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20
AUG

Honey Helps Promote Healthy Hair

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
HoneyHoney offers an endless number of health benefits not only as a food but also as an ingredient for personal care products. Honey contains vitamins and minerals, is antibacterial, acts as a humectant, (attracts moisture), and has incredible healing properties. Honey is known to promote healthy, beautiful hair for many reasons.

First, honey is an emollient which means it is a natural softener, making it a great hair conditioner that smoothens your hair. Used in many shampoos and conditioners, this natural ingredient has the ability to bring back that lost sheen and shine of your hair. Honey works great if your hair is dry due to direct sun exposure or excessive pollution, bring “life” back to your hair.

Additionally, studies have shown that honey can be a useful ingredient to promote hair growth. Honey is a natural antioxidant which tends to make your scalp healthy and stimulate hair growth. Plus, as an emollient, honey can also improve the health of the hair follicles which are responsible for hair growth. Researchers believe that proper use of honey for hair treatment may help wake up the sleeping hair follicles which boost the growth of hair. Boosting hair growth is an important factor to battle the problem of hair loss.

Lastly, honey contains antibacterial and antiseptic qualities which can prevent the scalp from infections or psoriasis and tends to keep scalp clean and bacteria-free, keeping dandruff and itchiness away from your scalp. A humectant, honey prevents the loss of moisture from your scalp improving overall hair quality.




6
AUG

Chemicals to Avoid in Hair Care Products

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Dangerous ChemicalsShampoos, conditioners, hair coloring, hair styling, gels, and sprays. All these products are created to make your hair healthy and beautiful. But what if, instead, the products you are using contain a variety of ingredients that can actually damage your hair?

We can easily list five or six ingredients that you should try to avoid at all costs but this list can be much longer. The downside to your hair care starts when you shop conventional products that use harmful, potentially carcinogenic ingredients.

Possibly the most dangerous ingredients in hair care products, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) should be avoided as these ingredients can strip off the essential oils your hair needs to stay healthy. Used as detergents and surfactants, SLS and SLES can cause even more serious issues such as malformation in children’s eyes, damaging to the immune system, and skin problems. Studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain.

In addition, try to avoid ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol, a solvent and denaturant often found in hair color rinses. This petroleum-derived substance is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent and will dry your hair out and break it off. Mineral oil is another one to always be avoided. Derivative of crude oil/petroleum, this dangerous ingredient coats the hair and skin just like plastic wrap, hindering normal respiration, transpiration by keeping oxygen out. Fragrance is another one to be checked as this ingredient. Also labeled as perfume, it contain hundreds of highly toxic synthetic ingredients that can cause nausea and allergic reactions.

Lastly, it becomes quite difficult to find a hair care product without all of these ingredients but, if you can, carefully check labels and try to avoid also the following ingredients: propylene glycol (PG), chlorine, PEGs, FD & C color pigments, DMDM hydantoin, DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (momoethnanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine).




28
JUL

The Importance of Beauty Sleep

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SSHow much sleep do you need? Experts say most people require between seven to nine hours of sleep in order to maintain good health. However, not just enough sleep but also good, deep sleep is very important to prevent a variety of health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and skin problems.

The term beauty sleep, which refers to the act of sleeping early to maintain healthy, beautiful skin, is definitely a reality for many people around the globe. Sleep repairs tired skin and research has shown that the whole body goes into repair mode when you sleep.

While you sleep, your skin renews itself as new skin cells grow and replace older cells. In addition, during your sleep, a number of hormonal and metabolic changes happen in the body and a good number of these changes happen in the skin and lack of sleep can significantly disrupt those processes. For example, lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circles. It can also increase stress levels, consequently making you tired, angry, sad, and increasing the chance of premature wrinkles.

If your main concern is skin care, three easy tips can make a big difference for you. First, follow a beauty regimen with a cleanse before going to bed using a mild or exfoliating cleanser as well as a moisturizing cream, preferably a night cream. Second, avoid smoking, alcohol and heavy eating in late hours not only to prevent skin issues but also to improve overall sleep. Lastly, it is highly recommended that you establish a good sleep habit, going to bed and waking up around the same time every day.




23
JUL

4 Healthy Choices for Your Kids

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods,Personal Care,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
KidzIf you are looking to ensure your kids have a healthier, greener life, it is a good idea to check out a few products that can really make a difference for your little ones. Some parents may be looking for a few specific products to improve their children wellness, so we present you a great way to start this with 4 healthy choices for your kids.

1. Probiotics

Adding probiotics to children’s diets may have be helpful in treating viral diarrhea and preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Probiotics supplements contain living microorganisms, such as yogurt with lactobacillus, that change the bacterial balance in the human body. Taking probiotics boosts the kind of helpful, good bacteria in the body that can destroy harmful bacteria and reduce infection.

2. Fish oils

Research suggests that children with ADHD are more likely to show symptoms of low omega-3 levels and have lower levels of omega-3 in their blood than children without ADHD. There is some evidence that increasing omega-3 levels reduces the severity of ADHD-type behaviour, such as inattention, in some children.

3. Organic Foods

No-brainer here. Organic foods should be a priority not only for your little ones but for your whole family. Organic foods are grown without chemicals and pesticides and are definitely the better choice for a healthy, well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Organic foods do have lower levels of pesticides and drug-resistant bacteria and that is extremely important for kids because young children are more vulnerable to chemicals.

4. Organic Baby Wipes

The soft baby skin is very sensitive and can easily be affected by chemicals. It is extremely important to make sure that your baby can use certified organic baby wipes, made with plant ingredients and known to be grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. These baby wipes are the purest and safest product for your baby.




18
JUL

New Brand Spotlight: Emani

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
EmaniLucky Vitamin is happy to present another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Emani.

Emani Vegan Cosmetics manufactures a luxurious line of makeup products that goes on light and smooth to beautify your complexion and provide long-lasting wear without irritating even the most sensitive skin types. Emani products do not contain skin-irritants or harmful ingredients such as petrochemicals, nano-particles, artificial dyes, parabens, or fillers.  Formulated for the most sensitive and discriminating skin, Emani makeup uses only all-natural ingredients to nourish the skin and encourage healthy skin-cell regeneration for a fresh, gorgeous complexion. The company combines natural minerals with certified-organic botanicals, oils, and waxes to create quality makeup that enhances your dermatologic health. Emani is 100% vegan certified, 100% cruelty-free, and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) certified.

Emani’s ingredients lists tend to be shorter than those of other companies as this brand utilizes only the most functional ingredients alongside state of the art manufacturing methods to create undeniable results. Emani Vegan Cosmetics is the balanced combination of compassionate and conscious living, a commitment to healthy, beautiful skin, and empowering you to be your classy, edgy, sophisticated, suggestive, true self. All products are cruelty-free and composed entirely of vegan ingredients that are non-irritating to the skin. Emani provides clean, high-performance products for beauty enthusiasts, professional makeup artists, fashionistas, and eco-conscious women.

You can save even more when you shop Emani products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




2
JUL

Aluminum & Your Health

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 2:09 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Most of us brush our teeth, wash our face and roll on some deodorant without much thought. What you might not realize is that one of these products may be causing irreparable damage to your health – your deodorant.

Even though new research shows that aluminum has cancer-causing properties, it’s still considered perfectly acceptable to eat, inject into your body as a vaccine adjuvant and to wear as an antiperspirant by most health officials. This mindset is unacceptable and you as a consumer have a choice of what you put on and in your body.

Aluminum-based antiperspirants work by blocking the pores that release sweat under your arms. Although that might not sound that bad, this heavy metal also blocks your body’s ability to detoxify itself and has demonstrated harmful effects when absorbed by the body.

The Journal of Applied Toxicology has shown that absorbed aluminum is deposited in your breast tissue which may suggest that raised levels of aluminum as a biomarker for identifying women with higher risks for developing breast cancer.

Many leading brands of deodorant contain aluminum, synthetic fragrances and other harmful ingredients that your body, not only doesn’t need, but shouldn’t be interacting with at all. We strongly suggest that you seek out brands with natural ingredients that are aluminum-free.

 




1
JUL

5 Reasons to Switch to Natural Deodorants

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
DeodorantIf you are still using regular deodorants, it’s time to consider making a switch to natural products. The majority of deodorants are designed to stop you from sweating, a normal and healthy function that allows your body to release toxins. So, when you use a deodorant that contains harmful ingredients, you are applying these ingredients directly to the skin and leaving it there. How dangerous is that? If you are still not sure about switching, we give you 5 reasons to switch to natural deodorants.

1. Concern about Aluminum

Leading off the list is aluminum. This ingredient negative health effects’ are scary. Aluminum is found in antiperspirants and works to completely stop perspiration. Most antiperspirants contain a warning to discontinue use if you experience irritation from its use, and a good number of people are sensitive to these aluminum salts. Aluminum has been linked to a number of health issues including seizures, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bone formation disorders, and kidney problems.

2. Protect the Environment

Deodorant sprays are the worst choice from an air pollution standpoint as these products have the highest amount of volatile organic compounds, which contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, a key component in smog.

3. Avoid Parabens

Parabens are found in a good number of personal care products including deodorants. Used as a preservative, parabens mimics estrogen in your body and can affect your body’s hormonal balance. This may cause a variety of health issues such as increasing your risk of hormonal cancers, early onset of puberty, and even birth defects in your future children.

4. Prevent Thyroid Issues

An ingredient commonly found in deodorants may cause thyroid issues. Triclosan is an antimicrobial that kills bacteria, fungus, and other microbes. Classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the EPA, triclosan has been linked to a number of different health problems including disruption of the endocrine system, particularly thyroid function, and increased risk of cancer as well as allergy symptoms.

5. Maintain Healthy Skin

If you want to maintain healthy skin, switching to natural deodorants is an essential move. Conventional products may contain propylene glycol, a neurotoxin and skin irritant use to increase absorption and help keep substances from drying out. Thus substance was originally formulated to be used as an anti-freeze and now is a personal care ingredient. Propylene glycol may also cause damage to your central nervous system, heart, and liver.




17
JUN

Healing Power of Manuka Honey

Filed Under: Health Foods,Immunity,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Manuka HoneyManuka honey has been one of the hottest items in many health food stores across the country. This special type of honey contains properties that support the natural healing process as well as help to treat dry and scaly skin, support of joint mobility, and natural healing of wounds and immune defenses. A number of celebrities have been using Manuka honey in recent years but this is not a new product.

Active Manuka Honey is known to contain antibacterial properties and has been used by the indigenous of New Zealand for many years. Produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush, Manuka honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. Conventional honey has anti-inflammatory properties that can quickly reduce pain, protects against damage caused by bacteria, and may also stimulate production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection. Manuka honey can do all of that and much more.

What makes Manuka honey so special is that it contains additional antibacterial components including methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities. Manuka honey contains a lot of MG due to a very high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers. MG is thought to give manuka honey some of its antibacterial power. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect.

Manuka honey is used for a variety of products including soaps, lozenges, lip balms and much more. A great product for treating minor wounds and burns, Manuka can also be helpful to a variety of health conditions such as reducing high cholesterol, treating diabetes, reducing systemic inflammation, treating gastrointestinal problems, and treating eye, ear, and sinus infections.

 




15
JUN

4 Great Natural Ingredients for Lip Balms

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lip BalmWith so many options available, shopping for a natural lip balm product may be difficult. If you are not sure which natural ingredients you should be looking for in their formulas, we present 4 great natural ingredients for lip balms.

1. Beeswax

Beeswax is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, an anti-oxidant, and contains Vitamin A. This moisturizing ingredient is also a great emulsifier, locking the moisture in and preventing dry, cracked lips. Many lip balm products contain beeswax for its ability to soothe pain caused by dryness or dehydration. Moreover, beeswax helps created a protective layer on your lips that can shield them from harmful UV rays.

2. Shea Butter

A variety of lip balms contain shea butter for good reasons. Shea butter can help protect the skin of the lips from the sun and damaging free radicals, resulting in moisturized lips and preventing dryness. Plus, shea butter contains important antioxidants such as vitamins E and A, which also help protect the lips from the free radical damage that can make them look prematurely aged, thin, or lined.

3. Vitamin E

A well-known antioxidant, vitamin E is included in many lip balm products is for its abilities to prevent skin cell damage caused by free radicals. Beyond its effects as an antioxidant, vitamin E also is believed to protect skin from damage directly caused by ultraviolet rays.

4. Honey

A popular ingredient for lip balms, honey has the ability to help lips retain moisture, preventing dry and cracked lips. It acts as a moisture barrier, protecting the lips from exterior factors that would strip the skin of their natural moisture. In addition to keeping lips moisturized, honey has natural antibacterial properties and can also provide protection against infectious agents.




3
JUN

Top 5 Supplements for After Sun Damage

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Aloe VeraHere comes the sun……and so often we get a little too much of it. Most people take good precaution by wearing sunscreen and avoiding peak hours under the sun but every now and then, here comes a sunburn.

Sunburns have many different degrees from mild redness to severe, skin damaged burns. When looking to treat and heal sunburn this summer, check out these products as we suggest you the top 5 supplements for after sun damage.

1. Aloe Vera

Number one on this list has to be aloe vera. Known for its immediate cooling effect, aloe vera contain properties that are effective in treating and soothing sunburn. Aloe vera products are one of the most popular and natural ways to reduce redness and heal damaged, sunburned skin. Aloe vera is often available in gel as well as in lotion form and both can be applied directly to the skin.

2. Coconut Oil

It seems like this product is in every single list of health benefits. That’s true as coconut oil is known for its endless benefits. Coconut oil contains fatty acids and natural properties that help reduce swelling and moisturize the skin, preventing peeling. Not surprising, a good number of sunburn lotions contain this amazing ingredient.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another popular choice for sunburn treatment, apple cider vinegar contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help the healing process. This natural product soothes your skin and may speed up the recovery time for damaged skin.

4. Milk

A cold milk compress is an old-fashion and effective way to treat sunburn. A quick and affordable option, the coolness of the milk helps ease the heat off the skin but also creates a layer of protein to protect your skin, minimizing discomfort.

5. Oatmeal

Sounds weird but oatmeal is a great way to minimize sunburns. A cool bath with added oatmeal can significantly improve your skin condition after getting a sunburn. Body lotions which contain oatmeal can also be helpful, moisturizing the affected areas and minimizing discomfort.




29
MAY

5 Sun Smart Tips For Summer

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care,Uncategorized at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
sunscreenBeware of the High SPF – The higher the SPF, the better, right? Not so fast. The Federal Food and Drug Administration says that SPF benefits max out around 50+ and have mulled the idea of following the lead of commissions in Europe, Japan and Australia, by banning products that boast higher numbers that don’t necessarily translate into increased protection. As you could probably guess, sunscreen manufacturers have been none too pleased by the FDA’s efforts to place limits on SPF levels and have helped keep proposed regulations languishing in bureaucratic limbo since 2007.

Steer Clear of Aerosol Sunscreens – Not only are there mounting concerns that aerosol sunscreens can be inhaled during application, but it’s a fact that both the propellant chemicals, along with the nanoparticles (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) that are found in these sunscreens can be easily ingested.

Go 15 Minutes Free for Vitamin D – About 25 percent of Americans have borderline-low levels of vitamin D, while eight percent have a serious deficiency. Luckily, the best and purest form of vitamin D is readily available and cheap! Sunshine helps the body produce its own Vitamin D which helps strengthen bones, bolsters the immune system and reduces risks of breast, colon, kidney and ovarian cancers.

Forget Nano-particles –The Environmental Working Group — a nonprofit environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. — gives a favorable rating to mineral sunscreens but is opposed to products that contain potentially harmful nano-particles. The EWG has urged the FDA to restrict the use of unstable or UV-reactive forms of minerals, believing that they hamper a product’s ability to protect the skin.

The Soiled Six – Just trust us on this one! Avoid these six ingredients at all cost: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate and octocrylene.




14
MAY

What’s New? Nova Scotia Fisherman

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Nova Scotia FishermanLucky Vitamin is proud to present a premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Nova Scotia Fisherman.

Nova Scotia Fisherman offers a unique line of personal care products handmade in Nova Scotia, Canada. This superior all-natural brand creates soaps, lotions, lip products, body balms and much more.

The company was inspired to provide a 100% natural skin care line that is efficient but also environmentally friendly. Started as a small business, Nova Scotia Fisherman has grown and today the company has a complete line of body care products, made with only natural ingredients. In fact, Nova Scotia Fisherman uses an endless list of amazing skin rejuvenating properties of a special ingredient: Nova Scotia Sea Kelp. After discovering all of the amazing effects of this slippery ingredient, the company has decided to use it in everything.

Nova Scotia Fisherman doesn’t stop at great ingredients, a portion of every sale benefits the Nature Conservancy of Canada. For the founders and owners, it is important to create a quality product but it is also important to give back to this beautiful landscape they call home as well as providing quality employment in rural Nova Scotia. Working with Burnt out Solutions Inc ( BOSI) they employed a team of people who may have had barriers to regular employment and provide work orders for local adults. They began producing products that are healthier for their families, homes and environment. Inspired by their community, environment and the people they serve, Nova Scotia Fisherman works hard to produce a quality all natural line that doesn’t compromise on people or the environment.

You can save even more when you shop Nova Scotia Fisherman at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promotional code MAY15NEW15 to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




8
MAY

3 Toxic Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SunscreenProtecting your skin from UV damage and sunburn is always important and using sunscreens is one of the best ways to do it. However, some products may contain ingredients you do not want to have it on your skin. Here’s a quick look at 3 toxic sunscreen ingredients to avoid:

Retinyl Palmitate

Derived from vitamin A, retinyl palmitate is an antioxidant often added to sunscreen products to improve performance against the effects of UV exposure and help reduce the signs of aging. However, this ingredient is known to produce destructive free radicals that are toxic to cells, damage DNA, and may lead to cancer. In fact, FDA studies have shown that retinyl palimitate may speed the development of malignant cells and skin tumors when applied to skin before sun exposure.

Oxybenzone

A common UV filter, oxybenzone is added to sunscreen products as a penetration enhancer. Keep in mind: the same way this ingredient helps the lotion to be more easily absorbed and increase protection, it also makes it easier for other chemicals to penetrate the skin. When oxybenzone is absorbed by your skin, it can cause an eczema-like allergic reaction that can spread beyond the exposed area and last long after you’re out of the sun.

Octinoxate

Just like oxybenzone, octinoxate is quickly absorbed by the skin and helps other ingredients to be absorbed more readily. One of the most common ingredients found in sunscreens with SPF, this dangereous ingredient is known to cause hormone disruption. Additionally, octinoxate may actually be a culprit for premature aging, as it produces menacing free radicals that can damage skin and cells.




27
APR

Top 5 Amazing Uses for Honey

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Health Foods,Personal Care at 5:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Honey

Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs

Not surprise here as the combination of honey, lemon and hot tea is one of the best natural remedies for sore throats and coughs. As an effective cough suppressant, honey has properties to minimize sore throat and is a great option for children who suffer from night-time cough and upper respiratory tract infections.

Skin Moisturizer

Honey is an amazing moisturizer and can help improving your skin condition quite quickly. Honey is rich in natural antioxidants that have anti-microbial properties, which can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays and facilitate the skin’s ability to rejuvenate. In fact, many anti-aging products contain honey in their formulas as it also has the ability to absorb and retain moisture, keeping the skin well hydrated, and fresh.

Eye Care

Some people may not know but honey is also beneficial in the treatment of eye infection such as redness, itching of the eyes, conjunctivitis and other similar diseases. Honey used both internally and externally prevents glaucoma in its initial stage and research has suggested honey may be useful for prevention of cataract.

Acne Treatment

A simple trick can help you minimize pimples. Add a little bit of honey and place a band aid over it for about 30 minutes. This good old style, home treatment may surprise you. Honey contain amazing properties which can remove oil and dirt from the skin, two elements that causes acne. Honey has the ability to absorb impurities from the pores on the skin, as an ideal cleansing agent, and is also acts as a natural antiseptic, soothing and healing your skin.

Repair Damaged Hair

So many shampoos contain honey for a good reason. Honey is a great natural conditioner that can improve dry, damaged and dull-looking hair. It helps keep your hair clean, lustrous, healthy and shiny as well as helping retain moisture and get rid of dry, itchy flakes on your scalp.




12
APR

What’s New? Earthly Body

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Earthly BodyLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Earthly Body.

Earthly Body is a respected, family-owned company that has been creating high-quality, natural skin and hair care products since 1994. Earthly Body is one of the first manufacturers of hemp-based natural body and skin care products. The company offers revolutionary hemp based products including hand and body lotions, shower gels, massage oil, and much more.

Earthly Body uses only natural ingredients with no mineral oil, dyes, sulfates, propylene glycol, phthalates or parabens. Earthly Body’s products are 100% Vegan, drug-free and cruelty-free. The company is also proud to say that it is listed on PETA’s coveted and highly regarded “No Test List.”

Earthly Body continues to grow and, as the demand grew larger for all products, this unique brand was expanded to not only include skin care but hair care as well (Marrakesh Hair Care). In July 2013, the company moved to a 50,000 square foot, solar powered facility in Chatsworth, CA. Earthly Body has become an industry leader in beauty, adult, and natural products, and is one of the preeminent manufacturers of hemp-based personal care, both in the US and internationally. The company’s collection of natural, vegan, and paraben-free skincare and body care products, which are hemp-oil based and cruelty-free, have caught the eye of many media outlets, such as Allure and Lucky magazine.

You can save even more when you shop Earthly Body products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.