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Comparison: Alaffia Africa’s Secret, Egyptian Magic, and The Honest Co. Organic Healing Balm

By on May 25, 2016
Alaffia Africa's Secret, Egyptian Magic, The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm
Alaffia Africa’s Secret, Egyptian Magic, The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm

I have three thick, multi-purpose skin balms that I think make for interesting points of comparison. It all started with Egyptian Magic, which I’ve previously praised on the blog, and I later branched out to trying other less expensive but similarly conceived products from Alaffia and The Honest Company to see if I could save some money while treating my skin. These are all natural products with simple formulations that nourish the skin, including face, lips, and body. I ended up with┬ádistinct thoughts about all three of them, so I wanted to lay them all out.

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Egyptian Magic Skin Cream

By on February 26, 2014
Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream ($25.80 for 2 oz. or $38.20 for 4 oz.)
Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream ($25.80 for 2 oz. or $38.20 for 4 oz.)

The Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is one of these products that’s gained a cult following and is (supposedly) loved by celebrities like Madonna, Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, and Emily Blunt. To tell you the truth, I hadn’t heard of it until my mom offered me a jar. She had found a two-pack at Costco, and apparently sister wasn’t terribly fond of it.

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LUSH Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

By on February 7, 2014
LUSH Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask ($6.95 for 2.1 oz.)
LUSH Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask ($6.95 for 2.1 oz.)

This winter I had decided to try Lush’s Oatifix face mask (review) since I thought it would help calm my skin, which had become a little more dry and irritated than it normally is. It turned out to be a little moisture-heavy for my combination skin, so when I had returned to Lush to purchase a couple of other products, I decided to check out another mask that might help balance things out. The sales associate suggested Brazened Honey when I mentioned I had never tried it before, saying it was her personal favorite.

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Makeup | Skincare

I found my new favorite lip balm in an unlikely place

By on December 13, 2013
Sunny Honey Company Beeswax Lip Balm
Sunny Honey Company Beeswax Lip Balm with vitamin E and peppermint ($3 for 0.15 oz.)

I’m a constant user of lip balm regardless of season, but this past fall had me looking out for a better option than what I’d previously been using. Over the past year I’ve tried a good variety of brands, but most heavily leaned on Burt’s Bees and Maybelline Baby Lips. I tend to go for cheaper options because I haven’t found that more expensive products like those from Jane Iredale or Fresh work better, frankly. I prefer a lighter weight balm that has some slip to it and a light but flattering sheen, but of course it also needs to offer some ┬ámoisture for my perpetually dehydrated lips.

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Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Milk & Honey

By on December 10, 2013
Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution ($5.99 for 3 lbs)
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution ($5.99 for 3 lbs)

The last time I went to Bed Bath and Beyond, I had the intention of repurchasing a bag of the Dr. Teal’s Milk Bath (review here), but the location I go to doesn’t appear to be stocking it anymore (which is really a shame). So, instead I thought I’d try Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, which still has a couple of ingredients meant to nourish and moisturize skin. Moisture is my primary goal for my bath products, and so as nice as Epsom salts are for muscles, they’re not always the best fit for me. Since I’ve had good experiences with Dr. Teal’s in the past, though, I wanted to at least give this a chance since it is still labeled “soften & nourish”.

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The budget-friendly Beau Bain bath bomb

By on November 15, 2013
Beau Bain bath bomb in oatmeal, milk and honey ($2.79)
Beau Bain bath bomb in oatmeal, milk and honey ($2.79 for 3.2 oz.)

On my last walk though Bed Bath and Beyond, I passed a new display of bath bombs in a handful of different scents by a company called Beau Bain. I take frequent baths for soothing achy muscles, but bath bombs and melts seem more like a luxury item since they’ll only get me through one or, at best, two baths and carry a pretty high cost per use. I was pretty excited to see the price tag on these, though! They’re only $2.79 each, so I had to take one home to see if they could potentially replace more expensive options.

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Skincare

LUSH The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask

By on October 7, 2013
LUSH The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask ($6.95 for 2.1 oz.)
LUSH The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask ($6.95 for 2.1 oz.)

I’ve been slowly working my way through LUSH”s Fresh Face Mask product line, and The Sacred Truth is the most recent one I’ve been using. On the LUSH website, The Sacred Truth is described as “divine intervention for dry or mature skin”. I’m in my 20s and have combination skin, but I like this mask anyway! It’s ingredients are intended to soften and brighten skin, and it leaves my skin feeling clean yet nourished. Since the weather’s started cooling down, I’ve already felt my skin getting a touch drier so I think this mask came into my life at the perfect time.

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LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask

By on September 11, 2013
LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask ($6.95)
LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask ($6.95)

Following my experience with LUSH’s Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask (review here), I returned to LUSH to try a different mask of theirs. I let the sales associate know that I was looking for something a little stronger in the cleansing department than Love Lettuce was. She suggested Ayesha, which includes clay and witch hazel but is still gentle and nourishing. On the packaging and on the website, Ayesha is described as ideal for mature skin, and although I’m not even yet 30, I’m not in the habit of turning down anti-aging benefits.

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LUSH Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask

By on August 23, 2013
LUSH Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask
LUSH Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask ($6.95 for 2.1 oz)

LUSH is a brand that is relatively new to me. In just the past year or so, I’ve started taking notice of the store locations near me and stopping in to chat with the sales associates and try products. One of their product lines I was most interested in trying were their Fresh Face Masks, which are so fresh that they have to be kept in the fridge and have an expiration date that is only a month to a month and a half out from when they’re purchased.

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