Surya Brasil Sapien Women Shower Gel and Body Moisturizer

The beautiful Brazilian company Surya Brasil has a new line focused on women called ‘Sapien Women‘. I have been testing several items they sent to the BIZ and two that have really impressed me are the Shave Gel ($17) and the Body Moisturizer ($23.50).


Surya Brasil Sapien Women Shave Gel


slippery smooth and super effective

I am big on using my husband’s products for things like shaving, but this is a shave gel I want all for myself. It is a slippery gel that makes shaving (not something I typically enjoy) a pleasure. I am weird…I can’t stand stubble so I shave my legs every day. That means I need help keeping my legs from getting irritated and this totally does the trick. Ingredients like Cupuaçu butter, Pracaxi oil, Macadamia oil, and Vitamin E keep my legs soft, smooth, and happy. What is NOT included is notable as well:  no sulfates, parabens, BHT, EDTA, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, GMOs, phthalates, alcohol, or silicon.


Surya Brasil Sapien Women Body Moisturizer


thick and creamy goodness

While the Shave Gel leaves my legs moist and smooth, the Body Moisturizer is like icing on the cake. This is a thick, creamy moisturizer in a humongous tube. It smells pleasantly fruity and sweet, and the scent doesn’t linger. It has tons of skin friendly ingredients like Cupuaçu and Murumuru butters, Pracaxi and Açaí oils, Amaranth protein, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera juice. The moisturizer soaks in quickly and boy does it soften skin, plus it keeps skin hydrated all day long. It is a wonderful vegan option to soothe dry winter skin. Like the Shower Gel, it is missing a lot of stuff you don’t want in your skin care – no sulfates, parabens, BHT, EDTA, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, GMOs, phthalates, alcohol, or silicon.

Surya Brasil is truly a company you can feel good about purchasing from – just check out their certifications:

Ecocert the consumer’s guarantee that the product purchased is truly organic.

Certified Vegan, and are guaranteed not to be tested on animals or to contain ingredients of animal origin.

PETA cruelty-free certified given by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an organization dedicated to defending animal rights.

FSC certification (Forest Stewardship Council) ensuring that paper production is made of the wood derived from reforested areas and other controlled sources, and assuring respect for the environment and for workers.  – more –

Cosmebio the French Professional Ecological and Organic Cosmetic Association guarantees that a cosmetic product follows the specifications for natural or organic products.

Fair Trade Certified which requires rigorous protection of local ecosystems and ensures that farmers receive a harvest price, which will allow them to practice sustainable agriculture and eventually transform into an organic agriculture for a better environment.

Surya Brasil is a member of the Brazilian Trade Association for Natural Products and Well-Being brings together companies that market natural products with environmental responsibility. The company is also a member of The Compact for Safe Cosmetics and Organic Trade Association.

Surya Brasil also follows ISO 14000 standards related to environmental management that exists to help organizations (a) minimize how their operations (processes etc.) negatively affect the environment (An integral part of the European Union’s Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Take a look at the Sapien Women line for some excellent products that are also good for the planet!  – Lisa

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Shave Gel Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Decyl Polyglucoside, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, **Sucrose Cocoate, Dehydroaceitc Acid Benzyl, Alcohol, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Citric Acid, *Penthaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Tocopherol, *Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, *Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter.
*INGREDIENTS FROM ORGANIC FARMING **MADE USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS. 98,80% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 13,62% of the total ingredients are from organic farming.

Body Moisturizer Ingredients: Water, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Olivate Sorbitan Olivate, Glycerin Stearate, Dehydroacetic Acid Benzyl Alcohol, *Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, *Penthaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Fragrance, *Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Saccharomyces Silicon Ferment, Sacchromyces Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Sacchromyces Cooper Ferment, Saccharomyces Iron Ferment, Sodium PCA, *Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Xanthan Gum, Tocophreol, Sodium Hydroxide, Carrageenan.
*INGREDIENTS FROM ORGANIC FARMING 98,88% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 18,88% of the total ingredients are from organic farming.

Surprise your significant other with Aveeno Active Naturals for Men

I guess today is my version of drugstore heaven! This review is about some fantastic drugstore items you will want to pick up for your significant other, father, son, male muse…whatever you happen to have. The price point is ridiculously awesome and all of these products are fragrance-free and made for sensitive skin.


Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products

I am talking about the new Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products. My husband tested all three for the BIZ when Aveeno sent samples and he is crazy about each one. He says they are the best men’s products he has ever tried.

Aveeno Face Wash

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash

The Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash ($5.99) is a creamy lotion that washes away dirt and grime.  It has tiny scrubbing beads that exfoliate dry and dead skin. It’s made with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, which moisturizes my hubby’s skin but doesn’t break him out. If your guy is prone to milia, have him try this cleanser. It also softens up that 5 o’clock shadow so shaving is even easier. And it is completely fragrance-free. It smells like…nothing at all.

Aveeno Shave Gel

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Shave Gel

The Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Shave Gel ($3.99) shoots out a thin stream of gel that instantly turns into foam – so much fun! Let’s be honest, how many of you have sprayed gel shave cream into your hand just to watch it transform? I can’t be the only one.

My husband loves this because it leaves his skin extremely soft. Unlike other heavier shaving creams it doesn’t clog his razor. In fact, he says it keeps his skin from getting irritated even when he uses a rather dull razor. And it smells exactly like…nothing at all.

Aveeno After Shave Lotion

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s After Shave Lotion

Like the Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash, the Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s After Shave Lotion ($5.99) is made with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal. My husband uses this after every shave. It is soothing to razor burned or irritated skin, and it leaves his skin soft but not wet or greasy. And unlike pretty much every other after shave lotion out there, this one smells like…you guessed it. Nothing. Nothing at all.

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products are fantastic. They are affordable, easy to find, effective, and will work for even the most sensitive skin. Surprise the guy (or guys) in your life with some Aveeno…he will thank you for it!  – Lisa

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Last minute Father’s Day gift ideas: Evolutionman and Prada

Did you forget to buy a Father’s Day gift? No worries! Here are two products that were sent to the BIZ that were tested and you can be assured they will be perfect gifts the man of the day will absolutely love.


You’ve got to check out Evolutionman, a skin care line designed for men. The packaging is black, classy, and manly without going overboard. Guys will love it.


My husband tested the Cleanse & Shave ($23), a great multi-tasker that is perfect to keep in the shower. Sometimes my hubby shaves, sometimes not…he’s Asian so he can go several days before having to break out the razor. However, he washes his face every day…thank goodness. So he loves this product, a face wash that doubles as shaving cream when he needs it.



Cleanse & Shave smells like oranges. It’s a very subtle, pleasant, clean smell. It does a great job of cleansing and it hydrates skin leaving it nice and soft. For shaving, my hubby leaves the gel on a bit longer, so it softens his beard growth and prevents irritation from the razor.


Evolutionman Cleanse & Shave swatch


Evolutionman Cleanse & Shave again – it’s a non-foaming shave cream

Cleanse & Shave is a lotion-type cleanser and it also works as a non-foaming shave cream. It has all kinds of great ingredients like:

  • Orange Peel Essential Oil:  The awakening aroma of this essential oil will leave you feeling relaxed and happy.  Derived from the peel of fresh oranges it works as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant super star
  • Vitamin A, C, and E:  Antioxidant superstars that heals, soothes, and rejuvenates the skin
  • Mushroom Extract: Exfoliates and tones skin to expose facial hairs for a superior shave
  • Amino Acids: Moisturizes and protects skin, as well as, promotes collagen function
  • Panthenol: Softens, soothes, and moisturizes the skin for a close shave
  • Safflower Seed Oil:  A natural moisturizer and skin lubricant

Overall it’s a great product from an intriguing line. The Cleanse & Shave makes for a terrific Father’s Day gift.

Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set

Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set

You could go in another direction that will also leave your man smelling great – check out this Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set ($80, a $140 value!). This set is available at Macy’s. The set includes a 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, 3.4 oz After Shave Balm and a 1.7 oz Bath & Shower Gel.

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense

This is the ‘Intense’ version, not the original which I feel has a more ‘soapy’ smell to it. Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense is, without a doubt, the sexiest men’s cologne I have ever smelled. It is truly amazing. Top notes are mandarin, bergamot, and cardamom, so initially it smells very fresh. Then it dries down into a mixture of vanilla and leather which is unbelievably provocative.

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Shaving Lotion

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense After Shave Balm

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Bath and Shower Gel

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Bath and Shower Gel

I love that the set includes a shower gel and an after-shave balm. We all know that layering scents is the best way to keep smelling good all day!

I absolutely ADORE Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense, and my husband knows it…it’s the best ‘get lucky’ card in his deck. And this set is such a great deal, it’s really a perfect last-minute Father’s Day gift.  – Lisa

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Hey Dude Skin Care review and giveaway!

Does your significant other ‘borrow’ your skin care products because he doesn’t have his own manly skin care?   Well, now you can make sure the man – or men! – in your life will quit hijacking your stuff.  Hey Dude Skin Care has a full line for men including Cleansing Shaving Gel, Dude Moisturizer, Dude Scrub, Dude Wash, and Aftershave Gel.  Here’s some information on the company:

Hey Dude Skin Care is located in Miami, Florida and was founded by the brother and sister team Nick and Susan Berner. For each of their core facial products, Hey Dude Skin Care blends a carefully integrated system of desert plant extracts called the Desert Dude Complex. These hearty plants, such asaloe, prickly pear, and cactus, have the inherent natural ability to retain moisture and thrive under the most extreme of arid conditions. Hey Dude extracts the life giving properties from these plants to craft a safe, highquality series of skincare products that rejuvenate the skin. Hey Dude Skin Care deliberately includes soothing ingredients in all of their products.

I had my hubby try the Cleansing Shaving Gel, so read on for his critique – as well as for a great giveaway!  You can enter to win the full size Hey Dude product of your choice, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

My husband tried the Hey Dude Cleansing Shave Gel ($14.99).  This is a low-foaming gel that is also a soap, paraben, and sulfate-free cleanser.  Here is a swatch:

It starts out as a slippery gel.  It has a rather subtle scent for a men’s product, and it smells appropriately manly – slightly outdoorsy.  Here’s my husband before shaving:

before shaving

He is used to high foam shaving cream, so this was a new experience for him.  He took the gel and rubbed it on, working it into a low foam.

Preparing to shave - see the slight foam?

As you can see, it’s not a thick cream like most men’s shaving gels.  He was concerned that the gel would clog up his razor.  He’s used my gel products before and been very frustrated with them, so he didn’t think he would like this product much.

the razor glides nicely

Much to his surprise, the gel really lifted his stubble so he was able to get a close shave.  It also didn’t clog his razor, and the extra product that did end up in the blades was easily rinsed out.  The formula has Eucalyptus in it – hence the outdoorsy scent – and this cleans the skin while also keeping it moisturized.

after all nice and smooth

Because the gel lifts the stubble, there’s less chance of razor burn and ingrown hairs.  His skin afterwards was extremely soft, more so than it is with his usual products.  It had a nice soft scent and was absolutely kissable.  He really liked it, far more than he expected he would, and he says it’s something he would definitely repurchase.

Hey Dude Skin Care is made for the guy who wants simple but effective products that can multi-task.  They don’t want repackaged ‘girl stuff’, they want products made for a man’s skin.  Hey Dude certainly delivers, if your significant other shaves he will love the Cleansing Shave Gel.  – Lisa

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