Looking younger with Pevonia De-Aging Papaya Pineapple Saltmousse and Body Balm!

Looking younger with Pevonia De-Aging Papaya Pineapple body products!

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The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to take care of my skin. Not just on my face – skin all over my body needs love, especially skin that is regularly exposed to the sun, like arms, legs, neck, and decolletage. There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re rocking a super cute sleeveless dress, then glancing in a mirror and seeing crepey arms and legs. Ugh.

Pevonia to the rescue! Oh how I adore this line. It is beautiful, high-end line that I typically encounter in upscale department stores and exclusive spas. Pevonia hasn’t disappointed me yet and the De-Aging Papaya Pineapple duo really has me excited.

Pevonia De-Aging Saltmousse-Papaya-Pineapple

Pevonia De-Aging Saltmousse-Papaya-Pineapple

The De-Aging experience starts with the Pevonia De-Aging Saltmousse-Papaya-Pineapple ($41). Pevonia says,”Gently exfoliate rough, uneven  skin texture as well as balance, moisturize, hydrate and nourish your body with this foaming salt scrub.  Fluffy lather removes impurities and toxins by gently polishing your skin.  Primary Benefits:  Cleanse away impurities and gently exfoliate rough, uneven skin texture as well as balance, moisturize, hydrate and nourish the body with this sulfate-free, foaming salt scrub.  Who Needs It:  For those who desire an anti-aging tropical body scrub to smooth and brighten.”

Pevonia De-Aging Saltmousse-Papaya-Pineapple

The best way I can describe the De-Aging Saltmousse-Papaya-Pineapple is ripe and juicy, like a grilled pineapple. This is the most luscious salt scrub I have ever encountered. It foams up and scrubs off dead skin, exfoliating beautifully while leaving skin super hydrated. The container is hefty, very substantial in an impressive way. I feel special and pampered just picking up the jar! The whole experience is total luxury, especially when it’s followed by the sister product:

Pevonia De-Aging Body Balm- Papaya-Pineapple

Pevonia De-Aging Body Balm- Papaya-Pineapple

The Pevonia De-Aging Body Balm- Papaya-Pineapple ($85.50). So I am sure you noticed the price on this, right? I know, I know…that is a LOT of money for 5 ounces of body balm. I agree. But I am here to tell you, if it fits into your budget, this is a splurge that is worth it. Pevonia says, “Use to  smooth body crepiness, firm skin tone and texture, nourish, replenish and repair!  Your skin is wonderfully replenished and visibly repaired.  Primary Benefits:  Smooth lines and wrinkles, firm skin tone and texture, nourish, replenish and repair with this tropical, anti-aging body moisturizer.  Who Needs It:  For those who have lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, uneven tone and loose/sagging skin on their body as well as those who want to prevent signs of aging.

Pevonia De-Aging Body Balm- Papaya-Pineapple

The balm is light and refreshing, yet delivers a hefty hydration punch. You don’t need much so that 5 ounces will last a long time, which is a great way to justify the cost! The body balm instantly eliminates any crepey skin and it keeps skin soft and supple for hours. The scent is truly divine…juicy, fruity, and delectable, not too sweet or overpowering yet still noticeable. Pevonia De-Aging Body Balm- Papaya-Pineapple really is an extraordinary body balm that is particularly amazing following the De-Aging Saltmousse-Papaya-Pineapple.

Pevonia De-Aging Saltmousse-Papaya-Pineapple

If you need any other reasons to invest in some Pevonia, here are just a few more:
Natural & Phyto-organic extracts, Non-GMO, Organic essential oils, alcohol-free, paraben-free, no artificial colors, gluten-free, no formaldehyde, lanolin-free, mineral oil-free, paba-free, urea-free, no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, cruelty-free, chirally-correct, eco-packaging, latest proven-effective actives combined with advanced manufacturing technologies, triphase microemulsified formulations, homogenized formulations.
Pevonia is a fantastic line and I am truly impressed with the Pevonia De-Aging Body Balm- Papaya-Pineapple and De-Aging Saltmousse-Papaya-Pineapple  – I hope you try them and love them as much as I do!  – Lisa

Get centered with Scentered Therapy Balms Ultimate Survival Kit!

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Oh, if you only knew how much I need my Scentered Therapy Balms. I need some of these mood enhancing body balms more than others, but every single one has saved me time and again. October is, by far, the most stressful month for a high school guidance counselor (my day job…I am a beauty blogger by night). The craziness of college applications, letters of recommendation, student anxiety and mental health issues…and in order to be a good counselor I need to be calm, collected, and centered. So all throughout the day I pull out the appropriate Scentered Therapy Balm to quickly get me back on track.                                                                              samples

Scentered Therapy Balms

Scentered Therapy Balms

Scentered Therapy Balms are fragranced solid balms that are applied to pulse points…or for real immediate gratification I just take a deep inhale. They go to work immediately, calming me down and restoring my mood back to center. There are five different Scentered Therapy Balms from which to choose. Each one can be purchased individually for $24, or for those of us who have stress times fifty, there is the Ultimate Survival Kit for $80.

Scentered Therapy Balm in EscapeSometimes I just need to escape from my current reality. Ok, who am I kidding….I OFTEN need to escape from my current reality. When that happens, I reach for ESCAPE, which is a combination of musky oud, woodsy frankincense, and warm sandalwood. Add in a little vanilla and some smoky birch and cinnamon and it’s an instant escape to an exotic vacation. Aaahhhhh.

Scentered Therapy Balm in LoveWhen I need a hug, I get some LOVE.  Love comforts and calms me with bright orange and clove, romantic rose and jasmine, and rich patchouli and cedarwood. This is especially good for soothing anxiety and opening your heart.

Scentered Therapy Balm in FocusI often find myself so preoccupied with problems that I can’t seem to get anything done – I’m just running around in circles. That’s when I pull out FOCUS to get my head clear and my mind laser focused. The fragrance is crisp and green, with refreshing peppermint, clary sage, spearmint and thyme.

Scentered Therapy Balm in Sleep WellDo you ever fall into bed dead tired, but then can’t sleep because you just can’t shut off your mind?? That’s when SLEEP WELL will become your best friend. There is nothing more relaxing than this magical combination of lavender, chamomile, and geranium. One whiff and you will soon be off to dreamland.

Scentered Therapy Balm in Stress LessMy favorite of the six is the one I need the most often – STRESS LESS. I am a stress puppy. I thrive on excitement and that adrenaline from deadlines and helping others in crises, but a body can only take so much. At some point pretty much every day I think, dang, this stress is going to send me right over the edge. STRESS LESS really and truly helps, with a super relaxing combination of chamomile, neroli, orange, and jasmine. It automatically resets me back into balance and peace.

I think all of the Scentered Therapy Balms are fabulous fragrance balms. If you can only afford one, there isn’t a bad choice among them. If you can afford the Ultimate Survival Kit, go for it — I can promise you there is a balm for every time you find yourself a little off-center.  – Lisa

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Giveaway! Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Balm

Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Balm Giveaway!The first week of August feels like the perfect time for a giveaway,don’t you agree??  You are really going to love this giveaway because it features a product that is a huge multi-tasker – it does 10 things, moisturizing you from head to toe!                     (sample and giveaway provided by Design Essentials)

When it’s this hot out, I never feel like using lots of different products. I look for quick, simple, and effective. That’s what I find with Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Balm ($12.99), which can replace almost all of your beauty products. This beauty balm smooths hair, repairs cuticles, and keeps every bit of skin incredibly moist and soft.

Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Balm

Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Balm

Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Balm

The shea butter-based balm is solid in the jar and has ingredients that include 10 different oils, including Marula and Moringa Oil. Take a tiny bit out and let it melt from your body heat, then smooth it onto unruly hair for sleek, frizz-free locks. It’s also a scalp moisturizer, heat protectant, shine treatment, and skin and body moisturizer.

The Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Balm is available exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply, as well as online at designessentials.com.

GIVEAWAY INFO:  One US winner, giveaway open through 8/16/16 at 12:59 p.m. eastern time. We’ve had a problem lately with the comment section shutting itself off before the giveaway is over. The solution is to email me your comment at [email protected]gmail.com and consider that your entry. Be sure you click enter so that you can continue for extra options.  Good luck!  – Lisa
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Ingredients:  Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Gardenia Taitensis (Tiare) Flower Extract, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Coumarin, Limonene

Sweet Bee Magic from Medicine Mama’s Apothecary

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Have you ever heard of power animals or animal totems? Shamans, also known as healers, have known through the ages that power animals are spirit guides in animal form. When a power animal shows up it is communicating a message and helping you find peace and bliss on your life’s path. Lately the bumble bee has been popping up constantly for me, so when Medicine Mama’s Apothecary sent us some products to try I was not surprised to see even more bees.  The bumble bee symbolizes abundance, personal power, love and community. What a great message from the fantastic organic skin care line, Medicine Mama’s Apothecary.

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Medicine Mama’s Apothecary features organic skin care products made from the highest quality medicinally active raw materials. They use ingredients from around the globe and their products are made with loving care in small batches at their boutique apothecary. Two of my favorites are the Sweet Bee Magic All in One Healing Skin Cream ($19.99) and the Sweet Bee Magic Wand ($12.99).

Medicine Mama All in One Secret Skin Cream

The Sweet Bee Magic All-in-One Enhanced Healing Cream is not really a cream, it’s more like a balm that moisturizes, revitalizes, and protects the skin. You can use this everywhere – face, hands, feet, and body. It has a healing compound called Melexylem™ that is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. This is a household multi-tasker for sure – check out everything it does:

Maintain healthy, radiant, youthful-looking skin
Moisturize dry, cracked or irritated skin
Heal rashes, burns, scars & intense skin irritation
Soothe cold sores and chapped lips
Reduce inflammation
Relieve sunburns & insect bites

This is a terrific facial moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores or make me break out. I also love it for cracked and peeling hands, and it’s great for soothing rashes and burns.

Ingredients include healing Melexylem™, purifying propolis, antimicrobial honey, nourishing royal jelly, revitalizing bee pollen, moisturizing extra virgin olive oil, protective beeswax. It is also free of dyes, fragrances, artificial preservatives, parabens, soy, etc.

Medicine Mama All in One Lip and Face Balm

For some transportable bee magic, the Sweet Bee Magic Wand ($12.99) is perfection. This is a Propolis & Honey Lip & Face Balm for Healing On the Go. It comes in a tube that is about twice the size of a regular chapstick. It’s still small enough to be purse-friendly and my lips absolutely love the healing hydration that the Sweet Bee Magic Wand provides. Here is what else it can be used for:

Moisturize skin daily
Heal chapped lips
Nourish skin overnight
Repair rashes, burns & scars
Soothe cold sores
Relieve cuts, scrapes & insect bites
Gloss eyelashes

Ingredients include healing Melexylem™, purifying propolis & honey blend, protective beeswax, nourishing extra virgin avocado oil, moisturizing extra virgin olive oil. Sweet Bee Magic is certified organic by the CCOF and is free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, soy and petroleum.

After using my Sweet Bee Magic products for several weeks, I have to say I believe in the magic of bees. Just use the Store Locator on the website to find Medicine Mama’s Apothecary products near you.  – Lisa

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It’s time to learn about Earth’s Enrichments, join us in a Side by Side review

Earth's Enrichments

Earth’s Enrichments

EARTH’S ENRICHMENTS is a new emerging brand that is intent on creating organic skin care and bath and body products are both environmentally friendly and health conscious. With Earth Day creeping up on us, it’s the perfect time to use products like this that are better for the earth and for us. Their motto is

Our Collection is
“Enriched by Earth…Deserved by Everyone!”

Products don’t contain any of the following:

  • NO parabens
  • NO sulfates
  • NO phthalates
  • NO petroleum
  • NO artificial coloring
  • NO artificial fragrances
  • NO preservatives
  • INSTEAD, OUR PRODUCTS ARE:
    • USDA Certified Organic
    • All-Natural
    • Vegan*
    • Gluten-Free
    • Cruelty-Free (We do not test on animals)

With a philosophy like this we were eager to receive a few products to tell you about.

MARCIA’S SIDE:  USDA Organic Bar Soap

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I think I might be unusual in the world of beauty bloggers. Most say they don’t use bar soaps but I do and I have them in all my bathrooms. I use liquid soaps too but I don’t think I could be without bar soaps in my life. I have two of the Earth’s Enrichments UDSA Organic Bar Soaps – Lemon Fresh Shea and Naturally Nude ($7.99 each).

Earth's Enrichments Organic Bar Soaps

Earth’s Enrichments Organic Bar Soaps

Lemon Fresh Shea contains Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Lemongrass. It’s a handcrafted soap as are the others from Earth’s Enrichment. The scent of this is pretty strong (in my opinion) but not unpleasant. I love anything lemon scented. The lemongrass brings the strength to the fragrance. Since this contains coconut oil it’s very moisturizing.

Earth's Environments Naturally Nude Soap Bar

Earth’s Environments Naturally Nude Soap Bar

Naturally Nude is the one I keep in my bathroom. I like to keep a bar soap in my shower for places I don’t want to use a scented body wash. This is in my soap dish and it’s lasted so long. This unscented body bar is said to rejuvenate, hydrate and restore your skin. I’ve used it instead of body washes too because it not only is coconut oil based but it contains aloe vera so I find it moisturizing and not drying.

different types of Earth's Enrichments soaps

different types of Earth’s Enrichments soaps

LISA’S SIDE:  ORGANIC BODY BALM

Earth's Enrichments Naturally Nude Handcrafted Body Balm

Earth’s Enrichments Naturally Nude Handcrafted Body Balm

Sometimes it just feels better to go nude. I typically choose fancy, super scented body products, but there are times when I need the basics. Fragrance is a no-no for me when I have a headache, and it is also handy to have a mega-moisturizer that doesn’t compete with my body spray or perfume. Earth’s Enrichment’s Naturally Nude Handcrafted Body Balm ($11.99) is exactly what I need when it’s time for some body product nudity.

Earths Enrichments Body Balm

Naturally Nude with its top off...lol!

Naturally Nude with its top off…lol!

This is a basic, simple yet effective organic body balm. The ingredients include shea butter, sunflower oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E oil. It has beeswax as a thickener, so this is a solid balm that softens with body temperature. I place my fingers on the balm and wait a few seconds, then scoop some out and apply it anywhere that needs tons of moisture. I particularly like this for elbows and cuticles. If you have very sensitive skin or suffer from allergies, you will love this gentle organic body balm.

Earth’s Enrichments is a great line for organic, natural products that are good for the earth and good for your body.  Check them out online at earthsenrichments.com, and you can also find them in some health stores and Whole Foods Markets.

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Banish your dehydrated body skin with derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm

derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm

derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm

Are you sick of us complaining about winter? We’re pretty sick of complaining and we’re sick of winter but luckily there are a few products that want to help us get through more easily. One of the latest I’ve been using is derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm. When I was sent this big jar to try out I was just finishing up a lotion so the timing was great. We’ve reviewed several derma e products before and have always enjoyed them so I knew I was in for a treat with this body balm.

derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm

derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm

The derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm is especially formulated to help with dry, dehydrated skin. It’s an extremely rich formula that is creamy enough to spread easily on your body. I massage a small amount onto each leg and it’s banished my dry skin. It’s not greasy so it doesn’t leave a layer of cream on my skin nor do I have to wait long to put on a pair of pants. The reason I only use this on my legs though is that it’s not fragrance free. It has an herbal scent that I notice enough that I don’t want to use it on my upper body but I doubt others would feel that way. It’s just my sensitivities to smell.

derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm

derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm

Because it’s so rich I want the goodness of it to help my lower body out. It’s terrific on ankles and on elbows. Anywhere you have rough, hardened skin that needs relief, this body balm can work its wonders. According to derma e “full-spectrum Vitamin E is able to restore and maintain skin’s natural barrier function, helping it regain its natural ability to lock in moisture and defend itself against elemental stress.”   

derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm

derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm

derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm is highly concentrated so it helps with the toughest problems. And look at all the goodness about this product: 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, phthalate-free, petrolatum-free, lanolin-free.

  • High antioxidant Tocopherols plus Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta Tocotrienols (natural Vitamin E) are distinguished for their superior antioxidant defense against environmental aggressors
  • Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea, plus Essential Fatty Acids from Cranberry Seed Oil, Olive and Jojoba deliver nutrient-rich moisture, restoring skin to a healthy looking state.

The MSP is $15 for the 6.7 oz jar but I’ve seen it for less online. At Vitacost there’s a fragrance free tube that’s 8 oz and only $9.09 while this jar is $10.59. At Amazon the jar is $8.49. When my jar is finished up I’ll be purchasing the fragrance free one for sure.

If you are tired of what winter has done to your skin it’s time to check out this body balm option. Another winning product from derma e. Keep them coming!! — Marcia

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