The days are really flying by now! Christmas is around the corner and I know from experience that a lot of us are not yet done with our holiday shopping. I discovered the brand Lollia a really long time ago while browsing the Anthropologie website. I fell in love with the exquisite packaging and the products looked so luxurious and tempting. I never really got around to trying the brand..it kind of got put on the back burner. The other day while waking around T.J Maxx I found these handcreams 🙂 Since they were at T.J Maxx, you guessed it..they were heavily discounted! So if you are looking to try these yourself or gift them, go check out your local T.J Maxx!
These hand creams are incredible! Not only do they have pleasant but not overpowering type of scents, the formula is top notch. They are not very thick, spread easily and moisturize effectively. I find them as moisturizing as the L’occitaine shea butter handcreams without the heavy oily after feel. That is saying a lot because I really love the L’occitaine hand creams!
The only minor downside was that I needed to poke the seal open since it was not a peel off foil but a metal seal. That is not a deal breaker in anyway..it was easy to poke it open. Just thought I’d let you guys know!
I think with these I pretty much hit the jackpot for stocking stuffers! They look exquisite, smell amazing, have an amazing formula and a price tag of 3$ each for a 1.25oz tube. I might keep these for myself since I will need plenty of hand cream this winter!
In our third installment of the Indie brand Gift guide series I am giddy with excitement to talk about The Cottage Greenhouse. I don’t remember how I found the brand..maybe I saw them in an Indie beauty brand list but I do remember getting super excited when I visited their website! They have the most beautifully and aesthetically done packaging :). I also had an ah ha moment because guess what, this brand is part of the Margot Elena group of brands. I have always had a girl crush on Margot Elena because of how beautifully she presents her products and the attention to details, which makes the perfectionist side of me really happy. Her brands like Tokyo Milk, Library of Flowers and Lollia all have products perfect for gifting. In fact, my next installment in the gift guide series is also going to be a Margot Elena brand 😉 Stay tuned for that one too!
The Cottage Greenhouse has a lovely range of lotions, body butters and scrubs which are perfect for pampering yourself or a favorite person in your gift list 😀 I picked up 2 of their fine salt body scrubs to feature in this gift guide series.
The Carrot and Neroli fine salt scrub is listed as one of Oprah’s favorites 🙂 The scent of this body scrub is fresh and crisp. This is a bit of a summer scent to me so I’ll probably dig into this scrub in the summer time! The scent of the Wild Ginger and Agave scrub actually surprised me. I was expecting a very spicy woody scent but instead it is best described as being warm and sweet. It feels very invigorating and cozy at the same time to use this in the shower. It is the perfect companion for a nice warm winter bath.
As I mentioned a million times already, I love the packaging! It is so elegant and the plastic square tubs have a good weight to them and feel expensive. I also like the little details in the illustrations and the details around the tub. Unfortunately, I do not have the beautiful exterior packaging these scrub came in…I have a toddler in the house who sometimes runs off with stuff which you might then never see again 😀
These are fine salt scrubs so they are not going to feel ‘crunchy’ or rough when you rub them over your damp skin. They are creamy to the touch and have enough exfoliating power to leave your skin feeling smooth.
They also have moisturizing ingredients like shea butter in them so your skin does not feel totally stripped after exfoliating. The ingredient list for both the scrubs is slightly different (obviously). Check out the full list of ingredients on their website. (HERE)
Overall, I am very impressed with the salt scrubs. I would love to try their body butters next! Have you tried any products from the cottage greenhouse?
As promised a while back, here I am with a gift guide series featuring small brands that have amazing products which would make unique gifts for loved ones. Today the brand I am excited to talk about is Elizabeth W, a unique small batch apothecary based in San Francisco.
When I was looking around for interesting brands to feature in this series, Elizabeth W caught my eye for their elegant and simple packaging. I am a big fan of aesthetically packaged products, even if it is just a bar of soap 😀 There is nothing more delightful than gifting (and of course receiving ) beautifully packaged products!
Elizabeth W started off as a perfumery and now they have incorporated their fragrances into a range of bath and body products, candles, room diffusers, beautiful silk sachets, sleep masks and more. Their website (HERE) is an absolute delight to explore!
I decided to feature their body oils in their 3 signature fragrances : Magnolia, Vetiver and Te for this series. As I mentioned before, they come in simple yet sophisticated packaging as you can see for yourself 🙂
Moving on from the packaging, lets talk about the body oils. These oils can be used on damp skin just before towel drying or they can be added to your bath water for a luxury bath. I mainly used the oil on my damp skin and loved it! My skin is super dry and the oil left my skin feeling soft and supple. The oils are winter must haves according to me!
The Magnolia fragrance is described on their website as follows: White magnolia petals deepened with saffron and sandalwood mingle with Riviera mimosa and gardenia. I could definitely get a whiff of the sandalwood when I used Magnolia and I think it is a very warm comforting fragrance. It somehow reminds me of my childhood and carefree simpler times and thus is my favorite one 🙂
Vetiver is described on their website as follows: An original creation of heavy vetiver, balanced with light citrus tones and green tints of bergamot from the peels of nearly ripe fruit. I loved this scent too and I think it is a unisex scent. If you like strong woody scents, this is for you!
Te is described as follows: Gracious, spirited, elegant. An enticing marriage of oriental black teas, juicy fresh Amalfi lemons, and the sweetness of almond honey. I find Te to be a crisp fresh scent which means I’ll be reaching for this in the spring summer time.
I love how distinct and unique each of these body oils are! There is something for everyone. They do have the body oils in other fragrances too so if you get a chance to visit their store in San Francisco do go smell them all 😀
The ingredient list is also simple and elegant, very much reflective of the brand as a whole.
Overall, I am loving the body oils and would love to explore their other products. I think the 3 signature fragrances from Elizabeth W are unique and interesting in their own way. A DIY gift bundle such as this is a great gift for any one who loves trying out different scented bath and body products. So, if you have someone on your holiday list who loves perfumes and scented products, check out Elizabeth W.
Until next time, ciao!!!
*PR Sample. Opinions expressed here are my own. (no affiliate links)
I am very excited to announce that this year I plan to start a gift guide series on my blog! I have not done anything of this sorts before, so I am super pumped especially since I will be featuring niche brands, small brands, indie brands, local brands, new and upcoming brands… you get the drift 😀
So come join me in this fun series exploring some amazing makeup, bath and body care brands 🙂 Hope to kick start the series next week..until then check out some of my recent posts!!