As 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 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
This beautiful set contains 3 very useful items in packaging that is a pleasure to behold.
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 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 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!!).
- 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
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.
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.
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
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.
What tempts you from Farmhouse Fresh? — Marcia
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