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)

Dry Skin Beware, +Balance Will Quickly Rock Your World Happy

Dry Skin Beware, +Balance Will Quickly Rock Your World Happy

I have known people who suffer from dry skin. Some worse than others. One is my mother who is always on the lookout for new products for her hands because that is where most of her dry skin is. It’s so dry that her hands sometimes hurt. She doesn’t like anything too oily and it needs to be absorbed into the skin quickly while lasting a good chunk of the day. I have a little bit of dry skin on my shins and don’t need anything too moisturizing. I like Avon’s CBD body lotion. It does the job and keeps my legs feeling less itchy.

Symptoms of Dry Skin

dry soil Photo by icon0.com from Pexels

Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition many of us face and for varying reasons. Maybe someone does dishes at a local restaurant and their hands are always in water and around chemicals. Maybe during this pandemic someone is using the sanitizer just a tad too much and it’s drying out their skin. It could be a medical condition. Perhaps a side affect of some medication. Diuretics and cholesterol medication can dry out the skin. Either way, most of use who have any level of dry skin aren’t using enough moisturizing lotion or maybe not the right kind of lotion for our needs. Don’t feel bad if you fall into either category of non-use or not-the-right-lotion. I don’t judge you for it. It happens. Maybe you can’t afford the lotion you want right now or gave up trying to find the right lotion and went sans lotion.

The cons of dry skin are more than just being dry. Occasional dry skin is harmless. Season dry skin happens and more often than not expected in winter because there isn’t as much moisture in the air. As mentioned, other reasons for dry skin can be due to age, hormones, medical conditions, medications, laundry detergents, and also your environment. The ph level of our skin affects the moisture. Dry skin can appear in more than one way. Such as:

  • A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming (I get this all the time with my skins and it is why I use lotion RIGHT after the shower to help keep in moisture)
  • Skin that feels and looks rough
  • Itching (pruritus) [Again I get this on my shins but also my scalp as I have a dry scalp and oily hair, the combination is rather annoying]
  • Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
  • Fine lines or cracks
  • Gray, ashy skin
  • Redness
  • Deep cracks that may bleed

If you have had ongoing issues and not a single lotion has helped, I recommend that you see a doctor. There may be something going on that you aren’t aware of. My youngest daughter was born with eczema and had to have a prescription for a short while. It helped and now she just needs oatmeal lotion for her dermatitis.

Your age plays in when you are age 40 and older and it can get worse from there on out. Another reason to see the doctor when you feel an appointment is needed if no lotion seems to help, despite your best efforts. Especially when cracks in dry skin are an entryway for bacteria and infections.

Let’s talk about something you may not know. Your microbiome. On and in our body are tiny organisms that help maintain our bodily function. On the skin, there is a colony of these organisms. Don’t worry. It’s totally normal. It is still somewhat new territory to researchers but they do tell us that these organisms play a role in skin health just as the microorganisms in our gut play a role in our guts health. Hence why we have probiotics (adding to the body good bacteria) and prebiotics (feeding the body good bacteria) to maintain bodily function and yogurt to eat. Mmm yogurt. Yogurt can have varying levels of bacteria needed for the gut and how much you need can vary from person to person. The same goes for each person’s skin. According to dsm.com, there are documented to be over 200 different species of bacteria. Whatis interesting about all the microorganisms on our body, something I barely found out as of today, is that it plays into 3% of our total body weight! So for me, I think that is roughly a pound of my weight. Taking the idea of when we shed 9 lbs of skin each year to a whole new level. Also, I am now thinking of the movie Gatica differently, too. I wonder if he lost more skin cells with all that scrubbing each day.

Why Pro and Pre-biotics?

Portrait Photo of Woman Holding Up a Magnifying Glass Over Her Eye Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

I mentioned yogurt for your gut to help balance the good bacteria inside and thus balancing how your body functions. This can be applied to the skin as well and our new line has this in the product. I found a great description of how both of these work on the skin on comfortzone.it and would like to share their description here:

Probiotics: living bacteria present in some foods (the best known are the lactobacillus and
bifidobacteria present in fermented products such as yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh, kombucha, fermented cheeses) or in food supplements. When applied locally, they influence the balance and the composition of skin microflora. Through the natural process of fermentation, probiotic bacteria produce acid compounds such as lactic acid that lowers the skin pH. The acid pH prevents the growth of the most harmful bacteria. Although the good effect for the skin of probiotic bacteria is documented, living ferments are generally unstable in cosmetic formulas.


Prebiotics: generally plant-derived (mostly fibers, such as beets and asparagus, beans, oats, garlic, dandelion and dried fruit, and especially nuts) that human beings are unable to digest. Good bacteria (or probiotics) eat these “prebiotic fibers” to grow, multiply, and improve the balance of bacterial microflora. Prebiotics, with adequate formulation techniques, can be used, with more stability, in cosmetics.

Why Moisture Therapy +Balance?

From the wash to the lotion and cream, Moisture Therapy +Balance cleaned the skin, improving the balance of good bacteria on the skin. It preps for the lotion or cream. Both of which are light-weight and bring moisture into the skin with a protective layer. Great for everyday use if needed and best used after a shower to keep in the moisture your skin needs.

Benefits

• Rich, moisturizing body cream

• Highly moisturizing body lotion
• Contains ingredients known to support and help create a healthy environment for the skin’s microbiome
• Soothing formula immediately replenishes moisture for a smoother, softer, healthier look
• Free from parabens, mineral oil and colorants

General Ingredient With All Products

Ingredients: WATER/EAU
GLYCERIN
DISODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE
SODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE
SODIUM COCOYL ALANINATE
XANTHAN GUM
LAURAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE
LAURYL HYDROXYSULTAINE
PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
SODIUM BENZOATE
Fragrance/Parfum
MANNITOL
INULIN
MALTODEXTRIN
Beta-Glucan
Yeast Extract/Extrait de levure
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE
LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT LYSATE
SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT
 SODIUM HYALURONATE
CERAMIDE NP
Centella Asiatica LEAF Extract
CITRIC ACID
TRISODIUM EDTA
ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH
MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE
PANTHENOL
BUTYLENE GLYCOL
IRON OXIDES
PENTYLENE GLYCOL
1
2-Hexanediol
Ethylhexylglycerin

Tips

  • Close the bathroom door, it keeps in the moisture (unless there’s a reason you need it open)
  • Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes (you also use less water and lower your eco-footprint and cost of heating)
  • Use warm rather than hot water (hot water dries out the skin and can also damage it in the long run)
  • Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser
  • Apply enough cleanser to remove dirt and oil, but avoid using too much (buildup is no fun)
  • Blot your skin gently dry with a towel (I even have trouble to rubbing)
  • Slather on the moisturizer immediately after drying your skin
  • Wear gloves when doing housework. (cleaning products can damage and dry out the skin, making matters worse and also protects your hands from the elements during the winter)
  • Hypoallergenic detergent (unless there is a brand your allergic too then find what is best)
  • Use a humidifier (cold in the summer and warm in the winter, good for your nasal passages, icky coughs, and dry skin)

An extra benefit is that moisturized skin can hold in yummy perfumes and fragrances better. Unless you can’t do that, then you may skip this part. These products will be available July 22, 2020.

Be sure to stop by my online store this coming Wednesday, July 22, 2020, to order your Moisture Therapy +Balance products and also try out our digital catalog and win $100. Click the picture below to try it out and win! Offer until July 27th.

Busy Bee Hair Buzz

Busy Bee Hair Buzz

Beeswax, to some, is a new ingredient to many products. You have it in lip-balms and in candles and a list of other everyday items. The history of the use of beeswax is fairly lengthy. We as humans have used it since ancient times. It still doesn’t mean that it doesn’t wax (no pun intended) and wane in how popular it is. It will most likely always be of some use in the future just as it has always been since man started using it.

Brief History of Beeswax and Other Bee Products

Researchgat.net has a great book on beeswax and beeswax products. It has a book by Stefan Bogdanov entitled, Online Beeswax Book. In chapter two he talks about the history, use, and trade of beeswax. He mentions the many uses throughout different civilizations of the world that beeswax is used. From Egyptians using it for their curls, to the Chinese beauty regiments using it as anti-aging ingredient. Today it is used in Creams, lotions, lipstick, mascara, eye shadows, deodorants, hair creams, depilatories, hair conditioners according to Bogdanov’s book, last accessed February 29, 2020. But that isn’t the earliest known thoughts that was have on beeswax being used by man. Valencia Spain has cave paintings dating back 8000 years that show people collecting and sharing beeswax.

You may be wondering what kind of beeswax is used in cosmetic products. Well, Wikipedia mentions that, “Purified and bleached beeswax is used in the production of food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. The three main types of beeswax products are yellow, white, and beeswax absolute. Yellow beeswax is the crude product obtained from the honeycomb, white beeswax is bleached or filtered yellow beeswax, and beeswax absolute is yellow beeswax treated with alcohol.” and that furthermore, “Beeswax is also an important ingredient in moustache wax and hair pomades, which make hair look sleek and shiny.”

Benefits of Beeswax in Hair Products

There are a few reasons why this ingredient is in hair products. It isn’t just to make everything look smooth and shiny. It also lock in moisture and has vitamin A. In addition to making the hair smooth, it makes it straight. It seals the ends of hair to and prevents strands from further damage from split ends. It promotes hair growth. Some of us can’t grow hair like we used to. I know mine has slowed down. I used to be able to grow enough out each year to donate some to cancer patients. But at some point my hair stopped growing that fast. It can sooth scalp conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff.

Avon’s Propoli Thera Products Featuring Beeswax and Honey

Avon’s products do all of the above as a benefits to their products and they have a decently sized line of Propoli Thera. Geared mostly to those in need of repair, people with dry and brittle hair can also benefit from the products they have to offer. It is also free of sulfates and parabens. It is not vegan though as vegans do not use honey or anything having to do with bees. That’s including beeswax. It can be used daily, not that you need to wash your hair daily unless there is a reason. Otherwise it isn’t good for your hair. It is safe for color treated and permed/chemically treated hair.

It’s Key Ingredients:

• Propolis (tree sap plus beeswax) – Contains minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants to help restore weak and brittle hair.
• Honey (made by bees from the nectar of flowers) – Helps restore moisture.
• Royal jelly (the food of bees) – Helps lock in shine and restore hair’s natural luster.

Volumizing Shampoo. Made with beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat), our rejuvenating shampoo provides weightless volume and hydration while giving your tresses a fuller, thicker and stronger appearance. Each, 16.9 fl. oz. Sale price $15 (Reg $18)
Volumizing Conditioner Made with beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat), our rejuvenating conditioner provides weightless volume and hydration while giving locks a fuller, thicker and stronger look. Each, 16.9 fl. oz. Sale Price $15 (Reg $18)
Repairing Conditoner (The shampoo looks the same). Beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat) blend with vitamins and amino acids to form our rejuvenating conditioner. Treat your tresses to this soothing formula, which will repair damaged hair while giving it a smooth and manageable appearance. 16.9 fl. oz. Sale Price $15 ea. (Reg $18 ea.)

Hair Mask. Treat your tresses to our rejuvenating hair mask, made with beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat). This nutrient-enriched formula will help deeply nourish your hair and repair damaged split-ends. Sale Price $15 (reg $18)
Our rejuvenating hair serum is made with beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat), and will help strengthen, protect, moisturize and smooth hair. Not to mention, it adds shine as you style! 5.7 fl. oz. Sale Price $15 (Reg $18)

How to Use Them

  • Shampoos: Apply to wet hair, massage from roots to ends, and rinse thoroughly.
  • Conditioners: Apply to freshly washed hair, focusing on the ends, leave on as long as desired, wait 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  • Hair Serum: Apply 1-2 pumps evenly on damp or dry hair, do not rinse, and style as usual.
  • Hair Mask: Apply a quarter-sized amount from roots to ends, paying attention to damaged ends, leave on for several minutes, rinse thoroughly, and style as usual. Can be used 1-5X a week. For extensively damaged hair, use daily and be used as a pre-wash.

My Review

The first time I used the product, I think I may have used a tad too much and didn’t rinse my hair out as well as I should have. So, it did leave my hair feeling extremely thick and it weighed down my hair. I had to re-wash my hair the next day and make sure to rinse it out. My hair felt less thick (that is what the voluminous set does after all) but did look fuller. I feel that to get the full affect of this product it would be best to use every other day. That way the hair isn’t getting over washed. I did love how the shampoo and conditioner worked in my fine hair. Given that I don’t wash my hair THAT often I think I will use it for special occasions and stick with my Chi Shampoo and Conditioner set. See the post I wrote on those here.

Frontal view of my unwashed hair. Looking very limp and oily. Obviously I am not happy showing this. 🙂
After sing Polori Thera Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. So much nicer!
Side View from the left.
Wonky. You can tell my hair isn’t soft and the color is not right like it is when it is clean.
Need to apologize for the off centered appearance here. My hair looks softer as well.
Side view from the right. Same as the other picture. It looks very dark from the oils weighing it down.
So much better. My hair looks lighter in color and you can see where my grey hair is.

Tips For Extra Volume

  • Sleep with hair in a bun.
  • Blow Dry Hair Upside Down
  • Use Hot Rollers for Added Bounce

Product Links

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Hair Serum

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Repair Shampoo

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Repair Conditioner

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Volumizing Shampoo

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Volumizing Conditioner

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Hair Mask

Check out my other articles on Avon hair products:

Hair Chi: Adding Life Back Into Your Hair

Avon Hair Color Overview

Three Powerful Reasons to Use Chi Essentials by Avon

Amazing to Dye For Hair Color Line by Chi

Curl Me Crazy: Chi Styling Iron from Avon Review