27 August 2015

My latest haircare routine with Natura Siberica

Beautiful hair is something we love to least I do! I do not use many haircare products apart from cleansing products and an regular hair treat (review to come soon!). So the haircare products aka- "the"shampoo and "the" conditionner need to be really good!
I am brunette with mid lenght hair that can be slightly wavy depending on the weather mood. I am pretty happy with my hair in general as they are easy to manage and naturally supple. I like to let them loose but also fancy the chic of a 'chignon' style-hairdo. Roots tend to be more oily than the rest. One thing that I always want to add is more moisture - at least to the length. Voila.
I recently discovered the russian green brand Natura Siberica and their Energizing facial mask (see review here) and my next mission was to test the duo "Voluminizing and Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner " which are designed for all types of hair.
So, how good is this duo?

Voluminizing and Nourishing shampoo (€11.95 for 400ml)
 The shampoo is great at cleansing efficiently without being too harsh, drying or too hydrating. It includes a couple of gentle detergents (lauryl glucoside) with some derivated from siberian pine oil (pineamidopropyl betaine) and mixed with wild harvested Siberian plants extracts (Siberian fir, Siberian dwarf pine). I was intrigued to see CI75810 in the formula: this component is in fact associated as a natural green colorant derived from Chlorophylle so nothing really to worry about. The scent is very pleasant, kind of herbal and resfreshing. Another important feature for me (I know!) is that the shampoo lathers very well.
And the results are great: I love the way my hair feels cleansed and nurtured but importantly, my hair is not being weighted down. They are left full of life, easy to comb and nicely scented. Retailing at a decent price for a green shampoo (the contenance in ml is generous), I will repurchase it very soon.

Composition: aqua, lauryl glucoisde, sodium cocoyl isethionate, cocamidopropyl betaine, pineamidopropyl betaine, Hippophae rhamnoides amidopropyl betaine, guar, hydroxypropyl trimonium chloride, Pinus pumilia needle extract, Pulmonaria officinalis extract, Hesperis sibirica extract, Cortusa sibirica extract, Bidens tripartita flower/leaf/stem extract, Saponaria officinalis root extract, glycerin, Anthemis nobilis flower extract, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit oil, Silybum marianum extract, citric acid, sodium chloride, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, CI 75810, limonene, linalool.

Voluminizing and Nourishing conditioner (€11.95.00 for 400ml)
 This creamy hair lotion works very well at improving the moisture and manageability of my hair. But I think the best feature lies in its ability to boost the volume without my hair becoming heavy or just over-nourished. It gives a nice bounce to my hair and lenght which tend to be drier in summer because of the sun/wind combo. This performs really well and I have to admit that this is one of the best I have ever tried. Having said that, here comes the tricky part. It is one of the first time that I use a product whitout checking the formulation before. Oops. And yes, I felt quite baffled when I looked closely at the formula. I loved the presence of all the nice and soothing nice siberian extracts, some repairing proteins. But I was just very surprised to find bis-cetearyl amodimethicone, a hair-conditioning water insoluble silicone (often used in classical haircare) and the anti-static agent polyquaternium-37. Certains types of silicones tend to accumulate on the hair hence my choice to avoid them. I did not expect a green brand such as Natura siberica to include silicones in their products. So what's next? Although I still think it performs well, I would probably not repurchase this conditioner, unless the formulation is revisited.

Composition: aqua, cetearyl alcohol, quaternium-91, cetrimonium methosulfate, bis-cetearyl amodimethicone, Avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, Melissa officinalis flower/leaf/stem extract, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) flower water, Amaranthus caudatus seed extract, Pinus Pumila needle extract, Nepeta sibirica extract, Sorbus sibirica extract, Pulmonaria officinalis extract, Trifolium pratense flower extractm Melilotus officinalis water, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, Thymus vulgaris oil, Abies sibirica oil, Pinus sibirica seed oil polyglyceryl-6 esters , tocopherol, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, polyquaternium-37, cetrimomium bromide, benzyl alcohol, benzoic acid, sorbic acid, parfum, citric acid, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, limonene, linalool, butylphenyl methylpropional.

Have you tried Natura Siberia before? which shampoos/conditionners are you in love?

24 August 2015

Food + holiday + thoughts

Holidays are a perfect time for me to reflect on things - things like beauty (of course!), food, work, lifestyle, family. On those days I am more relaxed and have more time to think about my habits...

So take the example of food. I tend to eat healthy, but often end up eating the same things, things that I like however. But being in another (sunny) environment, discovering new food (delicious food) is fantastic. This year I went to the Provence in France and was also visiting some beautiful villages ardechois - with some great places to eat. Note that I don't follow any type of regime or so but I am always aiming at gaining a more balanced diet but without having too compromise too much on the treats I like (especially desserts :-)... ). Because life is also about pleasure, isn't ? 
Below are my top 5 thoughts/reflections about food during my holidays.

  • Being on holiday was a great excuse to make my diet even greener. Local watermelons, tomatoes, peppers and courgettes were on my menu almost daily and, waoh, I loved it! I even ate an amazing Tomato sorbet.
  • I am a big fan of the Mediterranean cuisine, which I find very tasty. I tried plenty of super nice fishes, black olives, tapenades and the list goes on and on. Hello Omega 3/6 and fatty acids! 
  • The organic Lavander and nougat ice-cream I ate in Grignan (Ardeche) was fabulous. Worth a try if you stop in the aera.  
  • For the past few weeks I have been snacking a fabulous organic superfruit mixture, which includes Goji, Mulberries, Inca berries and Cranberries. Packed with anti-oxidants, I am impressed by the taste and my energy levels seem to have increased.
  • A little shopping tip here: In addition to specialised shops, the organic food in France can be found in every supermarket with a special area really dedicated to the green and "bio", I find that quite handy.

What do you think? Have you been changing anything in your diet while on holiday?

18 August 2015

Beauty: highlights from my holiday

My holidays are over ... and although I am missing the wonderful time I had in the South of France, I am very happy to be back and ... blogging!

To summarize a bit, my little french escapade this summer was divided into 2 parts: starting as usual with some quality times with my family and then off to some sightseeing in the Luberon/Ardeche/Drome provencale (I highly recommend to visit these beautiful areas if you don't know them).

...And today, I would love to share with you some of the various B E A U T Y highlights/findings/thoughts I had while relaxing in these beautiful surroundings. Here there are.

  • Thermal water was definitely my best friend those past few weeks. With a heatwave picking up at 40C some days, my Evian/Jonzac/Roche-Posay mists did not let me down (more details here).
  • I protected my skin every single day with the Mychelle Dermaceuticals SPF28 (full review here), another great product that I will probably repurchase.
  • I kept a very simple beauty routine. Cleanser (review soon), sunscreen, facial mask (review soon) and my amazing serum (review here) were my 4 travelling beauty companions.
  • My beauty routine was more an "art de vivre" rather than a serie of skincare steps. I took my time, slowed down my rythm, and kept everything very minimal.
  • My "relaxed" skincare approach worked very well. No over-consumption. Just the basics. At the end, I was on holiday!
  • I went to visit a plant distillery in the area of Sault (Luberon). It was amazing. And I bought some of their local certified organic floral waters. Can't wait to tell you more about it very soon.
  • Organic beauty at an affordable price is very developped in France and easy to access. If you are still doubting, drop me a email and I will direct you to some good brands.
  • (Non organic) micellar waters remain very popular in France. I am planning to try some green ones from Melvita and Jonzac just to get an idea. Will keep you posted.

What are your holiday beauty highlights? any thoughts?

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!

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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.