Natural beauty and well-being

27 September 2016

Moisturising booster: the Madara SOS hydra repair intensive serum

A good moisturiser is indispensable for me - I always need to have one. I can use it every day, or occasionally on days when my skin feels a bit more tired and dull.
If you are like me and love a one-off product that can deliver a great amounts of hydration and acts instantly, then you may be interested in the Madara moisturising booster, which is also called the SOS hydra repair intensive serum.

Product name: SOS hydra repair intensive serum
For: all skin types
Certified: yes (Ecocert)
Texture: light cream
Price: € 35.00 for 30 ml

My opinion

I really love serums. Concentrated and straight to the point. My skin doesn't tend to be dehydrated, although cold weather can really have a bad impact on its general appearance.
Well, we are approaching the end of the summer (end of September and still feels really nice here in Amsterdam) and over the past few weeks, I have occasionally reached out to the SOS hydra repair serum when my skin needed to feel replumped or recharged after the longs days in the french countryside or on windy Amsterdam beaches (yes, there are beaches!).

The SOS hydra repair serum is a lovely and light pale pink cream, bursting with some top moisturising ingredients such as glycerin, sodium PCA, and hyaluronic acid. It also contains Peony extract which is supposed to be anti-inflammatory and healing. You can also find a blend of wonderful botanical oils including Sea Bucktorn, Nettle and Linseed oils.

The serum feels really velvety on the skin, as the texture is light and really easy to massage evenly. You don't need a lot of product to provide an instant hydration and soothing effect. I like to use it in the evening but I sometimes use 1 or 2  drops in the morning, just to give a nice glow to my skin. Bare in mind that despite the pink color, the serum does not provide any coverage.
I can't seem to find any faults with this serum. It may sound a little bit pricy but you only need to apply a tiny bit eveytime, so, I would say, still decent value for money!

If you are a follower of Mademoiselle Nature, you already know that I have been impressed by some Madara beauty products (see here and here). I really believe Madara is a brand that diserves credit for their result-driven products and without doubt, the SOS repair serum is one of them.

....another winner from Madara!

++ excellent texture

My overal rating: 9/10

Get it here.

Composition: Aqua, Helianthus annus (Sunflower) oil, glycerin, Rosa damascena, dicaprylyl carbonate, diheptyl succinate, sodium PCA, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) oil, cetearyl glucoside, xanthan gum, aroma, benzyl alcohol, stearic acid, palmitic acid, Urtica dioica (Nettle) oil, Linum usitassimum (linseed) oil, sodium hyaluronate, Paeonia lactiflora (Peony) root extract, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, potassium sorbate,  Mica (C177), titanium dioxide (C1777891), hydrolysed hyaluronic acid, capryloyl, glycerin/sebacic acid polymer, Iron oxide red (C177491), Iron oxide (C177492), citronellol, geraniol, benzyl salicylate, eugenol.

What do you think? what is your favorite serum?


19 September 2016

Love Lula September green beauty box: worth it!

Green beauty box is a great way to discover natural beauty goodies at a very reduced price.
Let me present you the fantastic September edition Beauty Box* from Love Lula retailing only at  £12.50 in the UK and only at £17.50 (3 months subscription) for my international readers. The total value of the box is over £45.00!

So, let's look at the amazing content below. You can find:

The Balm Balm Rose floral water hydrosol- Rose Rose Rose, I love you! You can read here why I love Rose water so much - really calming and comforting. I also like very much the small format of this balm spray, which makes it easy to carry it in my handbag for an instant refresher.

The Madara AHA brightening peel mask- Loving this mask. Have already reviewed it here. The one to go for if you want to achieve a really smooth and renewed skin!

The Fom London hydra plump serum- This serum is really intriguing and after checking the (awesome) composition, featuring glycerin, niaciamide, sodium hyaluronate and Fig extract, I am really eager to test it.

The Ooh! Oils of Heaven Baobab oil- Another lovely choice here. Baobab oil is an all year round beauty treat that is known to be healing and soothing. Great if you suffer from an irritated and dry skin. Apparently great as well to help with stretch marks too.

Two mini-samples are included in addition to all the products above- the Madara micellar water which I have already reviewed and adored (here) and the Kimberly Sayer healing night cream.

Don't wait and sign up to the beauty box HERE !
For all the Beauty Box subscribers, you can purchase all the brands of the box at 20% off HERE by using the code BBSEP16 (Valid until 30/09/2016).


12 September 2016

3 body treats to get your skin glowing

Summer has almost come to an end. Let's be honest: you would love to keep the lovely sunkissed glow you got in July/August for many more weeks? Although this is almost mission impossible, since skin has to renew naturally, here are 3 products that may help you to achieve a really nice and smooth skin.

Ellovi body butter ($26.00 for 50g) 
This body butter is a pure joy to use: creamy, melting without effort and smelling like paradise! Check my detailed review (here) to know more about this little treasure. I can guarantee you that you will not want to live without it after your first use! Skin is left really nourished and glowing.

Weleda refreshing citrus oil (€13.95 for 100ml)
So refreshing and really "Weleda", I love how smooth and hydrated my skin is after applying this oil after the shower. If you are a citrus fan, this is the body oil you need to get! Affordable and effective, this body oil combines simplicity with lovely results.

Herbfarmacy enriching body oil (£12.50 for 45ml)
Last but not least, let me introducing you this fabulous dark golden color body oil. It is rich in Apricot oil and vitamine E to combat dryness and stimulate skin regeneration. Great to prolong sunkissed glow too! I personnaly use it in the morning after showering, but also in the evening. It is wonderfully scented with Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang. Lovely!

Have you tried any of those? What do you think?


05 September 2016

Toning with the Herbfarmacy Rose and Echinacea toner

Herbfarmacy is an english green beauty brand. A while ago, I tested their hand beauty treatment (see here) and I loved it - it transformed my tired hands into elegants ones. So I was more than happy to explore their range further.
Having recently gone through a rebranding, I am happy to introduce you today the Rose and Echinacea toner* in its new look! Read below my detailed thoughts of this toner!

Name: Rose and Echinacea toner
Certified: no
For: All skin types
Texture: liquid
Price: £17.50 for 95ml

My opinion

Well done Herbfarmacy, I love your new packaging and I especially love the dark green glass that gives your range a very natural and earthy look.

Now, let's focus on the toner itself. It comes in a handy spray which delivers evenly tiny drops. Good point to start with!
I mentionned many times in this blog why I love Rose floral water (see here for exemple). I have already tried a few brands, including the lovely Alteya Organic White Rose flower water (see here). But what I like about the alcohol-free toner from Herbfarmacy is the fact that organic Rose flower water is mixed with Echinacea water, which enhances the beauty properties of the toner. Often used as a natural plant in winter to prevent cold and boost the immune system, Echinacea seems also very useful in the skincare/beauty industry. The Echinacea leave/flower water have anti-inflammatory properties and helps balancing the skin. It also supports the skin repairing system. So good ingredient choice here.

If you look at the formula, you will notice that The Rose & Echinacea toner *is conserved using phenoxyethanol in association with benzyl alcohol and potassium sorbate. It seems quite a strong and less "green" way of preserving the product compared to other toners I know but the preservation of the toner against bacteria growth must be assured and for now (and despite any controversy over these preservatives) that is what matters to me.

Performance-wise, this toner helps to:
  • soothe my skin after cleansing.
  • hydrate.
  • refresh.
  • improve my skin's tone.
I usually use it morning and evening onto cleansed skin followed by my SPF cream (see here) or by my evening beauty oil (not reviewed yet).

With its really nice scent, the Rose and Echinacea toner has gained a real place in my skincare routine. Suitable for all skin types even the delicate ones.

Get it HERE

Composition: Rose Damascena (Damask Rose) flower water, Echinacea purpurea flower/stem/leaf stem flower water, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, lactic acid

Have you tried it? what is your favorite toner?

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