I read a lot of good things about Zabana Essentials in 2015, especially when their products were featured in some of Petit Vour’s monthly subscription boxes. Lately I’ve been looking for a new natural deodorant due to mine not working on the smell factor, and checked out ZE’s line of deodorants. I decided I’d try a mini version just to sample and also picked up a body scrub (much needed, dry skinz eek) and a couple other things that caught my eye. I need more time to test the deodorant out so I won’t be going in depth on it in this post but I’m happy to give my first impression!
‘cOCONUT’ SUGAR + SALT BODY SCRUB • $14.95 – 14oz
*Sucrose Cocos (Coconut Sugar) Nucifera , Sodium (Dead Sea) Chloride Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate (Natural Exfoliate), *Aloe (Vera) Barbadensis Gel , *Vegetable Glycerin, *Cocos (Coconut) Nucifera Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, *Olea (Olive) Europaea Oil, Cocos (Coconut) Nucifera Scent Extract, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Shell Powder, *Theobroma (Cocoa) Cacao Powder, *Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil
The Zabana Essentials Sugar + Salt Body Scrub exfoliates using coconut sugar, salt, and baking soda. It has a dry texture in the tub but contains different oils that condition the skin and leave it so soft after scrubbing. I actually haven’t used many body scrubs in my lifetime but I was so pleased with this one! It exfoliates well just like any scrub but I loved the way it left my skin feeling afterward. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and conditioned because of the oils, but it’s not a greasy feeling at all. You could even skip body lotion/moisturizer afterward, but I still use my lotion with this to seal in the moisture. It has a lovely, buttery coconut scent and I would say that the scent is kind of medium, because you can still definitely smell it even after your shower and having applied lotion. So I don’t ruin the product in the tub, I keep it out of the shower and dig out a spoonful at a time for exfoliating. Any water that gets in will dissolve the sugar and salt over time and a lot can go to waste so this just ensures it doesn’t spoil or go to waste too quickly. The scrub comes in a 14oz plastic tub.
Glow Stick IN ‘Bare beauty’ • $9.95
Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed) Oil,*Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Essential Oils, Nectarine (Prunus Persica) Extract, Mica
The Glow Stick is a balm stick with a hint of shimmer intended to be used as a highlighter for the face, lips, and body. Bare Beauty is the lightest of the glow stick shades and is sheer when applying, so it leaves no color behind. The oils and small amount of shimmer give a pretty, subtle sheen to the skin. I’ve been using this as a highlighter on top of my makeup and it’s incredibly pretty and natural. I think it’s the kind of product that would be perfect for use in editorial makeup photos where the model has a lot of shine and dewiness to their look, except that this will look much more natural. I’ve really been enjoying using this and the oils and shea butter are so moisturizing especially when applying this on top of the cheekbones. I have very dry undereyes and this extends to the top of my cheekbones where I typically apply highlighter. It’s slightly moisturizing on the lips but not enough to replace lip balm. Lastly, this smells so good because of the nectarine extract and smells like a very fragrant peach. I definitely recommend this, especially if you are looking for a natural highlighter that’s inexpensive but is good for the skin containing moisturizing ingredients.
‘coconut’ Softening Lip BAlm • $3.95
*Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Flavor Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax
I’ve come to favor lip balms that don’t contain beeswax because it does absolutely nothing for lips in terms of moisture, and my lips end up hurting because of it. It can be protective for the weather and harsh elements, but for everyday use I avoid it. The Softening Lip Balm doesn’t contain it, but instead has only moisturizing ingredients! This is one of the better lip balms I’ve ever used, next to the Hurraw lip balms. In fact, I think it might be even better because of the shea, and it contains avocado which is more rich. My lips are incredibly soft and moisturized after I use this lip balm, and they continue to stay soft even after it wears off. This is an amazing lip balm – definitely recommend!
A note on the deodorant: I’ve only used this deodorant a few times so far so I’m not able to give my full opinion on it yet but intend to do so either in February’s monthly beauty review, or in a separate post dedicated to reviewing it. However, so far I can say that I haven’t experienced any intitial irritated reactions to it like I have with past natural deodorants – even ones that don’t contain baking soda. This also contains nectarine extract as it’s fragrance and it’s a bit heavy, but I assume this is how this deodorant is intended to work and keeping smells neutralized. It smells great though! I’m also so happy that it’s white because most natural deodorants are off white due to it’s oil ingredients and that off white color has ruined all light colored clothing. So far, I have nothing but positive experiences with it so we’ll see if it continues to work for me.
Overall, i’m so happy with what I’ve tried so far from Zabana Essentials and hope to pick up more of their products in the future!