Nothing says spring like jasmine! The Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 Fragrance

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Nothing smells like spring as much as jasmine. Jasmine is a beautiful floral that permeates the air on warm spring evenings…it is the scent of peaceful happiness. I love it.

sp_jasmine_hand_creamRecently I have found two jasmine scented products that absolutely transport me to those calm, wonderful spring evenings: The Soap and Paper Factory  Hand Cream in Jasmine and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 Fragrance.

The Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream

The Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream

The Soap and Paper Factory was created by three women who wanted a company that combined earth friendly products with an artistic flair. The packaging of the Jasmine Hand Cream ($18) is definitely artistic and beautiful. The box is a retro mosaic of purple designs and butterflies, and the hand cream is in a cool squeeze tube. The hand cream itself is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. And the jasmine scent?  Swoon worthy. If you love jasmine, this velvety hand cream is exactly what you need.

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

Looking for even more jasmine? Check out 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…now that just screams spring. The dry down has some ylang ylang for warmth. I can’t get over how perfect this fragrance is…it really is the quintessential spring scent.

Jasmine lovers have some truly great options with Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30. Try these two fabulous products out and bring on some spring!  – Lisa

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My secret weapon for winter skin: Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment

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I don’t know what the weather is like for you right this moment, but it is FREEZING here in Michigan!  Not just cold, either – it is that biting, painful cold that actually makes my car squeal in the mornings for the first ten minutes.  Last night I ran twenty feet into my local yoga studio and my hands and feet didn’t warm up until we were 45 minutes into Ashtanga.  That is some bone chilling cold.

To help deal with the nasty cracking, peeling skin I get from this super cold weather I have been reaching for the Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment ($16.99) that was sent to us a few months ago.  I just can’t rave enough about how great this thick and creamy skin moisturizer is.

Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment

The Skin and Nail Treatment is meant for extremely dry and cracked cuticles and hands.  It really makes a difference.  I tend to get hangnails anyway, and winters are just brutal for me.  Since I have been slathering this on every morning and night my cuticles have been perfect and my hands are wonderfully soft.  I also use this on my feet, and Lady Soma says it is great for scars and stretch marks too.

The main moisturizing ingredients are cocoa, shea, and kokum butter.  I have never tried kokum butter before so I think that is what makes this hand moisturizer really stand out for me.  It has no fragrance, is 100% natural, paraben and chemical free. If you want some relief from painfully dry winter hands and skin, I highly recommend Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment – it is an awesome moisturizer!  – Lisa

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October Beauty that gives back: La Mer the Hand Treatment, Aveda Hand Relief, and Bumble and Bumble Pret a Powder

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A few days ago I posted an article called We are stronger together. Fight breast cancer all year round!  If you haven’t seen it, be sure to take a moment and check it out for all the information on Estee Lauder’s BCA Campaign, including the video now on YouTube.  Throughout October I will be reviewing some of the really terrific limited edition BCA products sent to us that are now available for purchase.  Don’t forget, Estee Lauder donates $1 for every product sold!

La Mer Limited Edition BCA the hand treatment

La Mer Limited Edition BCA the hand treatment

La Mer the hand treatment swatch...melting in after 10 seconds!

La Mer the hand treatment swatch…melting in after 10 seconds!

Today is all about hands and hair.  La Mer Limited Edition BCA the Hand Treatment ($45 for 1.7 fl.oz.) is a totally luxurious hand creme.  I love how it melts into the skin like butter – check it out, I only had the swatch on my hand for 10 seconds before it started slipping around.  It leaves my hands utterly soft and hydrated without any greasiness.  It’s especially good after using hand sanitizer, which dries my skin out like crazy.  This has the classic La Mer scent…to me it smells like money, ha!  This is one of those products that people swear by and hide so other people won’t ask for some.  Get one for yourself and one for a friend, then you won’t have to share!  La Mer is donating a whopping $10 for every tube sold to breast cancer research.

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

swatch of Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

swatch of Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

I can’t walk past an Aveda store without going in just to breathe in that awesome scent.  The Limited Edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme ($26) is scented with that fabulous Shampure aroma, made with 25 pure flower and plant essences.  Aveda is donating $4 per tube sold to research by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Not only that, but the tube is actually 19% larger than the normal size.  I have purchased and repurchased this hand creme because it is serious relief for dry skin…and it lasts through three hand washings.

Give breast cancer research a hand and buy one of these hand treatments for yourself or for a friend.

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Powder

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Powder

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Porter powder

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Porter powder

I absolutely love the adorable packaging for the Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder ($26 for a 2 oz. bottle), a dry shampoo in powder form.  The BCA Limited Edition bottle has a pink cap in place of the regular black one.  It is super cute, and one bottle will last forever.  Inside is a super fine white powder that soaks up oil and gives hair great texture.  Yes, the powder is white, but it works for any hair color.  You need very little powder, just pour a small amount into your palm and rub into the scalp and hair, adding only a tiny bit at a time until you get the desired effect.  This is particularly good for giving fine hair some oomph that lasts all day.  The really great news is that Bumble & Bumble is donating $5 from every sale to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

In addition to the amounts donated by each specific company, the Estee Lauder company is donating another $1 to breast cancer research.  Plus, for every uplifting message or photo shared on Instagram or Twitter that includes #BCAstrength, the Estée Lauder Companies will donate another $1 toward education and medical research, up to a maximum donation of $22,000, to BCRF.   And check out their new website www.BCAcampaign.com where they encourage people to join with them and  “Hear our stories.  Share yours.”  – Lisa

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BCA LE products hands and hair

Just delicious…be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

Me when I wear those pancake-scented body products.  liveplayfully.gogosqueez.com

Me when I wear those pancake-scented body products.  Plus a blueberry perm.  liveplayfully.gogosqueez.com

I would rather smell good enough to eat than smell…perfumey.  I’ve had my missteps with foody scents…I will never forget the time I was in a meeting and a colleague said, ‘Who smells like pancakes??’  While I was too chicken to identify myself as the refugee from IHOP, I’ve been far more careful about my ‘foody’ choices since then.  Lately, my favorite food scented products that don’t go overboard are some be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products that were sent to us.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

I previously reviewed the be Delectable Coconut & Cream Decadent Hair and Body Mist HERE, which has become a staple for me.  I love body sprays because they don’t hit you over the head like regular perfume can.  So I was pretty stoked when be Delectable sent the accompanying body products in the same scent – it is all about layering.  Coconut & Cream is a creamy coconut fragrance that is deep and heavenly, and isn’t too sweet.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Scrub

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish

Start off your coconutty scent fest with the Coconut & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish ($14).   This body scrub has coconut oil and aloe vera to moisturize while finely ground apricot shells exfoliate and leave skin smooth and glowy.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Wash

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Wash

After exfoliating, the Supremely Rich Body Wash ($10) is a wonderful shower gel.  The coconut scent in this seems even more delicious.  The body wash cleanses and hydrates with coconut oil (of course!) and aloe vera.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Hand Cream

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Hand Cream

The Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream ($10) is a thick, supremely moisturizing lotion that really softens hands without leaving them wet or greasy.  Ingredients include mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera so it easily takes care of rough skin and cuticles.  Plus, it leaves hands delicately scented with soft coconut…just lovely.

be Delectable Vanilla and Cream Hand Cream

be Delectable Vanilla and Cream Hand Cream

what a delicous combination!

what a delicous combination!

For a truly fabulous gourmand experience, combine the Coconut & Cream and Vanilla & Cream Hand Creams…truly delicious!!

All of the be Delectable products are made by Cake Beauty and are available at Kohls.  Be sweet without smelling like breakfast…or dessert…with these super affordable and easy to find body products.  – Lisa

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Yummy! be Delectable from Cake Beauty

Next time you walk into Kohl’s, go ahead and look for something sinfully sweet.  You will find it in the body product section at the be Delectable from Cake Beauty display.  This line might not take away the rumbling in your tummy, but it will leave your skin feeling and smelling delicious.

Delectable Cake Beauty

be Delectable from Cake Beauty

be Delectable has five different body products that are available in four different scents.  They sent two of their body products for me to test: the Coconut & Cream Decadent Hair and Body Mist ($10) and the Strawberry and Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream ($12).  I am a ‘foody’ scent person, and I love body products, so it sounded almost as good as coconut ice cream covered in strawberries.

Coconut & Cream Body Spray

Coconut & Cream Body Mist

I use a body mist every day and I have very particular preferences.  I like a body mist that isn’t too wet because I don’t like standing around without my clothes on…I just don’t have the time to fend off all the handsome men.  Actually, I am always running late, so waiting for fragrance to dry is annoying. The Decadent Hair and Body Mist is on the wet side, but if I hold the bottle far away it results in a finer, faster drying spray.  The Coconut & Cream scent is aptly named as it’s a creamy coconut fragrance without a lot of complexity.  This is a great hair and body mist for those who don’t want a super strong scent.  My teenage daughter absolutely loves it, and the price is definitely right.

The Strawberry and Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream is a thick and super moisturizing lotion that really softens hands.  Ingredients include mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera so it tackles rough skin and cuticles with ease.

Strawberry & Cream Hand Lotion

Strawberry & Cream Hand Lotion

Strawberry & Cream

Strawberry & Cream Hand Cream

The fragrance in this is again pretty straightforward – it smells like sweetened strawberries.  The scent intensity is a little stronger in the hand cream and it lingers for a long time.  A little bit of this hand cream goes a long way, so the price is excellent and the tube lasts a very long time.

Other scents available from be Delectable include Lemon & Cream and Vanilla & Cream.  Next time you are at Kohl’s be sure to check out this sweet-smelling line, or do a little online shopping at http://be-delectable.com.  – Lisa

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Keep Buzzin’ Hand Creams are the perfect Earth Day product (giveaway alert)

Keep Buzzin'

Keep Buzzin’

Keep Buzzin' earth friendly hand and foot creams

Keep Buzzin’ earth friendly hand and foot creams

I’m super excited to introduce you to Keep Buzzin’ and today is the perfect day to do it. Keep Buzzin’ is an all natural and eco friendly company that makes hand cream and foot cream. There are 5 Keep Buzzin’ Hand Creams and 2 Keep Buzzin’ Foot Creams. Everything about this company is amazing. First the ingredients are 100% Natural, second the jars are not only made in the USA but they are 100% recycled, even the shrink sleeve that they come wrapped in is 100% compostable. The list of what they don’t use or do should get you to this visit their website ASAP. No Parabens, No Lanolin, No Petroleum, No Sulfates, No Oxy Benzone, No Carmine, No Added Color and they are never tested on animals.

Keep Buzzin' list of no-no's

Keep Buzzin’ list of no-no’s

To top it off from now until May 15th they are donating $3.78 out of each $10 jar to Food For The Poor. One jar alone will help feed one child 60 meals. Not only will you be doing something wonderful for yourself but you’ll be doing a charitable donation.

Keep Buzzin' list of yes yes

Keep Buzzin’ list of yes yes

I’ve been using the hand cream and it’s wonderful. It’s not the least bit greasy. You can instantly go about your life after applying just a pea size amount. I’m amazed at how true the scents are. Right now I’m using Fresh Lemon Hand Cream as well as Cherry-Almond. Anyone that knows me knows that scents are not my thing but I love these, I really do. The lemon does not smell fake or like a kitchen cleaner, it’s a true tart lemon fragrance made with natural ingredients. The cherry-almond is to die for. It makes me want to open it just to smell it. You need such a small amount that you’ll think at first that you haven’t used enough but believe me, it works best that way and the jar lasts longer. Since I’m lucky enough to have 3 of these at my disposal I’ve got one in my bathroom, one by my computer, and one in my purse. My hands took a beating this winter and the skin is rough. I want to change that and Keep Buzzin’ is the way.

Keep Buzzin' open

Keep Buzzin’ open

this much does both hands

this much does both hands

The products are made up of a variety of butters – mango, cocoa, shea and cupuacu – which help keep your hands wonderfully moisturized. The preservative Propanediol Zemea that’s used is plant based and Eco Certified.  It also meets the EPA Plan for the Environment.

Keep Buzzin'

Keep Buzzin’

With Earth Day arriving and Earth Month being celebrated, we need to be aware of what we can do to help sustain the earth and preserve it for future generations. Using products like Keep Buzzin’ will do just that.

Keep Buzzin' True Lavender for giveaway

Keep Buzzin’ True Lavender for giveaway

We were sent 4 fragrances to try out and the company has agreed to allow us to use one for a giveaway. Since I had already opened three that left the Lavender one for a US subscriber. You will want to enter this giveaway because you will absolutely want to try Keep Buzzin’ Hand Cream. I hope too that you’ll consider buying a hand cream or foot cream to be doing double good (an amazing product for you and a child with meals to look forward to.) I’ve ordered the Peppermint Foot Cream and Tangerine Hand Cream so you know I love this stuff. I can’t get enough. Good luck on the giveaway! — Marcia

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It’s a tubeful of joy! Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie! Shea Butter Hand Cream

Don’t you wish you were her right now?

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She looks so happy because she is having an amazing time on her bike ride…and because she has wonderfully soft and sweet-scented hands thanks to Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie! Shea Butter Hand Cream ($14).

Farmhouse Fresh has the best packaging EVER.

Farmhouse Fresh has the best packaging EVER.

Whoopie!  Shea Butter Hand Cream

Whoopie! Shea Butter Hand Cream

I keep a tube of this 90% natural, vegan, and gluten-free hand cream at my work desk and people actually stop by just to ask for a squeeze of the white velvet cake-scented goodness. It smells delectable…in fact, the name is inspired by those cream-filled cakes that farmers would find in their lunch boxes, which would make them yell “Whoopie!” with happiness.

Whoopie is right!

Whoopie is right!

the tube of joyfulness

the tubeful of joy

Whoopie swatch - divine and delicious!

Whoopie swatch – divine and delicious!

Not only does Whoopie! Shea Butter Hand Cream smell magically delicious, it is a heavenly moisturizer for dry skin and cuticles. Packed inside the cute light pink tube are shea and cocoa butters plus Vitamin E saturated Jojoba and Soybean oils for tackling the most problematic dry skin.

The super yummy scent and the effective creamy moisturizers will have you yelling ‘Whoopie!” And unlike cake, this luscious hand cream won’t add inches to your behind. It really is a tubeful of joy!  – Lisa

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