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Beauty Notes: I Like This
Posted by Joy Rothke, Sunday, June 29, 2008 12:04 PM (Eastern)

Sensatia Botanicals

A primary benefit of using natural and organic products is the opportunity to sample things from from all over the world, and encounter product lines I'd never know about if I bought everything at Nordstrom, CVS or even Whole Foods.

Sensatia Botanicals is a small line of 100% natural products from the island of Bali. I'm hooked on their essential oil blends and body oils, especially the
Balinese Herbal Lulur Body Oil ($17.95/100 ml.) It's a Balinese home remedy, and made of a traditional blend of oils, including sandalwood, fennel, star anise, eaglewood, fenugreek, gandepure and laurel leaf. It's a very soothing and earthy fragrance. I like to add a few drops to an unscented body lotion or cream.


I can't decide if naming a hair product "Product" is a good idea or a way to get caught in an endless Abbott and Costello "what's its name" loop. It's a basic, little organic hair product with five organic ingredients: shea butter, aloe vera, vitamin E (tocopherol), beeswax, and fragrance ($14.00/1.5 oz.)

I use just the tiniest amount, emulsify between my palms, and work it into wet or dry hair. I'm happy with the simplicity of a simple, all purpose hair product, and also appreciate the convenience of a single jar. This is a great product for traveling.

Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie

Even though they're in my backyard, I only recently learned about Hollywood-based Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie. They've been around since 1986, mixing up quite a selection of "hand-crafted, micro-brewed" fragrances, almost all of which are limited editions--other than their signature "Love Potion" line. They were doing the BPAL thing long before BPAL.

Perfumer Mara Fox sent me a bunch of varied samples, and I've been trying them for the past few months. Her line is large and varied, ranging from pheromone-enhanced scents like Super for Men, Super for Women, PheroGirl Cuddle Bunny and Synchonicity ($24.95/1/4 oz.)

My favorite is Allegro, an ode to the Goddess of Joy. Allegro is a light but long-lasting green/fruity blend, and includes a bit of the pheromone Alpha-Androstenol, which is a mood elevator ($24.95/1/3 oz.)

Yoga Toes

My family's first reaction to my YogaToes was puzzlement over the "big old pink plastic things" on my feet. I politely explained that they're my YogaToes ($49.95) and that I'm stretching my feet.

There's no a stiletto in sight in my shoe closet; it's mostly flip-flops, Tevas, Birks and sneakers, so my feet are in fairly good condition. Nevertheless, I've found YogaToes helps my good feet feel even better.

They're simple to use. Slide/wiggle your toes into the flexible gel YogaToes, and wear for 15 minutes or so. I find the first 30 seconds or so slightly uncomfortable as my feet adjust to the stretch, but after that, I barely feel them, and can wear them for an hour or more. (They're not designed for walking, but you can stumble around the house if need be.) They come in two sizes and a number of colors, and have a 90-day unconditional guarantee. If you're a runner, dancer or someone who sacrifices foot comfort for high-heeled fabulousness, give these a try.

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate

Liz Earle is one of the biggest names in natural skincare in the UK, and her products are now available in North America. Superskin Concentrate ($34.00/0.3 fl. oz) has everything I like in a skincare product: portability (it's in a wee rollerball bottle), organic and filled with a variety of soothing, light and quick-absorbing oils like hazelnut, argan, rosehip and avocado.

I've been using this a few nights a week. It's simple, easy to use, and I wake up with smooth, glowing skin.

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