Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July White Apricot's Green Grab Bag Review

So I have to admit. I used to be a product maven hunting down the hottest most super fantastic new beauty concoctions out there. I bought my makeup everywhere and I had a heap of it stacked not so elegantly under my sink. However, ever since cleaning up my makeup routine of toxic and potentially hazardous products I have found myself as a simplest. I have a routine, the same face wash, toner, moisturizer, and general makeup every day. Well, White Apricot's Green Grab Bag has brought out that new product diva in me with a natural twist and I am so totally stoked to see her again! What is so amazing about this subscription service is that it provides a little of everything. Face, Body, and Soul for the low, low, price of $15 a month!

So let's dive on in shall we?

If you'd like to see my unboxing video on this months bag just roll that mouse on over and click here.

So first off is EO Certified Organic Deodorant Spray. Now I have a disclaimer... after I started making my own deodorant about a year ago I have never really wanted to switch it up but this stuff is pretty epic! I've tried spray deodorants in the past like Weleda and I find that they are burning alcohol filled bottles of fury! Not so nice first thing in the morning. This spray is gentle and the citrus-y smell is divine! I will say that I did not feel that the smell stuck around for long.. however I didn't notice any foul mama odor which warrants two arms up!

Next gem on our list is Simply Bath Salts Lavender Blend! I am not a bath taker... If you are a mom and you have time to relax in a nice soak EVER I bow down to your feet! However I was a little down in the dumps this past week thanks to hormones and my upcoming visit from mother nature so Brenton (like a good husband) took the little ladies to the park while Mommy rested her weary baby chasing feet and enjoyed some down time. The soothing scent of lavender mixed with the little hints of Jojoba oil floating on the top of the steamy water... I was in paradise.  Let's all just sign in unison....

This next product has a bite! GO Skin Care Ginger Face Moisturizer is a spicy wake up call to your tired face! The smell of this tiny little tube will even make your sweet hubby notice! I tried this out for a whole week to really get the idea of how simply fantastic this was and I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed! It was light and airy but definitely packed a nice punch of moisture! This is going on my "to order" list!

Now we have Le Mellite Strawberry Lemon Sugar Scrub. First I would like to say I adore a good scrub... nothing better than sloughing off dead skin cells if you're looking for a good time but I was pretty disappointed in this one guys... The texture was nice as a body scrub but I tried this on my face ladies and I looked like I had a really really bad sunburn for at least a day. Its very very "scrubbie" (if that's a word) and the smell is artificially sweet smelling despite its natural intentions. I'd also like to point out that I used the scrub once and kept it in its original packaging and it is already completely dried out. Granted, I'm pretty positive if you were to buy the actual product it would be packaged differently.

Opalima Beauty Eyeshadows had the best of intentions with their little baggies of shadow but before I even tried these out I knew an empty pot was going to be needed. Once I transferred them over I grabbed my shadow brush and began. I was looking for a little drama with this VERY blue shadow but It came out rather light and was pretty hard to blend. On the description card it claims that it can also be used as a liner. So I dabbed my lining brush in some water and voila this product saved itself. I liked how smooth it became with just a dab of good ol' H2O. The best part is that it lasted all night. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the powder portion of my look. To sum it up this is great as a "convert to liner" eyeshadow but as a regular pigment it lacks depth and fades quickly.

CoTZ PURE Sunscreen is natural and boy is it effective! I rubbed this all over both Emma and Mila on a hot, Texas summer trip to our local park and they stayed their pasty white selves without the tiniest hint of red. I can also vouch for CoTZ 'waterproof' claims. Emma decided to play in the water section of the park and still she was fine! The smell was amazing considering there was none! Completely 'nasty sunscreen smell" free! It was also very easy to apply, not thick and pasty like other natural sunscreens.

Last but not least is Mighty Leaf Tea. I received the Organic African Nectar tea. It was full bodied and a little bitter but in the best of ways. I am a huge tea drinker so this was a nice change to my morning routine!

That about wraps it up guys! I loved most of the products in this month's box. This is a new one for me but I can say confidently that I will be a subscriber for a long time!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mandi. Thanks for trying out my eyeshadows. I wish the blue had worked out a little better for you. Not all of my colors make strong eyeliners and some of my colors are more sheer for very pale skin tones and some are darker for deeper skin tones. There's something for everyone! Get in touch with me if you want to try something else like my The Bluez #1 or #2 ( They pack quite the punch. Thanks again and have a great day!