Baby Skin Issues: Baby Skincare Product Reviews

As a mom, I’m no stranger to a variety of baby skin issues. Our daughter has gone through everything from eczema to cradle cap. She’s had an occasional pimple, extremely dry skin, and even a small patch where it looks like she never developed pigment. (We still don’t know what that is, but the doctor isn’t concerned.) I’ve watched other baby skin issues occur too, like the development of birthmarks and even moles that didn’t use to exist. Like I said, we are no strangers to baby skin issues, and now, toddler skin issues.

For every baby skin issue, you can likely find a dozen or more skincare products designed to treat it. I’ve had some success with some products, while in some cases, other treatments recommended by the pediatrician also seemed to work wonders. Here’s my rundown of a few baby skincare products and their effects on various baby skin issues.

Gentle Naturals Baby Therapeutics

What mom doesn’t appreciate baby skin products that are paraben-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free, along with being gentle for continued use as needed? I received a couple of products by Gentle Naturals for the purpose of review. I never knew I would need the Gentle Naturals baby eczema cream and baby eczema wash until one day dry, scaly, patches of red skin appeared behind my daughter’s knees.

We switched out our normal baby wash for the gentle naturals, and sometimes just pure water. We also applied the Gentle Naturals cream—a rich, emollient skin cream similar in texture to Aquaphor. I found that the cream helped to care for the eczema, but my daughter’s case was relatively intense, so we did pair it with other treatments. I found that a little bit of 1% hydrocortisone cream mixed in with the Gentle Naturals or the Aquaphor seemed to do the trick after a couple of days.

I also received Gentle Natural’s Cradle Cap treatment. I did not get to use it as my husband quickly learned to use cotton balls and baby oil to remove the dry skin from the top of our daughter’s head. He had the cradle cap fully under control before I even had a chance to worry. However, the cradle cap treatment is a light, non-greasy solution that includes natural, healthy ingredients like calendula, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.

Shea Moisture Organic Baby Care Products

Most of the time, moms love to see the words “natural” and “organic” when it comes to choosing products for their babies and children. Shea Moisture, established in 1912, contains certified organic ingredients, like raw Shea, chamomile, and Argan oil. The products are rich, emollient, and leave even an adult’s skin feeling great for hours after applying the lotions and creams. (I do admit I probably used more than half of the one lotion product on my hands alone during the winter.)

I received a generous selection of organic baby products from Shea Moisture, including Organic Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Ointment with Frankincense & Myrrh, Organic Shea Butter Baby Eczema Therapy with Argan Oil and Extracts of Frankincense & Myrrh, Organic Red Bush & Babassu Baby Head-to-Toe Lotion with Carrot Oil and Shea Butters, and finally, Organic Olive & Marula Baby Head-to-Toe Lotion with Avocado & Shea Butters.

The creams have pleasant scents that are a bit earthy and certainly organic. They go on smoothly and absorb nicely into the skin. I really enjoyed the pump bottle Head-to-Toe lotions on myself as well as on our daughter. The eczema therapy product has a pleasant scent but I did find it a bit tricky to apply, as it is more of a waxy solid in a small cylinder tub. The severity of my daughter’s eczema had me applying creams constantly, so I did not get around to using this product as much as I think I would have, had her eczema been milder. The Head-to-Toe Ointment is useful for everything from chapped lips to cheeks, hands, arms, legs, and even to baby’s bottom during a diaper change.

Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream

Babies are known to get very dry skin, especially on their faces and especially during the colder months. Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream is a 100% certified natural baby care product designed to protect delicate skin from the harsh cold. Key ingredients like beeswax, Lanolin, Sweet Almond Oil, Chamomile, and Calendula soothe sensitive skin and add moisture to overly dry skin. This product absorbs easily and is dermatologist tested and recommended for sensitive skin. Calendula Weather Protection Cream is suitable for use from birth onward through adulthood. I received one bottle of Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream for the purpose of review.

pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash

We have tried lots of different baby wash products, including popular Johnson’s brand and even the basic, fragrance-free Dove bar. Phisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash is a phthalate-free formula that is designed to gently and effective cleanse baby from the top of her head to the sole of her foot. The powder fresh scent is subtle and pleasant, especially for a new baby just getting acquainted with all the new sights and smells. pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash is allergy tested, dermatologist-recommended, and it is pH balanced to moisturize in addition to cleansing. The formula is also soap-free and specially crafted to gently cleanse even the driest baby skin. I received one bottle of pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash for the purpose of review and have enjoyed the formula and its results.

The wide range of baby skin issues constantly has moms and dads jumping through hoops to find what’s right for baby, whether it’s a simple moisturizer, cleaner, or an actual treatment to a specific baby skin condition. I hope this review of various baby skincare products is helpful in your quest to keep your little ones comfortable.

Disclaimer: I received a number of products for the purpose of review. The opinions here are my own and receiving products did not change or color my thoughts.

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant Review

In case you didn’t know, I am one of those people who stands resolutely next to my preferred brands in a number of things—particularly ketchup, Qtips®, toothpaste, and deodorant (anti-perspirant). I have my favorite brands, and in a pinch, or sometimes just for kicks, I will use a different product in lieu of my own. It’s funny how you come to be a strong supporter of certain products in life, based on their fragrance, flavor, performance, or a combination of the above. It’s definitely a good thing to try new products and brands, especially since that is how new favorites can arise. And in this case, it is how I came to find a new favorite deodorant for running and working out. Keep reading for my Dove Advanced Care Deodorant Review.

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Suave® Professionals Body Care Product Review

My husband and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon, which feels like ages ago. While there, we enjoyed massages in a private cabana on the beach. Truly an amazing way to enjoy some of nature’s best elements, the sandy shore, the fresh air… Now with a two-and-a-half-year-old child, I can only dream about going back to Hawaii, or can I? The Suave® Professionals premium Body Care line brings the incredible spa experience and some of the scents of Hawaii to your very own bathroom!

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Festive ChapStick Holiday Inspired Lip Balms

IMAG4041You can always count on ChapStick to keep your lips soft and kissable for the next big holiday or special occasion. I’ve always loved the fun flavors and products ChapStick brings to the lip care market, but I feel like the new holiday collection of limited edition gift tins and wintry flavors ups the ante this year. I constantly find myself thinking I need just one more little item for so-and-so when finishing up my holiday shopping, so this time I’m prepared ahead of schedule. I know just what I’ll buy for those people on my list who need a little extra TLC this year.

Like anyone, I have my favorite flavors and favorite lip products, but it’s exciting to add new lip balms to my stash when one season rolls into the next, or even on a passing whim. ChapStick kindly sent me a selection of their holiday lip balms and gift tins for the purpose of an honest review, and I’m delighted to share my experience with you.

ChapStick Classic Cherry
IMAG4135Okay, I’m convinced. It’s completely impossible to go wrong with ChapStick’s Classic Cherry lip balm. It is still the same flavor and fragrance I remember as a young girl trying out ChapStick for the very first time. It takes me back, but it is also so wonderfully smooth and tasty that it keeps me happy right where I am. I am pretty sure you’d have to be devoid of at least two of your five senses if you don’t like the cherry ChapStick, at least that’s my own humble opinion. This flavor is available separately or as part of a few variety-pack holiday gift tins by ChapStick, available at Walmart and Target in a nice collection of designs and colors.

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Similar to the cherry, the ChapStick Strawberry flavor is familiar and pleasant. I find these two to be lip balm staples. The strawberry flavor is nice for any time of year, and like its cherry counterpart, the soft pinkish shade of the lip balm is rather appealing. I don’t think there’s much else to say about the strawberry flavor – I like it and recommend it. Sometimes I could swear I caught a tiny tingle on my lips while using it, but I’ve also been using two minty flavors as well, so it’s hard to say….

ChapStick Spearmint
IMAG4134When it comes to chewing gum, spearmint is always my first pick. I find it tasty and refreshing, so it’s nice to see spearmint offered in a line of lip products as well. The ChapStick Spearmint flavor goes on just as smoothly as all the other ChapStick products, but it almost convinces me I’ve got fresher breath or a tingly kiss just waiting to happen. I adore its pale green hue.

And, you’ve guessed it—now I want a stick of gum. In fact, I think I would use this ChapStick for sure if I found out I had run out of gum. It would also be great right before a kiss. I like this one a lot – just remind me not to wear it outside in the bitter cold or I might think my lips are about to fall off!

ChapStick Limited Edition Candy Cane
IMAG4138The Candy Cane ChapStick flavor invigorates your senses with a burst of peppermint that starts as a fragrance and quickly escalates to a teasing tingle on your lips. (I guess the Spearmint one does this too, but I am feeling more inspired writing this part of the review!) I don’t usually prefer mint flavors aside from chewing gum, but this ChapStick is a winner due to its refreshing approach to lip care. After I applied this flavor to my lips, I lost track of how long the tingling lasted, perhaps because I got bored waiting for it to fade. In fact, my lips are still tingling now, about 20 minutes later. Candy Cane ChapStick is available individually wrapped or as part of a holiday gift tin.

The Candy Cane Swirl holiday tin (MSRP: $5.99, exclusively at Walgreens) contains three sticks of lip balm, making this a great gift for any girl who’s got to have a stick in her purse, pocket, and a spare (aka, me). I think this set would also be nice for sharing, since ChapStick products always seem to last nice and long, even though I apply them multiple times per day. I especially like the pretty design of the Candy Cane Swirl tin and look forward to picking up a few of these during my holiday shopping this year.

ChapStick Gingerbread Kiss
IMAG4136Surprisingly subtle, I like this ChapStick for that very reason. It has enough flavor for you to notice a hint of gingerbread, but it does not overpower your senses. I like that a lot, especially because I feel, at least for me personally, gingerbread is something I like once in a while around the holidays, but not all the time, and not necessarily over other cookie flavors. Chocolate chip, sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin – those I love all the time, but gingerbread is special for the holidays and I like it very much as a limited edition lip balm flavor from ChapStick. Think of it like when the pumpkin craze starts in the very early fall… if you aren’t one of the crazy pumpkin flavor fanatics, you certainly know one. (Looking in at least one friend’s general direction…) Gingerbread Kiss is a great lip balm to bring along for all your holiday visiting or to simply keep your lips soft and kissable while winter’s bite sinks in this year.

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When I showed my husband the new wintry offerings from this all-star lip care company, he told me I most certainly did not need any more lip balms or ChapSticks. He still remembers a plastic box or drawer I had in college with “at least 200 ChapSticks,” he swears. I’m pretty sure it was a small tub with about 30 or so sticks, but I guess that’s the difference between a lip balm enthusiast and the person lucky enough to be their mate!

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I must admit, my only disappointment in the whole experience of testing and tasting these delightful flavors is that, try as I might to avoid it, I almost always peeled some of the label off the ChapStick tube when trying to break the seal holding the cap in place. Perhaps you’ll have better luck. Not that it matters AT ALL, but I just like my ChapSticks to look as nice as they taste, if it even matters to anyone besides me.

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I really love ChapStick® Collector’s Edition Ornament Tins and the individual flavors. I can’t wait to pick out a few holiday recipients with whom I can share the joy. (Truth be told, I also can’t wait to see what comes out next from ChapStick… Valentine’s flavors like chocolate-covered strawberry or champagne kiss? St. Patrick’s flavors? Easter styles teeming of coconut, dark chocolate, and marshmallow? I can hardly contain myself. ChapStick, if you’re reading this, please don’t keep us in suspense too long!)

IMAG4144You can find a variety of ChapStick’s holiday sets at Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, making your holiday shopping just a bit easier this year. For additional information, be sure to check out www.chapstick.com or visit ChapStick on facebook at www.facebook.com/chapstick.

Have you had the pleasure of trying any of these yummy flavors this year? Feel free to share your thoughts in our comments below.

Disclosure: The ChapStick® products and sales information have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. The opinions expressed herein are my own unbiased feelings and assessment following product use.

 

Summer Roundup: Sunscreen Products for Babies and Kids

second-kid-promoProtecting your little ones’ skin is so important, especially when it comes to the summer sun. You probably know from personal experience how painful sunburn can be, and you might even know someone who had to deal with skin cancer. Despite how much of a nuisance it can be to apply sunscreen to your children every time you go out in the sun, it really IS that important. You don’t want them to get sunburn or to have problems later in life, so you can feel good taking the time to apply sunscreen thoroughly before each exposure.

With a one-year-old of my own and a few trips already planned to the beach, I knew I had to scope out the best sunscreen products for little ones this summer. I have a few adult sunscreen products I like for myself, but I didn’t know where to start as far as baby sunscreen and kid sunscreen.

I was fortunate to receive a few sample products for the purpose of my review, including: Banana Boat Kids Lotion Mist SPF50, Banana Boat Natural Reflect Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF50, COOLA Baby SPF50 Unscented Mineral Sunscreen, and VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Baby 50+ Full-Spectrum, Water-Resistant Physical Sun + Light Screen for Infants, Children + Adults.

Banana Boat makes a ton of products for sun care needs. I found the Banana Boat Kids Tear Free Sting Free SPF50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen to be very easy to apply and extremely effective. We had no issues with this sunscreen aside from it getting a bit clogged once it was more than halfway gone, and the clear spray came out instead of the lotion spray. I’m thinking it’s not empty yet, but I have yet to figure out how to get it unclogged. (If you know how, please leave a comment as I’m sure I am not the only person this has happened to!)

This sunscreen product for kids did not irritate my daughter’s skin, and my husband and I tried it out as well and enjoyed the ease of use, even if we had just gotten out of the ocean. This product provides protection against UVA and UVB rays and lasts quite a while—water resistant up to 80 minutes. I have used it at the beach, the pool, jogging in my neighborhood, and in my own backyard, and my daughter’s fared well each time.

Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), and Octocrylene (6%).

The Banana Boat Natural Reflect SPF50 Baby Sunscreen Lotion is made from 100% naturally sourced sunscreens and zinc oxide, contains no parabens, and is PABA free. It’s packaging says it is as mild as water and also tear free and sting free. It smoothes on like regular sunscreen, not the spray kind. This sunscreen was pretty thick to massage in, but it ended up being super water resistant and extremely effective. I loved using it in her baby pool and before we went to the beach.

I like this natural product quite a bit, but we did determine that our daughter was having some mild skin reactions to something in this product. She’s had baby eczema and other skin sensitivities, so despite this one being a natural choice, it did not work out best for her skin type. That’s not to say it would cause your baby any skin issues—every baby’s skin is different and reacts differently to products and the environment around them.

Active ingredients include Titanium Dioxide (3.6%) and Zinc Oxide (4%).

Banana Boat also offers countless products for adults and even more options for kids, like Kids SPF50 Long Lasting UVA UVB Broad Spectrum Sunscreen and Natural Reflect Kids SPF50+ Sunscreen Lotion to name just a few. For more information on Banana Boat products, please check out www.bananaboat.com.

COOLA Baby SPF50 Unscented Mineral Sunscreen comes in a really cool aqua-blue container with a white cap. The sleek packaging holds a thin, very spreadable liquid sunscreen that smoothes onto baby’s skin lickety-split. COOLA sunscreen has a certified organic formula that also moisturizes the skin and offers environmental protection. Zero chemicals and absolutely no preservatives are included, but you will find great ingredients like sunflower oil, sesame seed oil, cocoa butter, Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, and even organic avocado.

This baby mineral sunscreen is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and I really liked using this product on my daughter’s face, ears, and neck, based on how easy it was to spread across her skin. Once done, I have to admit, I had that “chalky” feeling where I wanted to quickly wash the remaining residue off my hands, since they were still a bit oily and slick. Our bottle is leaking a bit through the cap, maybe because it is so liquidy, so be careful and think about keeping any opened bottles inside a ziplock bag just in case.

Active ingredients include Titanium Dioxide (7.6%) and Zinc Oxide (6.8%).

For more information on COOLA products, check out www.coolasuncare.com.

Coppertone Kids Wacky Foam SPF 75+ is another option you can try in keeping your little ones’ skin safe from the sun. I heard about this foaming sunscreen for kids when my nephew came to visit for a cousins’ play date and baby pool party. I decided to pick up my own bottle the next time I was in a CVS and I think this might be one of my favorite finds for fast application in a format that kids find to be fun and engaging. It definitely seemed easier to apply than some of the others when my daughter decided to squirm around. I think the foaming design is clever and the sun block seemed to absorb readily into my daughter’s sensitive skin.

This product retails for around $8 to $12 and unfortunately, I picked it up on the more expensive end of that scale. However, I am very happy with the results and the product itself. This foaming sunscreen lotion is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and it is dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and PABA-free.

Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%), and Oxybenzone (6%).

For more information on Coppertone products, check out www.coppertone.com.

VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Baby 50+ Full-Spectrum, Water-Resistant Sunscreen offers very high UVA/UVB protection that is designed especially for infants’ delicate skin. This product contains monolaurin as an antibacterial disinfecting agent and also contains green tea as an antioxidant. Product packaging advises to reapply every one to two hours or as needed, for example after being in the water, toweling off, or playing.

Made in the Philippines, this product comes in a handy jar that is 1.76 oz of gentle yet effective formula—100% fragrance-free, 100% PABA-Preservative-Phthalate-free, and clinically tested, and deemed acceptable for all skin types, including infants, babies, children, men, and women, even those sensitive to chemical sunscreens.

Active ingredients include Titanium Dioxide (15%) and Zinc Oxide (15%).

For more information, check out www.vmvhypoallergenics.com.

What is your favorite sunscreen product for your baby, toddler, or young child? Please share in our comments below.

Disclosure: LifeLoveBeauty received sample sunscreen products for the purpose of this review. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences may vary.

 

Conquer Acne with the Power of Bioré

Sometimes it’s all about teamwork. Bioré offers a skincare system that manages all forms of acne. This three product combo comes at acne from all the angles, giving your skin a fighting chance at its best complexion days. The non-irritating formulas clean without damaging your skin.

Combining cleansers with pore strips fights the battle for clear skin in multiple directions.
Combat blemishes before they even have a chance with the Blemish Fighter Ice Cleanser. Control dirt and oil with the Acne Clearing Scrub. Target clogged pores with Deep Cleansing Pore Nose Strips. Think of it as the before-during-and-after of skincare.

Bioré’s Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser is perfect for these dog days of summer. Let the cool cleanser refresh your skin while removing over 99% of dirt and oil. The pump bottle provides control over the right amount to massage onto your face.

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Bioré’s fresh smelling Acne Clearing Scrub clears up blemishes and pores in addition to preventing new blemishes from forming. I’d recommend using this cleanser in the morning for a burst of energy through the smell and a refined complexion ready to take on the day.

Bioré’s Deep Cleansing Pore Strips are designed for the notorious blackheads unfortunately residing on your nose. The strips clean and unclog pores in less than 20 minutes, so turn on your fave episode of Girls and relax as the strips do their dirty work.

If you think this system is for you and want to try it for yourself, head on over to our contest page (here) to enter to win one of our three complete sets for giveaway. Curious about what else Bioré has to offer, checkout their website for more products and where to buy them!

Bioré Sensational Skin Giveaway

biore face products giveawayBioré is offering three lucky winners sets of their great skincare line. Bioré products are offered in stores around the world. From removing makeup to a deep cleaning, there’s something in this line for your skin. For a review of these products, check out this post.

To enter our contest, simply like our page on Facebook and check out our Rafflecopter Giveaway for full instructions on how to enter and ensure your entries are tracked for our contest. Current Facebook friends have already satisfied the only mandatory entry requirement, so be sure to go to our Giveaway tab to enter the contest!

Prize: Three winners will receive a set of Bioré acne-fighting products. This includes one
Blemish Fighter Ice Cleanser, one Acne Clearing Scrub, and one box of Deep Cleansing Pore Nose Strips.

This system provides:

  • Control over blemishes and blackhead
  • Prevention of new blemishes
  • Removal of 99% of dirt and oil

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ChapStick MixStix™ Flavor Blending Lip Balm Product Review

chapstick-mixstixI may be a sucker for lip balm products, but I am even more of one for lemonade products that feature a twist of raspberry. I’ve never known a lip balm to offer such a delightful combination, until now.

I recently had some amazing luck in being offered a chance to try ChapStick’s new MixStix™ lip moisturizers, which come in three, make that six, tantalizing flavors. I couldn’t believe my luck when I learned that Lemon Berry Sorbet is one of those phenomenal flavors! Of course, I dug into that one first.

By themselves, the lemon flavor and the berry flavor are amazing. I could use them all day long, especially the lemon, but really both are incredible. I hope these products stick around for a while because I think I have to make sure I’ve always got one on hand. The light taste of Lemon Berry Sorbet ChapStick MixStix is perfect for summer but will bring you bliss any time of year. I love the way it reminds me of a raspberry lemonade cocktail or a sweet, endless summertime without a care in the world.

The next flavor I tried was Strawberry Banana Smoothie—another flavor combo that is right up my alley. I’ve owned a few strawberry banana lip balm products in my day, but this one is by far my favorite of all those. The gloss goes on so smoothly and tastes wonderful. The strawberry is reminiscent of most strawberry balms—just enough flavor without being overpowering, but the banana is incredible. It really reminds me of the banana flavored Runts candies. SO GOOD!!

Green Apple Caramel is the third flavor available in the Mixstix lineup, and it has a nice flavor reminiscent of the fall season. It reminds me of making caramel apples in college, or visiting an apple orchard with the fresh scent of granny smiths and McIntosh apples in the air. The apple side of the lip balm is divine and I’d enjoy using this side even all by itself. The caramel side reminds me just a bit of coffee, probably since many coffee flavors now incorporate a caramel element. I would say this combo is my third favorite out of the three choices, but I really do like all three.

IMAG2609Each stick has 11 different moisturizers, including Aloe. The lip balms themselves have a nice, hydrating formula that goes on very smoothly, leaving lips soft and kissable. What a brilliant idea to have lip balms that give the option to combine flavors in a single stick! Use these yummy ChapSticks individually for delicious flavors or combine them for a fun twist on a new flavor – Caramel Apple, Strawberry Banana, or Berry Lemonade, YUM!

These lip balms retail for between $2.99 and $3.99. You can find ChapStick MixSticks exclusively at Walgreens. For more information, be sure to check out the ChapStick® Website and ChapStick® Facebook page.

Disclosure: The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences and preferences may vary.

Dove go sleeveless Deodorant / Anti-Perspirant Review

dove go sleevelessIn a few cases, I tend to be a very loyal consumer – what with my favorite lip balm products (though I will try others, I always have at least one of my favorites on hand) and deodorant / anti-perspirant products. I’m not gonna lie – I am a longtime user of Degree Women products, at least for the past four or five years since receiving my first stick to review. Before that, I relied on Suave women’s anti-perspirants for years and years. I feel like deodorant is a very personal product, and so it’s a relationship built on trust there.

I’ve recently enjoyed the new product lines from Dove, especially the Go Fresh lineup a few years ago. When I heard about the go sleeveless line, and received an opportunity to test it out for myself and give away a few sticks, I was excited. I knew I already liked their clever take on fragrances, and the product formulas themselves stood up to my standards for use with dark clothing, especially the little black dress. I received a stick of Dove® go sleeveless Beauty Finish for the purpose of this review.

On first use with the Dove go sleeveless Beauty Finish product, I fell in love. I noticed a familiar scent following me around throughout the day, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Hours later I suddenly remembered! It seemed as though the scent of Elizabeth Arden’s Sunflowers was everywhere I went. I realized it was a pleasant benefit of my new Dove go sleeveless product and couldn’t believe my good fortune to find something I liked so much and an effective, long-lasting deodorant at that!

I will also admit I noticed this product lasting a long time as I would get ready for bed or wake up the next morning. These Dove anti-perspirants really do last longer than you would expect, both in nice fragrance and effective wetness protection. Another nice perk is that use of these products did not leave white marks on my clothing, even a black top I wore one evening. If you aren’t sure of your attire for the evening and keep changing your outfit, you might get minimal marks just from the friction of putting on and taking off. In that case, for any deodorant product, you should have a product on hand like the Johnny on the Spot Deodorant Removing Sponge.

The Dove go sleeveless collection features added Vitamins E and F in addition to Dove moisturizers, intended to deliver smoother and softer underarms in a matter of five days, according to documentation. The product literature also claims Dove go sleeveless sticks can protect you from body odor and wetness protection for 48 hours—I don’t dispute it. I’ve noticed that same wonderful whiff even after waking up the next day. (Though, of course I still apply new deodorant every morning!)

Bottom line – I really like this product and plan to keep it in my rotation. In fact, Amazon currently has a deal where you can get it for 3.83 but they are offering a $1-off clip-free coupon, so you can try it for less than $3 and it ships free with your qualifying purchase. I’m not ready to walk away from Degree products just yet, but I do like this one enough to keep a stick on hand for some added variety in my life. I think Dove go sleeveless will be the perfect fit for my swim bag and my overnight bag.

The new Dove® go sleeveless product line is available in four varieties, including Dove® go sleeveless Beauty Finish, Soothing Chamomile, Nourished Beauty, and Fragrance Free. These products retail for between $3.97 and $6.25 online and at your favorite mass market retailers. For more information, check out http://www.dove.us/Products/Deodorant.

Aquaphor Products for Adults and Babies to Ward off Winter Skin

Aquaphor Advanced TherapyWhen the weather turns cold, I find myself battling dry skin with the best of them. My poor hands crack and become so sore, probably a result of washing the dishes every day and not applying enough moisturizer. This winter greeted me with especially bad dry skin, leaving my hands dull and even a bit whiter than usual, especially in the creases between fingers. Thankfully, with enough trial and error I have found a few products that really work for me and my dry winter skin!

My former colleague and friend first introduced me to Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer, which I’ve loved ever since. This is your basic skin cream that really does seem to hydrate the skin for longer than average. When our daughter was born last year, our friends introduced us to Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy for babies, also from Eucerin. We’ve really enjoyed this product as it seems to have an almost-instant effect on tiny scratches and other irritations. A little bit really goes a long way, and the product smoothes on effortlessly, moisturizing and bringing the skin relief.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment can treat diaper rash, minor cuts, scrapes, burns, chapped or cracked skin and lips, chafed skin, and also protects from the winter’s harsh drying conditions. This baby healing ointment contains Petrolatum, mineral oil, ceresin, lanolin alcohol, panthenol, glycerin, and bisabolol. A 3 oz. container will last you nearly an eternity unless you douse your entire baby in this special restoring cream.

Lip Repair + ProtectI received a generous shipment of two of these baby healing ointments from Aquaphor, along with baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo, and of course, two grown-up Aquaphor products for me to enjoy. I am thrilled to share that Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy (for adults) also offers great benefits to adult skin. As I mentioned, my hands become extremely dry this time of year. I have recently begun using the healing ointment to treat the dry patches and even a few cracked skin spots. The ointment instantly coats my skin and brings me relief from the dry winter conditions.

I find that I have a bit of a personal aversion to the texture of petrolatum-based products, so I actually follow up my application of the healing ointment with the previously mentioned Eucerin Calming Crème. It adds a nice dose of moisture to my entire hands while the rich and emollient Aquaphor Healing Ointment cares for my dry spots and cracked skin. In my experience with winter skin, I find that the rich, emollient products containing petrolatum, urea, and similar ingredients tend to have the biggest impact on healing and hydrating the skin. I know not everyone minds the waxy texture, so the product in and of itself is perfect! I honestly think I just like for my hands to soak up as much lotion as possible, so applying both really works well for me.

I can’t recommend this healing ointment enough, and if you need an everyday lotion, I highly recommend the Calming Crème as well. I bought mine at CVS, but you can get a bottle of these products at your favorite pharmacy, superstore, or online at Amazon and similar retailers.

I also received a tube of Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect and for me it is love at first application. This lip treatment goes on creamy and smooth, quickly protecting and repairing any cracks, chapped areas, and dry spots on your lips. I love how the feeling lasts, too. It isn’t like standard lip balm products where you have to reapply every five minutes to feel it is working. This lip treatment and repair cream offers immediate relief and I can only imagine it would be my go-to product for sunburned lips or windburn as well. This lip repair cream is designed for severely dry lips and it’s easy to see why, from your very first time using it.

While I don’t think there’s a real taste, it has a pleasant, neutral presence on the lips. Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect also contains broad spectrum SPF 30, to protect you whether you are at the beach or on the ski slopes. Make sure to apply it 15 minutes before sun exposure for best results, and also reapply every two hours or after swimming or perspiring. This lip treatment is fragrance free and designed for sensitive skin. I look forward to a winter (and spring, and summer, and fall…) of more comfortable, kissable lips, thanks to this rich and hydrating repair cream from Aquaphor.

If you liked these products, stay tuned for another review featuring Aquaphor’s baby shampoo!

 

ChapStick® Raspberry Crème Moisturizer & ChapStick Sport Ready Review

Raspberry Creme ChapStick ReviewIt’s no secret that I’m a sucker for raspberry flavors. I saw that ChapStick® now offers its popular lip moisturizer in a wonderful raspberry crème flavor, and I couldn’t wait to try it. I happily accepted the offer of a free ChapStick Raspberry Crème Moisturizer for the purpose of this review. Find out what I really think about this product below!

I have to say, first and foremost, that I am somewhat distressed when I can’t find my new ChapStick in my purse or pocket. I’ve suffered through a few different occasions where I misplaced my Raspberry Crème lip balm for days at a time, finally finding it in a coat pocket or other unexpected location. In recent days I’ve enjoyed much better luck with keeping it close at hand. The flavor is THAT good that I don’t want to miss a day without this lip product. I will most certainly be buying more ChapStick Raspberry Crème when this one runs out in the coming weeks or months.

Boasting Aloe and Vitamin E among its ingredients, ChapStick Raspberry Crème Moisturizer glides smoothly and comfortably onto the lips, adding a dose of SPF 15 sunscreen protection. It is comfortable to wear and seems to last a rather long time once applied. The fragrance and flavor are tantalizing – I only wish I had a chocolate flavored lip balm to apply at the same time!

I also had the pleasure of trying ChapStick® Sport Ready lip balm, which is aimed at protecting the lips of those who are active and athletic. Especially great for skiers and other adventure-seekers, ChapStick Sport Ready features a cool clip top for easy access anywhere you go. This lip product also works hard to protect your lips from the elements, giving a stronger dose of SPF 30 sun block and a water-resistant formula, effective for up to 80 minutes, that works great by the beach or at the pool.

The Raspberry Crème Lip Moisturizer retails for .99 to $1.99 and Sport Ready sells for $2.59 to $2.99 at your favorite drugstores, grocery stores, and mass market retailers. Learn more about ChapStick products at www.chapstick.com.

Disclosure: I received a ChapStick gift pack containing both of these products for the purpose of this review, courtesy of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

 

A Mini Spa Moment from Softsoap®

Body Butter Strawberry SmootherThree Wonderful Treats: Body Butter Strawberry Smoother, Sweet Honeysuckle & Orange Peel Bar Soap, and Coconut Scrub Bar Soap

Do you enjoy a morning shower/bath or do you indulge in a nightly ritual of showering? Either way, you have access to a wide range of luscious bathing products that cleanse and moisturize your skin efficiently and pleasantly.

If you are like women, your arsenal of bath products includes a range of items designed to offer exceptional formulas that not only cleanse dirt and grime away, but they also address other skin issues for both mature and youthful skin. Choosing your bath products wisely is an important aspect of maintaining healthy skin that looks as good as it feels.

From high-end brands that cost an arm and a leg to more affordable ones that easily fit into any budget, body washes and bar soaps are sold in numerous fragrances, sizes and shapes. They contain a medley of different ingredients, offering your skin what it needs to look and stay fresh.

Today, you can envelop yourself in an aromatic experience that gently cleanses your body and lifts your mood, while delivering a medley of benefits to your skin. No longer are you limited to the simple bar soaps that your mother had to use back in the day. Instead, you can choose body wash, shower gel, body scrubs, and liquid soaps that feature skin-softening extracts and oils that smell absolutely amazing.

Whether you are a lover of fragrant body washes or you enjoy the scent of body bars, the makers of Softsoap® have something for you. Featuring delectable fragrances that tantalize your olfactory senses into thinking that you are going to enjoy a tasty treat, Softsoap body wash and soaps deliver botanical-infused creations that cleanse your body while surrounding you with a delightful effervescent experience.

Softsoap’s Body Butter Strawberry Smoother is a delightful body smoothing wash, containing strawberry and jojoba butter extracts for the sheer purpose of creating smooth, sexy skin. It is sold in a generous 15 fluid-ounce size. It smells divine and lathers up with a silkiness that leaves your skin smelling and feeling great!

Sweet Honeysuckle & Orange Peel bar soapSoftsoap’s Sweet Honeysuckle & Orange Peel bar soap is infused with the aromatic goodness of real orange-peel extract and honeysuckle fragrance. This scrumptiously scented soap is my new favorite!

Coconut Scrub bar soapSoftsoap’s Coconut Scrub bar soap is enriched with crushed-coconut extract and mild exfoliants that gently cleanse your body, refining the texture of your skin. It helps to remove the dullness that the skin sometimes develops when dead skin cells and oils build up on the surface of your skin.

Products may have been received for the purpose of this review, but they are worth their weight in gold!