October Box of Sugar: Falling leaves & pumpkins please!

This is a good ole’ Box of Sugar! I love all of the products in this box, plus the scents are all winners in my book! It is amazing that we regularly get to try new products, and it is always a treat to receive a bath bomb!

An Ode to Asheville: This scent is soooo good! I cannot get enough of it! This is scented in toasted marshmallows, crisp fir, smoldering woods, and rich vanilla. To my nose, I get the toasted marshmallows and vanilla at the front with the woods and fir below it all to make it not so sweet. This is a shimmering whipped meringue, so it adds a hint of sparkle that makes such a nice touch!

A Drive in the Fall Bath Bomb: This beautiful bath bomb has all the colors of the falling leaves. I cannot wait to see this in the water. This has scent notes of mountain air, rain, snow, and lemon. This is such a fresh scent, and perfect for the dream of this bath bomb.

Meet Me at the Orchard Body Batter: NEW PRODUCT ALERT! To my knowledge, this is a super scrubby, sudsy, moisturizing sugar scrub. I am very excited to try this and see how it compares to their coveted sugar scrub! This has scent notes of apple, cedar wood, cinnamon, peach, and pipe tobacco. This smells like fall in a jar! To my nose, I smell apples and sweet peach with cinnamon. The cedar wood and pipe tobacco softens everything out and makes it not so sweet.

Bless this Hot Mess Bath Frosting: I am very excited to grow my “travel size” bath frosting collection! They are so cute and perfect for traveling, gifting, or trying a new scent. This is scented in toasted pumpkin, green apple, marshmallow and brown sugar. I never used to be a fan of pumpkin scents, but the pumpkin blends that Ahhh Sugar Sugar continues to bring out has changed my mind! This smells like a baked fall pie. You get the tartness from the green apples, with the warmth from the pumpkin and marshmallow, and the sweetness of the brown sugar.

Overall, I am very satisfied with this month’s BOS and I am very excited to try the new Body Batter. It is boxes like this that make me excited for what is next with Ahhh Sugar Sugar. What did you think of this month’s BOS? Any scents or products you really love? As always, thank you for reading my delightful ramblings.

The Dirty Goat Sulfate Free Shampoo and Body Wash

I have been very interested in trying some of The Dirty Goat hair care products for some time now, and I was lucky enough to receive one of her sulfate free Shampoo and Body Wash in a recent mystery bag. I have been using this product on and off for a few weeks, and wanted to share my thoughts and experiences on this product.

This is scented in Bad At Love, which is a new to me scent and one that I really enjoy. It has scent notes of white washed woods, citrus leaves, vetiver, and tonka beans. It is a woodsy almost musky scent that is lifted by the citrus and sweetness of the tonka. Erica makes this product in all types of scents though, so if this scent is not for you don’t fret!

My first reaction to this product is that it is very liquidy, almost surprisingly so. Most shampoos and body washes have a level of thickness to them that this product is missing. I am not sure if that is because it is sulfate free or if that is just the formulation of Erica’s recipe. Either way, it is not a deal breaker for me and the product, just an observation.

I struggled to run this shampoo through my hair. It is like the product did not want to move from the one spot that it was put on my head and so I felt like I had to use a lot of product to get it to move throughout my hair enough for it is cover the majority of my head. This shampoo did cleanse my hair well, and did not leave my hair feeling overly dry or tangly like other sulfate free shampoos do, but it just did not seem to want to move through my hair. It was an odd experience, and one that I do not remember experiencing before with other shampoos. This could totally be user error, and I would love any thoughts you have on this product or others like it.

I have not tried this as a body wash, but I imagine that it would work just fine! It gives a nice cleansing experience. It is my understanding that this product is typically used as a shampoo, and not as a body wash, which is why I went the route of shampoo first.

I think this was a great dip into The Dirty Goat’s hair care products, and I am excited to continue to explore what Erica and her brand has to offer. The next product I am very interested in trying her sea salt shampoo! Have you tried this shampoo? What do you think? Tell me all your thoughts in the comments below! 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.

June Box of Sugar: Summer Fling!

I am a summer baby! I love everything about it, and I just soak it all up while I can, at least until I can convince my partner to move further south or to an island 😉 Anyone else live for the summer? I get so excited for the summer bath products to start arriving, because it means that 1. Summer is here and 2. I get to enjoy all the amazing fruity, floral, intense, sweet summer scents!

This Box of Sugar reminds me of their old classic Boxes. It has old favorites, a few new products and all new scents. So basically, the perfect monthly subscription box. I am curious now though, do you guys have a favorite “type” of box? Do you love the all new boxes or do you like to see some classics thrown in as well?

Talk about a classic product! I MET YOU IN THE SUMMER Bath Frosting is the first product from this box. Can we just talk about how pretty this product is? The beautiful pastel colors swirled together with a darker floral label; I am here for it! This product is scented in sandalwood, white cedar, peaches, bergamot, and vanilla. The sandalwood and white cedar are very strong in this, with the peaches and vanilla rounding it out with some subtle sweetness. I think this smells like a man’s body wash, and I quite enjoy that! I am very curious to see how this scent warms up in the heat of the water!

(pre) Shaved Ice Pre-Shave Treatment is a new product in this box. This product was made to be used right before you shave to help exfoliate and nourish the area for the best shave. It has lemon juice and different salts in it to help exfoliate and brighten the skin and coconut oil and kokum butter to moisturize and nourish the skin. This product is scented with jasmine, watermelon, tropical mango mojito. This smells (almost) sickly sweet to my nose. The watermelon and tropical mango are front and center with the jasmine trying to help ground the scent a little. Not my favorite on cold sniff, but I think this will work nicely in the shower.

LET’S FLAMINGLE Whipped Meringue Body Butter is another classic from Ahhh Sugar Sugar and one I am sure many people are glad to get in their boxes! I know I love to have these on hand to throw into a bag or leave on a nightstand! They are perfect body butters because they are super moisturizing but don’t leave you feeling greasy, which is key in the summer! This is scented in pink champagne, lemon macaroons, and buttercream. To my nose, I smell the macaroons and buttercream with the pink champagne and a hint of lemon rounding out the sweet scents.

For the last new product, we received ALOE HA Sun Soothe. This is an oil and toner mist to help soothe irritated, dry, or sunburned skin. I am so excited for this product and cannot wait to use it! This just seems like such a good idea to me! This is scented in orange and hibiscus. I get a floral orange scent which is just delightful and delicate. I really enjoy this scent.

Overall, a nice classic Box of Sugar from Ahhh Sugar Sugar. I know which products I am most excited to use. What are some of your favorites? As always, thank you for being here and reading my delightful ramblings.

May Empties!

May was not a month for empties. I feel as if I brought out a lot of new products to use in the month of May, but did not seem to finish much. I have a feeling that June will much more empties… hopefully!

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Shower Gel: My fiance and I use one of these products every winter! We really enjoy the scent, and it is a nice scent tradition that we enjoy and share in the colder months.

Simple Cleansing Wipes: These are the only wipes that I have found that does not break me out, leave a film on my face, and takes off the majority of my makeup. I have repurchased and will continue to do so.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Ice Cream Social Solid Bubble Scoop: I was surprised at the performance of this bubble scoop! It filled the tub with fluffy bubbles, and smelled amazing! I will definitely repurchased this bubble scoop if they offer it again!

Well, that is all for my empties this month! I am not sure that I have ever had a month with only 3 empties! I am almost certain that next month with have many more empties! How did everyone else do this month?

Thank you for being here for my ramblings!

Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Oil

It has been a long time since I have been excited about a cleansing oil! I have tried A LOT of cleansing oils, high end and low, and this one has been the best I have tried lately! I got this off the Ulta website during a sale they had a few months ago. I try a new cleansing oil every few months, since I haven’t found one I love just yet. This one is definitely a game changer for me!

This is made by Skinfood which is a Korean (I believe?) brand that is sold off of the Ulta website. There whole brand and thought process is about using food in their beauty products to help detox and nourish the skin. Skinfood has other very popular products on the market right now, but I have not heard anyone talk about this cleansing oil yet.

The Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Oil is made with pure black sugar that is unrefined, and still full of all of its natural vitamin and minerals. Sugar is a natural exfoliant and humectant, so as it exfoliates away the dead skin cells it is drawing moisture into the skin. This is an oil based cleanser that breaks down heavy makeup and grime from the day, and preps your skin to be cleansed with your facial cleanser.

This cleanser does not leave me feeling dry or feeling like I have a film left on my face. It breaks down all of my makeup and leaves my face feeling clean and refreshed. This is the first cleansing oil that I have tried that I actually believe has made a difference in my skin. My skin is clearer, brighter, and less textured since using this regularly.

This product comes with a nice pump that is very controlled, which is important when working with an oil. It has a beautifully soft, sweet lemon scent that is not overpowering, and adds a spa like feel to the experience. I would highly recommend this product, and this is something that I will be repurchasing in the future. Have you tried anything from Skinfood? What do you think?

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.