27 September 2016

Moisturising booster: the Madara SOS hydra repair intensive serum

A good moisturiser is indispensable for me - I always need to have one. I can use it every day, or occasionally on days when my skin feels a bit more tired and dull.
If you are like me and love a one-off product that can deliver a great amounts of hydration and acts instantly, then you may be interested in the Madara moisturising booster, which is also called the SOS hydra repair intensive serum.

Product name: SOS hydra repair intensive serum
For: all skin types
Certified: yes (Ecocert)
Texture: light cream
Price: € 35.00 for 30 ml

My opinion

I really love serums. Concentrated and straight to the point. My skin doesn't tend to be dehydrated, although cold weather can really have a bad impact on its general appearance.
Well, we are approaching the end of the summer (end of September and still feels really nice here in Amsterdam) and over the past few weeks, I have occasionally reached out to the SOS hydra repair serum when my skin needed to feel replumped or recharged after the longs days in the french countryside or on windy Amsterdam beaches (yes, there are beaches!).

The SOS hydra repair serum is a lovely and light pale pink cream, bursting with some top moisturising ingredients such as glycerin, sodium PCA, and hyaluronic acid. It also contains Peony extract which is supposed to be anti-inflammatory and healing. You can also find a blend of wonderful botanical oils including Sea Bucktorn, Nettle and Linseed oils.

The serum feels really velvety on the skin, as the texture is light and really easy to massage evenly. You don't need a lot of product to provide an instant hydration and soothing effect. I like to use it in the evening but I sometimes use 1 or 2  drops in the morning, just to give a nice glow to my skin. Bare in mind that despite the pink color, the serum does not provide any coverage.
I can't seem to find any faults with this serum. It may sound a little bit pricy but you only need to apply a tiny bit eveytime, so, I would say, still decent value for money!

If you are a follower of Mademoiselle Nature, you already know that I have been impressed by some Madara beauty products (see here and here). I really believe Madara is a brand that diserves credit for their result-driven products and without doubt, the SOS repair serum is one of them.

....another winner from Madara!

++ excellent texture

My overal rating: 9/10

Get it here.

Composition: Aqua, Helianthus annus (Sunflower) oil, glycerin, Rosa damascena, dicaprylyl carbonate, diheptyl succinate, sodium PCA, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) oil, cetearyl glucoside, xanthan gum, aroma, benzyl alcohol, stearic acid, palmitic acid, Urtica dioica (Nettle) oil, Linum usitassimum (linseed) oil, sodium hyaluronate, Paeonia lactiflora (Peony) root extract, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, potassium sorbate,  Mica (C177), titanium dioxide (C1777891), hydrolysed hyaluronic acid, capryloyl, glycerin/sebacic acid polymer, Iron oxide red (C177491), Iron oxide (C177492), citronellol, geraniol, benzyl salicylate, eugenol.

What do you think? what is your favorite serum?

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?