We need you to go take a look at Ixora’s site before you read this review. C’mon go do it. We’ll wait. Have you looked??? Now are we writing about cooking or beauty? You almost can’t tell when you start looking at the beautiful pictures that the owner has posted to show the products she creates. Ixora is a botanical beauty site that is fulfilling the dream of the owner. Ixora is the name of a flower grown on the island of St. Croix which is part of the US Virgin Islands. Sharing the beauty and botanical ingredients of these islands is the goal of Ixora Botanical Beauty.
Whatever you chose is handmade so everything is freshly made for you. And many of the products on the site are sold in 2 oz. sample sizes so you can get a taste/feel of a lot for not too much money. They even have a section of Vegan products which is just so unusual. We love the idea of supporting an etailer especially when the products are as high quality as the ones that we tried.
Lisa and I were each sent a product of our choice and I chose Peppermint Swirl Sugar Scrub. It just might be because it looked good enough to eat! Look at that gorgeous picture. It’s so delicious in my shower that I may never let it leave. I prefer a sugar scrub since I think they are gentler on your skin while still doing a great job of exfoliating. The sugar grains are fine enough that I can even use this without a washcloth or scrubby.
It does a great job of exfoliating my flaky legs while also moisturizing them. In the summer I don’t like to use another lotion since I prefer “one and done”. I save my lotions and body butters for non-showering days. The peppermint in this is luscious. It’s not sweetly sick like some that I’ve gotten tired of quickly (yes Philosophy, that’s you). Instead it’s a brisk, more natural smelling peppermint. This is a great shower treat.
Ingredients: Shealoe Butter, White Pure Cane Sugar, Extra Virgin Unrefined Pure Coconut Oil, Red Jojoba Beads, Beeswax pearls: white, Peppermint Fragrance
I was lucky enough to test the Whip It Up Shimmering Shea Butter ($15). It’s the same product as the Whip It Up Shea Butter ($14) with some added bling to give skin an extra gleam.
By the way, if you love body butters, Ixora is the place to go – I counted about 18 different types that are available and each one sounds better than the one before!
Whip It Up Shimmering Shea Butter is made from Shea Nilotica Butter. It’s super thick, but body heat melts it almost immediately and it sinks right into skin. This amazing moisturizer is the cure for super dry, itchy skin and it even works great on eczema and sunburns. In the swatch picture you can see how it started to melt. Check out the tiny golden shimmers in the liquid part. They are beautiful and add just the right amount of femininity to your look.
You don’t need much of this body butter to moisturize yourself from head to toe so the 8 oz. jar will last months. This is a great option from a line full of terrific body treats.
Ingredients: Shea Nilotica Certified Organic and Fair Trade, Avocado Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Gold Rush Mica Powder, Fragrance Oil (s) – Optional
4 oz, 8 oz
*sent for review purposes