Product reviews

Laura Izibor Brings Soul to Ireland

Remember the scene in the Charlie’s Angel’s sequel where comedian Bernie Mac ardently tries to proves that there is indeed are black “Irishmen”? Well, Laura Izibor is living proof of that he was right. This Dublin-native brings jazz and R&B out of the last place anyone would ever consider to search for it. At age 15, Laura won a local radio contest and started writing her album at age 17. She has since opened for James Brown, Angie Stone and The Roots. Her american release of her album, Truth Be Told, is slated for early 2009.

Lura Izibor’s skin is absolutely radiant, but its hard to get a glow this nice with the unpredictable weather we’ve had. Try using holistic body scrubs and natural body butters. Mineral oil and other synthetic ingredients can do the same to your skin as it does to your hair–just sit on top and never penetrate. Drying detergents and fragrances with alcohol can cause skin allergies to flare up and cause scarring from scratches.

Ary’s Naturals Bath and Body products are made of all-natural ingredients specially formulated to help eczema. Start bathing with Aloe and Shea Body Phoo ($8), an aloe-based body wash that mildly cleanses the skin. Use this everyday instead of drying soap bars from the store isles.

Afterward, rub the Healing Skin Whipped Butter($12) all over your damp skin or wherever your body needs sustenance. This rich cream contains Neem oil, an ingredient regularly used in Indian cultures for thirsty skin.
To get that “black Irish” luminance like Laura Izibor, use a body scrub a least twice a week. Ary’s Naturals makes scrubs that are gentle but effective.. The Mocha-Chocolatta Scrub ($12) combines chocolate, brown sugar and grounded coffee beans for a rich, indulgent weekly treat.