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What is a unicorn???
Sorry just need to know! 
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Smart Profile Review
After a month-ish of using the new Smart Profile, that was generously gifted to me through Clarisonic and Sephora’s Beauty Talk, I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that the Smart Profile is subpar compared to my Aria in most ways.   Speeds: I don’t use the 3rd speed on my the Aria very much so I didn’t care much for the 4th speed or the Turbo blast, the turbo is nice for feet though, if you use it for that purpose.   Smart Brush Head: Do not prefer this brush head. It is similar to the normal brush. I honestly dig the new Radiance brush head.  I don’t understand the perk of an RFID brush. The website indicates that its a " individually programmed with protocols that automatically engage when the device is powered on.” I take that as, it changes speeds so you don’t have to push the button, even if you don’t want it to change speeds. So the whole point of this device was rendered useless to me. You cannot program it, only with continual use it programs itself.  I am doubtful of its accuracy because I use my device differently depending how my skin feels that day/season.   Stand: I definitely prefer the Aria stand. The stand it comes with feels very cheap, weighs less and is a drastically different design than the Aria’s. Its also harder to place in the holder when your hands are wet. I had to lay it down on a towel, dry my face and hands, then put it up. May not seem like a big deal, but it was kind of annoying.   Charger: same.   Other cons: Is not compatible with the extension handle. This was a huge reason that I wanted this device, so I could use it on my back in the shower. I bought a kit off the Clarisonic website and viola! doesn’t fit. I didn’t like the Refreshing face gel cleanser.   Pro : I enjoyed trying out the body brush despite above mentioned. I also enjoyed the body scrub that accompanied the device. The charge on this device lasts forever.   I hated writing this because I felt so lucky and grateful to have received it. If you need more manual exfoliation than the 3 speeds on the ARIA and PLUS, then this may be the device for you. Everyone experiences things differently, hope my experience can help someone! 
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Great review, Kendra! I just gave up using my Clarisonic all together, but I totally get what you're saying about the smart feature trying to predict which speeds you wo... see post
the small things of life
Feeling under the weather, lucky to still be able to go to my mom and get pampered. As I was laying on her bed I could hear her doing her nightime skin routine. The products she bought on the 20 percent  sale. The fab skincare set and claudiale beauty elixir. It made me smile and felt happy for her. She is really liking this set. I asked her if she noticed a change in skin and she said it looks like she has.    I just wanted to share a little moment that one not might think too much about but sometimes you realize its little moments that often have a big impact in your life. Memories although small will last a lifetime,
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My mom rarely wears makeup. She maybe wears it a few times a year. I gave her some items and samples recently and the next time I saw her she was wearing mascara and a l... see post
ok, so i've been thinking of what 'angle' to take for this thread. i'm not talking anything too hardcore, here. but i figured it could be a thread that inspires and informs the little "treats" we can give to our skin with the products a lot of us have at home.   with the massive shift in weather this past week, my skin freaked out. it was so, so thirsty, as the cool air mixed with dry blasts of hot hair sucked all the moisture out. it was a double whammy for me because this cold front coincided with my skin's most vulnerable time of the month (if ya catch my drift).   so when i got home from work yesterday, to work. i wanted to hydrate hydrate hydrate, and soooothe. this is what i used:     took makeup off with a balm. shown here is my usual clinique take the day off balm--i ended up using my boots botanics balm as it's just a bit more rich, which is what i wanted for these purposes. any balm would do though ! removed with warm water and a washcloth. dried skin then second cleansed with an oily non-foamy cleanser. my current FAVORITE cleanser, NUDE  omega jelly. god i love it. massaged for a couple minutes then rinsed. (not pictured, but) i think did a VERY LIGHT exfoliation to ensure my skin was rid of any dead skin hanging about after being dried out. i used AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant (a liquid with salicylic acid) PETER THOMAS ROTH cucumber mask. what i love about this mask is how soothing it is. it's NOT hardcore. i put this on then proceeded to watch a movie or something. you can leave it on for as long as you'd like. i think i had it on for 30-45 minutes. then i took it off with lukewarm water and a wash cloth. my skin already felt so. much. better. i then used my new murad hydrating toner. i could've used this before the mask. but what's cool about it is that it helps your skin retain moisture as well as help balance pH levels. but any sort of hydrating toner / floral spritz would do. (caudalie beauty elixir, a rose water, etc) serum. i wanted to use a "hydra" serum--any sort of serum that helps with retaining water. i used this vichy aqualia thermal. caudalie s.o.s thirst quenching serum is also fantastic. oil -- i used my beloved clarins blue orchid oil. i put it on my drier cheeks, but actually...i also used it for a bit of spot treatment. i was getting a pimple below my lip, and now, no more pimple ! moisturizer. as my skin was severely dehydrated (rather than dry) i used my aveda botanical kinetics moisturizer: the first ingredient is water (hydrating) and the second ingredient is aloe (soothing).  hours later i spritzed some beauty elixir and applied more moisturizer before bed. and today my skin is back to normal !!   so...this is a sort of routine you can loosely follow (plug in whatever products into the steps) if you're skin is needing a bit of help with feeling tight / dry / thirsty.   i'd like this to be a sort of thread people can use for a reference to see others' product recommendations or methods. all skins are different, so what are your tricks ?
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Evangeline,   You are correct: Use step 1, wait 2 minutes, and then use step 2.  I wipe my face with each pad leisurely for about 2 minutes, then wait 2 mins, then sec... see post
Tea Tree Oil
So, I was talking to a friend about Tea Tree Oil and she said that Tea Tree is good for acne. So when she said that it made me think of the Tea Tree line at The Body Shop (in the green bottles). Have any of you tried any of that stuff? Which ones did you find most effective and which ones not so much? Any favorites? I'm maybe looking into trying it out, I find that Benzoyl Peroxide helps clear my acne best. I'm currently using Rodan and Fields Unblemish Line and it is working for me but I think it is drying out my skin because I used to be oily but now I have some dry patches still on my face after I put the moisturizer on.  Thanks!!
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Pizzathug / RISING STAR / replied
I have pretty chronic acne. Everybody was constantly recommending me to try tea tree oil so I got a handful of products at The Body Shop. I invested in the night and day... see post
Q. Moisturizer for Oily Skin with Dry Patches
I have always had oily skin, so all of my products are geared toward that. However, this winter I have started getting dry patches on my face that my regular moisturizer just isn't getting. Can anyone recommend a good moisurizer that is extremely hydrating that might not clog my pores?
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A. hi mleighan, it sounds like you're dehydrated but your skin is not absorbing due to dead skin. do you exfoliate regularly ? i recommend using a chemical exfoliant once o... see post
Facial product for windburn and acne prone skin
What is a good face product that will prevent and/or heal windburn, but also will not aggravate acne prone skin?  My 16 year old brother is outside in the cold windy air often, and his face gets burnt.  The moisturizers he has been using are burning his skin even more after the initial windburn.  He has acne prone skin, so he doesn't want to use a product that will cause breakouts.
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I know this is going to sound weird, but if he's able to, maybe wear foundation? I've found that wearing foundation, on top of a really good SPF moisturizer, works reall... see post
sephora favorites superstars kit with a defective product
I was so excited to receive my package and immediately opened it. But was so disappointed to see that the inside was sticky and has liquid all over the other products. I believe the bumble and bumble spray leaked. I was able to clean the products but to my dismay, there was only a little product left in the bumble and bumble spray. I was thinking of returning it but there is only one defective product in the set. I havent use any of the products yet, and the idea of putting them to waste when I return them is unbearable. Is there anybody else who had the same issue with their sets? 
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BEAUTY PRO simplylala / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I just noticed this post was in the default Acne thread. My apologies, didnt mean to post it here. see post
Am I having a skin ALLERGY? PLEASE HELP ME
I woke this morning with some really tiny pimples around my jawline, and my chin. I thought my face was just going into a bad period of breakout, but those areas are so itchy. My face never itches when I have breakouts.  Is it allergy? What can I do about it?
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I wanted to respond to you so hopefully you'll see this. I have learned to be careful of vitamin C and citric acids but have found a couple products that have vitamin C ... see post
Do I wash cleansing oil off or not?
I just got the Boscia cleansing oil and have been eyeing the Shiseido.  The directions don't say to wash it off.  Do I wash it off? It does feel a bit sticky... Any help is appreciated!
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I haven't tried that one yet. I do have a deluxe sample of that. I'm glad washing off helped you out! see post
Throw in the towel with this cleanser?
I used Olay cleansing clothes for the last 10 years, I get a pimple maybe twice a year but dry cheeks.  I started building up some nicer makeup/skin care and swapped out the cleansing cloths for the Precision Pore Cleansing Pad and Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cleanser to help with the dryness.  I read in some reviews that there's an initial breakout period with the cleansing pad but I'm going on week four and I've had more acne than the last 2 years combined.     I'm I still in the "initial breakout period" or is this not working?  The dryness has improved but I'm getting tired of battling this and my T zone is taking a beating.  
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I once got a check list from a city health inspector that said "all clothes must be soaked in a 10% bleach solution"...  I don't eat out in that particular town. see post
Am I the only one !! Can't get enough of Algenist
I am just putting my haul together to post online and was just sitting and looking at it. Almost all of it is Algenist, two full boxes of it. Now I can truly say I have tried every product that they sell. I have not found one that I did not love. Am I the only one that's just CRAZY OVER THIS? I love the products and also love there packaging. I know some sY that packaging is not important but to me it is. Please share if you also have this addition to it. I will have my haul up in about an hour. Thanks in advance and happy shopping, Dan 
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Every time a scroll by this picture I always think you look a lot like Mandy Moore lol:) see post
Eye lids are sagging
My eye lids are getting a little saggy, is there anything that I can put on there to help with that?
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 Hi Lana21,   Are your eyes are sagging because of the aging process? If so I advise you to try the Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Eye Cream. This innovative na... see post
Extremely dry under eye skin. Please help!
The cold weather has weird effects on me. My under eye skin is so dry and itchy! I have been going to bed with Aquaphor under my eyes for the past few days but it didn't help. Now I'm using FAB Ultra Repair Cream today, reapplying every hour. Luckily for me, I work from home and I don't have to get out of the house all day, except for a teacher/parents meeting tonight. Do you have any miracle product to suggest? Is is ok to use a cream that is not targeted for under eyes? Should I try coconut oil tonight? Aloes? Anything? Thanks!
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 You can also use an eye-area specific exfoliant if you have flakes/patches/buildup. There's one in the sale section (I think they're just changing the packaging) that I... see post
Boscia Moisture pack is discontinued, sensitive eczema skin, need substitute!
Hi,   I used to use Boscia Moisture Pack as a daily moisturizer for years and my senstive eczema skin looked flawless and calm. Now that it's discontinued, I have tried:   Dr.Perricone serum and moisturizer Chanel Hydra range  Givency Lumiere  serum, mask and moisturizer Dior sorbet for the driest skin Shesiedo  Clarins Hydraquence serum and mask many drugstore brands fresh philosophy clinique moisture surfe Boscia Tsubaki Overnight mask   and so far its been of absolutely no use. They burn, irritate, get sticky but my face is still pulling dry, clog pores and/or break me out. PLEASE HELP! I thought squalane was the answer to my problems but many of the above products apparently had it too. Panic mode  
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I have very sensitive skin that is acne prone with eczema and what works really well for me is Josie Maran's 100% Pure Argan Oil. I use it as my moisturizer.  At night I... see post
Soo many NEW items in the Sale Section!
UGH--so busy today and didn't get a chance to check out the sale section today There was a huge markdown on the Tarte cheek stain set and the MUFE set but it looks like its out of stock already!    Still--lots of other goodies at great prices there! Lots off OCC and the some Smashbox LE items
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You're welcome:) I've been keeping my eye out for it for a while too. Glad I've been stalking the sale page for the de-tangling brushes my mom loves(they're back in stoc... see post
Confused by too many products!
Hi, I just turned 37. I exfoliate my face with Neutrogena when I shower and I moisturize with Aveno in the am and right before bed. I'm simply overwhelmed by all of the products out there and the idea of sampling products leaves me both bored and exhausted. Isn't there a simple, easy to follow skincare routine? I'm bothered by uneven skin tones mostly. Combination skin type, I think.
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Here are some good brands: Caudalie, Ole Henriksen, Fresh, Clinique, Arcona (not carried by sephora)   MPAS is right. You should buy some few kits from brands you are... see post
Honey... Honey on your face
I’ve heard a lot about using honey on your face for its moisturizing benefits. It’s antimicrobial and has antioxidants properties to help with acne, which I don’t have a problem with, and ultra-humectant for dryer skin.   I’ve heard/read about home recopies of honey face masks and have tried my own concoctions at home but I’m contemplating the idea of mixing it in with my morning moisturizer for everyday use.   Have you have tried honey on your face? When and how often? And do you use it straight from container or mixed in with something (what??)    
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One of the jam jar ones has lasted us three months so far since you need so little of it. I was suffering from sticker shock when we initially purchased it since it was ... see post
So, the inherited caves beneath my eyes are more noticeable now I got rid of a lot of the darkness, and the husband thinks Juverderm fillers might be the answer. He even offered to buy them for me for Christmas. He thinks I'm spending to much on serums and creams and  figures fillers could work out less expensive ...   Frankly I'm kind of scared of the idea, since I've never had botox even, and when my ankle broke in two places in the summer, they wanted to stick a metal pin in it, but I wouldn't let them, as I'm afraid of being operated on ...   Please share any thoughts/experiences with me.   I'm definitely struggling to get used to the fact that I don't really look like me anymore, but fillers seems like such an extreme solution (even if they do cost less than the $1,500 a month I spend on skincare ...)   Thanks in advance for responding!
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BEAUTY GURU ballerinagrl / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Definitely Juverderm has the potential to save me a lot of money even if I go to the best doctors in the country. However, I read magazines, so I see all the pictures wh... see post
In desperate need of skincare advice !
Hi everyone, I recently turned 44 and I am still struggling to figure out how best to care for my dry/combination skin. At the recent VIB sale I have purchased all new skincare for my crazy skin that does not like fragrance (cause sneezing and plugs up my nose) or most skincare products (make my face turn red). So my current routine is : Morning - wash with philosophy cleanser in shower then use Origins Dr Weil mega mushroom serum followed by Algenist oil (at this point I notice some redness/irritation already). After oil is absorbed I use the Origins Dr Weil mega mushroom cream (very fragrant but takes care of some of the redness). I then follow with Algenist sunscreen then foundation. The only foundation I found that does not cause any reaction on my skin is Naked by Urban Decay (Lancôme BB cream causes sneezing and Dior forever flawless is great for 4-5 hours but then it melts away). Evening: Boscia makeup breakup and Lancome eye makeup remover, follow with Origins mega mushroom cleanser. Use FAB radiance pads (but it causes redness) then use the Origins mega mushroom serum followed by Fresh seaberry oil. Last I use the Origins mega mushroom moisturizer. At the end my skin still shows some redness/irritation. About every other day I use masks and about 2-3 times a week I exfoliate either with Lancôme gentle exfoliator, PTR peeling gel exfoliant, Glam Glow or Ole Hendriksen blue/black enzyme mask. Other concerns that I would like to address with my skin are uneven skin tone and blemishes on chin and forehead (mostly around that time of the month). Thank you so much to anyone who is taking the time to read this lengthy post. I would sure appreciate some suggestions and advice. I feel like I own so much stuff and yet nothing seems to work just right :-(
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Serum for Hyperpigmentation - Oily skin
I have recently been suffering with hyperpigmentation from acne scarring and picking my skin (it's terrible -- I know). The spots are not too bad as they are still pretty new, but I was looking to find a serum that would help with this as well as evening out my skin texture and brightening my complexion overall. I would like to use the serum both day and night, and under the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate in the evening. For reference, I am 22 and have oily skin and a light complexion.   Also, I've been mostly interested in the Dior Anti-Spot, Amore Pacific Luminous Effect Brightening Serum, and Shiseido White Lucent Serum. Does anyone recommend these?
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Serum Search...
Hello Lovelies,   For over two years I've been on the search for the perfect serum and frankly I'm still torn. I'm looking for something that brightens, tones, corrects and tightens. I've tried Shiseido, Ole Henriksen, Philosophy, Perricone MD and a handful of drugstore items. My skin has always been oily, acne-prone, and sensitive. I've gotten a good regimen going now but I recently started using Philosophy's No Reason To Hide and so far it's great. I haven't seen much of a difference with my skin tone but I must admit that I love that my skin is smoother and my pores a little less noticeable.    So my question is, does this really work or should I go back to Ole Henriksen's Vitamin C Truth Serum? Any other serums that have worked for you all that you would like to suggest?   thanks, Tamara
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BEAUTY BOSS comeoneileen88 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
If you are already seeing results in your skin after just recently incorporating the Philosophy serum, that's a great sign.  Some products can take a significant amount ... see post
I am 33 and started having wrinkles under my eyes. Whats the best product for that?
Hello,   I am relatively fair (I use biege foundation) and my skin is a combination sensitive skin.    I dont know whether I should use concealer only or an anti aging product/formula. I feel that I am growing old and dont know what I should really do about that. I am currently using Eucerin, this is it: Aporin_ACTIVE_Moisturising_Eye_Cream_15ml.jpg   I then use Benifit's Stay do not stray primer, then dior nude concealer, this one: AAAAAAAACbY/YIUQadbekwc/s1600/Dior%2Bconcealer.jpg   But I am not seeing any change, in fact the area turn grey but I dont want to use a corrector because I dont want to use so many products in the under eye area.    Is there a product that serves as a medical treatment and at the same time a concealer and anti aging?    Thanks. 
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BEAUTY GURU ballerinagrl / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Hi, Mimmi, To make the wrinkles less visible you might want to try an eye cream that offers the full spectrum of anti ageing benefits (plumps up fine lines with retinol,... see post
This is for most of the uses of Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soap. Please, feel free to contribute.
Why it’s so awesome: Dr. Bronner’s loves the earth. The soaps are fair trade, sold in recycled bottles, vegan, not tested on animals, made for sensitive skin and certified organic. Completely Biodegradable and Vegetable-Based  Made with Certified Fair Trade and Organic Oils  Multi-Purpose: 18-in-1 Uses  No Synthetic Foaming Agents, Thickeners or Preservatives 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Cylinder Bottles and Paper Labels Simple, Ecological Formulations Based on Old-World Quality and Expertise  #1-Selling Natural Brand of Soaps in North America INGREDIENTS: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut*, Organic Palm* and Organic Olive* Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils**, Citric Acid, Vitamin E * FAIR TRADE Ingredients ** Available in Peppermint, Lavender, Almond, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Rose and Citrus Orange Cleaning Makeup Brushes Using Dr. Bronner’s For cleaning my makeup brushes, I just drip a few drops into a glass (and since there are no funky chemicals in it, this can be just a regular water glass) and add a little bit of warm water according to the size of the brush/bristles. With the first swirl, you should see some bubbles and can already start to see the process of the pigments separating from the brush. I give it a few swirls and dump out the water. For heavier products like foundation, cream eye shadow or gel eyeliner, I use a couple of drops Olive Oil and I slightly rub it into the bristles, then dip and swirl into the water. With the Olive Oil, there is less repetition, of the dip and swirl but you may need to do it a couple more times-all depending on how much build-up is on the brush. Also, you can use the bar soap as one would use the solid BeautyBlender BlenderCleanser Solid.  And as a "Spot Cleaner." There are many recipes for this, including adding 1 Tbs. spray-on leave in conditioner to baby shampoo or 1/2 Tbs. of Olive Oil 1 cup Distilled or Purified Water 1/4 cup 70-90% Rubbing Alcohol 1/2 Tablespoon Dr. Bronner's Put into spray bottle(s) Use for quick and easy clean ups between colors or deep cleanings by spraying a napkin/washcloth and rubbing your bristles in a circular motion. General Note about Cleaning Brushes: Never get the part of the brush wet that connects the wood handle to the metal part. Other Uses Face:  add 2-3 drops on to wet hands, apply to wet face or you can make your own face wash, by using Dr. Bronner’s baby/mild formula, and adding one drop of each clary sage, tea tree, and mint oil to the small two-ounce bottle. or you can mix 1 part chamomile tea, 1 part baby Dr. Bronner's, and some drops of vitamin e, jojoba oil and lavender essential oil. (Tea Tree Oil can be helpful for acne prone skin. “it is a natural antiseptic that helps heal cuts and bruises as well as skin conditions like acne dermatitis and psoriasis.”) Hand soap : 1/2 water 1/2 Dr Bronner's into a foaming hand soap container or d ilute anywhere from 1 part Castile soap to 4 parts water through to 1:1. Hair:  ½ Tbsp. in your hand, worked into wet hair, or dilute ½ Tbsp. in ½ a cup of water and work that into wet hair, but remember it can really strip out your hair so you need a really good conditioner. Bath:  Completely depends upon water amount, but roughly 2 Tbsp. soap in an average sized tub. (Doesn’t bubble, but still cleans)  Add a squirt to a bath tub of water at the beginning for bubbles, or after the bath has been drawn for a relaxing soak without bubbles. Rose is a divine fragrance for this use. Body:   one small squirt on to a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body or Add 1 TB sweet almond oil, vitamin E, and the essential oils of your choice to undiluted Dr. Bronner’s. And during the summer, you can use the peppermint one to cool off on a hot day in a cold shower. Hot Towel Massage: For facial packs, scalp and soothing body rub, add a dash of liquid castile soap on a bath towel in sink of hot water. Wring the towel out and place it over the face & scalp. Massage with your fingertips. Repeat on each area of the body until the arms, legs & entire body have been massaged (using light strokes towards the heart.)  Rinse the towel in plain hot water and massage again. Breathe deeply! Choose whichever scent makes your heart sing. (wildflower) Baby Wash: Add a drop or two to a wet washcloth, or a couple of drops to the bathwater. Baby Mild is ideal as it is completely natural and fragrance-free. Feminine Wash: 3 tablespoons of Dr Bonner's Baby (unscented) liquid castile soap in 8 oz. of distilled or filtered water. Mix directly into a water bottle or other bottle and keep in the shower; shake before using. It's very liquidy in consistency but don't think it doesn't work. It's much gentler than Summer's Eve and other brands, and w/o any weird ingredients or fragrances. Deodorant: Add 1-2ml (0.05 fl oz) to a spray bottle of water (125ml/4.2 fl oz) along with a teaspoon of Himalayan crystal salt for best results. Rose, Citrus, Lavender or Tea Tree are effective – or just choose whichever scent appeals from the range of eight! Shaving:  Face – 10 drops; Underarms – 3 drops; Legs – ½ tsp; Work to a lather in wet hands and then apply to area. Aftershave: One or two drops in a spray bottle containing 50-125ml (1.7-4.2 fl oz) of distilled water helps to invigorate the skin and prevent shaving rash. Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Tea Tree work well, or Baby Mild for sensitive skins. Teeth:  1 drop on a toothbrush. (Yes, it tastes like soap.) Breath Freshener: One or two drops in a spray bottle containing 50-125ml (1.7-4.2 fl oz) of distilled water helps to keep the breath fresh and prevent unhealthy bacteria from thriving in the gums and between the teeth. Peppermint, tea-tree, eucalyptus or citrus are great choices. Mouthwash: Add 1 drop to a shot glass of water, swish and rinse. Peppermint, tea-tree, eucalyptus or citrus are great choices. Foot Bath/Soak:  1 ½ tsp. in a small tub of hot water.  Add a tablespoon (15ml/0.5 fl oz) to a foot bath and relax! Peppermint is a great choice for hard or cracked heels, or use Tea Tree if fungal infections are a concern. Even try it to relieve a migraine by applying a little of the peppermint soap to a cold washcloth and take a break. Clearing Congestion:  1 Tbsp. in a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in mist with a towel draped over the head Household Uses: Dishes (handwashing):  Pre-dilute 1:10 with water. Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes. Laundry:  1/3-1/2 c. of soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add ½ c. vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use half of these amounts for HE;  For the laundry, use 1/4 cup (62.5ml) for top-loading machines (1/8 cup for front loaders – 31.3ml); adjust as needed depending on hardness of water. Adding a dash of baking soda may also help. Great for nappy washing, as it is all natural and won’t contribute to nappy-rash. Also delicate enough to use for hand wash items, such as silks and wool. Any scent works well, or unscented if you prefer. Washing delicates : "Because I’m a total minx, I’ll hand-wash my delicates with a rose and patchouli-scented Dr. Bronner’s. Make your own by adding 2 TB of Peppermint Dr.Bronner’s to a cup of water, and a few drops of both oils. I started using it after I had one too many itchy flare-ups from regular detergents, and I can certify Dr. Bronner’s as safe for the sweaty underboob!"( Sounds fancy, from xovain) Mopping:  ½ c. of soap in 3 gallons of hot water All-purpose cleaning:  ¼ c. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree essential oil if desired. Household Cleaner: Dilute from one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning, to 1:1 or full strength for heavy-duty grease-dissolving jobs Kitchen cleaner :  "In a spray bottle, add about 2 cups water, ¼ cup vinegar,  2 TB of Dr.Bronner’s plain soap, 2 drops both tea tree oil and clove oil. The tea tree oil naturally disinfects, while the clove oil repels beasties, and my cats and child aren’t going to be poisoned by it!" Windows:  1 Tbsp. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda, or half vinegar/ half water. To remove soap scum from a tub - make a paste of Dr Bronners Soap and baking soda, apply to general area and scrub with heavy duty brush, rinse. Toilet: Predilute 1:4 with a water in a squirt/spray bottle. Add 1/4 tsp. of tea tree oil. Empty toilet, squirt bowl thouroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush and scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on; flush. (This works amazingly.) Here's another recipe I might try next 1/4 cup liquid castile soap 1 3/4 cup water 2 tablespoons baking soda 1 teaspoon of essential oils to kill bacteria and freshen Mix all ingredients in a 16 oz. or larger squirt bottle and gently shake or swish. Squirt in the toilet bowl and use a brush to scrub it clean.     Dog washing:  "Amount varies widely depending on size, hair type and length, and overall dirtiness. I wet my dog thoroughly, then start to work in castile soap up and down their body until I have a good lather. Really massage it in down to the skin. Your dog will thank you for it." " Wet the coat of your pet thoroughly first then apply the liquid castile soap by massaging a small amount in your hands first until a lather is formed, then washing the hair/fur and rinsing clean afterwards. Can also be added to the wash water for ease of use (one squirt is plenty). Choose a stronger scent to help deter fleas and ticks, or Baby Mild if your pet has very sensitive skin."   Fruit and Veggie Rinse:  1 dash (approx.. ¼ tsp.) in a bowl of water. Dunk produce and swish. Then rinse in clear water. Baby Mild (unscented) is the best choice.   Weed killer : "mix 2-3 TB of salt, 2 TB of Bronner’s, to 2 cups water. Spray the plants you wish to murder in the morning, and again in the heat of the day." Plant spray for bugs:  1 Tbsp. in a quart of water. Add ½ tsp. cayenne pepper or cinnamon, if desired. Ant spray (not on plants):  ¼ c. tea tree soap in a quart of water. (This concentration will burn plants.) Kill ants also with diluted eucalyptus version Use 1-2 tablespoons/about 23ml per litre (0.7 fl oz per quart) of water in a spray bottle for garden pests (4-6 tablespoons per gallon). Citrus, Lavender, or Baby Mild work well. Try your very best not to get soap in your eyes (duh!) but especially the peppermint and tea tree oil versions. I imagine eucalyptus will burn too. (Also, I saw that meagboho uses this Shikaki version for her brushes and they have a few more scents to check out.) (I found most of these on the company's website, as well as a few different blogs like xovain and wildflowerbotanaicals)   Castile Liquid and Bar soaps come in Peppermint , Almond , Citrus-Orange , Eucalyptus , Lavender, Rose,  Baby/Mild and Tea Tree Oil.    Pump Soaps Shikaki  Baby Unscented , Lavender , Spearmint Peppermint , Lemongrass Lime , and Tea Tree Oil   " In general, we recommend using Dr. Bronner’s body care products within three years of purchase. Soaps are self-preserving, but because our products are biodegradable, it’s best to not leave them on the shelf for too long, as they may start to lose strength."  
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You and Jemly were the inspiration for posting the picture. I love to hear how other people love this soap as much as me. see post
I have always had dry skin. In the winter however living in a cold, and non-humidified climate.. my skin gets SO dry. I moisturize daily, and have tried literally hundreds of lotions from prescription, to Nivea, you name it. My skin gets super dry, and flakes, EVERYWHERE! Any suggestions?
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Oils.  You can even get cheap ones on Amazon.  Coconut, Argan and tons others.  Sadly I need to resort to oils in the winter and lotions never seem to help enough. I ju... see post
what antiaging products can i use while pregant?
having a hard time finding anything that doesn't have retinol in it! even when its not advertised as a retinol product I find it in the ingredients
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I had the hardest time finding anything that I could use. I ended up using skinfood skin care. I wonder if Origins may be ok?  see post
Neck Acne, really?
It's been a couple of months now and my face has cleared up! I have another problem-I am breaking out on my neck. Big ones too-whiteheads. I was using acne medication on them but it dried it out so much! They are still there and another one just appeared.     Any suggestions on what to use for this? Thank you!!
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Thank you for your advice. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to me:) Great suggestions!! see post
Product similar to Natural Advantage
Hello! My mother, 60yr old with combo skin, uses Natural Advantage anti aging products for her face and neck. I read the ingredients and they are loaded with parabens, sulfates, and worse. Is there any product I can get her that is similar to Natural Advantage, minus the harmful ingredients?  Please help!
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My highest recommendation is the Airelle skincare line.  It is 100% natural and I find it extremely effective!  I was very impressed with it's ingredient list and I am c... see post
How do you choose a shape for brow waxing or threading?
I'm interested in starting to get my brows waxed or threaded but I have no idea what I'd say to them if I decided to get it done.  I'd mostly just like my brows to be cleaned up but I have no shape preference.   What do you ask for when you go?
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I used to get mine done when I was younger. I paid a lot of attention to how the lady would shape them. I saw she would pluck from the bottom and the top to give it shap... see post
Clarisonic question
Is something like a Clarisonic good if you have "older" skin? I have oily skin. Blackheads on nose and breakouts around my period time only. But just wondering since I read it helps with collegen and maybe it will help with my overall skin health?
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It's not for everyone. There are people who swear by it. I had the Clarisonic Pro and it didn't work for my normal-combination skin. No matter how lightly and infrequent... see post