April Box of Sugar: Farmhouse Fresh

This month’s Box of Sugar is WAY different than anything else Ahhh Sugar Sugar has put out. They went with a totally different theme and feel than what they normally do, and this is a nice change! For this month’s box, they went with a totally clean and natural look and feel, and it seems like there might be more to come with these types of products.

The Barn at Post Oak and Ahhh Sugar Sugar collabrated again to bring us an AMAZING Soy Wax Candle. I am so happy that Ahhh Sugar Sugar uses and promotes soy wax, because that is what I like to use in my own home. This candle is scented in lemon verbena, cedar, peppermint, vanilla sugar, and eucalyptus. You know what is crazy? You can smell all of those scents, and they blend together perfectly. On the top, you get the lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus, the vanilla sugar sweeten all those “harsher” scents with the cedar giving it all some depth. Ahhh Sugar Sugar was also super kind, and provided everyone with very elegant matches in a glass bottle.

Sea Salt and Vanilla Bean Bath Oil. Ahhh Sugar Sugar has put out some nice bath oils before, but this bath oil is simple and luxurious, at the same time. I am very excited to use this, and see how this warms up in the heat of the bath. This smells of sweet vanilla bean, that is mellowed by the oil and salt.

Body Soap. Ahhh Sugar Sugar puts out Bath Frostings and Sugar-Free Bath Frostings. This is just labeled as Body Soap, so I am curious to see if this is a whole new formula, or is the same formula as the Sugar-Free Bath Frostings. This is scented in apricot, bergamont, and mint. This smells of sweet apricot, with just a hint of sweet mint.

Body Scrub. I have missed Ahhh Sugar Sugar scrubs! I ran out a few months ago, and just haven’t restocked yet. This is scented in rosemary, blood orange, basil, and thyme. This smells of sweet blood orange and herbs. It is a very nice, clean scent and one that I feel would transfer well to other products.

Hand Soap. This is a gorgeous hand soap that is all peachy and iridescent. I am excited to see them do a hand soap that is not foaming. This product looks amazing and I am excited to see how this works! It is scented in lemon, mint, and grass. This smells of minty lemon, with grass as an anchor. It is a nice clean, spring scent.

April Empties!

This month was a slow month for empties! I feel like across the board, for a lot of people, this has been a long, slow month for empties and just in general! I wonder why that is?

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Shenanigans Whipped Meringue: I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringues, but I much prefer them in a pot instead of the tube. This was a very nice scent of fresh apples. I don’t know that I would repurchase this scent, only because Ahhh Sugar Sugar offers so many other unique and amazing scents!

LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water: This is a holy grail item for me, and something that I constantly use in my skincare routine. This toner helps to keep my oils at bay and my skin clear.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil: This was an alright cleansing oil. It didn’t WOW me, but it also wasn’t terrible. It got most of my makeup off, but I don’t know that I would recommend it.

LUSH Aqua Marina: This is my holy grail face wash. It is super calming for my sensitive skin, doesn’t break me out, keeps my skin clear and oil free, and you get used to the scent. I would highly recommend and I continue to repurchase.

Shea Butter Vanilla Buttercream: This was a stocking stuffer from my grandparents. It was a nice moisturizer and fit easily in my purse.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar The Jessica Bath Frosting: It took me awhile to finish this bath frosting, and this is the first bath frosting I have finished in awhile. This was an amazing, unique, and complex scent. I would highly recommend it if you haven’t used this scent before, and I always recommend Ahhh Sugar Sugar Bath Frostings!

Nyakio Maracuja and Yangu Soothing Oil: I very much enjoyed this facial oil! This was a very soothing and calming facial oil. It moisturized my skin without leaving it oily or feeling heavy, and it did not break me out. This had a very calming and grounding scent that was not overpowering on the skin. I would highly recommend this facial oil.

How did you feel about the month of April and all that it brought or didn’t bring?

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 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!

Life Update: Moving States, New Jobs, Apartment Craziness

To say that the last few months have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. We have been living in a state of transition. The majority of our belongs have been in one state in our old apartment, and we have been living with family in a new state, starting new jobs and waiting for our new apartment to open up. We have finally gotten the keys to our new place, and have made our final move with all of our stuff, and we just happened to do it on the hottest day of the year!

We have been anticipating this move for several months now, and are very excited for this new beginning and all that it can bring! My fiance is starting graduate school and a new job, and I have taken a new management position at a different restaurant. A lot of new beginnings which is very exciting and scary all at the same time!

My fiance has been a total champ through this whole process. He is the most patient and hardworking man that I know, and I am so lucky that he is my partner in this crazy life. We have been very blessed by our family and friends through this whole process, helping whenever and wherever they can and I do not know we got so lucky to have such amazing people in our life.

I have many plans for this space, but have been inactive due to all this moving craziness. Our apartment is currently in boxes, and I am sitting in a Barnes and Noble typing this post because we do not yet have wifi. I am enjoying all of this transition, but I must say, it will be nice once we have more our stuff put away and feel a bit more comfortable in the new town.

I hope you enjoyed this small life update. We will be back to our regular programing with June Empties and June Box of Sugar posts coming next! Thank you for sticking around and I hope everyone’s summers have been amazing so far!

May Box of Sugar: Happy Birthday, Uni-mer-cat!

It is that time of month again, Box of Sugar review time! This has been a much anticipated box for everyone that has been following along in the Facebook group! In this month’s box, we received 2 brand spankin’ new products along with the first ever soy wax candle to be featured in a box, and a regular line product. I am sad to say, I am pretty disappointed by this Box of Sugar though. I will explain why down below, so keep reading! If you loved this Box, I am so glad! All the reviews I have seen so far have all been positive, but everyone is different and allowed their own opinions. Now, onto the fun!

The first product is one of their new inventions; Fluff! This is their newest whipped soap scented in their very popular Yasss Hunny scent. I am not thrilled with this product, and it is mainly because of the packaging. I am so used to and spoiled by the frosted glass jars or even the plastic jars, that this plastic tub they gave us doesn’t jive well with me. This reminds me of a margarita salt container! The soap looks great, and I am sure it performs beautifully, but I cannot get over the packaging. The scent smells amazing, all orange, cake, and mallow. This is a popular scent for a reason! I get a strong scent of the soap through the fragrance though, so I am curious to see how that plays in the heat of the shower.

Fantasea Solid Bubble Bar is a beautifully crafted mermaid tail, that smells like coconut, fruit and musk. I cannot wait to get this in my bath and see how blue it makes my water! My mermaid tale came broken, but that is okay, I will be cutting it all up anyway!

We have another new product with Blueberry Yum Yum Lustre Custard. This is their famous custard recipe with lots of added shimmer to make this beautiful product! I love a good shimmer body lotion, and I do not feel like there are enough of these products on the market. Blueberry Yum Yum is supposed to smell like Blueberry donuts and coconut sprinkles. I smell sun tan lotion. I love the scent of Blueberry, and I am not a big fan of coconut. The scent may change over time though. We also got just a little baby 2 oz size. Most boxes in the past, I feel as if we have gotten at least 4 oz sizes.

Put on your Birthday Suit Soy Candle: This is a collaboration with the The Barn at Post Oak. I am so excited to receive a candle, and I love this scent! This smells of sweet birthday cake, with grounding sage to take the edge off. This is my favorite product from this month’s box! My unicorn did come not attached to my lid, but that is okay, I can hot glue it. I still have their Birthday Suit Bath Frosting from last years Box of Sugar!

Overall, I think that this box has amazing ideas and creations, they just weren’t really for me. With the packaging of the fluff and the size of the Lustre Custard, I do not feel like we got an amazing value for our dollar. The candle is amazing, as is the bubble bar, but they can’t carry the whole box. I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar, and continue to support and promote them on my pages, but this just wasn’t for me, and that is okay. I would love to hear your thoughts on this month’s Box of Sugar! Were you disappointed or blown away?