September Box of Sugar: If You’ve Got It, Haunt It

Halloween is an exciting time in the bath and body world! So many new releases and products to keep up with, it is overwhelming! Ahhh Sugar Sugar is doing a Halloween Mystery Box this year, which is VERY exciting! This Halloween themed Box of Sugar is beautiful and sets the tone wonderfully for the rest of October.

Fright Night Bath Bomb and Melt: Chocolate, carmel, and cinnamon, Oh my! I smelled this warm, comforting scent through the wrapper and I cannot wait to see how it performs in the tub! I am not normally a chocolate scented bath person, but this is blended so beautifully, I think it might break that rule!

Antidote Hand Soap: I LOVE Ahhh Sugar Sugar hand soaps! This comes at a perfect time, because I just used up my last bottle from them. This glows in the dark! Ahhh Sugar Sugar has done glow in the dark products before, and they always work so well! This is scented in sweet pumpkin, marshmallow, and creamy vanilla latte. I pick up the pumpkin and latte, and a spicy note that I was not expecting! This is a beautiful scent and I am excited to use this!

I Put A Spell On You Whipped Meringue: This is a hodgepodge of scents! This is scented in bubblegum, banana runts, cotton candy, and lemon drops. This scent is not for me; I do not like banana scents. To my nose, I get the artificial scent of bubblegum and cotton candy with the banana coming through at the end. I bet a lot of people will enjoy this scent!

Pick Your Poison Bath Frosting: This is a beautiful white frosting with a red center! I am really loving that look. This is scented in coca cola, blood orange, and vanilla ice cream. This is a different scent for me. It smells almost like a sweet vanilla coca cola float. It is a very light fragrance with nothing overpowering. I cannot wait to see how this smells warmed in the shower!

Ahhh Sugar Sugar generously supplied a coupon code in each BOS! I mean, how cool is that? Their 2019 Holiday pre-order is going on right now, so use that code and get 10% off of your holiday order! I know I will! What did you think of this month’s BOS? What are you looking for from this year’s holiday collection? Thank you for being here and reading my delightful ramblings.

September Empties!

September went by so fast and I am happy to have a lot of good empties this month! I am moving through my stash and it feels really good to get good use out of my products. Anyone else feel accomplished and successful when they use up products within their stash?

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Son of a Nut-Cracker Sugar-Free Bath Frosting: Normally I am all about the regular Bath Frostings with scrubby sugar, but I very much enjoyed the Sugar-Free version. This smelled like sweet peppermint and was nice and cooling during the hot summer months of August and September. It would be nice to see a scent like this come back this winter.

Joico Body Luxe Conditioner: We go through a lot of conditioner in our house. I have curly hair down to my butt and my partner has thick hair with a dry scalp, so I buy conditioner by the liter! This was a good conditioner! It was thick enough to fully moisturize my hair and not leave it a frizzy mess. I would consider repurchasing this conditioner.

LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water: This is my holy grail toner. I use this every day to help keep my oil and acne at bay. Even if I use other toners and products throughout my skincare routine, I will always continue to use this product. This is also a great toner that can be used throughout the day to help refresh the skin.

Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Oil: I very much enjoyed this cleansing oil! It broke down all my makeup and oil from the day to give my cleanser a chance to actually clean out my pores. This product did not dry out my skin, but left it feeling nourished. I did a full review on this product that you can find here. I would repurchase this product and I highly recommend you give this a shot.

Victoria’s Secret Tease Please Body Mist: I use to love this perfume, but as of late I have grown tired of it. I have been working through some of my older perfumes, and trying to move them out. This was a seasonal scent, so I could not repurchase this even if I wanted to, but this is not a scent I would repurchase.

The Dirty Goat Little White Tank Top Whipped Body Scrub: This was a different formula than I am used to; it was made with lava ash and was incredibly delicate, but still offered an amazing scrub. I very much enjoyed this cleansing scrub. The scent was a very delicate scent, but I think was a little overpowered by the base of this scrub.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: I very much enjoyed this scrub! It was a great scrub for when my skin was acting up and I needed something to get deep into my pores. I would use this while in the shower, and it has now become my goal to be able to use all my masks in the shower.

Bliss Bump Attendant: This has become a holy grail product for me. If you wax or if you struggle with ingrown hairs, you need this. This has changed the game for me and I highly recommend giving this a try.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Dream Big Body Mist and Linen Spray: I believe this was the first linen/body spray that Ahhh Sugar Sugar ever came out with! I very much enjoyed this spray and scent! I highly recommend their linen spray and I will continue to repurchase their items.

LUSH Santa’s Christmas Shower Cream: This was alright. It smells like Coca-Cola. I don’t particularly love that scent in bath and shower products. My partner used this up, and I don’t believe he particularly loved it either.

A solid month of empties all around! I am very happy with the products that I have used up and moved out. I am excited for the coming colder months to get some really good use out of my lotions and potions! What did you use up last month? Anything good? As always, thank you for reading my delightful ramblings.

The Dirty Goat: Practical Magic Seasonal Box

The Dirty Goat has made her first seasonal box! This is a Halloween, Practical Magic themed box that came with five products and a quote from the movie. I personally love the quote and it will be something that I put up in my office. The products that came in this box are beautiful and play into the Practical Magic theme well. All of these products and scents are new to me, which adds to the surprise and magic of the box.

Aunt Jet’s Bella Donna Bath and Body Oil: This oil can be used in the bath to add extra moisture to a long soak, or straight to the skin. This is scented in madagascar vanilla, cedarwood, musk, and lemon. This is a very warm musky scent with the cedarwood and musk leading. The vanilla helps give it a touch of sweetness and the lemon makes sure it does not get too musky. I think this would add such a special touch to a nice warm bath, and I cannot wait to get it in the tub.

All Hallows Eve Car Freshener: I really love this idea of having my favorite scents as car fresheners now. I think it is so great that The Dirty Goat is stepping into those spaces of “household” goods. This is scented in cinnamon buns, icing, and fresh vanilla bean. I love this! I am a big fan of cinnamon, and this is right up my ally. This will be hanging in my car all winter long!

Lavender Gates Room and Linen Spray: I have recently really gotten into room and linen sprays. They are such an easy way to freshen up a space and give it a little special touch! Lavender Gates is scented with lavender, vanilla, musk, and patchouli. This is a warm lavender scent with the lavender being an herbal lavender and not a sweet lavender. The musk adds to the lavender scent and the vanilla helps give some sweetness.

Jimmy Angelou Cologne Balm: I like to use solid fragrances when I am just doing things around the house or getting ready for bed. I use them like touch points to help ground and relax my mind. I could not find the scent notes for this on her website, but this scent smells slightly clean, herbal and not too musky. The balm is very soft, which helps with the ease of applying this. The scent is not very strong though, which is kinda a bummer.

Midnight Margaritas Lip Balm: Guys, I go through chapsticks like nobody’s business. I am stoked to have a huge lip balm to use and abuse, especially with the colder months coming up. This balm is very soft and moisturizing. I also could not find this one on her scent list, but to me, this smells like sweet, gummy lime candies. This scent reminds me of Calacus from LUSH. I enjoy this scent in this format, and it makes me want other scents in lip balm form.

Overall, I think this was a solid first box. It can be tough to create something like a seasonal box from scratch, especially with everyone’s thoughts and opinions on what it should or should not be. I like the scents and products that we received, and I am excited to try some of these new to me products. I cannot wait to break open that car freshener, and the lip balm has already been used! What did you think of this first box? Did you find any new favorites? As always, thank you for reading my delightful ramblings.

August Empties!

It will be a short and sweet empties post for this month. I believe this is the first time I have had a month of products where everything I finished up I loved and would recommend! These are some tried and true favorite right here from tried and true vendors.

Hallo Queen Whipped Meringue from Ahhh Sugar Sugar: I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringues! They are highly scented, super moisturizing lotions that keep my dry skin from cracking! Hallo Queen smells like amazing maple apples! Everytime I put it on, someone is always commenting on how edible in smells.

The Dirty Goat Raspberry, Strawberry, Guava Goat Milk and Honey Body Lotion: This is a super lux lotion, with it’s high quality glass jar. It is very light and silky while still being moisturizing enough for the dry skin on my hands. I used this throughout the summer months, and it was perfect. This scent is just sweet and fruity enough without being overpowering. I look forward to enjoying this scent again next summer.

LUSH Aqua Marina Face Cleanser: This is my holy grail face cleanser. I do a double cleanser every night, and this is the second cleanser that I use in that system. This is perfect for my super sensitive, combination, acne prone skin. It does not cause me to break out, does not dry out my dry spots, keeps my oily spots from becoming too oily, and just overall cleanses my skin. I have been using this for years, and I cannot imagine using anything else at this point.

Lemon Mint Grass Hand Soap from Ahhh Sugar Sugar: I loved this hand soap! It was super gentle, beautiful and smelled amazing! I very much enjoyed using it and I would gladly repurchase.

I was a little upset when I realized that I did not have a lot of empties this month, but then I checked out what I have in use, and I have a lot of products that are close to being finished. I love when I am able to use up a product and move it out of my stash, and am able to put another product in use, it is like a high! Anyone else feel me? If you do, I recommend checking out A Beauty Guru Made Me Do It, all one word though, on Instagram and Youtube. She is amazing with project pans and empties posts!

How did everyone else do this month? Are you happy with what you used up and moved out, and most of all, did you enjoy what you used? I know I did! Thank you for being here, and I hope you enjoyed my delightful ramblings.

Detanglers

I do not buy detanglers, nor do I normally use them. Even when I was a child, I do not remember my mother using detanglers on my sisters and I. This all started when I received a detangler in a Box of Sugar from Ahhh Sugar Sugar. Then I received another one. I started noticing detanglers from different indie brands, and I got curious. So I purchased a detangler from The Dirty Goat on a Facebook Destash group, and I started testing that one out. I received another one in a mystery grab bag. So for someone who does not purchase or normally use detanglers, I am up to my ears in them!

I have been comparing the detanglers from my two favorite indie brands, The Dirty Goat and Ahhh Sugar Sugar. They both work and perform beautifully, but there are noticeable differences in the product that I love and want to share with you.

Both companies detanglers work well to detangle hair for an easier brushing experience. Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s does what it says it is going to do. It detangles without leaving your hair feeling oily or heavy, or like you have any extra product in it. I do not feel like I have to be too careful about the product not hitting my roots; though with any product that has added oil in it, it is best to keep away from your roots. The scents from Ahhh Sugar Sugar are stronger and linger in my hair for longer than The Dirty Goat’s, which is an added perk of using a detangler.

The Dirty Goat’s detanglers have a much more noticeable amount of oil in them than the other detanglers that I have tried. This product works quicker than Ahhh Sugar Sugars, because of the high oil content, but you have to be very careful to only put this at the ends of your hair and to stay away from your roots. This detangler feels more like a leave-in conditioning treatment to my hair; it leaves my hair feeling noticeably softer and smoother. I cannot get second day hair if I use this product, because of all the added nourishing oils from the detangler. The scents for these products are lovely, but not as strong as Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s, nor do they linger as long.

Overall, I love both products and I enjoy that they are different! They offer me different uses, which I would normally not have, and I value the different things they do for my hair. Are there other detanglers that I should try? What are some of your favorites? As always, thank you. Thank you for reading my delightful ramblings.

The Dirty Goat: 6% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Toning Solution

The Dirty Goat makes more than just amazing whipped scrubs and perfect all natural deo, she also makes fabulous skincare products! I have slowly been branching out and trying more of her skincare products, and the most recent one that I have been testing is the 6% AHA Toning Solution.

First off, can we talk about how she puts right on the label what percent the acid or active ingredient is in her formula? I love this! A lot of big skin care brands won’t disclose their % ‘s on their active ingredients in their formulas. I think it shows a lot of character and integrity that Erica discloses this to her customers.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid is said to help reduce wrinkles, smooth skin, and helps clear up discolored spots and acne. I use this toning solution after I wash my face and before my moisturizer. I have been using it for about a month and a half, which is about how long I like to give skincare to notice a difference, either positive or negative.

I am very happy to report that this toning solution does not break me out, which is always my biggest concern. It also does not irritate my skin, which I was worried about seeing as this is my first time using an AHA. With regular use, I do notice that my skin stays smooth, no more little bumps on my cheeks or forehead. This toning solution has also helped to fade some old acne scars, and kept new acne scars from forming. I have also noticed that my skin seems brighter, not the dull look it can sometimes get between facials.

This toning solution did not dry out my face, irritate my eyes or any dry patches on my skin. I did always follow up with a moisturizer, which helped continue to work this into my skin. It does have a sort of “chemically” smell but nothing that is super offensive, and the scent does not linger on the skin.

I believe that I paid around $20 for this product, which for the amount of product you get, 8.5 oz, and how little you need to cover a face, I think that is a very fair price. I would gladly repurchase this product, and I highly recommend anyone wanting to branch out into some acid toners, to give this a shot.

To stay up to date on current pre-orders and restocks, I suggest following The Dirty Goat’s facebook group. It is there that Erica posts current product releases, and what to look for next. Tap this link, and get yourself invited to the club!

What would you like to see next? As always, thank you for being here, and reading my Delightful Ramblings.

July Box of Sugar: Girl’s Trip

Can Ahhh Sugar Sugar do no wrong? This Box of Sugar is perfect and just screams summer fun! This idea is made even more perfect by all of the products in the travel bag being airline standard for flying! How ingenious is that! I am loving all the fun tropical scents, and I cannot wait to go on my next trip so I can take this cute little travel bag. Now just to find the time to plan that much needed vacation…

Tropi-Cali Clarifying Body Wash: Ahhh Sugar Sugar body washes are super moisturzing and lathers nicely in the shower. This is scented in sugared oranges, tropical flowers, and exotic star fruit. To my nose, this smells strongly of a sweet tropical fruit scent. The sugared oranges stand out in this, with the flower and star fruit grounding and added a subtle tropical note to the scent.

Girl’s Night Spritz: I love these mists! I use these to help freshen a room or add a nice touch to my bedsheets. This is scented in pomegranate, floral mist, and sultry amber. To my nose I get, a sweet, powdery amber scent. I really enjoy this! I cannot wait to use this in a room or on my pillowcase.

I AM Body Butter: Would this really be a Box of Sugar without a Whipped Meringue! This tube is in the perfect size to throw into a beach bag or purse. This whipped meringue is scented in lemon cookie, blackberry, and powdery vanilla musk. The lemon cookie is very strong in this blend.

Dream Big Solid Shampoo: I really enjoy shampoo bars, even though I don’t use them very often. Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s shampoo bars are extremely moisturizing which is needed for my dry hair. I love that this shampoo bar has a string connected to it, so you can hang it to dry between uses. That is perfect! This is scented in mandarin, orange blossom, white musk, and neroli. This is a very nice balanced orange scent, and I enjoy this scent in a shampoo bar.

I AM Bath Bomb: It is very nice to have a mini bath bomb in this box. I love these mini bombs to throw into the tub for a quick, easy bath. This is scented in the same scent as the above whipped meringue. The bath bomb picks up more of the blackberry scent, which is what I prefer.

Flossy Posse Bath Frosting: I love that we receive bath frostings regularly in BOS’s. I mean, I don’t even need to buy bath frostings anymore…. But that doesn’t stop me! This bath frosting is swirled in beautiful pastel colors and scented in rich vanilla cream, kaffir lime leaves, and sugared rose. To my nose, I smell sugared vanilla lime, with the rose as an undernote to help mellow and make it not too sweet. This is a beautiful bath frosting and I am excited to use it.

Let’s Party Travel Pop: This is a pop up of all the essentials you often forget at home! There are hair ties, Q-Tips, cotton swabs, floss, and bobby pins! This is such a thoughtful thing to include, and something that makes this subscription box stand out compared to others.

This box was simple and perfect in its simplicity. They have provided the perfect travel bag and all of the needed products. It inspires you to plan that summer trip, because it screams summer fun! I loved this idea and it was just what I needed for a midsummer pickup! What did you think of this month’s Box of Sugar? Did it give you all the summer vibes and make you want to plan that summer trip? Let me know in the comments!