Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

Malia B Luv Perfume Review

Some of the best perfumes are made by indie brands. When I first began blogging in 2005, I came across perfumer, Sharon Bolton, and her amazing fragrances. For a few years she went off the radar, but I was so thrilled when she recently reached out with the relaunch as Read more

Erbaviva Organic Deodorant Review

Mention "organic deodorant" and you may get a few raised eyebrows combined with some skepticism. People often wonder - Does organic deodorant smell weird? Is it strong enough? What exactly is it made of? I'm going to be straight up honest, I've never tried organic deodorant before simply because I Read more

Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care Check out the end of this post for a GIVEAWAY!   We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that's a definite), knowing who you are and what you want... and then all those lovely skin issues. Dark spots, wrinkles, and other Read more

Customized Nexxus Hair Care at Sam's Club

Sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. Lately I've been on the hunt for products that aim to treat my skin and hair for the issues I'm having as I age (not just things to make me look younger.) Being in my 40's comes with a plethora of issues Read more

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KYI Whipped Shea Butter Mask Review in Chamomile Lavender

kyi-whipped-shea-butter-maskTwo things that I always look for when purchasing beauty products are that the product(s) are as natural as possible and they are multi-functional.  I work hard at feeding my body things that will nourish it instead of harming it and I don’t want to undo that hard work by applying things to my skin that are unhealthy and harmful.  I also travel a ton so the less products I can lug from place to place the better, this is why I look for products that can be used in a variety of ways…plus if something is multi-functional it also reduces the amount of products I have to purchase, which is great for my wallet and for the environment since this also means less waste.  This past week I had the absolute joy of trying a product that is both natural and multi-functional.  Read more

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Review: Andalou Kukui Cocoa Body Butter

Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Body Butter #review #bathandbody #beauty

My beauty regimen isn’t complete if I don’t start off with a well moisturized body regardless if it’s below 10 degrees or a sizzling 90. You can look like a million bucks in that cute dress, but if your skin looks itchy and dry, it ruins the whole outfit and not to mention, a good time.

Living in Minnesota, it can get a bit tricky finding the right body moisturizer with the change of seasons. In winter, you need something a bit more moisturizing, but come the hotter months and humidity you don’t want to use that same heavy moisturizer and feel like you took a bath in cooking oil. Finding a light but effective body moisturizer can sometimes be a bit overwhelming with all the choices out there so you (me) may end up grabbing the one with the pretty packaging only to find out that the smell is way off or it feels tacky on your skin. Pretty packaging doesn’t necessarily means effective… Read more

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Candle Review: The SOI Company Pumpkin Spice Soy Candle and Moisturizer



The holidays are officially upon us, which for a lot of us means fun, festive holiday get-togethers, one of my absolute favorite things about the holidays.  I definitely look forward to gathering with family, friends and of course co-workers and getting into the holiday spirit. One of the first thoughts that crosses my mind after receiving those much anticipated holiday evites…besides what will I wear of course…is what would be a great hostess gift? I tend to be quite unoriginal in choosing hostess gifts and will frequently rely on the fail safe bottle of wine, chocolates or set of soaps. These have always seemed to go over well but I wouldn’t mind gifting something a bit more unique, something like a beautifully scented candle that is not only eco- friendly, but can also be used as a body moisturizer.

Well thanks to The SOI Company, an amazingly scented, all natural candle, that is also a moisturizer, is exactly what I will be presenting to my party hostesses this holiday season.  I think these candles are the greatest things ever. Because the SOI candles are made of 100% all natural soy oil, you will enjoy clean, soot-free burning that is not harmful to you or the environment. The SOI candles soy oil only heats to 106 degrees making them last longer. The melted soy oil from SOI candles can also be used as skin moisturizer and help remedy  sunburns, eczema, psoriasis and poison oak.

I have been enjoying the Pumpkin Spice candle in my home for the last week and I am absolutely crazy about it.  The fragrance is heavenly, very warm and inviting and really puts you in a holiday state of mind.  I still get the aroma of pumpkin spice even when the candle is not burning.  I also loved it as a body moisturizer.  At first I was very hesitant about dipping my fingers in hot soy oil and applying it to my body, but the oil was actually more warm than hot.  It felt very soothing and I really enjoyed the fragrance on my skin.

The SOI candles are available in some great holiday scents such as; Pumpkin Spice, Mandarin Cranberry, Holiday Spirit, Spiced Cider and Mistletoe and would make great hostess/holiday gifts.  And if you happen to be the hostess, having these burning when your guests walk will definitely create a festive atmosphere…and if your hands happen to get a bit dry from all of the entertaining, just dip them in your jar with the burning candle and enjoy the surprised looks on your guests faces!


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