Jeanne En Provence Brand Review : Soaps, shower oils and hand creams

Hello folks!!

Merry Christmas! I was unable to post this earlier on, since I was under the weather the week before Christmas. Then came the weekend where we got super busy prepping and hosting a huge lunch for our friends. After all the Christmas madness here I am back to blogging πŸ˜€ Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I am now looking forward to the next round of parties and luncheons coming up this weekend πŸ˜‰

Jeanne En Provence is a family owned business that has been around since 1978 and their products are from you guessed it..the Provence area in France πŸ™‚ They work with the local farmers there and most of their products are made in the region. I was curious about the brand since they are reasonably priced and they had a good range of scents to try out too.

I was most excited to try out their bar soaps because I have been a soap junkie since I was 4 years old. My grandmother used to get gifts from her acquaintances when they returned from trips abroad, and many a times it was fancy soap. She would keep them aside for me since I was, according to her, the only 4 year old who appreciated the smell of fine soap. Jeanne En Provence very kindly send me their soap gift set which has 4 different soaps and also the soap in the scent Peony.

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Jeanne En Provence Soaps

The soaps in the giftΒ  set come in 4 scents: Fleur d’Oranger, Verveine, Rose and Lavender. I think my favorite scents are Verviene and Rose. I really liked the Peony scented Soap too which is sold separately. I might try the other products in the Peony range since I am into floral scents and the soap smells divine. All the soaps have a pleasant smell which is not overpowering. They give a nice creamy lather too. Overall, I think these soaps are great for the price and are comparable to artisan french soaps which I have tried in the past.

I was also sent 2 products from their Divine Olive collection, namely, the Divine Olive Multipurpose dry oil and also the Divine Olive shower oil. The scent of these products don’t immediately strike me as Olive probably since I have never really smelt fresh Olive leaves or fresh olive flowers. There is a slight floral smell mixed in with a bit of cut grass smell I think. I don’t think I can describe the scent..you jut have to smell it for yourself πŸ™‚

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The Multipurpose dry oil and Shower oil from the Jeanne En Provence Divine Olive collection

I like the multi purpose dry oil as a post shower moisturizer for my skin. It sinks in and doesn’t leave a greasy after feel. This is a multi purpose oil which can be used on the face and hair as well. I am usually very careful about what I put on my face since my facial skin is super sensitive. I might try this out on my hair sometime! Have you tried the Jeanne En Provence multipurpose oil on your face or hair?

The shower oil is not what I expected. I thought it would be more like the almond shower oil from L’occitaine or the shower oils from Rituals. Those shower oils are very thin in consistency. This one however is thick like a shower gel. In addition to Olive oil, this also contains another interesting ingredient called Soapwort which is used in the French country side to wash skin and hair due to its gentle cleansing properties. I found the shower oil to be a very gentle version of a traditional shower gel. It leaves a nice scent on your skin and does not strip your skin off of moisture. I think its perfect for the winter months!

Jeanne En Provence also sent me 2 of their hand creams. They leave a nice velvet layer on your hands. They are perfect to use just before you stuff your hands in winter gloves and dash out the door for some outdoor fun in the winter.

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Jeanne En Provence Handcreams

Again scent wise if you are a lover of floral scents the Rose and the Jasmine hand creams will smell like heaven to you. I am usually not a fan of Jasmine scents since I find the scent too over powering. This hand cream however is lightly scented and is more crisp and clean smelling than most Jasmine heavy scents I have tried in the past.

Overall, I am really impressed with the brand and I think more people should be talking about Jeanne En Provence! Have you tried anything from the brand? If not, why not treat yourself to something from the brand to ring in the new year πŸ˜€ They currently have a sale on their gift boxes!! (HERE)

Until next time, ciao!!!

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide :Body Butters and Castor oil sets from Kreyol Essence

Hello folks!

How about some ethically sourced beauty products from Haiti for the loved ones on your gift list this year? Sounds good huh..let me introduce you to Kreyol Essence. I love the story behind the brand and also how the brand is focused on creating jobs for the locals in Haiti, especially women! Their star product is Black Castor oil from Haiti which is great for your hair and skin.

I love products developed on long standing ancient wisdom from different cultures because there is usually an ounce of truth in grandma’s beauty secrets ( unless it has been proven dangerous by modern science). I was thus quite excited to try out Kreyol Essence products since I have heard about castor oil being great for your hair and eyebrows but never knew that it was a great moisturizer for your skin too! Check out their website (HERE) to learn more about the brand, castor oil and how they are a social impact driven company.

I got a chance to try out their body butters, available in 4 scents; Lavender Hibiscus, Haitian Vetiver, Cafe au lait and Mango, Papaya Coconut Rhum Punch.

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Kreyol Essence Body Butters

I can attest to the fact that Cafe au lait and Mango, Papaya Coconut Rhum punch smell delicious enough to eat! (Do not eat!! :D) Lavender Hibiscus and Haitian Vetiver have very soothing and calming scents..perfect to slather on to your skin after a late night shower to lull you into dreamland.

The body butters are triple whipped and look so dreamy in the tub (again makes me want to eat them πŸ˜€ ).

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Triple whipped and luxurious!

All of these body butters are infused with Haitian Castor seed oil and enriched with a whopping 30% of shea butter. They do not contain any parabens, mineral oil or petroleum products. I really like the ingredient list of these body butters. Take a look!

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Ingredient list of the Cafe Au Lait body butter

I think these body butters make fantastic gifts..they are available in different sizes so you can always pick up a few of the smaller sizes as stocking stuffers!

When Kreyol Essence sent me these body butters they also sent along 3 vials of their scented Haitian Black Castor oils. These can be used on the hair, scalp or as a post shower body oil. I plan to test them out as body oil since they smell amazing! They sent me the chocolate, Rosemary Mint and Lavender Hibiscus. I can smell them without opening the seal completely. I didn’t open them up completely since I didn’t want these to go rancid… I am currently going through my stash of body oil you see πŸ™‚

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Haitian Scented Castor oils

Kreyol Essence has a ton of gift options and gift boxes on their website currently. Some of the gift boxes are marked down so check them out!!

Overall, I am very impressed with the body butters and look forward to trying some of the other products on their website. Have you tried anything from Kreyol Essence? Let me know!

Until next time, ciao!!!

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2018 Holiday Gift guide: Body Oils from Elizabeth W

Hello Folks!

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.Β  I am a big fan of aesthetically packaged products, even if it is just a bar of soap πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ™‚

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Body Oils from Elizabeth W

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 carefreeΒ  simpler times and thus is my favorite one πŸ™‚

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.

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Elizabeth W body oils are housed in pretty glass dropper bottles

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 πŸ˜€

The ingredient list is also simple and elegant, very much reflective of the brand as a whole.

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Ingredient List

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!!!

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Coming soon!! The Holiday guide series 2018 featuring indie and small brands!

Hello everyone!!

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 πŸ˜€

The lillynlilly holiday gift guide 2018 featuring Indie Brands coming soon on the blog and here too!!!

So come join me in this fun series exploring some amazing makeup, bath and body care brands πŸ™‚ Hope to kick start the series next week..until then check out some of my recent posts!!

Ciao!!!

Natio Argan and Almond Facial Cleansing balm

Hello folks!

One of the things I love about travelling is trying out new beauty products ( and of course food!) I can’t find back at home. Natio is an Australian natural beauty brand that I picked up in India. They have lots of skincare products ,color cosmetics and also candles. I found their products to be reasonably priced. I picked up the Argan and Almond facial cleaning balm and also a 10 minute brightening mask which I’ll talk about in detail soon.

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Natio Argan and Almond facial cleansing balm

The balm comes in a no frills tube which makes it an ideal travel companion. I am a fan of using cleansing oils to remove makeup, but travelling with them can be a bit difficult. This guy sorted that problem! The only con was that every once in a while when it gets cold, the oils in the tube solidify to a thick paste that you need to use a bit of pressure to get out. This also sometimes results in too much of the stuff coming out of the tube at once.

The balm is easy to use, just like any cleansing oil you take some of the balm and work it gently onto your dry face. Once the oils break down all your makeup, wash with water to get all your makeup off. I found the balm to be good at removing all my makeup including heavy eye makeup. This does have a slight herbal smell, which does not bother me at all since it is quite mild.

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Ingredient List

As you can see the ingredient list is quite nice! I love that Almond oil is number 2 on the ingredient list. The herbal smell is likely due to the combination of all the different flower oils listed.

After you wash off the cleansing balm with water, it leaves a coating/residue on the skin which I suspect is due to the beeswax and candelilla wax. This is not an issue for me since I always double cleanse when I wear makeup , so after the cleansing balm step, I go in with a foaming cleanser to make sure everything is cleaned off from my face. If you were looking to use this as your only cleanser this might be a deal breaker unless your skin is so dry it loves that waxy layer πŸ™‚

Overall, I really like this cleansing balm and look forward to trying more of their products! I found some of Natio’s products on amazon so maybe I don’t have to travel too far to try something more from the brand!

Have you tried Natio products? What do you recommend I try from them next?

Until next time, ciao!!!

Transitioning into fall: What I’m loving at the moment!

Hello folks!

It is getting chilly these days..sunny days are precious! Baby boy is not loving the cold chilly breeze in Boston city, neither is his mama πŸ™‚ Recently, I realized I have been grabbing the same products quite often and decided to share them here with all of you.

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Current favorites!

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream: I have a love hate relationship with this one! it is greasy in the summer but in the colder months it is perfect for my skin. It has almost no coverage, but it does give a little pep talk to your skin before you apply anything more. I find it comfortable and it does not cling to any dry patches.

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in Brique-a-brac: I love the color! It is probably more of a summer color but I love this pinky brown shade and personally find it appropriate to wear all year round πŸ™‚ The formula isn’t the best but with a lipbalm it is works well!

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Bobbie Brown Shimmer brick in Bronze:Β Again more of a summer time choice but I love using the first 2 strips mixed together as a highlighter. It is subtle yet strong and gives the most elegant highlight on your cheek bones. I do use the darker shades as eyeshadows once in a while. Overall, I love the shimmer bricks! They are versatile and last forever!!

Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in 04:Β The texture of these blushes is great. The shade 04 is matte and blends beautifully into your skin. I find this shade quite unique and it is perfect for fall. It is a cool toned violet pink which is something I shy away from usually. This color doesn’t look weird on my yellow under tone skin so yay for that πŸ™‚

What have you been loving recently?

Until next time…ciao!

 

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask- Shea Butter

Hello folks! By now I am guessing most regular readers of the blog know I have dry skin and I am always looking for hydrating products. I have not tried too many sheet masks and recently decided to look into them a bit more seriously. I picked up the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Shea Butter from the Innisfree store I found during one of my travels a while back. The shop assistant recommended this one for dry skin so here we are!

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze mask in Shea Butter

The packet like most sheet masks felt heavy and opening it up, I found a well soaked sheet mask. The liquid is quite thick and is best described as white color lotion. The material of the mask felt quite sturdy at first when I took it out of the packet, however it did tear while I was removing the mask after I was done. The mask was not too messy to put on, and was quite big! The instructions said to put it on for 10 to 20 minutes after cleansing and toning your skin.

The mask unfortunately has a baby powder smell which I hate. Even the L’occitaine Shea face cream I tried had the same baby powder smell. I wonder why all things Shea have to smell that way 😦

Removing the face mask after 20 minutes, my face looked like it was slathered in white lotion (with the smell, it almost felt like baby lotion on my face). They say in the instructions to gently tap the skin to absorb the excess stuff. I kept the lotion on for a good 40 minutes beyond which I could not tolerate the slimy feel. It became increasingly sticky and my face felt like it was covered in sticky sweat. After washing off the excess, my skin did feel soft and moisturized but nothing too amazing to go thru that awful sticky feeling.

Overall, it is a decent face mask and good for some hydration once in a while if you can tolerate the sticky feel. I most probably will not purchase this one again since I am not a fan of the smell nor that sticky feeling.

What are your favorite face sheet masks?

Until next time, ciao!!