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As some of you may have noticed, the content on my Instagram has changed slightly. I am still using and reviewing bath and body products, and I love the the bathing community, but I also have other passions and interests that I would like to share!

I have celiac disease, so the food that I put into my body is very important to me. I also am a big believer in natural health and wellness. I know that that is not the content and “brand” that I have created on Delightful Ramblings, but it is a passion of mine, and one I would like to share!

I would like to create another Instagram to share all of my natural health and gluten-free love, and (hopefully) start to sell some of my delicious gluten-free sourdough bread! I would keep Delightful Ramblings Instagram and the blog going, and just upload blog posts from both pages onto this site.

Now that I have worked through all of that! I need a name for this new venture! I would like it to be something simple, yet memorable. Something that showcases my love for gluten-free food, and natural health and wellness, but not something so plain like “gluten-free Alyse.” Ya dig? Could you all help me with this?! The creative aspect of coming up with a name is not my strong suit, and I would love your help! If you would be so kind, drop those name recommendations in the comments below!

Thank you for listening to these ramblings and allowing me to work my thoughts out on “paper.” I appreciate this space and everything that it has become and what it can be.

February Box of Sugar: Shamrocks on Bourbon Street

Hello! Wow, it has been a long time since I have been on here! If you are curious about where I have been and what I have been doing, I am planning on writing a post about that later in the week, so stay tuned if you are interested! But today is about Ahhh Sugar Sugar!! You all know that Ahhh Sugar Sugar is one of my favorite small businesses, and for good reason! They continue to put out BOMB products that are creative, innovative, and their scent blends are out of this world! This Box of Sugar is no different!

King Cake Bath Frosting: This is their traditional bath frosting that is a whipped soap with added sugar for extra exfoliation. This is scented in warm butter, flaky croissant, and cinnamon sugar. To me, this smells of a warm cinnamon, vanilla, cake. It is amazing! Bakery scents are not my favorite, but the cinnamon does it for me! This is a warm, soothing scent. There is a mini baby on the top of the bath frosting, which dates back to ancient pagan festivals. If you got the piece of cake with the baby in, it meant you were the King for the day!

Twenty Four Karat Tea Tonic: Now this is LUXURY! This is the first facial oil that Ahhh Sugar Sugar has ever made! This oil has rosemary, lavender, rose, and jasmine. It is said to refresh dull, tired skin. I have not used it yet, but I will post a review here when I do! I love a good facial oil! This is in a lovely glass bottle with a dropper. It has a light, herbal scent that is not overpowering and is quite relaxing.

Category Five Spritz: I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar Spritzers and these bad boys just fly under the radar! Ahhh Sugar Sugar Spritzers are powerfully scented room and linen sprays that can fill a room with a delightful scent that lasts. This is scented in frozen margarita and tropical hurricane. This smells like an amazing fruity vacation that I want to be on!

French Quarter Lace Whipped Meringue: These Whipped Meringues are highly moisturizing and highly scented! They are one of my favorite moisturizers and I always have one on hand! This is scented in vanilla, orchid flower, fressia, and powdered sugar. To me, this smells of an amazing bouquet of flowers, without being too flowery! This is my favorite scent out of this box, and I can’t wait to smell like this!

Zero Lucks Given Hand Sanitizer: I do not believe that Ahhh Sugar Sugar has ever made a hand sanitizer before! That is so exciting! I cannot wait to try this hand sanitizer, because I love and use hand sanitizer, but they always seem to dry my hands out! This hand sanitizer has an aloe base, which is super moisturizing, but with added Pro Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E to help promote healing and prevent dry skin!

Overall, I think this is an amazing box and Ahhh Sugar Sugar just continues to outdo themselves every month! We had TWO new products in this months box, all products were full sized, and the packaging was on point! I personally loved the confetti and glitter, but I can understand why some don’t.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar has opened this monthly subscription box to whoever wants to join, there is no longer a wait-list! Just be sure to sign up before the month’s deadline! You will not be disappointed!

Six Months Of Makeup Empties

About six months ago, I shared a blog post about Project Panning. In it I had talked about a few makeup products that I wanted to use up this year and taking stock of my makeup collections as a whole. I have no problem going through bath and body products, but finishing up makeup products can take forever! I started to feel really discouraged when every month, I wouldn’t have any makeup empties even after making a conscious effort to use products. Then, I stumbled upon Evelyn from Beauty Wolf Girl (her IG handle). Her blog, We Were Raised By Wolves, has a whole playlist of Makeup Empties where you can actually see noticeable progress on her project pans because they are done every six months. Go check out her Makeup Empties, and everything else she has to share! She has some amazing foodie recipes and some great product reviews!

So I started saving my makeup empties around six months ago to see what actual progress I could make in that time, what products I seem to use up quicker or take me longer to use, and what I have enjoyed or disliked from the past six months. I did not finish as many products as I wanted to in this first six months, but I have a feeling that these next will have more empties!

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray: I enjoyed this product and I would consider repurchasing it! It helped control my oil, kept my makeup in place all day, and it is a good price for the product.

Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara: I very much enjoyed this mascara, and I do not like many mascaras! This did not clump up my lashes, had a nice dry formula, and left my lashes long and volumized. I would consider buying this mascara again. I also have found that I enjoy mascara in trial-size tubes better than mascara in full-sized tubes. Anyone else?

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Liquid Foundation: Now, I am an oily girl, so normally I would not buy this product, but I have been struggling with some dry patches on my skin, so I was looking for something that would not stick to those dry patches. I enjoyed this product. It is a very beautiful foundation, gives a nice glow, and provides medium coverage for the skin. I would consider repurchasing this again if I go through another bout of dry skin. I highly recommend this for people with dry skin.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: I enjoy this setting spray, but I also enjoy a lot of other drugstore setting sprays that are much cheaper. I will not be repurchasing this product.

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation: I LOVED this powder foundation! It has great coverage, lasts all day, keeps me matte, and looks good on the skin. I highly recommend this, and I will be repurchasing it someday!

Wet ‘N Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow: I FINISHED AN EYESHADOW!!! I am so excited to finish an eyeshadow and get it out of my stash. I finished one of the eyeshadows in the Comfort Zone palette, and I am close to finishing more! I would repurchase this product, if I did not already have enough eyeshadow in my stash!

Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express: This is my favorite mascara right now! I have already repurchased and am using it again! I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a nice everyday mascara that gives good volume and length.

Overall, I am happy with what I have finished in these first six months, and I am even happier with the amount of products in my collection that I have hit pan on and will soon be finished. I am hoping that within these next six months, I will have finished several more makeup products and that I can start working on some newer products! Thank you Eve, for this great idea!

The Dirty Goat: Ever Since New York Shampoo and Shave Bar

Shampoo Bars are becoming increasing popular as a way to reduce plastic, provide multi-purpose uses, and often showcase specific hair-loving/skin-loving ingredients. I am very happy to see many of my favorite small business vendors creating their own versions of shampoo bars!

The Dirty Goat makes some of my favorite products, including the Probiotic Deodorant that I am always raving about, and has branched out to Shampoo Bars! I was very excited to try her shampoo bar, and see where she takes these new inventions and creations!

Her Shampoo Bar doubles as a Shave Soap! At first, I was very confused by this. Why would my Shampoo Bar be something that I rub on my legs for shaving? Most Shampoo Bars simply do not have that kind of softness or lather to them. This one does! This is the most moisturizing and nourishing lather that I have ever felt in any kind of shampoo, bar or not! It is luxurious and moisturizing, while giving your hair and scalp a deep clean. Most Shampoo Bars leave my curly hair feeling dry, but not this one! It provides a deep clean, while nourishing my hair and scalp. My curls are left moisturized and not frizzy, which is a huge plus in my book!

Now the scent! My word, does this smell good! Ever Since New York smells of sweet blackberries, tart lemons, and butter vanilla. To my nose I smell the sweet blackberries and warm vanilla at the front, with the tart lemon underneath it all to make it more rounded and not so sweet. This scent is amazing and fills the whole bathroom when warmed in the shower. I also love that I can take my hair down at the end of my day and get a hint of blackberry, lemon and vanilla! It is the little things in life 🙂

This Shampoo Bar is huge! It is a thick, solid bar that is 3 oz of love and comes in a biodegradable, compostable wrapper because that is The Dirty Goat, and they are awesome and care for our environment!

Go check out Erica and her amazing shop, The Dirty Goat. She makes her products with integrity and is super knowledgeable about ingredients and skincare! She is an amazing person inside and out, and I am happy to support her small business!

July Empties!

Another month has come and gone, and I am feeling good about the size of my stash and the amount of products I am using and enjoying! It is important to be happy with the size of your stash, and that you enjoy using your products and getting use out of them. If not, then what is the point, Ya feel me?

Neutrogena Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads: I did not think that I would like these, but I actually enjoyed them very much and would like to repurchase them! They are super easy to use, are big enough to cover both eyes, and have enough cleanser on them that they do not dry out. I highly recommend giving these a shot!

LUSH Aqua Marina: My holy grail facial cleanser! I won’t beat a dead horse, but I highly recommend this cleanser! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Bath Frosting in Put On Your Birthday Suit: I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar Bath Frostings! They are super luxurious, lather extremely well, and last forever. I always feel like a queen when using these products! Put On Your Birthday Suit smells amazing! It has scent notes of birthday cake, sage, fruit loops, and jasmine. I would definitely repurchase this product!

Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo: This was a very nice dry shampoo! It was volumizing, smelled nice, and left my hair feeling clean. I did feel like I needed to use a lot of product to get the effect that I wanted, which I did not enjoy. I will not be repurchasing this dry shampoo. I enjoy other dry shampoos more, and that are more affordable.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringue in Lemon Rose: I loved this! It smelled of fizzy lemons, sugar, and a hint of floral. I love Whipped Meringues. They are super moisturizing and the scent lasts for days on the skin. I highly recommend giving these a shot, and I will be repurchasing!

N०7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes: I enjoyed these! I am pretty picky about face wipes, but these were not bad! They had enough cleanser, so they were all equally saturated, and they did not leave a weird film on my face. They did not get all of my makeup off, which is a con, but they were decent. I would look into repurchasing these wipes.

We finished a candle! Scentsational in Midnight Woods: My partner loved this and used this in his office when he was gaming or working. It was a very nice scent. It smelled of plum, cedar wood, and amber. It is soy wax which is our preference for wax. We would definitely repurchase!

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringue in Cabana Boy: Can you tell that I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar and their Whipped Meringues?! I didn’t love this scent at first, but it really grew on me. I kept this on my bedside table, and it was a nice relaxing scent to use at night. It smells of black peppercorn and cherry. Guys, try these lotions!

July Box of Sugar: Red, White, and Cute!

OH. MMM. GEE. Can Ahhh Sugar Sugar do no wrong? They can’t!! They continue to knock it out of the park and blow me away!! They exceed every expectation and standard that this subscription box has come to represent, and it has come to be a very major thing in the bath and body world! This subscription box has come to be one of the most coveted and sought after subscription box in the indie community and for good reason! Haley and the Sugar Shack crew make the most creative and inventive products for their Box of Sugar. They are also always so generous each month by including mostly (if not all) full-sized products. All of these things, make this a top notch subscription box and one that you should get in on! Now onto the products!

Resting Beach Face Whipped Meringue: As you know, I am a huge fan of Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s Whipped Meringue! It is super fluffy and moisturizing, without leaving your skin feeling greasy. You can feel the moisturizing properties and smell the scent notes on your skin for two days after application! It is a pretty amazing product! Resting Beach Face smells of the Hawaiian Tropic Suntan Lotion, and they got it spot on! It is all coconut, suntan lotion, and vacation!

Jessica, Tu As Mon Coeur Bath Frosting: Man, I do not know who this Jessica girl is, but she must be one bomb-a** girl to have TWO amazing scents created after her! This new “Jessica” scent in English means “Jessica, you have my heart.” It is scented with blackberries, apples, melon, and sugar. Right away, I get scent notes of apples and sweet melons, with the tart blackberries behind it all. Bath Frostings are one of Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s most creative and popular products. They are whipped soap with added sugar for extra exfoliation. They are extremely luxurious, lather very well and last forever!

Not Your Grannie’s Key Lime Pie Solid Shampoo Bar: GUYS!! A solid Shampoo Bar! Can you believe it?! I am so excited to try this, I just can’t even handle it! This has scent notes of lime, lemongrass, and sugar cookie crunch. To my nose, on cold, this smells a lot like avo bath bomb from LUSH. I am super excited to smell this in the heat of the shower, and see how the scent warms. This Shampoo Bar is huge and sounds like a real winner! Haley also included a soap saver with this shampoo bar, which is so thoughtful and extra! I love it!

‘Merica Bath Bomb Sprinkles: I love products like this! They are fun, cute products that easily upgrade the quality of your bath! These sprinkles come in a great little shaker container and smell amazing! Under the scent notes it says: equality is the soul of liberty. I get a light, fruity scent that I believe will pair well with almost any bath.

United Premium Bath Oil: I very much enjoy Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s bath oils. They are super luxurious and moisturizing and add a special touch to the bath. They also come in a cute little bear bottle. United has scent notes of amber, sandalwood, lavender, thyme, and musk. It is a very nice unisex fragrance and smells like a herbal garden. It is amazing and I cannot wait to add it to a bath! My partner will love this scent as well!

Again, I cannot say enough good things about Ahhh Sugar Sugar and their Box of Sugar subscription box! You get all the bang for your buck while trying brand new scents, old favorites and new inventions! What did you think of this month’s Box of Sugar?

June Box of Sugar: Tropic like it’s hot

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Box of Sugar is my favorite package to get every month! It is the perfect subscription box for anyone that loves bath and body products! You get four products every month, most of the time full-sized products, that are all curated for that month’s theme.

Twisted Boardwalk Whipped Meringue: Whipped Meringue’s are perfection! They are light and airy, with an intense level of moisture to keep your skin hydrated all day. Twisted Boardwalk has scent notes of yuzu, coconut, and strawberry daiquiri. This smells of a miami vice, but with a less sweet coconut scent, and sweet strawberry scent. It also has a slightly earthly note to it, which I am guessing is from the yuzu. Very excited to have this scent in my collection, it is perfect for summer!

Chasing Waterfalls Anywhere Spritzer: I love Anywhere Spritizers! I use them on my sheets, pillows, couches; anywhere that I feel I want to freshen up a room! Chasing Waterfalls has scent notes of cool water and juniper breeze. It is a nice clean, herbal scent that is just perfect for sheets and pillow cases. I cannot wait to break this out on a spring cleaning day to freshen up our bedroom!

Hot Guava Sparkling Shower Gel: Ahhh Sugar Sugar Shower Gels are amazing! They are super soft and luxurious feeling. Hot Guava smells of coconut, sweet vanilla, fresh guava, and pina colada. To my nose, I get a very very sweet, fruity, pina colada. I believe this was the most popular product/scent this month, and for good reason! It is absolutely stunning, with it’s neon peach color and gold biodegradable glitter and a fun tropical scent!

Vitamin Sea Premium Bath Bomb: I have been waiting for a bath bomb to show up again in a Box of Sugar, and man, was it worth the wait! This bath bomb is right up my ally too! I love all things citrus and fruity. This has scent notes of freshly peeled oranges, green apple, and fresh pear. It is one of the most vibrant bath bombs that I have ever seen and I am super excited to get it into the tub!

Iz Yew Mad Poolside Conditioning Spray: This is a new product from Ahhh Sugar Sugar and one that I am so excited to try! This is a leave-in hair conditioning spray to help soften and detangle after a long day in the hot sun or at the pool. I think this is genius! This has scent notes of pina colada and watermelon popsicle. This smells of sweet watermelon pina colada. I imagine this will be a light scent when sprayed on the hair. I can’t wait to see how this works and how the scent holds up in my hair.

This has been the perfect tropical theme Box of Sugar! Every month I am blown away by Ahhh Sugar Sugar, and I cannot ever imagine not wanting to continue with this subscription box! If you haven’t already, get your name on the waitlist for this box. You will not be disappointed!