New Petite Collection from Soap and Paper

Soap & Paper Petite Collection in JasmineJune is the month for everything petite – gifts for baby showers, wedding showers, graduations, teacher gifts, and travel. It’s the perfect month for the new Petite Collection from one of Beauty Info Zone’s favorite lines – the Soap & Paper Factory. I’ve loved their hand creams, soaps, and perfume oils forever, and now they are available in beyond cool retro travel sizes!                                                                                                                             pr samples       Soap and Paper Factory Petite Collection No one does packaging like the Soap and Paper Factory (soapandpaperfactory.com). Every product is so much more than what’s inside…it’s also a work of art.

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The new Classics Collection includes:
Verbena: Notes of citrus combine with woody undertones and floral notes in this scent stimulate the senses and gives a feeling of balance.

Green Tea: The naturally detoxifying scent of green tea is accentuated with crisp citrus in this sweet and uplifting fragrance.

Jasmine: Heady and intoxicating, the jasmine flower blooms only at midnight, making it ideal for this exceptional scent.

Gardenia: This warm and alluring fragrance is made from the petals of the gardenia, a flower cherished for its stimulating and exotic scent.

Lavender: This blossom’s renowned ability to soothe and relieve stress make this scent ideal for application just before bed.

I tested the Jasmine Shea Butter Gift Set ($14) and it is AMAZING. It smells like sunset on a hot summers eve as the delicious floral breeze envelops you like a warm hug.
Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand CreamSoap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand CreamThe Shea Hand Cream is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. It’s velvety goodness, and the jasmine scent is just dreamy.

Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Bar Soap

Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Bar Soap

The bar soap is gorgeous – so pretty I didn’t even want to unwrap it. What’s inside is a milky bar that gives a thick, rich lather. The scent is amazing and makes a washroom smell amazing.

Prices are right for these petite presents: Perfume Oils are $16, Petite Hand Creams are $9, and Petite Bar Soaps are $5. The Shea Butter Gift Set, which includes a travel size soap and hand cream in a pretty package, is just $14. Be sure to pick some up for perfect gifts and fabulous travels.  – Lisa

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Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Shea Butter Collection

CeraVe will surprise you with their hand cream and eye cream

CeraVe

CeraVe

What brand do you think you’ve used the longest for skincare? Long before I started blogging I kept CeraVe at the ready. It’s been a go-to brand for me for easily a dozen years. I’ve since discovered new products that they make and each keep adding to my admiration of this brand that we can all afford. CeraVe recently sent Beauty Info Zone several products, Lisa reviewed the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser along with the Healing Ointment while today I have three favorites to share.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

The product I’ve used the longest from CeraVe is their Hydrating Cleanser. I am lucky enough to receive a lot of high end skincare products but what we all need are basics. This cleanser is the one I turn to when my skin rebels and wants freedom. The Hydrating Cleanser is meant for Dry to Normal Skin. It’s a creamy cleanser that removes the day’s oils, dirt, cosmetics, and skincare in a gentle formula. The cleanser is creamy and remains that way on my skin when I’m using it. Fragrance free (yea!) and hydrating it never irritates my skin. If I’ve suffered through breakouts or gone to the dermatologist CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is what gets used for several days. I sometimes use this as a hand wash too since it’s very moisturizing but never sticky.

When I first started using this cleanser I really didn’t know anything about hyaluronic acid but as I’ve become more informed I was really excited to learn that this contains HA and ceramides. This and other CeraVe products offer a patented MVE delivery technology that provides a controlled release of ceramides and other protective ingredients slowly over time.

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream is a great find. I didn’t know they made a hand cream until I received this but I’m so happy that this is mine. As a fragrance phobe I really prefer my hand creams to have none so CeraVe had me right there. But there’s more since this Therapeutic Hand Cream repairs my dry hands and helps protect them.

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

CeraVe develops all their skincare with dermatologists and this is one of their newest products. When your skin feels rough or dry or irritated you need to make the feel healthy again. Since it’s CeraVe it contains the essential ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid that they imbibe their products with. This non-greasy hand cream is very lightweight and takes such a short time to absorb. I’m back to typing within 10 seconds after applying it. Since I wash my hands constantly throughout the day I never feel like I’m layering on too much of a good thing. I also don’t feel like I’m wasting money as this is only $7.99. cerave hand cream swatchCeraVe Eye Repair Cream:

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

Anyone who’s been reading Beauty Info Zone for a while knows my obsession with eye cream. Even though I’d seen CeraVe Eye Repair Cream in drugstores, I was sort of snobby about it and never picked it up. Big mistake. This $11 eye repair cream does everything that the more expensive brands do but at a great price. The formula of this is great for day or night. Since it’s not greasy at all, it absorbs quickly so you can apply cosmetics shortly after. My eyeliner and mascara are not affected by my using this. The main goal of this eye cream is to reduce dark circles and puffiness while also protecting the delicate skin under your eye.

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

This little squiggle does the job for me. There’s no need to slather it on since this is enough for each eye. My eyes look brighter each day that I use this. Since there’s no fragrance I love to use it before bed too.

I hope CeraVe was the answer to my first question but even if it wasn’t, it could and should be now. You’ll thank me if you try any one of these, yes you will.  —  Marcia

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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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