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Empties III: Part 1 Bodycare

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So we all know that the best products are the ones you use until they are completely gone — the ones that force you grab a tool to scrape out the very last drops! I love to read about empties and watch videos about them on YouTube, and I love sharing mine with you. I have so many that I will have to split them into several categories. Let’s start with bodycare!

 

Kneipp Herbal Bath in Lavender, $5.50 available at Kneipp.com
Kneipp Herbal Bath in Lavender, $5.50 available at Kneipp.com

1. Kneipp Herbal Bath in Lavender

This is one of my all time favorite bubble baths. It doesn’t lather and create luscious bubbles like many others do, but it does give the most concentrated scent. It also makes the bath a beautiful teal blue. The wonderful thing about this product is that it comes in several different scents for aromatherapy effects. Lavender is balancing; Mandarin & Orange is stress reducing; Juniper for muscle soothing, etc. You can order the Kneipp Lavender Herbal Bath for only $5.50 (0.67 oz) or $20.00 (3.38oz), and check out all the other scents here. The smaller bottle gets you approximately 2-3 baths; whereas the larger bottle gets you around 5-6 baths. All you need to do is light a candle, dim the lights, add a little to running water, jump in the bath, and breathe deeply. You may even want to have a glass of wine! This is definitely a product that I will continue to purchase this one over and over again because it feels and smells so luxurious.

Moringa Cream Body Scrub from The Body Shop, $20
Moringa Cream Body Scrub from The Body Shop, $20

2. Moringa Cream Body Scrub from The Body Shop

The Body Shop scrubs are, by far, some of the best body scrubs I have ever used. They are sufficiently “scrubby” combined with good hydration without being harsh, scratchy, or drying. I love the sweet floral scent of the morenga seed oil. It’s so bright and fresh. If you aren’t a floral person, this scent could convert you since it’s not over powering; it’s gentle and soft and very feminine.

Wild Argan Oil Rough Scrub, $20
Wild Argan Oil Rough Scrub from The Body Shop, $20

3. Wild Argan Oil Rough Scrub from The Body Shop

This scrub from The Body Shop is similar to the Morenga Cream Scrub, but far more hydrating because it’s made with 100% wild argan oil. Aside from that distinction, they function the same as exfoliators, but what I REALLY LOVE about this product is that it benefits women in Morocco. If you’re really interested, Fleur, of the YouTube channel Fleur de Force, did a great vlog at the facility where the argan oil is made. Check it out here. I love knowing the backstory on a product, but it’s even better when the product is amazing! Definitely a product I have already repurchased.

Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath from The Body Shop, $15
Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath from The Body Shop, $15

4. Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath from The Body Shop

From the same Body Shop line, the Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath is fantastic! It bubbles and lathers so nicely while still maintaining the bath oil quality for deep moisturizing. This is a great buy through the winter months to just relax in the tub and rehab dry winter skin. Plus, it smells so lovely — slightly nutty but very fresh and lightly sweet. You’ll leave the tub thanking yourself, I promise!!

Fuji Green Tea Body Butter, $7 - $21
Fuji Green Tea Body Butter, $7 – $21

5. Fuji Green Tea Body Butter from The Body Shop

If you’ve never tried a Body Shop Body Butter, you are missing out! These are the creamiest, most hydrating, non-greasy body moisturizers ever! I particularly love this scent, the Fuji Green Tea, because it’s slightly minty and cool while also being very green (as the green tea might suggest). It’s a scent that’s great for both men and women because it’s neither sweet nor floral. My boyfriend loves this one (and has gone through a few tubs); he loves putting it on his pretty bald head after he showers. It’s got a slight tingle to it, but still something that’s great for sensitive skin because it’s not a burning tingle like some others. I love that you can purchase it in different sizes — travel (1.69 oz) and regular (6.76 oz). Definitely one that will stick around as a staple in our home!

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner, $33.95 (7.9 oz)
Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, $33.95 (7.9 oz)

6. Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from LUSH

If you’re like me and you either don’t have time or always forget to moisturize your body when you get out of the shower, this is the PERFECT product for you. As your last step in the shower, simply drench your skin in the product as if you were putting on regular moisturizer, let sit for a minute or two, and then rinse off! Super easy! Oh, and you can also use it as a shaving cream if you like! It leaves your skin feeling supple, soft, and smelling so good! Infused with rose oil, goji berries, argan oil, cocoa butter, and cupucau butter, your skin (and others around you) will thank you. Side note: my boyfriend ALWAYS notices when I use this, and comments on how nice I smell when I get out of the shower. This is my second pot of this, and LUSH recycles, so save those black LUSH containers. Five empty clean containers gets you a free fresh facemask!

Skintimate SkinTherapy Moisturizing Shave Gel for Sensitive Skin, $4
Skintimate SkinTherapy Moisturizing Shave Gel for Sensitive Skin, $4

7. Skintimate SkinTherapy Moisturizing Shave Gel for Sensitive Skin from any drugstore

I have super sensitive skin, whether it’s on my face or my legs, so I have to be careful with razors and shaving creams. Anything too soapy or foamy just gives me the worst razor burn. This shaving gel is super cheap and, honestly, is the best one I’ve used. I’ve been using it for over 10 years, and always go back to it. It’s a gel to foam formula that foams nicely, moisturizes the skin to help prevent razor burn, and doesn’t leave a gooey residue. Definitely a winner!

Women Mitchum Oxygen Odor Control Advanced Gel Antiperspirant & Deodorant, $4
Women Mitchum Oxygen Odor Control Advanced Gel Antiperspirant & Deodorant, $4

8. Women Mitchum Oxygen Odor Control Advanced Gel Antiperspirant & Deodorant from any drugstore

Yes, let’s chat about deodorant. I have used this brand since I was in high school. Sure, I dabbled in other brands along the way, but the clear gel is where it’s at. No white streaks. Quick drying. Works properly….until you hit your 30’s! I don’t know what happened, so I blame the mid-30s hormone shift, but it just didn’t do the job anymore. So, I finished off my last tube and walked into my new era of deodorant (see No. 9). But, if you’re in the market to try a new one, this one is great! It may work for you. It treated me well for many years.

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, $7
Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, $7

9. Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant in Cool Essentials from any drugstore

Holy Mother of Keeping Us Ladies Dry and Smelling Sweet! I may have fallen in love with an antiperspirant. This is the BEST thing I have ever used, and I doubt I will ever return to a solid or gel formula for antiperspirant or deodorant. This dry spray smells incredibly fresh and clean, but if you don’t like cucumber, there are several other scents. As soon as you spray it on, it’s dry and doesn’t leave white marks on clothing. It’s so much faster to apply than solid deodorant/antiperspirant because you need a quick spray, and BOOM!, you’re done. It’s great for a quick refresh throughout the day as well. Whether you endure intense sweaty workouts or glisten when cleaning the house, this antiperspirant keeps you smelling like the beautiful delicate lady you are. Seriously, GO BUY THIS! Also, I bought the men’s version for boyfriend, and he loves it too. We have both totally converted to dry spray.

Lavender Chamomile Body Mist, $15
Lavender Chamomile Body Mist, $15

10. Lavender Chamomile Body Mist from Bath & Body Works

In past empties, I have ranted and raved about the Bath & Body Works Pillow Mist! (To check that out, click here.) But, the last time I went, they were sold out of the pillow mist, so I used this as an alternate option for the same use. They work the same, but the Pillow Mist is actually $5 cheaper for more product (1.3 oz more!). So, go for the Pillow Mist, even if you have to order it; you’ll still get more for your money.

Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Foaming Bath Soothe & Sleep with Lavender, $6
Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Foaming Bath Soothe & Sleep with Lavender, $5

11. Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Foaming Bath Soothe & Sleep with Lavender from any drugstore

This is the perfect bubble bath for the day after a hard workout to soothe sore muscles and relax the body. I’m sure you’ve sensed that I have a lavender problem by now, but I just love how soothing it is in bath and body products. This works just like any other bubble bath, but with the added bonus of the epsom salt muscle relief. Hard day in the yard? Long day on the train? Whatever you do that makes you feel sore or stiff is certainly helped by a long hot bath with this goodie! Plus, it’s cheap and you get can get it at Wal Mart. So, there’s that — budget friendly and easily accessible.

That’s all the bodycare items I have for this time! Check back soon for Haircare Empties! They are up next!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Empties II: It’s all about that body! Plus, Tips on Avoiding Dry Winter Skin!

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No real need for an introduction here, other than to say welcome back to the Bitter Glitter Empties Series! Today, I’ll go through the body care products I’ve used up! So glad you stopped by, so without further ado, lets get started!

You Need A Blooming Shower. Your Nose Smells Like Rose Body Wash by Anatomicals

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I received this in a Glossybox, and I loved it! Anatomicals makes this great little rose smelling body wash that foams nicely and bubbles marvelously if used as a bubble bath. I often added a few drops of lavender oil when using it as a bubble bath, and it was glorious! It smells like an afternoon walk in an English rose garden, but it’s not over-the-top. If you’re anti-rose smelling scents, this is not for you. The scent is subtle yet freshly floral with a hint of jasmine that lathers nicely. All in all, it is a great body wash with great value for money as it ranges from $5 to $9.50, depending on where you purchase it. You can find Anatomicals at Asos. I will definitely get this one again! It’s one of my all time favorite body washes!

Lemon Zest Energy Body Wash from Bath & Body Works

Energy by Bath & Body Works. DISCONTINUED.
Energy by Bath & Body Works. DISCONTINUED.

I am so incredibly disappointed that Bath & Body Works discontinued this scent from its Aromatherapy line. I have searched everywhere for any extras, but only managed to find it on Amazon with one left, and at a very inflated price. Nonetheless, It was a beautiful morning body wash to wake you up with bright notes of lemon and ginseng. It was the antithesis to the Sleep line, and they worked really well in tandem as day and night companions. Since then, Bath & Body Works has introduced the Orange Ginger fragrance as a substitute, and while I’ve sniffed it a few times in-store, it’s not as great to me. I guess sometimes in the beauty industry we have to say goodbye to some of our favorites and let them go. C’est la vie! But, Bath and Body Works, if you’re reading this, I’d be happy to purchase any leftovers you have in your warehouse. Just Sayin’.

Sleep Lavender and Chamomile Body Wash and Luxury Bath by Bath & Body Works

Sleep Lavender Chamomile Body Wash and Luxury Bath, available at Bath & Body Works for $13 and $16, respectively.
Sleep Lavender Chamomile Body Wash and Luxury Bath, available at Bath & Body Works for $13 and $16, respectively.

Admittedly, this is constantly in my bathroom. You may have figured by now that I have a lavender obsession, and it’s borderline crazy. I know. I love this line, the body wash is lovely and foamy, and the luxury bath is milky and moisturizing. The luxury bath makes the largest, most fun bubbles, too. It really is luxurious. I highly recommend it for a nice relaxing bath, as lavender has the ability to calm and relax you. However, if you would rather a different version of this, Bath & Body Works also has Lavender Vanilla within its Sleep line. Since the Lavender Chamomile stays in my rotation, it’s safe to assume I’ll be repurchasing these again very soon.

3-D White Multi Care Whitening Rinse and 3-D White Luxe Multi Care Whitening Rinse by Crest

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I figured this would go under body care because, well, teeth are part of the body, and who doesn’t want beautiful white teeth?! As you can tell, I go through a decent amount of mouthwash, and this line from Crest is my favorite. It contains baking soda (which you cannot taste!) so it really gets into the spaces between the teeth for deep rinsing and whitening. You can actually see it foaming in the little crevices of your mouth and between your teeth. Sorry if that’s a little graphic or gross, but it’s true. It’s one of the things I love about this product – I feel like I can SEE it working. I have noticed that my teeth are getting whiter as a result of this product, but it’s not a super bleaching situation. If that’s what you are looking for, you’re better off using the Crest Whitestrips or visiting a Dentist for a professional whitening. But, this tastes lovely and super minty – not peppermint, but real mint! I didn’t find a difference between the regular and the luxe formula here. Either way, it’s a win if you’re int he market for a new mouthwash.The price varies depending on size, but these run anywhere from $3-$8 at any drugstore. I’ve already purchased another one of these!

ProHealth Clinical Mouthwash by Crest

Crest Pro-Health Clinical Mouthwash, available at drugstores, and varies in price depending on size. $3-$8
Crest Pro-Health Clinical Mouthwash, available at drugstores, and varies in price depending on size. $3-$8

Obviously, I use a lot of mouthwash — twice daily! I picked up this one thinking I was grabbing the 3-D White formula, and by the time I got home and realized it, I didn’t want to go return it. This one claims to be Crest’s “most advanced rinse ever.” While that may be true, I preferred the 3-D White formula. They’re very very close in formula by feel, but from what I observed, I believe this one is more targeted at gum issues (i.e. gingivitis) and plaque, whereas the 3-D white focuses more on whitening and combating plaque. I suppose your choice would depend on which issue you would like to target.

Well, that’s a wrap for the body care empties! It’s approaching winter now, so I’ll leave you with some tips to avoid super dry winter skin.

  • Avoid super hot showers and baths (hot water tends to dry out skin), use warm water
  • Close your bathroom door when showering or bathing to lock in steam/moisture
  • Exfoliate with gentle exfoliators — NO gritty scrubbing!
  • Add coconut oil or jojoba oil to your bath for extra moisture
  • Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize immediately after patting skin dry
  • Avoid products with alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
  • Choose creams or ointments over lotions (i.e. body butters)
  • Use a humidifier, if necessary
  • Use a quality lip balm

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Empties Post! Stay tuned for more! We still have two more installments to go in this series!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Empties Part 3: Bodycare Empties

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Welcome to Part 3 of the “empties” series! Today, I’m gonna quickly run through some bodycare products. Most of these are from the same line, but I bought the whole line at the same time, as they are a constant staple in my bathroom closet.

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy SLEEP Lavender Chamomile Body Lotion, $13 (available at Bath & Body Works)

Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Body Lotion, $13, Bath & Body Works
Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Body Lotion, $13, Bath & Body Works

I love anything lavender, so this was going to be a win for me no matter what. But I was pleasantly surprised by the non-greasy hydrating formula of this body lotion. Usually, aromatherapy-based lotions contain essential oils, so the lotions tend to be a little on the oily/greasy side leaving a slight residue. This one leaves no greasy residue! Definitely one I will pick up again.

 

 

 

 

Bella Flora PocketBac, $1.75 each or 5 for $5 (available at Bath & Body Works)

Bella Flora Antibacterial Gel, $1.75, Bath & Body Works
Bella Flora Antibacterial Gel, $1.75, Bath & Body Works

I purchased several of these at the 5 for $5 sale, and had never really tried the Bella Flora scent. This one was from the Bath & Body Works Italian Collection. I really liked this scent and urge them to bring it back. It’s a great combination of citrus and light floral, specifically, grapefruit zest and jasmine petals. Undoubtedly, I love having antibacterial gel around all the time, and it’s just plain fun to have a nicely scented one rather than a non-fragrant one.

 

 

 

 

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy SLEEP Lavender Chamomile Hand Soap, $5.50 (available at Bath & Body Works)

Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Hand Soap, $5.50, Bath & Body Works
Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Hand Soap, $5.50, Bath & Body Works

I absolutely love the scent, which is becoming obvious, I’m certain. But, this is just a good run of the mill hand soap. Not really anything fancy to say about it except it smells really good. I like to keep a rotation going with hand soaps, so I’m certain I will repurchase it at some point again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy SLEEP Lavender Chamomile Pillow Mist, $10 (available at Bath & Body Works)

Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Pillow Mist, $10, Bath & Body Works
Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Pillow Mist, $10, Bath & Body Works

This product is one of my favorite indulgences, even though it’s super affordable at $10!! Every time I put clean sheets on my bed, I spray this on each layer. So, fitted sheet goes on with a little spray, then flat sheet, then comforter, etc. Layering the scent with your linens makes for one relaxing spa-like experience when you crawl into bed at night. I even use this on my furniture from time to time. It just smells so lovely, dries instantly, and leaves a lingering scent in the room. I have already repurchased this one!

 

 

 

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy SLEEP Lavender Chamomile Body Wash & Foam Bath, $13 (available at Bath & Body Works)

Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Body Wash & Foam Bath, $13, Bath & Body Works
Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy SLEEP Body Wash & Foam Bath, $13, Bath & Body Works

I love this body wash for night time. I use several different body washes throughout the week, and this is my staple for night time. I feel like it just gets me in the “ready to relax” mode. It works well as a bubble bath too, but if you’re looking for real bubbles, I recommend the Bath & Body Works Luxury Bath in the scent of your choice. So far, I believe this is nearly my 5th or 6th bottle of this body wash.

 

 

 

 

I have a few others to discuss, but they aren’t pictured here simply because they do not come in a container of any sort.

First, is the DreamTime Luxury Bath Melt, $6.25, available at LUSH (click here to see it). This is a buttery bar of goodness that you drop in the bath to moisturize your skin. It’s made with cocoa butter, lavender, chamomile, jasmine, and sandalwood. I usually cut it into four pieces and drop a piece into my bubble bath for an extra oomph for my skin. I go through these like crazy! I repurchase them all the time.

Second, I am a big fan of the Karma Bubble Bar, $8.90, available at LUSH (click here to see it). The Karma Bubble Bar is a large soap-like bar that you crumble into your bath for bubbles. And man, does it make great luscious bubbles!! The scent is lemongrass, pine oil, and patchouli, which isn’t something I would usually go for, but this smells lovely. In aromatherapy, pine oil is said to calm the mind. I tend to agree. This scent makes for a very relaxing and mind clearing bath after a long hard day at work. A little tip with these, though — get out your cheese grater and grate this thing into a jar! I know that sounds a little crazy, but you’ll get at least 8 baths out of it this way. If you try to crumble it with your fingers at bath time, you’ll over use the product because it kind of starts falling apart once you start crumbling. Using the crumble method, you’ll be lucky to get 4 baths out of this bar. Once you’ve grated it, scoop about 1/4 cup into the foot of a pair of pantyhose. Tie knots in the pantyhose around each side of the little lump of Karma goodness, and then tie the whole thing around your faucet. This way, the pantyhose filter the water through the product giving you bigger bubbles and an extended life of your product.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s bodycare empties! Share some of your favorite bath or bodycare products in the comments below!

 

Stay Glittery Beauties,

xoxo,

Candice

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