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Bathroom items: Fragrance samples, cotton rounds, and dental picks.

Kitchen Items: Popcorn, chocolate, and almonds.

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Office items: rubber bands, binder clips, and Post-it notes.

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Elevate the look by placing the jars on a gorgeous tray.

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If you have a candle obsession like we do, then we’re guessing you’ve got plenty of empty jars laying around the house.  Maybe you’ve been saving the jars because they are so pretty and were expensive? With a few simple steps, it’s easy to reuse those jars and create a fun storage solution for the kitchen, bathroom, and home office! 

To remove the leftover wax, start by placing the candle jar in hot water.  Fill the kitchen sink with enough water that at least half of the jar is submerged but not spilling into the jar.  Once the wax is melted, remove with kitchen utensil (ex: knife), then clean. You may also place the jar in the freezer for a few hours.  Again, using a kitchen knife, pop out the remaining wax and then clean the jar.  These are both great ways to loosen up any residue!

To glam up our jars, we added cabinet knobs that we picked up from T.J. Maxx Homegoods.  For under ten dollars we personalized them by adding bling to the lids!  All you need is craft glue and a glue gun to attach the knobs, which you can find at any craft store. Now for the fun part…Organizing!  The ideas are endless of the items that you can use to fill the jars.  Simply choose your favorite things/supplies and you’ve got a colorful and organized display of containers!

 

Watch how we turn our empty candle jars into useful home decor with a few simple steps HERE!

L'Occitane

Almond Shower Oil

Fun Fact: This shower oil transforms into a delicate foam when it comes into contact with water.  It is also great for shaving your legs!

Almond Supple Skin Oil

 Fun Fact: Formulated with more than 50% Almond Oil, this light, fine body oil effectively helps skin feel supple and smoother.

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Lavender Foaming Bath

Fun Fact: L’Occitane uses lavender sourced directly from farmer’s cooperatives in Haute-Provence.

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Fun Fact: 1 of the Shea Butter Hand Creams is sold every 3 seconds around the globe!

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Almond Milk Concentrate

Fun Fact: Put this on directly after the shower as to accompany your Almond Shower Oil.

Divine Cream

Fun Fact: The main ingredient in the Divine Cream is essential oils from the Immortelle flower, a flower found off the coast of Corsica that never fades, even after it’s been picked.

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Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum

Fun Fact: This fragrance is brand new and just launched April 12th.  It’s inspired by the Golden Hour, a moment in time right before the sun sets when the light embraces the sky. 

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Sometimes we can use a little pampering session. Let’s say a head to toe luxurious experience with products made with the finest ingredients. Join us on a trip around L’Occitane’s Beauty Essentials & Luxuries.

Known for being truthful to the best scents and traditions of the South of France, L’Occitane has put together a line of products that is an absolute temptation – from shower gel to fragrance nothing is forgotten.

Karen and I are long-time fans of the Almond Shower Oil, which gives your skin a silky, unbelievably soft texture all year-round, especially in the winter months. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the best product for shaving!

To make our bathing experience even more fabulous, try the Lavender Foaming Bath for a heavenly lavender scented, soothing, and relaxing bath with lots of bubbles. You’ll be transported to the blue fields of lavender in Provence in a blink.

If you are following our routine, the Almond Supple Skin Oil or The Soothing Almond Milk Concentrate are next in line for an extra dose of hydration after the shower. And please don’t forget the hand cream, which is highly concentrated with 20% shea butter but absorbs into the skin without leaving oily traces.

Next stop: your beautiful face. The Crème Divine is an anti-aging face cream that gives up a youthful glow and leaves our skin vibrant and radiant. This best-selling, award-winner hydrates and soothes, while fighting against those unwanted wrinkles and visible signs of aging.

Finnish up you pamper session with a warm and sensual fragrance: Terre De Lumiere Eau de Parfum. With a blend of zesty, sweet and musk, it’s the perfect scent for hot summer months. It lasts a long time and is incredibly addictive, though not overpowering.

As you can tell, we are very keen with this post and confident that you will love the entire line. We always want products to perform well, especially when there is a steeper price tag involved; these passed the test with distinction.

Each one of these products would be perfect Mother’s Day gift. We know it’s not as bold as offering a trip to the South of France, but if you invest in this line, you’ll get a close experience without the jet-leg and airport stress-free. Case to say: bon voyage!

*Fun Facts provided by L’Occitane

 

Editor: Maria Ines Raposo

 

Coconut Creme Body Whip

Coconut Crème Body Whip

Coconut Creme Body Whip

This is the perfect time of year for us to pamper our skin and give it a little extra, tender-loving-care that it desperately needs!  The Coconut Crème Body Whip by Lather does exactly just that.  Lather, as a company, takes a holistic approach to their skin care by using natural ingredients and essential oils in their entire line of products.  Other body butter type moisturizers that we’ve used in the past, which are thicker in consistency, can leave the skin hydrated but with a greasy finish.  This body crème, which is silky in texture, provides light moisturization due to the coconut oil and still manages to keep the skin hydrated without the greasy residue.  The aloe vera will calm the skin.  If you suffer from a sunburn, sensitive or irritated skin, this will provide comfort and soothe the skin.  We applied directly after showering to lock in the hydration.  The scent is also very light with tonka bean, patchouli, vanilla, and geranium, which initially drew us the product in the first place. We also found that the product works very well as a hand lotion because it absorbs so quickly into the skin. Knowing this moisturizer passed the test of a cold and dry winter, we are anxious to see how much better it performs for our skin in the upcoming seasons! Click on the following to read exclusive posts on how to relax and treat yourself!

Body Care Products

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer 
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil
Dove Purely Pampering Sweet Cream & Peony Body Wash 
Bath & Body Works Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Shea & Vitamin E Shower Gel
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay

Body Care Products

Clarins Paris Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
Bath & Body Works Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Shea & Sugar Body Scrub 
Bath & Body Works Orchard Leaves & Blue Sky Ultra Shea Body Cream
Earth Therapeutics Intensive Heal Repair
Avon Foot Works 

Body Care Products

Peter Thomas Roth FirmX 
Tarte Brazilliance

To keep her skin looking young and healthy, Karen selects body care products that pamper, protect, and moisturize.  When it comes to the anti-aging process, body care is just as important to her as the face. If you want to keep your body fit and relieve muscle tension, you should give a try to Deep Tissue Massage. Lathering up with well scented body washes that clean and hydrate the skin, without leaving a residue, make Karen’s skin feel soft and supple. The mixture of warm sweet cream and peony fragrance in Dove’s Purely Pampering Body Wash nourishes and soothes her skin, leaving her feeling relaxed.  The body wash is thick, rich, and creamy.  Always on hand, she rotates her routine with a seasonal scented body wash from Bath and Body Works.  The L’Occitane Shower Oil banishes dry skin and is wonderful for shaving. The almond scent is delicate and addictive! For a spa-like treatment at home, Karen uses The Body Shop Spa Of The World Himalayan Charcoal Clay Body Mask.  Applied once or twice a week, this mask draws out impurities and toxins in the skin for a deeper cleanse.  The Peter Thomas Roth Firm X Peeling Gel serves a dual purpose for her face and decolletage which rolls, lifts, and sweeps away dead skin cells.  Moisturizing is so easy when using Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer.  A real time saver, Karen can apply this coconut oil-infused lotion directly to her damp skin after showering, and before towel drying, to lock in hydration.  Hands and feet are prone to drying and cracking.  To smooth and soften hands, Karen uses Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment. For her feet, Avon Foot Works Healthy Intensive Moisture is a thick, rich moisturizer and Earth Therapeutics Intensive Heel Repair tackles dry, cracked heels.  Finally, to achieve a bronze healthy looking glow, Karens turns to Tarte Brazilliance Maracuja Self Tanner for an all over glow! 

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Body Care Products

The Botanical Societies Lavender Essential Oil
Tone Body Wash Blissful Awakening
Caress Endless Kiss Creamy Vanilla & Sandalwood Body Wash
Soap & Glory Rich & Famous Body Wash
Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Dream White Sand Body Scrub
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil
Lush Bath Bomb (Twilight)
Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

Body Care Products

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Buttercream
L’Occitane Almond Milk Veil
The Body Shop Olive Body Butter
Perfectly Posh Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme Good Vibes Big
Fresh Sugar Acai Age-Delay Body Cream
The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Butter

Body Care Products

Avon Foot Works Intensive Moisture Foot Cream
Tarte Maracuja RainForest Glow Instant Matte Waterproof Body Perfector & Mitt

Pampering myself with body care products that make my skin feel soft, smooth, and healthier looking are the best way to nurture my skin.  I like to rotate my body washes between different brands which currently are Tone, Caress, Soap & Glory, and Bath & Body Works.  I normally choose products that moisture well, have inviting fragrances, and clean my skin without stripping.  Fresh Sugar Acai Age Delay Body Cream is a luxury anti-aging cream that is a bit more expensive, but well worth it.  The scent is exhilarating with  luscious ingredients like bergamot, caramel, and exotic acai fruit with undertones of white and green tea.  This cream improves the texture of my skin, firms and leaves it feeling like silk.  I concentrate on my decolletage area or anywhere I feel I need to turn back the clock.  The Body Shop Body Butter and Soap & Glory Body Buttercream are both good moisturizers that hydrate my skin without that greasy feeling. A thicker consistency, the body butter is perfect for times when using a sunless tanner or when my skin needs a boost of extra moisture.  Climate changes can sometimes wreak havoc on my skin, so adding a few extras like L’Occitane Almond Oil and Milk Veil along with Josie Maran Argan Oil help to replenish and restore. Often neglected are the hands and feet.  Your hands can give away your age and nobody wants to look at cracked heels.  To tackle both of these issues, I grab my Perfectly Posh Big Fat Yummy Hand Cream and Avon Foot Works Healthy Intensive Moisture Cream.  For evenings, I opt to sit back and relax in a nice warm bath. I drop a Lush Bath Bomb into the water to upgrade my experience.  Finally, if there is one thing I can’t live without this season, it is the Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow.  It glides on nicely giving my skin a natural, healthy glow!

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