Product Review: Astral Apothic’s Nectar Body Whip
I generally only review books, but seeing what a profound impact reviews have on my work, I figured it was time to broaden my scope. A fabulous lady author who worked with me on It Begins Here and It Ends Here has a beauty shop on etsy where she and her partner sell soaps, creams, body whips—the works. Out of curiosity and a desire to support my pal, I ended up buying the Nectar body whip a few months ago.
And let me tell you. It’s fabulous.
For a long time, I thought I had relatively normal skin. It wasn’t until a recent jaunt to The Body Shop where I discovered that wasn’t the case. Sure, it’s not the most “professional” way to have your skin type determined, but it all made sense after chatting with one of the associates.
I’ve stopped using product to wash my face maybe four or five months ago, using just warm water every night before bed instead. I was sick and tired of dealing with breakouts and pimples, despite trying a variety of facial scrubs and cleansers—so I kind of just gave up.
And you know what? My skin rarely breaks out these days. I tend not to wear make-up unless it’s a special occasion, so I think that plays into it too. I did find, however, just washing my face with my hands wasn’t enough to get rid of all the dead skin cells (yum), so I wanted an exfoliator to use once a week to sort that out.
Anyway, I’m getting off topic. We (the Body Shop associate and I) determined that I actually have sensitive skin since every product I try makes me break out, and she loaded me up with lots of product to complement my face-washing routine. Sure, it was probably just a great sale to her, but everything she’s given me has really helped.
Cue my purchase of the Nectar body whip from Astral Apothic. At first, I only bought it because I wanted to support my fellow author. And then I used it. And good grief is it ever wonderful. Smells fantastic—floral without being overpowering. Pink and soft, it made my hands really smooth the first time I used it. So I tried it on my face.
And I haven’t needed—or wanted—to use a different moisturizer since. This doesn’t make me break out. It keeps my skin soft and hydrated. While the body whip leaves a slight residue on my hands after I use it, my face isn’t left oily or sticky. All I’m left with is soft, beautiful smelling skin.
While the package seems small (it was roughly $15, including shipping), I can see how it will last me a good eight months or so of continuous use. You only need a smidgen of it if you’re using it for your face—a little goes a long way here.
The packaging was nice and includes all the ingredients used. According to the label, the product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. As I get older and more conscious of the beauty products I support, cruelty-free especially goes a really long way for me. Not that I went for products that were used on animals previously, but I’m paying attention to these things more these days.
I will absolutely be refilling my order. The ladies at Astral Apothic included a sample of their salty body whip, which was awesome, and I can’t wait to try more from their product line.
So, in short:
- Smells great
- Works wonders on my sensitive skin
- Leaves skin smooth, though with a slight residue on hands
- Affordable price – sellers will drop your price if they can find a way to make your shipping cheaper
- I would love it if they had products that included sun protection, but one step at a time, right?