Hip & Chick Organiks Body Care Trio Review

Local Santa Cruz shop Hip & Chick Organiks opened their first brick and mortar store earlier in 2016, after years of wholesale production and sales. The brand and store is run by the sweetest mother-daughter team Maria and Vanessa, whose mission is to use "lush organic ingredients & intoxicating scent combinations" in their luxurious and natural hand-crafted skincare line.

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After quickly using up my samples, I got the full sized versions because I love them so much. I'm pretty into my Beautycounter body wash, but their body care scent is not my favorite. The local-made Dream Cream Body Butter from beauty mavens Hip & Chick Organiks matches the Grapefruit Gypsy sugar scrub and is just delightful and spa-like. Scented naturally with grapefruit essential oil, the sweet citrus fragrance isn't strong or overpowering and just makes me think of summer! These local-made all-natural products mainly boast simple, safer ingredient lists. For my thoughts on each product...

 Grapefruit Gypsy Sugar Scrub - $36

sugar scrub review

This is a massive tub of sugared grapefruit goodness. Since I've found coffee scrubs to be a complete disaster in my shower, sugar scrubs are a go-to. And this one smells like heaven, thanks to the grapefruit essential oil. The skin-loving oils and exfoliating sugar granules rinses clean to leave your skin super soft with no need for further moisture. I have been using it once a week all over my body, including my legs right before I shave. Plus the shower smells good after! View the product page here.

INGREDIENTS Sugar, pure African shea butter, certified organic coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, rosemary extract, grapefruit essential oil.

Dream Cream Body Butter - $52


This stuff really is a dream of a cream - it melts on and leaves a sheer, dewy layer of hydration. A little bit goes a long way, too! It's a thick creamy body butter chock full off natural, skin-loving oils. The "Dream Cream" also happens to be  scented thanks to grapefruit essential oil. The fragrance is very subtle, clean, fresh, and is not strong at all. Check it out here.

INGREDIENTS Pure African shea butter, certified organic coconut oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, vitamin  E, rosemary extract, grapefruit essential oil


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This is a decent, highly-foaming body wash. I haven't experienced any sensitivity to its ingredients or natural fragrance. I was even using it as a hand wash when I ran out. The addition of lemon verbena and lavender changes the fragrance a bit more herbal than pure citrus. I absolutely love the travel set they sell, which includes this body wash, a light lotion, the sugar scrub, and a travel candle. Travel sets are such a perfect way to test out new products. Check out their stuff here.

INGREDIENTS Water, aloe vera leaf juice*, PPG-2 hydroxyethyl coco/isostearamide, sodium chloride, lemon verbena* & lavender flowers*; mandarin orange* & sweet orange peel oils*, sodium lauroyl oat & sodium cocoyl apple amino acids; panthenol, shea butter extract, glycerin, sodium PCA, decyl glucoside, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, citric acid, essential oil. *Certified organic ingredient.