Smells so good! Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products

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Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products

Smelling fantastic from head to toe thanks to products that are environmentally responsible, animal-friendly, and free of all the bad stuff like synthetics and sulfates is as easy as taking a quick trip to Whole Foods or the Vitamin Shoppe (or even just surfing the web). Your quick trip will bring you to this amazing line, Nubian Heritage. I was initially intrigued because they have a full line of Coconut & Papaya products and when it comes to coconut…well, I’m kind of easy. Actually, Nubian Heritage has 15 different collections, from Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed to Ivorian Cocoa & Hazelnut. Their body products take care of you from head to toe, but before I tell you about those here’s a little more background on the company.

Nubian Heritage first started in Harlem 25 years ago. Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman were college roommates and they wanted to make products using traditional African recipes with fair trade, organic ingredients. In fact, “they were inspired by the legacy of ancient Nubia, which was once a center of cultural trade – a place where goods, ideas, and customs from across Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East were exchanged and spread across the world. The street vendors brought together global healing practices, cultural wisdom and indigenous ingredients to create modern wellness solutions that were highly sought after.”

The product range available at Nubian Heritage is incredible and I am just blown away at the quality of every product I tested. Everything is wonderful, and the prices are fabulously affordable.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion ($13): Wow, this smells sooo good!! The Body Lotion is a light, creamy lotion packed full of great ingredients:  coconut oil, papaya extract, shea butter, aloe vera, and vitamin E. The papaya extract has papain enzymes, which act as a gentle exfoliator, making skin even smoother and softer. Skin is super hydrated and feels fabulous. The bottle is big and $13 is a great price – a little goes a long way so it’s a nice value, especially for an environmentally conscious company.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Wash

Coconut & Papaya Body Wash ($13): The Body Wash smells just as delicious as the Body Lotion and I love showering up with it. It’s a very gentle cleanser but I definitely feel clean afterward, even after a grueling, sweaty workout. Ingredients include lots of hydration for skin, including coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and papaya.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Coconut & Papaya 24 Hour Deodorant ($9):  This is a glycerin/silica/cornstarch based deodorant that stands out for me because it smells so darn good. I am really crazy about this scent! The fact that it also has coconut oil and doesn’t flake or give underarms a white cast is a plus, too.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream ($10): The Hand Cream is much thicker than the Body Lotion, so thick it takes some effort to squeeze it out of the tube. The scent, again, is to die for…juicy papaya and deep, rich coconut. This is what you want to slather on dry elbows, scaly knees, and frayed cuticles.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Coconut & Papaya Body Cleansing Smoothie (formerly Hand & Body Scrub – $12): Nubian Heritage recently went through some repackaging and I believe they changed the name of this skin exfoliator. Ingredients include coconut oil, papaya, organic shea butter, and vanilla extract. You can use this on your body in the shower to soften rough areas or for an all-over exfoliation. I like to leave it right by the sink and use it on my hands and cuticles. My hands feel totally incredible afterward.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs ($15): These effervescent bath bombs really are the bomb! They are made with coconut oil and papaya extract, so like the other products in this line they subtly exfoliate and create glowy skin while also hydrating like crazy. Why not get that lovely skin treatment while relaxing in warm bath water? Aaahhhh….sounds great to me!!

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap ($5)  This lovely big bar of soap is just wonderful – it has that great coconut and papaya scent, and the soap is full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. It’s exactly what you want next to the sink so you can relax for that one moment when washing your hands, transported to somewhere tropical and fabulous.

Nubian Heritage has literally hundreds of culturally authentic natural products that are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, DEA, silicones, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrance and artificial color, and never tested on animals.  You can find them online at NubianHeritage.com or at the Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods and other fine retailers.  – Lisa

Be odor free with Crystal Body Deodorant – giveaway alert

Crystal Body Deodorant Roll-On

I am a living testament to the effectiveness of Crystal Body Deodorant Roll-On. My recent move not only took place in 90 degree humid weather but the air-conditioning decided to give us fits so it was off. Add to that the stress of the move which made life very uncomfortable.

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But I had started using the natural protection of Crystal Deodorant about a week before and have continued ever since. It worked to keep me dry and odor free through that awful time as well as through the days of unpacking 1,234,567 boxes (and counting).

Crystal Body Deodorant Roll-On in Unscented

There are things that make Crystal different than other products you’ve tried. It’s not an antiperspirant which is what you usually pick up in the drugstore. It’s an actual deodorant that doesn’t cover up odor but eliminates it. Crystal’s website says it best:

Crystal is the world’s leading natural mineral salt deodorant. It works to prevent odor while other products attempt to mask it or plug pores with harsh chemicals like aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium. Crystal is a hypoallergenic deodorant that is safe, healthy, and totally effective.

Crystal Body Deodorant comes in a variety of forms. You can buy their Crystal Essence which are fragranced roll-ons as well as the fragrance free version that I use (aka Crystal Body Deodorant Roll-On). There’s also the original product that looks like a rock of salt and is called their Body Deodorant Stone. There are 25 products in all that The Crystal Company makes.

Crystal Body Deodorant Roll-On in Unscented

Crystal deodorants are composed of natural mineral salts which form a topical layer on the skin, creating an environment impossible for bacteria to thrive. They eliminate the odor-causing bacteria and therefore prevent body odor. In an ingredient assessment by The Environmental Working Group Crystal ranked as the safest deodorant on the market. Crystal Body Deodorant is made of 100% natural mineral salts, which are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, paraben free, non-sticky, non-staining, dry instantly and leave no white residue. It can be used by both men and women.

I was convinced as soon as I started using this and it only intensified during my recent move. I feel safer using this as it contains no Aluminum Chlorohydrate and it’s proven to be effective for me.

Crystal Body Deodorant Roll-On in Unscented

Now for the good part… 3 US Beauty Info Zone subscribers will win a Crystal Deodorant or Crystal Essence Deodorant of their choice. Crystal Essence is available in 4 fragrances – Lavender & White Tea, Pomegranate, Vanilla Jasmine, and Chamomile & Green Tea. Which sounds like it would fit your style? You’ve got 5 choices so pick one. The giveaway is open for US through 7/24/17 @11:59 p.m. EDT. This may not be a huge giveaway but it’s one that is vital! Good luck  —  Marcia

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*samples provided to facilitate review and giveaway, winners will receive their prize from Crystal or their representatives. You can purchase Crystal at CVS, Walgreen, Rite Aid, Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as many other drugstores. There’s a coupon too for $1 off to use on your purchase.

Rethinking skin care with Green Goo

Green GooThese days I am paying a lot more attention to certain things in the beauty industry. Who owns the company? Does the company have ethical business practices? What is their goal, and what is their commitment to giving back to society? I like to support companies who think it is important to strive for more than making money and Green Goo is definitely a company that caught my interest based on their mission.

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar and All Natural DeodorantGreen Goo is a woman owned and family operated business. They use homeopathic herbal wisdom and natural ingredients to create fantastic body care products. All ingredients are organic, and Green Goo is a certified B Corporation, committed to donating a percentage of their profits to people who are instrumental in making our world a better place for everyone.

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Green Goo has lots of first aid products that don’t increase resistance to antibiotics and I hope to try some of them soon. They also have some really cool looking products for ‘fur and feathers’, homeopathic pet care items. This time I went for two of their body products:  Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar ($5.95) and 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick ($5.95).

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

The Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar smells amazing. The cinnamon is quite pronounced, but it isn’t bitter the way an overabundance of cinnamon can get. The soap smells like a Red Hot…remember those?? The cinnamon stimulates the skin, creating a warm sensation. Anyone into gardening or working with their hands will love this exfoliating soap. It’s actually terrific for anyone who washes their hands all the time because it has tons of soothing aloe.

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

It’s great for stimulating circulation while also making skin super soft. Green Goo has lots of soaps from shampoo bars to deodorant bars and if you plan to try some be sure to put a bar of the Cinnamon & Aloe into your shopping cart.

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

The All Natural Deodorant comes in three different scents – Lavender & Thyme, Lemongrass & Sage, Rose & Geranium – as well as in unscented. You can buy a full size or a handy .6 oz travel size, which is what I tried. I’ve tried a lot of natural deodorants in the past and find that most of them don’t really work for me. This one, however, does work and it’s super gentle and free of aluminum and propylene glycol.

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

My 17-year-old daughter saw it and asked if she pretty please could have it…the travel size is fabulous and an all natural deodorant that works is a real find. I finally relented, but I am going to pick up the Lemongrass & Sage version to replace it.

Green Goo is the kind of company that I can really get behind. The products are organic and based on homeopathic herbal wisdom, and Green Goo is committed to helping the environment and helping people. I love this company and I am sure you will too!  – LisaGreen Goo

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Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar ingredients:  Organic Saponified Palm Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, and Organic Olive Oil. Essential Oils and Cinnamon Powder

All Natural Deodorant ingredients:  *Shea Butter, *Coconut Oil, *Sunflower Oil, *Calendula Flowers, *Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, *Arrowroot, *Beeswax and  Essential Oils of Lavender and Thyme. *Organic.

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Tune in to QVC at midnight eastern time for a great Lavanila set and enter our giveaway

I look at QVC every day to see their TSV. I’ve gotten some amazing buys on products that I need for myself or my home. I’ve also kicked myself when I’ve let something go that I should have bought. An example is that I bought a set of sheets for one bed and totally forgot at the time that I needed a set for another bedroom. It went back to full price and now I have to wait.

Don’t wait to get your hands (or pits) on this Lavanila Deodorant Set that’s a $44 dollar value but will cost just $26.50 on 6/7/16 at QVC on TV or on QVC.com.

Lavanilla deodorant set - a TSV on QVC

Lavanilla deodorant set – a TSV on QVC

The founder of Lavanila is Danielle Raynor and she’ll be speaking live at midnight when the TSV starts. I’ve seen her in magazines where she’s explained how she got started and about the purity and goodness of her brand. She’ll be fun to see and learn from.

This special is $26.50 and will contain 2 full size and 2 travel sizes of the deodorant in both Vanilla Coconut and Vanilla Grapefruit. These 2 are perfect for summer especially. Lavanila Deodorant is formulated with antioxidants and essential oils.

Here’s what you need to know about this vegan, cruelty-free brand’s deodorant:

This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Clinically Tested. Dermatologist Recommended. No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol. No Harsh Chemicals.

– Superior odor protection with our Beta glucan technology
– No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol
– High quality essential oils deliver a burst of freshness
– Nourishes with antioxidants—great for sensitive skin
– Velvet soft solid infused with aloe goes on sheer and doesn’t stain

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut deodorant

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut deodorant

Do you love coconut? If so Lavanila Vanilla Coconut is going to be amazing: “Paradise Found. This exotic blend of young coconut, Tahitian tiare flower, and warm Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Carefree and tropical, escape to the island of healthy delights.”

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

Do you love grapefruit? LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit will delight you:  “This invigorating blend of sparkling grapefruit, crisp cedarwood, lime and Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits.”

REMEMBER to tune in at midnight or during the day on 6/7 for this great set. — Marcia

While we do have a giveaway that LaVanila is kindly going to send to one winner, that’s only 1 of you so enter but buy too. Giveaway rules: Open to US only. We have two requirements: subscribe to Beauty Info Zone and comment on the giveaway. The rest of the entries are extra options to help you win. This is open through 6/21/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments close please email me with your comment to [email protected] so you can continue on.

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Swipe your way to a sweat-free giveaway

SWIPE single use deodorant wipes

SWIPE single use deodorant wipes

Here’s a totally refreshing product: Swipe® by Forever Fresh Inc. These single use deodorant wipes will be part of your life once you’ve tried them out. When Swipe offered some to test out and packages for a giveaway I said yes. I always love to try new products and with our blog anniversary I’m always looking for things for a giveaway. This provides both!

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Swipe packets

Swipe packets

What makes Swipe® different is that these are for travel. Throw a few single packages in your gym bag, makeup case, beach bag, backpack, or even your back pocket and you will be sweat and stink free. These biodegradable wipes are made with a tea tree extract that helps provide protection against odor and perspiration. You can use them anywhere on your body to refresh yourself from working out or too much fun. If you are a music festival lover Swipe® is for you.

Coachella (idigitaltimes.com)

Coachella (idigitaltimes.com)

These have been reformulated and are now eco-friendly and paraben-free while being “infused with natural tea tree extract and new active ingredient, Saccharomyces Ferment, a natural bacterial enzyme that combats and eliminates odor.”

Swipe individual wipe

Swipe individual wipe

Swipe unfolded

Swipe unfolded

I found that they have a fragrance that reminds me of baby powder. Each sheet is pretty big so you can wipe yourself off without worrying about it not being enough. Swipes are sold in packages of 10 at urbanoutfitters.com for $8.

Swipe ingredients

Swipe ingredients

If you are a mover and shaker you will want to add these to your lifestyle. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  We have 3 boxes of 10 to give to US/Canada subscribers. It’s a great opportunity for you to see how well they fit into your life. The giveaway will be open through 4/11/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. If comments close early you can email me at [email protected] and label it Swipe, leave me your comment and continue on in your entry choices. Here’s to smelling good!

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Dove Dry Spray #TryDry

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women's

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women’s

I received these two Dove Dry Spray items through #Influenster. I’d read about the women’s Dry Spray but honestly wouldn’t have tried them prior to receiving them. Anyone who knows me knows I’m overly sensitive to fragrance so I avoid it. Surprisingly the cucumber scent of Cool Essentials isn’t noticeable throughout the day. I notice it when I first apply and then it’s magically gone.

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women's

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women’s

What’s interesting about Dry Spray is that it goes on cool and dry. I’ve never been a proponent of spray antiperspirants but my husband will only use them. Even he, Mr. Stubborn, was noticeably impressed when he used this and I no longer have to ask him if he’ll try it. This protects for 48 hours against both odor and wetness.

Let's #TryDry at #Target!

Let’s #TryDry at #Target!

Dove Dry Spray can be found at drugstores nationwide and at #Target for $5.49.

I’m glad I received this for free from Influenster since I’d never had known to #TryDry otherwise.  — Marcia

 

The five items you need to survive any holiday party! #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta

The five items you need to survive any holiday party!

Holiday parties. They can be so much fun…or they can be so embarrassing thanks to unforeseen fashion emergencies. Help is here with 5 essentials to save you from potentially embarrassing situations…who wants to be the subject of the water cooler gossip on Monday? Not us, and we won’t be with these awesome situational saviors that are all available at Ulta Beauty.

Breath Treatment Crystals1.  What is worse than making small talk with someone who has nasty breath? Finding out later that YOU were the source of the nastiness. The perfect antidote to bad breath (and exactly what you need to prevent it from happening in the first place) are the EV32 Breath Treatment Crystals. My favorite flavor is Peppermint, and an 18 pack is only $15 – a small price to pay for minty-fresh, inoffensive breath you can count on. A hip alternative to gum or mints, they ‘pop’ in your mouth – sort of like Pop Rocks (those of you who grew up in the 1980’s remember those!) and they fit perfectly in your purse.

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes

 2.  Ok, bad breath is awful…but how about looking down and realizing you have a big old wet ring under your arms? I love the Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9). A single swipe keeps sweat at a minimum and does double duty as a deodorant as well. These are must-haves at a party, especially when you know that super cute guy from accounting is going to be there too.

 Poo-Pourrie

3.  Look, we all know – everybody poops. However, a holiday party is the WORST place to suddenly have an emergency digestion issue, but it’s all the more likely thanks to that rich food you aren’t used to eating. What is a girl to do??? Always carry a bottle of Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray ($10). This stuff works. Just spray it on the top of the toilet water and regardless of the intensity or duration of your toilet emergency, there will be NO lingering scent. Everyone should have one of these. I have a friend whose mother puts one in everyone’s stocking each Christmas. No joke – get this!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

4.  So you are at a party and happen to look into a mirror. You suddenly realize that it looks like you’ve been up for an entire week binge-watching Homeland. Oh, and you also have a big old zit that definitely wasn’t there an hour ago. Duck into the bathroom and take care of both instantly with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24, the travel size is only $10!). The tube is a perfect size for your purse and the concealer looks totally natural but covers even the darkest circles, the biggest zits, and the most glaring red spots.

AG Travel Size Brunette Dry Shampoo

5.  As careful as you might be getting ready, it’s inevitable – you get to the party and see gray roots that weren’t showing before. Or, your hair has gotten as oily as a 13-year-old boy who hasn’t showered in 48 hours. Or, your hairdo has fainted and become a flat, sad hair don’t. No worries if you have your travel size can of AG HAIR Travel Size Brunette Dry Shampoo (10.95)!  This handy-dandy stuff makes oily roots, flat hair, and grey roots disappear like magic.

Don’t be afraid of those holiday parties…with these 5 miracles from Ulta Beauty you can party with total confidence!!  – Lisa #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta @UltaBeauty

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