When a shower isn’t in the cards, go Purequosa Organic Cleansing Body Spray

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I am obsessed with finding perfect travel sized products. I have a box in my closet with all my favorites. That way, whenever a trip comes up, I can pull out the box and grab what I need. It doesn’t have to be a long vacation – even just a longer car ride or a trip to the gym can benefit from some great travel sized products. I am totally loving PUREQUOSA, a hip body spray line that features colloidal silver – and I am super excited that they now also have the perfect 2 oz travel size bottles in addition to the traditional 8 oz bottles.

The body sprays are all exactly what you need when you want to take a quick shower but that simply isn’t in the cards. The sprays freshen you up, get you smelling great, and they are totally organic and alcohol and chemical free. They come in three different types:

Purequosa Desert Body Spray

Desert Body Spray: This is the most hydrating of the three. If you tend toward dry, itchy skin, you will adore the love quench from every spritz. The ingredients include yucca root, which has lots of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. It smells slightly spicy to me..sort of like oregano, but less foody. Hard to describe, but it’s nice and natural. I really like it.

Purequosa Rain Body Spray

Rain Body Spray: Who needs a shower? Not me when I have this bad ass body spray. It even smells like water…cool, clean, crisp water with a hint of cucumber. It’s just like I took a dip in the world’s loveliest spa, even after 10 hours in a minivan with nothing to eat but Pringles from a can. This is the bomb.

Purequosa Coastal Body Spray

Coastal Body Spray: This one has a very unisex scent, kind of outdoorsy clean and fresh. One of the ingredients is sage, which is an excellent antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial. It’s the perfect body spray for your gym bag and is definitely the antidote to any sweaty feet worries you might have throughout the day.

A few other fun facts:  Purequosa is handmade in small batches and you can use to clean your yoga mat, your hand weights, your bike seat and helmet, and any other workout gear you want.

You can find Purequosa at H20 Closet, Mixx Yoga, and Asana Fit or you can purchase directly at purequosa.com.  Don’t forget to pick up those 2 oz travel bottles – they really come in handy! – Lisa
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A trip to the tropics with Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

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A few years ago I traveled to Costa Rica, and I still think about those incredible beaches and lush tropical forests.  Phytocéane recently came out with an amazing hydrating body water spray that takes me right back to that fantastic yoga retreat I visited in Costa Rica thanks to the beautiful scent, and it also gives me soft, moisturized skin.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

 COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water ($48) is a body spray with a gorgeous tropical fragrance that is a combination of peach, apple, melon and pineapple blended with jasmine, cedar and musk. A few sprays of this and WOW – I am instantly transported to Costa Rica!  The scent is beachy yet elegant, and it’s soft and not overpowering.  Absolutely perfect for summer.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water is also great for hydrating dry skin.  The main ingredient is jania, which is a sustainably-cultivated red vegetal coral that provides skin with intense hydration.  It leaves my skin feels wonderfully soft and fresh, something I really appreciate since it gets very dry and itchy during long hot days.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

The combination of beautiful tropical scent and soothing hydration for skin makes the Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water a real winner and one of my favorite products this summer.  You can find this as well as all the other fantastic Phytoceane products at lespausa.com.  – Lisa

Yummy body products from Ola Tropical Apothecary

Ola Tropical ApothecaryNothing says summer like coconut scented body products! Ola Tropical Apothecary, a wonderful boutique line from Hawaii, has everything needed to get your summer on. This is a very special line that has blown me away – the products are so good, you owe it to yourself to read on!!                   samples

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Sugar Polish

Summer skin needs to be soft, exfoliated skin – beware the poolside moment when you suddenly realize you are ashy. Ola Sugar Polish ($30 for 13 oz.) is a great way to gently exfoliate and hydrate your skin. Beautiful ingredients include pure Hawaiian cane sugar (and none of the guilt!!), organic Hawaiian honey, healing Hawaiian plant extracts, natural cleansers, Kukui nut, Macadamia nut, Cocoa and Organic Coconut oils. Ola Sugar Polish is a luxurious way to pamper your skin.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Lotion

After polishing, you want to moisturize to seal in all that goodness. One option is the Ola Coconut Body Lotion ($29 for 8 oz). This is a soft, light cream that sinks in quickly and leaves behind a criminally delicious deep coconut scent. The ingredient list is incredible:  We blend Aloe Vera Juice and Coconut Creme with Avocado, Mango, Passion Fruit, Tamanu and Organic Virgin Coconut oils and locally harvested Macadamia and Kukui nut oils.  Infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato, Banana, Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), to create a super hydrating and quickly absorbing formula to repair, replenish and heal your skin.

The Coconut Body Lotion is a little more expensive than others out there, but when you check out that ingredient list it’s no wonder why. Oh, and by the way — TOTALLY worth the extra expense.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Butter

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Butter

If you want a moisturizer that is a little more rich, check out Ola’s Coconut Body Butter ($29 for 4.6 oz). I typically don’t go with heavier body moisturizers in the summer, but this is the lightest of body butters. It’s whipped into perfection and feels cool and soothing on the skin. It melts in immediately and smells so good…I can’t get enough of this stuff. I want to eat it with a spoon.

The body butter is a blend of Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa and Organic Mango Seed Butters.  Infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato, Banana, Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), to create this creamy, luxurious formula that will repair, replenish and moisturize dry, thirsty skin.

All I can say is that I am head over heels in love with Ola’s Coconut Body Butter.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Mist and Body Oil

I can’t get over the next two products, they are THAT good. I start with the Coconut Body Oil ($29). This is a fantastic and unique blend of tropical oils that soften, heal, and scent your skin.  Oils include pure organic coconut oil, organic avocado oil, Passion Fruit oil, and locally sourced Macadamia nut and Kukui nut oils. They leave skin satiny soft and glowy. This feels sooo good after swimming in the poor or lake.

I finish with the Body Mist ($22 for 4 oz) for perfect summer skin. This is no ordinary scented body mist….it has a secret ingredient, 100% Hawaiian Deep Sea Water. This water is found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast and it “contains life’s most precious nutrients and minerals in nature’s perfect ionic and absorbable blend”.

The Hawaiian Deep Sea Mist has over 90 trace minerals, is high in calcium and magnesium, pathogen free and some of the cleanest and most nutritious water in the world. I keep it in my gym bag or my beach bag. Just knowing the goodness inside that bottle makes me feel refreshed and pampered.  Some of the other ingredients:

Infused with Aloe Vera Juice and our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), this formula has a naturally high alkaline ph which makes it exceptionally hydrating and nourishing for the skin, hair and face.

You can also mist your sheets, fabric couches, rugs, or the air to get some Hawaii into your space.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Lip Renew

Finally, I have to give a shout out to the Coconut Lemongrass Organic Lip Moisturizer ($6). When you place an order, be sure to throw in one or two of these. I am a real lip balm snob and this is, by far, the BEST lip balm I have ever tried!! It hydrates lips like crazy, feels sooo good on, and tastes lightly coconutty.

Locally sourced tropical oils and butters are blended to provide long-lasting moisturizing benefits

Locally harvested Organic Beeswax is added to protect and seal in moisture

Flavors include Banana Honey, Coconut, Mango Passion Fruit, and Tropical Melody. I want one of each!

If you only splurge on one thing this summer, make it Ola Tropical Apothecary. This beautiful line has some of the best body products I’ve ever tested. Ola Tropical Apothecary products are available at better specialty stores, fine salons and spas nationwide or by visiting www.hawaiianbodyproducts.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, opinions and happy skin all mine!

 PS – they also have exfoliating towelettes, sunless tanning, hair products, home fragrances, and more!!

Get fresh and clean with Lush Dirty

Lush takes the prize for best products names, I swear.  Usually I have to do a lot of convincing to get the men in my family to try products, but when I said the line was called ‘Dirty’…well, it was no problem at all!!

The Dirty line is designed for men, although the scent could be unisex.  I tend to go for sweeter scents for myself, but I thought the spearmint with a hint of thyme fragrance was perfect for the guys in my life.  They tried out several products, and really loved them.  If you are looking for a little something for your hubby or son, or perhaps for a Father’s Day gift, check out these items:

Dirty Spring Wash Shower Gel ($9.95 for 3.3oz, $17.95 for 8.4oz, $26.95 for 16.9oz)

Big thumbs up for the shower gel.  It actually makes the skin tingle when you wash as it has menthol crystals in it.  Men love the scent, and it does stay for quite a while before dissipating.  My men felt super clean and totally refreshed after showering. 

Dirty Shaving Cream ($12.95)

This yummy shaving cream has oatmilk, shea butter, and honey in it, so it not only smells super fresh it also calms the skin.  The scent in this one is lavender and sandalwood, it’s more unisex than the shower gel or body spray.  While it doesn’t smell like mint, it still smells very fresh and clean, like pine trees and the outdoors.  I stole it and used it to shave my legs, and it was terrific.  Skin feels super soft and smooth after shaving with this creamy whipped shaving cream.

Dirty Hair Styling Cream ($12.95)

The hubby uses hair cream every day, and he likes a medium to firm hold.  Dirty Hair Styling Cream does the trick, and smells minty fresh like the shower gel.  The styling cream almost looks like a tub of whipped butter, and it keeps hair in place but not super stiff or crunchy.  It’s made with cocoa butter, glycerin, and rosemary.

Dirty Body Spray ($19.95)

Wow, this one is strong!!  It’s the same minty fragrance as the shower gel and styling cream, but I guess I was thinking it would be like a traditional body mist that leaves a very subtle fragrance.  Lush says it’s perfect to use if you don’t have time to shower, and boy that’s true – this would cover up any body odor for sure.  It’s not for fragrance-phobes, but used lightly it’s a very refreshing, outdoorsy scent that men love (and that women love to smell on men).

There are other items in the Dirty line that we didn’t try, like Dirty Toothy Tabs ($3.95), and Dirty Perfume ($29.95).  Plus, for a limited time they have the Dirty Gift Set pictured above, which has the shower gel, shaving cream, hair gel, Toothy Tabs, and a sample of the Dirty perfume for only $19.95. 

If you make your way to a Lush Store, or even just visit online, you can put together an awesome and pretty affordable Father’s Day gift.  – Lisa