Give a Little Bath and Shower Luxury This Christmas

Bath and body sets make fabulous Christmas gifts! The following are some of my favorites, but keep in mind that each company — The Body Shop, H2O Plus and Bodycology — have other fragrances and sets in various price ranges.

The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Shower Scrub & Soften Gift Set ($29.00 USD) — Description: Conjure up memories of Christmas past and treat someone special with this indulgent gift set with moisturizing Community Trade ingredients and fragrant vanilla extract.

Includes:

  • 8.4 fl oz Spiced Vanilla Shower Gel
  • 1.7 oz Spiced Vanilla Body Butter
  • 1.7 oz Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub
  • 3.5 oz Spiced Vanilla Soap
  • Octagonal card box with PET window and red ribbon

The Body Shop also has a lovely cranberry and a zesty orange fragrances for the holiday, but my favorite is the Spiced Vanilla set. This would be an affordable and very welcome gift for anyone on your list

Available at The Body Shop stores and www.thebodyshop-usa.com

Sea Salt Spa Collection ($45.00 USD) — This mineral-rich gift set features our best-selling Sea Salt spa luxuries to gently polish, purify and restore skin’s natural glow. The set features:
 
  • European sea salts draw out impurities and replenish essential nutrients, leaving skin healthy and luminous
  • Rich shea butter, jojoba and coconut oils rapidly absorb into the skin, leaving it luxuriously soft
  • Moisture-rich marine botanicals, including provide deep hydration for visibly smooth, radiant skin
  • Imparts an invigorating oceanside fragrance, infused with notes of green tea
  • Presented in custom designed gift box

Gift Includes: Sea Salt Body Wash (12.5 fl oz / 370mL), Sea Salt Skin Smoother (12 fl oz / 340g), Spa Hydrating Body Gloss (1.9 fl oz / 56mL), Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter (6 fl oz / 180mL), and hand-held wood bath brush with strap.

This scent is so fantastically addicting! It is soft and neutral so it would be good for men or women. H2O has a ton of other gift sets to choose from, too. Visit www.h2oplus.com to purchase.

Bodycology 6-Piece Gift Set(15.00 USD) :  Available in classic scents, Sweet Petals and Brown Sugar Vanilla, this deluxe gift set boats a mixture of full-size and trail size products including Bath Gel, Body Lotion, Body Cream, Body Butter, Body Mist and Hand Soap. You can purchase these at Walmart.

Enjoy!

 

Try a New Scent With Thymes Moonflower Body Wash and Lotion

Thymes creates lovely home  and personal fragrances. Their Moonflower collection is a perfect Summer-to-Fall transition scent. Plus, both products have a little sparkle in them which is perfect for hot summer nights!

Thymes describes this fragrance as:

Aromas of gilded cinnamon, clove and sugared quince sparkle on fresh myrtle leaves, while rich mahogany dances with dark amber and smooth cognac.

Thymes Moonflower Body Wash($5.50 2 oz and $18.00 9.25 oz) bathes you in the glimmer of twilight. The shimmering lather of this body wash gently hydrates your skin leaving behind a lovely glow.

  • Gold Shimmer left behind on skin
  • Moisturizing Glycerin
  • Antioxidant Vitamin E
  • Paraben Free

Thymes Moonflower Body Lotion ($5.50 2 oz and $24.00 9.25 oz) lavishes your skin with rich moisturizers and fragrance, leaving you glowing and reflecting joyous moments throughout the night.

  • Hydrating Glycerin
  • Protective Vitamin E
  • Paraben Free

What I think: While shimmery scents are a little too young for me, the fragrance is very sexy. I love the amber base, and can really pick out the cinnamon and clove. This is a nice evening scent. I also like that you can purchase these in travel sizes, which is perfect for those last summer getaways.

Visit www.thymes.com to learn more and to purchase thse products and more. Enjoy!

Update Your Summertime Bath Routine With Fresh New Products

Summer is the time for herby, fresh scents and tropical fragrances like my favorite, coconut. I love trying new bath products in the summertime — it really seems to set the mood for a relaxing season. Try a new product and scent this summer; there are some great suggestions below.  

Buddha Nose Bohdi Sugar Scrub ($28.00 USD)  — contains organic and wild crafted essential oils of cedarwood, frankincense, ho wood and juniper berry for a sultry scrub. It also boasts organic sugar, certified organic potassium cocoate, organic tapioca starch, vegetable glycerin, and citric acid powder to give natural exfoliation. To use, scoop desired amount into hand and moisten with warm water until foamy and scrub face and body, as the sugar melts and washes away. I love that this is good for the face in body. It is great in the shower as a quick scrub all over to start the day. And exfoliating is so important when self tanning! Visit www.buddhanose.com for information on this product and to purchase it.

Korres Basil Lemon Shower Gel ($19.95 for Jumbo Size 13.53 fl. oz) — This has a fresh, green citrus scent and is very invigorating. The website touts these benefits of the shower gel:

• Basil Lemon showergel is enriched with Active Aloe® that stimulates collagen and elastin to reduce the visible signs of aging.
• Wheat Proteins form a protective shield to help maintain skin’s ideal moisture level.
• Potent Vitamins C, E & Zinc enhance the natural immune system of the skin.
• New pump packaging is convenient and easy to use.

This scent is also available in a Jumbo Body Butter ($29.95 7.95 fl. oz.) and a Body Scrub ($17.00  5.07 fl. oz.)  This lovely shower gel is also 89.2% natural and all packaging components are recyclable. Check out www.korresusa.com for these products and so much more!

The Body Shop Coconut Milk Body Lotion ($16.00 USD) — This is a fun, light spray lotion that has a natural coconut scent that is made with Community Trade organic pure cold-pressed virgin coconut oil. I love that it is so light and milky and sinks into the skin instantly. No greasy lotion here! Try it with the Coconut Shower Cream ($13.00 USD) and various other coconut-scented products by The Body Shop. Visit www.thebodyshop-usa.com  for more info and to purchase.

 

Mineral Fusion Body Care

It’s rare lately for me to find new types of beauty products that I haven’t sampled. I’ve tried mineral makeup before, but never mineral bath and body care. Adhering to their slogan, “Minerals on a Mission”, Mineral Fusion has created a new bath and body line, and I was lucky to try their Mineral Body Wash and Mineral Body Lotion.

The Mineral Body  Wash contains mineral extracts plus mineral-rich clay to help absorb excess oil and remove impurities. It is infused with Vitamins A, B, C and E for added nourishment. It is available in the following three varieties as described by the Mineral Fusion website:

Earthstone: This herbaceous blend comprises rosemary and geranium with hints of patchouli and cedarwood for a clean impression. Woodsy and clean.

Sunstone: Crisp white cassis berries make this blend surprisingly fresh with a sprinkle of pink ginger and vanilla. Completely refreshing with a tiny hint of sweetness.

Waterstone: Bergamot zest and grapefruit top this clean, crisp blend with a floral body dominated by a floral accord. Bright and citrusy.

I sampled the Earthstone scent and found it very fresh. I also used it as a bubble bath and it foamed nicely!

The Body Lotion also has a blend of unique minerals that helps strengthen the skin’s natural defenses and provide natural antioxidant protection. It contains:
Vitamins, Sunflower Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Myrtle Extract and Hyaluronic Acid promote cellular renewal.
Four varieties: Earthstone, Sunstone, Waterstone and Unscented.

I tried the Unscented which is great for men or ladies who do not like fragrance in their lotion. The lotion itself is very creamy and quenches my dry skin without leaving it greasy. Very nice!

Visit www.mineralfusioncosmetics.com to learn more and you can purchase at Whole Foods.

Curel Itch Defense Skin Balancing Lotion

Curel Itch Defense Skin Balancing Lotion

Suffering from dry, itchy skin from the long winter or from something more serious like Eczema?  Curel has recently released their Itch Defense™ lotion ($7.99 USD) that was awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™. It claims to “rebalance skin in 4 ways, restoring its barrier function and ability to retain moisture, boosting moisturization and emollients to leave skin feeling protected, returning the pH balance to healthy levels and smoothing the skin’s surface to minimize dryness and flakiness.”

My skin is very dry from this winter, especially my arms and legs. A few minutes after applying Itch Defense, it feels much better. The itching and redness diminishes and after a few days, my skin is a lot less dry and flaky. My teenage daughter has eczema and has noticed an improvement in her skin as well. I highly recommend this lotion! 

www.curel.com. Also, check out the Curel Skin Advisor at http://www.curel.com/expert_skin_advice.asp to help you solve your skin issues.

on10 – Fab-Flavored Lip Balms and Lotions

On my latest visit to Sephora I discovered on10, a company that creates lip balms, body butter, lotions and candles using natural and organic ingredients. The flavors and fragrances of on10 are inspired by beverages and candies. It’s a really yummy way to moisturize! The packaging consists of retro-inspired tins and jars, which are very appealing. 

My favorite product so far is the Hershey’s Sweet Chocolate Body Butter ($10.00 USD). This product is made with coconut oil and is very thick and creamy. The fragrance is wonderful. It is a subtle chocolaty scent that is not too sweet or cloying. 

If you’re looking for a lotion with a more refreshing scent, I recommend the Schweppes Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion ($10.00 USD). This product also contains coconut oil as well as aloe. This is very nice for moisturizing after the shower, or to use as a hand lotion at work.

The Dr. Pepper Original Lip Balm SPF 15 ($9.00) is also really nice, but is a little bit sweeter. The creamy formula protects with SPF 15 and contains a coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil, and cocoa butter.

I recommend checking these out the next time you are in Sephora. The prices are reasonable and they have a large selection, especially in the lip balms. Fun!