Bathing heaven…Rituals Hanami Heaven Milky Bath Oil

I think shower people are different from bath people. Shower people tend to be busy, with lots going on and a ‘let’s get ‘er done’ attitude. Bath people, on the other hand, go slower and enjoy purposefully lengthening the cleansing ritual. Of course, there are also people like me who thoroughly enjoy showers, but also absolutely crave baths when there is extra time.

Rituals Hanami Heaven Milky Bath Oil

Regardless of whether you are full-time or a part-time bath person, a line you want to get to know is Rituals. Every time they send us products to test I am just blown away by their delicate, thoughtful packaging that makes me immediately feel peaceful.  I recently tested their Hanami Heaven Organic Rice Milk and Cherry Blossom Milky Bath Oil ($19), a bath oil that truly transports me to bathing heaven.

Rituals Hanami Heaven

photo from murraymitchell.com

photo from murraymitchell.com

‘Hanami’ is a Japanese tradition of enjoying flowers, particularly cherry tree blossoms, while they are in season. The beauty is stunning and the scent is amazing, but the blooms are soon gone. Parties are common under the trees as everyone lives in the moment and enjoys the stunning beauty while it lasts.

Rituals Hanami Heaven Bath Oil

The Hanami Heaven Milky Bath Oil transforms bath water into soft silkiness that envelops your body as the essential oils permeate the air. The essential oils are so soothing, and the beautiful cherry blossom fragrance is transporting.

After a long, soaky bath with Hanami Heaven Milky Bath Oil my skin is incredibly soft and hydrated. It makes for a calming, peaceful bath that will please any bath lover.

The whole gorgeous Rituals line is available online at www.rituals.com, as well as at Barneys and www.barneys.com.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Get ready for your Heart Throb…Lush for Valentine’s Day

Lush Heart Throb

I am in love with an absolute heart throb. No, not Joe Manganiello…he has Sophia Vergara now so I have moved on. My new love is Lush’s Heart Throb Bubbleroon. It does indeed make my heart go pitter-patter with all that seductive red and glittery gold…not to mention the promise of a super sudsy bubble bath that will leave my skin soft, moisturized, and gleaming. $8.95 is a small price to pay for this big heart that makes for four fabulous bubble baths.

Lush Heart Throb

Lush Heart Throb

Lush Heart Throb

Lush Heart Throb

Inside this beautiful heart hides tons of shea butter to pamper skin, as well as ylang ylang and geranium oils. This is one heart I am happy to break!  I twist it in half, break it apart, then break it into more pieces – four in all – and one piece turns my bubble bath a seductive orangey red with golden shimmer and lots of bubbles. The scent is fabulous, a soft floral that is just beautiful.

Who needs Joe when I have this Heart Throb? Pick this up at Lush for a fabulous Valentine’s Day treat for yourself!  – Lisa

*PR sample for editorial consideration

Make your shower Be Delectable with these luscious items

beDelectable Lemon & Cream Shower delights

be Delectable Lemon & Cream Shower delights

Whatever you do, don’t take a shower for granted. I know I never will again. When I was away from home recovering from my accident and then learning to walk without pain, I dreamt about taking a hot shower and in my dreams were these three products from be Delectable. They were sent for review before I fell and I put them aside to photograph before moving them into my shower.  I was miserable when I was in rehabilitation and one of the reasons was not being able to easily take a shower. I’d lay in my hospital bed dreaming of the unbelievable aroma of Lemon & Cream items from be Delectable. Even worse once I got home I couldn’t get upstairs for over a month to jump into my shower with be Delectable.

Now the situation has changed and I live for my daily showers. I sit there with my Lemon & Cream Supremely Rich Body Wash ($10) and the Lemon & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish ($14) by my side. It’s wonderful!

be Delectable Supremely Rich Body Wash

be Delectable Supremely Rich Body Wash

be Delectable Body  Wash

be Delectable Body
Wash

I soap up with the rich and bubbly Body Wash and get myself clean. The scent is divine, it’s a little bit lemon and a little bit sweet cream. It’s not the least bit overpowering. My skin feels extremely refreshed and yet still moisturized with this body wash. It’s not drying like some products in this category can be. It’s enriched with both aloe vera and coconut oil to hydrate your body.

be Delectable Super Smoothing Body Polish

be Delectable Super Smoothing Body Polish

I’ve become devoted to exfoliation after my ordeal. I couldn’t believe how dry my skin became from all I had gone through. My skin was flaking to the extreme. I’d wake up in the morning and see another set of skin on my sheets. I’m not going without exfoliation these days and the Body Polish is perfect for daily use. It’s gentle yet effective. It contains very finely ground apricot shells to do the exfoliation. Since that’s a product of nature, you aren’t jamming up the waterways with microbeads. I use a washcloth after to make sure that I’ve gotten it all off and usually follow up with the Body Wash.

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

Once out of the shower I add to this with the Triple Moisture Body Lotion. My trifecta! This lotion is perfect for me since it’s rich but not sticky. I can put on a pair of slacks quickly without feeling I’m mucking up the inside. The lotion is moisturizing and keeping that extra skin from flaking all over. It contains aloe vera, coconut oil and shea butter to keep your skin soft. Plus the fragrance is perfect with the Body Wash and Body Polish. I love it when I catch a soft whiff of lemon during the day.

Be Delectable is a division of Cake Beauty so you know just from the names of these two companies that you are in for something to delight your senses. Their products come in 4 different scents: Strawberry & Cream, Vanilla & Cream, Coconut & Cream, and my wonderful choice of Lemon & Cream. (Lisa has reviewed some other products and scents that you can read with this link.)

Look at this cute trio! It would not only make a great gift but it’s a perfect way to try out the products and see what scent you like. ($14)

be Delectable trio

be Delectable trio

  • Be Delectable Lemon & Cream Body Wash (60 mL)
  • Be Delectable Lemon & Cream Hair & Body Wash (60 mL)
  • Be Delectable Lemon & Cream Body Lotion (60 mL)

What’s wonderful about be Delectable products is that they are sold at Kohl’s (as well as online). If you are a Kohl’s shopper then you know about their coupons and rewards which are wonderful. You can indulge in some wonderful products for yourself and use your rewards for gifts (or vice versa). No guilt involved with these three delicious items or the be Delectable line.

Which of the available scents would be your favorite? You know I’m all about this lemon! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Aveeno + National Oatmeal Day = a great giveaway

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/national_oatmeal_day

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/national_oatmeal_day

Yes you’ve seen this sign before because I recently reviewed Aveeno’s wonderful Soothing Bath Treatment that contains 100% Natural Collodial Oatmeal, a signature ingredient of Aveeno. I’ve relied on Aveeno Collodial Oatmeal for years and years so writing about it has been a pleasure.

Aveeno Bath Treatment

Aveeno Bath Treatment

In honor of National Oatmeal Day Aveeno has graciously offered a giveaway for 2 Beauty Info Zone readers. If you win you’ll receive a box of the 8 packet Soothing Bath Treatment as well as the Daily Moisturizing Lotion (also fragrance free) that I wrote about. These are products that are wonderful for the whole family.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

This giveaway is open to US subscribers only through November 11th. The prize will be sent by Aveeno. If comments close early, comment on our FB page or to beautyinfozone@gmail.com. Lots of luck! — Marcia

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Aveeno reminds us that Oct. 29th is National Oatmeal Day

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/national_oatmeal_day

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/national_oatmeal_day

Now if it’s up to me, this is how I’m going to celebrate the day: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. It’s National Oatmeal Day! Oatmeal is an extremely healthy, versatile food that can be eaten any time of day. It is both filling and low in calories, which makes it the perfect breakfast or snack. Oatmeal is also delicious baked in cookies. (from punchbowl.com)

http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-raisin-cookies-302163

http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-raisin-cookies-302163

What I’d love to do after eating those cookies is go upstairs to take a bath using the AVEENO BATH TREATMENT. Right now my skin is super dry because I’m unable to get to my bathroom for proper bathing. Aveeno sent a box of 8 fragrance free bath packets and I’ve been eyeing them since they came.

AVEENO SOOTHING BATH TREATMENT is a colloidal oatmeal skin protectant that is dermatologist recommended. I’ve used this in the past with my own kids since one of them had a lot of allergies that included itchy skin. If it was good enough for him, it’s great for me.

Aveeno Bath Treatment

Aveeno Bath Treatment

This soothing bath treatment for itchy, irritated skin is made of finely milled 100% pure ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal—an ingredient long recognized for its ability to relieve itching. When dispersed in water, this powder forms a soothing milky bath that works as a natural cleanser, provides temporary skin protection, and relieves irritation and itching.

1 of 8 packets in the Aveeno Bath Treatment

1 of 8 packets in the Aveeno Bath Treatment

Aveeno Bath information

Aveeno Bath information

All the ingredients in this are derived from nature and uniquely formulated. The Colloidal Oatmeal used in this is for skin protection.  No matter what day or season it is, this soothing bath product can help. In warmer weather use it for insects bites, prickly heat, sunburn, and reactions to poison ivy/oak/sumac. All year round use this for rashes, eczema, hives and diseases like chicken pox. When your skin is overly dry use the Soothing Bath Treatment to get rid of the dry skin and then follow up with one of the many Aveeno Moisturizing Lotions. I’ve been using the fragrance free version of Daily Moisturizing Lotion with success.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

Some people have a Bucket List, I have a bathroom list and the Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment is way up on there. — Marcia

*Beauty Info Zone is an Aveeno Ambassador and as such we occasionally receive products to use and for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.

 

Ecoconscious sensory beauty: Teadora Nourishing Bath and Body Oils

Teadora 4In Portuguese, “Teadora” means “adore you”.  Teadora Beauty not only adores you, it adores the earth with unique products that feature rainforest ingredients.  Teadora skin care products are created for ‘sensory beauty’, a complete immersion into lush ingredients and fragrance that  transport you to the Amazonian rainforest.  Teadora only uses sustainable organic ingredients so they can share Brazil while giving back to their community, as well as to the entire earth.

Teadora carries a range of body products from lip butters to body cleansers to hair products.  Every product sold supports rainforests deforestation, as well as the EARTH FOR YOU, YOU FOR EARTH movement which focuses on youth education, leadership development, and health. They sent the BIZ two beautiful Nourishing Bath and Body Oils to test, Rainforest at Dawn and Rainforest at Dusk.

Teadora Body Oils

Teadora Body Oils

I adore body oils in general.  They hydrate skin, leave a soft scent, and give skin a beautiful, luminous glow.  Not all body oils are alike, however, some are definitely better than others.  Teadora Nourishing Bath and Body Oils stand out because of their truly impressive Brazilian ingredients:

Buriti is an amazingly powerful ingredient. It contains the highest concentration of natural vitamin A among fruits and vegetables. It is also rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C and antioxidants and has been used for generations as a natural UV ray protectant. Its amazing anti-inflammatory properties also help to promote skin healing.

Maracujá (or Passion Fruit) is known as the “Pure Miracle” in Brazil as it brightens, moisturizes, heals, and repairs skin and hair without feeling greasy or heavy. Good for all skin types-from dry to oily.

Brazil Nut is a light, sweet, and nutty oil that is wonderful for the entire body. It absorbs quickly, and provides powerful moisture and healing to the skin, hair, and face.

Babassu is made from the nuts of wild-growing Brazilian palm trees. It is also a more effective skin oil than coconut oil. It is high in essential acids to cool, sooth, protect, restore, and moisturize any skin type.

Plant Stem Cells, we use stem cells from the Argan tree to help rejuvenate your skin’s middle layer, where wrinkles start. It is known to protect dermal stem cells reduce the appearance of wrinkles, tighten and tone skin tissue and  increases skin firmness and density.

Teadora Bath and Body Oils have a ton of antioxidants to fight free radicals, plus tremendously hydrating ingredients that leave skin soft, supple, and healthy looking.  There are two scents from which to choose:  Rainforest at Dawn and Rainforest After Dark.

Teadora Rainforest at Dawn

Teadora Rainforest at Dawn

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dawn Body Oil

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dawn Body Oil

Rainforest at Dawn ($58) has a citrus scent with bergamot, lemon, woods, fresh florals, basil and eucalyptus.  The fresh, energizing scent makes this a great body oil to start the day.  I smooth it on after I shower, and I even run my hands through my wet hair for a subtle scent and to moisturize and eliminate fly-away hair.  This oil also makes a great treatment for dandruff and dry scalp.

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

Rainforest at Dusk ($58)  is more of a dusky, sensual floral scent with Rose Absolute and Geranium plus a hint of fruitiness.  I love this as a bath oil or as a massage oil…it is heavenly.

Teadora Nourishing Bath and Body Oils are 100% vegan with completely natural scents.  They are also free of parabens, synthetic fragrance, silicone, gluten, phthalate, sulfates and other harsh chemicals.  Teadora is a wonderful line with a great message that supports a fabulous cause.  It doesn’t get any better than this.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Tinctorious (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Kosher Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Berthorlletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa Canina/Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Eugenia Unifloran (Pitanga) Leaf Oil, Organic Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Purple Passionfruit) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Oil, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Mixed-Ester) Vitamin E, Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Extract (and) Isolmalt (and) Lecithin (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Aqua, Natural Fragrance.

So long cellulite? Orlane Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub

I’ve always thought that the ultimate high-end beauty line was Orlane. Every time I am in Saks or Neiman’s, I stop at the counter and marvel at the cool minimalist packaging and the fabulously chic products.  Orlane sent their Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub ($65) to try, and I couldn’t wait to see if it would magically turn me into a gorgeous French model with perfect legs.

Why yes, that is me!!  (photo from styleite.com)

Why yes, that is me!! (photo from styleite.com)

Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub is a shower gel that does three things:  detoxifies, exfoliates, and reduces the appearance of cellulite. Marine algae is an emollient as well as an antioxidant. The sea salt is an exfoliant and it’s small enough grains to not irritate my skin. The caffeine and ginger are anti-inflammatory ingredients that actually constrict the skin, which help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Orlane Aqua Svelte

Orlane Aqua Svelte

Orlane Aqua Svelte

Orlane Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub with Algae and Sea Salt

The texture of the scrub is described as an “iron fist in a velvet glove”, which I have officially adopted as my ‘mom’ motto. Warm water releases the exfoliants and other ingredients, and the scent is wonderful – just like you would imagine a Parisian spa would smell. To get the best results, don’t be afraid to really pummel yourself while scrubbing. Vigorous massage and hot water followed by a quick blast of cold water gets the best results.

Orlane Aqua Svelte

Orlane Aqua Svelte

see the magic scrubbies?

see the magic scrubbies?

I guess it’s easy to figure out how this story ends – no I have not magically become a gorgeous French model with perfect legs. Nevertheless, my short, somewhat dimply and definitely not perfect legs look better when I use my Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub…and I certainly feel pampered. It is as close as I can come to relaxing in a spa in Paris.  So if it’s in your budget to go Parisian in your shower, this is a great little indulgence.   – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration