October 2012 empties

I’ve seen lots of other bloggers doing monthly “empties” posts, so I thought I’d jump on board with my own! I meant to post this a little sooner, but between the election, all of the news about Hurricane Sandy, and other things, I just haven’t gotten the chance.

I only have four empties this month: Jason Aloe Vera Body Wash, Giovanni Tea Tree Shampoo, Alba Botanica Plumeria Hawaiian Conditioner, and Queen Helene Olive Oil Hot Oil Treatment.

Thoughts on these products: The Jason body wash is vegan-friendly and chemical-free and comes in a jumbo liter size for about $14 at Target, which is a fantastic deal. I’m going to try to put up a review of this product soon. This body wash has a fairly gender-neutral, light aloe smell and gets you clean without being harsh on your skin. I’m not necessarily a huge fan of the smell simply because I prefer more girly body washes, but my husband likes this stuff so I will keep buying it for him. I know that it does come in other fragrances.

The Giovanni shampoo is one of my favorite hair products ever; I actually just wrote a full-length review on this, so I won’t repeat myself unnecessarily. Suffice it to say: I will definitely buy this again. It leaves my hair super-soft, shiny, and smelling like mint, but doesn’t strip away moisture or color. Love! You can pick it up for $8-$9 at Target or ULTA.

The Alba Botanica was another Target buy and was actually on clearance–but don’t worry, you can still find it for $10.50 at the company’s website. This is another product that I really need to review soon, because as cheesy as it sounds, it was a life-changer for me. The extra $$$ for a conditioner that is chemical-free is really a worthwhile investment; I think it’s safe to say that my color lasts twice as long with this formula as opposed to a regular drugstore conditioner! It also leaves my hair very soft and shiny. I’ll definitely repurchase this in the future.

The final product is the Queen Helene hot oil, and out of the whole batch of empties, this is probably the one that I am least impressed with. To be fair, I look for products that will make my hair silky and moisturized, and this is geared more toward people worrying about strength and breakage. However, the product was a bit difficult to use (compared to conditioning masques) and after using the three tubes, I just didn’t feel like it made enough of a difference for my hair to buy another package. If you’re interested, it costs about $5, and I will be doing a full review of it soon. It’s not a bad product, just not one I’ll rush out to buy again.

So those are my empties for October 2012! If you are doing monthly empties posts leave me a link in your comment so I can check them out!

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