Wish you had a fireplace? This is the next best thing.

I live in Manhattan. Do you think I have a fireplace? (Nope.) Do I want and believe I deserve one? (You bet.) I'll be writing a nasty, bratty letter to my super asap - but - in the meantime Archipelago has the next best thing. 60 hours of crackling, flickering, exotic essential oil scented bliss. The 100% natural wooden wick sounds just like the real thing. Clean-burning soy wax is non-toxic and burns slow. Plus this is one fine looking candle! And though I imagine how perfect this would look in my Montauk summer home (I don't have that either), it's even more perfect in my living room. A must-have. Bearskin rug not included.

Archipelago Loft Collection Candle in White Cassis

Kiehl's Amino Acid Conditioner

Purchase your bottle here!: Kiehl's Amino Acid Conditioner, $7.00 - $49.00

There will forever be a 1 liter pump bottle of this conditioner in my shower. Like I hope it just starts raining buckets of this stuff. I can't pretend to be able to explain amino acids to you [though I wanted to, went to wikipedia and no.] What I can tell you is the first time I tried this conditioner, I was not prepared to fall this hard for it.

Most of my life I would go for the thick conditioners, believing they were the "most healing", the "strongest", "my hair is thick I need it" or honestly I may have just loved the scent. I knew nothing. They were just weighing my hair down and clashing with my perfume. This exotic, silicone-free daily conditioner has an ultra-light formula for all hair types, an islandy coconut scent, and you'll notice the difference the very first time you use it. Hair blowdries shiny, "light" and bouncy. A must-have.

Lip Balm Obsessions!



Naturopathica Honey Vanilla Lip Balm, $12
Guys, there's "wild mango butter" in this - a botanical butter extracted from the edible fruit of the exotic African tree, Irvingia Gabonensis. It tastes like heaven. The vanilla is harvested from the wild in Madagascar and the scent is addictive and hypnotic! There's also olive oil and honey in there - it is one of the best lip balms to repair and soften the delicate skin on your lips. All natural & organic, gluten-free.
 
BITE Agave Lip Mask, $26
 
BITE's lip mask formula has triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine. A hydrating balm that nourishes and moisturizes lips with a bio-active blend of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, and vanilla CO2 extract. Carry a tube with you to restore dry lips during the day or leave on your nightstand as a healing bedtime lip mask. Gluten & petroleum free!

Lucas' Papaw Ointment
This ointment is a beauty-industry cult favorite! It is made from Australian Papaya, and every piece of fruit is hand selected. The ointment has antibacterial properties and can be used to treat dry lips, sunburn, insect bites and more. I'll even use it to moisturize dry cuticles. Many users of the ointment also report temporary relief of the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema.




N&J Beauty for a Cause: Kiehl's & Alicia Keys: Keep A Child Alive Special Edition Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Kiehl’s has introduced a special edition of the 1 oz. Midnight Recovery Concentrate, with 100% of the net profits, up to $200,000, benefiting Keep a Child Alive.  Keep a Child Alive was co-founded in 2003 by Alicia Keys and activist Leigh Blake, and supports innovative, community-led responses that increase access to life-saving HIV care and treatment, nutritious food, and loving support for children and families living with and affected by HIV.

The special edition bottle includes an important call to action from Alicia Keys to, “Join our movement,” echoing her continued drive to encourage everyone to use their voice for change and make a difference in the fight against AIDS. 72% of children who need HIV treatment are not receiving it.  By purchasing the special edition Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, your readers can join our movement and help get HIV treatment and loving care to children who need it most. Buying one bottle of Midnight Recovery Concentrate helps Keep a Child Alive provide one month of HIV care, medicines, and love to a child living with HIV.

This is one of N&J's favorite Kiehl's skincare products, we apply it every single night! 
Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $46.00 – a Kiehl’s customer favorite with 1 product sold every minute globally – is a potent concentration of botanical extracts specifically formulated to biologically replicate skin’s natural lipids for optimal skin repair throughout the night. This powerful concentrate is 99% naturally-derived and paraben-free. Affectionately referred to as “MRC” by Kiehl’s devotees, Midnight Recovery Concentrate is 99% naturally-derived and developed as an anhydrous (“water-free”), unconventional concentration of active botanical and essential oils that begin to work overnight to replenish lipids for a fresher and more radiant appearance by morning.  

Hear more about Keep a Child Alive from Alicia herself in the video below: