My hair and skin thanks you! {The Gnarly Whale}

This product review is a coincidence, really. I received these products from Ashley as a gift and then thought I should tell you all about it. Visit The Gnarly Whale. What are you waiting for? 

The thing about blogging is that you can foster some pretty amazing friendships because of it.  Take me and Ashley, for instance.

I started blogging about some four years ago.  I began to connect with a lot of different bloggers online, some that I am still friends with.  Ashley was one of those ladies.  Ashley, the one that left her nine-to-five to pursue her dreams.  Ashley, the one with all the tips and inspiration a mama and blogger needs.

At the time she had a different blog, After Nine to Five, and I did too, Cover to Cover...and Everything in Between.  Gosh, it feels like so long ago!  I had no idea what I was doing in this blogging world and then I started following Ashley and everything became really clear.  She inspired me to be a better blogger.  We would comment on each others' blogs, you know the usual.   And then it happened...a friendship began to form.

I left the blogging world for a bit and then came back with a vengeance - I was going to be me.  I was going to inspire my readers.  I was going to tell my story.  The pretty truths and the not so much ones.  I was going to take a lesson from Ashley.  I reconnected with Ashley a few months ago and it has been great.

She now blogs over at Hello Nature and I love going to her space and learning more about her.  That's how I found about her shop, The Gnarly Whale.  She is pursuing her dreams, loveys!  She and her husband own The Gnarly Whale, a shop that "strives to provide low-impact, minimal ingredient beauty, bath, and body products to dudes and dudettes around the world." Pretty special, right?!
Not only that, but The Gnarly Whale's "products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. Final product testing [are] done on humans."  That means no animal testing.  Which also means that if humans aren't harmed in any of the testing, then it's Number One in my book!

I have really sensitive skin.  It's pretty annoying.  Trying to find products that work with my hair and body is sometimes difficult.  That is until Ashley sent me some products from her shop!  I got a bunch of things in a package one afternoon and squealed with excitement when I opened the package.  She had told me she was going to send me a little something, but wow!  That's a lot of little somethings up there!

I got body spray, hair detangler, beach waves, milk soap, sugar scrub, toner, and two lip balms.  I have used the Mimosa lip balm on the daily, as well as the detangler and beach waves.  I don't feel itchy after I use her products.  My skin and scalp don't get irritated.  All the products are natural - I was so surprised not to see one ingredient that I couldn't pronounce.

I'm trying not to use all the stuff at once.  I'm savoring this sweet natural treat.  Although I've already made a date with myself to take a glorious long shower this weekend with that Pink Grapefruir coconut milk soap and exfoliating every inch of my body with the Lemon exfoliating sugar scrub.

I've already put a bunch of her products on my Xmas wish list.  Life is pretty grand right now.

See, the thing about blogging is...
You not only gain some pretty wonderful friends and confidants, but you get some pretty awesome skin and hair in the process.

Thank you so much, Ashley, for the wonderful care package and this undeniably wonderful friendship we have.  Thanks for always reminding me to shine.  Love ya babe!

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One more thing...You can find The Gnarly Whale products online, at Urban Outfitters, and more.
Oh, and...If you want to get your Gnarly Whale on, I noticed the shop is having a sale!  You're Welcome:)


  1. You are the sweetest! First off, thank you so much for your kind words in regard to my blog and our business - I can't even begin to put into words how much it means to me. I am so glad that we were able to reconnect and that you loved the products. I consider myself SO lucky to have you as a friend. :)

  2. I love the packaging of these! and I also love that they are Vegan / CF. I've heard great things about the brand so I'll check it out. It's so sweet what you said about Ashley. Blogging has brought me to some of my best friends, too!

  3. What a great little gift! You've also inspired me to check out her shop. I'm having issues with soap and shampoo being really irritating lately too. Thanks!

  4. I'm newer to the blogging world but this is inspiring.....not care package of course ;) but because it sounds so simple to forge such awesome relationships!!!


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