Who needs exercise?

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That title is a joke. Seriously. You need it, the Shop Tart needs it, everyone needs to move around and sweat, for mental health if not physical. But — if we’re totally honest — most of us don’t go to the gym just for the zen of it. We go in part because we have to wear bathing suits in public. South Carolina is the most beautiful state in the country, with perfect weather for most of the year, and our beaches are stunning. The price we pay? Wearing bathing suits. The Shop Tart loved this recent piece on xojane.com. Most days, that’s exactly how she feels. The older she gets, the more children she has, the more satisfied — happy, even — she feels about her body.

But wouldn’t it be nice to look just a little less dimply? Especially if it’s healthy and smells good? Especially if the necessary products are 20 percent off at Rosewood Market today? (They are not having one of their famed 20-percent-off-nearly-everything days. The discount today only applies to wellness products. Apparently, beauty = wellness, which makes the Shop Tart feel a little less vain, because wellness is a totally legit pursuit.)

Last week, she started using Dr. Hauschka’s Lemongrass Body Oil on her ripply areas, thanks to the promise on the box: Firms skin prone to cellulite. And what skin isn’t?

Dr. Hauschka Lemongrass Body Oil from Rosewood Market.

The Shop Tart used it semi-regularly and she thinks it makes a difference. Cellulite products aren’t magical mysteries. They don’t make you skinny, they tighten the skin a bit and, in the case of a fancy product like Dr. Hauschka’s, detoxify. (Translation: Encourage the losing of water weight.) Rub it in vigorously enough and you’ll increase circulation, another way to get that water weight moving. The Lemongrass Body Oil isn’t greasy and it absorbs quickly, leaving the skin nice and supple. And…did you know…oils are the more environmentally friendly moisturizer, because creams and lotions are made of oil and emulsifiers, as well as preservatives to hold it all together. Bonus: Dr. Hauschka’s Lemongrass Body Oil has a delicious lemon-y sent that the Shop Tart believes works as an insect repellant. That may or may not be true, but it sure does smell good!

The other product she’s been using is one she once tried to make herself, with bizarre and bad results. (If you see her out in public, feel free to ask. The answer is a bit vulgar and the Shop Tart isn’t willing to share it here. But it was pretty funny. Took a few days to recover.) She figured that the caffeine in many cellulite products was a pretty good skin tightener, olive oil is a pretty good moisturizer and sugar is a great exfoliant. Combining the three would be cellulite fighting magic, no? Well. The smell of her used coffee grounds (which probably have very little, if any, caffeine left in them) with olive oil was less pleasant than the Shop Tart would have liked and there were other…issues.

Lucky for us, a real company –Soothing Touch Herbal Therapy — makes the perfect brown sugar scrub. French Vanilla Latté. Yum!

Soothing Touch French Vanilla Latte at Rosewood Market.

Regularly $16.29, the scrub is on sale at Rosewood right now for $12.99, even less after the 20 percent discount. The sweet almond oil has a much nicer scent than the olive oil from the Shop Tart’s kitchen, at least when combined with coffee grounds, brown sugar, other sweet smelling oils and vanilla. Seriously, it smells so good you will get out of the shower feeling as though you had a sweet dessert. (Another way to reduce cellulite? Skip dessert. *sigh*) The Shop Tart actually looks forward to reaching her hand into the jar and scooping out a handful of sweet, moisturizing goodness to rub on her “problem areas.”

Soothing Touch French Vanilla Latte at Rosewood Market.

And speaking of those “problem areas,” they become far less of a problem when you’re actually on the beach or at the pool, lounging or frolicking in your cute (enough) suit with your cute (enough) behind. Don’t be shy. Your friends will miss you and they don’t care one whit about your *ss. They probably will like it if you smell nice, though. Rock it if you’ve got it. (And you do. Read this for inspiration!)

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One comment on “Who needs exercise?
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Local arbiter of all that is fresh, fashionable and flavorful in Columbia, the Shop Tart has been blogging about shopping, eating and having a great time since 2008.

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