Reduit Review: Skincare Product Penetration Device (50% off)

Reduit

I’m a sucker for new inventions when it comes to skincare devices and will try everything I am lucky enough to get my hands on. As technology evolves and improves, so should our skincare tech should it not? I’m particularly excited about this particular skin device by Reduit, because it comes from Switzerland, and if you know anything about the Swiss, it’s that they’re REALLY good at making luxury gadgets. Switzerland is, after all, the country famous for watches, Swiss Army knives and biotech. Already I had high hopes.

My Reduit BOOST arrived promptly in the mail, and to my surprise, this device is tiny! I wondered if enough technology could fit inside something so small. Let’s break down how the Reduit BOOST works, how to use Reduit, its pros and cons, and whether I think it’s worth buying. Short answer, it’s totally worth it if you can get Reduit on sale. During Cyber Week it’s 50% off, making this latest generation skincare technology highly affordable. Read on for my Reduit review.

Reduit

What is Reduit BOOST?

Reduit BOOST is a skincare device that’s designed to work WITH your current skincare serum or cream. It’s a small round pod that fit easily inside your hand with a bacteria resistant food-grade silicone base and stainless steel surface.

 

Reduit

How Does Reduit Work?

BOOST harnesses Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Technology (PEMFT) and the power of diamagnetics to provide deeper penetration of the active ingredients in your serum/cream. It also has the added benefit of 8 LED light modes to help with uneven skin tone, wrinkles, acne and more.

According to the brand’s own studies, Boost helps make UV-protection agents up to 1.5 times more effective, brightening agents up to 2 times better, anti-aging agents 2.2 times more effective, and antioxidants 2.4 times more impactful. Obviously, take these numbers with a grain of salt.

Its technology is also built around the fact that not all active ingredients belong to the same layer of skin, even if they do get in. Antioxidants, for example, need to get to the deepest layers of the epidermis to function, while brightening and hydrating agents belong in the middle layers, and UV protection agents should remain on the surface.

Reduit

How Do You Use Reduit?

There are a couple of steps to take before actually putting the Reduit BOOST onto your skin.

Reduit app

First you need to download the Reduit BOOST app, fill in your profile and connect it to your device using Bluetooth.

Reduit app

Second, you add your skincare products by barcode, looking it up in their database or manually. The barcode method will only work if you still have the original box the skincare product came in.

Reduit

The Reduit app seems to have all the big name brands and products, and even a lot of indie organic brands though not all.

Once that’s done the BOOST device is ready to be used. You simply glide it across your face for a 30 second treatment. Easy peasy. The coolness of the stainless steel is soothing and you can press the power button to switch between LED light modes.

How does Reduit work

Reduit Pros

  • Most technologically advanced device I’ve come across focused on product penetration
  • Love the small and super compact design
    Added LED light benefits for multi-tasking
  • Short 30 second treatment makes it easier for me to commit to using regularly
  • No separate conductor product is needed because it works universally with my own skincare
  • Generous 2 year warranty
  • Worldwide shipping

Reduit Cons

  • App doesn’t contain all the organic and green beauty products I use

Is Reduit BOOST Worth Buying?

If you’re interested in getting your products to work harder for you, I think this is perhaps the best skincare tech you can get currently.

This has nothing to do with working your facial muscles or tightening skin via micro current or radiofrequency technology. Boost is supposed to amplify the efficacy of your skincare, and if you’re already investing in quality products, it makes sense to help ensure those products are working to their maximum capability.

This doesn’t just mean via skincare tech, but the basics of properly removing all residue in your pores and exfoliating dead skin cells. Because if you don’t have the basics down, buying and using Boost will be useless. But if you’re doing all that, and you still want more, there’s a way for that now.

I would say it’s worth the purchase when it’s on sale. During Cyber Week it’s 50% off but I’m not sure how long this sale will last.

Reduit Boost Website 

30 Clean Beauty Brands at Whole Foods 2023

What’s more convenient than getting your grocery shopping and beauty shopping done at the same time? Whole Foods Market’s wide selection of clean beauty and personal care brands lining their aisles makes it possible. Their standards go beyond typical “clean beauty” claims and ban more than 180+ ingredients from all their beauty and body care products, including parabens, phthalates, microbeads and triclosan. Whole Foods Market also  requires third-party certification for organic label claims on personal care products, as there are no mandatory government standards for “organic” claims in the body care industry. I’ve rounded up 30 clean beauty brands you can find at your local Whole Foods Market (may differ store to store.)

Mad hippie Whole Foods market

Mad Hippie Skincare

Juice beauty cleanser Whole Foods

Juice Beauty

Acure beauty Bakuchiol serum

Acure

Trilogy Rosehip Whole Foods

Trilogy

Derma e skin brighten

Derma E

Evanhealy

Weleda skin food

Weleda

Mychelle

Mychelle

Cocokind polypeptide cream

Cocokind

Badger sunscreen

Badger

Sheamoisture

SheaMoisture

Alteya organics

Alteya Organics

Dr bronners

Dr Bronners

 

Babo botanicals Babo Botanicals

Thinksport

Thinksport

The seaweed bath co

The Seaweed Bath Co

Andalou naturalsAndalou Naturals

Pacifica beauty

Pacifica

John masters organics

John Masters Organics

Dr hauschka

Dr Hauschka

Heritage store rosewater

Heritage Store

AlaffiaAlaffia

Everyone hand soap

Everyone

Mrs Meyers hand soap

Mrs Meyers

Conscious coconut

Conscious Coconut

Karuna skincare

Karuna

Thayers

Thayers

Mineral fusion

Mineral Fusion

Naturtint whole foods

Naturtint

Blissy Silk Pillowcase Review + Discount Code

blissy pillowcase review

If you haven’t switched over to a Blissy silk pillowcase, you’ve got to do your skin and hair a favor. Your skin spends a LOT of time with pillowcases during the six to nine hours you’re hopefully sleeping every night. Nighttime is when we want to optimize our beauty routine, because the third of our lives we spend sleeping is when our body is replenishing and repairing itself. Read on for my Blissy review, why you need a silk pillowcase and save 20% with affiliated Blissy discount code OBL at Blissy sitewide.

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Yield Candle Review

Yield candle

Yield candles are made of 100% organic coconut wax in Florida and come in a variety of complex scents. Since they’re made by a design company, their vessels are both beautiful and functional. You can either get them in a double walled glass vessel or regular glass vessel, both of which are meant to be reused as glasses. Small votive candles or sample packs are also available. I’ve tried almost all of Yield’s organic candle scents and am sharing my thoughts in today’s review.

Yield candle

I love that these are actual drinking glasses but still look like a beautiful candle. The double walled vessels are especially great because the insulation maintains your drink’s temperature for longer. I’ve been able to avoid having to buy new glasses to replace the ones I’ve broken.

Yield candles are also one of the small handful of brands using 100% organic wax.

The scent does include fragrance oils along with essential oils, which makes for decent scent throw. I would consider Yield to have average scent throw that’s neither on the weak end nor on the strong end. This makes for a non-overpowering scent throw that’s still able to fill up a room. Scarpa and Entenza seem to have a stronger scent throw than the other scents.

Yield candle

Scarpa

The black-hued Scarpa candle is a rich, earthy leather scent. I can’t detect the Palo Santo but I do get a very dominant leather note.

Yield candle

Entenza

Entenza is their most holiday appropriate scent with eucalyptus, pine and birch along with green colored wax. This is a very strong and sharp pine scent that feels like a Christmas tree in a candle.

Willow

Willow is a cool mossy scent that’s got a bit of spice and freshness. I’m not sure how spring water is supposed to smell but I don’t get aquatic notes from this.

Yield candle

I find that the clean burning cotton wicks need to be manually trimmed with a wick trimmer.

Overall, I love the wide variety of scents and functionality of the vessels.

Yield Amazon Store

Yield candle

My Honest Tripollar Review on Stop X (50% off Cyber Sale)

TriPollar radiofrequency

If tightening, lifting, and plumping is in your skin goals, then Tripollar Radiofrequency devices might be the skin technology you want to add to your skincare regimen. The multi-radiofrequency works by delivering focused RF energy into the right layers of the dermis, accelerating the natural production of collagen and elastin. If you’ve gotten a Radiofrequency facial in an aesthetic clinic before, Tripollar is the at-home version of this professional treatment. Tripollar can be very pricey at over $600, so it’s worth catching a sale. During Cyber Week the Stop X is 50% off over at their website.

TriPollar

When Radiofrequency waves interact with the skin, they convert into heat. They target the deep layers of the skin, warming them up, which then promotes natural collagen production.

Multi-Radiofrequency technology means that multiple fréquences work simultaneously in one area to actively target multiple layers of the dermis. As a result, more collagen and elastin fibers regenerate in a shorter amount of time.

The Thermal Mapping algorithm controls the heating process by continually sampling the tissue temperature in five different thermal points on the user’s face.

It’s able to build a personal Thermal Map, calculating the most accurate temperature for effective treatment in the specific treated area.

Tripollar

A Conductor Gel is Required

Similar to the NuFace, you need to use a conductor gel for the Tripollar device to be effective.

Tripollar

It Needs to Be Plugged in to Work

One downside to the Tripollar Stop X is that it needs to be plugged into a wall outlet to work. This makes your mobility limited while using the device.

Tripollar

How Many Times A Week?

Stop X should be used 2-3 times a week for 6-8 weeks. After that it can be used 2-4 times a month in order to maintain the results.

How Long Is Each Session?

Each session should take you 15-20 minutes so you do need to set aside a decent chunk of time whenever you use the Tripollar device.

How to Use Tripollar?

Focus on 3 treatment areas of your face: left cheek, right cheek and forehead. Apply a thin layer of the conductor gel.

Move the device in a very slow circular motion on a small part of the treatment area.

Once the orange indicator light illuminates followed by a ‘beep’ sound, you have reached the optimal temperature. Continue the same slow circular motion for a few seconds, then gradually enlarge the movements in the treatment area.

Do this for 5 minutes. Then repeat in the next treatment area.

Who Shouldn’t Use Tripollar

While Tripollar is safe for all ages over 18, race and skin color, if you’re pregnant, use fillers or Botox or have a history of cancer you should not use Tripollar. Please check the Tripollar website for the full list.

What Does Tripollar Feel Like?

The metal nodes feel very warm as you glide them across. It can sometimes feel very hot. There’s absolutely no pain or downtime involved.

Cyber Week Sale: 50% off with code CM50

Cyber Week is the best time to try Tripollar if it’s something you’ve been wanting to buy. The Stop X is 50% off and the Stop Vx is 35% off.

Tripollar Website

  • 2 year warranty
  • US/EU/UK shipping

TriPollar

10 Natural Alternatives to Vaseline

Why put a byproduct of the petroleum industry on your skin when there are safer, better natural alternatives available? There are plenty of articles floating on web on just how toxic petroleum jelly is (some insist it can cause cancer due to contamination with Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHS)) if you do a quick Google search. We’re no longer in the 19th century people and there are gorgeous products ranging from affordable to luxury made by eco-conscious and passionate brands on a mission. These are all multi-purpose balms or salves using all-natural and organic formulations designed to be a cure-all for cuts, bruises, scrapes, rashes and dryness.
Natural vaseline alternative
Zincuta ointment

Zincuta Ointment

  • Made at The Apotheka in New York
  • For chafes, burns, sun burns, abrasions, raw sores, insect bites, psoriasis, eczema, poison ivy, etc
  • Patented formula inspired by the works of veterinarian Dr. Josiah C. Case (1865 – 1930), an eighth generation Southold resident
  • Made with Axungia, Styrax Benzoin, Zinc Oxide, Slippery Elm, Beeswax
  • Not Vegan

Plant therapy healing balm

 

Plant Therapy Healing Balm 

  • Made with Shea Butter, Tamanu Oil, Vitamin E and Calendula Extract
  • Can be used for all sorts of skin ailments. Scrapes, sunburns, chaffing, diaper rash and itching
  • Not Vegan

Bio first self heal salve

Bio First Healing Salve

  • Truly natural and synthetic-free, Bio-First aligns with the International NATRUE Standard Classifications of natural ingredients
  • 2022 Organic Beauty Award Gold Winner– Skin Salves Category
  • Medicinal blend of Self Heal, Frankincense & Milk Thistle, Menthol, Soap Wort Leaf Extract and Soapbark Bark
  • Vegan
  • Code OBL saves at Bio-First

Herbal healing balm

Herbal Healing Mother’s Healing Balm

  • Formulated by a mother and herbalist for her children
  • Multi-purpose healing balm for babies, kids and adults
  • For itchy skin, rash, dry skin, as a nipple balm or diaper rash ointment
  • EWG verified
  • Travel size and larger sizes available

Ingredients: Organic Virgin Sesame Oil*, *Cannabis Sativa Oil, Beeswax, Lavender*, Ashwagandha root*, Which Hazel*, Marshmallow root*, Calendula Flowers*, Lavandula Oil. 

*Certified Organic Ingredients

 

 

All Good Goop Organic Healing Balm 

Cocokind All Purpose Salve 

SW Basics Salve 

Zoe Organics Everything Balm

Dr. Bronner Balm Baby

True Organic of Sweden All You Need is Me 

Pommade divine multi purpose balm

Pommade Divine Multi Purpose Balm

 

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Instanatural Skincare Review

Instanatural has been making affordable clean skincare since 2013. They’re focused on actives and botanicals with their Vitamin C range being the most popular Instanatural products. I tried the Instanatural Vitamin C Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Moisturizer, Peel and Scrub and am sharing my thoughts in today’s review.

InstanaturalTheir previous packaging never really appealed to me, but their recent updated look is a lot more modern and pleading to the eye.

Instanatural Vitamin C Cleanser

This is a very thin and liquid-like gel cleanser that’s gentle yet effective. While it retails for $29 on the Instanatural website, it’s less than $20 on Amazon. The Vitamin C Cleanser contains Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, Coconut Water and botanical extracts and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped.

Instanatural Vitamin C Toner

The Vitamin C toner comes in a hefty glass bottle and has a very subtle citrus scent. This is a mild, gentle toner and contains Vitamin C, Witch Hazel, botanical extracts and skin-nourishing oils like meadowfoam, carrot seed and more.

Instanatural vitamin c

Vitamin C Moisturizer

The Vitamin C Moisturizer is like a silky gel-cream versus a creamy cream and contains Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and botanical extracts. This fees lightweight and sinks into skin easily – overall a pleasant moisturizer to use if you don’t want a rich or heavy cream.

Vitamin C Scrub

The Vitamin C Scrub was a miss for me. If I’m being brutally honest, it felt like mush with some exfoliation benefits to me and didn’t feel all that useful in my routine.

Vitamin C Serum

Lightly yellow tinged and goopy in consistency, the Vitamin C serum is lightweight and hydrating with Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid to help brighten. It doesn’t feel particularly strong to me in comparison to far more potent Vitamin C serums, but it does feel wonderfully hydrating.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin*, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide*, Sodium Hyaluronate*, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina Fruitt Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Ferulic Acid, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glucosyl Hesperidin*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Carbomer, Tocopherol*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum*, Sodium Hydroxide, Propanediol*, Phenethyl Alcohol*, Pentylene Glycol*

Instanatural Amazon Store

Instanatural skincare

Dime Beauty Review: Best & Worst Products (Must Read Before Buying)

I finally purchased and tested DIME Beauty products because of all the questions I’d receive about them. With DIME Beauty we have an esthetician-founded line of “clean, luxurious, affordable skincare that actually works.” Mostly known as a skincare brand, DIME has expanded to offer a number of makeup, wellness and fragrance products. While many small clean beauty brands have been closing their doors due to inflation and tough economic conditions, DIME Beauty is clearly doing well. I tried DIME’s bestsellers like their serums and cream as well as their Eyelash Boost Serum. I’m sharing my honest DIME Beauty review, so pour yourself a glass of organic vino and keep reading.

Dime beauty

Who Owns DIME Beauty?

DIME Beauty Co. was founded by Baylee and Ryan Relf. The brand was created to provide a clean & optimized skincare alternative for anyone and everyone. As a skincare and beauty advocate herself, Baylee wanted to learn more about skincare, which prompted her to become a licensed Master Esthetician.

During her time in training, her mom searched for clear and radiant skin while trying to reverse the effects of time. Soon after, Ryan landed a job as a product development specialist in the beauty industry and their business idea was born.

Baylee worked closely with world-class chemists and formulators to come up with clean, vegan, cruelty-free products that worked for Baylee’s mom as well as accommodating all skin types.

Is DIME Beauty Actually Clean?

Clean means something to different to each individual and to each brand. I always try to note when a brand uses Phenoxyethanol as their preservative and DIME Beauty does use this chemical. DIME Beauty is also not 100% natural and does use various synthetics in their formulas.

About DIME Beauty Reviews Online

I think most of the DIME reviews out there are pretty misleading. They pretty much all state DIME Beauty is “clean and non toxic” without really understanding or delving into what “clean”actually means to DIME, to themselves or to others. This is why “clean beauty” has such a terrible rep.

Also, many of these reviews are written by non-clean beauty bloggers – I see a book blog and a hair blog stating it’s their favorite skincare brand. I even saw one review stating it’s an unpaid review in the title, yet there’s an affiliate code and affiliate links once you click to read. Overall, a lot of sketchiness around their press.

Most of the articles you read online aren’t sponsored, but they’re still affiliated to the brands included, and yet they don’t all state “unpaid” in their titles. I have no issues with people promoting affiliate codes and links all they want (I do it too), but adding “unpaid” to the title of an affiliated article seems unethical. That being said, trust no one and as always, do your own due diligence.

DIME Beauty Prices

Most DIME Beauty products are under $40. Their serums are $30 and face cream $38.

Where Can You Buy DIME Beauty?

Besides their own website you can buy DIME at:

DIME Beauty is not sold at Sephora.

DIME Beauty Pros:

  • Vegan and cruelty free
  • Affordable luxury
  • All packaging is ethically sourced, free of BPA’s & BPS’, and 100% recyclable
  • Transparent ingredients list
  • No fragrance added (natural and synthetic)

The reason I think so many people are DIME Beauty fans is because the line offers a product for every skincare step and makes it easy to understand how to build a full skincare routine.

DIME Beauty AM Routine:

  1. Gentle Jelly Cleanser
  2. Super Skin Toner
  3. Luminosity Eye Serum
  4. Hyper Glow Serum
  5. Dewy Day Day Cream
  6. Wonderscreen SPF 30

DIME Beauty PM Routine:

  1. Cleansing Balm
  2. Creamy Foam Cleanser
  3. Super Skin Toner
  4. Luminosity Eye Serum
  5. Hyaluronic Acid Serum
  6. TBT Cream
  7. Blue Facial Oil

DIME Hyaluronic Acid Serum

DIME Hyaluronic Acid Serum

The DIME Beauty Hyaluronic Acid serum is made of just a few ingredients, making it one of the simplest formulas I’ve seen.

It’s basically water, sodium hyaluronate and preservative. While there’s nothing wrong with a simple formula, I find that the markup is too high.

At $30 you are essentially paying for the packaging because you can find the same formula in other highly affordable brands. In my experience you can easily find more hard-working formulas that are clean, vegan and sustainable for around the same cost.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

DIME beauty Hyper Glow SerumDIME Hyper Glow Serum

The Hyper Glow Serum is a Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid serum, which is the formula I most appreciate out of the DIME Beauty line. The Vitamin C content is a high 20%, and the serum also contains free radical fighting ingredients like Sweet Orange Extract, Magnolia Bark Extract, and Grape Seed Extract.

This is what I’d actually consider to be “affordable luxury” and not just a marketing slogan.

The DIME Beauty vitamin C serum is thin and lightweight with a silky feel. There’s no sticky residue or oily sensation and helps to smooth and brighten skin.

Ingredients: Water, Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid), Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, DL-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ferulic Acid, Organic Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Resveratrol, Magnolia Acumintata Bark Extract, Phenylpropanol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Tetrasodium EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid Tetrasodium Salt), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin

DIME Beauty Eyelash Boost SerumDIME Eyelash Boost Serum

There has been no clean eyelash serum that has ever wowed me. The difference is so subtle with all the eyelash serums I’ve tried that only I could ever probably notice the difference IRL. The same goes for DIME Beauty’s eyelash serum. I didn’t notice any major difference.

Key Ingredients

  • Amino Acids: Collagen is rich in amino acids that your body needs to build keratin, the protein that makes up the hair. These are the building blocks of hair and most of our bodies.
  • Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1: Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1 has been shown to have positive effects on hair follicles by promoting scalp micro-circulation and reducing the appearance of follicle atrophy and aging.

Formulated Without

  • Prostaglandins: A common ingredient in eyelash serums that often causes irritation, redness, inflammation, and itchiness. It can also darken the color of the iris permanently. DIME Lash Boost Serum is prostaglandin free, so there’s no need to worry about intense irritation or changing of eye color.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Amino Acids (Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Blycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine), Panthenol, Aloe Leaf Extract, Niacinamide, Purslane, Cherbulic Fruit Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Hexanediol, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-4.

DIME Beauty TBT CreamDIME TBT Cream

DIME Beauty’s version of a retinol alternative cream, the TBT Cream contains a proprietary blend of Orobanche Rapum Extract and Bakuchiol.

It’s a rich and dense cream that dry skin types would enjoy.

But other than the few extracts included and Bakuchiol, there are no other notable skincare ingredients in this formula.

There’s a lot of synthetics and silicones like dimethicone, which some of you may be trying to avoid. Naturally these ingredients are going to make the cream glide more smoothly and have a more pleasant texture.

For the formulation, I would say the DIME Beauty cream is overpriced at $38. There are a lot of other affordable options I’ve come across with more skin-beneficial ingredients in their formulas.

Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Ricinoleate, C.C.S Triglyceride, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Isododecane, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate,Polyglyceryl-6 Behenate,C.C.M.S. Triglyceride,Dimethicone, Apple Extract, Bakuchiol, Olive Unsaponifiables, Orobanche Rapum Extract, Phytosterols, Behenyl Alcohol, C.C. Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Stearyl Dimethicone, Octadecene, VP Copolymer, Propanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, 1.2 Hexanediol, Tetrasodium G.D.

Dime Beauty Amazon Store

Dime Beauty Website

Free worldwide shipping is available through their site.

Dime beauty review

 

Necessaire Body Care Review + Discount Code

Launched in 2018, Necessaire is a clean body care line that makes genderless products using ingredients good enough for your face. For Necessaire, if it’s good enough for your face it’s good enough for your body. Today, Necessaire offers body washes, serums, scrubs, oils, lotions and even shampoo and conditioner in unscented and scented versions (eucalyptus lovers rejoice!). Using actives at high concentrations and natural ingredients, Necessaire body washes and lotions allow you to prioritize body care as a form of self care instead of an afterthought. Climate Neutral certified and plastic neutral, Necessaire is strongly focused on being a planet positive brand. Luxurious and minimalistic, Necessaire products are priced in the $20-$30 range. There is some serious hype around Necessaire, so I finally put them to the test. Read on for my Necessaire body wash and lotion review! Use Necessaire discount code OBL to save 10% at Necessaire.

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My Honest Review of Sleep & Glow Pillow + Discount Code

Who knew a beauty sleep pillow existed that’s specifically designed to prevent sleep wrinkles and morning puffiness? I didn’t, but I’m in no way surprised. What I AM surprised about is that said pillow has been bought by 100,000 people around the world — and it costs $200. So, like any good beauty blog would do I got my hands on it to see what Sleep & Glow’s The Omnia pillow is all about. Read on for my honest thoughts in this Sleep & Glow pillow review. Use discount code OBL15 to save 15% sitewide until Nov 29, 2022.

Sleep and glow pillow

About Sleep & Glow

  • Designed with orthopedics and sleep specialists
  • Engineered zones and dimensions
  • Helps reduce morning puffiness thanks to the slight incline in the pillow’s design
  • Uses memory foam and OEKO-TEX certified materials
  • Designed AND made in Europe

Sleep and glow pillow

You can tell from the diagram above explaining each part of the pillow that quite a bit of planning and thought went into the design of the Sleep & Glow pillow. Since they’re charging $200 for a standard sized pillow, I would expect no less than the best quality possible.

Anti wrinkle pillow

Here’s what a cheaper $40 version of an anti wrinkle pillow looks like.

Anti wrinkle pillow

Both the left and right side of the Sleep & Glow The Omnia pillow has a crevice so there’s no pressure or friction happening against your cheek and eye area. The top cradles your head while the bottom touches your jaw and chin. The middle area is slightly concave to cradle your head.

Thanks to the memory foam material, the pillow has a firm yet very comfortable cushion feel. The Omnia is a standard size pillow and much smaller than the rest of my king pillows on my bed.

If you’re a back sleeper then you don’t need to worry about sleep wrinkles, but side and stomach sleepers might want to consider an anti wrinkle pillow if their budget allows for it. There are many products with a similar purpose — silk pillowcases, overnight wrinkle patches, etc. I would consider the Sleep & Glow pillow the most luxurious option out of all.

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If you’re interested in anything at Sleep & Glow, use affiliate discount code OBL15 to save until Nov 29, 2022.

 

How to Tackle A Men’s Skincare Routine in 2023

Men skincare routine

Guest post by Theresa Bass

Let’s talk about men’s skincare. While skin care products for men aren’t always in demand, they are just as necessary to help achieve healthier-looking skin and treat skin concerns. Men face the same challenges with blemishes, troubling acne, and ongoing dryness as everyone else. However, there aren’t as many options to address these problems.

Men skincare

Thankfully, more brands are taking the opportunity to market skin care products to men and develop gender-friendly solutions. The labels may not clearly state for men, but the gender-friendly approach is a step in the right direction for challenging the status quo around skincare and helping men get their hands on helpful solutions.

Even though men can maintain the natural beauty of their skin without doing much (Yes, we’re all jealous!) they should still consider investing in high-quality skincare products.
Men skincare routine

Benefits of a Daily Skincare Routine for Men

Let’s face it: We all have the same skin! Skincare problems and imperfections are not determined by our gender. Skin is a fragile organ (and our biggest one!) While it’s there to protect your organs from outside factors, it needs a little extra protection. 

Here are some other benefits:

Anti-Aging Benefits

Wrinkles and fine lines happen to everyone, including men. No one likes dealing with premature signs of aging. However, with the right skincare routine, men can combat signs of aging, keep their skin hydrated, and improve the visual appeal of their skin. 

Prevent Breakouts

Did you know that as we get older, our skin becomes more prone to breakouts? With the right skincare products and a buttoned-up routine, breakouts and blemishes are easier to prevent. However, without a skincare routine, dirt and grim will continue to build up in your pores, causing more harm than good.

Men skincare routine

What You’ll Need To Build Your Men’s Skincare Routine

We’ll be the first to say you don’t need a full-fledged 10-step skincare routine to see results. All you need is a few trusted skincare products to help them combat signs of premature aging and keep their skin hydrated.

Cleansing Gels

Even though men are not always wearing a full face of makeup, they still need a trusted cleanser to help maintain their clear complexion. Facial cleansers help eliminate dirt, grime, and bacteria that gather in your pores. 

Without a cleansing gel, the bacteria can build up and lead to redness, irritation, and breakouts. Stay away from cleansers that contain alcohol or other irritants. These can strip your skin of natural oils. Instead, look for ones formulated with salicylic acid, vitamin C, or glycerin.

Eye Creams

The skin under our eyes is delicate and requires extra care. With an eye cream, you can target this troubling area and prevent premature signs of aging. Without an extra boost of hydration, you may have problems with fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. 

When searching for an eye cream, consider your concerns. Do you have troubling dark circles? Does the skin often feel dehydrated? Once you know what you’re looking for, you can look for an eye cream geared toward your needs. 

Moisturizer

Everyone needs a go-to luxurious face cream they can rely on. A daily moisturizer helps you retain hydration and keep your skin soft and supple. Everyone should use a moisturizer at least once or twice a day to combat dryness or excess oil.

When looking for a moisturizer, always pay attention to the ingredients list. You only want to give your skin the best of the best. Keep an eye out for fragrance-free solutions formulated with jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, and other nourishing ingredients.

Lastly, when applying your daily moisturizer, get your neck, too. The skin on your neck is extra delicate and could benefit from an extra dose of hydration.

Men skincare routine

Overlooked Steps in Skincare

There are no “rules” for building a skincare routine for men. However, several overlooked skincare steps could keep you from reaching your goals. 

Exfoliator 

A trusted exfoliant is the perfect product to help combat ingrown hairs and help maintain clear skin after shaving. However, you’ll want to be mindful of the ingredients in the exfoliant you choose. Opt for a chemical peel or a gentle formula, use it once or twice a week for best results. 

Lip Care

The skin on our lips is thinner and more delicate than the rest of our skin, so it deserves extra care. With a trusted lip balm by your side, you can combat flaky, dry skin and prevent cracks from forming. Always look for nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, aloe vera, and honey.

SPF

Sunscreen is an overlooked necessity everyone needs. If you don’t add a layer of SPF to your skin every day, you risk damaging the natural allure of your skin and causing premature signs of aging. This skincare essentially helps individuals combat wrinkles and fine lines caused by UV rays. 

Facial Serums

Facial serums and oils provide a more targeted approach to skincare. They allow individuals to get to the root of their problems and combat imperfections. While you don’t need every facial serum on the market, chances are your skin can benefit from at least one or two. 

Facial serums are designed for light application and are an add-on to your current skincare routine. Depending on the forum and how potent the ingredients are, you’ll want to use it once or twice a day.
Men skincare routine

Building a Skincare Routine For Men

Skincare is a genderless necessity that every man should take advantage of if they want to keep their skin healthy and thriving. However, it’s important to note that the only way you’ll start to see results and experience the benefits is with a consistent routine. Turning your skincare routine into an integral part of your daily life is the only way you’ll see long-term results. 

With a skincare guide for men, the right skincare essentials, and consistency, you can maintain your youthful glow and improve the visible appearance of your skin

Tula Skincare Review: Is It Worth It?

TULA skincare

TULA is a probiotics and superfood-forward skincare brand founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a  board-certified, Harvard trained gastroenterologist who has been studying probiotics & their microbiome-balancing benefits for over 20 years. There’s no denying the woman knows her stuff. The brand has become nearly mainstream popular, instantly recognizable by its bright baby blue packaging. While TULA labels itself as a clean beauty brand, it is neither an organic nor green beauty brand — and it is not clean enough for some. They were never 100% natural and have been mixing synthetics with natural ingredients before it became more normalized in clean beauty. After many years, I finally bit the bullet and bought several best seller TULA skincare products. Read on for my honest opinion of TULA.

TULA skincare

While the brand is not suited to my particular taste and not something I would use on my own outside of testing purposes, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the TULA products I tried.

TULA bans 1600 ingredients from their products, but they are not 100% clean as they do include fragrance with no indication of natural origin, artificial coloring and other synthetic ingredients.

Tula skincare

Overall, TULA has the usual moisturizer, toner and serum type products, but they also like to be innovative and have some interesting product types and textures.

I initially thought TULA was priced to be accessible for the younger generation and was disappointed to find that for a brand that doesn’t look at all like luxury, their prices were relatively steep. The TULA Moisturizer costs a whopping $54 while the cleansers are just under $40.

TULA skincare

The TULA cleanser, TULA sunscreen and TULA eye balm stick stood out to me most.

Tula sunscreen
TULA Daily Sunscreen Gel

First of all, TULA’s sunscreen uses 100% chemical filters. When I first saw the gel squeezing out of the tube I wondered if I had received a product that went bad. The bumpy uneven texture of the gel looked like the product had somewhat separated, perhaps from being past expiry. But I think this is just what the products look like as it wasn’t past expiry and applied just fine.
TULA Daily Sunscreen gel

I was also expecting a traditional gel, something more of a dense clear gel. It’s a creamy looking thin serum-gel that goes on applying like a watery serum, The mica adds a pearlescent shimmery glow that you may or may not appreciate. Upon immediate application, skin looks very hydrated and dries down to like you never applied anything at all.

TULA Sunscreen Gel is a non-comedogenic formula with skincare-first ingredients like probiotic extracts, pineapple & papaya. It has absolutely no white cast, but that’s because it uses no mineral UV filters at all and only chemical ones.

Ingredients:

Does not contain live cultures. Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5% Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Pentylene Glycol, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Ectoin, Glycerin, Arginine, Hydroxyectoin, l(Pineapple) Fruit Extract,(Papaya) Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Triethyl Citrate,(Orange) Peel Extract, (Lemon) Peel Extract, (Pear) Fruit Extract, (Apple) Fruit Extract,(Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Pimpinella Anisum Fruit Extract, Mica, Tocopherol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide, Dibutyl Ethylhexanoyl Glutamide, Propanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

TULA Moisturizer

TULA Day + Night Moisturizer

TULA’s moisturizer feels and looks almost identical to just about every other mid-market moisturizer I’ve tried. It’s made of anywhere between 70-99% water, butylene glycol and ethylbexyl palmitate and costs $54 — already grossly overpriced in my book. Not sure why it needs to have Dimethicone, when it’s supposed to be skincare.

I can see why it’s TULA’s most popular product because everyone wants a face cream that feels moisturizing, has a pleasant smooth texture and sinks in nicely. It does have some unique ingredients like Yogurt, Chicory Root and fruit extracts. But I still think there are much cleaner and better clean moisturizers that are way more affordable than TULA’s.

Not a fan of the scent.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Lactose, Lactis Proteinum/Milk Protein/Protéine du lait, Yogurt Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile végétale, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnama

TULA Eye Balm

TULA Eye Balm

While this eye product is a completely unnecessary product in a skincare routine, it’s kind of fun to use because of the novelty factor. This is a cooling and brightening undereye balm stick with a baby blue shade (artificial colors). It does have the subtlest brightening effect thanks to the shimmer from Tin Oxide.

It’s a slick and dense balm stick that’s not emollient, so only the slightest bit of product is applied with one swipe.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Stearate, Xylitol, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Oleth-20, Glycerin, Caffeine, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract) Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium PCA, Diphenyl Succinate, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Menthyl Lactate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lactate, Tin Oxide, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

TULA Purifying Cleanser

TULA Purifying Cleanser

The TULA Purifying Cleanser is a true jelly cleanser. It feels so much like fluffy jelly, which makes for an interesting cleansing experience. I don’t feel like it’s heavy duty enough to use without doing a double cleanse, but it does feel pleasant on the skin. If you’re looking for a standard gel cleanser, this isn’t it.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Lactose, Lactis Proteinum/Milk Protein/Protéine du lait, Yogurt Powder, Olus Oil/Vegetable Oil/Huile végétale, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-7 Caprylate/Caprate, Inulin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disteareth-75 IPDI, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenethyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol

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Annmarie Skincare Review 2022 + Discount Code

Annmarie skincare

Founded in 2009 Annmarie Skincare is one of the OG organic skincare brands creating pure and wildcrafted skincare since before clean beauty was ever a term. They’re also an incredible resource for all things natural beauty and holistic living if you peruse their blog. Annmarie is focused on wildcrafted ingredients, meaning they’re hand picked in the wild where they grow naturally and have not undergone commercial farming methods. I first used Annmarie products almost a decade ago and at various points in time since then (bummed they discontinued their essential oil blends!). I appreciate that they haven’t entered any major retailers and have remained a high quality operation after all these years. Read on for my Annmarie skincare review. (Save 25% with code SAVE25 on $50 orders for Black Friday.)

 

Annmarie skincare

Annmarie Handcrafted Skincare Process

Step 1: Select

Annmarie carefully selects organic and wildcrafted ingredients—including herbs and plant extracts. They carefully audit their sources to ensure that they continue to meet Annmarie’s standards of purity and sustainability.

Step 2: Infuse

The selected herbs are then infused into aloe vera and into skin nutritive oils for up to 30 days at low heat (never over 95°). These infusions are used as the vibrant base for all Annmarie products.

Step 3: Craft

Then natural plant extracts, high antioxidant plant and seed oils, skin supporting nutrients and aromatherapy are added to create active and effective natural products. Finally, the products are packaged using Miron glass and sustainable materials.

Are Annmarie Products Vegan?

The Annmarie line is mostly vegan EXCEPT for the following products: Illuminating Pearl Mask, Coconut Honey Mask, Anti-Aging Eye Cream, Sun Love, & Antioxidant Lip Balm.

Annmarie anti aging oil

Annmarie Anti Aging Facial Oil

The Annmarie Anti Aging Facial Oil is one of my top favorite Annmarie products. If there’s only one product you could buy from Annmarie, then this is the product I would suggest. It’s great for dry and mature skin and is formulated with over 13 different seed oils and CO2 extracts.

What makes this face oil unique is that the base oils are herb-infused with echinacea, lotus, ginkgo leaf, life everlasting, rhodiola, green tea, lady’s mantle, violet, plantain, sacred frankincense, lemon balm, and more.

It also contains chia, goji berry, and broccoli oil along with rosehip, seabuckthorn, pomegranate, buriti fruit, acai fruit and more.

It’s lightweight and silky and doesn’t feel greasy at all. The scent is highly sweet and herbal.

Annmarie anti aging serum

Annmarie Anti Aging Serum

This incredibly thin and light serum is jam packed with organic and wildcrafted ingredients blended to help firm and revitalize skin. Instead of a water base, you have an organic aloe Vera base, Rose Hydrosoul and more aloe vera juice that’s infused with amla fruit, calendula, comfrey, fennel seed, ginkgo leaf, life everlasting, milk thistle, gotu kola, nette leaf, plantain, horsetail, rhodiola root, rooibos, rosemary, and schisandra.

Then you have the star ingredients, believe it or not, of Buddleja davidii and Edelweiss to protect skin from external aggressors, hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate and nourishing oils. Annmarie Anti Aging Serum has an earthy, grounding herbal scent thanks to the addition of vetiver.

Annmarie body butter

Annmarie Palo Santo Body Butter

As a Palo Santo lover, I’ve never met a Palo Santo-centric beauty product I didn’t like. There’s a spiritual quality and distinct aroma to palo santo that makes it so special. The Annmarie Body Butter is more like a dense buttery balm and not a creamy butter. The palo santo is wildcrafted in Ecuador from a non-endangered species and sustainably harvested solely from fallen trees and branches.
Annmarie Palo Santo body butter

Palo Santo Body Butter is made purely from butters and oils like jojoba, kukui nut, cocoa, shea  and macadamia. I like that the palo santo scent is quite fragrant and not subtle – the stronger the palo santo the better for me. It’s very rich and dense, perfect for the dry winter months to come.

Annmarie Aloe herb Cleanser

Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser

This is an interesting cleanser because it’s a cream cleanser, and yet it’s not exactly a cream, but more of silky oil-cream that feels similar to a creamy serum. The uplifting sweet citrus scent is phenomenal. Note that this cleanser does contain coconut oil.

Annmarie aloe herb cleanser
Like the name suggests, the Aloe Herb Cleanser contains an herbal infusion of hyssop, lemon balm, neem, lavender, calendula and more. Thanks to the oil content, this cleanser feels very nourishing and non-stripping. It doesn’t sud but melts makeup and sunscreen off.

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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.

 

 

 

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.

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!

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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

 

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

NuFace Microcurrent device

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

Alpyn beauty sephora

Alpyn Beauty

Herbivore sephora

Herbivore

Bloomeffects Tulip Dew

Bloomeffects

Coola Sephora

Coola

Kora Organics

Dr Barbara Sturm sephora

Dr Barbara Sturm

Caudalie sephora

Caudalie

Saint Jane beauty sephora

Saint Jane Beauty

Prima sephora

Prima

Ranavat sephora

Ranavat

INNBEAUTY project Sephora

Innbeauty Project

Rms beauty sephora

rms beauty

REN ready steady glow AHA tonic

REN Skincare

Moon juice Sephora

Moon Juice

54 thrones butter sephora

54 Thrones

Beauty chef Sephora

The Beauty Chef

Ilia sephora

ILIA Kosas

Athr beauty eyeshadow sephora

ATHR Beauty

Tower 28 sephora

Tower 28

Saie beauty Sephora

Saie Beauty

Westman atelier sephora

Westman Atelier

Hyper skin sephora

Hyper Skin

Vegamour Sephora

Vegamour

Briogeo sephora

Briogeo

Ceremonia sephora

Ceremonia

Lilah b sephora

Lilah B.

Floral street sephora
Floral Street

Ellis Brooklyn sephora

Ellis Brooklyn

By Rosie Jane sephora

By Rosie Jane

Phlur sephora

Phlur

Skylar sephora

Skylar

Clean classic sephora

Clean Classic

Heretic parfum sephora

Heretic Parfum

Clean reserve Sephora

Clean Reserve

Maison Louis Marie Sephora

Maison Louis Marie

Abbott sephora

Abbott

Dedcool sephora

Dedcool

The 7 virtues Sephora

The 7 Virtues

Dame Sephora

Dame

Topicals sephora
Topicals

Flora Bast sephora

Flora + Bast

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

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

Check out: 25 Best Clean Perfume Brands

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

 

(To be updated)

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.

Black Friday: 20% off on Amazon

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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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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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

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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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.

 

12 Best Non-Toxic Natural Winter Perfumes 2022

Today I’m sharing my favorite natural winter fragrances now that the colder months are just around the corner! Instead of the citrus, aquatic, and green notes that speak to me during summer, I find myself craving darker, earthier, heavier and gourmand scents that are sexy, cozy and comforting. I have an in-depth guide to clean and organic perfumes if you’d like more info on what exactly is a clean perfume versus an organic perfume, along with other related topics. Otherwise, read on for my top picks for fall and winter perfumes that are natural and non-toxic!

Henry Rose dark is night

Dark Is Night by Henry Rose

  • Includes synthetics

Famously founded by Michelle Pfeiffer, Henry Rose is a unisex clean perfume brand that’s as safe and transparent as possible. Michelle Pfeiffer swore off conventional fragrance when her kids were born over a decade ago, and in 2019 launched Henry Rose with five perfumes. Henry Rose is the only line of clean perfumes to be formulated with the Environmental Working Group. They’re also 100% transparent in disclosing every ingredient used and hold multiple certifications that ensure quality and safety. Henry Rose is EWG Verified (stands for health, transparency, and good manufacturing practices) and Cradle to Cradle Certified (one of the world’s most rigorous product sustainability standards).

sexy smoky earthy vanilla

Dark Is Night is beautiful, sexy and interesting. This is a very rich and heavy scent, and the longest lasting scent in the Henry Rose line. I spritzed this in the morning and I could still smell it in the early evening. I’d totally want a full sized bottle of Dark Is Night for winter. The notes are vetiver, freesia, patchouli and vanilla bean, but I mostly detect just the patchouli and vanilla bean.

Shop Henry Rose here

 

By Rosie Jane perfume

James by Rosie Jane (and Lake)

  • Includes synthetics

By Rosie Jane is a beauty and fragrance brand founded in 2012 by celebrity makeup artist, rosie jane johnston. While Rosie Jane was pregnant, every fragrance made her nauseous, so she decided to create her own — and By Rosie Jane was born!

James is a woodsy amber fig scent with a subtle hint of floral. Also lovely if you want something that isn’t distinctly feminine but smells woodsy, warm and cozy yet not overly masculine. Other great winter perfumes by Rosie Jane are Dylan, which leans more masculine than James and Lake, a vanilla perfume with a hint of citrus.

Shop By Rosie Jane here

 

The 7 virtues vetiver elemi

Vetiver Elemi by The 7 Virtues

  • Includes synthetics

Highly feminine, Vetiver Elemi is a sweet earthy scent that’s perfect for winter. The opening of the perfume hits you with bright citrus bergamot that quickly fades away. While the heart notes are holiday favorites nutmeg and cardamom along with florals, it’s the warm cedarwood, patchouli and vetiver that dominate.

TOP: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Elemi
HEART: Cardamom, Cumin, Nutmeg, Jasmine, Geranium, Rose
BASE: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Amber, Moss

 

Heretic dirty hinoki

Dirty Hinoki by Heretic Parfum (Personal Fave)

  • Includes synthetics

Heretic Parfum uses naturally derived botanical ingredients in an organic non-GMO alcohol base to create clean fragrances that explore the unpolished version of plants and flowers. Heretic perfumes encapsulate the raw and wild side of nature and have names like Dirty Hinoki and Dirty Coconut. Their fragrances are Unisex, vegan, and cruelty-free and handcrafted in small batches at their Los Angeles studio. Heretic Parfum offers an interesting and sometimes unusual take on classic notes like vanilla, coconut, sandalwood, lavender and more.

With Dirty Hinoki, I get both worlds of masculine and feminine in one bottle, though if this is absolutely a feminine perfume. The opening of Dirty Hinoki is a juicy burst of fruit which fades to reveal woodsy notes with a caramel sweetness. Depending on the day and the weather, I sometimes get a stronger woodsy scent and sometimes a stronger sweet scent. Beautifully complex, the dry down seems to reveal a completely different perfume, one that’s highly feminine and sweet. It’s perfect for fall and winter, but frankly you could wear this year round!

TOP: Lemon, Cedar, Nutmeg, Thyme, Pine
HEART: Hinoki, Cypress
BASE: Elemi, Wormwood, Fir Absolute, Ambrettolide, Balsam, Frankincense

Henry Rose torn

Torn by Henry Rose (Personal Fave)

  • Includes synthetics

sweet warm vanilla floral

I’m such a sucker for vanilla scents and Torn is no exception. This is a yummy vanilla floral perfume with Rose, violet and jasmine at the heart and a base of Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla Bean and Praline. I love the addition of both patchouli and violet, which are scent notes I don’t find used together very often in clean perfume lines that aren’t 100% natural and include synthetics.

To me this is a scent that seducts yet still has a playful side. It’s a cozy, sultry, warm and sweet vanilla perfume that I can see most vanilla lovers enjoying or millennials upgrading to a more sophisticated vanilla scent. I cannot picture this scent on a man or on an older generation of women.

For a powdery floral perfume by Henry Rose for winter, check out Flora Carnivora.

Ellis Brooklyn amber

Super Amber by Ellis Brooklyn

  • Includes synthetics

Sephora aisle staple, Ellis Brooklyn Super Amber is a simple and linear scent without top or base notes and is perfect for Amber and vanilla lovers. Super Amber feels like a cozy sweater hug and is warm and sultry. It’s not a strong perfume at all, which is why it works so well layered with other louder perfumes. The notes are Amber, Vanilla Orchid, Virginia Cedarwood, Musk.

Shop Super Amber here

Aftelier perfumes smoke vanilla

Smoke Vanilla by Aftelier Perfumes

  • 100% natural

A dark and sophisticated vanilla with a whole lot of smokiness, Aftelier Perfume’ Smoke Vanilla is a must try for organic perfume nerds. This grown up vanilla scent made of vanilla absolute from Madagascar is accentuated with the dark smokiness of lapsang souchong tea and warm balsamic wood notes of Siam Wood. Note that this is not a sweet feminine vanilla. Aftelier Perfumes is great at making heady animalic perfumes.One seed perfume Bohemia

Bohemia by One Seed (unisex)

  • 100% natural / 80% organic

One Seed has been designing and making perfumes with care from their studio in Adelaide, South Australia since 2009. Their 100% natural and vegan perfumes are made without any synthetics and are at least 80% organic. Using pure, botanical and cruelty free ingredients, One Seed’s award-winning line of unisex fragrances have unique scent profiles fit for the epicurious.

Bohemia is probably one of the most out-of-the-box, interesting scents I’ve tried and I can imagine not everyone would gravitate towards Bohemia, but I actually liked it. Bohemia is an oriental gourmand that’s exotic, warm, and sultry. This is one of those rare scents that would be just as amazing on men as on women. Notes are Jasmine, dark chocolate, amber, pink grapefruit, tonka bean, rose, tea leaves. One Seed’s Solitude is also a great perfume for winter.

Providence perfume co

Irisque by Providence Perfume Co

  • 100% natural

Providence Perfume Co is a truly natural and organic perfume brand based out of Providence, Rhode Island. They offer fine fragrance-esque botanical perfumes along with perfume classes taught by award-winning perfumer and founder Charna Ethier.

  • Notes: Orris root, Germanica and Pallida iris, oud, deep carrot seed and botanical musk
  • A rich iris scent that’s musky and powdery
  • A more grown up floral with an oud quality
  • Smells like you dug up the iris with your own hands along with the soil
  • The rooty dark character of Irisque makes it lean masculine and would smell amazing on a man

Abbott nyc sequoia perfume

Sequoia by Abbott NYC (unisex)

  • Includes synthetics

This is the most masculine scent in this winter fragrance list. Founded by Jose Alvarez and Michael Pass and now in Sephora stores, Abbott is clean, PETA certified vegan and cruelty-free and eco-driven. Abbott sets itself from other clean fragrance brands by celebrating the vast wonders of the American outdoors through their perfumes. Their mission is to create healthy and conscious fragrances using the cleanest and most sustainable ingredients. Abbott scents are designed by two senior perfumers who have made scents for Burberry, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs among others.

Sequoia took me by surprise. At first I thought this scent was way too smoky and masculine. But then it grew on me and now I am really enjoying it, especially layered with a more feminine or gourmand perfume. It’s a bold, unique scent that’s very grounded. If you enjoy dark and earthy scents, you’ll like Sequoia.

Bohemian reves desert fleurs

Desert Fleur by Bohemian Reves

  • 100% natural

If you’re looking for a super simple 100% natural patchouli-vanilla perfume that’s still rich and decadent, then check out Bohemian Reves’ Desert Fleur. There’s something addictive about this scent that has me reaching for it constantly. It’s also one of the most affordable options in this post.

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Floral street perfume

Wild Vanilla Orchid by Floral Street

  • Includes synthetics

For a fine fragrance-sque vanilla patchouli perfume, UK brand & Sephora aisle staple Floral Street makes a perfume called Wild Vanilla Orchid worth checking out. This, to me, 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). Overall, the Floral Street perfume line is highly sweet, floral and girly, some a little too much for my personal taste. Wild Vanilla Orchid is one that I can enjoy from time to time. It has notes of cassis, citrus and vanilla as the opening, heart notes of bamboo and jasmine and base notes of Sandalwood, patchouli, orchid and vanilla bean.

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REN Skincare Review 222

REN Skincare is a UK clean beauty brand started over 20 years ago in 2000 and that’s now owned by corporate giant Unilever. REN to me is mass manufactured clean beauty on the biggest scale possible. Even though REN isn’t 100% natural or organic, I’ve tried a lot of REN products over the years as they’re such a well-known established brand. Most of their products aren’t particularly impressive to me, though they are decent. Keep in mind that REN was originally created for sensitive skin, and many of their collections have gentle formulations. REN’s standout product , in my opinion, is their Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic. Read on for my REN skincare review.

REN Skincare

REN Skincare Collections

REN has five skincare collections:

  • Evercalm
  • Clearcalm
  • Radiance
  • Bio Retinoid
  • Perfect Canvas

There’s a strong focus on sensitive skin throughout the line. While this may be a broken skin barrier’s dream, REN is not a potent anti-aging skincare line.

REN Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic

REN Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic

This is my favorite product from what I’ve tried in the REN line. It’s a generously sized bottle that lasts forever for a very reasonable price, but most importantly, it works for me. REN’s AHA Tonic contains:

  • Lactic Acid (AHA) from sugar cane
  • Salicin (BHA) from Willow Bark
  • Azelaic Acid Precursors from Olives

This product reminds me of Youth To The People’s acid toner in that it’s gentle yet still effective. I can use this product daily without irritating my skin and it works well at toning, smoothing out and exfoliating my skin.

REN Dark Spot Sleeping Cream
REN Dark Spot Sleeping Cream

I’m pleasantly surprised that REN decided to create a product inspired by the Korean skincare industry’s popular sleeping mask product category. It’s basically a face mask that you leave on all night so it works for 8 hours instead of the usual 20 minutes you’d leave a regular face mask on.

REN’s Dark Spot Sleeping Cream is made with Encapsulated Algae Complex to reduce discoloration and Glycogen from corn to lock in corn. On its own I don’t believe this cream can get rid of any hyperpigmentation, but I like it as part of a hyperpigmentation-fighting routine that involves plenty of corrective serums. This Sleeping Cream is a replacement for my regular moisturizers that basically just serve to lock in moisture when I’m trying to fade new sun damage.

I like the light silky texture, but it does have a strange smell.
REN EVERCALM Global Day Protection Cream

REN Evercalm Global Day Protection Cream

The REN Global Day Protection Cream is formulated as part of their Evercalm line and specifications for dry, sensitive, stressed skin and eczema-prone skin. It’s made with a synergetic blend of antioxidants and free radical neutralisers along with hydrating Sea Buckthorn Oil, Camellia and Calendula Oils and REN’s Global Protection Complex.

This is a medium weight cream with no scent and actually feels very nice applied. I don’t feel that REN particularly excels at consistencies and textures (they all feel very generic to me).

REN EVERCALM Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask

REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask

Creamt hydrating mask that helps soothe, calm and hydrate.
Beta Glucan from yeast White Mushroom Extract Arnica Extract

REN EVERCALM rescue balm

REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm

I like an exquisitely formulated face balm and REN’s Recovery Balm falls short with its coco-caprylate base and waxy texture. It does have a handful of good ingredients like Enzymatically Activated Olive, Almond, Borage and Linseed Oils, Jojoba and Sunflower Oil and Beta-Glucan. But that’s just about all that I like about this face balm. It has a strange texture that I don’t find pleasant applied, almost like a plastic-y vaseline.

REN EVERCALM Anti-Redness Serum

REN EVERCALM Redness Relief Serum

If your skin is feeling irritated or your skin barrier is broken, I think the REN Redness Relief Serum is a decent product for its soothing and calming properties. It contains fast-acting White Mushroom-powered, which was selected because it’s clinically proven to reduce redness after just 30 minutes. This thin milky white serum is lightweight and provides some hydration along with protection using beta-carotene and biosaccharide.

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Strange Invisible Perfume Review 2022

Strange Invisible Perfume

Created by botanical perfumer Alexandra Bahaloutis, Strange Invisible creates 100% natural, botanical, and hydrodistilled fragrances from biodynamic, wild-crafted, and certified organic plants. Strange Invisible never uses synthetic aromas, perfume flavorings, or isolates and all raw materials are sourced or made by their master distiller. If you’re in Southern California, you can experience the perfumes in person at their store in Venice Beach, CA.

Strange Invisible Perfume

I tried several Strange Invisible perfumes and am sharing my thoughts on each below.

Overall I found Strange Invisible offered a good number of both masculine-leaning and feminine-leaning scents. Perfumes like Fair Verona, Epic Gardenia, Dimanche are distinctly feminine while Aquarian Rose and Black Rosette are unisex / masculine. They can also lean narcotic.

Strange Invisible is not a perfume line I’d recommend for natural perfume newbies, as these scents are highly unique, and for lack of a better word, advanced. If you’re a clean perfume beginner, I would recommend starting off with lines like Ellis Brooklyn or By Rosie Jane which are made to appeal to the masses. If you want to venture deeper into the world of 100% natural perfumery, then Strange Invisible is a brand you should check out.

Longevity

Because these are 100% natural with zero synthetics, they won’t last nearly as long as chemical perfumes. The longevity for Strange Invisible is about 1-2 hours and at the third hour and beyond it’s a very faint skin scent. So consider yourself warned!

Strange Invisible Perfume

Fair Verona

Fair Verona is a Jasmine perfume that’s a heady feminine floral. I wore Fair Verona often during the summer but probably won’t wear it alone during the winter without layering with earthier perfumes. Fair Verona feels bright thanks to mimosa, Bergamot and pink grapefruit, and while it does contain Sandalwood, this is not a woodsy perfume at all to me.

I had my friend, who is not a clean perfume gal at all, try Fair Verona and her reaction was that it was “too strong.”

Notes: Jasmine, sandalwood, mimosa & pink grapefruit.

Dimanche

Dimanche might be my favorite from the Strange Invisible line. I’m not sure why I got Fair Verona in the full size now! Must have been because it was during the middle of summer and I wanted to smell like a garden in full bloom.

Dimanche is a honey blossom scent to me — floral yet distinctly warm, yummy and honeyed. This would be such a great scent for fall and winter.

Notes: Iris, hydro-distilled rose, honey, amber & cacao.

Black Rosette

Black Rosette and Aquarian Rose are two scents that I couldn’t get on board with. I can appreciate the botanical Alchemy and creativity behind them, but these perfumes just weren’t for me. If anything, they may be more suited to a man’s taste as they felt like a very masculine rose. Black Rosette has a very loud, almost obnoxious opening, and overall, the scent smells like a black licorice rose to me.

Notes: Hydro-distilled rose, black tea, leather & spearmint.

L’Invisible

L’Invisible is a beautiful scent that’s a warm yellow floral but it’s very hard to put my finger on this one because all the notes seem to be blended together in very quiet, subtle harmony while the ylang ylang remains dominant. L’Invisible feels a bit too grown for me, but I can see an older generation appreciating it.

Notes: Amber, oakmoss, ylang ylang, hydro-distilled rose & lemon

Strange Invisible Perfume

 

Chasin Unicorns Review 2022

Chasin Unicorns is a clean bath & body brand with a focus on crystals and self-care. They’re most known for their monthly self-care subscription box through which you can try out a variety of their bath & body products along with products from other brands they’ve collaborated with — for a fraction of the regular value. Shoutout to my follower Cynth for putting me onto this brand! They are wildly affordable, so anyone regardless of budget can enjoy clean self-care products. Read on for my Chasin Unicorns review, plus save with discount code OBL at the Chasin Unicorns website.

Chasin unicorns

Chasin Unicorns is:

  • 100% certified organic
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Crystal-infused
  • Ethically sourced

One of the products did leak a bit in transit, but thankfully it was just the small lip Polish jar and not any of the larger body care items.

Chasin unicorns bath bomb

Chasin Unicorns Bath Bombs

The Chasin Unicorns organic bath bombs were my favorite. Because these are affordable products, the body oil packaging wasn’t my favorite as it was lower in quality than many other I use. Love that they’re in glass though. Chasin Unicorns sells their organic bath bombs in bundles as well as individually and they’re often sold out.

Chasin unicorns bath bomb

The bath bombs are all natural with Organic Himalayan Salt, Magnesium (hallelujah!), oils, Rose water, sage smudge and essential oils. They make it fun by adding an actual small crystal in the center, so you have a surprise at the end plus an extra crystal to add to your collection.

Chasin unicorns

Chasin Unicorns Bath & Body

The Chasin Unicorns Body Oil is made with only organic oils along with crystals, including Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Olive, Sweet Almond and more. There’s also the additional touch of real organic dried rose petals placed in the jar. Heart Chakra Body Oil is a rich oil with a rose geranium scent that’s slightly herbal.

Ingredients: Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Macadamia Nut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Fractionated Coconut (MCT) Oil, Organic Vitamin E Oil, Organic Rosemary Antioxidant, Organic Rose Absolute & Geranium Essential Oils, Organic Dried Rose Florals, Rose Quartz Crystals.

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Riddle Oil Perfume Review

Riddle oil perfume

Riddle Oil is a clean perfume oil brand that hails from Venice Beach, CA. Founded in 2013 by Chelsea Voge, Riddle Oil offers seven signature scents, each with a distinct personality and designed to suit a different occasion. As these are perfume oils, the scent lays close to the skin though certain scents project more than others. If you love Riddle Oil’s scents, they also come in roll-on oils, spray lotions, full-body oils, and candles. Read on for my thoughts on each of Riddle Oil’s perfumes!

Riddle oil perfume

I tried the Riddle Oil discovery set as well as a full sized bottle of the Original.
Riddle oil perfume

My favorite Riddle Oil perfume is currently Muse! This is a perfect scent for summer, so I’m not sure which of the other scents will take its place as my favorite come fall and winter. My least favorite scents are Ex and Poppy. Fragrance being so personal, I always recommend getting a discovery set if you’re interested in a brand.

Original

Original is the simplest scent of all the Riddle Oils and I’d describe it as very much a linear skin scent. The notes are Amber and musk for a scent that’s basically your skin but enhanced. Original is the lightest Riddle Oil perfume and lays very close to the skin. If you’re wanting something super subtle, this is a great option, but definitely not for someone looking for sillage. Original would be great layered with other bolder scents.

Riddle oil perfume

Muse

Muse is one of Riddle Oil’s most complex scents and it also happens to be a very summer appropriate perfume thanks to the coconut note. It’s feminine, sweet, floral and I’d even say tropical, but also warm and subtly woodsy thanks to amber and sandalwood. This multi-dimensional fragrance is my favorite from the Riddle Oil range. You have notes of peony, coconut, magnolia, amber, bergamot and sandalwood.

Sphinx

Sphinx is a perfume I can enjoy but I neither love it nor hate it. Like Original, Sphinx is a linear scent with only base notes. It doesn’t have the complexity or depth of some of their other perfumes, but if you enjoy musky and woodsy scents you might like Sphinx.

Santal

Santal is one of Riddle’s most unique scents as I haven’t come across a perfume quite like it yet. There’s a sweet resinous quality to this woodsy perfume for me, even though Riddle describes it as spicy. I find Santal to be a scent that leans spiritual and more for personal use than a perfume you’d wear for others. I personally enjoy this scent, but I would definitely recommend trying before buying a full size. Santal’s notes are cardamom, amber, sandalwood, orchid and cassis.

Ex

Ex is a heady, narcotic perfume for me with animalic traits. Just based off reading the notes, I expected a very different perfume than what I actually got. Sandalwood, Rose, Violet, jasmine — these are all notes I’m very familiar with, but I’m guessing it’s the Moss that overpowers this scent for me. Ex is an intense and overwhelming fragrance that isn’t for the faint-hearted. I should have guessed from its name “Ex” that this perfume might be outrageously bold. I can just imagine Ex is trying to embody raw female sexuality or sexual power after a breakup. Love the concept, but the scent just isn’t for me.

Poppy

I have never met a poppy inspired scent that I’ve enjoyed and sadly this one is no different. Poppy has notes of orange blossom, lemon, Rose and ylang ylang. I find it to be too synthetic for my personal taste and much too young and bright.

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Salt and Stone Review

Salt and stone

Salt and Stone is a clean skincare and sunscreen brand from Los Angeles that’s inspired by the sea. Salt and Stone products are made with the active lifestyle in mind, from skincare infused with seaweed for sun chafed skin to deodorants that work longer for athletes. Packaged in upcycled ocean plastic and recyclable materials and manufactured by renewable solar and hydroelectric energy, Salt and Stone products are as eco-friendly as can be. Note that this is not a 100% natural brand and does use synthetics. Read on for my Salt and Stone review.

Salt and stone

Salt and stone Lightweight Sheer Daily Sunscreen SPF 40
Lightweight Sheer Daily Sunscreen SPF 40

I had seen the Salt and Stone sunscreen sticks around for years, but never bit the bullet and tried their sunscreen until recently. TheEcoAesthetic recommended I try their recent launch, the Lightweight Sheer Daily Sunscreen, so I purchased it off Amazon. This has a very high zinc oxide content at nearly 23% so I know I’m being adequately protected.

Being a 100% mineral sunscreen, Salt and Stone Lightweight Sunscreen feels and looks like a thick zinc oxide cream, but once applied it actually blends in well without feeling greasy. You’ll have a somewhat satin sheen that dries down to a more natural finish. As for the white cast, there is some white cast if you use a lot of sunscreen like I do. I can’t see this working for deeper skin tones.

The Salt and Stone SPF 40 doesn’t have any scent.

Salt and stone sunscreen

Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano) 22.75%

Purified Water, Coco-Caprylate Caprate, Octyl- dodecanol, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Gluconolactone, Isostearic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta.

Salt and stone deodorant

Salt and Stone Deodorant

This all natural deodorant is formulated to provide extra strength protection and comes in a variety of earthy and fresh scents. Salt and Stone deodorant is made without aluminum, alcohol, parabens and dyes. Note that it does contain sodium bicarbonate in case you’re sensitive. It has a dense cream consistency that leans dry rather than mushy.

Salt and stone Deodorant

There are some decent skin-nourishing ingredients like Seaweed extracts & hyaluronic acid, probiotics and butters and oils. Another thing to note is that it contains natural fragrance, which means it’s not scented from 100% essential oils but most likely fragrance oils or synthetics.

I tried the Salt and Stone deodorant in Santal which has a sultry earthy scent profile from:

Top — Violet Leaves, Cardamom
Middle — Orris, Ambrox, Cedar
Base — Australian Sandalwood, Amber, Crystal

Antioxidant Body Wash

The Salt and Stone Body Wash is a bulk size pump jar of over 15 fl oz at $36. It reminds me of Necessaire body washes with its minimal design and tube. The Antioxidant Body Wash also has a number of skin-beneficial ingredients like:

  • Seaweed Extracts & Spirulina
  • Blueberry Extract & Vitamin C
  • Niacinamide
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Probiotics

While it’s a perfectly fine body wash, in terms of ingredient purity, Salt and Stone doesn’t have the cleanest ingredients list of them all. For example, natural fragrance is listed high up on the ingredients list, and I don’t really see the need for Polyquaternium when my other body washes don’t include it. I do like that instead of Phenoxyethanol they use Sodium Benzoate as the preservative.

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Salt and stone face cream

Kinship Skincare Review 2022

Kinship is an affordable clean, cruelty free and plant-based skincare line that launched in 2019 by scientists and industry experts. Kinship already have a cult following thanks to their Self Reflect Rose Sunscreen and are at Ulta stores everywhere. Placing skin barrier health above all, Kinship is probiotic-focused with each product featuring their Kinbiome, a proprietary microbiome technology that supports a healthy skin barrier. Read on for my Kinship skincare review! Save 20% on Kinship here until Oct 23, 2022 (Discount automatically applied at checkout).

Kinship sunscreen

Kinship has whimsical yet somehow still sophisticated packaging, though far from luxury. Bright and holographic yet also minimalistic, there’s something about Kinship’s design that draws you in. Budget clean beauty has a refreshing new look thanks to brands like Kinship!

Kinship is a brand that loves super sweet scents – The new Kinship sunscreen smells like vanilla, moisturizer like marshmallow and cleansers like jolly ranchers. So if that’s not your thing, you might want to skip Kinship.

Note that Kinship uses Phenoxyethanol as the preservative in their products.
Kinship Self Reflect Sport SPF 60

Kinship Sunscreen Review

Kinship’s 100% mineral zinc oxide sunscreen is a moisturizing sunscreen that has a balmy consistency. While this is great for dry skin types, I’m not sure how or if oily skin would like Kinship sunscreen.

Kinship self reflect sunscreen

For me personally, because I prefer a sunscreen more on the matte side, the Kinship sunscreen is a little too emollient and leaves my skin shiny. It IS thin, light and silky even though it leans oily.

If I’m adding makeup on top the oily nature of Kinship sunscreen is less of an issue, but the reapplication ability still remains an issue. I do love that Self Reflect has high zinc oxide content and offer SPF 60.

Kinship sunscreen

Kinship is an affordable dupe to Luzern La Defense Sunscreen which is also emollient. The consistency is similar though not identical. La Défense is more dense than Kinship. At just $24-$28 Kinship is a budget friendly sunscreen that’s skincare centric. It contains three types of plant-based lipids that strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, postbiotic acerola cherry ferment and plant based emollients.

Kinship Supermello hydrating gel cream

 

Kinship Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream

For those of you who don’t like cream moisturizers or find them too heavy during warmer months, Kinship Supermello is an extremely light gel cream that feels weightless. A great alternative for people who hate creams, Kinship is an oily skin or acneic skin’s dream come true.

Kinship Supermello Gel Cream

Supermello also has a yummy marshmallow scent that can be strong at first, but fades after you apply it. Like I mentioned earlier, Kinship likes to amp up the scents in their products, so if sweet scents are not your thing, you might not enjoy the line.

For a budget product, Kinship Supermello impressively begins with a base of certified organic aloe leaf juice. It also features coconut water, marshmallow root, hyaluronic acid, squalane, watermelon fruit extract, lentil extract and Kinship’s Kinbiome.

While Supermello isn’t moisturizing, it provides a surge of hydration for skin. Once applied it feels like liquid on the skin,

 

Kinship Naked Apple gel cleanser

Kinship Naked Apple Gel Cleanser

The Kinship Naked Apple Oil Free Blemish Control Gel Cleanser is a heavy duty gel cleanser that’s thick and viscous with a loud scent. This is an effective gel cleanser whose only downfall is that the green apple scent is too strong for me. I’m not talking about a subtle apple scent — I’m talking about a super sweet almost sickly sweet one that’s reminiscent of a Green Apple jolly rancher.

Kinship Green Apple Gel Cleanser contains:

  • Niacinamide
  • Lactic Acid
  • Kinbiome
  • Sustainably harvested green apple extract
  • Additional fruit extracts of: Pear, Banana, Raspberry and Eggplant

Naked Apple does not have strong foaming action, but there is some suds action and I feel like I get a good cleanse. It doesn’t make my skin feel stripped, but…I’ve said that about way gentler gel cleansers before and always have one person saying their skin felt dry after, so I have no idea how it’ll work for your skin.

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Kinship skincare

 

Best Organic Rosehip Oils for Face in 2022

Skip the noise and check out only the best organic rosehip oils money can buy you in today’s post. I first blindly ordered Rosehip oil when I was searching for organic skincare almost a decade ago and read that Miranda Kerr swears by Rosehip oil. It had the word “rose” and “hip” in it, and if a beautiful supermodel used it, I had to have it. This was my early 20s, and I still am a Rosehip oil lover to this day. You’ll find Rosehip oil included in tons of skincare products these days, but for those of you looking for a 100% Rosehip oil product you’ve found the right post. You should be opting for cold-pressed and certified organic Rosehip oil if you want quality, potent Rosehip oil. High quality, cold-pressed rosehip oil ranges from a beautiful deep golden hue through to a rich red-orange color. Read on for Rosehip oil benefits for skin and the best Rosehip oils to choose from in 2022.

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WLDKAT Skincare Review 2022 + Discount Code

WLDKAT skincare

Founded by a former product developer for Urban Decay, WLDKAT skincare is a vegan clean beauty line that’s unisex and affordable. The entire WLDKAT line costs $20-25 and comes packaged in simple black packaging and bold font. WLDKAT is great for young skin wanting a cleaner option and men of all ages wanting something budget-friendly and scent-free. Many of their products also seem to be inspired by K-beauty with a toner that feels like an essence and a moisturizer modeled after Korean cloud-like cream textures. Read on for my WLDKAT review and use discount code OBL to save 15% at WLDKAT.

WLDKAT skincare

WLDKAT Mushroom Moss Moisturizing Gel Cream

The WLDKAT Mushroom Moss moisturizer is perfect for those who don’t like a traditional cream consistency and prefer a light gel. This is a no frills, simple unscented moisturizer that would be great during the day and under makeup and perfect for summer.

WLDKAT Mushroom Moss Gel Cream

WLDKAT Mushroom Moss Gel Cream contains mushroom extract, hyaluronic acid, and MossCellTec (resilient Moss helps protect skin from smog and pollution). At $20 (or $17 with discount code OBL) this is very affordable for a mostly clean and interesting ingredients list (does contain phenoxyethanol). The sleek minimalistic black packaging makes this perfect for both men and women.
WLDKAT Ginger and Kombucha Skin Tonic

WLDKAT Ginger Kombucha Skin Tonic 

The WDKAT Ginger Kombucha Skin Tonic is a toner-serum hybrid that’s thicker than most toners and lighter than a serum. It contains Kombucha and Ginger Root Extract and has a pale berry shade. Instead of a spray bottle, the WLDKAT toner is meant to be dispensed onto a cotton pad. This toner reminds of Korean essences and feels bouncy and hydrating. If you’d like a richer toner that hydrates for longer, and don’t mind the addition of Phenoxyethanol, check out WLDKAT’s.

WLDKAT Orchid Stem Cell Magnolia Eye Gel

The WLDKAT Orchid Stem Cell Magnolia Adaptogenic Eye Gel looks and feels almost identical to the Mushroom Moss Moisturizing Gel Cream, except that it’s a bit heavier. The WLDKAT Eye Gel contains Orchid Stem Cells and Magnolia Berry. Orchid Stem Cells are cultivated from the warmest region of Japan, responsibly and sustainably. They boast anti-aging, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Magnolia Berry is native to northern China and is an antioxidant rich, adaptogenic super-fruit that helps protect and hydrate.

WLDKAT eye gel

I enjoy how lightweight and hydrating this eye gel feels, but I personally can’t see myself purchasing this unless I were on a very tight budget and really wanted something branded as an eye product. While young skin may feel good about this purchase, if I needed an eye product I would invest in something more high end at my age. I will say that if you’re specifically looking for a eye gel that’s not thin like most of them, you may enjoy this thicker gel cream hybrid consistency.

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10 Best Luxury Natural Face Moisturizers for Aging Skin

Best anti-aging organic face cream

The organic skincare world is a luxury lover’s dream and there’s no shortage of the most decadent all natural face moisturizers and organic anti-aging creams. These luxury face creams combine innovations in green science with artisanal plant formulas. Anti-aging organic face moisturizers will beat your La Mer any day, period. The best face moisturizers for aging skin will contain powerful natural ingredients and actives like advanced peptides, retinol, hyaluronic acid and more. I’m also sharing the best luxury natural face moisturizers with SPF. If you’re looking for the upper echelon of organic anti-aging face creams for mature, dry or troubled skin – or you allow nothing but the very best to touch your skin – read on.

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August OBL Favorites 2022

This is my August edition of my current favorites, where I share a handful of products that I’ve been hooked on for the month. I try and keep mostly to products that I haven’t shared in my IG stories already so this doesn’t become redundant!
Organic beauty favorites


YINA Anti-Pollution Mask

I purchased this mask a while back and have been grabbing for this black-as-the-night purifying mask frequently this past month because of how grimy and gross the heat has made me feel. This Traditional Chinese Medicine-inspired mask is different from other detox masks in quite a few ways:

  • Intense aromatherapeutic woodsy scent from Black Spruce, Hinoki Wood and more
  • Extremely black (gotta be careful not to accidentally transfer it even though it wipes off easily)
  • Very thin consistency and kind of watery
  • NOT a clay-focused mask

Made in a base organic white tea extract, YINA Anti Pollution Mask removes grime, bacteria and pollution with antioxidant-rich East Asian plants of skullcap root, white peony tea, pear powder, coconut carbon, moringa and licorice.

It has a very interesting and unique blend of ingredients and you actually won’t find clays as the star ingredient here.

Ingredients: (White Tea)* Extract, Aqua, Vegetable Glycerin*, (Skullcap Root), (Mushroom) Extract*, Chrysanthemum morifolium Flower Extract, (Licorice Root) Extract*, (Moringa Seed) Oil*, (Castor Seed) Oil*, Sorbitan Oleate^, Coco Glucoside^, Cordyceps militaris Mycelium Extract, Rice Powder, (Pearl) Powder, Sodium Levulinate^, Sodium Anisate^, (Rose Clay), Cetyl Palmitate (Vegetable-Derived), Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearyl Glucoside, Carbon (Activated Charcoal), (Hinoki), Pomegranate Enzyme, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, (Pine Leaf) Oil, (Fir Leaf) Oil, Picea mariana (Black Spruce) Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Limonene**, Geraniol**, Linalool**.

Riddle muse perfume oil

Riddle Oils Muse Perfume

Riddle Oils is a clean perfume brand that I had never heard of before, but they offered to send me a sample set to try out. I’m in love with their scent Muse! It’s a bit of an addictive scent for me.

I’m trying to work on honing my nose when it comes to perfumes, and what I like to do with new perfumes is guess at the notes and see how many I get right. Immediately you can tell this is a sweet floral feminine fragrance. The florals are white and clean, and there’s something yummy definitely going on with a big sultry factor, but I can also detect a hint of underlying woodsiness that balances the sweetness and brings it down. The notes I got right were Amber, something woodsy, and white florals. I couldn’t figure out what made it yummy, and it was coconut. So, I need to work on my nose skills but we’re getting there!

Scent Notes – Coconut | Peony | Magnolia | Bergamot | Sandalwood | Amber

Olio e Osso Balm

Olio E Osso Balm No. 11

I’m more than 60% done with the Olio e Osso Balm No. 11 which is so rare for a makeup product for me. I love the look of this berry shade on my skin – it’s not too deep, not too faint and has the right amount of pigment for me that I can layer. I think it goes great with my olive skin tone, but would probably work well for all skin tones.

EVOLVh Better Roots Scalp & Hair Oil

Its been forever since I used an interesting hair oil! They all kind of start to look the same and generally use the same oils that are commonly known to be great for hair health. The Better Roots hair oil had a lot of research go into its making and it offers something different from the rest. This hair oil was designed to:

  • Stimulate follicles for the appearance of thicker, fuller hair.
  • Strengthen anchorage to reduce excess shedding.
  • Remove senescent “zombie” cells to reduce inflammation
  • Nourish, soothe and protect

It has a very concentrated formula with no filler ingredients of:

  • Follicin
  • Basil Root Extract
  • Hemisqualane
  • Bataua Fruit Oil
  • Prickly Pear Extract
  • Ceramide NG
  • Alpine Rose Extract

And it smells like vanilla!

Odacite Le Blue Balm

I use face balms year round and I’ve been going for Le Blue Balm over the others because of how lightweight it is. The other two I’m using this summer are Anfisa LILOU balm and Leahlani Bless Balm. But the product that gives you most money for value out of all 3 is the Odacite Le Blue Balm. Leahlani’s Bless balm is beautiful but it actually ends up being pretty pricey since you get 1 oz of product. Odacite Le Blue Balm is the standard 1.7oz. Also the blue shade is just so calming and reminds me of the ocean.

Trilogy Cream Cleanser

This isn’t a cream cleanser in the traditional sense – it’s more of a creamy balm cleanser and leans unctuous. This melts everything right off and feels very moisturizing while at it. Just a subtle natural Rosehip scent is detectable.

RUKSKE Candle in Goldie

This isn’t the cleanest candle out of the candles I’ve tried, but my gawd it has the most luxurious scent and the richest black wax I’ve seen. Not a cheap candle at all, but I love luxuriating with this one when I want to feel bad and bougie.

 

Caudalie Review: Best & Worst Caudalie Products 2022

Caudalie skincare review

Caudalie is a French skincare brand that uses natural ingredients, specifically polyphenol-rich vine and grape extracts. They’re widely sold at Sephora, Amazon and worldwide with a number of popular cult status products. The line has been around since the 1990s and has grown to ten collections of dozens upon dozens of skincare products. Caudalie is not an organic skincare brand, but they do incorporate natural and sustainable ingredients. Check out my brutally honest thoughts in this Caudalie review.

Caudalie skincare

I was asked to share my thoughts on Caudalie, so I’m going to be painfully honest (sorry Caudalie fans). I don’t feel drawn to huge brands like Caudalie because I know their products are mass manufactured and it’s impossible for them to have the same potency and quality of niche brands. But I know people generally like to use what everyone else is using and what feels safe and comfortable, so here goes.

Because I’m immersed in a different echelon of skincare, Caudalie products feel very generic to me. There were some products I enjoyed and some were wildly unimpressive. The Caudalie line is also priced on the luxury end with serums around $80, creams around $60 and Eau De Beauté toner at $50.

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Caudalie skincare review

The Caudalie Vinergetic C+ Vitamin C Energy Serum was my preferred product out of everything I tried. Their toners and cleansers were not for me, the viral pink Instant Detox Mask was nothing impressive and I have no idea why that went viral, and their creams were pleasant but overpriced for what they are in my opinion. Their ingredients lists look very average to me, yet they’re priced significantly higher than many smaller natural skincare brands that are much more affordable.

I’m not saying the Caudalie line is bad, but if anyone close to me were to ask me what I really think, this is what I would tell them.

Caudalie vinoperfect skincare

For example, the Caudalie Vinergetic Vitamin C Energy face moisturizer boasts three key ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Polyphenols and Vitamin C. It’s listed in this order on the official webpage for it. Those are the only actual skincare ingredients in this cream, and they’re not even high on the ingredients list. Hyaluronic Acid is way at the bottom, so it’s basically just thrown in there so they can tout it. I see a bunch of fluff in the rest of the list save for an oil here and a butter there.

The ingredients are wildly unimpressive to me:

aqua/water/eau, coco-caprylate/caprate, glycerin, silica, hexyldecanol, hexyldecyl laurate, hexyldecyl stearate, shorea robusta seed butter, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter extract, methylpropanediol, arachidyl alcohol, palmitoyl grape seed extract, c12-16 alcohols, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, behenyl alcohol, potassium cetyl phosphate, ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, arachidyl glucoside, hydrogenated lecithin, lauryl glucoside, palmitic acid, polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, caprylyl glycol, xanthan gum, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, potassium sorbate, tocopherol, sodium hyaluronate, citric acid, phenylpropanol, picea abies wood extract, 1,2-hexanediol, sodium phytate, ci 77491 (iron oxides), biosaccharide gum-4.(310/027)

Compare the above list to say Ursa Major’s Golden Hour Recovery Cream at a similar price and it’s clear which product is cutting way too many corners.

Caudalie skincare

Next let’s talk about the cult favorite Eau De Beauté elixir. I know people who love this Caudalie product, but it’s just not for me. This is suited to oily skin types, feels astringent (I later looked and saw alcohol was second on the ingredients list) and has a minty scent that others might feel is energizing but I find too strong. What I did enjoy was how the mist comes out very fine and even.

The Caudalie Eau de Beauté ingredients are:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water*, Parfum (Fragrance)*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Potassium Alum, Glycerin*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract*, Styrax Tonkinensis Resin Extract*, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract*, Tocopherol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Farnesol*, Limonene*, Linalool*(010/035) *Plant Origin

Caudalie

Caudalie vinoperfect

Caudalie’s Vinergetic C Energy Moisturizer and Brightening Eye Cream have basic ingredients that doesn’t make them stand out to me in any way. They’re feel good products that have been formulated to be pleasant to apply, quick to sink in and moisturizing to the skin.

The unisex packaging doesn’t suit my personal taste. I prefer my moisturizer to not be in a narrow tube with a twist off cap. I find it inconvenient and tedious constantly knocking over the tall tube and having to set it upright.

Vinergetic Eye Cream Ingredients

aqua/water/eau, butylene glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, coco-caprylate/caprate, caffeine, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl glucoside, niacinamide, triheptanoin, hydrogenated vegetable oil, squalane, palmitoyl grapevine shoot extract, oleic acid, glyceryl caprylate, cetyl alcohol, potassium cetyl phosphate, carbomer, terminalia arjuna extract, xanthan gum, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, sodium dehydroacetate, tocopherol, sodium hydroxide, lecithin, sodium phytate.(282/016)

There are a couple actives in this eye cream like Caffeine and Niacinamide, and the rest is just water, fillers and a couple oils. It’s a lot to pay for what you’re getting, and in my opinion, completely unnecessary. A high quality face cream will do the same job, if not better, without the need for buying a separate eye product.

Caudalie reservatrol eye gel

Henry Rose Review: Best & Worst Henry Rose Perfumes 2022

Henry Rose perfumes

Famously founded by Michelle Pfeiffer, Henry Rose is a unisex clean perfume brand that’s as safe and transparent as possible. Michelle Pfeiffer swore off conventional fragrance when her kids were born over a decade ago, and in 2019 launched Henry Rose with five perfumes. Henry Rose is the only line of clean perfumes to be formulated with the Environmental Working Group. They’re also 100% transparent in disclosing every ingredient used and hold multiple certifications that ensure quality and safety. Henry Rose is EWG Verified (stands for health, transparency, and good manufacturing practices) and Cradle to Cradle Certified (one of the world’s most rigorous product sustainability standards). So toss aside your Jo Malone and read on for the best and worst Henry Rose perfumes! And save 20% here (until Oct 23, 2022)

Henry Rose perfumes

I purchased the Henry Rose Discovery Set, which comes with 10 perfume samples.

Overall, I found Henry Rose to be a true genderless unisex type of clean fragrance line, with certain scents leaning more masculine and others feminine. As with any line, there are some real standouts and others that get lost in the crowd.

The full size Henry Rose perfumes come in a minimalistic no-frills transparent glass bottle with black cap. They also lean slightly on the expensive side for a clean perfume made with synthetics.

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Are Henry Rose Perfumes long lasting?

Longevity: 3 hours maybe 4 depending on the number of spritzes. Certain scents are much lighter than others and fade quickly, particularly  Sheep’s Clothing and Windows Down.

Where can you buy Henry Rose perfumes?

Henry Rose is not sold at Sephora or Amazon. For clean perfume brands that are sold on Amazon click here.

Most Popular Henry Rose Scents

Best Henry Rose Scents (Personal Opinion)

These are the Henry Rose scents I consider the best – keep in mind this is personal to me and everyone can have different favorites according to their taste!

Jake’s House (Clean & soft honeyed musky floral)

Jake’s House is a perfectly unisex scent that’s neither too masculine nor too feminine. It goes right down the middle and would work just as well for a man as it would for a women.

Henry Rose Jake’s House is clean, easy, and soft with a honeyed characteristic to its floral and musky notes. There is an everyday type of scent and could easily be worn on its own and layered with other perfumes without becoming offensive.

Top notes: fresh marine

Middle notes: Neroli, Peony, Jasmine

Bottom notes: Ambroxan, Musk

Flora Carnivora (grounding floral)

If you love florals but don’t want something too sweet or juvenile, I think Flora Carnivora is a great scent to check out. This is Henry Rose’s only true floral scent and one of their most recent new launches from 2021.

Flora Carnivora is much more feminine leaning and floral but not in a bright, uplifting way – this is a grounding and sultry floral with earthy and musky characteristics that feels grown up. You have the fragrant jasmine, tuberose and orange flower at the heart of the perfume, but deepened with vetiver oil, cedarwood, opulent  musks and Amber. I find it to be a softly rich and sultry white floral scent.

Update: Flora Carnivora just won an Allure Best of Beauty 2022 award for best clean fragrance!

Torn (sweet warm vanilla floral)

I’m such a sucker for vanilla scents and Torn is no exception. This is a yummy vanilla floral perfume with Rose, violet and jasmine at the heart and a base of Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla Bean and Praline. I love the addition of patchouli and violet, which are scent notes I don’t find very often used together  in clean perfume lines that aren’t 100% natural and include synthetics. To me this is a scent that seducts but remains playful. It’s a cozy, sultry, warm and sweet vanilla perfume that I can see most vanilla lovers enjoying or millennials upgrading to a more sophisticated vanilla scent. I cannot picture this scent on a man or on an older generation of women.

Dark is Night (sexy smoky earthy vanilla)

I don’t consider Dark Is Night an everyday perfume as I have to be a in a particular mood to choose a “dark” and very rich earthy scent over lighter, more feminine scents, but Dark Is Night is beautiful, sexy and interesting. This is a very rich and heavy scent, and the longest lasting scent in the Henry Rose line. I spritzed this in the morning and I could still smell it in the early evening. While I say that it’s not an everyday scent for me, that could change once fall and winter rolls around. In fact, I’d probably totally want a full sized bottle of Dark Is Night for winter. The notes are vetiver, freesia, patchouli and vanilla bean, but I mostly detect just the patchouli and vanilla bean.

Worst Henry Rose Perfumes

Okay keep in mind my worst scents are easily someone else’s best scents, but here are the Henry Rose perfumes that I didn’t like. And when I say “worst” I don’t mean they’re bad scents, I just wouldn’t purchase a full sized bottle for myself.

Windows Down

I just can’t picture myself ever shelling out $130 to buy a full sized bottle of Windows Down. I didn’t feel drawn to this scent and nothing about it really stood out to me like some of the other scents.

Windows Down is a light floral scent that’s clean and crisp with some musk and green. The base notes are moss, guaiacwood and musk. For me, it leans a little too masculine but I’m not sure I would even care to smell this on a man. Though it’s in no way offensive and I know many people love Windows Down, unfortunately it reminds me of any generic mass-produced perfume to be brutally honest. Maybe it’s because I’ve been testing clean perfumes non stop for the last year, but Windows Down gets lost in the crowd for me.

Smyth

Oh boy, Smyth. I tried hard to get into this perfume, but I just did not like this scent no matter what. I couldn’t get over how much it reminds me of Bath and Body Work’s fruity hand soaps. Smyth is a little too juvenile and sickly sweet for me, and much more suited to a younger customer. It’s a juicy Jolly Rancher green apple scent that dries down to something generic. Smyth is another Henry Rose scent that disappears into the crowd.

Top notes: Melon, Green Apple, Sorbet, Pineapple

Middle Notes: Star Jasmine, Apricot, White Tea

Base notes: Sandalwood, ISO E Super, Musk, White woods

Other Henry Rose Scents

Other Henry Rose scents were perfumes I enjoyed but weren’t exactly enamored with were:

  • Fog: I can see Fog entering my Best Of list  Fog in the winter, but I’m not as drawn to it in the current summer. I also hesitate to include Fog in my “ Best Of” list as I know most women are partial to feminine, floral scents. This is a true woodsy scent that reminds me of Abbott NYC’s Sequoia and Heretic’s Sandalwood (which are both beautiful in their own way), except Fog has a tinge of sweetness to it that makes it a more alluring scent.
  • Sheep’s Clothing: Strong opening pepper note that becomes a very light musky Rose. Don’t think I’d spend $130 on a full size. This is a classic old-fashioned type of scent.
  • Last Light: Hard to put my finger on this scent as I neither loved nor hated it. I detected a sweet fruity scent with an underlying woodsy and musky characteristic. It’s easygoing and inoffensive, but not sure I’d actually spend $130 to buy a full size. Last Light is particularly suited to peach scent lovers.

Easy and light:

  • Last Light
  • Windows Down
  • Sheep’s Clothing
  • Jake’s House
  • Smyth

Heaviest:

  • Dark Is Night
  • Fog

Most feminine:

  • Flora Carnivora
  • Last Light
  • Smyth
  • Torn

Most masculine:

  • Windows Down
  • Fog

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