Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Scrub

I  heard wonderful things about this scrub from Sam Schuerman. She makes beauty videos on YouTube and is one of my favorite Beauty channels.   She has featured this scrub in several of her favorite’s videos so I knew I needed to try it!

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The Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn scrub deeply cleans pores to gently remove dead, dull skin surface cells. It also works to remove excessive oil from clogged pores. It claims to be gentle enough for all skin types, and I can attest that it leaves your face touchably soft. The texture and feeling is very similar to the St. Ives Apricot Scrub; so if you find that to abrasive you probably won’t care for this one.

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Like the Sibu Sea Buckthorn Mask I blogged about this scrub starring ingredient is the sea buckthorn berry. This nourishing berry delivers 190 bioactive compounds, including the rare omega-7 fatty acids. One of the things I really like about Sibu Beauty is that their products are free of parabens, sulfates and are vegan and cruelty free.


I usually buy my Sibu Beauty through Hautelook as it is deeply discounted.  I also know that Swanson Vitamins carries Sibu Beauty products at a discounted price.

With Hautelook I got two scrubs for $17.50, buying directly from Sibu the scrub retails for $19.95 and on Swanson’s online store it retails for $15.96


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Review:: St. Ives Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub

I’m all about scrubs, I like the way my face feels after using then and I have found them effective in combating my oily acne prone skin.   I have used the St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub for over ten years.  I have heard people say that the Apricot scrub is not good to use as the pieces are too big and harsh on your skin.  I have never had a problem and I personally like a “harsh” scrub, as you can feel it “working” so to speak.  I’m not a fan of scrubs where you have to search to find a scrubbie/bead.

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I believe the Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange was added to the line in the last year and when I finished up my Apricot I decided to give this a try.  First off this smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!   The light citrus scent is very refreshing and a mood lifter for sure.  But we all know something can smell great and not be worth two cents once you try it (and vice versa!)  But I was not to be disappointed, it cleans and exfoliates too!

This has a more creamy texture compared to the Apricot scrub and therefore is not as harsh or “scrubbie”  (is that a word? if not I think it should be…)  Even though it is not as rough it still has exfoliating power and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.  This is a part of St. Ives Even and Bright line which claims to leave your skin brighter and more visibly even toned.

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The newer packaging of St. Ives scrubs has an exfoliation factor on the back of the packaging.  This is listed as moderate, the apricot is deep and the Oatmeal (which I haven’t tried) is gentle.

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One of the things I like about St. Ives is that their products are more natural and I don’t feel so bad about putting them on my skin. The Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange scrub is…

~ Formulated without Parabens


~Dermatologist Tested 


Found out more about St. Ives 


Let me know what your favorite scrub is in the comments below… 

The Wondrous Uses of NaHCO3

NaHCO3 is also known as Sodium Bicarbonate or Baking Soda!  Baking soda is extremely versatile and has a myriad of uses.  I have been using it for several years in many different ways and I thought I would share a few with you.


My mother taught me at a young age that if we were ever out of toothpaste to use baking soda and peroxide.  I would say probably every few weeks I brush my teeth with this combination and it leaves your mouth (and breathe) fresh and clean.

Facial and Body Scrub

I use baking soda as a facial scrub every other day.  It is gentle enough that you can use it every day if you so choose.  I mix the baking soda with honey, Coconut oil, or whatever liquid face wash and exfoliate my face. When I use it on my body, I mix it with whatever liquid body wash I have in the shower.  I really think that using this on my face has helped clear up my complexion.

Clarifying for your Hair

You could spend five plus dollars on a clarifying shampoo or you could add some baking soda to your regular shampoo. The baking soda removes the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.

Clean your Fruits and  Veggies

Using baking soda is a great way to clean the dirt and residue off of fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.

Pots and Pans

Remove baked-on residue by shaking a generous amount of baking soda on pots and pans. Then add hot water and dish detergent, let sit for 15 minutes and wash as usual. The gunk and grime is so easy to clean off!


Clean out that Nasty Drain in the Kitchen

To deodorize a drain, pour about ½ cup baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup vinegar. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clean out the residue. The baking soda and vinegar bubble up (remember that volcano from elementary school ?) which makes this a fun cleaning task for kids or kids at heart.

Skin Irritants

Apply a baking soda paste with water to rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritation.  You can also sprinkle a generous amount into your bath water and take a nice soak.

There are numerous other uses for baking soda and a quick Google search will bring up a countless uses for this amazing white powder! Do you use baking soda in your daily routine? If so share it with me in the comments below.  Also shout out to Arm and Hammer for coming out with this nifty plastic canister.  I used to put my baking soda in a jar for keeping in my bathroom . The paper box would get soft and sometimes the baking soda would clump up because of the moisture in the bathroom, but no more!!