Sponsored: Review of Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Collection

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You know I won’t say no to free products, so when I was asked to review Herbal Essences’ Wild Naturals Shampoo/Conditioner/Hair Oil package, I clicked YES for a couple reasons. One, I hate spending money on necessary things. Two, I’ve never been impressed by shampoo/conditioner. And three, I actually do love hair oil and the one I had was running out.

As soon as I opened the package I received in the mail, I was awash in the sweet scent of this Wild Naturals line. Tropical. Fruity. It just smells amazing. Go to your closest drugstore and take a whiff! Unfortunately though, the shampoo and conditioner don’t really keep a scent on your hair once it is washed. Only the hair oil seems to.

The shampoo and conditioner don’t really fail, but they don’t really impress either. They just do their job. The real winner in this pack is the hair oil. When I walked into work with my hair down a fellow employee asked why my hair looked so good! A few days later I walked into a shoe store and bam, again a woman came up to me and complimented my hair.

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My secret I found was to use a few pumps because of my length, put my hair up in a bun or braid, then let it down once I was ready to go out. My hair looked voluminous, wavy, and healthy and people noticed.

For I think around $7 at the drugstore, and for the time it lasts, I would definitely recommend picking up Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Hair Oil. It makes your hair shiny, disguises split ends, and just smells so darn good!

*Somehow my roommate is unable to take a steady, well-composed photo…

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Chalkboard Art – Cartoons, TV, Anthropomorphism, & More!

I work at a burger restaurant which uses chalkboards to advertise its good. As I am constantly consuming pop culture, I’ve taken on the task of updating the boards every so often with everything from anthropomorphic fruits and veggies, to chalkboards starring favorite characters from King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Game of Thrones, and others. My favorite chalkboard art so far is my Sexy Flanders.

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DIY: Solid Perfume Tutorial

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Lately, I have been ‘pinning’ up a storm of DIY projects and I actually attempted one of them! Other Pinterest addicts can relate, I’m sure. Anyway, my sister and I tackled a do-it-yourself solid perfume project which has been making its rounds on the internet. I have always loved solid perfume and combined with the fact that it’s not always available in stores, this was a perfect day project to complete with my sibling. Sister time, yay!

As always before starting a new DIY project, I researched on Pinterest. There were a few websites which I consulted (which will be listed below) but we eventually came up with our own recipe using beeswax, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils.

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You may be thinking, where the heck do I purchase such things? For people in the Vancouver GVRD area, Wicks & Wax in Burnaby is a candle-making shop with very affordable beeswax and supplies with really great customer service. My chocolate bar sized hunk of wax only cost $4! They also have online ordering and wholesale rates, and even lip-balm flavours like raspberry which cost a couple bucks. You can’t go wrong with this place!

As for the coconut oil, I bought a tub of it for $7 at Superstore. I wanted to try Jojoba oil, but it was too expensive. The Vitamin E oil I picked up at Pharmasave (little gel capsules) and I bought a bunch of essential oils at Escents Aromatherapy near my place of work in Vancouver. I thought Superstore also carried essential oils, but I couldn’t find any at the Grandview location.

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I could’ve spent all day at Escents Aromatherapy, but I decided on the Aroma Blend Trio of Tuberose, Lilac, and Narcissus because I love floral scents and it was cheaper than buying them individually. For my base note, I decided on Cedarwood as it is more palatable than musk and the fact that it reminded me of my dad growing up as he worked in the forest industry. Plus, I live in the Pacific Northwest and anyone who says they dislike the smell of cedar doesn’t belong here! To round out the scents, I grabbed Mandarin (lighter and less one-note than Orange) to cut the heaviness of the florals and Noir Love (a blend of Jasmine and Violet) because it was 50% off. Who doesn’t love a deal?

Considering I wanted to try different blends of scents (I bought ten 1 oz. containers at Wax & Wicks), instead of mixing the oils right into the melted wax as the tutorials online suggested, I blended the oils with a toothpick in each individual container before pouring in the melted wax. Just don’t leave the toothpick in the oil blend, as the wood sucks the mixture up.

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How to make DIY solid perfume:

  1. Grate or chop up beeswax. I ended up using half a chocolate bar-sized brick of beeswax.
  2. Combine a 1:2 ratio of coconut oil to beeswax in a double boiler (stovetop was on low). Stir until melted. For about four 1 oz. tins filled halfway (as we were just testing out scents) I melted 4 HEAPING tbsps of beeswax to 2 tbsps coconut oil. Then I punctured a couple Vitamin E capsules to throw into the mix. If unsure about the consistency, grab a little spoon and let the melted wax solidify. Test.
  3. Mix your essential oils with a toothpick in a tin. I used about 10 drops.
  4. Pour melted wax into the tin and quickly stir with your toothpick until it begins to solidify. Leave for about 1/2 an hour. Then enjoy! Just make sure to write down your recipe as you go, for future reference.

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Overall, I would say that DIY solid perfume is a very fun and easy project to complete with another person but there would be some things I would change next time around:

  • Instead of the 1:2 coconut oil to beeswax mixture, I might increase it to 1:1 for a more malleable solid perfume. Don’t get me wrong, the 1:2 ratio works, but it’s about individual preference.
  • Increasing the ratio of the ‘lighter’ essential oils. Lavender and Cedar are very strong, even with 1 or 2 drops.
  • Try replacing coconut oil with jojoba oil and beeswax with soy wax, as coconut oil and beeswax can go rancid.
  • Replace the 1 oz. tins with different containers, like lockets for solid perfume necklaces or even seashells, and vintage jars and glasses for a retro look.
  • Find a way to make the perfume last longer. Might have to do with increasing the amount of essential oils.

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My Best Thrift Find? Is That Even Possible?

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What is your best or favorite thrift discovery? I don’t think I have one, but my find from the other day comes pretty darn close! Yesterday out of the blue I decided to hop into my truck and peruse a few local thrift stores. Value Village was my last stop, as the stores and my home make an easy to follow geographic circle which does not waste gasoline.

When I pop into a Value Village, I usually check jewellery first and then housewares around the periphery as the clothes are expensive considering they are second-hand items. I don’t want to find an awesome dress or skirt only to find out that I can’t afford it so usually I’ll avoid the center aisles. Lately, though, I have started to check out the art section because those items are generally inexpensive for their quality and rarity. Well, on this fair-weathered day, I found one of my most amazing finds: A BEAUTIFULLY FRAMED SIGNED LIMITED-EDITION PRINT BY EUGENE ISAAC!

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Eugene Isaac is a Northwest Coast Aboriginal artist [Kwakwaka’wakw] known for his paintings and carvings. I happened to stumble upon his Jada print of a yellow and blue butterfly which I immediately grabbed down from its shelf only to find out it was $20. $20!!!! How could someone give up this? And how could Value Village only sell it for $20?! Was I born with a horseshoe up my a–? So many questions flew through my head as my adrenaline shot through the roof.

When I finally waltzed up to the checkout till with this huge 30″x24″ piece of art, an old man came up behind me to ask whether I had just bought it and if he could take a gander. Wanting to show off my thrifting skills, I said of course and proceeded to bask in the glory of finding a gold-covered needle in a haystack full of worn crochet hooks. Isn’t that how the saying goes?

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After taking the print home and shining it up with a little bit of glass cleaner, I logged onto the computer to see if I could find the original price. And boy, did I ever score a deal! The print itself is worth $80 and the frame it is in is probably 2x that amount. Anyone who has had something framed knows how much $$$ it costs regardless of the value of its contents.

Now, as I admire the print just sitting here in my room, I wonder whether to keep it or to give it to my parents who love scoring deals as much as I do. The latter is most likely, as I want as many people as possible to see this print and to know that Value Village has amazing deals on art – all you have to do is dig around a bit!

EDIT: It is now hanging in the hallway at my parents’ place!

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To view some of Eugene Isaac’s carvings, click HERE
To buy some of his work, click HERE or HERE