Don’t worry, bee happy with our Beessential Giveaway!

beessential-logoWho is the hardest working insect in show business? The honey bee! Bees are essential to our agriculture and the body and skin care company Beessential celebrates the honey bee with their wonderful natural products.

BeessentialEverything Beessential makes is mixed by hand on their beehive family farm in Ohio. Each product starts with fresh honey, beeswax and Propolis. They only add other natural ingredients like coconut, olive and hemp oils, so their body washes, creams, and lip balms are all natural and free of chemicals. Get ready to ‘bee’ super excited — this awesome cruelty-free company is offering a giveaway just for Beauty Info Zone readers!Beessential Giveaway!

I have to hand to this great little company – they not only support the environment, they also support the charity of your choice, as 10% of their profits are donated to whatever charity you choose at SweetYear.Org.

I tested the Beessential Natural Body Wash ($8.99), Foaming Hand Soap ($7.99), and Natural Lip Balms ($10.15 for a pack of 4). The body washes and hand soaps all have a lovely combination of honey, aloe, hemp, and coconut and olive oils that cleanse and leave skin super moist and soft. They lather up beautifully and smell terrific!Beessential Moisturizing Natural Body Wash

For your body, the Grapefruit & Lemongrass Body Wash is a fresh smelling cleanser that feels so good in the shower.

  • Natural Body Wash for Sensitive Skin
  • Fresh and revitalizing natural citrus scent
  • Made with moisturizing Coconut, Olive and Hemp oils
  • Aloe and Honey soften skin
  • Moisturizing, gentle Virgin Hemp Oil and Vegetable Glycerin
  • SLS-Free Body Wash

The scent is subtle and more on the green side than on the citrus side. Other scents available include Peppermint and Lavender & Bergamot.

Beessential Foaming Hand SoapThe Natural Foaming Hand Soap is completely different from the body wash. It isn’t a gel, it’s a foamy consistency right from the get go. The Grapefruit and Lemongrass scent is so beautiful and refreshing and the Lavender & Bergamot scent is wonderfully soothing.

  • Clean, pleasant scent
  • Uses natural cleansers gentle on skin
  • Moisture-rich, luxurious lather
  • Nourishing Coconut, Olive and Virgin Hemp Oils
  • Aloe, HoneyHydrating
  • SLS and Paraben Free

The coconut and olive oils cleanse, and the hemp, honey, and aloe leave hands soft and supple.

Beessential Natural Lip BalmBeessential Natural Lip BalmI have a bit of an obsession with lip balm and Beessential’s Natural Lip Balm is definitely the bee’s knees. Ingredients include virgin olive and coconut oils, beeswax, aloe, honey, and hemp…a moisturizing party for your lips. The 4 pack is an awesome value at only $10.15, and the flavors available include Lemon Lavender, Orange Ginger, Peppermint, and Honey (my personal favorite!).

You can find Beessential online, and there is also a store locator on their website.

Beessential Giveaway Prize 1Beessential Giveaway Prize 2This just might ‘bee’ your lucky day, because Beessential has offered a giveaway! You could win one of two prize packages. Both prizes include a full size Relaxing Lavender Hand & Body Cream with Bergamot, which is an awesome shea and cupuacu butter based moisturizing cream that gives skin mega hydration. One winner will also get a Natural Lip Balm 4 pack in Lemon Lavender, and the other winner will receive a Natural Lip Balm 4 pack in Peppermint. Bee smart and enter now!  – Lisa
Giveaway information:   This giveaway ends 7/6/16 at 11:59 PM EST and is US only. The two requirements to move on in the Rafflecopter: Subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s email and leave a comment. After that, do as many of the additional entries as you want. If the comment section decides not to cooperate, just email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it BEE. Comment in the email and continue on.

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*items reviewed and giveaway courtesy of Beessential, opinions all mine

Your hand washing regime should include Natural HomeLogics

If you are almost two years old you have routines that are very important in life. You want to do things in a certain order or it will totally mess up the moment. This actually applies to all of us to be truthful. We have routines that we like to follow but for now I’m going to talk about little T who’s 22 months old and has the smile of an angel.

She discovered the bathroom which is a big deal when you are her age. Not only did she discover it but she knows what to do in there. We quickly realized though that the only reason she wanted to go to the bathroom was to flush the toilet and then wash her hands. None of that other stuff – that’s for diapers after all.

hand soaps

hand soaps

Her bathroom routine at my house consists of opening the door, pulling the stool to the sink, and holding her hands over the basin. She’s not much of a talker but she gets her point across. First word she says in there is “froggie” which means “I want to use the froggie soap”. She loves that froggie! She rinses her hands after and says “star” which means she must use the star shaped soap next. (The longer this takes, the happier she is.) But is she done? No she wants “pump” and that’s when the fun begins.natural homelogics on handThe pump creates a foaming soap which makes her giggle her adorable giggle. What can I do except give in to her need for washing her hands?

Natural HomeLogics Foaming Hand Soap

Natural HomeLogics Foaming Hand Soap

This is what I do. I let her use NATURAL HOMELOGIC FOAMING HAND SOAP because I know it’s totally safe for her and the rest of us.

Natural HomeLogic Foaming Hand Soap

Natural HomeLogic Foaming Hand Soap

I like to use a liquid hand soap and this is one of the best I’ve tried. It’s Triclosan Free and doesn’t rely on harsh chemical ingredients to do the job. Natural HomeLogic Foaming Hand Soap is available in two scents, Citrus Grove and Jasmine Mist. It’s a natural formula that’s gluten free, vegan, and made for people with sensitive skin. Both little T and I have sensitive skin, especially her. I wash my hands dozens of times a day so having this gentle soap that cleans even my greasy hands but washes away without any residue is perfect for all of my family.

Natural HomeLogic Foaming Hand Soap in Citrus Grove

Natural HomeLogic Foaming Hand Soap in Citrus Grove

Natural HomeLogic was created by Jill Taft so that her family (and all of ours) could use natural, safe and effective products. Besides the Foaming Hand Soap you can find wonderful products for your Tot (TotLogic), pet (BarkLogic), Laundry, dishes, odor eliminator, toilet bowl cleaner and getting rid of lice (LiceLogic) and bedbugs (Natural HomeLogic). She’s thought of everything we need.

I received this from the company but I’ve already ordered another Foaming Hand Soap in Citrus Grove from drugstore.com ($4.95 regular, $4.49 on sale) because I know little T will be using this up and wanting more – just like her grandmother! — Marcia

 *send for consideration

Ingredient list: Water, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Cetyl Betaine, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Gluconolactone, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Sodium Benzoate, Natural Fragrance (Grapefruit), Glycerin

Natural HomeLogic

Natural HomeLogic

  • Formaldehyde Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • Chlorine Free
  • Bleach Free
  • Petroleum Free
  • Biodegradable
  • Ammonia Free
  • Phthalate Free
  • Nonylphenol Ethoxylate Free
  • Triclosan Free
  • DEA Free
  • PEG Free
  • TEA Free

Affordable luxury with Essenza Luxury Hand Soap

EssenzaIf I had to pick one product that my family goes through faster than any other, it would be liquid hand soap. Every sink in the house has a bottle of hand soap on it, and when I think about how often two adults and three kids wash their hands…no wonder liquid hand soap is always on my shopping list!

Essenza Luxury Hand Soap

Essenza Luxury Hand Soap

Essenza recently sent me their Luxury Hand Soap line to try. These hand soaps have beautiful packaging and look amazing in every room. If you want to match your hand soap to your décor, there is an Essenza Luxury Hand Soap for you!

Not only are these hand soaps beautiful, they are also affordable at only $4.99 each. The soap is quite moisturizing with a blend of essential oils, shea butter and aloe. No matter how many times I wash my hands, they never get dried out. The Luxury Hand Soaps have no artificial dyes or colorings, and the scents are very elegant.

Rosemary Mint and Pear Glace

Rosemary Mint and Pear Glace

My husband and I recently renovated our first floor bathroom in an Arts & Crafts style with nature-inspired shades of greens and browns. The gorgeous green versions of the Luxury Hand Soap fit perfectly. The darker green is Rosemary Mint with top notes of lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Middle notes include spearmint, celery, and geranium, and base notes include amber and vanilla.

Essenza Rosemary Mint Luxury Hand Soap in my new bathroom!

Essenza Rosemary Mint Luxury Hand Soap in my new bathroom!

The lighter green version is Pear Glace, which has top notes of sugared pear and casaba melon. Middle notes include violet and cassis, and base notes include muguet and sandalwood. The fragrance also includes these essential oils: orange oil, mandarin, and lemongrass.

Pomegranate Acai and Mango Agave

Pomegranate Acai and Mango Agave

If your décor features red accents, go for the Pomegranate Acai. I have this one at my kitchen sink, which perfectly matches my Tuscan-inspired decor with yellow walls and red window sconces. The Pomegranate Acai fragrance includes top notes of pomegranate and acai, middle notes of strawberry and jasmine, and base notes of peach and vanilla. In addition, essential oils included are orange oil and anise.

Mango Agave is in the beautiful, grown up orange bottle. This fragrance has top notes of peach nectar, pink tangerine, and guava. Middle notes include tropical mango, cassis, and ruby grapefruit, and base notes include pomegranate, apricot preserves, and sugar cane.

French Lavender and South Pacific Waters

French Lavender and South Pacific Waters

The final two fragrances are housed in pretty bottles of purple and blue. The purple is the French Lavender fragrance with a top note of green fresh lavender, a middle note blend of light sweet florals, and a base note of subtle earthy wood.

The blue bottle is the South Pacific Waters fragrance, a gorgeous tropical scent. The fragrance has top notes of marine accord and citron. Middle notes include green floral and awapuhi, and base notes include olive and ginger.

I love the way the Essenza Luxury Hand Soaps look, I love the moisturizing soap, and I love the price! These fantastic hand soaps are very expensive looking and the bottles match almost any décor. You can find Essenza at Safeway, HEB Grocery, Duane Reade, Bed Bath and Beyond and online at DrugStore.com.  – Lisa

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Puracy Natural Hand Soap review and giveaway!

Look ma, clean hands….and all naturally, too!

Puracy Natural Hand Soap

It’s cold and flu season, so I find myself saying “Wash your hands…did you wash your hands?  Be sure to wash those hands.”  Over and over and over.  A terrific choice for clean hands that don’t get stripped from overwashing is Puracy, who sent us a bottle to try and a bottle to give to one luck Beauty Info Zone reader.

Puracy Natural Hand Soap ($6.99) is indeed all-natural, made from plants and minerals with lavender and vanilla essential oils.  Even if you aren’t a fan of lavender you will like this soap because the fragrance is muted and very pleasant.  It has great packaging, as the labeling is pretty and it looks good in the kitchen, bathroom, or wherever you have running water.

Puracy says, “Our hand soap is tough enough for grease, gentle enough for children, and pure enough to naturally recycle in the environment.”  It doesn’t get any better than that!  The formula has vitamin E, sea salt, and aloe vera.  The bottles are eco-friendly and there are 576 hand washings in each one – that will take my kids through a whole lot of reminders from mom!

Puracy All Natural Hand Soap

A few other fun facts about this hand soap:  it has no triclosan, parabens, phosphates, SLS, MEA, DEA, TEA, animal by-products, petrochemicals, dyes, or caustics; it is all natural, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and biodegradable; the lavender essential oil has a naturally antiseptic quality; it is safe for greywater and septic systems; and it is never tested on animals.

Puracy Natural Hand Soap is wonderful, so be sure to enter our giveaway to win a bottle for yourself.  The US only giveaway ends on 1/12/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If the comments close just comment on our Facebook page or email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com so you can continue adding your Rafflecopter options. Come back daily to retweet, it definitely increases your odds of winning!  – Lisa

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*product reviewed and giveaway prize from Puracy

Ingredients:  Purified Water, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (Coconut Oil-Based Cleanser), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (Coconut Oil-Based Cleanser), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (Coconut Oil-Based Cleanser), Vegetable Glycerin (Plant-Based Skin Softener), Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aloe Vera (Plant-Based Skin Softener), Citric Acid (Citrus-Based Preservative), Sodium Citrate (Plant-Based pH Adjuster), Lavender Essential Oil, Vanilla Essential Oil, Benzisothiazolinone (Biodegradable Preservative)

10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products.  The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices.  Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price.  Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

1.  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49)  The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label.  The reason I keep buying it?  It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price.  The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time.  My solution is to bring my own.  I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker.  I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.

2.  I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29)  This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles?  I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable.  I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

3.  Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!)  The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.

4.  Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99)  This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now!  It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee.  Yum.

5.  Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19)  This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks.  You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

6.  Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39)  I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there.  One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days.  When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat.  This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

7.  Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99)  I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for.  Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette?  Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality.  Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

8.  Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29)  Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush.  The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

9 and 10.  Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each)  Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection.  This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers.  It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire.  Even better, it smells like cinnamon!

Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer.  Get your style on for back to school and save money too!

Be sure to check out MeijerStyle.com the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the MeijerStyle.com post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products.  – Lisa

*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!

Beautifully clean with Faith Aromatherapy

Faith Aromatherapy is a beautiful bath and body line based on essential oils that heal the body, mind, and soul. They avoid synthetic fragrances and chemicals in their spa quality products, instead using pure, natural ingredients that are genuinely effective as well as good for the environment. I love their products and there are three in particular that I turn to time and again: Tahitian Monoi Perfumed Shower Gel, Balneotherapy Salts in Just Breathe, and Lemongrass/Fennel Hand and Body Wash.

Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Monoi Shower Gel

Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Monoi Shower Gel

Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Monoi Shower Gel 2

The Tahitian Monoi Perfumed Shower Gel ($12.99) is a liquid soap that creates a soft foam. The main ingredient is Tahitian Monoi oil, known for cleansing and soothing skin while also soothing the mind and spirit. Sweet Orange Oil makes the natural scent even more delicious, while glycerin conditions and softens the skin. This shower gel is a beautiful way to get clean every morning.

When it comes to bath time, I absolutely love the Balneotherapy Salts ($10.99) from Faith Aromatherapy’s Apothecary remedy products. They have five different types of bath salts available, including Keep Your Peace, Just Breathe, Be Flexible, Flu Prevention Ginger, and Awaken Your Senses.  My choice is Just Breathe.

Faith Aromatherapy Just Breathe Bath Salts

Faith Aromatherapy Balneotherapy Bath Salts in Just Breathe

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Just Breathe has an awesome combination of eucalyptus and sweet orange essential oils. Along with the epsom salts, the combo clears my stuffy nose like nothing else. It also helps to ease aching muscles and sea salt is fabulous for clearing your energy and getting yourself back into spiritual alignment. This is strong stuff and it is perfect for when colds or allergies strike.

Faith Aromatherapy Hand Soap

Faith Aromatherapy Lemongrass/Fennel Moisture Rich Sanitizing Hand Soap

soapy goodness

soapy goodness

Last but not least, the Lemongrass/Fennel Moisture Rich Sanitizing Hand and Body Wash ($9.99) is a wonderful hand soap. It smells citrusy and clean thanks to the essential oils and Olive Leaf Extract. I wash my hands all the time and many soaps leave them parched. This one never does, and it smells so good – and that fragrance is what helps protect hands from germs, fungus, and bacteria.

Faith Aromatherapy is a wonderful line, particularly if you are into essential oils and the mind/body/spirit connection. They also have body scrubs, body lotions and creams, and natural deodorant. Plus, in the Apothecary you can fill out a questionnaire and they will make a custom blended essential oil just for you. Check it out and get calm, healthy, and happy!  – Lisa

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Nuture your inner hippie with hip E chick Organic products

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. I always seem to want to go back in time and hip E chick organic bath and body products lets me time travel to the groovy ’70’s! This is a very cool, ‘hip’ line that is all about eco-friendly living. Everything is hand crafted with organic, non-toxic ingredients. hip E chick recently sent the BIZ a few things to try and I am happy to report they are as practical as they are stylish.

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hip E chick Maui Wowie Soy Candle

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totally gift ready!

The Maui Wowie Soy Candle ($24 for an 8 oz. candle) arrives gift-ready with a cheery lime ribbon bow. The scent is totally addictive, a mix of coconut, pineapple, and cilantro. It’s yummy and sultry and clean smelling all at the same time.

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Maui Wowie in the box

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100% hand poured pure soy wax

This beautiful, fun, and practical candle is 100% hand poured pure soy wax. It has a cotton wick so there’s none of that nasty candle smoke and it is free of synthetic dyes and additives. This is a great candle for you or for any hippie chick you know.

The Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap ($16 for 8 oz.) is a wonderful way to get a little boho into your day.

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hip E chick Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap

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super cute packaging!

I wash my hands many times each day, so I want a soap that not only sanitizes but also moisturizes. Add in totally cute packaging and I am sold! Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap has ingredients like Kangen Living Water, Strong Acid Water, and certified pure therapeutic grade oil blends of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. It leaves a very light, clean scent on hands and skin is wonderfully  cleansed and hydrated. If you love liquid hand soap, put this on your list because it’s a real winner.

hip E chick offers lots of other products, such as a sugar body scrub that sounds delicious, body wash, body oil, and even products for pets.

hip E chick’s do not only cultivate exciting and peaceful lives for themselves; but they always reflect upon how their choices are affecting the rest of the world.”  So what do you think – are you a hip E chick?  – Lisa

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