FarmHouse Fresh This Bunny Loves You wins my Makeup Wars battle

This week Makeup Wars chose the topic of favorite scrubs and exfoliators. I thought and thought about what to share and had several choices but FarmHouse Fresh won my heart with THIS BUNNY LOVES YOU Soft Skin Gift Set. When this set was sent everything else flew from my mind and I couldn’t think of anything else that I wanted to share besides this.

FarmHouse Fresh This Bunny Loves You Gift Set

FarmHouse Fresh This Bunny Loves You Gift Set

If you’ve read Beauty Info Zone then you know that FarmHouse Fresh is the brand that changed my mind about fragranced products. Once Lisa talked me into trying their Watermelon Basil Body Scrub I was sold. I’m pretty sure she’s sorry about that because we now have to fight over who is the one who can keep this as part of their bath and body routine.

This Bunny Loves You is a gift set for you or for someone you do love. It would make a great Mother’s Day gift as well. It contains 2 full size products ($36). Inside you’ll find Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub and Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream plus on the outside you’ll find a great wooden spoon meant to mix the scrub.

FarmHouse Fresh This Bunny Loves You Gift Set

FarmHouse Fresh This Bunny Loves You Gift Set

It’s the Sweet Cream body scrub that is the most loved product in this box for me. While FarmHouse Fresh has many products in this fragrance this is the first time I’ve had the pleasure to use it.

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

Let’s talk about the wonderful scent. It’s reminds me of sugar and cream and everything nice. It’s a sweet fragrance even though it’s a sea salt exfoliator. FarmHouse Fresh scrubs separate in the jar so you need to mix them up which is where the great wooden spoon comes in.

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

Mix up the fine grain fresh sea salt and rice bran oil and you’re on your way to a lightweight, non-greasy soft feeling. I love this all over my body and it leaves me with a fragrance that lasts throughout the day. You can even use this at your sink to exfoliate your hands and/or feet to keep them soft and smooth.fhf this bunny loves you box info

While Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream doesn’t officially fit in this week’s Makeup Wars it’s worth knowing about. FHF makes several hand creams and Fluffy Bunny fits in perfectly for spring. The scent is described as a Lavender-Mint Julep (Kentucky Derby anyone??).

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

FarmHouse Fresh Hand Creams are loaded with supple shea and cocoa butter and Vitamin E packed jojoba and soybean oils along with Aloe to help with skin irritation. They are created to help with even super dry skin yet they aren’t greasy. Within minutes of massaging this in you can go about your business.

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream is 96% natural and like all their products are paraben free, sulfate free, and of course cruelty free.

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

While you can buy these products separately if you are in need of a gift then This Bunny Loves You will win you extra points! If you are like me and love a body scrub then Sweet Cream is going to thrill your body and senses. Can you see why I couldn’t get this out of my mind for Makeup Wars?  —  Marcia

Join us and get scrubbed and exfoliated!!


sent for review consideration

 

Any season is perfect for FarmHouse Fresh Butter Rum Body Scrub

Yo ho ho and a jar of FHF Butter Rum

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

Who doesn’t love Farmhouse Fresh? Only those who haven’t tried the line. So what are you waiting for? If you love body scrubs and the delicious scent of butterscotch, you will adore FarmHouse Fresh Butter Rum body scrub made with premium rum liquor. As the jar says:  This buttery body exfoliator combines sugar and premium aged rum with vitamin E and a smooth butterscotch scent for a scrumptious cleansing experience that stimulates your skin’s renewal-leaving you soft and touchable. Apply in circular motions to wet skin while in the shower or bath.
Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh says : Each product is crafted around delicious food and drinks, using up to 99.6% natural and naturally derived ingredients, and chock full of fruits, vegetables, milks, and more from U.S. farms, including our own. Butter Rum Scrub is 95% natural, and like all FarmHouse Fresh products, is Paraben & Sulfate free!  The scrub contains Sucrose, Soybean Oil, Sodium chloride, rum, laureth 4, peg-40, castor oil, rice bran oil, parfum, and tocopherol.

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

The scrub is a little different from others I’ve tried in that the sugar is on the bottom of the jar while the oil is on the top. You can use your hand or a spoon to blend the contents together. You may wind up, as I did, with quite a bit of oil left over when the sugar part is used up. Unless of course, you do a better job of mixing than I did, which is entirely possible. But I don’t care. The scent is absolutely delicious and the scrub makes my skin feel soft and smooth. It also disappears easily down the drain. I hope they make other products using this scent as it does linger a bit after you wash it off. And it makes your bathroom smell delicious.
Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Body Scrub

ReRUMber RUM’s the word.  –  guest post by Phyllis
Available at Amazon and FHF’s website.

Changing the World with Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny and CoWhen I look at new brands to try, one ingredient that always captures my attention is coconut oil. I honestly think it’s the best overall skin care ingredient out there. It heals from the inside out. No one does coconut oil like the skin care line Skinny & Co. They have a unique system called the Nutralock System that keeps raw nutrients intact, so the coconut oil is more fully absorbed by the body inside and out.

samples

Skinny & Co.Skinny and Co. says, “Skinny is the only coconut oil on the market that is wild harvested, hand pressed, small batched, never heated, 100% raw, 100% virgin, and 100% without chemicals and solvents. You can actually smell, feel, taste and see the difference. At Skinny we believe in the power of a tight knit community centered on only the highest quality, chemical free products made with a higher purpose at heart. Each one of our nurturing products contains 5 edible ingredients or less and is made with our patented coconut oil process that ensures nutrients stay intact which enhances effectiveness both inside and out.

Skinny & Co.I have been testing five 2 oz. samples of their products, and all I can say is yum and wow!  This really is coconut oil at its finest.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

First up is the pure Coconut Oil. This is 100% pure, raw coconut oil. You can use this for so many things: as a face and skin moisturizer, a hair conditioner or in food – it takes the place of butter or oil and tastes fantastic in coffee and smoothies.

  • The only raw 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world
  • Wild-Harvested, not plantation grown
  • Handpicked
  • No chemicals, fillers, or preservatives
  • Cold-Processed; Not Just Cold Pressed
  • Skinny and Co. is a brand that owns and manufactures our coconut oil (they do not buy from contract manufacturers). They are Tree To Table

Skinny & Co.

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Another very interesting product is the Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouth Wash. I have tried oil pulling before but boy, it tastes so weird I just couldn’t stick with it. This, however, is oil pulling mouth wash and the addition of organic peppermint essential oil makes all the difference. If you are new to oil pulling, here is how Skinny & Co. describe it:  Oil Pulling is an ancient practice that is receiving recent interest due to it becoming an adjunct in people’s oral hygiene routine. Coconut oil has been found to be an ideal choice due to the lauric acid binding with the bacteria in the mouth during the “pulling” process. We recommend starting pulling for five minutes, then increase the time gradually. Move the oil around your mouth as if it were mouthwash, but do not gargle or swallow.

I am loving it and I definitely plan to purchase a full size bottle. It’s totally safe for teeth and all dental work and with only two ingredients – the peppermint essential oil and the 100% Raw Coconut Oil, it’s a fantastic organic, natural find.

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

The Whipped Body Butter is a true coconut oil delight. This has a light, airy texture and it soothes and hydrates skin like crazy. I’ve used it as a body moisturizer, hair conditioner, and shaving cream with terrific results. I also tried it as a pre-treatment for my hair, applying it to dry hair and letting it sit for a half hour before showering and washing my hair as usual. It gave me incredibly soft floaty hair…amazing! I am sure it would be fantastic for expecting moms to help prevent stretch marks. The ingredients include 100% Raw Coconut Oil, Organic Almond Oil to promote collagen renewal, Vitamin E to protect skin from free radicals, and blend of essential oils. Protects against free radical damage

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

I’m not usually a big fan of body scrubs but the Exfoliating Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub is excellent. The scrub is a combination of coconut sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla. The scrub is gentle but effective, exfoliating skin while also hydrating at the same time. It’s a perfect way to prep skin for self tanner and it also works as a terrific lip scrub. It smells divine as well…like a combination of a bonfire and vanilla.

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

The last product I tested is the Calming Lavendar and Coconut Facial Oil. I love multi-taskers, and this does triple duty as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer all in one. This is one of Skinny and Co.’s top sellers and I can see why. The coconut oil base gives it a perfect pH balance, and it soothes skin while cleansing it. You apply this to a dry face and wipe it off with a warm damp washcloth. I also use it with my Luna and love it. You can apply a little extra after cleansing for more hydration, and it also works as an overnight mask. The ingredients include 100% Raw Coconut Oil, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Holy Basil. Now, I have to admit, with those ingredients I was hesitant to use this on my eyes…but it dissolved even waterproof mascara with no problem! No stinging at all. Great stuff!!

I am very impressed with Skinny and Co.’s coconut oil-based products.  They certainly changed my world, and I think they will change yours too. You can find them online at skinnyandcompany.com.  – Lisa
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Mission Grove by Soap & Paper Factory will delight your senses

Cardamom and CoffeeAnything sold at Anthropologie is always on Beauty Info Zone’s radar because they do such a wonderful job of curating. They sell interesting, hip products that are wonderful treats for yourself or fabulous gifts. Their latest find is Mission Grove, a bath and body collection from one of our perennial favorites, the Soap & Paper Factory. This line is made in the US in small batches, and ingredients are top of the line oils and extracts including meadowfoam, borage seed, and jojoba and aromatherapy oils. Everything from Mission Grove has no sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, or phthalates. And of course, it wouldn’t be sold at Anthropologie unless the packaging had a cool, retro feel.

The new Mission Grove Collection comes in four fragrances:

Sakura: This relaxing and restorative fragrance balances apple and citrus with sweet heliotrope for a perfectly calming combination.

Madagascar Vanilla: Deep, sultry notes of bourbon add an intoxicating richness to this soothing vanilla scent.

Fig & Honey: Refresh the body and clear the mind with this heady fragrance that combines earthy figs with sweet honey.

Cardamom & Coffee: Spicy and stimulating, this complex fragrance combines cardamom and coffee with geranium and sandalwood to detoxify the spirit.

The products include Shea Butter Bar Soap ($8), Sea Salt Body Scrub ($12), Travel Sized Body Lotion ($12), Travel Sized Body Wash ($12), Treatment Facial Mask ($16), Scented Drawer Liner Papers ($18), and a Big Rollerball Botanical Oil ($24).

Marcia and Lisa tried several of the products in two different scents, Sakura and Madagascar Vanilla. Is Mission Grove worthy of a permanent place in their boudoirs?  Read on and find out!

madagascar Vanilla

Lisa’s Side:  Madagascar Vanilla  Ok, to be honest they had me at ‘Vanilla’. I love love love vanilla scents, so I was super excited to try these beautifully packaged goodies. The vanilla scent is deep and rich, a little boozy thanks to the bourbon fragrance. It’s a beautiful sniff and just look at how lovely the packaging is:

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Seasalt Scrub

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Sea Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla wax seal on paper and bar soap

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla wax seal on paper and bar soap

Every product comes in this delightful and thoughtful packaging. I adore the wax stamps on the bar soap and the scented paper, it really brings home the care and quality of the products.  Marcia is going to tell you more about the Sea Salt Scrub and the Scented Paper, and I have the 411 on the soaps and lotion.

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

I almost couldn’t bear to open the bar of soap!  Look that packaging….wow. This is a great gift because it’s just gorgeous. Luckily, the soap is wonderful too, with a thick full lather that doesn’t dry out hands. It’s a great bar for sinks and for tubs.

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Body Lotion and Body Wash

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Body Lotion and Body Wash

The travel sized Body Wash and Body Lotion are TSA friendly and perfect for travel bags. The wash gives a creamy foam and the fragrance really sticks around, especially if you layer the Body Lotion over top. They both leave skin smooth, silky, and sweet smelling. I really enjoy this set and am interested in how Marcia likes the Sakura scent. The Fig and Honey scent sounds delicious too…I think I am going to plan a trip to Anthropologie soon to take a sniff!

Sakura

Marcia’s Side:  Sakura

Like Lisa I quickly knew which scent was perfect for me. As the picky one on BIZ I gravitate to fruity scents that aren’t overwhelming. Sakura Blossom is perfect for that. With a mixture of apple and citrus I was thrilled to try this. To be honest I don’t know what heliotrope smells like, all I know is that its flowers are in a variety of violet shades. That doesn’t matter since this combination is refreshing and not overwhelming at all.

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

The packaging of these Mission Grove products is enough to get me to buy them. A collection of these beautifully packaged goods would make an awesome housewarming or hostess gift. Even better is what’s inside since the fragrance isn’t artificial and the products are excellent.

The Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub surprised me since I normally choose a sugar scrub, but this wasn’t harsh at all and left my skin feeling exfoliated and lightly scented. I was surprised at the touch of oil that’s in it to protect my skin. I never have the flakies on the the days I’m able to shower with this Salt Scrub.

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

This contains sea salt, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E which all combine for a hydrating scrub.

Mission Grove Scented Papers

Mission Grove Scented Papers

The Mission Grove Scented Papers in Sakura Blossom totally blew me away. My first reaction to was honestly “why would I use scented papers??”. That was then, this is now: “Wow I love all the things I can do with these scented papers from Mission Grove.”

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Scented Papers

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Scented Papers

My husband likes to go to Las Vegas. While he doesn’t smoke everything is covered in smoke in Vegas. You come home from there and (for non-smokers) you want to undress in the garage and get your clothes into the wash instantly. Now I can tuck one of the half sheets into the mesh section of the suitcase. It helps so much to keep items, the ones that can’t be washed, refreshed. Other uses are to put these in a drawer, your car, boots when you are storing them, and your gym bag. I have one in my laundry room and it’s so amazing to walk in there now – even for someone that isn’t a fragrance person.

Mission Grove Drawer Papers

Mission Grove Drawer Papers

These are beautiful and sturdy. There are 6 sheets that are perforated in the middle so you can break them apart to have 12 sheets. They are made out of a thin cardboard so there’s nothing flimsy about them. They are unlike any drawer papers I’ve ever seen.

Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil (Sakura Blossom)

Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil (Sakura Blossom)

One last product to mention is the Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil. This is available in all 4 of the fragrances and sounds terrific. Here’s what Mission Grove has to say: “Crafted in small batches, Mission Grove Rollerball Perfume Oils stimulate your mind, body and spirit. Great for personal fragrance, and for maximum benefits, use the rollerbals on temples and pressure points such as your crown chakra, bottoms of your feet and solar plexus. Perfect for On-the-go!”

While these are available at Anthropologie, only the soaps are carried online. That means a trip is due to an Anthropologie store so you can see the line in person and do a little indulging for yourself and someone you want to impress.

*sent for consideration

Side by side: lessons Marcia and Lisa learn from each other (and check out this Farmhouse Fresh Giveaway)

heart for beauty infoThere are lots of amazing beauty blogs out there and we learn a ton from our blogging friends every single day. What you may not know, however, is that we also learn so much from each other! We have both been reviewing products and writing beauty articles for over ten years and we have been working together on Beauty Info Zone for five of those years. Sometimes Marcia gives an essential tip that Lisa finds she can’t live without; sometimes Lisa challenges Marcia to try something out of her comfort zone with surprising results. Today we are writing about one of best gifts we’ve found through the years from each other.

Lisa’s Side:

Long ago, Marcia and I met online through ‘swapping’ on MakeUpAlley. Marcia then told me about another website she ran where there was a great beauty community with reviews and wonderful chat boards. Sadly, that website eventually went out of business, but I made some lifelong friends from all over the world. I also learned one of my favorite beauty tips ever from my future blogging partner, Marcia!

part of Lisa's gel eyeliner collection

part of Lisa’s gel eyeliner collection

Ok, so you know how gel eyeliners are wonderful…they are easy to apply, they are fun to work with because you can go super defined or you can smudge out the line, they are way easier to work with than liquid liners, and they have even better lasting power than pencil eyeliners. What isn’t so wonderful is how quickly those little pots of amazingness dry out. I could never use up an entire pot of gel liner before it became hard and totally useless.

Old way of using gel eyeliners

Old way of using gel eyeliners

I still remember the joy I felt when I read this tip from Marcia: to get the most out of your gel eyeliner, use the outer side of the pot first. Take your brush and grab liner around the rim. This helps keep the integrity of the product and makes it last and last and last. Some of my favorite gel liners are Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliners. I lost quite a few before I started using this simple trick Marcia taught me. I actually have gel liner pots that are seven years old and they are still as fresh as the day I bought them!!

the best way to use a gel eyeliner

the best way to use a gel eyeliner

Marcia has steered me toward many ‘perfect’ Lisa products, but her gel eyeliner tip stands out for me since it has saved me tons of money over the years. I think of her every time I use a gel liner!

Marcia’s Side:

What Lisa has taught me (besides the fact that I have to loosen up) is not to be so afraid of products. She’ll often convince me to try something that’s out of my comfort zone. Most times she’s right but today’s review is all about hitting the bullseye with FARMHOUSE FRESH. Every time a product from Farmhouse Fresh was offered I’d send the email to Lisa and tell her that it was perfect for her. But recently I did that and she insisted that it was something I was going to love and that I had to do it. Thank you Lisa!!

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub is amazing. When I use this in the shower I don’t want to get out. The smell is to die for. I wish we had Smell-O-Blog for you to sniff what I sniff. It’s a combination of real watermelon seed oil, sweet basil oil and organic vodka mixed with sugar and rice bran oil. This isn’t a wimpy scrub, the sugar (with some salt in it) gives you a lot to work with to help exfoliate your skin. It washes cleanly off leaving behind a little bit of nourishing oil. It also dissolves in the shower so you don’t go slip sliding away.

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

I keep a plastic spoon in my shower to mix the oil into the scrub to evenly disperse it. This Farmhouse Fresh Body Scrub not only makes me smell delicious but it leaves my skin wonderfully soft. I hate to use a body lotion after it so I wait as long as I can before applying anything else. I just want to smell myself. That fragrant aroma does fade away so you can continue with a fragrance of your choice – but I wish it didn’t.

Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub is 97% natural and vegan and has no parabens or sulfates. My skin feels soft and refreshed. I want to call Lisa after my showers to thank her but instead I’ll just let her smell me next time we meet.farmhouse fresh giveawy

Update – we’ve just realized that Farmhouse Fresh has a Facebook giveaway for 10 of the amazing Watermelon Vodkatini Body Scrubs. It’s easy to enter by following on Instagram. This is open through August 2nd and then announced on Watermelon Day, August 3rd.

Thanks for reading a little about us. What have you learned from the Beauty Info Zone team?

*Farmhouse Fresh sent for editorial consideration, affiliate link

 

Simple Sugars Vanilla Grapefruit is a mini-vacation in a body scrub

Simply Sugars Vanilla Grapefruit Body Scrub

Simply Sugars Vanilla Grapefruit Body Scrub

I’m actually embarrassed to tell you that I never took care of the skin on my body until about 8 years ago. I’d seen stores in the mall that carried lotions, potions, scrubs etc but I never fell under their spell. That’s all changed now and I’m as wrapped up in bath and body products as my friends who’ve been raving for years. What I want though is a fragrance that I’m excited to use which is usually something in the citrus realm.

You might have heard of SIMPLE SUGARS since they have so many amazing products that I see at Beauty Brands. I received an exclusive fragrance courtesy of Beauty Brands and I am totally a new person. The exclusive scent is Vanilla Grapefruit and it’s like a slice of paradise. Imagine yourself on the island of Maui every time you step into the shower with Simple Sugars Vanilla Grapefruit Body Scrub and you’ll know what I mean.

Simple Sugars

Simple Sugars

What’s especially fun is that the owner, Lani Lazzari, is just barely out of her teens. She built her business up from the time she was 11 years old and at 18 she was featured on Shark Tank. I love Shark Tank and I love seeing women make it on the show. She was scooped up by Mark Cuban and her business became a success.  She keeps adding new items to her line and now you can find Body Scrubs, Facial Scrubs, Foot Scrubs plus she’s created a men’s line. You can see Lani’s experience in this you tube video.

Beauty Brands carries 18 of her products at this time and is the only one to sell the Vanilla Grapefruit scent. This body scrub has to be experienced to know why I want to wake up for my shower each day.

Simple Sugars is an all natural brand that is made by hand. The ingredients are good enough to eat! They include pure cane sugar, organic soybean oil, grapeseed oil, cherry kernel oil, apricot kernel oil and organic grapefruit zest. When you open the jar and smell the deliciousness you just won’t believe it.

Simple Sugars body scrub

Simple Sugars body scrub

Now to make it even more exciting for me is that you don’t really need a moisturizer or body lotion after using this. My skin is so well hydrated that it’s totally optional if I decide to use one. I’m not oily, I’m just soft and silky.

inside Simple Sugars body scrub

inside Simple Sugars body scrub

Upon opening my jar I noticed a separation of products with the abundant amount of pure can sugar mounding up over the organic oils. Simple Sugars comes with a perfect size plastic spoon so you can mix these up and then scoop out enough for your legs, arms, back, feet, or wherever you can reach. Add some water and smooth this over your body and watch it melt away leaving behind perfection.

Simple Sugar Vanilla Grapefruit Body Scrub

Simple Sugar Vanilla Grapefruit Body Scrub

Do I sound like a commercial? I think I got a little carried away with my description but when I get into the shower I’m also carried away. I’ve started using it right away since I don’t want to run out of my hot water and have to miss this moisturizing step.

Vanilla Grapefruit can be found for $15 for 5 oz or $22 for 8 oz. If this deliciously sweet light grapefruit scent doesn’t grab you then how about a strawberry or a coconut or even a little almond? Grab one for yourself and one or more for a great graduation gift. I’d pair it with a beach towel or a university towel and know I’d be giving something special.

Have you heard of Simple Sugars? Have I really been out of the loop before this discovery? — Marcia

*Thanks to Beauty Brands for sending this for consideration. You can follow them at Facebook: @beautybrands, Twitter: @beautybrands, Instagram: @beauty.brands, Hashtag: #beautybrands

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My shower oasis with Scalisi Cleanser and AfterSpa plus a giveaway

Scalisi Cleanser and Exfoliator and afterspa body scrub

Scalisi Cleanser and Exfoliator and afterspa body scrub

Several days a week I get a little extra shower time and when I do I’m always thrilled to relax a bit and use some favorite products. Two that I’ve been using are *SCALISI SKINCARE CLEANSER AND EXFOLIATOR and *AFTERSPA BODY SCRUB in Macadamia-Coconut. Both of these have the most marvelous textures and make me smooth from head to toe.

SCALISI SKINCARE CLEANSER AND EXFOLIATOR

Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator

Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator

Scalisi Cleanser and Exfoliator

Scalisi Cleanser and Exfoliator

Scalisi’s Cleanser and Exfoliator is one of the most gentle exfoliating products that I’ve used. This doesn’t strip my skin of natural oils but it does gently exfoliate the dead skin cells with tiny micro-beads. It contains jojoba, macadamia nut and sunflower oils which help moisturize so that I leave my shower with cleansed skin that feels great. It also contains time released vitamins A, C and E to give my face antioxidant protection and extra nourishment.

Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator

Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator

Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator

Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator

This is gentle enough to use daily and even twice a day. I find it doesn’t take extra effort to remove the microbeads from my face which happens with a heavy exfoliant. I keep it in my shower and use it at least 5 days a week but for sure on my “spa” days. I massage it onto my face and inhale deeply. The fragrance is minimal but the results are maximum.

Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator

Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator

AFTERSPA BODY SCRUB (MACADAMIA-COCONUT)

afterspa body scrub

AfterSpa body scrub

AfterSpa is a brand new company that is under the umbrella of Daily Concepts. There are only a few products that are in creation and I was lucky enough to be sent two of them. There are two scents that their products will be available in Macadamia-Coconut and Honey-Mint. Happily I received Macadamia-Coconut and I love the mild yet intoxicating fragrance of it. It doesn’t interfere with any other product you put on after your shower but I wish it lingered longer (and that’s coming from a fragrance-phobe).

afterspa body scrub

AfterSpa body scrub

This very gentle and nourishing body scrub has the most unusual texture. It’s silky looking and feeling. With some shower scrubs I have a hard time removing it all if I forget to put a washcloth or shower scrubby in the shower. But AfterSpa doesn’t give me that problem nor does it get my shower floor slippery. I really love the feel of this and how perfectly and gently it exfoliates my body.

AfterSpa body scrub

AfterSpa body scrub

There’s only one bad thing about AfterSpa — it’s hard to find. At the current time it’s only sold at Ross stores, not online. I sure hope that gets corrected soon. But if you are a Ross shopper, be sure to check out all their special products knowing it’s made by an eco-friendly company that is keeping the consumer cost under control just like other Daily Concept products.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY TIME:

Giveaway prize: AfterSpa sleep mask and Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator

Giveaway prize: AfterSpa sleep mask and Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator

One lucky US or Canadian subscriber will win both of these products provided by the companies. The Scalisi is the exact product reviewed while the adorable sleep mask is a new one from AfterSpa. It looks like it feels very comfortable and will enhance any spa days/nights you might be able to squeeze in.  The giveaway is open through 5/26/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If the comment section shuts down at the end please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it SPA Giveaway, put your comment in the email and that will be counted so you can continue on. You deserve to be pampered with these two great items!

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