Monday, August 27, 2018

The Dutch Health Store Haul & First Impressions

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Dutch Health Store Haul

How are all of you, I hope You are all well? 
Today I want to share my first impressions haul from The Dutch Health, part of my personal order, part PR. You might already seen this photograph on my IG here, and let me tell you - I am so glad there are people like Wilma who go to great lengths to make sure we can enjoy all these wonderful and truly natural brands from overseas! Living Libations is one of the first brands I laid my eyes on at the start of my green beauty journey - and I am kind of mad at myself for only trying them now! I feel like I wasted time and money elsewhere, when I could have those gorgeous and truly natural and organic products from the start. Well, I didn't know they were available from within Europe, that's my excuse and I am sticking to it :) As soon as I learned about Dutch Health Store via Instagram a couple of years back, I immediately placed an order for Living Libations products for over 125€ (even if I wasn't working and had no income back then, as you can imagine, this was kind of a strain for one income family) and I wasn't familiar with their products, not even samples - luckily this gamble paid of beautifully, I loved every single product I ordered. A couple of more orders followed, and Dutch Health Store (which goes by the name wilmadutchhealthstore on IG) quickly became one of my favourite EU online shops. I will link all the related posts at the end of this blog post, so if you are interested in what else they carry and my two cents on it, please feel free to check them all out. I really recommend this store - my own experience as a customer has been only the best - and Wilma and her team really take care of their customers, I can vouch for that! What happened with my first order was someone on their end wrote my address incorrectly, omitting crucial info (the address made no sense without it) and I noticed that in the confirmation email too late, the order has left their facilities by then. Guess what? Wilma personally followed the journey of my package throughout Europe, sending 27 emails with updates. Yes, you read that right, 27 updates - and at that point she had no idea I am a blogger, she was helping Renata as a private person - how amazing is that?? Now you can see why I am recommending her shop? Plus, you might get a fabulous treat with your order, you never know :)
(when I order from a new to me online stores I always order as a private person giving no clues I am a blogger to see how they treat their customers)

In no particular order there are the goodies - most of them will be reviewed separately, because I love sharing the love, but only if the products work, you know what I mean? By the way, I also have two books by Nadine Artemis, the amazing woman behind Living Libations - Holistic Dental Care & Renegade Beauty - both of them are mind blowing and yet I am not sure I've featured any of them on my social media? Be sure to let me know if You want my review on them, and I would be happy to do it for you.

πŸ’• Living Libations Sea Buckthorn Best Skin Ever

This is what makes Living Libations famous - their collection of Best Skin Ever is very well know in the green beauty world and beyond it, and I am very happy to be testing it at the moment. I do have to admit I am a bit afraid, because of my facial dermatitis - dermatitis hates oils, and for the longest time ever I didn't want to admit this to myself - up until last year or so, I've been a die hard oil fan, and that was exactly what I was using as my facial moisturiser for years. I did see a dramatic improvement in my skin after I discontinued them, my dermatitis patch on my left cheek disappeared within days of doing so, so this oil product does scare me ever so slightly, even if it is for sensitive skin. We will see, but I do have high hopes for it! If this works out, I do have my eyes on Sandalwood and Chocolate Best Skin Evers :)

Organic Ingredients: Hippophae rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba), Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Chrysopogon zizanioides (Vetiver), Citrus paradise (Grapefruit), and Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa).

πŸ’• Living Libations Everybody Loves Sunshine With Zinc - Beach Balm

Now, if you follow me for at least a couple of months, you might know I have ordered Coola Sports Stick SPF product which was a real disappointment in a way that it was impossible to apply and dragged skin. So as soon as I saw that this product was in the package I crossed my fingers it would not be like that - and I have to say I didn't need to worry in the slightest! It is a dream to apply, rubs in very easily and although you do see a bit of white-cast from zinc oxide initially, it rubs in really quick and is pretty much undetectable once on. I really like the handy stick applicator, it is so easy and quick to apply on the go, and as you can guess, the ingredients are nothing short of truly natural and organic. Guess which stick out of the two I am repurchasing?

Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba), Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Theobroma cacao (Cacao Butter), Hippophae rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn), Zinc Oxide, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry Seed), Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu), Schisandra chinensis (Schizandra), Myrica pubescens (Laurel Wax), Helichrysum italicum (Immortelle), Daucus carota (Carrot Seed), Rosa damascena (Rose Otto), Eriocephalus punctualatus (Cape Chamomile), Boswellia carterii (Frankincense), Santalum album (Sandalwood), Zingiber officinale (Ginger), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium), Thyme vulgaris linalool (Sweet Thyme), Curcuma longa (Turmeric), Calendula officinalis (Calendula), and Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa).

*A little side note: a SPF product with frankincense, sadalwood, turmeric, calendula and carrot seed oil? A you kidding me? I will be all over this, sunshine or no sunshine :)

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πŸ’• Living Libations Rose Quartz Roller (+ bamboo bag)

I wanted a rose quartz for forever, and now my wish came true! I was a bit afraid of ordering online from unfamiliar brand for the fear of getting a fake stone (yes, there are all kind of fake things, even fake stones) - but guess what, knowing it comes from Living Libations I can rest in peace it is a real thing. As soon as I posted my haul on Instagram, I immediately got a question whether or not this works - and truth to be told it is a tad bit too early for me to tell - I imagine it will take a couple of weeks of continous use to see any results? Even if it gives me no visible results on the skin, knowing it moves the lymph around is enough motivator for me. If you didn't know, lymphatic system is how your body takes the trash (read toxins) out, so it is important to keep it moving - it does not have a heart like blood system to keep it moving. So let's give it a little helping hand, shall we?

πŸ’• Dew Dab

This is another product from Living Libations that is renowned worldwide. Now I get a chance to try it too - which really puts a smile on my face! See the ingredients and you will see why. It is un-diluted essential oil blend that is a powerhouse of healing stuff - and I hope it will work it's magic on my odd spots I am getting - I now have one in between of my eyebrows - perfect time to test the product, haha!

πŸ’• Delizioso Skincare Vanilla Sorbet Body Cream

This smelt dreamy and was a pure joy to use. Yes, I want a full size of it. As well as Coconut Mango Body Butter, I really love the sound of that!

Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Unrefined Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Unrefined Mangifera indica (Mango) Seed Butter, *Unrefined Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Shea Butter, *Prunus avium (Cherry) Kernel Oil, *Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil , *Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate (Natural Olive Oil Emulsifier), Tocopherol (Pure Vitamin E), *Kosher Certified Vanilla Flavor Oil (Naturally derived from plant/fruit material) and Natural Antioxidant Preservative (Antioxidant fruits, berries, and tea tree).

πŸ’• Delizioso Orange Blossom Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner

This, on the other hand was the only thing that didn't work out for my fine hair, despite beautiful ingredients, so I won't be reviewing this separately. Maybe it would work for you if you have different type of hair? I think I need to try their Elderberry range as not to write off the brand too soon, and I have to say I am intrigued by their Orange Blossom Hair Elixir a lot.

Ingredients/ Shampoo:
*Aloe (Aloe) Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Rose (Centifolia) Hydrosol, Foodgrade Xanthan Gum, Saponified Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, *Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, *Bertholletia excelsa (Brazil) Nut Oil, *Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Seed Oil, *Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Mauritia flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, *Rosmarinus (Rosemary) Officinalis Leaf Extract, *Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis) Extract, *Calendula officinalis (Flower) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, *Citrus limonium (Lemon) Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Extract, *Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract,, *Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry) Exract, Tocopherol (Rice derived non GMO Vitamin E), Jojoba Proteins, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Santalum album (Sandalwood) Essential Oil, Artemisia pallens (Davana) Essential Oil, *Clementine Essential Oil and Natural Antioxidant Preservative (from berries, tea tree, and extracts).

Here comes the minis:

Meine Base mineral salts
At first I was not too sure what to do with this mini, as it seemed way too small for a bath and I don't really do foot baths, so I had to do a little digging on some other ways to use it, and I found out I could do inhalation baths and/or make a solution to use it as my mouthwash. Perfection, that's how I will use it up then :)

Aloha Essences by Corinna Kuhnert
Sprays for aura & senses with handmade Hawai’ian flower essences - why, yes please, I would love to have that in my life!
And here is a glimpse of my wishlist - all I have to say is - all those gorgeous and truly natural products, I am coming for you :)

Delizioso Skincare:

Vanilla Sorbet Body Butter
Bubble Gum Palm-Free Artisan Soap
Carrots & Buriti Facial Toner
Coconut Mango Body Cream
Coconut Mango or Strawberry Palm-Free Artisan Soap 

Shea & Manuka Lip Treatment or Mango & Coco one
Glamour or Gorgeous Lip & Cheek Shine
Camouflage mouse - not too sure of my colour?
Black Diamond Volumizing Mascara
Chocolate Almond Wooden Wick Soy Lotion Candle
Vanilla Sorbet Wooden Wick Soy Lotion Candle

Living Libations:

Cleansing Charcoal Soap
Frankincense Honey Mask
Open Sky Eye Serum
RoseGlow Face Creme
Moontime Majesty – Lunitidal Elixir
Neem Enamelizer ToothPaste
Chamomile Vanilla Lover Lips
Ballet Slipper Lip Shimmer
Copal Musk Underarm Charm Crème Deodorant
Copal Musk Poetic Pits

Breast Massage Oil
Bliss Tonic
Frankincense First Aid
Illume Hand Sanitiser
Immune Illume Breathing Balm
Throat Spray

Sacred Sage Smudge Chrism
And a myriad of essential oils (adding only those that I know, they have tons more!) - calendula, camomile, german blue camomile, cinnamon bark, clove, elderflower, frankincense, and I could go on for hours :)

If you want to, you can also check out my Dutch Health Store review post, where the co-owner Wilma talks more about herself, her wonderful store and how it came about; as well as my post on Natural & Holistic Dental Care post where I talk about several Living Libations products. I am also reviewing Wintergreen as well as Revitin toothpastes here.

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 πŸ’• 

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