Find your inspiration! Dionis Inspire Goat Milk Hand Cream Collection

Dionis Inspire Goat Milk Hand Cream Collection

Think about what inspires you. How about the scent of sweet vanilla wafting through your kitchen as you bake for your family? Or perhaps a rolling blue and green sea? Maybe fields of soft smelling jasmine flowers? Or it might be the pure love you feel from your child? Or maybe, just maybe it’s something as simple as soft hands. Believe it or not, you can get all of these inspirations from the gorgeous Dionis Inspire Goat Milk Hand Collection ($15)!

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Dionis Inspire Goat Milk Hand Cream Collection

The Dionis Goat Milk Hand Milk Hand Cream is fabulous hand cream that leaves hands super soft and supple. Goat milk has a pH level that is close to human skin pH, so our skin loves it. The vitamins are a bonus too, of course. I’m a hand cream junkie and a Dionis fan since way back and the Inspire Collection, a set of five 1 oz. goat milk hand creams, has me absolutely swooning. I love the 1 oz sizes that are perfect for purses, desks, and luggage, and I love the variety of scents. It’s a great set at a wonderful price!

Dionis Vanilla Bean

  • Vanilla Bean is probably my favorite. This is my go-to hand cream – it’s not too foody, just a lovely, warm, creamy vanilla that never lets me (or my hands!) down.

Dionis White Jasmine and Shea Hand Cream

  • White Jasmine & Shea is a beautiful floral that is tempered by vanilla bean and a hint of coconut. I love jasmine and this is fantastic, very different from your typical jasmine scents.

Dionis Sea Treasures Hand Cream

  • Sea Treasures is a new Dionis scent for me. I had read raves for this but it’s the first I’d tried it, and I love it. The scent is Sweet Pea mixed with a beachy scent, like a warm ocean breeze. It is gorgeous – very different and just lovely!

Dionis Love Hand Cream

  • Love is another Dionis fragrance that has a huge following and now I understand why. It has two of my favorite scents – jasmine and vanilla – plus black currant extract, which gives it even more depth and intrigue. This is a very grown up scent that is bound to become one of your favorites.

Dionis Verbena and Cream Hand Cream

  • Verbena & Cream pairs two scents that I would never put together for a different fragrance – it’s got that clean, citrusy thing thanks to the lemon verbena which is then tempered by the milky cream. Together it’s a mellow yet also fresh combination that I am totally digging.

Dionis Goat Milk Hand Cream

All of these beautiful hand creams in such handy 1 ounce sizes (yes, pun intended!) for only $15! Seriously, if you don’t get this for yourself, buy one as a gift for a lucky someone – or for five lucky someones! You can find this set at Ulta and I also recently discovered Cracker Barrel carries the Dionis line at their stores too. Happy shopping and happy hands!  – Lisa

The perfect products for the hazy days of summer and you can find them at Cracker Barrel!

Tons of goodies from Cracker Barrel!

I can’t be the only one. I love Cracker Barrel, and it’s not just for the food. In fact, as much as I love the biscuits and gravy, the yummy green beans, and the to-die-for dumplings, I actually eat pretty quickly so I can get to the real highlight – the shopping afterwards! I have a number of beautiful picture frames and angels (I collect angels and Cracker Barrel always has some fabulous ones) that I bought there, not to mention several clothing items. The old-time candy is always fun too, but the real highlight is of course the body products!! Today I have a few goodies that Cracker Barrel sent me that are just perfect for celebrating these last hazy days of summer.

I love the Burt’s Bees line, and am always perusing it at Cracker Barrel. A few of my favorites include the Garden Tomato Toner which is very refreshing particularly if you tend toward oily skin. I also always pick up the Eye Makeup Remover Pads, which are cool because they are soaked in kiwi water. They are also a unique shape that reaches all corners of the eye and these pads remove even the most stubborn waterproof eye makeup.  I’m also a big fan of the Res-Q Ointment which saves dry, damaged skin. Plant oils and vitamin E are so soothing and I always keep a tin of this around particularly when I’m doing lots of gardening.With the summer heat, lips and hands need attention. You can find J.R. Watkins Beeswax Lip Balm at Cracker Barrel and I love all the flavors. Peppermint is a wonderfully cooling one that is great for summertime. I also adore the Dionis line and always buy some when I am there. I can never have enough hand cream.  The Goat Milk Hand Cream is really fantastic. This one is Mediterranean Blue Tea, which is new for me – I usually go for the Vanilla Bean – and this is a wonderful mix of blue tea leaves, iris, and cardamom. It’s a subtle and sophisticated scent that has totally won me over.

Did you know that you can shop all the wonderful lines that Cracker Barrel carries online?  I didn’t either. Check out their website at shop.crackerbarrel.com for Burt’s Bees, J.R. Watkins, Dionis, and plenty more – including the decor, clothing, and nostalgia candy items. You can even buy those amazing rocking chairs that are outside every Cracker Barrel. Of course, it’s not as fun as eating a big plate of dumplings then wandering about in a food coma and shopping in person…but it is the next best thing. And if you can get to Cracker Barrel in person, be sure to take a look at all the great items they have to get you through the last lazy, hazy days of summer.  – Lisa

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Walk Hand in Hand with Farm House Fresh Organic Hand Cream

Farmhouse Fresh Island Elixir Shea Butter Cream

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Isn’t it great? FarmHouse Fresh now has an organic line! They promise to have us ‘illuminate from without’ by crafting their organic line without GMOs, synthetic herbicides and pesticides. FarmHouse Fresh gets certification required inspections from roots to jar. That  means that their pick bins, gloves, equipment, storage containers, handling facilities and filling processes are all organic. Not only that but there is an auditing firm logo on each jar. Could you get any more organic than that?

FarmHouse Fresh Island Elixir Shea Butter

I was lucky enough to be sent the Island Elixir Shea Butter cream. I have very dry cuticles and love the way this delicately scented (coconut and pineapple) cream keeps my hands supple and moist. I’m typing with the cream freshly applied to my hands and am having no problems hitting the right keys or slipping off the keys. There’s no slippage or inability to be flexible. Plus I smell like a delicious fruity cocktail.

FarmHouse Fresh Island Elixir Shea Butter

The reasons why FarmHouse Fresh Island Elixir Shea Butter cream is so effective are, of course, due to the ingredients: Organic Shea Butter and Coconut Oil containing Vitamins A, D & E, which help skin retain moisture. Those ingredients are boosted by Sweet Almond Oil which is rich in essential fatty acids.

FarmHouse Fresh Island Elixir Shea Butter

 

The Island Elixir Shea Butter Cream is also excellent for soothing and beautifying cracked and dry feet; they have made a big difference to the look and texture of mine.

FarmHouse Fresh Island Elixir Shea Butter

If you can’t visit a tropical island, try Island Elixir Shea Butter cream as a scrumptious alternative. Your hands, feet and budget will thank you.  —  written by Phyllis
 

What’s in my summer tote? Marvis, Soap and Paper, Good Earth Beauty, and Eddie Funkhouser

What’s in my summer tote? Marvis, Soap and Paper, Good Earth Beauty, and Eddie Funkhouser

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This summer I have been on more mini-vacations than ever!  So I’ve become really, really good at throwing together a quick overnight bag or a one day travel tote bag, whether I’m off the beach or off for an 8 hour car ride to pick up my daughter from camp. Here are four (or five, depending on how you want to count them!) items that are always in my summer tote.

Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste

I have been a big fan of Marvis Toothpaste for years and years and I love the travel size ($6) tube! Lately I’ve been digging the Aquatic Mint flavor and I also love Jasmine Mint, the tube I recently finished. There are lots of cool flavors available and let’s face it…the packaging is so awesome, anyone pillaging your tote for lip balm is going to be impressed with how hip you are!

Soap and Paper Green Tea Shea Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Jasmine Shea Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Shea Hand Cream

Any bag I pack always has hand cream in it and Soap and Paper has the best hand cream in a perfect travel size. The Petite Shea Hand Cream ($9, 1 oz.) is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. It’s velvety goodness. The Green Tea scent is natural and clean and the Jasmine scent is dreamy and intoxicating. I can’t decide which is my favorite so I just pack both.

Good Earth Beauty Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume

Good Earth Beauty Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume

I love to have a refreshing fragrance at my fingertips and Good Earth Beauty has a perfect option – the rollerball Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume ($21). This is a gorgeous scent – light, refreshing, fresh as a summer’s day. The scent is an intoxicating combination of citrusy white grapefruit, tangerine, sweet orange, and mimosa. There isn’t any alcohol or water in this perfume, it’s straight up essential oils, so you only need a tiny amount to smell spectacular all day long. Love this, and you need it in your tote ASAP. Oh, it’s also vegan, organic, cruelty free and gluten-free.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

A simple swipe of mascara can take me from looking sickly to looking fantastic in three seconds, particularly with Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($13). One tube of mascara gives four different finishes, from natural to major drama.  I might do a quick swipe of #2 for a day look, and then later on add a coat of #4 for big, thick lashes.  What I love is this mascara never smudges or smears, regardless of the temperature or humidity.  It’s a perfect mascara to have in your summer tote!

I have a few more items in my summer tote, but these four (or five, since I can’t choose between the Jasmine and Green Tea Soap and Paper Hand Cream scents!) are constants. What are some of your must haves in your summer tote? – Lisa

PS – Speaking of the super talented Eddie Funkhouser, don’t forget to enter our giveaway for some of his lipsticks and lip glosses – enter HERE!

The ultimate summertime experience with Kneipp!

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I am in denial.  I have forbidden several people from reminding me that it’s almost the end of July. I was at breakfast at Cracker Barrel last weekend and I swear to you, I actually saw Halloween items on display. I covered my eyes and ran. I refuse to acknowledge that summer isn’t going to be here forever and instead I am drenching myself in every summertime scent I can get my greedy little hands on. Thankfully Kneipp® is happy to help me out with their ultimate summertime scents and warm weather wellness body products.

Kneipp Endless Summer Body Wash in Lime and Mint

Kneipp® has three new summer fresh fragrances for their beautiful Body Washes ($14) – I have Endless Summer, a beautifully clean combination of lime and mint that is really refreshing. The body wash is soap free and pH-balanced, with lots of natural plant oils that cleanse skin yet leave it feeling soft and hydrated. Which one of the new scents will keep you in a summertime mood?

  • Endless Summer: An energizing infusion of citrusy lime and revitalizing mint
  • Summer Mood: A juicy blend of summer-fresh watermelon and stimulating mint
  • Tropical Dream: An exotic, vacation-evoking mixture of mouthwatering mango and sweet starfruit

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

For more summertime fun, how about some Kneipp® Shower Foam ($16)?  This is even more entertaining than it looks! Mine is a lovely Lavender scent but it comes in many other beautiful fragrances including Orange Blossom & Jojoba, White Hibiscus & Shea Butter, and one specifically for men – Cedar & Jojoba. This creamy foam is full of essential oils and is in the dictionary under ‘good clean fun’.

Kneipp Body Oil in Almond Blossom

I honestly can’t rave enough about the Kneipp® Body Oil in Almond Blossom ($22). It smells incredible…soft and sweet and wonderful, yet not so feminine that your guy is going to balk at giving or receiving a massage using this oil. This argan and sunflower based oil has lots of vitamin A and E so it is fantastic for skin, and wow does it makes for fantastic massages! It’s also perfect in hot summer months instead of heavy lotion. Use this right after showering for a light, fabulous scent and super hydrated skin that isn’t oily or greasy. You can put clothing on immediately after applying. It’s also wonderful as a bath oil!

Kneipp Hand Cream in Spring Awakening

Kneipp Hand Cream in Spring Awakening

Right now the Kneipp® Lady’s Mock & Shea Butter Hand Cream in Spring Awakening is on sale (40% off!!) online for just $6 (regularly $10) so be sure to stock up!! You can find it right HERE. This is an excellent hand cream. Thick, rich, and super hydrating. It’s a tube of goodness that you will always want at your side, especially if you love to garden and work in the yard in the summer. Spring Awakening is a floral scent with shea butter, almond butter, mayflower and magnolia, sweet and summer perfect.

Kneipp® products aren’t just summer perfect, they are dermatologist tested, vegan, and free of preservatives, paraffins, silicons, and mineral oils. Keep your summer in full swing with beautiful body products from Kneipp® ! – Lisa

Smells so good! Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products

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Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products

Smelling fantastic from head to toe thanks to products that are environmentally responsible, animal-friendly, and free of all the bad stuff like synthetics and sulfates is as easy as taking a quick trip to Whole Foods or the Vitamin Shoppe (or even just surfing the web). Your quick trip will bring you to this amazing line, Nubian Heritage. I was initially intrigued because they have a full line of Coconut & Papaya products and when it comes to coconut…well, I’m kind of easy. Actually, Nubian Heritage has 15 different collections, from Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed to Ivorian Cocoa & Hazelnut. Their body products take care of you from head to toe, but before I tell you about those here’s a little more background on the company.

Nubian Heritage first started in Harlem 25 years ago. Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman were college roommates and they wanted to make products using traditional African recipes with fair trade, organic ingredients. In fact, “they were inspired by the legacy of ancient Nubia, which was once a center of cultural trade – a place where goods, ideas, and customs from across Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East were exchanged and spread across the world. The street vendors brought together global healing practices, cultural wisdom and indigenous ingredients to create modern wellness solutions that were highly sought after.”

The product range available at Nubian Heritage is incredible and I am just blown away at the quality of every product I tested. Everything is wonderful, and the prices are fabulously affordable.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion ($13): Wow, this smells sooo good!! The Body Lotion is a light, creamy lotion packed full of great ingredients:  coconut oil, papaya extract, shea butter, aloe vera, and vitamin E. The papaya extract has papain enzymes, which act as a gentle exfoliator, making skin even smoother and softer. Skin is super hydrated and feels fabulous. The bottle is big and $13 is a great price – a little goes a long way so it’s a nice value, especially for an environmentally conscious company.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Wash

Coconut & Papaya Body Wash ($13): The Body Wash smells just as delicious as the Body Lotion and I love showering up with it. It’s a very gentle cleanser but I definitely feel clean afterward, even after a grueling, sweaty workout. Ingredients include lots of hydration for skin, including coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and papaya.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Coconut & Papaya 24 Hour Deodorant ($9):  This is a glycerin/silica/cornstarch based deodorant that stands out for me because it smells so darn good. I am really crazy about this scent! The fact that it also has coconut oil and doesn’t flake or give underarms a white cast is a plus, too.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream ($10): The Hand Cream is much thicker than the Body Lotion, so thick it takes some effort to squeeze it out of the tube. The scent, again, is to die for…juicy papaya and deep, rich coconut. This is what you want to slather on dry elbows, scaly knees, and frayed cuticles.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Coconut & Papaya Body Cleansing Smoothie (formerly Hand & Body Scrub – $12): Nubian Heritage recently went through some repackaging and I believe they changed the name of this skin exfoliator. Ingredients include coconut oil, papaya, organic shea butter, and vanilla extract. You can use this on your body in the shower to soften rough areas or for an all-over exfoliation. I like to leave it right by the sink and use it on my hands and cuticles. My hands feel totally incredible afterward.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs ($15): These effervescent bath bombs really are the bomb! They are made with coconut oil and papaya extract, so like the other products in this line they subtly exfoliate and create glowy skin while also hydrating like crazy. Why not get that lovely skin treatment while relaxing in warm bath water? Aaahhhh….sounds great to me!!

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap ($5)  This lovely big bar of soap is just wonderful – it has that great coconut and papaya scent, and the soap is full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. It’s exactly what you want next to the sink so you can relax for that one moment when washing your hands, transported to somewhere tropical and fabulous.

Nubian Heritage has literally hundreds of culturally authentic natural products that are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, DEA, silicones, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrance and artificial color, and never tested on animals.  You can find them online at NubianHeritage.com or at the Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods and other fine retailers.  – Lisa

Is your guy handy? He needs DU’IT Tough Hands!

DU'IT Tough Hands

DU’IT Tough Hands

I really lucked out in the husband department – he is way more than just a pretty face!! He can cook like a pro and is an incredible athlete. He’s a great father who is just as happy to take his daughter hunting as he is to have a tea party with her. And, he’s a finish carpenter, so any ‘honey-do’ project that I can dream up, he can actually do.  KevinKevin and LisaBut his hands are a mess…calloused, cracked, scratched, often covered with dried glue and who knows what else that causes tons of uncomfortable skin issues. Super tough hand creams that tackle these concerns are always welcome in my house and Kevin was thrilled to try DU’IT Tough Hands ($11.95).

DU'IT Tough Hands

DU’IT Tough Hands

DU’IT Tough Hands is a heavy-duty hand cream that isn’t greasy and has no fragrance. It actually creates a protective ‘glove’ over hands, protecting them from any further damage while also healing any problems that currently exist. This isn’t kid stuff…it’s industrial strength cream that tackles big problems like cracked skin, irritation from latex gloves, even cement!

DU'IT Tough Hands swatch

DU’IT Tough Hands swatch

While it gives immediate gratification, my hubby reports that the best results come with consistency and a little time. He recommends applying it every morning, applying some after washing hands throughout the day if possible, and definitely applying it at night for at least a week. His hands healed and he had amazing results when he used this consistently. The price is terrific for a 5.1 fluid oz. tube.

Ok, I told you to get this for your guy…but seriously, if you have any issues at all with dry cuticles, hangnails, callouses, cracking…you will love DU’IT Tough Hands. It doesn’t have a scent, it’s not all greasy, and it works wonders!!! I see that they do have a version called Tough Hands for Her that I’d love to try, but in the meantime I am totally going to be highjacking the tube that Kevin is using.

Head over to Amazon.com or to CVS and give this a try. Get one for your significant other and be prepared to steal it away every chance you get.  – Lisa

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