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!

 

 

 

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.

Soothe and Heal Dry Winter Skin Before Spring!

curel heals hands

How can you even think of cheery summer colors, sandals and lightweight dresses when your skin has “WINTER” written all over them?! Start the healing process with Hand & Cuticle Therapy ($6) from Curél.

Washing my hands constantly and using hand sanitizer all winter long has really done a number on my poor little hands. They have never been this bad! I’ve tried to keep them moisturized but it’s hard to remember with everything else that is going on. I’m ready to start some intensive therapy on these puppies though and I’m going to be slathering this Hand & Cuticle Therapy on my hands 2x a day for the next few weeks to see if I can get my hands back into shape in time for Spring!

Get It: Drugstore.com, Target.com and Target Stores, Walgreens.com and Walgreens Stores, and Walmart.

Being pregnant and all, it’s getting challenging to reach my toes to give them the TLC they deserve. I’m going to make an effort for the next few weeks though so they will be ready for sandals by the time warmer weather gets here! Curel’s Intensive Healing Cream ($12) promises to deliver moisture quickly and efficiently. Sounds like exactly what I need. It proposes to heal even the driest and most chapped skin. Perfect for toes, ankles and heels. Sign me up!

Get It: Drugstore.com, Target.com and Target Stores, Walgreens.com and Walgreens Stores, and Walmart.

 

Topricin

My other challenge has been lower back pain, which I’ve been using Topricin for. It’s a pain relief AND a healing cream that not only provides soothing relief to uncomfortable dryness of the skin on the face, hands and feet but it also provides rapid healing and relief for symptoms associated with Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Calluses and dry flaky heels and other dry/cracked skin on the body.

Topricin provides pain relief by improving circulation and attracting and stimulating the body’s healing chemistries at the site of pain. Topricin delivers reliable pain relief, improving quality-of-life, and providing a strong adjunct to professional care with no side effects or contraindications. Topricin’s 11 homeopathic medicines are proven to be safe and effective for the elderly, children, pregnant women and all skin types and will not interfere with any medication you may be taking. No odor or fragrance, no petroleum, no mineral oil, no lanolin, no capsaicin, no menthol, no parabens, non-greasy and non-staining. [Click here to learn more.]

When I was having some pregnancy related lower back pain, I started using Topricin Pain Relief & Healing Cream several times a day. I noticed an improvement in the way my back felt immediately and even moreso after several days of use. I was quite impressed so it has now become an important part of my medicine cabinet. I’m so glad I discovered Topricin!

If you are having trouble with dry, flaking skin on your face from the cold weather, check out our Editor’s Picks for Winter Skin Care to get your face ready for the sun too!

Spa Sonic – The Affordable Skin Care System

spa 3

Spa Sonic where have you been all my life!   The Spa Sonic Face & Body Polisher is a 7 piece professional kit.  Each kit comes with the main device which runs on 4 AA batteries, 2 small brushes, 1 large brush, a facial sponge, and a pumice.  The Spa Sonic has you covered face to toes!

Spa 2

The small brushes are to be used for your face, they are very soft.  No more scrubbing with those pads in the cans.  Use your favorite cleaning product to the brush or your face, it is very gentle on your face.  The large brush is for your body, apply your soap and use this in a circular motion.  I’ve never used a facial sponge before, they are meant to improve the elasticity of your face.  I put on my facial lotion and what a difference when I used the facial sponge!   With summer right around the corner, I couldn’t wait to use the pumice on my feet.  They’ve been needing TLC for some time now.  My heals are soft and callus are gone.

One of my questions was can I use this in the shower, and yes I can!  The brushes are easy to change and clean.

Spa 1Spa Sonic is available to your local Costco, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, & CVS Stores, as well as online at the Spa Sonic Site.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Why pay for all those expensive services when you can do it at home!? Plus, The Spa Sonic tested comparably to the Clarisonic® Plus Skin Care System in an independent study conducted by the leading consumer testing laboratory. Notably, the Spa Sonic is much more affordable so it would make an excellent Mother’s Day gift!

The Spa Sonic will be $39.99 from April 21st to May 18th at Walgreens.  It’s listed on the weekly deals page – that’s 40% off of $64.99!

Disclaimer: The Fashionable Housewife received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

5 Ways To Get Ready for Spring

Spring is officially here, even though I still see about 2 feet of snow in my yard, I’m holding out hope that I will see Robin’s soon! I’m itching to break out the pastels and floral prints. Meanwhile, here are 5 ways to get ready for Spring!

Got spring fever? Dial knows just how you feel and they want you to feel like you can escape without even having to leave your own home! Dial’s new Coconut Water Body Wash and Skin Therapy Body Wash with Himalayan Salt. Dial brings the super popular and ultra-hydrating powers of coconut water right into your own bathroom! You’ll be ready to face your busy day with a essence of the tropics. These new Body Washes pair perfectly with their new 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion that I’m already totally in love with!

Clean your mouth out with Listerine Mouthwash, Listerine Whitening Toothpaste and an Oral-B Power Toothbrush. You’ll blast the winter layers right off your teeth and your mouth will feel as fresh as spring smells. Delightful!

Don’t forget your pores! Unclog those holes with Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips and Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser for a clean start that you’ll be able to see AND feel.


If you have around 20 pounds to lose, you might think it’s impossible to lose that weight before summer… Guess what? IT’S NOT! I lost 18 pounds in 8 weeks on the Dukan Diet and a total of 20 pounds total so I am now down to the weight I was when I got married almost 10 years ago! I’ve had two children and I gained 50+ pounds with both my pregnancies. I thought I would never lose the weight, but I DID! All thanks to The Dukan Diet!

If you don’t need to lose weight (Good for you!) you still want to firm and tone your skin before slipping into that new swimsuit. Products like Bliss FatGirlSlim coupled with the cellulite-fighting power of the Bliss Lean Machine will get those gams ready for the beach. I also love the Mama Mio Bikini Confidence Travel Kit and the Bootcamp for Butts Kit is amazing!

Every woman should own a pair of Anti Cellulite Shorts! One of the fastest ways to lose a few pounds (along with diet and exercise!) is Anti Cellulite Shorts. They help to increase your body’s core temperature which makes you sweat, dumping excess water retention. It also helps to increase the rate at which you burn calories, making your exercise routine more effective. A must-have for every girl!

Check out our article Get Fit Quick Just Like A Celebrity and How To Get Back In Shape After Holidays Binging for more tips on losing weight quickly and find out how you can Lose 2 Jean Sizes in 2 Weeks with Zaggora Hot Pants.

If you are desperate for fast results, consider i-Lipo Laser Liposuction Treatment. It costs about $250-$500 per session and you will visibly lose INCHES within an hour. Check out my before and after photos from just one session!

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Keep Skin Feeling GUD This Winter

Temperatures are cooling down across the globe, and winter will be upon us before we know it. To keep your skin looking and feeling its best all season long, turn to gud hand and body care products. All of their hand wash, hand cream and body butters are designed to protect against cracking, dryness and chapping and will uplift you with fruity, floral and fresh scents that are – well, can we say addicting?

Hand Wash

This foamy formula will leave hands clean and fresh while banishing pesky bugs to limit the occurrence of winter colds. Available in 4 uplifting fragrances:

Each 8 oz. bottle is $4.99, making this a budget-friendly buy for the winter season.

Hand Cream

After washing with a matching gud soap, moisturize dry, chapped hands with their deeply nourishing hand cream. This exceptional formula instantly relieves dry, chapped skin while restoring softness and smoothness to even the driest digits.

Each 3 oz. tube retails for $6.99, and is available at national chains, drugstores and select beauty supply stores.

Body Butter

Gud’s natural body butters are deeply moisturizing and contain no parabens, petrochemicals or phthalates – plus, they’re never tested on animals. Choose from four scent-sational fragrances:

Each 6 oz. container of body butter sells for $11.99.

To purchase any of these products, just click the link – which fragrance will you be choosing this season?