Lemongrass Soap Bar (3.5 oz)
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, when someone offers you bush tea, 99% of the time you are being offered lemongrass herbal tea. This common staple on local breakfast menus is made by boiling water, turning off the heat, and allowing fresh lemongrass to steep in the hot water. Handmade Cartel’s Lemongrass Soap Bar contains little pieces of dried lemongrass that, while not significant enough to exfoliate, give this bar a more interesting texture than your everyday ordinary soap. The scent is really plain and nondescript. I can’t quite place it, but it’s almost like the smell of unscented shea butter. After using this soap for a few days I detected the slightest lemongrass scent, but only by bringing it up to my nose and taking a whiff. By no means does this soap smell bad; however, this soap is probably best suited for those who prefer lightly scented or unscented products. Immediately after using this soap your skin may have the faintest lemongrass scent, briefly noticeable if you raise your arm to your nose and deeply inhale before it disappears, leaving nothing behind but smooth, clean skin.
Coconut Shea Shower Cream (4.0 oz)
Looking at the first six ingredients in Handmade Cartel’s Shea Shower Cream, there’s no mystery why it’s so soft and moisturizing: organic shea butter, avocado oil, organic olive oil, coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut powder lead the list. While there’s plenty of coconut goodness in here, this shower cream is not coconut scented. In fact, it has a light, sweet watermelon scent reminiscent of watermelon Jolly Ranchers. It cleans nicely, lathers easily, and rinses clean without leaving any noticeable residue on the skin. Despite the unexpected Jolly Rancher scent, I would definitely repurchase this moisturizing shower cream.
All Natural Bath Bomb Fizzie
It’s not often that I get the chance to enjoy a soak in the bathtub. Hopefully I will soon. And if I do, I’ll be sure to come back and review this bath bomb.
Nirvana Botanical Mud Mask (2.5 oz)
Handmade Cartel’s Nirvana Botanical Mud Mask is good at removing impurities; my face is noticeably more clear whenever I keep this in my skincare routine. Is it more effective or economical than my tried, tested and true Aztec Healing Clay and Activated Charcoal combination? Not really. But this mud mask is less drying and more gentle on the skin. However, the real benefit, especially for me, is that this mask comes pre-made. Eliminating that extra step of mixing ingredients sometimes makes it more likely that you’ll actually use that great product that does wonders for your skin. That’s exactly the case for me and face masks. After all, what good is a great face mask if you don’t use it? Bottom line: this mask is gentle, effective, and worth buying for the convenience factor alone.
Konjac Facial Sponge (Bamboo Charcoal)
EcoTools’ Konjac Facial Sponge might be reviewed at a later date. But for now, this Bamboo Charcoal Konjac will have to rest peacefully in its box. One problem with living in a very humid climate is that a Konjac Sponge becomes nothing more than a breeding ground for mould. This is a lesson learned the hard way. So, in order to spare this Konjac the same ugly fate as its unfortunate predecessor, this review will have to wait for another day.
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