Friday, October 7, 2016

Walmart FALL 2016 Younger Age Beauty Box & A Couple Of Reviews

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Walmart has their own beauty box if you didn't already know.   But they are only offered 4 times a year.  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.   They are in the midst of their fall box.   When I found out about these myself it was when others were getting their boxes.  I signed up, but I had to wait until the next box to get my own box.

The good news is that they are only $5.00 which covers shipping, but I myself have found that getting the box is totally worth it.  It's filled with goodies that have a much higher value, in my opinion at least.

So far two have arrived at my house.  They come in two age groups, the younger and the older.....  The two boxes that came are the younger box and while they were mostly the same, there were just a couple of differences, which I will get into as I write this.

As you can see in the above photo, the first item is on top of the box that it comes in.   It is a nice sturdy box that is great for reusing with the lid attached.   You will see that in the other pictures as the pictures are taken of the items standing up inside the box showing the bottom side of the box lid.

The first item above is a sample of  Village Naturals Therapy.  Aches + Pains Muscle Relief.  This is a 2 ounce sample. This is a concentrated mineral bath soak.  Eucalyptus, Spearmint & Menthol Scented.   Looking at the ingredients I believe it to contain some essential oil, but it also says 'fragrance' so I know they have also added a fragrance oil that is lab made.

That is not a bad thing, in my opinion because I do make my own bath and body products and have sold for years and have well over 100 different scents in stock. It's most likely closer to 200 actually. BTW if you are thinking of making your own bath and body products please know there are FDA Laws that you need to follow in regards how the product is labeled.   And yes the FDA has gone after the small guy for improper labeling their products.  Just a warning because I see many selling without knowing there are federal laws that must be followed.  There are very specific information that must be on the label.   I'm only mentioning this here because so many people see, Oh bath salts, I can make and sell that without knowing they are actually breaking the law because I can guarantee it's not labeled correctly.  Just the same as food must be properly labeled so do bath and body products.   I'll get off my soap box right now.

My daughter tried out the sample that came in her box and loved it however she did use a 1 lb bag of epsom salt in her bath as well.  Which is actually closer to the optimal amount to add into your bath to get any benefits from the ingredients in the bath salts.  As someone who makes this type of product and sells it, I know the sample size isn't enough to be effective unless you are using it in a foot soak in a small basin and far less water..

The first 4 ingredients which make up the content are in names that are easy to understand rather than INIC names.  Basic Table Salt, Corn Starch, Sea Salt & Epsom Salt.  This is followed by the ingredients used to scent the product which is considerable smaller amounts.  Most likely around 3% to 5% total of all the scenting products that make up the total product.   This is the typical manufactures recommended amount for any essential oil or fragrance oil by weight.

It would make a wonderful gift for someone to make up a pretty gift basket to buy in a much larger bag at the store.   But I don't think I would be buying this myself just because plain Epson Salt is much cheaper that doesn't have any scent added and add 1-2 cups into your bath to get any effects from the ingredients.  I actually encourage my kids to use epsom salt soak in their baths because the benefits are wonderful for the body.   But this product has epson salt as the 4th ingredient and I could do without the first ingredient of basic table salt which can be drying to the skin.

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Dove Purely Pampering
Nourishing Body Wash
with Nutrium Moisture

Scented ~ Sweet Cream w/ Peony.

This smells amazing and I use dove body wash quite frequently.  I'm a sucker for ALL bath and body products, artisan or commercial made and available in stores.   This is a generous 1.8 ounce bottle. This exact product came in both my younger boxes.

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Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
Cool Essentials 48 Hour
With Nutrium Moisture

I have been using on and off over the years.  It depends on what scent I am in the mood for when I buy it.  So I'm not a person who is hung up on specific brands for the deodorant that I use.  It's a .5 oz sample and when you roll the deo up it rises a bit more than a half inch, maybe closer to three quarters of an inch so the sample size is quite generous.  This exact same product came in both of my younger boxes.

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Biore' Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips
This contains a single nose strip.

I personally don't have an issue with blackheads on my nose so I don't use these myself.   But I did notice my son has a few, so guess what he is going to do this weekend?   But it's a great brand, but there are also DIY's that are a bit cheaper and work equally as well.   This also came in both of my boxes for the younger person.

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Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
No Added Scent ~ Unscented

This is a very generous 1 oz jar of cream that is quite lovely and feels very nice on the skin.   If you don't want to use this as a moisture, you could also use it as an oil based makeup remover just as our grandmothers once depended on cold cream and oil of olay to remove their makeup and moisturize.  It can be used just as you would use an oil or cold cream to remove makeup since it contains an oil.  It does contain petroleum and I know some people are against it, I do know quite a number of people that need this level of moisturizing cream in the winter months or for other skin conditions.  This also came in both of my younger persons boxes.

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Clean & Clear
Deep Action Shower Mask

Steam Activated Refreshing Deep Clean
This is a very generous 1 ounce sample size.

The writing on the back of the package for use and since I'm not familiar with this product I checked out Ulta to see if they had instructions for use.

"Dispense a quarter-size amount of the mask into your hand and apply an even layer all over your face. Leave on for 60 seconds, then scrub as you rinse off.

Precautions: Sunburn Alert: This product contains an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards."

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Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummy Vitamins
With Biotin.

When my daughter opened these and said they were vitamins for your hair, nails and skin I knew right away it was a biotin product.   This was included in both of my younger boxes.

They taste okay, but I'm not sure a gummy is worth the extra cost when you can buy the tablets pretty cheaply and they are not an issue to take.  Unlike regular multi-vitamins that have a strong after taste.  So buying gummies I would save the extra cost for buying gummies instead of this one.

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Burts Bees Cleansing Oil
With Coconut & Argan Oil.
Normal To Dry Skin
This is a smaller .16 oz sample, but definitely enough to cleans your face for one evening to remove your makeup.   Oil based cleansers do a very good job at removing makeup including waterproof makeup.  If you have oily skin please do not be afraid of using oil on your skin.   It has more benefits than you could imagine!

This is one of two products that were different between my two younger person's boxes.   My daughters box contains a similar small sample of Simple Micellar Water.  It didn't come in a regular bottle but one molded into plastic that fit into a flat sample similar to this one.

Last but not least, this is the last product inside the box.

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Hello (brand) Toothpaste.
This also comes with a $1 off coupon plus a booklet that contains information about their products.  I thought that was very nice since this is a new brand, to me that is.   The tube contains .85 ounces and comes inside a box.

This is the second product out of two that were different in the two younger persons box that I subscribed to.   The other box contained a tube of  Burts Bees Lotion.  I believe it was from their more natural line.  I don't have the tube on me to go back to and type out the details.

If you want to subscribe and get your own Walmart Beauty Box you can click on the link here and sign up yourself to get in on the next box, of Winter products.

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