Friday, August 22, 2014


Here’s my latest on spa and beauty product finds.  Enjoy!

~ Products and Experiences ~

Crabtree & Evelyn ~ I’ve been hooked on this line since the late-1980s.  I experienced their La Source Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy, La Source Warming Foot Smoother, and C & E Nail Lacquer in Vernis.  The Hand Therapy quenched my dry and thirsty hands, cuticles, and nails with restorative and intensive moisture.  Key ingredients include macadamia oil, shea butter, algae extract, palm oil, and vitamin E.  The Foot Smoother left my dry and calloused feet renewed and silky smooth; rubbing the product onto the feet stimulated circulation and created a warming quality, which was soothing.  Key ingredients include bran oil, pumice, silica, volcanic ash, algae extract, shea butter, and almond oil.  The Nail Lacquer was the perfect finishing touch to both hands and feet; Vernis is a beautiful fuchsia color that complements all skin tones.

Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics ~ I’ve been hooked on this iconic line since the late-1990s.  Jane
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics is celebrating its twentieth anniversary as the leading mineral line that continues being embraced by medical and spa professionals globally.  I experienced their Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen in Translucent, and the new Re-Fill Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush.  All of the products in this line are good for the skin and meant to protect and revitalize.  The Dry Sunscreen felt more like a silky fine finishing powder, rather than a heavy-feeling sunscreen product; the sponge applicator dispensed just the right amount of loose Translucent color without being messy; the color was natural and ideal for all skin tones.   The new Re-Fill Me was the perfect take-with for loose powders; the silky brush delivered the right amount of powder and made blending effortless.

Kneader Massage Made Easy ~ Whether you’re a licensed massage therapist, or just someone who enjoys doing self-massage at-home to give relief to kinks, stiff muscles, and joints, the Kneader is an ideal professionally-designed accessory to incorporate into the massage ritual.  An ergonomically designed implement that fits over the four fingers for an easy grip; the top portion of the Kneader conforms to the shape of the palm, while the bottom portion targets surface areas being massaged; the overall weight of the implement is light, but distributes a balanced amount of pressure on the surface area being massaged without causing any discomfort.

Phytomer ~ I’ve been hooked on this line since the late-1990s, although it’s been around since 1972. The product line is based on properties of mineral-rich seawater.  I experienced their Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk, and Rosée Visage Toning Cleansing Lotion.  Both of these products synergistically complement the cleansing and toning process, and are gentle and effective enough for all skin types.  Both products were non-drying and non-irritating, and left no residue on the skin.  Key ingredients in the Cleansing Milk include hazel oil, algae extract, and castor oil.  Key ingredients in the Toning Cleansing Lotion include rose water, castor oil, sea salt, and furze botanical extract.

Silk Therapeutics PureProC ~ It’s always enjoyable experiencing new products based on a few
ingredients that deliver results.  I experienced the Silk Smoothing Gel, Silk Hydrating Serum, and Fine Line Lifting Film.  Ingredients in the Gel: water, silk protein, vitamin C, and lemongrass oil.  Ingredients in the Serum: water, silk protein, sodium hyaluronate, and lemongrass oil.  Ingredients in the Film: silk protein, and vitamin C.  Why these ingredients work:  Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which protects the skin from sun damage, while aiding the skin’s natural ability to repair itself.  Silk protein is a stabilizer for vitamin C and reinforces its effectiveness.  Sodium hyaluronate is the “salt” from hyaluronic acid and acts as a humectant, which aids in hydration.  Lemongrass oil is anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and a fungicide that also constricts skin and minimizes pores.  All of these ingredients are ideal for targeting the signs of aging and minimizing them.  I found that when I used either the Gel or Serum, my skin was sufficiently hydrated and left it feeling silky and smooth; pores were minimized and skin tone more even.  The Film was especially effective on my forehead’s fine lines and wrinkles; after the application, skin appeared smoother and more even, and fine lines and wrinkles were softened.  I enjoyed using all of the products, and especially the aroma of lemongrass, which is one of my favorite essential oils.

~ In Closing ~

Be sure to visit each website for a complete description of each of these items, as well as a complete listing of products.  Be sure to follow each brand on social media to be the first to hear about new product launches and collections, special deals, giveaways, trends, and tips.  Also, visit traditional brick and mortar stores, mass retail, specialty, discount, etc. and give the products a test drive; hopefully you’ll also be able to get samples, or take advantage of a special offer like gift with purchase, or purchase with purchase.

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, Cision Seek or Shout, Plaxo, Red Room, Pinterest, and Tripatini.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  You can email her at


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