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Who writes Beautiful Basics?

 Hi Beautiful! My name is Kassie and I’m a 27 year old from a small town in Oregon. I have a passion for all things beauty, being green, and writing which is why I started Beautiful Basics. In this blog you will find my thoughts on natural and organic beauty products as well as DIY beauty recipes and other odds and ends.

I’m not an expert or a professional but I have learned a lot about beauty and skin care by experimenting and teaching myself.

I like to keep this blog as positive as possible. I love testing out products but I only write about the ones I love.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you enjoy!


I also have a blog that chronicles my life living with chronic illness.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Talk About Skin Care - Laventine

I quit! - using facial cleansing cloths to remove my makeup that is. For years, I used packaged cloths to take off my makeup before washing my face with my regular cleanser but I have recently discovered an amazing alternative. Readers, I would like to introduce you to one of my new loves Olive Forte Water-soluble Facial Cleansing Oil by Laventine. This magical oil also works as a regular daily cleanser but I prefer using it to remove makeup.

The bottle was full when it arrived but I didn't get a good photo! My apologies.

Made up of just Olive Oil, Olive Oil Esters, Olive Squalene, and Vitamin E this oil completely removes all traces of makeup on the skin in one simple step. All it takes is pouring a small amount into the hands and then massaging the oil onto dry skin in a circular motion. When it’s time to remove the oil all you have to do is add a little water and rinse it off! I actually use a microfiber cloth to remove the cleanser when I’m wearing heavy makeup and the combo dissolves my makeup, including mascara.

It leaves skin looking and feeling cleansed, soft, and smooth. I typically follow up with an exfoliant on days when I wear makeup but you can certainly use this as a cleanser by its lonesome.

Just a heads up, if you don’t like the scent of olive oil you won’t like this. This smells exactly like a good bottle of pure olive oil. I also want to mention that Laventine’s products are cruelty free!

To learn more the Olive Forte Water-soluble Facial Cleansing Oil you can click here. To learn more about Laventine and their other product offerings you can visit their website.

(FTC: This product was sent to me by the company free of charge for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Talk About Skin Care - Seventh Generation Boosts + GIVEAWAY! (closed)

Hey Beautiful! In today’s post I’m delighted to be able to introduce you to the Seventh Generation Boosts, a healthy and affordable line of natural skin boosting serums. With 6 versions to choose from there is something for everyone, regardless of skin type. I have been using the Soothing Boost for several weeks now and have really fallen in love with it, for good reason. If you’re interested in learning more about this product or finding out how you can enter to win a bottle of the Boost of your choice, then keep reading!

My family and I have been long time fans of Seventh Generation and their line of household cleaning products (especially their Free and Clear All Purpose Cleanser, Free and Clear Natural Dish Liquid, and Hand Soap) so when the company reached out to tell me about their new skin care serums and present me with the opportunity to try it I naturally said yes, please!

Step one involved selecting the right formula for me. The company has 6 different Boosts you can choose from, all waterless and made from pure, plant-based ingredients. In these cruelty free skin serums you won’t find any parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or color, or animal ingredients or byproducts.

The 6 varieties are:
Hydrating: Restores Moisture Balance with Jojoba Oil
Soothing: Calms and Relieves with Oat Extract
Clearing: Reduces Impurities with Tea Tree Oil
Firming: Strengthens and Tones with Baobob
Revitalizing: Smooths Fine Lines with Rosehip
Protecting: Defends Against the Elements with Prickly Pear

I selected the Soothing Boost because it sounded super simple (in a good way!) and gentle. The instructions for use say you can add the serum to your regular cleanser and/or moisturizer or use directly on your skin as a treatment, which is my preferred way of using it. I have also used it in conjunction with my nighttime moisturizer and it works well as an added layer of protection and hydration.

I have actually been using it as my daily moisturizer after washing my face in the morning. It absorbs easily and quickly so I don’t get shiny or greasy throughout the day. It works well alone or under mineral makeup. It’s extremely light but also superbly hydrating and makes a huge difference in my skin. My skin has been so dehydrated and this soothing oil makes my face and neck so much better, I can’t even fully describe it! I feel like it hydrates deep down and plumps up my dry skin. It doesn’t clog my pores or cause any irritation either!

You can learn more about Seventh Generation Boosts by clicking here, where you can also print out a $3 off coupon. This serum is already affordable so the coupon is an awesome bonus! You can also follow Seventh Generation on Facebook or Twitter

If you’re interested in entering to win a bottle of the boost of your choice just use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Also, don't be worried if your comment doesn't show up right away. I can see it! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Talk About Skin Care - Bee Naturals

My love for bees and the fruit of their labor will come as no surprise to those of you who have been with me since the beginning. For those of you who are new to Beautiful Basics, you should know that honey is like liquid gold to me. Honey just so happens to be delicious AND super good for the skin. I absolutely love the stuff!

When I came across Bee Naturals, a line of natural products made only with healthy ingredients that have specific therapeutic purposes, I just knew that I had to share with you! The woman behind the brand, Barbara Chappuis, originally created the Skin Crème Bars to protect her own dry, chapped hands from toxic substances found on the job in the hospital where she worked as a nurse. After lots of research and hard work she now has a full line of affordable personal care products that everyone in the family can use.

I have extremely dry and dehydrated skin under my eyes, and at age 26 I definitely have visible fine lines, so I have been using the Bee Naturals Queen Bee Peeper Keeper Eye Balm for a couple of months to keep the sensitive skin there hydrated. I really appreciate the fact that once applied it plumps up the area with moisture, helping to temporarily get rid of slight wrinkles, and keeps the skin looking very supple and fresh. It does not irritate my delicate eye area or cause milia. I have also used this as an all-over balm and really enjoy using it on other areas of my face. It comes in a .8 oz jar and a little of this stuff goes a very long way!

This balm is formulated with a short list of ingredients that is made up of Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Unbleached Beeswax, Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Sesame Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Oil, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil and Oat Oil.

I also really enjoyed using the Queen Bee Milk Bath, a mixture of Epsom Salts, Dried Buttermilk, Dried Goats Milk, Cornflour, Colloidial Oatmeal, Dried Honey, Vanilla Powder, and Benzoin Powder. This powdered bath additive is so luxurious, skin softening, and is perfect for pampering yourself (or a friend! The bottle is adorable and would make a fantastic gift!). Did you know that Cleopatra used to regularly bath in milk and honey because she believed it would make her appear younger and more beautiful? It worked! In fact, she was known for her smooth and beautiful skin. Milk has natural acids that dissolve dead skin to reveal fresh, new skin. The Queen Bee Milk Bath leaves skin feeling silky smooth and totally renewed. It also smells very nice!

Dried Lavender Buds, Oatmeal, Kaolin Clay, Cosmetic Grade Pumice, Rose Clay, Spray Dried Honey, Propolis Powder, Jojoba Beads, and Rose Petal Powder come together to make up the Queen Bee Facial Polish. This powdered polish can be mixed with a base of liquid or crème cleanser, lotion, or plain yogurt to form an exfoliating paste. I actually prefer to use water even though it doesn’t say you can do so in the instructions. I don’t love the scent but it works well to remove dead surface layers of skin. I really love the shaker bottle it comes in. If you’re afraid of harsh facial scrubs then I would suggest this one because it is very gentle.

The final Bee Naturals product that I selected to test out is the Queen Bee Liquid Honey Skin Cleanser. It is made of Liquid Castille (Saponified Oils of Coconut and Olive, Aloe Vera Gel and Rosemary Oil Extract), Honey, Glycerin, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Lavender Essential Oil. I was hoping I would be able to use this on my face but it proved to be a little too harsh for my super sensitive skin. It makes a fantastic body wash though! It has a very thin consistency that I like a lot because it makes it extremely easy to use.

You can learn more about the company and their product offerings by visiting their website here.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Talk About It - JustNeem Clay Mask

One of my favorite things to do is treat myself to a facial mask so of course I said yes when JustNeem contacted me asking if I would be interested in trying their Neem Clay Mask. It has become one of my all time favorite facial masks so keep reading to find out more!

I like to use this mask once or twice a week for 15 minutes and it makes a humungous difference it the texture, brightness, cleanliness, and quality of my skin. It leaves my skin looking great and feeling even better. If I feel a pimple coming on I just pop a little of this on the area and it seems to stop it dead in its tracks. 

Upon first opening the jar the mask itself has a very strong scent of eucalyptus and once applied to the skin it is very cooling, slightly tingly, and has a refreshing feel to it. It is a little thick but spreads across the skin very easily. The mask rinses off without difficulty and leaves my face feeling so silky soft, smooth, and clean. It also makes my skin look much more radiant! It’s one of those masks where I just can’t stop touching my skin after using it.

All JustNeem products are sustainable, Fair Trade, and cruelty free. The ingredients in this mask are: Aqua, French Clay, Sunflower Oil, Neem Leaves, Cetearyl Alcohol & Ceteareth 20, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Essential Oils, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol.

The jar is filled with 7 ounces of this wonderful purifying facial treatment and costs less than $30 so it’s a really great deal. I would buy this mask again and again! This mask is so popular that even Dr. Oz featured it on his show in February! If you’re interested in learning more about this mask or purchasing your own jar you can click here. You can also visit the JustNeem website to learn more about the company.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Talk About Sun Care - Kabana Organic Skincare

Summer seems to have finally arrived (it’s been kind of cold until the past few days) in my tiny Oregon town, which means it’s time to break out the shorts, flip-flops, and bikinis! With all that extra exposed skin nothing is more important than proper protection, meaning some serious SPF. Let me introduce you to my new summer BFF, Kabana Organic Skincare Green Screen.

When it comes time to protect our skin from the sun who wants to worry about what kind of toxic chemicals you are slathering on your body? Kabana Organic Skincare believes in creating healthy products that are made with healthy organic ingredients so you don’t have to stress out about what you’re putting on your skin, the largest organ in your body. Green Screen is safe for the entire family, as well as the environment and reefs (since it is biodegradable and chemical free). They are also cruelty free!

I have been totally obsessed with their Tinted Green Screen Organic Sunscreen in the color Neutral (they also have the shades peach, bronze, and nude). I’ve been using it as a tinted moisturizer on a near daily basis. It provides protection from the harsh rays of the sun while also providing a tint that covers up any redness and discoloration. It’s not a full coverage makeup product but it makes my skin look really great. It has neither a matte nor a dewy finish and instead looks very natural. I do top it off with a light dusting of mineral powder though.

It also lasts a long time and seems to look the same throughout the day! It also seems to prevent any greasiness and keeps shine at bay. Every time I have worn it I have received compliments about how nice my skin looks. Let me warn you though, it is very thick and a good amount of time is needed to really blend it into the skin. If you’re into slapping something no-fuss on your face and heading out the door this probably isn’t the product for you. I have to spend several extra minutes massaging it into my skin and blending into the hairline and down my neck. It can be used on the entire body but I don’t feel as though I need a tint anywhere but my face and neck. 

(A full face look using Tinted Green Screen as my base)

Also, I forgot to mention that it is truly fragrance free. It is moisturizing and doesn’t irritate my skin or clog my pores. The ingredients in this product are : Non-nano Zinc Oxide, Eldorado Springs Artesian Water, Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Shea Butter, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Vegetable Vitamin E, and Iron Oxide.

The other Kabana product I have been using and enjoying is the Green Screen D Organic Sunscreen SPF 35 Original. Like other natural sunscreens, this one is a little thick and leaves a white cast behind. If you’re concerned with the whiteness natural sunscreen leaves on your skin, I would recommend checking out the tinted versions. I have such pale skin that the white effect does not bother me or really effect the way my skin looks in any way. It’s also highly moisturizing and feels really nice on the skin instead of feeling heavy and greasy. It also feels like a regular body lotion instead of a sunscreen. It is also fragrance free.

This sunscreen only has 6 mineral ingredients: Non-nano Zinc Oxide, Eldorado Springs Spring Water, Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Certified Organic Beeswax, Vegetable Vitamin E, and Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3). Vitamin D is a vitamin that the body needs that is produced by the skin during UV exposure, and can be hindered by using SPF.

You can find out more about Kabana and their products by visiting them on their website where you can also purchase the products of your choice. You can also find Green Screen at Whole Foods.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Talk About Skin Care - Primavera

In my search for the best natural health and beauty products I’ve discovered that those coming out of Germany are the real deal and Primavera is no exception. For the past 25 years the company, now based in a state of the art and carbon-neutral facility in the Alps of Southern Germany, has been perfecting their natural and organic face, body, home and wellness products.

The company has a fair-trade relationship with farms across the globe and the ingredients in all of their products are truly pure and certified organic by NATRUE. Here’s a fun fact, Primavera is the very first company to receive NATRUE certification for our entire range of personal care products. If you’re curious about NATRUE you can click here to learn more.

Primavera does not test on animals nor do they use any ingredients that have been tested on our furry friends, in fact they take a very firm stance against the practice of using animals as test subjects (which makes me love the company that much more!). Their products are also packaged in an eco-friendly and environmentally conscious manner.

I was lucky enough to get to try out a few of their facial care products, which I’ll be reviewing today. I picked out a facial cleanser, facial cream, and an eye product. Both of the facial care products I chose are from the Chamomile Borage Calming Line for sensitive skin. The entire range features Organic Chamomile Essential Oil from partner farms in Italy and Borage Seed Oil.

The Calming Cream Cleanser is a really simple cream cleanser. It is extraordinarily gentle with a thin lotion like consistency. It spreads easily across damp skin and creates no lather and instead feels more like a moisturizing treatment. It cleanses the skin and rinses off easily leaving a light layer of hydration behind. It has a very light scent that is inoffensive.

Next up is the Calming Moisture Cream, a luxuriously thick facial cream that hydrates and protects. I’ve found that it does not with all cleansers and instead works best when preceded by the Calming Cream Cleanser. It can be a little bit hard to massage into the face because it’s so thick but it’s not that big of an issue. It leaves the skin a little bit sticky, which I know not many people enjoy but I personally love, and dries down to a silky smooth finish. It leaves a protective barrier behind that protects the skin from the elements. It smells just like the cleanser, very light and clean.

The final product I’ve been using from Primavera is the Cooling Eye Roll-On. With ingredients like Organic Neroli, Cassis Water, Eyebright, and Licorice Extract this formula was created to brighten, sooth, and depuff the under eye area. I can’t say that this product works miracles but it is really nice for daytime use. It works alone or under makeup. It provides a light amount of moisture and also leaves my tired eyes feeling cooler and more refreshed. As far as puffiness goes, I have mountains under my eyes; I’m not so sure it does very much for me. It doesn’t seem to help my chronic dark circles much either but I do notice a slight difference and it feels so good going on that I find this eye product to be totally worth the $44 it retails for.

Overall, Primavera is an intriguing and thoughtful company with a wide array of natural products to suit every skin type. They might cost a little more than the average product but with that cost you can be sure you’re getting pure, cruelty-free, healthy, and wholesome products. You can find Primavera online by clicking here. You can also visit them on Facebook.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Talk About Body Care - One With Nature Blackberry Pear Soap

My Mom and I are bar soap aficionados who love browsing the natural soap aisle at our local healthy grocery store. We love to test out different bars but one brand we keep coming back to again and again is One With Nature and their Dead Sea Minerals Triple Milled Soap. I’ve been using their Dead Sea Salt soap for about a year now and I really love it but a couple of months ago we discovered the Blackberry Pear scent and we’re both addicted!

Even though I’m typically an unscented kind of gal I can’t get enough of the scent of the Blackberry Pear. It reminds me of Fruity Pebbles or Pez Candy, which are not things I even eat but apparently love the smell of. It is the perfect combination of sweet and fruity and I think it is absolutely perfect for summer!

My skin adores this soap. It lathers extremely well and cleanses the skin without stripping or dehydrating. I also think that this soap (as well as the Dead Sea Salt version) have really helped the skin on my back as well as completely get rid of the irritating bumps I used to have on the backs of my arms (also known as Keratosis Pilaris). The scent doesn’t linger on the skin but makes my bathroom smell great for an hour or two after showering.

The ingredients of this soap are as follows: Saponified Palm Oil, Saponified Palm Kernel Oil, Essential Oil and Natural Fragrance, Salt, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Dead Sea Salt, Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Caramel (Plant Based Pigment), Vitamin E, and Gardenia Florida Extract (Plant Based Pigment).

This soap is cheap, comes in many different scents, is readily available and works better than any other soap I have ever used. The bar is also quite a bit larger than most soaps coming in at 7 oz. I can’t say enough good things about One With Nature and suggest you check them out for yourself. You can visit them online by clicking here.

(FTC : I bought this soap with my own money. I am not being compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Talk About It - Beurre

I have been sort of MIA lately when it comes to blogging due to my illness. I usually feel a lot better during the warmer months of the year but I’ve been having a rough time for the past month or two. This doesn’t, however, mean that I don’t have a ton of really awesome products to talk to you about. I do and I’ll be sharing a different product or brand every day this week. Like Beurre, which means butter in French, a line of skin care products that feature shea butter as it’s starring ingredient.

I got to try out several products from Le Beurre Shop including their signature product Beurre Essentiel in their uncented and scented versions, Beurre Visage (their face cream), and lip balm. My whole family loves Beurre products!

Let’s start with Beurre Essentiel, the product that started it all. I was sent a 4 oz jar (they also sell an 8 oz jar) of the unscented version as well as small pots of their basic scents – lavender, vanilla, lemongrass, and sage. I don’t really like the fragrance of the lemongrass and sage creams but that’s just my personal preference. I almost always choose unscented products due in part to my sensitive nose but I do have to say that I like the lavender and vanilla versions too.

Beurre Essential is made with Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Rice Powder, Purified Water, Soy Lecithin, and Essential Oils (depending on which version it is, although the unscented cream has none). This cream is formulated with over 80% unrefined shea butter so it is extraordinarily rich and deeply hydrating. Since it’s so thick I have found that it is best to apply to warm, damp skin directly after a shower since it is easier to spread and massage into skin that way.

My Dad, who is a product snob, thinks this cream is the best thing ever. He gets really sore, cracked hands and fingers from working in the garage all day and swears by this cream to help heal them. My Mom and I also love it! I especially love it as a hand cream and my Mom loves to massage it into her cuticles. You can also use it as an all over body moisturizer and to help heal the skin. There are so many uses for this product.

You can use Beurre Essential on your face but the company also makes Beurre Visage, which is lighter in texture. I had to give this product to my Mom because it smells very, very strongly of Monoi Oil. Monoi Oil smells amazing but it was a little too much for me, but I’m extremely sensitive. She loves this though! A little goes a very long way and it provides the face and neck with intense moisture that isn’t too heavy or pore clogging. It makes a fantastic night cream!

Last but not least is the Shea Butter Lip Balm. This lip balm is a really nice consistency that leaves lips feeling smooth and healthy. It’s very buttery without being sticky, heavy, or greasy. The texture is really great and seems to really help heal the lips!

That wraps up my Beurre review. Thanks so much for stopping by! You can visit their website by clicking here. You can also check out Beurre on Facebook and Twitter.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Talk About Hair & Body - Acure Organics

Happy Friday Beautiful! Thanks for stopping by for Part 2 of my Acure Organics review. If you missed the first part, you can click here. Today is all about hair and body products so let’s get started!

Up first on the agenda, a duo of hair care products designed to plump up fine and limp strands of hair to give intense volume. I was sent the Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Overall, I like this pair but it’s not what I would have picked for myself. While I do have fine hair my strands are typically very dry, as is my scalp. This shampoo seems to be very drying if used too often and the conditioner doesn’t help impart enough moisture into my hair for daily use. I definitely recommend alternating use of this line with something more hydrating. I’m curious about their Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell line, which sounds like it would do the job.

I do, however, like using this shampoo and conditioner duo once or twice a week to clarify and revitalize my hair. I also like using it if I have an important event or big day ahead of me. It cleanses well and really does make my hair look much more full and voluminous. I’m not the biggest fan of the scent as it is a bit medicinal but it’s not terrible or unbearable. These hair products also seem to help my style last longer and keep my roots from getting greasy very quickly.

The final two products in my review are both body care related. The Sensitive Unscented Body Wash, which is formulated with CoQ10 and Argan Stem Cells, is a rich and creamy moisturizing body wash. It is very soothing and intensely hydrating. I’m more of a soap kind of girl but I do like this, especially for shaving. It rinses cleanly and leaves skin feeling soft.

Their Unscented Cocoa Butter + CoQ10 Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion is my new absolute favorite daily lotion. I’m obsessed! It’s so light yet deeply hydrating. My skin drinks this lotion up and feels completely healthy and moisturized after application. It has no scent at all, which is a must for my daily body lotion. I’m so picky when it comes to lotions because I hate that heavy, tacky feeling some moisturizers leave on the skin but this one is not heavy or greasy at all! I can’t say enough good things about this lotion but I will say that I will always have a bottle handy because it’s that awesome!

This wraps up my thoughts on the Acure Organics products I have been fortunate enough to test out. Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Talk About Skin Care - Acure Organics

When I asked you Beauties what you wanted to see on the blog a large number of you asked me for my thoughts on Acure Organics and their line of products. I contacted the company and I received a box of goodies that I have been testing out for about a month now. Acure Organics is an amazing family owned and operated company who believes in providing high quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. They never test on animals or include parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or colors, or any other harmful ingredients. Their products are also really affordable!

Without further ado, here is part one of my Acure review and my thoughts on the skin care products they sent me.

As you may know, I have normal to dry skin that is fairly sensitive. I also have a very sensitive nose when it comes to fragrance so I have really been enjoying the fragrance free Sensitive Facial Cleanser Argan Oil + Probiotic. It is a fairly thick and creamy cleanser that hydrates and plumps up the skin to leave it looking healthy. This cleanser is perfect for my skin! It is extremely gentle so I can use it daily, or even twice a day. I really love how it leaves my face feeling soft and clean without irritating or stripping my skin. This has officially earned a spot on my top 5 facial cleansers list. I really like it because it’s so simple, yet effective! If you’re curious about the ingredients you can click here, where you can also learn more about the product.

I have also been testing out the Balancing Rose + Red Tea Facial Toner. Although this particular toner is marketed towards those with combo to oily skin I really like it and would say that it would be suitable for all skin types. It does a fantastic job of keeping my skin balanced and smooth, as well as helping my moisturizer absorb better. I use this in the morning and it seems to soothe any redness I may have and help perfect and balance my skin. I also really love the glass bottle and the fact that it comes with a spray top. This is a very refreshing toner with a gorgeous slightly rosy scent to it.

Next up is the Argan Stem Cell + CFG Cell Stimulating Facial Mask, which both my Mom and I have tried several times. As a beauty blogger I have tried dozens upon dozens of facial masks but have yet to come across a mask like this one. It seems fairly average upon first application, but once the mask is dry and the time has come to rinse off it becomes foamy. I’ve never used a foamy mask and I like it a lot! It’s extremely gentle so even my Mom (who has highly reactive skin) can use it! There is no tight, uncomfortable sensation that goes along with this mask and is instead very refreshing and even a bit cooling. We have both noticed cleaner, brighter, softer, more hydrated skin after using this mask. Like the toner, it also seems to help with any redness.

The final facial product I’ve been playing around with from Acure Organics is their Marula Oil, which can also be included in the hair and body categories as well. I’m a big fan of oils so I was really excited to try this one out. Acure’s Marula Oil is 100% pure, wildcrafted without pesticides, cold pressed and unrefined. It has a slight scent but it is not offensive at all. I’ve been using it a lot since it arrived and I really like it overall. I do have to say that it is not moisturizing enough on its own as facial oil, but I have found that it works extremely well over a moisturizing lotion or cream. I love the results that layering this oil with other products gives me. I love the dropper applicator as well!

That sums up my Acure Organics facial care review. You can check out my thoughts on the body and hair products I’ve been experimenting with by clicking here.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Talk About It - S.W. Basics of Brooklyn (+GIVEAWAY!)

Adina Grigore originally created several products for herself and her sensitive skin but now her line of healthy and eco-friendly products are sold online and at retailers across the country. Each and every one of Adina’s products are 100% pure, natural, and sustainable. S.W. Basics of Brooklyn is a “no-frills” line of skin care products made with 5 or less ingredients each that are either certified organic, Fair Trade, or sourced from small, family farms.

I’ve been testing out a few of their products, including all 4 of their lip balms, lately and have really been enjoying the simplicity of them. The first one being the Makeup Remover, which is made up of Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Olive Oil, and Organic Jojoba Oil. I typically make my own eye makeup remover but it’s really nice having a bottle of it all ready to go. The combination of oils is great! It doesn’t leave behind a film or irritate my eyes. It works really well and gets every last bit of makeup.

I have also been trying out the Toner for the past month and a half. I tend to use this toner during the day because it really helps banish any case of oily skin and prevent pesky pimples. The ingredient list is comprised of Water, Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Witch Hazel, and Organic Essential Oils of Clary Sage and Sandalwood. I don’t really like the scent of this toner, at all, but it goes away really quickly. It helps to cleanse my skin and help speed up the process of blemishes so it’s totally worth it!

Now let’s talk about their Organic Lip Balms, because they are fantastic! All four balms (Cocoa, Peppermint, Cinnamon, and Citrus) have the same base ingredients of Organic Beeswax, Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, and Organic Cocoa Butter. The Peppermint, Cinnamon, and Citrus all have added Organic Essential Oils. I’ve been totally obsessed with all 4 of these balms and reach for them more than any other lip product lately. The Cocoa Lip Balm is my favorite, but the others are lovely as well.

You can learn more about the company or purchase some products of your own by clicking here to be taken to their website. You can also visit them on Facebook or Twitter.

Adina was kind enough to offer a Complete Mini Kit as a giveaway prize for you, my lovely readers. All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

(FTC: These products were so generously provided to me free of charge for review consideration by the company. I am not being compensated to write this review. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Talk About It - Scientific Organics Spirulina Toner

I have been fortunate enough to try out a few products from EmerginC’s organic line, Scientific Organics, and have loved each and every one of them with a passion. I have been so impressed with this product line and would go as far to say that this is definitely one of my absolute favorite brands. Their products are superb, no joke! I actually have their Phytocell Cream and In Lips We Trust Super Antioxidant Lip Balm on my ultimate beauty wish list! 

Today let’s talk about their Spirulina Toner. This toner is extremely gentle and seems to really help balance and nourish my skin. I use it immediately after cleansing in the evening by applying to a cotton pad and gently wiping all over my face. It instantly makes my skin feel a lot softer and more even in texture. It appears to leave my skin looking brighter as well. 

It also does a good job of leaving my skin feeling clean and hydrated, unlike some toners that leave behind a film while stripping the skin. While my skin is still damp from the toner I apply my night cream and it seems to really help my skin absorb the moisturizer. My skin is left feeling very balanced! 

This toner has a very light scent, that is similar to the other Scientific Organics’ products I’ve used, and I really enjoy it. It is a very clean, fresh, slightly citrus-y scent which is in no way offensive or overpowering. Some of the ingredients that make up this power tonic are Kombucha, Grape Stem Cells, Algae Extract, Spirulina, Green and White Tea, Aloe Vera, and Red Algae but you can find a complete list of ingredients by clicking here

You can learn more about the Spirulina Toner by clicking here. You can click here to learn more about the company and/or purchase their products. They also have a Facebook page you can check out.

(FTC: This product was provided to me for review consideration for free. I am not being compensated to write this review. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Talk About It - O.R.G. Organic Mineral Peel

Since March 1st I’ve been experimenting and playing around with a new type of facial peel from O.R.G. Skincare called Organic Mineral Peel. An international team of dermatologists, aestheticians, and skincare experts created this Organic Mineral Peel to instantly remove dry skin and renew the complexion. It was formulated to be incredibly gentle and nonabrasive so anyone can use it to brighten and smooth his or her skin.

The ingredient list is so simple and features only healthy and natural ingredients like Vitamins A and B1, Omega 3, Grapefruit Seed, Jojoba Seed, Aloe Vera, Licorice Root Extract, and Milk Thistle. These combine to create a unique skin perfecting solution unlike anything else I have tried before.

This Mineral Peel comes in the form of a spray that you spritz directly onto a dry face (or body), let sit for 5 to 7 seconds, and then massage your skin using small circular motions with your fingertips or washcloth. You will start to notice small pills (like a sweater would have) forming on your skin from the dead skin cells being removed. Once you are finished rinse with warm water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

I’ve been doing this twice a week, however I especially love doing it before an event or something that I want to look my best for. I’ve found that if I go through this process before I get ready my skin looks great and my makeup applies flawlessly. It also makes my skin appear brighter and more even in tone and texture. If I have any dull skin or dry patches they simply vanish after using the Organic Mineral Peel, and my skin is left feeling so soft! It also seems to help blemishes heal more quickly!

Although I have been testing out the Face version of the Organic Mineral Peel I have found that I can use this on my back to help prevent breakouts. It has made a huge difference in the clarity and texture of the skin on my back and I’m so happy with it!

You can learn more about O.R.G. Skincare by clicking here to be taken to their website. You can also learn more about their Organic Mineral Peel or purchase your own bottle by clicking here. You can also check out the video tutorial on YouTube.

(FTC: This product was provided to me free of charge to possibly review. I am not being compensated for this review. All thoughts, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Talk About It - Adventuress Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier

My skin has been struggling to stay clear in the past few months but in March I added a new product by Adventuress to my skin care routine that my skin has absolutely been loving. The Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier has made a huge difference in the clarity of my skin and I’m hooked, even though I didn’t like it very much at first.

The reason I didn’t like it very much in the beginning was due to the fact that it didn’t seem to work well with the moisturizer I was using at the time. This serum isn’t moisturizing enough on it’s own for my normal to dry skin so I’ve found that applying it onto a clean face, letting it dry completely, and following up with a facial oil is perfect for me. 

When used daily this serum is extremely effective at keeping my pores unclogged and my skin unblemished. If I do get a pimple it seems to go away a lot more quickly with the use of this product. It also seems to help with the tone and brightness of my skin as well. This product also claims to firm the skin, although I can’t say that I’ve noticed my skin becoming any tighter with use.

There is no added fragrance although it does have a very faint, and nonirritating, natural citrus smell that goes away as soon as the serum dries. It retails for $35 and you get 1.0 FL OZ in each bottle. It doesn’t have fancy packaging, by any means, but it gets the job done and the bottle has an airless dispenser, which helps keep contaminants out.

The ingredients are: Water, Willow Bark Extract, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Witch Hazel, Bilberry Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Lemon Extract, Caprylyl Glycol and Phenoxyethanol , Xantham gum, and Olive Leaf Extract.

To learn more about the company you can click here to visit their website. You can also learn more about, or purchase, this product by clicking here.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Talk About It - Eminence Organic Skin Care

I’ve been testing out the Bright Skin Cleanser by Eminence Organic Skin Care and I have to say that I’m fairly impressed. The company has been making organic skin care since 1958 and I can see why they have earned so many awards and accolades in the past 55 years. My skin was going through a dry spell and was patchy and flaky when I started using this cleanser and noticed an immediate different in the texture of my skin. I was totally surprised by how soft my skin felt after using it for the first time. 

It’s light green in color and has a very smooth and creamy consistency. It also comes in a huge (8.4 fl oz) bottle that will last a very long time. It sells for $38 but you get a lot of product for the money.

It’s extremely gentle and refreshing. This cleanser is moisturizing, but not heavy and rinses clean without stripping the skin or leaving a residue behind. I have normal to dry skin and my Mom has combination skin and we both really like this cleanser. I can’t say that I have noticed a change in any dark spots or age spots, which is a technicality because I don’t actually have any, so I can’t comment on how well it fades discoloration. I can, however, comment on the fact that my skin appears to glow after using it.

The only negative thing I can say is that is has a very strong scent. It’s not an awful scent, but it is very potent and lingers for hours after cleansing. It reminds me of Irish Spring soap for whatever reason.

I was also sent the Bamboo Firming Fluid, although the smell was too much for me, so I had to pass it on to my Mom who has been using it since it arrived. Here are her thoughts: “Although the smell is strong at first, it does dissipate in a short time. It hydrates well and is an excellent natural Retinol alternative. It firms and I believe I have seen a difference in my skin after using this product. My skin is becoming much more “mature” than I would like it to be but at 45 I guess that is to be expected.”

To learn more about the company you can visit their website by clicking here. You can find Eminence in a spa near you by using this locator. You can also purchase the products online at Dermstore.com

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Talk About It - Sia Botanics Desert Aloe & Jojoba Cream

Sia Botanics is a line of skin care products based on the power of the botanicals found in the Sonoran Desert like Prickly Pear, Aloe, Jojoba, and White Sage. They have formulated 4 different collections with oils and extracts from these plants to benefit all skin types whether you have dry, aging, or oily and blemished skin. All of their products are vegan and cruelty free as well as free from gluten, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and synthetic colors or fragrance.

Thanks to Sia Botanics I now have a new favorite facial moisturizer. I seriously love the Desert Aloe and Jojoba Cream. This cream is formulated to nourish and renew dry and dehydrated skin and I feel that it has helped my skin so much this past month. My skin has been incredibly dehydrated and flaky this winter and when I started using this cream in January my skin immediately started to improve.

I feel like this facial cream is very simple yet effective. I use it both day and night and it works well under makeup or on its own. It absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave my face looking greasy or shiny. It doesn’t feel tacky or sticky like some moisturizers for dry skin do. It also doesn’t irritate my skin or leave a buildup behind.

This cream is made up of: Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Jojoba oil, Grapeseed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Palm Stearic Acid, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E, Witch Hazel, Xanthan Gum, Organic Black Willowbark Extract, Mannan, Neem Oil, Rosemary Oil, and Citric Acid. It comes in a 2 oz jar is costs less than $20 so it is very affordable.

To learn more about Sia Botanics and their products you can visit their website by clicking here.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Talk About It - Booda Organics

I want to share my newest obsession with you today, which just so happens to be a little tin of magical goodness called Booda Butter. Booda Butter is a 100% pure and natural multitasking moisturizer that can be used from head to toe; in fact, you can even check out the 50 ways the company suggests you can use this product by clicking here

 Booda Butter is made with only a handful of healthy and organic ingredients. The all-star ingredient lineup is made up of Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, and Organic Olive Oil. The company promises to only use pure, organic, and vegan ingredients and never include any toxic chemicals or yucky preservatives. All of their products are cruelty free and handmade in the USA. 

Booda Organics’ Booda Butter has become an absolute staple in my daily routine. I use it for moisturizing my body after I get out the shower, hydrating my hands and cuticles, as an eye cream, on dry patches on my face, as a lip balm, and even to tame flyaways but I’m still in the process of discovering additional ways to use this delicious smelling solid yet soft butter.

It starts off as a solid but melts as it gets warmed up between your fingers. It is not scented with any type of fragrance but it does naturally smell of cocoa butter. It smells delicious and feels amazing on the skin. It is very thick and nourishing but is not sticky or heavy. It provides long lasting hydration that leaves skin feeling soft and healthy.

Speaking of long lasting hydration, the company also makes a Booda Butter Naked Lip Balm, which is formulated with Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Olive Oil and Candelilla Wax. It is truly unscented, flavor-free, moisture infusing, and gentle on my ultra sensitive lips. 

I’m such a big fan of Booda Organics and their wonderful line of products. I even adore the packaging. I give them 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend you check them out. To learn more about the company you can visit their website by clicking here.

The Booda Butter comes in two sizes, a 2.3 oz tin and an 8.4 oz BPA-free jar. The Naked Lip Butter comes in a flat .15 oz tube. You can purchase online by clicking here or locate where you can purchase near you by clicking here.

(FTC : These products were provided to me by the company free of charge for review consideration. I am not being compensated to write this review. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Talk About It - Black Rock Mud Co. MudPot

My skin has been in serious need of a little extra TLC lately since it’s been freaking out. My skin has been especially congested, dehydrated and broken out! Well let me introduce you to my favorite new mask, the MudPot, a 100% organic and mineral-rich illite clay from the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

Illite clay is the only thing you’ll find in each 4-ounce jar of Black Rock Mud Co.’s MudPot, so you never have to worry about harsh chemicals, preservatives, or other unnatural ingredients. The clay is known to condition, revitalize and sooth the skin as well as draw toxins and impurities from the skin. It helps to regenerate cells and purify the skin thanks to the over 50 naturally occurring trace elements (including Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, and Zinc) found within its structure.

I received my jar from Black Rock Mud in mid-December and have been enjoying a weekly facial since then. It’s a gentle enough mask that you can use it on spots more often than once a week if you desire but I’ve found that once a week works well for my skin. Upon washing the mud off my skin, my face always looks fresh, healthy, and has a lovely glow to it. It also really helps any blemishes that I may have.

It is a bit on the pricey side at $59 but I do think it’s worth it! It has a nice, rich consistency that spreads and no detectable odor whatsoever (and you know I have the nose of a bloodhound!). It comes in a simple yet attractive recyclable jar which is packaged in an awesome box that is embedded with wildflower seeds that you can plant in your garden!

My skin always looks and feels amazing after I apply and rinse off my MudPot facial and if you’re in the market for a new treat for you face I highly suggest this one. You can visit their website to learn more or purchase your very own MudPot.

(FTC : This product was provided to me by the company free of charge for review consideration. I am not being compensated to write this review. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Talk About It - Nourish

Many natural and/or organic beauty products are priced a little higher than traditional products so I’m always on the lookout for healthy, affordable products that I can try out and share with you. One of you actually asked me if I had ever tried Nourish products so I hopped online, checked out their website, and was happy to see reasonably priced bath and body products formulated with healthy ingredients.

Nourish was originally founded over a decade ago and became the first beauty company to ever work with the United States Department of Agriculture which led to the launch of the world’s first USDA-certified organic skincare collection in 2003. All Nourish products are not only natural and organic, but also made in the US and are cruelty and gluten free. Many of their products are also vegan. All of the packaging they use is made with at least 25% post-consumer recycled content and is recyclable.

Their product line is comprised of Organic Body Butter, Organic Body Lotion, Organic Body Wash, Organic Deodorant, Organic Hand Wash, and an Exfoliating Body Polish. These formulas come in several scents like Almond Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Lavender Mint, Wild Berries, and Pure Unscented.

I selected the Pure Unscented Body Lotion and Wild Berries Body Wash to try out. Before I get into the actual formulations I want to quickly mention how lovely the packaging is. I absolutely love the pretty images on the bottles!

Okay, first up is the Pure Unscented Organic Body Lotion. If you have been with me for a while then you know how I’m always looking for good unscented lotions. While this lotion is not my ultimate favorite or Holy Grail unscented lotion I do like it. It’s a thin formula so I feel like it would be the perfect summer moisturizer, although it does work as a light day lotion during the winter. My skin is extra dry right now so it’s not as thick or as heavy as I would like it to be for my arms and legs but I’m enjoying it on my hands since I can’t stand thick, sticky creams on my hands. It does have a bit of a fragrance but it’s nothing obtrusive or offensive, just light and a bit herbal. The only truly negative thing I have to say about this lotion is that upon application is has a heavy alcohol scent. It goes away once the lotion sinks in but it throws me off a bit. Overall, it’s a nice, light lotion that comes in an 8 fl oz tube for $9.99.
The Wild Berries Organic Body Wash is very, very lightly scented with natural berry fragrance from strawberries, currants, and raspberries. If you like heavily perfumed body wash then you might want to skip this one, but I love how light the smell is. With ingredients like Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower and Seasame Seed Oils, Coconut Milk and Vitamin E the formula is very hydrating. It comes in a very generous 10 fl oz bottle and rings in at $9.99.

You can learn more about the company and their products by visiting their website. You can also check them out on Facebook!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Talk About It - Beecology (+GIVEAWAY)

I feel like I haven’t done a skin or hair care review in quite a while so I decided that today was the perfect day to share my thoughts and opinions on the products of Beecology. They sent me quite a few products as well as some extra lip balms, which means that if you read through to the bottom of this post there just might be a little giveaway!

If you know me personally or have been following my blog for a while then you already know of my passion for honey. I think honey is a precious beauty resource so I love anything and everything honey based, which is why I was so intrigued by Beecology and their line of products. Beccology not only produces and sells a line of natural products made with honey, beeswax, and other healthy ingredients; they also give back through their charity, Sweetyear.org.

I first became interested in the company after reading about their Natural Honey and Botanical Sulfate-Free Shampoo and All-Natural Hair Conditioner. While I really like the shampoo, I wasn’t as big a fan of the conditioner. 

First of all, the shampoo smells so yummy! It’s slightly sweet, slightly citrus-y, and slightly herbal, which combine to make a delicious smelling shampoo. It’s formula is gentle and effective while providing the hair with brilliant shine and extra softness. The conditioner isn’t necessarily bad, it just has a weird after scent that I don’t like. I think it reacted strangely with my pH (which happens to me a lot). The conditioner seemed to moisturize my hair well enough but I couldn’t get past the smell. My mother loves both products though.

My favorite Beecology product is their Hand and Body Cream, which I got to try in both the Original Honey formula as well as the Cucumber and Green Tea version. Both versions work exactly the same and the formula is so luxurious and rich. It’s a very thick cream that is easily absorbed into the skin leaving it feeling hydrated and healthy, never greasy. This formula is perfect for this time of year! My skin has been a little dry due to the cold weather and this hand and body cream soothes my itchy skin. The original scent is a light, clean scent while the Cucumber and Green Tea version smells very fresh and like real cucumbers.

If your skin is feeling a little dull and needs refreshing then look no further than the Natural Honey and Peppermint Body Wash. This body wash leaves my skin tingling in a good way. It smells great, cleans well, and invigorates the skin with each use. It’s great for morning use and has become one of my favorites!

I was also sent 4 bars of their soap to try out and review, although I have only used 3 of them. The one I haven’t tried is the My Big Fat Greek Yogurt and Honey Soap, which has a juniper scent to it and I’m not a big fan so I’ll be talking about the other 3, which are the Honey Oatmeal Morning Peppermint Soap (perfect for perking up skin), Honey Lavender Soap (which makes the perfect bedtime bar of soap), and the Dead Sea Mud Soap (deep cleansing while moisturizing). All 3 bars of soap have proven to be really effective, are lovely to use, and smell great!

The final Beecology product I got to take for a test drive is their Buzz Balm Peppermint Lip Balm. This balm is made with Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Aloe Butter, Cupuaçu Butter, Olive Oil, Peppermint Oil, Acai Butter, Eucalyptus Oil, Clove Oil, and Tea Tree Oil. It’s hydrating, soothing, and protective. It does smell a bit strong due to the oils but it’s not offensive, only medicinal. I was experiencing very chapped and dehydrated lips before testing this balm and it really helped heal and protect my lips.

I was sent several extra lip balms so 5 of you will get the chance to win a Buzz Balm of your own! Check out the Rafflecopter below to enter to win.

To learn more about Beecology and their products, or to order some of your own you can click here to be taken to their website.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Talk About It - Sage Stone Botanicals

When I was contacted by Alyson of Sage Stone Botanicals to test her products and possibly review them I became very excited for a number of different reasons. Sage Stone Botanicals is a small company based out of Eugene, Oregon (one of my favorite cities that I visit often!) that began as a hobby and is now a full-fledged business. Using only natural ingredients, Alyson has created a line of products that includes hand crèmes, liquid hand soap, bath and shower gel, lotion, lip balm and even bug spray and citronella lotion.

Alyson was so generous and sent me several different products to try, all of which I really like! She sent me a few different 2 oz lotions in Unscented, Jasmine, and Milk and Honey. Sage Stone’s lotion is formulated with Certified Organic ingredients such as Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Almond Oil, Shea Butter, and Cocoa Butter, to name a few. The formula is smooth, non-greasy, quick to absorb, and hydrating. The scents are lovely, clean, and fresh. You know how much I love my unscented lotions but I also really love the scent of the Milk and Honey. The Jasmine is also really nice. My Mom stole it since she loves florals and this one smells exactly like its namesake!

The next product I really need to share with you is the Citronella Lotion. I was a bit skeptical about it but this stuff is seriously amazing! My family and I went to a mosquito-infested area for a picnic (sounds nice, right?) and ended up with no bites after slathering our skin with this lotion. My Dad is almost always outdoors and he usually gets eaten alive by mosquitoes but his insect problem is no longer an issue thanks to this lotion. He absolutely loves it and he’s pretty picky about what he’ll use on his skin. I also want to mention that this doesn’t smell bad. It smells like citronella, but it’s not gross or heavy. This product is now a must have in my home.

The final product I got to try is the Lavender Bath and Shower Gel, which is made of Distilled Water, Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, and Jojoba Oil as well as Lavender Essential Oil and Potassium Hydroxide. The scent is lovely since it’s a real lavender fragrance and the formula is moisturizing. It gets quite a bit of lather, which I love, and it does a wonderful job of cleansing skin without stripping it.

Check out Sage Stone Botanicals online to learn more about their products, find where you can purchase products if you’re also in Oregon, or purchase online.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Talk About It - Eco Lips +Giveaway! (closed)

Today we are talking lip balm, which is one of my absolute favorite topics. I have said it before and will say it time and time again, the truth is I’m obsessed with lip balms. However deep my love for lip balms runs, I’m very picky. I consider myself to be a connoisseur of lip balm and love trying new ones. I recently got to pick and try several Eco Lips lip balms and have found love with all four of them. None of them irritate my super sensitive lips, are handcrafted in the USA (Cedar Rapids, Iowa to be exact), and are cruelty free, eco-friendly and made with certified organic ingredients.

The first one I tried (and one of you will actually get to win your own tube of) is the Eco Lips Gold USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm. This lip balm is Fair Trade Certified, unflavored, unscented, and highly moisturizing. Its ingredient list is made up of Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Baobab Oil, Fair Trade Certified Organic Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Organic Rosemary Extract, and Organic Calendula Extract. It’s a simple lip balm but it’s incredibly long lasting and hydrating. My lips adore this balm and anybody and everybody would feel the same way. This lip balm (and the one that is up for giveaway) came with an Eco-Clip, which is a handy recycled aluminum carabiner.

Up next is the Ecotints lip balm I selected. I chose Plush Red, which is a gorgeous sheer red shade that suits me and my coloring. It has a very slight vanilla scent and flavor. It is very moisturizing and provides such a lovely buildable color. I absolutely love tinted lip balms and have decided that this one is my new favorite. I want to purchase the other shades too because this tinted lip balm is excellent and worth picking up in every color. It is very natural looking and smoothing. It’s ingredient list is comprised of Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Vanilla, Organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, and Candelilla Wax.

I was really excited when I came across a lip balm created in mirror image of my favorite juice by Honest Kids. Despite that fact that I’m 25 years old, I still really love the Berry Berry Good Lemonade juice pouches and couldn’t pass up the Honest Kids Berry Berry Good Lemonade Lip Balm. Made up of Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Berry Flavor, Organic Lemon Flavor, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, and Organic Calendula Flower Extract it is 100% edible. It smells and tastes just like the juice I love so much. It’s seriously yummy!

The final lip balm I chose to take for a test drive is the ONE WORLD Relax Calming Lip Balm in Lavender Lemon. This lip balm is made with Fair Trade Cocoa Butter and Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Grapeseed Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Vitamin E, Organic Essential Oils of Lemon, Lavender, and Sweet Orange. It comes in an oversized tube coming in at .25 ounces. It smells so good, although it doesn’t have much of a flavor. It’s hydrating, soothing, and the lavender helps keep you relaxed. The combination of real lavender, lemon, and vanilla is a winner!

To learn more about the company and their products please click here to be taken to their website.

To win your very own Eco Lips Gold Lip Balm with an Eco Clip click HERE.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Talk About It - Dixie Bits

Toward the end of April I received a package of goodies from Dixie Bits, a company developed by a woman named Dixie Lincoln-Nichols, who developed a love for beauty at the age of 6 after watching her Grandmother extract coconut oil in an iron pot on her stove top one day in Trinidad to use for moisturizing her skin. After re-creating her Grandmother’s lotion for a friend, years later, who had complained of dry skin, word quickly spread that Dixie had some amazing skin care remedies up her sleeve. In June of 2011, Dixie turned her passion into a company with a goal of creating green, gorgeous, and eco-friendly products.

When using Dixie’s products you don’t need to worry about parabens, artificial colors or fragrances, sulfates or phthalates since each and every Dixie Bits product is free from toxic and harmful additives and instead formulated with natural or plant based ingredients. They package all of their products in recyclable containers and the bags and ribbons they use have been made from sustainable materials. They also never test on animals, which is a must have for any product I will use.

I got to try out their two lotions as well as two of their fairly new soy candles and I love three out of the four products I got to try. I’ll talk about the “miss” of the bunch after I rave about the other products.

I was so happy to find both of their scented lotions in the package that was on my doorstep. Whippa Peel, orange and vanilla, and Rave in Beauty, papaya, both smell so delicious and scrumptious a person could definitely be tempted to eat it by the spoonful. While it is made of healthy ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, macadamia oil, aloe, and ginseng root, among other ingredients, it’s better suited for topical use. The formulation of the lotion is very moisturizing without being heavy or sticky, and long lasting. The scent lasts all day long as does the hydrating properties. I consistently receive compliments about my fragrance while wearing both versions of Dixie’s lotion. My favorite is the Rave in Beauty, but Whippa Peel comes in a very, very close second. My Dad loves Whippa Peel, and compares the scent to a cupcake.

Moving on to the Lychee & Red Tea pure soy candle, one word comes to mind – AMAZING! I love, love, love this candle. The scent is so light, refreshing, and cheerful. It is a very invigorating scent and I can’t get enough. I also love how this candle burns. It is the most even burning candle I have come across in my 25 years on this planet. The simple glass jar is gorgeous and stylish. I’m only halfway through this candle and I’ve had it for months and months now. I cannot recommend this candle enough. It rings it at just under $30 but it’s totally worth it!

 The only Dixie Bits product I couldn’t stand is the Grapefruit and Vanilla soy candle. It absolutely stinks (to me, anyway!). I lit it once and had to quickly blow it out because the scent offended me so much. I’m not the biggest fan of citrus scents anyway but this was horrible. You know how sensitive I am anyway, so maybe it was just me (well, my Dad hated it as well). Strangely enough, my Mom likes it.

If you’re in the market for a fabulous new soy candle or some yummy smelling lotion you can find and purchase Dixie Bits online.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Talk About It - Tatcha

As a beauty blogger, I get to try a lot of products that I never would have otherwise. I don’t necessarily believe that a product has to cost a lot of money to work but I do get really excited when I get to test out a luxury product that I would never splurge on for myself. Being ill like I am means I have limited funds so dropping $150 on a brightening serum is out of the question, but I truly believe in investing in the health of you skin so if you have some extra money lying around, I highly recommend checking out Tatcha and their line of fabulous products.

Tatcha is a Japanese skin care company with products created after discovering a 200-year-old manuscript detailing the daily routines of geishas. “Having heard that many of the world’s greatest beauty secrets originated with geisha, we explored scientific journals, unearthed historical archives and studied the ageless beauty rituals of the iconic geisha to shed light on a highly evolved approach to beauty.”

Using ingredients like green tea, Okinawa red algae, and rice bran, Tatcha has formulated several products that the geishas of old would be proud to use. In addition to being made with time tested and healthy ingredients all Tatcha products are free of mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, urea, DEA, TEA or phthalates.

I have been using several of Tatcha’s products for a little over a month now and I cannot even begin to express how much I love this line. I even got my Mom hooked – she purchased a jar of the Classic Rice Enzyme Powder the day after trying out one of my samples. My skin has looked and felt so amazing, I can’t even explain! My skin looks radiant, even, clear, and healthier than ever before. My pores are somehow almost non-existent now!

The company so kindly sent me The Tatcha Sampler Set and a full sized bottle of their Deep Brightening Serum. The Tatcha Sampler Set comes with 6 trial-sized essentials (including 3 packets of each POLISHED Rice Enzyme Powder for a total of 9, 0.5oz PURE Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil, 0.5oz RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum, and a 0.3oz SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream) and a full sized pack of Original Japanese Beauty Papers.


The Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil is the first step in the Ritual. It’s a very light cleansing oil that I only use when I have makeup on since it removes makeup so easily. It’s extremely hydrating and nourishing and cleanses without making skin feel tight, dry, or uncomfortable.

Next up is the exfoliating step. The Rice Enzyme Powders can be also be used as a daily cleanser if you’re not wearing any makeup. This comes in 3 different formulations, Gentle, Classic, and Deep. It is a powder that turns into a cream once water is added. I love the Classic variety but I would have to say that the Gentle is my favorite. My skin cannot tolerate the Deep version. This product leaves skin feeling clean and super soft.

My favorite product from Tatcha is their Deep Brightening Serum. I use this every night, and most days. One pump is enough to cover my entire face. I look forward to applying this serum and have noticed a change in my skin already! Like I mentioned above, this serum retails for $150 but I’m not kidding when I say it is completely worth it. It feels incredibly light on the skin but also hydrates. It’s ingredients list is comprised of Squalane, Rice Germ Oil, Rice Extract, Silk Protein, Algae Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin (Soy Derivative), and Green Tea Leaf Extract. This is one of my new Holy Grail products!

I always follow the serum with Tatcha’s Moisture Rich Silk Cream, which is a great moisturizing cream for all skin types. It provides heavy moisture while sinking into the skin quickly. It continues to hydrate the skin all day or night and makes skin feel silky while doing it. It works alone or under makeup. A little of this cream goes a very long way.

The final Tatcha product I got to take for a test drive is their Original Aburatorigami beauty papers. These are all-natural, powder and fragrance free leaflets that absorb excess oil without ruining your makeup. I have been using blotting papers since I was 13 but I have never experienced any like these. Tatcha’s Original Aburatorigami papers have two ingredients - 100% abaca leaf and gold flake. Gold flake! How cool is that? These absorb more oil than any other blotting sheet I have ever tried and leave my skin looking fresh!

I’m so in love with all of these products and have nothing negative to say other than the fact that my skin can’t handle the Deep Rice Enzyme Powder. Other than that, this line is a real winner and I can’t recommend it more whole-heartedly. The company also has outstanding customer service and simply elegant packaging. To learn about the company, products, or to shop visit Tatcha online or on Facebook.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Talk About It - Scientific Organics Eyelight Cream

It’s another homerun for EmerginC’s Scientific Organics. The company knocked it out of the park (again!) with their Eyelight Cream. I have been using this cream for a little over a month now and have seen such a remarkable change in my under eye area. My Mom actually looked at me the other day and said, “Your eyes look so bright and nice. What eye cream are you using?”

I have experimented with a lot of different eye creams but I feel confident saying that this one is my absolute favorite. This cream is made with ingredients like Aloe Leaf Juice, Shea Butter, Olive Derived Squalene, Glycerin, Olive Oil, Grape Extract, Vitamins E and A, Apple Extract, Cupauca Butter, Rosehip Seed Oil, Brazil Nut Seed Oil, and Evening Primrose Oil, just to name a few. It also has several active ingredients like Asthaxanthin (a natural antioxidant that is even more powerful than Vitamins C and E), Aquacell (which is a blend of watermelon rind and lentil) and Derm SRC (a bamboo and pea extract).

It is a very thick cream that glides easily across the skin. It absorbs quickly so it doesn’t look or feel greasy or oily. It is extremely hydrating, nourishing, and illuminating. I’m 25 and I have started to see some fine lines but this cream plumps up my skin so it looks smooth and line free. It has decreased the severity of my dark circles and puffiness. I am seriously amazed at how bright my eyes look when I use this. I have noticed that it has even improved my tone and texture when not wearing it.

I apply it twice daily, both morning and night, and can’t wait to apply it every day as part of my routine. It feels so luxurious and lovely! Not only is the product wonderful the packaging is also chic. The Eyelight Cream comes in a 15 ml green, glass jar with a white lid. The cream itself is a thick, white cream with a very slight, clean scent to it.

Scientific Organic’s Eyelight Cream is fantastic and highly recommend by me. It retails for $65. I have now tried 3 of their products and have absolutely loved each and every one of them. I even love the fact that for every Scientific Organics retail-sized product sold EmerginC will plant a tree. How cool is that? 100% natural products created by a company who gives back to the environment by planting trees!

Please visit this website to learn more about the company or product. You can also purchase this product online on their website or SkinStore.com.