It was very hot here in Washington about a month ago. This was freakish. But, what everybody forgets or refuses to recognize is that it gets hot and dry here every summer. Many homes and businesses do not have A/C. It’s torture but it only lasts about 2 weeks. We survive and then forget about it during the rainy season and then get shocked when we feel 90-100 degree heat again. It’s silly but it seems to be how it goes here. We haven’t invested in A/C because we only need it for a short time and it is very costly. Fans and being lazy do the trick.

Well, this past month we were in record breaking highs and I had to move all of my stuff to a storage unit during this freakish hot time. I’m telling you it felt so good to use this product, Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel. I did not have a sunburn but just had a fever like feeling from too much heat. I had body aches and was hot to the touch. It’s strange what heat can do to the body. This cooling gel is marketed for excessive sun exposure and is supposed to relieve those negative side effects and provide some comfort. It is a lightweight cream gel formula. It cools and this sensation lasts for sometime. It cooled my skin to the touch but provided moisture. It felt like I used a lotion but it wasn’t greasy. Unlike other gel products it applied evenly and did not feel sticky or make my skin feel even drier. I really like the formula and it made me feel a bit more comfortable. However, the scent is strange. It is like a blend between sweet almond oil and Bengay. This is not what I want to smell like and it does linger and interfere with any other fragrances you may wear. The smell is awful in my opinion, but maybe when I get overheated I get grumpy and nothing seems right. However, it did provide instant relief and the next day the strange heat rash all over my body was gone. I don’t know if I’ll repurchase. It retails for $23.50 for a little over 5 ounces. This is costly and I would only see myself using this if the heat soared over 100 again just because I like the feel but hate the offensive odor. It is available at DERMAdoctor.

I hope that you have used this product by now but if you haven’t you should. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme is a rich natural nail treatment with a zesty lemon peel scent. It comes in an adorable, small, vintage looking, yellow tin. It contains sweet almond oil, Vitamin E and cocoa butter in a beeswax base.

My cuticles are ragged, haggard messes that are often dry and painful. I wash my hands a lot and wear nasty latex gloves at my job. Plus, my housework and I have a bad habit of cutting cuticles which is not good. After using this product for a few days, my cuticles are much better. They are softer but stronger. Plus I love the lemon fragrance in this stuff and the rich texture. Like all Burt’s Bees products, this is high quality stuff. It retails for $6 and is available at most drugstore, DERMAdoctor and drugstore.com. And a little goes a long way and you only need to apply it once daily.

Clarins Gloss Appeal Lip Gloss was launched last year (2007) and I played with it for a little bit and then went on my merry way. Lately, I have revisited this formula and realized that I really like.

It is a pretty basic lip gloss that goes and smooth and feels like it is “nourishing”. The wand has a wider than normal doe foot applicator and a clear wand. The “amazing” thing about the wand is that none of the gloss goops on it and the wand  comes out clean. That’s not really a big perk for me but I’m sure it is for someone. The colors are shimmery and have both silver and gold shimmers. The motto is that it is all about reflecting light to plump the lips. Well, at least it doesn’t burn. It has some olive extract in it that makes it taste sweet and each claim to have a sweet almond-aniseed fragrance. I have Sorbet and it just smells like a sweet sorbet. I smelled some of the others on display and they could pass as sweet almond, but aniseed, I don’t know. I love aniseed and couldn’t pick that note out. But, maybe I was sniffing the wrong ones. There is a wide array of shades. Sorbet, one that I own, is a delicate warm light pink shimmer. It is a great neutral and I can wear it with both pink and peach blush.  The other colors range from clear to magenta to brown. The shades include Crystal, Ylang, Ginger, Paradise, Hibiscus, Orchid, Grape, Lilac, and Toffee (notice a tropical trend?). I would like to own Hibiscus which is a shimmery orange, Orchid which is a hot pink shimmer, and Ginger a pale barely there peachy pink shimmer. These come in really pretty shades. There is at least one for everyone with ten shades in all. It doesn’t have a thin or thick texture and wears for awhile compared to other glosses. They retail for $19. In conclusion, it feels good on my lips, maybe it’s that sweet tasting olive extract that makes me keep wearing it. Who knows?

First and foremost, this stuff smells good enough to eat and I wish they made a fragrance of it. I would love a body spray of this. It has a rich milky raw almond fragrance that is like a fine Italian dessert and smells like a lot of fine Italian soaps. Love it. The packaging is kind of cute because it looks vintage. It’s plain and simple with a cute cow.

The hand cream is enriched with lots of nourishing stuff like sweet almond oil (my fave moisturizer in the world because it contains lots of proteins and acids), aloe vera, vitamin E and it is all set in beeswax. The texture is thick but will absorb especially if your hands are as dry as mine. My job makes me wear latex/rubber gloves and plus wash my hands a lot. This stuff really keeps my hands from splitting open from my everyday wear and tear. Not to mention house cleaning, etc. I don’t use this stuff after every hand washing like the company suggests. My life doesn’t offer me that much luxury. I use it every night and it works wonders with just using it once a day.

It retails for $8 and is available at most drugstores, Target and online at burtsbees.com and drugstore.com.