Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mother's Day Gift Giving Guide -- Gilly's Organics (Review)

What mom doesn't like to be pampered?  I know that with two young girls at home, I always look forward to "me time," when I can shower or even soak in the tub after a long day of missed naps, teething, diaper rashes and more.  And, when it comes to pampering my body, I always look for natural and gentle products for my sensitive skin.  After going through cancer treatment a few years ago, I have become more cautious of what I apply to my skin, and read the labels more carefully.  It wasn't until this time in my life, that I found products that claimed they were "natural," actually weren't.  Yes, they contained 1-2 natural ingredients, but the rest of the ingredients label read chemicals after chemical -- So much for being natural.  But, thanks to Gilly of Gilly's Organics, she shares the same concern for bath and body products that advertise being natural.  And, as a result, she came up with a wonderful line of products, which are actually "ALL NATURAL."  Now, I don't have to spend unnecessary time looking up ingredients from a label to see if it is harmful for my skin/body.  

Gilly kindly sent me a few of her best selling products to try out, and I have to say I loved this review opportunity, as it not only gave me an excuse to pencil in "me time," but it also made my skin feel and smell great.  Just look at what I was able to try out:

Soappeppermint--Buy now for only $22.00.

This delicious soap is gentle, natural, and smells like a garden of peppermint. It is perfect in a dish in a guest bathroom because the scent and look of the soap is very spa-like. It is perfect in the shower because it lasts and leaves your skin feeling totally fresh.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Palm Kernel Oil, Soy Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Peppermint Leaves

My Thoughts:

This was the first product I sampled from the Gilly's Organic line.  As soon as I unwrapped the soap from the package, I was able to smell the peppermint, reminding me of the holidays.  And, as I used this soap in the shower, I was amazed at how it made my skin feel.  Unlike other homemade soaps I have tried in the past, this soap didn't leave a film or dry, rough feeling to my skin.  Instead, my skin felt tingly and fresh.  And, the subtle peppermint scent lingered on my skin for hours later, helping to relax my senses further, after a long day.  

I have been using this soap for a few days and love how it keeps its shape and hasn't begun to disintegrate or crumble apart with daily use.  Who knew that a soap would make me look forward to sneaking away for a daily shower.

Natural Body Exfoliant -- Buy now for only $30.00.

Rejuvenate your skin to a gorgeous glow! Awaken your senses and pamper your skin with the most natural, gently exfoliating sugar scrub. Enhanced with the purest organic oils and vitamin E, it smooths away dead surface cells, revealing brighter, softer skin.

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, 100% Pure Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil, 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil

My Thoughts:

Because of my delicate skin, I usually limit the amount of body scrubs I use, as after a few applications, I find my skin gets irritated.  I have used this product twice since receiving and love how gentle it is on my skin.  Instead of leaving it feeling rough or irritated, my skin feels as smooth as a baby's skin.  I have never experienced such results in only two applications, which is absolutely amazing.  I will definitely continue to use this body exfoliant on a weekly basis, to smooth away dead skin, and help leave my skin refreshed and smooth.

Body Butter -- Buy now for only $36.00.

A luxurious, creamy, moisturizing experience! The enticing chocolate/mint scent comes naturally from cocoa butter and peppermint, which are both invigorating and soothing at once.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Juice, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Shea Butter, Jojoba) Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Vitamin E, Phenoxyethanol, Essential Oils, Tamanu Oil, Carrot Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Borage Oil, Arnica Extract, Black Willow Bark Extract, Mannan, Xanthan Gum, Rosemary Oleoresin, Neem Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid

My Thoughts:

Out the three products sent, this has to be my favorite, as it has not only helped to keep my skin smooth, but is gentle enough to use on my 5 month old daughter's skin.  She has had rough skin on her sideburn areas of her face, due to the way she sleeps and drools.  I have tried a handful of baby safe products, only to be disappointed with the results.  Instead of smoothing the dry areas, it just leaves them greasy, or even dries the area out more.  But, with twice daily applications, her skin is smooth.  

As for my skin, I love the combination of cocoa and peppermint.  Both scents are refreshing and really work well together.  And, unlike other body butters, a little does go a long way.  I find that a pea size drop helps keep my hands moisturized on a daily basis.  I make sure to apply this body butter throughout the day, after washing bottle or applying diaper rash ointment to my daughters' skin, as these are the times I find my hands take a beating, and feel dry and rough.  In seconds of applying, my skin instantly feels smooth.  I don't have to worry about greasy skin afterwards, as this body butter blends beautifully in the skin, really helping to keep it moisturized and smooth.  I can't wait to see how this product helps sooth my dry, cracked skin come the winter.

In addition to the above products I was sent to review, Gilly's Organics also provides shampoo, body wash, hair moisturizer, spritzers, eye cremes, toners and so much more.  Click here now to shop Gilly's Organics for your own personal health and beauty products, or to give as a gift this Mother's Day!  After having tried the above products and loved them, I can't wait to try out the shampoos and toners.  And, when my birthday rolls around the fall, I know what I will be asking my hubby for -- Gilly's Organics -- just in time for the harsh winter New England months, to help keep my skin feeling and looking great.

About Gilly's Organics:

Gilly’s Organics has been in the works since the founder, Gilly was a young girl. Whether concocting something in her kitchen to eat, or smashing makeup together with a mortar and pestle at the family pharmacy, she’s always liked to combine and test different ingredients. In college, Gilly whipped up facial creams and hair conditioning treatments for her friends. Essential oils and natural products were an interest even back then. And, though she was not living the lifestyle she leads today, deep down in her pores, she knew she’d do something healthy… eventually. Her creativity led her into marketing and branding for fragrance and makeup companies. While she enjoyed her career, she started becoming more organic in her life. Soon, she began to envision herself creating something natural, beautiful, and beneficial for ourselves and the earth. Eventually, writing about creams made with carcinogens, and endorsing non-vegan products became undesirable.

One evening, while mixing up some rich, nourishing oils for her dry hair and wintery skin, she pondered packaging and selling this particular blend. Then, a friend who also loved it suggested adding sugar to make it an exfoliant, and that’s how Gilly’s first product was born! “Hey Sugar, Lookin’ Good!” is now selling in select locations in NJ and CA. It’s a fabulous, gentle, spa-like, all-over body scrub that is excellent for manicures and pedicures too. Recently the line has expanded to 10 products! Please browse the site to learn about all of them. With Gilly’s Organics you can be a natural beauty!

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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