Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter & Body Wash Set Review

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter & Body Wash Set Review

This winter there are some amazing exclusive holiday sets being released by Pacifica. One of them is the Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter & Body Wash Set, which is an ULTA exclusive. This set pairs two great winter products in one of the most popular Pacifica scents together. When I was able to try this set, I couldn’t wait to see how it helped my skin adjust to the changing seasons.

Claims: “The perfect combination of two of amazing products in our signature Tuscan Blood Orange fragrance: our sulfate-free lathering body wash and incredibly hydrating body butter with natural beneficials that love your skin.

Body Butter Ingredients:  Aqua (Purified), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Source), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable Source), Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable Source), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearic Acid (Vegetable Source), Stearyl Alcohol (Vegetable Source), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Allantoin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum (Vegetable Source), Algin (Algae Source), Riboflavin (Plant Source), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter, Rosa Rugosa (Rose) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Aleuritus Moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B), Parfum (Pacifica’s Own Fragrance Blend with Natural and Essential Oils), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Source)

Body Wash Ingredients:  Aqua (purified water), sodium methyl-2-sulfolaurate (coconut source), disodium 2-sulfolaurate (coconut source), sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut source), cocamidopropyl betaine (coconut source), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, polysorbate-20, glycol monostearate (vegetable source), glycerin (vegetable source), hydrolyzed soy protein, chamomile extract, calendula extract, tea extract, grape seed extract, pomegranate seed extract, cucumber extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethyl hexyl glycerin (vegetable source preservative), parfum (Pacifica’s own fragrance blend with natural and essential oils)

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, propylene glycol, petroleum and peanut oil. Recyclable packaging. Natural scent that lasts a long time. Moisturizing formula. Lots of lather from the body wash. Very creamy and thick body butter consistency.

Cons: There are not really any. I had not smelled the Tuscan Blood Orange scent before, so I was expecting something a little fresher and not sweet. It smelled great though and this wasn’t a negative, just unexpected.

The Verdict: I have to say that I really enjoyed this set. I had heard a lot about the Tuscan Blood Orange scent but had never tried it before. It was a sweeter citrus scent, but I really liked it. When I paired the body wash with the body butter, the scent lasted a really long time but was not overpowering or artificial smelling. The body wash produced a lot of lather and my skin felt soft afterwards, not at all dry. The body butter is a thick consistency that absorbed quickly. My skin felt moisturized for hours after use.

Overall, I think that this is a great set. It’s exclusive to ULTA and retails for $20.00. I think that’s a great deal for two high quality items. Especially when you would pay $25.00 if you buy them separately. The Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange scent is one that will appeal to most people. This makes it a great gift option for someone else, or for yourself.

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Photos by Justin M.G. Mendez

Bath & Body Works is No Longer Cruelty Free

Bath & Body Works is No Longer Cruelty Free

Sadly, another brand has recently changed their stance on animal testing. Bath & Body Works has long been known as a cruelty free brand with lots of vegan options. Sadly, they now test on animals when it is required by local and regional laws.

I first began to suspect that something was up when I emailed the brand about a month ago to check-in on their status. I received a confirmation email stating that I would get a response in 24-48 hours, but never received any follow up communication. Today Logical Harmony reader Jennifer (@beautifullyvgn on Twitter), forwarded me an email that she received from the brand that stated that they test on animals as required by law.

As always, I like to get information directly from the brands themselves. I immediately emailed the brand, Tweeted at them asking if they had changed their animal testing stance, and posted on their Facebook wall asking them to confirm or deny that they were now testing on animals as required by law. I also checked the brands FAQ page, which stated, “We believe all living creatures deserve respect and would never think of testing any of our products on animals. Likewise, we don’t ask anyone who may be helping us develop or make our products to conduct these kinds of tests on our behalf.

My tweet was ignored by the brand. My Facebook wall post was deleted and I was banned from posting on their page. I did, however, receive an email response.

Dear Tashina,

Thank you for your email regarding our Animal Testing policy. We are happy to assist with your inquiry.

L Brands policy prohibits the testing of our branded products, formulations and ingredients on animals except in rare cases when required by government regulations. Through our involvement in the Institute For In Vitro Sciences, we are supporting research to develop additional non-animal alternative methods which we believe will ultimately result in the elimination of animal testing worldwide.

Thank you for your interest in BathandBodyWorks.com, Tashina.

Bath & Body Works has now been moved to a Brand to Avoid on the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List here on Logical Harmony. I am very sad that the brand has decided to make this change.

Another formerly cruelty free Limited brand, Victoria’s Secret, also changed their stance on animal testing this year. Limited also owns the brands Henri Bendel and La Senza. Both of these brands are now also stating that they test on animals as required by law and are also being added to the Brands to Avoid list here on Logical Harmony.

Please note: At this time PETA still lists Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel, and La Senza as being cruelty free. I am not sure how often PETA checks with brands. The brands are not listed as cruelty free by Leaping Bunny. Logical Harmony curates the brands list without the use of 3rd party information and by speaking to the brands directly.

Update on October 16, 2014: After a call with a representative of Bath & Body Works, I have more information about the required by law testing stance of the brand. They will remain on the list of brands to avoid here at Logical Harmony. You can read more information in the post – An Update on Bath & Body Works and Animal Testing.

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

If you live in a metropolitan area in America, odds are that you have heard of Pressed Juicery. If you have ever had a juice from Pressed Juicery, odds are that you are now a regular customer. Their storefronts and website offer a large variety of fresh, cold-pressed juices to please every palette. From the green juice lover to the person who just wants their chocolatey almond milk. At some locations, you can even order soft serve made with their juices, called FREEZE.

A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend a talk and book signing of the brand new book JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well. Two of the founders of Pressed Juicery – Hayden Slater and Carly de Castro took the time to share their thoughts on the book and talk about juice. This talk was sponsored by Diesel, a bookstore and held at the Marin Countrymart Farmer’s Market. It was a lovely setting for the event.

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

At the event we were able to sample a variety of the top-selling juices from Pressed Juicery. My personal favorites are Greens 1 (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, & celery) and Greens 3 (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, & ginger). Though I have to admit the sample of Citrus 2 (pineapple, apple, lemon, & mint) was amazing!

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

Pictured above are founders Hayden Slater and Carly de Castro sharing why they decided to publish JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well. They wanted to make juicing more accessible to people everywhere. A lot of people are interested in the items from Pressed Juicery, but do not live near a location or just want to make the items at home. I think it’s wonderful that they decided to create this book to further share the juice experience.

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

Written by the three founders (Hayden, Carly, and Hedi Gores), JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well is a great guide for anyone interested in juicing. They share juicing tips, thoughts on the various kinds of juicers available, and the benefits of juicing. It includes classic Pressed Juicery juices as well as lots of new varieties. There are even recipes to help make sure that you are able to use the pulp leftover after juicing.

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

Of course, I had to bring home my own copy of JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well. I’m very excited to select a new juicer with the help of their expert tips and use the recipes to add juicing as a part of my daily routine.

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

Of course, with a Pressed Juicery location nearby I had to stop after the book talk and signing. This seasonal juice is only around for a limited time and sounded too good to pass up. It was so delicious!

I’m very excited about the release of the book JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well. I think it’s amazing that the team behind Pressed Juicery wants to bring the health benefits of juicing to everyone. It’s a mission that I can definitely support.

Are you a fan of juicing? What are your favorite recipes?

Photos by Justin M.G. Mendez.