Product review: Adovia Natural Dead Sea Mud Soap

(Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.)

 

The product: Adovia Natural Dead Sea Mud Soap; $16/4.4-oz. bar. Available through Amazon.com.

The claim: Great for eczema, psoriasis or acne. Dead Sea mud minerals keep the skin hydrated while also cleansing to remove impurities. Made with natural and animal-friendly ingredients.

Ingredients: 80% Palm/ 20% Palm Kernel oil, Dead Sea Salts, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Deionized Water (Aqua), Natural extract (Fragrance).

My experience: I’m not a big fan of using bar soaps to wash my face. For the most part I find that they fall into one of several categories: too drying, too abrasive, doesn’t clean well enough, leaves a film, etc. In short, just not up to par for cleaning my sensitive, somewhat dry yet acne-prone skin.

This soap is really different from anything else I’ve tried. It does a wonderful job of cleaning my oily T-zone without over-drying, and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling scummy. My skin just feels super-clean and pleasant. I do think it’s helping reduce my breakouts, which is awesome, since I’ve been going through a period of stress-related breakouts recently and nothing else seems to be taming them. I don’t have eczema or psoriasis so I can’t say how it would help with those skin conditions.

This soap does have a very faint earthy smell, owing to the natural ingredients. Personally I’m fine with that, especially compared to harsh chemical fragrances (which my skin typically finds irritating). I don’t think the scent would be an issue for most users, since it isn’t overpowering.

My final review: 9/10. It’s a little pricey unless you snag it on sale, but overall I do think it’s a worthwhile investment for problem skin, and it’s a pretty generous size for a bar.

(I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

Thought Questions, day 74: What does it mean to be human?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 74: What does it mean to be human? I would say empathy makes us human. It’s about more than just the ability to recognize another person’s emotions as happy or sad–you’re able to connect with them on a deeper level and understand those emotions.

I’ve known a few people in my life who have no empathy, and they’re never pleasant to know. You can’t have a human connection with someone like that.

Thought Questions, day 73: To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!
Day 73: To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? I would like to think I’ve controlled it a good bit. Some choices have to be made by us, and in other instances we’re placed in situations where we have a great deal of control over our next move based on our reaction to the situation. You can suffer a defeat and give up or you can choose to keep pushing. I think we have a lot more control over the course we take than we realize.

Ten on Tuesday: noodles and road trips

1. I had a dream on Sunday that I got a baby raccoon for a pet. So adorable!

2. Yesterday we celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Hard to believe three years have flown by already!

3. A girlfriend and I decided we’re heading on a road trip to see The Black Keys this October. Going to be so awesome.

4. I can’t get enough noodles lately–pasta, Pad Thai, etc. I could just eat noodles all day long.

5. I finally got a few edible plants to add to the flowers on the porch–edamame, strawberries, lavender, basil, oregano and mint. Hopefully they’ll grow up nice and healthy (and the cats don’t trample on them).

6. The squirrels have discovered that if they dangle by their toes from the corner of the roof, they can reach the bird feeder for a tasty snack. I swear there is just no way to protect a feeder from these little guys! I have to give them points for determination.

7. I was so excited for the sun last week, and now it’s rainy and cool again. :(

8. One more month until my vacation! Ten days off, woohoo.

9. If I ever get a dog I hope it’s a corgi.

10. I’ve got to brush up on my braiding skills. Summer demands it!

Thought Questions, day 72: Is there such a thing as perfect?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 72: Is there such a thing as perfect? Yes, in some things. Perfect symmetry exists in some parts of nature, though I think it’s the exception rather than the rule. However, I think by and large perfection is boring. Imperfections are far more interesting, not only on a level of visual appeal but in everyday life as well.