Pure romance: Purely Botanica Body and Skin Care

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My blogging partner Marcia has a real nose for the best new lines and products out there.  She gets 100% of the finders credit for today’s post. Marcia saw the Purely Botanica line and insisted that I try it – and I’m so glad she did!  This bath and body line is pure romance, start to finish.  It has all natural, organic, affordable treats made with herbal extracts and oils that are wonderful delights for skin.

The creator of this line, Wendy Schoeman, says “My products are made with professional grade ingredients, free of parabens, free of talc, dyes and fillers, handmade in small batches, with no pesticides, no harmful preservatives, no artificial fragrances, no artificial colours, no petrochemicals, no herbicides, and never tested on animals only humans. They are products you can feel good about using.”  I definitely feel good using the products I tested and can’t wait to tell you about them.

Purely Botanica Solid Bath and Shower Scrub and Rose Oil

Purely Botanica Solid Bath and Shower Scrub and Rose Oil

The Solid Bath and Shower Scrub ($15) is an individually wrapped round soap that comes in a neat tin container which makes it great for travel.  The soap is cocoa butter-based with sea salt for exfoliation, so it really scrubs away any dry, coarse skin while also giving a huge dose of hydration.  Additional ingredients include vitamin E, essential oils, and clay.  The lemon scent is strong at first, but when using the soap it’s softer and after you just smell fresh and clean.  This is a truly lovely exfoliating soap that would make a terrific gift, too.

Purely Botanica Solid Bath and Shower Scrub

Purely Botanica Solid Bath and Shower Scrub

The Rose Oil ($20) is so pretty I almost didn’t want to use it!  It has petals of rose inside the oil, and immediately after brushing this on cuticles and dry areas soften and heal.  The oil is a mix of olive oil, grapeseed oil, vitamin E oil, tea tree oil and rose oil.  Rose scent can be overwhelming to me so I tend to stay away from it, but this is light and gorgeous.  It’s just a beautiful, elegant oil that is as effective as it is pretty.

Purely Botanica Solid Bath Rose Oil

The packaging for Purely Botanica is gorgeous – soft and feminine.  If you have anyone you need to buy for, like for an engagement shower or a birthday, be sure to check out purelybotanica.com.  In addition to body products, they also carry home products like Lavender Dryer Bags, and they have gorgeous Herbal Bath Teas.  Everything looks so beautiful and pampering!  Have fun, because it will definitely be a ‘one for you, one for me’ shopping trip.  – Lisa

Hands Down the Lauren B brand is superb

Lauren B Polishing Hand Scrub, Cuticle Oil, Nourishing Hand Cream

Lauren B Polishing Hand Scrub, Cuticle Oil, Nourishing Hand Cream

I used to bite my cuticles. It was a tasty snack, had no calories and was always available at my fingertips. It was only when I entered management that I stopped because I couldn’t envision being taken seriously while I was gnawing at my fingers. I went cold turkey with barely a nibble here and there. Although that was many years ago, my cuticles still were ragged and rough. They looked fine right after a manicure but I couldn’t get daily manicures, now could I?

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I did try various oils and creams over the years but, after a week or so, my cuticles didn’t improve so I just gave up. Then, as luck would have it, I was sent three nail couture products by Lauren B.:  Polishing Hand Scrub, Nourishing Hand Creme, and Cuticle Oil. For 10 days, I used the scrub once daily,  the creme several times a day, and the oil in the evening. And voila, my cuticles are smooth, my nails look healthy and my hands are soft.

Lauren B Cuticle Oil, Polishing Hand Scrub, Nourishing Hand Cream

Lauren B Cuticle Oil, Polishing Hand Scrub, Nourishing Hand Cream

Lauren is the niece of hair-care expert Philip B.  She says: “Our products are proudly made in the U.S.A. and never tested on animals. Everything we create is vegan-friendly and free of harsh chemicals like formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. For me, everything’s come full circle,” Lauren adds. “As someone who truly believes that nails are the best accessory—and is fanatical on the subject—these are my personal bests, inspired by all things beautiful. I hope they’ll be yours, too!”

Lauren B Polishing Hand Scrub

Lauren B Polishing Hand Scrub

I find the Lauren B Polishing Hand Scrub to be a little grainy so you need to rinse carefully and well. It is pleasantly scented and the fragrance disappears after you rinse. According to the website: 

Our polishing hand scrub contains a proprietary blend of potent anti-aging powerhouses such as: Swiss-derived Apple stem cells (they contain peptides-boosting cell turnover, thickening thin skin, fading age spots, and smoothing crepiness), Aloe OilSunflower Seed Oil and Vitamin E (these brighten, soothe, and heal chapping while also providing anti-pollution benefits. Moreover, our proprietary amino-acid complex strengthens and softens your skin.

Lauren B Polishing Hand Scrub

Lauren B Polishing Hand Scrub

The result: A fresher more youthful look for your hands in under a minute!

Lauren B Nourishing Hand Cream

Lauren B Nourishing Hand Cream

The Nourishing Hand Creme is lovely- nicely scented with orchid and peony, it leaves your hands smooth. soft and not slippery.  “A super rich indulgence. Laced with antioxidants, peptides and amino acids, this remarkably non-greasy hydrator leaves hands ridiculously smooth and soft. A special delivery system ensures that moisturizing agents sink in fast to plump and soothe for hours. And the heavenly orchid and peony scent alone will make you want a lifetime supply.” says Lauren’s website.  How true.

Lauren B Cuticle Oil

Lauren B Cuticle Oil

And now the Cuticle Oil which I adore and which I think is making the biggest difference in my nails and cuticles. “Our custom blend of 12 ultra-pure plant, nut and flower oils designed to quickly hydrate your dry cuticles. Also, it is packed with amino-acids promoting healing and revival. Apply with our convenient brush applicator so you can take as little or as much as you need – no mess! We love Olive Fruit Oil, Peanut Oil, Sesame Oil, Walnut Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Lavender Oil, and Geranium Flower Oil.” 

Lauren B Cuticle Oil

Lauren B Cuticle Oil

Lauren B has worked with Sky Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Salon and is sharing these cuticle tips

  • Always use a cuticle oil/cream. Having dry, scraggly cuticles is not a good look and may even make you want to pick them, which can lead to a bacterial infection. Using a cuticle oil can make your manicure last longer. Keeping the nail beds and areas around your nails moisturized will make the nail polish stay in place longer. A cuticle oil is a great way to make a two day old manicure look like you just walked out of the salon
  • If you don’t have cuticle oil or cream available, you can use anything from your kitchen! Olive oil, baby oil, or even Vaseline are quick go-to solutions
  • NEVER cut your cuticles, they should only be pushed back. Cuticles are designed to protect your fingers from infections, and bacteria. You should only cut the dry skin around the nail and not the actual cuticles themselves

I will order these three items when I run out and want to try her nail polish next because: Lauren B. is good to me. And will be good to you.  –  guest post by Phyllis

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