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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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!!

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

*received from Aveeno

A shower set from Panier Des Sens that’s gift worthy

mills pharmacy gifts

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary is a delightful pharmacy in Birmingham Michigan that is quite unique and a refreshing place to shop. There’s an old world European elegance to the recently remodeled store that makes it a destination place. They carry all the items you expect to find in a pharmacy but they go beyond that with hard to find items that make perfect gifts. Here’s a quick look inside

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary (facebook picture)

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary (facebook picture)

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary

I was invited to a preview of their Mother’s Day collection but was unable to attend although I did stop in another day and found so many wonderful items that I’d love to own. The store has unique gifts that are made in locally AND from all over the world (including Australia, France, London and Japan) that every mom will love. Mills kindly sent me a bath/body set that is beautiful, luxurious yet practical, and smells heavenly.

Panier Des Sens en Provence

Panier Des Sens en Provence

The beautifully packaged Almond Body Care Gift Set by Panier Des Sens en Provence ($48 at Mills Pharmacy) would not only make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift but it would be perfect for a hostess gift. I’d have loved learning about this prior to my last vacation since I think the couple I visited would have loved this as much as I do. This is a French company that specializes in bath and body with many beautifully scented products. The fragrance of the Almond Body Care Gift Set reminds me of marzipan which is a rare but much appreciated treat for my taste buds.

Panier Des Sens Almond Body Care Gift Set

Panier Des Sens Almond Body Care Gift Set

This beautiful set contains 3 very useful items in packaging that is a pleasure to behold.

Panier Des Sense Shower Oil

Panier Des Sense Shower Oil

There’s a Soothing Almond Shower Oil ($16) which not only cleanses skin but nourishes it too. It foams up on my shower pouf leaving my skin very soft but it doesn’t make my shower floor slippery.

Panier Des Sens Body MIlk

Panier Des Sens Body Milk

Panier Des Sens Soothing Almond Body Milk ($24) contains royal jelly, a mix of nourishing ingredients that help with cell renewal to revitalize your skin. It contains shea better to make this even more hydrating.

Panier Des Sense Hand Cream in Soothing Almond

Panier Des Sens Hand Cream in Soothing Almond

Panier Des Sens Hand Cream in Soothing Almond ($15.50) is a blend of sweet almond and shea butter to moisturize and protect your hands. If you love the scent of almonds you’ll love being able to use this and lift your spirits. This comes packaged in its own box if you decided to keep part of the set and give the hand cream away (but you won’t want to!!).

Panier Des Sens is the type of ethical company you’ll enjoy supporting.
  • No Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum, Ethanolamine or Silicone.
  • No animal testing
  • Made in France

While I can’t find this set for sale on Mills Pharmacy website you could call to order it. If you live anywhere near Maple Road in Birmingham, MI and you haven’t stopped into this enjoyable store then you are missing out on a wonderful shopping experience. Besides carrying the Panier Des Sens line they carry other products like Foreo Luna, Santa Maria Novella, Avene, Klorane, Suntegrity, Rifle Paper Co., gorgeous candles from Cire Trudon, and the list goes on. If you decide to go, I’ll happily meet you there!  — Marcia

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Location of Mills Pharmacy

1744 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009

phone: 248-644-5060

Mills Pharmacy Website

https://www.facebook.com/MillsPharmacy/

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Botanical Body Oil is perfection in a bottle

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

I want to be one of those women who can walk by a bath/body section or store and admire the yummy sounding confections. But I’m not. I need to be seduced into trying a fragrance item. FARMHOUSE FRESH knows how to seduce me. Their seduction factor runs high. Everything I’ve gotten from Farmhouse Fresh has been amazing and made me went to dive head first into their manufacturing facility.

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

When I was offered the chance to try Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil I didn’t hesitate for a minute. I absolutely knew that I’d want to try this out and now happiness abounds. How could I say no to this? “96%-Natural, Vegan  & Gluten-Free Body Oil Features Vitamin A- & C-Enriched Black Currant Which Helps Prevent Premature Aging While Restoring Skin’s Natural Glow”

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil contains a blend of blackberry extract and light botanicals oils. The fragrance has a soft apple blossom aroma mixed with the blackberry. I’m not one to be able to describe scents well but I know what I like and I really like this. Besides being rich with vitamins this body oil makes my skin feel soft and warm. I love the feel of this on my body.

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

I started slowly since that’s how I roll with a fragranced item so my legs were first. I noticed just a soft whisper of fragrance but that my skin felt so moisturized. So I moved up and used it on my body. As I became more enthusiastic about the aroma I moved to my arms. Even my husband asked why I smelled so good.

Ingredients that make this so wonderful:

  • blackcurrent extract – which is rich in antioxidants that help repair and nourish damaged skin while restoring your skin’s natural glow
  • Vitamins A and C to help prevent premature aging
  • Soybean, jojoba, sunflower and apricot kernel oils – these all have high natural moisturizing factors that will reduce dryness and retain moisture
  • Grape seed and olive fruit oils – powerful antioxidants that diminish the damaging effects of sun and enhance healthy collagen and elastin
  • Shea butter – a terrific skin hydrating ingredient
  • Cocoa Seed Butter and Vitamin E
  • This is a vegan formula and is free of gluten, parabens, sulfates, and mineral oil
Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil ingredients

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil ingredients

This botanical oil is very light and doesn’t make my skin feel oily or greasy. It absorbs quickly so I don’t have to wait to put on clothes. I can still use my Aveeno unscented body lotion right after my shower and then layer this oil over it. The combination keeps me moisturized for 2 days before I have to apply more.

I highly recommend Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil as a gift for anyone – grad, mom, sister, friend. At $18 it’s a beautiful bottle and will make someone’s eyes light up with delight. While you may never find me at a bath and body store, you will find me stocking up on Farmhouse Fresh in general and Quinsyberry Body Oil in particular.

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

What tempts you from Farmhouse Fresh?  — Marcia

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Stock up your shower with drugstore finds from Aveeno

AveenoOne of the coolest things about blogging is discovering awesome finds at terrific prices. I have a few favorite drugstore lines and AVEENO® is one of them.

I am sad for all the years I didn’t know about this great brand, but Marcia and I have been AVEENO® brand ambassadors for years now and we are very proud of this. Over the years I have found many must-have products from this sensitive skin-friendly brand, and today I want to tell you about three staples to stock up on for a super shower.

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Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® hair products have an ingredient called ACTIVE NATURALS® SEAWEED EXTRACT.  It’s full of vitamins, proteins, and minerals that clean hair without leaving it dried out, conditioning and balancing it to perfection. The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOO (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a great shampoo that indeed leaves hair super clean but still soft and shiny. It is sulfate free, so while it doesn’t have a ton of foam it still does a wonderful job even on color treated hair.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

The sister conditioner, AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® CONDITIONER (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a conditioner for those who don’t need tons of moisture weighing down hair. It’s especially good for oily or fine hair, since it’s light but still hydrates and gives hair shine. If you have very dry ends or lots of frizz, you will probably want something heavier. Otherwise, this is a terrific every day, workhorse conditioner.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

 A shower isn’t complete with shampoo and conditioner – you also need a perfect body wash. I love AVEENO® body washes because they have ACTIVE NATURALS® COLLOIDAL OATMEAL, which is fantastic for all kinds of skin, even the most sensitive. Colloidal oatmeal protects and soothes skin and it has tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I think the body wash to get – especially for guest bathrooms to accommodate any skin care needs – is the AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH (12 fl.oz., $6.99). No kidding, this is a stand out drugstore product. It has a very light fragrance and the ingredients include the colloidal oatmeal plus a blend of natural oils and emollients that clean skin beautifully while also soothing and refreshing. All skin types will love this soap free, dye free and hypoallergenic body wash. It rinses clean and is truly one of the best body washes I have ever tried.
I recently visited a friend who is beyond wealthy and while she has all sorts of products from very expensive lines, every shower in her house had nothing but AVEENO® products — for very good reason!  Next time you are at the drugstore, stock up on AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOOCONDITIONER, and DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH. They are perfect for your guests and perfect for you, too.  – Lisa
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Get ‘blurred lines’ with Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant Skin Finish #BodyBlur

Vita Liberata Body Blur

Vita Liberata Body Blur

At my age, my body needs all the blurring it can get. The best way to get there is with a little ‘optical illusion’ courtesy of a great body tint and the Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish ($45) is just what I need.

Sofia Vergara wearing Body Blur

Sofia Vergara wearing Body Blur

Sarah Hyland wearing Body Blur

Sarah Hyland wearing Body Blur

If you watched the Oscars, you were watching Body Blur in action. Just a few examples of the celebrity fans include Sophia Vergara and Sarah Hyland. Body Blur is an instant glowy tint that washes off. It gives immediate gratification with a beautiful tint that reflects light, so it’s especially terrific looking in photos.

Vita Liberata Body Blur

Vita Liberata Body Blur

What makes this different from other body tints is it can also be used as a makeup primer! It totally covers blemishes, red spots, and hyperpigmentation, and because it’s water-resistant it holds up great even under hot lights, hot sun, or hot dancing. The ingredients are great:

Phenyl Trimethicone – Gives a velvet soft skin finish
Panthenol – The provitamin of B5 that moisturises
Shea Butter – Repairs, hydrates and soothes skin
Tocopheryl Acetate – Protects against free radical damage, fighting signs of aging                 Glyceryl Stearate – Smooths skin, locking water at the skin surface improving hydration

Vita Liberata Body Blur

You don’t need much for beautiful color. Just dot small amounts on your body then smooth in – be sure to use gloves or a body mitt so your palms don’t get tanned as well. For my face, neck, and décolleté I use my fingers then just wash my hands. The result is beautiful, glowing, happy skin that is blurred just enough to really look fantastic.

Vita Liberata is one of my favorite lines for self tanning and body products and Body Blur is truly excellent. You can pick this up online or at Sephora, Ulta, and QVC.  – Lisa

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#BodyBlur