La Fresh and its products are created to meet various needs of those who travel frequently or always on the go. Their Travel Wipes — products such as insect repellent, sunscreen, makeup removers and anti-bacterial wipes — are airport security friendly, adhering to the strict guideline regulated by TSA*.
Each product comes in a compact and sanitary single-use package. All La Fresh towelette materials are made with biodegradable cloths and natural ingredients are used whenever possible.
The latest addition to the Travel Wipes are All Natural Biodegradable Insect Repellent Towelettes ($3.99 for 6). The first thing you notice when you open one of these packets up is the fresh mint scent. It is strong, but much more pleasant than normal insect repellents. The wipes contain all natural peppermint oil, sesame oil, olive oil, castor oil,, wheat germ oil and vitamin E.
Even more pleasant than the scent, is that the product is 100% Deet-free and is still very effective. My family and I all rubbed this on the evening of the 4th of July when we did our fireworks and no one got bit (there are a lot of bugs where we live).
I also recommend the La Fresh Sunscreen towelettes SPF30 ($3.99 for 4) for a summer trip. They are pre-moistened biodegradable cloths that one applies on the skin for protection from sun damage. These have a mild sunscreen scent to them and the lotion absorbs into the skin quickly.
Visit the website at www.lafreshgroup.com to learn more about these products as well as the other great Travel Wipes that they carry.
Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare was founded in 1995, by Liz Earle and Kim Buckland. They create products that work on every skin type by harnessing the potent powers of the finest quality natural ingredients. They do not test on animals and they use organic ingredients whenever possible.
Two of the products that I absolutely love from this line are the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and the Instant Boost Skin Tonic.
The Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser ($24.50 USD 3.3 oz and two muslin cloths) is a rather unique cleanser. It contains beeswax, chamomile essential oil/extract, cocoa butter, eucalyptus essential oil, glycerin, hops extract, panthenol, and rosemary essential oil/extract. To apply, you smooth the thick cream on dry skin, then take one of the muslin cloths that come with it and soak it in hot water. Ring the cloth out and wipe off the cleanser, then splash on cold water. This feels like a spa treatment. The eucalyptus mixes with the hot water giving off an invigorating aroma. After this treatment, my skin looks so fresh and glows.
I like to follow this with the Instant Boost Skin Tonic ($21.00 USD 6.7 oz) is a lovely scented toner. The ingredients include aloe vera juice, calendula extract, chamomile essential oil/extract, cucumber extract, glycerin, hops extract, panthenol, and vitamin E. I apply this with a cotton pad all over my face, neck, and chest. It tightens and moisturizes skin in one step.
Visit the website at us.lizearle.com to learn more and to purchase these products.
Hair Rules creates hair products for different hair textures. The main 3 categories that they cater to are kinky, curly and wavy hair. My hair is naturally wavy and gets very frizzy in the summer.
That’s why Hair Rules Nourishment Leave In Conditioner ($20.00 8oz) is a great product for me. Actually it’s great for all hair types that need a little frizz control in the summer. Humidity causes frizz is because moisture in the air is attracted to dry hair which soaks it up like a sponge and then swells. If your hair is hydrated, the moisture in the air doesn’t bother it as much.
Nourishment contains extracts of honey, ginger root, lemon and gardenia and is lightweight for the springiest curls and softest waves. It also smells fantastic.
It can be used in place of regular conditioner or as an extra bit of moisture. That’s how I use it. Apply a dollop to wet or damp hair.
If your hair needs help, visit the website at www.hairrules.com.
Cosmedicine blends cosmetics and medicine in the hopes of making skin healthier. They have created products to aide with such skin conditions as oily skin and aging skin.
Medi-Matte Oil Control Lotion SPF 20 ($42.00 1.35 oz) is a great way to keep your face from looking greasy in the hot summer sun. It claims to eliminate excess oil, control shine for 8 hours and provide the hydration that oily skin needs to become balanced over time. Instead of absorbing oil and sitting on the skin, it was created to work on a molecular level to flash oil off of the skin’s surface.
Ingredients include dimethicone to bolster skin’s natural defenses, Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) to regenerate skin cells, retinol to treat lines and wrinkles and to help skin tone, vitamin C which is an antioxidant to counteract skin damage, and pomegranate extract to fight free radicals.
My skin is combination, so I have been using this in my t-zone. It is a thick, white lotion that needs to be patted on for the white to disappear. Once the white disappears, my face is smooth and matte, and my pores appear smaller.
I really recommend this for anyone with oily or combination skin. It not only keeps skin matte, it smooths the skin and I find that I need less foundation when I am wearing it.
You can purchase this product at Nordstrom, Sephora or check out their website www.cosmedicine.com for more information.
TIGI is such a fun and original hair care line. The brand is always introducing new types of products that I haven’t seen before.
I love the TIGI Rockaholic line for when I want a fun going-out look. The three products I have tried are convenient and really allow your hair to “rock out”. They are:
All Access Go Anywhere Shampoo Bar ($9.95 3.5oz) — This is a very cool invention. This bar looks like body soap, but lathers and washes like shampoo! It contains a syndal soap base, which is a mild but effective cleanser. With sage leaf extract, sandalwood oil, henna oil and vitamin E to moisturise, this is an all-in-one product. If your hair is very dry, add a leave in conditioner after you shower. The scent is spicy, but not too overpowering. This is good for men as well as women.
Need a product to keep your spikes or mohawk in place? Way Out Super Hair Glue ($15.95 5.07 oz) holds extreme looks in place without flaking. Formulated with vinyl caprolactam for hold, caffeine for volume, corn starch for structure, ginger root for body and glycerin for shine, this glue will stay in place until you remove it!
Groupie Texturizing Spray Pomade ($15.95 8.45 oz) will separate hair and texturize for sexy styles. The main ingredients are a trio of rosemary, basil and mint to create moisture and shine while keeping the style in place. The scent in invigorating as well! My 13 year old daughter has taken it from me, because she loves it so much! The girl has style!
These products are fun for everyday unique styling or night-out adventures. Visit a salon or beauty supply store near you and check out the website at http://www.tigihaircare.us/.
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 www.beaubain.com. Have a fun and beautiful 4th!