Product Review:

About a month ago, I got an email from a young woman named Jacqueline Ma. She told me how much she loves the blog, and how she sent it to her mom, who loves it, too! Thanks, ladies!

Anyway, Ma came across my blog when she saw my review of Le Petit Marseillais Shower Creme body wash. Ma works for a consumer resource web site called The site also reviewed Le Petit Marseillais, and picked the orange blossom scent as the best body wash for everyday use.

I was very touched by Ma’s kind words about my blog, so I went right to What a resource! The site reviews all types of consumer products, from beauty products to pet products, to everything in between.

“We try to write an unbiased review, where we really take the time to get into the nitty gritty of each product,” Ma told me in a follow-up call. The content team does its research by talking to experts and analyzing ingredients, said Ma. They do a methodical write up of each product and identify the best options available in that product category.

For example, to pick to the best body washes, the team spent six weeks discussing ingredients with three dermatologists and personally testing 21 popular body washes. They found high quality products free of harsh cleansers like sodium lauryl sulfate, but full of moisturizers and conditioners that left them feeling clean.

I am so glad I discovered I think it’s a particularly good tool for researching products in a category you have not tried before, like when you want to switch to natural deodorant or find a good mass market brand hair oil.

Tell me. When you need to do online research about consumer products, what resource do you turn to? Do you “crowd source” on social media, or do you have a favorite web site? Let’s talk research and product reviews in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here and the best of Q2 here.

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