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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?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Kio Kio NZ for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

Get A Customized Sun-Kissed Look + Natural Sun Protection With Susan Posnick’s ColorFLO Bronzer!

Susan Posnick’s ColorFLO Bronzer

I was so happy to receive this for review from the lovely Susan Posnick because I have read so many reviews on the ColorFLO Face Mineral Powder Foundation and I was impressed by the high level of natural sun protection her line of mineral makeup offers and the natural ingredient list that includes vitamins A and E for skin benefits while you wear it!

This bronzer is super easy to use and, although it comes in only one shade, it is easily customized to your skin tone, the desired amount of coverage and cosmetic use.

It comes in a tube with an attached brush and pump so you can easily apply this loose bronze powder wherever you are. I should mention that a little bit goes a long way with this powder so don’t click the pump too many times. It comes out and seems like it’s not much, but the color is very pigmented and you may end up with more mineral bronzer than you want on your cheeks. The benefit of this is that once you get the hang of how to control the application of this bronzer, you can build the coverage from a light glowing flush of color to a full color pigmented bronzer all over, as desired.

I’ve tried this in a number of ways: as a light flush of color on the top of my cheek bones without any other makeup, as a contour bronze in the hollows of my cheeks, and as an all over bronzer when I felt like looking particularly sun-kissed and beach ready. Be careful not to use too heavy a hand because it can have disastrous effects; a light hand provides sheer, glowing skin effects that look awesome so tread lightly!

Lastly, I love the vitamin benefits and natural sunscreen properties in this because my skin is both protected from free radicals and damaging UV rays all in one fell swoop. It’s perfect for lazy summer days when I don’t feel like applying a million and one skincare layers just to protect my skin from everything under the sun (literally and figuratively!).

I definitely recommend this for the Summer because it’s so easy to use and very versatile.  The soft milled powders look really natural, softening fine lines and minimizing pores. The only downside to this is the price; at $64 USD, it’s sitting firmly in the luxury cosmetic category. If you have the money to spare, it’s definitely worth a go given the natural and skin beneficial ingredient list. I’ve been carrying it around with me for days when I look particularly tired or pale to give my skin a nice glow or for poolside days when I want to look sun-kissed!

Check out the ColorFLO Bronzer – Here! 

Check out the entire Susan Posnick line – Here! 

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Susan Posnick Cosmetics for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Fun Sunscreens That Gives A Nice Glow: Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Sunscreen SPF 20

So I am really pale.

Although I really don’t burn in the sun either, it takes a million and one years for me to tan.

So when summer starts, I look so ghostly that the sunlight (and the moonlight, for that matter) makes me look like I have glowing white skin, and not in a good way in my opinion.

So, when I actually get up the nerve to put on my bathing suit and get out in the sun to get a bit of color, I definitely need something to off set my obvious lack of it!

That’s where this awesome lotion comes in.

It’s not a self gradual tanner or anything because, truth be told, I have never found one of those things that I liked. They always make me look streaky and unnaturally orange.

Anyway, this sunscreen is really awesome because it works well to protect you from the sun’s rays (both UVA and UVB) and it has natural mica minerals included in the formulation to offset my paleness and give me a really nice glimmery glow.

It actually looks really nice when the sun hits my skin so people don’t scream in horror when I walk into my community pool!

Plus, it really smells nice as well.

Although the ingredients in this are definitely not the most natural I have ever seen, I really do like the effects they have on my skin.

I definitely recommend this for pale ladies who haven’t had a chance to get some sun and don’t like to use (or haven’t used) any fake tanners.

This will likely work great to give tanned ladies a nice shimmery glow as well if they want that added effect.


If you prefer natural products, but you want to get a similar effect, I recommend using your own preferred sunscreen and then adding natural bronze colored mica to it. You can find natural bronze mica minerals online for a pretty cheap price and it can be easily mixed into any sunscreen or sunblock of your choice for similar effects.

If you can’t get enough of this shimmer effect, Hawaiian Tropic also offers this after sun lotion that has a nice shimmer to it as well.

You can find either of these on drugstore.com – here – or at your local drugstore, Target, or Walmart. They are very affordable at $8-$10 USD.