Bloom Mineral Beauty helps us with all our anti-aging needs #bloommineralbeauty

We are happy to introduce you to a brand that’s new to us – Bloom Mineral Beauty! There are so many things that we discovered about Bloom including that their products utilize exclusive Dead Sea Minerals that help make you look and feel radiant, hydrated and renewed. All of their products are free of paraben, petroleum, GMOs and are cruelty free. Now we don’t necessarily dislike aging but we do dislike looking like we aged. After over 9 years of Beauty Info Zone and 10 years of writing about beauty prior to our blog we’ve learned what will help us look as young as when we first started. Bloom Mineral Beauty is on that list!

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I have two of Bloom’s purifying products that you’ll want to know about. For face is their Purifying Mud Mask and for face & body there’s the Hydrating Almond Scrub. Where do I begin?

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask and Hydrating Almond Scrub

The Purifying Mud Mask is getting less use from me than the Almond Scrub but that’s only because I use a wide variety of masks and mud masks fit into my routine about every 2 – 3 weeks. I have dry skin and mud masks are primarily for more oily skin. But I think my skin loves them too.

The Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask is special because of its ingredients. Bloom says it’s a magical combination and I know why after applying this several times. It contains black Dead Sea mud, olive oil, honey, and aloe vera. Together they provide for a deep clean but they also protect the skin’s barrier.

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask

The texture is very mud like – as it should be. It’s not uncomfortable to use and it doesn’t have a strong fragrance. It’s smells slightly earthy but nothing that bothers me for the 15 minutes I leave it on (recommendation time is 10 to 20 minutes).

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask

It doesn’t dry down completely so my face doesn’t crack. I make sure my hair is pulled way back with a shower cap or my Vintage Beauty rabbit ear headband, relax for 15 minutes, and then usually hop in the shower to remove it completely. I’ve removed at the sink too but I prefer the shower. Either way my face feels clearer and more refreshed.

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask

If you have oily to combination skin the Mud Mask is going to use natural anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties to kill bacteria and prevent breakouts. When I recently had chin breakouts this mask is what I used twice in one week and they were soon cleared up.

Bloom’s Hydrating Almond Scrub shouldn’t be used in combination with their Mud Mask but they can be used on the same day. The Almond Scrub contains both natural almond shells and mineral salts to exfoliate and reveal your radiant skin. I can use this as often as I like without a problem. Take this into your shower with you and scrub away on both face and body.

Bloom Mineral Beauty Hydrating Almond Scrub

Now looking at the photo below you’d think that the almond shells would be harmful for your skin but they are really ground finely enough that it’s not a very scrubby product. No hurting or tearing your delicate skin.

Bloom Mineral Beauty Hydrating Almond Scrub

Ingredients used help make this an extremely effective scrub. Start with dampened skin and massage a small amount on. Then wash off to reveal glowing skin. It takes just a minute to apply but a few more to remove completely.

  • Glycine Soja (soy) contains significant amounts of all the essential amino acids and is a good source of protein. It is derived from soybean amino acids and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E.
  • Almond Shell granules create a very fine grit to manually exfoliate the skins surface of dead skin cells, delivering clear and radiantly smooth skin.
  • Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salts) provides the highest concentration of  key minerals and nutrients providing optimal hydration, skin nutrition and delivering anti-aging results.

    Bloom Mineral Beauty Hydrating Almond Scrub

    I really enjoy both products but I wish that the Bloom Mineral Beauty Hydrating Almond Scrub smelled like almonds since I could pretend I was eating something delicious and decadent.


My Bloom Mineral Beauty products cover several different areas, which shows the range in this very cool line. I have two facial products and one body product, and all three are winners in my book.

The Softening Cleansing Milk ($19.95) is a lovely, gentle cleanser that leaves skin feeling very soft and smooth. I typically double cleanse so I use a makeup remover first (my favorite is the Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover) which removes mascara and such, then I use a facial cleanser. This one is great – it’s ph balanced and has wonderful ingredients like soy, glycerin and Dead Sea Salts.

This milky cleanser works great with a cleansing device like a Clarisonic or a Luna.  It leaves my skin clean and really soft and hydrated.

  • Glycine Soja (soy) Oil contains significant amounts of all the essential amino acids and is a good source of protein. It is derived from soybean amino acids and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E.
  • Glyceryl Stearate is derived from palm kernel. This lubricant easily penetrates the skin and slows the loss of moisture by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface.
  • Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salts) provides the highest concentration of  key minerals and nutrients providing optimal hydration, skin nutrition and delivering anti-aging results.

I follow cleansing with the Balancing Facial Toner ($19.95), which also features Dead Sea mineral salts. I love that this toner is alcohol-free. It has a cooling and soothing effect thanks to the cucumber, which also makes this good for sensitive skin. I just spritz about three sprays onto a cotton pad and smooth it on after cleansing and my skin is soothed and perfectly prepped for my treatment serum and moisturizer.

  • Glycerin is derived from soybean amino acids and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E. Nature’s perfect humectant.
  • Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract  contain vitamin A, C, E and K. Vitamin E which are vital for skin repair, especially for sensitive skin issues.
  • Chamomilla Recutita (chamomile) Flower Extract posses many powerful skin properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and contains essential oils and antioxidants. Additionally, is a hypoallergenic and helps to reduce skin irritants by neutralizing free radicals.
  • Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salts) provides the highest concentration of  key minerals and nutrients providing optimal hydration, skin nutrition and delivering anti-aging results.

My last product is a body product – the Shielding Body Lotion ($19.95). This is a beautifully lightweight body lotion that is fluffy and fabulous. Usually body lotions that come out of a tube are a little sticky and a little heavy, but this stuff is fab – really hydrating with amazing texture. The ingredients say there is fragrance but I can’t smell anything, so whatever is in it is extremely light. The ingredients are wonderful and include the signature Dead Sea Minerals as well as aloe vera, soy, and glycerin which creates a moisture barrier that lasts throughout the day.

Bloom Mineral Beauty Shielding Body Lotion

  • Glycine Soja (soy) contains significant amounts of all the essential amino acids and is a good source of protein. It is derived from soybean amino acids and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E.
  • Glyceryl Stearate is derived from palm kernel. This lubricant easily penetrates the skin and slows the loss of moisture by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface.
  • Aloe Vera with high concentrations of Vitamin C & E provide hydration, while it’s natural anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits work to kill bacteria and sooth the skin.
  • Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salts) provides the highest concentration of  key minerals and nutrients providing optimal hydration, skin nutrition and delivering anti-aging results.

There are many wonderful things about aging and Bloom Mineral Beauty helps us focus on the positive while reducing the negatives thanks to great products and a little help from Dead Sea Minerals. Take a few minutes to check out the entire line at

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Tone and firm with our Palmer’s Coconut Firming Body Cream and Body Sheet Mask Giveaway!

Palmer’s Coconut Firming Body Cream and Body Sheet Mask Giveaway

March is the anniversary month for Beauty Info Zone – can you believe we have been testing and writing about products for eight whole years now?  Eight years of beauty bliss!  So we especially love to give back in March and have loads of giveaways for our fabulous readers.  Today we are featuring Palmer’s and some fabulous coconut products, which makes this my favorite giveaway since coconut is always my favorite ingredient.

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You can find Palmer’s in drugstores like Target and Walmart, and I’m sure you have seen this line forever.  But they are constantly updating and upgrading their products, so give them another look!  They have some wonderful items, especially if you are crazy about coconut like I am.  The items for today’s giveaway both feature coconut and are all about tightening and toning your body.

Palmers Coconut Oil Sheet Mask

Palmers Coconut Oil Sheet Mask

Palmer’s Body Firming Sheet Masks ($5.88) are large sheet makes that fit the curves of your body.  You can use them on any problem areas, like your thighs, tummy, arms, or buttocks.  Apparently they don’t make the one I would need that covers me from neck to ankles, but I guess I can pick just a few spots!!  Anyway, the ingredients include Sustainable Fair Trade Coconut Oil, Guarana Extract and Capuacu.  The sheet mask allows the ingredients to really penetrate into the skin, and the ingredients – particularly the Guarana Extract and the Capuacu – stimulate microcirculation so your problem area becomes more toned and tightened.   This is a great thing to do on your upper arms before an event when you are wearing a sleeveless dress, or on your thighs before wearing a rather short skirt.

Palmers Coconut Oil Lotion

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Firming Lotion ($5.97) is a really lovely body lotion that has great ingredients and a fantastic scent – ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoi have been infused with Tiare flower petals. Often products that feature a coconut scent are combined with the Tiare flower, and it is a fantastic combination.

Palmers Coconut Oil Lotion

Palmers Coconut Oil Lotion

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Anti-Oxidant Firming Lotion has the same benefits as the sheet masks, helping skin drain fluid and ease water retention as well as stimulate circulation.  Skin looks and feels super smooth.  Ingredients include plant-based seaweed extract which eases fluid retention, as well as potent botanicals and coconut oil to also ease fluid retention and help stimulate circulation. Plus, it includes sweet almond oil which keeps skin elastic and toned; coconut oil which keeps skin super hydrated; and caffeine which stimulates microcirculation and lymph drainage to keep all areas looking toned and tight.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Why not enter to win these fabulous Palmer’s products for yourself?  Who doesn’t want tight, toned skin??  Help us celebrate our anniversary and enter today.  Two lucky readers will win a set of Body Firming Masks and a tube of Coconut Oil Formula Anti-Oxidant Firming Lotion. This giveaway is open to the continental US only and will be sent by the PR company. The giveaway ends on 3/22 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Good luck!  – Lisa

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Prepare to shop with some great QVC First Aid Beauty specials!

‘Tis the season for amazing specials at QVC and wow do they have some great sets at fantastic prices for First Aid Beauty right now. Two in particular are ones you might want to grab ASAP – the Set of 4 Ultra Repair Creams, which are fab last-minute teacher gifts or stocking stuffers, and the Ultra Repair 5 Piece Discovery Kit, which has all the best sellers at a kick butt price.

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First, the Set of 4 Ultra Repair Creams. These come in four festive little boxes so you don’t even have to wrap them. The four Ultra Repair Creams are in 4 oz jars and come in four scents – Original, Grapefruit, Vanilla, and Geranium. The set is selling for $29.96, and if you bought these separately you would pay $80. That is a great deal!

This lovely shea-based cream features soothing colloidal oatmeal, a wonderful skin soother. Here are the key ingredients:

  • Colloidal Oatmeal to relieve and protect skin (only FDA-approved OTC ingredient to relieve symptoms of eczema)
  • Allantoin and Eucalyptus Oil to heal/soothe skin
  • FAB Antioxidant Booster to combat free radicals
  • Ceramides and Shea Butter to moisturize and protect the skin’s barrier

It smooths on so easily and absorbs into skin in no time. It softens dry skin quickly, and is great for winter dryness and chapped skin, as well as those with eczema or sensitive skin.  

Ultra Repair Cream Benefits:

  • Provides immediate relief and visible improvement to distressed skin
  • Deeply hydrates, calms, protects and restores the skin
  • Helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to eczema and other skin conditions
  • Can be applied ANYWHERE on the body – elbows, feet, hands and even the face
  • Beautiful whipped formula absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin greasy
  • Allergy-tested; No harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances (scents derived from steamed, distilled essential oils)
  • For all skin types, even sensitive skin and skin with eczema

If you need last minute gifts, this is absolutely the answer.

Another fantastic First Aid Beauty set available on QVC right now is the Ultra Repair 5-Piece Discovery Kit. This has everything you need for beautifully hydrated skin. This kit includes the amazing Ultra Repair Cream in Original, plus Ultra Repair Cream Honeysuckle, Facial Radiance Pads, Ultra Repair Lip Therapy and Ultra Repair Honey & Oat Lip Exfoliator. It’s on sale for $32.96, and purchased separately you would pay $69.

The 28 Day Facial Radiance Pads are exfoliating treatment pads that you use right after cleansing skin. They get rid of dead skin cells, smooth skin texture, and perfectly prep skin for serums and treatments so skin gets all the benefits from the ingredients. The end result is brighter, glowing skin.

I have tubes of the Ultra Repair Cream in my desks at home and at work. I love this as hand cream because it isn’t the least bit greasy. I can slather it on then go right back to typing without getting my keyboard all nasty and slick. The Honeysuckle smells fantastic – like a warm summer’s evening.

The Ultra Repair Lip Therapy is wonderful! So soothing for dry, chapped lips…it is like a tall glass of cool water on a hot summers day. It just feels wonderful and keeps lips soft, moist, and happy.

For a really special treat, use the Ultra Repair Honey & Oat Lip Exfoliator first then follow with the Ultra Repair Lip Therapy. The Ultra Repair Honey & Oat Lip Exfoliator is a lip treatment that buffs off any dry, flaky skin while at the same time hydrating and conditioning lips. Just massage it onto dry lips, and you’ll be massaging off those dry flakes while giving lips a fabulous deep treatment. It works even better if you leave the exfoliator on your lips for about five minutes before rinsing off. Then, talk about kissable lips! They are soooo soft and kissable.  Perfect!

If you are looking for last-minute gifts, you’ve got to head over to QVC for some terrific options like the Set of 4 Ultra Repair Creams and the Ultra Repair 5-Piece Discovery Kit. Happy shopping for some really happy skin!  – Lisa

All I want for Christmas is a basket full of Rescue and Renew products from Arbonne

A basket full of Arbonne Rescue and Renew!

You know what I want under my tree? A big old basket full of Arbonne Rescue and Renew products. I could use a lot of rescuing and renewing, that’s for sure! Arbonne has everything I need to rescue and renew me from head to toe and while the whole collection makes for an amazing gift, even just one of these items brings a great big smile of relief.


Arbonne Rescue and Renew Detox Face Mask

If you have large, congested pores, Rescue & Renew Detox Face Mask ($44) comes to the rescue. This is a creamy French pink clay mask that goes on wet then pulls out dirt and oil as it dries, closing up those pores and making them look smaller in the process.
• Helps skin appear brighter and promotes the look of smoother, softer, and refreshed-looking skin
• Leaves the complexion looking cleansed and renewed
• Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin

Arbonne Rescue and Renew Detox Face Mask

• Dandelion extract contributes to detoxifying effects that promote the appearance of overall skin health
• Turmeric extract helps to promote radiant-looking skin
• Ginger root extract helps counteract the look of dull, lackluster skin by enhancing the appearance of skin radiance

As the mask dries, you can actually see where the concentration of dirt and yucky stuff is – it’s fascinating. The formula uses an oil-pulling technology with 5 self-neutralizing acids to clean skin and leave it looking brighter, plus it has rosemary oil which is very hydrating so skin stays wonderfully moisturized. This is a terrific face mask with great ingredients that lives up to Rescue and Renew name!

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Wash

The Rescue Renew Detox Body Wash ($32) is a lovely, citrus-y smelling body wash that leaves skin cleansed and detoxed yet moist and hydrated at the same time. I always have problems in the winter with dry, itchy skin but whenever I use this body wash my skin feels great. The citrus scent comes from grapefruit and orange essential oils, and the formula also has two excellent skin conditioning agents – alfalfa and chicory root extracts.
• Cleans oil, dirt and other impurities from the skinto help revive lackluster-looking skin
• Helps improve the look of skin’s clarity and brightness
• Hydrates and replenishes moisture content tohelp skin look softer and smoother
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Wash

• Alfalfa and chicory extracts help improve the appearance of skin tone and smoothness
• Mineral salt helps balance the skin’s appearance, revealing a smoother, brighter surface

I think this is a perfect body wash for winter since it takes of dry, itchy skin and it’s especially good for morning showers because that citrus scent wakes you up and gets you in a great mood for the rest of the day.

I absolutely love body oils and the Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Oil ($50) has gone to the top of my favorites list. It has a lovely scent with aromatic essential oils including orange, lavender, anise, and bergamot. It makes for a terrific massage oil but I use this in the mornings after a shower when my skin is still a little damp. Rescue & Renew Detox Oil has grape seed oil which is so good for skin…it keeps it nice and firm, and it also has sesame seed oil which helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.  

• Helps to promote the appearance of healthy, radiant skin
• Delivers hydration and helps skin to retain moisture
• Improves the appearance of dull, lackluster and tired-looking skin, helping skin look softer and smoother

The ingredients are truly top-notch.

• Vitamin E, with antioxidant properties, helps protect skin’s moisture barrier
• Grape seed and sesame oils moisturize to support collagen, helping to promote firmer-looking skin
• Argan oil — with antioxidants, vitamin E,and essential fatty acids — moisturizes and conditions skin

Rescue & Renew Detox Oil is a great alternative to body lotion because it’s not sticky or gooey. This is a wonderful gift to give or receive!

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Lotion

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Lotion

For those who love the basics, lotion is a great choice – skin can always use some rescuing with a little body lotion! The Rescue and Renew Detox Body Lotion ($36) features anise seed oil, which brightens dull skin, along with vitamin B5 for softening and smoothing. This is a shea butter-based lotion but it’s still light and fluffy, and it smells wonderful thanks to the orange, lavender, anise and bergamot essential oils.
• Promotes smooth-looking skin through moisturization
• Provides immediate hydration while also replenishing skin’s natural moisture barrier
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
• Alfalfa and chicory extracts help improve the appearance of skin tone and smoothness
• Shea butter, a body conditioner, helps moisturize dry skin
• Vitamin B5, a humectant, emollient and moisturizer, helps skin look soft and smooth

Even though it’s light and fluffy it still works wonders on my crazy dry feet. I slather a bunch on at night then cover my feet with cozy socks and in the morning I have heels and toes to be proud of.

Rescue and Renew Detox Soak

Rescue and Renew Detox Soak

A long, soaky bath is a sure way to rescue and renew after a tough day, especially if you fill your tub with Rescue and Renew Detox Soak ($38) These sea salt crystal dissolve quickly and soften the water as well as your skin. They get rid of surface impurities from skin leaving it nice and clean, plus bath it in wonderful ingredients like turmeric root which promotes radiance, as well as tons of wonderful botanical essential oils including grapefruit, tangerine, lavender, juniper berry, ginger, orange, and rosemary. 

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

So this is interesting….I was excited to try the Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee ($58), which comes in either a big tub or else in a box with 10 separate tubes. This is a great gift for the sports enthusiast or the loved one who is on their feet all day and night.  Smooth some of this cooling gel into sore, tired muscles for a terrific cool down and fantastic hydration. The sensation is absolute heaven!  Really interesting ingredients include green algae to smooth skin, juniper berry fruit oil to moisturize and create a moisture barrier keeping moisture in, and aromatic lavender and tangerine peel oils to just help you feel peaceful and happy.

• Moisturizes to promote skin elasticity,helping dimpled skin appear smooth and soft
• Provides immediate hydration while also replenishing skin’s natural moisture barrier
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
• Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

A little more info on the ingredients – aromatic essential oils like orange, lavender, grapefruit, and tangerine help you relax, while shea butter and vitamin E gets rid of any dry patches. Caffeine moisturizes and helps reduce any bumpy areas, plus it’s an antioxidant and helps fight off free radicals. This is a great product that nourishes your body and your soul!

Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub

Another excellent way to detox, the Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub ($50) is a fabulous exfoliating scrub that is gentle but extremely effective. Skin is constantly renewing itself, which means you have dry, dead skin cells on the surface that need to be removed. If they aren’t, they build up and clog pores, leading to all kinds of skin drama that you don’t want. This lovely combo of coriander seed oil and avocado oil plus sea salt gently removes all the dead stuff and all the dirt and oil, leaving beautifully soft, radiant skin.

Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub

• Cleanses to combat the daily wear and tear of environmental exposure and pollution by effectively clearing pores of excess oil, dead skin, and buildup
• Helps improve the appearance of radiant, brightened skin
• Hydrates to promote the appearance of softer and smoother skin, leaving skin feeling touchably soft
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
• Safe for all skin types includingsensitive skin
• Dermatologist-tested• Vegan
• Vitamin E, with antioxidant properties, helps protect skin’s moisture barrier
• Avocado oil, with moisturizing properties, helps protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier from water loss
• Coriander seed oil, with antioxidants, soothes skin
• Passion fruit seed oil moisturizes skin

This is a really wonderful, gentle sea salt scrub that smells fabulous – like oranges and grapefruits – that works!

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Last but not least, no gift list is complete without a hand cream recommendation! I have hand cream everywhere – next to my bed, next to my computer, in my desk at work, in my car, in my purse…I just can’t get enough. And I can’t enough Arbonne Shea Butter Hand Cream ($20). It smells yummy, soft and buttery. It moisturizes beautifully and soaks in quickly, so I can get back to typing or whatever right away without leaving those tell-tale greasy spots. The ingredient list includes skin happy ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E, and coconut oil. It’s all good stuff and a wonderful hand cream that even the most picky person on your list will love.

Arbonne uses pure, botanically based ingredients that contain no animal products or by-products | artificial flavors | artificial sweeteners | benzene | bisphenol-a | carbon black | formaldehyde-donating preservatives | hydroquinone | mineral oil | parabens | petrolatum | phthalates | sodium laureth sulfates (SLES) | sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) | synthetic dyes | talc | triclosan | triethanolamine (TEA). You can find the products reviews and so much more online at  Happy shopping!! – Lisa

The perfect gift exchange gifts: Zoella Beauty!

Zoella bath and body

Have you tried Zoella Beauty yet? You can find it at Ulta. This is cutest, sweetest line. I just love it. Everything is wonderful…I love it for my girls, I love it for myself…I can’t seem to get enough! The packaging is simply adorable, and what’s inside is even better. Here are three things that I think you will want to see under your tree or in your stocking this holiday…and they especially make really sweet gifts for Secret Santa exchanges!

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Zoella Soak Opera

Zoella Soak Opera ($9.99) What’s not to love about this big bottle of beautifully scented bubble bath/shower gel? The packaging is adorable. The name is cuter than cute.  The fragrance is yummy – fresh and clean but slightly sweet and girly. The ingredients are terrific with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Aloe Extracts, which means super soft and supple skin. And it’s a multi-tasker! Got time for a nice long soaky bath?  Soak Opera is THERE for you, with tons of bubbles that last and last. Only have a few minutes to get cleansed and refreshed? Again, Soak Opera is your friend, THERE for you, waiting to be poured into your sponge to make a beautiful lather to cleanse your skin to soft, satiny sheen. Pure love.

Zoella Creamly Madly Dreamy

Zoella Creamly Madly Dreamy swatch

Zoella’s Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion ($6.50) is a big, 5.4 fl. oz. tube of luscious body lotion for an incredibly low price. It smells soft and feminine, like a big old hug from your favorite girl friend, the one who never judges you and is also down for eating an entire pizza while watching old episodes of The Office. Skin adores Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion because it’s full of Vitamin E, Aloe and Shea Butter. This is a perfect Secret Santa gift that your giftee will be thanking you for all year.

Zoella Soap Pop

Zoella Beauty Soap on a Stick ($6.50) is beyond adorable!! Of course, everything seems better on a stick. Why not soap? The packaging is beyond cute and this soap has all good stuff in it – Vitamin E, Shea Butter, and Aloe. It has that same awesome fresh and girly fragrance. Plus, there’s a really cute surprise – once all the soap is gone, you’ll find one of five secret messages written by Zoe herself on the stick inside – how much fun is that??

I love the holiday season and Secret Santa exchanges are so much fun. Zoella Beauty is a terrific line to look at for adorable, wallet friendly items that your pal will absolutely adore, and they are easy to find at Ulta. Check these out as well as all the other fabulous finds from this lovely line.  – Lisa

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe is the perfect choice for fragrance-free bath and body

When you  are looking at Nubian Heritage products you’ll be oohing and aahing over all the amazing scents and combinations they have to offer: Coconut & Papaya, Olive Oil & Green Tea, Mango Butter – to name a few. So why is it that I’m oohing and aahing over their fragrance-free products instead?

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe


If you know anything about me you know that fragrance just isn’t my thing. It started with severe migraines growing up and continuing on through middle age. Several things could either start a migraine or make it worse and scent was a trigger. Now I’ve gotten to the point that I just prefer fragrance-free products in my life. For other people wanting fragrance-free could be that the wonderful bath/body products don’t work with their perfume, body chemistry, or they are allergic. For some it’s that they don’t like adding the chemicals in scented products or that issues like rosacea and eczema make them especially sensitive to fragrant products. I do like some fragrances but given the choice I’m going to pick scent free.

Now after that long “all about me” introduction let me tell you about Nubian Heritage which Lisa, my blog partner, loves because she loves the fragrance (her Coconut & Papaya review). Their Shea Butter & Aloe products are my choice and will continue to grace my body.

Due to common fragrance allergies and skin issues such as rosacea, eczema and irritation, more and more consumers are wary of products with added chemicals and therefore, opting for fragrance-free products.

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe Body Wash

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe

When looking for a body wash I want one that hydrates, cleanses, and washes cleanly away. I’ve been taking slightly cooler showers after reading the advice of a dermatologist who said that we dry out our skin by using water that’s too hot. I like getting out of the shower and not having my mirrors all steamy and my body freezing from the drastic temperature difference.

But what I really like is the feeling of cleanliness and freshness from this Shea Butter & Aloe fragrance-free Body Wash. It’s soothing,not harsh at all so I feel gently cleansed.

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe Body Lotion

This is the star of this small collection. Both products are enriched with Organic Fair Trade Shea and Cocoa Butter to gently soften and condition your skin. They are also both formulated with Aloe Vera that naturally hydrates and with Vitamin E which is high in antioxidants.

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe

I’ve been using this twice a day and noticing that my body isn’t flaky anymore. I can take off my pants at night and not find my body dandruff falling on the bathroom floor. It feels good whether I’m using it on damp skin after my shower or at night when I’m getting ready for bed. And it doesn’t disturb my sleep which is a giant plus.

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe Lotion

This lotion feels so good when I apply it, especially at night after a long day. It’s refreshing and not the least bit greasy. It absorbs within a few minutes so that my jammies don’t cling to me.

Now that I’ve discovered products like Nubian Heritage I’m a much softer person. Now if they’d make this in a hand cream I’d be set but until then the lotion will continue to do double duty.

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe fragrance free collection

You can find Nubian Heritage at the Vitamin Shoppe and on their website. If my experience and Lisa’s has anything to tell you it’s that this nicely priced line should be in your life.  —  Marcia


Their story:

Passionate about sharing our products and the cultures they come from, we’ve been guided by our community’s demand for wellness products that spoke to their unique needs and have drawn on the rich healing philosophies of these communities around the globe

Guided- by the legacy of ancient Nubia, the world’s first melting pot, we remix global healing traditions into modern wellness solutions. Ancient Nubia was once a center of cultural trade — a place where goods, ideas, and customs from across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean came together, influenced each other, and then spread across the ancient world. That’s the inspiration behind Nubian Heritage. We bring together traditional healing practices, cultural wisdom and indigenous ingredients, remix them and create modern natural solutions for skin and hair. This is our mission: to make cultural exchange the model for transforming the global community.


Lotion ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parka (Shea) Butter***, Ethyl Palmate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter***, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Beta Glucan, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Phytate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient **Fair Trade Ingredient


Smells so good! Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products


Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products

Smelling fantastic from head to toe thanks to products that are environmentally responsible, animal-friendly, and free of all the bad stuff like synthetics and sulfates is as easy as taking a quick trip to Whole Foods or the Vitamin Shoppe (or even just surfing the web). Your quick trip will bring you to this amazing line, Nubian Heritage. I was initially intrigued because they have a full line of Coconut & Papaya products and when it comes to coconut…well, I’m kind of easy. Actually, Nubian Heritage has 15 different collections, from Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed to Ivorian Cocoa & Hazelnut. Their body products take care of you from head to toe, but before I tell you about those here’s a little more background on the company.

Nubian Heritage first started in Harlem 25 years ago. Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman were college roommates and they wanted to make products using traditional African recipes with fair trade, organic ingredients. In fact, “they were inspired by the legacy of ancient Nubia, which was once a center of cultural trade – a place where goods, ideas, and customs from across Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East were exchanged and spread across the world. The street vendors brought together global healing practices, cultural wisdom and indigenous ingredients to create modern wellness solutions that were highly sought after.”

The product range available at Nubian Heritage is incredible and I am just blown away at the quality of every product I tested. Everything is wonderful, and the prices are fabulously affordable.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion ($13): Wow, this smells sooo good!! The Body Lotion is a light, creamy lotion packed full of great ingredients:  coconut oil, papaya extract, shea butter, aloe vera, and vitamin E. The papaya extract has papain enzymes, which act as a gentle exfoliator, making skin even smoother and softer. Skin is super hydrated and feels fabulous. The bottle is big and $13 is a great price – a little goes a long way so it’s a nice value, especially for an environmentally conscious company.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Wash

Coconut & Papaya Body Wash ($13): The Body Wash smells just as delicious as the Body Lotion and I love showering up with it. It’s a very gentle cleanser but I definitely feel clean afterward, even after a grueling, sweaty workout. Ingredients include lots of hydration for skin, including coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and papaya.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Coconut & Papaya 24 Hour Deodorant ($9):  This is a glycerin/silica/cornstarch based deodorant that stands out for me because it smells so darn good. I am really crazy about this scent! The fact that it also has coconut oil and doesn’t flake or give underarms a white cast is a plus, too.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream ($10): The Hand Cream is much thicker than the Body Lotion, so thick it takes some effort to squeeze it out of the tube. The scent, again, is to die for…juicy papaya and deep, rich coconut. This is what you want to slather on dry elbows, scaly knees, and frayed cuticles.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Coconut & Papaya Body Cleansing Smoothie (formerly Hand & Body Scrub – $12): Nubian Heritage recently went through some repackaging and I believe they changed the name of this skin exfoliator. Ingredients include coconut oil, papaya, organic shea butter, and vanilla extract. You can use this on your body in the shower to soften rough areas or for an all-over exfoliation. I like to leave it right by the sink and use it on my hands and cuticles. My hands feel totally incredible afterward.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs ($15): These effervescent bath bombs really are the bomb! They are made with coconut oil and papaya extract, so like the other products in this line they subtly exfoliate and create glowy skin while also hydrating like crazy. Why not get that lovely skin treatment while relaxing in warm bath water? Aaahhhh….sounds great to me!!

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap ($5)  This lovely big bar of soap is just wonderful – it has that great coconut and papaya scent, and the soap is full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. It’s exactly what you want next to the sink so you can relax for that one moment when washing your hands, transported to somewhere tropical and fabulous.

Nubian Heritage has literally hundreds of culturally authentic natural products that are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, DEA, silicones, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrance and artificial color, and never tested on animals.  You can find them online at or at the Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods and other fine retailers.  – Lisa