For as long as I could remember, I’ve always suffered from hand eczema. This winter, my skin has been doing very well, but, I know that when summertime comes around I will be reaching for a tube of hydrocortisone, and wearing gloves just to wash my face. Whenever I’m approached by a skin care company to review a product, I’m never too excited because of the fear that the items I test may lead to an eczema breakout. But, when I was approached by a representative of Sebamed, a soap-free product line with same pH as healthy skin (pH 5), I was excited to test out the products, which are said to be suitable for people with problematic and sensitive skin.
Most products designed for eczema usually colorless, odorless, and don’t lather very well. This isn’t the case with the Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash. As I poured a small amount onto my washcloth, I was surprised to see a pretty turquoise ribbon of gel emerge from the bottle. The aroma of the wash is clean and fresh, reminiscent of as a lighter version of Irish Spring. Formulated with natural moisturizers allantoin and pentavitin, it lathered nicely and didn’t dry out my skin.
I followed the Liquid Face and Body Wash with the Moisturizing Body Lotion, which is enriched with chamomile extract and allantoin to soothe and moisturize. It was non-greasy, lightweight and moisturized very well. I absolutely adore the smell of the lotion. It has a soft, powdery fragrance that lasts for hours.
The following day, my skin wasn’t irritated, which is a good sign to me. I will defiantly be using this line of products during the summertime, when my skin is at its worst.
Sebamed can be purchased in stores such as CVS and Rite Aid. Click here to view a full list of retailers. And, visit their website to learn how you can receive $3 off your purchase of 2 Sebamed Sensitive Skin & Hair Care Products.
I love the fall because beauty products in the most delectable fragrances start to emerge. I get to enjoy one of my favorite fall side dishes, pumpkin, all year round because of a special scented body wash. Although Halloween has passed and images of pumpkins are starting to be replaced with evergreen trees, there’s no better time than the present to stock up on aromatic sweet or spicy pumpkin beauty products while they are still around for the season.
1. GINGERED PUMPKIN Whipped Shea Butter Ultimate Moisturizing Body Creme, $18.00
2. ilike organic skin care, $44.00
3. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Fragrance Mist, $14.00
4. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Shampoo, Shower gel & Bubble bath, $16.00
5. HEALTHY SEXY PUMPKIN DETOX SHAMPOO 10.0 oz By SEXY HAIR, $14.99
A couple of weeks ago I was introduced to Pattern, an all natural bath and body line made from essential oils and plant extracts. The body washes are unique because not only are they unisex, they are also multifunctional. The Citrus, Cucumber and Nutmeg washes can be used to cleanse the body, face and hair; and, the other formulas (Black Pepper, Eucalyptus and Sage) are gentle enough to be used as a face cleanser in addition to all over the body.
I was excited to try this formula, just because of the name alone. It’s very rare to find beauty products that use black pepper as the main ingredient. The Black Pepper wash is formulated with anti-oxidants and Vitamin E to help protect the skin from environmental damage. When the wash first connected with the water, I was a little overwhelmed with the fragrance, but after a few minutes, the notes of the ying-ylang and vetivert oils escaped and made the scent a little softer. After a few days of using the product, I began to enjoy the smell; still, I would characterize the scent as very masculine, and suited best for males.
Similar to Black Pepper, the Nutmeg body wash is formulated with Vitamin E and antioxidants. It has moisturizing properties, and can be especially great to use to revive dry skin. Herbal extracts and essential oils of nutmeg, amber, cardamom and lavender combine to gently cleanse and soften the skin. It has a light aroma that isn’t overpowering and can be used as a cleanser for body, face and hair. The warm blend of spices make this a perfect holiday stocking stuffer.
Both products created a good amount of lather, and my skin always felt refreshed.
The lotion is lightweight and non-greasy. This blend contains herbal extracts and essential oils of sage, star anise, grapefruit and cotton flower. It has a very soft scent, which complimented both body washes very well.
All of Pattern’s body washes retail for about $20 and the Sage lotion is $26. They can all be purchased online.
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One thing I look forward to the most during the holiday season is when companies come out with limited-edition bath & body products that tempt the senses with the smells of Christmas tidings. From eggnog body wash to vanilla bean chapstick, I stock up on these products, because they only come around once a year. They also make the perfect little stocking stuffers for both male and females. Here are some of the greats from around the web:
1. Candied Ginger Shower, Scrub & Moisture Set ($25.00).
2. Holiday Scented Candle- The smell of the holidays—pine, woods, cinnamon and bitter orange (4 oz $9.50).
3. Men’s Peppermint Body Cleansing Gel ($22.00).
4. Vanilla Bean Noel – This adorable striped mini mailbox holds travel-sizes of Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Fragrance Mist ($9.25).
5. Holiday Ornament Bundle – enjoy peppermint bark, the gingerbread girl and cinnamon buns shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths 2 oz. (18.00).
6. Favorite Fragrances Bubbly Body Washes Set – Almond Cookie Body Cleansing Gel, 8 fl oz; Orange Ambrosia Body Cleansing Gel, 8 fl oz; Goddess Flower Body Cleansing Cream, 8 fl oz; An Exfoliating Body Loofah ($30.00).
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I can’t help but to begin fantasizing about all the yummy foods that will be laid before me. During Thanksgiving dinner, I skip the main course and go straight to the goodies: the side dishes and dessert…yum! Here are some beauty products inspired by Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts, you might want to try…just be sure not to add them onto your plate :)
Cranberry Sauce – What’s a Thanksgiving meal without cranberry sauce? Sweet and salty cranberry jelly is the perfect accompaniment to turkey, and now, your hands. I adore this mini Winter Cranberry hand sanitizer from Bath & Body Works.
Sweet potatoes – I love the taste of creamy, nutmeg-seasoned sweet potatoes. In my house, sweet potatoes aren’t complete unless they are topped with soft, chunky marshmallows. Just the thought of it, is making my mouth water, which is why I love the idea of a sweet potato flavored lip balm.
Pumpkin Pie – Perhaps the food that is most synonymous with Thanksgiving, other than turkey, is pumpkin pie. No Thanksgiving meal wouldn’t be complete without the spice-infused dessert, and now you can take a shower with it…well, not an actual pie, but when you’re lathering on this Spiced Pumpkin Bath & Shower Gel from The Body Shop, you will swear a pie is baking in your oven.
Pecan Pie – Nothing beats the smell of pecans smothered in a sweet butter sauce and baked to perfection, so why wouldn’t you want to rub that decadence onto your body? These pecan pie sugar scrubs are infused with maple syrup, and can be used as a skin exfoliator, or as a 1 minute facial.