Friday, December 23, 2016

Stocking Up Your Bathroom for Overnight Holiday Guests

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If you are in the habit of hosting holiday events and dinners, you probably have your share of expected and unexpected overnight guests. When I find my house brimming with people, many of whom won't be going home at the end of the evening, I like to make sure that my guest bathroom is well stocked with things that they can use in case they didn't pack everything that they might need.  Given that you might not want to put your ultra-luxe, and expensive skincare, body care and haircare products out for general use– it is worth stocking up on more budget friendly finds if you are going to be hosting lots of people between now and New Year's Day. I tend to stock up on these types of essentials at Whole Food's Market when I am grocery shopping, and also my local drugstores. Here are a few things worth considering:
Whole Foods Market 365 Shampoos and Conditioners ($4.95 each for 16 oz. and $7.99 for 32 oz. from Whole Foods Market): The Whole Foods Market's 365 Everyday Value line of shampoos and conditioners are really fantastic quality, and they were revamped earlier in the year making them even better than before. They are very affordable, and you can pick them up easily if you shop at Whole Foods. 

According to Whole Foods Market,

All of the revamped shampoos work to hydrate and cleanse without stripping hair or drying the scalp, while conditioners are made with organic aloe vera to smooth and detangle, as well as restore moisture and shine. These products meet the grocer’s strict quality standards and are free of parabens, sulfates and artificial ingredients.

The 365 Everyday Value® hair care refresh includes:
  • New package design for improved foaming & gentle cleansing
  • Certified natural fragrances
  • Added Argan Oil for shine, Coconut Oil for conditioning, Panthenol for strengthening and Liden Extract & Glycerin for moisture 
Featured Scents: 
* 365 Everyday Value® Lavender Blend Shampoo (for Normal + Dry Hair)
* 365 Everyday Value® Lavender Conditioner

* 365 Everyday Value® Herbal Mint Shampoo (for Oily + Normal Hair)
* 365 Everyday Value® Herbal Mint Conditioner  

* 365 Everyday Value® Citrus Grapefruit Shampoo (for Oily + Normal Hair)
* 365 Everyday Value® Citrus Grapefruit Conditioner

* 365 Everyday Value® Fragrance Free Shampoo (for Normal + Dry Hair)
* 365 Everyday Value® Fragrance Free Conditioner  
John Frieda Frizz Ease Full Volume 1875 Watt Hair Dryer ($39.99 from Ulta and Walgreens): If you are looking to buy yourself a new hair dryer that is affordable and works really well, or you want to provide one for your overnight guests, then this is a really great value. It comes with a diffuser for people with wavy and curly hair, and two soap on concentrators to target your airflow. 

John Frieda Full Volume Dryer has an Advanced Ionic Generator with Titanium Ceramic Coating for superior conditioning and shine. John Frieda Full Volume Dryers' true cold shot button to lock in curls, waves & style. Features two snap-on concentrators for custom targeted airflow. Made with Advanced Ionic Technology and Titanium Ceramic Coating, the Full Volume Dryer defends hair from heat damage and infuses hair with volume bounce and shine as it dries.

The high voltage advanced ionic generator and locking cold shot make the John Frieda JF1 easy on your hair. Use the JF1 as-is or add the included diffuser to get natural curls and waves dry without adding a lot of frizz. 3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, 2 concentrators and professional rocker switches help you customize the hair dryer as you change hair styles and lengths. The titanium ceramic coating on the outlet grill gives the hair dryer a cool look.   It runs on 1875 watts.  
John Frieda  Frizz Ease Satin Finish Flat Iron with 1 1/2" Plates ($54.99 from Ulta): If you need a flat iron for the holiday festivities, or want to have one available to your overnight guests, then this John Frieda Stain Finish Flat Iron is an affordable choice that is both high quality and effective.

According to John Frieda,

John Frieda Sleek Finish 1 1/2" Flat Iron offers extra-long straightening plates with advanced ionic conditioning and true ceramic heater. Plus, it has ceramic titanium-coated plates that take only 15-seconds to heat up to 455 degrees Fahrenheit.
Features:
LCD Temperature Control
Auto Off
Professional-length Swivel Cord
Limited five year manufacturer's warranty
I have been using products from JĀSÖN  for many years, but recently started using their Smoothing Coconut Collection, and m thoroughly obsessed with each of the products that I have tried. All of these products only use unrefined, virgin coconut oil that is cold pressed from fresh coconut meat without, and without the use of damaging heat and skin-irritating chemicals. While this process is significantly more expensive, it allows for a higher concentration of nutrients, and therefore the products are much higher quality, and far more effective.

JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Foaming Shower Oil ($10.99-$11.20 for 10 oz. Whole Foods Market and Walmart): This heavenly smelling coconut shower oil transforms into a creamy cleansing foam when it comes into contact with water, and it gently cleans the skin thoroughly without stripping it. In face, skin is left soft, supple and hydrated. It also works exceptionally well for shaving legs and underarms!

According to JĀSÖN,

This indulgent shower oil instantly transforms into a delicate cleansing foam when it comes in contact with water, enveloping your skin in soft, luxurious lather. The unique blend of botanical oils gently lifts away impurities and helps to improve your skin's moisture retention while Coconut Oil nourishes and revitalizes dry skin.

Features:
  • Revitalizes dry skin.
  • Softens and hydrates with coconut oil.
  • Jason Foaming Shower Oil Smoothing Coconut.
  • No parabens, SLS, petrolatum, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances or phthalates.
JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Hand & Body Lotion ($9.99 for 8 oz. from Whole Foods Market and Walmart): This is an ultra-rich and nourishing hand and body lotion that is absolutely perfect for dry skin and the colder months of the year. It does a great job moisturizing dry skin, and leaving it soft and silky smooth. It has a gorgeous coconut scent, but it does far soon upon application. 

According to JĀSÖN,

A rich daily lotion that delivers deep, long-lasting hydration. Its formula combines an intensive blend of unrefined, virgin Coconut Oil and Shea Butter that relieves the discomfort of extremely dry skin, while softening and smoothing rough patches.

Features:
  • Softens with virgin coconut oil and shea butter.
  • Jason Hand & Body Lotion Smoothing Coconut.
  • Virgin coconut oil.
  • Ultra moisture for extremely dry skin.
  • No parabens, SLS, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors or phthalates.
JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Oil ($10.99 for 15 oz from Whole Foods Market and Walmart): Pure Coconut Oil is such a great multipurpose moisturizer that can be used from head to toe. I use it in my hair to tame frizz and nourish my tresses, on my scalp, on my cuticles and as a body oil. It starts out as a solid, but quickly becomes a liquid once it is warm up between the hands. It is a skin saver for dry, chapped skin, and it is a perfect choice to keep dry skin moisturized. The scent is absolutely delicious!

According to JĀSÖN,

Jason Smoothing Virgin Coconut Oil is a perfect all-purpose moisturizer. Rich in nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidant polyphenols, this melts-at-first-touch oil delivers unparalleled care to your skin and hair. It nourishes extremely dry, chapped skin, tames frizz and fly-aways, and helps minimize hair breakage and split ends. It also smooths chapped lips and softens nail cuticles.

Features:
  • An unrefined, 100% organic Coconut Oil with a wide range of benefits. This multi-purpose product is rich in nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidant polyphenols, delivering unparalleled care to your skin, hair and nails.
  • Nourishes dry, chapped, sun or wind-burned skin
  • Tames frizz and fly-aways from hair
  • Helps minimize hair breakage and split ends
  • Smooths chapped lips
  • Softens nail cuticles
Yes to Paper Masks ($2.99-$3.29 for 0.67 oz. each from Walmart, Target, Ulta and Amazon): Given that sheet masks have gained such traction over the last few years, you can treat your overnight guests to an assortment affordable masks from Yes to. They have a nice variety that targets a nice array of skincare needs.

Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Fighting Paper MaskYes to not playing connect the dots on your face! Formulated with tomato extracts and salicylic acid, the single use Yes To Tomatoes Acne Fighting Paper Mask fights acne and pasty white pimples from forming.

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Calming Paper MaskYes To keeping calm with cucumber which is the perfect soothing agent for the skin (and the soul)! The new, stylish, single - use Yes To Cucumbers Paper Mask soothes and calms sensitive skin leaving it hydrated and refreshed.

Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Paper MaskSay Yes to formulated charcoal to detoxify and clean pores, this single-use Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask is perfect for those times when your skin needs a serious deep cleaning.

Yes to Coconut Hydrate & Restore Ultra Hydrating Paper MaskYes to going coo coo for coconuts which provides intense moisture for ultra-smooth skin! The single use Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Mask is rich in coconut and Ultra hydrating for those times when your sin needs an extra dose of moisture.
Fresh Monster Toxin-Free Haircare ($7.99 for 8 oz. from Whole Foods, Target and Amazon): If you will be having little kids spending the night, their parents will be thrilled to see some toxin-free 2-1 Shampoo & Conditioners, Shampoo and Body Washes and a Hair Detangler. They come in fun scents that are neither too fragrant, nor do they smell like chemicals. They are fun to use, and you might be tempted to try them yourself!

Products:
According to Fresh Monster,

Meet Fresh Monster, a refreshing new take on getting kids clean. This exuberant lineup of affordable, toxin-free haircare is developed specifically for kids, but equally safe and effective for the whole family. And as a bonus, every product is represented by a unique monster, encouraging children to embrace both cleanliness and quirkiness.  

Fresh Monster believes there shouldn’t be any tradeoffs when it comes to keeping kids clean and safe. Natural products should work just as well as conventional ones—and safe, toxin-free formulas needn’t be a costly luxury. Created by moms who have worked on the front lines of haircare (and know firsthand about the harsh chemicals lurking in personal care products), Fresh Monster offers a full line of toxin-free haircare made just for kids. 

Star ingredients: All-natural botanical extracts; safe, plant-based cleansers; and fragrances blended from all-natural ingredients, never from chemicals. What you won’t find: toxins of any kind. No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, dyes, synthetic fragrances, BPA, soy or gluten. Everything’s made in the USA and, with no animal testing involved, it’s all PETA certified cruelty-free. In fact, Fresh Monster meets the highest standards for personal care products set by Whole Foods and the Environmental Working Group, no easy feat!
Miracleware Muslin Washcloth (2 and 3 packs for $10.90 -$18.95 from MiraclewareAmazon, Walmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond): Miracleware’s naturally absorbent 100% cotton muslin washcloths are very soft against the skin, and yet they are durable enough that they will last a ver long time. Muslin washcloths, unlike terry washcloths, become more soft and supple after each wash. They are not only great for babies, but in fact are fantastic for adults as well. I love using mine to remove my masks and cleanse my skin.
According to Miracleware,

Unlike other fabrics, muslin is soft and gentle on delicate skin. Scrubbing your face with terry cloth can easily cause inflammation, and many people make the mistake of over-exfoliating, which can lead to redness and even wrinkles.

But 100% cotton muslin fabric is easy on your skin, absorbent and gently buffs away impurities and dead-skin cells without causing irritation.

Muslin washcloths are also lightweight and fast-drying, so bacteria doesn’t get trapped in the fabric, which means you can use them multiple times before washing.

And chances are you’ll find this budget-friendly beauty secret at your local baby store for much cheaper than a specialty beauty store.
Babytime! is an all-natural skin care line that is suitable for the whole family, and their products are made with organic ingredients that you can trust. 

According to Babytime!,

It is the only brand to make safe products that contain probiotics to help support skin immunity and treat common skin conditions such as, eczema. Babytime! products contain no unhealthy toxins or chemicals and are the only products that are used in the NICU. Their mission revolves around “green” values that go beyond ingredients. All Products are manufactured in U.S. facilities using solar power, and products are packaged in recycled and sustainable material. Each product can be purchased online for under $20, making them the perfect stocking stuffers for your family.

Babytime! Snuggly Lotion in Cherry Butter ($15.00 for 8 oz. from Babytime and Whole Foods Market): This is a delicious, lightly fragrant, ultra moisturizing lotion that is baby-safe, but don't be surprised if you find yourself using all of the time!

According to Babytime!,

Lock in skin’s hydration with this non-greasy nourishing moisturizer. Soothing borage seed oil helps boost skin immunity while avocado, flax and primrose oils soften and condition delicate skin. Glides easily for smooth application- perfect for massage!

Features:
  • Ages:  timeless for all ages, 0 - 150 years
  • Uses: Silky light moisturizer for everyday use, massage
  • Benefits: light weight, non-greasy hydration
  • Safety: doctor developed, allergy tested
  • Smells Like: a delicate touch of nestled berries 
  • Feels Like: warmth, bonding, friendship
  • Ingredients (listed HERE): organic avocado, flax, olive fruit oils 
Directions: Smooth onto face and body after bath. To renew extra dry skin, layer over Episencial Soothing Cream. Massage into scalp to help loosen flaky skin. Use common sense caution and contact a health professional if concerned. Use alone or as a part of the 3 Step System for best results.

Babytime Soothing Cream ($13.20 for 3.4 oz. from Babytime and Whole Foods Market): This is a very rich and nourishing balm that is absolutely perfect for healing dry, chapped skin. It is ultra-concentrated, so a little goes a very long way, and it does a phenomenal job hydrating the skin. It is fragrance-free, soothing as the name suggests, and a perfect choice for the whole family.

According to Babytime!

Bring cooling comfort to red, dry, itchy, irritated skin. This all natural scent-free formula with calming calendula and raspberry butter restores moisture balance, while nourishing probiotics and neem oil fortify and soothe developing skin. The probiotics in our formulas ensure that baby skin is balanced and healthy with good bacteria. Soothing Cream can be used to soothe eczema, dermatitis, cradle cap, baby acne or diaper rash. It can also be layered under Sunny Sunscreen for a silky smooth application or under Snuggly Lotion for extra hydration

Features:
  • Ages: Timeless for all ages, 0 - 150 years 
  • Uses: Organic creamy lotion for itchy bothered skin
  • Benefits: Comforting, pH balancing + soothing 
  • Safety: Doctor developed, EWG top rated for safety
  • Smells Like: Unscented, like fresh air 
  • Feels Like: Healing, cooling and fresh
  • Please note: for raw skin, Nurturing Balm is best
  • Ingredients (listed HERE): organic avocado, flax, olive fruit oils 
Given that the holidays often include plenty of unanticipated overnight guests, it is nice to have extra tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes on hand.  One of my favorite drugstore brands of toothpaste is Colgate, and I always have a few tubes in rotation at any given moment. Currently I am really loving their Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste and the Colgate 360 Enamel Health Toothbrushes. They are easy to find at your local grocery stores and drugstores, they are affordable, and will be appreciated by your guests who came unprepared to spend the night!

Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste Claims:
* Helps strengthen enamel 4x better vs. ordinary fluoride toothpaste
* Helps absorb essential minerals, such as natural calcium, for stronger, healthy enamel
* Provides protection against sensitivity and cavities, in addition to providing whitening and fresh breath benefits
* Available in: Mint Burst
* Available now at mass retailers, grocery and drug stores nationwide
* Cost: 4.0 oz tube for $3.99

Colgate 360 Enamel Health Toothbrushes Claims:
* Enamel safe
* Polishing spiral bristles help whiten teeth by removing surface stains from enamel
* Polishing cups hold toothpaste as you brush
* Cheek and tongue cleaner removes bacteria

Overall Assessment: You really can't go wrong with any of these products if you are seeking some affordable finds to stock your guest bathroom this holiday season. Having both been an unanticipated overnight goes, and having hosted unanticipated overnight guests, I have to say that there is something very special about making sure that guests have what they need for a very comfortable and memorable stay. What do you like to have on hand for your guests during the holidays?

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