Welcome spring with new Dove Pistachio Cream Body Wash and Beauty Bar – and a giveaway

Dove giveawayIt is spring and in honor of the greener season Dove® has released their Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash and Beauty Bar, their latest addition to the Purely Pampering product collection. If you haven’t tried these products yet you are going to want to right away – they are fantastic. Be sure to read on, because you will also have a chance to win a nourishing and pampering gift set from Dove®!

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream products makes for a wonderful at-home spa day

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream products makes for a wonderful at-home spa day

Dove® Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Body Wash and Dove Purely Pampering Beauty Bars nourish your skin and make you feel completely pampered too. Honestly, I don’t even like pistachio…the sight of green nuts kind of turns my stomach…but the scent of these products is flipping fantastic. It’s a combination of creamy pistachio with a light magnolia floral note with a bit of musk. Together these notes create a clean and comforting scent.

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Body Wash

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Soap

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Beauty Bar

The Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Body Wash ($6.69) is a HUGE bottle of thick, rich creme that creates a beautiful lather that rinses clean. It has something called NutriumMoisture™ that makes it truly perfect for shaving legs and underarms because it replaces nutrients that are lost to your razor. This is seriously one of the best body washes I have ever tried. It leaves my skin so soft and smelling so wonderful…it is heaven in a bottle.

For those who prefer bar soap, the Dove® Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Bar (2 pack is $3.79) is for you. This has the same lush scent as the body wash, plus it has the iconic Dove® ¼ moisturizing cream that leaves skin wonderfully hydrated and moist.
What could be in your shower caddy?  Dove Creme Mousse and Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream

What could be in your shower caddy? Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Body Wash and Beauty Bar, plus a Dove Creme Mousse Body Wash

Dove® is happy to be giving a Beauty Info Zone reader one Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash, one Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Beauty Bar, and one Crème Mousse Body Wash (you can pick which variant you would like – Senstive Skin, Deep Moisture, or Exfoliating)!  I will be posting my review of the Creme Mousse Body Washes on Saturday, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enter this contest – you are going to be just as enthralled with these pampering and nourishing body products as I was! – Lisa

Giveaway: US only open through 4/25/14

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*items reviewed and giveaway prizes from Dove®.  Dove® Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia is available at food, drug, mass, value, club and online retailers

Here comes the Easter Bunny! Lush Funny Bunny Gift

Spring has officially sprung and Easter is right around the corner. Instead of candy, do something different with the Lush Funny Bunny Gift ($45.95). Funny Bunny is a super cute way to keep the kids both clean and happy (and you will want to steal some things for yourself!).

Everyone will love to find this funny bunny in their Easter basket!

Everyone will love to find this funny bunny in their Easter basket!

Funny Bunny comes with six super fun spring treats. It all starts with the Funny Bunny himself – one of Lush’s fabulous Knot-Wraps made with organic cotton from a women’s co-operative in India. He makes for a great first look into the basket, and comes in handy later for all kinds of things from wrapping a gift to holding your hair back as a headband.

Lush Funny Bunny

Lush Funny Bunny

It doesn't get much cuter than this.

It doesn’t get much cuter than this.

Here he is again!

Here he is again!

Kids and adults will smile and giggle at all the funny bunny items found inside the Knot-Wrapped egg.

All the goodies inside the egg

All the goodies inside the egg…

...which went straight into an Easter basket!

…which went straight into an Easter basket!

As with all Lush gift sets, it comes with a handy-dandy explanation of each item, thoughtfully illustrated with a picture so it’s easy to pick out each goodie.

descriptions of everything

descriptions of everything

Honey I Washed the Kids Soap

Honey I Washed the Kids Soap

One of my favorite Lush items of all time is included – Honey I Washed the Kids Soap. This heavenly soap smells like buttery caramel, and it is full of honey water and aloe to leave skin deliciously soft. I don’t care if this gift came from the Easter Bunny for the kids…Honey I Washed the Kids Soap is MINE.

How about some FUN?

How about some FUN?

Bet you didn't know that FUN was made of this.

Bet you didn’t know that FUN was made of this.

FUN is awesome, a huge favorite of my daughter, so it was great to find a mini version inside Funny Bunny. FUN is soap, shampoo, bubble bath, and modeling clay all in one. Talk about the perfect bath time treat. The cellophane wrap is actually biodegradable. Just peel back the wrapper but keep it, and it creates the perfect storage for FUN until the next play time. Funny Bunny comes with Green FUN,  which has a beautifully springy lemon/lime scent.

Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb

Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

And color me happy! The Funny Bunny Gift includes the limited edition Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb, which is only found at Easter time!! I love the bright pink bubbles this makes in the tub and the scent is a rich and yummy vanilla.

Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bars

Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bars

I have been buying the Carrot Reusable Bubble Bars for years, and let me tell you these veggies are the perfect persuasion to get my kids to take a bath. Typically they aren’t thrilled with vegetables but everyone seems to want some of this carrot. This is a collection of smaller bubble bars than the normal big Carrot and it takes about half a small carrot to make a bath. You hold the carrot by the top and swish it around the tub for frothy, lemony scented bubbles.

Two beyond cute Bunny Bubble Bars

Two beyond cute Bunny Bubble Bars

Bunny Bubble Bars bottom

Bunny Bubble Bars bottom

So sweet!

So sweet!

My favorites in the Funny Bunny Gift are the Bunny Bubble Bars. I mean, come on! These are so sweet they almost make my teeth ache. One bunny is good for about two baths. They make some serious foam that is full of coconut oil and shea butter. They smell a lot like another of my favorites, Rock Star Soap. And inside each bunny’s tummy are teeny blue cornflower petals that makes for a cute surprise as they float around in the water. These two little bunnies are simply adorable.

Skip the Easter candy this year and go with fun, sweet-smelling treats that will satisfy the sweet tooth. Get yourself a Funny Bunny Gift or two before they run out!  - Lisa

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Get your Valentine on with Lush Neon Love

Nobody does gift sets like Lush and their Neon Love Valentine’s Day set ($39.95) doesn’t disappoint. Everything is flirty, fruity, fresh, and fun…sounds like a perfect Valentine’s Day to me! This box is full of possibilities for a wild romantic night.

Lush Neon Love Set

Lush Neon Love Set

All the good stuff inside...

All the good stuff inside…

opening with excitement...

opening with excitement…

and here are the goodies!

and here are the goodies!

Lush Neon Love is a bright, festive set that you will want to share with that significant other … and trust me all of the bath, shower, and body products are meant to be shared and the collection is built for ‘getting a little’. Or maybe getting a lot!

Red Fun

Red Fun

Inside the Red Fun...

Inside the Red Fun…

Red Fun is full of possibilities. It’s bubbles for your bath, soap for your shower, shampoo for your hair … or you could just do a little interpretive clay modeling with it. Spell out flirty messages to one another or build an Eiffel Tower. Then wash one another with it. Great stuff that smells orangey and clean.

BubbleGum Lip Scrub

Bubble Gum Lip Scrub

fruity exfoliation for your lips

fruity exfoliation for your lips

Get your lips free of flakes and kissably soft with the Bubble Gum Lip Scrub. This is a super fun pink sugar scrub that tastes absolutely delicious. Rub it over lips with just a touch of water and the sugar exfoliates while the jojoba oil moisturizes. You don’t even have to rinse, you can lick off the excess for a sweet treat … then get on to some even sweeter making out.

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie

a shower smoothie you will want to share

a shower smoothie you will want to share

I am not always a fan of rose scented products but I truly love the Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie. Smooth it all over your body in the shower and wonderful oils and hydrating butters cleanse and soften skin. This delightful pot of dreaminess is full of aphrodisiac jasmine and Turkish rose, smoothing almond oil, moisturizing cocoa butter and neroli. This is a really decadent product that definitely makes partnering up in the shower extremely enjoyable.

From Dusk til Dawn...get the point?

From Dusk til Dawn…get the point?

The From Dusk ‘Til Dawn Massage Bar just cracks me up. It is anything but subtle. If you are hoping to go from dusk til dawn, this pointy massage bar will keep those muscles loose and smelling great with Sicilian lemon and sweet wild orange oil.

The star of the set, Neon Love Soap

The star of the set, Neon Love Soap

And finally, the real star of the set, the Neon Love Soap. This is a new soap made just for Valentine’s Day and it is beautiful inside and out. Ingredients include passion fruit juice for cleansing and soya yogurt for softening the skin. It also has bergamot, rosewood, and cinnamon for a spicy but sweet scent that is gorgeous. Inside each love-inscribed soap are little white soaps that are beautiful and romantic. It was love at first sight (and smell) for me.

no one can resist the cute little hidden white hearts!

no one can resist the cute little hidden white hearts!

The Lush Neon Love set is perfect for bath and body product lovers. Get your Valentine on and check this out!  - Lisa

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Lush holiday is out of this world: Shooting Stars Holiday Gift Set

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, the bath and body store that keeps bath-time fanatics up at night with visions of thick foamy bubbles and magical color-changing bath water, has some amazing holiday gift sets this year. They sent the BIZ the Shooting Stars Holiday Set ($37.95), which is absolutely perfect to gift your bath-loving friends or to add to your own holiday wish list.  Every treat inside is totally out of this world.

Shooting

Shooting Stars Holiday Set

You want this hanging from your tree!

You want this hanging from your tree!

inside the big ornament

inside the big ornament

Shooting Stars is a great way to tell someone you think he/she is a star. The huge ornament holds five awesome Lush treats, including a lip balm, a body soap, two bath bombs, and a bath melt.

Honey Trap

Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm

Honey

mmm, smells and tastes like honey, vanilla, and white chocolate!

 Honey Trap Lip Balm is a cult favorite which is no surprise as this little dynamo is mixed by hand so it has a softer texture and smells and tastes delicious. This is a wonderful little gift to find inside that great big ornament because it is ALWAYS sold out at my local Lush store!! It smells like honey, vanilla, and white chocolate, it tastes great on the lips, and it makes lips kissably soft.  

Lush

Lush Rock Star Soap

How cute is this star-shaped Rock Star Soap? This is bubble gum rock, with pink and sweet and vanilla suds that leave you singing in the shower, putting Britney Spears to shame. Rock Star is a soft soap, so keep it in a covered soap dish or out of the shower to get the most from it. It really is lots of fun and smells better than a candy store.

Lush

Lush Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb

Shooting Stars includes the brand new for the season Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb. A bath with this beauty is truly an otherworldly experience. It has the iconic caramel Honey I Washed the Kids scent and it turns bath water into ribbons of purple, blue, yellow and pink, with tiny white moisturizing stars floating about. It’s so cool, people have even put up YouTube videos showing what it does! Watching this bath bomb spin wildly as it shoots out different colors will have you thinking aliens have invaded your tub time…but in a good way.

Lush

Lush Twilight Bath Bomb

The Twilight Bath Bomb is awesome for a night-time bath. The vanilla and lavender scent is relaxing, a perfect usher into dream time. Bubbly bath water turns from pink to purple and then there’s pretty glitter to really brighten up your mood. In the end the bath water does look like a starry night and you are totally ready for some sweet dreams.

Lush

Lush Star Light Star Bright Luxury Bath Melt

The limited edition Star Light Star Bright Luxury Bath Melt is a beautiful, sparkly holiday treat with mega-moisturizing organic shea butter and extra virgin coconut oil. It smells clean and happy with notes of ginger and lime. The shea butter makes bath water very silky and creamy, and it’s like magic for dry skin. Like many Lush treats, this has a hidden treat inside that I won’t spoil for you, but it does turn bath water blue shot through with silver glitter. Be prepared to be a sparkly version of yourself afterward!

best ornament ever!!

best ornament ever!!

While Lush has many fabulous gift options this season, I vote for Shooting Stars.  Everything inside has something extra to really brighten your mood and make you feel like a star. Be sure to grab this before it sells out!  - 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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Lush is going coconuts!

In my opinion, nothing smells better in summer than coconut. Plus coconut has amazing healing properties that can tackle skin and hair that’s had waaay too many kisses from the summer sun. Lush, the quintessential bath and body store, carries some of my favorite coconut scented/coconut infused products that keep summer fresh and fun, even at the end of the season. Here are four terrific picks Lush sent the BIZ that feature wonderful coconutty goodness.

Lush

Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment

Lush

love the recyclable packaging

inside

if only you could also smell this…

My Lush coconut adventure starts with extra virgin coconut oil to tackle my summer sun-wind-water damaged dry and frizzy hair. Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment ($22.95) is a special treat that leaves my locks soft, sleek, and shiny. The ingredients include organic jojoba, almond, Brazil nut and extra virgin coconut oil. This is definitely for people who LOVE scented hair products. The fantastic jasmine scent truly lasts, I can even smell it three days after a treatment. This conditioning treatment works for every type of hair from extremely coarse to baby fine. I put it on dry hair the night before I need to wash it, letting it soak in overnight. In the morning I wash it out for hair that smells as good as it looks.

Almond

Lush Almond & Coconut Smoothie

Almond

have a smoothie for your shower!

inside

one word:  YUM!!

Next, I nourish my beach-weary skin with a tropical coconutty shower smoothie. The Almond & Coconut Shower Smoothie ($21.95) has almond and coconut oils to cleanse and moisturize and the jasmine, ylang ylang, and vanilla scent is to die for. This is not a typical lathering soap – it cleanses, but without foaminess. While no foam seems strange at first, it makes sense – after all, this is a shower smoothie, not a bar soap or gel. It leaves skin super moisturized and smelling like a soft summer evening. The texture is a thick, non-sticky marshmallow fluff, and it is an absolutely awesome shaving cream. After my shower I can even skip body lotion because my skin is so hydrated.

Coconut

Coconut Deodorant Powder

Coconut

some coconutty tips

Coconut

it’s a very versatile powder!

Summer in Michigan means hot and humid days, so I need something coconutty to keep me dry and cool. The answer is Lush’s Coconut Deodorant Powder ($7.95). It’s made from powdered coconut milk, as well as creamed and desiccated coconut and coconut oil. Excess moisture is absorbed by the tapioca, cornstarch, and natural magnesium carbonate. I love how it is a powder but in a lotion bottle – kind of freaky but very cool. I use it specifically for underarms but I also find it’s a terrific body powder that keeps me cool and dry all over. I sprinkle it into shoes to deodorize them and keep feet smelling fantastic. I put it in my gym bag to freshen it up, I’ve used it as a dry shampoo, and I always sprinkle it on my sheets when I change my bedding. I keep finding new ways to use this fantastic smelling coconut powder.

Perfume is the point!

Perfume is the point!

inside

inside the Gorilla Furze perfume

Furze

Furze is a favorite coconut fragrance

To finish off my coconut body adventure, I need some sweet-smelling perfume. My favorite scent in the Gorilla Perfumes is, of course, the one with coconut notes – Furze (0.3 fl.oz is $14.95). At first I thought ‘Furze’ referred to the fur on the gorillas but apparently there is a flowering furze bush that smells just delightful. This has a vanilla base with fresh coconut plus some green notes as well.  Somehow it manages to simultaneously smell of vanilla, coconut, cookies, and the beach. It’s a soft and cozy scent that perfectly finishes my Lush coconut experience.

If you love coconut as much as I do, Lush is the place to find summery treats that will make you happy. It’s where you want to go to get your coconut on.  - Lisa

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Summer fun from Shannon’s Soaps

Summer is here.  On my beauty list for seasonal readiness:

1.  Shave legs and underarms

2.  Smell amazing

Where do I go to accomplish these tasks? Shannon’s Soaps, a fabulous etailer site with everything you need to get clean and smell good. Shannon sent the BIZ a few products to try, and here are some must-have’s for summer.

You’ve got to try the Shaving Soap (2.5 – 3.5 oz round: $4.00 each) for women, this comes in the scent Heavenly. Heavenly is a floral that definitely has rose in it. It’s a pretty but subtle scent that I really like.

Shannon's Soaps Saving Soap in Heavenly

Shannon’s Soaps Saving Soap in Heavenly

The Shaving Soap is made of saponified oils of palm, coconut, shea butter, grapeseed oil, walnut, and macadamia nut; plus of course fragrance.

soapy goodness

soapy goodness

The Shaving Soap creates a beautiful foam that is thick, but not as thick as shaving cream. That’s a good thing when shaving legs and underarms – too much foam makes for a clogged razor.

perfect for a close shave

perfect for a close shave

While you can put this in a mug and use a brush to work up the beautiful foam, I go for the no fuss direct application. I just smooth this soap over my legs and it becomes a creamy goodness that softens hair and makes for a fabulous, perfect shave. The lather rinses easily and cleanly out of your razor, making shaving much less of a chore. Believe me, your signficant other is going to try to steal this from you – so hide it well and enjoy easy shaving that results in super smooth skin.

Shannon's Soaps Sun and Sand Soap

Shannon’s Soaps Sun and Sand Soap

Next on my list for summer is to smell good. I like scents that are summer specific, and I have long been a fan of Bobbi Brown’s Beach. This fantastic cake of soap smells just like the BB fragrance – sea spray, sand, jasmine, salt, and mandarin. It instantly transports me to the beach.  

smells like summer!

smells like summer!

The Sun and Sand Soap (2.5 – 3 oz round: $3.00 each; 3.8 – 4.2 oz bars: $4.00 each) is made of saponified oils of palm coconut, olive, sunflower, castor; fragrance; ultramarine blue; and chromium oxide green. This is a hard bar that doesn’t melt away and it gives great lather with the perfect amount of scent. I think this is the ultimate summer bar of soap.

Shannon’s Soaps has all kinds of awesome products from bath salts to body lotion to body balm. Definitely check it out for all your summertime bath and body needs!  - Lisa

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