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Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Offered by Premium Vitamins
Price: $18.95
30 used & new from $12.95

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just finger-licking good, October 27, 2013
A good quality product that has its uses for skin and hair care as well as food. Fragrant and mild-tasting.

Ladies, here's an idea: get your partner to give you a massage, using liberal amounts of this oil. Then, invite your partner to lick off the excess. Repeat as desired. The procedure will benefit more than just your skin.

(DISCLOSURE: I was sent a free sample of the product to review, under no obligation).
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 30, 2013 3:19 AM PDT


Mefoto A35WG WalkAbout Monopod (Green)
Mefoto A35WG WalkAbout Monopod (Green)
Price: $59.00
16 used & new from $50.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A useful walking companion, October 27, 2013
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A monopod is a great help in steadying a camera, and to have it double as a walking stick is a good idea. This one is good quality; sturdy, robust, but light. It extends from 18 inches to 59 (not counting the removable bulb), so your viewfinder will be around 5 feet high when you use it.

The screw locking holds well, so you can extend it to the length you want for a walking stick and use it with confidence.

The compass in the removable bulb at the top looks to be of limited use, but I suppose they may as well make some use of the bulb.

If your hands are not as steady as you'd like, and you could use a walking stick, this is a good purchase.


Mr. Clean 240279 Magic Eraser Toilet Scrubber Kit
Mr. Clean 240279 Magic Eraser Toilet Scrubber Kit
Price: $16.00
2 used & new from $16.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A hygienic, hands-off toilet cleaner, September 29, 2013
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My first impression when unpacking this was how light (and flimsy) it was. But that did not prove to be a problem, as it is not likely to have to withstand hard knocks or rough handling. The small size is actually an advantage - it fits discreetly beside the toilet.

It worked very well. I got more use out of each disk, and more thorough cleaning, than I expected.

I see that some other reviewers report a problem with removing the disks. I did not have that problem with mine. Pulling the trigger released the disk, every time. The instructions say, "In a case where the disk does not fully release from the handle pull back on the trigger and use the side of the trash can to aid in removal".

Check out the cost of the refill disks first, to decide whether you think it's cost effective.


Baxter of California Super Close Shave Formula, 8 fl. oz.
Baxter of California Super Close Shave Formula, 8 fl. oz.
Price: $18.00
5 used & new from $18.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A smooth, soothing shave, August 18, 2013
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is a cream, not a foam or a gel. It will not lather at all well and is not intended to. Nor does it hydrate particularly well, like the gel I usually use does. In the hot, dry climate where I live, hydration is very important, which is why I think I will stick with my usual gel.

It does promote a smooth shave, and it delivers the antiseptic qualities it promises, so you should try it if you have very sensitive skin. It recommends using a brush to apply it but there seems to be no need for that.


A pictorial resume of natural, historical and cultural monuments of Aruba
A pictorial resume of natural, historical and cultural monuments of Aruba
by John W Merryweather
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars What Aruba once was, August 8, 2013
This is a 10" X 7" 55-page paperback, with about 50 black-and-white photographs by the author. It is a fascinating resource for anyone with an interest in the island's history. The book seems to be very rare. I can't remember where I got my copy, which is now sadly falling apart. Even sadder is the contrast between the beautiful island of the book and the overdeveloped, commercial vacation retreat that Aruba is today.


Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash, Fresh Mint, 32 Ounce
Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash, Fresh Mint, 32 Ounce
Price: $10.49
8 used & new from $8.22

1.0 out of 5 stars Not to my taste. Listerine Whitening Original is a safer option, July 13, 2013
I am a great fan of Listerine Original Antiseptic mouthwash, which I have used daily for years, and of Listerine Whitening Original, which I use when I remember to. I like the clean feeling that the Original Antiseptic mouthwash leaves me with.

I received this Listerine Total Care Whitening mouthwash as a free sample, and found the taste repulsive. Not just bad, but horribly bad. There is clearly some ingredient in it which does not suit my taste and may not suit yours.

I would certainly recommend trying the Listerine range of products but, given that this item is not cheap, you might avoid it unless you can get a free trial taste of it first.


Seventh Generation  Natural Laundry Detergent Powder, Free and Clear, 50 Ounce
Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent Powder, Free and Clear, 50 Ounce
Price: $11.99
23 used & new from $5.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Concentrated, convenient, July 7, 2013
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This is a concentrated, virtually scent-free washing powder.

The container, a plastic tub, is very convenient - much better than the big, leaky cardboard boxes I usually have in the bathroom.

The scoop is very small, and was lurking at the bottom of the tub. I had to dig deep to get it. I see that a couple of reviewers have said there is no scoop - I expect they have just not dug deep enough.

I needed two scoops for a large wash. The cleaning power is comparable to my regular detergent.


Knorr Menu Flavors Rice Sides, Creamy Chipotle 5.4 oz
Knorr Menu Flavors Rice Sides, Creamy Chipotle 5.4 oz
Price: $21.53
2 used & new from $21.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Mild flavor, very convenient, July 7, 2013
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I've used a few of these Knorr sides and am happy with them. They are a quick, simple way of turning some chicken into a tasty meal.

This variety has the creamy texture that it promises, especially if you use milk and margarine or butter, instead of just water.

I fry the chicken with onion and mushroom, then add the water/milk/margarine and the packet contents, and stir and simmer.

Tolerance to spiciness varies a lot from one person to another. I would class this as very mild, but for some people with a very low tolerance, even this will be too much. Some like it hot, and you could always spice it up with chipotle sauce if desired.

I don't think any food product as processed as this can really be of much nutritional value, but it gives a convenient, tasty starch base to whatever meat or vegetables you serve with it.


Luonnotar / Orchestral Songs
Luonnotar / Orchestral Songs
Price: $13.40
32 used & new from $7.39

5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect marriage of voice, lyrics and music, June 23, 2013
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This a beautiful collection of rarely heard orchestral songs by Sibelius, performed by the Finnish lyric soprano Soile Isokoski and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

The title track "Luonnotar", at nearly nine minutes the longest track, is described as a tone poem for soprano and orchestra. It is known to performers as a fiendishly difficult piece. The text is from the first part of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, and deals with the creation of the world. Luonnotar is the Spirit of Nature in Finnish mythology. The music is every bit as dramatic as the theme would suggest, and Isokoski's vocal agility and power are very impressive. It takes a great singer to avoid being overwhelmed by the orchestra in a piece like this.

In addition, there are 18 further songs, all based on Finnish and Swedish texts (Swedish was actually Sibelius' first language). They are all fine, all very dramatic, and include songs like Driftwood and Swim, Duck Swim, which prevent the overall experience from becoming too somber.

Very highly recommended.
[PeterReeve]


Maria Muldaur
Maria Muldaur
Price: $5.99
38 used & new from $0.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 70s interpretation of American Roots., June 23, 2013
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This review is from: Maria Muldaur (Audio CD)
This was Maria's debut solo album, released 10 years after the release of the eponymous The Even Dozen Jug Band, of which band she was a member. She has gone on to make more than 30 more solo albums, though oddly enough not - so far as I can see - a "Greatest Hits" or similar compilation. If you are new to her, this album is still the best place to start.

Her only big hit single was Midnight at the Oasis, the second track on this album (the B side was Any Old Time, the album's first track). It was written by David Nichtern, who plays acoustic guitar on this and some other tracks. The song became notorious in the 70s as the alleged cause of a great many pregnancies and losses of virginity. Take that as a warning or a recommendation, as you choose.

The rather bawdy, or saucy, flavor continues throughout Muldaur's career and is at its strongest on this album in the Blue Lu Barker song Don't You Feel My Leg. Inevitably, this flirty sauciness has earned Maria the condemnation of feminists, which seems to have bothered her not at all. At the time of writing this review, she is still performing at the age of 69, and is currently touring with the Bluesiana Boys in what she describes as "an evening of New Orleans flavored `Swamp Funk', Vintage Blues, & good ol' American Roots Music!"

Various shades and interpretations of American Roots is what this album is all about. There are excellent musicians backing her. Greg Prestopino's piano on Mad Mad Me, Richard Greene's violin on Walkin' One and Only, and Amos Garrett's electric guitar on Midnight at the Oasis deserve special mention, but it's all good. Ry Cooder (no less!) plays acoustic guitar on the opening track.

Her voice can be a little shrill in the upper register, but never lacks heart and soul, and has a lovely, lilting, lyrical quality.

Essential 70s interpretation of some "good ol' American Roots Music".
[PeterReeve]


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