Crystal Glycerin Soap Bars

Crystal Pure Glycerine Soaps

I had been pissing and moaning about how my face has been so sensitive to certain soaps lately. If I use the wrong soaps, my cheeks and nose turn red and sting. It also gets super dry when healing. It’s been getting on my nerves. Even some of my go-to soaps have been irritating my skin.

But I’ve discovered I’m safe with these Crystal Pure Glycerine Soaps! I bought a whole case of them! There’s 24 of them! I decided to review each one as I experience them!

Sunflower – It’s light and sweet! It’s like getting up early on your day off, showering, putting on a robe, and drinking hot tea on a lawn chair. ☺️

Aloe Vera – I really like this one. It lightly smells like aloe, but not in a yucky way. It has a clean, sweet scent.

Strawberry – It’s…alright. It has an alcoholic drink smell. 🤨 So basically I am washing myself with Strawberry Hill.

Lilac – I dig it. It has a distinct smell. I guess that is supposed to be lilac, but I don’t remember how lilacs smell. I’d have to do a nose-to-flower-to-bar sniff test. But it smells clean. Not bad! EDIT: Okay, next day I noticed my nose and cheeks are kind of burning and the fragrance of this soap is a bit strong. I might have to set this one to the side. 😕

Gardenia – I waited a day before writing my review on this because the last flower smelling bar snuck up on me and burned my face! This one seems safe! It does smell like Gardenias, I know and love that flower! It’s not overwhelmingly fragrant, but I think it leaves my skin smelling like it for a while after I shower. I like this bar!

Vanilla – It’s nice! It smelled more like vanilla when it was dry, but not very strong when I used it in the shower. But it’s pretty light and pleasant!

Mango – It’s not bad! Smells more like a nectarine, or a nectarine Jolly Rancher.

Baby Powder – It kinda smells like baby powder, but mostly just smells clean. It’s a pink colored bar. It’s not bad, I guess!

Lemon – It smells like a lemon cough drop mixed with lemon-scented furniture polish. I guess it washed like standard soap.

Pineapple – When I first opened the package, I smelled it and it smelled delightfully like pineapple! It was a great pineapple showering experience. After that first shower, it just became the pineapple soap. I think it was extra extravagantly pineapple on the first use because my senses were seeking the experience. But my point is, it’s a good soap.

Lavender – I’m a huge fan of lavender so I was excited to try this! It has a great lavender smell! It’s an enjoyable bar!

Coconut – I always love coconut. It has a great coconut smell, and it’s a fun bar. The more I use these soaps, the more it’s becoming a “experience the first usage and then it becomes a typical Crystal Pure Glycerine Soap” kind of thing. But I like them.

Fresh – This has a stronger smell than the rest I’ve tried so far. And it smells like a man’s deodorant. The blue kind that is almost transparent, which is funny because it’s a blue bar. I think this is more enjoyable for anyone who wants a “man’s fresh scent deodorant” smell.

Plumeria – This has a good scent, similar to the Gardenia bar, but more flowery. Maybe they used the same the same  flower base. Let’s be thankful diarrhea isn’t a flower!

Sandalwood – This is so musky. It kind of smells like nag champa. It’s one of those few bars that has smelled strong from beginning to end. The others smell fragrant in the beginning but the scent doesn’t seem too strong to me the more I use it. It’s a very masculine smelling soap.

Peppermint – It was pepperminty the first time I used it, then it just made suds.

Peach – It smelled like peach for a minute. Then it just smelled like, “Hey, I’m a glycerin soap!”

Orange – It smells like Tampico orange drink. Usage after usage. And it lathers nicely!

Carnation – Oh this definitely smells like Carnation. I really like the scent and it lathers nicely, too. Probably one of my favorites!

Tropical Rain – Hmmm this is one of those transparent pink bars, and it smells like fruit and flower, and tries to make you think of morning dew. Or maybe it’s just what the name is trying to imprint in your head. It’s a “whatever” bar.

Grapefruit – The bar smelled like grapefruit, but it doesn’t particularly stand out when being used. But it’s not a bad soap.

Original – This is a white/cream colored bar. It has some standard perfumey fragrance to it, but it’s not bad! It’s nice and sudsy!

Green Apple – I was hoping for Jolly Rancher smell, but it is a simple green apple smell. No complaints!

Rose – The bar smells like like a strong fake rose smell, but the lather smells much lighter and I imagine the scent it leaves on your skin is very subtle. Not a bad bar!

And this concludes my Crystal Pure Glycerine Soap bar reviews! I would buy a box again! Not bad for the low price! I should order one soon!

 

My cat needs surgery

Cootie

Well it turns out my little guy likely has a basal cell carcinoma tumor and it will have to be removed. They will probably take a few inches off his tail, but at least it seems it was caught early. I want him to have a long and healthy life, so I will do what I have to do.

I was able to give him the sedative but I could tell he wasn’t happy with it. When I took him back to the vet, it was a different doctor. It was actually the same nice doctor that euthanized Isis. I learned that she is the main doctor there! She was actually pretty amazing with Cootie! They had to sedate him further, but he was able to be examined and he’s a healthy cat, despite his age, and aside from that tumor on his tail.

He was groggy when I brought him back home and also the whole next day, but has been fine since then. His surgery is in like a week and I will feel bad when I have to sedate him and watch him go through the healing process. And he will lose a part of his beautiful tail. 😦

We celebrated his 15th birthday on the 6th. 🙂

Monks Cafe – Flemish Sour Ale

Although I only worked six hours yesterday, Friday, it was an annoying shift. I had a long week and frustrating things kept happening. I clocked out, jumped into my car, and headed straight home to be an antisocial recluse. But something told me to stop by the house to grab my book and head to Jack Rabbit Brewery and have one of those delicious Sour Habit beers.

It wasn’t open for another hour. Same with Yolo Brew. I decided to go to Nugget Market and seek a sour beer. I found this and gave it a shot.

It’s not bad. I couldn’t tell if it’s salty or sweet. It’s not as good as Sour Wench, but it’s much better than any beer that is not a sour beer! 😂

Recent Thrifting Adventure

I’ve cut down on thrift store visits a lot, but I can’t resist the Big Blue Recycling Barn! It’s a thrift store near the county landfill that used to be open a few days a year, but now it’s open once a month, nine months out of the year! I just recently found that out!

The big draw is that it’s super cheap! There’s a whole bunch of goodies there.

I wanted to point out a few things of interest.

Like this cup:

There was a lot of vasectomy swag there, and I had seen a lot of it the last time I was there, too! Fanny packs, coolers, coozies. It’s really funny. There was a lot of swag, almost like it was a huge snipping event.

This doll house:

I have zero reason to own this doll house. But it looks so custom made and sturdy, I felt it would be a fun craft project to repaint it and do some artsy stuff to it. I just wouldn’t have a clue who to give it to. I texted my friend Carma to see if her daughter was in need of one, but she said she just donated hers. It really would have made a good art project, but I really have no space for it. Oh well. I guess I probably could have sold it to someone.

A book:

I wanted this purely out of interest in the subject. But I don’t want space taken up by a big, clunky book. It would probably lay around forever before I ever got through it.

Another book:

I’ve never heard of this. The art on the front page caught my attention. The back cover mentions Lord of the Rings. But even if I wanted to check it out, it says Chronicles 2. So that means there’s one before it. I spent a moment searching about these books and that author online, and I just might have to investigate further. But not to forget I already have a ton of books I need to read at home.

What I purchased:

A laptop bag:

It’s new! How it wound up at that thrift barn is a mystery. It’s in perfect shape. I looked it up on eBay and it goes for anywhere between $70-$90! And I paid $12! That’s awesome.

A book:

This is an animal rights book I’ve never heard of. I paid about $1.50 so I am going to check it out. The previous owner underlined and circled a lot of things of interest.

Sour Beers

I recently took a liking to sour beers. It was during the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge in October that we got on some Jump bikes and ventured downtown for some vegan food. We went to a brewery and I was in the rare mood to try a beer. I have always hated beer. I grew up on the cheapest shit possible, I’m talking Bud and Coors. Piss beer. Beer that tastes like piss water, so why even bother. I never drank it for the taste, only the buzz. So since I hated beer, I figured I’d just stick to stuff that does the trick, such as Rum and Coke and stuff like that. But after several years of drinking to adapt to social settings, I decided not to do it anymore. If I have to be sober and awkward around people. so be it. Too bad for them. I barely drank anymore at all, and I wouldn’t catch a buzz, especially not in public. The idea of being drunk around strangers is very unappealing to me.

But let’s go back to that day I was riding the jump bike. We went to two more breweries that day and the last one had an amazing sour beer. I wrote about it in my last entry! It’s Sour Habit from Jack Rabbit Brewery! Last night was New Years Eve and we decided to stay indoors. We went to a beer store and I bought some of this Ballast Point Sour Wench! It was so tasty! Reminded me of a wine beer! I think I only drank two of them and then got really tired from being cold and eating too much, and just being tired in general. I started off my New Year being tired and crotchety. Oh well, fuck it!

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Holiday Weekend

I’m on the fourth day of my holiday weekend and I return to work tomorrow. I did a little bit of what I wanted to on these days off, but I kind of wish I could have done a little more.

I wanted to go ride Jump bikes to a brewery the other day, but it rained so we drove there instead. I used to not like beer at all, ever. I guess I thought there wasn’t much life past Coors or PBR. I just never cared to explore beer. My go to drink was always 7&7 or Jack and Coke. And then I went through a period of not even wanting to drink. My main thing about not wanting to drink lies in my not wanting to me impaired in public. I like to keep my composure and be alert to my surroundings. My appreciation for a decent beer only started a few months ago. I know I am late in the game, but I am not going to whine about it. Alcohol is too petty for me to whine over. I do like sour beers, like this Sour Habit.

I’d like to have gone to the river. I get another four days off next weekend, I’ll be sure to do that. But it sucks that it’s already Winter and I didn’t exactly get to enjoy Fall outdoors.

I went to see a physical therapist about my back pain recently. He said I have an anterior pelvic tilt and showed me certain stretches to do. He said to go see him again in a month. I somehow feel the stretches aren’t even going to work and I am still going to have the pain. We’ll see, but I’m not feeling optimistic. Either way, I should add yoga to the equation.

I succeeded in not doing much for Christmas, a holiday I don’t care to celebrate. If anything, I would like for it to be a holiday where I stay indoors and celebrate the option to enjoy my own personal space.

We didn’t do girls for each other this year. We both seemed very uninterested. I did propose we both buy a new pan for the house, so we bought this two pan set. The other pans were old, and things stuck to them most of the time, which is annoying. I’ve cookies a few meals so far and it’s like luxury cooking! Now if I can just keep these in good shape.

Last time we got a $50 pan that things started sticking after a few months and it was very annoying. I took good care if it, too. Piece of garbage.

Again, I feel like my four day weekend could have been better. I hope next weekend is, for sure.

Tough Mudder 2018

I’m doing Tough Mudder on Sunday! I’m both excited and concerned.

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I did my first TM in Spring of last year. It was Tough Mudder Half. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to try a Full race. I volunteered the next day to get a sweet discounted registration. I was supposed to do the Full race a year ago, but it was postponed, due to the awful fires in that area.

At that time, my fitness level was declining because I had been dealing with some abdominal pain issues and it was getting in the way of my training. I ended up getting laparoscopic surgery earlier this year to remove a couple cysts. I lost an ovary and my tubes. The cysts had low malignant potential so they had to go. After I healed from my surgery, I thought I’d be ready to jump back into my training, but I lost a lot of motivation. I think part of it is because I cant do things I used to be able to do when I was training a lot harder. I lost strength and endurance during that time I was nursing pain and focusing on my well being.

It wasn’t only the surgery. This year I had one molar extracted and a root canal on another molar. I kept getting recurring toothaches for both those teeth and tooth pain is way too miserable for me to want to push myself at the gym. I finally got both those teeth dealt with, so this year so far I have gotten rid of a tooth, a nerve, an ovary, and my tubes. All of them were causing me pain and hindering my performance.

There’s one more things that has been causing me pain and I haven’t quite figured out how to deal with it. (Yes, being in my mid 40’s has brought some changes. It wasn’t too long ago that I was wondering why I even pay medical insurance because I never even need to go to the doctor. Well, that changed.) Anyways, I also have arthritis. Sometimes my joints ache in certain areas. It comes and goes in different areas. Sometimes it leaves me alone for a while, and sometimes it stays for a few months. I first experienced it in my hands. One time it affected my feet really bad and the doctor said I probably have plantar fasciitis. But they ended up feeling better after a few months. My latest issue is my lower back. My joints ache and I have pain in my lower back and hip areas. I often feel like I need to pop my lower back. It’s annoying. I haven’t been wanting to lift weights or do any jumping. Sometimes I have good days and I’ll go to the gym, but I have that fear that I am going to annoy my back even further. With that being said, I have not trained properly for this race.

I’m just gonna do the race and be cautious, try to make the best of it. If I can’t do something, or shouldn’t do something, then I won’t. If I end up running a “Weak Mudder” race, then I will just end up doing the race again one day when I am in a better physical position to accept a greater challenge. That’s the best I can do. I hope I surprise myself this weekend without suffering after.