By Melissa Miller
Anji Blizzard, the bubbly owner of Sens de Corps Alternative
Body Care at
Cottage-Shoppe.net, dubs her
products “candy for the soul”. She feels that big cosmetic
companies give their products an alluring look, but provide
few quality ingredients.
Her product formulations are rich in
almond and grape seed oils and shea butter, and can be
custom-scented in over 100 fragrance or essential oils. She
tests her natural products on co-workers, friends and then
finally on her mother, who she says has the most sensitive
skin on the planet. If they work for her mom then she knows
anyone can use them.
Blizzard has created a reasonably
and nourishing Body Butter with 30% shea butter ($4.50 for 4oz) and Body Lotion ($4.65 for 4oz) that
quickly absorbs into the skin. Blizzard created them because
she was tired of waiting 15 minutes each morning for
moisturizing lotions and creams to sink into her skin before
she could get dressed!
Move over Body Shop Body Butter; this
is vastly superior. My skin loves Sens de Corps thick,
emollient Body Butter in Pink Grapefruit Chiffon.
the Lotion Bar ($2.50 for 1oz) in Summer Musk (a gorgeous
light, soft musk with a citrus note). It’s packaged in a handy
push-up tube making it perfect for carrying in your bag. A
good travel companion is the SLS-free Bath and Shower Gel
($6.50 for 8oz), which does double duty as
a gentle body wash and hair shampoo.
For a unique, gentle body scrub you must try the luxurious
Brown Sugar Scrub ($6 for 10oz). This has
a thick molasses consistency with shea butter, almond and
grape seed oils that leaves the skin silky but not oily or
greasy. It may be custom-scented but the rich brown sugar
scent is wonderful on its own.
Body Polish (also $6 for 10oz), a gentle sea salt scrub, is one of Sens
de Corps best sellers. Another popular spring and summer item
is the Body Mist ($4.65 for 4oz), which contains glycerin to
help moisturize the skin.
All Cottage Shoppe scents are also
available in Perfume Roll-ons ($7.50 for 1/3oz). One of the
most requested perfume roll-on scents is Vanilla Velvet, a
rich, buttery, “foody” vanilla. I’m also smitten with the
Massage Bars ($5 for 2.6oz), which are packed with shea
butter, sweet almond and grapefruit seed oils, and may be
Best selling Sens de Corps scents are Coco Lime Cooler,
Blackberry Sage Tea, Lemon Crème, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Buttercream, Wedding Cake, Mandarin and Vanilla, Blueberry
Muffin, Hadrien (a perfect copy of Annick Goutal Hadrien),
Angel Tears (a white floral and musk blend), Sunshine
Essential Oil Blend (a delightful mix of grapefruit, orange,
lemon, lime and grapes with light floral and musk undertones)
and Belladonna (rose, sandalwood, patchouli, myrrh and
rosewood essential oils).
Sens de Corps also carries a variety of other bath and body
products, all of which
may be custom-scented. Their Web site is full of
fascinating facts about cosmetic ingredients and natural skin
care; in addition, the complete ingredients are listed for
Blizzard has also created Emu Oil Healing Ointment, an
effective, natural treatment for arthritis, eczema and
psoriasis. A local doctor used her treatment and now
recommends it to all his patients. This ointment is not on the site, so if you’re interested in this
product please contact
Sens de Corps for more information.