A shower set from Panier Des Sens that’s gift worthy

mills pharmacy gifts

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary is a delightful pharmacy in Birmingham Michigan that is quite unique and a refreshing place to shop. There’s an old world European elegance to the recently remodeled store that makes it a destination place. They carry all the items you expect to find in a pharmacy but they go beyond that with hard to find items that make perfect gifts. Here’s a quick look inside

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary (facebook picture)

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary (facebook picture)

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary

Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary

I was invited to a preview of their Mother’s Day collection but was unable to attend although I did stop in another day and found so many wonderful items that I’d love to own. The store has unique gifts that are made in locally AND from all over the world (including Australia, France, London and Japan) that every mom will love. Mills kindly sent me a bath/body set that is beautiful, luxurious yet practical, and smells heavenly.

Panier Des Sens en Provence

Panier Des Sens en Provence

The beautifully packaged Almond Body Care Gift Set by Panier Des Sens en Provence ($48 at Mills Pharmacy) would not only make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift but it would be perfect for a hostess gift. I’d have loved learning about this prior to my last vacation since I think the couple I visited would have loved this as much as I do. This is a French company that specializes in bath and body with many beautifully scented products. The fragrance of the Almond Body Care Gift Set reminds me of marzipan which is a rare but much appreciated treat for my taste buds.

Panier Des Sens Almond Body Care Gift Set

Panier Des Sens Almond Body Care Gift Set

This beautiful set contains 3 very useful items in packaging that is a pleasure to behold.

Panier Des Sense Shower Oil

Panier Des Sense Shower Oil

There’s a Soothing Almond Shower Oil ($16) which not only cleanses skin but nourishes it too. It foams up on my shower pouf leaving my skin very soft but it doesn’t make my shower floor slippery.

Panier Des Sens Body MIlk

Panier Des Sens Body Milk

Panier Des Sens Soothing Almond Body Milk ($24) contains royal jelly, a mix of nourishing ingredients that help with cell renewal to revitalize your skin. It contains shea better to make this even more hydrating.

Panier Des Sense Hand Cream in Soothing Almond

Panier Des Sens Hand Cream in Soothing Almond

Panier Des Sens Hand Cream in Soothing Almond ($15.50) is a blend of sweet almond and shea butter to moisturize and protect your hands. If you love the scent of almonds you’ll love being able to use this and lift your spirits. This comes packaged in its own box if you decided to keep part of the set and give the hand cream away (but you won’t want to!!).

Panier Des Sens is the type of ethical company you’ll enjoy supporting.
  • No Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum, Ethanolamine or Silicone.
  • No animal testing
  • Made in France

While I can’t find this set for sale on Mills Pharmacy website you could call to order it. If you live anywhere near Maple Road in Birmingham, MI and you haven’t stopped into this enjoyable store then you are missing out on a wonderful shopping experience. Besides carrying the Panier Des Sens line they carry other products like Foreo Luna, Santa Maria Novella, Avene, Klorane, Suntegrity, Rifle Paper Co., gorgeous candles from Cire Trudon, and the list goes on. If you decide to go, I’ll happily meet you there!  — Marcia

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Location of Mills Pharmacy

1744 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009

phone: 248-644-5060

Mills Pharmacy Website


Ecoconscious sensory beauty: Teadora Nourishing Bath and Body Oils

Teadora 4In Portuguese, “Teadora” means “adore you”.  Teadora Beauty not only adores you, it adores the earth with unique products that feature rainforest ingredients.  Teadora skin care products are created for ‘sensory beauty’, a complete immersion into lush ingredients and fragrance that  transport you to the Amazonian rainforest.  Teadora only uses sustainable organic ingredients so they can share Brazil while giving back to their community, as well as to the entire earth.

Teadora carries a range of body products from lip butters to body cleansers to hair products.  Every product sold supports rainforests deforestation, as well as the EARTH FOR YOU, YOU FOR EARTH movement which focuses on youth education, leadership development, and health. They sent the BIZ two beautiful Nourishing Bath and Body Oils to test, Rainforest at Dawn and Rainforest at Dusk.

Teadora Body Oils

Teadora Body Oils

I adore body oils in general.  They hydrate skin, leave a soft scent, and give skin a beautiful, luminous glow.  Not all body oils are alike, however, some are definitely better than others.  Teadora Nourishing Bath and Body Oils stand out because of their truly impressive Brazilian ingredients:

Buriti is an amazingly powerful ingredient. It contains the highest concentration of natural vitamin A among fruits and vegetables. It is also rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C and antioxidants and has been used for generations as a natural UV ray protectant. Its amazing anti-inflammatory properties also help to promote skin healing.

Maracujá (or Passion Fruit) is known as the “Pure Miracle” in Brazil as it brightens, moisturizes, heals, and repairs skin and hair without feeling greasy or heavy. Good for all skin types-from dry to oily.

Brazil Nut is a light, sweet, and nutty oil that is wonderful for the entire body. It absorbs quickly, and provides powerful moisture and healing to the skin, hair, and face.

Babassu is made from the nuts of wild-growing Brazilian palm trees. It is also a more effective skin oil than coconut oil. It is high in essential acids to cool, sooth, protect, restore, and moisturize any skin type.

Plant Stem Cells, we use stem cells from the Argan tree to help rejuvenate your skin’s middle layer, where wrinkles start. It is known to protect dermal stem cells reduce the appearance of wrinkles, tighten and tone skin tissue and  increases skin firmness and density.

Teadora Bath and Body Oils have a ton of antioxidants to fight free radicals, plus tremendously hydrating ingredients that leave skin soft, supple, and healthy looking.  There are two scents from which to choose:  Rainforest at Dawn and Rainforest After Dark.

Teadora Rainforest at Dawn

Teadora Rainforest at Dawn

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dawn Body Oil

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dawn Body Oil

Rainforest at Dawn ($58) has a citrus scent with bergamot, lemon, woods, fresh florals, basil and eucalyptus.  The fresh, energizing scent makes this a great body oil to start the day.  I smooth it on after I shower, and I even run my hands through my wet hair for a subtle scent and to moisturize and eliminate fly-away hair.  This oil also makes a great treatment for dandruff and dry scalp.

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

Rainforest at Dusk ($58)  is more of a dusky, sensual floral scent with Rose Absolute and Geranium plus a hint of fruitiness.  I love this as a bath oil or as a massage oil…it is heavenly.

Teadora Nourishing Bath and Body Oils are 100% vegan with completely natural scents.  They are also free of parabens, synthetic fragrance, silicone, gluten, phthalate, sulfates and other harsh chemicals.  Teadora is a wonderful line with a great message that supports a fabulous cause.  It doesn’t get any better than this.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Tinctorious (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Kosher Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Berthorlletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa Canina/Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Eugenia Unifloran (Pitanga) Leaf Oil, Organic Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Purple Passionfruit) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Oil, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Mixed-Ester) Vitamin E, Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Extract (and) Isolmalt (and) Lecithin (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Aqua, Natural Fragrance.

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:


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 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

*pr samples