Beating the winter dry skin blues with LaVanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Lavender

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I am addicted to body moisturizers all year-long – in the summer, I love body oils. In the winter, my skin is exceptionally dry, so I love body butters. I’ve used and loved LaVanila’s The Healthy Body Butter ($19) in the past, but this was my first time trying the Vanilla Lavender scent.  Usually I stay away from lavender…it’s just too sharp for me and sometimes it even triggers a migraine. But this soft, sweet scent has won me over!                                                                                                                                                                 sample

There are many reasons why I always have a big tube of The Healthy Body Butter on my bathroom counter. Lots of body butter have things I’m not crazy about, like parabens, silicone and mineral oils. Those kinds of ingredients clog up your pores, actually blocking the absorption of the good ingredients. The Healthy Body Butter is indeed healthy, because it doesn’t have any of the bad stuff but it has plenty of vitamins and antioxidants.
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LaVanila The Healthy Body Butter

The lotion is subtly scented and pairs beautifully with other scents. It has 100% pure shea and cocoa butters to moisturize, along with goji berry and Kakadu Plus for anti-oxidant power. This body butter is sooo thick and creamy, it really does seem almost buttery. It looks like it would take a little work to get it absorbed, but it soaks in beautifully and leaves my skin softly scented and super smooth. The 100% pure shea & cocoa butters make it a great winter protectant. You smell good and you feel soft. The Vanilla Lavender is a blend of Spanish Lavender, rose and vanilla, which makes for a very soft but sexy scent.

If you’re like me and constantly battling dry winter skin, be sure to pick up one of these big huge tubes of goodness from LaVanila!  – Lisa

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I’m wild about The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter

the-body-shopAs a long time lover of coconut scented body products I found The Body Shop many years ago thanks to their incredibly rich Coconut Body Butter.  You want super moisturized skin? This is the bomb-diggity. Combine that incredibly good body butter with the on point coconut scent and the powerful support of women and the Coconut Body Butter is perfection in a tub.  The Body Shop recently sent me a gift, a personalized version of the Coconut Body Butter – could this be any more beautiful??The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter  The Coconut Body Butter is actually a little thicker than butter and it leaves skin soft and smooth without any sort of a greasy feeling. Ingredients include Virgin Coconut Oil which comes from Samoa coconuts. The Body Shop works with Women in Business Development which helps teach local farmers new skills. The farmers crack the coconuts by hand and cold-press the flesh for this amazing ingredient. The other main ingredient is Shea Butter which is hand-crafted in Ghana by the Tungteiya Shea Butter Association. What makes my heart fill with joy is that this association is a group of over 475 women from 11 villages around Tamale, northern Ghana. The women make the butter from shea nuts, and this working relationship has provided these women the money to fund water pipes, medical care, housing,and education.  The Body Shop Coconut Body ButterThe Body Shop Coconut Body ButterThe end result is an incredible body butter with a truly addictive tropical coconut scent. It feels so good on my skin, especially when I smooth it on right after a nice hot shower. And it feels so good to know that The Body Shop, which is dedicated to helping others and to protecting resources and animals, has also given women around the world so much empowerment.

Right now the 13.5 oz mega sized tub is on sale. Regularly it costs $36, but right now you can get it for only $20. That’s almost two for one! If you want to get a personalized one like I have, just visit your local Body Shop store and you can choose from four different animal-rific designs.
So get a big tub for someone you love and one for yourself.  I know you will be as wild about the Coconut Body Butter as I am.  – Lisa
*sent as a gift from The Body Shop and I had to review it because it is amazing on every level!

Farmhouse Fresh and fabulous holiday buys

Welcome back to Makeup Wars. We took a break over the summer which then extended into the fall but we’re excited about being able to come back full force now. Today’s topic is Holiday Beauty Buys. My beauty buys aren’t quite within the norm since I’m taking you into bath and body products specifically from Farmhouse Fresh. I didn’t want to go the typical route with cosmetics since I’m sure the rest of the crew will be sharing theirs. I’m so enamored with Farmhouse Fresh and I think they make great gifts for holidays, hostess gifts, housewarming gifts, and, most important, for you!

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Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness Body Sampler

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness Body Sampler

I only have one of the many Farmhouse Fresh gifts but I hope that will change. SWEEPING SOFTNESS is a 3 step sampler for your body. What you’ll get is a ready to wrap box with three of Farmhouse Fresh’s top selling body products. For $18 you’ll be able to see what bloggers rave and rave about. The plastic jars each contain 1 fl oz of product. Enough for many uses and enough to tempt you to try these full size or other FHF products.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Scrub, Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, Agave Nectar Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Scrub, Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, Agave Nectar Body Oil

Start your day in the shower with Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub. This has been on Oprah’s Favorite List so it’s easy to understand why it was chosen for this set. When you open the jar you’ll see the sea salt and silky rice bran oil. I mix them together with a tiny spatula that I have from a previous jar, then scoop it out to exfoliate my body with its goodness.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub

It melts on my skin while hydrating it with the oil. The fragrance is sweet and luscious; it will remind you of baking sugar cookies.

From there you want to apply Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, a fluffy body cream that smells like a vanilla layer cake just out of the oven. It’s really wonderful for dry skin as it contains shea butter, vitamin E packed jojoba and soybean oils. Your skin is going to be so soft after. While this smells good enough to eat, save it for your body. My legs are eating this up.

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Shea Butter

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Shea Butter

Before dressing give yourself a wonderful experience with the Agave Nectar Body Oil. I’ve previously raved about the FHF Body Oils so having this one is a delight. Since it’s in a jar it’s harder to use though which is why I cut part of the liner off. This is an oil so you don’t want to spill it and waste the delight inside.

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

FHF describes the smell as similar to Tiramisu with an oat milk scent. I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything quite like this fragrance wise. I smell vanilla in it too. “Barley, Sandalwood and Amurense bark combine with Agave Nectar and a blend of natural oils to deeply hydrate without a greasy afterfeel.” These oils are heaven scent. They don’t leave my body feeling oily and they don’t cloy with their scent. I notice the fragrance for a while but it never interferes with my day.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness

Sweeping Softness is a perfect gift for any woman you know even if you have no idea of what she likes. It’s the kind of item to have on hand for a last minute gift or to take with you. While I highly recommend it for you too to have the chance to try 3 amazing products from Farmhouse Fresh there are two other gift sets that look pretty amazing too.

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors has 3 shea butter items within: This travel trio of our best-selling shea butters is ready to quench on-the-go. Whoopie! Cream (scented like fresh-baked whoopie pies), Rainbow Road (scented with coconut and Bartlett Pears), and Fluffy Bunny (a light lavender mint julep) bring along decadent scents and the promise to hydrate – wherever you may be!

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery is a face mask kit containing Guac Star Avocado Mask for hydration, Splendid Dirt Organic Pumpkin Mud Mask for radiance, and exfoliate to smooth perfection with Pudding Apeel Tapioca Glycolic Mask. I’ve used both the Guac Star and Pudding Apeel and know that they are outstanding.

No matter which of these is your choice, you can’t go wrong. There aren’t enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe how I feel about Farmhouse Fresh and these holiday gift sets will make your days and nights a lot brighter.  —  Marcia

Join the Makeup Wars team to see what else stands out for the holidays this year. Enjoy their posts.


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Farmhouse Fresh has altered my life. Citrus Cilantro Body Oil and Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard are 2 reasons why.

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

Upon discovering Farmhouse Fresh my sensibilities were altered. I always said I don’t like fragranced products. Anything fragranced that came to Beauty Info Zone via PR was something that my blog partner Lisa received and wrote about. She finally twisted my arm and told me that Farmhouse Fresh was a line that she knew I would love and she was so right. I don’t just love the line, I’m crazy about it. My former beliefs were turned upside down and now I crave Farmhouse Fresh. Happily I was sent two new products to adore and teach you about.

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

It’s important to know what makes Farmhouse Fresh stand out from the crowded field of bath and body. This is a company that uses farm fresh ingredients that are grown in the U.S. Resorts and spas throughout the states proudly use their products knowing the clients will be clamoring to come back for more. 99% of their products are vegan and gluten free. Each product ranges from 90-99% natural. Finally the scents are exquisite.

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil and Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil and Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

Citrus Cilantro Body Oil is the second Body Oil I’ve been privileged enough to use. When I reviewed Quinsyberry Botanical Body Oil I noticed the other scents and drooled. I knew that more would be in my future. Citrus Cilantro is a totally different experience. While Quinsyberry is sweet and seductive Citrus Cilantro is like a breath of fresh air. It’s an outdoor  fragrance to me. It’s summery in the same way that freshly cut grass is yet it has an edge to it with the citrus. Citrus Cilantro Body Oil is formulated with antioxidant-rich olive fruit & grapeseed oils and contains orange peel, jojoba, sunflower seed & apricot kernel oils.

Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

It’s wonderfully hydrating and I like to apply this upon getting out of the shower. If you love to luxuriate in a bath then a Farmhouse Fresh Body Oil is a great companion. Pour some in and it will automatically hydrate your skin without leaving it oily. Since it’s a glass bottle it lives on my counter and not in the shower stall. I’m always amazed at how little I need to moisturize my body and how long lasting this is. Even though an $18 bottle of Farmhouse Fresh Body Oil lasts forever I’ve still ordered Clementine since these are what I like to use for fragrance. Who’d have thought this would ever happen to me?

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Newer to my life is the Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard. Oh my goodness. You don’t know what delicious smells like until you use this body moisturizer. It’s like getting two for the price of one. Unscrew the glass jar and from your first sniff you’ll be thanking me for introducing this to you. It’s that scrumptious.

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

This light orange and white body moisturizer comes with a great wooden spoon for mixing. It’s created from a 2-part blend that includes 1/2 whipped shea butter and 1/2 live fruit cells that are suspended in an aloe gel. Imagine yourself wrapped in this blood orange cream with a hint of delicate honeysuckle flower essence! This is a fabulous warm weather body cream. It’s rich enough to make your skin feel soft and moisturized but light enough for summer skin. You’ll not only feel soft and supple but you’ll smell delicious. Both the mason jar and the wooden spoon are reusable too. One of my favorite parts is this bag that it comes in, all ready for gift giving!

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

These two products have strengthened my admiration for Farmhouse Fresh and I’m eager for a fragranced future with them. —  Marcia

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Throwing elbows: Simon and Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

Simon and Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

Simon and Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

The Moroccan Treatment Oil is good stuff, but my I think most favorite product from Simon & Tom is their Elbow Treatment Cream. This moisturizing cream also has Argan oil, that magical healing and softening ingredient which is nutrient rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants, and fatty acids that skin just loves.

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I am not sure why my elbows get so dry and rough in the winter…does this happen to you too? Maybe I just exfoliate more in the summertime, but whatever the reason once I notice the problem it’s usually at the crisis stage. The Elbow Treatment Cream gives instant gratification with immediate softening of the area, and with regular use – and I mean just once a day – hard, dry, rough skin heals and becomes smooth. Use it after showering because it actually forms a barrier over your skin, keeping the area hydrated and protected.

Simon and Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

Simon & Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

Simon and Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

Simon & Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

I also find that it works wonders on knees and on hands, too. I wash my hands constantly and while I use non-drying hand soap at home, I never know what I am going to get when I’m out on the go. I actually wasn’t using this on my hands on purpose, but hey, I need to use them to apply the moisturizer to my elbows, right?? I saw a difference in my hands very quickly, so now I am a little more generous when I apply the elbow cream and smooth the extra on my knees and into my hands. It’s especially great for those tiny cracks that I get on my fingertips from the cold weather and drying indoor heat.  

I know that you, your elbows, your hands and knees will love the Elbow Treatment Cream from Simon & Tom.  Don’t be shy, throw some elbows and get a tube of this thick creamy goodness for yourself.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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Ingredients:  Water, Dimethicone, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearete SE, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20, Lactic Acid, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Keep your faux tan looking perfect with Norvell

There isn’t much left of summer so I am just clinging to these beautiful warm days. Self tanner always keeps me in the ‘sunshine and beaches’ mood. Recently I found a pretty amazing system for prepping my skin for self tanner and keeping the faux tan I already have looking perfect.
Keep your faux tan looking perfect with Norvell
Norvell is a spa line that specializes in body products that make the most of a self-tan. They have interesting products that prime the skin, bronze to perfection, optimize a self tan, and enhance the final color. Every product is paraben free, gluten-free, and 100% vegan. Each product also has Norvell’s Natural Actives Sunless Complex™, which Norvell says is “a proprietary blend of natural ingredients combined together to optimize, build, and extend sunless tanning results like never before.”
They sent me some products to test, and I am loving the  Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™ ($15),  pH Balancing Shower Cleanser ($15), and Daily Replenishing 24 hr MOISTURIZER™ ($25).
Norvell Renewing Sunless Exfoliator

Norvell Renewing Sunless Exfoliator

 The Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™ is a gentle body polish that Norvell calls a “Mr. Clean Eraser” for the body. This minty smelling polish is the first step to prepping skin for a great self tan.
  • Time Release Micro Capsules bind moisture within the skin, for 24 hr hydration.
  • Unique Dermal Barrier locks moisture within the top layer of skin, priming it for longer lasting and deeper sunless results.
  • Sulfate Free/Soap Free formula gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s amino acids, which work directly with the active sunless ingredient, DHA, to produce self-tanning results.

Sulfates can strip the skin so this sulfate-free exfoliator is a terrific prep for sunless tanning. I use this first in the shower, concentrating on my elbows, knees, and feet.

Norvell pH Balancing Shower cleanser

Norvell pH Balancing Shower cleanser

After exfoliating, I follow with the pH Balancing Shower Cleanser. This shower gel smells of delicious vanilla and leaves my skin cleansed and moisturized.

  • Time Release Micro Capsules bind moisture within the skin, for 24-hr hydration.
  • Natural Enzymes repair dehydrated skin.
  • Unique Dermal Barrier locks moisture within the top layer of skin, while optimizing skin pH for longer lasting deeper sunless results.
  • Sulfate Free/Soap Free formula gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s amino acids, which work directly with the active sunless ingredient, DHA, to produce self-tanning results

The enzymes help to dissolve any leftover dead skin and the extra skin hydration helps any type of sunless tanner apply evenly and last longer.

Norvell Daily Replenishing 24 Hour Moisturizer

Norvell Daily Replenishing 24 Hour Moisturizer

The Daily Replenishing 24 hr MOISTURIZER™ is like “Old English” wood polish for your body! It’s a beautiful body lotion that smells fresh and a little fruity. I love how soft it makes my skin, plus it also does all this:
  • Time Release Micro Capsules hold and bind moisture within the skin, providing 24hr hydration.
  • Natural Enzymes repair weak, dehydrated skin and promote the efficiency of the body’s own natural moisture levels.
  • Natural Botanicals and Antioxidants combat skin aging caused by environmental exposure and free radicals.
  • Sunless Safe Formula will not pre-maturely fade sunless color.
  • Vitamin Blend replenishes the skins natural moisturization factor.
Perfect skin makes for a perfect self tan, and the exoliation and hydration I get from these products makes all my self tanning efforts really pay off. Now that I’ve tried the products for priming and optimizing, I can’t wait to try Norvell’s self tanners! In the meantime I can hang on to my summer memories with perfectly primed and moisturized skin.
Norvell is available at specialty beauty salons, spas, and tanning salons, or visit www.NorvellSunless.com.  – Lisa
*received for editorial consideration

Thank you Aveeno for fragrance free products

As an Aveeno ambassador I’m lucky enough to receive products from them for testing. The list of what I love from Aveeno is long and it’s just gotten a lot longer. Aveeno is used by everyone in my extended family but I’ve hidden two products from them and don’t want to share. ULTRA-CALMING NOURISHING NIGHT CREAM is one I know my husband won’t steal from me but DAILY MOISTURIZING LOTION SHEER HYDRATION in this fragrance free version is one he would. But they are mine!!!

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream

I have been using the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream with great success. It’s one of the softest, smoothest moisturizers I’ve ever used. It totally melts into my skin like magic. When I scoop some out I want to slather my entire face and neck with it because it’s like applying silk.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream

But silk doesn’t have the great ingredients that this night cream has. Aveeno is known for using ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat and Calming Feverfew® since they are two natural ingredients that are clinically proven for sensitive skin. You may not think you have sensitive skin but if you have irritation and redness then it’s more sensitive than you realize. The ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat and Calming Feverfew® nourish your skin leaving it smoother and more hydrated.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

At $14.99 this is one of my very favorite Aveeno products and one that will remain in my arsenal – hidden if need be!!

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

My body needs hydration, especially after playing outside with my little ones and that’s where Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration comes in. This fragrance free lotion is another newer product from Aveeno ($6.99-9.99). When this was sent I was in heaven, fragrance free heaven. I’ve been using their original Daily Moisturizing Lotion but just on my torso. I needed something to keep in my downstairs bathroom to help moisturize during the day and Aveeno must have read my mind. When this arrived it came with a small packet of tissues to do a hand test. They wanted to prove how quickly it absorbs. I applied it and instantly used one of the tissues and no particles stuck to my hands.

take the tissue test with Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration

take the tissue test with Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration

My hands feel moisturized and stay that way. While Aveeno says it moisturizes for 24 hours, I wash my hands dozens of times a day so I like to apply it often. If I apply it before bed that’s when I see the long lasting effect. Since there’s no fragrance it doesn’t interfere with anything I’ve used day or night.

I’m so happy with this line of new products from Aveeno. I hope they add to it with more fragrance free products since these two prove that they can use all of their best ingredients like their soothing oatmeal formula and feverfew and still have excellent results. Thank you Aveeno for making me so happy.– Marcia

*sent from Aveeno

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