Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NEW Aftelier Perfumes Honeysuckle Face Elixir | Review

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That Mandy Aftel has raised the bar in the realm of exceptional beauty oils should come as no surprise. Her new creation, Aftelier Honeysuckle Face Elixir, is less a beauty oil, and more a work of art of exceptional rarity. Indeed, this is perhaps the singular beauty oil against which all other beauty oils will be judged in perpetuity. Aftel describes the Honeysuckle Face Elixir as one that, "features rare honeysuckle absolute from Italy, extracted from the creamy white and yellow trumpet flowers. This sweet heavenly aroma is intoxicating, honeyed, and reminiscent of ripe fruit."

There is an immediate sense of the pricelessness of this rare Italian Honeysuckle Absolute that, to my sensibilities, links it to a tradition of cultivating exquisite raw materials from the fertile land in Italy, and that can only be unlocked by the creative genius of a true artist. Mandy releases the true potential of this rare ingredient because of her particular deep understanding of the materials with which she engages, and does so in the same way that Michelangelo was able to free his sculpture from his raw blocks of Carrara marble. He was able to envisage what lay beneath the unhewn block and through his creative genius and deft touch was able to unlock its great potential that in the hands of anyone else would not come to pass.

It is in this way that Mandy was able to coax from this rare Italian Honeysuckle Absolute, and bring to fruition, something so unique and singular, so unfathomably beautiful and elegant, and so extraordinary in vision, and exquisite in its execution. It is, unmistakably, a peerless creation, and as such it cannot be compared to any luxury oils on the market– even those created by the master herself.
This triumphant achievement is immediately obvious the moment that you open the bottle and take the first deep inhalation of this intoxicating golden elixir. The rich and creamy honeysuckle has a depth and complexity that unfurls slowly, and once it commingles with the warmth of the skin it graciously expands and delights. This is by no means an ordinary Honeysuckle, and while one may lay the claim to being an avid lover of honeysuckle generally, one most assuredly has not encountered this one anywhere else. 

Mandy's beauty oils have soul. They are almost like little beings unto themselves, and to try to capture their dynamic complexity is no small feat. While photographing them, one is struck by the delicate play of light that dances through the oil and creates a celestial haloed effect.

Somehow the chiaroscuro effect created by the juxtaposition of the golden light to the deep shadows seems to capture some of the inherent beauty of this sublime masterpiece.
Aftel asserts, "Aftelier elixirs are a luxurious combination of fragrance and richly nourishing ingredients; they leave a veil of fragrance on your skin or in your hair that mixes beautifully with your body chemistry." Indeed, her elixirs are only possible as a result of the imaginings of a renown atelier perfumer who innately and intuitively understands how to reveal the potential of each precious scent, and how to pair it with others to create never before seen or smelled essences.

According to Aftel,

Our antioxidant rich face elixirs comfort your skin and promote cell regeneration. 
 Our lightweight face elixir is immediately absorbed softening and conditioning your skin. Use on your clean face before bed, and drift off to sleep in a light veil of fragrance that promotes relaxation. When you wake up, your skin will feel wonderfully nourished and revitalized. 
 Mandy creates them from the following organic oils:
 - Organic grapeseed and organic sweet almond, rich in vitamins and minerals, helps tone the skin
 - Organic rice bran oil reduces the formation of wrinkles and slows down aging - Organic squalane helps hydrate and protect the skin, encourages regeneration of healthy skin cells, and prevents premature aging of the skin
 - Organic camellia oil, rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin E - Organic rose hip oil improves elasticity and has a rejuvenating effect on the skin.

Every Aftelier Face Elixir uses a base of the highest quality organic oils. Each Face Elixir is composed of a combination of rice bran, sweet almond, apricot kernel, camellia, grapeseed, squalene, and rose hipseed. All of these oils are healing and promote cell regeneration. This fresh and floral nourishing 

treatment for the face is immediately moisturizing, softening, and conditioning. Each masterfully createdoil leaves skin hydrated, plumped and luminous.

Aftel continues,


This fresh and floral organic nourishing treatment for the face is immediately moisturizing, softening, and conditioning. Features rare honeysuckle absolute from Italy, extracted from the creamy white and yellow trumpet flowers. This sweet heavenly aroma is intoxicating, honeyed, and reminiscent of ripe fruit. Drifting off to sleep inhaling this gorgeous aroma makes you feel as if all is right in the world.


All of these oils are healing and promote cell regeneration. This fresh and floral nourishing treatment for the face is immediately moisturizing, softening, and conditioning.


Add some drops of the elixir to your fingertips and gently pat into your clean face before bed. This lightweight non-greasy formula absorbs quickly into your skin. You will drift off to sleep, in a light veil of fragrance that soothes and relaxes. When you wake up, your skin will feel wonderfully nourished and revitalized.
Lonicera Caprifolium (source)

I have been using Aftelier Organic Honeysuckle Face Elixir both day and night since the day that it arrived, and not only because I was going to review it, but largely because it is so extraordinary that I simply cannot control my impulse to use it. If it were a perfume I would wear it, if it were a house I would live in it– it is, simply put, so extraordinary that I crave it. 

Of course it does all of the magical things that only Mandy's Face Elixirs are capable of, but this rare Italian Honeysuckle beckons me like nothing before. It is intoxicatingly beautiful, and neither too sweet, nor too predictably floral. It occupies some liminal space between waking life and dreamscapes: it is tantamount to the discovery of mythological creature, but one that actually exists. 
My effusive description of this luxurious oil is, if anything, understated. This elixir is less to be described, and more to be experienced. As I stated before this review must now be underscored:

I knew it was going to be spectacular, but it’s miraculous! If you love luxury face oils-- then you must try this golden gem!
Attributes of the carefully selected oils:
  • Organic grapeseed and organic sweet almond, rich in vitamins and minerals, helps tone the skin

  • Organic rice bran oil reduces the formation of wrinkles and slows down aging
  • Organic squalane helps hydrate and protect the skin, encourages regeneration of healthy skin cells, and prevents premature aging of the skin

  • Organic camellia oil, rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin E
  • Organic rose hip oil improves elasticity and has a rejuvenating effect on the skin 
It should be noted that Mandy carefully scrutinizes the quality of each of the ingredients used and will only use those of the highest quality available.
This luxurious Face Elixir is very concentrated– therefore only a few drops are required to massage into the face, neck and décolleté. I apply it to slightly damp freshly cleansed skin, and this non-greasy golden elixir sinks in quickly leaving behind the glorious veil of its sumptuous aroma.
Skin is left glistening and revitalized.
The glorious scent envelopes and enraptures the senses while it quiets the mind. This is an experiential luxury face oil that has no equivalent.
In the oversaturated face oil market, and one rife with dilettante creators of so-called luxury oils, there are but a few that truly stand out. Mandy Aftel categorically makes among the very finest beauty oils that the market has ever seen. It is a combination of her rarefied knowledge, scholarly research, cultivated skill set, creative genius and extraordinary artistry that sets her creations apart from the other beauty oils on the market.
Mandy Aftel, an award-winning all-natural perfumer and author, creates each of her extraordinary fragrances and Elixirs by hand in small batches in her Berkeley, California studio.
Aftelier Perfumes also offers Organic Rose Face Elixir (reviewed here) and Organic Ylang Face Elixir (reviewed here).
Overall Assessment: Aftelier Perfumes Honeysuckle Face Elixir is a breathtaking achievement, and I assure you that you have never tried anything even remotely similar to this sublime rare jewel. This soulful elixir nourishes the skin while it feeds the soul and spirit, and for this reason it is well worth experiencing for yourself.

Organic Honeysuckle Face Elixir is available in a 15 ml dropper bottle ($65), and a sample size ($6) at www.aftelier.com. (Unaffiliated Links)


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Teadora Rainforest At Dusk Nourishing Body Polish | Review

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You already know from my recent review of their Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Lip Butter, that Teadora has hit my lip butter sweet spot, and you are keenly aware that I love exfoliating. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I am equally thrilled by their Rainforest At Dusk Nourishing Body Polish.
Rainforest At Dusk Nourishing Body Polish is an antioxidant and vitamin rich body scrub that is both gentle and effective, but remarkably it also has the distinction of being quite moisturizing as well. It leaves skin utterly smooth and silky with the perfect amount of hydration. Furthermore, it leaves behind no greasy film whatsoever. It is, in my estimation, body scrub perfection. What makes this an even greater scrub is the fact that it has an intoxicatingly delicious warm and earthy scent that reminds me of a less pungent variant of Ylang Ylang. Using this body polish is a glorious sensory experience, and while it works wonders on the skin it also immediately quiets the mind and calms the spirit. It is a real treat to use, and I fear that my tube will be in need of replacement very soon!

According to Teadora,

Teadora’s unique blend of sustainable Brazilian ingredients removes dead skin, minimizes ingrown hair, smoothes and brightens skin. Rainforest at Dusk is a unique, 100% natural scent: for those of us who love a subtle, soothing, sexier scent that relaxes you after a long day.  It's like a relaxing twilight in the forest.

Our Noursishing Body Polish comes with Teadora Hydration Elixir, this elixir is a combination of 5 amazing oils (Buriti, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Rose Hip Seed, and Maracujá), which in addition to the ingredients we call the Icons of the Rainforest: Pitanga, Cupuaçu, Andiroba and Açai are full of free radical-fighting antioxidants, vitamins and oleic and fatty acids that help to revitalize your skin.

For exfoliation and mineralization we use Açaí Seeds, known as the Beauty Berry, the most famous antioxidant-packed fruit of Brazil is highly valued for helping to protect skin from damage caused by pollution, UV rays, and stress. But we don't stop there, we also use Amazonian Clay, one of nature's most perfect beauty ingredients. It simultaneously reduces dry patches and removes oil from the surface of skin for a clear, smooth, flawless look.

Select Ingredients and their attributes:

Buriti is an amazingly powerful ingredient. It contains the highest concentration of natural vitamin A among fruits and vegetables. It is also rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C and antioxidants and has been used for generations as a natural UV ray protectant. Its amazing anti-inflammatory properties also help to promote skin healing.

Maracujá (or Passion Fruit) is known as the "Pure Miracle" in Brazil as it brightens, moisturizes, heals, and repairs skin and hair without feeling greasy or heavy. Good for all skin types-from dry to oily.

Brazil Nut is a light, sweet, and nutty oil that is wonderful for the entire body. It absorbs quickly, and provides powerful moisture and healing to the skin, hair, and face.

Ingredients: Aqua, Organic Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Kaolin (Brazil White Clay), Decyl Glucoside, Diatomaceous Earth, Bentonite, Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed (Brazil Nut) Oil, Pumice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Kosher Glycerine, Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí) Seed Powder, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata (Passionfruit) Seed Oil, Organic Rasa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Organic Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit (Açaí) Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit (Buriti) Extract, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Mixed-Ester) Vitamin E, Ascophyllum Nodosum, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Caprylyl Glycol, Eugenia Uniflora Fruit (Pitanga) Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) Ester, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Natural Fragrance.

Teadora's social mission:

Love the rainforest ingredients and want to help preserve the rainforest? By purchasing our products you are supporting sustainable agriculture in Brazil to help stop rainforest deforestation. You are also funding a philanthropy exchange between the US and Brazil that promotes youth education, leadership development, and health. Be part of this movement we are calling EARTH FOR YOU. YOU FOR EARTH.

Overall Assessment: Unquestionably one of the very finest body scrubs that I have used! Now I want to try their Rainforest at Dawn Nourishing Body Polish!

$34.00 for 6 oz. and $10.00 for  1.5 oz. from Teadora and Amazon (Affiliate Links).
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  • Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Sunday Sun Day Volume XXIV: Fake Bake for Sunless Bronzing and Luminizing for the Holidays!

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    For many, as their glowing summer skin gives way to the paler shades of winter– they often seek a little extra glow or added color. Fake Bake has a wide range of products to add a little to a lot of color, and luminosity where there is little offered by the cooler days of winter. Their products are high quality and easy to use, and there is something for everyone in their vast array of sunless tanners, bronzers and luminizers. Here are but a few to consider if you are looking to add some oomph to your holiday season.
    1) Beyond Bronze Self Tanning Mousse ($14.50 for 7.1 oz. from Amazon): Beyond Bronze Self Tanning Mousse is a fast drying, easy to apply super light weight mousse suitable for all skin types. The colour transfer resistant formula can be applied in the morning giving your the confidence to wear it throughout the day whilst the tanning agent develop. 
    Ingredients: 
    2) Bronze on the Glow Instant Tan ($18.00  for 4 oz. from Dermstore): An instant tanning spray for the face and body. Fake Bake Bronze on the Glow Instant Tan adds a boost of color to your skin with temporary results. The formula goes on smooth and streak-free and can be removed in the shower without any residue left over. Simply mist it over your face or any part of your body and you will instantly see your skin with a natural-looking tan application. Includes a mitt for a smooth and mess-free application.

    Ingredients: SD Alcohol 40-B, Dimethyl Ether, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, PEG-8 Propylene Glycol, Cocoate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Iron Oxides, Canola Oil, Cucumber (Cucumus Sativa) Extract, Papaya Extract (Carica Papaya) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Soy Lecithin, Synthetic Wax, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Tin Oxide, Triethoxy Caprylylsilane, Fragrance (Parfum).

    3) Ampify Daily Gradual Tan ($19.99 for 8 oz. from Amazon): Developed with cutting edge technology, the new Amplify Daily Gradual Tan by Fake Bake works on three levels to give a perfect year-round tan. An active plant based agent increases the skin’s melanin production, so it can be applied pre-sun exposure to give a quicker, deeper and longer lasting tan, while gradual tanners give a rich golden glow over daily use. Its luxuriously creamy but light formula also hydrates the skin with a skin-perfecting veil to blur minor imperfections.
    Ingredients:
    4) Tanning Body Butter ($21.00 for 4 oz. from Dermstore): A hydrating body cream to prolong self-tan applications. Fake Bake Tanning Body Butter moisturizes and keeps a faux-tan application fresh-looking as it starts to fade. Infused with shea butter, it nourishes and protects the skin. Sodium hyaluronate seals in moisture and smoothes skin imperfections. Great for use in between tanning applications.

    Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Dihydroxyacetone, Stearyl Heptanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ethoxydiglycol, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, C 10-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Xanthan Gum, Erythrulose, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Green 5 (CI 61570), Red (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, Benzyl Salicilate, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene, Carboxyaldehyde, Linalool.

    5) Tan Enhancing Lotion with Golden Glisteners ($16.00 for 6 oz. from Dermstore): A shimmering lotion for faux-tanned skin. Fake Bake Tan Enhancing Lotion moisturizes and helps extend the life of your faux tan application. Orange flower and calendula extracts condition while aloe soothes the skin. The smooth lotion adds a shimmering finish for a healthy and natural radiance.

    Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol, Diheptanoate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Calenduala Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Achillea Millefonium Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Carbomer, Glycerin, Aroma, Triethanolamine, Polyquaternium-11, Fragrance, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

    6) Tinted Body Glow for Face and Body ($11.90-$17.90 for 2 oz. from Yes Style and Selfridges): Tinted Body Glow delivers that 'dewey-glowy-look' celebrities have been keeping a secret for years! A Triple pigmented tinted bronze that lasts from shower to shower, delivering that "dewey-glowy-look" designed for both face and body.

    Directions for use: Apply Fake Bake Tinted Body Glow in a circular motion on clean dry skin. Wash hands immediately after using. Allow to dry thoroughly before dressing. Can remove excess by lightly buffing with dry towel. Avoid water or excessive perspiration. Remove with warm water and soap.

    Ingredients: Water, Canola Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cereareth-20, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Aroma, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate (vit. E), Ascorbic Acid (vit. C), Retinyl Palmitate (vit. A), Propylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (fennel) extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) leaf extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77499), Citral, Limonene, Linalool.

    Overall Assessment: Fake Bake has a wonderful line of products, and anyone looking to add summer glowing skin without the sun should take a look at their products!

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    Beauty Box 5 November 2014 | Unveiling and Review

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    I love Beauty Box 5 and eagerly await each box that they send because there are always so many great things to try every month. Like every box before it, the November box proved to include five infinitely useful things, and given the holidays these five carefully curated picks are perfect for traveling.

    BB5 selects the box contents thematically, and their November box is all about being "gracefully grounded."

    They assert,

    Keep your look on point! A graceful gal knows giving your body the same amount of attention you devote to scanning Black Friday sales results in that glow from within that money can't buy. Gift yourself an extra 10 minutes with these goodies in your pampered routine and you'll practically dance through the rest of your day.

    The November box contains:

    1) Afterfeather Refillable Travel Bottle | Retail: $8.95 Set of 2 Refillable Bottles (one in the BB5 box): This pretty little travel buddy is not only functional and TSA-approved, but easy on the eyes! Fun fact: these were inspired by the beauty all around us and are totally reusable for all your favorite products. This is a super cute travel bottle that is going right into my carry-on bag for my next trip! The size is perfect, and the sturdy construction means that it will neither leak, nor will it break. I will use this again and again. #afterfeather

    2) DenTek Floss Picks + Case | Retail: $2.49 4 count (full size in BB5 box): Floss in style with these adorable picks and colorful case! BB5 Tip: keep this little cutie in your bag to minimize those embarrassing smile moments. Trust us, it will become a must-have in no time. Another winner for traveling, and in my travel bag it goes! #dentek

    3) HASK Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil | Retail: $2.99 5/8 fl. oz. (full size in BB5 box): Nuts for having healthy hair? We know you will cherish this ultra-hydrating oil just as much as we do! Apply a small amount to your ends after conditioning and watch dull strands come back to life. 

    According to HASK, 

    Dry hair is thirsty hair! Quench its thirst with Hask® Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Shine Oil. This lightweight, instantly absorbing oil is alcohol-free and rich in Omega 7, Vitamin E & Antioxidants. Macadamia Oil helps to replenish moisture and seal the hair cuticle for added softness to transform dry, damaged hair into soft, silky locks. The delicious scent will delight your senses. 

    This is a delightful smelling oil that promises to transform the hair. While I have only tried it on my tips so far, I will say that it adds lovely shine. #haskhair 

    4) Laura Ashley Body Coconut Lime Butter | Retail: $20.00 Set of 6 body butters (1.75 oz. each. One full size body butter in BB5 box): Play princess for a day and indulge in this nourishing, rich lotion! For a maximum moisturizing moment, smooth it on post-shower while your skin is still damp for seriously smooth results with a sweet scent, too. The TSA compliant size, pleasant scent and great hydration make this a perfect travel companion. #lauraashley

    5) Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash | Retail: $6.49 22 oz. (1.8 oz. travel size in BB5 box): Meet the latest beauty breakthrough from Dove. With a rich lather and even more of our gentle cleansers, Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash will leave you with softer, smoother skin after just one shower. Once again, this is the perfect size for travel, and who wants to use someone else's bar soap when you can use your own liquid body wash that moisturizes as it cleans! #OneShowerChallenge
    Overall Assessment: The November box saves a me a trip to the drugstore for a few last minute travel items! I really like the selection of TSA compliant products that I can use during the upcoming holiday season!

    Get an extra box free with any subscription purchase. Use Code: FREEBOX1 (Valid for first-time subscribers only.)

    About Beautybox Five: Beauty Box Five is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month. Aimed at introducing women to new cosmetic products and educating them on best practices, Beauty Box 5 scours the market to find the best products for your lifestyle.

    Select the subscription plan that works best for you. Every month we will send you a mixture of carefully selected travel, deluxe and full-size samples. Their monthly plans begin at $12.00, but they offer a quarterly plan for $30.00 and a yearly plan for $99.00.

    All members receive free shipping. Receive exclusive discounts from our partner brands.
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    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    Movember Awareness: Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser with Aloe & Sage Leaf | Details and Review

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    Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser with Aloe & Sage Leaf is a "dual-purpose 2-in-1 liquid cleanser and toner" that effectively "removes deep-down dirt and oil, for clear, smooth, shave-ready skin.  Works gently, without over-drying, to leave your complexion clean, hydrated and fresh." 

    According to Jack Black.

    Pure Clean cleanses the face and neck with a rich lather that gently and effectively removes dirt and debris without irritation or dryness, leaving skin clean, clear and smooth.

    This PureScience™ formula locks in nature's best to please even the most sensitive skin using a blend of naturally-derived surfactants and certified organic ingredients. Witch hazel acts as astringent, toner, anti-irritant, and potent antioxidant as certified organic sage leaf extract provides antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to skin. Certified organic chamomile extract and aloe leaf extract calm, soothe, and reduce redness. It's dermatologist tested, fragrance-, alcohol-, and colorant-free.

    Suggested Use: Apply a nickel-size amount to wet hands, work into a lather and apply to face with fingertips using a circular motion.  Rinse.  Use in the morning before shaving, and at night to cleanse skin.

    My husband has been using, and loving, Pure Clean each day in the shower and just raves about it. He asserts that it not only thoroughly cleanses his skin, but also leaves his face unbelievably soft, smooth and moisturized. When used before shaving it preps the skin and softens the hairs making for an effortless close shave. He also noted that his very resilient waterproof sunscreen, that is quite difficult to remove after surfing, is effortlessly swept away by Pure Clean. Therefore, it is his assessment that this is a unique cleanser that not only deeply cleans the skin, but also moisturizes and tones it like nothing that he has tried before. I myself gave it a try, and was surprised by how well it cleaned and moisturized my skin without leaving it the least bit stripped. 

    Attributes of Selected Ingredients:
    • Oat and Coconut derived surfactants: Work into a thick rich lather to gently cleanse skin and break down pore clogging residue.
    • Certified Organic Sage Leaf Extract: Provides antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
    • Certified Organic Chamomile Extract: Soothes calms and helps reduce redness and acts as an antiseptic.
    • Rosemary Extract: Helps control oiliness and fights bacteria on the skin's surface.
    • Witch Hazel: A natural astringent and antioxidant that acts as a toner and anti-irritant.
    • Aloe Leaf Extract: Helps soothe calm and soften skin.
    • Lavender Extract: A natural botanical that encourages healing and soothes skin.
    Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Glycol Distearate, PEG-150 Distearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Oil, Backhousia Citriodora Oil, PEG 8-Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Sodium PCA, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid. * Certified Organic.

    $18.00 for 6 oz. from Jack Black (Unaffiliated Links).
    Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser with Aloe & Sage Leaf was the Men's Health Award 2007 - Runner-Up Best Facial Cleanser.

    No Shave November is upon us. No Shave November is a grassroots effort designed to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. Cancer patients typically lose their hair during the course of treatments and not shaving for a month shines a spotlight on their cause.

    It’s okay to have fun with it. Create a team and have contests for who can grow the craziest beard and who can raise the most money. But even though a “crazy” beard may be a bit more bohemian than your normal look, it doesn’t give you an excuse to be unkempt. Your newborn scruff might end up staying a while and with proper care and maintenance, may turn No Shave November into No-Shave December.

    In order to keep your beard looking healthy and effortless, you need to take care of it. Load up on some of our favorite products to keep your whiskers game on point this month.

    Clean as a Whistle. With Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, you can remove stubborn dirt and oil for a deep down clean for beard and face. Load a nickel-size amount into wet hands, work into lather and apply to face with fingertips using a circular motion. Rinse.

    Strength and Conditioning. Our Beard Lube Conditioning Shave is a pre-shave oil that replaces creams and gels when shaving. But it can also be used as a conditioner during No-Shave November. The moisture-binding formula helps to soften and smooth facial hair so it won’t look scraggily.

    Control vs. Chaos. Keep those non-conformist whiskers in check with our MP 10 Nourishing Oil. This versatile treatment can be used for conditioning, styling or finishing. Argan oil, in combination with nine other natural oils, provides smoother, shinier hair.

    No Shave November is a great effort for a great cause. Join your follicles and raise awareness and money. You’ll be using one of these again soon enough.


    Overall Assessment: An excellent cleanser and a very worthy cause!
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    Good Things to Have On Hand During the Holidays

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    As I was thinking about the upcoming holidays it occurred to me that while this is a festive time of year that it is also one fraught with heightened stress. All of the running around to the grocery store and the mall can leave one feeling a bit worse for wear, and the stress of the season can make people careless, accident prone and cranky. Furthermore, hosting events, and both the foreseen and unforeseen house guests, means needing to be stocked and prepared for come what may.

    As I thought about these things, it occurred to me that there were certain items, or item types, that would be worth having on hand for everyone's pleasure, and for any unforeseen bumps and bruises. I picked a few of my favorites, but would to hear about yours!
    Cleansing:
    Wonderful hand soaps and special bars of soap are a really lovely way to treat yourself and your guests since they transform the mundane activity of hand-washing to a wonderfully luxurious sensory experience.

    My favorite hand soaps are the wonderful creations from J.R. Watkins. Their *Foaming Hand Soap in Lemon (reviewed here) and Hand Soap in Lemon and Aloe & Green Tea (reviewed here) are refreshing and lusciously scented soaps that leave hands clean, soft and moisturized. I buy them in multiples whenever they go on sale at the grocery store, but always have them on hand because they are so wonderful to use.

    Castelbel Savon Passion Flower & Coconut Soap is a fresh fruity scent that is intoxicatingly beautiful and moisturizing– a true treat for the senses.

    Kopa Haiku Lilikoi Guava Cream Soap is an otherworldly soap that my friend bought for me during his last trip to Hawaii, and when he handed it to me I was so overtaken by the sweet scent of paradise that I sniffed it and sniffed it and sniffed it until I felt as though I was in Hawaii!

    *SAI-SEI Mineral Loofah Body Polish Soap is a "dual purpose soap has been created with essential minerals, moisturizing glycerin and a segment of natural loofah sponge to gently buff and purify the skin." It gently exfoliates and moisturizes leaving skin soft and supple. It's a lovely addition to the shower.
    Moisturizing:
    When the weather starts to cool down I like nothing more than a nice variety of rich creams, lotions, body butters and oils to keep my skin soft supple and hydrated. If you have lots of guests throughout the holidays it's especially nice to have a variety from which they can choose in the guest bathroom. Here are a few that have been getting lots of love at my house lately.

    *Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Lavender (reviewed here) is a delectably scented fusion of vanilla and lavender that delights the senses while the luxuriously emollient formula moisturizes the skin.

    *Alaffia Coffee & Shea Cafe Au Lait Body Butter in Orange Vanilla is a wonderful Fair Trade richly emollient body cream that smells edible. If you have ever enjoyed Alaffia products, then this one is a definite treat worth having.

    *Desert Essence Island Mango Hand and Body Lotion is a rich cream that has the heavenly scent of the tropics. If it's snowing outside then this might be the perfect catalyst for imagining warm tropical breezes and a cute cabana boy handing you a fruity drink on the beach!

    *RITUALS Fortune Oil Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood Caring Shower Oil (reviewed here) is a wonderfully moisturizing cleansing oil that has a warm sweet scent that envelopes the senses. It leaves skin soft, supple, silky smooth and hydrated.

    *Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion is a wonderful vitamin rich lotion that imparts the perfect luminous glow that captures the light subtly. It is absolutely holiday perfect, and it's perfect all year long.
    For the Shower:
    Both expected and unexpected overnight guests during the holidays means that your shower is going to see a lot more traffic than usual. Nothing makes people feel welcome and loved than your attention to the details of their daily life in your home. Having lovely high quality products in the shower means making everyone feel pampered and happy.

    *Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser is a wonderful non-stripping foaming cleanser that is gentle enough for people with sensitive skin. It creates a nice dense foaming lather that cleans skin thoroughly. It is very concentrated– so the smallest amount goes a very long way. It is amazing alone or used with a Clarisonic, and the convenient squeeze tube makes it perfect for the shower. You will love it, and so will your overnight guests.

    *Mario Badescu Citrus Body Cleanser is a an utterly delectable fusion of Grapefruit and Orange extracts that gently exfoliate dry skin,  while the Linden extract hydrates. It makes the skin feel amazingly refreshed, smooth and hydrated.

    *Beauty and Bees Tasmanian Real Beer Shampoo Bar (reviewed here) is a wonderfully hydrating bar shampoo that works wonders on dry hair and scalp, but is wonderful for all types of hair. It leaves my curly hair soft, shiny and manageable.

    *Beauty and Bees Tasmanian Real Beer Hair Conditioner (reviewed here) is a super concentrated highly moisturizing bar conditioner that is unbelievably effective at taming unruly hair, and leaving hair glossy and gorgeous.
    Conquering Chapped Lips:
    Nothing will prevent you from wearing your new Holy Grail matte lipstick faster than chapped winter lips. So the next time you are at the drugstore buy a wide assortment of lip balms to have on hand for you, your family and your guests. In fact, Keep a bowl of them in the bathroom so that guests can choose one!

    *ChapStick Moisture Hydration Lock in Vanilla Cream (reviewed here) is a staple in my house because it is so emollient, hydrating, and a true enemy of dry chapped lips. It is affordable enough to have on hand for family and friends.

    *ChapStick in Citrus Jelly Bean (reviewed here) is one of the fun flavors that will make fending off chapped lips a pleasant experience. 

    *Body Drench Lip Drench Eucalyptus Moisturizing Lip Balm is a very refreshing lip balm that moisturizes parched lips while making them tingle just a little bit.
    For Whatever Ails You:
    When boo-boos occur, as they often do, have a few essentials on hand just in case! Other than obvious things like band aids and antibiotic cream– it's a good idea to take stock of what you have, and what you need just in case.

    *Painted Earth Skincare Boo-Boo Gel is brilliant multitasker that heals pimples. minor burns, bites and cuts. According to Painted Earth, "Smooth it on daily for blemish free skin. Then grab it when you need it for burns, bites, and small cuts. It’s full of great ingredients that calm and heal the skin.…just about anything skin related. No home should be with out this natural fix all, safe and effective for the old and young . For quick relief, this natural anti-inflammatory will soothe, heal, and nourish your skin. Preventative treatment as well as anti-aging for the skin and body...." 

    *Painted Earth Legendary Blend of Thieves Oil "is a blend of five different therapeutic grade essential oils, including cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. This combination of healing oils covers a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity and contains properties that strengthen the immune system. Due to its effectiveness against highly infectious germs, including viruses and bacteria, it is one of nature’s most powerful natural home remedies." 

    Painted Earth suggests using this oil for the "flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throat, strep, toothache, cuts, poison ivy, and as an immune stimulant. We use it to eliminate odors, disinfect around the house, and so much more." 

    *CapriClear Moisturizing Spray 100% Fractionated Coconut Oil (reviewed here) is a very hydrating oil that is perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin, and it has the National Eczema Associations seal of approval.
    Inevitably accidents do happen during the holiday season since so many activities are done in great haste, and periodically that leads to an overzealous curling iron the the face, or a burn from the oven rack because one's mind may be running through the list of what needs to be done, rather than focusing on the task at hand. When these unforeseen and unfortunate accidents lead to scarring there is a really handy at-home product that can be used on healed scars to help diminish their size. It helps to flatten and soften raised scars in order to make them less noticeable. These should not be used on open wounds of any sort, and certainly should not be used in lieu of a trip to your doctor. That said, if your doctor says this is a viable option for you it may be just what you are looking for to make an existing scar less prominent.

    *ScarAway Professional Grade Silicone Daily Discs  are "indicated for use in the treatment and prevention of small abnormal scars, including hypertrophic scars and keloids, often resulting from:  Mole Removal, Biopsies, Acne, Small Surgeries, Injuries/Burns, Kids' Scrapes, Bug Bites and much more".

    ScarAway medical grade silicone Daily Discs are made with an advanced silicone technology, the latest innovation used by plastic surgeons, burn centers and hospitals around the world.

    ScarAway's clinically proven technology diminishes the appearance of scars both new and old, restoring skin to a more natural texture and color.  Used after surgery or injury, our advanced technology helps treat and prevent abnormal scar formation.  It is safe for anyone age three and up and for all skin tones.  ScarAway helps alleviate the itching and discomfort associated with scars.

    ScarAway uses an advanced silicone technology, which mimics the natural barrier function of healthy skin.  Research suggests that silicone acts to hydrate scar tissue, which in turn works to soften the scar, reducing excessive scar formation and causing it to fade.

    *ScarAway Advanced Formula Scar Gel 100% Silicone for Scars carry, "the only patented, transparent, self-drying silicone gel technology which improves the appearance of scars and prevents abnormal or excessive scar formation."

    Intended Use: "ScarAway is intended for the management of old and new scars, including hypertrophic and keloid scars, resulting from surgery, trauma, wounds and burns. For prevention of abnormal scars, use as soon as the wound is closed or sutures are removed.  Scar Away is suitable for use on children or people with sensitive skin."
    For Those Beautiful Pearly Whites:
    There is absolutely nothing nicer than having new toothbrushes and toothpaste on hand for unforeseen house guests or those who simply forgot to pack theirs. It is such a small thing to remember, but your guests will remember the extent of your hospitality.

    *Colgate Enamel Health Whitening Toothpaste, Clean Mint Paste is my current favorite go-to toothpaste. It helps whiten and brighten, and tastes fresh and minty.

    *Colgate 360 Enamel Health Sensitive Toothbrush is really nice gentle toothbrush that will work well for everybody, but if you have overnight guests with sensitive teeth they will be thanking you for not giving them a hard toothbrush!
    While plaque fighting mouthwash might seem to be a less than interesting product to include on my list– it strikes me as a perfectly reasonable thing to have on hand during the holidays when one tends to eat, drink and be merry in excess, and this is a good line of defense against all of those indulgences. 

    Dentyl Active has a cult-following in England and throughout the world, but can be procured from Amazon in the US. This is a really unusual mouthwash because it is completely alcohol free, and has the unique distinction of having a dual phase formula that one needs to shake before using.

    According to Dentyl Active,

    Dentyl Active's advanced antibacterial action remains effective, and essential oils continue to help protect the teeth and gums from further build up, for up to 18 hours after use. As Dentyl Active is alcohol-free it does not dry the mouth (which can make bad breath even worse), is gentle to mouth tissues and does not burn or sting. For more information visit their website here.

    *Dentyl Active Plaque Fighter Alcohol Free Mouthwash Clove (500ml)has a really wonderful and refreshing clove flavor that is neither too strong and assertive, nor does it have any tendency to burn the mouth as one might expect of such a pungent and potent oil. It is both pleasant and effective, and unlike any mouthwash that I have ever tried.

    *Dentyl pH Smooth Mint Mouthrinse (500ml)is a delicious mellow mint that doesn't have the synthetic taste of so many of the drugstore brand mouthwashes on the market. It's not just highly effective, but it's also pleasurable to use.

    While this list is hardly a conclusive one, these items do give me some peace of mind knowing that they are there for all to enjoy and use.

    What must-have items do you keep on hand during the holidays? What would you add to my list? What is the one thing that you never seem to have enough of, or constantly run out of? 

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