This year is not the first time I’ve gifted Dad with the Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap
with Blue Lotus & Lava Rock. I hate to be repetitive but it is just such a hit every time. There is something guys love about that deep, exfoliating clean. And I can’t say I blame them. I am considering picking up a bar for myself!
This deep-cleansing bar removes build-up and can reveal healthier looking skin. Like their other Turbo products, the scent is revitalizing and masculine. While the lava rock exfoliates, Shea and Murumuru butters and hydrate and nourish skin.
Vegan and Cruelty-free. Available at Amazon.
Back in the day, I was loyal to my Clarisonic, but it slowly made its way out of my routine. Not that I didn’t love it. I just got lazy about replacing brushes and used other ways to exfoliate and deep clean my skin. It wasn’t until the FOREO LUNA play plus landed on my desk that I realized how much I missed a face wash device.
I had tried the FOREO products before but hadn’t truly given it a solid couple of weeks in my routine. I am glad this play plus worked its way in. The battery operated device pulsates to remove dirt and grime without any irritation. Plus it is so portable, light and not bulkly one bit. It leaves my skin rejuvenated and fresh. Comes in Aquamarine, Fuchsia, Midnight, Mint, Pearl Pink, Purple and Sunflower Yellow $49; available now at foreo.com.
Now, FOREO’s toothbrush, Issa play, was something I was a little more hesitant about. I haven’t been hooked on an electric toothbrush and was worried that my teeth wouldn’t feel clean after using it. But I love the Issa and use it now morning and night. This travel-friendly brush is sleek and easily rinsed and cleaned. There are no replacement brushes or bulky covers. It lasts for 6 months, so it would be perfect to store away in your toiletries bag ready for your next jaunt, but, for now, I am using it at home just because I love it so much. It whitena and brightens your smile but also is super gentle on sensitive teeth and gums thanks to its gentle and hygienic silicone design. Comes in Wild Strawberry, Pink, Cobalt Blue, Summer Sky and Cool Black $49; available at ulta.com.
I am still faithful to my Le Labo ‘Santal 33’, but on a recent binge shop through Sephora I picked up a rollerball to keep in my purse. And I fell equally in love with Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum on the go for a change of pace. The fragrance is inspired by strength and elegance of bamboo. On me, the notes are feminine and clean but without being too floral – right up my alley. And perfect for freshening up mid-day.
- Italian Bergamot
- Casablanca Lily
- Comoros Sandalwood
Right now, Sephora is offering a gift with purchase with Gucci Bamboo with code VELVETGUCCI.
I’m like a kid in a candy store when I hit my local CVS. I seriously cannot walk out of there without at least one beauty impulse buy. It isn’t shocking that the newest from Dove caught my eye. Fortunately, I had some on the way from the brand, and have been trying Deep Moisture and Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla.
I am a huge fan of foam – shampoo, soap, face wash – I love it all. So a body was that was self-foaming was my cup of tea. For some reason, I feel cleaner when using a soap that has suds. So often though that can cause stripping skin and dryness. Not with Dove Shower Foam. This foam is nourishing and leaves skin soft. And the foam rinses quickly and easily.
The weightless formula delivers nourishing moisture with Dove’s unique technology. This mild cleansing leaves skin looking healthier. The Deep Moisture maximizes hydration while the Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla leaves a very subtle fragrance of vanilla, sandalwood and musk – some of my favorite scents. I can’t seem to pick a favorite, but rather am enjoying Deep Moisture in the AM and saving Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla for the days I shower in the evening.
Look for Dove Shower Foam at your local drugstore.
This post was not sponsored, but the products were provided to me. All opinions are honest and are my own.
Our family isn’t huge on big presents, but we do like to spoil ourselves with things we normally wouldn’t buy for ourselves. And my family came through with something I’ve had my eye on for several years. I was in San Francisco back in October and visited Le Labo to confirm my lust for Santal. At happy hour that evening, my friend with fabulous taste, Lauren, confirmed that it was indeed my scent. And low and beyond, Santa delivered!
My impression of Le Labo over the years has been somewhat unusual fragrances that are honest to the soul and packaged exquisitely. Santal is inspired by a “classic image of a man and his horse in front of the fire on a great plain under tall, blue evening skies—a defining image of the spirit of the American West”. No one ever accused me of loving overly feminine fragrances. This isn’t for those girly girls. But it does have a woodsy, rich scent that smells rustic and but clean. The notes:
- Top: violet accord, cardamom.
- Middle: iris, papyrus, ambrox.
- Base: cedarwood, leather, sandalwood.
More and more these days, I have been appreciative of brands like Le Labo in making a scent I love that is vegan, not tested on animals and made in the USA.
Purchased at Nordstrom.
I admit I was drawn to this brand because of the stunning packaging. There was something classic and sophisticated about it. Plus their fragrances were described in a moody and slightly masculine way. At a display I sniffed all the offerings but was immediately drawn to Jazz Club – evoking the ambiance of a Brooklyn jazz club, being both moody and exhilarating.
The bottle, which you’d be proud to display on your vanity, is inspired by classic apothecary jar with a cotton label. The labelling also will remind you of the clothing line labeling also by Maison Margiela if you are familiar.
Copper, leather, liquor and tobacco notes are all clearly Jazz Club inspired. A more detailed summary of notes: Pink Pepper, Primofiore Lemon, Neroli Oil, Rum Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Java Vetiver Oil, Tobacco Leaf Absolute, Vanilla Bean, Styrax Resin.
Available at Sephora and Nordstrom.