Mission Grove by Soap & Paper Factory will delight your senses

Cardamom and CoffeeAnything sold at Anthropologie is always on Beauty Info Zone’s radar because they do such a wonderful job of curating. They sell interesting, hip products that are wonderful treats for yourself or fabulous gifts. Their latest find is Mission Grove, a bath and body collection from one of our perennial favorites, the Soap & Paper Factory. This line is made in the US in small batches, and ingredients are top of the line oils and extracts including meadowfoam, borage seed, and jojoba and aromatherapy oils. Everything from Mission Grove has no sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, or phthalates. And of course, it wouldn’t be sold at Anthropologie unless the packaging had a cool, retro feel.

The new Mission Grove Collection comes in four fragrances:

Sakura: This relaxing and restorative fragrance balances apple and citrus with sweet heliotrope for a perfectly calming combination.

Madagascar Vanilla: Deep, sultry notes of bourbon add an intoxicating richness to this soothing vanilla scent.

Fig & Honey: Refresh the body and clear the mind with this heady fragrance that combines earthy figs with sweet honey.

Cardamom & Coffee: Spicy and stimulating, this complex fragrance combines cardamom and coffee with geranium and sandalwood to detoxify the spirit.

The products include Shea Butter Bar Soap ($8), Sea Salt Body Scrub ($12), Travel Sized Body Lotion ($12), Travel Sized Body Wash ($12), Treatment Facial Mask ($16), Scented Drawer Liner Papers ($18), and a Big Rollerball Botanical Oil ($24).

Marcia and Lisa tried several of the products in two different scents, Sakura and Madagascar Vanilla. Is Mission Grove worthy of a permanent place in their boudoirs?  Read on and find out!

madagascar Vanilla

Lisa’s Side:  Madagascar Vanilla  Ok, to be honest they had me at ‘Vanilla’. I love love love vanilla scents, so I was super excited to try these beautifully packaged goodies. The vanilla scent is deep and rich, a little boozy thanks to the bourbon fragrance. It’s a beautiful sniff and just look at how lovely the packaging is:

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Seasalt Scrub

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Sea Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla wax seal on paper and bar soap

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla wax seal on paper and bar soap

Every product comes in this delightful and thoughtful packaging. I adore the wax stamps on the bar soap and the scented paper, it really brings home the care and quality of the products.  Marcia is going to tell you more about the Sea Salt Scrub and the Scented Paper, and I have the 411 on the soaps and lotion.

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

I almost couldn’t bear to open the bar of soap!  Look that packaging….wow. This is a great gift because it’s just gorgeous. Luckily, the soap is wonderful too, with a thick full lather that doesn’t dry out hands. It’s a great bar for sinks and for tubs.

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Body Lotion and Body Wash

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Body Lotion and Body Wash

The travel sized Body Wash and Body Lotion are TSA friendly and perfect for travel bags. The wash gives a creamy foam and the fragrance really sticks around, especially if you layer the Body Lotion over top. They both leave skin smooth, silky, and sweet smelling. I really enjoy this set and am interested in how Marcia likes the Sakura scent. The Fig and Honey scent sounds delicious too…I think I am going to plan a trip to Anthropologie soon to take a sniff!

Sakura

Marcia’s Side:  Sakura

Like Lisa I quickly knew which scent was perfect for me. As the picky one on BIZ I gravitate to fruity scents that aren’t overwhelming. Sakura Blossom is perfect for that. With a mixture of apple and citrus I was thrilled to try this. To be honest I don’t know what heliotrope smells like, all I know is that its flowers are in a variety of violet shades. That doesn’t matter since this combination is refreshing and not overwhelming at all.

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

The packaging of these Mission Grove products is enough to get me to buy them. A collection of these beautifully packaged goods would make an awesome housewarming or hostess gift. Even better is what’s inside since the fragrance isn’t artificial and the products are excellent.

The Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub surprised me since I normally choose a sugar scrub, but this wasn’t harsh at all and left my skin feeling exfoliated and lightly scented. I was surprised at the touch of oil that’s in it to protect my skin. I never have the flakies on the the days I’m able to shower with this Salt Scrub.

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

This contains sea salt, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E which all combine for a hydrating scrub.

Mission Grove Scented Papers

Mission Grove Scented Papers

The Mission Grove Scented Papers in Sakura Blossom totally blew me away. My first reaction to was honestly “why would I use scented papers??”. That was then, this is now: “Wow I love all the things I can do with these scented papers from Mission Grove.”

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Scented Papers

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Scented Papers

My husband likes to go to Las Vegas. While he doesn’t smoke everything is covered in smoke in Vegas. You come home from there and (for non-smokers) you want to undress in the garage and get your clothes into the wash instantly. Now I can tuck one of the half sheets into the mesh section of the suitcase. It helps so much to keep items, the ones that can’t be washed, refreshed. Other uses are to put these in a drawer, your car, boots when you are storing them, and your gym bag. I have one in my laundry room and it’s so amazing to walk in there now – even for someone that isn’t a fragrance person.

Mission Grove Drawer Papers

Mission Grove Drawer Papers

These are beautiful and sturdy. There are 6 sheets that are perforated in the middle so you can break them apart to have 12 sheets. They are made out of a thin cardboard so there’s nothing flimsy about them. They are unlike any drawer papers I’ve ever seen.

Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil (Sakura Blossom)

Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil (Sakura Blossom)

One last product to mention is the Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil. This is available in all 4 of the fragrances and sounds terrific. Here’s what Mission Grove has to say: “Crafted in small batches, Mission Grove Rollerball Perfume Oils stimulate your mind, body and spirit. Great for personal fragrance, and for maximum benefits, use the rollerbals on temples and pressure points such as your crown chakra, bottoms of your feet and solar plexus. Perfect for On-the-go!”

While these are available at Anthropologie, only the soaps are carried online. That means a trip is due to an Anthropologie store so you can see the line in person and do a little indulging for yourself and someone you want to impress.

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Mmmm, coconut…Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

I look out my window and it’s all white. Snow, ice, sleet….every day, day after day. I walk outside and can’t even catch my breath because of the subzero temperatures. Inside, it’s warm but so dry my skin gets itchy and uncomfortable. I long for the sweet coconut scent of a tropical beach and soft, hydrated skin….and Aveeno comes to rescue!

I’ve loved Aveeno body products for a very long time because I find the oatmeal-based products extremely gentle and soothing. As an Aveeno Ambassador I was recently sent two coconut-scented Aveeno products to test and I was hoping they would help me satisfy my craving for coconut and for soft skin.

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash

AVEENO® SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT™BODY WASH NOURISHING COCONUT ($7.49)  Typically any product that is gentle for skin should probably not include fragrance, but the Skin Relief Gentle Scents products are an exception. In fact, this scented body wash has been clinically tested and is as gentle as the fragrance-free version, which is great news.

The Skin Relief Gentle Scent Body Wash is soap-free, dye-free, and allergy tested. It cleans skin beautifully with a soft lather that rinses clean but doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry and tight. And the coconut fragrance….YUM! It’s a beautiful scent that isn’t overly sweet, it’s more like fresh coconuts. Oh so good!! After my shower, the perfect winter combo is following this body wash with….

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body  Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Lotion

AVEENO SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT™LOTION NOURISHING COCONUT ($9.99).  This is a light lotion with the same coconut scent, also tested and found to be as gentle as the fragrance-free version. The lotion has the ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex, which soothes irritated, dry skin and leaves skin wonderfully hydrated. Anyone with sensitive dry skin will love this non-greasy body lotion. It makes my skin super soft all day long even in dry winter heat. Like the body wash, the scent is a deep, yummy coconut that doesn’t have that slightly chemical scent that many lotions have. The scent is faint but still there 12 hours later.
I love these affordable and effective body products.  They bring me the scent and the skin of summer!  – Lisa
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Aveeno is available at Walmart, CVS, Kroger, and other drugstores.
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Ring in the new year with some sparkle!

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Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion

This set from Molton Brown is adorable…and so perfect for bringing in the new year! I love Molton Brown products in general. We recently stayed at the Talbott Hotel in Chicago, which is this gorgeous, ritzy but not pretentious hotel with the most beautiful rooms ever. I wasn’t oohing and ahhhing over the fabulous bed with perfect pillows or the sumptuous robe and slippers…I was ecstatic because they had Molton Brown shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion!

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Body Lotion

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Body Lotion

The Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion is a perfect duo for a little celebrating. Champagne? Glitter? Count me in!! Check out the bling in this beautiful bath and shower gel.

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

I feel all special and sparkly using it, and it puts me right into a party mood (although the sparkle doesn’t stick around, so I end up fresh and clean but not actually sparkling!). I follow this with a little Vintage 2015 Elderflower Body Lotion.

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower  Body Lotion

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Body Lotion

The champagne-inspired packaging is awesome and the body lotion is classic Molton Brown. It’s light and absorbs quickly, leaving my skin soft and hydrated. The fragrances are intense enough to last all day.

– Skin moisture levels increased threefold moments after application.
– Skin moisture levels remain doubled even after 24 hours.
– 100% of customers would recommend to a friend.

*Data based on clinical trial with 40 men and women.

The Elderflower scent is beautiful – sparkling grapefruit with English elderflower, so it’s a clean, floral scent. The scent has amazing lasting power, more so than in any other scented lotion I have tried.

Molton Brown is a wonderful, classy line with products so amazing the Talbott Hotel picked them to pamper their guests. I think you should pick them out to pamper yourself too, and the Vintage 2015 Elderflower set is the perfect way to do so.  – Lisa

 

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Kicking off the Twelve Days of Christmas giveaways with Delectable Bath & Body products

12 Days of Christmas stampToday’s post is a little ironic since I don’t celebrate Christmas and I’m not really a fragrance person even though Delectable is known for their delectable fragrances in their products. While I may not celebrate the holiday myself I love what it means to so many people. I love to see everyone happy and families together. I have my whole family over for Christmas Eve dinner since to me a holiday is special when it involves family. I wanted to do something special for our blog family this Christmas so Lisa and I decided that the “12 days of Christmas giveaways” would be a perfect way to thank you for helping make our blog grow.

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Speaking of loves, I really do love Delectable’s products, especially their Lemon & Cream line. It’s one that I’ve counted on for a few years now and it helped me get over my adverse reaction to fragranced products. Happily though they have also come out with Unscented Triple Moisture Body Lotion ($14)which contains all the wonderful ingredients of their hydrating line but without fragrance.

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

What this contains for the Triple Moisture is Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera. What it doesn’t contain are parabens, sodium chloride, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, GMOs, mineral oil , petroleum, gluten and triclosan. Those are all the ingredients you don’t want to see in your products and Delectable knows that.

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

My skin really does feel hydrated after using this. I like to use it just when I get out of the shower to nourish my skin. It glides on and absorbs quickly. What I have left is smooth and soft skin making me feel silky.

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

This rich lotion isn’t too heavy. I like to use it as a hand cream but I’ve since learned that they have a Scent-Free Hand Cream ($10) made for the scent-sitive!

While we don’t have this body lotion for our giveaway, we do have 3 other Delectable products for a US giveaway. Information about Hair & Body Mist: “Specially formulated for both hair and body, this refreshing mist will leave you sweetly scented with notes of lemon & cream. Perfectly balanced, this sumptuous scent lasts all day without being overwhelming. Use at home and on-the-go. Hair and body will feel & smell fresh, clean and delightfully delectable.” Information about Body Wash: “treat your gorgeous bod to luscious shower bubbles and super-soft ultra sweet skin. Kissed with the delectable scent of vanilla & cream, this supremely rich blend is enriched with coconut oil & aloe vera to nourish, hydrate and soften. Dreamy creamy bubbles, all for you.”

Delectable Lemon & Cream Hair & Body Mist, Vanilla & Cream Hair & Body Mist, Vanilla & Cream Body wash

Delectable Lemon & Cream Hair & Body Mist, Vanilla & Cream Hair & Body Mist, Vanilla & Cream Body wash

There will be 3 winners, one for each of the prizes. This time in the comments I’d like you to list the order of the prizes. This way I don’t have to search for another winner if your favorite has been claimed by the winner prior to you. If there are any you don’t wish to win you can state that too. This is for US only because of weight. The giveaway lasts for 7 days through Tuesday Dec. 8,2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close, email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Delectable to leave your comment.

Thank you for being a Beauty Info Zone subscriber and best of luck over the next 12 days. — Marcia

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Delectable products are sold at Kohls and Kohls.com as well as the beDelectable website.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau Glycerin Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Stearic Acid Glyceryl Stearate PEG-100 Stearate Dimethicone Cetyl Alcohol Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Triethanolamine Tocopheryl Acetate Carbomer Tetrasodium EDTA Panthenol Aloe Badbadensis Leaf Juice BHT Propylene Glycol Diazolidinyl Urea Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

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#AveenoDailyChallenge for Healthy Skin Month

I’m a little late posting about National Healthy Skin Month but it’s never too late to try to improve our skin. Aveeno issued a challenge to their bloggers to use their duo of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Daily Moisturizing Lotion for 3 weeks to remind us about the importance of taking care of our skin during these colder months. As an Aveeno Ambassador I was thrilled to receive these.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion #AveenoDailyChallenge

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion #AveenoDailyChallenge

My three weeks is almost up but it actually started more than three weeks ago with the Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Now I have one in both bathrooms rather than just one. As many of you know, I prefer fragrance free products so the Aveeno Lotion has been wonderful for me. I’ve been using it for months. I love how nicely this absorbs and keeps my skin moisturized. Even if I feel like using a fragranced body moisturizer on my lower torso I’ll still use my Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion on my upper body.

With the Aveeno Body Wash in the shower even my husband now uses it. It’s both gentle and hydrating and it doesn’t smell girly so he can enjoy it without making fun of my fetishes.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion #AveenoDailyChallenge

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion #AveenoDailyChallenge

Will you join the #AveenoDailyChallenge by using this Aveeno duo? If so post on social media using the hashtag and mention your favorite duo? Mac and Cheese anyone? Or even better peanut butter and chocolate! — Marcia

*press samples/Aveeno Ambassador

Will you choose pink or white? Molton Brown Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown definitely gets my vote for most interesting fragrances in body products. No run of the mill Vanilla or Lavender here…their scents have names like “Mesmerizing Oudh Accord & Gold“. If you are adventuresome with your scented body products, you will want to try the Molton Brown Nourishing Body Lotion ($42). The biggest problem will be which unique scent you should choose.

Molton Brown sent me the Nourishing Body Lotion in two different scents and I can’t decide which one I like better. The body lotion is really nice. It’s light and absorbs quickly, leaving my skin soft and hydrated. The fragrances are intense enough to last all day, but not so strong they are overwhelming.

– Skin moisture levels increased threefold moments after application.
– Skin moisture levels remain doubled even after 24 hours.
– 100% of customers would recommend to a friend.

*Data based on clinical trial with 40 men and women.

Molton Brown White Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown White Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion

The White Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion is a flowery and fresh scent that has a kicky spice to it. The top note is violet leaf, middle note is narcisse oil, and the base note is white sandalwood leaf. Molton Brown highly recommends this scent for travel because it is so refreshing.

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion

The Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion is a spice girl’s dream! The top note is fiery pink pepper, middle note is ginger, and the base note is rich patchouli. The pink pepperpods are great antioxidants making this a multi-tasking body lotion. Pink Pepperpod is a rich, sexy scent that is perfect for date night.

I guess it’s best to not even have to choose between the white and the pink…just get both! You can find Molton Brown online at moltonbrown.com, and they have a Store Finder on their website so you can locate the closest store to try their unique scents for yourself.  – Lisa

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Get Spa Sensual with Peter Lamas

Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals

Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals

press samples

Before I can begin wirting about Peter Lamas and his Spa Sensuals line, I need to introduce you to him.

  • Peter Lamas is not related to Fernando Lamas
  • Peter Lamas is not related to Lorenzo Lamas
  • You aren’t required to use an accent when reading this article nor when using Peter Lamas products.
  • Peter Lamas is a famous hairstylist who has worked with such beauties as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Diana Ross when he worked at the Kenneth Townhouse Salon in New York City.
  • Peter Lamas is concerned about your health as well as your beauty. He created a full line of products because of his concern for hazardous chemicals that are used even in beauty products.
  • Peter Lamas products are 100% vegan and formulated with Certified Organic botanicals, without parabens, sulfates or petrochemicals. Plus the products are cruelty free.
    Peter Lamas

    Peter Lamas

    There are three products that make up the SPA SENSUALS COLLECTION by Peter Lamas. Spa Sensuals Energizing Antioxidant Body Lotion ($24), Spa Sensuals Rejuvenating Hand Scrub ($21) and Spa Sensuals Intensive Repair Cream ($21). All three products have different strengths of a citrus scent that are refreshing and pleasant.

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Energizing Body Lotion

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Energizing Body Lotion

    PETER LAMAS SPA SENSUALS ANTIOXIDANT BODY LOTION can be used any time you need it – fresh out of the shower, mid-day, evening. It’s especially nice after a long day because it cools you down and moisturizes your dry skin. I mostly use this on my legs which get flaky year round. What makes this so different than other body lotions is the list of ingredients. They use a blend of Green Tea Extract, nourishing minerals and Chinese Herbs to penetrate into the skin. There’s a combination of Mango and Shea Butter that is extremely rich and creates a protective barrier that helps lock in moisture. This absorbs quickly so you don’t have to worry about sticky skin.

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Rejuvenating Hand Scrub

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Rejuvenating Hand Scrub

    PETER LAMAS SPA SENSUALS REJUVENATING HAND SCRUB is my favorite item of the trio. As much as I like it now, it’s going to be even better once the cold weather hits. This hand scrub is similar to a body scrub but made specifically to scrub away the rough skin on your hands and get rid of the dead skin cells. It’s a salt scrub that uses Natural Sea Salt Crystals but then softens it with Mango Butter and Shea Butter for hydration. Lots of great ingredients like Vitamins A and C, Lemon Oil, Almond Oil and Grape Seed Oil. The texture of this isn’t what I’d have expected since it’s spongy feeling when you go to apply it. It’s fun to use something out of the ordinary. Just be careful with the oils in it since you don’t want to lose any of them.

    Peter Lamas Rejuvenating Hand Scrub

    Peter Lamas Rejuvenating Hand Scrub

    Because of the oils you will have to rinse your hands well. What will be left is softer skin that look refreshed.

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Repair Hand Cream

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Repair Hand Cream

    Follow your scrub with PETER LAMAS SPA SENSUALS INTENSIVE HAND CREAM. This cream glides on. It’s very quickly absorbed and leaves your hands well hydrated. They say that this hydration will last for 24 hours but if you wash your hands as much as I do, you’ll have to repeat a few times during the day to get that long lasting intensity. This too has ingredients you want like Grape Seed Oil, Macadamia Oil and Almond Oil along with Vitamins C and E. These antioxidants help with deeper penetration to keep your hands softer and younger looking. I think I’m going to start using this combination on my feet since they could use the exfoliation from the scrub and the hydration from the hand cream.

The Spa Sensuals line is sold both at the Peter Lamas website and drugstore.com.  I personally like to buy at drugstore.com because I can use ebates as well earn drugstore.com dollars. While these 3 products are ones you’ll want to start using now, I think when winter comes you’ll be even more grateful to have learned about them. — Marcia

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