Planning a Labor Day getaway? You’ll want to take some CapriClear Coconut Oil Spray

CapriClear Coconut Oil Spray

CapriClear Coconut Oil Spray

I am not ashamed to say that  CapriClear® had me at the word ‘coconut’. I love all things coconut…sweets, cooking oil, fragrance, skin care. It’s just so darn good for so many things.  So of course I jumped the chance to review the CapriClear® 100% Fractionated Coconut Oil Spray ($10.99 for the travel size).

This is a terrific drugstore find that is available at CVS, Walgreens, and Ulta. I got the travel size, and trust me this gem is going with me on my Labor Day Weekend trip! The ingredients are pretty simple – 100% fractionated coconut oil (Caprylic / Capric Triglycerides). That’s it. This spray-on moisturizer is all natural, hypoallergenic, colorless and odorless. I was definitely hoping it would smell like coconut, but it doesn’t smell like anything. Actually that makes it more versatile since you can use it knowing it won’t clash with any other fragrance.

CapriClear Coconut Oil Spray

CapriClear Coconut Oil Spray

I use this right after I shower. Once I spray this on, dry skin, flakiness, and irritation is a thing of the past. My wrist became irritated by my watch, so I applied the 100% Fractionated Coconut Oil Spray for a few days. Even though I kept wearing my watch, the irritation disappeared. The oil dries very quickly so there is no wait time before putting on clothes. It does wonders for skin and also works on nails, scars, and stretch marks. It even helps tame hair frizz and flyaways. Sounds like everything I need for a weekend getaway!

CapriClear Coconut Oil Spray

If you are wondering what exactly Fractionated Coconut Oil is, here’s what CapriClear® says:

Fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is a fraction (portion) of the whole oil, in which the different medium-chain fatty acids are separated for specific uses. Lauric acid, a 12-carbon chain fatty acid, is removed. Fractionated coconut oil may also be referred to as caprylic/capric triglyceride oil or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil because it is primarily the medium-chain caprylic (8 carbons) and capric (10 carbons) acids that make up the bulk of the oil. MCT oil is most frequently used for medical applications and special diets. As part of this method, the familiar coconut smell is eliminated.

It has no emulsifiers, fragrances, animal products, artificial dyes, preservatives or other additives such as sulfates, parabens or toxins that can lead to skin irritation.

I am a big believer in body oils, and this is definitely one of the best I have tried. Be sure to check it out at CVS, Walgreens, or Ulta.  I know you will love this TSA friendly travel essential.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

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How to get Delectable this summer!

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

Indulgent, sassy, and affordable…those are the words that come to mind when I think of Delectable by Cake Beauty. Their body products smell amazing and I can find them so easily at Kohl’s and Target. They have two FANTASTIC newly launched summer products: Daily Dry Oil ($18) and Bronzing Body Lotion ($18).

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

I am a huge advocate of body oil to begin with and Delectable Daily Dry Oil is terrific. The oil has great ingredients including argan, safflower, and grape seed oils. They leave skin hydrated without wetness or stickiness. It also absorbs immediately and gives a soft sheen to skin. I prefer spraying this onto my palms then smoothing on my legs, arms, etc., but you can certainly spray it on directly. I love the softly delicious Sweet Cream scent. It’s not too foody and it plays well with all my usual summer scents. You will want to pick this up the next time you are at Kohl’s or Target.

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

The other huge winner in my book is the Bronzing Body Lotion. This comes in the same pretty Sweet Cream scent.  There are so many reasons to love this bronzing lotion!

1.  I can’t seem to mess up the application no matter how hard I try. It always go on evenly and looks fabulous.

2.  It never stains my clothes.

3.  It has fantastic, skin-loving ingredients like argan oil.

4.  One application and my skin looks glowy and perfect. My legs have been described as ‘dead fish white’. Of course, the person who said that was properly maimed afterward. It may be true, but geez…it didn’t need to be  pointed out. He won’t make that mistake again!

5.  It makes my arms and legs look thin. That’s worth the price alone!!

before and after...guess which leg is sans Bronzing Body Lotion??

before and after…guess which leg is sans Bronzing Body Lotion??

This pic shows one thin application on my right leg. For deeper color, just apply more coats. It’s wonderful.

There are some products I absolutely love for summer that I refuse to be without and these two are on that list.  You have to check them out!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Dry Oil Ingredients: Glycine Soja ( Soybean) Oil Cyclopentasiloxane Dimethicone Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil Parfum/Fragrance

Bronzing Body Lotion Ingredients: Water/Aqua Glycerin Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides Stearic Acid Triethanolamine Isopropyl Myristate Cetyl Alcohol Glyceryl Stearate Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Oil Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract Fragrance Cetearyl Alcohol Dehydroacetic Acid Sodium Benzoate Potassium Sorbate Trihydroxystearin Xanthan Gum Dicetyl Phosphate Ceteth-10 Phosphate Tocopherol May Contain (+/-) Mica Iron Oxide Iron Oxide Iron Oxide Titanium Dioxide

Oil Essentials has 6 products that could change your beauty routines

oil essentialsOIL ESSENTIALS has come into our lives thanks to the company and we’re both excited to have the experience of using this brand and to learn more about the line.

Oil Essentials

Oil Essentials

Oil Essentials is a collection of oils made with natural and sustainable blends of essential oils. These oils will become your one stop beauty shop when you find that it’s good for all skin and hair types and can be used on your face, body and hair. The more you use it, the more places you’ll want to use it.

There are 6 products in the Oil Essentials line and each have special properties and ingredients that you’ll want to explore

* Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage to nourish

* Omega 3, 6, 9 + Evening Primrose to revitalize

* Neroli & Avocado to stimulate

* Argan & Wheat Germ to replenish

* Sweet Almond & Macadamia to preserve

* Lavender & Rose Hip to soothe

Each of these are fortified with an advanced anti-aging Luxmeadow E™ complex

Sweet Almond & Macadamia Oil Essentials is loved by Marcia

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Lisa and I chose the Oil Essential that sounded best for our particular needs. I had two reasons for choosing Sweet Almond & Macadamia. First is that this is in the PREVENT category and baby, I need to prevent everything bad at my age! Second though is that it sounded absolutely yummy. It’s a blend of sweet almond and macadamia nut oils that’s been crafted to prevent moisture loss in skin and hair. It’s been fortified with jojoba and meadowfoam sweet oils which are anti-inflammatory oils.

Oil Essentials

Oil Essentials

I love the smell which is more almond than anything else. If you are a fan of Amaretto then you’ll really love this. I don’t want to drink it though because it’s too precious for that. Instead I use it all over my body and to tame my hair. It’s a true multi-purpose product for me.

Oil Essentials Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Oil Essentials Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Here are the benefits of using this according to Oil Essentials:

  • Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 & E with a light nutty fragrance. This oil has nourishing qualities and anti-oxidants for the skin and hair.
  • Almond Oil contains essential fatty acids acid needed for maintaining your skin’s youthful appearance.
  • Macadamia oil contains natural palmitoleic acid, protecting skin similar to the way natural human sebum does.
  • Jojoba closely resembles the natural oils of our own skin and contains myristic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory, which helps with inflamed, dry or damaged skin.
  • Helps skin fight environmental damage and retain elasticity.
  • Tames hair fizz and softens rough heels and elbows.
  • Suitable for all skin types, this oil penetrates and hydrates quickly.oil essentials almond ingredients

Here are the benefits of using this according to Marcia

– Softer than normal skin on arms and legs after applying Oil Essentials

– Lightweight oil that absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave residue behind

– Hair that doesn’t become flyaway, even when driving with the top down

– Delicious fragrant skin and hair

– Reasonably priced ($12.99) and available at Walmart and Rite Aid

 Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage Oil Essentials is loved by Lisa

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry and Borage Oil

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry and Borage Oil

The Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage Oil appealed to me because it is all about NOURISHing the body.  Honestly I had even heard of Seabuckthorn before, and was happy to discover it’s a berry with excellent antioxidant powers and lots of vitamin A and E. Another ingredient that attracted me to this oil is the meadowfoam seed oil, a beautiful moisturizer that has worked well for me in the past.

Here are the benefits of using this according to Oil Essentials:

  • Sea buckthorn berry is a powerful anti-oxidant, rich in omegas and vitamins A and E, carotenes and flavonoids.
  • Borage oil is a rich source of gamma linolenic acid which helps restore the softness and moisture of dry skin, while helping fight inflammation.
  • High quantities of Vitamin C provide nourishing, revitalizing and restorative properties.
  • An excellent anti-aging oil for dry, dehydrated and damaged skin, it reduces the effect of UV damage, and fights free radicals while toning and firming the skin.
  • Boosts hydration, easily absorbed.
  • Adds shine and moisture to hair and scalp.

The ingredients include Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Borago Officianalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), and Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil.

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry and Borage Oil dropper

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry and Borage Oil dropper

Here are the benefits of using this according to Lisa

– It is a ‘one stop shop’ for the entire body, working just as well on hair as it does on skin

– My skin especially loves this oil when it’s red or irritated because it calms skin and reduces inflammation

– It smells delicious – light, fresh, a little floral, and truly beautiful

– Dry patches on my arms have become a thing of the past thanks to this little jar of awesomeness

– Perfect for traveling because it’s all I need to soothe my legs after shaving, to heal my face after too much time in the sun, and to smooth my hair and eliminate frizz

The Oil Essentials website is http://www.oilessentialsbeauty.com and that features the various products and descriptions of the ingredients and benefits of each one.  Which Oil Essentials oil do you think you might fall in love with?
*received for editorial consideration

Smell yummy with Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

I have converted many, many friends to body oil! It’s great for the skin and fragranced oils leave your body smelling wonderful all day long. I had been dying to try Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil ($18) forever, so I was extremely happy when they sent it to us for review. I was even happier after I tried it!

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

Agave Nectar Body Oil is the number one selling product at Farmhouse Fresh. It didn’t take me long to understand why. This is a fantastic body oil that moisturizes skin without leaving an oily or greasy residue. However, it does leave skin with a subtle glistening glow. In fact, this is a favorite of celebrity makeup artists because it makes skin photograph so well.

Backcountry Caramel

Backcountry Caramel

It has a light scent that is described as ‘oat/milk’, which is warm and comforting. (I also like to layer the Backcountry Caramel Body Milk Lotion over it for a truly delicious scent that makes people just want to eat you up.)

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

So not only does this oil smell fantastic and make skin look amazing, it’s also really good for you. The ingredients include a blend of extracts that reduce skin’s water loss, which is exactly what is needed to slow down the aging process. Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil gets a major glistening thumbs up from me.  You’ve got to try this.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Eliminate bad hair days with Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

Frau mit zerzausten HaarenThere’s a reason that people often use the expression Bad Hair Day. It can mean that you are literally having a day with hair so bad that you feel drab. Or it can just describe how your day is going. VO5 wants to remedy that situation so they’ve created products to help you avoid that drab feeling. Hopefully your mood will follow.

Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

Alberto VO5’s newest product (sent for review consideration) is their Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil. This is a triple threat and good for the whole family. First threat: use this on your body. Just spray it on after a shower or any time you are feeling dry. It absorbs quickly so it won’t be long until you can be on your way. Second threat: Use this on your wet head by spraying it onto your hair and just comb it through. Then go about styling without the need for any other product. Third threat: use it on dry hair to add shine. When I do this I spray it into the palms of my hands and then rub my hands through my hair. It helps eliminates flyaway hair, static and adds a lovely shine at the same time.

“The Shine, Glow and Go Beauty Oil is a light, natural oil blend for both hair and body. Infused with VO5’s signature 5 essential vitamins, this ultra-hydrating, fast-absorbing oil helps replenish dry hair and skin to feel soft, silky and look more radiant. Free of mineral oils, paraben and dyes.”

Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

One of the great things about Shine, Glow and Go Beauty Oil is that it’s only $4.99 but one of the not so great things is that it’s so new that it’s hard to find. So far it’s not online, though it will be. But you can go to VO5’s store locator in order to find the best and closest retailer.

We aren’t done though because VO5 makes other great oils for your hair and these ARE easy to find. VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works and VO5 Hot Oil Therapy are both items you need to consider.

VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works

VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works

Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works ($5.99-$6.99) is a one minute hot oil treatment that works with the heat of your shower to help you obtain and maintain healthier hair in just one minute. It’s great for those of us you have damaged hair, over processed hair or dry hair. The box has enough for 4 treatments (or more depending on the length of your hair).

VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works

VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works

Before you shampoo but after you’ve wet your hair, pour out about 1/4 of the bottle into your hand. Massage it into your scalp and leave it on up to a minute. Don’t leave it on longer though since the beauty of it is that it works well in just a short time. Then rinse, shampoo and rinse again thoroughly. The first time you use it I’d advise not to use a conditioner. I think you’ll find your hair conditioned enough from this to be able to forego conditioner. If it’s not then you know to add it the next time, but I’ve never needed to condition after use. You can use this more than once a week but honestly, once a week really should be enough.

ingredients for Hot Oil

ingredients for Hot Oil

Another way to go is to use Alberto VO5’s Hot Oil Therapy *($4.49) which is an intense moisturizing treatment. This and the Hot Oil Shower Works have a few differences but I think the result is the same. With Hot Oil Therapy there are two treatments in capsules.

VO5 Hot Oil Therapy

VO5 Hot Oil Therapy

The capsule needs to be preheated though not for long. It’s easy to do since you just place the unopened capsule into a glass of very warm water. You can do that while brushing your teeth. Then use it in the same exact way: apply before shampoo, leave it on no more than a minute, rinse, shampoo and rinse! So easy. vo5 therapy back

My personal preference is for the Hot Oil Shower Works because I really don’t need a full capsule since my hair isn’t that long or thick. I find the Shower Works is the fastest and most economical for me personally.

Alberto VO5

Alberto VO5

Whichever you choose you really can’t go wrong. These are all reasonably priced, work in the shower, and leave you with soft, manageable hair. If you can find the Shine, Glow and Go Beauty Oil definitely grab that one up. It’s a treasure. — Marcia

*products sent for editorial consideration

VO5 Shine, Glow and Go Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (SUNFLOWER) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Mauritia Flexuosa (BURITY) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Lonicera Japonica (HONEYSUCKLE) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (HONEYSUCKLE) Extract, Macadamia Integrifolia (MACADAMIA) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (ARGAN) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (SHEA) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (COCONUT) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (GRAPESEED) Oil, Polysorbate 20, Biotin, TocopherylAcetate, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide.

Take a romantic trip with Teadora Rainforest Spa Love Ritual Set

teadora_valentines

A perfect set for Valentine’s Day or any day you want to get close to your sweetie, the Teadora Rainforest Spa Love Ritual Set ($69, an $88 value), is exactly what the love doctor ordered.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set

This beautiful set includes a 6 oz Body Polish, a 2 oz Bath & Body Oil, and an 8 oz Body Butter…everything you need for clean, soft, pampered skin. All of the products include ingredients straight from the Amazon for an exotic and powerful experience.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set Exfoliant

The Body Polish is a huge tube of exfoliating mud that has Açaí Seeds and Amazonian White Clay. It gently exfoliates skin and has a raw, earthy scent that is very romantic.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set Bath and Body Oil

Follow this with the fantastic Bath & Body Oil that is infused with Teadora’s RainforestHydration ElixirTM, a nutritious rainforest serum with rich Amazon Superfruit oils. I have two friends who swear by this body oil and wear it every single day. It not only hydrates and gently scents the skin, it also makes for some killer massages!

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set Body Butter

Finally, end by slathering one another with the Body Butter infused with Teadora’s exclusive RainforestRestoration ElixirTM + Argan Plant Stem Cells. This thick, beautiful body cream penetrates all the way to the skin’s middle layer, healing from the inside out. It melts into skin like butter and the results are pretty amazing.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set soaps

If that isn’t enough, right now this set also comes with three more gifts that have a $45 value. You get a Kayapo makeup bag, plus two travel-sized soaps, the Beauty Bar with Coffee Butter and  Patauá Oil and Exfoliating Bar with Açaí Seeds and Amazonian Clay. I actually have the full size versions of these bars, which I have pictured here.  They are both really fantastic and are the perfect reason to get take a shower for two!

This fabulous Teadora set is only available through today, so hurry and get one now.  You and your sweetie are going to love it!  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration

Soft and supple skin in one easy step!

Sometimes the answer isn’t complicated. Sometimes, the best results come from simplicity. I have found that I can easily get soft, supple skin in just one step with body oil.

Sublime Beauty Daily Body Oil

Sublime Beauty Daily Body Oil

Sublime Beauty sent us their Daily Body Oil ($22) to test and I am very impressed. I use a body oil pretty much every day. I love how a good body oil will sink it quickly and leave my skin soft and moist but not greasy. I usually use fragranced body oils, so Sublime Beauty’s version which has no scent at all, was a first for me. This is a great option for everyone, especially those who can’t tolerate fragrance. And if you want fragrance, you can always add your own.

Sublime Beauty Daily Body Oil 3

Sublime Beauty’s Daily Body Oil is just a mix of oils, pure and simple. The several types of oil include:

  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Aloe
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Vitamin E

The plastic bottle has a flip top so it’s easy to squeeze out the right amount of oil. The oil blend soothes skin and reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks. It leaves my skin wonderfully soft all day long.

I think the best time to use it is right after a shower or a bath. For those of you who do skin brushing, it’s lovely for right after – you won’t believe how amazing your skin feels. If you haven’t yet, give body oil a try – and Sublime Beauty’s Daily Body Oil is a perfect way to start!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration