Foil packets have their moment, but deluxe samples are the best. With re-closable packaging and enough product to really get a feel for an item, these are one of my favorite ways to try out new products. My tendency is always to hold onto them on the vague notion of of using them when I travel, but with no travel plans in sight, I decided it was time to give these a whirl. Keep reading to see what I thought of these four items from Evolvh, The Body Deli, F. Miller Skincare, and Nourish Organic.
Evolvh SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner
Leave-in conditioners always function as second-day curl refreshers for me, so when I got this in the January Petit Vour box, I was cautiously excited even though the scent didn't seem like my cup of tea. Evolvh's products list only essential oils in the ingredients, but they smell very perfumey to me, and even - dare I say it - synthetic. Nonetheless, I saw a lot of good feedback on this product - and I'd already taken the photo for this post - so I decided to give it a try. As a leave-in conditioner, it worked fine, but I should have gone with my gut on the scent. I used it in my upstairs bedroom and it still managed to make half my house smell like perfume. The scent was also crazy strong in my hair, to the point where my mom - who is possibly even more scent-sensitive than me - could barely stand to be in the same room as me! I ended up having to take a mid-day shower to wash it out, and even after triple-shampooing, the smell was still noticeable in my hair. I'm not interested in calling anyone out, but I've never had such a difficult time getting rid of a 100% essential oil-based scent, which, combined with the scent itself, makes me a little skeptical. Take that for what you will.
The Body Deli Melon Foaming Cleanser
I always get sucked in by skincare products that promise to brighten and the combination of turmeric, licorice root and vitamin B-12 sounded great. After using the cleanser, I'm sort of on the fence. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. I like the fresh melon scent and it works fine, but I haven't noticed any brightening or other improvements in my skin while using it.
F. Miller Skincare Body Oil
F. Miller is a fairly new Toronto company and one I wasn't familiar with before attending a press event at The Cure Apothecary. Made with a blend of argan, jojoba, fractionated coconut, borage, sweet almond, sunflower, and apricot kernel oils, the oil feels deceptively light in texture for something that's actually very nourishing to the skin. The scent is an earthy/citrus blend with neroli, bergamot, frankincense, grapefruit, and palmarose essential oils. I enjoyed the sample, but if I were to splurge on a $60+ body oil, it would still be Lina Hanson's Global Body Serum.
Nourish Organic Coconut & Argan Body Lotion with Hibiscus
I've never been too impressed by Nourish's body lotions, but the Coconut & Argan has a slightly different formula that I like a lot more. It's both thicker and richer, and doesn't have the strong alcohol scent I'm used to from Nourish's lotions. I've mostly used it as a hand cream, as the mini size is perfect for carrying with you, and it's worked great. The coconut scent isn't my favorite, but it's not an overly strong or fake coconut like a lot of others. It reminds me of a cross between a fresh, young coconut and sunscreen. Unfortunately, it looks like Nourish has replaced this variety with a Tropical Coconut scent, but that one doesn't have the argan oil or hibiscus extract, so I don't know how similar it is. If you can find this version and you like coconut scents, I think it's worth picking up.
So, all in all, nothing I'm fully convinced to buy this time around, but I'm still glad to have had the chance to try these four items out. If you've used any of them, I'd love to know what you thought!
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