So curlBOX decided to close 2015 out with a third volume of their body series. I'm already looking forward to what will be in the upcoming boxes for 2016. From the moment I opened the box I loved the selection of products. Who doesn't love moisturizer? Especially this time of year.
Bolden Butter Mint Shea Oil:
The first product I decided to try was the Bolden shea oil. It's only available for purchase at the Bolden website. An eight ounce bottle is priced at $29.50. The scent was a pleasant minty fragrance. There were only four ingredients which were:
This body oil retails for around $5.79 and can be purchased from a variety of online retailers as well as at stores such as Target or Ulta. So it's fairly easy to find. The fragrance of coconut isn't overwhelming. The spray bottle packaging makes it super easy to dispense without making a mess. The ingredients are: Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Fragrance (Parfum).
Overall Impression: I absolutely loved this product! First off the price is budget friendly and it's easy to find locally. The fact that it's in a spray bottle is another plus since I tend to apply body oils in the shower so I'm able to control exactly how much is dispensed. I'm weird when it comes to coconuts so I was concerned initially about the fragrance factor....it smells amazing! No need to follow up with a fragranced lotion, perfume, or body splash. The ingredients were non irritating which I would have known immediately because my skin will definitely let me know if a product is not for me. It's fame to claim is it will nourish your skin leaving it to feel soft and touchable...well let me say they aren't lying. I have repurchased this product since this body was released.
TGIN Natural Soap (Black Raspberry Vanilla):
This soap retails for $4.99 for a 4 oz. bar and it can be purchased at authorized retailers and at the TGIN site. The fragrance was beyond pleasant. The ingredients are: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Corn Oil, Shea Butter, Hemp Oil, Fragrance. TGIN soaps do not contain sulfates, parabens, lanolin, or petroluem. It's recommended for those who have eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin or allergies. They don't do animal testing.
Overall Impression: I'm no stranger when it comes to this brand. In fact their soap was the first product I tried from them. The price is typical for a soap that's handmade in small batches with ingredients that are natural. The fragrance is fabulous and had my entire second floor smelling great! You can't go wrong with a soap that only has seven ingredients. Accessibility wise I've seen for purchase fr the TGIN website and at a local retailer in Hampton, VA in the Hampton Woods Plaza Shopping Center at Desired Beauty Supplies. I think this makes the fifth or sixth soap I've tried from TGIN so it's definitely a winner in my book. The fact that it lives up to it's claim to fame by not using harsh ingredients says a lot. I have semi sensitive skin so if it didn't bother my skin then it is delivering the promise of being a product that's gentle for sensitive skin types.
Cantu Softening Body Butter:
This body butter can be purchased at various retailers such as Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Harmon Discount Health & Beauty, Publix, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Sally Beauty, and other independant beauty stores. It retails from about $5.99 and up depending on where it's purchased from. The fragrance is very subtle so you can still use your favorite perfume without it being overwhelming. The ingredients are:Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Canola Oil, Fragrance, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Polysorbate 60, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Polyacrylate, Steareth-2, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 80, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985). It's claim to fame is that: It intensively conditions & treats rough, dry skin. It's non-greasy and quick absorbing. It's free of mineral oil, sulfates, and parabens. Also it contains shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E.
Overall Impression: First of all I had no clue Cantu made body products. I'm usually not too crazy about butter based products for my skin. My skin prefers more water based moisturizers. But this one actually worked for my skin and did not leave it feeling dry. It delivers the promise of quick absorption and not leaving your skin feeling greasy. The price isn't too shabby considering the size of the jar. I have yet to see it in my area but there are tons of online retailers that you may purchase it from. I liked that it had a subtle fragrance that can be worn alone or with your favorite fragrance. I would say it contains more shea butter than the other two featured ingredients I wouldn't mind having another jar come winter time.
All in all it was a great box and I enjoyed every single product down to the last drop. My top favorites were: Jolie Bloom Royal Oats Shower Bar, OGX nourishing coconut oil weightless hydrating oil body mist, and the TGIN olive oil soap. Patiently awaiting the next volume of curlBOX body.