Evine + Fashion Flash + Beauty Info Zone = great holiday ideas and a giveaway

evine-logoEach week Fashion Flash shares our emagazine containing posts from 12 international bloggers. As we’re growing we’ve been added by Evine as a partner. In the past both Beauty Info Zone and Prime Beauty offered our readers fabulous giveaways from Evine’s Peace & Love Legacy Jewelry. After the success of those we’ve again been invited to share 4 more giveaways with the wonderful products that Evine sells. Currently Never Say Die Beauty has some beautiful Pamela McCoy Suede Faux Fur lined gloves and next week Notes from My Dressing Table will have our last Evine giveaway. Evine has all the products you’ll want in your life: beauty, electronics, fashion, jewelry, food & kitchen items. There are always sales going on there. It’s a shopping paradise.

I was sent two different categories of products for you to learn about: electronics and beauty. I’m excited about both of these so read on to learn.

UTOPIA 360 VIRTUAL REALITY 3D HEADSET + BLUETOOTH CONTROLLER

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Want to put a smile on your techie friend/relative? This is a great way to do so. The Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset comes with everything needed for hours of fun.

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

For only $29.99 you can step into the world of Virtual Reality. The box contains the Headset, Remote Control, Ear Buds, and a lens cleaning cloth. It works with any smartphone and since it’s bluetooth compatible the controller will take you into many worlds. You can use free apps from Google Play and iOS stores as well as ones you might want to purchase.

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset back view

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset back view

What hotter gift could you give the men in your life (women too of course)? utopia-360-back-box

BEEKMAN 1802 SIX-PIECE “BUNDLE UP WITH BEEKMAN” COLLECTION WITH THREE GIFT BOXESbeekman-1802

The Six Piece Bundle from Beekman 1802 will make a terrific gift for you or yours. This is sold out on Evine because it was such a great deal but we have one set aside for this giveaway.

The set contains Pure Goat Milk Bar Soap – 9 oz and Pure Goat Milk Hand Cream – 2 oz
Vanilla Absolute Whipped Body Cream – 8 oz
Vanilla Absolute Lip Balm – 0.15 oz, Heirloom Violet Lip Balm – 0.15 oz , and Pure Goat Milk Lip Balm – 0.15 oz
One Large, One Medium and One Small Gift Box plus a Black Ribbon (for boxes)

Each of these products though are available separately and from my experience are things that anyone would love.

The smallest of the three boxes contain BEEKMAN 1802 LIP BALMS which are terrific because they contain ingredients you want on your lips. In this set you’ll get Vanilla Absolute Lip Balm and Pure Goat Milk Lip Balm which contains organic beeswax and sunflower oil to condition your lips and Vitamin E and coconut oil to moisturize and nourish. The Heirloom Violet Lip Balm uses beeswax to seal in moisture, shea butter, sunflower oil and Vitamin E. The Beekman 1802 Lip Balms come in other flavors for $8 individually or $15.72 for a set of 3 different scents.

Beekman 1802 Lip Balm Trio

Beekman 1802 Lip Balm Trio

The middle size box contains BEEKMAN 1802 PURE GOAT MILK WHIPPED BODY CREAM ($32 for 8 fl oz). This particular one is Vanilla Absolute, scented with warm vanilla with rich undertones of sandalwood. There’s also a fragrance free body cream in Pure Goat Milk as well as  Honeyed Grapefruit which is scented with sweet notes of red grapefruit, guava and lemon blossom.

Beekman 1802 Whipped Body Cream

Beekman 1802 Whipped Body Cream

The benefits of the cream are many

  • Pure goat milk is rich in vitamins and gentle on your skin
  • Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids to help deeply moisturize your skin
  • Mango butter helps soften, soothe and moisturize
  • Shea butter helps lock in moisture

    Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream

    Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream

The largest box holds two treasures: Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream both of which are unscented.

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream

Beekman 1802 has many lovely fragranced bar soaps as well, for example Honey & Orange Blossom ($15). All their soaps are Sulfate Free and Paraben Free and contain natural ingredients that moisturize and soften your skin.

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap

Goat Milk Hand Cream comes in many delicious sounding scents as well as this unscented one. A 3.4 fl oz tube of this is $20 and is one of the best I’ve tried. The consistency is very creamy and lightweight, it doesn’t leave your hands sticky after applying. It contains goat milk, shea butter, aloe, and Vitamin E. All help nourish.

Beekman 1802 Collection

Beekman 1802 Collection

I’m sad that this is sold out but happy that I could introduce you to this superb line carried on Evine. I’m also happy that one of you will win this set thanks to Evine.  —  Marcia

No one is a loser though with the Evine and Fashion Flash collaboration since Evine has offered our readers a one-time use discount of 15% off using the code FASHIONFLASH15. This offer is good through 12/31/16 so be sure you peruse Evine to find favorites. #evinepartner

*15% off offer valid 7:00am ET, November 14, 2016 until 11:59pm ET, December 31, 2016. May not be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other offer. Discount does not apply to shipping & handling, sales tax. If coupon is used to initiate an AutoDelivery program it will only be applied to the first shipment, additional shipments will be at full AutoDelivery pricing. Not valid on Waterford, Electronics including tablets, computers or cell phones or items offered by Evine’s paid programming partners. Discount will be applied at checkout. No cash value or credit back. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted, or if sold or transferred. Evine reserves the right to end this promotion at any time and to substitute or cancel orders when unexpected coupon system errors occur or in the case of abuse, misuse or fraud.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATON: Our giveaway is open through 12/12/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST and open to US only. The entry options are all in the Rafflecopter. If your name is chosen as a winner all your entries will be verified before announcing the winner. Be sure you tweet daily for extra entries. You’ll love this wonderful Evine Beekman 1802 six piece collection so you want to enhance your chances to win.

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*thank you to Evine for offering our readers this delightful Beekman 1802 giveaway and providing press samples to faciliate this article

AntiQuity BC giveaway for gorgeous soaps!

AntiQuity BC Giveaway!The hottest soap line around these days is AntiQuity BC.  Beauty Info Zone readers are definitely lucky because Crystal and Marlene, the gorgeous AntiQuity BC owners, are offering a giveaway with two winners!  If you haven’t seen these soaps yet, you are in for a huge treat. The Shea Butter and Bentonite Clay Soaps are stunning interpretations of Greek Gods and Goddesses that are not only pure romance, but also GREAT cleansers.

AntiQuity BC

All of the AntiQuity BC soaps smell amazing and are full of beneficial essential oils. They have high quality ingredients, vibrant colors, and an inspiring design and theme. The colors are made from clays, micas, pigments and oxides that are all natural by FDA standards. You won’t find any lead or synthetic dyes in them, and all products are Certified Cruelty-Free by Leaping Bunny and 100% Vegan.

I previously reviewed the Athena Owl and Poseidon Sea Soaps right HERE.  I have five more to tell you about today, plus of course our fabulous giveaway for two soaps of your choosing!

AntiQuity BC Hermes Wing

Hermes Wing, The Messenger of The Gods:  This fantastic hunk of soap will definitely get you going in the morning. You’ll be as light on your feet as Hermes with this exfoliating soap that smells like spicy chocolate. Finely ground coffee scrubs away dead skin while Shea butter and four different oils leave skin silky soft.

AntiQuity BC Hera Peacock

Hera Peacock Patchouli & Lemongrass: Hera is the Goddess of Marriage. I love this description from AntiQuity BC:

The center of the eye is where things are seen most clearly. To celebrate her faithful servant of a hundred eyes that observed the obedience of marriage vows, Hera, imprinted her servant onto the feathers of the peacock.

The bar is as colorful as a peacock and is made with mineral pigments and clays – no FD&C dyes. It smells clean thanks to the lemongrass essential oil and spicy in an earthy way from the patchouli essential oil. This is an excellent soap for its antiseptic qualities and is great for dry, chapped skin and wound healing.

AntiQuity BC Apollo Sun

Apollo Sun, God of Light & Sun:  Could this fiery soap be any more gorgeous?? What an amazing bar of soap to have at your sink. This is a very soothing soap that has tons of aloe vera, and the orange essential oil gives it a bright citrus fragrance as well as antiseptic properties. Orange essential oil also promotes collagen production, so this bar is awesome for keeping hands looking young!

AntiQuity BC Psyche ButterflyPsyche Butterfly, Goddess of the Soul:  I think this is my favorite of the five soaps reviewed today. I love jasmine, and this smells HEAVENLY. Do you see the butterfly within that beautiful mix of colors? Such a cool soap. Amazing. The oils and Shea butter make it a great moisturizer, and the eucalyptus essential oil and activated charcoal are excellent anti-inflammatories. Psyche is terrific for those with sensitive skin thanks to the bentonite clay.

AntiQuity BC Aphrodite ErosAphrodite Eros, Goddess of Beauty & Pleasure:  This beauty has four different types of oils and Shea butter for super soft skin, plus loofah pieces right in the soap. No need for a washcloth with this one! Lavender essential oil has excellent healing properties and smells fresh and clean. Plus this soap looks totally groovy.

AntiQuity BC

AntiQuity BC Soaps are big, round, beautiful bars that last and last. I have no doubt that any one of these fives soap will make you happy. Right now AntiQuity BC is having a summer sale, free shipping when you buy two or more, and a free bar when you buy 4 – use the code ATHENA2016 at checkout.

You can find AntiQuity BC online at www.antiquitybc.com, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/antiquitybc/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/antiquitybodycare.

Before you go shopping, enter our giveaway for a chance to win two bars of your choosing from the Shea Butter Soap Collection!  This is open for US and Canada through 8/25 @11:59 p.m. ET. Two winners will receive two bars of soap – there are 12 different varieties to choose from. As usual, you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s emails and comment. After those two requirements you can continue on. If for some strange reason the gods decide to close comments before the giveaway is over, just shoot us an email with your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label your message SOAP.

I hope you win because these soaps are just incredible.  Good luck!  – Lisa
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Which Greek myth represents you? AntiQuity BC Shea Butter and Bentonite Clay Soap God & Goddess Collection

AntiQuity BC

The juxtaposition of beauty products and literature is always a winning combination and AntiQuity BC does this with style. AntiQuity BC carries some of the most impressive soaps I have ever seen – they aren’t just necessities for good hygiene, they are also works of art.

The designs of their Shea Butter and Bentonite Clay Soaps are stunning interpretations of Greek Gods and Goddesses – you will easily find a message that speaks to you with one of the options!

AntiQuity BC Athena Owl and Poseidon Sea

AntiQuity BC Athena Owl and Poseidon Sea

AntiQuity BC soaps smell amazing and are full of beneficial essential oils. They have high quality ingredients, vibrant colors, and an inspiring design and theme. The colors are made from clays, micas, pigments and oxides that are all natural by FDA standards. You won’t find any lead or synthetic dyes in them, and all products are Certified Cruelty-Free by Leaping Bunny and 100% Vegan.

AntiQuity BC Athena Owl

I am so in love with the Athena Owl Soap! (9.99 for 4.1 OZ bar).  Athena is the Goddess of Wisdom and Strategy, so the owl is a perfect representation.  

Athenian owl embedded in olive, the gift Athena gave to Athens to gain Athens’ patronage. Custom designed Athenian owl, simple yet elegant.

Frankincense Essential Oil is used for so many things – it relieves stress and anxiety, eases pain and is an anti-inflammatory, and helps boost immunity. The Athena Owl Soap smells slightly sweet, slightly spicy, definitely green, and is a fantastic option for both men and women.

AntiQuity BC Athena Owl and Poseidon Sea

AntiQuity BC Poseidon Sea

The Poseidon Sea Soap ($9.99 for a 4.1 OZ bar) is visually stunning. Poseidon is the God of the Sea and this soap is like an ocean with swirling colors of green, blue, and cream, with speckles of sea salt throughout.  

The World’s seas whirlpool into Poseidon’s kingdom. Sea salt and dulse whirl together to provide a gentle exfoliation.

Ingredients include lemongrass, dulse, & pink Himalayan sea salt. Dulse is a dark red seaweed that has wonderful healing properties, plus vitamins, trace minerals, healthy fatty acids, and antioxidants. The scent is a bright mix of lemon and patchouli that smells warm yet clean.

AntiQuity BC Athena Owl and Poseidon Sea

AntiQuity BC Soaps are big, round bars of fantastic soaps that will look amazing in your powder room. Take a look at the website for these two soaps, plus others like Hades, Zeus, Hera, and Aphrodite. I wonder which Greek myth most represents you!  – Lisa

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Athena Owl Ingredients: Non-Gmo Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sustainable Palm Kernel Oil, Castor Bean Oil, Shea Butter, Bentonite Clay, Frankincense Essential Oil, Paraben-Free Fragrance, and Natural Mineral Pigments

Poseidon Sea Soap Ingredients:  Non-GMO Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sustainable Palm Kernel Oil, Castor Bean Oil, Shea Butter, Bentonite Clay, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Dulse, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, and Natural Mineral Pigments.

New Petite Collection from Soap and Paper

Soap & Paper Petite Collection in JasmineJune is the month for everything petite – gifts for baby showers, wedding showers, graduations, teacher gifts, and travel. It’s the perfect month for the new Petite Collection from one of Beauty Info Zone’s favorite lines – the Soap & Paper Factory. I’ve loved their hand creams, soaps, and perfume oils forever, and now they are available in beyond cool retro travel sizes!                                                                                                                             pr samples       Soap and Paper Factory Petite Collection No one does packaging like the Soap and Paper Factory (soapandpaperfactory.com). Every product is so much more than what’s inside…it’s also a work of art.

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The new Classics Collection includes:
Verbena: Notes of citrus combine with woody undertones and floral notes in this scent stimulate the senses and gives a feeling of balance.

Green Tea: The naturally detoxifying scent of green tea is accentuated with crisp citrus in this sweet and uplifting fragrance.

Jasmine: Heady and intoxicating, the jasmine flower blooms only at midnight, making it ideal for this exceptional scent.

Gardenia: This warm and alluring fragrance is made from the petals of the gardenia, a flower cherished for its stimulating and exotic scent.

Lavender: This blossom’s renowned ability to soothe and relieve stress make this scent ideal for application just before bed.

I tested the Jasmine Shea Butter Gift Set ($14) and it is AMAZING. It smells like sunset on a hot summers eve as the delicious floral breeze envelops you like a warm hug.
Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand CreamSoap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand CreamThe Shea Hand Cream is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. It’s velvety goodness, and the jasmine scent is just dreamy.

Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Bar Soap

Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Bar Soap

The bar soap is gorgeous – so pretty I didn’t even want to unwrap it. What’s inside is a milky bar that gives a thick, rich lather. The scent is amazing and makes a washroom smell amazing.

Prices are right for these petite presents: Perfume Oils are $16, Petite Hand Creams are $9, and Petite Bar Soaps are $5. The Shea Butter Gift Set, which includes a travel size soap and hand cream in a pretty package, is just $14. Be sure to pick some up for perfect gifts and fabulous travels.  – Lisa

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Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Shea Butter Collection

An introduction to Naturally Me plus a giveaway

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At Beauty Info Zone we are always eager to learn about brands that are new to us. We consider it a bonus when the brand is one that wants to pay it forward. Naturally Me is that kind of brand. It was founded by Chaundra Smith as a small way to give back to the customers and community that support the business. She began a scholarship program, Single Parents Scholarship, in 2013 and has been able to up the amount of money given to $1,000 per recipient because as she says: $1000 may not seem like much, but to someone who is trying to support a family with only one income, it feels like a million.”  To raise that money $2 from the sale of their most coveted products, All Over Butter, is given to the scholarship. 

As if that’s not enough

Naturally Me believes in the importance of community involvement.  We created our Naturally Me Cares program as a part of the company’s commitment to giving back to the community.  Through Naturally Me Cares, we supply body care products to two homes for homeless single moms in our area, we provide an annual scholarship program to single parents that attend our local community college and we also have a Random Acts of Kindness program where we do small acts of kindness to put smiles on peoples face.

We admire Chaundra Smith for this kind of care and are thrilled that she sent us a few products to test and for a giveaway.

MARCIA uses LEMONGRASS OATMEAL SOAP and PEACH PIE DESSERT SOY CANDLE

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap and Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap and Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me created their skincare products for people with dry and/or sensitive skin. That’s what makes the Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap unique. All products are free of animal byproducts, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum & artificial fragrances. The Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap (set of 3, $15.99) also is available in Unscented and Cinnamon Lime).

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap

Naturally Me Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap

Naturally Me Oatmeal Soap

Naturally Me Oatmeal Soap

This is made with gluten free oatmeal as well as water, coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, vegetable shortening, castor oil, and essential oils. The Lemongrass scent is so refreshing. It’s not overwhelming at all and gives my hands and bathroom an uplifting lemon fragrance. The lemongrass oatmeal is noted to be great for acne prone skin while the unscented is safe enough for babies and children. This lathers nicely and doesn’t leave any stickiness behind. It’s a great natural soap.

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me has done what no other brand has ever been able to do – use a candle. Way back in my hippy dippy days I burned candles and incense but when I realized that they contributed to my migraines I stopped and backed away from anything scented. When this Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle landed in my mail, I took one sniff and was sold. I’m crazy about the scent of this. It’s not artificial at all, it smells like a fresh peach pie (one of my husband’s passions). I can happily sit with this unburnt on my desk and be as thrilled as when I actually lit it.

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Peach Pie Dessert Soy Candle

There are 4 different fragrances in the soy candles ($15): Peach Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Blueberry Cheesecake. $2 from each sale of candles will go towards Naturally Me’s Single Parents Scholarship Fund.  A deserving student attending Durham Technical Community College will be the recipient of the scholarship.

Naturally Me Dessert Soy Candle

Naturally Me Dessert Soy Candle

If this Peach Pie candle is an example of what candles are like then I’m going to be in trouble!

LISA uses LAVENDER BATH TREATS and ALL OVER BUTTER

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat and All Over Butter

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat and All Over Butter

I am a bath girl. I love a long, relaxing bath, reading a book or magazine, candles burning…aaahhhhh. The Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat was big enough for several wonderful baths, but I don’t see it on the website. I do see Bath Bombs ($15.99) which look like essentially the same thing since Naturally Me is switching over to these new Bath Treats.

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat - look at all that beautiful natural lavender!

Naturally Me Lavender Bath Treat – look at all that beautiful natural lavender!

The Lavender Bath Treat has many of the same ingredients as the Bath Bombs, including baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, shea butter, and gluten-free oatmeal. It also has a blend of salts and lots of natural lavender.

The Bath Treat doesn’t create bubbles for your bath, but it does soften the water and leave skin so hydrated and moisturized. The oatmeal is a wonderful skin softener, and lavender calms tension, soothes muscle aches, and relieves headaches.

Sometimes lavender products are just too strong for me…the scent can be overpowering. The Bath Treat does have a citrus/lavender scent, but it’s very mild and just beautiful, probably one of my favorite lavender scents ever.

Other scents include Oatmeal Soy Milk, Cocoa Butter Delight, and Grapefruit Basil.

Naturally Me All Over Butter

Naturally Me All Over Butter

After a wonderfully relaxing bath, the Naturally Me All Over Butter ($16.99 for 3 oz, $22.99 for 6.5 oz) is the icing on the cake. What is really great about this wonderfully hydrating body butter is it has no fragrance at all, so it’s perfect for everyone. This is a solid moisturizer that melts into skin on contact. Ingredients include shea butter, aloe, coconut oil, avocado, grape seed oil, hemp oil, sunflower and safflower seed oils, and vitamin E, a veritable rainbow of ingredients that lead to beautiful, glowy skin.

If you have very dry, sensitive skin, the All Over Butter is definitely your skin savior!

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Our giveaway is open to US and Canada. The winner will receive one full size Lemongrass Oatmeal Soap and a 3.5 oz All Over Butter. To be eligible to win we have two requirements: be an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and leave a comment. Without those two all entries will be disqualified. Our giveaway runs through 6/28/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern. If comments close email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with the title Naturally Me, leave your comment in the email and continue on.

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Enrich Not Exploit: The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope and Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Enrich Not ExploitI absolutely love The Body Shop newest initiative – – Enrich Not Exploit™.  Through this campaign, The Body Shop is doing great things globally by helping people, animals, and the planet. They recently sent me two of their innovative body products to try and I love them as much as I love the message and the commitment behind them.

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

Check out this really cool Hemp Soap on a Rope ($12, but right now there is a buy 3 get 2 free or buy 2 get 1 free with the code MARSTEALS). So it looks like naughty fun, but the hemp is incredibly wonderful for skin. The soap is big but perfectly sized for gripping with your hand and the rope ensures the soap dries without sitting in bacteria or that yuck that collects around bar soaps. Hemp products have a distinctive scent that I think is a little more masculine, but I still love it as a clean, outdoorsy scent. This is one the most moisturizing bar soaps out there and it’s extremely gentle.

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The hemp used is not the kind that alters anything – it’s a non-psychotic variety of hemp.  This hemp is the best crop for regenerating land, it is even better for the environment than trees, and it needs no herbicide or pesticides. Plus, the hemp is insanely moisturizing, with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, E, and B-12, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

Men love this soap and it makes for an awesome gift. If ‘soap on a rope’ isn’t your thing, you can always cut the rope off and use this as a regular bar soap. It’s so big it lasts about three times as long as a typical bar.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Hemp Hand Protector ($20) is available now in this limited edition packaging.  When you purchase it, $2.20 will not just be donated – you get to choose the cause, which varies from the planet, the people, the animals, or the ocean. The packaging was designed by the famous street artist EINE and it emphasizes putting the power to change in the palm of your hand.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Hemp Hand Protector is a heavy-duty moisturizing cream that sinks in quickly and has an immediate softening effect on skin. Don’t just use this on your hands – it’s a fantastic treatment for feet and elbows, too. Ingredients include the cold-pressed oil of 950 hemp seed in every tube! No wonder it’s such a moisturizing powerhouse.

The Hemp Hand Protector has the same beautiful scent as the Soap on a Rope, a fresh, outdoorsy scent. Beautiful skin and a beautiful planet – it doesn’t get much better than that. Take a look at The Body Shop’s hemp products and help Enrich Not Exploit™ our planet.  – Lisa

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Mission Grove by Soap & Paper Factory will delight your senses

Cardamom and CoffeeAnything sold at Anthropologie is always on Beauty Info Zone’s radar because they do such a wonderful job of curating. They sell interesting, hip products that are wonderful treats for yourself or fabulous gifts. Their latest find is Mission Grove, a bath and body collection from one of our perennial favorites, the Soap & Paper Factory. This line is made in the US in small batches, and ingredients are top of the line oils and extracts including meadowfoam, borage seed, and jojoba and aromatherapy oils. Everything from Mission Grove has no sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, or phthalates. And of course, it wouldn’t be sold at Anthropologie unless the packaging had a cool, retro feel.

The new Mission Grove Collection comes in four fragrances:

Sakura: This relaxing and restorative fragrance balances apple and citrus with sweet heliotrope for a perfectly calming combination.

Madagascar Vanilla: Deep, sultry notes of bourbon add an intoxicating richness to this soothing vanilla scent.

Fig & Honey: Refresh the body and clear the mind with this heady fragrance that combines earthy figs with sweet honey.

Cardamom & Coffee: Spicy and stimulating, this complex fragrance combines cardamom and coffee with geranium and sandalwood to detoxify the spirit.

The products include Shea Butter Bar Soap ($8), Sea Salt Body Scrub ($12), Travel Sized Body Lotion ($12), Travel Sized Body Wash ($12), Treatment Facial Mask ($16), Scented Drawer Liner Papers ($18), and a Big Rollerball Botanical Oil ($24).

Marcia and Lisa tried several of the products in two different scents, Sakura and Madagascar Vanilla. Is Mission Grove worthy of a permanent place in their boudoirs?  Read on and find out!

madagascar Vanilla

Lisa’s Side:  Madagascar Vanilla  Ok, to be honest they had me at ‘Vanilla’. I love love love vanilla scents, so I was super excited to try these beautifully packaged goodies. The vanilla scent is deep and rich, a little boozy thanks to the bourbon fragrance. It’s a beautiful sniff and just look at how lovely the packaging is:

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Seasalt Scrub

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Sea Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla wax seal on paper and bar soap

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla wax seal on paper and bar soap

Every product comes in this delightful and thoughtful packaging. I adore the wax stamps on the bar soap and the scented paper, it really brings home the care and quality of the products.  Marcia is going to tell you more about the Sea Salt Scrub and the Scented Paper, and I have the 411 on the soaps and lotion.

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

I almost couldn’t bear to open the bar of soap!  Look that packaging….wow. This is a great gift because it’s just gorgeous. Luckily, the soap is wonderful too, with a thick full lather that doesn’t dry out hands. It’s a great bar for sinks and for tubs.

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Body Lotion and Body Wash

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Body Lotion and Body Wash

The travel sized Body Wash and Body Lotion are TSA friendly and perfect for travel bags. The wash gives a creamy foam and the fragrance really sticks around, especially if you layer the Body Lotion over top. They both leave skin smooth, silky, and sweet smelling. I really enjoy this set and am interested in how Marcia likes the Sakura scent. The Fig and Honey scent sounds delicious too…I think I am going to plan a trip to Anthropologie soon to take a sniff!

Sakura

Marcia’s Side:  Sakura

Like Lisa I quickly knew which scent was perfect for me. As the picky one on BIZ I gravitate to fruity scents that aren’t overwhelming. Sakura Blossom is perfect for that. With a mixture of apple and citrus I was thrilled to try this. To be honest I don’t know what heliotrope smells like, all I know is that its flowers are in a variety of violet shades. That doesn’t matter since this combination is refreshing and not overwhelming at all.

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

The packaging of these Mission Grove products is enough to get me to buy them. A collection of these beautifully packaged goods would make an awesome housewarming or hostess gift. Even better is what’s inside since the fragrance isn’t artificial and the products are excellent.

The Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub surprised me since I normally choose a sugar scrub, but this wasn’t harsh at all and left my skin feeling exfoliated and lightly scented. I was surprised at the touch of oil that’s in it to protect my skin. I never have the flakies on the the days I’m able to shower with this Salt Scrub.

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

This contains sea salt, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E which all combine for a hydrating scrub.

Mission Grove Scented Papers

Mission Grove Scented Papers

The Mission Grove Scented Papers in Sakura Blossom totally blew me away. My first reaction to was honestly “why would I use scented papers??”. That was then, this is now: “Wow I love all the things I can do with these scented papers from Mission Grove.”

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Scented Papers

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Scented Papers

My husband likes to go to Las Vegas. While he doesn’t smoke everything is covered in smoke in Vegas. You come home from there and (for non-smokers) you want to undress in the garage and get your clothes into the wash instantly. Now I can tuck one of the half sheets into the mesh section of the suitcase. It helps so much to keep items, the ones that can’t be washed, refreshed. Other uses are to put these in a drawer, your car, boots when you are storing them, and your gym bag. I have one in my laundry room and it’s so amazing to walk in there now – even for someone that isn’t a fragrance person.

Mission Grove Drawer Papers

Mission Grove Drawer Papers

These are beautiful and sturdy. There are 6 sheets that are perforated in the middle so you can break them apart to have 12 sheets. They are made out of a thin cardboard so there’s nothing flimsy about them. They are unlike any drawer papers I’ve ever seen.

Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil (Sakura Blossom)

Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil (Sakura Blossom)

One last product to mention is the Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil. This is available in all 4 of the fragrances and sounds terrific. Here’s what Mission Grove has to say: “Crafted in small batches, Mission Grove Rollerball Perfume Oils stimulate your mind, body and spirit. Great for personal fragrance, and for maximum benefits, use the rollerbals on temples and pressure points such as your crown chakra, bottoms of your feet and solar plexus. Perfect for On-the-go!”

While these are available at Anthropologie, only the soaps are carried online. That means a trip is due to an Anthropologie store so you can see the line in person and do a little indulging for yourself and someone you want to impress.

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