Moroccan Argan Oil | Review

Organic The Morrocan Argan Oil Moroccan Argan Oil | Review Argan Oil is probably the most raved about beauty oil of all times. It even has a name “Liquid Gold” describing how amazing it is. Being praised for its anti-aging, moisturizing, protecting, healing and softening benefits, this oil sounds like a true miracle.
And it is lovely indeed! This The Moroccan Argan Company Co 100% Pure Ecocert Certified Argan Oil (approx $24/£14.99 for 50ml) takes a solid 3rd place amongst my other two favorite oils – Coconut Oil and Grape Seed Oil. It comes in a dark glass bottle with a pump. You probably already know how much I like to point out my love for products with pumps, so I am just going to stop right here icon smile Moroccan Argan Oil | Review It’s also available in a bottle with a dropper (approx $22/£13.99 for 50ml).
The scent of this oil is very mild, I can detect a slight hint of nut. It’s very pleasant to apply, because it doesn’t come too thick or too runny. I use it as a treatment for my hair and it gives a lot of nourishment and hydration as well as shine for my dry hair ends. Despite having dry skin, I am not a big fan to regularly use oils for my face (even my favorite oil treatment Terre dOc Argan Oil Elixir), but I know a few people who do and say only good things about it.

Do you like using Argan Oil for your skin or hair?

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

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New In: Desert Essence, Lavera & Aquabio

New In Organic Beauty 1 New In: Desert Essence, Lavera & AquabioI haven’t been shopping much lately, just because I’m saving up for my upcoming holidays. So these three beauty products are the only newcomers this month: Aquabio Phyto Intensive Skin Treatment, Lavera Grape Nourishing Hair Treatment and Desert Essence Coconut Hand & Body Lotion.

Lavera Grape Nourishing Treatment, see in the photo above (approx $2/£1 for 20ml): I’ve tried this hair treatment a couple of times before and can say only good things about it. The sachet contains 20 ml of the product, which I use up in 2 or 3 times (my hair is medium length). It smells like burnt grapes, something between a sweet and somehow woody scent. It’s silicone free and made with organic oils and grape fruit extract to nourish and strengthen the hair. It’s not a miracle worker, but I like how soft my hair feels after using it, so I keep repurchasing it once in a while.

Desert Essence Coconut Hand Body Lotion 1 New In: Desert Essence, Lavera & AquabioDesert Essence Organic Coconut Hand & Body Lotion (approx $9/£6 for 237ml): I am a big fan of Desert Essence shampoos, so naturally I was really interested to try more products from this brand. I bought this body lotion, because I was curious and because it was on sale. It turned out to be really lovely! It’s quite light in consistency, though absorbs very well and leaves my skin soft and hydrated. My only concern is its super sweet scent of coconut. I don’t mind it now, but I tend to get bored of sweet scents easily. However, I’m using it daily, so maybe I’ll finish it up until it happens (if it happens at all) icon smile New In: Desert Essence, Lavera & Aquabio

Aquabio Intensive Treatment 1 New In: Desert Essence, Lavera & AquabioAquabio Phyto Intensive Skin Treatment (sample size, 2ml): it’s a mild herbal beauty elixir created to combat first signs of aging. It has great organic anti-aging ingredients, like guava, green tea, hibiscus protein, hyaluronic acid and caffeine. I like to apply this in the evening, after washing my face. It does make my skin firmer and softer. And I absolutely love love love the smell of it!

Have you tried any of these products?

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Summer To Fall Makeup Transition

From Summer To Fall Organic Makeup Transition Summer To Fall Makeup TransitionWhen it comes to makeup, I don’t really believe in rules. I think you can wear any color or any product you like if it suits you and you feel good about it. However, different seasons require different skincare and therefore different makeup products not only for beauty, but for your skin’s protection. Here are some products I’ll be changing for a Fall makeup routine:

a switch from BB creams to foundations: BB creams are something between a moisturizer and a liquid foundation. However, with the cold weather it’s safer to protect your face with something more nourishing. Foundation doesn’t have to be heavy and full coverage, if you don’t want to. There are plenty of natural foundation that will give you a light coverage, but will be nourishing and protecting. I.e. Dr. Hauschka Translucent Make-Up Foundation.

a switch from bold & vibrant eyeshadows to more muted, matte shades: like I said before, this isn’t a rule. However, I catch myself admiring makeups with muted, earthy and matte colors. So beautiful! Dr. Hauschka Eyeshadow Palette is a good example of that.

a switch from lip glosses to creamy lipsticks: creamy, rich lipsticks will protect your lips from wind and harsh weather. Also, they usually tend to stay longer than lip glosses and don’t make your hair stick to your face with every blow of wind. Recently, I’ve been loving Au Naturale Lipstick in Innocence.

Have you changed your makeup for Fall season?

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Brickell Organic Men’s Products

Brickell Organic Mens Products 2 Brickell Organic Mens ProductsWhen speaking about organic beauty, we, girls, are lucky! There are hundreds of skincare, bodycare and haircare products to choose from that would have all the right ingredients, lovely scents to our noses and, of course, would work as nicely as it’s promised on the labels. Men, on the other hand, aren’t that lucky. Even the biggest organic beauty brands have only small lines formulated specially for men. Which is such a shame. Of course, men can use the same skincare or body products we do, but I think you’ll agree with me that sometimes it’s not enough for a product to work nicely, the scent is important as well. I don’t know many guys who would choose to use lavender-scented or rose-scented body lotions, even if their skin would be as dry as Atacama desert. Also, not all of these men lines even contain all the products men need like shaving creams or aftershave lotions.

That’s why I’m very happy to introduce you to Brickell Men’s Products. This is a relatively new US organic skincare brand, formulated specially for our men. Brickell products are not only made with the finest organic oils and extracts, but also come in lovely, sophisticated (and recyclable!) packaging. That makes it a perfect Christmas or Birthday gift for your boyfriend, husband, daddy or brother. You’re welcome! icon smile Brickell Organic Mens Products

Brickell Organic Mens Shave Cream 3 Brickell Organic Mens ProductsBrickell Shave Cream for Men/Travel Size ($12 for 60ml)
A thick, rich shave cream, with a very neutral, light scent. It’s packed with natural oils and butters like Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Castor Seed Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil to keep the skin nourished to ensure safe shaving and prevent cuts and nicks. It contains Lavender Distillate to keep skin calm and hydrated and Aloe Vera Leaf Juice for soothing. Also available in 236ml/8oz full size.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis* (Aloe Leaf Juice), Cocos Nucifera* (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii* (Shea), Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Calendula Officinalis* (Calendula Extract, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Lavandula Angustifolia* (Lavender Distillate), Vaccinium Myrtillus* (Bilberry Fruit Extract), Saccharum Officinarum* (Sugar Cane), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis* (Orange Peel Extract), Citrus Medica Limonum* (Lemon Peel Extract), Vaccinium Macrocarpon* (Cranberry Fruit Extract), Acer Saccharinum* (Sugar Maple Extract), Ananas Comosus* (Pineapple Fruit Extract), Carica Papaya* (Papaya Fruit Extract), Carica Papaya* (Papaya Leaf Extract), Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tartaric Acid, Olea Europea* (Olive Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis* (Organic Jojoba Seed Oil).  *Certified Organic.

Brickell Organic Mens After Shave 3 Brickell Organic Mens ProductsBrickell Men’s Aftershave/Travel Size ($6 for 30ml)
An extremely light, but well moisturizing alcohol-free After Shave Lotion with a neutral scent. It leaves the skin soft and calm after shaving. Contains goodies like Calendula Extract, Bilberry Fruit Extract, Lavender and Hyaluronic Acid. My husband is loving this one a lot and thinking of getting a full-size after he finishes the small bottle. Also available in 118ml/4oz full size.

Aloe Barbadensis* (Aloe Leaf Juice), Calendula Officinalis* (Calendula Extract), Vaccinium Myrtillus* (Bilberry Fruit Extract), Saccharum Officinarum* (Sugar Cane Extract), Cocos Nucifera* (Coconut Oil), Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia* (Lavender), Acer Saccharinum* (Sugar Maple), Citrus Auranium Dulcis* (Orange Peel Extract), Citrus Medica Limonum* (Lemon Peel Extract), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Vaccinium Macrocarpon* (Cranberry Fruit Extract), Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis* (Jojoba Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Glycolic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid.   *Certified Organic.

Brickell Organic Mens Peppermint Lip Balm 2 Brickell Organic Mens ProductsBrickell Men’s No Shine Lip Balm For Men ($8.5 for 4.5g)
A lip balm with organic Calendula, Sunflower Seed Oil, Coconut Oil to provide moisture for dry, chapped lips. It is SPF15! However, I wish the protection would come from mineral filters instead of chemical filters (minerals protect skin by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays while chemical filters protect by absorbing the sun’s rays). It also has Peppermint Scent that’s quite strong, but very pleasant. and the best part is that the balm has No Shine formula. Formulated for men indeed!

Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil*, Coconut Oil*, Beeswax*, Essential Oil Mint*, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract*, Calendula*.  SPF Active Ingredients: Octinoxate, Oxybenzone.  *Certified Organic.

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Have you heard about Brickell Men’s Products?

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

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Top 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Beauty

Blogging Tought Me Top 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About BeautyBecoming a blogger really changed the way I look at some things. It’s fair to say that it expanded my views and knowledge. Also, there were things I already knew in theory, but somehow couldn’t get myself to stick to them. I’m still learning, but here’s a short list of what blogging has already taught me:

1. to have a regular skincare routine: before I discovered the world of blogging, my skincare routine was non-existent. Of course, even then I already knew about essential skincare steps, like cleansing, toning, moisturizing and using treatments, but never actually bothered to stick to them. That changed when I started reading other beauty blogs and writing Organic Beauty Blogger. It sort of inspired me to follow these common rules and see what happens. I must say it worked out well, this regular skincare routine thing is probably what made the most positive change for my skin.

2. to always take off my makeup before bed: I’m sensing that I’m not alone in this, right, girls? icon smile Top 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Beauty It’s a common sin, however, I was able to overcome it by reading blogs and articles and by understanding why it’s bad practice to leave your makeup (even if it has all the healthy ingredients in it) on your face through the night. I started to wash it off religiously every evening and have continued doing so to the present day.

3. how to contour and highlight: these techniques were probably my favorite thing to learn. They are just so powerful when you know how to do them properly.

4. to always use a sunscreen: for me, sunscreen was a summer thing, something you need to apply only in Summer. I was looking for some information about SPF for my blog and imagine my surprise when I stumbled on an article explaining why it’s important to use sunscreen (or creams with SPF) all year round, especially for my face.

5. invest in skincare rather than in make-up: it’s pretty obvious that the healthier your skin is, the less makeup you need and the better it looks on you. However, in the past, I’ve spent a lot of money on makeup to conceal my skin condition (I have rosacea, which is now, thankfully, under control) instead of actually taking care of it. A few years back I could only dream about using a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer, because my skin was so irritated and unhappy. I made the switch to natural/organic products way before I started to blog, however, blogging encouraged me to keep looking for more information and green beauty products that could help my skin. So happy I learned all these lessons icon smile Top 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Beauty

 What blogging or reading blogs has taught you about beauty? Please let me know in comments! Or if you wrote about it on your blog, post a link, I’d love to read it icon smile Top 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Beauty

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Herbal Legend French Natural Skin Care

Herbal Legend Natural Skin Care 1 Herbal Legend French Natural Skin CareHerbal Legend is 100% natural French skin care brand. All of Herbal Legend products are made only with natural ingredients, also they are paraben free, silicone free, coloring free, PEG & phenoxyethanol free. I noticed that HL products do not contain water and have quite short ingredient lists. Regenerating Face Cream and Hand & Body Lotion have the same intense Asian Jasmin scent, while Gentle Face Mask has a more sweeter, lighter scent. According to Herbal Legend, all fragrances used in the products are natural and proved to be without any allergens.

Herbal Legend Regenerative Face Cream 1 Herbal Legend French Natural Skin CarePowerful Regenerative Face Cream “Beneficial Dew” (34.80EUR for 50 ml): is a very simple day cream made with Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil and Olive Oil. It has a rich consistency, so it feels very moisturizing and protective. It’s great for normal/dry skin, especially now with the harsh, cold weather just around the corner. It comes in a glass bottle with a pump, which lets you dose easier and avoid dipping your fingers into the cream.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Olive Oil, Glyceryl Stereate, Aroma, Latic Acid, Oxygen.

Herbal Legend Gentle Face Firming Mask 1 Herbal Legend French Natural Skin CareGentle Face Mask “Springtime Sparkle” (31EUR for 50ml): it’s a firming and purifying face mask for all skin types. It also comes in a glass bottle with a pump. Made with Chamomile Extract, White Clay and Red Illite Clay, it made my skin firm and clear after using it. I’d say it’s probably my most favorite product from the trio.

Ingredients: Chamomile Flower Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Red Illite, Kaolin, Glyceryl Stereate, Aroma, Latic Acid, Oxygen.

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Anti-aging Hands & Body Milk “Philtre of Bellis” (24EUR for 177ml): I’ve got the sample bottle of this Body Milk, so that’s why it has no labels (see 1 photo) on it. It’s a light body moisturizer with a very intense Jasmin scent. Because it’s so light, it sinks into the skin without leaving any trace. My skin is dry, so it requires more hydration, but if you’re looking for a simple, light, Jasmin-scented 100% natural body moisturizer, you’ll love this one.

Connect with Herbal Legend: Website | Twitter | Facebook

 

Have you heard about Herbal Legend?

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

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Autumn Organic Makeup Wishlist 2014

Autumn Makeup Wishlist Autumn Organic Makeup Wishlist 2014

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea | Nvey Eco Eyeshadow Palette (Set 3) | Fresh Therapies Eden Natural Nail Varnish Remover | Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation | Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Venice | Zoya 5-Free Nail Polish in Sansa

I haven’t fully switched to an Autumn mood, which means no hot cacao evening drinks are taking place in my everyday life routine. I’m just not ready to say goodbye to summer yet. However, I noticed that I am more into deeper, darker make-up colors than usual – like Zoya Nail Polish in Sansa (which is from the new Zoya Autumn 2014 Ignite Collection), Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Venice and this Nvey Eco Eyeshadow Palette. Also, I spotted a new nail polish remover from Fresh Therapies, which seems really tempting. And don’t get me started on 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara and Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation.. I guess, I should just get them already!

Are any of your lustings in this wislist?

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The Konjac Sponge Co Vegetable Sponges + Giveaway

The Konjac Sponge Company Sponges 1 The Konjac Sponge Co Vegetable Sponges + GiveawayThe Konjac Sponge Co. vegetable fiber sponges have been a huge hype among beauty bloggers. I’ve been wanting one for ages, but since I had Clarisonic Mia and Dr. Hauschka Sponge in my skin care routine, I kept delaying the purchase.
In case you don’t know what a konjac sponge is: it’s a sponge made from a plant fiber of Konjac. Pure Konjac sponges are great for a deep skin cleansing and a gentle exfoliation. Because they become so soft when wet, these sponges are suitable even for a sensitive skin or a delicate eye area. Konjac sponges are often infused with additional ingredients like clays or charcoal to boost their benefits. Also, they are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Pink The Konjac Sponge Company Tired Devitalized Skin The Konjac Sponge Co Vegetable Sponges + GiveawayNew Konjac Heart Pink Clay Sponge for tired and devitalized skin (approx $14/£8.99): it’s a heart-shaped lightweight 100% natural vegetable fibre face sponge with nourishing mineral rich French pink clay. Pink clay is great for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin (see my Cattier Pink Clay Mask review). When the sponge is dry, it has a hard texture, but it quickly becomes very soft and lovely when gets some water on it. It has a short loop, so after using it you can leave the sponge on the sink to dry out. Unless you, like me, have a curious cat, then you probably want a safer place for it. You can use these sponges with or without your cleanser. It removes my make-up perfectly well without a cleanser, however, I still put some cleanser in the evenings, because I feel that way it removes my mascara quicker (or maybe I should start using an eye make-up remover instead). I think I’m going to use this sponge for 4-6 weeks and then I’m definitely going to repurchase this or The Konjac Sponge Co. Red Clay sponge for sensitive skin.

The Konjac Sponge Company All Skin Types The Konjac Sponge Co Vegetable Sponges + GiveawayNew 100% Pure Konjac Mouse Face Sponge (approx $14/£8.99) – this new sponge is made from 100% pure Konjac fibres and has a new, fun design. I think you have already noticed that it looks like a computer mouse! It’s suitable for all skin types and you also can use it with or without a cleanser. It’s a deeply cleansing, pores refining and pH balancing sponge, which will leave any skin, despite its type, feeling clean and healthy.

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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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Earth’s Care Acne Spot Treatment With Sulfur

Earths Care Acne Spot Treatment With Sulfur 1 Earths Care Acne Spot Treatment With SulfurMy skin has never been bad with acne, I guess I was lucky that way. However, there was and still are a few spots occurring then and there, so I thought I’ll try this Earth’s Care Acne Spot Treatment to see if it really works. What it claims to do is to clear even the most stubborn blemishes, pimples and breakouts, to reduce irritation and to promote on-spot healing. Sounds like a dream, right? The product does not contain phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, artificial colors or fragrances. Also, I asked my husband to try some on his problematic areas. You can probably imagine how hard it was to convince a man to put some strange smelling cream on his face daily for a week.. Yes, very hard! icon biggrin Earths Care Acne Spot Treatment With Sulfur

Earth’s Care Acne Spot Treatment (approx $18/£10 for 27 g) is made with sulfur. Sulfur is a naturally occurring element found in areas of natural volcanic activity, hot springs, etc. It has been used for skin treatment purposes for acne, dermatitis or rosacea for Centuries. Like you probably imagined, being made with pure sulfur, the treatment smells like matches. The smell was not annoying for me, but it’s definitely there. Despite its great benefits, sulfur is a powerful ingredient, so it’s important to use it in moderation, especially if you have a sensitive skin. Earth’s Care formulated this treatment with 10% sulfur, which is only advised to put on small skin areas and keep for 10 minutes. Because of my sensitive skin, I kept it for 5 minutes (like I do with all intensive treatments to avoid skin irritation) and my skin felt very comfortable after washing it off. My hubby kept it for 5 to 10 minutes. His skin is not sensitive, so it was also fine. There’s an Acne Treatment Mask with 5% sulfur if you think you would like a gentle version for your skin.

Earths Care Natural Acne Spot Treatment With Sulfur 1 Earths Care Acne Spot Treatment With SulfurNeither me, nor my husband didn’t see any changes after the first use. We kept using the cream daily (it says you can even apply it two or three times a day, but we sticked to just one) and after a few days the results started to show. It didn’t do that much for my skin, but my hubby’s skin seemed somehow more calm and the spots were healing much faster. I have to warn you that this treatment can dry out your skin pretty quickly, that’s why it’s topical and needs to be used on spots only.

Overall, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about this treatment before trying it out (I guess marketing doesn’t affect me that much anymore), but it proved to be a pretty good natural fighter against acne and blemishes.

Ingredients: Active: 10% sulfur. Inactive: Avena sativa (oat) kernel colloidal oatmeal, bentonite, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, cetearyl glucoside, citric acid, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, hydrogenated castor oil, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, purified water, sodium stearoyl glutamate, xanthan gum. Cruelty-free. A member of 1% For The Planet movement.

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If you have tried Earth’s Care Acne Treatments with sulfur, please share about your experience!

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

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Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara

Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara 1 Alterra Max Lash Booster MascaraAfter my disappointment with Alterra Extreme Volume Mascara, I still had high hopes for this Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara. Its packaging looks similar to the Extreme Volume mascara, except it’s black with shiny silver font. It’s also the same price as Extreme Volume, which is approx 4EUR for 9 ml (super affordable). I translated the description from German and found out that the mascara promises “maximum length and volume”.

Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara 2 Alterra Max Lash Booster MascaraLike I mentioned before, I am all about long and dense lashes. A little bit of curl is more than welcome too. The brush of Max Lash Booster just screams – big lashes. It’s quite large, round and very dense itself. However, I get even more natural look with this mascara than I managed to get with Extreme Volume mascara. I tried applying more coats, but then it starts clumping, so I wouldn’t recommend that.

Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara 3 Alterra Max Lash Booster MascaraHere’s how my lashes look after 2-3 coats of Max Lash Booster (photo below). It stays a bit longer than Extreme Volume mascara (6 hours or so), but still it’s not great. Overall, I recommend it to anyone who wants a very affordable beauty product and likes a very natural makeup look. However, I still think there are better organic mascaras out there that won’t cost you a fortune.

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I was unable to find a full ingredient list, but it’s 100% vegan and Natrue Certified, so I’m pretty confident it contains nothing but all natural ingredients.

Have you tried Alterra mascaras?

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Dr. Hauschka Neem Oil Nail Pen

Dr Hauschka Neem Oil Nail Pen Dr. Hauschka Neem Oil Nail PenI haven’t bought anything from Dr. Hauschka in a while and I’m starting to realize how much I miss its’ Revitalizing Day Cream in my daily routine! However, I noticed that I have something I haven’t reviewed yet – Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil Pen (approx $20/£16 for 4 ml). This Nail Pen has a mix of various natural oils and extracts like Peanut Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Chamomile Flower Extract. It promises to protect and fortify nails and to soften cuticles. Also, it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

The packaging is very handy to take everywhere with you. That’s why I prefer it over Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil in a bottle. Both of these products have the same ingredient list and, of course, you get much more product by purchasing the bottle (30 ml instead of 4 ml). But! It’s not travel-friendly or purse-friendly at all. Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Pen has a felt tip applicator (+3 extra tips, in case you need to change them from time to time), which is very soft and nice to use. It takes a bit time to get the oil to the tip when you start using it, but once it does reach it, it’s easy to apply on your nails/cuticles. I haven’t noticed any visible changes in the condition of my nails, but my cuticles tend to get dry and crack a lot, so the regular use of this Pen makes them less dry and less problematic.

Ingredients: Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool*, Limonene*. *Component of natural essential oils. Natrue Certified.

Have you tried Dr. Hauschka Neem Pen?

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Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub | Review

Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub 1 Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub | ReviewBecause my skin is very sensitive, it usually doesn’t need any particular trigger to act crazy from time to time. So knowing that, I’m very cautious about using skin exfoliators and scrubs. Especially the ones with a word “enzyme” on the label. An enzyme is a protein (the most common enzymes you’ll find in natural scrubs are probably the fruit enzymes) that causes a chemical reaction and dissolves dead skin cells. This sounds a lot scarier than it actually is: fruit enzymes affect only the outermost layer of the epidermis, so such an exfoliation makes the skin look healthier and feel smoother without damaging it. However, fruit enzymes can be very intense and irritate the skin if not used properly, so always follow directions.

Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub (approx $16/£10) promises a brighter, glowing skin by removing “flaky, rough, dead surface cells to uncover skin that is soft, smooth and vibrant”. I’m using this scrub since July, but didn’t want to hurry with this review, because a facial scrub is not something I personally use everyday. It has quite a lot small walnut shell powder beads, which are a bit on the sharper side, but since I always use Dr. Hauschka exfoliating technique (gently pressing a scrub instead of rubbing it on your face) with all facial scrubs I use, it doesn’t irritate my skin one bit. It has a lovely lavender scent, which is intense, but relaxing.

It indeed leaves my skin brighter and smooth, and because I need only a pea-size amount of the scrub for my whole face, the 113 ml tube will last me forever! I even started using it as a body scrub and it is great for that too!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Ingredient), Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder (Certified Organic Ingredient), Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Arnica Montana Flower Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Rhizome/Root (Certified Organic Ingredient), Lavandula Intermedia Leaf/Flower/Stem Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Saccharomyces/Xylinum Black Tea Ferment (Certified Organic Ingredient, from Kombucha), Citric Acid, Bromelain, Maltodextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Pumice, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol (Certified Organic Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin.

Have you tried this Avalon Organics Lavender Enzyme Scrub?

P.S. Thank you, Amber, for gifting me with this scrub!

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Girl Talk: TOTM

TOTM Feminine Hygiene Review 1 Girl Talk: TOTMAfter my switch to a healthier lifestyle, which included using natural cosmetics and eating balanced healthy diet (or, at least, trying my hardest!), I was looking for a safe and natural replacement for my feminine hygiene products. I was then and I am now (about 4 years later) surprised how hard it actually is to find organic products of that sort. Where I live, organic sanitary products are mostly available in organic boutiques and, believe me, there’s not too much to choose from. I did some research online and found out that it seems to be a common problem not only in my country, but in many other countries in Europe or around the world. Which means this is a problem for many of us, girls.

First of all, I’d like to shortly state why it’s important to choose organic over conventional feminine hygiene products:
* they are safer for you – most of mainstream sanitary products are bleached by using chlorine dioxide, which is potentially toxic. Here’s a great article about dioxins on Naturally Savvy blog.
* they are safer for the environment – conventional hygiene products are made from plastic – “the equivalent of 4 plastic bags per pad” (TOTM).
* and one from my personal experience – organic pads are much softer to use, breathable and don’t cause rashes.

TOTM Time Of The Month Organic Cotton Pads 1 Girl Talk: TOTMI already have my favorite feminine hygiene brand, however, I am always very excited to hear about other wonderful green companies and see what they have to offer. This time I’d like to introduce TOTM: That Time Of Month with a premium range of certified 100% organic cotton sanitary products. TOTM offers products like tampons (applicator and non-applicator), ultra-thin pads and pantyliners. All of their products are certified and safe. I’m also very happy about the prices that vary from £2-£3 ($3-$5).

See the full range of TOTM products here and sign-up to get your free trial box. You’ll be subscribing to the monthly service (you can choose the dates and products you’d like to receive), but you can cancel and renew your subscriptions anytime. TOTM delivers worldwide and free, if you order 2 or more of their products.

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

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Vegan Cuts August Beauty Box

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August 4 Vegan Cuts August Beauty BoxAre you a conscious vegan beauty addict or a vegan foodie? Maybe both? Vegan Cuts offers two monthly subscription boxes depending on your preferences: Vegan Snack Box with delicious 7-10 vegan goodies each month and Vegan Beauty Box with 4-7 vegan, cruelty-free and, in most cases, made with only natural ingredients beauty products. As you already noticed from the photos in this post, I have Vegan Cuts Beauty Box for today’s review.

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August 3 Vegan Cuts August Beauty BoxSo, here’s what I found in Vegan Cuts August Beauty Box:
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1. Pacifica Multi-tasking BB Cream (10 ml) – described as all-in-one weightless, hydrating tint (see the swatch & quick review below)
2. Zabana Essentials Detoxifying French Green Clay Facial Cleansing Bar – a 100% natural detoxifying, toning and revitalizing handcrafted soap bar.
3. Enfusia Essential Oil-Infused SPA Salt Muscle Soak – A 100% natural mix of Pacific Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt,  Hawaiian Lava Salt, Crushed Rose Petals and French Lavender buds.
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4. Balanced Guru Energy Spray Mist Understanding (8 ml) – a 100% natural mix of certified Frankincense, Cypress, Cedarwood, Ginger and Pine essential oils for balancing your body, mind & spirit.
5. Emani Vegan Cosmetics Hybrid Creme (4 g) – a handcrafted multi-tasking cream, which creates sheer or intense metallic look for eyes, cheeks and lips .

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Ingredients (from Emani website): Mica (C177019), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Iron Oxide (C177491, C177492, C177499), Titanium Dioxide (C177891), Boron Nitride, Squalene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera Extract.

I’m also very glad that I had the chance to try this Pacifica Multi-tasking BB Cream. It’s exactly as described – light, hydrating and makes my skin look and feel fresh and healthy. No wonder why it’s one of Jen’s (from My Beauty Bunny) favorite beauty product. You can see in the swatch how luminous the cream looks. It comes from the tube like a medium brown color, but it completely adjusts to my light skin tone (it might be a tad too dark for me in winter, though). The BB Cream doesn’t offer any coverage, but evens out the skin tone. It also has a light, parfumy scent, which is very pleasant for my nose, however, I can’t recall what it smells like. However, I must to point out that this BB Cream has one major downside: it contains dimethicone (a silicone-based polymer, which although rates a score 3 in EWG, is not natural).

Ingredients (from Pacifica website): water, gylcerin, caprylic/ capric triglyceride, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, dimethicone, sorbitan sesquioleate, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) esters, iris pallida (sweet iris) leaf cell extract, rosa damascena (damascus rose) leaf cell extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) water, laminaria hyperborea (kelp extract blend), hyaluronic acid, oat beta glucan, potassium cetyl phosphate, hydroxyethylcellulose, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, iron oxide black, mica, potassium sorbate, sodium dehydroacetate, sodium benzoate, citric acid, punica granatum (pomegranate) extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, white tea extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, fragrance (all natural).

Pacifica Alight Multi mineral BB Cream 1 Vegan Cuts August Beauty BoxYou can subscribe to Vegan Cuts Snack Box or Beauty Box here for $19.99 per month (with free US shipping). Worldwide delivery is also available!

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What do you think about this Vegan Beauty Box?

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

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