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Bath Therapy dee-lish Gingerbread 3-in-1 Body Wash, Bubble Bath, and Shampoo

Bath Therapy dee-lish Gingerbread 3-in-1 Body Wash, Bubble Bath, and Shampoo

If you’re like me and LOVE foaming hand soap you’re sure to have a foaming soap pump dispenser around (yes, it’s different than other pumps). You can take any kind of body wash or liquid soap, water it down and put it in this dispenser and it will come out as foam (see Foaming Hand Soap). Just make sure you dilute it about 3 parts soap to 7 parts water, about 1/4 soap and the rest water. Mix it up well, warmer water works best for this. Each dispenser is different so you may have to try it out and add more water.

Recently I brought home some of our new Dee-Lish Holiday Scent 3-in-1 Body Wash, Bubble Bath and Shampoo to try out, and I just love the scent, Gingerbread! Suddenly I got the bright idea to mix up some for foaming hand soap in the house! I tried it and it’s so great. It really helps add a little holiday cheer! Every time somebody washes their hands the smell of fresh gingerbread radiates through the room. So much fun! The Bath Therapy Dee-Lish Holiday Scents are really great as a 3-in-1 Body Wash, Bubble Bath and Shampoo, and also come in Apple Pie scent, and Orange Truffle! You could have a different scent for each sink in the house! They’re also on sale on our new website right now for just $3.99 for a 500 mL bottle. Check it out, and happy holidays!

-RyanNY

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Denco Easy Grip® Heavy Duty Foot Smoother

Have you tried the “as seen on TV” Ped Egg? A lot of people have experienced problems with it, leaving mixed reviews. Just look at some of the customer reviews online and you’ll see tons of complaints: shavings fall on floor anyway, too small file area, hard to handle, and even drew blood! Well, what do you expect from one of those infomercial products?!

I use our Denco Easy Grip® Heavy Duty Foot Smoother regularly to keep my feet soft and smooth. It can be used wet or dry, so I just keep it in the shower as a reminder to use it regularly. Plus, if I use it in the shower the filings just go right down the drain. It’s got an ergonomic, rubber grip that’s easy to hold, and the angle allows you to easily reach all sides of your feet, kind of like a tooth brush. Best of all, there are no blades, so it can’t cut you. The abrasive surface has a coarse grit that never wears, rinses easily, and works in any direction. It quickly smoothes tough calluses and deep cracks, but it’s safe and gentle on non-callused skin too. Keeping the smoother in my shower and using it once a week is a great way to keep my feet nice and healthy, and convenient! A little foot balm afterwards is a good idea too. Even though I like to use mine in the shower, I know several people who like using it on their dry feet, without any water. They say it works great that way, so whether you prefer smoothing your feet while wet or dry, you should really give this foot smoother a try.

Denco Easy Grip® Heavy Duty Foot Smoother is also the number one customer rated foot smoother on Amazon.com, with an average five star rating! You can get it directly from BelcamShop.com.

-RyanNY

Where do mothers turn to these days for information about brands and products. Statistics show that blogs are becoming a trusted source of reviews and opinions. One of the most popular blogging networks for women, BlogHer.com, did a study with iVillage and Compass Partners on how women interact with social media and blogs (view the study here). The study found:

“Of the 42 million women engaged in social media weekly, 55 percent of women participate in some form of blogging activity; 75 percent participate in social networks such as Facebook or MySpace and 20 percent use Twitter… As a result of this increased activity, the 2009 study found that women online are now more than ever before spending less time engaging in traditional media activities like watching TV (30%), listening to the radio (31%), and reading magazines (36%) or the newspaper (39%).”

Are the trials and tribulations of real moms what draws readers to these blogs? What do you think?

Check out the Mommy & Family blog section of BlogHer.com here.

-RyanNY

Skin Deep

Posted on: July 7, 2009

Ever wonder about all the ingredients in your products that you can’t pronounce? Or are you just concerned about what you put on your skin? Only 11 percent of the 10,500 ingredients in personal care products have been publicly assessed. Skin Deep is a service that aids in filling the safety gaps remaining from those unregulated cosmetics industries. It’s an online cosmetics safety database created by the Environmental Working Group. It can be used to research the products you already own or find safer at the store. Skin Deep is a searchable database that matches ingredients in more than 25,000 personal care products (such as shampoos, makeup, deodorants, and sunscreens) with 50 toxicity and regulatory databases. It gives you the power to find the most safety information anywhere about the products you put on your body. The advanced search also allows consumers to find products free of carcinogens, fragrance or contaminants.

Click here to check out Skin Deep

Photograph by simply.ashley on Flickr.com

Photograph by simply.ashley on Flickr.com

Chloë Sevigny, Kim Kardashian, Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Leon and Grammy award winning Estelle were among the crowd that came out to celebrate at the newly redesigned Kiehl’s flagship store in Manhattan’s East Village last week. The skin care line’s flagship store, located at 109 3rd. Ave. in New York, is actually the original 1851 location of Kiehl’s! So to honor the Kiehl’s heritage they’ve redesigned the flagship store with an antiqued, early 20th century look. They feature new flagship-exclusive apparel: logo t-shirts, robes, and even baby onesies! There’s also a new gifting counter where customers can create their own personalized gifts using tissue paper, boxes and potpourri! 

 

The event was also an opportunity to honor the Doe Foundation with Chloë Sevigny, by contributing $10,000. Originally a local pharmacy in the East Village, Kiehl’s still supports community. The Doe Foundation is a charity that helps to break the cycle of  homelessness in New York City.

I came across a cool new website on skin care. Beautystat.com was created by Ron Robinson, a former beauty industry scientist and developer. Robinson has over 20 years of experience working with brands like: Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Revlon and Avon. Robinson came to learn that the women he was creating amazing new skin care products for were very skeptical about claims made in the marketing from the brands. He discovered that women had more confidence in their friends and family when looking for a new product. And so an idea was born, to create a online community that could serve this very purpose:

“Ron saw an opportunity to establish a network where women could get this type of advice from just such trusted sources. The site enables women to benefit from the successes—and the disappointments—of others, allowing them to make informed decisions about their beauty purchases. “

Beautystat.com even offers the convenience of purchasing directly on the site, through a partnership with Amazon.com. One day Robinson hopes to connect directly with retailers though, and provide a thorough discovery-to-purchase process for women. Check it out.

I’ve battled dry skin in my T-zone for many years now. I’ve even asked a doctor about it, and he recommended Eucerin, a petroleum based moisturizing cream. It keeps my skin from flaking, but leaves an greasy mess on my face. I also have been warned to avoid petroleum based skin products because they can actually dehydrate your skin. I believe it too, my skin was never cured or remotely relieved of it’s dryness.

I begin my journey with the aid of Whole Body, the division of Whole Foods Market that is dedicated to body care products (supplements, skin, hair, personal, cosmetics, and bath). Whole Body has a lot of helpful information on their website and in a free podcast, “Be Good To Your Whole Body.” For Dry skin they suggest three rules of: cleansing, toning, and protecting.

Today, I will cover what is first and foremost in facial skin care… cleansing. Whole Body suggests a creamy cleanser such as: Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk, Avalon Organics Cleansing Milk (they have 3), and Zia Skin Basics Moisturizing Cleanser. These are going to clean the skin while moisturizing at the same time. They also do not include any harmful ingredients that could irritate your skin if it is sensitive like mine. My skin often turns red after using many face washes. This is a clear indication that your skin is sensitive. 

So I tried Avalon Organics Cleansing Milk, and it was nice. The lavender scent is a bit too strong, but that’s not a big deal. My first reaction was wondering when is was going to lather up. This doesn’t lather though. You have to think of it differently. It’s like washing your face with lotion! It was nice, my face did feel moisturized after washing it. It didn’t exactly cure my dry skin problems, but it helped. Best of all, no redness or irritation. This is a very nice, soothing cleanser that doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.


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