Discover 15 Reasons Why I Love Veilment’s Exfoliating Soap

Discover 15 Reasons Why I Love Veilment’s Exfoliating Soap

If you had asked me a few years ago if I exfoliated when I showered, I would have given you a questioning look. At the time I just used a good soap and a wash-cloth to get clean. Fast forward a few years later I began reading about exfoliating before you shave your legs. Then I read about body brushes. Now, body brushes, outside of their said use to help, “increases circulation and blood flow, and stimulates drainage from the lymphatic system to smooth skin’s surface” (- via Good Housekeeping, PS. I love your magazine!) I figured were a good use to help with dry skin and patches. My daughter gets a build-up around her chest and honestly, if it isn’t kept up it looks like a thin layer of dirt. It is mainly what I use body brushes for. I mentioned in my +Balance post that the majority of my dry skin is on my shins. It’s not horrible. But it is there. And if I were to shower, as I have done today, I can promise you that I can gently brush off a load of excess dead skin cells. Enough to be noticeable on the tile. I know. Ew. Gross. I didn’t notice how much I shed via my shins until a few years ago when I lived in a community building. Sort of like a modern-day, less hippy version of a commune if you want to describe it as such. I only lived there for two years. Either way, it was then that I noticed how much I am now shedding. I honestly don’t think I shed as much as a child. Turns out some of us do shed more skin and hair than others (thanks forensic scientists). I know that many things can play into this and much of it being hormones. there was a time I was losing a lot of hair after having kids. What does all of that mean to skincare? Exfoliation.

Since learning about the benefits of exfoliating I now do it each time I shower. I have found myself less itchy and when I do use tanning products, my tan isn’t patchy. My shave is cleaner. My body acne less prevalent and my makeup more even on my face. I use loofas of various sorts. I may not have a body brush but would love to have one just to see what the hoopla is about.

History of Exfoliation in Brief

Scrubbing and exfoliating are not as new as some may think. In fact, the loofa is roughly 10,000 years old. And here is something I didn’t know but learned while reading the University of Wisconsin Student Newspaper, The Spectator, the loofa isn’t the same as some sponges. It doesn’t come from the sea. It is a vegetable that is related to the squash family. Does this mean I can count it in my daily 10? I would like to think so. But I am sure it isn’t counted. In any case, it is used to remove dead skin cells that don’t slough off as easily. I think I will need to find How It’s Made and see if they have a video on loofas to satisfy my nerdy side.

It is safe to say that exfoliating has been around for a while. There are a ton of exfoliating products out there. Liquid exfoliating washes, loofas, body brushes, exfoliating gels, and so on. Not everything works wonders and not everything works for everyone. But given the fact that we are more and more, as people, asking for natural products and products which are essentially products of the time. Heralded as wonder ingredients, it is without much surprise that we (and Avon) have a bamboo-charcoal exfoliating soap bar. Veilment Natural Spa has made two exfoliating body bars and I chose the charcoal one since maybe, two years back I had a sudden reaction to my perfume and broke ou tin hives. Along with calamine lotion, I used a charcoal soap bar that was given to me. I would give the name of the company that made it but it was simply wrapped in plastic wrap and didn’t have the name of the soap or the company on it. But it worked so well in pulling out whatever was in my perfume that irritated my skin. The hives lasted for maybe three days and lessened each day. It didn’t take me long to want to buy this new soap and see how it worked.

I really couldn’t get rid of the box. I think it’s kind of nice as a shelf element. I know it sounds silly but it seems to add to how my bathroom shelf looks.

About Charcoal and a bit About Bamboo

Veilment Natural Spa Bamboo Charcoal Exfoliating Soap has charcoal in it, which gives it it’s grey color and little bits of bamboo throughout it that create the tiny scrubbers that help to scrub off the dead skin cells. Still, there is more to a product than what most are drawn to. While it’s fine to be drawn to certain scents and brands because they are advertised to sell, it’s also good to know what’s in a product. Given what we outwardly know about this product with the words “charcoal” and “bamboo”, as they are very popular right now, getting to know how they work is most important.

I looked up when charcoal was brought into everyday products that we use. And as far as I can tell, we have been using it since approximately 500 ce. That is a long time. And it was used for ingesting in the 1800s as far as documentation can tell. Charcoal is used to draw out dirt and oil and other nasties that we don’t want in our skin. It makes sense how I saw an immediate improvement when it came to the hives I had encountered. It was taking out the irritants that had caused them. Not to say that this would work every time for everyone. I had also consulted a doctor and used calamine lotion to help with the itching. What I didn’t know was that in some cases charcoal can be used on infected wounds. I’ve never tried this, so I can’t say if the soap would do the same.

As mentioned the bamboo is there for exfoliating purposes. Most of the time you find bamboo products in the form of a body brush. But in this case, it’s basically ground-up bamboo in soap. I enjoy the benefits of this soap and it has lasted me a while. Since currently, I am the only one that is using it. 🙂

As you can tell, I’ve used it. The little imprint of the brand name is long gone and on one side there are little circle of where bubbles were when I last used it.

Veilment has a great line of other products that I highly recommend. So far the charcoal bath bar is my favorite. Though I also like the Veilment Natural Spa Black Rose Body Essence.

15 Reasons Why I love Veilment Scrubbing Soap Bars

  1. It doesn’t harbor bacteria like loofahs (that doesn’t mean it’s good to share it)
  2. It cleanses my skin
  3. It helps remove dead skin cells
  4. My skin hasn’t been as itchy and dry
  5. Great for before applying any skin care product because it is more evenly applied and absorbed better
  6. It is eco-friendly (liquid soap isn’t as friendly but if if prefer it, that’s fine)
  7. It doesn’t have a strong smell (which I like)
  8. My skin doesn’t look dry
  9. Good for when I need to shave those legs
  10. It hasn’t altered my skins natural oils as far as I can tell
  11. Less Preservative
  12. Lasts a long time (I have had had a LOT of showers since buying it a few months ago)
  13. Travel friendly (how many times had that little container of liquid soap come out due to cabin pressure in your travel bag even when you wrapped it in plastic?)
  14. Minus the fact this particular soap bar is new to us, it’s part of a long history of soap bar use!
  15. The little bits of bamboo aren’t harmful to the environment like those tiny little plastic microbeads. There is enough plastic in the ocean.

BENEFITS of This Soap
• Daily body scrub and cleansing bar
• Enriched with Korean bamboo charcoal, walnut shell, apricot seed and cranberry powder
• Rub in for a soothing massage

KEY INGREDIENT
• Bamboo Charcoal – Our environmentally friendly Bamboo Charcoal 2-in-1 exfoliating cleansers help draw out impurities to detoxify and purify.

Ingredients

Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water/Eau, Palm Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Palm Kernel Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Charcoal Powder, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Powder, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Allantoin, Sea Salt/Sel Marin, Serine, Ceramide NP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Three Powerful Reasons to Use Chi Essentials by Avon

Three Powerful Reasons to Use Chi Essentials by Avon

When it comes to the market on hair, the market value is in the 85.5 billion dollar range. With an expected growth of up to 102 billion in the US alone. Asian countries have the largest market with North America coming in second. Hair has been a way to get attention by either gender for centuries now. Hair has a different meaning and therefore a hairstyle can have a different meaning in all cultures of the world. It is a sign of beauty, a sign of culture, and also a sign of status.

Take a minute to think of what hair means to you. Think of where you may have formed your opinions about hair. Most likely it is due to where you live, your religion and/or your culture. American Indians typically have long hair. It is a strong part of their culture in that men and women are considered to be particularly attractive with long hair. It is considered offensive for them to be told to cut it even to conform to our American standards of looking civilized. This is also the case with other cultures and religions that take pride in cultural hairstyles. American Indians being an example because still to this day, they are ostracized for their culture. Just as many other peoples in America are for their hair. I would like to go into some history behind hair before getting into why Chi Essentials by Avon has three great reasons to buy it.

A “Short” History of Hair

I have touched on some of what makes Native American hair so important. Of the other cultures/religions that have long hair, there are Rastafarian, Sikh, and Nazarites. To name a few. In many Asian cultures, though having long hair is not uncommon, it is the fact of having well kept hair that symbolizes maturity. I can understand this. Seeing disheveled hair is hard on the eyes. Also, time periods should be taken into account. Long hair is not simply a trend at times, it is part of society. Just as skirt lengths have constantly changed, so has hair length. The Middle Ages denoted long hair to status. Most people had long hair. Queens are known for their unique hair styles. Though it isn’t uncommon to see pictures of them with their hair hidden away, they still have long hair. The idea of long hair being the social norm is seen in many paintings of the period,

For those in those wondrous far-off days,

The women shall adopt a craze

To dress like men, and trousers wear,

And to cut off their locks of hair; […]

–Ursula “Mother Shipton” Sontheil, 1583(?)

Short hair has it’s place as well. Most of the time it is on the part of the man to have short hair. Until relatively recently, women have had long hair. Jewish cultures typically have short haired men for example. The history of short hair is more difficult to discuss. Because there isn’t much beyond men keeping short hair, for the most part, and women not cutting their hair because it was seen as their trying to be more masculine. Unless you become a nun. In which case it is more for a ceremony and afterwards you could grow it out but not have any flashy hairstyle. Short hair in many respects indicates the shunning of conventional appearance. To not go with society. More for the women than the men.

Why this is Important

You may be wondering why discussing the history and significance of hair is being discussed in a hair care blog. Because next to why we have hair the way we do in any form must be maintained. Washing hair is care. Conditioning it is care. To keep up with appearances, we have to care for our hair.

Bringing me to the reasons why hair care is important and why Chi Essentials is a good option. To maintain hair we must know our hair type and what we want in our hair to best keep up with how we want it to look. Price is also considered because, admit it, not all of us can afford the right kind of care but it never hurts to know anyway.. Just in case we have the opportunity to splurge.

Three Reasons Why

  • It’s good for all hair types

I have fine hair. Meaning most likely my hair gets oily. I prefer a shampoo that rids the excess oil and also doesn’t weigh my hair down. Because there are two looks for a fine-haired girl: voluminous or like a wet dog. Chi Essentials by Avon is great for daily use (not that you want to go daily unless there is a reason) and for all hair types. I want to add in to not go for creamy shampoos or conditioners for fine-haired clients because products that are clear and have no color, are a better choice. The addition of colors and such are aesthetics. Keeping in mind that people with curly hair, for example, may opt for a no-poo routine. Still, this product is good for dry, curly hair, color-treated and chemically treated hair. As is its companion, conditioner.

With conditioner, which I use little off because I find it also weighs my hair down, if you have dry hair or curly hair, you can leave it on a few minutes and then wash it out.

  • It has less harmful ingredients

Many ingredients found in modern hair care products are harmful to the hair. They strip the natural oils, they create build-up, and sometimes they can breakdown the hair if you are using the wrong products, to begin with. A few of the ingredients you should watch out for are parabens, synthetic colors, and Phthalates. None of which this product line has. They have been found to cause reactions in some and in many places around the world, like Europe, they have been banned.

  • Bang for your buck

If you can shell out more than a few dollars for quality hair products, Chi Essentials is worth the spend. Both the shampoo and conditioner are $18. Most of the time people look for lower prices but this carries with it, a possibility, that the quality isn’t as good. Not to say that sales or clearances or great products demean the efficacy of a product. There are decent priced shampoo and conditioners out there that don’t have harmful ingredients and are good for your hair type.

Tying All Reasons Together

I’d like to tie all the reasons to buy this product line together. what makes this product worthwhile is what people want out of a hair product. For the most part, that is the ingredients. Vitamins A and B strengthen the hair. Among all of its amazing ingredients, it has aloe, pomegranate, and hibiscus. these ingredients together boost moisture, reduce frizz (even us fine-haired ladies and men hate the frizzy), balance our natural pH in our scalp and hair and increase elasticity. For all hair types and lengths, we want the best for our hair and there are some things that all of us want: healthy hair. It is not just a fad that we talk about hair. Or that there are a gazillion products to choose from. But knowing what to look for and why is the key factor in choosing a hair product.

My Experience

The other day I was getting myself and the kids cleaned up. I have to keep a schedule otherwise I will forget to make sure everyone is smell good and clean. Plus, kids tend to not care or keep with routine. This is where parents are helpful. I went to use the small bottles that came with the Chi Essentials Hair Color Kit and before I could pay attention, the water was cold. I had forgotten to wait for it to heat up again after one child took a shower. I had to quickly wash my hair and didn’t feel I had used the products as I should. I could feel some of the products in my hair. For the parts that were properly cleaned and conditioned, my hair was great. This means I can show you how my hair looks when it needs a wash and how it looks after a wash.

Before. I pulled my hair to the side. It easily stayed that way without any product to hold it.

Before the wash my hair was oily, I hate when it looks oily. Because it doesn’t look soft. the shine is gone but also replaced with a different shine. The oily kind. My hair parts weird and sometimes if it is really bad, I can make a ponytail with not tie.

After the wash, my hair looked much more healthy. It had the right amount of shine. It was soft and the smell was just as soft. The colors were vibrant and after three days my hair still looked decent. I wash my hair every four days. I was worried about this product at first because I tend to use Shikai Tea Tree Shampoo. The smell is strong but I am used to it and it never failed to cleanse my hair and my hair stayed clean for 3.5 days. I plan on using it as a weekly cleanser to make sure I don’t get build up in my hair. Because it was great for that. Still, I have found an awesome, great product. I never expected a product to be this great in my hair. All hail the power of Korean products.

More About Chi Essentials Shampoo and Conditioner by Avon

Replenishing Shampoo

•Nutrient-rich blend •Gentle for daily use •Won’t strip hair of its natural oils •Safe for color-treated hair •Provides balanced care for the hair and scalp •Helps to maintain nourishment and shine

Moisturizing Conditioner

•Nutrient-rich blend •Lightweight •Gentle for daily use •Provides rich moisture to hair and scalp •Strengthens the hair from root to ends •Increases hair’s elasticity •Helps to reduce split ends and frizz •Provides balanced care for the hair and scalp •Helps to nourish and maintain the shine

About Chi and Our Partnership

I have yet to write about our partnership with Chi. Some people may not know about the partnership. I’d like to give you information about it because it is worth knowing.

CHI HAIRCARE is produced by Farouk Systems, Inc., a Houston-based company of hairdressers for hairdresser.  We are known for manufacturing high-quality professional hair care products under the industry-leading brands: SunGlitz®, CHI® and BioSilk®. The company was founded in 1986 by Farouk Shami a hairdresser whose mission is to provide the professional beauty industry with the most advanced American technology based  “Education, Environment and Innovation”. — As noted on their website, last accessed January 28, 2020. To view their info and this source, click here.

Avon Partnership was first introduced last year and mentioned in notable magaizines such as GC magazine where they wrote:

According to the social selling beauty company, which was acquired by LG Household & Health Care, Ltd., it has now access to “cutting-edge technology and best-in-class quality of Korea’s leading consumer goods company” and will utilize these new R&D capabilities for cosmetics, personal care, fragrance, hair care, packaging and design

The collaboration with The Face Shop will include a collection of skin care and makeup in exclusive shade ranges and new-to-Avon formats such as cushion formulations of foundation, highlighter and blush. 

The collaboration with Chi will include three hair care products crafted from a unique blend of certified organic botanicals including aloe vera, pomegranate, and hibiscus.

Evy deAngelis, head of sales enablement for New Avon, stated, “We couldn’t be more thrilled and excited about our new alliance with LG Household & Health. As a company, Avon has always served two equally important constitu­encies: passionate consumers and our community of inspirational represen­tatives. Under the new ownership of LG H&H, known for its pre-eminence in technology and innovation, we’re able to offer our consumers and represen­tatives an unparalleled slate of new initiatives and product offerings.” This portion of the article was taken from its website and last accessed on January 28, 2020, by me. I hold no attempt to say that this information was of my own but can also verify as an Avon Representative that it is true.

To buy this product, visit my online Avon store here. If you are a first-time buyer you can receive 10% off your first order. If you spend $40 you qualify for free products when applicable and the A Box which is a $40 value for $10. Products therein change biweekly.

Do not forget we have a raffle going on. Win a chance to get the whole set of Chi Essentials Shampoo, Conditioner, Heat Protection, and Serum. 5 winners total. Plus! Each winner’s Representative is also a winner. Ends 2/4/2020.

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5 Things I have learned About Makeup

5 Things I have learned About Makeup

I was young when I started using makeup. But I didn’t use a whole lot. I only used eyeliner. I have a condition called trichotillomania. It’s a condition where a person pulls out their hair. It’s uncontrollable and generally starts in puberty. Something I learned it that when not addressed early enough, it is rather hard to stop. I won’t go into it but it once of the reasons I wear eyeliner to this day. I do still have trichotillomania. I was never treated early enough. It began when I was 13. I began wearing eyeliner, even to bed because I was that self conscious about it, at age 15. For a long while I wore it every day. Now, I don’t wear it every day. Some days I may not wear it when I go out. Like to take our garbage or check the mail. But I do wear it if I have to go somewhere. Sometimes that’s the only thing I put on. It’s rare to catch me without it on outside of the house. Or in a picture.

I started to sparingly wear makeup in my last year of high school. My step dad has an amazing eye for colors and so he helped pick them out. He is even really good at picking out something someone would like. It’s not common in all guys. I started with neutral colors maybe a bit of pink. I didn’t start to really know how to put makeup on though until just a few years ago. I am almost 40. It took me that long. But in the short 10-ish years I have started using makeup, there are at least 5 things worth mentioning in what i have learned.

Start Small

You don’t need to go all out when you first wear makeup. I think that’s what most tweens do when they experiment. Or even little girls do and even some boys. Many makeup artists are male so don’t get too upset if your little boy does this. He may grow up to be a famous makeup artist to the celebrities. Start with tinted lip glosses. Avon sells Dew Kiss Lip Dew. It adds just a tint of color to your lips. I started using that at 15 as well. Mostly to keep my lips soft but I liked the color it added. It is a long time favorite for many. Maybe do some eye liner and mascara but no eyeshadow, Keep it simple. Watch videos or ask friends and family their techniques for applying makeup. You can practice at home even if you aren’t going anywhere and since you can take a selfie now, use that to see how you like it.

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Don’t Do It for Others, Do It for You

One of the many things I think girls and women may feel is that they should do it for others. Yes, some men and women are shallow and will base how you look on how they treat you and how they say others will treat you. The fact of the matter is, do it for yourself. Especially if someone finds out there may be a deep meaning as to why you do it. Such as people with noticeable scars or birthmarks or skin conditions you want to mask. I say let your real you come out but if you really want to hide it, that is your choice. Not others and if they find out what you look like without makeup and chastise you for it, well they aren’t a great person to be around to begin with. Makeup should be something to enhance how you feel about yourself. Yes, many celebs do it for appearances sake. But that’s the message we get and sometimes for the wrong reason. They have to represent a brand that isn’t everyone. Make your own personal brand. The more authentic, the more real you are being about it. And you don’t need to wear makeup each time you walk out the door. Some women fear too much about being seen with no makeup. Relax. You are human.

Don’t Overdo It

It may come as a contradiction from the previous lesson I mentioned. You don’t need to do a whole lot sometimes. Yes, the no makeup makeup look does take more effort than most people think, but at the same token you don’t need so much makeup it looks like you could leave a dent just by touching it. You don’t need overly bright colors if it takes away from another feature. Smokey eye looks can go horribly wrong. I saw a girl back in high school with what would be a good example of racoon eyes. I tried hard not to look for too long. I am sure she was trying to do an emo look but even the way she did it was a bit too much. The rest of her looked fine.

Take a Break

Just as I said in my 5 Things I Learned About Skin Care (previous post), it’s fine to take a break from wearing makeup. Let your skin be skin. Someone sees you without makeup, oh well. It’s your day off from makeup. It isn’t a must just to be seen. Any non-shallow person will not judge you for being without makeup. Even today, I am not wearing any. I’m writing.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Not all of use are great at applying makeup. So practice is a must. I still can’t do some eyeliner lines without using that tape as a guide. I hate the tape. It bugs my face, but it helps. Getting it right takes practice. Contouring takes work. You have to blend so much and know where to highlight and where to contour for you face shape. What parts you want to accentuate? Sometimes though there’s a feature you want to even out and even some guides wont be helpful. If you are able to ask a professional about it then that helps too. I took stage class in high school for one year. We learned not just about the types of theatres plays were done in in history and other theatre history as well, we learned about plays and, stage setup and even using stage makeup. It was then that I knew why the news lady on tv had such a highlight on her nose. It was to bring out her nose as a feature. In stage, contouring helps with what image you want to set for your character. Along with lighting. If your playing an elderly person, it’s not just using a nose prosthetic, but also the way makeup is used to give the idea you are older than you are. And that type of technique takes practice. It’s the same with everyday makeup. I get told a lot that I look like I’m 20. This is without makeup on. It doesn’t help I have a lean build and am short and have no chest. But my face apparently looks young. So, with makeup I use techniques to make myself appear older. But it takes practice to get it right when you are learning. Also, I am actually closer to 40. Yes, I know. Take it as a compliment. But that’s hard when you get treated like you don’t know anything and couldn’t possibly have three kids much less one who is 16. Tell me I look 20 years younger in ten years.

What are somethings you have learned about makeup? Share in the comments.