March Box of Sugar: Hop into Spring!

Did this Box of Sugar’s arrival take anyone else by surprise? March totally slipped by and I was shocked when this showed up at my house! I did not have any expectations on this Box of Sugar, so it is all a pleasant surprise! Also, FIVE full sized products!! I mean, can the Ahhh Sugar Sugar Shack Crew get any better!

Peep Show Sugar-Free Frosting: I have a few Sugar-Free frostings in my stash, but I have yet to use one. I love the original Bath Frostings, so I am sure I will love the Sugar-Free ones, just haven’t broken one out yet. Peep Show has scent notes of marshmallow peeps, sugar cookie, black raspberry, and pink sugar. I love this scent! It smells of pink sugar and black raspberry with a hint of sweetness at the end. I am very excited to get this in the shower!

Don’t Be So Vanilla Sugar Slushie: I do not love sugar slushies, I just cannot seem to get them to work the way I imagine them too. Although, the more I use them, the more I am slowly figuring them out. Don’t Be So Vanilla has scent notes of powdered vanilla musk, pink carnation, amber, and teakwood. You get hints of the pink carnation, amber, and wood with the powdered vanilla musk over it all. It is a very interesting scent and I get why it is the staff pick this month!

Dapper Little Bunny Sink Soap: I love a good hand soap! Can you really go wrong with a hand soap? This is a very nice delicate, clean scent and I cannot wait to break it out when Spring finally makes its appearance in Illinois! This cute little soap has scent notes of white tea, ginger, and plumeria.

Spill the Tea Solid Bubble Bath: I love bubbles! They are my favorite part of the bath. This is scented in moroccan mint tea, and I am super excited to pair this with a minty bath bomb! It is all pastel colors and silver glitter, which make it absolutely gorgeous!

Krispie Cottontail Bath Bomb Sprinkles: I have really started to love Bath Bomb Sprinkles! They are such an easy way to make a fun bathing experience, without having to put much thought into picking the right bath bomb and bubble bar to pair. This is scented in marshmallow rice krispie treats and juicy gummy bears. I cannot wait to get this into the bath and see the orange bath water with that sweet scent! The Sugar Shack Crew are also insanely creative, and even made this product to look like a carrot!

Overall, I think this is a great box, with something in it for everyone! I also cannot believe how lucky we all are with getting FIVE full-sized products and getting to lovingly partake in the Ahhh Sugar Sugar teams creative and inventive bath and shower fun.

Hint for April Theme: Spring Clean your mind, body & soul. Is anyone else super stoked for some clean, delicate, maybe even a little woodsy/herbally scented products!? I know I am!

March Empties

I have so many empties this month and I am so happy about it! I am super excited to be working through my stash and getting use out of my products! Does anyone else love using up products?!

Shea Moisture Rescue and Repair Clarifying Shampoo: I did not like this at all. I had to use so much product just to work it through all of my hair. I did not feel like it truly clarified my hair or even got all of the product in it out. I will not be repurchasing, and I am looking for a new clarifying shampoo. Does anyone have any recommendations?

LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water: Do I need to say anything else about this? It is amazing and you need to try it!

Bath Bake Love Eggnog Bath Glaze: This is the first product that I have tried from Bath Bake Love, and I love it! This is an in-shower body conditioner. This was super moisturizing, and smelled amazing! The scent lasts on the skin for hours, and I would definitely repurchase!

Candy Panda Wax Dream Machine Whipped Body Scrub: This is my first time trying a whipped scrub from Candy Panda Wax, and I loved it! It is as good as everyone says, and there is a reason why people rave about them! I love the scent Dream Machine. It is all lavender and HIWTK goodness! I will be repurchasing.

Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo: If you know me, you know my love affair with NYM’s Dry Shampoo. I have been using and loving that product for so long, I felt the need to branch out and see what else the dry shampoo community had for me. I did not love this product and I would not repurchase. It is super sticky and does not absorb oil that well. It has a very strong green apple scent too.

LUSH Dreamwash Shower Smoothie: I loved this more than I thought I would! It has a very nice, calming, relaxing lavender scent. It was not super moisturizing, which normally I do not like, but I did not mind it with this. It was super creamy and calming to use on long days and the product lasted a while, since I did not use it every time I showered. I would repurchase, but I am not sure it is still available.

Vera Wang Lovestruck Perfume: I did not like this, and I forced myself to finally use it up. I was way to sweet for me, and at the end of it, you could really smell the alcohol. I would not repurchase.

Dove Curls Defining Mousse: I was pleasantly surprised by this product! It was a nice whipped texture, that smoothed easily through my hair. It did not leave my hair crunchy, but left it soft and manageable. It took care of my frizz, and left my curls defined. I would repurchase.

Young Living Thieve Essential Oil: I love this stuff! It has a nice spicy scent, and I use it when I am sick. It really helps to kick a cold or flu, before it gets worse. I defuse the oil and/or put it on the bottoms of my feet. I highly recommend looking into essential oils.

Nature Made Vitamin D Supplement: I take vitamin D with my vitamin C. I have read that taking them together helps your body absorb the vitamin C. I have yet to pick up another bottle of it, and I running low on my vitamin C, so I will be making a purchase here soon.

Bath and Body Works Stress Relief Aromatherapy Bath and Massage Oil: I very much enjoyed this. It was great to add to baths and my partner and I enjoyed using this for massages. I do not know that I will pick this up again, but I recommend trying it!

OLLY The Perfect Women’s Multi: I have used up another bottle of these! I feel really good about using these, and I feel like I have my life together when regularly taking a multivitamin. Does anyone else ever feel that way? I highly recommend trying these!

February Box of Sugar: Kiss me, I’m a Sugar Baby!

For those of you who follow Ahhh Sugar Sugar, and/or receive their Boxes of Sugar you might have noticed some up-set on last month’s Box of Sugar. Several people shared their dislike for last month’s Box of Sugar, and praised this month’s Box of Sugar. So many people had something to say, that a pole was created by an admin on their Facebook site. They wanted to know what people liked about this months and last month’s Box of Sugar and what they wanted from future Boxes of Sugar.

I personally have enjoyed almost every Box of Sugar that I have received, and the ones that I have not, I simply sell. I never really have a problem if I do not like a Box of Sugar, because not everything will always be to my taste. But apparently, last month’s Box of Sugar was an issue for enough people that it caused a stir. What do you think of all of this news? Now onto this month’s Box of Sugar!

Queen Maeve’s Cake Liquid Bubble Bath: This is a very interesting scent blend with rainforest and pineapple upside down cake. The pineapple upside down cake offers a very sweet and bakery scent while the rainforest offers a semi-clean scent. It is very interesting! I am excited to try this Liquid Bubble Bath! Bubbles are my favorite part of the bath, and I can’t wait to see how this work! I also love how they showcase a website on the bottle that is working to save the rainforest! I truly believe if we can get everyone involved we can make a HUGE difference!

Drunken Leprechaun Bath Frosting: I love Bath Frosting, and I especially love when I get them in my Box of Sugar! They last forever, so it really makes the price of the Box of Sugar go up in my book! Drunken Leprechaun is such an interesting scent combo. They have it listed as Peach Sangria and Lucky Charms. On cold, I get a Smarties Candy scent. I am very curious to see how it smells when the heat from the shower warms it up!

SHEnanigans Whipped Meringue: I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringues and now they come in 6 oz tubes! Lucky us! I quite enjoy this scent! It is red berries, vanilla sugar, wild apple tree, and peach! It has all the fruity feels! I can really smell the apple and peach on first sniff! The red berries and vanilla musk are underneath it all and really balance it out well.

Emerald City Premium Bath Bomb: This is such a pretty blue color, and I cannot wait to see how it colors the water. It is also dipped into cocoa butter, so it will be super moisturizing and luxurious in the tub! It is scented in blue agave and cherry lemonade which will make for a sweet, fruity bath!

This was a great box, and like always, I am in awe of Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s creativity and enginuity! They continue to surprise and amaze me. I cannot wait to see where they continue to go! What are your thoughts on this month’s Box of Sugar?

February Empties

February is over and it was a much better month then January! It flew by! I do not enjoy it when the months crawl by, especially because I have some big life events happening this summer! Does anyone else have anything exciting happening in the near future? Now on to the empties!

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Sticky Buns Bath Frosting: I finally finished this! I felt like I was using this for months, when actually I was probably only using it for 2 months. These Bath Frostings from Ahhh Sugar Sugar are super luxurious and they last forever! I very much enjoyed this scent! It was a sweet cinnamon scent. I must say though, at the end of the jar, I found it a little too sweet. I will definitely be picking this up again when it comes around for next season.

Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips: I enjoyed these! They helped pull all the gunk out of my pores. They did leave a black stain on my nose. I do not know that I would pick this up again, just because I am curious to try other products.

The Dirty Goat Moisturizing Scrub in Stella: I loved this scent! It is absolutely one of my favorite scents that TDG has made! I would love this in a perfume or lotion! I very much enjoy TDG moisturizing scrubs. They are very effective and yet super moisturizing. I often do not feel the need for lotion after using this. I will definitely be picking more of the TDG products up!

The Witch Baby September Moon Body Butter: September Moon scent was in Caramel Latte. I very much enjoyed this scent. This was my first Witch Baby purchase. I do enjoy their products, but I did not enjoy this one. I find that the “thick whip” version of their body butter is too much for me. I do not enjoy waiting for the lotion to sink in or thick wet feeling of it on my skin. I want to purchase the other version of their body butter and see how I enjoy that!

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Wonderland Whipped Meringue: I got this in a 4oz size from a Box of Sugar. I very much enjoyed this! I had this on my bedside table and would use this at night before bed. It was in the scent green tea+aloe+lavender. I would not normally pick this scent up, so I am so glad that I was sent this! I very much enjoyed this scent and I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s Whipped Meringues.

Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash: My partner used this up, so I got his opinion for this review! He very much enjoyed the scent of it, but he found that it was too “creamy” for him. He does not like overly moisturizing body products. I was given this by my parents, which I love that they give us things we need! We will not be repurchasing this though, because we have several other body washes to use up!

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Shower Creme in Spiked Lemonade: This was the first Shower Creme that Ahhh Sugar Sugar came out with and I received it in a Box of Sugar! People you have got to get on that Box of Sugar train! I very much enjoyed this product! I felt that it moisturized well and was very easy to use, thanks to the Sugar Shack for the product design! This was a in a squeeze bottle, which I think is amazing for shower use! The scent was a very nice, light, delicate scent that lasted on the skin for hours! I get a sugar and pink lemonade scent. One thing that I found with this product, and I wonder if others had this problem too, I could not get all of the product out of the bottle. Did anyone else have this same issue? I do not have a lot left in the bottle, but I like to get as much use as I can out of my products. I would repurchase this product!

Lucid Living Co Dead Sea Salt Detox Soak in Naked: This stuff was amazing! I used this in a bath when I was sick, and it helped immensely! It is a very calming and soothing blend. It smells strongly of Rosemary. I will be repurchasing this in the near future! If you have not already, check out Lucid Living and some of their products!

Victoria’s Secret Perfume in Scandalous Dare: I used this as my “work perfume.” I choose a work perfume so that I can have a perfume that I am consistently using and it also helps me cut down on having to make a choice before I go to work! This scent was a nice floral scent.

Victoria’s Secret Perfume in Incredible: This is one of my all-time favorite perfume! I have loved this for years and they no longer sell it! This a nice fruity, floral, musky scent. I have one backup of this left, and after that I am going to have to go on a hunt for it!

January Empties!

January seems to be the longest month! Does anyone else feel that way? Several times throughout the month, I stopped to ask “Is this month over yet?”….. But I digress. We are here to take a look at my empties for the month! I love when I finally finish a product, move it out of my collection, get to pull something else out, and rotate around my collection. There is just something so satisfying to me about finishing something and getting to pick something else out to use!

I do not feel like I used that many products up this month, but I did use some tried and true ones and a few newer items!

I used up an Ahhh Sugar Sugar Dreamsicle Sugar Scrub, and if you know me or have ever read one of my empties post, then you know that I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s Sugar Scrubs! They have one of the best sugar scrubs on the market! It is super course, and yet moisturizing to the skin. The Dreamsicle scent seriously smells just like the childhood favorite popsicle in the same name. A super delicate and fruity/creamy scent! I will always repurchase Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s sugar scrubs.

Buttermilk Bath Salts in Prosesso Berries from The Bathing Garden: I very much enjoyed the scent of these bath salts, they smell like fizzy berries, but I did not notice that they added much scent or color to my bath. I do not know that I would repurchase this product. I was a little underwhelmed by it. The Bathing Garden does do some good scrubs, and I need to remember to purchase more of those!

Is it any surprise that I have a Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo in my empties? What more can I say about this product…. It soaks up all the excess oils, gives my hair added volume, and it smells clean. If you haven’t already, try this dry shampoo! You will not be disappointed! I am trying different dry shampoos right now, but I will repurchase this.

Sugar Slushie in Queen City Vice from Ahhh Sugar Sugar: I really want to like Sugar Slushies, but I have not quite figured out how I like to use them. I have several more Sugar Slushies in my collection to try, so, for now, I will not be repurchasing Sugar Slushies. This smelled amazing, like coconut and strawberries!

Simple Micellar Make-up Remover Wipes: These are the best wipes that I have tried! They stay moist, they get rid of all my makeup, does not break me out or leave a film on my face, and they are super affordable! I always come back to these wipes and continue to repurchase them.

This is a little bit of a different one, but I thought I would include my OLLY The Perfect Women’s Multi. I do not normally like multi-vitamins, they tend to upset my stomach, but these taste amazing and do not upset my stomach. I have already repurchased them, and I recommend giving them a shot!

Zoetic Petal Drops Facial Oil: I loved this! It is super moisturizing and light on your skin. It comes in a beautiful glass dropper with dried flower petals in it. It absorbs nicely into my skin, and moisturizes my face without breaking me out or making me oily. I prefer oils to cream moisturizers, and this is my Holy Grail right now! I have already repurchased this product and will continue to do so. I highly recommend giving this a shot!

LUSH Aqua Marina: This is another Holy Grail product! Can I say anymore about this that I haven’t already? It is perfect for sensitive skin. It cleanses my face nicely, does not break me out, and keeps my oils at bay without stripping my skin. I have already repurchased and will continue to do so!

Dermalogica Precleanse Balm: My skin therapist recommended this to me, so I thought I would give it a try! It was alright. It did take my makeup off, but I find that I enjoy a cleansing oil more than a cleansing balm. I do not believe that I will repurchase this item. I am going to go back to a cleansing oil.

Frozen Custard in Queen Tea from Ahhh Sugar Sugar: I loved this! This is the first Frozen Custard that I have tried from Ahhh Sugar Sugar, and I was thoroughly impressed! I might even like this more than their Whipped Meringues. Queen Tea was a very nice delicate tea scent with a nice undertone of orange blossom and lemon pound cake. I will definitely be repurchasing more Frozen Custards from Ahhh Sugar Sugar! Would you guys be interested in reading a blog about the differences in Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s Whipped Meringues and Frozen Custards? If you do, let me know in the comments!

What products did you guys use up in January? Did you love them or hate them? I seriously love empties videos and posts! I hope your January was great and that your year is off to an amazing start! I’ll see you guys next time!

January Box of Sugar: You’re my butter half.

Again and again Ahhh Sugar Sugar continues to amaze and astound me with their innovation and creativity with their products! They continue to create new products and formulas that I love to get a glimpse of in their Box of Sugar every month! This month they came out with several new products that we have never tried before, and I am very excited for this! I am most excited about the soy wax melt! Soy wax is very hard to find, so I am excited that one of my favorite vendors is starting to create it!

The first product in this month’s box is Lustful Thinking Shimmering Shower Gel. This is hot pink with huge pieces of silver biodegradable glitter and it smells like chocolate covered strawberries! You really smell the scent of the chocolate at first with a hint of the delicate strawberries underneath. I am excited to see if the strawberries come out in the heat of the shower! Ahhh Sugar Sugar sent an 8 oz full-sized product in this month’s box, which is super generous!

The second product is a new one, that I am very excited to try. Don’t Try to Butter Me Up Solid Sugar Scrub. I do not have much luck with solid sugar scrubs, simply because they are not abrasive enough for me, but I am excited to try this one out! It comes all wrapped up in cute pink tissue paper and smells of buttercream, butterscotch, and sea salt! I have to stop myself from eating it, it smells so good!

The third product is another new one, Kiss My Sass Soy Lip Balm. This comes in a nice cute little jar, that I can keep next to my bed or throw in my purse. It feels very smooth on my lips, and I quite enjoy it! It smells like sweet candy; like sweetarts!

Cupid’s Kryptonite Bath Bomb Tablet is the fourth product in this month’s Box of Sugar. I enjoy Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s bath bombs, and I am excited to have another one to use! This one is scented in cotton candy, gummy bears, and sweet buttercream. I can’t wait to see what to pair this with!

The bonus item this month is a cup of soy wax scented in Pink Sugar! This smells just like the signature pink sugar scent, and I can’t wait to open this up and put it in the warmer! I am very excited for this new line from Ahhh Sugar Sugar! I am excited to see where they go with this!

Overall, this has been an amazing box and I love this subscription service that Ahhh Sugar Sugar supplies! I seriously think that this is one of the best subscription services on the market! Ahhh Sugar Sugar is going places, and I am very excited to see where it all takes us on this wild, creative ride!

Book Review Friday!

Well here it is! A new weekly blog topic and my first guest author! I have been wanting to do something that hit on another passion of mine and also step away from “products” as well, so I am starting a new series “Book Review Friday!” I am not sure that I will keep in on Friday’s though, I might end up moving the day to Monday, give us something to look forward to on that dreary day. This is my first guest author, my beloved soul sister and future sister-in-law: Natasha Leavitt. She writes a beautiful piece and I truly hope that you all enjoy. Now on to the review!


 

Caitlin Doughty, founder of The Order of the Good Death, Undertaking LA, and the YouTube channel Ask a Mortician, brings us a memoir that shines a light into the mystified world of the modern funeral industry : Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory. Through her story, we witness what really goes on behind the curtains of a funeral home, and the ways in which this flawed industry reflect our broken relationship with death.

Throughout the entire story, we are confronted by the corpses of people from every walk of life. Homeless veterans, suicide victims, infants, the forgotten elderly and the dearly beloved. The technicals of her job as a crematory operator in San Fransisco include collecting bodies from homes and hospitals, carting boxes of bodies from the freezer to the cremation machine, sweeping out and packaging the ashes. As she goes along each day with her work, she begins to wonder why the dead are left with total strangers, instead of in the care of their loved ones.
Caitlin compares our societies complete disassociation with death to the very involved practices around the world. One practice she witnessed first had at the crematory.  A Chinese witness cremation. Instead of our typical wake and burial, the entire family gathered at the funeral home with bowls of fruits, and followed the body of their deceased uncle to the cremation machine. They wailed and sobbed and expressed raw grief as one family member pressed the start button for the flames.
Realizing how an involved ritual and ceremony could bring a family together, strengthening that sense of community, Caitlin begins to turn her life’s work toward demystifying death and the pursuit of death positivity.
Through her experiences as a crematory operator, she brings us on this honest journey of discovery as she finds her true calling; to break the stigma around death and welcome people to be involved in the care and burial of their loved ones, as well as embrace their own eventual demise. In other words, she invites us to take part in the good death.
At 254 pages, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes was a fast read. I am typically a slow reader, but was able to enjoy this book within the checkout-return period of my local library. Caitlin Doughty is a quirky and witty character, and her cheerful personality shines through in her writing. The nature of the book is somber subject, and some sections were more difficult to read than others. But, I believe that her anti-sugar coating policy is a necessary element in her battle against the death taboo stigma. Her humor and honesty combine to bring us the story of how she came to be the death positive crusader she is today.