Archive for August, 2014
I recently had the opportunity to try Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil (click HERE to find on Amazon)! I don’t know if you’ve heard of Tea Tree Oil, but I’ve been seeing it in all sorts of skincare products over the last year or so. The first time I encountered Tea Tree Oil was when I was at Trader Joes looking for Witch Hazel pads.
My aunt used to use Witch Hazel for soothing a sunburn when I was a teenager. For whatever reason pure Witch Hazel has become hard to find, so when I found Witch Hazel pads with Tea Tree oil I decided to give that a go. Those face pads did a great job removing makeup as well as exfoliating my skin. The only thing is that I learned that I don’t particularly love the smell of Tea Tree Oil.
Since then I’ve begun to see Tea Tree Oil in all sorts of skincare and even haircare products. So when I had the chance to try pure Tea Tree Oil I jumped at the chance. I was particularly interested that it could be used as an anti-dandruff agent. Unfortunately, I’ve had dandruff since kindergarten.
So I’m always interested in anything that is effective against it. I’m not sure if it is more effective than other over the counter shampoos, but I’ll see how it performs over the next few months. I’ve also heard it is great as a hair color protectant. In fact my sister has been told TO use Tea Tree Oil for just this purpose.
I’m impressed with not only the generously large 4 once bottle, but the quality as well. A little goes a very long way as it is quite concentrated. I imagine this bottle will last me at least 6 months to a year. If you are only using this for skincare and not haircare this bottle will easily last at least a year! Since I have thick hair, I always go through haircare products faster than most other people.
I, personally, think that the numerous possible use-ages for 100% pure Tea Tree Oil combined with the very generous sized 4 oz bottle makes this a fabulous deal (click HERE to find on Amazon)! Have you used Tea Tree Oil? If so, what are your favorite ways to utilize this versatile product?
There are literally endless ways to use Tea Tree Oil! It can be used in your hair to protect color treated hair from fading, or to prevent & treat dandruff, or to make facial masks, or even as an exfoliating agent! And if you need ideas, a free e-book of suggested uses plus helpful recipes is included! How would you or do you use Tea Tree Oil?
**Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.
Recently, I received an email from author Christina Dymock asking if I’d be interested in participating in a book tour for her cookbook, One Dirty Bowl. When I read that the motivation behind One Dirty Bowl was to share recipes that could all be made by using only ONE bowl and a pan, I was intrigued.
I definitely love recipes that only require the use of minimal dishes so that there is less to wash when done. A long time favorite recipe in our house is Pumpkin Dump Cake. It, like the recipes, in Christina Dymock’s book only requires one mixing bowl and one pan. It is delicious and very easy to make plus is always a hit.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to try any recipes from One Dirty Bowl just yet, but have my eye on a couple so when I get the chance to try one out I’ll post pictures in a follow up.
When I bake (and cook) I prefer to use oil instead of butter and never use shortening. Studies have shown that trans fat like the kind used in shortening are really bad so I never use it, so I never use any recipe that has shortening as an ingredient. I mention this because if you are like me, then you should know that there are quite a few recipes that call for shortening and several that call for shortening and butter.
That said, the recipes look tasty, easy to make, and use very few dishes. I love the look of this cookbook both the layout and the photos. This interestingly is the first e-cookbook I own! I love the idea of e-cookbooks as cookbooks are often very large volumes that take up a lot of space, whereas a 1,000 e-cookbooks don’t take up anymore space than the size of ones e-reader.
If you love to bake but don’t have the time, energy, or desire to follow complicated recipes that call for difficult to find ingredients, then Own Dirty Bowl is for you!
*Disclaimer::I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are purely my own. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.
I have recently had the pleasure of trying Protégé A+ctive Serum. I’ve tried quite a few Vitamin C with Hyaluronic acid serums of late, but this Vitamin A with Sea Kelp, Collagen, and Hyaluronic acid is new to me.
I like the mess free push pump dispenser and that it came packaged in a felt bag. The only discernable scent was a slightly salty one which makes sense since Sea Kelp is the first ingredient. I’m not sure whether a Vitamin C or A serum is superior. I like that there isn’t a medicinal smell that many of the Vitamin C serums have had.
I’ve been using this for a couple weeks now and like how it feels on my skin. I had been out of town for 6 weeks (more on that soon). I realize any skincare routine or serum can take many weeks or months to have the best effect.
If you are interested in purchasing you can do so on Amazon (by clicking HERE).
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.