Brand Review — RAD Soap Co.

Hi all!  I’m back with a sweet-smelling brand review!

RAD Soap Co. is a natural skincare line made fresh in Upstate New York and inspired by hemp beauty. Using their RAD proprietary process and main ingredient hemp with botanical extracts to create the world’s best bar of soap.

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The two soaps I have received for review are:

Moon Rock Body Bar — A Rad body bar infused with Activated Charcoal and Black Currant Oil to fight troublesome skin for a flawless complexion.

Toke Natural Body Bar — A Rad body bar infused with Hemp Seed Oil and the ultimate hippie’s scent of Sandalwood and Vanilla.

What I think: These both smell amazing!  The Moon Rock bar is great for the summer.  My skin gets oilier, and breakouts do happen on my body.  This really helps.  Plus, I love the scent!

The Toke Bar has a more natural scent — very hippie friendly!  LOL!  It’s very nice to keep in the bath as well.

RAD has also just launched their new bar soap club subscription. You can get one bar for $10, two bars for $20 and three bars for $25.  Each box also includes two mystery gifts.  You can also choose to have it delivered every one, two or three months.  And finally, you can choose your soaps.  So it’s very customizable.

Check it all out at http://www.radsoap.com


I really enjoy this brand!  What bath and body brands do you love?

The Many Uses Of Ivory

 

Ivory Bar Soap
I was lucky to receive a bar of Ivory soap complimentary to review from Ivory and Influenster as a participant in the Mom VoxBox campaign.
Have you tried Ivory Soap before?  Here is what it is and can do:
Ivory bar soap is 99.44% pure (it floats!).  Beyond using it as a body cleanser, many of Ivory’s loyal users – not to mention a few celebrities – swear by Ivory as their beauty secret. In fact, many consumers use Ivory bar soap as a facial cleanser.  It provides healthier, smoother and more even-looking skin. Also, its versatility makes it an effective laundry soap (just chip soap flakes into the washer) as well as a spot stain remover on your clothes (including delicate items). Ivory bars can even be used for a fun soap carving project with the family!
Ivory Bar Soap 10 Pack
This soap is so versatile!  I used it to wash my makeup brushes.  It got them very clean and it is so important that it is pure since I use the brushes on my face!
I also placed it in the microwave for about a minute and it foamed up.  You can then mold it or just use it to wash clothes or makeup brushes.  Super fun for the kids.
Of course it is great for washing face and body.  My daughter has eczema and it is comforting to know that the Ivory won’t irritate her skin.
Ivory Body Wash
You can also purchase Ivory Body Wash.  I have not tried it yet, but I am sure it is fabulous!
A 10-pack of Ivory bar soap retails for around  $4.49 (bath bar size) and is available at a mass market retailer near you.  The body wash is approximately $3.99.
Enjoy!

 

 

Last Minute Bath and Body Gift Sets

Here are some last-minute ideas for bath and body gifts.  They all smell fantastic (especially Blue, which is my current favorite fragrance).  Enjoy!

Avon Wonder Moon Orchid Collection ($12.99 USD) — Escape to your own exotic paradise with the seductively hypnotic scent of moon orchid, iris and calypso violet. This alluring aromatic blend turns an ordinary bath routine into a sensual luxury. Includes Body Wash (8.4 oz.) $10.99 Body Cream (8.4 oz.).  Visit www.avon.com to purchase.

MOR Essentially Delightful Sugar Rose Tiger Lily Gift Set ($22 USD) Treat yourself to everyday indulgence with this two piece Essentials Gift set. Containing a full-sized Sugar Rose Tiger Lily Soap Bar and Hand & Body Lotion, this subtle fragrance combines a subtle blend of sugary Rose, exotic Tiger Lily and ripe Tropical Fruits. The set includes a Vitamin E and Shea Butter soap and a Coconut Oil and Glycerin hand and body lotion. Purchase at www.morcosmetics.com.

Crabtree and Evelyn Heritage Soap Collection ($38 USD) — This richly coloured and distinctively patterned box opens to reveal five luxuriously lathering Triple Milled Soaps. In the tradition of 19th–century soap making, each skin-conditioning tablet is created in 30 steps and remains fragrant to the last sliver.

Contains:

  • Oatmeal & Wheatgerm Triple Milled Soap (158g)
  • Vetiver & Juniper Triple Milled Soap (158g)
  • Crabapple & Mullberry Triple Milled Soap (158g)
  • Avocado & Olive Oil Triple Milled Soap (158g)
  • Almond, Milk & Honey Triple Milled Soap (158g)

You can purchase at www.crabtree-evelyn.com or Crabtree & Evelyn stores.

H2O Blue Fragrance Collection Gift Set ($48 USD) — H2O’s latest fragrance set captures the infinite beauty of the sea. A fresh, uplifting fragrance with notes of watery peony, rosewood, nectarine and bergamot subtly scents the skin. The gift set contains Blue Eau de Toilette (1.7 oz)  and Blue Body Lotion (6 oz tube)  Purchase at www.h2oplus.com.

Becca Cosmetics Can Give You The Perfect Look For Spring and Summer

We have had a few hot days in Kansas City, which has made me long for the summer and tan skin and easy makeup. So I used an at home spray tanning system (will review soon) and broke out the bronzer and shimmery makeup! Oh, I love the fun easy look of summer makeup!

BECCA Cosmetics’ philosophy is about creating a natural, flawless look starting with amazing skin. This is the perfect philosophy when it comes to spring and summer makeup. The following products will provide an easy and pretty face.

Resurfacing Primer Line & Pore Minimizing Formula ($40.00 USD) — Prepare and seal your skin with this invisible Resurfacing Primer which instantly reduces the appearance of dilated pores and smoothes fine lines for a flawless finish. Applied on its own or under foundation, the velvety matte formulation helps to control unwanted shine with its special oil absorbing polymers which act as ‘fillers’ to create a refined base for makeup that will last all day.

What I think: mattifying primer is perfect for hot and oily skin. It also keeps your makeup from melting off of your face.  This primer gives skin a velvety finish and helps makeup stay on all day.

Pressed Shimmer Powder ($38.00 USD) — A delicately fine shimmer powder that lights up the complexion, illuminating darkened areas and lackluster skin and creating a magical glow that seems to emanate from within. Contains ultrafine particles of shimmer (mica) to deflect light and illuminate the skin, creating a natural, radiant look. Does not have a glittery finish and thus can be worn day or night.

What I think: Pretty shimmer, and not too young for women who are a bit more mature and not looking for a glittery face.  Available in 8 shades from a beigey-peach to a rose-pink, which is the most I’ve seen in an illuminating powder. The deeper shades make a really pretty blush. Brush it over bronzer for a lovely summer look.

Jewel Dust ($24.00 USD) — These exquisitely embellished powders add playful colour to the eyes when worn alone, and create rich, exotic tones when layered over neutral eye shadows. Available in a range of enchanting colours from ethereal pastels to dazzling metallics. Created from pure pigments which provide the highest luster and intensity.  Unlike other shimmer powders, this exclusive formulation does not contain talc, fillers, or inferior silver pearl pigments. Can be worn alone or layered over creme and powder eye colour to create unique tones and range of effects. Micro fine shimmer pigments adds illuminating colour to the eyes. Available in 16 shimmery shades.

What I think: This is super pretty for summer. The lighter shades are gorgeous brushed all over the eye and the deeper and brighter shades can be used for an accent or a smoky eye.

Professional Brush Soap ($15.00 USD) — Designed with your prized makeup brushes in mind, this unique Professional Brush Soap is formulated to clean, condition and sanitize, lengthening the lifespan of your brushes and making them work better for you. In a unique vintage-style shaving tin, this soap is designed for all brush shapes and sizes and works on both natural and synthetic fibers.

Unlike shampoo, which is designed for human hair types and can leave brushes limp or brittle, this special soap is universal in its cleansing properties. Its solid formula is made from nourishing plant oils ensuring that it is gentle on brush fibers while tough on product build-up.  Unwashed, brushes can be a common breeding ground for bacteria, which can in turn cause skin irritation and blemishes, along with reduced application performance. Dip the brush in lukewarm water, then with a stroking action, move across the soap until it produces a white lather, working well into the bristles. Rinse under the tap until the water runs clear, squeeze out excess water, reshape, then leave to dry on a clean towel.

What I think: This is a fabulous and affordable cleanser for your brushes. It is so important to keep makeup brushes clean and this is easy and quick. Love it!

Visit www.beccacosmetics.com to learn more and to purchase. Enjoy!

Kiss My Face Olive Bar Multipacks Big Deal!

For centuries the people of the Mediterranean have recognized the benefits of Olive Oil to nourish and moisturize the skin.  Bob MacLeod and Steve Byckiewicz, founders of Kiss My Face, recognized these benefits back in the early 1980’s and began selling their first product, olive soap imported from Greece.  Today, this unique cleansing and softening bar remains as simple and pure as a soap can be.  Long lasting and made from the purest natural ingredients, the Kiss My Face Olive Oil Bar Soaps are suitable for all skin types.
 
For a limited time only, Kiss My Face is offering its Mediterranean miracle olive oil bar soaps in multipacks.  You can purchase two 4 oz bars and get two free or buy two 8 oz bars and get one free. 

Key Features:

  • Each bar contains 86% pure olive oil harvested from sun drenched Mediterranean olive orchards
  • Soap works to heal eczema, acne and psoriasis
  • 4 oz Multipacks are available in Olive & Aloe, Pure Olive Oil, Olive & Honey and Olive & Lavender
  • The 8 oz Multipacks are available in Olive & Chamomile, Olive & Green Tea, Olive & Lavender, Olive & Aloe and Pure Olive Oil

My Favorites are the Olive & Honey and Olive & Green Tea because they smell fantastic, but all of the bars really soften the skin and last a super long time!
 
The Kiss My Face Olive Oil Bar Multipacks are available for $5.99 (4 oz) and $7.99 (8 oz) at KissMyFace.com.

Find a New Fragrance For Your Hair, Body and Home For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great time to try new fragrances for your body, hair and home to set the mood for romance and to make yourself feel sexy.

NEST Fragrances Bar Soaps ($16.00 USD) — These lightly scented French-milled soaps contain shea butter and almond oil to create a rich, luxurious lather while and nourishing the skin with antioxidant vitamin E. Available in: Moss & Mint, Bamboo, Moroccan Amber, Orange Blossom, Wasabi Pear, and Grapefruit. I tried the Orange Blossom and I loved it. This is a flowery, romantic scent that is perfect for this season! Purchase at Neiman Marcus or online at neimanmarcus.com

Designed for dry and frizzy hair, the LOVE Smoothing Shampoo ($22.00 USD) uses prickly pear extract to provide intense moisture to hair and scalp.  Rice Proteins create a protective layer on the hair and Olive Oil acts as an emollient while Indian Fig Extract heals hair cuticles, leaving hair manageable. LOVE Smoothing Conditioner ($25.00 USD) works to replenish both hair and scalp, restoring heat-damaged hair with Vitamin E, moisturizing with rice bran wax and nourishing hair and scalp with borage oil. The blend of moisturizers and silicones leaves hair soft, silky and manageable and loved. The fig scent is fantastic, too. Visit www.davines.com for salon locations.

The Bath and Body Works Black Currant Vanilla Massage Oil ($16.00 USD)  — This sexy oil is fragranced with at combination Black Currant and Vanilla.  Vanilla Absolute soothes and calms to instill feelings of comfort. The soothing oil blend contains Sunflower Oil, rich in the antioxidant Vitamin E, to moisturize skin and help keep it young looking. Massage into freshly cleansed skin or add to warm running bath water for the ultimate relaxing bath. Visit www.bathandbodyworks.com to learn more and to purchase.

Designed to evoke over 19 different moods, emotions and locales from around the world, the moment you inhale one of TOCCA’s Candle ($36.00 USD) fragrances, you are instantly transformed to a place far beyond your current reality. Available in 26 fragrances ($36 each). I love the Bianca Candle. With notes of green tea, lemon and a dash of sugar, Bianca leaves you sitting seaside in Italy, enjoying life and sipping tea. Approximate burn time: 60 hours. Visit www.tocca.com or www.sephora.com to purchase.

Enjoy the romance!

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!

 

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 www.morcosmetics.com.