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

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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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Mindful beauty for an active life: YUNI Beauty Sweat, Refresh, Go Kit

YUNI Sweat Refresh Go Kit I love working out. I love getting stronger, feeling good, and looking better. What I don’t love is how I smell after a class…with my busy schedule, it’s challenging to find time to work out so I often have to run to a meeting after breaking a sweat. I am constantly on the lookout for great workout clothes as well as great body products that help me get from the gym to the real world in a flash.      samplesYUNI Beauty (640x480)
YUNI Beauty Sweat Refresh GoYUNI Beauty is a new brand to Sephora – they just partnered up at the end of December. The YUNI collection is focused on natural, versatile, eco-conscious products that are perfect for active people. The products emphasize mindfulness within a healthy lifestyle.
YUNI Beauty Sweat Refresh Go KitTo kick off their new partnership with Sephora, YUNI created the Sweat, Refresh, Go Kit ($32) which has its top-selling products, including Shower Sheets (Body Wipes), Chillax (Muscle Recovery Gel), Flash Bath (No-Rinse Body Cleanser), and My OM World (Aromatic Body Mist). This awesome set comes in a cute zippered bag that says YUNI Seekers of Good. The bag is made from a very sturdy canvas that will withstand any sort of shenanigans.

Here are the four different YUNI products that are fantastic for taking care of your post-workout body.
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  1.  Shower Sheets:  There are three Shower Sheets included.  These are large body wipes that clean your body, leaving it feeling fresh and smelling good. I love these especially when traveling. The body wipe is truly large enough to clean your whole ‘bad self’ – it’s like a shower without the water. This is what you want after a particularly grueling workout, or after swimming to get rid of that chlorine smell when you don’t have time or access to a shower.YUNI Flash BathYUNI Flash Bath
  2. Flash Bath:  This is a foamy no-bath body cleanser. Just squirt some foam into your hands, rub over skin, and it instantly takes away odor and leaves skin super soft thanks to a blend of antibacterial Neem extract and aloe vera. It has a clean, outdoorsy scent that is pleasant and sticks around for a while. It’s amazing when you are in a big hurry because it dries almost instantly and really cleans the skin.YUNI ChillaxYUNI Beauty Chillax
  3. Chillax Muscle Recovery Gel:  The roller ball gently massages sore muscles while the gel cools and soothes sore, inflamed muscles almost immediately. Fair Trade Green Tea Extract and arnica calm down inflammation, and peppermint eases pain. It smells amazing and really helps the post-workout muscle blues. It’s fantastic on my neck and shoulders after arm day, and essential for my thighs and calves after leg day.YUNI Beauty My Om World
  4. My Om World Aromatic Body Mist:  After getting clean and soothing sore muscles, a quick spray of this calming body mist is the best ending to a tough but satisfying workout. The combination of geranium, bergamot, neroli and sage is incredible. You can’t help but feel peaceful and happy with this amazing scent.  Just perfect.

YUNI Sweat Refresh Go (640x480)I am so impressed with YUNI Beauty! If you do yoga, or are a runner, or a gym rat, or just love sweating to the oldies, you are going to be thrilled with the Sweat, Refresh, Go Kit.  All the items are portable multi-taskers that are not only sustainable, they are also wonderfully affordable.

YUNI Beauty is currently available at YUNIBeauty.com, select YogaWorks, Credo Beauty, BeautyKind.com, Sephora.com and Sephora.ca.  – Lisa

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Get ready for those New Year Resolutions with Zim’s Max-Freeze patches and a giveaway

2017 Puzzle Shows New Year's Greetings And FestivityYou know you are going to make New Year’s Resolutions even if they are just in your head. We all do whether we state them or not. I’m going to take a stab and say that you are promising yourself to start working out or somehow getting in shape. That’s the way we start the year. We usually end it with food and drinks galore so the guilt gets to us. The gyms see a flurry of activity each January.

Zim's Max-Freeze Patches

Zim’s Max-Freeze Patches

So what does this have to do with ZIM’S MAX-FREEZE PATCHES? If my current accident tells me anything it’s that you are going to need these for your sore muscles once you start/restart your exercise.                                                     sample

Zim’s has been in the business of taking care of our aches and pains for over 60 years and in 2016 they introduced these Max-Freeze Patches. They are available in 3 sizes which sell for $10.99 each:

Zim's Max-Freeze Patches

Zim’s Max-Freeze Patches

XL contains 3 patches that are 4″ x 8″ so they are perfect for your back and large areas

L contains 4 patches that are 4″ x 5.5″ and are best for knees and elbows

M contains 6 patches that are 3″ x 5″ and are used for smaller areas like arms and neck. I was sent the M size and used it on my knee and thigh where I banged them up.

Zim's Max-Freeze Patches

Zim’s Max-Freeze Patches

The patches stay on perfectly for hours so they can give you continuous relief. And they are incredibly easy to use.

 “To use Zim’s Max-Freeze Patches, simply remove the film of the individually wrapped patch and place the adhesive over the affected area. The patches are long-lasting, stay in place once adhered and can be changed twice a day for continued pain relief.”

What makes these so unique is that each patch contains 4% Lidocaine and 1% Menthol. There’s a menthol like scent with these but the relief they give is enough for me to forget that I don’t normally like scents in products. They feel very cooling when you apply the patch and help relieve the area that you need relief in.

Zim's patch open, peel off the film to use

Zim’s patch open, peel off the film to use

Zim's Max-Freeze Patch open

Zim’s Max-Freeze Patch open

Max-Freeze Patches are for temporary relief of the pains you might suffer from sports or exercise (or falling .. ahem). Since they are individually wrapped you can keep them in a gym bag to use. There’s no mess with these, your hands might get a little of the liquid on them but that’s easy to wash off. No creams or lotions that might get on your clothes. Apply and go.  These are available at Zimusa.com and Amazon.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Zim’s has offered a giveaway for 2 continental US winners. As usual you need to be a Beauty Info Zone subscriber and comment. All other entries on the Rafflecopter are extras to help your chances of winning. The giveaway runs through 1/5/17. I check entries and have had to eliminate people for not following the rules. Make a resolution right now to enter and start winning in 2017.  —  Marcia

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Don’t stress out – shop The Body Shop for awesome last minute gifts!

lastminuteheroI cannot believe that Christmas is only three days away! My shopping isn’t done yet…is yours? Fun fact from The Body Shop – 43% of people globally find buying presents very stressful, and interestingly, men actually stress about it more than women. The Body Shop makes it easy to pick up some quick, fun gifts that take the stress out of last-minute shopping. Seriously, they have something for everyone on your list!                                   samplesThe Body Shop

Actually, being a procrastinator pays off on the holidays because the prices just keep getting better and better!

The Body Shop is celebrating their 40th anniversary and their dedication to their campaign against animal testing with more than 120 gift sets – and every single one helps restore the rainforest and protect endangered species.

A never fail gift for those who celebrate Christmas is an ornament. The Body Shop has some super cute ornaments and some wonderfully practical ones, too.  The Body Shop Ornament

Committment Sponge Reggie Jr. ($6)  This cute little guy makes for a super fun ornament…and then an even better bath sponge! The Limited Edition Reggie Junior Commitment Sponge is a perfect gift for a niece or nephew. The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters BaubleThe Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters BaubleThe Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters Bauble

Strawberry Festive Butters Bauble ($10, on sale right now for $4!) Now here’s a perfect gift for a teacher or friend – the ornaments holds a yummy smelling Strawberry Body Butter as well as a hydrating Strawberry Lip Butter. This is a terrific buy because it’s a $14 Value!

The Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask DuoThe Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask Duo

The Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask Duo ($39, on sale now for just $15!) I adore these masks, and this gift duo is a great combo of deep cleansing and deep moisturizing. At this price, you will want to put two in your basket – one for a friend and one for yourself!

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The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun ($20, on sale now for $12)  Give the gift of holiday glow with this fantastic liquid bronzer and highlighter! A few drops in foundation brighten up your look, and it’s also wonderful mixed with body lotion for softly glowing arms and decolletage. I know I would be thrilled to find this under the tree.

The Body Shop Color Crush Matte LipstickThe Body Shop LE Down to Earth Eyeshadow QuadThe Body Shop LE Down to Earth Eyeshadow QuadIf your giftee loves makeup, I am a big fan of The Body Shop’s new collection, which includes Colour Crush Matte Lipsticks ($12.50, on sale now for $7.50) and LE Eyeshadow Quads ($24 on sale now for $14.40).

The bottom line is, don’t stress out!  Shop online – free shipping now, yay! – or head over to the mall for some amazing gifts from The Body Shop that will make everyone on your list happy happy happy.  – Lisa

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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!

Farmhouse Fresh and fabulous holiday buys

Welcome back to Makeup Wars. We took a break over the summer which then extended into the fall but we’re excited about being able to come back full force now. Today’s topic is Holiday Beauty Buys. My beauty buys aren’t quite within the norm since I’m taking you into bath and body products specifically from Farmhouse Fresh. I didn’t want to go the typical route with cosmetics since I’m sure the rest of the crew will be sharing theirs. I’m so enamored with Farmhouse Fresh and I think they make great gifts for holidays, hostess gifts, housewarming gifts, and, most important, for you!

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Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness Body Sampler

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness Body Sampler

I only have one of the many Farmhouse Fresh gifts but I hope that will change. SWEEPING SOFTNESS is a 3 step sampler for your body. What you’ll get is a ready to wrap box with three of Farmhouse Fresh’s top selling body products. For $18 you’ll be able to see what bloggers rave and rave about. The plastic jars each contain 1 fl oz of product. Enough for many uses and enough to tempt you to try these full size or other FHF products.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Scrub, Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, Agave Nectar Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Scrub, Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, Agave Nectar Body Oil

Start your day in the shower with Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub. This has been on Oprah’s Favorite List so it’s easy to understand why it was chosen for this set. When you open the jar you’ll see the sea salt and silky rice bran oil. I mix them together with a tiny spatula that I have from a previous jar, then scoop it out to exfoliate my body with its goodness.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub

It melts on my skin while hydrating it with the oil. The fragrance is sweet and luscious; it will remind you of baking sugar cookies.

From there you want to apply Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, a fluffy body cream that smells like a vanilla layer cake just out of the oven. It’s really wonderful for dry skin as it contains shea butter, vitamin E packed jojoba and soybean oils. Your skin is going to be so soft after. While this smells good enough to eat, save it for your body. My legs are eating this up.

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Shea Butter

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Shea Butter

Before dressing give yourself a wonderful experience with the Agave Nectar Body Oil. I’ve previously raved about the FHF Body Oils so having this one is a delight. Since it’s in a jar it’s harder to use though which is why I cut part of the liner off. This is an oil so you don’t want to spill it and waste the delight inside.

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

FHF describes the smell as similar to Tiramisu with an oat milk scent. I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything quite like this fragrance wise. I smell vanilla in it too. “Barley, Sandalwood and Amurense bark combine with Agave Nectar and a blend of natural oils to deeply hydrate without a greasy afterfeel.” These oils are heaven scent. They don’t leave my body feeling oily and they don’t cloy with their scent. I notice the fragrance for a while but it never interferes with my day.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness

Sweeping Softness is a perfect gift for any woman you know even if you have no idea of what she likes. It’s the kind of item to have on hand for a last minute gift or to take with you. While I highly recommend it for you too to have the chance to try 3 amazing products from Farmhouse Fresh there are two other gift sets that look pretty amazing too.

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors has 3 shea butter items within: This travel trio of our best-selling shea butters is ready to quench on-the-go. Whoopie! Cream (scented like fresh-baked whoopie pies), Rainbow Road (scented with coconut and Bartlett Pears), and Fluffy Bunny (a light lavender mint julep) bring along decadent scents and the promise to hydrate – wherever you may be!

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery is a face mask kit containing Guac Star Avocado Mask for hydration, Splendid Dirt Organic Pumpkin Mud Mask for radiance, and exfoliate to smooth perfection with Pudding Apeel Tapioca Glycolic Mask. I’ve used both the Guac Star and Pudding Apeel and know that they are outstanding.

No matter which of these is your choice, you can’t go wrong. There aren’t enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe how I feel about Farmhouse Fresh and these holiday gift sets will make your days and nights a lot brighter.  —  Marcia

Join the Makeup Wars team to see what else stands out for the holidays this year. Enjoy their posts.


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Farmhouse Fresh has altered my life. Citrus Cilantro Body Oil and Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard are 2 reasons why.

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

Upon discovering Farmhouse Fresh my sensibilities were altered. I always said I don’t like fragranced products. Anything fragranced that came to Beauty Info Zone via PR was something that my blog partner Lisa received and wrote about. She finally twisted my arm and told me that Farmhouse Fresh was a line that she knew I would love and she was so right. I don’t just love the line, I’m crazy about it. My former beliefs were turned upside down and now I crave Farmhouse Fresh. Happily I was sent two new products to adore and teach you about.

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

It’s important to know what makes Farmhouse Fresh stand out from the crowded field of bath and body. This is a company that uses farm fresh ingredients that are grown in the U.S. Resorts and spas throughout the states proudly use their products knowing the clients will be clamoring to come back for more. 99% of their products are vegan and gluten free. Each product ranges from 90-99% natural. Finally the scents are exquisite.

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil and Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil and Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

Citrus Cilantro Body Oil is the second Body Oil I’ve been privileged enough to use. When I reviewed Quinsyberry Botanical Body Oil I noticed the other scents and drooled. I knew that more would be in my future. Citrus Cilantro is a totally different experience. While Quinsyberry is sweet and seductive Citrus Cilantro is like a breath of fresh air. It’s an outdoor  fragrance to me. It’s summery in the same way that freshly cut grass is yet it has an edge to it with the citrus. Citrus Cilantro Body Oil is formulated with antioxidant-rich olive fruit & grapeseed oils and contains orange peel, jojoba, sunflower seed & apricot kernel oils.

Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

It’s wonderfully hydrating and I like to apply this upon getting out of the shower. If you love to luxuriate in a bath then a Farmhouse Fresh Body Oil is a great companion. Pour some in and it will automatically hydrate your skin without leaving it oily. Since it’s a glass bottle it lives on my counter and not in the shower stall. I’m always amazed at how little I need to moisturize my body and how long lasting this is. Even though an $18 bottle of Farmhouse Fresh Body Oil lasts forever I’ve still ordered Clementine since these are what I like to use for fragrance. Who’d have thought this would ever happen to me?

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Newer to my life is the Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard. Oh my goodness. You don’t know what delicious smells like until you use this body moisturizer. It’s like getting two for the price of one. Unscrew the glass jar and from your first sniff you’ll be thanking me for introducing this to you. It’s that scrumptious.

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

This light orange and white body moisturizer comes with a great wooden spoon for mixing. It’s created from a 2-part blend that includes 1/2 whipped shea butter and 1/2 live fruit cells that are suspended in an aloe gel. Imagine yourself wrapped in this blood orange cream with a hint of delicate honeysuckle flower essence! This is a fabulous warm weather body cream. It’s rich enough to make your skin feel soft and moisturized but light enough for summer skin. You’ll not only feel soft and supple but you’ll smell delicious. Both the mason jar and the wooden spoon are reusable too. One of my favorite parts is this bag that it comes in, all ready for gift giving!

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

These two products have strengthened my admiration for Farmhouse Fresh and I’m eager for a fragranced future with them. —  Marcia

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