Archive for the ‘L’Occitane’ Category

Suncare Simplified

Monday, May 26th, 2008

The sun presents a whole new set of skin problems, whether you suffer a sunburn from a bad application or a greasy formula causes a breakout. From water resistant to all-natural sunscreen, here are a few picks for every need under the sun:

Biotherm Ultra-Fluid Body Milk Sun Protection SPF 30
Part of the Biotherm Sun Multi Protection line not only protects from both UVA and UVB rays, but moisturizes skin for up to eight hours. The lighter consistency of this product goes on like a lotion, but be careful of squeezing out too much.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sears

Kiehl’s Vital Sun Protection SPF 30 sunscreen
This all-sport formula provides UVA, UVB and broad-spectrum coverage for your skin and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes in the water.

Available at Kiehl’s stores and Bergdorf Goodman

Clinique UV Response SPF 50
With a high SPF, this heavy duty sunscreen is a skin-friendly lightweight, oil-free lotion. This formula also contains liposomes that release anti-oxidants when exposed to UV light. Packaged in a upright tube, it lets you squeeze out every last bit of lotion.

Available at Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom

Burt’s Bees SPF 30 Chemical-Free Sunscreen with Hemp Seed Oil
This 100% natural sunscreen provides protection through Titanium Dioxide which creates a fine barrier to reflect harmful UVA and UVB rays while hemp seed oil prevents the loss of moisture from your skin. The tube packaging is both economical and environmentally friendly as 25% of it is made from post-consumer waste.

Available at Whole Foods and London Drugs

L’Occitane Do Brasil Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 -Available July 2008

Containing only natural colours and fragrances, the new Buriti do Pará line of sun protection contains no chemical filters and is dermatologist tested. This mineral based sunscreen offers the standard broad spectrum protection as well as being immediately effective upon application, which is especially helpful if you are one of those people who forget to apply 30 minutes before sun exposure.

Available at L’Occitane stores and Sephora

Kiehl’s Ultra Protection Water-Based Sunscreen Lotion SPF 25
If you have breakout prone or sensitive skin, use a water-based lotion. This non-greasy formula is light enough to wear under makeup for every day. Don’t worry if too much comes out of the bottle as liberal applying will go a long way.

Available at Kiehl’s stores and Bergdorf Goodman


Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

I am excited because my parents are here in the big T.O. visiting me. When I have guests staying with me, I like to make the bathroom all clean, shiny and pretty – so I am pulling out my secret stash of L’Occitane soaps. They look lovely, smell divine and also feel good on the skin.

Bonne Mere soaps are my favourites as I love the creamy texture of the lather. However, I am thinking that I might need to purchase a couple of the Magnolia Bath Soap, as I adore the sweet fluting – they are just so pretty! That should impress my mother.

The trouble with L’Occitane is, as with a drugstore, you can never leave with just one item. I will end up buying a hand cream, a home fragrance, and maybe a shower gel. I had better put on my mental blinders and focus only on the soap!


Ask Ellen: Hand Creams

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Q: So, I was just wondering if you had any recommendations for good quality lotions and/or hand cremes. I wash my hands quite a bit and have had trouble finding a product that can stand up to numerous hand scrubbings. Any experience in this area?

A: Well T.G. I am like you and fanatic about keeping my hands clean. It is important to keep your hands hydrated so I would recommend applying lotion after every washing. Keep a lotion by your sink, in your bag, in your desk drawer and I always apply lotion at bedtime so that the cream can really get into my skin whilst I am sleeping.

There are a huge amount of creams and lotions on the market and it can be a little confusing. I actually have a couple of favourites that I can recommend:

Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hand & Nail Revitalizing Hand Lotion
This is a really fast absorbing cream that makes your hands hydrated and your nails stronger.
Contains keratin and vitamin E. Small size is perfect for your purse or bedside table.
$3.79 USD $4.99 CAD

Principessa Cattiva Diva
I absolutely love anything made by Principessa. Their silky hand cream is lovely and smells to die for. If you are looking for a perfumed hand cream then this is the perfect one for you.
$16 USD $18 CAD

Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream
This rich cream really softens and smooths your hands and cuticles. On the higher price range I enjoy this cream. It has a citrus fragrance that is quite fresh.
$18 USD $23 CAD

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream
A little pricey but pure luxury. I absolutely love the smell of lavender and if you do too then this is a great hand cream. Blends the nourishing benefits of Shea Butter with soothing A.O.C. lavender essential oil and rosemary extract. Also contains vitamin E.
$20 USD $20 CAD

Bug off!

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Did you know that Lavender naturally repels mosquitoes? I have to admit I did not know that until recently. Here are two products that smell fantastic and will end the bug bite blues.

Organic Lavender Sunscreen SPF 30
Not only does it smell like a dream (and the lavender naturally repels insects) but it absorbs instantly with no white residue and it contains skin softeners, antioxidants, and lovely ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and green tea.
$8.95 USD

Lavender Mosquito Repellent Towelettes
Indispensable for outdoor summer evenings, these towelettes cleanse the skin, repel mosquitoes and soothe itching. The formula is enriched in naturally repelling essential oils – A.O.C Lavender to calm and purify the skin, Citronella and Geranium. Just pop a pack into your picnic basket or handbag when going out in the evening.
$8.00 USD, Inc.

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