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Hi Loves – Today’s Best Of 2012 post will focus on the top body care products I’ve discovered this past year. They are the cream of the crop amid all the massive amounts of product testing that I’ve done all year long so I hope it’s helpful for new product ideas and even some DIY beauty fun!

First in the list is the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash by Astara Skincare. This body wash is fantastic for hydration and it’s very gentle so it won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin types. It’s formulation includes a sulfate free base of aloe vera, sea kelp and essential oils for a completely calming shower experience. I feel like the scent is super subtle and non-offensive while the wash itself is cleansing, but not drying and it actually helped calm irritation down while replenishing moisture, yet not being greasy. I definitely think that’s a hard medium to find in a body wash as I’ve had them be either too oily and difficult to rinse off or to stripping of the skin. This one is just right and will work well for just about anyone, in my opinion.

You can see my original review of this body wash – here.

The second in the list might surprise you because it’s not a particular brand’s product, but a DIY sugar scrub recipe I came up with last Spring. I’ve tried loads of body scrubs and polishes and nothing comes close to the awesome effects of this recipe for my skin. I find it’s both hydrating and gently exfoliating while also cleansing and brightening to my skin and I’ve done it all for like under $10 or something. It includes a formula of brown sugar, olive oil, and vodka or sake. You can also add in natural extracts and fruit powders for added benefits, if you have the or want to, and that’s all the better. You can check out my full post on how to make this scrub here.

The next product on this list is one of my absolute favorite body moisturizers ( if not my #1 favorite) because it is SO hydrating, calming and non oily. It absorbs into the skin pretty instantly, you need very little and it goes a long way, it smells fantastic but not overwhelming, and it can treat even the most sensitive skins such as those suffering from rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. It’s formulation is unique in that it includes both wild crafted and organic ingredients of 100% plant oils, it’s steroid free (for those looking for a treatment for a skin concern), cruelty free, and totally effective without any of the nasties included in most treatment type creams. If you have flakiness, extreme dryness or any skin concern, this is THE cream for you. IT WORKS. Check out my original review on this cream here.

The last product in this list is a bit of a cosmetic one, but nonetheless awesome. It is the Tan Organic Sunless Tanning Spray and not only does this tanner give my skin the most natural looking tan I’ve ever had (as far as tanners go obviously), but it does so with natural and organic ingredients. It’s won several awards in Ireland (where it’s made) for it’s effectiveness and formula and it is lovely for those of you are seeking a natural looking tan for your skin without the harm. Definitely recommend this to you if you’re into tanning. You can see my original review on this here.

That’s all for my Best of Body Care Products of 2012 – Stay tuned for a few more posts on my beauty favorites for 2012 coming very soon!

What are your favorite body products for 2012?

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Light Botanical Body Care For Summertime!

Every time I get the chance to review beauty products from New Zealand, I feel so impressed and this botanical body care line is no different!

Kio Kio is a natural line of botanical body care products that includes lotions, washes, creams, mists and soaps that are all uniquely scented with natural plant extracts and essential oils that are native to New Zealand. I was recently sent one of their body washes and body lotions and I am loving them! They are both extremely pleasantly scented without being overwhelming and very effective for the Summer time!

The first item I was able to try was the Pacific Tiare Body Wash. It has “uplifting scent of Gardenia and the white flowers of New Zealand’s Ti Kauka tree”  and, although I normally hate products with gardenia, I really enjoyed the scent of this! It’ s a bit sweet, though very subtle, and it is super light! I don’t know why the picture above looks the way it does because this wash is more orange tinted than clear, though it is transparent like most gel looking body washes. This doesn’t include any SLS or TLS sulfate types in the formula so it’s very gentle to use and is more milky instead of foamy while still having a decent lather to it. I really love this body wash for the Summer! As they say, it really does smell like Summer! It just has a nice tropical aroma to it, plus it’s very light which I am loving at the moment given the amount of extreme heat we’ve been experiencing here in California. If you have extremely dry skin, I don’t think this would be nourishing enough, but it won’t cause any irritation or anything either as I’ve found it to be very gentle and calming, though it’s more of a gel type than a cream so it may not offer enough protective type moisture in the formula for those battling dryness. I really love this one and will certainly purchase this one in the future, though at $29 USD it may be considered expensive to some.

The next product I tried was this Citrus Petal Body Lotion. While I admit that I like the body wash above better than this lotion, it’s still really nice. I don’t like the scent of this as much as the body wash, but it has nice hydrating properties to it while still being very light and summery. It’s a really nice body lotion to use when you want to feel moisturized and soft without feeling overly oily, especially when it’s been over 100 F nearly every day for the past 2 weeks. I’ve really enjoyed this one for use in the super hot weather. It’s nice, softening, and smells pleasant yet subtle while also being very light and absorbed very quickly into the skin. This one is a bit more expensive at $39 USD, but it’s a very light and easily absorbed lotion so a little goes a long way and will last you a decent amount of time. I don’t think this is hydrating enough for someone with extremely dry skin, but it won’t cause any irritation and it’s nicely absorbed without leaving any greasy film or residue.

I highly recommend this awesome line of botanical products for summertime heat! They work really well together and are light enough that they don’t feel heavy or oily. They don’t leave any greasy residue or film on the skin and leave pleasantly subtle scents on the skin that won’t irritate sensitive skin types like myself. I also like that they are taking smart steps toward recycling and planet preservation and sustainability manufacturing practices. They have some really nice ingredients in the formulas including exotic and unique plant extracts from New Zealand that are certainly a nice treat!

Check out their full line of products – here!

What are your favorite Summer body care products?

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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!


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?