Beauty, skincare

Product Review – Enbacci Skincare

On Saturday I published my Meet the Makers interview with the lovely Yong-Li from Enbacci Skincare, you can find the interview here. I really enjoyed getting to know this Melbourne based brand a little more, and so did you! It was one of my most read interviews in a couple of months!

I mentioned I had been trialling a few of the products for a month or so also and thought it would be the perfect time to run through them with you.

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The three products I’ve been trialling are;

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The products are made here in Australia, and they even package everything themselves with recyclable packaging. They also seek to use fruit and plant stem cells which work actively on the skin to repair, moisturise and protect.

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Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Scrub – $45 AUD
Made with fine environmentally friendly micro-beads, this is extremely gentle on the skin and I find it easy to use without overworking it. I enjoy the smell, its light and not overpowering.

I love how it leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and smooth. I notice my skin is brighter after using this also.

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Detoxifying Clay Mask – $44 AUD
Like all clay based masks, I don’t allow this to dry completely however the texture is more a creamy base than a traditional clay base mask. Kaolin Clay is a hero inclusion which works to draw out impurities in the skin yet is gentle on sensitive skin.

Once applied to my skin, I immediately feel my skin cooling and tingling which is refreshing. As I mentioned above, I love that the mask doesn’t dry down completely which makes it easy to remove and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry.

My skin is left feeling smooth to touch and not tight at all.

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Pore Minimiser – $30 AUD
As the name suggests this is a light cream that works to reduce the appearance of pores. While I haven’t yet tried wearing this under make up, it is noted on the Enbacci website that this can be worn under it.

Tea tree oil is one of the hero ingredients, this acts as an anti-inflammatory also. I quite enjoy the smell of tea tree oil so the smell of the Pore Minimiser doesn’t bother me. It works well into the skin and leaves a beautiful matte finish with no sticky residue.

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The whole range of products can be purchased on the Enbacci website where AfterPay is available. There is also a retail store in Prahran, Melbourne which I have been desperate to visit! Nothing like a physical store where you can go and smell everything.

I’ve really enjoyed using this range, especially on my #selfcare days as it feels like a luxurious spa day at home!

Have you tried the range?

Renee
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Product Review – SEEH Skincare

Guys, you know I love an oil cleanser. They are my absolute favourite for removing my heavy makeup. Think waterproof eyeliner, mascara, lipstick. So when I saw the SEEH Skincare CLEANSE Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm in action on social media, I just knew I had to try it! I reached out to the very lovely Maker, Sophie to collaborate.

Sophie is a qualified Chemical Engineer with a passion for skin health, which is what led her on the path to creating SEEH Skincare. The range has been formulated with a bunch of Chemists in Sydney and are all natural, utilising Australian plants. SEEH Skincare also holds a PETA Certification.

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Sophie Emma Elizabeth Hanson, Maker. Photo credit – SEEH Skincare website

Currently there are two products in the range;

  • CLEANSE Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm
  • SMOOTH Exfoliating Facial Polish

The CLEANSE Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm can be used on its own as a daily cleanser with the addition of the SMOOTH Exfoliating Facial Polish to remove dead skin cells.

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 CLEANSE Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm – $63.95 AUD

The Cleansing Balm is a massive 110g of solid goodness, with a little going a long way. As you work the balm into your skin you can see that it will start dissolving your makeup immediately. I love that I don’t need to work the balm into my skin which allows me to be gentle, especially around the eye area.

Lots of yummy oils have gone into this such as apricot seed oil, rosehip and olive oil. It smells absolutely divine, with the use of mandarin, orange, bergamot and lavender essential oils. It is an extremely light smell, and not overpowering.

As I mentioned above, even with regular use I can see this lasting quite sometime making it great value. I enjoy using this in the evening to remove my makeup, however this can be used both morning and night.

The SEEH Skincare website states this is suitable for all skin types especially those with sensitive or dry skin.

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SMOOTH Exfoliating Facial Polish – $26.95 AUD

The Facial Polish is a combination of Apricot Seed & Rice powder and works in harmony to remove dead skin. The ingredients won’t harm the oceans and rivers as they are completely biodegradable.

The Exfoliating Facial Polish has been designed to be used with the Cleansing Balm. I placed a small amount of the Cleansing Balm into my palm then sprinkled the Facial Polish (only a little) over it. I then massage this into my skin in a circular motion.

The first time I used this, I was a tad too rough. I should have known better, I may have also sprinkled a little too much ha! So keep that in mind the first time you use this.

After using this, my skin feels clean and noticeably brighter. It doesn’t feel tight which I put down to the Cleansing Balm working it’s hydrating ways.

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I’ve enjoyed using both of these products, especially the Cleansing Balm as I struggle to find cleansers that are able to remove my makeup easily. I also love that this is a vegan, cruelty-free brand made in Australia.

SEEH Skincare is also involved in an amazing initiative where $1 from every purchase is donated to i=Change which provides services to assist with safe births, keeps girls in school, empowers migrants and more.

You can find the products here https://www.seehskincare.com and also via Instagram @seehskincare. Free shipping on orders over $75 and AfterPay available.

Have a wonderful week!
Renee
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Product Review – Be Fraiche

I was so excited when Helen reached out to me, through mutual introduction by our dear friend Louella from Kiss Ready Lips, and asked me to trial her Starter Kit.

I had met Helen at the 2017 Sydney Finders Keepers Market, where I was introduced to her line. The Happy Organic Girl was only 6 months young and I was still nervous to say who I was and what I was doing with my blog!

Helen was passionate, engaged and I loved hearing a little about the products. The Bean Scrub quickly drew my attention, alongside The Flower Face Cream.

Helen started Be Fraiche with her skin type in mind. Sensitive Combination skin. Struggling to find anything that worked for her, Helen took it upon herself to create a skincare line that would work but also be fun. She didn’t take this lightly either, working hard with study to increase her knowledge on the matter.

In 2015, Helen completed her Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation and Tutor Training (wow!). She also travelled to Grasse in France to learn perfumery.

What an inspiration!

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Helen has created the perfect sized Starter Kit for her Belle’s. Priced at $38 AUD, it includes everything you need to get a feel for the range.

The Starter Kit includes the following;

  • The Tea Cleanser, 50ml
  • Bean Face Scrub, 10ml
  • The Flower Face Cream, 10ml
  • Seed Face Oil, 5ml

Plus it comes in the cutest little bag that is perfect for travelling!

The Tea Cleanser
The Tea Cleanser comes in a handy pump bottle, and when pumped is a light weight foam. The Be Fraiche website mentions you can use this twice daily, I have enjoyed using it in the morning as I find it extremely refreshing.

The scent of citrus is welcoming (especially to help me wake up!).

I speak often that I require an oil based cleanser in the PM as I wear heavy make up but this would make a beautiful second cleanser.

The Bean Scrub
As I mentioned above, when I first met Helen, it was The Bean Scrub that drew me in. What was it? Was it actual beans – I was so intrigued!

Formulated with Japanese Adzuki beans which contain saponin, it works to remove dead skin cells and brighten the skin. This is a gentle exfoliator, which my skin loves.

I found that when I use this after The Tea Cleanser, my skin glows! My skin also doesn’t react due to the fineness of the scrub.

The Bean Scrub also uses Australian Pink Clay which works to draw out impurities.

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The Flower Face Cream
I am often too busy raving about my love of face oils (ha! never fear that will come after the next photo) that I often underestimate the power of a great face cream.

The Flower Face Cream isn’t mucking around either, it contains a bunch of ingredients  that work to soothe your skin such as rosehip and seabuckthorn (one of my faves).

Calendula is the perfect to addition that will help calm those with a little redness of the skin.

I found the Flower Face Cream light and that it easily melts into the skin. A little goes a long way, and while the Starter size is in a little pot, the full size is in a handy tube.

The Seed Face Oil
When I realised there was a face oil in the Starter pack, you should have seen my face light up! For the 100th time, yes I absolutely adore a good face oil.

Helen is onto something with the seabuckthorn fruit extract, this stuff is an absolute hero ingredient. This stuff will heal your skin, so perfect for those with sensitive skin or those with dry skin. Not only that, this has 8, yes 8 oils that work in harmony with your skin.

The scent isn’t strong, it smells very natural and earthy which I find pleasant. I use this in the evening alongside by Gua Sha tool as part of my facial massage routing – and I love it.

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I will note also, that all of the Be Fraiche products are made right here in Australia.

Our relationship has blossomed and I am so excited to meet Helen again in a couple of weeks, to talk more about her passion and goals for Be Fraiche. Thank you Helen for all of your support also!

Be sure to reach out to Helen via @befraicheskincare or via her website www.befraiche.com

Please let me know if you have any questions or who you would like to see next on the blog!

Renee
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Product Review – The Face Oil Collection from Mermaid Cove Organics

Every now and then I meet these amazing Makers who I form this wonderful connection with. Sara from Mermaid Cove Organics is one of those Makers. I remember following her, even before her online store opened. I remember loving her username, Mermaid Cove Organics. It sounded so intriguing!

I was also lucky to feature Sara in my first ever Meet the Makers interview, which can be found here. It was all new to me, I was nervous if my interview series would work, would people like it but Sara was so kind and generous with her time – I’m extremely grateful for that!

Since then Sara and Mermaid Cove Organics has flourished, stocking some lovely small-batch products from brands such as Herbs and HeartWild Crafted Organics and now even her own line Mermaid Cove Organics.

The new range from Mermaid Cove Organics features 3 gorgeous face oils all blended & formulated by Sara herself. I was extremely lucky to sample the 3 oils before they went live and I was so impressed I wanted a full size right then and there!

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The 3 Blends are;

  • Ocean Glow Face Oil, beneficial for dry and sensitive skin- $51 AUD
  • Ocean Nectar Face Oil, beneficial for dry and mature skin – $57 AUD
  • Mermaid Face Oil, beneficial for combination, oily and acne-prone skin – $31 AUD

My absolute favourite is the Ocean Glow Face Oil, the beautiful Jasmine essential oil draws me in and transports me to a tropical island (mainly Hawaii, where I’ll be next month!). It also has German Chamomile Essential Oil which acts as an anti-inflammatory and also helps with dryness. Jojoba and Chamomile act to add moisture back into the skin while also healing.

Ocean Nectar is perfect for mature-aged skin as it contains Primrose Oil which not only hydrates but also has high levels of antioxidants. The use of Carrot Seed Essential Oil promotes cellular repair, while Camellia Oil assists with collagen production.

One of the key ingredients I was extremely excited about in the Mermaid Face Oil was the Tamanu Oil. Indigenous to the Pacific Islands, Tamanu Oil has been used for centuries to help with skin tone and even those with oily skin. The inclusion of Grapeseed Oil further assists those with oily skin by helping with sebum production. It is beautifully scented with Lavender Essential Oil.

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Packaging of the Face Oils is luxe, presented in an easy to use pump bottle with gold lid it sits beautifully on the beauty shelf in the bathroom.

Application is easy, I like to apply 2 pumps in the evening once I have cleansed however this can be used in the morning too. I prefer to use it at night as I find it extremely calming with the inclusion of the essential oils. Allow the oil to enter the skin for 3-5 minutes before applying any further skincare products.

A really cool fact about Mermaid Cove Organics is that they are living and breathing their core value of sustainability by using Sendle to post out your purchases. Sendle is Australia’s first carbon neutral shipping company! Amazing!

Sara has offered a wonderful treat for you also, if you wish to try the new Face Oil range use code “thehappygirl10” at checkout to receive 10% off your order.

Let me know how you like to incorporate face oils into your beauty routine!

Renee
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Product Review – Devine Oils

When writing a review, I love to read the “about us” section on the brand’s website to find out a little more about the maker and their why. I just love hearing about people’s passions and to see people living their dreams.

The founder, Louise Devine has quite an interesting bio. I was able to learn that Louise moved to Australia in 2006 with her daughter which coincided with her brand, Devine Oils being born.

Without even trying the products, I fell in love immediately with the use of glass to hold the products in rather than plastic – helping reduce their environmental footprint.

Scent is important to me, I really enjoy using products that are scented. Luckily I don’t suffer from irritable skin. I find the range, that uses essential oils gentle on my skin – and they smell great!

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All products are made the day before they are sent out, to ensure the products received are at their freshest and most potent. They are also vegan, palm oil free and do not contain parabens.

The below product photos are of the trial size products, however the price quoted is for the full size. Louise does have trial kits available on her website located here;

https://www.devineoils.com.au

Palm Oil Free Cream Cleanser – $49.50
As the name suggests the Palm Oil Free Cream Cleanser has a lovely creamy base, with one of the main ingredients noted being Aloe Vera. I like to use this cleanser for my 2nd cleanse, mainly to breathe in the beautiful essential oils of Frankincense and Sweet Fennel.

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Light Day Oil and Night Oil Treatment – Detox & Repair, both $44.50
I love, LOVE face oils (second to cleansers ha!) rather than using a moisturiser. I find my skin loves oils, and it especially loved the Night Oil Treatment, with its subtle scent. It is the perfect oil for sleeping, sending me off to the land of nod.

I found the Light Day Oil lived up to its name and was lighter in consistency. I found the scent slightly stronger than the Night Oil Treatment but still enjoyable. I love using this on the weekend when I don’t wear any make up and my skin can breathe.

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Soothing Eye Serum – $45.00
Easy to use and perfect in the little pump bottle, I found a lot went a long way. The Soothing Eye Serum has a mild scent and a creamy texture. I found subtle changes to the skin under eyes, it felt hydrated with visible elasticity.

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Pore Minimiser Nourish & Repair and Open Pore Serum Detox & Repair, $49.50
Like many, I do suffer from open pores especially on my nose. I was excited to try both of these serums in the hope they helped reduce the size of them. Both serums have a gel texture and like the eye serum you do only need a tiny amount.

The serums dry quickly and felt light weight on my skin.

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I really love this brand, the products are made with great natural ingredients. They are also doing great things for the environment, as I mentioned, by using glassware for the products rather than plastic.

Louise has extensive knowledge with what works best for the skin, including tried and tested formulations. I’m pleased to have been introduced to this brand as I will now be a regular, especially that cleanser!

Pop on over to check out the full range and drop Louise an email if you have any questions, I’m sure she would love to hear from you.

https://www.devineoils.com.au

Renee
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Business in Focus, Meet the Makers - Purpose Project

Meet the Makers – Monica from Natura Skincare

Happy long weekend all, I hope it’s been a killer day for you. I had so many goals for today, and I achieved only 1 before I had to have a nap – for the whole day! Since my operation, I have been focussing on listening to my body, rather than trying to push myself.

It’s been 2 weeks since my first Meet the Makers post with the lovely Sarah from Mermaid Cove Organics. I had such lovely feedback on it, with so many of my favourite brands wanting to be involved – this made me so happy!

The Meet the Makers interviews will be weekly going forward, and we have some awesome interviews in the works.

Tonight, we sit down with Monica from Natura Skincare and hear her thoughts on the why behind her brand!

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R. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us Monica! From the moment I announced the interviews series, I admired your passion for wanting to be part of the project! Natura Skincare’s Philosophy is built on 5 core values;

  • Carbon Neutral
  • Environmentally Sustainable
  • Cruelty Free
  • Education
  • Self Care 

So tell us, what lead you to starting your business?

M. I am a mamma of 3 and my children’s skin can be sensitive at times, reacting to different products over the years. My son and one of my daughters had eczema when they were younger and my son also has asthma. I always thought I was being quite conscious of the products I was using on their skin, but it wasn’t until I did a few workshops (and lots of research), that I realised some of the products I thought to be toxin free, unfortunately were not.

I started off making body butter and scrubs for family and friends to try and I received lots of positive feedback about the way the products made their skin feel and the way they smelt. I really loved experimenting and creating and so what started off as an interest, turned into a passion that led me to creating Natura Skincare!

Natura Skincare is pretty much a one woman show. I am the founder, maker, packager, labeller and all else that goes along with it (although I have had the help of family and friends when things have gotten a bit crazy!!) but when I refer to the business as ‘our’ rather than ‘my’, it’s in acknowledgement of my awesome husband and kids. Without their inspiration and support I may never have started this journey!

R. I would have to say that the above question is one of my favourites. I absolutely love hearing how an idea turns into a passion and then a dream!
I mentioned Natura Skincare’s 5 core values above, however can you tell us a little more about the Natura Skincare philosophy?

M. Natura Skincare is a cruelty free company, we do not test on animals and never will!

We are aware of the impact we have on the environment, so we only use packaging that can be recycled. We also proudly use Sendle to deliver our products to you, Sendle is Australia’s first 100% carbon neutral delivery service!

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R. You mentioned how it took a bunch of workshops and research to understand that some products didn’t hold up to their claims regarding being toxin free. It’s actually shocking how much “greenwashing” occurs. Since starting Natura Skincare, how important is the use of organic/natural ingredients to you and your brand?

M. This is fundamental to Natura Skincare! There is a huge focus in society on what we put into our body and eating healthily, what many don’t realise is that skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put onto your body, can penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin. All our ingredients are natural and our products are scented with essential oils not synthetic fragrances. Our products also contain numerous organic ingredients.

We have made a range that is affordable which is made possible by using a combination of natural and organic ingredients.

At the moment all of our products are anhydrous (do not contain water) so we are able to avoid the use of preservatives.

R. Oh wow! I love that! I also wasn’t aware that products that do not contain water can avoid the use of preservatives! I would assume that also makes the product more potent? Are you working on anything new or exciting?

M. Ha ha! I always feel like my mind is running 100 miles an hour. I am experimenting with cold pressed soap at the moment as well as a face moisturiser and cleanser.

Some products in the range have been fairly easy to formulate while others have taken a lot of trial and error.

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R. Oh Monica, you had me at cleanser! If you need a little guinea pig, consider me, cleansers are my all time favourite. The Green Beauty Movement is gaining momentum, any tips for those wanting to start a Green Beauty business?

M. I truly believe education is power, do your research, enrol in a course, talk to others in the industry. Do what suits your learning style to increase your knowledge. You will make mistakes along the way but it’s all part of the learning process.

If this (or anything else for that matter) is where your passion lies, then believe in yourself, know your worth and go for it.

R. It’s so true, I think it’s so easy for us to have so much self-doubt. Especially as women but if you truly believe in something then go out and do it. Life is too short to not be living our passions. You’ve spent some time speaking about Natura Skincare, tell me, between juggling 3 kids, a Husband, new formulas what are your go to self-care tips?

M. This is a hard one because self-care means something different to everyone.

When talking about self-care as a beauty regime I make the time to exfoliate 3 times a week. My fave scrub of the moment is Natura Skincare’s Coffee & Peppermint Scrub for a morning pick me up or Rose Petal Scrub if exfoliating before bed!

I give myself a facial a couple of times a week by detoxing and nourishing my dry skin with our Balancing & Exfoliating Clay Mask followed by our popular Rejuvenating Honey & Cacao Mask.

When I can, I soak in a detox bath using our Rose Petal Soak or Lavender Soak depending on what mood I’m in.

When looking at self-care on a mental and emotional level I try to be kind to myself and let go of the ‘mum guilt’. There will always be guilt and second guessing yourself… did I spend enough quality time with them today/listen to them/advice them well…the list goes on.

And a must do…Laugh. Laugh a lot, have a sense of humour, make others laugh, laugh at yourself and don’t take life too seriously!

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R. You are spot on, self care means something to everyone. Sometimes, for myself self-care is a Saturday afternoon nap! On the topic of self care, how do you practice gratitude?

At the start of the year I bought myself a pretty little book and I tried to make a habit of writing down 3 things I am grateful for at least once a week, but it just wasn’t me.

So gratitude has just become part of me and my daily practise. I truly believe everything happens for a reason and there is a lesson to be learnt in all lost opportunities, doors closed and endings.
I have faith in God and this has helped me through some really difficult times. I try to focus on all the things I have been blessed with… good health, family and friends just to name a few vital things.

My mum always used to tell me and still does at times, that there is always someone worse off than us, wishing that they were in our shoes. This is something I always tell my kids. Gratitude breeds positivity, optimism and happiness.

R. Thank you so much Monica for your time. I absolutely love your honesty and positivity! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you, and your skincare plans!

I hope you all enjoyed this weeks, Meet the Makers interview! As always, please let me know any thoughts or feedback you have.

Have a safe long weekend,

Renee
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Product Review – Scout Cosmetics, Six Oils of Rejuvenation

Last month I reviewed the Cell Renewal Peptide Serum from Scout Cosmetics, this month it is the Six Oils of Rejuvenation. A super nutrient blend of the following oils; Rosehip, Jojoba Seed, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Carrot, Evening Primrose and Sunflower. They all play their own part in helping the skin repair itself, be nourished and also glow!

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I was excited to receive this, as if you have been following me now for sometime, you will know I love anything to do with oils. Not only does my skin love oils, I love the therapeutic properties that are usually associated with oils. I find it a ritual in itself when I use an oil on my face.

The Six Oils of Rejuvenation includes 98% certified organic ingredients The company, Scout Cosmetics also offers vegan and cruelty free products.

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When using oils, there really is no right or wrong. It’s important you listen to your skin to see what works for you. Some may find the daily use of oils too much, especially those with oily skin. If you do have oily skin, an option for you, is to include a few drops in your moisturiser.

Personally, I like to use the Six Oils of Rejuvenation at night. Once I have cleansed and toned my skin. I enjoy using any remainder oil on the back of my hands and cuticles.

The Six Oils of Rejuvenation includes Ylang Ylang Essential Oil which I am a little sensitive too however the healing properties of Ylang Ylang far outweigh the smell for me. Benefits of Ylang Ylang include being a stress reliever, ability to lift your mood (source) and has also been known to have been used as a aphrodesacic, potentially making this perfect for use as a night facial message, need I say more?

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The Six Oils of Rejuvenation is a luxurious way to end your skincare routine. It is reasonably priced at $39.95 and can be purchased from the Scout Cosmetics website, here.

How do you incorporate oils into your skincare routine?

Renee
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Brand Review – The Natural Clay Co.

Brand Review – The Natural Clay Co
http://www.thenaturalclaycompany.com

Last week I received a very much needed package from The Natural Clay Co. My skin has been severely dry since visiting the beach and a mask was just in order.

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Th Natural Clay Co. offers a range of different clays;
* Australian Red Reef Clay – Ideal for stressed skin
* Australian Ivory – The gentlest of clays, suitable for all skin types
* Australian Pastel Pink – Calming and mild, ideal for all skin types
* Australian Yellow – Suitable for all skin types
* Australian White Kaolin – Ideal for sensitive, mature and dry skin
* Australian Olive Green – Ideal for oily skin and acne prone skin
* Australian Beige – Ideal for detoxifying and cleansing skin

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What is Australian Clay and why is everyone raving about it?
Free from toxins, Australian Clay is a 100% natural product and can be used in many ways. Used for healing and ceremonial practices dating back hundreds of years, today we can see it being used to treat acne and also to bring back that healthy glow.

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The Natural Clay Co. packages their clays in these cute re-sealable bags. As you are mixing the product yourself, you control the amount you are using therefore you can then limit the waste. The Natural Clay Co. is 100% Australian owned and offer 100% natural products, which are also cruelty free.

Now using the mask! The masks come with a reusable wooden spoon you use to mix the clay. Take 1 tbs of clay with water and mix. Apply to the face. Ensure you wash it off before it is completely dry. You will feel the mask working its magic!

I used the Australian Olive Green on my T-Zone and then the Australian Pastel Pink on my cheeks.

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Once the mask was washed off, my skin felt fresh and clear. I had that healthy glow I had been searching for!
I do recommend washing it off in the shower or bath, purely because it can be a little messy and what better excuse to continue your #selfcare routine that little bit longer!

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I was also lucky to receive one of their newly launched products, Pink Clay Sugar Scrub. There are two products in this range, the other is a coffee scrub.
The Pink Clay Sugar Scrub smells divine and you can smell the pink grapefruit as soon as you open the lid. Also notes of Bergamot make it very delightful on the nose.

Aside from smelling great, the scrub left my skin feeling smooth and removed all of that nasty dead skin I’ve been hiding in winter!

The verdict? I highly rate The Natural Clay Co. products as not only do they work, they are a amazing price point. Gone are the days of spending heaps of money on overpriced products that don’t work.
The clays and scrubs are also perfect for gifts and even to spoil yourself with.

Pop onto their website http://www.thenaturalclaycompany.com and see for yourself!

Renee x

Beauty, Health, Uncategorized

My Favourite “Green” Products

I can honestly say, hand to heart, I am utterly obsessed with skincare.
The pretty packaging, the magic statements “reduce fine lines” and “youthful appearance” all have me hooked-plus did I mention the pretty packaging?

Over a year ago I became a pescatarian and as part of that journey started to look closely at what I was actually putting into my body and onto it.

All the products listed below do not test on animals, which to me is a major selling point.
Why companies still feel the need to do this is beyond me, however that’s a story for another time kids!

Now the fun part, below are my must have “Green” beauty products!

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Malie Organics (pronounced Mah-lee-ay) – http://www.malie.com

Ah, where do I even begin to describe these products? In June I visited Honolulu, Hawaii to celebrate by 30th birthday. I popped into their store located in the Royal Hawaiian (other stores located in Kauai, and also the Ala Moana Centre in Honolulu).
The store is beautifully presented and the Assistant was very knowledgable.

Malie Organics was founded in 2004 by Dana Roberts and her husband. The company is committed to sustainability, preservation of the environment and actively seek ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Aside from having great company values, their products rock too!
I am OBSESSED with the Kōke’e Beauty Oil. This is a dream. It is a light weight oil, that will leave the skin hydrated with a slight scent. The scent reminds me of long days spent sipping Blue Hawaiians by the beach!
The Kōke’e Body Gloss leaves your skin glowing. I love how both the products are light and don’t weigh your skin down. Perfect to use after a day spent lying on the beach!

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Farmacy Beauty – http://www.farmacybeauty.com

Unfortunately, Farmacy Beauty is not currently sold here in Australia. I was desperate to get my hands on a few of their products as I have heard such great things.

Mark Veeder discovered and patented “Echinacea GreenEnvy” which is one of the key ingredients in Farmacy’s products. Mark has partnered with Robert Beyfuss who is an expert in farming.

My favourite Pharmacy Beauty product by far, is their Green Screen.
Green Screen is a broad spectrum SPF 30, however unlike other sunscreens that are thick and hard to smooth into the face, this is light and so easy to wear under sunscreen.

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Tata Harper – www.tataharperskincare.com.au
“I want to create beauty products that meet the standards of the modern woman; luxurious, effective and nontoxic – Tata Harper, co CEO”
Quote taken from http://www.tataharperskincare.com

After Tata Harper’s stepfather was diagnosed with cancer, Tata Harper, took the time to review her lifestyle and seek healthy alternatives for herself and her family.
All the ingredients used in the products are grown on the company’s farm in Vermont, America.

I recently picked up the Purifying Cleanser. Wow! This ginger packed bottle of goodness leaves the skin feeling fresh and tingly all over. It smells divine and I love using this in the morning as a pick me up to clear the head and prepare me for the day ahead!

I purchased my Purifying Cleanser from Eve Organics http://www.eveorganics.com.au

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Leah Lani Skincare – http://www.leahlaniskincare.com
“I set off to to create a line of skincare that would transform a routine into a ritual” – Leah Lani, creator
Quote taken from http://www.leahlaniskincare.com

I love the Leah Lani Skincare story. By trusting her intuition, Leah and her husband packed their bags and moved to Maui so she could study at Spa Luna. Several years later and with a clear intention, Leah was able to create this gorgeous brand that continues to inspire those seeking clearer skin.

Not only is the packaging the sweetest but you can really feel the love every time you open the jar of her Mermaid Mask. Yes it can be messy, but no one ever said skincare was clean right?
#cleanbeauty

I was quite surprised the consistency of this mask, I even had my mask brush at the ready but I found it best applied with your fingers and a little water. Rinse from the skin and before you know it you are a mermaid, not quite, but your skin will be just like Ariel’s from the Little Mermaid!

I purchased my Mermaid Mask from I Am Natural Store http://www.iamnaturalstore.com.au

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Fresh – http://www.fresh.com

I was unsure if I should include this mask as although I love it, the brand technically isn’t cruelty free. Although the company does not test on animals,  unless permitted by law. Which means, for instance if sold in China then testing is required by the Chinese government and the business wishing needs to fund that. It’s surprising as the Fresh website seems to no longer reference this so perhaps their stance has changed ad they no longer sell to China?

What I really love about this mask, apart from the packaging – their marketing team are ace, is the real bits of orange and citrus you can see. It’s a lovely texture also, that stays put on the skin and doesn’t melt off.
After I remove the mask my skin feels refreshed and ready to party!

Tell me, what are your favourite “Green” products? I’d love to chat about this!

 

Beauty, Health, Uncategorized, Wellbeing

My favourite “Green” Beauty Products

I can honestly say, hand to heart, I am utterly obsessed with skincare.
The pretty packaging, the magic statements “reduce fine lines” and “youthful appearance” all have me hooked-plus did I mention the pretty packaging?

Over a year ago I became a pescatarian and as part of that journey started to look closely at what I was actually putting into my body and onto it.

All the products listed below do not test on animals, which to me is a major selling point.
Why companies still feel the need to do this is beyond me, however that’s a story for another time kids!

Now the fun part, below are my must have “Green” beauty products!

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Malie Organics (pronounced Mah-lee-ay) – http://www.malie.com

Ah, where do I even begin to describe these products? In June I visited Honolulu, Hawaii to celebrate by 30th birthday. I popped into their store located in the Royal Hawaiian (other stores located in Kauai, and also the Ala Moana Centre in Honolulu).
The store is beautifully presented and the Assistant was very knowledgable.

Malie Organics was founded in 2004 by Dana Roberts and her husband. The company is committed to sustainability, preservation of the environment and actively seek ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Aside from having great company values, their products rock too!
I am OBSESSED with the Kōke’e Beauty Oil. This is a dream. It is a light weight oil, that will leave the skin hydrated with a slight scent. The scent reminds me of long days spent sipping Blue Hawaiians by the beach!
The Kōke’e Body Gloss leaves your skin glowing. I love how both the products are light and don’t weigh your skin down. Perfect to use after a day spent lying on the beach!

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Farmacy Beauty – http://www.farmacybeauty.com

Unfortunately, Farmacy Beauty is not currently sold here in Australia. I was desperate to get my hands on a few of their products as I have heard such great things.

Mark Veeder discovered and patented “Echinacea GreenEnvy” which is one of the key ingredients in Farmacy’s products. Mark has partnered with Robert Beyfuss who is an expert in farming.

My favourite Pharmacy Beauty product by far, is their Green Screen.
Green Screen is a broad spectrum SPF 30, however unlike other sunscreens that are thick and hard to smooth into the face, this is light and so easy to wear under sunscreen.

fullsizeoutput_2

Tata Harper – www.tataharperskincare.com.au
“I want to create beauty products that meet the standards of the modern woman; luxurious, effective and nontoxic – Tata Harper, co CEO”
Quote taken from http://www.tataharperskincare.com

After Tata Harper’s stepfather was diagnosed with cancer, Tata Harper, took the time to review her lifestyle and seek healthy alternatives for herself and her family.
All the ingredients used in the products are grown on the company’s farm in Vermont, America.

I recently picked up the Purifying Cleanser. Wow! This ginger packed bottle of goodness leaves the skin feeling fresh and tingly all over. It smells divine and I love using this in the morning as a pick me up to clear the head and prepare me for the day ahead!

I purchased my Purifying Cleanser from Eve Organics http://www.eveorganics.com.au

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Leah Lani Skincare – http://www.leahlaniskincare.com
“I set off to to create a line of skincare that would transform a routine into a ritual” – Leah Lani, creator
Quote taken from http://www.leahlaniskincare.com

I love the Leah Lani Skincare story. By trusting her intuition, Leah and her husband packed their bags and moved to Maui so she could study at Spa Luna. Several years later and with a clear intention, Leah was able to create this gorgeous brand that continues to inspire those seeking clearer skin.

Not only is the packaging the sweetest but you can really feel the love every time you open the jar of her Mermaid Mask. Yes it can be messy, but no one ever said skincare was clean right?
#cleanbeauty

I was quite surprised the consistency of this mask, I even had my mask brush at the ready but I found it best applied with your fingers and a little water. Rinse from the skin and before you know it you are a mermaid, not quite, but your skin will be just like Ariel’s from the Little Mermaid!

I purchased my Mermaid Mask from I Am Natural Store http://www.iamnaturalstore.com.au

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Fresh – http://www.fresh.com

I was unsure if I should include this mask as although I love it, the brand technically isn’t cruelty free. Although the company does not test on animals,  unless permitted by law. Which means, for instance if sold in China then testing is required by the Chinese government and the business wishing needs to fund that. It’s surprising as the Fresh website seems to no longer reference this so perhaps their stance has changed ad they no longer sell to China?

What I really love about this mask, apart from the packaging – their marketing team are ace, is the real bits of orange and citrus you can see. It’s a lovely texture also, that stays put on the skin and doesn’t melt off.
After I remove the mask my skin feels refreshed and ready to party!

Tell me, what are your favourite “Green” products? I’d love to chat about this!