Monday, November 9, 2009

Matchstick: Clorox Green Works Review

A Big Thanks!

First I want to thank Matchstick for selecting me to be one of the 50 Influencers in Canada to receive Clorox Green Works exclusive Starter Kit! And congratulations to the other 49 Influencers. :)

 Photo 1: Green Works Starter Kit

I have received the following items:

► 1 x Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent
► 1 x Green Works Natural All Purpose Cleaner
► 1 x Green Works Delicate bag
► 1 x Green Works reusable tote  *given away*
► 30 x Green Works Single Use Natural Laundry Detergent samples to share
► 30 x Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent Full Value coupons to share

Introduction to Green Works

Photo 2: Green Works logo

I think it is safe to say that everyone believes it is vital to preserve nature's beauty for future generations to enjoy. Clorox, an international phenomenon for cutting-edge household cleaning products, have been inspired by nature and developed an innovative line of cleaners called Green Works. Green Works helps us reduce our environmental impact, and brings us closer to our goal of living sustainably.  Despite that these products are made with 95% natural plant ingredients, mainly from coconuts, they are proven in the lab by researchers and at my house (by me) to be as effective as traditional cleaners. Also, these cleaners are not tested on animals, thus they are cruelty-free. 

Clorox Natural All Purpose Cleaner
Photo 3: Clorox Green Works Cleaners

I went on a cleaning spree with the product, and I am genuinely surprised by the results. When Clorox named the product Natural All Purpose Cleaner the company really meant it is an all purpose cleaner. The product is tough on stains and grime, but gentle on your household items and hands. In other words, the cleaner didn’t strip paint from my IKEA desk, yet it was able to remove stains and grime from the stove top, fridge, bathtub, and sinks! Also, it left my mirrors sparkling! Now my home is clean, and smells lightly of a lemon-lime (like 7-Up—the soft drink) scent.

So what is my final verdict? Green Works Natural All Purpose Cleaner is an ‘intelligent’ product and deserves a letter grade of an A.

Clorox Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent and Adventures
Photo 4:  Clorox Green Works Natural Detergents

The package arrived near the end of my tutoring session with a group of four students. All five of us were curious about the large mystery package. After opening the package we were pleasantly surprised to see the starter kit. One of the students asked me, "does it work?" So I gave each of my students the detergent samples and sent them home to try.  They later reported back to me in shock and awe because of the effectiveness and great results of the product. One student told me that Green Works is a "miracle liquid detergent."

I was so excited about Green Works detergent that I ran three loads of laundry right away. My colored clothes and blacks are still its original colors, and my whites are actually white without adding any bleach! My washed clothes are clean, smell lightly of clean linen, and they are super soft.  And best of all the detergent did not irritate my sensitive skin in any manner! Yay!

Then I posted a status update on  MSN and Facebook about giving away 30 Green Works FPC (free-product coupons). In a blink of an eye I received a flurry of messages by intrigued yet skeptical friends, family members, acquaintances, and coworkers. Over the course of three days, I was passing out detergent samples and the FPC to acquaintances in lectures, friends at school, and my aunties and uncles while they were at work. Commonly they asked me, "will this make my clothes clean?" I replied confidently, "absolutely".

Bottom line:  Clorox Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent is gentle on clothes and its color, but effectively eliminates dirt and odors. This product deserves an A.

Your Feedback Needed and Good Deeds

Photo 5: The Redwood logo

Matchstick, and Clorox are interested in your feedback and opinions! You can voice your thoughts by completing a short survey: 
For every completed survey they receive, Matchstick will be making a $2 donation to The Redwood, a family support shelter that offers assistance to those less fortunate.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Fragrance Collection by Glade {giveaway} Hosted by Pam

WIN! Set the Scene with Glade prize package!! #giveaway

Country Mouse City Mouse

Pam is hosting The Fragrance Collection by Glade- Set the Scene giveaway at her family-friendly blog! It's an amazing contest! Two lucky Canadian fans of her site will each win a Set the Scene package. Check out the contest at The Country Mouse, The City Mouse for more details. While you are there do read her awesome review of the fragrance kit! It makes you want the goodies even more. ) *Drool*

Thank you Pam for hosting such an awesome contest!  

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Matchstick: CKfree For Men Feedback

Thank you Matchstick for sending me 12 vials of CKfree for Men. They smell sooooooo good. :)

Photo 1.: The outside package of Ckfree For Men.

Photo 2.: The inside packaging of CKfree.

Check out the commercial! :)

The samples I gave them out to my friends and family. I choose to post 8 of the 12 comments, and this is what they have to say...

#1 Eric (an economics student) said: "CKfree is a masculine, warm, and classy scent. I like it!"

#2 Shawn (a political sci. student) vocalized: "Mmmmm, this smells good. It's high-end stuff. The tones are very complimentary."

#3 Jeff (a geography student) warmly stated: "This is good for causal everyday wear."

#4 Liam (a chemistry student) replied: "Its pleasant. It fresh and clean-cut."

#5 Dan (an environmental sci. student) said: "Ckfree is subtle yet's not overpowering."

#6 Kevin (a comp. sci. student) gave two big thumbs up, and a huge grin after trying the fragrance. :) Hehe, actions do speak louder than words.

#7 Sam (an open studies student) replied: "I smell amazing! The scent is kinda spicy has a bite to it."

#8 Mark (an urban studies student) said: "It's a very original, classy, and inviting aroma. I love it!"

In summary, my all friends and family were very happy with CK's new fragrance.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Review of Dove Cream Oil Body Washes



Dove's (Supreme) Cream Oil beauty body washes in 295mL retails about $2.99 CAD. FYI: Dove allocates a portion of its revenue towards the Dove Self-Esteem Fund.


-Lasts for approximately a month with daily use, once a day
-Design of the bottles: visually appealing, distinguishable, and easy hold
-Recommended for winter use for normal to combination skin
-Great for all year round use for people who suffer from dry skin
-Fair amount of foam produced with a toonie size amount
-Very easy to apply to loofah, and work up a lather
-I recommend to use before bedtime


-Lid traps shower water
-A tad messy to use
-Direction of lid, leads to product leaking
-Flap sometimes interferes with application of body wash on to the loofah


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Cream Oils:
Delicate - Jasmine and Vanilla Scent
Creamy - Cherry Blossom and Almond Scent

-Gentle and moisturizing body cleansers
-Extra creamy and thick product, but non-greasy and non-oily
-Rich, lingering, and long-lasting natural scents
-Products soothes dry, flakey and irritated skin
-Maintains skins natural oil balance
-Leaves skin smooth, soft, and hydrated
-Leaves you feeling fresh, clean, relaxed and calm
-Delicate: Product is white-tan
-Creamy: Body wash is light-pink


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Supreme Cream Oils:
Sleek Satin - With sleek smoothing oil
Ultra Rich Velvet - With lush softening oil

-Very similiar to Cream oils (featured above)
-Packed with nutritious oils
-Extra conditioning for skin
-Delicately soothes and repairs winter and/or medication damaged skin
-Gives skin an instant and extra boost of hydration
-Goes on skin smoothly
-Leaves you relaxed and at peace
-Sleek Satin: Body wash is light purple
-Ultra Rich Velvet: Product is white in color

Overall grade for all four cream oil body washes: A
-I would repurchase all four types body washes
-These are must-have products to have in the house

Review of 3 Dove GoFresh Products

Dove's GoFresh beauty body washes in 354mL retails about $2.99 CAD.

FYI: Dove allocates a portion of its revenue towards the Dove Self-Esteem Fund.

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-Lasts for approximately 1 month with daily use, for twice a day
-Design of the bottles: visually appealing, distinguishable, and easy to grasp and hold
-Simple and convenient flip-lid, making it is easy to to access the body wash
-Fair amount of foam produced with a toonie size amount
-Very easy to apply to loofah, and work up a lather

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Energize: Grapefruit & Lemongrass Scent

-Emotion: "WHOA!"
-Invigorating orange coloured beads that gently scrubs away dead skin, which promotes good circulation and smooth skin
-Safe to use everyday and for twice a day for oily to normal skin types
-For sensitive skin, I recommend, using it once, every other day
-Great product to use during hot summer days
- After showering with product one feels squeaky clean, highly refreshed, and energized
-Light scent of lemongrass and a hint of grapefruit
-A scent that lightly lingers on skin throughout the day
-Clear-white in color with orange beads, and white micro beads

-The consistency is like tomato soup; in my opinion the consistency should be thicker

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Cool Moisture: Cucumber & Green Tea Scent

-Emotion: "mmmmmm..."
-Luxurious forumula: rich, creamy, and thick
-Safe to use everyday for all skin types (i.e. sensitive/dry, normal/combination, oily)
-Great product to use all year round, but especially in the Fall and Spring
-Does not dry skin out or leach skin of its natural oils
-Feeling clean, and lightly moisturized after use
-Very light, lingering crisp cucumber scent
-Very light green product

-I can't really distinguish the green tea fragrance in the bodywash. :( I wish it was a stronger smell.

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Refresh: Waterlily & Fresh Mint Scent

-Characteristics very similiar to the former body wash (Cool Moisture)
-Leaves skin tingy, cool, and fresh
-Soft minty scent with floral fragrance
-Light blue in color

Overall grade for all three kinds body washes: A
-I would repurchase all three body washes
-Also, I highly recommend trying these products. You won't be disappointed. :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Winner of the CKOne Contest is...

Sally M. from Toronto, Ontario! Congratulations! I will be sending you the prize today. :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Contest: CK One

Photo 1.(Above) is the package I received from Attention!. I received seven mini (1.2 mL) bottles of CK One scent, and one 15 mL bottle.

Photo 2. Winner of the CK One fragrance contest will receive this bottle.

Photo 3. Six friends will receive a sampler bottle. The outside cover has the statement "we are one" printed in English and other languages as well.

I tried the fragrance. It is a scent that is automatically lovable, because it is light, refreshing, and citrusy. I agree that it is a scent that is easy to wear due to its versatility, that is suited to both genders. CK One fragrance is a fusion of masculinity and feminity in a bottle. This scent is distinctively CK, which plays on warm keynotes, and posses a vibrant summer smell. If you are a fan of CKin2U (which I am) then you will certainly will become addicted to CK One.

Photo 4. A close up of a mini spray bottle of CK One. The inside over has the statement "we are one" printed on it.

A big thanks to Attention! for sponsoring this contest. Attention! and I are facilitating the CK One giveaway. They are giving away a limited edition bottle of the unisex fragrance CK One. The limited edition fragrance retails for $60 CAD. The contest will begin on Thursday, March 26, 2009.

Contest Rules:
1.) Limit to one entry per person.
2.) This contest is open to all Canadian residents. The winner will be selected by a random draw on May 31, 2009. I will personally contact the winner through email on May 31, 2009. The winner will have 5 business days to response to my email, that is providing me with his/her mailing information. If he/she does not response in that time period I will select another name. I will announce the winner of this contest on my site.

Contest Directions (It's simple and easy!):
1.) For those who have a Facebook account please join the official ck one Facebook page. I will give you an extra entry.
2.) Email me (at bioscisweetie(at)
a.) Your name, and location of residence (i.e. Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto).
b.) Also, let me know if you have joined the CK One group, so that I can give you an extra entry.
c.) Briefly tell me why you want to win the CK One fragrance.
*Your chances of winning is dependant on the number of entries in this contest.

Background Information of CK One: CK One is an iconic unisex fragrance that has launched in March. A special limited edition fragrance bottle packaged with an mP3 speaker is now available for purchase at Shoppers Drug Mart.

The idea behind the launch of CK one fragrance is about bringing people together, regardless of their differences in age, culture, race or gender. It's about coming together, through the common and universal language of music. For more information about CK One, please visit the official ck one Facebook page, as well as the ck one YouTube channel.
Final Note: I fully support the notion behind this fragrance. It is crucial to unify people by breaking down gender inequalities, class structures, and stereotypes. In my opinion, you are not simply buying a commercial product, but you are supporting a positive world experience.
Thanks for reading! And good luck everyone! :)
EDIT: I realized that is not efficient for letting me track comment posts, that is why entries will be by email. But leave me a comment anyways.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Matchstick's Herbal Essences Hydralicious Kit: Final Thoughts

These three weeks, we studied Herbal Essences Hydralicious Line which consists of the following products: Featherweight, Self-Targeting, and Reconditioning shampoos and conditioners. I tried all three products, and I have noticed a significant difference in my hair. It is indeed thicker and stronger, smoother, softer, shiny, and more manageable. All three products have restored balance to my hair's natural oils, revitalized shine from my dull, dry hair and repaired damages caused by harsh styling products, and excessive heat applied to my hair.

There is a product in this line suited for everyone. If you are unsure of which product is right for you, I would first try the Reconditioning products first, because it is for 'injured' hair. I would consider this blend to be the "medium" of the three shampoos and conditioners. To summarize the features of the Hydralicious line; the Featherweight compound is intended for fine hair, the Self-Targeting mixture is for normal hair, and Reconditioning infusion is for dry/damaged hair.

Herbal Essences continues to be a trustworthy brand, and which has left me with a long-lasting, positive impression.

Matchstick's Herbal Essences Hydralicious Kit: Part III of III Review of Re-Conditioning Shampoo and Conditioner

Re-Conditioning Shampoo and Conditioner.

Reconditioning Shampoo, note the swirl "technology".

This is my favourite shampoo and conditioner among in the Herbal Essences Hydralicious line. It is a lavishing shampoo and conditioner with shea. I love the distinctive, calming, flora scent. If you're not sure which shampoo and conditioner to use in this line, I would recommend the reconditioning concoction, since it is for designed specifically for damaged hair. I believe all hair is damaged one way or another, because with the styling products we use, the massive amount of heat we apply with our hair dryer/curler/straightening iron, and environmental elements our hair endure. I only con I found with this product, is that it does not give me enough volume. However, the reconditioning brew gives me more volume than the featherweight shampoo and conditioner. Other than that, this product is hydrating, gives my hair a healthy shine, makes it soft and manageable.

Overall, I give the Reconditioning shampoo and conditioner an A.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Matchstick's Herbal Essences Hydralicious Kit: Part II of III Review of Self-Targeting Shampoo and Conditioner

Herbal Essences: Self-Targeting Products.

Self-Targeting Conditioner: uber thick.

Self-Targeting Shampoo: a brilliant pink color, infused with a heavenly scent-vanilla!

Self-Targeting Shampoo and Conditioner texture and consistency are very similar to the Featherweight line. The only differences is the color, scent, and function.

I absolutely love this the Self-Targeting shampoo and conditioner.

-It gives me all the same benefits as as the Featherweight product, plus volume!
-I noticed a difference in my hair, it feels thicker.
-Contains soothing aloe

-Although, I don't find the Self-Targeting compound to be as moisturizing as the Featherweight blend.

I would give this product an A-.

Overall, I highly recommend this Self-Targeting Shampoo and Conditioner, it is a brew that certainly revitalizes the mind, body and soul after a long day at work and school.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Matchstick's Herbal Essences Hydralicious Kit: Part I of III Review of Featherweight Shampoo and Conditioner

Photo 1. Shampoo.
Photo 2. Shampoo and conditioner bottles.

Featherweight Shampoo (300mL)
- thick (like molasses)
-'swirl' technology (see photo): cleaning and moisturizing at the same time!
- peach, and light orange color
-perfect amount of foaming
- a little bit of the product goes a long way
- with daily and moderate use, this product will last for 1.5 months for me
-Scent: fruity (water lily nectar & passion fruit)

Featherweight Conditioner (300mL)
- extra rich & thick
- consistent formula
- white in color
- must rub in hands to warm product before applying to hair
- easy to apply
- a little bit of the product goes a long way
- with daily and moderate use, this product will last for 2.0 months for me
-Scent: fruity (water lily nectar & passion fruit)

I found waaaay more pros using Herbal Essences Featherweight than my current shampoo. This product makes my hair:
-fairly soft (4.75/5.00)
-completely manageable (5.00/5.00)- no flyaway (Yay!)
-light and bouncy (4.750/5.00)
-healthy shine (5.00/5.00)
-long lasting light fragrant scent (4.50/5.00)

Featherweight shampoo is a gentle cleanser. In my honest opinion, it is safe to use everyday without stripping my hair of its natural oils. The only con that I found with the Featherweight treatment is that it does not give me the volume I want! :( In the morning I would have the right amount of volume, but by the evening my hair is flat.

I would rate this product a B+.

Overall, I would purchase Herbal Essences Featherweight Shampoo and Conditioner in the future. I would highly recommend this product! These are two essential items that will restore your hair to its natural state, thus keeping it healthy and shiny. <3

Monday, March 2, 2009

Matchstick: Herbal Essences Hydralicious Kit: Introduction

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to announce to my readers that I am one of 200 women in Canada that have been selected to received an exclusive Herbal Essences Hydralicious Kit! A big congratulations to those who were also selected by Matchstick!

I want to thank Matchstick for selecting me to evaluate and spread the word and about Herbal Essences Hydralicious.

My Herbal Essences Hydralicious Kit includes:
-1 Hydralicious Featherweight Shampoo
-1 Hydralicious Featherweight Conditioner
-1 Hydralicious Reconditioning Shampoo
-1 Hydralicious Reconditioning Conditioner (hehe, a bit of a tongue twister)
-1 Hydralicious Self-Targeting Shampoo
-1 Hydralicious Self-Targeting Conditioner
-20 full value coupons for Herbal Essences Hydralicious shampoo or conditioner for me to share! I am going to distribute these coupons to my neighbours (4), friends (4), relatives (4), co-workers (4), and loyal readers (4).

Brief Background Information About the Products:
Herbal Essences Hydralicious is a new line of swirled shampoos and extra moisturizing conditioners.
-Featherweight is for fine hair
-Self-Targeting for normal hair
-Re-Conditioning for dry/damaged hair

-Wk 1 (March 2-March 8): Use Featherweight.
-Wk 2 (March 9-March 15): Use Self-Targeting.
-Wk 3 (March 16-March 22): Use Re-Conditioning.

Current Evaluation of My Hair:
-Straight, long (7 inches past my shoulders)
-Medium thickness (I use to have thicker hair when it was shorter)
-Currently experiencing winter woes i.e. hair is dry at the ends

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Home Made Drink

*cough* *cough* Sorry, it's been awhile since I have written here. I have been ill. :(

Here's a hot drink my mom made for me. It's hot water, with 1/2 a lemon, and 1 table spoon of white sugar. She cut up the lemon, added it to the glass. Then she added boiling water in the cup, and lastly added sugar. Mmmm, this is a good comfort drink when you're sick.

I have drafted up some posts, but I have to add finishing details...they will be up soon.


Glasses from

Fig.1. Eye glasses screw driver.

Fig.2. My glasses.

Fig. 3. The package. From left to right, clockwise: Eyeglasses baggie, box, eyeglasses case, screw driver, and glasses.
I'm pretty satisfied with my order from There is a wide selection of frames to choose from. Shipping and handling was about $11; my glasses were delivered within a week, with overnight shipping. The glasses with light durable 1.59 Polycarbonate lenses cost $38. I would consider this a bargain site, in comparison to brick and mortar stores, to purchase eye wear. I use these glasses for lightly, since they are pretty heavy. I would defiantly purchase glasses from CC again.