Add the power of Vitamin C into your skincare with Vitabrid C12 Facial Boosting Water

Vitabrid C¹²’s Facial Boosting Water

Before I can tell you about my great experience with Vitabrid C¹²’s Facial Boosting Water I need to remind you of the benefits of Vitabrid C¹²’s Face Brightening Powder.

Vitabrid C¹² Face Brightening Powder is a product I love having in my collection. It releases active vitamin C into the skin over the course of 12 hours for a firmer, healthier, and more luminous complexion. It’s the backbone of several Vitabrid products especially their facial masks. When I first reviewed this I named it my HERO product of 2017 and it remains so to this day. From my previous review: “The best part of this Face Brightening Powder is that you mix it fresh every time you use it. The active ingredient in this a Vitamin C which can deteriorate over time. But you are releasing it freshly onto your skin when you use this powder. It continues to release over the next 12 hours to result in a more luminous complexion. Your skin not only looks revitalized but it helps with the appearance of fine lines.” Vitabrid C¹² Face Brightening Powder is something I think you should own. (available at Barney’s and Amazon)

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Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder

Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder

I’ve been using Vitabrid C¹² for quite a while thanks to receiving them. While today’s review is actually about Vitabrid C¹² Facial Boosting Water I also had to give a lot of praise to Vitabrid C¹² Face Brightening Powder. While you can use them separately it’s even better if you use them together.

Vitabrid C¹²’s Facial Boosting Water

Now how does it fit in with Vitabrid C¹²’s Facial Boosting Water?  It makes an incredible addition to the Facial Boosting Water though they both can be used individually.  Vitabrid C¹²’s Facial Boosting Water first appears to be like a micellar water but that’s not the purpose. It’s actually a very hydrating toner that contains a powerful blend of peptides and hyaluronic acid. Of course I wanted to try this and I’m happy I did.

This is one of the softest waters I’ve ever tried. I know that might sound unusual but it has that kind of texture. The water helps prepare skin for the rest of your skincare. Don’t use a cotton pad with this, use your hands and pat the water onto your face. I like using this in the morning after cleansing. It acts as a toner but one that is loaded with benefits and amazing ingredients:

Key Ingredients

Peptibrid™ – Provides skin regeneration and antioxidant effect, heals damaged skin

Stem Cell – Provides skin regeneration and antioxidant effect, maintains elasticity & firmness

SOD (Superoxide Dismutase), Glutathione, Resveratrol – Suppresses skin aging caused by active oxygen, promotes skin activation, and gives excellent help to skin’s antioxidant effect

Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract – An extract obtained by fermenting soybeans. It not only strengthens the skin barrier but also regulates skin balance to give an excellent effect in calming the troubled skin

Hyaluronic Acid Triple Complex – Delivers a high moisture content that fills dry skin from the inside out to keep it moisturized

Niacinamide – Vitamin B complex that inhibits pigmentation, making the overall skin tone more even

Adenosine – Promotes proliferation of fibroblasts to relieve wrinkles

Vitabrid C¹²’s Facial Boosting Water and Face Brightening Powder

Now adding in the stable ingredients of Vitabrid C¹² Face Brightening Powder you’ve got the best of both worlds especially if you have sunspots or darker areas you want naturally lightened. Just a small amount of the powder mixed with the Boosting Water is all that’s needed. Don’t forget your neck, it wants to be treated too.

Treat your skin to one or both of these wonders that harness the power of Vitamin C in a stable form that penetrates over the course of 12 hours. Vitamin C helps firm, brighten, and revitalize the skin. I’ll take all of that that I can get!  —  Marcia


The Sunday Scoop has the giveaways, now you need to enter them

Are the leaves starting to turn where you are? In Michigan we are just seeing a few trees changing but we expect more weekly. Instead of watching them change though, you should be entering giveaways. And that’s what I have for you. A l.o.t. of giveaways including a round up of the latest Giveaway Hop that we are part of. So get going and win. That’s why we’re here!  —  Marcia



9/24  SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER GIVEAWAY HOP, skincare items  –  1 winner, US/Can

Winner’s Circle –


9/16  Desert Essence  –  5 win, Restorative Face Oil, US

9/17  DermaHut  –  Obagi Nu-Derm Transformation Kit valued at $453. US

9/17  My Style Spot  –  It Cosmetics CC SPF 50 Coverage cream and antiaging serum in Rich, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Tan,  Marine Blue Makeup Brush Set:, Color Deep Gorgeous Eyes Eye Palette, Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumber samples (3) US

9/18  Never Say Die Beauty  –   Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator, US

9/18  Mommies With Cents  –  Nubian Heritage Mango Butter, US

9/18  To The Motherhood  –  a copy of Red Lipstick: An Ode to a Beauty Icon by Rachel Felder, a Besame Cosmetics Classic Color lipstick and a $25 gift card to spend at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. US

9/19  Home Jobs by Mom  –  2 win, Moon Luv Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak & Body Polish. US/Can

9/19  ERA Ageless  –  ERA ageless Skincare Set. Includes: Daily Essential Moisturizer and Glam on the go bag. WW

9/20  Shopping and Info  –  Rodan & Fields skincare and a nude purse: Get a chance to win the ultimate fall skincare pack which includes 10 packs of Micro-Dermabrasion Paste ($30), Mineral Peptides in Bronze ($28), and Active Hydration Body Replenish ($66). Plus, you get a fab & trendy nude jelly beach bag ($140)! WW

9/20  Your Avon  –  win one of 10 prizes of $56 worth of Avon skin care products, US

9/21  Queens Come First  –  mega bundle of makeup, WW w/exceptions

9/21  Purple Tea  –  5 winners, Rapid Eye Anti-Wrinkle Treatment

9/22  Two Girls One Blush  –  1 winner for huge nail polish giveaway with multiple prizes, US

9/22  Simply Durant  –  Maple Holistics Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo + Conditioner Duo, US/Can

9/22  Dave Lackie  –  Carolina Herrera Good Girl Dot Drama fragrance, WW



9/16  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Emile Henry Ceramic Bread Loaf Baker, US/Can

9/16  Kelsey’s Favorite Things  –  Vitamix Pro 750, US

9/16  Mommies With Cents  –  Simply Earth Essential Oils Box, US

9/17  Malin + Goetz  –  Enter for a chance to win THE LEATHER ESSENTIALS KIT, valued at $1000+.
Prize includes the following:The Arrivals Classic Leather Moto Jacket, MALIN+GOETZ Leather Eau De Parfum, Leather Candle + Leather Perfume Oil, Koio Capri Triple White Sneakers. US

9/17  Steamy Kitchen  –  Ring Video Doorbell, US/Can

9/17  Shineuri Kitchen  –  Prize: three lucky winners will emerge in first, second and third position respectively. The first winner to emerge will win a set of Shineuri cookware and kitchen appliance valued at $300. Includes: 23 pcs cookware set, pressure cooker, toaster, food blender and 4 copies of Keto meal cookbooks. The second-place winner will get set of Shineuri cookware and kitchen appliances valued at $220 Includes: 19 pcs cookware set, pressure cooker, toaster and 2 copies of Keto meal cookbooks and 1 pressure cooker cookbook. The third-place winner will get a collection of Shineuri cookware and kitchen appliances valued at $160 Includes: 14 pcs cookware set, food blender, toaster and 2 copies of Keto meal cookbooks. And lastly, there will be consolidation prizes of up to 10 freebies includes non-stick skillet, food processor, Keto meal cookbook and the others. Duration: This contest will be live and running four weeks. US

9/17  DIYerfy  –  DIY Your Life gratitude journal and 10 essential oils, US/Can

9/17  Leite’s Culinaria  –  All Clad Nonstick Grande Grille, US/Can

9/17  Mommies With Cents  –  Zulay Kitchen Shears, US

9/17  Shop With Me Mama  –  Sleep Sound Therapy System, US

9/17  Erika Finds  –  Haiku Travel Set, US

9/17  Viral Sweep  –  Getaway House 2-night Getaway Stay, Transportation Credit, One Year Bean Box Subscription, Trip-planning Consultation with Fathom, Arlo Skye Carry-On, Check-In and Travel Kit, Full Travel Ensemble from ABLE. US

9/17  Meetopolis  –  $25 gift card to your favorite Darden restaurant (Olive Garden, LongHorn, Yard House, etc.), $25 Fandango gc, Redbox movie night snack pack, including popcorn, candy, a Redbox DVD rental, and more! US

9/18  Steamy Kitchen  –  Kitchenaid 7 cup EZ Store Premium Food Processor, US/Can

9/18  Steamy Kitchen  –  Hestan Essential Pan, US/Can

9/18  Leite’s Culinaria  –  All Clad 6 quart Pasta Pot, US/Can

9/18  Tuck  –  Muse Mattress, US

9/18  Leap Proteins  –  professional Dalstrong high-carbon chefs knife and LEAP’s planet-friendly protein seasonings, US

9/19  Tuck  –  win one of two prizes of a Muse mattress in the firmness and size of your choice. US

9/19  Utama Spice  –  10 bottles of Utama Spice 100% pure essential oils, WW

9/20  Leite’s Culinaria  –  OXO Good Grips Adjustable Temperature Kettle, US/Can

9/20  Reese Specialty Foods  –  All-Clad slow cooker with All-in-one Browning and Reese products, US

9/21  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Le Creuset Heritage Baking Dish, US/Can

9/21  Silk & Snow  –  sleep sherpa Silk & Snow Mattress, US/Can

9/21  Violet’s Adventures  –  GRAND PRIZE is an iPhone XR!  One person will win this iPhone.  2nd Place wins a Target $200 gift card, 3rd Place wins a $100 gift card, and 4th place in a $75 gift card. US

9/22  Amba Products  –  Solo-24″ Plug-In Freestanding Heated Towel Rack, US/Can

9/22  Dragonfly Sweetnest  –  Jord Archer Sunglasses, US

9/22  Kudosz  –  Simply Chocolate Festive Fall Confections Gift Basket, US

9/22  Gear Diary  –  Lenovo Smart Display or 2 win Lenovo Smart Clock, US

9/22  Cookstr  –  Fissler Adamant Comfort Pan, US/Can

9/22  Recipe Lion  –  Cosori Smart Air Fryer, US/Can

9/22  Fave Southern Recipes  –  Starpack (1) 6-PC XL Utensil and one (1) 3-PC Flexible Turner Set, US

9/22  Casserole Recipes  –  Ayesha Home Collection Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Covered Straining Casserole, US

9/22  Healthy Recipes  –  Eat Smart Precision Smart Scale, US/Can



9/15  ||  Infiniti Clean, Grand Prize $1,000, First Runner up $500, Second Runner Up,  $250 Third Runner Up $100, US ||

9/16  ||  Literary Gold, $25 Amazon  ||  Money With a Purpose, $100 Container Store gc, US  ||  Smart Southern Style, $500 Nordstrom, US/Can  ||

9/17  ||  Sonya’s Happenings, $25 Amazon or paypal, WW  ||  Reading Reality, $20 Amazon, US  ||  Silver Dagger, $40 Amazon  ||  Raising Three Savvy Ladies, $25 Amazon or paypal, WW  ||  Confessions of a Frugal Mind, $20 paypal, WW  ||  Susie’s Reviews $20 paypal, WW ||  Natural Hair Latina, $20 paypal, US  ||  When is Dinner, $20 Walmart, US  ||

9/18  ||  Arrest Your Debt, $100 Amazon, WW  ||  About a Mom, a copy of The Fire Keeper,
branded baseball cap & bumper sticker, plus a $100 Visa gift card to stock up on a fresh wardrobe. US  ||

9/19  ||  Reluctant Entertainer, $500 Wayfair, US/Can  ||

9/20  ||  Literary Gold, $25 Amazon  ||  Your Money Geek, $200 Target, US/Can  ||  Get Missive, $200 Amazon, US  ||

9/21  ||  The Frugal Exerciser, 5 people will win $500 Amazon or paypal, US/Can  ||  Poppy Sweeps, $50 Starbucks, US/Can  ||

9/22  ||  Money With A Purpose, $100 Target, WW w/exceptions  ||  Literary Gold, 2 winners, $25 Amazon  ||  Money Stir, $200 Home Depot, US  ||  Gay NYC Dad, $20 Gamestop gc, US  ||  Conservamom, $25 Starbucks, US/Can  ||  Two Kids and a Coupon, $25 Visa and Entenmann’s coupons, US  ||  Tricia O’Malley, $50 Amazon Gift card, Irish bogwood letter opener & scarf. US/Can  ||  Mom and More, $25 Visa and Entenmann’s coupons, US  ||


SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER GIVEAWAY HOP, ENDS 9/24  Round up of most of the giveaways in this hop. No money under $15, no children’s items except for the cohosts


Beauty Info Zone  –  Skincare package valued at $150, US/Can

The Homespun Chics  –  Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon products, US

Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest  –  Wink Nourishing Lash Fortifier + Keratin and Wink Embrowerment Pencil. US/Can

Angie’s Angle  –  face and body care package, US

Style on Main  –  $20 Sephora gc, WW


The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island  –  blue HUGS blanket and National Geographic Kids books, US

Zombie Parenting  –  Tootsie Roll Hot Cocoa pods, US

Simply Sherryl  –  Solar Powered Snail Lawn Ornament or $30 Amazon/paypal, WW

Luv Saving Money  –  choose one item $25 or less from My La La Leggings site. US

My Style Spot  –  bracelet watch and earrings, US

So Easy Being Green  –  Lotus reusable Trolley Cart bags, US

Always Blabbing  –  Daniella’s Candle and Room Spray, US

Eclectic Evelyn  –  Junior Mints Coffee Pods, US


Amazon  –  ||  Broken Tepees, $20, US  ||  It’s Free At Last, $15, WW  ||  Silver Dagger, $50, WW  ||  Queen of Random, $25, US/Can ||  Celebrate Woman Today, $50, US/Can  ||  Parenting in Progress, $25, US  ||  Mom Does Reviews, $15, $50, US/Can  ||  When Is Dinner, $20, US/Can  ||  Win Book Money, $15, US  ||  Freebies, Steals and Deals, $15 Amazon or paypal, WW  ||  Roadside Travels, $50, US/Can  ||

Paypal  –  ||  Un-Ordinary M-eh, $25, 2 win, WW  ||  Hip Mama’s Place, $100, WW  ||  From Moms to Grandmas, $15, WW  ||  Woman of Many Roles, $15, US  ||

Others  –  ||  Tammie’s Reviews, $25 Home Depot, US  ||  Raising Three Savvy Ladies, $25 Fandago, US  ||  Sharing Life’s Moments, $25 Walmart, US  ||  A Modern Day Fairy Tale, ?? Starbucks, US  ||  How Was Your Day, $20 Starbucks, WW   ||  My Crafty Zoo, $50, US  ||


A double take on The Organic Skin Co.’s skin care

A few weeks ago we introduced you to The Organic Skin Co. and the cosmetics that they have created. Today we’re very excited about their skincare line. Let’s start with their beliefs: We make products with a strong commitment to this planet we call home and using organic and natural ingredients so pure they make your skin sing.

This promise has helped make us even more impressed with their skincare line and we know once you use the products you’ll see this is a wonderful bonus. Here’s our promise to you and to our planet: Every time you buy one of our products, we’ll plant a tree.

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Both Marcia and Lisa tested the Clean Slate Holy Basil Cleanser and the Hydration Agent Vanilla and Amaranth Moisturizer. Lucky Marcia also got to test the Nitty Gritty Almond Seed Exfoliant. Here is the skinny on The Organic Skin Co. skin care.



I was sent 3 skincare items from The Organic Skin Co. and immediately dug in. After all, this vegan, cruelty-free and organic line has a lot to offer.

I start with CLEAN SLATE: Holy Basil Cleanser (right now $20 from $40). While I am super sensitive to fragrance I don’t find that the basil in the product is a problem. It just feels really refreshing smelling. Holy Basil Cleanser is made with 73.9% organic ingredients and does a great job of cleansing. I don’t often double cleanse like a lot of bloggers and this does the job on its own. My skin feels cleansed but not taut when done.

CLEAN SLATE: Holy Basil Cleanser

LISA SAYS:  Clean Slate is a creamy, non-foaming cleanser that washes away dirt and grime while also treating skin with an innovative mixture of ingredients. The ingredients include Sweet Orange Oil which is an anti-inflammatory, honeysuckle which is an excellent ingredient for soothing skin, and Amia Berry which helps firm skin by increasing elasticity.  

I almost always double cleanse, using a makeup remover before washing, and this cleanser is terrific when I do so. I also tried Clean Slate as my only cleanser and I had the same results as Marcia – nicely clean skin that doesn’t feel tight and dry.  Because of the excellent ingredients, this is a great cleanser to use in conjunction with an ultrasonic infuser like the Jenu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser.



Next up is NITTY GRITTY: Almond Seed Exfoliant ($39) which is my favorite of the three products I tested. I love the light almond scent and I love the gentleness of this exfoliator. I have pores on my face and especially on my nose that drive me bonkers. I like a light exfoliator daily to help keep them clean. I use masks and heavier exfoliants too but I don’t use those daily. But Nitty Gritty has been used daily with positive results. At night when I cleanse I no longer see those filled pores – that’s why this is my favorite. It’s a soft, effective treatment. I just apply with a dab of water and cleanse in a circular motion. And it has 87.6% organic ingredients.

NITTY GRITTY: Almond Seed Exfoliant

NITTY GRITTY: Almond Seed Exfoliant

NITTY GRITTY: Almond Seed Exfoliant


Dang it!  Now I’m jealous…

Hydration Agent: Vanilla and Amaranth Moisturizer


After my exfoliant I’ll add one or two serums and once dry I apply my HYDRATION AGENT: Vanilla and Amaranth Moisturizer ($28 on sale from $59). I love what they have to say about this moisturizer: “There’s something about spring rain, a combination of sun and moisture that promises renewal. Our Vanilla and Amaranth Moisturizer offers a similar kind of replenishment. Intensely hydrating, it’s a luxurious bioactive cream that helps rejuvenate the skin, no matter whether it’s dry, damaged, or just plain dehydrated.” In spite of my fussy nose I find this to have a very light fragrance that is delightful to use. Because the ingredients are natural and 80.45% organic there’s nothing annoying or cloying about this.

The Organic Skin Co. HYDRATION AGENT: Vanilla and Amaranth Moisturizer

My skin feels beautifully moisturized with this. I’ve used it both morning and night and have nothing but happiness with Hydration Agent. The amaranth supercritical extract provides a dose of Omega 3 and Vitamin E, helping create good skin texture and tone; there’s vanilla oil as one of the ingredients. And the topper is the Jojoba Seed Oil since that helps to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate the skin.


Like Marcia, I am usually not excited about fragrance in products that are meant for facial skin but wow this smells yummy – like smoky vanilla. Hydration Agent is a very thick and creamy shea butter and aloe based moisturizer, but it sinks in quickly so there isn’t a ton of dry time. One superior ingredient that Marcia didn’t mention is Calendula which is a natural antioxidant.  Calendula stimulates the production of collagen and it helps keep pores from getting congested because it is also an antiseptic. 

HYDRATION AGENT: Vanilla and Amaranth Moisturizer

We have no hesitation recommending The Organic Skin Co. and the three products we tested. The Organic Skin Co. is passionate about their line and has made us passionate about it too. If the products you are interested in aren’t on sale please use the code TOSC25 to get 25% off your purchase.

Smooth things over with Dermaquest Perfecting Primer!

Dermaquest Perfecting Primer

Some of us like silicones, some of us don’t…if you do, then I have a great primer for you, especially if you also have oily skin.  The Dermaquest Perfecting Primer is a terrific primer that not only preps your skin for makeup, it also absorbs excess oil throughout the day so makeup looks fresh and stays put all day long.

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I really like silicone-based primers. They help make a barrier to water and air, protecting skin from the environment. The Dermaquest Perfecting Primer gives my skin a truly lovely smooth, satiny finish that is great for makeup application. I know that some find silicones to be too protective of skin, trapping dirt and oil and then causing breakouts. Dermaquest does a good job of counteracting this issue with ingredients that actually absorb oil so it is less likely to irritate sensitive skin.

Dermaquest Perfecting Primer

The primer is in an airless pump bottle and is on the dry side. No need to wait after application because it immediately smooths over fine lines and wrinkles and creates a perfect canvas. There’s no fragrance either so if you have slightly sensitive skin that has had reactions to silicones before you might want to give this one a spin to see if it works. You can also mix some of the primer with your foundation or your moisturizer to create a smooth finish.

You can find Dermaquest Perfecting Primer online at the Dermaquest store, as well as at Walmart.  – Lisa

Great advice inside the packaging!!

Ingredients:  cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, polymethylsilsesquioxane, polysilicone-11, stearoxymethicone/dimethicone copolymer, dimethicone, ethylhexyl palmitate, silica dimethyl silylate, sodium, hyaluronate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, pichia/resveratrol ferment extract, ergothioneine, laureth-12, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, limonene, linalool, citral, geranio

Join The Beauty Spotlight Team for some great September reads

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog just reviewed the incredible Boxwalla October Beauty Box: Dream a Little Dream of Me featuring African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift Intense. This mask (valued at $180.00, for a mere $49.95) hydrates, lifts, softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, maintains moisture levels, prevents Trans-Dermal Water Loss, scavenges free radicals and leaves skin soft, smooth supple and radiant. The texture is an emollient gel-like serum with a velvety texture that melts into the skin in the most luxurious way! This is eco-luxe and cruelty-free skincare at its best!

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom insists that everyone needs an Amazon Prime membership. Go read her blog post to see the membership perks that some people don’t know about.

Have you tried HydraFacial? Never Say Die Beauty attended the HydraFacial World Tour 2.0 event in Salem MA for an al fresco HydraFacial, a facial technique that utilizes a computer-directed applicator wand that extracts dead skin cells and impurities, treats skin issues, and hydrates, all in 30 minutes or less! Divine!

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone is a true coconut nut. If it smells like coconut she’s going to want it. When she discovered Cocooil from Australia she fell further in love. You need these products if you are a coconut nut too.

Looking for a gentle and effective dry shampoo? Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out Farmesthetics Powdered Silk Dry Shampoo.

Heather from Crazy Beautiful Makeup discovered this amazing new beauty mine called Florence by mills! If you are a fan of stranger things then you are no stranger to the character eleven. The amazing and adorable actress Millie Bobby Brown has created her own line of beauty products. She’s sharing with you just a few of the new items available at your local Ulta!

Erika, Blogess in Chief of Notes from My Dressing Table shares why she adores the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist for her very dry, maturing complexion and why she finds that gorgeous stuff to be a bit of a double edged sword.

Prime Beauty shares her list of what she’s loving now and it’s going to be on your list for what YOU are loving too.

Patch Natural Bamboo Adhesive Bandages – a new way to think about self care

If you are a parent, grandparent or just a regular person there will surely come a time when you need a bandage. But did you ever think about bandages or plasters as they are called in other countries? There are all sorts of chemicals involved in their manufacturing and those chemicals just don’t agree with everyone.

PATCH Natural Bamboo bandages

PATCH is a great natural alternative to use for your boo-boos, burns, and wound care. Patch was invited in Australia by a father whose son was allergic to what was used for care. Another son was extremely sensitive to having any kind of creams applied to him. His creativity led him to find a solution with these Bamboo strip bandages.

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There are 4 different tubes of 25 bandages that you can purchase on for $7.99 each. Well worth the price for a better bandage and each tube is different. The strips are made of bamboo which is a renewable resource that uses less water to grow, produces more oxygen and requires no pesticides or herbicides.

The first is for Cuts and Scratches. Patch Natural is a light bamboo hypoallergenic breathable bandage. As with all of the Patch products it’s free from known irritants, toxins and plastic. This is a compostable strip, Patch has had it test to be sure that they’ll break down in garden soil within weeks.

PATCH bandages for Abrasions & Grazes (kids version)

Kids don’t like plain bandages as my 5 year old complained to me this summer. They want fun ones and the adorable panda on the Abrasions & Grazes strip were just perfect. These natural bamboo bandages have coconut oil built into the pad. You are healing without them ever knowing.

Burns & Blisters are the strips with aloe vera as the healing ingredient. These are a tan color with a flexible band. Aloe Vera is known for its benefits that may help soothe blisters, cuts and minor abrasions. I’ve used this one since the day they arrived at my house since I burnt my finger on a straight iron. I was so grateful to have this around to help speed my healing.

PATCH Burns & Blisters

Bites & Splinters, aka Natural Bamboo Strip bandages with activated charcoal, is the 4th one they have created. These adhesive bandages are enriched with activated charcoal gauze to help aid & draw out impurities and infections from minor wounds. Perfect for sports enthusiasts and thrill seekers!

PATCH Bamboo Natural Bandages

While all of these are wonderful start with the one that you think your household will get the most use from. I’ve sent the Bites & Splinters charcoal one home with my very active grandson. I had to keep the Burns & Blisters with the cute koalas here for those occasional boo boos. All of them are worthwhile and products you’ll be happy to use. In their own small way they are making the world a better place since you can recycle the tubes they come in and the outer bandage packaging while composting the actual bandage. Plus Patch gives back to areas in need. All in all, a simply wonderful company and product.  —  Marcia




Coconut oil head to toe with COCOOIL from Australia

In my opinion, there are two items of PERFECTION that come from Australia.  At the top of my list:

Hugh Jackman.

Next on my list? COCOOIL.

COCOOIL Head to Toe Bundle

The Aussie line COCOOIL features the always amazing certified Fair Trade cold-pressed organic coconut oil. The coconut oil that COCOOIL uses is produced sustainably in the Pacific Islands and is ethically sourced, supporting local communities. They never test on animals, and every product is dermatologically tested and manufactured in Australia.


I have fallen in love with the Head-to-Toe Bundle, three products which cost $79.97 when purchased separately, but are sold for $49.99 in the bundle package. The Head to Toe Bundle includes:

COCOOIL Face Oil with Rosehip 200mL
COCOOIL Body Oil 200mL
COCOOIL Ocean Spray 200mL
Together with a Limited edition COCOOIL Tote!

Coconut oil is one of the very best skin care ingredients – it’s an amazing emollient that keeps moisture in and improves skin health. All of COCOOIL’s products also contain botanicals, which have natural antioxidants and nutrients that really make skin happy. The Head to Toe Bundle also has COCOOIL’s hair styling product that takes your hairdo straight to the beach. But let me first start with the Face Oil, a moisturizer specifically for facial skin.

The COCOOIL Face Oil with Rosehip (sold separately it’s $29.99) is a moisturizing oil that isn’t greasy, yet it is very emollient and hydrating. The base is Fairtrade cold-pressed organic Coconut Oil, with the addition of Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rosehip) which is a non-fragrant emollient plant oil that has antioxidant properties and is a rich source of skin-beneficial fatty acids. The Face Oil does many things for  your skin:

Brightens complexion.
Replenishes moisture, combats dryness.
Anti-ageing antioxidant properties.
Vitamin C and A, for cell regeneration.
Boosts skin radiance.
Helps reduce fine lines & hyperpigmentation.
Natural ingredients.
Ethically sourced and Fairtrade.
Cruelty-free and Vegan-friendly.
Ideal For: Dry skin, Dull Complexion.

Normally I am not a fan of scented facial moisturizers, but this one is incredible if you like coconut. It smells like deep, toasty coconut. Sooo good. You don’t need a lot, so after purchasing instead of tearing off the foil seal, just poke a hole in it. If you tear off the seal way too much oil comes out and it gets messy. I apply this to my face and neck every morning and night and if I have any very dry areas I will also top it off in the morning with some cream moisturizer.

The COCOOIL Body Oil (sold separately it costs $24.99) is a truly wonderful body moisturizer. I am a huge believer in body oils for maintaining soft, wrinkle-free skin, and this is one of the best ones I’ve tried. It’s basically the same formula as the Face Oil but without the Rosehip Oil, so it gives your body all the benefits of antioxidants and vitamin E with Fairtrade cold-pressed Organic Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, and Sunflower Seed Oil.

Replenishes moisture, deeply hydrating.
Anti-ageing antioxidant properties.
Vitamin E, A, and fatty acids
Helps regenerate new skin cells.
Reduce skin redness and roughness.
Natural ingredients.
Ethically sourced and Fairtrade.
Cruelty-free and Vegan-friendly.

Just like with the Face Oil, be sure to poke a hole in the foil seal or else too much oil pours out. Interestingly, the scent of the Body Oil is not as ‘toasty’ as the Face Oil, but it still smells delicious. I put this on right after a shower for super hydration, being careful to use a small amount at a time. Going overboard means it takes too long to absorb and a small amount absolutely does the trick. It leaves my skin feeling incredible and smelling great for the entire day. Sometimes I put more on at night, but really that’s just because I love the scent – my skin is still moisturized from the morning.

The final product in the Head to Toe Bundle is COCOOIL’s hair product, COCOOIL Ocean Spray (sold separately costs $24.99).  Of course, the Ocean Spray is made with COCOOIL’s signature ingredient, Fairtrade cold-pressed organic Coconut Oil. Used on wet hair it gives me separated, beachy waves, the kind I get after I swim in the ocean. When I use it on dry hair it gives me texture and volume. In the photo below, I used it on my dry hair. I wish I had taken a before pic – this was day three hair and it was very flat without much body.

Cocooil Ocean Spray hair

COCOOIL OCEAN SPRAY is a great mix of ingredients, because while it has Australian Sea Salt to mimic the ocean, the coconut oil ensures that the spray won’t dry out your ends and hair stays healthy. It also smells lovely, like salted coconut.

You don’t have to go all the way to Australia to get your COCOOIL. It’s sold in the states at Forever 21, American Eagle, and Bed Bath & Beyond. If only we could also find Hugh Jackman there too…. – Lisa

Face Oil Ingredients:  Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fairtrade cold-pressed Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vitas Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil.

Body Oil Ingredients:  Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fair Trade Cold Pressed Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vitas Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopherol.

Ocean Spray Ingredients:  Aqua (purified water), Fairtrade cold-pressed organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Polysorbate20, Australian Sea Salt, Glycerin, Benzylalcohol Dehydroacetic Acid, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Fragrance.