Top Ten Winter Helpers

1419727169_waxelene_lip_balm_tube_0WAXELENE Lip Balm, the Petroleum Jelly Alternative – I not only have a review of this scheduled for later today (12/30/14) but I also have a giveaway for this. I have a ton of lip balms that I can recommend to you but Waxelene is different since it’s soothing and healing plus it has so many uses. It’s more than a lip balm, it’s for dry skin, diapers, chapped lips, makeup removal etc. It comes in many sizes including this lip tube. A winner at only $3.99.*
1419727088_lip-rx-kit-800x800GABRIEL RX LIP KIT containing a lip balm and a lip scrub - a review is coming up for this kit soon. It contains a lip scrub to help banish the flakies and make your lips soft and smooth to prepare for lipsticks. It also contains a great lip balm that is great under lipstick.*
1419727038_31axlo1yjel._sy300_MIRACLE OF ALOE, MIRACLE FOOT REPAIR – I have a lot of foot creams that I use for softer feet but this is my miracle foot cream. My feet were such a wreck after the harsh water of the hospital and a month without showering that I thought I’d never get them back to normal. I slathered this on twice a day and my feet are so smooth now that it’s hard to believe. I’ve bought it several times and it’s something that’s shared by my family.
1419726913_1195078AVEENO SKIN RELIEF MOISTURE REPAIR – This is a winter savior and it’s fragrance free!! It’s for the dryest of skin which is what happens to mine in the winter. Last winter’s Polar Vortex made me rush out to purchase this.
1419726840_rocgoldday30_fulRoC RETINOL CORREXION DEEP WRINKLE DAILY MOISTURIZIER WITH SPF 30 – A long name for an excellent product. It’s not a heavy moisturizer so your skin can breathe easily. The SPF30 is great because it’s broad spectrum.*
1419726783_fvlbodybutterLAVANILA BODY BUTTER in Fresh Vanilla Lemon – La Vanila makes this in several fragrances so you can pick the one you like best. It contains 100% pure shea & cocoa butters so it’s a great winter protectant. You’ll smell good and you’ll feel soft. Full review (and a giveaway) will be coming up.*
1419726698_lemon_hc_largeBE DELECTABLE HAND CREAM in Lemon + Cream – I love the be Delectable line and can recommend all their products. I chose the Hand Cream today because while I need a hand cream all year, I’m desperate for it in winter. It contains mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera to nourish your hands and cuticles. The smell of the lemon is divine.*
1419726602_large_dnabarrierNEOVA DNA BARRIER – This is one of my favorite moisturizers for night. I love how this feels on my skin and how my skin looks when I wake up the next morning. It’s rich but doesn’t clog pores, it has no fragrance, it’s soothing and it’s wonderful. I just finished one and I’m ordering another for sure. *
1419726516_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP ANTI-AGING CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM – This turned into my favorite sunscreen. If the product that I’m using for daytime moisturizing doesn’t have sunscreen then it’s Supergoop to the rescue. No fragrance which is important to me. Gentle and non-greasy. It works great with or without makeup. I wrote about it in July and I am writing about it again at the end of December so it’s a love all year round.*
1419726422_aaa_oil_30ALGENIST ADVANCED ANTI-AGING REPAIRING OIL – I’ve grown to love oil on my face but they aren’t all created equal. This past summer I was testing one by Yes to Blueberries and while the price was right, I finally gave up on it since it was too heavy. An oil needs to be gently absorbed and not sit on top of your skin. Algenist does just that. You can use a few drops or mix it with a serum. Either way it’s protecting my skin this winter and helping with the dehydration that I see.
There are a lot more products that I could have included in this Top Ten list but these are the ones in my current rotation. They are all products I’m thrilled to count as winter saviors. — Marcia
See what the other Top Ten ladies want to share so you can get through this winter.

*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me and some sent have been repurchased.

Makeup Wars chooses favorite perfumes

Today for Makeup Wars Marcia and Lisa collaborated to bring you Lisa’s 5 favorite fragrances that have the scent of coconut in them. It might just be a small part of the fragrance but it’s enough to make Lisa happy as that’s her favorite scent. (When I write collaborated, I mean I made Lisa pick and tell me about the fragrances. She did the hard part, I’m just the facilitator. — Marcia)
1.  Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder – This is a beach sunset in a bottle, a little bit of suntan oil, a lot of warm sand, and the soft scent of flowers breezing past.
2.  Viva La Juicy Gold Couture –  This is a fruity fragrance with yummy coconut and vanilla notes. This is a new addition to the Juicy Couture family and has become a favorite to wear for Lisa.
3.  LaVanila Vanilla Summer – This is a totally tropical scent with pineapple, mango, coconut milk, sugar cane, and Madagascar vanilla.  It brings me right back to sipping a pina colada on the beach in Mexico.
4.  Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Parfum – this is a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia.  It’s a sophisticated coconut scent, and the fragrance jewelry is to die for.
5.  Opus Oils Tropique – Opus Oils has some intriguing fragrance and Tropique really has stood out. It’s an inspired mix of chocolate, vanilla, coconut and coffee.  Delicious!
Are you a fan of coconut in your fragrance? Does it transport you to an island or a favorite vacation where you got away from the world and your worries for a little time?

Join the Makeup War bloggers to see what’s hot in fragrance

*products sent for editorial consideration

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut Forever Fragrance Oil and Roller Ball


foreverfragranceoilvcLaVanila Vanilla Coconut gets my vote as the PERFECT summer fragrance. I wear it in the fall as I long for those hot summer days, I wear it in the winter when I want to transport myself to the beach, I wear it in spring in anticipation of a beautiful summer, and I wear it in the summer because it’s perfect! I waxed poetic about this scent when LaVanila first sent the BIZ products to try, you can read that review HERE.

LaVanila describes the fragrance as, “Paradise Found.  A rich, tropical blend of Young Coconut, exotic Tahitian Tiare Flower, and pure Madagascar vanilla bean steeped in the warmth of sweet almond oil.” I find it to be the perfect blend of coconut, gardenia, and vanilla.


LaVanila Vanilla Coconut Forever Fragrance Oil

Today I am going to tell about my two favorite ways of wearing this amazing scent. Forget sprays and spritzes…let’s go roller ball!!


Forever Fragrance Oil

The Forever Fragrance Oil ($25) version of this scent is a blend of essential oils and sweet almond oil. There isn’t any alcohol, so the fragrance truly lasts all day. It’s a terrific way to wear the Vanilla Coconut scent and it also comes in Vanilla Grapefruit and Pure Vanilla.


The Healthy Roller-Ball

The Healthy Roller-Ball ($19) is another option I adore for my beloved Vanilla Coconut scent. This version is all natural and organic, there are no chemicals inside.

Roller-Ball roller!

Roller-Ball roller!

I carry this in my purse at all times. It’s also a great option for travel. Plus, it comes in seven different fragrances:  Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Coconut, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blackberry, and Vanilla Passion Fruit.

LaVanila Roller-Ball Set

LaVanila Roller-Ball Set

For the true vanilla lover, there’s even a beautiful Deluxe Mini Roller-Ball set for $34 that includes Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Grapefruit, and Vanilla Lavender.

You can order these online, or check them out at your local Sephora. If you love vanilla scents, and you want organic fragrances that won’t irritate your skin, LaVanila is more than worth a look (or a sniff!).  – Lisa

* pr samples

Lavanila is la fantastic!


Lavanila Vanilla Coconut

Do you have a favorite scent?  Mine is coconut.  I love how coconut transports me instantly to the beach, which is always where I most want to be.  

One sniff of Lavanila Vanilla Coconut and I am here.  With Joe.

One sniff of Lavanila Vanilla Coconut and I am here. With Joe.

I also love vanilla, which just so happens to make a very happy couple with coconut. Some of my favorite vanilla/coconut products come from Lavanila. Lavanila was founded by Danielle Raynor, who wanted to create healthy skin care and fragrances. She found the best vanilla in Madagascar, where the vanilla is called Lavanila. She named her company after that amazing vanilla, and has based all of her products around the vanilla scent.  I find the Vanilla Coconut scent to be smooth, creamy coconut that doesn’t smell synthetic, along with rich, warm vanilla.  Total yumminess.



The Healthy Body Wash 2 in 1 Shower and Shave ($14) is a great way to start the day.  This is a huge tube of liquid soap that truly smells divine.  Shower and Shave has coconut and rosehip oils to moisturize, along with aloe and calendula.  It lathers up beautifully and makes for quick and easy shaving.  It doesn’t have any sulfates so it leaves skin super soft and moisturized.  It seriously transports me and puts me a great mood every time I use it.

Body Butter

The Healthy Body Butter

The Healthy Body Butter ($10) has the addition of Tahitian Tiare Flower to the vanilla/coconut mix.  The lotion is subtly scented and pairs beautifully with other scents.  It has 100% pure shea and cocoa butters to moisturize, along with goji berry and Kakadu Plus for anti-oxidant power.  And check out the price – $10 for this big tube of lotion is awesome.

Body Butter

talk about thick!

This body butter is sooo thick and creamy, it really does seem almost buttery.  I thought it would take a little work to get it absorbed, but it soaks in beautifully and leaves my skin softly scented and super smooth.  I love how this is full of natural, organic ingredients without any synthetic preservatives or harsh chemicals. 


The Healthy Deodorant

If you are looking for an all-natural deodorant, you need to check out The Healthy Deodorant ($18).  This is not an antiperspirant, so if you looking for sweat control you need something else.  This makes you smell good, and it does it without aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, or chemicals.  What is does have are essential oils, anti-oxidants, and beta glucan technology. 


looks as pretty as it smells

I find the Vanilla Coconut Deodorant smells of exotic coconut and soft tiare flower.  The deodorant has a warmer smell to it than the shower gel and body butter, it’s subtle and very pretty.  How wonderful to fight odor without the harsh chemicals that can burn and irritate your skin!

You can find Lavanila products online and at stores such as Sephora.  They have other vanilla-based scents including Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blackberry, Vanilla Blossom, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Passion Fruit, and Vanilla Summer.  For now I am just enjoying the warm comfort of the Vanilla Coconut products, they bring me to the beach…and to Joe…with just one sniff.  – Lisa

*pr samples