Crystal Hills Organics Review

crystal hills organics review by iliketotalkblogI’ve always enjoyed trying out different bath and body products and have recently been reaching for Crystal Hills Organics body serum and bath salts. Crystal Hills Organics is a cruelty-free, Canadian based skincare brand that combines the healing power of crystals with the beautifying abilities of natural ingredients. The founder, Andrea, made sure to formulate her products by using organically grown ingredients wherever possible for the purest, and most luxurious skincare treats she could offer.

Andrea sent me a couple of products to try and with perfect timing. I will admit that I usually am drawn to skincare products that are heavily scented with tropical fragrances — however it seems those fragrances have turned against me and caused a bit of my rash on my legs. I needed to switch to something with a simpler ingredient list and decided it was a good time to give Crystal Hills Body Serum a try.

crystal hills organics review by iliketotalkblogThere are four versions and I chose Moon Goddess Body Serum. Moon Goddess has notes of jasmine, frankincense and neroli essential oils that smells beautiful but not overpowering in any way. The serum is extremely lightweight on the skin and uses a blend of botanicals and skin loving oils that nourish, hydrate and protect the skin with the power of antioxidants. Meadowfoam oil and Elderberry Extract are two antioxidants I was excited to see in the formula since I know they are really beneficial to the body. Each bottle of body serum also includes a small piece of clear quartz which is thought to harmonize the chakras and balance energy. I will be honest — I am not familiar with any of that stuff, but sounds good to me! Balance is never a bad thing!  My first impression of the serum was that this left my skin velvety soft. I’ve never had an oil based product produce that type of feel before and was highly impressed. The oils absorb very quickly and soothed my irritated legs within a couple days. I shave every day so an after-bath moisturizing product is a must– and I’ve been using this EVERY DAY since I’ve received it!

crystal hills organics review by iliketotalkblogAndrea offered to send me a second product when she saw that I loved the body serum so much so we decided on the matching bath salts!  The salts are seriously ALMOST too pretty to use! It comes with a small muslin bag to pour a small amount of salt in to soak in your bath. I realized after receiving that I still take baths with my little girl and wasn’t sure about using bath soaks with essential oils in them with her sitting in it for long periods of time — so I decided to treat myself to a warm foot soak and pedicure after her bedtime. I used a taller bucket so I could really fill it up and added the little baggie to the warm water. I loved the aroma it produced and was very relaxing as I watched a little TV at night. Crystal Moon Goddess Bath Salts uses a variety of salts like Solar Dried sea salt and Dead Sea Salt and MSM to relax the muscles, reduce inflammation and detox the skin. I’ve never thought to give my foot soak a hand full of bath salts before and I feel like I’ve been missing out! I may need to give my daughter an earlier bath so I can give this a try without her around!

**EDIT — I found out we CAN use the salts with my daughter in the bath so we’re going to give it a go! **

crystal hills organics review by iliketotalkblogI highly recommend these products if you’re looking for a way to treat yourself (or another) to a fabulous skincare treat. I only wish the matching body scrub was available at the same time since I’m a huge fan of scrubs!

To find out more about Crystal Hills Organics you can visit their website and follow them on beautiful Instagram feed.(Check it out — serious eye candy!)

Softer Skin With Clover and Bee

clover and bee skincare body polish review by iliketotalkblogOne of my favorite ways to treat myself is with luxurious feeling bath products. The shower is the one place you can escape as a mom (sometimes) and getting those 15 minutes to yourself feels like bliss. The warm water, a good hair mask, a close shave and a nice scrub make that little moment absolute heaven.

When I was approached by Clover & Bee Skincare I was elated to give them a try.  Born from the idea a mom had to make healthier skincare products, Clover & Bee Skincare was created for her daughter who was struggling with severely dry skin. Best of all, using natural based ingredients, like honey that was harvested straight from her backyard hives. Natural based products appeal to me more, now more than ever. As a new mom, you are bombarded with the threat of toxins all around and you try as best you can to keep healthier, less dangerous products in the house in case your little one gets ahold of them. A product that can give me peace of mind is already winning in my book.

clover and bee skincare body polish review by iliketotalkblogClover & Bee specialized in body polishes, and have three varieties that each have a inviting scent. I chose Grapefruit & Jasmine and fell in love the minute I cracked open the jar.  YOU GUYS. This has got to be one of the most beautiful scrubs I’ve come across! Within the honey granules and sugar are dried jasmine blossoms mixed throughout. What really intrigued me is that its first ingredient was honey and not sugar! It definitely made me take a closer look at it because I never expected that.  The blend also includes skin loving oils like Babassu nut oil (which is a lightweight, non-comedogenic oil with lots of vitamin E) and Macadamia nut oil (a favorite of mine, that moisturizes and is rich in antioxidants).

clover and bee skincare body polish review by iliketotalkblogI like a good granular scrub and Clover & Bee fits the bill. I love using it after shaving my legs and on rough spots like my elbows. Some “scrubs” out there simply don’t have enough scrub to them but this one met my expectations for a body polish.

clover and bee skincare body polish review by iliketotalkblogAnd seriously, how beautiful is the branding and packaging of these scrubs? From the lid emblem to the cute label, I’m totally feeling the Clover & Bee vibes.

clover and bee skincare body polish review by iliketotalkblogEach body polish retails for $34 each and you can grab yourself a tub at the Clover & Bee website.  And don’t forget to follow them on their Instagram!

OZ Naturals Olive and Jojoba Oil Nourishing Souffle

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Cruelty Free Body Lotion

It’s summer ladies and that usually means a little more skin is showing and it’s gotta be in tip top shape for showing off. Soft, moisturized and glowing is what I’m going for! And even though it’s the summer, I have a love affair with long hot showers. I can’t help it. My husband teases me that he could boil tea with the temperature I use, and I know it’s hot, but feels SO good.

Unfortunately, long hot showers are a recipe for drier skin. Very hot water strips your skin of the natural oil barrier it has leaving with you less than desirable results.  I am trying to get used to luke warm showers but it’s going to take some time. Until then, I rely on moisturizers to get my skin to look like a million bucks. I’m currently using OZ Naturals Olive and Jojoba Oil Nourishing Souffle and totally love the way my skin feels after using it. My husband loves it too!

I thought by the feel of this product it would have some type of silicone in it because it’s not quite lotion-y and not thick like a cream, but leaves your skin feeling silky without greasy shine. It absorbs completely and leave behind a very clean fresh scent and soft-to-the-touch skin. The formula includes skin nourishing ingredients such as organic aloe vera, olive oil, jojoba oil, organic green tea, shea butter, and Vitamin B5.

aloe vera – moisturizes the skin

olive oil – rich in vitamins and antioxidants to keep skin young and healthy looking

jojoba oil – mimics sebum, our natural skin barrier to lock moisture in

green tea – has antioxidant properties to keep skin young while fighting free radicals

vitamin B5 – also known as panathenol, delays premature signs of aging

oz naturals olive and jojoba oil nourishing souffle review by iliketotalkblog

I like to apply more throughout the day to extra dry areas like my elbows and knees. It’s also safe to use on your face if you have dry skin, which definitely happens to me sometimes around my mouth so I slather on a little dab around my mouth and on my lips. And a little goes a long way!

I have really grown to love the OZ Naturals brand more and more with each product I’ve tested. In case you missed them, the Amino Herbal Hydration Mask is the absolute BOMB for facial masks and recommended for anyone and everyone to try, and the Hyaluronic acid serum with vitamin C has treated my skin very well!  I hope to try their exfoliant next!

The  OZ Naturals Olive and Jojoba Oil Nourishing Souffle comes in a very large tube that should last you quite some time applying it all over from the neck down. You can purchase on amazon or directly on their website.   To find out more about OZ Naturals you can find them on Facebook or Instagram.