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The Seaweed Bath Co Review (Earth Day Sale)

This post was kindly sponsored by The Seaweed Bath Co.

(Earth Day Promotion happening until Apr 22, 2018: Code EARTHDAY)

Founded in 2010 by Adam and Allison, The Seaweed Bath Co harnesses the power of sustainably hand-harvested certified organic seaweed off the coast of Maine to create proven, effective formulas that naturally detoxify, replenish, and protect skin and hair. They offer a wide range of face, body and haircare products and are widely available on-line and in-store (Target and Whole Foods stores, Amazon, iHerb, Thrive Market and more). They sent me a wide variety of their skin and bodycare products to try and share my thoughts.

Body Creams (Vegan & Gluten Free) $12.99

Let’s start with the Firming Detox Cream with antioxidant-rich Green Coffee Bean Extract and Hyaluronic Acid. It has a sweet citrus scent and I do feel a tightening sensation on my skin when I apply this compared to their other regular body creams. I wouldn’t expect any crazy skin transforming products from a product that costs less than $15 though obviously – only lasers can do that.

The body creams all have a very creamy thick consistency, aborb quickly and don’t leave any oil residue or feeling. The scent is strong (except the unscented one) but not overpowering and all are very pleasant. My favorite is the lavender because it’s so effective at calming my senses before sleep. The eucalyptus is uplifting and if you don’t want any scent at all they offer an unscented version. The tube is large and will last you a good few months at least.

  • Nutrient-rich bladderwrack seaweed detoxifies, hydrates and replenishes skin.
  • Hyaluronic acid locks in moisture while strengthening the skin’s natural barrier.
  • Argan oil, rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, naturally comforts dry, troubled skin.
  • Shea butter and aloe vera hydrate and soften skin.

Refresh Purifying Detox Body Wash (Vegan) $14.99

I must say I fell in love with this Refresh Purifying Detox Body Wash instantly. Highly nourishing with Coconut Oil, Spriulina, and Bladderwack Seaweed, it smells like an orange creamsicle, but a sophisticated one! It’s light, lathers well and comes in an hefty sized bottle.

  • Orange, Eucalyptus & Cedar essential oil blend.
  • Best for those who want a daily wash that cleans, detoxifies and nourishes skin.
  • Organic, sustainably-harvested bladderwrack seaweed with 65+ vitamins and minerals naturally detoxifies and promotes skin elasticity.
  • Antioxidant-rich green coffee bean extract helps to detoxify and protect the skin against damaging free radicals.
  • Mineral-rich French clay helps to purify skin and wash away toxins and impurities.
  • Spirulina nourishes with Vitamins B1, B2, B3, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and amino acids.

They offer 7 different scents of body washes including Citrus Vanilla, Lavender, Eucalyptus and more.

Purifying Gel Cleanser (now sold at Target) $16.99

This is a super gentle, light gel cleanser – the consistency is almost serum like – and contains their AlgaDermTM Complex, a proprietary  ingredient, with Marine Tri-Peptide to fight free radicals and support skin’s natural collagen production. Because this is such a gentle and hydrating cleanser I feel it would be ideal for sensitive and dry skin. I also used  this as a 2nd cleansing step after removing my makeup with a cleansing oil or face wipe. The cleanser along with the rest of the products in their facial care line all have the same scent and I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s a refreshing ocean scent is how I can best describe it. For full disclosure, please note that they do use chemical preservatives if these are ingredients you’re avoiding.

The star ingredient in their facial care line is Bladderwack Seaweed and its benefits include:

  • Nutrient rich with 65+ vitamins, minerals and amino acids to rejuvenate to skin and hair
  • Detoxifying: Iodine levels in bladderwrack seaweed help the skin’s natural detoxification process to flush environmental toxins and heavy metals
  • Anti-inflammatory: Fucoidan and phlorotannin, two bioactives in bladderwrack seaweed, have been shown in numerous studies to reduce redness and irritation in inflamed skin
  • Moisturizing: An abundance of amino acids help to increase hydration and improve skin elasticity, which reduces the signs of aging
  • Conditioning: Vitamins A, Beta-Carotene, B1, B12, C, E and K naturally condition and promote healthy hair
  • Smoothing: Increases microcirculation to aid the body in shedding excess fluids to reduce the appearance of cellulite

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Organic), Decyl Glucoside, Laurel Glucoside, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, AlgaDermTM Complex (Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Laminaria Digitata Powder (Brown Seaweed), Codium Fragile Extract (Green Seaweed), Porphyridium Cruentum Exsuded Culture Medium (Red Seaweed)), Fucus Vesiculosus Powder (Organic Bladderwrack Seaweed), (Marine) Tripeptide 29, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco-Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, 100% Natural Fragrance, Leuconostoc / Radish Root Ferment Filtrate.

Purifying Micro Scrub $16.99

This creamy scrub is a cleaner and safer alternative to the popular St. Ives Apricot Scrub which contains particles that are too abrasive for the skin and may cause tiny tears leading to irritation and possible infection. It contains super fine Eco-Cert voclanic particles sourced from Spain and provides a very gentle exfoliation. It also has a strong cooling effect on the skin.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Perlite (Volcanic Minerals), Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Menthyl Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyclyceryl-3 Diisostearate, AlgaDermTM Complex (Laminaria Digitata (Brown Seaweed) Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Exsuded Culture Medium (Red Seaweed), Codium Fragile (Green Seaweed) Extract, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)), (Marine) Tripeptide 29, Potassium Sorbate, Fucus Vesiculosus (Organic Bladderwrack Seaweed) Powder, Sodium Benzoate, 100% Natural Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Potassium Hydroxide, Agar, Leuconistic/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate.

Restoring Marine Night Therapy $24.99

This night cream, which can also be used during the day for very dry skin, is a thick and emollient cream that I found very moisturizing. Though it’s a heavy cream, I found it absorbd quickly and didn’t leave a greasy or film-like feeling. At less than $25 it’s also an accessible and affordable option for those who want a cleaner night cream that is still quality. It comes in a beautiful glass jar which is a plus. There’s also no essential oils in this and has Niacinamide as the 4th ingredient as well as their seaweed complex which makes it great for sensitive skin. Niacinamide also boosts the immunity of your skin, improves redness, reduces fine lines and fights dullness.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)*, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sucrose Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Laminaria Digitata (Brown Seaweed) Extract*, Porphyridium Cruentum Exsuded Culture Medium (Red Seaweed)*, Codium Fragile (Green Seaweed) Extract*, (Marine) Tripeptide 29, Sodium Benzoate, Fucus Vesiculosus (Organic Bladderwrack Seaweed) Powder, Xantham Gum, Potassium Sorbate, 100% Natural Fragrance, Citric Acid, Leuconistic / Radish Root Ferment Filtrate. *AlgaDermTM Complex

Restore + Protect Day Cream $19.99

This lightweight moisturizer absorbs almost instantly and provides a decent amount of hydration. I was not a fan of the texture/consistency of the cream as I prefer a more silky lotion-like one. Very similar in ingredients to the night cream, it provides the benefits of its combination of three types of seaweed and Vitamin B3 as well as marine tri-peptides.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)*, Sucrose Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Codium Fragile (Green Seaweed) Extract*, Laminaria Digitata (Brown Seaweed) Extract*, Porphyridium Cruentum Exsuded Culture Medium (Red Seaweed)*, (Marine) Tripeptide 29, Fucus Vesiculosus (Organic Bladderwrack Seaweed) Powder, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Leuconistic / Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, 100% Natural Fragrance. *AlgaDermTM Complex

 

Exfoliating Detox Body Soap (Vegan) $7.99

If you like coffee scents and body soaps, this bar was made for you. I’m not a fan of body soaps mainly because they get messy and awkward to place in the shower, but I enjoyed using this one specifically because of its delicious coffee scent and exfoliating effects from the coffee bits. At first it doesn’t look like it, but once you’ve used some of the product, the exposed coffee pieces are quite coarse so you get a legitimate exfoliation session with each use of these bars.

  • Antioxidant-rich Arabica coffee gently exfoliates and improves the texture skin.
  • Cinnamon activates skin cells and increases skin elasticity.
  • Hawaiian kukui oil, coconut oil, olive oil and sunflower oil hydrate and nourish skin.
  • Charcoal powder draws out and washes away dirt, toxins and impurities on the skin

Purifying Detox Facial Soap (Vegan) $7.99

This unscented bar is made with Charcoal, Volcanic Ash, Green Tea Extract and hero ingredient Bladderwack Seaweed to gently detoxify skin and remove dirt and grime. Again, I’m not an avid face bar user (it is not recommended for dry skin) but I liked the unusual ingredients in this bar and found it gave my skin a refreshed sensation.

Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Unrefined Shea) Butter, Organic Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed), Volcanic Ash, Volcanic Sand, Charcoal Powder, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Gluconate, Caffeine.

Firm & Lift Treatment Mask $5.99

I tried this mask out twice and felt it did a great job at giving my skin a major boost of hydration. As for firming and lifting I didn’t see anything noticeable but nor did I expect to. These are also not skin concerns of mine,  but hydration definitely is. It contains Aloe Leaf Juice, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Seaweed Extracts as well as AlgaDermTM Complex, their proprietary, clinically proven ingredient, with Marine Tri-Peptide to fight free radicals and support skin’s natural collagen – fantastic ingredients for hydrated and healthy skin.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Copper DNA, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Glycosyl Trehalose, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)*, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Laminaria Hyperborea (Brown Seaweed) Extract*, Porphyridium Cruentum Culture Conditioned Media (Red Seaweed)*, Chlorella Vulgaris (Green Seaweed) Extract*, Tripeptide 29, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Citrus Aurantium Flower Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Polysorbate 20, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil Expressed (Orange Oil). *AlgaDermTM Complex

 

How I Do Skincare for Long Flights

My skin really takes a hit after a 15 hour flight and there’s almost no avoiding it. I almost always suffer from breakouts and dull skin for several days while having to adjust my biological clock. A post-flight facial really helps but I can’t always afford it. I try to do my best to keep my skin clean and hydrated on these flights where the air is literally drier than the Sahara desert.

Here’s my typical  in-flight routine:

  1. Makeup remover wipe: this cleanses my skin of airport grossness, sweat from running to catch flights and bacteria in general. Currently I’m using Derma E’s face wipes. Some other ones I enjoy are: Acure & Kaia Naturals
  2. Face Mist: Currently I’m using Earthwise Beauty Cistus & Moonlight (affiliate code OBL saves)
  3. Face Serum: Currently I’m using a variety of serums and like to layer them for ultimate hydration. Your best serum is going to be more effective than your best moisturizer any day. These days I’m using Luzern Labs Firming Collagen Booster & OSEA’s Hyaluronic Sea Serum.
  4. Face Mask: I usually try to avoid sheet masks if I’m on a full flight so I don’t freak out the person sitting next to me. During shoulder season I have entire rows to myself so I don’t feel self-conscious using them. Currently I’m enjoying Orgaid’s Organic Sheet Masks. Otherwise I’ll use a less conspicuous hydrating mask like Odacités Deep Hydration Mask or Kypris’ Glow Philtre.
  5. Remove mask and apply Face Moisturizer & Oil: The sheet mask only lasts about half an hour so once I remove that I apply a face moisturizer and then an oil. This will keep my face hydrated throughout the flight. I always sleep as much as possible during a long haul flight to prevent exhaustion and recover quickly.
  6. SPF at the end of the flight: When the flight is about to land the stewardess forces you to lift up your window and the UV rays are super strong at this kind of altitude so I make sure to apply a good amount of SPF when I wake up. By the end of the flight there’s only slight residue left from my skincare routine and I don’t remove it. Currently I’m using Coola’s Tinted BB Cream SPF 30 and Sport SPF 50 Face sunscreen. I also love the Earthwise Beauty Farizad’s Veil and it doesn’t count as a liquid on carry-ons which is a plus.

A few other steps I take to ensure my skin doesn’t go berserk:

  • After going through the security check and before boarding I always try to buy 1 or 2 water bottles if I’m not rushing to make my connection.
  • I am extra careful not to touch my face
  • Natural hand sanitizer (currently using Olika’s hand sanitizer)

An Holistic Facial Experience at Kosha Spa

I was invited to try a holistic facial at the brand new Kosha Spa in Toluca Lake opened by Anastasia in September 2017 and I happened to be in California so of course I was more than excited to experience one for the first time. More than just a regular facial, a holistic one takes your entire body’s well-being into account according to Anastasia. Rather than just treating skin concerns with products, she’ll try and understand your lifestyle to see what ways you can improve your skin through adjusting your daily habits. A holistic facial also incorporates various alternative therapies like sound healing, aromatherapy and Chinese pressure points (more…)

SIBU Sea Buckthorn Beauty Review

SIBU is a line of skincare & supplement products featuring Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Berries as its star ingredient. According to SIBU, this berry has 90 bioactive compounds, contains an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9, and is the world’s richest source of the elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7, a fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails. Traditionally Sea buckthorn berry is used for:

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My Personal Favorites by Product Category

If you’re curious about what my favorites are out of the products I’ve tried over the past few years this post is for you! These are what we would say in French my “coups de coeur”, which literally means a blow to the heart in English. If you’d like to learn more about these products I’ve reviewed a good majority of them in previous blog posts – simply keyword search in the search box at the top of your screen. I’ve tried to stick to one top pick for each product type but sometimes chose 2 max 3 if they are equally my top faves. This is a very personal list of the products I have resonated most with, not just in terms of how well they work for my own particular skin or hair but how they make me feel through their texture, scent, packaging, design, brand image etc.

FAVORITE OIL CLEANSER: Whamisa Organic Fowers Oil Cleanser – cleansing oils are straightforward, I mean you can technically put olive oil on your face and it becomes a cleansing oil. But you will not have smelled anything like this oil cleanser before.

FAVORITE GEL CLEANSER: SIBU Polishing Facial Cleanser & ALEAVIA Prebiotic Cleanser

FAVORITE MILK CLEANSER: OSEA Cleansing Milk

FAVORITE FACE WASH: Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Suds & Sally B Skin Yummies Tamanu Luxury Facial cleanser (95% Organic) – I have loved the texture and scent of these 2 the most

FAVORITE TONER: Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner – this is like an essence and toner in one and it provides the best hydration.

FAVORITE MIST: Annmarie Gianni Neroli Mist  – mists are pretty straightforward, this one goes beyond its function as a mist and helps to improve my mood because I love its particular neroli scent so much.

FAVORITE SERUM: Earthwise Beauty Carrot-A-Day Serum & OSEA Hyaluronic Sea Serum

FAVORITE MOISTURIZER: Odacité Oleosomes Time Delivery Release Creme & Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer – I love the texture, ingredients and packaging of these 2 moisturizers the most though I have tried many a superb moisturizer.

FAVORITE FACE OIL: Max and Me Oils Enchanted & Earthwise Beauty Ferns & Moss & Earthwise Beauty Ruby– I know all the oils I use are working hard to improve my skin but I really see and notice the difference when I use these.

FAVORITE PIMPLE TREATMENT: OSEA Black Cumin & Cajeput Serum Concentrate & OSEA Essential Corrective Complex – because it works for my breakouts

FAVORITE ANTI-AGING (for those who need serious skin treatment type skincare or have mature skin): Marie Veronique’s line & Fitglow Beauty’s Vita-Active line (fyi these are pricey lines)

FAVORITE MUD MASK: May Lindstrom The Honey Mud – I haven’t encountered a more luxurious mud mask than this and it ALMOST takes away my chocolate cravings

FAVORITE MATCHA SKINCARE: Odacité Ceremony Cleanser & Plant Apothecary Matcha Antioxidant Face Mask

FAVORITE VITAMIN C PRODUCT: Sally B Skin Yummies Antioxidant Boost – it works to brighten and even my skin tone, it`s over 65% ascorbic acid and it’s affordable

FAVORITE POWDER EXFOLIATOR: French Girl Organics Face Polish – Rose petals are the first ingredient and that’s why it’s my favorite although there are obviously tons of effective powder exfoliators with cool star ingredients out there.

FAVORITE BRIGHTENING MASK: Laurel Organics Brighten Mask – this mask has never once NOT brightened my skin like crazy

FAVORITE EXFOLIATING MASK: OSEA Vitamin C Probiotic Polish (also brightening) & Earthwise Beauty Blackstsrap Molasses Mask

FAVORITE HYDRATING MASK: Odacité Deep Hydration Mask – it literally transforms the texture of my skin when used overnight as a sleeping mask.

FAVORITE ANTI-ACNE MASK: Earthwise Beauty Frightening Green Anti-Acne Mask

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FAVORITE HAIR OIL: Prim Botanicals Hair Oil – hair oils are pretty straightforward but this one has a scent I fell hard for.

FAVORITE HAIR SERUM/HEAT PROTECTANT: EvolvH WonderBalm. The texture is unbelievable and works better than Shu Uemura and a bunch of other high end hair serums I have bought in the past. If I apply about 6 pumps into damp hair and let it dry my hair dries much smoother and with less frizz without even being weighed down.

FAVORITE SHAMPOO: Evolvh UltraShine Shampoo. I love the scent of this shampoo, the texture when I squeeze the product on my hands, the way it lathers.

FAVORITE CONDITIONER: John Masters Organics Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner. I feel like my hair likes this formula the most and I see a more noticeable difference when using this one.

FAVORITE DEODORANT: Ursa Major No B.S. Deodorant & Vapour Beauty AER. Besides working effectively, the formula is not overly dry and the packaging is elegant.

FAVORITE LIP BALM: Cocokind MyMatcha Stick – I love that it is simple, jumbo, has matcha, the packaging is black, it is super moisturizing and smells of coconut.

FAVORITE FOUNDATION: Fitglow Beauty Vita Active Foundation and for full coverage NU EVOLUTION

FAVORITE BLUSH: there’s a lot of blushes I enjoy but none that I am completely in love with so I have to leave this blank

FAVORITE EYESHADOW: NU EVOLUTION – best pigmentation, velvety finish and longest lasting

FAVORITE LIPSTICK: Vapour Beauty Siren Lipstick – I’m personally not a fan of lispticks (I’m a lip gloss girl all the way) because they make me look older but my favorite formula is the Vapour Beauty’s lip siren because it’s the creamiest that doesn’t seem to accentuate my lip lines (note the dark shades are not as god)

FAVORITE CONCEALER: Au Naturale Concealer & NU Evolution Camouflage Creme

FAVORITE LIP GLOSS: Fitglow Beauty Lip Serum in Bliss – a targeted lip treatment and lip gloss in one that actually plumps my lips. Bliss is also the prettiest color that looks the best on me

FAVORITE MASCARA: Fitglow Beauty Good Lash though with the new formulation/brush I cannot say anymore

FAVORITE BB CREAM: COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint – I use serum/moisturizer/few drops of oil as my morning skincare and a lot of BB creams leave me looking a little too greasy. This matte one helps me avoid  that plus it goes on so velvety smooth and i don’t need to layer sunscreen after my moisturizer.

FAVORITE PRIMER: COOLA Daydream Primer SPF 30 & Juice Beauty Illuminating Primer

CODES TO HELP YOU SAVE

SIBU BEAUTY: ORGANICBEAUTY30
Aleavia Skincare: ORGANICBEAUTYLOVER
NU Evolution (affiliate): ORGANICBEAUTYLOVER 
Earthwise Beauty (affiliate): OBL
Odacité: OBL