Skincare

Tom’s Long Lasting Deodorant 

Every so often, I go on an all-natural kick when I try to use the most natural skincare and makeup products and I try to eat super healthy and do yoga constantly. These moods usually last like two weeks max because I will inevitably miss my Dior lipsticks and cheeseburgers, but sometimes I discover some cool things that I still use after I’ve had one of these health sprees. One such thing is Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant in Wild Lavender.  This product is available at Target stores for about $4.50.

Now, to be honest, I don’t love all-natural deodorants because they don’t really work as well as more traditional brands. This one is no exception – I use an antiperspirant during the day instead of this product. But I still LOVE this product because of the smell. It smells so soothing. The lavender scent is so natural and doesn’t have any of the weird artificial chemical scent of most drugstore lavender products. (This scent serious rivals the lavender products of super-luxurious L’Occitane). I shower at night and then I use this product because the scent just helps me relax and unwind. Also, I feel like the product moisturizes my armpits, which is something I never thought of needing before. Armpits do get dry from shaving and I think that some powdery-scented deodorants that work well also dry them out further. So, I like giving my pits a break at night by using this soothing product. This is kind of a weird post because I’m not endorsing this product for the way it was really intended, but I still wanted to share in case anyone else loves lavender scents or has dry armpits.

 

 

 

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Skincare

Clearogen Sulfur Acne Lotion 

I have suffered from acne since high school, but it’s really been a lot better over the past year or so. I’m not sure if it’s been better because I’m getting older or because I’m drinking so much water all the time or because of the face products I’ve been using, but I recently ran out of my Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA treatment and thought I’d try something a bit cheaper: Clearogen Sulfur Acne Lotion.

This product can be purchased from Sephora for $32.00. It is actually one part of a three-step system, but I only purchased this lotion. Honestly, I’ve just had terrible luck with using whole systems of products that are all for acne-prone skin because they end up drying my skin up so bad and my acne almost always gets worse in the long-run, so that’s why I just went with this acne lotion instead of the whole system.

Sulfur is an amazing ingredient for acne, but unfortunately it smells really bad. I will say that this product didn’t smell as bad as other sulfur-based products, but I still really hated the smell. It’s very off-putting and it really lasts a long time.

Also, I’ve been using this product for about two months, and I just haven’t been wowed by it at all. I’m glad that it doesn’t dry out my skin, but my acne has been worse since I started using this product instead of better. To be fair, I am not sure if my results would be different if I used the whole three-step system instead of just the one product, but I’m really not going to try the other products. I’ve already gone ahead and bought the Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA treatment and I’m just waiting for it to arrive. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the Clearogen product (maybe one of my friends will want to try it?) but I just don’t want to put up with the smell if it’s not making my skin look truly amazing.

Local

The Tea Parlor 

If you’re looking for a fun, chic thing to do with a friend (and you live in the greater Cincinnati area), I highly recommend The Tea Parlor in Liberty Township.

This is such a lovely place with the most relaxed but fancy ambiance. My friend Katie and I visited last month for the full tea, and we savored every single bite. They make everything themselves, and it really shows because the food was so incredibly delicious!

Each month, the menu for full tea changes to reflect the theme for that month. You can also choose to just have a dessert tea, cream tea, or savory tea if you don’t want to get everything on the menu. The portions are small but I still felt very full afterwards because there was so much included still in the full tea, plus we were sipping tea and water the whole time.

This adorable place is run out of a woman’s home – it’s sort of annexed to one side of her house so you won’t feel like you’re infringing on someone’s personal space. There’s also plenty of parking available which is great. They’ve been open for 12 years, which is an incredible feat for any small business. They’re open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from noon to 5, and it’s preferable that you make reservations to ensure there is room that day.

Katie and I went on a rainy day and we were sat right by a window, and it just felt so lovely and cozy. I definitely want to go back with my mom because she would love this too. The full tea is $23 a person, but it is absolutely worth the splurge!