BODYCARE REVIEW | North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion

North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion review

Oh my goodness, the North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion is one moisturizing body lotion. I’ve been using this during the winter, and this is easily one of the heaviest body moisturizers I’ve ever used (even heavier than Body Shop’s Body Butter, yes, it is that heavy). It comes in a tall rectangular bottle with a pump, and two pumps is enough to spread over each of my legs. It is scented of warm coconuts, like the rest of the North American Hemp Co. line, and I absolutely love it after a long day out in the cold.

It is extremely moisturizing (like I repeated many times before), and takes a while for it to absorb – I would have to walk around my room for a few minutes before putting my pajamas on, otherwise it would transfer to my pajamas and I’d lose all of the moisturizing goodness. That is sometimes a bit annoying because it’s cold and I want to get wrapped up in my PJs but I can’t because my body lotion absorbs too slowly (#firstworldproblems).

The North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion features hemp seed oil as the SECOND ingredient on the ingredients list, right after water. In addition, it also ha sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, lime oil, grape seed extract, green tea extract, and so much more awesome ingredients (see the complete list below).

If you are in the market for a body moisturizer, or if you have extremely dry skin and need something that’s more than just silicones, I highly recommend you check out the North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion. It is affordable but extremely effective. You can purchase North American Hemp Co. products at London Drugs and other drugstores.

Ingredients:

North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion review

Product provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

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Review: KORRES Japanese Rose Shower Gel and Jasmine Body Butter

Korres Shower Gel and Body Butter review

Today I’m reviewing two of Korres’ most popular products – the Body Wash and the Body Butter. Korres is a Greek brand that creates products using natural and organic skincare ingredients. The ingredients list also lists out common allergens and whether or not this product has that allergen in it, making it perfect for those who are sensitive to specific ingredients.

Korres Japanese Rose Shower Gel

Korres Shower Gel (C$22) is one of Korres’ popular products. The Japanese Rose scent is light, feminine and never heavy or too “old lady-like.” The texture is like a thick gel, and it glides onto the skin really easily if you don’t use a loofah, and with a loofah it suds up moderately well. My skin is left clean, never stripped, and comfortable. It comes in a 400mL bottle which is no bad for the price, especially a mid-end product. I have no complaints about this body wash, it works well and does what it’s supposed to do, at a reasonable price. It’s also available in a plethora of scents with matching Body Butters.

Would I repurchase? Likely, to try the other scents.

Ingredients:

Korres Shower Gel and Body Butter review

Korres Jasmine Body Butter

Korres’ most popular body care product is their Body Butter (C$33). The Jasmine scent is wonderful but slightly synthetic; the scent dissipates quickly though, for those who are more sensitive to fragrances. This body Butter is rich, creamy, and slightly dry when applied on the skin. It leaves a white cast upon first application that needs to be massaged profusely into the skin, and takes a minute or two to fully absorb. It absorbs completely and doesn’t leave any residue or leftover cream on the skin’s surface.

In terms of its moisture level, I’d have to say it’s about a 7/10, as it is not as moisturizing as other body butters or lotions I’ve tried (such as from the Body Shop or Fruits & Passion), but it is moisturizing enough for daily winter use. Despite this, I would probably not repurchase because I really don’t think it’s good enough to warrant the price. It works, but it doesn’t work well enough and you can likely find substitute products that aren’t so high maintenance (regarding the white cast), are more moisturizing, and better value in terms of price. As it is available in a wide selection of scents, it might be worthwhile to purchase if you are particularly attached to a scent.

Would I repurchase? Probably not.

Ingredients:

Korres Shower Gel and Body Butter review

Review: MOROCCANOIL Body Fleur de Rose collection, heaven for rose lovers everywhere

MOROCCANOIL Body Fleur de Rose collection review

When I first learned about the Moroccanoil Body collection in the new Fleur de Rose scent, I was jumping up and down in joy. You know me and my obsession with rose scents; I was so excited to try this collection out for myself, and it definitely does not disappoint. The rose fragrance in the Fleur de Rose collection is by far one of my favourite rose scents I’ve ever used in a body care line. It is very fresh, but still retains a lot of that classic rose heart but a more upgraded, modern version.

I received the following products to review:

Moroccanoil Fleur de Rose Body BufF review

Moroccanoil Body Buff (C $52 for 180ml) – Revitalizing treatment that gently polishes away dead skin cells with naturally exfoliating Mediterranean quartz sand to instantly transform skin. Featuring a unique blend of argan, sesame, grape seed, avocado and sweet almond oils that nourish skin with deep and long-lasting moisture. It also contains real rose petals in it that’s super luxurious to use. I use this once or twice a week and it feels like a luxury spa experience. My skin just feels so soft and silky after, and the blend of oils in this exfoliator also means my skin is just lightly moisturized enough so on the hot summer days, I don’t need to apply additional body lotion. Love this!

Moroccanoil Fleur de Rose Body BufF review

Moroccanoil Hand Cream (C$32 for 125mL or C$24 for 75mL)– Luxurious, concentrated formula to moisturize, protect and repair dry hands and nails. I use this at my desk during the day and I just absolutely adore it. It absorbs super quickly without leaving anything behind, and my hands feel incredibly silky and soft after. It’s great for when you’re working at a computer all day and are constantly needing to do stuff with your hands; it doesn’t leave hand cream prints everywhere on your desk!

Moroccanoil Hand Cream fleur de rose review

Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar (C$12 for 110g) – Gentle cleanser that moisturizes skin as you wash. Helps control body odor and perspiration for skin that is soft and clean and enveloped with delicate rose fragrance. I’m not gonna lie, I haven’t used this yet because I’ve mostly been keeping it in my closet to keep my closet smelling rosy and fresh. The scent is just so heavenly!

Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar fleur de rosereview

Other products in the collection include:

  • Moroccanoil Shower Milk (C$30 for 200ml) – Highly-concentrated yet gentle shower experience that provides deep hydration while cleansing for skin that is refreshed and revitalized. (Available Fall 2015)
  • Moroccanoil Body Soufflé (C$56 for 190ml) – Lightweight, whipped formula that drenches skin with intense moisture, to instantly transform skin. The blend of argan oil and shea butter improves skin’s elasticity and delivers hydration that leaves skin soft, smooth and instantly nourished. I love the Moroccanoil Body Soufflés because they offer rich hydration but are much quicker to apply than a body butter.
  • Moroccanoil Body Butter (C$56 for 190ml) – Unique formula that absorbs quickly into skin for deep and abundant nourishment. Antioxidant-rich argan oil delivers hydration and strengthens skin’s barrier. So incredibly decadent.

Bottom line: Love the Fleur de Rose collection and will definitely be buying more to try for myself!

MOROCCANOIL Body Fleur de Rose collection review

Moroccanoil Body Buff ingredients:
Moroccanoil Body Buff fleur de rose ingredients

Moroccanoil Hand Cream ingredients:
Moroccanoil Hand Cream fleur de rose ingredients

Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar ingredients:
Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar fleur de rose ingredients

Review: L’Occitane en Provence Almond Velvet Serum for the Body

L'Occitane Almond Velvet Serum review

Today I’m reviewing my first ever body serum, the Almond Velvet Serum by L’Occitane en Provence, newly release for spring 2015. This body serum claims to improve five different skin concerns for the body:  dryness, skin slackening, lack of tonicity, fine lines and skin irregularities. It’s formulated with four different components of sweet almond – the oil, seed extract, leaf cell extract, and bud extract, all sourced from the south of France, as well as rosa centifolia (provence rose) bud extract.

The L’Occitane Almond Velvet Serum (C$52) is truly a luxury product. From the heavy glass bottle to the silky rich texture, it just feels like an expensive product that’s a pleasure to use. It has the texture of a gel-lotion with a light powdery-floral scent that dissipates quickly after a few minutes. I’ve been using this off-and-on for a few weeks (mostly after gym workouts when I could benefit most from additional skin toning), and I’m on the fence about it. I haven’t noticed any tightening of the skin, or relief from fine lines or stretch marks. It does leave my skin feeling silky smooth and very nicely hydrated, diminishing the appearance of any skin concerns but not eradicating them.

My biggest concern with this product is that it’s quite pricey. It is a body serum, and you get 100mL of product for C$52. I was applying this on my whole body before but I ended up using about 10 pumps, which is the equivalent of approximately 1.5cm shaved off the top of the bottle. I went through this stuff very quickly, to say the least. I ended up just applying it to placed where I needed more toning, such as my thighs, stomach, and upper arm area – this definitely helped me cut down on the amount of product I used.

It does contain a lot of good ingredients, so I can see why it’s so expensive, but I don’t think I will repurchase because I will probably go through many bottles of this before seeing real results. As such, unless you have a lot of money to burn, I wouldn’t recommend this product. The texture is really lovely but I really can’t justify the price, given how fast I went through the bottle.

Ingredients:

L'Occitane Almond Velvet Serum ingredients
L'Occitane Almond Velvet Serum review
L'Occitane Almond Velvet Serum review

Getting your body summer-ready with L’Occitane Whipped Body Cream, Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk, and Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk

Summer is coming! That means it’s time to prep our body for the beach. Apart from exercising and looking awesome, it’s important to also take care of your skin so that you can have glowy and smooth legs in that mini skirt. Today I’m reviewing three body lotions that I’ve really enjoyed using – L’Occitane Whipped Body Cream, Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk, and Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk.

L’Occitane Whipped Body Cream

L'Occitane Whipped Body Cream review

You know that L’Occitane makes some of my absolute favourite body products, and this one is no exception. Containing 10% shea butter, this Whipped Body Cream (C$28) has the consistency of thick whipped cream and just melts into the skin. It leaves my body feeling ultra soft and smooth, and keeps those scaly looking legs away just in time for summer. It’s just very lightly scented of their usual shea butter fragrance, making it a delightful experience to use after a nice shower at night. Of the three body lotions reviewed today, this one is the most moisturizing and would be best suited for night-time use. It also comes in a Whipped Shea Butter Hand Cream (C$12) formula that’s also very lightweight, but still has that same shea butter moisturizing property.

L’Occitane uses sustainable shea butter from Burkina Faso, harvested in a fair trade partnership with the women who produce it, so you know you’re directly supporting these women whenever you purchase a shea butter product from L’Occitane. You can purchase the Whipped Body Cream at L’Occitane boutiques as well as online.

L'Occitane Whipped Body Cream review

Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk

Vichy Ideal Body Milk review

The Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk (C$22.50) is new for 2015. A body milk designed to smooth and hydrate the skin, it contains Apricot kernel, Passionflower, Corn, Rice Bran, Sunflower, Blackcurrant Pips, Rosehip, Coriander, Macadamia and Jojoba oils combined with LHA. The texture is more of a liquid gel than a milk. It’s very lightweight, but doesn’t absorb immediately so you have time to massage it in your skin for a more toning effect. It leaves my skin slightly tacky, so you will need to let it “air out” a bit before putting on clothes. My skin does feel super moisturized, soft, and smooth once everything has absorbed.

Of these three body lotions, this one is most suited for day time/pre-beach use because it contains micro shimmers to create the look of luminous skin, which would look great for the day (otherwise no one will see it when you’re in PJs!). Personally I’m not a fan of micro shimmers in skincare products, so I wouldn’t repurchase this again, but if you don’t mind that kind of look, this is a great body lotion to look into.

You can purchase the Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other places that carry Vichy.

Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk

Nivea In-Shower Body Milk review

The Nivea In-Shower Body Milk (C$7.99) is one of the coolest innovations of 2015. It a body milk you apply after washing your body with shower gel, and then you rinse off before you get out of the shower. This version, designed for the driest of skins, contains almond oil for the deepest hydration; it also has has a formula for dry skin, as well as for normal to dry skin. As someone who spends a lot of time massaging in body lotion after a shower, this is actually super convenient and great for early morning or post-gym rush showers. Of the three body lotions, this one is the most suitable for use any time, but especially if you’re in a rush and don’t have the time or the space to slowly massage in body lotion, for example during the morning rush or after a workout session at the gym.

The only thing I really dislike about this in-shower body milk is that I feel like it leaves a slippery residue on the bottom of my tub from the wax/mineral oil. It’s not too bad on its own, except that soap and other gunk will eventually stick to the residue and you end up having to deep scrub your tub more often than if you weren’t using this. Other than that, it really works like its advertised – my skin feels moisturized enough that I don’t need to use a separate body lotion after.

You can purchase the Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other places that carry Nivea.

Ingredients:

Nivea In-Shower Body Milk review

Available now – Valentine’s day collections from LUSH and The Body Shop

Okay so this is like, super late. I’m sorry *hangs head in shame* but hey if you’re in a happy relationship, then every day should be Valentine’s Day! So I am featuring some Valentine’s Day products that can be used year-round, but sadly only available now. If you like these, better go out and stock now up!

LUSH Cupid’s Love Soap and Prince Charming Shower Gel

lush valentine's day

I always look forward to LUSH’s Valentine’s Day products because I’m completely addicted to that sweet, fruity scent that LUSH usually puts out during this time of year. This year, I got to try Cupid’s Love Soap (AKA Neon Love from prior years) and Prince Charming Shower Gel. Yup, I am still addicted to that sweet, fruity scent. Cupid’s Love is a blend of passion fruit, fresh figs, bergamot, cinnamon, and rosewood to create zesty yet intense fragrance, perfect for frolicking in the bath with your significant other. It also contains glycerin, rapeseed oil, coconut oil, and soy yogurt as four of the first five ingredients, which means you’ll leave the shower (or bath, you know, after the frolicking) with beautifully soft and smooth skin.

Prince Charming Shower Gel is a blend of pomegranate, grapefruit, sandalwood, and geranium that creates a bubbly lather and a bubble of fragrance that will help to perk you up in the morning. Also, did I mention it’s a bright perky shade of pink? Yes, the Valentine’s Day products shown here are very typical girly and bright.

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy

body shop smoky poppy review

On the flip side we have the sultry, which is the Body Shop Smoky Poppy collection. Not gonna lie, this is one of my favourite The Body Shop scents released to date – the smoky poppy is a dark fragrant floral. I have a really hard time describing what exactly it smells like, but it’s kind of a floral but blended with darker musks or even incense. You got to try this out in stores because it is very addicting to sniff. The scent is also pretty unisex, so you can finally buy a fragranced shower gel that your man will enjoy using but won’t be embarassed about it even though it’s technically still floral.

body shop smoky poppy review

The Smoky Poppy Shower Gel… is black. It is literally tinted black, something I’ve never seen before, but is super cool. As with all The Body Shop Shower Gels, it lathers up nicely, cleans well, and leaves a subtle lingering scent. It’s a classic formula, and you can’t go wrong by getting it in this scent. The Smoky Poppy Body Butter is one of the best body butter formulas I’ve used from the Body Shop, and in general in my body butter usage history. It’s rich yet not greasy or heavy, absorbs quickly, ultra moisturizing, and leaves just a subtle lingering scent that dissipates after 1-2 hours.

body shop lip cheek velvet universal shade review

Lastly, the coolest item of them all, the Lip & Cheek Velvet Universal Shade is a black-tinted lip and cheek stain that will give you a custom colour based on the unique pH balance of your skin. In reality, that’s kinda true but you usually end up with a dark, plummy stain which is great for the fall season.

Both of these collections are available for a limited time only, so if anything peaks your interest, you should go out and take a look naaaao!

Review: L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub

L’Occitane Aromachologie Scrub review

One of my favourite body care discoveries in 2014 was the L’Occitane en Provence Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub. This new line of spa products – the Aromachologie range – released by L’Occitane last fall contains a shower gel, massage cream, and this body exfoliator. Formulated with sugar and citrus oils, this exfoliator is a pleasure to use in the shower or bath.

Why is it one of my favourite discoveries?

  • The sugar does not melt immediately upon contact with water, and I get a good length of time to rub and massage this in my skin for maximum exfoliation.
  • It smells AMAZING – a blend of citrus oils ensures that the shower smells incredible while I’m using this, and the skin also carries the subtle scent of fresh citrus even after drying myself off.
  • It leaves a thin film of oil on my skin after use, which prevents my skin from drying out before I’m able to apply body cream.
  • The container it comes in is so cute, like a home-made jam jar with a hinge. It looks vintage and super classy sitting in my shower.
  • There are copious amounts of sugar in the formula so that I can get a deep scrub.
  • Because there are copious amounts of sugar and it doesn’t melt right away, a little bit of this goes a long way, maximizing the economic value you get out of each tub.
  • It leaves my skin feeling oh so soft after each application. I honestly feel like I’ve just been to the spa because it just feels (and smells) so good.

If you haven’t yet, hurry up and get yourself to your nearest L’Occitane boutique or online to grab yourself a tub of this exfoliator. Priced at C$38, the L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub is available now.

L’Occitane Aromachologie Scrub review

Ingredients:

L’Occitane Aromachologie Scrub review

The Body Shop reviews: Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap, Shower Gel and Body Lotion

The body shop Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap, Shower Gel and Body Lotion reviews

For fall 2014, The Body Shop released a line of new body care products using community fair trade wild argan oil from Morocco. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil collection contains 9 products for both the body and hair; I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on the Massage Soap, Shower Gel, and Body Lotion.

A common denominator in the Wild Argan Oil collection is of course the wild argan oil ingredient, as well as the warm, cocoa-like scent that’s dominant in all of the products. I have to say I am a big fan of both the moisturizing wild argan oil as well as the scent that helps me relax after a long day of work.

Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap ($6) is a creamy soap bar with protruding bits that are used for massaging the skin. I love using this at night while taking a long, hot shower because while it foams it, the foam is very creamy and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth after. I normally avoid bar soaps but this one is super moisturizing. The massaging bits is also nice to use, mostly around my thigh, tummy, and back area. The only thing is that because I’m so focused on only using the uneven side to wash my body, the massaging bits got used up pretty quickly.

Buy? Yes, but keep in mind the massaging bits gets used up quite quickly so you’ll just be left with a moisturizing bar soap after.

Ingredients: Sodium Palmate (Surfactant), Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Palm Kernelate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Sorbitol (Humectant), Coconut Acid (Surfactant), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Triethanolamine (pH Adjuster), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Etidronic Acid (Chelating Agent), Tetrasodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 77492/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 77499/Iron Oxides (Colour).

Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel ($9) has a thick, almost honey-like consistency. It foams up relatively well with a loofah, but the foam dissipates quickly. It cleanses pretty well and leaves my skin feeling moisturized and smooth. Again, I love the argan oil scent and I feel like I’m in a cloud of this scent when I use the Shower Gel. The only downside is that because of the thicker consistency and how the foam dissipates so quickly, I find myself using more of this each time, and thus using it up really quickly.

Buy? Yes, if you want a moisturizing shower gel and don’t mind that it will get used up quickly.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Glycerin (Humectant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate (Viscosity Modifier), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Mel/Honey/Miel (Natural Additive), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), CI 15985/Yellow 6 (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colorant), CI 17200/Red 33 (Colorant), CI 42090/Blue 1 (Colorant).

Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion

My favourite of the bunch, the Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion ($12) is an ultra moisturizing body lotion. It is a lot thicker in consistency compared to many of the body lotions I’ve tried, almost like a thinner, more refined version of the Body Shop Body Butters. It feels incredible when applied on the skin, sinking in quickly and leaving my skin feeling very hydrated. With high quality and highly moisturizing ingredients such as sweet almond oil, shea butter, and of course the wild argan oil, this product is great for anyone who needs a boost of moisture to their body. It also spreads really easily, and one pump is enough for each leg, and one pump for both arms. I’ve been using this for several weeks and I’ve only made a small dent in it, meanwhile my skin feels amazingly soft. This quality, at the $12 price tag, is definitely worth a try.

Buy? Definitely!

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Glycerin (Humectant), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent – Occlusive), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Stearic Acid (Emulsifier), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Palmitic Acid (Surfactant), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate (Emollient), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Tapioca Starch Polymethylsilsesquioxane (Absorbent/Anticaking Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Pentaerythrityl Distearate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer (Emulsion Stabilizer), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Sodium Polyacrylate (Film Former/Viscosity Increasing Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Caramel (Colorant), CI 15985/Yellow 6 (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colorant).

Have you tried any of the new Wild Argan Oil products?

Feature: L’Occitane en Provence Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette, Beautifying Body Milk, Hand & Nail Cream, and Gentle Bath Salts

L'Occitane roses et reines review

L’Occitane en Provence‘s Rose de 4 Reines fragrance was my first venture into rose-scented perfumes, as well as one of my first L’Occitane en Provence purchases. Now more than a decade old, Rose de 4 Reines was reformulated and reintroduced as Roses et Reines. Still containing the scents of four varieties of roses (from Bulgaria, Turkey Grasse and Morocco), it also contains the fruity notes of raspberry and blackberry, as well as base notes of white cedar, heliotrope and musk.

L'Occitane roses et reines review

Roses et Reines is a beautiful light rose scent; it is refreshing and modern. Unlike other rose perfumes, Roses et Reines smells young and cool, in contrast to the warmer notes presented in Jo Malone Red Roses or Diptyque Eau Rose. Compared to the previous formulation, Rose de 4 Reines, Roses et Reines is a little more refreshing and lighter, which makes it great for office wear. The change between the old and the new formulation is subtle, and according to L’Occitane en Provence, distinguished only between a new unique rose extract which enhances the fragrance in Roses et Reines.

With the new release comes a plethora of new products that contains this scent, including a shower gel, body milk, shampoo, conditioner, face and body mist, scrub, bath salts, pearlescent body gel, soaps, hand and nail cream, and various media of perfumes.

L'Occitane roses et reines review

The Gentle Bath Salts ($24) dissolve quickly in a bath and leaves my bathwater with a light pink tint. It is beautifully scented with the Roses et Reines fragrance, and if the container is left open, will scent up the entire room.

The Beautifying Body Milk ($32) is a light, highly moisturizing milky lotion for the body. It smells strongly of the Roses et Reines scent, which dissipates after a few minutes. Absorbing quickly, it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth to the touch. I’ve been using this in the summer, which is perfect, but I anticipate the level of moisture should be enough to sustain me through the fall. This is great for those who dislike the sticky feeling of body moisturizer, and who doesn’t mind scented products.

The Hand & Nail Cream ($12 and $23) is the lighter sister of the cult classic Shea Butter Hand Cream. Also containing shea butter as a core ingredient, it also includes vitamin E which helps to nourish, soften and protect the hands. It is not as moisturizing as the Shea Butter Hand Cream, but is enough for daytime use (unless you wash your hands a lot). I keep this in my bag for daily touchups, and the scent is just strong enough to enjoy for a few minutes before disappearing.

L'Occitane roses et reines review

The star product, the Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette ($50) is housed in a beautiful glass bottle inside a box that’s great for gift-giving. Each spritz is strong, and 1-2 is enough to last me for a few hours. As with most L’Occitane en Provence perfumes, the fragrance doesn’t last long and needs a touchup after 4-5 hours. In addition, I have noticed it is a little top heavy and would layer nicely with a darker, warmer scent in order to anchor the rose extracts in this perfume.

Overall, as a lover of all things rose, this collection was a win. If you love roses like I do, please do check this out at your local L’Occitane en Provence boutique or online.

L'Occitane roses et reines review
L'Occitane roses et reines review
L'Occitane roses et reines review(A comparison of the new Roses et Reines with the previous Roses de 4 Reines bottles)

 

The best body lotion ever – Bio Beaute by Nuxe High Nutrition Lotion for Sensitive Skin

review of bio beaute nuxe high nutrition lotion for body

The High Nutrition Lotion for Sensitive Skin with Natural Cold Cream for Body by Bio Beaute by Nuxe ($20 for 150mL) has a very long name, and is seriously is one of the best body lotions I’ve ever used. It absorbs immediately in the skin, and leaves my legs feeling silky smooth after every application. It is lightly scented with a bit of a powdery scent but it disappears pretty quickly. I have dry skin that can get scaly and itchy and this is perfect as it both moisturizes and soothes.

Up high on the ingredients list are items such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, rose water and glycerin. The texture of the lotion is very light and fluid, and the ingredients feel extremely well refined. The only thing is the 150mL small tube lasts a month max with daily use, which can get expensive fast. There is also a 400mL bottle that is more economical and comes with a pump.

The Bio Beaute by Nuxe High Nutrition Lotion for Sensitive Skin is perfect for any skin type. Because it is so light, you can use it even if you have normal or oilier skin, but if you have dry skin, it will help to hydrate and soothe.

Distribution is relatively limited, as its only available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, but trust me if you can get to a Shoppers Drug Mart, this is worth every cent! It is also available in a Body Balm formula for those with very dry skin, as well as a Hand Cream and Face Cream.

Ingredients:

bio beaute nuxe high nutrition lotion for body ingredients