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Kai-Body-Wash.jpgDelve into a luxurious shower experience based around extracts of comfrey, cucumber and ivory. Embrace the most beautiful shower ritual you can possibly imagine, thanks to the scent of exotic white flowers. your richest, most elegant shower experience is now ten times better, thanks to Kai Body Wash.

Kai’s philosophy states, “Beauty lies in the simplest and purest of things.” This is most definitely true the second you step into the world of the brand’s body wash. This body wash captures the fragrance of the tropics in an unbelievably rich, fragrant lather. A dime-sized amount squeezed onto a pouf and your shower will become filled with so many bubbles, you won’t even know what to do with all of them!

We honestly can’t think of a more luxurious addition to the shower. Kai Body Wash retails for $33 at b-glowing.com.
Ole-Henriksen-African-Red-Tea-Self-Heating-Body-Souffle.jpgLet’s face it, skin is susceptible to dryness and dehydration when the temperatures turn chilly. If you’re like us, you’ve tried just about everything to soften and nourish your skin … but nothing seems to work. Until now. We put Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Self-Heating Body Souffle to the test, and — much to our surprise! — it delivered.

This lotion joins the ranks of the Ole Henriksen African Red Tea line, a collection of over 10 products that work to strengthen, calm and soothe the skin. African Red Tea also has one other very impressive benefit, it slows the aging process! And while we don’t normally think about the skin on our bodies aging (aside from troublesome, cellulite-induced areas), it is nice to know there’s a product out there that works to combat the pesky signs of getting older.

We love that this lotion is packed to the brim with amazing properties. Citrus essential oils purify and brighten skin. Linseed, borage seed and black currant oils hydrate and protect skin cells with omega-3 fatty, oleic and palmitic acids. Pumpkin extract exfoliates, reduces irritation and balances skin tone. And our favorite ingredient of all, shea butter, moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

A gel-like consistency really sets this lotion apart from others on the market. It’s cooling to the touch — and, yes, we know it says “self-heating” in the name! We’ve actually found that unless you’re rubbing it into your skin fairly vigorously, it’s actually quite cool — and, if it does feel warm, that may just be friction. Our favorite feature, though, is definitely the fact that it’s not greasy AT ALL — it sinks right into skin without leaving behind any residue. Perfect, since we like to apply it right before bed.

Our final verdict? This lotion delivers.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Self-Heating Body Souffle retails for $65 at olehenriksen.com.

Crabtree-&-Evelyn-Citron-Honey-&-Coriander-Scrub-Cleanser.jpgNow that cooler temperatures are upon us, it’s imperative that we utilize body scrubs to the fullest. So when we came across Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Scrub Cleanser, we were super excited — because our hands become ravaged at the very sight of 45-degree weather.

This deliciously scented hand wash is formulated with a blend of plant-based cleansers and natural exfoliants that really make hands gleam. We’ve found that our skin is softer and smoother from using this soap over time — and, really, only sudsing up with it once a day!

It’s also free of parabens, lauryl sulfates, mineral oil and propylene glycol, so you don’t have to worry about putting anything horrible onto or into your skin.

We’re just loving how refreshed and baby soft our hands look from using this cleanser. We can’t get enough of it!

Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Scrub Cleanser retails for $15 at theevecare.com.
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Carmex, the company that makes the classic healing lip balms, has just introduced a new skin care line designed to heal, soothe and moisturize dry skin. It stands to reason that what has been keeping lips healthy for over 70 years would also be beneficial for your skin, so we were more than happy to give Carmex Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream a test drive.

The Healing Lotion is designed to use anywhere skin feels dry and contains rich healing ingredients, including Aloe and Vitamin E to nourish and moisturize skin. The Healing Cream is for use on your driest skin, especially hands, feet, elbows and knees. It’s super concentrated and contains 9 healing ingredients to penetrate and repair very dry, rough or cracked skin.

Both formulas were made using a patent pending process that delivers healing and moisturization without a greasy feel. And let me tell you, it’s true! Amazingly, both formulas absorb in seconds, leaving absolutely no slippery residue, even from the Healing Cream which is the thicker of the two products.

Anyone who has ever used Carmex lip balm knows the scent - a vaguely medicinal smell resulting from camphor and menthol ingredients. The smell alone is oddly soothing, as it alludes to the healing properties within. The Healing Lotion and Healing Cream contain notes of the classic Carmex scent but mixed with vanilla and other fragrances to create a light, pleasing smell.

As for moisturizing properties, there are many. As stated, the cream works better on dryer skin, making it the perfect winter skin companion. The lotion is ideal for warmer months or skin that isn’t intensely dry. And at only $5.99 each, I definitely recommend adding this to your body care regime. Available at Walgreens and drugstore.com.

For more information, check out mycarmex.com.

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Bottega Verde, Italy’s largest cosmetics brand, has finally hit the US market with its best-selling, natural beauty products. Founded in Tuscany, Bottega Verde uses more than 300 active ingredients derived from nature. Their vast range of products includes beauty care and body treatments that harness the natural properties of almond, aloe, shea, olive oil, honey and more.

Since olive oil is so closely associated with Italy and the Tuscany region, we chose to sample some of Bottega Verde’s extra virgin olive oil products, including Olive Oil Body Butter, Hand Cream, Lip Balm and Shower Gel.

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The Olive Oil Body Butter has a really nice creamy consistency that is much lighter than other body butters we’ve tried. The smooth texture makes it easy to spread as it literally sinks into your skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky smooth. The floral fragrance with subtle green notes is delicious without overpowering. The Olive Oil Hand Cream is an even lighter consistency which is ideal for softening and protecting hands without any greasy residue.

Organic olive oil is the active ingredient in the Lip Balm Stick which glides on easily and offers long-lasting protection for lips, making them softer and smoother immediately. The balm also has a light fragrance which pleasantly lingers. Finally, the Olive Oil Shower Gel has a nice, creamy consistency that cleanses while nourishing the skin leaving it lightly fragranced.

Sound amazing? Don’t just take our word for it - you can sample some of Bottega Verde’s most popular products for free with their Italian Beauty Sample Package (worth over $24).

We’re also giving away an Olive Oil Gift Set featuring all the products mentioned here. Just leave a comment below and we’ll choose someone at random to win! (Contest is open to US residents only; winner will be chosen on 11/30/10)


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