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I have known about Juice Beauty for a long time and have tried one or two products in the past.  It’s been a while though and they have some new things on the market.  Juice Beauty provided me with a couple of samples of their organic skin care and I’d like to share with you my experiences with them.  Juice Beauty has a range of products that cater to every skin type.  My skin type tends to lean toward sensitive and even though I could use some anti aging help, I am always skeptical of using anything for fear that I might irritate my skin.

The first product I tested out was their SPF 30 Mineral Light Moisturizer.  This is a great alternative to chemical sunscreens and provides a little coverage as well.  It’s pretty sheer, so it doesn’t hide everything but it has enough of a tint to be a great base for your make up.  It utilizes Titanium Dioxide to provide SPF coverage and doesn’t have any whiteness to it.  It blends well and isn’t too heavy.  I have to use it sparingly because too much makes me look a little shiny. I think I might prefer the Sheer version personally but this is a good tinted moisturizer with the added benefit of SPF for those looking.

I also tested out their Cleansing Milk.  Traditionally I used to be the type of person who thought foam = clean.  When I learned that foaming action meant chemicals I changed my tune.  I thought I wouldn’t like a “milk” for washing my face but I actually love it.  It’s super gentle and leaves me feeling clean and moisturized.  Paired with a baby washcloth this cleanser really does a good job at removing my mineral make up.  The use of this product has actually improved the appearance of my mild rosacea and has softened my skin.

What I love about Juice Beauty is they use organic ingredients and cater to a wide variety of skin types and problems.  What I don’t love is that while they use organic ingredients, they still use some ingredients that send up a flag for us Greenies.  Phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol are among some of the ingredients lists.  Depending on how strict you are with your products, this may or may not be an issue.  They are free of he biggies like phthalates, parabens and PEG’s though.  A few of their products are actually USDA Certified Organic.  As far as organic beauty products go this is a decent option – just read labels carefully if you have concerns with some of the ingredients.

EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not all of the products they carry are in the Skin Deep database but they vary in score from a 1-3 which is pretty low.  To give you an idea, their Organic Facial Wash scores a 2.

Where to Buy: You can find Juice Beauty products at Sephora or direct from their website JuiceBeauty.com

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For as long as LovelyMama has been around, people have been asking us for a safer facial moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30.   And at the time, the most of the recommendations were to wear an SPF of 15.  Well, John Masters Organics realizes that just isn’t enough (something all of us realized a long time ago).   I have been having some laser treatments on my face for age spots.   And people, I’m only 35.  So while I totally am in the age gracefully camp, I’m not going down that early. Not without a fight.   Because of the costly procedures, my esthetician has been badgering me that I now have to wear an SPF of at least 30, on my face, every single day.   At first, I was like, yeah yeah.  I’ve long gone on about not being in the sunscreen camp, for daily use, as to not block absorption of vitamin D.   If I’m going to spend all day outside, I will apply apply it until the sun has set.  But if I’m going to spend an hour in the sun playing with my kids, I generally didn’t wear the sunscreen.   But then it dawned on me:  An hour here, an hour there.  We spend A LOT of time outside in the summer and all that time adds up.  So I accepted my fate and invested in one of my favorite brands: John Masters.

This is by no means cheap.  A 2 ounce bottle is about $32.  Ouch, but it is wonderful.  It coats evenly, leaves absolutely no white, or ghost looking mask to it.   It moisturizes perfectly.  My face feels soft and not at all greasy or heavy.  A big plus in my sunscreen must haves.

I realize that not everyone wants to spend as much on a sunscreen, and there are cheaper alternatives out there.  I’ve used Badger on my face, and it works well but it is a little heavy and greasy.   It was fine when we went on vacation, and I do use it on my body.  It’s our go-to sunscreen for the summer.  But for every day facial use, the heaviness of it on my face would drive me nuts.

Get it: You can find John Masters at your local Whole Foods, and at places like Saffron Rouge and Amazon.com

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I’m not sure where you live.  But if it’s someplace warm, with the exact perfect amount of humidity to give you the worlds most perfect skin, I just might hate you a teeny tiny bit. Because here winter feels as if it’ll never go away and because of that everyone’s face is chapped and dry.   I’m thinking positive spring thoughts, but in the meantime, I’ve had to give my skin some extra TLC.

Two things that are (or should be) essential to everyone’s beauty regime is a good facial moisturizer and a good mild exfoliant.   Especially in the winter when your skin is flaking more which causes excess build-up.    But the moisturizing means nothing if you’re not getting rid of that excess layer of dead skin on your face.  Plus ladies, it helps keeps your skin looking youthful longer.

So when Nieves contacted me about her hand made natural beauty care line I was definitely interested.  Nieves has 17 years experience in the natural cosmetics industry and seriously, look at her.  Does she look like she’s old enough to have that many years of experience?  Her glowing skin is a testament to her product line.

I had the pleasure of trying out two great products:  The “C” Perfect Skin and the Face Fix Scrub and Mask.

When I first looked at the “C” Perfect Skin I was excited but when I received it, I was a little gun shy about actually trying it because it’s all oils, and my face doesn’t really do well with oils.   In the interest of a review I plugged on and wow, my face felt AH.MA.ZING.  The oil absorbed into my skin quite nicely, not leaving it feeling the least bit heavy or greasy.   I know I shouldn’t have with all the germs, but I couldn’t stop feeling how soft my face was.   “C” Perfect Skin is a mix of organic oils and essential oils, making it a great combination for nourishing any type of skin.

The Face Fix Scrub is another great product.   A mix of clays and natural herbs like Licorice horsetail, chamomile, and rose petal, to name a few.  The dry powder gives a nice mild exfoliating ability or you can also use it as a mask for great skin regeneration properties.   I love a product with multiple uses!  Because it’s mild, it works well with any skin type.   And it has no type of cleaning surfactants to dry out your skin.

Get it: You can order “C” Perfect Skin, Face Fix, or any of Nieves other products, from bynieves.com.   Products are a little more expensive, but did I mention they’re handmade?  They’re oh so worth it.   Use code LOVELYSAFE when you check out for a free gift with any order.

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I fully am expecting Stephanie, from Bubble and Bee to take over the world, sometime soon.   I noticed that she had come out with a facial care line, and I have been dying to try it.  And with going through a major winter depression, I decided that the time was now, and I treated myself to some new goodies.  I didn’t treat myself to enough goodies, but that’s neither here nor there.

My face is… weird (insert bad joke here).  It’s never really consistent.  It’s sensitive.  It isn’t sensitive.  It’s dry.  It’s oily.  It’s flaky.  It’s itchy.  It’s shiny.   I wish it would pick something and stick with it.   So when I went to choose a facial cleanser to try out I made a faux pas in not trying out the sample pack.  Instead I chose the Pineapple facial cleanser for normal skin.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  That all of those things equal an average round about to normal skin?  Yeah, my logic isn’t so logical sometimes.

This stuff is awesome.  It cleaned as it should but it was a little too drying for my particular skin and I chalk this up to winter, and my skin just being a jerk right now.   It cleaned really well and didn’t leave my face overly dry.   I would say if you’re in the middle of a bitterly cold and raw winter, and your skin is throwing a tantrum about it, go for something for sensitive skin. Bubble and Bee has two other facial cleansers including a gentle Honey & Rosehip cleanser which is suited for more dry and sensitive skin.

What I love about the facial cleanser is that lathers nicely.  I’m not a “cleanser” kind of girl, rather, more of a face wash kind of girl.  I need a little lather in order to get the road dirt off.   It smells awesome and of course I never even so much as flinch with a worry when buying Bubble and Bee products.   The list of ingredients is always short and it’s never anything that I can’t pronounce.   I always feel as if I’m treating my skin to the best that nature has to offer when I buy from them.

You can purchase any of Bubble and Bee’s facial cleansers right from BubbleandBee.com, or if you’re taking a vacation to Utah, go and visit her store and see all the other goodies Stephanie has to offer.

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One of the best things about attending BlogHer this summer was being able to meet some of the bloggers that I read regularly, like Victoria from Mommy Is Green.  She so very graciously offered to share with you her own DIY recipe! Here it is:

DIY Cleansing Facial Scrub recipe from MommyIsGreen.net

DIY: Cleansing Facial Scrub

I’m always looking for the safest bath and body products. I find it important to use items without parabens, phthalates, petroleum-based products, etc. Sometimes the safest products are the ones you make yourself. I had a difficult time finding a facial scrub with ingredients I felt good about. So I decided to come up with my own. I decided to make a Cleansing Facial Scrub. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons of Pure Cane Sugar (finer grain than Sugar in the Raw)
  • 1 tablespoon of Castile Soap
  • 1 teaspoon of Sweet Almond Oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • 2 oz. container with lid

Pour the castile soap into your container (a tinted glass container will help preserve the essential oil if you have one). Add the sweet almond oil and the essential oil drops to the castile soap. Mix well. Add the sugar tablespoon by tablespoon while stirring.

You can keep the scrub refrigerated so it stays firmer. You’ll also want to mix it with your finger before each use. Apply the scrub directly to your face and add a few drops of water when needed.

Personally, I like to use Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap, Florida Crystals USDA Certified Organic Pure Cane Sugar, and Aura Cacia USDA Certified Organic Sweet Almond Oil and Essential Oil. You can mix and match the scented castile soap with different essential oils to create your own unique scents. A couple of versions I use are citrus castile with sweet orange oil, and peppermint castile with grapefruit essential oil. If you have sensitive skin you can use an unscented castile soap and skip the essential oils.

I usually prefer to use a facial scrub and cleanser separately, but this scrub is for the end the day. It’s for at night when you’re just too tired to go through a whole routine. You have the sugar for exfoliating, the soap for cleansing, and the oil for moisturizing. If you’re concerned about having oil in your cleanser, remember that oil dissolves oil.

Mommy Is GreenPlease visit Victoria at Mommy Is Green for more of her insightful writing about her journey through becoming green and the products and practices that get her there.

Thank you Victoria!

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I’m admitting, right here and right now, that I do not make my own deodorant.  Statia does, and her and her husband use it often.  But I have not gone down that road personally.  I have had success using several brands of natural deodorants and with some time and patience, I do not need to rely on a stick of Dove for security.  In fact the last time I did, I smelled within a few hours.  Not sure why, but that was the last time I used a traditional deodorant.

I will also admit that not every natural deodorant works for me, and that’s not because the product doesn’t work or is faulty.  But sometimes, certain recipes don’t mesh with your body chemistry.  You have to find what works best for YOU.

In order for me to consider a deodorant safe, it must be free of the following ingredients:

Aluminum:  Research is suggesting that aluminum may be linked to Alzheimer’s Disease  and some aluminum ingredients may be hormone disruptors to boot. Propylene Glycol, Parabens, Phthalates, Triclosan (believe it or not some “deodorants claiming they are natural contain Triclosan) and all the other usual suspects that I scan for in approved products.  This list is in alphabetical order and is not comprehensive so if you know a brand you think belongs here, let me know and I’ll verify it and add it to the list.

Best In Show

Runner Up’s (Better but not great)

  • Jason Natural Cosmetics Deodorant – This works well as a deodorant but the first ingredient listed is Propylene Glycol.  I have used this as my safety net deodorant when I needed extra protection but my armpits started peeling recently so I have since stopped using it.
  • Tom’s of Maine Natural Deodorant – Same deal.  Uses Propylene Glycol as their main ingredient.  My parents both use this with great success but I had a not effective relationship with it myself and never went back.
  • Kiss My Face Active Enzyme Deodorant – Not chemical free and contains Phenoxyethanol.
  • Earth Science Natural Deodorant – Not chemical free and main ingredient is Propylene Glycol.

I’ve chosen not to list crystal deodorant stones and sprays because of the possible unintentional aluminum content.  To read more about that please visit Stephanie Greenwood’s blog for more information.  If you disagree, that’s fine. I’m sure I’ll get some crap about not including it but…tough noogies.

DIY: If you’re into making things yourself, please check out our recipe for natural deodorant!

The creator of Soapwalla, Rachel Winard, has so graciously provided the following tips and DIY recipes for dealing with Rosacea – a common question around here.  I have a mild case of it myself.  Her product line, Soapwalla is one of my absolute favorites so I know you’ll appreciate her bountiful knowledge –   Enjoy!

The single most common question people ask me is what are the most effective natural ways to treat rosacea, a chronic and sometimes disruptive disorder.

What is Rosacea? Rosacea is a skin disorder that causes redness and swelling, primarily on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Others experience increased sensitivity and redness on the scalp, neck, ears, chest, back and eyes. Some people mistakenly confuse rosacea for acne, sunburn, and excessive flushing. The National Rosacea Society estimates that well over 16 million Americans suffer from this skin condition.

I know firsthand how debilitating face rashes can be. When I have a particularly bad face rash, I dread and will do almost anything to avoid public outings.

Causes

What causes rosacea? Experts aren’t sure, although one recent study suggested a link between rosacea and the H Pylori bacteria that commonly causes ulcers.* However, there are certain universal rosacea triggers that we may avoid, including:

  • Stress: goes without saying. Nearly impossible to implement, but try to incorporate stress reduction techniques in your daily schedule. I personally cannot function without my yoga practice.
  • Temperature: extreme temperature changes, strong winds, saunas and steam rooms, etc.
  • Beverages: avoid alcohol, caffeine, and excessively hot drinks – in temperature as well as spiciness.
  • Foods: this varies, but the most common culprits include chocolate, vinegar, nightshades (eggplant, tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes), spicy foods, cheese, and citrus fruits. A specific food allergy can also manifest itself as skin redness.
  • Skincare Products: avoid witch hazel, alcohol, acetone, and anything that causes burning or stinging upon application. Topical steroid creams can also aggravate red skin. When my skin is particularly inflamed, I cannot use aloe vera as it literally burns my skin (I learned the hard way, and I’ll spare you the gory details). In addition, overzealous skin cleansing and harsh exfoliation exacerbate redness and tenderness.
  • Systems: hormone imbalances or synthetic hormones (think hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills) and poor digestion are linked to increased skin flares.

Treatments

I firmly believe that we can help our skin repair itself through diet, supplements and a holistic skincare regimen. Below is a list of highly potent ingredients that replenish our bodies and calm down redness and irritation:

  • Wholesome Foods: I often talk about the link between healthful eating and happy skin, and it’s true – what we put in our bodies is as important as what we put on them. Support your body by eating fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains like brown rice and millet, and including nuts and seeds that are high in essential fatty acids, such as flax seeds and walnuts.
  • Supplements: Make sure you are getting a daily dose of B-Complex vitamins. If you are vegan, you need to take a supplement. I personally like Floradix Iron & Herbs.
  • In addition, think about incorporating probiotics, milk thistle (a potent liver cleanser), bromelain (digestive enzyme found in pineapple) and turmeric (a spice with incredible anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties) into your daily routine.

  • Skincare: use skincare preparations that are designed specifically for sensitive skin. Seek out products with organic, whole ingredients and that avoid synthetics, chemicals, petrochemicals, and preservatives. Look for the following ingredients, shown to tone down redness and reduce inflammation:
    1. Evening Primrose, Borage and Black Currant Oils – rich sources of gamma linoleic acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. [Note: these oils should not be heated prior to use, as their potent health benefits will be reduced.]
    2. Blue Chamomile, Lavender and Carrot Seed Essential Oils – Blue Chamomile contains a concentration of Azulene, which has potent anti-inflammatory, skin healing properties. Lavender, regarded as the most versatile therapeutic oil, is an antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory must-have addition to your skin care products. Carrot Seed essential oil contains substantial amounts of Vitamins A, C, B1 and B2, and effectively removes toxins from the skin, giving it a fresher and firmer appearance.
    3. Calendula – Calendula oil is perhaps the most successful oil in diminishing dry and damaged skin, skin inflammations, rashes, and other skin ailments. An easy DIY calendula recipe is as follows:Place ¼ cup fully dried calendula flowers (make sure there is absolutely no moisture on the flowers; otherwise your oil will spoil) in the bottom of a clear glass jar that has an airtight seal. Pour 1 cup of your favorite oil (olive oil, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil are ideal) over the flowers, completely immersing them. Shake vigorously and place on a sunny windowsill. Shake once or twice a day for a month, until the oil turns a beautiful deep golden color. After a month, strain well and store in a dark glass container away from light and heat. This calendula oil can be used directly on the skin whenever you feel redness or irritation, and truly is a wonderful – and essential – addition to any sensitive skincare regimen!
  • Cosmetics: While we ultimately want to eradicate redness and irritation, sometimes we just need to get out of the door looking – and feeling – confident. Luckily, these days we have a number of ethical, progressive cosmetics companies to choose from. Some of my favorites include RMS Beauty and Jane Iredale. Jessa Blades, founder of Blades Natural Beauty and an immensely talented make-up artist and eco-beauty consultant, is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to choosing and applying natural makeup and skincare products. Please stop by Jessa’s website for more information.

NOTE: Please test all new ingredients or formulations on the inside of your wrist to ensure you don’t have a sensitivity or allergic reaction.

Rachel Winard is the Brooklyn-based creator of Soapwalla, a line of luxury organic face and body products made with the highest quality organic and food-grade ingredients, never questionable additives such as sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or harsh and synthetic additives.

*http://www.rosacea.org/rr/2001/winter/article_4.php

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Let’s face it, even though we all know that too much sun is bad for us, most of us love the healthy glow of sun kissed skin.  Now, we’ve said it before, you need some sun.  Studies show that in this day and age, we don’t get nearly enough vitamin D, especially in the winter (and sure, supplements help, but one of the main sources is the sun), so when summer rolls around, we like to spend a lot of time outside.  It helps even out my family’s moods, and we all sleep better at night.

I’ll say this, unless you have a history of skin cancer,  or you’re one of those people that burns even if it’s a cloudy day and you’re in your house with long sleeves on, ditch the sunscreen if you’re going to be out for a short while (say an hour).  Opt for a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes, but let the sun do its magic.  I’m not a habitual sunscreen user.  I feel it does more harm than good.   However, if you’re going to be out at the local pool, or a day trip to the beach,  make sure you use a sunscreen of at least a 30SPF, and keep reapplying, per the directions on the bottle.

Now, with that said, I’m guessing a lot of you probably have a nice summer glow going on right about now, don’t you?  And it makes you feel pretty good.  It makes your skin look more even, and toned.  Not to mention, it helps with some other skin disorders, like keratosis pilaris (of which everyone in my family suffers from, sadly), eczema, and psoriasis (my father suffers from it and his dermatologist went against everything he stood for and told him to high tail it to a tanning bed) and others.  But, with being at the beach or the pool on a regular basis, your skin is probably dry.  Especially if you’re a woman and have to shave every day in the summer.

So how do you keep your skin looking smooth like a lotion commercial, without having to dip yourself into a vat of phthalates and petroleum based products?   Here’s my regimen so far this summer:

Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe has great healing properties. It keeps your skin from drying out and also prolongs your tan.  Not to mention it’s really cool and soothing if you happen to get burned.

A good baby/body oil: You can probably easily make your own, but my favorite, that I recommend to everyone, is the Tippy Toes Baby Oil by Mambino Organics.  I love this because it’s very light, and absorbs perfectly.  It’s a simple list of ingredients, and it nourishes my skin.  I added a mixture of a few drops of my favorite essential oils to my bottle and it’s like having my own personalized scent.

I put both of these on immediately after my shower, while my skin is still damp.  It takes me an extra two minutes and my skin has never felt better.  And I actually feel good about showing it off this summer.

(Kathy chiming in here): I love Statia’s tips and totally agree.  I am using a body oil as well as a scrub in the shower to keep the bumps and dryness away all year long. My faves right now are Rocky Mountain Soap Company Bamboo Body Scrub and LuSa Organics Organic Sugar Scrub

You can pick up Aloe Vera Gel (look for preservative free or organic) on Amazon.com or at a local health food store.  Check out Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gel or their Lily of The Desert Aloe 80 Soothing Gel on Amazon.

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My husband reluctantly switched his body products to greener products.  It was a slow process, but over the last two years, we’ve made progress.  If you have a boyfriend, or husband, you know how stubborn men can be.  My husband would sneak poisonous toothpaste on business trips, because he hated the “hippie stuff” I was using.

One of the last things to give up, on his list of products, was antiperspirant.   It took me forever to get him to stop using the toxic, aluminum laden axe or whatever he could find on sale.  “But I don’t want to pit ouuuuuuuuuuuuuut,” he would whine.  But I bought him a stick of Tom’s anyway, and he wasn’t impressed.  When my husband isn’t impressed, he takes to the internet.   He came up with an awesome recipe for making your own deodorant, and it’s really easy:

What you’ll need:

  • A deodorant container (save your old one, and re-purpose it)
  • coconut oil (the solid kind)
  • baking soda
  • essential oil (whatever your favorite is, which is nice, you don’t have to smell like “fake baby butt”)
  • vitamin e oil
  • corn starch

To Mix:

  1. Add the dry ingredients in a bowl first.  Mix equal parts corn starch and baking soda.
  2. Add equal parts coconut oil, mix thoroughly.
  3. Add a few drops of vitamin e and your essential oil.  You can add as much as you like, but I wouldn’t go overboard.  The mixture will be a bit more flaky if you use more oil.
  4. Knead the mixture with your fingers until it forms a ball like consistency, it should be hard enough to put into the deodorant container, but still malleable and not crumbly.  Put the cap on and let set overnight, and voilà!

Keep in mind that this is obviously a deodorant, not an antiperspirant.  You will still sweat using this stuff, but you won’t stink.  I’ve used this recipe on some pretty hot days, as well as during workouts and I haven’t smelled at all.   Needless to say, since making this deodorant, my husband has been a convert.

 

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soapwalla-deodThere’s been many times where I’ve tried different products here and there and although they are natural and organic, they just don’t measure up to my girlie need for something indulgent. I’m a reformed bath product junkie so the stuff I choose now has to be safe and also work well.  But to really impress me it needs to make me feel like I’ve invested in something special. I know that I found a line of products that meet all my standards when I look forward to getting out of the shower to use them.  That is definitely the case with the products I have tried from Soapwalla.

Rachel, the “chef” behind the Soapwalla kitchen, created a line of truly natural products that not only work, they smell and feel unbelievably awesome.  Rachel, kind soul that she is, sent me 4 samples and while I loved all of them – I immediately went to her store and ordered 2 things: Her Deodorant Cream and the Luxurious Body Oil.  I’ll tell you why.

After using her Deodorant Cream I was totally hooked. At first I thought “I have to slap this on like spackle into my pits?” But in soapwalla body oilreality, you simply smooth a little bit on after a shower and that’s it.  You never feel sticky or wet.  After a week or so using it in warm (read: hot sweaty) Florida it has been effective enough to keep me odor free.  With some other natural deodorants I have had to reapply during the day and on one occasion I reeked after a few hours. (I don’t use that one anymore…. do you see what I do for you ladies? I SUFFER WITH B.O. just to find out what works best.  You can thank me later.  With products.  Or love and admiration. Whichever.) There are some I’m still trying and some I still use depending on the day but Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream is definitely an awesome and effective product. It gets the LovelyMama seal of approval.

I also want to talk about her Luxurious Moisturizing Body Oil.  To start, I really love body oils over lotions.  Lotions usually need some kind of emulsifying ingredient which is typically a chemical or chemically processed wax or stearate. So I use a lot of lotion bars and oils to compensate.  I’ll admit that I love the idea of lotion more due to the ease of use and tend to choose them over oils when I’m in a hurry since oils can leave you feeling greasy for a bit while they soak in.  However there are certain cases when body oils don’t feel like you’re bathing in olive oil.  This is one of them.  Soapwalla’s Luxurious Moisturizing Body Oil goes on really light and absorbs in a reasonable time, so I don’t ever wish I chose lotion.  And the scent? Ooooohhhh my.  If I was a scent, I would be this one.  It’s light and citrusy, but with a delicate floral component so it has a certain feminine appeal to it.  After using it I feel girlie and pretty.  No need for phthalate ridden perfumes.  I just sniffed my arm and I still smell it – clean and girlie – even after running around all day. In a word: LOVE.

Soapwalla only uses organic ingredients and oils and never uses icky preservatives or chemicals.  I will definitely be shopping there again.  My next splurge? Organic Citrus Grove Soap Bar and some Almond Joy Body Polish.

GET IT: You can pick up all of Soapwalla’s great products on her Etsy Shop.

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