Mademoiselle Nature

Natural beauty and well-being

16 November 2017

Black Friday deal with LoveLula: my favourite picks

Great news everybody: Black Friday is almost here and from today onwards LoveLula is offering 15% off across all the products (except the beauty box)!

Just use FRIDAY at the check-out. The offer is valid until the 2nd of December so don't miss out!

Whether you want to do some early Christmas shopping or just treat yourself, below is a little round-up of my top LoveLula beauty goodies.


1- Esse Organic toner Plus*- Highly formulated toner featuring probiotics and prebiotics to rebalance the skin (review HERE).

2- Alchemy Amla hair remedy*- A fantastic hair stimulating oil that performs really well (review HERE).

3- Kimberly Sayer ultra light moisturizer SPF30*- My all-time favorite moisturizer that hydrates and protects the skin (review HERE).

4- Madara Age Superseed Age recovery facial oil*- A potent cocktail of some of the best botanical oils to fight against the signs of premature aging (review HERE).

5- Hurraw lip balm*- A range of super nourishing lip balms to soothe and repair dry lips (review HERE). A firm winter must-have!

Happy shopping :-)


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08 November 2017

5 beauty ingredients your skin needs in November

November is already here with the cold winds, grey sky and scattered rains and these weather conditions are usually not tender with the skin!
Here is a little round-up of the top 5 beauty ingredients your skin needs to remain happy and hydrated during the Fall!



Hyaluronic acid
Known for its ability to retain water, hyaluronic acid is one of the best moisturizing ingredients on the market. Acting as a humectant, he can retain an impressive number of water molecules.
In addition to being hydrating, hyaluronic acid and its salt-sodium hyaluronate- can plump and illuminate the skin. More about this fabulous ingredient in the Bloom Avenue Magazine.

Shea butter
Praised for its ultra-moisturizing and protective properties, shea butter is a classic in the green world. Rich is oleic acid and stearic acid, shea butter also contains a small percentage of unsaponifiables such as phytosterols and vitamin A. Whether you want to cocoon your skin or nourish your hair, Shea butter does it all! It is a great ingredient if your skin is normal/mature leaning to sensitive/dry.
If you go for raw shea butter, best is to purchase fairtrade and organic.

Probiotics
These live organisms have demonstrated interesting benefits when applied topically. Although many studies still need to be done, probiotics seem to play an important role in maintaining skin hydration and reducing inflammation.
If you are looking for a brand using probiotics, I strongly recommend Esse Probiotics. I have loved their toner (review HERE). I have sampled a few other products from their range and can tell with the same level of enthusiasm that they were awesome too.

Rosehip oil
The golden orange precious oil have gained many fans over the years, and this is not surprising.This exquisite oil is bursting with vitamins and nutrients that heals, repairs, calm and soothes the skin. For more details, read my post over this truly unique oil HERE.

Love
Even though "love" sounds a bit cliche, it is actually really important to care, love and take the time to treat your skin properly. A rushed beauty routine or using the wrong products can lead to undesired results. Instead, make some time for your skin especially in the evening. Your beauty routine does not need to be complicated, it just needs to be adapted to your skin type.


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24 October 2017

Staying fresh all day long

Indian summer was at its pick last week here in The Netherlands but unfortuntaly it did not last long. Today was all about rain, mist and grey sky!
Back to beauty now. Let's talk about body freshness, deodorant, and natural eau de toilette! As you know, I live in Amsterdam, and who says Amsterdam says "cycling". Since I cycle every day (and I have been lately into fitness), remaining fresh is really important to me.
I have picked 2 products* from LoveLula to help me smelling amazing all day long. Find out below how they both perform!


I am a super big fan of Madara: all of the products I have tried have always delivered (see here and here). However, I was a bit skeptical before trying this deodorant. Body odor is quite personal/versatile and it really depends on the daily activities too.
As being someone quite active and sporty, I have a few "deodorant" expectations. It must:
- smell nice.
- needs to be easy to apply.
- help to cover the natural underarm odors while not blocking the natural body's elimination processes.
The Madara herbal deodorant almost ticks all the boxes. It comes as a really soothing and scented light emulsion formulated with Northern Sage, Peppermint, and Potassium Alum. The roll-on works perfectly and ensures the uniformity of the application. It leaves the skin really moisturized and not irritated at all. The only small drawback I could pinpoint is that I need to reapply it a bit more frequently than I would like during the day.
As an overall, it has a good value for money and is great for everyday use but not sure it really "covers" after an intensive workout.

Balm Balm Bergamot natural perfume (£22.00 for 33ml)
I have tried a few natural perfumes before (review here for example) but this is my first time using one as a spray. I actually don't mind at all as it is really convenient to apply especially when I am in rush or if I just want a quick mess-free refresh.
The Balm Balm natural perfume is Soil Association-certified and is simply made of grain alcohol and Bergamot essential oil. Grain alcohol is also called ethyl alcohol and is naturally derived from rye or wheat. Some studies have shown that grain alcohol does not over dry nor irritate the skin. However, I still prefer avoiding the perfume being directly on my skin and rather spray it onto my clothes.
Scentwise, I am so fond of Bergamot: floral, light, yet not overpowering. The scent is fresh and uplifting even after a couple of hour application. I wear the Bergamot natural perfume "alone" but very interestingly, you have the possibility to combine it with other scents from the range. Nice isn't?
All in all, I'm very happy with the Bergamot natural perfume, I really like the simplicity of it!

Shop both products HERE.

How do you stay fresh? What are you favorite deodorants?

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12 October 2017

Treating my skin with Kahina Giving Beauty

Today, I have the pleasure to write about an organic beauty brand I really like: Kahina Giving beauty. Inspired by the Moroccan beauty traditions and using Argan oil as its signature ingredient, the Ecocert-certified brand offers a lovely collection of products. I have been testing the facial lotion and the moisture mask thanks to the generosity of Anouk, founder of the green boutique Corpo Natura. Read below what I think.


Facial lotion (€54.00 for 50ml)

With its very smooth and lightweight texture, the Kahina lotion feels like a softening caress on the skin. Designed to be used as a morning moisturizer, I also like to use it as a regenerative night cream. The weather is ok at the moment so I tend to stay clear from wearing oils during the day: it gives a too dewy finish and I am not too keen on it.
When I reach the Facial lotion in the morning, I usually massage 1 or 2 drops into cleansed skin: this is enough to provide my skin all the nutrients and softness it needs. The light emulsion contains healing Argan oil, moisturizing hyaluronate sodium, and anti-inflammatory Raspberry seed oil. Sometimes, I may layer a pea size amount of the Kimberly Sayer ultra-light moisturizer SPF30 to provide some sun protection but it would depend if I am outside or not during the day.
 As an overall, the Kahina Facial lotion does an excellent job at moisturizing the skin without being heavy. It delivers all the promises written! I would definitely recommend it if you have a dry, normal, combination and/or sensitive skin.


Moisture mask (€92.00 for 50ml)

I have often said it in this blog: having a good moisturizing mask is essential in keeping the skin healthy and in good balance.
The mask from Kahina is a rich and unctuous Aloe vera-based concoction, made with some very potent botanical extracts such as Red wine grape extract, prickly Pear seed oil, or Barley extract. Its concentration in natural actives makes it the ultimate SOS mask for tired, aging and dehydrated skins. It is perfect to calm skin after a day spent outdoors or after sun overexposure. But it is also excellent at cocooning, quenching and plumping thirsty skins.
The texture is really creamy and gently melts on the skin when you apply it. I usually leave it for 30 min despite the 15 min recommendation- I guess too much goodness can't be bad for the skin.
My skin is left calmed, really smooth, and so comfortable. All dry patches are gone.
Pricewise, the mask is not cheap, however, my experience has been really positive and my skin just loves this mask so much.

For more information, visit Corpo Natura.

What do you think? are you tempted?

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27 September 2017

The super Love Lula September box

A 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 £45.00!

Let's look at the amazing content below! 



The Balm Balm beauty balm (£16.50 for 60mg) // A rich and thick multi-tasking balm designed to cleanse, moisturise and repair. I love the delicate scent of Lavender and the lovely melting texture. Expect to find some great plant oils (Rosehip, Borage) as base oils. I would probably use it on a regular basis a bit later on when the weather is colder as an evening treat or as as my first cleanser. Love the simplicity yet efficacy of the product. 

Oils of heaven gift set (£20.00) // This set is absolutely super cute and is such a great way to try some of the best botanical oils before commiting to the full size. The gift set includes Baobab oil (review here), Argan oil, Rosehip oil (review here), Cacay oil and Moringa oil. Absolutely love it! 

Hurraw Sun protection Balm SPF15 (£5.00) // Another favorite brand of mine (see one of my review here). I love the balm texture and how it soothes and repairs dry skin. This is definitely a great item in the box since I 'm never without lip balm. The sun protection indice is an added bonus. 

Kimberley Sayer sample set (not shown on the picture) // Their Ultra-light moisturiser SPF 30 is my go-to moisturiser for many months now (see review here) so here is a chance to explore some of the other skincare products! Samples are a great way to get a first impression on a product before deciding to purchase the full size product.

Esse organics Gel cleanser (sample)// Esse organics is a brand I have a big crush on. I have spent quite a bit of time studying their range and their product formulation. And yes, this brand is really awesome! Remember how I love their Toner Plus which features probiotics (review here). The gel cleanser is designed to gently cleanse all type of skins. It is foaming, does not dry and smells really nice! 

Joik White Chocolate bath truffle // I am so curious about this bathing product from Joik! I haven't used it yet so can't yet report on it. Supposed to leave your skin really soft...So tempting!

Another great box from Love Lula. Hurry up and sign up HERE.
For all the beauty boxe subscribers, you can purchase all the brands of the box at 20% HERE by using the code BBSEPT17 (valid till 30/09/2017). 


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11 September 2017

My collaboration with Bloom AVENUE

Today, I am very excited to write about something slightly different. I would like to introduce you a new online organic beauty boutique that has recently launched: Bloom Avenue.


 "An expert boutique...

Bloom Avenue works with amazing and well-established organic beauty brands but, more importantly, it offers a skin assessment that helps you to identify your skin type and match the right products to adress your skin concerns. Smart isn't?
....Because achieving an healthy skin starts first by listening to your skin. 
I am beyond excited that Bloom Avenue retails two of my favorite beauty brands: this one and this one!

So what does it has to do with ME then?

....enhanced with a stunning Magazine "

Bloom Avenue features also an amazing online Magazine, that combines beauty tips, ingredient spotlights, brand interviews and much more. ...And I have the great pleasure to be part of that as an author!
Look no further if you want to learn more about the beauty do's and dont's, skincare rituals, the lowdown on beauty oils and many more other tips to keep your skin, body and hair in great condition!
And for all of you who are curious about the latest article, it's here!


You can follow Bloom Avenue on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest news and promotions!


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04 September 2017

My favorite skincare trio for a glowing skin

Summer is almost coming to an end and I hope everyone had time to enjoy and relax! I am finally back after a little break from blogging. It felt actually really good to be away from any social platforms and I've promised to myself to do it more often.
I have tested some really awesome products lately but there are really 3 that completely stood out. Read below to find out my favorite top 3 summer skincare goodies that deliver all the promises written!



Andalou Naturals Coconut water firming cleanser ($12.99 for 160ml)
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I have mentioned this cleanser many times. In summer, I stay clear from rich and balmy cleansers and usually opt for light and refreshing textures. The Andalou firming cleanser basically ticks all the boxes. It comes as a really soft cleansing foam that cleanses the skin very well while keeping its moisturing level in balance thanks to the AquaCacteen it contains. My skin was left bright, clear, glowing and more importantly not dry at all. And last but not least: the value for money is excellent.
It is not the first time I try Andalou skincare products (see here and here) and I have always been super pleased with their products, but this cleanser comes probably at the top of everything I have tried from the brand. My only regret is that this green beauty brand does not yet retail in Europe...hopefully maybe soon anyone?

Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe mist *($26.00 for 120ml)
I have spotted this US beauty brand a little while ago, so when I got a chance to test it, I was over the moon! The  whole line is beautifully made using with some awesome plant ingredients.
The mist is an  Aloe vera juice  based toner which also displays some matifying properties thanks to Witch hazel. It has a very soft smell of Lavender which I find it really relaxing. The packaging is lovely and I always appreciate dark tinted blottles that aim to preserve the content better.
The Cool Aloe mist was my skin saviour during this summer (and now still although the bottle is almost empty!): it helped my skin to feel refreshed and calmed, and I reached it whenever I wanted to have a fresh hydrating breeze. My skin was completely soothed and unified, just really how I want it to be.
This mist is absolutely perfect for sensitive skins too that need a calming caress. As an overall, I love so much this product that I will definitely be keen in repurchasing another full size product.

Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum *($33 for 30ml)
Another US green beauty brand that I have been craving to try! And let's be honest: the funky packaging is not the only thing that caught my eye.
 I love to have a good serum in my routine (you can find out here why serums are a must-have for me). The Mad Hippie serum is a light and potent water-based emulsion containing some top anti-aging skincare ingredients: Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, Vitamin E to name a few.  Brigthening and healing, this anti-oxidant packed serum has been performing so well- my skin drinks it like a magical beverage and the results show every morning when I get up! So another big thumb up for this one!

....an outstanding skincare trio for a clean and resfreshed skin! 

Have you tried them? what do you think?


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04 July 2017

Testing topical probiotics: the Toner plus from Esse Organic

I am a big fan of toners, especially those that combine a selection of unique bioactives and deliver the results promised. Perfect match!
With that in mind, I have, thanks to the blogger LoveLula progamme, picked the Toner Plus* from Esse organic skincare, the south African organic beauty brand that uses probiotics as its signature ingredient.
 If you are curious to see how it performs, read below!


My opinion

Before elaborating about the toner itself, let me explain briefly what probiotics are. I promise to do a more complete post about it later on.
For now, if there is one thing to remember about probiotics it is that they are "live" organisms or "health-beneficial" bacteria and they exist under various species. For example, you may have heard of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, which are lactic acid-producing bacteria. They are normally present in the gut and, interestingly enough, they actually may play a role in treating certain skin diseases. When taken orally, probiotics are able to rebalance the gut, reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
What about in skincare then? As you may be aware, the skin serves as a habitat for a population of micro-organisms including bacteria and fungi called microbiota. Some are "friendly" and others are "less friendly". In general, a healthy skin microbiotia correlates with a happy and clear complexion. More scientific research needs to be done in order to evaluate the skin benefits of probiotic-rich topical products. It is also not completely clear which strains of bacteria or derivatives are the most result-driven. However, there have been a few interesting studies showing the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects of probiotic derivatives and in particularly in their role in strengthening the barrier fonction. Promising isn't?

Back to the review now.
As you may know, toner remains a key staple in my routine (here you can read the benefits of having a toner in your beauty routine).
The Toner Plus from Esse comes in a very stylish spray that delivers a really fine mist. The scent is ok, perhaps more herbal than floral. Using healing Aloe vera as a base, the Toner Plus bursts of really interesting nutrients for the skin:
Jacon tuber root juice- higly moisturising with energizing properties.
Baobab fruit extract- anti-oxidant.
Inulin- ingredient derived from Chicory root, acts as skin humectant and conditionning.
Alpha-glucan oligosaccharides- moisturising.
Lactobactilus casei and acidophillus- Lysates of these bacteria strains restore the skin natural's balance. 
Lactic acid- alpha-hydroxy acid that exfoliates, hydrates and brightens.
Salicylic acid- beta-hydroxy acid that heals and acts as an antiseptic. Great if used at low concentration.

The combinaison of these components (inulin/water/alpha-glucan oligosaccharides) also acts as prebiotic for the skin helping to restore its natural balance by stimulating the growth of the "good bacteria". Baobab fruit extract also has prebiotic properties.
That sounds really awesome isn't it?

What about the results then? I have been using this mist regularly in the evening for a few weeks now. At the beginning, I did not see any big differences in terms of skin texture/glow. But now, I have to say that I'm completely happy about it and this really proves to me that you should never expect "immediate results" (in general, I do not anyway). The toner has been able to unify my skin, erase the little imperfections, and just give this layer of moisture to my skin so needed at the moment. My skin overall appearance is definitely more uniform and irritation are minimized.

Retailing at £29.55 for 100ml, it is not cheap. However, the Toner Plus is rich in skin-loving ingredients, is not diluted with water and is really an added bonus to your skincare routine.
It is a big YES for me, and completely worth the money.
I would totally recommend it if your skin is sensitive, oily, environnementally stressed or suffering from breakouts.

...a top Toner that will transform your skin!

Get it HERE.

Composition: Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf extract*, inulin*, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) fruit extract*, alpha-glucan oligosaccharides, Polymnia sonchifolia root juice, maltodextrin, Lactobacillus, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) flower oil*, sodium citrate, salicylic acid, lactic acid, levulinic acid, sodium levulinate, glycerin, aqua (water), glyceryl caprylate, Vanillia planifolia extract, geraniol***, citral, linalol, citronellol


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