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!

June Empties!

Well, another month has come and gone. We are officially halfway through the year, and it feels good! I am happy with where my stash is at and the amount of products that I have used up so far! We are mostly unpacked here at our new apartment, and I have all of my bath stuff put away and lookin’ pretty 🙂 I am enjoying our new space and it feels good to make it a home. Now onto the empties!

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner: We buy these by the liter during the Ulta Liter Sale. This is my partners favorite shampoo and conditioner. He loves the way it makes his scalp tingly! I highly recommend this for anyone that is looking for a shampoo and conditioner to check this out. It really cleans the scalp and hair effectively without stripping the natural oils.

The Dirty Goat Probiotic Deodorant in Coven: The Dirty Goat makes the absolute best all-natural deodorant! She puts diatomaceous earth in her deodorant which pulls toxic metals out of your system. She also includes shea butter and probiotics to help nourish your skin. Coven is a warm, spicy scent that is perfect for winter. I will always recommend The Dirty Goat and any of her products, especially her deodorant!

Witch Baby Soap Candy Quartz Body Scrub: This was a lovely, sweet, bubblegum scent that was just delightful to use! It was a pink soft scrub that held pink iridescent shimmer and was so pretty to see on the skin! I love Witch Baby Soap scrubs! They are super moisturizing while also being a very effective scrub. I highly recommend giving any of her scrubs a try.

Shea Shea Bakery Lemon Pound Cake Body Butter: I enjoy Shea Shea Bakery Body Butter as a super moisturizing and nourishing hand cream. I do not enjoy this all over my skin. It is just too thick and moisturizing for my whole body. I will not be repurchasing this again, because I do not need to buy a product just to use it on my hands. The Lemon Pound Cake scent is amazing and I love anything lemon.

HASK Charcoal Purifying Dry Shampoo: I very much enjoyed this product and I felt like it worked well and lasted throughout the day. It smells very nice and sprays well. I always compare every Dry Shampoo to my tried and true favorite, NYM’s Dry Shampoo. I do not believe that this preformed better than NYM’s and it is more expensive. I might repurchase this if there is a sale again, because it was enjoyable to use and I did like it. What is your favorite Dry Shampoo?

The Dirty Goat Whipped Cleansing Scrub in Warhol: This has got to be one of my favorite scents that Erica has ever made! This watermelon lemonade scent is absolute perfection and smells perfectly of sweet watermelon and tart lemonade and is made for summer! Erica’s whipped cleansing scrubs are amazing! They are super thick and lather up while scrubbing away all the dead skin. I highly recommend and will continue to repurchase!

LUSH Shower Smoothie in Lush Lime: I order this from the Lush Kitchen about a year ago. The scent for this degraded fast. When I first got this product, it smelled of a sweet, tangy strawberry margarita. After a few months, it smelt of plastic and soap. My partner and I used it up, and enjoyed using it, but it did not have any amazing scent. It was very liquidy soap, that did not lather, and left a creamy moisturizing feel to the skin.

I did not have a huge month for empties, but that is to be expected with this whole move. I am sure in the coming months, I will have more empties as I get back into the swing of using my products again. I feel good with any amount of empties, as long as I feel good about the use and enjoyment I am getting out of my current rotation of products! What did everyone else use up this month? Did you guys have any favorite products in your empties this month?

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!

Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk

Let’s talk first step cleansers! I use first step cleansers to help melt my away my makeup and give my facial cleanser a chance to actually clean my skin and pores. What are first step cleansers? I use cleansing oils/balms/milks as my first step cleanser. They usually have oils and butters in them that help to break down and melt away makeup, even liquid foundation and waterproof mascara. I have really found that using first step cleansers has allowed my facial cleansers to be more effective!

I did not have high hopes for Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk. I love their body care items, but I did not believe that they could do skincare. Man, did they surprise me! This cleansing milk breaks down all of my makeup, even waterproof mascara, and gives my skin a nice clean base for my facial cleanser to work. Soap and Glory Cleansing Milk is not harsh and does not strip the skin like some facial oils can do. It smells lightly of peaches and leaves a faint minty/tingly feeling on the skin.

Soap and Glory Cleansing Milk has peach and goji berry extract in it that is high in antioxidants and vitamins A and C which is important for cell renewal. It also has Oxyginseng Technology that is an organic complex that helps increase circulation and cell respiration, and also speeds oxygen and nutrient delivery to help fight aging and re-energize skin. I believe this is why my skin feels slightly minty/tingly when I use this product! This technology is increasing my circulation and oxygen levels in my skin so that it can receive those nutrients quicker and more effectively.

This product comes in a pump, which is just amazing! You can control how much product you get, and it is super easy to use. It also is super cost effective! Most first step cleansers that I buy are around $20 and I get less than 8 oz of product. Soap and Glory Cleansing Milk is $12 and you get over 11 oz of product. Talk about awesome! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking into a new first step cleanser to try or would just like a quick and easy way to remove makeup. What first step cleansers do you use or how do you like to remove your makeup at night? Let me know in the comments!

May Empties

Another month, another list of empties! I really enjoy reading empties post and it encourages me to continue to “Shop My Stash” and use what I have before buying more. It is also just fun to look back on what I/you have used throughout the month! You get an honest review about a product that has been used all the way to the end, which I think it pretty valuable!

Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray: I very much enjoyed this hairspray! It smelled great, didn’t give me super sticky or crunchy hair, but had enough hold to keep my flyaways down. I would repurchase in the future, but am looking at other hairsprays to try currently.

The Dirty Goat Body Cream in Paris In The Winter: I was blown away by this body cream! It is such a lightweight body cream that absorbs super easily but is highly moisturizing! The scent Paris In The Winter is a strong perfume scent, and I believe it is a Chanel dupe. I did enjoy this scent, but it is not a scent I feel like I NEED in my life. I will definitely repurchase this body cream in the future with a different scent!

Scoopable Tart Wax in Lemon Verbena: I very much enjoyed this scent, but that should come as no surprise, it is LEMON scented! I enjoy this scoopable wax, and I would repurchase if I was not trying to solely use paraffin-free wax. I also believe that this company is no longer in business.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Sugar Slushie in Summer Sangria: The more I use Sugar Slushies, the more I am finding that I love these products! They are such a unique product and are fun to work with in the shower. Summer Sangria is an amazing summer scent that smells of apples, peaches, and wine. It is a crispy and fruity scent! I will definitely repurchase this product in the future.

OLLY The Perfect Women’s Multi: I love these vitamins! I can really tell a difference when I am taking them regularly with my energy levels, sleep, and overall wellness. I will continue to repurchase this product and recommend this to everyone that I know!

Zoetic Flower Child Beauty Bath Booster: I very much enjoyed these bath salts! They come in such pretty packaging and I love the scent of anything lavender. I found these very relaxing and soothing. I do not think that I would repurchase, simply because it is only a one-use product and I would prefer to buy something that I can get more than one use out of.

Victoria’s Secret Noir Tease Shower Gel: I did not really enjoy this product very much. It did what it was supposed to do, but I am just spoiled by all of my small business shower products that using this was just boring. I have also had this product for several years, and I believe the scent was just going off. I would not repurchase.

Vanilla Coconut Hand Lotion: I received this big ‘ole bottle of lotion from my grandmother for Christmas two years ago, and I very much enjoyed it! I used this bottle to fill up my to-go bottle of lotion that I keep in my purse. It has a nice scent, and absorbs quickly into the skin! Overall, a very nice product.

N૦7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil: I very much enjoyed this cleansing oil! This took all of my makeup off and did not burn my eyes. It has a nice pump and you get a decent amount of product in the bottle, more than with most. It has a nice delicate smell that is not overpowering at all.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Shower Creme in Get Blitzened: Ahhh Sugar Sugar has one of the best in-shower moisturizer formulas! At first, I did not really enjoy this scent, but after getting it in the shower I really started to enjoy it! It has a very nice eggnog and cinnamon scent that lasts nicely on the skin. I would repurchase this product and highly recommend it and this scent!

Zoetic Petal Drops Facial Oil: This is my holy grail facial oil! It is light and delicate on the skin and nicely moisturizing. One of the reasons why I love this product so much is because it does not sit heavily on my skin, but absorbs fully. I highly recommend this product and will continue to repurchase it!

Style Sexy Hair Texturizing Spray Clay: This has taken me years to finish, because I do not really have a need for texturizing sprays! I did like product, but it can be difficult to work with. It has a very powerful and direct spray, that can really clump up your hair. I would not repurchase, but it was nice and did what it was supposed to do.