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Happy Wednesday! 

So I recently received this lovely travel kit of all of the Me & the Girls skincare products for review and they’ve truly been lovely to experience. 

If you are unfamiliar with the luxury organic skincare brand, Me & the Girls is an organic beauty brand which aims to better the lives of girls and women here in the United States and abroad by donating a portion of their proceeds to various womens’ charities including the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, Women for Women Intl., and G.E.M.S. (Girls Educational Mentoring Service). They also seek to aid local organic farms and the economy by purchasing locally and organically whenever possible. Their products include a high volume of organic ingredients, including certified organic Cupuaçu seed butter which possesses a high capacity for water absorption and aids in restoring elasticity and hydration to the skin.

In my mini kit, I received the following: Limonum Body Scrub, Lavandula Revive Softening Creme, Moon™ Anti-Aging Night Facial Moisturizer, Moon™ Serum, Lavandula Revive Foot Scrub, Bamboo spoon and the Me & the Girls Signature logo travel bag.

My Thoughts:

  • Limonum Body Scrub: This body scrub smells very citrus-y, just as the name implies. It’s made on a base of fine grain raw organic cane sugar, coconut oil, cupuaçu seed butter, lemon creme and avocado butter. I really enjoyed using this scrub as it was both exfoliating and hydrating at the same time. It really helps to soften the skin and hydrate all at once to reveal glowing skin. 
  • Lavandula Revive Foot Softening Creme: I love the texture of this. It smells just like lavender and melts on contact with skin. It acts more like a balm than a creme, in my opinion, but works excellently nonetheless. It softens dry skin and calluses on the feet and really hydrates overall. Plus the scent is very relaxing!
  • Moon™ Anti-Aging Night Facial Moisturizer: This is a fantastic facial moisturizer for dry skin or combination skin that is feeling dry ( especially in winter! ). My skin has been super dry with this extremely windy, cold weather we’ve been having and since I ran out of my beloved Suti Cleanse Balm, this has been just the thing to keep my skin in good shape! It melts on contact with skin, rather similar to the Foot Softening Creme, but the scent smells more like subtle scented baked goods than lavender and gently hydrates and softens the skin. I was near peeling and super flaky on my chin area and this really helped moisturize that entire area overnight. I would not recommend this for breakout prone or oily skin, though, as it might be a bit too nourishing for some.
  • Moon™ Facial Serum: This is a really nice serum which includes various plant oils to heal and rejuvenate dry, sensitive, mature and sun damaged skin types. I think it’s a nice serum for any skin type as it doesn’t have much scent and doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin, though acne prone and oily skin types should be wary of the amount they use as too much can be a bit too much. It’s certainly very hydrating, but I enjoyed using the moisturizer more than this one, surprisingly.
  • Lavandula Revive Foot Scrub: With the same scent as the Foot Softening Creme, this sugar scrub includes lavender and a spearmint butter creme base which feels a bit cooling and very similar to the body scrub only with a more relaxing scent and cooling sensation that is absent in the body scrub. Perfect for feet! 
  • Bar Beleza Multi-Use Beauty Bar: This all-over beauty bar comes in a stick balm form and can be applied anywhere you might need it. I used on dry areas of my face, under my eyes, and on lips with much success, but it’s up to you how you use it. I love that it comes in stick form because it’s great for traveling and super convenient to use. It’s super multi-tasking and very hydrating and since it’s in stick form, you’ll use just the right amount every time. My favorite way of using this was as a lip balm!

You can check out this luxury travel kit – here.

What lovely natural products are you loving right now?

Let Me Know in the Comments! 

OilArganic 100ml

Happy Thursday!

I hope you’re all having a great week – mine’s been quite hectic and busy! Anyhow, today’s post focuses on a really lovely multi-use dry oil from the amazing Tan Organic. If you’re unfamiliar with Tan Organic, they’re an excellent beauty brand from Ireland that originally came out with a really great organic self tanner (hence the name – Tan Organic). I reviewed it this past Summer and you can see that review – here. Much like their 100% natural award-winning sunless tanner, their multi-use oil, Oil Arganic, is made with the same high standards and quality. It includes various beneficial certified organic plant oils including argan oil, olive oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, evening primrose oil, rose and orange peel oils. Although they really market toward the rose fragrance, the bottle I received for review really smelled much more like citrus-y orange peel than anything, but I personally love citrus scents so I prefer that to rose. This  multi-use oil works really well for the body and hair. Although I don’t see any miraculous effects happening when I use it in my hair, it does help tame frizz and smells really pleasant. Actually, where this oil really shines is when you use it straight out of the shower. The easy spray applicator makes it super simple to spray and massage into the skin right away and the formula absorbs really seamlessly, leaving no greasy residue or oiliness behind. I think this would be a great one for the Summer, especially if you plan on showing off your legs a lot or going to the beach regularly, because it definitely gives your skin a nice glow. In Winter, especially straight out of the shower, this helps keep your skin hydrated and supple and avoids the ashy, tight dryness we all dread. I definitely recommend this dry oil as a very affordable, natural option for those who want quality without the huge price tag. This one is definitely worth it!

You can check out OilArganic on Tan Organic’s website – here.

What’s Your Favorite Multi-Use Oil?

Let Me Know in the Comments!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With LaLicious Coconut Cream Body Soap & Body Butter Duo

Satisfy your craving with this deliciously sweet body soap / body butter duo!

I recently was sent some deluxe samples of the LaLicious Coconut Cream Body Soap and Body Butter and it has literally made me and my entire bathroom smell like vanilla cake!

Yum!

LaLicious is an all natural bath and body care line that includes various delicious scents for all your bath and body needs. The scents available are Lily Mango, Coconut Cream, Brown Sugar & Vanilla, Passionfruit Lime, Island Guava, Tahitian Flower, Peppermint, and Coffee Bean. They offer a variety of products including body scrubs, oils, soaps, and butters.

So besides the fact that the Coconut Cream line has increased the number of sweet cravings I get, it also has an impressive number of other benefits included in the formulas. Made with all natural ingredients, both the body wash and body butter include natural plant extracts, vegetable oils such as sunflower and coconut oil and shea butter so that you can smell delicious while keeping your skin hydrated, nourished and naturally youthful.

I really enjoyed using these two products from LaLicious; the Coconut Cream Body Soap has a nice lather that is more milky than foamy, but still feels very hydrating and literally makes me smell like birthday cake, as my boyfriend put it. The Coconut Cream Body Butter helped to hydrate my skin while scenting it with the same delicious fragrance as the body soap. While I wouldn’t really recommend this as a treatment for those with sensitive or super dry skin, it’s gentle enough for anyone to use and will leave a pleasant scent on your skin without all the harmful ingredients included in most scented products.

See the Whole line of scented bath and body products from LaLicious – Here! 

Have you tried LaLicious products before?

How do you feel about scented products?

5 Tips and Tools for Body Exfoliation

It’s easy to put huge emphasis on the skin on your face while totally neglecting the skin on your body, but your body skin still ages, dulls, dries up, and sustains damage over time with too little attention so it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep your body skin in great condition just like the skin on your face.

Here are some steps I follow to keep my skin glowing, youthful and hydrated!

1. Use the Right Tools. This is super important! A lot of people never think to exfoliate the skin on their bodies, but it actually really helps to keep the skin on your body looking healthier and improves it’s ability to absorb moisture ten fold if you do it properly. What tools you use really depends on your skin type. For me, the Eco Tools Exfoliating Shower Gloves (pictured above) that I purchased in my June Target Haul work best. They are just abrasive enough, but not too harsh for my very sensitive, but very dry skin. Just don’t press down too hard otherwise you’ll do more harm than good. If you’re not someone with sensitive skin, you may want to look into using a dry brush, a method in which you use a dry brush on dry skin before showering. Otherwise, you can also use a simple wash cloth or something a little fancier, like this one from Etsy. If you own a Clarisonic and have normal skin, you can also invest in buying a Body Brush Attachment, which works well with any wash you choose to use. You can also use bath poufs, but I prefer not to given they are made of cheap plastic which attracts more bacterial than natural fibers and is too harsh for my skin.

2.Be Gentle. Remember your body is your temple! Don’t get crazy pressing down with any of your body tools because it may cause tearing, inflammation, and other damage to the skin that can onset a myriad of issues such as eczema breakouts, psoriasis, dry skin, acne breakouts and more. So just run your tools over your body with a very small amount of pressure. It should NOT hurt; it should simply feel like a nice scrub. Also, be extremely gentle on areas where the skin is typically much thinner than other parts of your body such as around your breasts, neck, under arms, and lady (or man!) parts.

3. Pick the Right Body Wash for Your Skin. First off, do NOT use drugstore bar soap. I hate this super cheap bar soap. It seriously is the worst thing for all skin, period, whether it’s on your face or body. If you absolutely insist on using a bar to cleanse, use this one from Rainwater Botanicals or another natural soap bar that avoids abrasive and irritating sulfates. For my sensitive skin, I prefer to use this one made from Olive Oil that’s hydrating and gentle; just be sure to keep it in the fridge as it’s so soft and melts at room temperature. Otherwise, most of the time I use a creamy body wash such as the amazing Seaweed Body Wash I reviewed awhile back by Astara Skincare which is incredibly gentle, hydrating and sulfate-free. If you don’t want to spend much money on a body wash, there are some really affordable ones from SoftSoap that are Soap-free. I like this one. Just be sure to read the back and make sure it says “Soap free.” These are easily found at Target or any pharmacy type drugstore. If you’re not a fan of body tools, investing in a body scrub with hydrating oils in it is a great way to combine exfoliation and cleansing. Sugar scrubs are more gentle than salt scrub, but jojoba beads are usually the most gentle even though they aren’t as natural as the former ones. Avoid scrubs that use bits and pieces of nuts or anything such as walnut or almond bits which can rip tiny holes in the skin, letting bacteria cause issues!

3. Don’t Over-Do It! This is the same concept as being gentle. Listen to your body! You don’t need to exfoliate for more than like 5 minutes maximum, and even that might be too much. Just listen to your skin and see what’s right for you.

4. Hydrate and Seal In Moisture. Remember to use a hydrating, preferably sulfate-free formula for your body wash for optimal hydration. Then, when you exit the bath / shower, pat dry yourself, but don’t worry if you’re still damp. Actually, it’s better if you are. If you really want to get intense about it, you can apply your moisturizer directly while you’re standing in the shower and before drying off. Keep in mind, you’ll need to work harder to help your moisturizer sink in because of the water, but the overall effects are worth it. Apply body moisturizer right away to seal in moisture. Be sure to use a lotion, cream or balm that includes moisturizing vegetable oils, plant and nut butters, and other beneficial extracts for nutrient and hydration. Also, spend some time massaging it into your skin to improve circulation and really let in sink into your skin rather than sitting on it. Good moisturizers include this one from Max Green Alchemy for sensitive, dry or those who have skin disorders or conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Otherwise, a nice body oil like this one from Tallulah Jane or any cream, lotion or body oil that includes beneficial oils, butters and extracts should work fine. Go with a serum or light lotion if you have oily or breakout prone body skin. I like this one from Cetaphil.

So that’s it!

It may take some time to get used to this new routine, but over time, your skin will thank you for it by looking well hydrated, firmer (less cellulite!), more glowy and smooth.

How do you keep the skin on your body in good shape?

What’s your routine or method?