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CLEAN-Anti-Bacterial-Moisturizing-Hand-Cream.jpgOur biggest problem in the winter — aside from how unbelievably COLD it is? The fact that our hands just never seem to be hydrated enough. Luckily, thanks to CLEAN Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream, that just isn’t a concern anymore.

Our favorite aspect of this lotion? It’s anti-bacterial! It’s formulated with SafetyDerm technology that fights pesky germs for up to a whopping four hours. Pretty cool, right?

Plus, it contains tons of good-for-the-skin ingredients like Vitamin E, avocado,jojoba and grapeseed oils — which, thankfully, work to keep skin nourished, moisturized and conditioned beyond belief. We also love the fact that it’s unscented, so it doesn’t compete with our perfumes or fragranced body washes. In a nutshell, this is the perfect winter lotion!

CLEAN Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream retails for $10 at sephora.com.
Body-Scrubs-Image.jpgWhen temps dip below about 55 degrees, our skin starts to resemble the Sahara Desert. Dry, cracked and without an oasis in sight! Luckily, these two body scrubs really work to keep unsightly dryness far, far away … as far away as the Sahara, as a matter of fact.

And that’s not the only thing these two scrubs have in common! No, both The Body Scrub by Sara Happ in Vanilla Bean and the Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Vanilla Verbena Sugar Scrub are formulated with — you guessed it! — vanilla. The scent that just always reminds us of our grandmother’s freshly baked cookies is present in both rich, fragrant body scrubs and really helps to bring a homey feel to our hot showers.

You’ll find that both of these scrubs are rich, thick, lush … totally and completely perfect for skin in need of a little extra moisture and nourishment.

Sara Happ’s has kukui nut, macadamia and sweet almond oils in addition to sizable sugar crystals — it goes on a bit rougher than its Bath & Body Works counterpart, so we recommend saving it for the tough-to-moisturize areas like knees, elbows and ankles.

If smooth, silky skin is what you’re after (and, let’s be honest, who isn’t?), you’ll die over the scrub from Bath & Body Works. Sugar crystals combine with sunflower, safflower, sweet almond and jojoba oils to create an unbelievably rich, sensual experience — and it’s just a bonus that your skin will be softer than ever before.

The Body Scrub by Sara Happ in Vanilla Bean is available for $46 at sarahapp.com. Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Vanilla Verbena Sugar Scrub retails for $16 at bathandbodyworks.com.
L'Occitane-Pure-Shea-Butter-Vineyard-Rose.jpgAt a holiday event back in October (we love celebrating the holidays months in advance, don’t you?), we were introduced to the fabulousness that is L’Occitane Pure Shea Butter. We’d heard of it before, we’d seen it in their stores, but we’d (gasp!) never given it a try. Believe us when we say we’d made a grave error in judgment by not jumping on the shea butter bandwagon a whole lot sooner!

Not only does Pure Shea Butter contain antioxidizing Vitamin E to nourish and moisturize the skin, but it’s formulated with more than 95 percent organic shea butter from Fair Trade women’s cooperatives in Burkina Faso, West Africa. There are three amazing scents that were just introduced for holiday:

Orange Honey (enriched with organic honey)
Apricot Flower (enriched with organic apricot oil)
Vineyard Rose (enriched with organic rosehip oil)

We’ve found that this product glides onto skin smoothly and easily, leaving behind no greasy residue or slick finish. We think it’s perfect for extra-dry areas like elbows and knees — in just days, the rough patches were gone and replaced with smooth, baby-soft skin. L’Occitane has done one better, though — and has created a list of the 50 Ways to Use Pure Shea Butter! From applying to scars to speed up healing time to boosting hair volume by applying to your roots, this guide is packed with intriguing ways to shea.

And the best part yet? Each Pure Shea Butter retails for only $15 at usa.loccitane.com. Talk about a true treat for the skin!
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We love Burt’s Bees products. Natural beauty products that actually deliver, and at a low, drugstore price point? That’s what we like to see! So, much to our delight, Burt’s Bees recently released natural solid perfumes. [Insert a Yippee!! here]. If you’ve never used a solid perfume, let us educate you on a few points. If you have sensitive skin or sensitive senses, solid fragrances are great, because they are more subtle, and don’t have any alcohol in them like misting scents (which means they aren’t drying). They last longer, plus on cold winter mornings, you can warm the perfume between your finger tips before applying to your pulse points, reducing that little shiver we (and maybe you) get when spritzing our typical fragrance.

It comes in four varieties: Naturally Happy, Naturally Beautiful, Naturally Fresh and Naturally Sensual. Fresh is the…well, freshest and cleanest scent, Beautiful and Happy are sweeter, while Sensual is a little warmer. The product details says you can blend them to create your own scent, but we didn’t try that - not that we are opposed to it, though. So far, Naturally Happy and Fresh are our favorites, and we’re thrilled we can pack our silky, shea-butter infused solids for our holiday traveling without fearing spillage or shattered glass. $10, burtsbees.com

Philosophy-Image.jpgIn a bind over what to get your loved ones this holiday season? We have a great idea — why not shower everyone on your gift list with adorable gift sets from Philosophy? We honestly can’t pick a true favorite, because every single one is cuter than the next. But here are just a few of the many — there’s no other word for it, adorable! — gift sets they’re offering this holiday season.

Did you know that many of the images on Philosophy packaging are of the actual members of the company and their families? It gives such a special touch. Such is the case with Have a Cherry Christmas ($18), which includes the brand’s famed 3-in-1 and a high-flavor lip shine.

You’ll certainly feel all sorts of toasty warm with Warm and Toasty ($25) — a set of three absolutely delectable 3-in-1s including Hazelnut Espresso, Hot Buttered Rum and Double Rich Hot Cocoa.

Mmmm, marshmallows. They always make us think of S’mores — especially in this Melting Marshmallow set ($22). Delight in a 3-in-1, body lotion and high-flavor lip shine scented with the delicious aroma of gooey, melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows.

We’re dreaming of … waking up and finding this adorable set under the tree! (Yes, we know this post is about what to buy for others, but this one is especially for us.) The 3-piece I’m Dreaming Of… Set ($25) includes 3-in-1s scented with fruity white pear, white peach and white cranberry. Yum.

All gift sets are available at philosophy.com.

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