Review: Elgydium tooth paste (whitening and sensitive)

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Elgydium whitening tooth paste

I have always been quite self-conscious about my teeth they are quite stained as I drink a lot of coffee and tea and I have tried my fair share of whitening tooth pastes with little luck. So when this arrived on my doorstep I wasn’t expecting much really.

Just a bit about the brand as it is new to SA and I don’t think many people know about it. Elgydium is a brand originating from France which celebrities are actually known to buy by the case load in boutique French pharmacies.

The magic ingredient that sets Elgydium apart is “Micro-Pulverized Sodium Bicarbonate.” This is 5 times smaller than standard sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda), this soft crystalline substance dissolves readily into even the tiniest fissures of enamel. As the smaller-sized sodium bicarbonate particles infiltrate the crevices of each tooth, they break up stains from coffee, tea, and smoking. Not only does it gently polish teeth with mild abrasive potential, but it also kills on contact all motile microorganisms associated with periodontal infections. Additionally, sodium bicarbonate neutralizes and detoxifies the bacterial acids that form in plaques, or bacterial biofilms.

To be honest though I didn’t notice a dramatic whitening effect after using Elgydium day and night for 3 weeks, I did see a subtle difference upon first use actually, more than I have with the other whitening tooth pastes I have tried. The brightening and polishing powers are rather gentle. You may get Also with most tooth paste when you glide your tongue across your teeth you may get that gritty feeling of residual plaque this is not the case with this tooth paste.

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Elgydium sensitive tooth paste

Elgydium Sensitive is specifically formulated to relieve pain associated with dental hypersensitivity. The patented active ingredient, Fluorinol (fluoride), adheres to the tooth 5 times faster than any other fluorides. It is extra-gentle to protect sensitive gums and teeth. It rapidly and firmly binds onto tooth enamel within the first minute of brushing offering effective protection. It closes the tubuli and stops nerve impulses that create discomfort. Elgydium Sensitive has a refreshing mint flavour. I don’t particularly have sensitive teeth but I did appreciate that it left my teeth feeling squeaky clean and fresh.

Both retail at R59.95 for 75ml

May rubybox 2014: nivea in shower moisturiser, john frieda full repair serum and africa extractsrooibos anti-ageing hand cream

The may box was dedicated to hair. This box was absolutely amazing definitely in my top 3 boxes I’ve received. A good hair month this was indeed.

May 2014 rubybox
May 2014 rubybox

 1.African extract rooibos hand & nail cream SPF 15-10ml (R29.99-50ml)

One of my top hand creams it light on the pocket, smells amazing, is a natural product packed with anti ageing properties like retinol and SPF, absorbed really quickly into the skin and leaves my hands feeling soft and pampered. I was introduced to this hand cream a while back in a past rubybox and I definitely always come back to this one. Popped this into my handbag as soon I opened the box very nice handy travel size.

2. John Frieda full repair oil elixir-full size (R110-100ml)

Was most excited to see this massive bottle in the box as there is a growing trend with hair oils lately. It complements greatly with the massive box of john frieda I was spoilt with a few months ago their products never disappoint. Firstly it smells absolutely amazing. I used 2 pumps as my hair is quite long after washing and followed by blow dying to help the product seep in better and my hair definitely felt smoother and looked more hydrated. You might find the idea of putting oil in your hair a strange concept but it is so light weight I didn’t even notice it was there and even if the scent bothers you I barely noticed the scent after applying it. I also like to apply this after I have curled my hair to give it more shine and over just washed hair to tame fly aways and frizz.

3.Nivea in-shower moisturiser-3x10ml sachets (R39.95-400ml)

Perfect for the cold winter that has come upon us as skin tends to dry up and get red and itchy and I know it’s horrible to bath in hot water but it’s a bad habit that keeps me warm and relaxes me but horrible for the skin. This is why Nivea invented an absolute god send. Saves so much time as sometimes I skip moisturiser and later feel the side effects and still end up running to my body lotion. You just wash as you usually do then slap this on and after a second I rinse off and get dressed as usual no more waiting for moisturiser to sink in before dressing. Smells like the normal nivea scent. It leave my skin feeling soft and not sticky. This is even better than a traditional body lotion in my opinion.

4.Pintail comb (R39.95)

Nice comb for parting and detangling hair. Say goodbye to skew partings with this nifty trusted tool. This one is exclusively available at the rubybox boutique.

5.rubybox hair organza wrap (R39.95)

Love this. Can’t have enough headbands. This one looks very stylish and holds the hair back nicely . The multiple strands let’s you get creative with your hair.

 6.R400 off Gary Rom voucher

Will be using this soon after winter. This is a great hair dressing salon.

So if you want to #surpriseyourself with these type of beauty treats you can sign up at http://bit.ly/1ao5VSz There is an amazing promotion to get your first box at ONLY 99 cents I doubt you can buy anything for that price these days and nice if you want to try out the rubybox experience.

 

April rubybox

This month I will be showing you 2 variants of the April box. This month they arrived nice and early and saw the release of yet another exciting rubybox beauty product exclusive. So let’s get down to content.

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1.Ordinary Moisturising Balm-9ml (R329.00-50ml)
Produced with just five ingredients to give a lasting moisturizing effect even for the driest most hypersensitive skin. Safe for use in eczema and psoriasis. Without fragrance, mineral or essential oils, Plain Ordinary Moisturising Balm is fit for the most difficult task. It can be applied anywhere on the body from head to toe. It is safe enough to use on a baby, and to soothe irritated and inflamed skin. Try it as a lip balm, or a make up primer.Natural balm beads may form; they dissolve into the skin as soon as it is applied, gently relieving dryness, without being greasy.Vegetable wax, olive wax, grape seed oil and beeswax.There are essential oils, no preservatives, no petrolatum derived products, no SLES products, and no frangrance. Which makes it safe to use in eczema, psoriasis and other related skin conditions.A little goes a long way. Use a small amount and massage gently into the skin. The balm sinks in and leaves a long lasting silky feel.Try it on your lips, as a make up primer, on cracked heels and elbows, baby bottoms, after shave rashes, when exposed to the elements, skiing, surf and sand, sunburn, wind chapping, or as a all round must have moisturiser. This was very impressive as a great multi tasker and made from all natural ingredients. I enjoyed using this as a face moisturiser and lip balm.

 

2.Yves Rocher Active Sensitive Derma-Soothing Cleansing Milk-50ml

The ultimate in gentle cleansing. Its super mild, milky-lotion texture eliminates all traces of make-up and impurities, while respecting your skin’s natural protective moisture barrier. In one simple step, your sensitive skin and eye area are perfectly cleansed, without any itching or tightness. Instantly, your skin feels soothed and comfortably fresh.The plus: a fragrance developed to minimise risk of allergy. Very nice gentle cleanser.

 

3.Hydrating Micellar Water Face & Eyes-50ml

Eliminates impurities and makeup as it tones the skin.A light and fresh water specially developped for normal to combination skins that eliminates impurities and makeup in a simple step without drying skin.Result: face and eyes are free from makeup and skin is luminous and moisturized.The Plus: two benefits in a single product.Tested under dermatological and opthalmological supervision.No paraben, no mineral oil, no coloring, no silicon. This could easily replace my bioderma sensibio H20 makeup remover. This is so gentle and doesn’t dry out the skin as it does not contain any alcohol.

 

4. rubybox Beauty Nailed It! (R74.95)

Long lasting, chip resistant colour. Creates a flawless finish with the unique, precision brush for professional results, more shine and nourishing care.I received “Lacquer in Siren” A sheer nail lacquer in a bold red shade and “By The Seaside” A shimmery nail lacquer in a glittery sea blue shade.

 

5. Salvatore Ferrgamo incanto bloom

This is an amazing fruity floral that smells exactly the same as my favourite fragrance Issey miyake l’eau d’issey florale. So I was very pleased to receive this.

 

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February rubybox 2014

Being the month of love rubybox made sure all items included were to prepare rubies to be “date ready” so to speak and I’m sure each ruby must have fallen in love with all the amazing products included this month. So let’s get down to what I received:

Contents of the Feb rubybox
Contents of the Feb rubybox

1. ESSE deep moisturiser-5ml (R319.95-50ml)

This is a proudly south african brand packed with all natural ingredients. The marula oil and olive leaf penetrates the skin below the surface and treats dry skin and fine lines. I get an uneasy feeling when I see products specifically fomulated for dry skin as they often make me look like an oil slick the next morning but this one really surprised me as it moisturised really well but still nicely matified my skin.

2. PIZ BUIN in the sun lipstick SPF 30-full size (R41.95)

A nice lippie with an SPF to apply before the lipstick that came in the box. Can’t get over the amazing vanilla scent of this one.

3. Shield women clinical protection in summer fresh-full size (R69.95)

Was interested to give this one a go as I have had many situations where I have forgotten to apply a roll on or the effects have worn off by the time I gym in the evenings and perfumes can’t cover that horrid scent. Wow 2 clicks of the applicator applied to arm pits before bed and 48 hours of protection sounds like a miracle in a bottle. And wow was I impressed even hectic scrubbing while shower does affect the lasting power and it doesn’t contain any alcohol, it is quite creamy and moisturising and it dries in a flash unlike normal roll ons where I have to wait at least 5 mins before I dress in fear of ruining my clothing.

4. Yardley colour rush lipstick in frosted pink-full size (RR69.95)

This lippie has gorgeous colour payoff and fades subtly throughout the day. Perfect colour to pucker up for vday. The packaging looks sophisticated and is sturdy. The scent is a pomegranate scent but luckily is not that noticeable once applied. It also has a nice shimmer in it.

5. Vital rice cakes

A nice snack for the day.

6.Discount coupons to purchase crocs

If you want to subscribe to rubybox you can click here. I’m really excited about the L’occitane box next month!

The November rubybox

IMG-20131122-01000November was the month were the rubies celebrated “green” so all boxes contained green products. Rubies had the option of opting in for the Garnier box. Garnier’s moto is take care which means that they are committed to taking care of you, your community and the world with their nature inspired beauty products. This box had all full size products except the ultra lift cream which were sachets which was well worth the subscription fee.

So what was in the box?

1. Garnier dark spot corrector (R99.95-full size)
The game changing ingredient here would be the vitamin C as is known for its beneficial healing properties for the skin. It is really light comes in a nice squeeze applicator tube. It claims to visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots and blemish marks.

2. Garnier Pure active fruit energy daily gel scrub (R69.95-full size)
This stuff smells amazing and the scrub is gentle enough to use daily. After a wash my face feels so refreshed. Main ingredients are vitamin C, grapefruit and pomegranate. Exfoliatiting particles help to remove dead skin thereby revealing more radiant skin and unclogging pores.

3. 2x Garnier mineral deodorant roll on (R15.95-full size)
These offer 48 hour protection! I tested it for 20 hours and it worked just great. Smell amazing, dries really fast and leaves underarms sweat free and nicely scented.

4. Garnier ultra lift anti-wrinkle firming cream-2×1.5ml sachets (R144.95-50ml)
A nice anti ageing cream to target wrinkles and firmness. Nicely scented quick absorbing cream.

You can order your own at rubybox.co.za

August 2013 rubybox

This month the rubies were spoilt with the new rubybox packaging and a box full of amazingly scented treats. Most of the products I haven’t tried before which is why rubybox is such a great concept.

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1. Bramley Magnolia Body Butter-16g (R24.99-250g)

A lovely smelling soft buttery formula enriched with vitamin E and Bio-pharm oil sinks in really quickly into the skin and is very moisturising. This is such a cute little sample and is perfect for keeping in my handbag. Such a great addition for the winter months.

2. Nutriwomen Oxygenating Papaya Masque-15ml (R129-125ml)
When I opened the box this is the amazing scent I was greeted with. This masque uses natural papaya enzymes to remove dead skin cell build-up while stimulating cell growth. After this mask my skin felt so pampered and smooth.

3. Rubybox Tools Concealer Brush (R119.95)

Always excited to see another addition to the rubybox tools collection. This little made of synthetic fibres ensures that the brush does not absorb all your product, can be used to blend and apply any type of concealer. The fibres of tightly packed to give a more natural even coverage. The tapered tip allows for precise application. This brush is such a great investment.

4. TLC Acne Wash Cleansing Facial Wipes-full size (R29.99-25 sheets)

A handy re-sealable pack is great for those late nights when you just want to pass out. I have used many types of cleansing wipes before and was quite surprised by the fact that one wipe can cleanse, tone and moisturise whilst blitzing blemishes. While I wouldn’t use this daily because I have a really tedious skin routine with serums and many more serums I think this would come in handy if I am just too tired to wash my face properly. Quite moisturising and didn’t dry out my skin like many items that contain salicylic acid.

5. Deep Heat Bath Tonic-50ml (R31.95-250ml)

The ultimate treatment for aches and pains. This liquid foams up very nicely and contains juniper, eucalyptus, patchouli and thyme which has a very calm and relaxing effect. I must admit that I have steered clear of any type of deep heat products since I can’t stand the medicine type scent but to my surprise this one is somewhat bearable.

So what’s in store for next month?
September marks the start of spring and -more importantly- our 2nd birthday! Join in the celebrations and you’ll get an elegant birthday present in your September rubybox, PLUS your choice of an extra 3 free samples! Simply add a rubybox subscription to your cart, and you will automatically be redirected to select your 3 favourite samples before you check out. When it comes to September’s monthly beauty surprises, join rubybox on a celebratory trip around the world… In America we pick up a signature scent from a young star, before we cross the Atlantic. In London town we’ll be Freida of our fine hair woes, and then meet up with a crabby lady of luxury. Crossing the channel we’ll hit the continent – and the catwalks too! Top European designers have bottled their style in the form of lavish beauty products, and we suspect you’ll love their skincare as much as you love their shoes.

So if you haven’t signed up head over to rubybox.co.za if not just for the box but also for the great brands that they have made available to SA and also the amazing specials from the boutique.

May rubybox

 

Grazia rubybox
Grazia rubybox

This month we were spoilt by team Grazia’s beauty faves when rubybox teamed up with Grazia (A fashion and beauty weekly mag) to celebrate their first birthday!

May Grazia rubybox
May Grazia rubybox

 

  1. Bvlgari Jasmin Noir-1.5ml (R980-50ml)
    This is meant for the mysterious and sensual woman with a blend of      jasmine, florals and precious woods. This one is a really sweet woody      scent and I really do enjoy the Bvlgari range.

 

  1. Hannon Miracle Hair Treatment-15ml(R175-250ml)

Experience an immediate improvement as unruly coarse, brittle and frizzy hair gets transformed into silky, soft and shiny hair with the super moisturizing treatment. This treatment is ideal for hair which is naturally dry or has been dried out by regular heat styling and exposure to the elements. I love the heavenly scent of vanilla and my hair felt much softer after applying. It really is a miracle treatment that works in 10 minutes. My hair definitely needed this.

 

 

  1. Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection      Shine Mist-full size(R35)
    Now I’ve tried a lot of heat protectants      and they have always left my hair feeling greasy and heavy but with this      one I don’t feel it in my hair at all. Heat protectants are an absolute      must when you use heating tools and I even use it when I blow dry my hair.      It may specify use with a flat iron but I use it with my curling tongs      too. My hair looks much shinier and not dry. It contains green tea which      protects the hair and prevents it from going static and protects the hair      from UV and environmental damage. Plus I find the scant rather pleasant.      This brand has won numerous awards so I do suggest you give their range a      try.

 

  1. Rubybox tools Eyeshadow Brush-full      size(R89.95)

Another amazing addition to the rubybox tools brush collection. This gem is very versatile and serves all your shadow needs thanks to the smaller size and rounded tip. You can shade, highlight and blend shadow with this little brush. The super soft bristles of the brush worked well and didn’t absorb much of the eyeshadow.

 

 

  1. The Body Shop Born Lippy Pomegranate      Lip Balm-full size (R45)
    This buttery balm is extremely moisturising with a very nice fruity smell.      I do notice a slight orange/red tint but very subtle and hardly noticeable      which is great since I like to layer lipstick over it. This gives a nice      shine to the lips and I find the graffiti like packaging to be really      cute.

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April rubybox

This month’s rubybox was full of treats with the theme of easy beauty perfect for the modern day woman. And a lot of the products I have not yet tried so that’s just the great benefit of rubybox is to discover amazing products like these gems. So let’s get down to it.

April rubybox
April rubybox

 

April rubybox contents up close
April rubybox contents up close

 

 

1. Batiste dry shampoo-full size (R34.99-50ml)

 

A perfect handbag size essential! I literally had a “where have you been all my life?” moment and I haven’t had that reaction in all long time. I’ve always been hearing all the fuss about this but it is one of those you need to try it before you actually believe it. It smells amazing and just a spray of the roots leaves your hair fresh and bouncy. Usually I cannot stand my hair after the second day because I look like an oil slick but once I sprayed this on my hair stayed light and oil free for an extra 2 days. Absolutely amazing!

 

2. Diesel Loverdose EDP-1.5ml (R659-50ml)

 

Love potion blend of liquorice, jasmine flower, rich vanilla and dry wood. This is definitely a very sweet scent kind if reminds me the scent of candy. I pick up the liquorice and vanilla a lot. Different scent from all the ones I have smelt which is nice.

 

3. Phytomer Hydracontinue moisturizing hand cream-5ml (R323-50ml)

 

A quick absorbing yet nourishing cream that includes hydrating sweet almond oil and repairing shea butter and pheohydrane to keep moisture locked in. Now this brand I have never heard but it did not disappoint. From reading the ingredients I was already sold plus it’s made in France and as we all know everything that comes from France is amazing.

 

4. NYX loose pearl eyeshadow-full size (R45-5ml)

 

This is one brand I have been meaning to try out for a while now but just haven’t gotten around to yet so I was really excited to see this in the box. This doesn’t look like much in the bottle but once applied it has this amazing pearly sparkle. And these pigments have many functions they can be a nail polish if mixed with top coat, mixed with a clear lip gloss for a lipstick, on the cheeks or as an eyeshadow. I tried it as an eyeshadow for a smokey eye it’s really pigmented and doesn’t crease. I found it best to use my finger rather than a brush because I battled to build it up with I brush.

 

5. Primeve Plus-5 capsules (From 76.80)

 

This evening primrose oil supplement combines omega 6, magnesium,vitamin B6, vitamin E and zinc to help women cope with PMS and menopause, it also promotes healthy hair, skin and nails. I always make sure I take my vitamins as they are so important. It is really important to work with beauty from the inside out and not just from the outside.

6. B-Cal Ultra-5 capsules (From R 85.90)

 

This multivitamin and mineral supplement is packed with calcium, vitamin D and magnesium, all of which are essential in ensuring optimal bone health for women during all stages of their lives.

 

If you haven’t yet subscribed you can head over to rubybox.co.za

 

What’s in store next month? (source: rubybox website)

“Winter is slowly creeping up on us, and with the cooler evenings and darker mornings, we’re packing away the bikinis. What we love best about this time of year is the guilt-free nights in, and judging by the line-up of products in the May rubybox, a serious pamper session is on the cards!

We’ve included a few faves and some names that are new to rubybox too. Run yourself a luxurious bath and soak in something special. Keep your skin nourished as we head into winter with a fabulous serum from a Nobel Prize winning brand and take the time to experiment with makeup trends with handy tools that’ll help you create that perfect smokey eye.

Sign up before 12 noon on 26 April and your very first rubybox will be delivered to you between the 8th & 15th of May.

PLUS, you stand a chance to win one of 30 lucky rubyboxes packed with fashion, travel and lifestyle prizes worth R30 000!”

 

March rubybox

This box was very autumn appropriate with many products catering for the season. So let’s get down to it.

March rubybox
March rubybox
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Collage of content

 

 

1.     rubybox hair head bands-2xR29.95 each

Bring out the Queen B in everybody with these in trend studded head bands. Both functional and fashionable can be used keep your hair out your face or match an outfit. This is a great additional to my abundantly large head band collection.

 

2.     Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia-1.5ml(R789-50ml)

This scent to me is what autumn smells like an earthy with a hint of freshness scent. A mojito inspired blend of crushed mint leaves, brown sugar and Italian zest combined with feminine jasmine, peony, pink pepper, sensual cedar wood and labdanum. Very different scent with an interesting combination.

 

3.     Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio-1.5ml(R819-50ml)

This one is the male version of the above mentioned. This is the ultimate male fragrance and many women will agree. Inspired by the fresh sea, warm sun and richness of the earth absolutely stunning.

 

4.     Rimmel glam’eyes waterproof mascara-full size(R109.95)

I usually haven’t had much luck with the rimmel mascaras because they tend to run and flake and I end up with a black eye but since this one is waterproof it hardly budge. The formula is thick so it coats the lashes really well without clumping. I wouldn’t say it really curls, lengthens or creates volume but it is nice for a day out where you just want a natural clean look.

 

5.     Schwarzkopf gliss satin smooth shampoo-50ml(R59.99-250ml)

Much needed for autumn which is usually hello frizz for hair. This shampoo has the yummy scent of all the products in the range which is a taming and gloss inducing shampoo that won’t leave your hair looking dry or dehydrated. Upon the first wash I already noticed the shine my hair felt smoother, stronger and less frizzy. Absolutely amazing.

 

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