Good clean fun with Skinplicity

If you haven’t discovered Etsy.com yet, it’s time to take a look. There are tons of amazing etailers with truly fabulous products from jewelry to clothing to bath and body. Whenever I have some time, I just go and browse through all the fantastic shops. Skinplicity is one to visit – I can’t rave enough about their beautiful vegan soaps and natural bath and body goodies!

Skinplicity

Skinplicity goodies

Diana, the owner of Skinplicity, is an esthetician who creates all of the fantastic, quality soaps, scrubs, and lotions. The look and feel of these products is totally high-end, but the price point is wallet friendly. Diane sent a few items to try and good clean fun commenced. True story – I was talking to my mom and going on and on about how great these were, and she jumped in her car, drove to my house, and tried to take them from me!

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Skinplicity Aromatherapy Body Scrub in Hawaiian Paradise

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inside the jar

The Aromatherapy Body Scrub ($12) is an emulsified sugar scrub that exfoliates with sugar and moisturizes with rice bran oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. It is very gentle and rinses super clean with no oily or greasy residue. The Hawaiian Paradise scent is lovely, a floral/fruit scent with plumaria, melon, coconut, and pineapple. It leaves skin lightly fragranced and ready for a sunset at the beach.

The Aromatherapy Body Scrub is also available in Chocolate Truffle, Citrus Burst, Summer Melon, Lavender Chamomile, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass Verbena, Milk & Honey, and Garden Mint.

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Skinplicity Lavender Lip Balm

The 100% Organic Lavender Lip Balm ($4) made with fresh local beeswax is a great way to keep lips soft and moisturized. It has all kinds of vitamins and fatty acids that lips just love. Ingredients include shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and vitamin e oil. While the lavender essential oil treats lips, the lip balm doesn’t taste like anything in particular. It does, however, feel like heaven on my lips.

Just now I counted 11 different types of lip balm in the Skinplicity store, including Mango, Tea Tree, Honey Mint, Vanilla, Pecan Pie, Coffee, and even a lip balm for guys.

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Skinplicity Rosehip and Geranium Soap

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the top of the Rosehip and Geranium Soap

I can’t get over the beauty of the Rosehip and Geranium Vegan Soap ($5.50). This is a big, 4 ounce slice of soap encased in a delicate paper box that is so pretty I didn’t even want to remove the soap. The top of the soap has sparkles, ground rosehips, and rose geranium leaves. The scent is just an amazing combination of rose and geranium. It smells like a flower garden in bloom. Put this in a bathroom and it acts like a room freshener!

The soap is made from scratch in small batches. I am truly impressed with the big, thick lather that cleans and moisturizes at the same time. This particular soap has saponified oils of coconut and palm, which means the bar is not super soft so it lasts a long time and it also makes that thick bubbly lather. Rosehips have vitamin C and is a great antioxidant. Geranium is also a fantastic antioxidant for skin.

an even closer look

an even closer look

Oh yeah…did I also say that this bar of soap is GORGEOUS??  And it’s only one of many different varieties that Skinplicity offers. Diane makes soaps with essential oils as well as fragrance oils, so there is something for everyone.

If you love bath and body products, you will love Skinplicity. Head on over to Etsy.com and take a look…there is lots of good clean fun to be found there!  - Lisa

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Rituals Wai Wang Organic Exfoliating Body Scrub

Sometimes a beauty product just bowls me over with amazing, gorgeous packaging. Rituals sent us their Wai Wang (Royal Glow) Organic White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren Exfoliating Body Scrub ($22) and the beauty of the packaging is exceptional.

Rituals

Rituals

On the side of the simple, chic box, there is a Chinese proverb:  If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.

so beautiful!

so beautiful!

Ok, I’m sold even before I get the box open.

The product itself doesn’t disappoint. The base is a thick, rich cream that has teeny-tiny bits of organic bamboo for exfoliation. It has a wonderful fresh, clean scent. Massaging this on knees, elbows, and feet in the shower perfectly preps them for self-tanner application. I also like to grab this during the day for a quick hand scrub – it’s the perfect antidote to hangnails and dry skin.

The box is awesome, but so is what's inside

The box is awesome, but so is what’s inside

see the tiny bamboo scrubbies?

see the tiny bamboo scrubbies?

Last May, Marcia did an awesome review of the Fortune Scrub and Touch of Happiness Body Cream, be sure to check it out HERE.

You can find this gorgeous body exfoliator and other wonderful Rituals products at their online store, as well as at Barneys and Barneys.com.  - Lisa

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Giveaway alert! ProSonic GLOW Cleansing and Exfoliation System

Who doesn’t want healthy, soft, clean skin? We all do, and thanks to the great folks at ProSonic, you can win a ProSonic GLOW Cleansing and Exfoliation System ($204) to get your best possible skin.

ProSonic Cleansing and Exfoliation System

ProSonic Cleansing and Exfoliation System

With all the great buzz on the internet, we were thrilled when ProSonic sent the system to test – not to mention the giveaway for our readers!  The ProSonic Cleansing and Exfoliation System works for both face and body. The set includes  a Cleansing/Exfoliation Brush that operates at 3 Speeds, along with three different brush heads, a pumice stone, a facial cleanser, and a skin polishing cream.

The ProSonic

The ProSonic

three different speeds

three different speeds

The brush has ‘sonic and multi-directional pulsation & vibration technology’, which makes it six times more effective at cleaning the skin than regular cleansing with a wash cloth. When skin is properly cleansed, it not only looks healthier, but it also helps skin products work more effectively. Plus, regular exfoliation helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles by clearing away dead skin cells and allowing for healthy skin cell growth.

The brush is rechargeable and waterproof so you can use it in the shower or bath. It’s also great at reducing razor irritation and ingrown hairs.

senstive skin facial brush

senstive skin facial brush

A huge plus to the ProSonic System is that it really is meant for all skin from head to toe. There are three speeds:  low-speed for sensitive skin, high-speed for normal skin, and body mode for neck, décolleté, elbows and knees.

The face brush (pictured above) cleanses away dirt and oil, prevents breakouts, and exfoliates skin. There are two different face brush heads, one for normal skin and one for sensitive skin.

body brush

body brush

The body brush is larger than the face brushes, and it cleans and massages skin.  It is especially terrific before applying self tanner.

pumice attachment for rough areas

pumice attachment for rough areas

The pumice brush smooths out dry, rough areas like the knees, elbows, and bottoms of the feet.

Microdermabrasion Cream and Botanical Cleanser

Microdermabrasion Cream and Botanical Cleanser

The ProSonic GLOW system also includes a botanical cleanser and a microdermabrasion cream which work for all skin types and are gentle enough to use twice a day.

Today is your lucky day, because you can win a ProSonic GLOW System for yourself! Enter now, and you could find out first hand that the ProSonic does all of these things:

  • Remove dirt and makeup
  • Cleanse and exfoliate skin simultaneously, improving skin texture
  • Promote new skin cell growth, rejuvenating the skin
  • Reduce the appearance of large pores
  • Improve acne and even facial skin tone
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Invigorate the skin from head to toe
  • Smooth rough patches of skin on the body, such as the elbows and feet

Take a few moments to enter — your skin will thank you!  - Lisa

Giveaway open through 7/14/14 at 11:59. p.m. EDT. Winning pick will be verified. Open to US only.

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Aveeno Daily Challenge Week Three #aveenodailychallenge

It’s been three weeks since I took the Aveeno Daily Challenge #aveenodailychallenge and I am happy to report that my two goals have been met!  Every day for the past three weeks I have slept at least 8 hours per night, and every day I have used my Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

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By making a conscious decision to get more sleep, I truly realized the benefits of proper rest. It improves the immune system, increases memory and learning, and also speeds up metabolism. It also has a huge effect on mood, judgment, and just motivation in general. Lack of sleep, of course, has a negative effect on all of those areas.  Plus,  being tired makes you look older – and who needs that?

Also, every day for the past three weeks I have slathered on my Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion each morning and night. Wow, what a difference consistent use makes.  Typically, I use body moisturizer when my skin is feeling especially dry. But with unfailing daily use, my skin never got to the point of feeling dry or itchy. I tend to get dry patches on my upper arms, and those completely went away. I love that this lotion is fragrance-free, so it doesn’t compete with any perfume I want to use. Overall, it was a great experience and I am glad I made the choice to moisturize every day.

Even though the three weeks of the #aveenodailychallenge is over, I am going to continue my committment to getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night, and to moisturizing my body every morning and every night. Both choices have made a big difference in my overall health and well being.

But then again, if you ask Grumpy Cat, none of it makes a difference.  LOL!  - Lisa

beauty sleep grumpy cat

Aveeno Daily Challenge Week Two

For the Aveeno Daily Challenge, I have been doing two things:

Sleeping Beauty

1.  Getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

2.  Using Aveeno Daily Moisurizing Lotion every day

I have to say, I am noticing a big difference in how I feel throughout the day. I am actually more productive and get more done that I did staying up an extra two hours. It’s easy to get up in the morning (I can’t believe I am not hitting the snooze six times anymore) and I am not struggling to stay awake on the drive in to work.

As for my skin, it is definitely soft and smooth. I tend to have dry patches on my upper arms, and those are going away. Plus, it is officially “Lisa Bronzing Season”, as my wonderful partner Marcia calls it, and I am finding that faux tanning is much, much easier with already hydrated skin.

So far so good…in fact, I am wondering if nine hours of sleep per night might be even better??  - Lisa

keep-calm-and-get-some-beauty-sleep

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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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