Zoella continues to delight for the holidays!

Last week I wrote about Zoella’s awesome holiday gift sets and their fabulous fragrance, Cosmos.  Today I have two more super cute sets to consider picking up for holiday gift giving – and HURRY, because one is already sold out online!  Zoella has an entire Cosmos Collection for the holiday featuring the beautiful scent.  The fragrance is unusual and unique, and the combination of crisp mint and yummy red fruit is destined to become your gift recipients signature scent.  This is a limited edition fragrance, so get it while you can!  There are six different gift sets available from Zoella and here are two that will definitely delight.

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Zoella Big Beauty Bang

Zoella Big Beauty Bang

The Big Beauty Bang should win a clever packaging award.  It houses ‘three cracking beauty treats’ inside the large cracker – a 3.0 fl.oz. Reach for the Moon Hand Cream, 3.3 fl.oz. Star Shower Body Wash, and 3.3 fl.oz. Cosmic Creme Body Lotion.  The Reach for the Moon Hand Cream is super hydrating and the Star Shower Body Wash creates a foam that is out of this world.  They both have a lovely scent of vanilla and mint, just perfect for the season!

The Cosmic Creme Body Lotion has the Cosmos crisp mint and red fruit scent.  All of this goodness inside that super cute package that is ready to be placed under the tree!  I love it.  Unfortunately I can’t even find this set online right now — I am afraid it’s all sold out.  But I’ll bet it’s still available in stores.  You can find it at Ulta as well as at CVS stores, so if you are lucky enough to find one of these beautiful Crackers don’t pass it up!

The Zoella Star Bather Indulgent Bathing Set has everything you need to pamper yourself with a silent night of warm vanilla and yummy peppermint.

Zoella Star Bather Indulgent Bathing Set

This terrific gift set features a Milky Way Bath Milk Powder, which will give you three wonderful soothing baths full of milky vanilla peppermint relaxation.  And there’s more in the bathing department – a full size bottle of the midnight blue Cosmos Bubble Soak, a fun way to get your bubble on and escape to another galaxy.

While you are bathing, the very helpful Exfoliating Gloves will help make your skin soft and silky.  These gloves are great – they are gentle but effective, very nice!!

And last but not least, a full size bottle of the coveted Cosmic Creme Body Lotion.  The perfect way to end a pampering Cosmos bubble bath!

You can find Zoella products at Ulta and now also at CVS.  The products are terrific and the prices are even better, so be sure to check out the great holiday sets!  – Lisa

Come on, get happy! Engage your senses with the Mood-Factory

 

Happy Thanksgiving!  What better items to review today than products that literally make you happy?  Even happier than hanging out with all those relatives you choose not to hang out with the rest of the year, eating yourself into a food coma stupor, watching hours and hours and hours of football, and then facing what seems like hours and hours and hours of dish washing… Yes, even happier than that!

The Mood Factory Happiness Mood-butter, Mood-stick, and Mood-bomb

Whether your Thanksgiving is a hot mess of a day or a fantastic ‘hitting the lottery of life’ day, the mood sensory products from The Mood Factory will only make the day better.  The Mood Factory is a women-owned business with products made in the U.S.  They are dedicated to making a social impact, and to date have given over one million dollars to various causes that focus on health and children.  Their overall mission:  to improve moods.  The Mood Factory does this through their stellar products.

  •  Based on research on how scents impact moods
  • Uses only pure and natural essential oils and clean ingredients
  • Founded by female entrepreneur as minority-owned business and brain health expert
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The Mood Factory chose four of the most popular, positive, and desired mood states and then created scents that evoked those moods:  Energy, Happiness, Serenity, and Tranquility.  They then created a personal care collection of products featuring those scents, including:  Mood-butters, Mood-scents, Mood-oils, Mood-scrubs, Mood-bombs, Mood-steamers, Mood-sprays, and Mood-sticks.  I tested three products, the Mood-butter, Mood-bomb, and Mood-stick in the Happiness scent.

The Mood Factory Happiness Mood-butter

The Mood Factory Happiness Mood-butter

The Happiness Mood-butter ($20) is an uber thick and creamy lotion made with Shea butter and essential oils that is perfect for dry, itchy winter skin.  The Happiness scent is a truly uplifting scent that does make you feel better instantly.  It’s a combination of lemon, bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit and lime and there is no doubt that it immediately lightens your mood.  This is a great lotion to slather on after a nice hot shower, or to use as a hand lotion to hydrate dry skin and cuticles while also giving yourself a quick dose of happiness.

The Mood Factory Happiness Mood-stick

The Mood Factory Happiness Mood-stick

The Happiness Mood-stick ($13) is an essential oil stick that has the magical happiness mixture of lemon, bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit, and lime.  You can use this in a few ways – simply take a moment to relax and inhale directly from the stick, savoring the scent, or else apply the scent to different areas on the body.  The Mood Factory recommends your palms or right below your nose to truly stimulate your senses and bring on the happiness.

The Mood Factory Happiness Mood-bomb

The Happiness Mood-bomb ($10) is a wonderful way to take a long, soaky bath and come out refreshed, relaxed, and feeling – you guessed it! – happier.  This is a baking soda fizzy ball that moisturizes skin and detoxes at the same time, with lots of bubbles and fun.  Of course it also has that magical happiness brew of natural essential oils lemon, bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit, and lime.

Everything from The Mood Factory is made in the USA, natural, preservative free, not tested on animals, gluten-free, synthetic fragrance-free, color free and sulfate free.  You can find this unique and inspiring line at themoodfactory.com.  I hope your Thanksgiving is indeed a happy one!  – Lisa

Lather up with Dove Shower Foam!

Dove Shower Foams

Are you a bar soap or a shower gel person? I have both in my shower and like to alternate just depending on my mood. Now I’ve added something else – I know, my shower is looking like it needs an intervention! But a shower foam is a wonderful cross between a gel and a bar soap and is a really beautiful thing in the morning.

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Actually, I just checked and in one of my showers I have a Dove Shower Gel, a Dove Bar Soap, and a Dove Shower Foam! The Shower Foam ($5.97) has this really soft lather that light as a feather. It is a gentle cleanser that rinses off quickly, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Every bottle has 250 pumps of lather, which makes it a great buy.

Dove Shower Foam

The formula includes Dove’s NutriumMoisture technology which is a complex made from natural lipids and moisturizers and gentle cleansers, the kind used in facials cleansers. This means your skin always feels hydrated and soft yet still clean.

Dove Shower Foam Deep Moisture

Dove Shower Foam Sensitive Skin

Dove Shower Foam is available in a 13.5 fl. oz. pump bottle in four different formulas:  Deep Moisture, which is a Unique blend of cleansers and NutriumMoisture to help maintain skin’s natural nourishment; Sensitive Skin, which is a Hypoallergenic formula that cares for sensitive skin; Cucumber & Green Tea Scent, which has a clean, crisp fragrance of cucumber and green tea for a refreshing sensation; and Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla, which is  a warm scent of vanilla, sandalwood and musk that allows you to feel balanced and renewed.

Dove Shower Foam Cucumber & Green Tea Scent

Dove Shower Foam Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla

At less than $6 for a 13.5 fl. oz bottle with 250 washes, the Dove Shower Foam is an excellent drug store buy that will bring you an enjoyable morning shower day after day. My favorite is the Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.  Happy warm showers in the upcoming cooler months!  – Lisa

Going to Ulta? Your must try is Zoella Beauty Limited Edition Splash Botanics!

Zoella Splash Botanics

Adorable!! I am loving this bright botanical inspired collection for summer from Zoella Beauty, and it’s limited edition at Ulta so if you are planning a trip check it out before it’s gone. The Splash Botanics include seven products in total and I have three to review today – the So Soft Lip Oil ($7.00), the Lagoon Love Bath Milk ($4.00), and the Botanic’Eau Body Mist ($12.95).

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Zoella Splash Botanics So Soft Lip Oil

Zoella Splash Botanics So Soft Lip Oil wand

I have nothing but raves for the So Soft Lip Oil! This has a wonderful applicator that smooths on the most fantastically hydrating lip oil ever. The oil is a combination of sweet almond, jojoba and argan oils, and it smells lightly of delicious cherry  It’s the best summer lip quencher ever and the packaging is to die for. Perfection.

Zoella Splash Lagoon Love

The Lagoon Love Bath Milk is a bath lovers dream, especially for traveling. I find lots of bath powders are drying and itchy, but this is highly moisturizing. It’s made with coconut water and lychee and it makes for a positively decadent bath. The bubbles are big and foamy and it smells divine. Grab a few of these for your travels this summer.

Zoella Splash Botanics Botanic’Eau Body Mist

Zoella Splash Botanics Botanic’Eau Body Mist

The Botanic’Eau Body Mist is a truly lovely body mist that is amazing for the season. It’s light and fresh and green, slightly floral with notes of freesia and iris. The bottle is fantastic – I love the lush greenery, and the back of the bottle is even more gorgeous than the front of the bottle!

This collection has impressed the heck out of me. I am planning a trip to Ulta to pick up the rest of the collection – Make a Splash Moisturizing Body Wash ($8.95), Quench Me Body Sorbet ($12.00), Drench Me Bubble Bath Soak ($12.00), and Beautiful Bag Cosmetics Bag (14.00). I hope you do too!  – Lisa

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Treat yourself with Treet Traditions

Now that the holiday rush is over it’s time to return what you didn’t want and use those great gift cards you might have been lucky enough to receive. The rush and crush of Christmas gives us less time for ourselves since we tend to occupy our lives with making it better for family and friends. Now though is the time to relax with a few personal products. I was sent two bath/shower treats from Treet Traditions and there are so many more that I’d like now.

Treets Traditions Bath Salts and Shower Cream

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About Treets Traditions: – Inspired by ancient practices around the world, Treet Traditions searches the globe for valuable knowledge and traditions of body care to enrich these ancient old traditions with the knowledge we have today, Treets ensures that these traditions become accessible for everyone. Treets wants people to rediscover these traditions, so that they will not be forgotten. The Treets Traditions products are based on proven knowledge from the past, adapted to today’s needs. 

 

Treets Traditions Bath Tea (Healing in Harmony)

Treets Traditions Bath Tea (Relaxing Chakra’s)

Treets Traditions has two sets of Bath Teas: Healing in Harmony and Relaxing Chakra’s. Both give you a relaxing scented bath so it depends on your favorite scent or your end result as to which you’d choose. Treets Traditions Healing in Harmony Bath Tea with Oatmeal flakes and Lavender blossom helps to calm sensitive and irritated skin while bathing. Treets Traditions Relaxing Chakra’s is a bath tea with Ricebran oil, Rose petals and Hibiscus helps to nourish and moisturise the skin while bathing.

Treets Traditions Bath Tea

There are three Teas in each of the boxes ($12). Directions say to put them in the tub and add hot water first, then add cooler water until you reach your desired temperature. Next let yourself go and have a relaxing bath.

The bags are made of a soft cotton that allow the herbal formulas to flow through without getting loose in your tub. I don’t know if you can reuse these but I’d give it a try personally. One of the nicest things about this is that you could travel with a tea bag without worrying if it would open in your vanity bag.

If you love the scent of either Healing in Harmany (oatmeal & lavender) or Relaxing Chakra’s (Rose Petal and Hibiscus) there are many other products in the line that would complement them like the Healing in Harmony Large Gift Set with Foaming Shower Gel, Shower Gel, and Body Lotion. Or the Relaxing Chakra’s Small Gift Set with Shower Cream, Body Scrub, and Body Lotion.

Treets Traditions Healing in Harmony Large Gift Set

Treets Traditions Relaxing Chakras Small Gift Set

The third family of products for Treet Traditions is Nourishing Spirit which has the same array of products as Healing in Harmony and Relaxing Chakra’s. I have the Shower Cream which is a delight to use. At the moment I don’t have a bathtub so I haven’t experienced the Bath Teas (bathroom should be done by mid January and I can’t wait!) But I do have a shower and the intoxicating Nourishing Spirits Shower Cream has been getting use.

Treets Traditions Nourishing Spirits Shower Cream

Treets Traditions Nourishing Spirits Shower Cream gives me a creamy cleansing without drying my skin. Traditional African Marula oil has a soothing effect and Kalahari melon oil helps to moisturize and regenerate the skin. It lathers up nicely and makes my body feel soft and hydrated. It’s tempting not to use a body lotion after but I’ll use one of my fragrance free ones so that I still have a hint of the lovely, subtle melon smell.

Now that I’ve learned about Treets Traditions it’s a brand I’ll keep my eye on. The prices are all reasonable and the products are free of SLS, SLES, parabens, silicones, colourants and mineral oils. Which scent do you think you’d like best?  —  Marcia

Ahhhhh, relax……….with Kneipp Bath Salts, Bubble Bath, and Body Oil

Kneipp bath products

There are many stressful times of the year for me, and spring is one of them. Yes, it’s beautiful…I love to see all the flowers and trees coming to life and blooming. But there are all sorts of other things that spring brings…graduations, spring cleaning, weddings, the prospect of bathing suit season…all things that send me straight into stressland.

I am very conscious of making time for self care in times of greater tension and taking care of myself physically is always my first step to de-stress. A line with some beautiful and nicely affordable body products is Kneipp. They have lots of wonderful sets that also make great gifts (two birds with one stone!!) and I love the naturopathic philosophy behind the products. People are such fans of this line that once they discover it they are fans for life.  Here are just a few of my favorites from Kneipp that never fail to keep stress away.

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Kneipp Mineral Bath Salts

Kneipp Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Mineral Bath Salts

Kneipp Mineral Bath Salts

Kneipp Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Mineral Bath Salts

Red Poppy & Hemp Pure Bliss Bath Salt (17.63 oz., $20.00)  Bath salts in general are fantastic for healing your muscles, getting rid of aches and pains, and keeping your soul grounded. The Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Bath Salts are really, really wonderful – they are everything bath salts should be and more. You remember poppies from The Wizard of Oz? They made everyone sleep. The poppies in these bath salts smell so good. They are incredibly relaxing so this is a fabulous soak for right before bed, particularly if you have troubles turning those thoughts off at night. Kneipp says, “Our mineral salt is sourced from an ancient underground salt water sea in central Germany that is the last remaining salt works in Europe using traditional pan boiling methods. This method reveals unique salt crystals free from chemical additives and environmental pollutants. Naturally very high in trace minerals such as Magnesium, Calcium and Zinc, which are absorbed by the body while soaking in your tub.” What a wonderful way to treat yourself both physically and spiritually. It’s pure bliss indeed.

Kneipp Aromatherapy Bubble Bath

Kneipp Aromatherapy Bubble Bath

I certainly enjoy life a little more every time I take a bubble bath with my May Chang & Lemon Enjoy Life Bath (3.38 fl.oz., $20.00). Shoot, just taking a sniff of this lovely citrus bubble bath puts me in a better mood. The scent is lemon-based and juicy, with a slight edge of clean mint. The formula is full of natural plant and herbal essential oils and a good soak in this lovely bubble bath is always a major treat.

Kneipp Aromatherapy Body Oil

Kneipp Aromatherapy Body Oil

Besides relaxing in a tub of beautifully scented water and tons of bubbles, I feel pampered and relaxed when I treat myself to some truly marvelous body oil. I highly recommend the Kneipp Lavender Relaxing Massage Oil (3.38 fl.oz., $23.00), which is saying something since lavender is not exactly my favorite fragrance. To me, lavender can smell sharp, soapy, and unpleasant. This scent is very soft, subtle, and feminine. It’s lovely. And the body oil itself is stellar. It’s perfect as a massage oil with lots of emollient jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. It isn’t greasy, so it’s also exemplary as a daily moisturizer (and especially terrific right after a shower because it locks in that wonderful moisture). There are several other scents I’d like to try, but boy, if you are a fan of lavender you really have to try the Kneipp Lavender Relaxing Body Oil.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Kneipp is fantastic body product line to help you remember to do so.  Happy spring! – Lisa

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Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Bath Salt Ingredients:  SODIUM CHLORIDE, PAPAVER ORIENTALE (POPPY) SEED OIL, CANNABIS SATIVA SEED OIL, CITRUS NOBILIS (MANDARIN ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, OLIBANUM, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), POLYSORBATE 20, CI 14700 (RED 4), CI 42090 (BLUE 1).

May Chang & Lemon Enjoy Life Bath ingredients:  POLYSORBATE 20, AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, LIMONENE, CITRAL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, LITSEA CUBEBA FRUIT OIL, CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) PEEL OIL, CYMBOPOGON NARDUS (CITRONELLA) OIL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL, LINALOOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), TOCOPHEROL, CI 47005 (YELLOW 10), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5).

Lavender Relaxing Massage Oil:  HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) EXTRACT, LAVANDULA LATIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA EXTRACT, RETINYL PALMITATE, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, COUMARIN, TOCOPHEROL.

Hoppy Easter from Lush!

Lush Easter

Lush Easter

My birthday was last February and knowing how much I love bath and body products my fabulous blogging partner Marcia gave me a gift certificate to Lush. I decided to wait a bit until the cool Easter products came out…holidays are the best at Lush!  They have wonderful items year round, but the LE holiday goodies are always worth the wait. I bought myself three treats that I have absolutely no plans to share with anyone else.

Lush Easter

Lush Easter

Lush Lovestruck

Lush Lovestruck

Lovestruck ($8.65) is so darn cute! Doesn’t this look just like Mr. Bill?  (And if you remember him, you are as old as me!!). He actually looks like an emoji and his happy face makes for some really happy baths. The Lovestruck bubble bar makes for thick, creamy suds that smell of lemon and geranium. I get three amazing bubble baths out of his super cute visage.While he is a LE bubble bar that was actually introduced for Valentine’s Day, I think the bright yellow happy face is perfect for spring. Hurry up and get this before it’s gone.

Lush Strawberry Feels Forever

Lush Strawberry Feels Forever

Strawberry Feels Forever ($10.95) is a fabulous springy massage bar that is a great excuse to ask your sweetie to give you a rub down. Ingredients include strawberries, hibiscus flower, and coconut oil. It smells incredible and leaves skin sooo soft. The shape is great for really digging into those muscle knots, too. While Strawberry Feels Forever isn’t LE, it is fantastic and you should put it in your shopping bag now!

Lush Chick N Mix

Lush Chick N Mix

Lush Chick N Mix inside

Lush Chick N Mix inside

Chick ‘N’ Mix ($10.95) is the ultimate Easter Lush item – gettin’ chicky with it, as Lush says! This big cute egg-shaped chicken comes already split in half. Inside is a little baby bunny…although mine looks like a little egg. It doesn’t get much cuter than this. I get three fizzy baths from it – two from the outer shell and one from the adorable tiny bunny. The scent is wonderful – citrusy bergamot mixed with vanilla caramel. Yum. By the way, the chick’s eyes are actually dairy-free chocolate chips!  It definitely makes for three sweet baths.

Lush Easter

Lush Easter

While you are buying chocolate bunnies and mounds of Peeps for everyone else, be sure to get yourself some of the really cute Lush Easter products. They will guarantee lots of ‘me’ time after the holiday!  – Lisa

*items purchased by me thanks to a fantastic birthday gift from my fab blogging partner Marcia!