3 Things: Weekday luxuries

Calgon Scrub EOS Shave Cream
Weekdays have been busy lately to say the least and if I’m lucky I can find an extra 10 minutes to do something for myself before lugging said tired self into bed only to start all over again at 5:45 am the next day. These three little luxuries have been keeping me company…

EOS | Shave Cream*
Some of the creamiest whip I’ve ever used and it’s housed in a plastic pump dispenser. Who else finds their regular aerosols stop pumping 3/4 through? I really adore the ergonomically designed rubber coated bottle which is easy and fumble free in the shower plus my skin is soft and softly scented. Because the consistency is very thick, I find it better when used over very wet skin (rather than damp) as it spreads easier and won’t clog your razor.

CALGON | 2-in-1 Sugar Scrub Daily Wash*
Tell me I’m not the only one who own little collectibles of mini Calgon body sprays when I was a teenager long before I was allowed real perfume. This double duty body scrub and wash is quick to use on busy days and I’ve been enjoying it for a little chest and leg scrub in particular. The sugar particles hang around long enough to get the job done and I found the scent just right for a relaxing aromatic experience without covering everything in the bathroom for hours. And if you’re worried about the ginger, don’t be… it’s super mild and smells more of a tropical mix.

MERCHANT & MILLS | Sewing Book
For the past few years I’ve grown a great liking to a more rustic aesthetic (not too far out country though because I’ve gotta make sure the mail man can still get there). This Merchant and Mills sewing guide I’ve dug up from the depth of the library shelves has been my bedside read and I’m smitten with their approach to simple luxuries like linen, canvas and wool. The book starts with a few chapters on basic tools and then leads you through your first techniques with easy but beautifully rustic projects for practice. And if you’re a fan of photography, the visuals in here are lovely as well.

Happy Wednesday,

Review: EOS Everyday Handcream

What do you put your hands through everyday? If you are a “hands on” person like me it’s usually a combination of constant washing, rubbing, typing and other daily stresses. It’s taken me a while to warm up to the idea of hand creams but I’ve recently discovered a new favourite that’s well worth sharing.
 EOS Hand Lotion_01

It’s not that often that an natural/organic beauty brand makes it big mainstream but Evolution of Smooth (EOS for short) created a major stir with their lip balm balls (see review here). This hand lotion from EOS initially attracted me because of it’s unique shape, bright colour and affordable price.

Evolution of Smooth
Range: Sooth (pink), Nourish (teal), Refresh (mint)
Size: 44ml
Price: $4-5 CAD (approximately)
Recommended for: Summer time use, those with normal/slightly dry skin.
Would I repurchase: YES
Having being accustomed to rich buttery hand creams I was surprised at the light texture of this product, indeed there is no mistaking this for anything other than a “lotion”. It just the right consistency to not run down your hand in a mess but spreads thinly and easily on the skin. The Everyday Hand Lotion does take 15-30 seconds to fully to absorb into the skin thus I recommend applying just a little at a time to make sure you don’t end up with really wet hands (which happened to me the first few times).

EOS Hand Lotion_03

As most lover of EOS will expect, the lotion has a wonderfully sweet melon scent though it can be a tad too perfumey so those with sensitive noses may want to note. For those who love a good scented product, I can say the scent lasts a good hour or two and even when I’m typing I can occasionally catch a whiff of melon.

What I love most about this is it’s ability to feel so light yet provide just the right amount of moisture (no greasy finger prints on electronics) for my daily needs. My hands feel naturally soft and ready to get back to life’s tasks. However I find that this product isn’t as intensely moisturizing as say my Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy people with really dry skin will need something stronger. But for me this is just fine, I use the EOS during the day and put on my Hand Therapy before I go to bed. With continued use I feel that my skin looks a little better even on its own so perhaps this lotion has a bit of healing properties as well.

EOS Hand Lotion_02

*Quick Tip: Sometimes when I’m outside and getting a dry spot, I even apply a dab on my face to soothe my skin and it works just fine. No breakouts or irritation.

For those just looking for a simple day to day product to carry around this Everyday Hand lotion by EOS is absolutely perfect. And because of it’s natural ingredients I think this will be a hit with mother’s looking for a product they can share with their kids when they are out of the house. I’m looking forward to trying out the other scents when I run out of this!

What are you loving from EOS?

Going Organic: EOS Lipbalm Review

These colourful guys have been making a ruckus in the beauty community for a while now and after finally spotting them in an inconspicuous area in my local drugstore, I decided to give them a fair shot!

EOS Lip balm

Bewarned that I am a devoted Carmex fan (something that probably has its own category somewhere) and I am quite particular about my lip care products. The majority of those that I try fall into the “meh…. its okay” category and few have been impressive enough for me to repurchase.

EOS actually stands for “Evolution of Smooth” and they produce a few body and lipcare items that are natural and organic based. Their most popular item by far is this little ball of wonder, a lip-balm ball made with ingredients that I can actually read and pronounce! (Horrah!)

EOS Lip balm

       Generally, lip care products are either oil based or wax based and while the EOS lipballs (hahaha, I think that’s what I’m gonna call them from now on) is oil based it gives a natural matte finish on the lips. If you are familiar with Carmex or the Rosebuld Salve, this is the complete opposite. No one can tell you put on a lip product at all and it will work great under if you planning to wear a lipcolour or gloss over it as it will not disrupt the application. Plus they do smell delicious! (And they are lick-tested, tastes a little sweet and nothing synthetic.)

Moisturization Factor:

       Wow, these feel…very very…well, natural. I’d say that they leave your lips feeling just abit more moisturized than usual, they aren’t amazingly smooth or plump. It’s certainly not something that will repair any cracks or flaking, at least not immediately. Overtime though I think they might improve the natural condition of your lips, meaning I believe the ingredients probably do have long some term benefits. Just don’t count on this as your life saving middle of winter savior.

EOS Lip balm--ingredients
         I feel like the EOS lipballs are a good everyday/frequent use lip care product if you don’t have extreme dryness. Because of their texture, they are fabulous under other lip products and are probably a great choice for men since it has no shine to it at all. Personally I just enjoy using them because they are fun and it makes my smile to put them on. They do make fun little gifts though! For cracked/dry winter lips, I’ll stick to something more emollient.