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7 Days of Summer Beauty: A Beach State of Mind


If the summer of my dreams was real, I’d be lounging beachside every day catching up on all of the books that have been on my to-read list forever. I would of course have someone nearby to make sure I stay hydrated with green juice and grapefruit LaCroix and refreshed with SPF, especially during that mid-day nap I’m able to fit in. What a life I lead! I guess you could say I need a few days of nothing but R&R to make me appreciate the hustle of my daily grind.

Helping me channel my beach state of mind is African Botanics Marula Neroli-Infused Oil. It’s an everything oil — I can drench myself in this from head to toe and instantly feel refreshed and relaxed.  Marula Oil contains a ton of antioxidants and if I were a sun worshipper, it would most definitely help my skin overcome the inherent environmental damage that comes along with being a beach goddess. It’s good for the face and just about everywhere. But what sets this marula apart from the uninfused varietal is the intoxicating floral essence of neroli oil, which is distilled from a fresh bunch of orange blossoms from a small co-op in Tunisia. The benefits go far beyond aromatherapy – neroli is high in vitamin C and can assist in the release of skin toxins, which is why it is often used to aide relaxation. For $85, you get a surprising amount of product— more than 2 ounces. Which is how I want to roll with this one, as I’m not satisfied unless it’s drenching my entire body in that addictive neroli blend.

It’s a full week of summer beauty! Recap on days 1-4 here.

The Balm Files


I have an affinity towards balms, for cleansing, calming and moisturizing just about everywhere — body, face, hands, feet, lips, etc. The ritual of balm-ing (you can make anything a verb) is a natural relaxer. Especially when you’re breathing in essential oils and massaging healing nutrients into skin. It’s the skin care equiv of a Xanax. There’s this whole world of underground balms – ones you’ve never heard of with a powerful list of ingredients that will have you doubting that jar of Vaseline.  As I explore new balmy territory, I’m going to share it with you. Here’s what I’m excited about at the moment.

Like so many balms or ointments, REN Mayday Mayday Rescue Balm is a multi-tasker that can be used anywhere you have dry or irritated skin. What sets it apart is the absence of petrochemicals, like mineral oil and petrolatum (the two main ingredients in Aquaphor) which act as a barrier on skin, making it impossible for oxygen to get in.

EOS Smooth Lip Sphere’s are the cutest little lip balms there ever were. I use these constantly during the day for a refresh or under lipstick. You can find them at almost every drugstore for about $3.

Ever since I read Beauty Huile’s thoughts on Shea Moisture’s 100% Organic Shea Butter with Hibiscus and Coconut, I’ve been meaning to seek it out on my next trip to Target. Think it’s on the official weekend itinerary! And because I can’t manage to stay focused at the Tar-jay, I’ve added it to my physical handwritten list. I’m old school on grocery runs.

I discovered African Botanics Marula Intense Skin Repair Body Balm a few weeks ago. This brand is super luxe (you can find it at Space NK) and incorporates the antioxidant-rich Marula, indigenous to South Africa, into all products. I massage this into my neck and chest – basically the areas of skin exposed to sun and visible with clothes. I massage it on at night after a steamy bath and wake up with incredibly soft skin. This would be the perfect treatment to use for stretchmarks, scars or directly on sun-damaged areas. The ingredient list is insane — aloe, shea, calendula, honey and other strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

Omorovicza is a Hungarian brand that just popped on my radar and the Thermal Cleansing Balm is at the top of my wish list. I perked when I read that it smells of orange blossom and love the idea of slathering Hungarian mud on to wash my face. It’s would be a major splurge, and what I don’t know yet is if it’s splure-worthy.

For more adventures in balming, follow my daBalm.com board on Pinterest and let me know if you have any balm suggestions!

*note: I received a sample of the African Botanics Marula Balm for editorial consideration.