Project Pan 2017 Updates #4 & #5

As some of you know, for the last two months-ish, my husband and I have renovated a house and moved (again), so this update is long overdue.

Before we get into it, I will say that in the process of everything, my product inventory got deleted to the most recent backup (which was in February, because the file got too large to save after that), so I just decided to wing it.

The numbers you see might not be the most accurate, but I’m pretty sure they’re at least 90% correct. This is still a new and confusing process for me, so just hang in there! ♥

My Starting Inventory: $4,068.18

My Husband’s Inventory: $775.98

Products Bought ($): $178.55

Products Used ($): $104.29

Current Value (Combined): $5,919.55

Another little blurb about how I did these past few months: I’m actually pretty happy with the fact that my total inventory number only went up by a little over $20, but I’m still disappointed in the fact that I only used up a little over $100 worth of products. I know I was wickedly busy and barely had time to sleep (literally), but I feel like I could have been maybe just a tiny bit more focused. My skin feels that I’ve been slacking, trust me.

My goals for the next update: Since I clearly didn’t do as well as I wanted to, I shouldn’t have to explain that my “goals” turned into an epic fail since last update. I’m just going to concentrate on the same ones as last time. If you need a refresher of what those are, you can see them here.


Neutrogena Face Wash: I actually think this is called Acne Cream Cleanser or something, but I’m not sure. I had to toss this product because it went rancid on me (EW!). I used this for forever and it just stopped working for me after a while. It’s a decent drugstore product, but now that I’ve introduced myself to “luxury” skincare, I’m never looking back.

Bath & Body Works Oahu Body Wash: This is a pretty run-of-the-mill B&BW body wash. Nothing fantastic to say. It smelled nice, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to repurchase it.

Treehut Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub: I absolutely love these scrubs, and I use pretty much every scent they have. Will keep repurchasing for life. If you want to know more, I ranted about how much I love them in my last update (link is above).

Tresemmé Shampoo & Conditioner Samples (4): I hate these things. Unfortunately, the little foil packets I had didn’t have much information on them, but omg.. Please avoid. These dried the life out of my hair and it ended up taking me three days of constant deep conditioning to make it feel less like hay.

OGX Coconut Dry Oil: I think this is actually supposed to be used as a texturizing spray, but I don’t need more texture in my hair (thanks, but no thanks). I just use this as a little bit of an aid to comb my hair out when it gets absolutely unruly. It works okay. I’ll probably keep repurchasing until I find something better (that I can afford).

OGX Moroccan Argan Oil: I use this the same as the coconut dry oil. Same review, different product.

OGX Repairing Awapuhi & Ginger Shampoo: Seeing a trend yet? I lovelovelove this shampoo and will keep repurchasing. You can also check out a love-rant for this product in my last update.

YesTo Grapefruit Facial Wipes: I really don’t like these at all. I find that they dry the crap out of my face and they’re actually pretty painful if you use them around your eyes for any reason whatsoever. These do come in handy if you have a fresh breakout, though. If you wipe your face with these right before you go to bed, I find that I woke up and my acne was visibly less horrific. Even still, will never repurchase.

Dove Dry Oil Moisture  Body Wash: I hated this. Absolutely awful. The body was itself wasn’t bad at all, but I couldn’t stand the smell. It was almost like I was washing myself in mildew? Gross, I know, but that’s the only way I can describe it. Don’t recommend; won’t repurchase.

L’Oreal Extraordinary Curls Hair Mask: I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS. The smell was to die for and it worked super well at conditioning my hair. I think I used this once (obviously, it was a foil), but I didn’t have to condition my hair for about four days afterward. Once I get through all of my conditioners, I’m totally going to purchase this.

Nivea In Shower Moisturizer (2): I had the regular one and the cocoa butter one. I have to say that they’re both nothing to rush out and buy. They smell weird (both of them smell like baby powder) and they also leave a visible film on your skin, no matter how thorough you are with rinsing. Don’t recommend; wouldn’t purchase.

Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Moisturizer: This was just an average moisturizer in my opinion. I actually think it might have been a little too light for my skin, because I had to reapply twice throughout the day when I tried to use this. I know a lot of people love it, but I’m not a fan.

Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer: Different product, but I have the exact same feelings as the one above. Not for me.

The Créme Shop Milk Sheet Mask: I bought this for $1 off of ShopMissA, and let me tell you, you get what you pay for. This wrecked my skin. My face was red with little irritation bumps on it for days after I used this mask. I still have a few to get through, but once they’re all done, I’m never making that mistake again.

Suave Honey Infusion Shampoo: I actually really liked this shampoo. It felt like it cleaned my hair without stripping it, it had a nice light scent that lingered, and it kept my hair feeling like hair and didn’t turn it into a hay bale. I have my ride or die shampoo already, but if I was in a pinch and needed something, this is the first thing I’d run out to buy. Definitely recommend.

Nubian Heritage Honey & Blackseed Soap: I use this soap when my skin (on my body, of course) is having little freak out episodes. It works really well to keep everything balanced and calm. It also smells absolutely fantastic. I would absolutely recommend and will repurchase once I run out of backups.

Bath & Body Works Honey Sweetheart Body Wash: Same as the review all the way at the top. I actually like this scent, though, so I would repurchase if the opportunity presented itself. The scent of this particular product pairs brilliantly with everything! If you haven’t tried it, you should pick one up when B&BW brings back their OG scents.

Philosophy Christmas Cookie Body Wash: I love this body wash. It’s $18 so it’s literally just a treat, but oh man is it worth it. It’s so creamy and moisturizing, and it has a light vanilla scent. I repurchase one of these every year around the holidays, and I recommend that you do too!

That was everything for this round! Like I said, I would have liked to do a little  better, but some progress is better than zero progress….Especially when you have as big of a collection as I do.

If you want to check out a picture of my empties for this month, it’s up on my Instagram, as usual. Leave me a like or a comment for some encouragement!

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Updates #2 & #3: Project Pan 2017

If you remember, I wrote this post to let you guys know that my life has been pretty crazy as of late, but I’d give you a combo update on my year long Project Pan. Here it is! Thank you for sticking with me and I’m sorry for the long wait. This’ll be a little long, but I’ll cut it into sections like normal. Just skip around until you see what you’re looking for! Or help a girl out and read the whole post and leave your encouragements because I need them♥

I’ve decided to do my calculations a little differently since I was crap about keeping up with the dates which I purchased things. Below are the categories that are here to stay! Side Note: My Husband’s inventory was well needed, because he also has a lot of products just sitting that he often forgets that he has. Since he doesn’t have nearly as much as I do, I’ve just combined his starting inventory, products bought, and products used. All of the other three categories are all me and they’re on a rolling calculation starting 01/01/2017 instead of monthly. (Send help)

My Starting Inventory: $4,068.18

My Husband’s Inventory: $822.80

Products Bought ($): $1,189.03

Products Used ($): $194.74

Current Value (Combined): $5,892.11

For my little blurb about how I did: I know I said I wasn’t really going to start being hard on myself until after this update…but holy cow. I feel like a hoarder? Kinda? And I clearly have a shopping problem, which is really ironic considering that I don’t work. I really need to start moving through my vast collection, since I already know that I would never repurchase most of the things I already have. There’s not a point in holding onto the stuff for “eventually” because it’s been way too long already.

My Goals for May: I really want to start working on my collection to tailor it to my wants and needs instead of just a mass of bleh. That being said, there are some specific things I wanted to work on for next month. Hopefully setting some goals will help me keep focus and really power through some products.

I’d like to work through all of my samples (not deluxe sizes, just foil packets and little pots, etc.), use one moisturizer of any size, use one serum, use one acne treatment, and work on my hair products and masks. Now, I’m not going to be too upset if I don’t finish much – I really just want to get a jumpstart on as much as I can before I move next month.

Something New: In order to keep myself on track, I think that for the next month (until my next update), I’m going to post weekly on Instagram with photos of the products I’ve managed to get used up. I think this might be really fun considering the whole “working through samples” thing. Also, please let me know if you’d like to see my hauls posted on Instagram so you can see exactly what I’m spending my money on. I was considering it, but only if you guys would be interested in seeing what I’m adding to my collection.


OGX Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo: I’ve already touched on how I feel about this shampoo. It’s basically holy grail at this point. Shame I can’t find it anywhere in stores lately! If you want to see a more in depth review, please check out my last update post.

Bath & Body Works Hawaii Passionfruit Kiss Shower Gel: This has a nice floral scent. Nothing to complain or rave about. This shower gel just works for me, and I’ve been using Bath & Body Works for as long as I can remember and I don’t really intend on changing that any time soon. Nothing fun to say about this one!

Treehut Coconut Lime Body Lotion: I absolutely love this lotion. I only recently discovered this brand and I have yet to find a product that I don’t love using. This smells amazing (coconut lime, duh), and the scent isn’t overpowering. The lotion absorbs fairly quickly and doesn’t leave me sticky, but at the same time it does a wonderful job of moisturizing my skin for hours. Also, this doesn’t contain any parabens so it’s safe for use everywhere, which I really appreciate. If you haven’t tried this brand, I seriously think you should!

Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Deodorant: I love this deodorant and I’ve been using it for years, but I think it’s time to part ways. For years, I’ve had issues with blackheads and general irritation under my arms and I just got tired of it. That being said, I’ve switched to a natural aloe deodorant and I don’t think I’ll be going back to this unless there’s an extenuating circumstance. However, I would still recommend it as it smells wonderful and keeps me fresh and dry all day.

Dove Men +Care Clean Comfort Deodorant: This is another deodorant I tried in order to get my underarms under control. It didn’t work, obviously. This actually made my skin pretty red and sore and it also didn’t even smell good enough to make it worth it. Would not recommend at all, not even for your man friends.

Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant in Maine Woodspice: Once again, another deodorant that didn’t work for me at all. It actually gave me the same reaction that the Dove Men +Care did, which is strange. However, this did smell amazing. I would repurchase this one if my skin wasn’t so incredibly finicky. That being said, I think it’s a good deodorant and I would still recommend it. It unfortunately just didn’t work for me the way that I would have liked.

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizers in Warm Apple Cider, Island Nectar, and Sweet Tangerine: Nothing fantastic to say about these, as they’re just better smelling, run of the mill hand sanitizers. I will say, though.. that the Sweet Tangerine scent is absolutely amazing. I’ll keep repurchasing these for the foreseeable future, just not until I get through my backstock.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo: I really liked this dry shampoo. It’s “blonde” tinted, but being that I’m blonde, I don’t have an issue with that. The scent is also pretty strong, but I didn’t find that it clashed with my perfumes or lotions. Also, when you’re on third day bed hair, a scented dry shampoo is where it’s at. I don’t know about you, but my hair just starts smelling like body after a day or so (yuck), but this dry shampoo fixes my hair right up pretty nicely. I would definitely recommend it if you’re not sensitive to scents and you’re looking for an awesome dry shampoo.

BioClarity Restore Gel: This is part of a three step system that I haven’t fully gotten through yet, otherwise a full review would already exist. Honestly, I’m really disappointed in this product. It’s supposed to be used as a finishing lotion, essentially. However, I found that this leaves a green tint on my face, interferes with my makeup, and it breaks me out! I was using this for months and could not figure out why I kept breaking out. This is why. That’s all I’ll say on this for now, but keep your eye out for the full review!

Ouai Haircare Treatment Masque: This is definitely an interesting product. I used this in my hair before a shower – I just brushed it through and waited about 15 minutes to wash it out and go on with my regular routine. While I wouldn’t buy the full sized product because of the packaging, I will say that this did wonders for my hair. It made it so soft and so much easier to deal with. I also noticed that while I was using this, my hair wasn’t as tangled as usual. I will say that the scent is very overpowering, though, but if you use it like I did, there shouldn’t be any issues. I would absolutely recommend this and I would totally purchase it if they would just change the darn packaging.

The Color Workshop Red Nail Polish: I can’t even begin to tell you how old this polish is, but it still worked just fine! Just your run of the mill red polish. Nothing phenomenal or interesting to say about it. For some reason, I think you can probably still find this brand at places like Walmart, but I could be wrong. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with buying this polish if you’re in the market for something cheap but decent. However, I wouldn’t repurchase because I prefer OPI and I also have a massive stash of polish already.

L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara in Black: This has been my holy grail mascara for as long as I’ve been wearing makeup. This lengthens and thickens my lashes without making them clumpy. It’s just perfection and I would recommend this to anyone and everyone if I had the platform to do so. You really can’t go wrong with this product, and I have nothing negative to say about it.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes: These have always been my holy grail makeup remover wipes, since they’re the only thing I’ve found that takes off waterproof makeup without hurting my skin in any way. However, I will say that I can not use these without cleansing my face. They’re incredibly oily, so I wouldn’t suggest leaving that mess on your skin. But nevertheless, I’ll probably always continue to repurchase these and I would recommend them with caution if you have finicky or sensitive skin.

LUSH Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb: I know that this bath bomb was from Christmas, but I legitimately hoard these until I can’t anymore. I love my LUSH bath products. I would absolutely repurchase this and recommend it if they continue to bring it back for the holiday season. It just smells like nature and it’s wonderful. I can’t even begin to describe how much I like this product.

LUSH Intergalactic Bath Bomb: This bath bomb is one I’m not too fond of. I’m not a fan of mint scents, but I have to say that this is absolutely beautiful when you use it. It’s also pretty decent to use when you’re sick to try to relax your body and open up your sinuses a little bit. That being said, I would recommend since I know a lot of people love this bomb, but I wouldn’t repurchase unless I was really stuffed up and couldn’t get relief. I don’t hate this bath bomb, it’s just not for me.

Epic Soap Co. Bacon Soap: I’ve already written a full review on this product that you can see here. I will say though, that everything I said stands true still and I personally wouldn’t repurchase unless it was in a different scent.

Treehut Passionfruit & Guava Sugar Scrub: My glowing review of the lotion above extends to this sugar scrub. It works really well while smelling amazing, not irritating my skin, and doing an excellent job of exfoliating my skin. This is actually the only thing I’ll use to exfoliate my face. Since I have combo skin, my dry patches are really  dry and my oily patches are just ugh and this scrub does a really good job of giving me an even surface to work with. I absolutely recommend this and will continue to repurchase.

TonyMoly Tea Tree Sheet Mask: This is the only brand of sheet masks I’ll use from K Beauty just for personal reasons. That being said, this was a good mask and I would definitely recommend and repurchase. It did a nice job of calming down my irritated skin without adding any extra issues. It wasn’t life changing, but I have nothing negative to say at the same time.

Seventh Heaven Tea Tree Peel Off Mask: This mask wasn’t anything too fantastic. Pretty much your run-of-the-mill drugstore peel off face mask. I will say, however, that this dried the living hell out of my face and it definitely got rid of any baby hairs that had cropped up. This was surprisingly painful to peel off haha. That being said, there was something oddly satisfying about this mask, so I would definitely repurchase.

Tarte Frxxxion Stick: I’m pretty sure that’s how you spell it, but you get the gist nonetheless. This is supposed to be a mild exfoliating cleanser, and it definitely does what its marketed to do. This product is very mild but still works at the same time, and does a good job at light exfoliation. However, I think the full price is something around $28 and there’s no way in the world that I’d pay that much for this. It goes so incredibly fast and is pretty difficult to use while in the shower (there are two caps). It’s good, but not good enough for the price tag, in my opinion.

That’s all for this update! I’m sorry it took so long to get this to you, and I’m also sorry that it’s so insanely long. However, from here on out I can tell you that they’ll probably all be this long. But, I’ll keep breaking it up into sections like usual so you only have to read what your’e interested in.

I hope you enjoyed! Please feel free to leave me comments, encouragement, criticism, or suggestions to help keep me motivated to get through my stash. I’d greatly appreciate it! Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram to see photos of my monthly Project Pan empties as well as my little weekly updates. Let me know if you’d like to see haul pictures like I mentioned above! If you’re still sticking around, please check out one of my favorite posts X

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Transformation Tuesday: My Tattoo Story

This should be interesting. If you want to know the story behind my stomach tattoo, please keep reading!

So, I was 19 at the time, and had just gone through a bad breakup with a long term boyfriend. Oh yeah. This is one of those stories. Feel free to judge. Honestly, if I could go back I would have smacked myself. Like open handed. I was really young and really stupid, but you couldn’t have told me otherwise.

The ironic part about this whole story is that prior to this experience, I had already gotten the vast majority of my work (47 or so tattoos) done at a reputable shop. I knew better.

I started out by doing some shopping around at all of my local (within 20 miles) tattoo shops to get the best price I could find. I wanted “Pain is weakness leaving the body” tattooed all the way across my stomach, right under my boobs. My regular tattoo shop quoted me something around $1K for the work in total just because of how big I wanted it. Go big or go home, right? I should have went home. Eventually I was on my 4th tattoo shop and this dude goes, “I can do it right now for $200.” This was after spending an entire day hearing people quote me anywhere between $600 and $1K.

I was stupid. I was super angsty. I just wanted to get the work done. Some people drink. I got tattoos. Now I just smoke. Wow, I have great vices. 

The entire process took an hour, with me almost passing out twice and choking back vomit more times than I can count. And clearly, with the amount of tattoos I already have, I’m no baby when it comes to pain. The gun was so loud that I couldn’t even hear my friends speak to me, when they were right next to me. And I remember the “artist” getting pissy with me for something stupid like breathing too hard. I don’t remember exactly what it was, just that it was insanely stupid and unavoidable.

When it was all said and done, I literally felt like I was about to die. I didn’t even look at the work until later that night (it had been done at noon and I don’t think I saw it until around 6pm). Originally, I showed my dad and he goes, “Did you write on yourself with a sharpie?” I really didn’t think it could be that bad, so I turned and looked for myself.

Oh. My. God.

This was six hours later and the lines were already blown out and I was starting to get a blister. After six hours. Once the swelling went down (which took days, and that’s not normal for me), I saw how bad it really was. On top of what I had already noticed, I saw that the cursive was just bad and that one letter in the middle of the sentence was capitalized, and that the shading was patchy at best. And then certain parts of my tattoo started to blister. What even????

Needless to say, I went back to those other shops and asked how to pull the ink out, what could be done about the tattoo, and where I should go to have removal done. After that, I spent an entire week out of work, lathering myself in Neosporin and Vasoline, picking the scabs, draining the blisters, just trying to pull out as much ink as I could. After getting different opinions on what everyone could do for me once I lightened it and healed up well enough, I ended up going back to my trusted tattoo shop and getting a massive coverup done. This took about 29 hours in total and cost me another $1,300. But, the experience was well worth it. I had grown men coming up to me in awe of how well I was sitting. And then I went out back and puked all over myself. Hot, right? But now I know my pain threshold, haha.

Moral of the story is, don’t be stupid and do things on a whim. Especially things that will be permanent.

If you’re interested to see the before and after, you can click here to see what the tattoo looked like on day 2, and here to see the final coverup the day after it was completed.

Do you have a story like this? Or do you know someone who does? I’d love to know if there are more people out there that have had horribly botched tattoos. Then maybe I won’t feel so bad about how stupid I was ;P Let me know below!

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Master Post: Etsy Reviews

If you’re like me, and you want certain content but don’t want to sift through an entire blog to find it, this is for you.

Since I did a ton of collaborations with Etsy shops last year, I decided to make a master list for everyone so it’s easier to find the specific things your’e interested in. Below is a master list of all of the Etsy reviews I wrote in 2016 grouped by shop. I hope you guys find this useful!

Epic Soap Co.

Hunky Hazelatte Chapstick

Bacon Soap

Ginger Pear Soap

Pink Grapefruit Solid Lotion Bar

Orange Patchouli Clove Soap

Lemongrass Deodorant


Pink Himalayan Salt Soap

Headache Soother Bath Bomb

Lemonade Chapstick

Georgia Peach Soap

Shower Scrubbie

Simple Soap and Gifts

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Soap

Face Soap

Junebug Soap Co.

Activated Charcoal Body Wash

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Review: Epic Soap Co. Lemongrass Deodorant

Revamp from August 2016

Since June, I’ve been collaborating with a lot of Etsy shops in the United States to try to further their businesses. I appreciate knowing that I can take part in helping someone grow their small business. That being said, he owners of Epic Soap Co on Etsy were kind enough to send me an awesome PR package to help give their shop a little more exposure. Like always, I hope you enjoy reading these reviews as much as I love writing them for you. Let’s jump in…

Epic Soap Co.’s Natural Deodorant in Lemongrass contains arrowroot powder, baking soda, coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, Vitamin E, and fragrance oil or essential oils of your choice. Like usual with this shop, I have zero complaints about their ingredient list. In case you were wondering what arrowroot powder is, it’s a thickener likened to corn starch; nothing to worry about! However, unlike most products in this particular shop, this deodorant is not vegan friendly because it contains beeswax. However, that’s not a deal breaker for me at all.

This natural deodorant is sold in 24 different scents, which I’m sure all smell absolutely amazing like everything else Epic Soap Co. makes. However, let’s talk about the scent I received.. As soon as I saw the packaging, I went,“Oh no,” because the first thing that popped up into my head was the old Dove Lemongrass deodorant, which smelled like lemony garbage. This is totally not the case with this deodorant. It actually smells quite nice. I don’t smell any of the bitterness of the lemongrass, just a lot of the citrus. If you’re looking for a super fresh and clean scent, I’d definitely recommend this one.

This is where things get different. I wouldn’t really consider this a traditional deodorant in any sense. The lotion itself is really solid, but it melts with the heat of your hands or body. I would really suggest warming it a little by holding it under your arm for a few seconds before swiping back and forth, otherwise it sticks a little. Once its on your skin, it doesn’t really dry. It stays super creamy all day, but it doesn’t ruin your clothes! Living in Florida, I sweat a ton, and the only weird thing I noticed is that when you’re reallysweating (I’m talking sweating like you’re running a marathon in the middle of summer), it does tend to run a little. But, like I stated earlier, this isn’t an issue at all because it doesn’t hurt your clothing. You might just get a little bit of an odd feeling. I’m still not complaining.

Overall, I really enjoyed this product. It smells nice and works really well. I also noticed that I never had to reapply this throughout the day; once in the morning was always enough. That being said, I will definitely be repurchasing when I eventually run out (because it lasts forever). If you’re in the market for an all natural deodorant that actually works and is super affordable, this is the only one I would recommend, even out of all of the mass retailer brands available.

If you’re interested in purchasing Epic Soap Co.’s Natural Deodorant, you can buy it here for just $7, they’re still offering a free gift with purchase, and they ship internationally! As always, please let me know if you’ve enjoyed this read and if you plan on giving Epic Soap Co. a try! I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂 You can also check out my last review on Epic Soap Co.’s Orange Patchouli Clove soap here.

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Disclaimer: Like I stated earlier, this is a sponsored post, but I was in no way paid for my opinions, or even to write this post. I received a PR Package in exchange for a blog post containing my 100% honest opinions of this particular seller’s product(s).

Review: Epic Soap Co. Orange Patchouli Clove Soap

Revamp from August 2016

Lately, I’ve been collaborating a lot with Etsy shops in the United States to try to further their businesses. I like knowing that I can take part in helping someone grow their small business, and the owners of the Epic Soap Co. on Etsy were kind enough to send me an awesome PR package to help give their shop a little more exposure. As always, I hope you love reading these reviews as much as I love writing them. Let’s get into it already!

This soap contains palm oil, olive oil pomade, sunflower oil, coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, spring water, lye, ground orange peels & clove powder, essential oils: patchouli, sweet orange, pink grapefruit, and clove bud. I really have no complaints about the ingredients list, as usual. And like this company’s other soaps, this is also vegan friendly. However, I will add to begin with that despite this soap containing lye, this is absolutely not drying in any way, like typical lye based soaps tend to be.

Epic Soap Co.’s Orange Patchouli Clove Soap has kind of a unique scent, and I do admit that it’s not for everyone. However, this is a very “Christmas friendly” scent. If you don’t discriminate with your winter holiday scents, you’ll definitely appreciate this one. The scent has super strong patchouli and clove notes, but the citrus scents tame it really well. It’s pretty strong smelling in general, but it’s not overpowering once you’re actually using it in the shower or just to wash your hands. This soap does leave a soft scent behind that may clash with other fragrances, but by itself it smells soft and spicy.

For the last tidbits of how I feel about this soap, I’m going to quote from the last review I wrote for Epic Soap Co. because I really did word it perfectly:

Overall, I’m still really loving Epic Soap Co.’s products and would definitely recommend them to anyone and everyone I cross paths with that’s interested in trying out a natural soap brand. I really do think all of their products that I’ve had the pleasure of testing out for you guys are phenomenal. In addition, since colder weather is coming and everyone is already going pumpkin crazy (not that that’s a bad thing at all, because I’m one of those people), I do have to say that this would make a great addition to your bath time routine if you’re ready to say goodbye to summer.

As always, please let me know your feedback, and drop me a line if you’ve decided to try Epic Soap Co. If you’re interested, you can purchase this particular soap here for $6 for a 4.5-5 oz. bar or try a sample for just $2. Plus they ship internationally and throw in a free gift with every purchase!

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Update #1: Project Pan 2017

Alright, I have to admit that this ended up being a lot more complicated than I anticipated haha. Whoops! Alas, I think I’ve finally figured out a system to keep track of everything that works for me. Unfortunately for you, that means I’ll have to do an “Update 1.5” before the end of the month.

I realized that not only do I have a massive amount of crap laying around, but so does my husband. With our master under construction (again), it’s been taking me a bit to get everything inventoried, so that won’t be included in this update. Also… I found more stuff of mine, so the total you’ll see will be adjusted for those things. Or at least the ones that I’ve run across thus far. There could be more. I wouldn’t be surprised.

Grand Total of everything I’ve found of mine so far: $4,054.90

Grand Total of everything I’ve purchased this month: $78.06

Grand Total of everything I’ve used this month: $73.10

This brings everything to: $4,059.86

Now, that first number could change. Honestly, it will change since I’ll be adding more things I’m finding around the house, as well as whatever my husband’s total comes out to be. I realized that on top of what I have, since he also has a lot, that I’m going to have to help him use some things up. Plus, it’s a good way to keep us both accountable to get some of our back-stock dramatically reduced (hopefully).

With all that being said and before I get to the reviews, I’m not going to be so hard on myself about bringing in more than I used up in the last month. After next update is when I’ll start really cracking down, since that’ll give me ample time to make sure that everything is accounted for. But I’m not going to lie, I’m a little disappointed to see that I didn’t at least break even. Wish me luck for a better turnout next month!

You can take a peek at the products I used up this month on my Instagram. I’ll be posting empties pictures there every month ♥

Product Reviews:

OGX Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo (13 & 19.6 fl oz.): This is by far the best shampoo I’ve ever found for my hair. You’ll be seeing a lot of this. Probably forever. For those of you wanting to know why I love it so much, I color treated my hair constantly for about six years and this is the only shampoo that makes my hair feel like hair again, as opposed to hay or a dirty mop.

Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Perfume (8.4 fl oz.): This is my favorite winter perfume, and it has been since I was in my early teens. I’m actually really pleased that I was finally able to use this perfume up. It gave me a whole new perspective on how long these last! (Answer: Forever).

Bath & Body Works Sweet Cranberry Rose Shower Gel: I tend to like all B&BW products, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I liked this. Unfortunately, it was a seasonal scent (in the fall, I believe), so I’m going to have to say that I won’t actively seek this out unless they bring it back. It really smelled more like rose than anything else, but it was really nice and surprisingly relaxing.

Neutrogena Skin Polishing Acne Cleanser (5.1 fl oz.): This comes as part of a set for about $20, depending on where you can find it. Ever since I was a pre-teen, this has been the only cleanser that’s ever really helped clear up my acne. I do love this system, but I’ve noticed it hasn’t been working as well as I remember. That being said, I’m going to be trying out some other skincare, so you might not see much of this one for a while.

BioClarity Cleanser: This also comes as part of a set for $30. The company was generous enough to send me this set for a review, but I haven’t finished the other two products yet. It is coming though! Without giving too much away, I would consider repurchasing this cleanser, but it did have one major downfall.

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizers (Island Nectar & Creamy Pumpkin): These are pretty meh. I mean, at this point, these are the only hand sanitizers that I’ll use because the scents don’t gross me out, so they’re all basically the same.

Vagisil pH Balance Wash (1.6 fl oz.): I got this product from PinchMe, I believe, for a review. I legitimately hate this. This may be TMI, but I tried using it on my bits once and it burned like hell. After that, I just used it on my back to try to get it used up and it did nothing for me. What do I mean by that? Logic would dictate that a pH balancing wash would help with blemishes. Did it? Not even a little. I seriously loathe this and I’m so glad that I’m through with it.

Thank you so much for reading! I know that this was probably way longer and more confusing than you signed up for, but I really do appreciate you sticking around. If you have any tips or tricks to help me get through more a little quicker, please leave them in the comments section below!

Keep an eye out for Update 1.5 to see what my official numbers on everything are, as well as some goals I’ll be setting for myself for the next update. If you missed the first post  I made on my 2017 Project Pan, you can check it out here ♥

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Until next time,