Spring Giveaway With Zaya Oils – 3 Winners

Zaya Organic Beauty Oils Giveaway-1I’ve been meaning to do a giveaway for some time now and since it’s Spring time, there’s probably no better way to celebrate the end of the cold season than with beautiful, colorful, certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free Zaya Oils! The packaging is what really makes these products to stand out. However, not only they are gorgeous, but also will do an outstanding job by taking care of your body and hair. You can read my review about Zaya Hair Oil and Nail Oil here.

Three (3) lucky readers will have a chance to win one (1) of these three luxurious organic beauty oils (at random):
* Nail and Hand Oil ($46.90) with Lemon & Ylang-Ylang – for your gentle and soft hands, nails and cuticles.
* Body Oil ($43.90) with Grapefruit & Rosemary – hydrating and balancing body oil formulated to tone and smooth your skin.
* Hair Oil ($53.90) with Ylang-Ylang, Patchouli & Lavender – a nurturing hair oil blend for shine and balance.

Treat yourself with these lovely beauty oils or get them as a present for someone you love!
To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter widget below (please read T&C). This giveaway starts on 24th of March 2015 (Monday) and will end on 30th of March 2015 (Monday). It’s open to US and Canada residents.

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Good luck!

Green People SPF15 DD Tinted Moisturizer | Swatches

Green People Age Defy DD Tinted Moisturizer

Green People Age Defy SPF15 DD Tinted Cream LightWhen it comes to BB, CC and other double-letter creams, I always find interesting to see what they would bring for my skin. I’ve used a few organic BB creams that could simply be called tinted moisturizers. However, with DD (stands for Daily Defense) creams, it’s pretty clear that their job is to care for the skin on a daily basis and, at the same time, to offer some coverage. Green People Age Defy+ DD Tinted SPF15 Moisturizer* (approx $50/£34.95 for 30ml) fulfills these two tasks by smoothing, correcting, hydrating and protecting the skin with natural mineral filters.

This tinted moisturizer comes in a classy white bottle with a pump dispenser. Dosing is very easy, because the dispenser allows you to squeeze out the amount you want. Only a pea size drop of this product is needed to cover the whole face, so this 30 ml bottle will last me (and you!) a long time. I love its texture, it’s creamy, but not too thick and, therefore, very easy to blend. It offers a nice and even coverage, and leaves skin feeling hydrated and smooth – just great for simple, everyday spring/summer look! Because this tinted moisturizer is created to make your skin look natural and almost makeup-free, it won’t hide any major imperfections (this can easily be fixed by applying some concealer), but I still find it providing more coverage than most tinted moisturizer I’ve tried in the past.

Green People DD Tinted Moisturizer SPF15Green People DD Tinted Moisturizer is available in two colors: Light (for fair skin tones) and Medium (for medium to olive skin tones). I wish there would be more colors to choose from, however, I also noticed that the moisturizer tends to adjust to the skin a little. I have the color Light and because my skin is very fair at the moment, it’s a bit too dark, however, I can see that it’s going to be perfect for summer when my skin goes from very fair to light skin tone. If you’re unsure about the color you should opt for, there are samples available at Naturisimo and Green People.

Green People Age Defy DD Tinted Moisturizer Light Medium SwatchesIngredients: Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Isoamyl Laurate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil)*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Lauryl Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sucrose Stearate, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch*, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Xantan Gum, Aroma [Natural], Tocopherol, Glycerul Caprylate, Squalane, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Crithum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Callus Culture Filtrate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Galactoarabinan, Sodium Phytate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, LActic Acid, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. May contain +/- CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI77492 (Iron Oxides), CI77491 (Iron Oxides), CI77499 (Iron Oxides). * Certified Organic.

*PR Sample. All opinions are honest and my own.

Have you tried this Green People Tinted Moisturizer? What’s your opinion about it?


Skin Essence Organics Nourish Facial Moisturizer

Skin Essence Organics Nourish Facial MoisturizerThis lovely small bottle has been sitting on a shelf for far too long (since Christmas Green Beauty Swap), so with the seasons changing I decided to change my skincare routine a little and include this baby in it.

Skin Essence Organics Nourish Facial Moisturizer (10 ml) for combination skin has a soft, herbal/citrusy scent. The moisturizer is 100% natural and organic, made with moisturizing and anti-aging rosehip seed oil, carrot oil and evening primrose oil as well as with protective and soothing kukui nut oil and silk. Like it states on the bottle, it’s suitable for combination skin and from what I have experienced from using this moisturizer – it would be a real gem for such skin types. Moreover, if you have oily skin and want to try this moisturizer, go for it. It’s super light and absorbs instantly without leaving any greasy trace. It also leaves skin soft and almost matte. As for someone with dry skin – I love using it in the evenings, however, I still add a tad of Kypris Antioxidant serum on top for some extra hydration.

Ingredients (from the bottle): Apricot Kernel Oil*, Rosehip Seed Oil*, Macadamia Nut Oil*, Hazelnut*, Jojoba Seed Oil*, Carrot Tissue Oil*, Sweet Orange Extract*, Mandarin*, Kukui*, Neroli*, Meadowfoam Seed*, Tocopherol (Vitamin-E)*, Jasmine oil*, Evening Primrose Oil*, Allantoin, Silk, Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano). *Certified Organic.

Have you heard about Skin Essence Organics?


New Beauty Releases For Spring/Summer 2015

Spring Summer 2015 New Green Beauty Releases1. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Bigger! Better! Lashes Mascara ($9.95) with 2-in-1 multi-tasking brush that gives volume, definition and separation for the lashes. I mentioned the brush, because I have straight lashes and its shape looks like it will be great for separating and curling.

2. LURK beauty 100% Pure Perfume Oils ($55). LURK already has a lovely collection of perfume oils, but they are expanding the line with 3 new perfumes that will be available from April. The new perfumes will include notes like tobacco, ambrette seed, pink lotus and neroli!

3. Zoya 5-Free Delight Collection for Spring 2015 ($9 each). Zoya is one of the best nail polish brands I know and it has surprised me again with this beautiful Spring collection of bright, pastel and colorful nail polishes: Eden, Leslie, Rayne, Lillian, Tiana and Daisy. I especially love Tiana, such a stunning color!

4. Green People Tinted Moisturizer/DD Cream with SPF15 ($50): tinted moisturizer is a perfect choice for Spring/Summer when you want that my skin, but better makeup look. Green People has a great reputation as a green beauty brand, so I think this DD Cream is worth a try. I also like the fact that it contains only natural mineral filters for UVA/UVB protection. Comes in two shades: light and medium.

Have you already tried any of these products? Any of them on your wishlist?


Marmozel Organic Beauty

Marmozel Organic Beauty-1I’m very excited about this review because I’m going to share about a lovely Lithuanian brand (this is where I’m from!) – Marmozel. It is one of the popular natural beauty brands here. Marmozel uses only natural ingredients and creates products in small batches, depending on a season or an order, so you’ll always get a fresh product, no matter what. The brand is currently expanding and offering an international shipping. Marmozel beauty products already have many great reviews from Lithuanian and international bloggers, and these reviews are well deserved.

Marmozel Hair Conditioner for dry, damaged, colored hair (100ml for 14)
After using leave-in detanglers for a while, I got a little bit lazy with my hair care routine. It so easy to just put the conditioner after washing your hair and let it do its work. So that’s why I was so interested in Marmozel Hair Conditioner, which can be used as a regular conditioner, as a leave-in or as a hair mask – it all depends on your preference.
The conditioner has a nice watery consistency, I actually expected it to be thicker, but it’s still lovely and easy to use. Made with lavender, chamomile and rosemary water, it has a pleasant herbal mixed with citrus scent, which might seem strong at first, but disappears once the hair gets dry. It also contains rosemary extract, which is really good for hair growth, so if you’re suffering from hair loss or would like to strengthen your hair, I suppose using the conditioner as a hair mask would be very beneficial. I’ve tried using this conditioner various ways and leave-in is my favorite option. It doesn’t make my hair greasy, but I avoid putting it anything near my roots.

Ingredients: lavandula, matricaria chamomilla, rosmarinus water, simmondsia oil, coffee arabica seed oil, panthenol, xanthan gum, rosmarinus extract, eco-preservative (benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, water), ylang – ylang essential oil.

Marmozel Organic Skincare Beauty-1Marmozel Moisturizing – Nourishing Face Cream (30 ml for 14€)
Another lovely product from Marmozel is their Moisturizing/Nourishing Face Cream with almond oil, geranium water and rosemary water. It has a very interesting consistency – more like mousse than cream. Though, in my personal opinion, it’s more suitable for dry/normal, combination/dry or dehydrated skin types. The cream promises to firm the skin, to smooth small wrinkles and, on top of that, to give natural UV protection. I like how fast it absorbs in to my skin and leaves it very soft, but not shiny at all.

Ingredients: prunus amygdalus, prunus armeniaca, sunflower seed, persea gratissima oils, pelargonium, rosmarinus water, cetearyl glucoside, pelargonium, cymbopogon martini, daucus carota seed e.o., rosmarinus extract, vit. E.

Marmozel Seabuckthorn Body Oil (small size)
If you like using organic oils for your body, then this baby will leave you happy. Sea buckthorn oil is famous for its healing, protective and nourishing benefits. This body oil is suitable for all skin types, even for the most sensitive ones.

Ingredients: sunflower, sesamum indicum, cocos nucifera, hippophae rhamnoides oils, pelargonium graveolens, daucus carrota seed, cananga odorata essential oils.

Marmozel Moisturizing Face Mask (25 g for 7€)
I actually don’t know anyone who doesn’t like clay masks. They are fast, effective and, mostly, reasonably priced. That’s what I can say about this moisturizing face mask. Made with gentle white and ghassoul clays, algae and aloe powder, I like how very toning and refreshing it is to my skin – a real delight to use.

Ingredients: White and Ghassoul Clay, Lithothaminium, Rubus Idaeus, Aloe Powder.

Marmozel Natural Mild Soap For Body And Hair (50 g for 2€)
This is actually the only product I haven’t tried yet. I am not very excited about the palm oil it contains, but otherwise, it seems like a great versatile product.

Ingredients: cocos nucifera, palm, olive, sunflower oils, butyrospermum parkii butter, calendula flower leafs, lavandula angustifolia, citrus reticulata e.o.

*PR Sample. All opinions are honest and my own.

Have you heard about Marmozel? Which product looks tempting to you the most?


Natural Deodorants: Alterra vs Schmidt’s

Organic Non Toxic DeodorantsWhat was your biggest challenge when switching all your beauty products to natural/organic? For me it was finding a good natural deodorant that WORKS. If you didn’t have this headache, then you can consider yourself lucky! Before even starting this blog, I was able to try quite a few natural/organic deodorants, but it was one disappointment after another. There was only one deodorant that I was satisfied with, Aubrey Organics Deodorant for men, but it had a super strong pine scent, which is great, but, as most strong scents, quickly became boring. And then I started blogging, and soon after that I found out about PiperWai Natural Deodorant, which seemed like a miracle to me. It was better than any natural deodorant I’ve tried before. After all this time, I still think it’s great, however, I found another great deodorant. Can you guess, which one is it? Here are the reviews:

Alterra Natural Deodorant with lemon balm ($3 for 50 ml)
I feel very bad throwing another stone in Alterra’s garden, because some of their products are absolutely fantastic. But this Alterra’s Natural Deodorant is the worst deodorant I’ve tried. Ever. Not only it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to, but I feel like its scent itself makes me a bit stinky. It is, though, certified organic and made without aluminum and all other nasty ingredients. I also love the bottle design, so I’m really bummed that I dislike the product so much. Please share in the comments if you had any good experience with it, maybe it’s just not for me.

Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol*, Cellulose, Glyceryl Caprylate, Zinc Ricinoleate, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Zinc Oxide, Hydrogenated Palm Glyceride, Melissa Officinalis (Distillate)*, Salvia Officinalis (Water)*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Distillate)*, Equisetum Arvense (Leaf Extract)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Oil)*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Parfum**, Citral**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Limonene**, Linalool**. Organic. BDIH certified.

Schmidts Bergamot Lime Natural DeodorantSchmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant ($9 for 56 g)
Schmidt’s deodorants are loved by many green beauty bloggers and I can say there’s a good reason for that. This jar has proven to be one to trust in stressful situations and on days when I am very active. I would put myself beyond the average on a sweating chart (if there would be one!), so this Schmidt’s deodorant lasts about 7-8 hours, which is awesome for me! I think it would last longer if I would reapply it. The Schmidt’s deodorants come in five scents: Ylang-ylang + Calendula, Cedarwood + Juniper, Bergamot + Lime, Lavender + Sage and Unscented. The scent I have is Bergamot and Lime. I’m actually very surprised with myself that I didn’t get the one with lavender, but I also love this scent a lot,  because it’s so refreshing.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract.

Have you tried any of these deodorants? What is your must-have natural deodorant?


Yogi’s Lustings

Current Yoga WishlistLotus Wei Inner Peace Spray Mist: I read a lot of good words about this relaxing mist of Lotus Wei, so I’m very intrigued. Inner Peace combines lavender and hibiscus, which sounds like a nice, calming scent. I think it would be a great addition to my yoga routine.

Yogi Breathe Deep Herbal Tea: for someone with anxiety outbreaks, the words “breathe deep” mean a lot. I absolutely love the calming message that Yogi teas send (there also are more teas like Stress Relief or Bedtime). It also promises to support clear breathing and to calm your body and mind. I’m definitely going to try it out.

Just Breath Pullover: simply love the color and the fit. Gorgeous!

Raw Aquamarine Ring: despite the fact that I found out about aquamarine being the gemstone of Aquarius only recently, I have to admit that I have always felt a weird connection to it. I love how beautiful it looks raw! Would love to have this ring on my finger.

‘Shhh…. there’s wine in here’ mug: yep, probably would be, sorry! :D

What are your current yoga or beauty lustings?


Zaya Organic Beauty Oils

Zaya Organic Beauty OilsZaya Oils is a responsible and determined Canadian (Toronto-based) natural beauty brand, which creates cruelty-free, natural and environmentally-friendly products. And a very creative one, obviously! How else could you create such a glamorous, sleek and feminine packaging that’s impossible to forget once you’ve seen it! I don’t want to blab only about the packaging for the rest of this post (yes, it’s gorgeous, we all see that), so I’m going to stop right here and just shortly introduce and describe each oil.
Zaya Ylang Patchouli Lavender Hair OilLeft (below): Zaya Organic Hair Oil ($53.90 for 50 ml)
Made with organic ylang-ylang, patchouli and lavender essential oils, this organic hair oil promises to balance hair and restore lost hair shine. How to use: Apply several drops directly to the scalp and massage for 1-2 minutes evenly distributing the blend. Apply a bit of oil on the ends if desired, leave for 20-30 minutes, shampoo to wash off excess oil. I haven’t tried using it on the scalp, but it works lovely for the roots. I use it once a week, although, it’s recommended to use two or even three times per week. But I my hair tends to get oily, so I go with my gut, which tells me to take it easy. I find it easy to wash off and I can absolutely agree that it gives shine and my hair looks lively after using this oil.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, Prunus Dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, Oryza Sativa (rice) bran oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (macadamia nut) seed oil*, Cananga Odorata (ylang-ylang) essential oil*, Pogostemon Cablin (patchouli) essential oil*, Lavendula Angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*. *Organic.

Right (below): Zaya Organic Nail Oil ($46.90 for 30 ml)
This one right here makes a perfect gift! Well, at least I’d like a gift like that :) How to use: Spread a couple of drops on your nails and cuticles. Gently massage the skin. This simple, but effective nail oil is great for softening cuticles and “supports healthy grow of nails” (I’m quoting what’s on the label, because I have to use the oil a little bit longer to verify that). I like that it’s easy to dose and I think you shouldn’t be expecting posts of new nail products anytime soon. I think,  I’ll be using this bottle for the rest of my life as I only need one drop for my each hand.

Ingredients: Prunus Dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, Persea Gratissima (avocado) oil, Olea Europaea (olive) fruit oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil*, Triticum Vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Oryza Sativa (rice) bran oil, Citrus Medica Limonum peel (lemon) essential oil*, Cananga Odorata (ylang-ylang) essential oil*. *Organic.
Zaya Natural Beauty Oils

*PR Sample. All opinions are honest and my own.

Have you tried Zaya Oils? What do you think about the packaging?


Delizioso Skincare Cream Blush In Outrageous

Delizioso Organic Skincare BlushMy little jar of love. That’s how I secretly call this 100% natural and organic Cream Blush by Delizioso Skincare. Which I now take everywhere with me – it’s even been to Paris! I found this gem in the Vegan Cuts December Beauty Box and instantly fell in love with it. I usually use compact blushes (or loose minerals blushes), because I’ve tried a few cream blushes in the past and they seemed just too much work to apply. However, this one seems to be melting on my fingers, so, therefore, much easier to apply and not to look like I have some beetroot juice on the cheeks (which is maybe not bad, but just not my cup of tea :) ).

Delizioso Skincare Organic Cream Blush OutrageousWeighting just 5 grams, Delizioso Skincare Cream Blush ($18/£9) comes in a super tiny little jar. I’m not sure what is it with me and miniature packagings, but I can’t resist how cute they are. I’m not sure what the name of the blush means, but I guess it’s the fierce, pigmented color that gives it that outrageousness. And I mean VERY pigmented. So, it will probably last you forever. The blush is reddish pink with a little bit of pearl shimmer. It also has no glitters, which I am happy about, because I can use it for my everyday makeup routine. It says to be suitable for all skin types and skin tones, so if you like the color that you see in the photos, I recommend you to give this blush a go.

(sorry for a blurry swatch, my iphone has decided my arm is more important then the super bright blush!)

Delizioso Natural Cream Blush Outrageous

Ingredients: *Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Wax, *Aloe Vera Oil, *Argan Oil, Rice Derived Vitamin E, Mica (Natural Mineral) and Kosher Certified Flavor Oil (Naturally derived from plant/fruit material). *Certified Organic.

Have you tried any of Delizioso Skincare products (their foundation, anyone?)?


ILIA Polka Dots & Moonbeams Illuminator

Ilia Beauty Polka Dots And Moonbeams Illuminator-1Many beauty lovers probably have already seen ILIA Beauty products reviewed on other blogs as they are pretty popular among the green beauty community. All the reviews I read about this brand were positive (which is rare!), so how could I not be interested in trying something from their range? The Illuminators looked especially intriguing. There are two shades available: Polka Dots & Moonbeams and Sway (which is more like a bronzer than an illuminator, in my opinion, but also very pretty).

The sleek recyclable aluminum packaging of ILIA Illuminators (and other products as well) looks very high-end. It’s also very compact and easy to carry. The ingredient list is pretty simple, it includes moisturizing and anti-aging oils like rosehip and castor seed oils and cacao seed butter.

Ilia Beauty Organic IlluminatorILIA Polka Dots & Moonbeams Illuminator is a warm champagne cream highlighter. It gives a subtle metallic glow that looks beautiful on the skin. Because the Illuminator is pretty soft and creamy, it’s easy to blend in (I use my fingers). I love that it doesn’t have any large glitters, so it’s perfect for an everyday makeup. Also, I am pretty sure it will look stunning on many skin tones as it doesn’t look too yellow once applied on the skin. I am neutral/cool toned and it suits me perfectly. The Illuminator is not greasy, so it wears well. It stays where it’s supposed to stay through the day (about 8 hours), so I’m very happy with it!

Ilia Beauty Illuminators are available at one of my favorite online eco beauty stores Naturisimo for approx $45/£30 with quick and free worldwide delivery.

Ilia Beauty Organic Highlighter Polka Dots And MoonbeamsIngredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Natural Vitamin E). May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (Ci 77499, Ci 77492, Ci 77491), Red 7 Ci15850, Red 28 Ci45410, Yellow 5 Ci19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients.

*PR Sample. All opinions are honest and my own.

Do you own any of Ilia Beauty products? What are your favorites?


Organic Beauty Sample Stash #1

Organic Beauty Sample Stash-1Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo
Described as a shampoo for normal hair that provides gentle cleansing and nourishes hair. I had a few samples of this shampoo and have to admit that it’s mostly suitable for dry roots/hair. It’s very nourishing, so my roots went flat instantly. Other than that, it’s a lovely gentle shampoo that can be used everyday.

Heliotrop Selection Eye Cream
Made with cupuacu butter, camellia oil and acacia extract. This is a very rich/buttery eye cream that gives plenty of moisture for tired under eye area. I enjoyed using the sample, however, I think I prefer eye creams with lighter consistency (such as gels), so I’m not be going to purchase a full size of this one.

Dr. Hauschka Soothing Mask
I’m a big fan of Dr. Hauschka skin care, especially their Revitalizing Day Cream (ex Moisturizing Day Cream) and Revitalizing Mask. I’ve already had a full size of this Soothing Mask a couple of years ago, so this sample was a lovely reminder of how good it is. It soothes and softens skin, calms and reduces redness (especially, rosacea).

Sante Bio Goji And Lemon Shower Gel
An organic shower gel with goji berry and lime extracts and a delicious, fresh scent. I’ve already had a few full size bottles of this shower gel. It’s lovely to use in the mornings on a daily basis.

Bema Medium Protection Sun Cream SPF20
I didn’t have the chance to find out how it performs as a sun cream, but I really like how fast and easy is its application. It also doesn’t leave white streaks, which is something that most natural sun creams struggle with.

Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream
Hand creams isn’t something I use everyday, however, winter leaves me no choice, but to change my attitude. Lately, I’ve been loving Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie and I can say with confidence that this Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream takes a solid second place. It’s very nourishing, but absorbs quite fast and without leaving much trace.

Are there any of your favorite products amongst these samples?


Tata Harper Ultimate Glow Kit

Tata Harper Organic Ultimate Glow Kit

Tata Harper Natural Ultimate Glow KitI was very lucky to find this Tata Harper Ultimate Glow Kit at Sephora some time ago (it’s now out of stock). I’ve been wanting to try some of their products for ages and because treatments are my favorite part of skincare routine, I hurried to get this kit with all these goodies it contains. I think Tata Harper doesn’t need a lot of introduction. This luxurious, cruelty-free eco beauty brand already has many fans around the world and a few well deserved awards in their field. I think the packaging plays a huge role in why Tata Harper is so popular – the jars and bottles look so pretty that I am definitely keeping them after I finish the products. Of course, the products (and the ingredients) are undeniably great as well.

Tata Harper Organic Ultimate Glow Skincare MasksSo here’s what The Ultimate Glow Kit contains:
Regenerating Cleanser – 15 ml (full size approx $75/£60 for 125ml)
It has such a lovely sweet/fruity scent (reminds me of peaches mixed with citrus)! This cream cleanser did surprise me with two things: 1) it cleans really good, like, crazy good. I honestly didn’t expect it from a cream cleanser; 2) it does contain tiny exfoliating pellets, so it feels like a cleanser and a face scrub at the same time. However, because it offers such an intensive cleansing, it might also be a bit drying. I decided to put it aside for spring when my skin won’t be so dry.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl olivate, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Sorbitan olivate, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) seed powder, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) peel extract,  Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit ferment extract, Salix alba (Willow) bark extract*, Kaolin (Rose Clay), Sclerotium gum, Coco-glucoside, Cetearyl glucoside, Cetyl palmitate, Sorbitan palmitate, Soybean peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, Sodium phytate, Aroma**, Citral, Limonene, Linalool. *Ingredients from organic farming. **Clinical grade essential oils blend.

Resurfacing Mask – 15 ml (full size approx $66/£44 for 30ml)
An absolute winner! I now understand why this thing has won so many awards. The Resurfacing Mask comes in a gel form, which is very easy and lovely to apply on the skin. It also has a subtle herbal/fruity scent, which reminds me of something, but I just can’t remember what it is. Anyone?
Because my skin is sensitive, I am not a big fan of anything with the word “enzymes”, so I was a bit worried about the Pomegranate Enzymes in the mask. However, nothing bad happened, on the contrary – my skin felt smooth and looked clean, fresh, bright and glowing! Although, it did feel dryer than usual, so if you have dry/sensitive skin, use it occasionally and you’ll be fine. I think I’m going to repurchase this one after I’ll empty this little jar.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Salix alba (Willow) bark extract*, Sclerotium gum, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum fruit ferment extract, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Beta vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Kaolin (Rose Clay), Sodium phytate, Aroma**, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol. *Ingredients from organic farming. ** Clinical grade essential oils blend.

Moisturizing Mask – 15 ml (full size approx $110/£70 for 50ml)
I was expecting so much from this one! Not only because it has a variety of herbal/flower extracts, hyaluronic acid and other great ingredients in it, but, also, because its price is miles beyond the limit I’d pay for a face mask. It promises to provide a long-lasting, deep hydration for dehydrated, stressed skin. I was happy with how it performed – my skin felt nourished and smooth. But, to be honest, I didn’t fall in love with it like I did with the Resurfacing Mask. That to be said, I’ll finish the jar with pleasure, but I don’t think I’m going to repurchase it.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capric/Caprylic/Triglycerides, Aqua, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Cocos nuciferra (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil*, Olea europea (Olive) Oil*, Glycerine, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) Oleosomes*, Glyceryl undecylenate, Xylitylglucoside, Theobroma Cacao*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Beta vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Silybum marianum (Milk thistle) ethyl ester, Anhydroxylitol, Sucrose Stearate, Aroma**, Lactobacillus/Arundinaria Gigantea Ferment Filtrate, Sucrose Palmitate, Xylitol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Calcium ketogluconate, Sucrose Laurate, Hydrolyzed Avocado Protein, Maltodextrin, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Arnica montana (Arnica) Leaves and flowers*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) Leaves*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) flower Extract*, Sodium hyaluronate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Methyl Eugenol *Ingredients from Organic farming **Clinical grade essential oils blend.

What are your favorite Tata Harper products? Is there anything you’d like to try?


Brittanie’s Thyme Organic Skincare

Brittanies Thyme Organic SkincareIf you follow me on social media, then you probably know that my silence on the blog is caused by the flu that I’ve been battling for over a week. I’m still quite weak and continue to combine hot herbal teas with short day naps to restore my strength. However, I’m not here to complain about my health. I want to share about a new brand that I’ve been trying out over the last couple of weeks. It’s called Brittanie’s Thyme and they present themselves as “a women-owned USDA-certified organic personal care products company”. Brittanie’s Thyme is also vegan, non GMO, gluten-free and cruelty-free. Here are some freshly made products from their lovely skincare range:

Organic Citrus Facial Cleanser (118ml for $15)
This soap free and naturally hydrating face cleanser comes in a dark glass bottle with a pump and is made with certified oils, extracts and aloe leaf juice. It has a moderate citrus/rosemary scent, which, most likely, won’t bother you even if you don’t like citrus scents. As promised, the cleanser’s very nourishing and my skin feels very nice and not dry after using it, which is a huge advantage in winter. The only downside (for me) is that the cleanser doesn’t remove mascara well, so I have to use an eye makeup remover prior washing my face.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Vegetable Glycerin, *Simmondia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract, *Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit)Peel Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Ascorbic Acid, *Lactic Acid, Water, *Citric Acid. *USDA Certified Organic.

Organic Balancing Facial Toner (118ml for $13)
Just three words: I LOVE IT! It’s refreshing, balancing and my skin seems very healthy after using it. It doesn’t contain any alcohol, but instead has goodies like witch hazel distillate and peppermint, sweet orange and rose flower oils. Like other Britannie’s Thyme skincare products, this toner also comes in a dark glass bottle. I would love it to be a spray, but it’s not a downside, but more of my personal wish. The toner has a very strong peppermint scent, which doesn’t feel so intensive after applying it on the skin. It’s recommended for normal/trouble skin, but I believe it can be happily used by all skin types.

Ingredients: Distilled Aqua (Water), Organic Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Organic Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Organic Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil. USDA Certified.

Brittanies Thyme Certified Organic SkincareNext in the line:
Organic Everyday Facial Moisturizer (59ml for $20)
Made with shea butter, jojoba seed oil and other and nourishing ingredients, no wonder this Facial Moisturizer is described as a naturally hypo-allergenic, non-clogging moisturizer with natural emollients for soft satiny skin. Despite its rich ingredients, it feels surprisingly light. It’s recommended for normal, sensitive skin, which is true. My dry, sensitive skin absorbs it too quickly and then shouts for more. However, it seems it will be perfect for warmer seasons or if you have a normal, combination skin, which needs some extra softness.

Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter,*Simmondia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Coconut Acid, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Vegetable Glycerin, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum,*Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, *Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Water, *Lactic Acid, *Citric Acid. *USDA Certified Organic.

Organic Peppermint Lip Scrub (20ml for $18)
There’s always a place for a lip scrub in my skincare routine! I mostly use DIY sugar scrubs that I make myself, but they are plain and simple, without any essential oils or with my beloved lavender only. So it was a nice change to try out this handmade lip scrub with peppermint. I like that it doesn’t contain sharp pellets, so it’s pleasant to use. Also the peppermint gives a subtle cooling and refreshing sensation, which is also nice.

Ingredients: *Organic Jelly (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol), *Sucrose (Sugar), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, *Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, *Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil. *Certified Organic.

Organic Lip Cream (10ml for $8)
My another favorite from the whole range – a liquid lip balm or so called “lip cream”.  If you’re looking for an intense lip moisturizer, I really recommend to try this one, if you have a chance. The one I have is with peppermint oil, but if you’re not too keen on peppermint, there’s vanilla or unscented lip creams available. The Lip Cream nourishes my lips and makes them very soft. It also gives them a slight shine, so it looks like I’m wearing a lip gloss. It stays on the lips only a short amount of time (well, like any lip balm), but I don’t mind reapplying it often.

Ingredients: *Organic Jelly (Ricinus Communis(Castor) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol), *Butyrospermum Parkii(Shea) Butter, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), *Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil. *Certified Organic.

Have you tried Brittanie’s Thyme skincare products?


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Morning Skincare Routine | Winter Edition

Skincare Morning Routine Organic Beauty Blogger 2015Skincare is something I take very seriously, because my skin doesn’t like a chaotic routine at all and instantly shows what it thinks by rewarding me with dry patches or inflammation. As you can see, I don’t use a lot of products in the morning. However, every one of these is a great help for my skin in winter.

Despite my skin being dry (towards normal if I’m lucky), I still cleanse my face every morning. Foam cleansers are my favorite and, although, some of them might be quite drying, I find this Alterra Foam Cleanser (review) gentle and effective. Toning is something I try very hard to incorporate in my morning routine. I use Primavera Rose Water Revitalizing Toner at the moment. I’m not head over heels in love with this toner, but since I have a sample of it that needs to be used up before it expires, I made it a part of my routine. Dry skin is not a skin type where you can skip a moisturizer. Using a good, rich cream, which would give plenty of moisture, is crucial, especially now in winter. I just finished my John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Day Cream (review) and now I’m using Weleda Skin Food (thank you, Caitie!). Skin Food is the mother of winter moisturizers. I don’t know that many creams that are so nourishing without feeling greasy, do you? Another morning skincare essential is Dr. Hauschka Rejuvenating Mask. I am so grateful to Dr. Hauschka that they have sample size products, because this tiny mask lasts me a very long time. This is my emergency product – I sometimes use it on the dry patches if they do not disappear after the usual routine. The only thing missing is an eye cream, I really need to get one soon. Any suggestions?