Ros’ Magical Creamy Coconut Lotion-Island Soap & Candleworks

This is the third time that my friend’s very wonderful Creamy Coconut Lotion has saved the day when I broke out in an allergic reaction.

The first was about 2 years ago, when I attended a Island Soap holiday event and the salesperson mentioned he used the lotion and it cleared up an itchy skin condition.

I had been suffering from hives over my torso, which had been gaining ground.

Seriously, I used the lotion once or twice and my skin immediately calmed down and soon the redness and rash was gone with no sign of ever being there.

I asked Ros what was so magical in the lotion?  The lotion is made of natural oils, but she said it was the comfrey in the lotion.

So, the other day I finally used the balance of my Hoala Spa gift card on my second Dual Exfoliation Facial. This facial uses various Aveda products to slough off dead facial skin.  Part of the facial includes creaming up the neck, shoulders and arms.

I left the spa feeling wonderful and  pleased with the results! My esthetician was fabulous ( I won’t mention her by name in case she does not want to be on the internet), and I would definitely go to her again.

However, when I got home an hour or so later, the skin on my neck had erupted into a red, bumpy, itchy rash. Had a little on my right arm as well.

I was concerned and called Hoala, and they were curious what had caused the reaction since none of the products had changed since my first facial. They invited me to come the next day so they could see the rash.

Meanwhile, I applied Island Soap’s Creamy Coconut Lotion to my neck.

About 20 minutes later, the area definitely calmed down-the itchiness subsided, and the swelling bumps and redness lessened.

By the next day, the rash was reduced by about 90%, and only patchy, slightly raised bumps remained.

The spa manager was helpful, but I got the feeling that she was searching for other causes of the rash.

That’s cool, but I know what I use on my face and body, so I was a little taken aback.

One of those things with me, are if you probably caused the problem, just own up and let’s get on with our lives.


In the end, the manager offered me a free facial. Which was one of those funny things-I have to ask myself, will I get an allergic reaction again?

I only do facials like once a year because I am focused on my skin’s condition, so I don’t know, I don’t really need them.

My bf said Yay! He didn’t have to go shopping again for V-day because I had a free gift from his original gift-

Does this mean it is technically a re-gift? Or a re-issue of the original gift?



AHAVA Dead Sea Salts – Pas Deux

I am loving my Ahava Dead Sea products.  Especially the body cream sorbet-perfectly light and very moisturizing, and a great light fragrance.

I tried the Butter Salt Scrub the other day-wondering if it would be like the macadamia nut and salt scrubs I have tried in the past that leave you soft but you have to scrub out a huge oil slick from your shower post exfoliation.

The butter salts are more butter than salt, and the formulation of the butter part is creamy but dissolves easily when you rinse off the product.  Plus the emphasis is on butter-the salt granules are not prevalent, but they do the trick!  Post shower, my skin was both soft and smooth for hours without extra lotion.

The other day, after a run that consisted of a few laps around the block, my and the blue-eyed man decided to try out the facial and body products – post shower of course.

The liquid dead sea salts have a gel-like consistency and go on just like that – sort of like sliding jello on yourself.  They don’t sting, but I wouldn’t put it on sensitive areas if you know what I mean.

The facial mask is more “mud” like.  Almost like a clay-mask.  The product claims to remove toxic stuff, smooth, and even provide UV protection. I’m not sure how it does that since you rinse it off.

Post slathering-we both agreed that our skin felt softer and curiously moisturized.

I can’t say I felt like it took out any of the toxins from the wine and champagne I had the night before but I slept like a baby.