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Bristol and Sussex Skincare Review


*This post was sponsored by Bristol and Sussex – all thoughts are my own

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A newcomer to the green beauty scene, Bristol and Sussex doesn’t promise to cure or treat anything – instead it’s designed from a holistic standpoint to provide everything your skin needs to heal itself. It began when Dr. Brandey Dollens, who’s based in San Diego, created facial care products specially for her husband whose psoriasis was becoming severe and unresponsive to medical treatments. Within a year his psoriasis was gone and they decided to launch the products to the public. No detail has been skipped – besides vegan organic ingredients, each with EWG Scores of 1, being Leaping Bunny Certified and using ECOcert-approved preservatives, what I appreciate is that no water or fillers are used in these products. The concentration of each ingredient is the result of years of research and “less is more” when it comes to these products.

hydrate face oil

I love a squalane based oil. This one is not only squalane based but also features a high concentration of diverse omega fatty acids, vitamins C & E as well as skin balancing squalane, argan and jojoba oil, with age defying CoQ10. A liquid like oil that’s lightweight yet nourishing, the Hydrate oil has been my favorite product from the line. Our bodies naturally produce squalane but this production declines as we age. It’s been shown to be as powerful as retinol in fighting free radicals, does not leave an oily greasy feeling after applying, and feels like it’s seeping into the skin and absorbing effortlessly. I also love using this on my hair while traveling.

Ingredients: Olive Squalane**, Argan Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil*, Rosehip Seed Oil*, Safflower Oil*, Castor Oil**, CoEnzymeQ10**, Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate)**, Vitamin E (Tocopherol)**, Chamomile Essential Oil*, Lavender Essential Oil*, Rosemary Essential Oil*

cleanse

This cleanser doesn’t contain any water, alcohol or harsh chemical surfectants and, instead, contains  plant derived niacinamide (B3), vitamin C, B5 and E blend along with essential oils of lavender, chamomile, and rosemary to soothe and calm skin. It comes out as a foam so there’s no need to “develop” a foam on skin. It feels airy and lightweight, but it’s a hard-working product that effectively breaks apart sunscreen and makeup. Just 1 full pump is needed – if you use more you might end up with a stripped feeling if you have dry skin like mine. At only $25 this is an affordable

*indicates organically sourced ingredient
**indicates plant derived ingredient

balance moisturizer

Most moisturizers are less than 1.7oz or 2oz while the Bristol and Sussex one is 3oz – the size is the first thing you’ll notice about this product. And just like the rest of the line, you are not paying for water, silicones or silicone derivatives which is a big plus in my book. It boasts a profile of:

Niacinamide
MSM
Sea Kelp Bioferment
Ceramides
Squalane
Hyaluronic Acid
Vitamin C, B5 & E

It feels like a hybrid gel-cream moisturizer with a lotion texture and feels very hydrating. After it dries it feels like it has not fully dried, so this might be bothersome to some. It has the same scent as the cleanser but for some reason I like it less for my moisturizer.

Ingredients: Raw Unfiltered Aloe Vera Juice*, Olive Squalane**, Argan Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Castor Oil*, Shea Nut Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate**, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate**, Sea Kelp Bioferment**, Ceramide NP**, Ceramide AP**, Ceramide EOP**, Phytosphingosine**, Cholesterol**, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)**, Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate)**, Hyaluronic Acid**, MSM**, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil*, Rose Hip Seed Oil*, Safflower Oil*, Vitamin B5**, Vitamin E (Tocopherol)**, Lavender Essential Oil*, Chamomile Essential Oil*, Rosemary Essential Oil*, Citric Acid* (from cane sugar)

*indicates organically sourced ingredient
**indicates plant derived ingredient

Honestly Phresh Deodorant Review

This post was sponsored by Honestly Phresh- all thoughts are my own.

Southern Caifornia-based Honestly Phresh is a line of 100% natural and nontoxic deodorants with a wide variety of interesting scents and forms of application. The line is also completely baking soda free. From sea mineral to sugar mint scents and roll-ons to spray applications, they have plenty of refreshing options for you to take your pick from. The deodorants have a base of organic and Fair Trade cocoa, Shea and coconut butters and are combined with essential oils, many of which are hand-extracted from a local farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. Honestly Phresh is:

  • Baking Soda-Free & Aluminum Free
  • All-Natural Ingredients Powered by Essential Minerals
  • Superior Formulation for 24-Hour Odor Protection
  • Free from: aluminum, parabens, pthlataes, glycol, gluten, GMOs, artificial color, synthetic fragrance, and baking soda.
  • Cruelty-Free & Vegan

roll-on deodorant (sea mineral scent)

This deodorant features a magnesium-enriched formula, and seeing as half the population is magnesium deficient and need it to regulate more than 300 biochemical functions in the body, adding it to deodorant that’s used daily and worn all day long is genius. I had no issues applying this liquid formula on and loved the fresh sea mineral scent that reminded me of the ocean. This is also the lightest and most compact deodorant out of the 3 types they offer and comes in Bombay Rose, Sea Mineral, Tropical Nectar and Element. Price $7.99

Ingredients: Magnesium Chloride*, Magnesium Hydroxide, Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice**, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Xanthan Gum,Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol***

* Sourced from the Dead Sea **Certified Organic ***100% Natural per defined in ISO 9235, Natural fragrance created from natural extracts and isolates. **** A preservative that replaces parabens

pre/probiotic spray (frangipani and monoi scent)

There’s a unique concept behind this spray, which has a base of organic aloe leaf juice and organic cane alcohol and is blended with notes of gardenia & plumeria. In our diets we actually need both prebiotics and probiotics for optimal health and this formula features both, providing not only good bacteria for a healthy flora but also the fertilizer needed to feed that good bacteria. If you love Hawaiian scents this is definitely a product you’d enjoy. Unlike the other products, the sprays come in a glass bottle which makes it eco-friendly but not easily portable. I used this before heading to Universal Studios on a 90 degree day and still smelled ever so slightly like a plumeria flower come night. The other 2 scents offered are Himalayan Cedarwood and Cardamom Rose. Price $14.99

INGREDIENTS: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Cane Alcohol,Triethyl Citrate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Alpha Glucan Oligosaccharide, Organic Glycerin, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactylate, Magnesium Chloride, Salvia Officinalis (Sage)Oil, Heloianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Oil , Sclerotium Gel,Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Absolute, Gardenia Jasminoides (Gardenia) Oil, Plumeria Alba Flower Extract.

deodorant stick (sugar mint scent)

45% fair trade certified and made with a blend of prebiotics, minerals, butters and essential oils – all while remaining affordable at under $10 – the deodorant sticks are ph balanced, help good bacteria flourish, and provide 24 hour odor protection. The peppermint and peppermint oil gives it the minty kick. I didn’t exactly test out the 24 hour part as morning to night is good enough for me. I tested this one specifically to see if it would last even through a Drake concert filled with 17k people after having been applied during the day and really held up. At one point during the concert I started getting a hit of bad body odor and was afraid it might be me, but after I left the concert it was clear that it was most likely the men sitting around me who were the culprit. My only complaint with this deodorant is that it is a little drier than I’d like it to be as I’m used to slicker applications and tiny clumps of product are visible when you’re further into using the product.

 

 

Canadian Kalp Ayurveda Review

*This post was sponsored by Kalp- all thoughts are my own.

Founded by Seem Kudesia, a Doctor of Natural Medicine with years of experience in Ayurvedic medicine, Canada-based Kalp offers a line of skincare made of pure, vegan blends of herbs and essentials oils. All products are free from parabens, SLS, animal cruelty, and harmful chemical preservatives. They formulate products for skin types of the 3 doshas – sensitive, dry & oily. Dry skin may mean you are a Vata where the elements of air and space reign. If you’ve got hot or sensitive skin you could be a fiery/watery Pita. Or an oily Kahpa will be aligned with the earth and water? According to Ayurveda, Doshas need to be treated with ingredients that  have the opposite effect. For example, Vata will need elements that are rich, warming and moisturizing. The Pita is warm and strong and works well with ingredients that will make you calm and cool. The Kahpa is naturally moist and heavy and is finely balanced with light and warm astringents. I tried 6 different products from the line for the past 3 months and overall enjoyed the Ayurveda concept and the ingredients, though some products I liked more than others such as the rjra ayurvedic scalp serum and the soap alternative. This is also an affordable line ranging from $20 to $40 with free shipping on orders of $50+.

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Interview with MyMiniReviews

You might remember Antonella as MyMiniReviews on Instagram. She’s an Instablogger in the green beauty community and esthetician that I once had on the blog during my “Skin Talk” series where I interviewed estheticians. Like many others I’ve known during my time on Instagram, she quietly disappeared without a word, so I was happy to hear from her when she messaged me. It turns out she was diagnosed with cancer from the HPV virus and on her 21st birthday no less. Obviously it’s scary to open up about such a thing on one’s Instagram so I offered doing an interview style post for her – which I’m not sure is less or more scary. But whatever the case, go show her some love on Instagram and say hey!

Image result for q iconYou’ve been through a difficult time. Can you share with us what happened?

Image result for letter aYes! Unfortunately I’ve been having lots of health issues on and off. The past year and a half I was going through a lot of ovarian health issues, I was having back to back ovarian cysts that kept rupturing and was diagnosed with endometriosis. I kept having excruciating cramps and knew something was off. I also had a complicated lower eyelid surgery. Due to my accident back in 2013 where I had to get facial reconstruction surgery and had a few more after. I also wanted a break from the green beauty community I’ve been a bit disappointed with certain brands and just there not being much diversity going on.

Image result for q iconWhat has been helping you cope?
Image result for letter aI give thanks to our creator, praying, keeping myself focused with scriptures.  Thankful for certain family and friends. I was doing a lot of yoga too and meditation.

Image result for q iconHas this experience changed you at all?
Image result for letter aIt’s made me more patient and understanding. And stronger!

Image result for q iconHave you noticed any change in your skin? How have you adjusted your skincare?

Image result for letter aYes I have! My skin was breaking out for awhile due to hormonal issues. I also adjusted my skincare to a much simpler routine, being in the esthetics field I always have a ton of products to try.

Image result for q iconAnother skincare question, what do you recommend for pre-fall skincare.

Image result for letter aI love an antioxidant serum for the daytime! Of course a good exfoliador for once a week. And a lot of people might find they need a thicker cream for their Face and body.