Thursday, June 14, 2018

Two Natural Fabulous Toothpastes from Dutch Health Store



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Living Libations Wintergreen + Green Toothpaste

I hope You are all well?
As You might or might not know, I jumped for joy when I discovered that Dutch Health Store carries widest selection of Living Libation products, not only Best Skin Ever like other EU retailers. You see, while I want to try their beauty products too, the main pull to Living Libations were their dental products as well as Poetic Pits deodorants. I have had a chance to sample a few products from the dental care line (I have placed an order as soon as I discovered this, see my Holistic Dental Care post here. If you want to, of course) and haircare (see my review of True Blue Spirulina Shampoo here, which might be one of the best shampoos in the green beauty world here), and the rest of the products, hear this - I am coming for ya!

All joking aside, let me tell you about these natural toothpastes I have had pleasure to use! Both are very good in their own ways, and I recommend both for different reasons. You are getting two reviews in one post here :)


Living Libations Wintergreen + Clean Toothpaste

My love for Living Libations knows no bounds, because despite the high price tag, you are getting truly natural and the best quality products there is. No cheap fillers or cutting corners here. I have loved every single item I tried from their dental line, which were Happy Gums Drops, Ozonated Gum Gel and Frankincense Fresh Truth Toothpaste, and now this Wintergreen one. The first thing You will notice once You will put it into your mouth will be like "Wowzers, this is powerful!" Let's look at the ingredients, shall we?


Activated Charcoal  
This cleansing carbon acts like a magnet to remove toxins from the mouth and to clear surface stains from teeth. This black powder unearths your pearly whites as it purifies pathogens and erases surface stains.

Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil 
This is a diverse carrier oil and botanicalbiotic coconspirator that balances oral ecology. This optimal oil soothes the oral tissue and gently removes bacteria that cause bad breath.

Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) 
Teeth thrive when they are bathed in a sea of sweet saliva, and baking soda buffers and neutralizes food acids. In addition to being an effective cleaning polish, baking soda is gentle. It has significantly lower abrasiveness than the cleaning agents of chalk and silica that are used in commercial toothpastes, and the baking soda’s natural alkalinity neutralizes bacterial acidity.

Saponified Olive Oil (Olea europaea) 
Organic saponified olive oil captures all of the nourishing, moisturizing properties of olive oil while enhancing the oil’s ability to help remove plaque from the teeth. Saponification is a chemical reaction that occurs when the oil is treated with a highly alkaline solution.


Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia) 
Ravishing rose petals are harvested from our distiller’s organic rose otto fields in Bulgaria’s Valley of Roses and pressed into a pink powder of petals. This fantastically fragrant and toning powder gives nourishing flower-power to our toothpaste.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Super-Critical Extract 
Rousing rosemary is an herbaceous revive-alive-verve tonic with a refreshing, penetrating aroma. Think of rosemary as the feisty friend that stimulates sluggishness out of its stagnancy. Rosemary supercritical extract is a super-powered distillation that is highly concentrated and filled with bioactive compounds including carnosic acid, camphor, and rosmaridiphenol. It serves as a natural preservative while providing all of the benefits of rosemary for optimal oral environments.

Wintergreen (Gaultheria fragrantissima) Essential Oil
Wondrous wintergreen essence awakens the senses with a burst of cooling mint and snow-capped freshness. Steam-distilled from the bright red berries and leaves of wild wintergreen, thriving even in the coldest of temperatures, this oil blesses with an essence of longevity and fortitude.

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) Essential Oil 
Sprightly spearmint is peppermint’s softer, more understated, cousin. Fresh, fragrant spearmint soothes the senses with whispers of minty magnificence! The ancient Greeks chose spearmint to scent their bath water, while medieval populations used the herb to freshen breath and clean teeth. Like its cousin, spearmint also inhibits the bacteria that cause bad breath.

As you can see, this is coconut and olive oil based toothpaste with activated charcoal and some powerful essential oils. Does it whiten? You bet it does! You don't need very much of it, which is why it will go a long way for you, even if you will go for a small jar. And you don't need to use it every day either - twice a week will maintain a beautiful white smile. 
After I am done writing this post I am placing another order, and this time round I'll be getting a Yogi Tooth Serum, Ozonated Happy Gum Gel and Neem Enamelizer Liquid. As well as stainless steel tongue scraper - because I take my oral health seriously. Why not all the same products I've had, you will ask? Because I want to try them all before settling on my favourites. 



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Revitin Natural Toothpaste

Want natural toothpaste that will support your mouth's natural flora? You are on the right track here! Developed by Dr. Gerry Curatola is a celebrity dentist with over 30 years experience Revitin supports strong white teeth, healthy gums, and fresher breath. What’s more, Revitin tastes great! Revitin is fluoride-free, without Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS free), and you won’t find Triclosan either! Nutrient fortified natural toothpaste is now considered a “must have” product by health-conscious people committed to achieving the highest level of overall health and wellness. So if you are like me and are mindful what you put on your body and in your mouth, this is a good choice for you! Revitin® toothpaste reduces plaque (46%), gum bleeding (72.5%), and gingival inflammation (42%) over the leading standard toothpaste brands. Revitin fosters a balanced, healthy oral ecology that supports strong white teeth and healthy clean gums. I have to be honest and say I haven't noticed much of the whitening effect (Wintergreen is much more powerful in the whitening department) but is very good as your everyday toothpaste. I am very happy with the ingredients, with a little exception of glycerine (although from natural origin, I believe it coats the teeth and prevents them from remineralizing themselves. You do your boo and do your own research before deciding if you are ok with it or not) Other than that, it is packed full with good-for-you-ingredients, lets see here:

Ingredients:
Non-GMO Vegetable Glycerin (Toothpaste base)
Calcium Carbonate (Remineralization)
Hydrated Dental Silica (Mild mechanical abrasive)
Water (Toothpaste base)
Tangerine Oil (Healthy microbial substrate / flavor)
Organic Lemon Oil (Healthy microbial substrate / flavor)
Xanthan Gum (Healthy microbial substrate / flavor)
Cranberry Seed Oil (Prebiotic)
Vitamins, C, D3, E and K2 (Antioxidants /remineralization)
CoQ10 (Anti-inflammatory for gum health)
Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract (Lifting agent  to break up thick biofilm)
Dicalcium Phosphate, ionic (Remineralization)
MSM (Anti-inflammatory for gum health)
Chondus Crispus seaweed (Prebiotic / provides “mouth feel”)
Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf Extract (Natural herbal sweetener)

As I said, I am happy with the performance and the ingredients of it, and the way I get around the glycerine issue is I used it with other products, not as a sole product. I suggest you do your own research about products and individual ingredients, and if you will decide these are good enough for you, you know where to find them in the heart of Europe - yay for no custom charges or what? Dutch Health Store is waiting for you.

(ha, I sound like a salesperson! I promise, I am not)

Let's finish this post with my wishlist from Dutch Health Store, because why not? I love compiling wishlists :)

Living Libations Wishlist:
💕 Poetic Pits in Copal Musk
💕 Everybody Loves The Sunshine With Zinc
💕 Rose Quartz Roller
💕 Breast Massage Oil
💕 Bliss Tonic
💕 And essential oils of:
         💕 Sacred Sage Smudge Chrism
         💕 St John's Worth
         💕 Digest The Best
         💕 Illume Hotberry


(and I could go on! Very into essential oils right now, I want them all)


Delizioso Wishlist:
💕 Carrots - Buriti Facial Toner
💕 Watermellon & CoQ10 Facial Toner
💕 Camouflage mouse (not sure of my color)

          



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What I Bought in May - Natural & Organic Beauty



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100%Pure haul - make up

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100%Pure haul - masks


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Ok, in this post I will share with You what I've bought in May - I've been planning this post for a while now, at first I thought it was going to be one of those minimalistic no-buy type of post, so I've been snapping food and lifestyle pictures all May, but... And that's a big BUT - in the last two days of May I've managed to spend nearly 200€ on green beauty! Umm, my finger slipped 😄
So I will scrape the food/ lifestyle haul pictures and focus on green beauty instead. They weren't that exciting, honestly, and I will list the stuff anyway. Isn't natural beauty products everybody's favourite thing? I think so!

So, in no particular order, here's what I bought in May and my initial impressions of everything:


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Hynt Beauty Pinkibelle Lipstick - say hello to my new signature lipstick!


💕 Hynt Beauty Pinkibelle Lipstick 

Haven't stop reaching for this lipstick for the second month straight - hello, new obsession! And my signature lipstick too - see it in my IG here. Second Holy Grail item from the same brand, not bad at all, huh? If You follow me for any length of the time, you will know that their Duet Perfecting Concealer is my fave for years and years! I have not one, but two reviews on it, please see them here and here. Coming back to the lipstick, I have to say it is love from the first swipe, and it is definitely going straight to my Summer Faves!
(got from Eminessences, but You can get it from GlowOrganicBrighton too) 30€

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Deep Steep Argan Oil Hand Wash
💕 Deep Steep Argan Oil Hand Wash
Bought from TKMaxx, and I was very happy to find it there - it is one of those rare brands/products to make a re-appearance there! Natural and a bargain at 6 or 7euros, what more could you want? Be sure to check my post out about TKMaxx beauty section here - it is one of my worst kept secrets to where to find clean products in Ireland & Dublin - and I worked hard on that post! 80+ photos prove it :)
💕 Salus Dandelion Juice & Stinging Nettle

Around 6 or 7€ each, bought to try to manage seasonal allergies and help my liver to work better, but haven't even started taking either of them yet. Whoops!


💕 TherraNeem Neem Mouthwash & Toothpaste with Cinnamon

Mouthwash is a repeat purchase, and toothpaste I think I have tried before too? Mouthwash cost over 15€ and the toothpaste isn't cheap either at around 7€, but I am taking my dental hygiene very seriously, so I am swallowing the costs. And I am oil pulling with sesame oil while I type this too! I am about to order some Living Libations dental care too, as I really miss what I had from them - they work amazingly well. See my holistic dental routine post here. Need to save up a bit first, mind You.


💕 Organic Neem Oil

Bought to treat a persistent rash, and it worked amazingly well! I think I will use the rest up in my weekly scalp masks, it is amazing for hair, as well as being good all rounder too. Just the smell! Think men's socks. Marinated!
Oh, and I paid around 10€ for 30ml bottle. 


💕 A.Vogel Pollinosan Nasal Spray

This I bought in the hopes to manage seasonal allergies too - I really loved the look of the natural ingredients, but I have to say I struggle with it - the packaging is so bad imo, my 5yr old is refusing to use it point blank, so I am left on my own here. It is housed in a plastic bottle with a manual spray pump, but it does not disperse fine mist into your nose - think more of a garden hose. You are left with pools of liquid up your nose, and of course you have to blow your nose asap, and then you are left with no product. Packaging fail if You ask me, and I don't think I will repurchase it because of it. If You happen to know a better nasal spray product, please let me know! I am looking for one with herbal extracts, not simple saline solution, just wanted to be clear.

Around 10 or 12€. All of this was purchased in The Health Store in Dublin. As well as my regular supply of Rice Dream organic rice milk (love the taste, minimal ingredients with no added sugar or carageenan and reasonable price), Koko margarine (love the yogurts, but not this spread) - again, if You happen to know dairy free butter alternative that would taste nice, or close to real butter, please do me a favour and comment below! Most of them taste horrible, and the only one I liked was discontinued like a month later, I was ready to cry! It was rapeseed and coconut spread from Aldi, fleeting visit around a few months ago - and like I said, it was discontinued just a few weeks later. It was in orange packaging and cost around 1€ only - I am so mad at myself for not taking photograph of it or even remembering the brand name! Insert every sad fave emoji you can think of here. And I wasn't able to find it ever since. I also bought a bunch of yummy healthy Japanese food after discovering our new fave restaurant Yamamori and Asian Market nearby!


💕 Rosewood massager thingy

I find it soothing and relaxing, and I haven't put it down since :) The best 4€ I've spent recently!


💕 "Oud"
Umm, I guess I should have done a research (aka guick Google) before buying it off the stall holder in George's Arcade - the oud turned out to be fake. She had frankincense resin with jasmine and other things I was eyeing to buy next, but I ain't coming back now. The loss was a mere fiver.


💕 Frankincense resin, charcoal tablets, matrioshka doll, Palo Santo sticks, soy candle and Nag Champa incense sticks. The haul came over at just over 30€ at Pagoda in Ilac Shopping Center. I also buy my soap nuts there.


Umm, so this is where my post (and the haul) was supposed to end in my head, buuuut I managed to drop nearly two hundred quid in the last two days, and I can't wing my way out if it :) In my defense, both were pretty awesome deals and I am glad I bought them. I am sure I will be singing a different song when my credit card bill hits next month though!

So, my first haul was from 100%Pure - and it was discovered by pure accident. I was browsing the IG one day (as you do) and I saw the awesome GWP or gift with purchase in other words on Ashley's aaquino22 page, and it pulled a massive trigger in me I dropped whatever I was doing and I was browsing 100%Pure page immediately! I;ve kind of been ignoring the brand for the last year or year and a half due to them increasing the shipping to EU to 25€ instead of previous 7, and free shipping limit to 125€ instead of previous 45. As you can imagine, I was not happy with them! A few things from them hold a Holy Grail status for me (I am looking at you Peacock Ore Lip gloss, Caffeine Masks and Maracuja oil mascara) but the other things didn't quite work out for me, namely skincare, so I never ordered from them since the increase in shipping.. until now. 
I must also say that Naturisimo and Ecco Verde also carry the brand, but they never have deals on them. I never knew Ecco Verde carry my beloved Gemmed Lipgloss - why has no one told me that before?! I've been crying crocodile tears ever since I ran out of it a year ago! These are perfect natural dupe for Juicy Tubes, and I have a whole post dedicated to it here.
Oh, Renata, will you ever list the damn products without massive de-tours?
Here's what I got and my first impressions of things:



💕 Gemmed Lip Gloss in Peacock Ore

One of my Holy Grails from the brand, and one thing I will be repurchasing as long as they will make it. I hope that never happens, because 100%Pure are known for discontinuing things at random, like Dandelion lipstick I wanted to get. Perfect natural Juicy Tubes by Lancome dupe if you ask me, and see my post on them here.


💕 Maracuja Oil Mascara

Another hit, it is amazing imo, just one thing to let you know - I find they are very inconsistent with the freshness of them. If your mascara smells in any way of alcohol and not the fresh blueberries/ chocolate it is supposed to smell off, complain and ask for replacement. If you get a fresh one, it lasts for ages, well over 6months with daily use (I know I should be parroting the 3months rule as a blogger, but let's be real here), if it smells of alcohol, it is already off and it is time to chuck it. See my full review and comparison to their original mascara here.


💕 Lipstick in Peach Bellini

The one in silver sleek bullet, my favourite formula from them all. Sadly this does not show up on me one bit! I have had one of these like 3-4yrs ago and it was lovely, I remember using that with pleasure, when I am normally not even a lipstick person. Sadly in a hurry I didn't check what shade I had, and just chose the one I like the look of. Oh well, I guess I will layer it up with some other products, I tend to do that a lot. 


💕 Caffeine Masks x5 pack

These masks are amazing, even for my uber sensitive skin! I try to save them for special occasions as they are not that cheap and I am not happy with the plastic waste I create using them, but they take care of everything I need to take care of - brightness, skin evenness, my skin is left hydrated, plump and even dermatitis is temporarily gone. I have a full review of it here. I have had a love-hate relationship with the brand, all these reviews are from the love period. Don't forget to check out my post on how to make these masks (or any sheet mask) go further, I am revealing the trick that will save you so much money, you will be glad you read my post! And no, I am not suggesting you reuse the same mask over and over again, honey! Find the post here.


💕 Eye Hydrogel masks x5 pack

These are a cult favourite in the green beauty community, thus influencing me to get them. Well, I tried it once, and I have to say the first impressions aren't great - after 5 mins or so, my under eyes get very hot and itchy, how odd! I had no visible irritation once I removed them, so not too sure if that's how they work or what, but I had the same reaction once I reused them two days later. Not too sure what I will do with the rest of the pack. I should have gone for one pair, not bulk pack.


💕 Collagen Sheet Mask

I wish I have gotten five of these instead, this was amazing! I really hope these will reach EU distributors sooner rather than later!

💕 And now for the gift with purchase that came with my order. It all came in gorgeous cork baggie, which I immediately repurposed as my work bag - let me know if you would love to see a post on my desktop essentials? I tend to use 100%Pure baggies, as unlike many others, these tend to have a zip and not drawstring, so I find uses for them around the house.


💕 Water foundation in Sand

I haven't had luck with their foundations, and the last time I ordered one was before they even had Sand as a shade, ages ago. So I was very nervous about getting this. First impressions after one use - it collected into my pores within minutes, the coverage is more on the medium rather on the full side, and it lasted about half a day only without setting. Also, be sure to blend quickly or you will be left with streaky face. The shade is too dark and very orange on me, so I am not even sure if I will be able to wear it or not. See, no luck with their foundations. Powder products (blushes and shadows, not face powders) I find good though.


💕 Multiple in Pink Grapefruit

I have had that before and it wasn't my fave product, I found it too natural on my cheeks (also quite wrong in shade for me, I can't wear anything with the blue undertone) and quite-ok-but-not-moisturising on the lips, so I planned to put this aside for a giveaway or something like that, but it took all of 0.25 seconds for 5yr old to unwrap it, the plastic seals and all! So I guess I either have a multiple for the summer, or I'll swap it? (it's not used, just opened)


💕 Flat top kabuki style foundation brush

Funny thing is, I was thinking of getting one of these brushes only a day or two ago - I was looking at all of these mini-bukis I've collected over the years, and thinking I'd like to have one like that, just with a proper handle. There you go, now I have one!


💕 Cassia Lipstick

Two words - matte. brown. Two more words - passing on!

All in all this was a good haul, and in a way I am glad I made this order, as you get value for your money with deals like this. Otherwise the brand is super expensive, at least for me. After years of being a stay at home mom, I finally started working, but on the weekends only (childcare system in Ireland is atrocious, way more expensive than anything else, including mortgage, long story, not for this post) so my play money is still next to nothing, which is why I have to make it stretch as far as I can. Green beauty is not exactly cheap - and this order was a steep one for one person. Thankfully I found a shopping buddy for the next time, just the question is, will the brand give us two goodie bags if we will make one order to split the costs?


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Naturisimo Healing Beauty Discover Box - May 18


💕 Naturisimo Discovery Box

I usually skip those, but I went for this one as it contained all the items I wanted to try. It cost 17.95€ if I remember correctly, and it contained nine items, one full size mascara and then samples. They value the box at 70£, which I think is kind of laughable, but still, it was more than the price I paid for, and I am hoping I will discover some future favourites from this haul.


💕  Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strengthen Mineral Mascara

This is the one full sized product in this box, and the one I was most excited to try. At first I was going to put this aside, as I use Fitglow Beauty Good Lash mascara at the moment, plus I just acquired 100%Pure one I was excited to use, but the blogger in me took over, and I opened it by now. The brush is massive, and it looks like it should deliver volume and length, but it produces results that are not as dramatic as I'd hoped, just OK lashes, nothing special. Plus I find it comes off really easily, I have to remember not to touch my lashes at all during the day. I usually don't have this problem. We will see.


💕 RMS Beauty Translucent 'Un' Powder, 0.44g

A mini of iconic RMS powder I'd always wanted to try. This is pure silica, which I know shouldn't work for me (I've read/watched enough reviews to know it is not suitable for dry skin) and I don't have a formed opinion on it yet. I only used it once, to set my under eye concealer. I haven't noticed any difference, but please bear in mind it was only one use.


💕 Bellapierre Mineral Blush Powder in Autumn Glow, 4g

I think this is full size of it. Didn't like it as a blush, too orange/muddy/sheer - I like my blushes way more pigmented and in different colour. I also have acquired their Desert Rose blush in a set I'd bought in TKMaxx just last month, and I am not a fan of that either. I will try them some more, as well as on the eyes, but I see both of them exiting my collection in the near future.


💕 REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist, 9ml

This was one of the main reasons I'd bought this discovery box, as this product is in my wishlist for ages and I keep going back and forth about it. I love the idea of protection from blue computer rays, but I only had to use it twice to know I won't be repurchasing this in full size. The smell is gross, and it is very drying to my skin. If You happen to know another mist that protects from the urban pollution, please let me now? All natural of course :)


💕 Dr Hauschka Lip Gloss (Raspberry), 3ml

Lovely shade, I always wanted to try DrHauschka lip glosses. This has good ingredients, but lasted like the whole five minutes on my lips - and I wasn't even eating or drinking! So probably a no from me?
Hey, I said probably :) I am interested in trying their make up.

The box also contained Odacite Black Mint cleanser and Inika lip tint in Candy, and both of these went straight to my daughter - minty! I can't handle any mint anywhere on my body. Glad I tried Inika tint via this box, and not in the full size, as I've been thinking of ordering it. Hate when the mintiness in not mentioned in the description of lip products. 
The box also had Estelle & Thild foundation and tinted moisturiser sachet samples, and I have to be honest I am not even sure when or if I will use these. Up until this year I was very diligent about using every single sample in order to try and know about as much products as possible, but the truth is my skin is protesting wildly if I do so, and you can't form a fully rounded opinion after one or two uses anyway? Plus if I am not after a full size of the product, what's the point, right? 

P.s. sorry for the late post, I fell down the Ecco Verde rabbit hole and have been compiling wishlist well into four digits by now :) Plus I am making lots of changes in my life behind the scenes. 

So that's my haul for May, what did You guys get? More or less finger slips than moi? I want to know, so please leave a comment below or on any of my social media pages?


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Friday, June 8, 2018

Natural and Organic Empties - May 2018



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Natural and Organic Empties - Green Life In Dublin
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I hope you are all well? With summer and a new job I am busier than ever, so please forgive me while I play catching up game on blogging and social media! I have a huge back log of posts, so please bear with me. Thankfully this post won't be two miles long, I finished very little stuff in May due to testing new stuff for The Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Awards, as I was one of the lucky ducks selected as a judges (see here). 
Let's jump in - and I will let you know if I will repurchase the item or not, and the reasons why. Honesty is always my policy!


DrHauschka Rose Day Cream - I love this cream! One of my staples from Love Lula and it is something I will always want to have when the weather temperatures drop - I find it too greasy for summer. See the review here.


Dudu Osun Black African Soap - another staple from Love Lula, I love it, and so does my whole family. See the review here if you want to. About to order it in bulk along with Hurraw lip balms, Organii organic cotton patches and something else, not too sure what yet. Thinking of getting full sizes of Sukin shampoo and conditioner.


Zatik Hair Food Organic Oil Blend - one of the things I'd bought from TKMaxx (see my post on what you can find there here, I worked hard on that post - 80+ photos to boot) - and this has lasted me well. Smells gorgeous, does not leave hair greasy at all, softens, conditions, the whole lot! I have used it as a body and even face oil in a pinch, and it worked well. Definitely repurchasing if I will see it in TKMaxx again - it is one of the very few things that made a reappearance there. Sadly with increased price and three times less the product :/


Fruu Coconut Lip Balm - this was promising, but didn't end up as my fave. Tt lasts once on your lips, but it was super hard to use in winter (had to warm it up really well before applying on my lips) and in Spring it became super grainy and changed smell for the worse. I think I will stick to my trusted faves Bees Flying Wild and Hurraw ones, especially Moon Balm.


Inika Long Lash Mascara - one of the best green beauty mascaras, and I will definitely come back to it at some point! For now I seemed to acquire Fitglow Beauty Good Lash, 100% Pure Maracuja Oil mascara (both also so so good) and new-to-me Pacifica mascara, which is new to me, but will have to wait it's turn.


Bella Aura line - My love for Bella Aura knows no bounds - see my review here. Not only it suited my uber sensitive skin to a T, but it also helped heal my dermatitis and game me continuously good skin! What more can You ask for? I almost didn't want to like it when I first received it, but I quickly made a U turn, it only took me three days to fall head over heels in love with the line, and I never want to be without it. To me, that's the line worth investment for, as I know I will have a good skin for days. And that's it is priceless, my dears.
Ps. I have been asked to be a Bella Aura ambassador since my review came out, and of course I said yes! Use code "renata15" to save 15% off your order from BellaAura.com 



That's it for now. Let's see if I will be able to squeeze one more blog post for today?

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 This blog post features a mix of products bought with my own money and PR.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Irish Brands & Shops



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Irish Natural Brands ¦ Where To Shop For Green Beauty In Dublin

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I hope You are well! As summer and holiday season is fast approaching, one of the most common questions I get is from people coming to visit Ireland and wanting to find green beauty brands and places to shop, so they ask for my recommendations. Well, yes, I can definitely help - that's why I am here for! This is the main driving force behind my blog, to help all the ladies to switch to natural and non toxic beauty, and help find it too. First thing to note to clear out any confusion - many people expect to find Sephora, Wholefoods, Detox Market and the like, because that's what they are used to. Well, sorry to disappoint, there are none here! And that is one and only aspect I kind of miss from my non-natural days, the ability to go into a brick and mortar store and browse and swatch/test products for my heart's content. The natural scene is picking up here too, I notice a huge improvement in this are in Ireland too, but we have such a long way to go still. While UK and the US are making huge waves in this area, sometimes I feel like a lone soldier in the field in this emerald isle corner of the world. I would love to see green beauty conventions and expos happen here too, not to mention green beauty bloggers meet ups, etc. And it would be so nice to see one big shop dedicated to only green beauty pop up! All of these ripples need to join together.
Anyways, back to the business, shall we?

Firstly I will list all the Irish brands I know of,  and You can take Your search from there. Please note I can't personally vouch for them, as I haven't tried all of them, but if I happen to love or have a review on them, I will make sure to add link. So, please note this is not a Green Life In Dublin Approved List, is it simply a list of brands I know of. Also make sure to do your own research before buying the products, as they vary in purity levels too, and I haven't gone through them with a fine tooth comb, and no links  either - that would be insane amount of work for uncertain reasons. Plus I am kind of overwhelmed with the amount of products I currently own - I suddenly get blogger's overwhelm now :)
If You happen to know (or own) a Irish Beauty brand I might be not aware of, please contact me on IG and I will make sure to update the list. 

Bees Flying Wild
Dublin Herbalists
Jo Browne
Warrior Botanicals
Ocean Bloom
Voya
Anneco Beauty
Black Canvas Cosmetics
Ayu Make up brushes
Nima Brushes
Bia Beauty
Human & Kind
Holos Skincare
Nia Skincare
Green Angel Skincara
Pixy Natural Skincare
Cocoa Brwon Tan
Karora (tan)
Handmade Soap Company
Kinvara Skincare
Emma's Eco Soy Candles
Boyne Country Candles
Flourish Organics
Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics
Anneco Cosmetics
EO Ireland (hand sanitiser)
Natural Ireland.ie (soaps)
Cocoa beauty
Bia beauty
Kinvara
Green angel
Rinamara.com
Anuyou.ie
Lucyannabella organics
Nia.ie
Pixy.ie
Holos.ie
Seaweed products.ie
Black canvas cosmetics
Nima brushes
Ayu make up brushes
Ema's soy candles
Boyne country candles
Bio fresh skincare.ie
Seavite.ie
Ograskincare.com
Littlered.ie
Emeraldbeauty.ie
Irish organics.ie
Flourishorganics.com
Thehandmadesoapcompany.ie
Brookeandshoals.ie 
Burrenperfumery.com
Daisyandmallow
Wild Irish seaweed
Irish Egyptian
Fern and fig tree.ie
Nia.ie
Holos.ie
Riona Natural  Skincare 
Rosie Supposes   
Bare Chic Skin 
Flourish Organics 
Botanical Soap Therapy 
Aroma Bliss Cork 
Modern Botany 
Little Red
White Witch
Oxmantown Skincare


Now, about the places to shop in Dublin:
Smaller health shops with a decent selection of natural beauty products)

Nourish
Down To Earth Dublin
The Health Store
Holland & Barrett
Skinfull Affairs

(big shops with selected green beauty brands)
Avoca
Arnotts
Debenhams
Marks & Spencers

Beauty section of TKMaxx
(see my post of what you can find here, 80+ photos)
Also check markets all over town
I would also suggest checking out Vclaire.ie for Couleur Caramel and more.


So that is it for this post, short and sweet, but at the same time I hope You will find it helpful! Please do your own research beforehand and don't be afraid to contact the brands if you have any questions about ingredients or their retail spots.


Happy shopping!

I hope You will enjoy Your holidays here to the fullest. Tag me in Your IG photos, I want to see what You will get xo

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Lots of Love,
Renata.

green life in dublin
Huge thanks for the gentleman who updated my Irish brands list, but wanted to remain anonymous!

*If You are an Irish brand and want to collaborate with me for a review, please feel free to contact me on Instagram or any social media. Thanks and have a lovely day!