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Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Fast Five | All Things Apricot Edition

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I was on a low-buy for quite some time, and was pretty happy living a life with less. Between less blogging (and thus less PR always showing up) and buying less, I was finally using what I had and taking stock of what I would actually use (aka there has been a lot of purging and bagging stuff up for friends to take.) But, at some point, my shopping monstress awoke. Be it pandemic related stress, political craziness, and quarantine boredom, or most likely a combo of both, I found myself adding all sorts of things in my cart. If you couldn't tell from the title, a lot of them just happened to apricot-y.

hair food mauka honey & apricot shampoo

What can I say? I love apricot. All they ways- taste, scent, and colour. Most of the product's we're chatting up today fall into scent, but you get the gist. My foray into all things apricot started with the Hair Food Manuka Honey & Apricot Moisture Shampoo. The fact that it is apricot scented spoke to me instantly, but the fact that it is also a sulfate free (and therefore colour-safe) option from the drugstore that wasn't overly expensive, and really was free of the pesky sodium / sodium derivatives that wreak havoc on your colour. The formula features mauka honey and apricot essence, both for scent and to soften and smooth dry hair without weighing it down. There is a matching conditioner, but I tend to use masks and deep conditioners more, so I skipped it.

Okay, this may be marketed for the littles, but the brand does state that their products are made for the whole family to enjoy. I'm taking that and running with it solely because I dig all things apricot (duh.) If you didn't know Hello Bello was co-founded by Kristen Bell and Dax Sheppard to bring "premium baby products at non-premium prices" and plant-based formulas. 

Clearly, it was the Hello Bello Premium Shampoo & Body Wash in Soothing Vanilla Apricot that called to me, with a gentle formula that works double duty as shampoo and body wash. Although, I bought it to use as the later. The scent is light, but has a fresh fruitiness from the apricot and soothing element from the vanilla, and it suds up beautifully on a pouf. Skin is left feeling cleansed, but perfectly balanced thanks in part to the organic aloe, avocado, cucumber, and jojoba and sunflower seed oils. The range is also home to a sweet cream scent that I might just have to grab next. I have no shame using baby shower gel, obviously.

 st ives glowing apricot sheet mask

I'm not saying I am without skincare sin, but I have never used that scrub. I had a roommate in college who seemed to used a minimum a tube a month, but I resisted the urge to eliminate my face with it. That said, St. Ives isn't a brand I've had much experience with until spying their sheet masks. The St. Ives Glowing Apricot Sheet Mask makes no grand claims other than the offering of a more radiant, glowing complexion thanks to the naturally sourced apricot essence. It's simple, but it works wonderfully. The results (like that from most sheet masks) aren't long-lasting, but after use my skin is brighter looking, hydrated, and youthfully plump. I leaves skin feeling a little tacky, but I did find it dissipates after a few minutes. Oh, they do have a delightful apricot scent, but that may not be so great for those with sensitivities. 

body shop apricot agave hair body mist

Speaking of apricot scents, I've fallen prey to two little numbers. First off, The Body Shop Apricot & Agave Hair & Body Mist. I don't know how I feel about the double ampersand in the title, but I've been enjoying this light little scent. As with many body mists, I'm not exactly sure I get the subtlety of the specific notes within it (apricot, orange, bergamot, and agave) but all combined, the fruity, but not overly sweet scent has a little depth (a touch of something musky) to give it both more interest and staying power. I love this especially in hair, as the scent really lingers, but it lasts longer than I expected on skin as well.

comproir sud pacific vanilla abricot

Apricot aromatique deux, the lovely little Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot Eau de Toilette. I've had various CSP scents on my wish list over the years, but somehow just never actually bought one. I had an impromptu urge for new perfume, and this was my winner. The scent is incredible, but you have to be a lover of sweeter scents (I am, I'll cop to it willingly.) It's got sweetness, but doesn't tiptoe into cloying territory thanks to the warmth of Tahitian vanilla. Jackfruit, apricot, papaya, and sugar candy join in on the party to make this a fun, yet not too juvenile scent that is a pure joy to wear.

It looks like we've reached the end of Apricot Ave. I think I've reached my fill on apricot products (for the time being) but I am snacking on a few dried ones with almonds and pumpkin seeds. A great combo in you needed snack inspiration. Have I got you craving more of the fuzzy, little orange fruit in your beauty routine? Tried any of these products or want to?
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