Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil

Trilogy Organic Rosehip OilI’m like a million years late with this review because there are so many raves about this Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil already. However, I still wanted to put my two cents in about it.

For someone who doesn’t like using oils in skincare routine at all, I sure been using a lot of them recently. There were those that I liked a lot and some didn’t even make it to the blog. If you’re wondering where this rosehip oil stands, well.. it’s pretty much on top of all the oils I’ve ever tried. It’s scary that a product with just one ingredient beats so many of my other skincare products.

It’s a golden, thick oil, which leaves the skin looking GLOWY. I mean it, not I-have-oil-on-my-face greasy, but glowy and fresh. I had no idea an oil could do that. It also promises to improve the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles. Though, I haven’t noticed anything like that, but I’ve been using it in the evenings and switching with other serums, and I think you should be much more consistent with using the product in order to achieve such results. Anyway, if you buy one thing this month or want to invest in one oil for your skin, choose this one! I was fortunate to receive it as a gift during my Green Beauty Swap, otherwise, I don’t think I would have discovered it myself.

Ingredients: Rosa Canina (Rosehip) seed oil.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil

Have you tried Trilogy Rosehip Oil? If you’ve tried any other rosehip oil did you notice same results?

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True Nature Botanicals Organic Skincare

True Nature Botanicals Pacific Organic SkincareLike probably everyone else who have tried True Nature Botanicals, I’m absolutely in love with this organic skincare brand. Starting with its packaging, which looks beautiful and luxurious. These bottles are made from glass, so I’m definitely going to repurpose and reuse them. If you haven’t heard about True Nature Botanicals before, it has large skincare range with a lovely selection of natural, organic products. You can find all these products and read about them more here. The products that I’ve tried and are being mentioned in this review: Exfoliating Cleanser, Mist, Face Oil, Face Serum, Night Serum With Retinol and Everyday Sheer Coverage Tinted Moisturizer in shade Light Tint.

True Nature Botanicals Organic Skin CareIn order to try all of these lovely products, I had to put aside my usual skincare routine for two weeks and see how it goes. If you have sensitive skin like I do, then you know how scary it is to start using a bunch of new products at once! Of course, curiosity always wins and after experiments like this I’m left with a new favorite product or two.

True Nature Botanicals Pacific Natural SkincarePacific Exfoliating Cleanser
For some reason, the word “exfoliating” in skincare often makes me cringe. My skin is pretty sensitive, so I don’t want any harsh products near it. Despite the fact that this creamy exfoliating cleanser is more like a scrub than a cleanser, I enjoy using it a lot. It doesn’t remove my makeup well (especially, eye makeup), so I use it after my everyday cleanser for extra cleansing and softness. The cleanser contains tiny, almost non-existing exfoliating beads, so it’s suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive. It has an herbal scent of geranium and lavender, which is quite intense, but at the same time feels calming and relaxing.

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green & white tea)*, phaseolus angularis (adzuki bean) powder*, Actifoliate® [glycerin, water, mucor miehei extract, glucosamine HCI, urea], glycerin (vegetable glycerin)*, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice*, phenethyl alcohol**, xanthan gum, honey (manuka honey)*, colloidal oat flour*, ascophyllum nodosum (kelp) powder*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, matricaria recutita (chamomile flower) powder, ethylhexylglycerin**, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) essential oil. *organic. **paraben-free anti-microbial agents. % organic ingredients: 92%.

Pacific Mist
It’s a simple plant-based mist made with green and white tea, neroli, sea fennel and a mix of tuberose, jasmine and neroli essential oils. It doesn’t contain alcohol, if you’re trying to avoid it. I like that the mist has a strong neroli scent, which makes me feel active, happy and energized. That’s why I keep it on my work table, so I could use it whenever I need to refresh my skin and my mind.

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green tea)*, citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, green crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract, macrocystis pyrifera (sea kelp) extract, saccharomyces/xylitum black tea ferment (kombucha) extract, polyaminopropyl biguanide (Cosmocil CQ**), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, polianthes tuberosa (tuberose) essential oil, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*. * organic. ** Paraben-free anti-microbial agent.

Pacific Face Oil
Filled with therapeutic seed oils and antioxidants, this face oil is a perfect addition to my skincare routine. Just look how many goodies it contains, starting with grapeseed, marula, chia, borage, papaya, passion fruit, argan, kiwi seed and even watermelon seed oils. I expected it to be heavy, but it’s the perfect middle: not greasy, but moisturizing enough. Also, it smells divine! I can’t stop sniffing that subtle, lovely scent. I use this Pacific Face Oil right after spraying my face with the Pacific Mist because I find that these two work perfectly well together.

Camellia oleifera (camellia) oil*, vitus viniferi (grapeseed) oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil*, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil*, borago officinalis (borage) oil*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) oil*, oenotherus biennis (evening primrose) oil*, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil*, squalene (vegetable squalene), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)*, actinidia deliciosa (kiwi) seed oil, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, passiflora incarnate (passion fruit) oil, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed CO2 oil*, Pacific Marine EFAs™, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, pinus densiflora (red pine needle) oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) essential oil**, rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil*, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*, boswellia carterii (frankincense) essential oil*. * organic. ** obtained from a reputable source that complies with government regulations to reforest.

True Nature Botanicals Pacific Organic Face SerumsTrue Nature Botanicals has a range of serums as well. The range contains 4 serums and I was fortunate to try samples of Pacific Face Serum and Pacific Night Serum with Retinol. The Face Serum was a bit disappointing – it promises to be suitable for all skin types, including dry and rosacea-prone skin. My skin is exactly like that, but the serum just wasn’t for me – I would like more hydration and moisture than it offers. Though, it would be ideal for normal, combination and oily skin types because it absorbs so well, doesn’t leave skin greasy and makes it soft and refreshed. Pacific Night Serum with Retinol is another story – I’m so in love with it that I can’t even begin to describe how good my skin feels after applying this serum before going to sleep. Not only it’s very moisturizing, but also increases collagen production and repairs damaged skin, which makes it a fantastic anti-aging treatment.

Ingredients (Face Serum): Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Pacific Marine Bioactive Peptides*™, camellia sinensis (green tea)*, glycerin (vegetable glycerin), saccharomyces ferment*, macrocystis pyrifera (sea kelp) extract*, algae extract & sodium hyaluronate, homeostatine [aqua (water), glycerin, enteromorpha compressa (linnaeus) extract, caesalpinia spinosa (tara) gum], coenzyme Q10, ceramide complex [ceramide 3, ceramide 6 II, ceramide 1, phytosphingosine, cholesterol, sodium lauroyl lactylate], camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, phenethyl alcohol**, Anti-Aging Microemulsion™, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract*, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)*, glucosamine, sodium alginate, beta glucans, leontopodium alpinum (edelweiss) extract*, tamarindus indica (tamarind) seed extract, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, xanthan gum, niacinamide, glycan booster [tetradecyl amino-butyroylvalyl-aminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, magnesium chloride, glycerin], tripeptide-29, glycoproteins, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), ethylhexylglycerin**, haematococcus pulvialis (astaxanthin), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, polianthes tuberosa (tuberose) essential oil, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*. *™ Made with all natural marine ingredients. * organic. ** paraben-free anti-microbial agents. % organic ingredients: 56%.

Ingredients (Night Serum with Retinol): Camellia sinensis (green tea)*, Pacific Marine Bioactive Peptides*™, citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, vitamin A microcaps [aqua (water), glycine soja (soybean) oil, retinol, cellulose gum, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate cross-polymer, chitosan], glycerin (vegetable glycerin)*, saccharomyces ferment*, macrocystis pyrifera (sea kelp) extract, coenzyme Q10, algae extract & sodium hyaluronate, Anti-Aging Microemulsion™, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)*, glucosamine, homeostatine [aqua (water), glycerin, enteromorpha compressa (linnaeus) extract], sodium alginate, leontopodium alpinum (edelweiss) extract, niacinamide, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, ceramide complex [ceramide 3, ceramide 6 II, ceramide 1, phytosphingosine, cholesterol, sodium lauroyl lactylate] , phenethyl alcohol**, tamarindus indica (tamarind) seed extract, low weight sodium hyaluronate, teprenone [caprylic/capric triglyceride, teprenone (geranylgeranone GGA) in a lipophilic solvent], xanthan gum, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, beta glucans, glycan booster [tetradecyl amino-butyroylvalyl-aminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, magnesium chloride, glycerin], glycoproteins, tripeptide-29, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), ethylhexylglycerin**. Made with all natural marine ingredients. * organic. ** paraben-free anti-microbial agents. % organic ingredients: 51%.

True Nature Botanicals Pacific Everyday Tinted MoisturizerTrue Nature Botanicals also has a tinted moisturizer Everyday Sheer Coverage, which gives that “my skin, but better” look. It contains 56% of organic ingredients, including hydrating green tea, vegetable glycerin and jojoba oil as well as strong anti-aging ingredients such as algae, hyaluronic acid and coenzyme Q10. This tinted moisturizer comes in two shades: Light Tint and Medium Tint. The shade I have is called Light Tint, which I think is more suitable for medium skin tones rather than light skin tones. It looks darker on my hand than on my face, but unfortunately it’s still too dark for me, even in summer. Other than that, it’s a great tinted moisturizer – light and easy to apply. Most importantly, it offers SPF20 UVA and UVB protection.

Ingredients: Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Pacific Marine Bioactive Peptides*™, camellia sinensis (green tea)*, glycerin (vegetable glycerin), saccharomyces ferment*, macrocystis pyrifera (sea kelp) extract*, algae extract & sodium hyaluronate, homeostatine [aqua (water), glycerin, enteromorpha compressa (linnaeus) extract, caesalpinia spinosa (tara) gum], coenzyme Q10, ceramide complex [ceramide 3, ceramide 6 II, ceramide 1, phytosphingosine, cholesterol, sodium lauroyl lactylate], camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, phenethyl alcohol**, Anti-Aging Microemulsion™, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract*, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)*, glucosamine, sodium alginate, beta glucans, leontopodium alpinum (edelweiss) extract*, tamarindus indica (tamarind) seed extract, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, xanthan gum, niacinamide, glycan booster [tetradecyl amino-butyroylvalyl-aminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, magnesium chloride, glycerin], tripeptide-29, glycoproteins, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), ethylhexylglycerin**, haematococcus pulvialis (astaxanthin), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, polianthes tuberosa (tuberose) essential oil, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*. *™ Made with all natural marine ingredients. * organic. ** paraben-free anti-microbial agents. % organic ingredients: 56%.

Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage in Light Tint on my hand:

True Nature Botanicals Everyday Light Tint

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

Have you tried True Nature Botanicals? Which product do you like the most?

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Taming Frizzy Hair | Leave-Ins

Taming Frizzy Hair Organic HaircareI’m the queen of frizzy hair, so my usual shampoo, conditioner and hair mask is not enough for keeping my hair sleek, smooth and manageable. Aside from my regular hair care routine, I always have some extra leave-in products to help tame and care for my locks. I use these products every day before styling my hair (even if styling that day means a simple ponytail or a bun) to give extra moisture and definition. The products vary from time to time, so here are a few of my recent favorites:

Taming Frizzy Hair Organic ProductsYarok Feed Your Ends Leave-in Conditioner Spray (review)
this leave-in conditioner spray is my recent rediscovery. I was using it a few months ago and liked it a lot, but somehow other new products made me push this to the back of my hair care stash. I’m so happy I started using it again. It does not weight down my hair and gives hydration, shine and (very important) heat protection.

Akin Lavender & Anthyliss Leave-in Conditioner
I received this item from Kate (see our green beauty swap) about a month ago and have been using it daily ever since. I know that scents are subjective, but I have to be honest and say that I do not like its scent at all. It does have a hint of lavender, but not in a good way. However, the scent disappears pretty quick after applying the conditioner on my hair, so I can easily overlook the issue. I really like how it performs. the conditioner is suitable for normal and dry hair so it feels very moisturising and helps to reduce frizz. Also, it protects hair from heat styling damage.

Zaya Patchouli, Lavender & Ylang Ylang Hair Oil* (review)
OK, this hair oil is supposed to be a wash-off, so it is a bit of a cheat and I’m breaking the rules here by using it as a leave-in. But the truth is it helps me during my bad hair days when my hair feels extra dry and frizzy. Like, out of control frizzy. I use 1-2 drops on wet hair, let it dry naturally and then use 1-2 drops before styling (though, I never use this oil if I know that I’ll be using heat styling). When you have shoulder length hair, it’s always a thin line with hair oils, but once that perfect middle is found then the hair looks shiny, hydrated and not greasy.

What are your favorite leave-ins? 

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Sparitual Last Tango

SPARITUAL LAST TANGOSPARITUAL is one of those brands that I continue to be loyal to. It’s the brand’s philosophy that resonates with me a lot – slow beauty. It can be interpreted many ways, but for me it makes sense that time spent for our beauty is the time that we can be in our own company as well as relax and enjoy the moment. It might sound weird, but that’s exactly what doing my nails means to me – it’s one of these moments when I completely zone out from anything else and enjoy the silence and stillness. Or maybe that’s not weird at all, do you do this as well?

Like all Sparitual nail polishes, Last Tango (15ml/$12) is vegan and 5-free. The color is described as “orange red creme” and is a vibrant red with a tad of coral. It might look exactly like Bon Appetite at first sight, but these colors are completely different. Bon Appetite is cool and deep while Last Tango is warm and bright. It gives a beautiful glossy finish, which is the finish I like the most because it makes nails look fresh.

I also find these nails polishes very pigmented, here’s one coat of Last Tango on my nails:

Sparitual Vegan Nail Polish Last Tango

Have you tried Sparitual nail polishes? Which color’s your favorite?

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Recent Organic Summer Skincare Routine

Organic Summer Skincare Routine 2015I talk about skincare routine quite a lot on the blog, but it’s basically because I noticed huge improvements in my skin condition after I started using products more consistently. Of course, being a beauty blogger means that temptation to try new products is always there, so it takes time to learn how to switch things up or to incorporate one or two new products gradually instead of using a bunch of products one day and the whole different bunch the other.

For most of us, summer skincare routine is a lot different than in other, especially colder, seasons. Due to summer weather, heat, the sun and other factors our skin requires lighter, yet hydrating beauty products.

Organic Summer Skincare Routine 2015-1Lavera Basis Sensitive Cleansing Gel – this tube is almost finished, so I’m planning to get a replacement. First three words that come to my mind is clean, clarifying and refreshing. It makes my skin feel good and doesn’t break the bank. You can read a more detailed review here.

Dr. Hauschka Revitalizing Day Cream (review) – like I mentioned many times before, this is my all-time favorite day cream for warmer seasons. I have used up an uncountable amount of bottles of this day cream and have no plans to stop. I wish I could use it all year round, but, unfortunately, my skin gets too dry to use it for colder seasons. I can’t think of any downsides of this… And, seriously, I need to stop praising this product, like, right now (it’s really good, though…)!

Green People Brightening Day Cream (sample size) – I have just added this brightening cream to my skincare routine, but I like it a lot. It’s great for days when your skin for whatever reason requires more hydration or looks dull. The cream instantly freshens it up and makes it feel soft and lovely.

True Nature Botanicals Pacific Night Serum With Retinol* (sample size) – I’ve been using this serum instead of a cream before bedtime and it does wonders to my skin. It’s thick, yet feels very light and leaves my skin smooth.

Dr. Hauschka Night Serum (sample size) – I’m all about Dr. Hauschka’s holistic skincare approach, except one thing – saying no to night creams. I’ve tried, but it was a torture for my dry skin and seemed to dehydrate it even more. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one having these feelings, because Dr. Hauschka has recently introduced their new product – Night Serum. It’s a light, oil-free and nicely scented gel serum, which allows your skin to breathe at night and, at the same time, doesn’t block its rejuvenation processes. I bought this sample out of curiosity because there are many good reviews about it, however, this is not a product for me. I feel it on my face even after it sinks in and it makes my skin feel tight and uncomfortable. However, it would benefit those with oilier skin types and looking for a balancing serum.

Dr. Hauschka Soothing Mask (sample size) – I am trying to choose facial masks in smaller packagings rather than big packagings because I tend to forget to use them regularly and they go bad, which is a total waste of a product. That’s why I like Dr. Hauschka sample-size masks – one tiny tube lasts up to 3 uses. This soothing mask calms, moistures and evens out skin tone, I can’t recommend it enough for sensitive skins.

Pure Daily Essentials Ageless Eyes Eye Cream* – rich and creamy with an herbal scent. It’s a great eye treatment, but unless you have plenty of time in the morning to allow it to sink in properly, I would only recommend it using only before bedtime. I usually don’t have problems like puffy eyes or dark circles, so I can not comment on that, but if you’re looking for a simple 100% natural eye cream for aging prevention it’s a nice product to give a try.

Tata Harper Be True Lip Treatment* – it’s a real treat for dry lips, so this baby goes everywhere with me these days. As I mentioned before in this review, I don’t notice any plumping, but it’s one of the most hydrating lip products I’ve even tried.

So that’s what I’ve been using lately. If you have recently shared your summer skincare routines, let me know in the comments, I’d love to see them!

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Green Beauty Swap S/S’15 With What Katie Rates

Green Beauty Swap Spring Summer 2015-1I’m so excited to share this post with you! Kate from What Katie Rates and I did a spring/summer green beauty swap, which was organized by the lovely Ria from NatuRia Beauty. If you haven’t already participated in a beauty swap, I highly recommend you to do so – it’s so much fun! I enjoyed shopping for Kate a lot and hoped that she would like what I got her. Kate sent me a parcel filled with all these goodies above and a cute floral card. She also wrapped all the gifts separately and added a few sachets of organic tea (so sweet!):

Akin Lavender & Anthyliss Leave-In Hair Conditioner
Made with herbal extracts and nourishing oils, this leave-in conditioner promises moisture, strength and protection from heat styling and environmental damage. I especially love the leave-in part, because sometimes I’m too lazy to use a regular wash-off conditioner. I haven’t tried this yet, but I hope for good results.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
This organic rosehip oil from Trilogy is probably the most raved product from their whole range. Being pure and certified, this rosehip oil is such a multi-tasker and can be used for face (to combat wrinkles) and for body (to prevent stretch marks and hydrate skin).

Green People 24-Hour Brightening Cream
I’ve already started using this day cream and like it. I actually expected it to be lighter in consistency, but although it’s pretty creamy, it’s absorbed to the skin easily. My skin feels smoother, calmer and brighter after applying this cream. I would definitely consider purchasing a full-size of this cream.

alani Headache Eraser
This aromatherapy rollerball is a blend of lavender, peppermint and pine essential oils and suitable for easing headaches and relaxing your mind.

Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Liquid Soap
Another amazing multi-tasker – Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap that can be used for almost anything: as a soap, a shampoo, a shower gel, a cleanser for makeup brushes… the list is endless. This one is unscented, so you can add your own essential oils.

Herbfarmacy Lip Conditioner With Marshmallow and Vanilla
I’ve tried this lip conditioner before and like it a lot for its moisturising benefits.

I want to say a big thank you to Katie for sending me these products! If you haven’t already checked out her lovely blog, you can do so here: What Katie Rates.

Have you tried any of these products? Are there any favorites of yours?

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