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Beauty Test Drive: The Body Shop’s Spiced Pumpkin Body Wash

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body shop spiced pumpkin body wash

I am prefacing this review with a note about a hilarious argument (well, I thought it was) Jessica and I just had. Jessica seems to believe that A) body wash is not the same as “soap” and that B) you cannot get clean with products that are considered non-soaps (as this one is). For the record, I am a body wash user. I don’t use bar soap. I consider body wash just as good as your average bar of soap and, I suspect, some of the body wash brands I use have “soap” in them, while others don’t, though I’ve clearly never paid attention.

So what exactly is “soap” and what does “soap-free” mean? Chemically speaking, soap is made when fatty acid salts (from plants or animals) are combined with an alkaline solution like lye. Soap-free products are detergents that do the same thing as soap but are made from plants with natural high saponin levels. Or something like that. So, basically, if you’re someone who purposefully does not use soap products, you’re likely doing so because you’re not down with harsh chemicals, which can be drying to the skin and aren’t as eco-friendly.

Anyway, read onward for Jessica’s review of The Body Shop’s Spiced Pumpkin Wash, which she would use in addition to bar soap, but those of us who don’t differentiate between soap and soap-free, would use on its own. Keep reading »

Beauty Product Reviews—Do You Read ‘Em?

I recently received a free sample of the Bliss Triple Oxygen mask from Sephora (sidebar: sign up for their “Beauty Insider” card; you build up points and get loads of free samples), and after a few applications, loved its effects. So, after the sample ran out, I was looking to buy a full-sized bottle. Because it isn’t cheap stuff ($52 for 3.4 ounces, ouch!), I wanted to be sure about my potential purchase. Where did I go? To every single customer reviews page I could find on it! I checked out the Sephora reviews, the Blissworld reviews, the Drugstore.com comments, every sentence on Amazon about it—I even Googled “Bliss Triple Oxygen reviews” and read everything offered. A little nutzo of me? Perhaps, but I’ve become so addicted to online beauty product reviews, I never make a purchase (in the store or online) without consulting them. My Clarisonic purchase? Days of reading reviews in the making.

Do you read online product reviews? Do you write them (I haven’t gotten around to writing any yet)? Do you get swayed into buying (or not buying) products because of what people are saying? Keep reading »

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