Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2018
Hello & Happy Saturday!!
Believe it or not, I’m a huge fan of Valentine’s Day for a myriad of reasons. First off, there isn’t a solid explanation as to why we have this holiday(truth), it’s all about pink and red foods (yay!), and it’s a reminder to show a little more love and to “treat yo self” lol.
As a whole I feel as though our lives become inundated with school, work, or parenting at some point, that we get lost in it all and forget to be kind to ourselves.
I read a book about Happiness back in circa 2009 and while the book is somewhat of a blur (I swear I’m happy lol), I remember a portion focusing on spending out. The author emphasized how we place so many restrictions on spending out in terms of treating oneself and even with enjoying the things we already have. For example we may buy fine china or fancy candles, but only use them on specific occasions, thus they never get used.
Life is short, purchase items that make you happy (in moderation of course) and make use of the items you already have. (I’m always lighting candles, buying kitchen items, taking fancy baths lol)
That being said, when I’m not cooking, I’m exploring candles and skincare! Candles are my weakness as they enable me to rid my home of lingering food smells, unwind and just put me at ease after a long day. For some, candles are a splurge, but they bring me so much happiness that I make an effort to spend out. (the more niche the company, the more it catches my eye and that goes for everything) Skincare is another indulgence that I grew to love over the years after switching to a more non toxic skin regime back in 2012. However, I feel as though I see the same skincare companies on Instagram with all the newbies to non toxic products. While I advocate for non toxic everything, once you hit 30, you’re going to be seeking anti again products to get results.
After reviewing countless skincare companies via Eat Drink Shrink, I still have my roots in non toxic products, but I’ve branched out to embrace anti aging products from reputable companies. Remember, you make your skincare and your diet “your own”. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, it just has to work for you!
Below are a list of some of my favorite companies I’m currently crushing on this holiday. From skincare to candles and body products, I’ve got you covered!
Don’t see something you love here?!
Linnea’s Lights is a family-owned, luxury brand of fine home fragrances built upon a foundation of quality craftsmanship, eco-friendly materials and an entrepreneurial spirit. From the introduction of our double-wick, small-batch soy candle in 2009 to the present day, our core values remain constant: our products are made with materials sourced within the United States, each step of our candle-making process involves the touch of human hands and each product is designed and packaged locally in Indiana with recycled or recyclable materials. Linnea’s Lights products are crafted with passion and a commitment to quality, beauty and giving back.
Learn more about the company here
Review: Gorgeous packaging that can easily be reused, gorgeous scents, loved the black votives! View all of their candles here
Calming Park was conceived in 2000 with the release of the homonymous music compilation by Universal Music put together by Olivier Rohrbach, swiss music designer and « synesthete par excellence » (Olivier is also a journalist, DJ and photographer). In 2006, soon before the release of the fifth volume of Calming Park, Olivier Rohrbach was dreaming of producing a scented candle that would bring to life the Nevada landscapes depicted on the album artwork. In those warm summer days he was under way in southern France for an article he was writing on the area, and while visiting Grasse he met Marie Duchêne, a parfumeur, whose expertise helped him make his dream come true.
Learn more about the company here
Review: This company is based out of France and distributes at a handful of locations in the U.S.! I loved the marketing behind the sleek packaging and the color scheme chosen for the handful of candles he produces. The smells were so aromatic, I could literally smell them through the box. Simply gorgeous!
Learn more about the company here
Review: Where do I even begin! I discovered this company based in France on Instagram and was instantly taken by them from the gorgeous glass holders, the alluring blends, and the fact that you can easily refill them. Sadly, I can’t even think of another company that provides refills even in 2018. In addition to the beautiful candles, she also offers fragrances! View the full collection here. Want to get your hands on one of her gorgeous blends?! I think they’ve made their way to the U.S. just yet, but stay tuned!
INSPIRED BY THE OLD WORLD IDEALS OF UTILITY, BEAUTY, AND MAKING THINGS THAT ARE BUILT TO LAST.
Izola began over a decade ago when our founder Neil Rasmus hatched the idea of bringing great design to everyday objects and tools. What began as the side project of a new york city photographer has developed into an international lifestyle brand. We design functional everyday staples, made with great care and attention to detail. Whether it’s barware, grooming tools, style accessories, luggage, or homewares, our goal at Izola is to make well-designed and stylish goods for men and the women who love them.
Review: I had heard of this company a few years ago and love anything that comes out of New York! Izola offers and array of candles from florally to the the more deeper masculine scents. Even the boxes the candles come in are so striking and made well. Above is the Red Cedar and Green Moss.
A story as unique as their unparalleled luxury fragrances… meet Antica Farmacista owners, Susanne Pruitt and Shelley Callaghan. Founded in 2003, these Seattle-based best friends have continued to lead the way in luxury home fragrance, targeting high-end retailers and hotel markets, both domestically and internationally. As the first company to bring the home ambiance diffuser to the states over 10 years ago, Antica Farmacista’s brand now includes over 20 fragrances, extending into bath and body products, candles, personal perfume, bubble bath and bath salts. Through their unique fragrance blends and sophisticated design aesthetic, Antica continues to not only grow, but define the luxury market with its innovative outlook and “no risk, no reward” mentality.
Learn more about the company here
Review: Below are the items I sampled and hands down, they were some of my favorites! From the packaging to the gorgeous scents, I loved everything from the candles to the bath bubbles. The price point for bubble bath today can range from a few dollars to $50, but as a bath lover I can confidently say, spend out! The bubble bath creates so much bubbles with just a drop and the scent is divine. I can’t wait to explore more items from Antica Farmista!
Rewined crafts beautifully designed and functional products. Our passion lies in exploring wine and places with good people. With gratitude, our story continues to grow because of our team that inspires one another to celebrate our individual strengths.
See all of their candles here
Review: I’ve been in love with this company since I found them back in 2013. They have the most gorgeous scents, the candles are huge, they fit with any room decor, are made from recycled wine bottles and are one of my favorites! (I had them at my wedding last year!)
“I am passionate about the skin-transforming power of natural oils – that means oils that are derived from plants – whether it’s a vegetable, fruit, seed or flower. Natural plant oils are packed full of nature’s super-ingredients such as Omega-3 fatty acids and are rich in soothing and anti-ageing nutrients such as Alpha Linoleic and Ellagic Acid. Votary’s natural plant oils absorb and penetrate, nourishing and hydrating your skin. They won’t sit on the surface of your skin in the way creams or man-made mineral oils do. Because Votary products absorb into the skin so beautifully they make a fantastic base for make-up. I always prep the skin of my high-profile clients with Votary facial oils “
Learn more about the company here
Review: I’ve sampled their skin serum, face wash and pillow spray and was immensely impressed with Votary from the gorgeous green bottles, sleek packaging, and even the pillow spray was so beautiful it could be worn as perfume. They recently released a face cream and I got to try it! the skin cream is of course hydrating, but not over saturating. If you have more oily skin you could use the cream by itself and pair it with the serum at night. I found that I had to use both and my skin is on the drier side. Their Super Seed Supplement is packed with healthy fats that can easily be thrown into a shake. Since I don’t do a lot of fish or nuts, its a great way to get my omega 3’s from sources such as chia seeds. If you love UK based skincare (I find that the quality is better), products that work, I highly recommend them!
Review: Oh, Deep Steep! Let me count the ways as to why I love you! DS has been around for quite some time now and have expanded to offer countess scents and a price point that is approachable to everyone. I love everything from their hand soap to bubble bath, body lotion, and oil sprays! They have clean ingredients, great marketing and a team that is so friendly and passionate about creating non toxic products. I highly recommend them for indulging for yourself and for gifts! (I gave their products to my bridesmaids!)
Every ingredient that we include in our products is there for a specific therapeutic reason. We do not use fillers of any kind, meaning that almost every ingredient in our products is an “active” ingredient. This results in pure, highly concentrated, and effective formulas that are a rarity in the skincare and cosmetics world today. All of our formulas are original, created and tested by us, on real people — never on animals and always from scratch. All of our products have an emphasis on organic, high quality, and food-grade ingredients.
Read more about them here
Explore the pink collection here
Review: I recently explore Herbivore Botanicals and have always found their company intriguing. Long before they came along non toxic products were typically boring, earthy looking, and just underwhelming. HB really set the tone for how green beauty should be. Modern, sleek, fun colors, and a solid price point. I explored a few products from their pink line and loved everything! If you love baths, you need to get their products as the price point is good and a little goes a long way!
Our quest is to spoil your sometimes finicky, always worthy skin with the most pure, eco-conscious products possible. After all, you may obsess over what you put in your body, but think about what you put on it. We thought about it, quite a bit actually, and we consciously chose to develop our line using as many ingredients as possible that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced, much like the foods we prefer to eat. Green, yet still luxurious, each of our high performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba and phthalates. An advocate of both research and education, COOLA
Learn more about Coola here
Review: I don’t know about you, but I have two companies that I always reach for when it comes to natural SPF’s. Coola is one of my personal favorites! They now offer an array of options outside of suncare such as the items below. As a olive skinned person I need that little boost of color during the cold winter months, but there is next to no good self tanners on the market. They either have a funny smell, dry out your skin or leave you looking orange. Coola’s new sunless tanning options are such a savior and changed the sunless tanning game. I highly recommend! (I gave my bridesmaids their Spf)
At Aurelia we pride ourselves on being probiotic skincare pioneers who lead the way in harnessing this new, natural technology. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare is made in Britain, with the purest of BioOrganic ingredients sourced sustainably from around the world. We want our products to make a real difference to women by delivering glowing, balanced skin every day. MADE WITHOUT a long list of questionable ingredients, including sulphates, parabens, mineral oils and MI to name only a few.
Learn more about their company here
Review: I had seen this company online for a few years and I loved the packaging as it resembled the Love Organics based in the U.S. given the packaging and look of the website. This company is based in the UK and they offer skincare, body care, and even candles! I opted for the body oil that has notes of neroli (orange), the hand cream (an item I splurge on bc I’m constantly washing my hands), and the Peacefulness Candle.
While this company is not yet released in the U.S. they are making their way here soon! Stay tuned!
I had heard a lot about light therapy in recent years. Initially I thought it was used solely to cure anxiety during the cold winter months and resolve depression. However, today studies indicate that light therapy extends results far beyond that and has the ability to mitigate fine lines and wrinkles and ultimately keep the skin looking young and vibrant. In addition to keep the skin looking fresh it can also whiten your teeth! Light therapy can also be used to brighten your smile!
Light therapy is said to help with the following:
• Treat wrinkles and fine lines
• Prevention for puffy eyes, smile/frown lines, and dark circles under the eyes
• Enhances skin tone, color, and texture
• Hyperpigmentation treatment
• Production of new collagen and elastin
• Beneficial for treating rosacea
Review: Re Vive is one of the main distributors of the light therapy devices so I opted to sample theirs before others. The one struggle with using devices such as these as you have to simply remember to use them. They recommend using them for around 30 minutes and due to the harsh lights, you have to wear goggles. Thus you’re really unable to multi task and accomplish anything else simultaneously. As a constant multi tasker this is hard for me and perhaps others. The results may take up to 6 weeks, but I find this technology fascinating and will keep you updated on the results. If you love cutting edge skincare regimes that are easy to take on the go and reach far beyond what a typical face cream can achieve or a whitening strip, I highly recommend the Re Vive Light Therapy! Stay tuned!
Peace Love World is Alina’s destiny and through life’s many hurdles, she sticks through her mission and purpose. The epitome of always keeping the light on even in the dark. Today, Alina and her daughter are the hearts behind the brand that work together daily to build an empire. “I feel so blessed to not only walk this journey with my daughter but to know I will not only leave my legacy to her, but she will step right into my shoes and continue to keep my energy alive.”
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Review: I’ve been wearing their designs for a long time. They have fun positive slogans on all their pieces and the material is like butter on the skin and they always have good sales! After 6 years of college, it’s safe to say I lived in their sweat pant sets! Get this V-Day one here and here.
Shop the full Valentine’s Day collection here
All About P.L.A.Y.
P.L.A.Y. makes quality dog beds with pets, people, and the planet in mind. When we were looking for quality dog beds for our own four-legged friends, we couldn’t find one that fit our lifestyle as modern pet owners, so we
made our own. Each bed is crafted for maximum comfort and ergonomic support, feature stylish and easy to care for covers, and are made from sustainable materials to protect Mother Earth. We understand the needs of today’s pet owners, and craft quality dog beds to meet these needs through multiple washes, days in front of the tv, and nights when your bed or lap is unavailable.
Read more about their story here
Review: When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I don’t forget about Burt! Think all dog toys are created equal?! Think again! Out of the countless dog toys we’ve had in just one year, he STILL loves his veggies toys from Pet Play. Remembering how much we both loved their creations I had to explore their other options. I chose the foodie bundle as it’s just simply the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! It comes with a hamburger, hotdog, milkshake and fries. Not only is the quality there in the fabric, but the toys come apart allowing you to have even more options for your pup to play with. The toys are funny, durable, and the price point is a steal given how much you’re going to love them! You have to check out Pet Play! My absolute favorite!