Holiday Bath and Body Gift Guide Part 2

Holiday bath and body gift sets are the perfect gift for ladies who are hard to buy for.  I will be using some of these sets below as gifts for teachers, co-workers and relatives.

Receiving one of these gifts is lovely because it is such a treat to try new bath products.

Osmotics Spa Connoisseur Collection
Osmotics Spa Connoisseur Collection

Osmotics Spa Connoisseur Collection ($85 USD) — We all have that special woman in our lives who deserves only the best. For the holidays, give her the Osmotics Spa Connoisseur Collection. The gorgeous gift box is filled with luxuriously fragrant and soothing products, perfect for relaxing and feeling pampered.

  • MOISTURE LOCK Body Wash (4 OZ) – Treat her skin to the ultimate bathing experience! This sulfate free, moisturizing formula is perfect for all skin types and contains aloe vera, glycerin and soothing botanicals to gently cleanse and hydrate leaving skin silky smooth and soft.
  • SUGAR SCRUB Body Polish (5 OZ) – This fragrant concoction of natural sugar, exotic oils and skin pampering vitamins polishes to perfection, leaving even the driest skin, soft and silky smooth – perfect for relieving the skin from the effects of the dry winter air!
  • MOISTURE REPAIR Body Shimmer (4 OZ) – Enjoy glowing, smooth, beautiful skin with our luxurious body treatment. A combination of naturally fragrant oils, antioxidant vitamins and soothing botanicals moisturize, repair, and protect skin. A hint of shimmer erases imperfections and enhances skin tone to reveal a healthy, radiant glow.

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Lisa Hoffman Beauty Japanese Agarwood
Lisa Hoffman Beauty Japanese Agarwood

Don’t sacrifice luxury for hydrated and healthy skin this winter. With Lisa Hoffman Beauty’s sumptuous collection of body products you can deeply hydrate skin while indulging in two of Lisa’s most popular scents, Japanese Agarwood and Madagascar Orchid. Perfect for treating yourself or gifting this holiday season, the Spa Bath & Body collection is a sublime way to wear fragrance your way! Body Lotion: This super lightweight formula absorbs instantly, leaving skin satiny smooth and bathed in an earthy, sophisticated fragrance. Price: $16-$34 Body Wash: Lightly fragranced with the essence of precious, rare woods, this renewing body wash leaves skin hydrated and refreshed. Price: $16-$28 Key Ingredients: Collagen-boosting Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract; Bamboo Leaf & Stem extract, abundant in antioxidants and vitamins; and skin softening Aloe Leaf juice.

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VMV Hypoallergenics My VMVery Favorite Things
VMV Hypoallergenics My VMVery Favorite Things

VMV Hypoallergenics My VMVery Favorite Things ($35 USD) — a brown paper package tied up with string, full of your favorite VMV things! As smile-inducing as a box of chocolate samplers sans the calories.

Seven of their greatest hits, sized for on-the-“glow” portability. From basics to powerful protection, moisture to multi-tasking therapy, these popular pickings are guaranteed to keep those at the top of your list skin the pink of health all year long. The items included are:

Re-Everything Face-Hand-Body Lotion

Head-to-toe anti-aging glow! 30 mL (1 Fl Oz).

Id Sweat Acne and Overall Anti-bacterial Gel

Our multitasker: treats bumps, disinfects, keeps skin cool, fresh + matte. 50 mL (1.69 Fl Oz).

Armada Sport SPF 70

A wait-in-line-for-it fave for its skincredibly light feel + powerful protection. 15 g (0.53 Oz).

SuperSkin Care Creammmy Rich Intensive Moisture Milk for Dry Skin

A skinfully-rich, custardy cream for the most drying of times. 30 mL (1.01 Fl Oz).


Clinically-validated, USDA-certified organic virgin coconut oil. Almost too many benefits + uses to count! 50 mL (1.69 Fl Oz).

Grandma Minnie’s Mommycoddling All-Over Lotion

A sublimel head-to-toe favorite of babes of all ages. 75mL (2.5 Fl Oz).

Essence Skin-Saving Superwash Hair and Body Milk Shampoo

A uniquely-gentle, non-drying bath experience. Over 20 years of popularity. 50 mL (1.69 Fl. Oz).

Shu Uemura 6 Princess Cleansing Oil
Shu Uemura 6 Hearts Princess Cleansing Oil

Shu Uemura 6 Hearts Princess Cleansing Oil — Anti/Oxi skin refining anti-dullness cleansing oil 450ml The ever-popular anti-pollution cleansing oil comes in festive packaging designed by Takashi Murakami. When the spell is lifted, your skin will be enwrapped with imperial comfort.

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L’Occitane Shea Embrace
L’Occitane Shea Embrace

L’Occitane Shea Embrace ($68 USD) — Since the 1980’s L’OCCITANE has created sustainable, fair trade partnerships with the Shea-producing women of Burkina Faso. For a gift that gives back, choose this luxurious body care set, infused with protective and nourishing Shea. The kit includes Shea Hand Cream, Shea Foot Cream, Shea Body Cream, Shea Soap Milk, and Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream.

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H2O Plus All The Pretty Brights – Bath Basics Favorites
H2O Plus All The Pretty Brights – Bath Basics Favorites

H2O Plus Merry Raspberry Bath Basics Duo ($10 USD) — The perfect stocking stuffer, this bath duo doubles as a tree ornament and comes with a moisture-rich shower gel and body balm in an exotic Raspberry Guava scent for a sensory-awakening bath experience. The formula blends luscious berry and tropical guava essences with highly emollient shea butter to help heal and protect winter-ravaged skin.

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Bath Time, Part 2

Yes, more awesome bath (or shower, if you like those) products!

Set the mood with some great colored lights, then try a new body wash, scrub, lotion or fragrance.  I believe that relaxing with fabulous products and scents is rejuvenating!

Mood Light in Renewal
Mood Light in Renewal

Lets start by setting the mood with lighting. Mood-lites ($2.98 to $6.99 at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide) come in various colors to help with moods.

“Mood-lites represent Mood-Factory’s first line of products which are based on the sense of sight, and specifically, in regards to how colors affect how we feel,” said the Chicago-based Kathryn Goetzke, President, Mood-Factory. “We initially launched an incandescent line in 2004, and in 2012 launched a 2nd generation including flood, porch, and compact fluorescent (CFL)  Mood-lites. The colors were developed using a number of color expert research, and applying their general concepts to lighting.”

What I think: I have been trying the red Passion and green Renewal Mood-Lites, please let us know and we can ship them out.  The renewal is perfect for a bath! Other uplifting hues you might want in the Mood-lites line include: Happiness (yellow); Energy (Orange); Serenity (Light Blue); Sassy (Pink); Creativity (Purple) and Tranquility (Deep Blue).

Tree Hut Almond and Honey Shea Sugar Body Scrub
Tree Hut Almond and Honey Shea Sugar Body Scrub

A body scrub is so important for keeping skin soft at bath time.  Tree Hut Almond and Honey Shea Sugar Body Scrub ($17.94 for 18 oz at — Experience an intense exfoliation with Tree Hut Sugar Scrub with the rich, sweet scent of Almond and Honey. Natural sweet Almond oil and real Honey condition damaged and neglected skin that has become unhealthy over time.

This gentle sugar scrub is infused with certified organic Shea butter, real Honey and an array of natural oils, including Evening Primrose, sweet Almond, Avocado, Macadamia Seed and Orange Oil. The real sugar grains and Almond bits will softly buff away dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smooth all day.

What I think:  This smells FANTASTIC — seriously! Yummy!  I love that it exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time.  This is a really gorgeous product.

Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash
Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash

Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash ($10 for 8oz) Bathe your skin with an everyday golden elixir! Honey is a nourishing, gentle cleanser that naturally exfoliates your skin. Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash is the perfect addition to your skin care ritual.

Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash is available in three fabulous scents, Wild Blackberry, Lemongrass Spearmint, and Tupelo Honey. All three of these amazing body washes contain royal jelly, propolis, and honey to soften, nourish, and repair your skin.

The honey based body washes are very gentle and perfect for the entire family! Savannah Bee Honey Body Washes are formulated from 100% all natural ingredients, contain no parabens or petroleum, and are never tested on animals.

What I think:  This is a new company that I have recently discovered and I am loving the products, as well as the very pretty packaging.

The body washes are thick (like honey) and soften the skin while cleansing.  Plus, they leave a soft scent on the skin.

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Thymes Fig Leaf and Cassis Body Lotion
Thymes Fig Leaf and Cassis Body Lotion

Thymes Fig Leaf and Cassis Body Lotion ($33 USD) — A daily moisturizer sparkling with the sun-ripened fragrance of Fig Leaf & Cassis. Verdant fig leaf entwines with sweet cassis, reviving mandarin oil, juniper berry and purifying cypress. Formulated with skin-supportive shea butter, nourishing squalane, humectant glycerin and protective vitamin E.

Fragrance Notes: Fig leaf, cassis, mandarin, juniper berry and cypress.

What I think: This classic Thymes scent is fresh and light.  The lotion is great for after a bath, it keeps skin very soft.


 COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer
COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer

You can finish your bath by using an allover SPF like COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer ($32 USD) — Nourish and shield your skin from the sun and environment with this antioxidant-infused, SPF 30 sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Free radical fighting organic Rose Hip delivers essential Fatty Acids, Minerals and Vitamin C. Organic Evening Primrose and Linseed Oils, rich in Omegas-3 and 6 calms, tones, hydrates and reduces redness. Patented Oleosome Technology, derived from eco-certified organic Safflower and rich in moisturizing Vitamin E, enhances sun protection and helps time-release actives, resulting in 75% less actives! Organic Shea Butter, high   in Vitamins A and F smoothes, softens and balances skin. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract stimulates, organic Cucumber Extract calms and a light Plumeria scent keeps you fresh. Crafted with 70% Certified Organic inactive ingredients.

What I think:  If you love a tropical floral scent, this sunscreen/moisturizer is for you.  It isn’t too strong, though.  SPF is so important all year round.

L'Occitane Lavender Eau De Cologne
L’Occitane Lavender Eau De Cologne

Cologne is the perfect final step to keep feeling and smelling fresh after a bath or shower. L’Occitane Lavender Eau De Cologne ($52 for 10.1 fl. oz) — Brightened by the radiant freshness of citrus fruits, the Lavender Eau de Cologne has a light, breezy scent, underlined by a woody, musky base with a captivating trail.

This vibrant Cologne is a celebration of summer that captures the sunshine and brightness of Haute-Provence.

Top Notes:  Lavender P.D.O., Bergamot, Peach
Middle Notes: Freesia, Marigold
Base Notes: Benzoin, Musk

What I think:  I love this lavender fragrance.  It is so light and does not have a soapy scent that some lavender scents do.  It is very fresh and soft.

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The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Blackberry
The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Blackberry

Or if you like a sweeter scent, try the Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Blackberry ($58 for 1.7 fl oz) — Seductively Sweet. Seduce the sense with this provocative blend of ripe blackberry, juicy raspberry, velvet iris, and warm Madagascar vanilla.  Crafted by master natural perfumers, this sexy fragrance is mouthwatering and irresistible.

What I think:  This scent is addictive, it is sweet, but not too sweet and is also a bit sexy.  Very nice!

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Bath and Body Holiday Gift Guide

It’s holiday gift guide time!  I have been testing and enjoying some fabulous gift sets that I want to share with you.  Beauty sets are such wonderful ideas for holiday gifts.  Here are some of my favorite bath and body sets:

Liz Earle Botanical Body Treats

Liz Earl Botanical Body Treats ($31 USD) — This soothing botanical bodycare delivers daily radiance with a delicate, uplifting fragrance. Includes Sheer Gold Shimmer for a touch of seasonal magic when the occasion demands it.

This gift is presented in a gorgeous signature blue box with a festive purple sleeve.

Visit to learn more and purchase

VMV Hypoallergenics Yule Love the Bubbles Kit

VMV Hypoallergenics Yule Love the Bubbles Kit ($15.00 at starting November): Ideal for the jet-setter or the bath-time enthusiast, this creamy bath set features three of VMV’s gentlest, yet luxurious bath essentials (each in TSA-compliant sizes).  The set includes: Essence Skin-Saving Clark Wash Hair + Body “Big Softie” Shampoo – SLS, SLES and Allergen-Surfactant Free, this cleanser gently removes dirt without stripping hair and skin of their moisture. Essence Skin-Saving Conditioner – Rinses clean without leaving behind any dulling residue.  Hair is left with a renewed bounce while also preventing acne and rashes on the scalp, face and body. Essence Skin-Saving Clear + Clean Body Soap –Enriched with light, skin-friendly oils and glycerin, this gentle soap is ideal for all skin types and helps prevent body acne and skin imperfections.

Kai Travel Set

Kai Travel Set ($49 USD) — A reusable natural hemp bag filled with an assortment of Kai’s most alluring product combination, in travel-approved 2 oz. bottles: the recently released shampoo and conditioner, lavish body wash, luxurious bathing bubbles, soothing body lotion, and a vial of our perfume oil. Give the gift of relaxation to your special someone this holiday season with Kai’s travel-sized collection of products, all fragranced with Kai’s light and intoxicating blend of a gardenia top note wrapped in white exotics.

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Gianna Rose The Monogram Collection

Gianna Rose The Monogram Collection ($22 Hand Wash, $11 Bar Soap), A personalized gift always makes a statement. Add a high-end touch to any kitchen or bath with a personalized bar soap or liquid hand wash. Infused with natural ingredients and scented with Green Tea and Bergamot, The Monogram Collection will make a sophisticated and thoughtful gift for anyone on your list.

Available letters: A, B, C, D, E, G, J, K, L, M, R & S

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MyBody Pamper Me

MyBody Pamper Me ($80 USD) — Includes a probiotic shower gel + probiotic lotion for the perfect fragrant layering experience

  • formulated with body-compatible ingredients including immune-boosting probiotics
  • each luxurious formula creates an uplifting sensory experience
  • custom aromatic essences evoke feelings of well-being
  • available in Rose Chamomile, Revitalizing Citrys Coconut and Energizing Bergamot Lime.

Available exclusively through medical offices; go to to find a location near you.

Melvita Rose Gift Set

‘Tis the season of supremely soft and supple skin. This holiday, pamper your loved ones with lush, moisturizing formulas from Melvita, France’s number one, organic-certified beauty brand. Choose from two gorgeous gift sets, housed in decorative packaging featuring Ryan McGinley prints, which feature some of the most popular offerings from Melvita’s Rose skincare line. And for that someone special on your list, give the gift of a luscious, hydrated pout with the covetedHoney Lips gloss.

The Rose Gift Set ($45 USD) includes:

  • ·        Rose Nectar (40 ml): An ultra-lightweight, sheer cream enriched with essential fatty acids, Rose Nectar infuses cheeks with a rosy flush that lasts all day. Developed with rose floral water, rose hip oil and wild rose petal extract, this luxurious formula conditions and nourishes fragile, dehydrated skin.
  • ·        Rose Shower Gel (200 ml): Lather up with this sweet-smelling blend of rose seed milk, rosehip seed oil and rose floral water that softens and soothes skin. The gentle formula is enhanced with natural fragrances, and preserves the moisture balance of even the most delicate skin.
  • ·        Rose Hand Cream (30 ml): Formulated with castor oil to strengthen skin, this ultra-hydrating cream combines rose floral water, rose seed milk and wild rose petal extract to moisturize your hands and condition your cuticles for primped and pretty results.

Available and through leading online beauty retailers.

Enjoy your gift giving! I will be back in a day or two with other great gift ideas!

What beauty gifts are you giving this year?




Adidas Personal Care for Men Collection


Looking for new, affordable body care for the man in your life?  Introducing the adidas Personal Care for Men Collection, a range of sleekly packaged Deodorants, Body Washes, Antiperspirants and Body Sprays, available exclusively at Wal-Mart. Is he a powerhouse on the football field? An avid marathon runner? No matter what sport delivers his adrenaline rush, adidas offers a unique lineup of men’s grooming products to help men tackle each day, on and off the field, the basketball court or the track. Working with athletes to develop each of these advanced formulas, the experts at adidas have ensured that every personal care product in the collection delivers powerful, refreshing results with each use.

The adidas Personal Care for Men Collection is guaranteed to keep up with the modern man’s active lifestyle, and is available across four product segments:

Body Wash ($3.47 USD) An energizing experience like no other, the adidas Hair & Body 3 provides triple-action results: it cleanses, refreshes and conditions. Available in 3 scents.

    • After Sport is for the active man who lives intense moments.
    • Extra Fresh is a modern fragrance that bursts with an invigoratingly clean feeling.
    • Active Start is a brisk and revitalizing scent that jump-starts your day.

Deodorant ($3.47 USD) Feel dry and confident no matter what. This long-lasting deodorant promises 24 hours of nonstop freshness. Available in 3 scents.

    • Deep Energy is a traditional masculine scent, developed for the passionate man who knows no obstacles.
    • Ice Dive is a citrusy woody fragrance for the man who lives life in the fast lane and exudes a spirit of daring and adventure.
    • Pure Game is for the confident man who is ready to take on any challenge.

Deodorant Body Spray ($3.47 USD) Stay fresh and cool all day with this stimulating body spray. Available in 3 scents.

    • Deep Energy is a dynamic, traditional masculine scent that delivers instant rejuvenation, developed for the passionate man who knows no obstacles.
    • Ice Dive is a citrusy woody fragrance for the man who loves life in the fast lane, and exudes a spirit of daring and adventure.
    • Pure Game is for the confident man who is ready to take on any challenge.

Antiperspirant ($3.47 USD) Discover your best defense against sweat. This innovative formula features a unique Dry Max System that provides 48 hour protection against perspiration. Available in 3 variants.

    • Fresh delivers that just-showered, cool sensation feeling.
    • Control strikes the ideal balance of sweat protection and nourishing skincare.
    • Intensive provides ultra-protection, offering potent levels of sweat-fighting ingredients.

My husband says that the Deodorant works very well and he (and I) are loving the Body Wash in Ice Dive.  It is a refreshing scent. Actually all of the scents are very nice and masculine. These are very good products at a great price!



Bath & Body Works NEW and Improved Shower Gel!

NEW & Improved! Shower Gel NOW WITH SHEA! Bath & Body Works exclusive formula is now enriched with Shea Butter, making it the richest, bubbliest lather that gives you softer, cleaner skin. Moisturizing Aloe Vera and skin-loving Vitamin E combine for lather that bursts with fragrance! Exclusively at Bath & Body Works.

I was given a Mini Shower Gel from and their VoxBox program to review.  Check out their website and sign up to receive FREE products in exchange for honest feedback.

What I think:  I am really enjoying this body wash in Paris Amour.  It’s a sweet, lovely scent.  The shea butter and other ingredients make this body wash so moisturizing — my skin is SO soft after use!

You can find Bath & Body Works products at a registered retail store near you! Suggested retail price of the Shower Gel:  $11.00 (Full Size, 10oz.), $5.00 (Mini Shower Gel, 3oz.).  Visit their website at

Yves Rocher Summer Beauty Products

If you haven’t heard of Yves Rocher, it’s a French originated company that created botanical skin care, body care, fragrance and makeup.

I was sent some products from the company to test, and have really been enjoying them.  Many of these products are very affordable and are of great quality! Some of my favorite Yves Rocher summer products are:

Yves Rocher Mango Passion Fruit Smoothie Shower

Yves Rocher Mango Passion Fruit Smoothie Shower Gel ($10 for 13.5 oz) — My daughters LOVED this shower gel (past tense because it was gone in a week).  The reason why is becasue this mango and passion fruit concoction smells delicious.  It smelled just like real fruit and lathered up nicely so that we could also use it as bubble bath!  Yum!

Yves Rocher Eau de toilette Monoï

Yves Rocher Eau de toilette Monoï ($32 3.3 oz) — One sniff of this and I was transported back to Hawaii — and I haven’t been there since my honeymoon over 20 years ago! Tiare and Ylang Ylang flowers are combined with a Vanilla base, and it is sweet, light and lovely.  Vacation in a bottle!  They also sell this scent in a body oil, but my teenage daughter took that for her dry legs, and I haven’t seen it since…

Yves Rocher Pearly Water

Yves Rocher Pearly Water ($10 1 oz) — Pearly and lightly scented skin all at once! Experience an immediate feeling of freshness with this slightly gelled, pearly water.  This can be used on the face and body. Its fine-textured, golden pearly particles subtly add shimmer to your complexion. Perfect for instantly enhancing your tan!

Yves Rocher Duo Kohl Pencil – Tropical

Duo Kohl Pencils ($6 USD) Highlight your eyes with these Duo Kohl Pencils, which combine two trendy colors. Each pair comes with one radiant iridescent color (Pink Gold or Camel) to enlarge and brighten your eyes and one intense, matt color (Purple or Tropical Khaki) to structure your eyes and give them depth. Mix and match the colors to create hot new looks!

I have the Tropical pencil that is Camel — a shimmery gold — on one end and Tropical Khaki — a dark blue-green on the other end.  I love this.  The camel is great for the corners of my eyes and lining the inner rims to create a wide-awake look.  The Tropical Khaki is gorgeous for enhincing the eyes and looks great with summer colors.

Yves Rocher Shimmering Bronzer

Yves Rocher Shimmering Bronzer ($10 USD) A tanned complexion for the summer! This shimmering bronzer is this summer’s must-have for a natural and radiant tan. Apply with a brush to enhance or intensify your bronzed complexion.  This is also a lovely highlighter for darker complexions!  So pretty!

Yves Rocher Lip Gloss – Sienna Red

Lip Gloss in Sienna Red ($5 USD) Luscious lips for the summer! Irresistible lips with this yummy-scented gloss. And the color?  I am not a fan of red for me, but this shimmery red is beautiful and would be great with a neutral or a smoky eye.  It also feels great on and is not sticky — AWESOME!

Visit to learn more and purchase.


Last Minute Bath and Body Gift Sets

Here are some last-minute ideas for bath and body gifts.  They all smell fantastic (especially Blue, which is my current favorite fragrance).  Enjoy!

Avon Wonder Moon Orchid Collection ($12.99 USD) — Escape to your own exotic paradise with the seductively hypnotic scent of moon orchid, iris and calypso violet. This alluring aromatic blend turns an ordinary bath routine into a sensual luxury. Includes Body Wash (8.4 oz.) $10.99 Body Cream (8.4 oz.).  Visit to purchase.

MOR Essentially Delightful Sugar Rose Tiger Lily Gift Set ($22 USD) Treat yourself to everyday indulgence with this two piece Essentials Gift set. Containing a full-sized Sugar Rose Tiger Lily Soap Bar and Hand & Body Lotion, this subtle fragrance combines a subtle blend of sugary Rose, exotic Tiger Lily and ripe Tropical Fruits. The set includes a Vitamin E and Shea Butter soap and a Coconut Oil and Glycerin hand and body lotion. Purchase at

Crabtree and Evelyn Heritage Soap Collection ($38 USD) — This richly coloured and distinctively patterned box opens to reveal five luxuriously lathering Triple Milled Soaps. In the tradition of 19th–century soap making, each skin-conditioning tablet is created in 30 steps and remains fragrant to the last sliver.


  • Oatmeal & Wheatgerm Triple Milled Soap (158g)
  • Vetiver & Juniper Triple Milled Soap (158g)
  • Crabapple & Mullberry Triple Milled Soap (158g)
  • Avocado & Olive Oil Triple Milled Soap (158g)
  • Almond, Milk & Honey Triple Milled Soap (158g)

You can purchase at or Crabtree & Evelyn stores.

H2O Blue Fragrance Collection Gift Set ($48 USD) — H2O’s latest fragrance set captures the infinite beauty of the sea. A fresh, uplifting fragrance with notes of watery peony, rosewood, nectarine and bergamot subtly scents the skin. The gift set contains Blue Eau de Toilette (1.7 oz)  and Blue Body Lotion (6 oz tube)  Purchase at