Natural Deodorants: Alterra vs Schmidt’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yogi’s Lustings

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

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

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

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

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

What are your current yoga or beauty lustings?

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Zaya Organic Beauty Oils

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Delizioso Skincare Cream Blush In Outrageous

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

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

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

Delizioso Natural Cream Blush Outrageous

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

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

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ILIA Polka Dots & Moonbeams Illuminator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Organic Beauty Sample Stash #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there any of your favorite products amongst these samples?

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Tata Harper Ultimate Glow Kit

Tata Harper Organic Ultimate Glow Kit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brittanie’s Thyme Organic Skincare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you tried Brittanie’s Thyme skincare products?

 

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

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Morning Skincare Routine | Winter Edition

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

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

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Viridian Nutrition Natural Supplements

Viridian Ultimate Beauty OilI’ve never reviewed any supplements on the blog before simply because I’m really bad at remembering to take them regularly, so there was no way I could see, let alone describe, their benefits. I used pumpkin oil, spirulina and other oils and supplements occasionally, but it was only recently I learned to be consistent with it.
Viridian Nutrition isn’t the first natural supplement company I know. I used some products from Natrol before I found out about Viridian. However, this cruelty-free company with over 180 products, including herbs, vitamins, oils, tinctures and balms impressed me a lot. Most of Viridian Nutrition supplements are vegetarian or vegan, and, also, a big part of them are certified by Soil Association.

Viridian Certified Organic Ultimate Beauty Oil For HealthViridian Ultimate 100% Organic Beauty Oil (approx $15/£9.85 for 200ml, also available in 500ml)
A vegan, gluten-free blend of certified organic oils like golden flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, pumpkin seed oil and evening primrose oil that offer a balanced source of fatty acids good for both – your health and beauty.
It’s recommended to take 2 – 3 teaspoons of this Beauty Oil daily. I like the idea that it can be used in smoothies, salads and other food (just do not heat the oil or cook with it). I took 1 – 2 teaspoons daily for about 4 weeks. To be honest, I didn’t see any difference in my skin or hair/nails, but I noticed that my energy levels increased significantly.

Viridian L Thenine And Lemon Balm Vegetarian CapsulesViridian L-Theanine & Lemon Balm (approx $22.70/£14.95 for 30 Caps, also available in 90 Caps)
Comes in a form of 30 gluten-free, vegetarian capsules that contain only two ingredients: L-theanine and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). This supplement is for „reducing stress reactivity and inducing a more relaxed mental state“ as well as for easing anxiety symptoms. I’m really skeptical and careful when it comes to supplements that promise to make your anxiety go away, it’s just not that simple, so I delayed this review until I finish up the whole bottle to see if I can honestly say it’s worth the money. And it is :) This supplement managed to reduce the worry a little and helped my mind concentrate and feel more relaxed after just 1 week (I took 1-2 caps daily as recommended), which I think is really amazing.

You can buy Viridian Nutrition supplements at their Website or at online Nutrition Centre. There’s a charity donation with every Viridian purchase. You can read more about it here.

*Please note: what works for me might not work for you, so make sure to check with your doctor before taking any supplements.

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

Do you take any supplements? If so, which ones?

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Vegan Cuts Beauty Box: December 2014

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box December 2014It feels like Christmas all over again! Vegan Cuts December Beauty Box is here, how exciting! I’ve already tried Vegan Cuts August 2014 Beauty Box (see the review) and liked it a lot. However, this Beauty Box left me even happier! And yes, yet again “no bunny was harmed in the making of this box!” :) I’d like to remind what exactly is Vegan Cuts: it’s a monthly subscription service that offers two types of boxes, depending on your preferences: vegan Snack Box ($19.95/month) and vegan, natural and cruelty-free Beauty Box ($19.95/month).

So here what’s inside this December Beauty Box:
21 Drops Essential Oil Blend – 09 Focus (sample size, full size retails for $29): all 21 Drops 100% natural essential oils are created to help stimulate your mind and to relax your body. The Focus blend is a mix of Rosemary, Peppermint and Frankincense essential oils, which promotes clarity and concentration.

Bellapierre Cosmetics 3-free Nail Polish in English Rose (full size, $15 value): a smoking hot red color! It promises to provide amazing durability and flawless coverage, so can’t wait to test that out.

Delizioso Skincare Natural Cream Blush (full size, $18 value): made from only raw, natural and vegan ingredients. A luminous pink color that makes cheeks look dewy and beautiful.

Delizioso Skincare Natural Vegan Cream Blush From Vegan CutsNorth Coast Organics All Natural Spray Lotion (travel size, full size retails for $10): a tiny, natural, handmade lotion spray with certified organic ingredients like Argan, Rosehip, Hemp, Jojoba, Grapeseed, Pumpkin Seed, Sunflower oils and Lavender water.

Vegan Cuts Nail File

Becca & Mars Lavender Love Mask And Scrub (travel size, full size retails for $10): handmade, natural and has a calming lavender scent. Also, it gives a promise to make skin soft, smooth and radiant. I haven’t tested it yet, but it looks really tempting!

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

Have you tried this month’s Beauty Box? Which products were your favorites?

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Link Love #7

Organic Beauty Blogger Current Link LoveWinter has truly arrived! -20C cold is not something I am too excited about, but since there’s no way to avoid it, I just keep myself under a blanket with my cat and a cup of hot tea and a book in my hand as often as possible. Some links I enjoyed reading these past few weeks and would like to share with you:

Life & Happiness:
1. 10 Ways To Trick Yourself Into Not Hating Winter by All Things E.
2. The Happy Formula by Liz from wellmeaningbeing.
3. Thursday Thoughts: In My Own Skin by Dream & Scheme.
4. How Not To White Emails To Customers by Beauty Calypse.

Food:
5. A Guide To Tofu Varieties by Vegetarian Times.

Beauty:
6. How To Make Your Own BB Cream by Organic Beauty Source.
7. The Case Against Dry Shampoo by Hello Dollface.
8. Seed To Serum is now an online green beauty store!

Happy Friday!

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9 Tips For Eating Healthy When On A Budget

Tips For Eating Healthy When On BudgetWe all know that beauty isn’t just about skincare and makeup. What you eat, how much water you drink and your activity levels have a big impact on how you look and feel. It all seems so simple and obvious, however, many of us, including myself, still struggle sometimes with eating healthy. The main excuses are either not having enough time to prepare our meals, not having enough money to buy healthy food or we are just tired and don’t want to slave in the kitchen after a long work day. Well, I am not saying it’s all that bad, but there’s always room for improvement, right?

• PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
This is actually the most important rule when trying to eat healthy without overspending on food. Have a plan on what your meals will look like and create your shopping list based on it. When you’re going shopping, always take the list with you and stick to it no matter what. Also, stick to your meal plan throughout the week. I sometimes like to change up things a bit and cook something different than I have planned, but only if it’s from ingredients I already have or requires only a minimal additional spending.

• SHOP AT YOUR LOCAL MARKET

Find the nearest local market/farmers market and pay a visit! In most cases, shopping at the market is cheaper than at the supermarket, because most of the products there are brought by local farmers. So, not only you will get fresh products, but also will support your local community.

• BUYING PRODUCTS ON SALE DOESN’T ALWAYS HELP YOU SAVE
It’s easy to get sucked in all those special prices and sales. Stick to your shopping list, if the product is not on the list – you don’t need it! Otherwise, you might end up with a bunch of products you wouldn’t know how to incorporate into your meal plan, so it’s basically, well, a waste of money AND products.

• BUY SEASONAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Seasonal fruits and veggies tend to be cheaper and they also taste better and are healthier than those out of season. Of course, it depends on a country/region what seasonal fruit/veggies can be found, so you’ll have to do some research.

• BUY IN BULK
Stock up on non-perishable products like grains or pastas. This will help you to avoid going to the store too often and will allow you to cook at home from ingredients you already have.

• COOK IN BULK
I love pancakes with ricotta and spinach, however, I sometimes find myself making way too many my husband and I can possibly eat at once. So I like to have them for dinner the next day or to throw them in a freezer until next time. This saves me from wasting the food and most importantly – it saves me some time that I would need to prepare those pancakes again.

• DRINK MORE WATER, BUT DON’T BUY IT
In many countries the quality of tap water is as good as bottled water, so check how clean is tap water in your city and drink. Drinking plenty of water is not only healthy for you, but drinking a glass of water 30 minutes prior your meals makes you less hungry, so you’ll eat less food. Just don’t drink right before eating or with your food, because it can actually make harder for your food to digest.

• PORTION CONTROL
I don’t know about you guys, but I used to like my plate filled excessively. I was eating the same amount of food as my husband and believe me he does have an appetite. Although, I have never struggled with weight, but I would feel lazy and sleepy afterwards. Controlling my portions made a huge difference to how I feel and, also, I needed to prepare less food for us. Also, because of portion control, I started eating more vegetables. See Top 10 Secrets Of Portion Control by Cooking Light, they are really helpful.

• BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR FOOD AND ENJOY IT

Take a second to be grateful for your food and enjoy eating it: not only you will learn to appreciate it more, but also slow eating will help your digestion and you won’t overeat.

This post was inspired by two articles I read recently: Green Living: January challenge reduce food waste by Ana Goes Green and The Lazy Girls Guide To Eating Healthy by Dame de Rose. Please take a minute and read them, so many good advices there!

Image: Pinterest.

What are your secrets to eating healthy when on a budget?

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Christmas Green Beauty Swap 2014

Christmas Green Beauty SwapA few weeks ago I saw that Ria from NatuRia Beauty is organizing Christmas Green Beauty Swap. I have already participated in this year’s Spring/Summer Green Beauty Swap with Amber and because I loved it, I thought why not to join this time too.
I was paired up with Caitie from Naturalla Beauty, a Canadian green beauty blog. I like to read Caitie’s blog, so I was happy to be partnered with her and shopping for her was a lot of fun. Here’s what I picked for her. When I received my box, I was so excited that started unpacking right away in my car. Not only the lovely Caitie gifted me with a lot of beauty products, but also left tiny notes on each of them. The cutest thing ever, thank you, Caitie!
Here’s what I found inside:

Christmas Green Beauty Swap BodyDeep Steep Argan Oil Body Lotion in Sugar Plum (236ml) – I’ve been following Deep Steep on Instagram for ages, but didn’t get around to actually try anything from their range. Yes, you officially can call me lazy, because I’ve been delaying this iherb purchase for too long. Anyway, Caitie is a big Deep Steep fan, so I am very thankful that she shared her love and sent this Limited Edition Body Lotion to me. I have already started using it and besides being hydrating, it also has a sweet scent, which is a bit parfumy, but I like it a lot. Also, it’s “husband-approved” :D He says it’s a nice switch from all these ordinary herbal scents and I agree with him.

The Green Beaver Company Lavender Soap Bar – it’s Canadian, certified organic and smells like lavender. Great!

Weleda Body Lotion Samples

Festive Shaped Nail File – that is one cute nail file!

Christmas Green Beauty Swap SkinSkin Essence Organics Nourish Facial Moisturizer (10ml) – for combination and/or aging skin. It promises to “stimulate and rejuvenate skin cells, while also nourish the skins vital capillaries“, sounds great, can’t wait to try it.

Weleda Skin Food (10 ml) – I can only quote Caitie here: „because very little can top Skin Food in the winter months“. Indeed!

NuWorld Botanicals Multi-Mineral Clay Mask for normal or sensitive skin – it’s a pure, sun-dried Australian beige and French white clay blend with cucumber peel, chamomile, green tea extract and seaweed powder.

Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm – everyone who tried Hurraw! Lip balms will agree that they are fantastic. Moisturizing, non sticky and delicately scented.

Caitie also sent me 2 mini eyeshadows from Cheeky Cosmetics (shade Moonlit Rose) and Madd Style Cosmetics (shade Secret Sinner), unfortunately, I forgot to include them in the photos. I’ll do some reviews later though!

Have you tried any of these goodies? Any favorites?

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