Monday, March 14, 2011

Week of Beauty -- Product Review

I received my first order from Gennifer of sageandmage Etsy shop, you'll remember her from the sageandmage Interview we did a few weeks ago. I placed my order with her based on her outstanding customer feedback AND after messaging back and forth with her about a "winter skin issue" I was having on my legs...dry, scaly, itchy spots. I've tried so many different products I found at Wallyworld and lotions I already had, but nothing was really doing the job. After a few emails, I went with her recommendations AND she sent me some samples of items that she mixed up especially for my problem areas. So I thought I'd share with you my findings...

Cocoa Chai All Natural Perfume

The perfume has nothing to do with my skincare issue, I just couldn't resist trying it after reading it's name..."Cocoa Chai"...well, I love all things cocoa, and I love chocolate chai tea...sooooo, I took a chance and ordered it...and can I just say "WOWZA" & "SHAZAM"!!!

I am normally attracted to light, floral fragrances...but I fell in loveeeeeee (singing)...with this puppy! Smells are so subjective, that I normally wouldn't try to recommend a fragrance to anyone, but I just had to share this one. Here's what she has in the shop description...

"This smells so heavenly - good enough to eat at first, then winds down to some smoky notes. It's a sophisticated, smoky, spicy, chocolatey, vanilla-y scent.

Cocoa chai is a very concentrated perfume blend of over 60 essential oils, tinctures, absolutes and co2s. I steeped organic vanilla beans in perfumer's alcohol for one month to create the vanilla tincture used in this fragrance, and it was worth the wait."

I would not have been able to explain any better than that!

Now I can't wait to try her other perfume's!

Rose Geranium and Lemon Deluxe Body Creme with colloidal oatmeal and honey

I forgot to tell you that when my order arrived and I opened my mailbox lid, the smell that hit me immediately was HEAVENLY!!!!!(that is the word I would use to describe each and every product and sample she sent me).

Here's the product desription for the Deluxe Body Creme...

I first formulated this creme, unscented, to soothe my toddler niece's eczema. It was such a lovely, emollient blend that I made some for more grown up skins, with strengthening and balancing oils of rose geranium and lemon.

You only need the tiniest amount to deeply moisturise your whole body - even less if you apply directly after showering. It has a non-greasy skin-feel, absorbs easily and though it is rich, is surprisingly light.

Honey powder and colloidal oatmeal soothe irritation and impart a cushiony softness to the skin while shea butter and extra virgin olive oil nourish and protect.

It smells refreshing and soothing at the same time

Moroccan Rose Dead Sea Facial Mud

Item description for Facial Mud...

Although Dead Sea mud is amazing on its own, I have added precious skin-healing oils to enhance its antibacterial, healing, soothing and nourishing qualities. There's Moroccan rose and rose otto absolutes as well as chamomile for soothing; rosehip, calendula and carrot oils for healing, lavender for its antiseptic and antibacterial qualities; rose geranium for sebum-balancing; and many more .

This mud blend leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated. It does not strip the skin or leave it feeling dry. It smells like heaven mixed with...mud. There's no escaping that. I love the smell personally - very earthy.

Moroccan-Rose and Sandalwood Facial Oil

Full of skin-loving essential oils and absolutes and deeply nourishing, healing and cleansing herbal extracts and botanical oils like calendula, carrot seed and natural vitamin E, Moroccan Rose & Sandalwood Facial oil is great for all skin types, but I formulated it especially for dryer or mature skins. It smells just lovely - the divine marriage of Moroccan rose and sandalwood with hints of patchouli, lavender, turmeric, benzoin and neroli.

I use Moroccan Rose & Sandalwood Facial Oil mainly as a night moisturiser so that it can absorb into my face while I sleep. It's really lovely as a cleansing oil - gets rid of eye makeup beautifully - and also as a healing oil for lingering acne or rough spots. Of course, I can't 'officially' claim these benefits, but it is a lovely oil, and I have found it to be very softening and soothing.

Even with super dry skin, I've never used an oil on my face...and I was very leery of of trying this one, I guess I had visions of a greasy, dirty look with adult acne making an appearance, but Gennifer recommended it, so I gave it a try....AND...."COWABUNGA" face has never felt softer, or smelled better! No oily or greasy feel AT ALL! I use it as my nighttime moisturizer AND add it to that yummy deluxe body cream....yep, Heaven...

You could say that Gennifer has a new lifetime customer...I'll definitely be reordering, and as I said, can't wait to try her other perfumes, I also can't wait to try some of the other items in her shop!!!! She was a pure pleasure to work with so I know if you place an order with her, you'll be very pleased, and don't forget to use the special coupon she is offering my followers...just type MYBLUEPEACOCK in the coupon code box when placing an order with sure to let her know that I sent you!


Sage and Mage said...

You, my lovely, are an absolute pleasure to work with and I am so grateful you came across my little shop! I am so very happy you have been enjoying your goodies! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your wonderful, amazing support and encouragement!

Readers, please do use the special coupon MYBLUPEACOCK if you visit my store - I can't wait to meet you! xxxxxxxxxx

Thank you again Mis, you are a beautiful heart. xxx

Nikki Bond said...

It sounds amazing! I'll have to re-check her shop out!


MyBluePeacock said...

Nikki, My Mom just came for a quick visit yesterday and wanted to try all these great products as she thought she might want to place an order with sageandmage as well....needless to say she LOVED it all too! So it's not just my opinion, now it's hers too, so she DID place her first order and can hardly wait to get it....AND she used the 20% discount coupon Gennifer offered my blog followers so she basically received free shipping...and shipping charges from Australia don't come cheap!

So buy with confidence from sageandmage, I promise you'll end up in love with her products too.

Cozy Noggin said...

One of each please! I'm going to head over to her shop & check it out. Vermont is harsh on skin this time of year! Great feature.

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