Peony is one of my favorite flowers (ranunculus and hydrangea are the others, if you must know) – so I suppose it’s fitting that my new beauty favorites are the peony-scented body products from Red Flower.
The Japanese Peony Cleansing Body Wash and Moisturizing Body Lotion soften and delicately fragrance skin with an essential oil blend of Bulgarian rose, lily-of-the-valley, lemon blossom, and Japanese peony.
And I love the fact that the brand’s cleansing body washes and moisturizing body lotions are created with pure flower extracts and nourishing botanicals – so the list of ingredients doesn’t leave me confused and tongue-tied.
Red Flower is available at redflower.com.
A few weeks back, I attended the TotalBeauty.com launch event at Space NK in SoHo, NYC. My trip up from Philadelphia was, let’s put it this way, an adventure. So upon crossing the threshold into the store, I quickly downed two glasses of champagne and perused the inventory with my fellow beauty bloggers – shout out to Marina, Elke, Julia, and Antonia for putting me at ease and making me feel so welcome!
I was introduced to many new brands and products that night, but the one that I immediately regretted not buying was the Thai Tea Body Wash from Philip B. Seriously, I was on Amtrak riding back to Philly thinking, “Why didn’t I get that body wash? It smelled sooo yummy.” After a week of hemming and hawing, I broke down and decided I had to have it; and it’s been a fixture in my shower caddy ever since.
Inspired by Philip B.’s journey through Asia, Thai Tea Body Wash is enriched with 20% pure botanical plant extracts indigenous to Thailand. Ingredients include Thai Tea (rich in antioxidants), honey (moisturizes), coconut oil (softens skin), milk proteins (gently exfoliates), peppermint (stimulates circulation), lemon grass (normalizes oil production), ginger root (soothes skin), and citronella (deodorizes and balances oil production).
The smell is sweet, yet invigorating (it reminds me of the spa) and is the perfect AM pick-me-up I need before starting my day. It foams well, and tingles a little on the skin – thanks to the peppermint oil.
At $40 (you can get it at Amazon.com for $35) it’s pricey; when I first saw the cost of the Thai Tea Body Wash, my eyes were as big as saucers…don’t ya just love my puns? But a little goes a long way, so don’t use a cup when a teaspoon will do (there I go again) and use a loofah to extend the life of the 12 oz. bottle.
Spoiled Pretty and our friends at Jaqua Beauty have teamed up to bring you a giftastic giveaway! If you’re unfamiliar with Jaqua, this contest is the perfect introduction to this brand.
One winner will receive a Guilt Free Treats kit, the ultimate Jaqua experience – with three great treats formulated to enrich your skin and your senses. These products are for all those times you can resist the cake, but not the frosting. This kit lets you indulge without a single calorie! Guilt Free Body Treats contain: Shower Crème, Hand Crème, and Body Butter. The winner will have choice of Buttercream Frosting or Cocoa Buttercream Frosting scents. ($30 value)
One runner up will win a Pink Palace Trio kit– filled with all things feminine and indulgent. Step inside the Pink Palace and let the magic put a spell on you! Runner up will have choice of Shower Crème Trio (Pink Buttercream Frosting, Pink Potion, and Pink Champagne) or Body Butter Trio (Pink Buttercream Frosting, Pink Potion, and Pink Champagne). ($24 value)
All entrants will receive a special coupon for 15% off your next purchase at Jaqua.com. Everybody wins – I love it! And I know you’ll love Jaqua, so enter today!
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment in the comments section below by 9 pm EST on Tuesday, December 4th – be sure to include your name and email address. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re uncomfortable posting your email address below.
A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, December 5th, I’ll announce the winners’ names (all entrants will receive an email with the coupon code for 15% off at Jaqua.com). Please, only one comment per person; duplicate comments will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2007 list. Though Oprah made some fine choices, I have one recommendation for the media mogul.
If I had a list, I’d call it ‘The D-List’ (original, I know) – and everything on it would be from Jaqua’s Buttercream Frosting line of products. I’ve been using the Buttercream Frosting Exfoliating Body Polish, Shower Crème, and Hand Crème for a couple of weeks, and my enthusiasm has not waned. In fact, my fondness grows stronger every day. Not only do the Buttercream Frosting products pamper my parched skin, they smell like heaven – a sweet tooth’s version of heaven, anyway.
Like vanilla frosting with a hint of fresh strawberries, Jaqua’s Buttercream Frosting products smell so much like the real thing, I have to remind myself that they’re not edibile. I can only hope that Jaqua is developing hair care, shaving cream, toothpaste, antiperspirant, and contact lens solution…so that every square inch of me can smell saccharinely sweet.
Spoiled Pretty tip: while you’re on the Jaqua website, sign up to become a Jaqua VIP (no purchase necessary, and it’s free). Be the first to find out about new Jaqua products, special discounts and best of all, freebie offers only available to Jaqua VIP members.
Spongeables Snowflake is a new foam-release system with aromatherapy that has a week’s (or more) worth of luxurious, skin-pampering cleansing and moisturizing, from neck to toe. The sponge is already infused with shower gel, shea butter, olive oil, and antioxidant Vitamins A & E. With a just-right massaging/exfoliating texture and blizzard of rich, thick suds, the Spongeables Snowflake is the perfect portable shower companion.
For frequent fliers, tuck one into a carry-on or in your checked luggage with no fear of leaks, spills, or the TSA making you put it in a Ziplock bag.
Available in cucumber melon, spicy mango, marine sunrise, sweet jasmine, and tangy grapefruit. Catch a snowflake today at Drugstore.com.
This holiday season, Cake Beauty wants to stir things up and make gift giving something to truly feel good about. Give Twice, their limited edition holiday collection, will warm your heart and keep our earth cool. They teamed with the nonprofit organization, Zerofootprint, to calculate and offset all carbon dioxide emissions generated during the manufacturing and shipping of the Give Twice collection. Donations will be given to a certified reforestation project.
Feel good about giving…give once to a friend, or to yourself and a second time to our world with Cake Beauty’s limited edition Mint Cashmere Cream Collection. The Mint Cashmere Cream Glistening Bath & Shower Froth envelops your skin in hydrating suds that leave behind a delectable, Peppermint Pattie-esque fragrance. The Mint Cashmere Cream Glistening Supreme Body Mousse nourishes with coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, and mango butter. Both are kissed with a shimmer of light-reflecting mica that make skin appear smooth and even…perfect for those festive holiday get-togethers!
After using it, I felt minty fresh – and my husband said I smelled “yummy.” Does it get any better than that?
Click here to find where you can get a piece of Cake.