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Posted by 06.23.14

As part of its existing Mineral Botanic range (which includes Hibiscus & Fig, Lotus & Chestnut, and Honeysuckle & Lavender), AHAVA has just launched its Tropical Pineapple & White Peach collection.

The most summery of all the Mineral Botanic scents, Tropical Pineapple & White Peach is as juicy as a ripened, fleshy piece of fruit but without hitting you hard on the nose. It’s subtle, wearable, washable—and it’s about as summery as a beach ball. Like the other scent ranges, this collection has a triumvirate of products: Velvet Cream Wash, Velvet Body Lotion, and Rich Body Butter.

I tried the Velvet Cream Wash and loved the mother-of-pearl color and lush suds when washing my body: it lathered up well without harsh detergent ingredients, and the smell was more white peach than tropical pineapple (a good thing because it shows that the scent balance was just right; too much pineapple would have made the wash to acidic). Dead sea minerals, of course, have a starring role in all AHAVA products, and this new line bows to the tradition.

The Tropical Pineapple & White Peach Velvet Cream Wash ($23) is infused with macadamia and sunflower oils, and is skin thirst quencher (compared to many other body washes in the market, this is gentle and even the fragrance is not overpowering). The Body Lotion ($26) contains shea butter, aloe vera, and palm oil in a light textured formulation. The Rich Body Butter ($28) contains a concentration of soothing shea and peach butters.

If you compare many of the other body washes in the market, the AHAVA version is pricier (Herbal Essences’, for example, is around $4; Dove body washes retail for around $8). But the ingredients are a great quality and we know the healing properties of the Dead Sea (these minerals also calm irritated skin and are good for eczema sufferers as well). If you’re in the market for a slightly pricey but more luxurious alternative to your daily body wash, I highly recommend this.





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Posted by 05.29.14

If you’ve wanted to schlep your body lotion across the world but hesitated because of its physical semi-solid state, COOLA now offers an innovative option.

Its Body and Hand Lotion Bars come in circular tins and are solid; an easy fix for when you’re traveling. The bars are solid at room temperature and come in a variety of scents including cucumber melon, grapefruit peppermint, lavender chamomile, orange patchouli, and unscented. At $22 for the Body Lotion Bars, which are bigger, and $12 for the Hand Lotion Bars, you might think they are a bit pricey but because they’re in solid form, a little bit goes a long way.

A little bit of the lotion bars, when rubbed into the skin, absorbs quickly and leaves no oily residue. All bars are formulated with shea butter, organic beeswax, and other natural oils including almond and avocado oils as well as vitamin E.

COOLA, the brand, is known for its organic sun care, and it features everything from mineral sunscreens to sport sprays that go beautifully on the skin. I have been a long-time fan, which is why I wanted to see how the lotion bars measured up. On a recent trip to Greece, I stocked up on tins of the hand and body lotion bars and they lasted me well over several weeks (I used up a very tiny amount of each). My only pet peeve was that the solid format meant that I had to really rub it considerably to dispense a bit of product but you could also cut the bars into small bits and then use that on your skin.

The scents too are beautiful and never cloying. There are a few other beauty brands that offer body lotions in solid form (LUSH Cosmetics is one of them) but I love the fact that COOLA’s version comes in retro-style tins that also double as mint or pill boxes.

I would definitely recommend this product for all skin types, especially the dry-skinned jetsetter who doesn’t want to schlep traditional moisturizers around.

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Photo Credit: Aqua Spa


Posted by 05.02.14

Body care can be pretty blase if you’re stuck in the same rut. Over the years I have turned to my creamy body butters, shower gels, and soaps out of a sense of duty, but never really putting my heart and soul into the routine. It wasn’t for the lack of good products either, but rather the feeling that many of the products were just one trick ponies or for the need for something a bit more refreshing.

Here are three new products that will truly transform your body care routine:

Aqua Spa Bath Oil ($9.99)

I firmly believe in a bath, over a shower, for that relaxing, muscle-calming state. Aqua Spa, a new bath and body line that is available on, offers three ranges of Bath Soak, Bath Oil, Body Cleanser, and a Crème, which really calm and help you luxuriate without costing you a mortgage payment (each product retails for $9.99). All products feature a marine youth complex and contain silicone, zinc, copper for skin elasticity, magnesium for skin’s structural integrity, iron, and polypeptides. The lines include: a citrus and ginger version called Energize; a lavender and chamomile called Relax; and a eucalyptus and mint version to Soothe. The Bath Oil is my favorite: slip a silky capful into your bath and leave completely moisturized.

DISROBE Body Lotion by Sunday Riley ($65)

Disrobe by Sunday Riley

Who wouldn’t love to disrobe to beautiful bare skin? This lotion hydrates, and penetrates better than most and also exfoliates to leave beautiful skin. The ingredients include humectants, which pull moisture into the skin; squalene, which helps lock hydration in place; and also shea butter, which makes the lotion creamy but light enough that it’s not sticky. This is a beautiful lotion that does multitasking without pretense, and gives the body a nice toned look as well. Yes, it’s a bit pricey but it will transform your routine.

H2O Plus Oasis Body Cleansing Water  ($25)

This is one of my all-time favorite cleansers, and true to its name. It acts as a cleansing water but also lathers up gently too, and it does so without stripping the body of its protective oils or the natural lipid barrier. On top of it all, it is paraben-free and is goes on like silk on skin. Just a little dollop is enough for a pretty generous lather, and the soft and pleasing smell and color doesn’t hurt either.



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