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FabuFinds: Product Spotlight January 2015

Occasionally, we find a product that seems at once magical and made just for us.  I call them FabuFinds.  It is even better when I can find them in sample form or get a great price, but these are the few items I would pay full price for if I could not find a promo code.  There were four products I consider FabuFinds in my January Empties that I have not discussed yet.  To spotlight them all, this will be a four product article.  Some articles may have as few as one product.  If the product was received for free, I will always let you know.

Carol’s Daughter sells body products?  I’ve actually seen that question a few times, because she is known for her hair products.  While I like some of her hair products, I find her body products are better.  The Ecstasy line in particular is the best I’ve tried.  I cannot think of a better word to describe the scent.   It is so pleasant and not at all overpowering.

My favorite product from the line is the Ecstasy Body Butter.  It is so rich and creamy.  When I use it, I need at least 20 minutes between applying it and getting dressed because it takes a while to fully absorb into the skin.  Once it absorbs though, my skin feels great until my next shower.  I have very dry skin, so that is quite an accomplishment.  It comes in a four ounce container and although a little goes a long way, that container would not last long if I used it everyday.  So, I reserve it for when my skin is very dry.  At $18, the cost would be $4.50 per ounce if I were to pay full price.

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The great thing about Carol’s Daughter is the site frequently puts together kits that combine with discounts.  Members get 10% off and free shipping on every order.  That alone can add up to great savings.  Membership usually has a free.  With code JOINFORFREE through 02/28/15, you can make a purchase, and get free membership.  The free shipping and 10% discount members get would automatically apply to your very first order.  Once you’re a member, your member discount will apply to anything you buy.  Thus, my suggestion if you have multiple things in mind would be to purchase the cheapest one using the join code.  Then, make a second purchase using any active code.  You’ll already be a member by then so you will get the discount off your member price and free shipping.

Deal stacking (even though only one promo code is allowed) is possible by purchasing a package and/or sale, getting a member discount and adding a promo code.  It makes the products much more affordable.  As you can see below, the final price can be amazing.

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Wen Cleansing Conditioner is an amazing product.  There are a variety of different types, and I suggest you try the one that best describes your hair.  I use lavender, because my hair is fine.  If your hair is thick, lavender would not be a great match for you.

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My hair is naturally frizzy.  It is thin and dry.  My dry scalp produces a lot of oil to overcompensate. This makes it look less frizzy and more shiny than any other product I’ve ever used.  When I take a break from Wen, my hair feels like straw.  It immediately returns to feeling soft with one wash.  Some people try it and hate it because there is a learning curve.  You have to ensure your hair is thoroughly wet before applying the product.  If you apply it before your hair is sufficiently wet, you will not be able to work the product in properly.  Wen does not lather, because it is sulfate free.  The lack of lather means you need a lot of product to really get your hair clean.

Wen suggests an obscene amount of product.  While I use significantly less than recommended, I still use a decent amount.  Trial and error will help you determine how much is right for you.  I tend to find 12-15 pumps (yes 12-15 pumps) is the perfect amount for me.  When I use less, my hair does not look clean.  If I use more, it does not look any better.  They say you cannot overuse the product as you can with some conditioners.  That is true, but you are wasting money if you consistently overuse it. You will not get an effective clean if you underuse it, so experiment to find out the proper amount for you.

I use 3 pumps at a time and work them into my four sections of hair.  Three pumps go into my scalp, three into the right side, three into the left side and three at the ends.  Sometimes, this is enough product.  Occasionally, I do not feel it is enough and I will work three more pumps all over.  Unlike shampoo, you really have to work Wen into the sections.  It takes minutes (yes minutes) of scrubbing all over your head and hair to ensure the product is cleansing and not just coating.  That is the drawback with sulfate free items, but the benefits are they are less likely to strip your hair of natal oils.

Why do some people have greasy hair after using Wen?  There is a good chance they’re not using enough product and/or they are not scrubbing enough.  Once you’ve sufficiently scrubbed, continue with your shower leaving the Wen to soak in your hair.  Rinse it thoroughly.  Wen suggests rinsing in cold water to seal the cuticle, but I think warm water is fine.  You can put the hot water back on as soon as you’re done rinsing.  Just ensure you take the time to rinse all of the product out.  While some say you can leave this in your hair, I have read into this and would not recommend it.

Wen can be considered expensive by some standards, but there is a way to save money.  The most cost effective way is to subscribe to Wen as you would a subscription box.  You can manually adjust the delivery anywhere from 12-20 weeks.  If for any reason you need delivery to be over 20 weeks, you can call and have an agent manually adjust the time.  Every 12-20 weeks, they will send you three full sized cleansing conditioners, whatever added product you started with and charge you $89.95 plus $12.95 for shipping.  That lasts the average person about 3 months depending on how often you wash and how much product you use in each wash.

Baked into the price are additional products I feel are unnecessary.  I took them with my first order, because they were “free” with the purchase.  If you take them on subsequent orders, they will charge you for them.  The quality is in the cleansing conditioner, and I do not feel the need to purchase the additional items.  A call can help you eliminate the superfluous items and save you money.  I was even offered a 15% discount when I told them I was thinking of canceling once Sephora started carrying the line.  It made the deal too good to pass up, so I stayed.  Before I knew it, I was only paying for the cleansing conditioner with a 15% discount.  It made the product much more affordable.  Members can purchase additional products at a discounted rate any time they want, so there is no need to include them in your regular shipment if you do not use them often.

Until I use up some of the hair samples I have, I am taking a break from Wen.  Thus, I am not an active subscriber.  I will either resubscribe or purchase from Sephora when I am ready to buy again.  In the mean time, I cannot link order history to this article.  It will not let me log in at all.  If you decide to join, just remember to call in before your next shipment to discuss options.  You do not want to pay for the extra items if you do not even care for them.  If you are a commitment phobe, you can always buy Wen at a slightly higher price at Sephora.  While the products are more expensive there and the entire selection is not carried, you can still save money by purchasing a kit, waiting for the 15-20% sales, and getting a fabulous promo with the purchase should any be available.

Kate Sommerville Exfolikate is gentle and effective at the same time.  It is one of the few exfoliants that does not give me a rash.  My skin always feels clean and soft after using it.  I adore it and cannot recommend it enough.  My biggest issue with Exfolikate is the cost.  At $22 for 0.5oz, it is not cost effective.  There are ways to get it cheaper than that though.  The most obvious way is to buy the 2oz size for $85.  That saves only $3 and leaves you with a lot of product.  A little goes a very long way, so even a small one will last you a long time using it only once or twice a week.  As such, I never buy the $85 one.  It would probably expire before I could use it all wasting my $3 savings.

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The best way to get this at a deal is to pick it up inside a kit.  Sephora frequently puts out kits with Exfolikate in it.  If it is not a prebuilt kit, you can find it in a build your own kit in a SiJCP.  For the recent skincare promotion, SiJCP put out a kit with 5 samples for $29.  This was one of the options.  The kit was reduced to $20 for the stores that still have stock.  Call your local JCP to see if they have any in stock.  Certain stores even allowed people to pick up multiples of the same samples, so you could get multiples in one kit.  Two samples of this equal the $22 size!

Another way is through Sephora point perks.  This has been a 100 point perk a few times recently.  I’ve picked it up twice that way.  Of course, it is a frequent GWP as well.  When you are completely out and it is not a Sephora point perk, in a GWP or in a kit at Sephora or another retailer, you can always find a kit directly from the brand.  The kits are almost always a better value than buying individually.  This is a set currently up on the site.  It has a 1 ounce Exfolikate, which is the same as purchasing two for $44.  That means all of the other items cost you $31, and they’re worth a lot more than that.  Plus, if you buy directly from the brand and are signed up for the rewards program (which of course you are if you are taking the time to read this), you will get rewards points to use on products on top of the amazing value.

June Jacobs Peppermint Hand and Foot Therapy is such an incredible product.  It is thick but not greasy.  My feet actually feel soft when I use it.  When I use it for prolonged periods of time, the cracks and peeling on my heels almost seem to fade away.  Sounds amazing right.  At $40 for 3.9oz, it better be.  I discovered this in one of‘s massive GWP offers.  The full size product was one of the items, and I fell in love.  That is why I love GWPs that include new items.  I’ve found so many gems that way.  When I was about to finish it, I looked it up and saw the price.  How dare get me hooked on an expensive product (AGAIN)!

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Reluctantly, I purchased a new one with a nice GWP, but I found myself rarely using it.  My other creams did okay and were not expensive.  Then, I was browsing and saw it on clearance for 50% off.  Why I only bought one is something I will never be able to answer!  Well, I just finished my $20 tube and am searching for another deal to not spend $40.  At $20, I love this product.  When it is $40, I rarely reach for it.  So, I sit, impatiently waiting to receive this again for free like the first time or half price like the last time.  Wish me luck.

Do you have any products you feel were made just for you?  If so, I hope you are always able to find fabulous deals when purchasing them. See all FabuFinds articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.

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