Sea Breeze Body Shampoo Cool & Deodorant: a Mini Review

Sorry for the massive gap in posts, the struggle to get wordpress to upload photos or any other graphics has been real, let me tell you. WHYYYYYYY wordpress, why? Anyway, on to the Sea Breeze …

Anyway, I’ve had this ginormous vat of body wash for a while, and now that I’m about halfway through the bottle, I feel very comfortable offering my thoughts on Sea Breeze body shampoo.

Sea Breeze

I have seen this product for a while, and have gone through several bottles of the Sea Breeze body splash deodorants (including my bottles being used by friends as a sort of joke on other girls, as the cooling factor in them is quite, errr, refreshing). But I’m lazy, and bar soap is my usual go-to for home cleansing. I know bar soaps can be drying for some, but I don’t usually have an issue with them.

But … what I do have an issue with, is being stinky. I typically work out a good bit, and I live in a very hot and humid environment that I am totally not acclimated to, even now (I moved from Alaska to Okinawa, y’all). To add insult to injury, my skin doesn’t tolerate anti-perspirants AT ALL. They send me  into a giant itch fest, manically clawing at my armpits in public. AKA, way more embarrassing than sweating.

So, I found after moving here almost five years ago, that my old deodorants didn’t cut the mustard (like, at all). Also, less-than-daily showering didn’t cut it, either. I found a deodorant that works for me better than anything on the planet (Soft Stone btw) but still, I was generating more stink quicker than I (anyone) preferred.

Enter the Sea Breeze deodorant body shampoo. To cut to the chase, yes, this is a win and yes, you should buy it. Why? First, it’s a giant vat of product (with a pump!) for a low price. Second, despite advertising being cooling and deodorizing, it doesn’t dry my skin out at all. What it does do, and do well, is cleanse my skin thoroughly (without stripping it) and keep me stink-free longer than not using it.

Scent: in line with most Japanese products, there is a very slight minty scent  while using it, but it does  not cling or linger on your skin after using it. Feel: not heavily moisturizing, but not stripping at all. Has a short-term, low-key minty tingle for your skin. After effect: lives up to its deodorant claim and staves off BO longer than any other body wash or soap I’ve used, to include American products marketed for men (manly men!).

Because Japan, you can buy little refill pouches too, making it even more economical if you decide to repurchase.

 

Will I repurchase? YES. Who would I recommend it for? Anybody but the most sensitive-skinned, and particularly for active people, this should work well for the whole family.

Merry Blogmas From Japan! My Last Gift Guide of the Season

Merry blogmas! Or, it’s holiday blog gift guide season. This is the last one of the season (from me) … We’re hitting our mail-by date tomorrow here in Okinawa (and incoming gifts from the states probably won’t get here in time if ordered now). But, if you want to send a little taste of Japan to a friend in another part of the world this season, this guide is for you! Continue reading “Merry Blogmas From Japan! My Last Gift Guide of the Season”

MAC Holiday Collection: Best Bets

MAC cosmetics does … well, a lot of limited editions now. Like, every other day some new collab seems to roll out. Their holiday sets have been around for a while, though, and are usually pretty great. This year, the holiday collection has one huuuuuuuuge star: the bags. I know, it should be the cosmetics but OMG the bags. They’re amazing-fantastic-ridiculous.

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holiday collection
OMG see what I mean? LOOOOOOOK at it! Plus it comes with three pretty rose gold pigments, all for $29.50.

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Spring Wardrobe Refresh, or Stitch Fix, part deux: my stylist is the best and my spring wardrobe is ready to transition out of winter (and out of hobo)

Today was a real shit show. My anxiety levels were over the top as adulting proved itself to be the overrated pile of garbage it often does. As there often is though, there was indeed a rainbow after the rain today, which came in the form of my (eagerly anticipated) second Stitch Fix. I was hoping my stylist, whom had already done a great job with box one, was going to transform me from craptastic hobo to stylish hobo in one fabulous capsule of five spring transition pieces. Hello new spring wardrobe!

Stitch Fix winter transition to spring
There she is! My second spring transitioning Stitch Fix!

Last month, I ended up keeping 3 out of five of my fixes. The two I sent back weren’t bad, they just didn’t fit my ‘if I don’t LOVE it it can’t stay’ ethos, courtesy of konmari.

While I’m sure you’ve heard of Stitch Fix, the subscription box of stylist-curated clothing and accessories, you may be wondering what actually gets sent your way, and how invested the stylists are in getting you down pat.  Well, in my experience, they are very organized and, utilizing your input and feedback from their site along with a Pinterest board link if you have one, they send five items at your preferred interval.

Here’s what I got in my second box, my spring wardrobe box (after one box sent, with feedback provided by me on every item sent previously).

Indianan Graphic Print Mixed Material Tee
Item one, a mixed material tee from Indianan.
Stitch Fix Winter transition into spring wardrobe
Item 2: Verse Dilis Dress
Stitch Fix Winter transition to spring wardrobe
Item 3: Jensine Split Neck Blouse, made in the USA!

 

Stitch Fix Accessories
Item 4: Gold feather pendant necklace from Romolo
Stitch Fix shorts spring wardrobe
Item 5: Dear John cuffed denim shorts

Like before, my Stitch Fix stylist sent a note (nicely asking how my trip to Cambodia went as I had asked for travel-friendly pieces for my first fix) along with cards showing different outfit ideas for each of the pieces. I love these, as I am fashion-challenged.

I was excited when I looked at the sneak peeks in the app once I got my shipping notice. I was a little concerned about a. the print on the split neck blouse and b. how the denim shorts were going to fit in the booty. Butt fit is a crucial thing with denim as we all know, and after searching the interwebs and striking out on a butt pic of these shorts, I was a bit concerned.

I try on all the things

Fret not though, everything in this fix fit great. The split neck blouse was much better in person, and it was just enough outside my comfort zone to be fun and fresh (part of the reason to sign up for Stitch Fix, right?).

On my particular booty, these shorts are cute but they aren’t life changing, if you know what I mean. The length and color are cute and wearable. They are a good level of coverage for a spring wardrobe (versus the short shorts I see in the summer here). For reference, I’m 5’8″ish and wear a 6 in Express jeans. My stylist sent these in a size 28 and they fit fine, no weird bagginess or tight spots anywhere.

My Stitch Fix stylist sent a piece of jewelry this time too, a gold toned feather pendant. The chain is very delicate and feminine, and the length is perfect with each of the tops and dress. I’m not always a big accessory person (remember, I’m also hopelessly unstylish), but I really love this pendant. Very nice addition to my new little spring wardrobe.

spring wardrobe choices from stitch fix
Mixed material tee with the pendant

Note that my shoulders do look rather broad here, it’s not really the shirt’s fault, my shoulders are just like that. Beeeeeefcaaaaaake.

All of the tops and the dress she sent are not clingy. They are figure forgiving, without being baggy, shapeless or unflattering. They’re all long enough for my ridiculously-long torso, and all show off my shoulders, which is a feature I enjoy about my bod.

The Verse dress is a very wearable length and the arm holes adequately cover a bra–no gaping! The top is made of a double layer of the dress fabric, and the skirt is lined with a silky separate layer, which should eliminate the need for extra layers when it’s hot out.

Stitch Fix spring wardrobe sundress
Here’s the dress with a belt.

The dress doesn’t hug the body at all, so I tried it belted as well. I don’t have much of a waist so I don’t typically wear belts, but I thought it looked cute.

stitch fix spring wardrobe
Booty coverage! Hurrah!

Both tops dipped in the back for a good amount of butt coverage, which is nice as well when you are looooong as your back stays covered too, even when you sit or stretch or do whatever you need doing when you don’t want your bizness showing.

My Conclusion on Stitch Fix #2, Spring Wardrobe Edition

Loved everything, kept everything. You get 25% off everything if you keep it all, which can put you in a conundrum if four things are rad and one is meh, because the fifth thing is often freeish if you buy the whole box. But, this wasn’t a problem with my spring wardrobe Stitch Fix. I am very excited to wear everything. And hopefully NOT look like a hobo.

If you’re interested in trying out Stitch Fix, please consider subscribing through my referral code. I’m not an affiliate in any way with Stitch Fix, and using this code won’t cost you anything; it just credits my SF account with a nice little bonus if you sign up.