2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Seven Perfect Gift Ideas

Are you looking for wonderful, unique gifts for the holidays? I have seven amazing recommendations that will take care of even the most finicky gift-getters.  Some were sent to the BIZ for consideration, some were bought by me, all will make those ‘special someones’ very, very happy.

So many choices!!

Fortune Keeper – so many choices.  Check out the kitty cat one!

1.  For the spiritual deep thinkers who love holiday decor, check out Fortune Keeper Dream Wishes Collection Rhinestone Holiday Ornaments ($24).

The ornaments come gift-ready in silver organza tie bags along with a beautiful card.

Fortune

Fortune Keeper ornament in a pretty silver bag

Fortune

such a beautiful card!!

Each ornament is hand crafted and has a resin image tile along with a clear resin tile (7/8″ x 2 3/8″). They are crowned with rhinestone beads and a silver wire star topper. The ornament slides open and holds a paper upon which the owner writes his/her wishes and dreams for the new year.

Fortune

how it works

Fortune

this is the Red Dream Wishes Ornament

Fortune

from the side

Fortune

rhinestone beads and silver wire star topper

Fortune

take the paper out, write your dreams and wishes, and it’s a beautifully personalized gift

There are lots of other great gift ideas at Fortune Keeper as well, including bracelets, key chains, and necklaces.  Let the browsing begin!

 

Savvy

Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillow Case in Truffle

2.  For the gorgeous guy or gal who wants to wake up to perfect skin, Savvy Sleepers Satin Pillow Cases (from $36) are a perfect choice.

When I saw Dr. Oz recommending satin pillow cases in an episode last January, I knew the Savvy Sleeper was something I needed. Silk pillow cases are too slippery…the Savvy Sleeper satin is perfect, super soft but you don’t slide off the pillow.

I absolutely adore my satin pillow case in Truffle, which is a pure black. This pillow case hides all sins, even the occasional ‘oops I fell asleep in my makeup!’ sin. It comes in both standard and king size and is machine washable. I have my special satin pillow on my bed and my hubby knows – don’t even think about stealing this pillow from me while I am sleeping!!

Why is a satin pillow case essential? Dermatologists recommend it for keeping skin smooth and free of wrinkles. You won’t wake up with the dreaded ‘facial crease’ after a night of heavy sleeping. No matter what, skin looks smooth thanks to the low sheen satin pillow case. Plus it is fantastic for preserving hair styles and blow-outs.

I also adore that the Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillow Cases have a secret pocket. Put hair ties, earrings, or headphones into it…I keep hoping my hubby will slip a cute little note in one day.

Savvy

What can you hide in the secret pocket…how about ear plugs?

Savvy

Or even better, breath mints!

Besides Truffle, other shades available include Nappacino, a creamy light tan, and White Russian, which turns pillows into white satin clouds.

Great news -Savvy Sleeper has created a 20% off code for Beauty Info Zone. Use BEAUTYINFO through Dec. 20, 2013 for 20% off your order.

 

Paco

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense

3.  For the guy who wants to smell like a million bucks, there is no better gift than Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense ($84 for 3.4 oz, $63 for 1.7 oz) men’s fragrance.  

Not only does it smell like a million bucks, it looks like a millions bucks…quite literally.

Paco

1 Million Intense

Paco

fantastic packaging

looks just like a bar of gold

looks just like a bar of gold

1 Million Intense is a very manly, sexy scent that was just released in September. This cologne is not for wimps – check out the notes: top notes are blood mandarin, cardamom, black pepper and saffron; heart notes are rose absolute, neroli, and cinnamon; base notes are white leather, orris root, patchouli, and sandalwood. All together it equals fresh and spicy with a touch of leather. And the packaging is nothing short of brilliant – it looks like a bar of gold. Guys who like some bling will love this gift.

 

Bango

Bango

4.  For the do-it-yourselfer who loves ingenious inventions, a fantastic option is the Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99, available at Ulta, Amazon, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond).

Celebrity stylist Trey Burnette invented the Bango® after he got tired of his clients attempting to do their own trims in between haircut appointments. This neat little package really has everything you need to keep your hair looking perfect in between salon visits.

Bango

Inside Bango

Bango

2 sectioning clips and comb

Bango

Instructional DVD and 5″ Precision Shears

You can trim bangs, split ends, and top layers to keep hair looking fresh. It’s nicely affordable, and this is one practical gift that people will be thanking you for again and again. It comes with an instructional DVD, 5″ Precision Shears, 2 hair clips, a comb, and the Bango® tool. The Bango®  tool is “a patented at-home hair trimming tool that is calibrated with three comb tension to hold hair as tightly as a stylist and has straight and arched cutting edges and cutting teeth for texturizing ends.” What that means is it’s easy to trim hair – plus you can trim a little at a time to avoid the dreaded too-short bangs.

Bango

three comb tension

Bango

holds hair in place just like your stylist would

The Bango® tool has both straight and arched cutting edges with teeth so it’s easy to do all sorts of things, including blunt bangs, textured bangs, side bangs, top-layer trims, short hair, men’s bangs and children’s bangs. This is THE practical gift of the season.

 

Juara

Juara Skincare Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Shower Gel

5.  For the girly girl who loves her showers and baths, you can’t go wrong with Juara Skincare Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Shower Gel ($28).

Oh my goodness…this is a huge bottle of shower/bath gel that has beautiful packaging and the most gorgeous scent ever.

Juara

one huge bottle of showering bliss

Juara

love the packaging, it’s so pretty and elegant

I am a huge fan of jasmine, so this shower/bath gel was right up my alley with its sweet but not cloying scent of jasmine tea leaves.  It’s a perfect skin cleanser that doesn’t dry out skin and in fact nourishes it with white, black and green teas.  There is no sulfate in it, so it’s super gentle and non-irritating.  And the bottle is so huge, it will probably last until next Christmas!

The packaging is just plain gorgeous, with a beautiful and elegant floral design.  Anyone who loves bath and body products will be completely thrilled to find this under the tree.

 

SunyIslandBlu

SunyIslandBlu

6. For the good smelling friend who believes in supporting small businesses, I highly recommend SunyIslandBlu Soap Company on Etsy.  

I recently bought five body sprays from SunyIslandBlu Soap Company after I found them on Etsy, and I am totally bowled over by the high quality and the absolutely yummy scents.

SunyIslandBlu Body Sprays

SunyIslandBlu Body Sprays

Mmmm....loving the Cabana Coconut Body Spray

Mmmm….loving the Cabana Coconut Body Spray

I am on an eternal quest for the perfect body mist fragrances, a lighter way to wear fragrance…which led me to SunyIslandBlu.  All of Suny’s products are made by herself and her daughters in small batches by hand with only high quality, natural ingredients.  Her products have an island inspired theme, and the emphasis is on “using bold colors, unique fragrances, and high quality skin friendly ingredients with none of the icky stuff.”  You can also find handmade soaps, body lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, and perfume oils at Suny’s shop.

I love my fantastic body sprays so much, I placed another order as gifts for my friends!  Here’s what is on the way to my doorstep right now:  Island Chic Whipped Cream Soap, Tobacco Caramel Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner in Island Coconut, Hair Detangler in Island Chic, and a Perfume Oil Set of three roll-on fragrance oils.  I chose Exotic Coconut, Island Coconut, and Toasted Marshmallow.  Hmmm…come to think of it, a lot of these might just be under MY tree with my name on the tag!!

Suny is a real sweetheart, and has offered a special code just for BIZ readers!!  The coupon code is “BEAUTYINFO” and it is for 20% off.  Now you definitely have reason to buy for the people on your list…and also for yourself.

 

Shinola in Detroit

Shinola in Detroit

7.  Speaking of supporting small businesses, an absolutely fantastic local company – everything is made in Detroit, by people who live here and raise their families here – is Shinola.

Shinola is a small manufacturing company that creates handmade watches, bicycles, and leather goods.  This  amazing local company makes beautiful, unique, sturdy pieces that will last through generations in your family.

On my Christmas wish list is the Women’s Bixby Bicycle ($1950).  Yup, pretty spendy…but this vintage looking yet totally modern bike makes my heart go pitter-patter.

The Women's Bixby Bicycle by Shinola

The Women’s Bixby Bicycle by Shinola

What does the hubby want?  This watch:

The Runwell Watch

The Runwell Watch

This particular version of The Runwell ($550) has a huge 47 mm face that fits my husband’s Popeye forearms. The watches are Shinola are truly spectacular, do yourself a favor and check out the colors and styles for both women and men.

Honestly, my husband and I would both love just about anything from this store. You’ve got to take a look at the online website…simply gazing at the handcrafted products put together with so much love makes you feel like everything is right in the world.

Any one of these seven items/websites will make those on your gift list happy…so what do you think will make it under that tree this year??  - Lisa

*some items were sent for review, some purchased by me, all opinions are completely my own.

I am a Moody Cow or sometimes a Lazy Cow…until I use my Cowshed Bath and Body

I think this hilarious line gets my vote for cutest concept ever. The company is the British beauty brand Cowshed and they just expanded into eight Barney’s locations in the U.S. as well as Barneys online. Cowshed’s bath and body products all have a fragrance that is associated with a different mood:  Knackered Cow (relaxing), Moody Cow (balancing),
Grumpy Cow (uplifting), Horny Cow (seductive), Wild Cow (invigorating), Gorgeous Cow (blissful) and Lazy Cow (soothing).

Cowshed Moody Cow Bath and Shower Gel, Lazy Cow

Cowshed Moody Cow Bath and Shower Gel, Lazy Cow Bath and Body Oil

Cowshed sent Moody Cow Bath and Shower Gel ($25) and Lazy Cow Bath and Body Oil ($31) to try.  I can relate to Moody Cow (thank YOU perimenopause), and while I’m not usually a Lazy Cow I am a tired one, so this works!   While the names are cute the products are serious, made from organic ingredients, wildcrafted plant extracts and pure essential oils of the highest quality.

So where did the name Cowshed come from? Cowshed says, “A cow shed in the English countryside might be an unlikely place to find an array of bath, body and skincare products but that’s exactly where this beauty and lifestyle brand was born. Cowshed was established back in 1998 at Babington House, a beautiful Soho House rural retreat and private members club, in Somerset, England.  There are few things in life better than an English garden – the scents, colors and botanical ingredients are all inspiration for Cowshed’s award winning range of products. Still to this day, there is a little bit of Babington House in every bottle – a drop of Cowshed’s trademark herb and flower infusion, handpicked from its Victorian Walled Garden.”

Each fragrance is available in Bath & Shower Gel, Bath & Body Oil, Body Lotion, Room Candle, Travel Candles, and Perfume Oil Roll-Ons.

Here is what I tried:

Moody

Are you a Moody Cow?

The Moody Cow scent is meant to help you achieve mental and emotional balance. When tempted to reach for chocolate, reach for this instead and get an instant pick-me-up.

The scent is a combination of rose geranium, linden blossom, and frankincense.

Feeling moody?  This will calm you down.

Feeling moody? This will calm you down.

beautiful packaging!

sweet packaging!

The scent is wonderfully rejuvenating and it’s a terrific shower gel. It foams up beautifully, surrounding you with a warm blanket of anxiety-relieving goodness. I also love this for a nice, relaxing bubble bath.

Now when I am just done with everything and am ready to be a Lazy Cow, I hand this body oil over to my hubby and tell him to get cracking – my sore muscles need some attention!

Cowshed

Cowshed Lazy Cow Soothing Bath and Body Oil

The Lazy Cow scent is an olfactory party mix of jasmine, chamomile, and sandalwood.  Talk about relaxing!! After I put this on I just want to lie there and watch the first six seasons of ‘Mad Men’ all in a row.

Feeling lazy?  This will perk you up!

Feeling lazy? This will help you kick back!

more gorgeousness

more gorgeousness

Besides turning the hubby into my personal masseuse, I also put this body oil on right after my shower to make my skin baby soft and slightly fragrant. And at night I rub this onto my hands to keep my cuticles looking great, as well as my feet and heels for major moisture.

I would love to try other fragrances like the Grumpy Cow (grapefruit and neroli), although I’m sure it doesn’t ever fit my mood…ha!

So, come on, be honest…which kind of Cow are you feeling like today?? – Lisa

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Getting clean Hawaiian style with Lanikai Bath and Body

The gorgeous Lanikai Bath and Body line, located in Kailua, Hawaii, totally feeds my addiction to bath and body products.  I may not make it to Hawaii very often…well, ok, not EVER…but I can always have that Hawaiian experience just by going to Lanikai’s online store and placing an order.

Lanikai

Lanikai feeds my bath and body addiction!

All of the products created by Lanikai come from the great Hawaiian outdoors.  With fresh, beautiful ingredients like papaya, awapuhi, sea kelp, kukui and macadamia nut, every item is a one-way ticket to paradise.  The BIZ received several fabulous items from their line, and here are just a few of my favorite Lanikai ways to get clean.

Lanikai

Lanikai Coconut Loofah Soap

One of the most intriguing items from Lanikai is their Coconut Loofah Soap ($6.50).  Since I am a total coconut fanatic, I was beyond thrilled to get this particular version.  However, there are seven other loofah options available:  Coco Lime Verbena, Gardenia, Lilikoi, Mango, Pikake, Pineapple, and Plumaria.

The Coconut Loofah Soap is one of the coolest soaps I have ever tried.  Check it out, there is a vine-grown loofah sponge inside of the soap:

Lanikai

the loofah looks like modern art

Lanikai

coconut and loofah goodness

Lanikai

and one more view just because it looks so cool!

The loofah soaps are all handmade by Lanikai.  In addition to the loofah, ingredients include vegetable glycerin and Hawaiian macadamia nut oil.  It smells like fabulous natural coconut, and the soap is huge and incredibly long-lasting.  It’s also fantastic exfoliation for your skin.  It lathers up like a regular soap and scrubs away dirt and dead skin.  I adore it, and am eager to try some of the other scents!

Lanikai

Lanikai Tahitian Gardendia Hawaiian Cane Sugar Body Scrub

Another way to scrub yourself clean is with Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Hawaiian Cane Sugar Body Scrub ($20).  I have to admit, I not normally a big fan of body scrubs – I have sensitive skin and they are typically too rough for me (everyone say, ‘awww, poor baby!’).  However, this is a scrub that works for me, and it will work for you fellow babies out there too.

Lanikai

so pretty!!

Lanikai

the sugar scrub up close and personal

This is a non-oily scrub made with Hawaiian cane sugar.  It also has sweet almond, jojoba, coconut, and kukui nut oils.  It’s fantastically moisturizing, and it very gently exfoliates skin without any irritation.  Afterwards, my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth, but not greasy.  And the scent?  Oh my goodness, what a divine Tahitian gardenia fragrance that truly transports me to a tropical paradise.

Lanikai

Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Body Wash

Lanikai

layer on that Tahitian Gardenia

And to keep the Tahitian Gardenia experience going, follow your exfoliating sugar scrub with the Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Body Wash ($16).  This body wash is gentle, made with all natural ingredients, and it cleanses without stripping the skin.  It has white tea, chamomile, sunflower and kukui oils, and also has the same magical Tahitian Gardenia scent.  I stand in my shower and just take a moment to inhale the fresh scent, and am instantly transported to a Hawaiian waterfall.  It’s heavenly.

I have lots more to tell you about, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you with so many fantastic options all at once.  I will be posting more reviews soon, but in the meantime, take a look at Lanikai’s online store and get your Hawaiian retreat started!  - 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.
Evolutionman

Evolutionman

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.

evolutionman

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.

Evolutionman

Evolutionman

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

Evolutionman Cleanse & Shave swatch

Evolutionman

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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Get with the Thymes! Temple Tree Jasmine review

Body Wash

Body Wash

Summer is coming and the scent that brings me there even before it arrives is jasmine. To me, jasmine smells like the flowering trees and bushes at dusk after a warm summers day…that magical moment when it almost seems as if time is standing still. Thymes has created new jasmine scented products called Temple Tree Jasmine, brand new for spring of 2013.  They sent a few products to the BIZ to test which immediately transported me to summer…and to happiness.

Temple Tree Jasmine scent profile

Temple Tree Jasmine scent profile

Thymes says, “Some botany is as lovely to say as it is to breathe. Take Temple Tree, a tree that has not one but three gorgeous names.

First, we have “temple,” which bespeaks its enshrined place in sacred Hindu rites. Next, we have plumeria, a roll-off-your-tongue name capturing the tree’s fragrant night blooms. Finally, there’s frangipani (FRAN-gee pan-nee), as the tree is known deep in the tropics.

Taken together, the three words hint at the many-layered nuances of Temple Tree Jasmine, our newest bath, body and home fragrance collection. Inspired by the ethereal beauty of feminine florals, Temple Tree Jasmine whispers a moment of delicate reverie, pure and sublime.”

It sounds amazing…and it smells amazing. Temple Tree Jamsine is a combination of Temple Tree blossoms, jasmine sambac, honeysuckle, ylang ylang, damask rose and coconut milk.

Temple Tree Jasmine Body Wash ($19) is a beautiful, shimmery and creamy shower gel that foams up into a rich, creamy lather. It smells fantastic, cleans and moisturizes your skin, and rinses off easily.

love the top!

love the top!

And the packaging is truly outstanding. I love all the little details, like the ribbon wrap with a tiny medallion.

Even the box is divine

Even the box is divine

The Temple Tree Jasmine Body Lotion ($25) also has lovely packaging – my goodness, even the box is divine!

Body Lotion

Body Lotion

The Body Lotion is a terrific mixture of shea butter, squalane, and humectant glycerin for tons of moisture. Also inside are ingredients like Madonna lily extract and monoi butter, not to mention the gorgeous Temple Tree Jasmine scent.

Body Lotion swatch

Body Lotion swatch

It’s a beautiful, snow-white lotion that sinks in quickly and leaves skin feeling super moisturized but not ‘wet’. The scent really stays all day…I’ve gotten more than a few odd looks because I keep smelling my arms.

Hand Cream

Hand Cream

The Temple Tree Jasmine Hand Cream ($17) is a much thicker version of the Body Lotion. The ingredient list is chock full of emollients like monoi butter, shea butter, safflower oil and sunflower oil. Plus there’s vitamin E, a wonderful bonus. This hand cream leaves my hands super soft and beautifully scented…and leaves me with a big smile on my face.

Super thick and lovely

Super thick and lovely

What other Temple Tree Jasmine products are available? Bar Soap, Bath Salts, Bubble Bath, Cologne, Hand Lotion, Hand Wash, and Home Fragrance Mist. I am swooning with desire…I want every single thing, I want to smell like Temple Tree Jasmine from my head to my toes. Check it out, I’ll bet you will too.  - Lisa

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Lavanila is la fantastic!

lavanila

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.

Shower

Shower

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. 

Deoderant

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. 

Deoderant

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

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Thymes Filigree review and a Stocking Stuffer Giveaway

Thymes Filigree

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the return of beloved limited edition products. Thymes has a limited edition holiday scent that devotees wait all year for, then go crazy stocking up enough to last until the next holiday.  That scent is Filigree.

Filigree is a slightly exotic, very romantic scent.  It is a wonderfully unisex fragrance that everyone loves. Notes include amber, juniper berry, spearmint, lavender, and spicy ginger. To me the combination reads very heavy, but this is a warm, clean scent that even people who don’t like fragrance clamor for. Filigree used to be part of the permanent Thymes line, and it was the signature scent for many people. When Thymes discontinued it, there was a very passionate outcry. Luckily, this scent is now available at holiday time.

Thymes Filigree Body Wash

The packaging features exquisite silver-embossed detail. I love the Body Wash ($19), it’s extremely moisturizing and makes a gorgeous snow white lather. The body wash is fascinating to look at – pictures don’t do it justice, they just don’t capture the shimmery goodness that’s in the bottle.

The Home Fragrance Mist ($17) is another must-have in the Filigree scent. This is fantastic to spray on your sheets and in your closet.

spray can

I even spray it on my towels so I can engulf myself in it as I dry off from the shower.

In addition to the Body Wash and the Home Fragrance Mist, you can find Filigree in the Body Lotion ($25), Eau de Parfum ($60), and Hand Cream ($17). Any of these would make fabulous gifts for the holidays, but hurry because Filigree will be disappearing soon.

And if you are looking for some great stocking stuffer ideas, definitely consider the Thymes Bath Salts packets. The bath salts are a combination of Epsom salts and sea salts. They are only $5 and they come in some amazing scents.

Thymes Lotus Santal bath salts

I especially love the new Lotus Santal bath salts.  Here is the Lotus Santal Fragrance Profile:

Thymes says, “Let peace wash over you as you soak in skin-conditioning waters fragranced with the lulling hush of Lotus Santal. Enriched with all-natural Epsom salts and sea salts to soothe and condition skin.  Features a moisture-rich formula of calming lotus, amaranth seed and purifying turmeric. Makes a thoughtful gift for anyone seeking aromatic tranquility.”  Tranquil is right, this scent is extremely relaxing.  It has notes of cocoa orchid, red lotus, plum wood, patchouli, cloves, amber and sandalwood.  It’s absolutely fantastic.

Now is your chance to win some great stocking stuffers for yourself! You can win three packets of Thymes Bath Salts.  Thymes will chose the scents for you. This US only giveaway is open through Tuesday, 12/18/12 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  The winner will be picked by Rafflecopter and will be checked for veracity. An email will be sent out as soon as the winner is chosen so we can get the mailing information to Thymes. Entering is easy, so do it now for a chance to win these awesome stocking stuffers.  – Lisa

Products reviewed and giveaway items courtesy of Thymes.

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