19 September 2016

Love Lula September green beauty box: worth it!

Green beauty box is a great way to discover natural beauty goodies at a very reduced price.
Let me present you the fantastic September edition Beauty Box* from Love Lula retailing only at  £12.50 in the UK and only at £17.50 (3 months subscription) for my international readers. The total value of the box is over £45.00!

So, let's look at the amazing content below. You can find:

The Balm Balm Rose floral water hydrosol- Rose Rose Rose, I love you! You can read here why I love Rose water so much - really calming and comforting. I also like very much the small format of this balm spray, which makes it easy to carry it in my handbag for an instant refresher.

The Madara AHA brightening peel mask- Loving this mask. Have already reviewed it here. The one to go for if you want to achieve a really smooth and renewed skin!

The Fom London hydra plump serum- This serum is really intriguing and after checking the (awesome) composition, featuring glycerin, niaciamide, sodium hyaluronate and Fig extract, I am really eager to test it.

The Ooh! Oils of Heaven Baobab oil- Another lovely choice here. Baobab oil is an all year round beauty treat that is known to be healing and soothing. Great if you suffer from an irritated and dry skin. Apparently great as well to help with stretch marks too.

Two mini-samples are included in addition to all the products above- the Madara micellar water which I have already reviewed and adored (here) and the Kimberly Sayer healing night cream.

Don't wait and sign up to the beauty box HERE !
For all the Beauty Box subscribers, you can purchase all the brands of the box at 20% off HERE by using the code BBSEP16 (Valid until 30/09/2016).

12 September 2016

3 body treats to get your skin glowing

Summer has almost come to an end. Let's be honest: you would love to keep the lovely sunkissed glow you got in July/August for many more weeks? Although this is almost mission impossible, since skin has to renew naturally, here are 3 products that may help you to achieve a really nice and smooth skin.

Ellovi body butter ($26.00 for 50g) 
This body butter is a pure joy to use: creamy, melting without effort and smelling like paradise! Check my detailed review (here) to know more about this little treasure. I can guarantee you that you will not want to live without it after your first use! Skin is left really nourished and glowing.

Weleda refreshing citrus oil (€13.95 for 100ml)
So refreshing and really "Weleda", I love how smooth and hydrated my skin is after applying this oil after the shower. If you are a citrus fan, this is the body oil you need to get! Affordable and effective, this body oil combines simplicity with lovely results.

Herbfarmacy enriching body oil (£12.50 for 45ml)
Last but not least, let me introducing you this fabulous dark golden color body oil. It is rich in Apricot oil and vitamine E to combat dryness and stimulate skin regeneration. Great to prolong sunkissed glow too! I personnaly use it in the morning after showering, but also in the evening. It is wonderfully scented with Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang. Lovely!

Have you tried any of those? What do you think?

05 September 2016

Toning with the Herbfarmacy Rose and Echinacea toner

Herbfarmacy is an english green beauty brand. A while ago, I tested their hand beauty treatment (see here) and I loved it - it transformed my tired hands into elegants ones. So I was more than happy to explore their range further.
Having recently gone through a rebranding, I am happy to introduce you today the Rose and Echinacea toner* in its new look! Read below my detailed thoughts of this toner!

Name: Rose and Echinacea toner
Certified: no
For: All skin types
Texture: liquid
Price: £17.50 for 95ml

My opinion

Well done Herbfarmacy, I love your new packaging and I especially love the dark green glass that gives your range a very natural and earthy look.

Now, let's focus on the toner itself. It comes in a handy spray which delivers evenly tiny drops. Good point to start with!
I mentionned many times in this blog why I love Rose floral water (see here for exemple). I have already tried a few brands, including the lovely Alteya Organic White Rose flower water (see here). But what I like about the alcohol-free toner from Herbfarmacy is the fact that organic Rose flower water is mixed with Echinacea water, which enhances the beauty properties of the toner. Often used as a natural plant in winter to prevent cold and boost the immune system, Echinacea seems also very useful in the skincare/beauty industry. The Echinacea leave/flower water have anti-inflammatory properties and helps balancing the skin. It also supports the skin repairing system. So good ingredient choice here.

If you look at the formula, you will notice that The Rose & Echinacea toner is conserved using phenoxyethanol in association with benzyl alcohol and potassium sorbate. It seems quite a strong and less "green" way of preserving the product compared to other toners I know but the preservation of the toner against bacteria growth must be assured and for now (and despite any controversy over these preservatives) that is what matters to me.

Performance-wise, this toner helps to:
  • soothe my skin after cleansing.
  • hydrate.
  • refresh.
  • improve my skin's tone.
I usually use it morning and evening onto cleansed skin followed by my SPF cream (see here) or by my evening beauty oil (not reviewed yet).

With its really nice scent, the Rose and Echinacea toner has gained a real place in my skincare routine. Suitable for all skin types even the delicate ones.

It is available at Lovelula.

Composition: Rose Damascena (Damask Rose) flower water, Echinacea purpurea flower/stem/leaf stem flower water, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, lactic acid

Have you tried it? what is your favorite toner?

29 August 2016

The body butter that I feel in love with: Ellovi butter

So happy to be back on blogging after the summer. Hello everyone!
If you want to see what I was up to these past few weeks, follow me on Instagram for some up to date pictures.
Ok back to business. Today I would like to talk in more detail about the body butter from Ellovi. Ellovi is a green beauty brand from California that I came across many times, but actually never tested.
Taking care of the body is as important as having a great skincare ritual. However, I have to admit that I am not always as rigourous as I should be. Will the Butter* from Ellovi help me change my habit for the good? Read below!

Product name: Butter Chamomille Blossom
Texture: balmy
Certified: no
For: all skin types
Price: $26.00

My opinion

Despite all what the beauty market has to offer in terms of body products, I often believe that simplicity is a winner. And this could really be applied to the Butter from Ellovi. If you are a faithful reader of Mademoiselle Nature, you may remember that I love oil/balm textures, but I also dislike the too greasy film that some products leave behind- it is always somethng I am cautious about when it comes to choose beauty and body products in general.

Ellovi butter is a gorgeous balm made of only 6 ingredients! Let me pick out three of them. Its main component is Mango butter, which is a nice surprise, since it has exceptional nourish and restore features - perfect for the body (and hair!). Rich is Omegas 9 and phytosterols, it helps to deeply regenerate dry skin. The next two ingredients are also great dry skin fighters - Coconut oil and Shea butter. They both contain insaponifiables and teroenic acids that help skin to heal and calm.
The texture of Ellovi butter is lovely as it literally melts into a very creamy oil that massages so well into the skin. It is really easy to scoop a little amount out which makes it very convenient for application. Skin is left silky glowing!

The scent is great too! I had picked the Chamomille Blossom (since then, their range has extended to Key lime & Copaiba, sounds dreamy!) and waoh, I am completely in love with it. It is such a delicate and refreshing smell, very light at the same time. It is really the kind of scent you want to wear in spring/summer days althought I could definitely wear it all year long. It features the lovely Tangerine essential oil, which is probably one of the best duo partners to Chamomille. The butter may be a tad expensive but I am really impressed by the product - simple, effective and pleasant to use.

... an incredibly soothing body treat that smells like heaven!

+++ smell and so soft for the skin
- price

Overal grade: 9/10

Composition: Mango (Mangifera indica) seed oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, Non GMO corn starch, Tangerine (Citrus tangerina) essential oil, Chamomille (Anthemis Nobilis) essential oil.

Have you tried it? What do you think?

08 August 2016

Sunny break

I know we are already at the beginning of August but I just wanted to wish all of you a fantastic summer and happy holidays!

I am taking a little break from blogging but will be back in a couple of weeks time with some great new posts.

Meanwhile, I will still be active on TwitterInstagram and Facebook for some more "special summer" beauty tips; product and brand recommendations and much don't forget to follow me there.

A tres bientot!

12 July 2016

Top clay mask : the pink one from Rossi uvema skincare

If you don't know the really nice english green beauty shop Sujet de Vert yet, then it is time for you to discover it. Founded by a green beauty blogger, this online boutique is based in London and retails some really interesting brands - one of them being: Rossi uvema skincare.
I was asked to test a product of the line and my eyes were immediately caught by the rejuvenating mask. Worth it? Read below!

Product: intense rejuvenation Rose & Pink Clay face mask
Certified: no
For: dry, sensitive or mature skins
Texture: creamy
Price: £15.25 for 70 gr

My opinion

If you are like me and don't always have time to DIY beauty, then the Pink clay mask is an excellent choice. Ready made and fuss-free, really easy to use, this skin saviour mask will do an amazing job at keeping your face purified and ultra-glowing.

One of the best key features of the mask is that despite containing Pink clay, it doesn't lead to the dry feeling that some skin types get while the mask dries out. No tight or itchy skin... isn't it nice?
I love the fact that the texture is really creamy and onctuous and application really easy. The smell is really pleasant and subtle, kind of flowery but not too much. So great for any sensitive noses!
The selection of ingredients is really clever: combining the absorbing and the remineralising effects of Pink clay with some soothing and very emolliating nut oils (Sweet Almond and Plum kernel) help the clear out without any drying factors. It also contains Cocoa butter, a lovely and rich butter that protects and nourishes the skin. Another favourite ingredient of mine is Aspen Bark extract. Also present in this other wonderful mask (see review here), Aspen Bark extract is known for its exceptionnel antiseptic properties so I am not surprised to find it here.

I use the intense rejuvenation Pink clay mask once (occasionnaly twice) a week in the evening after exfoliating with the Graine de Pastel exfoliant (see review here) and I just find this rythm being very beneficial for my skin. (As you all may know, I tend to not use/rotate too many products at the same time and like to keep a really well balanced skincare regime -when I can of course). I follow up by spraying my face with the Peppermint floral water (see review here) and gently massage my skin with the lovely healing beauty oil from Be. Loved (see review here). Et voila.

As an overall, the Pink clay mask is a winner: great perfomance and not to forget - a great price too!

.....Really recommend this multi-fonction beauty mask!

+ price
- none

My overall grade: 8.5/10

Would like to purchase the mask? get it here.

Composition: natural pure sundried Pink clay, aqua (purified water), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Prunus domestica (Plum kernel) oil, emulsifying wax, glycerin, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter, Populus tremoloides (Aspen bark) extract, tocopherol, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, glycerin, Rosa damascena (Roso otto) oil.

What do you think? do you use any clay mask?

14 June 2016

My french cute little face scrub from Graine de Pastel

Bonjour a tous. OK I will stop here for the french. Let's go straight to topic and let me present you the lastest french product I have been using lately. It is called exfoliating face scrub from Graine de Pastel, a green beauty company based near Toulouse. Read below what I think!

Name: organic exfoliation face cream
Texture: creamy
Certified: no
For: any skin types
Price: €19.50 for 50ml

My opinion

I noticed this french company quite some time ago, but it is only during my last trip to france that I finally started to experiment their exfoliating scrub. It was actually a perfect timing since I was running out of the face scrub I was using at the time (the lovely Madara peel mask which I will surely purchase again). Exfoliating is one of the key beauty steps I never like to skip (although I make sure to not exceed once or twice a week).

First, take a look at the pic: don't you think this little Aluminium tube is looking really cute? I do!

Aside from the lovely packaging, I was immediately conquered by the product itself too.
The first thing I really like is that you don't need to use a lot of scrub. So despite the size of the tube, the exfoliant will last you quite a while. The other thing I really like is the texture. The scrub is creamy yet extremely easy to massage. You can feel some grains but because they are very tiny, any types of skins can use this exfoliating paste, even the sensitive ones. The key ingredient of the range is extracted from Pastel, a plant used for centuries in France thanks to its medecinal properties. That is also where the name of the company originated from. Another big plus is the combination of clarifying ingredients (Kaolin), moisturising oils (Pastel and Sunflower) and anti-irritant components (Daisy flower extract).
Bare in mind that the scent is not entirely natural since a "parfum" has been added to the formula. A bit pity...

If you dream of a very silky baby-like skin after each exfoliating session, then, you know what you have to do now. My skin feels like renewed and glowing after each application!

 I can't dream of a better preparation for the (super) serum that just comes after (review here)...!

++ formula and results
- presence of fragrance

Overal grade: 8/10

Composition: Aqua (water), Anthemis nobilis flower extract, Kaolin, caprylic/capric trigliceride, glyceril stearate, glycerin, hydrated silica, parfum (fragance), cera alba, cetearyl alcohol, xanthan gum, Isatis tintoria seed oil, sodium stearoyl, Prunus domestica seed power, Helianthis anuus seed oil, tocopherol, beta-sitosterol, squalene, quartz, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, citric acid, citral, benzyl salicylate, linalool, limonene.

You can get it here.

What do you think? Have you got a favorite face scrub? would you try this one?

24 May 2016

BIG love for Northport Naturals

I have wanted to write this review since a while now, but as you notice, time flies and since weather is nice, I tend to spend more time outside than in front of my computer. Having said that, I am still keen to make you discover a very nice american green beauty brand that I learnt about only recently myself: Northport Naturals.
I had the opportunity to test 2 of their products. Read until the end, because you may be as happy as me in trying this brand.

Foaming facial cleanser ($12.00 for 120ml)

When I received this product, my first impression was: oh, what a small contenance! I am usually used to bigger flacons when it comes to cleansers. After a short spell of disappointment, I became soon very enthousiastic. Why?...there are various reasons, however the main one is that it leaves my skin super cleansed and really soft! I was not expecting the soft and velvety foam acting so nicely! Really practical with its pump, the cleanser delivers the right amount of product. The principal characteristics of the foaming cleanser is that it is made from plant-based saponified oils such as Coconut, Olive and Jojoba. Thanks to the Rosemary extract, skin is bright and purified. I have been loving using this cleanser morning and evening: perfect to wake-up skin in the morning and absolutely perfect to deep cleanse before going to sleep.The scent is bursting of refreshing citrussy (Lemongrass and Lemon) aroms, which is really uplifting, but nothing overpowering at all.  Well, as an overall, I can't recommend this cleanser enough!

Conposition: organic saponified Coconut oil, organic saponified Olive oil, organic Sunflower oil, organic Aloe vera, Rosemary extract, organic Shea butter, Tea tree essential oil, Lemongrass essential oil, Lemon essential oil, citric acid.

Mineral ocean serum ($34.00 for 120ml)

With its gelified texture, this serum is a little different to the serums I have used so far. Transparent and really quickly absorbed, it is perfect to unify, calm and moisturise the skin. I usually use it every evening and find it perfect for the time being (during Spring/ Summer, I am on the hunt of really light texture which doesn't leave anything, not even a film on my skin). This one melts into the skin and leaves it silky smooth. It particularly helps to boost the skin healing processes since it contains Aloe vera leaf juice and restorative herbs but also to the presence of the ocean mineral complex. Its impressive anti-inflammatory and antispectic properties are due to the addition of organic Tumeric, Witch Hazel and Yarrow.The serum also contains irish Moss, a seaweed used as a natural thickener and acts as a softening component. Another really interesting ingredient is MSM which is a known organic form of sulfur. Naturally found in some plants and food that we eat, it plays a great role in improving the general condition of the skin. Every morning, my skin is unified and glowing and is just really well balanced. In short, I am very happy with the results I get with the mineral serum!

Composition: organic herbal infusion, organic Aloe vera leaf juice, Witch Hazel, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), hydroxyethyl cellulose, carrageenan gum, ocean mineral complex, organic jojobal oil, spiralline, irish Moss, organic Tumeric, wildcraft Yarrow, tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethyl hexyl, glycerin.

Absolutely loving this powerful duo, working really well together and bringing the skin to its best!

Want to have a look at their website/purchase? just click here.

What do you think? do you know this brand?