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I was recently sent this lovely, all natural petroleum jelly alternative balm called Waxelene for review.

It’s a very simple balm moisturizer with a short and simple list of ingredients : Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Organic Rosemary Oil, and Natural Vitamin E ( from soy beans ).

I really, really  love this natural alternative to petroleum jelly because it has super healing properties and is very effective, but the formula is uncomplicated and easily pronounced.

This balm reminds me a lot of the Egyptian Magic Skin Cream ( see my review on that – here ), only this has a much more pleasant smell than that one in my opinion. Both are pretty equally effective, though this one is a lot more affordable.

I’ve used this balm all over my face and body, on cuts, scars and any skin irritation or dryness I can find and it has done amazingly well. It has quickly healed cuts, scrapes and burns, leaving no scar behind. It hydrates my skin really nicely and doesn’t break me out. It actually does a nice job of sealing in all my skincare products for overnight repair treatment which I love. It moisturizes dry hands, nails and cuticles. I’ve even used it around my eyes and it doesn’t irritate them at all so if you have a small child, I think this would definitely be gentle enough to use on them as well. This is a solid medicine cabinet must have; I will definitely purchase this when I’ve run out.

Special thanks to Waxelene for making this awesome balm and giving me the opportunity to try it – it’s AWESOME!

You can learn more about and purchase the Waxelene balm – here.

Have you ever tried the Waxelene petroleum jelly alternative?

What are your thoughts about natural alternatives to petroleum jelly?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

♥ Tianna

Get Your Milk ‘Stache On With Fresh & Natural Dairyface Nourishing Facial Refreshers!

I have to admit that I’ve been meaning to post on these for awhile now, but I needed to test them all out first and experiment a bit to give the best feedback so that’s my excuse for not doing this until now and I’m sticking to it!

Anyway, these were sent for review by Dairyface and they’ve been very generous to send me samples of all of what they’re calling Nourishing Facial Refreshers, but they are seriously much more than that.

First off, they are as fresh as skincare can get in my opinion. They are composed of milk (of course) which includes loads of vitamins (A, B12, C, D & E), proteins, peptides, lactic acid, and probiotics and prebiotics to heal, calm, nourish and hydrate skin. Each NFR includes different herbs – Lavender Lovely (Lavender), Peppermint Creme (Peppermint), etc. These really just smell and look like yogurt for the most part, though there is a subtle scent of herbs underneath that as well. Since all of these are pretty much yogurt, they must be kept in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them and they last about 1-2 months. They’re sent to you quickly in an insulated package so they stay cool and fresh. Also, although they say single use on the little containers (you receive 2 per pack), they last a lot more uses than that. I’ve seriously piled this stuff onto my face just to see how much of it I could use up and there was still a lot left in the container even after that. I would say these could last from 4 uses to 8, depending on how much of it you use at any one time.

This is me with the Peppermint Creme NFR on and I’ve seriously piled it on as much as I could, including on my neck. Below is the container after I’ve used it twice and you can see I still have a lot left. 

So, each of these NFR’s has a different purpose, though they all seem generally the same in texture, feel and overall scent (yogurt). The Lavender Lovely does have an edge of subtle lavender scent and really helped to calm breakouts. If I was experiencing redness, I’ve gone and massaged it into my face for a minute before smoothing it over my face as a mask and leaving it on for 20 minutes before rinsing. Due to the lactic acid, there is some mild redness after, but it goes away within a few minutes and there’s no irritation. Just be sure to really rinse this off otherwise you will have peeling dried milk on your skin and it’s kind of annoying so yeah, rinse well. 

Although each of these is really cooling and relaxing because they are kept in the fridge, the Peppermint Creme one is especially relieving and relaxing to use and has a nice minty edge to it under the usual yogurt smell which I really like. I also find this one is great for breakouts and irritation as well. I’ve also found I love any of these in hot weather because they’re like instant relief from the heat…and now I’m wishing I had one on now. They’re that relaxing. Eye Caramba is specially formulate for underneath the eyes, but I’ve used it all over my face as well with great results. This one is specifically made to tighten, lighten and smooth fine lines around your eyes, though, and I think it does have some nice effects when used for this.

The Glad Allover is an interesting one. All of these can be used on both the face and body, but this one is specifically designed as a scrub for both face and body. I did try it once and it certainly does soften the skin, hydrate and gently exfoliate. I even used it as a hair mask to really great effects, but I recommend a few things to avoid some nasty smells later. First, if you use it on only your face and body, be sure to use an alternative body wash or soap after using this. Second, if you use this as a hair mask, you will need to shampoo your hair twice and condition once really well to make sure it’s all out of your hair. This is because if you leave any residue and there’s any amount of heat or humidity (I did this test on a super hot night), you will smell like rotting milk. It was not a pleasant smell to wake up to; in fact, I immediately showered because it was so gross. I don’t want to deter you from trying this out as a hair mask or body scrub because the effects are awesome, but you really can’t go without rinsing this off a few times with another soap given the nature of the ingredients. So that’s all I’m saying.

Lastly, I tried the Green Tea Magic. Very calming, a little herbal, and just as cooling as the others, this one is also great for irritation, calm skin and the caffeine in it will plump cells and reduce puffiness.

Overall, I really love these Nourishing Facial Refreshers from Dairyface!

They are truly a nice treat for the skin! Although they cost $26.99 for 2 “single use” packs, they actually go about 4-8 uses, depending on how much you use each time. I will definitely be using and purchasing these lovelies as long as they’re available. They make my skin feel super soft, hydrated, and they really do help with breakouts, especially the ones that feel really sore. They seem to bring the swelling down on those ones. Living in a hot climate, I also love that these are kept in the fridge because they feel so relaxing and “refreshing” to use as they are really cool going on. Also, they sent me a nice insulated bag to keep these lovelies in so that they’re always super cold. These are definitely worth a look if you’re into more natural face mask and treatment options.

Check out the full lines of Nourishing Facial Refreshers – Here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Dairyface for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of how I obtain products.

Special 2 for $20 For Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powders!

Normally priced at $15 each, for a limited time, Storybook Apothecary readers can get 2 full sized powders for only $20 !

Hurry While This Offer Lasts!

Purchase 2 Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powders for $20 – Here!

Just thought I’d mention really quick! The lovely Courtney Leiva @TheDollhouseBlog recently reviewed Storybook Apothecary’s Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powder and Snow’s Eternal Youth Elixir Serum!

Check out the review – here!

Also, definitely check out her other posts on health and beauty and follow her @CourtneyLeiva on Twitter for the latest in beauty, giveaways and more!

Thanks again Courtney!

New Photos for Storybook Apothecary’s Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powder!

“Snow” Shade

So, yesterday, Storybook Apothecary was featured in an article on Sheckys.com!

Check out the article – here!

Then I was so grateful to see it repeatedly tweeted by the super nice Courtney Leiva, the very talented blogger and beauty editor.

Check out her blog – here!

I was so excited because it hasn’t been featured anywhere in anything yet so it was really flattering to see someone feature the Snow’s Eternal Youth Elixir Serum!

I am so ecstatic about this!

Anyhow, just thought I would share some newly updated photos of the Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powder shades that I recently took!

What do you think?

“Goldilocks” Shade

I definitely feel it’s much better than the crappy photos I had before which were taken on my cell phone with the not so good camera.

(Droid X2, in case you were wondering)

“Chocolate” Shade

Luckily, I was able to borrow my mom’s amazing camera to take these with an awesome macro lens.

Better?

Unfamiliar with these powders?

Learn More about them in a post I wrote awhile back – here.

Or check them out in my Etsy Shop – here.

Thanks to everyone for all the encouragement and support; I appreciate it!