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Fruits & Passion Cucina Hand Soap Review

Fruits & Passion Cucina Hand Soap

           

Hello darlings, I’m back from the vortex! I’ve been so busy lately and I have to give time to my other writing activities because I had to make a concept analysis, lol. I will be posting some life updates soon. How’s the election for y’all? How’s life in general? Guess what, I’ve got some amazing hand soaps to review in this post. In fact, I have been using these soaps for more than a year now and I love them so much.

The cucina line of hand soaps from Fruits & Passion are some of the best hand soaps I’ve ever tried. I discovered the brand when I was looking for affordable hand soaps with really good quality. The whole search process was quite a challenge because there aren’t really many high-quality soaps out there that are easy on the price points. Also, I wanted a soap that is not only gentle on the hands, but also has a fabulous scent. These criteria deemed to be difficult to fulfill and my whole search took forever, that is, until, I found these gem at amazon.

The Fruits & Passion cucina hand soaps come in a convenient mini-jug type of packaging and they are definitely affordable. They come in different scents like: Sea Salt and Amalfi Lemon, Lime Zest & Cypress, Coriander and Olive Tree, etc. Each mini jug can last about two months of usage, that is, even with constant handwashing.

 

Fruits & Passion Cucina Hand Soap sanguinelli orange and fennel

 

Sanguinelli Orange and Fennel – This smells like a blend of fresh oranges and olive oil. It’s an interesting mix and totally unique to me, and probably for you too. I suggest you try this and see for yourself. Personally, this is really really good.

 

Fruits and passion coriander and Olive Tree hand soap

 

Sea Salt and Amalfi Lemon – This is my most favorite scent of the entire cucina line of hand soaps. I definitely think that this smells like Tom Ford’s ultra-fabulous Mandarino di Amalfi Eau de Parfum, which is a shock for me because I truly love that particular TF scent. I’m so glad to have found this hand soap and I use this everyday. I never got bored of the scent. Ever.

 

Fruits & Passion Cucina Hand Soap

 

Coriander and Olive Tree – This is my second favorite scent from the line and it really looks just like an olive-oil, texture-wise. The scent of this is also very good. With a mix of coriander, this will transport you to an idyllic Mediterranean island – sipping mimosa while enjoying that crema catalana, lol.

 

Fruits and passion cucina hand soap Sea Salt and Amalfi Lemon

 

The other scent I love from line is Lime Zest and Cypress, which is quite similar to the Coriander and Olive Tree. I also love the hand creams and hand butters from this brand, and I highly recommend them because they’re so creamy and so moisturizing. Overall, I really like the organic and clean quality of these products. I also love their price tags and the scents are so luxe that you’d wonder if they are being sold at high-end stores. How fabulous!

 

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Drunk Elephant Summer Skincare Faves

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Hey there! Summer’s almost here and I’ve got some Drunk Elephant favorites to feature in this review. When it comes to finding quality skincare products, Drunk Elephant is probably one of those brands that’s at the top of my list. I like most of their products because they work and they make such a difference in my skin. It all started when I first discovered their Lippe Balm which I will be reviewing again below. That said lip balm repaired my dry chapped lips in several instances. From then on, I’ve tried other Drunk Elephant products and they never disappoint. I don’t think I’ve tried all their products already just because they can be quite pricey.

 

Another thing I like about DE is the fact that they support the IEF (International Elephant Foundation) and their products are cruelty-free.

 

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I feel like this Summer is all about the glow and clean skincare. So, for this review, there are a few Drunk Elephant products I’m currently loving and is also recommending for this coming warm season. Check them out below.

 

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops

 

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops review photo

 

D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops (1 oz: 36 USD) – True to what DE stated, this product is literally sunshine in a bottle without the damage. Out of all the fake tanners I’ve tried, this probably is the best because this goes on soft and light, and it feels nice on the skin. It contains Virgin Marula, Black Currant Seed Oils, fatty acids, raw unrefined cocoa powder, as well as antioxidants to boost the skin. The effect is a post-vacation glow that resembles a sunshiney bronzy shade sans any UV damage. To apply, just mix this (1 drop) with your favorite serum, moisturizer, or even foundation. A drop of this can look very concentrated or too pigmented, but once spread, it becomes very wearable yet buildable as well. I tried wearing this alone without mixing it with anything and I thought I would look ridiculous on it, but I think it still looks very wearable on me, and it does seem to flatter any skintone. You can also use this product on the chest, legs, or arms, etc.

 

drunk elephant lippe balm

 

 

Lippe Balm (0.13 oz: 18 USD) – This is definitely my favorite moisturizing lip balm. It’s plain and simple without any strong fragrance etc, and it works really well at delivering, maintaining, and restoring hydration on the lips. This is perfect for traveling and for the dry Winter season. It’s pricey and you may find that there’s not enough product in it even if its whole packaging/diameter looks larger than most lip balms, but this does a good job at conditioning the lips.

 

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum review photo

 

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum

 

C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum (1 oz: 80 USD) – I’ve always wanted to incorporate a Vitamin C product in my daily skincare regimen, I was just not sure which one. Enter this Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum, and it works really well for my skin. I love that this never caused me any irritations and my skin looks even more glowing since using this regularly. This serum has a bit of an oily feel but it’s neither sticky nor super oily at all, and it is yellow-tinged. It contains 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, 1/2% Ferulic Acid, and 1 % Vitamin E, plus powerful antioxidants. It also stays active on the skin for up to 72 hours and has a tolerable pH. I use this in the morning as a serum, and this helps with brightening my dark spots from zits, and it gives a nice healthy inner glow.

 

There is one Drunk Elephant product not photographed here, and it’s the C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream (0.5 oz: 64 USD) which I’m currently using as my eye cream and it helps in managing dark circles, tired undereyes, as well as lightening any dark spots. Further reviewed HERE.

 

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Have you ever tried any of these products before? What’s your favorite Drunk Elephant product/s? and What skincare items do you recommend this Summer?

 

The Drunk Elephant Skincare is currently available at Sephora

 

(Disclosure: Product samples sent by Drunk Elephant. The reviews, photos, and opinions herein are solely mine)

 

 

 

Favorite Body Cleansers And Body Scrubs

favorite body wash and shower gels

 

Hi guys, I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas soon and I’ve been busy prepping my home and doing some last minute gift wrapping for my friends and families. This year, I’m playing Santa so I’ve got several presents to hand to. Oh, the joys of the holidays! Anyhow, as promised on my Insta, I’m sharing you now my personal favorites in body scrubs, cleansers and shower gels.

 

This post is a continuation of my roundup review of some of my favorite body lotions and body butters, seen HERE, as well as my fave dry body oils, HERE.

 

I love body cleansers and body scrubs. I always look forward to using them everytime I shower instead of the using the good ‘ol soap bars which are kinda messy to use. I not only like the convenience of using shower gels, but I also love to buy them in different scents so I could alternately use them depending on my mood, the season, or what my skin currently needs.

 

These are my faves so far.

 

Korres Shower Gel review

 

Korres Shower Gel (13.53 oz: $21 Korres site, $38 Amazon) – These have been my favorite go-tos because they come in several scents and they remind me of that nice fresh Mediterranean shower. My favorite scent so far is the Japanese Rose, Cassis Fig, Yogurt, and I still want to try the Guava one. These shower gels don’t foam as much but each bottle is large enough and can last a month or two. I love how these don’t dry my skin and it’s great to use everyday.

 

Philosophy Falling In Love Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel (16 oz: $26) – My newest love from Philosophy and it has a sweet warm vanilla scent. The bottle is huge and the cleanser itself has a light lavender shade which looks cute with its message of Falling in Love with yourself. This lathers well and it leaves my skin thoroughly cleansed.

 

Philosophy Falling In Love Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel, Kiehl's Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-To-Foam Body Cleanser

 

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-To-Foam Body Cleanser (2.5 oz: $12.50, 8.4 oz: $29) – If you love the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil reviewed HERE, then you’re gonna enjoy this unique body wash. It first starts as oil then it transforms into a foamy body cleanser as soon as you rub it a few times on the skin. It is so moisturizing and perfect for those with dry skin. I tend to use this around this cold winter season to protect my skin from dryness.

 

Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel (10 oz: $20) – This is one of my most favorite body washes of all time. This smells so fresh, so invigorating and just so good. I also have the body lotion version of this cleanser, reviewed HERE. I like using this shower gel all year round even though this has a Summer-vibe scent. I just love how this awakens the senses and it’s definitely foamy, energizing and just perfect in every way.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Cleanser (8.5 oz: $20) –  Another personal fave of mine and one of the first few body washes I’ve ever loved and even keep using up to this day. This smells like fresh bursts of oranges and clementines. The only drawback is that this doesn’t foam much, so it’s costly to use without using a scrub or a loofah.

 

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

 

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash (18 oz: $8.99) – My favorite drugstore body wash along with the other Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash with Apricot & Honey. This is inexpensive, easy to find anywhere and this has a nice clean mild scent that lathers well. The texture of this is gel-like and it’s super moisturizing for daily use.

 

Scrubs

 

I haven’t experimented on several body scrubs since I tend to use them once or twice a week at most just so my skin won’t dry as much. Currently, there’s only two that I keep coming back to and these are from Aesop and Dove.

 

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub

 

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub (6.1 oz: $35) – This is a pricey body scrub that is super grainy and totally exfoliating. I love the fresh green scent of this that’s just spa-like and it leaves the skin soft and smooth after every wash. Further reviewed HERE.

 

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish (10.5 oz: $5.99) – A well-made inexpensive body scrub that is loaded with moisturizing ingredients and it leaves the skin supple with a nice variety of fruity milky scents. My fave one is pomegranate. See some of the other scents reviewed HERE.

 

 

Have you tried any of these body cleansers yet? What’s your go-to body wash?

 

 

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