Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Softer than a baby’s cheek

I am allergic to almost everything—especially scented body products. I have a hard time finding soaps and cosmetics I can tolerate. Either the fragrance gives me a terrible headache or the chemicals make me itch. When I find something I can use, I stock up because inevitably, there comes a day when they “new and improve” the product and I can no longer use it.

This happened to the moisturizer I’ve been using for the past 12 years. They made it “better” and now I can’t use it—and my stockpile of the older formula is nearly gone. So I’ve been on the look-out for a new, all natural, lightly scented moisturizer.

I found a company called Scentiments that specializes in natural products, hand-made by Tristi Pinkston, and I decided to give her moisturizer a try.

The Scentiments moisturizer is a little heavier than what I’m used to wearing under my makeup, and the Vanilla Cream scent I tried is a little too strong for me to wear during the day. (Megan said I was nuts and that “normal people” would love it.) It’s a pleasant fragrance, but for someone who can smell the difference between brands of bottled water, it’s too distracting. However, I can use it just fine at night. Without my makeup on top, it doesn’t feel heavy at all and the scent doesn’t keep me from falling asleep. By the time I wake up, the fragrance has disappeared and my skin feels softer than a baby’s cheek. Okay, maybe not. Compared to Carter, I’m still shoe leather. But it definitely makes my skin feel softer than did the moisturizer I used before. I like this product and I very much recommend it, although next time, I think I’ll try the Grapefruit Surprise.

I have also been looking for a new lip goo. I’ve been using the same one since college, Lip Smacker’s Dr. Pepper flavor (which they have never “new and improved”). Aside from the fact that after twenty-five years it’s time for a change, it’s getting harder to find and it tends to dry out my lips if I use it very many days in a row.

Tristi sent me the Vanilla Banilla flavor of her lip balm, which is pretty yummy. When I first put the lip balm on, it felt kind of weird and slippery on my lips, but the longer I wore it, the more I liked it. The moisture sinks into my lips, leaving them really, really soft and not at all dried out. After wearing it every day for a week now, I am hooked. And it’s been husband-approved, so I’ll be stockpiling this stuff. I’m thinking I’ll try the Buttercream flavor or maybe the Raspberries and Cream next. Oh what the heck, I’m going to get them both!

Tristi also makes baths salts, hand lotion, facial wash, facial scrub, foot scrub and lotion, and several products just for men. I have not yet tried these, but I would imagine that the quality of these products would be of the same caliber as the moisturizer and lip balm. All of her products come in a variety of fragrances and flavors, so I’m sure you’ll find one you like, even if you’re as particular (picky?) as I am.

I was very impressed with Tristi’s commitment to providing natural and healthy products. You can read all about it in the Q&A section of her website. And her prices are extremely reasonable too.

If you’re looking for some great products made with natural ingredients, give Scentiments a try.

Oh, and tell Tristi that I sent you.

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