Natural beauty and well-being

24 December 2011

Wonderful festive season

I would like to say a big thanks to all my lovely blog readers. It is always a real pleasure to write you about my favorite topic: beauty!

I really wish you all of you a fantastic Christmas period and a wonderdul time off with family and friends. May the new year 2012 bring you all the best in health, happiness, fun and success.

I look foward to the next year for more discovery , surprises and writting about natural and organic beauty. Hope you will enjoy reading it and keep me posted with your precious thoughts.

My best wishes for 2012!

Mademoiselle Nature

20 December 2011

Bodhi Jasmine Falls & Ylang Ylang bath & shower therapy

December is the month of trying and ... liking !
Here are some body cleansing products from Bodhi that I have enjoyed very much.

Product description: Bodhi Jasmine Falls & Ylang Ylang Incensa Bath & Shower Therapy
Certified: no
For: all skin types
Presentation: travel size flacon
Texture: gel
Price: sample (50ml)
My opinion

Daily cleansing can sometimes be quite a repetitive and blend experience if you do not use the right products. Jasmine Falls and Ylang Ylang Incensa shower gels really proved me wrong: what an aromatic and divine experience I had!

Bodhi uses a unique blend of very gentle (SLS-free) surfactants (that help to remove dirt and impurities), plant oils (nourish the skin) and essential oils and flowers absolutes to create the most scentful shower gels. They are free from harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances, so only goodness goes onto your skin!
I used Ylang Ylang Insenca shower gel in the morning, which is perfect to stimulate all senses. The fragrance is absolutely to my taste. Patchouli is the base note and is not very volatile (so the scent lasts) and is topped up by some floral middle tones (essential part for the fragrance!) such as Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Pink Peppercon that gives that sharp yet light kick. The presence of natural plant oils such as Kukui nut seed oil helps the skin to regenerate. Your skin is left delicioulsy perfumed AND well hydrated at the same time.
Jasmine Falls shower gel is perfect as a pure relaxation shower experience in the evening. The aromatic blend of Jasmine absolute and Lavender, known for their calming and soothing properties, envelopped the body in a very delicate smell, wonderful floral sensation. It is ideal at the end of a busy day! Red Mandarin peel oil adds a zingy touch to the shower gel whereas Vetyver essential oil gives that sweet and woody note.

I really like the packaging. It is simple and stylish. It really stands out.

Both shower gels retail at £23 for 250ml. This is not cheap, but I can assure you that you and your body will really benefit from this truly delicious shower/bath moment. Luxury treat by excellence!

Discover and/or re-discover the products at

...a true indulgence!

Overall rating: 8.5/10

I was kindly sent Jasmine Falls and Ylang Ylang Incensa shower gel samples by Bodhi. However, this is by no means influenced my review. 

11 December 2011

Prepare your hair for the festive season

We are approaching the Sparkling Christmas season very fast! With all the family and friends parties booked ahead, we want to look beautiful and be the glowing star of the day.

Hair is the symbol of glamour, seduction and feminity. However, it can become quite tired and bad looking after all year round being overwashed, brushed, or moulded in gels or waxes. They do not look as great as we would wish!

So what can you do to give that kick back to your hair and restore a healthy growth and shine?

With little time remaining for the parties, but also for the longer term, here are some tips about:

...what you can do to boost your hair appearance now

1- Pamper your hair with a luxurious natural argan hair oil. Leave it for 1h or overnight, if you can, and then shampoo. Extra-nourishing treat guaranteed!

2- Hair also loves a cocooning treat such as a natural deep conditionner or mask after shampoo. Rinse-out one are best and leave hair soft, shiny and easily manageable.

3- Lemon juice gives that skiny glossy look to hair. Add in the last rinse after shampoo.

...what can do to make your hear look great for the longer term

1- Know your hair type and make sure to choose the right shampoo, i.e. extra-gentle, caring and free of harsh surfactants. Bare in mind that foam and fragrance does not indicate whether a shampoo is good.
2- Massaging your hair scalp increases blood circulation and help hair oxygenation.
R e l a x ... and ... R e l a x. Stress is number one enemy of hair growth.
4- Avoid overheating/brushing hair as this increases hair breakage and damages your hair.
5- Drink lots of water and herbal infusions to keep hydration body levels up and improve your hair softness and lushness.

6- Enhance your hair health by eating well and getting the right nutrients (Vitamin A, E , F, biotin, iron, silica). Eggs, fish, nuts, soya, apricots, leek, spinach contain plenty!
7- Olive & castor oil repair and soothe dry ends. Banana & avocado mask is wonderfully nutritif too.

...and your hair will be looking fantastic!


01 December 2011

Evolve Beauty multi peptide single cream

Product description: Multi peptide single cream
Certified: yes (Ecocert)
For: normal to oily skin
Presentation: flacon
Texture: emulsion
Price: £19.90 for 50 ml

My opinion

Finding a enjoyable and suitable face moisturiser can be quite a difficult task. It not only needs to have a nice texture, smell and... price, it also has to repond to the needs of your skin. This multi peptide single cream (previously named multi action single cream) from Evolve Beauty is indeed very close to fulfilling those difficult tasks. Enriched with natural plant oils, peptides, and hyaluronic acid, this excellent light cream brings the right nutrients to the skin.

If you have a combination/oily to normal skin type, this delicate cream will do wonders. Not only is it really nice to apply on the skin, it also leaves the skin smooth and hydrated. It gets absorbed quickly enough to get a glowing-looking face, which is unified and soft. I have been using this emulsion every morning for the last 3 months and I am really (and still) in love with it. Light enough to be used in summer/sunny weather, and protective enough when outside temperature dropped. Really love the softness feel on the skin.

I really like the well designed and neat pinkish flacon. I find it simple, great looking and it is really easy to use.
Also a thumb up for the 100% recycled plastic!

The only comment I have is about the smell. It is quite neutral, as I cannot pick up what the main fragrance is all about. Perhaps a slighlty more refreshing natural fragrance would have been more appealing to me. However, if you are sensitive to certain fragances or prefer neutral scents, this is a perfect choice.

This face cream may be a little expensive. It is around £20. I still think it is reasonable value for money, because it lasts long. Only one dose pump exactly measures the amount you need for one application.

To sum up, this light cream is lovely: excellent texture, great ingredients and is very effective.

If you want to try this cream, Evolve Beauty offers samples. Enjoy browsing and shopping at

My everyday pleasure.....!

Overall rating: 9/10

Composition: aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, parfum (natural fragance), coco-caprylate/caprate, cetearyl alcohol, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil*, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)*, glycerin, candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters, glyceryl stearate, mannitol, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, cetearyl glucoside, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) protein, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium hyaluronate, tocopherol, xanthan gum, dehydroacetic acid, lactic acid. *ingredients from organic farming

Aqua: base ingredient of the emulsion.

Aloe vera leaf juice: rich in vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides. Highly hydrating supernatural ingredient and a fantastic healer too. The skin becomes softer and calmed as any irritated patches are cleared away.

Sunflower oil: beauty oil by excellence, rich in vitamin E and oleic acids, ideal to regenerate and soothe the skin. Easily absorbed too.

Natural fragance: not really sure about the smell, probably accepted by Ecocert certification guidelines.

Coco-caprylate/caprate: esterified oil that serves as an emollient and helps to improve the texture of the product. Not entirely natural, but "not toxic".

The composition is then enriched by a nice organic blend of natural oils (apricot, sesame, argan) and shea butter that boost the natural repairing process of the skin.

Glycerin: acts as an effective moisturiser for the skin. Cannot really tell whether its origin is vegetal or animal.

Sweet almond proteins, dipalmitoyl hydroxiproline (a liposoluble aminoacid) and sodium hyaluronate reinforce the moisturising, anti-ageing, and firming properties of the cream.

Have you tried Evolve beauty products?


28 November 2011

France and beauty: shopping guide

My french background gives me the opportunity to share with you some insights about french beauty culture and habits. I am delighted about it.

Having lived abroad for many years now, I always smile when people talk to me about french people. Here's a little summary of what I often hear: classical, crazy about beauty and fashion, men linking vichy shirts, and slightly arrogant ;-) Oh la la!

So, are you in search of the eternal, perfect and purest beauty products? Do you want something different and something that works? Do you want something natural and effective? The french beauty market has a lot to offer and I will try to summarise it for you.

Whether you are going to France for the festive season and want to discover specific natural beauty products or just fancy shopping online on french websites or want to see what is trendy in France, here is little guide of where to go to find what you need.

1- Big department stores: they have their own floor of beauty stalls and exist in all main french cities.

Galeries Lafayette: is one of the most popular "grand magasin" in France. Selling more luxurious and high quality products. Especially the stores in Paris are well worth a stop.

Printemps: is also very famous and attracts a wild range of customers. Historical monument in Paris, it is worth a visit if you are a fashion or beauty lover.

2- Parfumeries: beauty specialists, they can be either located in city centre or shopping malls and offer the most famous brands of make-up, fragrances and skincare. They occasionnaly retail organic brands, because the french demand is quite high.

Sephora: so well known, even abroad, but not present in the UK. Selling most conventionnal brands and a few organic skincare ranges. The presence of natural make-up brands is quite good. If you are not lucky enough to go to France in the immediate future, then be reassured. You can also shop online (french website only) and they do deliver in the UK. Great.

Nocibe: established as a trusted beauty retailers, still behind Sephora, offering beauty salons and parfumeries across France (and only in France). Simple and modern, organic brands (such as Sanoflore, Unmei, Taaj, Naturelle d'Argan, Hevea) can also be purchased in shop or online (french website and delivery only).

Marionnaud: famous french beauty retailer, present in other European countries such as Italy and Spain. They recently had a little make-over to expand on the target audience. They have beauty salons and parfumeries so you have the choice to enjoy some face treatments or hunt for your favorite beauty products. Online shopping is possible too, however delivery in France only for the moment; unfortunately.

3- Parapharmacies: very popular in France. Named that way because they look like"pharmacy" but they are not. You can find a wide range of products from personal care to baby products, from first aid kits to beauty treatments. They often offer discounted prices. Both conventionnal and natural brands can be purchased from the parapharmacies.

Parashop is the leader of the parapharmacies market in France nowdays. If you are looking for a very specific product, you will find it here. Professionnal advisors are always available to guide you if you have any problems/questions. Online shopping is not possible.

4- Online retailers: so many on the web and I have selected 3 that I particularly like.

Mondebio: if you love organic, this is the place to visit! From lovely natural skincare/cosmetic products to delicious organic food and much more, it is a pleasure to browse. An english version is available, so you will not get lost.

Boutique Bio is a little organic treasure island providing a huge selection of trusted skincare brands such as Melvita, but also some new upcoming organic brands. Unfortunately, the site is not translated in english, but the delivery is not restricted to France. If you want any info, you are very welcome to ask me! is very active online although they also have 57 shops in France. They feature great french and european product ranges. Again, the site is in french (delivery is worldwide), but contact me if you need help.

Also, lots of little and cute organic boutiques (such as Croc Nature) specialised in natural products have lately blossomed. In addition, supermarkets brands such as Carrefour, Auchan, Leclerc, Casino distribute natural skincare products and make-up as well. Some of them even manufacture their own organic range. And they also have their own "parapharmacie" shops too.

Get ready now....Christmas shopping is in the air :-).


14 November 2011

Hands: 5 tips to make them beautiful and younger-looking

Autumn weather has gently taken over and it is important to take extra care of your sensitive hand skin, before your hands become feeling tight and uncomfortable.

Hands are vulnerable and fragile and we sometimes tend to neglect them due to busy life and indeed lack of time. External factors (wind, rain, washing up detergent, sun, water, temperature changes) can really be quite aggressive and lead to dehydration and dryness.

In addition, the skin on the top of the hand is quite thin and dark spots easily tend to appear with age if hands are not cared for properly.

Lemon is very beneficial for hands and nails

So what are the 5 key tips to get beautiful hands?

Treating and pampering hands is so easy and can be done on a everyday basis: who doesn't dream of beautiful and smooth lovely hands with clean cut nails?

So, here are small yet super effective tricks that can make your hands pretty and healthy:

1- Choose a very gentle and moisturising SLS-free handwash that will leave hands soft and clean but still respect their natural balance. After washing, dry hands thoroughly as any humidity left will favor dehydration.

Dr Bronner, Ecosoapia and Green People propose a mid-price range naturally scented handwashes very suitable for delicate hands.

2- Apply a natural moisturising hand cream as often as necessary during the day to protect and isolate hand skin from cold, water or any drying factors and/or use overnight too. It is important to massage well from wrists to fingers, insisting especially on fingers and nails base as massaging really facilitates the absorption of the cream and enhances its benefits.

Weleda, Neal's Yard Remedies, Melvita or Laboratoire Phyt's offers excellent soothing creams rich in natural and repairing plant nutrients. For a cheaper option, Skin Blossom and Organic Surge may be a great choice too!

3- Once a week, plunge your hands in a fabulous bath oil enriched with a bit of lemon juice. This beauty treatment is a must for dry and tired hands, and will give a shiny boost to nails too. Olive oil is great and easy to use but almond oil can do good too.

4- Massage your hands with a homemade blend of olive oil enriched with brown sugar, honey and a dash of lemon juice. It will not only improve blood circulation but will really leave skin soft and moisturised. Great to do as a small luxurious home treatment with some nice relaxing music in the background. Very recommended if you suffer from cold hands.

5- Protect your hands by wearing a pair of gloves. Whether the weather is cold or whether you are doing some cleaning, washing up or gardening, gloves acts as very usefull barrier against cold, harsh detergents or irritants.

On the top of that, increase your daily intake of tasty fruits and veggies super rich in Vitamin A, B, and E, nail and skin-friendly vitamins: carrot, grape, avocado, fish, seeds, berries or green leafy veggies and many more...

Easy steps to follow for superb hands and strong nails!

24 October 2011

My skin mist: Caudalie Eau de Raisin

Product description: Eau de Raisin (Grape water)
Certified: no
Presentation: spray
Texture: liquid
Price: £11.50 for 200ml

My opinion

Moisturising face skin regularly is essential to maintain water's level and ensure a smooth and plumped skin.

Caudalie Eau de Raisin is essentially extracted from organic Merlot and Muscat grapes during harvest from vignards localised in South of France. When gently spray into face, the ultra-fine and numerous water dropplets uniformely cover the skin and are being absorbed so fast bringing freshness, hydration and and care. The fresh sensation on the skin is just awesome, without any "heavy" or "sticky" impression at all. The smell is very subtle, almost not perceptible so perfect if you are looking for something quite neutral.

Use it in the morning or evening on a cleansed face to boost skin moisturisation levels or anytime during the day to freshen up, Caudalie grape infused spritz is really handy and effective. Sensitive and red face patches are soothed immediately.

I particularly like that Caudalie Eau de raisin can multi-task: precised and uplifting moisturising mist, make-up seal, cooler. Alcohol-free, all skin types can adopt it, even the most delicate ones.

So if you are dreaming of instantaneous soft and smooth skin, here is the answer!

If your skin really suffers from dehydration and is sensitive, perhaps Caudalie eau de raisin will not be sufficient as a lasting hydration treatment but your skin can really benefit from it if you use in complementary to your quenching day or night cream/serum.

Caudalie grape water exists under a 100 ml version and a smaller version (50 ml) as well which makes it ideal to carry anywhere with you at work, or when travelling or at home.

Maintaining your skin hydration levels all day long !

Overall rating: 8/10

Enjoy buying Caudalie Eau de raisin at or online retailers.

Product composition: Vitis vinifera (grape) fruit water*, Vitis vinifera (grape) juice*, nitrogen.
*vegetal origin

This fine mist is preservative-free and is a natural cocktail of:

Grape water: aromatic distilled water carefully obtained during distillation process, enriched in aromatic components, moisturising polysaccharides and mineral salts which have great hydrating and soothing benefits.

Grape juice: extracted from the fruits themselves, grape juice provides the right nutrients, minerals such as potassium, vitamines A and C and antioxidants to restore skin's natural balance and hydration. Also rich in anti-ageing Resveratrol, skin rejuvenating molecule.

Nitrogen: naturally safe and ozone friendly, used to propel Caudalie eau de raisin.

16 October 2011

Rosehip oil - a miraculous beauty oil

Over the last few years I have come accross many different organic and natural beauty brands that offer Rosehip oil (known as Rosa Mosqueta oil) pure or blended with other ingredients. These brands include WeledaTrilogyAubrey OrganicsRio Rosa MosquetaPai SkincareMelvitaAntipodesKosmea and many more. 
Curious about finding out a bit more about this popular beauty oil, I did a bit of research. I am now happy to share my findings and all the secrets behind this lovely oil with you.

Where does the rosehip oil come from?

"Wild rose" or Rosa mosqueta (also called Rosa rubiginosa or eglantaria, other species include Rosa canina) grows wildly in South America on high hills, mainly in Chile and in the Andes mountains but is originally native from Europe, South Asia and Africa.

The distinctive red fruits or hips (cynorhodons) and the seeds inside the hips produced by these delicate roses contain the precious oil.

The oil is usually extracted by cold pressage or by supercritical Co2. The latter is supposed to be a better extraction method as it really protects the oil from any forms of oxygen which could make the oil become rancid faster.

What does it look like?

Rosehip oil colour varies from yellow to orange according to its origin and method of extraction. A nice golden orange colour reveals that rosehip oil have not been bleached or transformed and is often a great sign of quality.

The oil is very pleasant to apply into the skin as its the texture is quite dry and really penetrates easily leaving a very confortable feeling on the skin without being greasy.

Rosehip oil do not carry any rose fragance as the oil is extracted from the seeds or fruits and not from the petals which contain the aromatic molecules. The smell of rosehip oil is very characteristic, having a sort of warm and earthy tone: pleasant or unpleasant depending on your taste.

What are the key active ingredients?

Rosehip oil presents an exceptionnal content of goodies for the skin.

Very rich in linoleic, linolenic and oleic acids, these 3 essentials fatty acids play a great role in skin regeneration. The relatively high content in linoleic acid ( compared to other botanical oils) makes it a great oil for oily skin.

It also contains a very high amount of carotenoids such as lycopen, which give the golden orange colour to the oil, and trans-retinoic acid (active part of Vitamin A). Synthetic trans retinoic acid is often used in dermatology and incorporated in creams to treat acne and antiageing. However, side effects may occur and treatment is often associated with irrations and/or allergic reactions. The good news is that these negative effects do not exist when using Rosehip oil – the skin only benefits from its great anti-ageing, moisturising effects.

Vitamin E is nicely concentrated ensuring smoothing, healing and revitalizing properties of the oil.

Who can use the oil and what does it do?

Rosehip oil is suitable for every type of skins and it really does wonders, especially on:

- Dry skins which will be restored and become soft and elastic.

- Devitalised and dull skins which will get their radiance and glow back.

- Sensitive skins (prone to irritations and in needs of specific care) will be soothed and calmed immediately.

- Combination/oily skins which will look more balanced and radiant without pores being clogged.

Because of its nature and its deep actions, Rosehip oil has been shown to prevent wrinkles and smooth away fine lines. In addition, this wonderful oil helps to fade scars due to surgery, accidents, minor burns and even treat age spots. It helps to treat dermatological problems such as eczema, psoriasis and acne prone skins. Even mummies can use it on strech marks!

How often to use it?

Rosehip oil is a pure, light, fine oil and is a real pleasure to use.

To get maximum results, I would recommend to use it as a real skin treat for 3 weeks/1 month especially before cold months start settling in. So now is the ideal time!
Apply only a couple of drops in the morning and evening onto cleansed face by doing a small circular massage. Massaging is really benefitial and dramatically improves penetration of key nutrients. Make sure you do not forget the neck too!

It is also possible to apply Rosehip oil occasionnally, and/or when your skin needs are higher. It can be used alone or in conjunction to your daily cream or serum.

Rosehip oil can be used on the body too such as knees, elbows or any dry patches. Massaging oil on specific areas after a body scrub is a plus to heal and nourish your skin.

My conclusion

Rosehip oil is a pure beauty elixir very rich in natural nutrients, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Very easy to use and really concentrated in extra goodness, Rosehip oil naturally promotes firmness, tones, and evens skin. Its highly rejuvenating properties makes it a wonderful oil suitable for any skin types, including the most sensitive and delicate ones.

Rosehip oil is a perfect and amazing natural anti-ageing beauty oil. This is why I always make sure to have a bottle stored in my beauty cabinet!

Get Rosehip oil HERE (free international delivery).

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28 September 2011

Pai Bergamot orange organic lip balm

Product description: organic lip care
Certified: Soil Association (UK)
For: all lips, even the most sensitive
Presentation: light pot
Texture: balm (even yellow color)
Price: £7 for 50g

My opinion

Because the epidermis of the lips are at least 5 times thinner than the rest of the visage, lips really require a special care.

The bergamot orange organic balm from Pai Skincare is made up of a delicate mixture of organic soothing plant butters and oils. Infused with a gentle note of bergamot orange, the ingredient list is quite minimal but extremely high quality.

The smell of this lovely balm is absolutely divine, feminine and slightly uplifting. I have to say that I was nicely suprised as I always tend to be a bit cautious and reluctant when it comes to essential oils as the smell can be sometimes overpowering.

Ideal to use as a moisturising overnight treatment or anytime during the day as a lip rescue balm, this super and handy organic balm really leaves the lips repaired, soft, and hydrated....a real pamper treat !

The only downside is that I would have preferred the texture to be slighlty more consistant. However, in terms of results, I have tried many natural lip balms, and this is by far my favorite!

Fancy one? You can buy it at

Because your lips are worth it :-)!

Overall Rating : 9/10

Product composition: Prunus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil*, Butyrospermum paarki (Shea) butter*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Ricinus communis (Castor) oil*, Citrus bergamia (Bergamot orange) oil*, d-limonene, linalool.
The * means that all ingredients have been grown organically.
Ingredients have been carefully selected for their wonderful properties and includes:

Almond oil: often used as a carrier oil, this delicate and emollient oil is rich in oleic acid and in phytosterols, excellent to protect, soothe and leave skin soft. It is really suitable for fragile or irritated epidermis as it brings an instant confort.

Shea butter: listed as one of the best ingredient for the epidermis, it leaves skin repaired and supple and has very interesting anti-inflammatories properties. It is very rich in polyphenols, powerful anti-oxidants.

Cocoa butter: rich in polyphenols and squalene, this anti-oxidant-rich component makes your lips nourished and supple. It also stands as a good base for balm.

Beeswax: commonly used in balm as a texture agent, beeswax is very protective and acts as a nice barrier against dehydration.

Castor oil: containing a high percentage of fatty acids such as ricinoleic acid, this oil is a beauty delight for the epidermis. It leaves lips, healed, regenerated and soft.

Bergamot essential oil: brings the delicious fruity, fresh, zesty and mischievous smell to this lip balm but still remains subtle and discreet. Wonderful.

22 September 2011

A healthy skin in simple steps

The skin is a very important organ of the body as it enables protection, breathing, and detoxification. It reflects our general health status and also our inner-self and psychological state. External agressions (wind, UV rays, pollution, harsh skincare products), hormonal unbalances or poor food diet (too fatty, low proteins, not enough vitamins and minerals) are the main causes of skin disconfort such as being too dry, too sensitive, too oily or too reactive.

Having a specific and consistant skincare routine is one of the key rules to get a healthy, glowing and radiant (face) skin. So what to do?

1-Determining your skin type

A normal skin is soothe, with an even texture and tolerate external factors quite well.
A dry skin has lost suppleness and show tight feelings and signs of disconfort due to a thin hydrolipidic film.
An oily skin has dilated pores, produces an excessive amount of sebum, and is often prone to outbreaks and blemishes.
A combination skin presents enlarged pores and is shiny on the T zone (forehead, nose, ) but dry cheeks and jawlines.

In addition, skin can become sensitive, dehydrated, dull or acneic.

2- Some examples of great skincare ranges

Your skin type determines for a great part which product you choose. There are specific products for each skin type. Many natural brands propose a range of products for all the different types of skins. Some of the best (and natural!) brands available in the UK are: Neal's Yard Remedies, Weleda, Suti, Ren Skincare, Dr Hauschka, Pai skincare, Evolve beauty, L'Occitane, Spieza Organics, and Liz Earle.
If french products are some of your favorites, here is a list of some of the natural brands that propose very good products available to buy directly on their website: Bio Beaute Nuxe, Caudalie, Les Douces Angevines, Doux Me, Melvita, Pulpe de vie, Kibio, Sno Bioflowers and So' Bio Etic.

3- Respecting the following facial care ritual
1. Cleansing- This is an essential first step. It removes impurities, dirts, excess of secretions, dead cells or make up. It must be really gentle without upsteing skin's balance. This step really allows face skin to breathe and leaves it confortable and supple.

2. Toning- After the cleansing a toner perfectly refreshes, helps to remove the remaining impurities from the skin and may act as a delicate rinse. It leaves the skin fresh, soft, luminous and receptive for the next step.

3. Moisturising- final step to restaure or nurture the moisturising level of the skin, brings all the right amount of water and nutrients to preserve or regain a radiant and soft complexion.

4- Occasional special care treatments

Exfoliating- Facial polish cleanses and helps removing dead cells. It reveals a smoother, finer skin texture and the skin feels as renewed. It can be used once or twice a week depending on the skin type. It is ideally applied after the cleaning and before the toner.

Facial mask- It is great to complement the benefits of exfoliation. There different types of facial mask, depending on skin type and need: Moisturizing, purifying, lifting, soothing, calming. With a mask skin can soak up all the natural goodness during the 20 min treatment. It can be applied once a week (but not more often) right after the exfoliating. It brings new feelings of well being, softness and face skin feels ultra-confortable.

As an overall, a good skincare routine is very important. However, remember that general healthy nutritious diet (make sure you eat all the lovely veggies and fruits) with plenty of water, fresh air, exercise amd good night sleep are equally essential!

20 September 2011

Neil's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm

Product description: rich cleanser, gentle exfoliant or deeply nourishing balm
A fine organic muslin square is supplied with the Beauty Balm.

Certified: Soil Association (UK)
For: all types of skins
Presentation: pot
Texture: balm (irregular yellow colour)
Price: £ 35.25 for 50g

My opinion

The Wild Rose Beauty Balm is a multitask miracle balm, formulated with a blend of fantastic replenishing and soothing plant oils combined with a Neal's Yard Remedies "savoir faire".

I love the richness and the pureness of the fomula. The smell is natural, a bit in between herbs and roses. The balm gently melts once you warm it up in the plams of the hands and is very easy to spread and massage on the skin.

However, I do prefer it as a night treatment rather than as a cleansing melt.The reason is that because of its richness I find it a bit hard to completely wash off - even with the cloth provided and recommended warm water. I have a combination (sensitive) skin and for my cleansing routine (morning and evening) I personally prefer lighter textures.

As a night beauty balm, I think the Wild Rose Beauty Balm does wonders for me: my skin is soothed, rejuvanated and calmed the morning after. It really works! Night time is an ideal moment to use a cream or balm. Not only the skin is "at rest", but the cellular regeneration phase is at its best. The skin is then very receptive to nutrients and nourishing plant oils.

In regards to the packaging, the pot is perhaps a bit heavy when it comes to travelling. However tinted glass is thought to preserve the integrity of the formulation, as it increases shelf life by protecting better from light, heat and other external factors.

The value for money is excellent as you only need a tiny amount per use.

A must-have in your beauty cabinet!

Overall rating: 8/10

Enjoy testing or buying the Wild Rose Beauty Balm at

Product composition: Rosa canina (Wild rose) seed oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter)*, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil*, Borago officinalis (Starflower) seed oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil*, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa) herb oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil*, Ascorbyl palmitate, Tocopherol, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
The * means that the ingredients have been organically produced.

Ingredients have been carefully selected for their wonderful properties and include (from the highest proportion in the product to the lowest):

Wild rose seed oil has the highest concentration in this product. This oil is particularly used for its toning, nourishing and regenerative properties, ideal for dry and sensitive skin. It has an exceptionnal high content of essential fatty acids such as oleic, linoleic and linolenic acid. In addition, it is very rich in Vitamin A, an anti-wrinkle and line softener by excellence.

Jojoba oil is often used as a carrier oil. It means that it is a basic component for creams, balm etc...This does not undermine its superb repairing and calming effects leaving the skin suppled and smooth. Interestingly, sebum and jojoba oil are very similar which makes this oil very penetrable in the skin.

Beeswax is naturally produced and secreted by bees. This texture agent helps to prevent skin deshydratation but also increases the filmogen power of the balm. If used af the right propertion, beeswax is not comedogenic.

Shea butter is one the top classical raw ingredient used by skincare product manufacturers. Rich in unsaponifiables, shea butter is excellent to soothe, moisturize and prevent skin allergies. Super ingredient for dry and cracked skin.

Hemp seed oil is reknowm for its high content of skin-nourishing essential fatty acids. The oil reduces inflammation leaving skin soothed and calmed.

The Beauty Balm is also enriched in Frankincense and Palmarosa oil which contributes to the light and delicate smell.

What do you think? Have you tried it?

02 September 2011

What's on the market?

Very interesting question!

The beauty market is dominated by the big brands such as Nivea, L’Oreal, Garnier, Boots etc... It is a very competitive market and very difficult to penetrate. However, there is still a very interesting range of smaller brands, some of which target niche markets. One of those niche markets is the organic and natural market (which is growing growing growing....).

Although we do find an interesting variety of natural products, the market is still in development. New products are being launched on a regular basis and the good news is that more and more people start prefering natural (chemical-free) over synthetic products.

I personally have a strong preference for organic products. They are better for me and have wonderful effects on my skin, bien-etre and mood. Since I started using those products, I have never used non-organic ever again.

But how do we know what is truly natural or organic?

There are a few organisations in Europe and USA that control the origin and quality of organic products. They provide certifications which brands can use to claim that their products are truly organic. The main certification bodies include Soil Association in the UK, Ecocert in France and Europe, BDIH in Germany, and USDA in the USA. These bodies ensure that sourcing and product manufacturing are done in regards to strict guidelines and in respect to the environnment. Of course, differences exist between the certifications bodies and each have their respective rules.

Although being certified guarantees a certain standard and ethic, I would like to highlight that there are also small organic brands on the natural market that do not have this certificate and still have great ethic and values. One possible reason could be cost (especially for small business) because having products certified incurs reasonable costs.

- A few great examples of certified brands are Neil’s Yard Remedies, Melvita, Dr Hauschka, Weleda,  Pai skincare, Les Douces Angevines, Bio Beaute from Nuxe and much more...

- A few great examples of not certified brands include Suti, Akamuti, Beyond Organic, Ren Skincare, Juice Beauty...

31 August 2011

My natural vision

Hello. This is my new blog. Welcome everyone!

I am a french (young!) mummy living in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I have a strong scientific background in biochemistry and I love experimenting and exploring. I am really fascinated about beauty and especially the one inspired by true Mother Nature. I wish the very best for myself, my family and my skin (;-), as you would do I hope!

In this blog I will keep you updated about the latest news about natural (meaning organic for me) products and trends in this fabulous and vibrant industry! So exciting.

I will review some of my favorite products, so looking forward to do that.

I will you also give you tips and advices on how to make homemade key skincare products such as scrubs, masks, creams and much more...Sometimes, this can be a very nice, cheap alternative and fun way to discover the beauty world. Make your own !

And on a more general basis, I will also write a lot about star ingredients (top for your skin) and badies (not that top) currently found in many skincare products nowdays.

I hope you stay in touch and feel free to ask me any questions,

A bientot,

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