Try New Natural Bath And Body Products

Natural products are everywhere these days, and I think it’s wonderful!  The fact that there are products that work so well and are organic and natural is as good for the environment as it is for us!

Below are three new (to me) brands that feel and smell amazing!  What are your favorite natural products.  Leave a comment and let me know.  Maybe I’ll try them next!

Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer
Key West Aloe Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer

Key West Aloe Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer ($27 for 16oz) — Rich and creamy, natural shea and cocoa butters give lasting moisture and hydration. Infused with sunflower, avocado, and coconut oils to replenish thirsty skin.

What I think: This is a fantastic smelling moisturizer that heals and moisturizes dry skin.  It is intensive, but it sinks right into the skin and isn’t heavy or greasy.  It is perfect for heals, elbows and other very dry areas of your body.

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L'Occitane Aromachologie Rebalancing Exfoliating Shower Gel
L’Occitane Aromachologie Rebalancing Exfoliating Shower Gel

L’Occitane Aromachologie Rebalancing Exfoliating Shower Gel ($20 USD 8.4 fl. oz.) — This exfoliating shower gel, made with purifying essential oils, helps to revive the skin. Its scent is 100% natural.  Discover the rebalancing ritual to awaken your senses and bring well-being and harmony to body and mind.

What I think:  This is a very aromatic shower gel, very herbal.  It’s really nice for exfoliating dry skin or getting skin ready for self-tanning.  It is important to exfoliate at least once a week.  This is a refreshing and natural way to do so.

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Purity of Elements Hydrating Body Wash ($22, 6.8 fl. oz) — Gently cleanses, hydrates and moisturizes skin leaving it feeling clean, soft and supple. Performance ingredients include; Vitamin E Oil to help to protect and repair while Jojoba Oil and Safflower Seed Oil nourish and condition skin

Purity of Elements Nourishing Hand Cream ($15, 3 fl. oz.) — Provides instant soothing comfort and ultra hydration leaving hands feeling delicately scented and silky soft. Performance ingredients; Aloe Vera to soothe, Vitamin E Oil to protect and repair and Licorice Root Extract to brighten and help reduce appearance of dark spots.

Purity of Elements Restorative Body Lotion ($25, 6.8 fl. oz) — Works to hydrate and nourish leaving skin feeling silky soft and smooth
Performance ingredients include: Aloe Vera to soothe, Monoi and Jojoba Oils drench skin with moisture and re-balance skin.

What I think: The scent of these products is called Santa Fe Sun, Ginger Lime and Sunflower.  It smells delicious — fruity and bright!  It is so good.  The body wash is very creamy and hydrating.  I follow it up with the body lotion which is moisturizing without being greasy. And the hand cream is light and perfect to carry in my purse.  Plus it is so good for the skin!

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miniOrganics Enriched Moisturizer ($49 USD) — This luxurious moisturizer is essential for nourishing, conditioning and supporting the skin during pregnancy, leaving it wonderfully hydrated, incredibly soft and supple. A perfect blend of the finest certified organic butters and anti-oxidant rich oils infused with miniOrganic’s unique blend of essential oils, all chosen for their regenerative, healing and restorative properties to help promote elasticity, keep pregnant skin soft and supple and assist in the reduction in the appearance of stretch marks.

miniOrganics Nourishing Body Oil ($49 USD) — A unique blend of Certified Organic, antioxidant-rich camellia tea, avocado, jojoba and rosehip oils combined with an infusion of safe essential oils, all known for their soothing, rejuvenating and restorative properties. This oil promotes elasticity and keeps pregnant skin soft and supple. It may also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

miniOrganics Infant Moisturizer ($26 USD) — The perfect all-purpose, all-natural, gentle moisturizer that helps soothe, hydrate and protect delicate young skin. A super-light, non-greasy formulation, rich in certified organic oils and infused with soothing organic lavender and calming chamomile makes it ideal for babies, young children and anyone with sensitive skin.

What I think:  This organic body care line has products that are perfect for mom and baby. My babies are older now, but I think this line is for women of all ages.  The oil smells amazing and is so hydrating.  The moisturizers are both very gentle and softly scented.  I love that since it is a brand that makes products safe for babies, I’m confident on how good it is for my skin.

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New Natural Brand Veria ID InnerDosha


Veria ID InnerDosha is a full range of natural skin, hair and body products designed to treat specific hair and skin types as defined by Ayurveda’s doshas: VATA (dry), PITTA (sensitive, combination) and KAPHA (oily).

The 11 products available for each hair/skin type are:

SKIN – Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Day Moisturizer, Night Moisturizer and Mask

HAIR – Shampoo and Conditioner

BODY – Body Wash, Body Lotion and Body Butter

FOR ALL TYPES – 5 products recommended for all skin/hair types:

Deep Conditioner, Detangler, Eye Gel, Eye Cream and Face Scrub

I was lucky to be sent some of the products to sample for my honest opinion.  Here are some of my favorites:

Clear the Surface Gentle Efoliant
Clear the Surface Gentle Efoliant

Clear the Surface Gentle Efoliant ($19 USD) — This gently effective scrub takes it easy. Ultrafine walnut powder and calming ingredients pave the way to glowing skin. It’s a complete about-face for skin needing renewal. Gentle plant exfoliants slough away imperfections and brighten skin, while nourishing oils fight off blemishes and signs of irritation. Here’s how:

  • exfoliating walnut shell powder, plus papaya and pineapple extracts.
  • anti-blemish Neem and Coleus oils.
  • calming Licorice and Comfrey.

I use this every few days and it is gentle, but so effective.  It leaves my skin very soft.  Also, it smells fantastic (as all of these products do).

Calmly Clean Body Wash (PITTA dosha)
Calmly Clean Body Wash (PITTA dosha)

Calmly Clean Body Wash (PITTA dosha) ($10 USD) —

This gentle natural body wash soothes and softens skin as sweet jasmine blooms in the shower. It washes away the conflicts for skin that runs hot and cold. A mild, sugar-based cleansing gel, it soothes sensitivity with anti-inflammatory extracts and balanced moisture. Here’s how:
  • balancing PITTA Herbal Complex—with potent Boswellia and Turmeric (irritation fighters), and Coleus oil (a blemish banisher).
  • soothing Chamomile, Comfrey and Witch Hazel extracts.
  • plant humectants Aloe, Glycerin and Panthenol (Vitamin B-5).

This softly floral scented body wash is wonderful for sensitive and all skin types.

Revive and Shine Hydrating Shampoo
Revive and Shine Hydrating Shampoo

Revive and Shine Hydrating Shampoo (VATA dosha) ($11 USD) — This gentle shampoo hydrates even the driest of hair, with traditional Amla, Sugar Cane, and Coconut extracts to replenish all that is lost. It’s a moisture infusion for thirsty VATA hair. Extra mild—thanks to a sugar-based cleanser—it’s also lightly conditioning, making hair feel both thicker and more manageable. (Plus, it’s safe for color-treated hair.) Here’s how:

  • VATA Herbal Complex —pure hydration from Coconut juice and Sugar Cane, with potent Amla (an antioxidant “super fruit”).
  • Barley protein and silica extract, to thicken hair and help curls stay curly.
  • antioxidant Green Tea extract and Vitamin E.

100% natural fragrance blend:  Organic Vanilla Oleoresin, Vanillin Natural, Ginger, Cardamom, Clove and Orange Oil Extracts and other essential oils.

This and the conditioner are super hydrating.  They also smell so yummy!  These are gentle for every day use.

Night Light Night Cream
Night Light Night Cream

Night Light Night Cream (KAPHA dosha) ($35 USD) — This weightless cream is what you need to restore the balance by night. It’s light in texture but rich in benefits, an extra, overnight boost to reduce redness and even skin tone. It’s conflict resolution for KAPHA skin: hydrating with Omega rich nutrients, but no excess oils. Banishing the red, and blemishes, with potent oils like Coleus and Neem. And keeping signs of aging at bay. Here’s how:

  • KAPHA Herbal Complex—with calming Soapnut bark, plus Neem, Coleus and Vitex oils (all foes of the bacteria that cause blemishes).
  • peptide-rich Regenerating Complex—made to keep signs of aging small.
  • light but highly hydrating Cupuacu butter and Jojoba oil.

100% natural fragrance blend: Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Vanillin Natural and other essential oils.

I love a lighter night cream.  This one is perfect for the summer because even though it does hydrate, it helps calm the skin and does not leave it greasy.  By the morning, my face is soft and glowing!

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New Body Care Releases For Fall 2011 From H2O, Burt’s Bees and Little Green

As the air turns cooler, don’t forget to take care of your skin.  Cool air equals dry skin! I have recently tried two new bath and body collections from brands that I love — H2O Plus and Burt’s Bees — plus a new children’s bath and body care line called Little Green. Here are some of the products that I love:

H2O Plus, leaders in marine-based skincare, introduces the Sea Moss Collection, a compilation of three replenishing products to perfect and protect skin from head-to-toe! Bringing ground-breaking formulas to a higher level, the Sea Moss collection
incorporates micro-fine volcanic black sand, mineral-rich red and brown algae and Irish moss ingredients that further propel H2O Plus to the forefront of sea-derived skincare innovation.

Reveal remarkably smooth and invigorated skin with the Sea Moss Black Sand Body Scrub ($18.50 USD). This volcanic scrub is powered by micro-fine black sand derived from cooled lava to gently exfoliate and soften dry, rough skin. Rare Irish moss mixes with sea salt, aloe vera and provitamin B for flawless, healthy hydration.

What I think:  This black scrub is cool to use and leaves skin so soft afterwards — it’s baby smooth!  The scent is light and fresh.  The collection also includes a body wash and body lotion.  You can purchase these at

Burt’s Bees® Honey & Shea Collection wraps the body in the warm, sweet scent of Honey, Almond and Shea.  Indulge your skin and senses with these antioxidant‐rich products for total body conditioning. With nourishing ingredients that provide essential moisture, they’ll leave your skin feeling smooth and smelling great, naturally.

Honey & Shea Conditioning Bar ($5.00 USD) Happy, nourished skin is the result of every good thing it touches. And our conditioning, French-milled bar soap starts things off right. A blend of Honey and Shea Butter creates a rich lather that gently cleans away dirt and oil to leave your skin feeling soft and silky. The rest? Smooth sailing all the way.

What I think:  This collection has such a soothing, homey scent.  The conditioning bar lathers well and smells divine!  The collection includes a body butter and a sugar scrub.  Learn more at

Something new has sprouted! Little Green, the new safe, gentle and pure hair and skin care collection for babies and kids, is a truly hypoallergenic collection of products. The paraben, sulfate and allergen free formulas are each clinically and dermatologist tested. Geared to those with sensitive skin, or for those who simply want to treat their skin sensitively, Little Green will surely become a staple in your family’s skincare routine!

This collection includes two lines — Little Green Baby and Little Green Kids.  My kids have been loving the Shampoo & Body Wash. This refreshing tear-free hair and body wash gently cleans and nourishes all in one. Key ingredients including Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E cleanse hair and skin without over drying. (Retails for $15).

What I think:  The mild fragrance is perfect for kids, plus I feel great that the products are so natural and good for my daughters.  The line includes a face and body lotion and a detangler for kids and a shampoo & body wash and a lotion for babies.  Little Green is available online at or at a salon near you.  Enjoy!

Refresh Your Skin With A Cooling Toner or Face Mist

Toners and Face Mists are fantastic ways to get your skin a little extra clean and refreshed. Place any one of the following fab products in your fridge for a bit of summer cooling! All of them offer different benefits, so be sure to find the tonic that is perfect for you!

Arctic Face Mist with Multivitamin Complex ($29.00 USD 3.99 fl. oz) — Refreshing, toning mist with a multivitamin for skin to instantly soothe and protect stressed, irritable skin. Has your frantic lifestyle led to a surge in stress-related hormones and histamines? If so, your skin may be irritated, exhausted and depleted of vital hydration and nutrients. You need relief and protection against future damage — and you need it fast.

The newly reformulated, dye-free Arctic Face Mist instantly helps calm and stabilize irritable, depleted skin with a cooling burst of natural mineral water, while fortifying it against the aging effects of free radicals and environmental stress. Powerful antioxidants and a daily dose of multivitamins for skin help energize and replenish for a radiant, healthy glow.

What I think: I always feel pampered with Skyn Iceland products, and the Arctic Face Mist is no exception. It not only feels great going on, it leaves the skin glowing, and smells lovely.  Learn more at

H2O Plus Oasis Mist ($16.50 USD 6 fl. oz.) — An energizing mist of nutritive hydration enriched with natural vitamins and minerals to replenish skin instantly.

Sea Mineral Complex™ delivers hydrating extracts of wakame, sea lettuce and sea fennel plus anti-aging extracts of himanthalia, spirulina and nori to help restore skin’s natural balance. Enriched with vitamins A, C, E and Provitamin.

What I think: This is the only mist in a can of the bunch. It sprays on pretty hard, so it’s like a blast of hydration. You’re face will be instantly moisturized and freshened! Purchase at

Zensation Deep Purifying Toner ($35.00 USD 4.2 fl. oz) — A detoxifying and revitalizing toner with tea tree oil to control misbehaving skin and for occasional spot prevention, this toner is dedicated to soothe and refresh the skin as it removes any excess of dirt, debris or cleaners residue, the mixture of essential oils of thyme, sage, lavender and mint to produce a calming, yet mildly astringent effect.

What I think: This luxury line is new to me, and I was happy to try a product from Zensation. Not a face mist, dab a bit of this toner on a cotton pad and wipe away all of the crud. I like that this is alcohol free, but will help with blemishes. Visit to learn more.

Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic with Botanical Blast  ($19.00 USD 4.06 fl. oz.) — This soothing, preservative-free tonic gently clarifies and refreshes skin that needs pampering and deep cleaning.

Preservatives have been shown to over-dry and cause further irritations to the skin. Our preservative-free, botanically rich proprietary formula offers a gentle and effective means to ensure your skin stays clear and healthful.

Botanical Blast technology is a pure, highly effective problem skin treatment using a select blend of the finest botanicals available to improve skin clarity, tone and texture. This product contains Willow Herb, a unique anti-irritant, and Jojoba Leaf, a strong and effective antioxidant.

What I think: I can really tell that this mist cleans the skin, it is so refreshing! It is a soft spray that soothes as it cleans. Visit to purchase.

Fresh Wave Will Make Your House (and Your Pet) Smell Great!

Looking for a natural way to remove odors in your home? Fresh Wave is a company that creates products that get rid of odor in a natural way.

Shake away your carpet odor away with Fresh Wave® Carpet Shake ($14.00 USD). Fresh Wave claims that this odor eliminator gets rid of food, pet, and cigarette smells. Although I’m not a smoker, I do have kids who spill food and a puppy (she’s a Great Dane so she’s like 3 puppies) and I know from carpet odor! I shook the Carpet Shake over my carpet, left on for 10 minutes and vacuumed away. Voila! Fresh smelling carpets.

And speaking of my puppy Bella, I really enjoyed bathing her with the Fresh Wave Pet Shampoo ($13.99 USD). I liked that this shampoo natural and non-toxic and it not only cleans, but deodorizes Bella’s fur. It claims to get rid of all odors, even skunk!

Visit to learn more about these and other odor eliminators.

Jonathan Product Green Rootine Dry Shampoo

Green Rootine Dry Shampoo Brush On Hair Powder

“All natural and easy to use – Green Rootine Dry Shampoo absorbs excess oil and product build-up.” –Jonathan    

Renowned hairstylist Jonathan Antin has been seen on television in many shows such as ABC’s Extreme Makeover, the E! Channel’s Fashion Emergency, Bravo’s hit series Blow Out and is currently starring on Bravo’s hit reality series Shear Genius.  He has a full line of hair care products, including a natural collection called Green Rootine.    

I have tried the Green Rootine Dry Shampoo Brush On Hair Powder ($19.00 USD .3 oz). There are tons of brands with dry shampoo on the market these days. The idea is that it will soak up oil and make your hair seem fresh, even when it hasn’t been washed for a day or two. Most  dry shampoos have squirt on nozzles or spray. The Green Rooting Dry Shampoo has a brush that is built in the bottle that dispenses the product into your hair.  The brush is very easy to use. it has open/close dial that allows you to control the amount of powder that is released.    

The website describes the products as, “a hair powder that cleanses and refreshes the hair and scalp without the use of water. Talc and aluminum hydroxide absorb oil, dirt pollutants and product build-up. Rids the scalp of impurities and will create volume at the root. The portable brush makes applying powder simple and convenient. What better way to extend the life of a blowout!”    

Another unusual feature is that is available in two shades: Light is recommended for blonde, white or gray hair and Dark for black, brown or red hair. I use the Dark for my dark brown hair and it blends in really well so you don’t notice that there’s powder in the hair.    

Visit to learn more and to purchase their great products.

Weleda Pomegranate Travel Kit

Weleda Pomegranate Travel Kit

Weleda creates all natural products from plants which are grown in Biodynamic gardens. A great way to try them is with the Pomegranate Body Care Travel Kit ($9.99 USD). This fun little kit includes body care products that are made with organic pomegranate seed oil which contains potent antioxidants that help promote skin renewal and enhance the skin’s vitality and natural radiance. 

It includes three products from Weleda’s Pomegranate Regenerating Body Care line to help with aging skin. It claims to have everything that aging skin needs to be completely renewed, revitalized and protected.   

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil 0.32 fl OZ (10ml) —  helps to protect your skin from free radicals, regulates moisture balance and supports skin renewal. 
Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream 0.3 fl OZ (10g) —  helps to prevent the formation of age spots, protects your hands from free radicals and helps promote skin renewal.
Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash 0.72 OZ (20g) — invigorates your shower routine with gentle cleansing agents and antioxidant-loaded organic pomegranate seed oil that helps renew your skin. 

I love the fresh scent of these products. I always need a hand cream and it is great to have one that I can stick in my purse! And although I don’t have age spots yet, I like to know that there is a natural hand cream that can help prevent them. I also love the creamy body wash and body oil. They are fantastic for my dry, winter skin. Plus, after using the kit for a few days, I have noticed how soft and smooth my skin is!      

Visit to learn more and to purchase the great, natural products!

Conquer Winter Skin with McBride Beauty

McBride Beauty believes in “beauty from the inside out”. This natural skincare company’s products do not contain sulfates, parabens, harsh chemicals, synthetic colors, synthetic fragrances and they do not test on animals. The founder of McBride Beauty — Bronx-born, Brooklyn-based Wini Burkeman — has a passion for balancing  purity and remedy in skincare products.

I was lucky enough to try some of McBride Beauty’s fabulous products (I do love natural beauty)! These are the items I tested: 

Soy & Coconut Cleansing Bar (2 bars for $12.00 USD) – This mild-smelling, gentle soap lathers nicely and is safe for face and body. I tried it on my face and it even took my mascara off — but still left my skin soft! The natural ingredients are Soybean Protein, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Safflower Oil, and Glycerin.

Face & Body Multi-Purpose Repair Stick ($15.00 USD) – This is formulated for the entire family including sensitive baby-soft skin. It is touted to help heal dry lips, skin abrasions, insect bites, dry patches, windburn and discomfort from harsh elements or smooth ragged cuticles and brittle split ends. I have been using this on my lips and cuticles, but I tried it on my 6-year-old daughter who gets very chapped lips, and her lips were much better in a couple of days. I felt safe putting this product on my little one — which is hard to find in beauty products! The ingredients include Neem Oil, Rosehip Oil, Shea Butter, Meadowfoam Oil and Rosemary Oil.

Face & Body Instant Rescue Balm ($25.00 USD) – This thick but non-greasy balm has the texture of a thick butter. It is “a head-to-heal deep moisturizer designed to repair dry skin on the face, elbows, hands, knees and heels. It’s key actives have also been used therapeutically to help prevent and minimize psoriasis, deep wrinkles and stretch marks. Safe enough to use on little ones with extremely dry skin too.” My teenager with eczema has tried this and likes that it doesn’t irritate her skin. I love the lavender scent and find that it helps my dry hands and feet. I like to smooth it on my feet at night and cover them with socks. In the morning, they are much smoother. Ingredients include  Organic Lavender, Aloe Leaf Juice, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Neem Oil and Rosehip Oil.

To Learn more and to purchase this fab products, visit Enjoy!

LAVANILA The Healthy Roller-Ball Gift Set

Lavanila the Healthy Mini Roller Ball Set
Lavanila the Healthy Mini Roller Ball Set

Have you began your holiday shopping yet? I know it is early, but it is time to get started so you don’t wait until last minute (like I do, sometimes)!

Many beauty companies are releasing gifts sets for the holidays. It is sometimes difficult to know what women will like, especially in perfume. A perfect idea for this is Lavanila The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Gift Set ($28.00).

Fragrances in the Lavanila Healthy Fragrance Mini Roller-Ball Gift Set include: 

Vanilla Coconut – top notes: young coconut; mid-notes: Tahitian Tiare flower; base notes: Madagascar vanilla bean

Pure Vanilla – top notes: freesia petals; mid-notes: heliotrope; base notes: Madagascar vanilla and vanilla orchid

Vanilla Grapefruit – top notes: grapefruit, bergamot, lime and orange; mid-notes: patchouli and heliotrope; base notes: Madagascar vanilla

Vanilla Lavender – top notes: Spanish lavender; mid-notes: rose absolute and violet leaf; base notes: Madagascar vanilla

These sweet 100% natural fragrances are made with the finest pure essential oils and plant botanicals and are untouched by harsh chemicals. Lavanila was the first to fuse luxury fragrance with natural science.  What’s unique about these fragrances is that they are free of chemically laden alcohol, petrochemicals and phthalates, and they include the following unusual ingredients: 

Proprietary Marine Technology:  Long-Lasting.  Breakthrough marine derived technology creates an invisible filter on the skin that locks in fragrance and potent anti-oxidants while protecting against environmental toxins.

Goji Berries: Nourishes & Protects.  An antioxidant-rich berry that is loaded with beta carotene & Vitamins C, E, B1, B2, and B6. 

Kakadu Plum:  Nourishes & Conditions.  A potent antioxidant-rich fruit with a Vitamin C concentration 500 times that of an orange

Canadian Willowherb: Calms & Soothes.  A powerful extract with incredible anti-irritant properties

This great gift is available at Sephora,, and  With each purchase of a Mini Roller-Ball Set on, Lavanila will plant 4 trees (one for each bottle) through the Nature Conservancy.


ecoTOOLS Creams Keep Hands and Feet Soft!

I love the ecoTools’s Bath and Body collection. Not only are all of the products 98% natural and paraben, phthalate and cruelty free; they also are packaged in  recyclable bottles and the ingredients are biodegradable and dermatologist, allergy and clinically tested.

I have recently tried a couple more of these products including the One Hand Helps the Other Intensive Hand Cream ($7.99). This jojoba oil formula, not only makes my dry hands incredibly soft, I think it smells fantastic! The scent is a bit strong, so if there is someone in the next cubicle to you at work who is scent sensitive — leave it at home!  

The Love Heels All Intensive Heel Cream ($7.99) is also very nice, but it is a thicker formula than the hand cream. This is very moisturizing and will help cracked winter feet. This scent is minty and also very nice. This cream contains repairing natural butters to soften dry feet and hands.

Visit to learn more and to find a store near you!