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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

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!

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

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

De-Aging in Hawaii

January 22nd, 2009

PevoniaOkay, I didn’t really travel to Hawaii for this review, but I sure felt like I was there every time I applied the Papaya-Pineapple De-Aging Mist and De-Aging Body Balm from Pevonia’s Ligne Tropicale (Tropicale De-aging Line). The scent rocked my nowhere-near-tropical world!

I’ll get back to the scent in a moment. First a little bit about Pevonia’s Ligne Tropical. This powerful skin care line uses organic phyto-extracts and a revolutionary delivery system to “deliver a glorious sensory escape.” Tropical fruits and de-aging ingredients help repair, restore and rejuvenate skin. If you want to “preserve and reclaim youthfulness” this is the way to do it, at least according to Pevonia.

PevoniaI received the Tropicale De-Aging Mist and Tropicale De-Aging Body Balm in the aforementioned Papaya-Pinapple scent. Holy cow, the combo of pineapple and papaya was heaven every time I used the mist and body balm! I’m a big fan of tropical scents (except for gardenia if that’s considered tropical) and this was quite possibly the best combination I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling. I kid you not, I could not get enough of it! I kind of wish they had a perfume as well; I would definitely give it a special place in my medicine cabinet next to my bottle of So Pink from GAP.

So they smell really great, but do they really work? I can’t honestly say and this is why. The De-Aging Body Mist is supposed to give a boost of hydration and refresh skin during outdoor activities or any time of day. Aloe vera gel cools and soothes skin and chamomile calms skin. I applied it after showering—totally not when I should have done it since my skin was still fairly hydrated. Plus it’s the middle of winter in Utah and I’m not feeling the need to cool and refresh my skin. It’s cool enough! I will say it did cool my skin post shower and it felt great on my skin, but I will have to wait until the heat of summer to see if it gives that immediate boost of hydration my skin will need.

PevoniaAs for the De-Aging Body Balm, it’s mission is to smoothe the look of wrinkles on the body while repairing skin damage and brightening skin’s overall tone. It has retinol, collagen and elastin to improve texture and plump and soften fine lines along with shea butter to heal and protect skin. I’m still young enough that I don’t really have fine lines and wrinkles except for around my eyes, and this is no eye cream. I also have minimal sun damage so I wasn’t the best test subject for the Body Balm—and I didn’t feel like I could say to an older friend, “Hey, you’ve got all-over body wrinkles. Would you try this out and see if it de-ages your skin? I’ll keep my fingers crossed it works!” I will say it was a very rich and creamy lotion and though a little didn’t go a long way, it did a great job as a moisturizer.

I am intrigued by Pevonia’s De-Aging Line enough to give it a go in, say, another 20 years. Until then I’ll enjoy it as a wonderful, tropical, wish-I-were-in-Kauai early morning pick-me-up and hopefully keep my skin from aging as quickly as it normally would!—Emily

*** Giveaway Pevonia is giving away a gift set to on lucky Daily Dish reader! Visit Pevonia’s website and leave a comment telling us what other line of skin care intrigues you; include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: January 30, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Michelle H., the winner of the Pevonia 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!

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

* Promotion! Belli is offering Daily Dish readers 10% off their order. Simply enter code “BELLIVIP10” at checkout. You will also automatically become a Belli VIP member and receive a coupon for 15% off your next purchase! Offer expires October 1, 2009.

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

*** Giveaway! Gabriel Couzian is giving away one gift set to a lucky Daily Dish reader! You DON’T want to pass up this awesome giveaway! Please leave a comment telling us what other Gabriel Couzian product intrigues you; include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: December 1, 2008 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Jennifer H., the winner of the Gabriel Couzian 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!

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 »

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