Taking out the trash IX – Empties

As I mention at the end of the video, that was supposed to be my September Empties.

Yeah, I know.

 

Taking out the trash IX - Empties
Taking out the trash IX – Empties

 

In my defense, I do have a ton of video ideas and barely any time to film and edit them, so I guess I will leave the „monthly“ empties schedule and sneak them in as a Sunday bonus video whenever I find the time.

What better way to spend a Sunday then talking about trash, am I right?

 

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Taking out the trash IV – April 2016 Empties

Again I have been collecting my empty skincare containers and the few bits of makeup that are actually not going to be used anymore and threw all in for a video.

Taking out the trash
Taking out the trash

 

Go get yourself a cup of tea, as it is a long one, but you will be rewarded with mini-reviews and a whole lot of dirty packaging.

 

Now if that doesn’t tempt you…

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Igniting the spark again – The Body Shop Body Butters in „Smokey Poppy“ and „Fuji Green Tea“

Do you remember the time when you had just fallen in love?
When it filled your every waking moment,  even your dreams and when thinking about something else just didn’t seem possible?
You longed to get home, to be close, to feel, to smell…

And if you compare that to these days, after every day life crept in, when work and the toddler and maybe even a beauty blog keep you distracted and you don’t indulge in your love anymore?
You somehow take it as granted, as something that is always there, comforting but no longer overly exciting?

The Body Shop Body Butters in „Shea Butter“, „Fuji Green Tea“ and „Smokey Poppy“

There is a way out of it. Try a different scent!

Wait, what?
No, I was talking about Body Butter all along.
Funny you thought of something else.

1. My long-time love:
I have been using TBS „Shea Butter“ for as long as I can remember. The warm, nutty scent isn’t to overpowering, it is nourishing on my dry legs, but sinks in quick enough for everyday use.
We have been together for many years, it never disappointed me, is everything I could ever ask for and using it makes me feel comfortable and at home.
But despite all that I felt the need to stray…

The Body Shop „Shea Butter“ Body Butter

2. My summertime fling:
I love green tea, I drink it daily, even during the heat wave, and I drink a lot of it. So when I saw this mint colored pot with it´s fresh leaves on top winking at me from across the room, I just had to pick it up and smell, even if I KNEW what was going to happen next: A little chat, a three-for two-offer and I took it home with me.
We had a pretty intense time during the heat of summer, the smell being fresh instead of sweet, lingering throughout the day without being to heavy and the texture, while being a little harder to work with compared to my „Shea Butter“ still easy to sink in and moisturizing.
But now that my pot is reaching it´s end, I know we may have had a moment, but there is no future. I cant say for sure I am not going back next summer when the air is hot and life a little more carefree, but it isn’t for every day.

The Body Shop „Fuji Green Tea“ Body Butter

3. The one that you shouldn’t have chosen
I blame it on the fact that I had already slipped and that three-for-two-deal was going on, because I picked up „Smokey Poppy“ without giving it much thought. Red and black looked dangerous, the smell was intense and unlike anything I usually use, so I guess it was my equivalent to the guy you know is only trouble, but you have had one too many drinks to care.
And it went the same road. The scent is intense, smokey and deep, and I like to smell it in the pot, but when on my skin it just feels alien to me. I feel a little uncomfortable, not like myself, so I have stopped reaching for it despite its lovely, easy to distribute and moisturizing formula.
I guess it is time to let go for good and find it a new home. Some things just aren’t meant to be.

The Body Shop „Smokey Poppy“ Body Butter

So my final verdict?
Sometimes you need to stray in order to realize you should have sticked to what you originally loved. I for one am firmly back in love with my „Shea Butter“ Body Butter and don’t feel the need to reach for something else. Even though I have heard that there is a „Virgin Mojito“ in town.

The complete range of Body Butters is available in stores and online, retailing for 17 € here.
Just in case you are in the mood for something new…

What is your favorite scent?
And are you a faithful person, beauty-wise spoken of course?

Disclaimer: I am happily married without feeling the need to stray. Just in case Mr. Loca would bother to actually read my blog…


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Getting adventurous – Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Body Care

Have you ever tried „Frog Hot Pot“ or „Fishhead Curry“?

No?
Me neither.
But it was a close call when we were in Singapore.
When traveling, eating my way through traditional food is right there on top of my list, and I have had my fair share of questionable experiences, but I draw a line when something completely grosses me out.

Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Body Care
That being said, New Zealand wasn’t quite as challenging when it came to food. 
So to make sure I would get my share of unique experiences, I decided to try some New Zealand exclusive body care.
Choosing a tough life, I know.
Wild Ferns is part of Parrs Products Ltd, a New Zealand based (obviously) family company, established in 1951 and based in Auckland.
The Wild Ferns skin- and body care is divided in several lines:
– Manuka Honey
– Kiwifruit
– Lanolin
– Native Flowers
All these ingredients are New Zealand grown and harvested and targeted at different issues.
And even though these things are hard to come by when living outside New Zealand, the homepage lists some international sellers if you are desperate to try them.
I went for two products from the Manuka Honey line, Conditioning Hand Crème (yes, thats how they write it) and Sweet Indulgence Body Butter. 
The honey used is declared to be AAH 650+, which seems to be a marker for the anti-inflammatory properties. 650+ is said to be high, thus being effective. (Don’t quote me on that, as far as I know there is no research to back up that claim.)
Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Conditioning Hand Crème
Conditioning Hand Crème:
I got 85 ml for 13,95 NZ$ at a souvenir shop.
Inside the pot is a lovely, whipped looking cream, smelling like honey (who would have thought) with a subtle floral hint.
It applies smoothly, sinking in within two minutes, just leaving a barely noticeable residue on my hands.
The ingredients are lovely blend of oils (Sweet Almond, Wheat), butters (Cocoa, Shea), above mentioned honey and Vitamin E. Also contained are alcohol, fragrance and preservatives, but overall nothing really disturbing.
One thing I really liked was the added Titanium Dioxide (physical sunscreen). Nothing that I look for when buying hand creams, but something I probably should use more often on my hands.
Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Sweet Indulgence Body Butter
Sweet Indulgence Body Butter:
This one contained 195 ml and retailed for 22 NZ$, again at a souvenir shop.
While the Body Butter looks the same as the hand cream, it is much richer and firmer in texture. The smell ist the same floral-tinted honey.
When applied, it has a rich feel to it and needs some working in, otherwise it leaves white streaks on the skin.
The BodyShop Body Butters feel similar, but sink in  a lot quicker.
Body Butter applied without working it in
But after some massaging, you are left with super soft skin, smelling warm and sweet. I love it especially around bedtime, because the scent transfers slightly to my sheets, making the bed smell of honey.
The ingredients are similar to those of the hand cream, but contain bees wax and jojoba oil on top, as well as silicones and lack the sunscreen.
Overall a much more pleasant experience than drinking tea made of Yak butter, I assure you.
Your turn:
What do you do when visiting a foreign country?
And what was the most exotic thing you ever tried?

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It is the time for giving

December is the time for giving, not only to friends and family, but also to charity.
There are numerous good causes out there, and I am sure everyone has something that is very dear to his heart.
I wanted to take he opportunity to share with you the two that our family is going to support this year:

In the UK there is one day in december called „Christmas Jumper Day“, where millions of people go out wearing their hand-knitted Christmas Jumpers to show their support for a (pre-defined) good cause.
This year, the organization „Save the Children“, teaming up with the magazine „Brigitte“, decided to take this event to Germany.
As Christmas Jumpers aren´t a thing here, they decided to go for a scarf, called „Ein Schal fürs Leben“ („A scarf for life“).
It was designed by Lala Berlin, well- known for elegant, feminine clothes with a twist, and the wool and instructions are available in store and online.
The good cause this is aimed at are the Syrian refugees, especially the children. „Save the children“ works in the famine shelters, trying to establish some kind of stability and giving the children the opportunity to learn, play and talk about the things they had to experience.
Read more here (article in german)

The wool and the finished product (Source: www.brigitte.de)

My mother, who is an excellent knitters, bought right away and I am hoping to receive one of the finished pieces as christmas gift!
Today is the awareness day, so share the love and support by tweeting #schalfuersleben and if you haven’t found a charity to donate to yet, consider „Save the children“ .
Below a picture of my mother, featuring said scarf.
She asked me to add that this picture was just taken for blog purpose, as she would never ride her bike without wearing a helmet!

My mother, wearing the finished scarf. Photo credit: my father.

If you are more into beauty products than fashion pieces, the next one might spark your interest.
One of the founders is a family friend who decided after visiting Mali to support an organization making formal education possible for girls by selling organic karité-butter produced there.
The Body Butter is 100% organic, produced by Annemarie Börlind – Natural Beauty and called „Malibelle“.
So if you are still looking for a stocking filler, just click here.

Malibelle Karité-Körperbutter (Source: www.store.haeuser-der-hoffnung.org)

I hope you haven an awesome day.


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