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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Am I an Old Fart, Technologically Speaking? Part I

Sometimes I feel that I am really behind the times when it comes to technology, the internet and computers, etc. It could be that I am just a cheapskate or that I am stubborn and set in my ways. I am not the type of person who runs out and buys the latest technology as soon as it drops on the market. It is better to watch and wait and see what other consumers and people in the know have to say about new products and technology. I want to know about any bugs in the system and all the pros and cons, before parting with my hard earned money. Another thing, is that I usually don’t buy new technology until I have a real need for it. In most cases I won’t spend money on big ticket items unless I don’t own something to begin with or I am replacing a broken item.

My first real taste of computers came when I was in elementary school, in the 1980s. At that time, those big ole’ humpty-dumpty style PCs were out on the market. You can still get a glimpse of the large CRT monitors and consoles with floppy disk drives still in use today. Windows Operating systems and user-friendly icons were not the norm. PCs in the public school systems were mostly run off the MS-DOS operating systems. Therefore, computers were very intimidating to me, because if you wanted learn how to use a computer, you had to understand a myriad of stupid commands and the binary system. I think that this somehow traumatized me and made me somewhat fearful and skeptical of changes with technology.

I didn’t learn about Microsoft Office until I was well into my twenties and taking courses at a local university. I think this was around 1998. I was taking a statistics course and was compelled to learn about MS Excel spreadsheets. I had to learn it to get through the course. When I began taking several writing courses I had to quickly learn about word processing software like MS Word. Most of the university professors would not accept handwritten research papers and writing assignments. Learning about all this new technology was like baptism by fire because I had to learn it within a very short amount of time. This was challenging because I had to keep up with several course studies and hold down a full time job. This learning experience actually ended up as a major benefit to me over the long run. So, I am not whining.

Also, I had no idea what e-mail was until I subscribed to AOL internet service around the year 2000. I had just purchased my first humpty-dumpty style PC at a computer show. To further emphasize how slow I was with computers, it took me about two years to buy my first computer. This was after going to the library and researching online about computers and reading “Dummies” and “Idiots” books regarding computers and the internet. Plus, a very technology savvy co-worker of mine accompanied me as I shopped for my first PC at a computer show. Since my first PC purchase, I have bought two Toshiba Satellite Laptops.

I did not purchase my first cell phone until 1998. The only reason that I did this is because the old hooptie car that I was driving back then, broke down as I was driving on the Florida turnpike. If it weren’t for a very kind Florida State Trooper giving me a ride to a payphone, I would have been stuck on the turnpike for God knows how long.

So, that day, I ran out to Office Depot and purchased a Prime Co Audiovox cellphone. It was a very basic phone by today’s standards and only allowed me the ability to text and voice service. I used this phone until I upgraded to a cute little Pantech C3, with AT&T wireless service in 2006 (big mistake). I rarely text messaged anyone while I owned the Audiovox cellphone and only used it for emergency situations. At the present, I use an LG Optimus Android smartphone. This is my first Android smartphone and it suits my needs for the time being and I am very satisfied with it.

This concludes the discussion about technology. I will share further experiences about my reluctance to espouse new products in future blog posts.


Copyright 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

People are Poor Due to Mindset and Lack of Education

I am going to qualify that statement by saying that I don’t think this applies to 100% of the population. Many people are just victims of circumstances beyond their control. They might be in a financial rut, because they went through a very bitter divorce, with expensive legal fees. Or some persons might be in debt, because they suffer from a chronic illness and don’t have good medical insurance. As the U.S. economy is still sluggish, there are others whom are unemployed, by no fault of their own. I am not talking about those that fall into this category.

I think that “poverty consciousness” really starts during early childhood and within the nuclear family. Your first learning experience with finances and how you think about money, originates from your upbringing. If your parents (or the person(s) that raised you) didn’t know how to manage money, then chances are, you were never taught during your childhood how to properly deal with money and finances.

If your family is like most families in the U.S., you were probably taught along the “collectivist” lines of getting an education and/or a job in order to be self-sufficient and pay your bills. There is nothing wrong with this, in and of itself. However, there is something very wrong with the type of education that children receive. Without giving it much thought, many people teach their children to be spenders (consumers) rather than savers and investors. Forget about relying on the public school system to properly train children about wealth, money and finance.

Also, many people have been brainwashed into thinking that there is something wrong with wealth and prosperity.  They frequently misquote a popular verse from the bible saying that "Money is the root of all evil".  No, this is far from truth and reality.  People can do great things with money and help others in need.  Evil people use money as a means to get even more money and power at the expense of others.

I think most (not all) Americans are materialistic and yearn to acquire stuff. We all want a piece of the pie and American Dream. There is nothing wrong with wanting stuff or material things. However, many of us have misplaced priorities. We can sometimes place our need for stuff above more important things in life. Some of us tend to think in terms of instant gratification, rather than delaying gratification to ensure a better future.

I know men that would spend more than $100 for a pair of Jordans before buying food. I know women that own expensive designer handbags, but don’t have a penny to put in those handbags.  Without realizing it, people pay a "stupid tax" when they do this. I have been guilty of paying the stupid tax as well, so I am not being a hypocrite. You can learn from poor judgment.

Why not take the money spent on those expensive items and save it for an emergency or invest it in something that will generate income? Where is the sense (and cents) in overspending on things that will ultimately depreciate in value? Good luck trying to resell that stuff on ebay (or Craigslist, a pawn shop, a garage sale) for what you paid for it.  Most buyers aren't willing to pay more than half of the original retail value for certain used items.

There is a good book that I recommend, which touches on this subject matter.  It is called "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert T. Kiyosaki.  I am not telling anyone to run out and attend the expensive seminars. I think that this book and some of the others that he wrote are worth your time, though.

I also believe that there is something deep down on the inside of many people that keeps them impoverished and in debt. It is a subconscious thing. If you don’t think that you deserve to be rich, you might not ever become rich. You might want to be rich or “financially comfortable” on a conscious level, but your subconscious thinking might also be repelling wealth. Your subconscious mind may cause you to act in such ways to keep you in a cycle of debt and poverty. If you ever have the good fortune to become rich, you might lose it all if you don’t have the proper mindset.

The United States would probably be better off if people were more financially savvy and learned to train their children the right way about money and finances. I feel very sorry for the future generations to come, because right now we are imbued in a culture of credit and debt. People are too willing to put themselves in debt to fund lavish lifestyles. If they want something, and don't have the money for it, they will just put it on a credit card. Our politicians can’t even get it right. That is why the U.S. deficit is astronomical. America might just be “Chimerica” one day, since we owe so much money to the Chinese government.

I didn’t learn how to handle money from my parents. I come from a poor family. My parents have a great work ethic, but they never taught me how to manage money. I have gained knowledge about money and finances, through my own reading and research. I don’t have any children, but if I am blessed to have some one day, I will teach them how to handle money and finances. If I could turn back the hands of time, there are many things that I would do differently. I never want my kids to make the same mistakes that I have made with finances and money. I would want them to have the ability to live a better quality life and attain financial freedom.

Why we should not be loyal to employers

Someone May Be Holding a Grudge Against You and You Don't Even Know It

Copyright 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review of Nivea Kiss of Flavor Cherry Tinted Lip Care

Nivea Kiss of Flavor
Cherry Tinted Lip Care

Nivea Kiss of Flavor
Cherry Tinted Lip Care
Balm Stick

This is a review of Nivea Kiss of Flavor cherry tinted Lip Care. I bought this product in the .017 oz (4.8g). tube at CVS pharmacy for about $3.00, minus coupons and other discounts. You can probably buy it at other retail locations for around $2.50. It costs a little bit more than a comparable brand, such as Chapstick. However, you receive much more product compared to some other brands. Nivea Kiss of Flavor Lip Care is available in Strawberry, as well. The one that I bought is older and Nivea has come out with Kiss of Flavor Lip Care with SPF 10 level sunscreen in them.

Nivea Kiss of Flavor cherry tinted Lip Care is supposed to provide the lips with a light tint, while moisturizing them. It is also supposed to taste like cherries. It does not taste like cherries to me, but it does have a scent similar to lipstick. It truly does give the lips a slight red tint, but the tint does not last very long. This is a little funny considering that the balm stick is a very rich red. I find that the moisture doesn’t even last very long.

Nivea Lip Care, Kiss of Flavor goes on smoothly and doesn‘t feel or greasy. I like the way that the product looks on my lips (not too shiny) and the way that it makes my lips feel initially. With that said, I have to reapply the product several times per day, because it wears off very easily. I don’t feel that it moisturizes my lips as well as, say, Chapstick or Blistex. I am still prone to chapped and splitting skin on my lips when I use Nivea Kiss of Flavor cherry tinted Lip Care.

Nivea Lip Care has better performing lip balms than this one. I wouldn’t really recommend this product to a person that seeks relief for chapped lips. If you are more interested in a product that gives your lips a little color, without greasiness or the boldness of lipstick, then this product might work for you. I think that Nivea Kiss of Flavor is mediocre when it comes to the moisturizing effect and I won’t buy it again. I will continue purchase some of their other Lip Care products, though.

Nivea Kiss of Flavor Cherry tinted Lip Care is manufactured by Beiersdorf, Inc.

For more information about Nivea Kiss of Flavor Lip Care or other Nivea Lip Care products visit
http://www.niveausa.com/products/lip-care or call 1-800-227-4703.

Copyright 2012  www.thewhimsicalmusingsofsusan.com

Monday, October 22, 2012

CVS Haul, Pantene products and Gillette Venus & Olay razor

CVS Haul, Pantene Pro V shampoos and conditioners,
Venus & Olay Razor
I took advantage of two deals/sales. One of The advertised deals stated that when customers buy one select Gillette razor, they would receive $5 in CVS Extrabucks. The other advertised deal stated that when customers spend $15 on select Pantene products, they would receive $5 in CVS Extrabucks.

I decided to buy 4 bottles of Pantene Pro V products and 1 Venus & Olay Razor by Gillette. The total came to $35.25, plus sales tax. I had 3 manufacturer coupons, which came from Sunday paper inserts, for Pantene and Gillette products and 2 CVS Extrabucks, so I applied them towards the total.

The breakdown of the transaction is as follows:

1 Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo, 22.8 oz.                                            $5.99

1 Pantene Aqua Light Conditioner, 22.8 oz.                                        $5.99

1 Pantene Pro V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo, 22.8 oz.          $5.99

1 Pantene Pro V Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner, 22.8 oz.       $5.99

1 Venus & Olay Razor                                                                      $11.29

6% Sales tax                                                                                               $2.12

Total (before coupons, CVS Extrabucks, etc.) $37.36

1 buy one get one free manufacturer coupon for Pantene products -$6.99

1 buy one get one free manufacturer coupon for Pantene products -$6.99

1 manufacturer coupon for Gillette Venus Razor                                                                                                       -$4.00

1 CVS Extrabucks                                                                                 -$5.79

1 CVS Extrabucks                                                                                 -$5.00

Total (after coupons, CVS Extrabucks, etc.)                                 $8.60

Even though the sale price of the Pantene shampoos and conditioners was $5.99 each, I got $6.99 off by using the BOGO manufacturer coupons. The cashier scanned the BOGO manufacturer coupons and that is the amount that came off of the total. I paid $8.60 out of pocket and received $10.00 in CVS Extrabucks in this transaction. So, it’s like I got all of this for free, plus a profit of $1.40. What a sweet deal!

© Copyright 2012 Susan Broadbelt


Friday, October 19, 2012

Review of U by Kotex Clean Wear Heavy Flow pads

U by Kotex Clean Wear
Heavy Flow pads
U by Kotex Clean Wear pad and wings
Heavy Flow
U by Kotex Clean Wear pad, underside
Heavy Flow
U by Kotex Clean Wear pad
Heavy flow
close view

U by Kotex Clean Wear
Heavy flow pads
individual wrappings


U by Kotex Clean Wear Heavy Flow Pads is manufactured by Kimberly-Clark, Inc. I purchased a 32 count package of these U by Kotex pads at Target for $7.29. They are available at most mass market retailers, like Walmart.

I have a really mixed opinion about this product. It is not a brand that I usually purchase. The main reason that I tried this product is because it was on sale at Target and I had some coupons for it. My preferred brand of sanitary pads is Always. I do like and regularly use Kotex Natural pantiliners, though.

As with most things in life, there are pros and cons to using this brand and variety of sanitary pads. What I like mainly about this product is the comfort factor and the way it looks. U by Kotex pads are very dainty and “cutesy”, for lack of a better term. I think that the manufacturer went through a lot of trouble to design a sanitary pad that would seem almost like an accessory. You can tell that extra care went into the patterns and the different colors selected for the pad wrappings, as well as the actual pad.

As far as the comfort goes, it hardly feels as if you are wearing a pad. This U by Kotex pad is very thin, so you don’t feel like your are wearing a soggy diaper. Also, nobody else will know that you are wearing one either. They fit very nicely in the panties and cover the entire crouch portion for a fair amount of protection. The outer lining of the pad is very soft, too.

I like the adhesive backing on the underside of this pad better than some pads made by other companies. Once you stick the pad into the underwear, you don’t have to worry about the pad slipping or sliding. They stick securely into the panties without twisting out of place or bunching up. I also like the way that the wings fasten to the panties.

Now for the cons of U by Kotex Clean Wear Heavy Flow pads. I don’t consider this pad to be the best for persons who experience heavy bleeding during their menstrual cycle. Even though this is a “heavy flow” pad, it is more like a “regular” pad for lighter flow. I have uterine fibroids which cause me to have a somewhat heavy menstrual period. Therefore, this particular pad would not last me more than thirty minutes during the first few days of my period. I use this pad in conjunction with a “super plus” or “super” tampon. It is pretty safe for me to use alone during the last few days of my period, when the flow of blood is really light. So, I think that this pad is better for people who don’t have very heavy flow during their menstrual period.

The other problem that I have with this product is that I think that the wings are too small. I almost always get a little leakage on the sides of my panties even if the pad is nowhere close to being saturated. Perhaps if the wings were longer, this would provide better protection against the side leaks. I never have problems with leakage at any other point, like the underside of the pad or back. The leaks usually occur towards the front and the sides.

Overall, U by Kotex Clean Wear Heavy Flow pads is a decent product. I think I will give their overnight pads a test.

For more information about this product and other U by Kotex products, visit
www.ubykotex.com or call 1-800-335-6839.

Copyright 2012 ww.thewhimsicalmusingsofsusan.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CVS Shopping haul, Tampax and Always products

CVS haul, Always Radiant Infinity pads and
Tampax Radiant tampons

I live in a household with several women. At any given time, someone in the
house is bound to be on their period. Some of my female relatives come over and borrow tampons and sanitary napkins. Therefore, we can never have too many feminine care products on hand. 

A few weeks ago, I saw that CVS advertised a sale on Always and Tampax products, which are my favorite brands of feminine care products. The deal was like this: $3.99 for select Tampax and Always products. Also, customers could earn a $1 Extrabucks reward for purchasing 1 Always or Tampax product. I had a few nice coupons from the September Proctor and Gamble Brandsaver insert and decided to couple them with the sale. Just so that you know, these deals are not currently in effect. The sale ran from Sunday, September 23, 2012 thru Saturday, September 29, 2012.
This is the breakdown of the shopping trip:

I used 2 manufacturer coupons and 2 CVS Extrabucks reward during this shopping trip. 
1 Always Radiant Infinity pads, Overnight, 12 count    $3.99 

1 Always Radiant Infinity pads, Overnight, 12 count   $3.99

1 Tampax Radiant tampons, Super, 16 count            $3.99

1 Tampax Radiant tampons, Super, 16 count            $3.99

6% sales tax                                                                      $.96

Subtotal (before coupons, etc.)                                   $16.92
I applied the following coupons and discounts to the subtotal:

1- manufacturer coupon for Tampax Radiant products                   -$2.50

1- manufacturer coupon for Always Radiant products                   -$2.50

1- CVS Extrabucks reward                                                        -$5.00

1- CVS Extrabucks reward                                                        -$5.00

Total and price paid (after coupons, etc.)                               $1.92
I earned $1.00 in Extrabucks after the transaction. There was a limit of only 1 transaction of this type per ExtraCare cardholder. I think that CVS could have made the deal a little bit sweeter by raising the limits from one to 2.

The cashier joked that he needed to start using coupons. He also told me that another lady came through his register and was able to get her order down to a few dollars from about $60. I see that more and more people are catching on to money saving strategies. I feel that people who don’t use Extrabucks and coupons are essentially throwing money away. Don’t you be a “money trasher”.

© Copyright 2012 Susan Broadbelt


Saturday, October 13, 2012

CVS haul, Jergens lotion, Fungi Nail anti-fungal

CVS haul, Jergens Daily Moisture Lotion
Fungi Nail anti-fungal solution

This is a simple haul consisting of only three items, that I bought at CVS. There was a sale going on that allowed customers to earn $3 in ExtraCare Bucks for purchasing 2 or more select Jergens, Curel, and Biore products. Also, Jergens lotion was on sale at 2/$15. Those were the only sales that I sought after for this shopping trip. I used a total of two manufacturer coupons (which I found around the necks of the Jergens lotion bottles that I purchased), three ExtraBucks rewards from prior trips, and one CVS Beauty Club coupon. Now be aware that this sale may no longer be in effect. Here’s the breakdown of the transaction:

2 Jergens Daily Moisture Lotion (21 oz) @7.50 each $15.00

1 Fungi Nail anti-fungal solution - 1 oz. $15.49

Subtotal (before coupons, Extrabucks, and coupons) $30.49*

Coupons and Extrabucks redeemed:

1 manufacturer coupon for Jergens Daily Moisture lotion -$1.00

1-manufacturer coupon for Jergens Daily Moisture lotion -$1.00

1- CVS Extrabucks reward -$5.00

1- CVS Extrabucks reward -$4.00

1- CVS Extrabucks reward -$10.00

1- CVS Beauty Club reward coupon -$5.00

6% Florida sales tax $.76*

Total (after coupons and Extrabucks ) $5.25


I paid $5.25 out of pocket and I received $3.00 in CVS Extrabucks rewards. So, it is like I got the stuff for $2.25. 

*Everything went well with the transaction. The only thing that I took special note of was the amount of sales tax charged on this transaction. I always figured that sales tax is calculated based on the total cost of all items, before any coupons or Extrabucks are redeemed. So, I thought that that sales that I’d have to pay would be around $1.83 for $15.49 worth of stuff. Instead that sales tax came out to only $.76. Apparently, either the coupons or Extrabucks reduced the amount of sales tax calculated.

Or this may have had something to do with the way that the cashier rang up the items and took off the Extrabucks, etc. She had to call over one of the other cashiers to scan a special barcode, because she had some sort of trouble applying the Extrabucks to the transaction. Hey, I am not complaining, but it sure has piqued my curiosity. I will look into how this works in the future, but I feel satisfied how things turned out.


© Copyright 2012  Susan Broadbelt


Monday, October 8, 2012

Review of Soft Sheen-Carson’s Sta-Sof-Fro Hair and Scalp Spray

Sta-Sof-Fro Hair and Scalp Spray

A natural hair care product, good for normal healthy hair and dry, brittle hair

My hair has been in it’s natural, kinky, coarse state since the late 1990s. I gave up on relaxers (sodium hydroxide or lye products that straighten the hair) and chemical processing because of the frustration of seeing my hair suffer damage and breakage from the all the processing and styling. So when I decided to “go natural”, Sta-Sof-Fro Hair and Scalp Spray was a product that helped me to make a smoother transition. I have been using this product ever since (over 13 years and counting). It is another one of those throwback products that people with my hair type have got to love.

I learned about the product because I remember many of the ads, from when I was growing up. Also, my parents used to use this product on my brothers and themselves in the 70s. They had to make sure that their “fros” were tight. I guess you could say that the product is ingrained in my consciousness.

Most of the time, I purchase Sta-Sof-Fro either at a local beauty supply store or Walmart. It’s available at almost every major retail chain, though. I get it in the 8 fl oz. spray bottle for less than $3 and it lasts a very long time, provided that you don’t waste it. Just spray enough into your hair to get it damp and then massage. That’s all you need really. If you spray on too much of the stuff, it will definitely run, because it is in liquid form as opposed to an aerosol spray.

The product can be classified as a leave in conditioner or as the manufacturer refers to it, a “comb out conditioner”. The greatest benefits that I receive from this product are that it keeps my hair moisturized, soft, and easy to manage without an oily residue. In my experience, it also will help minimize split ends and breakage when used on a regular basis.

This product is very appropriate for braided hairstyles, natural hair, and curls. I think that it is even good for moisturizing relaxed hair, if you’re not planning on styling the relaxed hair with heating instruments (flat irons and curling irons, etc.) So if you want to give your relaxed hair a break and wear your relaxed hair in a ponytail, it is a great option. Sta-Sof-Fro doesn’t have a strong obnoxious, perfumed scent, either.

The way that I incorporate this product into my hair care regime is to wash and condition my hair. Then, apply an oil or pomade to my hair. Next, I braid or plait my hair. Afterwards, I spray my head with Sta-Sof-Fro. It really keeps my hair from getting too nappy and hard to manage during the weeks. It really helps to bring out the natural curls in my hair, making them look and feel softer. I spray it on my hair about 3 times a week and let it air dry.

Another thing that I love about Sta-Sof-Fro Hair and Scalp Spray is that it does not cause any irritation to my skin. I am a very careful about examining product labels and their ingredients. I tend to avoid daily use of product that contains mineral oil and petrolatum, since they can cause acne breakouts. This product doesn’t contain either of these chemicals.

Here are the ingredients in the products:

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Propylene glycol, Oleth-20, Dicetyldimonium chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, PEG-60 Lanolin, Methylparaben, linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Evernia Furfurcea/ tree moss extract, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydrolyzed wheat starch, F.I.L. D6132/2

This product gets two thumbs up from me and I highly recommend it.


Sta-Sof-Fro Hair and Scalp Spray is manufactured by SoftSheen-Carson, LLC.

For information, questions and comments about this product visit
www.softsheen-carson.com or call 1-800-442-4643. 

Copyright 2012 www.thewhimsicalmusingsofsusan.com 

Review of Dax Pomade

Dax Pomade
A hair care product, good for natural hair, relaxed, normal healthy hair and dry, brittle hair

This product has been around for many years. My mother used to use it to style and care for my hair when I was a child. So it is one of those “throwback” type products. The name of the product is Dax Pomade and it is enriched with lanolin and compounded with vegetable oil. I purchased it at a local beauty supply store for about $3-$4, in a 7.5 oz. plastic jar. 

It is a very thick, green oil, that is solid at room temperature. The scent of Dax Pomade is pleasant and very mild. The manufacturer says that the product is “ideal for dry, brittle hair that breaks short at the ends. Daily application will improve the overall condition and appearance of the hair.” I find this statement to be mostly true.

I don’t use this product as much as I used to because it is so greasy. I am African-American, with thick, coarse (nappy) hair. When I wore my hair relaxed, I used Dax Pomade a few times per week to keep my hair moisturized and to protect my hair from breakage. Due to the fact that the product contains substances like petrolatum and mineral oil, which are irritating to my skin, I had to drastically cut back on its usage.

Whenever I used it regularly, I would get big acne carbuncles on my face. What many people may not realize is that sometimes products that we use on the hair and scalp may also affect the condition of our facial skin. When you sweat, certain hair care products can run down on your face and clog your pores. This can result in a very nasty case of acne for some people.

Now that my hair is natural and unprocessed with harsh chemicals, I don’t rely as heavily on products such as Dax Pomade to keep my hair moisturized. I rely more on non-greasy, leave in conditioners or lighter oils to keep my hair moisturized. When I do use Dax Pomade, I do so very sparingly.

I wash and condition my hair. Then, I apply it by rubbing a small amount on my fingertips and massaging it into my scalp. I take a very small amount into the palm of my hands and rub some into my hair. I do this once per week or less often. I have had that same jar of product for over two years, because I use so very little. To protect my face and bedding from the oils, I wrap my hair up well before bed.

Dax Pomade does make my hair feel more softer, and easier to comb and style. I won’t feed you a bunch of BS about how the product will make your hair grow long. I think that it is in the league of other similar products like Royal Crown grease and Blue Magic hair grease. Dax Pomade is not a “natural” product per se, but I really like that it is not loaded up with a long list of synthetic, hard to pronounce chemicals. It is a very nice, cheap and effective product. Also, people of various races and ethnic backgrounds use this product. The only negative with Dax Pomade is that it is very greasy and can be irritating to the skin.

Here is the list of ingredients in the product:

Petrolatum, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Lanolin, Ricinus Comunis (Castor Oil) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (olive) fruit oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamont), Fruit Extract, D&C Yellow 11 (CI 47000), Green 6 (CI 61565).

Dax Pomade is manufactured by Imperial Dax Company, Inc.

For more information about Dax Pomade, visit
Copyright 2012 www.thewhimsicalmusingsofsusan.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review of Creme of Nature Replenishing Sheen Spray with Argan Oil from Morocco

Creme of Nature
Replenishing Sheen Spray
With Argan Oil From Morocco

This is a review of Crème of Nature Replenishing Sheen Spray with Argan Oil from Morocco. I bought the product in the 11.25 oz. (net wt.) can for $4.99 at a local beauty supply store. Of course it is available at many other retailers as well.

I am a long time user of Crème of Nature products, especially their shampoos, which are wonderful. However, I am a relatively new user of Crème of Nature Replenishing Sheen Spray with Argan Oil. This product was introduced to me by a relative, whom uses it religiously. I don’t use this product on my own hair, but rather, I use it on my wigs and braid extensions. This product is also good for use with weaves as well.

I normally use Bonfi Natural Oil Free Wig Shine to keep my wigs looking nice and revitalized after I wash them. One day I ran out of the Bonfi Natural spray and didn’t have time to go a store to buy some. So, I looked for a convenient replacement product in my sister’s stash of hair care products. And there it was, “Bam!” Crème of Nature Replenishing Sheen Spray with Argan Oil from Morocco.

I have never been a fan of aerosol sprays, but this spray comes out as a very lightweight mist. Therefore, it does not weigh down the hair at all, neither does it make your hair feel or look greasy. It leaves my wigs very soft, moisturized, shiny and easy to comb through, as promised by the manufacturer. In addition, the ends on my wigs look much straighter and neater. All you need to do is spray a little on your hair for excellent results. The manufacturer claims that one of the product benefits is that it gives hair an “exotic shine”. I am not sure what the hell they mean by this. All I know is that the spray makes my wigs look great.

The fragrance in the oil sheen spray is awesome and I love it! Some people have complemented me on the scent of my wigs when I walked past them. It makes my hair smell edible - ha ha.

As with many things, a little goes a long way. Since this products comes in an 11.25 oz. can, it should last a reasonably long time, if used judiciously. There are some other Argan Oil products available by Crème of Nature, but I haven’t tried any of them yet.

I might switch from using Bonfi Natural Oil Free Wig Shine to Crème of Nature Replenishing Sheen Spray with Argan Oil, since I am getting nicer results with the later product. Plus, I am getting more for my money with the later.

At the time of this blog post,  there is a promotion going on where participants can register for a chance to
win free product samples at the Crème of Nature website. So be sure to check it out.

For information about this product visit:

Crème of Nature Replenishing Sheen Spray with Argan Oil is distributed by Colomer U.S.A. Inc. For questions or comments about this product call 1-800-933-4303.


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