Mademoiselle Nature

Natural beauty and well-being

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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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.

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