MBB’s “Fresh Friday” series takes a look at new beauty brands (and venerable O.G. brands that are new to me). Let’s discover new makeup!

El Hub is always in awe of the time I can spend in the bathroom, because seriously…I’m in there for a looooong time. 😁 One time he even knocked on the door and asked if I’d fallen into the toilet because I’d literally been in there for hours.

So yeah, if you need me, I’ll be in the… Ha ha ha! El baño.

It’s great because nobody bothers me in there. I can have some privacy. Sometimes after I put Connor down for the night, I’ll shower, do some reading and, lately, have a mini spa sesh.

Speaking of that…have you peeped this new line of Ayurveda-inspired body products from Malavara?

A luxury body care line, Malavara was started by Tejal Engman and Alexandra Turner, two gals who worked high-stress jobs on the trading floor for JP Morgan. They bonded over their love for alternative therapies, including Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed in India over 3,000 ago (!).

Their Ayurveda-inspired products are cruelty-free, blended with essential oils, vegetarian, vegan and designed so that busy people can simultaneously relax, recharge and de-stress while they get their necessities done in the bathroom.

For now, Malavara’s product line isn’t huge, but they have some good goodies for recuperative “meow” time sessions in the bathroom, like a dry body oil ($48), a hair serum ($39), lotion ($32) and body wash ($28).

I’m a big fan of the Dry Body Oil Spray. I love the crisp, refreshing scent, which is a unisex blend of lime peel and vetiver, and it contains apricot kernel oil, which is just interesting to me. The spray is light and hydrating, so I use it on my upper body (my alligator legs do better with the Lime Vetiver Body & Hand Lotion) and take extra time to massage it into my arms, my upper back and my neck.

It. Is. So. Relaxing…

The packaging is probably the most perfect example of spray oil packaging I’ve ever seen in my entire life, too, because the pump ejects a fine oil mist, but it comes out forcefully, and it never, ever clogs.

It’s the little things, ya know?

Luxurious *and* practical? I’m so there.

Alrighty then. If you need me, you know where I’ll be… 😊

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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