Dove Samples: Whitening Deodorant and Soap

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My sister was the one who helped herself to the two Dove Whitening Deodorant Roll-ons we got when Dove Philippines with the help of Bayo Clothing gave away whole lots of them earlier this year. Sister does not get a say as to what to wear to work. Thus, she has to deal with fabrics that do not quite agree with her body chemistry. She had used a plethora of deodorants and a handful did do their job. Unfortunately, the only thing effective with most were their advertising campaigns.

After a week of usage – Dove has these 7-day challenge campaigns wherein they would encourage consumers to use their products for 7 days and see the difference – sister was happy to note that the Dove Whitening Deodorant Roll-on effectively kept her smelling fresh all day and kept her from perspiring much. No more armpit stains. It is also non-irritating. Yup, the Dove Whitening Deodorant Roll-on now has the distinction of being one of the few products that worked for her in those departments. She didn’t think it whitened her underarms though. Guess she will have to keep looking for something that will address that concern of hers.

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Speaking of skin concerns, my skin’s back to normal now, I haven’t been getting rashes from mere insect bites anymore so I’m almost back to regular programming. I’ve upgraded from baby products to those that are supposed to be mild. I am now using the soaps Dove sent us.

Actually at our house, we never run out of either Dove Soap or Body Wash. They are a staple. You never know who would sleepover and if they have sensitive skin (Recently faced with skin problems not the least like mine, my dad’s dermatologist recommended he use Dove Soaps.). Dove Soaps also make great gifts especially since it’s popular and a lot of people we know believe it to be a luxurious skin treat because of the 1/4 moisturizer content.

So when Dove had this app on their facebook page last Christmas wherein you can spread cheer by sending a friend a virtual greeting while Dove promises to to take care of the physical gift, a Dove soap for both you and your friend, I was clicking facebook friends left and right. I don’t think a lot of them logged into the app though, online promos are just not their thing. It was Christmas in summer as the soaps arrived much later.

For product updates and promos like the ones we were able to participate in, visit the facebook account of Dove Philippines.

Regent Mochi and Sushi

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A recent grocery run had me perusing the snack food aisles. And there they were, the Regent Mochi Animetric had talked about in this blog post of hers. Faced with four options, I picked the pack with assorted mochi over the ones which were just entirely green tea, mango and ube (purple yam).

For those wondering, mochi are Japanese cakes made from glutinous rice paste. Correct me if I am wrong but I think Regent Mochi is the first non-ice cream filled mochi ever to be mass-produced and made commercially available in local supermarkets.

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An assorted pack has 5 kinds of mochi, 10 mochi in all. Each either has a peanut or red bean paste filling.  The one covered in sesame seed tasted a lot like buchi, a very soft buchi. The others have faint of hints of fruity flavor, some of which I could not particularly tell what exactly. I am quite sure that the red ones were strawberry-flavored, the orange ones have a tell-tale taste of orange but I am not sure what the green and white ones were meant to taste like.

They’re pillowy soft and chewy. Not very filling because of the small size. I have to agree to what’s written on the wrapper, they’re more of a dessert snack, also perhaps as something to end a meal with. Not at all savory.

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I also spotted what looked like rice cracker snacks at the junk food aisle. Also from Regent, this one proudly proclaims “Sushi”. Hmm, sushi-flavored rice crackers? Sold.

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Look at how pretty the designs on those wrappers are! Bright, colorful and enticing, much like the wrappers of most Regent products. A pack of Sushi Bar Snacks yields 30 individually wrapped rice crackers. And as you can see below, there are twelve different wrapper prints. So does a pack have twelve different flavors?

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More like four. Checking the list of ingredients, the rice crackers come in cuttlefish, shrimp, seafood and egg. A certain wrapper is ascribed a flavor. The rice cracker in the tamago sushi wrapper has a sweetish, less salty taste than the rest while the one in the mackerel sushi wrapper tastes fishy with a taint of vinegar. I like the variety, it’s like I got four munchies instead of one. The rice crackers themselves do not have that slight ampaw taste that some rice crackers (like Want Want) have. But all four flavors smell yummy.

For more on snack foods by Regent, visit their website or facebook page.

Caronia Solvent

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A locally available, affordable nail polish thinner would have been an awesome find for a nail polish lover who has dried up/goopy nail polishes in shades whose production have been discontinued or which are not easily available. But since I don’t know one at the moment, the Caronia Solvent seemed like a good alternative.

Some time ago, I saw a couple of posts online pointing to Caronia Solvent as a possible thinner of nail polishes that have dried up or thickened. When a friend mentioned hearing about the Caronia Solvent as thinner too, though she couldn’t point out where she heard about it, I took that as a sign and finally got a bottle hoping that it would be able to resuscitate my dried up nail polishes.

I initially thought that the solvent was an unnecessary purchase if I were to use it for its intended purpose which, according to the Caronia website, is for cleaning “metal manicure and pedicure implements leaving them stain-free”. I asked Caronia through FB what makes the solvent a better cleaner as I am fairly content with using nail polish remover to get streaks of nail polishes off my nail care tools. They have yet to reply though.

The ingredients of Caronia Solvent include 49% toluene, n-butyl acetate and ethyl acetate. Please refer to these posts for ingredients of certain nail polish removers to compare. To know what are the ingredients of some nail polish thinners, check this forum thread (it’s also a great read on people’s experiences with nail polish thinners.) As you can see, butyl acetate and ethyl acetate are common ingredients of the Caronia Solvent, nail polish removers and nail polish thinners. They are pointed out as the ingredients which make nail polish not goopy. What essentially happens is that over time, they evaporate, making the nail polish goopy. A nail polish thinner replenishes these lost ingredients. Nail polish removers have other ingredients in them, particularly acetone which is said to ruin the color of the polish.

Caronia has mentioned in their website that the solvent is “not recommended for diluting dried up nail polish.” Its label also says that it “thins and dissolves nail enamel.”  The “dissolves” part makes me think that if used for diluting, the solvent will break down the nail polish’s components thereby ruining the nail polish. But if you’d been to the thread linked above, you’d see that  there’s this nail polish thinner which has the same ingredients as the Caronia Solvent. Well, I had no qualms trying it out since the nail polishes I tested it first on were already dried up.

Said volunteers were a silvery gray Careline  nail polish and Caronia nail polish in Golden Plum. I followed the Filipina Makeup and Beauty Blog’s advice in this post to use a medicine dropper to transfer the solvent from its bottle into a nail polish bottle after trying to transfer from bottle to bottle and spilling some. I would transfer a few drops, close the cap for a minute then swish a toothpick around in the bottle.

With the Careline nail polish, I ended up with fluffed brush bristles and nail polish that’s  no better than before. The solvent just pooled in the middle of the nail polish bottle and refused to mingle with the dried up polish.


My Caronia nail polish in Golden Plum fared better. Although I was unable to bring it back to the consistency of a fresh one, I was able to use it again. After some time though, it began to get lumpy-streaky.

I’m not sure what the ingredients of the Careline nail polishes are. My bottles being old don’t have labels anymore. Caronia nail polishes meanwhile have the following ingredients: Toluene, Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Phthalic Antydride / Trimellitic Antydride / Glycolos Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Benzophenone 1, Mica and colorants. Note that the first three ingredients are the ingredients of the Caronia Solvent. This could be the reason why it was able to thin the Caronia Golden Plum nail polish.

The trial showed that the Caronia Solvent produces different effects on different nail polishes, the effect depending on the ingredients of those nail polishes. It can thin out some nail polishes but not all.

The Caronia Solvent is quite drying, creating white steaks on my nails when a few drops accidentally landed on them so it will not work as a nail polish remover substitute. It also evaporates really fast so the moment you open a bottle, use the contents immediately. Otherwise you’d end up with just an empty bottle in a few months.

A 15 ml Caronia Solvent bottle is  available at leading department stores and drugstores, particularly at Landmark.