Thursday, June 11, 2015



As summer’s heat and humidity persists, consider the following products, which are perfect for après sun and water, and what ever else the season might have in store for you.  Enjoy!

~ Products for Face, Body and Hair ~

Ilike Organic Skin Care Carotene Essentials Rich Moisturizer ~ This beautiful new all-natural and organic cruelty-free product not only delivers restorative hydration, but Carotene Essentials Rich Moisturizer also delivers immediate and visible luminosity to the skin.  The creamy texture provides ideal protection and restoration après sun and water.  Key ingredients include Sorb Apple, Carrot, Cantaloupe, Calendula, Corn Germ Oil, Carotene (Provitamin A), and Vitamins A, B, C, E and K.  I loved how the improvement to my skin had a cumulative affect; levels of hydration were maintained throughout the day, fine lines and wrinkles were diminished, and my skin appeared healthy and glowing; the product absorbed quickly without leaving any residue.

Jane Iredale Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion and LipDrink Lip Balm, Blush ~ What better way to celebrate the summer season than to have glowing skin and luscious lips?  A favorite mineral makeup line for many, Jane Iredale celebrates the season with her Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion, which imparts shimmer and hydration to all skin tones.  Key ingredients include botanical Extracts, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Aloe.  Ideal for face and body, this product adds just the right amount of warming glow to leave skin looking radiant, while restoring hydration levels and smoothing the appearance of skin.  I loved how this left my face with just the right amount of glow on my cheeks and eyelids.  Another “ode” to summer includes her new colors for LipDrink Lip Balm in Buff and Crush.  Key ingredients include, an SPF 15, Botanical Extracts, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Green Tea Extract, and Lemon Peel Oil.  I used the new color Crush, a luscious berry color; my lips were color-primed, drenched in moisturizer, and protected from the sun.

Peter Coppola Legacy Keratin Concept ~ Peter Coppola is regarded as the “Godfather of Keratin”, and has developed the first consumer-based Keratin Smoothing Treatment product line that’s free of formaldehyde and aldehyde, and formulated with restorative Keratin and anti-aging Ceramide.  Prior to this new line, if a person wanted a Keratin treatment, they’d have to go to a salon.  The new product line, suitable for all hair types, restores shine, while improving texture, smoothness, and volume.  The line includes Shampoo, Conditioner, Anti-Frizz Cream, Blow Out Spray, and Hairspray.  I have fine, oily, fairly straight hair that’s all naturally gray; I also don’t use any conditioner or styling products.  I tried the Shampoo for nearly two weeks and found that it weighted my hair down and left it limp.  Based on my experience, hair type and texture, I feel these products are better suited for those with hair that’s frizzy or curly, permed or colored, and damaged, over-processed or over-styled.  These products are available at qualified salons that feature Peter Coppola treatments and products.

Rituals Cosmetics Fortune Oil, Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood Nourishing Shower Oil ~ This is the perfect product for the shower.  Those who spend a bit too much time outdoors will especially enjoy this après sun and water.  Not only did it gently cleanse, but it also left my skin feeling silky, while imparting a lovely subtle aroma.  Key ingredients include Orange and Cedarwood Oil, and Soy and Castor Oil.  Gently cleansed my skin, while leaving it silky smooth and hydrated, without feeling greasy or tacky; the beautiful aroma was subtle and uplifting.

SoapBox Lotions Bataua Fruit Sensitive Rejuvenation, Coconut Intense Hydration, and Argan Nourishing Moisture ~ These lotions hydrate beautifully with restorative ingredients like Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Olive Fruit Oil and Shea Butter.  In addition to these restorative ingredients, the individual blends I tried also included Bataua Fruit Oil, Coconut Oil, and Argan Oil, respectively.  The Bataua Fruit Oil has a fresh-picked fruity aroma; the Coconut Oil has a just-cracked coconut aroma; and, the Argan Oil has a subtle fresh aroma.  This company’s mission is to provide a month’s supply of clean water to a community (in cooperation with their partner Splash).  Each bottle of lotion has a “Hope Code” on it and consumers can go to the website and enter the code to see where their  purchase donation went to further the cause for clean water.

~ Oral Care ~

ClōSys Oral Care ~ Just what your mouth has been hoping for…an oral care line that’s pH balanced and free of sulfates, triclosan and alcohol; it’s also ideal for sensitive teeth.  The line takes care of all the oral care needs with Toothpaste (fluoride and non-fluoride), Oral Rinse, Oral Spray, Brushes, and Tongue Cleaner.  While I enjoyed using the products, especially the Toothpaste, my acute sense of smell detected the faint aroma of chlorine in the Oral Rinse; Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide is one of the ingredients in the Oral Rinse.  For those always on-the-go, there’s a handy Trial Size Kit, which includes Toothpaste, Oral Rinse, Oral Drops, and Oral Spray; all sizes are TSA-compliant.

~ In Closing ~

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Take care of yourself during this time when summer’s sun and over-exposure can damage the fragile skin.  Keep hydrated, wear sunscreen, and consider wearing a nice wide-brimmed sun hat.  The hat will provide added protection from harmful rays, while also making a fashion statement.  And, as a reminder…

STAY HYDRATED ~ Water is best, plain or infused with fruits or veggies is next best.
BE SUN-SMART, SUN-SAFE ~ Avoid the sun as much as possible, and use products that protect.
LIGHTEN UP ~ Food choices, color palette, fragrance, and skin, body, and hair care products.

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  Her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tripatini.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Please note that the "Comment Section" has been disabled.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, “Terry’s Second Helpings”.  You can email her at, or


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