Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is a little over a week away, time to get Mom a great gift! I usually send my mom a package of beauty products for Mother’s Day and I know she loves trying something new.

Below are a few great beauty products to give that special lady on Mother’s Day.

L'Occitane Néroli and Orchidée Collector's Set
L’Occitane Néroli and Orchidée Collector’s Set

L’Occitane Néroli and Orchidée Collector’s Set (85 USD, a $113 value) — A tantalizing and lovely fragrance, Néroli & Orchidée blends the scents of two precious white flowers in a beautiful harmony. A heart of radiant neroli essence from the Mediterranean is blended with caressing white orchid absolute from Madagascar.

This set includes:
-Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette 2.5 fl.oz
-Néroli & Orchidée Shower Gel 6 fl.oz
-Néroli & Orchidée Body Milk 6 fl.oz

Available at usa.loccitane.com.

Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Gel Body Moisture
Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Gel Body Moisture

Inspired by her hometown of Provence, Laura Mercier’s new Eau Fraiche: Verbena Infusion Collection captures the crisp freshness of Verbena. Take your mom on a journey to the French countryside with one of these three refreshing formulas: Gel Body Moisture ($45 USD), Crème Body Cleanse ($30 USD), Eau de Toilette ($55 USD). 

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Aveda’s stress-fix™ Home Spa Experience
Aveda’s stress-fix™ Home Spa Experience

Aveda’s stress-fix™ Home Spa Experience ($73.50 USD) — With Mother’s Day less than two weeks away, give mom the gift she wants and needs – less stress! For under $75 pamper mom with Aveda’s stress-fix™ Home Spa Experience. The proven stress-relieving stress-fix™ aroma blends calming organic French lavender with uplifting, blues-chasing organic clary sage (a Mediterranean herb) and relaxing, mood-enhancing organic lavindin (a hybrid of true and spike lavender) for an extra-aromatic experience.

Each set includes:

  • stress-fix™ body lotion 200 ml – a richly moisturizing lotion with organic aloe, organic shea butter and organic sunflower oil designed to relax the mind and lavish skin
  • travel size stress-fix™ soaking salts 6 oz – mineral rich salts to soften skin while easing anxiety formulated with organic sugar and organic sunflower oil
  • stress-fix™ concentrate 7 ml – a potent essential oil blend that includes antioxidant vitamin E and skin conditioning organic sunflower and olive oils

The stress-fix™ Home Spa Experience gift set come pre-wrapped and ready for giving… which hopefully helps reduce your stress too!

Availability: Aveda.com

Thymes Aqua Coralline Body Scrub
Thymes Aqua Coralline Body Scrub

Thymes Aqua Coralline Body Scrub ($$22 USD): An energizing body scrub full of rich humectants and jojoba beads to hydrate and exfoliate. Mineral-rich kelp extract and sea buckthorn transform and protect, providing care and moisture for thirsty skin.

Available at www.thymes.com.

Krigler Extraordinaire Camelia 209
Krigler Extraordinaire Camelia 209

KriglerExtraordinaire Camelia 209 ($255 1.7oz, $345 3.4 oz): Created in 2009 to celebrate Krigler’s 105th anniversary, Extraordinaire Camelia 209 gathers two sorts of Camellias flowers, corsican lemon, pink peppercorn from Florida, Indian cardamom, Bourbon Vanilla, Musk de Baur, Cedar and Chinese Tea.  Camellia symbolizes excellence, pride, abnegation and modesty.

Availible at www.Krigler.com. 

 

Fresh Spring Fragrances Just in Time For Mother’s Day!

I am so happy that it is finally warming up and looking like Spring.  Now is definitely the time to start thinking about fresh, floral and fruity spring fragrances.

Not only are the below great ideas for you, but think about Mother’s Day, which is rapidly approaching!  I will have more Mother’s Day gift ideas in the coming months, but you can never start thinking about Mom’s gifts too early!

Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals
Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals

Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals ($10 USD 3.4 fl. oz. Each) — Love2Love features scratch N’ sniff packaging, which provides a retro take on the fresh floral collection. Packed with notes of fresh floral for any occasion, below are two of the four scents from the collection:

  • Fresh Rose + Peach:Juicy notes of peach nectar, lychee and fresh cassis buds. The middle notes of geranium and Bulgarian rose oil infuse innocence and femininity into the fragrance while the blend of musk and orris at the base.
  • Freesia + Violet Petals:A delicately sweet mix of peach blossom, lily petals, lavender blooms, with notes of sheer musk, heliotropine and cedarwood at the base.

Available at http://www.walmart.com

Thymes Rollerball
Thymes Rollerball

Thymes Rollerball ($19 USD .34 fl. oz) —  Thymes’s Studio Collection, launching this spring, includes SIX beautifully scented Cologne Rollerballs to easily take your favorite fragrance on the go! This studio collection includes the following six scents(the fragrance above is Aqua Coralline, my fave):

  • Aqua Coralline: Pure water lily, delicately floral white cyclamen, and crisp driftwood
  • Jade Matcha: Sweet bergamot, tangy lemongrass, spicy cardamom, Tonka bean and sugarcane
  • Kimono Rose: Satiny rose, peony, and jasmine
  • Lotus Santal: Plum wood, patchouli, and spicy clove
  • Rosewood Citron: Fresh and woody vetiver, bright citron, and sparkling grapefruit
  • Tiare Monoi: Tiare flowers, wild jasmine, delicate osmanthus and ylang

Available at www.thymes.com

Nomad Two Worlds
Nomad Two Worlds

The Nomad Two Worlds rollerball collection ($35 USD for .25 oz), is a luxury fragrance line that you can take on the go.  The rollerballs are spring-loaded and won’t leak in your bag.  The fragrances are:

  • Bijou Vert (Green Jewel) is an elegant and refreshing twist on the classic vetiver fragrance, featuring premium Haitian sourced vetiver, grapefruit, mandarin, geranium, lotus flower, black pepper, benzoin, patchouli and cedar wood.
  • Citadelle represents the strength and resilience and spirit of the Haitian people. Premium Haitian vetiver mingles with marigold, pear, bergamot, lemon, spices, amberwood, musk and cedar wood.
  • Wild Fire, inspired by the intoxicating scent of the West Australian desert is a warm, sensual fragrance combining the rich dry scent of Australian sandalwood with the creamy amber and floral notes of ylang ylang, jasmine petals, cedarwood and musk.
  • Desert Blush  was inspired by the Western Australian desert at sunset, when the red earth softens and blushes scarlet and pink just before darkness falls.

Available at www.NomadTwoWorlds.com

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit
The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit ($58 1.7 fl. oz) — An Uplifting Citrus. This invigorating blend of sparkling grapefruit, creamy cedarwood, lime, and Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits.

Master natural perfumers blend exotic essential oils with skin soothing botanicals for timeless expressions of nature that captivate the senses and nurture the skin. Infused with everything that’s good for you and absolutely nothing that’s not, LAVANILA is changing the way you spray.

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

What’s your current fave spring fragrance?

Scents For The Home and For You!

I love to change personal and home scents for seasons, occasions and even moods.  I find that the right fragrance can set the scene for romance, a cozy night in or even a fun night out on the town!

I have received samples of these scents for my honest opinion.  While they might not be for everyone as fragrance is subjective, you might find one that you love!

L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil

For your body: L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil ($36 USD): Highlight your look with Pivoine Flora Shimmering oil. With light touches on the forehead, cheeks and hair for an immediate highlighting effect. The shimmering oil will leave behind the delicate floral and green fragrance of Pivoine Flora.

What I think: This scent is a pretty, light floral that is a great transition fragrance into spring.  It is also romantic, a shimmery look for Valentine’s Day maybe…

L’Occitane products may be purchased at usa.loccitane.com

Killer Queen by Katy Perry
Killer Queen by Katy Perry

For you: Killer Queen by Katy Perry ($60 3.4 oz) — Sexy. Royal. Radiant. Killer Queen by Katy Perry is an intoxicating and charmingly playful floriental fragrance with luscious notes fit for royalty. Inspired by a Queen’s scepter, the jewel-shaped bottle portrays sexy sophistication and luxury. The rich gold crown cap showcases a custom crest capturing Katy Perry’s playful essence.

  • Top Notes: Dark Plum, Wild Berry, Bergamot
  • Middle Notes: Natural Jasmine Sambac, Rainbow Plumeria, Red Velvet Flower
  • Base Notes: Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart, Liquid Praline

What I think: A very sexy and sultry scent.  Perfect for romantic nights out and in!

Available at Macy’s and Macys.com.

 

Guess Night Eau de Toilette
Guess Night Eau de Toilette

For your man: Guess Night Eau de Toilette ($65 3.4 oz) — Confidence that owns the night… A sexy energy that can be felt the minute you walk into a room… Adrenaline created by the excitement and adventure of the night life. He doesn’t prepare for the night… he OWNS it!

  • Top notes: Hot pepper, Grapefruit, Elemi
  • Middle notes: Cedarwood, Geranium Fruit, Vetiver
  • Dry down: Black Vanilla, Parchouli, Labdanum

What I think: A spicy, sexy scent for him.  Hmm…maybe I should have made this a Valentine’s Day post?!  The fragrances so far have ben perfect for a romantic rendezvous.  This is perfect for the man who likes a spicier scent.

Available at Macy’s and Macys.com.

Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set
Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set

For your home: Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set ($18 USD) —

Mountain fresh and glowing, this scented votive candle set enhances any décor or makes an elegant hostess gift. Fills your home with  crisp, just-cut forest fragrance that evokes seasonal celebrations, holidays and the winter solstice. Sized perfectly to refill our Frasier Fir Votive Candle glass.

Fragrance Notes: Siberian fir, cedarwood, sandalwood and musk

What I think:  These candles make me think of Oregon, where I grew up!  There aren’t as many evergreen trees in Missouri, so I love lighting these.  They are especially perfect for cold winter nights.

Available at http://www.thymes.com

 

Enjoy!

 

Bath Time, Part 2

Yes, more awesome bath (or shower, if you like those) products!

Set the mood with some great colored lights, then try a new body wash, scrub, lotion or fragrance.  I believe that relaxing with fabulous products and scents is rejuvenating!

Mood Light in Renewal
Mood Light in Renewal

Lets start by setting the mood with lighting. Mood-lites ($2.98 to $6.99 at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide) come in various colors to help with moods.

“Mood-lites represent Mood-Factory’s first line of products which are based on the sense of sight, and specifically, in regards to how colors affect how we feel,” said the Chicago-based Kathryn Goetzke, President, Mood-Factory. “We initially launched an incandescent line in 2004, and in 2012 launched a 2nd generation including flood, porch, and compact fluorescent (CFL)  Mood-lites. The colors were developed using a number of color expert research, and applying their general concepts to lighting.”

What I think: I have been trying the red Passion and green Renewal Mood-Lites, please let us know and we can ship them out.  The renewal is perfect for a bath! Other uplifting hues you might want in the Mood-lites line include: Happiness (yellow); Energy (Orange); Serenity (Light Blue); Sassy (Pink); Creativity (Purple) and Tranquility (Deep Blue).

Tree Hut Almond and Honey Shea Sugar Body Scrub
Tree Hut Almond and Honey Shea Sugar Body Scrub

A body scrub is so important for keeping skin soft at bath time.  Tree Hut Almond and Honey Shea Sugar Body Scrub ($17.94 for 18 oz at www.amazon.com) — Experience an intense exfoliation with Tree Hut Sugar Scrub with the rich, sweet scent of Almond and Honey. Natural sweet Almond oil and real Honey condition damaged and neglected skin that has become unhealthy over time.

This gentle sugar scrub is infused with certified organic Shea butter, real Honey and an array of natural oils, including Evening Primrose, sweet Almond, Avocado, Macadamia Seed and Orange Oil. The real sugar grains and Almond bits will softly buff away dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smooth all day.

What I think:  This smells FANTASTIC — seriously! Yummy!  I love that it exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time.  This is a really gorgeous product.

Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash
Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash

Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash ($10 for 8oz) Bathe your skin with an everyday golden elixir! Honey is a nourishing, gentle cleanser that naturally exfoliates your skin. Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash is the perfect addition to your skin care ritual.

Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash is available in three fabulous scents, Wild Blackberry, Lemongrass Spearmint, and Tupelo Honey. All three of these amazing body washes contain royal jelly, propolis, and honey to soften, nourish, and repair your skin.

The honey based body washes are very gentle and perfect for the entire family! Savannah Bee Honey Body Washes are formulated from 100% all natural ingredients, contain no parabens or petroleum, and are never tested on animals.

What I think:  This is a new company that I have recently discovered and I am loving the products, as well as the very pretty packaging.

The body washes are thick (like honey) and soften the skin while cleansing.  Plus, they leave a soft scent on the skin.

Available at www.savannahbee.com

Thymes Fig Leaf and Cassis Body Lotion
Thymes Fig Leaf and Cassis Body Lotion

Thymes Fig Leaf and Cassis Body Lotion ($33 USD) — A daily moisturizer sparkling with the sun-ripened fragrance of Fig Leaf & Cassis. Verdant fig leaf entwines with sweet cassis, reviving mandarin oil, juniper berry and purifying cypress. Formulated with skin-supportive shea butter, nourishing squalane, humectant glycerin and protective vitamin E.

Fragrance Notes: Fig leaf, cassis, mandarin, juniper berry and cypress.

What I think: This classic Thymes scent is fresh and light.  The lotion is great for after a bath, it keeps skin very soft.

Available http://www.thymes.com

 COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer
COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer

You can finish your bath by using an allover SPF like COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer ($32 USD) — Nourish and shield your skin from the sun and environment with this antioxidant-infused, SPF 30 sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Free radical fighting organic Rose Hip delivers essential Fatty Acids, Minerals and Vitamin C. Organic Evening Primrose and Linseed Oils, rich in Omegas-3 and 6 calms, tones, hydrates and reduces redness. Patented Oleosome Technology, derived from eco-certified organic Safflower and rich in moisturizing Vitamin E, enhances sun protection and helps time-release actives, resulting in 75% less actives! Organic Shea Butter, high   in Vitamins A and F smoothes, softens and balances skin. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract stimulates, organic Cucumber Extract calms and a light Plumeria scent keeps you fresh. Crafted with 70% Certified Organic inactive ingredients.

What I think:  If you love a tropical floral scent, this sunscreen/moisturizer is for you.  It isn’t too strong, though.  SPF is so important all year round.

www.coolasuncare.com

L'Occitane Lavender Eau De Cologne
L’Occitane Lavender Eau De Cologne

Cologne is the perfect final step to keep feeling and smelling fresh after a bath or shower. L’Occitane Lavender Eau De Cologne ($52 for 10.1 fl. oz) — Brightened by the radiant freshness of citrus fruits, the Lavender Eau de Cologne has a light, breezy scent, underlined by a woody, musky base with a captivating trail.

This vibrant Cologne is a celebration of summer that captures the sunshine and brightness of Haute-Provence.

Top Notes:  Lavender P.D.O., Bergamot, Peach
Middle Notes: Freesia, Marigold
Base Notes: Benzoin, Musk

What I think:  I love this lavender fragrance.  It is so light and does not have a soapy scent that some lavender scents do.  It is very fresh and soft.

Available at www.usa.loccitane.com

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Blackberry
The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Blackberry

Or if you like a sweeter scent, try the Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Blackberry ($58 for 1.7 fl oz) — Seductively Sweet. Seduce the sense with this provocative blend of ripe blackberry, juicy raspberry, velvet iris, and warm Madagascar vanilla.  Crafted by master natural perfumers, this sexy fragrance is mouthwatering and irresistible.

What I think:  This scent is addictive, it is sweet, but not too sweet and is also a bit sexy.  Very nice!

Available at www.lavanila.com

Enjoy!

 

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide — Part 1, Bath And Body

I have been putting a Mother’s Day basket for my mom who lives in Oregon.  I love gathering beauty items that I think she will enjoy!

Since all mothers are different, I have a bunch of wonderfully scented bath and body products — I’m sure one will be perfect for your mother, grandmother, wife, girlfriend or girl friend.

Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine Collection
Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine Collection

Indulge in a fragrance that embodies ethereal beauty with the Temple Tree Jasmine collection from Thymes. The latest offering from their fragrance studio, Floral wisps layer the air with heady Temple Tree Blossoms and jamsine sambac, entwined with honeysuckle, ylang ylang and damask rose and steeped in silky coconut milk.

The following products are available, ranging in price from $5 – $33: Bar Soap, Bath Salt Envelope, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Bubble Bath, Candle, Cologne, Hand Cream, Hand Lotion, Hand Wash, Home Fragrance Mist and Sink Set.

Available at www.thymes.com

Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Beautiful Day
Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Beautiful Day
The exclusive Beautiful Day fragrance makes you feel like you’re having the perfect spring day, full of carefree, delicious moments. The scent starts with a sparkle of sun-kissed apple and finishes with a dash of wild daisies & fresh pink peonies, for a truly bright fragrance that lasts all day!
  • Top Notes: Sun-kissed Apple, Dewy Pear, Sparkling Cassis
  • Mid Notes: Wild Daisies, Lily of the Valley, Fresh Pink Peony
  • Dry Notes: White Peach, Blonde Woods, Creamy

Signature Collection Beautiful Day just launched this April. The collection includes: Eau de Toilette ($29.50), Fine Fragrance Mist ($14), Body Lotion ($11), Shower Gel ($11), Triple Moisture Body Cream ($12.50), Shimmer Mist ($14), Swirl Gel Lotion ($14), 2-in-1 Superfruit Body Scrub +Wash ($14), Travel-Size Body Lotion ($5) and Travel- Size Fine Fragrance Mist ($6)

These are available at Bath & Body Workds Stores across the nation and at www.bathandbodyworks.com.

Lavanila Fresh Vanilla Lemon The Healthy Deodorant
Lavanila Fresh Vanilla Lemon The Healthy Deodorant

Looking for a new spring scent? Search no further thanLavanila’s NEW Fresh Vanilla Lemon. Make an airy impression with this modern citrus blend of crisp lemon, fresh bamboo, lush watery fruits and pure Madagascar vanilla – sure to be the brand’s cleanest take on vanilla yet!

The Fresh Vanilla Lemon Collection Includes:

  • The Healthy Fragrance ($58): Unlike traditional fragrances, The Healthy Fragrance in Fresh Vanilla Lemon is beautifully made using pampering, natural ingredients.
  • The Healthy Deodorant ($18):A breakthrough in natural deodorants that delivers mighty protection against odor. For invigorating confidence, The Healthy Deodorant leaves behind a delicate trail of light citrus and powdery vanilla.
  • The Healthy Roller-Ball ($19):Housed in a slim, spill-proof bottle, this tote-able fragrance lets you dab on lemon goodness whenever you need a quick refresher. The perfect perfume pick-me-up!

Available at www.lavanila.com and at Sephora stores.

Tocca Hand Cream in Cleopatra
Tocca Hand Cream in Cleopatra

TOCCA has opened up the golden gates to deliver their heavenly hand scent. Introducing the new Crema da Mano Luxe, a naturally rich, perfectly scented hand cream housed in a timeless metal tube.

Capture the world in the palm of your hands with one of TOCCA’s signature fragrances and uncover your piece of heaven on earth with each of their coveted scents.

§ Be inspired by the Mediterranean withCleopatra’s grapefruit and cucumber

§ Enjoy “la dolce vita” with Stella’s Italian blood orange

§ Escape on a Corsican honeymoon withGiulietta’s pink tulip and green apple

§ Travel back in time to old-world Paris withFlorence’s bergamot and gardenia

§ Enjoy tea time in Italy with Bianca’s green tea and lemon

TOCCA Crema da Mano Luxe (4 fl oz.) retail for $20 at Bluemercury and Sephora stores nationwide and online atwww.tocca.com and www.birchbox.com.

Kneipp’s Zen10 Gift Sets
Kneipp’s Zen10 Gift Sets

Kneipp “Zen10” Bath Collection ($44 USD). Each travel size bottle is sufficient for 2 bathing experiences. This set contains the complete Herbal Assortment!

Lavender, Eucalyptus, Pure Bliss, Rosemary, Melissa, Warm Embrace, Valerian & Hops, Arnica Joint & Muscle Rescue, Juniper,Sensual Seduction.
Usage:
Fill  Tub, add Herbal Bath and mix gently. For 1-2 Baths. Water Temperature: 97-100 F/ 36-38 C. Bathing time: 15-20 minutes

Purchase at http://kneippus.com/zen-with-10.html

Laura Mercier  La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio
Laura Mercier La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio

Laura Mercier La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio ($65.00 USD) — A limited edition candle sampler that features three best-selling gourmande scents (Fresh Fig, Almond Coconut Milk and Crème de Pistache) in 2.5 glass votives, plus a convenient Portable Candle Carrier that’s great for travel. Indulge in the delicious luxury of your favorite scented candles while at home or on-the-go!

You can find these at www.lauramercier.com or in fine department stores such as Nordstrom and Macy’s.

Tocca Candelina Collection in Florence
Tocca Candelina Collection in Florence

As much as we love the sweet-smelling scent of freshly cut flowers, the blossoms aromatic effect doesn’t last long enough. Keep mom’s home feeling fragrant with a TOCCA Candelina.

The beautifully housed, travel sized candles are the perfect small indulgence that go a long way! TOCCA Candelina retail for $20 each at Barneys, Blue Mercury, Candle Delirium and online at www.tocca.com.

AHAVA Color Me Hydrated
AHAVA Color Me Hydrated

AHAVA Color Me Hydrated set ($27 USD) — Soothe cracked, dry hands, renew soles, and provide skin with all day comfort and hydration with this limited edition body care set.  It includes Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream and Mineral Foot Cream.

Available Available at AHAVAUS.com

Enjoy!

Does Your Skin Feel Dry? Change Up Your Bath and Body Products For The Fall and Winter!

I seem to use so much hand and body lotion in the Fall and Winter, I have to make sure that the products I use smell as good as they work!

I’ve chosen the following products to feature for their scents as much as their moisturizing properties.  A great scent can make you feel as good as it makes you smell!

Thymes Filigree Body Lotion

Thymes Filigree Body Lotion ($25 USD) — Back by  popular demand, this limited-edition moisturizer is luxuriously effective.  Restores natural moisture balance to help skin look and feel its best. Enriched  with conditioning shea butter, primrose and sweet almond oils and replenishing  white willow bark. Leaves the unforgettable fragrance of Filigree: clean,  lovely and enchanting. A luxurious gift for your Filigree fan.

What I think:  I have this scent in the Home Fragrance Mist ($17 USD).  It is a crazy mix of clean and spicy.  When you first spray it, you get a warm, spicy scent that morphs into a cleaner fragrance!  I want to try the above lotion next! Visit www.thymes.com to learn more and purchase!

Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy Shea Soufflé

Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy Shea Soufflé ($13.50 4oz, $20.00 8oz) — A Non-Greasy, Fast-Absorbing, Daily Moisturizer For Dry-To-Extra-Dry Skin

  • • Shea & Cocoa Butters deeply moisturize your skin so it’s super soft and smooth
  • • Coconut & Grapeseed Oils soften skin and keep moisture balanced
  • • Vitamin E is a rich moisturizing antioxidant to protect against aging

“I wanted to create a scent that could make you feel irresistible and for that special someone to notice just how irresistible you are.  This sweet and sensuous scent is a combination of tropical fruits and florals with something warm and mysterious mixed in…it’s been known to make a few champagne-and-strawberries kind of moments.”     –  Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter Founder

What I think: A tropical scent for the fall, you ask? This lovely scented cream does begin with the sweet scent of fruits — pineapple, peach, mango, and strawberry, but it finishes up with vanilla and a touch of Egyptian musk.  Very sexy and fun!  Plus the formula melts into your skin and instantly moisturizes it!  Purchase at www.carolsdaughter.com.

Gud Pearanormal Activity Hand Cream

When hands spend so much time in gloves, they can go a little stir crazy. How can you tell?They start to crack. Give your hands a reason to come out of hibernation with güd HandWash and Hand Cream. In scintillating, lush fragrances with juicy fruit notes and fresh florals, the invigorating formulas might just make you forget how frigid it is.  Formulated with güd-for-you-ingredients (not stuff like parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals), güd Hand Wash (8 fl oz for $5.00) and Hand Cream (3 oz for $8.00)give dry hands a welcome respite from the harsh effects of winter.

The available scents are Floral Cherrynova™,Orange Petalooza™, Vanilla Flame™, and Pearanormal Activity™.

What I think:  I have these in Pearanormal Activity.  The scent is fabulous!  I placed the hand wash in the kitchen.  My family and I are staying in a residence hotel while our house is fixed following a kitchen fire 6 weeks ago.  Having this great hand wash helps the hotel feel like home!

The hand cream is also nice, but it has a bit of a sticky finish so make sure to rub it in. Visit www.gudhappens.com to learn more.  You can also purchase at mass market retailers.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Body Butter

Philosophy Amazing Grace Body Butter ($28 5oz) — Embrace your beauty and femininity with amazing grace body butter. this intensely moisturizing body butter leaves skin silky smooth.

features & benefits:

  • feel amazingly clean and beautifully feminine
  • a clean floral scent
  • silky, soft skin from head to toe

What I think:  This is the current fragrance I am wearing, so I picked up the body butter for layering purposes.  But it is so thick and moisturizing — I love it! You can purchase this at Sephora, Ulta, QVC and www.philosophy.com.

Enjoy!

 

Fresh and Light Fragrances For Summer

It has been so hot in Kansas City lately.  Yesterday was almost 105 — yikes! Today has cooled (?) down to the 90’s.  In this hot weather, I love to wear fresh and light fragrances.  Below are the ones I have been using and enjoying.

Thymes Lemon Geranium Petite Cologne

Thymes Lemon Geranium Petite Cologne ($18 USD, 0.4 fl oz) — Perfumery meets botany in a lush sensory experience. Perfect  for travel, this pocket-sized perfume revitalizes your senses with freshly pulped lemon geranium, clippings of dewy muguet, honeysuckle and green armoise,  steeped in Tonka bean and tree moss. Take it wherever life takes you.  It is a fresh and citrusy scent, perfect for hot days!

Also Available in bath salts, body souffle, bubbling bath elixir, candle, body and bed mist, and shower gel.  The Garden Alchemy Collection also include the scents Rosemary Sage and Wild Angelica.

Available at www.thymes.com.

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil

Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Body Oil ($50 USD 100ml) —                              Intoxicate the senses with an exotic blend of Coconut Coprah Oil and sweet-scented Frangipani flowers. Monoi Oil is traditionally produced in harmony with nature on the beautiful coral shores of the Polynesian Islands by soaking Frangipani flowers in Coconut Oil.This exquisite treatment oil has long-lasting hydration properties to seal in moisture and leave skin silky soft. Can be used as an intensive conditioning treatment for hair and nails.

This is wonderfully scented and moisturizing.  This is for days that you want a lovely sheen on your skin with a sweet floral fragrance. Learn more at www.elemis.com.

Caswell-Massey Sea Grass Hand & Body Soap Set

Caswell-Massey Sea Grass Hand & Body Soap Set ($30 USD) — Three individually wrapped bar soaps are nestled into a gift box – perfect for hostess  gift giving. The scent will transport you to the seashore with a warm, breezy air of a relaxing summer day. Made from the freshest ingredients including a combination of citrus bouquet, sparkling notes of crisp greens, calming florals and hints of Cedar and Sandalwood.

This is a perfect fresh soap to place in by every sink in the house.  Available at CaswellMassey.com and Beauty.com

Cartier Baiser Vole

Cartier Baiser Vole ($69 USD 1 oz)  Cartier Baiser Vole is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner. An original creation from Cartier’s in-house perfumer, Baiser Volé, meaning ‘Stolen Kiss,’ is the expression of love according to Cartier. A story of pure passion told through a strikingly feminine and rare flower: the lily. Baiser Volé is a pure floral fragrance, reflecting all its perfection for the first time: fresh, floral and powdery.

I received a small sample of this in a gift with purchase.  I have been wearing it and I fear that my sample is almost out!  It is such a wonderful clean, light floral scent.  I would wear it every day if I could.

Purchase this at fine fragrance stores like Sephora.

Enjoy a new summer scent!
Notes: Lily Petals, Green Lily Leaves. Style: Fresh. Floral. Powdery.

Thymes Bergamot Vert Collection

Thymes Bergamot Vert Collection

In the fall, new scents are usually spicy and a bit stronger than the fresh scents of spring and summer.  As I am not ready to go full sultry in my fragrance,  I was happy to try the new collection by Thymes, Bergamot Vert.  This is touted as an invigorating collection that evokes the uplifting aroma of fresh Bergamot after a summer downpour in the Mediterranean. A bright, luminous scent, Bergamot Vert blends essential oils with luscious notes of sun-drenched citrus,crisp balsamic cypress, light jasmine and a whisper of musk. Like all Thymes formulations, the Bergamot Vert collection is free of parabens, SLES, SLS, propylene glycol, mineral oil, petrolatum and animal-derived ingredients.

The products in the collection are:

Body Wash ($18):Envelop your body in a bright, zesty Bergamot Vert lather, enriched with skin-smoothing glycerin, antioxidant vitamins C and E and panthenol to nourish and hydrate skin.

AHA Body Lotion ($24):Formulated with skin-smoothing AHA fruit complex, moisturizing glycerin, shea butter, and vitamin E, this rich lotion protects the skin and restores its natural resiliency.

Bubble Bath ($20):Submerge yourself in a Bergamot scented bubble bath retreat,enriched with moisturizing glycerin and antioxidant vitamins C and E help soothe and smooth your skin.

Bar Soap ($13):This rich, triple-milled bar soap combines Bergamot Vert and moisturizing glycerin to soften and condition the skin.

Liquid Hand Wash ($12):Made with panthenol and nourishing vitamins C and E, this hand wash works double duty washing away germs and moisturizing busy hands.

Hand Lotion ($14):This light, non-greasy formula scents hands with a veil of Bergamot Vert while smoothing rough spots with shea butter, antioxidant vitamin E, and ultra-hydrating glycerin.

Hand Cream ($16):Replenish over-worked hands with this deeply hydrating dose of shea butter, aloe vera and antioxidant vitamin E while Bergamot Vert leaves them freshly scented.

Cologne ($32):Enticingly bright, Bergamot Vert blends essential oils from the fruit’s cold-pressed zest with luscious notes of sun-drenched citrus and crisp balsamic cypress.

Candle ($26):Transform your home into a Mediterranean haven with this clean, paraffin-free candle and enjoy up to 60 hours of burn time.

Home Fragrance Mist ($16):Infuse your surroundings with the scent of Bergamot Vert, anytime, anywhere.

Sink Set ($30):Bergamot Hand Wash and Hand Lotion are conveniently paired in this elegant stainless steel sink-side caddy. These gentle, caring hand products replenish and restore hands.

You can purchase these fab fragrance products at www.thymes.com.  Enjoy!

Smell Sweet This Valentine’s Day With Thymes, One and Bodycology

There are so many ways to try a new fragrance. And these great choices are perfect to give or treat yourself for Valentine’s Day.

Bodycology Midnight Garden Body Cream ($4.99 USD) –For Daily Rejuvenation: Smooth over skin, giving special care to dry or rough areas such as hands, elbows, knees and heels – for softening that feels like blissful indulgence
Beneficial Ingredients: Moisturizing Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Nourishing Vitamins E & C.

Violets, lavender and rose mingle to produce a fragrance that is reminiscent of a moonlit garden. You can purchase this at Walmart.

One Lotion Massage Bar ($9.99);Blended with the finest moisturizing butters and essential oils, the calming bar instantly melts into skin to release tension and help you unwind. Just massage onto skin, concentrating on tired muscles and sore areas. Housed in an eco-friendly, recyclable tin, the Lotion Massage Bar is a loving indulgence you can feel good about. You can purchase at  Target Stores, Target.com and Walgreens.com

Thymes Offerings Love Candle ($26.00); It’s a scent evocative of a heartfelt emotion. Each time the recipient lights The Offerings Love Candle by Thymes, her home is filled with feelings of warmth. With a blend of heady tuberose, dewy jasmine, golden apricot nectar and exotic Hinoki wood, The Offerings Love Candle envelops the room with a rich, comforting aroma that burns cleanly for up to sixty hours. Housed in an opaque cream glass with subtle white starburst designs, The Offerings Love Candle makes the perfect adornment for your dresser or bedside table. And, as a unique expression of Valentine’s Day love, the inner packaging of The Offerings Love Candle can be personalized with your own inspired inscription. Simply handwrite your loving message on the inside flap of the candle’s box.

Purchase this and other great products at  www.thymes.com.

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!