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08 February 2016

Nordic savoir faire with danish natural beauty brand Bettes

It is not a secret that I like everything with a nordic touch... So when Mette from Denmark kindly wrote me and introduced her skincare range Bettes, I was extremeley happy!
Mette has developped a beautiful homemade skincare line using all the very best botanicals oils and local herbs, mixed with a pinch of passion and love.
She kindly sent me the gorgeous 3 below.


The luminous face scrub (€20 for 60ml)
Housed in a nice pot, the color is sublime. I love it! It almost sounds like a nice dessert ready to be eaten! For those who wonder, it is a sugar scrub. Sugar scrubs have a reputation to not be that friendly with the delicate skin layer...as the particules of Brown cane sugar tend to be too harsh for the skin cells. Having said that, I find that it leaves my skin silky smooth! I only use a really tiny amount each time, add a bit of water, and massage gently my face with circular motions. The pot sounds small but actually it does last quite a while. The scrub formula is beautifully made with some pretty nice organic oils such as Olive, Coconut and Carrot- macerated oil which are some of the best to smooth and soften skins.
... big love for this face polish!

Composition: Brown cane sugar* (Saccharum officinarum), extra virgin Olive (Olea europaea) oil* , virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil* , Carrot tissue oil* (Daucus Carota, Prunus dulcis oil), Vitamin E (tocopherol), Rosemary (Helianthus anuus, Rosmarinus officinalis).
*certified organic

The beauty cream (€33 for 50ml)
I think this cream should have been really called cocooning cream. What a texture! It is extremely nurturing and rich but without the greasy feeling associated to it. I generaly use it in the evening as a overnight repairing cream. It can provide confort and nourishment to any thirsty and dry skin and is perfect to use it at this (cold and windy) time of the year! I love the fact that it contains homemade floral waters as a base. There is also the anti-oxidant rich- Sea buckthorn oil, "the" superstar beauty oil that revives, replumps, and calms tired skin. Enriched also in rejuvenating Vitamin E rich-Carrot infused oil and hydrating virgin Crambe seed oil.
In short, I am really positive about how this cream is pleasant to use and deliver great results.
... the perfect beauty cream!

Composition: Calendula officinalis (Calendula) and Chamomille (Chamomila recutita) water*, Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil*, Theobroma (Cocoa) butter*, virgin Crambe (Crambe abyssinica) seed oil*, glyceryl stearate, stearoyl lactylate, cetearyl alcohol, Apple cider (Acetum malus)vinegar*, Vitamin E (tocopherol), Carotte tissu oil* (Daucus carota, Prunus dulcis oil), Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil*, Aspen bark (Popullus) tremoloides extract,  potassium sorbate, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) antioxidant *
*certified organic

The beauty serum (€38 for 30ml)
Displaying a rather dark gold color, this artisan-made pure oil blend has been my evening beauty staple since a while now. I love the consistency, not too liquid, not to thick. It spreads so easily on the face leaving the skin really balanced and moisturised immediately after application.
Loving the simple yet targeted fomula as well. Bettes has selectionned some of the best botanical oils (Pumpkin, Hazelnut, Borage, Sea buckthorn), effective to regenerate skin and boost its repairing functions... and then enriched with squalane, coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin E to maximime the serum moisturising/protective effects! I am really fond of this oil: works really well and does exactly what it says!
... again a big love for this one!

Composition: Virgin Pumpkin (Curcubita pepo) seed oil*, virgin Hazelnut (Curylus avellana) oil*, virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil*, virgin Borage (Borago officinalis) oil*, virgin Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil*, Olive squalane, vitamin E (tocopherol), coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone), Rosemary antioxidants* (Helianthus anuus, Rosmarinus officinals


Bettes skincare ships to all European countries and to the USA very soon! You can browse through their website here.

Have you tried this line already? what do you think?



19 January 2016

Powerful masks: Madara PEEL and DETOX masks

Hello everyone, Hello January! For my first post of the year, I have decided to talk to you about two quite popular masks from the latvian brand Madara: the Peel mask* and the Detox mask*.  I have recently written about my (extreme) love for the Madara tinting fluid (see review here), so will Madara remain a winner with these 2? Read below!



PEEL mask
I am not going to hide that I was a bit on the cautious side when I first tried this mask. I am not really familiar with chemical peeling - the main reason is that I find it always difficult to judge, given my skin type, how strong it is and how long to apply it for. Having said that, I was curious enough to give it a go this time.
The brightening AHA peel mask is a glittery white and quite thin watery mask which reminds me of an emulsion. Immediately after application, you really feel that this mask is working through the skin. Not a bad feeling per say. I apply it once a week, for 3/5 mins.
The main peeling ingredient used is Lactic acid, a well-known natural alpha hydroxy-acid gentler than glycolic acid and that can exfoliate, brighten and moisturise at the same time. You can also find some hydrating Quince and calming Elderflower extracts, which brings moisturising properties to the mask.
End results? My skin feels really soft and almost looks "lifted up". Nice! I am positive about the performance, no doubt! However, I am debating whether I would ditch my current mechanical exfoliators for this one...To be continued...
Retailing at €23.50 for 60 ml, it is a little investment, but if you are a lover of chemical peels, this one is a good option!
+ results
- texture

Composition: aqua, lactic acid, glycerin, Lavendula angustifolia (Lavender) floral water*, galactoarabinan, Amorphophallus konjac root extract, pottassium hydroxide, mica (CI77019), Pyrus cydonia (Quince) fruit extract, Sambucus nigra (Elderflower) fruit extract, aroma, titanium dioxide (CI77891), ethyl lauroyl arginate HCl, xanthan gum, limonene
*ingredients from organic farming



DETOX mask
If you cannot afford to go to a spa and do a facial, then this beauty mask will really do the trick instead. Super powerful thanks to the regenerative Sapropel mud, absorbing Kaolin, remineralising Montmorillonite and really soothing thanks to the Lavender water and the Olive oil, it is an really awesome multi-tasking beauty mask that ultra-purifies and boosts the skin ...in a 10 mins time! It even contains Lactic acid to reinforce the natural exfoliating properties.
I mainly apply the mask on the face T zone (forehead, nose, chin). After a 3-5 mins only (actually before it completely dries out), I rinse out the mask. My skin tends to be more sensitive, so just want to avoid over use.
The clarifying properties are not to be demonstrated anymore: skin is really purified and cleared. Note that I sometimes need to spray thermal water or a drop of light moisturiser afterwards in order to balance my skin. Final thoughts? Super powerful but don't be afraid to "tune" this mask to your skin needs.
Costing €23.50 for 60ml, it doesn't come cheap. But bare in mind that this mask is more a one off than to use every week.
++ formula
- drying quickly

Conposition: Sapropel mud, kaolin, illite alcohol, Lavendula angustifolia (Lavender) floral water*,  montmorillonite, lactic acid, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, algae extract, Nasturtium officinale (watercress) leaf extract*, xanthan gum, aroma, limonene, linalool
*ingredients from organic farming 

...Really becoming a big fan of Madara!

Both masks are available at Naturisimo and on Madara website.
What do you think? have you tried those 2 masks?



05 January 2016

A fresh start...



Just a little note to wish all my readers a really Happy New Year 2016
Wishing Peace, Health and Happiness for this new year.
Thank you for your amazing support.
A bientôt!!



01 December 2015

Hair deep traitement: Antonin B Ceramide enriched Desert Serum

Since a few months I have put a lot of effort in taking care or my hair. In addition to my weekly hair treat with my Acure hair mask root repair (see review here), I also started using at the end of the summer a serum called the Ceramide enriched desert serum*. The brand? Antonin B, a new french hair line "100% natural, professionnal haircare" based in one of my favorite parisian quartiers St Germain.


Product name: Ceramide enriched Desert Serum
Certified: yes
Texture: oil-based
For: colored or dry hair
Price: £32.00 for 20ml

My opinion

The Desert Serum with ceramides falls in the category of hair products I really love and need and want. Targeted. Powerful. Highly concentrated. Effective.

Theory...
The silicon-free serum stands out by its really impressive composition. It contains an amazing blend of 9 precious oils, which are super rich in fatty acids, that deeply repairs and conditions. The main ingredient, and one that I have not encountered that many times in beauty products, is the Desert date oil. Used for its really regenerative properties, the cold-pressed Desert date oil is known to feel really luxurious without feeling greasy. The second very exciting oil is called Abyssinian oil, an ultra-light oil praised for softening properties. And then you can find a blend of an amazing cocktail of super nourishing pure nut oils such as Brazil, Hazelnut and Kukui. It also contains Safflower oil, one of my favorite plant oils, which is very rich in ceramidesIn addition to all that, the Desert Serum is enriched in Wheat ceramides to reinforce and protect hair fibers. (For those who don't know, ceramides are lipids that naturally occur in the skin and the hair but become depleted over the years).
Great formulation I have told you!

...versus Practice
Although the bottle is not that big (20ml), I have to say that the quantity was enough to take care of my hair for approximately 3 months, using it approximately twice a week. The packaging looks really stylish and the serum can easily be dispensed thanks to a pump doser; and this is a definitive must-have packaging for me when I deal with oil.
Although I am not a particular fan of really strong essential oils mix scent, the serum aroma is gentle and really pleasant.
I use the Desert Serum more as a leave-in hair oil. The evening prior to the shampoo, I massage my hair lenght with a few drops. I insist well on the dry ends. I leave the ingredients doing their miracles overnight before double shampooing the morning after.

I have noticed my hair becoming gradually more and more softened and strengthened. It will defnitely take time to see any drastic improvement but I can really say that the results so far are encouraging. I would definitely recommend this serum if you suffer with split ends, your hair is sort of brittle/dry or over-coloured/over blowdried.

.... a top hair oil if your hair needs a complete reboost!

My overall rating: 8.5/10

Get it here.

And for all my international readers, Antonin B offers an exclusive discount code on their site until the 04/12: use mademoiselle15 at the check out for a 15% discount and a free delivery! how nice!

Composition: Balanites aegyptiaca (Dersert date) oil*, Brassica abyssinica (Abyssinian) oil*, Bertholletia excela (Brazil nut) oil*, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) oil*, Corylus avellana (Hazelnut) oil*, Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) oil*, caprylic/capric triglycerides, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Borago officinalis (Borage) oil*, coco-caprylate/caprate, coconut alkanes and coco-caprylate/caprate, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil*, Titicum vulgar (Wheat) flour lipids, tocopherol, Cananga odorata (Ylang-ylang) oil*, Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) seed oil*, Citrus limonum (Lemon) oil*, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) oil*, Cymbopogon martinii (Palmarosa) oil*, Pelargonium rosae (Geranium) oil*, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, citral (geranial and metal), citronellol, eugenol, farnesol, germinal, limonene, linalool
*ingredients from organic farming

(ps: I would really love to try their Intense Honey butter mask.....which sounds a super hair saver!)
Do you know Antonin B? do you love hair oil?



23 November 2015

Organic beauty and budget

I wanted to write this little post a while ago, but I thought November would be a better time. Why? Because Christmas is coming so we may all be tempted to buy and splurge more than usual.
But let's face it: although we want to enjoy the great benefits of green beauty, we often encounter the challenge that it comes at a premium price. We all want to feel beautiful and healthy, but budgets do not always allow to step into decadent and sometimes overpriced eco-luxury.






So here are some tips if you do not want to compromise on your beauty and health principles, but at the same time don't want to splash too much:

  • Check your beauty cabinet before "buying" and really assess what you need, not what you want.
  • Target established affordable green brands such as Weleda, Benecos, Lavera, So' Bio Etic, Avril beaute, Andalou Naturals, Organic Surge, Dr Bronner's.
  • Take advantage of online sales/offers (occuring generally after any other special occasions).
  • Buy raw ingredients online at a very good price (Aromazone, Aromantic, Mountain Rose Herbs).
  • Establish a regular spending ban throughout the year if you see your spend too much on unecessary products.
  • Adopt a minimalistic approach- your skin will even thank you more.
  • Serum and anti-wrinkle creams are the top 2 products you really have to spend on.
  • Do some DIY recipes (such as yogurt+honey weekly mask) can be very rewarding result-wise.
  • Remember, a glowing skin comes first by eating a healthy diet.

What do you think? do you have any other tips to add?


09 November 2015

A really great hydrating cream: the Supermood moisturiser

Last year, I came across a very nice Finnish brand called Supermoods. I had never heard of this brand so I decided to get in touch with the founder, Anne Kukkohovi and asked a bit more about it. I was also curious to know if this green beauty brand was already available in the Netherlands - the sad answer was no.
Anne sent me a beautiful package with a few items to test and today I will review the Egoboost moisturiser which is ambitiously called The perfect Day cream*


Product name: The perfect Day cream
For: all skin types
Certified: no
Texture: light cream
Price: €31.45 for 30ml

My opinion

I love green beauty, but there is one thing that I am always keeping in mind - perfect and miraculous products do not exist. So will "the Perfect Day cream" from Supermood put my principles out of the window and be the perfect cream? Well, they get close...!

I have actually started using this cream in the summer. It is a light almost fluid cream which is really easy to massage into the skin and sinks almost immediately. The scent is really delicate and will please all sensitive noses. And although days are colder now and I would usually opt for richer creams, I am still using it - every morning!
My skin is combination type and I would say that it is "perfectly" designed for it - it moisturises the driest parts of my face and balances out the rest. However, if you have a really dry skin, then I would say that this cream is too much on the light side to be able to play the cocooning cream.

The formula features Birch sap, a northern birch juice which seems to gain quite some popularity these days as a skincare ingredient, but also sounds to be an interesting replacement for natural Coconut water. The moisturiser also contains de top 3 best plant oils to soothe and calm skin: Olive, Sweet Almond and Jojoba.
The star ingredient of the cream is Chaga extract. For those who do not know, Chaga is considered as the superstars of the medicinal mushrooms and has amazing properties: healing, calming, regenerating, nourishing due the presence of exceptionnal polysaccharides and betulinic acid. Also enriched with Liftonin-xpress, which contains a lyopholysate made from a MicroAlgae, the Perfect Day cream helps to tighten and lift the face. Although I have not seen amazing results in terms of lifting, I do see that my skin feels a little firmer. You may notice the presence of safe synthetic components (C14-22 alcohols and C12-20 Alkyl glucoside) which serve to stabilize the emulsion.

The bottle is almost empty, and as far as I am concerned, I would be really pleased to purchase it again!

... a super nice finnish beauty discovery!

Get it here.

My overal rating: 8.5/10

Composition: Aqua (water), Betula Pendula (Birch) sap, Olea europea (Olive) fruit oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, C14-22 alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl glucoside, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, pullulan, Porphyridium cruentum extract, glycerin, Simmonsdsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, Inonotus oblique extract, maltodextrin, tocopherol, perfume, citronellol, limonene, linolool, xanthin gum, lactic acid, menthol, sodium benzoate, sodium dehydroacetate.

Do you know this brand? any thoughts?



28 October 2015

Glowing touch: the Madara Moonflower Rose Beige tinting fluid

I have not reviewed much green make-up so far (but check this post if you want to discover a lovely green make-up brand) but I am really planning to change that and today. I would like to talk about the Madara Moonflower Rose Beige*. This natural certified tinting cream is aimed to correct all our little skin worries. It is meant to unify, moistury and illuminate the skin. Well. Too good to be true? Let's see.


Product name: Moonflower Rose Beige tinting fluid
For: all skin types
Certified: yes (Ecocert)
Texture: light cream
Price: €10.00 for 15ml

My opinion

Madara is a Latvian green beauty brand that I have had my eyes on for many years. Their skincare/bodycare line appears just very "fresh" and enriched with wild herb extracts that you can find nowhere else than in the Baltic countries. I love the nature of Nordic countries: the setting and environnement is a heaven to grow and nurture organic plants!

Perhaps later than anybody, but I was really surprised to discover that Madara had a few green make-up products. The Moonflower Rose Beige is really what I would call a great make-up product to start with if you are new to Organic beauty and make-up.
Why is that? The texture is superb, one of the best textures I have ever encountered for a face make-up product: it is light but covers very well and it gives a lovely and hypernatural glow. And, in addition to this, another important feature (at least to me!): it does not need much time to work in into the skin. Some people love blending brushes or sponges, but as a mum of two, let me tell you that there is no way I can spend 15 min blending and contouring my face every morning. I am so happy this product is enough on its own to give me that glowing complexion with a minimum of effort.

Let's now take a closer look at the simple yet formula. Featuring some skin humectant glycerin and some fabulous skin soothing plant oils (Sunflower and Jojoba), the Moonflower tinting fluid provides moisture and softness to the skin. It also contains a collection of calming extracts such as Calendula and Chamomille. I am super pleased to see Plantain Leaf extract, a considered "sacred plant" with real skin healing properties. I feared that my skin would feel dry because it features some alcohol, but luckily, no skin drama occured so I would definitely recommend the Moonflower Rose Beige tinting fluid for all skin types. And finally, I would not forget to add that I love the fact that you can choose between the 2 formats (15ml or 60ml)- makes it really convenient if you want to test the product before purchasing the full size!
Madara, you have really pleasantly suprised me on this one! Cannot wait to try more products now!

... a fantastic way to give your face a super natural glow!

My overal rating: 9/10

Get it here.

Composition: Aqua, alcohol, glycerin***, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower water, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl glucoside, Rosa canina (Rosehip) extract, Calendula officials (Calendula) flower extract, Chamomilla recutita (Chamomille), Plantago major (Plantain) leaf extract, algae extract, stearic acid, palmitic acid, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, xanthan gum, sodium phytate, aroma** (+/-(may contain), CI 77019 (mica), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides))****
**may contain essential oils
***made using organic ingredients
****pure mineral pigments

Have you tried it? do you use any light foundation?


19 October 2015

Not exactly what I thought: Acure Hair mask moisturising root repair

At the begining of the year 2015, I have written up my various beauty resolutions (see here) and one of them was to really find a good hair conditioning mask. We are now in October and I am happy to report back about the Acure mask moisturising root repair Argan stem cell + Mint Deep conditioning. I have bought this little gem in the US but if you are based in the Europe, Acure Organics is now available in Whole Food Market.


Product name: Acure hair mask moisturising repair
Certified: no
Texture: light cream
For: all types of hair
Price:$13.00

My opinion

This is the third haircare product from Acure that I have tried this year after these ones. The mask moisturising root repair is designed to regenerate and moisture very dry, colored and limp hair which needs more than a regular conditionner application.

First let me tell you what my expectations of an hair mask are: it needs to have a rich consistency that melts in when applying. It needs to envelop the hair length with its nourishing ingredients leaving the hair really nourished and softened. Acure mask comes close to that, but not entirely. It is perhaps lighter that I imagined or wanted and although very moisturising, I am missing the very cocooning feeling I have experienced with their triple moisture repairing conditionner for example.

In line with the traditionnal and bright packaging of the whole line, the mask is housed in a plastic tube - handy to carry out if you go travelling. The contenance is rather on the small side: I have mid-length hair and I do need to use quite a bit of product to cover it all.

Apart from these couple of points, I don't see why I should be unhappy with it: hair gets really pampered and nicely scented with a hint of fresh Mint which I really love. The Rosemary essential oil brings antispectic and refreshing properties to the shampoo. The presence of L-Arginine is supposed to boost hair growth whereas Argan oil helps to protect hair. I also like the fact that Acure uses a juice based blend that includes organic Acai, organic Blackberry, organic Roshehip, organic Pomegranate, organic Rooibos; as the base for the mask.

As an overall, although the improvements are not spectaculair, my hair does feel healthier and smoother after each mask. However, I will be frank and say that performance-wise I prefer the conditionner.

....a tad disappointed on that one!

Overal rating: 6.5/10

Composition: Euterpe oloeracea (Acai) berry, organic Rubus frutocosus (Blackberry), organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), fairtrade certifiedTM organic Rooibos, cetearyl alcohol, stearylkonium chloride, vegetable glycerin, isoamyl laurate, glyceryl stearate (vegetable derived), gluconodeltalactone (fermented sugar), Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) oil, Mentha peperita (Peppermint) oil, organic Argan spinosa (Argan) oil, L-Argnine (aminoacid), fairtrade certified TM organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) butter, methylcellulose (plant derived), ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) stem cell culture, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (natural Vitamin E).

You can purchase it here.

Have you tried it? What do you think?