Cheap Thrills – Suave Exhale Calming Body wash Lavender Vanilla

You’ve seen me in stores. I’m the woman opening the tops of products, creating testers when there aren’t any testers. Sniffing at stuff. Discreetly squeezing out a bit to test the consistency and feel. Fragrance is a make or break issue for me since I am fragrance sensitive, especially to chemically created fragrances. Not for me Garnier Fructis, Pantene or Clairol Herbal Essences or VO5 Moisture Milks. So when I find an inexpensive, effective product with a non-irritating fragrance — happy dance!

I first saw Suave Exhale at Target for around $2.00 and couldn’t believe the price. It wasn’t on sale. It has a lovely faint soothing scent and lists Vitamin E, Honeybush leaf extract, Provitamin B5, and White Tea extracts in the ingredients. As a body wash it works well; creamy suds that go a long way and rinse off well. And it doesn’t dry out my skin.

After using up my bottle I went back for more and couldn’t find it, so I bought Suave Naturals Lavender Vanilla Calming Body Wash, thinking it was a repackage. They are not the same. It has a strong bottom note of eau de cheap perfume that you don’t want to inhale. Unilever, how dare you!

So has Suave discontinued Exhale, reformulated it, or what? Recently I snagged five bottles of the Exhale at another store so I’m set for awhile. But if they discontinue this in favor of the stinky reformulation, I won’t be happy. I saw a Lime Verbena version on the web. Has anyone used it? Check in please.

What’s your cheap thrill?

Ingredients: Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Fragrance, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea, White Tea) Leaf Extract, Cyclopia Intermedia (Honeybush) Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Acrylates, PEG 5 Cocamide, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ammonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Etidronic Acid, Sorbitol, Sodium PCA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Ext Violet 2 (CI 60730), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)


Coffee Talk

I gave up coffee and Splenda in April and surprisingly my skin has improved. I no longer have to use concealer to brighten the dark spaces on the inside of my eyes by my nose. They are gone!

Since quitting, I had one cup of full decaf, and it didn’t taste very good. So it was the caffeine that kept me drinking coffee — and gave me a 5-day headache after quitting, until I drank some yerba mate. This was as serious an addiction as cigarettes and as hard to quit. Now my new hot beverages are Guayaki Chocolatte Mate and Taylors of Harrogate Scottish Breakfast Tea with soy creamer. And I make smoothies. Instead of Splenda I use stevia from NuNaturals.

I still miss the coffee ritual: grinding the beans every other day (decaf and full caf mixed), brewing the coffee, frothing the milk, garnishing with nutmeg and cinnamon. That cup of coffee was better than anything you could get at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or a gourmet coffee place. Even Quebrada Bakery in Wellesley where they make some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted and where I got a taste for Ethiopian. Their Dancing Goats was so good.

I used Ethiopian Sidamo beans for the caffeine mixed with Whole Foods Everyday Decaf beans.

Yes, I’m coffee reminiscing. Not as good as drinking it.

Coffee drinking face

Non-coffee drinker face
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