The Luxury Spot- Review of Basq's Resilient Body Oil

Brooke Ditlow - Thursday, July 05, 2012

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

RuralMom.com basq Review

Brooke Ditlow - Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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Basq Soothing Foot Relief Spa Set #Giveaway

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!)

Basq Rebalancing Facial Cleanser on my sink

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.

 

Mom Endeavors- Review of basq's "It's A Small World" Line!

Brooke Ditlow - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sara Wellensek wrote a great review of basq's "It's A Small World" Line:

For the entire review and to read more from Mom Endavors, please go to: http://www.momendeavors.com/2012/06/disneys-its-a-small-world-by-basq-skincare-products-for-moms-kids.html

Disney’s It’s A Small World by basq {Skincare Products for Moms & Kids}

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 LOTS of 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!

 

Review of basq/Disney's "It's A Small World" Loving Touch Kit

Brooke Ditlow - Monday, June 18, 2012

Double Giveaway – basq’s Disney Loving Touch Gift Set!
- by Mitch Chaitin, Gay NYC Dad

(Check out the entire review and more from Gay NYC Dad at: http://www.gaynycdad.com/)


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!

Set includes:

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.

Super Beauty Rush Blog

Brooke Ditlow - Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Amanda Neil, from Super Beauty Rush , wrote the following review of basq's Cucumber Tea Eye Gel:

 

Super Beauty Rush

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Basq Soothing Eye Gel

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!
Amanda Neil

Check out Super Beauty Rush at: http://superbeautyrush.blogspot.com/

Ab-Tastic Meditation: Good For The Pre/Postnatal Body and Soul- By Jamie Wooten

Brooke Ditlow - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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

Isis Parenting Webinar- "Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: More Than the Blues"

Brooke Ditlow - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

As a leading expert, basq Skin Care was asked to sponsor Iris Parenting’s Webinar, “Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: More Than the Blues.”

This FREE Webinar will take place Wednesday May 23 at 8:00 EDT. Click here for details: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=373sf8zgki3g 

Physical and emotional health of women is very important to basq during all stages of life.  We hope that you will be able to take part in this very important webinar.   

Another Lover of basq!

Brooke Ditlow - Friday, April 06, 2012

We love hearing from the people who use our products! Recently Jacquelyn from New Berlin, WI wrote to use about our Advanced Stretch Mark Butter. This is what she said:

I was advised about this product in the early part of my pregnancy while shopping at Pea in a Pod. And now, I swear by it! Currently, I am 8 months pregnant and have yet to see one stretch mark on my ever expanding belly. I have told all of my girlfriends and pretty much anyone that will listen about how amazing this product is.

Prenatal Safe Exercises for Lower Back Pain

Brooke Ditlow - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Prenatal Safe Exercises for Lower Back Pain

 

By Jaime Wooten, AFFA, CPT Prenatal/Postnatal Health and Fitness Educator

One of the most common complaints I hear from my pregnant clients is “my lower back is killing me.”

The relaxin hormone and a growing uterus are to blame, but there are exercises to help ease the pain!

Pelvic Tilt:

Lying on your back with arms are at your sides, bend your knees so that your finger tips are almost touching your ankles. Inhale and press your lower back to the floor. Exhale and tilt the pelvis to create space between the floor and repeat. It is a small but powerful movement that can bring big results. Try 1-20 reps working up to 3 sets of twenty, 3 times a day.

Yoga Cat Cow:

From an all fours table position, open your hands wide like a starfish. Have your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Inhale Cow; make a hammock with your back, gaze is up towards the sky. Exhale Cat; arch your spine like a scaredy-cat, gaze down towards the floor. Work up to 15 breathes.

Table with Opposite Arm and Opposite Leg:

While in your all four position check your alignment for wrists under shoulders and knees under hips. Extend and raise your leg to hip height, be sure to flex your foot, and make sure your hips are square and even. Then, add your arm extending forward like you are shaking hands with thumb extending towards the sky. Be sure not to go above shoulder height. Inhale back to your original table starting position, then exhale your opposite arm and opposite leg to the extended position. Switch sides and repeat 10-12 reps.

Note: if you have any tingling in the hands or wrists you can modify any all-fours exercise by making fists with your hands.

Remember to continue core strengthening exercises when you are pregnant. Yoga is a fantastic way to build core strength and relieve back pain. After 20 weeks you can still do crunches but do them on a ball or slanted surface (3 risers and a step, head is above heart). Three minutes is the rule for exercising on your back when pregnant. Remember to roll to your left and take a break for circulation purposes.

Please consult your doctor or midwife before beginning any prenatal exercise program. These exercises were designed for low-risk pregnancies.

Finally, one last tip; purchasing a pre-natal support belt can also bring great relief to your lower back. Try one on and you will know right away if this will work for you. It is not a gimmick, but amazing, drug-free relief of back pain.

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

Current Exercise Guidelines For Low Risk Pregnancies

Brooke Ditlow - Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Current Exercise Guidelines For Low Risk Pregnancies

by Jaime Wooten, AFFA, CPT Prenatal/Postnatal Health and Fitness Educator

Exercise can be a wonderful outlet to prepare your mind, body and spirit in preparation for motherhood. New guidelines from ACOG & AFFA suggest that women with low risk pregnancies should workout 30-90 minutes a day! Walking, yoga, light weight-lifting and belly dancing are all fantastic programs to begin during your pregnancy.

Current Considerations and Modifications:

1) Perceived Rate of Exertion: On a Scale of 1-10, you should be about a 7/8 somewhat hard. If you need to test yourself make sure you can speak comfortably

2) Stay well hydrated! Take extra water breaks!

3) Second and Third Trimesters exercising on your back should be limited to 3 minutes. Abdominal work should be done on a slant ie: on a ball.

4) Avoid activities with high risk of falling or contact sports.

5) Hormonal carpal tunnel and tendonitis is quite prevelent. Lifting 3-5lbs weights is recommended. If you have a tingling in the hands or wrists, avoid direct pressure with palms while doing exercises on all fours and use fists and elbows as modification.

7) Especially in the 3rd trimester, if you have heartburn keep your head above your heart.

6) Signs to stop exercising and call your doctor include: vaginal bleeding, difficulting breathing, dizziness, and headache.

Listen to your body at all times, and remember to always consult your doctor or midwife before beginning an exercise program. Exercise can help you physically and mentally prepare you for labor and beyond. Enjoy your journey!

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