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A Coachella Valley, organic treasure
This week hundreds of thousands of people descend upon my backyard for three days of fabulous known as Coachellla. And while the music festival may be one of the most popular reasons to head to the California desert, it’s certainly not the only one. Year round beautiful weather, Palm Springs Modernism and a dip in a desert hot spring are all worthy reasons for a visit. Plus, have you ever had a date shake? Oh my yum.
It’s with that last delicious point that I give you my new favorite reason to visit me in the desert – The Body Deli and their amazing new Egyptian Date Sugar Scrub ($32).
The Body Deli is a local treasure, nestled in Palm Desert, California. But it’s not cold cuts and hunks of cheese that you’ll find in their refrigerated cases. It’s natural and organic skincare filled with raw ingredients like yogurt, papaya puree and fresh cucumber juice. So fresh that if you order them online, they actually ship them to you with ice packs (and, at no extra charge!)
But even their items with a longer shelf life are going to make you hungry. Why? Because this is beauty inspired by the science of living foods. Handmade in small batches and “designed to provide nutrition for the skin — inside and out.” Just listen to a few of their aromas: Coconut Cream, Island Ginger, Moroccan Mint – and tell me you’re not a little hungry. Best of all, many of their products include ingredients and local produce from area farms. Which leads us to the Egyptian Date Sugar Scrub…
Medjool Dates originate from Egypt and are grown all over the Coachella Valley. They’re also three times higher in antioxidants than other super fruits that have gained popularity like blueberries, pomegranate and acai. Their earthy, yet sweet taste make a delicious shake, but I think an even more fabulous body scrub!
If you look at that label above you’ll notice one more scrumptious word on there – butter (and I think there within lies the key to this scrub’s fabulosity!) Rather than granules sitting in an oily solution like many scrubs, the sugar is in a buttery base thanks to it’s first three ingredients; Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Virgin Coconut Butter. And let me tell you folks, butter is better! This scrub is creamy, luxurious and moisturizing.
Add to the butters Medjool Date Sugar and Brown Sugar, plus things like Grapefruit Seed Extract and Carrot Seed Oil and you get a scrub that is very hard not to want to take a little bite of it!
• A sugar scrub, versus salt – so you can use it after shaving.
• Fabulous buttery consistency, moisturizing but not oily.
• I don’t need a lotion after I use this in the shower!
• While I love the scent and taste of dates, I think it’s earthiness may not be for everyone (as I witnesses in Tyna’s wrinkled nose).
• 26 ingredients, all of them pronounceable, 11 of them certified organic.
• Check out the A to Z of raw ingredients used in Body Deli products. It’s like a guide to going green.
So, while you may not be going to Coachella this weekend, this is a desert treasure that’s available to everyone.