Category Archives: Personal Care

Natrol Papaya Enzyme for Easier Digestion

Natrol Papaya Enzyme

Papaya Enzymes

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(5/5)

Pros: good flavor, works well, fair price, no artificial ingredients

Cons: not readily available in stores, I must order online

I have a hard time with my digestive system being kind to me, so I’m always on the look-out for natural products to help me   I’ve been using Natrol brand Papaya Enzyme for  years now, and love them.

What first drew me to the Natrol brand was the ingredients.  When I take supplements, I prefer them to be devoid of artificial ingredients.  This fit the bill.  Sweetened with natural sugars and colored/flavored with  real, found-in-nature stuff, there’s nothing to dislike here.

These are round, chewable tablets.  They are sweet but not sickening sweet.  They have a nice, tropical fruity flavor.  The texture is smooth, not gritty or chalky at all.  They disappear quickly when you chew them up and leave no residue or film in your mouth.

I take them after dinner every night, and sometimes after lunch.  They aren’t medicine, they’re a dietary aid which helps the body naturally digest foods, especially protein.  I used to experience indigestion after eating a meal with red meat, no matter how slowly I ate.  That happens no more when I take my Papaya Enzymes.  I rarely have indigestion at all now, even on Burrito Fridays!

I am lactose intolerant (and severely so), and avoid dairy.  I will say that these Papaya Enzymes provide no help when I slip up and consume dairy.

A serving size is 2 chewable wafers.  I eat one when my meal is lighter, and two when it’s heavier or contains a lot of meat or spice.  If you forget to eat one right after your meal, don’t worry, it’ll still help you out even an hour later.  Trust me, I’ve done that a number of times!  On occasion, I’ll forget them or will eat out at a restaurant and not have any with me.  I’ll feel kind of heavy in my belly, slightly unsettled and then I realize I need my enzymes.  I take them at some point later and they will still help.  Longer than about two hours and it’s not going to help as much, though, as digestion is well under way.

If you’re wondering what exactly these enzymes are, they are papain, papaya, bromelain, and alpha amylase.  To me, this is a great combination to help with digestion of any kind of food.  I have tried several other brands over the years and none have given me the results the Natrol brand has.

Sadly for the gluten intolerant, these do contain wheat (found in the alpha amylase, according to the label).  However, they are free of dairy and egg.  In the future they may be gluten free, formulas can change, so it’s something worth keeping an eye on.

Right now I haven’t found these in any stores in my town.  I order online (from Vitacost.com) and they’re around $5.00 for the bottle containing 100 tablets.  Very fair price for this quality product.

If you suffer from even occasional indigestion, or “unwell” feeling after eating, try these, they’re awesome.  They really do make a difference in how I feel after eating a meal.

  • made in the USA

 

Keeping this Woman Healthy — One-A-Day Petites Multivitamin

One-A-Day Women’s Petites Complete Multivitamin

One-A-Day Women's Petites Complete Multivitamin (800 Tablets)

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(5/5)

Pros: small size for easier swallowing, calcium and Vitamin D fortified

Cons: serving size is two tablets a day (if this matters to you)

For a long time I was using a multivitamin that I really liked.  However, the vitamin became difficult to find in local stores and even hard to locate online.  Since I needed a new vitamin, I decided to select a smaller, easier to swallow multivitamin.  I chose One-A-Day Women’s Petites Complete Multivitamin.

Description

Each plastic bottle contains 160 tablets.  The package states these vitamins are formulated to support bone and heart health and immunity.  The manufacturer (Bayer) designed One-A-Day Women’s Petites Complete Multivitamin purposely as a smaller size pill for easier swallowing.  They do not add any gluten to their vitamin products; however, they cannot guarantee the raw materials are gluten-free.  It is recommended to take One-A-Day vitamins with food.

My Experiences

I started taking One-A-Day Petites Multivitamins last year, and they are working well enough that I keep purchasing them.

A great selling feature of the vitamin (for me) is its small size, which makes them easier to swallow than other multivitamins I’ve taken.  Each vitamin is an oval shape; a smidgeon larger than my pinkie fingernail.  The pale orange color is distinctive, so I don’t easily confuse it with another vitamin or pill.

My doctor emphasizes the value of calcium and Vitamin D to his patients. So I appreciate that these multivitamins are strong with calcium and Vitamin D.  The combination is important since Vitamin D helps the body better absorb calcium.

One thing people may not care for is that the package says to take two of these One-A-Day vitamins for a complete serving.  Rather ironic for a brand name “one a day” to require “two a day” of this vitamin.  Still, the smaller tablet size is easier to swallow, so I don’t mind taking two of these vitamins.  Also, I don’t notice any taste or aftertaste when I take these pills.

The vitamins do not have a hard-shell coating.  So once moistened, the tablets become a bit sticky.  I swallow the tablets just like I would aspirin, with a drink to wash each tablet down.  Once a tablet fell out of my mouth before I could swallow it (clumsy me!), and the tablet landed on my clothing.  Since the tablet was moist, it left a bit of residue on my clothes … but the residue washed out fine.

I’m assuming these vitamins are working well.  The doctor is pleased with my health, and I feel terrific.

Ingredients

These ingredients are from the manufacturer’s website:
Calcium Carbonate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Ascorbic Acid, Ferrous Fumarate; Less than 2% of: Beta-Carotene, Biotin, Cholecalciferol, Chromium Chloride, Croscarmellose Sodium, Cupric Oxide, Cyanocobalamin, DCalcium Pantothenate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, FD&C Blue #2 Lake, FD&C Yellow #5 (tartrazine) Lake, FD&C Yellow #6 Lake, Folic Acid, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Magnesium Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Niacinamide, Phytonadione, Polyethylene Glycol, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Selenite, Stearic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Titanium Dioxide (color), Vitamin A Acetate, Zinc Oxide.

One-A-Day Women’s Petites Complete Multivitamins contain: Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B6, B12, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium (elemental), Iron, Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium.

Summary

I will definitely buy more One-A-Day Women’s Petites Complete Multivitamin.  The size is easy to swallow, and the vitamins are working great for me.  If you have any questions about this product, please visit the manufacturer’s website for complete information.  They also have an application that helps pinpoint which One-A-Day vitamin best matches your needs.

Note that this review is to share my experiences; it is not meant as medical advice.  Please consult your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your health.

I hope you found this review useful.

Enjoy your day,
Dawn
http://dlstewart.com

Copyright 2015 Dawn L. Stewart

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Weekly Pill Organizer               Monthly Pill Organizer
                             

Ultra Pill Splitter                               Multiple Pill Splitter
                       

Curls that Last for Days

CONAIR hot Sticks

Conair Hot Sticks in th Box

Sold at Amazon for $22.95 

(4/5)

Pros: Easy to set hair with great results

Cons: The thinner hot sticks can get undone and pop off (read my review for a painless fix)

Having had a love-hate relationship with my hair for as long as I can remember, it isn’t easy for me to deal with styling products. My expectations are too high, and the results have often been disappointing. The only thing more tied up in my emotional baggage than food is my hair. Multiple Sclerosis makes it hard to keep my hands over my head when I braid my hair. I came up with a system of French braiding my hair in my adjustable bed. I raise the head to a half-sitting level, a height that isn’t so painful for my shoulders. Time marches on. I’m 60 now, and my coping inventions don’t work as well for me as they used to.

Adding to my hair complex is thinning hair, which I noticed 25 or 30 years ago. By now, everyone can see my scalp shimmering between the strands on the top of my head. This was the same thing that happened to my mother, whose solution was a hair-piece that she wove into her long hair in an upsweep that looked like a French knot with a muffin top. It was a great look in the early ‘60s, but I don’t want to go down that road. I used to buy shampoos and conditioners that promised thicker hair, but they didn’t enough to warrant their price tags.

Because I still care about styling, I’m always on the lookout for anything that will bring a bounce of curls or waves – especially if it’s easy to use. Last November, I found something that works while looking for something else. I was looking for one of the latest, greatest ceramic “clam shell” curler sets advertised to be easy on damaged hair (nothing could be more damaged than hair doing a disappearing act). The set I was looking for wasn’t there, so I decided to investigate the sets that were there. Conair Hot Sticks caught my eye. For $20, you have 14 rubbery stick curlers in two sizes and a simple heating device for them. No switches or buttons. Plug it in to heat up, and when the red dot turns white, they’re ready to use.

Conair hot sticks shown in pink and blue
Hot Sticks out of the box

The curlers are long, flexible, skinny cylinders with little nubs to keep the hair from slipping (see photo to the right). There is a ring on one end that you poke the other end through to make a locked circle. The nubs also keep the circle intact until you’re ready to take the curlers out. They get pretty hot in the middle, but it’s still easy to roll up – even for someone like me who can’t keep my hands up too long.

My gray/brown, long-but-thinning hair will not easily cooperate with curlers, rollers, or curling irons, so I decided to test it after washing my hair. I let it air dry because it’s too much effort to blow dry it when it gets dry enough on its own in about 20 minutes – the same amount of time it takes to dry the rest of me and coat it with baby powder and body lotion (like dipping chicken in beaten eggs and breadcrumbs before frying it).

The test worked pretty well. It was easy to roll my hair up, let it sit for as long as possible, and then pull the curlers out and gently style the curls. I didn’t have any mousse when I tested, so the curls only held for a day or so. The next time, I put mousse in my hair while it was still wet and had much better results. I also decided to keep them in overnight – my choice because I have to sleep semi-sitting and I didn’t want to add hair-curling to my dressing routine. I don’t need any help to be late for doctor’s appointments. The curls lasted till my next shampoo a week later.

Over the last few months, I’ve discovered a glitch with the curlers but have managed a solution for it. The smaller curlers lost their ability to stay locked until I chose to take them out. At first, I woke up to find one of them undone. The curl was already set, so it wasn’t the end of the world. The next time, it popped off like a well-flung rubber band and nearly hit me in the eye! The honeymoon was over! However, I came up with a prevention tactic. I wrapped a pony-tail band around the curler end as close to the ring as possible. It stayed until I was ready to undo it. True, this isn’t the best situation, but the fix is easy enough – for now. There will be a time when I throw a fit and start shopping around again.

The bottom line for me is that I can get enough curl to camouflage my scalp without going for the Donald Trump comb-over. I can now put off wig shopping for at least a year or two. Best of all, I get compliments! A few thought I cut my hair and had a perm (curled hair looks shorter). Everyone who complimented me thought it was amazing to get a crop of dependable curls from this simple $20 set. Even with the drawback of loosening grips on the thinner hot sticks, this is still a good deal.

Happy Face using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

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(5/5)

Pros: use with or without water, fragrance free, won’t disturb skin pH balance, does not cause acne

Cons: more expensive than bar soap – but worth it to me

I have been using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for years. It started with a problem area on my face that required a gentle skin cleanser, and I’ve been using Cetaphil ever since.

Description

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser comes in a 4, 8, or 16 fluid ounce plastic bottle. There is a pump dispenser on the top. Cetaphil is fragrance-free and is designed not to clog skin pores (meaning it won’t cause acne). The manufacturer says this cleanser won’t disturb skin pH balance, and it is for all skin types.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanse is suggested for daily makeup removal. It is recommended for people with acne, rosacea, or eczema. Plus, this cleaner does not strip the skin of its natural protective oils or emollients.

A unique feature of this product is that it can be used with or without water. The manufacturer recommends this cleanser for babies, teens and adults.

My Experiences

My skin is extremely happy that I am using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. When I first started using it on my problem area (near my nose) it worked very quickly to eliminate the breakout issue. It only takes a small squirt of this product, too. I always use it with water. Splashing my face with water, I use the pump dispenser to pop out a small bit of cleanser, and work it in my hands before applying the cleaner to my face. This particular cleaner does not generate much lather, but I’m fine with that.

My sensitive sniffer is happy as well since this product has no fragrance that I can detect. Once my face is washed with the Cetaphil, I rinse with water and blot my face dry with a towel. Cetaphil leaves no residue on my skin, and my skin never feels tight or too dry. (My regular morning routine also includes moisturizer after my face is clean.)

I wash my face with the Cetaphil in the morning and at night. If I’ve been tackling dust bunnies or other dirty tasks, I will wash my face during mid-day. I buy the 16-ounce bottle, and it lasts me a long time.

Ingredients and Manufacturer Instructions

Ingredients — Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.

Use Without Water — Apply a liberal amount to the skin and rub gently. Remove excess cleanser with a soft cloth, leaving a thin film of Cetaphil on the skin. The emollient quality will leave the skin soft and moist.

Use With Water — Apply to the skin and rub gently. Rinse clean.

Summary

I stay alert for sales and buy the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser so that I always have a bottle on hand to replace the one I’m using. My skin is happy, which makes me happy!

I hope you found this review useful.

Enjoy the day,
Dawn
http://dlstewart.com

Copyright 2014 Dawn L. Stewart

JIM’S NEWEST BEST FRIEND – HIS DURO-MED WALKER

Duro-Med 2-Button Adjustable Aluminum Folding Walker

 

(3.5/5)

Pros: Assists silently, easily and seems quite sturdy

Cons:  Screws become loose ( big ‘Con’)

I have a very new friend. I’ll call him Jim.

Jim is 89 years old, and has recently moved from Los Angeles to Eugene (Oregon) so his daughter can more practically care for him. Jim’s wife died in May of this year. They were married fifty-seven years. He has been in deep grief and at first, saw very little reason to even get out of bed.

My sister works at the retirement center where Jim now lives.  She was telling me how sad, despite her best efforts, it has been watching him decline, not only physically, but moreover, psychologically. Taking zero-interest in any of the usual programs the center offers it’s residents, more than anything Jim needed a passive companion – someone to talk with, watch a few sports programs, or share a few memories. I volunteered.  What a blessing – for me, as well as Jim.

Jim uses a Duro-Med 2-Button Adjustable Aluminum Walker and gets around with it very well.  Of course, ‘getting around’ mostly means rising from his bed or television chair and wheeling himself into the bathroom, or down to the dining room. The Duro-Med Walker seems to be the perfect appliance for him to get around safely, steadily and because the walker only weighs six pounds, quite handily.

Having no personal experience with any walker, I can only detail the specific features of the Duro-Med 2-Button Adjustable Aluminum Folding Walker.

  • Two ample 5″ non-swivel wheels that roll quietly and effortlessly
  • Slip-resistant rubber tips
  • 250 lb. weight capacity
  • Constructed of anodized 1″ aluminum tubing with *rivet construction
  • Legs adjust from 32″ to 38″ for comfort and to help promote proper posture
  • Soft foam hand grips
  • Two-button release for easy folding, compact storage and lateral access
  • Steel cross-brace for more stability
  • Weighs just 6.8 pounds

* About the rivet issue. On my first visit I noticed one of the rivets on the walker had come loose. I tightened it with my fingers as well as I could, making a mental note to mention it to his daughter, which I did. On my next visit I took a Phillips screwdriver and tightened it again.  I think this is an issue that needs to be looked into further. Spending the amount of time with Jim I have these past few weeks, I know he does not over-use or abuse the walker, so I’m thinking this is a product fault.

 

Duro-Med Walker with Wheels and Seat, Royal Blue

Another Duro-Med  Assisted Walker, with wheels and a resting seat. I see a lot of these at the retirement center.

I haven’t gotten Jim to go outside yet, so I don’t know the performance of the walker on grass or sidewalk cracks, but hopefully that will happen soon. I’ll update this review when it does. I’m happy to say Jim has been laughing at small jokes, snacking on granola I bring him, and looking forward to his meals.  If this is good enough for him, it’s good enough for me.

 The Duro-Med Walker Jim uses costs in the $40.00 range and is available through Amazon, Sears and other outlets.  I was unable to find their direct website. 

UPDATE – later this same day. . .I have just come from the center and spending a couple hours with Jim.  I took a much closer look at the walker and have a clarification to make.  What I mistook for a rivet is actually a screw with a Phillips head. The walker does have rivets, but they are tight and uncompromised.  It is the screws that keep loosening.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Conair Rotating Styler Is Perfect for My Hair

Conair Infinity Pro Spin Air Rotating Styler

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(5/5)

Pros: improves hair quality, no need for hot hair dryer

Cons: large handle, takes practice

One of my favorite hair products is the Conair Infinity Pro Spin Air Rotating Styler. I have been using it since last Christmas and it is now my main method of drying/styling my hair. This is a rotating hot air brush. You can use the round brush to dry your hair and if you choose you can use the benefits of the rotating brush along with the heat.

There are three settings on the spin brush – low, high and cool. The brush will only rotate on the low and high setting. The cool setting is like a hair dryer’s cool setting. The brush can rotate in two different directions. There are two different buttons that will start the rotation of the brush. Depending on where and how you hold the brush will determine which direction the brush should rotate. Knowing which direction to have the brush to rotate as well as which button to push will take a while to adjust to. At this point I no longer have to think about which button I need to use. I can now choose the right button instinctively.

The rotator brush has a large handle base, which may be surprising when you first see the brush. The handle has the motor, and as well there is an area at the bottom to clean out any build up, such as a hair dryer would have. It seemed like it would be too awkward to hold, but I have never had a problem holding the brush.

Conair recommends letting the hair dry 80-90% before beginning to use the Spin Air Rotating Styler. I follow this recommendation. While you can dry your hair with this hot air brush, it does not have the type of power of a hair dryer. If you try to dry your hair with this brush when the hair is too wet it will take a long time to dry. If you needed to, you could dry the roots with a dryer then move on to the styler brush.

There are several benefits to using this hot air brush. Since I have started using it I have pretty much stopped using my hair dryer. I have very thick, coarse hair and now I no longer have to stand with a hot dryer on my head for 20 minutes. The condition of my hair has improved greatly. Even when I am due for a hair cut I no longer see damage such as split ends. My hair is smoother and shinier than when drying my hair with a standard hair dryer. I can create a little volume and a little bit of wave.

The Infiniti Pro by Conair Spin Air Rotating Styler has become my preferred way to dry my hair. I have improved hair condition and I don’t need to have to use a hot dryer, especially now in the summer. The rotating brush does take some practice. You probably won’t pick up this hair styler and be able to manage it correctly on the first use. But practice is the key and in the end that practice can help lead the way to better hair!

 

My Glasses are Clear — I’m Seeing Fine Using PDI Cleaning Wipes

PDI See Clear Eye Glass Cleaning Wipes

See Clear® Quick Dry Eyeglass Cleaning Wipes, Anti-fog, Anti-Static, Box of 120

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(5/5)

Pros: easy to use, individually wrapped, damp towels clean glass and polycarbonate lenses, remove fog and film

Cons: wish the box came in larger sizes

Several years ago, I began using PDI See Clear Eye Glass Cleaning Wipes.  I needed a wipe that was gentle on polycarbonate lenses as well as a formula that would remove pesky film for clearer vision.  Plain soap and water did not work.

Description

PDI packages 120 individually wrapped wipes in a cardboard container.  The box has a cutout that pulls open to form a bin.  Reach in to grab a wipe without opening the box.  Each white wipe measures 5” x 7 3/4″.  They are designed to safely clean eye glasses and other eye protection equipment with either glass or polycarbonate lenses.  The formula on the wipes is safe for anti-reflective, UV and glare-free coatings.  The wipes are designed with an anti-static and anti-fog formula, and the moist wipes are advertised as quick drying without scratching lenses.

The ingredients listed are Ethanol and Isopropanol. Cautions state: “excessive intentional inhalation” may cause respiratory tract irritation, central nervous system effects such as headache and/or dizziness. The Isopropanol can cause skin irritation. I have had no problems.

My Experiences

I was having a terrible time keeping my glasses lenses clear of a foggy film.  I tried various soaps (including Dawn liquid dishwashing soap, which is supposed to remove grease) … but nothing kept the film off the lenses.

Finally I decided to search online for a solution and on Amazon stumbled across the PDI See Clear Eye Glass Cleaning Wipes.  What a terrific find.

These wipes are individually wrapped, small moist towels.  The manufacturer says to use them only once, but my frugal sense decided that was ridiculous, so I experimented.  I can successfully use one of these wipes twice without a problem.  Trying to use one three times tends not to work as well since the wipe has lost moisture.  The damp towels do a great job at removing fog, film, and the usual smudges.  My glasses are cleaned without leaving streaks or scratches.

Since the wipes come in a foil-type packet, I can rip one end of the sealed packet … use the towel, and then neatly fold the towel and insert it back into the packet (folding over the packet edge to seal in the towel so it doesn’t lose moisture).

The packets are small enough to easily fit into a pocket, purse, backpack or tote.  I keep several in my purse and some at home and in the office.  The dispenser-style box makes it easy to grab one or several packets.

Summary

I am very impressed with these PDI See Clear Eye Glass Cleaning Wipes.  I noticed I was running low on these glasses cleaners, so I ordered two more boxes from Amazon.

I hope you found this review useful.

Enjoy the day,
Dawn
http://dlstewart.com

Copyright 2014 Dawn L. Stewart

 

For those sneeky little vampires in your yard – Benadryl!

Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel

Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel, 4 Ounce 

(4/5)

Pros: Fast-acting, effective!

Cons: A little runny

Picture this: Midnight. I’m sitting on the deck waiting for the ‘Super Moon’ to ascend over the humongous elm tree next door. I’ve donned  a pair of white Nike crew socks, gold-glitter slippers, a white, ankle-length robe, and a floppy beach hat. I look like a cross between Diane Keaton and the Pope. And to think I dressed this way intentionally. . .

Retro about three nights. . .I was out on the same deck, only this time I was barefoot, had on just my nightgown (it was dark, I risked it) and was watching the same moon – minus the ‘Super’ part.  After exploring with my binoculars it’s now familiar craters and valley’s, I went back to bed. In the time it took me to say “Now I lay me down to sleep. . .” my feet and ankles felt as if they were on fire! I tried scratching them with the opposite foot, which just seemed to make the itching and burning worse. I spent the next few minutes raking my nails over my feet until I became concerned that might be making matters worse somehow.  I tried to think what was in my medicine cabinet for what were clearly insect bites – mosquito, or whatever else creeps around at night looking for blood.  I spotted the Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel. I don’t recall the reason I originally purchased this product, but I needed all the ‘Extra Strength’ and ‘Itch Stopping’ benefit it could provide – big time! Within two or three minutes of applying the soothing gel the fiery itching and burning had subsided substantially and within ten minutes I didn’t feel any pain or discomfort at all.

Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel is a topical analgesic that has a histamine blocker to stop the itch cycle. 

Benefits:

  • Its soothing gel disperses quickly and evenly
  • Fast-drying
  • Non-greasy
  • Effective on insect bites, rashes, minor irritations, poison oak, ivy and sumac, burns, sunburns, minor cuts.
  • Has a medicinal odor, but very mild and dissipates quickly

Ingredients:

Active:  (Complete list)

  • Diphenhydramine HCI  2%

Inactive: ( See label for complete list)

  • SD Alcohol 38-B
  • Camphor
  • Citric Acid
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Glycerin

WARNINGS:

  • For external use only
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Discontinue use if condition worsens or symptoms persist for more than 7 days.
  • Not for children under the age of 2 without a physicians’ advise
  • If swallowed call a Poison Control Center immediately.  

So, returning for a moment to my Keaton/Pope get-up. . .I figure an ounce of prevention has to be worth something – even at the risk of looking like an idiot. And besides, if even one little dive-bombing bloodsucker is able to penetrate my head-to-toe costume, there’s always Benadryl!

J&J Consumer Products

Skillman, New Jersey

1-800-524-2624 ( English and Spanish)

 

 

 

This stuff is amazing!

Aloe Vesta™ Cleansing Foam

Aloe Vesta ConvaTec Aloe Vesta 3 in 1 No Rinse Cleansing Foam

(5/5)

Pros: Antibacterial, enriched with Aloe Vera

Cons: Costs more than hand soap

In a couple of reviews lately I’ve mentioned that our family seems to be going through a particularly tough time with health issues this year. My younger sister has had a stroke and for the time being, is bedridden. My older sister just had a terrifying incident with a liquid drain cleaner that erupted like a volcano, putting her in the hospital for almost a week. Fortunately, both sisters are on the mend.

But to the point. . . A few days ago I went to visit my older sister. She had a few items in a box she had brought home from the hospital and suggested I go through it to see if there was anything I might want. I chuckled and said ” Thanks, but I have all the breathing tubes I need.” One  item did catch my eye however, a bottle of Aloe Vesta Cleansing Foam. I love the foam dispensers in public restrooms, so I took it. 

 I hardly use any soaps at all – except dish and clothes-washing types. For showering, etc. my doctor recommends water and a type of mild abrasive sponge. Since no one has spit on me in the two-plus years I’ve been taking my doctors’ advice, I’m ‘assuming’ I don’t smell like a buffalo hunter.

However – there are times it seems prudent to use some type of cleaning lubricant ‘stronger’ than water.  A good example would be disinfecting my hands after Wally, my Dachshund, has done ‘her thing’. Of course, I use poo bags for the clean-up part, but somehow that ‘yuk feeling’ comes through the bag. Or, when I’m wiping down things that live outside – like the patio table and chairs (replete with spider webs), or cleaning the bird feeders – birds don’t care where they poo!  Suffice it to say, I’ve been using Aloe Vesta Cleansing Foam almost daily. All I do is dispense one walnut-size foam-ball into my hand and massage as I would any other hand cleaner or disinfectant. No rinsing needed!

Benefits:

  • Non-aerosol
  • CGH compatible
  • Safe for all ages
  • No rinsing
  • pH balanced
  • Soothes and moisturizes fragile, sensitive skin
  • Can be used as a shampoo!
  • Very clean, light scent
  • Foamy – no residue

Ingredients: (See bottle for complete list)

  • Water
  • Sodium C14-16
  • Olefin Sulfanate
  • Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • FD& Green No. 3

WARNINGS:

For external use only. May cause eye irritation. Rinse eyes with water and consult a physician if irritation persists. In instances of sensitively, discontinue use.

ConvaTec Inc.

Skillman, NJ

1-800-422-8811

www.convatec.com

 

Krista and the Argan-nots

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Shampoo

marc anthony

See it at Amazon 

(2.5/5)

Pros: Not very expensive, cleans hair

Cons: scent, static, dry hair

I’m forever on the lookout for really good hair care products.  Things that don’t leave me dry, frizzy, greasy, or weighed down.  When I first discovered argan oil products, I was . . . eh.  My first try was Organix Argan Oil of Morocco.  The shampoo?  Was perfectly acceptable, but didn’t win any awards.  The conditioner?  Better.  Nice scent, not too heavy, not too waxy or greasy, and works great in the shower as a detangling conditioner.  Neither, of course, measured up to my Orlando Pita, but, as the price has risen, it’s a bit out of my range these days.  Yes, I am sadder for it.  It’s beginning to look like maybe they’ve stopped making it, and that’s a tragedy, because it’s amazing stuff, as I said in my review HERE.

My latest argan shampoo purchase?  Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Shampoo.

I admit, I bought it because it was cheap.  It was cheap, and, about halfway through that breathtakingly long sodiumdimethicocambatglycpolydivinylquaternium ingredients list was “Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil.”  That’s the stuff.  Noticeably lower on the ingredients list than I’d like, but budget meets desire and this is the result.  A side note:  this product does make a big deal out of being “sulfate-free.”

My first opening of the fli-top bottle was a major disappointment.  The Orlando Pita has an amazing scent, wonderfully nutty, sweet, and earthy.  This stuff?  Smells like cheap shampoo.  Sorry, no other way to put it.  It’s got a sharpness to it, a tang that reminds me of the old, before-they-started-loading-them-with-fake-fruit-scents Suave shampoos or some of the cheaper baby shampoos.

The feel and texture are average shampoo-like.  It lathers pretty enthusiastically, and it rinses thoroughly without residue, though my hair was left a little squeakier and grabbier than I like.  That usually means my hair will wind up a bit dry if I don’t condition.

Which was exactly what it meant this time, too.

My hair was left smelling weirdly tangy, and it was dryer than usual and more prone to static.  I didn’t notice any difference in how tangly my hair was—it tangles easily all the time, and that didn’t get worse or better with this shampoo.

Now, when I follow the shampoo with the Orlando Pita oil or the Organix argan conditioner, there’s a marked improvement.  Of course, there would be.  The smell improves, the static lessens, and the dryness is alleviated.  You may be saying to yourself “that’s true of any shampoo.”  Except it’s not.  Some shampoos leave my hair smelling good, feeling great, and not static-laden even without conditioner.  This isn’t one of them.

In all, for the price, this is a solidly average shampoo.  To be completely blunt, it’s no better than Organix, doesn’t smell as nice, and is more expensive.  If you’re looking for a great argan oil shampoo, pony up the bucks for the Orlando Pita if you have it.  If you don’t?  Organix, while a step down, is still pretty nice.  But this stuff?

It’s not awful, there’s just better to be had for less.

One little afterthought:  most of the argan hair care products come in packaging of gold and turquoise.  I’m not sure what that means, if anything, but it strikes me as odd.