Sunday, February 10, 2013

Love: Case de Lorenzo Castile Soap

Our little baby’s skin is so sensitive and he’s had a neck rash since we’ve brought him home from the hospital so we always stick to unscented, hypoallergenic and for the most part, organic, in the products we use on his skin. We’ve started him off on Castile soap when he was still very small and have since moved on after a few more months, always steering clear of the sulfate-based ones.

December has given us a chance to get back to using pure Castile soap on him once again, liquid version this time. We actually haven’t used up on the soap we used to use on him before that but I couldn’t resist the lure of 50% off on the Case de Lorenzo soaps so I decided the old soap was for adult use and he could use up the 1 litre soap I got. Yup! I got a litre of their unscented version. They offer COD for an extra P20 charge and that was a plus for me as I’m really bad at catching the bank before they close. (I prefer bank payment over other payment methods.)

Ordering and delivery was really easy. They even answered my mail in the middle of the night to inform me that delivery will be on the day after. There were no unforeseen delays and they kept me informed on delivery through the mobile number I provided.

What do you do with a litre of Castile soap? We poured a bit on a separate container with a pump for baby’s wash. We used a capful for laundry when we ran out of baby’s laundry soap. We used a pumpful on a litre of water for baby bottle washing. We poured a bit on a separate container, added a few squirts of virgin coconut oil and/or almond oil, a few drops of essential oil scent and used it as body wash for the adults.

I like how easy it is to wash off. I do believe it helped with baby’s rashes and it has healed up some. For those who like suds, better use a bath pouf, otherwise don’t expect much. I prefer bath poufs. I like bubbles and I don’t use up a whole lot of soap when I use one. I tried it for shampooing on myself but I got a bit of dandruff so I gave up on that.

As they extended the promo in January and there can never be enough of a good thing, I got a gallon of the soap. It gives me a thrill to buy soap by the litre and gallon. I’m weird that way.

All in all, I’m very happy with the unscented soap and even got their Valentine-themed soaps this month as they sell both for the price of one. A rose-scented Castile soap and a chocolate-scented old-fashioned soap (a blend of Castile, coconut and palm oil-based soap) that supposedly suds more. I’ve been using the rose for hand washing. I’m not a fan of the scent from the bottle itself but it lingers in a milder form once washed off. I don’t use a whole lot when washing my hands, using only a third of the usual soap I use but it cleans just fine and does not dry my hands. I’ve got the chocolate soap in stock as really, we have a whole lot of soap to use up who knows when.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Love: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil and Tea Tree Blemish Night Lotion

Tea tree oil is as effective as benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of moderate acne. As my hormones are out of whack lately, I’ve decided to try the Body Shop’s 15% formulation. It has become an everyday essential and my acne sure dried up fast after using this. I let about three drops on my fall on one hand and apply it with a finger directly on problem spots with the other. I could use a cotton bud tip but I’m lazy and the method works fine with me.

I’m getting another one as I’ve still got the acne problems and my little boy played with the bottle once and I haven’t seen it since. Thank goodness it’s got a child-proof cap so I know he didn’t chug it. Warning: It’s toxic when swallowed so please get it away from children and pets.
Hubby tried it as well before it disappeared but he’s a baby when it comes to stings and he refuses to use it again after trying it once. His skin really is too sensitive.

I also tried the Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion. I’m a sucker for blog reviews and this one got tops. Personally, I’m liking it as my blemishes don’t darken as much as they used to. That’s as straightforward as they come. I don’t have dry skin and I add another night-time moisturizer so I can’t vouch for the moisturizing property. One pump is good. Half-pump does as well, in my opinion.

I’m loving these two so much I’m considering getting the Tea Tree Pore Minimizer next time I stop over the Body Shop. The reviews on that one is great as well. We’ll see. I’m so lazy to shop lately but I'll gladly get off my butt for a great deal.
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