All right- time to sneak in one more post during the month of January!
I’m pretty hard on my hands and nails, being that I work with a lot of polish, gel and acetone in my line of work. I’m always on the lookout for things that will be kind and replenish my poor dried out fingers and toes. I’ve used LUSH Lemony Flutter for a while and liked it, but was ready for something new. I’m also a scent junkie so I wanted to try something with a new smell.
Enter Sunny’s Body Products. (Just a note: I do not get paid for reviews in any way and buy the products myself. I just enjoy sharing cruelty-free/indie options whenever I can!)
Most of my purchases were samples so I could try a bunch of different scents- there are dozens to choose from!
First up is Sunny’s Miracle Balm.
I got samples in Hyacinth, Pikake Flower and Aloha scents. Scents are intensely personal, and what smells good to one person will not necessarily appeal to another. But the scents are nice- not overpowering, but enough so you can get a whiff for a while after application. The Aloha scent smells a bit like a Pina Colada mix. The Pikake Flower is a pretty tropical floral but not super true to the actual flower (but bear in mind I am a snob since I’m lucky enough to have a bunch of pikake trees right outside my window). Sorry, freezing people of the world! I didn’t mean to rub that in. ;)
But the real standout for me is the Hyacinth. It actually smells like a real honest to goodness hyacinth, which is one of my all-time favorite scents. It always reminds me that spring is around the corner. This balm got it just right.
Scents aside, all the Miracle Balms perform really nicely. They are waxy and thick and feel a bit gritty in the tub but are smooth on. I use them on my cuticles at bedtime and wake up with happy hands. All the scents I tried sink in quickly, if you would rather use them during the day. A little goes a long way- I’ve hardly made a dent in the sample size even after a couple weeks. The ingredients in all appear to be the same: Shea Butter, Beeswax (so it’s not strictly vegan), Candelilla Wax, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Garlic (?!), Biotin, Fragrance Oil.
All in all, a nice product for those hardworking hands and priced very competitively against my previous standby, LUSH Lemony Flutter. I’d love to see this in a vegan option without the beeswax, but almost all cuticle balm type products do contain it, including LUSH’s.
Luckily, for our strict vegan buddies, there’s a nice Hand Sugar scrub product in the line which will give you some beeswax-free moisturization.
I got the Sugar Scrub in Oak Barrel Cider (maybe I was feeling nostalgic for New England?). Nice woodsy cider smell. Yum. It’s a sugary gritty scrub but it is super-saturated with oils so it left me greasy even after washing. I personally am not fond of that oil slick feeling, but I found that if I massaged the leftover oil into my forearms, it soaked in much more easily. I recommend using this right before bed, maybe during a nighttime shower or bath, then massaging in the leftover oil onto any dry parts. I did wake up with lovely soft hands the next morning after using this at night. With daytime use, you may risk leaving greasy fingerprints around for a while. It’s not as convenient as the Miracle Balm, but is a nice option for vegans who want smoother hands or feets. Just be careful if you use it on your feet since you/tub/shower will become super slippery. If you have marble floors like I do, you can even make your own ice skating rink! Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Sugar, Purified Water, Soy Bean Protein, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil (twice), Grapefruit Seed Oil, Fragrance Oil.
I enjoyed these products, especially since they can be made in such an extensive variety of scents. For me, delicious-smelling products make me much more likely to use them. In my ongoing quest to buy less, I’ve been really trying to use up products I have before moving onto the next thing. Like many of us out there, I buy stuff, use it for week, and then forget about all it. With these sample packs, you can try out a bunch of goodies and flavors instead of getting stuck with something you may not like. And you’ll smell good. Win-win! :)
Sunny’s products can be found here, if anyone would like to check them out. If you’re an indie company who has cruelty-free (vegan if possible) products, I’m always interested in hearing from you!