A shower set from Panier Des Sens that’s gift worthy

mills pharmacy gifts

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary is a delightful pharmacy in Birmingham Michigan that is quite unique and a refreshing place to shop. There’s an old world European elegance to the recently remodeled store that makes it a destination place. They carry all the items you expect to find in a pharmacy but they go beyond that with hard to find items that make perfect gifts. Here’s a quick look inside

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary (facebook picture)

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary (facebook picture)

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary

I was invited to a preview of their Mother’s Day collection but was unable to attend although I did stop in another day and found so many wonderful items that I’d love to own. The store has unique gifts that are made in locally AND from all over the world (including Australia, France, London and Japan) that every mom will love. Mills kindly sent me a bath/body set that is beautiful, luxurious yet practical, and smells heavenly.

Panier Des Sens en Provence

Panier Des Sens en Provence

The beautifully packaged Almond Body Care Gift Set by Panier Des Sens en Provence ($48 at Mills Pharmacy) would not only make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift but it would be perfect for a hostess gift. I’d have loved learning about this prior to my last vacation since I think the couple I visited would have loved this as much as I do. This is a French company that specializes in bath and body with many beautifully scented products. The fragrance of the Almond Body Care Gift Set reminds me of marzipan which is a rare but much appreciated treat for my taste buds.

Panier Des Sens Almond Body Care Gift Set

Panier Des Sens Almond Body Care Gift Set

This beautiful set contains 3 very useful items in packaging that is a pleasure to behold.

Panier Des Sense Shower Oil

Panier Des Sense Shower Oil

There’s a Soothing Almond Shower Oil ($16) which not only cleanses skin but nourishes it too. It foams up on my shower pouf leaving my skin very soft but it doesn’t make my shower floor slippery.

Panier Des Sens Body MIlk

Panier Des Sens Body Milk

Panier Des Sens Soothing Almond Body Milk ($24) contains royal jelly, a mix of nourishing ingredients that help with cell renewal to revitalize your skin. It contains shea better to make this even more hydrating.

Panier Des Sense Hand Cream in Soothing Almond

Panier Des Sens Hand Cream in Soothing Almond

Panier Des Sens Hand Cream in Soothing Almond ($15.50) is a blend of sweet almond and shea butter to moisturize and protect your hands. If you love the scent of almonds you’ll love being able to use this and lift your spirits. This comes packaged in its own box if you decided to keep part of the set and give the hand cream away (but you won’t want to!!).

Panier Des Sens is the type of ethical company you’ll enjoy supporting.
  • No Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum, Ethanolamine or Silicone.
  • No animal testing
  • Made in France

While I can’t find this set for sale on Mills Pharmacy website you could call to order it. If you live anywhere near Maple Road in Birmingham, MI and you haven’t stopped into this enjoyable store then you are missing out on a wonderful shopping experience. Besides carrying the Panier Des Sens line they carry other products like Foreo Luna, Santa Maria Novella, Avene, Klorane, Suntegrity, Rifle Paper Co., gorgeous candles from Cire Trudon, and the list goes on. If you decide to go, I’ll happily meet you there!  — Marcia

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Location of Mills Pharmacy

1744 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009

phone: 248-644-5060

Mills Pharmacy Website

https://www.facebook.com/MillsPharmacy/

Enrich Not Exploit: The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope and Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Enrich Not ExploitI absolutely love The Body Shop newest initiative – – Enrich Not Exploit™.  Through this campaign, The Body Shop is doing great things globally by helping people, animals, and the planet. They recently sent me two of their innovative body products to try and I love them as much as I love the message and the commitment behind them.

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

Check out this really cool Hemp Soap on a Rope ($12, but right now there is a buy 3 get 2 free or buy 2 get 1 free with the code MARSTEALS). So it looks like naughty fun, but the hemp is incredibly wonderful for skin. The soap is big but perfectly sized for gripping with your hand and the rope ensures the soap dries without sitting in bacteria or that yuck that collects around bar soaps. Hemp products have a distinctive scent that I think is a little more masculine, but I still love it as a clean, outdoorsy scent. This is one the most moisturizing bar soaps out there and it’s extremely gentle.

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The hemp used is not the kind that alters anything – it’s a non-psychotic variety of hemp.  This hemp is the best crop for regenerating land, it is even better for the environment than trees, and it needs no herbicide or pesticides. Plus, the hemp is insanely moisturizing, with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, E, and B-12, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

Men love this soap and it makes for an awesome gift. If ‘soap on a rope’ isn’t your thing, you can always cut the rope off and use this as a regular bar soap. It’s so big it lasts about three times as long as a typical bar.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Hemp Hand Protector ($20) is available now in this limited edition packaging.  When you purchase it, $2.20 will not just be donated – you get to choose the cause, which varies from the planet, the people, the animals, or the ocean. The packaging was designed by the famous street artist EINE and it emphasizes putting the power to change in the palm of your hand.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Hemp Hand Protector is a heavy-duty moisturizing cream that sinks in quickly and has an immediate softening effect on skin. Don’t just use this on your hands – it’s a fantastic treatment for feet and elbows, too. Ingredients include the cold-pressed oil of 950 hemp seed in every tube! No wonder it’s such a moisturizing powerhouse.

The Hemp Hand Protector has the same beautiful scent as the Soap on a Rope, a fresh, outdoorsy scent. Beautiful skin and a beautiful planet – it doesn’t get much better than that. Take a look at The Body Shop’s hemp products and help Enrich Not Exploit™ our planet.  – Lisa

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The perfect boyfriend of hand creams: The Jojoba Company Lemon and Coconut Hand Cream

The Jojoba Company Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream

The Jojoba Company Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream

Every once in a while a product comes along that just has everything – you know, like a guy who seems to good to be true because he’s funny, great looking, has a terrific job, and is so sweet to his mom. It almost makes you afraid that the bubble is going to burst and he’s going to have some fatal flaw like he hates cats, or he never puts the toilet seat down, or his favorite party trick is belching the ABC’s. I kept waiting for the bubble to burst on my perfect hand lotion, The Jojoba Company Lemon and Coconut Hand Cream ($22.95), but happily this bubble shows no signs of popping.

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The Jojoba Company Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream - love the packaging!!

The Jojoba Company Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream – love the packaging!!

The Jojoba Company is Australian, and their products come from their own farms in sunny New South Wales. The packaging of the Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream is truly beautiful. I am the type who throws the outer carton away…I test way too many products to also have the boxes lying around. But I can’t bring myself to throw this one out, with the gorgeous origami-style flower on the top.  It’s just so pretty!! And I love the substantial but lightweight pink tube.

The Jojoba Company Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream

The Jojoba Company Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream

The Jojoba Company Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream

The lemon and coconut scent is fantastic. It’s definitely tropical and dreamy, but it’s also light so it isn’t overwhelming. The lotion is also lightweight, non-greasy, and super hydrating with lots of vitamin E and 100% jojoba grown on The Jojoba Company farm. Other great ingredients include hydrating vitamins A and D, softening coconut oil, hydrating shea butter, and the great antioxidant pomegranate. It has no harmful detergents, chemicals, or parabens, and no artificial fragrances or colors.

What makes this hand cream truly unique is that the sustainable sourced jojoba is full of wax esters that are molecularly comparable to ones in young and healthy skin. This means that skin actually recognizes the wax esters and allows them to deliver the wonderful hydration even more deeply than typical hand creams.

The Jojoba Company Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream really is the perfect boyfriend of hand creams. Check it out online in the states at www.thejojobacompany.com or in Australia at www.thejojobacompany.com.au.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Ceteareth-20, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Phenoxyethanol**, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate**, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citral^, •Geraniol^, Limonene^, Linalool^.
^ From natural essential oils.
* 100% Natural Australian Jojoba.
** Preservatives.

Smooth and sweet for Valentine’s Day: PurErb Hand Treatment and Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon Shea Butter Balm

This year, gift something sweet for Valentine’s Day that is more original than flowers or candy. How about some sweet-smelling goodness that also makes for soft, beautiful hands? I can’t get over two beautiful, gorgeous smelling hand treatments:  PurErb Expedition Essentials ($30.00) and Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm ($12.50).

PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Treatment

PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Treatment

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PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Butter

PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Butter

PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Balm

PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Balm

The Expedition Essentials Set is my first exposure to PurErb™, an herbology-based skin care line. This gorgeous hand treatment set includes Neroli Baobab Hand Balm and Hand Butter, both great for extremely dry or chapped hands. They come in a sweet gift box and I can’t rave enough about the fragrance. It’s sweet and floral but not overwhelming…to me it smells like lilacs and jasmine, two of my most favorite scents of all time. My dry, itchy hands love a layer of the balm followed by a layer of the butter, and my nose is in total heaven thanks to the incredibly delightful aroma. It seriously lifts my spirits and makes me so happy every time I use it!

Ingredients include exotic oils and butters including Baobab, Abyssinian, Murumuru, Moringa, and Macadamia.

Another great option is the purse-friendly Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm ($12.50). This all-purpose balm works on every part of the body from hair to toes, and is slim enough to travel along with you on all your journeys.

Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm

Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm

Inside Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm

Inside Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm

I love this for smoothing dry winter hair flyaways, for conditioning rough cuticles, for soothing my chapped lips, and for elimating scaly patches on my hands. Ingredients include pure shea, cocoa, and mango butters. Oh, and the Plum Chiffon scent is amazing! Sugared plum roses….truly delightful.

Don’t fall into that candy and flowers Valentine’s Day trap…use this day of love to pamper your skin and your nose with these sweet-smelling, skin softening treats.  – Lisa

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Get Spa Sensual with Peter Lamas

Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals

Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals

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Before I can begin wirting about Peter Lamas and his Spa Sensuals line, I need to introduce you to him.

  • Peter Lamas is not related to Fernando Lamas
  • Peter Lamas is not related to Lorenzo Lamas
  • You aren’t required to use an accent when reading this article nor when using Peter Lamas products.
  • Peter Lamas is a famous hairstylist who has worked with such beauties as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Diana Ross when he worked at the Kenneth Townhouse Salon in New York City.
  • Peter Lamas is concerned about your health as well as your beauty. He created a full line of products because of his concern for hazardous chemicals that are used even in beauty products.
  • Peter Lamas products are 100% vegan and formulated with Certified Organic botanicals, without parabens, sulfates or petrochemicals. Plus the products are cruelty free.
    Peter Lamas

    Peter Lamas

    There are three products that make up the SPA SENSUALS COLLECTION by Peter Lamas. Spa Sensuals Energizing Antioxidant Body Lotion ($24), Spa Sensuals Rejuvenating Hand Scrub ($21) and Spa Sensuals Intensive Repair Cream ($21). All three products have different strengths of a citrus scent that are refreshing and pleasant.

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Energizing Body Lotion

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Energizing Body Lotion

    PETER LAMAS SPA SENSUALS ANTIOXIDANT BODY LOTION can be used any time you need it – fresh out of the shower, mid-day, evening. It’s especially nice after a long day because it cools you down and moisturizes your dry skin. I mostly use this on my legs which get flaky year round. What makes this so different than other body lotions is the list of ingredients. They use a blend of Green Tea Extract, nourishing minerals and Chinese Herbs to penetrate into the skin. There’s a combination of Mango and Shea Butter that is extremely rich and creates a protective barrier that helps lock in moisture. This absorbs quickly so you don’t have to worry about sticky skin.

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Rejuvenating Hand Scrub

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Rejuvenating Hand Scrub

    PETER LAMAS SPA SENSUALS REJUVENATING HAND SCRUB is my favorite item of the trio. As much as I like it now, it’s going to be even better once the cold weather hits. This hand scrub is similar to a body scrub but made specifically to scrub away the rough skin on your hands and get rid of the dead skin cells. It’s a salt scrub that uses Natural Sea Salt Crystals but then softens it with Mango Butter and Shea Butter for hydration. Lots of great ingredients like Vitamins A and C, Lemon Oil, Almond Oil and Grape Seed Oil. The texture of this isn’t what I’d have expected since it’s spongy feeling when you go to apply it. It’s fun to use something out of the ordinary. Just be careful with the oils in it since you don’t want to lose any of them.

    Peter Lamas Rejuvenating Hand Scrub

    Peter Lamas Rejuvenating Hand Scrub

    Because of the oils you will have to rinse your hands well. What will be left is softer skin that look refreshed.

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Repair Hand Cream

    Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Repair Hand Cream

    Follow your scrub with PETER LAMAS SPA SENSUALS INTENSIVE HAND CREAM. This cream glides on. It’s very quickly absorbed and leaves your hands well hydrated. They say that this hydration will last for 24 hours but if you wash your hands as much as I do, you’ll have to repeat a few times during the day to get that long lasting intensity. This too has ingredients you want like Grape Seed Oil, Macadamia Oil and Almond Oil along with Vitamins C and E. These antioxidants help with deeper penetration to keep your hands softer and younger looking. I think I’m going to start using this combination on my feet since they could use the exfoliation from the scrub and the hydration from the hand cream.

The Spa Sensuals line is sold both at the Peter Lamas website and drugstore.com.  I personally like to buy at drugstore.com because I can use ebates as well earn drugstore.com dollars. While these 3 products are ones you’ll want to start using now, I think when winter comes you’ll be even more grateful to have learned about them. — Marcia

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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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Five date night must-haves!

Five date night must-haves

Five date night must-haves

The best night of the week? Date night. Whether you are going out with your significant other or with a gang of friends, nothing beats getting a little dressed up and cutting loose. Tonight my husband and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and I am prepared for a memorable night out with my five must-haves!

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress from @StitchFix

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress front and back from @StitchFix

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress from the side @StitchFix

1.  A kick-ass dress.  Wearing a dress makes everything a little more special, as long as the dress is also as comfy as a pair of pj’s. My favorite this summer is the Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress. It’s as soft as a favorite t-shirt and it doesn’t wrinkle. This dress looks good on almost every body shape.

I never would have picked it out at the store, though – all those stripes would have scared me away. I got mine through Stitch Fix, which is a fashion service that you really have to try. You can schedule a ‘fix’ anytime you want, and through a detailed questionnaire a stylist picks four to five items for you. Try them on, and if you don’t like them, send them back. If you keep all five, you get a killer discount. You can even create a Pinterest board of clothes you love and your stylist will look at it to help guide your picks. (If you want to check out my personal Stitch Fix board, it’s right HERE).

I am not an affiliate, but if you decide to try Stitch Fix and go through this link I’ll get credit for future boxes…and I’ll be forever grateful! Trust me on this one though…you WILL become addicted and your closet will become absolutely fabulous.

Whish Orange Cream Body Butter

Whish Orange Cream Body Butter

2.  A sweet smelling travel-size tube of hand/body lotion. I can’t stand dry hands or arms, so I always carry a small tube of hand/body cream. It’s a great way to ward of crepey skin and to also freshen up after an intense Wobble or Electric Slide session. I like Whish Body Butter in Orange Cream. It reminds me of the orange creamsicles of my youth and makes me happy every time I slather some on.

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

3.  An awesome manicure. I am all about holographic polishes these days. They look demure indoors, but get these babies under some lights and they are funkadelic. A favorite this season is KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?, the best blue polish I have ever had. It’s LE so get it before it’s gone!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse – right leg after one hour of Cocoa Brown.

4.  A great faux-tan.  As soon as I apply a natural looking faux-tan I immediately feel more confident. A little color brightens me up, makes me look thinner, and people no longer shield their eyes at my glaringly white skin when I wear shorts. Cocoa Brown 1 hour Tan Mousse is the bomb. Easy to apply, doesn’t transfer to clothes, and they now have a Dark shade for when I want to really get crazy.

Kiss Safe

KissSafe

5.  A discreet breath spray.  Despite our best intentions, all kinds of chemical warfare can unknowingly explode in your mouth, leaving you with dragon breath. I always carry a small spray bottle of oral antiseptic and KissSafe is the perfect choice. I like how it assumes I am going to be kissing someone, not just blathering on whilst unknowingly invading someone’s personal space. KissSafe isn’t sharply minty, it’s gentle yet extremely effective. This little baby hides right in my purse. A quick discreet spray and no one will have to subtly offer me a breath mint.

With a great dress, soft skin, heart stopping nails, healthy tanned skin and oral antiseptic, my date night is bound to be a major success. Tonight our celebration is at an old-school Italian restaurant in downtown Detroit and I’ve got my action plan all in place. I am ready for some romance, some silliness, and some lighthearted reminiscing. What are some of your date night must-haves?  – Lisa

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