i got slightly irritated with bath & body works recently, so i decided that i’d poke around and try some new products when i ran out of my B&BW stuff. up until then i’d been using B&BW shower gel, body lotion, liquid hand soap, foot scrub, and foot cream.
i bought a few things from LUSH, but on the whole i wasn’t really impressed. i bought the chai shower gel (all together now: duh!) and the potion body moisturizer, and i’m not really enjoying either one. the chai shower gel doesn’t really smell right to me at all, and i like my shower gel to lather more than this one does. the potion comes highly recommended online (i’ve seen people rave about it in several places), but i find it too greasy/thin and the fragrance too perfume-y. i also bought the "t tree simplex" lip balm, but i can’t get past the smell to even give it a fair shot. it’s sickeningly sweet, which baffles me, because i’m the kind of person who eats frosting right out of the bowl. anyway, i’m starting to sound like a real cranky person, so allow me to say that i think i do like the pied de pepper foot cream. but 1 out of 4 isn’t really good enough odds for me, so i decided to try other brands.
i bought a pile of vegan shower gel and lotion for my grandma and my mother-in-law around mother’s day, and as a result of spending a lot of money at the body shop, i ended up getting some samples of their shower gel thrown in for free. i got 2 small bottles of papaya, and the smell is awesome, but again, i’m not totally happy with the low-lather-tendency. also currently in my shower: JASON body wash, which my husband uses. i like it, but seriously, i must have a lather issue. heh.
after learning of a big ol’ sale at a vegan-friendly soap (etc.) store near my house, i went on a tiny shopping spree on saturday, and bought a bunch of kiss my face products. almost all of their products are vegan, and it’s pretty easy to tell which ones aren’t, so it was nice to skip all the label-reading for once. i was also pleasantly surprised to learn that their prices are pretty darn good, especially for what i am used to paying for B&BW stuff. anyway, i ended up buying the early to rise shower gel, the lavender & shea butter ultra moisturizer, a bottle of their self-foaming hand soap in grapefruit & bergamot, and a moisture shave in key lime. we’ve been using their moisture shave (in cool mint) for months now, and i really like that a lot. and just for walking in during the big ol’ sale, i got a free sample bar of dr. bronner’s soap, in lavender. now i’m wondering what dr. bronner’s liquid soap might be like as a shower gel.
i do not yet have a lather report on the early to rise (still finishing up the papaya stuff), but i am happy to report that i have put the potion aside and started using the lavender & shea butter ultra moisturizer, and i love it. yay! i’ll start on the new hand soap probably in the next week or two as well.
while in the midst of my shopping spree, i also splurged on a bottle of this stuff for my cutie-patootie niece, who will be 1 next month. i thought it would be cute to put in with her birthday gift. it smells yummy.