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After falling in love with the Alaffia Good Soaps and Coconut Lip balms I reviewed not too long ago, Alaffia sent me more wonderful products to try and an amazing gift basket to give away to one lucky Natural Chica reader!

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This amazing prize basket includes:

Alaffia handcrafted grass basket – Alaffia baskets are handwoven in Ghana and Togo from sustainable harvested grass. 100% biodegradable and compostable, this is the ultimate eco-friendly accessory.

Authentic Black Soap – Peppermint – Alaffia’s authentic black soap is made from a centuries old recipe of handcrafted shea butter and West African palm kernel oil. Saponification is provided by adding ashes to the hot oils, then cooking the soap for six hours. The last step is drying and curing the soap in the sun for three weeks, resulting in a gentle hand & body wash for all ages.

EveryDay Shea Body Lotion Lavender – EveryDay Shea Body Lotion Lavender is prepared with Certified Fair Trade unrefined shea butter, soothing African yam, and relaxing lavender essential oil.

EveryDay Coconut Lip Balm –Pineapple – A luscious moisturizing lip balm with Certified Fair Trade coconut oil and pineapple fruit extract

EveryDay Coconut Lip Balm – Purely Coconut – A luscious moisturizing lip balm with Certified Fair Trade coconut oil and cocoa butter

EveryDay Coconut Pure African Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair – Powerful restorative % hydrating fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, leave skin soft & smooth. May be applied to either skin or hair.

Authentic Africa’s Secret – Africa’s Secret is a restorative multipurpose skin cream based on a traditional infusion of botanicals and bee products handed down from generation to generation. A percentage of the proceeds goes to the Xerces Society for the conservation of pollinators.

Alaffia Virgin Coconut and Shea Shampoo – Virgin coconut oil and lemongrass extract moisture and smooth hair, leaving it shiny and healthy-looking. Gentle shea butter African black soap cleans without removing natural oils. For all hair types.

Alaffia Virgin Coconut and Shea Conditioner – Virgin coconut oil and shea butter provide condition and shine without causing buildup or weighing hair down. Lemongrass extract adds moisture and gloss. For all hair types.


The total value of this prize basket is around $85!

Each of these products balances science with tradition to holistically benefit your body, communities and the environment.

I’ve actually had the opportunity to try all the products listed here and they really do live up to their descriptions! Their lotion (I received the coconut scent) is now one of my favorites because it is incredibly moisturizing and not heavily scented. The pump applicator definitely makes it easy to use as well. The Virgin Coconut and Shea conditioner actually worked really well for my hair as well! I found I was able to finger detangle with the shampoo and was left with a clean, but not stripped feeling. The conditioner had a nice, creamy consistency that was easy to apply evenly throughout my hair. It left my hair feeling soft after rinsing it out as well. The scent is really low-key, which is a plus for those of you who may not like heavily scented products. I’m sure whoever wins this basket is going to really enjoy these products! 

To enter this giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. Please note that this contest is only open to U.S. residents.


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It’s safe to say that I’ve tried my share of natural body soaps and cleansers, but until a few weeks ago I had never tried a product that was designed specifically as a feminine wash. Needless to say, I was very much intrigued when I was approached by The Honey Pot to review their line of feminine washes. When cleansing such an intimate area, ingredients and solution pH are VERY important, so I was glad to hear that the product is a wash (external use)  and NOT a douche (internal use-not highly recommended) AND the product is made solely from plant-based ingredients that are designed to promote pH balance (normal vaginal pH is slightly acidic ~ 3.8 – 4.5) and natural vaginal immunity!

The Company

Founder & CEO of The Honey Pot, Beatrice Dixon shares her journey

In 2010 I had a 7-month long recurring bacterial vaginosis infection. Any woman who has had any type of vaginal infection knows the agony. It was this vaginal breakdown that transcended into a love embracing breakthrough, which fueled the creation of an All-Natural Feminie Hygiene product.

Over a two year period of testing and development I created The Honey Pot, a 100% Natural Plant-Based Daily Feminine Wash. It helps prevent vaginal infection, encourages pH balance and aids natural vaginal immunity.

However, The Honey Pot has been the catalyst for a cause I am now dedicated to, helping women and girls regain vaginal love. My charge is to encourage women and young girls to honor and respect their vagina. To love the vagina in a gentle manner, as not to abuse it, but to be as gentle with it as one would with a root that will grow in to a beautiful cherry blossom tree, like our Honey Pot brand logo.

My professional experience working in both the science and natural arenas established the fundamental backdrop for the ingenuity of the Honey Pot, with three distinct product formulas designed for everyday women (Lavender), the Young Girls (Younger Ladies) and (Preggers) for pregnant women.

Product Description

The Honey Pot is a 100% Natural, Plant-Based Daily Feminine Wash.
A woman’s solution to feminine hygiene for one of the most sensitive areas of her body, the vagina. The Honey Pot is a brand made with love, for women seeking healthy freshness.
The three (3) products in the portfolio include:

Lavender – Our signature brand for all women. Ideal for all women seeking healthy freshness. Including active, eco-friendly and health conscious women.

Younger Ladies – A gentle formula for delicate young users, 4-12 years old. Specially designed for young girls, a lighter formula to promote a healthy hygiene routine at a young age.

Preggers – Safe enough for expecting Mom’s throughout pregnancy Trimesters 1 – 3, when hormones are out of balance. During pregnancy, vaginal support is of the highest importance as the vessel to bring forth life. The Honey Pot will supports the vaginal vessel pre and post natal.


•  Achieve a Healthier, Happier, Cleaner, Honey Pot in 4 Weeks*
•  Keeps the vagina fresh and clean, omits odor.
•  Prevents vaginal infections and balance insufficiencies such as Candidiasis, Bacteria Vaginosis and Urinary Infections.
•  Promotes pH Balance, which helps restore moisture and helps to relieve dryness.
•  Aid in Natural Vaginal Immunity.

*Based on daily use, clinical and self assessment study of a group of 50 participants.


•  100% Natural Plant-Based Ingredients, Safe and Eco-Friendly Recyclable Packaging.
•  Made with the finest ingredients to balance and rejuvenate and restore vaginal health.
•  Free from any ingredients you can not pronounce.
•  No Parabens, Sulfates, SLS, SLS, DEA, Synthetic Fragrances and Not Tested on Animals.

•  Only natural preservatives, with no additives. Honey Pot claims are substantiated by consumer trial and testing. The Honey Pot is not a cure for vaginal infection.RETAIL

The Honey Pot SRP is $14.99 www.thehoneypot.co and $9.99 at WholeFoods.

My Experience 

The Honey Pot Feminine Washes

I really liked the foaming dispenser for application. It made it really easy to use in the shower and apply without having to worry about product being wasted because it’s dripping everywhere. Instructions on the bottle advise shaking the bottle before use and of course cleansing from front to back with clean hands. These washes left my “honey pot” feeling fresh and clean (TMI alert – especially during my period!) and I’m happy to report that after using them for several weeks, I never experienced any type of irritation as a result of using these products. Overall, I love the products and the mission behind it!


5 lucky Natural Chica readers will receive a Honey Pot feminine wash. To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review from Whole Foods Market with no obligation for a positive review. The opinions represented here are solely my own. 

Alaffia Good Soaps

Info from Whole Foods Market

Alaffia Good Soap (SRP*: $2.59) This moisturizing, luxurious and affordable soap is made with certified fair trade shea butter and coconut oil. Exclusive to Whole Foods Market, Good Soap comes in Lavender, Fresh Mint, Sunshine, Prairie Rose, Sweet Vanilla, Coconut and African Black Soap scents.


Whole Foods Market actually has an online mag called “Dark Rye” that had a nice video profile on Alaffia if you’re interested in learning more about this company.

Alaffia from Dark Rye on Vimeo.

Personally, I can NEVER have enough great-smelling soaps with natural ingredients! These “Good” soaps from Alaffia are actually pretty great! The soaps are soft on the skin and I love that the scents are mild but noticeable enough to enjoy while using them. I enjoyed these soaps so much that after I finished the ones that were sent for review, I went back to Whole Foods and purchased three more! As a plus, it’s great to support a company that uses fair trade ingredients, which helps producers in developing counties garner fair wages and in turn helps to build up communities that need the support.

Alaffia Coconut Lip Balms

Info from Whole Foods Market

Alaffia Everyday Coconut Lip Balm (SPR: $2.99) Deeply moisturizing for dry or sun-kissed lips, this moisturizing lip balm is made with Fair Trade Coconut oil and cocoa butter. It comes in three flavors: Purely Coconut, Coconut Pineapple and Coconut Mint. Everyday coconut is an extension of Alaffia, a brand founded by Olowo-n’djo Tchala. A Togolese native, Tchala created Everday Coconut to generate funds for community enhancement projects in West African nations to reduce poverty and gener inequality. This product is sold at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. 

These lip balms are truly moisturizing and have a smooth glide-on feel. The ingredients are simple yet effective and each lip balm in the line is non-GMO, vegan and contains NO synthetic flavors! The Coconut Mint lip balm has already become one of my faves this summer because of the refreshing hint of mint when you put it on.

These are truly quality products from Alaffia, and I encourage you to visit their site if you’re interested in learning more about their products and mission! If you’re interested in purchasing, don’t forget you can check out your local Whole Foods Market. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be participating in a panel discussion at the “Curly Q’s and Straight Talk” event in Atlanta hosted by Pantene North America & Essence magazine. I’m honored to be a guest on this panel, which will be moderated by Essence Beauty & Style Director, Pamela Edwards-Christiani and Hair Expert, Mann Nance. The event is May 22nd from 6-9 pm and I’d love for you to attend!

 Due to limited capacity, you must RSVP at events@essence.com by May 20th for event location. 

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Mother’s Day with LUSH Products

LUSH is one of those places that I can’t just pass by when I’m out shopping. The rich fragrances and the colorful body products always capture my attention and I just HAVE to indulge myself. I was excited to learn that LUSH has launched some new products  just in time for Mother’s Day this weekend. They were kind enough to send some my way so I could share more information with you all!

LUSH mothers day

Product Information from LUSH 

Ingredients for each product can be viewed by clicking on product link

1: Mum bubble bar wand ($9.95): this bright and cheerful yellow flower has the same sweet caramel fragrance as Lush’s global bestseller, Honey I Washed The Kids soap.

2: Inhale Exhale bath bomb ($5.25)A new Bath Bomb with two halves – each lightly scented with one half of the two-part Gorilla Perfume fragrance, Breath of God. The Inhale half fizzes quickly, allowing mom to breathe in the light and fruity neroli and rose to relax.  She can then lie back, breathe out and enjoy the grounding effect of the Exhale fragrance, with notes of smoky cedar wood and revitalizing lemon and grapefruit.

3: Rose bubble bar ($4.95): This beautifully crafted bubble bar will instantly transform mom’s bath time experience into a rose-filled voyage through a mountain of skin softening bubbles. Rosehip oil and cocoa butter grated into the mixture provide the softening properties, while rose and lemon provide the fragrance.

4: Secret Garden bath bomb ($5.25) A bath with this lovely floral bath bomb will make mom feel like she is in her own secret garden. Bursting with petals that will float on the bath water and scented with roses, sweet wild orange and rosewood oils. This one has a frothy outer layer, which means it fizzes slowly for a long relaxing bath under a green carpet of foam.

5: Madame Butterfly bubble bar wand ($9.95: A pretty pink butterfly fragranced with gorgeous rose absolute and rose oil. There’s a hint of lemon and geranium oil too which helps to balance the skin.

I am not exaggerating when I say that these products will have your bathroom smelling like the most wonderful spa while you’re using them! I also thought it was unique that the tags on the bubble bar wands are actually filled with wildflower seeds that you can plant! How cool is that!

lush seed tag

This is just a small sampling of the products they offer so feel free to stop by a LUSH store near you to check them out for yourself!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”