A trip to the tropics with Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

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A few years ago I traveled to Costa Rica, and I still think about those incredible beaches and lush tropical forests.  Phytocéane recently came out with an amazing hydrating body water spray that takes me right back to that fantastic yoga retreat I visited in Costa Rica thanks to the beautiful scent, and it also gives me soft, moisturized skin.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

 COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water ($48) is a body spray with a gorgeous tropical fragrance that is a combination of peach, apple, melon and pineapple blended with jasmine, cedar and musk. A few sprays of this and WOW – I am instantly transported to Costa Rica!  The scent is beachy yet elegant, and it’s soft and not overpowering.  Absolutely perfect for summer.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water is also great for hydrating dry skin.  The main ingredient is jania, which is a sustainably-cultivated red vegetal coral that provides skin with intense hydration.  It leaves my skin feels wonderfully soft and fresh, something I really appreciate since it gets very dry and itchy during long hot days.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

The combination of beautiful tropical scent and soothing hydration for skin makes the Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water a real winner and one of my favorite products this summer.  You can find this as well as all the other fantastic Phytoceane products at lespausa.com.  – Lisa

Is it love or just a crush? Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist

Photo of Rio de Janeiro beach from Travel Channel

If I can’t be at the beach on these lazy summer days, I at least want to smell like I am there – and what better beach than the gorgeous sandy paradise of Rio de Janeiro? I jumped at the chance to try Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist ($32 – 8.1 fl oz; SephoraSephora.com) in the hopes that I could instantly be transported with a simple spritz. You might recognize this line as Sephora’s “Rookie of the Year” for skin care last year thanks to their Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. People went crazy for the scent, so Sol de Janeiro turned it into a body mist fragrance.

Brazilians believe in “cheirosa,” something I am also pretty obsessive about – it means to smell amazing and delicious all day long. I went to a party recently and a group of people were trying to figure out who smelled so incredible…and they finally realized it was me! Highest compliment ever in my book. Brazilian Crush is a fragrance that you can use head to toe, from your hair to your skin to your clothes, and it keeps you smelling fantastic all day long.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush

 Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist is mostly a mix of pistachio and salted caramel. Fragrance notes include:

  • Top: pistachio, almond
  • Mid: heliotrope, jasmine petals
  • Dry: vanilla, salted caramel, sandalwood

    Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush

It smells surprisingly spicy and not foody at all. This is an addictive scent with a definite wild side – I can totally picture women wearing this and string bikini. Whether or not you are into wearing string bikinis this year, if you like beachy, tropical scents with a bit of spice you are going to find that the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist is more of a long time love and not just a crush. Check it out at  Sephora.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

Yummy! be Delectable from Cake Beauty

Next time you walk into Kohl’s, go ahead and look for something sinfully sweet.  You will find it in the body product section at the be Delectable from Cake Beauty display.  This line might not take away the rumbling in your tummy, but it will leave your skin feeling and smelling delicious.

Delectable Cake Beauty

be Delectable from Cake Beauty

be Delectable has five different body products that are available in four different scents.  They sent two of their body products for me to test: the Coconut & Cream Decadent Hair and Body Mist ($10) and the Strawberry and Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream ($12).  I am a ‘foody’ scent person, and I love body products, so it sounded almost as good as coconut ice cream covered in strawberries.

Coconut & Cream Body Spray

Coconut & Cream Body Mist

I use a body mist every day and I have very particular preferences.  I like a body mist that isn’t too wet because I don’t like standing around without my clothes on…I just don’t have the time to fend off all the handsome men.  Actually, I am always running late, so waiting for fragrance to dry is annoying. The Decadent Hair and Body Mist is on the wet side, but if I hold the bottle far away it results in a finer, faster drying spray.  The Coconut & Cream scent is aptly named as it’s a creamy coconut fragrance without a lot of complexity.  This is a great hair and body mist for those who don’t want a super strong scent.  My teenage daughter absolutely loves it, and the price is definitely right.

The Strawberry and Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream is a thick and super moisturizing lotion that really softens hands.  Ingredients include mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera so it tackles rough skin and cuticles with ease.

Strawberry & Cream Hand Lotion

Strawberry & Cream Hand Lotion

Strawberry & Cream

Strawberry & Cream Hand Cream

The fragrance in this is again pretty straightforward – it smells like sweetened strawberries.  The scent intensity is a little stronger in the hand cream and it lingers for a long time.  A little bit of this hand cream goes a long way, so the price is excellent and the tube lasts a very long time.

Other scents available from be Delectable include Lemon & Cream and Vanilla & Cream.  Next time you are at Kohl’s be sure to check out this sweet-smelling line, or do a little online shopping at http://be-delectable.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Giveaway alert! Lanikai Bath and Body Tropical Body Mist, plus an Island Tropical Spa Set

If you missed our previous popular Lanikai Bath and Body giveaway, here’s your chance to win again!
a gift for you from Lanikai

a gift for you from Lanikai

Lanikai is sponsoring a holiday giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers which includes their new Tropical Body Mist plus an Island Tropical Spa Set. All together this fantastic giveaway is a $103 value!

tons of great gift ideas

tons of great gift ideas

free giftwrap

free gift wrapping!

Lanikai Bath and Body is truly an excellent option for buying gifts for the holidays. It’s easy breezy to shop online for Christmas gifts and there are lots of gift sets available. The Lanikai store is in Hawaii but they not only ship worldwide (at flat rate prices when available)- they also gift wrap… for free!

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Lanikai Tropical Body Mist in Beach

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getting my Hawaii on

Lanikai sent their new Tropical Body Mist ($10.50) to try and what a treat it is. The Beach scent smells like the ocean and the body mist is so refreshing. It’s a great way to wear a subtle scent for the day and it’s wonderfully hydrating with purified water, aloe vera, witch hazel, black willowbark, and white tea. I spray this on and am immediately transported to the tropics! It comes in four other scents, including Pikake, Tahitian Gardenia, Plumeria, and Orchid Vanilla.

Lucky for us, the wonderful folks at Lanikai are sponsoring a fantastic giveaway. The winner will receive a refreshing Tropical Body Mist, as well as an Island Tropical Spa Set ($92.50), which has everything you need for a perfect spa day.
You want to win this!

You want to win this!

This beautiful gift set includes six full size products including Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion, Body Butter, Hawaiian Mineral Soaking Salt, Exfoliating Scrub, and a Handmade Soap Bar.  What a wonderful way to put some Hawaii into your holiday!  – Lisa
*product reviewed and giveaway prize courtesy of Lanikai
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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Seven Perfect Gift Ideas

Are you looking for wonderful, unique gifts for the holidays? I have seven amazing recommendations that will take care of even the most finicky gift-getters.  Some were sent to the BIZ for consideration, some were bought by me, all will make those ‘special someones’ very, very happy.

So many choices!!

Fortune Keeper – so many choices.  Check out the kitty cat one!

1.  For the spiritual deep thinkers who love holiday decor, check out Fortune Keeper Dream Wishes Collection Rhinestone Holiday Ornaments ($24).

The ornaments come gift-ready in silver organza tie bags along with a beautiful card.

Fortune

Fortune Keeper ornament in a pretty silver bag

Fortune

such a beautiful card!!

Each ornament is hand crafted and has a resin image tile along with a clear resin tile (7/8″ x 2 3/8″). They are crowned with rhinestone beads and a silver wire star topper. The ornament slides open and holds a paper upon which the owner writes his/her wishes and dreams for the new year.

Fortune

how it works

Fortune

this is the Red Dream Wishes Ornament

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from the side

Fortune

rhinestone beads and silver wire star topper

Fortune

take the paper out, write your dreams and wishes, and it’s a beautifully personalized gift

There are lots of other great gift ideas at Fortune Keeper as well, including bracelets, key chains, and necklaces.  Let the browsing begin!

 

Savvy

Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillow Case in Truffle

2.  For the gorgeous guy or gal who wants to wake up to perfect skin, Savvy Sleepers Satin Pillow Cases (from $36) are a perfect choice.

When I saw Dr. Oz recommending satin pillow cases in an episode last January, I knew the Savvy Sleeper was something I needed. Silk pillow cases are too slippery…the Savvy Sleeper satin is perfect, super soft but you don’t slide off the pillow.

I absolutely adore my satin pillow case in Truffle, which is a pure black. This pillow case hides all sins, even the occasional ‘oops I fell asleep in my makeup!’ sin. It comes in both standard and king size and is machine washable. I have my special satin pillow on my bed and my hubby knows – don’t even think about stealing this pillow from me while I am sleeping!!

Why is a satin pillow case essential? Dermatologists recommend it for keeping skin smooth and free of wrinkles. You won’t wake up with the dreaded ‘facial crease’ after a night of heavy sleeping. No matter what, skin looks smooth thanks to the low sheen satin pillow case. Plus it is fantastic for preserving hair styles and blow-outs.

I also adore that the Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillow Cases have a secret pocket. Put hair ties, earrings, or headphones into it…I keep hoping my hubby will slip a cute little note in one day.

Savvy

What can you hide in the secret pocket…how about ear plugs?

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Or even better, breath mints!

Besides Truffle, other shades available include Nappacino, a creamy light tan, and White Russian, which turns pillows into white satin clouds.

Great news –Savvy Sleeper has created a 20% off code for Beauty Info Zone. Use BEAUTYINFO through Dec. 20, 2013 for 20% off your order.

 

Paco

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense

3.  For the guy who wants to smell like a million bucks, there is no better gift than Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense ($84 for 3.4 oz, $63 for 1.7 oz) men’s fragrance.  

Not only does it smell like a million bucks, it looks like a millions bucks…quite literally.

Paco

1 Million Intense

Paco

fantastic packaging

looks just like a bar of gold

looks just like a bar of gold

1 Million Intense is a very manly, sexy scent that was just released in September. This cologne is not for wimps – check out the notes: top notes are blood mandarin, cardamom, black pepper and saffron; heart notes are rose absolute, neroli, and cinnamon; base notes are white leather, orris root, patchouli, and sandalwood. All together it equals fresh and spicy with a touch of leather. And the packaging is nothing short of brilliant – it looks like a bar of gold. Guys who like some bling will love this gift.

 

Bango

Bango

4.  For the do-it-yourselfer who loves ingenious inventions, a fantastic option is the Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99, available at Ulta, Amazon, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond).

Celebrity stylist Trey Burnette invented the Bango® after he got tired of his clients attempting to do their own trims in between haircut appointments. This neat little package really has everything you need to keep your hair looking perfect in between salon visits.

Bango

Inside Bango

Bango

2 sectioning clips and comb

Bango

Instructional DVD and 5″ Precision Shears

You can trim bangs, split ends, and top layers to keep hair looking fresh. It’s nicely affordable, and this is one practical gift that people will be thanking you for again and again. It comes with an instructional DVD, 5″ Precision Shears, 2 hair clips, a comb, and the Bango® tool. The Bango®  tool is “a patented at-home hair trimming tool that is calibrated with three comb tension to hold hair as tightly as a stylist and has straight and arched cutting edges and cutting teeth for texturizing ends.” What that means is it’s easy to trim hair – plus you can trim a little at a time to avoid the dreaded too-short bangs.

Bango

three comb tension

Bango

holds hair in place just like your stylist would

The Bango® tool has both straight and arched cutting edges with teeth so it’s easy to do all sorts of things, including blunt bangs, textured bangs, side bangs, top-layer trims, short hair, men’s bangs and children’s bangs. This is THE practical gift of the season.

 

Juara

Juara Skincare Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Shower Gel

5.  For the girly girl who loves her showers and baths, you can’t go wrong with Juara Skincare Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Shower Gel ($28).

Oh my goodness…this is a huge bottle of shower/bath gel that has beautiful packaging and the most gorgeous scent ever.

Juara

one huge bottle of showering bliss

Juara

love the packaging, it’s so pretty and elegant

I am a huge fan of jasmine, so this shower/bath gel was right up my alley with its sweet but not cloying scent of jasmine tea leaves.  It’s a perfect skin cleanser that doesn’t dry out skin and in fact nourishes it with white, black and green teas.  There is no sulfate in it, so it’s super gentle and non-irritating.  And the bottle is so huge, it will probably last until next Christmas!

The packaging is just plain gorgeous, with a beautiful and elegant floral design.  Anyone who loves bath and body products will be completely thrilled to find this under the tree.

 

SunyIslandBlu

SunyIslandBlu

6. For the good smelling friend who believes in supporting small businesses, I highly recommend SunyIslandBlu Soap Company on Etsy.  

I recently bought five body sprays from SunyIslandBlu Soap Company after I found them on Etsy, and I am totally bowled over by the high quality and the absolutely yummy scents.

SunyIslandBlu Body Sprays

SunyIslandBlu Body Sprays

Mmmm....loving the Cabana Coconut Body Spray

Mmmm….loving the Cabana Coconut Body Spray

I am on an eternal quest for the perfect body mist fragrances, a lighter way to wear fragrance…which led me to SunyIslandBlu.  All of Suny’s products are made by herself and her daughters in small batches by hand with only high quality, natural ingredients.  Her products have an island inspired theme, and the emphasis is on “using bold colors, unique fragrances, and high quality skin friendly ingredients with none of the icky stuff.”  You can also find handmade soaps, body lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, and perfume oils at Suny’s shop.

I love my fantastic body sprays so much, I placed another order as gifts for my friends!  Here’s what is on the way to my doorstep right now:  Island Chic Whipped Cream Soap, Tobacco Caramel Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner in Island Coconut, Hair Detangler in Island Chic, and a Perfume Oil Set of three roll-on fragrance oils.  I chose Exotic Coconut, Island Coconut, and Toasted Marshmallow.  Hmmm…come to think of it, a lot of these might just be under MY tree with my name on the tag!!

Suny is a real sweetheart, and has offered a special code just for BIZ readers!!  The coupon code is “BEAUTYINFO” and it is for 20% off.  Now you definitely have reason to buy for the people on your list…and also for yourself.

 

Shinola in Detroit

Shinola in Detroit

7.  Speaking of supporting small businesses, an absolutely fantastic local company – everything is made in Detroit, by people who live here and raise their families here – is Shinola.

Shinola is a small manufacturing company that creates handmade watches, bicycles, and leather goods.  This  amazing local company makes beautiful, unique, sturdy pieces that will last through generations in your family.

On my Christmas wish list is the Women’s Bixby Bicycle ($1950).  Yup, pretty spendy…but this vintage looking yet totally modern bike makes my heart go pitter-patter.

The Women's Bixby Bicycle by Shinola

The Women’s Bixby Bicycle by Shinola

What does the hubby want?  This watch:

The Runwell Watch

The Runwell Watch

This particular version of The Runwell ($550) has a huge 47 mm face that fits my husband’s Popeye forearms. The watches are Shinola are truly spectacular, do yourself a favor and check out the colors and styles for both women and men.

Honestly, my husband and I would both love just about anything from this store. You’ve got to take a look at the online website…simply gazing at the handcrafted products put together with so much love makes you feel like everything is right in the world.

Any one of these seven items/websites will make those on your gift list happy…so what do you think will make it under that tree this year??  – Lisa

*some items were sent for review, some purchased by me, all opinions are completely my own.

Perlier Italian Sorbet Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water – yummy in all ways

Perlier Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water

If you were always taught not to play with food but you wanted to anyway, I have the next best thing for you. You can play to your heart’s content and at the same time refresh and moisturize your body. Brand new to Perlier in their Italian Sorbet line is the amazing Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water. When you hear the name it surely sounds unusual and it is, all while being terrific.

Perlier Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water

Perlier Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water

I’ve never heard of a body water personally so when this was available for me to try through iFabbo I was really excited about it. It’s sold on HSN and here’s what I learned:

  • Sparkling and crisp
  • Moisturizes and refreshes in one step
  • Makes your skin pleasantly smooth and scented
  • Crackles when applying to skin
  • Provides sudden and strong cooling effect
  • Formulated with food ingredients, just like a true fruit sorbet
  • Fresh and light texture gives a sorbet-like effect on the skin
  • Made in Italy
Perlier Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water

Perlier Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water

There are a few things that get me going about Perlier’s Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water. I am a scent-aphobic except when it comes to citrus. I find that citrus scented products are natural and refreshing. Most don’t feel artificial, especially this Cracking Ice Body Water. The scent is so subtle that it makes me wanting more.  It wouldn’t interfere with other products you use.

Perlier Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water bubbles

Perlier Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water bubbles

It’s moisturizing but not greasy. It’s sort of magical actually. You squirt it out and you see bubbles that make a sound like Rice Krispies. They crackle. Put your hand on these bubbles to spread it and you hear the crackling sound even stronger. It’s so much fun! I’d be afraid to try it on kids since they’d never want you to stop. You’d use up your precious bottle way too fast. But it’s gentle enough for your kids – just wait til you are almost done with it, be a little selfish for a change. If you want to see it in action check out this short video.

This is the perfect summer treat – there are no calories and it cools you down. You can use it any time of the day; I like it when I get out of the shower. Or you could take it with you while you are lounging outside and use it for a deliciously refreshing cool down. This is only available on HSN and I have a $5 off code for you: ifabbo5. It’s a delicious way to enjoy summer. — Marcia

*this was received from an ifabbo program #PerlierOnHSN

Introducing Lulah

I am loving a brand new fashion-fragrance brand that was sent to us. The name of the line is Lulah, and it’s the brainchild of one of my most favorite body care lines, Thymes.

Lulah

Lulah

Isn’t it bright and pretty? Lulah is such a sunny, happy line with sweet packaging and even sweeter prices.

The Lulah Collection has several different body products including body wash, body lotion, body mist and hand cream. There are five different scents available including Peony, Magnolia Fig, Vanilla Orchid, Citron and Tamarind Ginger. And even better the prices for these hefty bottles of goodness range from $9-$13. My pocketbook is thrilled!

Lulah

Lulah Vanilla Orchid Body Lotion

The first fragrance I chose to try was the Vanilla Orchid. This scent is a beautiful combination of orchid, jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, and tonka bean.

Lulah

Lulah up close – isn’t it pretty?

The Body Lotion ($13.25) is a large bottle of creamy white lotion that truly moisturizes. It’s full of soy protein and lots of emollients and I love how it comes with a pump if you’d prefer that to a squeeze bottle.

Lulah

Vanilla Orchid Body Lotion swatch

This is a wonderfully lightweight lotion that sinks in quickly, making it perfect for warmer seasons.

Lulah

Lulah Magnolia Fig Body Mist

I chose the Magnolia Fig Body Mist ($11.00). I adore a good body mist to layer over lotion or to wear just by itself. I especially appreciate body mists when regular perfume is just too heavy – like when it’s really hot out, or when I have a headache coming on.

Magnolia Fig is a greener, cleaner scent than Vanilla Orchid. Notes include fig. petitgrain. mandarin orange, lemon peel, magnolia, and soft woods.

Try spraying your sheets and pillowcases with this, it’s really divine!

Overall, this is a wonderful new line that smells great and is extremely affordable. If you love body products, put this on your to-do list!  – Lisa

Lulah’s No-Nos:

No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, mineral oil, propylene glycol, SLS/SLES, or animal derived ingredients. Never animal tested.

*pr samples