Friday, September 13, 2019

Gosh-E- Feel (Elephant Ear Pastries)

This recipe was a complete fail for me. Which is kinda sad because I was super excited for it. Cardamom and Pistachio...match made in heaven. 

I think they could have been good though....I just couldn't roll them out thin enough. 

And they also weren't sweet enough. They almost tasted like a savory wrapper of some sort. 

But I tried. 

I would definitely try these if I came across them made the right way...I think they probably are really good. I just couldn't make them.

Ah well. I tried.






Jagged Edge



I love Jagged Edge. Groups from the 90's were everything. I think the only other decades that can compete are the 60's and the 70's. There were a couple of 80's groups I loved too though but just a couple. I don't think the 2000's produced any great group, but tJagged Edge was making hits in the 2000's.

Anyway...these are my favorite Jagged Edge songs. You really can't go wrong.

First up...Walked Outta Heaven.




Then we have What It's Like. I don't think I really liked this one so much but after hearing it on repeat on the radio...it grew on me. It might be one of my faves now. Strange how that happens.



Let's Get Married is a classic. For some reason there aren't a lot of live clips...I think they sound great here I just get annoyed at the man randomly shouting. Why didn't someone tell him to shut up? I think the remix got a lot of play but I love the slow song.



Can't have a Jagged Edge playlist without Healing. I LOVE this song! Also...those arms tho 👀 😻



There's a nice live of He Can't Love U. Another must have and song I really love!



I Gotta Be might be my absolutely favorite Jagged Edge song. But it's hard to say for sure because some of the other ones I've posted....I guess it just depends on what's playing. But if you don't listen to any of the other songs I've posted, listen to this one.



Another excellent song....Goodbye.



Almost forgot about Promise.



Other songs in my Jagged Edge playlist:
Turn U On
Get This- I was blasting this one on the way home today....
Girl It's Over- I can play this one over and over on repeat!
Put A little Umph In It- This almost didn't make it cause I can't stand Ashanti. But I decided I liked the song despite it featuring her.

I almost forgot how many of their songs I have. And posting through these songs and singing along...I realize I probably shouldn't sing them in public. They have lyrics that just have me making all the faces and singing extra hard. And I mean HARD.

Enjoy! 

Caress Daily Silk Beauty Bar Review



I'm trying to keep myself awake by blogging 'cause I'm tired. But it's been a minute since I've done a post so here we go.

Caress claims:
Lather in luxury with Caress® Daily Silk™. Enjoy this silkening beauty bar that leaves your skin delicately scented and silky smooth.

Before you dress, Caress. 

I will probably never forget those commercials and that saying. 

In the move I lost all my soap...temporarily. I have it back now. But I needed some soap in the meantime so I ended up using this stuff. My family were loyal Dove users most of my life, until Dove was getting pretty pricey and they would buy Caress bars when Dove wasn't on sale. I was so happy to finally have something different. 




I didn't even know the stuff had been around since the 70's until I looked it up on the tube. I really like watching old beauty commercials. IDK why.

That's some major longevity though. It's been around long enough that it's a classic.

Anyway...it's hard to truly judge the scent because it's pretty nostalgic for me. It smells exactly like it did back in high school. Clean, slightly feminine, floral?, and quite fresh. I think if you are a Dove user and you haven't smelled this, you would probably like it.

When I first opened the bar it perfumed up the entire bathroom. Scent is strong and lingers slightly.

I'm not 100 percent sure, but I think the bar is smaller. I do love the orange color and also the shape because it's very easy to hold.

Lather is nice. Rinses clean but pretty drying.

Definitely not an ingredient list I like to see. But I was in a pinch. Once these are done...back to natural stuff! I don't love the bars, don't hate them either. Just prefer a more natural ingredient list when possible!

Ingredients:
Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water/Agua, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance/Fragrancia, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Chloride, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, BHT, Red 4, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 6, Yellow 10.

Have you tried any of Caress' products? What are your faves?

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Zum Tub Turmeric Epsom and Sea Salt Bath Review




Ahhhh....bath salts.I feel relaxed just thinking about them.  I believe this is the fifth scent I am reviewing from the brand. And definitely the most unique. Cause who puts Turmeric in their bath?

Zum claims:
Salt your rim and take a dip in this moisturizing drink. Zum Tub's shea butter infusion transforms a mix of sea salt crystals and Epsom salts into a submersible bathrodisiac. Your skin goes glug glug and your mind goes unplugged.


I love turmeric. It's an amazing little spice that is great in cooking because it has so many health benefits. I even make "golden" milk which is great for it's anti-inflammatory benefits as well as being pain relieving. I also like to put in it my face masks. It's magical stuff. However it was kind of strange to see it in a bath product. Curiosity got the best of me and I ended up ordering it! 



I was most curious about the smell. It smells kind of medicinal or like Noxzema. They don't list out what oils are in it but I'm 100 percent sure it has Camphor in it. I'm not sure what else.

I like the scent. It's very invigorating and refreshing.

The first thing I noticed was how cool it makes the bathwater seem. It makes your skin feel cool and tingly. And it works amazing at helping to relieve sore muscles and aches and pains.

I messed up my ankle a little bit with moving and it had really been bothering me for a few days. Took a bath with this and my ankles felt brand new for at least 8 or so hours. The discomfort came back (it wasn't really painful anymore) and then I went ahead and rubbed it down with frankincense and shea butter which had my ankle back to regular business after about a day and a half. This really did help though.

I think this may have been the best epsom salt combination I've tried when it comes to aches and pains and sore muscles. I can't recommend it enough. 


The salts themselves look like any other Zum bath salts. I kind of expected them to look a bit yellow. 

Ingredients:
sea salt, magnesium sulfate (epsom salt), fragrance (essential oils), limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, and curcuma longa (turmeric).

I think this is one that's worth trying out and may possible be a must have. The only thing is that it can be pricey. The tub costs about $11-$12 for the jar. And if I'm being generous, I get about 3-4 baths out of it. I'm thinking a DIY may be the way to go, to save money. If I ever get my hands on some Camphor Oil, I'm going to give it a try.

For now, I'll hoard the last little bit I do have for when pain strikes again! 







Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Plant Therapy Honeybell Synergy Review



I'm 100 percent sure the only reason I bought this was because it has the word "honey" in the name. I also think it was an oil of the month at some point so I felt kind of frenzied and like I had to have it- just in case they decided to discontinue it.  So into the cart it went. I'm also pretty sure that it was originally $14.95 when it came out but has since gotten a bit cheaper at $9.95 or something like that. I probably should have waited. 

Plant Therapy claims:
This delightful and vibrant synergy has an aroma of a sparkling citrus bouquet with a green, fruity splash and woody background. It is uplifting and calming with the juicy-fresh citrus scents of Orange and Grapefruit and the sweet green scent of Lime Steam Distilled.
Cognac adds an additional fresh, fruity aspect, while Galbanum and Buchu round out the aroma with a hint of woody and herbaceous undertones.
Add a few drops of Honeybell to your Plant Therapy AromaFuse Diffuser for a calming atmosphere that will reduce nervous tension and add a fresh scent to any room. Use it topically in your favorite Plant Therapy carrier oil, body lotion, cream, or massage blend at 1-2% dilution to uplift the mood and reduce feeling of worry and tension. 

When I first bought this I struggled to figure out what it smelled like. I didn't figure it out. Someone else did. It smells like a fruity gum. 


I'm pretty sure it's the Five Gum. However...I haven't smelled it in years so I'm not completely sure on that.

It smells fruity and sour. And you can definitely pick up the zest of grapefruit. It's a really nice scent. Not my favorite but pleasant!

The problem is that when I diffuse it, I can smell it for about five minutes and then it's gone. I need something that's going to last and this isn't it. And I use plenty so that's not it.

The only other way I've tried to use it is in a body oil and while I like the scent...it's not something I want to put all over me. 

It has some interesting oils. White Grape oil, Galbanum Oil, and Buchu Oil. I'm not familiar with any of them....I guess that's where the fruity sour notes are coming from. It's a pleasant sour but the way. 

Ingredients:
Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (White Grape) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua Resin (Galbanum) Oil, Barosma Betulina (Buchu) Leaf Oil

I wouldn't buy it again at full price. But if it was an add on, I think I would buy it. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Vitamix Peach, Carrot and Cabbage Smoothie

Cabbage in a smoothie? Yes, please. I actually brought this smoothie to work and got a lot of questions about it and strange looks when I said it was peach, carrots, and cabbage. I guess I've gotten used to fruit/veggie smoothies and it doesn't sound so shocking anymore.

You would be surprised how good a smoothie can be with cabbage. It's almost like a kale smoothie ,which have grown on me over the years. 

Couldn't taste the carrot at all.

And the peach had a nice subtle peachy-ness to it. Unfortunately, peaches don't taste as strong here in Germany as they do when you get them in Georgia. So the peach flavor could have probably been a lot better if I had access to those.

I got the recipe from my Vitamix book. But I did find the same recipe posted on All Recipes. 

I really like it. And I actually would make it again. I think this may have earned a pin on my Pinterest board. 




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