24 July 2015

Holiday holiday

Hello everyone, I am taking (enjoying) a little holiday break in France at the moment... until mid August. Just to let you know that I am still going to post on this blog, but perhaps a little bit less than usual. It is (so) nice to be able to relax and just do (almost) nothing!

You can still follow me/chat/ask me questions daily on Twitter (@MlleNature).
You can also check my Instagram (Mademoiselle_Nature) for some sneak beauty/foodie/lifestyle pictures of my summer time!

Have a beautyful holiday everyone. x

17 July 2015

Children skincare range: Naif does it good too

If you are a mummy like me who loves organic beauty, you would probably want to find the best natural lines for your children too. I have to say that besides Weleda and their Calendula line, I haven't explored much.
However, I recently discovered a pretty brand that sounded really promising: Naif. It is from the Nertherlands and offers a whole beauty line for our little sweethearts. The products are free from SLS, parabens and mineral oil. They also display a signature scent due the inclusion of fragrance and not essential oils.
So what do I think of the range?

Cleansing wash gel* (€9.95 for 200ml)
I use this transparent body gel almost every evening when I bathe/shower my little ones and I even use it as a shampoo: the formulation is really mild and non irritating. It foams nicely but not too much and is great at cleansing. I wish the texture was a little more creamy and moisturing for my little boy who has really dry skin and eczema patches but I know that this gel is not designed to treat or help such conditions. The scent is very nice and so soft at the same time. The body wash rinses off perfectly to leave a nice and cleansed skin without "over" drying the skin.

Softening body lotion* (sample)
This lotion is lighter than I expected, but still provides a great softening touch to any little skin suffering from dry patches or a tad of eczema, like my son has. It contains some of the richest plant oils such as Macadamia, Avocado or Almond oil. The presence of Coton seed oil, rich in vitamin E and acid oleic, help to regenerate the skin and to retain the moisture. The lotion is very easy to massage and it absorbs really well, leaving the skin very smooth and moisturised. I like to use it rightaway after the bath in the evening or occasionally in the morning on the dry patches only.

Nurturing cream* (€14.95 for 75ml)
This cream has been wonderful at soothing the reddish and dry cheeks of my little boy and I think this is my favourite from the line. I massage his little cheeks every morning as it provides immediate relief thanks to Almond, Avocado and Macadamia oils. It smells really nice and does not feel greasy at all despite the presence of rich botanical oils. This is a very good everyday cream that protects and calms. Really fan of it.

Diaper cream* (sample)
This buttom cream has been really helpful and really effective for the occasionnal redness or any more dramatic rashes. The texture is thick, which is convenient when you want to cover the precise areas of 'concern'. It contains Zinc oxide, known for some its anti-inflammatory properties and protecting properties. You can find vitamin E and bisabolol, very soothing and regenerating. I obtained excellent results wiht this cream. Another big favourite of the line.

As an overall, the Naif line for children has been a fantastic discovery and I will definitely repurchase some of their products such as the Diaper cream or the Nurturing cream when needed.

Get it here.

What do you think? What is your favorite baby/children line?

08 July 2015

A soap for combination skin: the Chidoriya Clarifying facial soap

A few months ago, I discovered a really pretty green beauty brand called Chidoriya. I fell in love with their Hydrating facial soap (see review here) and their Herbal Moon peach toner (see review here) so much that I so wanted to try more of this brand.
Chidoriya is very much inspired by the japanese heritage and all the beauty rituals nurtured by Geisha and Maiko. The beauty skincare and bodycare line they offer use a few signature ingredients such as the Azuki red beans or Camellia oil.
Today, I am really excited to share my thoughts of the Clarifying facial soap* with you.

Product name: Clarifying facial soap "Azuki red beans & brown sugar"
Certified: No
Texture: solid bar
For: combination skins
Price: $13.00

My opinion

The Clarifying facial soap* is wrapped into an amazing japanese style packaging which definitely has the "waoh" factor for me! (Chidoriya seems to never fail amazing me). I really appreciate the care and attention to details of the emballage, because this is what attracts and triggers my curiosity first.
I have previously mentionned that I do not often use facial soap. Although I really like the foaming aspect of it, I prefer using a creamy or oily cleanser housed in tube/flacon. However, I really like the Clarifying soap and here is why.
Firstly, it is a vegetable glycerin soap - very gentle and suitable for sensitive skins. Secondly, it uses Azuki red bean extremely fine powder, used in Japan for years and best known as a "beauty secret ingredient". This powder works perfectly at smoothing away dead cells, polishing the skin and restoring face radiance and is even suitable for sensitive skins (I suspect the amount of Azuki powder is minimal since I feel no grainy foam once I massage my face with the soap). Also included in the soap's formula is organic Brown sugar that helps to soften the skin. And finally, it contains Camellia oil, a unique seed oil that initially gained fame in Asia for its conditionning and softening properties. So, some good quality ingredients that makes this soap unique, very pleasant and not too expensive.
I like to use it every couple of days in the morning or as a 2nd cleanse in the evening. It is perhaps not the best make-up remover but it has definitely a nice effect in the morning/evening: my skin feels really cleansed, smooth, resfreshed and purified in a very soft way.
...a delicate purifying gesture for normal/combination skins!

My overall rating: 8/10

Get it here.

Composition: vegetable glycerin soap base, Camellia oil, organic brown sugar, Azuki red bean powder.

Have you tried Chidoriya Clarifying soap? do you use any soap in your face routine?

01 July 2015

Thirsty skin: my moisturising face masks

Back in December, I wrote my beauty resolutions for 2015 (see post here) and one of the things I wanted to integrate more in my beauty cabinet were moisturing masks. I felt that my skin diserved a good moisture treat at least one a week. Despite some occasional honey/ cucumber DIY facial treats , I needed to have more hydrating ready-to-use masks! And here are the ones I have picked (and received for Mother's day from my sweet children/husband).

Natura Siberica Energizing facial mask (€25.00 for 75ml)
This brand has been on my radar since a while and this mask could not come at a better time. Housed in a practical tube, the white and onctuous cream reminds me a bit of a thick moisturiser. It is designed to help restoring that glow and the hydration you lack if you are a tad tired, busy or restless. After cleansing, I leave it for a good 20 min which allows the great ingredients to get into action. Wondering which ingredients I am talking about? Well, the base of this mask is rich in classical emollients and emulsifiants (cetearyl alcohol and glyceryl stearate) so nothing realy outstanding here (but still working well!). However the rest of the formula is very attractive. There is a very interesting medley of antioxidant and anti-bacterial Wild haversted Siberian herb extracts which I have never seen before in product formulations. In adition, you can find Ginseng root extract which promotes skin healing whereas flavonoid rich Artic Asberry extract rejuvenates and brightens the skin.
I have been pretty happy with the results! After application, my skin is incredibly smooth and nurtured. I am still not so sure about the glowing factor, but moisturising and softening effects are definitely there. One thing than I am less fan of is the scent- subtle but nothing really exciting. At the end, this masks still delivers very well and is good at bringing a more smooth complexion.

Composition: aqua, capylic/capric triglyceride, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alchohol, octyldecanol, coco-caprylate/caprate, glycerin, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Amaranthus Caudatus (Amaranth) seed oil*, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) fruit oil*, Pinus sibirica Seed oil polyglyceryl-6 esters, Panax Ginseng root extract, Sorbus sibirica (Artic ashberry) extract, Hesperis sibirica extract, Anemonoides altaica extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower extract, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) flower water, Arctuim lappa (Burdock) root extract, Saponaria officinalis root extract, tocopherol, sodium stearoyl glutamate, xanthan gum, sodium hyaluronate, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, parfum, citral, limonene, linalool.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater mask ($15.00 for 75ml)
I love roses so I can't be better served with a mask called 1000 Rosewater. It is designed for delicate and dry skins and it promises to restore skin moisture, comfort and appearance. I reach this mask approximately once a week (perhaps a bit more lately) after cleansing/exfoliation steps. I tend to leave it on the skin as long as my skins needs and it is often a good 30 minutes.
Although it has a lovely color, I am a tad disappointed by the texture: it is between a cream and a gel and it reminds me a bit of a pudding like consistency...yes.. I know! Its performance leaves me much more enthusiastic: I really like how my skin feels perfectly moisturised and plumped thanks to the Hyaluronic acid, Allantoin, Rosehip oil and some really nice plant extracts (Boswellin, Roselle). Rather than using water as a base, Andalou Naturals includes Aloe vera juice and Rose flower water, which are both really soothing for the skin. And the results are significant: skin completely healed and soothed, really soft and so comfortable. With its soft Rose flowery scent and its excellent moisture-boost formula, Andalou Naturals proves one more time that you can get excellent results without breaking the bank.
This mask is great for any skin type especially sensitive and dehydrated ones. It offers immediate relief and comfort.

Composition: Aloe barbadensis juice*, Rosa damascena (Rose) distillate*, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) juice*, vegetable glycerin, pectin, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus (guar) gum*, Rosa canina (Rosehip) and Punica granatum (Pomegranate) oils, allantoin, Phytocelltec (Alpine Rose, Malus Domestica, Solar vitis) and Bioactive 8 Berry complex, Soothing complex ((Hyaluronic acid, Magnolia officinalis bark, Phoenix dactylifera (Date) leaf cell and Boswellia serrata (Boswellin) extracts,) panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), Camellia sinensis (White tea) and Hibiscus sabdariffa extracts*, tocopherol (vitamin E), phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus tangerina (Tangerine) and Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium) oil*, Rosa centifolia (Rose) oil.

Have you tried those masks? What are you favorite hydrating masks?
(and don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY here)

24 June 2015

Giveaway time (now closed)! The winner is...

Corpo Natura is a fantastic green online boutique retailing some fabulous beauty brands such as Suti, John Master Organics, Alima Pure, Prtty Peaushun and many more. If you haven't had a look at their website yet, please do it .. :-)!
Following my last post reviewing the beautiful Suti Organic Foot Balm (see post here), Corpo Natura and I have teamed up to offer you a top skincare product from Suti: the Facial Cleansing Balm (worth €44.00!), which is a luxurious face balm designed to gently lift away daily grime and make-up!
 I had the chance to sample it and let me tell you, my skin was left cleansed, radiant and smooth ...thanks to the beautiful blend of SheaAvocado and Cocoa butters. The balm is delicately scented with an infusion of fresh and zesty essential oils, a pure bliss! And what I also love is the tiny round grains of Shea butter that gently melt away when you massage the balm onto the face: very nice and very "Suti".
The Facial Cleansing Balm comes with a gentle organic muslin cloth, one that is perfectly suitable for sensitive skins.
A brilliant cleanser that cleanses but also nurtures the skin!

To enter this superb giveaway, you must enter the Rafflecopter box below.
- Only 2 options are mandatory and the rest will give you more entries.
- Reserved to European residents this time.
You can also follow Anouk, the founder of Corpo Natura on Instagram here, she is really friendly and professional!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats Kristyna, you are the winner of the super Suti Facial Cleansing Balm!

Giveaway rules: European only. No purchase necessary. The prize will be sent directly by Corpo Natura. Competition runs until the 8th July 2015.
The winner will be announced on my Twitter/Facebook/Instagram and on my blog, and be also contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to answer until another winner is choosen.

18 June 2015

Feet at its best with Suti Foot Balm + exciting news

I have introduced you a couple days ago Corpo Natura, a fantastic online boutique retailing some fabulous beauty brands such as Suti, John Master Organics, Alima Pure, Prtty Peaushun and many more (read my post here).
Anouk, the founder has generoulsy offered me to test the Fabulous Organic Foot Balm* from Suti. If you don't know Suti, then, today is a good opportunity to discover this lovely english organic brand. Soil Association certified, Suti offers an amazing range of organic skincare/bodycare products using the finest ingredients and they scent amazing! I met the two founders at the Natural and Products show in London a few years ago, and they are true beauty experts in their area.

       Summer is approaching (actually almost here!) and let's face it: feet are often the body part that is neglected. So the Suti Fabulous Organic Foot Balm* has been my little feet savior lately: a rich and onctuous balm infused with refreshing and invigorating Peppermint, antibacterial Eucalyptus and purifying Lemon essential oils. As the skin of the feet is usually dry and generally requires more moisture than any other parts of the body, the Suti balm brings all the great nutrients from nourishing Shea butter, regenerating Avocado and Olive plus the carotenoid-rich Carrot extract to regenerate and soften. The extremely repairing formula combined with a very uplifted scent makes this balm an amazing treat. What I like the most and what is very special about this product is the small and tiny beads of Shea butter that lovely melts away once you massage the balm. Really nice. Suti  Fabulous Foot balm is a great multi-tasker and I also use it on my knees and elbow which are often dryer than other areas.
      And if you don't know where to start with your feet, then you can read My little foot pampering guide here to turn them into the flip flop mode all year long!

An absolutely lovely balm! Retailing at €25.50 for 50 ml, it is not cheap but remember that each ingredient used is organic and that you only need a tiny amount to make your feet smooth as a baby's soft skin.

Get it here!

And now, it is time for the exciting news: Corpo Natura and I are collaborating to do a fantastic GIVEAWAY in a few days time! So Stay tuned!

15 June 2015

Introducing an exciting green beauty boutique: Corpo Natura

Today is a bit a special day. I am really excited to introduce a new green beauty online shop called Corpo Natura. Founded by Anouk Domingez,  it recently launched and I am even more happy because it is based in The Netherlands...and last but not least, it is beautifully done! It retails some fabulous and pretty unique beauty brands such as Suti, John Master Organics, Alima Pure, Prtty Peaushun, Kahina (...and more to come!).

Anouk has kindly agreed to answer to a few questions.

Could you tell me what inspired you to create Corpo Natura?

My interest in natural and organic cosmetics started out of a health concern. Some years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and adrenal fatigue. Prior to that, I wasn’t even aware of the importance of using natural cosmetics for our overall health. After a lot of research in the field, I jumped into a new, more vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle.

How do you stand out from other beauty retailers?

There are great retailers in the green beauty industry out there! But I prefer not to compare myself. As a small company we like to connect in a different way with people and clients, and we offer a complete personalized and flexible service putting attention to every little detail with a fresh and inviting image. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a company with that personal touch in The Netherlands.

How did/do select your beauty brands?
Most of our brands have renowned organic certification or organic ingredients. If they don’t, they must score maximum 3 on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Cosmetic Database. Therefore, they must be produced with the purest ingredients available. We also value companies which are committed to social causes or the environment in one way or another.

Last thought to share?
What we put in our skin is as important as what we eat. I am concerned about the Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in many conventional brands, but our health worth much more than the extra euros we could spend buying organic cosmetics, and sometimes they are even cheaper than some high-end conventional brands. We really do not need a lot and every single jar can last for many months. My philosophy is buy less, choose wisely.

Thank you Anouk for taking part in my little interview. I have to say that I love your philosophy and totally agree with it!

Check out Corpo Natura luxurious online boutique here and enjoy the browsing/shopping experience....and stay tuned because there is more to come!

09 June 2015

Calming my skin with the Anti-redness duo from Marie-Veronique

Today I am very excited to write this post about Marie Veronique, a brand formerly called MV Organics. Why? Because I have been eyeing this american natural beauty brand for a long time! Founded 10 years ago by Marie Veronique Nadeau, this beautiful skincare/bodycare line offers solutions to acne-prone skins, ageing skins, sensitive skins and rosacea prone-skins through 3 different collections.
Marie Veronique offered me to send me a couple of products from the new PRO collection and I decided to go for the Mist de Jour and the Redness Relief also named the Anti-redness duo.

Mist de Jour ($20.00 for 60ml)
The delicate and very subtle scent of this mist will probably please most of us, including those who are usually very sensitive to overpowering flowery aroma or just look for something very discreet. I really like the smell, but not just that - it is the entire formula that is very interesting and pleasant. It was especially the attention to details to the formula that sparked my curiosity. Bursting with anti-oxidants thanks to Green and the White tea water, this mist is really good at calming and soothing the skin, especially in the evening after a long day. The anti-inflammatory effects are due the powerful blend of probiotics, Coconut water, and Chinese licorice extract alongside an intelligent healing blend of essential oils (Tumeric, Lavender, Helichrysum). It is perfect to use morning and evening, leaving the skin moistured and glowing. One good feature is that the spray delivers ultra-fine drops in a very uniform and subtle way. I am so enthusiastic about this mist that I just keep my bottle at bay all day long for a quick refreshing spray! A big thumb up for this wonderful toner!

Composition: Camillia sinensis (Green and White tea) water,  Cocos nuicfera (Coconut) water, Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Chinese licorice) extract, glucosamine HCL, sodium salicylate, niacamide (vitamin B3) probiotic complex, beta gluons.
Essential oils: Daucus carrot (carrot seed), Curcuma longa (Tumeric), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Helichrysum italicum (Helichrysum), Myrtus communis (Green myrtle).

Redness Relief ($80.00 for 30ml)
This is a water-based serum I like to reach out to in the evening to bring an instant yet prolonged calming moment to my skin. The texture is a big Oui for me: extra light, slighlty creamy, but showing an amazing absorption capacity. It is very easy to massage and does not leave any greasy film despite having a good proportion of Olive oil. The luxurious serum has been a super treat for my skin: it is packed with some of the most amazing anti-inflammatory ingredients - carefully selected to calm and shut down any unnecessary skin flushes and redness. To name a few (because the list is long!), you can find Rutin, a bioflavonoid which aims to improve blood circulation, rejuvenating Sea buckthorn oil, calming Chinese Licorice extract, and healing Niaciamide. I have been using it for a few weeks (one or 2 drops is sufficient for the entire face) and my skin is extremely settled and calmed! The scent is really discreet and pleasant.
This is one of my favorite serums so far. At $80 it is fairly expensive, but I believe it is worth it and lives up to the expectations: clean composition, excellent ingredients, wonderful texture, very nice scent, and very good performance and it lasts quite long. I have been really impressed by it and can't wait to try more of Marie Veronique line!

Composition: Camillia sinensis (Green and White Tea), Olea europaea (Olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) hydrosol, Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Chinese licorice) extract, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea bucktorn) oil, sodium salycilate, rutin, probiotic complex, glucosamine HCl, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), arabinogalactan, lycopene, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum.
Essential oils: Psidia altiissima (Lary), Curcuma longa (Curcumin), helichrysum italicum (Helichrysum), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender).

As an overall, this calling duo is definitely a must-have if you suffer from occasional redness or even rosacea or if you just want to give you skin a little break. I totally recommend it! 

Get them here and enjoy!

What do you think? Have you ever tried Marie-Veronique?