A really quick but nevertheless very important note. Just wanted to wish a super HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all my readers! Many thanks for all your support, comments, interaction whether it is on my blog or via Twitter (@MlleNature).
I recently met siam botanicals through Twitter. Siam botanicals is a beauty skincare company based in Thailand that have created 100% natural face and body skincare beauty products (face cleansers, oils, body washes, bath salts, body scrubs, hair care...). They have used the finest botanical oils in their product composition. Needless to mention that none of their products contain mineral oil, SLS, propylene glycol or artificial fragances.
On their website/webshop they offer, besides their own ranges, also some pure ingredients such as aloe vera or raw organic oils (moringa or tamanau). They even sell various interesting beauty accessories and that is very helpful if you are a fan of DIY beauty recipes!
I was delighted that they sent me a fantastic sample collection for face, hair and body.
First impression: loving the really exotic emballage and cannot wait to try all these goodies!
In this post I will review the face kit which includes (see below):
- Honey and Rose face polish
- White treatment flannel
- Rose water toning mist
- Replenish and the Natural balance face serums (Bodycare/haircare review will come in a second post)
Wrapped in a lovely breaded little box, the face care samples were ready to be used.
The lovely Honey and Rose face polish feels very natural and fresh. The tiny grains of Siamese organic sugar gently remove impurities and build-ups without stripping the natural oils of the skin. Pure honey is soothing and hydrating. This face polish can be used on any skin type once or twice per week. The polish does not feel rough, but rather gentle - it almost glides on the skin. There is also a pleasant scent of honey and rose, which feels gorgeous on the skin.
The White treatment flannel helps to smooth away dirt/dead cells and even the complexion.
The Rose flower toning mist is highly refreshing. It soothes and invigorates the skin. It also acts as an excellent primer for moisture and serum/oils skin treatment. I spritz 3/4 times onto my cleansed face. As you may know, I adore rose water. See here here why!
TheFace replenishandNatural balance face serumsboth contain the signature ingredient of siam botanicals, the rice bran oil, which is widely used in Asian countries for its brightening and hydrating properties.
Balance face oil is ideal for combination/oily skin type. It contains a lovely aromatic blend of nurturing oils (rice bran oil, grapeseed, sesame) and purifying essential oils (lavander and grapefruit). I love to apply it in the evening and let the skin benefit from all the nutrients overnight. This oil is light and well absorbed. The scent is divine: fresh, herbal, smooth. A favorite for me :-).
The Replenish oil is designed to bring vitality to tired and dull-looking skins. Along with argan and moringa oils, the blend also features invigorating juniper berry and patchouli essential oils. I use it occasionnaly when I want to stimulate face regeneration functions. The texture is slighlty heavier than the Balance oil. But that is fine with me as I only use face oils in the evening.
As an overall, I really enjoyed using siam botanicals face products and if you are a fan of natural goodies with a touch of exotism, I really encourage you to try them! Affordable price as well, which is a great bonus too!
Why not browsing through their website? Just click here.
Have you heard of siam botanicals? Have you tried it? Let me know!
Recently, I was really happy to be tagged by Beautycalypse and by Leanne from Lass and Lipstick to do the green beauty characters tag (the founder of this tag is actually Sonja, the beauty blogger behind Life in Blush).
Have a look at these blogs, they are lovely!
Rules of this tag are quite simple:
- tag other green beauty bloggers.
- title your post Green Beauty Character Tag.
- mention the tag started at Life in Blush.
1-On my nightstand you will find: various beauty face oils, lip balms, Iphone and "the winner stands alone" from Paulo Coelho. 2-The literary character I'm most like is (take this quiz to answer): Juliet from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. 3- I'm currently obsessed with: preparing for my dutch exam, keeping up my blog, finding good balance between family/work life. 4-My favorite superhero is: not sure really... 5-My favorite beauty product 2013: Joo Mo face cleanser, really nice! 6- If I could have dinner with anyone dead or alive it would be:my beloved grandpa. 7- Winter is coming-how do you prep your skin for battle: gentle cleansing, Argan oil from Acure organic, and aromatic oil blends (Unique Naturals) at night, creamy daily moisturiser and lots of water drinking. 8- My perfect date night make-up consists of:smoked eyes, beautiful complexion, light redish gloss. 9-My go-to-skin- beautifying snack/drink is:kiwis, pears, seaweed, berries, avocado, nuts, green veggies, salmon...Loving all the fresh and vitamin-bursting fruits in general! 10- My TV boyfriend is:not quite sure as I don't have a TV fav series or so. Having said that, "The Apprentice" really entertains me a lot. 11- If my evening clutch could only hold one beauty item it would be: it would definitely be my face cleanser. 12-One beauty tip I would pass on to my real daughter is: stand up to yourself, trust in yourself and enjoy the beautiful life. Smile no matter what. 13-The most nostalgic item from my childhood: I am not too materialistic so I think the answer would be the lovely birds singing in my parents's garden. 14-My favourite TV show at the moment is: sorry, I have none..too busy with other things :-). 15- My favourite quote is: "All the world's roads lead to the heart of the warrior; he plunges inhesitatingly into the river of passions always flowting through his life" Paulo Coelho
Hope you enjoy reading! Many green beauty bloggers have already answered to this tag, so if anyone reading would still like to participate, feel free :-)
A M S T E R D A M: lovely little city in the Netherlands.....
If you happen to come here for a short weekend or holiday, here are a few boutiques that I really recommend for some great beauty experiences.
All centrered around the canals, these lovely shops offer unique beauty brands, great customer service, and an amazing atmosphere.
C o s m a n i a
Cosmania is the only Neal Yeards Remedies product retailer in the Netherlands (yes, I do like NYR very much and miss their shops here). You can find other beauty brands sourced all over the world such as Elemental Herbology, Steamcream or nail polishes Dose.
The boutique has a nice and relaxing atmosphere. The founder, Marcel Dukker, is really helpful and very knowledgeable. He will easily guide you during your visit.
Most of the brands are natural.
They offer many free testers clearly displayed and encourage you to try their great variety of products on offer. This really adds to a great beauty and shopping experience!
Pure. White. Design. This boutique looks lovely and is very inviting. It is also a skin clinic where you can have face and body treatments using the finest organic products. The shop design is absolutely lovely and you can easily stroll and "feel" the beauty ambiance. C. cosmetic and care offers exclusive ranges of organic beauty products such as Cosmetic 27, Pure Altitude or Intelligent Nutrients. The founder Caroline van Eeuwijk is also hosting workshops througout the year, so this is a perfect way to get informed and educated. www.cosmeticandcare.com
S k i n Co s m e t i cs
Skins Cosmetics, the beauty concept store, has shops in 10 cities in the Netherlands. I visited the one near the museum quarter which is located in the beautiful building of the former Conservatory of music. This building is home to a luxury five star hotel too. This boutique retails a wide selection of perfurmes, make-up, hair care products and international skincare brands (not exlusively natural). You can find the lovely REN skincare products (yes!) but also some other brands such as Esthelle and Thild or Patyka. It is also a skin clinic where skin treatments are offered. www.skins.nl
Have you ever been to Amsterdam? Any shopping preferences? HAPPY SHOPPING everyone!
After reading a few posts about Acure Organic beauty products by Mary from Pure MakeUp, I really felt the urge of trying some of their goodies too.
Acure Organics is a family owned sustainable US skincare brand developped by Kirsty Guerra. Their range offer the purest skincare products, green packaging and are environnemnt friendly.
All products are very appealing, but one product that quickly drew my attention was the beautiful Argan oil.
Certified: yes (USDA)
For: all skin types
Texture: yellow oil
Price: $15.99 for 30ml
Extra rich in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants, argan oil is a pure wonder for the face, body and hair. Also called "the liquid gold from Morroco", argan oil has been used for centuries by Morrocan woman ( I understand why!) and is becoming increasingly popular nowdays on the beauty market due to its amazing skin benefits: moisturising, regenerative and healing.
I love applying Acure Argan oil onto a cleansed face in the evening. It can do its magic of boosting skin repairing functions when you're asleep! I usually apply 2/3 drops in the palm, warm it up a bit with the fingers and gently massage face with slow circular motions. This oil has a amazing texture, really glides on the skin and immediately sinks in (it is far from being too greasy). Nice glow on the face garanteed! Face massage is really easy to incorporate in your skincare routine, especially when you apply oil or serums.
The smell of this oil is rusty and nutty and feels really natural! You may have to get used to it at the beginning (as I did).
I have been using Acure Argan oil for quite some time now and the results have been terrific: the skin is super smooth, repaired and calmed. You can really feel the difference! Whether you have sensitive, blemish-prone, combination or dry skin, this oil can really help re-balance your skin. It is a great beauty multi-tasker: you can use it as a beauty serum in the evening as I do or as a cream booster (add 2 drops to your favorite day moisturiser).
As mentionned on the Acure emballage, argan oil can also be used to fortify nails and hair. I sometimes massage hair locks and leave it for a good 30 min before the shampoo. This treatment can help repairing damaged hair.
....a really precious face oil for a fantastic price! My overal rating: 9/10
Have you used Argan oil? What are your thoughts?
Don't forget to enter to my fantastic giveaway!:-)
Over the summer, I was super privileged that the lovely dutch beauty retailer Shizo.nl had sent me some Bodhi products. It included the newly launched Cocoon lip balm, the travel size shower gel and body lotion Rosemary Chi, alongside with the Desert rose rejuvenating oil. It is not the first time that I am reviewing Bodhi products (click here) and it is with the same enthusiasm that I will share my thoughts again about a brand I love.
Cocoon lip balm
This extra nourishing balm has been formulated with the most luxurious oils and butters to provide absolute nourishment to normal/dry lips. Cacao & murumuru butters deliver a cocktail of vitamins, anti-oxidants and fatty acids that heal dry patches and protect the delicate skin of the lips. Sea buckthorn & Red Raspberry seed oils are deeply emollient & repairing. ++ I really love the unique smell of this lip balm - a mixture of mint and vanilla. Nice to apply. -The only thing is that I wished the balm was a bit thicker and more covering. £15.00 for 15g.
Desert rose rejuvenating oil
This 100% natural face oil is designed to restore glow and radiance to tired and dull skin. Packed with ultra-repairing argan and rosehip oil, Desert rose helps to smooth away fine wrinkles while protecting the skin against free radicals and ageing process. Additional Bulgarian Rose Otto brings key nutrients that promote skin radiance and youth. An ultra anti-ageing skin elixir for tired, dehydrated skins!
++This oil smells absolutely divine. I am a rose scent fan, and Bodhi uses its expertise again to create an amazing floral citrussy smell. The oil glides on skin and is really well absorbed. -Always prefer a pipette as opposed to a pump for face oil use. Although fantastic, Desert Rose may be bit pricey for some. £14.00 for 5ml or £38.00 for 15ml. Rosemary Chi reviving bath & shower therapy and body lotion
This bathtime duo have been designed to keep balance and harmony between body and mind and also to maintain skin freshed and smooth. Great combination isn't? Formulated with extra care, the sulfate-free luxury gel shower and the moisturising body lotion contain a carefully bespoke blend of botanical ingredients that play a great role in the fragance and in the composition.
Rosemary, Geranium, and Petit grain are some of the main essential oils present in the 2 products and it gives such an uplifting and very fresh scent. Rosemary Chi body lotion keeps skin nourished and hydrating thanks to fatty acids rich Shea butter and Kukui/ Coconut oil.
++I am absolutely loving the scent. L o v i n g it! Wonderful and reviving shower experience! -The body lotion requires a bit of massage (which could be a + too) to be well absorbed. £23.00 each for 250ml.
Have you tried Bodhi products? If so, what are you favorites?
I am super excited to be holding my F I R S T G I V E A W A Y on my blog.
On this occasion, I really would like to thank my followers all over the world for their support. It is trully a wonderful journey to be part of the blogging sphere.
The two products that I am offering are quite exceptionnal and were kindly offered by Green Esthetics, a US natural beauty company based in Florida.
The first product is a USDA certified organic 100% cold pressed Argan oil.
Argan oil is widely known for its wonderful beauty properties. Very rich in Vitamin E and full fatty acids, " the liquid gold from Morroco" acts as a wonderful skin regenerant and moisturiser. Argan oil helps to treat certain skin conditions such as eczema or acne but is wonderful in softing fine lines or wrinkles. In short, it helps revealing a brighter complexion. Argan oil is silky and smooth and can also be a wonderful treat for the body. Hair will also love it: argan oil is higly conditionning and prevent splits end. Wonderful, isn't it?
The second product is called Longer Lash and has been especially designed to improve lashes growth. Enriched in a nourishing and stimulating blend of peptides, argan oil, and biotin, this lash boosting serum is free from parabens, synthetic fragrances or propylene glycol. Applied once or twice a day and the results should be seen within 4 to 6 weeks.
So ready to enter this fantastic giveaway (Argan oil + Longer Lashes)? Simply enter contact details below and answer to my question. You can increase your chances of winning by tweeting or blogging about this giveaway. Open internationally. Runs through 20 Novembre 2013.
One of the latest trends in the beauty industry are skincare products that look almost edible. These creams and lotions offer a high content of refreshing fruit extracts and fruit waters. They are often able to provide strong anti-oxidant and regenerative properties to the products.
Apricots, bananas, blueberries, cherries, kiwis, grapes..: these are only some of the numerous organic fruits used. Fruits have of course excellent health benefits and research have shown that the precious fruity actives are also really effective in promoting radiant and balanced skin!
The following french skincare brands have used the super beauty benefits of fruits and developed some "appetizing" products...But be aware: those are not to be eaten but to be used in your beauty regime!
So have a little look at the following brands...
Kadalys The key ingredients of this skincare beauty line are the green and yellow banana extracts, exceptionnaly rich in mucilages, antioxidants and minerals. Targeting womens in their 20's and 40's. Click on the link if you want to know more: http://www.kadalys.com.
And important to mention, Kadalys just won two awards at "the Victoires de la Beaute"! Well done!
Pulpe de vie
If you follow me on Twitter, you may remember that I have already talked about this lovely brand. Manufactured in the Provence, Pulpe de Vie face and body products contain organic fruits (such as organic water of tomatoe, grapefruit, blackcurrent or fig waters) from local producers. For info, I have previously reviewed the facial cleansing "sweet little face" (here).
Check out http://www.pulpedevie.fr
Nuxe Bio Beaute
This sub-brand of Nuxe has been created following the high demand in organic products in France. All products appear so "gourmand" and some containsfor example cherries, apricots, raspberries or plums extracts. I will do write a review of the face foaming cleanser soon!
Have a look here: http://www.bio-beaute.fr/en/
What do you think? Have you ever tried some of those brands?
Not long ago, I was very excited to receive JooMo natural face wash. Although aimed at young skins, I thought this cleanser would also be suitable for my skin type (which is combination type). JooMo is a new UK start-up beauty company founded by Nick Warren. The product was developped with the help of the Leeds Institute of Process Research and Developpement (iPRD) and Surrey University.
JooMo face wash is 100% natural face cleanser and is free from harsh preservatives, detergents (SLS/SLES), alcohol and synthetic perfumes.
Product description: face wash
For: young skin types
Texture: gel type
Price: £4.95 for 200 ml
Face cleansing is one of my favorite skincare routine steps. It was with impatience and curiosity that I started each morning and evening using the JooMo face wash a little while ago.
Immediately, my initial impression was: what an incredible smell! It has a very "warm"and uplifting fragrance, which is nicely created with the blend of orange, cloves and cinnamon essential oils (also excellent to bring anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to the cleanser). So... close your eyes and you will think the festive winter season is around the corner!
After massaging the orangey colour silky gel all over the skin with circular motions, impurities and dirt were wiped away thanks to a specifically balanced formula of saponins (and other components such as sea salt, sugar, essentail oils etc). Saponins are natural occuring detergents found in many plants. They act as soap without having the overdrying effect. Cleanser also contains honey which is a wonderful beauty ingredient as it associates moisturising and anti-bacterial properties.
Result: my skin was left comfortably cleansed and really smooth. I can really recommend this face wash to any skin type including sensitive ones.
The only thing that I liked less was that the gel was a bit too runny and it was sometimes diffcult to dose the correct amount needed.
As an overal, this cleanser delivered an excellent performance at an excellent price too. Funky design as well. Well... you may want to try it too!
If you want to have a look at the colorful website of Joo Mo, click here. I really appreciated the detailed and informative page about the product and the company itself. Browse through and expect to learn a lot!
...one of my favorite face cleanser! Overal grade: 9/10
A year ago, I got the chance to meet the lovely Maeve via Twitter. She is the founder of the UK organic skincare company Natural Wisdom Organic Skincare. Maeve is a homeopath by profession with a strong love for nature and beauty. She handmades her beauty products and aims at creating the most efficient and pure blends/potions for the face and body.
She kindly proposed me to review one of her products and I choose the Age Defiance facial firming moisturiser (I am in my mid-thirties, yes yes!).
Product name: Age defiance facial firming moisturiser
For: all skin types including mature, dry, sun damaged
Texture: light yellow creamy emulsion
Price: £27.00 for 50 ml
Age defiance facial moisturising cream aims at regenerating dull looking skin and brings radiance to all skin types and specifically ageing ones.
The delicate cream (free from silicons, "cheap fillers", hash preservatives, mineral oil etc...) contains all organic goodness any skin can dream off.
First, Rosehip oil is highly rich in Vitamin A and super regenerative. In addition, Sea bucktorn oil provides the right nutrients to preserve youthful skin tone and even complexion. Enriched with super hydrating hyaluronic acid and brightening anti-oxidant Vitamin C, this cream acts as a real kick of skin regeneration processes. Maeve has choosen to incorporate organic flower water (such as Rose) as its base rather than simple water. I like it, because this brings something extra to the skin.
Only a tiny amount is needed, because this cream sinks into the skin really well. So it is a really economic choice! Its onctuosity is due to the presence of nutritive Shea butter. What I find really nice is that you can choose whether you want a scented or fragrant-free cream. I opted for the Rose floral essential oil blend as fragance and loved it. I was afraid it would be too strong, but the smell power degree was spot on!!
I applied Age Defiance occasionally in the morning and regularly at night as my "beauty sleep" cream. Skin became smooth, soft, and really well nourished. The complexion improved too. If you have dry, sensitive or mature skins, this cream will certainly do wonders.
I am really enthousiastic about this cream. I cannot wait to try the Rose and Pomegranate anti-oxidant toner! As Autumn has arrived, this cream is definitely a good buy!
You can find all the Natural Wisdom range here: www.naturalwisdom.co.uk ... loving, loving, and loving! Overal grade: 9/10 Product composition: Rosa damascena* (rose) flower water, Butryspermum parki* (shea) nut butter, Rosa rubginosa* (rosehip) seed oil, Hippophae rhamnoides* (seabuckthorn) seed oil, caprylic triglyceride, African spillanthes* flower extract, Prunus amygdalus dulcis* (sweet almond) kernel oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis* (orange) flower extract, sucrose laurate, ascorbylsodium phosphate (vitamin C), Symphytum officinalis (comfrey) root extract, xanthum gum, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf powder, Rosemary officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) powder, lactic acid, benzyl alcohol, salicylic acid, glycerin, sorbic acid. *certified organic ingredient
Have you tried this cream? What are your thoughts?
I am quite a fan of foaming products (yes!) including soaps. Soaps can be equally pleasurable and caring as a body shower gel or creme. Perhaps more "basic", I do think that soaps can give you a nice "clean feeling" ...and I guess that is the sensation I am looking for here. I tend to use soap only for the body as face care does require a really gentle approach.
Produt description: Weleda rose soap
Certified: yes (Natrue)
For: all type of skins
Price: 9£ for 100g
I am not a first time user of Weleda beauty range. I have previously reviewed the Sea Bucktorn hand cream (here). I always wanted to try their soaps as I heard some good things about them. Hesitating between the 3 existing (calendula, iris or rose), I went for the rose!
Enriched with organic rose extract and glycerin, the gentle foam cleanses aways impurities and leaves skin soft with a fresh feel. Rose extract is widely known as rejuvenating, hydrating and calming. I particularly enjoy the delicate smell of rose. Really light but still present.
For those who have a really dry or a super sensitive skin, I do find that the soap is not rich or nurturing enough to cocoon those skin types (a rich moisturising body lotion would be neccessary after showering).
At the end, I personally enjoy using Weleda Rose soap from now and then and hope to be able to try soon their Wild rose pampering body lotion.
Pampering the body remains equally important as face care to keep skin really hydrated, smooth and give a nice glow to any sunkissed skin (as long as your body cream is good!). Specific parts such as elbows, knees, or feet are often in needs of special attention too as they are prone to dryness. So another reason to use even more a body cream!
Over the last couple of months, I used Logona Daily care body lotion every time after showering, massaging gently the lotion into damp skin. So here is what I think.
Product description: daily care body lotion Verveine and Bio Aloe
Certified: yes (BDIH)
For: normal skins
Price: 6€ for 200ml
Logona daily care body lotion is a white and light (almost gelified) lotion that gently melts into the skin. While it is really easily absorbed, the blend of soothing and nutritive botanical oils and butter (soybean, jojoba, shea butter) leaves a delicate film that bring nutrients, fatty acids, and vitamins to the skin. This lotion is really suitable for dry skins too as the texture is rich enough to quench thirsty skins. The formulation contains also some soothing aloe vera extract and glycerin that highly hydrate skin.
I like the smell of the product. It doesn't have the "waoh" factor but it is ok. Discret, I can detect very well a tone of lime essential oil and some more resfreshing and herbal scents. Nice.
Synthetic preservatives are inexistant in this lotion but my scrupulous eye for details can not miss the quite high proportion of alcohol denat in the composition. Used in some "green" companies, alcohol denat still can sometimes in my opinion be a problematic ingredient for really sensitive skins depsite the presence of highly replenishing oils. I will refer you to the excellent article of Truth in Ageing for more details about Alcohol and its use in cosmetics.
The other ingredient that caught my attention is palm oil. Palm oil has fantastic soothing and regenerative properties. Nor sure though whether Logona uses sustainable palm oil in this product.
As a overal, this lotion is effective and soothing despite the presence of (too much for me) alcohol. I am quite happy about it.
A more blogging related topic for today as I really want to chat quickly about Bloglovin'!
For bloggers and readers who don't know yet, Bloglovin' is a great (free) internet platform. It allows you to follow, read, and comment all your favorite blogs without much effort. Not only it saves you lots of times but it also looks really aesthetic!
So if you haven't joined yet, it is not too late! Just create an account, log in and that's it!
The thing that I like about Bloglovin' is that you get a quick preview of each post (title, photo, intro) of the blogs you follow, like that it gives you a good idea of whether it is worth reading till the end :-)).
Back in June, Juliette from Bareskin Beauty (a british company) kindly sent me a beautiful package containing generous samples of products that I previously selected. I was very impressed by the attention to details and the prompt customer service. While going on holiday I had the opportunity to test some products (see here) and today I am reviewing two of them.
Papaya and Honey resurfacing balm
This carefully blended light honey/mandarine color balm is quite a revelation to me. No doubt I am a fan of exfoliation (for more details, click here). I do have one expectation though: the exfoliant must not overdry or irritate skin. This is an essential key characteristic from a face scrub (I think!).
Applied on wet skin, the Papaya and Honey treatment gently melts and foams. The Himalayan salt actively removes dirts and dead skin cells while gently polishing skin. Honey is highly moisturising and papaya seed oil is both purifying and regenerative. Skin is really left so smooth and hydrated, and cell renewal is boosted. I am in love of this product. I am a fan of the citrussy scent, so, quite happy with the delicate lemon myrtle and patchouli smell that perfumes the beauty blend.
Clarifying cleansing serum
I am always on the hunt of the perfect cleanser. I choose to try the clarifying cleanser as I have a sensitive combination skin. This balm with its refreshing smell and yummy color is really soft for the skin. Shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil smooth away impurities. Apricot and sea bucktorn oil restore skin natural radiance by bringing essential fatty acids and nourishing nutrients. A special blend of anti-bacterial and antiseptic essential oils help to improve skin clarity and tighten the appearence of the pores. I use this cleansing serum in 2 ways:
- I apply it on damp skin as a proper cleanser and remove it with a muslin cloth (but this is not my favorite method of face cleansing unfortunately although it has lots of benefits).
- I apply it twice a week in the evening as a purifying balm.
The end of the summer is already approaching..."oh, no" you may think. Listen ladies (and gentlemen).
There is something that cheers me up and that I look foward to and this is Organic September.
Launched by the Soil Association in UK, Organic September aims at celebrating everything organic. This great initiative helps raising awareness whether you are an occasional organic lover, a 100% organic addict or still quite undecided about the organic way of life.
If you are from USA, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, UK, Singapore, Sweden, Spain or elsewhere (I know my readers :-)!) and would like more information about it, you can visit the Soil Association website.
Personally, I put a little effort and creativity in cooking new little dishes during Organic September: trying new combinations, testing some new organic cereals, blending unique ingredients...
At the end of the day, it is all about pleasure, discovery and effort.
Are you doing something special during Organic September?
Driving through beautiful sunflowers fields in Auvergne, France has really inspired me to share with you some simple and true facts about popular Sunflower oil.
Sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the beautiful yellow sunflowers. As any others oils, I always advise when purchasing to choose unrefined and cold pressed oils as this is a garantee that the oil natural content such as fatty acids and vitamins are preserved. Sunflower oil is part of these "good budget beauty buys", so very handy when money is tight at the end of the month.
So, why using Sunflower oil?
Healthy oil for cuisine:
Super rich in Omega 6 (but less in Omega 3), sunflower oil is a light oil ideal for adding flavor to salads, frying and sauteeing.
Ideal to include in your beauty routine:
Rich in revitalising Vitamin E and oleic acids, sunflower is excellent to treat dry and damaged skin.
I love massaging sunflower oil on wet and damp body skin as it really softens and moisturises. Skin is left glowing without any greasy feeling.
Another good altermative to soothe skin is to pour half a cup of Sunflower oil with a couple of drops of neroli essential oil to your bath during your bathtime routine: great moment of relaxation combined with great treat for the skin!
The summer season is very enjoyable for me. Nature is at its full bloom, holidays are finally here and it is somehow (the best) time to relax a bit....pure bliss! Summer is also for me synonymous to gorgeous and juicy fruits, delicious smoothies, and refreshing homemade ice-creams.
For those who have ever spent holidays in mediterranean countries, you may have strolled through those fantastic local markets offering their best fruits and veggies on a Saturday morning. Stunning and mouth watering, isn't? loving it!
So today, I want to write about one of my favourite fruit: melon.
Containing almost 90% of water, melon is highly refreshing and low calorie. Melon is a superstar in terms of vitamins (A, B, C, Beta carotene), oligo-elements (potassium and magnesium), and anti-oxidants content.
The orange pulp is also rich in fibers which play an important role in body elimination functions.
I have already mentionned that excellent diet and great skincare routine are key to a glowing skin. Including melon as healthy snacks (while relaxing on the beach or on a terrasse :-)) in your regime is a wonderful way to keep your body hydrated and skin plumped.
Wanting to give a instant youthful glow to your skin? try this extra simple DIY recipe: apply slices of melon onto cleansed face and leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Gently pat dry. Skin is left radiant and clear.
Do you like melon? What is your top beauty fruit? why?
Summer holidays are, for most people, just around the corner. I thought it might be interesting to list the beauty products that I would bring with me.
This summer I will be heading to France (yeah!) and I assume the weather will be quite hot and humid.
Here is my list of essential products (on holidays I like to keep it simple):
So, these are my holiday beauty picks. Some of the products are travel size (very handy!) that were kindly offered by Bodhi and Bareskin Beauty.
During holidays, I also love to use raw ingredients (such as honey, milk, olive oil, strawberries, avocado etc...) and do a little bit of DIY and create my own last minute beauty treats such as facial mask. Recipes to be posted here soon! Individual product reviews will also be posted too after trial!
What are your holiday essentials? Any "must have"? ..and have a beautiful holiday!
Weather has been humid and dull lately (don't tell me, what a spring!) and I found that my hands were dryer and more red than usual. Not really nice!
Hand cream is one of the beauty product that I carry with me all year round and everywhere, although I do not use it everyday. However, this year I nearly did use it on a daily basis!
In this post, I would like to talk about the Sea Buckthorn hand cream from Weleda.
Weleda hand cream is a light silky cream full of nourishing plant oils, such as Sesame oil and Sea Buckthorn oil. Only a small amount of cream is sufficient to restore hydration and suppleness of the hands. I really love the fact that the cream is not greasy and is absorbed very easily. These are factors that I consider to be really important for hand creams. It leaves my hands soft and smooth.
Sesame oil is wonderful in regenerating irritated and tired skins. Being very rich in fatty acids and in vitamin E, this plant oil acts a wonderdul cuddle for the hands. Sea Buckthorn oil promotes skin healing and restores elasticity. Sea Buckthorn oil is packed of wonderful antioxidants and phytosterols, which are efficient against age spots, wrinkles, and premature ageing.
The cream also contains beewax. Beewax helps to improve the texture of the emulsion and also acts as a barrier against dehydration.
The amount of alcohol in the cream seems, however, to be a bit high. It may act as a preservative, but alcohol is also known for its drying effects on the skin.
I like the citrus scent of this hand cream. It feels fresh and tonic. Knowing the solid ethical values of Weleda, I was also a bit surprised to see "parfum" in the list of the components. The lovely scent seems to come from essentiel oils as stated on the packaging but I am not entirely sure.
As an occasional treatment, I enjoy using this cream, but if your hands suffer from extreme dryness and redness, I would use a richer cream.
For top beauty tips about handcare, have a look at my previous post.
We all know that a beautiful and glowing skin is, at least partly, the result of an excellent diet in which fruit, fish and vegetables play an important role. You can enhance this further by a great skincare routine.
I love fruits: juicy, refreshing and, more importantly, bursting of vitamins and nutrients. They are part of my menu everyday.
The fruit I want to highlight today in this post is the super fruit pomegranate.
Pomegranates are big thick fruits that grow in warm climates in places such as California or Spain. The fruits contain many red seeds that are bursting with flavor and health benefits.
The red pomegranate seeds are super tasteful and have a delicate hint of sweetness. They are packed with skin benefit components: Vitamin B and C, antioxidants such as polyphenols, and minerals such as potassium. Although further scientific research still needs to be done, pomegranate seems to play an interesting role in reducing bad cholesterol, improving blood circulation and lowering blood pressure.
It is "fun" to eat pomegranate fruits and seeds. You can add it to desserts or salads and it really gives that little "extra".
Pomegranates are healthy and, generally, you can consume them as much as you like.
However, some of the pomegranate components may interact with some medications (similar to grapefruit juice). If you want to enjoy pomegranate on a regular basis, I would recommend to seek advice from your doctor before doing so.
If you are looking for a pomegranate juice I would recommend Organic Village . However there are several other pomegranate juices on the market. The delicious juice forms an easy way to consume this fruit. Check the label and make sure you are not buying a blend of concentrated juices but only the 100% pure organic pomegranate juices. Have you ever tried pomegranates? What do you think?
If some of you are living/or used to travel to France, you must know the big supermarket chain Carrefour. I quite like it! Why?
... because it really offers a great variety of products including food, clothes, baby stuff, beauty...and prices are quite competitive!
Super famous in France, the retailer is also present in other countries (I always try to go when I am abroad, so I went to one in China, in Dubai, Sicily...)
During a recent trip to France, I was even suprised to discover in Carrefour a whole area specially dedicated to organic food and products.
Carrefour have also just relaunched their entire beauty range under the name of: "lescosmetiques design Paris". It includes toiletries, skincare, haircare and is divided into 5 different categories that are listed below:
Nectars of Nature- offers a complete collection for face, body and hair. Certified by Ecocert and specially formulated with pure plant extracts, the products are good if you want to switch to natural beauty but not spend too much. I will be more than happy to test some of them during my next trip to France.
Essentials- basic beauty products for the face, body and hair. It includes all kinds of products from shower gels to shampoos to moisturising face cream, to nail remover....
Science- designed for all type of skins. Not sure if the name really means something for me (who has a scientific background). I often think claims as such appear more as marketing tool than anything else. Again, the range offers anti-ageing skincare, body and hair products.
Ultimate- designed for mature skins and aims at defying the time effect on skin. The range comprises body massage oils and creams, sun tanning lotion, and antiageing serums.
Pro's- advertised as easy make-up. This "couture" sub-category aims at providing a more sophisticated look.
Bare in mind that Nectars of Nature is the only natural beauty range within the 5 ranges.
You probably enjoy the experience and after-effect of a nice facial treatment. Occasionally I love to go to a beauty centre to be pampered this way. But you can also treat your face yourself in the comfort of your own home! Here is an idea to pamper your skin. It is easy, relaxing and very nice.
Once a week I treat myself on a complete face cleansing, followed by an exfoliation and mask. It gives a truly glowing complexion; well, as long as you use the right products of course!
One of my favourite products, that I use often, is the Glow enzyme Mask from Maison d'Anu.
I discovered this British company on Twitter while I was still living in London. They kindly sent me their bestseller to review. So here it is.
Product description: glow enzyme mask
For: all types of skin except sensitive
Texture: gel cream
Price: £28 for 100ml
First of all, I am really impressed by the design of the packaging. I am a fan a clean cut yet stylish look and I think this one has it all.
I use this mask once a week (and actually do not exfoliate my skin prior to it). I am almost addicted to it...
The texture of the mask is really enjoyable: not too heavy and very nice. I avoid the sensitive eye area but do not mind putting a more generous layer on the T area of the face (forehead, nose, and chin).
After 10 minutes I give it a good rinse and my face is truly glowing and lifted. The skin is left pleasantly smooth, unified and more plumped. It makes a true difference and you keep this feeling for quite a while! I perfectly understand why this mask is a bestseller!
The mask is a light silky blend of jojoba, sesame seeds, and rosehip oils with some papaya/pineapple enzymes.Those enzymes act as exfoliation agents. In addition, aloe vera gel has been added and delivers soothing nutrients to the skin.
Not only the regeneration process of the skin is enhanced, but the hydration level is also increased.
I also love the smell; it is fresh and invigorating.
This mask is suitable for premature ageing/mature skin or simply tired/dull looking skins which need a little booster once in a while. If you have a sensitive skin, I would perhaps avoid using this product or, at least, do a patch test before use.
If you follow me on Twitter (@MlleNature), you may have noticed that I often tweet about the skin benefits of Rose flower water.
I thought I would write a bit more about it. I personally love it and in this blog post I will tell you about those key properties that makes Rose flower water a great product.
Rose flower water is a by-product of the production of rose essential oil. It is used to flavour food, has medical applications and is also a beauty product.
The rose itself has always played a prominent role in the perfume industry, due to its natural and wonderful scent. It is no wonder that it has become such an icon in the beauty industry! Having a gentle and delicate scent and being a symbol of feminity, the rose is regarded as the true beauty queen.
Rose flower water (also simply called Rose water or Rose distillate) is one of my favorite skincare products! I have tried many facial mists, but (organic) rose flower distillate is by far the one that I prefer most. My skin is always left incredibly smooth and hydrated. It is a key part of my personal skincare routine (see also my post My skincare routine).
Amongst those benefits are:
- Aromatic: wonderfully fresh, light, and "douce".
- Moisturising: for many centuries it is used to hydrate (facial) skin... and rightly so!
- Soothing and calming: rose flower water soothes any skin type from delicate to mature.
- Anti-ageing: its rejuvenating properties makes it the perfect complementary care for ageing skin.
- Gently tonic and astringent, rose flower water tightens pores and brightens complexion.
- Suitable for sensitive skin: rose flower water is the perfect cleanser complement - skin is left really soft without any hince of irritation.
So, if rose flower water is not yet part of your facial beauty routine, please try it and you might love it as much as I do!
There are a few brands I can recommend: Melvita, Raw Gaia, Balm Balm, Sanoflore.
Do you use any other flower distillate in your skincare routine? Please let me know which one you use!
Lip balm is one of those beauty products that I cannot live without. Dry, cracked and/or irritated lips is not something I can handle very well. I always look for the best and most effective lip balm and I usually expect a lot from each balm that I try.
Having lived in UK, I know the natural british company Balm Balm created by Glenda and I decided to try their unscented lip balm...with high expectations!!
Last year I reviewed Pai lip balm (see post), and Hurraw! lip balms (see post) on this blog and I was very satisfied by the result.
So why using another lip balm? I do think it is woman's nature (and my curious nature) to try and change all the time, but nevertheless I tend to return to my favorite's ones! Let's see for this lip balm. Will it stand a change to become one of my favorites?
Product description: lip balm
Certified: yes (Soil Association)
For: chapped lips
Texture: rich balm
Price: £3.50 for 10 ml
My opinion The weather has been quite cold lately here in Amsterdam where I live, so I really needed a lip balm that can be effective but gentle at the same time.
This little Balm Balm pot contains a blend of organic nutritive butters and oils that soothe and repair any dry and damaged lips. Nourishing shea butter is combined with conditioning jojoba oil and calming calendula oil. Super rich in vitamins, polyphenols and fatty acids, this lip balm delivers protection and nutrition all day long.
Very easy to use, I often apply a dash on the lips before going out or before going to bed.... lips become deliciously soft! The texture is rich and onctuous. It leaves a glossy effect on the lips which looks really nice. I even use Balm Balm lip balm on my hands when I am running out of hand cream.
Wondering about the smell?...hum...the smell is obsviously quite natural....so I guess if you want something a bit more aromatic, you can choose between the tea tree or the rose geranium fraganced version.
The pot is a bit small, but it lasts quite a while. So I guess it is a good investment.
....a great natural and soothing balm for the lips! Overall rating: 8/10