Natural beauty and well-being

29 December 2014

Heaven on earth: Rosemary Chi Himalayan salt scrub bodhi&birch

The New Year is fast approaching and you may feel a little bit tired and stressed: getting ready for the 31st, work to finish, planning kids activities or exams to prepare and/or recovering from Christmas festivities- yes, December is a very intense month! Therefore, I decided to reach out to the Rosemary Chi Himalayan salt scrub (a cult on its own already) in order to soothe the effects of this hectic period. Adored by many of you, it was time for me to test this natural beauty legend thanks to the amazing kindness of Elijah, the founder of bodhi & birch.


Product name: Rosemary Chi Himalayan Salt scrub
For: any skin type
Certified: no
Texture: grainy and onctuous
Price: £35.00 for 250g

My opinion

The sleek black glass pot is undeniably the most beautiful item that I have in my bathroom. I love the clean-cut look and it definitely surpasses my standard of luxe and glamour. I believe Elijah brought his creative talent of ex-designer into this pot design!

I am in love with the packaging…but let me tell you, what's inside is equally exciting, at least. The gorgeous pink scrub which is packed with nourishing shea butter and soothing botanical oils (apricot, grapeseed, almond) also features the incredibly pure and mineral-rich Himalayan pink salt crystal. This unrefined star ingredient is well-reknown for its amazing richness in trace elements such as zinc, manganese, potassium. The aesthetic pink colour is due the iron oxide present in the salt.

If you are looking for a relaxing, detoxifying and magical experience, then this scrub is for you (and definitely for me!). I apply it on damp skin and thoroughly massage my legs, arms, feet and all areas that need a good polish. The size of the grains is small which enables the scrub to be effective without over-exfoliating or irritate the skin. While you experience the divine effect on the skin, the scent that emerges from the massage takes you to another level: aromatic, unwinding, destressing. A pure bliss!
My skin is left absolutely silky smooth, enveloped with a delicate moisturing and nourishing light film. You do not even need to apply a body oil or lotion. The Rosemary Chi Himalayan salt scrub is a true wonder. Thanks Elijah for having created such an amazing product!

If you are interested, you can get it here.

Worth your skin and worth the money without any single hesitation!
++ everything
 - nothing

My overall rating: 9.5/10

Conposition: sodium chloride (Himalayan salt crystals), Butyrospermum parkii (organic Shea butter), Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil, Prunus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Squalane/Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Rosmarinus officnalis (Rosemary) oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranuim) flower oil, tocopherol (Vitamin E), Juniperus virginiana (Virginia Cedarwood) oil, Citrus Nobilis (Red Mandarin) peel oil, Citrus aurantium var. Amara (Petitgrain) leaf oil, Salvia sclarea (Clary sage) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf oil, Alpina offcinalis (Galangal) root oil, Vetiver zizanoides (Vetyver) root oil, citralm citronella, geraniol, limonene, linalool *natural component of essential oils.

Anyone tried it? What is your favorite body polish?
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23 December 2014

Happy festive season 2014!

To all my wonderful readers, wishing you a Merry Christmas 2014 and a Happy New Year 2015!



Writing a blog about natural beauty is a precious thing to do. It has been three years now and it is so wonderful to see how it has grown and how I have come in contact with so many lovely and passionate people. I enjoy your positive feedback, trust and support and it is without doubt that without the involvement of my readers, this blog would never have been such a pleasure to do. It makes me feel really privileged to share my passion all over the world with Mademoiselle Nature. 
Stay tuned everyone, because, thanks to all of you, more is to come in the next year…! 

Smile, Be happy and Positive, Enjoy Life. Joyeux Noel! 
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20 December 2014

Luxurious purifying beauty products: what I would like to try.

I have rarely written about beauty products on this blog before trying them! But here is my natural beauty wishlist of products that sounds super appealing to me. And with Christmas approaching this could be the time to try...or perhaps Dear Santa is also reading this post and willing to bring me some of the items mentionned below!

My current top 5 of products I am eager to test are the ones below.



     1. The Clean Dirt by May Lindstrom. This versatile organic cleanser powder from the very raved luxe beauty brand sounds so performant. It is really pricey, but I guess I am willing to compromise on other products to get this one. $60.00 for 200 ml.

     2. The Botanic earth mud Mask by Live Native. I spotted this mud mask while ago. Made with extra-absorbing rhassoul combined with anti-oxidant acai/cacaco powders, this ultra-fine blend is designed to gently purify and detox the skin. Sounds really nice and ideal to use as an ultimate "treat my skin" time at home! £60.00 for 100ml.

     3. Tabula Rasa Pads from Arcona. This californian organic beauty brand features some fabulous products but the one that stands out for me are these cleansing pads aiming at immediately clear the skin thanks to Lactic Acid and Black Tea extract. Interesting isn't? $28.00 for 45 pads.

     4. Baume de la Terre from Alors ca pousse. This new french green beauty brand has everything that is appealing: handcrafted, organic and using lovely 100% pure botanical oils! I am so intrigued by the Baume de la Terre (or Earth Balm in english) which sounds like a marvellous potion featuring some powerful plant oils (such as Hemp oil), flower extracts and clay to name a few. €52.00 for 30ml.

    5. Lapis facial Oil from Herbivore Botanicals. Look at this incredibly good looking beauty flacon containing, by the sound of it, a super exquisite and magical light blue facial oil. It has been especially formulated to treat redness and help to reduce skin inflammation thanks to German Blue Chamomille, blue Yarrow and Blue Tansy essential oils. $90.00 for 50ml.

Have you tried any of these? Which beauty goodies are you dying to try next year?
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15 December 2014

Another Konjac sponge to the test: the Morihata Binchotan facial puff

You all know that Konjac sponge is my best cleansing friend (I have been really enthusiastic in the past with this one). I was on the hunt for a sponge that I could use a couple of times a week and that would give this extra-purifying bit my skin needs once in a while. I love discovering new brands and I was super excited about trying the Morihata Binchotan facial puff. It is japanese and that is one of the reasons why I have picked it (I love all the japanese heritage/culture). Here are my thoughts.


My opinion

To help detox and purify the skin, this rectangular facial puff  has been infused with some microfine activated charcoal powder, which has amazing skin benefits! Naturally antibacterial, it is designed to soak up all impurities and grime. "Made in the Kishu region of Japan, Binchotan charcoal is activated by burning oak branches at extremely high temperatures for several days". Its deep-cleansing actions and its ability to retain dirt are due to the extraordinary sponge surface of the activated charcoal. It aims at improving the skin general balance and texture without being overally exfoliating.

I use this sponge 2 to 3 times per week to complete my evening skincare routine. After face cleansing, I massage the face with the wet sponge insisting on the slightly more oily zones such as forehead and chin. While I am very impressed by the cleansing properties, I am not entirely convinced by the end results: my skin feels less smooth and soft than when I used the Pink clay sponge from the Konjac Company. Ok, those 2 sponges aim at different skin types but still...I guess I was expecting a little more from the black facial puff. In addition to that, after a very short time of use, the sponge started to break apart in different areas. Nothing dramatic that led me to stop using it…but it was a bit inconvenient. I do not want to sound too negative, but again, this was a bit disappointing.

Pricing at around $16.00, the Morihata Binchotan facial puff  is one of the most expensive Konjac sponges on the market. I don't think the results completely justify the price, and at the moment, I am reluctant to repurchase it. Having said that, I am still very much intrigued by the Morihata company which aims to bring the best out of Japanese luxuries. I have browsed the nicely designed website and I have now my eyes on the Binchotan charcoal facial soap. Morihata did not convince me with their sponge, but I will still give them another chance with their soap!
Explore the all Morihata world here.

My overal rating: 6/10
What do you think? Have you tried it?
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08 December 2014

Christmas natural beauty gifts: the list!

December is an exciting time of the year. Sparkles, glam, Christmas lights, love and peace feeling and let's not forget it, some little presents... it is nice to see everyone displaying a very enthusiastic and cheerful mood!

If you love the festive season like me but lack a bit of inspiration when it comes to Christmas shopping, don't worry! I have gathered here some pretty good ideas/ beauty gifts that you can find and purchase on the web… Enjoy!


1. Bodhi and Birch- I am a big fan of this brand and it is not surprising that I mention it here . With a chic packaging and wonderfully scented bodycare products, I bet you would make anyone (or yourself) happy with a gift set! Ranging from £15.00 to £38.00. Get it here.

2. Ren skincare- Another lovely collection made by the clean-cut beauty company.The beautiful Christmas sets feature a lovely design that contain bodycare, skincare, miniature products. If There is a bit for everyone! Price starting from £16.00 till £38.00. Buy here.

3. Pai skincare-They did it again: a lovely festive edition 2014 by the bristish beauty brand. It is also a really nice opportunity to grab some Limited editions such as the Rosehip face mask. Prices are a little steeper but bare in mind that the brand's standard of quality and performance make it worth it. Get it here.

4. One Love Organics- This beauty brand is lovely: refreshing and pure, with a certain detail to attention. I love their Christmas edition and some sets would be perfect for sisters, girlfriend or mummies. Check it out here.

5. Lyonsleaf- The upcoming natural beauty brand ( that I have recently praised their super nourishing body butter) have launched beautiful Christmas gifts which extra-nurturing balms and more. Do not miss it! Prices start from £27.49. Get it here.

6. Weleda- From stocking fillers to mini crackers to lovely bath sets, I am sure you will find your little treasure within Weleda natural world! Prices remain affordable starting from £3.50 only. Purchase here.

7. Melvita- I love the versatility and the wide range of this french beauty brand topped up by the performance of the products. If you have not seen their really festive gift sets, then have a look: a nice collection from body oils, soaps or skincare kit discovery and even a special for men. Ranging from £10.00 to £62.00. Get it here.

8. Neal'sYard Remedies-Another stunning collection from the well-known english organic brand. Incredible choice…and last but not least: products are awesome…a big favourite of mine!Very good price range starting from £13.00 till £45.00. Purchase here.

9. Jurlique- The aussie beauty brand is not entirely100% natural but, you will find a lot of wonderful goodies- an excellent option for the green near-purists. The sparkling red packaging really stands out! I have an eye on the Rose body oil Limited edition which really sounds amazing. Prices range from $13.00 onwards. Have a look here.
Happy shopping everyone!
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01 December 2014

Serum addition: the S5 skincare illuminating serum

A beauty serum is one of those everyday beauty staples that are always on my bedside table. I love to use one, especially in the evening- just by itself or applied prior to a face oil or night cream. I am super keen to explore the best serums on the market, and it may come at no surprise, I had my eye on the british natural brand S5 skincare. Their range features 5 top luxury serums that address very specific skin needs by providing potent bioactives to the skin. I was sent the S5 illuminating serum targeted at pigmented skins - As I have mentionned before, my skin type is combination but I am also granted of little fainty freckles (nice!). I lived in Los Angeles for a few years, I took advantage of the californian sunshine (yes, sounds awesome!) but it has resulted in some sparse "petits" dark spots (yes, less awesome…).


Product name: S5 illuminating serum
For: pigmented skins
Certified: yes (Ecocert)
Texture: cream/gel
Price: £44 for 30ml

My opinion

While I always try to keep my beauty regime simple and easy, the serum is one of my best skin companions. The S5 illuminating serum comes housed in a very clean-cut glass bottle and this is not suprising as I have already reviewed another (wonderful!) serum from S5 skincare (see review here) with a similar sleek look.

This one really feels luxurious to use. Why? Probably because of its texture: really soft, velvety, and in a way that I have never came across before. I would not even call it a serum actually, as it looks more like a white and delicate cream/dew. This texture is achieved by using an aloe vera base enriched with glycerin which gives already very hydrating properties to the serum. Included in the serum are skin lifting ingredients such as Kombuchka proven to enhance skin glow and radiance. In addition,  a plethora of herb and floral extracts such as Cowslip, Lady's mantle, Yarrow, Mallow, Peppermint have been added and act as a powerful brigthening complex helping to reduce sun-induced hyperpigmentation. This active illuminating complex is meant to target and downregulate a specify enzyme located in the skin responsable for the production of ageing spots/excessive pigmentation.

So enough of the theory, how does the S5 illuminating serum perfom in practice? After applying it every evening into cleansed face for a good 6 weeks, I can say that the serum is perfect to even out complexion. It gives a little kick to skin regeneration processes and help to unify skin while being really moisturising at the same time.
So I like the performance but I still want to mention a couple of things I like less. Considering the volume, I do find the serum slightly on the pricey side. The tag-line" little goes a long way" could not be applied here. The brightening effect is a tad disappointing as I have not seen dramatic improvement in terms of dark spot reduction. Perhaps I need to wait a little more time. All in all, I am still enjoying this serum very much: the weaker points do not outweight its strong benefits- super gentle, non irritant at all, and really helpful on dull and lack luster skin!

++ unifying and soothing serum
pricey

Overal rating: 7.5/10

Composition: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, aqua (water), caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, Saccharomyces/xylinum black tea ferment, isostearyl isostearate, C14-22 alcohol, hydrolyzed Roe, glyceryl stearate citrate, glyceryl stearate, C12-20 alkyl glucoside, Veronica officinalis (speadwell) leaf extract*, primula veris (cowslip) extract*, Mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract*, Malva sylvestris (mallow) extract*, Alchemilla vulgaris (lady's mantle) extract*, Achillea millefolium (yarrow) extract*, Sclerotium gum, Laminaria ochroleuca extract, lysolecithin, dehydroacetic acid, alcohol**, tocopherol, xanthan gum, pullulan, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, parfum (natural, low allergen fragance), gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate. *ingredients from organic farming. ** made using organic ingredients.

Get it here.

What do you think? Have you tried this serum?
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