Thursday, January 15, 2015

Egyptian Bathing Rituals: Cleopatra Memebox Review

Hello everyone, I  hope you had a great holiday season! I've been busy like the rest of you with all of the celebrations and haven't gotten a chance to post.

During all the festivities I have been enjoying my Cleopatra Memebox, and I've gotten the chance to use all the products multiple times... All the better for reviewing.

I'm obsessed with learning and experimenting with ancient beauty routines so I jumped at the chance to buy this box. How did it meet my expectations?! Let's get started.

MEMEBOX Special #74 Cleopatra

#1. Xaivita+ Goat Milk Whitening Cream
70 g: $70

Cleopatra's most famous beauty secret was bathing in donkey milk. This rich whitening cream contains 10,000ppm of real goat milk which helps moisture and nutrients absorb into your skin and also creates a protective barrier to prevent potential damage. High concentrates of vitamin A,B,E and lactic acid.

This was the star of the box! I really love this face cream. Its very rich and moisturizing and since using it for about a month I've really noticed my skin tone becoming more even and I swear almost translucent?! A+. Cleopatra was right!

#2. Cossu Body Ade- Rose 190ml $29

Rose seems to be the go-to for royal skincare routines. Its always mentioned with any fancy lady's beauty routine. Why?
It is great for smoothing and soothing skin, the sugars in rose petals help retain moisture, and rosewater can be used on its own to cleanse, it has a astringent effect and helps perfect pores.
The Cossu Body Ade contains 75% pure rose water, and the pump foams the product which can be used in multiple ways: body wash, shampoo, bubble bath, etc.
The bottle leaked a bit in transit. The pump also was a bit wonky until I fixed it (luckily!). I love roses so I enjoy the fresh rose water scent. I've been using it as a body wash and I enjoy it. Not mind blowing, but very nice.

3. WillSpa Touch Secret Touch for Woman 12 ml $35

I was very happy to get essential oils in this box, as they were a huge part of bathing in ancient times. Very smart choice!
I try to incorporate them in my own life for many purposes that I won't get into now.
This is a very luxurious blend of 100% natural oils including: frankincense, bergamot, ylang ylang, rose geranium, lavender, rose absolute, jojoba, patchouli.
It is a rollerball which is handy and the blend claims to be perfect for destressing and feeling like a lady. It has a very crisp top note- almost citrusy. The drydown base note is the frankincense and patchouli which I don't fancy as much, but I still use this on days I don't want to wear perfume.

4. Calmia Facial Cleanser Oatmeal Therapy Foam 150ml $10

A deep cleansing foam that contains an herbal blend of portulaca, lavender, rosemary, chamomile, basil, and houttuynia cordata.
A nice herbal smelling cleanser- it has a rich, thick almost silky texture.
It is very effective, but I wouldn't call it gentle. It isn't harsh but my face most definitely needs moisturizer after using this. I will probably save the rest of this for summer, since its seems more appropriate for hot humid weather.

5. Aromawiz Spa Bath Bomb Chocolate 150g $42

Uh $42? Is this bath bomb formed around a golden egg?
Its your typical bath bomb with a subtle chocolate scent. It was not the most exciting thing in the world. Not extremely bubbly, not a $42 experience. During the bath I was pretty meh about this bath bomb, but afterwards I noticed my skin was very soft and I smelled nice and chocolatey.

In conclusion, I am happy with how Memebox  curated the  Cleopatra theme.
My favorite product by far is the Xaivita+ Goat Milk Cream. Everything else falls into the "like" category, except for the Bath Bomb was pretty meh, especially for the price tag.