Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Radical Beauty Review - Books Corner



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Radical Beauty Review


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Let me introduce new segment to my blog, the Book Corner. Let's start with a review of Radical Beauty, a book written by Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder. I wanted it as soon as it came out! Who doesn't want to pick brain of grand Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder, right? It is whooping 341 pages and it is packed with all kinds of useful information on how to take care of your body, mind and soul for a happy and healthy you. 

After the introduction, it is divided into six Pillars, and each one talks about different aspects, starting with Pillar one, on the internal nourishment, on the right kind of foods to eat, how to let go of your preconceived notions about food, and feeling a connection to your food. Every word you read rings true and it kind of makes me sad to think how far we have come to disconnect from real food, and how big industries are putting profits before people's health. All is not lost though, they give you tools to take power back to your hands.

Pillar two is all about External Nourishment, and I loved it (no wonder) so much! It talks about the natural products and how to incorporate natural skin care ingredients and products, about practices to nourish your skin from the outside in. In this section the authors address the specific skin issues and give tips on how you can have healthy skin, nails and hair.
I took tip from this section to switch my usual coconut oil to "warming" oil in winter. They recommend sesame oil the most, and they also claim that the good quality, cold pressed sesame oil does not smell like your Indian Takeway joint. I hate the smell of sesame oil, but I took a chance and a leap of faith to order a good  quality sesame oil from Love Lula, and I will try my best to practice abhyanga for a month to see what differences it will bring. Abhyanga is Ayurvedic practice, where one applies oil all over body daily, including the soles of your feet, prior the shower or exercise to lock in and deepen the nourishment, and it apparently works not only on the skin level, but reaches and lubricates the joints and your internal organs too.

Pillar three talks about peak beauty sleep and it's importance, it helps you to understand sleep-beauty-wellness connections and gives you tools to tune into your body's natural rhythms, as well as tips to establish healthy sleep routines.

Pillar four is all about primal beauty, about the harnessing beauty of the seasons and nature's rhythms,  balance solar and lunar energy and all the earth elements.

Pillar five is about beautiful movements, yes, you guess that's right, it is all about sport, yoga, correct breathing and moving your body every day. Find what works for you and stick with it.

Pillar six is on spiritual beauty - as we all know it is all connected, your physical body, mind and spirit do not exist separately, so you will be interested in learning about first signs of awakening and your spiritual path.

In the appendix of this book you will find several Radical Beauty recipes, like glowing green smoothie, Kimberly's famous kale salad, which I love, as well as several other salad, soups, entrees and desserts made with nourishing ingredients. I wrote all of them down!

All in all I really recommend this book - I really enjoyed reading it, and re-reading it. It will give you a wealth of useful information if you are just starting out in the all things natural. And even if you are advanced in it, you will still find things that are new and interesting. Like me, I immediately went on to order cold-pressed sesame oil for my abhyanga practice, as it turns out I've been doing it all wrong with coconut oil in winter, and I took a leap of faith when I read that cold pressed sesame oil does not smell like Indian take away joint. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone, as I found it really informative and useful, and I believe so will you :) And besides, who does not want to pick brain of Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder??

You can get this book from Book Depository, my favourite online book store and other places. If you want to, click the picture below.

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Radical Beauty by Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder

That is all for today. Have you read this book and what are your thoughts on it? Are you interested?


Lots of Love,
Renata.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Shopping My Stash #4



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Shopping My Green Beauty Stash #4


How are you all doing? I hope all is well? It sort of is in my house, although the recent reports of 35 people dying from the Aussie flu in Ireland so far scare the sh*t out of me. 15 of them are children, and my heart bleeds at the thought of this!
Although my heart goes out to the families of those affected, I know you are all here to see what I am using, so let's dive into it, shall we? Sorry to start this post on the sad note.

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I have started this series inspired by Sandra by Beauty Balm, she is on the impressive 96th one compared to my 4th. It is proving to be popular with you too, so I think it might touch a chord with you lot, that maybe we should all dig around our stash to see if we have products we forgot we had, or is there something that needs to be used up because it is approaching it's expiration date? 
If you want to see what I am using lately, you can find all my Shop My Stash posts to date linked at the end of this post. In this one I reached for a couple of products that were sent to me a few months earlier and I didn't get around to them much because I was using other products at a time. Speaking of using up products, after much of mulling over it, I have decided to skip my November and December Empties posts, because in the December there seemed no good time to fit in Empties posts when all of us were doing all sorts of festive and fun stuff in the run up to Christmas; so talking about my rubbish, seemed well, rubbish! Then the January went by like a blur, and now I find myself with January empties to talk about, and too much of a hassle to catch up on those two missed months. So I have decided to wipe the slate clean and start again with January and leave the last year's rubbish in the last year. I hope you won't mind? It's not that I am obliged to talk of them, it's probably just me putting unnecessary pressure on myself. I am in the habit of putting those kinds of posts out by now, and every time I think of typing 3k+ words for something I'd finished ages ago, seemed like a chore I kept putting off like forever. So let's make a deal, I will put a pictures at the end of my January Empties post, and if there will be a product you will want my feedback on, you will ask about it ok? I always answer questions about products on my social media anyways. And I have decided to stop talking about samples, especially sachet samples - it is too much of typing for uncertain reasons. I wouldn't mind if I had extra time on my hands, but I don't, so something has to give. I am very glad my blog keeps growing and growing at a steady pace (steady, because I don't buy followers and never will) but it also means it is becoming more like a full time job without the pay. I am most likely to be checking emails at 7am and answering people's requests for recommending products via DMs at 11pm. I think I need to manage my time better.

Ok, U-turn Renata, getting back to the stuff I use now. In no particular order here's what I am using right now:


Honua Skincare Hawaiian Beauty Water and Aloha Beauty Serum

This was an unexpected win via Instagram, where two people were supposed to win their Beauty Water, so I tagged my Instagram buddy 1988Bori, and I was so surprised to find out we've won! When I received the package, I was floored and delighted to see they have included the Aloha beauty serum as well. Big thank You Honua Skincare! Havaiian Beauty Water is a liquid exfoliant with amazing ingredients, like hibiscus, coconut water, papaya enzymes and more. I use it once or twice a week, and I can really see the difference after I use it. Highly recommend it and I know I will be back. Aloha is a beautiful water and aloe based serum packed with beautiful hydrosols, super oils, vitamin C coming from noni, and more. The ingredients of everything in the line seem very clean and I am keen to try more, starting from the cleansing cream called Pa'akai. 



ULIV Golden Chai Facial Souffle

This is also an amazing natural product, targeted for dermatitis and eczema prone skin, and let me tell you, the ingredients are amazing! Packed full of healing oils, butters and king of spices turmeric, which we all know is a fantastic antiinflammatory agent with more than 10k of scientific studies backing up the claims. I don't reach for this as my daily moisturiser, as it takes ages to sink in, and blocked my pores somewhat when I used it twice daily in the past, probably due to the mango butter in it, but let me stress that was a long time ago, and it was since reformulated. I am on my second jar of it, and I reach for it every time my skin is red and blotchy and it helps with inflammation so much. Well worth the price point in my mind, as I have tried many products targeting dermatitis, and some of them just don't work, while some others burned my skin! This is amazing, caused me no hassle, only the benefits. Sadly it came straight from US and I don't know any EU stockists for it. If you do, please do us all a favor and shout about it!



Dafna's Personal Skincare Velvet Mist  

A gift from Dafna herself, along with her Nutrition face cream for the night, which I really appreciated! The mist is gorgeous and it is going really fast, as I got into the habit of misting my face throughout the day. Again, the brand with really clean ingredients, you can understand everything when reading through the ingredient list. It's a Spanish brand, so therefore widely available in Europe, and for those of you my green beauty lovers outside EU, you can get it from Love Lula.



Studio78Paris We Evade 03 Rose Sand Bronzer

I surprised myself reaching for this more and more lately - see, like most of us I associate bronzer with summer and tanned skin, and I never reached for them in winters, when I am at my all time palest. I wasn't even a bronzer girl until I hit mid 30s. I know many of you will gasp reading this, but I had no interest in bronzers whatsoever for the longest time, but I am warming up to them (pun intended). This is the most gorgeous bronzer on earth, and the fact that it is not orangy makes it worth every penny in my opinion. I have no desire to look for more bronzers, as I have all that I need in this product. As you can see, it has a few colours swirled into it, as well as some gorgeous shimmer that does not translates into glitter when on the face. Pigmented, so I need to have a light hand with this. This is French brand that I would be keen to explore more, but for the last few years I am witnessing it disappearing from more and more online places I've seen carrying it before. I am not sure what's up with it, at first I was worried the brand is going out of business, but they are active on Instagram, which makes me feel better. I have this nagging thought in my head that I need to get a back up of it, even though I realize it makes no logical sense. This is not the only bronzer I have, but this is the only one I use. I might sell the other one I have and get rid of samples, as my search for the perfect bronzer is well and truly over.


Hynt Beauty Satin Nude lip gloss

Aren't your newest thing always your favourite things? It certainly is the case with me! This gorgeous lip gloss came from Eminessences, and I also purchased my beloved Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer (review here and here) this time in Medium, which is ever so slightly too dark for me at the moment. I was out of this concealer for a year or so, and although I am happy to have it back in my life, I noticed a texture change, and maybe slightly less coverage than it had before? It underwent a packaging change twice if not three times, and I am not sure if the formulation changed with it or not, but now it is almost solid waxy consistency, that you have to swirl your finger in to get the product out, while before it was liquid, and more pigmented too, imo. I don't know, I still need to play with it more to form my final opinion on it. Still a good product, but I miss the old formula back from the day when it used to be Christopher Drummond in a pump bottle, seen in my second review. Hynt Beauty, if you are reading this, I love you, but please, bring the old formula back?


Inika Long Lash Mascara

My favourite for the last 6 months or so. Nearly as good as my previously loved 100% Pure Maracuja one (I've been ignoring them since they decided to raise the shipping price to 25€, but then I learned that the new price already includes all the custom fees you might get, so I am thawing and starting to watch their deals like a hawk again). Anyways, back to the Inika - while I was out of 100%Pure mascara, I needed a good alternative, so I tried Inika Long Lash Mascara, and I knew I was in love with it after a couple of days. It performs like a conventional mascara would, gives good length, not as much volume as I'd like to (it is lengthening, not a volumising mascara) but what I like the most about it, it does not smudge or flake on me! Big pet peeves of mine, and sooo many of clean beauty mascaras fail on this front, so I am so happy to have found my new favourite. Already have a back up.


So, that's all for this post I am using right now, but that's not all of the products in my current rotation if you know what I mean - some products like DrHauschka Rose Day Cream (review) and Hurraw Moon Balm are such a firm All-The-Time favourites, that I am even forgetting to mention them. They are part of the furniture, and these Shop My Stash posts highlight what I am using in the moment. 

What are you using at the moment? Do you shop your stash too and possibly do Project Pan type of thing? Please let me know in the comments!


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Renata.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Natural Beauty Series - Meet Marie From And The Color Green



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Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome 💕💕💕

I am so buzzing with joy to present my interview with yet another wonderful Natural Beauty, Marie from And The Color Green! We first bonded via Instagram (as you do) talking about products for dry and sensitive skin, and when I discovered she has a Youtube channel, I binge watched all her videos in one day! And I loved them all. She talks about green beauty products, subscription boxes, science 180 and ingredients in such a down to earth and playful manner, you can't help but fall in love with her! I don't know how about you, but reading scientific studies isn't my ideal downtime read, but her's is. And she translates that so well into her videos. I featured her in my Spring 2017 Favourites, and if you don't follow her already, you should -you will love her, I am sure of it. I also admire her for balancing so many plates at the same time, not only is she a mommy to two small kids, but also works at the outpatient clinic, does regular Youtube videos, as well as having a blog, and that is not the end of it, far from it - she has started her own subscription box business! Mary, tell me where are you buying extra time, I want to know :)
Pst, her social media will be linked at the end of this post.



And the Color Green - Marie


💕 Tell us a bit more about yourself?
   
My name is Marie. My mom’s family all have French names so I got Marie! I grew up in Hawaii. I have lived and traveled all over the US. I have also gotten to travel a lot in Europe, Central and South America. My husband and I both love to surf so Hawaii was where we wanted to come back to and settle down. It is also the most diverse place in the US. So it has a unique blend of cultures and traditions that I have always loved and appreciated. I wanted my kids to experience that same environment. 



💕  How has going natural and nontoxic in your beauty regimen changed your overall health and beauty?

I think choosing to focus on more natural based products makes you more aware of the whole industry of beauty. You start to pay attention to sourcing, production, ingredients and the waste created. It was really out of this interest in how stuff was made that motivated me to start my You Tube channel. 



💕 Three things that make you happy?

My family, surfing and endless cups of coffee.



💕 What is the best advice you've been given?

“Live in faith, not in fear”-It was given to me by a friend of mine who truly lives this motto. She embraces life and is patient and trusting that life will play out the way it is meant too. 



💕 What people inspire you?

Big wave surfers and mountain climbers! They train physically and mentally for months to interact and conquer the scary side of nature. It inspires me to see people utilize their bodies strength and mental fortitude. 



💕 What are your three (or five) can't-live-without-it beauty products? 

Current loves: Mun Anarose toner, Honua Olena oil, Osmia Organics Purely simple face cream.


Marie from And The Color Green

💕 Your best DIY recipe?

1/2 raw honey, 1/2 olive oil, + 1/2 dairy or vegan yogurt. It combines so many great nutrients, exfoliates and softens skin.



💕 What do you like and dislike about yourself?

I have always liked that I was born with tons of energy. They used to call me busy bee when I was a kid. I was always making crafts or roller skating. Over the years, I have come to dislike it at times because occasionally I exhaust myself with all my projects. 



💕 Your proudest achievement?

My kids! 



💕 What food do you like to cook/eat?

I really love to roast vegetables in olive oil. I mean roasted broccoli tastes better than pizza! I always have to make triple the amount I think we will need for a family of four (meaning the pan is over-flowing!). There is never any left at the end of the night. 



💕 I really like your Mask Hacking videos, how are you coming up with them?

Well, I love to break down ingredients and figure out how stuff works. So breaking down what was inside face masks has always been fun for me. I eventually turned that into a subscription box called Face Mask Alchemy.


Face Mask Alchemy


💕 Your guilty pleasure?

Italian food. I could eat carbs covered in tomatoes all day. 



💕  What scents excite you?

I learned the word for my favorite smell from Jess of Stark Skincare. It is called petrichor. It is the scent of fresh rain after a long dry period.



💕 What's your favorite beauty trend at the moment?

The Korean skincare invention of the 7 Toner method. It revolves around applying topical humectants to add hydration to skin. It seems to work well for all skin types. 



💕 3 resources every girl needs..

A moisturizer, a wifi signal, and a good pair of sturdy walking shoes. 



💕 Once a week for my health…

FACE MASK! My mom recently told me that she wished she could mask more but she didn’t have the time. I replied, “You make the time”. My personal masking mantra is to do a clay mask once a week followed by sheet mask. Setting time aside for yourself to practice a simple self care ritual is more than just a face mask. It is a moment to breathe. It is a moment to reflect. For some, setting aside this time comes naturally. For others, we have to consciously choose to value ourselves and set aside that time. 



💕 What do you do to de-stress?

Crossfit! I love lifting heavy weights. It makes me feel so satisfied and relaxed afterwards. 



💕 Last thing you do at night?

Check that the doors are locked! 



💕 Tell us a secret!

I hate it when other peoples feet touch me. . . . Ewwwwwwwww



💕  A few words to Green Life In Dublin readers?

I would love to come and visit Ireland and face mask with Renata!
(You are welcome to my house any time Marie! I would love that! R.)


Now, isn't she adorable? I am linking her Youtube channel here and her Instagram here, because supporting my fellow green beauty sisters is kind of a priority for me! Go follow her and say hello from me while you are there 😉


If you want to, you can check out all my other Natural Beauty interviews I've done to date. And just a quick note, I will be posting these interviews on a random basis from now on, as opposed to every six weeks I'd done previously, as truth to be told, they come back to me at different times, when it is convenient for them, and I don't want to place any pressure on them or myself. This a blog after all, not a published magazine where I would have time frames and deadlines, so let's just enjoy these interviews as they come, shall we?


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 and last but not least, Linda or Lindalu19.






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Renata.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dutch Health Store Online Store Review



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Dutch Health Store Review

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Today, let me draw your attention to another wonderful online shop in Europe, Dutch Health Store, who also go by the livinglibations.store name on social media. Living Libations fans, rejoice! Especially if you are from Europe, as this means that you can enjoy Living Libations products sans (high and annoying) custom charges. And let me tell you, the owner, Wilma carries the biggest selection of LL products in Europe, unlike some other stores that focus on selected Best Skin Ever only. I certainly did a happy dance when I discovered this. Here, you can find anything your heart desires from this brand, essential oils, dental care, body care, sun care, haircare, and even deodorants called Poetic Pits. I didn't compare this selection to the one on Living Libations own website, but I feel I can get any product I can think of. Dutch Health Store also carries some good quality supplements, their own brand probiotics and even next level raw chocolate! Although I am yet to try the Poetic Pits, these and the dental products were the draw for me, and as soon as I discovered they are available from within EU via Dutch Health Store, I immediately placed an order.
More on that in just a second, let's go back to talking about Dutch Health Store as a whole. I wanted to start my blog post with their story, but the information on their social media is sparse, so I asked Wilma to tell me a bit about her, and how her wonderful online shop has started, and she responded within a couple of hours. Here's what she said:

My name is Wilma Beuving, age 53 and (together with a friend, Dries van der Wijk) the owner and founder of Dutch Health Store.

I have studied herbal medicine, I am also a clinical psychoneuroimmunology therapist.

Grown up as a farmer’s daughter in the countryside, I have learned from my early youth by my (grand)parents what nature and our earth had to offer and I became a great respect for it.
I love working with plants! Very much.

Because of these interests, over the past years, I have changed my lifestyle to get closer to nature.
Essential oils, ecological – biological gardening, raw food, be aware of what I add to my skin and body, fair trade products, for me it's a great and beautiful discovery tour.
A tour I will never end because it's the way I want to live.
I live, together with my husband and 3 cats (ragdolls), still in the countryside.
We grew our own vegetables, I use a lot of herbs (and weeds...;-) ) in all kinds of food and in skin/body care.
It’s our way of living and we like it! 

Many years ago I discovered Living Libations.
It was very difficult to find a brand who didn't add some bad stuff in their products and with the right vision.
First I became a private customer and after a while, we (= Dutch Health Store) started to sell their products in the Netherlands and International, because it was very difficult to find their products anywhere than in Canada.

Our vision is not to sell a lot of products of a lot of brands, no, we just want to corporate with just a few brands, (since a few months new; Isun skincare and Delizioso skincare) with the right vision, who have luxury, natural and eco-friendly products who makes our customers (you) happy!
And, important for us, the brand has to make their products with love and passion and I have to feel love and passion for their products. 

Personal customer care is an important issue for our company, we took it very seriously!
Because our customers are the most important part of our shop, without them we can't exist and without them, I don't know what their needs are.

Receiving and unpacking a parcel with products of Dutch health Store must be a (little) party.
We take care of the whole process, each parcel is packed with love and care.
I treat our customers like I would be treated yourself; with respect.

Our plan/goal is :
To get as many people as possible to get acquainted with healthy, fair products which in no way harmful to health.
Products with the right vision; who make everyone really happy! 

In the Netherlands, Europe and International.
... 
I have to say I second every word on her taking her customer as her top priority - I experienced that first hand with my first order. As soon as I got the email confirmation, I noticed my address was incorrect, someone on their end has omitted one crucial line from it, and I let Wilma know that. Even though the order has already left their premises by then, Wilma went out of her way to help, and we exchanged 26 emails before the order safely reached my hands. Now, how's that for the customer service? I don't know about you, but I haven't experienced anything on this level before! And it made me feel very appreciated as a customer, something you don't get much. I loved every single product I have tried from this shop, and I know I will be back.
*A little edit a couple of hours later - that dramatic first delivery happened to me as private person, not as a blogger, and I thought it is worth mentioning. I ordered and paid with my own money as a private person, and at that point Wilma didn't even know I am a blogger, so she was helping a me as a regular customer, you know what I mean?
 
Now, Dutch Health Store does not only carry Living Libations products only, they have very well curated selection. The brands are not abundant, but even so, when it comes to the products, you will be spoiled for choice. From looking around I know you could get everything your heart desires all under one (online shop) roof. And only the best quality will do! Wilma has a very strict requirement for both products and the brands, and you can be assured you are getting the most natural and the best there is. No greenwashing here of any sort. As I already mentioned, you can find brands such as Living Libations, ISUN Skincare, Terra Nova, Delicioso Skincare and. I find there are many different levels of green beauty, and this is the top level, if you are a purist, and only the best natural products will do, this is for you.


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Terra Nova Vitamin D

You can read my thoughts on Living Libations dental products in my Holistic Dental Care Routine here and review of True Blue Spirulina Shampoo here. I also am a big fan of Terra Nova supplements as it is something I use for a couple of years now. This is one of the few brands I trust to be natural and not to have unnecessary fillers. Vitamin D I find excellent, and I stress the importance of taking it, for all of us - we all need it. Most people think that we get enough of it from the sun, and supplementing is needed only for babies, when nothing could be further from the truth. Most of us also don't know that it is not only a vitamin, but also a hormone, needed for more than 300 body functions daily. And more than 75% of us don't get nearly enough of it. As soon as I started taking it regularly, I noticed my SAD is not as bad as it used to be, and now I make sure I take it on a daily basis. 


Total Care - Probiotics from Dutch Health Store

Another wonderful thing Wilma is selling is her own brand probiotics, and having had a change to sample it, I can tell it is good stuff. Probiotics are very trendy topic right now, and it is a topic I could go on for hours and hours, in a nutshell I can say, if there's one thing you should do for your health, it's to take probiotics regularly. Leaky gut is no fun, and I didn't even know I had it, until my body literally erupted in dermatitis overnight. This is your best bet to protect your health. 


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Reviting Probiotic Toothpaste


One of the recent additions to Dutch Health Store is Revitin, a natural prebiotic toothpaste, created by a holistic dentist. I wanted it asap, and I was very curious to compare it to Living Libations toothpastes. Look out for the review of it in the near future. As well as the review of Wintergreen toothpaste by Living Libations, one of their newest releases. All I can say for now, is that I want them in the endless supply until I cease to exist! If you are after really clean dental products, this is the place you find them.


Wintergreen + Clean Living Libations Toothpaste


So there you have it, my post for today. Have you bought anything from Dutch Health Store? What was your experience and what product do you like the most from them? Tell me below, so I could add them to my wishlist 💕 

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Love Lula Beauty Box January 2018



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Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome 💕💕💕


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Love Lula Beauty Box January 2018


Sooo, the New Year, New You? Nah, but I will surely take in New Products! 

Joking aside, I am excited to share with you my first Love Lula beauty box from the same online green beauty store. They ship worldwide, and the price is 13.95£ monthly recurring for UK customers, and for us international gals there are two options of three months (52.50£) or a year (210£) including post and packaging. Green beauty boxes are a great way to discover new items you might have missed otherwise, and I love that anything coming from LoveLula is cruelty free and guaranteed not to have any toxic ingredients - they have very strict criteria for any product they accept, and that is taking the guesswork off your shoulders. 

So let's see what's in first 2018 box? All products are vegan, well done Love Lula! By the way, don't forget to check out my interview with the owner and co-founder Sonia White as a part of my Natural Beauties segment here. I still can't believe Sonia said yes!



Madara Time Miracle Total Renewal Night Cream 20ml sample (50ml retails for £42)


I’m quite happy with this night cream and the ingredients. It goes on nicely and absorbs quickly with no greasiness or residue. It’s base is birch juice, which intrigues me to no end, and it's got hyaluronic acid in it, which is always good news. For my dry and sensitive skin this seems to be too light of a moisturiser in winter time, but maybe it would be perfect for summer?  On the plus side, it did not give my very sensitive skin any reactions, so if it suited me fine, that means all my sensitive skin gals can try it too, starting with a patch test, of course. This cream I have bookmarked in my Love Lula wishlist, so quite chuffed to get this in the box, from this deluxe sample size I will definitely be able to make my mind up whether to get it or not at the end. And on the side note, I am wondering what happened to the Madara Time Miracle Cellular Nutrients Toning Mist? I had it bookmarked in my wishlist also, as I am on forever-quest for perfect toning mist, but it seems to have vanished from Love Lula? Please bring it back, Love Lula? Pretty please?

Ingredients:
Betula Alba (birch) Juice Simmondsia Chinensis Squalane Glycerin Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Dicaprylyl Carbonate Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate Cetearyl Alcohol Betaine Glyceryl Stearate Hippophae Rhamnoides Trifolium Pratense Galium Verum Alchemilla Vulgaris Vaccinium Myrtillus Equisetum Arvense Aesculus Hippocastanum Xanthan Gum Ascorbyl Palmitate Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline Benzyl Alcohol Aroma Aqua Chitin Beta-glucan Tocopherol Sodium Benzoate Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Zinc PCA Sodium Hyaluronate Potassium Sorbate CI 77288 (Iron Oxide) Sodium phytate Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid Limonene Linalool Eugenol Citral 



PHB Ethical Beauty Brightening Eye Gel with Eyebright & Neroli 15ml rrp. £16.95

I have to say I didn't expect an eye product so soon, as we got Madara one not too long ago, which I haven't even opened yet (I am someone who does not like to have too many open products in the same category) due to using other products. But it just so happened that this was sitting next to the computer as I typed this, so my hands reached for it (for testing purposes, no less!) and I opened it before Madara, meaning it will have to wait it's turn some more. It is nice and cooling, gel texture is easy to pat in, and it absorbs in no time at all, something I really appreciate, after using eye oils for the last two years. The skin felt nice and hydrated, so let's keep this will continue it impress me as I continue to use it. Happy to see frankincense and myrrh essential oils in it, as well as birch juice; and I am very curious to see if it will make any difference to my dark under eye circles.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Aloe barbadensis (Organic aloe vera), Vegetable glycerine, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Coco-caprylate, Sclerotium Gum, Betula Pendula (White birch), Propandiol & Salix alba, Helianthus Annuus ( Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Euphrasia Officinalis (Organic Eyebright) Extract., Hippophae rhamnoides (Organic Sea Buckthorn), Citrus parasidii (Grapefruit), Citrus bergamia (Bergamot), Boswella carterii (Frankincense), Citrus aurantium (Neroli), Benzyl alcohol, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh), Rosa centifolia (Rose), Jasminum officinale (Jasmine), *Linalool *Limonene *Citral *Geraniol *Farnesol *Eugenol *Citronellol *Benzyl Benzoate *Occurs naturally in essential oils, **Organically grown ingredients. Certified Cruelty Free, Vegan & Halal.


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MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion



Magic Organic Apothecary Fortifying Green Bath Potion 100ml, rrp. £27.50

MOA is a brand on my radar for some time now, but their products seem to be heavy on the essential oils, which is exactly why I sort of hesitated to try them. This got me mixed feelings upfront, as it contains peppermint oil, something I can't handle anywhere on my body, I don't enjoy being tingly and pepperminty. For the blogging sake I still will get in a bath with this, as I have a head cold, to see if it will help. Happy to see minimal ingredients and the birch oil in it!
My only complaint with this product is that it contains Laureth 3, a synthetic surfactant. I’m not sure why a bath oil needs an emulsifying agent?

Ingredients:
Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (fennel) Oil, Laureth-3, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Achillea Millefolium (yarrow) Extract, Abies Sibirica (fir needle) Oil, Betula Lenta Bark (sweet birch) Oil, Tocopherol, CI 75810 (chlorophyll). 


Laidbare Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow



Laidbare Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow Hair Minimising Moisturiser 125ml, £6.99

Sort of unexpected item in the thick of the winter, and not something I would seek out to buy either, but for the blogging sake I was still prepared to give it a go. Until I opened to bottle. This smell is not something I want on my body, and as a very sensitive person I am very particular with my ingredients, and scents too. I am very bad at describing scents, and at first it seems sweet and nice, but it quickly develops into something 'plasticky' and I cannot handle it. On a closer inspection I found dimethicone in the ingredients, a synthetic silicone I avoid in my products. I think I will pass it on - the one and only time I tried it, was enough for me. Sorry Love Lula and Laidbare, this is not for me.

Ingredients:
Aqua(water), aloe barbadensis(aloe vera)leaf juice, polysorbate 20(naturally derived emulsifier, glycerin (coconut)common, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone(silicone), dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol(naturally derived preservative), mannitol(botanical), ammonium glycyrrhizate(liquorice), caffeine(coffee), aesculus hippocastanum(horse chestnut) extract, zinc gluconate(zinc irons), citrus medica limonum(lemon) peel oil, xanthum gum(naturally derived thickener), citrus aurantifolia (lime)oil, betula alba(birch) leaf extract, althaea officinalis(marshmallow) root extract, potassium sorbate (naturally derived preservative), sodium benzoate(naturally derived preservative), limonene(essential oil), citral (essential oil).


So, I think you can gather that this box isn't my favourite of them all, but majority of them have been great, and I still think this is a great way to switch your products to clean products without spending a fortune if you are only starting out your green beauty journey. Even if you are advanced in it, it is always fun to discover something new, isn't it? This box total value is whopping £71! I know I love getting new products, nearly ten years in into my green beauty journey I still get excited getting boxes in the mail. What about you?         If you are interested, you can sign up here.
Psst, I will tell you one secret - after a couple of weeks of releasing their Beauty Boxes, Love Lula is giving them away for free with any orders above £60, so keep your eyes peeled! Their Early Bird Valentine Selection Box is also available for only £24, £60 value.

 

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Renata.


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 Disclaimer: the beauty box is part of LLABP program, and the thoughts are always my own. I treat every products equally, no matter what way it came to me.