Celebrate National Relaxation Day with Molton Brown, Soap and Paper, and WelleCo!

Celebrate National Relaxation Day!

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It’s August 15th, National Relaxation Day! I’m so glad we have a reminder to relax, because it is all too easy to get caught up in your job, your kids, your bills, your house, all those responsibilities…and totally forget to take care of YOU. I always go back to this analogy – if you are traveling on an airplane with a child and the cabin loses pressure so those air masks come down, do you put that mask on the child or yourself first? You put it on yourself first, because if you don’t take care of yourself, you might not be able to take care of anyone else.

Take this day to do something really nice for yourself and RELAX. I have three fabulous suggestions for you that will ease away every bit of stress and tension. Light a candle, make a nice hot cup of tea, and then soak in a fabulous bubble bath – aaaahhhhh………yes!

Molton Brown Single Wick Candle

First up – some beautiful mood lighting. My go-to candles are Molton Brown Single Wick Candles ($49).  The candles come in a handsome jar that looks sophisticated and lush. They are available in amazing scents, including Delicious Rhubarb & Rose, Black Peppercorn, Pink Pepperpod, Coco & Sandalwood, Black Leather Accord & Cade, Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise, Orange & Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Rosa Absolute, Gingerlily, Oudh Accord & Gold and Tobacco Absolute.

Molton Brown candles are not one note affairs. They offer complex scents that are truly delightful. As Molton Brown describes it, the scents start with a bright top note, followed by a complex middle note, then end with a haunting base note. I am currently burning the Rosa Absolute scent, and the complexity of this is fantastic. Top notes are blackcurrent, pink pepper, and raspberry. Heart notes are rose, violet leaf, and geranium. Base notes are patchouli, labdanum and vanilla. It is an incredible, relaxing scent that is perfection for National Relaxation Day.

WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea

WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea

Now that you have some mood lighting, next up is a nice, hot cup of tea. I can’t tell you how much I am loving WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea ($69). The Tea Caddy, which I have pictured, has 50 tea bags and you can buy refills separately. This tea is so fantastic, especially if you have trouble getting to sleep at night. The ingredients include skullcap, valerian root and hops, combined with lemon balm, passionflower and natural lemon and mango flower. The tea is so soothing and mild, slightly fruity and absolutely delightful. It is incredibly relaxing and the perfect tea for melting away the day and creating total relaxation.

Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath

Now that you have an amazing candle and a perfect cup of tea, what else do you need? Why, a fabulous bubble bath of course! Nothing beats relaxing sore muscles and soaking away every bit of tension in a nice, frothy sea of warmth. Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath ($32) is a fantastic choice. It comes in fab scents, including Gardenia, Jasmine, Green Tea, Tuberose, Neroli, Marine, Santal and Vanille, Lavender and Lemon Verbena.

Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath

Mine is Neroli, which is a lovely pure orange blossom scent that is comforting and relaxing. The bubbles are delightfully frothy and really last and skin is left feeling super soft and wonderfully pampered thanks to the key ingredients, borage and meadowfoam. If you love bubble baths, this huge jar of sulfate free bubble bath is exactly what you want sitting next to your tub.

I hope you are able to try out these three products because I really think they are all outstanding.  But whatever you do, take good care of yourself today and show yourself the love you deserve. RELAX. You have earned it.  – Lisa

Ring in the new year with some sparkle!

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Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion

This set from Molton Brown is adorable…and so perfect for bringing in the new year! I love Molton Brown products in general. We recently stayed at the Talbott Hotel in Chicago, which is this gorgeous, ritzy but not pretentious hotel with the most beautiful rooms ever. I wasn’t oohing and ahhhing over the fabulous bed with perfect pillows or the sumptuous robe and slippers…I was ecstatic because they had Molton Brown shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion!

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Body Lotion

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Body Lotion

The Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion is a perfect duo for a little celebrating. Champagne? Glitter? Count me in!! Check out the bling in this beautiful bath and shower gel.

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

I feel all special and sparkly using it, and it puts me right into a party mood (although the sparkle doesn’t stick around, so I end up fresh and clean but not actually sparkling!). I follow this with a little Vintage 2015 Elderflower Body Lotion.

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower  Body Lotion

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Body Lotion

The champagne-inspired packaging is awesome and the body lotion is classic Molton Brown. It’s light and absorbs quickly, leaving my skin soft and hydrated. The fragrances are intense enough to last all day.

– Skin moisture levels increased threefold moments after application.
– Skin moisture levels remain doubled even after 24 hours.
– 100% of customers would recommend to a friend.

*Data based on clinical trial with 40 men and women.

The Elderflower scent is beautiful – sparkling grapefruit with English elderflower, so it’s a clean, floral scent. The scent has amazing lasting power, more so than in any other scented lotion I have tried.

Molton Brown is a wonderful, classy line with products so amazing the Talbott Hotel picked them to pamper their guests. I think you should pick them out to pamper yourself too, and the Vintage 2015 Elderflower set is the perfect way to do so.  – Lisa

 

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Molton Brown wants you to give the gift of love

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set

If you’ve ever been a recipient of a gift from me then you know that I’ve got two left hands when it comes to wrapping packages. I’m the person that gift bags were invented for since I’m a total klutz when it comes to wrapping. Sometimes though a gift needs to be wrapped beautifully and that’s one of the reasons I’m now a fan of Molton Brown‘s holiday gift sets. They come in beautiful packaging, all ready to attach a card and give to someone you care about. Molton Brown carries these items in all price ranges so you really could have a “one stop” shopping day and be pleased about everything you purchased.

Molton Brown Pink Pepper Cracker

Molton Brown Pink Pepper Cracker

Molton Brown Pink Pepper Cracker ($25) includes

1.4fl oz Pink Pepperpod Replenishing Hand Cream (Full-size)
1.7fl oz Pink Pepperpod Body Wash
1.7fl oz Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Hand Cream Set

Molton Brown Hand Creams Set

Molton Brown Hand Creams Gift Set ($38) contains an indulgent, replenishing hand cream gift set trio blended with white truffle oil.

Includes
1.4fl oz Orange & Bergamot Replenishing Hand Cream
1.4fl oz Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Hand Cream
1.4fl oz Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Hand Cream
Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection

Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection

Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection ($50) could be 12 stocking stuffers or one great box that contains the following scents of travel size body washes.

Includes 12 x 1.7fl oz
Orange & Bergamot, Japanese Orange, Bushukan, Gingerlily, Pink Pepperpod, Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea, Coco & Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, Samphire, Templetree, Ylang-Ylang, Black Peppercorn
Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Body Wash Set for Her

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Body Wash Set for Her

I could go on and on but instead I’ll show you how great the Molton Brown Holiday Body Wash Set for Her ($75) that I was sent is.

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

Inside the perfectly wrapped box you’ll find 3 full size Body Washes (300 ml/10 fl oz) that Molton Brown is known for. There are many products in the Molton Brown line but from my experience the body washes/shower gels are the most enjoyed. This great gift set contains Pink Pepperpod Body Wash, Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Bath & Body Wash, and Ylang-Ylang Body Wash.

Molton Vrown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash: is a spicy and moisturizing body wash that’s blended with pink pepperpods for antioxidant protection. The notes in this are  Top note: fiery pink pepper. Middle note: ginger. Base note: rich patchouli.

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea is a floral that blends honeysuckle, antioxidant rich white tea leaf and warm heliotrope. The notes in this one are Top notes: bergamot and mandarin, Heart notes: honeysuckle, white tea and jasmine, Base notes: sandalwood, heliotrope and vanilla.

Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash

Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash

Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash is blended with yuan zhi extract and Madagascan ylang-ylang oil to help your skin and body re-balance. The notes in this one are: Top note: ylang-ylang, Middle note: sweet cardamom, Base note: musk.

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

This set can be broken up into 3 separate gifts if you prefer. If you know that someone you are gifting is passionate then gift the Pink Pepperpod Body Wash. If they are tranquil or need some serenity in their lives then the Honeysuckle and White Tea Bath & Shower Gel will be welcomed into their lives. For that certain someone who likes a spicier fragrance then Ylang-Ylang Body Wash is perfect for their life. For me, gifting this as a whole would save me from wrapping so that I can get on with other important parts of the holiday – like eating!

There are so many impressive gift items from Molton Brown that you won’t have trouble finding items that are perfect no matter your budget. Which Molton Brown fragrance is the one you’re most attracted to? — Marcia

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Will you choose pink or white? Molton Brown Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown definitely gets my vote for most interesting fragrances in body products. No run of the mill Vanilla or Lavender here…their scents have names like “Mesmerizing Oudh Accord & Gold“. If you are adventuresome with your scented body products, you will want to try the Molton Brown Nourishing Body Lotion ($42). The biggest problem will be which unique scent you should choose.

Molton Brown sent me the Nourishing Body Lotion in two different scents and I can’t decide which one I like better. The body lotion is really nice. It’s light and absorbs quickly, leaving my skin soft and hydrated. The fragrances are intense enough to last all day, but not so strong they are overwhelming.

– Skin moisture levels increased threefold moments after application.
– Skin moisture levels remain doubled even after 24 hours.
– 100% of customers would recommend to a friend.

*Data based on clinical trial with 40 men and women.

Molton Brown White Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown White Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion

The White Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion is a flowery and fresh scent that has a kicky spice to it. The top note is violet leaf, middle note is narcisse oil, and the base note is white sandalwood leaf. Molton Brown highly recommends this scent for travel because it is so refreshing.

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion

The Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion is a spice girl’s dream! The top note is fiery pink pepper, middle note is ginger, and the base note is rich patchouli. The pink pepperpods are great antioxidants making this a multi-tasking body lotion. Pink Pepperpod is a rich, sexy scent that is perfect for date night.

I guess it’s best to not even have to choose between the white and the pink…just get both! You can find Molton Brown online at moltonbrown.com, and they have a Store Finder on their website so you can locate the closest store to try their unique scents for yourself.  – Lisa

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Top ten beauty essentials for summer!

Ten Summer Beauty EssentialsI don’t know about you, but for me Memorial Day Weekend is the official start to summer.  I have ten products that I’ve tested throughout the years that I won’t be without in the summer – either they get me beach ready, travel with me to the beach, or save me afterwards at home.  (By the way, they are pictured on my beachTuff Lazee Move Chair, the best beach chair EVER.  Read my review HERE).

Ten summer beauty essentials in beach chair

1.  Clearista Retexturizing Gel:  This is the perfect way to prep for the beach.  It’s a fabulous exfoliator for face and body, getting rid of rough, dry patches and tiny bumps.

Clearista Retexturizing Gel

2.  Dancing with the Stars Precision Disposable Self Tanning Mitt:  This season of Dancing with the Stars might be over, but it’s still possible to get a TV-worthy tan!  This one use disposable mitt has bronzers for an instant tan, and the lotion develops into a faux tan for the next four hours after application.  You can look great and get a tan while sitting under that beach umbrella!

DWTS Self Tanner Mitt

3.  Kiss My Face Sunscreen:  I particularly love the Cool Sport Air Powered Spray Lotion and the Cool Sport for Face and Neck.  They both have a broad spectrum SPF of 30.  The Spray Lotion is fantastic for body protection and has a yummy coconut fragrance, soothing aloe and cucumber, and it’s mineral protection!!  The Face and Neck has the same great protection and it has no fragrance.  Both are water-resistant for about an hour.  Update your sunscreen for this summer with these two for sure.

Kiss My Face Cool Sport

4.  Scunci Effortless Beauty Head Bands:  a 5-pack of these colorful, super comfy headbands keeps your hair in place no matter what the weather.  I always have two of them in my beach bag.

Scunci Headbands

5. Clean Cool Cotton Roller Ball Fragrance:  All of the Clean fragrances are available in rollerballs, which are just so perfect for your beach bag.  Clean Cotton smells like the outdoors, only better.  It’s a great way to beat the lake water smell!

Clean Cool Cotton

6.  Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths:  Speaking of smelling better, I never go on a picnic or to the beach without these babies.  They are instant freshness, and they have a silky, powdery finish that help keep you from sweating.

Ban Total Refresh Body Cloths

7.  Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss:  This is an awesome lip gloss for the beach bag.  It has a tiny amount of tint, lots of shine, and it plumps lips for an even sexier look.  I have the shade Cake Walk.

Hard Candy Lip Gloss

8.  Klorane Natural Tint Dry Shampoo:  Salt water makes for some great hair, and this dry shampoo gives it even more texture.  The Natural Tint matches hair color and covers up any burgeoning gray spots.  Plus it gets rid of dirt, so hair is ready for a night out on the town.

Klorane Natural Tint Dry Shampoo

9.  Molton Brown travel size body products:  Get the travel sizes of Ylang-Ylang and Pink Pepperpod Body Wash.  They both have fabulous, energizing scents, are the perfect size for weekend getaways, and leave skin feeling great after washing off that sand and dirt.  I also love the Pink Pepperpod Body Lotion, and the Orange and Bergamot Replenishing Hand Cream is to die for.

Molton Brown body products

10.  Bausch and Lomb Therapearl Eye Mask:  There is nothing better after a day in the sun than relaxing at home with this beautiful eye mask.  Keep it in the freezer, and when you get home it is just perfect for soothing and cooling.

Bausch and Lomb Therapearl Eye Mask

That’s my list of ten summer beauty essentials that I am never without!  What’s on your list?  – Lisa

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