toiletries

#ShoweredWithCoco: Dial Coconut Water Hydrating Body Wash

If you have been following me on IG | Twitter | Tumblr (@jenaspacio), you must’ve been plenty curious about my #ShoweredWithCoco posts last month. The big reveal is here. 🙂

Showered with Coco

 Soap products come and go, each brand claiming a uniqueness that sets it apart from its competitors, be it an extra ingredient for cleansing or a supposed cutting-edge solution for certain benefits. However, in the end, perhaps the true test of a winner is time, a brand that has lasted for a long time, been relished by many generations, and yet keeps reinventing itself in the process.

Dial is one such brand. The very name itself brings up powerful and poignant images of a soap that has been used consistently by one family member after another, and has come with the best recommendations of parent, sibling, and friend alike. Besides excellence and quality, it is strongly associated with high-grade cleansing that only Dial can deliver, speaking of results that have satisfied – and continue to satisfy – consumers.

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Stem Cell Shampoo & Conditioner

While I know that brands might just be taking advantage of the “stem cell bandwagon” nowadays, I still went right ahead and added it to my shopping cart. With one of its ingredients being Virgin Coconut Oil, which promotes hair growth and not containing SLES or SLS, which we have successfully purged our toiletries stock from for years now, and it being BFAD approved, how I can go wrong?

StemCell Shampoo and Conditioner
 

The packaging was good. I love things in a tube, especially because the opening is at the bottom. This makes it practical for me not to have to shake the container upside down when the content is going gone. I did not miss the cheap sticker seal too, which I think earned it additional plus points. Not a lot of products have that nowadays.

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The Convenience of Swish Breath Spray

It has been years since our family last used an alcohol-based mouthwash. It was this one painful night when the hubby gargled this undiluted mouthwash that stung his throat and tongue for hours! It was the most horrible feeling, he still remembers it to this day. The dutiful wife that I am, ever since got hold of Swish mouthwash and nothing else. Swish was the very first brand we got hold of that time that’s alcohol-free. We have not thought of switching since we find the other alcohol-free brand too mild for our taste, like you have not washed your mouth at all. Kind of defeating the purpose of mouth washing, really.

Swish Arctic Chill, Swish Peppermint Fresh

Arctic Chill and Peppermint Fresh variants have since been staples in our toiletries supply cabinet.

Swish Mangosteen Mint, Swish Cinnamon Blast

I am so happy to have learned that there are two other Swish variants available in the marketMangosteen Mint and Cinnamon Blast. I have always loved mangosteen, this is a winner at first swish. While the hubby, being big on anything cinnamon, that’s clearly his.

Swish Minty Meter

And in the event that you have no clue which variant of mouthwash to pick, check out Swish’s Minty Meter. Sweet! I really am loving the mild Mangosteen Mint! Aside from the fact that it’s pink! 🙂 It has since become my default mouthwash of choice.  (more…)

Goodbye SLS! Hello Honey Propolis Shampoo by Ilog Maria!

First, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are currently known as the killers in our bathroom. We’ve had these ingredients for as long as I can remember. When I first read about the dangers of these ingredients when I was still prego with our kiddo, I swore I was never going to use any stuff with these killers – and that I did. Can you imagine even the good ‘ol Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Shampoos and even those supposedly baby baths have these evils stuff in them.

Obviously the youngsters that going bald after using these supposedly baby products, is not very surprising. Even my own mother told us that my sister got bald around the top of her head when she was around two because her nanny applied shampoo (Johnson and Johnson’s) directly to her scalp. Mother said that the shampoo should have been diluted in water. Which is all together outrageous! I mean if a shampoo claims to be good for babies and even good for human, then no special something should be done to make it safe for babies! Apparently SLS and SLES are very effective foaming ingredients or what we call surfactants. And big companies use this primarily because it is cheap and the potential to generate more income is greater if they use cheap ingredients that do the job. Watch out for a detailed report on the dangers of SLS and SLES to our health.

Meanwhile here is the stuff we use around our home. Honey Propolis Shampoo by Ilog Maria. For the record, this is not a paid advertisement. I use nothing else on our son’s hair and I hope to raise awareness to my dear readers on the ill-effects of our usual commercial products and make a buzz as well that there is a choice for us and not just live with what we got used to. I figured people continue to patronize the usual bad products because they think they have no choice. Don’t let the commercial rule your lives.

Here’s the stuff straight from the Ilog Maria website.

Honey Propolis Shampoo (Family Size)

Handmade in our Beefarm from natural ingredients: Honey for conditioning &hair growth. Propolis for scalp infections, dandruff, falling & greying hair. Natural oils like palm kernel oil, castor oil and coconut oil for gentle cleansing. Aromatherapy grade essential oils from herbs and fruits nourish and heal your scalp, while fighting skin ailments.

Place a small amount of our natural shampoo in your palm. Work into a rich lather in your hair. If no bubbles form, this is because our natural shampoo is reacting with and eliminating all the residues from commercial shampoos, hair oils, grime. Rinse out thoroughly. Then put a small amount of shampoo again, work into a rich lather. Keep lather on while bathing the rest of your body. Rinse well.

For the very best hair conditioning, nothing can beat two sliced kalamansi. Their pulp and skin have enough limonene oil to condition your hair naturally, perfectly. Rub the juice, pulp and skin oils into your hair and rinse very well. This will leave your hair soft and shining without the residue of commercial chemical hair conditioners.

Price : Php 154.00
Unit Weight(g) : 275 grams
Here’s our empty bottle, proof of my patronage of this shampoo. It was only today that I was again able to access Ilog Maria’s website. For some reason, I wasn’t able to access the site the last couple of months. Because of desperation, I had the little I have left in the shampoo diluted with water and like the cheapskate that I am, used it very sparingly. Now, that I’ve got my order confirmed and the package to arrive in the next couple of days, I can readily say goodbye to the last drop. 🙂

MET Tathione Soap

It was April of this year when this blog was barely breathing that I posted a review of the popular MET Tathione Soap. I just thought it fitting to post it afresh. But to avoid duplicate content, I’m providing a link back to my earlier post. (click the link at the bottom of this post)

Not that I need to get even whiter. I have always been fair skinned from the day I was born, my mother would tell me. So getting even fairer was not really my purpose of checking this soap out. It was actually out of desperation that no anti-histamine meds would help allergic bumps to subside, until I used this soap. It may be accidental, but for me it did me good- twice already. So I guess this post has some valid right to go live.

Here is the link to my review of the MET Tathione Soap. For the record, this soap costs roughly PhP500.00 (approx. $12)