Earth Day Mommy Tip: Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil

In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, I’d like to gush a bit about an amazing organic body oil that was sent to me for review. It is Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil made with all natural ingredients rich in vitamins and minerals. Wally’s Natural products are dermatologist-tested, non-GMO and are not tested on animals – extra points in my book!

I’ve been using Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter to prevent stretch marks on my almost seven-month (and growing) pregnant belly. And while I love the body butter, the scent is still a bit too strong for me to get over. So when I received Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil to test, I was all about trying something different. I love the roll-on applicator because it feels like a mini massage on my belly when I apply it. I also LOVE the scent! It contains sesame seed oil, castor oil, lavender oil, calendula extract, aloe vera leaf extract, Vitamin E and geranium oil.

I apply the body oil on my belly twice a day, usually in the morning and at night before I go to bed. I also apply it whenever my belly feels tight or like its stretching and it provides immediate relief. So far so good, no stretch marks and moisturized skin!

If you’re expecting and want to prevent stretch marks or if you’re looking for an organic moisturizer, you should definitely give Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil a try. For more information, check them out on Instagram and Facebook!

Sheeping Beauty: Dr. Lipp Product Review

When I visited my boyfriend’s hometown of Anglesey in Wales in December, I saw sheep up close and personal for the very first time in my life.  Who knew I’d ever hear about sheep again, especially related to beauty.

Dr. Lipp’s formula originates from the soft white fluffy wool of sheep – resulting in Medical Grade Lanolin.  It’s medically proven to reduce skin roughness by up to 40% in one hour. I’ve tried hundreds of lip balms and I can firmly say this is my favorite lip balm ever! It’s 100% natural and works on so much else beyond chapped lips.

Dr Lipp

Here are some of the applications:

  • Soothing and smoothing fine lines under the eyes
  • Any dry or itchy skin patches including:-
  • Eczema and psoriasis
  • Split ends
  • Nipples
  • Diaper rash
  • Wound healing
  • Sunburn
  • Burns and abrasions
  • As an intensive moisturizing night mask

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Looking to Detox Your Skin?

Whether we know it or not, there are chemicals in everything we consume, from apples to microwavable popcorn.  I recently read an article about 7 Foods You Should Never Eat referencing expert commentary from food scientists. Fortunately, I haven’t eaten any of the forbidden foods but that got me thinking how it applies to what I put on my face.
One of my friends in New York put me in touch with Marie Michele, founder of Juvance Cosmetics. Her experience spans many of the beauty industry’s most renowned brands such as Clinique, Chanel and Shisheido.  Now Michele’s mission is to provide natural and therapeutic products and regimens to balance, enhance and renew the skin’s natural beauty. On my journey towards putting an end to my dry skin, I was excited to speak to this leading “skin scientist.”
I tried out the 4-step regimen Michele suggested after I gave her a rundown of my skin routine.  Her overall analysis was that my skin was “eating” but not “drinking”.  Here’s her custom recipe:
Images from JuvanceCosmetics.com
1.      Purifying Gel
  • What It Does: Deeply cleanses, purifies pores and removes impurities.
  • Ingredients: Alpha and Beta-Hydroxy Acid, Aloe Vera Gel, Salicylic Acid, Lactid Acid, Vitamin B, Bromelain Extract and Papain Enzymes.
  • How I used it:  Twice daily using gel cleanser and exfoliant.
2.      Balancing Ginseng Softener
  • What It Does: Preps the skin for hydration while balancing, toning, refreshing and firming the skin.
  • Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Ginseng, Witch Hazel and Horse Chestnut Extracts.
  • How I used it:  Applied with cotton ball after Purifying Gel.
3.      Renewal Bamboo Scrub (Exfoliant)
  • What It Does: Gently removes dead skin cells, refines pores and stimulates cellular regeneration.
  • Ingredients: Ground Bamboo and Jojoba Beads, Chamomile Extract, Aloe Vera, Papaya Extract, Bromelain Extract and Papain Enzymes.
  • How I used it:  Scrubbed gently in circular motion avoiding delicate eye area, twice a week.
4.      Revitalizing Moisturizer
  • What It Does: Helps improve oxygenation, detoxifies and stimulates the skin. Helps refine pores, balance oil, soothes irritation, and slows the creation of new lines and wrinkles.
  • Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Sodium Hyaluronate.
  • How I used it:  Twice a day.
The main ingredient not included in these products? Alcohol! Also the culprit for dry skin. So yes, this is rehab for my face.  Granted, not all alcohol is created equal but after one week of use, I can see a difference in my skin. It’s smoother, my pores are smaller, no break outs and overall my skin just feels cleaner and moisturized.  Michele’s line of Juvance Cosmetics can be found in beauty boutiques in the tri-state area and can also be purchased directly on the Juvance Cosmetics website.  She’s currently working to become available in Whole Foods as well so make sure to look out for that! In the meantime, take a look at your skincare regimen and identify which ingredients you’re currently applying on your skin…you just  might be in need of a skin detox.  Share your thoughts below!

GTL: Golden and Tanned in Las Vegas

Ok that’s a stretch! I attribute my love of tanning to my Jersey roots. The Coca-Cola and baby oil tanning sessions are no more and while I don’t have the same love for going to the gym or doing laundry, I still love getting my summer tan on – in the safest way possible.  I have tried so many sunscreen products, always on the hunt for that perfect one that gives UVA and UVB protection, one that moisturizes without being greasy and gives great color.  I’ve tried everything from carrot-based lotions for the golden glow to oils from my trips to Mexico and the Caribbean, anything I could find that was different from the products sold at the local drugstore. 

Now, in my 30’s, I want more from my sunscreen!  Recently, I came across some great online reviews for Carol’s Daughter, Gelee de Soliel Browning Oil and thought I’d try it out.  It has SPF 15 (which might too low for your first time out in the sun).  It’s also enriched with Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Mango Butter and Avocado Butter.

INGREDIENT BENEFITS: (some descriptions are from Sephora.com)

  • Palm Kernel Oil – Provides excellent moisturizing properties while leaving skin soft and youthful.
  • Cocoa Butter – Protects and nourishes the skin with natural oils that deeply penetrate into the skin.
  • Shea Butter – Renowned for its moisturizing properties, shea butter is rich with fatty acids your skin will love.
  • Mango Butter – Natural emollient and lends protection against the sun. Also reduces degeneration of skin cells and restores elasticity.
  • Avocado Butter – Contains antioxidant vitamins A, E and D, which kill free radicals that age your skin.

I bought Carol’s Daughter Gelee de Soliel Browning Oil at my local Sephora about a month ago.  I’ve only used it a couple of times so far and already love the non-greasy golden glow if gives me while moisturizing and protecting my skin from the sun.  The scent is more nutty than tropical and it’s NOT waterproof, so reapplication is necessary. Although I’m not really looking forward to the 100+ degree Vegas heat, I’ll need to stay cool and protect my skin from the harsh desert sun.  Here’s to fun in the sun!