Natural beauty and well-being

01 December 2015

Hair deep traitement: Antonin B Ceramide enriched Desert Serum

Since a few months I have put a lot of effort in taking care or my hair. In addition to my weekly hair treat with my Acure hair mask root repair (see review here), I also started using at the end of the summer a serum called the Ceramide enriched desert serum*. The brand? Antonin B, a new french hair line "100% natural, professionnal haircare" based in one of my favorite parisian quartiers St Germain.

Product name: Ceramide enriched Desert Serum
Certified: yes
Texture: oil-based
For: colored or dry hair
Price: £32.00 for 20ml

My opinion

The Desert Serum with ceramides falls in the category of hair products I really love and need and want. Targeted. Powerful. Highly concentrated. Effective.

The silicon-free serum stands out by its really impressive composition. It contains an amazing blend of 9 precious oils, which are super rich in fatty acids, that deeply repairs and conditions. The main ingredient, and one that I have not encountered that many times in beauty products, is the Desert date oil. Used for its really regenerative properties, the cold-pressed Desert date oil is known to feel really luxurious without feeling greasy. The second very exciting oil is called Abyssinian oil, an ultra-light oil praised for softening properties. And then you can find a blend of an amazing cocktail of super nourishing pure nut oils such as Brazil, Hazelnut and Kukui. It also contains Safflower oil, one of my favorite plant oils, which is very rich in ceramidesIn addition to all that, the Desert Serum is enriched in Wheat ceramides to reinforce and protect hair fibers. (For those who don't know, ceramides are lipids that naturally occur in the skin and the hair but become depleted over the years).
Great formulation I have told you!

...versus Practice
Although the bottle is not that big (20ml), I have to say that the quantity was enough to take care of my hair for approximately 3 months, using it approximately twice a week. The packaging looks really stylish and the serum can easily be dispensed thanks to a pump doser; and this is a definitive must-have packaging for me when I deal with oil.
Although I am not a particular fan of really strong essential oils mix scent, the serum aroma is gentle and really pleasant.
I use the Desert Serum more as a leave-in hair oil. The evening prior to the shampoo, I massage my hair lenght with a few drops. I insist well on the dry ends. I leave the ingredients doing their miracles overnight before double shampooing the morning after.

I have noticed my hair becoming gradually more and more softened and strengthened. It will defnitely take time to see any drastic improvement but I can really say that the results so far are encouraging. I would definitely recommend this serum if you suffer with split ends, your hair is sort of brittle/dry or over-coloured/over blowdried.

.... a top hair oil if your hair needs a complete reboost!

My overall rating: 8.5/10

Get it here.

And for all my international readers, Antonin B offers an exclusive discount code on their site until the 04/12: use mademoiselle15 at the check out for a 15% discount and a free delivery! how nice!

Composition: Balanites aegyptiaca (Dersert date) oil*, Brassica abyssinica (Abyssinian) oil*, Bertholletia excela (Brazil nut) oil*, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) oil*, Corylus avellana (Hazelnut) oil*, Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) oil*, caprylic/capric triglycerides, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Borago officinalis (Borage) oil*, coco-caprylate/caprate, coconut alkanes and coco-caprylate/caprate, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil*, Titicum vulgar (Wheat) flour lipids, tocopherol, Cananga odorata (Ylang-ylang) oil*, Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) seed oil*, Citrus limonum (Lemon) oil*, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) oil*, Cymbopogon martinii (Palmarosa) oil*, Pelargonium rosae (Geranium) oil*, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, citral (geranial and metal), citronellol, eugenol, farnesol, germinal, limonene, linalool
*ingredients from organic farming

(ps: I would really love to try their Intense Honey butter mask.....which sounds a super hair saver!)
Do you know Antonin B? do you love hair oil?


23 November 2015

Organic beauty on a budget

I wanted to write this little post a while ago, but I thought November would be a better time. Why? Because Christmas is coming so we may all be tempted to buy and splurge more than usual.
But let's face it: although we want to enjoy the great benefits of green beauty, we often encounter the challenge that it comes at a premium price. We all want to feel beautiful and healthy, but budgets do not always allow to step into decadent and sometimes overpriced eco-luxury.

So here are some tips if you do not want to compromise on your beauty and health principles, but at the same time don't want to splash too much:

  • Check your beauty cabinet before "buying" and really assess what you need, not what you want.
  • Target established affordable green brands such as Weleda, Benecos, Lavera, So' Bio Etic, Avril beaute, Andalou Naturals, Organic Surge, Dr Bronner's.
  • Take advantage of online sales/offers (occuring generally after/before any other special occasions).
  • Buy raw ingredients online at a very good price (Aromazone, Aromantic, Mountain Rose Herbs).
  • Establish a regular spending ban throughout the year if you see your spend too much on unecessary products.
  • Adopt a minimalistic approach- your skin will even thank you more.
  • Cleanser and serum are the top 2 products you really have to spend on.
  • Do some DIY recipes (such as yogurt + honey weekly mask) can be very rewarding result-wise.
  • Remember, a glowing skin comes first by eating a healthy diet.

What do you think? do you have any other tips to add?

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09 November 2015

A really great hydrating cream: the Supermood moisturiser

Last year, I came across a very nice Finnish brand called Supermoods. I had never heard of this brand so I decided to get in touch with the founder, Anne Kukkohovi and asked a bit more about it. I was also curious to know if this green beauty brand was already available in the Netherlands - the sad answer was no.
Anne sent me a beautiful package with a few items to test and today I will review the Egoboost moisturiser which is ambitiously called The perfect Day cream*

Product name: The perfect Day cream
For: all skin types
Certified: no
Texture: light cream
Price: €31.45 for 30ml

My opinion

I love green beauty, but there is one thing that I am always keeping in mind - perfect and miraculous products do not exist. So will "the Perfect Day cream" from Supermood put my principles out of the window and be the perfect cream? Well, they get close...!

I have actually started using this cream in the summer. It is a light almost fluid cream which is really easy to massage into the skin and sinks almost immediately. The scent is really delicate and will please all sensitive noses. And although days are colder now and I would usually opt for richer creams, I am still using it - every morning!
My skin is combination type and I would say that it is "perfectly" designed for it - it moisturises the driest parts of my face and balances out the rest. However, if you have a really dry skin, then I would say that this cream is too much on the light side to be able to play the cocooning cream.

The formula features Birch sap, a northern birch juice which seems to gain quite some popularity these days as a skincare ingredient, but also sounds to be an interesting replacement for natural Coconut water. The moisturiser also contains de top 3 best plant oils to soothe and calm skin: Olive, Sweet Almond and Jojoba.
The star ingredient of the cream is Chaga extract. For those who do not know, Chaga is considered as the superstars of the medicinal mushrooms and has amazing properties: healing, calming, regenerating, nourishing due the presence of exceptionnal polysaccharides and betulinic acid. Also enriched with Liftonin-xpress, which contains a lyopholysate made from a MicroAlgae, the Perfect Day cream helps to tighten and lift the face. Although I have not seen amazing results in terms of lifting, I do see that my skin feels a little firmer. You may notice the presence of safe synthetic components (C14-22 alcohols and C12-20 Alkyl glucoside) which serve to stabilize the emulsion.

The bottle is almost empty, and as far as I am concerned, I would be really pleased to purchase it again!

... a super nice finnish beauty discovery!

Get it here.

My overal rating: 8.5/10

Composition: Aqua (water), Betula Pendula (Birch) sap, Olea europea (Olive) fruit oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, C14-22 alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl glucoside, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, pullulan, Porphyridium cruentum extract, glycerin, Simmonsdsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, Inonotus oblique extract, maltodextrin, tocopherol, perfume, citronellol, limonene, linolool, xanthin gum, lactic acid, menthol, sodium benzoate, sodium dehydroacetate.

Do you know this brand? any thoughts?


28 October 2015

Glowing touch: the Madara Moonflower Rose Beige tinting fluid

I have not reviewed much green make-up so far (but check this post if you want to discover a lovely green make-up brand) but I am really planning to change that and today. I would like to talk about the Madara Moonflower Rose Beige*. This natural certified tinting cream is aimed to correct all our little skin worries. It is meant to unify, moistury and illuminate the skin. Well. Too good to be true? Let's see.

Product name: Moonflower Rose Beige tinting fluid
For: all skin types
Certified: yes (Ecocert)
Texture: light cream
Price: €10.00 for 15ml

My opinion

Madara is a Latvian green beauty brand that I have had my eyes on for many years. Their skincare/bodycare line appears just very "fresh" and enriched with wild herb extracts that you can find nowhere else than in the Baltic countries. I love the nature of Nordic countries: the setting and environnement is a heaven to grow and nurture organic plants!

Perhaps later than anybody, but I was really surprised to discover that Madara had a few green make-up products. The Moonflower Rose Beige is really what I would call a great make-up product to start with if you are new to Organic beauty and make-up.
Why is that? The texture is superb, one of the best textures I have ever encountered for a face make-up product: it is light but covers very well and it gives a lovely and hypernatural glow. And, in addition to this, another important feature (at least to me!): it does not need much time to work in into the skin. Some people love blending brushes or sponges, but as a mum of two, let me tell you that there is no way I can spend 15 min blending and contouring my face every morning. I am so happy this product is enough on its own to give me that glowing complexion with a minimum of effort.

Let's now take a closer look at the simple yet formula. Featuring some skin humectant glycerin and some fabulous skin soothing plant oils (Sunflower and Jojoba), the Moonflower tinting fluid provides moisture and softness to the skin. It also contains a collection of calming extracts such as Calendula and Chamomille. I am super pleased to see Plantain Leaf extract, a considered "sacred plant" with real skin healing properties. I feared that my skin would feel dry because it features some alcohol, but luckily, no skin drama occured so I would definitely recommend the Moonflower Rose Beige tinting fluid for all skin types. And finally, I would not forget to add that I love the fact that you can choose between the 2 formats (15ml or 60ml)- makes it really convenient if you want to test the product before purchasing the full size!
Madara, you have really pleasantly suprised me on this one! Cannot wait to try more products now!

... a fantastic way to give your face a super natural glow!

My overal rating: 9/10

Get it HERE.

Composition: Aqua, alcohol, glycerin***, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower water, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl glucoside, Rosa canina (Rosehip) extract, Calendula officials (Calendula) flower extract, Chamomilla recutita (Chamomille), Plantago major (Plantain) leaf extract, algae extract, stearic acid, palmitic acid, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, xanthan gum, sodium phytate, aroma** (+/-(may contain), CI 77019 (mica), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides))****
**may contain essential oils
***made using organic ingredients
****pure mineral pigments

Have you tried it? do you use any light foundation?

19 October 2015

Not exactly what I thought: Acure Hair mask moisturising root repair

At the begining of the year 2015, I have written up my various beauty resolutions (see here) and one of them was to really find a good hair conditioning mask. We are now in October and I am happy to report back about the Acure mask moisturising root repair Argan stem cell + Mint Deep conditioning. I have bought this little gem in the US but if you are based in the Europe, Acure Organics is now available in Whole Food Market.

Product name: Acure hair mask moisturising repair
Certified: no
Texture: light cream
For: all types of hair

My opinion

This is the third haircare product from Acure that I have tried this year after these ones. The mask moisturising root repair is designed to regenerate and moisture very dry, colored and limp hair which needs more than a regular conditionner application.

First let me tell you what my expectations of an hair mask are: it needs to have a rich consistency that melts in when applying. It needs to envelop the hair length with its nourishing ingredients leaving the hair really nourished and softened. Acure mask comes close to that, but not entirely. It is perhaps lighter that I imagined or wanted and although very moisturising, I am missing the very cocooning feeling I have experienced with their triple moisture repairing conditionner for example.

In line with the traditionnal and bright packaging of the whole line, the mask is housed in a plastic tube - handy to carry out if you go travelling. The contenance is rather on the small side: I have mid-length hair and I do need to use quite a bit of product to cover it all.

Apart from these couple of points, I don't see why I should be unhappy with it: hair gets really pampered and nicely scented with a hint of fresh Mint which I really love. The Rosemary essential oil brings antispectic and refreshing properties to the shampoo. The presence of L-Arginine is supposed to boost hair growth whereas Argan oil helps to protect hair. I also like the fact that Acure uses a juice based blend that includes organic Acai, organic Blackberry, organic Roshehip, organic Pomegranate, organic Rooibos; as the base for the mask.

As an overall, although the improvements are not spectaculair, my hair does feel healthier and smoother after each mask. However, I will be frank and say that performance-wise I prefer the conditionner.

....a tad disappointed on that one!

Overal rating: 6.5/10

Composition: Euterpe oloeracea (Acai) berry, organic Rubus frutocosus (Blackberry), organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), fairtrade certifiedTM organic Rooibos, cetearyl alcohol, stearylkonium chloride, vegetable glycerin, isoamyl laurate, glyceryl stearate (vegetable derived), gluconodeltalactone (fermented sugar), Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) oil, Mentha peperita (Peppermint) oil, organic Argan spinosa (Argan) oil, L-Argnine (aminoacid), fairtrade certified TM organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) butter, methylcellulose (plant derived), ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) stem cell culture, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (natural Vitamin E).

You can purchase it here.

Have you tried it? What do you think?

12 October 2015

5 beauty things I love to do in Autumn

I just cannot believe Autumn has arrived. Loving the yet early but beautiful leave colors and definitely enjoying the last warm days of indian summer here in Amsterdam.
So today, I got very inspired by this beautiful season and thought it was a good excuse for a little post.

If I had to list my top 5 Autumn beauty rituals I love doing, I would say:

1. Enjoying a yummy and vitamins-packed Pumpkin DIY mask on a Sunday evening: yogurt mixed with honey and mashed pumpkin. Top for the skin!

2. Extensively searching for what will become my beauty must-haves when skin is in trouble during the upcoming cold weather.

3. Adapting my beauty routine according to my skin needs: e.g. starting to reincorporate more botanical plant oils or conforting day/night creams.

4. Reaching for more spiced-scented body products: cinnamon, ginger, and orange are just perfect in giving that warmth and sweet aroma I am looking for.

5. Shopping in some various boutiques in Amsterdam rather than buying online. It is the time of the year where I really value and appreciate shopping in a nice environment.

What do you think? what are the beauty things you love doing in October/November?

05 October 2015

My latest skincare routine

Today, I though it would be interesting to share the beauty products I am currently using. I will not go into details as this only a sneak peek, but that would still give you a pretty good idea.

I like simple beauty routine- at least, that what works for my skin.


Cleanser - bodhi&birch Rosa Rosa Clarifying cleanser* (everything you want to know about this cleanser is here).
Toner - Fine Lavander flower water (read here why I am a big fan of this one).
Moisturiser -  Supermood Perfect Day cream* (review to come very soon).
SPF cream - Mychelle Dermaceuticals (for more details about this cream, click here).


Cleansers - 1rst cleanse with Akane Purifying Organic make-up removal oil
                                        or Rosa Rosa Clarifying cleanser.
                    2nd cleanse with Rosa Rosa Clarifying cleanser.
Toner - Fine Lavander flower water.
Facial oil - Marie Veronique oil de jour* (Yes, I used it in the evening. Review soon).

Once or twice a week

Masks- Kahina anti-oxidant mask* (check here why you will love this mask too).
             or DIY mask (greek style yoghurt + organic orange flower honey).

I am not :
- using any beauty tools at the moment but I am planning to re-purchase very soon the Konjac sponge (read here why I love it).
- using many products at the same time. I like to keep my beauty routine easy and simple. No need to overdo, overspend and overwaste.
- planning to switch my moisturiser for the moment since temperatures are still quite mild and the SuperMood Perfect day cream has been a true performer (moisturising enough but still very light).

However, I will be :
- starting next week a NEW water-based serum (stay tuned, may post a sneak peek on my Instagram).
- testing a couple of other face masks (since besides serums, masks are the beauty products I love to have). Voila. Thoughts?

22 September 2015

Rose touch: the bodhi&birch Rosa Rosa clarifying cleanser

The english eco-luxe beauty brand bodhi&birch has been a favorite of mine for a little while. Their products all seem to feature a nice texture, a distinctive fragrance, a clean design and lastly a bit of je ne sais quoi. I cannot recommend enough their Rosemary Chi Himalayan salt body scrub (see review here) - the most lovely body exfoliant I have ever tried - and their amazing and so aromatic Rosemary Chi luxurious bodywash (see review here).
I recently had the chance to be sent the Rosa Rosa clarifying cleanser. So, what do I think of it?

Product name: Rosa Rosa clarifying cleanser
Certified: no
For: normal to dry skins
Texture: creamy
Price: £32.00 for 150ml

My opinion

Bodi&birch has always shown a nice taste when it comes to packaging. And, one more time, I am not disappointed by the stylish and sleak look of the Rosa Rosa cleanser. Housed in a thick bottle glass, the cleanser is dispensed thanks to a pump which delivers a creamy and onctuous white cream. The cleanser's texture feels very nurturing ...yet, if you add a bit of water, it will transforms in a very gentle foam. As I have already mentionned earlier, I love foaming face cleansers, so I am more than happy to get a nice splash with this one. In the evening, I find that double cleansing is necessary if I want to remove all the make-up and daily grime. However, one pump is more than enough in the morning.

Ingredient wise, the formula displays a serie of SLS free-detergents that create a luxurious and soft feeling on the skin. Along with the surfactants, you also find some nourishing plant butters/oil (RosehipSheaCocoa and Meadowfoam) along with an expert blend of essential oils (GeraniumRoseYlang-YlangPetitgrain). For those who do not know, Meadowfoam seed oil does a great skin conditioning job and is often used as an alternative to Jojoba oil.

Talking about scent now! Rose lovers, this cleanser is definitely for you! It acts like a delicate floral breeze envelopping your skin. Although I usually prefer more neutral cleansers, where the scent is less dominant, I do like this one! I am really glad to experience (one more time) this beautiful aromatic trip with bodhi&birch.

And lastly, a couple of points I would like to share. I am not so sure if this cleanser is as clarifying as stated on the bottle, but I would definitely think it is perfectly suitable for sensitive/normal/ dry/dehydrated skins.
As I said above, I love the chic outlook of the glass bottle, however it can be a little heavy when if you travel. Also, I have been trying to get the last bits out of the glass bottle but that is not that easy.

...a very gentle cleansing emulsion that smells really nice!

Get it here.

My overal rating: 7.5/10

Composition: purified water, sodium lauroyl methylisethionate (from Coconut oil), glycerin, glyceryl stearate, disodium cocamphodiacetate (from Coconut oil), sodium methyl cocoyl taurate (from Coconut oil), laurel betaine, ethylhexyglycerin, glyceryl caprylate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) fruit oil, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan), Butyrospermum park (Shea nut) butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) seed oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter orange) flower oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil, Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa) oil, Anthemis nobilis (Camomille) flower oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil,  Cananga odorata (Ylang-Ylang) flower oil, Citrus aurantium amara (Petitgrain) leaf oil, Rosa Damascene (Rose) flower oil, citric acid, geraniol*, linalool, citronellol*, limonene*
*natural component of essential oils.

Have you tried the Rosa Rosa cleanser? do you prefer creamy or more oily cleansers?

17 September 2015

Wonderful treat for my skin: the Kahina antioxidant mask

One beauty line that I have always been super eager to try is Kahina (Giving Beauty). Inspired by the traditionnel beauty recipes from Morocco with a luxurious green feel twist, the american-based beauty holistic brand Kahina offers a superb range to all of you who aspire to have a clean beauty product formula with the wonderful feeling of being pampered.
The superb online green boutique CorpoNatura offered me the chance to test the Kahina antioxidant mask. And well, I have lots ot say!

Product name: Kahina antioxidant mask
For: any skin types
Certified: yes (Ecocert)
Texture: creamy
Price:€62.00 for 50ml

  My opinion

  While my moisturising masks (see review here) are a must when my skin feels tired and dehydrated, I like to reach for a more purifying/nurturing treat aka " a home deep-cleansing/softening session" - at least once a week. And the Kahina antioxidant mask seems pretty good at it. Let's explore why.

It features all the great ingredients your skin will dream of: a combination of absorbing white clay (Rhassoul or also named hectorite), revitalising organic plant oils (Argan, Sunflower, Acai) and skin smoother Lactic acid. In addition to this, you can find a couple of interesting plant extracts, such as the anti-oxidant Pomegranate extract and the anstiseptic Aspen Bark extract. The delicate scent is due to the adequate mixture of my favorite essential oils (Mint and Geranium). What a bliss! 

But what I am very fond of is the nice and creamy texture that melts when I delicately apply it onto cleansed face. The formula is great because you get all the benefits of the white clay mineral without actually having the tight feeling that clay sometimes gives when it starts drying on the skin. 

   Despite the contenance looking quite small, I am surprised that the mask lasts for some time, which is pretty good news since it retails for more €60. The other good news is that I am really happy about the way it transforms my skin. Yes, I am talking perfomance here. Super smooth and plumped, moisturised and more, great isn't? It is also a great beauty multitasker since the antioxidant mask can also be used as a face exfoliator by gently massaging in circular movement (there are some tiny tiny grains in the product). And sensitive/dry skins, there is no need to step back, because this mask is super gentle. absolutely wonderful home skin treat!

My overall rating: 9/10

Get it here.

Composition: aqua, hectorite, Argania spinosa (Argan) kernel oil*, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl olivate, lactic acid, Populous tremuloides (Aspen) bark extract, sorbitan olivate, hydrolysed linseed extract, mannan, xanthan gum, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract*, cetearyl glucoside, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, totarol*, Euterpe oleacea (acai) fruit oil, arginine, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) seed extract*, Eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus) leaf/stem oil*, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil.

Have you tried Kahina? what is your favorite product?

14 September 2015

Feeling fresh with Marmozel deodorant but...

I love travelling and exploring new territories, so discovering a green beauty brand from overseas is always very excting for me.
Marmozel is one of these pretty artisanal green beauty companies hidden all the way in Lithuania, that creates a range of very unique products. They are all handmade in small and fresh batches and only use natural ingredients. Sounds really nice to me!
I had the opportunity to choose the product I wanted to try so I went for the deodorant. Read below what I think of it!

Name: Natural deodorant
For: Any skin types
Texture: liquid
Certified: no
Price:€ 10.00 for 50 ml

My opinion

I only tried a few natural deodorants and most of them were stick or butter (see review here and here). The one from Marmozel combines a very simple formula with a great performance ... at an affordable price. It comes as a spray and that is perfect for me - I find it hygienic, quick and convenient.

Formula-wise, the Natural deodorant almost looks like a toner but it is not. The base is a mixture of water and Rose Geranium water which makes it extremely refreshing, light and balancing.
The main ingredient used to neutralise odors is the potassium Alum powder. Alum can have a natural or a synthetic origin and is made from potassium & aluminium sulfate.
However, this component has been under the spotlight since it was revealed that there is a possible solubilisation of aluminium hydroxyde (formed at the sweat pH), and absorption of the aluminium salt by the body. I always take "claims" with  extreme caution - I need to look at the original studies to make my own final opinion. The risks of ingesting aluminium is probably higher when eating food than applying deodorants. I have heard of milk of Magnesia as a good aluminium-free odor control ingredient...perhaps one worth to look at.

On a more positive note, the scent is one of the most subtle and pleasant I have come across. If sweet and sugary-like aromas are not your cup of tea, then, this nicely balanced fragrance using Lemongrass essential oil will really please your underarms and cover nicely any unpleasant odors. I love the fact that it is really light, that the texture is water-based and that it doesn't leave any stains on clothes. Finally, it can even be used by your other half too as the aroma is quite neutral!
Bottom line: really nice, but be aware of the presence of Alum powder.

....Simple, affordable and really great performing deodorant but...!

My overall grade: 6/10

Composition: water, Pelargonium graveolens (Rose geranium) water, potassium alum powder, Cymbopogon citratus (Lemongrass) essential oil, Anthemis nobilis (roman Chamomille) essential oils.

What do you think? have you tried this brand?

07 September 2015

Beauty shopping in Provence: my organic flower waters

In August, I was on summer holiday in Provence (read here and here) and I went on a pleasant day trip in Sault. Reknown for its Lavender fields, Sault is one of the regions that would blow your eyes away. Located at the foot of the amazing Mount Ventoux, the setting is really stunning! (If you are really keen to see the Lavender flowers at their full blossom, make sure you arrive in June before the harvest time).

I was particularly interested in stopping at the Distillerie Arom'Plantes close by the village. The Arom'Plantes family farm grows Lavender, Lavendin and also an amazing collection of aromatic plants such as Thyme, summer Savory, Chamomille, Cornflower...etc.
In other words, Arom'Plantes is able to produce a nice collection of essential oils and pure flower waters and all are granted by Nature and Progres certification.

It is possible to get a litttle guided tour on the site that explains the day to day routine and the different steps of the distillation.The farm also has a little aromatic cafe corner where you can sip a few organic plant beverages and teas. And of course, the must-go area is their little shop which offers all what a green beauty lover like me adores: balms, flower mists, organic teas and many more goodies!

Hesitating big time between all the exciting products on their shelfs, I ended up walking away with a few of them:

the Organic Fine Lavande flower water- calming and healing.
the Organic Wild Carotte water- regenerative and soothing.
the Organic Peppermint water- purifying and refreshing.
the Organic Cypress water- balancing and toning.

If you want to look at Arom'Plantes website, here is the link. I love to buy directly from small exploitations. Note that the retail price (around 5 euros for 250 ml) is incredibly good and I'm already seeing myself ordering more in the future!

What do you think? do you use flower waters in your beauty routine?

27 August 2015

My latest haircare routine with Natura Siberica

Beautiful hair is something we love to least I do! I do not use many haircare products apart from cleansing products and an regular hair treat (review to come soon!). So the haircare products aka- "the"shampoo and "the" conditionner need to be really good!
I am brunette with mid lenght hair that can be slightly wavy depending on the weather mood. I am pretty happy with my hair in general as they are easy to manage and naturally supple. I like to let them loose but also fancy the chic of a 'chignon' style-hairdo. Roots tend to be more oily than the rest. One thing that I always want to add is more moisture - at least to the length. Voila.
I recently discovered the russian green brand Natura Siberica and their Energizing facial mask (see review here) and my next mission was to test the duo "Voluminizing and Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner " which are designed for all types of hair.
So, how good is this duo?

Voluminizing and Nourishing shampoo (€11.95 for 400ml)
 The shampoo is great at cleansing efficiently without being too harsh, drying or too hydrating. It includes a couple of gentle detergents (lauryl glucoside) with some derivated from siberian pine oil (pineamidopropyl betaine) and mixed with wild harvested Siberian plants extracts (Siberian fir, Siberian dwarf pine). I was intrigued to see CI75810 in the formula: this component is in fact associated as a natural green colorant derived from Chlorophylle so nothing really to worry about. The scent is very pleasant, kind of herbal and resfreshing. Another important feature for me (I know!) is that the shampoo lathers very well.
And the results are great: I love the way my hair feels cleansed and nurtured but importantly, my hair is not being weighted down. They are left full of life, easy to comb and nicely scented. Retailing at a decent price for a green shampoo (the contenance in ml is generous), I will repurchase it very soon.

Composition: aqua, lauryl glucoisde, sodium cocoyl isethionate, cocamidopropyl betaine, pineamidopropyl betaine, Hippophae rhamnoides amidopropyl betaine, guar, hydroxypropyl trimonium chloride, Pinus pumilia needle extract, Pulmonaria officinalis extract, Hesperis sibirica extract, Cortusa sibirica extract, Bidens tripartita flower/leaf/stem extract, Saponaria officinalis root extract, glycerin, Anthemis nobilis flower extract, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit oil, Silybum marianum extract, citric acid, sodium chloride, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, CI 75810, limonene, linalool.

Voluminizing and Nourishing conditioner (€11.95.00 for 400ml)
 This creamy hair lotion works very well at improving the moisture and manageability of my hair. But I think the best feature lies in its ability to boost the volume without my hair becoming heavy or just over-nourished. It gives a nice bounce to my hair and lenght which tend to be drier in summer because of the sun/wind combo. This performs really well and I have to admit that this is one of the best I have ever tried. Having said that, here comes the tricky part. It is one of the first time that I use a product whitout checking the formulation before. Oops. And yes, I felt quite baffled when I looked closely at the formula. I loved the presence of all the nice and soothing nice siberian extracts, some repairing proteins. But I was just very surprised to find bis-cetearyl amodimethicone, a hair-conditioning water insoluble silicone (often used in classical haircare) and the anti-static agent polyquaternium-37. Certains types of silicones tend to accumulate on the hair hence my choice to avoid them. I did not expect a green brand such as Natura siberica to include silicones in their products. So what's next? Although I still think it performs well, I would probably not repurchase this conditioner, unless the formulation is revisited.

Composition: aqua, cetearyl alcohol, quaternium-91, cetrimonium methosulfate, bis-cetearyl amodimethicone, Avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, Melissa officinalis flower/leaf/stem extract, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) flower water, Amaranthus caudatus seed extract, Pinus Pumila needle extract, Nepeta sibirica extract, Sorbus sibirica extract, Pulmonaria officinalis extract, Trifolium pratense flower extractm Melilotus officinalis water, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, Thymus vulgaris oil, Abies sibirica oil, Pinus sibirica seed oil polyglyceryl-6 esters , tocopherol, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, polyquaternium-37, cetrimomium bromide, benzyl alcohol, benzoic acid, sorbic acid, parfum, citric acid, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, limonene, linalool, butylphenyl methylpropional.

Have you tried Natura Siberia before? which shampoos/conditionners are you in love?

24 August 2015

Food + holiday + thoughts

Holidays are a perfect time for me to reflect on things - things like beauty (of course!), food, work, lifestyle, family. On those days I am more relaxed and have more time to think about my habits...

So take the example of food. I tend to eat healthy, but often end up eating the same things, things that I like however. But being in another (sunny) environment, discovering new food (delicious food) is fantastic. This year I went to the Provence in France and was also visiting some beautiful villages ardechois - with some great places to eat. Note that I don't follow any type of regime or so but I am always aiming at gaining a more balanced diet but without having too compromise too much on the treats I like (especially desserts :-)... ). Because life is also about pleasure, isn't ? 
Below are my top 5 thoughts/reflections about food during my holidays.

  • Being on holiday was a great excuse to make my diet even greener. Local watermelons, tomatoes, peppers and courgettes were on my menu almost daily and, waoh, I loved it! I even ate an amazing Tomato sorbet.
  • I am a big fan of the Mediterranean cuisine, which I find very tasty. I tried plenty of super nice fishes, black olives, tapenades and the list goes on and on. Hello Omega 3/6 and fatty acids! 
  • The organic Lavander and nougat ice-cream I ate in Grignan (Ardeche) was fabulous. Worth a try if you stop in the aera.  
  • For the past few weeks I have been snacking a fabulous organic superfruit mixture, which includes Goji, Mulberries, Inca berries and Cranberries. Packed with anti-oxidants, I am impressed by the taste and my energy levels seem to have increased.
  • A little shopping tip here: In addition to specialised shops, the organic food in France can be found in every supermarket with a special area really dedicated to the green and "bio", I find that quite handy.

What do you think? Have you been changing anything in your diet while on holiday?

18 August 2015

Beauty: highlights from my holiday

My holidays are over ... and although I am missing the wonderful time I had in the South of France, I am very happy to be back and ... blogging!

To summarize a bit, my little french escapade this summer was divided into 2 parts: starting as usual with some quality times with my family and then off to some sightseeing in the Luberon/Ardeche/Drome provencale (I highly recommend to visit these beautiful areas if you don't know them).

...And today, I would love to share with you some of the various B E A U T Y highlights/findings/thoughts I had while relaxing in these beautiful surroundings. Here there are.

  • Thermal water was definitely my best friend those past few weeks. With a heatwave picking up at 40C some days, my Evian/Jonzac/Roche-Posay mists did not let me down (more details here).
  • I protected my skin every single day with the Mychelle Dermaceuticals SPF28 (full review here), another great product that I will probably repurchase.
  • I kept a very simple beauty routine. Cleanser (review soon), sunscreen, facial mask (review soon) and my amazing serum (review here) were my 4 travelling beauty companions.
  • My beauty routine was more an "art de vivre" rather than a serie of skincare steps. I took my time, slowed down my rythm, and kept everything very minimal.
  • My "relaxed" skincare approach worked very well. No over-consumption. Just the basics. At the end, I was on holiday!
  • I went to visit a plant distillery in the area of Sault (Luberon). It was amazing. And I bought some of their local certified organic floral waters. Can't wait to tell you more about it very soon.
  • Organic beauty at an affordable price is very developped in France and easy to access. If you are still doubting, drop me a email and I will direct you to some good brands.
  • (Non organic) micellar waters remain very popular in France. I am planning to try some green ones from Melvita and Jonzac just to get an idea. Will keep you posted.

What are your holiday beauty highlights? any thoughts?

24 July 2015

Holiday holiday

Hello everyone, I am taking (enjoying) a little holiday break in France at the moment... until mid August. Just to let you know that I am still going to post on this blog, but perhaps a little bit less than usual. It is (so) nice to be able to relax and just do (almost) nothing!

You can still follow me/chat/ask me questions daily on Twitter (@MlleNature).
You can also check my Instagram (Mademoiselle_Nature) for some sneak beauty/foodie/lifestyle pictures of my summer time!

Have a beautyful holiday everyone. x


17 July 2015

Children skincare range: Naif does it good too

If you are a mummy like me who loves organic beauty, you would probably want to find the best natural lines for your children too. I have to say that besides Weleda and their Calendula line, I haven't explored much.
However, I recently discovered a pretty brand that sounded really promising: Naif. It is from the Nertherlands and offers a whole beauty line for our little sweethearts. The products are free from SLS, parabens and mineral oil. They also display a signature scent due the inclusion of fragrance and not essential oils.
So what do I think of the range?

Cleansing wash gel* (€9.95 for 200ml)
I use this transparent body gel almost every evening when I bathe/shower my little ones and I even use it as a shampoo: the formulation is really mild and non irritating. It foams nicely but not too much and is great at cleansing. I wish the texture was a little more creamy and moisturing for my little boy who has really dry skin and eczema patches but I know that this gel is not designed to treat or help such conditions. The scent is very nice and so soft at the same time. The body wash rinses off perfectly to leave a nice and cleansed skin without "over" drying the skin.

Softening body lotion* (sample)
This lotion is lighter than I expected, but still provides a great softening touch to any little skin suffering from dry patches or a tad of eczema, like my son has. It contains some of the richest plant oils such as Macadamia, Avocado or Almond oil. The presence of Coton seed oil, rich in vitamin E and acid oleic, help to regenerate the skin and to retain the moisture. The lotion is very easy to massage and it absorbs really well, leaving the skin very smooth and moisturised. I like to use it rightaway after the bath in the evening or occasionally in the morning on the dry patches only.

Nurturing cream* (€14.95 for 75ml)
This cream has been wonderful at soothing the reddish and dry cheeks of my little boy and I think this is my favourite from the line. I massage his little cheeks every morning as it provides immediate relief thanks to Almond, Avocado and Macadamia oils. It smells really nice and does not feel greasy at all despite the presence of rich botanical oils. This is a very good everyday cream that protects and calms. Really fan of it.

Diaper cream* (sample)
This buttom cream has been really helpful and really effective for the occasionnal redness or any more dramatic rashes. The texture is thick, which is convenient when you want to cover the precise areas of 'concern'. It contains Zinc oxide, known for some its anti-inflammatory properties and protecting properties. You can find vitamin E and bisabolol, very soothing and regenerating. I obtained excellent results wiht this cream. Another big favourite of the line.

As an overall, the Naif line for children has been a fantastic discovery and I will definitely repurchase some of their products such as the Diaper cream or the Nurturing cream when needed.

Available here or at Lovelula.

What do you think? What is your favorite baby/children line?

08 July 2015

A soap for combination skin: the Chidoriya Clarifying facial soap

A few months ago, I discovered a really pretty green beauty brand called Chidoriya. I fell in love with their Hydrating facial soap (see review here) and their Herbal Moon peach toner (see review here) so much that I so wanted to try more of this brand.
Chidoriya is very much inspired by the japanese heritage and all the beauty rituals nurtured by Geisha and Maiko. The beauty skincare and bodycare line they offer use a few signature ingredients such as the Azuki red beans or Camellia oil.
Today, I am really excited to share my thoughts of the Clarifying facial soap* with you.

Product name: Clarifying facial soap "Azuki red beans & brown sugar"
Certified: No
Texture: solid bar
For: combination skins
Price: $13.00

My opinion

The Clarifying facial soap* is wrapped into an amazing japanese style packaging which definitely has the "waoh" factor for me! (Chidoriya seems to never fail amazing me). I really appreciate the care and attention to details of the emballage, because this is what attracts and triggers my curiosity first.
I have previously mentionned that I do not often use facial soap. Although I really like the foaming aspect of it, I prefer using a creamy or oily cleanser housed in tube/flacon. However, I really like the Clarifying soap and here is why.
Firstly, it is a vegetable glycerin soap - very gentle and suitable for sensitive skins. Secondly, it uses Azuki red bean extremely fine powder, used in Japan for years and best known as a "beauty secret ingredient". This powder works perfectly at smoothing away dead cells, polishing the skin and restoring face radiance and is even suitable for sensitive skins (I suspect the amount of Azuki powder is minimal since I feel no grainy foam once I massage my face with the soap). Also included in the soap's formula is organic Brown sugar that helps to soften the skin. And finally, it contains Camellia oil, a unique seed oil that initially gained fame in Asia for its conditionning and softening properties. So, some good quality ingredients that makes this soap unique, very pleasant and not too expensive.
I like to use it every couple of days in the morning or as a 2nd cleanse in the evening. It is perhaps not the best make-up remover but it has definitely a nice effect in the morning/evening: my skin feels really cleansed, smooth, resfreshed and purified in a very soft way.
...a delicate purifying gesture for normal/combination skins!

My overall rating: 8/10

Get it here.

Composition: vegetable glycerin soap base, Camellia oil, organic brown sugar, Azuki red bean powder.

Have you tried Chidoriya Clarifying soap? do you use any soap in your face routine?

01 July 2015

Thirsty skin: my moisturising face masks

Back in December, I wrote my beauty resolutions for 2015 (see post here) and one of the things I wanted to integrate more in my beauty cabinet were moisturing masks. I felt that my skin diserved a good moisture treat at least one a week. Despite some occasional honey/ cucumber DIY facial treats , I needed to have more hydrating ready-to-use masks! And here are the ones I have picked (and received for Mother's day from my sweet children/husband).

Natura Siberica Energizing facial mask (€25.00 for 75ml)
This brand has been on my radar since a while and this mask could not come at a better time. Housed in a practical tube, the white and onctuous cream reminds me a bit of a thick moisturiser. It is designed to help restoring that glow and the hydration you lack if you are a tad tired, busy or restless. After cleansing, I leave it for a good 20 min which allows the great ingredients to get into action. Wondering which ingredients I am talking about? Well, the base of this mask is rich in classical emollients and emulsifiants (cetearyl alcohol and glyceryl stearate) so nothing really outstanding here (but still working well!). However the rest of the formula is very attractive. There is a very interesting medley of antioxidant and anti-bacterial Wild haversted Siberian herb extracts which I have never seen before in product formulations. In adition, you can find Ginseng root extract which promotes skin healing whereas flavonoid rich Artic Asberry extract rejuvenates and brightens the skin.
I have been pretty happy with the results! After application, my skin is incredibly smooth and nurtured. I am still not so sure about the glowing factor, but moisturising and softening effects are definitely there. One thing than I am less fan of is the scent- subtle but nothing really exciting. At the end, this masks still delivers very well and is good at bringing a more smooth complexion.

Composition: aqua, capylic/capric triglyceride, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alchohol, octyldecanol, coco-caprylate/caprate, glycerin, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Amaranthus Caudatus (Amaranth) seed oil*, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) fruit oil*, Pinus sibirica Seed oil polyglyceryl-6 esters, Panax Ginseng root extract, Sorbus sibirica (Artic ashberry) extract, Hesperis sibirica extract, Anemonoides altaica extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower extract, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) flower water, Arctuim lappa (Burdock) root extract, Saponaria officinalis root extract, tocopherol, sodium stearoyl glutamate, xanthan gum, sodium hyaluronate, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, parfum, citral, limonene, linalool.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater mask ($15.00 for 75ml)
I love roses so I can't be better served with a mask called 1000 Roses Rosewater. It is designed for delicate and dry skins and it promises to restore skin moisture, comfort and appearance. I reach this mask approximately once a week (perhaps a bit more lately) after cleansing/exfoliation steps. I tend to leave it on the skin as long as my skins needs and it is often a good 30 minutes.
Although it has a lovely color, I am a tad disappointed by the texture: it is between a cream and a gel and it reminds me a bit of a pudding like consistency...yes.. I know! Its performance leaves me much more enthusiastic: I really like how my skin feels perfectly moisturised and plumped thanks to the Hyaluronic acid, Allantoin, Rosehip oil and some really nice plant extracts (Boswellin, Roselle). Rather than using water as a base, Andalou Naturals includes Aloe vera juice and Rose flower water, which are both really soothing for the skin. And the results are significant: skin completely healed and soothed, really soft and so comfortable. With its soft Rose flowery scent and its excellent moisture-boost formula, Andalou Naturals proves one more time that you can get excellent results without breaking the bank.
This mask is great for any skin type especially sensitive and dehydrated ones. It offers immediate relief and comfort.

Composition: Aloe barbadensis juice*, Rosa damascena (Rose) distillate*, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) juice*, vegetable glycerin, pectin, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus (guar) gum*, Rosa canina (Rosehip) and Punica granatum (Pomegranate) oils, allantoin, Phytocelltec (Alpine Rose, Malus Domestica, Solar vitis) and Bioactive 8 Berry complex, Soothing complex ((Hyaluronic acid, Magnolia officinalis bark, Phoenix dactylifera (Date) leaf cell and Boswellia serrata (Boswellin) extracts,) panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), Camellia sinensis (White tea) and Hibiscus sabdariffa extracts*, tocopherol (vitamin E), phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus tangerina (Tangerine) and Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium) oil*, Rosa centifolia (Rose) oil.

Have you tried those masks? What are you favorite hydrating masks?
(and don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY here)

24 June 2015

Giveaway time (now closed)! The winner is...

Corpo Natura is a fantastic green online boutique retailing some fabulous beauty brands such as Suti, John Master Organics, Alima Pure, Prtty Peaushun and many more. If you haven't had a look at their website yet, please do it .. :-)!
Following my last post reviewing the beautiful Suti Organic Foot Balm (see post here), Corpo Natura and I have teamed up to offer you a top skincare product from Suti: the Facial Cleansing Balm (worth €44.00!), which is a luxurious face balm designed to gently lift away daily grime and make-up!
 I had the chance to sample it and let me tell you, my skin was left cleansed, radiant and smooth ...thanks to the beautiful blend of SheaAvocado and Cocoa butters. The balm is delicately scented with an infusion of fresh and zesty essential oils, a pure bliss! And what I also love is the tiny round grains of Shea butter that gently melt away when you massage the balm onto the face: very nice and very "Suti".
The Facial Cleansing Balm comes with a gentle organic muslin cloth, one that is perfectly suitable for sensitive skins.
A brilliant cleanser that cleanses but also nurtures the skin!

To enter this superb giveaway, you must enter the Rafflecopter box below.
- Only 2 options are mandatory and the rest will give you more entries.
- Reserved to European residents this time.
You can also follow Anouk, the founder of Corpo Natura on Instagram here, she is really friendly and professional!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats Kristyna, you are the winner of the super Suti Facial Cleansing Balm!

Giveaway rules: European only. No purchase necessary. The prize will be sent directly by Corpo Natura. Competition runs until the 8th July 2015.
The winner will be announced on my Twitter/Facebook/Instagram and on my blog, and be also contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to answer until another winner is choosen.


18 June 2015

Feet at its best with Suti Foot Balm + exciting news

I have introduced you a couple days ago Corpo Natura, a fantastic online boutique retailing some fabulous beauty brands such as Suti, John Master Organics, Alima Pure, Prtty Peaushun and many more (read my post here).
Anouk, the founder has generoulsy offered me to test the Fabulous Organic Foot Balm* from Suti. If you don't know Suti, then, today is a good opportunity to discover this lovely english organic brand. Soil Association certified, Suti offers an amazing range of organic skincare/bodycare products using the finest ingredients and they scent amazing! I met the two founders at the Natural and Products show in London a few years ago, and they are true beauty experts in their area.

       Summer is approaching (actually almost here!) and let's face it: feet are often the body part that is neglected. So the Suti Fabulous Organic Foot Balm* has been my little feet savior lately: a rich and onctuous balm infused with refreshing and invigorating Peppermint, antibacterial Eucalyptus and purifying Lemon essential oils. As the skin of the feet is usually dry and generally requires more moisture than any other parts of the body, the Suti balm brings all the great nutrients from nourishing Shea butter, regenerating Avocado and Olive plus the carotenoid-rich Carrot extract to regenerate and soften. The extremely repairing formula combined with a very uplifted scent makes this balm an amazing treat. What I like the most and what is very special about this product is the small and tiny beads of Shea butter that lovely melts away once you massage the balm. Really nice. Suti  Fabulous Foot balm is a great multi-tasker and I also use it on my knees and elbow which are often dryer than other areas.
      And if you don't know where to start with your feet, then you can read My little foot pampering guide here to turn them into the flip flop mode all year long!

An absolutely lovely balm! Retailing at €25.50 for 50 ml, it is not cheap but remember that each ingredient used is organic and that you only need a tiny amount to make your feet smooth as a baby's soft skin.

Get it here!

And now, it is time for the exciting news: Corpo Natura and I are collaborating to do a fantastic GIVEAWAY in a few days time! So Stay tuned!


15 June 2015

Introducing an exciting green beauty boutique: Corpo Natura

Today is a bit a special day. I am really excited to introduce a new green beauty online shop called Corpo Natura. Founded by Anouk Domingez,  it recently launched and I am even more happy because it is based in The Netherlands...and last but not least, it is beautifully done! It retails some fabulous and pretty unique beauty brands such as Suti, John Master Organics, Alima Pure, Prtty Peaushun, Kahina (...and more to come!).

Anouk has kindly agreed to answer to a few questions.

Could you tell me what inspired you to create Corpo Natura?

My interest in natural and organic cosmetics started out of a health concern. Some years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and adrenal fatigue. Prior to that, I wasn’t even aware of the importance of using natural cosmetics for our overall health. After a lot of research in the field, I jumped into a new, more vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle.

How do you stand out from other beauty retailers?

There are great retailers in the green beauty industry out there! But I prefer not to compare myself. As a small company we like to connect in a different way with people and clients, and we offer a complete personalized and flexible service putting attention to every little detail with a fresh and inviting image. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a company with that personal touch in The Netherlands.

How did/do select your beauty brands?
Most of our brands have renowned organic certification or organic ingredients. If they don’t, they must score maximum 3 on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Cosmetic Database. Therefore, they must be produced with the purest ingredients available. We also value companies which are committed to social causes or the environment in one way or another.

Last thought to share?
What we put in our skin is as important as what we eat. I am concerned about the Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in many conventional brands, but our health worth much more than the extra euros we could spend buying organic cosmetics, and sometimes they are even cheaper than some high-end conventional brands. We really do not need a lot and every single jar can last for many months. My philosophy is buy less, choose wisely.

Thank you Anouk for taking part in my little interview. I have to say that I love your philosophy and totally agree with it!

Check out Corpo Natura luxurious online boutique here and enjoy the browsing/shopping experience....and stay tuned because there is more to come!

09 June 2015

Calming my skin with the Anti-redness duo from Marie-Veronique

Today I am very excited to write this post about Marie Veronique, a brand formerly called MV Organics. Why? Because I have been eyeing this american natural beauty brand for a long time! Founded 10 years ago by Marie Veronique Nadeau, this beautiful skincare/bodycare line offers solutions to acne-prone skins, ageing skins, sensitive skins and rosacea prone-skins through 3 different collections.
Marie Veronique offered me to send me a couple of products from the new PRO collection and I decided to go for the Mist de Jour and the Redness Relief also named the Anti-redness duo.

Mist de Jour ($20.00 for 60ml)
The delicate and very subtle scent of this mist will probably please most of us, including those who are usually very sensitive to overpowering flowery aroma or just look for something very discreet. I really like the smell, but not just that - it is the entire formula that is very interesting and pleasant. It was especially the attention to details to the formula that sparked my curiosity. Bursting with anti-oxidants thanks to Green and the White tea water, this mist is really good at calming and soothing the skin, especially in the evening after a long day. The anti-inflammatory effects are due the powerful blend of probiotics, Coconut water, and Chinese licorice extract alongside an intelligent healing blend of essential oils (Tumeric, Lavender, Helichrysum). It is perfect to use morning and evening, leaving the skin moistured and glowing. One good feature is that the spray delivers ultra-fine drops in a very uniform and subtle way. I am so enthusiastic about this mist that I just keep my bottle at bay all day long for a quick refreshing spray! A big thumb up for this wonderful toner!

Composition: Camillia sinensis (Green and White tea) water,  Cocos nuicfera (Coconut) water, Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Chinese licorice) extract, glucosamine HCL, sodium salicylate, niacamide (vitamin B3) probiotic complex, beta gluons.
Essential oils: Daucus carrot (carrot seed), Curcuma longa (Tumeric), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Helichrysum italicum (Helichrysum), Myrtus communis (Green myrtle).

Redness Relief ($80.00 for 30ml)
This is a water-based serum I like to reach out to in the evening to bring an instant yet prolonged calming moment to my skin. The texture is a big Oui for me: extra light, slighlty creamy, but showing an amazing absorption capacity. It is very easy to massage and does not leave any greasy film despite having a good proportion of Olive oil. The luxurious serum has been a super treat for my skin: it is packed with some of the most amazing anti-inflammatory ingredients - carefully selected to calm and shut down any unnecessary skin flushes and redness. To name a few (because the list is long!), you can find Rutin, a bioflavonoid which aims to improve blood circulation, rejuvenating Sea buckthorn oil, calming Chinese Licorice extract, and healing Niaciamide. I have been using it for a few weeks (one or 2 drops is sufficient for the entire face) and my skin is extremely settled and calmed! The scent is really discreet and pleasant.
This is one of my favorite serums so far. At $80 it is fairly expensive, but I believe it is worth it and lives up to the expectations: clean composition, excellent ingredients, wonderful texture, very nice scent, and very good performance and it lasts quite long. I have been really impressed by it and can't wait to try more of Marie Veronique line!

Composition: Camillia sinensis (Green and White Tea), Olea europaea (Olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) hydrosol, Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Chinese licorice) extract, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea bucktorn) oil, sodium salycilate, rutin, probiotic complex, glucosamine HCl, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), arabinogalactan, lycopene, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum.
Essential oils: Psidia altiissima (Lary), Curcuma longa (Curcumin), helichrysum italicum (Helichrysum), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender).

As an overall, this calling duo is definitely a must-have if you suffer from occasional redness or even rosacea or if you just want to give you skin a little break. I totally recommend it! 

Get them here and enjoy!

What do you think? Have you ever tried Marie-Veronique?

05 June 2015

The beauty products that I find awesome!

Today,  I wanted to share with you the skincare and bodycare products or even beauty accessories that I am really fond of! Ready?

Konjac Sponge: a wonderful cleansing tool that combines a brillant effect on the skin and at a super price (full review here).

Aurelia Miracle cleanser: this is the most luxurious cleanser I have ever but totally worth it (full review here).

Acure Organics Argan oil: Simple and yet this is the perfect evening beauty oil for me (full review here).

Lotus Wei Quit Mind serum: totally love the discret scent and the original formulation of this serum which aims at bringing serenity and balance (no review yet).

bodhi&birch Himalayan detox salt scrub: one of the best body scrub I have ever tried if not the best. (full review here).

Cime Universal balm Himalaya 29N-81E: a fantastic and very unique beauty multitasker that can be used on the body or on the face (full review here).

Chidorya Hydrating facial soap Pure Silk & Rice Bran: the most delicate soap I have ever tried. So gentle and perfectly suitable to sensitive skin (full review here).

What do you think? What are THE products you really LOVE?
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