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)

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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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5 Limited Edition holiday gifts to put on your list!

Limited Edition Holiday Gifts

Yes, I know.  The holidays are about giving.  But let’s be honest…receiving is pretty nice, too!  This is the time to take full  advantage of the wonderful deals and special sets that are only available for the holiday season.  Here are five limited edition gifts sent to the BIZ that are worthy of your personal holiday wish list.

1.  Pur Minerals 3-pc. Let It Glow Bronzer, Blush, and Brighten Cheek Trio ($24)  Already on my wish list, I was sooo happy when Pur Minerals sent us this set!  It has three mini twist-up makeup sticks: a bronzer in Naughty & Nice, a blush in Sugar & Spice and a highlighter in Glisten & Glow. Together, these three give you everything you need to contour and create a rosy glow.

Pur Minerals Let It Glow Set up close

2.  Meijer Bath Collection Gift Sets #MeijerBeauty:  these super cute sets are fantastic gifts for Secret Santa exchanges or for last minute presents – pick some up to have on hand, and get a few for yourself.  The Winter White Vanilla scent is especially yummy.

Meijer holiday sets

3.  BECCA Holiday Collection One Perfecting Brush in Limited Edition Gold ($49 at Sephora and Ulta)  I have been jonesing for this multi-purpose brush ever since Marcia did her fabulous review of it last year (read it HERE).  Why not get the limited edition gold version?  This beautiful brush works for liquids, creams, powders…whatever you want to throw at it.  Gotta love the fashion/function combo.

Becca Holiday Collection LE One Perfection Brush in Gold

4.  Whish Body Vanilla Spice, Sugar Plum and Vanilla Mint Holiday Sets ($24 at Nordstrom.com)  I have loved the fabulously retro Whish for years, and this holiday set is just too good to pass up.  The three scent choices (Vanilla Spice, Sugar Plum, and Vanilla Mint) are seasonal limited edition, so ask for each set to stock up for the winter months!  Each set has a 3 oz Body Wash, Body Butter and Body Scrub – travel friendly and TSA approved sizes.

Whish Sugar Plum Holiday Set

5.  Soap & Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle & Soap Set ($36)  The fragrance of this full-size pure soy candle and bar of shea butter soap is pure holiday.  The mix of Siberian Fir, pine, and Cedar wood is truly transporting.  It makes a great gift, but believe me you will want this set for yourself.

The Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Set

Put these limited edition items on your own Christmas wish list, or do a ‘one for you, one for me’.  You’ve been a good girl all year and now it’s time for some rewards!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editiorial consideration, opinions all mine

Giveaway alert! Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar

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November always makes me a little panicky. I know that the holiday season will be here in a flash and with my son in college, the expense of gifts is especially daunting. This year I am focusing on DIY gifts and with our Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar giveaway you can too!

Nielsen Massey Sugar

Besides the fact DIY gifts are pocket-book friendly, they are also so much more personal than a gift card. Nielsen-Massey has truly beautiful vanilla products that aren’t just yummy, they make perfect ingredients for beauty treatments that are so easy to make! I love their Vanilla Body Scrub recipe that uses Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar (Nielsen-Massey sent us the product to test).

NielsenMassey Vanilla Scrub

Vanilla Body Scrub

1 cup Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 or 2 drops of an essential oil such as lavender, eucalyptus, etc.
Decorative, waterproof container

Mix ingredients together in a bowl.

Spoon into a decorative, waterproof container.

Wrap in decorative paper.

Instructions for use: Apply a small amount to damp skin while in shower or bath. Gently scrub skin with a soft washcloth. Rinse thoroughly.

This is a heavenly body scrub that leaves skin wonderfully soft and smooth. My favorite essential oils to use are either lemon or jasmine.

beautiful packaging!

beautiful packaging!

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar is awesome for baking

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar is awesome for baking

Of course, the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar is also a great gift just by itself. It’s a combination of gourmet baker’s sugar and Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract. Use it as your sugar in baking, sprinkle it in your coffee or hot cocoa, or sprinkle it on some fruit for a delicious dessert. It comes in a beautiful 8.5 oz. glass jar, and it is all sorts of yummy!!

Here are some more great packaging tips from Nielsen-Massey for personalized handmade gifts:

  • Package homemade biscotti, cookies, or even body products in vintage tins or jars. A beautiful container is an additional gift that the recipient can keep long after the handmade gift is gone.
  • Instead of using traditional wrapping paper or gift bags, wrap boxes in craft paper and decorate with pens and markers. Wrap jars and bottles in fabric, burlap, or a pretty kitchen towel and secure it with colorful striped baker’s twine.
  • Attach a Christmas ornament to the outside of the package in lieu of a traditional gift tag. Ornaments can be treasured for years to come.
  • Include a hand-written note or card with the recipe for your gift – it is the gift that keeps on giving!

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Check out the Nielsen-Massey website for more product information and additional recipes, including more DIY gift ideas such as:

  • Vanilla Bean Marshmallows
  • Decadent Holiday Fudge
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Candied Almonds
  • Gourmet Blueberry Vanilla Granola
  • Sweet and Spicy BBQ Rub
  • Chocolate Coffee Biscotti

And don’t forget to visit the Nielsen-Massey Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NielsenMasseyVanillas and Twitter at https://twitter.com/NielsenMassey.

Enter our giveaway today and you can make a Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Body Scrub or your own DIY holiday gift!

This fabulous US giveaway runs through November 11/23/14 at 11:59 p.m. (If comments aren’t open please comment on our Facebook page or email me at marciaandlisa@gmail.com). — Lisa

*giveaway prize courtesy of Nielsen-Massey #NMVHolidays

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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

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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.

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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

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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

Have some good sense and look into Two Good Scents (giveaway too)

The first thing you need to do when the postman comes ringing with your package of Two Good Scents bath and body products is to hide all spoons, serving utensils, and probably even bowls. When you open up a jar of goodness from Two Good Scents your nose will go into overdrive and you’ll be tempted to eat the items. Do not eat. You’ll enjoy your products for a much longer time if you use them as directed.

Two Good Scents

Two Good Scents

When Two Good Scents offered to send a sugar scrub for review and to share with 3 of our readers as well, I gladly read over the list of Sugar Body Scrubs that they’ve created and fell in love with the descriptions of several. I was very excited when I received 2 full size scrubs plus a sample. The scents sound so amazing and they are better in real life.

Two Good Scents

Two Good Scents

Two Good Scents is a company founded by two sisters who have always loved bath products. They put their brains and noses together and came up with a delicious list of fragrances including food, floral, tropical, and clean. They’ll be adding in some seasonal ones too. The scrubs are 8 oz each, cost $10, and there’s free shipping.

Two Good Scents yumminess

Two Good Scents yumminess

Sweet Pineapple Sugar Scrub is like being on a vacation. Take a sweet pineapple, add in some mango butter and jump in the shower. You won’t want to get out. Two Good Scents does the work for you, they just won’t be there to scrub you. You’ll want to do that yourself anyway.

Two Good Scents Sweet Pineapple Sugar Scrub

Two Good Scents Sweet Pineapple Sugar Scrub

I chose Lemon Cookie and I’m in love. It smells just like it sounds – sweet, lemony and vanilla. This scrub has aloe butter in it. You just won’t believe how it makes your skin feel. You’ll get out of your shower and just want to touch your skin.

Lemon Cookie Sugar Scrub from Two Good Scents

Lemon Cookie Sugar Scrub from Two Good Scents

The sample they added in to my package is Peaches & Cream. Talk about cute! Talk about luscious. This embodies it all. It’s a juicy Georgia peach with fluffy white marshmallow cream – side by side. I’m surprised this hasn’t been confiscated by my spouse.

Peaches and Cream - oh my

Peaches and Cream – oh my

These are not oily scrubs, they are a fine sugar that dissolves in the shower just leaving behind the smoothness of the butters used in the product (i.e.- aloe butter, shea butter, mango butter and more). Your skin will feel wonderfully soft and the lingering fragrance will delight your senses even though they do fade away. It’s hard for me to believe I’m sad when a fragrance is gone but the three I have are so wonderful I’m changing my ways. — Marcia

Two Good Scents ingredients

Two Good Scents ingredients

For our GIVEAWAY you’ll get to pick your own scent from the list available. You’ll have trouble narrowing it down but you must pick one for the giveaway (and you can buy as many as you like from their list). This is open through 8/30 at 11:59 p.m. EST. There are 3 winners and this is international!!

*products for review and giveaway are courtesy of Two Good Scents

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Taking a stroll through Luxury Lane Soap

Luxury Lane Soap was created by a mom determined to develop bath and body products that wouldn’t irritate her son’s chemical allergy condition.  Her dedication and intensive research is our gain, because she has developed an organic line with a huge heart and an even bigger sense of fun.

Luxury Lane Soap's Kylee Lane

Luxury Lane Soap’s Kylee Lane

Kylee Lane’s creation, Luxury Lane Soap, is completely committed to sustainable organic agriculture, recycling, and conscious production from beginning to end.

Getting their Star Trek on!

Getting their Star Trek on!

Kylee says, “How is so much awesome even possible? Being a small community company affords me the ability to turn all of my profits back into Luxury Lane Soap for safe ingredients and practices. I have no stock holders to appease and my company is for my customers.”  I think that is the definition of ‘refreshing’.

Luxury

Luxury Lane Soap Nourishing Body Lotion

I have only tried a few small sample items from Luxury Lane Soap and everything has totally piqued my interest. The website is one you can get lost in for hours, finding yourself cruising from a Soapstache to a Lilac Blossom Soy Candle to Hemp Satin Body Cream scented with Beach Daisies…not to mention all the other wonderful things in between!

I tried a sample of the Nourishing Body Lotion in Blackberry Tea, which is only one of the fifty different fragrance blends available.

Luxury

Luxury Lane Nourishing Body Lotion

This lotion is fantastic for your skin, with wonderful ingredients like their “Triple-A” oil blend of argan, apricot, and avocado to hydrate and soothe skin.

Luxury

Luxury Lane Whipped Up Sugar Scrub

I also tried a sample jar of the Blackberry Tea Whipped Up Sugar Scrub. This is made fresh, you have to use the scrub within 6 months after opening…not that it will be a problem since it’s pretty fantastic.

Luxury

Yummy Blackberry Tea scent

This scrub is a soap that’s been whipped together with raw organic sugar crystals and avocado and argan oils.

Luxury

Looks good enough to eat!

The sugar crystals are fabulous exfoliants that don’t hurt the skin and the oils are both healing and hydrating. The result is gorgeous, smooth, healthy skin.

Luxury

Luxury Lane Organic Hemp Soaps

If you have younger kids like me, or grandkids like Marcia, you are going to ADORE this line. Kids can be very reluctant to embrace bath time, but every kid is going to want to get soaped up from stem to stern with the super fun soaps at Luxury Lane.

Luxury

Who knew getting clean could be this much fun?

Just look at how cute these two little guys are! And they are only the tip of the soapy iceberg…you aren’t going to believe all the choices available.

Dino

Ginger Passion Dino

The Organic Hemp soap critters are small but they pack a big punch in terms of fragrance.  They both smell amazing.

Rhino

Peach Freesia Rhino

What an awesome idea for the soap dish in a kid’s bathroom…or for stocking stuffers…or just to keep on hand for those days when you get some static from junior about taking a bath. One look at these fun soaps and all that passive-agressiveness will be a thing of the past.

Seriously, this is a VERY small preview of a really cool line of products. Do yourself a favor and take some time to check out Luxury Lane Soap – you will be amazed at how much fun you have just poking around the site!  – Lisa

My daughter has been asking nonstop for these 'Soapstaches'!

My daughter has been asking nonstop for these ‘Soapstaches’!

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