Hot cocoa with marshmallows is one of those things that can sound appealing even on a hot August night, but it's downright irresistible once the first flurries start falling. If you can't get enough of cocoa flavor, try Kiehl's Lip Gloss in Warm Milk Chocolate ($25) or Yes To Carrots Lip Gloss in Cocoa Loco ($6). If you'd rather smell like pure deliciousness, there's also Urban Decay Sparkling Edible Body Powder in Marshmallow ($29) and Victoria's Secret Cocoa Butter Sensuous Escape Body Lotion ($30), both guaranteed to make you good enough to eat. And if you love cocoa's great moisturizing and cleansing properties, this Cococare Cocoa Butter Complexion Bar ($2) is a sweet bargain.
Neutrogena's Transparent Facial Bar ($3) has been the brand's star item since it launched back in the 1950s. After many years of its absence from my shower caddy, I recently decided to give the old classic another whirl. I was not disappointed.
With its distinctive amber color and clean scent, it made me experience a major sensory memory explosion. What makes the old-school bar so worthy to me — besides the sweet recollection of junior high moments — is that it leaves behind no residue or tightness. If anything, it's slightly drying, but in the sense that your face feels super clean.
For those who have flaky or parched skin, this soap might not be the right match, and most importantly, you'll have to take steps to prevent this bar soap from "melting". But unlike creamy formulations, this bar really does rinse away very easily. Considering the price, results, and scent, I'll be reserving a spot for this one in my shower once again.
Would you buy into the claim that this bar of facial soap, which is made from mud and algae derivatives, would work wonders on all skin types, all while detoxifying and balancing your delicate dermis along the way? That's a lot to promise, so I wasn't expecting much. But Wonderbar ($40 to $104), is actually quite wunderbar. For the hefty price, however, this one's most definitely in the splurge range. Although I went through my sample rather quickly, I loved how this bar tightened my skin without feeling taut or dry.
The soap, which is made from a clay that has the essence of over 700 herbs and plants, is also comprised of a proprietary ingredient called Chlorey’nahre, an algae substance that uses nanotechnology to help increase radiance in the skin. After applying the soap, you're supposed to let it sit and do its magic for about three minutes before rinsing. It gives a slightly tingly, refreshing feel, and really did away most of my makeup. The Wonderbar is also apparently a great multitasking scalp cleanser and aftershave. Would I pay over $100 for a bar of soap? Don't think so. But did I hide my sample far away from Mr. Bella? You bet I did.