Best Body Washes

Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash($7) has an intoxicatingly sweet scent from the burnt brown sugar and karite butter used to exfoliate and even out unbalanced skin tones.

$3 buys you a big 13 ounce bottle of St. Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin body wash. It really soothes dry, itchy skin, and the scent reminds me of clean laundry fresh off the line.

I give Crabtree & Evelyn as gifts all the time- they’re beautifully packaged, made with fantastic ingredients, and carry an assortment of original concoctions, especially for the holidays. Put their Pomegranate Citron & Mistletoe ($13) scented Body Wash in the weird-but-works category of inspired scents. It smells like the holidays- cheery, sweet and bright with a hint of the woodsy mistletoe that I wish came in a home fragrance so we could enjoy it throughout the season.

I can understand why REN Morracan Rose Body Wash was voted a best beauty buy from In Style. My over-crowded shower that also serves as a testing ground didn’t include this wash for long. Typically I try multiple things at a time, but once I used this rose-scented wash, I used it exclusively until it was gone forgoing the others in line before it.

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The healing properties of Aloe are not lost on Dr. Abdullah who founded Lexli skin care based on his belief that aloe, and not water, should be the basis of his entire line. 100% pharmaceutical grade aloe is a known anti-inflammatory that they believe stimulates collagen, fights wrinkles, and leaves skin glowing.

They’re also incredibly confident as evidenced by their 100% money back guarantee.

If Proactiv and other breakout solvers left your face needing a little more help, Lexli’s acne line gives a more stable, in-depth solution while adding hydration to the surface of the skin so it doesn’t dry out. I found their Clarifying Lotion to magically shrink and reverse breakouts within days without drying my skin whatsoever.

Their all-purpose show stopper is AloeGlyC, a combination of Glycolic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin c), and potent Aloe to exfoliate the top layer of the skin revealing the new, vibrant skin underneath. AloeGlyC is a blend of both active and gentle ingredients that deliver visible results for all skin types because bringing new skin to the surface improves the look of skin in general.

Although their focus seems to be their acne treatments, the products for normal to dry skin are also quite good and very gentle. I could see most skin types in the Aloe-Based Night Moisturizer because of its silky texture and grease-free hydration. I also like the  Aloe-Based Sunscreen Spray SPF 15- a must for those who avoid sunscreen because of their often heavy feel. Keep this light-as-water spray in your car year round to use on your neck and hands before driving to avoid the sun exposure that inevitably turns into spots.


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June Jacobs

June Jacobs is a 30-year veteran of the spa industry and a visionary in the field of hi-tech skin luxury. She has created around 100 products for skin and body using high-potency hydrosols (essential oils distilled from plant matter), powerful antioxidants, and plant extracts without the use of parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic dyes, or sulfates.  Her opulent line is used in the most prestigious spas worldwide,  and also offered online for an unparalleled at-home spa experience.

I first noticed the product’s packaging which gives an immediate feeling of relaxation with its charming frosted glass jars, metallic tin lids, and sculpted bottles- even the logo and writing on the containers are neatly arranged and printed. Visually speaking, it’s a line you can’t wait to delve into right away.

Inside of those containers her products are rich in antioxidants, many from food-based sources like cucumber, green tea, grapefruit, lemon, and cranberry, and everything smells like heaven. Her version of what cranberry smells like trumps the actual fruit itself. Her Creamy Cranberry Cleanser and Cranberry Pomegranate Moisture Masque maintain a balanced sweet scent that isn’t too over the top while completely quenching thirsty skin.

Also worth trying is the Lemon Sugar Body Polish that reminded me so strongly of lemon meringue pie that it literally made my mouth water.

June Jacobs

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Key Ingredient; Oatmeal

Oatmeal has long been associated with bringing down inflammation in the skin while gently exfoliating at the same time. It also has a great nutty, sweet (but not too sweet) scent that’s almost neutral.

Here are my 2 latest oatmeal-based favs.

St Ives discovered that shea butter is the perfect compliment to oatmeal both in scent and use for their Body Scrub. The oatmeal and sugar crystals buff away dead skin while the shea butter makes your skin so soft, you might not need lotion after the shower. Most addictive though is the scent that I can’t wait to use again and again.

$8,, Drugstores Nationwide

St Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Polish

Oatifix mask from LUSH truly smells like breakfast. Almonds, bananas, vanilla, and oatmeal are used to calm and exfoliate sensitive skin while reducing redness. I love the thick texture which coats your skin completely and really brought my face back to its happy place when I over-did it with the Retin A.

LUSH Oatifix Mask

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Stop and Smell the Roses with; Weleda, The Body Shop, and Sanitas

I think it’s time to take a moment to stop and smell the roes, one of my favorite scents and best loved ingredients with benefits too vast to list. Here are a few products containing this flower of love that smell as great as they work.

Weleda slowly became an obsession, drawing me in with their slick natural-chic packaging, I’d pick something up every now and again shopping at Whole Foods and Vitamin Cottage and found their line to be consistently good. Some natural lines don’t pack a moisturizing punch, but their Wild Rose Night Cream nourishes skin overnight with intense moisture and organic rosehip seed oil giving it a beautifully light true rose scent and a visible radiance you’ll wake up loving.

1oz, $30, Natural Markets and Drugstores Nationwide

Rose scented makeup might sound a little hokey, but the Roseflower line from The Body Shop has some real winners. First, their Radiance Stick is a fantastic highlighter for eyes, lips, cheeks, and declote since its non-greasy (almost powdery) formula gives it such versatility with a subtle rose scent. The blush and shadows (also scented) are velvety to the touch with pretty feminine colors and a generous amount of product in each clear (so you can see the rose imprint) compact.

Radiance Stick $11, Eye Colors $7

Sanitas Skincare’s Rose Facial Scrub combines tiny silica crystals (rounded so they don’t hurt the skin) inside of a thick, pink, rose scented creamy cleanser meant to soothe and sweep away dull skin. It’s gentle enough for most skin types and is one of the few exfoliants that doesn’t leave my skin the least bit red or irritated afterward.

5oz, $30, Sold in Spas and Salons Nationwide

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Om Aroma and Co.

If you thought of beauty in terms of dessert (which isn’t that much of a stretch), then think of Om Aroma and Co. as a decadent chocolate soufflé where one bite isn’t enough.

Om’s Creme Eclat combines grapeseed oil with shea butter, chardonnay, and silk proteins into a base of organic oatmeal infusion for the richest most delicious body creme. Each jar is prepared by hand and filled with certified organic ingredients whipped into a texture that is dense in moisture, but light in feel- so it absorbs into the skin right away leaving a lasting softness and a beautifully light scent.

6.7oz, $50,, Select Spas and Retailers Nationwide

Champagne and grapeseeds work together with olive and jojoba oils to make Elixir de Beauté facial exfoliant. Micro-scopic powdered pearls give the face a fresh luminosity while sweeping away dulness and preparing the skin for its last course.

3.4oz, $48

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