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Someone asked me recently if I would publish a list of products I use.  I was hesitant because like you, I am a work in progress and I sometimes think people expect me to have it all figured out.  I don’t, but I try. So here it goes…

Giovanni Colorflage Beautifully Blonde Shampoo: Ok this stuff isn’t nirvana when it comes to ingredients, it contains phenoxythanol and a few other questionable items but its better than a paraben, phthalate ridden shampoo and it works really well.  I spend a fortune on my toxic highlights (hey I’m vain ok? I like being blond!) and the last thing I want to do is ruin my expensive ‘do with lame shampoo.  This claims to protect from fading and enhance blonds.  So far I’m just really happy with the cleaning power and the softness.

Giovanni Organics 50:50 Balanced Conditioner: Again, not perfect but better than many.  Leaves my hair smooth and soft and works just as well as traditional conditioners.  I also like John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner but right now I can’t afford a $22 conditioner.  I love it, and when I can swing a bottle I’ll get it but let’s face it, it’s a fortune.  Giovanni is available at Target and only costs about $7-9 bucks.  I can handle that.

Tilvee  Shea Butter Bap Soap (Face):  I have very sensitive skin and mild rosacea and a dermatologist told me to use anti-bacterial Cetaphil.  Well, I’m not comfortable with the ingredients (fragrance, PEG’s and Triclosan as the anti-bacterial agent) so I set out to find a better soap that had few ingredients.  Tilvee was the winner/  I use their Shea Butter bar for dry and sensitive skin and it works great.  Plus no gross ingredients.

BAR SOAP:  Ok this is where my obsession is and it’s evident by the bar soap in my shower. I’ll just list them all. Kiss My Face Sudz C-Weed Sweet Orange and Hemp – I love citrus scents and this doesn’t disappoint. Bubble & Bee Coconut Lime Soap – another awesome one. Dr Bronner’s Lavender Bar Soap – cheap, works and available at Target, Kroger, etc.  One type of soap I don’t have right now that I love is bar soap from LuSa Organics. I like the Ylang ylang and Lavender Goats Milk Soap but they have a ton of choices for every preference.  All natural and they’re purely awesome. I love their sugar scrubs and their lip balms too… actually I love everything they make and need to place an order soon. Worth every penny.  There are tons of natural soaps to pick from – this is the easiest thing to change when going natural.

Weleda Birch Body Scrub: I got this on a whim and reviewed it but it doesn’t get much play in my shower.  It smells nice and I think if I tried it with a loofah it might work better but then its a body wash not a scrub so it gets neglected.  Read my review here.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Bamboo Body Scrub: I just reviewed this and really love it.  I’ve been using it often and I am buttery soft as a result. I love scrubs and although I don’t always have time to use them, when I do they have to be awesome.  This one is worth of my time for sure.

Next time I’ll give you the inside look at my after-shower body care and perhaps a peek into my make up bag!

A box arrived on my doorstep not long ago from a company I like called Rocky Mountain Soap Company. I was introduced to them last year when a reader asked me to review them.  I still use their body butters and went through a bottle of their gentle Tiny Tot Foaming Wash.  So when a box came that I wasn’t expecting with the Rocky Mountain logo on it I was squealing with glee.  (Products tend to evoke that kind o reaction from me). Rocky Mountain Soap Company creates really luxurious body products using the best ingredients available that are really effective.  This is definitely the case with their new line of body scrubs!

These are all natural and when I say that I really mean it.  I have used MANY body scrubs in my day.  I prefer sugar scrubs over salt scrubs because I have pretty sensitive skin and anything too abrasive is too harsh for me so I stick with sugar scrubs.. BUT their Bamboo Body Scrub is the first salt scrub I have used that wasn’t totally chunky and unpleasant.  In fact I thought it was a sugar scrub until I read the ingredients.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s body scrubs really deliver. The Bamboo Body Scrub is thick like you would want a scrub to be like and the granules are fine enough not to cause any irritation at all. I was soft and smooth and it smells great… has a lighter citrus scent.  It has shea butter to soothe and moisturize and grapefruit essential oil to refresh and combat cellulite. It’s a delightful addition to my shower arsenal. What I adore about scrubs like this is the lack of need to moisturize after a shower.

They have two other fabulous scrubs… a Blood Orange Sugar Body Scrub and a French Lavender Sugar Body Scrub hich are both equally fabulous. Rocky Mountain Soap Company has a ton of great products without the risk of icky chemical additives and preservatives.  Always paraben, chemical, PEG and phthalate free – but without losing any of the awesomeness.  Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is definitely one of my favorite companies.

GET IT: Trust me you ‘ll love them.  Pick up these scrubs or any other of their great products on their website RockyMountainSoap.com!  They have a deal going now if you order one scrub get the second scrub for 50% off!

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birchI was gifted a very generous gift certificate to SaffronRouge.com for my birthday this year.  So I went on a spree and got a bunch of products I havent tried before.  One of those was Weleda’s Birch Body Scrub.  With descriptive words like “exfoliation” and “regeneration” I decided to give it a go on my dry legs.  Let me just say that I am big on scrubs, which is weird for someone with such sensitive skin.  I love a good scrub, and usually prefer sugar scrubs to salt.  That said, I don’t mind them being a bit coarse so I feel like I’m doing something productive.

Weleda’s Birch Body Scrub falls a little short in that area.  It’s super gentle and very moisturizing, while having a really nice fresh scent.  I like the product as a body wash, not a scrub.  There isn’t enough “scrub” in there to make me feel like I’m getting anywhere so I was a little disappointed in that.  But, as a moisturizing wash this product does great.  I love the smell and I LOVE that it’s in a squeeze tube rather than a tub that you have to scoop out of.  In general I am a big Weleda fan since they use natural ingredients and are free of all the nasty junk we typically avoid.  If you have really sensitive skin this might be a great scrub for you.

Get It: You can pick it up anywhere Weleda products are sold or grab it online at SaffronRouge.com

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eminenceA friend turned me on to Eminence Organics a while back and I was able to try a few of their products.  Their lines all are free of parabens, mineral oils, petroleum and SLS and they have some really divine products.  I got a few samples their DiVine collection which included a Mimosa Body Scrub and Mimosa Body Lotion.

Let me tell you, this stuff actually smells like a real mimosa – without making you smell like a drunk.  It a light citrus champagne scent and the body cream is really luxurious.  My hands are instantly soft when I use it.  Pampering is tricky when you’re trying to go as natural as possible and these don’t make you feel like a hippy… they feel like a real spa treat.  They have other delicious scents like Cucumber Mint, Pear & Green Apple  and a Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. It’s too bad you can’t order these online or I would – but they are available at select spas!

Get It: Eminence is only available at partner spas and salons – call toll free at 1-888-747-6342 to learn of a spa near you.

A few months ago, my husband was in Boston, and stumbled across this eco-boutique. Knowing my passion for girly things and my new passion for girly things that are better for my skin, he perused and came home with a couple of products from the Aromafloria line. What, doesn’t every woman’s husband go searching for eco friendly beauty products for their wife?

He bought me the pomegranate salt glow scrub which smells heavenly. It makes me look forward to taking baths again. It’s VERY fragrant with essential oils, which I do like. I wish they also made it in a sugar scrub, because the salt does tend to dry out my skin, leaving it feeling tight. On second thought, maybe the firming qualities isn’t a bad thing. But as a general rule, salt is drying. So I use this in moderation.

Aromafloria’s products are made with organic (when possible) essential oils, as well as fair trade, when possible. They’re also free from icky preservatives and petrochemicals, making your indulgence guilt free.

Get It: You can order Aromafloria directly from their website Aromafloria.com

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Organic Coconut OilLots of organic skin and body care contains coconut derived ingredients and some contain coconut oil.  Since I have started greening my beauty routines I have become far more interested in home made spa recipes.  One ingredient I found to be particularly awesome is Organic Coconut Oil.  You can buy a jar of it in the natural foods section of the grocery store (or online) and while yes, it is great for cooking (stir fry!) it is also a really moisturizing emollient.

Coconut oil is great for dry skin… and we’ve all had our bouts of the flakiness come winter months, while some of use suffer from more persistent dryness.  A coconut oil massage before a shower or bath can do wonders for your skin.  Some recommend using it on dry hair as a “mask” to restore shiny frizz free hair.  Some of us have dry spots in areas like cuticles, elbows, knees, lips and feet.

The nice part about it is, in the jar its in a solid form and only turns to oil once warmed up with your hands. One of my peeves with some body oils is the utter mess I make applying them.  Its on the floor, on the counter and all over the bottle.  Since coconut oil is in a sold state at room temperature applying it is considerably less messy.

Something else to note is the lack of fragrance.  When I bought a jar my immediate assumption was that I’d open the jar and smell the tropical no mistaking scent of coconuts.  Not the case.  It is completely odorless when bought this way.  (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has that telltale coconut smell)

LovelyMama Moisturizing Body Scrub

  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic raw sugar (or fine)
  • 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil (orange oil works well for a day scrub)

Mix organic coconut oil, sugar and 1-2 drops of essential oil of choice (I like lavender but some people don’t so choose whatever strikes your fancy).  You can let this solidify a bit in the refrigerator if you want a solid scrub or use it as a warm oil scrub.  Scrub gently all over and rinse.

Edited to add: Lovely reader Rachael wrote in to remind us that coconut oil can also be used as a sexual lubricant!  Nice!  However not suitable for use with condoms and beware if you have any kind of coconut related allergies… that could get ugly.  Thanks Rachael!

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