Get winter relief with Babo and Brevena

Brevena Therapy Balms and Babo Botanicals Hydrating Stick

There are two brands that I’m using to help get through the harshness of winter. Babo Botanicals has a new Sensitive Skin Care Therapy line that has products that hydrate, cleanse, calm and comfort dry skin as well as sensitive and eczema-prone skin.

The second brand is BREVENA® whose products focus on skin health and hydration using Macro B Complex®, their proprietary ingredient proven to deliver gorgeous, glowing, ultra-smooth skin.

The main reason I was excited to get products from both brands is that they are basically fragrance free and both help with dry skin. I’m all about fragrance free whenever possible.

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Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin Dry Relief Hydrating Stick

BABO BOTANICALS Sensitive Skin Dry Relief Hydrating Stick is an all in one product. It’s just the right size to carry with you to help relieve so many issues: chapped lips, eczema, dry hands and cuticles, insect bites, and more. I’ve been looking for products that are great for travel and this fits in perfectly with my plans. There’s a slight minty smell to it and feels soothing when applied.

The packaging is like a mini deodorant (3″ tall, 1.5″ wide) and is suitable for everyone including children. It’s 100% natural and contains medical grade colloidal oatmeal for immediate dry skin relief. The benefits are that it protects against dry and chapped lips, as well as relieves and soothes flare ups, irritation, rashes and itchiness. Sounds pretty miraculous and it actually is. I’ve used it mostly on my hands since my fingers often get chapped.

Babo Botanicals Hydrating Stick

Ingredients that help it moisturize and soothe are shea and cocoa butters. It’s also enriched with “Nutri-Soothe Complex”. There are other products in this Sensitive Skin line like Hydra Therapy Lotion for dry and eczema prone skin (fragrance free and vegan) and Hydra Therapy Wash for face and body. (gluten, soy, dairy and sulfate free).

BREVENA®’s products focus on skin health and hydration using Macro B Complex® and a blend of emollients to deliver deep hydration. Their products are not only fragrance free but they are also dye-free, made in the US, not tested on animals, and are great for all skin types. I’ve been using both their Hand & Cuticle Therapy Balm and the Intensive Foot & Heel Repair and realized that they are actually the same product but different packaging. So you only need one to perform a fantastic job of moisturizing your hands and feet.

Brevena Intensive Foot & Heel Repair and Hand & Cuticle Therapy Balm

In 90% of the hand cream reviews I see they talk about how quickly the product absorbs but I’m not going to say that. This is a thicker balm so it takes time for maximum absorption. Brevena says to give it about 15 minutes though I find that after 10 minutes it feels terrific and I can go on with my life. For some that might mean to use it before bed, for others it means just take a little extra time. My hands don’t feel greasy after but they feel fabulously soft and protected.

ingredients for Brevena Hand & Cuticle Therapy Balm and for Intensive Foot & Heel Repair

Both the Hand & Cuticle Balm and the Foot & Heel Repair have the same ingredients and texture.

Brevena Hand & Cuticle Therapy Balm swatch

I’m not a person who can sleep in socks so I apply the Intensive Foot & Heel Repair when I get it bed. Not only do I massage it into my tootsies but I also use the remainder on my hands. Not everyone is going to have this luxury but if I just had one it would be on my nightstand. There’s a protective barrier that helps my hands and feet look better – no more scaly heels or fingers. While these are expensive to begin with ($49) remember that they aren’t lotions or creams. They are protective balms and a little goes a long way. (Our key ingredient is Macro B Complex, a botanical element extracted from the cell wall of the oat plant)

Don’t let the rest of winter beat you down. Fight back and shield your skin from the harshness of winter and skin problems with Babo Botanicals and Brevena Laboratories.  —  Marcia


T’zikal Beauty Hand Lotion and Hand Balm – which do you want to win in this giveaway?

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If this logo and brand sound familiar it’s because Beauty Info Zone has reviewed a line of haircare from T’zikal Beauty.

T’zikal developed their products using their main ingredient, Ojon oil, from Hondurus. After learning about ancient beauty rituals from Central America they found that what they most admired was their beautiful hair. They used natural, simple and high quality ingredients to develop their hair care. What attracted us to T’zikal     is that they don’t do animal testing, are free of parabens, artificial colors, fragrances and days.

The name T’zikal (pronounced Tee-Zee-Cal) means sanctified or blessed in the Mayan language. Their remarkable main ingredient, Ojon Oil, comes from the Palm Nut Tree which produces up to 8,000 nuts per tree, yet once refined those 8,000 nuts create just 3 cups of pure oil. Just a small amount of Ojon Oil seals the hair cuticle for optimal radiance and extraordinary shine.

Now let’s learn about another group of products that T’zikal sent us for review and for a giveaway.tzikal-hand-giveaway

T’zikal Beauty uses their main ingredient, Ojon Oil, in their Moisture Protect Hand Balm and Hand Lotion. That’s what makes these two so moisturizing and why you are going to want to use these yourself.

T'zikal Moisture Protect Hand Lotion

T’zikal Moisture Protect Hand Lotion

T’ZIKAL MOISTURE PROTECT HAND LOTION ($20, 2.5 fl oz) is a lightweight lotion that absorbs quickly but adds moisture instantly. The number of healthy oils used in this lotion are extraordinary yet you won’t notice an oily feeling on your hands. I find it easy to go about my business instantly after applying. This is the product you want for a great everyday hand cream.

T'zikal Hand cream ingredients

T’zikal Hand cream ingredients

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Elaeis Oleifera Kernel Oil, Stearic Acid,  Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pectin, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Isoamyl Laurate, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hibiscus Sabdari?a Flower Extract, Ribes Grossularia Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Oil), Apium Graveolens (Celery Seed Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Lavandula Hydrida Grosso (Lavandin Grosso) Herb Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Citrus Sinesis (Orange), Citrus Aurantium (Petigrain Oil) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang)

T’ZIKAL INTENSE MOISTURE HAND BALM ($20, 2.5 oz) is the big sister of the Hand Lotion. The two of these look exactly the same and feel almost the same when you squeeze some out. But there’s a difference. This hand balm is meant for people who need extra moisture for hands that are more stressed. In the warmer weather I find that the Hand Lotion gives me the protection I need but come winter I’ll be switching to the Hand Balm.

T'zikal Beauty Intense Moisture Hand Balm

T’zikal Beauty Intense Moisture Hand Balm

The Intense Moisture Hand Balm is a richer cream that is great for dry and/or chapped skin.

Let me remind you about two things: 1) There is a slight herbal fragrance to these that lasts for a short while. 2) Even though these are called “hand” they can be used on feet too. Or knees, or elbows, or anywhere on your body you feel you need extra moisture. Is this a category that you need help with? I know I do.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Our T’zikal Hand Lotion/Balm giveaway is open to US and Canadian subscribers through Monday, 10/24/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Two musts: be an email subscriber and comment. Without those two if your name is chosen you’ll be eliminated. Once you’ve done those you have more options in the Rafflecopter to help you win. If comments close please email me at [email protected] to make your comment so you can continue. Winters coming and you’ll want to be prepared so enter now.

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Smooth and sweet for Valentine’s Day: PurErb Hand Treatment and Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon Shea Butter Balm

This year, gift something sweet for Valentine’s Day that is more original than flowers or candy. How about some sweet-smelling goodness that also makes for soft, beautiful hands? I can’t get over two beautiful, gorgeous smelling hand treatments:  PurErb Expedition Essentials ($30.00) and Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm ($12.50).

PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Treatment

PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Treatment

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PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Butter

PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Butter

PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Balm

PurErb Exotic Voyage Hand Balm

The Expedition Essentials Set is my first exposure to PurErb™, an herbology-based skin care line. This gorgeous hand treatment set includes Neroli Baobab Hand Balm and Hand Butter, both great for extremely dry or chapped hands. They come in a sweet gift box and I can’t rave enough about the fragrance. It’s sweet and floral but not overwhelming…to me it smells like lilacs and jasmine, two of my most favorite scents of all time. My dry, itchy hands love a layer of the balm followed by a layer of the butter, and my nose is in total heaven thanks to the incredibly delightful aroma. It seriously lifts my spirits and makes me so happy every time I use it!

Ingredients include exotic oils and butters including Baobab, Abyssinian, Murumuru, Moringa, and Macadamia.

Another great option is the purse-friendly Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm ($12.50). This all-purpose balm works on every part of the body from hair to toes, and is slim enough to travel along with you on all your journeys.

Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm

Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm

Inside Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm

Inside Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon All Purpose Balm

I love this for smoothing dry winter hair flyaways, for conditioning rough cuticles, for soothing my chapped lips, and for elimating scaly patches on my hands. Ingredients include pure shea, cocoa, and mango butters. Oh, and the Plum Chiffon scent is amazing! Sugared plum roses….truly delightful.

Don’t fall into that candy and flowers Valentine’s Day trap…use this day of love to pamper your skin and your nose with these sweet-smelling, skin softening treats.  – Lisa

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