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Herbaria Soaps

Bionic Asks: What’s in your shower?

by Bionic Beauty on 03.Dec.2008 · 3 comments

Bionic Asks - Makeup and beauty question seriesShower stalls have all sorts of shelves, hanging ability, nooks and crannies to stow body care goodies.
Shampoos, conditioners, body washes, soap bars… oh my!

Wanna peak in Bionic’s shower? Here’s my stash…

  • Dove Cream Oil Body Wash (very moisturizing shower gel which I use in the winter to prevent dry skin. Get a free sample from Dove!)
  • International Orange “Cleanse” body wash (yummy! my review)
  • Body poufs for all over exfoliation
  • Body brush for skin brushing and scrubbing my back
  • Jojoba shampoo bar by Herbaria Soaps (Y’all know I seriously heart Herbaria. I use it for my body, face and occasionally my hair. I love the soft bubbles and that it’s all-natural, baby!)
  • Y-Y Ocean: Exfoliating body scrub (this is an amazing body polish. I use it when I’m going to wear a dress, sleeveless shirt, or a swimsuit. Smooth skin instantly!)
  • Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut shampoo and conditioner (great scent for a winter pick-me-up! Did you read my shampoo classified ad?)
  • AG Hair Cosmetics Colour Savour shampoo and conditioner (it’s sulfate free & gentle so perfect for my colored hair. Read my previous review. )
  • Davine’s Alchemic shampoo and conditioner for brown hair (nicely moisturizing and natural. It’s great to help make my color last longer! But be careful cause it’s packed in glass bottles…here’s my review.)
  • ER Fusion reconstructing hair treatment by White Sands (I use this at least once a week for a deep conditioning treatment. It works fab!)
  • Noxema face wash
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash cream cleanser
  • Venus Vibrance razor in pink
  • Skintimate Energizing Citrus shave cream

So hop on over to your shower with a note pad, jot down your findings and report back with what you’re using during shower time.

Herbaria’s new holiday soaps

by Bionic Beauty on 28.Nov.2008 · 4 comments

Herbaria Soap company is my all-time favorite handmade, all-natural soap company. I buy from them, I use them religiously, I shop their site for hours on end. For the long-term Bionic Beauties, you have heard me review Herbaria before. Well… BIG NEWS! Ken and LaRee (the owners & founders of Herbaria) have just announced the release of two special holiday-themed bars. Yummy!

Frankincense and Myrrh – An ancient and beloved scent, fruity, lemony, resinous and woody.
Frankincense and Myrrh handmade soap by Herbaria

Silver Fir and Lavender – O Tannenbaum! A winning combo of Alpine forest fragrance and toning French green clay.
Silver Fir and Lavender all-natural soap by Herbaria

I get my mom’s and close relatives Herbaria gift sets. They don’t return them, the products are actually used and loved, and they get to think of me a little bit each day. I usually get the 4 bar giftsets, but you can also get 3 and 6 bar sets. Plus if you buy 6 bars (any combo), you’ll get 1 bar free. And trust me, these are LONG-LASTING natural soaps… and big bars (4.5 ounces)!

Most bars are $5.95 and all are available at HerbariaSoap.com.

New Releases from Herbaria Soaps

by Bionic Beauty on 17.Sep.2008 · 6 comments

My favorite hand-made soap company, Herbaria Soaps, has released some new products, Yippee!
Lime Coconut Aloe Soap by Herbaria Soaps

First off, Lime Coconut Aloe soap. Yum. It’s like a tropical vacation in a bar. I loved mine, super soft on your skin, fun to shower with, and moisturizing. I really liked the lingering scent on my skin. Family members… take note… you’ll probably be getting this for the holidays. 🙂 ($5.95 for a 4.5 oz bar…it’s quite large.)

Coffee soap. Now, I’m not normally a coffee-scent fan. Yeah, I drink coffee every morning before tackling the blog world, but I never thought to shower with it. As always, Herbaria has changed my mind. It’s a perfect bar for morning. I keep it by the sink to perk me up first thing in the AM. It’s even gentle enough for my super-sensitive facial skin. ($7.50 for 4.5 oz bar)

Ginger Neem bar. This one is particularly exciting. The soap contains ginger and neem oil. Neem oil has been buzzed about far and wide for it’s skin-healing properties. I was always tempted to try some, but Herbaria has saved me the trouble. I’ll just wash with this soap and be a very happy camper! ($5.95 for a 4.5 oz bar.)

Along with the new bars, Herbaria also released some new products which I haven’t tried yet. But I’m planning to order some for the holidays (I bound and determined to accomplish my shopping early this year. Even if I have to glue myself to the couch and computer…). Anyhow… the new products:

Ant Away:
Safe, fragrant and effective mist to discourage ants from trespassing in your kitchen and bath. An 8 ounce spray bottle is $7.45 which seems like a great buy to me, especially since I live in ant-ridden Florida. The ants down here will invade in minutes and eat through a closed box of cereal. It’s crazy. This is a must for me.
Herbaria Jojoba Oil for face and skincare
Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil: Nature’s best moisturizer absorbs quickly into your skin for a soft silky finish. The Jojoba Oil is available in Unscented, Patchouli, Lavender, and Coriander-May Chang. 8 ounce bottles are $19.95 and 4 ounce bottles are $11.95.

Lavender Almond Massage and Bath Oil: Almond oil absorbs slowly into your skin. It’s especially enjoyable for massage. Try a few drops in your bath water for relaxation. A 2 ounce bottle is $7.45, and the better buy is a 4 oz bottle for $9.95.

You can read my other mentions and reviews of Herbaria on Bionic Beauty. I really think you’d like these soaps. And every person I gift them to, absolutely flips. Really!

All images are the copyright of Herbaria Soaps and are used on Bionic Beauty with permission.

Product Review: Herbaria’s Jojoba Healthy Hair

by Bionic Beauty on 27.Jun.2008 · 1 comment

Herbaria Soaps' Jojoba Healthy Hair care
Wildly popular on Bionic Beauty, Herbaria Soaps, also offers a few other natural options besides their glorious soaps. One such product, Jojoba Healthy Hair is billed to “nourish hair and scalp”. I gave it a shot, as I’m always in search of a hair product to keep my hair damage-free (or at least as much as possible) while I swim, sun, blow-dry, straighten, and color.

The Jojoba Healthy Hair is a light herbal oil blend. You pump a few sprays into your palm, rub them together, and lightly spread through you hair. I used it on the ends of my hair before straightening and it made them glossy, kept the frizzies away, and left my hair easy to style. I also found another use when our neighborhood pool opened- rubbed it through my entire head and it seemed to keep the chlorine affects at bay.

The oil blend (see below) is perfect for dandruff sufferers, scalp massage, and assisting in reversing damaged hair.

Herbaria does not test on animals and is completely all-natural.

Be careful not to apply too much since it is an oil. The scent is wonderful… herbal, clean, and fresh. A 2 ounce bottle runs $9 at Herbaria’s website. This hair care product is certainly worth a try, especially with all the hair-hurt summer can bring.

Ingredients: Jojoba oil and essential oils of rosemary (said to help prevent premature hair loss), lavendar (relaxing), cedarwood, thyme and basil.

Suggested reading: Bionic’s review of Herbaria’s soaps.

Photo courtesy of and copyrighted by Herbaria Soaps.

7 Summer Hair Tips

by Bionic Beauty on 17.Jun.2008 · 13 comments

Bionic Beauty shares easy tips for summer hair

Before hitting the sun, surf, or pool this summer don’t just apply SPF to your skin, be attentive to your hair’s special needs as well. Summer humidity, pool chemicals, ocean breezes and salt can take a major toll on your locks.

Here’s a list of my hints for summer haircare:

  1. Slather on conditioner or a hair serum before entering the pool or ocean. By filling your hair’s cuticle with conditioner, less chemicals will seep in. This is particularly important for blondes. Serum will act as a barrier and assist your hair in sloughing off all the baddies. (Bionic’s recommendations: BioInfusion Hydrating Conditioning Balm, International Orange’s hair cream, or Herbaria’s Jojoba Healthy Hair).
  2. Use a UV protectant spray prior to and during sun exposure. It’ll help prevent color fade- making your hair color, natural color and highlights stay bright and true. Pack your UV spray in your beach/pool bag and reapply whenever you add more sunblock to your body. (I recommend: pHormulate’s 3a Leave-in Treatment).
  3. Leave-in Conditioners work exceptionally well to prevent wind tangles (when applied before) and help you gently comb out knots (when applied after). I don’t leave home without it. (Recommendation: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist – it even works *great* on your skin!)
  4. Embrace surf styled hair and texture. Summer should be laid back. Don’t worry so much about fly-aways and bends. Use a hair paste or wax to gently twist your hair into “ropes” (run your fingers through after 10 minutes to loosen the waves) or gather hair loosely into a pony tail or headband. Which brings us to number…
  5. When using elastic bands to tie back your hair, avoid the ones with the metal clasps. The metal can catch and break fragile hair, and can even react with pool chemicals!
  6. Save yourself pain later and apply sunblock to your hair part and ears. Trust me.
  7. When all else fails, or for an impromptu outing, grab your ball cap and rock it. Guys love it.

What’s your pre-sun ritual for hair care?