Body Thrills Pamper Packages

So if you haven’t heard about the new organic and natural brand, Body Thrills, where have you been? They have all natural, all organic and luxurious products with super cool branding. Think old 50’s advertisements and pin up girls. (It makes you feel sexy just looking at it!) As I am always on the lookout for something new and natural, here are the special offers they have for Winter. Just in time to stop your skin from drying out!

1. Healing & Caring Winter Pack: (R120 – save R90)

 1 x 125ml Healing & Soothing Stretch Mark Balm (usually R90).

 1 x 125ml Chocolate & Coffee Cellulite Scrub (usually R80).
And receive a 15g Healing & Soothing Lip Balm for FREE! (Usually R40).

The perfect Winter threesome that lets you treat and improve your body’s minor imperfections – soothe, nourish and exfoliate your way to smoother skin that’s irresistibly touchable.

 From lips to hips, they’ve got you covered!

 I think all of us need a cellulite scrub from time to time!

2. Steamy & Fresh Winter Pack: (R140 save R50)

We’re offering you two 300ml Shower Gels for R140! They’re usually R80-R90 each. Choose from:

 Pina Colada: made with pineapple, coconut, honey and cocoa butter.

 Lemon Nougat & Honey Coconut: made with lemon, nougat, honey, coconut and shea butter.

 Citrus Explosion: made with mandarin, orange, lemon, lime, cinnamon and shea butter.

 Rooibos, Ginger & Honey:  made with rooibos, ginger, honey, shea butter and lemon.

 Remember to shower in warm (and not hot) water, to keep your skin from drying out!

3. Moisturise & Nourish Winter Pack: (R160 – save R70)

We’re offering you 3 125ml Body Butters for R160. They’re usually R90 each. Choose from:

 Pina Colada: made with pineapple, coconut, honey and shea butter..

 Lemongrass, Lime & Neroli: made with lemongrass, lime, lemon, neroli and shea butter.

 Lemon Nougat & Honey Coconut: made with lemon, nougat, honey, coconut and shea butter.

 Citrus Explosion: made with mandarin, orange, lemon, lime, cinnamon and shea butter.

Healing & Soothing: made with lavender, tea tree, peppermint, green tea and lime.

Don’t know about you, but my skin gets so dry in Winter, this will definitely help.

4. Refresh & Repair Winter Pack: (R350 – save R170)

 1 x 125ml  Nourishing & Soothing Hair Repair Mask (usually R120)

 1 x 250g Lemongrass, Lime & Neroli Bath Crystals (usually R70)

 1 x 400ml Chocolate Pudding Bubble Bath (usually R90)

 1 x 125g Coffee & Chocolate Cellulite Scrub (usually R80)

 1 x 250g Citrus Explosion Body Polish (usually R80)

1 x 125ml Detox Smoothie Mask for Your Face (usually R80)

A ridiculously indulgent skincare pack filled with hot soaks, sinful sweet treats, hot oil hair repair treatments, cleansing face masks and explosions of vitamin-filled citrus goodness.

Take  time out for yourself – we all need a little extra TLC during the Winter months!

5. Invigorate & Renew Winter Pack (R200 – save R120!)

Your skin’s needs differ during the cold, dry months of Winter and this necessitates a slightly different approach in your skincare routine. During this time you’ll want to double up your efforts to moisturise and keep your skin from dehydrating. You’ll also want to protect it from the cold and should definitely exfoliate more than twice a week to invigorate your skin and keep it glowing.

 1 x 125ml Lemon, Lime & Juniper Berry Facial Scrub (usually R80).

 1 x 250g Stress Relief Bath Tea (usually R80).

 1 x 300ml Citrus Explosion Shower Gel (usually R80).

1 x Healing & Soothing Foot Scrub (usually R80).


6. Manly & Delicious Winter Pack: (R250 – save R90!)

 1 x 125ml Lemongrass, Lime & Juniper Berry Facial Scrub (usually R80).

 1 x 125ml Neroli, Lime & Lemongrass Aftershave Balm (usually R90).

 1 x 400ml Green Rooibos, Ginger & Lemongrass Shower Gel (usually R90).

 1 x 250g Green Rooibos, Ginger & Lemongrass Body Polish (usually R90).

Mix it up in the shower and ditch the old, manky bar of soap in favour of a range of products  made from natural ingredients. This winter skincare pack is the perfect herbal antidote for manly skin and will keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

 Get this for that special guy in your life! (And just a reminder about Fathers Day coming soon!)

So what are you waiting for, go go go!! Offer ends 5 June 2012!

View all their specials here: http://www.bodythrills.co.za/specials/

They are also tweeting: @bodythrills and on Facebook Body Thrills

Do Greenies Really Stink?

According to recent US studies, people who gravitate towards the colour green, are usually the ones that “don’t smell so fresh”. Apparently it’s because most people who like green, are environment conscious, and thus try to “save the planet” by wearing no deodorant. Hmm.., a little imaginative if you ask me, but is there truth behind it?

Do Greenies need to go “au natural” to avoid bad chemicals, or are there other alternatives?

For women it’s quite difficult to find the right balance between sensitive and effective. You need something delicate enough to use after shaving/waxing, but it also needs to be effective against sweat and odour.

One thing we as Greenies will need to accept, is that we won’t be able to find a potent anti-perspirant with green/organic credentials. There are studies that show that most chemicals used to block the sweat glands (like Aluminium chloride) are not 100% safe to use in the long run. There has been much controversy about this subject. What I say, is if there is a little doubt about the safety of a product, just skip it altogether!

The best you can do, is make sure your armpits are well-cleansed and use a product which neutralises odour, instead of masking it or blocking sweat glands. Many essential oils (like Clary Sage) have sweat reducing properties and will not completely stop sweat but will significantly reduce the amount of sweat produced. Also keep in mind that the effectiveness of deodorant also varies from person to person as our body chemistry differs.

 

Here are some of the natural deo’s I have tried and loved:

Pure Beginnings Eco roll on – Forest

The forest eco roll on is a revitalizing deodorant with a distinctive smell of spearmint that keeps you feeling fresh all day. Most importantly it is free of aluminium, parabens, synthetic fragrances and animal products. The geranium scent in this product is addictive! (I love geranium) It really is effective, and kept me fresh all day. One warning for sensitive skins though, you might want to wait a bit after shaving before putting this on, as I experienced a bit of burning.

The deodorant is perfect for men, women and teenagers.

 

The Victorian Garden Lavender & Aloe Roll-On

This traditionally fragranced Lavender deodorant offers safe & effective protection without recourse to modern day petrochemical ingredients such as propylene glycol, parabens and aluminium. This soft-smelling deo is surprisingly efficient! It can be used as much as you like and it’s even safe to put on after shaving, no burn! The other variety, Lemongrass & Sandalwood Roll-On, is also a favourite with men.

 

 

 

Jozi Organics Ivory Roll-On

This natural deodorant has a vanilla scent blending organic patchouli, Ylang Ylang & Spearmint essential oils. This gentle and effective deodorant is made from plant derived organic ingredients with absolutely no nasties. The main smell for me is Spearmint, so it makes you smell really fresh. I can also use it directly after shaving.

 

 

 

 

Want to try making your own natural deo? Try this easy recipe:

½ teaspoon witch hazel

2 rounded teaspoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin (for texture and for a smooth skin)

2 teaspoon aloe vera gel (soothing, hydrating and for texture)

1 drop of Essential palmarosa oil

1 drop of Essential tea tree oil

1 drop of Essential cypress oil

Mix well, until you have a smooth texture, and pour into an old (or new) roll-on bottle. Shake well before each use. This is a little liquid as a texture, so make sure to keep the roll-on ball upward when applying or you risk having some dripping.

 

If you have tried any natural deodorants lately, please let me know what your experience was!

Thought for today!

Hope this inspires some of you! :)

 

Top 5 GREEN Kitchen Cleaners

 

1. Earthsap Window & Surface Cleaner

This is really the best window cleaner that I have ever used. Usually the window cleaners are so soapy that it takes a HUGE amount of ‘elbow grease’ just to get it streak-free. Not this one!

This glass cleaner cleans with no streaks and is 100% solvent free. It contains no toxic chemicals such as synthetic alcohol, no ammonia which can be a respiratory irritant, and no glycol ethers. There are also no fumes, so with this spray you can actually breathe while cleaning the windows!

It can be used to clean glass, marble, mirrors, steel and other hard surfaces.

How I use it: I spray two times for a window or mirror and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Works like a charm!

(Retail price R29 for 500ml)

 

2. Earthsap Cleaner and Degreaser

If you ever have greasy, stubborn-to-clean pots in your kitchen, you need this product! Who would have thought that a degreaser can be so efficient without harmful chemicals?

This heavy duty solvent and general cleaner has a great dirt and grease cutting formula. Cleans using only natural extracts while harnessing the full power of nature. This can be used for general cleaning of countertops, appliances, sinks, greasy pots and pans, wall marks, floors, metal, vinyl, linoleum, steel, ceramic and braai grids.

How I use it: Before washing dishes, I just squirt some in the greasy pots, and by the time it’s their turn to be washed, the grease comes off easily! I really like this product as it makes the pots shinier too.

(Retail price R29 for 500ml)

 

3. Better Earth Cleaning Spray

 This is definitely not a heavy duty product, so please don’t expect Mr.Muscle when using this. The reason I put it on my Top 5, is because I really enjoy it as a counter top cleaner. Just a few sprays is all you need, and it removes coffee stains, and also small messes like tomato sauce.

This fragrant cleaning spray will leave surfaces fresh and clean. Can also be used on glass surfaces. It won’t work for a dirty stove, but it is a really gentle cleaner so you can pretty much try it on anything!

(Retail price R40 for 500ml)

 

4. Earthsap All Purpose Cleaner Scrub

 Now this is the right product for a greasy stove top! It works very much like the traditional handy andy we all know. It degreases and removes obstinate stains without scratching. It also removes mould and mildew. It cleans and degreases efficiently using only natural ingredients that do not pose any health risks. What makes it different from mainstream products, is that it is kind to your hands and sensitive skin due to its plant extracts.

It can be used for sinks, tubs, pots, pans, counter and stove tops and steel.

How I use it: I use a squirt or two for the stove, and wipe with a damp cloth.

(Retail price R24 for 750ml)

 

5. Better Earth Dishwashing Liquid

Many people have trouble finding a “green” dishwashing liquid that actually works. I can highly recommend this. It’s strong dishwashing formula that foams nicely and cleans your dishes until their sparkly! What I like about it is that it is kind to the hands, but still tough enough to degrease.
The smell is so fresh and uplifting, it makes the crappy job of washing dishes a little bit better!

How I use it: Squirt a generous amount into hot running water.

(Retail R39 for 750ml)

 

Products are available at:

http://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za

http://www.wellnesswarehouse.com/

http://www.organicchoice.co.za/

More than just a pesto!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was lucky enough to receive two gorgeous jars of pesto from the Royal Headquarters, and was really impressed from the moment I saw (and tasted) them!

Pesto Princess Foods has been manufacturing the best basil pesto south of the equator for the past 10 years. The range has expanded to include Pesto Princess exotic spice pastes, dips and relishes. The ‘princess’ herself, Kathleen Quillinan, has a passion for food, music and people. All of this passion is combines to make Pesto Princess the unique, quirky, excellent business mix that it is today. All of the products are free from preservatives, flavourants and colourants.

Think pesto is only a sauce of crushed basil leaves, a few pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil? Think again! These ladies take pesto to a whole new level!

The pesto princesses have such a nice attitude, and it is really fun interacting with them on twitter and Facebook.

They have 6 pesto varieties:

Basil
Thai (coriander and chilli)
Greek (with feta and olives)
Rocket & Walnut
Red (sweet red peppers and sundried tomatoes)
Aubergine & Olive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I received the Red and Basil pesto, and was hooked instantly. The Red Pesto has a smoky flavour, which I used with almost everything (on my provitas, pasta, plain toast…and a few bites right out of the bottle!) The Basil pesto really gave a real Italian flavour to pizza and pasta. What’s great is that the pesto can be freezed for up to 3 months, and can be used from the freezer. That means you can get one in every flavour!

 

PESTO PRINCESS’s secret is simple: generosity and integrity, hand in hand

 
Enquiries: info@pesto.co.za

Orders: orders@pesto.co.za

Twitter: @Pesto_Princess

Palace Telephone: 021 709 0915

AVAILABILITY
Pick & Pay
Selected Deli’s

What to do with pesto? Here are some tips from the princesses themselves:

1. Add a heaped teaspoon to a plate of recently cooked pasta. A little extra olive oil will help it spread easily. Serve with extra grated parmesan and black pepper. (I tried this and it is YUMMY!)


2. Pesto compliments any egg dishes like omelettes, fried or scrambled eggs or quiches
3. Pesto makes great salad dressing: simply mix a generous dollop into your usual vinaigrette
4. Pesto can be used to marinade and baste grilled meats, chicken and fish
5. Pesto makes a great dip: mix into mayo or cream cheese
6. Pesto can be baked into muffins and breads
7. Pesto makes quick garlic bread: mash pesto into butter, spread in a sliced french loaf and bake in the oven, wrapped in foil (Another winner!)
8. Pesto makes a great topping for baked potatoes (And you thought potatoes can’t get more delicious)


9. Pesto is great in sandwiches, wraps and on toast
10. Any soup tastes and looks great with a big spoon of pesto stirred into each bowl