Philip B. Lavender Hand Creme

photo from motherearthliving.comI am very, very picky about lavender. I think it’s beautiful — I love the color, purple is my favorite. I love the health benefits, which include anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to ease anxiety, insomnia, and depression. I also love the fragrance…well, I love the fragrance sometimes. I often find lavender-fragranced products to be overwhelming, perfumey, and headache-inducing. So when I find a lavender scented product that is done  right, I just have to share.

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Philip B Lavender Hand Creme

The Philip B. Lavender Hand Creme ($35) is simply wonderful. The bottle looks expensive and classic, but it’s actually made from heavy duty plastic so it’s not going to break. The hand creme is thick and luxurious. My dry hands love it because it is a hard working moisturizer but it doesn’t leave hands wet. It’s a perfect bottle of lotion to have beside your bed or at your desk at work.

Philip B Lavender Hand CremeThe hand creme is awesome and the lavender scent is just perfect. It’s not over the top but it still lingers for quite a while. For hours after I apply, every time I move my hands I get a soft, gentle wisp of fragrant lavender. It’s lovely!!

All the reasons to love this beautifully scented hand savior:

  • Fast absorbing: Vitamin-rich formula sinks in instantly to tackle dryness, making rough spots, peeling cuticles and itchy palms a thing of the past. 
  • Deceptively rich: African Shea Butter and Safflower Oleosomes hydrate deeply without leaving hands slippery or slick; Colloidal Oatmeal soothes; Panthenol nourishes; Essential Amino Acids strengthen.
  • Year-round healing: Ideal for winter (since it won’t dry out your hands) and the dead of summer (when you want ultra-light, smoothing moisture).
  • The best relaxing botanical scent: Pure Provencal Lavender, naturally aromatherapeutic, is blended with a mix of sheer Flower Oils to obliterate stress.
  • Eco-credentials: Philip B® hand and body crèmes are paraben-free, phthalate-free, made without animal testing, and formulated in the U.S.A. with a low-carbon footprint. The botanicals we use are responsibly sourced and all packaging is recyclable. 

Philip B Lavender Hand CremePhilip B Lavender Hand Creme

If you are looking for some great hand cream or for an excellent gift – sheesh, just tie a ribbon around this and it’s totally giftable – the Philip B. Lavender Hand Creme is an excellent choice.  – Lisa

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Holiday Gift Guide for Lustrous Locks

A good friend of mine once said, “It’s all about two things: skin and hair.” I took it to heart and put all of my efforts into having great skin and great hair – and I think she is a genius. Great hair in particular just makes EVERYTHING better. Here are my picks for awesome holidays gifts for creating lustrous locks!

Mastey Paris Hair Care

1.  Mastey Color Protecting Shampoo, Restorative Mask, and Oil Treatment: I can’t get over this fabulous 100% vegan and completely eco-friendly salon line. I never even knew about it until about 6 months ago and I have not only finished everything I’ve tried, I’ve actually stood there in the shower with an empty bottle trying to wish more product into it.

Mastey Paris Hair CareBig favorites of mine include the Color Protecting Shampoo (SAVE! $34), which does a great job of washing my oddball hair – oily roots, dry ends, tons of hair but it’s very fine, color treated, mid-back length…yeah, not many people have all the weird issues I have, so when I find something that works it usually works for everyone else. This creamy shampoo has great ingredients like argan oil and olive oil, and is so gentle you can also use it as a face and body cleanser. The Restorative Mask (SAVE! $22) is an incredible deep conditioning treatment that soothes dry, damaged ends with Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, and Grape Seed Extract. The Oil Treatment (SAVE! $25) is hair treatment perfection in a bottle.  Not too heavy for fine hair, but still nourishing and conditioning.

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

2.  Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil (SAVE! $30)  This is a VERY interesting hair product – a perfect stocking stuffer for the hair aficionado who has everything but wants even more. You put this on dry hair before washing. It sinks into every single strand of hair, plumping it up for the most possible volume. It makes hair super strong and shiny, and it is also a scalp ‘detox’, getting rid of any built up product and oil. My ends can get very dry and frizzy because I do a lot of heat styling, and this treatment never fails to bring me back to bouncy, shiny hair. Another bonus – it can be used on keratin treated hair!

White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner

3.  White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner (SAVE! $15)  I love a good leave-in conditioner and this one from White Sands is superb. It has something called ‘selective conditioning’, which reminds me of my ‘selective listening’ skills (say work and I tune out…say chocolate and you have my full attention!). The Leave In Spray Conditioner hones in on frazzled areas to repair and smooth, giving already healthy areas a lighter treatment.

KISS Instawave Hair Curler

KISS Instawave hair curls

KISS Instawave hair curls

4.  KISS Instawave (SPLURGE! $60)  This is cool. I am totally uncoordinated when it comes to hair styling and it took me about 10 seconds to get the hang of this. The curler does the work for you, wrapping hair around the diamond-ceramic ionic hair curler. My hair is LONG, so usually these types of devices do not work for me, but this works on any length and gives me a loose, wavy curl that lasts all day.

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

5.  Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret (SPLURGE! $100)  You want curls that last for three days? The Conair Infiniti Pro delivers. This fantastic tool has a learning curve – it took me several times to figure out how to use it correctly for my particular hairstyle – but it has become my go-to for my best curled hair look that lasts several days. Curls are created via the tourmaline ceramic barrel inside the curling machine. You need to section hair, putting each piece in at a time. The machine pulls hair in, curling it tightly and closely to the heated barrel. A beeper tells you when hair is finished, and the Infiniti Pro Curl Secret releases the hair – and it’s fabulously curled. You can decide how tight you want your curl. For me, my hair is so long that I can only do about 3/4 of the length…but oh my, the curls this gives!! Long, wavy, flowy curls that look amazing finger brushed the first day. The second and third day I use a brush and the curl is still there holding strong. Because I have so much hair, the curling is time intensive – about 20 minutes, compared to the 10 minutes with the KISS Instawave – but the results are always worth it. This is a fantastic gift for anyone who wants tons of curls – loose, medium, or tight – that just won’t go limp.  – Lisa

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Free flowing waves with Philip B. and John Frieda

All my life I have been chasing the perfect wave. Not like Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Point Break…although that is my favorite guilty pleasure movie of all time…more like Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City.

Not searching for this kind of wave...

Not searching for this kind of wave…

Searching for this kind of wave!

Searching for this kind of wave!

We were recently sent two products to test that together make free-flowing waves for the ultimate summer hairstyle. Move over Keanu and Patrick…John Frieda and Philip B are the dynamic duo making my awesome waves.

Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray

Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray

I start with the Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray ($22). A little sprayed onto damp roots gives a nice lift and helps hold those waves all day.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Conical by Conair

John Frieda Frizz Ease Conical by Conair

After drying hair with a paddle brush, it’s time for the John Frieda® 1 ½ Inch Frizz Ease® Conical by Conair ($39.99). I have no experience using a curling iron without a clamp, and had my doubts as I am not exactly known for my awesome hand/eye coordination. The benefit of clamplessness (is that a word??) is no danger of awkward, unnatural bends in the hair.

John Frieda Curling Iron glove

My biggest fear was burning myself, but included with the Conical Curling Iron is a very smart three-fingered glove.

John Frieda Conical Curling IronJohn Frieda Curling Iron controls

This wand has a 1 ½ inch clamp-free conical barrel with a titanium ceramic coating. The coating prevents frizz and keeps hair looking smooth. It heats up very quickly, reaching 400ºF in only 30 seconds. I wrap sections around the wand, holding them in place with my gloved fingers. It definitely makes for natural looking waves, while a curling iron with a clamp gives me a tighter curl.

After I curl each section, I go back to the Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray. I have very fine hair, so non-aerosol hairspray almost never works for me. It’s just too heavy and instead of holding my curls, it typically kills them. I found that this hairspray works great as long as I remember to hold it a good 12 inches away  from my hair when I spray. This helps give it room to develop into a finer spray that won’t clump hair together or make it stiff. The ingredients include Vitamin B5 and amino acids for conditioning hair.  Each spray strengthens hold, so I use just one spray for a light hold and three for major hold. 
John Frieda Wavy Curls Curling Iron beachy waves
John Frieda Wavy Curls Curling Iron waves
Ok, so I’m no Carrie Bradshaw, but the waves still look pretty good! You can try finding your own perfect wave with the John Frieda® 1 ½ Inch Frizz Ease® Conical by Conair available on Amazon.com and Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray on PhilipB.com.  – Lisa
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