Who would you rather take a bath with? Ryan Reynolds or Kneipp?

 

I’m sure I know the answer to the question I asked but only Blake Lively is the one who can can correctly answer this. The rest of us have to settle for the love of our lives (significant other or pet) and Kneipp to have a wonderful shower or bath. We haven’t lost though since Kneipp has some incredible vegan products to bring joy to our bathing life.

Having both a Bath Oil and a Body Wash from Kneipp has brought some luscious products to make my bathing experiences more interesting.

Kneipp Bath Oil and Body Wash

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If you’ve been following Beauty Info Zone you’ve probably noticed that I (meaning Marcia) don’t use many products that are fragranced but there are exceptions to that rule and Kneipp has proven why with the Bath Oil in Lemon Balm and their Body Wash in Almond Blossom. Those are fragrances that I can happily use and enjoy.

Kneipp Bath Oil in Lemon Balm

Kneipp’s Bath Oil in Lemon Balm is a 15-20 minute relaxing treat. Get your bath water to the temperature you like, fill the cap up to the line, then pour it into the warm running water. Take your bath and dream of Ryan Reynolds/Ryan Gosling or a lemon meringue pie and come out of the bathtub feeling like a million bucks. Your skin will be clean and soft as can be. I don’t find that my skin is oily after using it, I just find it feels silky and hydrated. The lemon flavor made from natural essential oils of citronella and lemon balm extract lingers lightly on skin but isn’t strong.

Kneipp has created their herbal bath oils in a variety of scents. Lemon Balm is noted for being a “pure relaxation” scent. Each bath oil is $20 and gives you 10 baths if used at the level they recommend. Some of the many scents are Eucalyptus (recommended when you feel a cold or flu coming on since it helps relieve congestion), Juniper (muscle soothing), Arnica (joints and muscles), Lavender (relaxing), and Almond Blossom (soft skin). On their website they have mini versions for $4 or a great deal of 6 minis for $10 (sale price) which is a wonderful way to try them out to find your favorite. And you will find a favorite!

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As much as I enjoy the Bath Oil I really don’t take many baths but I do take showers all the time and even have a newly renovated shower that’s spacious and comfortable. So taking the Kneipp Body Wash in Almond Blossom into that shower was an absolute pleasure.

Kneipp Body Wash in Almond Blossom

The Almond Blossom Body Wash is a soap-free product with nourishing oils that help prevent skin from drying out. It’s clear and slightly runny. A little goes a long way when I use a shower poof. The pH balanced wash contains sweet almond and jojoba oils as well as Vitamin E to keep your skin shiny and smooth. It’s a gentle wash and leaves my skin feeling so soft, just as it should be. I don’t find it to be overly almond smelling (though I wouldn’t mind if it was) but rather a slightly floral version of the almond blossom. I don’t think this would interfere with any body lotion you’d use although it might be really nice to pair it with Kneipp Almond Blossom Body Lotion.

Kneipp is known for being a vegan company that uses plant-based functional ingredients. There aren’t preservatives in their products nor do they use paraffin, silicone or minerals oils. They never animal test which makes it a company that you can be proud to use. Who takes a bath or shower with you? Since Ryan Reynolds isn’t going to be your answer then make it Kneipp!  —  Marcia

 

Turn your shower into a French spa moment with Le Petit Marseillais™

Le Petit Marseillais

Le Petit Marseillais

If you are dreaming about a trip to France and a luxurious vacation then Le Petit Marseillais has the next best thing. It won’t cost you hundreds for an airline ticket and expensive hotel though you won’t be staying in any specific arrondissement, but you will have the comfort and privacy of your own bathroom.

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Le Petit Marseillais is a long time French bath and body brand that has finally launched in the US and for $4.99 (14 oz size) to $6.49 (22 oz size). You want to know about this amazing smelling, nutrient rich brand. As many of you know when we started this blog almost 7 years ago I was a total fragrance phobe. I wanted nothing to do with anything fragranced so that was usually the provence of my blog partner. She helped me get over my fear of fragrance and I now appreciate certain scents to the point of even craving them.

Le Petit Marseillas Orange Blossom and White Peach & Nectarine

Le Petit Marseillas Orange Blossom and White Peach & Nectarine

Le Petit Marseillais™ has fragrances I not only can tolerate but the two I was sent are addicting to me. Their bath washes are available in 5 scents: Orange Blossom, Vanilla Milk, White Peach & Nectarine, Lavender Honey, and Cotton Milk & Poppy.

Let’s get a little background on this new to us brand:

  1. It was founded by Bernard Lengellé after being in Marseilles and being captivated by the smell of the “region’s fragrant artisan soap made with local olive oil.”
  2. Le Petit Marseillais™ uses ingredients found in sunny Provence so they are local and pure.
  3. They call their line sunkissed and when you read the ingredient list you can see why.

Considering that the brand is manufactured in France and uses these wonderful fragrances it’s a surprise that it’s so wonderfully priced.

Le Petit Marsailleis White Peach & Nectarine Shower Gel

Le Petit Marseilleis White Peach & Nectarine Shower Gel

Le Petit Marseilleis White Peach & Nectarine Shower Gel is the most amazing aromatic body wash. The fragrance is so true to life that I don’t want to leave my shower. They happened to choose the 2 summer pitted fruits that I eat all the time.

Le Petit Marseilleis White Peach & Nectarine Shower Gel

Le Petit Marseilleis White Peach & Nectarine Shower Gel

The gel creates a fabulous lather that feels moisturizing and leaves my skin refreshed. I don’t think it interferes with other fragrances although I’m not an expert on that since I don’t wear perfume. All I know is that I love it and love what I’ve learned from Le Petit Marsailleis about the ingredients.

White Peach is a summer fruit made up of 87% water, making it exceptionally refreshing. Because it contains so many vitamins (B, C, E) and antioxidants, peaches are used in many cosmetic facials for their softening, revitalizing and toning properties.

Juicy nectarines are full of antioxidants and Vitamin C, which have tonifying properties.

Le Petit Marseillais Orange Blossom Shower Cream

Le Petit Marseillais Orange Blossom Shower Cream

As a huge fan of citrus scents I was very happy to use the Orange Blossom Shower Cream. It’s a sweet orange aroma, not tart, and smells like you’d expect an orange blossom on the tree to smell like. I was also interested when I saw that the formula is a cream compared to the gel of the White Peach & Nectarine (the only gel available).

Le Petit Marseillas Orange Blossom Shower Cream

Le Petit Marseillas Orange Blossom Shower Cream

I actually didn’t find much of a difference between the two formulas though as far as how they operate. Both are moisturizing, both smell heavenly, and both get me comfortably clean. The Shower Cream is thicker so I probably use less of it than the gel. But I don’t have a preference as far as which to use.

Orange Blossom is a sweet, white flower that grows alongside oranges. The essential oil of orange blossom is known for its relaxing effects.

I think the main thing is to go by the fragrance that sounds most enticing to you. If you pick Cotton Milk & Poppy you’ll find these benefits:

Cotton is a plant valued for its soft and silky side. Cotton plant milk is rich in lipids, and is known for its health benefits. The extract of cotton flower is known for its soothing properties. The poppy is a vibrant and intense red flower that brightens the meadows of Provence from May to September. Our poppy is handpicked in the sunny Mediterranean from organic farms.

If your choice is Lavender Honey here’s what you’ll be enjoying:

Lavender is the quintessential flower of Provence. This plant generously perfumes the region from June to August, and is used for its relaxing properties.  While it may be known for its sweetness, honey has many skin benefits. It’s known for its moisturizing and soothing properties that help promote a healthy skin complexion. It’s also full of antioxidants, which helps keep skin looking youthful.

Or if Vanilla Milk is your thing then …

Vanilla is the fruit of an orchid and is found in the form of long pods containing tiny seeds. It’s used in cosmetics for its unique fragrance, of course, but also because it contains properties of purifying, nourishing and softening.

le petit marseillais blossom closeupNow that you’ve seen the descriptions and know of the benefits which one would you love? I haven’t tried the last three but I know that both the Orange Blossom and White Peach & Nectarine are perfect choices for my delicate nose and will continue to live in my shower as long as I can find it to purchase.  —  Marcia

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Le Petit Marseilles is available at CVS, Target, Walgreens, Jet, and Walmart. (best prices are at Walmart)

 

 

 

Why not let C.O. Bigelow take a shower with you?

C.O. Bigelow Grapefruit Body  Cleanser

C.O. Bigelow Grapefruit Body
Cleanser

I remember the first time I bought a shower gel. I was a latecomer to the world of bath and body products and basically just used an unscented bar of soap in the shower. When I learned I was missing out on a whole world of products I started shopping around but everything was too perfumey or artificial smelling for my nose. I finally came across C.O. Bigelow aka C.O. Bigelow Apothecary and realized I’d found a brand that I could tolerate. I don’t remember if the first Body Cleanser I bought was Lemon or Grapefruit but I know it was one of those.

When C.O. Bigelow offered to send a Grapefruit scented Body Wash I was absolutely thrilled to have this experience again. It woke up all my memories and my senses once I started using it in the shower after all these years.

C.O. Bigelow Grapefruit Body Cleanser

C.O. Bigelow Grapefruit Body Cleanser

This $12 bottle of cleanser has been living in my shower for a few weeks now and seems quite content there. My body is also content with using this. I am very happy that this is a more natural smelling shower gel without any of the artificialness I dislike. Instead it’s a zesty grapefruit scent that I love on my body. It even leaves my bathroom smelling so pleasant afterwards.

C.O. Bigelow Body Cleanser

C.O. Bigelow Body Cleanser

This lathers up beautifully and a little goes a long way when I’m using a shower pouf. If you aren’t a citrus fan there are other fragrances besides lemon and grapefruit like Lavender, Lime & Coriander, Mentha, Coconut, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary Mint. My skin feels nicely moisturized after my shower and I love that they use Aloe Vera Gel to produce this effect.

C.O. Bigelow Lip Balm

C.O. Bigelow Lip Balm

As the weather cools I’m finding that my C.O. Bigelow Lemon Lip Balm ($7.50) is getting more and more use. This contains Shea Butter which helps to nourish and condition lips. It also is Vitamin C rich and has a concentration of lemon oil and lemon extract to provide a dose of Vitamin C to my lips. I find this to be very soft and easy to apply. I mostly wear it alone but I’ve also used it as a base for a lip color or to add a little shine and moisture to a lipstick. It does contain sodium saccharin though so be aware of that.

A big surprise to me is that the official C.O. Bigelow site carries dozens of other brands besides their own so getting to free shipping will be easy! C.O. Bigelow products are cruelty free, reasonably priced and trustworthy.  Do you feel like jumping in the shower with C.O. Bigelow too?? — Marcia

 

Body Cleanser Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Oleth-10, Polysorbate 20, Lauramide MEA, Lauramide MIPA, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyquaternium-7, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium PCA, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG 20 Sorbitan Laurate, Octadecyl Di-t-butyl-4-hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dipropylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Triethylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Propylparaben, Citral, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730).

Lip Balm Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polydecene, Petrolatum, Octyldocecanol, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Beeswax (Cera Alba, Cire d’abeille), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Saccharin.

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