Okay who ISN’T still hooked on all of Caroline Hirons’ recommendations and notes on proper skincare? No show of hands? I sound like a broken record. I thought so, she’s won us over…we’ve been bit real good by her skin scolding so half the planet has been having a look through their skincare wardrobe and doing a rehash. Caroline mentions what she knows and believes our skin needs and doesn’t need quite often in this video with Pixiwoo. She may not agree with me because in this post I am talking about SOAP, but I’ll explain first. I think proudly Pinoy brand Snoe Beauty’s cold-pressed soaps have something good ongoing because they’re not just soaps, they’re soaps with better ingredients. The advanced facialist and brand consultant, Caroline Hirons is herself a soap-free advocate but from what I gather is she stresses her soap-free mandate exceedingly more for the face, so I’m recommending these primarily for the body. All this frilly (but facially relevant) fuss about soap-free though does have a limit and boundary I think, like for example if and when one day we’re not all comfortably sitting in clean houses with the world constantly turning day by day. I won’t lie, I’d make a mad dash for a bar of good ol’ soap should World War Z happen (God forbid)…wouldn’t you? All of you who just said “No” get a slow butt slap from me.
“Snoe Beauty Bars are made from fresh high grade ingredients to provide superior results. Our soaps are made with dermatologist-approved formulas to ensure that our beauty bars are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and safe for everyday use. Proudly Philippine Made” PHP199.00 (purchased from the kiosk in Cinderella g/f, Glorietta)
I’m not completely ANTI-SOAP when it comes to body cleansing and once-in-a-while facial cleansing (if I’m completely grimy). I mean check it out, I just asked Gary Valenciano’s beautiful, Puerto Rican mother, Grimi (Mamita to me), last January what her beauty secret was and it baffled me and her that she said “You know Hija, this is funny and they told me it’s bad, but I just wash with soap, and before…not now, oil of Olay cream at night…but my goodness cream, not all the time even. They kept telling me I should not wash with soap…but that’s what I did ever since, and I didn’t have a problem hahaha.” So I think, unless we’re talking about babies, for me washing with soap sometimes is permissible as long as I don’t break out and I just remember to moisturize after. For me what matters is that the soap contains a ton more of good stuff to rave about. So heads up, these soaps ARE soaps and contain some probably diluted lye solution, if that bothers you don’t get these, but I like them very much for body cleansing. I’ve also tested these soaps on an area of my face and speaking for myself (not for all of you), they’re mildy scented with natural ingredients and I didn’t itch or break out. Read more to learn more about each soap and find out which one I sort of like the most for now.
One of the brands I was way too excited to get my hands on in London was Soap & Glory a beauty range that actually looks like a bath & body first cousin of Benefit Cosmetics…they’re not related though. These guys do bath and body like nobody’s business. They do an excellent blend of clean and gourmande scents with a balance that’s uniquely hard to come by. This Sugar Crush Body Scrub seriously does not smell sickeningly sweet to me…it’s a yummy, tart sort of sweet. It makes me think of those sweet cola jelly bottles with a zesty dash of tart lime.
I made a mad dash for this at the Soap & Glory shelf and contemplated getting this or the body wash. I thought having the scrub which is more “touchworthy” in experience would set me off better the first time around. It’s got moisturizing and smoothing almond oil which I fully believe in aside from the scrubby bits of brown sugar and macadamia grains. The better way to use this so you get a thorough scrub and don’t waste product is to not have the shower running while applying this. Slather it on and rub generously…it isn’t painfully abrasive but it’s abrasive enough to be your smooth operator. As you will see in a bit I soooo needed this scrub right now as I delightfully thumb-type this from Norway. For a moment for truth’s sake, let me show you the semi-disgusting reason why I’m ever so glad I bought this when I did (believe me this was the compromise…showing my leggings instead of my scaly legs).
Don’t.judge.me…lol, and I have been bathing don’t you dare suggest that I wasn’t! What you’re seeing right there are my leggings having been pulled inside out so you can probably guess in what sort of state my lower legs were…it was not a pretty sight. I’d been faithful in moisturizing my face and hands here in Europe but I’m afraid I can’t say the same for my body. I used the scrub 2 nights ago and it set me straight for a day and a half but coming to Norway really dried up my legs again so it was time to convene with this star find once more.
“Use in the shower once, twice, or three times weekly, depending on the level of scaliness you struggle with. (Four times-even-if you’ve ever been labelled ‘old lizard legs’.)”
Two hours ago I used the Sugar Crush Body Scrub on damp legs with my feet in warm water sitting on the side of a hotel tub. It’s best on legs that aren’t too wet so the dense thick pasty consistency with the grains can exfoliate to the fullest. Whats lovely is you don’t just get the physical exfoliation…the almond and lime oil just makes the job a smooth, moisturizing, and nourishing experience and once you rinse your legs off you get a soft supple feeling that suggests no lotion required…but because we’re in a really dry country I still finished off my legs with my fave Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream which you can get in Manila. However you could walk out the door without doing so…because this is just a really fantastic scrub that moisturizes and doesn’t just exfoliate. Love this stuff.
I’ve really got some sort of online hangover, it’s not that I don’t enjoy the net anymore, please, don’t think that AT ALL…I sooo love doing this. I actually love that I’m typing this now because no sense in pretending I’m a product post factory, right? Honesty is good stuff and deserves posting when appropriate. I just noticed that I’ve been get sleepy earlier ever since my best friend cousin’s wedding last February. I think it’s really the massive “sigh” after something major more than anything else. I put in a lot emotionally on that one because it really meant so much to me…and now..we’re back. In the bath and body department, Haus of Gloi power couple Matt and Briton have “dunnit” again in their secret vegan lab of delight. My friends, you are not looking at dessert. Behold their new babies (please note: not for eating) their dinky, scent filled, glam-ly gourmande scented Butterbombs.
“Toss these little scoops in hot bath water for a fizzy, slightly foamy and decadently moisturizing bath. Crumble under running bath water for best results! Please be cautious when moving around or standing in the tub, these little bombs can make things slippery!” – Haus of Gloi
- TOASTED – “Reminiscent of warm milk, aromatic rice and burnt sugar. “
- A SIMPLE ROSE – “Bulgarian rose absolute supported by Egyptian geranium in a base of amyris wood.”
- WHITE BLUEBERRY – “Blueberries awash with white vanilla sugar, cream and a sprig of white thyme.”
- SEA SALT BROWNIES – “Dark chocolate brownie accord with supporting notes of cocoa c02, a gentle touch of coffee co2 and speckled with sea salt.”
To be honest, this first time I am mildly disappointed with these Butterbombs because I was so excited about them and I’ve never experienced anything lacking from a Haus of Gloi purchase. I have no complaints about the scent experience or the aromatherapy end on these butterbombs, in the smell department these guys at HOG do no wrong practically ever. Read more to know about my experience and why I prefer HOG’s bubbling scrubs over these.
Look out LUSH! Although the oh-so-cool couple behind Haus of Gloi, “purveyors of fine vegan bathing goods”, aren’t looking into world domination just yet…they’re about to launch some yummy-looking bathtub “fings” (looking being the operative word) out of their home. If you’ve tried LUSH bath bombs/ bath ballistics which are fizzy things you drop in the tub (watch my LUSH Golden Wonder demo here to sort of give you an idea), Butterbombs will be HOG’s version of those mixed with butter for softness and a little bit of a bubble bar effect. HOG butterbombs won’t just fizz, there’ll be some yummy gourmande aromatherapy (which they do ohhh so well) and hydrating benefits, too as for soap I don’t know how much soap will be in it. The butterbombs are going to be the first new HOG attraction launching together with the Valentines collection this Jan.27 Noon PST time. Stop drooling, these are bathing goods not bathing foods, they’re vegan hence complete free of “nasties”.
I think these are the Bitter Chocolate butterbombs.
“Toss these little scoops in hot bath water for a fizzy, slightly foamy and decadently moisturizing bath. Crumble under running bath water for best results!” -HOG
All Images from the HOG blog
Butterbomb Scents being launched on Jan. 27:
TOASTED / “Reminiscent of warm milk, aromatic rice and burnt sugar.”
WHITE BLUEBERRY / “Blueberries awash with white vanilla sugar, cream and a sprig of white thyme.”
TONIC #3 / “A clean and green blend of: parsley, peppermint, howood, petitgrain, kaffir leaf, bergamot and dry gingergrass.”
BITTER CHOCOLATE / “An accord with supporting notes of cocoa c02 and a gentle touch of coffee co2.”
A SIMPLE ROSE / “Bulgarian rose absolute supported by Egyptian geranium in a base of amyris wood.”
I’ve raved about Haus of Gloi before and have purchased bubbling scrubs from them 4 times over the last 3 years. I pay with credit card and wait for my order to arrive in 3 weeks from the U.S. via standard parcels at the Makati post office, I pay Php40 tax. These butterbombs will come wrapped in foil to protect them in transit from humidity. I suggest if you’re going to get these, get them now while the local weather is surprisingly still chilly, to avoid melting issues in the summer. What’s making me want my own set of butterbombs so bad is they’re looking like scoops of very well-chilled ice cream, that don’t melt in your hand of course.
Haus of Gloi is a small Etsy-ish sort of bathing goods business run by vegans, Matt and Briton. Their Etsy shop is just a supporting outlet for the online store when they go on vacay, their Etsy shop is not the main operating Haus of Gloi site. Briton is still trying her hand and experimenting with these “bath cookies”.
Bath Cookie development…
Briton’s actually injured her hand for now with too much butterbomb molding, so we may have to wait awhile for the next batch to come around. On the other hand, (literally) these bath cookies for later on are still being developed and fine tuned. Follow Haus of Gloi via their blog, HOG’s Facebook page, and Twitter @hausofgloi. Once again, to reiterate, the Haus of Gloi Valentines Collection and their new Butterbombs will go live for ordering on the Haus of Gloi main site on January 27, 2013 NOON PST time.
I remember a time when I was little and my parents used to give me magic capsules to play with from the US. They were little pills that you threw into warm water and they’d pop in the water and grow into animal-shaped sponges. I recall being beside my 4 yr-old self with glee and I was quite excited to identify as fast as I could what animal each pill turned into. This fragrant gift-shaped holiday bath bomb by LUSH called Golden Wonder reminded me of that time and has just rekindled the delight I once had for bathtime magic in an actual bathtub. Golden Wonder also has a cute holiday feature, try shaking it to hear small bits knocking about inside that are part of the bath surprise (if you don’t hear anything don’t fret, it just means it got stuck), an action plainly in tribute of how curious kids shake their gifts under the tree.
LUSH Golden Wonder holiday bath bomb Php275.00, KEY INGREDIENTS: Sweet orange oil, cognac oil, and lime oil. Contains edible gold lustre and soluble gold paper stars.
“This isn’t a bath – this is an event ! We loved this ballistic so much, we decided to put one of our most popular perfumes in it, so that lots of people will enjoy bathing in it. Long standing customers will recognise the smell of Snowshowers shower jelly. “
Please note that it was not this sunny in the bathroom today in fact it was quite overcast outside. I had to color balance this just to brighten it up, and the video demo at the end of this had to be shot on vivid setting otherwise you would have hardly seen the colors because it was such a grey day. It’s important to note that in my experience I realized a LUSH bath bomb will not completely cleanse you because they’re different from the LUSH Bubble bars which are actually soaps you crumble and run in the bath. fOR bath bombs, you fill your tub, drop these in and WATCH, you can choose to watch it happen around you in the bath or wait for it to finish before stepping in. Bath ballistics by LUSH aka bath bombs provide a visual aromatherapy experience for tub time, kinda like tub fireworks…visual splendor, no deafening bang.
It’s supposed to be covered in soluble gold lustre but the one I got lost most of the sheen probably from sitting in the boutique for too long. Now, if you’ve got a Golden Wonder bath bomb of your own and still want to be surprised by what it does READ NO FURTHER and leave the blog now LOL. Because next up is what happens once you drop it into the tub. Read more to see find out what this Golden Wonder bath bomb does and watch the demo video after.