“Under the radar” goodness: ACEQUIA Body Care

Nothing cheers me up like a big huge basket of body care goodness, especially when it’s from a line I haven’t tried yet. This beautiful basket of ACEQUIA Body Care  was sent to me to test and I couldn’t stop smiling.

ACEQUIA Body Care

ACEQUIA Body Care

ACEQUIA Body Care, a new kid on the beauty scene block, features products that are paleo-friendly, made with pure plant extracts and essential nutrients. The focus is ‘luxury as nature intended’ and you can choose from four fragrances for women –  Clasico (lavender, eucalyptus, Mediterranean fig), Esencia (gardenia, tuberose, white pear, jasmine), Fresco (sweet almond, bergamot, freshly ground ginger), Jardin (basil leaves, summer sage, peppermint sprigs, citrus zest), and two for men – Patrón (black pepper, coriander, patchouli and basil) and Granada (tobacco flower).

ACEQUIA Body Care

ACEQUIA Body Care

The goal is to moisturize and vitalize skin without the use of chemicals or harmful additives. All ACEQUIA products are made in small batches in America. They have no sulfates (SLS), parabens, surficants, mineral oil or petroleum byproducts, harsh chemicals or detergents. ACEQUIA products are never tested on animals. This environmentally responsible line also packages everything in recyclable materials.

Here is what I found inside the basket:

ACEQUIA Body Care Luxe Body Wash

ACEQUIA Body Care Luxe Body Wash

  • Luxe Body Wash ($20), a swoon-worthy indulgence of hydrating Coconut and Sweet Almond oils, Shea Butter and Silk protein to soothe, smooth and nurture soft, radiant skin

This is a very interesting body wash…it pours out like water, so be careful not to use too much! The cleanser is gentle and very hydrating, and the Esencia fragrance is soft and feminine.

ACEQUIA Body Care Skin Nourishment Lotion

ACEQUIA Body Care Skin Nourishment Lotion

  • Skin Nourishment Lotion($18), a emollient-rich antidote to parched skin, loaded with Jojoba, Meadowfoam and Sunflower Oils, enhanced with Vitamins C and E, Goat Milk and Aloe Vera to moisturize, nourish and delicately scent skin with no greasy residue

What a beautiful body lotion! It’s creamy and light, but it packs a moisturizing punch. The Granada scent is pleasantly spicy and is definitely unisex.

ACEQUIA Body Care Mineral Salt Scrub

ACEQUIA Body Care Mineral Salt Scrub

ACEQUIA Body Care Sugarcream Scrub

ACEQUIA Body Care Sugarcream Scrub

 

  • Buff Body Scrubs($18), our newest additions to the ACEQUIA family come in two bespoke formulas to perfectly buff away dry, dull skin and promote anti-aging collagen production. These exfoliating must-haves banish surface imperfections like blocked pores, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

I can’t decide which one I like more – the sea salt and aloe vera Mineral Salt Scrub or the brown sugar/sunflower and grapeseed oil Sugarcream Scrub. They both leave skin ultra soft and ultra moisturized. They are great for prepping skin for self tanner or for softening hands after lots of gardening.

ACEQUIA Body Care Natural Castile Hand Soap

ACEQUIA Body Care Natural Castile Hand Soap

  • Natural Castile Soap($14), a blend of Olive and Coconut oils creates a gentle cleanser that prevents the loss of skin’s natural moisture

This is a terrific hand soap that is great for the kitchen or the bathroom. I especially love the fresh Jardin fragrance, which is a combination of basil, sage, peppermint and citrus.

ACEQUIA Body Care Travel Tote

ACEQUIA Body Care Travel Tote

A really great buy is the ACEQUIA Body Care Travel Tote ($12), which has TSA-friendly sizes of the Castile Hand Soap, Skin Nourishment Lotion, and Luxe Body Wash in a clear vinyl snap tote. You can choose from any of the six fragrances.

ACEQUIA is a beautiful and affordable line with great values and integrity.  I love the products and I love what this company stands for.  If you are looking for an animal and planet friendly body care line, I hope you will take a look at ASEQUIA!
You can find them online at www.acequiabodycare.com. – Lisa
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 @CapistranoSoap

Keep your faux tan looking perfect with Norvell

There isn’t much left of summer so I am just clinging to these beautiful warm days. Self tanner always keeps me in the ‘sunshine and beaches’ mood. Recently I found a pretty amazing system for prepping my skin for self tanner and keeping the faux tan I already have looking perfect.
Keep your faux tan looking perfect with Norvell
Norvell is a spa line that specializes in body products that make the most of a self-tan. They have interesting products that prime the skin, bronze to perfection, optimize a self tan, and enhance the final color. Every product is paraben free, gluten-free, and 100% vegan. Each product also has Norvell’s Natural Actives Sunless Complex™, which Norvell says is “a proprietary blend of natural ingredients combined together to optimize, build, and extend sunless tanning results like never before.”
They sent me some products to test, and I am loving the  Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™ ($15),  pH Balancing Shower Cleanser ($15), and Daily Replenishing 24 hr MOISTURIZER™ ($25).
Norvell Renewing Sunless Exfoliator

Norvell Renewing Sunless Exfoliator

 The Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™ is a gentle body polish that Norvell calls a “Mr. Clean Eraser” for the body. This minty smelling polish is the first step to prepping skin for a great self tan.
  • Time Release Micro Capsules bind moisture within the skin, for 24 hr hydration.
  • Unique Dermal Barrier locks moisture within the top layer of skin, priming it for longer lasting and deeper sunless results.
  • Sulfate Free/Soap Free formula gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s amino acids, which work directly with the active sunless ingredient, DHA, to produce self-tanning results.

Sulfates can strip the skin so this sulfate-free exfoliator is a terrific prep for sunless tanning. I use this first in the shower, concentrating on my elbows, knees, and feet.

Norvell pH Balancing Shower cleanser

Norvell pH Balancing Shower cleanser

After exfoliating, I follow with the pH Balancing Shower Cleanser. This shower gel smells of delicious vanilla and leaves my skin cleansed and moisturized.

  • Time Release Micro Capsules bind moisture within the skin, for 24-hr hydration.
  • Natural Enzymes repair dehydrated skin.
  • Unique Dermal Barrier locks moisture within the top layer of skin, while optimizing skin pH for longer lasting deeper sunless results.
  • Sulfate Free/Soap Free formula gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s amino acids, which work directly with the active sunless ingredient, DHA, to produce self-tanning results

The enzymes help to dissolve any leftover dead skin and the extra skin hydration helps any type of sunless tanner apply evenly and last longer.

Norvell Daily Replenishing 24 Hour Moisturizer

Norvell Daily Replenishing 24 Hour Moisturizer

The Daily Replenishing 24 hr MOISTURIZER™ is like “Old English” wood polish for your body! It’s a beautiful body lotion that smells fresh and a little fruity. I love how soft it makes my skin, plus it also does all this:
  • Time Release Micro Capsules hold and bind moisture within the skin, providing 24hr hydration.
  • Natural Enzymes repair weak, dehydrated skin and promote the efficiency of the body’s own natural moisture levels.
  • Natural Botanicals and Antioxidants combat skin aging caused by environmental exposure and free radicals.
  • Sunless Safe Formula will not pre-maturely fade sunless color.
  • Vitamin Blend replenishes the skins natural moisturization factor.
Perfect skin makes for a perfect self tan, and the exoliation and hydration I get from these products makes all my self tanning efforts really pay off. Now that I’ve tried the products for priming and optimizing, I can’t wait to try Norvell’s self tanners! In the meantime I can hang on to my summer memories with perfectly primed and moisturized skin.
Norvell is available at specialty beauty salons, spas, and tanning salons, or visit www.NorvellSunless.com.  - Lisa
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How to get Delectable this summer!

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

Indulgent, sassy, and affordable…those are the words that come to mind when I think of Delectable by Cake Beauty. Their body products smell amazing and I can find them so easily at Kohl’s and Target. They have two FANTASTIC newly launched summer products: Daily Dry Oil ($18) and Bronzing Body Lotion ($18).

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

I am a huge advocate of body oil to begin with and Delectable Daily Dry Oil is terrific. The oil has great ingredients including argan, safflower, and grape seed oils. They leave skin hydrated without wetness or stickiness. It also absorbs immediately and gives a soft sheen to skin. I prefer spraying this onto my palms then smoothing on my legs, arms, etc., but you can certainly spray it on directly. I love the softly delicious Sweet Cream scent. It’s not too foody and it plays well with all my usual summer scents. You will want to pick this up the next time you are at Kohl’s or Target.

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

The other huge winner in my book is the Bronzing Body Lotion. This comes in the same pretty Sweet Cream scent.  There are so many reasons to love this bronzing lotion!

1.  I can’t seem to mess up the application no matter how hard I try. It always go on evenly and looks fabulous.

2.  It never stains my clothes.

3.  It has fantastic, skin-loving ingredients like argan oil.

4.  One application and my skin looks glowy and perfect. My legs have been described as ‘dead fish white’. Of course, the person who said that was properly maimed afterward. It may be true, but geez…it didn’t need to be  pointed out. He won’t make that mistake again!

5.  It makes my arms and legs look thin. That’s worth the price alone!!

before and after...guess which leg is sans Bronzing Body Lotion??

before and after…guess which leg is sans Bronzing Body Lotion??

This pic shows one thin application on my right leg. For deeper color, just apply more coats. It’s wonderful.

There are some products I absolutely love for summer that I refuse to be without and these two are on that list.  You have to check them out!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Dry Oil Ingredients: Glycine Soja ( Soybean) Oil Cyclopentasiloxane Dimethicone Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil Parfum/Fragrance

Bronzing Body Lotion Ingredients: Water/Aqua Glycerin Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides Stearic Acid Triethanolamine Isopropyl Myristate Cetyl Alcohol Glyceryl Stearate Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Oil Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract Fragrance Cetearyl Alcohol Dehydroacetic Acid Sodium Benzoate Potassium Sorbate Trihydroxystearin Xanthan Gum Dicetyl Phosphate Ceteth-10 Phosphate Tocopherol May Contain (+/-) Mica Iron Oxide Iron Oxide Iron Oxide Titanium Dioxide

Simple Sugars Vanilla Grapefruit is a mini-vacation in a body scrub

Simply Sugars Vanilla Grapefruit Body Scrub

Simply Sugars Vanilla Grapefruit Body Scrub

I’m actually embarrassed to tell you that I never took care of the skin on my body until about 8 years ago. I’d seen stores in the mall that carried lotions, potions, scrubs etc but I never fell under their spell. That’s all changed now and I’m as wrapped up in bath and body products as my friends who’ve been raving for years. What I want though is a fragrance that I’m excited to use which is usually something in the citrus realm.

You might have heard of SIMPLE SUGARS since they have so many amazing products that I see at Beauty Brands. I received an exclusive fragrance courtesy of Beauty Brands and I am totally a new person. The exclusive scent is Vanilla Grapefruit and it’s like a slice of paradise. Imagine yourself on the island of Maui every time you step into the shower with Simple Sugars Vanilla Grapefruit Body Scrub and you’ll know what I mean.

Simple Sugars

Simple Sugars

What’s especially fun is that the owner, Lani Lazzari, is just barely out of her teens. She built her business up from the time she was 11 years old and at 18 she was featured on Shark Tank. I love Shark Tank and I love seeing women make it on the show. She was scooped up by Mark Cuban and her business became a success.  She keeps adding new items to her line and now you can find Body Scrubs, Facial Scrubs, Foot Scrubs plus she’s created a men’s line. You can see Lani’s experience in this you tube video.

Beauty Brands carries 18 of her products at this time and is the only one to sell the Vanilla Grapefruit scent. This body scrub has to be experienced to know why I want to wake up for my shower each day.

Simple Sugars is an all natural brand that is made by hand. The ingredients are good enough to eat! They include pure cane sugar, organic soybean oil, grapeseed oil, cherry kernel oil, apricot kernel oil and organic grapefruit zest. When you open the jar and smell the deliciousness you just won’t believe it.

Simple Sugars body scrub

Simple Sugars body scrub

Now to make it even more exciting for me is that you don’t really need a moisturizer or body lotion after using this. My skin is so well hydrated that it’s totally optional if I decide to use one. I’m not oily, I’m just soft and silky.

inside Simple Sugars body scrub

inside Simple Sugars body scrub

Upon opening my jar I noticed a separation of products with the abundant amount of pure can sugar mounding up over the organic oils. Simple Sugars comes with a perfect size plastic spoon so you can mix these up and then scoop out enough for your legs, arms, back, feet, or wherever you can reach. Add some water and smooth this over your body and watch it melt away leaving behind perfection.

Simple Sugar Vanilla Grapefruit Body Scrub

Simple Sugar Vanilla Grapefruit Body Scrub

Do I sound like a commercial? I think I got a little carried away with my description but when I get into the shower I’m also carried away. I’ve started using it right away since I don’t want to run out of my hot water and have to miss this moisturizing step.

Vanilla Grapefruit can be found for $15 for 5 oz or $22 for 8 oz. If this deliciously sweet light grapefruit scent doesn’t grab you then how about a strawberry or a coconut or even a little almond? Grab one for yourself and one or more for a great graduation gift. I’d pair it with a beach towel or a university towel and know I’d be giving something special.

Have you heard of Simple Sugars? Have I really been out of the loop before this discovery? — Marcia

*Thanks to Beauty Brands for sending this for consideration. You can follow them at Facebook: @beautybrands, Twitter: @beautybrands, Instagram: @beauty.brands, Hashtag: #beautybrands

You can follow Simple Sugars at Twitter @simplesugars Hashtag #simplesugars, instagram @simplesugars and Facebook

Smell yummy with Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

I have converted many, many friends to body oil! It’s great for the skin and fragranced oils leave your body smelling wonderful all day long. I had been dying to try Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil ($18) forever, so I was extremely happy when they sent it to us for review. I was even happier after I tried it!

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

Agave Nectar Body Oil is the number one selling product at Farmhouse Fresh. It didn’t take me long to understand why. This is a fantastic body oil that moisturizes skin without leaving an oily or greasy residue. However, it does leave skin with a subtle glistening glow. In fact, this is a favorite of celebrity makeup artists because it makes skin photograph so well.

Backcountry Caramel

Backcountry Caramel

It has a light scent that is described as ‘oat/milk’, which is warm and comforting. (I also like to layer the Backcountry Caramel Body Milk Lotion over it for a truly delicious scent that makes people just want to eat you up.)

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

So not only does this oil smell fantastic and make skin look amazing, it’s also really good for you. The ingredients include a blend of extracts that reduce skin’s water loss, which is exactly what is needed to slow down the aging process. Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil gets a major glistening thumbs up from me.  You’ve got to try this.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Sweet Bee Magic from Medicine Mama’s Apothecary

photo from adhdhero.com

photo from adhdhero.com

Have you ever heard of power animals or animal totems? Shamans, also known as healers, have known through the ages that power animals are spirit guides in animal form. When a power animal shows up it is communicating a message and helping you find peace and bliss on your life’s path. Lately the bumble bee has been popping up constantly for me, so when Medicine Mama’s Apothecary sent us some products to try I was not surprised to see even more bees.  The bumble bee symbolizes abundance, personal power, love and community. What a great message from the fantastic organic skin care line, Medicine Mama’s Apothecary.

sent for review

Medicine Mama logo

Medicine Mama’s Apothecary features organic skin care products made from the highest quality medicinally active raw materials. They use ingredients from around the globe and their products are made with loving care in small batches at their boutique apothecary. Two of my favorites are the Sweet Bee Magic All in One Healing Skin Cream ($19.99) and the Sweet Bee Magic Wand ($12.99).

Medicine Mama All in One Secret Skin Cream

The Sweet Bee Magic All-in-One Enhanced Healing Cream is not really a cream, it’s more like a balm that moisturizes, revitalizes, and protects the skin. You can use this everywhere – face, hands, feet, and body. It has a healing compound called Melexylem™ that is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. This is a household multi-tasker for sure – check out everything it does:

Maintain healthy, radiant, youthful-looking skin
Moisturize dry, cracked or irritated skin
Heal rashes, burns, scars & intense skin irritation
Soothe cold sores and chapped lips
Reduce inflammation
Relieve sunburns & insect bites

This is a terrific facial moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores or make me break out. I also love it for cracked and peeling hands, and it’s great for soothing rashes and burns.

Ingredients include healing Melexylem™, purifying propolis, antimicrobial honey, nourishing royal jelly, revitalizing bee pollen, moisturizing extra virgin olive oil, protective beeswax. It is also free of dyes, fragrances, artificial preservatives, parabens, soy, etc.

Medicine Mama All in One Lip and Face Balm

For some transportable bee magic, the Sweet Bee Magic Wand ($12.99) is perfection. This is a Propolis & Honey Lip & Face Balm for Healing On the Go. It comes in a tube that is about twice the size of a regular chapstick. It’s still small enough to be purse-friendly and my lips absolutely love the healing hydration that the Sweet Bee Magic Wand provides. Here is what else it can be used for:

Moisturize skin daily
Heal chapped lips
Nourish skin overnight
Repair rashes, burns & scars
Soothe cold sores
Relieve cuts, scrapes & insect bites
Gloss eyelashes

Ingredients include healing Melexylem™, purifying propolis & honey blend, protective beeswax, nourishing extra virgin avocado oil, moisturizing extra virgin olive oil. Sweet Bee Magic is certified organic by the CCOF and is free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, soy and petroleum.

After using my Sweet Bee Magic products for several weeks, I have to say I believe in the magic of bees. Just use the Store Locator on the website to find Medicine Mama’s Apothecary products near you.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration

Beating the polar vortex with Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Nutri Cream

I never ever use a body cream on my face…but it has been soooo cold here (negative 30 degrees this morning!) that my face has been in need of serious moisture. I’ve been slathering on the Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Nutri Cream ($36) that we were sent a while back and I was so desperate for mega moisture I used it as a face cream, too. My results?

Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Nutri Cream

Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Nutri Cream

Repechage Vita Cura Nutri Cream

Repechage Vita Cura Nutri Cream

Awesome!

The cream is super rich, but it isn’t the least bit greasy. It does wonders for painfully dry hands, cuticles, and elbows. It has fantastic ingredients. Repechage says, “EcoCert seaweed extracts contain 18 amino acids, 12 vitamins and 42 trace elements and minerals that enrich the skin to help smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Glycolic Acid reveals younger looking skin while organic Aloe Vera soothes and calms. Rich, natural fruit oils derived from Karite, Mufura and Coconut trees help restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Rooibos and Vanilla indulge the senses.”

It all adds up to a very thick and effective body cream that is also great for super dry facial skin. Repechage is having a buy four, get two free sale right now, so if you have dry skin – or are experiencing this polar vortex – stock up now!  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration