Osmia Soap- oh so wonderful!

Osmia Soap

Ingredients:
Saponified organic oils/butters of olive, caster bean, and mango, african pearl salt, organic buttermilk powder

Notables:
Weight- 6 oz
For all skin types
Shelf life: 18 months
Made in the US

Packaging
The packaging looks different than the one on the website here, because this was the old packaging. The soap was wrapped in string and the outer paper felt like a watercolor paper material. I like that the packaging is 100% biodegradable. I did notice that the ingredients on the website are listed differently with their Genus species names along with two more ingredients.

My thoughts
I used to use the KMF Olive Oil Soap and I did an initial review here. It has been more than a year that I have stopped using that bar, and I will explain why. At first, my skin loved that soap. It only had two ingredients, and I loved the clean feeling I got after I used it. But 2-3 months in, my skin started feeling tight and dry. When the cold winter winds blew, my skin felt like it would split apart. I no longer felt the moisturizing abilities that I first felt when I used that soap. It took a couple months after that for my skin to fully heal.

So I was in need for a new soap, but I was hesitant to try random one after all my skin had been through. I still wanted to try organic soaps, because I wanted to know what I was putting on my body. I know that sometimes, it is hard to be completely unpronounceable-chemically free, but I am trying my best! And I have Marcy from Naturally Marcy to thank for introducing me to this wonderful soap. This soap is called “oh so soap” and it truly is the most creamiest soap I have ever used. There isn’t a big lather, but it works perfectly fine. There is a light scent, but it doesn’t really bother me and it doesn’t stay on the skin.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/4 stars!

2015 New Goals!

It’s the third week in January of the new year, and I feel like I haven’t been as productive lately. So, here are a list of goals I hope to accomplish this year!

1. Drink more water than yesterday!
2. Eat more mindfully.
3. Do some sort of exercise each day.
4. Use more natural products!
4. Organize your desk!

Book Talk: Divergent and Insurgent/ Veronica Roth

Divergent Insurgent
I have read the first two books in the Divergent trilogy, and I feel they are worth the read if you like dystopian societies. This series reminds me a bit of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner along the lines of where the story is headed.

The factions are a way of separating people with similar skill sets and Beatrice (Tris) Prior shows attitude for three (which shows her divergence). She chooses to join the Dauntless faction when she turns 16 and leaves behind her parents in Abnegation, while her brother goes to Erudite.

In Dauntless, Tris get trained to survive because her place in Dauntless is not guaranteed. In the grander scale, a council member of Erudite is working with the leader of Dauntless to overthrow the governing body of Abnegation. There is fighting, and Tris, with her divergence, is able to escape the mindless control.

At the end of Insurgent, all that infighting was needless. It turns out that the factions were enclosed for a reason and the people who are divergent can help the people outside in some undisclosed manner.

Thoughts and sentiments
I liked the world that Veronica Roth created. She is definitely not afraid to kill off characters. The story moved along quickly and I felt the urgency of Tris trying to protect her secret. Tris was likable and headstrong in a way that was acceptable. The reader understood her actions.

I enjoyed this book, and I have yet to read Allegiant and Four.
More information about the Divergent books by Veronica Roth click here.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Matilda

Watching Matilda on Broadway felt like a new experience to me. Maybe it has been a long time since I read the book or seen the movie. I was reminded of the storyline as the play progressed. I thought the show was charming and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it, and it is very family-friendly.

The stage was artfully done. It was very interactive, and the shelves that made up the set was colorful and never boring. My favorite part would have to be the children on the swings during the song “When I Grow Up.” The actors were very lively, and there was never any lulls in the story. The play was funny and enjoyable and I left unconsciously humming the songs. I highly recommend watching this play if you ever get the chance!

A little snippet of Matilda at the Macy’s parade