Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Long Lost Love Box
When you’re overcome with feelings of nostalgia for loves long past, console yourself with this collection of LUSH bath and body treats from days gone by. Our very elegant, beautifully presented hat box features: Kiss me Klimt Bath Bomb, It’s a Date Bubble Bar, Queen of Hearts Soap, Potion Body Lotion, Black Magic Massage Bar

Play Your Cards Right Massage bar
If ever there was a sure fire way to win your sweetheart’s favor, this is it! Rich, sensual, and scented with our ever popular Sex Bomb fragrance, this playing card of a massage bar is just the ticket for perfect night in (and TV or sleep won’t be on the agenda). You’ll want a few of these!

Perfect Match (Honey or Silky)
Elusive and always just on the edge of attainability, the perfect match is something to be held closely and treasured dearly once you find it. We have two fragrantly perfect matches that include our best-selling soaps and the most popular of our new solid perfumes. Making these perfect matches even more precious, the packaging is 100% biodegradable. In fact, if you plant the box with someone special, you can watch your love grow – literally. The entire box contains real seeds and when you plant it you will grow beautiful wild flowers to enjoy together. How special is that? Honey: Scent: Honey & Toffee; Contents: Honey I Washed the Kids Handmade Soap & Solid Perfume. Silky: Scent: Jasmine & Vetivert; Contents: Alkmaar Handmade Soap & Silky Underwear Solid Perfume

Message a Trois
A romantic, candlelit massage is the perfect way to share your affection for someone special, any time of year and especially on Valentine’s Day. To make your Valentine’s celebration extra romantic, we’ve created a trio of very special, superbly fragrant heart-shaped massage bars for you both to mix and match to your hearts’ (and bodies’) content.

Let me just say I will for sure be picking up the massage bars! I adore these, and they last quite awhile. They’re really great even for just moisturizing to the nth degree, because they are SO luxurious. Everything is available at www.lush.com!

Check out more photos… Continue reading →

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

If you think you’re the green of the crop — tell us about it, get creative and let us know “What Makes You Eco-Fabulous.” Show off your natural talent for environmental consciousness by sharing the everyday steps you take to lighten your carbon count in a photo, video or blog. Duration: January 15 – February 25, 2008

  • Grand Prize: One winner, chosen by Origins Organics™, wins a trip for two to Jackson Hole for 4 nights at Hotel Terra, the entire Origins Organics line and other green prizes!
  • Most Viral: One winner, who gets the most attention across the internet, wins 3 Origins Organics™ products and 6 Grenada chocolate bars.
  • Highest Score: One winner, chosen by the community, wins 3 Origins Organics™ products and 6 Grenada chocolate bars.
  • Reviewer Sweepstakes: One winner, who participates by reviewing, wins 3 Origins Organics™ products and 6 Grenada chocolate bars.

Get all the details and enter at http://www.brickfish.com/Lifestyles/Origins.

Monday, December 31st, 2007

LUSH wants you to “Go Green” this 2008, and I think it’s obvious that I am a definite LUSH fan, but me? Green?  I’m a bit loathe to admit it, but I’m not necessarily the greenest nor eco-friendliest person you’ll meet.  Despite this, however, I have attempted on several occasions to try more organic and environmentally friendly products, but I have met mostly mediocre results.  Becoming a LUSH junkie has given me a better taste for more natural and green products, though, so when they came out with some eco-savvy products for their Go Green promotion, I felt I had to give them a whirl.

Inspired by UK-based environmental activist, Rebecca Lush (really, that’s her name), Go Green is a whole new line of fragrance dedicated to those who focus on making a environmental difference by walking the walk, literally. A genuine lady, Rebecca eschews single-passenger vehicles and routinely walks, cycles or takes public transportation. But, sometimes such activities leave her feeling less than fresh. So, Mark Constantine, our founder, created a fragrance just for her (and those of us like her).

GO GREEN — THE SCENT | You must enjoy the Go Green scent, as it is infused into each product of the Go Green promotion.  If the scent makes you cringe, it’ll be hard to see you loving any of these!  The scent itself is a citrus-y scent with a woody after-scent; it tends to smell almost like cleanliness does (just that good clean scent).  It will definitely give you a vision of earthly delights and a touch of nature whenever you use one of the products.  I found that the perfume is the most heavily scented, while the other products are more subtle (which makes sense).

For reviews of Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar, The Greench, Go Green Solid Perfume, and Go Green Body Spray… Continue reading →

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Beauty Resolution: Go Green in 08

It’s a new year, so welcome in a new you! Yes, we all know the ‘New 2008 You’ will eat less and exercise more but how about making a New Year’s resolution that will actually make a difference? Make 2008 the year when you go green and let LUSH help you stick to it! Going green doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune, or give up all your favorite luxury products. LUSH makes it easy for you to help the planet by offering a shop full of fresh handmade cosmetics made from the finest natural ingredients, containing minimal or no preservatives and packaging (which means less waste heading to landfill). Going Green has never been easier and so much fun with these new offerings from LUSH!

  • Go Green Solid Perfume ($11.95) – A citric blend of grapefruit, bergamot and neroli oils refresh while earthy vetivert calms and sweet, woodsy sandalwood oil encourages well-being. Cedar leaf, fennel and thyme oils add to the fresh, just-emerged-from-a-field aromatic bouquet.
  • Go Green Body Spray ($19.95) – A fragrance that meets the challenge of a busy lifestyle and keeps you feeling fresh. This body spray is dedicated to those who focus on making a environmental difference by walking the walk, literally.
  • Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar ($7.95) – Peppermint stimulates growth, while tea tree and rosemary help reduce dandruff and flakes. On top of being environmentally friendly, it’s fabulously fragranced with our refreshing Go Green scent.
  • The Greeench Deodorant ($7.50) – A herbal fragranced, aluminum-free underarm freshness with no harsh chemicals or unnecessary packaging.

I can’t wait to receive some of my Go Green goodies! I’ll have reviews for you soon (but of course). But for now, check out great photos of the environmentally-friendly treats! Continue reading →

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

von Natur’s Complete Hair & Body Conditioner / Wash($17.00)

Paraben free & sulfate free, Complete Hair & Body Wash and Complete Hair & Body Conditioner. Organic, toxin free, and non-comedogenic are just few of the many features of von Natur’s hair products. These hair products revitalize your scalp, hair, and skin with an all natural creation that has been specially formulated to promote growth. This unisex formula is good for all hair types and maintains a low pH balance which is highly recommended for the wellness of your hair and skin.

What makes it worth it: As I am always on the prowl for the latest in beauty trends, going organic and natural is definitely pulling in a lot of fans these days. I thought to try von Natur’s latest line of Exquisite Bath products, which included a Complete Hair & Body Conditioner and Wash. The Hair & Body Wash is similar to that of most shampoo, a bit thinner in consistency, but I adored the lemony citrus scent. It lathered great on the body, as well. The conditioner uses Charcoal in it, as one of its unique ingredients, which is meant to pull out impurities for truly healthy hair. It creates a protective coating to help keep moisture locked in while reducing static electricity. Normally I use typical shampoos found at drugstores, but I really loved how shiny my hair looked using this combination of products. I also found the scent to be more pleasant than other shampoo/conditioner combinations I’ve used in the past (I love that they match). Also, who doesn’t love that you can use these on your hair and body?

Why you might pass on it: If you’re a fan of ulta thick, luxe shampoos, you won’t love von Natur’s, which is thinner with a higher liquidity. If you need something specific to your type of hair, colored hair, etc., you may prefer something that is targeted rather than general (it is recommended for all hair types, though!).

Find this product at www.vonnatur.com.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

John Masters Organics Linden Blossom Face Creme Cleanser ($19.00)

Non-foaming, this is the gentlest cleanser available for the face. The softening properties of rose and linden blossom essential oils mixed with a light facial creme gently clean away dirt and make-up.

What makes it worth it: All John Masters Organics products must be 75-100% organic with no petroleum or non-carbon based products. They use as much organic ingredients as they can manage in their products, which means this is a line and product that is perfect for those wanting to protect the environment and still get their dosage of beauty. They also do not test on animals, use environmentally-friendly harvested ingredients, and no artificial colors/filters/fragrances can be used in their products. This is to be used as an extremely mild face wash for sensitive skin, and it is also great for removing makeup.  For those who need extra moisturizing, it can be left on the face for an additional five minutes. This is so gentle that it is safe for babies! I like this product for its environmental stance, and I do like that it’s incredibly easy on the skin.

Why you might pass on it: I personally found the scent of this to be a bit too organic/natural for me. I could use a stronger note of citrus or something to subdue the scent of the natural ingredients. If you’re not into organic beauty, you might find the price point a bit too high for your liking.

Find this product at John Masters Organics boutiques and www.johnmasters.com.