De-Stress and Relax with 5 Natural Bath Products

Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? Not that we need a whole month of awareness to realize that we are all over stressed, but it helps to point it out so we can all purpose to take time and relax today.

If you are a mom, getting a few minutes alone to de-stress can be absolutely essential to your sanity. It’s not always easy to take time out for a candle-lit bath, but even pampering yourself for a few minutes a day can really help.

Here are 5 natural products I use to help stay calm, focused and peaceful…

 

ahava bath salts1. AHAVA Lavender Mineral Bath Salts

Calm your nerves with the power of relaxing lavender. AHAVA’s Lavender Mineral Bath Salts work quickly to soothe the senses and promote well-being. These yummy bath salts are 100% natural and packed with healthy minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium, the skin-energizing Dead Sea salt crystals that will help relax muscles and joints as well as keep skin soft, smooth and refreshingly hydrated.

Wondering why you should take time out at least once a week to take a bath? Read this post about the benefits of soaking in epsom salts.

Price: $22

Buy It: AHAVAUS.com, Amazon.com, Ulta.com, Beauty.com, Nordstrom.com, Macys.com


 

40401_lg2. Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm

Feeling extra stressed? Or just trying to get through another hump day? Bring some instant peace to your aura with this soothing temple balm. It contains a powerful blend of essential oils that promote harmony, tranquillity and relaxation. It’s like a yoga class in a bottle. Plus it’s the perfect size to keep in your bag for those moments when tequila would be inappropriate.

Price: $30

Buy It: TimeToSpa.com and Amazon.com


 

shea yaleen body balm3. Shea Yaleen Shea Body Balm

Packed with 20% natural, unrefined shea butter, this ultra-hydrating formula is rich in vitamins to instantly smooth and moisturize your skin. Massage this luxurious formula into arms, legs, feet and elbows for glowing, healthy skin. This body balm is delicately fragranced with lavender and honeysuckle essential oils that will relax and de-stress you.

Use every time you take a shower or a warm bath. Just gently massage into your skin, from neck to toes. Gentle enough for daily use.

Price: $19.00

Buy It: SheaYaleen.com


 

caldrea body oil4. Caldrea Ginger Honey Body Oil

If you can’t afford to go get a massage, pamper yourself (or get your significant other to help!) with Caldrea Essential Collection Body Oil in “Ginger Honey”. Loaded with botanicals and essential oils, this belnd of Argan and Meadowsweet Oil will soak into . The Ginger Honey fragrance will leave you with a peaceful feeling that will last for hours. A definite must-have to add to your bath & beauty routine. It’s just SO yummy. I love the Ginger Honey Body Lotion too!

Price: $9.99

Buy It: Target.com


 

ocean vodka5. Organic Ocean Vodka from Maui

If all else fails, relax and enjoy a shot of Organic Ocean Vodka from Maui, Hawaii. Ocean Vodka is the only vodka in the world made with deep ocean mineral water, organic sugar cane, and powered by the sun. This light and delicious vodka is made by a family run company based in Maui, Hawaii.

Ocean Vodka is gluten-free with absolutely no GMOs. It’s a crisp, natural, clean and thoroughly enjoyable vodka that you will love. Honest.

Price: $33.99 / 750ml

Buy It: ReserveBar.com (Click here for a list of retailers.)

 

What products do you use to relax at the end of the day that you would add to this list?

I received some of the items mentioned above in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I did not receive compensation for this post. 

Our Top 10 Earth Day Friendly Beauty Picks

Beautify Yourself

 
 

Our Top 10 Earth Day Friendly Beauty Picks!

 
 

1. Everyone Face Exfoliate

$9.99 at eoproducts.com
EveryOne Face Exfoliate ­ a natural and unique product that uses Candelilla Wax to provide the exfoliating texture, not plastic beads. Candelilla Wax is naturally found on the shrub of the Candelilla Bush (native to southwestern US and northern Mexico). Never harmful to the environment or wildlife, and it’s biodegradable. This facial exfoliator is gentle on skin, but does a great job at removing dirt, and last night’s make-up!

 
 
2. Alba Tinted Perfector Lotion

$9.99 at albabotanica.com
This has quickly become my favorite moisturizer because it’s a tinted with just enough color to even out my complexion. I use this as my daily moisturizer now and I’m so happy with the results. No clogged pores, no breakouts, just happy, beautiful skin.

 
 
3.  Dr Hauschka Mascara

$30 at drhauschka.com
 When I started looking for an “all natural” mascara, I tried at least half a dozen before I found Dr Hauschka’s mascara. What a waste of money! I should have started with Dr Hauschka’s because it is hands down, the best all natural mascara that I’ve tried. It doesn’t flake off before the day is done and it doesn’t clump. I also like how it smells. Highly recommend this mascara for anyone looking to clean up their beauty routine.

 
 

4. UD NAKED ULTRA NOURISHING LIPGLOSS

$20 at urbandecay.com
With its additively creamy texture and gorgeous, high-gloss finish, Naked Lipgloss feels so luxe that you’ll want to keep applying it all day—even when you don’t need to. The best part? Unlike most addictive substances, it’s actually good for you! Nine gorgeous colors to choose from. “Naked” is my favorite shade. Perfect for everyday!

 
 
5. Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm

$30 at nordstrom.com

This soothing temple balm contains a powerful blend of essential oils to help promote harmony, tranquility and relaxation. I use this every night before bed or whenever I’m feeling stressed.

 
 
6. AHAVA Lavender Bath Salt

$22 at ulta.com
Rich in health-inducing minerals, these 100% pure Dead Sea salts contains 21 essential minerals. They condition skin by increasing moisture and nourishment levels, helping to ease muscle tension and soreness and relax both body and mind. Seriously, take time to have a bath once a week. It will change your life!

 
 
7. Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Body Scrub

$9.99 at ulta.com
SheaMoisture’s Superfruit Complex Hand & Body Scrub is a nourishing sugar scrub that exfoliates and purifies while leaving skin soft and radiant. Plus, it smells realllllly good and it’s affordable!

 
 
8. Authentic African Black Soap

$8.39 at alaffia.com
Authentic Black Soap is an “all in one” option for cleaning, and is ideal for faces and babies, shaving, shampooing, and as a general hand & body wash. Scented with a clarifying blend of citrus essential oils. Suitable for all skin & hair types. You’ll absolutely LOVE this one!

 
 
9. Herbacin Wellness Hand Cream

$5.99 at drugstore.com
Herbacin Wellness hand cream intensely moisturizes dry and chapped hands with powerful skin protectants and all natural ingredients. I use this every time I wash my hands to seal in moisture and keep them well hydrated.  The Herbacin Wellness Lavender hand cream combines powerful is the perfect daily moisturizer for your hands. (Good for feet too!)

 
 
10. Avalon Organics Shampoo

$10.50 at avalonorganics.com
Get your hair clean naturally with Avalon Organics Peppermint Shampoo. It will invigorate your scalp for a clean, fresh feeling. All natural ingredients strengthen the elasticity of weak, brittle hair while smoothing split ends and fly-aways for radiantly renewed bounce and length. Your hair will thank you!

 

 

 

Induldge In These Delicious New Bath Soaks from EveryOne

everyone bath soak

Taking time to actually take a bath might be more important than you think…

Let’s talk about epsom salts. They are commonly found in most of those fancy “bath salts” that you find in your local T.J. Maxx or that you get as gift and never get around to actually using. Come to find out, you should actually crack open that far and get ready to soak.

Not only is a bath relaxing after a long, hard day but as it turns out, it can be very beneficial to your health too. First off, did you know that “Epsom Salts” are actually magnesium-sulfate? Why is this significant? Well, I was quite surprised at the obvious “ailments” we find to be “normal” that are actually from a magnesium deficiency. Common things like asthma, PMS, depression, hair loss, and more can be symptoms of a magnesium deficiency. (For more information about this, check out Magnesium Deficiency: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments)

I didn’t discover my own need for magnesium till I became pregnant with my third and happened to stumble upon an article about morning sickness and how it can be caused by a magnesium deficiency! I immediately started taking epsom salt baths and using Magnesium Oil on my skin at least once a week. I also purchased Natural Vitality Natural Calm and started taking about 1/2 tsp in a bottle of water almost every day. Within a couple weeks, my morning sickness literally went away completely. I truly believe the magnesium is to blame!

Upon further research, I discovered that we need calcium in order to absorb magnesium. If you eat too much calcium, you can actually hinder your absorption of magnesium! So all these commercials pushing the “need” for calcium, completely ignore the fact that we also need magnesium in conjunction with it. Needless to say, a lot of people end up magnesium deficient and don’t even know it.

Easy solution… Take a bath!

My favorite way to soak up my daily dose of magnesium is with EveryOne Bath Soak. They have 4 delicious “flavors” – Yoga, Cycle, Sinner, and Surfer. My vice is Yoga.

everyone bath soak bottle comps

Yoga Soak features an essential oil blend of rose geranium, lavender, marjoram, orange and frankincense that makes for a very calming and relaxing experience. I love the scent and how my skin feels after I get out of the bath. The organic olive oil in this really softens and moisturizers your skin.

HOUSEWIFE TIP: Be aware that with bath soaks that contain oil, the tub will be a little slick when you’re done. I keep a bottle of dish detergent in my bathroom and just squirt a little in there, rub it around with my hands (or a sponge) really quickly and rinse with the shower head (or a cup). Takes 2 minutes and leaves your tub and shower pristine so you don’t have to put a lot of elbow grease into it later.

All four EveryOne Soaks feature a unique combination of Epsom salts, organic olive oil, and four very powerful essential oil blends. You could just soak in plain ol’ epsom salts, but why bother when you can pick one of these bath soaks to suit your specific needs?

Price: $12.99 for 30 ounces (enough for 8 full baths)

Buy It: EOProducts.com and Whole Foods Markets.

Welcome Spring with A Natural, Fruity Fragrance!

lavanila spring spritz

It’s finally the first day of SPRING!!!! Get ready for warmer weather with a fresh new scent from one of our favorite fragrance brands – Lavanila! With invigorating scents like Vanilla Lemon and Vanilla Grapefruit (my personal favorite!) you can at least pretend it’s spring, even thought it really doesn’t feel like it quite yet!!!!!

Not only does Lavanila create luscious and enjoyable scents, but they work them into healthy products like Healthy Deodorant that is aluminum free and luxurious Body Butter that deeply nourishes skin with natural ingredients.

Not sure which scent to choose? Don’t pick one, get three spring scents in one convenient Rollerball Trio for just $39!

Now excuse me while I go indulge in some Vanilla Grapefruit fragrance….

Get Green With Envy Over These Yummy Treats!

Whether you are Irish or not, everyone needs a little GREEN on St Patrick’s Day!

Here are a few of our favorite brand’s GREENEST and finest offerings…

 

Green With Envy
Green With Envy by thehousewife featuring Caroline Hill Collection & Urban Decay

 

New Natural Brand “be Delectable” from Cake Beauty

be Delectable

be Delectable is a new collection of bath & body products from Cake Beauty that will be sold at Kohl’s stores across the USA and online at kohls.com.

Made with all natural ingredients, these uniquely formulated bath and beauty products come in some very decadent scents including Strawberry & Cream, Lemon & Cream, Coconut & Cream, and Vanilla & Cream. Of course, the sweet packaging makes these products a bit irresistible! Choose from body polish, body wash, body mist, hand cream and body lotion.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the Coconut & Cream products and I have to say, my entire family fell in love. My almost 7 year old daughter is obsessed with everything cupcakes, so naturally, she was immediately smitten upon seeing the cute bottles and graphics. My son who is almost 4 years old, loves anything coconut so he was eager to try the lotion. (He LOVES putting lotion on his feet.) My husband, who usually doesn’t like coconut, surprisingly has been using the hand cream every single night. Of course, I am happy with all the products and could never resist anything coconut scented either. We all love coconuts!

be delectable

The part I like the best about this new line is that on top of smelling absolutely heavenly, it’s made with all natural ingredients. Be Delectable is as good for your skin as for the environment. Their luxurious formulas are never tested on animals and are made with up to 95% natural products. Best of all, they are free of Parabens, Sodium Chloride, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, GMOs, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Gluten and Triclosan. Yay!

Be sure to look for be Delectable products next time you are in Kohl’s or head over to kohls.com. Good luck picking just ONE scent to try! I think you are going to want to try all four decadent scents…

Products range in price from $10 – $14. Find out more at CakeBeauty.com

* The product for this review was provided to us free of charge for the purpose of product testing. This does not effect our opinion of the products in any way. We only write about products we personally like and use, regardless of how they were acquired.

Totally Obsessed with Somatique Moisturizer

somatique products

I am totally obsessed with Somatique Moisturizer ($44)! I opened the jar, thinking I was just going to be trying yet another moisturizer and was immediately taken away to a dreamy land… Their website says nothing about this moisturizer having a fragrance, but my sensitive pregnancy-nose detects the creamy cocoa butter, coconut, raspberry and rose within. It’s just absolutely heavenly. I find myself looking forward to my facial routine JUST so I can open that jar and smell it contents.

Not only does is have an extremely appealing fragrance, it works wonderfully. I didn’t get any breakouts, like I normally do when suddenly switching to a new moisturizer. It penetrates deep into the skin and soaks in quickly so you can easily wear makeup on top, unlike some moisturizers that you need to wait at least 5 minutes before you can put on liquid foundation.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with this moisturizer and it is definitely one that I would buy over and over again.

Use coupon code “fashionable” to get $10 off your purchase
of the Somatique Moisturizer!
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