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)

Curl Me Crazy: Avon’s Chi Hair Styling Iron Review

Curl Me Crazy: Avon’s Chi Hair Styling Iron Review

I am opening up this review with a bit of 411 of the handful of ways women have been straightening their hair. When I think of some methods women had used to do this, I think of the clothes iron. The thought of it scared me only because that item is big and the other person has to be paying attention to what they are doing. Still, the history of straightening your hair goes as far back as the late 1800s.

Methods

There were a few methods of straightening hair and to be honest it wasn’t just women that did it though we are more well known for doing it. Some of the methods used were:

  • A Hot Comb â€“ Heated electrically and most widely used for coarse hair. I have a curling brush that works in the same manner and does straighten my fine hair. Though not in the manner I would like. It is better suited for coarse hair.
  • Chemical Relaxers – Used by those with very tight curls. You can often find African American’s showing how they do their curly hair straight in YouTube videos.
  • Japanese Hair Straightening – This one was new to me. According to Byrdie Beauty, last accessed April 15, 2020, “Japanese hair straightening relies on a special solution that’s applied to hair, similar to a flat perm. This solution breaks down the hair’s bonds that give it shape, allowing it to become pin-straight when the flat-iron is applied. The hair is saturated with the solution, rinsed, dried with a blowdryer, and then flat-ironed with a ceramic iron in small 1/8-inch sections. Also like a perm solution, a neutralizer is then applied, which locks the style in place. The entire process is labor and time-intensive. Depending on the length of your hair and its thickness, you can expect to be in the salon for a few hours.”
  • Brazilian Hair Straightening (Also known as a Brazilian Blowout) – Similar to Japanese hair straightening.
  • Roller Sets (for Curly Hair to be more straight) – You achieve this by washing your hair at night before bed, then rolling your hair in the biggest rollers you can get and let them dry while you sleep. Though for the life of me I could never figure out how it was comfortable.
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There are also shampoos and other hair products that create a temporary straight hair look. You may be wondering why I choose to talk about straightening hair when I used the Styling Iron to curl my hair. The reason I started to talk about that is that, for the most part, it is what flat irons and styling irons did in the beginning and are still used for that same purpose now. Still, I find the history of straightening rather fascinating and worth bringing up.

Cons of Mentioned Methods

Many of the methods above, especially if done too often or not done correctly, can open the shaft of the hair and expose it to damage that can dry out the hair and cause it to break. And in some cases, you may lose hair. If you are addicted to using a method too much, it can cause enough damage that it takes months to repair. I recall this former neighbor once who claimed she knew what she was doing in always chemically treating her hair. She ended up with bald spots. To be honest I am shocked she kept doing what she did and didn’t cut all of it off. It was beyond repair. To make it worse, she decided to add dreadlocks to her hair. On her own. With damaged hair. Even when I went back to being a dark brunette from being a plum purple who lost her color, I had to use a balm for my hair for 6 months and use more moisturizer than I imagined I ever would use. Basically when you dye, perm, straighten, use heating tools too much, what happens is the cuticle of your hair opens (now when you dye your hair lighter this is only supposed to happen so you can let dye in especially for us dark-haired folk) up and if done for too long or too much it can cause damage to the hair. Your hair becomes dull, frizzy, split, brittle and dry. And if you have fine hair like me, it can happen all too easily. it can take a lot of time to fix the damage and if I recall, one celeb had such damaged hair from the treatment it received that she cut it all off. I don’t remember who sadly.

Why the Chi Styling Iron is Different

As I mentioned in the description of the stying iron in my post Hair Chi: Adding Life Back into Your Hair, the “CHI 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron utilizes the latest innovative technology combining Tourmaline Ceramic with even heat distribution, producing an exceptionally high amount of negative ions and Far Infrared which reducestatic electricity for that perfect style. Hair is left smooth and silky with an exceptional shine. This hairstyling iron is ideal for all your hairstyle needs. Now you can straighten, smooth, curl, wave, spiral, flip, and bend. Just use your imagination and create your own personal flair.” The iron has a temperature nob on it next to the switch. And each temperature can be used for your hair type. I used the lowest setting of 310 degrees and only had the iron on my hair for 3-5 seconds and gradually and gently brought it down to the ends of my hair to create a nice decently sized curl to add volume to my hair. The fact that it has an adjustable temperature and guide to use it helps in knowing you won’t be as likely to damage your hair. The plates are heated in the tool as evenly distributed as well. A bonus knowing that one section that you use it on won’t be as hot as the rest. Also, it has a shutoff timer within it and turns off one hour after not being used. I am not sure how that works but at least you know if you forget to turn it off that it will on its own.

My Review

It had been years since I had used a styling tool. And I am pretty sure the last one I used didn’t have an adjustable temperature. It did have a light like the Chi Styling tool to tell you when it was heated. Also, a bonus. I didn’t expect it to be as large as it is. I like the color. Black; a favorite color of mine. I liked that it came with a warranty and also some instructions. The cord is very long. Still, I styled my hair after watching a few videos. You think I wouldn’t need to but, again, it has been a very long time since I have used this styling tool.

The result was nice curls. I don’t have a curling iron. I could get one but this is what I chose. How I went about prepping to use the tool was that I first used a detangler on my hair damp hair and then used the Chi Heat Protectant from Avon to help protect my hair while I blew it dry. It took about 15 minutes. I didn’t time how long it took to dry and then I plugged in my styling tool and waited for it to be ready. It didn’t very long. Maybe about 5 minutes on the lowest setting. Then I used the styling tool to get out any kinks in my hair first. I did notice that though my hair was dry that my hair felt ever so slightly damp but then quickly was dry again. I heard this is a feature of many new styling tools now. I don’t have many clips to section my hair and decided I would just do around my face. I like to add volume to my hair. I did just under 1″ sections. I placed the hair, one inch from the roots, between the clamp and carefully turned it way from my face at one and a half times. I held it for 3-5 seconds and slowly, using two hands, brought it down slowly so the hair curled as it was brought down.

One one side I have curls in and on the other, not curls, using the styling iron.
A full frontal view of my hair after it is done.

A side view
My daughter’s high ponytail with curls.

I got nice, decently sized curls that opened up my face and added volume to my hair. I also did my daughters hair but I wrapped her hair around a pencil and used the iron to clamp the hair for the same length of time, she has fine hair like me, to create tighter curls. It came out great on her. One difference is that I did use hair spray on mine to keep the hold. Whenever I get my hair down I hate having it move a lot. It’s been a weird thing of mine since I was young. I didn’t do this on my daughter.

The reason this is a part of the review is that I have a heated curling brush that adds soft curls to my hair. But even with a heat protecting spray, that I hear help hold curls, my hair never stayed styled without the use of hair spray. So, this time I wanted it to stay but used my daughter as a way to test if the curls stayed in her. And they did. For three days with gentle brushing. She looks great with curls in her hair, too. They somehow made her look more like the teen that she is. I still like using hair spray though. The kind I use may not be Avon but it is made for voluminous looks and holds a curl. I have made a view that features how I did my daughter’s hair. Due to my internet being slow I have to post the link different than how I would like. I wanted to start with where I was doing her hair. I do apologize for the shakiness of the camera. I had accidentally deleted the whole scene of me doing her hair and had to repeat. My son wanted to be the cameraman.

Final Thoughts

I think I have a new favorite tool in my hairstyling routine. I won’t go nuts and use it every day. Maybe twice a week for when I do videos and for when I go out. Whenever that will be with this social distancing going on still. I do suggest something to the Chi company though: add cord keepers for long cords to product packaging, and maybe sell gloves that protect your hands from heat or at least have a grip area at the top of the tool to make it easier to hold. Other than that I loved the tool.

I recommend buying the Chi Styling Iron from Avon from their new line of styling products. Make sure to get the heat protecting spray as well and keep those locks safe from heat exposure. If you have used this item before or buy it from me here at my online store, tell me what you think in the comments below. The styling tool is $125 right now in campaign 10 (2020) (Reg $139). Let me know in the comments if you have bought this product and what you think of it. What are your thoughts on straightening your hair? have you ever tried it and how did it work out for you?

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

Salt of the Mouth, Light of the Smile

Salt of the Mouth, Light of the Smile

When Avon came out with a new toothpaste that has pink Himalayan sea salt in it, I was curious as to how that would work. For the most part, I knew salt to be something we add to food for flavoring, to help when we have a wound that needed cleaning, or for people who suffer from low blood pressure (salt helps raise blood pressure). Some people veer away from salt when they have health issues. I decided to give this toothpaste a try along with the cute toothbrush. First, let’s get into the many not diet uses so that you can better understand the many benefits and uses of salt.

History

Salt has been used since 6050BC. That is a long time to be using salt, and even I was shocked to find this out. It’s part of many cultures and civilizations. It is no shock that salt was used by the ancient Egyptians and Phoneticians. Both have contributed much to modern uses of many things. In fact, “salary” is derived from the word salt as it was once used as a currency. Salt, along with bread, is not unheard of as an offering to guests in many cultures as a gift of good luck. The phrase, “Not worth his salt” refers to slave trade in exchange for salt currency. I find that part a bit sad, to be honest.

Salt is used in various ways in religion. Buddhists toss salt over their shoulder after a funeral before entering a house so as to ward off evil spirits. I may have to start doing that. This gives way to using salt to keep out evil and we see this done in many movies involving occult practice. Though not all of the movie depictions are accurate. You can learn more about the extensive history of salt here.

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Non Food Use

The fact that salt can be used in everyday items should come as no shock. Salt can be found in soaps, dish detergent, laundry detergent, and inn chemical applications. For sake of keep things beauty related, I will focus more on how salt is used in bath and body products.

In soap, salt helps balance out the softness/hardness of a soap bar. Depending on how you like it, of course. Salt is a disputed item in soap making. I personally cannot say whether or not it works. Though I can describe how it is supposed to work. Salt makes a soap harder while it cures. It helps heal the soap faster. It won’t make the soap like a brick, of course. That would depend on other ingredients in the soap.


If salt is used in soaps, whether we know it or not, unless we look at the label or make it ourselves, it is also used in salt scrubs for the bath. Salt gently exfoliates the skin and makes it feel soft. This I can attest to as my daughter seems to have issues with her skin needed to be scrubbed, but I worry about being too rough. So I make salt scrubs for her to keep her skin clean, soft, and not looking rough. Salt scrubs are more abrasive in comparison to sugar scrubs (obviously). So if you need a better clean, salt scrubs are the go-to. Salt pulls away irritants to the skin. A bit in the way it does if you have an infected hangnail. It doesn’t sting like a salt soak for a hangnail, of course. Unless you have cuts. Salt scrubs are great for relaxing muscles and are used in salt baths for that exact reason. I wouldn’t recommend this for delicate skin. Just a 411.

Salt in toothpaste can also be used to exfoliate the teeth. This may sound odd since your teeth don’t need to be soft. But they do need to be clean. Some people have a hard time getting certain spots on their teeth. There may be some build up from inadequate brushing and not seeing the dentist. Which is best for when you need a good cleaning. Colgate even mentions the benefits of using salt in your toothpaste. That is a good thing to know because if a brand such as them can boast about it, that means Avon’s new line is perfect for those wanting to take up on the benefits.

Avon Perioe Himalaya Pink Sea Salt Toothpaste

Avon’s new line has four products. Two in tubes, two inn pumps, and either flavored with a soft mint or floral. The new line is made with pink Himalayan sea salt and is chemically similar to regular table salt. It also has potassium, magnesium, and calcium along with several other trace minerals that give it it’s color. This is also why it tastes different. It is a natural mineral, unlike table salt, which is often refined to the max. Benefits of Perioe is that it has 2.9X as much toothpaste as the tube; it is vegan friendly and Fluoride-free. I can’t forget that it also has aloe vera in it. This line not only cleans your teeth, it helps whiten but not in the same way as regular whiteners, which I recommend asking a dentist about before using anyway as it isn’t always kind to whiten teeth if it may harm more then help. Unlike with this line that does it naturally.

Overall the ingredients are:

Ice Mint Tube
Ice Mint Pump
Floral Mint Tube. Best for sensitive teeth
Floral Mint Pump.
Best for Sensitive Teeth

WATER/EAU
SORBITOL
HYDRATED SILICA
GLYCERIN
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE
CELLULOSE GUM
FLAVOR (AROMA)
TETRASODIUM
PYROPHOSPHATE
SORBITAN OLEATE
SODIUM SACCHARIN
XANTHAN GUM
MICRECRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE
SODIUM CHLORIDE (HIMALAYAN SALT)
MANNITOL
HYDREXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
MENTHOL
ZEAMAYS (CORN) STARCH
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
IRON OXIDES
ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT

The main difference between the tube and the pump is that the tube is a gel and the pump a cream. The ingredients for the pumps are:

GLYCERIN
WATER/EAU
HYDRATED SILICA
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE
FLAVOR (AROMA)
XANTHAN GUM
POLOXAMER407
SODIUM POLYACRYLATE
TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE
SORBITAN OLEATE
SODIUM SACCHARIN
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
SODIUM CHLORIDE (HIMALAYAN SALT)
IRON OXIDES

The toothbrushes that go with the toothpastes are, “the key to pristine teeth. Deep-clean those hard-to-reach areas with this multi-level toothbrush, featuring two different types of bristles. Shorter bristles clean the tooth’s surface, while longer bristles eradicate plaque and food between the teeth.”

BENEFITS
• Microfibers with natural Himalayan pink salt help keep teeth clean
• Wider brush head helps to clean hard-to-reach areas

FEATURES
• Shorter bristles clean tooth surface
• Longer bristles clean between teeth to help remove plaque and food

MATERIALS
• Handle – polyester & rubber
• Bristles – polyester

My Review

I bought the floral mint tube and the Avon Perioe Himalaya Pink Salt Toothbrush in pink. I have happened to have several containers of other kinds of toothpaste that were given to me. I actually rarely ever buy toothpaste anymore, as I am always given some by someone who has too much. And now I have too much. laughs I really did want to try this toothpaste because I wanted to see how it would work. I get sensitive teeth due to not being able to brush as I should. I have a mouth that can’t seem to take to toothbrushes, and it’s hard to reach the back of my teeth, especially in the back inside molars. The right side of my mouth seems more resistant to toothpaste and a toothbrush taking of plaque. It is not a surprise when I go into the dentist every six months for a cleaning to get that side cleaned. I just have trouble on that side.

The tooth brush is a nice size for me. Not too big and shaped well enough to reach difficult places. It’s soft and doesn’t hurt either.

After brushing with AquaFresh and my pink Avon toothbrush. I still had some reside on my front teeth as well as on the back of those front teeth.
My teeth didn’t have any residue on them after using this. They were also shinier and in the picture, much whiter.

The toothpaste was a weird flavor at first. I wasn’t sure what to think. I am very used to the commercial flavoring of mint toothpaste. I had a slight sudsing of the toothpaste, which, for the most part, felt like soft bubbles. It seems like a weird description. But they indeed felt soft. After several uses, I grew to like the flavor and find other toothpaste a bit strong in flavor. My teeth really did get clean. The spaces between my teeth were cleaner than I am used to without having to use floss. Which I use anyway but unflavored now that I like the taste of Avon’s sea salt toothpaste. What I liked most was that I had no aftertaste. I find that toothpaste leaves an aftertaste, and if I ever want to grab a bite after brushing my teeth, I can’t because the flavor of the toothpaste ruins my ability to taste the food. With Avon’s sea salt toothpaste, I get no aftertaste. I can eat 15 minutes afterward if I wanted to and still be able to taste my food and not mint.

The tooth pastes are $10 per pump (reg $12), $5 per pump (reg $6), and the toothbrushes are $4 (reg $5) right now.