Review: Custom Blends by Nine
Monday, July 6, 2015
Jeanine of Custom Blends by Nine (Now Inviting New Energy) sent me a carefully packaged complimentary sampling of her products in exchange for my honest review.
The bath and body products I received were all scented with Mango Melon. I found this fragrance to be an amazing fruity combination that I really enjoyed. I LOVE ability of a product line to provide me with several different products in coordinating fragrances.
Included in my bath and body bundle were bath salts ($4.99), Sugar Scrub ($8.00 for a 4 oz jar), Whipped Body Butter ($4.00 for 2 oz, 4 oz jars also available), and glycerin soap ($2.99). I also received the hair butter balm ($6.00 for 2 oz), which has a slightly minty, herbal fragrance that I like as well.
I really enjoyed the body products, the scrub exfoliated well, the bath salts were relaxing and the body butter applied easily and was quickly absorbed, leaving no greasy feeling to my skin. I smelled amazing and was silky soft and moisturized. What did surprise me was the soap. It is a glycerin soap and I usually shy away from those. Most glycerin soaps are formulated with a high content of propylene glycol - used as a humectant. I have found that propylene glycol in high levels irritates my skin. The soap lathered well and left me clean without feeling like my skin was stripped. While I did notice a little more dryness in my skin than I have when using my preferred handmade soaps, it was not to the levels I have experienced with other glycerin soaps.
The hair butter balm worked very well as a sealant in my weekly hair ritual of cleansing, deep conditioning then braiding my hair while damp after applying a leave in conditioner and sealing it with an oil or butter, in this case, the hair butter balm. I also used it to oil my scalp. This balm is really light it was great for use during our really damp summer so far, but I think in the winter, I would need something heavier.
One issue I do have with these items is the abbreviated ingredients lists. Several ingredients are listed and then "and carrier oils" concludes the list. I think its important to know the ingredients in your products so that you can decide if the properties of those ingredients are things you are willing to put in/on your body.
The website is also a bit difficult to navigate and comprehend. Ingredients are not listed at all on the website.
I did find these products to be overall enjoyable with just a few minor labeling adjustments that I would make.
How do you feel about product labeling? Should all ingredients be listed or can some things be taken for granted?
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Peace, Love & Lots of Bubbles!
Posted by Ayieta Crawford at 6:46:00 PM
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