Nuture your inner hippie with hip E chick Organic products

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. I always seem to want to go back in time and hip E chick organic bath and body products lets me time travel to the groovy ’70’s! This is a very cool, ‘hip’ line that is all about eco-friendly living. Everything is hand crafted with organic, non-toxic ingredients. hip E chick recently sent the BIZ a few things to try and I am happy to report they are as practical as they are stylish.

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hip E chick Maui Wowie Soy Candle


totally gift ready!

The Maui Wowie Soy Candle ($24 for an 8 oz. candle) arrives gift-ready with a cheery lime ribbon bow. The scent is totally addictive, a mix of coconut, pineapple, and cilantro. It’s yummy and sultry and clean smelling all at the same time.


Maui Wowie in the box


100% hand poured pure soy wax

This beautiful, fun, and practical candle is 100% hand poured pure soy wax. It has a cotton wick so there’s none of that nasty candle smoke and it is free of synthetic dyes and additives. This is a great candle for you or for any hippie chick you know.

The Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap ($16 for 8 oz.) is a wonderful way to get a little boho into your day.


hip E chick Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap


super cute packaging!

I wash my hands many times each day, so I want a soap that not only sanitizes but also moisturizes. Add in totally cute packaging and I am sold! Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap has ingredients like Kangen Living Water, Strong Acid Water, and certified pure therapeutic grade oil blends of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. It leaves a very light, clean scent on hands and skin is wonderfully  cleansed and hydrated. If you love liquid hand soap, put this on your list because it’s a real winner.

hip E chick offers lots of other products, such as a sugar body scrub that sounds delicious, body wash, body oil, and even products for pets.

hip E chick’s do not only cultivate exciting and peaceful lives for themselves; but they always reflect upon how their choices are affecting the rest of the world.”  So what do you think – are you a hip E chick?  – Lisa

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Love and Light from Noodle & Boo

Whether you are a new mom, aunt, grandma, or you just love babies, Noodle & Boo is the place for you to browse!

Noodle and Boo

Noodle & Boo is a store that caters to the sensitive skin care needs of new moms and babies.  Everything is organic, dermatologist approved, and of the highest quality.

In addition to skin care, they have beautiful shower gifts and items for nurseries. They sent the BIZ the Love Light Candle ($10) and it is so darn cute…I almost want to be pregnant again.


Love Light Candle for the mama

The Love Light Candle is perfect for a nursery, although really it’s terrific for any room. Even the box is calming with beautiful pink and white stripes and a thick black bow. I love how it’s for ‘happy and peaceful times’. It reminds of evenings spent rocking my daughter to sleep in a softly lit room.

love it!

makes you feel totally spoiled…love it!


The Love Light Candle

The candle has a very delicate fragrance that smells perfect for a nursery without being overpowering in any way. It has a fruity aroma, a combination of English Pear and peaches with rose and honey. It’s a fabulous subtle scent that won’t offend anyone making it a great gift option.

The candle is a soy blend and the scent is a combination of essential oils. The wick is cotton so it won’t smoke; you get a wonderfully clean burn every time. And the 12 ounce jar is stunning – once the candle is gone it’s perfect for storing little baby necessities like cotton balls.


a closer look


beautiful flower painted on the jar



The jar is frosted glass with a gender-neutral floral design. The box is wonderful and the candle inside is even better – this is a thoughtful, meaningful gift that any mom would be thrilled to get.

Check out the website for other fantastic ideas for a babies room, like the Room Spray, Reed Diffuser, and Essential Care Kit. But be careful…browsing Noodle & Boo just might put you in the mood to get preggers!  – Lisa

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Getting cozy this fall with Skeem Candles


Skeem Fall Candle Sale

It’s getting chilly, so it’s time to break out the candles!  My favorite candle store is Skeem.  They don’t make just candles – they make works of art.  I have kept every single jar I’ve gotten from Skeem, each earning a new life once the candle becomes a fragrant memory.  I put Q-Tips in one, pencils in another, hair ties in yet another.  Several we use for drinking glasses.  I will also admit that there are some I don’t even burn, because they are so darn gorgeous I want to keep them looking exactly the way they arrived!

Skeem sent a few candles from their Fall 2013 selection and I am completely gaga about them.  Take a look:

The White Lotus Half Pint ($14) is a new scent in the Half Pint line, which at 7.5 ounces gives at least 50 hours of burn time.  The jar itself measures 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, and it is perfect for repurposing after those luxurious 50 hours.


Skeem White Lotus Half Pint


silk-screened sides


fantastic candle with no smoke and a terrific throw


love the metal lid print!

Don’t you just love that amazing jar??  The sides are silk-screened with the floral pattern, and the top is a metal lid with a parrot and vintage wallpaper print.  Right now this adorable candle is filling my office with a gorgeous mix of lotus, coral, and orange flowers with a hint of tea and musk.  My plan for after I’m done burning the flame fantastic is to fill the pretty jar with some Hawaiian Sea Salt I purchased a while back that we grind by hand in our marble pedestal grinder.

Other new Half Pint scents for season include Blood Orange and Tea Leaf.

If you want to go big, you want to check out the Weck Jars.  The Vintage Peony Weck Jar ($29) is one of the new scents in this very popular line.


Skeem Vintage Peony Weck Jar


vintage scientific ephemera


a huge 100 hours of burn time!


Sigh.  I love this.

The Weck Jars are perfect for canning pretty much anything once the candle is gone – right now on the website they talk about using the jar to can pickles.  People have been using Weck jars in Europe to can things since 1895.  The jars are a huge 4 1/4″ wide x 4 1/4″ high, and you get at least 100 hours of burn time.

The Vintage Peony scent is a grown up floral mix of peony, lily, and musk.  It is perfect for a family or living room.


beautiful canvas label


In 100 hours, you will be full of pickles!

Please do yourself a favor and take a look at all the amazing designs available in the Weck Jars!  Skeem says, “The lids were designed from our collection of vintage scientific ephemera. We layered detailed drawings of animals, insects and nature, popular with 19th century illustrators, with charts, type and labels from this same time period, to create these beautiful sepia-toned designs. The side of each jar features an embossed Weck logo and our signature printed canvas label.”  The designs are fantastic additions to your decor, and the candles themselves are the best you can find anywhere.

Other new scents for the season in Weck Jars include Grapefruit Zest and Sweet Balsam.

Right now there a few sale candles left, and also Skeem has free shipping for any order over $70.  It’s a perfect time to stock up for the season, get those heavier candles and avoid the postage costs!  You’ve got to go to and look at the truly gorgeous items they have.  You won’t believe how fantastic this line truly is.  – Lisa

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Out of this world! Lollia Petite Perfumed Luminary from Planet Beauty

Well, I think I am just going to move to Planet Beauty.

Have you checked this website out yet? There are 34 brick and mortar locations in California but for those of us who live elsewhere in the world we have the web! Planet Beauty houses a plethora of primo beauty lines from hair care to cosmetics to skin care.

Planet Beauty just happens to be my own personal version of heaven.


Lollia Wish Petite Perfumed Luminary

Planet Beauty recently sent the BIZ a gorgeous Lollia candle to review, sending this confirmed candle junkie to another planet.  Lollia is a line that is undoubtedly lust- and drool-worthy; I would say it is probably most famous for the far-out packaging. There is exquisite attention to detail, just girly goodness that makes me swoon. Lollia has tons of items that range from bubble bath to sea salt sachets, with fragrances that are completely unique and totally chic.

Planet Beauty sent me a Lollia Petite Perfumed Luminary ($34) in the scent Wish. There are three things that make it a must-have item:

1.  The gorgeous packaging

2.  The soy candle

3.  The beyond beautiful scent


I wish…for more Lollia

The packaging is described as, “Blue French inspired foulard pattern dancing around a glass container with Real Gold accents and a hanging cut glass crystal.”  The wick is tied to a glass crystal that you attach to the side of the candle. When it’s burning, the light is reflecting through the crystal…just imagine bath time with this fiery gorgeousness!


absolutely stunning detail


hanging cut glass crystal

The soy wax candle is terrific because soy burns longer, it’s a sustainable renewable resource, it has less soot so it’s healthier for you, and buying soy supports U. S. farmers. Plus soy gives scents a beautiful subtlety. This is not your run of the mill candle…the fragrance is not going to hit you over the head like a cheap, cloying, craptastic candle.

The Lollia Wish Petite Perfumed Luminary has a long 56 hour burn time and when the candle itself is nothing but a sweet smelling memory, you will still have this amazing glass for your wine or vase for your roses.


it just doesn’t get more beautiful than this!

The Wish scent is a spectacular combination of vanilla, sugar cane, and jasmine. It also has notes of Italian bergamot, cinnamon, pepper, rice flower, ylang ylang, and amber. It is a feminine scent, but it’s earthy enough to appeal to those who typically aren’t fond of floral scents.

And here is a tip – if you need a great gift, this is your answer. Anyone would be thrilled to open a package and find this gorgeous, practical, fantastically fragrant treasure.  The Lollia Petite Perfumed Luminary in Wish is out of this world. Check out Planet Beauty for Lollia and lots more universal beauty goodness!  – Lisa

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Skeem Pint Pack is perfect for the holidays!

Skeem for the holidays

Candles are always a safe bet to gift at the holidays, and some of the finest candles out there can be found at Skeem. Skeem’s candles have a clean burn, and the empty jars are beautiful. I have a whole bunch of them that I have re-purposed for different things – one holds my Q-Tips, one is a pen and pencil holder at my desk, and I even use some as drink glasses.

Skeem Pint Pack #3

Right now Skeem has ‘Pint Packs‘ for $25, a $33 value. Each Pint Pack includes two Half Pint candles (50 hour burn time) and a box of coordinated matches. The match box is double sided, and each side has the design that graces the lids of the candles.

I am totally loving Pint Pack #3, which has Sweet Pea & Vanilla and Black Currant candles and coordinating matches.

skeem holiday matches 1

Sweet Pea and Vanilla is a mixture of delicious vanilla and fragrant sweet pea. It’s a lovely scent that has a wonderful throw. And I adore the packaging, the peacocks are stunning.

Sweet Pea and Vanilla

Black Currant is sweet and fruity, it’s a great scent for the holidays.

Black Current

Black Current

I love the rich jewel tones in the design.

Skeem holiday matches 2In addition to the Pint Pack reviewed today, you can also find Pint Pack #1 with Grapefruit Zest and Gardenia Nectar candles and coordinating matches; and Pint Pack #2 with Peach Velvet and Lilac Dandelion candles and coordinating matches. Any of the packs would make great holiday gifts!  – Lisa

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Gorgeous Pure Tapers from Skeem

Are you a candle person?  Some people prefer tarts, others prefer candles.  I am a total candle person.  Candles can be works of art, and no one does them better than SkeemSkeem candles are stylish and trendy, in fact they have been featured in magazines like Lucky and InStyle.  They makes the most beautiful candles in glass jars, check out some of my previous reviews here and here.  My latest obsession is with their Pure Tapers ($22).

Skeem Pure Tapers: Bluebird

The Pure Tapers are made in Germany by a factory that has been producing tapers for more than 200 years using the drawn style.  With this method, the wax is built up around the wick so the candle has wonderful, individual linear marks in the wax.  Then Skeem hand screen prints the tapers in the US.

I’m not sure which is prettier, the box or the candles.

The screen prints are fantastic.  I have Bluebird, but other choices include Honeybee, Butterfly, and Filigree.

Such fantastic, detailed prints!

They are understated, classic designs that I think are totally drool-worthy.  The Pure Tapers are $22 for a set of 2, with 12 hours of burn time.  Even better, the tapers are smokeless, dripless, and unscented.

If you love candles, you really need to check out Skeem.  They have absolutely gorgeous products that are perfect for yourself or for gifting.  – Lisa

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Living in the moment with Artisan Naturals Aromatherapy Candles

A few weeks ago I was messing around on the computer and I came across a picture of me with my daughter when she was just a baby. 

I looked at it in wonder, I could not believe that the picture had been taken five whole years ago.  Where did that time go??  And then I started thinking, you know, we get so wrapped up in lists of things to do and the business of working and family that it’s very easy to forget to slow down, take some deep breaths, and just appreciate the moment.

I decided that I am going to stop wondering where the time went, and instead focus on the moment and appreciate what I have right now.  One way to do this is to use ritual, to make it a point every single day to do something simple that brings you into the moment and helps you focus on what is right now, not what is past or what is coming up in the future.  For my ritual, I light a candle.

 I like to use the Aromatherapy Soy Candles by Artisan Naturals.  I love how they come in these beautiful 8 oz. size travel tins and have cotton wicks which give a cleaner, non-smoky burn.  These candles are full of essential oils and are made with soy wax.  There are six different scents available.

The tops are sprinkled with botanicals – isn’t it lovely?  And you get a complimentary matchbook with each candle.

Artisan Naturals Breathe Aromatherapy Candle

The Breathe Aromatherapy Candle with Peppermint and Rosemary ($16) is an exceptional candle that definitely brings me back into the moment.  The scent is fresh and clean with peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils that also help calm any respiratory ailments.  Every morning I light this candle and sit quietly for one minute, breathing deep and thinking of all the things in my life I am so grateful for.  And I do this again at night, right before I go to sleep.   It’s a beautiful way to start and end my day, and it reminds me how very lucky I am.  Last night I did this with my daughter, and she was thrilled – we took turns saying something we were grateful for, which for her ranged from soft bed sheets to her new Spy Kit so she could spy on her brother. 

Artisan Naturals is a gorgeous line with amazing skin care as well as a full range of aromatherapy candles.  Take a few moments to check out the website, and create a quick ritual of your own to help you remember and honor all the blessings in your life.  – Lisa

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