Burt’s Bees New Sensitive Skin Collection

Introducing the latest in natural skincare from Burt’s Bees® –Natural Skin Solutions: SENSITIVE. Why treat sensitive skin with anything but gentle, natural ingredients? Burt’s Bees’ new Sensitive range of products is clinically proven to gently moisturize and cleanse without causing redness or irritation—the main symptoms associated with sensitive skin. The line is distinctly formulated with Cotton Extract to soften, Rice Extract to moisturize, and Aloe to soothe skin, so your skin is left looking and feeling healthy.

The products are:

Burt’s Bees® Sensitive Facial Cleanser ($9.99 USD) —  This soap-free cream cleanser is clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin while gently cleansing away dirt, oil and make-up without over drying or causing redness. Distinctly formulated with softening Cotton Extract to help skin replenish its outer layer and minimize the effects of potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers, it also moisturizes with Rice Extract and soothes with Aloe. Naturally gentle and skin-friendly for daily use, it’s what every sensitive product should be.

What I think:  This unscented face wash is so creamy and gentle that my face feels moisturized and not dry after cleansing.  It truly does not irritate my skin.  Great for morning and night use.

Burt’s Bees® Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream ($14.99 USD) — Clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin all day without causing redness or irritation, this nourishing day cream is formulated with softening Cotton Extract to help skin replenish its outer layer and minimize the effects of potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers. All while Rice Extract moisturizes and Aloe soothes your skin. Naturally gentle for daily use, it’s what your sensitive skin has been waiting for.

What I think:  The texture of this day cream is silky and not at all greasy.  It is so moisturizing.  I only wish it had an SPF element to it, but that may irritate sensitive skin.  Great everyday cream, though!

Burt’s Bees®Sensitive Eye Cream ($14.99 USD) — Clinically proven to moisturize the delicate eye area without causing redness or irritation, this lightweight eye cream helps reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness. Formulated with softening Cotton Extract, it helps skin replenish its outer layer and minimize the effects of potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers while Rice Extract moisturizes and Aloe soothes. Infused with White Genepi Extract, an ingredient known for its anti-inflammatory properties and Eyebright, which contains tannins that are thought to decrease inflammation. Best of all, it’s naturally gentle and skin-friendly, so you can use it every day. Giving your sensitive skin the daily care it deserves.

What I think:  Really lovely eye cream!  Super soothing and perfect for day and night.  I have extremely sensitive eyes, and this does not irritate at all.

Burt’s Bees®Sensitive Night Cream ($14.99 USD) — This rejuvenating night cream is clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin overnight without causing redness or irritation. Specifically formulated with softening Cotton Extract to help skin replenish its outer layer and minimize the effects of potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers, it also has Rice Extract to moisturize and Aloe to soothe. Naturally kind and gentle, you can use it daily. What could be more sensitive?

What I think:  This is thicker than the day cream, but is not greasy.  Very good for sensitive skin and is extremely hydrating.

To learn more, visit www.burtsbees.com.  You can purchase these products at mass market retailers.  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.


Get Your Feet Ready for Summer!

Are your feet sandal ready? It is always a shock to peel off the winter boots and fuzzy socks and see rough and ugly feet. Pedicures help, but it is always a good idea to have a great foot lotion on hand, er foot, to keep your feet looking great bare!     

Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion ($9.00 USD  3.38 oz.) — My husband loves this super-minty foot lotion. It contains peppermint oil and menthol to invigorate the feet and parsley leaf oil and witch hazel deodorize and soothe naturally. It is also enriched with botanical oils and vitamin E to moisturize rough feet. It feels refreshing on the feet, and if you love the scent of peppermint, this one is for you! Visit www.burtsbees.com to learn more and you can pick this up at drugstores and natural product stores near you.

Curel Targeted Therapy Deep Penetrating Foot Cream ($4.99 USD 3.5 oz) — This thick cream features shea butter, coconut milk, and claims to noticeably smooth and soften dry cracked skin in just two nights, significantly improving the look and feel of even the driest feet. This cream has a softer, more floral scent than the Burt’s Bees Lotion and I think it’s a bit more feminine. I have noticed a great change in my feet in the last couple of days. They are much smoother and appear less calused. Visit www.curel.com to learn more and you can purchase at a drugstore near you.
Aromafloria, a  natural, earth-friendly company creates products in a USDA Certified Organic manufacturing facility which is 100% wind powered and Green-e certified. All of their products are formulated with natural earth minerals, organic essential oils and Fair Trade Ingredients — including their For Feet’s Sake Collection. This new line is designed to instantly refresh feet with pure essential oils of Tea Tree, Peppermint and Spearmint—known for their anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties—and claims to improve circulation, reduce swollen feet, and deodorize & hydrate dry, rough feet! It’s wellness for your feet!
I tried Aromafloria For Feet’s Sake Double Action Spa Foot Scrub ($10.50 on sale for $8.40 USD) and Intense Repair Spa Foot Butter ($10.50 on sale for $8.40 USD). The scrub was very pepperminty and was invigorating as it exfoliated! Great to use right before self-tanning. The butter was very soothing and hydrating. After I scrubbed my feet in the bath, I applied the lotion and put cotton socks on my feet. The next morning my feet looked great! Visit www.aromafloria.com to purchase these amazing products!
Enjoy getting your feet into summer-ready shape!

Depth Natural Hair Care Products

Depth Hair Products

Looking for natural hair care? There are lots of different high-end formulas out there, but an affordable choice is Depth Hair Care ($9.99 USD each for shampoo and conditioner).   

This all natural hair care (they also make all natural body care) contains organic and hydrating sea minerals. They also utilize three different types of algae – red, brown and green – that enhance the hair’s ability to look healthy and dynamic. The combinations of all three botanicals delivers nourishing ingredients to the scalp to ensure ultimate hydration.   

Depth Hair Care includes:
·         Refresh Daily Shampoo – For all hair types. Keeps hair soft, healthy and nourished with a nutrient-rich blend of vitamins and sea botanicals
·         Drench Hydrating Shampoo – For dry and damaged hair: Gentle cleansers work to nourish and restore essential moisture; ideal for color treated hair
·         Immerse Daily Conditioner – For all hair types. Nutrient-rich to maintain healthy, beautiful hair without weighing it down
·         Submerse Deep Conditioner – For dry and damaged hair. This creamy conditioner provides deep nourishment and ultra-hydration for extra healthy hair   

What I thought: I have been using the Drench Hydrating Shampoo and the Immerse Daily Conditioner for a couple of weeks. The shampoo is thick and lathers very richly. The conditioner is nice, but not quite thick enough for my dry hair. They both smell fantastic and leave hair clean and soft. I think they are a good buy for being organic and natural.     

Depth Hair Care is available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, as well as Drugstore.com, and other fine health food stores or www.depthbody.com. Enjoy!

Pangea Organics Hand Soap

Pangea Organics Hand Soap


Pangea Organics Hand Soap (regular price $14.00 USD on sale for $10.50 USD) is a herbal hand soap that is foamy and fun! The soap includes organic coconut, olive, hemp and jojoba oils blended with our pure organic herbal extracts and essential oils to nourish the skin. 

This hand soap is available in the following combinations: 

Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom: The benefits of lavender are soothing, healing and tension-relieving, and the benefits of cardamom are antiseptic, cleansing and invigorating. 

Italian White Sage, Geranium and Yarrow: The benefits of geranium are cell-regenerating, toning and rejuvenating and the benefits of yarrow are anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying. 

Canadian Pine with White Sage: The benefits of pine are antiseptic and elevating yet grounding and the benefits of white sage are antioxidant, calming and healing.    

I have used the Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom and I really love the scent, it’s sweet and refreshing. It foams up wonderfully and cleans well! It also leaves skin soft, not dry. 

Visit www.pangeaorganics.com to learn more and purchase this great soap! 

Twist Organic Water

Twist Organic Water

I get sometimes get tired of drinking plain water all day long while I’m trying to get healthier. Twist Organic Water ($1.49 USD a bottle) is a refreshing drink that has only 9 calories and is not overly sweet.  

Twist comes in 4 organic flavors: Mandarin White Tea, Pomegranate Blueberry, West Indies Lime, and Mango Acai and 4 natural flavors: Marionberry, Mandarin, Peach and Lemon.   

 Visit www.drinktwist.com to find out where to find these delicious drinks!

Calm Your Senses with Buddha Nose Heart Spray

Buddha Nose Heart Spray

Buddha Nose is a certified organic body care company that believes in inspiring the mind-body-beauty connection.They use only USDA certified organic ingredients when available, and 4 of their 12 products carry the USDA organic seal. 

I love natural and organic products, so I was excited to try their Heart Spray ($24.00 USD). This is a soft floral body mist that claims to calm  emotions and nurture the spirit. Ingredients include Rose Hydrosol, distilled water and the essential oils of Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Petitgrain, Chamomile and Ylang Ylang. 

The website describes the essence of the scent as: 

” The name Heart Spray is inspired by what Yogis identify as the “Heart Center,” an area located in the center of our chest. Many who practice Yoga and Shiatsu believe the “Heart Center” is home to our emotions, our creativity and our spirit. By misting this sweet and gentle spray around your face and body, heartbreak, loss, and anxiety, drift away – making room for love and peacefulness.” 

I like to spray it on and all around me, them breathe in deeply, especially when I am working, to alleviate stress. Luckily, I work from home, but the scent is not strong or offensive in any way. It reminds me of sniffing a bouquet of fresh cut wildflowers — it’s a very natural scent.   

Visit www.buddhanose.com to learn more and to purchase this and many more natural and organic products that nurture the soul as well as make you pretty!

Kiss My Face Sheer Organic Lip Shimmers and Shines

Kiss My Face is an organic beauty company that believes that nature creates the best ingredients and that its their job to combine these natural and organic ingredients into fabulous body care.

On of their newer products are the Sheer Organic Shimmers ($4.95 USD) & Shines ($6.95 USD). These good-for-you lip colors contain natural mineral color, vitamins A&E to repair and protect lips and have a minty organic flavor. They also contain organic shea butter for protection and shine, organic cocoa butter to soothe and jojoba oil to moisturize. All are earth friendly products containing no parabens, SLS, phthalates, synthetic colors or flavors, and use of animal ingredients or testing.

My favorite of the two is the lip shimmer. This is a very sheer lip balm that has a hint of color and leaves a really pretty shimmer to the lips. It is very moisturizing and stays on my lips for a long time. The flavor is subtle, too. The lip shine is nice as well, and is not a sticky gloss which is very good. It is for when you want a lot of shine, but its minty taste is almost overwhelming.

I recommend these affordable and fun lip colors! Both products come in 6 jewel-toned shades: Opal, Pearl, Garnet, Amethyst, Topaz and Ruby. Visit www.kissmyface.com to learn more and to purchase. Enjoy!

LaNatura Natural and Organic Skin Care

It’s wonderful how the beauty industry is evolving and that there are more and more choices for women who want to use natural and organic ingredients.

LaNatura is a body, skin and hair care company that pride themselves on using ingredients that are good for us.  LaNatura’s mission is “to use only the finest and purest ingredients in their products, combining healing, mood-enhancing, and relaxing essential oils with highly active certified organic botanicals, vitamins and minerals to balance the skin’s functions, reduce stress, and promote an overall feeling of well-being.” 

Matcha Green Tea 100% Vegan Pure Body Butter ($30.00) Matcha Green Tea Leaf Powder is a powerful anti-oxidant  This product claims to be anti-aging, fighting free radicals that damage and age the skin. Contains vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids. This is a very rich body butter that smells very fresh. My skin is very smooth after use, but resist the urge to use it as a hand cream as it can be a bit greasy.

Anti-Stress Therapy roll-on ($12.00) claims to, “calm the senses while it gently restores circulation. This exceptionally soothing formula glides onto neck, temples, and pulse points to help relieve tension and everyday stresses. Infused with essential oils of basil, rosemary, eucalyptus, menthol, and peppermint, Anti-Stress Therapy is the ultimate solution for replenishing precious energy.” This smells and feels wonderful on! And I do feel calmer after using it. I recommend getting a few of these; one for the home, one for your purse, and most important — one for work! This has helped me through a few stressful work days.

My favorite of the products I have tried is the Shea Butter Lip Balm ($8.00). This extremely moisturizing balm is available in 21 flavors — there is something for everyone. I really like the Cocovanilla flavor. It is so yummy!

Visit www.lanatura.com to learn more and to purchase these products.

Be Good to Your Nails, Try Organic Priti Nail Polish

Wow, I just realized that my blog has been around for a year now! Amazing. And I am still finding great new products to review!

In the year I have been beauty blogging, I have become more aware of the natural and organic products for review. I think that the number of natural and orgainc brands and product lines will only grow in the future, which is both great for our bodies and the planet. 

I have recently discovered Priti, an organic nail and skin care company. The complete product line is non-toxic and derived of organically grown products. 

I have been wearing their nail polish ($12.50, 0.43 fl. oz.), which is contained in a bottle that is completely recyclable. The website states, “they are fast drying, chip resistant, non-yellowing, contains a UV inhibitor, and are super durable and glossy”.

I have been wearing a peacock blue color called Tulip Tree for the past week, and it is just beginning to chip, which is amazing for a nail polish. I usually touch up my polish during the week, but this week I haven’t had to. And I have had compliments on the gorgeous color, which has stayed glossy all week. This is a pretty pricy polish, but it is well worth it for the wear and for the fact that it is non-toxic and organic!  

Visit www.pritinyc.3dcartstores.com to learn more and to purchase these great polishes, which come in a large variety of colors.