G!veaway: Basq and Disney Offer Sweet Smelling Skin Care Products
July 3, 2012
The last few months have been really busy for me. And it’s been tough trying to find a way to soothe myself from all of the action. Not really an easy thing to do with my kids and grandbaby around.
But thank goodness I can bask in the beauty of being a woman and one of the sweet treasures of being a lady is the sweet pleasure of discovering new products and perfumes that serve as the perfect accoutrements to my bustling beauty collection.
I’ve had the pleasure of trying some wonderful products from Disney’s It’s a Small World Collection and Basq and they have teamed up to offer some sweet-smelling products that are truly medicinal to me!
Yes, these products have helped to make me feel good, calm and centered when I’ve needed it most. Basq has the most amazing, sweet smelling Nourishing and Cleansing Bar, that is for both mom and baby, a Lavender Calming Oil and a delicious smelling Lavender Dream Mist that is fresh and refreshing. These products are in their newest Loving Touch Kit.
The Lavender Calming Oil is one of my favs. Oils are known to fuel the skin’s natural hydration and healing process in the dermis layer of skin where stretch marks form, and yeah, I’ve got a few of those! Basq’s Almond Oil blends some of the finest oils available for full body toning and stretch mark care. The aroma is light yet very fragrant.
There are just some things you have to have in your bathroom and for me, I have to have all of my perfumes lined up and ready to go. These Basq products are must-haves for me because the sweet mist and sprays can also be used on babies and kids. That saves me a pretty penny especially because my kids love to come into my bathroom and try to use my more expensive perfumes and sprays. Now they can luxuriate and smell sweet with mommy’s new Basq products.
And I know they will love the all natural moisturizing LOVE soap when taking their nightly baths.
The Dream Lavender Sleep Mist has been a great nighttime aid for me when putting my grandbaby to sleep. After a cool bath, I have rubbed her little chunky legs with the Calming Oil, sprayed the Dream Mist on her and watched her eyes flutter while she has fallen asleep.
I recommend it because it works! And I love taking a nighttime shower and spraying the mist right before climbing into bed. It’s the best.
For all of my Cincomom readers you too can order these wonderful Basq products and receive 20% off your order when you use the code CMM20 at checkout at www.basqitsasmallworld.com and www.basqnyc.com. You’ll get 20% off your order. (It expires 7/31/12)
I’d also like to give away one of the wonderful Loving Touch Kits from Basq has given me to enjoy! Tell me below in the comments section just why these soothing oils would be a perfect compliment to your life! Good luck! Contest ends July 15th!
I need to fill you in on a secret … I have stretch marks. If I could make these words illegal, I would do so in a heartbeat. I have tried so many products to help me get rid of these evil marks, but most didn’t even lighten them up—waste of money and my time. So when I heard about Basq Skincare, I just knew I had to get my hands on their products!
Basq was created when two moms couldn’t find anything safe that was worth using during their pregnancies. After working with the best minds in beauty, skin science and aromatherapy they created Basq Skincare. As moms, they know how much we dread stretch marks. Whether we get them from pregnancy, weight loss, or growth spurts, they knew they needed to create products that actually worked. And I am here to tell you, they did!
I have been using their Citrus Sugar Body Polish for a couple weeks now and I’ve noticed a big change in the appearance of my stretch marks. They are not gone, but definitely not as noticeable anymore. On top of being thrilled about lightening my stretch marks, the sugar scrub makes my skin feel so amazing. You know how soft a newborn’s skin feels? Yep, that’s how my skin feels after every shower now.
Why it works:
Sugar exfoliation keeps skin in a constant state of renewal and rejuvenation, sloughing away dull layers that leave skin dry and dull. Rosehip oil has great skin rejuvenating properties due trans-retinoic acid, the component responsible for its remarkable cell healing and fortification capabilities. It also contains essential fatty acids Omega-6 and Omega 3 which renew damaged skin. Grapeseed oil contains a high amount of linoleic acid, which nourishes skin to keep it smooth and hydrated. The nutrients in grapeseed oil absorb deeply to fight free radicals and stop some of the enzymes that destroy skin functioning which leads to drying. Hazelnut oil is rich in essential fatty acids that deeply hydrate and repair. Wheatgerm oil has a high content of linoleic acid, oleic palmitic and stearic fatty acids that help in healthy cell regeneration for skin repair. Shea Butter is particularly high in essential fatty acids plus vitamins A, E and F skin nourishment and moisturizing.
As amazing as the Citrus Sugar Body Polish is, it is only step one in fighting and repairing stretch marks. I have been obsessing using their Illipe Body Butter and oh my gosh, if you could wrap up Heaven and store it in a lotion container, that is exactly what they did. The Illipe Body Butter is a beautiful, thick butter that fortifies skin from the inside out and a perfect way to fight stretch marks all over the body. Although super rich, their blend absorbs quickly and deeply like other butters don’t, giving skin super-deep nourishment without a heavy, greasy feel.
Why it works:
Shea butter is particularly high in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, E and F, and widely used for moisturizing and rejuvenating the skin to prevent premature aging and to cure damaged skin. Jojoba butter is an excellent moisturizer that supports skin regeneration. Borage seed oil has the highest concentration of gamma linolenic acid an Omega-6 essential fatty acid for skin nourishment and strengthening. Rosehip oil has a high content of essential fatty acids known specifically to heals scars and restore normal skin color. Grape seed oil is abundant in fatty acid linoleic acid, that critically helps maintain the health of cell membranes, supports regeneration and restructuring of damaged, stressed skin tissue.
I am not the only one obsessing over Basq Skincare products, Heidi Klum is just one of the many celebrities who love Basq as well.
All Basq products are rigorously clinically tested for ZERO skin allergies and irritants. The line is paraben, phthalate and animal testing-free. You can learn about all their amazing products by visiting: www.basqnyc.com and stay up-to-date by liking them on Facebook.
In her Article: "Guide to Green Beauty Products for Glowing Skin" Latham Thomas reommend basq' Citrus Sugar Body Polish:
"Scrub it up!
Chemical-Free Scrub - The key to healthy elastic skin is to exfoliate, sweeping away the dull, itchy top skin layer and prompting cellular renewal in the lower layers where stretch marks occur. With the combination of natural ingredients, including shea butter and other nourishing essential oils Basq Sugar Body Polish is made to penetrate deeply for intense skin fortification and elasticity. Sugar Body Polish, $26."
When I was pregnant with my son, I was a chipper 24 year old that had resilient-as-all-hell skin that could stand up to a 55 pound weight gain (that’s right, I was a house… and I didn’t have the wild Captain Crunch diet of Jessica Simpson, either). This time around I’m a few years older and a wee bit wiser- I’ve got to oil my thorax up to avoid all the wild stretch marks that so commonly plague women. I’ve tried a bunch out, and as far as the luxury category goes, I’m totally in love with Basq’s Resilient Body Oil. For starters, it’s velvety smooth and not so overwhelmingly thick that you feel goopy after. The consistency is just right, but it’s also loaded with rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, and a ton of other magically safe and beautiful ingredients that’ll leave your feeling feeling and looking like a natural dream. And the best part is that it sort of smells like sweetened Moroccan mint tea, and around my house (I’m married to a Moroccan man), that’s pretty good <3
In June, I set Groove, Move, and Improve goals for my holistic health and wellness journey as part of my involvement with the Simmworks Weight Loss Challenge (a group of bloggers banding together to create healthier lifestyles.)
My Improve goals were to "Respect and find time/ways to enhance my outer self. Discover new ways to alleviate stress and encourage harmony." To accomplish for June, I scheduled time for a pedicure (way fun and relaxing!) tried Yoga via DVD (a bit uncomfortable for this newbie, but refreshing,) and I focused on skin care and cleaning up my beauty routine (aka making room for beauty in the bathroom.)
In my journey towards better skin care and stress alleviation, I expanded my knowledge of the fabulous Basq product line. Basq Cucumber Eye Gel, offering instant eye refreshment, was a quality product I already loved, so when I had the opportunity to try the Basq Rebalancing Facial Cleanser and the Basq Soothing Foot Relief Spa Set, I had very high hopes they would alleviate stress and encourage harmony for my health and beauty routine.
My hopes were well founded. Both proved to be high quality, high performance products that have changed my outer self for the better! (And don't you just feel great when you know you are putting forth the best view of you? I sure do!)
In a nutshell, the Basq Rebalancing Facial Cleanser exfoliates away damaged skin and prevents plugged and prominent pores, giving your skin a smoother finish. I found that this product makes my skin super soft, well hydrated, and well, simply happy and healthy. I'm totally sold on it and for the first time, actually feel like I have a face cleanser product that truly does the job well!
The Basq Soothing Foot Relief Spa Set is a total pampering product that offers an "instant fix" for your feet. The two step process includes incredible moisture enriched socks that replenish, smooth and revive feet followed by Basq Energizing Lotion (included in the set,) which is a cooling soothing lotion that revives and moisturizes tired feet and legs. Again, this product delivers as promised... When I went to get a pedicure, I was tickled to have the pampering, soft and hydrated skin, and super cute toes after, but I knew from experience by the end of my shower that night, all the soft hydration from the lotions would dissipate. Fortunately, I had my Basq Soothing Foot Relief Spa Set ready to use that night and when I woke up in the morning and pulled the socks off, my feet were in even better condition (softer, smoother, fully hydrated) then they were after my pedicure- oh happy day!! And that was prior to finishing up with the Basq Engerizing Lotion, which cinched the deal and set me up for a terrific day of well pampered feetsies.
Whenever I need a lift, after a long hike or a summer fun day (like a visit to the zoo,) the Basq Soothing Foot Relief Spa Set is there to undo the stress of the day and get my feet in the dancing mood again.
I also found out that the Basq Energizing Lotion can be used to help with body aches, such as sore shoulders and backs, and doubles as a sunburn or hot flash relief, too. Gotta adore the versatility of this unique product.
There is something magical about Disney’s “It’s a Small World”, especially when seen through the eyes of a child! We just experienced that last week as Little Brother wanted to do the ride “one more” each time we got off & Big Brother eagerly sang along!
And, recently, I’ve been experiencing some different “It’s a Small World” magic of my own. Instead of the ride, it’s a fabulous mom child skincare line from basq in collaboration with Disney!
(From the site:)“This line depicts the unique bond of mother and child and the shared connections of moms worldwide. From better sleep to buttery smooth skin, this line gives moms tools to care and touch smartly and beautifully during pregnancy and with baby. The products are genuinely global as the ingredients capture the fine skin care elements from cultures around the world. Trusted ingredients, rich textures and delicate aromas perfect for you and baby to enjoy!”
I absolutely love these basq products!! With some mild lavender scents, they are all so calming and soothing! After all of the craziness from last week’s Disney #CarsLand trip (including LOTSof walking & standing), the calming oil made for a wonderful (and much needed) foot & leg massage!! Of course, the Touch Body Butter feels great anytime–especially on the continually stretching tummy skin. And, I think the Dream Sleep Mist is so nice in the evenings–especially if you take a nighttime shower & spray a bit on after.
But, the thing I think is so unique and extra great about these basq products is that they are not only safe for moms (including pregnant mamas), but are safe for little ones too! In fact, on almost all of the products, there are directions specifically geared toward moms, expectant moms, and little ones. In addition, the products are all made in the U.S.A and hypoallergenic, plus paraben, phthalate and animal testing free!
From basq’s Disney collaboration comes the It’s a Small World collection! And I have this dazzling gift set, which is perfect for every gifting occasion, to give away!. Perfect for expecting and new moms, this generous gift set has everything she needs for herself and her little one. All of the nurturing “It’s a Small World” products in one gorgeous set featuring the iconic art work of Mary Blair. The jewel tones are highlighted by the shimmering gold underneath. The gold box can be used as a keep sake treasure box once opened, and babies love the bright glitter!!
Discount ahead! Use code GNYC20- for 20% off www.basqitsasmallworld.com and www.basqnyc.com! They have a great selection of items besides this wonderful giveaway!
8 oz TOUCH Body Butter; 4 oz DREAM Sleep Mist, 2 oz SHARE Calming Oil and 3 oz LOVE Cleansing Bar.
TOUCH Body Butter blends the best that Nature offers – Illipe, Jojoba and Shea butters plus nourishing oils for head to toe nurturing. Light Lavender aroma soothes and calms the senses for better rest and relaxation. Perfect for mom and baby to share.
DREAM Sleep Mist promotes calm, relaxation and better sleep. The gentle Lavender aroma creates an ideal environment for mom & little one to enjoy while they snuggle & bond. Perfect for soothing the senses, wonderful as part of your bedtime and rest routine.
SHARE Calming Oil is a wonderfully soothing oils that blends the calming effects of Lavender with the skin nourishing benefits of Omega Rich Sweet Almond Oil. Wonderful for soothing pulse points before sleep and massage as touch is true love.
LOVE cleansing bar comforts the skin as it cleanses. Milk Proteins replenish while nutrient rich Shea Butter nourishes the skin. Aloe Vera, rich in antioxidants, protects as Lavender gently soothes. Care for the skin with this natural blend for clean skin that is soft, smooth and nourished.
All basq products are Paraben, Phthalate and Animal Testing free.
basq and the It’s a Small World line celebrate the world’s children living under one sun & moon. Learn more about basq’s initiatives to help children around the world.
Hiya Everyone! Here today to tell you about the Basq Soothing Cucumber Eye gel! I love this stuff, it has a cooling effect on your under eye area. I put this on before I go to bed at night and it makes my under eye area feel so much better! This is sort of a blueish green clear gel and you only need the tiniest bit! I have been using this for two weeks and have only used up what was in the cap when I opened it! A little goes a long way! In the jar it seems to have a thick consistency and it really doesn't, it just blends right into my under eye area and is not sticky at all. It has a Minty smell to it which I love and Basq was nice enough to give me a discount code for online shopping for my readers! The code is RUSH20 and it will expire at the end of July so use it while you can!!! I hope you enjoyed this and thanks for reading!
Ab-tastic Meditation: Good For The Pre/Postnatal Body And Soul
By Jaime Wooten, AFFA, CPT Prenatal/Postnatal Health and Fitness Educator
Meditation can be a wonderful tool to protect and repair your abdominal muscles during and after pregnancy.
The rectus muscle is like a zipper down the front of the body that naturally separates in almost all women during pregnancy.
300 breaths a day (100 in the morning, afternoon, and evening) can calm the mind and keep the abs together.
From a comfortable seated position, align the shoulders with the hips. Inhale and expand your chest. Exhale while you draw your navel to your spine. In essence, you are doing a seated abdominal crunch. The action is focused only in the belly. Release your big belly breath and repeat.
Ideally, you would be doing your breaths in a peaceful environment with your eyes closed, but moms don't always have that luxury. Try sitting up nice and tall during your commute while playing some calming music (but keep your eyes open!). Having trouble sleeping at night? Deep breathing can help to lull you back to a peaceful slumber.
Taking time to care for yourself as a mother is essential to finding balance in your life. Give meditation a try for the body and the soul.
Jaime Wooten, AFFA CPT blends her background as a mother to 4&6 year old girls and 17 years as a certified fitness professional to assist her clients through this unique time of their lives. You can reach her at Jaime@fitnessadvantagetrainer.com