In general, my vice of choice is cosmetics. I like buying new hair and body care products, but don't "collect" them the same way I do makeup, and am rarely completely wowed by a line. That all changed when I discovered LaLicious Bath and Body products on a business trip to Las Vegas. LaLicious, carried in spas and at specialty stores (as well as their own online boutique) uses mostly natural ingredients and are paraben and sulfate free. The products that I've tried come in delectable scents and the formulas are elegant, effective, and unique.
The line's most extraordinary product is their Sugar Souffle Scrub ($34). These scrubs are all-natural, contain vitamins and minerals, and combine cane sugar and moisturizing oils whipped together. The texture is completely unlike most body scrubs--it's not oily (no layer of oil floats atop the sugar and no mixing is required) but moisturizes. They don't foam or scratch yet effectively exfoliate. Sugar Souffle Scrubs are like a fluffy sugar cloud! Be careful--they are addictive!
I have this product in Island Guava (tropical and gorgeous but not cloyingly sweet or overwhelming), Coconut Cream (rich and warm and not too foody), and Coffee Bean (not at all artificial. A perfect morning wake up call that smells just like a cup of java). Brown Sugar and Vanilla is next on my list. The divine Coffee Bean scrub even contains real ground coffee beans in addition to sugar to smooth the skin.
LaLicious' Body Butter ($24) is also fabulous. The texture is plush like a whipped cream yet the product absorbs right into my skin. Packed with hydrating ingredients like shea butter and safflower oil and soothing agents such as chamomile, aloe vera, and cucumber extract, the salve leaves my skin very soft and fabulously scented without any stickiness or greasiness. Despite being fragranced, the product doesn't irritate, even when applied right after shaving.
I also have their Body Oil ($24) in Coconut Cream, a blend of all natural moisturizing oils that can be used on damp skin to moisturize, to shave, to smooth flyaway hair or poured into a bath. It's a great multi-purpose product that I anticipating using more come cooler weather.
I highly recommend trying the line and plan to try their remaining product, the Whipped Body Soap ($16), a non-foaming body cleanser. Their website also offers travel sets and samplers that would make great gifts or pick-me-ups and features coupons and specials.
The full range of scents include:
- Island Guava
- Coconut Cream
- Brown Sugar and Vanilla
- Lily Mango
- Passionfruit Lime
- Tahitian Flower
- Coffee Bean
- Sugar Kiss (a blend of citrus, rose and vanilla)