June 17, 2015

Late Spring Edition Empties: Skincare

*PR Sample

Over the last several months I've been collecting my empties and doing a bit of Spring cleaning.  Now my empties pile is starting to look like an episode of Hoarders.  Since I have so many products to cover I've decided to do my mini-reviews/empties in a series of blog posts.  I hope you enjoy!


Blissoma Awake Morning Facial Moisture (sample size):  I used my sample almost exclusively on my neck area.  Oh the joys of aging!  Skincare should not stop at the jawline and besides the hands the skin on your neck seems to give your age away.   I found myself reaching for this moisturizer when I wanted a lightweight and firming moisturizer that was not heavy.  Recommend.  On my future purchase list when my facial oil collection reduces in size.

S.W. Basics Cleanser* (travel size)  Out of the two cleansers that Credo Beauty sent me, I ended up enjoying and purchasing the Fig + Yarrow more.  I was not a fan of the vinegar scent of the S.W. Basics Cleanser had and it was just not sensitive enough for this gal.  Not purchasing the full size.

Acure Mineral Protection Sunscreen SPF 30* now a discontinued item.

Logona Eye Makeup Remover:  Was very effective at removing my eye makeup.  I recommend it for those not using an oil cleansing method.  Now that I have a few different OCM cleansers I use those to remove my eye makeup even if I use another cleanser to remove my makeup.  Will not repurchase at this time.

Organic Bath Co. Enhance Face Oil*:  Oh face oils how I love thee.  Organic Bath Co. recently lowered the price of their Enhance Face Oil and this face oil will be on my repurchase list.  For those with normal to dry or dry skin Enhance balanced my skin perfectly through all the seasons I wore it.  A little goes a long way and it wears great under makeup.  Recommend.

Aura Cacia Organic Argan Oil*:  Aura Cacia is a brand I've come to trust for my essential oil needs for a while now.  I've tried a few of their beauty products and the quality is also excellent and affordable too.  Argan oil is one of my favorites and I use it on my face, hair, and body.  This multipurpose oil retails for $14.99 but can be found through other retail outlets for as low as $8.00.  Shop around and use your favorite retailer.  Recommend.

Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care Moisturizing Cleanser*:  Josh Rosebrook delivers an extremely moisturizing cleanser that is the dry skinned gals best friend especially in a dry climate or winter months.  I loved using this as my morning cleanser or as my 2nd cleanse in a double cleanse routine.  This is also a great cleanser to use after a masking treatment or exfoliating.  Not sure how you are going to like it?  You can purchase the Moisturizing Cleanser in a very generous sized travel sized 2 oz. bottle.  Recommend.

Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care Hydrating Accelerator*:  Besides face oils, I'm toner obsessed.  If I did not already have a ridiculous amount of mist/hydrosols/toners in my beauty collection, I would have repurchased this yesterday.  I adore it.  It balanced the moisture content of my skin in the driest months of the winter even with the heater running.  Also available in a 2 oz. travel size.  Recommend.

Odacité Aloe & Immortelle Hydrating Toner Mist (sample):  I have only tried a few items from Odacité but everything I've tried so far I've enjoyed.  This toner mist was also a winner.  Extremely gentle and hydrating it's a great option to have if your skin is dry or mature.  Recommend.

Earthbody Brighten cleanser and mask*:  This travel size sample was included in one of my subscription boxes.  I never used this as a mask but kept this in my shower for easy morning cleansing with gentle exfoliation.  I would put a small amount in the palm of my hand and then add water to create a paste and then gently scrub my face.  I love the gentle exfoliation that is safe enough to use for everyday.  Looking for a multipurpose item?  Give this product a try.  Recommend.

Lotus Wei Quiet Mind Balancing Serum:  Quiet Mind is my go-to from the Lotus Wei range of  flower remedies.  Between my migraines and personality this should be no surprise to anyone.  High strung and twitchy, anyone?  Quiet Mind Balancing Serum "dissolves: Busy mind, mental chatter, restless sleep, physical tension (especially neck & shoulders), over-analyzing."  Yes, please!  I added the serum as an addition to my aromatherapy routine.  I enjoyed the serum very much.  Recommend.

Have you tried any of these products?  Had the same or similar experience?  Any of these on your wishlist?

As usual all opinions are my own.
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June 16, 2015

Late Spring Edition Empties: Soaps & Body Wash

*PR Sample/**Giveaway Win

Over the last several months I've been collecting my empties and doing a bit of Spring cleaning.  Now my empties pile is starting to look like an episode of Hoarders.  Since I have so many products to cover I've decided to do my mini-reviews/empties in a series of blog posts.  I hope you enjoy!

Soaps/Body Wash

Acure Fragrance Free Argan Oil Castile Soap* and samples in Tropical Citrus & Peppermint:  Acure's Castile Soaps are some of my favorite castile soaps on the market.  Fragrance free is always a great choice, but for now I've already repurchased another full size in the Tropical Citrus from Soap Hope.

Organic Bath Co. Stress Less Organic Body Wash:  This was the second bottle of body wash that I completed from Organic Bath Co. and I very much enjoy OBC body washes.  I will eventually repurchase after I have used up more of my existing soap/body wash stash.  Recommend.

Kosmatology Goody-Goody Grapefruit Body Wash**:  If you love the scent of fresh cut grapefruits or citrus than this is the body wash for you.  This body wash is non-drying and sudzy when used with a loofah.  $11.75 for 8 oz.  I'm looking forward to trying more Kosmatology products and the WOD Aid Pain Stick is on my wish list.  Recommend.

Odylique/Essential Care Aloe Vera Body Wash*:  This is an extremely gentle body wash.  It would be great for someone with extremely sensitive skin.  It is more expensive than other body washes I've reviewed today at $19.00 for 6.8 oz.    It is not a bad body wash but I did not miss it after I had finished it.  I will not repurchase.

Jacq's Organics Lemongrass with Shea Butter Soap:  A soothing and moisturizing soap from Jacq's that is not overly fragranced.  Great for those stressed out days.  This was my second bar of Lemongrass with shea butter that I finished and I enjoyed them both.  Recommend.

Jacq's Organics Fancy Detox Soap:  Another gentle and nourishing bar of soap from Jacq's.  I discovered a stash of soap that I had tucked away for a raining day and it was time to enjoy them.  It was pleasant to use, but I'm unsure if I would repurchase.

Jacq's Organics Creamy Cocoa Butter Bar Soap:  Extremely gentle and great to use on those days that any fragrance is too much to deal with.  Also would be great for children.  Recommend.  

Liskabora Coffee Soap**:  I won a gift basket that contained Liskabora's products when I attended Greenfest in Chicago.  As a natural soap lover this was a most welcomed turn of events.  Her Coffee Soap is lovely and I've been loving using it next to my kitchen sink.  No more stinky hands after dealing with smelly items in the kitchen as coffee is a great neutralizer.  Recommend.  

Liskabora Olive & Coconut Soap**:  Gentle yet sudzy this fragrance free soap is a win-win in this home.  Everyone in the house has tried it and enjoyed it (we even received a few smaller sized bars in our basket).  If you've been looking for a handmade soap that is mild but effective give this one a try.  Recommend.

Harmony Cream Soaps in Cactus:  This South Dakota made goats milk soap is extremely affordable and features Prickly Pear Cactus Nectar.  Many of us in the green beauty world have noticed prickly pear used as an ingredient with increased frequency.  You can read more about this ingredient on Jolene Hart's blog.  Recommend. 

Kind Bar Eucalyptus Spearmint Aromatherapy Bar Soap* (travel size-link for full size):  Cold or allergies got you down?  This aromatherapy bar of soap just might be part of the answer.  While washing it releases eucalyptus and spearmint essential oils that can give temporary relief to sinus pressure.  I keep an extra bar on hand just for when I have sinus problems.  Think of it as Vicks Vapour Rub but in a bar of soap.  Recommend.

As usual all opinions are my own.
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