Saturday, January 5, 2013

Christmas Finds!

I'm not one of those people you will find in the mall right before and right after Christmas. I don't think the sales are good enough to drive around for 30 minutes outside of the mall looking for a park... only to be forced to shove my way through the multitudes of people and screaming children inside the mall. My sanity is much more important. 

BUT, I did find some great Christmas deals online and in the mall about a week or so before the frenzy started: A cute gold and black bracelet from Betsy Johnson and a sterling silver cuff from Brighton. 

Winter Skin

It is officially winter and as we all know, in the colder months it is especially important to keep your skin moisturized for a healthy glow. I love many of the typical brands we are all familiar with - Kiehl's, Neutrogena, and Kai all make some of my favorite products, just to name a few. Recently, however, I've fallen in love with two small, minority-owned businesses that make amazing body butters for great prices. Use these products on a regular basis and you will notice a HUGE difference in how your skin looks and feels, trust me!

These luscious body butters smell good enough to eat and rightly so, as they are made from all natural ingredients (including shea butter, olive butter & coconut oil). The price ranges from $9.00 - $15.00. (The almond fragrance is my absolute favorite!)

S.O.A.P. offers an array of hand made soaps, organic body butters, bath oils, scrubs, lip balms, and even soy candles. The acronym for this company name stands for Scented. Organic. Artisan. Pure. Yes, all of their products are basically home made! Their storefront is located right here in the DC area at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County. They also have an online boutique for those who can’t make it into the store. My recommended products for dry winter skin are the Agave Nectar Body Oil ($18.00) and the Brown Sugar Scrub ($28.00).

Let me know how you like these products! Happy shopping!!


~ Alessandra ~