My sponsorship order from Apothica & Skin Botanica!
Here are the products I ordered, and how much I paid for them!
|Badger Beauteous Box -- Three Bold Balms||1||$8.66||$8.66|
|Caldrea Fabric Softener - Lavender Pine||1||$11.90||$11.90|
|Kae (Formerly Kaeline) Bath Oil Soothing Concentrate||1||$25.73||$25.73|
|Burts Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals 1 lb||1||$10.00||$10.00|
|Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Organic Conditioner Conditioner 8.5 Oz (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)||1||$8.00||$8.00|
|Essie Super Duper Top Coat||1||$8.00||$8.00|
|GIFT CARD DISCOUNT|
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|PAYMENT GRAND TOTAL||$72.29|
My favorite item as of yet has been the Essie TopCoat clear nail polish. I guess I am really that simple. I loved the brand Essie from Klout giving me free perks, from them... so I knew it was a good brand. This might sound silly, but I prefer the shape, or more really- the height of their bottles. I have a nail polish shelf, and the tall bottles pose problems. These are short, and fit underneath quite nicely. Also, not too big as to dry out before you use it all, from air trapped in the bottle when it becomes emptier.
|You can see in this picture how the 3 Essie Polishes have smaller, lower profile bottles. I like that!|
|All the colors in the picture above, on my baby who is 2, and sits very still and girly-like and lets me paint them!|
|Love this! Dries fast too!|
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
Essie Super Duper Top Coat is a fast-drying, glossy top coat that strengthens and protects your nails from chipping.
.5 fl oz
I haven't used the Badger Balms yet, or the Fabric softener, still using up the last bottle, so I'll have to get back to you on those, next week. BUT- I did get a chance to try the conditioner, and I do love it. I don't know why I cannot find it on their site, but I cannot. I assume when I bought it on sale it was because it was being taken off the site for products that sell better?
The only other products to tell you about right now then are these two, Kae (Formerly Kaeline) Bath Oil Soothing Concentrate & Burts Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals (1 lb) I got the Kae for a steep discount ( $25.73 ) they had it almost 1/2 off when I bought it, or I never would've. Even at 25$ I expected to get a little more than what I got. What I got was a tiny bottle of oil. I bought both the Burt's Bees and the Kae because they are listed on the site as helping to naturally heal body aches & pains. My back, knee and hip hurt constantly, so I figured it was worth a shot.
The oil itself doesn't smell particularly pleasant, but it's not offensive either. It definitely smells herbal. The Burt's Bees in fact- also smells not pleasant. Except while they do both smell herbal-y the Burt's Bees smells more like Ben-Gay ( or menthol-like).. and I do not like menthol. At all.
The oil; Kae, was so tiny, it's almost laughable. I do not pay attention to sizes and .fl amounts, I wrongly assumed for 50$ (or the right under $30) I paid with my sponsorship gift certificate, that this would be a BIG bottle. It's not much bigger than a tall shot glass.
Actually, I was in excessive pain one day, and put BOTH in the bath, and the family was complaining about the smell., but once you marinate in it a while you get old factory fatigue to it, so it's only offensive smelling (they claim) to the others in the house.
Does it work?
If you are expecting me to tell you that it was a miracle cure, I cannot. But it did help me relax, and so I did feel better when I got out of the tub. I have used both products quite a bit since I got them, as you can see in the picture.
It did seem to help a bit, but I do want to warn you, these crystals are OUCHIE painful. I sat on a few that hadn't "melted" into the bath water, and it felt like I had a chemical burn. Now of course, Burt's Bees being organic, it wasn't a chemical, per-se` but more of the menthol, and I'm here to tell you, my thighs and butt hurt for a while after I got out too. Be careful for your whoo-ha!
So, my suggestion is with the Burt's Bees be sure to swirl it around with your hand, and feel the bottom of the bowl to see if they are all mixed with the water. Don't rest your skin on the concentrated bath crystals. It hurts.
But don't let that scare you off from buying it! I do like it, and I love that it comes in such a large heavy duty container. It's almost like a paint can, you have to pry the lid off- and inside is a bag of the crystals. You can dump it in the can, as I did, or leave it in the bag. I recommend not using much of either product in your bath water. I suppose these items can be used out of the bath too. Such as put into a tub to soak your tired old feet in. As I will be trying this out later tonight!
Which one did I like best?
If I was running low on money, I'd prefer the Burt's Bees, if I was splurging for luxury, then I'd say the Kae.
If you try them, come back and let me know what you think!
ABOUT THE PRODUCT - Burt's Bee's 1 lb tin of Therapeutic Bath Crystals
Why it works: Indulging in a warm bath of salt crystals and essential oils after a workout helps to relieve and prevent muscle aches. That's because lemon oil, rosemary, and eucalyptus help prevent the build up of lactic acid in your muscles. So, it'll make you feel better after the gym and it even helps relieve guilt for those who chose to skip the gym. How it works: Add several tablespoons of crystals to warm water running at full force. Let the tub fill and allow salts to dissolve. Step in and soak your entire body for 15 minutes to chase the aches and pains away. 100% Natural.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT - Kae Bath Oil soothing concentrate
It's an essential soothing concentrate, a secret for an unforgettable well-being. Argarôme bain softens and makes your skin beautiful, releases and treats irritations and muscular pains. Ecocert/Cosmebio certified. 1.7 fl oz
WHO IT'S FOR
Suitable for all skin types; ideal for those with oily to combination skin who want a relaxing and calming oil for their skin.
The relaxing and relieving power of three essential oils boosts the repairing action of the argan oil.
HOW TO USE IT
Add concentrate to bath and soak into relaxation.
The rest of my order....
Like I said, I'll get back to you on the Caldrea fabric softener, the foot soak :) , and the Badger Balms!!
I will tell you this, the Badger Balm trio set, just looks and feel luxurious UNOPENED. This would make an adorable gift for the Hubby, or your Mother. I know my mom would LOVE this. The box itself is gorgeous, and the tins are bigger than I expected, and sooo adorable.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT - Caldrea Fabric Softener
Creating only the softest fabrics for your delicate skin, Caldrea Fabric Softener - Lavender Pine blends essential oils with plant-derived softening agents, for highly fragrant, silky fabrics and linens.
32 fl oz.
WHO IT'S FOR
Ideal for those who want the softest, most comfortable clothes and linens with a fresh, soothing scent.
Plant Derived Softening Ingredients keep fabrics super soft. Cotton Extract softens. Lavender leaves a soothing scent.
HOW TO USE IT
Use 1/2 cap full in the rinse cycle of your laundry load for softening and static removal.
Deionized Water, Plant Derived Softening Ingredients, Cotton Extract, Solubolizing Agents, Essential Oils of Lavender, Pine Needle and Cedarwood, Fragrance, Calcium Chloride, Preservative
My first impressions, luxurious, "Rich Folk" laundering. :)
It smells woodsy, and not perfume-y. I think this might be a nice change, but the pine smell is very strong. Such a pretty bottle. Love that it's natural.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT - Badger Beauteous Box & Three Bold Balms
Boast the best healing basics in town with Badger Beauteous Box & Three Bold Balms. It's a perfect way to get your three favorite products in one.
Each box contains one Sore Muscle Rub (0.75 fl. oz.), Healing Balm (0.75 fl. oz.), and Sleep Balm (0.75 fl. oz.).
WHO IT'S FOR
Ideal for those who want a trio of relaxing and restoring balms for both the body and mind.
Cayenne re-invigorates tired muscles. Aloe Vera cools and calms. Lavender soothes the senses.
HOW TO USE IT
Please see individual products for directions.
Please see individual products for full ingredients.
SkinCareRx always offers Free shipping on $49+ orders and the three "sister" sites all have one cart, meaning you can add products for all three sites and pay for them with one transaction.
Each site caters to different beauty needs, whether it be all organic, luxurious, or aging and acne.
They are all linked in to each other at the top right of each site, making it easy to browse within them.
Another neat thing is- you will pull up search results for one site, from another site. Neat, right?
Available SkinCareRx Coupons and SkinCareRx Coupon Codes:
21% off Storewide [Exp. 09/26]
Use Skin Care Rx Coupon FIRSTFALL21
10% off No Minimum
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10% off $125 or more
Use Skin Care Rx Coupon Code SKRX10
I can't promise the effectiveness or terms on these, if they are expired or what. They might be codes that use only VISA, or usable on only items that aren't on sale, or something like that. :)
Have fun shopping!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. Your experience with the product may differ from mine. The sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and will be shipping the winner(s) their prize(s). For more information read my rules/disclosure policy.