Celebrate National Relaxation Day with Molton Brown, Soap and Paper, and WelleCo!

Celebrate National Relaxation Day!

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It’s August 15th, National Relaxation Day! I’m so glad we have a reminder to relax, because it is all too easy to get caught up in your job, your kids, your bills, your house, all those responsibilities…and totally forget to take care of YOU. I always go back to this analogy – if you are traveling on an airplane with a child and the cabin loses pressure so those air masks come down, do you put that mask on the child or yourself first? You put it on yourself first, because if you don’t take care of yourself, you might not be able to take care of anyone else.

Take this day to do something really nice for yourself and RELAX. I have three fabulous suggestions for you that will ease away every bit of stress and tension. Light a candle, make a nice hot cup of tea, and then soak in a fabulous bubble bath – aaaahhhhh………yes!

Molton Brown Single Wick Candle

First up – some beautiful mood lighting. My go-to candles are Molton Brown Single Wick Candles ($49).  The candles come in a handsome jar that looks sophisticated and lush. They are available in amazing scents, including Delicious Rhubarb & Rose, Black Peppercorn, Pink Pepperpod, Coco & Sandalwood, Black Leather Accord & Cade, Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise, Orange & Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Rosa Absolute, Gingerlily, Oudh Accord & Gold and Tobacco Absolute.

Molton Brown candles are not one note affairs. They offer complex scents that are truly delightful. As Molton Brown describes it, the scents start with a bright top note, followed by a complex middle note, then end with a haunting base note. I am currently burning the Rosa Absolute scent, and the complexity of this is fantastic. Top notes are blackcurrent, pink pepper, and raspberry. Heart notes are rose, violet leaf, and geranium. Base notes are patchouli, labdanum and vanilla. It is an incredible, relaxing scent that is perfection for National Relaxation Day.

WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea

WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea

Now that you have some mood lighting, next up is a nice, hot cup of tea. I can’t tell you how much I am loving WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea ($69). The Tea Caddy, which I have pictured, has 50 tea bags and you can buy refills separately. This tea is so fantastic, especially if you have trouble getting to sleep at night. The ingredients include skullcap, valerian root and hops, combined with lemon balm, passionflower and natural lemon and mango flower. The tea is so soothing and mild, slightly fruity and absolutely delightful. It is incredibly relaxing and the perfect tea for melting away the day and creating total relaxation.

Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath

Now that you have an amazing candle and a perfect cup of tea, what else do you need? Why, a fabulous bubble bath of course! Nothing beats relaxing sore muscles and soaking away every bit of tension in a nice, frothy sea of warmth. Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath ($32) is a fantastic choice. It comes in fab scents, including Gardenia, Jasmine, Green Tea, Tuberose, Neroli, Marine, Santal and Vanille, Lavender and Lemon Verbena.

Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath

Mine is Neroli, which is a lovely pure orange blossom scent that is comforting and relaxing. The bubbles are delightfully frothy and really last and skin is left feeling super soft and wonderfully pampered thanks to the key ingredients, borage and meadowfoam. If you love bubble baths, this huge jar of sulfate free bubble bath is exactly what you want sitting next to your tub.

I hope you are able to try out these three products because I really think they are all outstanding.  But whatever you do, take good care of yourself today and show yourself the love you deserve. RELAX. You have earned it.  – Lisa

Smells sooo good…Lavanila The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla

LaVanila The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla

LaVanila The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla

I am a candle person.  I know, some people prefer plugins or melts.  I also love my diffusers for scents.  But every single day I light candles, and I really dig Lavanila’s candles for bedside ambiance.  There is nothing better after a long day than getting into comfy jammies, crawling under my super soft sheets, watching my favorite dvr’d programs – right now I am catching up on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race (I can’t decide who I am rooting for – either Shea Coulee or Sasha Velour!)…all while surrounded by the flattering soft flicker of candlelight and a beautiful wafting scent.  Ahhhhh.  Lately my candle of choice is one Lavanila sent me to test – The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla ($19).

LaVanila The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla

LaVanila The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla

LaVanila The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla

LaVanila The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla

The Lavanila The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla has a burn time of about 55 hours.  It’s made with 100% natural soybean wax and is hand-poured into a simple mason jar that can be repurposed, which is always a big plus.  It has a lead-free cotton wick and burns cleans.  The scent is fantastic – just pure, beautiful vanilla.  It’s truly perfect for the bedroom or for the kitchen.  It’s not really a foody vanilla that makes you hungry…it’s more of a clean, fresh vanilla that just feels comfy and homey.  I love it.

Take some time to relax and unwind with a Lavanila candle.  You deserve it, you really do.  – Lisa

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Soap and Paper Factory Farmacie Candle Collection

Soap and Paper Factory Farmacie Marigold and Calendula CandleEvery day I take some time to savor small moments…little things that just make me feel good, like a clean kitchen in the evening with low lights and a candle softly flickering. Ahhhh. Lately I have been burning one of the new Soap & Paper Factory candles from their Farmacie Candle Collection ($25).

pr sampleSoap and Paper Factory Farmacie Marigold and Calendula Candle
The Farmacie Candle Collection includes three different scented soy candles that are housed in shabby chic cream-colored apothecary jars. The scents are all botanical, based on herbs and flowers that are used in traditional medicine.Soap and Paper Farmacie Candle
Marigold Calendula: This light and feminine scent blends together airy cyclamen, a delicate flower known for its elegant upswept petals, with peony for a soft, romantic fragrance.

farmacie candleLavender Clary Sage: Calming lavender takes center stage in this bright, refreshing fragrance. The scent blends the citrusy notes of bergamot with crisp clary sage for an earthy scent.

Soap and Paper Factory Farmacie CandleRed Rose Saffron: This sweet fragrance showcases the timeless scent of red rose, accenting it classic floral tones with hints of spicy saffron and creamy tonka bean.

Soap and Paper Factory Farmacie Marigold and Calendula CandleMy candle is in the Marigold Calendula scent. I tend to prefer foody scents in the kitchen, so I am surprised how much I love this. It’s a soft floral with warm, musky notes thanks to the calendula. It makes for a very cozy smelling room and the jar is beautiful. Once the candle is gone I plan to re-purpose the jar as a q-tip and cotton ball holder in my bathroom.

Soap and Paper Factory Farmacie Marigold and Calendula CandleI love Soap and Paper Factory products and the Farmacie Candle Collection is a winner. I plan to buy the Lavender Clary Sage for my kitchen once I am finished with the Marigold Calendula so I can continue to have my clean kitchen evening moments!  – Lisa

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An introduction to Naturally Me plus a giveaway

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At Beauty Info Zone we are always eager to learn about brands that are new to us. We consider it a bonus when the brand is one that wants to pay it forward. Naturally Me is that kind of brand. It was founded by Chaundra Smith as a small way to give back to the customers and community that support the business. She began a scholarship program, Single Parents Scholarship, in 2013 and has been able to up the amount of money given to $1,000 per recipient because as she says: $1000 may not seem like much, but to someone who is trying to support a family with only one income, it feels like a million.”  To raise that money $2 from the sale of their most coveted products, All Over Butter, is given to the scholarship. 

As if that’s not enough

Naturally Me believes in the importance of community involvement.  We created our Naturally Me Cares program as a part of the company’s commitment to giving back to the community.  Through Naturally Me Cares, we supply body care products to two homes for homeless single moms in our area, we provide an annual scholarship program to single parents that attend our local community college and we also have a Random Acts of Kindness program where we do small acts of kindness to put smiles on peoples face.

We admire Chaundra Smith for this kind of care and are thrilled that she sent us a few products to test and for a giveaway.

MARCIA uses LEMONGRASS OATMEAL SOAP and PEACH PIE DESSERT SOY CANDLE

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap and Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap and Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me created their skincare products for people with dry and/or sensitive skin. That’s what makes the Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap unique. All products are free of animal byproducts, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum & artificial fragrances. The Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap (set of 3, $15.99) also is available in Unscented and Cinnamon Lime).

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap

Naturally Me Oatmeal Soap

Naturally Me Oatmeal Soap

This is made with gluten free oatmeal as well as water, coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, vegetable shortening, castor oil, and essential oils. The Lemongrass scent is so refreshing. It’s not overwhelming at all and gives my hands and bathroom an uplifting lemon fragrance. The lemongrass oatmeal is noted to be great for acne prone skin while the unscented is safe enough for babies and children. This lathers nicely and doesn’t leave any stickiness behind. It’s a great natural soap.

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me has done what no other brand has ever been able to do – use a candle. Way back in my hippy dippy days I burned candles and incense but when I realized that they contributed to my migraines I stopped and backed away from anything scented. When this Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle landed in my mail, I took one sniff and was sold. I’m crazy about the scent of this. It’s not artificial at all, it smells like a fresh peach pie (one of my husband’s passions). I can happily sit with this unburnt on my desk and be as thrilled as when I actually lit it.

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

There are 4 different fragrances in the soy candles ($15): Peach Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Blueberry Cheesecake. $2 from each sale of candles will go towards Naturally Me’s Single Parents Scholarship Fund.  A deserving student attending Durham Technical Community College will be the recipient of the scholarship.

Naturally Me Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Dessert Soy Candle

If this Peach Pie candle is an example of what candles are like then I’m going to be in trouble!

LISA uses LAVENDER BATH TREATS and ALL OVER BUTTER

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat and All Over Butter

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat and All Over Butter

I am a bath girl. I love a long, relaxing bath, reading a book or magazine, candles burning…aaahhhhh. The Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat was big enough for several wonderful baths, but I don’t see it on the website. I do see Bath Bombs ($15.99) which look like essentially the same thing since Naturally Me is switching over to these new Bath Treats.

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat - look at all that beautiful natural lavender!

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat – look at all that beautiful natural lavender!

The Lavender Bath Treat has many of the same ingredients as the Bath Bombs, including baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, shea butter, and gluten-free oatmeal. It also has a blend of salts and lots of natural lavender.

The Bath Treat doesn’t create bubbles for your bath, but it does soften the water and leave skin so hydrated and moisturized. The oatmeal is a wonderful skin softener, and lavender calms tension, soothes muscle aches, and relieves headaches.

Sometimes lavender products are just too strong for me…the scent can be overpowering. The Bath Treat does have a citrus/lavender scent, but it’s very mild and just beautiful, probably one of my favorite lavender scents ever.

Other scents include Oatmeal Soy Milk, Cocoa Butter Delight, and Grapefruit Basil.

Naturally Me All Over Butter

Naturally Me All Over Butter

After a wonderfully relaxing bath, the Naturally Me All Over Butter ($16.99 for 3 oz, $22.99 for 6.5 oz) is the icing on the cake. What is really great about this wonderfully hydrating body butter is it has no fragrance at all, so it’s perfect for everyone. This is a solid moisturizer that melts into skin on contact. Ingredients include shea butter, aloe, coconut oil, avocado, grape seed oil, hemp oil, sunflower and safflower seed oils, and vitamin E, a veritable rainbow of ingredients that lead to beautiful, glowy skin.

If you have very dry, sensitive skin, the All Over Butter is definitely your skin savior!

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Our giveaway is open to US and Canada. The winner will receive one full size Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap and a 3.5 oz All Over Butter. To be eligible to win we have two requirements: be an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and leave a comment. Without those two all entries will be disqualified. Our giveaway runs through 6/28/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern. If comments close email us at [email protected] with the title Naturally Me, leave your comment in the email and continue on.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Life’s Little Helpers

Just a bit of luxury, a little extra treat in your day, is a fabulous gift. It doesn’t matter whether the item is actually expensive or not…anything that makes you smile and gives that feeling of being taken care of is such a treat. I’ve put together a holiday gift guide full of my picks for this sort of little helpers in life, with a mixture of goodies that are budget-friendly and others that satisfy the urge to go all out and splurge.

Scala Pronto Beret

Scala Pronto Beret

Scala Pronto Beret

Scala Pronto Beret

1.  Scala Pronto Beret  (SAVE! $32)  Slouchy berets are a super hot trend right now and I love the Pronto Beret from Scala. This knit hat has metallic lurex thread throughout – the perfect thing to bring a smile on dreary winter days. It protects my hair from the wet snow and the harsh wind,  and slipping on this cute beret immediately makes a bad hair day something I don’t have to deal with.

Aroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower HeadAroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower HeadAroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower Head2.  Aroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower Head (SPLURGE! $79.99)  Oh my is this a fabulous gift!! The box includes 1 shower head, 2 microfiber filters and 1 Vitamin C shower cartridge. The Vitamin C cartridge is excellent aromatherapy, plus it is very beneficial for hair and skin. Not only that, the shower head removes chlorine and rust while conserving water by 25%!  I was sure the water pressure would be lessened, but this shower head does the opposite – it actually increases pressure by about 1 1/2 times. It even helps breathing and blood flow by producing four times more negative ions, which results in less stress and anxiety. A great shower is always pure luxury to me and this shower head definitely helps me have a great day! My husband is a contractor who regularly installs bathrooms and he is totally impressed with this magical shower head.  https://aromasenseusa.com/

soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer

soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer

soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer

3.  Soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer (SAVE! $19.99)  Who doesn’t need a hanging cosmetics organizer? And who can resist one in animal print called the Love Fest?? This neon trimmed tiger print hanging organizer is a fabulous gift. It has a small zip pocket for jewelry, a makeup brush organizer with a protective cover, plus a removable clear zip pouch.   The Love Fest is a handy little helper that anyone on your list will be thrilled to get.

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

4.  Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles (SAVE! $29) Oh Em Gee. There really isn’t a better way to light up those holidays than these ultra adorable candles with their very own knitted sweaters. Each candle comes in its own box with tiny windows…geez I’d almost buy these just for the outside packaging!! The candle with the red sweater is the Spiced Rum Candle and it smells like sweet orange, honey, clove and spice. The candle with the green sweater is Home Fir the Holidays and it smells like a fresh-cut Frazier fir tree. They are beyond fun and they smell AMAZING. These candles are made of a soy-blend wax, with phthalate-free scents that provides up to 50 hours of light, love, and delicious holiday fragrance.

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

5.  FOREO LUNA for Women (SPLURGE! $199)  The FOREO LUNA™  is my favorite facial cleansing tool of all time. A typical skin care brush is battery operated with a cleansing brush that eventually wears out and needs replacing. I have owned my FOREO LUNA™ for four years now and it not only doesn’t show any signs of wear, I’ve only had to charge it one time — and that’s with using it almost every single day.  This unique little pink machine is truly beyond impressive.  There is also a LUNA™ for Men made for men’s skin, and it comes in black, a more manly color. Here is a great FOREO Holiday Offer for you – 15% Off On LUNA & ISSA Devices + Free Shipping with the Promo Code: HolidayBeauty15.  Expiration Date: Until 12/31/15.

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

6.  Gurunanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser (SAVE! $19.99)  Talk about all the rage…we all know the fantastic benefits of essential oils, and the best way to get all the benefits from them is through a diffuser. GuruNanda has a terrific set that includes calming lavender and uplifting peppermint essential oils, plus a really cool diffuser with a color-changing LED light that turns 7 different shades. This is a perfect gift for a teacher, co-worker, or anyone you know who needs some stress relief. I am going to bring one as a hostess gift for the New Year’s Eve party I am going to – I know she will love it. You can find this great set at Walmart.

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

7.  C.O. Bigelow Musk Scented Candle (SAVE! $42) I always think candles are the ultimate little luxury. I love getting them as gifts and then feeling so indulgent when I burn one, luxuriating in the beautiful scent. A great choice for a minimalist friend is the C.O. Bigelow Musk Scented Candle. The candle is very chic, housed in a clear glass jar with the C.O. Bigelow signature. It has a lead-free wick and a 60 hour burn. The Musk Candle’s fragrance is a beautiful combination of bergamot, ylang ylang, muguet petals (lily of the valley), patchouli, vanilla bean, white cedar, and also of course musk. The combination creates a light musky scent that is surprisingly fresh.

Soho London Disney Wristlet

Soho London Disney Wristlet

Soho London Disney Wristlet

Soho London Disney Wristlet

8.  Soho London Disney Wristlet (SAVE! $7.99)  I don’t care if you are 6 or 106, you will be completely enchanted with the adorable Soho London Disney Wristlets. I have pictured two different styles featuring Cinderella, and the other Disney princesses have their own wristlets available as well. All the girls in my house are fighting over these adorable little bags….they are exactly what is needed for a tiny bit of magic in your day.  – Lisa

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C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle and Soap & Paper Factory Farmacie Marigold Calendula Hand Cream

musk_lit_duo_800It’s funny, I always associate C.O. Bigelow with their own namesake products, forgetting that it is actually the oldest apothecary in America. Online and in store you can find a wealth of products from all sorts of different lines, featuring unique and often hard to find items. If I lived in New York I would spend every free moment I had wandering through their store, making a new discovery with every step.

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

An iconic fragrance from the C.O. Bigelow line is their Musk Perfume. I think this scent is so popular because while it has the lovely qualities of musk, it isn’t heavy and overpowering. It’s a great scent to wear and an even better one for adding some fragrance to your home with the Musk Candle ($42). C.O. Bigelow recently sent this to me to review, and the candle is very pretty, housed in a clear glass jar with the C.O. Bigelow signature. It has a lead-free wick and a 60 hour burn.

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

The Musk Candle’s fragrance is a beautiful combination of bergamot, ylang ylang, muguet petals (lily of the valley), patchouli, vanilla bean, white cedar, and also of course musk. The combination creates a light musky scent that is surprisingly fresh.

Farmacie Marigold Calendula Hand CreamOne of my favorite lines that C.O. Bigelow carries is Soap & Paper Factory. I love their hand cream and am really impressed with their Farmacie Marigold Calendula Hand Cream ($16). This is a shea butter based cream that is free of parabens, phthalates,  and petroleum.

Farmacie Marigold Calendula Hand Cream

Farmacie Marigold Calendula Hand Cream

The packaging totally belongs in an apothecary and the cool retro squeeze tube is wonderful.

The hand cream itself is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. I love the Marigold Calendula scent, which is a combination of cyclamen, peony, and ylang ylang. It is a sweet floral with some spice from the ylang ylang. It smells feminine and just a little mysterious. The combination really is perfect for this velvety hand cream.

Head on over to the C.O. Bigelow website at bigelowchemists.com, and plan to stay for a while…the fabulous products go on forever!  – Lisa

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Transport yourself to Sicily with Spadaro

SpadaroCandle_SolNero_1_420_420If you are interested in a wonderful splurge for yourself, consider a Spadaro candle. Spadaro is owned by the Kim Spadaro, a stunning woman who creates fragrances based on her own travels, as well her passions for design, music, and aromatherapy. Kim is a true inspiration, a strong woman who has created a huge company and who gives back to the world in memory of her mom. Spadaro sent a candle in the Sole Nero scent, one of four original fragrances available.

Spadaro Notes of Sole Nero Candle

Spadaro Notes of Sole Nero Candle

Kim Spadaro was inspired to create the Sole Nero scent after a visit to Sicily. She wanted to recreate the experience of the fresh citrus found in the outdoor markets and the smells of the cozy night fires as people gathered for a beautiful dinner and wine.

Sole Nero is warm and a little spicy. The base is Italian citrus – grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The citrus scent is warmly hugged with honey, musk, sandalwood and frankincense, with a touch of white pepper and cumin. I also smell almond and vanilla…it’s a comforting scent that smells like warm family memories.

matches inside the candle

matches inside the candle

Inside the beautiful packaging, there is a small matchbook attached to the top. This attention to detail is what makes Spadaro a cut above the rest.

beautiful candle...

beautiful candle…

beautiful message!

beautiful message!

The glass jar is emblazoned with “Celebrate the Spirit of Adventure” and “Inspire Journeys of Self Discovery“. Once the candle is gone, the jar makes for a perfect juice glass that will keep inspiring you every morning!  Be prepared, though, it will take a while since this candle has a 70 hour burn time.

These candles are a big favorite with celebrities. I often see them featured in the big fashion magazines – they are just a wonderful luxury item that make you feel pampered. I love mine! In addition to the candle, Spadaro also offers a shower gel and perfume in the same beautiful scent.

Spadaro candles can be purchased worldwide on Spadaro.co for $50.  – Lisa

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