The Scent of Chamomile [Product Review]

In my bathroom we hang our toilet paper “over” verses “under.” The new Charmin Chamomile Scented bathroom paper was hung over on the holder. I kept the door closed, when the door was opened there was an immediate aroma of the chamomile. That was a fresh, clean almost shampoo like scent.

Do you hang it OVER or UNDER?!

The Over Orientation
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I received a 6 double roll of this chamomile scent bathroom tissue, complimentary for testing purposes.  Included inside the Bzzkit   were 5 coupons for $1.50 a purchase of this Charmin product.

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Charmin bathroom tissue paper with a Chamomile scent is a product of Protector & Gamble. Charmin has always been a thicker tissue paper thus more absorbent bathroom tissue paper. This product has the seal of “Good Housekeeping.” Which to you, the consumer means the following…

This is Good Housekeeping’s LIMITED WARRANTY: If any product that bears our Seal proves to be defective within two years from the date it was first sold to a consumer by an authorized retailer, we, Good Housekeeping, will replace or repair the product or refund the purchase price. – GoodHousekeeping.com

This is a reassuring thing to know, however I’m not sure how toilet paper can become defective, unless it gets wet in its package.

What I didn’t like about this product:

  • I found it difficult to use this product as a secondary item. I have been known to use bathroom tissue paper as emergency tissue for my nose, especially if I get a bloody nose (due to weather & allergies). The strong aroma of chamomile was just that – strong.
  • A concern I had, even though the product states that the paper roll is the item that is scented, the tissue paper still must get permeated. How does that affect the gentle areas of a woman’s body? It’s just a thought. Doctors tell women “don’t use any perfumed products, etc.” Or have they stopped saying that and I’m just a bit behind the times?
  • Once the package was open the chamomile scent was no longer a strong one.
  • The package states 6 double rolls = 12 regular rolls. However, Charmin’s idea of a double roll doesn’t seem like it. Each roll has 165 2-ply sheets.

What I did like about this product:

  • The softness of the paper.
  • The thickness of the paper. It is 2-ply. A definite difference.
  • The scent of the chamomile. It had a clean, fresh scent like shampoo.
  • Pretty flower design on the tissue paper.

Would I buy this product? Probably not. Because the aroma is a bit too strong for the multiple purposes that I tend to use bathroom tissue paper for. A tissue substitute for a running nose, wiping watery eyes.

If you are a smart consumer, pinching those pennies (like me) wanting to get more for your buck, be aware of the cost and amount of sheet per roll. I went to my local Wal-Mart to buy some toilet paper. Charmin Chamomile scented bath tissue was not anywhere to be seen. I took some photos so you can get an idea of cost & amount of tissue paper you get for the price. I’m gonna pass on any future purchase of Charmin Chamomile scented bath tissue paper.

 This product was sent to me complimentary from BzzAgent.com for testing purposes, resulting in this blog post sharing my honest opinion.

Dropping these coupons off at work, in the break room. #GotitFree #ChamomileSoothesMe

Dropping these coupons off at work, in the break room. #GotitFree #ChamomileSoothesMe

Softlips & Bikini Ready [Review]

This is my fourth VoxBox. This is called the “Vitality Vox Box.”

Here are two of the products that were inside this box.

 

Below is a podcast giving the review. Background music provided by Jacques Bertram, Hopefall and Marcin Brzozowski

Softlips Cube

Distributed by The Mentholatum Company. This lip balm has a unique design. It’s a cube, with the balm supported by the lid. The concept is opposite of the standard lip balm products. Also comes in 3 different flavors (Pomegranate Blueberry, Fresh Mint, Vanilla Bean). Softlips product provides 5  lip cares in one. It hydrates, replenishes, smooths, protects and shines your lips.

What did I like:

  • is the unique cube design. The lip product is completely opposite of the standard lip care products [See Photo Gallery Below].
  • The scent of the Pomegranate Blueberry.
  • That I don’t use my finger to apply the product and then have to find a place to wipe my finger off on.
  • The smooth feeling that I get on my lips after applying it.

What I did NOT like:

  • Is that the product didn’t last long on my lips, had to reapply often.
  • Cube is uncomfortable to have in a jeans pocket.
  • Price – retails for $3.49

I would buy this if I was in desperate need for lip balm, which has happened in the past. I must have some sort of lip moisture on. I do not like chapped, dry lips. I wear it 24/7. I will probably keep my Softlips cube in my mechanics bag on my Harley. It will serve its purpose, sun protection & hydration. Those are the important things.

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Bikini Ready Energy Gummies

Manufactured for Inergetics, Inc. These sugar-coated gummies aid in boosting your metabolism and increasing your energy. Only 45 calories per gummie. You get your vitamin B12 and caffeine and that’s where your energy comes from. This product is meant to be used with a healthy diet and an exercise program. A bottle of 50 gummies run about $15.

What I did like:

  • Is that the gummies really do give you that “burst” of energy. I ate them in the late afternoon to get me over that hump, carry me through the low part of the day when I wanna fall asleep.
  • Tastes pretty decent for 50 mg of caffeine. There is a slight bitter taste, but you do know it’s got few ingredients.
  • There are 3 different flavors inside the bottle. There are 50 gummies in the bottle.

What I did NOT like:

  • Nothing.

Would I buy this product in the future? Probably.

 

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Personalized Hair Color Is Easy [Review]

Recently I signed up for BzzAgent, in which I would be receiving complementary products for my testing purposes and sharing my honest opinion of that product.

I was invited to test a personalized hair dye product from eSalon.com

Before I received this product, I was sent to their website where I asked a few questions about my hair along with submitting a current photo of my hair color. At the end of the questionnaire you can pick your color. The website will not allow you to get crazy with the colors. You can not pick anything that is too light for a dark-haired person. The color I picked was “darkest brown with gold.” However there isn’t any golden in it. My hair is dark appearing almost black.

Within days of filling out my personalized information, I had received my personalized hair color. Just in time before I returned to work, which was a huge plus for this product.

You can listen to my podcast as I color my hair. It’s like being there with me as I test out this product.

eSalon Coloring Tools

This is $20 eSalon item

Included with this offer I received a $60 credit and purchased the “coloring tools.” This included a bowl, timer, battery, hair dye brush and 4 clips. The “Coloring Tools” kits is a $20 item.

What I liked about this product:

  • Arrived quicker than expected.
  • Very easy to use instructions.
  • Personalized hair color based on the answers I provided on the website questionnaire.
  • No strong order of chemicals.
  • The extra items that were included. Such as two pair of tight-fitting latex gloves. Stain guard and stain remover.
  • The scent of the conditioner was pleasant.

What I do not like about this product:

  • Cost.  It was a bit pricy. It’s $19.95 for an application. That might not be a lot for some, but for those on a budget it is a bit much. Worth it if you have the extra cash.
  • I think when it comes to hair coloring, it’s a gamble on getting the exact color you want. My color was a bit darker than what I expected. Not sure what the “gold” in the mix was meant for. Still alright, it covered the gray hair.
  • I colored my hair on Monday night, the gray hairs are already noticeable. Not a lot of them, however along my face the gray is peeking through.

I did not have any issues with using the website. I did not have difficulties receiving the package. It arrived in a very timely manner. Impressive to me. I did tell a few of my co-workers about this website and the idea of personalized hair color. Some seem interested, others seemed too leery about ordering stuff online.

I forgot to take a “before” photo. However, I did have some photos posted here just a few days before the color treatment. The header photo at the top of the page was taken the morning prior to the treatment. There is really no difference, which is ok. I was more concerned with covering up the gray hair.

Would I recommend this product? Not sure. If you’re in a hurry, then it’s worth the drive to the store to get a box of hair dye. However, if you’re planning something special, such a wedding, class reunion or something of that nature, which you can wait for the dye to arrive and want something that works – I would say “yes.” However, I am wondering if some of the higher end hair dyes work just as well for a bit of a lower price. I know some home hair color treatments cost anywhere from $3.00 up to $15. I think it boils down to your budget allowance and time. I probably won’t be re-ordering any more, just because the extra money just isn’t there.

[I received this product complementary from BzzAgent & eSalon for testing purposes. This post is based on my personal experience. 100% my opinion.]

Accuflora [Review]

Accurflora is a probiotic supplement that can be taken up to twice a day for a 12 hour support. Accurflora contains 5 beneficial stains of probiotics, which is listed on the information pamphlet [See Photo A] It’s the good bacteria that is found in yogurt. It is made to provide an internal balance to your digestive system after you’ve eaten fast food or dairy products.

Accuflora is made is the USA and distributed by the Church & Dwight company. This company also distributes other products such as Arm & Hammer, First Response, Oxi Clean and Trojan. Did I mention Church & Dwight also distributes the Spin Brush?

The things I DID like about Accuflora:

  • Was that within 24 hours I noticed a deceased in stomach bloating. This even was during my menstrual cycle. The relief of my discomfort is a major plus for this product.
  • I did notice a sense of regularity after 48 hours of using accuflora.
  • The caplets were easy to swallow. I didn’t notice any bitter or medication like taste.

The things I DID NOT about Accuflora:

  • That the statement “accuflora contains a blend of 5 beneficial strains of live active cultures to help support digestive health.” Followed by the list of the 5 live cultures have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.
  • I noticed an increase of my Acid Reflux. I can’t say with certainty that was due to this product, however when I didn’t take the second pill in the evening (after dinner) I didn’t have any problems.
  • After the 14 day challenge I really didn’t notice any difference besides the decrease in bloating.

 

I did take the 14 day challenge. I started with two caplets twice a day, in the mornings and in the evenings. I didn’t notice any stomach upset. It was pretty basic & simple. It is recommended that this product be kept refrigerated after opening for best results. I wonder about the expiration date and it’s effect on the product. The product does contain some milk. Would it lose it’s potency the longer it sits on the shelf? I wonder should it have a “Best Used By” label as well as an expiration date.

I would take this more often due to my digestive imbalance due to stress and aging. As a professional CDL driver, I tend to be under stress a lot due to driving, trying to prevent accidents, time schedules, etc. I eat fast food, mostly on the run, while driving. This product is a great addition to my daily supplemental intake. I did find that this product is only available in certain stores (in my area) such as Target and CVS. The average cost is around $10 for 60 caplets. Target does offer a cheaper price for an online purchase. Not sure I would continue to buy this product just due to it’s an added monthly expense, however I will consider taking it during my menstrual cycle only because it works (for me) far better for bloating than the standard medication such as Midol or Pamprin.

 

[I received this product complimentary from Smiley360 for testing purposes. The opinion above is 100% mine.]

Smiley360

Truly Radiant [Review]

I recieved the New Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste and the Truly Radiant Spinbrush from Smiley360. I was rather excited to get this. I had seen it out in stores recently, wondered how well it worked. I am conscious about my teeth since I’ve had braces, oral surgeries since I was little. All that for a beautiful smile, so dental products are always a plus for me.

Arm & Hammer is a multi-brand company that makes several products such as laundry care products, household deodorizers, personal care, pet care products. It is a trusted brand. The Truly Radiant toothpaste contains baking soda for fresh breath and removing plague. Active Calcium is for strengthening the tooth enamel. The loss of tooth enamel can cause sensitivity when eating hot & cold foods, along with tooth decay.  The peroxide assists in removing stains, restoring gloss to the teeth. The Truly Radiant Spinbrush has a switch on/off button. The button can also be held down for manual control. It requires 2 AA batteries and the brush head is replaceable.

I didn’t like:

  • When first using it, the toothbrush is very powerful. It does take some getting used to, if you’re not used to powered brushes.
  • The toothpaste does have a slight burning or stinging sensation (if you’re not used to it). I couldn’t wait to wipe it off my chin, because of the sensation. Continuing to get used to the product, the toothpaste isn’t as harsh as the first time.
  • As far as tongue brushing, the Spinbrush takes some getting used to. I shut it off for the tongue brushing.

I did like:

  • That after using the Spinbrush for the first time, using it like an actual dental brush it seemed to be much more comfortable. I brushed each tooth separately just like at a dental cleaning appointment.
  • I liked the way my teeth felt after brushing. A smooth, clean, just walked out of the dentist office feel.
  • That the Spinbrush heads are replaceable. A package of two heads costs around $9.00, that should last six months. I toss my toothbrush every 3 months or so.
  • That the Spinbrush works on 2 AA batteries.
  • The design of the brush head. There is a circle at the top with two rings of elongated bristles, which changes colors when its time to replace the head. Then there is the bottom half of the brush that moves up & down.
  • I take more time brushing my teeth, more aware of cleaning each tooth.
  • Inexpensive & effective.

My Recommendation: This oral hygiene product is easy to use. Although it may take some getting used to, if you’re not used to powered toothbrushes. It’s worth the cost. The Spinbrush runs around $9.00 and the toothpaste runs around $4.00.  I’m 100% satisfied with both the toothpaste and spinbrush. I will continue to use this product.

[I received these products complimentary from Smiley360 for testing purposes. The opinion above is 100% mine.]

Smiley360

Super 8 in Ringgold Georgia [Review]

My Beloved had a video gamer friend he wanted to meet for the first time. This friend just happened to live in Ringgold, Georgia. I decided to drive from Illinois the 10 hours there. I did forget the hour time difference. OPPS.

This town didn’t seem to big from the exits that I’ve seen. We decided to stop at the Super 8 off Exit 348. This review doesn’t have any photos, because I forgot due to exhaustion.

This review will be short & not so sweet. The management was friendly & helpful. Telling us about the tornado that happened a few years back and sadly destroyed many businesses in the area.

I didn’t like:

  • The way the room smelled when we first opened it up. Like mildew, stuffy wet room.
  • The bed wasn’t the most comfortable, pillows too soft. (had my mine)
  • Was way too expensive for what the room looked like and the over all experience. ($90 per night)
  • Breakfast was coffee, bagels, hot & cold cereal, cinnamon roll, juice and waffles. This breakfast was better than the one at Econo Lodge in Tifton Georgia. A lot cleaner, well-kept and roomier.
  • No swimming. Not a very big parking lot.

I did like:

  • The rooms were on the first floor.
  • The parking was one way diagonal parking across the room.
  • The photo over the headboard of the bed. Was a really cool cityscape.
  • The wifi required a password. Once I need it, I could leave and come back and not have to log-in again. It was just automatic. Unlike having to agreeing to the contract every time.

I would not recommend this hotel based on my personal experience. It’s too expensive for the over all experience you receive. If you’re in a pinch and need to get off the road for the night then go for it. However, check out the Holiday Inn Express behind it. I’m sure they will be overpriced as well. Good Luck.

Econo Lodge in Tifton Georgia [Review]

I was traveling to Tifton Georgia for my oldest son’s wedding. However, I wanted to make sure that we had a place to sleep where we arrived there. I used TripAdvisor at first, but I really didn’t like their reviews, most importantly the prices that were offered. Most of the reviews were really negative, which had me worried. I continued looking for an inexpensive hotel to stay. I couldn’t see spending $100 per night for just a few extras. I used hotels.com, booking.com to get an idea of prices, along with TripAdvisor.

I continued to read the reviews. I found that it was cheaper for me to go directly to the website of the hotel, after I read online about someone having to pay a third-party fee or full price. In my opinion those third-party apps tend to be more expensive. I reserved two rooms with a king bed, after reading some of the reviews on their website. Their price was $65 per night, cheaper by $25 from the night before at the Super 8.

New logo (2008–present).

New logo (2008–present). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Econo Lodge in Tifton, Georgia.   Econo Lodge is part of Choice Hotels. I signed up for the Choice Privileges Program. I noticed a slight discount and points for free overnight stays. The Econo Lodge is located along Interstate 75. There are two separate buildings with the swimming slightly in the middle (layout forms an “L”). There is an upper & lower floors, stairs are open concrete. I prefer the lower level.

I didn’t like:

  • There was no ice bucket in the room, just the lid. A small mistake by housekeeping.
  • The “free” breakfast consisted of bagels or toast. Coffee, apple and orange juice. Selection of cold and hot cereals. A very small cinnamon bun (local Walmart brand).
  • The inside of the pool looked or was stained. There was no liner, the concrete just looked stained, but the pool water was very clean along with the pool area itself.
  • That the mounted TV was slightly off-center from the bed, which at times made it difficult to use the remote from different angles.

I did like:

  • Outside entry doors. This is a matter of personal preference. I prefer having my car parked right outside my room window, instead having to walk inside a building, similar to an apartment building.
  • There was an iron, ironing board, microwave and mini refrigerator in the room.  We had traveled almost 1000 miles. We needed to keep our food & soda cold. Along with ironing the clothes for the wedding, was needed after having them neatly folded in our suitcases.
  • I enjoyed having the TV mounted on the wall. This allowed for more free area in the room.
  • That the room was clean, didn’t smell musty, moldy.
  • The booklet inside the room that gave the visitor lots of helpful information. The different for TV & radio channels (alarm clock on night stand). Page for general information about guest laundry, ice machine, about rooms, pool hours. A page with a map of rooms. Page with local business in the surrounding area.
  • The site is off Interstate 75. The shopping mall is within walking distance and several other small shops close by.
  • That the office staff was very friendly and helpful.
  • It was a relief to know that even after making a reservation, that they will hold a room for me
  • FREE wifi. However, I had to log in every time I returned to the lodge. There is no password required, only works inside the building. Sometimes there were times when I was kicked off while in my room. Quickly logged back on.

I would recommend this Econo Lodge for an over night stay or even for longer. We stayed two nights. I was pleased with the over all facility and service. I will continue to use the Econo Lodge in Tifton Georgia will I return for family get togethers. I was not disappointed with any of it, including the price.

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for writing this review. This review is based on my experience using this Econo Lodge in Tifton, Georgia.

Vow Vox Box 2 [Review]

This is the second part of my Vow Vox Box product review.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. This product was very disappointing. It is a pretty color, however it is just too light. Maybe use this for french tip, in place of the white color. But I wouldn’t recommend it as a solid base color. This product states that it is 7  nail benefits in one bottle. A base coat, strengthner, growth treatment, color, top coat, chip-resistant, gel shine. I will say it doesn’t chip easily. Just not a big fan of the color. This sells around $5.50 up to $8.00. No I would not pay either price for this. The applicator brush is unique, because it’s flat. However, there are streaks when applying the first coat. It doesn take several coats to cover up the streaks. I would try another color of this particular nail product to see if the results are the same. There are 56 shades to choose from.

Tide to Go. This is a travel size instant stain remover. I’ve used this before. Loved it! It works great on the run. I keep on in my purse for emergencies. I use it as a pre-stain remover. I seen these sell for $1.00 and up. You can purchase 3 in a pack for around $8.00

Riley & Grey. Is a wedding website. Where couples can build their wedding website from scratch. This is a great thing to have so that any & all family & friends can view the beautiful & very special day for their loved ones. Here is a link for the FAQ page to give you an idea about the site. I will be giving this to my future daughter in law to set up for her & my oldest son to show off their southern wedding.

All my discount information in on the back of this card.

All my discount information in on the back of this card.

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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