"Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder."
Hey loves! The Vitamin Shoppe is one of my favorite places to shop.... I know that sounds odd, but as an esthetician and someone who is trying to just in general be/live healthier, that store is so fun! They have tons of supplements, health food supplies, skincare and hair care! I went for one or two things and of course left with much more.
A few people on my Instagram asked for a haul after seeing this photo so I wanted to get one up after trying out some of the things I purchased so you'll get a couple mini reviews too!
The one thing I went for... Haha. I ran out of Tea Tree Oil! I mentioned this in my recent Skin Care Routine post. This has been an absolute life saver for my skin and I can't be without it! I got the huge bottle for around $20.
While wandering around, I went to the skincare section... And I saw this! You may have heard about African Black Soap before. Many brands make it but this is supposed to be a holy grail type product for acne prone skin. I hadn't heard of this brand before but they had tons of soaps for different skin care concerns and I was so intrigued! You'll see next that I picked up a few of the different kinds.
On the box,
"Heritage: African Black Soap, made from palm ash, tamarind extract and plantain peel has been used in Africa for centuries to treat eczema, blemishes, oily skin, psoriasis, and other skin ailments. Historical references to Shea Butter, a staple of African pharmacology, date back to the reported Shea Butter caravans of Cleopatra's Egypt."
This is said to combine Shea Butter's healing and hydrating properties with the ancient and medicinal properties of palm ash, plantain peel and tamarind to balance and resolve problem skin. And it aids in exfoliation.
I've tried this for the past week and I love it so far! It smells amazing and I was surprised to see that it even removed makeup really well! Bars of soap always make me nervous because when they aren't formulated for your face, they can be insanely drying. This? Not at all! If anything, somewhat moisturizing. It cleans beautifully and leaves my skin feeling so nice. I'm loving this!
My skin has been behaving itself lately but I'm not sure whether it's thanks to this or a few other products I've been using so I'll test this out more and let you know!
This one I picked up almost solely for the scent. So GOOD! They all smell amazing but this one, I fell in love!
On the box,
"Images of roses have been found on the walls of Egyptian and Abyssinian tombs dating back to 500 BC. Cleopatra's rose and milk baths illustrate a well documented history as luxurious skincare additives. Chai, the word for tea in Swahili, is integral to the cultural and social fabric of many civilizations. Grown on East African family farms, Chai is rich in antioxidants which help fight skin damage and premature aging.
Skin softening Honey is added to this naturally rich moisturizing Goat's Milk Soap with Rose Extracts. Mildly astringent Rose Water works with the essential fatty acids found in Goat's Milk to cleanse, condition and soften skin. Finely ground Chai and Rose Petals provide light exfoliation and natural antioxidant protection."
I'll tell ya, they sure do pull you in with those little history lessons, don't they?! The presentation on these was enough to make me want all of them.
I haven't tried this one or the others yet, if you want a review on any - let me know!
On the box, "Black Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa, can be traced back more than 3000 years to the Assyrians and ancient Egyptians. Discovered in the tom of King Tutankhamen, Black Seed Oil was reportedly used by Queen Nefertiti to maintain her exquisite complexion. Black Seed earned the Arabic approbation "habbatul barakah" the seed of blessing for its powerful curative properties in traditional medicine. Wild Honey has been used historically as a natural antiseptic in balms and salves to comfort and soothe skin, reduce redness and heal wounds.
The traditional benefits of Black Seed Oil on the skin are enhanced in our specially blended soap with Wild Honey and Apricot Oil. This unique soap gently cleanses and exfoliates while softening, smoothing and perfecting skin. Organic Shea Butter, rich in essential vitamins and fatty acids help heal and condition."
This one smells so familiar to me! It takes me back to something in my childhood! I can't wait to try this one and see how it works!
On the box, "For centuries global healers have applied hemp roots to the skin for inflammation. Cultivated in China as early as 4000 BC, Hemp has a long history use for food, fuel, fiber, medicine and skin care. The "oil of tranquility", Vetiver, native to Asia, is used in tropical communities to create calming, soothing remedies. Neem Oil forms the foundation of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian practice of natural healing. Documented for 4000 years in Sanskrit, Neem Oil's wide spectrum of medicinal properties has earned it the title "village pharmacy".
Essential fatty acids and potent emollients balance naturally antiseptic and anti-bacterial Neem Oil in this healing Help and Shea Butter soap. Finely crushed Hemp Seed and Vetiver gently polish and cleanse rough, dry, dull skin, leaving it smooth and soft."
I picked this one up for days when my skin is inflamed and irritated.... And of course, it smells amazing too!
In that same isle, a product I have heard insane raves about but never really understood exactly what it was... Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap... I got the Lavender scent, they have a ton of different fragrances and these bottles come in all different sizes.
This is a super light, almost oil-like soap that you can use for a million different things. I mainly got it to clean my brushes (it works like a dream!!!) but you can use this as a cleanser for your skin or even to clean your house! If you want a more in depth review on the uses for this, let me know!
Next I grabbed this... A different purchase. Aloe Vera Juice is supposed to be great for joint function, circulation, supports healing and the immune system along with aiding in digestion. It's supposed to help ya POOP too! I've also heard this is fantastic to keep you from getting sick.... I was curious. It tastes horrible. Like you're taking a bite out of an aloe vera plant, but what more can you expect? You're supposed to drink 2-4 oz of this daily, I just take it like a shot. I've always had problems with my stomach and I've felt great since taking this. Maybe it's all in my head? I'll try it out more and see! lol
The other reason for my shopping trip! I recently switched over to whole food vitamins after speaking with an employee at another vitamin store that explained how little your body absorbs of regular drugstore type vitamin brands. They all have fillers and you don't get much benefit from taking those. The idea of whole food vitamins is that these are packed full of vitamins derived from fruits and vegetables so your body will absorb them better.
I was using a different brand before but saw the rave reviews on this one so decided to try it instead!
Lastly, I picked up Maca supplements. I've had an issue with imbalanced hormones for a long time and had read that Maca can help with that (along with a ton of other things) so I decided to give it a try! I'll let you know if I see a difference or not!
So there's my haul! I hope you enjoyed and if you'd like reviews or updates on anything, let me know in the comments below!
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