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 www.hawaiianbodyproducts.com.  – 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!!

Getting ready for summer with Hawaiian Tropic!

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Sometimes I long for the days when we had no idea what sort of damage the sun does the skin. When I was in my teens and twenties, I spent days and weeks in the sun with no SPF at all…in fact, I would slather myself in a deeply coconut scented no-SPF tanning oil, use reflective tinfoil, and be certain I was in the sun from 11 to 1 when I could catch the best tanning rays. I never, ever thought one time about skin cancer, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation. I was blissfully unaware…oh geez I just found a photo of myself at age 31 with my son – taken in Florida at I am sure 12:30 in the afternoon.

I can't even imagine how much skin damage happened on this day...

I can’t even imagine how much skin damage happened on this day…

However, once you know something it is impossible to ‘un’ know it, so I use SPF every day, even if I don’t think I am going outside. Lately all I want is my Hawaiian Tropic, not only because it is great at protecting skin from the sun, but because it brings me right back to those sunny, blissful days at the beach (or on a folding chair in my backyard pretending it’s the beach).                                                                                        PR sampleHawaiian Tropic

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

I make sure to apply broad spectrum SPF every day, and boy do I love the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen ($7.99). It is indeed weightless, a light soft lotion that sinks in immediately.

  • Feels indulgent on the skin – as if it’s barely on
  • Safe and effective broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen
  • Blended with exotic island botanicals
  • Unmistakable Hawaiian Tropic® fragrance will delight your senses
  • Premium airless pump
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes

It really does smell just like it did back in the day. When I have this on I can close my eyes and imagine I am at the beach right that second. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen is just delightful.

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch After Sun Moisturizer

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch After Sun Moisturizer

So the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch After Sun Moisturizer ($7.99) isn’t sun protection, but it is one terrific body lotion that gives skin a soft glow with a classic Hawaiian Tropic scent.

  • Formulated with shea butter complex and mango fruit extract
  • Unique skin brightening effect – special pigments that reflect light beautifully
  • 8-ounce pump bottle
  • A tropical treat for your senses

I love the beautiful radiance it gives skin…not overly sparkly, just a warm glow that makes skin look amazing. You really need to pick this up for summer!

Hawaiian Tropic products can be found in mass, grocery and drug retailers nationwide as well as online.  Pick some up and they will bring you right back to those carefree summer days!  – Lisa

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Beach party in a bottle: Farmhouse Fresh Citrine Beach Body Milk

Farmhouse Fresh Citrine Beach Body Milk

Farmhouse Fresh Citrine Beach Body Milk

Every time the BIZ is sent a new product to try, Marcia and I have a very calm, civilized, and adult conversation about which one of us gets to do the reviewing. We each have our favorites – Marcia loves anything with a citrus scent and I love anything with coconut. So you can just imagine how flummoxed we were when faced with deciding who got to try FARMHOUSE FRESH’S® NEW CITRINE BEACH BODY MILK…after all, this beach party in a bottle is a delicious combination of Texas grapefruit extract, decadent coconut, lime, and creamy rum. Yup…basically a pina colada on a sun-drenched sandy beach.

Farmhouse Fresh Citrine Beach Body Milk

Farmhouse Fresh Citrine Beach Body Milk

My love of anything emblazoned with super cute cows won the ‘discussion’ and I was the lucky winner. I do mean lucky because this is some of the most awesome smelling body lotion EVER. Just gorgeous!! Of course, as with all things Farmhouse Fresh, the packaging is to die for –  Shannon McLinden, the CEO of FarmHouse Fresh®, says “Like our other Body Milks, we incorporated nostalgic motifs and the feel of handmade paper when creating the packaging for the tube, inspired by patterns of vintage wallpapers and towels.”

Farmhouse Fresh Citrine Beach Body Milk

Farmhouse Fresh Citrine Beach Body Milk

The lotion is light and silky, with antioxidants and potassium to plump up wrinkles and treat age spots. It has beautiful oils that skin just loves, like soybean, rice bran,jojoba, sweet almond, avocado and sesame seed oils. These oils stimulate collagen production and make skin more elastic. This beautiful body lotion is 96%-natural, and the vegan formula is free of gluten, parabens, sulfates and mineral oil. I have pictured the larger size Citrine Beach Body Milk lotion (8 oz.; $28.00) in the “Our Cows Sip Sunshine” gift box printed with vegetable-based inks. The smaller travel-sized tube (2.4 oz. $14.00) comes in a decorative package.

Farmhouse Fresh Citrine Beach Body Milk

Farmhouse Fresh Citrine Beach Body Milk

You can find FarmHouse Fresh® products at retail stores and at professional spas like Glen Ivy Resort & Spas, Four Seasons, The Spa at Camelback Inn, as well as Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria and Hyatt Regency locations, as well as online at  farmhousefreshgoods.com.  I love so many of their products, but I am especially happy that I won the latest wrestling match with Marcia and have my beach party in a bottle!  – Lisa
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Join the #AveenoDailyChallenge and unlock your best skin

Each year Aveeno® reminds us to take the #AveenoDailyChallenge to make our skin softer and smoother before summer rolls around. It’s a 28 day challenge but one I’ve been doing for a lot longer than 28 days.

#AveenoDailyChallenge

#AveenoDailyChallenge

As an Aveeno® ambassador I feel fortunate when I receive a package from them with their wonderful products. The products I received this time to remind me to take part in the #AveenoDailyChallenge were much welcomed because they play a big part in my daily life.

I use Aveeno’s® Fragrance Free Moisturizing Body Lotion every day so my daily challenge is really a 365 one. Even if I use another body product like a wonderful body oil or a different lotion, Aveeno® Fragrance Free Daily Moisturizing Lotion is somewhere on my body.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

The combination of Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion provides 2x the nourishment for beautiful, healthy-looking skin every day. Formulated with Active Naturals® Colloidal Oatmeal, this daily ritual locks in moisture for soft, smooth skin.

#AveenoDailyChallenge

#AveenoDailyChallenge

Why wouldn’t I want to feel like this? I hope you’ll take the challenge and post using the hashtag #AveenoDailyChallenge!  —  Marcia

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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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