Sunday, September 4, 2011

Darling Girl Cosmetics: Good For Your Body Too!

Susan from Darling Girl Cosmetics also sent me some body products to review as she's come up with some neat little things lately. Here is what I got:

* Bye Bye Dry Lavender Infused Healing Butter: Available in 2oz. size
* Mini SALVation Body Balm Mango Blend in Pineapple Cilantro: Currently unavailable, but I have .25oz size
* Mini SALVation Body Balm Pistachio Blend in Bamboo Lotus: Available in mini (.25oz) and full size (2oz)
* Mini Lotion Bar in Ginger Pear: Available in mini (.15oz) and full size (2oz.)

First up, let's talk about the Bye Bye Dry.

This huge tub is $6.50, which I think is a great value for how much product you get. The ingredients are: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil and Equisetum Arvense Extract and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Oil, Essential Oils and Sunflower Wax).

Bye Bye Dry is packaged in a metal tin with an easy push off lid. The consistency is that of a creamy body butter, but it's not got the thickness of the kind you'd find in a tube. I swirl my finger around the top to get it warmed first and I find that it spreads nicely across the skin. It has a lavender scent without being overbearing, and that says a lot coming from someone who personally isn't a huge fan of lavender. Susan said that it contains horsetail butter, which is known to have curing effects on acne and eczema. I have trouble skin to say the least and I love that this has softened some of the callouses on the bottoms of my feet and on my legs. I've actually found another use for this and the next product: they're great for soothing bug bites. I get badly eaten up in the summer months and putting a little of this or the SALVation over top of an irritated bite is amazing. It really helps to soothe and calm the skin.

This is the SALVation. The left is the Pistachio Blend and the right is the unreleased Mango Blend. The mini size (.25 oz) is $3.85 and the full size (2 oz.) is $8.25.

I won't talk too much about the Mango Blend as Susan had some formulation issues and ended up going with the Pistachio Blend instead. I received it in the Pineapple Cilantro scent and I have to say that it smells absolutely fabulous. The issue was that the product was smooth after creation but would bead up in transit to the customer. Warmth does help to melt the little bits but Susan felt that it wasn't creamy enough. I obviously experienced the grittiness issue but I still use it because it smells divine. I sort of use it as a solid perfume.

The Pistachio Blend contains: Pistacia Vera Seed Oil and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Vitis Vinifer (Grape) Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Cornstarch, Sunflower Wax and fragrance.

The lack of water in this makes it a very interesting moisturizer. I feel like it actually holds moisture in my skin. I never noticed that my water based lotions felt strange until I tried this! I received the Bamboo Lotus scent and it's very interesting and hard to describe. It's sweet, slightly spicy and woody/floral at the same time; I like it. This isn't as thick or heavy duty as the Bye Bye Dry, it's more of a lighter balm for daytime use, whereas I would use the Bye Bye Dry overnight to heal problem areas. The Pistachio Butter ingredient is non comedogenic, which is must appreciated for any of us that get blocked pores easily. I love the mini size as I can carry it in my purse (and the lid stays on) for on the go dry spot touch ups. Hey, when you have dry skin, you gotta do what you gotta do!

A couple of last notes: I also use this on bug bites (again, if it's in your purse, you can't go wrong) and I love that the scent name is on the bottom of the tin versus the lid, that way if have multiple tubs and you switch the lids, the scent is still labeled on the bottom of the physical tub so you always know which one it is (does anyone else flip lids around accidentally?)

This is the Mini Lotion Bar, which is a 0.15 oz size for $3.75. The full size is 2 oz. and $8.75.

The Lotion Bars contain: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil and Equisetum Extract and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Pistachia Vera Seed Oil and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sunflower Wax and fragrance.

Can I just start off by saying how adorable this is? It's like a little mini lip balm tube and the label is really cute. The size is perfect for purse carrying. This is a lotion is solid form, and is still a waterless formula like the other products. I'd say this has the lightest moisture of all three of the products but using this on my knees and elbows has made a noticeable difference in my skin! I used to have constantly dry elbows and it's really not so bad anymore. I again reiterate that the little size is so convenient as I don't have to carry a tube of lotion in my bag anymore.

I received the scent Ginger Pear and it is DIVINE. I really love how all of the products smell and at times I will use them even if I don't need moisture, just for the scent.

All of the products have the ingredients clearly labeled, which is always important. Overall, I am really impressed with what Susan has come up with and I think she has put a lot of effort and thought into the products themselves, right down to the packaging and the labels. If you have severe dry patches of skin, I would recommend the Bye Bye Dry for sure. If you need moisture but don't have any major problem areas, I would say to try the SALVation and the Lotion Bars. They both come in a variety of scents, one of them is bound to suit your fancy ;-).

DISCLAIMER: Post contains products sent for review by owner. This does not change my opinion of said products and I received no monetary compensation for this review.


  1. Great review! I love the idea of the mini lotion bar because I carry way too much crap in my handbag and it's a struggle finiding everything so I could just pop that in my makeup bag. Ginger Pear and Pineapple Cilantro sounds like they would smell AMAZING.

    Will give some of these a go for sure.

  2. These all sound so great! I ordered the on-the-go lip scrub and can't wait to try it! I didn't order any of these yet, I still have a bunch of stuff I'm trying to get used up!

  3. Great review!

  4. Oh man stop making want to buy Darling Girl, my wallet hates you! :P Does ginger Pear smell strongly of ginger?

  5. I think I absolutely need the Bye Bye Dry... another thing to add to my ever-growing list of things I want to order from Darling Girl. LOL So many of the shadows you've posted, lip products, now B&B products... her head might spin a bit from the vastness of the order I am bound to make.

  6. @Lillian: Not too strong, it's definitely ginger but it's got the slight sweetness of pear to balance it.

  7. Argh I need all of these. I especially love the idea of the Lotion Bar, because I frequently have moments where I'm out and about and am like 'OMG my hands/elbow/ankle feel dry and it's grossing me out' XD Yeah, I'm weird.

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