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Small business alert-Honey & Petals, I’m obsessed all over again!

*Please note, this business isn’t necessarily local to me, but it’s a small business that I love and will always support-in addition, it’s a female run business, even BETTER.*

Sometimes, the best kind of relationships are the random ones…..like when people find each-other on twitter and follow.  Such is the case for myself and Honey and Petals Skintanicals.   I have been using this brand’s oils and body butters for several years.  The latest collection, The ‘Cuffed’ collection does NOT disappoint in fragrance or performance.  I normally lean towards gourmand fragrance in body oils and decided to try something a bit different this season.  I went with unbroken gold which is described as a unisex fragrance with notes of leather, grapefruit, and amber that is fresh and sensual.  Couldn’t have said it better myself actually.  The fragrance is luxurious, decadent, and grown up.  It wraps itself around you like your favorite fabric throw blanket.

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Plush Oil is a new & improved formula based off the original Luxe Oil blend. The coconut has been removed and two new amazing oils added-argan oil which is known for its healing properties and camelina oil known for being packed with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.

My love for this oil is exemplified because it is SO versatile-and yes, I do oil my scalp in the winter.  

How to use
Massage into clean slightly damp skin allowing the oils to nourish and penetrate. If using in combination with our whipped shea butter, apply the oil first followed by the butter. If being applied to the face, start with clean slightly damp skin, warm on hands and press into the skin and use ring finger to dab around eye area.

For hair and scalp
Apply to clean slightly damp hair and scalp by warming into hands then massaging into scalp or hair paying attention to the roots and ends pre leave-in conditioner or styling cream.

Ingredients
Avocado oil, tsubaki oil, sea buckthorn, argan oil, safflower oil, olive oil and optional fragrance

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Whipped Shea Butter
This whipped shea butter blend is a unique proprietary formula created with organic shea butter and natural oils, whipped to perfection giving it a light fluffy easy to apply texture. Use it when your skin needs special TLC for dryness. Our blend can be used on the most delicate skin, including small children.

Again, another versatile product-can be used everywhere!  I’ll leave the link to the website below as there are many fragrance options and also a fragrance free option.  

Directions
Massage into clean slightly damp skin allowing the butters and oils to penetrate. If using in combination with our Plush Oil, apply the oil first followed by the whipped shea butter.

For hair and scalp
Apply to clean slightly damp hair and scalp by warming into hands then massaging into scalp or hair paying attention to the roots and ends.

Ingredients
Organic shea butter, avocado oil, tsubaki oil, sea buckthorn, argan oil, safflower oil, olive oil, and optional fragrance

About Honey & Petals:

Honey & Petals Skintanicals (formerly Luxe Oil) is a Black-owned handcrafted luxury body & skin care brand created in Los Angeles by Krissy (@Krissy90220) who grew up with eczema and psoriasis. At a time where many products just didn’t help with dry sensitive skin because of synthetic and harsh ingredients she decided to create her own line of naturally rich butters and oils to cater to those needs without breaking the bank. Luxury products should make you feel and look amazing no matter what and we’re here to deliver that promise.

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*About Us, How to Use, and Ingredients from www.honeyandpetals.com*

I’m in love with the coco……LiveClean expands their coconut milk line!

*Products received for review-I haven’t tested all of these yet, but thought I would let you know*

This just in……

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Yes it’s true….live clean has expanded their coconut line to include a moisturizing body wash, moisturizing hand soap, and moisturizing lotion.  Right now I can only speak for the body wash, which is creamy, lightly scented, and absolutely luxurious.

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live clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Wash & Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion

  • 500ml suggested retail $6.99CAD
  • gently cleanses, hydrates and restores moisture balance
  • enriched with coconut milk, apricot oil, and vitamins C, E, B
  • 98% plant derived
  • SLS/Sulfate free/ made with certified organic botanicals
  • Petroleum, DEA and Parabn free
  • Silicone, Phthalate and Phosphate free
  • Pure vegan and never tested on animals
  • package recyclable, biodegradable ingredients

live clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap

  • 500ml suggested retail $4.99 CAD
  • cleanses, hydrates and restores moisture to dry hands
  • Enriched with luscious Coconut Milk, Apricot Oil, and Vitamins C,E, and B
  • 98% plant derived with certified organic botanicals
  • SLS/Sulfate free, Petroleum, DEA, and Paraben free, dye free
  • Silicone, Phthalate and Phosphate free
  • Pure vegan and never tested on animals
  • Package recyclable, biodegradable ingredients

Available at Walmart, London Drugs, Shopper’s Drug Mart and well.ca

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Firming up with Vichy!

Vichy knows what I need.  And what I need right now is a solution to these jiggly thighs….and before you go ahead with the “You shoulds….” please note, I am in the latter part of a whole food cleanse (FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER EVER GIVEN UP COFFEE), and have committed to exercise/movement 3 days a week.  All that AND the warmer weather (which will force me to be outside), and I can’t see myself jiggly for too much longer.

But then there’s the cellulite.  WHY WHY WHY…..even at my fittest, it still resides on the backs of my thighs.  Ultimately, the total cellulite ‘solution’ for me will include liposuction but since I’m not independently wealthy (yet), I’m thrilled with topical solutions.

Firming during the day: Ideal Body Serum Milk

IdealBody_Serum_Milk_390x315For the 1st time, active ingredients traditionally used in face care: Hyaluronic Acid and LHA were combined with 10 fundamental oils to help women obtain ideal skin quality on the body: firmer, smoother and more radiant skin. Vichy Research discovered that lipids are essential agents for ideal skin quality. Anti-dryness, improved skin radiance and luminosity, smoothing, softness and firming action are the many benefits that the new IDEAL BODY range offers.

So Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in dermal fillers (Juvederm, etc) and is used to ‘plump’ and ‘fill’ lines.  It works well when injected and does have promise when applied topically (there are many facial products that contain it). I will say that this is MY first experience with Hyaluronic Acid for the body.  Also, I must say that this is also my FIRST experience with a serum for the body.  Do you know of any others?

I enjoy this product because it firms (not to the level of the night product), absorbs quickly, and has such a great fragrance.  I’m anxious to see how it performs over time.  I will say that for the texture of it, it moisturizes so well.  This is a GOOD thing.

Firming during the night:  Cellu Destock Night Time

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*tip* look inside the package for tips on how to use-where to place the product, massaging, kneading.  These ‘instructions’ even discuss lymphatic drainage.  A+ for this Vichy……..the lymph system isn’t discussed ENOUGH!  I’m keeping the packaging-following the instructions is essential for this to actually work.  There is a lot of ‘science’ in the description from Vichy but go ahead and have a read:

Celludestock Night time integrates the latest revolutionary complex from Vichy, l’Adipo-stim. Adipo-stim is a combination of Zingiber and Dioschol in synergy with Pure Caffeine 5% to decongest, drain and improve microcirculation. Zingiber helps regulate the natural destocking process overnight and Dioschol limits the stocking of new lipids.

 This is my standout product.  I apply this and feel it.  The instructions say to wash it off your hands after applying.  I’d like to think it will be working over time and that I’ll see results, I won’t hold my breath.  I like the way it feels after applying.  Maybe I can be convinced to take a photo after finishing this product….hmmm on second thought, better take my word for it.

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A beautiful mess-getting dirty to get clean, with Jealous body scrub!

Body scrubs have been a ‘thing’ with me for a minute now…..

But I won’t use just ANY scrub.  I’m actually not a fan of what I would call a “straight” scrub.  What I mean by ‘straight’ is a scrub that just strips and doesn’t hydrate.  Those are great at times and have their own place.  Just not in my shower.

My favorite scrubs are the ones that offer an exfoliation AND some hydration.  I haven’t found a whole lot of those types-I can count on one hand the brands I’ve come across.  Jealous body scrub is in this category and I’m sure you already know this review is positively GLOWING!

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Jealous body scrub is a COFFEE scrub-here’s the details, directly from their website:

 All Natural Coffee Scrub with Premium Robusta Coffee, Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil, Raw Brown Sugar, Sea Salt, Vitamin E and Minerals.
Tough enough to improve your skin’s imperfections yet leaving your skin feeling sexy & smooth after every use.

  • coffee grounds stimulate blood flow which help reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, age spots, varicose veins, psoriasis & acne
  • brown sugar & sea salt exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin
  • cold pressed organic coconut oil hydrates & moisturizes your skin
  •  vitamin E & minerals protect and repair your skin

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My thoughts:

  • A+ for packaging and marketing-the marketer in me screams for joy and does cartwheels over the eco-friendly, resealable packaging that is efficient in both design and with the amount of verbiage on it.
  • If you love coffee, you will LOVE the scent of this scrub because that’s exactly what it is!  It is actual grounds in look and fragrance and texture.
  • The scrub DOES what it says it is going to do-stimulate, rejuvenute, and hydrate.  Just keep in mind, this is going to be on you for 5-10 minutes.  My suggestion/tip/trick?  Do the jealous when you masque your hair (and if you’re not masque-ing your hair, why the hell aren’t you? DO IT!!! It’s good for your hair!).
  • The other tip/trick/suggestion I will offer up is to use the jealous when your tub/shower is in need of a thorough clean.  Because this is a coffee ground product, be prepared. It gets EVERYWHERE and I mean everywhere. However, let’s be optimistic-you will have a hydrated body AND a sparkling clean shower after you get through!
  • The social media team (or individual) at jealous also is quite clever -see some of their work here.  This motivates me to want to be healthier after seeing all these bikini-clad model types prancing around in the sun!

jealous body scrub is a winner to  me-I suggest you try it too!

 

Caprina Goats Milk Soap and Hand lotion

*I was sent these products for review-my thoughts are my own! Please be wary when reading blogger reviews-it is NOT a requirement to disclose whether one has received a product for review or not in Canada, but it IS good manners and ethics 🙂 *

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Full disclsoure: I didn’t fall down and faint with excitement when this packaged showed up in the mail.  Ho-hum another lotion and soap.  Big deal, right?

Fast forward to almost 2 weeks later…..how about I tore my bedroom apart because I couldn’t find the lotion?  YES ITS THAT GOOD.  I use it exclusively on my hands right now because I don’t want to waste a drop! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you the skin on the back of your hands is thinner then the rest, and therefore shows age MORE QUICKLY.  It’s important to keep your hands moisturized, hydrated, and nourished.

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Caprina body lotion contains Fresh Goat’s Milk (did you know a lot of products that contain Goat’s milk use a powdered version?).  Fresh Goat’s milk is a highly effective skin moisturizer.  Orchid Oil adds extra moisturizing properties to fresh goats milk.

-Helps restore the skin’s natural moisture level

-Non-greasy and absorbs quickly

-Dermatologist tested

-Finished product-not tested on animals

-Paraben free!

Sounds like a winner to me….if the soap is half as good as the lotion, I’ll be thrilled! I don’t doubt it, as it contains shea butter! I’ll keep you posted!

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It’s weird-but I love it! Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap

Bought this one myself people….was browsing a card and gift store close to work, saw it and bought it on impulse.  This is normal for me-the impulse buying, that is.

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Soap isn’t my cleanser of choice for everyday but I have come across quite a few soaps that I love (including Aide bodycare, From the Blue House with Love, and Sweet Pea Soap Company).  When I saw this, I thought ….sea salt soap? Really? Is this a thing?  After I bought it I thought, oh boy-what did I get myself into? Is it going to dry my skin out?

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So here are some snippets about this soap from the internet…..

Inspired by simple Swedish style, made in America. This fresh-smelling Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap creates soft suds for bathing or shaving, while embedded salt flakes provide gentle exfoliation. Mineral-rich sea salts are an age-old tonic for softening and moisturizing the skin.

  • Mineral-rich formula.
  • 4.3 ounces.
  • Light, clean scent.
  • Gently exfoliates.
  • See Dimensions + Care for ingredients.
  • Made in the USA

Here’s what’s in this soap:

INGREDIENTS

Sodium palmate, sodium cocoate, sodium palm kernelate, water, glycerin, sea salt, fragrance, titanium dioxide, sodium chloride, polyethylene, pentasodium pentelate, tetrasodium eidronate.

Okay so made in the USA, not Sweden?  Meh? Whaaaa?

I’ll skip all the other fluffy bits and get right to it.  I love this soap!  The embedded salt is great for exfoliation and the scent reminds me of Cape Cod or some quaint little beach town where everyone has a wind chime out front.  I can’t put my finger on the scent and was disappointed to see the ingredients list it as ‘fragrance.’  However, it’s definitely fresh and does remind me of the sea and slightly of salt water taffy (yes, weird).  I use this soap the night before I shave my legs.  The best part about it is that it is absolutely NOT drying.  It doesn’t make my skin tight or itchy either.

So yeah, it’s a bit strange-both the name and the fact that it’s called ‘Swedish soap’ but made in the U.S.A. However, if you are in the market for an exfoliating soap with a pleasant scent I do recommend this. I bought mine at a local shop but you can also buy it here.

 

I’ve also discovered that they make a seaweed version of this soap as well as a sunflower version.  Hmmm, I may have to try this out!

I’m curious about……Nuxe new launches for January

I have one Nuxe product in my arsenal and it’s a serum.  I’m neither here nor there about it, however…….

I recently received a look book of Nuxe products for Spring/Summer 2014 and wanted to share some items I’m interested in with you.  *Please note, I do not have any samples of these products-these are items I saw in the look book and want to know more about.*

Anti-tightness High Nutrition Balm for Sensitive Skin

WheatenBeauty on YouTube got me interested in balms for moisture.  I’m really curious as to the texture of this product.

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This rich balm, formulated with exclusive BIO-BEAUTÉ® by NUXE Natural Cold Cream, nourishes (Organic Sweet Almond Oil), protects the skin barrier (Organic Beeswax) and soothes sensitive skin (Organic Rose Water). It is enriched with Shea Butter and delivers intense and long-lasting 24-hour effectiveness

Initial impression after reading description: I want to know about the texture!

And check this out- Nirvanesque, a line designed for women between the ages of 30 and 40.  How come I didn’t know about this? Could it have made a difference?

The Nirvanesque ‘solution’-no claims here apparently just solutions. I like the sound of that already:

-A double-floral neuro cosmetic action for a ‘Botox-like boosted effect’

-A neuro-relaxing action,promoting ‘well-being’ molecules

-Anti-depressant textures that boost pleasure of application and active ingredient penetration

-eco designed jar in response to environmental concerns of females in the 21st century

Mind blown yet?  Who needs therapy when Nirvanesque is available…..and why wasn’t I asked my opinion of the jar design? 

Okay, all kidding aside, this has at the very least got me curious.  While I AM leaving the 30-40 year old group, that doesn’t mean I can’t be curious about these products.

Nirvanesque Light-combination skin

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Nirvanesque® Light, a cream for first wrinkles with Peony and Blue Lotus designed to instantly and visibly smooth away wrinkles and fine lines by helping the skin to relax. Skin is instantly relaxed and mattified. Features are de-stressed and the complexion is radiant.

My initial impressions after reading description: anything that mattifies my face is worth a try!

Nirvanesque:

nirva-normNirvanesque®, a cream for first wrinkles with Peony and Blue Lotus which instantly and visibly smoothes away wrinkles and fine lines by helping the skin to relax. Smooth texture enriched with Musk Rose Oil that combines hydrating and anti-wrinkle properties.

My initial thoughts after reading description:  I’d probably go for the light version based on my skin’s behavior.

Nirvanesque Yeux

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This eye contour treatment with Poppy Root and Hyaluronic Acid instantly and visibly smoothes away wrinkles and fine lines by helping the skin to relax.  First eye contour wrinkles are diminished, leaving younger-looking eyes. Dark circles are erased.

My initial thoughts after reading description:  Hyaluronic acid is in dermal fillers-could this actually work?

 

And there you have it…..would you try any of these miracles above? I’m looking forward to trying at least one.  If you could try any of the products, which one would you try? Tell me in the comments below!

 

 

Going green gets better with Ella’s Botanicals!

Even though ingredients aren’t necessarily a ‘make it or break it’ item for me, I thought it would be important to post about a Canadian line of products that pays EXTRA attention to ingredients!  Ella’s Botanicals is a Toronto-based all natural body care brand known for handmade clean and green products.  They have recently made *key* modifications to their lotion formulas, making themselves even ‘greener’!

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