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Handmade and Local The Peoples Soap Company

There’s nothing better than handmade soap—especially if it’s local and all natural. The People’s Soap Company is just that. Each bar is made with love by soapmaker Rachel Potucek in her Santa Ana workshop. She individually hand cuts and air cures soaps in small batches from whole plant oils and locally sourced ingredients like raw honey and organic golden jojoba.

We love the fresh, clean scents. There are about nine scents in all---such as Charcoal & Mint; Milk & Honey; Beer; Coffee Scrub, Balsam Fir; and Lavender & Mint. People’s Soaps make great gifts or something special for you! You can also order and find out more about her Reed Diffusers; Enzyme Deodorant that's Aluminum free; Bug Repellent Soap; and Beard Oils at PeoplesSoap.com

Local shops carrying The People's Soap Company includes East Fork Supply Co. in Santa Ana; Daydream Surf Shop in Newport Beach; and May/Martin at The Lab in Costa Mesa.

60 UPF Sun Protection Slipins Surfskins

We just discovered a local company, Newport Beach based SlipIns SurfSkins, a colorful line high quality water wear and active wear for women. The line is made in Huntington Beach and sold online. It’s perfect for those concerned about harmful effects of the sun—the fabrics boast a 60+upf sun protection.  

Founder, Robin Chesnie created the line after taking up surfing three years ago, she was looking for a better alternative to wetsuits for women, so she created her own.

“Our first design was SurfSkins, the full body suit with a thumb hole and foot stirrup-slip in that made getting in and out of a wetsuit a breeze,” Chesnie said. “But the sun protective factor made it even more ideal for when you aren’t wearing a wetsuit, for surfing, paddling, snorkeling, diving, anything to do with the water really.”

Soon after Surfskins came out, they designed SurfSkin Minis, the legless version, like a one-piece sexy bathing suit but with long sleeves. There’s also GymSkins, active wear for stylish workout wear.  

You can check out the entire collection and shop online here.

Affordable Luxury of OC Based Voluspa

Orange County based Voluspa  can enhance your holiday experience with its hand-poured, paraben-free candles, custom designed diffusers and room and body mists.

Voluspa is affordable luxury. All of its stylish scented collections make perfect gifts.

One of our favorites is Voluspa's Vermeil Collection, ideal for the winter that comes in beautiful speckled vermeil pastel glass jars and tins, in scents of Incognito (blend of amber, black patchouli and oud); Prosecco Rose (a blend of sparkling pink prosecco and rose petals); Branche Vermeil (silver cypress, cedar and pine needle), Bourbon Vanille (French bourbon, vanilla bean), Casa Pacifica (California driftwood, sea salt, shore brush); Aurantia & Blackberry (aurantia tree, ripe blackberry, acai); and Makassar Ebony & Peach (Makassar ebony wood and peach nectar).

Another perfect collection is Voluspa’s Maison Holiday Collection, with four holiday inspired fragrances: Blanc de Blancs, Visions of Sugar Plum, Spruce Cuttings, and Cinnamon Maison Candle-cinnamon, Ceylon & Copal. We especially love the iridescent polished glass jars with lids that provide an elegant glow. All of the jars can be reused for flowers or jewelry.

Voluspa can be found at retail stores, or online at Voluspa.com.

Elevate Your Tea Experience with Teanzo 1856

Elevate your tea experience and discover Teanzo 1856, an OC based loose leaf tea company that specializes in all natural or organic teas.  

Teanzo 1856 was started by two OC moms who both love a great cup of tea, but kept throwing out bad teas. They did research and decided to start a simple tea company without any artificial ingredients or flavors, and they will only sell teas they love.

They also know how calming the act of drinking tea can be. “As moms, we know firsthand how stressful and rewarding being a mom can be. Between shuttling to and from activities, cleaning up spills, proudly watching them learn a new skill, volunteering, mentoring them, and trying to achieve personal life balance, sometimes we just need a moment of calm,” Meena Kapur, partner of Teanzo 1856 said.

Their seasonal best seller is the Loose Leaf Tea Advent Calendar. It's a really fun way to de-stress during the holidays. There are 24 tea samplers and each day you have the opportunity to try a new loose leaf tea.  

You can shop and discover their teas, here.

Diptyque Paris Holiday Scents

Give the gift of fragrance this holiday season, with the affordable luxury of a Diptyque scent at South Coast Plaza. The Diptyque boutique is filled with beautiful diffusers, candles, room sprays and personal fragrances.

Now, their Holiday 2015 candle collection arrived—a limited edition trio inspired by the olfactory elements of trees. It includes Sapin (fir tree), Oliban (frankincense) and Liquidambar (sweetgum tree) at $70 each. The beautiful containers were designed by Julien Colombier.

Diptyque is at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. 714.850.9995

Berry Nutty Bars

We’re always on the lookout for nutritious foods in a hurry for the kids and us, and we just discovered Berry Nutty bars. Here’s the thing, you’ll recognize the ingredients: cashews, raw almonds, oats, cranberries and cherries. They are sweet, savory and delicious. And, they are designed to help curb sugar cravings.

For those who follow special diets, you’ll love to know that Berry Nutty bars are gluten free, soy free, dairy free, low glycemic, no trans fats, low sodium, non-GMO, and have prebiotic fiber. One bar is only 160 calories, with 22 grams of carbs. 

You can find out more and order online here.

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