Thursday, November 13, 2014

**REVIEW** and **GIVEAWAY** Old Factory Candles

Part 1 - The Review

I've been wanting to do a giveaway for a long time, wanted to wait for just the right item. I don't have thousands of blog readers, but the readers I have are loyal. Time to do something nice for you guys.

My opportunity comes courtesy of a company that makes one of my favorite things: candles! Not just candles, but soy candles. Not just soy candles, but soy candles of the coolest fragrance varieties I've ever heard of. Old Factory Candles has it covered.

Can you tell that I'm just a little bit excited about this? (When the package arrived yesterday, I think I scared our mailman!)

There are several reasons that I'm so happy to do these candles as a giveaway & these are the top 3:
  • The crazy-cool-scents are just all over the place & smack on realistic.
  • The candles are soy and hand poured (aka: long-lasting) & USA made.
  • Uses pure fragrance oils.
Now. You guys know how I am about scents and cents, right? Well, I have you covered with these candles. Like I said, the scents are so creative. I think there's something for every mood, memory or mania. For instance, for myself, I chose the "50 Shades" which includes "Leather", "Jasmine Bubbles", and "Vanilla Sex". 

50 Shades of being single
Now, go pick your mind up out of that gutter. I went for this set mainly because I adore Jasmine and Vanilla scents (and I figured I could use the Leather scent for a Christmas gift).

Talk about getting these scents being smack on. I expected "Leather" to be some kind of moody take on the idea. No. This "Leather" smells exactly like leather. If I wanted to pass off some fake pleather Foach bag off as the real thing, I'd smear this inside. If I want to call up memories of the time my boyfriend hugged me while wearing his new Cowboys jacket, all I have to do is light this candle. #GottaPauseForThisMemory...

I don't particularly want to remember that particular boyfriend, but if you have better memories of leather that you'd rather not share with the world, this candle will go all Eagles on you and Take It to the Limit.

To my surprise, of the 3 scents in 50 Shades, Jasmine Bubbles was my favorite. It's so sensual in a different way than the Vanilla Sex. More perfume-y, I think, which I really like. But, just like I said, all three of the scents hit it square. The vanilla is reminds me more of an old-fashioned cake made from scratch than from anything I smell at Starbucks. Just really, really organic.

These really do burn clean and since I've had Jasmine lit for the past hour and a half, I can from checking that I'll get a lot or hours out of it. The scent is noticeable but not overwhelming and I'm sitting in a smaller room of the house. 

One other way that I use soy candles (not that I'm recommending it for anyone else) is as a body perfume. I just rub my finger across the surface of an unlit one and then rub that onto my pulse points. You'll notice that this is something you can do with a soy candle and not a regular wax one. Just thought I'd toss that in here. Anyway...

Remember I mentioned cents? That's because of the great pricing. Each candle in the trio is 2 ounces (for a 20 hour burn). Less than $8.50 a candle of this quality is awesome. And if you aren't happy with them, you can return them - at Old Factory's expense - and get a full refund. (NOTE: you won't be returning them. Trust me.)

Now. Getting back to the variety of scents, here's what I'm talking about

I want Lemongrass next

There's the Leather again...

Is it crazy that I KNOW who'd like each of these?
 If you're like me, you looked at those sets and immediately started putting faces of people you know next to each one - maybe for gifts? Personally, I'm torn between a few of them. The Lemongrass sounds good, but I think I really want the New Born Baby set. Not that I'm hinting...

These would make great gifts even if, like me, you plan on sharing only one of the set. The jars are labelled so nicely - neither too fem nor too 'industrial' - that they will appeal to anyone. But if you do give someone the whole set, the packaging is really nice.

Easy to giftwrap (or can have it delivered gift-wrapped)
Includes a free eBook on aromatherapy
Part 2 - The Giveaway

I know you probably skimmed past everything else in this post to get to this part... There are a few simple rules:

  1. You must have a U.S. shipping address*, an email address**, and
  2. You must have an Amazon account (If you don't have a Prime acct for shipping, your s&h will be reimbursed via PayPal)
  3. Be the first to respond*** on THIS Google Plus post with a comment on whether you plan to enjoy these candles yourself or gift them to someone special. (Because I'm nosy!) After G+, I am posting to Facebook.
That's it. The first eligible person to respond with a comment will be the winner. I will announce the lucky winner the day after this giveaway ends.


I received my product free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

*Apologies to readers with non-U.S. shipping addresses. Depending on how this one goes, I will try to offer future giveaways for other readers.
**I will share this email address with the company supplying the product to the winner.
***I will use the time stamps on comments to choose the first eligible winner. 

**REVIEW** Niacinamide Vit B3 Moisturizer (InstaNatural)

InstaNatural has great products and outstanding customer service and customer rapport. Naturally (heh heh), I was happy to give another one of their products a try. This time is was the Niacinamide Vitamin B3 Moisturizer.

I had to remind myself that this is a night cream because that's not mentioned on the front of the bottle. Also, the instructions indicate that it's best used "morning and night" - which was confusing. Because it is so very rich though, I used it primarily as a night cream anyway. As I've mentioned in other posts of late, I was using so many skin products - one right after the other - at the time that I reviewed this. That might be why I found that I became sensitive to this before the end of the first week's use. I had to wait a bit before I could resume using for this review.

That said, this is one of the best moisturizers that has Vitamin C in it. In my opinion face care potions that do include Vitamin C can be a little bit much and I usually test them out on an every-other-day schedule. This one has Vitamin B3 in the ingredients and I'm thinking that helped make it a little less harsh than other creams. The other thing I like about this one is how clean it smells.

I'm not really sure if this "plumped" my skin at all, but I know that it did help to keep it feeling hydrated through the night. That's a big deal for me because our winter's are normally cold enough that we run our heat pretty high. Heat is always draining to my skin - even humid heat tends to make my face feel salty and in need of more moisture. I can't testify to the relief of dark spots, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone issues, but I notice that it does seem to be balancing out my normally combination dry/oily T-zone. (Did that make sense? Hope so.)

I had a friend try this out for a few days to get some feedback from someone with an oilier skin type. She loves this because she says it really helped moisturize without aggravating her skin. When I took a closer look at the ingredients, I noticed that this contains Avocado oil (which my friend uses) and Evening Primrose oil, which I've heard is good for soothing the skin. Apparently, this is a perfect product for my friend.

This cream seems like it's going to work well for me when I'm not using any other Vitamin C creams and serums. I figure I will be able to use this one on a more regular basis then. That will be nice because, like I mentioned, I love how moisturizing it is, and I'm going to need that for the winter.

As always, I want to mention that InstaNatural offers a 100% Money Back Lifetime Guarantee. I can tell you that I have always received prompt attention to any questions I might have about their products. 


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.