“Under the radar” goodness: ACEQUIA Body Care

Nothing cheers me up like a big huge basket of body care goodness, especially when it’s from a line I haven’t tried yet. This beautiful basket of ACEQUIA Body Care  was sent to me to test and I couldn’t stop smiling.

ACEQUIA Body Care

ACEQUIA Body Care

ACEQUIA Body Care, a new kid on the beauty scene block, features products that are paleo-friendly, made with pure plant extracts and essential nutrients. The focus is ‘luxury as nature intended’ and you can choose from four fragrances for women –  Clasico (lavender, eucalyptus, Mediterranean fig), Esencia (gardenia, tuberose, white pear, jasmine), Fresco (sweet almond, bergamot, freshly ground ginger), Jardin (basil leaves, summer sage, peppermint sprigs, citrus zest), and two for men – Patrón (black pepper, coriander, patchouli and basil) and Granada (tobacco flower).

ACEQUIA Body Care

ACEQUIA Body Care

The goal is to moisturize and vitalize skin without the use of chemicals or harmful additives. All ACEQUIA products are made in small batches in America. They have no sulfates (SLS), parabens, surficants, mineral oil or petroleum byproducts, harsh chemicals or detergents. ACEQUIA products are never tested on animals. This environmentally responsible line also packages everything in recyclable materials.

Here is what I found inside the basket:

ACEQUIA Body Care Luxe Body Wash

ACEQUIA Body Care Luxe Body Wash

  • Luxe Body Wash ($20), a swoon-worthy indulgence of hydrating Coconut and Sweet Almond oils, Shea Butter and Silk protein to soothe, smooth and nurture soft, radiant skin

This is a very interesting body wash…it pours out like water, so be careful not to use too much! The cleanser is gentle and very hydrating, and the Esencia fragrance is soft and feminine.

ACEQUIA Body Care Skin Nourishment Lotion

ACEQUIA Body Care Skin Nourishment Lotion

  • Skin Nourishment Lotion($18), a emollient-rich antidote to parched skin, loaded with Jojoba, Meadowfoam and Sunflower Oils, enhanced with Vitamins C and E, Goat Milk and Aloe Vera to moisturize, nourish and delicately scent skin with no greasy residue

What a beautiful body lotion! It’s creamy and light, but it packs a moisturizing punch. The Granada scent is pleasantly spicy and is definitely unisex.

ACEQUIA Body Care Mineral Salt Scrub

ACEQUIA Body Care Mineral Salt Scrub

ACEQUIA Body Care Sugarcream Scrub

ACEQUIA Body Care Sugarcream Scrub

 

  • Buff Body Scrubs($18), our newest additions to the ACEQUIA family come in two bespoke formulas to perfectly buff away dry, dull skin and promote anti-aging collagen production. These exfoliating must-haves banish surface imperfections like blocked pores, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

I can’t decide which one I like more – the sea salt and aloe vera Mineral Salt Scrub or the brown sugar/sunflower and grapeseed oil Sugarcream Scrub. They both leave skin ultra soft and ultra moisturized. They are great for prepping skin for self tanner or for softening hands after lots of gardening.

ACEQUIA Body Care Natural Castile Hand Soap

ACEQUIA Body Care Natural Castile Hand Soap

  • Natural Castile Soap($14), a blend of Olive and Coconut oils creates a gentle cleanser that prevents the loss of skin’s natural moisture

This is a terrific hand soap that is great for the kitchen or the bathroom. I especially love the fresh Jardin fragrance, which is a combination of basil, sage, peppermint and citrus.

ACEQUIA Body Care Travel Tote

ACEQUIA Body Care Travel Tote

A really great buy is the ACEQUIA Body Care Travel Tote ($12), which has TSA-friendly sizes of the Castile Hand Soap, Skin Nourishment Lotion, and Luxe Body Wash in a clear vinyl snap tote. You can choose from any of the six fragrances.

ACEQUIA is a beautiful and affordable line with great values and integrity.  I love the products and I love what this company stands for.  If you are looking for an animal and planet friendly body care line, I hope you will take a look at ASEQUIA!
You can find them online at www.acequiabodycare.com. – Lisa
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Take a romantic trip with Teadora Rainforest Spa Love Ritual Set

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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

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Get your party on with Farmhouse Fresh Rasmopolitan

Farmhouse Fresh Rasmopolitan 6If you are a smooth-skin searcher who enjoys a cocktail now and then, I have the perfect product for you!  Check out Farmhouse Fresh’s Rasmopolitan Body Scrub ($34), a vodka-infused skin cocktail that you can enjoy without any fear of a hangover.

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Farmhouse Fresh sent us this kicky, fun vegan salt scrub, and it smells so delicious I had to stop myself from taking a sip.  This party-hearty scrub comes in a 12 ounce glass jar with wonderful vintage packaging with a wax seal to ensure freshness.

Sealed for freshness

Sealed for freshness

Farmhouse Fresh Rasmopolitan

The surprising ingredients include Square One Organic Vodka, rice bran oil, fresh raspberry extract, and vitamin E.  Sea salt crystals slough off dead skin while the rice bran oil hydrates and moisturizes.  Rice bran oil is full of antioxidants that fight off free radicals, improve the texture of skin, and support firmness and elasticity.  It’s a very effective scrub that is just plain fun…somehow I feel slightly naughty scrubbing myself with something that smells just like a raspberry cosmo!

Notice that it's not for human consumption...

Notice that it’s not for human consumption…

I am totally loving this guilt free, eco-conscious scrub that smells like a cocktail and gives me super soft skin.  I highly recommend you put a little kick into your shower and smooth out those rough spots with Farmhouse Fresh Rasmopolitan Body Scrub.  – Lisa

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Waking up to Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

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Are you one  of those people who doesn’t quite wake up until a cup of java is under your nose?  That’s me for sure. So I absolutely love this great body exfoliator that Juara Skin Care sent us, the Invigorating Coffee Scrub ($37), because one whiff is like taking an instant trip to Starbucks.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Inside the jar - Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Inside the jar – Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

It’s not surprising this scrub – made with Indonesian coffee beans – is one of Juara’s top-selling products.  It has three big pluses going for it.  One, the scent – it really does smell like a fresh hot cuppa joe, perfect for a morning shower.  Two, it cleanses and exfoliates, so there’s no need to soap up before or after using it.  And three, coffee is a great skin treatment.  The finely ground beans scrub away dry, scaly skin, and coffee arabica has been proven to stimulate collagen, improve skin elasticity, and fight free radicals as a terrific antioxidant ingredient.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub is a great product.  It’s fun – Starbucks in a jar! – and it is seriously good for your skin.  If you are looking for a gift for your best friend, this is a terrific option.  Pair this with a small gift card to a coffee shop and you will never lose your BFF status.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Walnut Shell (Juglans reglia) Powder, Rice (Oryza sativa) Starch, Fresh Roasted Indonesian Coffee (Coffee arabica), Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Top 5 homemade skin care treatments with coconut oil

Nutiva collageSince I write about beauty for a living, I spend a lot of time researching skin care ingredients and how they affect the skin and body. I am also fascinated with ingredients that work from the inside out, like vitamins and foods that help create a strong body and a beautiful complexion.  I’ve started incorporating coconut oil into my diet in place of butter, shortening, and vegetable oil because it does three things:  1.  is easily processed by the liver into lots of energy; 2.  protects the body from infections, heart disease, and illness; and 3.  helps you lose weight.  Not only that, it tastes terrific.  So when Nutiva sent us their Coconut Oil (15 fl. oz $11.99), I was already happy – but not as happy as I became when I realized what a great ingredient it is for topical skin care.

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil - organic and sustainable

Nutiva Coconut Oil – organic and sustainable

Coconut oil is solid at lower temperatures, and liquefies at temps above 76 degrees farenheit.  I find it’s best for skin care recipes when it is at that ‘almost about to melt’ stage.  I’ve tried tons of recipes for face masks, body scrubs, face cleansers, and hair treatments, and these are my top five favorites. Be sure to use organic and raw ingredients when you can!

1.  Coconut oil hand and body scrub

1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/4 cup sea salt, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix together and use this in the shower or just leave it next to the sink for a quick hand scrub.  It leaves hands super soft and moisturized.

2.  Moisturizing coconut oil facial mask

2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/2 mashed avocado

Mix together and apply immediately.  Leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes then rinse off.  This gives skin a great glow!

3.  Coconut oil facial cleanser

1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 drops tea tree oil, 2 drops lavender oil – add some lemon juice if your skin is oily or prone to blackheads

This mixture dissolves even the most tenacious makeup and leaves skin hydrated.  Be sure to avoid the eye area – use straight coconut oil to remove eye makeup.  It’s the best.

4.  Coconut oil foot scrub

3 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

After scrubbing and rinsing off this scrub, apply straight coconut oil to feet then cover with socks – in the morning your feet will be amazingly soft.

5.  Coconut oil hair mask

1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon honey – double the recipe for long hair.  Heat the mixture up on the stove for a great hot oil treatment.  Apply to dry hair from roots to ends, cover with a shower cap and let soak in for a half hour.  Then, shampoo and condition like normal and you will be astounded at how soft and shiny your hair has become.

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Coconut oil by itself makes a great eye cream, lip moisturizer, and makeup remover!  I particularly like Nutiva Coconut Oil because it is:

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Virgin
  • Non-hydrogenated
  • No cholesterol
  • Made from fresh coconuts

Give homemade skin care treatments a try.  It’s a lot of fun, and the results are fabulous.  With the holidays coming up, homemade skin care treatments in cute little jars make great gifts (except for the one with avocado – that has to be used immediately).  Believe me, coconut oil is going to become your best friend, both in recipes for food and in recipes for skin care.  – Lisa

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