Salubrious Selection: Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++++

Salubrious Selection: Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++++
I've used this particular sunscreen for years, and I haven't used any other sunscreen that I think even comes close to how comfortable this is on the skin or how effective it is for sun protection.


Consistency and How it Feels

Shiseido's Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen has a very thin, liquid consistency, so be very careful when squeezing it out of the bottle. This milky consistency might be different than the more oily or creamier sunscreens that most people are used to, but it is still incredibly effective. When spread evenly, the sunscreen seems to adhere to the skin immediately and feels very comfortable. It isn't greasy, and to the touch it almost feels as if there is a powdery barrier there, but it doesn't leave a white cast on your skin.


I haven't encountered any other sunscreens that are as effective as this one. When used properly per its instructions, it really does block out the sun. What really proved it to me was once having seen someone I know simply pat some of this sunscreen on his back without bothering to spread the product evenly across his skin. He did not reapply the sunscreen after an afternoon at the pool, and at the end of the day he ended up with very visible hand and fingerprints all over the areas he managed to reach, while other areas that weren't protected were either tanned or burned.


This sunscreen is a bit more expensive than most, but I think it's worth it, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun and would like to prevent sunspots, uneven skin tone and most importantly, skin cancer. It's about US$30 on for a 60 ml bottle of the SPF 50 PA++++, but it's a price I gladly pay to protect my skin.

Salubrious Selection: Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++++Downside

I'm not sure if this is really a downside, but this product can be rather hard to wash off. I'd recommend removing it with Shiseido's sunscreen cleansing cream or a makeup remover (I personally prefer using my olive oil makeup remover). However, I rather appreciate the fact that it's hard to remove as it means it has really great staying power and stays effective for much longer.


I highly recommend this sunscreen, especially for those who have fair skin like I do. I've been spending a lot of time doing laps at an outdoor pool this summer and this sunscreen has done wonders to protect my sensitive skin.

How to Tighten Plastic Glasses/Sunglasses that are Too Wide for Your Face

How to Tighten Plastic Glasses/Sunglasses that are Too Wide for Your Face
I recently purchased a pair of plastic-framed sunglasses that I simply love and look great when I put them on. Unfortunately, I was so excited about my find that I didn't realize until I got home that they're actually a bit too wide for my face. Although they look fine when I put them on, they're just wide enough that the earpieces don't fit snugly around the sides of my head, meaning the sunglasses easily slide down my nose, slip off my face when I lean over, and fall off if I push them up to wear on the top of my head.

This means no amount of tightening the screws or rubber nose pads would fix the problem since it was the actually size of the frames themselves that was the issue. This was really frustrating to me considering how much I like these shades.

One solution would be to bring them into an eyeglass repair shop where an expert could heat the plastic just enough to bend the frame into a shape that would fit my face better. However, I'm wary of doing that, since I feel heating the plastic alters the integrity of the material, which may cause it to more easily snap or brake (this is what happened to the bridge of my previous pair of sunglasses).

I refused to believe there was absolutely nothing I could do to solve this problem. Then I came up with an ingenious idea. You should only try this if you're comfortable altering your glasses yourself.


You'll Need:

- a thin piece of rubber (no more than a couple millimeters)
- scissors
- super glue

To Do:

How to Tighten Plastic Glasses/Sunglasses that are Too Wide for Your Face
This part.
1. Look at the ends of the earpieces on your glasses, near the screws. Then cut a thin piece of rubber to the exact shape of these ends.

2. VERY CAREFULLY superglue these rubber pieces to the ends of your earpieces. Be very careful to avoid getting any glue on any other part of the glasses (or yourself!), or you could damage your glasses.

3. Let the glue dry completely.

To Use:

How to Tighten Plastic Glasses/Sunglasses that are Too Wide for Your Face
You can trim the rubber a little bit more
after you've already glued them onto the glasses.
When the glue has dried, you should be able to wear your glasses as you normally would and it will fit more snugly around your head. This is because the rubber you've attached prevents the earpieces from fitting flush against the frame of the glasses. This means they turn in just a bit more so that they fit tighter around your head.


If you still feel your glasses are too loose after you've implemented this DIY hack, then by all means try adding another layer of rubber. However, if your glasses are only slightly loose, just one layer of a piece of rubber that is only a couple millimeters thick should be fine (especially since you're adding them to both earpieces). Furthermore, adding too many layers, or rubber that is too thick, might put a lot of tension on the frame, which might also cause them to break.

I wouldn't recommend using any material that is firmer than rubber, since you want it to have a little give to prevent putting to much strain on the screws and the sides of the frame.

I'm actually quite proud of myself for having thought of this solution, so I hope this was helpful to anyone else out there also faced with this problem. Good luck!

Coffee Makes Me Break Out, So I Switched to Matcha Green Tea

I really love coffee. I love the way it smells, how it warms me from in the inside out, how it gives me clarity to my early mornings, and the slight bitter honeyed chocolate caramel taste of it when I drink it down.

But after a long struggle, I decided for the most part, to give it up.

Coffee Makes Me Break Out, So I Switched to Matcha Green Tea

I've tried to deny it for such a long time at the expense of my vanity and the health of my skin but I finally had to face the truth that caffeine was making me break out. Even only limiting myself to one cup of coffee a day was enough to exacerbate my inflammation-prone skin. Some people are lucky enough to drink as much coffee as they want without any adverse effects, save for the crash after the buzz. I, on the other hand, seem to be particularly sensitive to how caffeine stimulates the production of cortisol (stress hormone), which in turn causes acne in my skin.

As a replacement for my coffee habit, I turned to matcha green tea.


The Taste

I've always liked matcha green tea, but somehow was always convinced that it would be no match for the strong, dark liquid that I formerly enjoyed on a daily basis. I was wrong. Coffee can be overwhelming when it hits the palette with its bitterness and acidity, but matcha green tea is a mild creaminess that fills the mouth with just a hint of sweetness and a flavor reminiscent of wheat, without ever leaving an unpleasant sour aftertaste.

The Effects

Coffee always gives me an almost instant jolt that keeps me going through several hours with an elevated heart rate and high productivity before the effects wear off, and I'm usually left a little exhausted but still restless due to the low buzz that continues to stimulate my neurons. Matcha green tea, on the other hand, creates a much more elegant boost that lifts you from morning sleepiness to a steady, manageable working rhythm, then gently dissipates without the burned out feeling that coffee can sometimes leave behind.


I still enjoy coffee from time to time, but if I have to have it I generally limit myself to only one or two caffeinated drinks a week. Interestingly, the longer I stick with the matcha green tea routine the less I miss coffee, and sometimes don't even want it when it's offered to me. For those of you looking to cut down on your coffee and need an alternative, I highly recommend giving matcha green tea a try.

Facts About Drinking Coconut Water

Pros & Cons of Drinking Coconut Water

 If you've been following this blog for awhile, you know that I am a big fan of virgin coconut oil. I use it in everything, from my homemade body butter, to face cream, to homemade soap, and even use it for oil pulling.

But coconuts aren't all just about the oil you can extract from it coconut water is pretty great too. This post goes over the health benefits of coconut oil as well as the stuff that might simply be hype.


First of all, what's the difference between coconut water and coconut milk?

Coconut milk is the liquid that is extracted from the white grated meat of a coconut. This liquid needs to be extracted through a process, and is milkier and richer in color and taste. Coconut water, on the other hand, is the liquid that can be drawn directly from the cavity in the middle of the coconut that part that is surrounded by the meat and shell.

Coconut water is generally clear and tastes sweet. If it tastes sour then it's possible the coconut has gone bad.

The coconut water is clear, colorless and contains sugar, fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins & minerals – and provides an isotonic electrolyte balance making it a nutritious food source.

What's so great about coconut water?

Coconut water is a great source of hydration because it is low in calories, cholesterol-free, and contains loads of potassium. It also contains a lot of electrolytes (BRAWNDO! It's got electrolytes! Anyone get the reference?), so much that some athletes swear by coconut water, saying that it helps keep them hydrated more than marketed sports drinks that contains artificial flavors and chemicals. Others claim that coconut water helps flush toxins from their bodies and cures all sorts of ills, from kidney stones to hangovers, even cancer.

So can I drink it in place of a sports drink?

It's true, coconut water has fewer calories, less sodium and sugar than your average fruit juice, all the while containing more potassium and the electrolytes athletes need to replenish after a workout. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that those who go through rigorous exercise can simply rely on coconut water. In order to sufficiently replenish the nutrients you lose through exercise, eating bananas or other healthy foods will do more to keep your body going than guzzling coconut water will.

It's also important to make sure your body is sufficiently replenished before you work out, not just after exercise.

Also, just because coconut water is natural and better for you than other fruit juices or sports drinks, doesn't mean you should drink it all day. Eventually, all that natural sugar and the calories will add up and accumulate in your body.

Is all this good stuff about coconut water true?

So far, there isn't any actual science to back up the claim that drinking coconut water is as amazing as people make it out to be, especially claims that it helps cure disease. It might be just as good, or not even as good, as the average sports drink you can buy in a store. In fact, most people probably don't exercise enough for this much thought to be put into what they should be drinking to rehydrate, and could probably do just fine drinking water.

But if you enjoy the taste of coconut water and feel that it's easier for you to stay hydrated drinking it, by all means, go for it.

How to Get Out the Last Bit of Lipstick

Isn't it annoying when you've used a tube of lipstick or lip balm to the point that the last bit is caught below the edge of the inner container, and no amount of pressing against your mouth will get you a satisfactory amount of coverage?

How to Get Out the Last Bit of Lipstick

An easy solution in this case is to use a lip brush and apply your lipstick that way, but sometimes that just looks and feels unseemly, and you'd prefer transferring the remaining lipstick into a more aesthetically pleasing palette.

Well, there's an easy way to do this that doesn't require digging into the tube with a teeny tiny spatula and getting lipstick all over the place.


You'll Need:

- your worn down tube of lipstick
- a toothpick
- a stainless steel spoon
- a lighter
- a clean container you want to transfer the lipstick into


1. Place the tube that holds the lipstick you'd like to remove in your freezer and leave it there for an hour. Make sure you first rotate or push the inner container up so that the remaining lipstick reaches the top of the tube, or you'll have a tough time manipulating it later when it's frozen.

2. After an hour, remove the tube from the freezer, then take a toothpick and stick it into the now hardened lipstick. Gently maneuver the toothpick so that you lift the remaining lipstick out of the tube. It should be hardened enough that it comes out in one, clean solid block.

3. Place the lipstick onto a stainless steel spoon, then, with a lighter, carefully heat it up by placing the flame underneath the spoon.

4. When the lipstick has become a liquid consistency, carefully pour it into the container you've chosen to hold it in. Allow it to cool to room temperature. To ensure that it cools into a beautifully smooth surface, be careful while you're pouring that you don't dribble any onto the sides of the container.

To Use:

When the lipstick has cooled to room temperature, it should return to its regular consistency. Take a lip brush and apply to your lips as your normally would. This is easier than trying to dig it out of the bottom of a lipstick tube, not to mention it looks a lot classier!

How to Exfoliate with Just a Towel


For those of you who don't like using abrasive and chemical-laden commercial exfoliants, or even homemade exfoliants made of coffee grounds and baking soda, perhaps you'd like to give a soft towel a try.

That's right. I change up the way I exfoliate my face and body depending on the seasons of the year and how sensitive my skin is. Sometimes when my skin is particularly sensitive I opt to simply use a soft, wet towel to get exfoliation done.


You'll Need:

- a soft face towel
- olive oil (or other oil of your preference, this is optional)


1. Apply a teaspoon or two of olive oil to your face (or body), making sure you rub it in gently in circular motions until your entire face is covered.

2.Wet a soft face towel with warm water and begin wiping off the oil from your face in gentle, but firm circular motions. The fibers of the towel and oil will help lift the dead skin cells and debris from your skin without drying it out.


This method of exfoliation is great for those with sensitive skin or for the drier months when a more aggressive method of exfoliation isn't necessary. What's perfect about this method of exfoliating is that not only does it get the job done, but it leaves your skin moisturized and glowing, as if you had just gone to a professional for a facial.

Salubrious Selection: Vapur Collapsible Water Bottle

Salubrious Selection: Vapur Collapsible Water Bottle
Comes in other colors too!
If you're looking for a more eco-friendly option to having water on hand to drink all the time without having to constantly buy bottled water, consider the collapsible water bottles by Vapur.

They're very reasonably priced and have the capacity to carry about 500 milliliters (or half a liter) of water ... or any other liquid of your choice. The company website says that the collapsible bottle is perfectly capable of handling hot liquids, but this may be uncomfortable to hold without getting a sleeve for your bottle, so it's suggested that you stick to cool or warm liquids.

You can also freeze the bottle to create ice cold drinks without worrying it'll crack or damage the plastic.

What I also like about Vapur collapsible bottles is that when I'm done drinking its contents I can simply fold it up into a more compact size that fits nicely in my purse or bag. Plus, it's so light! Adds absolutely no noticeable weight when it's empty inside my bag. And I've been using this bottle consistently for a couple weeks now without having experienced any leaking.

Salubrious Selection: Vapur Collapsible Water Bottle
The only downside I can think of is that the bottle quickly starts to look old and beat up from all the abuse it takes inside my bag and from being folded up so often. But I suppose I'm more interested in being kinder to the environment by having a compact bottle that I can refill and carry around with me, rather than how to maintain the aesthetics of it.

If you're looking for a light, reasonably priced, collapsible bottle to carry liquids around with you, I would highly recommend Vapur collapsible bottles.

Salubrious Selection: Vapur Collapsible Water Bottle

Store Q-Tips and Cotton Pads/Balls in Jars

Store Q-Tips and Cotton Pads/Balls in Jars

This is going to be a short post.

Trying to figure out a neat and aesthetically pleasing way to store your Q-Tips and cotton balls or cotton pads in the bathroom? (... and whatever else needs storing) Just put them in some repurposed old jam and condiment jars. It looks nice and keeps everything dry from the moisture in the bathroom.

If you like, dress up the jars by covering them with fabric or painting your own unique designs on the outsides. I personally like the clean look of simply leaving the jars as is and standing them neatly together.

I'm a Woman and I Shave My Face

I'm a Woman and I Shave My Face
As a woman with mostly peach fuzz all over my face, the concept of shaving it was rather strange to me at first as well. Then, after the first time I tried it I wondered why I didn't start a lot sooner. And don't worry, hair does NOT grow back thicker. That's a myth.

Shaving my face has multiple benefits. Since I have very dark hair and very fair skin, getting rid of all that fuzz has actually brightened my skin tone by eliminating the shadow those fine hairs used to cast across my complexion. I never knew how much darker and uneven peach fuzz made my complexion until I got rid of it all.

Shaving also serves as a great way to exfoliate. When you're shaving off the fine hairs, the top layer of dead skin often comes off with it, and you can actually see this when you're cleaning off the razor. After all that dead skin is sloughed off, this is actually an excellent time to use your moisturizers as you've exposed a fresh layer of skin that isn't blocked by dead cells that will absorb all the beneficial ingredients more easily.

And finally, makeup goes on so much smoother and looks so much better on my skin post-peach fuzz. Without those fine hairs in the way, makeup adheres to the skin like it's supposed to and looks a lot cleaner than before. You know how some people look like their foundation is a little muddled or looks like a powdery layer suspended just above their skin? Well, oftentimes it's because their makeup is sitting on the layer of fine hair above their faces. By getting rid of it and the layer of dead skin cells on the surface, the makeup on your face will look much better.


You'll Need:

- an eyebrow razor (women, do NOT use a regular razor on your face!)
- clean water
- face toner
- face moisturizer


1. Wet your face so that your skin is damp.

2. Hold the razor closer to the blade so that you have better control, and gently drag the razor across the areas of your skin where you want to eliminate peach fuzz in short strokes, not long ones. You risk cutting yourself more easily if you use longer strokes. Every so often, rinse/clean off your razor and continue until you're satisfied.

3. Rinse of your face and pat try, then follow up with your regular face toner and moisturizer. I use my home made vinegar toner and virgin coconut oil.


I do this about once a week, at most twice. It's pretty amazing how such a minor process has created a glow in my complexion and made putting on makeup so much easier.

Lighten Blemishes with Exfoliating Milk Baths

I scar easily, a plight made even more frustrating by the fact that I have incredibly fair skin so dark hyperpigmentation is incredibly obvious against my pale skin tone. Even long after wounds have healed be it scratches, mosquito bites or dreaded acne I'm left with dark discolorations that take months to fade. Some even take longer than a year to fully disappear.

The illusion this creates is that my skin is much worse shape than it actually is, when in fact usually my skin is perfectly fine save for the remnants of wounds that are actually long gone.

Unfortunately, such blemishes simply need time to fade. Hyperpigmentation scars actually originate deep in the lower layers of the skin, and you simply need to allow your skin time to properly regenerate multiple times and push up new skin cells before these blemishes are gone completely.

However, you can help this process along and make the regeneration process happen slightly faster by removing the dead skin cells on the top layer and encourage new skin cells to grow.

Beyond using a loofah in the shower and exfoliating with my homemade coffee ground skin exfoliant (baking soda works too, by the way), I help the skin rejuvenation process along by taking nice long milk baths, and it feels delicious. If using cow or any other animal's milk is not okay with you, no worries, this is just as effective with soy milk or almond milk as well.

Lighten Blemishes with Exfoliating Milk Baths


You'll Need:

- milk
- rock salt or sea salt (optional)
- baking soda (optional)
- essential oils (optional)


1. Draw a bath, and remember your body is going to displace some volume so maximum 2/3 full is fine! Baths are amazing but let's still try to save some water if we can.

2. Add two glasses of milk. Add more or less depending on your preference.

Lighten Blemishes with Exfoliating Milk Baths
3. Add a few table spoons of rock or sea salt, a few tablespoons of baking soda and essential oils if you like. This is all optional, but helps to create an even more exfoliating and fragrant bath. For a tub of water usually 20 drops of essential oils is fine, but add more or less if you like. I personally like adding vanilla essential oil.

4. Soak in your bath until your fingers get pruney!

* In the interest of not wasting water, after the bath I actually use the left over water to scrub down the toilet, sink, floor, tiles, etc. Generally clean as much of the bathroom as possible before draining the rest.


The lactic acid in milk helps gently exfoliate the skin, and I find soaking in a milk bath for a half hour really helps it penetrate the skin and lift the dead outer layer of cells from my body. After I rinse off, I do feel like my skin feels cleaner, smoother and even more moisturized.

The effectiveness of milk is also why I incorporate it into my manicure and pedicure regimen as well.

The great thing about milk baths is that it's so natural and gentle you don't have to worry about overdoing it. Getting those blemishes to lighten will still take a big of patience and time, but with soothing milk baths you can speed up the process a bit in a natural way, while also taking care of your skin and eliminating some stress in the process.

Salubrious Selection: Essence Cover Stick

I've always preferred concealer sticks. I simply think they give you more control, create better coverage and are easier to carry with you at all times.

My current favorite is the Essence Cover Stick concealer.

Salubrious Selection: Essence Cover Stick


Salubrious Selection: Essence Cover Stick

The concealer stick comes in a little twist tube about the size of your average lip balm or lipstick,  which makes easy to stick in your bag or purse to carry around all day. The packaging the concealer stick comes in is pretty minimal, which I appreciate so I'm not creating so much garbage that will go into the environment.


The consistency is solid enough that it's easy to build coverage on especially dark blemishes, but also creamy enough that it is easy to blend out so you can avoid having little cakey mounds on your face. I much prefer this over concealer sticks that don't seem to be doing their job no matter how many passes you make over a particularly dark blemishes.

Unfortunately, Essence now only has two shades of this particular line of concealer stick that I'm aware of: Matt Honey (03) and True Nude (04). I believe there used to be at least two more, but I can't find any trace of them on their website.

The Matt Honey color seems to work well with my skin tone, which is a pale olive color. In fact, the color matches so well to my skin sometimes it's hard to see the concealer is there even before I've blended it out.

I have also never experienced any adverse reactions or breakouts since from using this concealer stick, which is also of course, a huge plus.

Salubrious Selection: Essence Cover Stick
Price & Value:

The price of this concealer stick is extremely affordable at only US$3.00. This of course will vary depending on what country you buy it in.

How long a stick will last you really depends on how often you're using it, but I use it basically every day to cover dark circles under my eyes and blemishes (and I sometimes even use it as face contouring highlighter!), and it still lasts me several weeks.


Not all countries carry this brand, so check out their website to see if there's one near you, or simply find Essence Cosmetics online.

Why I Stopped Showering With Soap

Why Stopped Showering With Soap
I am already averse to using any commercial lotions and cleansers, opting instead to make my own out of the ingredients in my kitchen to protect not only myself, but the environment. However, even I had trouble getting on board when I came across bloggers claiming how wonderful it is to cut soap out of their lives completely.

I don't ever use soaps, shampoos or conditioners on my hair (I clean my tresses with baking soda and vinegar), but to eliminate soap from my bathing routing completely seemed like a bit much.

However, I am also one of those unfortunate souls with incredibly sensitive skin, and for years I have battled breakouts of inflamed pores on my back, and sometimes on the back of my neck. To be clear, these were never breakouts of acne, simply painful inflamed pores that would become angry red bumps would eventually subside into smooth, dark blemishes that look rather unsightly against my normally pale skin. Changes in diet, sleeping patterns and types of clothes never seemed to get rid of the problem completely, and scars would take months and months to sometimes longer than a year to fade.

When I stopped using shampoos and conditioners, the situation on my back improved remarkably, but on occasion I would still suffer from these outbreaks that would cause me more distress. I changed bathing soaps to more organic, milder brands, eventually graduating to making my own soaps that I thought surely would solve the problem. Although I noticed a very slight improvement, I still battled painful inflamed pores on my back.

So a few weeks ago, I decided to give the method of not using soap AT ALL a try. I was a little concerned about not feeling completely clean after taking showers, but figured if that were the case or I experienced any adverse reactions I could very easily go back to using soap.


Day 1

During my first shower without soap, I made sure to still scrub thoroughly with a loofah to slough away any dead skin. When I stepped out of the shower and toweled off, my skin felt surprisingly dry, more so than when I use soap (perhaps because there wasn't a layer of glycerin left on my skin?). However, it wasn't unpleasant. I still felt clean and smelled clean, my skin simply felt a bit drier and maybe even more refreshed and able to breathe.

Usually after stepping out of the shower, any inflamed portions of my back usually become angry and red, but this was not the case after my first shower without using soap. Save for the existing wounds and scars, my skin looked normal and did not seem irritated at all.

After 1 Week

After my first full week of not using soap in the shower, I was hooked. I did not experience any complaints from coworkers or friends that I smelled badly, and the condition of my skin actually improved. I experienced no new inflamed pores on my back, and this gave the existing wounds a chance to heal properly. I still had dark, flat scars left over from previous blemishes, but it didn't seem like the condition was being exacerbated. I also didn't experience any feeling of discomfort or breakouts of acne or rashes.

As for the rest of my body, I feel like my skin was better shape than when I regularly showered with soap. Any dry spots of on my elbows and knees or patches of eczema disappeared, and I actually felt like my skin was more moisturized than before, even if I didn't follow up with my regular routine of putting on whipped body butter or virgin coconut oil.

After 1 Month

I still did not experience any feeling of discomfort or complaints about smell. I felt that I smelled and felt just as clean as when I used soap to shower.

The condition of the inflammations on my back also improved markedly. Since I stopped using soap, I experienced zero instances of inflamed pores, and the dark scars from past breakouts have actually begun to fade more quickly, faster than when I continued to use soap. Perhaps it's just my imagination, but after years of battling this skin condition I do honestly notice a huge difference in how quickly my previous breakouts healed and how much faster the scars have lightened up. Perhaps without soap as an irritant my skin is able to heal uninterrupted and regenerate healthy skin to fade the scars faster.

The Future

I likely will never shower regularly with soap again. At most maybe only once a week or so. This seems to be the amount of soap exposure my skin can handle. Now I usually only use soap in the shower as a lubricant when I shave my legs.


Of course, I still use soap on a daily basis to thoroughly clean my hands after using the washroom and before I handle food. But as a part of my daily routine while showering, washing my hair or my face? Not anymore.

As a person who works in an office, a konjac loofah is more than enough to get clean at the end of the day, and sometimes I throw in a little baking soda to exfoliate, which works great. Hey, baking soda works as a shampoo for my hair, no reason to think why it wouldn't work on the rest of my body as well. As for my face, my olive oil makeup remover and honey face wash get the job done really well.

I would recommend anyone with sensitive skin to at least try eliminating soap from their bathing routine for a week to see if there's any improvement. You might be surprised and find you don't need to budget for soap quite as often as you currently are when you're buying groceries.