My recent Spirit Beauty Lounge splurge

Here’s a peek at my recent SpiritBeautyLounge order. Of course my favorite part of receiving an SBL package is the goodies inside, but I also love the entire presentation. The sweet pink tissue paper, the way in which each item has been carefully placed in the box, and the always generous samples make an SBL haul, a special haul.

I haven’t tried the Rahua hair samples yet, but you can be sure that lollipop went right into my mouth as I unearthed the Kahina Toning Mist that I’ve been wanting since I read Dain’s review as well as the Intelligent Nutrients Finishing Gloss that will replace my almost empty bottle.

I reviewed the IN Finishing Gloss last fall, and it’s back in heavy rotation this summer. I’ve taken to mixing a few pumps of the gloss with Weleda’s Rosemary Hair Oil and warming it all over my hands. I then run my fingers through my hair and pat the hair that frames my face to give it a little extra help tamping down the frizzies. A nice combing and an air drying gives me soft, pieced-out waves. Of course a great haircut also helps, but this method tames my thick, frizz-prone hair like nothing else.

In addition to my order, SBL included a Wild Rose Lip Balm by Phoenix Botanicals for me to sample for possible review, and I am so glad they did. I adore this little balm! Its cute design belies its 100% biodegradable packaging with sweet illustrations and a sturdy feel. I love how you pinch the bottom of the tube to access more balm which also makes it easy to use every last bit. The balm itself goes on smoothly and hydrates just as well as my holy grail of lip balms, Dr. Hauschka’s Lip Care Stick. The balm itself is a bit thinner than the Dr. H balm, but it feels supple and does the job.

As for the Kahina Toning Mist, I love it too. I would be hard pressed to do a more thorough job at reviewing the toner than Dain already has done, so please check out the above link to her blog, ARS Aromatica. Suffice to say, I am in full agreement with her rave review.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention my fabulously efficacious Soapwalla Deodorant Cream! I wrote about this product last summer and am thrilled that SBL has included it in their offerings. It’s a simple, all natural deodorant that truly works.

Intelligent Nutrients Finishing Gloss is $29 for 1.7oz, Kahina Toning Mist is $36 for 1.6 oz, and the Phoenix Botanical Lip Balm is $6, Soapwalla Deodorant Cream is $10. All at



All Natural Deodorant Creams: Florere & Soapwalla

My Florere Cream Deodorant samples sat in my stash drawer for a couple years before I started using them a few months ago. I’ll admit I was not drawn to the idea of applying a cream deodorant with my fingers: add to that a dose of skepticism, and you’ve got my (unfounded) reasons for the samples remaining untouched for so long.

It wasn’t until I read a glowing review of Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream over at Fig+Sage, that I thought to myself, “I know I’ve got a cream deodorant somewhere around here!” Luckily, I found my Florere samples quickly and started using them immediately. Cynthia, the owner of Florere was nice enough to send me a fresh jar as I wanted to be sure of the smell and consistency for my review since my older samples were well, old. My new jar of cream’s gentle lavender scent is a tad stronger than the older samples, but there is no difference in efficacy between the two, attesting to the longevity of Florere’s product. Soapwalla’s cream also smells of lavender with added peppermint and tea tree oils that are subtle and nicely blended.

Both deodorant creams are exceptional. Aside from the subtle variation on scent, there is no difference in terms of performance. They are both easy to apply, leave absolutely no whiteness on the skin, and hold up in all heated situations. I’ve worn both to dance class, on the treadmill, gardening in the sun, at work, etc. They’ve held up to every deodorant challenge I could muster. As a huge plus, neither cream deodorant interferes with my fragrances.

I continue to use my Dr. Hauschka Deodorant as the convenience of rolling on my deodorant comes in handy when in a rush to get out the door. Florere does have a solid stick option which I have not tried, but I’m sure it works just as well as the cream since it has the same ingredients save for added palm tree wax. But let me say this, the few extra moments it takes to use a cream deodorant is worth it, thanks to Soapwalla and Florere.

Florere Cream Deodorant ingredient list: Soothing unrefined Shea butter, sodium bicarbonate (Naturally occurring earth mineral deodorizer), cocoa butter, coconut oil. Essential oils of lavender and clary sage. Tincture of lemon balm, lavender flowers and ecologically wildharvested benzoin.

A 1.6 oz jar is $8.50 at

You can get a dollar off your Florere order, good for the month of June 2010. Just enter “ScentHiveJune” in the “Special Instructions To Merchant” during their checkout. (The dollar will be credited back to your account after you check out.)

Soapwalla Cream Deodorant ingredient list: Organic jojoba, rice bran, and rosehip seed oils; shea and/or mango and/or mowrah butter; a combination of all-natural and gluten-free vegetable clays and powders; aluminum-free sodium bicarbonate; organic vegan kosher glycerin; a combination of essential oils including organic lavender, peppermint and tea tree oils.

A 2 oz jar is $10 on etsy

You can receive a 10% discount for your readers with the following code: SCENT10 (put it in the comments section on the Etsy purchase page, and you’ll be refunded the 10% right away). Good through July 15, 2010.

Posted by ~Trish

Disclosure: Samples from Florere and Soapwalla were provided for this review. The opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.