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Caress-Sheer-Twilight-Body-Wash.jpgIn case you were wondering, we love everything Caress does. But we were wishing and hoping for a new body wash from the line … and, luckily, Caress Fine Fragrance Elixirs Sheer Twilight Body Wash has come to the rescue.

A combination of black orchid and juniper oil are contained within fragrance pearls. When released, they create an aroma that’s incredibly intoxicating, delicious and sensuous—and at the same time totally calming.

The fragrance is inspired by exotic blossoms at the peak of their bloom. So divine, right? Plus, the color of the body wash—a deep, deep purple—is beautiful and looks so nice in the shower.

Caress Fine Fragrance Elixirs Sheer Twilight Body Wash retails for $4.39 at
Red-Flower-Japanese-Peony-Cleansing-Body-Wash.jpgWhile many floral-scented body washes and perfumes are way too strong, once in awhile we come across one that’s simply perfect. Such is the case with Red Flower Japanese Peony Cleansing Body Wash.

For starters, the bottle the body wash comes in is beautiful. It features a sweeping floral pattern that just evokes the feeling of being in a Japanese garden.

But it’s the body wash itself that we’ve fallen head over heels for. A blend of peony blossoms, honey, Bulgarian rose, lily of the valley and lemon blossom create a heady, completely unique scent that just permeates our shower and our body without feeling cloying or over the top.

And our skin after using this body wash? So soft and smooth, it’s not to be believed. Wild-crafted botanicals, silk extract, green tea and honey work to moisturize and condition the skin while making it highly absorbent and supple. And yes, this lasts for hours on end!

Every Red Flower product is animal friendly, certified organic and environmentally kind. The bottles are bio-degradable, and the products are free of dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and synthetic preservatives. Kind of makes you wonder why you haven’t been using Red Flower all along, doesn’t it?

Red Flower Japanese Peony Cleansing Body Wash retails for $20 at
KenzoKi-Barefeet-Fantasy.jpgNow that sandal season is upon us, it seems imperative that we prepare our tootsies for what’s to come. And that means, of course, that KenzoKi Barefeet Fantasy has made its way into our nightly body regimen.

A combination of shea butter, cupuacu butter and rice plant water work to soften, moisturize and condition skin in a flash. You’ll see — in a matter of days, your feet will be so smooth, you’ll wonder whether they’re brand new.

The moisturizer itself is rich and lush. Its whipped consistency feels like a combination of whipped cream and butter—and only a dime-sized amount is needed for each foot on a nightly basis!

KenzoKi Barefeet Fantasy retails for $30 at
The-Body-Shop-Spa-Wisdom-Africa-Ximenia-Salt-Scrub.jpgNow that spring finally seems to be upon us, it’s imperative that we get our skin to be as soft and smooth as possible. Luckily, we recently came across the amazingness that is The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub.

We love that this oversized tub makes us feel like we’ve been transported to a relaxing spa. Inside is a creamy salt scrub that’s formulated with skin-softening body butters from Africa.

We’ve been using this scrub two to three times a week, especially on our dry and ashy legs and elbows, and it’s amazing how quickly we’ve seen a difference. That’s thanks not only to the salt grains and the body butters, but to Community Trade organic beeswax and shea butter. Ximenia, an oil extracted from the ximenia tree native to Africa, also helps to moisturize and condition the skin.

Plus, with this scrub’s intoxicatingly sensual fragrance, is it any wonder we’ve gone head over heels?

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub retails for $28 at
h20spa_smh.jpgYou know you do it, but are the free hotel toiletries really worth sneaking into your bag? Thanks to an old cushy day job, I had the… luxury of staying at some nice hotels with even nicer amenities. In this column, I’ll explore the brands different hotels have chosen to partner up with and where the products place on my ‘stuff it in your carry on?’ meter.

Hotel Mela in New York City offers a pretty sweet selection of H2O+ Spa products, including a sea salt body wash (right) that has changed my life. Too bad I was only there for one night.

Steal-o’-meter rating: 4 out of 5. Check out their full product line at

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