A Girl's Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty Free

Something I've learned in my 8+ years of beauty blogging, is that many brands like to say they are something without any proof to back it. Brands say they are natural, but the ingredient label tells a different story. Brands say they are organic because they assume you won't Read more

Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#Eyes4NYC Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Natural Bath and Body Products

A Girl's Gotta Spa! launches natural bath and body products. #vegan #crueltyfree #natural #bathandbody

The concept of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began simple enough 9 years ago this October.

I was 31 years old at the time. I moved from the suburbs of the Philadelphia area to the rural surroundings of the Pocono mountains just two years prior. I had 3 boys already and soon enough would be having a 4th. The idea of taking time for myself was not a foreign concept, although one that seems to have some duplicity in the notion of it. On the one hand you have people telling you that you need some me time, “Take some time for yourself,” they’d say, “You deserve it.” Then, on the other hand, you have people tsking you and accusing you of being selfish for doing so.

I believe you deserve to be pampered. Read more

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Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Benefits Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil #bodycare #skincare #beauty

Aside from the fact that study after study have shown that men perceive women wearing a grapefruit fragrance to be younger than they actually are, there are many more benefits to grapefruit essential oil in skin and body care.

Although, honestly, I am all over grapefruit for the youth factor alone… Read more

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My Beauty Bunny All Natural Cruelty Free AHA Moisturizer

My Beauty Bunny All Natural AHA Moisturizer #vegan #crueltyfree

Well known cruelty-free beauty blogger, Jennifer Matthews of My Beauty Bunny (sm), is dipping her toes into the personal care industry and I couldn’t be more excited!

My Beauty Bunny’s initial launch into the cruelty free, vegan beauty space is with her All Natural Cruelty Free AHA Moisturizer. Great for all skin types and the AHA (5%) is sourced from fruit. Other ingredients include aloe, toning witch hazel, moisturizing squalane (from olives), bilberry fruit, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange fruit extract, lemon fruit extract; and antioxidants: camellia oleifera (white tea), camellia sinensis (green tea), and aspalathus linearis (AKA rooibus or “red tea”).   This facial moisturizer is fragranced with a grapefruit cranberry scent. Read more

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Korres Japanese Rose Body Butter

Korres Japanese Rose Body Butter #review #bathandbody

Pretty much the entire US is currently experiencing awful winter weather.  Even here in Marina del Rey, CA, I’ve had the heat on for at least the past week.  Along with that dreadful extreme winter weather comes dry, flaky skin which is never a welcome sight…or feel.  To get my skin moisturized I’ve been relying on Korres Japanese Rose Body Butter.

The Japanese Rose Body Butter has a very feminine, floral scent that is light and pretty, yet fresh…the perfect romantic scent for any day of the year.  The Body Butter is also chock full of antioxidants enzymes as well as wheat protein, which promotes healthy skin and possesses regenerative properties. Read more

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Goat Milk Stuff

Goat Milk Stuff Soap #review

Black Raspberry, Almond, Purify and Chocolate

I come from a large family. My mom is one of 8 children, and her mother and father came from a large family too. My sister has 7 children, my brother and I each have 4 kids. To say family cohesiveness is a highly held value in my family, would be an understatement. So I am often inspired by family run businesses, such as Goat Milk Stuff.

PJ and Jim Jonas, along with their 8 children, run a very successful bath and body brand built upon family and faith, as well as PJ’s desire to use chemical-free products on her children’s skin. Goat Milk Stuff began with just one bar of soap and has now grown into lip balms, scrubs, lotions, deodorants and even candles. Read more

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Stay Beautiful Naturally

Stay Beautiful - Naturally! (Includes a DIY lip balm recipe!)

We all want to stay looking our best, but sometimes you have to wonder exactly what is in the products that you buy at the beauty counter. We always advise to read the label and know your ingredients. With more and more people looking towards more natural ingredients, it’s good to know which one’s work best for your skin according to the season.

One of the many winter skin ailments we all deal with is dry, cracked lips. This is because the humidity is very low in the winter and when you turn your thermostat up, you’re depleting moisture which further dries out your skin. What you really need is a good lip scrub and lip balm to nourish and protect your lips!

Here’s a DIY Lip Balm recipe: Read more

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MaMi Skincare Nightshift Eye Serum Review

A Girl's Gotta Spa! MaMi Skincare Nightshift Eye Serum #Review

I recall being pregnant with my first child and beginning to worry about everything I put in my body. It wasn’t until I contacted a skincare company about a product and found out it was NOT safe to use during pregnancy that I began to worry about what I put on my skin, as well.

MaMi Skincare is a brand that takes the worry out when it comes to natural skincare products that are effective as they are safe. Whether you are currently pregnant or just looking for a natural skincare brand, MaMi Skincare is one you should consider. Read more

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Natural Beauty Brands: Don’t Be Fooled by Labels on Makeup


Natural Beauty Brands

Let’s face it, every girl wants to put her best face forward, but in today’s beauty biz it can be frightening to think about the harsh chemicals you’re applying to your skin. Some products may claim to be natural, green, cruelty free, or organic, but if you’re not doing your research, you may be duped by imposters. Here are five cosmetic companies that have helped to put “natural” on the beauty map.

1. Josie Maran Cosmetics: Model Josie Maran launched this eco-friendly line back in 2006. Each product is made from only natural ingredients like argan oil, cucumber, apricot and avocado, and meets every cosmetic need from foundation and bronzer to mascara and lip gloss. Read more

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Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel Softening Salve Review

Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel Softening Salve Review
For the past two weeks, I have been using an amazing multi-purpose product from Farmaesthetics, my favorite natural and organic skincare line.  Their Hand to Heel Softening Salve has been a constant presence on my nightstand because it is truly a great product.   Read more
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Makes Scents Citrus Grove Body Glow Body Scrub and Whipped Body Butter


Makes Scents Citrus Grove Body Glow Body Scrub and Body Butter #Review

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

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