Orange is the New Black POPI Soap Collection

orangeisthenewblackHave you ‘binge watched’ a TV show yet? There really isn’t anything like it. A typical season is 13 episodes for cable and in the 20’s for network TV. Watching an entire season all in a row is a dream come true for those of us with instant gratification issues…no need to wait an entire week to find out who slept with whom/who died/who realized it was all a dream! Of course, this also means assiduously avoiding any spoilers while the actual season is unfolding. I’ve been doing that for five seasons of Mad Men and let me tell you, it ain’t easy.

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I discovered Orange is the New Black after the first season was already over, so if I had read any spoilers I didn’t even remember them. I watched the first episode to see if it came close to being as awesome as The Sopranos, something a friend of mine loudly declared to be a total truth. I had very serious doubts, but after that first episode I was HOOKED. And I hadn’t even planned on a binge session!! That meant sleepy mornings from late nights, secret iPad watching, and an entire weekend meant for some serious decluttering spent instead planted in front of the television. My conclusion…I love The Sopranos, but lord help me, Orange is the New Black is even better.  POPI Orange is the New Black Soap Collection

Without giving too much away, in the first season the characters Piper and her best friend Polly were planning an artisan soap company called POPI.  While we see them making soap together, we never see the finished product.  n a stroke of major genius, Lionsgate Entertainment and Chivas Skin Care decided to partner together to create the POPI soap line, which debuted at the same time as Season 3. (By the way, I LOVE that season 3 came out all at once…let the binging begin!!)  I was sent these awesome soaps to review, and am happy to report that they are as fantastic as the show itself.

POPI Orange is the New Black Soap Collection

POPI Orange is the New Black Soap Collection

There are four soaps in this collection from the now not-fictional POPI line. The soaps retail for $12 and are available at popisoap.com. The packaging is true to the plot line, with the wrappers proudly stating the products are “handcrafted by Polly and Piper.” In reality, POPI is a division of the Chivas Skin Care line, which was founded by a mother-daughter team who create beautiful soaps from the goat milk collected at their farm.

POPI Soaps

There are four different soaps available, and I love how the scent choices are a direct result of the dialogue from the show.

Piper:  That smells fantastic…  So, you can put anything in there?

Polly:  Just about.  Peppermint, basil, grapefruit, vanilla.

Pete:  She won’t do chocolate…

Polly:  We’re making soap, not Jelly Bellys…I think you’d want something more along the lines of sage, patchouli…

Piper:  You could sell these, you know.  At farmers markets, little boutique stores…I could be your partner…market it right and package it right, this is money.  I mean, it smells so f*cking good in here.

Yup. These soaps smell pretty f*cking good.

POPI Grapefruit & Basil Soap

POPI Grapefruit & Basil Soap

The Grapefruit & Basil Soap is the most unisex scent of the four. My husband loves this clean citrus paired with earthy basil. It is a super sexy scent that makes it even more difficult to keep my hands to myself when I’m around him. The pink kaolin clay absorbs toxins and soothes dry, irritated skin.

POPI Vanilla & Verbena Soap

POPI Vanilla & Verbena Soap

The Vanilla & Verbena Soap is heavenly. We are talking bourbon vanilla, rich hazelnut, and the swoon-worthy cinnamon/vanilla/clove combo of peru balsam oil. This is an immensely comforting scent that makes me feel all warm and happy inside, and all soft and moisturized outside thanks to the cocoa butter.

POPI Lavender & Sage Soap

POPI Lavender & Sage Soap

The Lavender & Sage Soap is a great scent combo. I find lavender to be almost harsh sometimes, but the sage gives it a soothing earthiness. This beautiful soap is especially good for dry, irritated skin since it includes skin-calming oatmeal.

POPI Cucumber & Mint Soap

POPI Cucumber & Mint Soap

If you love refreshing, invigorating scents, then the Cucumber & Mint Soap is the one for you. This soap is the epitome of cool, with refreshing cucumber, hand chopped peppermint leaves, and peppermint essential oil. All this plus skin healing aloe vera juice make this one cool customer for sure.

POPI’s big, thick soaps make a beautiful, sweet-smelling lather. Goat milk is terrific for soap because it has even more vitamins and fats than cow’s milk. Goat milk is extremely gentle, and is often recommended for those with sensitive or very dry skin. It’s intensely hydrating, plus it has a high content of lactic acid – yes, alpha hydroxy acid! We all know that AHA’s get rid of dead skin cells, so goat milk soap does it all – cleanses, hydrates, and makes skin look even younger. It also is an anti-bacterial so it’s a perfect soap for those prone to acne.

Plus…these soaps just smell so f*cking good.

A+ for the show and A+ for these soaps.  No need to feel dirty for binge watching – just lather up.  – Lisa

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It’s time to learn about Earth’s Enrichments, join us in a Side by Side review

Earth's Enrichments

Earth’s Enrichments

EARTH’S ENRICHMENTS is a new emerging brand that is intent on creating organic skin care and bath and body products are both environmentally friendly and health conscious. With Earth Day creeping up on us, it’s the perfect time to use products like this that are better for the earth and for us. Their motto is

Our Collection is
“Enriched by Earth…Deserved by Everyone!”

Products don’t contain any of the following:

  • NO parabens
  • NO sulfates
  • NO phthalates
  • NO petroleum
  • NO artificial coloring
  • NO artificial fragrances
  • NO preservatives
  • INSTEAD, OUR PRODUCTS ARE:
    • USDA Certified Organic
    • All-Natural
    • Vegan*
    • Gluten-Free
    • Cruelty-Free (We do not test on animals)

With a philosophy like this we were eager to receive a few products to tell you about.

MARCIA’S SIDE:  USDA Organic Bar Soap

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I think I might be unusual in the world of beauty bloggers. Most say they don’t use bar soaps but I do and I have them in all my bathrooms. I use liquid soaps too but I don’t think I could be without bar soaps in my life. I have two of the Earth’s Enrichments UDSA Organic Bar Soaps – Lemon Fresh Shea and Naturally Nude ($7.99 each).

Earth's Enrichments Organic Bar Soaps

Earth’s Enrichments Organic Bar Soaps

Lemon Fresh Shea contains Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Lemongrass. It’s a handcrafted soap as are the others from Earth’s Enrichment. The scent of this is pretty strong (in my opinion) but not unpleasant. I love anything lemon scented. The lemongrass brings the strength to the fragrance. Since this contains coconut oil it’s very moisturizing.

Earth's Environments Naturally Nude Soap Bar

Earth’s Environments Naturally Nude Soap Bar

Naturally Nude is the one I keep in my bathroom. I like to keep a bar soap in my shower for places I don’t want to use a scented body wash. This is in my soap dish and it’s lasted so long. This unscented body bar is said to rejuvenate, hydrate and restore your skin. I’ve used it instead of body washes too because it not only is coconut oil based but it contains aloe vera so I find it moisturizing and not drying.

different types of Earth's Enrichments soaps

different types of Earth’s Enrichments soaps

LISA’S SIDE:  ORGANIC BODY BALM

Earth's Enrichments Naturally Nude Handcrafted Body Balm

Earth’s Enrichments Naturally Nude Handcrafted Body Balm

Sometimes it just feels better to go nude. I typically choose fancy, super scented body products, but there are times when I need the basics. Fragrance is a no-no for me when I have a headache, and it is also handy to have a mega-moisturizer that doesn’t compete with my body spray or perfume. Earth’s Enrichment’s Naturally Nude Handcrafted Body Balm ($11.99) is exactly what I need when it’s time for some body product nudity.

Earths Enrichments Body Balm

Naturally Nude with its top off...lol!

Naturally Nude with its top off…lol!

This is a basic, simple yet effective organic body balm. The ingredients include shea butter, sunflower oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E oil. It has beeswax as a thickener, so this is a solid balm that softens with body temperature. I place my fingers on the balm and wait a few seconds, then scoop some out and apply it anywhere that needs tons of moisture. I particularly like this for elbows and cuticles. If you have very sensitive skin or suffer from allergies, you will love this gentle organic body balm.

Earth’s Enrichments is a great line for organic, natural products that are good for the earth and good for your body.  Check them out online at earthsenrichments.com, and you can also find them in some health stores and Whole Foods Markets.

*sent for review consideration

Take a romantic trip with Teadora Rainforest Spa Love Ritual Set

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A perfect set for Valentine’s Day or any day you want to get close to your sweetie, the Teadora Rainforest Spa Love Ritual Set ($69, an $88 value), is exactly what the love doctor ordered.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set

This beautiful set includes a 6 oz Body Polish, a 2 oz Bath & Body Oil, and an 8 oz Body Butter…everything you need for clean, soft, pampered skin. All of the products include ingredients straight from the Amazon for an exotic and powerful experience.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set Exfoliant

The Body Polish is a huge tube of exfoliating mud that has Açaí Seeds and Amazonian White Clay. It gently exfoliates skin and has a raw, earthy scent that is very romantic.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set Bath and Body Oil

Follow this with the fantastic Bath & Body Oil that is infused with Teadora’s RainforestHydration ElixirTM, a nutritious rainforest serum with rich Amazon Superfruit oils. I have two friends who swear by this body oil and wear it every single day. It not only hydrates and gently scents the skin, it also makes for some killer massages!

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set Body Butter

Finally, end by slathering one another with the Body Butter infused with Teadora’s exclusive RainforestRestoration ElixirTM + Argan Plant Stem Cells. This thick, beautiful body cream penetrates all the way to the skin’s middle layer, healing from the inside out. It melts into skin like butter and the results are pretty amazing.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set soaps

If that isn’t enough, right now this set also comes with three more gifts that have a $45 value. You get a Kayapo makeup bag, plus two travel-sized soaps, the Beauty Bar with Coffee Butter and  Patauá Oil and Exfoliating Bar with Açaí Seeds and Amazonian Clay. I actually have the full size versions of these bars, which I have pictured here.  They are both really fantastic and are the perfect reason to get take a shower for two!

This fabulous Teadora set is only available through today, so hurry and get one now.  You and your sweetie are going to love it!  – Lisa

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5 Limited Edition holiday gifts to put on your list!

Limited Edition Holiday Gifts

Yes, I know.  The holidays are about giving.  But let’s be honest…receiving is pretty nice, too!  This is the time to take full  advantage of the wonderful deals and special sets that are only available for the holiday season.  Here are five limited edition gifts sent to the BIZ that are worthy of your personal holiday wish list.

1.  Pur Minerals 3-pc. Let It Glow Bronzer, Blush, and Brighten Cheek Trio ($24)  Already on my wish list, I was sooo happy when Pur Minerals sent us this set!  It has three mini twist-up makeup sticks: a bronzer in Naughty & Nice, a blush in Sugar & Spice and a highlighter in Glisten & Glow. Together, these three give you everything you need to contour and create a rosy glow.

Pur Minerals Let It Glow Set up close

2.  Meijer Bath Collection Gift Sets #MeijerBeauty:  these super cute sets are fantastic gifts for Secret Santa exchanges or for last minute presents – pick some up to have on hand, and get a few for yourself.  The Winter White Vanilla scent is especially yummy.

Meijer holiday sets

3.  BECCA Holiday Collection One Perfecting Brush in Limited Edition Gold ($49 at Sephora and Ulta)  I have been jonesing for this multi-purpose brush ever since Marcia did her fabulous review of it last year (read it HERE).  Why not get the limited edition gold version?  This beautiful brush works for liquids, creams, powders…whatever you want to throw at it.  Gotta love the fashion/function combo.

Becca Holiday Collection LE One Perfection Brush in Gold

4.  Whish Body Vanilla Spice, Sugar Plum and Vanilla Mint Holiday Sets ($24 at Nordstrom.com)  I have loved the fabulously retro Whish for years, and this holiday set is just too good to pass up.  The three scent choices (Vanilla Spice, Sugar Plum, and Vanilla Mint) are seasonal limited edition, so ask for each set to stock up for the winter months!  Each set has a 3 oz Body Wash, Body Butter and Body Scrub – travel friendly and TSA approved sizes.

Whish Sugar Plum Holiday Set

5.  Soap & Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle & Soap Set ($36)  The fragrance of this full-size pure soy candle and bar of shea butter soap is pure holiday.  The mix of Siberian Fir, pine, and Cedar wood is truly transporting.  It makes a great gift, but believe me you will want this set for yourself.

The Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Set

Put these limited edition items on your own Christmas wish list, or do a ‘one for you, one for me’.  You’ve been a good girl all year and now it’s time for some rewards!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editiorial consideration, opinions all mine

Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Amazon.com.

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at Ulta.com.

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at www.themagicpads.com

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at www.madhippie.com

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at StriVectin.com

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at www.lebeurreshop.com (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at www.mallybeauty.com

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9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at www.pritinyc.com

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

*items sent for editorial consideration

Create your own Dove Beauty Chain!

Who hasn’t used the Dove Beauty Bar?  It’s been a staple of skin care since 1957, and this classic combo of moisturizing cream and mild cleansers is still going strong.

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Dove has a new promotion right now that is all about celebrating memories, family bonds, and friendship.  Go to DoveBeautyBar.com to create your very own Dove Beauty Chain, a video that melds photos together into a seamless chain.  It’s a great idea for showing how your daughter has grown through the years, or bringing together the faces of everyone in your BFF group.

Celebrate the beauty of the bar @Dove and make your own unique Dove Beauty Chain!  – Lisa

Dove Beauty Chain

Good clean fun with Skinplicity

If you haven’t discovered Etsy.com yet, it’s time to take a look. There are tons of amazing etailers with truly fabulous products from jewelry to clothing to bath and body. Whenever I have some time, I just go and browse through all the fantastic shops. Skinplicity is one to visit – I can’t rave enough about their beautiful vegan soaps and natural bath and body goodies!

Skinplicity

Skinplicity goodies

Diana, the owner of Skinplicity, is an esthetician who creates all of the fantastic, quality soaps, scrubs, and lotions. The look and feel of these products is totally high-end, but the price point is wallet friendly. Diane sent a few items to try and good clean fun commenced. True story – I was talking to my mom and going on and on about how great these were, and she jumped in her car, drove to my house, and tried to take them from me!

Skinplicity

Skinplicity Aromatherapy Body Scrub in Hawaiian Paradise

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inside the jar

The Aromatherapy Body Scrub ($12) is an emulsified sugar scrub that exfoliates with sugar and moisturizes with rice bran oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. It is very gentle and rinses super clean with no oily or greasy residue. The Hawaiian Paradise scent is lovely, a floral/fruit scent with plumaria, melon, coconut, and pineapple. It leaves skin lightly fragranced and ready for a sunset at the beach.

The Aromatherapy Body Scrub is also available in Chocolate Truffle, Citrus Burst, Summer Melon, Lavender Chamomile, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass Verbena, Milk & Honey, and Garden Mint.

Skinplicity

Skinplicity Lavender Lip Balm

The 100% Organic Lavender Lip Balm ($4) made with fresh local beeswax is a great way to keep lips soft and moisturized. It has all kinds of vitamins and fatty acids that lips just love. Ingredients include shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and vitamin e oil. While the lavender essential oil treats lips, the lip balm doesn’t taste like anything in particular. It does, however, feel like heaven on my lips.

Just now I counted 11 different types of lip balm in the Skinplicity store, including Mango, Tea Tree, Honey Mint, Vanilla, Pecan Pie, Coffee, and even a lip balm for guys.

Skinplicity

Skinplicity Rosehip and Geranium Soap

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the top of the Rosehip and Geranium Soap

I can’t get over the beauty of the Rosehip and Geranium Vegan Soap ($5.50). This is a big, 4 ounce slice of soap encased in a delicate paper box that is so pretty I didn’t even want to remove the soap. The top of the soap has sparkles, ground rosehips, and rose geranium leaves. The scent is just an amazing combination of rose and geranium. It smells like a flower garden in bloom. Put this in a bathroom and it acts like a room freshener!

The soap is made from scratch in small batches. I am truly impressed with the big, thick lather that cleans and moisturizes at the same time. This particular soap has saponified oils of coconut and palm, which means the bar is not super soft so it lasts a long time and it also makes that thick bubbly lather. Rosehips have vitamin C and is a great antioxidant. Geranium is also a fantastic antioxidant for skin.

an even closer look

an even closer look

Oh yeah…did I also say that this bar of soap is GORGEOUS??  And it’s only one of many different varieties that Skinplicity offers. Diane makes soaps with essential oils as well as fragrance oils, so there is something for everyone.

If you love bath and body products, you will love Skinplicity. Head on over to Etsy.com and take a look…there is lots of good clean fun to be found there!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration