Stories for: Bath & Body

Bath & Body, Fragrance, SkincareSoap + Paper Hand Cream

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One of my favorite perfumes in the world comes naturally from a jasmine flower, which is also one of the simplest tiny blooms I’ve ever seen. The dainty little beauty creates such a lovely and unique scent it’s no wonder that it is one of the most prized flower for teas and fragrances. As soon as I opened the beautiful aluminum tube of Soap & Paper Factory Hand Cream, it was like a thousand jasmine flowers floating out. The cream itself is incredibly velvety on my hands which are so parched from getting washed a million times a day! Soap and Paper Factory is all about putting heart, soul, and beauty into their products, as evidenced by carefully sourced ingredients to exquisite earth-friendly packaging. Their products are made in New York and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. The hand cream is chock full of aloe, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and other fine natural oils. I try not to touch anything with parabens, so this one is safely void of them as well as phthalates and petroleum. Equally loveable is the pretty girly packaging- each design actually starts from a hand drawing!

Jasmine flowers release their scent at night under the moonlight, so it’s fitting this I use this as a night treatment for my hands. After all, our hands deserve to be pampered after being busy all day! The cream is long-lasting enough to hydrate my skin through the night, and with the deep-moisturizing effects, I can tell the difference in the morning. I’ve learned to be careful to moisturize every night since hands show age easily and are often overlooked. The creams come in a variety of scents and each has its own pretty package, making it a perfect gifts for mom, grandma, or even sis (if she’s nice).

 

Bath & Body, Beauty, HairMoroccan Oil Hair Treatments

moA quick refresher — you may have noticed the pretty blue bottles of Moroccan Oil hair treatments in the windows of all the best salons around town — it’s like a hair revolution! The line is getting international attention and the hair products have won the coveted Stylist Choice Award as the “Favorite Product You Can’t Live Without” for five years in a row. There are stories, legends even, of how severely damaged hair has been tamed, shiny and reingivorated with the oil treatment. I set out to test a few products (including one new launch!), and have been converted over a matter of weeks.

The base of the treatment is the Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. The shampoo is great because it’s gentle enough that I can use it daily, and it really does the job- my hair feels clean without residue. It also contains powerful antioxidants, Vitamin A and red algae which also retain moisture and slow the aging process, and there are no parabens, sulfates or phosphates. It’s a perfect primer to be a canvas for the conditioner and beyond. The hydrating conditioner feels incredibly rich when it’s allowed to work for a few minutes, and because it’s a “water-loving” formula, it is activated as you rinse out, leaving silky, healthy hair.

Newly launching from the brand is their Heat Styling Protection Spray  and the star of the line in my opinion. I blow dry my hair quite frequently, but a lot of product will weigh it down. The spray protects and gives a touch of gloss while providing a soft hold so I don’t have to add in another product t unless I’m going for a really styled look. After towel-drying my hair, I’ll spray about 8 inches away on sections of hair concentrating on the ends, then blow dry sans worries!  READ MORE

Bath & Body, Mom & Kids, SkincarePlease Pass the Butter

lavI love enormous cheeks on babies, possibly because my baby has some of the fattest cheeks around town. Hubby and I joke that since they protrude so far from her face that they have to be moisturized more often! My latest obsession is Lavanila’s Healthy Baby Butter which I just love for her cheeks and body (and my hands too, while I’m buttering!). It absorbs easily and has a clean scent (without synthetic fragrances or dyes), so it doesn’t cover up that delicious newborn smell. As a plus, I don’t have to worry about the safety as it’s 100% natural and is free of alcohol, parabens, and petroleum and since it contains aloe and is hypoallergenic, it’s perfect for dry skin and sensitive skin — even eczema. Baby’s skin is comforted and richly hydrated by pure shea and cocoa butters which are blended with nourishing Calendula and Noni Juice. My little girl is soft and smooth, protected against dryness without feeling slippery or greasy.

Though the product is meant for babies, everyone in our family has been grabbing for the butter this winter, which probably explains why it’s missing at the moment… Time for a new tube!

 

Bath & Body, Mom & KidsBulgari Petits et Mamans

bulgariDo you remember blowing bubbles as a kid and watching them stream gently from your wand? To this day, I’m still hypnotized by them and absolutely love that the Italian luxury brand Bulgari has created the exclusive Petits et Mamans line dedicated to children and their mothers (much appreciated by this mom!). My favorite item in the collection is the beautiful bath and shower gel for the little ones with a bubble wand for whimsical fun in the tub. I recommend putting a bit of gel into a plastic cup, add a tablespoon or two of water, and voila — the perfect bubble solution. Ever since we started using it, my baby squeals in delight when she sees the bathtub and even tries to climb in herself (game changer in the lets-try-to-get-the-baby-to-take-a-bath routine)! I even love the cheerful packaging — the box unfolds into a numbered connect-the-dots game.

Bulgari is held in high-esteem for its line of lotions and fragrances, and Petits et Mamans carries on that tradition. Only the most gentle ingredients are used which makes it safe and ideal for children’s sensitive skin. The physiological balance of young skin is boosted with Provitamin B5 and the gel hydrates as it cleanses, refreshes, and smooths. The sweet and light fragrance of peach and lily extracts transports you to an imaginary playground in Florence — even my husband remarked: “It smells like luxury!”

Bath & Body, Mom & Kids, SkincarePerfect Pearl

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One of my earliest memories is sitting on my mother’s bed, poring over her jewelry box and trying on her pearls while watching her in the mirror. She was applying a cream which she told me contained real pearls!  I could hardly believe it, and she laughingly explained that one day I would understand the need for quality skin care.  Now that I have a daughter of my own, I want to give her the best of the best, especially when newborn skin is so soft and sensitive.  I was delighted to discover Perfect Pearl’s complete line for baby skin created by Ying Zhou, a mother of two who wanted to incorporate the centuries-old secrets into caring for newborn skin. Asian history shows that the health benefits of the pearl have been proven through generations and pearl powder is considered a precious gift worthy of royalty. Healing, vitality, and beauty are the virtues attributed to pearls, and the soothing properties are noticeable immediately. The formulations used in the line are of amazing quality- sea pearls are carefully sourced and safety is first and foremost.  All products are hypoallergenic, fragrance free, colorant and paraben free and doctor recommended. READ MORE

Bath & Body, BeautyEscape to Coconut Beach

Farmhouse Fresh Coconut Beach Body Scrub

If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I love a good body scrub. Nothing makes me feel cleaner (especially after the gym) than a nice long exfoliation session in the shower. It always leaves my skin super soft and glowy and there’s just something so satisfying about the process. My new scrub obsession is Farmhouse Fresh’s Coconut Beach Body Scrub. I’ve never tried a Farmhouse Fresh product that I didn’t love and this one only extends the streak. It smells ah-mazing – the pineapple-coconut scent immediately takes me to a tropical island right in my own bathroom (at least until I get out and remember that I have to make my own bed!) I like that it gets all the dry skin off without being harsh and thanks to the shea butter and coconut water, I don’t feel like I’ve stripped my body of any moisture after I’ve used it. It’s also 90% natural, which is great if you’re trying to cut down on the chemicals that you put on your body, and best of all, it comes in a plastic jar. If you’re not a klutz like me, this may not seem like a big deal to you, but plastic doesn’t shatter (very important when you’re handling slippery products) and it also won’t hurt nearly as much if you drop it on your foot. (If I could only count the times I’ve done that…)  Love this one!

 

Bath & Body, Mom & Kids, Skincaremum+bub

mum + bubOnce in  blue moon, a product comes up which is the proverbial holy grail — an answer to a plethora of beauty issues (think Windex from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). Aden+Anais’ Soothing Ointment is just that, ready to tackle your super-dry skin patches, chapped lips, and even insect bites! But before we go any further, consider yourself warned: this ointment is not for the faint of heart. It’s thick, tacky, and so pleasingly salubrious! The ointment is 50% fresh fermented paw paw fruit, which is nature’s answer to our skin dilemmas. Never heard of paw paw fuit? Well, I hadn’t either so I dug around a bit to find out what the big deal was. Turns out, it’s a type of papaya which has been getting a lot of attention lately because  it’s high in antioxidants and has a whole list of health benefits. Australians have long hailed the fruit for its ability to protect and relieve skin ailments. Ellen Gendler, M.D., a leading New York City dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic contact dermatitis, helped develop this ointment, so this formulation is the best of the best. READ MORE

Bath & Body, SkincareTreat Your Feet

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Dreaming of spring yet with all this mopey cold and wet winter weather?  Now that the winter sales frenzy has passed, training for spring wardrobes commences!  No, I’m not talking about hitting the gym or juice-cleansing, but rather getting those feet pampered and refreshed and ready for sandals. Elemis’ Treat Your Feet foot cream is the best I’ve ever encountered, hands down. So many creams claim to be rich and potent enough (trust me, I’ve been around the block looking for a good one), but to get my crackly heels in buttery soft condition, it takes something almost nuclear. This emulsion of shea butter and jojoba oil is intensely moisturizing and just melts into your skin and it passes my usual tests of screening out the bad stuff:  it’s free from parabens, SLS, SLES, DEA, mineral oils, artificial colors and silicones.

The texture of this foot butter is luxurious, without any heaviness or greasiness, and it smells fabulous: think aromatic patchouli, eucalyptus, and lemon oils. Just generously apply a layer before bed, slip on some warm comfy socks, and in the morning, say hello to your new soft soles!  Here’s a little secret — I put a coating on my hands before bed as well, and am treated to rejuvenated skin in the morning. With Elemis, you really can have a “spa at home,” every night.  Light a candle, put on some music, and massage away (better yet, have someone do it for you!).

$33.50 at Nordstrom.

Bath & Body, BeautyOiled Up

Josie Maran Argan OilThere’s nothing I hate more than being greasy or dirty, so for the longest time, I avoided trying Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, even though I’d heard nothing but great things about it.  I was afraid that if I used it, it would make me feel oily or it wouldn’t soak in and I would have to shower again (or wind up looking like I hadn’t showered at all).  Well I finally gave in and got a bottle of it to try… and I was so, so wrong.  You guys, it’s fantastic!  The older I get, the more I appreciate multi-purpose products and this is so that.  You can use it in a myriad of different ways, including as your daily face moisturizer, in your hair to treat split ends, on your nails to soften your cuticles, on rough patches of skin on your body (like your elbows or knees), or even as a bath oil in the tub.  I’ve done all of those now except used it in a bath and I’m kind of obsessed with it.

The product itself is a 100% pure Argan Oil that’s grown organically in Morocco.  It’s cold pressed to make sure that it’s the best quality, highest-grade oil, and it comes in a recyclable glass bottle that was purchased from women’s cooperatives in Morocco to help support their social and economic welfare. Kinda cool, right?  And I love that it dispenses the oil from a dropper – it makes it easy not to use too much at once and waste it.  It’s just a super moisturizing product that absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any greasiness afterwards – perfect to use on the go or at night when it has even more time to sink in and do its job.  I just love the way it leaves my skin looking.  If only I’d tried it sooner!

Bath & Body, Beauty, SkincareWhipped!

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Have you ever dreamed of rolling around in a vat of frothy whipped cream (no, not in that way)?  I for one love anything light and fluffy whether it’s a souffle or cream cheese and can’t get enough of L’Occitane’s just released Shea Butter Honey Whipped Body Cream!  This is one of those creams that make you wonder how you lived before because now you can’t imagine another day without it. I feel decadent every time I lather it on — it’s so light but incredibly moisturizing and because it’s based in natural ingredients, I don’t have to worry about reactions or side-effects of those complicated chemicals. Also, my winter skin just drinks up that 10% shea butter. But the best part is —  instead of feeling heavy and greasy, the cream is soft, delicate, airy and absorbs oh-so-well. The honey component is genius: since it’s a natural humectant, it draws and binds water from the air into your skin. The light lingering scent is lovely and despite being sensitive to perfumes, I found this so natural and even comforting.  Oh and I adore the packaging, especially that cute little bear on the top! READ MORE

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