Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Journey to Japan + a Giveaway!

Japan is one of those places on my list of must-go-to.  I have a fascination with the way that they use nature and balance to care for themselves in this wonderful country.  Red Flower makes an entire line devoted to Japan.  Journey with me to Part II of the Trip Around the World with Red Flower.

an energizing and vitalizing body treatment founded onthe principle of stimulating blood flow through the bodyby blending layers of exceptional ingredients andpure scentsdeeply into the skin. inspired by the sensual and thorough art of caring for the body developed and perfected in japan. sea algae, concentrated silk, rice bran, bamboo sap and plum wine leave skin purified, energized, softened and delicately scented. in japan, this custom of deeply purifying and stimulating the skin before soaking in healing waters is a bathing ritual so innate that for centuries it has continued to be performed daily without thought, only presence. created to release the flow of vital energy in the body.

I am obsessed with this part of the line.  I don't think there is anything more wonderful than a full body buff to get the blood flowing and soften skin.  The Wild Cherry Blossom Rice Buff comes in a convenient bag that is perfect for more than one use to fill the senses and soften the skin.  It smells wonderful and does wonders to soften skin.  These gems are inspired by Japanese bath houses where village people would fill their own bags to buff their skin.
Following in the therapeutic progression that begins by cleansing and exfoliating, softly buff with this nutritive blend of rice bran, cherry blossom and wild cherry bark extract which brings healthy omegas and softness to the skin. gently massage over the body for the healing nutrients of amino-rich rice bran to be absorbed directly into the skin. rice bran is a treasured humectant used for its high vitamin e content, hydrating fatty acids and its natural anti-oxidizing properties. the softening effects of rice bran are enhanced with cherry blossom to hydrate and tone, wild cherry bark to calm and soothe and silk extract to renew the skin. ensuring a supple finish and delicate scent to the skin.

After this experience,you can spray your skin with the Rose Camellia Plum Soft-Water Mist.  It smells incredible and  tones the skin.
 this soft-water mist helps the skin to breathe by keeping pores toned, bringing deep hydration and replenishment. plum wine helps to anti-oxidize and reveal a fresh layer of skin, while soft-water, sweet-smelling camellia, rose and plum blossoms provide the pleasure of dewy fresh skin. high in vitamins a, c and e these blossoms help keep skin fresh and glowing. plum wine serum adds natural, gentle sugar acids that accelerate the skin’s cellular renewal rate and stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis. reduce the effects of sun and aging while delivering sweet softness to the skin.
I use this on both my face and body.  It cools your body after a nice long, hot bath or shower.  It also seems to prep my skin for my moisturizer.

Now soothe and moisturize your skin with the Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil.   It is very fragrant, and very moisturizing.
a warming embrace of intensely fragrant oil, bringing a vitality to the body and replenishing the skin. a complex blend of rare kinmoxei flowers enriched in the softening oils of rice bran and monoi oil creates a deep penetrating surge of moisture. rich in vitamin e, anti-oxidants and fatty acids, this nourishing blend, combined with natural silk proteins, penetrates quickly to produce a lasting moisture. with bergamot and wild lime to stimulate and warm the skin while increasing the blood flow for a healthy glow.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Japan.  I feel totally revitalized.  If I cannot hop on a flight to Japan, this is the next best thing,

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Monday, May 4, 2015


I love finding a new all-natural line that I can use with the whole family.  Skincando has an amazing selection of products with names like "Combat-Ready Balm" and "Brew".  Really. what's not to love?

A little about this amazing line:
More than 15 years ago, Skincando founder and eco-facialist Sara Damelio set out to fix her problem skin. After extensive research and formulation, she found her answer: her own line of 100 percent organic skincare products. The famed Skincando balms are made from the purest, cleanest ingredients...
Not long after Skincando was born, Sara received a request from a US soldier serving in Iraq for more of the "magic balm" that soothed his itchy, irritated skin. Sara complied, and created Operation Sand Flea, a not-for-profit arm under Skincando that donates a portion of the products to members of the US Military. Each day, Sara and Skincando passionately pursue their mission of improving lives—by nourishing people's skin and giving them peace of mind, while giving back at the same time.

The company is really an inspiration.  They recycle, they are philanthropic and best of all, the products work!  The products are also concentrated, so they last longer.
All Skincando products are handcrafted in micro-batches from the highest quality natural + organic ingredients and are free from harmful synthetics such as parabens, petrochemicals, fragrances or dyes.

Combat-Ready Balm is a true miracle in a jar.  It can be used for literally everything (well, most everything).  Men can use this to shave, it soothes skin conditions and makes sun-burns a thing of the past.  As you read above, this was made for a US Soldier in Iraq to soothe his skin.  I think that is proof in the pudding. 

The Combat-Ready Lip Balm is a peppermint treat.  It makes my lips so soft and I am obsessed with the peppermint tingle it give my lips.  It is made with coconut oil and shea butter, and is a staple in my purse.

The Skincando Luxe is just as wonderful  The Miracle Cream is an intense moisturizer.  It contains, rose geranium oil, vitamin E and fatty acids.  It is definitely an intense experience.  I love the way it smells and it is a fabulous treat to soothe nighttime skin.  I personally cannot use it during the day, it is too heavy.  Chapped cheeks can take a back-seat with this healing cream. 

The Eye Balm uses green tea and lemongrass oil to soothe puffiness and make dark circles a thing of the past.  I may be sort-of, well really addicted to it.  My undereyes always peel for some unknown reason, during allergy season.  This gets rid of the flakes and keeps my eyes looking fresh.

The Brew Lip Balm uses Myrrh essential oil (proportedly used by royalty for centuries).  It has the most delicious anise scent and soothes lip so well.  This one reminds me of fall nights and crisp leaves.  The name "Brew" is so perfect for this balm.

The  Skincando line is a breath of fresh, natural air.  It lets you harness you skin woes and shine.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring into Tata Harper

I swear I have a Tata Harper obsession.  My husband wants to lock me up with all of that green packaging and get me rehab for my absolute need to use this wonderful line.  I am so pleased that it is finally spring, and even better that I have some new Tata Harper  products to help me welcome the new weather. 

Tata created a new Volumizing Lip and Cheek Color called Very Popular.  It is described as a loveable warm rose.  It is indeed loveable.  It looks good on every single person I know. 
Our 100% natural & nontoxic Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint delivers a more modern beauty experience, by combining lush natural pigments with the latest in antiaging skincare technology. These tints deliver the perfect pop of natural color to lips and cheeks while helping to fill the look of fine lines, for skin that has the irresistible flush and volume of youth. Long-lasting and multi-tasking, these shades combine rich natural color, softening moisturizers and nourishing minerals with Spanish Lavender and Lipoamino Acid Technology to promote a plump, volumized appearance. These smooth, easily blendable formulas adapt to compliment all skin shades.
It screams spring.  It makes you look like a fresh spring blossom.  This is a product that needs to be in every makeup bag.  It nourishes skin.  What a perfect way to welcome spring!

Keep that skin looking its best with the coveted Resurfacing Mask (an Elle award winner).  It smells amazing (a huge plus for someone like me) and it makes skin look brand new. 

This award-winning beta-hydroxy treatment works like a traditional peel to provide an instant solution for dull skin – without causing downtime or irritation. Delivers instant glow, minimizes the appearance of pores and improves texture for smooth, glowing skin. Formulated to deeply purify and help decongest surface debris and dead skin for a refreshed, instantly revitalized appearance.
  • Pomegranate Enzymes provide deep cleansing and pore minimization
  • French Pink Clay reduces the appearance of pores and helps detoxify skin
  • White Willow eliminates dead skin cells and promotes cellular renewal
I use this whenever my skin needs a little pick-me-up.  Skin is smoother and younger looking.  Spring ready and summer fresh.

Keep your limbs looking smoother than the sea and glowing like beach sand with the new Iridescent Revitalizing Body Oil.  It smells amazing (because of the scent of Tata's Love Potion) and it is literal liquid gold. 

Introducing our classic, celebrity-favorite Revitalizing Body Oil now infused with a bronzing shimmer effect and with the sweet, alluring scent of the best selling Love Potion. Perfect for preparing for a night out or for complementing your sun-kissed glow on the beach, this oil transforms skin from dry and dull to hydrated and glowing with a soft, non-greasy finish. Its concentrated formula moisturizes and invigorates the skin, infusing it with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients for an overall radiant appearance. Use it daily for a head-to-toe bronzing glow. Perfect for all skin types; especially suitable for dry, sensitive and aging skin.
I am an avid user of the Revitalizing Body Oil, so this one with added shimmer and shine is a huge bonus.  It helps to make your body look toned and refreshed (and aids in giving my vampire skin a nice color so I don't scare the kiddies).  I am very careful to keep sun exposure to minimum, so products like this are a must.  It also does not leave residue on clothing like lots of other bronzers out there.   Smooth, glowing skin?  Yes, please!

Tata Harper welcomes warm weather with open arms and makes your skin fresh and glowing as an English rose.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dabbawalla Ditty Bag Giveaway

Dabbawalla makes some of my favorite bags.  We have lunch bags that I have reviewed and sung the praises of in the past. They have now come out with another neoprene wonder called The Ditty Bag.  The Ditty Bag can be used for everything from a pencil case to a treasure holder (think Legos and other toys) for your child.

Dabbawalla Dittys are the fun and functional way to tote life's little necessities in style. Perfect for pencils, snacks, toiletries or just about what ever portable odds and ends you need to help keep life more organized. Each Ditty Bag is individually created from the surplus material used in our line of eco-friendly lunch bags and backpacks. Features an easy to open zipper and side loop for carrying or hanging. 100% toxic-free, hand wash and air dry. 8" l x 2 1/4" h x 2 1/4" w.

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Lina Hanson Babies My Skin

I have long been intrigued by Lina Hanson.  I kept reading amazing things about her line, but alas I have a vicious allergy to Brazil Nuts so I could never use them.  A little bit about Lina Hanson.

The one thing that we can all agree on is the importance of beautiful skin. Achieving that perfect complexion is what we all strive for. We spend so much money on luxurious creams and procedures to achieve it, not realizing the products we use are filled with dangerous toxins that harm our skin.I believe using pure and natural ingredients derived from the earth will help your skin get the nutrients it needs to look its best. Thus, I made it my goal to source the most pure, anti‐aging essential oils in the world. I collected oils from countries like Morocco, South Africa, India, Tunisia, Japan and Peru to discover that these ingredients have been used and cherished by people for centuries. I was puzzled, why did we use toxic beauty products mass-produced in big factories when the ones derived from earth has helped heal people since the beginning of time?I decided it was time for everyone to reap the benefits of these powerful ingredients. My goal was to create a chemical-free alternative to these harsh skin care products that would help promote a glowing complexion for everyone, no matter the age, ethnicity or skin-type.

 I read that her Global Baby Serum did not contain nuts, and I was on board and ready to try it out!  This softens skin like no other and because it is non-scented, it can be used by even the most sensitive noses. 

WHAT IT DOES:*Nourishes and soothes delicate skin.*Gentle and safe for newborns.*Suitable for cradle cap and baby massages.*Non-greasy and quick absorbing.*Increases skin elasticity and helps treat and prevent stretch marks. (Excellent for pregnant bellies and new mamas)*Completely free of essential oils, tree nut oil, parabens, artificial fragrance, silicone, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or any other chemical ingredient.

It really does just completely absorb into your skin.  Skin drinks it up happily.  Mamas and babies (even daddies) can use this every day and wake up to amazingly soft skin.  It is also perfect for those nighttime massages that soothe a baby right to sleep.

I am also now addicted to the Satori Perfume Oil. 
The result of Lina’s journey to the Far East: An invigorating and uplifting scent that awakens the senses with warm vanilla, grounding sandalwood, and notes of crisp and refreshing japanese yuzu and ginger.

This is a warm and yet bright scent that always garners compliments whenever I wear it.  It is stunning in its simplicity. 

I cannot wait for more releases from this exciting line!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kjaer Weis Spring Lips

I have cleaned up my beauty routine in a very significant way.  With all of the new brand launches and products that no longer contain chemicals you would not want on your face (never mind anywhere near your body), I have found a few I am devoted to.  Kjaer Weis is a brand you often see me writing about, and with good reason.  The colors are amazing and the sleek, reusable packaging is beyond gorgeous.  Kjaer Weis has released some new colors for Spring and they are perfection.

The new Lip Tints in Amazed and Beloved are in constant rotation in my beauty arsenal.  Lip Tints are:

– Universally flattering on light to dark complexions.
– Infused with nourishing shea butter, keeping lips moisturized and youthful looking.
– Can be applied using fingers or the Kjaer Weis Lip Brush.

Beloved is a blackberry tint.  It is completely buildable and with first application is more of stain.  Think Jane Austen strolling through a garden enjoying blackberries.  That lovely tint you get on your lips is amazing.  It really does look good on everyone.  I apply lightly for day and heavier at night. 

Amazed was inspired by the starlets of the 1960's. It is definitely an innocent shade.  It looks bright lilac, but comes out as more of a nude, blue toned pink on my lips.  This is one I can wear with a dark eye and personally I think it really flatters olive-toned gals.  For me, it is a bit too-light and I plan on putting this into more rotation during the summer months.

These new colors are exciting and are a wonderful addition to the collection. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Josie Maran 100% beneficial color

Josie Maran has made huge strides in bringing eco-friendly Argan Oil-infused cosmetics to the mainstream.  She has created an arsenal of products that are the darlings of beauty editors and consumers alike. 

The Coconut Water Lip Stain + Shine in Honeymoon Honey is sure to become a favorite.  It is a "your lips, but better" that lasts.  I love that is looks so smooth.
Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your lips, this hydrating, double-ended lip stain and gloss can be worn alone or together for a look that's uniquely youCoconut Watercolor Lip Stain + Shine provides quenching coconut water-infused color. Lips are left soft, moisturized, and vibrant for hours.
What’s in it: Packed with coconut water for color and hydration, the stain saturates lips in rich, long-wearing pigment, while the color-matched, Argan-infused gloss adds a pop of shine plus powerful, antioxidant-packed moisture.
What else you need to know: Clinical tests showed: Up to 14 hours of skin hydration and up to 14 hours of color.

Wear them together or alone. Always apply the Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain to clean dry lips. Once the stain has dried on the lips, apply the gloss for a beautiful patent finish.

I find myself using the stain more than the gloss, but I genuinely love both. 

The Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow is a sheer wash of color that is totally buildable.

50% Coconut Water, 100% Hydration. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your eyes, this pigment-packed liquid shadow instantly makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers: one layer of fresh Coconut Water, and one layer of Argan-infused pigments that instantly give eyes a more youthful appearance. 
What’s in it: Infused with Coconut Water and Argan Oil to provide hydration.What else you need to know:  In consumer studies: 90% agree that eyelids appear smoother, 90% agree eyes look less crepey, 80% agree eyes feel more hydratedUnscrew cap and insert the doe-foot applicator for a fresh first use. Shake it up! Dab a little bit of shadow directly onto lids with applicator, and fingerpaint to blend.

It feels so nice and cool on lids and I notice very minimal creasing on lids through the day.  I love all of the colors from this line.  I love how they wear and they shimmer rather than glitter which makes them perfect for young or ageing skin. 

I am a huge fan of the Josie Maran line.  It is not only natural, it nourishes skin.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gressa Bronzed and Illuminated

The weather is finally warmer and that means I can break out my bronzer and illuminator once again.  Gressa Skincare has come out with a new was to make your skin glow and look like you spent time outside enjoying the sun (without the nasty sun damage).

The Minimalist Contouring Serum Bronzer is like a breath of fresh air.

Sheer tinted infusion of antioxidant rich extracts perfectly contours your face. Applies weightlessly on the skin. Naturally warms all skin tones with stunning radiance and a bronzed glow. GRESSA Healing ComplexTM is a proprietary powerhouse blend of carefully selected botanical extracts that care for your skin by providing it with overall balance, radiance and clarity. Minerals provide a sun kissed glow natural finish.

It applies sheerly but somehow you look like you spent the week in St. Barth's rather than shoveling a mid-April snow storm.  It shimmers (not glitters) and the glow lasts all day long. It also gave me cheekbones I forgot I had.

The Minimalist Illuminating Serum is like that perfect bit of sunlight and glow on your face. 
Accentuates and highlights with pearlized glow. Achieves sheer, natural-looking highlights with a luminous, shimmering finish.GRESSA Healing ComplexTM is a proprietary powerhouse blend of carefully selected botanical extracts that care for your skin by providing it with overall balance, radiance and clarity. Minerals provide an illuminating effect natural finish.

It glows not glitters and it makes me look and feel years younger.  I also love the skin benefits from this amazing Illuminator.

Gressa Skincare has simplified my routine in ways I never thought possible.  I can also note that these blends do not contain coconut oil for those who are allergic. 

Glow on!

Gressa Skin and the Perfect Foundation

I have written about Gressa Skin before.  I am a huge fan of this amazing line and I love their dedication to making skin look and feel its best without all of the chemicals.  Recently, Gressa has released a Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation. 

It’s a serum. It’s a foundation. It’s a multivitamin for your face. Perfect your face with long-term benefits of this revolutionary serum to powder foundation.
GRESSA Healing ComplexTM is a proprietary powerhouse blend of carefully selected botanical extracts that care for your skin by providing it with overall balance, radiance and clarity. Minerals provide a tone-correcting coverage natural finish.

I will admit to being skeptical when I first opened the bottle.  It is watery.  I was convinced there was no way it would be effective for coverage, but I was so wrong.  It goes on so smoothly and covers my skin, while still looking like my skin.  It does dry fast, which for me is actually a bonus as I am always in a rush in the morning.  It makes skin look so naturally beautiful.  I feel sure this will have a cult following.  It has the perfect photo-finish!

Monday, April 13, 2015


My search for the perfect body and lip moisturizers is one that causes great chagrin to my husband (re: no room for any products of his on my shelf).  I kept hearing the word "ellovi" and wondered what the brand was about and why it was attracting so much l-o-v-e.

Ellovi was born to disrupt a beauty industry ruled by products laden with artificial ingredients and cheap fillers. We are passionate about crafting pure and nutritional skincare products from plants. Our aspiration is not simply to make the best natural skincare products, but the best skincare products of any kind.
We believe that what you put on your skin goes more than skin deep. Which is why we are committed to keeping our products free of anything that doesn’t come straight from nature.Our first product, Butter, is an intensely hydrating body moisturizer made from macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, and shea. There are no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, parabens, or other secret ingredients.

Ellovi  is an amazing line that is dedicated to not only moisturizing your skin, but doing it naturally with as few ingredients as possible.  I was overjoyed to try the Body Butter and the Lip Balm.

The Body Butter was the first product launched by this wonderful line.

Butter is an incredibly pure body butter made from six wildly harvested ingredients (Macadamia, Hawaiian coconut, shea, Ghanaian marula, and non-GMO corn starch.). You can use Butter on your hands, face, feet, or anywhere you'd like.
  • All-over body butter (great for massages)
  • Night-time facial moisturizer
  • Natural sunscreen (SPF 5 - 10)
  • Makeup remover (try it on a cotton ball)
  • Great for sensitive skin, eczema, and rosacea

This has the lightest most creamy, comforting scent.  You can now buy it in both regular and Vanilla (scented with Vanilla Bourbon).  The price is just right ($26) and because a little goes a long way, this jar lasts ages.  This literally melts into your skin.  Skin is soft, supple and in winter weather like the Northeast is having, that is hard to come by.  I cannot get enough of this.  My daughter had a dry patch of skin on her collarbone; two nights of this and it was gone.  Does it make me a bad person that I want to jump into the jar and swim in it?

The Lip Butter is one of the few, if not only lip products my daughter will not turn her nose up at.  We have the vanilla (with big plans from me to buy the Tinted).  Vanilla Lip Butter is delicious and keeps your lips nourished and hydrated. It's made with the purest form of vanilla, CO2 extracted vanilla bourbon. The ingredients are just as simple as the body butter: Sunflower, macadamia, Hawaiian coconut, shea, vanilla bourbon, and Ghanaian marula.
  • Intense lip moisturizer
  • Excellent for chapped lips
  • Soaks in deep and and lasts
  • Made from 100% pure vanilla (not extract)
This lasts all night on my lips, and not a flake or second set of lips from licking (on my daughter) to be found.  She asks for this by name before bed.  It's like our lips are full of tiny straws and just want to drink this all day.  As much of a lip product junkie as I am, this is a favorite because a lot of lip products make my throat scratchy when some inevitably gets into my mouth, and this does not.  (I know I am weird).  I took this skiing and was amazed that I applied once and it lasted all day.

Ellovi touts that their product is so pure you can eat it, and I believe them!  I hope they bring out more scents because I plan on collecting them all.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tay Tea is Taystee!

I am a tea person.  I love how soothing it is and I drink it morning, noon and night.  One of my favorite brands that I have just been introduced (and fallen madly in love with) is Tay Tea. Tay Tea is a fabulous selection of  handcrafted blends by Nini Ordoubadi. 

Founded in 2003, Tay Tea  is the brainchild of a tea-obsessed New Yorker who comes from a third generation tea blending family.  Nini’s tea muse and maternal great aunt Noushafarin Saad was a celebrated bon vivant, poet and tea blender and has always been the creative source of inspiration for Tay. 

The tea blends are really inspired, and from the selection I got to try, I can easily say I am hooked.  I love the herbal blends, green and rooibos teas (I tend to drink mostly herbal and green daily).  The Herbal Infusions are made up of Dream and Muse.  Dream is perfect to lull your busy mind to sleep.  I adore sipping this nightly before bed.

For the Rooibos, I got to try A Day in Provence, which is a fruity, floral delight ( my favorite morning brew) and Tuk Tuk Chai.  I usually do not like Chai teas, but this one is perfection.  It is just the right amount of spicy and sweet and I love it with a splash of almond milk.  My daughter is a huge fan of this tea.

As a green tea afficianado (in my own mind), I adore the Berber green tea.  It is the ultimate blend of green gunpowder tea with Moroccan spearmint.  It wakes me up and is the amazing foil for a bad belly ache.  My husband and I are addicted to this one, and fought over the last spoonful of leaves.  With all of the health benefits of tea (including cancer prevention, lowering cholesterol, and boosting your immune system), you would be amiss in not grabbing a cuppa and sipping away.

I look forward to trying more soothing blends from Tay Tea.  I also dream about visiting what looks like the most relaxing tea shop and cafĂ© in Andes, NY.  Nini Ordoubadi is an artist and you will not be disappointed no matter what tea you acquire from her inspired collection. 

Isun Gemstone Aromatherapy Oils

Isun is pure, dynamic skin care that synergizes nature and advanced science with intuition and caring. The result is an amazing range of organic and natural products that feel good, smell fantastic and give your skin outstanding, transforming results!   I have loved everything I have tried and you will recall I did a review on the face masks .  I was also able to review the amazing Gemstone Aromatherapy Oils.  

 Traditional knowledge has shown us how plants, minerals and colors can gently help correct imbalances in our lives physically and mentally. 
Each harmonizing oil is a distinctive blend of pure synergy in herbs, essential oils, base oils, gemstone and color energies. Created to nourish and restore balance, each individual formula offers special qualities and properties that can subtly effect the body and mind toward greater wellbeing.
ISUN’s unique and exclusive gemstone energized, aromatherapy herb oils offer a selection of 9 harmonizing organic body oils. The color of the gemstone and the gemstone itself included in each bottle, sets the energy of the oils and mists and its effects on the body-mind complex. 

It would take ages to go through each oil separately, but suffice to say, I use the one that I feels will do the best for my body on that day.  Whether I need healing and harmonizing (Tourmaline) or to calm and cool my emotions (Lapis) there is an oil for that.  I use them as both moisturizer and as dabs of fragrance on pulse points depending on my mood.  The Rose Quartz is my favorite.  Rose Quartz has always been a stone I really connect with.  For me it is the essence of femininity.  The Gemstone Oil of Rose Quartz is uplifting and makes me feel safe and calm.  I actually keep it in my bedroom.  It is a joyful oil.  It does have a slight floral scent as you would expect with the name, but I am even more attracted to the spiciness of this oil.

The Gemstone Aromatherapy Oils can be used in the bath, as a massage oil, a moisturizer, and applied to the associated chakra area.  They really do have an amazing effect on the user.  Magic in a bottle, maybe not, but definitely piece of mind and healing.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Around the world with Red Flower part I

Within the next few weeks, I plan on taking readers on a journey through the world of skincare with red flower. First a little bit about this innovative line:

red flower was created from a deep-rooted love of the land and spirituality, as well as a sense of science and holistic medicine. we’re founded on the principles of world traditions, sustainable sourcing, ritual, well-being and aesthetics. all of our products are created around cultural body-care rituals from around the world. from the onsens of japan to the hammams of turkey, we tell the story of a destination through scent and by capturing the spiritual potential of native plants and extracts. red flower offers an ever-evolving line of flower body washes, lotions, shampoo and conditioners that are entirely botanically based, 100 percent vegetarian and paraben-free, available in 13 flower scents. red flower was founded by yael alkalay with a vision for people to create ritual and beauty in their everyday lives. focusing on both the internal and the external, always searching and trying to find, yael believes that true indulgence is personal and takes a lifetime. what started in 1999 at barneys new york with six flower candles and two organic flower teas soon grew into a global presence. the line continues to evolve and grow with over a hundred products. each is simple and clean and contains powerful, natural ingredients that promote health, environmental consciousness and integrity. this is what makes red flower so innovative.

The products are inspired as noted above, by body-care rituals that are treasured from the around the world.  I had the opportunity to review products from the Japan line, the Hammam line and the nature Line.  I want to do the review great justice so I plan on taking readers on a trip once a week for three weeks reviewing the products I used from a particular  red flower line.

 So fasten your seat belts and get ready for trip to the Hammam.  A Hammam is a Turkish bath. They are places your go to rejuvinate, and cleanse and they are a ritual favorred by many different sacred cultures.  red flower created the Hammam line to capture this experience.
 hammam means spreader of warmth. in an atmosphere of half light, quiescence and devotion, is a sensual ritual of heat, steam, detoxification, rich scent and relaxation based on the skin care practices of the hammam bath house. tracing its roots back to the ancient roman thermae–the body treatment traditions of the hammam can still be experienced from the far-reaching costa of andalusia, spain to the hot springs of turkey, tunisia and morocco. retreat into an intense blend of essential oils, plant, nut and fruit extracts, carefully chosen for their therapeutic and healing properties. layer powerful ingredients, heady scents and incredible textures to treat the body to a crescendo of temperature and detoxification for a euphoric lightness of being.

I got to use the Jasmine Rose Rhassoul Clay.   You mix it with water and apply to the entire body.  It draws out impurities while you while the scents relax and take you away.  The blend of rhassoul and bentonite clay is detoxifying, and the essential oils of  rose, eglantine, jasmine and moroccan blue tansy are a powerfully relaxing mix. It is an amazing experience.  I use this any time I am feeling under the weather or just in need of a cleansing.  

After drawing out the impurities and cleansing yourself, you step from your shower and spray the intoxicating Orange Quince Steam Mist all over yourself. 
This blend of gently toning citrus oils and stimulating wood and fruit extracts act as a gentle peel to encourage renewal. lemon, pink grapefruit and neroli oils brighten mind energy, while helping to rid the skin of excess sebaceous toxins. anti-oxidizing and nutrient-rich, these oils contain vitamins a, b and c, used to brighten dull skin. With every mist, stimulate circulation to remove impurities from the skin's surface, tighten pores, and recharge with a dose of concentrated oxygen to brighten the complexion.

I am addicted to the scent (I adore neroli) and I love how refreshing and awakening this is after a long, hot shower.  I also use this as a mid-day pick-me-up.  It really does make me feel lighter and brighter.

Stay tuned, as next week, we travel to Japan with  red flower and an exciting giveaway!

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