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What it is:

A dry oil spray for the skin.

What it claims:

According to the Darling Girl (DG) e-crater site,

Dry oil sprays are so quick and easy to use and leave your skin silky smooth in one easy step. I find the best time to apply these is right after bathing to lock the moisture in, of course you can use these whenever your skin needs a drink. Just spritz on and give a light rub for smooth lightly scented skin.

What is noteworthy:

Susan, the owner, wrote on her blog that,

These are made with light carrier oils that soak into the skin quickly. Darling Girl are different because we do not use silicones in ours like many other companies use. We use Grapeseed oil which is so awesome for dry skin, Apricot Kernel Oil another great oil for dry skin and Fractionated Coconut oil which is the lightest of all carrier oils and gives these such a light and airy feel.

My impressions:

As far as first impressions go, I like the high quality vintage label used. The label is waterproof, which is really important because the bottle tends to get quite oily after some time. After handling the bottle with my oily hands for a few months now, the words on the label have not rubbed off, nor has the label peeled off.

Despite living in a climate with high humidity, I have very dry skin from spending most of my time in an air-conditioned environment, and I find that the dry oil spray leaves my skin feeling moisturised and silky smooth. When I first sprayed it on, the Skin Quencher seemed quite oily because it was literally a puddle of oil coming out of the nozzle, but after a light rub, it sunk in quickly and did not leave a greasy layer on my skin.

The passionfruit rose scent smells amaaaaazing. The passionfruit and rose combination works really well together, and I like that it is strong and sweet. After applying this product, I do not need to apply perfume as the fragrance is long-lasting. I don’t think this is for people who are sensitive to smells though. I can only use this when my husband isn’t home, because he finds the scent overpowering.

I must say that while I like the aesthetics of the packaging (the black bottle with the spray nozzle looks rather classy), it leaves much to be desired in terms of usability. When I spray the oil on my body, I have to work quickly because the oil will start to stream downwards. At some point, I have to switch the bottle to the oily hand in order to moisturise the other side of my body. I do understand the concept behind the spray bottle, and it does make sense – spray and rub. However, it’s not that easy to hold a slim and smooth bottle with an oily hand, while trying to press down the nozzle with an equally oily index finger!

To be fair though, oil is a difficult liquid to package properly. Even the Johnson & Johnson baby oil bottles are terrible, with oil running down the sides. Perhaps a pump bottle or a bottle with a pointed mouth would dispense the product better than a spray nozzle?

Size:

2 oz or 59.15 ml

Price:

USD $5.75

Ingredients:

Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapeseed oil, Apricot Kernel oil and fragrance

I will definitely repurchase the Skin Quencher despite my views on the packaging. I like the texture of the oil, and I like how it makes my skin feel. Shopping at DG is always a pleasure, and Susan’s customer service is fantastic.

 

xoxo

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.
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WHAT IT IS

A natural soap bar made from goat milk.

WHAT IT CLAIMS

According to the Chagrin Valley (CV) website,

We’ve taken our pure Castile soap and added 40% unrefined Shea Butter to create this buttery rich, mild, and moisturizing soap. Olive oil has been treasured for centuries for its ability to nourish the skin as it penetrates deeply to hold in moisture without clogging pores. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, Olive oil helps your skin regulate its natural moisturizing systems while allowing the skin to breathe.  Natural Shea Butter is a great emollient. High in Vitamins A and E, it penetrates deep into your skin, to moisturize, nourish, and promote elasticity. It is excellent for dry, damaged, and maturing skin. We added finely ground lavender flower buds and a bit of castor bean oil to add even more moisturizing and a bit of lathering. The lather will still be silky, with fine, lotion-like creamy bubbles.

WHAT IS NOTEWORTHY

CV soaps are handcrafted from scratch by the owner, Ida, in small batches. She describes her soaps in her own words,

We use lots of real produce like carrots, cucumbers, avocados, apples and oranges. We use real chocolate, coffee, beer, tomato juice, and spices.  Our floral soaps are made with floral infused oils and real flower petals!  Our herbal soaps contain herbal infused oils and real herbs!  Our fruit soaps contain real fruit, fruit juice, fibers, peels and zest! We do NOT use artificial preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, petroleum products, foam boosters, animal fats, or detergents.   Our products are never tested on animals, other than our very enthusiastic human volunteers!

MY IMPRESSIONS

I was never someone who concerned myself with ingredients in the products I used. As I had mentioned earlier, my skin is very easy to please and has never given me any problems whatsoever. Then, a couple of years ago, I met this girl on the cloth pad livejournal community. As luck would have it, I found out that she was not only Singaporean, but also a good friend of my close friend. What were the odds of that happening in the virtual world? Anyway, this new friend changed my life. She introduced me to the world of natural products and mineral makeup that I never even knew existed.

I have used liquid soap all my life and love a rich, foamy lather that washes off cleanly without leaving an oily film on my skin. This made me initially hesitant to try natural soap bars, as I’ve read that they barely lather properly and don’t foam at all (a good thing too, as natural soaps aren’t supposed to contain synthetic detergents). Regardless, I made my first CV purchase after hearing said friend rave about their luxurious natural soaps. CV offers sample bars for all their soaps, so I didn’t have to worry about being stuck with a full size of something I may not like. After trying the sample bars, I was extremely pleased and made another order for the full size bars soon after.

I will state upfront that I am completely won over by this company’s customer service – the CV CS team (made up of Ida and her family, I think) are pretty darn amazing, as when I emailed them my order, they informed me that if I were to forgo a couple of bars, everything would fit nicely in a flat rate envelope and thus save me money on international shipping. I cannot tell you what a rare and special gesture this was – one that I appreciate so much in a company, and such a company would earn my trust and fierce loyalty.

When I first tried the Olive & Shea soap bar on my body, it gave a rich, creamy lather which washed off cleanly without leaving my skin feeling dry and tight. My skin felt so soft and moisturised! I went back to the CV website and read that Ida uses all her soaps on her face, so I tried it on my face the next night. I loved how smooth and supple my cheeks felt after a good wash. Since then, I have ditched all the commercial facial cleansers, and have been washing my face with CV soaps ever since. Unfortunately, I cannot bear to use CV soaps on my body (though I want to) due to the price, shipping charges and steep exchange rate, so I have since reverted to using chemically-laden liquid soap on my body and saving all my CV bars for my face.

I have tried many of the CV soaps, but I keep going back to the Olive & Shea bar for my face, as it seems my skin absolutely adores goat milk, olive oil and shea butter. The Olive & Shea soap is very gentle – mild enough for me to use it twice a day. I wash my face with it during my morning shower, and evening shower after removing my makeup. The lather is incredibly creamy and silky! Although the lavender flower buds are visible throughout the soap, I don’t feel them at all. There is hardly any scent on the soap. It smells very natural, if that makes any sense.

SIZE

About 6.6 oz. The CV website explains that,

We aim for each bar to weigh a generous 7.0 to 8.0 ounces at cutting and 6.2 to 7.0 ounces (average size 6.6 oz) after curing for 7 to 9 weeks.

PRICE

Sample bar – USD $2.60

Full size bar – USD $7.35 (It appears the price has gone up slightly, as I had purchased it for USD $7.25 back in 2011.)

You know how someone who works in the F&B industry is always extremely critical of the service they receive when they dine out? I feel like every time I visit the CV website, the professional side of me cringes as I spot all the big no-nos. The CV website contains a plethora of information, which can be extremely overwhelming for a newbie. Although there are a lot of links everywhere, navigation isn’t particularly easy or user-friendly. A lot of important stuff are hidden under various links and it takes quite a bit of time go through every page. However, CV is a family business and this isn’t a professionally-designed website, so I have to give them credit for the fact that they are very thorough, and I do appreciate the effort they put into making the website as informative as possible.

I also don’t think the CV soaps are cheap (especially when I have to take into account the exchange rate and how heavy the soaps are to ship internationally), but they are pretty reasonable compared to indie standards. These are very good quality soaps – creamy and luxurious. I will definitely purchase from them again and again – nothing but the very best for my face!

 

xoxo

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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Silk Naturals – Ice

What it is:

An organic menthol lip balm from the Valentine’s Day 2011 collection.

What it claims:

The Silk Naturals (SN) website states,

Ice is an icy cool lip balm with a hint of peppermint, and spearmint.  It really tingles, and refreshes.

What is noteworthy:

The formula used to create Ice is the latest, and ladies on the SN forum have affectionately nicknamed the formula “Version 3”. Version 1 lip balms were very “wet” (as in, they melted upon contact with your lips), glided on easily, and were extremely moisturising, but the down side was that these did not last very long – if you ran your tongue over your lips, the lip balm was gone. Version 2 were the buttercream lip balms, and were very waxy, thus super long-lasting. I would put this on at night and my lip balm would still be there in the morning. These tugged on my lips and did not glide on easily, and I had to kinda rub the balm into my lips vigorously. Despite being long-lasting, Version 2 felt heavy and weren’t moisturising. The owner, Karen, made Version 3 as a happy compromise – Version 3 lip balms are supposed to be moisturising yet long-lasting, without the feel of a waxy coating on the surface of your lips.

My impressions:

The Best Lip Product In The World (to me). Enough said.

The thing I hate most about natural lip balms are that they never taste the way they smell. I love minty stuff, and I like the cool and tingly feeling on my lips. I want that cooling minty taste to be really STRONG, so I love Ice.

When I was living in Australia, the climate was extremely dry, and I often had chapped lips during winter time. This would be perfect for those poor, weather-beaten lips. The menthol would soothe the pain and the moisturising lip balm formula would heal those cracks. Even now, in Singapore, being in an air-conditioned environment for 20 hours a day will dry out my lips if I don’t coat it with lip balm every night before bed. Sometimes, when my lips begin to burn after a meal of intensely spicy (but incredibly delicious) food, I would slather them in Ice to counteract the heat. It works marvellously.

To be honest, I wish Karen would amp up the menthol a few notches. I really won’t mind if she accidentally tips in a whole heap of menthol and peppermint essential oil into the mixture. I’d buy Super Ice, I really would. It could be just me though, I’m weird like that.

All that being said, I still love the Version 1 lip balm formula the best as it really is the most moisturising, despite its lack of lasting power. However, Version 3 is pretty good too and I really like that it isn’t waxy.

I totally need more of this stuff.

Size:

Packaged in a clear, 0.15 oz lip balm tube.

Price:

USD $3.75

You can request for lip balms as your Gift with Purchase if you spend $30 and above.

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.
 

xoxo

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