Clicks has LOADS of dental goodies. Oh! And RetarDEX oral rinse is the business.

So the sweet peeps at Clicks sent me a HUUUUGE dental hamper the other day. Not exactly the last word in glam but totally essential in maintains a nice white-looking smile in the socials.

Check it out:
Of everything in the lot, I’m most impressed with RetarDEX Oral Rinse* (and yes it’s taking every ounce of will power not to make some crack about the name…)

RetarDEX oral rinse, R59,99 for 250mls

What makes RetarDEX (snicker, snicker… God I’m such a bad person…) different to most other mouth washes is that it doesn’t disguise nasty breath by covering it up with a blast of mint. Instead, it zaps the root of the issue by using an active ingredient that breaks the chemical bond of the molecule that causes bad breath. Clever!

Also, if you do like a menthol blast regardless, the box includes a mint flavour sachet so you can change the flavour. (I wholeheartedly recommend you add the sachet; without it the liquid tasted like old contact lens cleaner. Tres vile. With mint, however, it’s now something I enjoy using every single day.

Next up we’ve got Beverly Hills Formula toothpaste.

Reckon Brandon and Brenda used this? (Sorry young people; that’s a crack re a 90210 before your time…)

It promises to gradually whiten up your teeth without hurting the enamel and causing any sensitivity. It also claims to ‘whiten your breath’ which, doesn’t really make sense. Unless you’re breathing out coloured steam, the only thing it’ll do is leave you with fresher breath after use; which, really, is pretty much what any other toothpaste tends to do.

Still, it’s a nice toothpaste but I’m not going to be looking out for any dramatic changes to the colour of my pearly whites; I take care of that with Crest White Strips which I buy online from whoever’s having a special that week; they work like a bomb.

Anyhoo, last but not least, we’ve got Clicks’ own brand of interdental brushes:

I just use it like this, but if you want, you can buy a brush handle thing-y for R29,99 to attach it to.

As I was a ‘bad girl’ who didn’t mind takin’ a walk on the wild side, I never wore my retainer, my teeth, which were made perfect by two years of braces, slid back out into a slight overbite position. To stop them from getting even worse, I’ve had a little wire stuck at the back of my teeth. Something I should’ve done, like, YEARS ago. This means I can’t slide floss in between a few of my front teeth so I end up using interdentals. You poke them in between the teensy gaps in your teeth and can also use them to a deep down seriyas floss in your molars if you like.

In the past, I’ve bought interdentals from Wellness Warehouse so I know how expensive they can be. At Clicks, however, they start at R19,99 for a pack of 6 and select from various sizes.

Thanks Clicks; I’ll definitely be putting these goodies to good use. Except maybe the Scooby Doo toothbrush (not featured)… I’m really more of a Barbie/Hello Kitty kinda girl.

Love, love

Leigh

*This isn’t the first RetarDEX product I’ve tried and liked. Their breath spray is the best I’ve ever used. If you’re a sneaky smoker, you can’t not read this

Harmless House’s Sanctum Body Balm review

Like your beauty au naturale? Harmless House is a new SA-based online shop selling a selection of imported natural/ethically sourced beauty goodies. Think things that are either organic or almost organic, not to mention ethically sourced and cruelty free; brands like Sanctum, OrganicSpa and BWC (Beauty Without Cruelty). The best bit? They’ll deliver anywhere in SA for free. Love that!

They were kind enough to send me a Sanctum body balm, R175:

The packaging is totally recyclable, just so you know…

I’d never heard of the brand before but, as it turns out, they’re pretty well-known in Oz which is where it’s from. The pamphlet says it’s ‘inspired by the elements of the sea and hinterland surrounding Byron Bay, Australia’ and created using only the finest organic and natural ingredients’. Still, they had me at ‘inspired by the sea’. I’m totally cray for ocean-spa type vibes which is why I love lines like Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source and Sh’Zen’s Marine Mystique.

But ja… getting back to the balm… it’s ‘vegan’ ingredients are certified organic and include mega hydrating ingredients like cocoa butter, Shea butter, coconut oil and macadamia nut oil. Texture-wise, you’re looking at a rich velvety cream that feels like it’s going to be waaay too heavy and then it surprises you by sinking into your skin in a flash with no miff, greasy residue.

Another surprise? The scent! At first, when I applied it to my skin, I got a whiff that immediately made me think of wine. Weird, I know, ‘cos there aren’t any ‘grape-y’ ingredients in the mix at all. I didn’t like it all and was about to write it off when – BAM! – it disappears in a literal flash, as though evaporating off your skin, and you’re left with the most DIVINE vanilla-patchouli-ylang-ylang scent. (All of these ingredients are in the mix as well as honeysuckle and rosewood.) Something about it reminds me of DKNY’s Pure EDT, the one with vanilla in it.

The last few days, I’ve climbed out the bath, rubbed it into my legs and felt an immediate sense of comfort. It’s kind of like a hug for your skin and I’ve noticed that it goes a long way in calming any after-shaving irritation thanks to a triple whammy of super-soothing ingredients; aloe leaf juice, chamomile and antioxidant vitamin E.

Want to try it for yourself? Keen to check out the other brands? Pop on over to Harmless House and take a look. The whole ‘free delivery’ aspect makes it a nice way to get a pampering li’l gift to someone in another city within SA.

Love, love

Leigh

Slet for beauty? Short on cash?

This is too good not to share; the other day I found this online UK chemist; eChemist.co.uk, that ships worldwide for free. Niiiice! I’ve ordered a tube of L’Oreal Exfotonic, my favourite body scrub on God’s green earth that, for some reason, isn’t sold in SA anymore. It cost less than R90 and there’s no delivery charge!

Love to love you baby!

I love this bloody scrub so much that I’ve stood in airports bawling my eyes out, doing a regte ugly cry (you know, the one where you make hideous shuddery gasping noises) ‘cos those evil security people have deemed it a ‘liquid’ and made me toss it out.

Anyway, I’ll be sure to let you know how the whole transaction goes; like if I get nailed for import tax or whatever, but so far I reckon it’s a pretty exciting find. They stock all sorts of rad brands we don’t get in SA (think La Roche Posay, Burt’s Bees, Avene, St Ives etc) and you can buy my beloved migraine-busting Imigran Recovery* without a script. Score!

Love, love

Leigh

*Imigran’s active ingredient is Sumatriptan. It’s NOT a painkiller; it’s a vasodilator. This means it helps to open up your blood vessels which tend to scrunch up super tight when you get a migraine. Because of this, the blood can’t get through and it causes the kind of ‘pressure-pain’ we interpret as a migraine o’ death. Anyway, I’m in NO WAY prescribing this to you. For all I know you could take one tab, bleed out of your eyes and die a horrible death. God knows. All I’m saying is that it works like a bomb for me. I like to keep it on hand for days when I simply CAN NOT be out of action. You know, like when you’re a bridesmaid of iets and can’t be crawling down the aisle with one hand over your eye attached to a bucket of vom. And if you’re a migraine sufferer like me, you won’t even WINCE at this hideous descriptor; you’ll just nod your head sagely and be all ‘been there, done that’.

So ja, something to consider…