Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is one of my all time favourite beauty tools – it is such a versatile ingredient, and can be used in a variety of ways!  Tea tree oil products are a staple for me when it comes to acne treatment and aromatherapy (in the bath, as a massage, or in the vaporizer).    So I was thrilled when Apothecary Extracts sent me a huge 118 mL (4 oz) bottle of 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil!

One of these giant bottles will last you a long time!

Apothecary Extracts also sent an eBook with over 50 recipes using tea tree oil, ranging from facial lotion to shampoo to household cleanser!  100% pure means that a little bit goes a long way.  For example, in a recipe for facial toner, only a dozen drops are required for a potent formula.  Tea tree oil can also be spot applied directly onto problem areas such as on pimples (be careful, it’s strong!).  My bottle from Apothecary Extracts still looks full, even after whipping up a couple of recipes with it and using it for spot treatments.  I expect it will last me a long long time.

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil plus the free recipe eBook can be purchased on Amazon for $24.99.

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My First Memebox Order!

Thanks to Beeju‘s great reviews, I finally decided to go for my very first Memebox!  Memebox is a one-time skincare and makeup box focusing on Korean brands.  They have a huge variety of boxes, some targeting a certain concern (e.g. oily skin), some with a theme (coffee), and some that are ‘best of ____’ sets.  To check out all of their available boxes (some sell out really quickly) click here to go to their website (but first, scroll down this page for discount codes!).

I opted for a two box combo, the Scrub Box + Tea Cosmetics.  Of course, exfoliating is an essential step to glowing skin, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE tea, so these look like they’re going to be the perfect boxes for me.



Together these boxes cost USD $52.00 + $6.99 for shipping.  I can’t wait to share my unboxing with you when they arrive!

To get a discount on your Memebox, click here and use code:

AFFILIATE-8507-16WKW-QBRS for $5 off $100

AFFILIATE-8625-BUHXP-EDWV for $10 off $150


Jet Set Beauty

I just got back from a family vacation to beautiful Bahamas, and I wanted to share something interesting I bumped into during my travels!  In New York city’s JFK airport and Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, there are some very cute boutique/kiosk/vending machines selling beauty products!

I especially love the suitcases stacked on top!!
I especially love the suitcases stacked on top!!

On my way to the Bahamas at the Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, I stopped in my tracks as something very pink and very bright caught my eye.  It was the Benefit ‘van,’ full of their awesome products and adorned with their signature sassy style.  Other than their regular line of products, they were also selling special travel kits – I saw a quad of mini lip glosses, and a small skincare essentials set.


When I got home to New York City, I bumped into yet another Benefit van, but JFK also has an Essie boutique!  Now, you know I’m a nail polish junkie, and definitely an Essie girl (ok so most of my polishes are Julep, but I still love Essie’s colors the best!), so this was a little slice of beauty heaven.  Unfortunately, this machine doesn’t have their full stock of colors (nor does it sell any of their top/bottom coats, only the cuticle oil and the all-purpose coat),  but it does give you a free polish when you buy 4.

Have you ever encountered these beauty boutiques before?  What other ones are out there?

Samples Sunday: Nest, Bumble & Bumble, and Origins

I receive a lot of samples, both trial and deluxe sized, and I probably end up using samples as much as I use the full-size products I actually buy.  Here, on this weekly feature, I will share my initial impressions to a variety of products.


nest dahlia & vines sample

With such a pretty packaging (I looooove florals), I was expecting something elegant yet perky.  But ew.  It smells like potpourri.  I’m going use the rest of the sample as as a room freshener only.



bumble & bumble hairdresser's invisible oil sample

Smells faintly of argan oil and – what’s this? – gardenia mmmmmh.  The shampoo and conditioner, like most Bumble & Bumble products, work well.  I don’t feel any of it’s detangling effects, but my normally coarse hair definitely feel more silky.

THE VERDICT: Buy when the price is right!


Sorry I don’t have a picture of the sample! It was just a generic container.

I was told by an Origins representative that the papaya extract in this exfoliator “eats” your dead skin – whoa.  This thick scrub does its job, but, as weird as this sounds, it smells too good.  I prefer a skincare routine that doesn’t make me crave papaya.

THE VERDICT: On the fence.

That’s it for today!  See you next week with more teeny tiny sample packets.

Crest Be Toothpaste

Thanks to BzzAgent, I got to try out the new Crest Be line of toothpaste.  Says Crest:

Since the dawn of toothpaste, mint has been confined to slight variations like spearmint or peppermint. All that time, this reigning flavor of freshness was dreaming of bigger, bolder and more delicious pairings. Oh, the places mint could take us if only we’d let it be free!

Free the flavors!  In Taiwan, where I was born, toothpaste flavors other than mint are not as unusual as they are here in North America.  I’ve long enjoyed flavors such as apple and green tea, but I have never ever had chocolate in my toothpaste!

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This new line comes in three flavors: Dynamic, a lime spearmint zest; Inspired, a vanilla mint spark; and Adventurous, a mint chocolate trek.  I’m not sure “Adventurous” was much of a trek (as far as I know, I didn’t suddenly find myself hiking in the mountains while brushing!), but it was so delicious.  I would call it “Vacation” instead, because it smelt and felt like I was eating chocolate chip mint ice cream on the beach.  The problem with it though is that I might start getting hungry after!

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An adventure on my toothbrush!

The Lime Spearmint Zest was my favourite.  It is the flavor that I would most likely use everyday.  The lime lends a lightly fragrant crisp that makes for a fantastic marriage with mint.  It leaves me and my mouth feeling refreshed, which is exactly what I need after a brushing.

Unfortunately for the vanilla mint spark, I didn’t feel inspired as its name suggested.   It tasted a little bit chalky, like those very old-school baking soda based formulas.  It’s the lightest flavor of the three, which might be a plus if you’re looking for a less intense taste.

Graze: Fourth of July Edition

Look at what the cat dragged in (and by cat I mean mailman, although if my cat fetched this for me I would be pretty impressed):

The most epic box design in Graze history.

Yes, I know it’s not 4th of July anymore, but do I love this box design.  Will there be a day when people will covet these special edition boxes for collection?  Just me?  Ok, well.  Let’s take a look inside.


Over at Graze, they call each portion of snacks a “punnet.”  I love that the snacks are individually packed, as it encourages me to grab-and-go.   I received a “nibblebox,” the original box that draws from “over 90 of the tastiest nibbles” in the Graze kitchens.  They also offer a “caloriecounterbox” which only selects snacks that are under 150 calories.

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Each box comes with a little leaflet that tells you the nutritional information for the four included snacks.

I started getting hooked on Graze while I was finishing up my graduate degree and going crazy because I was hungry and stressed all the time.  It was really fun and convenient to get some healthy and tasty snacks every week without having to make a lot of effort.  So far, my absolute favourite snacks are “toffee apple” (chewy dried granny smiths with a toffee dipping sauce) and chocolate pecan pie (an assortment of fudge, chopped dates and pecan nuts).

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I’m especially excited to try this one!!

Oh and if this post has made you hungry, head on over to Graze.  Use the code EVAL7Z6PP when you sign up and get your first box FREE, on me.  ;D