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When was the last time you sampled one concept that offered more than one favorite solution. Recently we had the opportunity to connect with the most delightful heart-shaped-box and experienced the glorious secrets inside. Nestled inside this beautiful box of beauty secrets are six super powered products: ”Coco” by BARE Lip Liqueur, BARE Shea Butter, BARE-LY LEGAL Solid Pocket Perfume, BARE NAKED Bag Blaster Under Eye Cream, BARE Gardenia Body Butter, BARE Chocolate Massage Oil (as taken directly from the brand’s website). Each product is set in an official candy paper found in a favorite box of chocolates impacting anyone’s emotional draw to revisit their heart again and again. Concerned about this being too commercially driven towards Valentine’s Day? Don’t be. This set sets the tone and the pace for new conversation and great memories. The best part of giving this heart to friends, family, co-workers and even to strangers is that each of the six products are enjoyable, usable and add value to the quality of life.

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From experience. Our first foray into the recyclable heart was the lip product called “Coco.” One application is sure to curb reality chocolate cravings for hours. We moved into BARE NAKED Bag Blaster Under Eye Cream which offered instant results and thanking our lucky stars that there is plenty left for future use. BARE Shea Butter was a well deserved treat for weary and dry skin at the end of a very long skin. The little lavender pot of fragrance also known as BARE-LY LEGAL Solid Pocket Perfume offered hours-on-end olfactory satisfaction and mystified us with its quality. Being a southerner by birth, the BARE Gardenia Body Butter offered deep skin conditioning with a hint of glorious gardenia. Ahhhh, it was nice to visit the first time and is still nice to refer to. Our final treat nestled in this beautiful box was the BARE Chocolate Massage Oil, offering a full 24-hour skin moisture lock as well as a day-long frolick with the chocolate gods. Yes, it was simple to sample and get lost in this small container of delight. Other things we enjoyed about the concept include the size of the prize and the chic ribbon that tops the entire presentation. The collection has been well put together and offers an array of products that are not only enjoyable but somehow hook one into wanting more and more and more and more….of them. Add this to your gift arsenal or personal care collection at

Have a beautiful and successful week!







Beauty Radar Screen

by Matthew W. Evans



Bare bath and massage oils.

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Martha Choy, who founded a Web-based fashion, accessories and jewelry business called Martha’s Closet a year ago, has gotten into the beauty business.

Choy, who is a compliance director at an investment bank, an industry in which she has worked for more than 20 years, has launched, which features her own bath, body and fragrance line, dubbed Bare.

The 253-item assortment features a raft of bath and massage oils; bar soaps; body butters and creams; facial treatment items; fragrances; hair care products; bath gels, scrubs and salts; balms, and lotions. Products come in numerous sizes and fragrances, and range in price from $1.50 for travel-size items to $80 for 8-oz., shea butter-infused body butters.

There’s also a 2-oz. Bare fragrance, called Dare to Be Bare Parfum, which is priced at $225. Choy describes the scent as a dry, alcohol-free floral perfume and it comprises a 50 to 75 percent concentration of essential oils. It is tuberose based and features notes of gardenia, lilac, ylang-ylang, jasmine and orange blossom.

Bare products are handmade by Choy in her studio garden apartment on East 81st Street in New York. “I’m scooping, pumping, ladling and labeling all by myself,” she said, adding she’d like to eventually launch a wholesale business with distribution in specialty beauty stores.

Some of the newest additions to the line include a mint version of Bare’s Transportation Security Administration-approved Bare-fly Travel Satchels. Priced at $99.75, it includes 2-oz. versions of Bare Body Butter, Hair Thickening Shampoo, Hair Thickening Conditioner, Body Bubbles, Face Fighter Wash, Beeswax Lip Balm, Body Lotion and a 5-ml. size of the perfume. The same items are available in 1-oz. versions in Bare’s Le Petit Bare-fly Travel Satchel ($59.75), which also has the 5-ml. version of the perfume.

The mint Bare-fly and Le Petit Bare-fly Travel Satchelswere introduced last week. Hitting later this month are bath and massage oils in eucalyptus spearmint, lavender and jasmine scents. They will be available in 16-, 8-, 4,- 2- and 1-oz. versions for $70, $39.95, $22, $12 and $7, respectively.

Choy, who modeled for Ford Models when she was 15, was inspired to do a beauty line because “I was exposed to beauty then,” she said, discussing her modeling days. “People like cosmetics because it’s a luxury — but it’s an affordable luxury. In recessions, women just don’t give up on their skin care.”

When it comes to making the fragrance,

22, 2010she blends the Dare to Be Bare Parfum ingredients on her kitchen counter — which “looks like a lab now” — making about 4 to 6 oz. of the fragrance at a time “with pipettes,” plus filling “hundreds of sample sizes with an eyedropper.”

Referring to the packaging of the Bare products, she said: “I like doing the turn-of-the-century, apothecary look.”

Choy estimated that, as she develops her beauty business, sales on her Bare Web site could reach $36,000 in the next 12 months, a number she said she thinks could triple with the launch of a wholesale business. Aside from the Web site, Bare is carried at Upper East Side salon Creations by Michael Inc.

On the fashion side, Choy’s Martha’s Closet Web site features Lilly Pulitzer fashion; jewelry from Cheeky Monkey, Beaded Tortoise and D.K. Thornton; dresses; bags, and swimwear. Her Bare beauty products were carried on the Martha’s Closet site until the launch of in January.

The Bare Mint Collection

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The Dare to Be Bare bottle.

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Martha Choy

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After the towel and the bikini, don't forget to pack these essentials for a pest-free, burn-free weekend.

Bug Off:  Some bug sprays are so goopy that they can cause a


breakout or ruin clean hair. Bare-fly Bug Beware Spray from
Bare is a DEET-free formula that uses cedar oil to keep
the skeeters away. And it's so light in both consistency and
smell, that you can fearlessly go crazy with coverage.

 By Jane Larkworthy

Condé Nast Digital


BARE® Body Collection

I love coffee. Especially when it comes to starting my day. There's just something about that first bitter brew that seems to awaken the senses. Or so I always thought. Now I've discovered a new way to enjoy my morning coffee.
This Coffee Face & Body Scrub by BARE® Body Collection definitely had my interest piqued! So I was ecstatic when Martha Choy, the creative genius behind BARE® Body Collection, was kind enough to send me some. Along with several other goodies from her 280+ product line (that just so happens to be blended in her NY garden apartment bThe coffee grounds act as a balancing astringent since they have a pH equal to that of our skin, while fine grain pure dead sea salt exfoliates. I had the intentions of using this as a facial scrub a couple times a week, until the day I ran out of body wash mid-shower. I reached for this instead of using the kids wash & had an intoxicating experience (in a manner of speaking of course). I absolutely loved how fresh my skin looked & felt. But there was just one slight problem - the peppermint, spearmint, rosemary & sweet orange essential oils left me feeling awake & energized. OK, that's not really a problem, unless it's 10:30 at night & you just wanted a quick shower before bed. So now I enjoy this Coffee Face & Body Scrub after my morning yoga for a perfect way to start my day! 
The BARE® Naked Bag Blaster is an under eye cream that was made just for me! Not really, but I like to think so. You see, I always have puffy eyes & for years I've used a little trick that I caught on Aaron Spelling's Model's Inc. in the 90's - hemorrhoid cream. But I have to say, something that is meant to go on your eyes instead of something meant to go...yea, it works much better. (And I don't get those crazy looks when I mention it.)
So what is it about the BARE® Naked Bag Blaster that works so well? Caffeine! (See, it can be good for you too.) Caffeine helps flush excess fluid in tissue when applied to the skin, so naturally it will help reduce puffy eyes. Add in aloe vera gel, shea butter, olive, almond & avocado oils for a downright soothing treatment! I even apply a bit to my upper lids to not only help with my all over puffy eyes, but to use as a primer too. 
Shea butter is amazing at healing eczema, stretch marks & even rough, dry skin. Add in a Coconut Lime Verbena scent that makes you wish it was the middle of a heat wave instead of this polar vortex crap... Well, let's just say that my dry elbows will be ready for summer when it finally comes. All thanks to this handy dandy tin of Coconut Lime Verbena Shea Butter.
I may or may not be slightly obsessed about any product that goes on your lips. I've got balms, glosses & sticks, but had never heard of liqueurs (for your lips, not to drink) until now. The Crème de Menthe Lip Liqueur is made with beeswax, which means that it doesn't need reapplied 456135135131 times a day. Of course with the Crème de Menthe, I wouldn't mind if it did. But one application before my lipstick does make my lips look & feel extra good. 
As you can see by the big indent in the Hot Chocolate Chip Mint BARE® Lip Booster, I'm kinda in love. And no, it's not just because it's Hot Chocolate Chip Mint, although that was what drew me in at first. Creamy vanilla, white chocolate, mint, raw sugar cane & pepper make...wait a minute, pepper?! Yea, that's the booster part. Pepper helps dilate the blood vessels in your lips, which in turn makes your lips fuller. Move over Angelina!
I love soaking in the tub, especially in some luxurious bubble bath that leaves my skin feeling silky soft. But my reality is everyone banging on the door for one reason or another. So when I do get to take a hot bath, it's usually short lived. Which is OK if I add a bit of this Coconut Lime Verbena Bath & Massage Oil to the water. Even though I don't get to "escape" for very long, my skin is silky soft like I just came from the spa. Now if only I could get the massage part...
The Bare-ly Legal Body Butter has to be one of the best body butters I've ever tried. The vegan blend of beeswax & Borax moisturizes, dries quickly & smells amazing. With hints of white gardenia, jasmine & orange blossom, this body butter screams summer. Actually, I'm already planning on this being one of my summer staples. 
I have never used solid perfume before so I had no clue what to expect from these gems. But being that they're made without alcohol, the scent lasts a lot longer. And you can easily place them on all of the "suggested" spots, like behind the ears (I never understood that one).
The BARE-ly Legal Solid Perfume will most likely be a partner in crime to the body butter this summer (I love that light floral scent). But I have a special place for BARE® Ecstasy Solid's called date night. A feminine musk with a hint of jasmine, this solid perfume screams mystery to me. I'm not sure why, but paired with the perfect LBD & stilettos, I would probably refer to myself as a femme fatale. Keep moving Angelina!
Just so the guys don't feel left out, Martha made a line for men too! (Guys, say Thank You.) Hubs loves this Pine Cedar Beard Blaster, a shaving cream made with beeswax. The beeswax almost acts as a protective barrier, which gives a close shave with virtually no effort at all. But the part I like is that he doesn't need to pile on the aftershave when he uses this. 
All of the BARE® Body Collection products are made without harsh preservatives or synthetic fragrances. Not to mention they're all tested on Martha's friends & family, not animals. So what are you waiting for? Dare to be BARE®. 
Keep up with the latest from BARE® Body Collection on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube.
**Disclaimer: I have received products to try from BARE® Body Collection & am simply sharing my personal opinion which may vary from yours. I was not compensated for this review.

Luxe Handmade Beauty Line: Bare Body Collection

9:04:00 AM by Andrea Lavinthal
What it is: Bare
Why we love it: We recently received a gigantic basket overflowing with an assortment of adorable, apothecary-esque jars and bottles of beauty products that looked like they were made in someone's kitchen. As it turns out, that's exactly right. Martha Choy, the founder of an online fashion, jewelry, and accessories business called Martha's Closet, is now in the beauty biz, with Bare, a line of 250-plus bath and body products that she whips up (and packages) by hand in her New York City apartment. We tested out a bunch of the loot and instantly fell in love with the light, whipped body mousses, which come in a range of delicious scents, most notably the summer-perfect Coconut Lime Verbena. Other standouts include the heavenly White Gardenia Milk Bath and the ultra-rich Shea Butter Body Balm.
Where to get it:
How much: Prices range from $1.50 for travel-size items to $225 for the Dare to Be Bare Parfum.

Bare Body Collection: Handmade Body Butters by Martha Choy

I love the idea of natural and homemade products, especially for gift giving (and getting)! When I received some products from Martha Choy’s Bare Body Collection, I was so excited to test out her one-of-a-kind, homemade creams and lotions. The Bare Body Collection has 30 different body butters, including Chocolate Dream and variations on coconut, citrus, and woodsy fragrances. My personal favorite of the collection was “Summer Flowers,” described by Choy as “A Lavish, Lush Blend of Cherry Blossom, Peach, and White Jasmine”. To me, it just smells sweet, fruity, floral, and delicious!

Bare Body Collection

Another good thing about the Bare Body Collection is that these products do not contain harsh preservatives, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances. They are also not tested on animals.
In addition to body butters, there is also facial care products, soaps, and treatments (Bare Naked Bag Blaster Under Eye Cream is another favorite of mine). You’ll be sure to find something you like among Choy’s collection of homemade skincare products. There are also some pretty exciting holiday specials and even gift certificates available on, for those of you looking to try these out!
by Nicole




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Bare-ly Legal Scents Your Skin, Sinfully

A skincare collection called BARE-ly Legal for Marthas Closet sounds sexy, and you might be wondering if I'm advocating something sinful.  Perish the thought!  The only thing sinful about these products are the exotic scents and luxurious formulas. 

I had never heard for Martha Choy or  Martha’s Closet® until now, but like another now-famous (and very successful) female entrepreneur with unique, exotically-scented skincare products. By the way, BARE® products do not contain harsh preservatives, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances.

Martha Choy, Founder and President of Bare® Body Collection and Martha's Closet® virtually created BARE® in her garden studio apartment on East 81st Street in New York. She also runs a website called Martha's Closet that she calls an "upscale Ebay."  

The new, skincare line has a number of nice products, including a perfume beautifully housed in a gorgeous glass bottle.  Since that product is $ 289.75  for 2 fl. oz. I instead am suggesting some other favorites that I think you'll want to try:



BARE-ly Legal $33.50 4 oz. arrives, as do the other skincare products, in an amber plastic jar with silver top that looks very simple, but attractive.  But the main attraction is what's inside:  a very hydrating, super-thick and rich cream that smells like tropical flowers and spices:  White Gardenia, Tuberose, Taratahi Lilac, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, and Black Coconut.   It's a traditional,  beeswax and borax body butter that purports to be over 98% natural (ingredients are listed below).  The product is over 50% oil and if your skin is dry, you won't believe how quickly and effectively it works to eliminate every flake and itch and dry patch.  You can definitely use it on even the toughest areas to moisturize, including "rhino-hide" feet, elbows and knees.You only need a tiny bit, and you'll find it is more like a solid pomade than a cream.  The added bonus, especially if you use it on your feet and legs, is that the strong, exotic scent wafts up and will even mask (stinky) foot odor. So what is in it?:  Helliantus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Soja Hispida (Soya Bean) Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, De-Ionized Water, Natural Beeswax, Emulsifying Wax NF, Sodium Borate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Fragrance, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Disodium EDTA. Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol.

There is a lighter, more creamy version of this product called BARE-ly Legal Light $18.25 3.4 fl. oz.  I am not sure why it is so much less expensive, but in truth, I prefer the lighter, less oil-centric formula. That's not to say it doesn't moisturize, it just leaves less of a protective film.  The fragrance is slightly lighter and more floral as well, making it more daytime friendly. 

I also tried BARE-ly Legal Luminessence $64.75 4 oz.  Yes, it's pricey, but it packs a multi-tasking punch with SPF 30, a versatile, body enhancing shimmer, tint, and moisturization.  The very light cream looks liked cherry whipped cream in the jar,  It is a lighter version of the Bare-ly Legal scented Body Butter, infused with complexion-illuminating mica and a touch of tint to give your skin a sun kissed glow.  In case you're wondering, mica powder comes from minerals and reflects light creates an illusion of a smoother, softer and more radiant skin tone. The scent is lovely: white tuberose blossoms, taratahi lilac, white gardenia and rare blossoms from all over the world.  This sensual product has: . Deionized Water, Octyl Palmitate, Grapeseed Oil, jojoba oil, hemp oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Steareth-30, Ceteth-10, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Chamomile, Boswellia Serrata, Tocopherol, Borage Seed Oil, Carbopol, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Mica, Zinc. If BARE-ly Legal Luminessence doesn't get you to use sun protection, I don't know what product, will! 


My final, favorite pricey but justifiably must-have product is the  "Coco" by BARE Chocolate Lip Liqueur $24.00. The hard, waxy lip balm arrives in a simple tin, and when you open it the smell of hot chocolate wafts right up at you. If you're a chocolate lover (and who isn't?), the smell alone will be enough to drive you wild (thanks to notes of Creamy Vanilla, Rich White Chocolate, Raw Sugar Cane and a hint of pepper). In case you're wondering why you'd put pepper in a perfectly delicious blend, it helps plump your lips and gives them a hint of your own, natural lip color (the lip balm is colorless).  Another nice thing is that this beeswax lip balm lasts, to keep lips moisturized so you don't have ot apply it more often.  A little bit goes a long way, thanks to Castor Seed Oil, Beeswax, Lauryl Laurate, Carnauba and Soy Wax. The only liability is that you'll find people wanting to ask you about it, and try it.  Don't be mean...share!

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