Credo Beauty Must Haves: 10 Products I’d Tell My Friends To Buy

Started in 2014 in San Francisco, Credo Beauty is a clean beauty retailer with ten stores across the US and an online website that carries the largest selection of clean beauty. Credo has even partnered with Ulta Beauty to offer a Credo Collection both online and in Ulta stores nationwide. In October 2022 Credo Beauty acquired Follain, another clean beauty retailer that began around the same time as Credo. This makes Follain the third brand to enter Credo’s owned brand portfolio alongside Exa Beauty and EleVun by Venus Williams. With the acquisition, widespread visibility thanks to Ulta, and a new Credo Beauty store opening in Larchmont Village in Los Angeles, Credo is setting themselves up to be the reference point and standard bearer for clean beauty. Credo was started by late visionary Shashi Batra and beauty industry veteran Annie Jackson. Today I’m sharing just ten natural beauty products out of the thousands carried by Credo Beauty that are absolute must haves.

Credo beauty

This was very difficult for me to decide on because 1) Credo has an immense selection across so many different categories (skin, hair, makeup, body, fragrance, wellness) and 2) many of my holy grails in organic beauty aren’t carried by Credo. For example, Credo doesn’t carry May Lindstrom, Earthwise Beauty, INIKA, Fitglow Beauty to name a few, and they don’t carry organic K-beauty and many niche international brands. However, I tried to think of this in a way of what I would recommend my friend to buy if she could only choose 10 products, keeping in mind she can’t splurge $300 on a face oil.

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Saint Jane beauty luxury sun ritual

Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Sun Ritual SPF 30

The Saint Jane Beauty sunscreen is a people-pleasing mineral sunscreen that’s not only so easy to wear but also simply gorgeous to look at. It imparts a natural, hydrated looking finish and has a barely there, sheer tint just to offset the dreaded white cast effect so many despise.

Pai Rosehip face oil

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Universal Face Oil

There are plenty of incredibly beautiful face oils carried by Credo, but I selected Pai’s Rosehip face oil as it’s so lightweight, hydrating and pleasant to use, even for those who have never tried face oils.

Vapour foundation

Vapour Soft Focus Foundation (and Luminous Foundation)

Both Vapour foundations are superb, and while foundation can be a very personal (and tricky) product to shop for, most people find that Vapour’s works for them.

Henry Rose perfume

Henry Rose Discovery Perfume Set

One thing I really appreciate about Credo Beauty is that they carry so many great clean and natural perfume brands like By Rosie Jane, Ellis Brooklyn, Sana Jardin, Heretic and more. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Henry Rose has by far the most buzz as a celebrity-founded line, and the discovery set is a great way to dip your toes into clean fragrance. These are sophisticated scents so if you’re looking for something more young and easy then I recommend By Rosie Jane and Ellis Brooklyn.

Corpus deodorant

Corpus Naturals Deodorant

A water-based, long-lasting, vegan formula that contains naturally derived enzymes and plant extracts clinically proven to significantly reduce body odor. This easy glide-on formula is baking soda free and will not stain clothes. I struggled to decide between Routine and Corpus for this spot, but get that Routine cream deodorant jars might not be an easy product for clean beauty newbies.

EVOLVh wonderbalm

EVOLVh WonderBalm

One of the best all-natural styling products ever to be invented in clean beauty is EVOLVh’s Wonderbalm. I don’t know how it’s silicone free and yet feels so much like a Kerastase styling serum.

Innersense purple shampoo

(For Blonde /Balayage/ Highlights) Innersense Purple Toning Bath

If you’re a blonde, balayage or highlighted (or grey) babe then you need to use a toning shampoo every week to keep yellow and orange brassiness away. Innersense’s violet shampoo cleanses hair and tones color by neutralizing brass and orange with a vegan formula that includes apple extracts, rice extracts, and Monoi oil.

Odacite Black mint cleanser

Odacite Black Mint Cleanser (for Acne)

If my friend suffered from acne, I would recommend products from specifically two brands at Credo — Odacite and OSEA. The Black Mint Cleanser is an intensely purifying and detoxifying gel cleanser that is a must for anyone who suffers from breakouts or acne.

Innbeauty project lip glaze oil

Innbeauty Project Lip Glaze Oil

A fun and super cute lip gloss-oil with the cutest wand applicator to take us back to our adolescent days.

Ursa Major golden hour recovery cream

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

Ursa Major’s golden child, the Golden Hour Recovery Cream is a thoughtfully formulated face moisturizer with a feel good consistency and texture.

 

 

 

Exa Beauty Review: Inclusive Clean Makeup

Exa beauty

Loved by young stars like Olivia Rodrigo, Exa Beauty is a clean makeup brand that’s won over social media with their High Fidelity Foundation. Relatively new to the clean beauty scene, Exa Beauty was launched by clean beauty retailer Credo Beauty in 2020 with an inclusive foundation range of 43 shades and a universal primer. The retail giant with 9 stores in the US saw there was a lack of diversity in shade ranges offered for complexion products and decided to fill the gap themselves. Exa Beauty came about at a time when consumers began demanding greater representation and accountability in the beauty industry amidst George Floyd’s death and the social movement that followed. And it seems that the brand’s success means we can expect more great things to come.

Exa beauty

While Exa Beauty targets Gen Z, the brand is actually not all that affordable. It’s priced mid-range with their foundation just under $40 and Color Corrector just under $30.

Exa beauty Oil free hydrating primer

Exa Splash Zone Oil Free Hydrating Primer

Supercharged with Prickly Pear, Blue Spirulina and Niacinamide, Exa Beauty Oil Free Primer preps your skin with a matte base for foundation to sit evenly on your skin and stay on longer.

It feels like a juicy, hydrating serum and contains a relatively pared-back list of 18 ingredients. The vegan formula is silicone free.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Silica, Propanediol, Mica (ethically-sourced), Opuntia ficus-indica stem extract (upcycled), Niacinamide (vitamin b3), Spirulina platensis extract (blue spirulina), Aloe barbadensis leaf (aloe leaf extract), Sodium hyaluronate, Trehalose, Maltodextrin, Sodium citrate, Sodium carbonate, Sodium hydroxide, Carbomer, Caprylyl glycol, Phenoxyethanol

Exa beauty swatches

Exa Beauty color melt light show
Exa Light Show Color Melt

I tried The Foils in shade Recess which is a neutral gold metallic shade that can be used for face, eyes and body.  It contains plant-powered UV filters, Manketti Oil and Sea Algae Extract to nourish skin while imparting a metallic finish.

This is a thin gel product that’s very lightweight. The metallic finish is subtle with a small amount and can be buildable. I find the shade Recess can be used as a brightening base to the eyelids and a highlighter on the cheeks.

Exa beauty makeup

Here is the Color Melt Light Show The Foils applied on both cheeks and lid in direct sunlight.

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RMS Beauty Review: Best RMS Makeup Products

RMS Beauty is one of the OG natural makeup brands started in 2009 by Rose-Marie Swift, a master makeup artist for 30 years. The RMS Living Luminizer was one of the first natural makeup products I ever tried. And I didn’t love it. But there are some rms makeup products I do enjoy, and I’ll be sharing them today. RMS Beauty values runway ready makeup performance and clean ingredients in their expansive line of foundations, blushes, eye makeup and even skincare. While the line is for the most part all natural, RMS does include some synthetics here and there. Overall, RMS has a stronger focus on natural ingredients than some other newer clean makeup brands like Jones Road Beauty and Tower 28. Toss aside your Charlotte Tilbury and read on for my RMS Beauty review.

Rms beauty

Unfortunately I’m personally not a fan of RMS most iconic product, Living Luminizer. I find it to look shiny on my skin, giving me a greasy / wet look.

Rms UnCoverup concealer

RMS UnCoverup Concealer

My favorite RMS product is their UnCoverup Concealer. This is a great cream concealer if you’re looking for one with a natural finish. While RMS describes UnCoverup to provide a light finish I actually found it to lean medium coverage. If comparing to another popular cream concealer by Lily Lolo, RMS’ is not as creamy as Lily Lolo’s.

UnCoverup Concealer is made with organic coconut oil, beeswax and castor seed oil.
Rms beauty concealer

Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499) *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Rms lip2cheek

RMS Lip2Cheek Cream

The RMS Lip2Cheek Cream is one of the best products in RMS’ lineup. It’s a multi-purpose color cream for both eyes and cheeks, but I find it more suited as a blush. Lip2Cheek is great at adding color to the lips but isn’t very moisturizing.

Rms beauty makeup

Demure is a beautiful Rose mauve pink shade with fantastic pigmentation that’s buildable. I’m wearing Demure on both my lips and cheek in the above shot (direct sunlight).

The finish is natural and not dewy. In comparison to ILIA Multi-Stick, RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek has somewhat stronger pigment power.

Rms lip2cheek

Rms eyelights cream eyeshadow
RMS Eyelights Cream Eyeshadow

Another standout from the RMS Beauty line is their cream eyeshadow. It’s neither tacky nor sparkly and feels like a sophisticated product, which isn’t often the case for cream eyeshadows for me. Or I should say, liquid eyeshadow as Eyelights is not a traditional cream pot eyeshadow but a liquid-cream in a tube.

Finish: Metallic (RMS describes it as light reflective but I find it to lean metallic)

Pigmentation: Can be used for a sheer, subtle wash of color and buildable to a very bold metallic eye

Flare is a universally flattering light brown-gold shade. While RMS Eyelights can be used for a subtle hint of color on the eyes, I find that using it for a bold metallic eye brings me more joy. It’s possible to overdo it, because the cream can clump if you use too much product.

Rms eyelights cream eyeshadow

flare: Water/Aqua/Eau, Mica, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Silica, Glycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, *Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Rms makeup

I’m wearing only three products in this makeup look: RMS concealer, eyeshadow and Lip2Cheek in direct sunlight.

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Is Rhode Skin by Hailey Bieber Worth It? NO!

Rhode skin review

Rhode Skin, the new skincare line from Hailey Bieber, launched in summer 2022 with three skincare essentials that focus on skin barrier and health. The clean girl aesthetic has taken over social media and Bieber seems to reign queen with her signature glazed donut look and slicked back hair. Her adherence to minimalism shows through the small number of products launched by Rhode – the Barrier Restore Cream, Peptide Glaze Fluid, and Peptide Lip Treatment. So really, two actual skin care products and one lip balm. Rhode Skin and The Outset by Scarlett Johansson stuck out to me this year, and I’ll be covering Rhode Skin first. Is Rhode the actual secret to Hailey Bieber’s signature glazed donut look? Is Rhode Skin worth buying? Here’s why it’s not.

Rhode skincare Hailey bieber

Currently, Rhode is being sued by another company with the same name. The already existing Rhode is a women and minority-owned fashion brand founded by Purna Khatau and Phoebe Vickers in 2014. The growing global brand was painstakingly built over the course of years and can’t compete with Bieber’s immense fame (plus husband Justin Bieber promoting Rhode to his 250 million followers). Depending on how the lawsuit goes, Hailey Bieber’s Rhode may have to change their name.

Where to Buy Rhode Skincare

Rhode skincare is only available on their site. It is currently sold out. (A marketing tactic to increase hype)

What does Hailey Bieber use skin

What Does Hailey Bieber Use on Her Skin?

First let’s discuss each Rhode Skin product.

Rhode moisture barrier cream

Rhode Barrier Restore Cream

The Barrier Restore Cream is for those in need of intense hydration or looking to soothe inflamed skin. It contains shea butter, squalane, peptides, and niacinamide to hydrate, plump, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Rhode Barrier Restore Cream functions as both a day and night moisturizer.

Rhode Barrier Restore Cream comes in a pale grey tube made of recycled materials. The packaging is very unisex and sporty. It looks so similar to Kosas Sport, I could easily mistake Rhode for Kosas. With Kosas’ wild success in recent years. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bieber’s team used Kosas Sport as their inspiration.

Rhode Barrier Restore Cream Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Behenyl Alcohol, Xylitylglucoside, Niacinamide, Squalane, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2, Palmitoyl Heptapeptide-27, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide-78, Palmitoyl Octapeptide-24, Phenoxyethanol, Anhydroxylitol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xylitol, Lecithin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glucose, Bisabolol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Teprenone, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Lactic Acid/Glycolic Acid Copolymer, Tocopherol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide.

Rhode skincare

My Thoughts on Rhode Moisture Barrier Cream

The ingredients matter most to me when it comes to taking care of my skin. Rhode Barrier Restore Cream does include some great skin care ingredients, like a variety of peptides and a few other actives like Niacinamide. But besides that, this is a very standard water, glycerin, coconut oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride) base. And these first ingredients make up 90% of the formula if not more.

So yet another boring moisturizer that is not exciting, innovative or interesting at all.

Moisturizers serve as an occlusive barrier to prevent moisture from escaping, and it’s your serum that will do all of the hard work of actually penetrating into the layers of the skin to work at a cellular level. If a moisturizer looks like every other moisturizer on the market, I don’t care for it. I’d rather slug with my face oils and face balms.

Rhode skin

Rhode Skin also says that they didn’t put in anything that wasn’t useful into the formula, but I see a number of eyebrow-raising ingredients.

Polyvinyl Alcohol stuck out to me as I don’t often see that used as an ingredient. Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) is a synthetic plastic polymer that is often used to make thin layers of plastic wrapping and lining, like the wrapping of dishwasher and laundry pacs. It’s a plastic.

Polyvinyl Alcohol can also can cause skin irritation unless it is combined with other ingredients that protect the skin, such as emollients or skin-repairing ingredients. A strange ingredient to want to use.

Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid

Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid

The product purported to be Hailey’s secret to glazed skin, the Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid. This is a lightweight, gel serum that plumps and hydrates to support a healthy skin barrier. It contains similar actives to the Barrier Restore Cream like niacinamide, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. But is this actually glazed donut in a bottle?

Let’s take a look at Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid’s ingredients.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Tetradecane, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Diheptyl Succinate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Sucrose Palmitate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dilauryl Thiodipropionate.

Rhode Hailey bieber

My Thoughts on Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid

The first two ingredients are water and Butylene Glycol, which again, probably make up at least 90% of the total product. Butylene Glycol is a preservative commonly found in cosmetic products — and it’s made from petroleum. While it’s a better alternative to Propylene Glycol, I prefer my products to be without petroleum byproducts.

The trendy name “glazing fluid” is pretty genius marketing for a product that is very basic. I have the same gripe with Glow Recipe’s Niacinamide Dew Drops. These two products are very similar to each other, even at first glance from their names.

If you want a hydrated, glowy “glazed donut” look it’s really quite simple. Layer multiple hydrating serums and use face oil.

The beauty industry loves to overcomplicate things, so they can confuse you first then present the magic solution. They want to make you think you need to have a certain product to accomplish a certain “look” invented by social media (but has actually existed since the age of civilization), so they can capitalize off you.

I’m certain Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid is not the secret to Hailey Bieber’s glazed donut skin. So all these years, she’s achieved her signature look with a product that didn’t even exist until recently from a line she created this year? The beauty industry really thinks we’re all obtuse.

Hailey Bieber Rhode skincare

More Thoughts on Celebrity Skincare

2022 seems to be the year that every celebrity, big and small, has been launching their beauty brand. From Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty makeup line to Brad Pitt’s outrageously priced skin care brand and Scarlett Johansson’s The Outset to Hailey Bieber’s Rhode, there is no end in sight to the slew of celebrity launches.

And there is no better example of the rich getting richer. While small artisans in the green beauty space pour their hearts and souls into their creations, which are sometimes the culmination of a lifetime of learning, celebrities are able to slap their name on any product created by a team they hired and make it impossible for smaller business owners without capital and star power to thrive, let alone, survive.

Rhode skincare reddit

These celebrities create “poor people products” for the masses while they’re able to use elite products and services you could never even dream of affording. It’s the easiest cash grab of the century. Do celebs with hundreds of millions of dollars to their net worth already really need MORE while the world crumbles around them?

Without true artisans, the organic and green beauty world would be so dismal. I will always be rooting for the true pioneers and believers of clean beauty, not the mega rich seeking to capitalize off it.

Thanks for coming to my TED Talk. Time for me to check out Jared Leto’s new skincare line Twentynine Palms.

Aftelier Perfumes Review: The Pioneer of Natural Perfumery

Indie perfume brand Aftelier Perfumes creates 100% natural perfumes using the finest essences from around the world. The Berkeley based brand is also a pioneer in the natural perfumery world and has helped shape it into the industry it is today. Perfumer and founder Mandy Aftel has authored nine books, mentored a number of today’s prominent natural perfumers and masterfully blends her natural creations into perfection.

Aftelier perfume

While unisex, the brand is on the feminine side of unisex. Aftelier Perfumes scents are complex and full of character and depth. These exquisite fragrances are not made to please the masses. They’re an artist’s expressions, memories, inspirations, and imagination captured — and put out into the world for those who might stumble upon these hidden treasures and resonate with them.

Despite the changing landscape, Aftelier Perfumes has intentionally stayed a small niche business in a world where clean perfumes have gained mainstream popularity.

Through Mandy Aftel’s creations, you very much get the sense that she has an artisan soul, who has crafted her life into a work of art and whose works of art are her life.

Aftelier perfume

Aftelier Perfumes is a luxury perfume line with full sized bottles costing $210.

I tried three of their mini 2ml sizes:

  • Honey Blossom
  • Pampliset
  • Vanilla Smoke

A 2ml mini bottle costs $55 and a .25ml sample costs $8.

Mandy aftel essence and alchemy

And if you want to learn more about this art form that is over 4,000 years old and immerse yourself in the forgotten world of its rich social and metaphysical legacy, Essence and Alchemy is a must read.

Now, let’s dive into each Aftelier perfume!

Aftelier perfume pampliset

Palimpsest

First I’ll share how Mandy describes her creation  before going into my own thoughts and experience with Palimpsest.

Scent Family: Fruity Floral
Palimpsest captures the feeling of being in the Garden of Eden at midnight: lush, wild florals, forbidden fruit, and majestic creatures in hiding. The perfume undulates down through florals to its ambergris-laced, other-worldly drydown, and the base notes shimmer up through the top and middle notes in a seamless, scented wave. A palimpsest is an old document on which the original writing has been erased and replaced with new writing. Sometimes the older writing can still be read under the new, resulting in a complex and beautiful layering. I wanted to evoke the richness that you feel when you experience the past as alive in the present, creating the gorgeous complexity of life.

Character: Fruity Floral, lush florals and ripe fruit, creamy and layered, leathery, lasting.

Fragrant Notes: peachy jasmine, fruity ylang, softly animalic, a smidge of vanilla, exotic fire tree.

My Thoughts on Palimpsest

Palimpsest is an advanced complex perfume, while the other two fragrances I tried (Honey Blossom and Vanilla Smoke) are easier to understand. There’s a lot going on in Palimpsest – it’s floral, it’s fruity and it’s also musky.

But it’s also so much more than that. Palimpsest is heady, almost animalic. It reminds me of that distinctive after-sex stank if it were in a bed of flowers. I consider this to be a feminine fragrance. Palimpsest has ambergis, but while I can’t detect the note per se, I can tell that the fragrance has been touched by ambergis. It is beautiful, but not a scent I would recommend to natural perfume beginners.

Aftelier perfume

Vanilla Smoke

Here is how Mandy describes Vanilla Smoke:

Scent Family: Gourmand
Vanilla Smoke is a sexy sophisticated smoke-laced vanilla perfume. I have always loved the refined aroma of vanilla absolute from Madagascar for its gorgeous facets of wood, resin and spices. Fine vanilla absolute possesses none of the ubiquitous creamy sweet candy-like notes associated with commercial vanilla fragrances. The vanilla becomes even more beautiful when accentuated with the dark smokiness of lapsang souchong tea. Precious Siam wood offers warm balsamic wood notes that merge seamlessly with the vanilla.

Character: Gourmand, smoke-laced vanilla, creamy woods, smokey tea, powdery, sophisticated.

Fragrant Notes:
Madagascar vanilla absolute, tea smoked over pine, Siam wood, saffron, ambergris.

Vanilla Smoke is a unisex scent that would work just as well on a man as a woman. I might even consider it more masculine leaning.

It’s dark, resinous, woodsy, smoky. A cup of black tea made with fresh leaves from the forest and a streak of vanilla without any syrupy sweetness. This is a clean and sophisticated fragrance that is a much more grown vanilla compared to commercial sweet vanillas on the market. If you enjoy a smoky scent with a delectable quality, I think you’ll enjoy Vanilla Smoke.

Aftelier perfume

Honey Blossom

Honey Blossom is easy to like – it’s floral, light and honeyed. This is a feminine and delicate scent that can be worn on its own or layered with something bold. It opens bright and floral and dries down to a softer, resinous (yet still sweet) floral laced with ambergris that adds character.

Honey Blossom reminds me of innocence-filled childhood summer mornings, when you first step outside to an already bright, warm sun with no obligation to walk to school, and the smell of the flowers laced with morning dew and sunshine wafts towards you, while the bees lazily hum around them. Nothing is really going through your head in that moment and the possibilities for the day are endless.

Here is Mandy’s description of Honey Blossom:

Beautiful honeyed floral, hypnotic with notes of honeysuckle. If there were a flower that smelled like honey, this would be it. Sheer and reminiscent of being in a meadow, this light floral is a perfect pairing for warmer weather.

Fragrant Notes: linden blossom, mimosa, orange flower, tea rose and ambergris.

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Notes Candle Review: Candle Refill System

Did you know the candle industry generates millions of single use containers each year, most of which end up in our landfills? Notes Candle is tackling this issue with their Candle Refill System, a more sustainable way to enjoy candles. You can refill your candle endlessly with their refill bags that include both the wick and wax. I tried out the Notes Candle Refill System and am sharing my initial impressions today!

Notes candle

Notes candle refill
About Notes Candle

Notes uses:

  • 100% natural wax blend (soy, rice bean and beeswax)
  • Safe Synthetic fragrance for the scent
  • 100% Cotton wick
  • Silicone insert
  • Volume: 6.34 oz
  • Burn time: 36 hours

I already love the concept of shunning single-use candle vessels, because I wish there were a way to reuse my favorite candles especially when the vessel is super luxurious and beautiful. Unfortunately you can’t use Notes refill system on any other candles except theirs.

Notes candle

One thing I don’t appreciate is the word non-toxic being everywhere on their site but not being able to easily figure out what ingredients their scent is made out of. Candle brands usually have this info directly on the product page or, if not, in their FAQ section. I had to ask the brand directly and here’s what they replied with:

Notes candle

So to me, this means they don’t use essential oils because they would have confirmed that immediately instead of answering in a more vague way of “natural ingredients.” I can only infer this to mean they use fragrance oils and safe synthetics for their scent.

How to Use Notes Candle

I found it so easy to set up my Notes candle. But being able to get an even burn takes some effort.

1. Insert cotton wick into silicone insert

First you insert the wick which is inside the refill bag with wax beads into the silicone insert’s hole. Then place both back into the vessel.

Notes candle refill

2. Pour the wax beads into the candle

Tip: Be sure to press down on the wax beads for the best burning experience. The entire bag of wax beads should fit if you mound the top. Without mounding and packing the wax beads in, you’ll have a candle that tunnels instead of burns evenly.

You also need to make sure the wick is right in the center.

3. Light her up and burn for minimum 4 hours

Make sure the cotton wick is in the center. For the best even burning experience you need to burn the candle for 4 hours on first use. Don’t add any more wax beads while burning.

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Check out: 17 Best Non-Toxic Candles

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Spoken Flames Candle Review

Spoken flames candle

Unique in many different ways, Spoken Flames is a a multi sensory candle that engages your senses of smell, sight AND sound. So what does this mean exactly? Smell from the beautiful blend of essential oils and fragrance oils. Sight from the golden shimmer of the wax while the candle is burning. And sound from the crackling of the wooden wick and Augmented Reality (AR)-enhanced experience. Spoken Flames candles are hand poured by a small team in Brooklyn, NY. With each candle you unlock an audible affirmation or poem via augmented reality along with a visual scene.

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Spoken flames candle

Spoken Flames uses:

  • Solid American made glassware that can be upcycled after the life of your candle
  • Dual wooden wicks that are sourced from FSC-certified mills here in the US
  • A sustainable and proprietary coconut wax blend
  • Shimmer from natural and ethically sourced minerals
  • Fragrances sourced from around the world that are premium, phthalate-free fragrance oils and unique essential oil blends.

Spoken flames candle

Spoken Flames uses Instagram’s AR filters that you can access by going to the brand’s Instagram page and hitting on their filters tab. You hold the filter up to your candle and a visual scene plus poem or affirmation begins to play. You can also record it as a story to post to your own Instagram stories.

Spoken flames

Wax

An all natural coconut wax blend

Fragrance

Mix of essential oils and fragrance oils

Spoken Flames candles wants to bring people a more inspired and impactful candle experience. The branding of these candles aren’t focused on the brand name or scent names, but rather communicating empowering and inspiring messages to the candle’s user. Spoken Flames offers an enhanced sensorial experience to bring you inspiration and a more mindful self-care moment.

I love the intent behind the Spoken Flames candles and the golden shimmer in the wax is so mesmerizing. Between the crackles, the shimmer and the affirmations, I can’t decide which I love most, but I can say that all this combined makes the Spoken Flames candle very special.

My only complaint is that they aren’t offered in bigger sizes! Each candle is 8.6 oz and has an up to 55 hour burn time.

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Spoken flames candle

 

 

Whitepod Eco Hotel Switzerland Review

Whitepod Eco hotel Switzerland

I’m so excited to feature not only a Swiss luxury hotel but an eco-conscious award-winning one at that! Located in Monthey, Switzerland the Whitepod Hotel combines Swiss alpine luxury & sustainability with 15 cozy igloo-shaped “pods” designed to run as much as possible on renewable energy and with little impact on the environment. They even have private ski slopes & a lift for guests, an on-site restaurant Les Cerniers, sauna, all kinds of snow equipment and amazing Alp views from each pod. I loved getting away from it all and enjoying the peace and quiet in this remote destination. I stayed two different times in a  Deluxe Pod and Zen Suite.

At check-in a friendly receptionist explained how the pods work and what activities they offer on site which include skiing, snowscooting, snowshoe hiking, dogsledding & more. Then I was handed a backpack with headlamps, map and other emergency equipment and walked about 15 minutes to pod lucky number 7.

Whitepod Switzerland

 

I then headed to the central chalet a few steps from my pod to enjoy the afternoon Tea Time. There were a variety of pastries, fruits & organic teas sylishly displayed and cozy couches to enjoy them on. I also discovered a “movie theater” room filled with bean bags and a large screen.

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Whitepod Deluxe Pod

I stayed in a Deluxe Pod which features:

King Size bed
mezzanine with another bed
flat screen TV with Apple TV
Nespresso machines
WiFi
complimentary mini-bar
breakfast delivered
electrical outlets
heating

 

Whitepod’s Restaurant Les Cerniers serves gourmet Swiss cuisine using locally sourced and fresh ingredients. The menu offers succuent meat & fish dishes as well as a variety of mountain specialties like Assiette Valaisanne and Swiss fondue.

The breakfast is simple yet high-quality and delicious. There’s fresh pastries & bread, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruits, cold cuts, cereals, dried fruits & fresh orange juice.

Whitepod also ha pod suites, like the Forest Suite, 007 Suite & Swiss Pod Suite, each stylishly decorated according to its theme.

Whitepod Eco hotel Switzerland

Whitepod Zen Suite

The Whitepod Zen Suite during winter was stunning and levels above the Deluxe Pod. If you want ultimate luxury with a traditional Japanese bath in your pod then check out the Zen Suite.

Whitepod Eco hotel Switzerland

Whitepod Eco hotel Switzerland

Whitepod Eco hotel Switzerland

Whitepod Eco hotel Switzerland

Whitepod Eco hotel Switzerland

 

I loved being able to take a luxury vacation while also being mindful of my ecological footprint by staying at Whitepod. I hope that more and more hotels will take this direction as the resource consumption and waste produced by the hospitality industry is substantial. While Whtepod does not have a rating I would personally give it 5 stars as it had a level of service and quality found at traditional 5-star hotels. The staff went out of their way to make my stay as comfortable as possible, which is no easy feat as the pods are a 20-min walk from reception.

Check Whitepod Prices here

 

I also included shots of the organic beauty products I brought along. The lighting at this altitude is amazing – perfect for a photoshoot!

Au Naturale Lip Su/stain in Camel
Au Naturale Powder Bronzer in Kissed

Max and Me Sweet Serenity Collection
Max and Me Purity & Grace Oil Cleanser $70
Max and Me Enchanted Face Oil $130

Thank you Whitepod Hotel for this special stay!

How To Make Money Blogging: My Story of Making $3000 a Month

Today I wanted to share how my blog went from making exactly $1.13 in April 2022 to $3000 a month in passive income. And no, this “how to make money blogging” article is not going to try to sell you a Bluehost Subscription, Tailwind for Pinterest or get you to buy a $1600 (only!) blogging course. I never thought I would ever reach this level of blogging (it’s now at the $5k/month mark), because it didn’t seem realistic for a personal blog in a very small niche. I also didn’t start my blog with the intention of making it a source of income. I created my website as a hobby and an extension of my Instagram for people who wanted something more in-depth to read than what I could write in a caption. If I was able to treat myself to a latte to brighten my week then I was happy. But living in a capitalistic society there’s this compulsion to commodify every aspect of our lives, including our hobbies and interests. That being said, this might not be the story you’re interested in reading as I know there’s plenty of articles out there focused on how to start your blog AND earn quickly. This is not a “how to start a blog” style post. It’s only in recent months (years after starting my website) that I saw a sharp increase in growth, which I believe was the result of getting gradually better at knowing what and how to write for the web. This is not to brag or sell you something, it’s just to put out one person’s real story (mine) on the web in case it helps someone. I’m also sharing some screenshots of my blog income reports.

How to make money with a blog

 

Here’s a snapshot of my earnings in the spring of 2022 from my ad network SheMedia. I earned a dismissible amount of side cash from my site traffic that I never paid attention to honestly.

Blog income

Here’s a look at my SheMedia dashboard for October 2022. They say the goal for bloggers is to earn $3k in passive income monthly, but I’ve seen many earn much more, think tens of thousands a month. The sky is the limit when it comes to making money online, and unlike a regular job, your salary isn’t capped.

How to start a blog

The $1 to $3000 numbers are solely passive income earnings from site ad revenue via website traffic (reaching 200k monthly page views).

It does not count affiliate sales revenue, website sponsorships or social media partnerships. The bulk of my earnings actually comes from affiliate revenue and sometimes partnerships/sponsorships. I can go for months without accepting a partnership, and all of a sudden, have multiple simultaneously. And my affiliate sales stay, for the most part, consistent with a spike around the holidays. 

Here’s why I think I was able to make money blogging about beauty.

How to earn money blogging

Reason 1: Having a Good Domain

I think having a good domain name helped my blog immensely. At the time I couldn’t think of anything creative or snazzy, but having an unoriginal name ended up working out for me. It was easy, simple and straightforward and Google seems to like that.

I write about organic beauty and the first two words of my blog are “organic beauty”. Similarly, food blogs have domain names with words related to food and cooking. If you have a difficult to understand, unrelated domain or words in a different language (oh la vie en rose oui oui jolie coucou rouge du luxe femme oui), it only hurts the chances of your blog’s success.

Make money blogging

Reason 2: Writing About a Small & Growing Niche

I blog about a very small and specific niche within the beauty industry, which makes it easier to rank and gain search engine authority for topics related to my niche. Blogging about mainstream brands like Maybelline or Fenty Beauty is super competitive, but not very many people blog about artisanal green beauty.

Another major aspect that was totally out of my control. The shift in the beauty industry and social landscape in the last few years has worked in my favor. Clean beauty has become increasingly mainstream in the last few years with more brands than ever popping up.

Even big mainstream brands you find at supermarkets are switching to making cleaner products. Not to mention, the pandemic spurred an interest in taking care of one’s skin.

This industry has blown up, and I’m always discovering new or under the radar brands – I honestly can’t keep up!

How to earn money blogging

Reason 3: I Started Writing Consistently about Topics of Interest

I went from writing maybe 5 blog posts a year to writing 3-10 blog posts every week. I’m not sure everyone understands how hard this is. A lot of coffee and matcha were required. Of course there were some weeks I was sick or too busy, but this was rare. While working at my corporate job full time I only had time and energy to work on weekends and maybe a little bit during the weeknights. After I quit to do freelance marketing, I had so much more time and flexibility to work on my blog.

At times I felt like a machine, but I knew I needed to produce enough output to even have a shot. It was down to simple mathematics. Even if each blog post interested only 50 people out there in the world per month, if I had 1000 of these posts that would still equal 1000 times 50 people. (As of today, I‘ve written about 400 posts.)

I also started writing about topics that were actually of interest to people. I noticed my social media community would often ask me similar questions via Instagram. Instead of answering the same queries over and over again, being able to direct them to a post that lays out everything in better detail seemed more practical for me and more useful for my community.

I would often get asked what my favorite sunscreens are or my favorite Vitamin C serums, so I started writing about these first. And it turns out it wasn’t just my social media followers who were interested, but also loads of other people surfing the web.

Then I also started to write about what I thought people would be interested in and what was actually trending. Since I was so plugged into the social media world, it was easy for me to see what brands and products were being hyped. But it shouldn’t be 100% about what you think people will be interested in reading. Yes writing for your audience is key, but it’s still important to write about what interests and excites YOU. Otherwise, you’ll lose your passion and motivation.

Reason 4: Companies Started Taking Affiliate Marketing Seriously

This is unrelated to site ad revenue since affiliate sales are a different source of revenue. But, one gamechanger was companies, both big and small, started taking their affiliates and affiliate marketing seriously. They finally started to see value in having an affiliate program available for us and even going a step further to really cultivate those programs and relationships. Someone at the company was now there to answer your questions and help you perform better as an affiliate. They send out weekly newsletters to keep you up to date with what’s happening at the brand and what other affiliates are up to, even launch bonus competitions to further motivate you.

I’d be lying if I said that this didn’t add motivation. While I’d still be running my blog even if it made no money, I’m certainly more motivated to be proactive if I’m compensated for my efforts.

Reason 5: I Asked for Help

SheMedia is the ad partner network I work with, and the source of income for this blog. I had never reached out to them before, and it never occurred to me until a few months ago. And from that I learned that NO ONE is going to go out of their way to help you – you need to ask for help. No one is going to be thinking, “Hey, this little random personal blog could be doing better. I’m going to figure out what they need to do and reach out to them with my ideas.”  No one.

It’s when I asked for help (after being part of their network for 2 years) that they helped me, and only then. Immediately after I saw my ad revenue double and triple. I also took advantage of some of the online seminars they held and listened in to learn more about this blogging world that I had been so out of the loop with.

Is Pinterest the Secret?

All the earn money blogging posts out there talk about Pinterest being the key to getting more traffic. I just find the fact that every one of them pushes a paid subscription to Tailwind Pinterest fishy. I didn’t need Pinterest traffic, and I actually only get about 300 traffic referrals from Pinterest a month. I know some people hit it big with Pinterest, but having to master yet another platform is the bane of my existence. I think if you create quality posts that people actually want to read, people will find you and search engines will rank you.

All that to say I don’t think you need to pay for thousand dollar blogging course or a subscription to this and that in order to run a successful blog.

They’re just selling you the dream when you could just put pen to paper and get to work.

Check out these posts while you’re here!

23 Amazon Prime Day Clean Beauty Deals 2022

Amazon Prime Day on October 11 & 12 is when you can get major discounts on tons of products sold on Amazon, and that includes clean beauty. In celebration of yet another Amazon Prime Day I’m sharing some ideas in case you need a new product or want to re-stock on favorites. If a brand’s product is on sale for Amazon Prime Day, it means many of their other products are also on sale if not the entire line. Check out the best clean beauty deals during Amazon Prime Day today and tomorrow!

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Neom candle

NEOM Organics Complete Bliss Scented Candle 3 Wick – 25% off

Coola sunscreen amazon

COOLA Organic Mineral Sheer Matte Sunscreen SPF 30 – 30% off

Silk pillowcase amazon

Silk Pillowcase for Skin & Hair – 32% off

 

Honest beauty mascara amazon
Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara – 20% off

REN aha toner amazon

REN AHA Facial Toner – 30% off

Vitruvi essential oil

Vitruvi Essential Oil Blend – 30% off

Skylar perfume amazon

Skylar Clean Perfume Discovery Set – 40% off

Youth To The People 15% Vitamin C Serum – 20% off

NuFace amazon

NuFace Microcurrent Facial Toning Device – 25% off

By Rosie Jane perfume lake

By Rosie Jane Clean Perfume – 20% off

 

Biossance amazon

Biossance Overachievers Set – 20% off

Odacite cleanser

Odacite Black Mint Clarifying Cleanser (for Acne) – 25% off

Badger sunscreen amazon

Badger Sunscreen Active SPF 30 (for Sports) – 32% off

Odacite hydra mist

Odacite Hydra-Repair Treatment Facial Mist-25% off
Kinship Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream Moisturizer

Kinship Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream Moisturizer – 25% off

Hero mighty patch amazon
Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch – 30% off

Pipette mineral sunscreens

 

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 – 37% off

Instanatural vitamin c cleanser

Instanatural Vitamin C Cleanser – 30% off

Ursa Major golden hour cream

Ursa Major Golden Hour Face Moisturizer – 20% off

Briogeo farewell frizz amazon

Briogeo Farewell Frizz Heat Protectant Crème – 24% off

Aromatica shampoo

AROMATICA Cypress Deep Cleansing Shampoo – 20% off

Blithe patting splash mask

Blithe Patting Splash Mask – 20% off

Jade leaf matcha

Jade Leaf Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder – 20% off

 

Otherland Candles Review: Must Read Before Buying

Otherland candle

Otherland Candles has become quite the popular candle brand from opening their very own store in Soho New York City to being sold at Sephora. Founded by Abigail Cook Stone, the brand spent a year experimenting with waxes and wicks to develop their ideal candle, ultimately landing on a coconut and soy wax blend. Their scents are developed with master perfumers and are not 100% natural. But it’s Otherland’s design-forward and whimsical aesthetic that has won over millennials. Otherland has their Core Collection which are the line’s main five scents, and launches Limited Editions candles for every new season.

Otherland candle

Otherland candles seem to evoke a sense of wanderlust, and not in the nostalgic sense, but to imaginary places we’ve never been. The kind you’d imagine in a fairytale. Or the Upside Down. They’re colorful and quirky, yet still sophisticated. The frosted glass tumblers with a ceramic look are unique to Otherland, and each candle comes with its own colorful lid to preserve the scent when not being used.

Otherland candle store

Are Otherland Candles Non-Toxic?

Otherland candles are clean but not completely non-toxic. To break it down, Otherland contains:

  • Clean burning wax (soy and coconut)
  • Clean fragrance of safe synthetics and fragrance oils

Here’s what Otherland says on their website:

We work with the top global fragrance houses to develop and manufacture our scents, which contain both naturally-harvested and safe-synthetic ingredients. All of our fragrances are naturally paraben and phthalate-free, and we follow strict international safety standards and rigorous testing set by IFRA. We are Cruelty-free and formulated without: Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens , formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, PTFE/PFOA, styrene, polyacrylamide/acrylamide, acetaldehyde, acetonitrile, methylene chloride, animal fats, oils, and musks, benzalkonium chloride, toluene, resorcinol, acetone, butoxyethanol, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, methyl cellosolve, methylisothiazolinone/ methylchloroisothiazolinone, mercury and mercury compounds (thimerosal), bisphenol A(BPA).

Otherland candle

Naturally-harvested does not mean natural, but rather the ingredient was once in its natural state and has undergone a synthetic process in the lab. Safe synthetics are entirely lab made with no biomass as their origin. Both types of synthetic scent are popular in the clean perfume industry, and candles are essentially perfume for your home. To be completely clean and non-toxic, the candle would need to be scented with 100% essential oils (or nothing at all), and if you want to go a step above that, the candle would be organic.

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So all scent components in Otherland Candles are not natural. This does, however, mean that it has very strong scent throw for a clean burning candle.
Otherland candle

Canopy

Otherland’s Canopy candle is a fig scent that’s sweet, fresh, green and reminds me of honeydew. Great scent throw.

Kindling

Kindling is a dark and smoky woodsy scent with Alaskan Cedar and Incense.

Daybed

Floral and feminine, Otherland’s Daybed candle has the brightness of peony, sultry Rose and sweetness of pear.

Are Otherland Candles Worth It?

Candles are a luxury purchase, so if $36 for 8 oz is a reasonable price to you then yes I recommend trying out Otherland.

The Otherland candles burn perfectly evenly and seem to be a tad more long lasting than the average natural candle.

If $36 is out of your budget, but you want a sophisticated candle that’s clean, long lasting and beautifully scented I recommend checking out Peacesake Candle Co.

Check Out: 17 Best Clean-Burning Candles

Otherland candle

 

NuFace Review After 5 Years: Does It Work? (Before and After)

NuFace review

The question I always get: Does the NuFace really work? I started using NuFace in my mid 20s way before Hailey Bieber started using it, because I’m a big proponent of preventative skin care. During the many years I’ve had my NuFace microcurrent device, I’d often get asked if NuFace was worth buying and if I saw any changes in my skin from using it. These kinds of questions are so difficult to answer because it’s unbelievably subjective (I get the same question about red light therapy too). These days I’m seeing a lot of NuFace dermatologists reviews, but I myself have a hard time trusting any dermatologist who is a social media influencer these days (because I know exactly how that game works). So I am sharing all my real thoughts and personal opinions about the NuFace device, including information on what a microcurrent device is and how to use the NuFace.

NuFace before and after

Is the NuFace Worth It?

NuFace is for those of you with sagging skin in need of lifting. It works underneath the layers of the skin to “work out” the facial muscles.

If you have loose skin that is in serious need of tightening, then I recommend looking into the Tripollar Radiofrequency device, which I also own.

Do I think you need the NuFace? If you’re under 30 then no, I don’t think you actually need microcurrent. Skin at this age doesn’t experience any sagging yet. If you really must have the NuFace and you’re young, then it becomes a preventative measure at best. The reason I used NuFace in my 20s was because I wanted to slow down sagging and keep my muscles nice and taught. Yes it’s super vain (but aren’t we all lol).

If you’re in your 30s and 40s then I do think microcurrent is a worthwhile piece of skin technology to keep in your regimen, keeping in mind that effects are entirely subjective, subtle and the people in your life are not going to wonder if you had a surgical facelift. It’s like asking if face yoga or gua sha massage is actually worth it. These are all just small things you do for yourself to feel good about the way you’re taking care of your skin and yourself.

Here’s where my opinion gets a little more technical. I don’t think the original NuFace Trinity Facial Toning device that costs $300 is worth it. I think you’re better off getting the NuFace Mini Device which is way more affordable.

Is the NuFace Mini as Powerful as Trinity?

The Trinity isn’t worth getting because the NuFace Mini is just as powerful as the Trinity. The mini has the same maximum output at 335 microamps. It’s also much more compact and portable. The only difference between the Trinity and Mini is that the head of the Trinity is interchangeable for you to use their red light attachment and others. I personally think if you are serious about incorporating red light therapy into your skincare, then you should invest in a proper LED face mask instead of gliding a little attachment across your face.

Pregnant women and people under 18 should NOT use NuFace.

NuFace before and after

My Opinion on the viral NuFace TikTok

There was a Tiktok video by user Cheygren that went viral because it showed a noticeable difference between the right side of her face after using NuFace and the left side without. Yes the right brow looks lifted compared to the left, but I work for a facial device company that isn’t microcurrent technology based – and guess what – it does the exact same thing. You do repeated movements enough to a portion of your face and you’ll notice an effect immediately after. And of course, nothing in your face can change permanently without plastic surgery.

If you actually look really closely, the right nasolabial fold is more pronounced along with her dark circles. The left half of the face looks brighter and more plump overall. Her right jawline does look noticeably more defined. But, to me it looks angular, and as a young person, this only ages her face. When I look at just the left side, her face looks soft and youthful and when I look at just her right side, she looks like an older version of herself aged 5 years ahead. Which brings me back to my point that I don’t think young people need this device. It’s only a vanity purchase.

Also, take before and after photos with a grain of salt because it’s almost always just lighting causing the subtle differences in photos. In fact, did you know that you (and your skin) can look completely different depending on the lighting in real life?

How Long Do NuFace Results Last?

I think this is a bit of a silly question because NuFace isn’t some sort of intense cosmetic procedure like an in-office chemical peel. You’re only using it for 5 minutes a day. Even if you managed to actually stick to using NuFace 5x a week for 2 months like they recommend, you still need to continue to use it a few times every week to maintain any results. Which means you shouldn’t be trying to go as long as you can between uses like you would Botox.

NuFace Microcurrent

What is the NuFace Microcurrent Device?

The NuFace device is basically a way to give your face a workout. If you’re too lazy to commit to face yoga, then NuFace is the easy, technologically-enhanced version.

Microcurrent uses low-level electrical currents to stimulate the muscles in the face.

It also stimulates energy production to help increase collagen and elastin production.

The electric voltage lifts and tightens the muscles underneath our skin, which results in a more toned and sculpted look.

How to Use NuFace

First rule is you must have clean, bare skin that’s oil free. Oil will block the Microcurrent from being delivered. Second rule is you can’t skip on using their conductor products with the device. The salts and polymers in the gel help transfer the current from the device to the muscles. Not using the Microcurrent Activator product renders the device’s technology useless.

CLEANSE: With an oil-free cleanser.

APPLY: Apply the Microcurrent Activator to skin

(Tip: It’s best to apply in sections so that it doesn’t dry out on areas of your face you haven’t reached yet)

LIFT: Perform glides and holds. I always go in upward motions when gliding.

The device beeps periodically to let you know to move onto a different part of your face and shuts off automatically once the 5 minutes is up.

If I’ve applied enough Activator gel then I don’t feel a thing. It’s when there isn’t enough gel that I can feel a zap sensation.

FINISH: Apply skincare as usual

NuFace recommends using the device for five days a week for the first two months, and then two to three times per week for maintenance.

NuFace before and after

NuFace Before and After

Here are makeup free, completely untouched photos in natural lighting. I used NuFace on only one side of my face for 3 weeks straight.

As you can tell, any difference you think you may or may not see between the left and right is completely subjective.

There’s a reason the “over 40” bloggers talking about NuFace (who have signs of aging that are much more pronounced than a 20 or 30 year old) don’t look like they’ve had a facelift just because they’ve been diligently using NuFace. Any changes the NuFace makes will be so subtle it will probably only be you who notices them.

NuFace before and after photos

Final Thoughts

So I think I’ve made it clear that I don’t think young people need the NuFace. For those of you who do have aging concerns and budget is not a concern, then there is no downside to getting the NuFace. If you would really like to include Microcurrent in your skincare but are on a budget, then my recommendation is to wait for a sale on their Refreshed devices. If you prefer a brand new device versus refreshed, then check out NuFace’s Amazon Prime sale during October.

I also believe that nothing is a permanent fix aside from surgery, and no single device is going to give you miracle results. If you’re buying fancy skin tools but you’re not practicing good skincare habits daily, then you’re wasting your money. You’re better off remembering to wear sunscreen everyday, reapplying when you’re outside, not constantly dragging your face down somehow while cleansing or applying skincare, not tugging the skin around your eyes, etc.

NuFace Website / NuFace Amazon Store

Discount Codes for Skincare Devices

NuFace Microcurrent device

17 Best Affordable Clean Makeup Under $20

Clean makeup doesn’t have to break the bank. While natural skincare has been embraced with open arms, natural makeup has always been given the cold shoulder – until now! Chances are you’ve already heard of, or even tried, popular clean makeup brands like ILIA and Kosas. But sometimes Sephora prices can be a bit much. If you’re looking for affordable clean makeup, I’ve rounded up 15 great brands worth checking out. These budget makeup brands focus on better formulas, sustainability, ethical practices – and prices that make sense. Clean makeup brands that do include synthetic / artificial ingredients are pointed out, so you know which are not 100% natural. Read on for the best affordable clean makeup brands of 2022.

Budget clean makeupHonest beauty cream foundation

Honest Beauty

Famously founded by Jessica Alba, Honest Beauty is a clean skincare and makeup brand that’s widely available at ULTA and Target stores everywhere. Most known for their baby and personal care products, The Honest Company also offers a full makeup line that won’t break the bank. Honest uses a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients.

Well people mascara

Well People

Since Well People was acquired by E.L.F Cosmetics, the clean makeup brand has been able to make strides on new achievements. They’re now 100% vegan and part of the Fair Trade Certified Program. Most of their plant-powered makeup is under $20 and easily accessible at Target stores. Well People uses a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients.

 

Tower 28 luminizer
Tower 28

Founded by former beauty exec Amy Liu, Tower 28 is an affordable clean makeup brand formulated for even the most sensitive skin. Tower 28 contains no fragrance or essential oils and are the only brand to 100% follow the National Eczema Association ingredient guidelines. Tower 28 uses a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients.

 

Pyt beauty brow pencil

Pyt Beauty

Launched in 2018 Pyt Beauty makes budget friendly and easily accessible clean makeup. PYT Beauty products are 100% vegan, hypoallergenic, animal cruelty free and Leaping Bunny Certified. Find them at ULTA, Credo Beauty, Amazon and their website. Pyt uses a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients.

 

Innbeauty project lip glaze

Innbeauty Project

Launched in 2019, Innbeauty Project is a clean skincare brand for Gen Z that’s instantly recognizable by their brightly multi-colored packaging. Prices remain accessible with everything in the Innbeauty Project line under $30 and the brand is committed to sustainability, pledging to fund the removal of three plastic units from landfills, waterways, and marine environments for every product sold. Note that this brand does combine natural and synthetic ingredients including dimethicone and phenoxyethanol. Innbeauty Project is sold at Sephora, Credo and their website.

 

Clove illuminator stick

Clover by Clove + Hallow

Clove + Hallow, a long-standing clean makeup brand started by a makeup artist, launched their sister brand that’s a fun, young and affordable version of Clove + Hallow. They believe in Clover so much that they’ve decided to close Clove + Hallow to focus entirely on Clover’s mission to bring clean products to the mass market.

Interested in sister brand Clove + Hallow? Save 40% during their liquidation sale here.

Axiology balmie

Axiology

Widely available at ULTA stores, Axiology is known for their miniature all-natural face crayons that can be used for cheeks, lips, and eyes. They also just launched new multi-sticks Axiology makeup is 100% vegan, cruelty-free and palm oil-free.

 

 

Johnny concert eyeshadow

Johnny Concert

Johnny Concert is committed to creating clean, compassionate and high-quality beauty products that are also innovative. The line is still quite small, but you may find something that piques your interest. Johnny Concert uses a mix of organic ingredients and synthetics.

SAVE: Discount code OBL saves at Johnny Concert

Zao Organic cream Foundation

ZAO Organics

Certified organic and natural makeup brand ZAO Organics is 100% natural without any synthetics, petrochemical derivatives or questionable ingredients. They’re instantly recognizable by their eco luxe packaging, made from controlled harvested bamboo,

 

Han multi use

HAN Cosmetics

HAN is a 100% natural makeup brand that’s vegan and wildly affordable. Their ever popular multi-sticks only cost $18. The color from all HAN products comes from plant and mineral-based pigments for a healthy and safe alternative to artificial colorants. HAN was started by a pregnant mother who needed safe and nontoxic makeup without any iffy ingredients. You can trust that HAN is committed to keeping synthetics and questionable ingredients out of their line.

Zuzu luxe lipstick

ZUZULUXE

Founded by Gabriel Santino, ZUZULUXE has been making affordable nontoxic makeup for the last 25 years. All products are made from 100% natural ingredients with no synthetic chemicals or animal by products. ZUZULUXE’s mineral powder makeup, lipsticks and liquid eyeliner are winners in my book.

Lily Lolo foundation

Lily Lolo

  • Award-winning OG natural makeup
  • Clean and vegan mineral makeup brand
  • Uses only clean, naturally-derived ingredients with mineral-based technology
  • No harsh chemicals, bismuth oxychloride, talc, synthetic dyes, fillers, fragrance and preservatives

Mob eyeshadow refill

MOB Beauty

Newcomer MOB Beauty isn’t just about clean makeup, but high performance and skin enhancing makeup that’s also good for the planet. It’s a refillable makeup brand that uses bio-degradable, ethically sourced, cruelty-free and vegan ingredients. The best part, MOB Beauty products are all under or around $20.

 

Seraphine botanicals makeup

Seraphine Botanicals

Seraphine Botanicals is a vegan, cruelty-free makeup brand that offers a wide variety of affordable makeup products. They are also a small batch manufacturer, and do not make more than 300 pieces of any product at any one time to ensure the freshness of each piece and keep the entire manufacturing process sustainable and as waste-resistant as possible. Seraphine Botanicals uses a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients.

Noyah lipstick

Noyah Cosmetics

Noyah makes clean lip products made of 100% natural ingredients including nourishing Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E. Ingredients are ethically sourced, including the beeswax and products are packaged in Eco-friendly bamboo. Plus, the entire line is under $20!

Root pretty makeup

Root

Started in 2013 in Iowa, Root Pretty has been making non-toxic natural makeup for almost a decade. They now offer much more than just affordable makeup, but also skincare, body care, hair care and even cleaning products. Root is focused on creating products that are natural & safe for all skin types as well as vegan & gluten free.

Fluide beauty

Fluide Beauty

Fluide Beauty is a mission-driven makeup brand that creates vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free cosmetics designed for all skin shades and gender expressions. Fluide wants to known down your preconceived notions of what makeup is supposed to look like and who it’s for as it celebrates the beauty and lifestyles of people who are vastly under-represented in the industry. Fluide Beauty uses a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients.

Budget clean makeup

50 Clean Beauty Brands at Sephora (Complete List 2022)

Sephora online carries over 2000 clean at Sephora beauty products but not all of them are actually clean. Scrolling through it’s obvious brands like Fenty Beauty and Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty are NOT clean beauty brands. The Outset by Scarlett Johansson IS clean beauty. No I haven’t tried it yet. While clean beauty labels can be helpful in guiding customers in the right direction, it ends up being all about marketing, because if brands don’t have the label, then people might think they’re just conventional beauty (gasp). Today I’m sharing what brands at Sephora are clean beauty including clean skincare, clean makeup, clean hair care, and clean fragrance. Only certain clean brands are carried in Sephora stores so please check with your local Sephora store to inquire.

Tata Harper clarifying moisturizer

Tata Harper

Indie Lee

Biossance sephora

Biossance

Glow Recipe

Youth to the people Mandelic superfood exfoliant

Youth To The People

Necessaire

goop

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Best Natural & Organic Tinted Moisturizers of 2022

If you’re not a foundation gal, but you still want a bit of coverage and a “your skin but better” look, then natural tinted moisturizers are the product for you. Luckily, there’s plenty of clean tinted moisturizers for face on the market today. My top recommendation if you’re new to clean beauty and want a truly natural and organic tinted moisturizer is 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer. I’ve included a few of my other favorites with my second favorite pick being INIKA Organic. Toss aside your Laura Mercier and read on for the best natural tinted moisturizers.

This post is not focused on tinted SPF moisturizers. For tinted face moisturizers with SPF check out this post instead.
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer

  • For: Normal, Dry, Combination Skin
  • Finish: Dewy
  • Coverage: Sheer, Light
  • Number of Shades: 9
  • Vegan

The OG 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer is an all-around fantastic (and award-winning) facial moisturizer that provides skin with a bit of color. If you want one with SPF protection that’s budget-friendly then my recommendation would be W3ll People’s BioTint Moisturizer SPF 30. If SPF isn’t a concern, then 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer ticks all the boxes. It’s so lightweight and hydrating, sinks in effortlessly and provides a hint of sheer color.

The ingredients are in line with 100% Pure’s foundations but is made mainly of Cucumber Juice and Organic Aloe, which lends it its lightweight, hydrating consistency. Unlike the other foundations, 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer has added Vitamin C to help fight free radicals and brighten skin.

Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Juice, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Extracts of Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit, Camellia Sinensis (Organic White Tea) Leaf*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Bean), Lycium Chinense (Goji Berry) Fruit and Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Extracts of Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark *Certified Organic

Inika Organic BB Cream

Inika Organic BB Cream

  • For: All Skin types
  • Finish: Satin
  • Coverage: Light
  • Number of Shades: 16
  • Vegan

Inika is a 100% natural and mostly organic makeup brand with extremely high standards. I know this is called a BB cream, but there’s no SPF and the coverage is light so it’s actually more similar to a tinted moisturizer. Inika Organic BB Cream has the highest percentage of Certified Organic ingredients in a BB Cream, including Prickly Pear Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Neroli Flower Water, and Rosehip oil in an organic aloe base. This certified organic BB cream applies beautifully and evenly and provides light coverage that blurs imperfections. I love that my skin can breathe through this formula.

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Water*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed (Sunflower) Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil*, Glycerin*, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil*, Pelargonium Roseum/Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Lactobacillus Ferment+, Cetyl Alcohol, May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007). +Preservative

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

  • For: Normal, Dry Skin
  • Finish: Dewy to satin
  • Coverage: Light to medium
  • Number of Shades: 16
  • Vegan

If you have dry skin and are looking for something more deeply moisturizing than a hydrating tinted moisturizer then check out tinted face oils. Popularized by ILIA and their Super Serum Skin Tint, the tinted face moisturizer in the form of an oil is suited to a particular taste and the Kosas one is better than ILIA’s. Kosas Tinted Face Oil is a thin, liquid-like oil that provides light to medium coverage and leaves a dewy finish that dries down to a more satin finish. Using a setting powder can help mattify the finish if you find it overly shiny. Kosas Tinted Face Oil has a very clean and simple ingredients list which I appreciate.

  • Avocado Oil and Meadowfoam Oil to moisturize and plump skin’s appearance
  • Red Raspberry Oil and Jojoba Oil too soothe
  • Camellia Seed Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil to balance and brighten

Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Octyldodecanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Silica, Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Kaolin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, [+/ -: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77499)

Typology tinted serum

Typology Tinted Face Serum

If you like the idea of a tinted serum that’s neither a traditional moisturizer nor an oil like Kosas, then check out Typology Tinted Face Serum. It’s lightweight and weightless, provides light coverage that looks like your skin with a bit of tint, and imparts a satin, hydrated finish. There’s no silicones or phenoxyethanol and has added skincare benefits of vitamin C and aloe vera.

Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer
Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer

  • For: All skin types
  • Finish: Natural to matte
  • Coverage: Sheer, Light
  • Number of Shades: 7
  • Vegan

Jane Iredale is one of the original skincare-forward makeup brands, and one you’ll often find carried at spas and skin studios. Their Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer is a hydrating, lightweight, and water-resistant tinted moisturizer with a natural to matte finish. It provides a soft blurring effect and light coverage with a primer-like quality thanks to dimethicone. The consistency is light and almost whipped. If you like a scented face product, the Jane Iredale has a strong berry scent. If you don’t want a scented tinted moisturizer then skip Jane Iredale Dream Tint. There is a bit of sun protection provided, but it’s so minimal I would not count this as an SPF tinted moisturizer.

Active: Titanium Dioxide 4.5%. Inactive: Aqua/Water/Eau, Algae Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elder Flower) Extract, Dimethicone, Jojoba Esters, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract, Boron Nitride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica, Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288).

 

Berkey Water Filter Review 2022

Berkey water filter

The Berkey Water Filter isn’t just your average water filter – it’s also a water purifier thanks to its ability to remove bacteria and viruses that a conventional filter can’t. Berkey water filters remove over 200 contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, pesticides, petroleum products, and PFAS. With tap water in US cities being heavily contaminated with hazardous chemicals and toxins, making sure you’re drinking clean water is a must. Berkey systems remove 99.99% of pathogenic bacteria and 99.999% of viruses for the cleanest water possible. The filter’s proprietary design also allows healthful beneficial minerals (like calcium, potassium) to remain in your water while removing chemicals, harmful sedimentary minerals, heavy metals and other contaminants (independent test results). If you’re looking for a countertop water filtration system, check out my Berkey Water Filter review.

Berkey water filter

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of drinking water quality from 31 million state water records, when some Americans drink a glass of tap water, they’re also potentially drinking contaminants like lead, arsenic, the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. These contaminants found in our tap water are linked to cancer, brain and nervous system damage, fertility problems, hormone disruption and other health harms. You can check your zip code at EWG’s Tap Water Database.

Berkey water filter

Berkey Water Filter System

Berkey filters cost $300 to $500 and are an investment for your whole family. They offer a variety of sizes including a couple compact options like the Travel Berkey that I own, as well as shower filters.

The taste of Berkey’s purified water is noticeably different, which gives me extra peace of mind knowing that it’s doing its job. The Travel Berkey holds about 1.5 gallons and fits snugly on top of my kitchen countertop next to my other appliances. Berkey now offers a stand so you can comfortably fit a glass under the spigot, but you can also just place it by the sink so there’s room for your glass. If you have a small kitchen or don’t have a lot of countertop space, the Travel Berkey is your best option. Even though it’s named Travel, I find it to be large enough for everyday home use. It’s not something I would find convenient traveling with unless I were doing a big RV road trip.

Each Berkey system comes with upper and lower chambers, the filter elements (2 filters for each size Berkey), spigot and connection hardware. It’s very easy to set up in minutes, and once you wash the parts, you can start using the filter immediately.

The downside of the Berkey filter is you can’t see how much purified water is left in the lower chamber, so you’re not sure how much water to add to the top. This means I need to wait until no more purified water comes out before refilling the top chamber fully.

There’s also some maintenance involved with the filter. After several months you’ll notice that the water will take forever to filter, which means you need to clean the system. Eventually you also need to buy replacement filters.

Berkey cleaning involves:

  • Stainless steel chambers: Every month
  • Purification elements: Every 6 months
  • Filter elements: Every 2-5 years (this depends on how much water passes through the filters, and how contaminated that water is)

Otherwise, the Berkey water filter is designed to last a lifetime. Above all, I love that these are very high-quality filters that go beyond filtering and actually purify water.

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Dr Different Review: K-Beauty Retinol

Dr Different is a popular Korean retinal cosmoceutical brand in Korea and they’re also available on Amazon & SOKO GLAM for those of us in the US. Dr Different was founded by Dr. Lee Dong-won (MD/Ph.D. and founder of CNP Cosmetics-2001) and developed by a team of 15 skin experts. The goal? To formulate the best solutions containing active and skin-friendly ingredients with effective concentration, pH level, and texture. Dr Different’s retinal is patented in Korea with international patents pending.
Dr different skincare

Retinal vs Retinol

Retinal is supposed to work faster than retinol. It works at smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and stimulating collagen production. Retinal is also more efficient at exfoliating skin.

Dr different vitalift

Dr Different Vitalift A has a balm consistency, so it’s quite rich for a cream but lightweight for a face balm. It’s deeply moisturizing and doesn’t seem to have any detectable scent.

Vitalift-A Forte has 0.1% retinal while Vitalift-A has 0.05% retinal. Vitalift-A for Eye & Neck has the least amount of retinal to cater to these delicate skin areas. It’s recommended to start with the regular Vitalift but if your skin is already used to retinol then I think you’d be fine going with the Forte.

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Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Squalane, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Cholesterol, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyglutamic Acid, Ceramide 3, Stearic Acid, Retinal, Oleic Acid, Tocopherol, Adenosine, Disodium EDTADr different

Risewell Toothpaste & Mouthwash Review

Risewell toothpaste

We’ve been testing non-toxic toothpastes year round here and Risewell Toothpaste is one of our favorites. Traditional toothpastes are filled with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Propylene Glycol, artificial flavors and colors and other questionable ingredients. Risewell toothpastes are safe enough to eat and can be used by children and pregnant women. They’re Fluoride-free, vegan & cruelty-free with Hydroxyapatite as the star of the line. So toss aside your Colgate and read on for my Risewell review.

Risewell toothpaste

Hydroxyapatite is a natural mineral that makes up 90% of your tooth enamel and 60% of your bones. A revolution in oral care, HA has become standard in Japan, and is increasingly being used in Europe due to its safety and effectiveness. There is research that shows it is as good or better at remineralizing your teeth than fluoride.

Taste

The Risewell toothpaste has a pleasant taste and the mint isn’t very strong. If you prefer a very strong minty flavor then check out Boka.

Risewell is a more mild mint toothpaste with a soft consistency. The brand says the best way to use their oral care is to not rinse after use. They want you to keep the ingredients in your mouth, which I didn’t find difficult to do.

Risewell Alkalizing Mouthwash

This is a medium strength mouthwash that doesn’t have any burning effect or strange aftertaste. It’s nowhere near as strong as Listerine but it’s safe for the whole family and does leave my mouth feeling refreshed.

The size of the bottle is very generous at 16 oz. While I always appreciate a decent mouthwash, I’m trying to make my bathroom more eco-friendly and have been enjoying Bite Mouthwash Bits which totally eliminate the need to transport water. Instead, it’s a tablet that you bite down on and take a swig of water from your sink to turn it into a mouthwash.

Mouthwash Ingredients: Water, Xylitol, Glycerin, Propanediol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Polysorbate, Stevia Rebaudiana Extract, Erythritol, Mentha Arvensis (Wild Mint) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Menthol, Eucalyptus Globulus Extract, Illicium Verum (Anise) Extract

Toothpaste Ingredients Silica, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Xylitol, Hydroxyapatite, Calcium Carbonate, Propanediol, Potassium Cocoate, Stevia Rebaudiana Extract, Mentha Arvensis (Wild Mint) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Gluconate, Menthol, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Erythritol, Xanthan Gum, Eucalyptus Globulus Extract, Illicium Verum (Anise) Extract.

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Sunwarrior Protein Review

Sunwarrior plant-based proteins and superfood supplements are clean, science backed and third party lab tested. I like their beauty-focused supplements and find that their collagen products don’t give me the ick. But is Sunwarrior protein safe? More on that soon. Sunwarrior‘s proprietary Protein Blend is made of Organic Pea Protein, Organic Goji Berry, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Organic Medium-chain Triglycerides Oil (Coconut Oil, Acacia Gum), Sea Salt, and sweetened with Organic Stevia Extract.

Sunwarrior protein

Is Sunwarrior Protein Safe?

You always need to be careful when taking protein powder as it can do more harm to your health than good. I know people who have ended up in the hospital from their protein powder.

In one study, researchers screened 134 products for 130 types of toxins and found that many protein powders contained heavy metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury), bisphenol-A (BPA, which is used to make plastic), pesticides, or other contaminants with links to cancer and other health conditions.

I’m more at ease knowing their proteins are Certified Organic, non-GMO, and consistently meet EU, WHO, and FDA safety standards. Because heavy metals are found in everything grown in soil, I understand that plant based proteins won’t be entirely without them so I don’t overdo it with these types of supplements. Sunwarrior utilizes ARL Bio Pharma, an ISO-Certified, third-party lab to conduct all their heavy metals and micros testing.

Sunwarrior Collagen Building Protein Peptides

The Sunwarrior Protein Peptides contains vitamin C, trace minerals, leafy greens, silica, and biotin, hydrating compounds such as hyaluronic acid and tremella mushroom extract to attract and retain skin moisture.

This vegan powder helps boost your inherent collagen production and I really like the taste.

Sunwarrior protein

Organic Brown Rice Peptides

Sourced from brown rice, this complete amino acid protein has been broken into small peptide chains (di & tri-peptides) through hydrolysis. Rice peptides are used for strengthening cell hydration due to their concentration of glutamine and alanine. These nutrients assist the skin to provide moisture retention and environmental protection.

Sourced from bamboo, silica is a key co-nutrient for collagen and elastin production. It also boosts calcium absorption to strengthen bones, hair, skin, and nails.

Organic Pea Protein (fermented)

Complete amino acid complex, including collagen and elastin-building aminos: glycine, proline, arginine, alanine, valine, and lysine

Organic Spirulina

Containing iron and rich with amino acids, spirulina is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

Organic Leafy Green Blend

Organic kale and spinach are beautiful greens that contain vitamins and antioxidants, which fight against free radicals that destroy collagen and elastin.

Organic Vitamin C

Sourced from organic amla. Vitamin C is a necessary cofactor in collagen and elastin synthesis.

Organic Sea Buckthorn

These superfood berries are extremely high in vitamin C (10x more than oranges) and also provide vitamins, folate, carotenoids, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. These nutrients are essential in building collagen and elastin.

Organic Biotin

Sourced from sesbania and part of the vitamin B family, biotin promotes strong hair, skin, and nails.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

HA is sourced from gluten-free, fermented grain. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in our body but decreases as we age. HA attracts and retains moisture in our skin and aids in the lubrication of joints.

Organic Tremella Mushroom

A polysaccharide which holds 500x its weight in water and naturally promotes water retention in cells.

Trace Minerals

Trace minerals are essential for collagen and elastin formation and slow the degeneration of collagen in our body.

 

Floral Street Perfume Review

A clean perfume brand inspired by urban British women, Floral Street is modern, energetic and vibrant. The flower-powered fragrance line was made with a younger audience in mind and are vegan, cruelty free and sustainably sourced. Floral Street uses synthetics to perform like a fine fragrance and contains a concentration of 20% perfume oils for better longevity and projection. As you can guess, Floral Street perfumes are each floral-focused and, for the most part, feminine. Some scents lean too young and some too mature for me, but I did find some favorites in the Floral Street line! So toss aside your Chanel No 5 and read on for my Floral Street perfume review.

Floral street perfume

Wild Vanilla Orchid

Wild Vanilla Orchid is a sweet vanilla patchouli fragrance and my second favorite in the Floral Street line (the first being Arizona Bloom which is for the warmer months). It has top notes of cassis, citrus and vanilla, heart notes of bamboo and jasmine and base notes of Sandalwood, patchouli, orchid and vanilla bean. The opening of the perfume begins with a green and fruity blast. The white florals unfold and waft through the vanilla while the warmth of sandalwood lurks underneath. I find Wild Vanilla Orchid to be sweet yet not overly cloying, a tad powdery,  a smidge green, and overall a beautiful perfume for vanilla lovers to try.

Notes: Vanilla Bean, Cashmeran, Ambroxan, Cassis, Lemon, Vanilla Blossom, Bamboo, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Patchouli

Wonderland Peony

Wonderland Peony is a bit too young and sweet for my taste, but I can see why this perfume appeals to so many women. You’ve got the brightness and juiciness of berry notes like Blackcurrant, Pink Berries and Pink Guava and the sweetness of violet combined with peony. The result, a very sweet and girly fruity floral scent. If you enjoy Skylar perfumes you’ll probably enjoy Floral Street Wonderland Peony.

Notes: Blackcurrant, Pink Pepper, Sicilian Lemon, Pink Berries, Pink Guava, Violet, Peony Accord

Floral street perfume

Black Lotus

Black Lotus is a polarizing scent because it’s quite dark and leathery. The opening is spicy, juicy and bright with a strong hit of pepper and something berry-like. It dries down to a resinous rose. This is a dark and oriental rose perfume that might lean too masculine for some women and too mature for others. I didn’t mind the masculine aspects of this perfume, but I did find it too mature for my taste.

Notes: Jasmine, Saffron, Papyrus, Black Cherry, Red Peppercorn, Saffron, Centifolia Rose, Black Violet Accord,

Floral street perfume

Neon Rose

Neon in the name is a bit misleading as there’s nothing loud or obnoxious about Neon Rose. The opening of the perfume is quite soapy, and I still detect a hint of soapiness in the dry down. Neon Rose is a girly and young fruity floral scent with a warm amber undercurrent. Pleasant perfume but doesn’t particularly stand out to me.

Notes: Pear, Galbanum, Bergamot, Cassis Kir, Apple Blossom, Sichuan Pepper, Cyclamen, Juniper Berry, Jasmine

Electric Rhubarb

Electric Rhubarb didn’t particularly stand out to me either. I smell fruity white floral with a tinge of spicy. There’s a hint of saline but it doesn’t remind me of an aquatic perfume.

Notes: English Rhubarb, Australian Sandalwood, Island Gardenia, Frangipani, Jasmine Sambac

Arizona Bloom

Arizona Bloom is a fantastic summer perfume. If you want a really good, sophisticated island floral scent, it’s Arizona Bloom. This is a fresh, clean, creamy and grown floral coconut scent that wears like a second skin.

Notes: Balinese Coconut, Madagascan Black Pepper, Oak Moss, Salted Musks, Jasmine Petals, Fig leaves

Floral street perfume

Chypre Sublime

Chypre Sublime is my least favorite Floral Street perfume. Chypres are one of the main perfume categories and are warm and dry scents usually with labdanum and oakmoss notes. Chypre Sublime is much too heady and old-fashioned for me. It reminds me of potpourri.

Notes: Pink Pepper, Wild geranium, Damask Rose Absolute, Midnight Violets, Patchouli, Labdanum, Benzoin, Olibanum

Floral street perfume

Ylang Ylang Espresso

I don’t know whether to like or dislike Floral Street’s floral coffee perfume Ylang Ylang Espresso. It’s such an odd combination, a cup of coffee on a bed of flowers? I feel like I need to be in a particular mood to have this on me all day and can’t see it as an everyday perfume.

Notes: Tangerine, Sichuan Pepper, Fresh Rose, Jasmine, Tiramisu Accord, Patchouli, Ylang

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Biossance Review: Best & Worst of Biossance Skincare

Biossance creates clean, sustainable skincare focused around Squalane. Founded in 2016, Biossance’s award-winning line of sugarcane derived squalane-based products are now Sephora aisle staples and celebrity endorsed by Reese Witherspoon. While they are clean beauty, please note that Biossance is not 100% natural nor organic. This isn’t one of my favorite skincare lines, but they are widely accessible and offer better formulas than most. If you’re trying to decide between Caudalie and Biossance, both clean beauty brands at Sephora at similar price points, then I much prefer Biossance. Read on for my honest thoughts on their skincare in my Biossance review and save 20% for Black Friday on Amazon.

 

Biossance skincare

Biossance Squalane Marine Algae Eye Cream

Biossance Marine Algae Eye Cream

Let’s start with the most controversial product – eye cream. I tested their eye cream when I was judging for the eye cream category in the CertClean Beauty Awards. Biossance’s peach colored eye cream contains Squalane, Paracress extract and Pink Marine Algae and is a rich yet hydrating eye cream that begins in a water base. I personally know some who love this eye cream and others who don’t care for it – and unfortunately I’m siding with the latter. For the $54 price I don’t think it’s worth it. I personally prefer the Biossance Eye Gel over their Eye Cream if you must have an eye product from them.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Panthenol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetyl Palmitate, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sorbitan Palmitate, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Astaxanthin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Citric Acid

Biossance Squalane rose oil

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

Squalane is much loved for being a very hydrating and lightweight oil and the Squalane Vitamin C Rose Oil has the additional benefits of shelf stable and oil-soluble Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate), Chios Crystal Oil and Damascus Rose Petal. This is a relatively simple yet thoughtfully formulated face oil that would appeal to people who are new to using face oils. It has the subtlest barely there rose scent.

Biossance Squalane Omega Repair Cream

Biossance Squalane Omega Repair Cream

The Omega Repair Cream is a rich, perfectly silky smooth cream that absorbs rapidly. There’s plenty of Squalane content as it’s 2nd on the ingredients list after water. It also has Ceramides, Fatty Acids and Hyaluronic Acid, but beyond that there’s nothing *particularly* special about this cream. While the Repair Cream is unscented, it still has a slightly odd scent to me.

Omega Repair Cream is simple and straightforward for those looking for a standard rich cream, but at nearly $60 I think it’s overpriced for what it has to offer.

Biossance cream

Ingredients: Water, Squalane, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isoamyl Laurate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Ceramide NP, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Euterpe Oleracea Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopherol, Isoamyl Cocoate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Gluconate.

Biossance sunscreen

Biossance Sunscreen

The Biossance mineral sunscreen is only for people who enjoy oily sunscreens. I have dry skin and oily-leaning sunscreens are still not my favorite. But if you enjoy that consistency and a dewy look, then the Biossance sunscreen is right up your alley. It’s got 14% zinc oxide with SPF 30 protection and is lightweight in consistency (but also slick).

Pros

  • Great for dry skin who want a light lotion that’s also got enough oil slip
  • Offers hydration + moisturization
  • Dewy finish
  • Offered in a jumbo size of 3.4 oz
  • Somewhat affordable at $30 for 1.7 oz

Cons

  • Quite oily
  • Dewy finish
  • May not suitable for deep skin tones
  • I find myself using less than I usually do because of the dewy finish, so I top it off with another layer of a more matte sunscreen.

Biossance Squalane Peptide Eye Gel

Biossance eye gel

 

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Biossance lip balm

Biossance Lip Balm

Love the Biossance lip balm! It’s luxuriously rich and petroleum jelly-like but without the petroleum. There’s no real detectable scent either. I would actually categorize this lip balm as a lip mask as it reminds me more of a treatment than a casual balm.

Biossance lip balm

The vegan formula contains a blend of ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and sugarcane-derived squalane along with luxurious Rose wax and Wakame algae. Plus it’s not crazy overpriced at just $14.

Biossance Squalane vitamin C dark spot Serum

 

Biossance Squalane Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum

I did enjoy the Biossance Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum. It has 10% Vitamin C and proprietary white shiitake mushroom extract to address discoloration and blended in amounts that won’t cause irritation.

This Vitamin C serum is a milky water-based consistency that feels very hydrating and not at all sticky or oily. I feel that it does have a brightening effect even after just a few days of use, but as for dark spots, those can’t be faded if they’re genetic. I do think it could help with newly formed dark spots from recent sun damage for instance, but not with dark spots that have been present for many years. Only something more invasive like a peel or laser can help, and even then, the results are always only temporary.

Biossance serum

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Squalane, Lentinus Edodes Mycelium Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

 

Biossance Squalane Oil

Biossance 100% Squalane Oil

The star of every product in the Biossance line, Squalane instantly hydrates and locks in essential moisture, helps other active ingredients penetrate more deeply and work more effectively and promotes microbiome diversity for healthier-looking skin. Biossance’s convenient pump bottle allows you to use it as a body oil, hair oil and face oil.

Biossance’s squalane is derived from sustainable sugarcane, a purer, vegan, more ethical, and more effective version than other forms of squalane.

Biossance Squalane Lactic Acid Night Serum

Biossance serum

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biossance Cleanser

Biossance Squalane Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser

The Biossance Gentle Cleanser really is gentle. I expected more a thick gel type cleanser, but it’s actually a light jelly-like gel. It reminds me a lot of Cocokind’s AHA Jelly Cleanser. If you enjoy this type of cleanser, you’ll probably like Biossance’s Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser. The pump dispenser bottle is also very convenient. It’s hydrating, soothing and takes off sunscreen and makeup easily while having the added benefits of an amino acid complex and moringa extract.

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Ceremonia Hair Review

Ceremonia hair

Fairly new to the scene, clean hair brand Ceremonia launched in 2020 with a line that celebrates Latinx heritage and traditions. Ceremonia founder, Babba C. Rivera is of Swedish-Latinx ethnicity, and all the products  in her line contain ingredients sourced from Latin American countries like Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and more. Through their social channels and marketing imagery, Ceremonia celebrates Latinx beauty and uplifts Latinx talent. While Ceremonia focuses on frizziness, scalp health and curly hair, the range can work for all hair types. Ceremonia is considered clean haircare, but they are not 100% natural nor organic and do include synthetics. Read on for my honest thoughts on Ceremonia clean hair care.

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Ceremonia hair care

One thing to note is Ceremonia uses synthetics in their scent. Though they don’t outright state this on their website I can tell the scent is not 100% natural. In their FAQ Ceremonia states their “clean-formula signature scent is 100% skin-safe, hypoallergenic and formulated without harsh chemicals, parabens or phthalate.”

The Ceremonia line is on the affordable end with most products costing around $20-$30.

Ceremonia Aceite de moska

Ceremonia Aceite de Moska

The debut Ceremonia product, Aceite de Moska scalp oil was inspired by an oil used for haircare in the Dominican Republic. It contains:

  • Aloe Vera to soothe the scalp⁠
  • Babassu Oil to moisturize the scalp ⁠
  • Castor Oil to promote hair health and growth⁠
  • Chia Seed Oil to improve hair strength⁠
  • Maracuja Oil to boost shine and add a protective layer
  • Cupuacu Butter to optimize moisture retention⁠
  • Pataua Oil to reduce scalp flakiness and provide ultimate hydration⁠

The natural oils are sourced from Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru and help promote a healthier scalp. Aceite de Moska is a silky light oil that smells warm and yummy.

Ceremonia Guava Rescue Spray

Ceremonia Guava Rescue Spray (UV + Heat Protectant)

One of my favorites from the Ceremonia line, Guava Rescue Spray works to condition, detangle, and protect hair. It’s a very multi-functional spray that helps me do just about everything. Guava Rescue Spray is made with guava to help protect hair against UV damage and butterfly ginger and avocado to protect hair against blue light, pollution and heat styling tools, (up to 450F / 232C.) The scent is the same as all Ceremonia products, subtly sweet and tropical.Ceremonia conditioner

Ceremonia Acondicionador

The Ceremonia conditioner is formulated for dry or thick hair and contains the superfruit cupuaçu butter to reduce frizz and castor oil to condition the hair and add shine. The formula also contains blue agave extract, babassu oil, aloe vera and patauá oil.

Ceremonia hair acondicionador
The Acondicionador is surprisingly more of a gel-cream conditioner and feels lightweight. Because it looks so much like a styling serum I also like using it as a leave-in treatment.

Ceremonia Mascarilla de Babassu

Ceremonia Mascarilla de Babassu

This rich yet still silky hair mask is easy to apply and absorbs quickly into my hair for a deep conditioning treatment. I like to soak in a hot bath with a shower cap so the heat gets trapped inside and allows the mask’s ingredients soak in deeply. I’m always left very soft and healthy-looking hair. I would not recommend this mask for fine hair.

Ceremonia hair mask

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Fatty15 Review: The Newly Discovered Essential Fatty Acid

Fatty15 pentadecanoic acid

The first essential fatty acid since the omegas to be discovered in 90 years, C15:0 promotes long term health and wellness as you age. Fatty15 is the first ever pure powder C15:0 supplement and it’s science-backed, award-winning and vegan-friendly. There’s over 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications from global, independent research teams and Fatty15 was awarded 2021 Best of the Industry Award by Nutritional Outlook Magazine. Today I’m sharing all about the exciting new discovery and Fatty15. 

Fatty15 pentadecanoic acid

What is Fatty15 C15:0

C15:0 helps strengthen cell membranes for an 80% improvement in cellular stability. As a sturdy fatty acid, C15:0 gets integrated into our cell membranes and serves as an armor for our cells to keep them healthy and protected. It’s scientifically backed in protecting cells against premature breakdown.

There are studies showing associations between low C15:0 and poor health, as well as a series of peer-reviewed studies demonstrating C15:0 as the cause of good metabolic, immune, red blood cell, and liver health.

So what exactly are essential fatty acids like C15:0? Essential fatty acids support our cells and balance our immune system. They’re called essential because we need certain levels of it in our bodies to maintain our baseline health. Since our body can’t produce them, we need to find them in food or supplements. Until now, only two dietary fatty acids have been deemed essential, alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid).

C15:0 (also called pentadecanoic acid) is an odd-chain saturated fatty acid present in trace levels in butter, other whole fat dairy products, and some types of fish and plants. A growing body of science supports that C15:0 is an essential nutrient that you need to sustain health.

Fatty15 C15:0 capsules are totally odorless and tasteless and they come in eco-friendly packaging.

Fatty15 pentadecanoic acid

C15:0 Benefits

C15:0 has a number of health and wellness benefits:

  • Strengthens cellular membranes, making them more resilient against age-related breakdown. C15:0 is a sturdy fatty acid that imbeds into the lipid bilayer of membranes to protect cells against lipid peroxidation.
  • Repairs mitochondrial function and restores cellular energy. C15:0 has been shown to rescue mitochondria at concentrations between 10 and 50 uM, resulting in significantly reduced reactive oxygen species in cells.
  • Lowers multiple pro-inflammatory cytokines to balance immune responses. C15:0 lowers key cytokines, including IL-6, MCP-1 and TNF-alpha, across numerous human cell systems.
  • Naturally activates PPAR-alpha and delta receptors, which regulate our metabolism and immunity. Additionally, PPAR-alpha activators have been proposed to support brain health, while PPAR-delta activators can mimic exercise by supporting beta-oxidation of fatty acids.
  • Naturally activates AMPK to regulate glucose uptake. Metformin is an example of another well-known AMPK activator.
  • Naturally inhibits HDAC-6 receptors, which can help to repair DNA. As an HDAC-6 inhibitor, C15:0 has also demonstrated the ability to slow the proliferation of damaged

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Grand Hotel Des Bains Kempinski St Moritz (Hotel Review)

Grand Hotel Des Bains Kempinski is the oldest and largest five-star hotel in St Moritz, 1864 to be precise. Regal in every way, the iconic Kempinski hotel is everything you’d expect from a luxury hotel in the glitzy Swiss destination of St Moritz. The exclusive Swiss German town is the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism and found fame through its mineral springs first discovered 3,000 years ago. St. Moritz is a pinnacle of luxury and a popular destination for celebs and royalty. I stayed two nights at the Grand Hotel Des Bains Kempinski and am sharing my thoughts in this St Moritz hotel review.
Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

The hotel is just a few minutes from the train stop (the journey took me about 8 hours from Geneva). From the moment I set foot on the hotel, I was a bit overwhelmed by its opulence especially after my long tiring journey. It is a stunning hotel. I was upgraded to one of the highest grade suites in the hotel that’s situated closest to the incredible Kempinski spa.

Kempinski grand hotel des bains spa St Moritz

This is very much a spa hotel, so a must if you love luxury spas. The Kempinski St Moritz one is probably the largest spa I’ve ever experienced in a hotel.

It’s set on 2,800 sqm and has four different saunas, a steam bath, a laconium, an indoor pool, Kneipp baths, a gym, a sun terrace and a separate ladies’ spa. The gym overlooks the indoor pool at the bottom and the ladies spa has about four different small sauna rooms.
Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

My suite had two bedrooms, one slightly larger and nicer and a second smaller one ideal for kids. It also has a separate foyer, living room, kitchen, dining area and balcony,

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

 

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz
Kempinski grand hotel des bains breakfast

There was a bit of a miscommunication at first about whether breakfast could be delivered to your room as some hotels will simply charge a room delivery fee. The breakfast came beautifully presented with quality fresh fruits, cheeses, jams and spreads along with juice and coffee.

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

The balcony had a view of the hotel plus mountains. Truly how I wish breakfast was savored every morning by me.

The service was attentive and 5-star worthy, which is what I would expect from an iconic St Moritz hotel.

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

Kempinski St Moritz Spa

I was so impressed by the spa – it’s huge with so many different rooms to experience. The video I took below will better convey what I mean than anything I could write.

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Jane Iredale Foundation Review 2022

If you’re wondering whether Jane Iredale is a good makeup brand, I’m sharing all my thoughts on Jane Iredale’s makeup products in this Jane Iredale review! The new Jane Iredale Glow Time Pro BB Cream SPF 25 is here and I’m also diving into this new take on the original Glow Time. This OG natural makeup brand is a spa favorite and often recommended by estheticians and spa professionals. While new trendy clean makeup brands pop up everyday, Jane Iredale has been dedicated to making natural cosmetics with minerals for 25 years. They’re based in Massachusetts and are now owned by a private equity firm. Read on for my Jane Iredale foundation and BB cream review along with my thoughts on many other Jane Iredale makeup products.

Jane Iredale Glow Time Pro BB Cream SPF 25

Jane Iredale Glow Time Pro BB Cream

The new version is:

  • Medium-to-full coverage
  • Quick dry down
  • Water resistant and resists transfer
  • Lightweight hydrating lotion
  • Satin finish (leans to a natural finish on my dry skin)
  • Comes in 14 shades
  • SPF 25

Jane Iredale Glow Time Pro BB Cream

The first thing I noticed right away was the very strong coverage. Because this is a high coverage product, you need to be sure your skin is properly exfoliated, smooth and primed. Otherwise, this will not work out for you and you’ll probably find it to be cakey. If you’re looking for something sheer or light coverage, then the new Jane Iredale BB Cream isn’t for you.

Jane Iredale glow time pro BB Cream

Even with the strong coverage, the consistency is lightweight and silky like a hydrating lotion. I use the lightest shade GT1.

For me, Jane Iredale has long lasting performance even on hot summer days. Yes, if you’re sweating profusely in a humid climate this will start to streak a little though.  I’ve tried this while both being lightly sweaty and actual sweat running down my face.

If you’re a diehard fan of the original Glow Time Pro BB Cream I’m not sure you’d appreciate the new formula to be honest. But if you’re in the market for a high coverage, clean BB Cream that isn’t dewy, then you may enjoy this product.

About the SPF 25

The UV filters are a mix of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. I would highly recommend wearing an SPF 39 or 50 underneath. Because Jane Iredale provides strong coverage a little goes a long way, which means that you’re not going to apply enough to get proper UV protection.

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Jane Iredale matte foundation

Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Liquid Foundation

I neither loved nor hated this foundation. As I have dry skin, matte foundations can be a bit tricky for my skin. The Jane Iredale matte foundation may lean too matte for my skin, but I loved the color of the shade. The rep at the Jane Iredale counter shadematched me with M2. The coverage for me is a strong medium and the finish a true matte. The Beyond Matte Foundation feels a bit heavy on my skin, so I didn’t find myself grabbing for it very often.

Jane Iredale beyond matte foundation

Jane Iredale concealer

 

Jane Iredale foundation swatches

Jane Iredale brow

Jane Iredale brow gel
Jane Iredale Brow Gel

I found the darkest shade Brunette a tad warm for my eyebrows but if your brows aren’t black it should be fine. Instead of using the whole spool I found I was able to apply more precisely using just the tip and gently sweeping across my eyebrow hairs to give it more 3-D volume. If I used the entire spool and the product would get on the skin underneath the brows I found that it would give me a super dark look that didn’t look natural. The Jane Iredale brow gel comes in 3 shades: brunette, auburn & blonde.

Jane iredale lash conditioner

PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner

This will change your eyelash and mascara game. The lash conditioner & extender strenghens & thickens lashes and amplifies the effect of your mascara. I like that this not only makes my lashes look thicker with mascara but that it’s also serving as a protective barrier from the mascara if that makes any sense. It’s like a primer to your mascara. I have super sparse and thin lashes so I need all the help I can get. It would be great if they created a mascara that was double ended with the conditioner on one end and the mascara on the other, because using two different products can be tedious.

mascara

Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening

The name of the Jane Iredale mascara instantly drew me to it since it included both thickening & lenghtening, buttttt it worked just ok. I don’t know whether it was the formula or if my lashes are just too thin for the super fluffy large brush. My lashes had a hard time picking up enough of the mascara product. If you don’t have very sparse Asian lashes like I do, this might work out better for you

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Happsy Organic Mattress Review 2022 + Discount Code

Happsy Organic Mattress Review

Happsy Mattress is a certified organic mattress that’s non toxic, allowing you to sleep exactly as nature intended. Happsy uses certified organic, sustainably harvested and environmentally-friendly materials, while eliminating the harsh chemicals, foams and adhesives used by conventional mattress brands. We spend so much of our lives sleeping, so we want to not only make sure the quality of our sleep is good but that we’re also minimizing our exposure to toxins. Happsy offers both. I tried the Happsy organic mattres, topper and sheets and am sharing my thoughts in this Happsy review (save 20% with code FRIDAY during Cyber Week).

Happsy Organic Mattress Review

Happsy’s organic design is not only better for the planet, but also provides excellent support, contouring to your every curve and dissipating heat for a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Happsy manufactures its own pocketed springs to be less bouncy and more supportive than the “off-the-shelf” units. They eliminate all glues and adhesives from coil units.

Nearly ALL mattresses contain some form of flame retardants or flame barriers including polyacrylonitrile, boric acid, PBDEs and others. Also, don’t be fooled by “natural hydrated silica.” This is actually synthetic rayon.

Conventional mattresses can have up to 10 lbs of glue in them. Glue is typically used everywhere from the comfort layers to the coil system!

Happsy Mattress is made up of:

  • Comfort layer of GOLS-certified organic latex
  • Support core of individually pocketed coils made from tempered steel
  • Cover of GOTS-certified organic cotton.

Happsy Organic Mattress Review

Certifications

Happsy holds numerous certifications so you know you’re getting what you’re paying for.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

All Happsy products meet the organic and non-toxic requirements of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), recognized as the standard for organic consumer goods by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

MADE SAFE

All Happsy products have been scrutinized by the MADE SAFE health and safety experts to ensure they do not contain ingredients that could negatively impact human health.

All Happsy latex is GOLS or Rainforest Alliance FSC Certified and is approved per the GOTS organic standard.

Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)

Happsy uses organic latex that meets the organic and non-toxic standards of the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). The GOLS certification also includes a focus on human health, safety and welfare, and the environment.

GREENGUARD GOLD

GREENGUARD is a third-party testing program measuring chemical emissions from consumer products. GREENGUARD tests for criteria based on industry and governmental standards.

Formaldehyde Free

All Happsy materials have been tested by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and verified to meet the program’s formaldehyde-free standards.

Zero Toxics

Happsy products are featured on the Zero Toxics product registry.

Happsy Organic Mattress Review

Happsy Organic Mattress Review

The Happsy mattress has medium firmness that’s enough to provide ample support for the back while still retaining a cushion quality. With the Happsy mattress topper you get a more plush feeling with some sinkage. This mattress keeps you cool at night during summer and feels a million times better than sleeping in a generic ikea mattress.

The mattress comes in a box and inflates quickly once you remove all the tightly wrapped plastic. The off gassing is present but not overpowering and disappears relatively quickly.

The Happsy mattress contours nicely to the body and feels so comfortable. Without the mattress topper it leans a little too firm for me personally, but would probably be perfect for those who enjoy a slightly firmer mattress. Overall, Happsy is beautifully and thoughtfully designed.

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35 Best Organic Face Oils and Face Balms for Slugging

Face oil and face balms are the last step after face moisturizer in a multi-step skincare routine before bed. Applying emollient products is nothing new, but in the social media world, slathering Vaseline all over your face before bed has become the latest craze dubbed “slugging.” (Except here we don’t use Vaseline.) Face oils and face balms have always been a popular category in the organic skincare world, but less so with people who haven’t explored green beauty yet. I’ve noticed they’re becoming increasingly popular with more and more conventional beauty enthusiasts embracing the glazed donut look. And why wouldn’t they? Natural face oils are great for anti-aging and glowing skin. I’m sharing both luxury and budget options among the best organic face oils and balms in clean beauty.

Slugging

Face balms

Living libations best skin ever

Living Libations Best Skin Ever

Pai Rosehip oil

Pai Rosehip Concentrate

Indie lee Squalane oil

Indie Lee Squalane Oil

Le Prunier plum beauty oil

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

Annmarie Anti-aging facial oil

Annmarie Skincare Anti Aging Oil 

One Love Organics Botanical C Face Serum

One Love Organics Botanical C Face Serum

Mun AKNARI Brightening youth serum

MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

Honest Organic Facial oil

Honest Organic Facial Oil (Budget)

Derma e Radiant face oil

Derma E Radiant Glow Serum (Budget)

Odacite Acai Rose serum concentrate

Odacite Acai Rose Serum Concentrate (Booster)

This is a concentrated booster product which means you add a few drops to your existing skincare though you can also use it on its own.

Earthwise beauty Black locust Firming Concentrate

Earthwise Beauty Black Locust Firming Concentrate

Organic and green beauty brand Earthwise Beauty’s standout products are their face oils in my opinion. They’re each so special I had to include three of them.

Earthwise beauty

Earthwise Beauty Ruby Face Oil

Earthwise Beauty Ferns and Moss Face Serum 

African botanics

African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique

Earth Harbor Marina Youth Ampoule

Earth Harbor Marina Brightening Youth Ampoule

Mahalo Hawaiian Nights Face Oil

Mahalo Hawaiian Nights PhytoRetinoic Restoring Night Serum

Mac and me the enchanted

Max and Me The Enchanted

Cocokind Watermelon Hemp Oil

Cocokind Watermelon Hemp Oil

YINA Clarify Botanical Serum

YINA Clarify Botanical Serum

For oily and combo skin! This organic and wildcrafted face oil is unlike any other because it’s wholly rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The YINA Clarify Botanical Serum contains YINA’s proprietary Chinese Medicinal plant complex, ginseng, lotus flower, Dragon’s Beard Tuber, Schisandra Berries, Skullcap extract, and more in a base of organic Perrilla Seed Oil. You’ll also find Petitgrain sur Fleurs Oil, Blooming Jasmine Extract, Vetiver Oil, Neroli Oil and White Cloud Oil.

lilfox Prickly pear

Lilfox Prickly Pear

Red Flower Illuminating Collagen face Serum

Red Flower Illuminating Collagen rose serum

100% Pure PM Antioxidants Oil

100% Pure PM Antioxidants Oil

Face balm

May Lindstrom The blue cocoon

May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon

Odacite Le Blue Balm

Odacite Le Blue Balm

Anfisa Lilou Radiant Balm

Anfisa Lilou Radiant Balm

Mahalo Indigo Balm

Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm

Leahlani Bless Balm

Leahlani Bless Balm

Badger Damascus Rose Balm

Badger Damascus Rose Balm

100% Pure Retinol Overnight Balm

100% Pure Retinol Overnight Balm

Earthwise Beauty Tigress Balm

Earthwise Beauty Tigress Balm

Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Nectar

Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Nectar

Lina Hanson Global Treasures

Lina Hanson Global Treasures

Live Botanical Sanctuary Barrier Balm

Live Botanical Sanctuary Barrier Balm

Fifty7Kind Innate Flow Quell Balsam

Fifty7Kind Innate Flow Quell Balsam

Face balms

35 Best Clean & Natural Skincare for Acne of 2022

Here’s everything I wish I could tell my younger self dealing with acne and breakouts and to anyone currently experiencing cystic acne, hormonal breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, and what have you. But first, everyone’s skin is so unique, which is why it’s important to find a good dermatologist who can help you clear up your acne. Meanwhile, I’m sharing the best skin care products for acne-prone skin, the correct acne skincare routine order and my best acne tips. Clean acne products fit a wide range of budgets from drugstore prices to luxury. From acne cleansers and serums to exfoliators and pimple patches along with skin tools I think every acne sufferer should have, this guide hopefully has something that will for your breakouts.

You’ve probably heard countless times from family, friends and concerned strangers to not pick your face, not eat greasy food and drink more water, so I’m sharing some acne skincare tips that is hopefully new information for you.

Fix Your Gut First

What’s going on internally actually matters more than what you’re putting on your skin. A holistic approach to skincare is always the best approach, because all the best skincare and treatments in the world will only be a temporary fix if there’s a deeper issue at the root of your acne. Looking internally should be the first step in helping acne prone skin. This is also where seeing a dermatologist can be very helpful.

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Acne Prone Skin Needs Plenty of Hydration

A little known fact is that acne prone skin actually needs plenty of hydration. Yes, acne treatments will work to dry out your pimple, but your skin overall should be well hydrated at all times.

Clean your Pillowcase 2x a Week

Your pillowcase can be a breeding ground for bacteria, and when it’s in contact with your skin for eight hours every evening, it can wreak havoc. While the rest of us get away with washing our pillowcase once a week, make sure to wash your pillowcases frequently, ideally twice a week.

Use Face Masks Regularly

Having a daily skincare routine is the basics, but incorporating face masks regularly (1-2x per week) can be so beneficial for skin. It’s like getting an at-home treatment without having to get an expensive facial at the spa. Face masks are a short (usually 15-20 minutes) but intense treatment to boost your skin health. Steaming your face to really deep clean and open up your pores before will make it an even more intense treatment. Just like the spa! But without having to leave your home.

The best face masks for acne prone skin are exfoliating face masks and purifying face masks. I recommend using an exfoliating face mask in place of a a face scrub. If you’re also using one of the exfoliating toners I recommend in the product list below daily, then I personally don’t think that you don’t need to use a separate face scrub. Especially if your skin is sensitive. An abrasive scrub could irritate your skin and make it worse.

Wear Sunscreen 365 Days a Year

Always always always be protecting your skin with sunscreen. It’s not just about harmful UV rays, but also environmental and air pollution that wreak havoc deep in our pores, especially if you live in a highly polluted or congested city!

Switch to Clean Makeup

Makeup could also be one of the culprits behind your breakouts. Not using expired makeup and cleaning your makeup brushes regularly are the basics. But conventional makeup often contains skin irritating ingredients and even toxins that make your skin (and acne) worse.

Acne Skincare Routine

The skincare order for acne is to first thoroughly cleanse skin (this is the most important step), then remove any remaining residue with a face toner, then apply a face serum followed by a moisturizer. When using a face mask, apply it after you cleanse your skin and before moving on with toner and the rest of your skincare routine. I cannot stress enough how cleansing is the most important skincare step. None of the products you apply afterwards matters if you haven’t properly cleansed your skin.

The most important skincare step also happens to be where most young people fail as they’re not used to and/or aren’t patient enough to dedicate the time and effort it requires. I cringe when I think of how many times my younger self went to bed with my makeup on because I was too lazy to do skincare. A minimum of two full minutes should be spent on cleansing, even longer if you’re double cleansing or even triple cleansing.

  1. Cleanser (double cleanse)
  2. Face Mask (1-2x per week)
  3. Toner
  4. Serum
  5. Moisturizer
  6. (Optional) Face Oil

A note on double cleansing and triple cleansing! Double cleansing involves two steps: 1) Oil cleanser or cleansing balm 2) Water-based cleanser. Triple cleansing involves the above steps plus an additional step at the beginning of using a makeup wipe or Micellar water.

Clean Beauty Acne Treatments

Here are my top acne treatment recommendations for spot treating your pimples as well as skincare tools that are great for acneic skin.

Derma E Blemish Clearing Solution

Derma E Sulfur Spot Treatment

The Derma E Sulfur Spot Treatment is a concentrated pimple treatment for blackheads, breakouts and cystic acne. Don’t shake the bottle – Dip cotton swab into pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle, then place directly on breakouts. The Sulfur Treatment helps dry out pimples and gets rid of them faster.

INNBEAUTY Project Pimple Paste

Innbeauty Project Pimple Paste

The Innbeauty Project Pimple paste is a drying paste with natural ingredients that are effective on breakouts like Willow Bark, Sulfur, Tea Tree Oil, Azelaic Acid, Clay, Zinc, Oregano, & Thyme that work overnight. We all remember using toothpaste to dry out those pesky pimples when we were teenagers. Now there’s a clean alternative. The Innbeauty Project Pimple Paste is a thick bluish grey colored spot treatment paste that’s alcohol free and dries completely so it doesn’t transfer onto pillows at night.

Hero mighty patch

Hero Mighty Patch

The Hero Mighty Patch is a Pimple patch aka a hydrocolloid bandage that looks like a little round sticker. You leave it on overnight (or throughout the day even) and remove the patch the next morning. The patch helps draw out impurities and helps pimples clear faster.

Zitsticka Face Map

Zitsticka Face Map

Odacite pimple serum

Odacite Black Cumin + Cajeput Pimple Serum Concentrate (Oil)

The Odacite pimple serum is an organic oil serum treatment that you apply to breakouts to clear them with natural ingredients. Black Cumin helps purify the skin and cajeput supports a blemish free complexion. Gigi Hadid loves their serum concentrates too.

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Face steamer facial deep cleaning

Face Steamer for Facial Deep Cleaning

After cleansing your skin, try face steaming using a face steamer for at least 20-30 minutes for a deep pore cleanse. If you’ve gotten a professional facial done before, you’ll notice that every good facial involves a very long steam session, around 30 minutes. It’s a crucial step that allows for the transformative results of a top notch facial. You can mimic this at home with any face steamer device from Amazon.

Acne Pillowcase

Anti Acne Pillowcase

One area that’s often neglected is our pillowcase. You make every effort to not touch or pick at your face to prevent the transfer of bacteria, but it could be happening nightly anyways via the bacteria on your pillowcase. An anti-bacterial pillowcase isn’t necessary, but it’s an extra step that helps ensure you’re not spreading pore-clogging bacteria onto your face.

Qyksonic Zoe bloss

QYKSonic 4-in-1 Cleansing Device

The QYKSonic ZOE is an 4-in-1 skincare device that provides sonic cleansing, exfoliation, product penetration and facial massage using a patented T-sonic technology. It works at 7500 T-sonic pulsations per minute and is made with the highest medical grade silicone bristles that do not harbor bacteria. Please don’t ever use the bristle spin head brushes that harbor bacteria and are abrasive.

Odacite black mint purifying cleanser

Odacite Black Mint Cleanser

Odacite’s Black Mint Clarifying Cleanser is a very strong, deeply purifying cleanser that would be great for oily and acne-prone skin. The first thing I noticed when using this black as the night Gel cleanser was the minty strength of the Peppermint and Tea Tree. The carefully chosen astringent ingredients target excess oil, pollution and impurities to help clear out pores and minimize their appearance.

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osea ocean cleansing mud

OSEA Ocean Cleansing Mud

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  • FREE full-size $88 Hyaluronic Sea Serum with $135 purchase
  • FREE full-size $136 Hyaluronic Sea Serum + Undaria Algae Body Butter with $250 purchase

Juice beauty blemish clearing cleanser

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser

Derma e acne cleanser

Derma E Acne Deep Pore Cleansing Wash

100% Pure rose Micellar water

100% Pure Rose Micellar Water (double cleansing)

Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Banish Acne Scars Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

The pulp-like concoction feels like it was freshly made from pumpkins, smells exactly like Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie and really works. The Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is made with a blend of raw pumpkin, lemon peel extract, orange peel extract, glycolic acid, bilberry fruit extract, and ginger root and helps de-congest skin to leave pores clear and clean.

Youth to the people superclay mask

Youth To The People SuperClay Purify + Clear Power Mask

The Youth to the People Super Clay Purify + Clear Power Mask is a triple clay mask made of Kaolin Clay, Bentonite and French Green Clay to draw out impurities. It also has 2% Niacinamide and Salicylic Acid. Even for a wet clay mask, it’s very wet, for lack of a better adjective, and actually feels hydrating on my skin while it dries.

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Juice beauty green apple peel

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel

Osea red algae madk

OSEA Red Algae Mask

Alpyn Beauty Huckleberry 8 Acid Polishing Peel

Alpyn Beauty Huckleberry 8 Acid Polishing Peel

 

Native atlas enzyme mask

Native Atlas Zahara Enzyme Mask

100% Pure acne sheet mask

100% Pure Anti Acne Sheet Mask (Anti-Inflammatory/Soothing)

Dr zenovia 10% glycolic acid acne control peel pads

Dr Zenovia 10% Glycolic Acid Acne Peel Pads 

Dr Zenovia Hormonal Dermatology makes some of the strongest peel pads I’ve tried. It has 10% glycolic and 2% salicylic acids to unclog pores, promote cell renewal, remove dead skin cells, and visibly target acne and post-acne scars. They’re pre-soaked too to make your skincare routine easier.

REN ready steady glow AHA tonic

REN Ready Steady Glow AHA Toner

  • Perfect for oily and acneic skin types
  • Great value for money
  • Skin-resurfacing AHA facial toner that exfoliates, brightens, tightens and hydrates
  • Formulated with Lactic Acid (AHA) and Salicin (BHA)

Youth to the people Mandelic superfood exfoliant

Youth To The People Mandelic Acid AHA Toner

  • Perfect for oily and acneic skin types
  • combination of BHA, AHA and PHA that works to decongest pores, smooths texture, evens skin tone, and supports the skin barrier
  • 3% mandelic acid to gently shift dull surface skin cells, 2% salicylic acid to unclog pores, and 1% gluconolactone (a poly hydroxy acid) boosts cell turnover and hydration
  • Euclayptus scent

100% Pure tea tree willow bark astringent

100% Pure Tea Tree and Willow Clarifying Astringent

Cocokind acne serum

Cocokind Postbiotic Acne Serum

Used to the people 15% vitamin C clean caffeine energy Serum

Youth To The People 15% Vitamin C Caffeine Serum

It’s important for acne prone skin to use an antioxidant serum like a Vitamin C serum daily. One great option is the Youth To The People 15% Vitamin C one. It’s a clinical-grade 15% vitamin C serum boosted with clean, plant-derived caffeine from superleafs yerba mate and guayusa to immediately brighten, visibly reduce morning puffiness, and hydrate.

Derma E Acne Blemish Treatment Serum

Derma E Acne Blemish Control Treatment Serum (Budget)

Earthwise beauty serum

Earthwise Beauty Nap In The Meadows Serum

Organic and potent, Nap in the Meadows Serum is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, acne-reducing, and hydrating. It begins with a base of cold pressed whole-leaf aloe, next Turmeric CO2 supercritical extract, Yarrow oil from Bulgaria, Copaiba Balsam Resin, German blue chamomile oil, Elderberry extract, Galbanum and more carefully sourced ingredients.

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Juice beauty blemish clearing serum

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum

Herbal face food serum

Herbal Face Food The Serum I

Osea blemish balm

OSEA Blemish Balm

Tata Harper clarifying moisturizer

Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer

Banish fighter gel

Banish Fighter Gel Moisturizer

While it’s called a gel, I find Fighter Gel to be more to be a jelly-gel hybrid with an impossibly velvety texture. This product was created by founder Daisy Jing to help with her eczema and psoriasis and was the only product that actually helped her. This jelly sinks into skin effortlessly and feels ultra calming and soothing.

 

 

Earth Harbor Detoxifying Reset Ampoule
Earth Harbor Obscura Detoxifying Reset Ampoule

This non pore-clogging oil helps purify and clarify pores with anti-bacterial Black Seaweed and Black Cumin Seed Oil. It’s a very thin and liquid-like oil that doesn’t feel greasy or heavy at all. Obscura also has Bamboo Charcoal to gently remove impurities, excess oil, and buildup from dead skin cells and toxins. Nourishing oils like Squalane, Kiwi and Tammany oils help balance sebum and reduce inflammation.

Zitsticka megashade

Zitsticka Megashade SPF 50 Sunscreen

Clean skincare for acne

 

 

 

Indie Lee Review + Discount Code

Indie Lee is a natural and organic skincare line, and an OG clean beauty brand that I first discovered almost a decade ago. After the founder Indie Lee was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given six months to live in 2009, she made it her mission to educate and empower others to make healthier life choices and create safe, effective products. Her eponymous line has built a cult following over the years, who have peace of mind that if an ingredient is questionable, Indie Lee opts out. Indie Lee is now COSMOS certified and does not use any ingredients that are proven or suspected of causing harm. Read on for my Indie Lee skincare review and save 15% with discount code OBL at Indie Lee. (SAVE 25% this weekend with code HAPPYFOURTH until July 4, 2022)

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19 Best Beauty Supplements for Skin and Hair of 2022

The age old adage beauty starts from within may be referring to food, but it also rings true for skin supplements in today’s fast-paced, shortcut-obsessed world. Beautiful skin and thick hair might not be achieved through natural supplements & hair growth vitamins alone, but it certainly doesn’t hurt when we’re not always able to get in the right amount of daily protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. Supplements for acne aren’t just about taking Vitamin C, but approaching beauty from a holistic standpoint – adaptogens to reduce stress, probiotics for gut health, sun-care antioxidants to build your skin’s natural defenses, etc. Popular wellness brands like Moon Juice and Vital Proteins may have reached cult status thanks to being the beauty supplements used by celebrities, but there’s also plenty of niche, high-quality beauty supplement brands you haven’t discovered yet. Read on for the best beauty supplements for skin and hair that will enhance your beauty from the inside out.

Skin supplements

Please note that these skin supplements and hair growth vitamins are not a replacement for your diet. The best vitamins for healthy skin come from real (ideally organic) food in its raw, original form.

Moon juice

Moon Juice Beauty Dust

Moon Juice Beauty Dust is a blend of adaptogens and herbs that target stress to improve skin clarity and help protect from free radicals and accelerated aging. Inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, Moon Dust contains Schisandra, Amla, Ashwagandha, Rehmannia, Goji, and Pearl.

Venice Beach, CA- based Moon Dust was created by a mother, chef, and alchemist to harness the healing power of plants, and to nourish body, beauty, and consciousness from the inside out.

Hum daily cleanse

HUM Daily Cleanse

Helping your body rid itself of toxins is key to healthier skin, and HUM Daily Cleanse contains 14 detoxifiers to help clear skin. It’s a great beauty supplement for acne to consider adding to your skincare routine. In fact, people suffering from acne tend to have poor liver detoxification compared to others. HUM Daily Cleanse’s herbal blend helps to detoxify your skin, liver, bowels, kidneys, lungs and the lymphatic system. HUM Nutrition supplements are triple tested for purity and are verified by independent labs.

Hum vitamins

HUM has a wide variety of beauty supplements each targeting a different concern.

Beauty chef inner beauty powder

The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Essential

The Beauty Chef is designed to support both gut health + collagen production for beautiful skin, hair, and nails. Glow Inner Beauty Essential uses whole-food ingredients, bio-fermented nutrient blend, seeds, vitamin C, provitamin A, biotin, and probiotics and prebiotics. It has a decent berry flavor that isn’t overly sweet.

Ingredients: Bio-Fermented Nutrient Blend With Flora Culture™ (Chickpeas, Mung Beans, Brown Rice, Orange Sweet Potato, Lentils, Queen Garnet Plum, Turmeric, Buckwheat, Millet, Quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa), Lemon Juice, Trace Minerals, Flax Seed, Pumpkin Seed, Sunflower Seed, Maqui (Aristotelia Chilensis) Berry Powder, Molasses, Agave, Ginger Powder), Quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa) Sprout, Pomegranate Fruit Peel Extract, Dunaliella Salina, Stevia Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Boulardii, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus Gut5y™, Kakadu Plum Fruit, Guar Galactomannan, Colored With Black Carrot Juice, Grape Color Extract, Citric Acid, Natural Wild Berry Flavor.

 

Bioastin Hawaiian Astaxanthin

Bioastin Hawaiian Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a staple in my skincare supplement routine, and for good reason. Astaxanthin is a whopping 800x stronger than CoQ10, 6000x stronger than Vitamin C and 100x stronger than Vitamin E. BioAstin’s Natural Astaxanthin is sourced from their very own Hawaiian farm in Kona Hawaii since 1991.

For a budget option I also like taking NOW Food’s Astaxanthin.

Aura Inner Beauty Collagen

Aura Inner Beauty Collagen

Aura Inner Beauty is a marine collagen liquid Elixir that can be mixed into your water, coffee, juice, smoothie, and cocktails. Wild Berry Hibiscus Collagen contains hydrolyzed marine collagen sourced from wild-caught fish from Canada and organic wildberry and hibiscus for a subtle berry flavor. There’s also a coconut flavored version and passion fruit flavored version.

Ingredients: Hydrolyzed marine collagen (wild-caught fish from Canada, (cod, haddock, pollack) 4500 mg, water/aqua, organic palm-free glycerin, potassium sorbate (from mountain ash berries), Vitamin C as absorbic acid, organic wildberry flavour, organic hibiscus extract.

Pique tes matcha

Pique Tea Matcha

The secret to why Japanese women never age — matcha. Matcha has incredible benefits for skin and bodily health overall, and it also happens to be social media’s favorite wellness drink. One of my favorite matcha brands is Pique. Founded in 2014 in San Francisco, Pique Tea offers the purest, healthiest tea that are available in the form of crystals that dissolve in both hot or cold water. Pique tea crystals are triple screened for toxins like heavy metals, mold, and pesticides to ensure quality. Sun Goddess Matcha is sourced from Kagoshima, at the southernmost tip of the Japanese archipelago, the furthest distance from environmental toxins.

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Ora Organic Aloe Gorgeous

Ora Organic Aloe Gorgeous

Ora Organic collagen-boosting powder Aloe Gorgeous doesn’t contain any animal collagen. Instead, this Organic and Vegan Collagen-boosting Powder is packed with aloe vera, protein, silica, and vitamins C and E. This blend of amino acids, vitamins and nutrients help support your body’s natural collagen-making ability

Vanilla Organic Pea Protein, Organic Acerola Cherry Extract, Organic Aloe Vera Gel Powder, Organic Bamboo Whole Plant Extract, Sunflower Vitamin E, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Coconut Milk, Natural Vanilla Flavor

 

Advanced nutrition programme

Advanced Nutrition Programme (for Acne & Problem Skin)

For problem and acne prone skin, Advanced Nutrition Programme is a science-led, results-driven, high-quality range of supplements with full traceability back to their origins.

It contains a cocktail of antioxidants along with vitamins A, C and E to promote collagen production, protect cells from oxidative stress and maintain a healthy complexion.Advanced Nutrition Programme also contains BioResponse DIM – a patented, active plant compound found in cruciferous vegetables.

Vital proteins

Vital Proteins

You can count on the controversy around collagen to continue, but whichever study, finding or doctor you believe or don’t, there will still always be those who stand firmly behind collagen. With Jennifer Aniston as the spokesperson for Vital Proteins, the brand has become bigger than ever.

Thorne research vitamin c

Thorne Research Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vitamin that the body can’t produce, so you need add it either by diet or by supplementation. From a beauty standpoint, Vitamin C is important collagen production and fighting free radicals (causes aging). Thorne’s Vitamin C with Flavonoids contains ascorbic acid and naturally occurring citrus flavonoids. The flavonoids provide greater antioxidant capacity than Vitamin C does alone, thus better scavenging free radicals within the body.

Heliocare Advanced Nicotinamide

Heliocare Advanced Nicotinamide

To shore up the skin’s natural defenses against the sun, look into a sun-care supplement like Heliocare. Heliocare harnesses the antioxidants found in the polypodium leucotomos fern and uses their proprietary Fernblock PLE Technology to help maintain the skin’s ability to protect against the harmful effects of free radicals.

Lovebug probiotics

Lovebug Probiotics

Made by a mom for moms, Lovebug Probiotics is an award-winning probiotics line that’s great for adults as well. LoveBug Probiotics supplements feature BIO-tract, a patented delivery technology scientifically developed to protect the tablets against stomach acids and other rigors of digestion, so they can reach the gut to perform their work. They include a blend of superior probiotics strains instead of just one and undergo rigorous 3rd party testing.

Lovebug probiotics

Hair Growth Vitamins

Nutrafol hair

Nutrafol Hair Growth Supplement

One of the most clinically backed and tested natural hair growth supplement is Nutrafol. It’s formulated to target the root causes of thinning hair, like stress, environment and nutrition. Using only natural ingredients Nutrafol helps with thicker, stronger hair growth and less shedding. Nutrafol uses high quality, clinically-tested and patented botanical nutraceutical ingredients, meaning that during the extraction and purification process, the ingredients are held to exacting pharmaceutical-grade standards.

Moon juice superhair

Moon Juice SuperHair

Organic and vegan hair supplement SuperHair by Moon Juice is made up of Biotin, Kelp, Saw Palmetto & Horsetail plus full spectrum extractions of Ashwagandha and Ginseng.  It helps to promote healthier, thicker, stronger hair via four different ways: targeting stress with adaptogens, replenishing nutritional deficiencies, providing follicle protection, and boosting critical hair micronutrients. Iodine sourced from the sustainable kelp forests of Iceland, Horsetail wild-grown from Spain and Organic Ashwagandha from Madhya Pradesh, India are some of the 10 bioavailable vitamins in Moon Juice’s SuperHair hair multivitamin.

Bridget b well omega

Briogeo B Well Vegan Omega

For a vegan algae-derived omega supplement that doesn’t come from animals, check out Briogeo’s Vegan Omega 3, 6, 9 + Biotin. This fish oil alternative contains a proprietary blend of Ahiflower Oil, the highest source of SDA, omega-3-6-9 fatty acids from a single plant, biotin and a micro-algae- derived DHA complex rich in omega-3. It also contains Niacin, Copper, DHA, Silica and a blend of vitamins.

Hum hair sweet hair

HUM Hair Sweet Hair

HUM Hair Sweet Hair is a berry-flavored vegan hair gummy that contains zinc, biotin, folic acid and Fo-Ti, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine to support healthy hair growth and boost natural hair color.

Vegamour gro biotin gummies

Vegamour GRO Biotin Gummies for Hair Growth

The Vegamour GRO Biotin Gummies for Hair are delicious once-a-day strawberry-flavored gummies packed with ingredients that work from the inside out. The gummies come in a beautiful glass pink jar that looks so elegant and are loaded with vegan biotin and folic acid, vitamins B-5, 6 and 12 and vitamins C, A and E. The GRO Biotin Gummies are actually one of the more affordable products in the Vegamour line at just $24, and if you opt for their 3 or 5 month bundles you receive built-in savings.

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Better roots root boost hair supplement

Better Roots Rootboost Complex

Launched in 2022, EVOLVh’s Better Roots RootBoost Complex is a nutraceutical blend of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids scientifically proven for healthy hair regrowth. It contains a bioavailable pea sprout extract – AnaGain Nu. Their AnaGain Nu isextracted from Organic pea shoots and stimulates the hair follicle by encouraging the activity of the two signaling molecules responsible for new hair growth.

The Better Roots supplement is intentionally formulated without high-dose Biotin and common adaptogens like Ashwagandha that have been known to interfere with the function of SSRI and thyroid medications.

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Melia Cala Galdana Menorca Hotel Review 2022

I went on a 4 day trip in August to Menorca, a small island next to Mallorca in the Balearic Islands and had to go with the best hotel I could find. The Melia Cala Galdana looked like true luxury and seemed to have the best oceanfront views. The cost was about 430 euros per night, which is very pricey for a hotel on a relatively quiet Spanish island, but after staying at the hotel the cost is definitely worth it if you’re going in high season.

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  • Room 4.5/5 (-.5 pt: docked for being very small, basic amenities)
  • Service 3.8/5 (-1pt: came 10 minutes before breakfast was ending and was not welcomed by the waitress working, tried to order pancakes/omelette as usual and was told the kitchen was closed when the chef was clearly manning it. -1 pt: Added an extra night to our stay at check in and was not upgraded even though I was a Melia Pro member and there was confirmed availability. +.8 pt: Champagne and dessert provided
  • Pools 3/5 Infinity pool not Available to all guests, public pool nothing special
  • Food 5/5 Cape Nao was excellent, Quality breakfast
  • Location 5/5
  • Facilities 5/5

Melia Cala Galdana room Menorca

Melia Cala Galdana Menorca
View from the Deluxe Room balcony

View from the buffet breakfast and half board dinner restaurant 

View from the lounge restaurant

Melia Cala Galdana pool Menorca

Infinity pool available only to certain room level guests 
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Breakfast Buffet

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Half board dinner buffet

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Plant Therapy Review 2022 + Discount Code

Plant therapy review

Plant Therapy is an essential oil company based out of Idaho that offers affordable natural wellness and personal care products. Their extensive number of essential oils are independent third-party tested, with GC-MS test reports shown on each product page. From body lotions to remedy balms and face serums to CBD oil, Plant Therapy offers just about everything for those seeking budget friendly everyday solutions. They’re sold via their website and Amazon store. I tried a number of Plant Therapy products and am sharing my thoughts in this Plant Therapy review.

Plant therapy

Plant Therapy Essential Oils

Plant Therapy offers over 100 essential oils for aromatherapy and DIY projects. The peppermint oil is derived using the steam distillation method while the lemon essential oils is cold-pressed. The lavender oil is steam distilled and every batch goes through multiple rounds of organoleptic testing and GC-MS testing by third-party laboratories to prove purity and quality,

Theres so many ways to use these essential oils:

  • Diffuser (Plant Therapy offers a variety)
  • DIY home spray
  • DIY cleaning spray
  • Bath oil

Plant therapy castor oil

Organic Castor Oil

Plant Therapy offers a USDA certified organic castor oil that also comes in a Starter Set for you to create your own DIY brow serum and lash serum. Castor oil is famous for its ability to help with hair growth and being used as a natural lash grower. Plant Therapy’s is so affordable at $12.

Plant therapy

Age Defying Body Creme 

I was pleasantly surprised by the Plant Therapy Body Cream. It has a whipped creamy texture and feels very moisturizing without being heavy.  The Body Creme contains Shea Butter, Argan Oil and Squalane and comes in an unscented version along with a few scented versions.

Plant Therapy Healing Balm

Healing Balm

The Plant Therapy Healing Balm is a light green-hued balm is a multi-purpose remedy balm with Shea Butter, Tamanu Oil, and Calendula Extract and can be used for all sorts of skin ailments. Scrapes, sunburns, chaffing, diaper rash and itching can all be soothed with this simple blend of natural ingredients.

Plant therapy body wash

Plant Therapy Body Wash

Plant Therapy offers a gigantic 32 ounce bottle of peppermint tea tree water wash that is great value for money, especially if you have a family that uses up body wash quickly. The tea tree and peppermint is decently strong and provides a very refreshing shower experience. This one is a hit with my partner.

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Sun Home Saunas Review + Discount Code

Sun home sauna infrared blanket

Sun Home Saunas offers Clearlight infrared saunas, traditional saunas, infrared sauna blankets and red light therapy devices to upgrade your wellness routine. These devices help with the body’s natural detoxification, weight loss, stress relief, chronic pain relief, improved sleep and energy levels and skin health. If you’re interested in the idea of getting sauna sessions in without ever having to leave your home, infrared sauna blankets are the ideal solution. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the Sun Home Sauna Infrared Sauna Blanket. Plus you can use discount code OBL to save sitewide.

Sun home sauna infrared blanket

Infrared Sauna Blanket Benefits

  • Weight loss by burning off hundreds of calories in a session and increasing metabolic rate
  • Better immunity through toxin elimination and cellular energy creation
  • Reduced stress
  • Better sleep
  • Infrared therapy is used to treat sports injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia and other painful conditions

Unlike a traditional sauna, infrared light waves heat the body directly and increase your body’s core temperature without relying on intense high heat. This increases circulation and blood flow, delivering nutrients to the body without over-challenging the muscles that need a little rest.

Unloading the toxic burden on your body is a great way to promote overall health and longevity. Just one sauna blanket session can help relax the mind, boost your mood, promotes glowing skin, and even stimulates your brain’s feel-good chemicals give you that natural high.

Another added benefit? You can burn upwards of 600 calories in just one sweaty session (without moving a muscle.) Whether you’re as healthy as ever or struggling with health conditions, far infrared rays are fantastic for deep, intracellular healing and opening your detox pathways.

Sun home sauna infrared blanket

The Sun Home Saunas Blanket comes with:

  • Infrared Sauna Blanket
  • Travel bag backpack
  • Power cord
  • User manual

The warranty is one year. Some unique features about the Sun Home Saunas Infrared Blanket is that it has:

  • Temperature setting control of 25 to 75 degrees
  • Timer setting of 30 minutes to 60 minutes
  • A couple color options (I have the zebra print)

Sun home sauna Blanket

One thing to note is that this is a velcro blanket and it’s very strong Velcro, so pulling it apart can be difficult.

Sun home sauna infrared blanket

The control pad is a lot sleeker and more modern than other blanket control pads.

Sun home sauna infrared blanket

The Sun Home Saunas blanket heats up very quickly and the highest temperature setting of 75 is a tad too hot yet still bearable for me when I want a deep sweat session. Otherwise I like 60-65 degrees for a comfortable strong heat.

Remember to:

  • Wear comfortable loose clothing
  • Wear socks to protect your feet from the heat
  • Place a towel to protect the blanket from your sweat

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Prima Hemp Review 2022: Must Read Before Buying

Prima is a premium CBD wellness and skincare brand that’s B Corp certified and EWG Verified. Based in Santa Monica, Prima was founded by experts in the clean beauty industry, including the co-founder of The Honest Company. Prima is also the first CBD brand to be EWG verified, picking ingredients that are organic and cultivated using sustainable farming practices and fair labor standards. The entire Prima line is designed to fight stress and promote self-care — and it doesn’t hurt the packaging is modern and luxe. Read on for my review of Prima hemp products.

Prima hemp wellness

Here’s a breakdown of Prima hemp products:

  • Vegan
  • Hemp sourced from Oregon farms
  • Prima products are tested for purity, potency and pollutants (cannabinoids, terpenes, heavy metals, pesticides (including glyphosate), solvents, mycotoxins and bacteria.
  • Test results on every batch accessible on the Prima website
  • Prima supplements cost: $35-$50
  • Prima Skincare cost: $30-$80

Why CBD?

Known for its ability to reduce inflammation (the root cause of all skin havoc) and neutralize free radical damage, CBD skincare has numerous studies pointing to its health, wellness and skin benefits.

CBD is a naturally-occurring chemical compound found in cannabis plants and is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It has been shown in multiple studies to reduce overproduction of sebum. One study even found that CBD could prevent acne in multiple ways.

Benefits of CBD for Skin

  • Treat Inflammatory Acne: can help reduce redness, pain, and swelling associated with inflammatory acne.
  • Regulate Oil Production: helps regulate hormones involved in oil production, reducing excess sebum.
  • Reduce Breakouts
  • Calm Rosacea 
  • Neutralize Free Radical Damage
  • Soothe Eczema: fights irritation and inflammation caused by eczema + chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis
  • Decrease Hormonal Conditions: CBD is considered an adaptogen and can decrease the effects of hormones from stress
  • Hydration: has moisturizing properties to fight dryness

Prima chill out chew

Prima Chill Out Vegan Hemp Chews

The Prima Chill Out Hemp Chews contain:

  • Bio-available Magnesium
  • 20 mg of CBD
  • 10 vitamins and minerals
  • Patent-Pending Delivery System and Formula Composition

I find the Prima hemp chews to actually ease tension and promote relaxation very quickly. BUT, they have a strong bitter taste that I can imagine is off-putting for some. Despite that, I’m very happy with my purchase of these. I was having a tension headache and a not-so-great day in general, and when I took three of the Prima Hemp Chews I felt the headache begin to melt away within an hour. It wasn’t completely gone but I felt noticeably better and relaxed.

Ingredients: Magnesium (as malate/taurinate), Organic Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract (aerial parts), HempMag™ Neuro-Nutrient Blend [Ascorbyl Palmitate, Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid), Niacin (as niacinamide), Citrus Bioflavonoids, Pantothenic Acid (as calcium d-pantothenate), Pyridoxine (as hydrochloride), Riboflavin, Thiamine (as mononitrate), PABA, Chromium (as polynicotinate), Biotin]

Other Ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Palm Fruit Oil†, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid, Sea Salt.
† Sustainably sourced

Prima body oil

Prima Beyond Body Oil

Packaged in a beautiful hefty glass bottle, the Prima Beyond Body Oil is a stress-fighting body oil containing magnesium, helichrysum, Squalane and a whopping 600 mg of CBD. This leans medium weight in consistency and feels very moisturizing. The hemp scent is very strong and feels incredibly grounding and calming. There’s also rosehip and hemp seed oil along with a bevy of essential oils for more therapeutic benefits. Overall, this is a beautiful high-quality body oil product that’s thoughtfully formulated with organic ingredients.

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My PRP Vampire Facial Review with Photos 2022

I love taking care of my skin in more technologically advanced ways, whether it’s skin laser or more invasive skin treatments. Might as well take full advantage of the technology we have access to in Elon Musk’s world. I mean there’s an entire booming industry that develops all the million dollar gizmos and gadgets for us beauty obsessed folks. I’ve been to the big aesthetics expos and the innovations happening are very VERY exciting. While not new, one such innovation is the PRP facial aka Platelet Rich Plasma Facial aka Vampire Facial aka the Kim Kardashian Facial. It’s a healthier alternative to hyaluronic acid fillers because instead of injecting a foreign substance into your face, you’re putting your own platelets taken from your blood back in. A professional PRP facial at a medical spa or aesthetics center can set you back around $500 for a single session. You’ll get the most dramatic results with multiple sessions, ideally three. Read on for my PRP facial review along with photos from every step of the process.

I went to Regeneva Aesthetics Center in Switzerland, which I know sounds fancy because it’s Switzerland, but this was a very cozy, down-to-earth space at the edge of the city. I also got JUST the PRP facial and didn’t get it done with Microneedling which are commonly done together. I’ve had Microneedling facials done separately though, which cost about $200 so much more affordable though less technologically advanced than PRP.

PRP Facial Benefits

The PRP facial is ideal for people who have:

  • Wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Scars

Overall it’s good for anyone interested in an anti-aging treatment. A vampire facial can help:

  • Stimulate collagen production and elastin
  • Plump skin
  • Firm up sagging skin
  • Reduce acne scars
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation

PRP vampire facial

I attempted to blur out anything that might be a trigger in these PRP facial photos.

I first had a quick consultation with the doctor who would be performing the treatment. She then applied numbing cream, and I had to wait about 30 minutes for it to fully kick in.

Warning! PRP does involve drawing blood and needles! Just one needle but may not be for those terrified of needles.

PRP vampire facial
The drawn blood is then “spun” in a device called a centrifuge, which separates the plasma rich platelets from the blood.

PRP vampire facial

The needle with all those good platelets is then injected back into your skin at dozens of points across your face. It felt like tiny pricks but I didn’t experience any actual pain thanks to the strong numbing cream. The actual injecting platelets back in part is very short (maybe 10-15 minutes), and it was the numbing cream and centrifuge portion that took up majority of the time.

PRP Facial

Because I didn’t get the Microneedling done, I didn’t have a bloody face like you often see. Instead, I just had little tiny red dots where the pricks were made. Zero swelling and zero downtime — I was able to get back to my day as usual.

Over the next few days my skin was very dry and there was some tiny bruising with certain pricks but this all went away fairly quickly. They say the full results of the facial are visible after four weeks, but I already noticed a different around week 2 and 3. My skin tone was vibrant and bright and just looked very healthy. It might have even been a little plumper.

Platelet rich plasma facial

Check out my Picosure Laser review with before and after photos from 3 sessions

Pique Tea Review 2022 + Discount Code

If you’re looking for the latest innovation in tea, look no further because Pique Tea is here and they’ve reimagined tea in a way that has got this diehard coffee (and matcha latte) addict excited about drinking tea. Pique Tea isn’t your usual tea bag that you’ve always known. Pique Teas are cold-brewed tea crystals. Sounds perfect for the modernista lifestyle. Founded in 2014 in San Francisco, Pique Tea offers the purest, healthiest tea that are available in the form of crystals that dissolve in both hot or cold water. Read on to learn all about Pique Tea and my honest thoughts – plus save 10% with Pique discount code OBL at www.piquelife.com.

Pique Tea review

Pique Tea was created by Asia-born and Harvard-educated Simon Cheng who suffered from multiple health issues including respiratory infections that left him with staples in his lungs and a screw in his jaw. Through his own personal healing journey he sought to create clean and clinically-based teas that would help him and others.

Pique Tea

What is Pique Tea

Pique tea crystals are made from a patented process called Full-Spectrum Isolate Synthesis [F-SIS]TM which synthesizes the most bioactive isolates with whole food sources to deliver essential nutrients into your cells for enhanced absorption. Here’s a simple graphic depicting the process.

Pique Tea

Pique Tea first chooses the best quality organic loose leaf grade tea leaves they can find. They then cold brew the tea leaves for up to 8 hours to maximize the antioxidant compounds. Finally, through a combination of pressure and dehydration at a low temperature, the tea leaves are filtered out and the remaining liquid is dehydrated to produce the tea crystals.

Pique Tea states that their cold brew crystallization process ensures their tea has 12X as many nutrients as ordinary tea.

But it doesn’t end there…

Pique tea crystals are triple screened for toxins like heavy metals, mold, and pesticides to ensure quality. Pique Tea is the first tea company to Triple Toxin Screen their teas.

What exactly is Pique’s triple screen process?

  • The First screen is conducted on raw materials using a third party lab.
  • The Second screen is conducted internally after raw materials have been procured.
  • The Third screen is conducted after Tea Crystals have been extracted using a third party lab.

Pique tests for heavy metals: Lead(Pb), Cadmium(Cd), Mercury (Hg), and Arsenic(As). and Sun Goddess Matcha and Electric Turmeric are tested additionally for radioactive isotopes. The mycotoxins they test for are: Aflatoxin B1, Aflatoxin B2, Aflatoxin G1, Aflatoxin G2 and Ochratoxin A (OTA). And lastly, Pique screens for all pesticides prohibited by the USDA for organic compliance, often to the standard set by the EU and Japan.

How Does Pique Tea Source Their Teas?

All Pique Teas are certified USDA organic and are sourced from family farms from all over the world. That includes the United States, China, Japan, Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, America, Italy and Germany. Pique Tea handpicks from regions that are amongst the world’s greatest and most protected sources of biodiversity.

  •  Sun Goddess Matcha: sourced from Kagoshima, at the southernmost tip of the Japanese archipelago, next to Japan’s first national park and neighbor to the famous Blue Zone, Okinawa.
  • Fermented Pu’er Tea: sourced from wild growing tea trees in a primordial forest in Yunnan Province at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range.
  • Jasmine Green Tea: sourced from a family-owned tea garden situated inside the Mogan Mountain National park in Zhejiang Province above 2000 ft elevation.
  • Pique’s black teas: sourced from Idulgashinna, a biodynamic tea estate in the Uva region of Sri Lanka, and from Northeast India near the Namdapha National Park.

Pique Tea review

My Pique Tea Experience

Pique Tea comes in a small paper sachet as a soft fine powder that you add to 8 oz of cold or hot water. The Jasmine Green is a favorite and smells so fragrant as soon as you open the packet. If you love Jasmine I highly recommend the Jasmine Green Tea! The taste is strong in a good way.

Green tea is known for its catechins, like the powerful epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that supports cellular health.

Pique Sun Goddess Matcha

Pique Tea Sun Goddess Matcha is one of the highest quality matchas I’ve experienced and it’s wildly convenient being able to dissolve it in cold water. This has been a staple in my summer wellness routine. It’s a tad pricy as you’d expect from high quality ceremonial grade matcha at $58, but you receive 28 packets so it comes out to about $2 per matcha drink. These dissolve seamlessly even in cold water and the taste is so pure without strong bitterness.

Pique Sun Goddess Matcha

Sun Goddess Matcha is:

  • Organic
  • Ceremonial-grade
  • Made by third generation teamasters, using 130-year-old techniques.
  • Sourced from Kagoshima, situated in a lush valley at the southernmost tip of the Japanese archipelago – the furthest distance from environmental toxins
  • The matcha trees are cultivated with 35% longer shading periods to maximize phytonutrient potential
  • Quadruple Toxin-Screened for pesticides, heavy metals, toxic mold, and radioactive isotopes.

Pique Sun Goddess Matcha

Pique Sun Goddess Matcha
What Teas does Pique Offer?

Pique Tea offers a wide range of green teas, black teas, herbal teas, and mushroom teas. Each tea comes in individual packets making them easy to take on the go.

  • Green Teas: 5 varieties
  • Black Teas: 3 varieties
  • Herbal Teas: 4 varieties
  • Fasting Teas: 5 varieties
  • Fermented Teas: 2 varieties
  • Mushroom Teas: 4 varieties

Black tea is especially high in theaflavin polyphenols, which have been researched and proven to support digestive health and gut microflora.

Turmeric is known for its curcumin – an antioxidant associated with a myriad of health benefits such as supporting a healthy response to inflammation, robust immune system, and healthy joint function

Pique Tea

Pique Tea

Pique Tea Daily Radiance Elderberry Vitamin C

 

Pique Tea Elderberrry Liposomal Vitamin C

Pique Tea offers two new supplements and I was able to try the Daily Radiance Elderberry Liposomal Vitamin C. Pique uses a Liposomal Encapsulation Technology that maximizes phytonutrient potential and absorption.

Elderberries have been long prized for their powerful antioxidant cocktail of polyphenols, vitamin C, anthocyanins, and flavanols to support a healthy immune system!

Pique Tea

This is a liquid supplement that comes in a little packet and can be taken with or without food. The Pique Daily Radiance Elderberry Liposomal Vitamin C is very very sweet and syrup like. It packs a powerful punch with:

  • 1. 1900mg fresh-pressed juice concentrate from the finest organic black European elderberries, an antioxidant all-star for helping cells protect against free radicals.
  • 2. 1000mg sodium ascorbate – a buffered, “non-acidic” form of Vitamin C that’s gentle on your stomach. Supports healthy collagen levels for a plump, supple complexion.
  • 3. Liposomes from essential phospholipids that preserve and deliver the antioxidant power of Vitamin C where it’s needed. Made with non-GMO sunflower phospholipids, not soy.

Pique Tea Daily Immune

No preservatives, no refined sugar and no additives.

What does Daily Radiance Elderberry Liposomal Vitamin C help with?

  • natural collagen production and healthy skin
  • supports healthy immune function
  • helps protect cells from harmful free radicals

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Pique tea

 

African Botanics Skincare Review 2022

African Botanics Fleurs Afrique intensive reovery oil

African Botanics is a hyper-luxe green beauty brand harnessing South Africa’s unique ingredients, raw materials, and active plant extracts. A shining example of eco-luxury skincare, African Botanics combines ancient African phytochemistry with cutting-edge botanical pharmacology. They strive to pay proper homage to traditional African medicinal knowledge and Africa’s biodiversity. The most effective South African plants are first sustainably sourced from the country’s remote, untouched regions and then combined with powerful actives chosen with the help of botanists and biochemists both in South Africa and across the world. African Botanics then uses advanced extraction and encapsulation methods to create highly active and concentrated products. And yes, all this costs a pretty penny as the line ranges from $100-$350. I’ve tried a handful of African Botanics skincare over the years and am sharing my thoughts in this African Botanics review. Save 20% until Oct 23, 2022 here.

African botanics skincareAfrican Botanics’ founders hail from South Africa but live in Los Angeles. Their skincare brand is their connection to their homeland and they take great care in making sure that they operate their company in a way that uplifts the South African people. African Botanics’ marketing imagery is produced and shot exclusively in South Africa and features local photographers, models and production crews. They work directly with a small, independent network of individuals and support women-owned businesses wherever possible. Finally, African Botanics is committed to using only sustainably and ethically harvested wild-grown and biodynamic ingredients.
African Botanics fleurs d Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil

Fleurs d Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil

One of my favorites from the African Botanics range is their Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil. This exquisitely formulated face oil begins in a base of watermelon seed oil and contains encapsulated Retinol with time release technology along with pure Vitamin E, Vitamin C, CoQ10 and Micro-algae. The Jasmine scented Fleurs d’Afrique helps with overall anti-aging concerns along with acne and pigmentation.

The cutting-edge formula harnesses the potency of night-blooming Baobab extract, alongside ‘The Queen of the Night’ – Jasmine Grandiflorum – hand-picked at dusk. This super concentrated and powerful oil-serum is ideal for normal, dry, combination, oily and unbalanced complexions; neutralizing the harmful effects of everyday exposure to pollutants and UV and Improves the appearance of fine lines. This face oil really did improve the look of my skin while I used it and I felt that I had an overall glowier complexion.

African Botanics Eye Ge Serum

Eye Contour Gel Serum

I’ve tried my fair share of ultra luxe eye products, but this gel serum by African Botanics stands out most to me. Not only in its exceptional ingredient formulation, but the luxurious texture and consistency. The clear, colorless gel somehow contains Ceramides, Coffee, Copper, Lupine Oligosaccharides, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Arnica and fucoidan-rich Seaweed extract. I wish I could slather my whole face with it. This is so elegant and it works without issue under both sunscreen and makeup. It fees like a thick bouncy serum and instantly hydrates my undereyes and diminishes fine lines.

The Eye Contour Gel Serum goes for $170, but you can grab it with Boxwalla’s discovery box collaboration with African Botanics here.

African botanics cel resurrection serum

Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum

The African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum is a retinol gel serum featuring encapsulated Retinol, Resveratrol and peptides. It also has Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes rich in sulforaphane, an antioxidant phytonutrient that inhibits pigmentation, Fucus Vesiculosus rich in phlorotannin antioxidants, bioactive polysaccharides, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and Cape Chamomile. This is a light gel serum that doesn’t have the sticky factor or “wet” sensation of most serums. It’s more of a “dry” serum for lack of a better word and feels like a second skin when applied. The formula is so elegant, but just like the rest of the African Botanics line, you don’t need something this hyper luxe if it doesn’t make sense for your budget.African Botanics Silver Rescue Cream

 

 

Silver Rescue Cream

The Silver Rescue Cream is specifically formulated for sensitive skin and it’s a luscious medium-weight almost rich silky cream with zero scent. Surprisingly, Silver Rescue Cream has full spectrum CBD, which was undoubtedly chosen for its ability to reduce inflammation, calm rosacea and soothe eczema.

Silver Rescue Cream also contains Resurrection plant and Devil’s Claw (rich in glycosides, Phytosterols, Flavonoids, Trehalose sugar, polysaccharides and arbutin), Colloidal Silver, Rooibos Tea, Marigold Flower Extract, Marula, Rosehip, Squalane, Baobab Fruit and Bulbine frutescens, a unique plant with incredible healing, soothing and moisturizing qualities.

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Kosas Makeup Review 2022: Best Kosas Products

Kosas makeup

Is Kosas a good makeup brand? Today we’re diving into the female founded clean makeup brand that creates skin-forward makeup with high color performance and better ingredients. How clean is Kosas? Kosas is not 100% natural makeup, not organic and does include synthetics. Just about every brand says they ban 2,000 ingredients these days, so that’s not really a measure of how clean it is. Whatever “clean” means to you, you should look at the ingredients lists to see what they do put in. Nevertheless, Kosas is widely accessible as a Sephora aisle staple and wildly popular thanks to celebs like Hailey Bieber featuring them in her social media. Iranian American Sheena Yaitanes founded Kosas in 2015 with 4 lipsticks and grew the line into a full blown makeup brand. Today, the most popular Kosas product is their Revealer concealer. I’m sharing my honest opinion on their makeup in this Kosas review, plus save 20% on Kosas here (til Oct 23, 222)

Kosas makeup

I purchased my Kosas products off of Amazon and they seemed to be the real deal, even though I bought it from other sellers as Kosas doesn’t have their own Amazon store. But I recommend either trying out the products in store at Sephora if there’s a store near you or purchasing from Credo Beauty.

If you’re looking for 100% natural makeup that uses plenty of organic ingredients, then check out this post.

Kosas swatches

I’m also sharing Kosas swatches in this post!

Kosas Revealer Concealer

Kosas Revealer Concealer Review

The Kosas concealer is a creamy liquid concealer that provides me with light to medium coverage. I don’t consider this a heavy duty concealer at all and can almost use it as a regular foundation. It has more of a satin finish versus a matte one, and leaves your skin looking like your skin but more even toned and brighter. If you’re looking for a concealer that’s on the lighter end and leaves a glowy finish, then the Kosas concealer is probably for you. If full coverage is what you want, then I wouldn’t recommend Kosas. Some great high coverage clean concealers include Clove + Hallow, Lily Lolo and Fitglow Beauty.

Kosas tinted face oil

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

I normally don’t like foundations that come in the form of face oils, but the Kosas one isn’t so bad. If you compare Kosas to ILIA Super Serum Tint SPF 40, the Kosas one is thinner in consistency. Still, I can’t imagine oily skin people  being in love with this product. Kosas Tinted Face Oil provides light to medium coverage and leaves a dewy finish that dries down to a more satin finish. Using a setting powder can help mattify the finish if you find it overly shiny.
Kosas swatches

Kosas foundation swatches
Kosas Tinted Face Oil contains:

Avocado Oil and Meadowfoam Oil: Moisturizes and plumps skin’s appearance.
– Red Raspberry Oil and Jojoba Oil: Soothes.
– Camellia Seed Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil: Balances and brightens

This has a very clean and simple ingredients list which I appreciate.

Kosas tinted lip balm

Kosasport Lip Fuel Lip Balm

Offered in three shades and a non-tinted shade, Kosas Sport Lip Balm is a skincare-forward tinted lip balm with Hyaluronic Acid, Wild Mint, and Konkani Root along with plenty of nourishing plant oils and butters. Highly moisturizing and loaded with a decent amount of pigment, Kosas Sport LipFuel Lip Balm is a cult favorite.
Kosas lip balm

Kosas tinted lip balm offers high color payoff if you’re looking for a clean tinted lip balm that isn’t sheer. The formula is dense yet creamy and comes in an oval shape that covers for lip surface area than other lip balms.

Kosas lipstick

Kosas Lipstick

Kosas Weightless lipsticks are rich, buttery and intensely pigmented lipsticks with a satin finish. They’re made in a base of castor seed oil and waxes and contain plenty of nourishing butters and oils like mango seed butter, jojoba oil, Rosehip seed oil and cocoa seed butter and are pigmented with natural and synthetic color.

Kosas lipstick swatches

The most wearable, everyday-type Kosas lipstick shades are Rosewater, Stardust and Vegas. I swatched all 11 Kosas lipstick shades below.

Kosas lipstick swatches

Kosas deodorant

Kosas Chemistry Deodorant

I purchased the Kosas deodorant in Serene Clean, and while it’s not my favorite deodorant, my partner enjoys this one. Instead of baking soda or powders to fight odor, the Kosas deodorant is a liquid serum with a blend of AHA’s (Shikimic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Lactic Acid). It’s a completely clear thin liquid that’s stain free, but does have that “wet” feeling that some may not enjoy in a deodorant. I wouldn’t consider this a heavy duty deodorant, but it does keep pits fresh.
Kosas deodorant

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Mandelic Acid, Polyglyceryl-4 Cocoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Shikimic Acid, Lactic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hyaluronic Acid, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool

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8 Best Natural Non-Toxic Toothpastes of 2022

Looking for the best non toxic toothpastes made of clean and natural ingredients? There are plenty of fluoride free toothpastes to choose from (or even natural toothpastes with fluoride) – the options are endless. Clean and non toxic toothpastes should be free of artificial sweeteners, coloring, sodium lauryl sulfate (associated with canker sores) triclosan (a pesticide used to fight plaque and gingivitis), and Fluoride, which can be toxic at high levels. Since we’re directly putting toothpastes in our mouths, ideally two to three times a day, it makes sense that we want healthier, natural toothpastes. Throw out your toxic Crest toothpaste and read on for the best natural and non toxic toothpastes for the whole family.

Non toxic toothpastes

Read Before You Buy Toothpaste

Almost every natural toothpaste, and toothpaste for that matter, uses the word whitening. Please don’t expect any actual whitening results. By whitening these brands mean your teeth will look brighter from cleaning, but if you want to remove stains from your teeth, buy an actual teeth whitening product NOT toothpaste.

Also, many brands now offer natural toothpastes with and without fluoride. Choosing which will depend on whether you’re team fluoride or not. Fluoride is a neurotoxin linked to lower IQ, fertility issues, cancer, ADHD and more, but many dentists believe in fluoride.

Boka toothpaste
Boka Toothpaste

Swapping toxic fluoride and SLS for a safe alternative, nano-hydroxyapatite, Boka helps remineralize teeth, and fight plaque and sensitivity. Nano-hydroxyapatite is an evolution in dentistry that’s already been a gold standard in Japan for over 40-years. Also known as n-Ha, it makes up the foundation of teeth and bones, meaning it’s naturally restorative and helpful in reducing sensitivity.

Boka toothpastes are 100% biocompatible and non-toxic, and contain aloe vera, bacteria-fighting xylitol, antioxidant-rich green tea and refreshing mint. They have a salve consistency versus the creamy nature of conventional toothpastes. I found Boka toothpastes to have a good amount of minty-ness to make my mouth feel fresh and clean. Compared to Risewell, Boka toothpastes are denser with more grip and mintier.

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Risewell toothpaste

Risewell Toothpaste

  • Wild mint flavored
  • Fluoride-free, paraben-free, vegan & cruelty-free
  • No harsh foaming agents; SLS & sulfate-free
  • Made with naturally-derived hydroxyapatite, a mineral that makes up 97% of our tooth enamel and strengthens and restores your tooth enamel
  • Antiplaque & naturally whitening
  • Naturally flavored with essential oils
  • Risewell even recommends not rinsing and leaving the toothpaste in the mouth after brushing

 

 

Hello toothpaste

Hello Toothpaste

  • Black toothpaste made with activated charcoal from bamboo
  • Very budget friendly with wide variety of options with and without fluoride
  • Doesn’t contain alcohol, peroxide, artificial sweeteners/flavors, sls/sulfates, dyes, microbeads, parabens, and gluten.
  • Certified Cruelty-Free and Vegan
  • Shop Hello on Amazon

Native toothpaste

Native Toothpaste

  • Gentle creamy toothpaste
  • Made without Triclosan, SLS, and Artificial Preservatives
  • Contains: Hydrated Silica, whitener derived from naturally occuring minerals, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, a fruit-based natural cleanser, Peppermint Oil
  • Contains naturally derived flavor

Davids natural toothpaste

Davids Toothpaste

  • Creamy natural toothpaste that’s fluoride free and SLS free
  • Comes in a recyclable metal tube
  • 98% USA origin ingredients
  • Natural peppermint oil flavoring and stevia

Bite toothpaste bits

Bite Toothpaste Bits

Bite Toothpaste Bits is a zero waste brand based out of Marina del Rey, California creating plastic-free, clean toothpaste, mouthwash and body care products. The small company hit it big when they appeared on Shark Tank and count celebs like Kristen Bell as a fan. Today, their innovative eco-friendly toothpastes bits are fluoride free, vegan, made with nano hydroxyapatite and plant-derived, high quality ingredients and sent off in sustainable packaging.

You bite down onto the toothpaste bit then use a wet toothbrush. You don’t get the creamy pasty feeling of a regular toothpaste. Bite Toothpaste Bit me are much thinner in consistency once mixed with water, but they still provide a minty clean refreshing feeling at the end. Fluoride and non fluoride options available.

Ojook toothpaste

Ojook Toothpaste

Ojook reminds me of the Korean toothpastes my mom had us use growing up. Bamboo salt toothpastes are the norm in Korean households. Ojook is the first nano hydroxyapatite + Korean bamboo salt toothpaste (yes it’s very salty!). It reduces plaque build-up and bacteria, and is formulated with nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) to remineralize enamel and prevent sensitivity. Alkaline 9x roasted bamboo salt restores ideal mouth chemistry, promoting healthy gums and fresh breath.

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Better better toothpaste

Better & Better Toothpaste

Better & Better toothpastes are fluoride free, vegan and clean with organic coconut oil, organic blue agave, organic stevia, organic menthol, organic xylitol, organic spearmint, organic peppermint, baking soda, vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin, and organic vitamin D3 as Cholecalciferol from Algae. You get to brush  with 80% of your recommended daily dose of D3 and 100% of B12.

Note that the consistency is a bit runnier and the taste is very strong.

 

 

DRMTLGY Skincare Review

DRMTLGY is not an organic or clean skincare brand, but if you’re curious about the brand keep reading. I don’t like the formulations of most of the DRMTLGY products, but one product I AM partial to is their sunscreen. The Broad Spectrum SPF 45 sunscreen by DRMTLGY is a mineral hybrid sunscreen that I feel people who normally hate all mineral sunscreens would actually enjoy using. If you’re curious, keep reading for my DRMTLGY sunscreen review and why I wouldn’t purchase most of their products.

DRMTLGY Skincare

DRMTLGY Sunscreen SPF 45

The reason I think people who normally hate mineral sunscreens will enjoy DRMTLGY’s is because it feels weightless on the skin and feels like a silky hydrating lotion that goes on invisible leaving no white cast (because it’s a hybrid Sunscreen). It has a skin like natural finish that doesn’t leave your skin looking dewy but does have it feeling hydrated. There’s no scent and the sleek design and convenient pump are an extra plus.

Just want to reiterate that this is not a clean or natural skincare brand, so this sunscreen is not clean either. It has plenty of synthetics, but in the name of sunscreen I’m overlooking it. If you hate mineral sunscreens or have never tried them before, then consider this a stepping stone to the world of clean sunscreens. Baby steps are good too!

DRMTLGY Sunscreen

The tinted version by DRMTLGY is just a hair higher in SPF and fees just like the non-tinted version with a sheer beige tint. Don’t expect coverage from it though. It has more of a subtle blurring effect of anything.

Drmtlgy skincare

DRMTLGY Ingredients

The above is the ingredients list of DRMTLGY’s Water Creme Moisturizer, and it really just looks like a cocktail of synthetic ingredients and fillers.