Tried & True beauty secrets: Summer’s Top 5

One of my favorite blog post themes is ‘TRIED & TRUE’ or T&T for short.

I share an all-time-favorite product or service and you reap the rewards. Below are five (JACKPOT!) T&T products that I needed to share.

If it’s taming your hair, spiffing up your house, or pampering yourself, one of the below might be right up your alley.


Voluspa Candle in Santiago Huckleberry

Voluspa Candle in Santiago Huckleberry

  • Voluspa Candles – I prefer the 16 oz. large size that comes in a gorgeous glass jar and I like to order mine from – They retail for $24.00 which is a better price than other retailers. I’ve also been able to find 15-20% off coupons for extra savings!
  • These candles smell divine. They let off a nice fragrance that completely fills a room. My favorite scent is Santiago Huckleberry. It comes in a deep purple jar (see pic).
  • Bonus – Once you get to the bottom of the jar, pop it in the freezer for a bit and you can easily pop out the remaining wax. Then you can use the empty jar for storage, like a pretty makeup brush holder!



For super silky hair...Oribe Dry Conditioner Spray

For super silky hair – Oribe Dry Conditioner Spray

  • Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray – I pick mine up at Bluemercury for $35.
  • I was at first apprehensive with this spray… I really didn’t need another hair product. But with a few sprays of this conditioner my hair feels silky soft and smells incredible. The signature Oribe scent is one of a kind
  • It’s great if you want to tame fly-aways or soften up your ends after blow drying or straightening. It’s a lifesaver in the summer when my ends need extra conditioning after being in the sun & sand and it does not weigh hair down!



Dr. Bronner's Lavender Pure-Castile Soap - everyday, go-to

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure-Castile Soap – An everyday go-to

  • Dr. Bronner’s All-One Hemp Pure Castile Soap in Lavender – Only $4.29 at (or you can pick up at Whole Foods).
  • I always associated bar soap with skin dryness until I tried Dr. Bronner’s. This soap makes a great lather, smells wonderful, and doesn’t dry out my skin.
  • Dr. Bronner’s also makes liquid soap in a variety of scents – I use the unscented to clean my dogs. It really is a versatile soap and people use it for general cleaning as well.
  • This lavender bar is my go-to everyday body soap. The scent relaxes me and I always feel clean (no soapy residue) and soft after I use it.
  • Bonus – Its made with organic ingredients and is Paraben Free!



The Honest Company organic body oil

The Honest Company organic body oil

  • The Honest Company’s Organic Body Oil – Just $9.95 at
  • This is a wonderful body oil – I use it every day mixed with my body lotion. You can also use it alone and it works great. It makes my skin super soft and has a very light fragrance.  I love that it gives my skin the extra moisture it needs and it’s formulated without Parabens. Plus it’s both organic and vegan.
  • The Honest Company was founded by actress Jessica Alba and it offers many great products. I also use the Bathroom Cleaner  and love it. The products are all reasonably priced for the quality!



COOLA sunscreen for body

  • COOLA Sport Classic Sunscreen, SPF 45, Fresh Mango scent – Pick it up for $32.00 at
  • COOLA Face, Classic Moisturizing Suncare, SPF 30, Unscented – Also $32.00 at
  • I searched high and low for more natural sunscreen options and was delighted to find this line. I’ve never looked back. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive than your run of the mill sunscreen, but it’s Paraben free and more natural.
  • I’ve used it for the past two summers and it’s done me well. I use the sport sunscreen for my body and the face sunscreen for my face and neck/décolletage. I’m hoping they come out with a SPF 30+ face version because I’d use a stronger sunscreen if they had it.
  • A huge plus is that it doesn’t sting your eyes! With other suncreens I’ve had my face in a towel or had to pour water over my eyes to help soothe the burning. I’ve not had that issue with COOLA. Love this brand – I’ve stocked up for Summer 2014!


Those are just a few of my Tried & Trues– Please feel free to share some of yours in the comments section below!

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