A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting a coffee plantation in the Kintamani region of Bali thanks to my fiancé’s obsession with the Luwak Coffee that is produced in this region. The plantation we visited not only produced Luwak Coffee, but also produced ginger, turmeric and a host of other spices, fruits and vegetables.
At some point in the tour I mentioned to our guide that my sister and I have been using coffee grounds as a scrub for a few years now and it is still one of my favorite DIY body scrubs. Our guide in turn told me that a lot of the women in that area also use coffee grounds as a scrub as well, but they combine it with ginger powder, turmeric powder and coconut oil for paste/scrub that is great for your skin. Read more
I came across local Pennsylvania brand, Makes Scents, when I visited The Spa at The Hotel Hershey earlier this year. An all natural spa line, Makes Scents bath and body line smells and feels rich and decadent.
Their seasonal Citrus Grove Body Glow Body Scrub contains pure Israeli and Mediterranean Sea salts perfectly mixed with pure citrus essential oils and green tea extract. The scrub literally looks like a juicy, ripe fruit and the fragrance is out of this world. While your roughest dry skin spots are tamed into something softer and smoother, the scent will awaken your senses. It’s definitely a mood altering scent! Read more
If you’re ready to charge full speed ahead into Spring with warmer weather and leave the cold Winter months behind … set aside a hour and lock yourself in the bathroom (aka your home spa) and indulge in Pure Fiji’s line of luxurious and deliciously scented spa products.
I’m all about spa’ing at home, especially because this is our wedding year and I want to look my absolute best on the big day. I like to spa and I like to spa often, so A Girl’s Gotta Spa! at home once in a while! The moment I opened Pure Fiji’s Facial Solutions products, I was instantly reminded of summer. I kind of felt like I was in a commercial because I literally closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and pictured myself in the South Pacific. I set aside an hour on Sunday to lock myself in the bathroom and pamper myself with Pure Fiji’s home facial samples, sugar scrub, and pedicure sampler. On a cold March day, it was an instant mood booster. Read more
Nothing says summer and vacation to me more than the scent of coconut. And nothing says swimsuit ready more than soft, smooth, hydrated skin. Now combine the scent of coconut with products that exfoliate and moisturize my skin leaving it insanely smooth, glowing and hydrated. Who needs 80 degree temps? It’s practically summer in my shower right now…or at least it felt like it about ten minutes ago. After I used the Coconut Milk & Honey Body Scrub and Body Butter from J.R Watkins.
The natural scrub is a combination of sugar, shea butter and natural oils and smells absolutely delicious. It effectively exfoliated my skin without feeling harsh and scratchy. I loved that the scrub is also moisturizing so I did not feel like I was stripping my skin of moisturize while I exfoliated. The body butter, like the scrub is also natural and has an amazing scent that is not overpowering. The scent is light, fresh and clean…perfect for summer. It felt decadent and luxurious on my skin and left it looking and feeling soft and radiant. Read more
So far this year, I’ve been lucky enough to sample some truly amazing beauty products and I’ve been pretty excited about the majority of them. But this week I got the opportunity to try two new products from a new line of bath and body products that I am absolutely beserk about! The line is called Daisies & Dukes and as their name may suggest, their products are inspired by the fresh air and natural beauty of America’s countryside.
I used the amazing Bubbly Sugar Scrub and Body Butter and did not want to get out of the bathroom. Honestly, normally I have a tendency to speed shower and speed moisturize, but both of these products made me want to just hang around and dawdle in my bathroom for a spell. The Hayfield Romance Bubbly Sugar Scrub has a fresh and clean yet feminine and romantic scent. When I applied it in the shower it felt like I was applying frosting to my body, which I quite enjoyed. The scrub both cleansed and exfoliated my skin gently, but thoroughly. I loved that it transformed from a sugary scrub into a bubbly cleanser! Read more
LaLicious is a delectable line of body products that includes all-natural body soufflé scrubs, body butters, oils, soaps and lip butters. All of the products are paraben free and come in nine scrumptious scents including: Vanilla, Coconut Cream, Lily Mango, Passionfruit Lime, Island Guava, Tahitian Flower, Peppermint, Sugar Reed and Sugar Kiss.
The story of entrepreneur Jessica Kernochan gives us all hope of achieving our dreams! What began as a fun idea for Christmas gifts has evolved into a thriving business! In the winter of 2002, Jessica began mixing up one-of-a-kind body scrubs and soft skin lotions for her friends and family. It turned out to be destiny as the last dot.com she worked for folded, leaving her jobless. “It forced me to commit to my dream of creating a beauty line,” says Jessica. And so production began. After the process of finding the perfect concoction for her trademark sugar soufflé body scrubs, Jessica began going to beauty stores to sell her goods. The products sold themselves with their unique formulation and tantalizing scents. Soon, Jessica had to leave her kitchen behind and find a warehouse big enough to whip up her products and ship out orders. After just four short years, LaLicious built a bigger facility in order to meet the needs of a successful growing business. Now her line is sold at select retailers and spas across the country! Read more
My sister is, and always has been, my beauty mentor. Whenever I’ve had a beauty ailment (which is a weekly occurrence,) I’ve always been able to count on her to steer me in the right direction. Whether it be over plucked brows, breakouts or a lackluster complexion, she always seems to have a remedy in hand. Her latest beauty advice for me was a body scrub using coffee grounds.
This DIY body scrub was honestly one of the easiest and most enjoyable beauty adventures I’ve been on in a long time. I got to enjoy a delicious cup cup of coffee then indulge in an amazingly effective…and cheap at home spa treatment. I just took the leftover grounds into the shower with me and rubbed it all over my body. The coffee grounds make a really gentle scrub, but also does a great job of exfoliating. Caffeine is also known to be a fantastic anti-cellulite treatment. The strong smell of coffee in the shower also gave me an energy boost. Read more
Pumpkin is one of my favorite scents for autumn. But have you ever noticed that many times that pumpkin scent is usually slightly off from smelling like the real thing?
I don’t want to jinx it, but it seems like springtime is here to stay…and with warmer temps come leg-baring skirts and shorts! For those of you who might have neglected your skin during the winter, now is the time to focus your energies on getting your stems silky-smooth again!
We all know moisturization is key, but slathering on lotion does nothing if it’s sitting atop dead skin cells –the only way to rid your skin of impurities is to exfoliate. Now, I’ve been around the block when it comes to exfoliants, and I can say without a moment’s hesitation that my all-time favorite scrub is by Sabon, a luxury bath and body fragrance brand.
While doing my Christmas shopping months ago in Bryant Park, a Sabon employee convinced me (with a notable amount of zeal) to try out their body scrubs. I was pretty hesitant at first, but I was completely blown away by the product. Made with dead sea salt and various nut oils the tiniest amount used two times a week will leave your skin silky smooth and completely moisturized. Because I was Christmas shopping, I made an oath to myself that I wouldn’t purchase anything for personal use…but since I loved the scrub so much, I bought it for my roommate. Read more