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Peachy Keen Skin Care

December 17th, 2016

Oh my friends, if there’s one thing I love to do it is SHARE products and things that I find to be amazing. I had been wanting to find a makeup remover towelette for end of day that would smell incredible and remove all of my makeup before bed. I tend to have a bit of sensitive skin so I need something that doesn’t dry me out too much. When I saw the Burt’s Bees Peach and Willow Bark towelettes staring me down at my local drug store I knew I had to take them home with me.


Oh YUMMY!! I mean, when you use this product you smell like a fresh juicy peach. My skin feels so soft and clean after I swipe away all of my makeup and I love that it seems to get all of the residue very easily.

“We offer our best make-up remover wipes, made with FSC certified natural cloth and infused with natural ingredients, to keep your skin looking and feeling great. Whether on-the-go or at home, Burt’s Bees provides facial cleansing towelettes for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Our collection of natural face wipes allows you to remove make-up, cleanse and tone in one easy step, revealing a beautiful complexion.”

I highly recommend giving these a try. Burt’s Bees offer these tiny towelettes in several options i.e.: Sensitive, White Tea Extract, Pink Grapefruit, Cucumber & Sage, and of course the one I love…Peach & Willow Bark. These are very affordable for your daily regime and you can find them at your local drug store or online here. Perfect stocking stuffer idea as well!

XO - Daria

Terralina does squeaky clean naturally {giveaway}

September 30th, 2010

TerralinaI love when I get to review skin care products. I’m kind of a skin care junkie (not as much as a jeans or shoes junkie, but close). When I read about Terralina’s natural skin care products on Cool Mom Picks, I wanted to give this skin care line a test run for our readers. I’m always on the lookout for natural-yet-effective skin care products because I still lean toward your higher end, over-the-counter skin care lines.

First a bit about Terralina:

At Terralina, we believe that what goes onto your skin, goes into your body. ... We bring you the most luxurious and effective skincare, without the use of harsh or harmful ingredients, such as parabens, PEGs, silicone, mineral oils, ethoxylates, glycols, acrylates, or artificial fragrance. ... All of our products are at least 98.65% natural. Instead of using silicone, we created a natural emulsification process based on the wonders of olive oil. We used botanical extracts and witch hazel instead of detergents and sulfates.

Pretty impressive! Just as impressive are celebrities like Alicia Silverstone and Helena Christensen who swear by Terralina’s Gentle Facial Cleanser.

Terralina Ultimate CollectionBut what you really want to know is what I thought of Terralina’s cleanser, toner, exfoliator and moisturizer, right? That’s what I thought! Well, after trying the skin regimen for a couple weeks I will say my skin felt healthier overall. The moisturizer was really light, which I like, and the toner was refreshing. The exfoliator was gentle yet did the trick of buffing and polishing. I only had two hangups: one, the cleanser didn’t do a great job of removing eye makeup. I often had to wash two or three times—gently of course—to remove my eyeliner and mascara. And two, without my morning ritual of Aveeno Clear Complexion cleanser I did breakout just a little bit around hormone time (more so than usual).

But for an all-natural line of skin care, Terralina is not only a great option but also an affordable one. At around $20 for the cleanser, toner and exfoliator and $40 for the moisturizer, it’s a great deal for something your skin will love. Plus I did notice Terralina products go really far—a little dab will do ya!—Emily

P.S. Right now Terralina is offering a buy one get one free special on their site. Buy one product and get a second identical product FREE!

P.P.S. Terralina is offering Daily Dish readers 10% off their orders plus free shipping with code BOUTIQUECAFE10 at checkout!

***Giveaway! Terralina is giving away one Ultimate Collection gift set ($100 value)!***

Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway:

•  Visit Terralina.com and tell us what most impressed you about the company and/or its products.
•  ”Like” Terralina on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you did.
•  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
•  Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL to your blog post.

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: October 7, 2010 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Lisa L., the winner of the Terralina giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

PurGood is pure goodness for your little one {giveaway}

April 1st, 2010

PurGoodAll of my children seem to have dry skin but my youngest two were hardest hit. Fortunately we have a water softener in our home, but even then I have to be careful what kind of products I use during and after bath time so they don’t scratch themselves silly when their skin starts to itch due to excessive dryness. And living in arid Utah doesn’t help!

I am a big fan of organic skin care products, especially those created with little ones in mind. That’s why I was super excited to test PurGood’s baby wash and body lotion on George and Livi. They’re almost out of their Gabriel Couzian products and I’m in the market for new (and more affordable) options.

First, a bit about PurGood:

PurGood is committed to providing organic, eco-friendly products made from socially and environmentally responsible resources. Our intent is two-fold, to provide a safe product for our loved ones while being good stewards of our earth.

I’m all about two-fold missions, especially when they support people and planet! PurGood sent me samples of their Baby Wash & Shampoo and Baby Lotion to review on Boutique Cafe’s Daily Dish. My first impression? How clear the baby wash was—and I mean clear. It kind of takes you by surprise when a baby wash/shampoo lacks color…and I kind of like it!

We tested the baby wash a few times and it’s a winner. Though not as powerful as bazillion-dollars-a-bottle Gabriel Couzian, PurGood did NOT dry out my children’s skin, which is saying a lot. Most off-the-shelf brands, even those geared toward dry and sensitive skin, don’t do much for their borderline exzema. To find a brand that is organic and effective AND affordable is awesome! Even better, PurGood’s baby wash and shampoo uses organic ingredients gentle to the skin and is free of “artificial colors, fragrance, parabens and sulfate and is made with pure fruit and vegetable extracts.”

PurGood’s baby lotion was just as impressive. It absorbed quickly and kept my babies’ skin moisturized throughout the day. Even without artificial fragrance it still smelled rather nice. (Sometimes products without those artificial ingredients smell a bit unpleasant.) PurGood’s baby lotion is not only free of artificial fragrances but also artificial colors, parabens and sulfate and like the baby wash, is made with pure fruit and vegetable extracts.

What else is there to love about PurGood? It’s concern for the environment:

  • PurGood containers are recyclable: “We believe that recycling on a daily basis is a way in which each one of us can do our part to help the environment.”

  • The company uses only recycled packaging materials including biodegradable packing peanuts.

  • PurGood uses minimal packaging for our products so you have less to throw away when they arrive.

I’ll be out of my samples soon, but at around $12 a bottle, I’ll be including PurGood into our daily (okay, almost daily) bath time ritual. Oh, and it’s even more of a no-brainer purchase when you learn two moms are behind the design of the products and concept for the company.—Emily

*** Giveaway! PurGood is giving away one baby wash/baby lotion gift set! ***

Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway; please leave a separate comment for each one you do:

•  Visit PurGood.com and tell us what most impresses you about the company and/or its products.
•  Become a fan of PurGood on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you joined. (Feel free to leave a comment on their fan page telling them you found them via Boutique Cafe!)
•  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: April 8, 2010 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Lacey K., the winner of the PurGood giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Mustela—not just a must-have for moms

August 27th, 2009

When I hear the word “Mustela” the first thing that comes to mind is pregnancy products for women. I’m not sure why; perhaps I had a sample of their nursing comfort balm in my standard-issue diaper bag upon release from the hospital. Whatever the reason I had no idea Mustela had such a serious line of products for babies as well as moms.

Mustela’s Bébé line, which includes daily hygiene, bath time, diaper change and skin protection products, is designed specifically for your baby’s delicate skin. To introduce me to the line the company sent me a handful of travel-size product samples from their Dermo-Pediatrics line and a small tube of their High Protection Sun Lotion (SPF 50). Granted, a tablespoon of product isn’t much to review but it was enough to get me interested in learning more, and here’s what I discovered about Mustela’s Dermo-Pediatrics infant care products. They are:

  • created with the collaboration of healthcare professionals;

  • for children prone to problems such as eczema, irritations, rashes and sensitive to intolerant skin;

  • hypoallergenic, non-irritating, fragrance-free, paraben-free and have no artificial colorants;

  • tested under dermatological and pediatric supervision (not sure what that means but it sounds impressive);

  • composed of “specific ingredients of natural origin.”

We tested the body milk (lotion) from the Stelatopia line, which is designed to help with eczema, and though we couldn’t give it a thorough review due to the amount that was sent, I can say it went on smoothly, absorbed quickly and didn’t have a greasy feeling at all. Those are all important qualities I look for in a lotion, especially one whose purpose is to relieve the symptoms of eczema. As far is its powers of moisturization, the jury’s still out on that (i.e. it will take more than a tablespoon to test for that!). We didn’t have a chance to test the cream cleanser…I always forget to grab it before putting the little ones in the bath and I can’t leave them once they’re in water. Dang!

But we were able to give the sun protection lotion a good test run and taking my kids’ opinions into consideration, it received a mixed review. Mustela’s High Protection Sun Lotion (SPF 50) is a 100% mineral sunscreen, which often makes for a thicker sunscreen. In this case it was definitely thicker than my kids are used to slathering on their skin. The oldest two complained it was hard to apply and the youngest two complained because it was hard for Mom to apply. With two squirmy little ones I need something that goes on quickly and easily, but this sunscreen gets one vote in its favor due to it being made from minerals (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide). That’s some of the best sun protection you’ll find!

Mustela’s sun protection lotion is also hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, water-resistant, extra-broad spectrum (IR & long and short UVA/UVB rays). It also has a unique combination of zinc salts and natural plant active ingredients (aloe vera and soy phytosterols containing Vitamin E) that provide protection against free radicals. It also costs about $15 for 1.6 fluid ounces, a price I’m a bit hesitant to pay just so I can hear more whining from my kids during those long summer days. I guess the jury’s still out on this one too since it looks great on paper and does a great job preventing sun damage (no sunburns while my kids had it on) but is a pain to apply and a pain in the budget.

I wish I had more personal feedback to offer you on their other products, but Mustela’s reputation alone makes their products worth a try, especially if you’re looking for a daily regimen designed specifically for delicate newborn skin. Oh, and don’t forget about their products for moms!—Emily

Basa Body does a body–and a soul–good

April 23rd, 2009

It’s one thing to find an all-natural product line that nourishes and heals the skin; it’s another to find one that also nourishes the soul. Basa Body does both and the story behind the company is worth telling in their own words:

Basa BodyIt began with a trip to Kenya where we connected with wonderful, intelligent women working hard to feed their families. We met with the women of Mombasa and visited the first small-scale coconut oil plant called Coast Coconut Farms where they produced pure organic coconut oil by hand. Determined to find a way to assist them in selling their oil and to help them grow their business, we came home and through the help of many good people, created Basa Body (named after the women of Mombasa). It is our hope that by sharing this natural healing lotion with their inspiring story, we can help lift these women of Africa out of poverty and help them become self-reliant.

Inspiring, isn’t it? Kind of makes you want to buy a truckload of Basa Body lotion!

Basa Body’s products are infused with organic virgin coconut oil, which nourishes, hydrates and rejuvenates the skin. The company works hard to keep their coconut body products 100% natural with no artificial ingredients, which means their great for sensitive skin. The line consists of lotion, a body stick and soaps, all made from 100% natural coconut oil and the finest natural ingredients. Basa Body products actually help the skin heal.

Basa BodyI received their Basa “Kiss Me” gift pack (see photo), which included the Basa Body Coconut Oil lotion, Basa Body Stick push tube, Mint Chocolate Truffle Soap and Cherry Chocolate Truffle Soap. The first thing I wanted to do when I opened the box was take a huge bite from the mint chocolate soap—it smelled that good! Plus it came in a cute candy-like paper wrapper, so can you blame me? I tested every product except the cherry chocolate soap (not a cherry fan) and the Basa Body Stick was by far my favorite. Though the soap smelled super fantastic and moisturized as I washed, once I rinsed my skin felt really grippy (i.e. squeaky clean), which is probably a good thing but I didn’t love it. And the lotion went on nicely and absorbed quickly…I only wish it smelled more like coconut!

Basa BodyBut the stick was awesome! For an oil-based stick, it absorbed really quickly and moisturized so well! I put it in my daughter’s upper arms where she suffers from dry skin and it immediately remedied the problem. Her arms (and my hands) stayed moisturized for hours! You can actually use it to treat skin irritated by eczema or psoriasis. Plus the natural antibiotic, anti-fungal properties of the coconut oil make it great for diaper rash. They say once you try it you’ll be hooked (right, Jyl?) and I am! And get this, the Basa Body Stick has been referred to by customers as the “Love Stick” because it’s a “wonderful, natural and safe personal lubricant. Try it and say goodbye to K-Y.” I’m sold!

Basa Body products nourish the body, while the company’s story and mission nourishes the soul. By the way, Basa not only purchases all their coconut oil from Coast Coconut Farms but also donates 10% of their profits to projects in Kenya to fight poverty. How can you not love Basa Body?

Mother’s Day is around the corner. Give a gift that gives back by purchasing Basa Body’s “Kiss Me” gift pack. At less than $30 it’s the least you can do!—Emily

* Promotion! Basa Body is offering a special discount and giveaway! Use the promo code “momitforward” when ordering for 10% off your purchase and an automatic entry to win a $250 Disney gift card!

Baby your skin with California Baby

March 18th, 2009

California BabyWith the product name California Baby you immediately think baby line…right? Right.
It is. Designed specifically for babies this line has been created to eliminate any irritants that could cause rashes or allergies. It is a gentle, non-chemical formula that has received praises from Hollywood moms. But, even moms like Gwyneth have been known to use the products for herself. So what is with this California Baby craze?

Why does it seem to appear in countless magazines as the must-have product line? What is so great about it? Why all the buzz??

I’ll tell you because it is simply AMAZING. Really. Go online right now to check out all the incredible products they have that will change your world…and your babies!

I tried the Bubble Bath and the Shampoo & Bodywash.

First, lets talk about the Bubble Bath. The bottle comes with a bubble wand—love that addition to keep the little ones wanting more time in the suds. This bubble bath has virtually no scent, which is great for anyone who likes to lather up in lotion afterward. It is important to shake up the bottle to mix around the formula, so that you get plenty of bubbles. This natural bubble bath would be great for anyone suffering with eczema because it is so mild and light on the skin.

The Shampoo & Bodywash also has no extra dyes or additives to its formula. This natural formula is essentially scentless with high shine results.

California Baby has a lot of other products including sunscreen, massage oils, diaper care and spritzers—all made with the natural formula. So, now I know the buzz is cause this line is ideal for those that suffer from skin sensitivity or allergies. -Amber

Available online at www.californiababy.com

Just so you GLOW…

March 11th, 2009

I so want a glow!

The past few months my skin has been BLAH. It is dry and cracked and when I try to make it glow…it looks oily. The winter months take a beating on me and I hate that it shows on my skin.

So, I tried sugar mama honey bar from glowology and gotta say…I now have a glow! Not too much of a fan of the bar (because I prefer bottles), but they do have a honey wash in a bottle that could be heavenly.

I don’t know if it is the natural ingredients or the skin-regenerating formulas but I like what I see and feel. This luxury line has a little bit of everything to take care of your skin. The honey bar I tried is a moisturizing bar soap that has vitamins whipped into it to balance our your skin. Sometimes when the natural companies go all organic on us the smell goes with it too. Not here. The smell of sweet honey stays with you throughout the day and the line is all natural—so if you suffer with sensitive skin you’ll be just fine.

If you have dull winter skin, you really should give Glowology a go. – Amber

Available online at noodleandboo.com

Stretching is to yoga as…

March 9th, 2009

Do you remember those questions on tests that went something like “Puppy is to dog as _ is to cat?” Today’s question is “Stretching is to yoga as skin care is to _?” Unless you’re well versed in Ayurvedic skin care, you won’t have a clue. Let me fill you in: the answer is DoshaCare. DoshaCare is customized Ayurvedic skin care, but it is more than just skin care; it is a philosophy for life.

DoshaCare combines the knowledge from the Ayurvedic tradition of India with the best of western science to for a lifestyle approach that focuses on “authentic radiance.” Their skin care line helps radiate your inner beauty and actually evolves with you. With a series of questions under “Ayurveda & Dosha Types” you can find out your primary and secondary Dosha (the page also goes into more detail about Ayurveda and Dosha) and then from there you can tailor your skin care to match. As your skin changes throughout the year (and we all know it does) you can change your regimen along with it.

DoshaCareI answered those questions and found out I was pretty much Pitta all the way, so DoshaCare sent me their Pitta Cleansing Bath to review. Designed to protect and soothe normal and sensitive skin, this cleanser is 98% botanical and organic. It contains turmeric for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, hyperpigmentation correction and softening properties; neem to promote skin elasticity; and aloe vera for hydration and soothing. It was a good thing the information sheet I received with it had directions, for I could not find any on the box or bottle. I know, I know—lather, rinse and hopefully not repeat but I am one of those that thrive on written instructions. But I did lather and rinse…and if I was wearing makeup, I had to repeat. Plus, I’ve kind of gotten accustomed to “less is more” with most cleansers I’ve reviewed, and this one took a full pump and then a second full pump to get my face completely makeup free.

It did leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated, though not as hydrated as I would’ve liked. Though the scent was rather strong (albeit natural), I found it very earthy and somewhat relaxing. My husband walked in once while I was using it and even noticed the scent-not in a bad way, but how often is a cleanser that strong? I would have loved to have tried out the full line to see if I felt more “balanced” and if I felt it really were tailored to me and my primary Dosha.

As much as I should embrace the DoshaCare approach to life I’m not sure I’m in a place to do so just yet. (That statement probably shows I definitely should take the time to become more centered!) The Pitta Cleanser (4.2 fl oz) costs $34—a bit on the high end if you’re using twice as much as the next cleanser. But it is customized skin care, and I can’t say that Avon or Oil of Olay or any other skin care lines have ever asked me how well I sleep, what my appetite is like or how I react to stress. There just might be something to this DoshaCare thing!—Emily

** Giveaway! We are giving away a gift set to one lucky reader! (Note: The gift set may not include DoshaCare products but will include something equivalent if not better!) Visit the DoshaCare website and click on “Ayurveda & Dosha Types,” then take the test to find out your primary Dosha. Leave a comment letting us know what that is and include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: March 17, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Ann H., the winner of the DoshaCare giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Alba skin care will give you a complex…

March 2nd, 2009

Alba...but in this case, it’s the kind of complex you—and your skin—needs. Alba’s line of Advanced skin care products, which includes cleaners, toners, scrubs, masks and moisturizers, is formulated with their unique Marine Complex. This nutrient-rich complex has soothing and nourishing properties, helping enhance your skin’s “natural purity.” It also softens, detoxifies, heals and moisturizes. With that kind of a resume, I’d hire the entire line! Unfortunately I was only able to test the .

This cleanser is a gently foaming (i.e. very few bubbles) gel that “lifts away impurities for glowing, healthy skin by delivering a synergistic blend of mineral-rich sea algae and antioxidant-rich green tea designed to combat the impact of harsh environmental factors.” It contains aloe and the aforementioned Marine Complex so it should sooth, hydrate, nourish, detoxify, firm and stimulate cell regeneration. Whew! It contains no sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or synthetic colors and is made with 100% vegetarian ingredients. Okay, so does it work?

Well, yes and no. First of all I must say the had a fairly pleasant smell if a bit on the masculine side. (Of course, I used to smell my boyfriend’s jacket all the time so I kind of like that sort of thing.) It did a great job cleansing, though if I had especially heavy mascara or liner it took a second washing to completely cleanse the eye area. It didn’t cause me to break out at all, which is one of my tests for a new skin care product.

On the “no” side, after I had cleansed and patted dry, my face felt a bit on the dry/tight side, and I don’t like that feeling at all. Compared to my new favorite CellCeuticals cleanser, which leaves my skin feeling like it’s already been moisturized, the Alba felt like it had sucked whatever hydration I had right out of my skin. Not a good things as far as I’m concerned. But once I moisturized, my skin felt just fine and didn’t seem overly dry or noticeably drier overall. And the price is right at only $9—much easier on the budget!

AlbaMy husband and I also tested Alba’s Aloe Mint Moisturizing Foam Shave, and this I loved! My husband’s comment? “It worked just fine.” Hey, if it’s not a super cool stroller or tech gadget, he doesn’t have much to say about a product. But I do. This shaving foam uses organic botanicals and Vitamin E to provide a smooth, clean and soothing shave. The foam actually helps soften hair. The Aloe Mint “flavor” uses an organic blend of aloe vera, green tea and calendula, so you have cooling peppermint (great during and after shaving) and antioxidant-rich green tea to refresh the skin. The aloe actually helps with skin renewal, so you’re covered post shave as well.

The bottle says “less is more” so I tested it out using only one pump per leg. Granted, I don’t shave the entire leg in winter, but one pump did cover from ankle to mid thigh. Hard to believe but it’s totally true! My real test was when I shaved an area I haven’t shaved since the pools closed after Labor Day weekend. (If that’s TMI, sorry!) I just had to see if I’d have the typical razor burn and/or ingrown hairs. This would be the real test…and Alba’s Aloe Mint Moisturizing Foam Shave passed with flying colors! Of course I wasn’t hopping in and out of swim suits but still, I am painful-little-red-bumps free and loving it!

Though the wasn’t my favorite, the Aloe Mint Moisturizing Foam Shave more than made up for it. And at $6.95 I think it’s a worthwhile investment in shaving sanity!—Emily

** Giveaway! Alba is giving away a gift set to one lucky Daily Dish reader! Please visit Alba’s site and leave a comment telling us what Alba product(s) you’d like to try. Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: March 10, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

* Congratulations to Maria M., the winner of the ALBA giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

CellCeuticals is worth its weight in gold

February 23rd, 2009

CellCeuticalsCellCeuticals Skin Care was founded in 2007 by internationally renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher (any Extreme Makeover fans out there?) and beauty industry veteran Paul Scott Premo (i.e., he knows A LOT about dermatology and skin care). Their goal is to develop “technologically advanced, clinically validated, premium skin treatment products.” Though I’m all for all-natural, holistic skin care I’m a big fan of technology when it comes to fighting the signs of aging (according to Oil of Olay there are seven—whew!), and CellCeuticals uses the best of biomedical technology to fight those tell-tale signs. With two well-known experts behind the line, does it deliver?

I received CellCeuticals’ Extremely Gentle Skin Cleanser, Extreme Defense Anti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment and Regenerative Skin Treatment. The first thing I noticed before the products even arrived was the price tag. These products are right up there with lines like Shiseido, which means WAY out of my comfort zone even when I’m all about looking 25 at the age of almost 35. Would CellCeuticals do enough to my skin that one, I would notice the difference, and two, it would be worth the investment? I would soon find out.

The second thing I noticed was the super cool packaging. Each product comes in this sort of futuristic octagonal (or maybe it’s hexagonal—haven’t counted the sides) design. I love something that sparks my interest upon first sight! They looked super cool on my bathroom counter—almost pretty enough to leave out. But looks aren’t everything; in this case it’s what was inside that mattered most. CellCeuticals claims a noticeable difference in just two weeks. I used the products for just under two weeks; did I notice a difference? Here’s my CellCeuticals experience:

CellCeuticalsExtremely Gentle Skin Cleanser: “This gentle skin cleanser thoroughly removes facial and eye makeup without irritating eyes or skin. Leaves skin feeling clean, hydrated, supple.” Includes non-SLS mild surfectants, wheat amino acids and glycerin. $35 for 6.7 fl. oz.

I loved this cleanser! It removed eye makeup within seconds, even my stubborn mascara. It never irritated my eyes and after rinsing, my skin felt like it had already been moisturized. Washing with this CellCeuticals cleanser felt like I was washing with soft water. For those who have soft water, you know what I mean. It was divine! Worth every penny for sure.

CellCeuticalsExtreme Defense Anti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment: “A powerful antioxidant treatment that works during the day to help defend skin against age-promoting free radicals.” Includes Vitamins C, E and B5, green tea, aloe vera, natural almond, avocado and sunflower oils, beta glucan (skin soother and firmer). $65 for 1 fl. oz.

Though almost three times as much as my current daytime moisturizer, I would seriously consider buying it as part of the entire CellCeuticals system. The reason? I can’t tell which product it is that’s doing the most good for my skin but my skin has never looked or felt better! This moisturizer is lightweight yet extremely nourishing. I haven’t had one breakout since I started using CellCeuticals and it was during my peak hormonal time. My skin never felt greasy or shiny and it never felt dry, even around the sides of my nose where I tend to get dry skin. A little goes a long way so I imagine this lotion will last at least a couple months.

CellCeuticalsCellGenesis Regenerative Skin Treatment: “This revolutionary skin treatment encourages the regeneration of new surface cells for visibly younger skin. In just two weeks your skin looks and feels firmer and remarkably radiant, with visible lines and wrinkles dramatically diminished.” Includes patent-pending Growth Factor Peptide Cellular Complex (I may not know much but I do know peptides are GREAT for skin), which is a combination of retinol, antioxidants and lipopeptides. $80 for 1 fl. oz.

Perhaps this was the miracle worker among the three, but I have to say it delivered on everything it claimed it could do. It was a lightweight serum, and a little went a very long way. I did have an issue with the pump getting stuck on its way back up and now I can only do half a pump at a time, but that’s better for rationing this liquid gold. The funny thing was I caught myself doing a double take when looking in the mirror, thinking I had makeup on when in fact I didn’t!

My skin had an even tone, was noticeably firmer and what few wrinkles I had were about gone. To put it simply, my skin looked the healthiest it has been in very long time—and perhaps even better than it ever has! Would it be as effective on its own without the other two products? I couldn’t tell you, and I’m not willing to risk my fabulous new complexion to find out. I’ll stick with using all three for now. Will I replace the CellGenesis once I run out? At a price of $80, probably not. Yes, my skin has never looked better but $80 is a bit much for me to pay. Of course, when I’m 50 and ready to look 35, I’m sure I’ll be investing in the CellCeuticals regimen once again. It’s a lot less expensive than plastic surgery and I’m pretty sure—though I’m no expert—it gives you the exact same results!

I can honestly say CellCeuticals is by far my favorite skin care line and yes, definitely worth its weight in gold. But since I don’t have any gold bullion lying around, once I run out I’ll be switching back to my second favorite. I’m none too happy about it but what’s a girl without skin care allowance to do? Of course CellCeuticals does have a really great option for those interested in their skin care system and interested in saving 60% off the retail value. Just enroll in the CellCeuticals Skin Institute and you can get the CellCeuticals Skin Treatment Kit every 60 days for $39.95 a month. Though still a bit of an investment, believe me, you’re skin is worth it!—Emily

Belli does a body (and baby) good

January 12th, 2009

Belli skin careThis review is going to answer the age-old question, “Does stretchmark minimizing cream really work?” Actually, it’s going to also answer the questions, “Does body firming gel really firm?” and “Is there an eye cream that can make my eyes look like they got at least 6 hours of sleep?” You’d think the answer would be no because that’s a lot to live up to, but the answer is YES, YES and yes!

First, the info. Belli is a line of skin care products that “pamper and protect.” With three collections (Pregnancy, Motherhood and Baby) Belli meets the needs of each stage using the highest quality, safest formulations. For example, Belli Pregnancy is the only skin care line in the world that is teratology screened. What does this mean? It means the company has “[searched] through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5000 international journals, excluding ingredients linked to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy.” Belli Motherhood is LactMed screened so it is free of ingredients harmful during breastfeeding, and Belli Baby is screened for xenoestrogens (chemicals that can act like hormones and interfere with normal development of the reproductive system). Before Belli I didn’t even know xenoestrogens existed!

After learning about Belli’s background and philosophy I knew I would be reviewing a quality product. I felt no need to test their body washes and lotions; I was pretty sure they would live up to Belli’s reputation. (It has a great one, by the way—just Google Belli skin care.) And I’m currently not pregnant—been there, done that—so the Pregnancy line was out. That’s okay because I really, really wanted to test Belli’s Stretchmark Minimizing Cream, Body Firming Serum and Eye Brightening Cream...for purely selfish reasons of course. I have four kids, you know.

Belli skin careThe Stretchmark Minimizing Cream is supposed to “reduce stretchmark length and irregular surface area by up to 52% and stretchmark depth by up to 72%.” Now, I’m not sure the percentages and you better believe I won’t be gracing this review with before and after photos, but I do know I saw a slight difference in my stretchmarks after using this cream. I started using it in November and it took a little while for me to notice a difference, but then again I was only using it in the AM and the directions say AM and PM, so theoretically it would take about 8 weeks…which is where I’m at and where I’ve finally noticed a difference. I don’t suffer from the red type of stretchmarks but I do have those faint white lines and a few smooth, shiny type stretchmarks (TMI, I know) and this cream managed to lighten the faint white ones and tighten up and fade the other. I wasn’t a believe until week eight but now it’s a “YES” in answer to “Does stretchmark minimizing cream really work?”

Belli skin careNow for the Body Firming Serum...again, no before and after photos on this one either. Belli’s firming serum is designed to “lift and firm your breasts, buttocks and abdomen” and help “restore, repair and nourish slackened skin.” Good to know because after nursing four kids I’ve got some serious slackage going on. I applied the serum to all three areas and though I didn’t notice a big difference in the buttocks and abdomen (fortunately I don’t need too much firming in those areas) I did see a difference in my breasts…or rather, my husband did. (Okay, I did too but it’s much more fun to say he did!) I am being totally honest when I say he made a comment that let me know the Body Firming Serum was doing its job. After engorged milk ducts and gravity taking their toll I didn’t think anything would help but this stuff did—that’s a big “YES” for the “Does body firming gel really firm?” question.

Belli skin careLast but not least is Belli’s Eye Brightening Cream, which “revives and illuminates tired eyes…[and] hydrates delicate skin, lightens dark circles and minimizes the appearance of fine lines.” Really? Does it really do all that? Well, it does at least do two of the three: minimize the appearance of fine lines and hydrate the delicate skin around the eye. As for the dark circles, I’m not sure this eye cream did the trick. Of course I’m a seriously sleep-deprived mom so it didn’t have a snowball’s chance, but I have used another eye cream that did seem to help with dark circles better than Belli’s. I will say it did have a more immediate effect perking up my eyes once applied than others have, and that’s a big bonus if you’re heading out the door and need a quick pick-my-eyes-up. For me this eye cream was only a “yes” in response to the “Is there an eye cream that can make my eyes look like they got at least 6 hours of sleep?” But if you read the customer reviews you’ll find the Eye Brightening Cream was a resounding “YES” for others.

Kudos to those who’ve stayed with me this entire review. I hope it was worth it! Now, Belli’s higher price tag may make you think twice, but once you’ve thought twice, make the investment. Your body—and you—are totally worth it! My believe? A little investment now saves me a much bigger investment (i.e. surgery) later.—Emily

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Give your skin a daily dose of Vitamin C

January 8th, 2009

Avalon OrganicsIf I had the budget I’d be a skin care and makeup junkie, but since I can only support one or two habits at a time, it’s jeans and shoes for now. So I never complain when I get to test a new skin care line and today’s is one of my favorites so far. We’ve had some great ones in the past (Dr.Hauschka and NutriMinC RE9 being top on the list) but great as they are, the prices are on the higher end and the nightly regimen was a bit too much work for me. I like simple, effective and good for my skin, and that’s what I found with Avalon Organics’ Vitamin C Skin Care.

Vitamin C is known for its wonderful antioxidant properties so I love that there’s an entire line of products designed around it. This Vitamin C Skin Care uses powerful antioxidants to protect against aging caused by the sun. Along with protecting your skin, the various products nourish and hydrate, improving your complexion and bringing back that healthy glow you lost somewhere between high school and college.

The good stuff doesn’t stop there. Vitamin C Skin Care is formulated using safe, pure ingredients and are free of mineral oil, petrolatum, propylene glycol, parabens, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances. Full of antioxidants and free of glow-diminishing ingredients—sounds like something I’m going to like!

Avalon OrganicsI received the Vitamin C Refreshing Cleansing Gel, Rejuvenating Oil-Free Moisturizer and . I’ve used them for about a week and I’m totally hooked! Here’s why:

  1. The cleansing gel has a wonderful, fruity orange scent that is totally refreshing just like its name says. I’ve been using it at night but need to switch to mornings since it totally wakes up the senses. (That’s the last thing I need before heading to bed after a long day!)

  2. A little goes a long way with all three products. I only use half a pump of the cleansing gel and eye cream.

  3. The cleansing gel is amazing at removing makeup. No lather, rinse, repeat to remove those dreaded raccoon eyes. LOVE it!

  4. Though the line includes a toner I didn’t feel like my skin needed it at all. With other cleansers my skin sometimes feels tight and a toner really helps.

  5. The moisturizer can be used day or night—that means one less potion jar in my medicine cabinet. It was lightweight yet felt like it had enough substance to to be a great night cream.

  6. I liked the eye cream almost as much as Arbonne’s, and that’s saying a lot because I think Arbonne’s NutriMin RE9 eye cream is my favorite of all time!

The only negative thing I have to say, and it’s a minor one, is the eye cream dispenser doesn’t keep the cream from getting a little hard on the end. I’m not a big fan of hardened creams or lotions, and though you can eventually soften up that little blob of cream, it means extra patting and rubbing in the eye area and I’m too vain about keeping that area wrinkle free to do that. I end up wiping that part off on a tissue and using the rest. See? Not a big deal but still, I have other pump-style creams and unless I’ve gone a week or so without using them, they don’t have the same problem.

Avalon OrganicsI didn’t include the product descriptions in the review but they’re tempting enough to make you want to try the product. I’m talking statements like “fortified with the synergistic action of Vitamin C plus Lemon Bioflavonoids, Melatonin and organic White Tea to refresh and balance for healthy, radiant skin and “nourishes delicate eye area with Cocoa Butter, organic Sweet Almond, Borage and Flax oils with Vitamin C for optimal photo-aging protection plus Lemon Bioflavonoids, organic Green Tea and White Tea to defend against damaging free radicals for smoother, younger looking eyes.” See what I mean?

The prices are more than you’d pay for Aveeno but far less than you’d shell out for Shiseido. (Who wants to take out a second mortgage just to moisturize anyway?) For the pure, organic and glow-inducing ingredients you’re getting, the prices are fabulous. It’s no more than I’m paying now, so it’s pretty much a given I’ll be switching over to Avalon Organics Vitamin C Skin Care. My Avon Anew just doesn’t measure up…—Emily

***Giveaway! Avalon Organics is giving away a gift set to one lucky reader! Visit Avalon Organics’ site and leave a comment telling us another product (besides the ones mentioned above) that sounds like something you’d like to try. Please include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: January 16, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

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Jason: ‘Tis the season for cranberry!

December 2nd, 2008

With cranberries on the table and in the tummy I thought today’s review a fitting one. Jason, the “pure, natural & organic” line of skin and body care products, sent me two holiday samples: Cranberry Rejuvenating Body Scrub and Cranberry Hand & Body Lotion. Though I don’t do the turkey and cranberries thing, I was more than willing to test these two product out for our readers.

JasonThe facts: Jason’s Cranberry Hand & Body Lotion is made with cranberry oil (packed with antioxidants), aloe vera and chamomile to soothe dry skin. It is free of parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum and animal by-products. It is not tested on animals.

My take: Though this lotion did do a good job of soothing and hydrating and is free of a lot of not-so-natural ingredients, the smell was a little off. Though at first whiff it clearly smelled of cranberries, it had a second scent that was not quite as “fresh.” I’m not one of those chefs who can smell a dish and tell you the exact ingredients so I can’t tell you if it was a combination of cranberry and chamomile or if it was another of its natural ingredients. I do know it was off enough to keep me from using it again even though it was a great lotion overall.

JasonThe facts: Jason’s Rejuvenating Cranberry Body Scrub uses non-GMO corn cob combined with papaya fruit extract to exfoliate the skin. Ginkgo, cranberry and ginseng leave skin rejuvenated and moisturized. It is free of parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum and animal by-products. It is not tested on animals.

My take: Though this one had that same slightly “off” smell as the lotion, it wasn’t nearly as noticeable or bothersome. Perhaps using it in the shower and following it up with my own favorite lotion helped. It is a pretty good exfoliator though I would have liked a little more exfoliation. I do give it an A+ in moisturizing; my skin felt silky smooth without an oily residue on me or the shower floor. And for the price (about $7), it’s a very affordable way to exfoliate.

Though I didn’t love the smell of Jason’s Cranberry products (mostly the lotion), it did peak my interest enough to want to try other body care products from Jason. For a natural and organic line, the prices are well within budget. It may not be the season for cranberry but it is the season for affordable bath & body gifts!—Emily

Gabriel Couzian: Paris comes home

November 23rd, 2008

Gabriel CouzianAnd I’m not talking about the famous Hilton. I’m talking about Gabriel Couzian, a collection of specially formulated skin care products that hydrate and soothe dry, itchy, irritated skin. But this is NOT your ordinary line or even your step-above-ordinary line of skin care products. Gabriel Couzian is extraordinary, perhaps even miraculous, and has brought a bit of French science into my skin care regimen.

The Gabriel Couzian brand has been trusted by French women for over fifteen years. They seem to know how to take care of their skin—perhaps Gabriel Couzian is their secret. The products contain an exclusive oil-in-water suspension technology that seamlessly blends natural oils, rich plant proteins and pure spring water. This technology means the products immediately help protect the skin’s natural barrier, moisturizing and relieving symptoms associated with eczema, psoriasis and dryness caused by everything from aging to the environment. (You can read more about the science and Gabriel Couzian’s healing ingredients here.)

Gabriel CouzianI received Gabriel Couzian’s Washing Oil and Highly Nourishing Body Cream. The packaging wasn’t flashy but I’ve learned you do NOT judge a product by its packaging because in this case you’d be way wrong. The Washing Oil is a shower (or bath) oil that creates a “reparative and soothing” cream when mixed with water. It includes a proprietary blend of nourishing cleansing oils and pure water and the formula is a gentle alternative to soap. I was worried the Washing Oil would leave a slightly oily residue on my body and the shower floor but was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t. I did learn you need to follow the directions and massage it into wet skin without the use of a washcloth or body scrubber, and I did miss having a good lather. I’m just one for bubbles no matter how small, and the Washing Oil didn’t have any at all. But it did feel good going on and it did seem to hydrate my skin—no tight feeling after drying off…and this is Utah!

But the true star of the two, at least for me, is the Highly Nourishing Body Cream. This rich, decadent cream (sounds like a French dessert, doesn’t it?) is a miracle worker. Formulated for severely dry skin, this cortisone-free cream works immediately to inflamed skin and ease the discomfort caused by dryness, eczema or allergies. It contains olive oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax, shea butter, bisabolol Gabriel Couzian(derived from chamomile flowers), aloe vera and glycerin and somehow this combination works wonders. I applied it one morning after my shower and noticed how quickly it absorbed into my skin even though it was as thick a cream as you could pump from a bottle. It has a wonderfully light scent (I smelled my arm many times to be sure) and it truly moisturized for 24 hours and then some.

You know how you use a lotion, even a favorite like Aveeno or Eucerin, and sure, it moisturizes but you have to reapply it within a few hours especially if you’ve washed your hands a few times? You can apply Gabriel Couzian’s Highly Nourishing Body Cream once and your skin will feel as smooth as silk for a couple days. The bottle says you only need to use it a couple times a week and I believe it. I even tried it on my one-year-old’s super dry skin. She borders on eczema and nothing I’ve tried (or reviewed) has truly moisturized for an extended period of time. They’ve helped, don’t get me wrong, but I have to reapply constantly. I used the Body Cream on her after her bath the other night and her skin was happily moisturized the following evening and the evening after that. No need for more cream—now that was an amazing moment. If you don’t believe me you should read Gabriel Couzian’s testimonials page. I’m right there with them!

Now, you won’t find Gabriel Couzian at your local drugstore and the prices may not be for the faint of heart, but once I did the math I realized it really wasn’t much more than the Oil of Olay Quench body lotion I buy from Target. The Body Cream costs about $68 for 13.6 fl. oz. while the Quench lotion costs about $9 (and doesn’t have nearly the impressive list of ingredients), but I have to use the Quench lotion every day, sometimes twice a day if I take a second shower. I only need to use the Gabriel Couzian Highly Nourishing Body Cream—because it’s highly nourishing—twice a week. So I’m using about 1/5 as much, which makes it about $13. Okay, so it’s probably not college-level calculus and it may not even be legit, but to me it make sense. Why not invest a little more in something that truly works and is made of quality ingredients (and smells fabulous)? It’s so totally worth it!

Some day I hope to travel to Europe and experience all it has to offer; until then I will enjoy a little dab of French cosmetological science right in my very own home.—Emily

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Natural therapy for winterized skin

October 26th, 2008

Zia Natural Skin CareSigh…sometimes reviewing natural skincare products, especially those that cleanse, hydrate, detoxify, regenerate and repair without parabens or harsh ingredients, is the toughest part of my job. It’s right up there with reviewing Italian shoes and designer diaper bags. (And if you believe that I have some ocean-front property in Utah that would make the perfect Christmas gift.)

Reviewing Zia Natural Skincare’s new Skin Basics line was not a tough job by any means. I received their Fresh Cleansing Gel, Sea Tonic Rosewater & Aloe Toner, Everyday Moisturizer, Essential Eye Gel and Citrus Night Time Reversal. I have now used them for almost two weeks and even though I might not be the best test subject (I have normal skin with only a few fine lines and the slightest acne that hits only once a month), I can tell a difference. My skin has retained its moisture, which is saying a lot considering I live in Utah and the cold weather sucks the moisture out of everything around here, and it has a bit of a healthy glow even though my Kauai tan has already faded and gone.

Zia NaturalThe Fresh Cleansing Gel is a non-foaming cleanser (I’m still trying to get used to the non-foaming part) with mineral-rich sea algae. I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of algae but had no idea you could find them in a cleanser! The gel also has natural sugars to remove excess oil and makeup and is excellent for sensitive skin. I did find I needed to do double duty on eye makeup as it didn’t get it all off the first time around, but that happens often with other cleansers. I did just learn you can also use the Fresh Cleansing gel for shaving—now that’s a moisturizing gel if you can shave with it!

After cleansing I spritzed the Sea Tonic Rosewater & Aloe Toner, which has natural phospholipids to hydrate skin. This phospholipids actually enhance the effect of moisturizers, so you spritz and then apply your moisturizer before it dries. And if you have delicate skin the aloe vera and rosewater help soothe and heal.

In the morning I used the Everyday Moisturizer, a very lightweight and fragrance-free lotion. Rice bran oil, shea butter and aloe maintained my skin’s softness and hydration without being greasy or heavy—a good thing since my foundation tends to be on the heavier side. The sample I had did not have sunscreen, which is an extremely important feature I look for in a daily moisturizer, but Zia does offer an Everyday Moisturizer with sunscreen and I would highly recommend purchasing that one instead.

Zia Natural Skin CareAt night I used the Citrus Nighttime Reversal, an alpha hydroxy cream that is supposed to reverse roughness and environmental damage while you sleep. It uses four natural alpha-hydroxy acids to clear pores and diminish signs of aging and contains red wine, buttermilk, sugar cane and whole citrus concentrate to promote new cell production while helping minimize lines, sun spots and enlarged pores. Now that is a lot of work for a nighttime cream to do, but I do think it is what has helped give my skin its healthy glow. Even with what little sleep I’ve been getting and the stress I’ve been under, my skin looks younger than it has in a long time!

My nighttime routine ended with a little Essential Eye Gel, which uses green tea, cucumber and seaweed to help firm and hydrate while smoothing puffiness and fine lines. It also contains aloe and antioxidants to help fight damage and improve skin health. Though I found this eye gel to give my eyes an instant firming and hydrating, it didn’t seem to have the lasting overall effect like my other favorite eye creams. But it is definitely a great tool to have on hand for those morning-after eyes (or “long day working, doing laundry, cleaning and cooking and still have to look good for the company party” eyes).

Okay, it’s not really a tough job to review skincare lines like Zia. Actually, I have enjoyed it so much I’m kind of anxious to try out some of their other products like their Ultimate Eye Cream and Fresh Papaya Enzyme Mask. With freezing temps around the corner a little skin therapy sounds like a worthwhile investment!—Emily

Almond milk does a body’s dry skin good

October 9th, 2008

I have a theory that if milk does a body good from the inside out there’s a good chance it will do a body good from the outside in. To prove my theory I give you the new Almond Milk Nourishing Body Wash from Tone.

ToneThis new body wash gives your body a daily dose of moisture from real milk protein and a Vitamin A and E complex. The formula is rich and creamy and smells as good as its name implies. I know because my girls have showered with it since we got the sample. In fact, they went through it rather quickly and have asked for more—specifically Tone’s Almond Milk. They usually could care less which body wash Mom throws in the shower but they have taken to their new Tone and so Tone it will be, especially during the upcoming winter months when skin gets super dry and moisture starved.

I love that you can experience a decadent body wash without the decadent price. You can find Tone Almond Milk Nourishing Body Wash in all its fun paisley packaging at most food and drugstores nationwide for less than $4. So I guess it’s safe to say Tone’s Almond Milk does a body and a wallet good!—Emily

Arbonne helps detox your body with its SeaSource spa line

July 21st, 2008

ArbonneI originally wrote about Arbonne when I reviewed their fabulous NutriMinC RE9 skin care line. (I am still faithfully using the eye cream—my favorite!) The company’s skin care products were originally developed in Switzerland in 1975 by Petter Mørck and a group of leading biochemists, biologists and herbalists. Like I said in my previous review, I love it when science meets skin care in a successful partnership…all for my benefit! Arbonne’s SeaSource Detox Spa line is no different.

The company’s SeaSource detox products use botanical sea extracts such as spirulina, sea kelp, and sea fennel and combine them with nourishing ingredients like sunflower, safflower, hazel seed, grapeseed, and jojoba oils. You’ll also find vitamins E and F, which help your body regenerate and purify itself. The SeaSource Detox product line includes everything from a 5-in-1 Massage Oil to a Sea Mud Face and Body Mask to a Re-Mineralizing Body Lotion 24H and quite a few products in between.

These luxurious products come with a bit of a luxurious price tag (all the more reason to use the special offer below) but take into account you’re averaging 12 fl oz per bottle. Plus I highly doubt your current exfoliating body wash helps release toxins and increasing microcirculation. I’m most intrigued by the 7-Day Body Cleanse dietary supplement. Also infused with marine botanicals it claims to stimulate, strengthen and support health and beauty from the inside out by flushing out excess fluids. I could definitely use that once a month! Read the rest of this entry »

Refresh and rejuvenate with Pure & Natural

June 29th, 2008

Pure & NaturalI never shy away from trying new bath and body products, especially when they’re not only good for the body but also good for the environment. Pure & Natural’s products are just that. Created by using ingredients of 98% natural origin, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and packaged in recyclable packaging, their soaps make you feel good inside and out!

We’ve already almost used up our rosemary & mint liquid hand soap, and that’s probably because it smells so good. I think we’re all washing our hands more often than we used to, and that’s not a bad thing by any means! According to the site, rosemary is known for its cleansing and stimulating properties and mint extract is known for its cooling and refreshing effects. The combo, which also includes pure glycerin, is simply fabulous!

I’ve also been thoroughly enjoying Pure & Natural’s almond oil & cherry blossom shower gel. Also enriched with pure glycerin, almond oil is a natural emollient with excellent moisturizing properties and cherry is great at soothing the skin. My favorite thing about their shower gel is that a little, and I mean a little, goes a really long way. I know some are anti-lather, but I love loads of creamy, rich bubbles when I shower and Pure & Natural has perfected the lather. I’m anxious to try their grapefruit & pomegranate; I need all the rejuvenation I can get!

Even better than their lathering abilities is their care for the environment, and I just learned how much they truly care when I visited their site for this review. Pure & Natural doesn’t just use biodegradable products and recyclable packaging; the company also donates at least $100,000 a year to the World Wildlife Fund. They are truly nurturing the world—all the more reason to nurture yourself with their products!—Emily

You can find Pure & Natural at a including Target and Wal-Mart.

** Giveaway! Pure & Natural is giving away one of their fabulous bath & body sets! Please leave a comment with a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: July 7, 2008 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

* Congratulations to Kristin M, the winner of the Pure & Natural gift set! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

NutriMinC RE9′s proprietary ingredients combat the signs of aging

June 15th, 2008

ArbonneArbonne’s skin care products were originally developed in Switzerland in 1975 by Petter Mørck and a group of leading biochemists, biologists and herbalists. Their goal was to “provide skin care products unparalleled in quality and effectiveness,” and one of these “unparalleled” line of products is their NutriMinC RE9, which fights the effects of sun exposure and aging.

ArbonneArbonne’s proprietary RE9 is a group of nine key anti-aging elements, and though it’s a long list I wanted to include it so you would know the science behind the system:
1. Bio-Hydria® complex: Proprietary blend of seven plant nutrients that soften and condition skin.
2. Nanospheres: Infused with free-radical fighting antioxidant vitamins
3. Vitamin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: A biologically active form of vitamin C; helps support collagen, elastin and ground substance.
4. Elhibin® & Stimu-Tex®: Elhibin®, a revolutionary, plant-derived skin protectant; contributes to skin’s elasticity, softness and smoothness. Stimu-Tex®, a unique, plant-derived skin moisturizer, helps improve the appearance of the skin’s epidermal lipid layer, minimizing water loss.
5. Alpha Lipoic Acid: A powerful antioxidant that penetrates skin quickly.
6. Kojic Acid: A highly effective, natural skin lightening agent that reduces the appearance of long-term sun and environmental damage.
7. Copper: Visibly smoothes, softens and firms skin; helps reduce the appearance of fine lines while promoting younger-looking skin.
8. Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids: Activate healthy cells while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
9. Peptides: Improve skin roughness and lessen the appearance of wrinkle volume and wrinkle depth.

ArbonneI was able to try their entire line of face care products, from face wash to toner to day and night cremes. Though I found the full daily regimen included a few too many products for my taste (and time), I did notice a change in my skin. It looked a little brighter, a little tighter, and I didn’t experience any blemishes or other problems when switching to Arbonne’s NutriMinC RE9 line. Holistic is great, but I have to say I’m a bigger fan of science when it comes to skin care. My favorite product out of the group is the REpair Corrective Eye Creme. Now this baby really works! With my lack of sleep, sun exposure, and my 34th birthday around the corner I’ve tried my share of eye creams. None have worked as well as Arbonne’s REpair Corrective Eye Creme, and I love it enough to actually purchase it once my sample runs out. Now that’s saying something!

Don’t get me wrong, I thought the other products worked great as well but saw the most results from the eye cream in the 1 to 2 weeks I tested this line. I highly recommend you visit the site and do some research. The before and after photos are amazing, especially for the body care line.

ArbonneArbonne also has a line for little ones, Arbonne Baby Care (ABC). I tested their lotion (oat, shea butter and safflower oil) on our baby’s dry, sensitive skin and found it worked really well (i.e. I could apply it once and it would soften and smoothe for a couple days). The Hair & Body Wash (aloe and oat) had a nice, fresh scent and didn’t dry out her skin, while the sunscreen (SPF 30+; oat, aloe and shea butter) created a truly effective barrier from the sun even when her skin got wet.

If you’re like me and enjoy a little science with your skin care then you’ll love Arbonne’s NutriMinC RE9 product line. And if you don’t want to replace your current products all at once then be sure and get the REpair Corrective Eye Cream first. You’ll find yourself smiling while those smile lines and dark circles disappear!—Emily

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Dr.Hauschka holistic skin care reveals your inner beauty

May 5th, 2008

Dr. HauschkaBack in April I reviewed Dr.Hauschka’s holistic home remedies, and I am still a faithful uses of our Mercurialis Wound Rescue and recently discovered the healing abilities of the Apis Belladonna Sore Throat Rescue. It’s not surprising the same healing qualities that go into Dr.Hauschka’s Holistic Home Remedies can be found in their line of skin and sun care products. The concept is to “infuse the healing qualities of plant extracts into every preparation in order to stimulate the skin’s ability to find its way back to health.” So is their skin care line as effective as their holistic home remedies?

Dr. HauschkaI’ve been able to test the Everyday Matters cleansing system, which includes their Lavender Bath (soothes skin and opens pores for deep cleansing), Cleansing Cream (removes dirt and impurities; encourages gentle exfoliation) and Facial Toner (restores firmness, tightens pores and helps prevent breakouts). I also tested Dr.Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream (includes extracts of rose petal, rose hip and avocado to soothe and heal; 30 rose petals go into every tube!) and Rhythmic Night Conditioner (strengthens, renews and regulates the skin). To be totally honest, the night time ritual was a bit intense for me. Though the special “press and roll” technique used for applying Dr.Hauschka’s skin care products is holistically sound, I couldn’t help myself from doing some light circular motions while using the Cleansing Cream. And I didn’t get around to using the Lavender Bath because I was usually too exhausted to add the few drops to my cleansing water (I splash right from the tap, baby).

Dr. HauschkaBut here’s the good news (and it’s really good news): Read the rest of this entry »

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