Beating the winter dry skin blues with LaVanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Lavender


I am addicted to body moisturizers all year-long – in the summer, I love body oils. In the winter, my skin is exceptionally dry, so I love body butters. I’ve used and loved LaVanila’s The Healthy Body Butter ($19) in the past, but this was my first time trying the Vanilla Lavender scent.  Usually I stay away from lavender…it’s just too sharp for me and sometimes it even triggers a migraine. But this soft, sweet scent has won me over!                                                                                                                                                                 sample

There are many reasons why I always have a big tube of The Healthy Body Butter on my bathroom counter. Lots of body butter have things I’m not crazy about, like parabens, silicone and mineral oils. Those kinds of ingredients clog up your pores, actually blocking the absorption of the good ingredients. The Healthy Body Butter is indeed healthy, because it doesn’t have any of the bad stuff but it has plenty of vitamins and antioxidants.
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LaVanila The Healthy Body Butter

The lotion is subtly scented and pairs beautifully with other scents. It has 100% pure shea and cocoa butters to moisturize, along with goji berry and Kakadu Plus for anti-oxidant power. This body butter is sooo thick and creamy, it really does seem almost buttery. It looks like it would take a little work to get it absorbed, but it soaks in beautifully and leaves my skin softly scented and super smooth. The 100% pure shea & cocoa butters make it a great winter protectant. You smell good and you feel soft. The Vanilla Lavender is a blend of Spanish Lavender, rose and vanilla, which makes for a very soft but sexy scent.

If you’re like me and constantly battling dry winter skin, be sure to pick up one of these big huge tubes of goodness from LaVanila!  – Lisa

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Humboldt Soap Company – a winner for me and a giveaway for you

body-butter-poster_0First it took about 2 minutes. Then it took over 8 weeks. Next was about 20 minutes. Last it took 24 hours. What do these numbers mean?

2 minutes = the time it took me to fall and break all the metatarsals on my left foot. (We won’t discuss the hours in the ER!)

8 weeks = the time I was in a soft cast, then a hard cast, and then another soft cast.

20 minutes = the time it took to cut off the soft cast and attempt to scrub away the dry skin that proliferated.

2 days = the time I tried all my lotions and creams yet still ended up with skin that flaked and kept getting worse.

24 hours = the time it took for Humboldt Whipped Shea Body Butter in Peppermint to transform my leg from a scaly mess to a calm and normal looking one.

Humboldt Soap Company Peppermint Whipped Body Butter

Humboldt Soap Company Peppermint Whipped Body Butter

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I always use a lotion, body cream, or body butter on my legs but I never needed one like I did during my recent recovery. I’ve complained about dry winter skin before but nothing compared to what I was experiencing once my casts came off. Finally in the shower I brushed my leg with my Burt’s Bees Foot Brush, exfoliated with Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Sea Salt scrub and applied Humboldt’s Whipped Shea Body Butter. Before bed I slathered it generously on my foot. Just those two times was enough to transform my foot and leg.

Humboldt Soap Company Whipped Shea Body Butter

Humboldt Soap Company Whipped Shea Body Butter

I’ve continued using this – not only do I consider it a savior but I really love everything about it. The consistency doesn’t feel whipped, it’s a firm body butter that spreads beautifully without gathering in spots. I can get dressed within minutes without it feeling wet on my legs. That’s because it turns more powder like once on my skin yet magically it moisturizes throughout the day or night.

Humboldt Soap Company Whipped Shea Body Butter

Humboldt Soap Company Whipped Shea Body Butter

This is created with natural Shea Butter which gives it the nourishment that I need. Anywhere you have rough skin calls for this whipped body butter. This is available in 11 fragrances plus unscented. I’m not going to tell you the fragrances though because the winner of this giveaway will have to go to Humboldt to see them and choose the one that they liked to win. I chose Peppermint and I love it. It’s not too sweet and doesn’t overwhelm my senses. While some of the scents are made with fragrance most are created with essential oils; peppermint is an essential oil choice. It doesn’t bother me when I go to sleep so it doesn’t interfere with my insomnia. But you’ll have 12 choices to pick from. It won’t be easy.

There are many things to love about Humboldt Soap Company and one is that they are a Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild Member. Their products are handcrafted in Humboldt County, California by a certified Massage Therapist. They have free shipping and send samples with your order. They manufacture both vegan and unscented products so there’s something for everyone. And their prices are so reasonable. This 4 oz (by volume) jar of Whipped Body Butter is only $10.

The time I’ve spent with Humboldt has been the highlight of December for me. It could be for you too.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: This is going to be fun! We will have one US winner and one winner from Canada (Montreal and Quebec are excluded though). If you are one of the two lucky winners you’ll have your choice of scent from the ones available at Humboldt. To enter be sure you are an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and you comment. All the information you need is in the Rafflecopter. If comments close early email me at [email protected] and label it Body Butter. You can then click the you entered and continue on with other options. The giveaway is open through 1/10/17 at 11:59 pm EST. Good luck

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Ingredients: Natural Shea Butter, Corn Starch, Coconut Oil, Sustainable Palm Oil, Vitamin E Oil and essential oils or safe high quality fragrance. (essential oil of peppermint)

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I’m wild about The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter

the-body-shopAs a long time lover of coconut scented body products I found The Body Shop many years ago thanks to their incredibly rich Coconut Body Butter.  You want super moisturized skin? This is the bomb-diggity. Combine that incredibly good body butter with the on point coconut scent and the powerful support of women and the Coconut Body Butter is perfection in a tub.  The Body Shop recently sent me a gift, a personalized version of the Coconut Body Butter – could this be any more beautiful??The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter  The Coconut Body Butter is actually a little thicker than butter and it leaves skin soft and smooth without any sort of a greasy feeling. Ingredients include Virgin Coconut Oil which comes from Samoa coconuts. The Body Shop works with Women in Business Development which helps teach local farmers new skills. The farmers crack the coconuts by hand and cold-press the flesh for this amazing ingredient. The other main ingredient is Shea Butter which is hand-crafted in Ghana by the Tungteiya Shea Butter Association. What makes my heart fill with joy is that this association is a group of over 475 women from 11 villages around Tamale, northern Ghana. The women make the butter from shea nuts, and this working relationship has provided these women the money to fund water pipes, medical care, housing,and education.  The Body Shop Coconut Body ButterThe Body Shop Coconut Body ButterThe end result is an incredible body butter with a truly addictive tropical coconut scent. It feels so good on my skin, especially when I smooth it on right after a nice hot shower. And it feels so good to know that The Body Shop, which is dedicated to helping others and to protecting resources and animals, has also given women around the world so much empowerment.

Right now the 13.5 oz mega sized tub is on sale. Regularly it costs $36, but right now you can get it for only $20. That’s almost two for one! If you want to get a personalized one like I have, just visit your local Body Shop store and you can choose from four different animal-rific designs.
So get a big tub for someone you love and one for yourself.  I know you will be as wild about the Coconut Body Butter as I am.  – Lisa
*sent as a gift from The Body Shop and I had to review it because it is amazing on every level!

Yummy body products from Ola Tropical Apothecary

Ola Tropical ApothecaryNothing says summer like coconut scented body products! Ola Tropical Apothecary, a wonderful boutique line from Hawaii, has everything needed to get your summer on. This is a very special line that has blown me away – the products are so good, you owe it to yourself to read on!!                   samples

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Sugar Polish

Summer skin needs to be soft, exfoliated skin – beware the poolside moment when you suddenly realize you are ashy. Ola Sugar Polish ($30 for 13 oz.) is a great way to gently exfoliate and hydrate your skin. Beautiful ingredients include pure Hawaiian cane sugar (and none of the guilt!!), organic Hawaiian honey, healing Hawaiian plant extracts, natural cleansers, Kukui nut, Macadamia nut, Cocoa and Organic Coconut oils. Ola Sugar Polish is a luxurious way to pamper your skin.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Lotion

After polishing, you want to moisturize to seal in all that goodness. One option is the Ola Coconut Body Lotion ($29 for 8 oz). This is a soft, light cream that sinks in quickly and leaves behind a criminally delicious deep coconut scent. The ingredient list is incredible:  We blend Aloe Vera Juice and Coconut Creme with Avocado, Mango, Passion Fruit, Tamanu and Organic Virgin Coconut oils and locally harvested Macadamia and Kukui nut oils.  Infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato, Banana, Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), to create a super hydrating and quickly absorbing formula to repair, replenish and heal your skin.

The Coconut Body Lotion is a little more expensive than others out there, but when you check out that ingredient list it’s no wonder why. Oh, and by the way — TOTALLY worth the extra expense.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Butter

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Butter

If you want a moisturizer that is a little more rich, check out Ola’s Coconut Body Butter ($29 for 4.6 oz). I typically don’t go with heavier body moisturizers in the summer, but this is the lightest of body butters. It’s whipped into perfection and feels cool and soothing on the skin. It melts in immediately and smells so good…I can’t get enough of this stuff. I want to eat it with a spoon.

The body butter is a blend of Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa and Organic Mango Seed Butters.  Infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato, Banana, Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), to create this creamy, luxurious formula that will repair, replenish and moisturize dry, thirsty skin.

All I can say is that I am head over heels in love with Ola’s Coconut Body Butter.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Mist and Body Oil

I can’t get over the next two products, they are THAT good. I start with the Coconut Body Oil ($29). This is a fantastic and unique blend of tropical oils that soften, heal, and scent your skin.  Oils include pure organic coconut oil, organic avocado oil, Passion Fruit oil, and locally sourced Macadamia nut and Kukui nut oils. They leave skin satiny soft and glowy. This feels sooo good after swimming in the poor or lake.

I finish with the Body Mist ($22 for 4 oz) for perfect summer skin. This is no ordinary scented body mist….it has a secret ingredient, 100% Hawaiian Deep Sea Water. This water is found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast and it “contains life’s most precious nutrients and minerals in nature’s perfect ionic and absorbable blend”.

The Hawaiian Deep Sea Mist has over 90 trace minerals, is high in calcium and magnesium, pathogen free and some of the cleanest and most nutritious water in the world. I keep it in my gym bag or my beach bag. Just knowing the goodness inside that bottle makes me feel refreshed and pampered.  Some of the other ingredients:

Infused with Aloe Vera Juice and our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), this formula has a naturally high alkaline ph which makes it exceptionally hydrating and nourishing for the skin, hair and face.

You can also mist your sheets, fabric couches, rugs, or the air to get some Hawaii into your space.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Lip Renew

Finally, I have to give a shout out to the Coconut Lemongrass Organic Lip Moisturizer ($6). When you place an order, be sure to throw in one or two of these. I am a real lip balm snob and this is, by far, the BEST lip balm I have ever tried!! It hydrates lips like crazy, feels sooo good on, and tastes lightly coconutty.

Locally sourced tropical oils and butters are blended to provide long-lasting moisturizing benefits

Locally harvested Organic Beeswax is added to protect and seal in moisture

Flavors include Banana Honey, Coconut, Mango Passion Fruit, and Tropical Melody. I want one of each!

If you only splurge on one thing this summer, make it Ola Tropical Apothecary. This beautiful line has some of the best body products I’ve ever tested. Ola Tropical Apothecary products are available at better specialty stores, fine salons and spas nationwide or by visiting  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, opinions and happy skin all mine!

 PS – they also have exfoliating towelettes, sunless tanning, hair products, home fragrances, and more!!

An introduction to Naturally Me plus a giveaway

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At Beauty Info Zone we are always eager to learn about brands that are new to us. We consider it a bonus when the brand is one that wants to pay it forward. Naturally Me is that kind of brand. It was founded by Chaundra Smith as a small way to give back to the customers and community that support the business. She began a scholarship program, Single Parents Scholarship, in 2013 and has been able to up the amount of money given to $1,000 per recipient because as she says: $1000 may not seem like much, but to someone who is trying to support a family with only one income, it feels like a million.”  To raise that money $2 from the sale of their most coveted products, All Over Butter, is given to the scholarship. 

As if that’s not enough

Naturally Me believes in the importance of community involvement.  We created our Naturally Me Cares program as a part of the company’s commitment to giving back to the community.  Through Naturally Me Cares, we supply body care products to two homes for homeless single moms in our area, we provide an annual scholarship program to single parents that attend our local community college and we also have a Random Acts of Kindness program where we do small acts of kindness to put smiles on peoples face.

We admire Chaundra Smith for this kind of care and are thrilled that she sent us a few products to test and for a giveaway.


Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap and Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap and Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me created their skincare products for people with dry and/or sensitive skin. That’s what makes the Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap unique. All products are free of animal byproducts, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum & artificial fragrances. The Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap (set of 3, $15.99) also is available in Unscented and Cinnamon Lime).

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap

Naturally Me Oatmeal Soap

Naturally Me Oatmeal Soap

This is made with gluten free oatmeal as well as water, coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, vegetable shortening, castor oil, and essential oils. The Lemongrass scent is so refreshing. It’s not overwhelming at all and gives my hands and bathroom an uplifting lemon fragrance. The lemongrass oatmeal is noted to be great for acne prone skin while the unscented is safe enough for babies and children. This lathers nicely and doesn’t leave any stickiness behind. It’s a great natural soap.

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me has done what no other brand has ever been able to do – use a candle. Way back in my hippy dippy days I burned candles and incense but when I realized that they contributed to my migraines I stopped and backed away from anything scented. When this Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle landed in my mail, I took one sniff and was sold. I’m crazy about the scent of this. It’s not artificial at all, it smells like a fresh peach pie (one of my husband’s passions). I can happily sit with this unburnt on my desk and be as thrilled as when I actually lit it.

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

There are 4 different fragrances in the soy candles ($15): Peach Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Blueberry Cheesecake. $2 from each sale of candles will go towards Naturally Me’s Single Parents Scholarship Fund.  A deserving student attending Durham Technical Community College will be the recipient of the scholarship.

Naturally Me Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Dessert Soy Candle

If this Peach Pie candle is an example of what candles are like then I’m going to be in trouble!


Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat and All Over Butter

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat and All Over Butter

I am a bath girl. I love a long, relaxing bath, reading a book or magazine, candles burning…aaahhhhh. The Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat was big enough for several wonderful baths, but I don’t see it on the website. I do see Bath Bombs ($15.99) which look like essentially the same thing since Naturally Me is switching over to these new Bath Treats.

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat - look at all that beautiful natural lavender!

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat – look at all that beautiful natural lavender!

The Lavender Bath Treat has many of the same ingredients as the Bath Bombs, including baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, shea butter, and gluten-free oatmeal. It also has a blend of salts and lots of natural lavender.

The Bath Treat doesn’t create bubbles for your bath, but it does soften the water and leave skin so hydrated and moisturized. The oatmeal is a wonderful skin softener, and lavender calms tension, soothes muscle aches, and relieves headaches.

Sometimes lavender products are just too strong for me…the scent can be overpowering. The Bath Treat does have a citrus/lavender scent, but it’s very mild and just beautiful, probably one of my favorite lavender scents ever.

Other scents include Oatmeal Soy Milk, Cocoa Butter Delight, and Grapefruit Basil.

Naturally Me All Over Butter

Naturally Me All Over Butter

After a wonderfully relaxing bath, the Naturally Me All Over Butter ($16.99 for 3 oz, $22.99 for 6.5 oz) is the icing on the cake. What is really great about this wonderfully hydrating body butter is it has no fragrance at all, so it’s perfect for everyone. This is a solid moisturizer that melts into skin on contact. Ingredients include shea butter, aloe, coconut oil, avocado, grape seed oil, hemp oil, sunflower and safflower seed oils, and vitamin E, a veritable rainbow of ingredients that lead to beautiful, glowy skin.

If you have very dry, sensitive skin, the All Over Butter is definitely your skin savior!

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Our giveaway is open to US and Canada. The winner will receive one full size Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap and a 3.5 oz All Over Butter. To be eligible to win we have two requirements: be an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and leave a comment. Without those two all entries will be disqualified. Our giveaway runs through 6/28/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern. If comments close email us at [email protected] with the title Naturally Me, leave your comment in the email and continue on.

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New Korres White Blossom on HSN 5/18 plus a giveaway

You’ve heard us talking about KORRES body products many times but you’ve never heard us talk about KORRES White Blossom before. There’s an easy reason for that: it’s brand new and available on HSN on May 18th. There are two luscious sounding products in this White Blossom line that sound like they go together better than peas & carrots, pb & j, and Marcia and Lisa from the BIZ.

Here’s what you want to know about this scent:

“NEW KORRES White Blossom features is youthful, easy going and light. The composition is built around a cocooning blend of delicate flowers and soft notes of musk and vanilla. On the top notes lemon zest and bergamot juice illuminates the transparent floracy of cyclamen. The heart evolves with a white flower bouquet enriched with Bulgarian rose oil and powdery facets of orris and violet. The bottom leaves a soft trail of white musk and vanilla.”


KORRES White Blossom Shower Gel

KORRES White Blossom Shower Gel

KORRES White Blossom Showergel

KORRES White Blossom Showergel transports you in the bath/shower to field of blossoming white flowers accented by a powdery hint. The scent is youthful, easy going and light. This creamy-foam showergel with wheat proteins and Althea extract helps maintain skin’s natural moisture levels.”

KORRES White Blossom Body Butter

KORRES White Blossom Body Butter

KORRES White Blossom Body Butter

KORRES White Blossom Body Butter is a rich, luxurious decadent treat for your dry skin. This beautifully scented, creamy body butter is enriched with shea butter and quince extract as well as Sunflower, Almond, and Avocado oils, the complete formulation helps soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the look of your skin.”

Tune in to HSN on the 18th at midnight, 1am, 4am, 5am, 8am, 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm (all Eastern times) to have the opportunity to purchase these new rich body products.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: KORRES wants to celebrate this special event with a giveaway for one Beauty Info Zone subscriber from the U.S. The lucky person will win both the White Blossom Shower Gel and the White Blossom Body Butter. Your body will be thanking you and so will all the people who are near enough to smell how terrific you’ll be. The giveaway is open through June 1, 2016 at 11:59 ET. If comments close please email me at [email protected] and label it KORRES. Make your comment in the email, click “I commented” and go on to do more entries. We absolutely check the winners that Rafflecopter picks. If there is any dishonesty in your entries you are eliminated. Sadly it happens more than we wish.

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Ellovi – the “6 only” lip and body butter company

ellovi BUTTER and Tinted Lip Balm

ellovi BUTTER and Tinted Lip Balm

ELLOVI is a company that I’ve been using on and off for the last few years. It’s an all natural and vegan skincare company that is manufactured in California. Their philosophy is one that they are proud of and it’s obvious why.

Purity  Ingredients so pure you can eat them

Compassion  No animal testing or ingredients

Sustainability  Wildly harvested, reusable glass jar

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ellovi hand makes all their products. They are created in small batches, they are cruelty-free and sustainable, and the 6 ingredients used are so pure that they are edible.
ellovi BUTTER

ellovi BUTTER


ellovi uses exactly 6 ingredients in their body butter. There are 4 fragrances (original, vanilla, mint chocolate, and blossom) and I’ve tried two of them. I was sent the full size Vanilla BUTTER and a mini Original to test and it reminded me of why I used up my first jar of BUTTER.

Macadamia, Hawaiian coconut, shea, hemp seed, African marula, and non-GMO corn starch.

Macadamia Coconut Shea Hemp Seed Marula
The creators of Ellovi are obviously purists. Normally when we say something is a Butter we expect it to be a body butter but Ellovi’s BUTTER is more than that. According to Ellovi it’s also good as –
  • All-over body butter (great for massages)
  • Night-time facial moisturizer
  • Natural sunscreen (SPF 5 – 10)
  • Makeup remover (try it on a cotton ball)
  • Great for sensitive skin, eczema, and rosacea

    ellovi BUTTER

    ellovi BUTTER

When you open this jar you’ll see a product that looks solid.  But scoop some out and you’ll find that it softens to the point where it’s almost an oil. The ingredients are great: Macadamia nut oil is full of fatty acids to fade fine lines, while coconut oil is a time-tested moisturizer and hemp seed oil wards off pollutants. Ghanaian marula nut oil helps nourish aging skin, and shea butter deeply hydrates. The result: a rich, handcrafted cream with that won’t clog pores and is safe for sensitive skin. Bonus: The butter’s intrinsic sun-blocking abilities are equal to an SPF 10.
I like to apply this as soon as I get out of the shower to give my skin the chance to absorb the richness and protect my body from drying out. Scoop some out of your full size jar and keep it next to your bed so you can apply it to your feet to help keep them moisturized too. While I haven’t used it as a makeup remover that does sound pretty interesting.

ellovi Tinted Balm

ellovi Tinted Butter

There are 5 Lip Butters that Ellovi produces too. I have the Tinted Balm which you can see is looks like it’s tinted red. Individual Lip Butters are $5 each while the Collection ($18) has Tinted, Original, Vanilla, and Blossom plus it comes in a cute tin.

The Tinted Lip Butter lightly tints my lips with just a hint of red. It’s a very natural look that adds moisture with a small bit of color. The color is provided by a Mediterranean flower called Akanet. Here’s what you’ll find with Ellovi’s Lip Butter –
  • Intense lip moisturizer
  • Excellent for chapped lips
  • Soaks in deep and and lasts
  • Lead free color (so pure you can eat it)
  • Oval tube (comfortable in your pocket)

The tube is 0.15 ounces and will keep your lips intensely hydrated for months. They recommend using Lip Butter within 1 year. Just like the Butter it also contains just 6 ingredients: Sunflower, macadamia, Hawaiian coconut, shea, Alkanet root, and African marula.

SunflowerMacadamia Coconut Shea Alkanet Root Marula
ellovi Lip Butter Tinted swatch

ellovi Lip Butter Tinted swatch

Just think 6 and you’ll come up with ellovi, a natural, vegan company you can be proud to enjoyably use.  — Marcia

Ellovi Butter can be found at the Birchbox shop and on the Ellovi website. Lip Balms are available on
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