The 5 Best Vanilla Skincare Products

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Vanilla is one of my all-time favorite scents. In high school, my favorite perfume was the Body Shop Vanilla Perfume Oil. I just have loved the soft, comforting, and slightly sweet aroma for as long as I remember.

Even at fortysomething, I am still a vanilla fan. Today, I'd like to share my 5 most favorite vanilla skin care, bath and body products.

1. URB Apothecary Vanilla Body Butter is a decadent product that goes on like a rich balm and is ultra hydrating and truly pampers your skin with extra nourishment. The ingredients of this water-free product are stellar, from the vanilla bean-infused sunflower oil to the cocoa butter, mango butter, and more. A little bit goes a long way when applying, but your skin will be left feeling like satin. I am in love with the scent, which is all-natural. In addition to the vanilla bean, there is vanilla planifolia, vanilla oleoresin and vanilla bourbon. It is just intoxicating.

2. Seed Smoothing Vanilla Lip Oil is ALWAYS in my purse. I have worn this since it debuted and the vanilla planifolia is a beautiful touch. I rarely use lip balms unless I am sent them free for this blog because I love how smooth and soft my lips are without feeling heavy or coated with waxes. The only ingredients in this oil are 100% plant-based oils, including grape seed, jojoba, shea, apricot, and more.

3. Carol's Daughter makes one of my most favorite vanillas ever, the Black Vanilla Conditioning Hair Set. I use the entire haircare line. As I type this, the whole set of 3 full sized products is on sale for $32.40. The shampoo is sulfate free, yet leaves my hair feeling clean and bouncy. This is my go-to winter haircare regimen and smells divine!

4. Frankie & Myrrh The Thrilla of Vanilla is my go-to vanilla spray. It is a 100% natural spray with pure vanilla absolute and vanilla CO2 extract. It is not cloyingly sweet at all and is just "me." I adore this one and find this brand to be upbeat, quirky & lots of fun to shop with.

5. Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Sea Salt Scrub from the Soap & Paper Factory is another favorite in my shower. It has a more mature vanilla aroma, thanks to the addition of cedarwood, but it still blends well with my other products. I also love that this one is a salt scrub instead of my usual sugar blends.

How Chocolate Benefits the Skin

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Could your favorite sweet treat improve your skin?

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if something most of us find irresistible could possibly make our skin look younger? I don’t know about you, but if you give me permission to indulge in a bit of chocolate, I am more than happy to oblige.

Could it be true? Yes! While it may not turn back the clock, chocolate--especially dark chocolate-- is highly beneficial to the skin. Why is chocolate so good for the skin?

  • Dark chocolate contains an abundance of flavonols. You may have heard about these antioxidants commonly found in red wine. They are also present in dark chocolate and provide many benefits. Flavonols have been shown to reduce inflammation and protect the skin from UV damage. We know now that UV damage is one of the leading causes of aging, so this is one reason to reach for some chocolate.
  • Dark chocolate consumption helps to lower the amount of stress hormones such as cortisol. When your body produces excess cortisol, collagen breaks down. This collagen breakdown causes fine lines and wrinkles. Chocolate, though, reduces stress hormones which may help to prevent collagen from breaking down in the first place.
  • Dark chocolate is rich in nutrients believed to improve skin clarity and texture. You’ll find Vitamins A, B1, C, D, E, iron and calcium in dark chocolate.

Eating chocolate isn’t your only option when it comes to reaping the skin benefits. There are many products on the market with antioxidant-rich cocoa and dark chocolate to help improve the appearance of your skin and reduce the signs of aging. I am particularly drawn to the new wave of chocolate-based masks to reduce the signs of aging. All of the ones mentioned below are free of harmful chemicals. Let’s take a look at some of my tried and true favorites.

1. The Best Chocolate Face Mask to Brighten the Skin

Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask

This rich mask may resemble a decadent ganache, but it feels like heaven on your face. It’s thick and a bit sticky, but you will adore how fresh and renewed your skin looks once you have tried it. Josh Rosebrook has crafted a truly spa-worthy facial product in this little jar. Your skin will drink in the benefits of Coenzyme Q10, bladderwrack, grapeseed oil, and essential fatty acids. Skin is left plumper, brighter, and nourished.

2. The Best Chocolate Face Mask for Dry Skin

Eminence Organics Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque

Available at many spas for purchase, Eminence Organics is a Hungarian skin care line used by estheticians. This mask is ideal for women with parched, dehydrated skin in need of serious moisture. Made with macadamia nut oil, almond oil, and multiple vitamins, cocoa is the key ingredient in this treatment.

3. The Best Chocolate Face Mask for Oily Skin (Plus, it is the best bargain!)

Lush Cupcake

This dessert-like gem wins the best mask for oily skin, and it is also the most affordably priced. First of all, it smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream and is my favorite summertime mask. My skin tends to go from one extreme to the other -- super dry in the winter and an oil slick in the summer. I love how the Lush mask is cooling (thank you, Peppermint Essential Oil) and I am a big fan of the mask's #1 ingredient: Rhassoul Clay. This clay is gentle, yet effectively draws out excess sebum.

4. The Best Chocolate Face Mask for Aging Skin

Perricone MD Cocoa Moisture Mask

This higher-end facial mask features many anti-aging and firming ingredients, including DMAE. It contains abundant antioxidants, nourishing hyaluronic acid, and squalane. I have tried this one and it does feel like a classic spa treatment. If you'd like to splurge, grab this one. Know, though, that there are other budget friendly options that work beautifully.

5. The Best Chocolate Face Mask Overall

FarmHouse Fresh Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask

Rich and decadent, this mask from FarmHouse Fresh is my favorite of the bunch. It is great for mature skin, as it contains Carrot Seed Oil, Ginseng, and Royal Jelly, which soften and help reduce the look of fine lines. It also is rich in Bentonite and Kaolin Clays to help draw out any "junk" from the pores. It feels luxurious and skin is left smooth as a baby's bottom.

10 Beauty Favorites That Have Stood the Test of Time

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

I will never forget my introduction to *magic Liquid Powder from Prescriptives. I was in my 20s working as a makeup artist at Estee Lauder at the Eastview Mall Kaufmann's store. On my lunch break, I wandered over to visit my friend at the Prescriptives counter, which was located by the women's fragrances. I thought she might be ready to head to the food court, but she was busy unpacking a box of the latest Prescriptives release -- *magic Liquid Powder. I remember her telling me about it and then she offered to let me try some. I almost laughed at the idea that a powder could be a liquid. I mean, it looked just like regular old loose powder to me. When I felt it applied with a brush, I was in awe. It felt like liquid. And when I looked in the mirror, my face was absolutely radiant. I bought my first jar. Now, 19 years later, I am still using it. There were years I did not -- but there really was never anything out there that was the same concept. I will never be without this and it is my #1 timeless favorite on the market.

The next timeless favorite of mine is also from Prescriptives: Super Line Preventor Extreme. This is an updated twist on the iconic classic, which is one of the most beautifully formulated serums I have ever used. It is fragrance free, ultra lightweights, absorbs like a drink for your skin, feels soothing & cool and is just downright lovely. 

Even those with oily skin will want to try this one. It is loaded with free radical fighting antioxidants, turmeric, grape seed extract, pomegranate, hyaluronic acid, and more. A lesser known ingredient makes this serum stellar: Eukarion 134. What is that? Well, it is a powerhouse antioxidant that mimics the activity of superoxide dismutase and catalase. 

The benefits of this serum include skin brightening, minimizing the look of fine lines, helping to fade age spots, and more. I am going to go out on a limb here, but I have to say that I believe Prescriptives is one of the most underrated brands in the industry.

Brow Power! Oh my goodness, I first started using Lancome Modele Sourcils when I was freelancing for Lancome as a college junior. Over the past 20+ years in the beauty industry, I have used countless brow groomers. Modele Sourcils in Taupe is my go-to to keeps these brows in place. I use it over my NYX brow pencil.

I first started using Bi-Facil to remove eye makeup with my very first Lancome gift with purchase. Yes, you can use more affordable options, from natural beauty brands to high end -- even plant-based oils in your kitchen. Bi-Facil is magical. A little goes a very long way and it thoroughly and gently removes even the most stubborn of waterproof mascaras.

Estee Lauder Double Wear is in my top 5 foundations of all time. I started using this back in 1998 while working for Estee Lauder. Bone is my shade. They now have a couple different versions of Bone (I get the warmer toned to neutralize the pink in my skin) and it is a perfect match. Double Wear is fragrance free, won't budge, and looks as flawless at 9pm as it did at 9am. It has beautiful texture, too. This one won't rub off on your collar, nor does it fade throughout the day. It is my favorite higher end long-wearing formula.

I recently repurchased the blush shade that I wore on my wedding day: Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blush in Plum Gorgeous. Oh my, how I had forgotten what a beautiful product this was. I hadn't worn it in so many years. Since I have been much more flexible with what I use (because of acknowledging science over fear when it comes to ingredients), I have started falling in love again with some really lovely products from my past. Yes, there are more "sexy" or "trendy" brands and I use them and love them, but there just some really amazing products I am so happy to be using again.

Speaking of Clinique, this is the very first Clinique product I ever purchased. I was in high school and it is still in my makeup bag (not the same tube, of course). Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is a cult favorite -- and with good reason. It's nourishing and it's sheer, yet when you apply it to your lips it just transforms to a beautiful wash of plum.

My first full-time job out of college was as a Clarins Counter Manager. That is when I was first introduced to the concept of using oils on the face to help balance oily skin. It went against my esthetics training. I thought it was crazy until I tried it myself. I had pretty oily skin back then and I was apprehensive about trying the oil. I was sold after the first couple of applications. Clarins offers other oils, but Lotus Face Treatment Oil is my favorite to help balance excess sebum and keep it in check.

Another Clarins favorite is Beauty Flash Balm. I have been purchasing it on and off for 2 decades. It truly adds a boost of radiance and health to your skin. It was an essential for me when I was in my early 20s working at Clarins after long nights out so I looked wide-eyed for work, and it was a must when I was a sleep-deprived mom to two babies. It continues to be an essential for me now at 41. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm actually works best OVER your makeup. If you dab it on, it doesn't disturb your makeup and gives a wonderful radiance.

Absolutely underrated these days is the skincare brand most loved by my grandmother: Elizabeth Arden. Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant has been around FOREVER. Well, not forever, but since 1930! Yes, it has petrolatum. It isn't cutting edge or glamorous, nor does it possess the "it factor". Do you know something, though? It is a darn good product for weathered, chapped skin. I like to keep one of these tubes with me in the wintertime to really protect my skin from low humidity and dehydration. 

My Thoughts on Weight Watchers Freestyle

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
I joined Weight Watchers Freestyle Friday night & started on Saturday, January 13.
I love food. I love to cook big dinners for friends & family. I love to bake. I love it when there are a bunch of active tweens and teens in the house and I make batches of cookies and make them hot cocoa with extra whipped cream. I love carbs & sweets and I love my craft beer. And cheese. And Little Debbie brownies... And fries with gravy.

Do you know what I also love? I love FEELING comfortable in my own skin, feeling energetic, healthy & vibrant. 

I lost a lot of weight a few years back. A lot. As in well over 50 pounds. It was through exercise and a REALLY low carb diet.

And I have gained half of that weight back over the past 18 months or so. It seems like the minute I look at a carb, it comes back.

Vacations, holidays - if I eat yummy foods, it creeps right back no matter my time on the elliptical or miles logged. The yo yo has to stop.

WW Freestyle is unlike any “diet” I have followed. Trust me, I have followed many. For as long as I can remember, I have had a very unhealthy relationship with food & an unhealthy body image.

Let’s talk about Weight Watchers. It is NOT like the WW I once tried post-partum that was time consuming to track and count with required meetings and that left me feeling deprived. 

After one day on WW Freestyle, I knew that this was a life changer. Truly. I thought The commercials with Oprah were a gimmick. I mean bread? Corn? All of my most favorite fruits? Dessert? 
I have eaten more since Saturday that I enjoy than I have in a long time. I had angel food cake. I can eat bread. I have been eating so well and have not felt hungry once. Not once. 

I have had points leftover (which roll over and can be used to splurge more, for example, at a restaurant or night out or for my craft beer on a Friday night).

This was my breakfast- it is 1 point. I have a cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt, a Granny Smith Apple, and a quarter cup of Cinnamon Pecan Special K - it is delish. I had a poached egg too. Eggs are zero points. So is chicken. 200 foods are zero points. This is freakin’ awesome:

This is not about my 3.4 pound loss since Saturday AM. It is not about a fad or a diet. This is about feeling hopeful. About KNOWING this time is different. This is for ME. Oh, and I am doing the online program. It is easy peasy with the app and if it were NOT simple, I wouldn’t do this.

I will be blogging about this journey. My goal is to lose 40 pounds. That will bring me to what I weighed before I got married. If you are hesitant about WW, go for it. I am sleeping better and just feeling better. And this is just my 4th day. Life changer right here. I feel it with all of my soul.

Ingredients 101: Niacinamide

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The 5 Best Niacinamide Skincare Products

1. Seed Body Care Advanced Botanicals Daily Facial Moisturizer - a lovely facial lotion with a pump dispenser, this features sunflower seed, sea kelp bioferment, Niacinamide & more. This is a lightweight formulation with a convenient pump dispenser. Plus, it is double the size of most facial creams, coming it at a generous 4 ounces! You won'rt find a better everyday natural moisturizer than this one. $29.95

2. The Ordinary 10% Niacinamide + Zinc 1% - a lightweight anti-acne serum that works well under moisturizer. I am really impressed by the up and coming brand of skincare. No wonder it has achieved near cult status. The prices are insanely low, without sacrificing quality. $5.90

3. Drunk Elephant Shaba Eye Complex Serum  - a really beautiful eye serum with copper peptides, Niacinamide, black tea & hyaluronic acid. Drunk Elephant is a modern luxury brand with a pretty hefty price tag. If you splurge on your products, check them out.

4. Pamper your skin overnight with the Paula's Choice Radiance Renewal Mask. I love how lightweight this formula is compared to heavier overnight sleeping masks inspired by Korean beauty trends. This mask contains an abundance of Niacinamide, Arbutin, Olive Oil, Bearberry, and more. You will adore its silky texture and the luminosity it gives your skin overnight. $36

5. Is your skin oily and in need of a bit of TLC? I recommend the Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask, which contains 10% sulfur to help cut down on sebum. There is a 4% concentration of Niacinamide to help ease and inflammation and redness, as well as Zinc PCA to help absorb oil and provide skin with a mattified appearance. $55

The 5 Best Bar Cleansers for the Face

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Friday, January 5, 2018
Are you a cleansing snob?

Don't be! I want you to get that idea out of your head that bar soaps are bad. We have discussed this before at length. Bar soaps are good for your skin!

The cheap bars you buy at the store -- Dove and Zest come to mind -- are NOT real soap at all. They are bars made of beef fat (tallow) and harsh cleansing agents and fragrances which tend to be devoid of any true skincare benefits. REAL soap contains natural butters, oils, vitamins and minerals to care for your skin.

A well-formulated bar soap can do wonders for your skin! Today, I am sharing the 5 best bar soaps for the face.

The best bar cleanser for troubled skin

If you are hypersensitive or have flaky skin, Rosacea or other skin concerns, I recommend the Organic Raw Shea Butter Bar Facial Soap from Shea Moisture. This uber gentle bar contains shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils of frankincense and myrrh. $4.49

The best bar cleanser for acne-prone skin

Charcoal cleansing bars are all the rage, but the best is Meow Meow Tweet Tea Tree Charcoal Facial Soap. What sets this bar cleanser apart from others is that it helps to tackle acne while being gentle enough for delicate and inflamed skin. You will find activated charcoal to detoxify and cleanse the pores, while ground oats soothe, and cocoa butter keeps your skin hydrated. $11

The best bar cleanser for dry skin

I cannot say enough about the Carrot & Goat Milk bar from Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soap. It is positively delightful and ideal for dry skin types. There are no added fragrances of any kind and it is full of good-for-your-skin ingredients such as wheat germ oil, carrot puree, grapeseed oil, coconut oil and more. $6.50

The best bar cleanser for sensitive or mature skin

It's another winner for Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps, a brand that C & G has used for ten years! The Rose Clay Facial Bar is ideal for delicate skin because of the rose clay. It is completely free of fragrances and the clay gently draws toxins for the skin. The Sweet Almond Oil is great for mature skin with its anti-aging Vitamin A. $6.50

The best bar cleanser for oily skin

If you are looking for a beautifully formulated bar cleanser to treat excess sebum, check out the Flawless bar from Indie Goat Soap Co. Indie Goat Soap is a Finger Lakes biz located a short drive away in Naples, New York. Featuring antibacterial tea tree oil and deep cleansing Dead Sea mud, this bar effectively cleanses oily skin without leaving it feeling parched. $9

5 Benefits of Having a Consistent Facial Care Routine (and My Skincare Regimen)

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

There’s something comforting about my bedtime beauty routine. Once I massage my cleanser into my skin, it is as if I am washing away any stress from the day. Those few minutes spent on pampering actually come with other perks. In fact, there are several benefits to having a consistent skincare routine.

1. Your skin will be in better condition.

You change the oil in your car every few months in order to properly maintain it. You know that routine maintenance is a priority to extend the life of your car. You need to respect your skin the same way.

For many of us, we skip steps in our routine because we think it’ll take too long. We are all stretched for time. Once you find the right products, you'll soon realize that it only takes about 5 minutes to do your face. Faithfully keeping a skincare routine will help to treat wrinkles, prevent acne & improve the clarity of you skin.

2. Your skin will work harder for you.

It might sound silly, but it’s true. When you take care of your skin, your skin will take care of you. Did you know that your skin is actually working hard while you sleep to regenerate? Cell turnover is faster at night and this allows your products to do their job more efficiently. If you are careful and make a point to cleanse your skin and remove your makeup every night, your skin will be better able to repair itself, while treatment products and moisturizers will absorb more deeply.

Chic & Green's Favorite Facial Skincare Products

At night, I remove my makeup with the lovely Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil and then follow with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, which is non foaming, fragrance free, and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. Here is an in depth post on Cetaphil, inclusding my thoughts on it over a decade.

I use good old-fashioned Thayer's Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner after cleansing. I have used this on and off for several years and I always seem to go back to it.

After cleansing and toning, I apply a lightweight moisturizer under my makeup. My favorite is Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Take note - this is NOT the old DDML, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, this is a different product. Why do I adore this one?

It is fragrance free, feels soothing and cooling and contains barley extract, sunflower, cucumber and an ingredient known as Japanese knotweed (Cuspidatum root). Japanese knotweed is rich in Reseveratrol, one of my favorite antioxdants.

My night time serum is Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule. This gem has REALLY made a difference in my skin, dramatically fading a melasma patch in about 3 months. This may sound like a long time, but is actually pretty fast even compared to prescription treatments like hydroquinone. This serum is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and peptides and this Korean beauty cult favorites is a staple in my regimen.

Seed Advanced Botanicals Extra Moisturizing Face Cream is my go-to night cream. I love all of the Seed products I have used over the past nearly 8 years, and this cream is no different. What IS different, though is how the ingredients in this gem compare to comparable products on the market. This cream feels so LUXURIOUS, rich and nourishing. 

I use this as a night cream and I feel as though it works magic as I get my "beauty sleep." The formula boasts impressive ingredients like Argan Oil (LOVE IT), Hyaluronic Acid, and more. What is unique is that you do not find Date extract or Abyssinian Oil in many face creams. Those just seem so exotic. My skin drinks this cream up. especially this time of year. It is so dry and so cold, and the fireplace air, the constantly running furnace, and brisk temps tend to wreak havoc on my skin.I chose the Lemon and Grapefruit essential oil add ins because of the cheery scent and because they make my skin brighter. Another A+ Seed creation! You will love this cream, which is superior to night creams I have used for $70-80 or more.

I also treat my eyes with my current favorite eye cream: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme. I love how this product moisturizes the delicate skin under the eyes, helps to reduce fine lines, and I appreciate the brightening properties. In fact, that is why I adore this cream so much. There is a light yellow hue to this cream from the banana powder, so it helps if your eyes are looking a bit tired in the morning. This cream features Vitamin C, collagen, radish root ferment (a stellar natural preservative), lemon, orange, and more. I received this one free from Influenster as part of their blogger influencer program and I like it enough so that I will be repurchasing when my complimentary jar is gone.

3. Your youthful glow will start to come back.

Dullness. At some point, most of us will notice a decrease in skin radiance. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. If you make exfoliation a regular part of your skincare routine, you’ll get your glow back. Cell turnover slows down as we age, so it’s important to help the process along so our skin can shed dead cells.

Nip + Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Extreme Peel Pads slough off that top layer of skin, so over time your skin will look fresh and healthy once more. These are SUPER affordable and work just as well as peel pads that I have used from Juice Beauty, Exuviance, and Peter Thomas Roth.

These pads contain lactic acid, salicylic acid, mandelic, and glycolic acids, making them even more beneficial for your skin. Tip: Cut each pad in half and your face will still get the amount it needs PLUS you will get 120 uses!

4. With consistency comes visible results.

How many of you have purchased the latest skincare item promising results only to use it a couple of times before declaring it ineffective? People get so caught up in the notion of miracle ingredients or finding the fountain of youth that they expect instant results. Dramatic results will not happen overnight. It can often take weeks of consistent use for noticeable results to happen. The key to seeing those changes is to stick to your skincare routine.

5. Those results you’re beginning to see? They will be easier to maintain.

I like to think of a skincare routine like an exercise routine. When you first start your exercise routine, you might not see results those first few days. Once your routine is established, you take notice. You’ll begin to think, “Wow. Look at the definition in my waist.” When you stick with that exercise plan, you’ll continue to notice changes in your body and if you keep at it, you will be able to maintain those changes. The same is true with a consistent skincare regimen. Your skin will continue to look healthy and refreshed as long as you don’t give up on the routine. If you stop using your products, your results won't last. Please know that it is also okay to change up your routine! Skin changes with age, hormonal changes, weather changes, etc., so what may work now may need to be adjusted down the road.

Chic & Green's Holiday Gift Guide: Bath & Body Edition

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gifts that Lather

I love handmade soap -- real, honest to goodness cold process soap with natural butters and oils. I have tried hundreds of bars over the years and have tried and true brands. If I could only pick one it would be Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps on Etsy. Nancy Goodwin from Tucson makes the best darn palm oil free soaps on earth and I have used them for nearly a decade.

While you can't go wrong with ANY of Nan's soaps, I have two favorites. They include the Rose Clay Facial Bar and the Creamy Peppermint with Chocolate Swirl Goat's Milk bar.

Last December, I met Suds by Sasha at the Culver Road Armory while doing an event with my Karley Mott Jewelry. This indie body care brand makes stellar bar soaps and lip balms. I especially love her Oatmeal Orange bar, which is in my current soap rotation as we speak. Rochester friends, Suds by Sasha will beat Mini Mayday this Sunday at the German House!

Scrubalicious Gifts

I am a HUGE scrub fan. There are so many different types of body scrubs by fabulous makers and I have four favorites to share.

The first is one I have used the longest. In fact, I just received a scrub (in a new foaming formula) today from Sue and I cannot wait to report back. My trusty old standby is the buddget-friendly creamy Whipped Sugar Scrub from Mad City Soap on Etsy. Her ingredients are lovely and the scrubs are extra nourishing. 

Another favorite is my local artisan Ashley Monney of Cire d'Abeille. Her scrubs are decadent and her prices are affordable. I have tried several of her scrubs and they are all beautiful. I love warm bakery scents, so try out the Salted Caramel Latte Exfoliating Body Scrub.

I have one more favorite scrub and it is pure luxe: Clover and Bee Body Polish No. 1. This is a Lemongrass and Poppyseed Body Polish and has pure essential oils and granulated honey. It is divine and her packaging is stunning.

Aromatherapy Gifts

Do you love essential oils as much as I do? Here are some favorites products of mine made only with 100%  natural and pure oils.

I love EOs, but am picky. I avoid MLM oil brands like the plague and have two go-to brands: Radha and Plant Therapy.

I often give the Radha Beauty Top 8 Aromatherapy Essential Oil Set as a gift. I use these myself. The oils are budget friendly, but high quality.

I also love the roll on blends from Plant Therapy and they make great stocking stuffers! One of my favorites is the Meditation Synergy Essential Oil roll on. 

Speaking of essential oil blends, Seed Body Care has a blend for EVERYONE on their list with their Exclusive Beneficial Blends. I love them all, but Dream Land is my favorite. It features a synergistic blend of Lavender, Ginger, and Lemon essential oils and comes in a body oil mist, body wash, body lotion, rich cream, bath blossom or lip oil.

Hair Care Faves

I love, love Evolvh for the hair. Everything I have tried from them is top-notch and if you are looking for a new hair care regimen, you will adore this brand. They have a good deal on their 3 piece system. I personally like the Stunning Volume collection!

I have long been a fan of Rachel Blistein and her company, Original Moxie. Her natural products are made in Michigan and feature really beautiful ingredients. Who doesn't want a bit of bling at Christmas? I know I do! The Hair Bling High Shine Pomade is a favorite of mine and will fast become one of yours.

Lip Pampering

Moisturize those lips! First off, a lip scrub is a non-option. A gift-worthy splurge is the Henne Organics Rose Diamonds scrub. A little goes a long way and the beautiful little glass pot will be pretty sitting on your bathroom counter, too.

My go to daily lip moisturizer is Seed Smoothing Lip Oil with natural Vanilla Planifolia Extract. This is a 100% natural and plant-based formula and is under $6! It is non waxy and I keep my little oils EVERYWHERE around the house. My whole family uses their own favorite formulas of Seed Lip Oil.

Now for some over the top night-time pampering: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I actually use it as the very last step in my nighttime beauty routine. It works as I sleep ad is a great gift for the beauty fanatic on your list.

Hand Care Favorites

Dry cuticles? I get it! It can be rough this time of year, but with the right hand care, you will be in good hands (see what I did there?).

First, start by exfoliating your hands. I have been swooning over the Lush Salted Coconut Hand Scrub. Please note, if you are avoiding parabens, this is not a paraben free product like the others here.

Sephora has a great nourishing cuticle oil that I am in love with from Nails Inc called Superfood Nail and Cuticle Repair. This would be cute wrapped with a nail polish and hand cream, don't you think?

Follow with a plant-based rich and non greasy hand cream and your nails will be as good as new. My absolute favorite of many year is Seed Healthy Hand Cream. It has been a C & G favorite and one of my most mentioned products for quite a while.

Stay tuned, my friends. I will be back tomorrow with more gift ideas for you.