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As we become more conscious about the products we use, especially those for our face and body, we are turning more often to organic and natural items. Right now, the hot item is bamboo.

You might not know that bamboo is actually giant grass. In fact, it’s the fastest growing member of the grass family – and also the largest. Some species can grow nearly 40 inches a day and there are whole forests of bamboo covering thousands of acres in Southeast Asia.

The stems are hollow and the harsh fibrous woody substance is absent, which means that it can be used for a variety of health and beauty products, like those listed here.


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Date: 09.30.09

Lather hand cream

Photo Credit: Lather.com

LATHER AHA HAND CRÈME WITH EVENING PRIMROSE I am literally writing this post from Delta Business Class en route to a Plastic Surgery Conference in Barcelona, having just freshened up in the restroom. I have to admit that I am a total hand cream snob. I often judge hotels and restaurants by the quality of the hand cream in the ladies lounge. In fact, my earliest introduction to Molton Brown was at The Mark hotel (now condos), a Mandarin Oriental property, on New York’s Upper East Side. The Coco de mer Body Lotion is still one of my all time favorites, and the scent of it brings back some good memories. As a Platinum American Airlines flyer, I have grown accustomed to the 3 ounce bottle of Burt’s Bees Body Lotion that comes in the tacky red dopp kits. I made the mistake of using it one time and I had to jump out of my seat to wash off that smell from my hands. I do not mean to condemn the whole range of Burt’s Bees based on this one product alone. I actually love their Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream wholeheartedly, and I never leave the plane without swiping the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. But someone had an off day in their fragrance department when they came up with this one! I still recall the days of Temple Spa goodies from AA with a distant fondness. If I dig in my nightstand drawer, I may actually find a few half squeezed tubes of it left. So I wasn’t expecting much when I staggered to avoid turbulence over the Atlantic. My hands get so dry on planes, and in keeping with the TSA 50 ml max regulations, I never have enough room left in my one precious baggie to bring my own favorite hand creams with me. In my droswy stupor, I pumped some white cream next to the sink into my hands, mistakenly thinking it was soap. Lo and behold, to my pleasant surprise, it was LATHER AHA Hand Crème with Evening Primrose. The texture was lovely, non greasy and absorbed quickly, and the fragrance was mild and absolutely welcoming. I wandered back to my seat in the hope that the dopp kit in my seat pocket housed some more LATHER treats. Darn! No LATHER in sight – but I did find a tiny tube of Korres Yoghurt Moisturizing Cream. Hey girls, you know you’re a frequent flyer when these things mean a lot to you; you crave some semblance of creature comforts when you’re away from home; so much that even a simple nicety like a sample of hand cream holds the power to bump a long, drawn out intercontinental flight up a notch. The LATHER hand crème may just compel me to take a few more trips to the restroom before we land…

FINAL VERDICT: GGI (Gotta Get It) – Lovely creamy textured hand lotion with alpha hydroxy acids for mild exfoliation and a sweet, relaxing fragrance. It’s hard to find a good hand cream when you need one, so I will pick some of this up upon my return!


Posted by 09.16.09


Photo Credit: Molton Brown UK

On days like today – gray, rain-teaser early fall days in in New York City — I am especially inspired by the bath & body products sitting on my desk. Right now, as my mind wanders off to a better place (zoom in: bubble bath, candles, Spanish guitar, bliss on earth) I am sniffing away at Molton Brown’s Bracing Silverbirch Thermal Muscle Soak. I have yet to meet a MB product that didn’t give me the urge to change into a plush bathrobe and slippers. This one, whose label assures me it will help to “Unravel the strains of the day with this dedicated muscle therapy created to restore a tense, weary body,” sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

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