Itches and bug bites are no match for Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist!

One the best parts of the season is spending more time outdoors. However, that often means skin woes like bug bites, rashes, and all sorts of itchy little problems. My go-to every summer is Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist ($21.95 for an 8 oz bottle).

Creation Pharm has a store in Traverse City, Michigan and you can find the line in person in lots of cool little stores all over Michigan. They have amazing soaps, oils, tanning lotions, bath products, and skin care. Jewelweed Topical Mist keeps my skin clear and fabulous for keeping blackheads and acne at bay. It also clears up just about any other sort of skin condition you can think of – any itchy, rashy skin like Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, food allergies, and even bug bites.

Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist

My brother was playing softball and accidentally grabbed some knee pads that had mold in them. During the game, he slid into home and scratched up his leg. Two days later he had the most horrible infection in his leg and after three weeks of treatment by doctors it was just getting worse. I gave him my precious bottle of Jewelweed Topical Mist and his leg immediately began to heal. Three days later it was all cleared up. He won’t give me back my bottle. I guess I can’t really blame him.

The ingredients in this secret weapon include extracts of Jewelweed, White Oak Bark, Comfrey Leaf, Witch Hazel and Aloe. Native Americans used Jewelweed because it has a natural antihistamine in it that is very quick and totally effective. I use my Jewelweed Topical Mist for so many things that I always have extras on hand. My son has very sensitive skin that will get itchy for seemingly no reason, my husband gets welts on his skin from heat rash, and my daughter is always getting scraped up. Jewelweed Topical Mist takes care of all those issues, plus it truly is one of the best toners I have ever used.

It looks like they have changed their packaging again this year, and I’m off to replenish my stock!  Traverse City here I come…I’m going to get more Jewelweed Topical Mist and more good stuff from Creation Pharm  ( while I’m at it.  – Lisa

Outsmarting those breakouts! Murad Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment

If there is one thing I want my skin care to be, it’s smart – particularly my skin care that tackles blemishes. I was fascinated with the concept of Murad’s new Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment ($44), a medicated serum that purports to reduce acne in just a week by tackling it in five different ways.

Murad Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment

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There are five ingredients in this serum that make up the five different avenues that are traveled in the fight against acne. My usual favorite ingredient, salicylic acid, is here and is the star – salicylic acid is also known as beta hydroxy acid or BHA. Basically what it does is exfoliate skin so the medicine penetrates right into the pore lining which means it treats the surface of the skin as well as deep into the pores. It treats all forms of acne including blackheads. It’s combined with four other acids that treat the blemishes you have while also preventing new blemishes by controlling oil and exfoliating skin. 

  • Salicylic Acid – Treats and prevents acne
  • Hydroxydecanoic Acid – Helps control oil
  • Lysophosphatidic Acid – Reduces appearance of pores
  • Sebacic acid – Helps control oil
  • Glycolic Acid – Exfoliates the skin

Murad Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment

Murad Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment

Besides the superhero five acids, the ingredients also include some very nice things to make sure skin doesn’t get dry and irritated:  honey extract to hydrate, boswellia to calm and rice extract to soothe.

This summer has been an exceptionally hot one as well as an exceptionally stressful one for me, which has meant more breakouts than normal. I can tell you that Murad Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment does indeed do the trick, clearing up my breakouts in less than a week in fact. I had a particularly stubborn area on my chin that had been giving me problems for over a month and in just three days of applying this in the morning before my makeup and at night after cleansing my skin my skin was clear.

My advice? Get smart and get Murad Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment.  – Lisa

Sheer luxury with Golden Door Daily Renewal Treatment and Golden Face Oil

Golden Door Daily Renewal Treatment and Golden Face Oil

Sheer luxury.  That’s what runs through my mind every time I use my Golden Door products.  They make me feel amazing every time I use them, and not just because the products are wonderful.  There is something about the packaging that instantly makes me feel calm and peaceful.  Something about the soft fragrances that instantly relax me and makes me feel pampered.  It is like Golden Door puts their famous spa into every jar of product they produce.  Add to that the knowledge that 100% of Golden Door’s net profits go to help end child abuse and transform young lives, and I am always completely happy when I use their products.

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Two products in particular that are impressing me right now are the Golden Face Oil and the Daily Renewal Treatment.

The Golden Face Oil ($60) is a wonderfully luxurious face oil that tackles fine lines and wrinkles with an elegant formula that isn’t greasy or heavy.  It has excellent antioxidant ingredients:

ROSE HIP OIL – Vitamin-rich and packed with omega, skin looks smoother, plumper, and lessens the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and premature aging.

SEA BUCKTHORN OIL – The world’s richest source of Omega 7, a fatty acid that boosts collagen production.

SQUALENE – Creates a barrier against everyday toxins and pollutants to prevent moisture loss.

BLEND OF 1O ESSENTIAL OILS – Immediate boost of invigorating oils that tone and brighten the skins complexion with a dewy finish.

YUZU EXTRACT – This uplifting, Japanese citrus improves clarity yet calms the body and spirit.

Golden Door Golden Face Oil

Golden Door Golden Face Oil

It smells fantastic, very spa-like and relaxing.  I put a few drops of this amber-colored oil on my face after my treatment serum every morning and night, concentrating under my eyes and around my lip area and love the results.  It definitely brightens and smooths skin, and it has no parabens, sulfates, artificial color, artificial fragrances, mineral oil, petrolatum, phthalates, formaldehyde, GMO Ingredients, or animal testing.

As the weather gets warmer I am really enjoying a face oil instead of a face cream.  This is absolutely my go-to moisturizer for this spring and summer.

The Daily Renewal Treatment ($88) is an incredible yet gentle exfoliant for your face and neck.  This is an Alpha Hydroxy, Lactic, Glycolic, Malic and Tartaric Acid-based serum that is gentle enough to work for all skin types.  It sloughs off dead skin cells which helps reduce the size of your pores as well diminish fine lines and wrinkles.  It gives soft, glowy skin – and who doesn’t want soft glowy skin?? Ingredients include:

MEXICAN LIME OIL – Helps naturally even out
the complexion and lighten dark spots.

CAVIAR LIME EXTRACT – Rich in Alpha Hydroxy
Acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

DESERT LIME EXTRACT – Work to shed the outer
layers of cells to improve skin texture and complexion.

Golden Door Daily Renewal Treatment

Golden Door Daily Renewal Treatment

If you have really sensitive skin you will want to use this only at night.  Otherwise, you can use it morning and night.  It smells amazing, like – surprise! – lime…so good!  After application, use your favorite treatment serum and then a moisturizer and you are good to go.

I highly recommend the Golden Face Oil as a moisturizer, especially for those with regular or t-zone skin who don’t have super dry or super oily skin; and the Daily Renewal Treatment as a daily exfoliant to keep pores small and skin consistently soft and glowing.  And don’t forget – 100% of Golden Door’s net profits go to help end child abuse and transform young lives!!  – Lisa


Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Rosa Moschata (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Italian Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut Oil), Squalene, Medicago (Alfalfa) Santiva Extract, Tocopherol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citris Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil

Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Microcitrus Australasica (Caviar
Lime) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane,
Dimethicone, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium
Polyacrylate, Microcitrus Australis (Rainforest Lime) , Avena Sativa
(Oat) Extract, Citrus Glauca (Desert Lime) Fruit Extract, Acer
Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Allantoin, Aloe Vera, Bromelain
(Pineapple Enzyme), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract,
Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Copper Gluconate, Glycyrrhiza
Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Malus Fructus
Extract, Palmitoyl Tripepetide-8, Papain (Papaya Enzyme), Phytonadione
(Vitamin K1), Polysorbate-20, Pyrus Malus (Apple Enzyme), Saccharum
Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Symphytum
Officinale (Comfrey) Extract, Citrus Aurantifoli (Mexican Lime)
Essential Oil, Maltodextrin, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate,
Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Zinc
Gluconate, Alcohol Denat., Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.

The answer for puffy eyes? John Masters Organics Firming Eye Gel

A great eye cream is a real treasure – I am always looking for one that does it all.  I want something that will take away puffiness when it’s a problem.  I want something that will moisturize under my eyes but won’t be greasy or give me milia.  I want something that brightens up my dark undereye circles and softens those fine lines.  Am I asking for too much??

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John Masters Organics Firming Eye Gel

John Masters Organics doesn’t seem to think so.  Their Firming Eye Gel ($30) promises to do all the things on my eye cream wish list.  The Firming Eye Gel isn’t a cream, it’s a gel, which actually makes for a great puffy eye treatment especially since I store this in the refrigerator.  What a treat – since it’s nice and cool, it soothes eye bags and gives immediate gratification.  Of course, my fridge is only a few steps away from my bathroom, so it’s convenient for me – it may be a little different for you!  I can assure you the results are totally worth it.

John Masters Organics Firming Eye Gel

The packaging is perfect for this eye gel.  The dark glass keeps the light out and keeps the efficacy of the ingredients.  The cap locks which helps keeps the product in so no worry about spills, too.  The main ingredients include: oat kernel – helps to visibly firm, sooth and revitalize the eye area; rye – helps to firm skin’s appearance; spirulina – rich in essential fatty acids and nourishes the skin.  

This eye gel has four main jobs to accomplish, including perfect hydration for the eye area; firms, heals and protects against environmental pollutants; helps repair free radical damage; healing and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness of tired eyes.

John Masters Organics Firming Eye Gel

I find that the eye gel sinks in quickly and hydrates beautifully, and it definitely seems to help with dark undereye circles.  My only complaint is that it does have a slight rose scent, although it’s not pronounced and it does dissipate quickly.

The John Masters Organic Firming Eye Gel is a wonderful option, particularly if you have issues with puffiness or dark undereye circles.  You can find John Masters Organics at Dermstore, and right now they have a special – save 20% off your order with the code NATURAL.  Happy shopping!  – Lisa

Firming Eye Gel Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, rosa damascena (rose) flower water*, secale cereale (rye) seed extract*, crithmum maritimum extract, glycerin*, maltooligosyl glucoside/hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, hydrolyzed linseed extract*, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract*, oryza sativa (rice) extract*, spirulina platensis extract*, trehalose, sodium hyaluronate, p-anisic acid, sclerotium gum

Skincare based on your genetics: LifeDNA

One of the best gifts I got this past year was a gift to 23andMe, the DNA testing service. I was so surprised by my results – some things jived with the family history, other things did not! My whole family ended up joining in on the fun, and we really had a blast. It was great to see that everyone’s results were consistent, so I am definitely a believer in the service. I think that’s why I was so fascinated by the concept put forth by LifeDNA, a skin care company that designs personalized skin care around your DNA.


LifeDNA doesn’t collect a saliva sample and analyze it like 23andMe does – you actually need to have this information from 23andMe or already. Then you can download it to LifeDNA and they will take the results and analyze them to come up with the skin care products that work best for you. While companies like 23andMe focus on your roots, LifeDNA focuses on your skin needs – are you prone to sun spots? Wrinkles? Do you have a vitamin C deficiency? Are you prone to blemishes? How does your skin react to environmental stress?  Once the analysis is done, the company chooses the skin care products that best suits your particular needs and sends those products to you.

LifeDNA Power Pack – this came in my Essential Beauty Box!!

When you order, you first go through a questionnaire that asks about your height, weight, skin issues, and it lets you input your results from 23andMe or if you have them.

LifeDNA Essential Beauty Box

I got the Essential Beauty Box, which has a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. A 3 month supply is $199. It averages out to $22.11 per product per month, which is an excellent value. You could also get just the moisturizer, a 3 month supply for $99 (a little over $33 a month) or go big time with the Deluxe Beauty Box and get a cleanser, toner, moisturizer AND a DNA personalized serum and mask for $289 (averages to $19.27 per product per month). All of the products are natural and organic.

LifeDNA Toner

I have been testing these products for a month and I like them very much. My skin is very happy. The toner is in a spray bottle which is a bonus. It’s very refreshing and does a great job of prepping my skin for the rest of my products without being too drying.

LIfeDNA Cleanser

LIfeDNA Cleanser

The cleanser is a foam cleanser, which isn’t my favorite type because I like to use my Luna and a foam cleanser doesn’t work as well with that type of machine. However this is a really good cleanser. It dissolves every bit of dirt and makeup and it leaves my skin feeling soft and moist.

LifeDNA Rejuvenating Vitamin C Moisturizer

LifeDNA Rejuvenating Vitamin C Moisturizer

The Vitamin C Moisturizer is my favorite of the three products. This is truly heavenly – pillowy soft, sinks it quickly, leaves skin feeling absolutely fabulous!! All three products are great, but the moisturizer is by far the superstar.  Fantastic.

Overall, I think that the concept is really cool. If you have your DNA results from 23andMe or it’s fun to give it a whirl. I liked the toner and cleanser, but honestly I would only repurchase the moisturizer. LifeDNA is a young company and I believe they are working toward doing their own genetic testing – once they are able to do that, I think their company is going to go big.

You can check them out online at  – Lisa

LifeDNA Toner Ingredients

LifeDNA Cleanser Ingredients

LifeDNA Rejuvenating Vitamin C Moisturizer Ingredients

An answer for blackheads and wrinkles: Vie Collection Retinopur

What an interesting skin care product!  Vie Collection RETINOPUR Wrinkles – Imperfections Retinol Fluid ($138) addresses two of my major skin concerns – blackheads and wrinkles.  I can’t think of another product that does that.  Talk about focusing in on exactly what needs to be addressed…and I always love anything that multi-tasks.


Vie Collection Retinopur

The main ingredient in RETINOPUR, which is a light serum, is encapsulated retinol.  This “encourages an anti-wrinkle action as it increases collagen and elastin and a purifying action, exfoliating and unclogging pores to reduce blackheads. The encapsulated delivery of retinol provides a prolonged action of the ingredient over time, limiting the irritation sometimes associated with this cosmeceutical ingredient.” Here are the key ingredients:

Encapsulated Retinolpure retinol is encapsulated, which allows it to be well tolerated by the skin. Provides anti-wrinkle action to promote the synthesis of collagen and elastin, promotes cell renewal and smooths the skin’s micro relief. Provides an anti-imperfection action by promoting exfoliation and the elimination of dead skin cells by unclogging pores and eliminating blackheads.
Lipoaminoacidbi-vectored active ingredient to target skin imbalances, reduce the production of sebum, the number of blackheads, inflammation and bacteria on the skin.

Vie Collection Retinopur

If you have oily skin this is a great product for you.  The lightweight serum is absorbed quickly and easily, and the retinol increases collagen and elastin while also exfoliating and unclogging congested pores.  The serum leaves my skin soft and matte, keeping oily areas under control.  I apply it every morning and night after cleansing as my treatment before moisturizing.

Vie Collection did a study with the RETINOPUR, and here are the results:

– Clearer skin for more than 7 women out of 10
– Fewer spots and pimples: 83%
– Less visible pores: 78%
– Pores: – 30%**
– Blackheads: – 45%**
– Refined skin texture: 100%*
– The skin is more even and imperfections are diminished for more than 9 women out of 10*
– Wrinkles are less numerous
– Skin is smoothed
– Wrinkles are less marked
– The face is more youthful (for more than 9 women out of 10)
*Satisfaction test performed on 23 women after twice daily application for 28 days.

** Clinical scores for 23 women after twice daily application for 28 days.

Vie Collection Retinopur

There is a fragrance – it’s a pleasant floral, citrusy fragrance that isn’t overwhelming, but if you can’t tolerate fragrance this would not be a skin care product for you.  Otherwise, I highly recommend it.  I’ve had excellent results.  My skin is much clearer, extractions are very easy and my pores are less congested.  And I definitely see an improvement in my fine lines and wrinkles.  The packaging is perfect with the airless pump, so the efficacy of the retinol is kept intact.

Vie Collection RETINOPUR Wrinkles – Imperfections Retinol Fluid can be purchased in select spas and online at  – Lisa

Two great options for skin care pain relief from Desert Harvest and Green Goo

Rashes, bruises, inflammation…it’s so irritating!  Especially when you really don’t want to go with anything medicated.  I’ve got great news for you today – if you suffer from chapped skin, inflamed skin, rashes, swelling, arthritis, bumps, or bruises, I’ve found two terrific options that you can turn to – and they are both all natural and organic.

Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé and Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve


The first one is Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé (8 oz. $17).  This is a wonderful cold-pressed gel that is made with 80% pure aloe vera concentrate.  This is a super high concentration of the good stuff from the aloe vera plant – you know, the stuff that has all the healing properties that soothes inflammation, relieves pain, and helps skin heal.  It’s the highest possible therapeutic level you can get and is 100% natural.  You can use this anywhere on your body:

  • As a soothing topical treatment for vulvodynia (even better when it’s refrigerated).
  • On the external urethra area when it is irritated by frequent trips to the bathroom.
  • On sunburns, wind burns, and minor kitchen burns.
  • On skin rashes, chapped hands, and insect bites.
  • Under makeup to improve the condition of the skin on your face and neck.

    Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé

You only need a small amount.  It’s especially wonderful on angry, irritated skin when you store it in the refrigerator. It’s also great for helping to heal acne, especially the kind that gets crusty as it is healing.  I highly recommend Desert Harvest Aloe Vera GeléDesert Harvest has some other skin care products that feature aloe vera that look interesting although I haven’t tried any of them yet.

Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve

My other recommendation is for Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve (travel tin regularly $8.95, now only $6.97). Green Goo is a woman owned and family operated business. They use homeopathic herbal wisdom and natural ingredients to create fantastic body care products. All ingredients are organic, and Green Goo is a certified B Corporation, committed to donating a percentage of their profits to people who are instrumental in making our world a better place for everyone.

Green Goo has lots of first aid products that don’t increase resistance to antibiotics. They also have some really cool looking products for ‘fur and feathers’, homeopathic pet care items. I previously reviewed their Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar ($5.95) and 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick ($5.95) both of which are fabulous.

Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve

I’ve been testing their Pain Relief Arnica Salve.  Arnica is a real miracle ingredient. If you exercise and have sore muscles after, if you have arthritis or suffer from stiff, swollen joints, bruise easily, or even if you get a bug bite, arnica is the answer to your prayers. Here are the benefits are arnica:

  • Help reduce pain related to sore muscles and joints
  • Help heal bruises faster
  • Aid in reducing swelling and inflammation
  • Help speed recovery
  • Help ease joint stiffness and aches
  • Help reduce swelling from insect bites

    Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve

Pain Relief Arnica Salve is a homeopathic salve of arnica infused olive oil.  It contains nothing artificial so there isn’t anything to dilute the effectiveness of the arnica.  I find the salve to be extremely effective – it absorbs very easily and the arnica goes right to work, relieving sore muscles and inflammation.  This particular blend also helps with circulation which is terrific for skin and overall health.

When your skin is hurting, these two products are fabulous natural, organic options that really work.  Give them a try, you (and your skin) will be very happy that you did!  – Lisa

Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé INGREDIENTS: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Carbomer (Natural Thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (Natural pH Controller), Vegetable Glycerin, Leuconostic/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Antimicrobial), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Gluconolactone (Natural Skin Conditioner).

Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve INGREDIENTS:  *Olive Oil, *Arnica Flowers, *Beeswax and *Menthol Crystals.  Essential Oils of Rosemary, Ginger, Peppermint, and Cinnamon. *Organic.