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BELLA AURA SKINCARE REVIEW

This post was kindly sponsored by Bella Aura, whose funds will help with running OBL CLUB, a product testing platform for organic beauty lovers.

Bella Aura combines Swiss skincare technology & ancient Berber skincare traditions in a focused line of 5 superior beauty elixirs. All 5 products are a serum-moisturizer cross with a unique emulsion consistency and was created because the ingredients featured in each of Bella Aura’s products helped the founder’s own severe skin issues improve. Yasmine Jones, the creator of the line, was suffering from deteriorating skin & acne scars after going through a traumatic experience with her mother’s battle against leukemia. After spending thousands on skincare products and consulting with skincare specialists, she found nothing was working to improve her skin. It was during a trip to Morocco that she would meet a prominent chemist/herbalist who believed that his oils would help her skin and after months of trying them, would begin to see her skin improving. The only issue was that she wanted the products to work faster so she collaborated with a renowned chemist & scientist to combine these oils with advanced active ingredients – and thus began Bella Aura.

What makes them unique according to founder Yasmine Jones:

“Stronger Hydration properties than Glycerin or Hyaluronic acid
Key ingredients that play a vital role in the regeneration of fibroblasts cells
Stronger Antioxidant activity than Vitamin C, E and Coenzymes Q10
Activation & Strengthening of the Proteasome
Powerhouse of 8 vitamins, B complex, Omega3-6-9 Fatty acids, Amino acids, L-glutamine, Niacinamide, Hydroxytyrosol, Ferulic acid, Antioxidants, Keratin, 100Minerals and list goes on and on
We seek the world’s most pristine Natural elixirs to provide Maximum radiance to your skin
We work with leading Skincare innovators to develop natural, rejuvenating solutions for all Skin Types & Tones”

The brand strives to offer its customers the highest quality – they guarantee their products are 100% premium and natural, with seeds cold-pressed in high standard production facility & neroli essential oil farmed & gathered directly at their production facilities in Morocco. I feel this is a great line to try particularly for those who want something more hydrating then regular face creams but don’t like face oils.

Antioxidant Booster

I had the opportunity to try all 5 products from the line, but if I were to recommend 1 or 2 products they would be the Antioxidant Booster & Night Cellular Renewal. The Antioxidant Booster product works to:

Reduce the formation of a wide range of Reactive Oxidative Stress (ROS)
Prevents oxidative cell damage even in low doses
Effectively inhibits the formation of free radicals

Antioxidants is something you should be adding more of to your skincare routine. Our very own medical esthetician Antonella also included it in her top suggestions in her “Skin First” interview on OBL. This, like the rest of Bella Aura’s products, is a lightweight emulsion and has a unique consistency that they got just right. I applied this every morning before heading outside for work.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf Extract, Disodium Rutinyl Disulfate, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus)Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Cellulose, Xanthan gum, Gellan Gum, Hydroxyactophenone, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2 Hexanediol

Night Cellular Renewal

Another favorite of mine was the Night Cellular Renewal which is high in Vitamin E-C-A-B complex- K-F-D, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids, minerals and nutrients to nourish & renew skin. What it does:

Improves skin hydration, firmness, elasticity and helps retain a superior moisture barrier against external elements
Helps restore your skin’s ability to reach its ideal cellular renewal during sleep when cells are at their most efficient at healing
Activates liver X receptor (LXR) in human primary Keratinocytes (in vivo study)
Activates the key enzymes of epidermal lipid synthesis (in vivo study)

I noticed a number of interesting ingredients like glutamine (antioxidant), cistus extract (toning & firming), and gynostemma pehtaphyllum (prolongs cell life). After cleansing, misting & applying serum I would apply the Night Cellular Renewal, sometimes mixed with a vitamin C powder, followed by facial oils.  This product is designed to really help mature skin and wrinkles of which I have neither, but I appreciated that it was working at a cellular level while I slept. This, like their other products, provide a serious boost of hydration and leaves your skin feeling soft & supple.

Ingredients

Water, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Propanediol, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Joboba Esters, Polyglyceriyl-3, Beeswax, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Cetyl, Alcohol, Cellulose, Glutamine, Decyl Glucoside, Phenethyl Alcohol, Cistus Incanus, Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf/Stem Extract, Hydroxyacetophenone, Xanthan Gum, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol

Instant Lifting Eye Contour

Runner up to my first 2 favorites is the Instant Lifting Eye Contour. It works to lift, firm & brighten the eye area as well as significantly reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, crow’s feet, dryness and uneven texture. As someone who avoids using eye oils during the day because it tends to seep into my eyes and cause a lot of irritation,  I was very happy to be able to use a product that didn’t cause any irritation. This instantly made my tired eye area look smoother, hydrated and healthier looking in the morning. i don’t usually suffer from puffy eyes but if I’m especially tired I’ll wake up to puffiness and it would go away after applying this product and brighten the skin.

The Instant Lifting Eye Contour contains the active ingredients Olive Leaf Extract (which contains Oleuropein), Jujube and Levan. Olive Leaf Extract helps to strengthen the Proteasome, which improves skin cells’ natural reprocessing procedure & reduce the damage in your skin. Jujube Extract comes from an Asian fruit and helps strengthen the skin’s anti-oxidative defence system and protects against cellular protein decline while delivering vitamins A,B2 and C & minerals to your skin.

Ingredients

 Water, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf extract, Disodium Rutinyl Disulfate, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Polyglyceryl-6, Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Cereus, Grandiflorus (Cactus)Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Nigella, Sativa Seed Oil, Cellulose, Xanthan gum, Gellan Gum, Hydroxyactophenone, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2 Hexanediol

Daily Repair Moisturizer

The main focus of this moisturizer is to provide deep long-lasting hydration.  It contains the line’s signature Kamilah blend and also has some notable ingredients like daisy flower extract (skin brightening), olive leaf extract (protective) and aveena strigosa seed extract (water-retaining) . I used this as a daytime moisturizer underneath my sunscreen and would sometimes even take it to work for a touch up in the afternoon. I’m an absolute fan of the scent of neroli and find it to be so calming whenever I use it, day or night. This product also doesn’t contain a bunch of essential oils so you don’t need to worry about it photosensitizing skin or causing skin cell death if that’s your concern. The Daily Moisturizer, of course, does its job of providing the skin with lasting hydration.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Propanediol, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Cellulose, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyacetophenone, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2 Hexanediol

Gentle Purifying Cleanser

This cleanser has the same emulsion consistency as the rest of the products in the line and does not foam or lather, but rather gentle removes impurities, dirt & grime. With a cleansing cloth it can also effectively remove makeup. The cleanser is loaded with Vitamin E, vitamin B complex & vitamin C, essential fatty acids, Omega 3,6 and 9 and minerals like potassium, calcium, selenium, zinc, iron, magnesium, beta- carotene and amino acids. If you didn’t know this was a cleanser you’d think it was another moisturizer type product. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling stripped or dry and very much hydrates it so your skin feels refreshed, cleansed obviously and moisturized. It comes in a huge bottle so you’re getting a lot of product and my only complaint would be that not enough product is dispensed with each pump. I like to use a big dollop of cleanser but it dispenses the same amount as the other skincare products.

Ingredients

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Hydroxyacetophenone, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2 Hexanediol

HUM Nutrition Review + giveaway

HUM Nutrition is a super high quality supplement line exclusively sold at SEPHORA and their website and they recently gave me the opportunity to try 3 of their products: RED CARPET, DAILY CLEANSE & OMG!. The first things that popped out at me, and which lends to their strong brand recognition, were their bright colorful labels & catchy names. One of the first things a friend of mine asked me after she saw my Instagram stories showing the products was to let her know if I think they’re worth the price. So in case this is the first thing you’re thinking of too, my answer is yes, BUT only for the supplements that you actually need.

To be honest I wasn’t sure how I’d be able to review supplements. As a beauty blogger i’m testing out a variety of products all at once, and as one follower pointed out, bloggers can’t really know the effects of 1 product if they’re using 10 skincare products at once. So I was wondering with supplements how would you really know if you’re experiencing positive effects from the supplements or because you increased the number of your weekly yoga workouts or because you rotated in new skincare products – fact is you can’t unless you cut out all these other variables. So it’s all based on perception, but everyone’s reality IS their perception anyways.

So about HUM, HUM Nutrition sets themselves apart from other nutrition companies by offering a personalized approach using a revolutionary profiling methodology and leaders in the field of nutrition. You take a short online quiz and are then suggested a regimen of products that meet your health & beauty goals.  HUM products are 100% natural, pure, premium quality, sustainably sourced, non GMO and gluten free. Personally, I’m not religious about supplements. I buy them when I feel like buying them and take them when I feel like taking them but I don’t stick to it everyday all year round. With the HUM supplements I committed myself to taking them everyday to see if I really noticed results.

THE DAILY CLEANSE

The Daily Cleanse is what I would recommend you to get if you’re wanting to try HUM and don’t know which to start with.  I think the first step should be to rid your body of toxins so that everything else you take can really get to work. You take 2 capsules before you eat anything so I would take this as soon as I got up with a big glass of water. If I was running late for work, with a sip of coffee before dashing out the door.  Highlights of the Daily Cleanse include:

Cleanses your skin, liver, bowel, kidneys and lungs
Organic Algae
Cleansing Minerals
15 Detox Herbs

The Science Behind it

Studies have shown the anti-inflammatory properties of ALA, making it a vital antioxidant that protects the body’s cells and aids in energy production.  “α-Lipoic acid has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties: an experimental study in rats with carrageenan-induced acute and cotton pellet-induced chronic inflammations.” Br J Nutr. 2011. The American Cancer Society notes that milk thistle is said to detoxify and protect the liver, strengthen the spleen and gallbladder. Further, research has looked into silymarin, a key extract of milk thistle, as a potent antioxidant.

Effects I Experienced

I noticed 2 effects: practically zero zits/pimples and regular use of the bathroom. I’m someone who gets zits regularly along my chin/jawline and occasionally on my cheek. While I was taking this supplement I noticed I didn’t have any zits appearing on my face and the flesh colored nearly invisible bumps subsided. I also had great movement down there. Some people experienced allergic hive reactions when taking this product so take caution.

OMG! Omega The Great

This fish oil supplement supports even skin tone, a healthy heart, brain & body and really does contain very high quality fish oil. I took 2 giant pills with food per day and would also recommend this product from their line, which is more potent than what you’d find in the supermarket. Its higlights:

Ultra pure fish oil
Ideal ratio of the actives EPA & DHA
High amounts in only two pills
No fishy aftertaste

The Science Behind It

Many studies suggest that the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, found in the fatty layers of cold-water fish can keep your heart and body healthy by reducing overall inflammation. Our supplements are derived from the highest quality of sustainably sourced small fish, ensuring the purest and most nutrient-rich standards. Research connects the fatty acids in fish oil to healthy hair and skin function. According to research at the University of Manchester, the properties in fish oil have been proven to protect the skin from damaging sun rays by stimulating the production of healthy skin cells. And the benefit of fish oil extends beyond hair and skin. Research from the American Heart Association has shown that the omega-3 found in fish oil can also reduce the risk of heart disease while lowering the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing levels of good cholesterol in the body (HDL). Sources: Pilkington Suzanne, et al. “Randomized controlled trial of oral omega-3 PUFA in solar-simulated radiation-induced suppression of human cutaneous immune responses.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 97 (2013): 646-52. “Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.” American Heart Association. May 2014

Effects I Experienced

This is really hard to say. I use a lot of great skincare products, mask multiple times weekly, eat a healthy diet, drink lots of water etc. so I can’t claim that this vitamin gave me glowing skin. I did read reviews by people saying that this is the one product that helped clear their cystic acne, hormonal acne and breakouts. What I can say is if you’re looking for a quality fish oil that is designed to work more quickly than supermarket fish oil out of sheer potency, why not give this a try.

RED CARPET

Red Carpet is the number 1 selling supplement at SEPHORA and is designed to give you glowing skin & shiny hair in 6 weeks. It’s a Vitamin E- focused product (from sunflower oil) with ALA (from Black Currant Seed Oil) and its highlights include:

Rich in plant-based omegas
Vegetarian formula
Hydrates hair + skin cells

The Science Behind It

Black Currant Seed Oil is an excellent source of GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) and ALA (alpha linolenic acid). According to University of Maryland Medical Center, GLA stimulates healthy skin and hair growth, and is a strong anti-inflammatory. ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid, also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, known to prevent heart disease and stiff joints. Sunflower seed oil contains Vitamin E and fatty acids that promote shiny hair and glowing skin. As an antioxidant, Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals that damage collagen and dry the skin. According to the University Maryland Medical Center, a healthy dose of Vitamin E can prevent premature aging and damage. Research suggests that Vitamin E improves capillary growth, which increases follicle circulation and moisture for fuller hair that is free split ends. Sources: “Vitamin E.” University of Maryland Medical Center. January 2012. Beoy LA, et al. “Effects of tocotrienol supplementation on hair growth in human volunteers.” Pub Med. NCBI. NLM. NIH. December 2010. “Gamma-linoenic-acid.” Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide. University of Maryland Medical Center. July 2011. “Black Currant.” WebMD.

Effects I Experienced

My hair does look healthier and air dries with less frizz but, again, how can I really know it’s because of the supplements or because I increased the number of overnight oil treatments or because I switched in a new shampoo/conditioner. One thing I feel like I DID notice that I feel I can say is because of these supplements, is that despite my use of top-tier organic skincare products, I will still have seriously haggard looking dull skin at about 1am before doing my nighttime skincare routine and going to bed. When I was younger my skin looked plump, fresh, vibrant no matter how late it was and no matter how little sleep I got, but now it totally shows on my face in the wee hours of the night. After about a month of taking these supplements I felt like when I’d go look in the mirror at midnight or 1am before going to bed I was starting to look more like my old self in that my skin didn’t look as zombie like anymore. Even if my eyes look tired, my skin didn’t look as sunken in, dry & dull.

GIVEAWAY FOR 2 WINNERS

Enter on my Instagram post here. Ends Mon May 15, 2017!

Details:

2 winners will receive a @humnutrition supplement of their choice! Simply:
– Follow @humnutrition & me
– Tag friends (each tag is an entry)
Bonus: For 10 extra entries repost with #oblhum.

EARTHWISE BEAUTY & AVA’S WORK DIARY

Earthwise Beauty has evolved significantly over this past year alone if you see my first blog post from 2016 here, but as always you will find meticulous sourcing practices, top quality quality ingredients & innovative formulations. Besides many exciting new product launches (Cistus & Moonlight Face Mist, Nap in the Meadows Face Serum, Passion Eye Serum, Pacific Northwest Body Oil, Ruby Facial Oil, Farizad’s Veil), Earthwise has also upgraded their labels to higher quality scratch-free ones that are durable. This is a brand that obsesses over every aspect and detail of their products and one that you can wholeheartedly trust that they will only bring you the best products & ingredients. I’m also super excited that Earthwise Beauty is participating in an OBL CLUB product testing campaign so you might be the lucky members who’ll test & review an Earthwise product!

The founder of Earthwise Beauty, Ava Zhan, is also sharing her work diary with OBL readers so you can see what it’s like to be in her shoes for a day. To read the first installment of my new series “Diary of a Ladyboss” scroll down to the end of this post.

Ruby Facial Oil

The first product I’ll be highlighting in this post is their newest facial oil, Ruby that just launched in Mar 2017. This is a lightweight powerfully hydrating oil perfect for daytime use and designed to be paired with their Farizad’s Veil SPF powder & the warmer months in general. Perfect for all skin types & quick absorbing, the oil has a subtle resinous & fruity scent and is made of sun-protective buriti & pequi oils, wrinkle-reducing and sun-damage-correcting raspberry, buriti, rosehip & primrose), noncomedogenic oils particularly recommended for skin types prone to congestion (milk thistle, guava, rosehip, cranberry). sunflower-derived vitamin E. Turmeric CO2 extract and whole-plant celery CO2 to reduce inflammation. I find this oil lightweight but not too lightweight for even the driest skin types and it leaves no orange tint. I add a few drops on top of my moisturizer and before applying makeup. I also like using a tiny amount as a hair defrizzer because it absorbs quickly into my hair without leaving it looking greasy. Ava also mentions in an Instagram post that this oil is perfect for hair as well as skin.

You can also order this facial oil with a raw ruby gem sourced from India.  Ruby enhances personal power, charisma, and confidence, aids in creative output and enhances leadership qualities, and corresponds to the heart chakra.

Ingredients

Organic Psidium guajava (guava) seed oil (India), organic Silybum marianum (milk thistle) seed oil, Vacinnium macrocarpon (cranberry) oil*, organic whole-fruit Rosa canina (rosehip) oil, Plukenetia volubilis (sacha inchi) seed oil*, Rubus ideaus (raspberry) seed oil*, organic pequi fruit oil, wildcrafted Moringa oleifera seed oil, blue tamanu oil* (India), organic buriti fruit oil, turmeric supercritical CO2 Select extract* (India), vitamin E (from certified non-GMO sunflowers), organic primrose seed CO2 Total extract, organic celery CO2 Total, wildcrafted mimosa flower absolute (artisanally extracted in Grasse, France).*Certified organic.

 

Carrot-a-Day Face and Eye Serum Sensitive (NEW Formula)

Carrot-a-Day is Earthwise’s all time bestseller and they came out with a new formulation for sensitive skin. The original one would cause reactions for some people and as a brand who truly listens to their customers’ needs they created a gentler formula for sensitive skin types. They use a milder natural preservative and have taken out carbomer though the original has less than .5%. The original version has a thicker aloe base while the Sensitive version is suspended in a semi-liquid, instantly absorbent cold-press aloe juice that has just a touch of thickness with natural xanthan gum.

The serum is great for dry, aging & acneic skin and contains anti-inflammatory German blue chamomile, helichrysum (3 types: Corsican (the first choice for pain reduction, including painful acne breakouts), Croatian, and Albanian) which is one of the top essential oils forspot reduction & wrinkle reversal (and is also used in wound and burn healing by medical aromatherapists). Because it’s semi-liquid it can replace your toner and it has a rather strong herbal carrot scent. I’ve used both the original and now sensitive versions and found that they both hydrate, firm & refresh my skin. I apply a few pumps and spread across my face and wait for it to dry. It provides an instant cooling effect and once dry my skin feels slightly more taut/firm.

Ingredients
Cold-press aloe barbadensis juice*, carrot seed oil*, natural non-GMO tocopherol (vit. E from sunflowers), Italian everlasting oil*, German blue chamomile oil*, spearmint oil*, naturally derived Polysorbate 20, potassium sorbate (natural preservative, food grade), xanthan gum, rosemary extract, ascorbic acid (vit. C), citric acid.

Nap in the Meadow Face Serum

Earthwise’s other serum which I believe launched last year provides deep hydration, strong anti-inflammatory action, anti-oxidants, anti-aging benefits, issue repairing effects, and sunburn and sun damage repair. The super light blue shade of this product is instantly calming and its name, like many of Earthwise’s products, is highly evocative. The sensorial product yearns to transport you to a peaceful meadow where you lie down, feel the warm sunshine on your face and see the clear blue skies as you drift off into blissful slumber.

This serum is very lightweight and liquid-like but its ingredients are so fresh and potent that most noticeably I feel it increasing my blood circulation seconds after I apply. My face feels slightly heated and I can tell it’s working its magic. It contains Turmeric CO2 supercritical extract, anti-inflammatory, Yarrow Oil, German Blue Chamomile Oil,  Elderberry extract to delay skin aging and reverse UV damage. and Galbanum which is an essential oil made from galbanum resin, an ancient wound-healing agent. I apply 1 or 2 pumps and apply all over my face with circular massage motions. The one downside of these liquid like serums is that you can easily use up the product quickly so I suggest using just 1 max 2 pumps for each use.

Ingredients

Aloe leaf juice*, elderberry fruit extract, turmeric CO2 Total supercritical extract, polysorbate 20 (naturally derived), lavender oil (* and †), yarrow oil*, Italian everlasting oil†, German blue chamomile oil*, potassium sorbate (natural preservative), organic geranium bourbon oil, geranium rose oil*, copaiba balsam resin†, galbanum oil*, xanthan gum, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), wildflower essences†.

Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer

Perfect for the warmer months, Ambrosia del Cerrado is a liquid moisturizer (toner-moisturizer cross) and has a unique consistency different from both the Nap in the Meadow and Carrot-A-Day. It’s like a bouncy viscous liquid and comes in a dropper bottle so you feel like you’re applying golden dewdrops to your skin. The aloe-based formula is great for oily, combo, acneic & dry skin and most noticeably contains hand-extracted pequi fruit oil from the cerrado savanna in Brazil (rich in vitamin C, betacarotene, vitamins B1 and B2), Buriti oil from Brazil (anti-aging results & improves the appearance of brown spots and scars), Moringa pod oil (wide range of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients).

I’ve tried the Ambrosia del Cerrado a year ago and again this year and found that it leaves my dry skin feeling refreshed, supple & hydrated. This product does not contain any essential oils for those of you who are looking for essential oil-free skincare products.

Ingredients
Aloe barbadensis whole-leaf cold-press juice*, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Caryocar braziliensis (pequi) fruit oil, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Mauritia flexuosa (buriti) fruit oil, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Moringa oleifera seed oil, polysorbate 20 (naturally derived), potassium sorbate (natural preservative), natural non-GMO tocopherol (vit. E from sunflowers), xanthan gum, ascorbic acid (vit. C), citric acid.

Marshmallow Suds Face Cleanser

One of my favorite cleansers is the Earthwise Marshmallow Suds Face Cleanser which is especially great for sensitive & dry skin types. A blend of oils and herbal extracts, this cleanser has a unique silky, viscous, creamy consistency and a beautiful white shade that almost symbolizes purity. It lathers well and feels deeply nourishing & soothing with marshmallow root, healing calendula petals, and anti-inflammatory chamomile flowers. I remove all my makeup before using this cleanser because I’d rather use a wipe or oil cleanser to remove makeup so the powerful ingredients of this cleanser can better penetrate my skin.

Ingredients
Herbal infusion {distilled water, Althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root*, Calendula officinalis petals*, Matricaria recutita (chamomile) buds*}, water, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*†, cold-press Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) esters*, Aloe barbadensis juice*, vegetable glycerin (from non-GMO soy)*, Olea europaea (olive) oil*†, potassium hydroxide (but none remains in final product, after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin), Cannabis sativa (hemp) oil*, natural ECOCERT preservative {glycerin, Leuconostoc (radish root) ferment filtrate, Lonicera japonica flower extract, Lonicera caprifolium extract, Populus tremuloides bark extract, gluconolactone}, guar gum, glucono-lactone (from non-GMO corn), Melissa officinalis oil*, Matricaria recutita (German blue chamomile) oil*, organic Tanacetum annuum (Moroccan chamomile) oil, Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile) oil*, citric acid, non-GMO tocopherol (vit. E).

Blackstrap Molasses Face Mask

I still consider the Blackstrap Molasses one of the most powerful and effective masks I have tried. I have had a number of people try this mask with me and they also were surprised by its effects.  If you want immediate noticeable effects this mask is one to try – it resurfaces, brightens, smoothes & clarifies skin. It also detoxifies, firms and provides powerful anti-aging benefits. The shiny black Hungarian Moor Mud & Moroccan Rhassoul Laval Red Lava Clay base looks as if someone literally scooped up the mud and clay from Hungary and Morocco, placed it in this jar and handed it to you, completely fresh & unadulterated.

Ingredients
Maris limus (Hungarian Moor mud), Moroccan Rhassoul red lava clay, Kaolinite (kaolin clay), Saccharum officinarum (unsulphured blackstrap molasses from Paraguay)*†, Rosa damascena hydrosol/distillate* (Bulgaria), Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) distillate* (14% alcohol; double distilled), cold-press unrefined organic Pentaclethra macroloba (pracaxi) pod oil (Brazil), L-ascorbic acid (active vit. C), natural ECOCERT-approved (for use in certified organic cosmetics) preservative {glycerin, Leuconostoc (radish root) ferment filtrate, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) extract, Populus tremuloides bark extract, gluconolactone}, unrefined Daucus carota (carrot) seed oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*.

Cistus & Moonlight Face Mist

Cistus & Moonlight Face Mist is another new mysterious creation. So what is Cistus? Cistus essential oil is known to be great for skin firmness and comes from a variety of rock rose that grows in the wilderness of Spain and Portugal. It has a sweet resinous honey like scent and helps with minimizing pores, skin firmness, fighting acne and more. The sourcing of this ingredient is unique in that Ava does not purchase it from a supplier’s website but directly from a person in Portugal’s countryside who distills these plants. She then adds a touch of aloe juice and enhances it with a variety of gem & wildflower essences such as Rainbow Moonstone Gem Essence, (regulates hormones & mood swings), Mangano calcite gem essence (heals emotional wounds), Clear quartz gem essence (clears toxic energies & lifts the mind),  Alaskan monkshood flower essence (helps with fears & clarity of one’s purpose), and Pacific Northwest pink phlox flower essence (enhances one’s innate gentleness and sweetness).

I apply a few spritzes of this and enjoy the unique multifacted scent of the cistus. It’s undoubtedly quite different from your average hydrosol as it contains the vibrations and energies of different flowers & gems to provide not only a skin enhancing effect but also a mind/body/spirituality one.

Ingredients
Wildcrafted Cistus ladanifer hydrosol, cold-press aloe barabensis juice*, potassium sorbate (natural food-grade preservative), rainbow moonstone gem essence and other gem essences, wildflower essences.

Passion Eye Serum

Passion Eye Serum

While not included in the OBL CLUB product testing campaign, i had the opportunity to try a sample of Earthwise’s new eye serum last winter.  This essential oil-free formula is made from unrefined oils & butters that are highly nourishing, hydrating & firming.  If you’re looking for a far from average potent eye product that is made of powerful hard-to-find ingredients the Passion Eye Serum is made of amaranth oil (source of squalene and linoleic acid) , green coffee oil (treats puffiness and dark circles), of whole-fruit (not just the seeds) rosehip oil, premium grade whole-fruit (not just the seeds) passionfruit oil, seabuckthorn berry CO2 extract, murumuru butter, andiroba oil & Brazil nut oil.

The reason Amaranth Oil was selected to be the first and main ingredient of this eye product is because it’s very high in proteins (13%), linoleic acid (49%; key for youthful, wrinkle-free, and acne-free skin and in squalene (8–12%). I found it to be super rich and nourishing, instantly smoothing out fine lines and plumping up the haggard looking skin under my eyes. I used this oil only at night as it did sting my eyes if it got in.

Ingredients
Organic cold-press unrefined amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) oil, organic cold-press unrefined green coffee (Coffea) bean oil, organic cold-press unrefined andiroba (Carapa guianensis) oil, cold-press unrefined brazil nut oil*, organic cold-press unrefined murumuru (Astrocaryum murumuru) butter, cold-press unrefined passionfruit (Passiflora edulis) oil*, organic cold-press unrefined rare whole-fruit rosehip (Rosa canina) oil, wildcrafted seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) berry CO2 Total supercritical extract, cold-press unrefined tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum) oil* (India), gem essences.

If you’d like a deeper look into how Earthwise sources their ingredients and develops their formulas head to the founder Ava’s blog here. In her latest blog post how some suppliers do not have a system for monitoring inventory freshness & how those with little experience may not even know what some plant oils should look and smell like, and how to check whether their sample is fresh, unrefined, unbleached, and unadulterated. It’s very insightful and shows you how important it is to trust who you purchase from and that their values align with yours.

You can purchase Earthwise Beauty at their website (use Melissa of Guide to Wellness‘s code GUIDETOWELLNESS for 15% off at checkout)
Europe-based readers can purchase at Eminessences & Divine Green Beauty

DIARY OF A LADYBOSS
FEATURING AVA ZHAN

a weekday in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

 

6:15 Am waking up, getting my older son ready for kindergarten, getting breakfast ready for everyone

 

7:45 Am dropping Roman off at a distant school

 

8:15-9 Am on phone calls on the road, sometimes with friends, often with our freelance designer and printer representative

 

9 am I’m in a meeting with employees: prioritizing projects for the day, reviewing long-term projects, and periodically all kinds of financial reviews with our finance specialists.

 

10 am -2 pmWorking on new product formulas, making batches of currently sold products, making flower and gem essences, sometimes getting to wander the meadows to check on various wildflowers or to infuse batches of products in a shady and hidden spot in our ponderosa pine forest, but also advising customers on best product options for their skin type, corresponding with marketing partners, and lots of art direction (reviewing the work of our photographer, graphic designer, and printers, and working closely with these artists to arrive at visuals and packaging that we all love and that communicate who we are), searching for new artisanal ingredients and print materials suppliers and testing their samples upon arrival.

 

2-3 pm I’m holding private flower essence consultations, flower essence certification course progress (homework assignments, client case studies etc.), making custom essence blends.

 

The work day has ended
Late afternoons and evenings are primarily family time, but sometimes I harvest wild herbs with the help of family members or employees, drying and processing herbs, and also attend to our own “starter” garden. Late evenings is when I read books on herbalism, essential oils and their safety, flower and gem essence healing, and natural perfumery.
Ava

5 Top Nutritionists on the supplements they use

Find out what supplements the experts trust

I asked 5 top nutritionists (and a naturopath doctor) in New York & London what supplements they use themselves for beauty. Here’s what they shared with me:

Andrea Moss, New York

I’ve found the following supplements really help with supple, glowy skin:

  • High quality fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids do wonders for fighting free radicals and reducing inflammation in the skin and throughout the body). I use Metagenics brand.
  •  Nutrient 950 from Thorne is a great high-quality multivitamin
  • Probiotics (healthy gut flora leads to healthy skin)
  • Biotin (I’ll take this for a few months at a time if/when I feel my hair or nails need a strengthening boost).

As for brands, I use Metagenics UltraFlora Spectrum probiotics. If I’m traveling and need to stock up quickly, I’ll purchase Renew Life brand probiotics (they’re a great option and available in many health food stores, unlike Metagenics which needs to be purchased online). For biotin I like Life Extension or Jarrow.

One final note is that for reducing overall inflammation in the body (which can absolutely contribute to wrinkles, rashes, and other skin issues) I like Meriva by Thorne. It’s a very high potency curcumin (tumeric) supplement that does wonders for everything from reducing joint pain to reducing risk of dementia.

Andrea is a certified holistic nutrition coach through Columbia University’s Teachers College, in partnership with The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She studied directly with Dr Annemarie Colbin in her intensive 9-month Food Therapy program, at the Natural Gourmet Institute, learning how to use food as natural medicine. Andrea and her team work with individual clients, run group holistic health programs, and present lectures on various health and wellness topics throughout the country. Website

Jo Travers, London

The only supplement I take is vitamin D – because our sunlight in the UK is so patchy and vitamin D is not in very many foods, it’s difficult for the body to produce enough. About 1 in 5 of people in the UK have low vitamin D status. But I’m not sure that it could be considered a beauty supplement. It does play a role in reducing inflammation and cell growth, but it’s primary function is to aid calcium absorption for strong bones.

Jo Travers is a dietitian registered with the Health & Care Professions Council with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Human Nutrition & Dietetics, and she is a spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association. Her experience in the field includes time working in three NHS Trusts; and five years in private practice. She is also the author of The Low-Fad Diet. Click to buy The Low-Fad Diet from Amazon. Website

Lorraine Kearney, New York

The supplements I believe that is important to consume is turmeric. The active form of turmeric is curcumin, but this form is not absorbed by the body until it is paired with piperine (black pepper). When choosing a supplement it is important to purchase one that is made with 95% curcumin with 5% bioPerine.

Turmeric is known as a great anti-inflammatory. Taking this supplement can decrease pain associated with chronic disease and arthritis. My father has arthritis on his right foot and experienced a lot of pain and inflammation to the point where he found it difficult to walk or play golf. I purchased this supplement for him and within 2 weeks his pain has subsided and he was able to go back to his normal activities.

Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that protects our bodies from free radicals and also improves the functioning of the bodies own antioxidant enzymes. Studies have shown in cancer research that this powerful herb can reduce tumor growth and prevent the spread of some cancers. Turmeric can cross the blood brain barrier and clear a buildup of plaque called Amyloid plaque that can cause Alzheimer’s Disease and can improve brian health.

Originally from Galway, Ireland, Lorraine is a passionate nutritionist located in New York City. Over the past decade she has worked diligently to follow her dreams in the food and health industry while also giving back to the community. By volunteering her time and expertise at various charities such as, The Wounded Warrior Project, God’s Love We Deliver, The Food Bank of New York, The Children’s Storefront and March Nutrition Month, She’s an active member of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, as well as the New York Road Runner’s. Website

Caroline Hansen, London

Omega-3, vitamin D, vitamin A, iodine, and selenium are supplements that I routinely take every single day due to difficulty getting these from food (and because I work on the basis of DNA-personalisation, I know that I have a higher than normal requirement for many of them!); the others are on an as-needed basis

Caroline is a nutritional therapist and genetic nutritionist, specialising in wellness, weight management, and fitness. She uses clients’ unique DNA to unlock the blueprint for brilliant health that’s coded within their genes. Caroline went to DipNT Nutritional Therapy (College of Naturopathic Medicine), is the Director & Founder, Clinical Nutrigenomics Working Group and aLecturer, Functional Sports Nutrition, CNELM (Middlesex University) MSc Personalised Nutrition. Website

 

Renee Bosi, Doctor of Naturopathy, New York

 I focus on anti aging supports like coq10, ala, phytoceramides, and turmeric. I throw other herbs in periodically but these are my basics. I focus on an overall physical anti aging which I feel trickles down to my skin.

Many of my vitamins B are Natrol. Ceramides are Health Genesis. I’m not a stickler for a particular brand but tend to go through phases with brands i buy from. I take turmeric in a blend I make myself and drink in coffee or almond milk. My recipe is:

Turmeric
Cacao powder
Maca root
Cinnamon
Wheat grass and alfalfa powder

I mix a bit in my coffee, oatmeal, or tea. the blend changes with my mood. Sometimes I add matcha. Sometimes pearl powder.

Renee is a doctor of naturopathy and has been in private practice for over 10 years. She has also worked as a social worker for more than 22 years and has made it her life work to combine both in a successful practice. Over the years her expertise in the natural health and beauty industry has led to the formulation of Lexi organics. www.lexihaircare.com

The OBL Community Shares What They Use

@itsthebib I’m a registered dietitian nutritionist, and all I take are algae oil for omega-3s from Deva and a vegan vitamin D. You should check with an MD or registered dietitian before taking anything–not all supplements are for everyone, and some can be harmful. The best thing to take for “beauty” is a varied diet abundantly rich in fruits and vegetables. There is no substitute for that! If you are concerned about deficiencies, check with an MD or RD.


@alchemy_apothecary I am a training physician and this is a contentious topic among those in my profession! I really would make sure that you share all the supplements you take with your doctor because a lot can interact with other medications you may be prescribed (two examples that come to mind are St. John’s Wort and vit C). Also be wary of fat soluble vitamins (vit A, D, E, K) as they are readily absorbed and can cause toxicity. That said, I do take supplements like acai and spirulina from @organicburst because I don’t eat the most varied diet when I’m busy. I also love their matcha. I would also take a probiotic but I don’t have a recommendation at the moment. If you eat yogurt you really get a lot there. Many people are vit D deficient, but it’s best to get a blood test from your doctor before starting to take it every day.


@bonnita_s . I take evening primrose oil and salmon oil… great for overall beauty health- hair, skin, nails and hormonal balance. I take this internally and add a bit of primrose oil to my night time skincare routine for glowing skin. I take an evening primrose oil supplement and a salmon oil supplement from Our local pharmacy in South Africa called Dischem and these supplements are their gold house brand.


thesarahjeanne @mdlogichealth is amazing. They are very high quality, made in NY. Formulated by top NY physicians. The krill oil and the ceramides make my skin feel soooo hydrated and soft. They are coming out with a collagen powder soon with biotin in it.


@theracingfamily My favorite supplement line is Procaps Laboratories. They offer high quality supplements, and produce all of their products in a solar powered facility. I currently take their Astaxanthin, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), Resveratrol, CoQ10, Multi-Vitamin and Hair Skin & Nails supplements.


@neemasnutrition Zinc – all day every day! Majorly helps the skin – especially those with acne (most sufferers are zinc deficient). Fish oils too.


@rifahkhaan I am doctor from India…. Well I suffered acne for a long time… I take vit e for skin and it is miraculous for skin….. I also took biotin for hair…. It works….. Besides this I use joJoba oil during my night time skincare routine it has really decreased the oiliness of my skin…. One more key for bright skin is a lots and lots of water….. As for supplements please consult a doctor before taking them as they can cause toxicity


@strengthfromchrist  Liquid chlorophyll for bright & clear skin; powdered Chaga mushroom extract for antioxidants & collagen hydrolosate for collagen production, clear skin and strong nails & hair.  Maca root powder for hormone balance. It helps with breakouts, dull and dry skin, tiredness and period cramping.


@anna.mee.ra The majority of us lack vitamin d, and I live in sunny San Diego! I asked my doctor to check my levels since I was always so tired and sure enough I was low (and sunburnt when they tested my blood!) the pure encapsulations vitamin d3 in liquid format has transformed my life!


@_cordymichelle_I love my orange dream greens powder by @amazinggrass in water or coconut water first thing in the morning, @neocell Derma Matrix in my morning coffee or smoothie, and Apex Energetics Resvero-XL twice a day.


@jenniferpilonGarlic oil, vitamin C, turmeric, probiotics, omegas & of course a multivitamin. In order to have good skin you have to take care of your body from inside first😉


@yo_pearlypie These are the supplements that make me feel like a rockstar 😍 Dr. Hagiwara’s organic green magma powder mixed with Vital Proteins collagen peptides in the morning, New Chapter every woman’s one daily multi, New Chapter holy basil force, Organic India – Joy, Green Pasture’s fermented cod liver oil, Jarrow Formulas Fem dophilius, I’ve also been taking Reserveage Keratin booster with biotin & resveratrol and have noticed a major boost in my hair! At night I take Rainbow light Magnesium + Calcium as well as Organic India’s Turmeric & Triphala. Of course everyone is different & it is smart to talk to a doctor for any contraindications – with the help of these supplements, a mostly fabulous diet, fresh air & a lot of yoga I feel excellent & never find myself in the doc’s office!

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ORGANIC BEAUTY LOVER CURRENT FAVORITES

I usually focus on one brand in each blog post but this time I’m switching things up with my first Current Faves post. I’ll highlight a variety of products that I’m currently using and loving.

Odacité EYE CONTOUR SERUM & PIMPLE SERUM

I add a few drops of this around my eye contour before bed when this area is looking particularly shriveled and I wake up to smooth & hydrated sleepy eyes  I love using products specifically formulated for the eye area even though much of it IS marketing. I appreciate that eye products are specifically formulated for the super fragile eye area and are richer than average. The pimple serum I’ve been using to spot treat small zits that I get around that time of the month and I feel that it helps clear up my skin quickly without leaving any acne marks left behind.

Eye Contour Serum Ingredients:

Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin wildcrafted Baobab (Adansonia digitata) seed oil, Sarsaparilla, Palmarosa, Lavender, Neroli, Roman chamomile, Sandalwood, Geranium, Bisabolol (Hemidesmus indicus, Cymbopogon martinii, Lavandula angustifolia, Citrus aurantium, Anthemis nobilis, Santalum spicatum, Pelargonium graveolens, Vanillomopsis erythropappa) essential oils, Certified GMO free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil.

Pimple Serum Ingredients:

Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin organic Black Cumin (Nigella sativa) oil, Certified organic Cajeput (Melaleuca minor) essential oil, Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Toco- pherols) oil.

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100% PURE GEMMED LUMINIZER

The new gemmed luminizers in Moonstone Glow & Rose Gold from 100% Pure are absolutely beautiful. I like them way better than rms Living Luminizer. Instead of adding oily mica to your face this luminizer brings so many beneficial ingredients to your skin, including actual gemstones (search for gemstone if you’re curious about why I like gemstones and gemstone-infused skincare) AND a gorgeous tint to your skin. This will be great for the summer months when my skin goes from dry to the oily side. Moonstone is my favorite out of the 2 new shades though I’ve been leaning towards Rose Gold more as summer approaches.

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Ingredients

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Silica, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Extracts of Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit (Cranberry), Fragaria Vesca Fruit (Strawberry), Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry), Prunus Serotina Fruit (Cherry), Prunus Armeniaca Fruit (Apricot), Prunus Persica Fruit (Peach) and Vitis Vinifera Fruit, (Cabernet Grapes) and Matricaria Chamomilla Leaf (Chamomile), Punca Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Lycium Chinese Fruit (Goji Berry) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mica (natural shimmery mineral), Labradorite (Natural Mineral Stone), Moonstone (Natural Mineral Stone), Australian Opal (Natural Mineral Stone), Pyrite (Natural Mineral Stone), Sunstone (Natural Mineral Stone), May Contain Iron Oxides.

MAY LINDSTROM HONEY MUD CLEANSING MASK

I’ve been using this honey mask almost everyday after removing makeup and cleansing, so I have 3 cleansing steps most days now. This honey mask is so moisturizing that I feel like I’m also using a hydrating mask at the same time. Raw honey, white halloysite clay, Collodial Silver, Cacao aboslute oil & macadamia nut oil envelope your skin & infuse it with enzymes and nourishment. It has a silken pudding-like texture that I have not found in any other mask product. May’s products will undoubtedly make you fall in love with taking care of your skin.

KAIA NATURALS DETOX DEODORANT

I’ve been using this deodorant for almost a month now, switching between the Cold-Pressed Rose & Juicy Bamboo versions, and though it took me a while to get used to the wet texture, i must say i really enjoy it now. This is a 99% natural & vegan dedorant with no baking soda – instead it has activated charcoal to draw out toxins & natural fermentation technology to fight odor-causing bacteria. Deodorants are a hit and miss for people so what works for 1 person may cause an adverse reaction for another. I used this on a day where I had a 5am workout, had to take an hour plane ride to a meeting and sit in an office all day without being able to take a shower in between and I had no stench at the end of the day. This deodorant is an everyday product & it’s designed to detox your armpits in 30 days  so I do recommend you give this a try if you are having difficulty switching to a natural deodorant. They have a travel size version for just $9.50 but note that the print on the packaging fades off quickly unlike the full size deodorant.

100% PURE BLOOD ORANGE CLEANSING BALM

This new cleansing balm is an excellent way of removing makeup, dirt & grime if you have super dry skin. My skin becomes parched during the winter/spring months and this balm cleanses effectively while hydrating my skin. I take a pea sized amount, spread it all over my face, let it sink in for a minute or 2 and then wipe of with a cloth. The texture reminds me greatly of more solid Vaseline. If you’ve tried the EVE LOM cult cleansing balm, which is super emollient and mushy, this is more dense.

Ingredients

Persea Gratissima (Organic Avocado) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Leaf Oil, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange Essential Oil) Fruit, Polyglyceryl-3 Palmitate (Derived from Coconuts)

FITGLOW BEAUTY VEGAN BRUSHES

The picture above has 3 of their newest products but I have not used the other 2 enough yet to give a full opinion. The brushes, however, I’ve gotten well acquainted with and they are so soft & luxurious. The vegan teddy round brush pictured above blends makeup effortlessly is great for applying mineral powders like foundation, blushes & bronzer.

CORA ORGANIC NON-TOXIC TAMPONS

You’ve probably seen these on my Instagram from the giveaway I did a while back. Tampons contain dioxins, which are byproducts of the bleaching process involved in the manufacturing process and are deemed “Highly toxic & a known human Carcinogen” by the World Health Organization. Each tampon contains a small amount but the cumulative effect of using tampons increases your risk for disease.

They can also contain polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene and propylene glycol (PEG), contaminants linked to ▶Infertility▶Cancer▶ Birth Defects as well as GMO’s.🚨 Toxins that enter your vagina can end up in your bloodstream as the vaginal walls are highly permeable.

ABOUT CORA.
CORA makes 100% Certified Organic Tampons that are biodegradable & hypoallergenic (available at Targets nationwide). I found them to be just as absorbent as regular tampons. The application is not as comfortable due to the applicator stick but it’s minor. They’re also part of an incredible social program – for all tampons sold each month they purchase the equivalent in natural, sustainable pads from local partners in India. This employs women in rural villages & urban slums in India to produce biodegradable natural pads which are then distributed to girls in local schools who wouldn’t be able to afford them otherwise. .

WHAMISA DEEP RICH TONER

This toner stands out in the world of toners because it’s a cross between an essence and a toner. I have a brand review of Whamisa here that includes this product but had to include it in this top 10 favorites list. It has a viscous bouncy like liquid texture that deeply hydrates my skin and dries quickly.

Ingredients

*Aloe Maculata Leaf Extract, *Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/ Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, *Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, *Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, *Glycerin, ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, **Fragrance, d-Limonene, Linalol 

100% PURE BB CREAM

This is a love it or hate it type BB cream because it’s so thick and I love it. It gives you a dewy luminous look, has cool pink undertones & blurs imperfections. I’ve shared more of my thoughts in a previous foundations post.

active ingredients: 8.7 % Zinc Oxide 4.6 % Titanium Dioxide other ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Juice) Leaf Extract*, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water / Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Water, (Non-Nano) Zinc Oxide, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride (Derived from Coconut Oil), Sorbitan Sesquioleate (Derived from Sugar) Titanium Dioxide, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid (Derived from Coconut), Hydrated Silica, Leuconostoc / Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Magnesium Stearate (Derived from Salt), Mica (Mineral), Sodium Phytate (Sodium Salt from Plant Seeds), Xanthan Gum (Non GMO), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil / Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vaccinium Myrtillus Seed Oil / Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil / Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract / Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Prunus Avium Seed Oil / Prunus Avium (Sweet Cherry) Seed Oil, Prunus Cerasus Seed Oil / Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus Seed Oil/ Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Derived from Rice Bran-Non GMO), Benzyl Alcohol (Plant derived), Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Salt of Sorbic Acid), Sorbic Acid (Derived from Sugar) May contain: Titianium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

MAX AND ME SWEET SERENITY MASK & WASH

Max and Me is a high-vibrational eco-luxury skincare line from Austria and this mask if one of my favorite products from their line. It’s designed for stressed-out, irritated, dull and thirsty skin and to treat difficult skin issues. This line is up there with May Lindstrom as one of those brands that make you deeply fall in love with your skin ritual. The creamy clay & honey blend can be used as a face wash or as a mask and I prefer to use it as a mask because well it’s $240. I add a little bit of water & mix to turn it into a paste and then apply all over my face for about 30 minutes. I’m always left with brighter clearer skin without fail.

Ingredients

White Kaolin Clay, Leptospermum Scoparium Mel (Raw Manuka Honey), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter1, Garcinia Mangostana Pericarp Powder1, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil1, Cranberry Seed Oil1, Theobroma Cacao Seed Powder1, Cocos Nucifera Oil1, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil1, Tocopherol, Prinsepia Utilis Seed Oil1, Glycine Soja Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil1, Punica Granatum Seed Oil1, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil1, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Helichrysum Angustifolium Flower Oil1, Santalum Album Oil2, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil1, Leptospermum Scoparium Oil3, Citrus Aurantium Flower Extract1, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil1, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil1, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil1, Lavandula Angustifolia Herb Oil2, Cymbopogon Martinii Herb Oil1, Linalool4, Geraniol4, Citronellol4, Limonene4, Alcohol, Farnesol4, Benzyl Benzoate4, Propolis Cera, Benzyl Salicylate4, Citral4, Eugenol4.