In honor of a week filled with Earth Day celebrations, I'm pouring myself a glass of wine — 2007 Cotes-du-Rhone, which is vegan, biodynamic and crafted of certified organic grapes — and slipping into a warm bath (by lowering the water temperature, less CO2 is used to heat the water), overflowing with products that are both delightfully green and unreasonably delicious.
How sweet it is
Scent is a powerful thing. But all too often, it is misused. Not so with Earthworks, a paraben-free collection of eco-friendly bath and body products. The first thing that struck me as I unwrapped the delicate, eco-friendly paper that encases Earthworks' triple milled Mandarine soap is its heavenly fragrance. Indescribable, really, the scent instantly transports you, like the memory of Mom's cranberry muffins, or the sweet fragrance of a baby. It's a scent that demands you close your eyes and breathe deeply to consume its blissful aroma.
Made in England, the triple-milled soap is rich with shea butter, jojoba and coconut oils ($10). The Pur- essence Mandarine Bath Oil ($30) boasts an exotic combination of citruses and florals while Earthworks' Mandarine Body Lotion ($24) complements the Mandarine Bath Collection with a proprietary blend of Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Coconut, Grape Seed Oil and more. Shop the entire collection at earthworksproducts.com.
The Royal Treatment
Touted as a line of bath and body products for the "urban princess," I adore Principessa's sweet smelling collection of lotions, scrubs, shower creams and more.
Bianco Breeze, a hair and body powder bursting with the appealing fragrance of Organic Chamomilla and Organic Calendula is a must-have. This talc-free, multi-use powder absorbs excess oil when applied to the hair and keeps skin soft and shower-fresh from day to night. Get it for $24 at principessabeauty.com.
Pour some sugar on me
As the weather warms up and we get ready to bare more skin, LaLicious comes to the rescue with their exfoliating Sugar Soufflé Scrub ($34). Jam-packed with cane sugar, proteins, vitamins and minerals, a slather of the scrub left me smooth, moisturized, and, to my delight, without the need for lotion afterward.
Their decadent Whipped Body Soap ($18) includes coconut and safflower seed oil to hydrate and replenish, while the island-inspired scents — like Lily Mango, Tahitian Flower, and Island Guava — leaves behind delicately perfumed, Spring-worthy skin.
Best of all, LaLicious keeps their all-natural products paraben and sulfate-free. Shop these goodies and others at lalicious.com.
Sinful. In a word, that is Pure Hapa, a bath and body collection straight from the black beaches of Hawaii.
The Haupia Orange Soufflé Body Cream ($39 at purehapa.com) contains a proprietary sweet orange essential oil blend paired with chamomile and papaya extracts to calm skin. Sure, it will moisturize skin as well as any other high-quality cream, but it's the scent, bursting with the ripe juiciness of oranges, that will truly sweep you away.
Skip the trip to Hawaii, one whiff of this delicious cream and you'll surely be swept away. Oh, and you'll be lowering your carbon footprint to boot.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.