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?

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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 [email protected] 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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Just delicious…be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

Me when I wear those pancake-scented body products.  liveplayfully.gogosqueez.com

Me when I wear those pancake-scented body products.  Plus a blueberry perm.  liveplayfully.gogosqueez.com

I would rather smell good enough to eat than smell…perfumey.  I’ve had my missteps with foody scents…I will never forget the time I was in a meeting and a colleague said, ‘Who smells like pancakes??’  While I was too chicken to identify myself as the refugee from IHOP, I’ve been far more careful about my ‘foody’ choices since then.  Lately, my favorite food scented products that don’t go overboard are some be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products that were sent to us.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

I previously reviewed the be Delectable Coconut & Cream Decadent Hair and Body Mist HERE, which has become a staple for me.  I love body sprays because they don’t hit you over the head like regular perfume can.  So I was pretty stoked when be Delectable sent the accompanying body products in the same scent – it is all about layering.  Coconut & Cream is a creamy coconut fragrance that is deep and heavenly, and isn’t too sweet.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Scrub

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish

Start off your coconutty scent fest with the Coconut & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish ($14).   This body scrub has coconut oil and aloe vera to moisturize while finely ground apricot shells exfoliate and leave skin smooth and glowy.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Wash

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Wash

After exfoliating, the Supremely Rich Body Wash ($10) is a wonderful shower gel.  The coconut scent in this seems even more delicious.  The body wash cleanses and hydrates with coconut oil (of course!) and aloe vera.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Hand Cream

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Hand Cream

The Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream ($10) is a thick, supremely moisturizing lotion that really softens hands without leaving them wet or greasy.  Ingredients include mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera so it easily takes care of rough skin and cuticles.  Plus, it leaves hands delicately scented with soft coconut…just lovely.

be Delectable Vanilla and Cream Hand Cream

be Delectable Vanilla and Cream Hand Cream

what a delicous combination!

what a delicous combination!

For a truly fabulous gourmand experience, combine the Coconut & Cream and Vanilla & Cream Hand Creams…truly delicious!!

All of the be Delectable products are made by Cake Beauty and are available at Kohls.  Be sweet without smelling like breakfast…or dessert…with these super affordable and easy to find body products.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Belli Anti-Blemish Basics

If you’ve heard of the brand Belli then you know that it’s a brand that began its life as a safe brand for pregnant women. Considering I’m in menopause it sure doesn’t seem like it would be an appropriate brand for me but guess what – it’s very fitting for me and for you. When Belli offered to send a few products the timing was perfect because I was going through my summer breakout time. I said yes and learned a lot about these products. I have two products from Belli, Anti-Blemish Facial Wash and Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub.

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash and Fresh Start Pre/Treatment Scrub

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash and Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub

Belli wants women to start with them when they are planning pregnancy, are pregnant and to keep with them beyond pregnancy. No matter what age women are, our hormones can go wacky. Even my elderly mother has an occasional breakout.

picky for a purpose
check Allergy Tested
check No Artificial Dyes or Fragrances
check No Phthalates
check No Paraben Preservatives
check Cruelty-Free; Not Tested on Animals
check Safety-Screened Ingredients
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Their motto tells it all: Picky for a Purpose. We want to take care of ourselves all the time but during your pregnancy or if you are nursing you need to watch what you use so much more.belli slogan
The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash ($22/6.5 oz) is what I really needed the most for the breakouts I was having. My skin doesn’t love hot humid weather. It seemed like every few days there was another little bump that wanted to skew the results of other skincare I was using. I have used this in the evenings when I had a flare up and it helped calm any redness I was having. It’s a clear wash without fragrance. My skin is drier now than it used to be so I need to be careful that a cleanser isn’t going to strip it. The Belli is doing a nice job of keeping my skin clean but not dry. I follow with a Reviva Lab Serum and later moisturizer and my breakouts are basically gone. (I need to keep my hands off the one that I’ve irritated though!!)
Here’s some information from Belli:
• Features lactic acid to cleanse and gently exfoliate acne prone skin
• FREE OF salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide– common acne fighting ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy
• Contains lemon peel oil, a natural anti-bacterial and skin brightener
• With green tea extract and cucumber, both are rich in antioxidants
Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash

The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash won’t be my personal daily cleanser but it will live on my bathroom counter so that when the zits decide to come out and party, I’ll be ready for them.
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The other product I’ve used from Belli is actually a Prep product so I should have mentioned it first. Oops. Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub ($24, 6.5 oz) is a scrub like a dermabrasion scrub that can be used on your face and body. It surprises me how many women don’t know about a scrub like this. I was telling a friend about a scrub I had reviewed and she didn’t know one thing about them. A scrub like this keeps your pores cleansed, gets rid of dead skin and helps prepare your skin for other treatments. Here’s what Belli has to tell us about their Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub:
• Features green tea extract and ginseng, both are rich in antioxidants
• Helps prepare skin for the application of other Belli products
• Includes the refreshing aromatherapy of peppermint oil
Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub

Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub

This is a great scrub to use 2 to 3 times a week. I have quite a few scrubs so I interchange but I did use this one exclusively for a few weeks while testing Belli for review. I used it twice a week and found it gentle on my skin. It’s nice to take it in the shower, get the refreshment of the peppermint oil and at the same time work on my face and body. The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a great follow up.

Belli wash and scrub

Belli wash and scrub

You can find these products at many retailers and etailers. It’s carried at the BuyBuy Baby that’s right near my house so I can even use one of the $5 coupons they send me all the time. It’s also available at drugstore.com, Ulta.com, and many maternity sites.

As you can see, this is an ageless company. I’m happy to have what helps me rather than care that it’s a brand created for a woman in her child bearing years. These are products I’ll continue to use and recommend to my loved ones. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration
check OB/GYN & Dermatologist Recommended check Cruelty-Free Not Tested on Animals check Made in the USA

 

Ingredients for Anti-Blemish Facial Wash: Deionized Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lactate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Glycerine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (and) Glycereth-2 Cocoate

Ingredients for Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub: Deionized Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyethylene, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Sodium PCA, Glycerine, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Acanthopanax Senticosus Root Extract (Eleutherol Ginseng Root Extract), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea Extract), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (and) Glycereth-2 Cocoate

Makeup Wars goes to the SPA


This is going to be an especially interesting Makeup Wars for me since I’ve never been to a spa. I’ve seen them in movies and on TV but I’ve never had the experience. Therefore I’m explaining what I like to do on days I consider “spa” days. Ones that relax me and help me do some beauty treatments I wouldn’t normally do. Some of these products were sent for review purposes* and each are used with love.

First off I’d start with a shower. My hot water doesn’t last especially long so this is going to be a two step shower. I’ll wash my hair with DermOrganic Argan Hydrating Shampoo* and follow that with DermOrganic Intense Hair Masque*. I love how DermOrganic’s products leave my hair so shiny and silky. The Hair Masque adds in much needed moisture. I’ll then put on my trusty polka-dot shower cap to let it all soak in.

DermOrganic line

DermOrganic line

Next is my body and I’d use Argan Magic’s Zesty Orange Body Scrub*. I’m amazed I still have some of this left but I have been savoring it. I love the smell and feel of this since it’s not gritty plus it has Argan Oil in it and my winter skin needs this added moisture.

Argan Magic Zesty Orange Body Scrub

Argan Magic Zesty Orange Body Scrub

I wish I still had the Argan Magic Bloomin’ Body Wash but that’s long gone. I’ll use a muslin cloth to get off all of the scrub and then I’ll hop out of the shower to work on my face and let my hot water refresh itself. I’m going to put on my BrokeDown Bath Wrap that was in my February PopSugar Must Have Box.

Broke Down body towel

Broke Down body towel

I’m going to do a facial mask next and the one I’m picking is from Somme Institute* and it’s called Boost. This is one of my favorite masks. It’s a self-warming mask and works wonders in under 10 minutes. It doesn’t harden and make my face tight so it’s great using prior to makeup.

Somme Institute BOOST

Somme Institute BOOST

I’d also do an eye mask like the one by Biobliss*. A full review of this is coming up soon so you can see how great this is. I did it last week along with several other things already in this review to prepare to write. My eyes were thanking me for days.

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

I'm in bliss with Biobliss

I’m in bliss with Biobliss

After removal of the Biobliss I’m back in the shower and will finally shave my legs. I’m lucky that I don’t have to shave my legs often but when I do I almost always reach for Shave With Benefits*. This gentle shaving foam protects my legs from cuts and in addition acts as a body wash. It’s gentle enough for face and body as well as shaving. Off comes the shower cap and my hair gets totally rinsed out.

Three steps left that are all moisturizing. First I’m slathering up my body with Aveeno Positively Nourishing Energizing Body Lotion*. My favorite scent in this is Pomegranate+Grapefruit. I was sent my first one as an Aveeno Ambassador but have since bought this as it’s a scent I enjoy and that doesn’t overpower me.

Aveeno Energizing Pomegranate + Grapefruit

Aveeno Energizing Pomegranate + Grapefruit

Next I’m using Miracle Foot Repair. I share this with my husband actually since we both have very dry feet and find this to take care of the cracks and discomfort we often feel. For spa time I’m going to definitely put socks on so it will sink in.

Miracle Foot Repair

Miracle Foot Repair

For my final act I’ll use Hand Perfection’s Anti-Aging Hand Care System*, specifically the Nourishing Day Cream SPF 15. This is another upcoming review. Not only does this system have the Nourishing Day Cream but it also contains Rejuvenating Night Cream and a Nail and Cuticle Treatment Pen. It’s a wonderful system plus there’s no fragrance to the creams so I love it all the more.

Hand Perfection Day Cream

Hand Perfection Day Cream

Well for someone who said it would be difficult to write about this, I am my typically wordy self. All of these products, whether sent for a possible review or purchased myself, are keepers and belong in my Spa day and just about any day. Please use the links to read what the other Makeup Wars bloggers have done for their spa day. I’m eager to find out about new products and exactly what I missed. Any special spa items you love? — Marcia

*starred items are pr samples sent for review consideration