noctu: Organic Cotton Nightwear + Giveaway!

noctu noctu: Organic Cotton Nightwear + Giveaway!One of the best parts of being a blogger, is finding out about new green companies and getting to know them. Today’s post is about noctu, a family run business with a line of gorgeous nightwear and loungewear for men, women and babies (look at that super cute blanket above!). Along the beautiful, chic design, there are other great things about noctu products: all of them are made from 100% organic cotton and certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

noctu organic nightwear noctu: Organic Cotton Nightwear + Giveaway!Next to noctu’s organic cotton nightwear, they also have a selection of 100% Natural Soy Wax Hand Poured Candles: Pomegranate & Fig, French Lime Blossom and Orange & Ginger. I think we all know that soy wax candles are much safer and healthier for us than paraffin wax candles, because they tend to produce less soot. I also like the design of the noctu Soy Wax Candles, especially the packaging, which I think makes these candles a lovely gift.

noctu organic nighwear soy candle noctu: Organic Cotton Nightwear + Giveaway!I keep the Orange & Ginger Soy Wax Candle on my work table. It has that sweet & sour scent, which, to be honest, reminds me of Christmas! icon smile noctu: Organic Cotton Nightwear + Giveaway! Its burn time is approx 20 hours, which is enough for more than a few relaxing evenings.

noctu Organic Night Wear Soy Candle noctu: Organic Cotton Nightwear + Giveaway!Read more about noctu on their website, also you can connect with them on Twitter and Facebook. I’m pretty sure you will fall in love with this brand as much as I did!

More good news! I teamed up with noctu for an international giveaway! 1 lucky reader will receive 1 amazing brand new noctu 100% Certified Organic Night Set (retail price $73/£43!), pictured below: Women’s Organic Cotton Pyjama Bottoms in Mid Grey and Women’s Organic Cotton Pyjama Top in Organic White! Both in size M, however, they are relaxed/loose fit, so, I suppose, they’d perfectly fit for sizes S, M and even a smaller L:

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*PR samples were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Alterra Organic Gentle Cleansing Foam

Alterra Face Foam Cranberry Kiwi Alterra Organic Gentle Cleansing FoamDespite having dry skin, I’m much more into using cleansing foams than cleansing milks for my skin. My all time favorite cleansing foam is from Aquabio, however, this Alterra cleanser is really great as well. If you haven’t heard about Alterra before, it is a German organic beauty brand. It’s super affordable (I paid approx 2 EUR for this 150 ml bottle, whaaat?), however, I don’t know where else it can be found except from Germany, so lesson learned – don’t fall in love with a product, unless it’s available to buy. icon smile Alterra Organic Gentle Cleansing Foam That to be said, it’s not a miracle, but does it’s job pretty well.

Alterra Organic Face Foam All Skin Types Alterra Organic Gentle Cleansing FoamLike most cleansing foams, Alterra’s Cleansing Foam comes in a recyclable plastic bottle with a pump. It’s easy to dose and you don’t have to worry about spilling the product, which is perfect. It has a very refreshing fruity scent. The foam itself is not too thick, but rather a bit runny. It’s packed with organic Cranberry and Kiwi extracts, which are known as skin brighteners. So, it makes the skin feel clean and clear, however, you will most definitely need to use moisturizer afterwards. And the most important part, it doesn’t sting my eyes. Many cleansing products do, so I really appreciate the ones that are gentle to my eyes.

Alterra Organic Kiwi Cranberry Face Wash Alterra Organic Gentle Cleansing FoamIngredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol*, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Coco-Glucoside, Caprylyl/Capryl Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides, Actinidia Chinensis Seed Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Parfum**, Sodium Cocoyl Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Citric Acid, Alcohol, Linalool**, Limonene** * ingredients from certified organic agriculture ** from natural essential oils. Natrue Certified.

What’s your favorite cleansing foam? Have you tried Alterra’s?

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Benecos Duo: Natural Blush and Nail Polish

Benecos Makeup Duo Blush And Nail Polish Benecos Duo: Natural Blush and Nail Polish These two Benecos products recently have been my favorite ones! I received Benecos Natural Powder Blush in Mallow Rose in my green beauty swap box (can’t thank you enough, Amber!) and since then I have been using it daily. It’s a well pigmented, matte, pink color. Not barbie pink, but more like medium pink. It seems more cool/neutral toned, so is suitable for all skin tones. The packaging is a very simple clear recyclable plastic box. Such a good value for approx $16/£9!

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Kaolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil*, Magnesium Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, P-anisic Acid*, Tocopherol*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, [+/- (May contain) CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77742, CI 75470, Tin Oxide]. * Certified Organic. ** Natural Fragrance. BDIH Certified.

Benecos Natural Blush Mallow Rose Benecos Duo: Natural Blush and Nail Polish Benecos Nail Polish in My Secret is another lovely product from this brand. Benecos nail polishes are 5-free and vegan. Shade My Secret is a shiny deep pink, tending more towards plum. It’s not a long-lasting nail polish, it lasted maybe 2 days until it stated to chip and flake. However, the color is beautiful and Benecos has even more lovely colors in its nail polish range. The price for the 9 ml bottle is approx $12/£7.

Benecos Nail Polish in My Secret Benecos Duo: Natural Blush and Nail Polish Have you tried Benecos cosmetics?

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Aroma M Beauty Camellia Oils

Camellia oil made from Japanese Camellia (Tsubaki) buds is considered one of the ancient beauty secrets in Asia. Especially, in Japan and China. Camellia oil is a lightweight oil, but very rich in vitamins A & E and is a superb moisturizer. I received a few cute samples from Aroma M Camellia line that I’m very excited to review. From left to right: Camellia Body & Bath Oil, Camellia Face Oil and Camellia Hair Oil.

AromaM Beauty Camellia Samples Aroma M Beauty Camellia OilsCamellia Bath & Body Oil (full size is 100 ml/$60) has a quite intense scent from a mix of organic essential oils of Jasmine, Neroli, Geranium, Frankincense and Moroccan Rose Oil. I used this Oil for my legs and my skin absorbed it within seconds (no intensive rubbing required, yay!). It made my legs soft and the flaking disappear, which is what I expected to happen.
Ingredients: Organic Camellia Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Golden Jojoba Oil, Organic Jasmine Essential Oil, Organic Neroli Essential Oil, Organic Geranium Essential Oil, Organic Frankincense Essential Oil and Moroccan Rose Oil.

Camellia Face Oil (full size is 40 ml/$95) has a very similar scent to Bath & Body Oil, however, it’s a little bit more intense and oriental. I’m not a face oil kind of girl, but I really liked how it made my skin feel soft and smooth. This one didn’t sink in as fast as Body Oil, which is mostly because it has oils like Organic Virgin Argan Oil and Organic Evening Primrose Oil in the ingredient list. However, it doesn’t feel too greasy either.
Ingredients: Organic Camellia Seed Oil, Organic Carrot Seed Oil, Organic Golden Jojoba Oil, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Vit E, Organic essential oils of Jasmine, Neroli, Geranium, Frankincense.

Camellia Hair Oil (full size 40ml/$65) has a softer scent than Bath/Body and Face Oils. Like other oils, it can be used on damp or dry hair and you need only a tiny drop, so the bottle will last you forever. This Hair Oil promises to nourish and hydrate the hair. Also, I love the fact that Organic Argan Oil comes second after Camellia oil, so I bet these two amazing oils will really make a difference for the hair. Also, it leaves the hair smelling nice.
Ingredients: Organic Camellia Seed Oil, Organic Virgin Argan Oil, Organic Golden Jojoba Oil, Organic Rosemary Oil, Tuberose Oil.

Samples Aroma M Camellia Oil Aroma M Beauty Camellia OilsI should mention that all Aroma M Beauty Oils I received are very fragrant. I like the scent, however, it can be too much at times. But thumbs up for their ingredients – the brand really picked the most valuable and effective organic oils there is.

Read more about Camellia Oil benefits and more about Aroma M Beauty products on a brands website!

Have you tried Camellia Oil? What’s your experience?

*These samples were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Portland Bee Balm Organic Lip Balm Review + Giveaway

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Portland Bee Balm definitely stands out from the crowd with their amazing organic lip balms. Being both socially and environmentally responsible, they use local resources in creating process of their natural balms. How so? The main ingredient (beeswax) for these lip balms are from the local beekeepers. Also, the packaging (which is beyond cute!) is handcrafted by their local woodworker, the ink is soy based and the labels are made of non-pulped wood using fewer chemicals and less energy in their manufacturing.

Portland Bee Balms Oregon Mint Portland Bee Balm Organic Lip Balm Review + GiveawayThe lip balm itself is yellowish in color. Its texture is quite soft, so it makes applying on lips very easy. It’s non-sticky, but rather feels very moisturizing and pleasant on the lips. The balm has a very strong peppermint scent and feels slightly cooling and tingling, which is a very pleasant feeling for warm summer days. I find that it lasts a long enough time on the lips and makes lips smooth and soft without making them shiny.

Portland Bee Balm In Oregon Mint Portland Bee Balm Organic Lip Balm Review + Giveaway

Ingredients: Local Northwest Oregon Beeswax, Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic California Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Oregon Peppermint Essential Oil.

Read more about Portland Bee Balm philosophy and purchase their lip balms (RRP $2.99) on their website.

Now onto the good news! Portland Bee Balm was kind to send me an extra tube of their lip balm to give away to one of the readers! The giveaway is open worldwide and, as usual, you can enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below (one entry per person). The giveaway closes on Sunday. The winner will be announced shortly after.

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*This sample was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Germany Beauty Haul

I’m finally back from my trip to Germany and Austria. It lasted 8 days and I loved every second of it. Germany is such a beautiful country with its old mysterious castles and Austria stole my heart with stunning mountain scenery of Alps. Of course, I had a shopping day! And how could I not when Germany is a country where most of my favorite beauty brands (Dr. Hauschka, Lavera, Logona, Sante, etc.) come from. I didn’t buy anything that I was already familiar with (Lavera hair serum is an exception), because I wanted to try new things. So, here’s what I brought home with me:

Beauty Haul Hair and Body Care Germany Beauty HaulHair & Body: Alterra Naturkosmetik Volume Shampoo
Alterra Naturkosmetik Koffein Shampoo
Alterra Naturkosmetik Hair Mask
Sodasan Liquid Soap With Citrus & Olive
Lavera Hair Serum

Beauty Haul Skin Care Germany Beauty HaulSkin care: Cattier Yellow Clay Mask for sensitive skin
Alterra Naturkosmetik Face Foam for all skin types
Tautropfen Hyaluronate Moisturising Cream

Beauty Haul Mascaras Germany Beauty HaulMake-up (mascaras only): Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara in Black
Alterra Naturkosmetik Max Lash Booster Mascara in Black
Alterra Naturkosmetik Extreme Volume Mascara in Black

The reason why I got mascaras only was because I didn’t have much time to choose. I was also interested in Alterra liquid foundation, but the lightest shade seemed a bit too pink for me.

Did you have any beauty hauls recently? Share your links in the comments!

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The Natural Travel Beauty Bag

As crazy as it sounds for some people, I love packing for a holiday! When it comes to it, I like to keep my travel beauty bag as simple as I possibly can, taking only those products that are necessary (though not always successfully so, but I do my best!). Here’s what I’m taking with me this time.

Organic Beauty Blogger Skincare Travel Bag 660x460 The Natural Travel Beauty BagSkin care: Primavera Revitalizing Starter Kit with Rose and Pomegranate (items 1 – 3): Cleansing Cream, Toner and Nourishing Cream – I haven’t tried these yet, but since it’s a revitalizing kit for dry/mature skin types, I think it will be great for gentle skin cleansing and nourishment.
EOS Blueberry Acai Lip Balm – my current favorite EOS lip balm, it smells absolutely amazing!
Mary Elizabeth Spearming and Tea Tree Nurture Balm – it’s always handy to have a multitasking product when traveling. And since this balm can be used on lips, nails, hands, feet, heels – simply everywhere, I’m taking it with me.

Organic Hair And Body Travel 660x460 The Natural Travel Beauty BagHair & body: Dessert Essence Red Raspberry Shampoo – I would consider taking a volumizing shampoo with me, but since this shampoo gives shine and gloss without making my hair roots flat, I figured it will be perfect for a holiday.
John Masters Organics Bare Detangler (review) – can be used as a wash-out or a leave-in conditioner, so it’s definitely going to be in my travel bag.
John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Wash (travel size) – oh that scent…!
Lavera Repair & Care Hair Serum (review) – I always have this hair serum in my handbag, because it’s so good in fighting frizz and making my hair smoother. Also, it doesn’t make the hair oily, which is definitely a plus.
PiperWai Natural Deodorant (Sample) (review) – There’s not much of it left, but it leaves my pits nicely scented and fresh, so I’m taking it with me.
John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Milk (Sample) (review) – absolutely in love with the scent of this body milk. I think I should repurchase the full size after the holiday.

Organic Travel Makeup 660x460 The Natural Travel Beauty BagMakeup: Logona Volume Mascara (review) – no-fuss mascara for the no fuss and simple holiday look.
Terre d’Oc BB Cream (review) – I prefer BB creams or tinted moisturizers for my holiday makeup routine just because I don’t like spending much time getting my makeup done in the mornings, but still like my skin to look even and glowing.
Lily Lolo Natural Lip Gloss in English Rose – it’s easy to tell this lip gloss has been in my handbag for a long time. It’s easy to apply, smells nice and gives a lovely color to the lips.
Everyday Minerals Jojoba Base Powder in Shell Blanc (in mini size jar) – another handbag essential. It’s a perfect match for my skin tone, so very handy for doing touch-ups during the day.
Benecos Natural Blush in Mallow Rose – that beautiful blush is definitely coming with me!

See you soon! icon smile The Natural Travel Beauty Bag

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LaMav Certified Organic BB Cream | Review

Lamav Organic BB Cream With Sunscreen 660x460 LaMav Certified Organic BB Cream | ReviewLamav Certified Organic BB Cream, 50 ml about $40/£24
After falling in love with Terre dOc BB Cream, I became very interested in almost every single organic BB cream I could spot. BB creams are great for a quick and easy application and creating a natural, pretty Summer look. I purchased this tiny sample at my local organic beauty store and really hoped I’ll like it. LaMav BB Cream caught my eye not only because it has a lovely packaging and nice anti-aging ingredients, like Rosehip Oil, but also contains Titanium Dioxide, so it’s a BB cream with natural sunscreen (very handy!). I also noticed that it has almost no scent at all, so you won’t have any problems disliking the product because of its smell.

Lamav Organic BB Cream Swatch 660x460 LaMav Certified Organic BB Cream | ReviewNow, LaMav BB Cream has 3 promises: to be organic, anti-aging and mattifying. Since my skin’s dry, mattifying usually equals “drying and cakey” for me. However, not the case here! It went on my skin super smoothly, almost butter-like and I didn’t even need to apply my day cream prior the application. My face looked matte, but also fresh and awake. It also gave a nice light coverage. The BB Cream stayed well for the whole day, but my dear friend who has combination skin and also tried this BB Cream said she needed to use a compact powder to reduce the shine after a few hours. So, if your skin is combination/oily, keep that in mind.
I would absolutely declare it my new favorite BB cream, but the shade is just too dark for my fair/light skin and this is the only shade in the range. I’ve tried to apply it a few different ways (with damp sponge, with kabuki brush, with my bare fingers…), hoping it would adapt to my skin shade, but it still was too dark. Such a shame! I’d say it’s more suitable for light/medium or medium skin, also it leans more towards yellow than neutral undertones, but it doesn’t look orange on the face.

Lamav Anti Aging Organic BB Cream With Sunscreen 660x460 LaMav Certified Organic BB Cream | ReviewIngredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Titanium Dioxide, *Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Iron Oxides (CI77492), Tocopherol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI77491), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI77499), Sodium Anisate, *Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, *Rosa Eglentaria (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Seed Oil, Alcohol, Ubiquinone, Ascorbic Acid, Aqua, Cucumis Sativus [Cucumber] Fruit Extract, Malpighia Glabra [Acerola] Fruit Extract, Tin Oxide, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.
* designates an Australian certified organic ingredients.

Have you tried this LaMav Organic BB Cream?

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Lavera Protective Care Cream For Sensitive Skin

Lavera Aloe Protective Care Cream 660x460 Lavera Protective Care Cream For Sensitive SkinI have always been a little bit suspicious about day creams for sensitive skin. “Is that even a skin type?” – I’d ask. However, yes, if your skin tends to be red, itchy and reactive, then it means it’s sensitive. Avoiding triggers and using skin care products with soothing ingredients might help you to control the unwanted flare ups. Lavera Protective Care Cream ($19/£11) promises to sooth, deliver intensive moisture and protect from free radicals – if this is something you look for in a face cream, read further.

It is a thick cream, which melts instantly on skin. It has an intense smell, which reminds me of candies – very pleasant indeed. The Cream is supposed to “reduce skin tensions” and does its job very good. However, it feels a bit greasy on my face for a while until my skin completely absorbs it. I have dry skin, so I don’t mind it at all, but if your skin is oily, you might want to use it as a soothing night cream and choose a lighter cream/fluid for your morning routine.

My sister absolutely loves this cream and I get why. Cacao Seed Butter and Shea Butter make the skin soft, while Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and Passionflower Oil calm irritations and moisturizes. These ingredients are also accompanied with Seabuckthorn Fruit and Echinacea extracts, which are great for soothing and healing sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Tricaprylin, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stearic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Passiflora Incarnata Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Lecithin, Lysolecithin, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Linalool**, Limonene**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Citral**, Benzyl Benzoate**. * ingredients from certified organic agriculture. ** natural essential oils. Natrue Certified. 100% Vegan.

What do you think about Lavera skin care products?

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Green Beauty Swap

A while ago, Ria from NatuRia Beauty called out to beauty bloggers to join Spring/Summer green beauty swap (thank you, Ria, for facilitating this swap!). I’m very happy to have been paired with Amber from Amber’s Beauty Talk! She sent me this beautiful box filled with various beauty products:

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Top row:
* John Masters Organics, Green People and Giovanni samples
* Human + Kind All-In-One Hand + Elbow + Foot Cream
* Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub
* Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir
* Naisture Collagen Paper Face Mask (which is hiding behind other products)

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Bottom row:
* Dr. Bronner’s All Hemp Lavender Castile Soap Bar
* Benecos Natural Blush in Mallow Rose
* Mary Elizabeth Spearmint and Tea Tree Nurture Balm

So many nice products! Also, two of them has my favorite scent (lavender, of course!). Some of them I’ve wanted for a while (Benecos Natural Blush) and some of them are from brands I’ve never heard about before (Mary Elizabeth and Human + Kind), so it’ll be amazing to try new things as well.

If you’d like to see what I sent to Amber, follow this link!

Have you tried any of these beauty products?

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Wishlist: Top 3 Organic Beauty Products For Summer 2014

I’ve been thinking about compiling this Summer wishlist for a while, but it seems the list of beauty products I covet is as long as my arm! However, there are some beauty products that stand out from the rest. Here they are, my current TOP 3 organic beauty cravings:

Organic Beauty Summer Wishlist John Masters Organics Rose Apricot Hair Milk Zuii Foundation Tata Harper Be Adored 660x281 Wishlist: Top 3 Organic Beauty Products For Summer 2014Zuii Certified Organic Flora Liquid Foundation | Tata Harper Be Adored Lip Treatment | John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Hair Milk

Are any of these items on your wishlist this month?

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Lavera Natural Face And Body Self Tan Lotion | Review

Everyone who knows me well would say that I love sunny hot weather. The hotter, the better! However, when the sun is out, you can find me lurking in the shadows carefully applying sunscreen on my face and body icon smile Lavera Natural Face And Body Self Tan Lotion | Review I have fair skin, so I get burnt super fast and it’s not pleasant, believe me. But I don’t mind having a nice tan either and after hearing a lot of mixed reviews about self tanning process, I decided to try it out myself. Lavera Natural Self Tan Lotion is my first self tanner and I don’t have anything to compare it with, but here are some thoughts about it.

Lavera Vegan Natural Self Tanning Lotion 660x460 Lavera Natural Face And Body Self Tan Lotion | ReviewLavera Self Tan Lotion, 150 ml approx. $22/£13.50
This Self Tan Lotion is a white, thick cream with a very sweet, strong smell, which stays for a while even after application. The main ingredient that “stains” your skin is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). Now, despite its scary looking name, DHA is the safest form of self tanning ingredients. DHA is created from sugar beets or sugar cane and the glycerin fermentation process (read more). The color it gives occurs only in the outer layer of the skin, making the tan stay temporarily. Also, keep in mind that self tanners do not contain SPF (unless it’s stated so) and do not protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

The application is very simple and easy, but some preparations are needed before applying a self tanner – it’s strongly recommended to use a body scrub to avoid unevenness and flaking. I used my Argandia Body Scrub for that. It took about 2 hours for the tan to show and I was very pleased with the result. The Lotion gave me a very natural, brown color, without making my skin look orange. You can regulate the intensity by using the self tanner more frequently (like twice a week). I’m, unfortunately, too lazy for that icon smile Lavera Natural Face And Body Self Tan Lotion | Review

My bare arm prior self tanning is on the right (yep, that blue-ish white color) and the self tanning result is on the left:

Lavera Vegan Natural Self Tanner Swatch 660x460 Lavera Natural Face And Body Self Tan Lotion | ReviewIngredients: Water (Aqua), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Alcohol*, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, Erythrulose, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Citral**, Coumarin**, Eugenol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Benzyl Alcohol** * Ingredients from Certified Organic Agriculture ** Natural Essential Oils *** Fair Trade. Vegan. Natrue Certified.

Have you tried this Lavera Self Tanner Lotion? What other good natural self-tanners would you recommend?

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John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Detangler For All Hair Types | Review

John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Hair Detangler 660x460 John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Detangler For All Hair Types | ReviewJohn Masters Organics has many great organic skin care and hair care products in its range, however, from my point of view, hair detanglers are probably the winners. It’s a shame that I don’t get along with John Masters Organics shampoos (except Honey & Hibiscus Reconstructing Shampoo), they seem to be not suitable for my hair type. Now hair conditioners is another story. Completely.

There are 3 hair detanglers to choose from John Masters Organics hair care range: Citrus & Neroli, Rosemary & Peppermint (review) and Bare Unscented. I am a big fan of the Rosemary & Peppermint and Bare detanglers and already lost count of how many bottles of these products I’ve repurchased. Citrus & Neroli is the one I am not very keen on, because of its scent, however, it works just as good as the other two.

John Masters Organics Bare Unscented detangler, 236ml. approx. $14.5/£14.5
It’s a thick rich cream. Because it’s unscented, it doesn’t have any intense smell. It has heeling plant extracts (Chamomile, Calendula, White Tea Leaf and Arnica) to protect and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate hair. The Detangler can be used as a rinse-out or as a leave-in conditioner. I also like using it as a hair mask from time to time: I mix it with a few drops of rosemary or lavender essential oil, leave on my hair for 20-30 minutes and rinse out. Works amazing! I recommend it to anyone with dry hair or who wants to take care of frizz and make hair smooth and soft.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera leaf juice) gel,* aqua (water), behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, panthenol, hydrolyzed soy protein, sorbitol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil,* cocos nucifera (coconut) oil,* hyaluronic acid, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil,* sulfur, linum usitatissimum (flaxseed) seed oil,* borago officinalis (borage) seed oil,* soy lecithin, soy tocopherols, citric acid, arnica montana (arnica) flower extract,* camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract,* chamomilla recutica (chamomile) flower extract,* calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract,* equisetum hiemale (horsetail) leaf/stem extract,* foeniculum vulgare (fennel) seed extract,* potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate. * Certified Organic.

Have you tried John Masters Organics detanglers? Which one’s your favorite?

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Mini Review: 100% Pure Skin Brightening Scrub And Mask

100 Percent Pure Brightening Scrub Mini Mask 610x460 Mini Review: 100% Pure Skin Brightening Scrub And Mask100% Pure Skin Brightening Scrub + Mask // 8 ml travel size (about 4 uses)
I’m not a daily user of exfoliating skin care products like facial scrubs. You can occasionally find a mini tube of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream in my skincare stash and this product fully satisfies my needs when I want to eliminate some rough dead skin cells (mostly in winter). The reason why I was interested in 100% Pure Scrub + Mask is because it’s a 2-in-1 product. In this modern world, it’s much simpler to have one versatile, multitasking skincare, haircare or makeup product, which would be time and money (and bathroom cabinet space) saver!

100% Pure Brightening Scrub + Mask has a very uplifting and refreshing citrus smell, perfect for the At-home SPA day. It claims to have 2 functions: 1. a highly nourishing and rejuvenating facial mask and 2. a gentle, brightening exfoliator. I applied the Scrub + Mask on a clean, damp face and left it be for about 10 minutes. I could feel a slightly cooling and tingling sensation on my face, but nothing too uncomfortable. The Scrub + Mask has large, noticeable jojoba beads, which were not sharp or rough in any way. However, I have sensitive skin, so I was really careful when washing the product away with warm luke water – no rubbing or pressing the beads too hard. The results really satisfied me – my skin seemed brighter, softer and a bit smoother.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Juice)1, Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)2, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Juice) Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Jojoba Esters (Jojoba Beads), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf (Bearberry) Extract, Kojic Acid, Extracts of Fragaria Vesca Fruit (Strawberry), Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry) and Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Extracts of Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Bromelian (Pineapple Bromelian), Papain (Papaya Papain) and Vaccinum Macrocarpon Fruit (Cranberry), Citrus Paradisi Peel (Pink Grapefruit) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel (Lemon) Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract. USDA Certified. 100% Vegan. Gluten-free.

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