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

*sent for editorial consideration

Get Spa Sensual with Peter Lamas

Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals

Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals

press samples

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

*except for Stitch Fix, all items received for editorial consideration

#StitchFix #KBShimmer #WhishBeauty #CocoaBrownTan  #KissSafe

Treat your feet with Simply Saidah’s – review and giveaway

simply saidah logoIt’s hard to know about all the amazing brands that are available now that we can buy anything we want online. One of the brands you should know about is SIMPLY SAIDAH’S NATURAL SKIN CARE. I was sent their original product, Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer, to try out and I have to tell you I have some happy hands and feet. Especially feet.

Sadiah, the owner, created this to help her daughter Lisa with her skin since as a gymnast she was having problems with rough and tough hands and feet. She used natural ingredients like unrefined shea butter along with essential oils and moisturizers until she had something that changed Lisa’s skin. Once she developed that, everyone wanted to try it, and now she has chosen to share this with us.

Simply Saidah's Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer

Simply Saidah’s Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer

Look at this simple list of ingredients – Ingredients: Natural Unrefined Raw Shea Butter, Organic Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Essential oil, Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond oil and Castor oil. There is nothing to be afraid of with this. It’s good for everyone in your family including people with diabetes who need to be especially careful with how they take care of their feet.

Simp[ly Saidah's

Simply Saidah’s

This very rich cream is what I’ve been using mostly on my feet. I like to keep it on my nightstand, warm a small amount on my palms and rub it in letting my dry skin soak up all the goodness inside. What’s left is for my hands with sometimes a little extra. Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer ($12.95) is available in 4 fragrances plus unscented: Orange (my favorite), Lavender, Pettigrain, and Sweet Lavender.

Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer by Simply Sadiahs

Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer by Simply Sadiahs

I love the richness of this moisturizer and feel it’s made a great difference in how my feet look and feel. It is sandal season after all.  — Marcia

About Simply Saidah’s: We only use Grade A 100% Natural Raw Unrefined Shea Butter in our skin products because it is the purest form of Shea Butter. It has the highest concentration of Vitamins A & E and has the best healing and beautifying effects on the skin. It also enables skin to absorb moisture from the air which helps skin to become softer and moisturized for long periods of time. Natural Unrefined Raw Shea Butter has been known to help with skin issues such as extreme dryness, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, blemishes, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars and scrapes. We also purchase Fair Trade Shea Butter which means that the people who are producing the Shea Butter are being paid reasonable wages to sustain themselves and their families.

All jars used by Simply Saidah’s Natural Skin Care are recyclable, so please recycle or simply reuse.  Simply Saidah’s Natural Skin Care products are free of Glycerin, Petroleum, Perfumes, Dyes, Mineral oil, Parabens and animal testing.

SIMPLY SADIAH’S NATURAL SKIN CARE was kind enough to send enough for two people to win products. The first winner chosen by Rafflecopter will receive a set with two 1 oz jars that contains Unscented and Orange. The second chosen will receive two smaller jars in Pettigrain and Lavender. This giveaway is open for US and Canada through 7/31/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close toward the end just email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Simply Sadiah with your comment.

Simply Saidahs first prize

Simply Saidahs first prize

Simply Saidahs second place prize

Simply Saidahs second place prize

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*products sent for editorial consideration and giveaway

 

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

NeroliIt’s a little late for celebrating National Orange Blossom Day (June 27th), but I’m known for my penchant for being a little late to almost every party. It doesn’t even matter if the official day is over, I think every day is a good day to celebrate the soft honey sweetness that is neroli, also known as orange blossom. The perfect product for doing so?  Soap & Paper Factory Shea Butter Hand Cream in Neroli ($18).

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream

I am a big fan of the Soap and Paper Factory (soapandpaperfactory.com) and absolutely love their Neroli Hand Cream. The gorgeous, artistic packaging is fabulous and the cool retro squeeze tube is a work of art.

The hand cream itself is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. The neroli scent is amazing – sweet and slightly green. It smells clean and pure, and is just perfect for this velvety hand cream.

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

A wonderful partner for the Neroli Hand Cream is the Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 (1.7 oz $220). This is an expensive fragrance, but oh so worth it. It is a heavenly combination of jasmine and orange blossom and is the quintessential scent partner for my beloved Soap & Paper Factory Shea Butter Hand Cream in Neroli.

Orange blossom lovers have some truly great options with Soap and Paper Factory Neroli Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30. They make a perfect pair!  – Lisa

*Soap & Paper Neroli Hand Cream received for editorial consideration

InfiniteAloe® Skin Care review and giveaway

infinite aloeNo fancy title this time because InfiniteAloe® Skin Care isn’t a fancy line, it’s just a simply wonderful line of aloe based skincare that you may never want to stop using.

InfiniteAloe® has three formulas of their cream: Original, Fragrance Free and Anti-Aging. We were sent samples of all three to test and some extras to give to our readers in an anniversary giveaway. I’m sure long time readers know that I chose the Fragrance Free InfiniteAloe® to use. That’s how I roll and I’ve rolled into a cream that I love and am using daily.

InfiniteAloe® Advanced Formula fragrance Free

InfiniteAloe® Advanced Formula fragrance Free

InfiniteAloe Skin Care is loaded with good for your skin ingredients like

* Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice which is an oil soluble extract of the Aloe Vera leaves

* Glycerin which acts as an humectant and emollient

* anti-oxidants like Rose Hips Fruit Oil, CoEnzyme Q10, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Green Tea Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid

* moisturizing ingredients such as Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Extract, Grape Seed Oil

* anti-inflammatory ingredients: Fennel Fruit Extract, Comfrey Root Extract

Add these up and you have a cream that is moisturizing, emollient, helps with inflammation, and is loaded with antioxidants. But the star of the show is the Organic Aloe Vera which heals and soothes.

InfiniteAloe Advanced Formula Fragrance Free

InfiniteAloe Advanced Formula Fragrance Free

My experience with this has been mostly on my hands and neck. I’m ashamed to admit that I totally forget to moisturize my neck on a regular basis so when this arrived I made a promise to myself to start taking care of that area. I’ve kept to that promise by using this every night after the rest of my skincare is applied. Even on nights I’m exhausted and can’t wait to get into bed, I take the time to apply this to my neck and then to my hands.

InfiniteAloe logo

InfiniteAloe logo

The biggest difference and why I love this cream so much is on my hands. I do use hand creams all the time. But I also wash my hands over and over during the day and night. I practically live in my bathroom some days and my hands showed it. They were rough, chapped, and looked dry as the desert. InfiniteAloe has been the first product that did more than moisturize my hands – it healed them too. It’s not just that the weather is changing though because I’ve been using this since late winter through the winds and freezing rain. After all these weeks I only have one small area on my left forefinger that feels rough. As a leftie, that’s understandable.

InfiniteAloe products

InfiniteAloe products

This is a great all around moisturizer and it’s just as great on my face as on other parts of my body. I’ve used this as a night cream and there’s no greasy feel to it. It absorbs nicely and my skin looks fresh in the a.m.

InfiniteAloe® also has a Gold Anti-Aging formula that is new and improved and is especially great for facial use. It’s great for under eye use as well as a moisturizer and can be used in the same way that the original creams are used.

I’m super excited that they have sent product for a giveaway. I think this is top-notch and something I want to have on hand. But I’m being generous and not saving it all for myself even though I want to. We will have 3 winners. The first place winner is US or Canada, but the other two prizes will also be international.

InfiniteAloe giveaway

InfiniteAloe giveaway

First place will win 3 creams – original, fragrance free and Gold Anti-Aging formula. These are all travel sizes

First place InfiniteAloe prize

First place InfiniteAloe prize

Second and third place will win two travel sizes each, 1 with both original and fragrance free, the other with 2 original. You can’t lose with any of these prizes. If you are a winner you’ll be writing me soon to thank me!! In the meantime get yourself over to the website for InfiniteAloe® Skin Care to see the special pricing and their other products that are good for your entire family. — Marcia

This giveaway will end on May 4th at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments happen to close you need to email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label your email INFINITE ALOE. Comment in your email and that will count as your entry so that you can click on that and continue on. Please remember that we check entries. I had to eliminate 2 people the other day even though Rafflecopter had chosen them, one hadn’t made a comment and the other put in a Twitter link that didn’t exist. Honesty counts. As does quality which you’ll find when you try InfiniteAloe Skin Care.

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