Mademoiselle Nature

Natural beauty and well-being

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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07 June 2017

Haircare must-have: the Amla hair remedy by Alchemy

With the sunny and long days approaching, I particularly like to let my hair loose (hair description: kind of wavy, supple, frizzy sometimes).
One thing that I particularly focus on at the moment is using hair beauty oils. I loved the Antonin B Ceramide enriched Desert Serum (see here) but I was curious to explore a bit more what other brands had to offer.
Therefore,  I have included the Alma hair remedy* from Alchemy in my haircare routine. Here is what I think of this product below.



My opinion

As you know, I believe in the beauty inside out. Combining healthy diet with highly performant care products is my motto when it comes to aim at having a healthy and radiant skin.

In regards to haircare, I have a simplistic approach (gentle shampoo+ occasionnal treats), but when my hair really needs it , I am ready to have a more complete routine.

In order to give my hair a little boost, and be summer-ready, I decided to give it a treatment 2 or 3 times a week. Every evening, I massage them thoroughly with the Amla hair oil, insisting a bit more on massaging the scalp.

Amla hair remedy is a 100% natural oil blend inspiring from the Ayurvedic practises containing top 5 potent nourishing oils:
. Amla fruit macerated in Sesame oil- stimulates hair growth, strengthens and conditions.
. Caprylic/capric triglycerides-moisturise and protect.
. organic Avocado oil- nourishes and bring some shine.
. organic Argan oil- regenerates and soothes.
. Citrus Lemon essential oil- cleanses and detoxifies.

The consistency of the Amla oil is lovely. Not too fluid, not too rich. It deeply conditions and envelops the hair from a delicately scented film that will do its magic overnight.
I shampoo the morning after (for some shampoo suggestions, you can browse here and here). No need to massage too much. And let me confess: my hair has never been that healthy since I use the oil. I try to be really consistent with the way I use it. And I guess it has paid. My hair is definitely stronger, with a lovely and shining color. Growth has been really stimulated. I can clearly see the very positive benefits of the Alma oil.

Just would like to point out that despite my love for the very cute bottle, I find it a bit messy to pour the right amount of oil without preventing any spells. But it is cute.

So if you have something to remember from this post: get the oil before the summer, and rest assured your hair will really really like it!

Retailing at £27.00 (for 100ml), you can get it directly on Alchemy website or at Lovelula (free international delivery). For those you love sample testing, a 30ml version is also available, making it super handy to test or to bring on holidays.


Have you tried any oils from Alchemy? what is your must-have haircare product?

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29 May 2017

More than great: the LoveLula May beauty box

We are almost at the of the month but it is never too late to introduce you the May edition Lovelula green beauty box. I am very excited to talk about it because it is one of the best (I think!). Having said that, some of the previous editions (link here and here) were really not bad too!
Worth more than £45.00, you only pay the amazing amount of £13.95 and get all the products below.


Ogario London styling mist (full size £16.00) // I'm not usually keen in any styling products. My hair are kind of wavy/bouncy but I thought, let's give a try. And to my surprise, this mist not only smells deliciously citrussy but it is also able to give a very natural direction to the hair without being too heavy. A very interesting discovery for me!

John Masters Lavender&Rosemary shampoo (travel size £5.50) // I always find really handy to have a couple of travel size shampoos in stock especially from the US star hair brand John Masters. I have tested this one in the past and it really does a great job at cleansing and softening the hair.

John Masters Citrus&Neroli detangler (travel size  £5.50) // My hair tend to be drier in the Spring/Summer so again, this detangler comes at a perfect time. The scent is really lovely and it really helps soothing hair and improving their overal texture.

Laidbare DIY Cleanse and tone (full size  £6.99) // I am quite excited to try this cleanser. I have been really enjoying all the products I have tried so far  from this english brand. Despite loving a proper cleansing routine, I really see myself reaching for a more "complete and quicker" product  from now and then when I am a bit busy or tired.

PHB Gentle moisturiser (full size) // This fast-absorbing cream designed for sensitive skins and eczema really leaves the skin extremely soft and calmed. I am particularly fan of the super subtle sweet scent maybe due to the presence of Apricot kernel oil. The formula is simple: you can find some shea butter and Sunflower oil to soften the skin.

All in all,  a lovely selection for May!

Want to sign up for the box? you can do it HERE.

There is a super offer this month: you can get the box for FREE if you order for £60.00 or more at LoveLula. Do it HERE and enter the code: FREEBOX.

You can also get 20% off the brands HERE by using the code: BBMAY17 (valid until 31st May 2017)


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10 May 2017

Cleansing duo of the moment

Today, I want to share with you my latest skincare routine which involves 2 products from Organic Surge that I have picked thanks to the LoveLula Blogger Program: the brigthening hot cloth cleanser and the deep cleansing face mask.
While I have enjoyed a few body products from Organic Surge (see here and here), I have never really tested their skincare products. Time to change then!
Read below what I think!



The brightening hot cloth cleanser (€13.95 for 150ml)

When it comes to face cleansers, I am super picky. Cleansing oils or balms are less my cup of tea since I always find a bit tedious to remove properly the remaining "oil" left by the product on the face. I rather go for a creamy cleansing emulsion.
With that idea in mind, the brigthening cleanser seems to tick many boxes for me. It has a really rich texture and is indeed really nurturing due to  the many skin-soothing ingredients it contains: Shea butter, Aloe vera and other moisturising ingredients such as glycerin and Cocoa butter.
 I love the pump flacon which delivers the right amount of product needed.
I use it everyday- morning and evening (double cleansing). I massage it into dry or damp skin depending on my skin needs, wait a couple of minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
I like the fact that the scent is really discret with very subtle flowery notes. But more importantly, I find the cleanser gentle, absolutely non irritant for the skin (I rather not use a muslin cloth or any other cleansing accessories at the moment). It leaves my face calmed, soft, and almost glowing. I usually followed up with the awesome Micellar water from Madara (see review here).
All and all, I am very happy with the performance and will definitely repurchase it.

Composition: water (aqua), Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Burtyropsermum park (Shea) butter*, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, dicapryl ether, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter*, cetearyl glucoside, benzyl alcohol, Cera alba (beeswax), Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil, sodium steroyl glutamate,  citrite acid, xanthan gum, Cymbopogon martini oil, dehydroacetic acid, sodium phytate, citrus aurantium Dulcis (Orange peel) oil expressed, Illicum verum (Anise) fruit/seed oil, Mentha arvensis leaf oil, Rosa Damascena flower oil, citral, citronellol, geraniol, limonene, linalool. *ingredients from organic farming. Naturally occurring within essential oils.




The deep cleansing face mask (£8.75 for 50ml)

The Ecocert certified-deep cleansing mask is designed to purify/clarify the skin. It is suitable for all skin types but I find that this mask may not be the best choice if your skin is really dry/hypersensitive.
The mask features classical clarifying ingredients: Kaolin, Lemon peel oil and Peppermint oil. It does not dry or leave the skin extremely tight  (yeah!) and this is because the formulation is enriched with skin soothing ingredients such as glycerin, Sweet Almond oil, and Sunflower oil.
For those who wonder about the texture, it is quite onctuous and looks like a rich cream. It is thicker that I would expect but that its fine.
I use the mask once a week in the evening. I apply a small amount only into the face areas that really need it such as nose, chin or forehead. I rinse it after 15 min but no longer and I also tend to not let it dry. The contenance is rather on the small side, but have been really surprised of how long it lasts.
As an overall, this mask delivers what I expect: a skin refreshed and cleansed yet without being stripped of its natural protection. And for that price, I can not really complain!

Composition: Aqua (water), Aloe barbadensis extract*, caprylic/capric triglycerides, isopropyl myristate, kaolin, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, polyglyceryl 3 dicitrate/stearate, cetearyl alcohol, Citrus (lemon) peel oil, Prunus amygdalus (Sweet almond) oil, tocopherol, helianthus anuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) peel oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Cymbopogon Martinii (Palmarosa) oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) peel oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil*, Anthemis nobilis*, Gingko biloba leaf extract, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate, citric acid, sodium phytate, xanthan gum, limonene, geraniol, linalool, citral. *naturaly derived ingredients. Naturally occuring within essential oils.

My conclusion: 2 lovely skincare cleansing products, gentle, effective and mid-priced!

Get them HERE.

What do you think? what are your favorite skincare cleansing products?                                     

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18 April 2017

5 scientifically tested beauty ingredients for sensitive skins

If your skin is sensitive, you may want to keep your skincare regime quite simple and privilege beauty products that won't leave your skin even more prone to irritation but instead calm and heal.

Below are the top natural beauty ingredients to look for in a skincare product that can definitely help delicate/stressed out skins.


Colloidal oatmeal - This fine powder derived from oat grains made of starch, proteins, lipids, fibres and betaglucans is particularly effective in downregulating skin inflammatory reactions. Moisturising, anti-itchy, and even anti-oxidant, it relieves skin discomfort and dryness. A very interesting beauty ingredient that soothes and heals stressed skins.

Chamomille extract - Whether you have oily, dry or mature skins, Chamomille is an all-time skin soother that can help healing irritations/small wounds. Its amazing anti-inflammatory properties are partly due to two constituants called alpha-Bisabolol and chamazulene. A couple of studies even pointed out its skin brightening effects.

Aloe vera gel - One of my all time favorite ingredients because it gives an instant calming effect when applied. Its light and refreshing texture coupled with a stunning composition (mucilages, minerals, vitamins, enzymes) make it a super healing and anti-itchiness compound for all the skin types especially the very sensitive ones. Not forgetting its amazing hydrating properties thanks to the presence of sugars.

Calendula extract - Also called Marigold, Calendula can be considered as one of the best SOS plants. Its (flower) extract rich in flavonoids such as quercetin has been proved to have potent anti-oxidant in addition to strong anti-inflammatory properties. If your skin is irritated, feels itchy and is craving for a quick healing fix, then look for Calendula extract in product formulations.

Honey - The sweet flower nectar transformed by the bees is one powerful skin healer. Its effects on the skin has been reported in many scientific studies highlighting the strong moisturising and anti-bacterial properties. With its viscous texture, low pH and its composition rich in sugars, vitamins, aminoacids and minerals, honey moisturises, smoothes and repairs. One of my favorite DIY ingredients too.


Sensitive skins: treat your skin with love.


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06 April 2017

Body washes under 10 euros

Today, let's talk about body wash. I am always on the hunt for some nice and affordable ones that are sulfate-free, non drying for the skin and that cleanse well. Too much to ask? Well let's see.
 I have picked the Organic Surge Awakening Body Wash and the Human+Kind Shampoo+Bodywash Apples & Herbs at Lovelula thanks to the blogger program. My thoughts are below!


Organic Surge Awakening Body Wash (£6.99 for 250ml)

This body wash has met all my expectations: uplifting, fresh, perfect to wake up in the morning and cleanses the skin vert nicely. The scent is really limy/citrussy but not too strong - perfect for my taste.
I love using the Super fresh body wash in the morning or just after a workout. It is like a big breeze of zesty aromas, ideal to energise the mind! It also displays a nice foam that gently cleanses the skin while leaving it soft and fresh. It contains some Aloe vera juice that softens and moisturises.
I was already a massive fan of the the Citrus Mint body wash (see here), so I can confidently recommend their range of body washes to anyone who wants to integrate a bit of green in their daily body routine at an afforable price!

Composition: aqua (water), Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice*, ammonium lauryl sulfate, cocamidopropylbetaine, coco-glucoside, sodium caporal/lauroyl lactylate, lauryl glucoside, sodium cocoyl glutamate, glycerin, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, sodium benzoate, Maris sal (sea salt). patassium sorbet, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil, Litsea Cubeba fruit oil, benzoic acid, citric acid, Cymbopognon Flexuosus oil, sodium phytate, Achillea millefolium oil, Citrus lemon (lemon) peel oil, Citrus nobles (Mandarin Orange) peel oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), leaf oil, alcohol, citral limonene, linalool. *ingredient from organic farming. Naturally occuring in essential oils.

Human+kind Shampoo+Bodywash Apples & herbs (£7.50 for 250ml)

With their very nice packaging, Human + kind offers simple/affordable green beauty skincare/bodycare products. I have tried one of their moisturisers a couple of years ago (see here). Not long ago, their entire collection only included 5 or 6 products, but I am really glad to see that they have expanded their range in a very nice and complementary way.
Since my "me-time" is always very limited (hello all the mummies out there!), I thought trying a 2 in 1 (body& hair) product could be a wise pick.
The 2 in 1 shampoo+bodywash Apples & herbs is designed for sensitive skins so this is a good start. The scent is really soft and fresh, completely my cup of tea. The product foams easily when you massage it onto the skin, but not as well when you shampoo the hair. Although I find that my skin becomes nicely cleansed and soft, my hair needs a conditionner for some extra softening/caring.
So all in all, this product works well as body wash, but I am less keen to use it for my hair on a regular basis.

Composition: aqua (water), Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice*, lauryl glucoside, sodium cocoamphoacetate, glycerin, sodium chlorate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, citric acid, parfum (fragance), coco glucoside, glycol distearate, glycreyl oleate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, Althea officinialis root extract, isopropyl alcohol, tocopherol, glyceryl stearate, lactic acid, benzoic acid, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower extract, hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate.


Have you tried them? what is your favorite everyday body wash?

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28 March 2017

LoveLula March beauty box: love it

Spring has officially started since a few days and....wow, that feels really nice!
Let me now introduce you the March edition beauty box from LoveLula*-a superb dealWorth more that £40.00, you only pay £12.50 and get 4 full size products + one sample. And not to forget that you also get a 20% discount on all the brands included in the box.
So what does the box contain?



Seascape Unwind body wash (full size) // A brand that I definitely wanted to try for a long time! I am completely in love with the packaging as well...really zen and relaxing. All what I neeed.

Laidbare For richer For pore (full size) // A thick and rich clay mask designed for oily/combo  skin types. You can also use it as a scrub since it contains little exfoliating grains. Used it once and let me tell you, it is powerful.

PHB Brigthening hand cream (full size) // Apply just a small amount of this cream and your hands will not only smell wonderfully but will also be super soft. Another great product from PHB.

Hurraw! Papaya & pineapple lip balm (full size) // I so loved the Vanilla version (see here) so can't wait to try a more exotic flavour.

Kimberly Sayer Ultra-light moisturiser SPF 30 (sample) // I have reviewed this moisturiser a little while ago (see here), and I love(d) it. A firm Spring must-have. You will probably fall in love with it as well! Excellent product.

Want to sign up to the beauty box? do it HERE.
There is a super offer this month: you can get the box for FREE if you order for £60 at Lovelula. Do it HERE and use the code: FREEBOX
You can also get 20% off the brands in the box HERE by using the code: BBMAR17 (valid until 31/03/2017)


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21 March 2017

The korean green beauty products I want to TRY

Korean beauty is becoming more and more popular in Europe. High-end formulas and innovative textures seem to explain this increase in demand. I won't dig too much into the korean skincare steps today (I may do another time if you are interested), but I just want to present you the green korean beauty goodies that caught my eyes and that I am really eager to try.



Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner (£28.25 for 120ml) // Sounds completely dreamy for the skin. With an incredible list of botanical actives - Broccoli extract and fermented Indian Lotus filtrate to name a few, this high-end concentrated toner seems to really deliver the ultimate toning experience: toning, slightly exfoliating, moisturising, and anti-inflammatory. I want this one soon.

O'Sum Jejuorga Brocolli Atoless cream  ($24.00 for 100ml) // this is considered as a SOS balm that relieves dry skin, calms irritated skin and that is deelpy moisturising. It contains an amazing amount of Broccoli extract (17.5 %), a bit of squalane, Jojoba oil. Probably perfect to be used during the cold/windy season. Having said that, it is always handy to have a rescue cream anytime!

Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power essence ($38.00 for 40ml) // A powerful lightweight serum that is designed to smooth skin out, restore skin glow, unify, hydrate, tighten. Well, it sounds like a really nice product, well formulated too since it contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid and silica. There is however a tiny thing that bothers me: it contains the skin moisturiser squalene but I am not sure whether its origin is plant-based or not.

Soyedodam Organic Ginseng hydrogel sheet mask (1 unit, $9.00) // Can't wait to experiment a bit more sheet masks. I remember buying and testing a couple when I went to Hong Kong but that's about it. The one from Soyedodam is packed with korean Red Ginseng, Aloe vera and Manuka honey plus a few veggie/fruits extracts to pump and revitalise the skin. It comes as a gel mask that you leave for 20 min onto cleansed skin. Sounds really straightforward and handy.

Aromatica Peppermint vitalising massage & body oil mild ($24.00 for 120ml) // A rather simple beauty oil only composed of a few base oils (Canola oil, Almond oil) aromatised with essential oils (PeppermintEucalyptusGinger). But its sounds so invigorating and refreshing that I am super tempted to try it!


Are you keen on Korean green beauty? Have you spotted any favorites? let me know!

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