New Petite Collection from Soap and Paper

Soap & Paper Petite Collection in JasmineJune is the month for everything petite – gifts for baby showers, wedding showers, graduations, teacher gifts, and travel. It’s the perfect month for the new Petite Collection from one of Beauty Info Zone’s favorite lines – the Soap & Paper Factory. I’ve loved their hand creams, soaps, and perfume oils forever, and now they are available in beyond cool retro travel sizes!                                                                                                                             pr samples       Soap and Paper Factory Petite Collection No one does packaging like the Soap and Paper Factory (soapandpaperfactory.com). Every product is so much more than what’s inside…it’s also a work of art.

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The new Classics Collection includes:
Verbena: Notes of citrus combine with woody undertones and floral notes in this scent stimulate the senses and gives a feeling of balance.

Green Tea: The naturally detoxifying scent of green tea is accentuated with crisp citrus in this sweet and uplifting fragrance.

Jasmine: Heady and intoxicating, the jasmine flower blooms only at midnight, making it ideal for this exceptional scent.

Gardenia: This warm and alluring fragrance is made from the petals of the gardenia, a flower cherished for its stimulating and exotic scent.

Lavender: This blossom’s renowned ability to soothe and relieve stress make this scent ideal for application just before bed.

I tested the Jasmine Shea Butter Gift Set ($14) and it is AMAZING. It smells like sunset on a hot summers eve as the delicious floral breeze envelops you like a warm hug.
Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand CreamSoap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand CreamThe Shea Hand Cream is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. It’s velvety goodness, and the jasmine scent is just dreamy.

Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Bar Soap

Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Bar Soap

The bar soap is gorgeous – so pretty I didn’t even want to unwrap it. What’s inside is a milky bar that gives a thick, rich lather. The scent is amazing and makes a washroom smell amazing.

Prices are right for these petite presents: Perfume Oils are $16, Petite Hand Creams are $9, and Petite Bar Soaps are $5. The Shea Butter Gift Set, which includes a travel size soap and hand cream in a pretty package, is just $14. Be sure to pick some up for perfect gifts and fabulous travels.  – Lisa

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Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Shea Butter Collection

Senteurs D’Orient Rose of Damascus soap giveaway

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We’re sure you want a little bit of luxury in your life and we have that today for one US Beauty Info Zone subscriber. SENTEURS D’ORIENT creates beautiful soaps that are almost pieces of art. “Made in Lebanon from the finest natural ingredients, our luxurious products are lovingly handcrafted in our atelier.  Each of our fragrances captures the Orient’s most treasured flowers and senses to transport your mind and exalt your body.”

Senteurs D'Orient Rose Damascus Soap

Senteurs D’Orient Rose Damascus Soap

Senteurs D’Orient is a woman created company that employs women in every aspect of their creation. Everyone from the chemists to the artisans are women. But they also have a mission. The founder of the company is of French Lebanese origin and she has teamed up with the United Nations Development Program to support women’s education in Lebanon. 10% of their sales go to support this initiative.

Senteurs D'Orient Hammam Soap

Senteurs D’Orient Hammam Soap

The series of soaps called Hammam soaps are soaps on a rope but unlike any that you’ve heard of. The company believes that bathing is much more than just washing. They think you should luxuriate in your bathing routine. These Hammam Soaps on a Rope are available in 5 scents: Amber, Jasmine of Arabia, Orange Blossom, Rose of Damascus, and Tuberose ($38 each). We were sent one in Rose of Damascus for a giveaway to one lucky lady who enjoys the ritual of bathing.

Senteurs D'Orient Hammam Rose of Damascus Soap

Senteurs D’Orient Hammam Rose of Damascus Soap

Senteurs D'Orient Hammam Soap in its lovely packaging

Senteurs D’Orient Hammam Soap in its lovely packaging

“A voluptuous bouquet embodying the essence of femininity, the Rose of Damascus is at once fresh and stimulating, graceful and elegant.” Each soap is handcrafted using only the finest ingredients.

Senteurs D'Orient Hammam Rose of Damascus ingredients

Senteurs D’Orient Hammam Rose of Damascus ingredients

GIVEAWAY:  Today’s giveaway is open to one US winner. The giveaway ends on March 3rd but the winner won’t be picked until March 8th. As usual there are two requirements to open further options in the Rafflecopter: be a BIZ email subscriber and comment. If comments close early you can email me your comment at [email protected] and label it Rose; then you can continue with other options. Be ready to transport your mind and exalt your body if you are the winner.  — Marcia

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Giveaway alert! Win a Dove Summer Care package!

Yesterday I went to the store and I saw HALLOWEEN COSTUMES for sale!   Ahhhhhhhh!!!  Too early!!!!!  I am still soaking in the summer sun and I am not ready to even think about fall.  To help you continue to enjoy the summer, Dove is sponsoring a giveaway so TWO lucky readers will win a fabulous Dove Summer Care Package!

Enter to win a Dove Summer Care Package!

The Dove Summer Care line is limited edition, only here for the lazy days of summer.  With the extra time outside, your skin deals with a whole lot more heat, wind, and humidity.  Summer Care products help make sure your skin stays smooth healthy, while also smelling fresh and beautiful.

Dove Summer Care Body Wash

Dove Summer Care Body Wash

The Summer Care Nourishing Body Wash ($6.99) is a huge bottle of velvety body wash.  The fragrance is a combination of citrus, vanilla, and amber, nestled in a floral bouquet.  It has exfoliating beads that very gently scrub off dead skin, leaving skin extremely soft and smooth.

Dove Summer Care Beauty Bar

Dove Summer Care Beauty Bar

The Summer Care Beauty Bar (6 pack $8.39) has the same gorgeous fragrance, that mix of citrus, vanilla, amber, and bright florals.  It also has gentle exfoliating beads, making this perfect not only for the shower but also for the soap dish in the bathroom and kitchen.  I love it after gardening…it leaves my dirty, calloused hands so soft!  As always, these soaps contain ¼ moisturizing cream and skin natural lipids that replenish skin while cleansing.  Over time, this soap makes skin feel more firm and elastic than ordinary soap.  You want this in your soap dish!
Dove Summer Care Body Wash and Soap

Enter now to win your own huge bottle of the limited edition Summer Care Nourishing Body Wash, plus a whopping six Summer Care Beauty Bars!  TWO winners this time, so be sure to enter now.  US only, giveaway ends 8/17/15 at 11:59 PM EST.  If the comments close early, just email me at [email protected] with your comment.  Good luck, and be sure to enjoy every moment of the remaining summer!!  – Lisa

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Orange is the New Black POPI Soap Collection

orangeisthenewblackHave you ‘binge watched’ a TV show yet? There really isn’t anything like it. A typical season is 13 episodes for cable and in the 20’s for network TV. Watching an entire season all in a row is a dream come true for those of us with instant gratification issues…no need to wait an entire week to find out who slept with whom/who died/who realized it was all a dream! Of course, this also means assiduously avoiding any spoilers while the actual season is unfolding. I’ve been doing that for five seasons of Mad Men and let me tell you, it ain’t easy.

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I discovered Orange is the New Black after the first season was already over, so if I had read any spoilers I didn’t even remember them. I watched the first episode to see if it came close to being as awesome as The Sopranos, something a friend of mine loudly declared to be a total truth. I had very serious doubts, but after that first episode I was HOOKED. And I hadn’t even planned on a binge session!! That meant sleepy mornings from late nights, secret iPad watching, and an entire weekend meant for some serious decluttering spent instead planted in front of the television. My conclusion…I love The Sopranos, but lord help me, Orange is the New Black is even better.  POPI Orange is the New Black Soap Collection

Without giving too much away, in the first season the characters Piper and her best friend Polly were planning an artisan soap company called POPI.  While we see them making soap together, we never see the finished product.  n a stroke of major genius, Lionsgate Entertainment and Chivas Skin Care decided to partner together to create the POPI soap line, which debuted at the same time as Season 3. (By the way, I LOVE that season 3 came out all at once…let the binging begin!!)  I was sent these awesome soaps to review, and am happy to report that they are as fantastic as the show itself.

POPI Orange is the New Black Soap Collection

POPI Orange is the New Black Soap Collection

There are four soaps in this collection from the now not-fictional POPI line. The soaps retail for $12 and are available at popisoap.com. The packaging is true to the plot line, with the wrappers proudly stating the products are “handcrafted by Polly and Piper.” In reality, POPI is a division of the Chivas Skin Care line, which was founded by a mother-daughter team who create beautiful soaps from the goat milk collected at their farm.

POPI Soaps

There are four different soaps available, and I love how the scent choices are a direct result of the dialogue from the show.

Piper:  That smells fantastic…  So, you can put anything in there?

Polly:  Just about.  Peppermint, basil, grapefruit, vanilla.

Pete:  She won’t do chocolate…

Polly:  We’re making soap, not Jelly Bellys…I think you’d want something more along the lines of sage, patchouli…

Piper:  You could sell these, you know.  At farmers markets, little boutique stores…I could be your partner…market it right and package it right, this is money.  I mean, it smells so f*cking good in here.

Yup. These soaps smell pretty f*cking good.

POPI Grapefruit & Basil Soap

POPI Grapefruit & Basil Soap

The Grapefruit & Basil Soap is the most unisex scent of the four. My husband loves this clean citrus paired with earthy basil. It is a super sexy scent that makes it even more difficult to keep my hands to myself when I’m around him. The pink kaolin clay absorbs toxins and soothes dry, irritated skin.

POPI Vanilla & Verbena Soap

POPI Vanilla & Verbena Soap

The Vanilla & Verbena Soap is heavenly. We are talking bourbon vanilla, rich hazelnut, and the swoon-worthy cinnamon/vanilla/clove combo of peru balsam oil. This is an immensely comforting scent that makes me feel all warm and happy inside, and all soft and moisturized outside thanks to the cocoa butter.

POPI Lavender & Sage Soap

POPI Lavender & Sage Soap

The Lavender & Sage Soap is a great scent combo. I find lavender to be almost harsh sometimes, but the sage gives it a soothing earthiness. This beautiful soap is especially good for dry, irritated skin since it includes skin-calming oatmeal.

POPI Cucumber & Mint Soap

POPI Cucumber & Mint Soap

If you love refreshing, invigorating scents, then the Cucumber & Mint Soap is the one for you. This soap is the epitome of cool, with refreshing cucumber, hand chopped peppermint leaves, and peppermint essential oil. All this plus skin healing aloe vera juice make this one cool customer for sure.

POPI’s big, thick soaps make a beautiful, sweet-smelling lather. Goat milk is terrific for soap because it has even more vitamins and fats than cow’s milk. Goat milk is extremely gentle, and is often recommended for those with sensitive or very dry skin. It’s intensely hydrating, plus it has a high content of lactic acid – yes, alpha hydroxy acid! We all know that AHA’s get rid of dead skin cells, so goat milk soap does it all – cleanses, hydrates, and makes skin look even younger. It also is an anti-bacterial so it’s a perfect soap for those prone to acne.

Plus…these soaps just smell so f*cking good.

A+ for the show and A+ for these soaps.  No need to feel dirty for binge watching – just lather up.  – Lisa

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It’s time to learn about Earth’s Enrichments, join us in a Side by Side review

Earth's Enrichments

Earth’s Enrichments

EARTH’S ENRICHMENTS is a new emerging brand that is intent on creating organic skin care and bath and body products are both environmentally friendly and health conscious. With Earth Day creeping up on us, it’s the perfect time to use products like this that are better for the earth and for us. Their motto is

Our Collection is
“Enriched by Earth…Deserved by Everyone!”

Products don’t contain any of the following:

  • NO parabens
  • NO sulfates
  • NO phthalates
  • NO petroleum
  • NO artificial coloring
  • NO artificial fragrances
  • NO preservatives
  • INSTEAD, OUR PRODUCTS ARE:
    • USDA Certified Organic
    • All-Natural
    • Vegan*
    • Gluten-Free
    • Cruelty-Free (We do not test on animals)

With a philosophy like this we were eager to receive a few products to tell you about.

MARCIA’S SIDE:  USDA Organic Bar Soap

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I think I might be unusual in the world of beauty bloggers. Most say they don’t use bar soaps but I do and I have them in all my bathrooms. I use liquid soaps too but I don’t think I could be without bar soaps in my life. I have two of the Earth’s Enrichments UDSA Organic Bar Soaps – Lemon Fresh Shea and Naturally Nude ($7.99 each).

Earth's Enrichments Organic Bar Soaps

Earth’s Enrichments Organic Bar Soaps

Lemon Fresh Shea contains Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Lemongrass. It’s a handcrafted soap as are the others from Earth’s Enrichment. The scent of this is pretty strong (in my opinion) but not unpleasant. I love anything lemon scented. The lemongrass brings the strength to the fragrance. Since this contains coconut oil it’s very moisturizing.

Earth's Environments Naturally Nude Soap Bar

Earth’s Environments Naturally Nude Soap Bar

Naturally Nude is the one I keep in my bathroom. I like to keep a bar soap in my shower for places I don’t want to use a scented body wash. This is in my soap dish and it’s lasted so long. This unscented body bar is said to rejuvenate, hydrate and restore your skin. I’ve used it instead of body washes too because it not only is coconut oil based but it contains aloe vera so I find it moisturizing and not drying.

different types of Earth's Enrichments soaps

different types of Earth’s Enrichments soaps

LISA’S SIDE:  ORGANIC BODY BALM

Earth's Enrichments Naturally Nude Handcrafted Body Balm

Earth’s Enrichments Naturally Nude Handcrafted Body Balm

Sometimes it just feels better to go nude. I typically choose fancy, super scented body products, but there are times when I need the basics. Fragrance is a no-no for me when I have a headache, and it is also handy to have a mega-moisturizer that doesn’t compete with my body spray or perfume. Earth’s Enrichment’s Naturally Nude Handcrafted Body Balm ($11.99) is exactly what I need when it’s time for some body product nudity.

Earths Enrichments Body Balm

Naturally Nude with its top off...lol!

Naturally Nude with its top off…lol!

This is a basic, simple yet effective organic body balm. The ingredients include shea butter, sunflower oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E oil. It has beeswax as a thickener, so this is a solid balm that softens with body temperature. I place my fingers on the balm and wait a few seconds, then scoop some out and apply it anywhere that needs tons of moisture. I particularly like this for elbows and cuticles. If you have very sensitive skin or suffer from allergies, you will love this gentle organic body balm.

Earth’s Enrichments is a great line for organic, natural products that are good for the earth and good for your body.  Check them out online at earthsenrichments.com, and you can also find them in some health stores and Whole Foods Markets.

*sent for review consideration