Zest-fully Clean

January 16, 2009

In the old days, when the dollar was actually worth something when you left our noble borders, I used to come back from trips to Europe with Prada bags and Gucci shoes and lots of treasures which I would never have been able to splurge for if the dollar were worth – well, what it is today. We still like to travel abroad whenever we can, but my taste in souvenirs has migrated to a much lower price point. Recently we were in Switzerland and aside from the bars of dark chocolate with almonds that I stashed in my suitcase, I realized that Weleda products from over the border in nearby Germany were cheaper than I could get them in the States. I am a big fan of their Skin Food cream ($15 for 2.5 ounces; I get it at Target or Whole Body), which moisturizes dry spots and works well as a hand cream that isn’t too sticky, all with a mild and pleasant scent.

Leaves you -- and your bathroom -- smelling clean!

Leaves you -- and your bathroom -- smelling clean!

Given the discount, I decided to try a couple of products I hadn’t tried before. One has quickly become a favorite, Weleda’s Citrus Creamy Body Wash ($15 here in the US for 7.2 ounces).  Its texture is creamy, more like a lotion than a shower gel, and the smell is powerful enough to wake you up (think: lemons) but not too cloying to make you gag. A little goes a long way, and you have the comfort in knowing that Weleda is a truly natural company who doesn’t load up their offerings with lots of bad fillers, so their stuff is not irritating. It rinses off easily and I will definitely be stocking up on some more of it stateside.


Here in NYC, as I’ve mentioned, the weather has gotten frigid, forcing all of us to turn to indoor activities to entertain. The Museum of Modern Art offers “Tours for Fours” on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:20am (free tickets are distributed at 10am at the reception desk.) Up to two adults and three children can go on the tour for free, the only stipulation is that one of the kids needs to be 4 years old. For more information, go to moma.org and check out the info on Family Programs. And if you stay long enough to crave lunch, I recommend the Café on the second floor. The food is very good, they have offerings for kids and they have high chairs. Deal alert: If you’re a member of the Museum, you save 10% on the bill!

Well, the Mayor of Philadelphia may not have changed his name in support of the Eagles like the Mayor of Pittsburgh did for the Steelers, but good luck to Philly in their game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. De-fense!!

Oddly, the plane crashed into the Hudson today outside of my office window so I had a clear view of the wreckage and the ferries going out to save the passengers. Kudos to that pilot for not only saving all of their lives, but also avoiding a crash into Manhattan which would have been much, much worse. Who knew birds could cause such a problem?

Have a great one and be safe!


One Response to “Zest-fully Clean”

  1. coffee Says:

    I’m glad no one was hurt in the crash, sounds like the pilot did a great job

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