Here comes the Easter Bunny! Lush Funny Bunny Gift

Spring has officially sprung and Easter is right around the corner. Instead of candy, do something different with the Lush Funny Bunny Gift ($45.95). Funny Bunny is a super cute way to keep the kids both clean and happy (and you will want to steal some things for yourself!).

Everyone will love to find this funny bunny in their Easter basket!

Everyone will love to find this funny bunny in their Easter basket!

Funny Bunny comes with six super fun spring treats. It all starts with the Funny Bunny himself – one of Lush’s fabulous Knot-Wraps made with organic cotton from a women’s co-operative in India. He makes for a great first look into the basket, and comes in handy later for all kinds of things from wrapping a gift to holding your hair back as a headband.

Lush Funny Bunny

Lush Funny Bunny

It doesn't get much cuter than this.

It doesn’t get much cuter than this.

Here he is again!

Here he is again!

Kids and adults will smile and giggle at all the funny bunny items found inside the Knot-Wrapped egg.

All the goodies inside the egg

All the goodies inside the egg…

...which went straight into an Easter basket!

…which went straight into an Easter basket!

As with all Lush gift sets, it comes with a handy-dandy explanation of each item, thoughtfully illustrated with a picture so it’s easy to pick out each goodie.

descriptions of everything

descriptions of everything

Honey I Washed the Kids Soap

Honey I Washed the Kids Soap

One of my favorite Lush items of all time is included – Honey I Washed the Kids Soap. This heavenly soap smells like buttery caramel, and it is full of honey water and aloe to leave skin deliciously soft. I don’t care if this gift came from the Easter Bunny for the kids…Honey I Washed the Kids Soap is MINE.

How about some FUN?

How about some FUN?

Bet you didn't know that FUN was made of this.

Bet you didn’t know that FUN was made of this.

FUN is awesome, a huge favorite of my daughter, so it was great to find a mini version inside Funny Bunny. FUN is soap, shampoo, bubble bath, and modeling clay all in one. Talk about the perfect bath time treat. The cellophane wrap is actually biodegradable. Just peel back the wrapper but keep it, and it creates the perfect storage for FUN until the next play time. Funny Bunny comes with Green FUN,  which has a beautifully springy lemon/lime scent.

Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb

Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

And color me happy! The Funny Bunny Gift includes the limited edition Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb, which is only found at Easter time!! I love the bright pink bubbles this makes in the tub and the scent is a rich and yummy vanilla.

Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bars

Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bars

I have been buying the Carrot Reusable Bubble Bars for years, and let me tell you these veggies are the perfect persuasion to get my kids to take a bath. Typically they aren’t thrilled with vegetables but everyone seems to want some of this carrot. This is a collection of smaller bubble bars than the normal big Carrot and it takes about half a small carrot to make a bath. You hold the carrot by the top and swish it around the tub for frothy, lemony scented bubbles.

Two beyond cute Bunny Bubble Bars

Two beyond cute Bunny Bubble Bars

Bunny Bubble Bars bottom

Bunny Bubble Bars bottom

So sweet!

So sweet!

My favorites in the Funny Bunny Gift are the Bunny Bubble Bars. I mean, come on! These are so sweet they almost make my teeth ache. One bunny is good for about two baths. They make some serious foam that is full of coconut oil and shea butter. They smell a lot like another of my favorites, Rock Star Soap. And inside each bunny’s tummy are teeny blue cornflower petals that makes for a cute surprise as they float around in the water. These two little bunnies are simply adorable.

Skip the Easter candy this year and go with fun, sweet-smelling treats that will satisfy the sweet tooth. Get yourself a Funny Bunny Gift or two before they run out!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Lush Funny Bunny 5

Multi-tasking with Authentic Skin Remedies Gloss

Authentic Skin Remedies 5Authentic Skin Remedies, a plant-based botanical skin care line, has a wonderfully inspiring story behind its creation. Amy Rueda, the founder of Authentic Skin Remedies, was diagnosed with a rare form of neuroendocrine system cancer of the appendix when she was just thirty-five years old. In researching potential causes she realized that up to 70% of whatever is applied to the skin goes right into the bloodstream. Unfortunately, many skin care products actually contain toxic chemicals.

Amy Rueda, founder of Authentic Skin Remedies

Amy Rueda, founder of Authentic Skin Remedies

Amy changed her entire lifestyle and thankfully her cancer went into remission. Inspired by her experience and research she created a plant-based skin care line with certified organic ingredients. All of her products are cruelty free and paraben free. The Authentic Skin Remedies line is focused on anti-aging and nourishing the skin, and it gets real results.

In addition to helming her skin care line, Amy works as an educator for The Breast Cancer Fund and EWG’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, speaking at colleges and symposiums. She also works to promote legislative efforts for safety in cosmetics and skin care. And the very happy news is she also recently gave birth to a baby girl who she calls her ‘miracle baby’.

This Gloss is so much more than body oil!

This Gloss is so much more than body oil!

With such a wonderful and inspiring story behind Authentic Skin Remedies, I was very excited when we were sent the Gloss Essential Bath and Body Oil in Island Bamboo Essence ($33) to test. I love body oils in general because they are perfect hydration and are terrific for layering scents. Little did I know that this body oil could be used in so many ways. It is multi-tasking at its finest!

Gloss Essential Bath and Body Oil

Gloss Essential Bath and Body Oil

Gloss Essential Bath and Body Oil top

Gloss Essential Bath and Body Oil top

The Gloss can be used literally from head to toe.  Are you ready for all the ways I have found to use it? Here goes!

*  Use it on your hair to immediately get rid of static and flyaway hair.

*  Use it on your face before doing any hair removal (your guy can use it before shaving his beard).

*  Use it on your neck and decolletage to soften fine lines and crepey skin.

*  Use it anywhere on your body as a moisturizer, as the Gloss has avocado oil and sunflower oil which are the closest thing to the natural oils in your skin.

*  Use it on your hands to soften cuticles and prevent hangnails.

*  Use it on your feet to heal dry, cracked skin.

*  You can also use it as a bath oil, to remove makeup, and as a massage oil.  It does so many things it’s like a miracle in a bottle!

The Island Bamboo scent is fabulous, light and fresh and wonderfully clean smelling.  I really love this body oil, and it seems like every day I find a new use for it.

You can check out the Authentic Skin Remedies line on their website and at various other etailers and spas (the list of retailers is HERE). Take a few minutes to read Amy’s story and peruse her fantastic organic skin care line, you will definitely be inspired.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

more info for you

more info for you

Ingredients:
Persea gratissima (Organic Avocado) Oil, Helianthus annuus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance

Get your Valentine on with Lush Neon Love

Nobody does gift sets like Lush and their Neon Love Valentine’s Day set ($39.95) doesn’t disappoint. Everything is flirty, fruity, fresh, and fun…sounds like a perfect Valentine’s Day to me! This box is full of possibilities for a wild romantic night.

Lush Neon Love Set

Lush Neon Love Set

All the good stuff inside...

All the good stuff inside…

opening with excitement...

opening with excitement…

and here are the goodies!

and here are the goodies!

Lush Neon Love is a bright, festive set that you will want to share with that significant other … and trust me all of the bath, shower, and body products are meant to be shared and the collection is built for ‘getting a little’. Or maybe getting a lot!

Red Fun

Red Fun

Inside the Red Fun...

Inside the Red Fun…

Red Fun is full of possibilities. It’s bubbles for your bath, soap for your shower, shampoo for your hair … or you could just do a little interpretive clay modeling with it. Spell out flirty messages to one another or build an Eiffel Tower. Then wash one another with it. Great stuff that smells orangey and clean.

BubbleGum Lip Scrub

Bubble Gum Lip Scrub

fruity exfoliation for your lips

fruity exfoliation for your lips

Get your lips free of flakes and kissably soft with the Bubble Gum Lip Scrub. This is a super fun pink sugar scrub that tastes absolutely delicious. Rub it over lips with just a touch of water and the sugar exfoliates while the jojoba oil moisturizes. You don’t even have to rinse, you can lick off the excess for a sweet treat … then get on to some even sweeter making out.

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie

a shower smoothie you will want to share

a shower smoothie you will want to share

I am not always a fan of rose scented products but I truly love the Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie. Smooth it all over your body in the shower and wonderful oils and hydrating butters cleanse and soften skin. This delightful pot of dreaminess is full of aphrodisiac jasmine and Turkish rose, smoothing almond oil, moisturizing cocoa butter and neroli. This is a really decadent product that definitely makes partnering up in the shower extremely enjoyable.

From Dusk til Dawn...get the point?

From Dusk til Dawn…get the point?

The From Dusk ‘Til Dawn Massage Bar just cracks me up. It is anything but subtle. If you are hoping to go from dusk til dawn, this pointy massage bar will keep those muscles loose and smelling great with Sicilian lemon and sweet wild orange oil.

The star of the set, Neon Love Soap

The star of the set, Neon Love Soap

And finally, the real star of the set, the Neon Love Soap. This is a new soap made just for Valentine’s Day and it is beautiful inside and out. Ingredients include passion fruit juice for cleansing and soya yogurt for softening the skin. It also has bergamot, rosewood, and cinnamon for a spicy but sweet scent that is gorgeous. Inside each love-inscribed soap are little white soaps that are beautiful and romantic. It was love at first sight (and smell) for me.

no one can resist the cute little hidden white hearts!

no one can resist the cute little hidden white hearts!

The Lush Neon Love set is perfect for bath and body product lovers. Get your Valentine on and check this out!  - Lisa

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Lush holiday is out of this world: Shooting Stars Holiday Gift Set

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, the bath and body store that keeps bath-time fanatics up at night with visions of thick foamy bubbles and magical color-changing bath water, has some amazing holiday gift sets this year. They sent the BIZ the Shooting Stars Holiday Set ($37.95), which is absolutely perfect to gift your bath-loving friends or to add to your own holiday wish list.  Every treat inside is totally out of this world.

Shooting

Shooting Stars Holiday Set

You want this hanging from your tree!

You want this hanging from your tree!

inside the big ornament

inside the big ornament

Shooting Stars is a great way to tell someone you think he/she is a star. The huge ornament holds five awesome Lush treats, including a lip balm, a body soap, two bath bombs, and a bath melt.

Honey Trap

Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm

Honey

mmm, smells and tastes like honey, vanilla, and white chocolate!

 Honey Trap Lip Balm is a cult favorite which is no surprise as this little dynamo is mixed by hand so it has a softer texture and smells and tastes delicious. This is a wonderful little gift to find inside that great big ornament because it is ALWAYS sold out at my local Lush store!! It smells like honey, vanilla, and white chocolate, it tastes great on the lips, and it makes lips kissably soft.  

Lush

Lush Rock Star Soap

How cute is this star-shaped Rock Star Soap? This is bubble gum rock, with pink and sweet and vanilla suds that leave you singing in the shower, putting Britney Spears to shame. Rock Star is a soft soap, so keep it in a covered soap dish or out of the shower to get the most from it. It really is lots of fun and smells better than a candy store.

Lush

Lush Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb

Shooting Stars includes the brand new for the season Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb. A bath with this beauty is truly an otherworldly experience. It has the iconic caramel Honey I Washed the Kids scent and it turns bath water into ribbons of purple, blue, yellow and pink, with tiny white moisturizing stars floating about. It’s so cool, people have even put up YouTube videos showing what it does! Watching this bath bomb spin wildly as it shoots out different colors will have you thinking aliens have invaded your tub time…but in a good way.

Lush

Lush Twilight Bath Bomb

The Twilight Bath Bomb is awesome for a night-time bath. The vanilla and lavender scent is relaxing, a perfect usher into dream time. Bubbly bath water turns from pink to purple and then there’s pretty glitter to really brighten up your mood. In the end the bath water does look like a starry night and you are totally ready for some sweet dreams.

Lush

Lush Star Light Star Bright Luxury Bath Melt

The limited edition Star Light Star Bright Luxury Bath Melt is a beautiful, sparkly holiday treat with mega-moisturizing organic shea butter and extra virgin coconut oil. It smells clean and happy with notes of ginger and lime. The shea butter makes bath water very silky and creamy, and it’s like magic for dry skin. Like many Lush treats, this has a hidden treat inside that I won’t spoil for you, but it does turn bath water blue shot through with silver glitter. Be prepared to be a sparkly version of yourself afterward!

best ornament ever!!

best ornament ever!!

While Lush has many fabulous gift options this season, I vote for Shooting Stars.  Everything inside has something extra to really brighten your mood and make you feel like a star. Be sure to grab this before it sells out!  - Lisa

 *pr sample

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Seven Perfect Gift Ideas

Are you looking for wonderful, unique gifts for the holidays? I have seven amazing recommendations that will take care of even the most finicky gift-getters.  Some were sent to the BIZ for consideration, some were bought by me, all will make those ‘special someones’ very, very happy.

So many choices!!

Fortune Keeper – so many choices.  Check out the kitty cat one!

1.  For the spiritual deep thinkers who love holiday decor, check out Fortune Keeper Dream Wishes Collection Rhinestone Holiday Ornaments ($24).

The ornaments come gift-ready in silver organza tie bags along with a beautiful card.

Fortune

Fortune Keeper ornament in a pretty silver bag

Fortune

such a beautiful card!!

Each ornament is hand crafted and has a resin image tile along with a clear resin tile (7/8″ x 2 3/8″). They are crowned with rhinestone beads and a silver wire star topper. The ornament slides open and holds a paper upon which the owner writes his/her wishes and dreams for the new year.

Fortune

how it works

Fortune

this is the Red Dream Wishes Ornament

Fortune

from the side

Fortune

rhinestone beads and silver wire star topper

Fortune

take the paper out, write your dreams and wishes, and it’s a beautifully personalized gift

There are lots of other great gift ideas at Fortune Keeper as well, including bracelets, key chains, and necklaces.  Let the browsing begin!

 

Savvy

Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillow Case in Truffle

2.  For the gorgeous guy or gal who wants to wake up to perfect skin, Savvy Sleepers Satin Pillow Cases (from $36) are a perfect choice.

When I saw Dr. Oz recommending satin pillow cases in an episode last January, I knew the Savvy Sleeper was something I needed. Silk pillow cases are too slippery…the Savvy Sleeper satin is perfect, super soft but you don’t slide off the pillow.

I absolutely adore my satin pillow case in Truffle, which is a pure black. This pillow case hides all sins, even the occasional ‘oops I fell asleep in my makeup!’ sin. It comes in both standard and king size and is machine washable. I have my special satin pillow on my bed and my hubby knows – don’t even think about stealing this pillow from me while I am sleeping!!

Why is a satin pillow case essential? Dermatologists recommend it for keeping skin smooth and free of wrinkles. You won’t wake up with the dreaded ‘facial crease’ after a night of heavy sleeping. No matter what, skin looks smooth thanks to the low sheen satin pillow case. Plus it is fantastic for preserving hair styles and blow-outs.

I also adore that the Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillow Cases have a secret pocket. Put hair ties, earrings, or headphones into it…I keep hoping my hubby will slip a cute little note in one day.

Savvy

What can you hide in the secret pocket…how about ear plugs?

Savvy

Or even better, breath mints!

Besides Truffle, other shades available include Nappacino, a creamy light tan, and White Russian, which turns pillows into white satin clouds.

Great news -Savvy Sleeper has created a 20% off code for Beauty Info Zone. Use BEAUTYINFO through Dec. 20, 2013 for 20% off your order.

 

Paco

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense

3.  For the guy who wants to smell like a million bucks, there is no better gift than Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense ($84 for 3.4 oz, $63 for 1.7 oz) men’s fragrance.  

Not only does it smell like a million bucks, it looks like a millions bucks…quite literally.

Paco

1 Million Intense

Paco

fantastic packaging

looks just like a bar of gold

looks just like a bar of gold

1 Million Intense is a very manly, sexy scent that was just released in September. This cologne is not for wimps – check out the notes: top notes are blood mandarin, cardamom, black pepper and saffron; heart notes are rose absolute, neroli, and cinnamon; base notes are white leather, orris root, patchouli, and sandalwood. All together it equals fresh and spicy with a touch of leather. And the packaging is nothing short of brilliant – it looks like a bar of gold. Guys who like some bling will love this gift.

 

Bango

Bango

4.  For the do-it-yourselfer who loves ingenious inventions, a fantastic option is the Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99, available at Ulta, Amazon, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond).

Celebrity stylist Trey Burnette invented the Bango® after he got tired of his clients attempting to do their own trims in between haircut appointments. This neat little package really has everything you need to keep your hair looking perfect in between salon visits.

Bango

Inside Bango

Bango

2 sectioning clips and comb

Bango

Instructional DVD and 5″ Precision Shears

You can trim bangs, split ends, and top layers to keep hair looking fresh. It’s nicely affordable, and this is one practical gift that people will be thanking you for again and again. It comes with an instructional DVD, 5″ Precision Shears, 2 hair clips, a comb, and the Bango® tool. The Bango®  tool is “a patented at-home hair trimming tool that is calibrated with three comb tension to hold hair as tightly as a stylist and has straight and arched cutting edges and cutting teeth for texturizing ends.” What that means is it’s easy to trim hair – plus you can trim a little at a time to avoid the dreaded too-short bangs.

Bango

three comb tension

Bango

holds hair in place just like your stylist would

The Bango® tool has both straight and arched cutting edges with teeth so it’s easy to do all sorts of things, including blunt bangs, textured bangs, side bangs, top-layer trims, short hair, men’s bangs and children’s bangs. This is THE practical gift of the season.

 

Juara

Juara Skincare Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Shower Gel

5.  For the girly girl who loves her showers and baths, you can’t go wrong with Juara Skincare Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Shower Gel ($28).

Oh my goodness…this is a huge bottle of shower/bath gel that has beautiful packaging and the most gorgeous scent ever.

Juara

one huge bottle of showering bliss

Juara

love the packaging, it’s so pretty and elegant

I am a huge fan of jasmine, so this shower/bath gel was right up my alley with its sweet but not cloying scent of jasmine tea leaves.  It’s a perfect skin cleanser that doesn’t dry out skin and in fact nourishes it with white, black and green teas.  There is no sulfate in it, so it’s super gentle and non-irritating.  And the bottle is so huge, it will probably last until next Christmas!

The packaging is just plain gorgeous, with a beautiful and elegant floral design.  Anyone who loves bath and body products will be completely thrilled to find this under the tree.

 

SunyIslandBlu

SunyIslandBlu

6. For the good smelling friend who believes in supporting small businesses, I highly recommend SunyIslandBlu Soap Company on Etsy.  

I recently bought five body sprays from SunyIslandBlu Soap Company after I found them on Etsy, and I am totally bowled over by the high quality and the absolutely yummy scents.

SunyIslandBlu Body Sprays

SunyIslandBlu Body Sprays

Mmmm....loving the Cabana Coconut Body Spray

Mmmm….loving the Cabana Coconut Body Spray

I am on an eternal quest for the perfect body mist fragrances, a lighter way to wear fragrance…which led me to SunyIslandBlu.  All of Suny’s products are made by herself and her daughters in small batches by hand with only high quality, natural ingredients.  Her products have an island inspired theme, and the emphasis is on “using bold colors, unique fragrances, and high quality skin friendly ingredients with none of the icky stuff.”  You can also find handmade soaps, body lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, and perfume oils at Suny’s shop.

I love my fantastic body sprays so much, I placed another order as gifts for my friends!  Here’s what is on the way to my doorstep right now:  Island Chic Whipped Cream Soap, Tobacco Caramel Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner in Island Coconut, Hair Detangler in Island Chic, and a Perfume Oil Set of three roll-on fragrance oils.  I chose Exotic Coconut, Island Coconut, and Toasted Marshmallow.  Hmmm…come to think of it, a lot of these might just be under MY tree with my name on the tag!!

Suny is a real sweetheart, and has offered a special code just for BIZ readers!!  The coupon code is “BEAUTYINFO” and it is for 20% off.  Now you definitely have reason to buy for the people on your list…and also for yourself.

 

Shinola in Detroit

Shinola in Detroit

7.  Speaking of supporting small businesses, an absolutely fantastic local company – everything is made in Detroit, by people who live here and raise their families here – is Shinola.

Shinola is a small manufacturing company that creates handmade watches, bicycles, and leather goods.  This  amazing local company makes beautiful, unique, sturdy pieces that will last through generations in your family.

On my Christmas wish list is the Women’s Bixby Bicycle ($1950).  Yup, pretty spendy…but this vintage looking yet totally modern bike makes my heart go pitter-patter.

The Women's Bixby Bicycle by Shinola

The Women’s Bixby Bicycle by Shinola

What does the hubby want?  This watch:

The Runwell Watch

The Runwell Watch

This particular version of The Runwell ($550) has a huge 47 mm face that fits my husband’s Popeye forearms. The watches are Shinola are truly spectacular, do yourself a favor and check out the colors and styles for both women and men.

Honestly, my husband and I would both love just about anything from this store. You’ve got to take a look at the online website…simply gazing at the handcrafted products put together with so much love makes you feel like everything is right in the world.

Any one of these seven items/websites will make those on your gift list happy…so what do you think will make it under that tree this year??  - Lisa

*some items were sent for review, some purchased by me, all opinions are completely my own.

I am a Moody Cow or sometimes a Lazy Cow…until I use my Cowshed Bath and Body

I think this hilarious line gets my vote for cutest concept ever. The company is the British beauty brand Cowshed and they just expanded into eight Barney’s locations in the U.S. as well as Barneys online. Cowshed’s bath and body products all have a fragrance that is associated with a different mood:  Knackered Cow (relaxing), Moody Cow (balancing),
Grumpy Cow (uplifting), Horny Cow (seductive), Wild Cow (invigorating), Gorgeous Cow (blissful) and Lazy Cow (soothing).

Cowshed Moody Cow Bath and Shower Gel, Lazy Cow

Cowshed Moody Cow Bath and Shower Gel, Lazy Cow Bath and Body Oil

Cowshed sent Moody Cow Bath and Shower Gel ($25) and Lazy Cow Bath and Body Oil ($31) to try.  I can relate to Moody Cow (thank YOU perimenopause), and while I’m not usually a Lazy Cow I am a tired one, so this works!   While the names are cute the products are serious, made from organic ingredients, wildcrafted plant extracts and pure essential oils of the highest quality.

So where did the name Cowshed come from? Cowshed says, “A cow shed in the English countryside might be an unlikely place to find an array of bath, body and skincare products but that’s exactly where this beauty and lifestyle brand was born. Cowshed was established back in 1998 at Babington House, a beautiful Soho House rural retreat and private members club, in Somerset, England.  There are few things in life better than an English garden – the scents, colors and botanical ingredients are all inspiration for Cowshed’s award winning range of products. Still to this day, there is a little bit of Babington House in every bottle – a drop of Cowshed’s trademark herb and flower infusion, handpicked from its Victorian Walled Garden.”

Each fragrance is available in Bath & Shower Gel, Bath & Body Oil, Body Lotion, Room Candle, Travel Candles, and Perfume Oil Roll-Ons.

Here is what I tried:

Moody

Are you a Moody Cow?

The Moody Cow scent is meant to help you achieve mental and emotional balance. When tempted to reach for chocolate, reach for this instead and get an instant pick-me-up.

The scent is a combination of rose geranium, linden blossom, and frankincense.

Feeling moody?  This will calm you down.

Feeling moody? This will calm you down.

beautiful packaging!

sweet packaging!

The scent is wonderfully rejuvenating and it’s a terrific shower gel. It foams up beautifully, surrounding you with a warm blanket of anxiety-relieving goodness. I also love this for a nice, relaxing bubble bath.

Now when I am just done with everything and am ready to be a Lazy Cow, I hand this body oil over to my hubby and tell him to get cracking – my sore muscles need some attention!

Cowshed

Cowshed Lazy Cow Soothing Bath and Body Oil

The Lazy Cow scent is an olfactory party mix of jasmine, chamomile, and sandalwood.  Talk about relaxing!! After I put this on I just want to lie there and watch the first six seasons of ‘Mad Men’ all in a row.

Feeling lazy?  This will perk you up!

Feeling lazy? This will help you kick back!

more gorgeousness

more gorgeousness

Besides turning the hubby into my personal masseuse, I also put this body oil on right after my shower to make my skin baby soft and slightly fragrant. And at night I rub this onto my hands to keep my cuticles looking great, as well as my feet and heels for major moisture.

I would love to try other fragrances like the Grumpy Cow (grapefruit and neroli), although I’m sure it doesn’t ever fit my mood…ha!

So, come on, be honest…which kind of Cow are you feeling like today?? – Lisa

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Getting clean Hawaiian style with Lanikai Bath and Body

The gorgeous Lanikai Bath and Body line, located in Kailua, Hawaii, totally feeds my addiction to bath and body products.  I may not make it to Hawaii very often…well, ok, not EVER…but I can always have that Hawaiian experience just by going to Lanikai’s online store and placing an order.

Lanikai

Lanikai feeds my bath and body addiction!

All of the products created by Lanikai come from the great Hawaiian outdoors.  With fresh, beautiful ingredients like papaya, awapuhi, sea kelp, kukui and macadamia nut, every item is a one-way ticket to paradise.  The BIZ received several fabulous items from their line, and here are just a few of my favorite Lanikai ways to get clean.

Lanikai

Lanikai Coconut Loofah Soap

One of the most intriguing items from Lanikai is their Coconut Loofah Soap ($6.50).  Since I am a total coconut fanatic, I was beyond thrilled to get this particular version.  However, there are seven other loofah options available:  Coco Lime Verbena, Gardenia, Lilikoi, Mango, Pikake, Pineapple, and Plumaria.

The Coconut Loofah Soap is one of the coolest soaps I have ever tried.  Check it out, there is a vine-grown loofah sponge inside of the soap:

Lanikai

the loofah looks like modern art

Lanikai

coconut and loofah goodness

Lanikai

and one more view just because it looks so cool!

The loofah soaps are all handmade by Lanikai.  In addition to the loofah, ingredients include vegetable glycerin and Hawaiian macadamia nut oil.  It smells like fabulous natural coconut, and the soap is huge and incredibly long-lasting.  It’s also fantastic exfoliation for your skin.  It lathers up like a regular soap and scrubs away dirt and dead skin.  I adore it, and am eager to try some of the other scents!

Lanikai

Lanikai Tahitian Gardendia Hawaiian Cane Sugar Body Scrub

Another way to scrub yourself clean is with Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Hawaiian Cane Sugar Body Scrub ($20).  I have to admit, I not normally a big fan of body scrubs – I have sensitive skin and they are typically too rough for me (everyone say, ‘awww, poor baby!’).  However, this is a scrub that works for me, and it will work for you fellow babies out there too.

Lanikai

so pretty!!

Lanikai

the sugar scrub up close and personal

This is a non-oily scrub made with Hawaiian cane sugar.  It also has sweet almond, jojoba, coconut, and kukui nut oils.  It’s fantastically moisturizing, and it very gently exfoliates skin without any irritation.  Afterwards, my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth, but not greasy.  And the scent?  Oh my goodness, what a divine Tahitian gardenia fragrance that truly transports me to a tropical paradise.

Lanikai

Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Body Wash

Lanikai

layer on that Tahitian Gardenia

And to keep the Tahitian Gardenia experience going, follow your exfoliating sugar scrub with the Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Body Wash ($16).  This body wash is gentle, made with all natural ingredients, and it cleanses without stripping the skin.  It has white tea, chamomile, sunflower and kukui oils, and also has the same magical Tahitian Gardenia scent.  I stand in my shower and just take a moment to inhale the fresh scent, and am instantly transported to a Hawaiian waterfall.  It’s heavenly.

I have lots more to tell you about, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you with so many fantastic options all at once.  I will be posting more reviews soon, but in the meantime, take a look at Lanikai’s online store and get your Hawaiian retreat started!  - Lisa

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