Brand Review — Truly Organic

Truly Organic
Truly Organic

I was sent a package of wonderful organic beauty products for my honest review from Truly Organic. Truly Organic sends monthly bundles of the finest organic hair & body care personally curated & delivered to your door.

So how does it work?

4 items for $38.95 — Conveniently delivered right to your doorstep. Mix  and match monthly.

Make it Your Own – Choose your products and plan frequency. Update at any time.

Save up to 65% — Add up to 3 more items to your Bundle for only $7.95 each

I received a shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, black soap face bar, super face cream, a bath bomb, and a body lotion.  All of these products smell wonderful and have really natural scents.

One of my favorites is the body lotion.  The ingredients include raw coconut, acai, dragon fruit, lavender and African cucumber.  It’s so hydrating, but sinks right into my skin without feeling greasy. The bath bomb is fun to use before applying the lotion.

The shampoo and conditioner are sulfate free along with organic and natural.  That’s important for me, because I color my hair.  They also leave hair soft and silky, and smell amazing, too!

I love that you can customize your bundle each month.  That way you can try new products while continuing using your favorites.

Purchase at

Have you tried Truly Organic?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Bath and Body Products From Soaptopia, Yves Rocher, Aerin and Fresh

When you don’t know what to get the ladies in your life, try a bath and body set.  I know I love to receive these, since pampering myself is such a luxury.

There are so many different price ranges and types of bath products to give.  Below is a natural bath set, affordable bath and body products, luxe bath and candles and sugar scrubs that will leave her feeling soft:

Soaptopia Soap Day
Soaptopia Spa Day

Soaptopia Spa Day ($50.50 USD) — More relaxing than a day at the beach. What’s better than a gift certificate for a free massage? All the goodies for all-over relaxation!

Spa Day Set Includes:

(1) 6-7 ounce bar of Artisan Soap
(1) Massage Candle
(1) 16-ounce bag of Salt Soak Bath Salts
(1) Alotta Bubbles Bubble Bath

Choose from one of our flavor families —  Orange, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rozilla (Rose Geranium & Vanilla), Rose, Grapefruit, Lime & Coconut, Hippeee (Patchoulli & Cedar), Black Spruce & Lavender, and Vanilla.

These are wonderful handmade, natural bath products and smell so fresh! I love the Alotta Bubble Bath, you do get a lot of bubbles!  And the massage candle is a neat idea, once it melts down you can use it as a massage oil.  This is the perfect gift for the lady who loves natural products.

Available at

Candied Orange & Almond Holiday Collection
Candied Orange & Almond Holiday Collection

Candied Orange & Almond Holiday Collection ($20 USD) — Treat yourself or offer this pampering Candied Orange & Almond Holiday Collection that comes with a cute FREE cosmetic case. Delicious scented formulas will instantly lift holiday spirits!

This Collection includes:
– Candied Orange & Almond Liquid Hand Soap, 200 ml / 6.7 fl.oz. Pump-bottle
– Candied Orange & Almond Nourishing Lip Balm, 0.17 oz. / 4,8 g Stick
– Candied Orange & Almond Perfumed Body Lotion, 6.7 fl. oz./200 ml bottle
– Candied Orange & Almond Hand Cream, 2.5 fl. oz./75 ml tube
– Candied Orange & Almond Shower & Bath Gel, 6.7 fl. oz./200 ml bottle
– Candied Orange & Almond Exfoliating Bubble for Bath, 8.4 fl. oz. / 250 ml Bottle
– FREE Cosmetic case

I love this scent and this collection is such a great deal! You get so much for the price.  This would be an amazing teacher gift.  Yves Rocher also has other festive scents, my other favorite is Candied Orange and Cinnamon.

Purchase at

AERIN Rose de Grasse Collection
AERIN Rose de Grasse Collection

AERIN Rose de Grasse Collection — The collection includes AERIN’s creamy Rose de Grasse Body Wash to softly cleanse skin and AERIN’s rich Rose de Grasse Body Cream that drenches skin in moisture – both lightly scent the body with a delicate hint of the AERIN Rose de Grasse scent. The collection further celebrates the rose with the premier fragrance, Rose de Grasse captured in a luxurious candle. Appealing to all the senses, AERIN’s Rose de Grasse Candle transforms any room into a garden of roses.


  • Rose de Grasse Body Cream, $80
  • Rose de Grasse Body Wash, $60
  • Rose de Grasse Candle, $65

I haven’t tried this scent or collection yet, but I think it sounds amazing.  If you love rose scents, try these.  They might be perfect for your mother or mother-in-law.

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Fresh Sugar Indulgence
Fresh Sugar Indulgence

Fresh Sugar Indulgence ($54, a $75 value) — Experience the sweet sensation of head-to-toe nourishment with these bestselling formulas from the iconic Sugar Collection. Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 is a nourishing blend that moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips. Sugar Face Polish is a gentle exfoliating mask made with real brown sugar that instantly softens and smooths all skin types for a more radiant complexion. Brown Sugar Body Polish is the original, natural sugar exfoliant that combines real brown sugar crystals with precious oils for soft, radiant skin.

This set contains:
– 1 oz Sugar Face Polish
– 7 oz Brown Sugar Body Polish
– 0.15 oz Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Untinted

Any lady would love this luxurious gift!  These scrubs leave skin so soft and smell delicious.  Plus, the lip treatment leaves lip moisturized and help keep them from chapping in the cold air.

Available at Sephora and other fine beauty stores

Let me know what bath products you are giving this holiday season!

Keep Skin Hydrated This Fall With Products For Face and Body

Is your skin already feeling dry and tight?  Mine is!  The air is drier in Kansas City and I am having to use extra-moisturizing products to keep the skin on my face and body looking and feeling soft.

Below are some of my new favorites:


Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion ($18 USD) — Love your skin like never before with our fast-absorbing natural day lotion for dry skin. Infused with Clary Sage, our best anti-aging moisturizer for the daytime is clinically proven to provide intense hydration and also helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Our carefully crafted formula also helps increase skin’s ability to retain moisture, so your dry skin is left feeling soft and supple for a revitalized look.

What I think: My skin has been dry lately, even though it usually isn’t.  So I have been wanting moisturizers that give more intensive hydration.  This not only makes my skin smooth and soft, it is created with natural ingredients, so it is good

Purchase at and mass market retailers near you.

BioRepublic Sheet Masks 4 Mask Set
BioRepublic Sheet Masks 4 Mask Set

BioRepublic Sheet Masks 4 Mask Set ($18.99 for 4) — One of each BioRepublic sheet mask:

Whatever your skin is doing, this set guarantees you’ll have the best facial mask for the job.

What I think: For dry, parched skin, I love the Aloe Rescue mask when my skin gets dry — instant hydration!  But the other three are fantastic for any skin concerns you may have.

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Whish’s Coconut Milk Shave Cream with Hair Inhibitor ($24 USD) — not only acts as a rich, creamy moisturizer, but it also slows hair regrowth, allowing you to cut back on shaving when your miniskirts are packed away. All this and it’s made with natural and organic ingredients. Imagine that.

Key Ingredients & Benefits:

  • Inhibits with Chapparel Extract
  • Moisturizes with Organic Green Tea, Organic Shea Butter
  • Nourishes with Organic Jojoba, Honeysuckle Extract

Whish Rice Milk Hand Remedy ($22 USD) — refreshes and refines tired hands with alpha hydroxy & glycolic acids while reducing brown spots with mallow extract. A rich moisturizing base makes this remedy the ultimate indulgence.

Key Ingredients & Benefits:

  • Smoothes with tribehenin, ceramide 2, palmitoyl oligopeptide, organic coconut oil
  • Brightens with malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, primula veris extract, palmaria palmata
  • Exfoliates with glycolic acid, lemon and green tea AHA complex

What I think: My legs get crazy dry in the fall and winter!  It seems like I am apply lotion constantly!  So, I’m happy that the Coconut Milk Shave Cream is so hydrating, because it helps cut down on lotion use and inhibits the growth of hair!

I also use hand lotion like it’s going out of style, so the hand remedy helps!  It not only softens hands, it helps smooth hands and reduce browns spots.

Available at ULTA Beauty Stores nationwide and

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash ($27 USD) — A delicately fragranced body wash formulated with Moroccan Rose Otto Oil, one of the world’s most expensive and revered essential oils. The exquisite scent of Rose is known for its stress relieving and harmonizing properties. Winner of the InStyle best body wash award 13 years in a row.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion ($44 USD)An easily absorbed body lotion that will leave skin optimally hydrated, silky soft and lightly fragranced with roses. Deeply hydrates and replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier. Skin feels supple, smoother and softer.

What I think: First of all, these smell amazing! It is a very soft rose scent.  I wash with the body wash, then apply the lotion on damp skin, and my skin stay soft and moisturized all day!  So beautiful!

Available at

What are you using to moisturize your face and body?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Bodycology Rich and Creamy Body Wash

Bodycology Skin Softening Body Wash


 “bodycology® seeks to empower women to look and feel their best by enhancing their lives through both knowledge and high quality, personalized products that are attainable by all.”      

Bodycology is an affordable way to try some fab bath and body products this spring. I tried the new Rich & Creamy Skin-Softening Body Wash ($4.99 USD) in the Silk and Avocado Oil formula. This is a very moisturizing wash that leaves skin extra soft. And it smells refreshing, almost a little like raspberry.   

I also use it to shave my legs, because it is so creamy. I like non-foaming creams for shaving because I get a smoother shave with fewer cuts.     

The Rich and Creamy Body Wash is also available in Ultra Rich, Hydrating, Deep Cleansing, Refreshing and Nourishing.   

You can purchase these products at a drugstore near you.

New Spring Products from Jo Malone

Luxury fragrance and body care company Jo Malone has released some fab new products for spring. So go ahead and indulge!

Just launched February 1st is the Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Balm ($75.00)  The Jo Malone Vitamin E skin care collection launched over 20 years ago with the cult favorite, Vitamin E Gel, and has expanded into a collection that includes a Lip Conditioner, Nourishing Hand Treatment and Body Treatment Scrub. The Vitamin E Body Balm is a rich, concentrated cream that deeply conditions the skin with beneficial antioxidants which help fortify the skin against the damaging effects of the environment. Shea butter, cocoa butter and wheat protein all provide natural barrier repair while coconut oil brings even more powerful moisturizing benefits. I love this balm because it is so rich and thick, but after I smooth it on (even my hands) I don’t feel greasy at all. And my skin is very soft and it smells great too!  

Last fall I reviewed Jo Malone’s Vanilla & Anise cologne. I love this spicy, but fresh fragrance. Starting March 1st, Jo Malone has introduced more products in the Vanilla and Anise line– A Home Candle ($65.00 USD), Bath Oil ($60.00 USD) and Body Crème ($75.00 USD).  This scent is inspired by the floral valleys of Madagascar, blending notes of bergamot, neroli and star anise, vanilla orchid, frangipani, vetiver, white amber and a hint of clove. I have tried the bath oil and I love it. It foams just a little and imparts and rich fragrance while I’m bathing. It also moisturizes my skin without leaving a greasy feeling! 

Visit to learn more and to purchase these lux products! Enjoy!

Experience the Organic Luxury Beauty of red flower

I have recently tried a line of bath and body products called red flower. This is a cool, different sort of beauty company. The website touts:  

“red flower was founded by yael alkalay who was inspired to create a kind of beauty that is not easily bottled, one that focuses both on the internal and the external. always looking and trying to find, yael believes that true indulgence is personal and takes a lifetime. red flower’s inspiration finds its roots in yael’s cultural heritage, her grandfather was the first dermatologist in bulgaria, she descends from eight generations of turkish grand rabbis, kiev musicians and farmers from the pampas of argentina. traveling extensively to maintain family ties and traditions, she lives with deep medical, spiritual and agricultural sensitivity, rich household customs and everyday sensual moments.  the line continues to evolve and grow with over a hundred products, each with the generosity of scent, health and environmental consciousness, performance and integrity which make red flower so innovative”.

I really love the indian jasmine organic bath, body & massage oil ($18.00 USD) — This multi-purpose oil contains a blend of certified organic fruit oil, jojoba oil, jasmine flowers, jasmine sambac, tangerine, neroli and ylang- ylang. Packaged in recycled dark glass bottles, this luxurious oil is quite a treat. I like to put a few drops in my bath then rub some all over after bathing. The scent is divine! It reminds my of a jasmine bush that I had on my porch at a house  I really loved. Since jasmine blooms at night, I would go out on a warm summer day and deeply breathe in the fragrance. 

italian blood orange cleansing hair wash ($28.00 USD)  is a nice light shampoo that scents the hair with pure flower extracts, vegetable proteins and fruit oils of orange blossom, grapefruit, lime and orange rind. This is a fresh fragrance that my daughters (and myself) really loved.

Visit to learn more about these very fab bath and body products. Enjoy!

Soap and Paper Factory Creates Beautiful Bath Products

The Soap and Paper Company combines natural, handmade products with earth-friendly, beautifully designed packaging. What’s cool is that each pattern and fragrance are created together. The website states that, “each fragrance is designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit. Each pattern starts as a hand drawing often inspired by nature and finished with a modern flare.”

I sampled the fragrances and they are very natural and fresh smelling. Some of my favorites are Fig, it is deep and sexy, Orange Blossom, because it is so fresh and bright, the Green Tea, which is clean and citrusy and the spicy and sultry Geranium. 

I also tried the following products:

Solid Perfume ($18.00 USD) — Solid perfumes are so great because they contain soft scent in a great, travel-sized container. You can take it anywhere. This solid perfume contains pure jojoba and beeswax blended with fragrance and does not contain parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals. Available in Rosewood, Verbena, Orange Blossom, Green Tea, Jasmine, Gardenia and Geranium 

Shea Butter Soaps ($9.00 USD) —  This bar soap contains shea butter to soften the skin. This is great for the bath or the sink. It is available in Roland Pine, Geranium, Jasmine and Gardenia.

Check out and purchase these product and more at Enjoy!

Beau Bain Bath Bombs

Spicy Mango Bath Bomb
Spicy Mango Bath Bomb

Planning a crazy 4th of July? Want to relax before or after the fireworks? Try a soothing bath balm from Beau Bain. The name in French translates to “beautiful bath”, which is something that these bath bombs deliver. They are hand made in Portland, OR — where I used to live — and contain fine ingredients from all over the world.

Here are a few of the 24 bath bombs that you can purchase for a mere $8.00 with descriptions from the website.     

Spicy Mango Bath Bomb  — Inspired by a tropical beach paradise of luscious mangoes and exotic foliage, we blended spicy tropical fruits and finished softly with juicy peach and a faint creamy musk. A sensuous, fruity, sweet, and warming scent will transport you to a serene, sunny, lush island paradise.

Zen Pink Shea Flower Bath Bomb  –Getting its soft pink color from Australian Pink Clay, our Pink Shea Flower Zen creation is a rich floral fragrance that is both luscious and inviting, with a warming scent that will ease tensions and provoke relaxing thoughts and tranquility.

Lavender Fields Bath Bomb  — Imagine fields of bright purple and delicate mauve under a deep blue sky, take a deep breath and experience the true scent and color of Provence. A fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous and slightly fruity scent will relax your mind, body, and spirit. 

Cucumber Melon Bath Bomb — A fresh and clean scent, we blended crisp cucumber with tangy melon and finished gently with a soft touch of freshly harvested lemongrass. This sensuous, fruity, and refreshing scent has become a modern classic for men and women. Fresh cucumbers and zesty melons are undercut by freshly cut grass in this alluring signature blend

As you can see, there are many different fragrances to suit your mood.  Ireally liked the Zen Pink Shea Flower bomb, because it’s such a soft and sensuous floral, but all of the bombs I tried are wonderful. Check the whole line out at Have a fun and beautiful 4th!

Pacifica’s Bright Fragrances are Great for Summer

Pacifica is a fragrance and bath company that believes that indulgent beauty can be eco-friendly. Their products are vegan and free of sulfates, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, and propylene glycol.

I recently tried the products below, which all smell and feel fabulous. They are: 

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Wash ($18.00 16 oz) This Sephora-exclusive pampers the skin with an infusion of natural ingredients and essential oils. Its refreshing fragrance is a blend of blood orange, strawberry, raspberry, and juicy mandarin. The delectable complexity of the scent emerges layer by layer, creating a bright, sophisticated impression.

Pacifica Bali Lime Papaya Soy Candle ($16.00 5.5 oz) is made with natural and essential oils, soy wax, vibrant color, and a lead-free cotton wick. The fragrance is a blend of papaya, Kaffir lime, and sweet lime blossom. This is a very long lasting candle  will burn for approximately 100 hours.

Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom Solid Perfume ($9.00 .33 oz) is long lasting and affordable. The fragrance is a blend of lemony Litsea Cubeba, flowering Angel’s Trumpet, and fresh herbs. It smells like summer and the beach! Formulated with natural essential oils, and organic soy and coconut waxes, these cute little tins of perfume are portable and at their great prices, you can buy more than one!

To learn more and to purchase the products, visit the Sephora website at

Look to Mor Cosmetics for Luxury Bath and Body Products

Cucumber & Casaba Soap
Cucumber & Casaba Soap

 MOR Cosmetics is an Australian luxury bath and body line. The packaging is very beautiful and gives you an idea of how wonderful the products inside are!

They have many different lines to choose from. I tried the Cucumber and Casaba soap and the Lavender Periwinkle body butter From the Emporium Line.

The Cucumber and Casaba soap is very moisturizing and leaves the skin softly scented.  The notes of this fragrance are: “Fresh cut Melon and green nuances blend with White Jasmine, Muguet and Rose Petals. Under tones of Beige Woods and White Musk soften and leave an uplifting scent.”

The Lavender Periwinkle Body Butter is luxury in a jar! This has a mild lavender scent and is very thick and creamy. It is great to use after a bath or shower.

For a truly unique experience, visit the website at