Carol’s Beauty Natural Sun Tanning Enhancers

Carols Beauty Natural Sun Tanning EnhancerSummer is approaching fast, bringing us sunny and warm weather, so many of us are getting ready to hit the beaches. As much as I love sea and beaches, I mostly spend my time under an umbrella or in a shadow. However, I know that not all of you are like me. I know that many girls don’t mind getting some vitamin D and a slightly tanned summer skin, so I thought these natural Sun Tanning Enhancers by Carol’s Beauty would be interesting to share about. These enhancers come in two forms – Sun Tanning Enhancer Oil and Sun Tanning Enhancer Lotion (approx $8/£5 for travel sizes, 30ml). They both have identical ingredient lists, containing natural sunflower, carrot and almond oils, except the lotion is also thickened with natural beeswax (both of these products contain carmine, if you’re trying to avoid it). These enhancers have a nice, sweet scent, which quickly disappears after application. I’ve tried applying each of these enhancers on my skin and they both feel very hydrating. I would prefer the lotion over the oil just because it’s easier to mix with my sunscreen lotion.

This is very important! How to use: mix any of the enhancers with a sunscreen of minimum SPF15 and apply it evenly on your body. Please do not use these enhancers without any additional SPF. You are supposed to use your sunscreen with mineral SPF at all times you’re being exposed to the sun anyway, so do not skip this, especially when sun tanning. Also, avoid sun bathing between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun is harshest. With or without a sunscreen it can be dangerous.

Lotion: Helianthus Annuus Seed oil (Sunflower oil), Cera Alba(Bees Wax), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Almond Oil), Dauscus Carota Oil (Carrot Oil), Benzyl Alchohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lawsonia Leaf Extract, (Henna Extract), Cananga Odorata (ylang Ylang Oil), Carmine.

Oil: Helianthus Annuus Seed oil (Sunflower oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Almond Oil), Dauscus Carota Oil (Carrot Oil), Benzyl Alchohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lawsonia Leaf Extract, (Henna Extract), Cananga Odorata (ylang Ylang Oil), Carmine.

 

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Lavera Basis Sensitiv Organic Cleansing Gel

Lavera Basis Sensitiv Cleansing GelLavera Basis Sensitive range was created for all skin types, even the most sensitive ones. I have a reactive, sensitive skin with occurring redness, but also I like my skin to be cleansed thoroughly, which creates a conflict here. Most of gel or foam cleansers can be too drying or too harsh for skin like that, but Lavera Basis Sensitive Cleansing Gel ($10/£6.95) promised to be gentle, yet refreshing and revitalizing, so I decided to give it a go. One of the reasons why I didn’t hesitate too much is because it has a pretty decent price.

Lavera Organic Cleansing GelLike it says on the packaging, the product is a gel – a bit watery, but still thick enough to spread it evenly between your fingers. The cleanser has a sweet herbal scent, but I can’t describe exactly what it smells like. It reminds me of anise somehow, if you have ever used any products from this Basis Sensitive range, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The gel is indeed very gentle, but at the same time it leaves my face fresh and clean without irritating it. Overall, I like it a lot. I don’t know if I’d be using this in winter, just because my skin is crazy dry then, but it’s a perfect product for me at the moment. My only advice is that if you have a very dry skin I think you should be looking into Lavera Cleansing Milk from the same range, but for other skin types – this gel is absolutely worth a try. I saw that Lavera has cleansers from its other ranges, so I’ll be looking into them as well after I finish this one.

Lavera Basis Sensitiv Organic Cleansing GelIngredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Coco Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Betaine, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Sodium PCA, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Water*, Alcohol*, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Citral**. Vegan. NaTrue Certified.

Do you like using cleansing gels in your skincare routine? Have you tried this Basis Sensitiv Cleansing Gel from Lavera?

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Luxury Haul From Eve Organics

Skincare Haul From Eve OrganicsI love trying new beauty items, so when a package from Eve Organics popped in my mail, I was over the moon! The lovely Eve sent me 3 amazing products and I can’t thank her enough for each of them. I mean, Tata Harper’s luxury Be True Lip Treatment – it can’t get better than this! She also added two cute samples of the brands I’ve never tried before for me to get acquainted with – Fable Naturals and MOKOSH.

Fable Naturals Body Lotion Mokosh Light Face CreamFable Naturals Rosemary + Mint Body Lotion – travel size (approx $19/£12 for full size 250ml)
A body lotion that’s made from natural ingredients. It has a strong peppermint scent, which fades away quickly after applying the lotion to the skin. I don’t know why, but I thought that it would be hard to rub into my skin, but it’s really light and sinks in fast without much rubbing. I love that it feels nice and cooling, so it will be a perfect moisturizer for summer.

Ingredients: Purified water, Organic Sunflower Oil, Ecomulse, Fair Trade Certified Organic Cocoa Butter, Fairtrade Certified Organic Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Glycerin, Gluconolcatone, Organic Spearmint Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Rosemary oil, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster). 100% Vegan. Gluten-Free.

MOKOSH Light Face Cream – travel size (approx $40/£ for full size 60 ml)
This travel size face cream from MOKOSH comes in a tiny 15 ml jar, which is very convenient to bring whenever you go. I like the simplicity of the cream – it’s made with shea butter, organic oils, vanilla essential oil and rosemary leaf extract. Also, it has a light scent that it’s pure shea butter. I don’t totally agree with its name because it’s actually quite moisturizing. However, because the skin absorbs it quickly without leaving any trace and skin still feels soft after using it, it’s suitable enough for all skin types.

Ingredients: Unrefined shea butter (Fair Trade), camellia oil, jojoba oil, macadamia oil, coconut oil, marula oil, sea buckthorn oil, borage oil, vanilla essential oil, rosemary leaf extract. Certified organic ingredients.

Tata Harper Be True Lip TreatmentThe queen product from the whole bunch is, of course, Tata Harper Be True Lip Treatment (approx $23/£15). The packaging of this item is, like for all Tata Harper products, absolutely luxurious and beautiful. This is such a divine lip balm that promises to plump and nourish your lips. I didn’t notice any additional lip plumping, but it feels hydrating and pleasant on the lips. I imagine Be Adored would be even more amazing because it’s the same as Be True, but with a tint of color. I just can’t get enough of using this!

Ingredients: Olea europaea (Olive) oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) seed oil*, Theobroma Cacao*, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euterpe oleracea (Acai) fruit oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Vegetable Oil*, Palmitoyl Isoleucine, Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) fruit extract, Phoenix dactylifera (Date) seed extract, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) extract, Spiraea Ulmaria (meadowsweet) leaf Extract*,  Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) leaf Extract*, Calendula officinalis flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) leaf Extract*, Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aroma**. *Ingredients from Organic farming. **Natural and Organic flavors.

Tata Harper Be True Natural Lip Treatment

Eve Organics is this month’s advertiser on Organic Beauty Blogger. This online boutique carries brands like Tata Harper, Blissoma, Eco Tan, La Bella Figura, Raw Gaia, Suti, 100% Pure and the brands I’ve mentioned in this post – MOKOSH and Fable Naturals. Eve Organics is based in Australia but delivers worldwide.

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

Have you tried any of these products mentioned in the post?

REMINDER: NATURIGIN Organic Based Hair Color Giveaway is still open, enter for your 2 full-size boxes of safer permanent hair dyes!

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Hair Coloring: Naturigin Organic Based Hair Dyes + Giveaway

Safe Natural Hair ColorHair dyes are beauty products that receive a lot of attention because of their ingredient lists. Many of mainstream hair color brands we find in drugstores and supermarkets contain harmful ingredients that can cause damage to our health. Like parabens – seriously, I can’t believe that after so many years of talking about them and after so many companies admitting the danger they can cause, they are still the most popular, widely-used preservative. But it’s not only parabens that raise the biggest concern in hair colors, it’s an ingredient called ammonia. Ammonia is a chemical that is put into hair dyes in order to bust through the hair cuticle to deposit color. Since ammonia naturally occurs in the environment, we are constantly exposed to it. However, it’s another story when we are exposed to high levels of ammonia. Since it’s a corrosive substance, not only it can cause skin irritation, but also a respiratory irritation and other dangers. I’m not going to expatiate about this, because there are thousands of articles, including this toxicological profile for ammonia, about how dangerous it can be.

So what should I do, you might wonder after reading this. Well, you can choose one of these following options:

1) you could stop dyeing your hair

I can see you rolling your eyes and thinking „yeah, right..“. However, I have stopped dyeing my hair about 5 years ago and still can’t understand why I didn’t do it sooner. I went through quite a journey with my hair color: from black to red to blonde to medium brown and despite the fact that I loved every look these colors gave me, my hair didn’t enjoy the changes as much as I did. After a while, I decided to give them a temporary break from coloring, which turned into a still-continuing thing. It’s especially nice if you, like me, are too lazy to color your hair at home or keep up with hairdresser appointments. Though, sometimes I crave change so much that I consider going back to coloring my hair, but postpone it to the future.

2) you could choose natural herbal hair dyes

such as henna and indigo. If you want to dye your hair with COMPLETELY natural ingredients, this is the only way you can go: henna and indigo are plant based hair dyes, which will give color to your hair. Many people admit that after using henna, their hair became stronger, healthier-looking and shinier. However, there also are downsides of using herbal dyes as they are not always predictable – you have to know what you’re doing, because experimenting can cause your hair turn into a shade you didn’t want and they are pretty permanent, so it can be a gamble. Also, I often read people complaining that the color with herbal dyes is uneven.

3) you could choose safer permanent hair color

if you can’t (or don’t want to) stop coloring your hair, there are alternatives to mainstream hair dyes to buy and use. One of these brands that has inspired this post is NATURIGIN – organic based permanent hair color brand. NATURIGIN stays away from the harshest ingredients such as ammonia, parabens, PTD, DEA, propylene glycol and SLS. Also, its hair colors contain certified organic ingredients, such as aloe extract, shea butter, grape seed oil, citrus extracts and many more, that care for your hair. All products are cruelty-free and suitable for vegans (except hair conditioner, which is vegetarian).
NATURIGIN has a lovely range of 19 different colors (if you can’t find your perfect color, you or your hairdresser can mix and match different colors to achieve it, just be sure you have experience to do this) – from black to very light blonde. Because these are permanent hair dyes they cover grey hair too.
For those who like dyeing hair at home, NATURIGIN has great tips and a step-by-step video that will help you achieve the best results.

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Ready for some fun? I teamed up with NATURIGIN for this giveaway where 1 lucky person will win 2 boxes of cruelty-free, vegan NATURIGIN permanent organic based hair color of his/her choosing! Such a great opportunity to try these hair colors for free. The giveaway is open for US residents, 18+. As always, please enter using Rafflecopter widget below. You can earn extra entries (optional). NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GIVEAWAY. Start date: 11th of May. End date: 22nd of May.

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True Organic Of Sweden All You Need Is Me Cream

True Organic Of Sweden All You Need Is Me CreamEvery woman needs that one solve-it-all product in which she can trust. Forget all petroleum based “saviors” like Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, because there’s a much better, organic solution – True Organic Of Sweden All You Need Is Me intensive cream (approx. 27/£21). Its stylish packaging is made out of sugarcane and is fully recyclable. This multi-tasker with its pure ingredient list (only 6 ingredients!) was made to solve your problems like dry skin patches, chapped lips, rough elbows and knees, dry cuticles, sunburns, protecting your skin from harsh weather, etc. Well, you get the picture. You can also use it to give some quick glow for your cheeks or as a hair mask (I haven’t tried it that way, but sounds interesting).

It is a thick yellow cream, which melts quickly and has no scent whatsoever. Little goes a really long way with this cream, so you need only a tiny pea size drop of it. It feels very soothing once applied on dry skin and immediately makes it soft and smooth.

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Ingredients: Castor Oil, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Shea butter, Vitamin E and Blueberry seed Oil.

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

What do you think about solve-it-all products? Do you have your favorite?

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Recent Organic Beauty Empties #7

Organic Beauty Empties #7After every empties post I tell myself that I won’t do it again, because it’s hard for me to keep the empty bottles, tubes or whatever empty packaging around. However, I’ve held onto a few products just to share about the ones I really liked and would repurchase again:

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Booster Serum
a powerful gel serum suitable for all skin types, especially for skin “showing the signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles”. It is very light, non greasy and sinks in immediately. The price ($72) isn’t low, but because it’s a gel, you only need a small drop of it, so even the sample sachet lasts about a week using daily. I never expect dramatic results from anti-aging serums, so I was satisfied to notice that it made my forehead wrinkles a little bit softer and less visible.

Suki Transformative Purifying Masque
this mask is my first try from Suki and I must say that now I’m curious to try other products from this brand. The mask contains kaolin and promises to be a gentle problem solver for clogged pores, blemishes and redness. I can’t tell that it made a big difference for my pores or blemishes, because I used it only a couple of times. But it made my skin tighter, firmer and brighter.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Gel
I was so fascinated with this cleanser that after I was done with the sample I swore to buy a full-size ($26) after I finish my current cleansers. It’s a cleanser with gel consistency, which is very refreshing and leaves the skin super clean, but without wanting to slap tones of face cream after using it. It also takes off my makeup very well. Totally worth a try.

KYPRIS Antioxidant Dew Serum
I have received this serum in Petit Vour LE Fall/Winter 2014 Beauty Box about 5 months ago and was cherishing it so much that just recently finished it up. The word “dew” perfectly describes what the serum does to the skin. This very luxurious serum makes the skin dewy. And glowing. And soft! The serum costs $67, which is not cheap at all, but if you are considering getting it, do it – I don’t believe it could disappoint anyone.

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream
a non-oily BB cream with light consistency that is easy to apply, makes skin seem fresh, offers light coverage and is suitable for all skin types. It ticks all the boxes. The only thing I do not like is that it contains dimethicone. Other than that, I can’t think of any disadvantages.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
the truth is, at the beginning I didn’t like this cleanser at all. I thought its citrus scent was too intense, its pellets seemed too harsh and I generally looked at it as an overpriced product. What was I thinking? Not only it managed to change my mind, but after finishing this jar, I added it to my “to buy in the future” wishlist. My skin is dry and gets irritated easily, so I started using this cleanser as an exfoliator twice a week and I saw how it made a difference to my skin. It is a luxury skincare product (costs $38), but a very good one too.

Giovanni Ultra-Volume Shampoo with Tangerine and Papaya Butter
I’ll start describing this shampoo by saying that it didn’t give ultra volume at all. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing. And to say that by someone who’s constantly looking for the best natural volumizing shampoo is a big deal, trust me. So despite the fact that it was not that volumizing, this shampoo ($9) made my hair clean, shiny and less frizzy. The frizz part is why I decided to include this shampoo in this roundup. I didn’t even need a conditioner after.

Have you tried or would like to try any of these mentioned products?

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