Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino





Few things are worse than when you impatiently wait for a Sephora order to come in just to be disappointed when it finally does arrive. Luckily, they have a great return policy but I wanted to give this scent from Tom Ford a review in case any of you are thinking of ordering it from somewhere that isn't as kind when it comes to returns.

Neroli Portofino is described as "Vibrant. Sparkling. Transportive. To Tom Ford, this scent perfectly captures the cool breezes, sparkling clear water, and lush foliage of the Italian Rivera." I agree, this scent screams summer with notes of Tunisian Neroli, Italian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Winter Yellow Mandarin, Orange Flower, Lavender, Rosemary, Amber. I fell in love with the first spray but found myself needing to reapply it by the time I made the 45 minute commute to work. Seriously? I wasn't expecting it to stay all day (generally aquatic type scents aren't the most lasting) but at this price point I was at least hoping it would survive my morning commute.

Fast forward a week and I purchased both the shower gel and the lotion in an attempt to layer the scent so it lasts. The smell is identical across the line as is the quick fading. The shower gel is drying which makes the need for lotion even greater. The lotion is moisturizing but not as much as I would like it to be and the drying of the shower gel doesn't help it one bit.

The scent and the packing are beautiful but thats about all this line has going for it. I end up going through a large amount of product just to keep the scent throughout the day. It is far too overpriced for the quality. I'm not one to just return products I don't like at first but it is just too much money to go to waste and I will be returning the whole line.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

How I Stopped Hating Oil Pulling

coconut oil picture from forever concious

After first hearing about oil pulling I spent a solid 30 minutes researching it before convincing myself to do it. There were no possible negative side effects to doing it and how bad can swishing some oil around for a whiter, healthier smile be? If only I knew what I was getting myself into. I couldn't even last a minute without gagging and spitting the coconut oil out of my mouth. I stopped trying for a while until I stumbled across a company that was selling little packets of flavored coconut oil to use for oil pulling. Of course, it cost more for 2 weeks of their product than an entire jar of coconut oil so I decided to make my own flavored coconut oil and that little choice changed my oral hygiene life. 

If you're like me and grossed out by oil pulling try adding some pure oils to flavor it. Make sure your coconut oil is already liquid and then add as many drops as you need to flavor to your liking. My favorite is plain old peppermint. Then swish it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes while doing something to distract yourself. I will usually throw something on tv, read, or catch up on emails while I do it. Hopefully this helps some of you like it has helped me. For those of you wondering if oil pulling actually works I can say that it has for me. My teeth are whiter and cleaner and there is no risk of sensitivity from using whitening systems. 

Have you tried oil pulling before? What was your experience like?