Shampoo Hair Bar Hidden Waterfall™ Sweet-Musk Scented ($18.00 for 3.5 oz. from SephoraViori and the Viori Amazon Store): This beautifully fragrant shampoo bar boasts a satisfying lather that thoroughly cleans the hair and scalp without drying, stripping or leaving behind an oily residue. This particular bar is best suited for dry and normal hair, and it's gorgeous decorative floral motif is a luxurious delight to behold. Purchase Again? I have a lot of shampoo to use up first, but I will happily buy this in the future.
Spongellé Eau de Toilette in Peony Flower ($28.00 for 0.3 oz. from Spongellé): This is a striking floral that is the perfect embodiment of a huge bouquet of sweet peonies. The fruity floral aroma, which is informed by Rose, Waterlily and Papaya Flower also has a touch of crisp Red Apple, and the Musk in the base adds a beautiful layer of complexity to this lovely composition. Once again, this fetching fragrance sits close enough to the skin that it will never enter the room before you do. Purchase Again? I have a lot of open fragrances to use, but would happily use this again!

Spongellé Eau de Toilette in Blackberry ($28.00 for 0.3 oz. from Spongellé): What a lovely surprise, and it really does smell like "summer in a bottle" as Spongellé asserts. The Citrus and Blackberry are harmoniously juxtaposed with the Pink Jasmine and Vanilla Sugar, and the base notes of Sweet Musk and White Amber give the overall composition a warm and creamy depth without sacrificing the light elements that the top and middle notes provide. It is a gorgeous and infinitely wearable scent that delights the senses, and it sits close enough to the skin that it never enters the room before you do. Purchase Again? I would happily use this again!

Overall Assessment: I throughly enjoyed using all of these products, and really love all four of these brands. What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in December?

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  1. While none of these are products I could use I do admire them. If I were able to own these though I'd be happy. I actually used up a lot this month: Mary Kay eye makeup remover, 2 different mascaras that I really used up, an eye cream and a moisturizer and more. I gave away a lot!!

    1. Wow, Marcia– you really used up a lot! I wish that you weren't sensitive to fragrances, because you would love a lot of these if you could use them!

  2. Sounds like you had a luxurious holiday month of bathing delight! I used up a lot in December, actually. I didn't even realize it. Here they are: Maybelline Tattoo 36HR Pigment Brow Pencil and bought two more; Almay Intense i-Color Shadow and Color Primer and bought another one as usual; Physicians Formula Super CC Color-Correction + Care All-Over Blur CC Cream SPF 30 and bought two; Physicians Formula Eye Booster Ultra Fine Liquid Eyeliner that I always buy more of because it has lash-conditioning serum with peptides; CeraVe eye repair cream and replaced it with African Botanics eye contour gel serum; Elon Moisture Therapy Replenishing Mask and replaced it with the new version of the same mask; and Living Proof Instant Defrizzer which I replaced with ExStatic hypoallergenic anti-static spray. Also, I returned Kerastase Densifique Hair Mousse because I was sensitive to it. I don't usually go through so much in one month! Lol. I'm trying to thin out my abundant supply of cosmetics. Thanks for helping me to take stock - Angie,

    1. Hi Angie, I definitely enjoyed all of those products in December. WOW, I am so incredibly impressed by how much you finished and repurchased in December! That was quite a lot! I am so thrilled to see that you got the African Botanics Eye Contour Gel! As you know, I am a huge fan of their products, and I absolutely LOVE their eye gel!

  3. These are my kind of empties, lol! I especially love the RITUALS Cherry Blossom shower foam and the Spongelles!

    1. Well, we do have the same taste, Allison! Rituals and Spongelle make the best bath products, as we both know!


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