Sample Extravaganza! Testing First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream

I have a lot of samples.

Every month I accrue new skincare, makeup, and fragrance samples that are rarely used–the exception, of course, being occasions when I’m going out of town and need products that adhere to TSA-friendly sizing guidelines. I’ve decided to turn my cluttered drawer of samples into proverbial lemonade by using it as fodder for product reviews. First up is the much-hyped Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty.

At $12.00 per 2 oz, my .06 oz sample holds a street value of $0.36

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A Brief Update and a Fun, Relaxing Recipe

I’ve had some visitors as of late (including my mom–hi Mom!) and fully exploited this opportunity to take in the beautiful sights of Seattle’s surrounding forests. Armed with gallons of sunscreen and my child-sized hiking boots, I took the tourists on a few hikes. While better bloggers consistently updated  feeds with fresh content (and readers thirsted for new bon mots courtesy of moi, no doubt) I climbed  mountains and photographed waterfalls. Even Stella joined in on the raucous good times!

Unfortunately, after all that great hiking, my feet (among other body parts that shall remain unnamed) were desperately sore. A warm, fragrant soak is just the ticket to ease my aching glutes hamstrings calves quads knees bruised pride feet, so I whipped up a batch of my bath salts (no, not that kind of bath salts) and drew myself a bath. Sure enough, I left the bathroom feeling relaxed, refreshed, and slightly less swollen. Some quick reminders before I get to the bath salt recipe:

  • Bathing in water that is too hot for too long dries the skin, causing irritation, redness, and possibly peeling. Turn down the temp, please.
  • To avoid irritation, essential oils should always be diluted before coming into contact with your skin (except in some specific cases which don’t require a carrier oil, but we won’t be getting into that today).

To make bath salts, you will need:

  • 1 cup uniodized sea salt
  • 2/3 cup Epsom salt (aka magnesium sulfate: a saline laxative, soil additive, and all-around miracle salt)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (when the pushy salespeople at LUSH talk you into buying a bath bomb and the first ingredient is Sodium Bicarbonate, it’s pretty much baking soda)
  • 2 Tbps coarse kosher salt
  • 4-8 drops of the essential oil of your choice (I used a mix of lavender and rose geranium)

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, taking care to break up any clumps. Add essential oil(s). Transfer into an air-tight container, e.g. Tupperware I accidentally forgot to return after a potluck my junior year of college and now use only for storing home beauty experiments. While filling the tub, sprinkle a handful or two of salts into the bath. Allow to dissolve completely. Keep remainder of salts in a cool, dry place for later use. Precariously set up your laptop on the lid of the toilet so you can watch Orange is the New Black while soaking in the tub. Unless you’re rich enough to have a TV in your bathroom, in which case, please adopt me.