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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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