Refresh for May Day #15: My favorite almond scented soaps

If you haven’t heard, I am a migraineur with scents being my worst trigger. But it is a drag to go unscented all the time and I have found that almond scents are a favorite non-migrainogenic scent as demonstrated by my favorite body butter. When I was looking for a soap to match my love for the almond scent of the Basin body butter, I was of course attracted to Basin’s almond honey soap but the price point is hefty and not being able to grab one at the store when ever I had forgotten to restock was quite a drag. So after a single bar of I decided I needed to move on. I risked migraines by searching in a number of store fronts like Lush, L’Occitane, and Body ShoAlmond Castile Bar Soap - 5 oz.p only to find that the almond scents weren’t nearly as pure as Basin’s. The perfumey after-smell (is that a thing), was just awful to me (and a huge migraine trigger). I then turned to the internet and found a few rave reviews of Dr. Bronner’s almond bar soap. Evidently, this brand is a favorite among those who swear by being totally pure, totally organic. I am not gonna lie, I wanted a soap that would pair well with my pre-shower Basin Almond Body Scrub and post-shower Basin Almond Body Butter. And when I finally tracked this brand down in my local Wegman’s it was a home run. The scent was as pure and un-migrainogAlmond Castile Liquid Soap - 16 oz.enic as that a Basin at a much lower price point that I can re-stock on on a whim. And, I discovered along with it its liquid cousin in the Almond Castile Liquid Soap. It comes out watery but lathers up like a champ and leave the skin clean, smooth, and smelling great. So if you love almond scents as much as I do, I highly recommend Dr. Bronner.

Refresh for May Day #2: My Favorite Body Butter

Let’s talk body butters. These are thicker, richer older cousins of typical lotions that are built on a base of cocoa butter or shea butter. Honestly, a good body butter should have few other ingredients. Over the years, I have attempted to get on board with body butters but the texture has been overwhelmingly greasy or the scents off putting, or worse both. But last year (yes, also on a trip to Disney) I discovered Basin.

I get migraines with most scents (walking through the mall side entrance of most department stores will trigger a violent migraine as will being anywhere within a football fields distance of a Yankee Candle Co.) and the most notably thing about entering Basin was that the aroma did not make me run out of the store screaming “Save my head!” I tried the sample of the body butter in a few flavors and the texture was rich but not greasy and the smell was absolutely delectable. Notably, I headed out of the store that day with both the peppermint and the almond.  It was hard not to buy three or four more. None of the scents were off putting to my scent-sensitive nostrils.

Almond (and you will here more about this in the days to come in the Refresh for May series) is absolutely my favorite scent. It is an old stand-by for this migraineur who sometimes just can’t take the unscented everything from deodorant to cleaning products. The Basin Body Butter almond smell was the purest, most unadulterated almond smell I have ever encountered in something that was not an actually pot of muddled almonds, a bottle of amaretto, and a roll of marzipan. It really is amazing. The peppermint was also a very pure scent that had a nice cooling effect to boot.

I gave a tub of this body butter to a number of colleagues for holiday gifts this past year and the feedback was superlative for all scents and the unscented. This stuff is good. It cured dry skin ailments that had beleaguered some friends for years. I think it’s because this brand has both an abundance of cocoa butter and shea butter and little else. Alas, it is hard to come by in person. There is a store in Downtown Disney and on the Strip in Vegas. But you can order (like I did last week and if you bulk order and divide the shipping costs per containers it’s not that bad. IMG_3537