Army of Friends
By Daryn Guarino
I received a huge selection of
of Friends products. Each bottle (13oz for $8.50 and no animal testing), had a cutesy
theme name and cutesy matching cartoon child and my son
absolutely loved them.
He gave them names, they played games,
and they had a few brutal hand-to-hand encounters with the Power
Rangers. The Outback Fun Hand Soap lathered and cleansed quite
well. It didnít dry my boys out at all, which was nice, and it
provided a quick anti-bacterial sanitizing, which was probably
needed (one day I followed an ant trail across my backyardÖand
it led to my four year old!).
Buenas Noches Bubble Bath made
good suds that lasted just long enough.
also gave me a teachable moment where I taught my son some
Spanish (burrito, taco, enchiladaÖand Mexican pizza, which isnít
Spanish, but is really good).
The Oom Pah Pah Shampoo worked
well, but no better or worse than other kid shampoos. Halakahiki
Lotion moisturized well and didnít leave my boys overly greasy,
which is important if you must chase and capture your children
to ensure a uniform bedtime.
I used the Aurora Borealis Shaping
Gel to give my son Tarzan hair, which stands wild in every
direction and requires you to shriek like a howler monkey,
Dragon Ball Z hair, which is like the Tarzan, but is only wild
on one side of your head, and Jimmy Neutron hair, which makes
the top of your head look like a cone of Dairy Queen soft serve.
Other than having fun, I have absolutely no reason to use
shaping gel on a childís hair. It worked reasonably well on my
own flowing locks, but Iíve got other stuff that I like much
better for me.
The No Tearski Shampoo worked as well, but cost
twice as much, as the other No More Tearski shampoos. The Little
Adventures Waterless Hand Sanitizer didnít do much beyond adding
another scent to my childrenís sticky hands. My children do
manage to get the playground equivalent of barnacles on them, so
maybe I was asking for too much. The federal government once
declared our sandbox a superfund site.
The Dragon Dance
Conditioner left my four-year-oldís hair manageable and shiny.
It left the wispy hair on my one year old very soft and smelling
very nice. I like the Circle of Friends products. They have a
great line, lots of choices, and I felt the quality was well
worth the price. One big and two little thumbs up! Find
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