Category Archives: Bath & Body

Burt’s Bees Radiance Lotion: $8.99

On Friday, I had a hot dinner date with my husband. It was his birthday and I was treating him to dinner at Alinea. For those of you who are into food, you know this a restaurant the caliber Chez Panisse or French Laundry – worthy of ditching my usual jeans and slipping into a dress.

I bought a sassy new dress for the occasion, but as I looked down at legs that hadn’t seen the light of day in a while, I knew I needed some help. In desperation, I went on an excavation mission in the bathroom to unearth a miracle beauty product. At the bottom of one of my “product baskets,” there it was: Burt’s Bees Radiance Lotion.

I had forgotten about this wonderful lotion. As I slathered it on, I noticed, immediately, that my skin looked healthier and the tone was more even. And a wee bit shimmery. Not I’m-a-teenager-on-a-glitter-binge shimmery, but just enough to make the gams seem a little “dressed up,” if you will.

Why the heck was it in the bottom of the bin?! Well, the consistency is much thinner than normal lotion and it has mica in it, which accounts for the subtle shimmer I noticed. Not your every day lotion, but for a special occasion, yowza! Definitely recommended.


Pretty Old Navy Soap: 2 for $5

Old Navy Soap

During a routine shopping exercise (ahem), I wandered into Old Navy, tempted by the bold, black and white patterns that graced the displays. Not a minute later, I feasting my eyes on the loveliest bath and body display I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure if all Old Navy’s feature these items (I can’t find them online ANYWHERE), but I had to share.

At least 8 different scents (including Clean Musk, Vanilla, Pear, Peony, and Green Tea) paraded as soap, candles, lotion and reed diffusers. Not only were the smells divine (very natural – not perfume-y or artificial), the packaging is BEAUTIFUL. Each scent has its own unique black and white pattern accented by a single color. For example, Green Tea is, well, green. And peony is pink.

I bought three immediately as gifts. Then I went back to stockpile some more. I really hope they keep things like this around! Over the holidays, they had some of the prettiest graphic wrapping paper I’ve come across. Old Navy must have some talented designers working for them 😉

PS: Their current line of enamel accessories is very of-the-moment and cool, but alas, my favorites are not under $10. $12.50, if you must know…

John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Color Glaze: $7.49

Stuff that will make your hair glossy!

I have to give my friend, Kristen, credit with this one. Before my wedding last November, she introduced me to the Brilliant Brunette version of this stuff. I wanted super-shiny hair for the big day, and it really made my hair beautiful. The only downside is that it discolored my palms (and anywhere else it dripped!) if I didn’t wash it away within a couple seconds.

Fast forward several months… I was shopping at La Jewel (Osco for you midwesterners), and lo and behold, I stumbled upon a color-free version of the glaze. Yay! You shampoo and condition as you would normally, then you squeeze as much water as you can out of your hair, and apply the glaze liberally. Two minutes later, you can FEEL the difference as you rinse it out. My hair feels much smoother, and the smell is really nice – not chemical at all. And no discolored extremities to boot.

I’m a big fan – and I think you will be, too!

Smith’s Rosebud Salve: $6

Smith’s Rosebud Salve

This stuff is simple remarkable! If I don’t have it in my purse, I feel naked. That’s how much I love it.

It’s a lip balm & an everthing balm, with a delicate rose smell and non-greasy consistency. I prefer to use it on my lips (it gives a lovely, natural rose-y glow), but I also discovered that it works miracles on my cracked knuckles during Chicago winters. The 0.8 ounce tin seems to last forever, too. You can find it in all sorts of retail/e-tail locations, including C.O. Bigelow (in-store and online), Urban Outfitters (in-store) and

Luxo Oporto Sandalwood Soap: $6

Luxo Oporto Sandalwood Soap
If this scent isn’t addictive, I don’t know what is! I bought this on a whim while Christmas shopping at Macy’s State Street, which boasts a well-stocked Mertz Apothecary.

I intended for it to be a gift, but the scent was so intoxicating I just couldn’t part with it! Larger than the average bar of soap with a very pungent scent, this is a small luxury worth every one of the six bucks it costs. As a designer, I find the simple paper packaging worthy of display, too. A guest opened mine during a New Years fête at our house and it made the whole bathroom smell wonderful. The consistency is very milky and moisturizing. I find myself wandering into the bathroom looking for any excuse to wash my hands. Amazingly, the scent lingers. Yummy!