Pretty in the City: The Sweetest Scrub

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The minute I met Michelle O'Neill and Irene Cuesta, creators of Aromessence body and beauty products, at last year's Honey Shine Holiday Bazaar, I knew I was on to something special. The ladies were so genuine and their products smelled so heavenly! And the story behind these all-natural aromatherapy-infused products is just as sweet. "Irene was the inspiration. She's a certified aromatherapist who would create amazing potions and just give them to people. When she told me about her products, I had the idea to start a business," O'Neill explained to Pretty in the City during a recent phone interview. And what a business they've created.

Aromessence products are all homemade by the two Miami Beach beauty pros, but there's none of the tell-tale texture of a homemade product. Their body butter leaves your skin smooth as silk. Their floral mister is ideal for calming your spirit and toning your skin post-cleansing. And their sugar body scrub is to die for. Seriously. As a beauty blogger, I'm fortunate enough to try quite a few products on the market, and this locally-made sugar scrub ranks among the stuff you'd find on the shelves at Bath and Body Works any day of the week. It's thick without being too grainy, pleasantly scented without being pungent, and emollient without being greasy or slippery. It is perfection in an 8 oz tub.

"We're proud of the fact that we use only pure essential oils. Our products are all natural, and the sugar scrub is made from organic sugar. It appeals to anyone attuned to a more green lifestyle. We want our products to stimulate the senses and give a sense of serenity," says O'Neill.

 That's exactly what my Aromessence experience proved to be. These products, handmade by two Miami Beach residents, are made with love and expertise. You can buy them online at AromessenceBody.com, and there's free shipping on purchases over $75.

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