Category Archives: Bath & Body

Clean, Crisp and Refreshing: Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive and Basil Collection

Crabtree & Evelyn’s Avocado, Olive and Basil Body and Hand Care collection launches this month. It’s a delicious scent of avocado, olive blossom, basil, sage with hints of lemon. I’ve been testing the Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Hand Therapy for a few weeks and find it to be so refreshing. The smell is crisp and clean. I used the Bath & Shower Gel as bubble bath a few times, and it made my entire bathroom smell like a Mediterranean spa.  The scent is also man-approved. While the lotion may be too fragrant for the dudes, he will reach for the shower gel in the shower. Guaranteed.

As with all Crabtree & Evelyn collections, I tend to favor the Hand Therapy. This now lives at my desk at work, and I use it constantly. With avocado butter, shea butter, macadamia nut and olive oils, I can’t not obsessively slather it all over my hands!

Schick Hydro Silk, Seven Years in the Making

What were you doing seven years ago? Me, I was living in Washington, DC and enjoying my first “real” job out of college. Not yet married, but dating my now husband. Schick? They were designing the next best thing in razors — the Schick Hydro Silk™, launching at the end of the month. 

After seven years of testing, Schick says they have made the shaving experience better. This is welcome news. Razors have come a long way. My young nieces will likely never know the hacking my knees and ankles suffered. (I have bad vision — shower without contacts on. Mistakes happen(ed). I don’t want to talk about it.)

I’m hoping after a few more months with the Tria, I won’t have to use this on my underarm or bikini line, but my legs see a lot of razor time, especially in the summer. I’ve been using the Hydro Silk for a while now, and wanted to share my thoughts.

Schick infused this razor with a moisturizing serum that activates with water to prevent skin from being stripped of essential moisture and the resulting irritation. It sports five blades that curve and deliver a close shave. This is very noticeable to me (being a “blind” shaver and all). The design is also very ergonomic. I tend to drop my razors a lot (too many oil-based products + blind showering – I’M A MESS!) and then the blade falls off and I have to reconnect the cartridge. That doesn’t happen here. It’s so easy to hold on to and weighs next to nothing.

And the best part is we have razors to giveaway so you can try, too! Leave us a comment and we’ll email you with a unique link where you can sign up for a free Schick Hydro Silk. And if you have a case of the shower klutzies, please let us know (it will make me feel better!)

Currently Loving: LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner

There’s a new product in my shower that I am SO EXCITED to tell you about. LUSH Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner is completely shaking up my morning routine and has me excited to get out of bed and into the shower. Seriously, my snooze button is on notice. Get this: it’s a ROSE JAM scented body conditioner that is so insanely moisturizing. It absolutely blew mind the first time I used it – the smell is heavenly, and actually very subtle once you get out of the shower and on with your day. Of course, that day will start that much more efficient because you will already have moisturized in the shower. You may, however, obsessively touch your skin and smell your arms because it’s just THAT GOOD.

Did I mention how moisturizing it is? LUSH spared no emollient. There’s Brazil nut oil, cocoa butter, cypress oil, capacu butter, shea butter, almond oil and of course Argan oil. There’s even a touch of spring water to cool the skin down. Simply amazing. And so perfect for winter.

Ro’s Argan just launched as part of the LUSH 15 — 15 new products and innovations, many of which are a first for LUSH. You can check it in stores or at LUSH online, where it retails for $29.

Ten or Less: Aveeno Positively Nourishing Body Moisturizer

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from friends, family and coworkers is, “what’s a good body moisturizer?” Maybe it’s because winter is coming (or here…given it felt like it was in the TEENS when I woke up this a.m.), but lotion seems to be on everyone’s mind. Regardless, I have the answer: AVEENO Positively Nourishing Body Moisturizer.

I first tried this body lotion back in February when I was in Los Angeles for the Independent Spirit Awards with 25 other bloggers and the AVEENO team, during a moment that remains probably the most relaxing 30 minutes I’ve had in 2011. The team arranged for massages using the Positively Nourishing Body Moisturizer, and we had our choice of Aveeno Postively Nourishing in Refreshing, featuring blueberry and goji berry; Soothing, which has vanilla and chamomile; or Invigorating, with grapefruit and rosemary. I opted for the Invigorating, and I felt so refreshed afterwards. Ever since, I’ve really come to love these lotions. Good memory association, you know?

I like that they each have a subtle smell that doesn’t compete with the perfume I wear and the forumla does a good job locking in moisture, thanks to the addition of AVEENO’s signature nourishing oatmeal. Plus, at $8.49 a bottle, they are a steal! For how much lotion is needed to survive a winter, a good priced option is key.

Ten or Less: Trader Joe's Lavender Body Oil Spray

The treasures that you can get at Trader Joe’s are abundant. While I sometimes hate going to the grocery store, I always love a trip to the TJ’s. On my most recent venture, I acquired this Lavender Body Oil for $5. What a gem! Not only is it a pretty sizeable bottle, it’s also conveniently equipped with a spray nozzle. The smell is pure relaxation. I almost can’t use it during the day because it puts me in such a zen state. It’s got an earthy aroma that settles nicely on the skin. It isn’t too strong, and slowly fades away as you drift into sleep. A total bedtime story!

This is a fantastic budget buy. My sister-in-law was visiting from Colorado last week, and she was envious as they have no Trader Joe’s in the whole state. Such a travesty! Sorry Coloradoans…

Ten or Less: Johnson's Baby Shampoo – An Original Multi-Tasker

I told you a few weeks about how I’m participating in Johnson’s Blog for Beauty Challenge. My first post was about Johnson’s Baby Powder (did you know there’s a Magnolia scented baby powder? love it) and this week I’m all about their Baby Shampoo.

There is a cleanser that I love dearly and every single time I use it, I’m reminded of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo because it smells just like it and is just as gentle so this week I actually used it instead of my beloved cleaner without any repercussions. It didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or tight and didn’t leave my eyes burning when I got some in them. It made for a great eye makeup remover too.  At one point I even added some Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant into the mix for some exfoliating love, you could add in some sugar instead if you wanted a less expensive option. I don’t know that I would use this regularly instead of a cleanser but if I’m traveling or in a pinch, this will fit the bill.

As I did with the baby powder, I tried to find some alternate uses for the baby shampoo:

  • It makes a good laundry detergent for my delicates on a gentle cycle and they came out great.
  • It makes a good brush cleaner, whether it is a makeup brush or a hair brush.
  • It makes a good household cleaner, I used a a quarter size dollop on my wood surfaces and the mineral oil in it made it shine like new.

If I had sensitive skin, I’m sure this would be a staple in my life. For now, I’m saving it for my brush arsenal and delicates. I’m sure there are a lot more ways to use this product that I haven’t even thought of but how many products do you know of that can do so many things for around $3? Do you use this product in any unexpected ways? Let me know in the comments.

Priori and Pumice, a Savior for the DIY Pedicure

One of the most annoying things is getting an amazing pedicure and two days later having dry and callused heels. But sadly, this is life as I live it.  It helps that I live in Chicago, where sandal season is a small sliver of the year. Nonetheless, I upkeep my beat feet obsessively. After years of scrubs, creams and the ped-egg (which my podiatrist scolded me for using), I’ve finally discovered the secret to smooth heels: Priori Advanced AHA Invigorating Face and Body Scrub and a pumice stone.

Priori’s scrub is an anti-aging powerhouse, with lactic acid as the leading ingredient. It actually makes perfect sense to use this on your feet, as it deeply exfoliates skin multiple layers deep. I use it a few times each week by rubbing it into each foot and letting it sit for a moment before I take the pumice stone to my heel. It takes care of all that skin build-up and gives me the feet I wish I had. At $64, this scrub is not cheap, but I find the expense to be worth it completely and it’s the equivalent of just two pedicures. It can be used everywhere, and trust me, if it does that for just my feet, think of what it does for the entire body! It gives me that brand new girl feeling. 🙂

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Johnson's Baby Powder: A Classic in So Many Ways!

For the next for four weeks, I’m participating in Johnson’s Blog for Beauty Challenge. They have a variety of products with intense moisturizing properties that keep skin feeling smooth and baby soft. I figured that if we trust children’s skin with Johnson’s, why not use it on myself? So that’s what I’m doing. Each week I’m blogging about a different product and sharing how I’m using it and what it is doing for my skin.

Today’s Johnson’s product is the original, the classic Johnson’s Baby Powder. We all know by now that sprinkling a little bit of baby powder in your hair is a great way to get rid excess oil in your hair. In fact, I did this hours before seeing Katy Perry live in concert last week and meeting her at a “Meet & Greet” hours later. This use is actually one of the first things I wrote about when I started Product Girl almost 6 years ago.

Here are a few more uses you might find helpful: Continue reading

Ten or Less: Softsoap Body Butters in Strawberry Smoother, Heavenly Vanilla and Coconut Scrub

Softsoap’s Body Butters have been in rotation in my shower for a little while now, they have been keeping my skin soft this summer. I was in a trance with Heavenly Vanilla until another scent took its place, using this in the shower practically teleports me to a tropical resort. The warm vanilla smell IS heavenly and reminds me of the tropics, there may even be a bit of amber in the scent to make the scent heavenly. Heavenly Vanilla is not a scrub but when I want some buffing action, I have been turning to Coconut Scrub and my new shower obsession: Strawberry Smoother.

Both of these scrubs have buffing grains that are gentle and small enough to use everyday without exfoliating your skin to death and they both have delicious scents that you can appreciate in the shower. What surprised me most of all with the scrubs is that you can get a really good lather going with them and you do not need to follow up with another product to make your skin feel clean, as I sometimes feel the need to do. I got Strawberry Smoother this week and have not been able to stop using it, it smells amazing in the shower. It could fit right in with Lush’s line-up. I like this one so much I actually poured a bit of it in my bathroom soap dispenser for my sink. There’s nothing wrong with a little exfoliation when I was my hands, is there? Got to keep my hands looking young! 😉

I Wanna Hold Your Hand…LUSH Tiny Hands Serum

Do your hands need a little TLC? LUSH’s Tiny Hands Serum was created with hardworking mitts in mind. And just holding this tiny little hand in mine gave me some warm (and moisturizing) fuzzies! All you need is a moment with this solid bar in your palm and the serum melts off nearly instantly. Tiny Hands is uber-moisturizing — with argan oil, cocoa and shea butters and aloe vera. It eases dry patches or cracked cuticles in an instant.

Its scent traces back to marigold and vanilla, and is actually on the fragrant side. It’s more floral than vanilla, and I found it to be a calming aroma. Word to the wise though: don’t leave this serum baking in the sun, it will melt. For ease, I store it in one of LUSH’s silver tins and bust it out when I need a little touch of the hand!