I buy a lot of stuff from AliExpress. But you probably already knew that. We showcase the coolest things on our YouTube channel and in the Reviews section, but I thought it might be a good idea to show what Maria and I use ourselves, rather than what we think is cool. Besides, it is a blog after all, so being personal is the whole point.
Ladybug toothbrush holder
This $1 bathroom holder for things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, and so on. It has suction cups at the back, and they work well – it did not detach a single time. The two pieces of the ladybug – the black and the red latch onto each other, and can be separated for cleaning, if needed. It is quite sizable, and easily fits 2 electric Oral-B toothbrushes, my razor and the tongue scraper. Very nice for $1, if you ask me!
Product link: http://ali.ski/5FuTy
I honestly didn't know that solid perfume was a thing until I bought this. You are supposed to put a dab behind the ears, on the sides of the neck and on wrists. It smells nice, but the smell does not last very long. What is interesting is that there are 12 different ones for each Zodiac sign, and each one has its own specific personal scent. I am not sure how hypoallergenic it is – there is no data for it, but I have sensitive skin that doesn't like cheap creams and such very much (I tend to develop pimples when it happens), but I had no issues with this thing.
Product link: http://ali.ski/_mc4T
Aftermarket replacement heads for Oral-B toothbrush
A couple years ago I have started using an electric toothbrush that my brother received for free from his dentist, and gave to me since he already had the same one – it's the most common model. To my surprise, original (OEM) replacement heads cost around $15 CAD (~11 USD) for 3 pcs. in stores, but the aftermarket ones on AliExpress cost a mere $5.68 for 20, which is a much better deal. These 20 pieces would last me for a few years, since you are only supposed to replace them every 3 months.
They stay together, do not fall apart, do not get stuck in between the teeth, do not hurt my gums – basically, they do everything that the ones for 20x the price do and just as well. Essentially, it is just a plastic tube, bristles on the outside and a small spring inside. I find it ridiculous that they have the audacity to charge so much for such a simple OEM product, so the fact that the aftermarket ones are available on AliExpress is a big relief.
Product link: http://ali.ski/97Ozj4
When we sleep, our digestive system keeps removing toxins from our body, and one of the processes includes by depositing them onto the surface of our tongue. A tongue cleaner is not a very common oral hygiene device, albeit a very useful one.
I have started to use mine about a year ago, and I find that it does a much faster and thorough job than a toothbrush. This kind has a rubber bezel that does not scratch the tongue. The one I am linking below is a newer model, that comes with a ridged top, and it costs $1.
Product link: http://ali.ski/7d35WF
Full review here: https://aliholic.com/crystal-deodorant-review/
I still am not convinced that organic foods and healthy living is a fad – IMO it is a trend that is here to stay. Chemicals are more and more widespread, and a lot of people tend to stay wary of that, and try to keep their foods and hygiene products more natural. This product is a natural mineral deodorant. The mineral inside is called potassium alum, it is hypoallergenic, does not clog pores, does not stain your clothes, and is alcohol and chemical-free. I have been using this kind of deodorant for over a year and a half, and I find that it works just as well as the conventional stick, and I enjoy the fact that it is a natural product.
Product link: http://ali.ski/OS-hd
A couple years ago I stopped using shower gels, and switched to bar soap – it does not contain petroleum, and generally is a greener and a more sustainable choice, at the very least it is harder to overuse.
This honey soap is probably the nicest-smelling soap I have ever used. It smells like the good kind of honey, and the faint smell of it stays with you through the day.
Product link: http://ali.ski/3HpacF
Bamboo charcoal soap
Charcoal has been used by humans for many generations. It is used to clean and purify water, reduce stomach bloating, cleanse skin and teeth; but its true value is in its ability to remove toxins. This charcoal soap does not have any specific smell, and the only thing to visually differentiate it from regular soap besides the color is the dark foam it lathers into. I use it to wash my face – it find that it cleans pores really well and does not over-dry the skin.
Product link: http://ali.ski/b-dSn
Drain soap holder
This drain soap holder was purchased to avoid the most annoying problem with using bar soap: the slimy mess that it leaves if it always stays dry. Because of the slight incline the water just runs down below, keeping the soap dry over time. It is made of reasonably thick plastic, has 2 suction cups on the bottom, comes in a variety of colors, and costs only $1.
Product link: http://ali.ski/Q6aIc
Unfortunately, this carpet is not as fluffy as it appears to be in the picture, it is significantly more thin. Although I must say it is soft, and the material is pleasant to the touch. It dries pretty fast, and has anti-slip ridges on the bottom. The “fur” pieces do not fall apart. We've had ours for about a year now.
Product link: http://ali.ski/FNscz
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