Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there's no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types Read more

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

As much as I have enjoyed summer and am sad to see it come to an end, I was not enjoying how dehydrated my skin looked and felt thanks to a lot of time spent outdoors celebrating summer in all of her sunny glory.  I want to welcome fall and all the Read more

Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands. Up front I'll tell you that I Read more

Eumora Facial Bar Review

If you are part of the sisterhood that is combination/oily skin, then you'll want to learn more about Eumora, a facial bar made of moor and HmA. For as far back as I can remember, my skin has never been gifted as "normal" and transitions from combination in the Read more

Aqua Spa Body Cleanser Review

I strongly believe that one should make time spent in the shower as relaxing and enjoyable as possible...even if it's one of those two minutes showers that seem to be occurring with more frequency as we are all continuously pressed for time. One of the best ways to turn shower time Read more

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Lavanila Healthy Deodorant

Finding the right deodorant isn’t always easy.  Powders, gels, regular strength, clinical strength…there’s a ton of options on the market, but many women still struggle with finding a product that meets their exact needs.  Why is it so hard to find a product that smells good, gets the job done, and nourishes our skin?

I recently came across Lavanila Labs, an all-natural, healthy beauty company promising high-quality organic goods. Among a slew of other beauty products, Lavanila Labs boasts a set of Healthy Deodorants. The collection of freshly-scented powder sticks promises long-lasting odor protection and powerful skin nourishment to boot.

I was immediately intrigued by the deodorant collection, mainly because they had some delicious names like Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Lavender, and Vanilla Passion (and I mean, who wouldn’t want their armpits to smell vanilla-y fresh?). Aside from the names though, I wasn’t immediately sold.  I was pretty skeptical at first because I’ve tried a small handful of other organic antiperspirants and deodorants, and no product has ever lived up to my expectations.

I decided to put the Lavender-Vanilla scented Lavanila deodorant to the ultimate test: a cardio workout. After a 3 mile run and about twenty minutes of free weights,  I made my roommate smell me. Yes. I just said that. I made my roommate smell me after a good 50 minutes of working out.

I’m happy – and not to mention relieved – to say that Lavanila totally works! I wasn’t once nervous about the product not performing, and after a few days of use, I’ve even started noticing my skin feels slightly more moisturized.   An added bonus? Lavanila deodorants seem to be slightly easier to get out of clothing if your hand happens to run awry while applying. Not that I would know anything about that, of course!

Have you tried any Lavanila products? Share your experience with us in the comments?

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EDIT: 4/23/2012

Not too long after this was posted, we received the following tweet:

Sara was kind enough to engage with us and said that it stopped working for her after about a month or so. At the time, Lavanilla was still working wonderfully for me….until this weekend, that is. One day I noticed that it completely stopped working, which is a total shame because I had high hopes for it. If you’ve had a similar experience, please feel free to let us know in the comments!

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5 Products For More Restful Beauty Sleep



Anyone here in need of some serious shut eye? I know that working as hard as I do during the day, I crash the moment I go to bed…yet there is always something on my mind that I am thinking about sometimes keeping me from going into a deep sleep.

Through trial and error I’ve come up with 5 products you can’t live without to get the beauty rest you need to keep you looking fresh and glowing for that 9am meeting with the boss.

1–me! Bath Lavender Lullaby Bath Ice Cream: LOVE this fragrance that devours your senses with this incredible bath treat. So soothing, calming and relaxing–if you are not ready to meet the sandman after taking a bath with this amazing aromatherapy product, I would seriously be surprised.

2–Skin Like Butter Aloe & Shea Butter Lotion in Unscented. When your skin is deeply moisturized you have less of a tendency to scratch at your skin during the night, plus your skin will thank you for shedding those ugly flakes. This lotion is non-greasy despite the name and keeps your skin hydrated.

3–Travertine Spa Linen Spray in Lavender. Just like the bath swizzle, the scent of lavender is so relaxing. Lightly mist your bed linens a few hours before climbing into bed so that the fragrance can disperse. Take slow deep breaths to take in the aromatherapy properties and let your mind drift off to less stressful thoughts.

4–Dream Essentials Sleep Mask in Solitude. This lavender scented sleep mask will whisk you away to a deeper, more restful sleep. I never realized how much my sleep mask made a difference in the way I slept until I used it. It blocks out the light 100% (even when lights from cars driving by shine in your face!), is comfortable to wear (it will take a few days to get used to it) and overall is something I cannot live without.

5–Dr. Harry Henshaw Enhanced Healing Podcast. Dr. Harry Henshaw has a free podcast on itunes where you can download his wonderfully restful music. Each song is 5 minutes long and I downloaded several to create an hour’s worth of music. Dr. Henshaw uses binaural audio tones that magically subdue you. Believe me, I was a skeptic when I first listened to this music until I played it for a few nights in a row for my kids at bedtime–and they all slept through the night (for once!) Hallelujah! I gave it a try myself and haven’t used any other music since.

Have you found the perfect products that help you sleep better? Share them with everyone in the comments!

 

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