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Pacifica Candles’ Soy Candles, Pillar Candles, Soaps, Perfumes, & Body Butters Reviews

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Pacifica Candles’ Soy Candles ($13.95), Pillar Candles ($15.95), Soaps ($6.95), Perfumes ($19.95), Body Butters ($15.95)

Each Pacifica candle is made by hand, using century-old techniques to ensure the highest quality. We combine our exclusive Pacifica Wax Blends, in your choice of food-grade paraffin or vegetable-based soy, with the highest quality lead-free cotton wicks, essences, and essential oils in order to create the perfect candle. Our fragrance oils and candles are made in small batches, allowing us to test our products regularly to guarantee perfection. We believe that if a candle isn’t burning well, quality ingredients are being wasted. Regardless of the wax, whether it is soy or paraffin, there must be a perfect balance between the wick size and the fragrance to create a safe, healthy, and smokeless candle.

What makes it worth it: This is not an organic line per se, but it definitely has the right feel and attitude about the environment, natural ingredients, and being a responsible member of its community. Pacifica uses soy and food-grade paraffin in its candles, while they make sure to use natural essential oils rather than artificial fragrances. They have excellent employment policies, are working towards becoming a carbon-neutral company, and take inspiration from culture around the globe.

  • Soy Candles: I tried Tibetan Mountain Temple (a spicy, woody scent of Patchouli, ginger, and orange) and Bourbon Island Vanilla (another spicy scent with lots of vanilla). I enjoyed both scents, but my boyfriend adored the latter. I felt like Tibetan Mountain Temple reminded me a lot of the holidays and the cinnamon-y goodness you find in so many holiday baked goods.
  • Pillar Candles: I tried Roman Frankincense (a blend of Frankincense, Myrrh, a touch of mandarin, and I’d swear some lime) and Vietnamese Ylang Ylang French (a lovely blend of ylang ylang, lavendar, and a touch of vanilla). I’m totally reminded of Sprite or 7UP with Roman Frankincense, but I like the scent – pleasing, very masculine. The Vietnamese Ylang Ylang French pillar candle is a much subtler scent, entirely feminine and just lovely.
  • Natural Soaps: I tried Spanish Amber (deeply woody, amber scent) and Wild English Clary Sage (a great clean scent with clary sage notes). Spanish Amber definitely takes me back to a few moments of my childhood; it’s a strong scent, distinctly masculine. Wild English Clary Sage is also a bit masculine in its scent, but it’s such a clean scent that I know it’s a must-have for any family or couple who shares soap.
  • Perfumes: I tried Waikiki Pikake (a blend of jasmine and sandalwood) and Tuscan Blood Orange (sweet orange and mandarin scent with a touch of strawberry). I found both of these scents to be pleasing, and they come in these petite containers. They make great stocking stuffers!
  • Body Butters: I tried Sandalwood (rich Indian sandalwood that’s very woody with top notes of sweet orange) and French Lilac (a delightful spring scent of fresh lilacs and magnolias). Sandalwood is a very rich, heady scent, which reminds me of seduction. I felt like French Lilac makes a great spring scent, because it’s light and airy and utterly floral.

Why you might pass on it: You can’t. They have a wide variety of products, scents, and the prices are perfect for this holiday season. Everything feels a bit luxe and rich, and I really can’t wait to wrap these up and hand them out to my family and friends this year.

Find Pacifica products at www.pacificacandles.com and www.nordstrom.com.

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Playboy Beauty – In the Mood gloss, Amaretto Tease liquid luxe lipstick, Velvet Body Balm Reviews

Playboy Beauty capitalizes on the aspirational Playboy lifestyle and its place in American history by extending its brand portfolio with a sensual line of color cosmetics and beauty products.Women are invited to experience Playboy Beauty through fresh colors, textures and finishes. This multi-functional line rouses the five senses with cutting-edge innovation and novel product categories. From girl-next-door sex appeal to modern-day siren, Playboy Beauty allows you to express your every personality!

Now, let me tell you what I thought about Playboy Beauty’s line!

Malie Kauai – Body Cream in Koke’e and Rescue Tonic Reviews

MALIE KAUAI BODY CREAMMALIE KAUAI RESCUE FACIAL TONIC

From the lush, tropical rainforests and rich volcanic soil of the ancient Garden Island of Kauai, we’ve created Malie (mah-lee-ay), luxurious natural products for home, body and spirit. The gentle, soothing essences of our wild-crafted and organic ingredients flow through pure Hawaiian hydrosols, the therapeutic floral waters that infuse each product. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Hawaiian aromatherapy – our gift from the Garden Isle of Eternal Rainbows. Aloha.

Malie Kauai is a brand devoted to promoting and utilizing its Hawaiian Roots on the Garden Isle of Kauai by using only indigenous flora for their natural luxury spa products. They ensure sustainable growth of all ingredients they choose for their indulgent products. They even use local artisans to create their products. This line is truly about bringing you the best in natural products, and they make sure to provide you detailed information about the ingredients they use, how they use, and which ones are in the products you love.

To find out what I thought of their Body Cream and Rescue Tonic,

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St. Tropez – Everyday Daily Moisturizer – Gradual Tanning Review

ST. TROPEZ EVERYDAY DAILY MOISTURIZER

If you are in the market for figuring out an easy, natural way to maintain sunkissed skin during the cool winter, I’d wholeheartedly recommend trying St. Tropez Everyday. It gives you a natural, gradual tan through this moisturizing body lotion that can be used regularly to give you that gorgeous bronzed glow. This product has won several awards in a variety of UK papers, and it only hit shelves in the States this past May. What do I love about this product? I love that it gives me a moisturizer and self-tanner in one, but it isn’t such a forceful tanner that you may end up with streaks. It’s natural, soft, and just a great way to achieve a year-round tan. I find it so practical that it offers two “colors”; one for fair to medium skin and another for medium to dark skin tones. All in all, I found this to be a product that does exactly what it says, and I’m not terrified by its price!

Available for $30.00 at www.sephora.com, Bath & Body Works, CO Bigelow, Red Door Salons, Beauty.com, and other select locations.

Holiday 2007 Gift Guide – LUSH Cosmetics – Best Gifts For Your Budget!

LUSH COSMETICS | HOLIDAY 2007 GIFTS

CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED!
We all love that moment when we finally get to unwrap our Christmas presents and find out what’s inside – but once we’re done unwrapping, we’re left with a pile of unwanted gift boxes, decorations and gift wrap that is hastily thrown away. Here at LUSH we have the environmentally friendly alternative to Christmas gifts. Not only can loved ones be treated to deliciously fresh handmade cosmetics, but all of our festive gifts are lovingly wrapped by the LUSH elves using 100% recycled paper and prettily tied with recycled paper ribbons — so you can give that amazing present and help save the planet. For the first time this year we offer a completely green gift option and a charity gift option, so if you’re looking for that special luxury gift, stocking filler or secret Santa, check out LUSH’s eco-friendly gifts that are all wrapped up, ready and waiting to give to that lucky person.

Keep reading for our review on the “Happy Treats!” gift, plus find out what to give to who with LUSH’s Holiday Gift Guide!

Skin Milk – Shaving Milk

The first shaving cream with 5% real milk protein! Milk-enriched lather forms a protective moisture barrier that conditions and softens as it glides the razor for a close shave without nicks. New SkinMilk shaving milk has arrived and it delivers the ultimate shaving experience by providing a close, comfortable, indulgent shave in a creamy, luxurious and smooth base of milk.

SKIN MILK SHAVING MILK

SkinMilk is an affordable brand that offers a wide variety of milk-enriched products from bath to body to face. I recently tested our their new product, Shaving Milk, which really helps to moisturize and provide a great lather prior to shaving.

I am happy to report I suffered no nicks or bumps after shaving, and I swear, it keeps the re-growth down just a tad, at least enough to get away with one more day between shaves. It has a light fragrant scent of vanilla, which is pleasant and not at all overwhelming. The product retails for $5.49 online, and I do believe that’s worthy of being called a bargain buy!

Find Shaving Milk and other SkinMilk products at Wal-Mart and www.drugstore.com.

You can learn more about their product line-up by visiting www.skinmilk.net.

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