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Bath and Body: Le Petit Marseillais Shower Creme

I’m down to try anything French, especially French beauty products. The French know their stuff. So I couldn’t wait to try France’s popular Le Petit Marsellais line of body care, which recently launched in the U.S.*

According to parent company Johnson & Johnson, Le Marseillais started as a small hand-made soap company in Provence. One of the brand’s first products was olive oil soap sold in a few local pharmacies. The ingredients in Le Petit Marseillais are inspired by the South of France: lavender, orange blossom, and nectarine.

“The spirit of Le Petit Marseillais goes beyond ingredients,” Dawn Kidd, senior marketing director at Johnson & Johnson, Consumer Inc., said in a statement. “These products capture an entire way of life in the South of France: the sun-kissed countryside, vibrant colors, and simple pleasures of Provence.”

I am currently loving the Cotton Milk & Poppy extra-gentle shower creme. It smells like clean laundry, and leaves your skin feeling really soft. Apparently poppies bloom in the summer in the Mediterranean.

Le Petit Marseillais Cotton Milk and Poppy Shower Creme

My other fave? White Peach & Nectarine extra-gentle shower gel. I’ll be smelling yummy this summer!

Le Petit Marseillais White Peach and Nectarine Shpwer Gel

Le Petit Marseillais is available at stores like Walmart, Target, and CVS. As a matter of fact, according to the press materials, Walmart exclusively carries a line of 17 Le Petit Marseillais products, including hand soaps, body lotions, and a bar soap. The best part is that all these items are priced between $3.99 and $7.97. How wallet friendly is that?!

Tell me. Have any of your favorite foreign beauty products made their way stateside? You know me and K-beauty. And I’ll always come back to Nuxe body oil from France. Let’s talk imported beauty in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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*The Le Petit Marseillais body washes were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

Target Pledges Safer Beauty Products

I was going to include this news in last weekend’s Fabulous Links, but thought it was worthy of its own post. Retail Dive has reported Target announced ambitious plans to make its beauty and personal care products safer by 2020. Target will strive for greater ingredient transparency, as well. As if we need another reason to love beauty shopping at Target!

This new initiative applies to Target favorites like Sonia Kashuk and Pixi Beauty, and national brands, too. Jennifer Silberman, Target’s chief sustainability officer, told Allure, “We know our guests are becoming increasingly concerned with chemicals in products they use in, on, or around their bodies, and they trust us to provide better choices.”

Target is taking a multi-pronged approach with its initiative:

Transparency: Achieve transparency about all ingredients in product categories, including beauty and personal care, by 2020.

Chemical Management: Formulate beauty, personal care, baby care, and household cleaning products without phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde or formaldehyde donors, or nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) by 2020.

Innovation: Invest $5 billion in green chemistry innovation by 2022.

Target’s safety and transparency plan comes at a time when the cosmetics and personal care industries have been rethinking their ingredient strategy. Last month, Unilever, parent company of brands such as Caress, Dove, and Suave, announced it would disclose details about the fragrances in its personal care products. “We are committed to ensuring people have the information they need to choose the right product for them. We believe that providing this transparency will help build further trust in Unilever and our brands,” David Blanchard, Unilever’s Chief Research and Development Officer, said in a statement.

The government is also worried about ingredient safety. In 2015, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act, an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which has not been updated much since 1938.

This legislation would require companies to register their manufacturing facilities with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and submit to the agency statements about the ingredients in their products and how much of each ingredient is in each product. The agency must also review the safety of five ingredients per year, and can set the standard for safe use of an ingredient.

If you were a fan of Schoolhouse Rock back in the day, you can track the bill’s progress here. Allure did an excellent piece on the Personal Care Products Safety Act back in October.

Tell me. Do you look even look at the ingredients list on your beauty products? I admit, I don’t, even after blogging about things like the Environmental Working Group and Skin Deep. Let’s talk greener, safer beauty in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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Bath and Body: Babe Scrub

Babe Australia Coffee Body Scrub

I forget where I first heard about Babe Scrub, a body scrub and body care line from Australia. But I took one look at their saucy, fun Instagram, and had to try it. And I love the cheeky copy on the packaging.

I went for the coffee scrub.* The caffeine is supposed to be good for your so-called “wobbly bits.” (Yes, I have a few of those.) Between arabica coffee, sweet almond oil, and English lavender oil, your shower smells amazing! Like a Starbucks with notes of eucalyptus.

The scrub looks like coffee grounds. It smells amazing, too!

When I towel off, my skin feels soft and touchable, and in the few weeks I’ve been using the stuff, my wobbly bits seem less…well, wobbly. The scrub also contains sucrose (sugar), which hydrates skin and has alpha-hydroxy acids that can fade stretch marks. Mine have definitely faded. Bathing suit season (and my annual “defrosting” in Florida) will be here before you know it!

Australian mom-of-three Kim Peirce is the genius behind Babe Scrub. She quit her six-figure job as a management consultant to launch the line. She began by mixing the scrubs in her Melbourne kitchen using ingredients like essential oils and Himalayan sea salt.

Peirce and her husband, Joseph, wanted to create an online business that would allow them to spend more time with their kids. “We just wanted to be able to engineer our own lifestyle,” Peirce told the Adelaide Advertiser.

The company has grown exponentially since it began with an online store in 2013, and now you can buy Babe Scrub online at Sephora. You may also find Babe Scrub products at Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters, although I didn’t see the brand listed on their U.S. web sites.

You know I love me a cool body scrub. I want to try Babe Pink Salt Scrub next. You can even use that as a soak if you like to take baths. Are you as into body scrubs as I am? Maybe you make your own. Let’s talk bath and body in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt relevant to the time of year. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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*I bought the body scrub from Sephora.com. Opinions are my own.

Indie Beauty Expo NY 2016

This week was the annual Indie Beauty Expo NY. This showcase for up-and-coming indie beauty brands was founded by celebrity esthetician Jillian Wright. Over the past few years it has really grown! This year it was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, home of The Makeup Show NYC.

I went into the city twice: Wednesday for the press preview, and Thursday for the actual event. I’ll be trying out the stuff I got, and sharing reviews with you over the next few weeks. But for now, I thought I’d share some of the fun pics I took at the show! First my press pass:

IBEpresspass

 

This big unicorn was at the Pacifica booth:

Pacificaunicorn

 

They had a photo booth where you could take pictures with funny hats:

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Near the entrance/exit, they had a station where you could write “what indie beauty means to you” on a card, then pin it to a heart-shaped board: To me, indie beauty means entrepreneurship and innovation.

The founders of these small companies work hard to spread the word about what they are doing. Many of the booths at the show were manned by the brands’ founders themselves! And each brand is trying to put a unique spin on beauty and wellness. That’s tough to do in such a crowded market.

Indiebeuatyboard

 

Do you look for small, indie brands when beauty shopping? If so, which ones do you like? Let’s talk indie beauty in the comments!

You can see a list of the vendors at this years Indie Beauty Expo NY here. (Scroll down a little!)

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Summer 2016 Favorites: Nuxe Dry Oil, Alterna BB Beach Balm, Brush-On Block Sunblock, and NARS Hot Sand

Summer 2016 Favorites..So Far!

Summer 2016 Favorites..So Far!

Summer is about at the halfway point, so I thought I’d share a few of the things I’m loving, but haven’t mentioned here before.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil I love using dry oil after a shower when its really humid out, because it’s lighter than lotion. Nuxe is a French pharmacy brand, and always chic French girls supposedly love this dry oil. You can put it in your bath or even in your hair or on your face, but I haven’t tried that yet. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse All-Purpose Dry Oil is available at Target.**

Alterna Bamboo Beach BB Beach Balm for Hair This silky cream is like beachy waves in a tube! It provides moisture, light hold, and UV protection. I put it on the ends of my clean, damp hair after I comb it out, and voila, instant mermaid hair! Plus, it smells incredible. You can pick up Alterna Bamboo Beach BB Beach Balm at Sephora.*

Brush-On Block Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 This mineral powder sunscreen is great for wearing under makeup. It feels light, which is important if you want sun protection, but don’t want anything too heavy because of the heat. You can buy Brush-On Block Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 on Amazon.*

NARS Hot Sand Collection: Hot Sand/Orgasm Blush Duo and Hanamachi Kabuki Brush I’ve pretty much been using this blush/bronzer compact and kabuki brush non-stop since I got them. I love how I can use NARS Orgasm to set my Chosungah-22 cushion blush for a pink flush or my Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks for a peachy look. And how cute is the kabuki brush? The Hot Sand collection is limited edition, but the blush duo and the kabuki brush are available at narscosmetics.com.*

So tell me. What products have you discovered this summer? Let’s talk summer favorites in the comments!

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** I purchased the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil at my local Target. Opinions are my own.

* The Alterna BB Beach Balm, Brush-On Block sunscreen, and the NARS blush duo and Hanamachi kabuki brush were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

EWG Verified

 Fans of natural beauty brands, this post is for you! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently announced the launch of its EWG Verified program. This program is intended to simplify shopping for natural beauty products by putting a special EWG Verified logo on the packaging of items that meet EWG’s rigorous set of standards.

EWG Verified is the next level iteration of EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, Nneka Leiba, deputy director for research of the EWG, told me. “As we looked at the market, and how we could continue to push it, we wanted to develop a program that would set the bar that much higher,” she said

Skin Deep continues to be an excellent resource, said Leiba. However, you do need a smartphone when you are shopping, to scan items to find those that score well. Or you can research products online at home. “With the EWG Verified logo, consumers can pick up a product, and at the point of sale, know that it meets our strictest criteria,” Leiba said.

I know I don’t feel like whipping out my iPhone and scanning everything, when all I want to do is make a quick beauty supply run. (Full disclosure: many times I forget said iPhone in my car.)

Companies are also on board with EWG Verified. The program has gone over really well with consumers; because of that, and because shoppers are used to using EWG as a trusted resource, companies really gravitate towards the program, said Leiba.

She went on to say by allowing companies to use the EWG Verified logo, the EWG is validating their efforts to protect consumer safety. The EWG has also heard from companies whose products don’t currently meet its criteria, and want to reformulate them so they do measure up, Leiba said

Kimberly Heathman, chief marketing officer of MyChelle Dermaceuticals, a natural skin care brand, told me getting products EWG Verified was very time consuming. “You have to show where the ingredients come from, and show all the testing that you do.” According to Heathman, MyChelle was not afraid to show any of its data, because of its commitment to transparency in the beauty industry.

The process took MyChelle about six weeks, “But to be able to register things that are so important to the consumer, and to understand they are safe and healthy for the skin, was really a huge benefit,” Heathman said.

MyChelle customers love it, too. When the company sent an e-blast to consumers earlier this month, the campaign was very successful. “Our click-through rates from the e-blast to our web site were double that of what we would have expected!,” said Heathman.

EWG launched EWG Verified in personal care first, because the organization is most familiar with personal care because of Skin Deep, said Leiba. “Ultimately, we will move the EWG Verified program to other aspects of healthy living,” she said.

According to this post on Well + Good, other companies hopping on the EWG Verified bandwagon include W3ll People and Beautycounter. You can read my review of Beautycounter’s Countertime collection here.

Do you use the Skin Deep database as a resource when shopping? Do you even think about the ingredients in your beauty products? I admit, I really don’t. At least not as often as I probably should. Let’s discuss in the comments!

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Product Review: California Scrub Co.

California Scrub Company Spicy Chai Coffee Scrub

California Scrub Co. Spicy Chai Coffee Scrub

For my microbeads post, I spoke with Amelia Swaggert, the co-founder of California Scrub Co. She and her business partner, Elizabeth Ripps, were kind enough to send me a jar of their Spicy Chai body scrub.*

FYI, California Scrub Co. makes body scrubs from upcycled coffee grounds. I have used a coffee scrub by nyakio beauty, but that was a while ago. This was totally different. The scrub is dry and crumbly, even though it has essential oils in it. But my skin definitely felt moisturized when I got out of the shower, so the oils did their thing. And yes, it sloughed off all the dead skin cells and other fun stuff.

A bonus was that the bathroom smelled yummy, like a coffee house or the grind-your-own-coffee beans section of a grocery store. The only down side is that because the scrub is crumbly, it is a little messy to use. Coffee grounds all. over. the. tub. But at least they are easy to wash down the drain.

And speaking of drains…

A sidebar on page 102 of the February 2016 issue of Allure quotes Jim Steinle, president of Atomic Plumbing in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as saying, “Coffee scrubs are among the worst things you can put down your drain.” He said the grounds mix with the oils in the pipes and coagulate. Since the chemicals in regular drain openers won’t break down coffee grounds, you’ll need to call a plumber.  

I have never had a problem: this scrub and the one by nyakio did not clog my tub. I’ll let you know if anything happens, though. Just something to be mindful of.

Looking great, doing good

Swaggert told me California Scrub Co. is the first company to make its scrubs from upcycled coffee grounds. She and Ripps partner with local coffee shops and restaurants in the Los Angeles area by collecting their grounds, drying them, and upcycling them into body scrubs.

California Scrub Co. products come in glass jars, and all of the labeling and paper materials are 100 percent recycled. The use of recycled and recyclable materials makes California Scrub Co. a totally sustainable company, said Swaggert.

California Scrub Co. will definitely be expanding its product line in the future, to possibly feature lotions and a lip scrub, Swaggert said.

Have you tried a coffee-based body scrub? Did you need a plumber? Let me know about your experience in the comments!

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*Amelia and Elizabeth sent me the Spicy Chai scrub for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

Product Review: bliss fabgirl leave it to cleavage

blissleaveittocleavageThe folks at bliss invited me to a recent comedy show-as-launch party for leave It to cleavage, bliss spa’s new decollete and bust cream.* The timing was perfect, because I’d noticed my decollete and les girls were looking a little dry and crepe-y.

Bliss calls the pink cream a “souffle,” and souffle like it is! It is very rich, so a little goes a long way. Especially if you’re like me, and your so-called “neck and dec” area tends to be a bit oily and prone to break outs. It has a pretty scent, although I can’t say its my favorite. But you know me, the product scent police.

It really works, though. My neck and dec area looks much smoother and softer after a week or so of using leave it to cleavage. I will definitely continue to use it about once a day. (The instructions on the box say to use it twice a day.)

The stand up comedians were hysterical, btw. (Shout out to Broadway Comedy Club!) And I was lucky enough to sit next to a woman from bliss who told me to keep my eye out for more products in the new fabgirl line!

You can pick up bliss fabgirl leave it to cleavage online. It will be available where bliss products are sold on March 1.

Other companies make neck and dec products, too. I wrote about some of them for Beauty News NYC. Have you tried anything for the sensitive and oft-neglected neck and dec area? Let me know which ones, and if you liked them, in the comments!

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*The product was sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

Bath and Body: Microbeads

MicrobeadFreeProductsWhen I saw this recent Well + Good post about microbeads, I was horrified. Polishing your skin or teeth with plastic? Yuck! At least the news hook of the story was that, at the end of December, President Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. This law will ban the use of microbeads in soaps and toothpaste by 2017. 

Apparently personal care items like body wash, face scrubs, and toothpaste contain small plastic microbeads made of polyethylene as an exfoliant. Plastic grocery bags are made of polyethylene, people. That’s just gross.

The beads in toothpaste can lodge in the gum lines and cause problems, Mark Helm, a dentist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, told me. The beads are partially there as an abrasive, but mainly they are just there for looks, said Helm. They make the toothpaste look more aesthetically appealing.

And not only are microbeads ineffective exfoliants/abrasives, they pollute our waterways, where they are consumed by marine life, including the fish we eat. The fish mistake the beads for food or plankton. Poor fishies. And poor me, who eats fish as my main source of protein. (I don’t eat beef or pork, and very rarely eat chicken.)

“Microbeads are so tiny, they cannot be filtered when they go down the drain, so they are ending up in our oceans,” Amelia Swaggert, co-founder of California Scrub Company, which makes body scrubs from upcycled coffee grounds, told me. She went on to say more than eight trillion pieces of plastic currently pollute the ocean. So it ends up being eaten by the marine life and, in turn, us.

“its a full circle problem,” said Swaggert. Beyond the pollution issue, people have no idea they are potentially going to be consuming the plastic they washed down the drain.

So I rounded up a few microbead-free alternatives for you. I love the Konjac Exfoliating Sponge from Arithmetic. This sponge is made of konjaku root fiber from northern Japan and is infused with activated bamboo charcoal. And the Coconut Crush Sugar Scrub from Kopari Beauty leaves your skin soft and glow-y, not greasy, and smelling like a pina colada. Very welcome in the dead of winter.* (The Kopari product launches in March, but I found this coconut and almond milk alternative from Ulta.)

Of course, my all-time, microbead-free fave is DermaE Microdermabrasion Scrub. It smells like a refreshing lemon ice, and uses a proprietary blend of Dead Sea salt and volcanic sand as exfoliants, according to the company. It’s available at Target.

FYI, here is a list of companies that have pledged to stop using microbeads in their products, courtesy of Beat the Microbead, an organization that is leading an international campaign to end the use of microbeads in cosmetics. And here is a list of products, organized by country, that still contain microbeads, are phasing out the use of microbeads, or are micro-bead free.

Have you heard of the Microbead-Free Waters Act? Were you aware that the use of microbeads in personal care items was such a significant problem? Let’s discuss in the comments. And if you have found a microbead-free product that works for you, please share!

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*I received the Konjac Exfoliating Sponge and the Coconut Crush Sugar Scrub for review. Opinions are my own.

 

Bath and Body: 2015 Favorites

StTropezGradualTanInShowerLotion

I’ve shared my 2015 skincare and makeup favorites. Now my look back at the best of 2015 continues with bath and body.

Self Tanner

St. Tropez launched its Gradual Tan In-Shower Lotion this year, so I asked for it for my birthday. It’s smells like almonds (no chemical self tanner smell here!), and leaves your skin feeling surprisingly soft.

Word to the wise. When St. Tropez named this product “Gradual Tan,” they weren’t kidding. This product works very slowly and subtly, so if you are lily white and looking to get a little color, you may be disappointed. Its best for topping off a tan post vacation. If you were lucky enough to hit the beach over the holidays, this is the product for you! I used it through late September to maintain my summer glow.

You can pick up St. Tropez Gradual Tan In-Shower Lotion at Sephora.

Body Lotion

The best body lotion I’ve discovered this year is, hands down, Receutics Active Skin Repair: Hydration and Repair Treatment. I love, love, love this stuff. It moisturizes and soothes even the driest, most chapped hands and skin. It gets rid of the little rough patches on your knees and elbows, too. And its great for rescuing cracked, gross heels. You can pick it up at Rite Aid. I’ve run out, which is why it isn’t pictured above. I need to stock up ASAP, before winter really sets in!

Did you discover any new bath and body favorites this year? Tell me about them in the comments!

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