Natural beauty and well-being

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:

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.


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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