Better than dead sea salt scrub
Posted by Mandrake on Dec 13, 2012
Previously I tried Masada dead sea salt scrub and I like this one way better. Much less is required so although the jar is smaller, it seems to last longer. It also just works better at polishing and exfoliating the skin so there's less effort required. It smells better, just a nice sandalwood scent but it doesn't seem to stick around after you wash it off. There's no burning like with the salt and less redness on my skin. So overall I like this much better and it's pretty good for the price.
This is my first self tanner and I was surprised that the color came out very natural and it lasts over a week, in fact you can see a shadow after 2 weeks. I don't notice a smell at all. Just don't put any on your feet, ankles, armpits and be careful with knees and elbows. You have to put it on the areas where you would normally get a tan, how the sun would fall on your body naturally. So not on your underarms, directly under your chest etc. However thick you put it on determines how dark it gets but be careful because if you put it on thick, it stays creamy on top of your skin and turns brown and that will wipe off. I sat on a towel and it turned tan where my legs were!
Posted by Mandrake on Jun 03, 2012
I had a DVT in one leg that turned into a pulmonary embolism. The embolism was blocking my arteries. The standard treatment is a clot buster like low molecular weight heparin followed by a VKA like coumadin. Long story short I chose to use nattokinase instead. Just like the pictures of nattokinase dissolving thrombosis in petri dishes within hours, nattokinase dissolved my thrombosis within hours. I could actually feel the blood flow return and my heart beating. I didn't feel so tired, lifeless, seeing stars, dizzy, etc. I just felt more like my normal self. The next day I was able to walk much further than normal without the excruciating pain in my leg from the thrombosis and the light headedness. Within a week I started jogging again, although I could only go short distances before my leg really started swelling and tightening up. It's been over a month and I can run for half an hour now. It's going to take a long time to recover from the PE, but I feel confident that I won't have problems with thrombosis again when I take nattokinase. The only side effect I notice is sometimes a little bleeding from my gums when I brush my teeth, but it's acceptable because this isn't nearly as dangerous as something like coumadin.
Absorbs fast, isn't greasy, spreads easily, doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. I'd say it's more of a winter lotion however because in the summer it makes me sweat more and comes off in a film like sunscreen. I do sweat a lot and live in a humid climate though.
It' not nearly as bad as most sunblocks of it's type, but it does leave a very slightly greasy appearance and makes the skin chalky to the touch. The color is green and it stays that color so if you wipe your face with something white, you'll see green. Also if you scrape your skin with your nail, you'll have a buildup under your nail so it's far from going on invisible. However it's not bad where the chemicals are concerned and the sun protection is very good so I will keep this as a summer sunblock.
I didn't notice anything at all. I have low testosterone (304 ng/dl) so believe me I'd notice if there was a difference because I really want it!
Changed the formula
I don't know why but this month when I re-ordered, the softgels are a different much lighter color. The label is the same however. I don't know what that means but I don't trust it anymore.
Posted by Mandrake on Dec 13, 2012
I'm a member of hypogonadism2 on yahoo groups and I tried this at their recommendation to control E2 estrogen. It works and my symptoms went away fairly quickly with one tablet per day. My symptoms were swelling of my body, especially legs and feet. Swollen glands on my neck and armpit and itchy inflamed nipples.
I really love the smell of this scrub and the feeling on my skin. It's harsh enough that you can feel it working, but it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and it doesn't hurt. I can always feel a difference after I use this. You only need a small amount so it seems to last a long time. I like it better than my Masada sea salt scrub because it smells better, works better and you need less of it.
This isn't nearly as powerful as a highly chemical anti-perspirant like Mitchum (so good you can skip a day!). So no you can't skip a day and you might need to reapply every 6 hours, but it does work better than expected! For me it lasts all day, even in the summer. Of course my workout destroys it, but I shower after I workout anyway. It dries a little slower than a stick deodorant, but it doesn't leave residue on shirts or cause skin irritation even if you knicked your armpit shaving. I really like it and I'll continue to use it.
Best shave ever
You only need a very small amount for this to work because it foams up nicely. It gives a very smooth, close shave. I was surprised because I didn't know that shaving cream could affect the quality of the shave that much. It's definitely better than any of the mainstream brands that come in a can as a gel etc. You can be tempted to push down harder because of how smooth this makes the razor glide but resist that temptation because you can still get knicks if you push too hard!
I have sensitive skin and this doesn't irritate my skin at all. It's thin so just a small dab will cover my whole face. It's thick enough to use as a night cream however and I can feel the difference in the morning. The smell is nice and I've even gotten complimented on it 3 hours after I put it on when I got snugly with someone. It definitely makes a difference in the feeling and appearance of my skin. People noticed too.
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