Pamper yourself with Dove Creme Mousse Body Wash

Looks like whole lot of pampering to me...

Looks like whole lot of pampering to me…

I love body washes, particularly ones that smell wonderful and leave my skin feeling super soft.  I also love a bargain, so the new Dove® Crème Mousse Body Washes are just perfect!  These huge 18 fl. oz. bottles are only $6.69, and they come in three different formulas so there is something for everyone.

All of the Creme Mousse Body Washes gently cleanse with a beautiful lather.  They really moisturize the skin thanks to the highest concentration of NutriumMoisture™ that can be found in Dove® products.  So these get you squeaky clean without the squeak!

Dove Creme Mousse Body Wash

Dove Creme Mousse Body Wash for Sensitive Skin

The Dove® Crème Mousse Body Wash for Sensitive Skin is hypo-allergenic and extremely gentle.  It’s so thick it almost looks like toothpaste, and it makes a simply luxurious lather that makes me feel completely pampered.  Ingredients include a mild cleanser, glycerin and stearic acid for nourishing and hydrating skin.  This is not fragrance-free, but the fresh floral scent is very, very slight and shouldn’t be much of an issue.  This is a terrific option for those with sensitive skin.

Dove Creme Mousse Body Wash

Dove Creme Mousse Deep Moisture Body Wash

The Dove® Crème Mousse Deep Moisture Body Wash is creamy white goodness in a bottle.  The pearlescent crème formula foams up beautifully and rinses clean while leaving skin extra hydrated.  It is awesome to use for shaving legs.  This has a definite fruity floral fragrance with notes of  pink mimosa and pomegranate that lingers all day.

Dove Creme Mousse Body Wash

Dove Creme Mousse Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash

The third body wash, Dove® Crème Mousse Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash, is very different from the other two.   This one has little purple dots of natural pumice for gentle exfoliation.

lush with little purple exfoliating beads

lush with little purple exfoliating beads

The tiny purple beads get rid of dry skin and boy do they leave skin smooth!  It is gentle enough to use every day without any irritation.  This has a slightly more subtle fragrance than the Deep Moisture Body Wash with notes of  magnolia and white jasmine.

What could be in your shower caddy?  Dove Creme Mousse and Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream

What could be in your shower caddy? Dove Creme Mousse and Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream

Which body wash would you choose, Sensitive Skin, Deep Moisture, or Gentle Exfoliating?  Any one of the three would be an excellent choice!

Be sure to enter our contest HERE for your chance to win the body wash of your choice, plus a Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash and a Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Beauty Bar.  - Lisa

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Soft and smooth hair with Organix Penetrating Oils

I know, I know, putting oil into freshly washed hair seems counter intuitive…but it’s a wonderful thing when you use Organix Penetrating Oils ($8).

Organix Penetrating Oils

Organix Penetrating Oils

Organix sent the BIZ two of the Penetrating Oils (previously called Dry Styling Oils); I tried both the Hydrating Macadamia Oil and the Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Oil.  In general, both make hair extremely soft and frizz-free.  The keratin in the oils strengthens hair and make it wonderfully shiny.  Either one works for any type of hair from super dry to super oily. organix awapuhi penetrating oil

Awapuhi Ginger Penetrating Oil

Awapuhi Ginger Penetrating Oil

The top photo is the new packaging – my samples are in the older packaging.  New face, same product!  The Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Oil smells wonderful.  This is the one to choose if you use a lot of heated styling tools on your hair.   Just apply about a nickel size of oil to towel dried hair then style as usual.

Organix Macadamia Penetrating Oil

Organix Macadamia Penetrating Oil

Macadamia Penetrating Oil

Macadamia Penetrating Oil

The Hydrating Macadamia Penetrating Oil is the one to choose if you have very dry ends or overly processed hair.  It really puts moisture back in without weighing down fine hair.  It is also terrific on dry hair.  Just a few drops  smooths my hair like crazy.

I am completely sold on the Penetrating Oils.  My hair is very, very happy when I use them!

My hair after using the penetrating oil

My hair after using the penetrating oil

And speaking of dry oils…be sure to also check out the Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Body Oil ($6).  I use dry body oil every morning after I shower, and this is one of my favorites.

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

Moroccan Dry Body Oil

This huge bottle is extremely inexpensive, and it’s a wonderful way to hydrate skin without feeling greasy.  Smoothing this on after a shower is heavenly, and the price is definitely right!!

You can find Organix products pretty much everywhere.  Easy to find, inexpensive, and effective – what’s not to love?  - Lisa

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Save your skin with AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care (giveaway inside)

AmLactin (facebook page)

AmLactin (facebook page)

One day it snows and snows and snows. The next day the temperatures drop way below freezing. Then suddenly we have a warm up and it’s in the high 40’s. Who knows what tomorrow or next week will bring! We are all dealing with the colder temperatures and the drier winter air which is sucking the moisture from our skin. It doesn’t matter if you live in North Dakota, California or North Carolina because we all seem to be affected by the drastic changes in weather. Even with spring officially starting in a few days, we just can’t seem to trust Mother Nature nowadays.

the AmLactin line of products

the AmLactin line of products

Luckily for us (and for you) AmLactin® Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care has sent two products for the BIZ to review and have agreed to a giveaway for one of our US readers. AmLactin® has one major difference that makes it stand out from all the lotion companies around and that’s the power of lactic acid.

AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care has been a favorite of dermatologists for years. The strength of the AHA in the products they subscribe used to be the highest level of AHA you could get; now though the over-the-counter AmLactin products will help keep you from getting to the point that you need a dermatologist to relieve severely dry skin.

Marcia’s review of AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion

I have one big problem with reviewing AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion (approximately $13.99) and that is that I can never find it when I need it. There’s this man that I’m married to who thinks that this moisturizing body lotion is there for him. Since it doesn’t look girly and it has no fragrance, he often appropriates it.

AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion

AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion

I’ve learned to grab this and put it by my sink so that when I step out of the shower it’s ready to smother my body with. Since I’ve started using the AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion I’ve noticed much less itchy skin and no flakes either.

AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Moisturizing Body Lotion

AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Moisturizing Body Lotion

If you can read the label you can see what it does – gently exfoliates and intensely hydrates. For me it’s very important that it’s fragrance free and non-greasy. I have other products that I use on my legs. I don’t have others right now that I use on my body or arms though and that’s because I am so sensitive to smell.

AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion has a special formula with clinically proven 12% lactic acid that’s pH-balanced for the skin. The lactic acid mentioned is a naturally occurring humectant for the skin. There’s an affinity for water molecules to help keep skin hydrated with this lotion. When your body retains moisture, it’s going to feel softer and smoother.

AmLactin Body Lotion

AmLactin Body Lotion

You won’t notice the exfoliation since it’s doing its job behind the scenes. It’s like a secret agent. It’s encouraging natural skin cell renewal through exfoliation and then delivering hydration to your skin. Tricky and wonderful at the same time.

 

Lisa’s review of AmLactin® Hydrating Body Cream

Do you have dry skin patches, Keratosis Pelaris (red bumps on arms or legs), or sun damaged skin? Then you want AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream ($15.99).

AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream

AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream

Triple Action Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy

Triple Action Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy

This extremely thick, fragrance-free body cream is exactly what severely dry skin wants! The combination of alpha-hydroxy acid and super rich emolliants will cure your skin woes and make sure they never come back. The alpha-hydroxy acids exfoliate away those bumps and flakes, and the mineral oil and glycerin softens and repairs like crazy.

super thick!

super thick!

The ‘triple action’ is the triple-threat combination of alpha-hydroxy acid, rich humectants, and creamy emollients. This is a really, really, really thick body cream and you don’t need much – the swatch above is probably enough for my arms and legs with some to spare. One tube will last you a very long time. If you suffer from dry skin, even extremely rough dry skin, you are going to fall in love with this!

You can find AmLactin products easily online and at stores like Target, Walmart, drugstores and even Costco!

Giveaway information: One US subscriber will win these products- One full-size AmLactin Ultra (4.9 oz tube), One full-size AmLactin Foot Cream (3 oz.), One travel-sized AmLactin Cerapeutic (2 oz.), One travel-sized AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion (2 oz). Use the Rafflecopter to enter. This giveaway is open through 3/26/14 at 11:59 p.m. EST. When the giveaway is over Rafflecopter will be used to choose the winner. The winning entry will be validated and if it’s not valid then another winner will be chosen. This terrific prize will be sent by AmLactin to the winner.

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Multi-tasking with Authentic Skin Remedies Gloss

Authentic Skin Remedies 5Authentic Skin Remedies, a plant-based botanical skin care line, has a wonderfully inspiring story behind its creation. Amy Rueda, the founder of Authentic Skin Remedies, was diagnosed with a rare form of neuroendocrine system cancer of the appendix when she was just thirty-five years old. In researching potential causes she realized that up to 70% of whatever is applied to the skin goes right into the bloodstream. Unfortunately, many skin care products actually contain toxic chemicals.

Amy Rueda, founder of Authentic Skin Remedies

Amy Rueda, founder of Authentic Skin Remedies

Amy changed her entire lifestyle and thankfully her cancer went into remission. Inspired by her experience and research she created a plant-based skin care line with certified organic ingredients. All of her products are cruelty free and paraben free. The Authentic Skin Remedies line is focused on anti-aging and nourishing the skin, and it gets real results.

In addition to helming her skin care line, Amy works as an educator for The Breast Cancer Fund and EWG’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, speaking at colleges and symposiums. She also works to promote legislative efforts for safety in cosmetics and skin care. And the very happy news is she also recently gave birth to a baby girl who she calls her ‘miracle baby’.

This Gloss is so much more than body oil!

This Gloss is so much more than body oil!

With such a wonderful and inspiring story behind Authentic Skin Remedies, I was very excited when we were sent the Gloss Essential Bath and Body Oil in Island Bamboo Essence ($33) to test. I love body oils in general because they are perfect hydration and are terrific for layering scents. Little did I know that this body oil could be used in so many ways. It is multi-tasking at its finest!

Gloss Essential Bath and Body Oil

Gloss Essential Bath and Body Oil

Gloss Essential Bath and Body Oil top

Gloss Essential Bath and Body Oil top

The Gloss can be used literally from head to toe.  Are you ready for all the ways I have found to use it? Here goes!

*  Use it on your hair to immediately get rid of static and flyaway hair.

*  Use it on your face before doing any hair removal (your guy can use it before shaving his beard).

*  Use it on your neck and decolletage to soften fine lines and crepey skin.

*  Use it anywhere on your body as a moisturizer, as the Gloss has avocado oil and sunflower oil which are the closest thing to the natural oils in your skin.

*  Use it on your hands to soften cuticles and prevent hangnails.

*  Use it on your feet to heal dry, cracked skin.

*  You can also use it as a bath oil, to remove makeup, and as a massage oil.  It does so many things it’s like a miracle in a bottle!

The Island Bamboo scent is fabulous, light and fresh and wonderfully clean smelling.  I really love this body oil, and it seems like every day I find a new use for it.

You can check out the Authentic Skin Remedies line on their website and at various other etailers and spas (the list of retailers is HERE). Take a few minutes to read Amy’s story and peruse her fantastic organic skin care line, you will definitely be inspired.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

more info for you

more info for you

Ingredients:
Persea gratissima (Organic Avocado) Oil, Helianthus annuus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance

Yummy! Lush Vanillary Perfume Gift Set

Vanilla lovers rejoice!

vanilla-lovers

Many great scents have a vanilla base with good reason. Vanilla smells sweet, but not too sweet. It is a warm, comforting scent that can be playful or sophisticated. It also pairs well with so many other scents.  The Lush Vanillary scent is a fantastic option for vanilla lovers. It combines deep vanilla with soft caramel notes, a pairing that adds up to a wonderfully rich scent that isn’t too sweet or too foody. Lush sent the BIZ their Vanillary Perfume Gift Set ($44.95 ) to try, a beautiful bouquet of products to layer for maximum lasting power throughout the day.

Lush Vanillary Perfume Set

Lush Vanillary Perfume Set

Lush Vanillary - the tin is awesome for storing makeup brushes

Lush Vanillary – the tin is awesome for storing makeup brushes

more retro cuteness

more retro cuteness

pics from the Ndali Estate

pics from the Ndali Estate

Mubuku vanilla farmers in Uganda

Mubuku vanilla farmers in Uganda

The set comes in a cute retro tin that can be repurposed – right now I am storing my larger makeup brushes in it. Inside the tin are three Vanillary-scented products that work perfectly together: Dee-Lite Body Lotion, Perfume Spritzer, and Solid Perfume.

inside the reusable tin

inside the reusable tin

Vanillary Solid Perfume, Dee-Lite Body Lotion, and Perfume Spritzer

Vanillary Solid Perfume, Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion, and Vanillary Perfume Spritzer

The Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion is a light, smooth, and hydrating body lotion that drenches the skin in a yummy vanilla scent.

Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion

Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion

swatch of Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion

swatch of Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion

The impressive ingredient list includes organic coconut water, kiwi fruit, coconut oil, illipe butter and hibiscus infusion. This body lotion has a divine texture that is truly a ‘delight’ for the skin.

Vanillary Perfume Spritzer

Vanillary Perfume Spritzer

After slathering on some Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion, make it a vanilla party with a few well-placed spritzes of the Vanillary Perfume. This vanilla fragrance has major sex appeal with notes of vanilla absolute, sandalwood, caramel, jasmine and tonka bean. Spray this on pulse points, behind the knees, and the back of the neck for an aura of absolute deliciousness.

Vanillary Solid Perfume

Vanillary Solid Perfume

Finally, stash the Solid Perfume in your purse or at your work desk for quick touch ups during the day. This version of the Vanillary fragrance has more pronounced caramel and toffee notes and wow does it smell amazing. The solid stick is awesome for travel and for overall convenience. I can quickly swipe this on without worrying about spilling or accidentally putting on too much.

If you or someone you love is a vanilla lover like me, this absolutely yummy gift set has the sweet smell of success.  - Lisa

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Soften and nourish skin (and plant a tree!) with emerginC Coconut Argan Body Oil

Two of my favorite skin care ingredients are coconut oil and argan oil, so I was geeked when emerginC sent their scientific organics coconut-argan body oil ($54) to test. When I realized it was housed in a spray bottle, I was a bit confused…but once I tried it, my confusion turned into absolute delight. Now, a bottle of this is always on my nightstand.

emerginC Coconut-Argan Body Oil

emerginC Coconut-Argan Body Oil

The emerginC line is known for products that include cutting edge medical and cosmeceutical-grade ingredients from all over the world. Their scientific organics products feature results-oriented items that are 100% natural, paraben-free and synthetic fragrance-free. What I really love is that for every single retail-size scientific organics product sold, emerginC plants a tree. That is just cool.

The emerginC scientific organics coconut-argan body oil is a thin body oil made from 100% natural botanical extracts. This superb skin softener locks in moisture, calms irritated skin, and fights off those nasty free radicals.

full of lots of great skin softening ingredients

full of lots of great skin softening ingredients

love the spray top

love the spray top

I adore body oils and have many, but this is first one I have used that is in a spray bottle. I love it – I spray the oil on my feet at night, slip socks on, and overnight my feet transform from dry and cracked to smooth and soothed. I don’t even have to rub in the body oil, although I usually do since it is fantastic for cuticles. In fact, it is a fabulous moisturizer for any part of the body and the spray top feature makes it possible to moisturize hard to reach places like my upper back. It has a lovely light coconut scent that even those sensitive to scents will find agreeable. Unlike many natural organic oils this is super light and it absorbs very quickly.

The main ingredients include Sunflower Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, and Argan Oil. scientific organics coconut-argan body oil is just terrific for dry winter skin and it’s also perfect for wind or sun burned skin.

Definitely check out the scientific organics range at emerginC and remember with every product you buy you are also planting a tree!  - Lisa

 *pr sample

active ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Clove Leaf Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Orange Peel Oil

Giveaway alert! Lanikai Bath and Body Tropical Body Mist, plus an Island Tropical Spa Set

If you missed our previous popular Lanikai Bath and Body giveaway, here’s your chance to win again!
a gift for you from Lanikai

a gift for you from Lanikai

Lanikai is sponsoring a holiday giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers which includes their new Tropical Body Mist plus an Island Tropical Spa Set. All together this fantastic giveaway is a $103 value!

tons of great gift ideas

tons of great gift ideas

free giftwrap

free gift wrapping!

Lanikai Bath and Body is truly an excellent option for buying gifts for the holidays. It’s easy breezy to shop online for Christmas gifts and there are lots of gift sets available. The Lanikai store is in Hawaii but they not only ship worldwide (at flat rate prices when available)- they also gift wrap… for free!

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Lanikai Tropical Body Mist in Beach

Lanikai

getting my Hawaii on

Lanikai sent their new Tropical Body Mist ($10.50) to try and what a treat it is. The Beach scent smells like the ocean and the body mist is so refreshing. It’s a great way to wear a subtle scent for the day and it’s wonderfully hydrating with purified water, aloe vera, witch hazel, black willowbark, and white tea. I spray this on and am immediately transported to the tropics! It comes in four other scents, including Pikake, Tahitian Gardenia, Plumeria, and Orchid Vanilla.

Lucky for us, the wonderful folks at Lanikai are sponsoring a fantastic giveaway. The winner will receive a refreshing Tropical Body Mist, as well as an Island Tropical Spa Set ($92.50), which has everything you need for a perfect spa day.
You want to win this!

You want to win this!

This beautiful gift set includes six full size products including Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion, Body Butter, Hawaiian Mineral Soaking Salt, Exfoliating Scrub, and a Handmade Soap Bar.  What a wonderful way to put some Hawaii into your holiday!  - Lisa
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