Natural beauty and well-being

27 October 2014

So smooth skin: R.L. linden & co sugar scrub and Lyonsleaf body butter

I am always dreaming of a smooth skin. And sometimes, dreams come true…with a little help of course. Ok, let me detail you a bit more now two of the bodycare products I have been using lately.

If you are following me, you all know that I have quite a (big!) soft spot for the R.L. linden & Co beauty range and included in their latest lovely summer edition I received this summer was the really appealing Lemon and Petitgrain sugar scrub.


R.L. linden & Co Lemon + Petitgrain Enzyme sugar Scrub
This wonderfully vegan body scrub is (hand) made of very simple yet effective blend of sugar and soothing coconut oil. The beautiful fresh and invigorating scent is due to the presence of Lemon and Petitgrain essential oils. Subtil and floral Petitgrain is reknown for its healing and regenerative properties whereas antiseptic Lemon brings some zest and punch to formula.You just need to apply a small amount, to rub in circular motions (insist on dry areas) and rinse to get a skin amazingly silky smooth and radiant. It also contains Aloe vera gel which is an exceptionnal beauty ingredient for its   moisturising benefits. The formula is simple but works really well. Skin is velvety soft minus any oil residue.
This scrub was part of the limited edition summer box in addition with the gorgeous Whole Lotta Roses Probiotic mask (read my review here).

Price: part of the summer box.
Composition: turbinado sugar, Aloe vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, essential oils of Lemon and Petit grain.

The other brand that I have been really delighted to try is Lyonsleaf, a newly upcoming british natural skincare company. After exchanging a few emails, the owner Vicky kindly sent me a body butter to try.


Lyonsleaf Body Butter 
The generous tinted brown glass pot contains a really lovely treat for the body. Absolutely divinely nourishing, the creamy body butter helps to treat any little body skin problems you may have experienced: dryness, rough skin,  lack of elasticity. The texture is amazingly divine as a small amount of butter is enough to bring back softness and radiance. I am a massive fan of Shea butter as this wonderful healing ingredient originated from Africa is just in itself a pure beauty wonder. Hand-blended to a few repairing cold-pressed plants oil such as Avocado and sweet Almond, this body butter achieves a really high standard in regards to formula. It also features Calendula flower extract, a highly healing and anti-inflammatory component very rich in anti-oxidants. A top favorite bodycare product of mine!

Price: £12.95 for 110ml
Composition: Butyrospermum parkii (organic raw shea butter), Cocos nucifera (cold pressed organic coconut oil), Persea americana (organic cold pressed avocado oil), Prunus amygdalus dulcis (cold pressed sweet almond oil), tocopherol (natural Vitamin E), styrax benzoin (benzoin resin), Salvia sclera (clary sage essential oil), Pelargonium graveolens (geranium essential oil), Piper nigrum (blackpepper essential oil), Calendula officinalis (Calendula flower extract), citral, geraniol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, limonene, linolool.


...This duo has been amazing as it has giving me a ultra-soft baby skin.

My bodycare routine is really simple and the whole experience with this lovely duo is definetely worth it. A perfect excuse for some home "Me time"!

What do you think? Have your tried both brands?
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20 October 2014

My asian facial toner: Chidoriya Peach Moon Water

Let me introduce you my little beauty treasure of the moment: the Chidoriya Peach Moon water.
I have discovered this herbal toner while browsing online a while ago and got really tempted! I am a very big fan of toners in general and rarely do without one. Although I have written about my love for the Rose water, I decided to expend my area of testing to the Japanese beauty world of Chidoriya.
Fall season is almost on and when I bought this toner, I had a firm intention to find one really effective  that acts a bit as a skin booster. So... is Chidoriya Peach Moon water worth the purchase?


Product name: Peach Moon Water
Certified: no
Texture: liquid
For: all skin types
Price: 31$ for 120ml

My opinion

This pure herbal toner has been part of my skincare routine lately. The  medicinal plant that is used to make this hydrosol is called Shell Ginger and has been widely used in the Japanese herbal medicine. Quite unique and exotic, this toner carries the lovely ginger aroma. Fan of ginger or not, you are more than likely to enjoy the warm yet subtle and pleasant scent!

Also named Alpinia Zerumbet, Shell Ginger is a traditional plant from Japan and reknown for its potent anti-inflammatory benefits. Sheel Ginger is said to be wonderfully healing and regenerative due to the exceptional concentration of bioactives and anti-oxidants. Alcohol-free, this rejuvenating hydrosol is preserved with grapefruit seed extract. This preservative can be controversial depending on the method of extraction. The ingredient list does not specify the compound used for the extract. So in that case, I am not really able to comment too much on it.
Talking about the packaging design, well... I  love it! The perky green bottle is really cute and brings a certain edginess and fun to my beauty cabinet. My only wish would be to have a spray dispenser rather than a standard bottle opening -this would help much better to control the debit of the toner (as lot of product gets lost and absorb in the pad).

During my cleansing routine, I apply (or try to apply) a tiny amount on an organic cotton pad and smooth over my face (in the morning or in the evening or both depending on my skin needs). It is really refreshing. The effects on my skin have been really promising so far: my face is more radiant and unified, presents less irregularities, and is just really soft. My skin is also perfectly primes for moisturiser, oil or serum treatment.

Chidoriya Peach Moon Water is a pricey toner, no doubt. However, it could become my perfect mid-season toner - it ensures a real nice skin glow and that is a key feature for me. I would probably recommend to use it more as a cure and as a really special treat rather than as a daily basic toner. I can't wait to try more of Chidoriya (yes, I have already bought another product that I will review it soon, so stay tuned).
So…is it worth the purchase? I would definitely say: Yes!

++ unique scent and great results
- pricey and no spray

My overal rating: 9/10

Product composition: Alpinia Zerumbet (Shell ginger) hydrosol, Grapefruit seed extract.


What do you think of Chidoriya toner? fancy to try it?

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12 October 2014

Yes to Tomatoes Volumizing shampoo

If there is one thing that always need to look clean, shiny and healthy, then it's my hair. I have long chatain curlish hair: they are easy manageable I would say, easy to tie up in a chignon or leave it loose. I do not straighten my hair (no time and not too good for your hair either), and I like it that way…perhaps I stick to my natural look french beauty routine too!
Shampoos have a very important place in my bathroom. I have tried a lot and thought I would give my thoughts of one of them: Yes to Tomatoes Voluminizing shampoo.


Product name: Yes to Tomato Voluminizing shampoo
For: fine or long hair
Texture: light and creamy
Certified: no
Presentation: Bottle (big!)
Price: 9€ for 500ml

My opinion

This is my first tried and tested session for the Yes to brand. I actually bought it impulsively, also driven by the relative affordable price, but I was very happy to give it a go!
I'm not sure if you are like me, but one of my main shampoo expectations is to deliver clean scalp,  volume and shine to my hair. Aimed at long hair and named voluminizing shampoo, I think I could not go wrong with this one. It really defines and describes my hair type.
Looking closer at the content, the formulation is not bad at all. Enriched with some lovely hair loving fruit extracts and a blend of plant oils to nourish and soothe hair locks, the SLS-free formula of this shampoo seems quite impressive. The detergents selected are mild and gentle and are effective at cleansing away dirt and impurities.
Wondering about my experience?…Helas, the shampoo does not entirely work for me. Although it lathers really well and does a great job at cleansing, the results 2 days post-shampoo are just disappointing: my curly hair looks rather flat and also feels greasy. I have tried to use less product per usage or have tried to carefully double rinse but this did not improve the results.
Remember that shampoos are quite personal such as skincare and routine. I am not saying that this shampoo would not work on other hair type. It may, but it was definitely not my best haircare product.

….a disppointing performance!

My overal rating: 5/10

Composition: water (aqua), sodium coco-sulfate, decyl glucoside, lauryl glucosyl, dead sea water (maris aqua), glyceryl stearate SE, solanum lycopersicum (tomato) fruit extract, citrillys vulgaris (watermelon) fruit extract, chenopodium quinoa flower/leaf extract, ganoderma lucidum (mushroom) extract, prunus persicus nectarina fruit (nectarine) extract, capsicum annunm extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice (aloe vera), olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, spirulina maxima extract, camellia sinensis leaf (green tea) extract, algae extract, ginkgo biloba extract, punica granatum extract, xanthun gum, citric acid, fragance (parfum), sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate

PS: While writing this review, I did try another shampoo from the range (I wanted to give another chance to Yes) And surprise surprise, the Nourishing shampoo Yes to Carrots has been a real winner! It gives me the healthy and voluminous locks that I have been dreaming on.

What do you think? Have you used Yes to Shampoos?
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05 October 2014

R.L. linden & Co Whole Lotta Roses probiotic mask

The best beauty advice for a healthy and smooth looking skin is to do regular home face treatments: a face exfoliation follow-up with a mask - a once/week pampering session!
During the summer, I was (once again) extremely excited when R.L. linden & co sent me a beautiful package: their " Limited Edition seasonal summer box". An absolutely lovely parcel which contains many goodies, including the Whole Lotta Roses probiotic mask. I will review some of the other products in another post soon.


Product name: Whole Lotta Roses Probiotic mask
For: any skin tips
Texture: powder
Certified: no
Contenance: 30g

My opinion

The small glass pot is not even open and the wonderful and magical scent of the aromatic fresh floral blend of Rose discretly escapes the container and brings all senses into a very much welcome "relax" state. The expert ladies behind the brand, Lynn and Robin have done it again (remember my enthousiasm for the the Thousand Petals Beautifying mist): a magical scented mask!

The dark rose colour of the Whole Lotta Roses probiotic mask is stunning. This facial mask features a blend of excellent natural powders that have been recognized to soften and normalize the skin. To start, the main ingredient Pink clay helps to draw out impurities and clarify the skin (this clay type is really gentle for sensitive skins). Then you have the Yogurt powder which contains lots of proteins, but its main action is to gently exfoliate without irritating thanks to the lactic acid. Rich in vitamins and acids, the strawberry powder delicately refines the skin and leave it silky smooth. Also packed with Vitamin C- rich Rosehip and Rose powder, this mask stimulates cell renewal and really freshens-up any dull/tired looking skins. And for the final touch, a touch of honey that nurtures and moisturises the skin. What a brillant beauty concoction!

But the main question is: does the Whole Lotta Roses probiotic mask, with all its great ingedients live up to expectation and perform? And the answer is YES!
I love using it every week. My favorite way (aka the best results oberved) is when I mix 1/2 teaspoon of the probiotic mask with one teaspoon of organic Acacia honey. I apply it for 20 min (rarely more). I experience a slighty warm and tingling sensation on the skin but nothing really dramatic. Once timing is over, I then rinse away by massaging the face with lukewarm water: the tiny grains (perhaps from Rosehip) gently encourage the exfoliation process…and my skin is so smooth! I gently pat dry and quickly spray a bit of Jonzac thermal water. I have been repeating this ritual over the past couple of months and I am delighted with the results.
Although this mask was part of the limited eddition summer box, I really hope it will become a standard because it really deserves a permament place on the R.L. linden & co shelves.

++ aroma and performance
- struggling to find any really

My overal rating: 9/10

Composition: Pink clay, rose powder, strawberry powder, yogurt powder, rosehip powder, honey powder, proprietary essential oil blend including Rose centefolia, Rose geranium & Linden flower essential oils.

What do you think? Have you tried it?
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