Philosophy Coconut Frosting Salt Scrub.

While browsing through Sephora like I seem to do too often these days, I came upon this great big jar that I need to get my hands on and stat. This jar is from none other than Philosophy and is a salt scrub called Coconut Frosting. Can you imagine how great this must smell? Emm, emm good!

I love the salt scrubs from Philosophy on a whole, so there is no reason that I wouldn't like this, especially as it is created in one of my all time favorite scents, Coconut. The oils that are blended with the salt are generously moisturizing while the larger than most salt grains do their job at buffing and polishing skin to it's healthiest. I need this so badly right now as my real tan that is underneath my sloughing away faux-tan needs some major help. Major!

$25 at or is all this wonder will cost ya.

Shine on the Inside, Not on the Outside.

Philosophy's newest Summer essentials: Never Let Them See You Shine. These three beauties give you a long-lasting clean, so you can hide the shine on your face and focus on what really makes you shine... being you!

Never Let Them See You Shine products moisturize and soothe skin while absorbing and controlling oil every step of the way. They are ideal for anyone with oily, sensitive, blemish-prone skin who wants to get unsightly shine under control.

The products in the line-up:

Never Let Them See You Shine Oil and Shine Control Cleanser ($20) - Start off with the cleanser that leaves your face feeling super-squeaky clean. This cleanser dissolves dirt and oil deep down into pores to provide long-lasting oil and shine control - without ever over drying your skin.

Never Let Them See You Shine Oil and Shine Control Scrub ($20) - To sweep away dead skin cells to leave your skin clean, smooth, refreshed and most importantly oil-free. Use this scrub in conjunction with the cleanser for the ultimate control or on it's own if it control your shine enough for you.

Never Let Them See You Shine Oil and Shine Control Velvet Touch Primer ($20) - The ultimate and must-have product to control and absorb excess oil. This primer also minimizes the appearance of pores to act as a smooth and velvety base. Makeup glides on flawlessly.

This collection of fine products that are a must in your Summer stash are available at, Sephora,, Nordstrom and other specialty stores.

So Wishy-Washy!

body_scrubbie.jpgFinding the perfect body wash is no easy task.

I don't think I have ever even finished an entire bottle of shower gel or body wash. Not because I do not like one or another, there are just so many wonderful washes on the market each with it's own qualities. Let's face it, a new or different scent is always so welcoming in the shower making the discovery of the ultimate wash so difficult. Yes, I am very wishy-washy when it comes to body washes.

First, to be a good wash, it needs to smell nice. Not overpowering where it will interfere with any body creams or fragrance, but a scent that smells nice when simply worn alone. I like a good lather - the more bubbles the better - but I have found some washes that I really like that have a minimal amount of bubbles, but make up for it with another quality. Finally, I like to feel moisturized from my wash, clean too. Not left with a film or feeling stripped, but feeling and smelling fresh and clean, using it as intended.

Over the past week or two, I have used a number of different washes, ten in fact. One was a scrub, the other just washes. Two of them have made their way to my husband's shower, and one to my son's. The rest I am sharing with my daughter - and she can't even pick out a favorite either.


Olay Calm Release with Violet and Lavender* - This body wash has quite a strong smell, but nice, that suds up quite nicely. It feels very moisturizing and almost slippery, but it contains a large amount of petrolatum (second on the ingredient list after the water) and I think that is why I feel moisturized without really getting moisturized in the end. This is my daughters favorites as she loves the heavy violet scent.

Sephora Coconut Body Wash - When I smelled this in Sephora, I just had to have it. Being that it was probably 20 degrees outside, I think it conjured up thoughts of warm sun as I took it in. It makes me feel the same way when I use it in the shower. The scent and nice sudsing has me looking for it a lot, only to find that my husband sneaks this one out of my shower. When I remember to, I sneak it back in before my shower.

Bath and Body Works Velvet Tuberose* - Though this is not made with the finest of ingredients (I hate that B & B W uses so much mineral oil as fillers in their products), this Signature Shower Gel in the Velvet Tuberose scent makes one think that it is. I sort of think of my grandmother who loved to travel and was a bit mysterious when I open this scent. And just look at the notes in the fragrance: top notes - Modern Citrus, Dewey Magnolia, Juicy Apricot, Ylang Ylang, Green; mid notes - Tuberose Accord, White Freesia, Tender Cyclamen, Diamond Orchid, Heady Gardenia, Indian Jasmine, Succulent Fig; base notes - Addictive Ambers, Sensual Sandalwood, Exotic Spices, Cashmere Accord, Warm Musks. As with all the B & B W washes and gels, there is a lot of soapy lather and I like the way a little goes a long way and the bottles seem to last forever.

Philosophy Soul Mates in Grapefruit - This citrusy scent also makes one think of Summer, or at least a warm sunny winter day. The scent is great, more citrus than actual grapefruit, in my opinion, and a superior wash like all of the Philosophy famous 3-in-1's.

Suave Exhale Calmly Body Wash* - This is a bargain body wash that I really like. Just because it is such a bargain, does not mean it is not bubbly and beautiful feeling on the skin. The Lavender and Vanilla scent, which was so overdone years ago, is a softer version scent in this wash.

Dove Cream Oil Body Wash in Ultra Rich* - Dove is really making a dent in the mass market these days, and I will be honest that this was my first try with a Dove bath product. Ultra rich is right on, as this is a thick wash, almost creamy, yet lathers nicely. It has a nice florally scent, nothing too fancy or overdone. For a first timer, I am pretty impressed.

Lancome Body Delisse Immediate Soft Touch Moisturizing Body Wash - After my Lancome facial a few weekends ago, I have a new found love for the Lancome fragranced products. This wash is no exception. It smells divine and is very moisturizing. It makes a smaller lather, but feels very rich as it cleanses my skin. I just noticed that Salicylic Acid is in the ingredient list, and I think this is why my skin feels extra smooth when I use it.

GapBody Body Scrub in Night Fall* - Initially I wondered if this were a product for men, which probably explains why my son grabbed this one up right away. I used it just once, but liked the gentle scrubbing action of the sugar and sea salt. The Night Fall scent is very dark and woodsy, like I said, making me think it is better to stay with my son in his shower.

Avon Skin So Soft Fusions Body Wash* - A winner from Avon, I love the little micro beads in this creamy body wash. I am not overly crazy about the scent, and it definitely lathers less than most, but the way my skin feels after cleansing, definitely makes up for it. I need to investigate to see if this is available in other scents and it might be one of the more permanent residences in the shower.

Caress Exotic Oil Infusions Moroccan Body Wash* - A creamy wash that foams as it lathers, engulfing the shower with a very exotic scent, as in the title. The scent does not stay with me, but the scent it left in the bathroom made my son grab this one up too. Just as well, as I just don't like dark, musky scents in the shower all that much - unless, it is mixed with a floral, that is.

*Thanks to Total Beauty, I got these new washes in my CEW goodie bag! 


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