Review: Olivia Care Olive Oil & Bergamot Natural Bar Soap

I consider myself a devout body wash user, however lately I’ve been trying bar soaps and I’ve been not just pleasantly surprised, but I’ve been blown away!

Weighing in at a hefty half pound, this soap is packed with natural ingredients and oils that help cleanse and moisturize skin.  Of course olive oil is known as a standard moisturizing ingredient, but this also contains palm oil which is rich in antioxidants and Vitamins A and E.  These two ingredients work together to create a balanced level of moisture that perfectly nourishes the skin.  The lather-factor is one of the most impressive I’ve ever experienced—it was rich and luxurious. I felt like the suds would never stop!  My skin didn’t feel oily or greasy after using this product; actually it felt squeaky clean.  After I toweled off, my skin felt supple and nurtured.  I also love the light bergamot scent. I didn’t feel perfume-y and the fragrance is so subtle it will not compete with any lotions or fragrances you want to use after you shower—and this soap could work just as well for a guy.   [Read more…]

Quick Pick Under $5: St. Ives Triple Butters Creamy Coconut Intensely Hydrating Body Wash

My husband is a man of very basic grooming essentials. As a matter of fact, we’re constantly on the verge of a nuclear meltdown over his lack of any willingness to go and get a real haircut. Most couples fight over infidelity or money issues, but not in this house. We have words over haircuts people, and the lack thereof. And what kills me is that I KNOW people who can do this for him…and still…no go. (Believe me, I realize how lucky I am to be his wife, but still—can you play your violin in the background for me for just a few seconds?) But I swear to God, if he lets it get any longer than it is right now—I’m going to start calling him Steff, and tell him that James Spader called and wants his hair back.

Don’t get me wrong, the hubs is NOT a slob. But he suffers from mind wanderlust (as do many of the male persuasion), and there are so many other things he’d rather be doing on the weekend—than sitting in a salon chair for an entire 14 minutes having his hair cut into a reasonable style that’s not hanging in his eyes. You have no idea how NUTS this drives me—I’m a former hairstylist for crying out loud. But no, he tortures me instead (yet I love him for it).

Which brings me to his short list of essentials:   [Read more…]

Fab Find: Pattern Body Wash

Fans of exclusive, specialty body washes—these are for you. Pattern is a line of gentle, moisturizing body washes with a pH level that makes them safe to use on your hair, body, and face…but that’s not what really makes them so fab. The scents! Oh my gosh, the scents! We tried out both Sage and Nutmeg, and they didn’t smell like they came from Grandma’s kitchen cupboard at all. More like—refreshing, energizing, and zesty, without leaving the fragrance behind on your skin when you exit the shower. So it’s definitely an uplifting in-shower experience.  [Read more…]

What’s New: Victoria’s Secret VS Attractions Body Care Collection

You’ll find the new VS Attractions Body Care Collection online and in Victoria’s Secret stores this month, the line contains a proprietary blend of ingredients the brand calls their EverTempt™ fragrance cocktail. Designed to entice the opposite gender, the four new fragrances are a lusty bunch of warm ambers, musks, and irresistible fruits and florals.

Let the decadence of Warm Vanilla and Tempting Praline satisfy your Sweet Craving.

Let loose with Midnight Raspberry and Sexy Lily and feel the exhilarating rush of Wild One.   [Read more…]

New OLAY Body Care Collection Available Now

Chances are, you’ve seen these at your local drugstore—and if you haven’t, the next time you’re there…stop and take a sniff. The new OLAY Body Care Collection might surprise you!

These skin-comforting products—each in three new fragrances—are infused with ingredients to soften, soothe, and pamper your body; in and out of the bath or shower.  [Read more…]

Giveaway: Win a Year of Dove VisibleCare Creme Body Wash


Dove wants to know, are you ready for your close-up?

You may have seen the new commercials featuring 90210’s Jennie Garth for Dove VisibleCare Crème Body Wash, the latest product in their Nutrium Moisture collection. They’re offering one Dove user a unique opportunity to show off her skin in a TV spot that will air during the season finale of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
The Dove Close-Up Challenge is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a real woman to get a taste of what celebrities experience on the show. It celebrates the launch of Dove VisibleCare, a revolutionary new line of body wash that actually gives women visibly more beautiful skin in just one week. You’ll find more details on the Close-Up Challenge here.

To coincide with the release of the two new body washes in Softening and Renewing formulas, and their exciting Close-Up Challenge—we have an entire year’s worth of Dove VisibleCare to give one Beauty Junkies Unite reader! [Read more…]

Lust vs. Must: 5 Beauty Products You Must Try Now

It’s that time again to take a look at several lust-worthy products, paired up affordable favorites! Don’t miss these five suggestions…

LUST — Stila ETHEREAL Eye Shadow Trio $20

Part of Stila’s spring 2011 collection, this color combination is guaranteed to be popular! You don’t want to be without a trio of flattering neutrals this season for sure.

MUST — Wet n Wild Color Icon SILENT TREATMENT Eyeshadow Trio $2.99

You will NOT believe your eyes when you see how gorgeous this new trio is in person (photos don’t even do it justice), and you’ll be in complete disbelief that you can score quality pigmentation for such a low price. Run—and do not walk to pick up this new color combo! It will flatter any one’s eyes.


LUST — Bath & Body Works Bali Mango Shower Gel $10.50

Bali Mango is a winner from the spring releases at Bath & Body Works, it perks you right up with a tropical vibe.

MUST — Clean & Clear Body BOOST Mango & Papaya Morning Burst Body Wash $5.99

BOOST is just one of several new body wash products from Clean & Clear, but not to be confused—these aren’t for body acne. They’re for pure enjoyment in the shower! At a whopping 16 ounces, this saves major cash while still providing a stimulating and exotic tropical escape every morning. Talk about a wake-up call! [Read more…]

Currently Loving: Argan Magic Bodycare Products

Lately, it’s been no secret that I’m loving argan oil for everything from my head to my toes—and how fitting it is that Argan Magic has a product for every need! I’ve tried every product from their bodycare line, and every single one of them came out a winner, except for one that just wasn’t for me (although there was nothing wrong with it, more on that in a sec). The skin on my hands and feet feels better than it has in a long time, and if the skin on my arms and legs could talk—it would thank me too, I’m sure. Each product in their extensive line contains 100% pure, cold pressed argan oil, which ensures the highest quality yield from this precious nut containing omega fatty acids and vitamin E, which are vital for optimal skin health. Argan Magic has quickly found it’s way to the top of my bodycare product faves, and they’ve also recently released a line of haircare products that I’ve yet to try. I’ll keep you posted on the success department with those when I do!

Zesty Orange Body Scrub
Soothing Skin Salve
Nourishing Bath Oil
Multi-purpose Treatment Oil
Emulsifying Hand Cream
Corrective Heel & Foot Treatment
Body Contour Lotion
Bloomin’ Body Wash
Hydrating Dry Oil Spray

If you had to pick just one product from Argan Magic to try out, I would say that the Emulsifying Hand Cream is great to start out with, but you’ll want to try to get the Soothing Skin Salve for it’s multi-tasking abilities, and the Hydrating Dry Oil Spray to spritz on your body after showering, soon after! Before you know it…you’ll likely be purchasing more products from this line. The only product that wasn’t for me was the Bloomin’ Body Wash, as I prefer a very sudsy and soapy soap, but it will be fantastic for those whose skin needs a delicate, soap-free cleanser.

Availability:; body products $17-$32, hair products $11-$12

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine our opinion of the product in this post.  Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding our policies for using editorial samples.

Review: Lowila Care Cleansing Bar

If you list “itching and scratching” as a winter hobby you are probably suffering from super dry skin. This Midwest winter has been less than kind to my skin in a million ways; harsh snow storms and frigid sub-zero temperatures. One thing that has put a smile on my face was using a Lowila Care Cleansing Bar. The modest package and big promise (“gently cleanses without drying or irritating sensitive skin”) made me eager to put this product to the test.

It looks like a normal bar of soap; just a plain white rectangle. No fancy dyes or fragrances. It is completely frill-free, which is perfect for me. I was impressed by the rich, creamy lather it created! This kind of a suds-factor is usually found in super heavy cream body washes. It is amazing that this much moisture is packed into a regular-sized bar of soap.  A little soap background; they use a syndet base, so it has a pH closer to normal skin and allows for mild cleansing. This helps your skin retain its own moisture so you won’t need to heap on oils and creams to keep your skin supple.

I used this in the shower a few times and decided to try it on my face. Not only did it leave my face feeling clean and moist, it removed all of my make-up. I am talking full face here. I noticed my bar was getting smaller and smaller faster than I thought it should be. I discovered the culprit was my husband. He’d been lathering up with it too!

Lowila Care Cleansing Bars also contain some other benefits that make me appreciate this product even more; it is made in the USA, has no artificial colors, no artificial fragrances and doesn’t contain any animal products. Better yet, you can share this with the whole family—it is safe for kids and babies (and obviously husbands). It is great if you have eczema or suffer from or sensitive skin. At less than $5 a bar, it is well worth it!

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