Natural beauty and well-being

13 December 2012

Skin Blossom Nourishing Face Moisturiser

Although I am still in love with Evolve beauty cream (see review here), I decided to try something else as a moisturising cream for the face and did an order at Naturissimo (thanks for the free delivery by the way).
While living in London UK, I heard about a british natural skincare company called Skin Blossom. Created in 2008, I knew that the company offers affordable and simple products without the "extra fuss".





Product description: nourishing face moisturiser
Certified: yes (Soil association)
For: normal and sensitive skin
Presentation: flacon
Texture: rich emulsion
Prince: £5.90 for 50 ml


My opinion

The white and onctuous cream is preserved in a very cute and hygienic flacon. I apply 1 or 2 pumps every morning onto a cleansed face. Quite rich, the moisturiser get absorbed well, and the skin is really left calmed and hydrated. It is really perfect to use when the weather is cold, but I would find the texture too rich in summertime.

The cream composition is quite simple (which I like!): water + a few botanical actives + a few emulsifiers (which create the texture of the cream). The main active ingredients of this cream are glycerin, jojoba oil and shea butter. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, these organically grown natural compounds help to maintain or re-balance the skin hydration level.
This moisturiser is paraben and phenoxyethanol free. The preservatives used (benzyl alcohol, tocopherol, sodium benzoate) are the ones authorized by the Soil Association guidelines.

In terms of the smell, I am not too sure whether or not I like. Perhaps is it too neutral? or not enough flowery?...not sure what it is, but I do not really have the "waoh" factor in terms of aroma.

Want more infos? have a look at their newly relaunched website for product bargains, beauty tips and more... www.skinblossom.co.uk

To summarize, I think this moisturiser represents a very good purchase: clean composition, good hydrating properties and great value for money.

... does its job!

Overall rating: 7.5/10

Composition: aqua (water), glycerin*, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, cocoglycerides, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, stearic acid, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice powder*, tocopherol, sodium benzoate, Perlagonium graveolens (rose geranium) flower oil*, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil*
*certified as organically grown


Have you ever tried Skin Blossom range? what do you think?
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31 October 2012

Organic beauty on a budget: Marilou Bio

If you are looking for a low cost organic skincare range, this post may be of your interest.

We all know that organic beauty comes to a certain price... helas. You may need a higher budget if you want to purchase natural products compared to classical products (but it is worth it at the end :-)), this is due to various reasons: use of high quality ingredients, handmade batches, small companies, certification process and cost, recyclable packaging etc...


I would like to introduce Marilou bio, a french skincare company that promises to deliver simple, natural, and effective certified (Ecocert) beauty products ... and mainly accessible for everybody.

The range comprises a complete face and body care collection: you can choose between facial mask, exfoliant, soothing anti-wrinkle cream, delicately scented bodywash, everyday shampoo etc...If you are a lover of lip balms, you may be happy: the little lip treats are fraganced with sweet flavors such as chocolat or strawberry...looking very yummy!

The packaging remains simple yet funky. Each product has its full ingredient composition listed (which I like!).

Marilou Bio range retails in specialised natural shops. Products can also be purchased online. Check this previous post here for more information. (The company choose not to work with big chains or supermarkets in France). 


For more details, you can visit their website here (only in french unfortunately so ask me if you have any questions):

Have you ever tried these beauty products? what do you think?
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21 October 2012

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

In my quest for a really super radiant and hydrated skin, serums are always my first choice. Really concentrated and effective, a serum, if used regularly, can bring all the right nutrients to your skin in just 1 or 2 pumps!

Fall and winter are really great seasons to start incorporating a serum in your skincare routine: as the weather gets colder, your skin is in need of a good moisturising boost.
However, serums may be used anytime during the year and appear very beneficial if skin is really looking dull and tired.

Back in May 2012, I attended the Natural and Organic Products show in London. When popping by at the american company Mychelle Dermaceuticals exhibition stand, I was kindly offered a product of my choice...and I choose the product below :-).

Sorry, my daughter played with my little bottle ;-)

Description: Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating serum
Certified: No
For: Dry skin
Presentation: flacon
Texture: Creamy gel
Price: $42 (or around £26)

My opinion

First of all, I love the packaging of the serum (and the brand in general). It feels fresh, harmonious, clean, and cute!

Back in June (and with the summer approaching), I decided to switch my daily moisturiser to this serum and I used it every morning.

The texture is really light yet still ensuring a good protection for mild weather. I did not need an extra layer of cream. I love the fact that the skin becomes extra smooth without leaving any greasy feeling on it. It is also perfectly suitable to use underneath a cream...without having "a big layer" feeling on the skin.
After each single use, I was really impressed how my skin was left plumped, smooth, and highly moisturised. It was probably due the presence of moisture-lock ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin or squalane.
The scent of the serum is light and discret,  I think I can identify the delicate rose aroma, which I really like.
I really enjoyed using this product as an overall and I cannot really fault it (amazingly!). I would really recommend it if your skin is lacking of energy, glow, and looks a bit tired. I have a combination skin and the serum did not cause any irritation or breakouts despite being designed for dry skin. I cannot wait to buy another flacon!

.....your skin will thank you!

My overall rating: 9.5/10

Product composition: water, Glycerin*, Sodium hyaluronate (Sugar), Sodium NaPCA (Amino Acid), Squalane (Olive), Honey, Phospholipids (Plant Fatty Acid), Rosa canina (Rosehip) seed extract*, Aloea barnadensis leaf juice powder*, Pelargonium gravelolens (Geranium) flower oil, Arginine (Amino Acid), NutraFlora), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Hammamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) water, Alcohol denatured (grain), Citric acid, Potassium sorbate, Phenethyl Alcohol (rose), Caprylyl glycol (coconut), Trisodium Ethylenediamine dissucinate * certified organic

The serum is a blend of highly moisturising compounds, amino acids, and gentle preservatives.

Glycerin is a top hydrating ingredient. It is really effective in locking moisture and preventing dryness.

Hyaluronic acid does not penetrate in the epidermis but creates a layer at the skin surface and prevent water loss.

Sodium NaPCA is a natural humectant that helps fixing water from the environnement to the skin.

Squalane is extracted from olive. This Lipid has an important role in skin protection.

Have your tried this serum or this brand? if not, what is your favorite serum?

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26 September 2012

Did you say soft lips?

 A little while ago, the very friendly people working at Cutecocosmetic sent me a couple of lip balms to test
Having already Pai lip balm as my favorite (click here for review), I am, however, keen to explore other brands :-).
H U R R A W is a small american company from Montana specialised in lip care manufacturing. All lip balms are vegan, handmixed, and great attention is given on ingredient selection (notice that balms are all petrolatum and paraben free) but these are not granted organic certifications. 



So, the two lip balms I tested (and still use) are the following:

Moon Balm- a super smooth and rich lip treatment for the night. Its texture is creamy, packed with wonderdul natural plant goodies such as avocado, almond, cocoa, argan and roshehip. When applied on the lips, I feel an immediate relief and repairing effect. Cocoa and shea butter are really nutritious whereas peru balsma is antiseptic and effective in treating wounds. The sweet and yummy scent of vanilla brings a funky and delicious touch to the product. After overnight use, my lips are even softer and long lasting moisturised, so great! I really recommend this stick if you have really dry lips: so effective!

...a highly conforting pillow for your lips! 9/10

Ingredients: Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Euphorbia cerifera (candellila) wax, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Tocopherols (vitamin E), Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) bean, Myroxylon balsamum (peru balsam) oil, Matricaria recutita (blue chamomille) flower extract.


Orange lip balm- a wonderful scented balm for daily use. Made of butters (cocoa) and botanical oils (olive, sweet almond, castor, jojoba) all known for their soothing and regenerative properties, this lip balm is the perfect bag friend for all year round. The antioxidant vitamin E helps for the preservation of the lip balm but is also excellent in healing. Last but not least, the scent of the lipbalm is quite strong. If you love orange scent, here we go!
If orange is not your cup of tea, a variety of other scents are available. Browse through the Hurraw website for more details: www.hurrawbalm.com

...a fresh yet really moisturising lip balm! 8/10

Ingredients: Prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) oil, Euphorbia cerifira (candellila) wax, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Citrus sinensis (orange) peel oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E).



Have you tried those lip balms or are you using something else? Let me know!

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17 September 2012

Face cleansers selection

The end of summer is really really approaching fast. Well...cheer up! a beautiful season is ahead, and  it is a great time to re-think and/or reorganise beauty cabinets and products purchases.

The current post will present you a succinct snapshot of medium price range natural face cleansers that I have tested over the last eight months.


Pulpe de vie "Sweet Little Face"


If you like the revigorating smell of grapefruit, this cleanser is for you. Made in Provence (France) and certified by Ecocert, this foaming cleanser contains gentle natural ingredients such as raspberry and grapefruit water (known for their toning properties). The skin is left purified, cleansed, and soft. I really enjoy the "refreshing" feeling it brings every morning. However, I may not recommend it if your skin is too sensitive or delicate.
150ml - € 13.00
http://www.pulpedevie.fr/en/


Essential Care "Lemon & Tea Tree facial wash"


This milky yet light cleanser is manufactured in UK and certified organic by the Soil Assocaition. It is ideal for normal to combination skin type. Slightly foaming, impurities and make up are drown away and face is left smooth and soft. Containing antiseptic essential oils of lemon and tea tree and soothing aloe vera, this facial wash is really a great buy! The only little drawback is that the texture is a bit too runny for me and it is a bit hard to control the amount needed.
150ml - £11.00
http://www.essential-care.co.uk/


Yin Ylang "Skin cleanser"


This creamy cleanser associates the softness of a cleansing milk and the efficacy of a foaming product. Blended with botanical nutrients such as coconut oil, witch hazel, and also pH-balanced, it is perfect if you have a normal to combination/oily skin. I massage my face with a small amount and gently rinse it off afterwards (although it is not advised to do as such). I find that my skin is incredibly smooth yet not dry at all. This cleansing cream is aromatised with sweet orange essential oil which brings the " fresh" feeling onto the skin. One of my favorite!
200ml - £13.00
http://www.yinyangskincare.co.uk/


Have you tried one of those? yes? If not, what are your favorite face cleansers?
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14 September 2012

What I have been up too ...

It has been a little while since I have not written any beauty posts ... and yes, I am missing it!

BUT, I have a good excuse: I would like to announce you the birth of my lovely and sweet little boy 10 days ago. He is doing wonderfully well, and so do I.

I am currently trying to catch up with things in general and I am super happy to announce that new beauty product reviews/tips will be posted soon on my blog.

For more daily updates/news, you can always follow me on Twitter : @MlleNature

xx




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08 August 2012

Some of my favorite blogs- Part 1

I thought pointing out a few blogs that I particulary enjoy reading is a great way to spread "bloglove".
We all have different interests and opinions, but perhaps, you will agree with me that these lovely bloggers are worth stopping by :-).




So here is the list in no particular order:

BuffBeautyBlog- I really like Gemma's style, easy and pleasant to read. She knows the beauty market but also knows how to capture her reader interests.

BeBeautySmart- Dina is doing a very great job in sharing very informative and useful posts. This  blog is not superficial at all and goes into depth, that's why I like it. Well done for the hard work!

PamperedPrince- It is always nice to have a male beauty blogger prospect and insights. Andy gives great reviews and it is really easy to see that he enjoys beauty and really knows how to take care of himself!

Sugarpuffish- Suffering from eczema and allergies, Sarah shares with us her beauty products and food favorites. Writting regularly short blog posts, I like her frank talking and her "no fear" approach.

Pai skincare blog- Easy, concise, precise, the blog written by Sarah Brown (the founder of Pai) always foresees or adresses the crucial and various problems sensitive skins can encounter and bring the best answers to help. Have a look!

Naturallytsnygg- Hannah from Sweden is really passionated about natural beauty and shares with us experiences, products, places, new beauty pick-me up. Really like it.


Stay tuned for the Part 2 :-)

Do you have any favorite blogs? Please, let me know and share with me.

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30 July 2012

Baby Body lotion Pure Beginnings

I went to the Natural and Organic Products show last April and I stumbled across this skincare company from South Africa, Pure Beginnings. They specialise in baby skincare products.
After a brief yet interesting presentation of the range, I got offered some big samples to try: a bodywash, a nappy balm and baby bottom balm.

I admit: I could not resist trying the body lotion for me! Of course, my little one had her share too.



Description: Baby Body lotion
Certified: no
For: baby (and mummy)
Presentation: bottle
Texture: creamy
Price: £10.15 for 200 ml


My opinion

I am always quite a fan of baby cream/lotion. They are often rich, smooth, gentle and I do believe the ingredients used are always the best because your baby diserve the best and the mildest!

Running out of my previous body lotion, I was delighted to open and massage myself with this lovely product. Creamy and rich, the lotion melts onto the skin and get absorbed easily. It is a real pleasure to pamper the body with this lotion ...from head to toes.Yes, I even used it as a foot cream!

The skin is left very smooth and soft, I was impressed and still am. Vegetable glycerin, shea butter, and olive oil bring very valuable plant nutrients that help repair and moisturise skin. Another great ingredient present in this cream is Baobab oil, really rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants, wonderful molecules for dry skins.

The scent is delicate, feels very natural and not overpowering, it is really ideal for babies (and toddlers and mothers!).

Overall rating: 9/10

Product composition: spring water, glycerin, Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) hydrosol*, Glycine soya (soybean) oil*, Olea europa (olive) fruit oil*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter) fruit oil*, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, ceteayl glucoside, Adansonia digitata (baobab) fruit extract, stearic acid, tocopheryl acetate, tocopherol, benzyl alcohol, citric acid, maltodextrin, Lavandula officinalis (lavander) oil*, dehydroactic acid, Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) oil*
*certified organic ingredients
The lotion made of an association of gentle botanical oils and flower water. The preservative system uses a combination of essential oils, vitamin E and benzyl alcohol.

My little one has also enjoyed very much this body lotion. Her skin was left so so smooth.

So if you are looking for a highly moisturising body lotion for your mini you or yourself, I would happy recommend this one!
You can browse through their website here: http://www.purebeginnings.co.za/

Do you know this brand? Are you also using baby creams/lotions for yourself?

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02 July 2012

Pampered feet: my little beauty guide

Sun is shining and fliflops are out....(or we hope for it!). Time to show off your beautiful feet?



Huh...not beautiful? do not worry! I understand.

Lack of time, busy life and so on also had an impact on my poor feet lately. However, I have decided to tackle the problem and share with you some secrets.

Here is my little homemade pedicure, simple, effective, and highly relaxing. So book an afternoon in your agenda and have a try!

Turn on some music, ready?

1- Soak your feet in a delicious lukewarm bath for 20 min. For a delicate and aromatic experience, add a a few drop of lavender or lemon essential oil.
If your feet are really tired and feel hot, add instead 2 green tea bags: wonderful to regulate sweatiness.

2- Massage gently your feet with an exfoliant.This is superb and really effective in getting rid of dead cells and harsh skin.
You can mix a bit of olive oil and sugar if you opt for an homemade scrub. But you are in rush, why not trying Neal's Yard or De Saint Hilaire foot scrub?

3- If perhaps your feet present hard skin around the heals or rough calluses, why not trying natural punice stones? Punice stones help in softening hard foot skin and are really complementary to exfoliation. They give a perfect smooth finish and leave feet soft. I would recommend Karawan or Neal's Yard stones.

4- After bath and treatments, gently pad your feet in a soft towel. Ah... how does it feel already?

5- Time to nourish and hydrate them with a rich foot cream or balm, as you prefer! An extra rich body lotion can do if you do not have a specific foot cream.
I really love using So' Bio Etics Argan rich butter or Weleda foot balm.
Organic shea butter is also one of my favorite as it really works 100%: feet are extra repaired!

Results: feets are absolutely gorgeous, feel light, and smell divine......so are you going to give it a go?

Do you have special beauty tips about feet? if so, let me know :-).

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22 June 2012

Garnier organic eye make-up remover

I love make-up. I am a real Madame :-).
I also love a good face cleanser and a good eye make-up remover. It is very important for me to daily clean face/eyes to ensure a superb skin in a long run.

I am always on the hunt for excellent eye make-up removers. I tend to like a non-oily one (I do no like greasy feeling around the eyes at all). I also prefer having a distinct product for the eyes rather than using the one to cleanse my face.



So today, I will be talking about an eye make up remover I have been using for a little while.

Product description: Garnier BioActive Moisturising Eye make-up remover
Certified: Yes (Ecocert)
For: Sensitive eyes
Presentation: bottle
Texture: water-like
Price: 4.50€ for 150ml


My opinion

Eye areas are one of the most fragile part of the face and really need care and  softness. Garnier eye make-up remover uses  two gentle botanical Bioactives, aloe vera and glycerin, in its composition to soothe, calm, and moisturise the eye area.
The cleanser do not have any particular smell, so great choice if you are an allergy sufferer or if you are just a bit reluctant to "fragranced" products.

The product do not contain any parabens and is preserved by benzoate acid, benzoic alcohol, and potassium sorbate (mild agents, though it may depend on the respective concentration).

If you are looking for a budget and natural eye make-up remover, this one will do.

Easy to use, I usually apply on a cotton pad a few drops of Garnier product and leave it for a few seconds on the eye lids.

The cleansing is good but the efficiency is not 100%: I need to massage a few times with the cotton pad to remove any eye-liners or dark shadows....which is quite a let-down for me.
Another critic would be that the real amount of organic ingredients is actually quite low unfortunately despite being certified.

Overall rating: 5.5

Product composition: Water, glycerin, Aloe barbadensis juice powder, arginine, benzoic acid, benzoic alcohol,  caprylyl/capryl glucoside, Crithmum maritimum extract, potassium sorbate, xanthan gum.

The composition is quite minimal which is good and best for sensitives eyes.

This eye make-up remover is actually part of the natural face range launched by Garnier in various european countries such as France or Belgium. I am still quite unsure about the aim of such a big company to develop its natural beauty range. Is it to just entering the "organic" world and grab a bit of market or is it a genuine interest in the field?

Have you tried it? what do you think? what do you use for your eyes?

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11 June 2012

Tips to prepare for the summer...




Despite being in June, the weather has been quite unsettled over the last few weeks.
Never mind, let's remain positive and hope that sunshine and long warm evenings are ahead of us.

I thought I could list some of my favorite b e a u t y and l i f e s t y l e tips to get ready to the fantastic summer season:

1- Get plenty of seasonal fruits/veggies (strawberries, mangoes, grapefruits, tomatoes, concumbers, courgettes, aubergines, asparagus, olives...) from local producers or natural shops.
I love the veggy corner of Whole food market (www.wholefoodmarket.com) or Harrods (www.Harrods.com) shops, but I also love strolling in local street markets in London or Amsterdam.

2- Why not trying some simple yet innovative summer dishes? Bring on colors, sunshine, and healthy nutrients in your plates with some delicious mediterranean salads or tapas!
For more ideas, check this website www.mysimpledish.co.uk, I love it!

3- When weather is slightly hotter (but also in "normal days"), try to maintain your hydration body level by drinking a lot.
Green tea, fresh fruit-infused water, or simply spring water with a touch of lemon juice are great alternatives if you are a bit bored of tasteless water.
Often love to freshen up with Fiji water (www.fijiwater.com) or an homemade mint-infused water.

4- Exfoliate (but do not over-exfoliate) face and body with a very gentle scrub. Ideal to eliminate dead cells and get an instant glow.
Some of my favorite products are from Melvita (www.uk.melvita.com) and Logona (www.logona.com).

5- Keep moisturising your skin as it still needs its daily hydrating boost. A lighter cream will do though.
I am still in love with Evolve Beauty face moisturising (see previous post) but I am currently using a very nice face serum that I will be reviewing soon.

6- Bring a shimmering glow to your body by massaging it with botanical oils such as coconut oil or plum kernel oil. Superb results.

7- Always protect your skin with a sunscreen milk/cream with high UV protection. Remember, sun is the first skin ageing factor.
I like Lovea sun range (www.lovea-solaire.fr) or BioBeaute by Nuxe (www.bio-beaute.fr).

8- If it is not already done, reorganize your wardrobes by selecting lighter clothes and storing away winter clothes. Simplify, simplify, simplify.

9- Having more "ME-time".
For exemple, reading may be a great alternative to TV. Have you already selected your summer books?

10- Flower bouquets are excellent in bringing harmony and colour to your living space and are also highly mood boosters. Get yours now:-)


Hope you have enjoyed and get ready for the summer now!


Have you used any of the products/tips mentionned above? Do you have any tips to share with me?


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07 June 2012

Little update




Settling down super well in Amsterdam (really relaxed atmosphere and friendly people) :-).....and doing my best to take some times to focus on my blog.

Until the next post, you can always follow me on Twitter:MlleNature for regular beauty tips and chitchats.


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01 June 2012

Another announcement...




The past few weeks have been quite busy. As you can imagine, moving to The Netherlands required a bit of preparation and the big moving day(s) are finally over.
Therefore, I did not have the time to write beauty blogs as much as I wished but don't worry, I will make sure to correct that as soon as things are a little more settled.

I also wanted to share another news with my lovely blog readers and Twitter followers: Mlle Nature is going to be mummy again! and this time, we get the choice of the king as a little boy will complete our little family late August.

Hence, more than ever, my liifestyle and daily routine have been highly influenced by " the power of the Nature": green and organic, healthy eating habits and researching what it is best for body and mind.

Are you:

- unsure about your beauty routine?
- unsure about your product use?
- curious about natural beauty and wants to learn/know more?

I can help you :-)... follow my adventures and advices throughout my B L O G or email me.

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01 May 2012

New beauty treasures...

Last month, I was very excited to go to the Natural and Organic Products Show in London UK, one of the leading and biggest european show in terms of natural and organic products. It included 4 sections: food, beauty, complements and spa. The show aims to higlight any new trends/events/regulations within the natural market.
In addition to the multiple beauty/food stands you could stop at, several talks were being given throughout the 2 days show.

Many companies from Europe, Australia, America were present and I just wanted to highlight you some of my favorites. I had a very nice chat with all of these.


Kiwi (Latvia)


The owner Agate is a real bubbly and enthousiastic CEO. Her beauty line uses kiwi seed oil as its main ingredients. Herbalist and chemist from formation, she explained to me that the company is family-based, which implies an "heritated know-how".
www.kiwi-cosmetics.com


Jasmin (Australia)


This company is based in Melbourne in a really lovely settings (check out their website!)...that makes me want to jump in a plane. The philosophy of the company is to use really pure ingredients and ensure a highly effective result.
They have their own baby range too!
www.JasminAromatique.com


Urterkram (Denmark)


The design may not be very appealing, but the quality of the products is outstanding. I have tried the Nordic birtch Body lotion and I was really amazed by the result after only one application.
www.urterkram.com


Aromatika (UK)


Aromatika from Devon (UK) has every product type in stock to make you feel gorgeous: foaming bath, onctuous body butter, facial serum, rose mist...their range is really complete and free from SLS and uncessary/unfriendly/chemical ingredients.
www.aromatika.co.uk


Do you know any of these brands? Have you tried some of their products yet? Tell me!
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16 April 2012

Why I do not buy beauty products containing mineral oil




If you look closer at the composition of mainstream/classical beauty products (body lotion, oil, face cream etc..), you will very often notice that "mineral oil" or "paraffinum liquidum" or " petrolatum" is at the top position of the list, which means that it is the "base" or main ingredient of the product. Wondering why?

Mineral oil is:  -  highly refined
                    -  super cheap for the manufacturers
                    -  really easy to use
                    -  stable over time

But here is the "drama". Have you thought if mineral oil is good for your skin and is a "real cosmetic" ingredients? not really? Let me clarify it for you.

Paraffin is:    -  made of hydrocarbures 
                    -  useless at providing any benefits for the skin
                    -   lacking of vitamins and nutrients
                    -  occlusive for the skin
                    -  not well tolerated if you have an allergy-prone type skin
                    -  totally "anti-beauty oil"

It is very easy to check the "quality" of a beauty product by looking at whether or not the product contains mineral oil or paraffin.

To conclude: I personally always opt for face cream or body lotion that contain organic virgin plant oils such as olive, jojoba, or sweet almond oils (or others) as their main carrier
The gentle extraction method preserves the quality and the content of each oil, ensuring that vitamins and fatty acids are conserved. 
A real plus your skin: botanical nutrients + protection!


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07 April 2012

Wonderful Easter everyone!



Just a simple note to wish you all a very HAPPY EASTER!

Time to relax and unwind with maybe a piece of chocolate eggs? If you want to read more about c h o c o l a t e, take a look at one of my previous post by clicking here.

In case you already ate a bit too much chocolate while reading this post, here is a little tip to help your body digestion functions:
"Make sure you drink a lot and privilege detox herbal infusion rich in fennel, mint or ginger. A good night sleep will also help to revover more quickly".

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02 April 2012

Happy face - Sugared Beauty

A little while ago, I was lucky to win "Happy Face" on Twitter. Wondering what "Happy Face" is?
Let me tell you.

Sarah Zhan founder of Sugared Beauty promptly sent me my gift: a delicious foaming scrub cleanser. I was super excited to receive it and to try it the following days.
Sugared Beauty is a small beauty company based in Pensylvania, USA, created in 2008. The enthusiasm and the nice customer service I had, gave me straight away a very positive sign.




Product description: deluxe handmade foaming scrub cleanser
Certified: no
For: all skin types
Texture: grany and soft mixture
Price: around £9.5 for 120ml

My opinion

I love exfoliators, this is not a secret. It helps skin to improve cell renewal and ultimately gives that soft and smooth finish. Having a sensitive skin myself, it is important that the product I use, do not "rub" the face too much and leave it clean and supple.

"Happy face" promises to be a super gentle skin multitasker: cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturiser. Sounds great!
When applied on the skin, "Happy Face" gently transforms into a delicate and very soft mousse. The grains are tiny enough not to over strip or irritate the skin, while the mousse amazingly brings an extra comfort to the face. This is probably due to the presence of nourishing plant oils such as jojoba or olive oil. I really enjoyed using this product and I think that I have never been that enthousiastic about a scrub!
What I also really like, is that the product is freshly made; the sticker along with the date of fabrication is a proof.
What a special treat and what a fresh product!

The smell is very nice and discrete. This is an extra benefit if you are a sensitive to strong fragrances.

If you are looking for a negative side of this product, I would say that I still put my daily moisturiser after using "Happy Face" to complete the nice treatment.

For more information about Sugared Beauty and their range of homemade products, pop up to their website: www.sugaredbeauty.com

My overall rating: 9/10

... made my face really happy !


What are you thoughts about this product? And about exfoliation in general? What are you star products?


Composition: fairly traded finely sifted organic sugar, potassium cocoate, olea europaea (olive) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, organic aloe vera, rosemary extract.

Olive oil is the beauty oil by excellence, soothes and repairs any sensitive skins.

Jojoba oil is a delight for a skin. It soothes and gently soften without leaving any greasy feeling.

Grapeseed oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins and presents anti-ageing benefits.

Aloe vera highly moisturises skin thanks to its fabulous composition.

Potassium cocoate derives from the coconut and acts as a gentle foaming agent that removes dirts and impurities.

Rosemary extract acts as a natural preservative for oils.

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21 March 2012

Moving to The Netherlands




After living 8 years in the UK, it is time to move forward and explore a new country soon: the Netherlands.

The big move will take place in 2 months time with all my little family. I will be missing London, friends and everything, but changes always need to be seen as a positive thing in life. We are looking forward to this new experience. My level if dutch is close to zero but will make sure to get a hand on it as soon as I can.

I am as well very excited to get a closer approach at the dutch natural beauty market and discover new brands and beauty traditions. I will keep you posted :-).

Of course, I will be carrying on blogging as usual. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @MlleNature for daily beauty tips and chit-chats.

A bientot,


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16 March 2012

In search of... my dream shampoo. Part 1


I have long light brunette hair. Yes!
Finding a good shampoo has always been a big struggle for me. Why? because I have specific expectation for such a cleansing product.

After a shampoo, I expect my hair to :
- not becoming flat or heavy
- be full of shine and feel cleansed
- be easily manageable but not too much either

The search of my dream shampoo begins...




Waitrose have launched their organic beauty range (face and body) a few years ago, being the first UK supermarket doing so. They have two organic shampoo products. I decided to try the Moisturizing Shampoo, rather than the Purifying Shampoo. The reason for this is that the ends of my hair tend to be quite dry.

Product description: organic moisturizing shampoo
Certified: yes (Soil Association)
For: dry hair
Texture: emulsion
Price: 4.19 for 200 ml

My opinion

My first impression was that the shampoo was a bit disappointing. I found the texture really liquid and quite runny, so it was quite difficult not to spill some in the shower.... I prefer a texture that is a bit more creamy and consistent, which makes it easier to massage into my hair.

However, I really enjoy the delicate yet fresh smell (probably due to the presence of geranium essential oil): it gives me the "clean" feeling and this is something I find very important in a shampoo. It is also very easy to rinse off. Waitrose shampoo also does not leave any fake/superficial silk film on the hair and I like that too.

The composition of the shampoo is simplistic and this is always a plus for me. In general, a good shampoo needs only 4 main ingredients: water, detergent, active ingredient, botanical oil. Rather than using common detergents (that are also hair irritant) such as SLS or cocamidopropyl betaine, they choose to use decyl glucoside and coco-betaine as main tensioactifs and these are very mild.

My hair is left cleansed and fresh. Also, I enjoy the fact that my hair does not feel too heavy after one day or two.

Was this my dream shampoo? not entirely........ the texture was a thumb down to me. Nevertheless it is a good product.

My overall rating: 7.5/10

...why not trying it?

Have you ever bought this shampoo? what do you think? let me know!

Composition: aqua, decyl glucoside, helianthus annus (sunflower) oil*, coco-betaine, glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus (sweet almond) oil*, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, citric acid, Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera), benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, citronellol, geraniol.
*organically produced ingredients

Sunflower and almond oils brings softness and suppleness to the hair.

Glycerin and aloe vera are great moisturizers, so they help to lock moisture. Aloe vera contains anti inflammatories molecules that soothe any irritated scalp.

Phenoxyethanol and benzoic acid are allowed in the Soil Association certification as preservatives. Sometimes contested, these preservatives ensure your product will be kept free of mould and nasty bacteria.

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04 March 2012

My little tips to maintain a happy mood




A couple of days ago, I saw the first crocuses and narcisses flourishing in the park. People were looking at them and they smiled. Spring is on its way! Yeah!

Flowers can make you smile at times and can boost your mood. I was thinking of my personal ways or moments that can truly keep me in an happy mood. Let me share those with you.

1) Thinking positive- I know, it is not always easy, but remember that there is a good side to everything that happens.

2) Looking at some of my favorite pictures. Good memories always bring a smile on my face. You too?

3) Reading beauty blogs. Love the perkiness of some and the fun sides of others.

4) Doing a at-home facial (face scrub+mask) not only brightens my skin, but my mind too :-).

5) Breathing exercices are one of the greatest way to re-focus and concentrate on the good :-)

6) Enjoying delicious homemade spaghetti bolognese or fish tajine cooked by my Monsieur.

7) Boosting my Vitamin C daily intake by drinking orange and grapefruit juice. FRESH!

8) Giving a quick call to my grandpa who is 99 years old and amazing!


Now you know some of my ways that help me to keep smiling, what are your mood lifting tricks? I would love to hear from you!

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01 March 2012

Versatile Blogger Award goes to....



Thank you Naturally Sunkissed for awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. That is very kind!

Versatile blogger Award is a great way to get to know each other. So let’s do it!

Rules of Honour

1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link back.
2. Tell 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this on to newly discovered blogs & let them know they received the award.

Seven little facts about me

1- Every morning, I eat wholegrain cereals in hot milk (and do that since I am very young)
2- I have long curly brunette hair and green eyes
3- I love California
4- Could not live without internet...really!
5- I tend to be quite critical (positif or negatif)
6- I am a Green belt in Shotokan Karate
7- I am going to leave UK soon and move to another country


I would like to award the following (and great!) blogs with the Versatile blogger Award:



Check them out!


Hope you have enjoyed and thanks for reading! A tres bientot :-)
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21 February 2012

Boots Smoothing face Polish




Exfoliation is essential if you want your skin to renew faster and appear light and with a youthful look. Giving a bit of help to boost the natural skin regeneration process is definitely one of the great steps of your cleansing routine. So, once or twice a week, depending on your skin type, do not miss this ritual !

Product description: Face Smoothing Polish
Certified: no
For: all skin types
Texture: cream
Price: £5.99

Browsing throught all the exfoliators the natural market offers, I wanted to try a "good money" value product and bought the organic facial scrub from Boots. Yes, they do propose a range of organic products (for face and body) but none of them are certified.

This creamy yet light scrub is composed of only a few ingredients including almond oil, cranberry and cupuacu powder and ensures to give a smooth but grainy mixture. The smell is not sweet at all, sligtly bitter and raw, but I guess this is due to the fact that essential oils are not part of the composition. Sometimes, if you have a really sensitive skin, essential oils can be less well tolerated. In general, make sure you do a patch test to figure out whether your skin does not react to the product (really important with none rinse off creams or serums).

Applied on wet skin and massaged into the skin by doing circular movement, this polish really does its job...gently. The grains are not over abrasive at all, and after giving a good rinse, my skin was really smooth and clarified after using it. I tend to use face exfoliation twice a week and I felt this was the good rythm.

My only thumb down would be the smell of the product, nothing really special or uplifting...and I miss that aromatic sensation a bit.

This scrub is not expensive. If you are looking for a gentle and affordable face scrub, this is the one to go for. You can find it at http://www.boots.com/


... a basic yet effective face exfoliator !

My overall rating: 7.5/10

Have you tried this one? what is your favorite face srub?


Composition: aqua, Olea europea (olive) oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (almond) oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Glycerin, Astrocaryum murumuru (murumuru) butter, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed powder, Cetearyl glucoside, Theobroma grandiflorum (cupuacu) seed powder, Cera alba (beewax), Glyceryl stearate, Cetyl alcohol, Alcohol denat, Xanthan gum, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid.

Olive, almond, and jojoba oil are super beauty oils that protect the skin from dryness and irritation due to their rich contents in fatty acids and their affinity with human skin. Skin is maintained suppled and soft.

Glycerin is really one of the top moisturising factor for the skin. I assume this one has a vegetal origin.

Murumuru butter is extracted from fruits seeds. Really rich in lauric acid, this butter is ideal to treat dry skin and leaves no greasy feeling. Also excellent to use on hair.

Shea butter acts as a repairing agent and smoothes any rough skin.

Cranberry and cupuacu powder have a vegetal origin and enhance the exfoliation of the skin by removing debris in a delicate manner.

Cetearyl glucoside, cetyl alcohol, and xantan gum are gentle emulsifiers which facilitate the mixture between aqueous and oily components.

The preservatives used for this scrub is a mixture of sodium benzoate, alcohol denat, acid citric and potassium sorbate.
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09 February 2012

Chocolate: Love etc...





When the weather is cold, the wind blowing in the face and the mood not at the top, we need to find little treats that have the ultimate power to put back a smile on our face. One of those little pleasure is called "chocolate".

Valentine's day around the corner, chocolate is the ultimate indulgence to share, enjoy, degust, appreciate... ie LOVE.

So, what are the health and beauty benefits of this super star?

Listed as one of the most favorite food in the world, dark chocolate (70%-80% made from cocoa beans) remains an excellent source of vitamins B, phosphore, iron and magnesium which make it very stimulative for mind and body. Chocolate also contains anti-oxidants such as flavonol and proanthocyanines that improve blood circulation and may play a role in blood pressure. In addition, chocolate is rich in theobromin, a molecule that triggers a "bien-etre" sensation in the organism. Sounds like a lot of positive attributes, isnt it?

Dark chocolate is made up with more cacao and less sugar (and fat) than milk or white chocolate, making it the top choice for a sweet indulgence.

Whether chocolate is the best Valentine gift for your loved one or wether you just love enjoying a square or two now and then, make sure you choose high quality one to avoid poor dosage in cacao and top percentage in fat and sugar. My favorite ones are from Green and Black, Divine, Conscious, ombar, Bonneterre and Saveur et Nature.

Are you a chocolate lover? which type do you like best? let me know, I am curious !
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28 January 2012

My Cleansing evening routine 100% Organics

As you already all know, facial cleansing is really "the" esssential step in the skincare routine.

100% Organics kindly sent me the facial cleanser and toner to try. 100% Organics is an Soil Association certified skincare company from Cornwall. If you want to know a little bit more about them, enjoy their very detailed and informative website: www.100percentorganics.com




Product description: Cleanser
Certified: yes (Soil Association)
For: all skin types
Presentation: pot
Texture: balm
Price: 29£ for 100ml


My opinion

Looking for a pure, rich, nutrious yet incredible fine texture cleansing melt? Do not look any further.
100% Organic handmade cleanser is the organic "pearl" that will help you removing make-up, dirt, impurities that have accumulated all day. Only composed of the finest organic plant oils, this balm is also gently aromatised with lavender and geranium, great to promote a sense of "bien-ĂȘtre".

The texture is divine and I absotulately love it. Such a pleasure to delicately massaging it into the skin and smell the wonderful aromatic scents! I used this balm every night for a perfect cleansing and pampering experience. Once applied, I use warm water on a cotton whool to rinse it off followed by a toner application (see below). Perhaps my only downside can be explained by my personal preference: I like easy water rinse-off facial products and with a oil-based product, this could be a little more tricky to achieve.

The wonderful properties of this balm are due to the association of nourishing and soothing oils such as jojoba, coconut, olive with some highly healing oils such as tamanu or rosehip oil. Antibacterial tea tree, lavender, geranuim, which hazel bring their antispectic notes to the balm while plantain and calendula extract in addition to chamomille flower oil are exceptionnal in soothing and calming.

Also love the funkiness of the pot and the powerful and lively color blue!

...a perfect combination of cleansing and well being!

My overall rating: 8.5/10

Composition: Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olea europea (olive) fruit oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) seed oil, corylus avellana (hazelnut) nut oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, plantago major (plantain) leaf extract, calendula officinalis (marigold) flower extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract, rosa canina (rosehip) fruit extract, pelargonium graveolens (geranuim) flower oil, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) seed oil, anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil.





Product description: Toner
Certified: Not as such
For: all skin types
Presentation: flacon
Price: 19£ for 100ml


My opinion

The toner is made up of delicate organic floral waters known for their calming, soothing and astringent properties.

After cleansing my face thoroughly with the cleanser, I applied the toner with a soft coton pad and delicately massaged my face. The smell of this toner is amazing and waves of citrus/orangy notes still delicately float all over even when you have actually stopped using it. Skin was left very fresh, calmed and hydrated.

This toner is alcohol free, so really non irritant for even the most sensitive skin. I absolutely fall in love with this product because it is so easy to use and just does so much goodness for the skin. The slighty astringent and tonic property of witch hazel and orange flower water is gently balanced with the calming and moisturising effect of chamomille flower distillate.

I really found it diffcult to flaw this toner, only praises for this superb product :-)!

Such a pity the bottle has only 100 ml contenance :-) ...

...such a plus for your skin!

My overall rating: 9/10

Product composition: Anthemis nobilis (roman chamomille) floral water, citrus aurantium (orange) flower water, hammamelis virginiana (witch hazel) floral water, citrus paradis (grapefruit) seed extract.

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08 January 2012

Top 5 beauty & detox veggies and fruits



black raddish fresh from the market


Christmas and New Year party season is often synonym for abundance, pleasure, great time with friends and family and also a lot of food and drinks....

Back to reality now. Do you feel a bit heavy? more tired than usual? do you lack of peps and energy? skin lacking radiance?

Do not worry! get your body (and mind!) back on track by privileging those top 5 beauty and detox veggies and fruits. They are excellent to promote natural cleansing of the organism and revive skin.


1- Artichoke
This originally shaped veggie is a great choice for detoxifying the body. Fantastic digestion helper, its leaves are rich in cynarin, a compound that acts as a body cleanser and a liver booster. Diuretic, healthy, this is a must for post parties food regime! My favorite way to eat it is in salad with a hint of mustard and sunflower oil.

2-Black radish
This root vegetable has plenty of medicinal properties. Rich in minerals and Vitamin C, it helps to fight cold and flu. But black radish presents fabulous antiseptic, diuretic and promote the eliminations of stagnant toxins. Add a few slices to your salad and give that little kick to your digestive system.

3- Pineapple
Refreshing, sweet yet slighty acid, low calorie and packed with Vitamin C and minerals, this exotic fruit is excellent for promoting good digestion. It is partly due to the presence of an enzyme called bromelaine which helps to break down proteins and heal any upset stomachs.

4- Lemon
Popular and inexpensive citrus fruit, lemon is a Vitamin C and minerals hidden tresor! its ability to cleanse and purify the body is widely known. So, use lemon infusion to relieve and soothe any upset stomach and to restore glow to your skin!

5-Green Tea
Extracted from unfermented leaves, green tea is rich in anti-oxidants polyphenols such as catechins and has a plethora of wonderful properties: diuretic, stimulant, hydrating. Enjoy a cup of steaming tea and inhale its herbal aroma for a wonderful relaxing and detox experience.


Discover of re-discover the true benefits of these fabulous fruits and veggies for a January beauty detox! Have a go!
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