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Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

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Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub is amazing! It beats their strawberry scrub hands down!

My skin is quite sensitive, especially to exfoliants. However, Mario Badescu’s Botanical Exfoliating Scrub contains finely ground Ecuadorian ivory palm seeds that refine my skin without leaving it red and blotchy. It sloughs off my dead skin cells with ease and without ever irritating my sensitive skin. Also, there was no burning sensation after using this product like I sometimes experience with other scrubs. I also never felt the need to be superficially overly genteel while using it, either!

While I loved Mario Badescu’s strawberry scrub, in the long run it proved to be too rough for my sensitive skin. So, my sister let me try some of her kiwi scrub from the same brand. For the short term, the kiwi scrub seemed promising, but the kiwi seeds, like the strawberry seeds, started to be too abrasive for both of our sensitive skin. So, when I was placing an order with MB to replenish some of their other items that I love from my dwindling stash, I saw that they had this Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. I added a sample of it to my cart and placed my order. When my order arrived, I couldn’t wait to try the new scrub.

Upon first use, I immediately noticed that a little goes a long way. Considering this scrub costs $26 for a 3.4 oz tube, that’s important! However, I definitely think that it is worth the price tag. I use the scrub 3 x a week (in the morning) after cleansing my face. It instantly removes any buildup or dullness until only bright, smooth skin remains! I love the unique combination of nourishing botanicals like ginger, ginkgo, green tea, aloe, and coconut.

After using this Botanical Exfoliating Scrub consistently for the last 3 months, I can honestly say that this gel-based formula works well on my sensitive-prone combination skin. I think this Botanical Exfoliating Scrub just edged out my beloved Almond & Honey Face Scrub.


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ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer

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Water, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis)Extract, Glycine Alanine, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cetrimonium Chloride,PVP, Citric Acid, Fragrance, FD&C Red #40, D&C Green #5, FD&C Yellow#6.

After shampooing with ApHogee Shampoo, spray liberally onto towel dried hair. Comb hair gently with a wide-tooth comb. Style as usual. Body or styling heat locks-in treatment. Recommended after every chemical service.


Have damaged or overprocessed hair? Did you recently relax or color your hair? ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer combines the strengthening properties of heat-activated keratin protein with the antioxidant benefits of green tea to condition and restructure the hair shaft. It claims to reduce split ends, minimize breakage, add body to limp and lifeless hair, protect hair color, and is especially recommended for at-home care of relaxed or permed hair between shampoos or touch-up styling,

I used this product the first time I straightened my natural hair (after seven months of growth). I applied this restructurizer primarily as a heat protectant prior to blow-drying and flat-ironing my hair. After just one use, my tresses felt smooth, shiny, and silky between washes with plenty of volume and bounce. I love how this one-step, alcohol-free formula is pH optimized and has active ingredients that bond onto the hair shaft with natural body heat (or with heat from styling tools). Given my stellar results, I recently became curious how this product would work as a leave-in (e.g., without heat styling).

Here’s what I did … On my wash day, I followed my normal routine (i.e., shampooing, conditioning, and deep conditioning my hair). But, instead of applying a leave-in conditioner, I applied this restructurizer instead. Although I did not use any heat, it instantly seemed to both simultaneously strengthen and moisturize my hair. My strands are no longer dull or frizzy. And, my hair appears to have almost stopped shedding. Without exaggeration, I have virtually no hair fall … not in the shower, not on my comb, and not not on my bathroom floor. It seems to stop breakage in its tracks, all while giving salon results in the comfort of my home.

This keratin leave-in is very light and non-greasy. I’m not entirely sure what green tea should smell like, but this smells nothing like it! LOL. This product has a very stringent, medicinal smell that is quite unpleasant. It also has a tendency to become a little tacky to the touch. But, given how amazing my hair feels when I use it, these are “cons” I can easily ignore.

In addition, I’ve been told by some that this product helped them prevent reversion. While this product couldn’t produce anti-humidity results in my local, high-humidity climate, it might do so for you. I simply use this product as is on my fine, multi-textured hair. If you find that this product has too much protein in it for your hair, simply layer one of your favorite moisturizers over the top and seal in the moisture with an oil of your choice. I usually use this as a regular leave-in, add a little whipped shea butter, and then style my hair as usual. 

I really enjoy this restructurizer. It only takes a spray or two per quadrant of hair. Seriously. At this rate, this bottle might last a lifetime. Moreover, it not only protects my hair from heat but also makes it more manageable (e.g., easier to detangle and comb). As a result, it has made a huge difference in the maintenance of my hair and truly lives up to the hype, which is no small feat for a hair care item. My ends seem to say, “Thank you!” every time I use this, and I think that yours will, too.  In fact, I think this restructurizer has just earned staple status. It has quickly wormed its way into my “must-have” stash.



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