LATHER teaches a lesson in good salesmanship and products

LATHER Skincare has done something that I wish all skincare companies would follow. Lather has full lines of skincare with wonderful products but one thing they do that makes them stand out from the rest is that they sell skincare kits. These kits are perfect for traveling and for testing out products to see what works best for you.

Lather About Face Combination Skin Kit

Lather About Face Combination Skin Kit

For $29.00 each LATHER sells 3 kits containing 5 products for different skintypes  – oily, combination and dry. I was sent ABOUT FACE COMBINATION SKIN KIT to test and it made me realize that they are on the ball. This kit contains 5 products all packed and ready for travel. Stick this whole set in a ziploc bag and you are ready to face the airport ‘police’. Products range from 0.5 fl oz to 2 fl oz which fit regulations.

Now I don’t happen to travel all that much so this is a great way for me to test out new products to see if my skin likes them.

Lather kit products

Lather kit products

ULTRA MILD FACE WASH 2 oz. is a clear gel-like cleanser with a mild fresh fragrance. It’s foaming but not overly so. My face feels properly cleansed and refreshed with this. The kit size is 2 oz. and full size is 6 oz ($19). Since I wasn’t sure if the fragrance would be overwhelming in this or other products, this is the perfect way for me to try.

ULTRA MILD FACE WASH

LATHER ULTRA MILD FACE WASH

CITRUS BALANCING TONER smells delightful. I love the smell of citrus and will always choose it when available. It’s not an overwhelming fragrance but it’s so refreshing. This toner is alcohol free and is made to keep the balance in normal to oily skin. It’s to be used after cleansing to remove any excess dirt or oils plus it helps keep the pH balance of your skin. While it’s not a step that everyone takes, the ingredients in this are ones you want to use. For example linoleic acid and lemon bioflavanoids help keep your skin clean and irritation free. It contains Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Like all Lather products, it’s paraben free. (2 oz kit size, $16 for 6 fl oz)

LATHER CITRUS BALANCING TONER

LATHER CITRUS BALANCING TONER

ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION is a very lightweight moisturizer which works for me in warmer weather since that’s when my skin isn’t quite as dry. It’s a botanical lotion that contains special ingredients like borage oil and grapeseed oil which are great for damaged or problem skin. It absorbs quickly and wears well under foundation. I’ve never had balling up using this. My face feels moisturized without any oily finish. Unfortunately it doesn’t have SPF so I have to recommend using a separate sun protection. There’s a tiny bit of botanical fragrance but really nothing to speak of. (full size $21)

LATHER ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

LATHER ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK is a bonus to me in this kind of kit. I get to try it and have it around if I’m traveling. I’ve never owned a travel size mask other than packets that I never use up so I have to toss them. White clay is known for its purification and stimulation. It’s a great mask to exfoliate pores (of which I have many). It’s a gentle mask no matter what type of skin you have. Besides the white clay they use bentonite clay to draw out the oils and impurities even more. I love how my skin looks after using the mask since my pores aren’t as noticeable. (0.5 oz in kit, 4.0 oz full size $22)

LATHER WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

LATHER WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB WITH LEMONGRASS is a clear gel containing bamboo silk and small jojoba beads that are mild, natural exfoliants. I thought that the fragrance of this would bother me but it’s very mild and has an almost sweet citrus fragrance. The exfoliating powder in this makes it another good cleanser to have in your arsenal. It gently foams and washes away well if I use a wash cloth or bamboo cloth. It is both sulfate and paraben free.

LATHER BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB

LATHER BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB

All I need to add is SPF and an eye cream and I’m set to go. After trying these I’d be interested in trying out the About Face Dry Skin Kit next winter. My favorite product in the combination kit is the Citrus Balancing Toner but I also like the Bamboo Silk Foaming Face Scrub and White Clay Pore Cleansing Mask.

LATHER About Face Combination Skin Kit

LATHER About Face Combination Skin Kit

A great way to try an excellent cruelty-free line! Nourish, cleanse, exfoliate your way to better skin with Lather. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

 

Anniversary Kleraderm giveaway #2: baskets for skin lightening and sensitive skin

Marcia and I are still having a party to celebrate our five-year anniversary, and today we have another giveaway to help cement our reputations as the Giveaway Queens!  First – did you enter our Kleraderm giveaway for a Purrisima basket (worth $140) for oily skin or an Idroderm basket (worth $175) for dry skin?  No?  Well do that right now!  Click HERE to enter because today is the last day!!

We have two more incredible Kleraderm Skin Care Baskets for today’s anniversary giveaway. Joanne Recchia, the beautiful owner of our favorite Italian skin care line, has designed several giveaway baskets that feature the basics you need for your skin care routine.  The two baskets featured today include an Omorfies basket for those with hyperpigmentation/uneven skin tone, and a Neaderma basket for those with sensitive skin.  Take a look:

Kleraderm Omorfies Giveaway Basket

Kleraderm Omorfies Giveaway Basket

Omorfies Basket (Total Value $176!)  This basket features the Omorfies line, which is a daily clarifying and smoothing treatment regimen that corrects dark spots and uneven skin pigmentation on face, neck, and décolleté.  The origin of the dark spots is a process of overproduction and irregular distribution of pigmented cells and the accumulation of these cells on surface of the skin.

The Kleraderm Omorfies line is a cosmetic solution with fruit acids, vitamins and natural extracts to slow down the production of pigmented cells.  The Omorfies cleanser, toner, and moisturizing cream promote hydration and nourishment while restoring skin’s even complexion.

Kleraderm Omorfies Cleanser

Kleraderm Omorfies Cleanser

Cleansing Milk is a light emulsion with selected cleansing agents to help cleanse and lighten skin without the disruption of skin’s own natural balance.

 

Kleraderm Omorfies Tonic

Kleraderm Omorfies Tonic

Omorfies Tonic Lotion is an alcohol-free toner rich in active properties to soothe, lighten, and refresh skin.

Kleraderm Omorfies Etenia Cream

Kleraderm Omorfies Etenia Cream

Etenia Cream is an elegant daily treatment moisturizer that progressively lightens discolored skin due to aging, acne, and sun exposure. It replenishes hydration and nourishes skin back to its natural balance.  I have terrific success when I use these products, which I turn to when I’ve been out in the sun too much.

Kleraderm Neaderma Giveaway Basket

Kleraderm Neaderma Giveaway Basket

The Neaderma Basket (Total value $ 230!!) includes a selection of products for sensitive skin that help reduce redness and inflammation.

Kleraderm’s Neaderma line is rich in soothing properties that rebuild the skin’s natural barrier and promote microcirculation, relieving skin of irritation and dryness. The water and oil in skin become balanced and broken capillaries become less noticeable. The Neaderma cleanser, toner, and moisturizer soothe, hydrate and nourish skin back to balance.

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Cleansing Milk

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Cleansing Milk

Chamomile Cleansing Milk delicately cleanses skin while replacing its natural balance to help lock in water. This cleanser eliminates impurities, soothes, softens and refreshes skin.  It is also excellent as makeup remover.

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Toner

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Tonic Lotion

 Chamomile Tonic Lotion is an alcohol-free toner rich in active properties to soothe and refresh skin.

Kleraderm Neaderma Vitalize Cream

Kleraderm Neaderma Vitalize Cream

 Vitalize Cream is a beautiful daily treatment moisturizer enriched with vitamins and reformulated Alpha Lipoid Acids to combat redness and inflammation.  Vitalize Cream reduces fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating and nourishing skin back to health. Skin becomes even in color, as well as bright and youthful in appearance.  If you have any issues with redness or sensitivity, these are the basics you need for your skin care routine!

Which basket is right for you, Omorfies for uneven skin tone or Neaderma for sensitive skin?  Both baskets are wonderful collections with the basics needed for proper skin care health.  You even get to choose which one you’d prefer winning. Use the Rafflecopter to enter. This giveaway is open to US only through April 15th at 11:59 p.m.

Towards the end of our giveaways the comments sometimes close early.  If that happens to you just email me your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Kleraderm Giveaway #2 comment. Then you can click “I commented” on the Rafflecopter and keep on going.  Thank you for reading Beauty Info Zone, we really appreciate you!!  – Lisa

Future Kleraderm baskets for our anniversary giveaways will focus on mature skin and advanced skin treatments – over $1500 worth of products all together, so stay tuned and enter often!!!

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*giveaway products thanks to the one and only Joanne Recchia and Kleraderm.  My opinion of Kleraderm based on over five years of amazing results!

8 beauty items you need to toss now! Spring Clean Refresh with Meijer Beauty

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Spring CleaningTime to toss! I am gearing up for some spring cleaning and first on my list is my vanity. Clearing out feels so good…I love it when things are organized and sparkling clean. Besides, extra space means room for new things!
Does your cosmetics stash look like this??

Does your cosmetics stash look like this??

Spring cleaning isn’t just for closets and pantries – it is so important to also tackle that beauty stash. Time goes by fast and before your know it you have beauty items that are years old. Anything you use with your hands or put on your face eventually gathers bacteria and can cause breakouts and other skin issues. Items with active ingredients become inactive over time, becoming an exercise in futility. Besides, it’s fun to go through and edit your cosmetics and skin care, plus what a great opportunity to go shopping to replenish!
If you are like me, the memory fades, so when you purchase a new item mark the date on the bottom of the jar with a black sharpie. It makes spring cleaning much easier. Also, most skin care items have an open jar symbol followed by a number and the letter ‘M’.  This tells you how many months you can use the product after opening it – so 6M means six months after opening, 9M means nine months after opening, etcetera. Don’t forget, when using products packaged in jars NEVER stick your fingers in the jar. Use a small cosmetics spatula to spoon out the product so you aren’t introducing bacteria into the jar.
Here are the top 8 items that you need to toss, along with some suggestions for replacements. Meijer just announced an exciting lineup of new beauty items, so it’s a great place to shop to renew that beauty routine and you can find all of my suggestions there.
L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Serum

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Serum

1.  Serum:  I am sure this is no surprise. Typically serum is in air tight packaging, which keeps ingredient integrity, but once you start using a serum it’s only good for about six months. Toss it even earlier if the texture changes or it starts to smell weird. If you need to replenish, check out L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler.  It is wonderfully affordable and has hyaluronic acid to plump skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation

2.  Foundation:  obviously, liquid foundation is a bacteria collector, especially jar-based foundation that is exposed to the air. But did you know that powder foundation also goes bad? Think about it…you dip your brush into the foundation, the brush goes on your skin, then you dip that brush back onto the foundation…all those skin oils are transferred into the powder, which means after a while it becomes pretty dirty. Toss that old stuff and try something new, like L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation.  This is opaque enough to use as foundation, and it also works great as a pressed powder to cancel out a shiny nose.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom

3.  Mascara:  this is a must-toss every season! After a while, mascara dries out and loses its lash lengthening and thickening power. Plus, any product that isn’t a solid is in danger of collecting bacteria. Glam out with your mascara and then replace it as soon as it shows any sign of dryness or starts to smell ‘off’, typically at about three months. By the way, resist ‘pumping’ your mascara – it makes it dry out even more quickly, and always toss your mascaras if you have an eye infection. Two mascaras to try for long, lush lashes are Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom.

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Moisturizer

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Moisturizer

4.  Moisturizer:  jar moisturizer lasts at the most 6 months. Go through all those open jars you know you have sitting on your shelves and toss anything you opened last fall. Not only do they become a potential hazard for your skin because of bacteria, but the active ingredients stop working so why bother? Try something new, like L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Moisturizer to smooth out those lines and wrinkles.

Degree Dryspray Deodorant

Degree Dry Spray Deodorant

5.  Deodorant:  yes, deodorant does have a shelf life! While most have expiration dates, a good rule of thumb is two years. It’s a great idea to stock up on deodorant when it is on sale, but be sure to write your purchase date on the extras if they don’t have an expiration date. A great replacement is Degree Dry Spray. It sprays on dry and protects for up to 48 hours, so no worries on those hectic late mornings!

Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Sunscreen

Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Sunscreen

6.  Sunscreen:  sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time and you sure don’t want to get a sunburn thanks to an outdated bottle. Most have an expiration date, but the longest any sunscreen will last is three years. My absolute favorite and a great one for restocking is Neutrogena Cooldry Sport.  I can even get my kids to put this on without a fight.

Cover Girl Lip Lava

Cover Girl Lip Lava

7.  Lip gloss:  a liquid product you apply to your lips?  Of course lip gloss is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to beauty items that go bad and need to be replaced regularly. Replace your old lip glosses with Cover Girl Lip Lava. I adore this lip gloss!  My favorite shade is Lava-Rider. I put it on then blot and I have a beautiful shimmery stain that lasts and lasts.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser

8.  Face cleanser:  these only last a year, so often a big bottle will expire before it’s gone. If your face cleanser isn’t working well, the consequences will definitely be evident to everyone! A great option for replacing your old stuff is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser. White tea and vitamin E ensure clean skin without any dryness.

Embrace spring cleaning and refresh that beauty stash! Be sure to go to Meijer Beauty to check out their new lineup of cosmetic and skin care items and restock for a beautiful YOU.  – Lisa

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Giveaway time! Dermarie AHA Glycolic Acid Foaming Facial Cleanser

Give yourself the gift of clean skin by entering our Dermarie AHA/Glycolic Acid 10% Foaming Facial Cleanser Giveaway! The awesome folks at Dermarie are giving two Beauty Info Zone readers one of their brand new, results-oriented foaming cleansers. It’s a serious cleanser that not only washes away dirt and makeup, it also fights blemishes and wrinkles at the same time.

Dermarie Foaming Facial Cleanser Giveaway

AHA/Glycolic Acid 10% Foaming Facial Cleanser ($35.00 for 4.0 fl. oz./120 ml) is a superhero cleanser because it not only cleanses and treats wrinkles, it also leaves skin soft and hydrated.  The combination is pretty impressive and difficult to find in a cleanser.

AHA and glycolic acid are excellent exfoliators that treat blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Other ingredients include antioxidants and moisturizers, like glycerin (fabulous for preventing dryness), rose hip seed oil (an emollient oil that is also an antioxidant), and seaweed extract (an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory).

Dermarie AHA/Glycolic Acid 10% Foaming Facial Cleanser is one of the best cleansers I have tried and I am so excited that two of you can win one for yourself! This awesome giveaway begins today 12/20/14 and goes through 12/31/14. The giveaway is open for US only. The rafflecopter has the options. Be sure to come back daily to tweet since the more options you have, the better your chances of winning. If comments close please comment on Facebook or email to beautyinfozone@gmail.com.   Good luck!!  – Lisa

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Product reviewed and giveaway courtesy of the fabulous folks at Dermarie.

Don’t Call Me Ma’am but do enter this skincare giveaway

Don't Call Me Ma'am products

Don’t Call Me Ma’am products

When DON’T CALL ME MA’AM emailed us about their products and offered a giveaway to one of our readers we were totally enticed. The name alone was enough to make me curious, the great packaging added another level and the fact that we could offer a set to one of you sealed the deal. I agreed to test out their products for all those reasons.

Don't Call Me Ma'am skincare trio

Don’t Call Me Ma’am skincare trio

DON’T CALL ME MA’AM is a reasonably priced skincare line that has excellent ingredients. We were sent three products to test out.  I’ve enjoyed using these and I love the packaging. It’s fun and gives me something to read in the bathroom – seriously. I enjoy looking at the sayings on each of the products and seem to discover new ones constantly.

Don't Call Me Ma'am sayings

Don’t Call Me Ma’am sayings

“Every day is 24 hours of opportunity”  “There are mountains to climb, people to meet, days to concur” “Age does not define how I look or feel” and “I am Beauty with a capital B” are just examples of the sayings on the packaging. Bright, cheerful and motivational products with easy to use tubes.

WASH IT AWAY is Don’t Call Me Ma’am’s cleanser. This tube of cleanser is refreshing and doesn’t make my skin feel tight after using it. It takes off eye makeup too without stinging my eyes. I find that unusual so that’s a definite plus. Not all mascara will come off with it (fiber ones or really thick mascara) but most of the ones I’ve been using lately, like Votre Vu’s Eiffel Tower, come off with ease. This is a cleanser that can be used by the whole family – they don’t have to be a “ma’am”. It’s fragrance free and has some essential ingredients like DCMM Botanical Extracts blend, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil. ($25)

Don't Call Me Ma'am WASH IT AWAY

Don’t Call Me Ma’am WASH IT AWAY

IN BALANCE EVERYDAY TONER comes next. This comes in a 6 oz spray bottle.  At first I wondered if I’d be comfortable spraying it but I actually enjoy it that way. I have used a cotton pad but it’s more efficient to just spray it on and let it dry. It’s a very calming toner and works to rebalance your skin’s pH balance as well as calm any inflammation. The essential ingredients in this are DCMM Botanical Blend and Allantoin (Skin conditioning agent). This too is fragrance free (that makes me so happy). ($25)

Don't Call Me Ma'am IN BALANCE EVERYDAY TONER

Don’t Call Me Ma’am IN BALANCE EVERYDAY TONER

FACE LOVE is their moisturizer. There is no SPF so I’ve been using it at night even though the website says to use it in the morning. (I’m such a rebel!) This doesn’t have a heavy feel to it yet it is quite moisturizing and makes my skin feel very soft. They say “This naturally hydrating formula binds moisture to the skin and promotes soft and supple tissue. “ The essential ingredients are DCMM Botanical Blend, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Barbedensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Tocopherol (natural Vitamin E), Panthenol. ($35, 4 oz)

Don't Call Me Ma'am FACE LOVE

Don’t Call Me Ma’am FACE LOVE

DON’T CALL ME MA’AM is Never tested on Animals and is free of harsh Chemicals, Parabens, Sulfates And Fragrances.

There are so many reasons to like this line because of the ingredients and also because of what it lacks which is just as important. Cruelty free products that will keep your skin in great shape and keep your mind busy and amused.

Don't Call Me Ma'am prize pack

Don’t Call Me Ma’am prize pack

Now that you’ve learned about DON’T CALL ME MA’AM enter our giveaway for these three products. The giveaway is open through 12/19/14 for US subscribers. Just follow the Rafflecopter for all the ways you can win. — Marcia

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*sent for editorial consideration, products to be sent by DCCM

Ingredients for WASH IT AWAY: DCMM Botanical Extracts blend, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Rosa Damascena Floral Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cymbopogon Martini (Lemongrass) Extract, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sclerotium Gum, Phenoxyethanol , Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid

Ingredients for IN BALANCE: DCMM Botanical Blend , Allantoin,Aqua, Glycerine, Propanediol, Vitis Vinifera (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cymbopogon Martini Extract, Matricaria Recutita Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Allantoin, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Menthyl Lactate

Ingredients for FACE LOVE:  DCMM Botanical Blend, Helianthus Annuus  Oil, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Barbedensis Extract, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Aqua, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Stearic Acid, Jojoba oil, Sorbitol, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Symphytum Officinalis (Comfrey) Extract, Panax Ginseng extract, Arnica Montana extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Aloe Barbedensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hyaluronic acid, Sclerotium gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate

Introducing Orico Streetwise Cleansers

Orico is a new brand for us at Beauty Info Zone. It’s a British brand that has become award winning for designing skincare that helps with the demands of the environment on our skin. Without realizing it everything we encounter (pollution, air-conditioning, heat and stress) all dry out our skin removing the freshness from it.

Orico is all of these!

Orico is all of these!

We were sent two different cleansers to try out, both from their Streetwise collection. Lisa will be reviewing Gentle Antioxidant Organic Face Wash while Marcia will tell you about Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes. These cleansers are pure and organic. As Orico says “Each formula is a unique and synergistic blend of natural active ingredients and essential oils to protect and rejuvenate the complexion and give a lift to the senses.”  When we read about Orico it felt like a brand that our readers would be interested in.

MARCIA’S SIDE:  Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes

Orico Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover

Orico Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover

What appealed to me about ORICO Streetwise’s Make-Up Remover ($27)is that it could be used for eyes as well as the face. I have a lot of cleansers that aren’t comfortable for me to use to remove eye makeup so I wanted to try something to use that would take off everything with one product.

This Make-Up Remover comes close although it’s not perfect. A lot depends on the mascara that I’m wearing. If I’m wearing a lot of mascara or a heavy one then I need to remove that separately. If I’m wearing just a daily coat then I reach for Orico Streetwise.

It was created to work for all skintypes even dry and sensitive skin so I knew that was a plus. Plus I love the ingredient list and that the company is cruelty-free and Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to Ecocert standards.

Orico Natural Ingredients

Orico Natural Ingredients

I personally love the fragrance of this. I’ve become addicted to citrus aromas lately in my products so it’s a pleasure to find a makeup remover that has such a pleasant smell as well as one that works well. It removes my makeup easily without leaving any dry areas behind. My eyes aren’t the least bit irritated by this, it never stings. It removes all but the toughest mascara or eyeliner with ease. This is hydrating as its name implies and it’s packed with powerful antioxidants and essential oils to soothe and clear skin of impurities. The fragrance I enjoy so much is an aromatherapy blend of tangerine and orange essential oils added to de-congest and increase circulation.

Orico ingredients

Orico ingredients

LISA’S SIDE – Gentle Antioxidant Organic Face Wash

I usually love gel facial cleansers because they work really well with my Foreo Luna Sonic Cleansing Brush.  Orico’s Gentle Antioxidant Organic Face Wash is a perfect partner for sonic cleansers, and it’s excellent on its own.

Orico Streetwise Face WashI find that while it’s quite gentle, it also removes makeup like a champ.  It has lots of antioxidants that seem to just melt away dirt and calm skin at the same time.  This cleanser also has Gingko Biloba, which is an anti-bacterial that keeps blemishes at bay.  The fragrance is a light, clean citrus that is very pleasant.

For a real treat, Orico recommends double cleansing.  First, wash with the Streetwise Hydrating Make-up Remover to dissolve face makeup, then cleanse with the Streetwise Gentle Antioxidant Face Wash for a deeper cleanse and to guard against breakouts.  Both of these products make for a great introduction to this British brand!

*sent for review consideration

 

A line for healthy, active, balanced women: Lady Soma Skin Care

There’s a whole lot more to great skin than slapping on some moisturizer now and then.  I am always excited when I discover a skin care line that take a more holistic approach to skin care, and Lady Soma is a great example.  Lady Soma says their line is a comprehensive collection for healthy, active and balanced women.  They are all about truth is labeling and ingredient safety, and the care and pride put into their products is impossible to miss.

Lady Soma Skin Care

Lady Soma Skin Care

Lady Soma (the word ‘soma’ is Greek for ‘body’) sent us a few products to test, and today I have reviews of the Somaluxe Face Cleanser and the Antioxidant Berry Masque.

Somaluxe Face Cleanser

Somaluxe Face Cleanser

Somaluxe Face Cleanser

Somaluxe Face Cleanser

The Somaluxe Face Cleanser (8 oz, normally $24 on sale for $16) is a gel cleanser that not only melts away dirt and makeup, it also treats the skin with antioxidants.  Great ingredients include vitamin C, tea tree oil, and aloe vera.  This is a terrific gentle cleanser that keeps on treating skin even after it is rinsed off.  Skin is kept moist with aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid and amino acids help to ensure a great complexion.

Lady Soma Antioxidant Berry Masque

Lady Soma Antioxidant Berry Masque

Antioxidant Berry Masque

Antioxidant Berry Masque

If you are looking for a super effective facial mask, the Antioxidant Berry Masque ($32.99) is one you want on your list.  As soon as it’s applied, skin starts to warm up and tingle from the major antioxidants including blueberries, cranberries, and vitamins A, C, and E.  This mask also has glycolic (a leave-on exfoliant) and alpha lipoic acids (a topical enzyme that is a terrific antioxidant).

This is a very powerful and effective mask that eliminates dead skin cells in about 8 minutes.  It is definitely a winner.

For a holistic approach to skin care, take a look at Lady Soma.  In addition to great skin care products, they also have some of the best supplements on the market.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Somaluxe Face Cleanser ingredients:  Organic Herbs, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconuts), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), MSM, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Carbomer, Amino Acids, Hyaluronic Acid, Wildcrafted Wild Cherry, Wildcrafted Dandelion, Wildcrafted Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright), Olive Oil, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Borage Oil, Orange Peel Tincture, Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

Antioxidant Berry Masque Ingredients: