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Alki Organix {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.
I must wash my hands over 100 times a day.  Preparing three meals a day (plus snacks) for atleast three of us adds up to a lot of food prep, then add in wiping faces, changing diapers, and kitchen cleanup, there is quite a bit of hand washing going on, and though I live in a humid locale, my hands try out fast and easy.  I keep a bottle of lotion on the counter, but I’ve found something sooo much more appealing!  Have you heard of Alki Organix balms?
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This is such a unique product, and I’ll try my best to explain it.  First off, these are made completely from 100% natural ingredients.  They contain only natural oils and butters, organic beeswax, organic lecithin, organic witch hazel extract, and/or organic apple cider vinegar.
GroupNow correct me if I’m wrong, but from what I understand, balms have a similar viscosity to lotions (but much less than ointments or creams), and unlike a lotion, a balm is applied with friction, and needs to be rubbed in.  These do feel lighter to me than the average lotion, so these have been so great to use in the summer time!  The fruity flavors make them even more appealing to me, and less heavy and masking compared to my old lotion.
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Since these are not greasy like lotion, you don’t really need to work at rubbing it in.  My skin kind of soaks up the natural ingredients, and they feel so nourished.  Its true–a little goes a little way, and that less is more.  They don’t contain any water, so they are fairly concentrated and one squirt is plenty.  I’ve been using two squirts per application because I like it so much, and want to get it all up my wrists too.
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Now lets get in to these flavors and scents.  I was spoiled to receive one of each variety above, and they’re all favorites by now.  The Fruit & Nut balm smells just as you’d expect–like fruits and nuts.  Its like smelling a gift basket!  It contains extra light hazelnut and grape seed oils that moisturize and a lemongrass provides a lemony fragrance.  It helps to tone and tighten skin, and I’ve especially enjoyed using this one after my hands are raw from gripping a heavy stroller bar for an afternoon.  The Sweet Honey Balm smells just like honey, probably because it contains Manuka honey from the flower of the Tea Tree bush.  This is like a “superfood” for skin because of all the antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Next up are the chocolates!  Now why wouldn’t chocolate be great for your skin?  Cacao has more than 600 natural chemicals–230 with known health benefits.  It contains iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and other vitamins, and helps fight water retention and cellulite.  These smell wonderful!!  They both remind me of the smells of Christmas.  The Chocolate Orange reduces puffiness and discourages wrinkles, and the Chocolate Mint contains the delicious Peppermint Essential Oil, making the mint aroma immediately noticeable and lingering.
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I imagine all of the Alki Organix balms are winners.  They even carry a Manuka Honey Facial, and a sports gel specifically designed to relieve tired muscles.  Whether you’re a lotion-addict or not, I really think you will love these new and delicious products.  They are priced around $12.95 for a 1 oz., but they really go a long way!  I think it will take me probably months daily use to get through these bottles.

One lucky winner is going to receive one of each of the four products I reviewed!  One Fruit & Nut, Sweet Honey, Chocolate Orange, and Chocolate Mint!

Priced at $12.95 each, this is worth over $50!!

Because I was sent the prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!
*The winners will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  *This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries.

*The winners of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 7th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Alki Organix, but all opinions are strictly my own

Simone France Skincare {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I received a set of Mary Kay’s Satin Hands when I graduated from high school, but I didn’t really get the hype about it at the time.  I asked a friend if she wanted the set, and she was overjoyed and snatched it up.  Strike one.  I then received another set of Mary Kay’s Satin Hands for my bridal shower, and again, didn’t even try the set before I passed it along to another friend, who, amazingly enough, was also overjoyed and snatched it right up.  Strike two.  When I received yet one more set of Mary Kay’s Satin Hands for a baby shower, I figured that I should at least try it out and see what my friends from years past had been so excited about.

Oh.  My.  Glory.  Goodness.

I absolutely loved the set, and I used it throughout the rest of my pregnancy and through part of the dry winter before it ran out and I got more for my birthday.  And kept it that time, too.  🙂

The only downfall to the Satin Hands set is that it can really only be used on your hands.  I tried once using it on my body, but it didn’t turn out as well as I had envisioned.  I’ve been looking for something since then that would work for my legs and arms, and then I came across Simone France Skincare.

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Simone France Skincare offers a unique cleansing method that uses classic French skincare products, but the service that stood out to me was the individual, one-on-one skincare consultation that anyone can use, even if you choose not to purchase from Simone France.   After receiving a skin care diagnosis from Simone France which explains the reasons for your skin problems and outlines at-home steps you can take, Simone France also provides a suggestion of products to use.  In addition, you can search by Skin Concerns  or by Your Skin Type to find the specific products that apply to your skin issues.

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Simone France Skincare sent me the Body Duo shown above that comes with an 8 oz. jar of Body Buff and an 8 oz. bottle of Body Glow to review, and I LOVE it just as much (if not more!) than the Satin Hands set.  Both items for exfoliation and then for moisturizing and protection have the perfect texture without feeling to harsh, and the scent isn’t overpowering. This set can be used everyday, and the Body Buff currently resides next to my bathtub.  🙂

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Simone France Skincare also makes a set called the Handwich that includes soap, Refining Scrub, and Soft Hands RX specifically for exfoliating, moisturizing, and protecting your hands.

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My eye also caught the Deep Moisture Mask that works well for moisturizing skin that has been affected by dry weather over this past (very long…) winter.

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 Simone France, though, is best known for the Sandwich Daily Facial Package that offers deep pore cleansing, mild exfoliation and ideal moisturizing in just 2 minutes a day.

With the weather changing from the harsh, cold, dry winter to gorgeous spring days, take a look at Simone French Skincare to help make the transition easier or to add that extra boost to glowing skin.

Enter below to win the Simone French Skincare Body Duo that I received and love so much!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of April 25th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Simone French Skincare, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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