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Lalun Naturals, Autumn Gold Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer

Lalun Naturals Autumn Gold

Autumn Gold Cleanser

Ingredients: *Calendula infused Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, **Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) Oil, *Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil, *Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil. **Certified Organic Ingredients, *Organic or wildcrafted.

Firstly I have to save I love the smell of this cleanser. It has some of my favourite oils in it. As a cleanser it was a bit too heavy for my combination acne prone skin. But I loved using it as an after shower moisturizer/body oil. As for ingredients I like how simple and pure the ingredients list is. There are plenty of skin loving oils such as safflower oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil.  Most people know that Jojoba oil is most similar to our skin’s own sebum production. Avocado oil is rich in fatty acids as well as anti-oxidants Vitamin A,B,D and E. Safflower oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and rich in linoleic acid. Chamomile and lavender are known for being calming and gentle to the skin. Both Rosemary and lavender are also known for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which helps heal skin prone to acne.

Cost: $18.00 USD, 114 g / 4 oz
Available at: Lalun Naturals
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

Autumn Gold Toner

Ingredients: Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Water, **Aloe barbadensis Leaf (Aloe) Juice, Vegetable Glycerine, Colloidal Gold, *Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) Flower Essence. **Certified Organic, *Organic or wildcrafted.

Maggie has created a lovely, gentle toner perfect for transitioning into the colder weather of autumn. I don’t know about you but when summer starts slipping into autumn my skin takes a hit. It seems that almost suddenly I get crocodile skin that is thirsty for moisture. This toner was a great help for rehydrating my skin and perfect for use before applying serums. Chamomile is calming and aloe juice packs some hydrating power while the colloidal gold helps stimulate cell turn over. If you’ve got thirsty skin like me, this would be a great toner for you to add to your skin care regimen.

Cost: $18.00 USD, 114 g / 4 oz
Available at: Lalun Naturals
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5

Autumn Gold Moisturizer

Ingredients: Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) Water, **Aloe barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, **Elaeis guineensis (Palm) Butter, *Calendula officinalis (Calendula) extract, **Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Colloidal Gold, *Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Glycerin, *Curcuma longa (Turmeric) Root Extract,**Elaeis guineensis (Palm) Fruit Oil, **Lecithin GMO free, Ricinis communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Citrus aurantium sinensis (Orange) Fiber, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) GMO Soy free, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, **Curcuma Xanthorrhiza (Turmeric) Root Extract, **Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Oil, **Helichrysum italicum (Helichrysum) Oil, **Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) Oil, **Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil, Daucus carota (Carrot) Seed Oil. **Certified Organic, *Organic or wildcrafted.

Another winner, this moisturizer was gentle enough for me to use while I was having an allergic reaction to another product I tried. It’s no wonder because of the calming (chamomile, calendula, helichrysum), hydrating (aloe leaf juice, candelilla), and anti-inflammatory (yarrow) ingredients in this moisturizer. Pomegranate and carrot seed oil gives us an anti-oxidant hit with turmeric providing more anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties. This is an impressive moisturizer for all of its wonderful ingredients. A small spatula is provided with it as the oils sometimes separate. But give it a little stir and apply and it provides a great moisturizing barrier to the external environment. You’re going to want to stock up on this moisturizer!

Cost: $34.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Lalun Naturals
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5

Overall I would say that Maggie, the creator and founder of Lalun Naturals has come up with a winning trio of products that are great to use when the colder weather starts arriving. Things that I love about these products: simple yet pure ingredients, every ingredient has its purpose, and affordability. Maggie shows us that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg when it comes to getting good quality skincare products which are also natural, organic and eco-friendly.

** Products were provided for consideration but all opinions expressed are my own.


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Watch out Acne! Holistic Vanity is launching a new Acne Care Line

As you all know, I’m a supporter of buying local as much as possible. One of my favourite skincare brands is Holistic Vanity, produced by Pure + Simple. I’ve loved so many of their products and reviewed them on my blog (Damage Care Line, Rosacea Care Line and many more). I was super excited when Pure + Simple contacted me to try the new Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line. I’ve suffered from acne ever since I was a teenager. I was hoping when I got older and ate cleaner that the acne would disappear but it never did. Today my acne is almost non-existent but when that monthly time comes, I still get minor breakouts. The Acne Care Line will launch September 16th at all Pure + Simple locations as well as online. Finally, a skincare line that is effective in combating acne from a local Toronto brand! Here’s proof that you don’t need to put overly strong chemicals on your face (I’m looking at you Proactiv!) to get clear skin.

Acne Care line
Purifying Black Mud Cleanser

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Sodium Laurol Oat Amino Acids (Non-Irritating Surfactant), Decyl Glucoside (Coconut/Corn Derived Cleansing Agent), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil*, Coco Glucoside (Coconut Derived Cleansing Agent) Coconut Alcohol (Non Drying Emulsifier), Glycerin*, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived Emulsifier, Emoliant and Moisturiser), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Sucrose Polysoyate (Natural emolient), Gluconolactone (Fruit Acid) + Sodium Benzoate (Food grade Preservative), Soluble Collagen (Marine Derived), Maris Limus (Black Mud), Xanthan Gum, Lemongrass*, Ylang Ylang*, Turmeric*, Petitgrain*.   *Organic ingredients.

This creamy cleanser smells nicely of lemongrass and ylang ylang. I find this cleanser easier to spread on a damp face. You need only a couple of pumps to cover your face. The cleanser washes away cleanly and the lemongrass scent is refreshing. The scent can be a little strong until you get used to it. But once washed away it does dissipate. Black mud is a great ingredient known for its detoxifying and purifying properties. Lemongrass has natural astringent properties and is anti-microbial as well as anti-bacterial. Ylang Ylang is anti-inflammatory and helps to regulate sebum production. Aloe vera and shea butter provide gentle hydrating and moisturizing while also healing the skin. No wonder I like this cleanser so much! For those with super sensitive skin I would advise to use this cleanser sparingly at first to see how your skin reacts. Then if your skin is okay with it you can use it as directed. I used this cleanser during my “time of the month” and got only one large pimple. But that pimple is already disappearing as I continue to treat it with the Acne Care Line.

Cost: $28.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Anti-Bac Pine Mint Skin Tonic

Ingredients: Pinus Sylvestris (Pine)*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)*.   *Certified organic ingredients.

Love the super simple ingredients list for this skin tonic. Pine is useful in treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and is anti-bacterial. Peppermint is anti-septic, anti-microbial and can help control oil secretion. I find this tonic a bit too strong for my skin so I like to mix it with the Healing Immortelle Tonic. Still, it’s a wonderful tonic that helps keep my skin matte and calm. It smells great too! The pine and peppermint scents are not strong at all. So this tonic should be okay for those with sensitive noses.

Cost: $26.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 4/5

Clarifying Black Cumin Oil

Ingredients:

Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Oil*, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) OilCertified organic ingredients.

A lovely mellow yellow oil, this one packs some powerhouse ingredients. Black cumin oil is known for nourishing the skin while reducing acne and scarring. It is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Read more about black cumin on the Holistic Vanity blog. Babassu oil is great for healing skin irritations, has cooling properties, and helps to rebalance the skin. I loved that this oil is absorbed into my skin quickly without leaving me feeling like a grease ball. Some oils can tend to sit on the surface of the skin but these did not.

Cost: $43.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Balancing Black Mud Turmeric Lotion

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil*, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes and Water, Glycerin*, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract, Maris Limus (Black Mud), Sclerotium Gum, Tocopherol, Lemongrass*, Ylang Ylang*, Turmeric*, Petitgrain*.  *Certified organic ingredients.

This lotion is about medium thickness and a soft beige colour. Some of the amazing ingredients from the cleanser are also present in this lotion. I can definitely smell the lemongrass in this lotion as well as the black mud. I didn’t mind it though, as once my skin absorbed the lotion the scent goes away. I also loved this lotion. It kept my skin matte and yet velvety feeling. My skin has been feeling smoother with all of the products in the Acne Care Line so I really can’t complain.

Cost: $50.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Overall review:

I predict the Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line will be really popular. So many people suffer from acne and this skin care line will help many people. It’s certainly helped me control my acne breakouts. I’ve noticed that my skin is clearer, smoother and less pimple prone. An intro kit is available for those wishing to try before buying the larger sizes.  Keep in mind though, that you also have to eat cleaner to have better skin. No amount of amazing skin care products will help your skin if you are eating mostly processed foods, lots of animal proteins and GMOs.

**Products provided for consideration but all opinions are my own.


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Odylique Purifying Facial Wash, Balancing Tonic and Superfruit Concentrate

Odylique is an organic and free-trade UK brand founded by Margaret Weeds that recently launched their US website. I was contacted by Odylique to test out some of their products and I gladly agreed. I’ve wanted to try their products for some time but the shipping and duty costs can be quite exorbitant to and from the UK. It’s great that I can now order from the USA site if I wish.

Lemon and Tea Tree Purifying Wash

Ingredients: Aqua, Coco glucoside, Olea europaea fruit oil*, Sodium olivate*, Glycerine**, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Citrus limon peel oil*, Cymbopogon citratus leaf oil*, Melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil*, Lactic acid, Levulinic acid, P-anisic acid, Sodium levulinate, Xanthan gum, citral* and limonene* (in the essential oils) *Organically grown and produced ** Organic origin (total 70%)

Plain English: Aloe vera juice*, Gentle cleanser from coconut & corn glucose, Extra virgin olive oil*, Saponified extra virgin olive oil*, Non-palm plant glycerine**, Essential oils of Lemon*, Lemongrass* and Tea Tree*, Plant origin stabilisers

I love the fresh smell of this facial wash. You can really smell the tea tree, lemon and lemon grass. I would consider the scent mild for those that are scent sensitive. Once you wash this off your face the scent doesn’t linger. Also, despite the coconut derived glucose it didn’t break out my sensitive and acne prone skin. It lathers up easily with just a dime sized amount in my palm on a damp face. Washing this off my face my skin feels matte and clean. I noticed that as I used this cleanser the frequency of my breakouts decreased.

Cost: Full size, $35.00 USD, 200 ml / 6.8 oz (travel size: $14.00 USD, 30 ml / 1.7 oz)
Available at: Odylique UK, Odylique USA
Brand Origin: United Kingdom
Rating: 5/5

Balancing Citrus Super Tonic

Ingredients: Rosa centifolia flower water*, Alcohol*, Calendula officinalis flower extract*, Cananga odorata flower oil*, Citrus aurantium bergamia peel oil*, Citrus limon peel oil*, Citrus sinensis peel oil*, limonene* (in the citrus essential oils). *Organically grown & produced (100% of product)

Plain English: Rose flower water*, Sugar-cane alcohol* (Food grade and fermented from organic sugar cane, this alcohol forms part of the botanical extraction of the biodynamic herbs. Please note that we do not add any alcohol to the product – there is a very small amount of organic alcohol residue contained in one of the ingredients; a biodynamic herbal tincture. By law this must be listed on the product label.) Calendula flower extract*, Essential oils of Bergamot* (bergaptene-free), Lemon*, Sweet orange*, and Ylang ylang*

I have to say that I’m loving the smell of Odylique’s products. I notice that this tonic also contains some citrus essential oils. Since I’m a fan of citrus smells I love this product as well. The alcohol makes this tonic a bit too drying for my skin despite the rose flower water and calendula flower extract. So I use this sparingly and it helps to balance and mattify my skin. Note that this tonic is for those with normal, oily, mature skin.Those with dry skin would want to try the Calming Rose Super Tonic.

Cost: $29.00 USD, 50 ml / 1.69 oz
Available at: Odylique UK, Odylique USA
Brand Origin: United Kingdom
Rating: 4/5

Organic Superfruit Concentrate

Ingredients: Persea gratissima fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinensis seed oil*, Rosa canina fruit extract*, Punica granatum seed extract*, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract*, Rosmarinus officinalis extract* Organically grown/produced (100% of product) Plain English: Cold-pressed avocado oil, Jojoba oil*, Concentrated extracts of Pomegranate*, Rosehip*, Rosemary* and Sea buckthorn fruit*

Plain English: Cold-pressed avocado oil*, Jojoba oil*, Concentrated extracts of Pomegranate*, Rosehip*, Rosemary* and Sea buckthorn fruit*

There are some lovely ingredients in this superfruit concentrate. This concentrate is orange in colour. But don’t worry, the colour disappears when you work it into your skin. In texture it feels like a middle weight oil. The smell of the oil is slightly nutty due to the avocado and jojoba oil. The astringency of the rosemary comes through as well. I found the avocado oil a bit heavy for my skin type. If I use this daily I would actually break out. So I like to use this as skin treatment once a week. When my skin is really dry this concentrate helps to rehydrate my skin beautifully.

Cost: $60.00 USD, 30 ml / 1.7 oz
Available at: Odylique UK, Odylique USA
Brand Origin: United Kingdom
Rating: 4/5

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Flowers to Fragrance, Cleanser and Deodorant

Lavender and Geranium Cleansing Lotion

Ingredients: Water, Emulsifier Wax, Sweet Almond Oil, Rose Hydrosol, vitE Grapefruit Seed Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil

I love the simple ingredients list for this cleanser! It is thick in texture and when I apply it to my face it feels simply luxurious. Sweet almond oil and rose hydrosol provide the moisturizing elements. Grape seed extract contains vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid which is great for healing the skin. Lavender essential oil and geranium essential oil reduces inflammation, balances, tones and purifies the skin. This cleanser was super gentle on my skin and didn’t make my skin react at all. This is a great cleanser all year around and feels most soothing in the dry winter months. As for scent, you can smell the essential oils in it but the scent is mild and dissipates once I finish washing my face. I love the smell of lavender which is calming and I would pump some of the cleanser in my hand and then breathe in a few breaths before spreading the cleansing lotion on. What a treat to have lavender from a local farm in this lovely cleansing lotion! I would definitely buy this again and even give it away as a gift to my loved ones.

Cost: $19.99 CAD, 250 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Flowers to Fragrance
Rating: 5/5

Deodorant Spray in Citrus Lavender

Ingredients: Witch hazel, vegetable glycerin, sea salt, lemon essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, orange essential oil, cypress essential oil, lavender essential oil, coriander essential oil, geranium essential oil.

This deodorant works but it last that long for me. Maybe it’s my body chemistry, but I would find myself slightly smelly the next morning when I got up. Given that this is a natural deodorant that is mostly made up of just essential oils I think that’s pretty great. But for those who are super active or are detoxing, this might not work for them. I’ve finished this deodorant up before the summer has gotten really hot or humid so I’m not sure how well it would hold up in that kind of weather. I do love the smell of this deodorant however. The citrus oils are such a refreshing smell. The skin on my arm pits is pretty sensitive so I’m happy to report that I didn’t have any reaction to the ingredients. I’m currently undecided if I will repurchase this again.

Cost: $11.99 CAD, 250 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Flowers to Fragrance
Rating: 3/5


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April / May: Empties

 

Beautiful Curls, Reviving Tonic – No review

I bought this at my local Whole Foods store. I was sorely disappointed in this product. It didn’t do anything to “revive” my curls on day two after washing. It also didn’t help to keep the frizz at bay. I’m not going to repurchase this item.

Cost: $ 9.99 CAD, 295 ml / 10 oz
Available at: Whole Foods, Beautiful Curls, iHerb, Vitacost
Rating: 2/5

Pure Chimp, Super One Facial Oil – No review

I received this in the previous Green Beauty Swap from Katie Vibes. Unfortunately when I started using it on my face I started breaking out. It’s too bad because I really loved the smell of this oil (banana extract). I finished it off using it as a body oil and didn’t have any further problems with breaking out.

Cost: $13.95 GBP, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Pure Chimp
Rating: 3/5

Silkka Garden Apothecary, Blossom Hydration Mist Review

Another lifesaver for me during winter, this hydration mist smells like a floral paradise. Loved it! What can I say? I love floral scents. This mist was super hydrating and gentle on my sensitive skin. I have to confess, at times I would also use it as a perfume! I would definitely repurchase this product.

Cost: $ 15.00 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Silkka Garden Apothecary
Rating: 5/5

Silkka Garden Apothecary, Grapefruit + Mint Cleansing Balm Review

This multi-purpose balm was a lifesaver during the winter months. It really helped to moisturize my face when it was extremely dry this winter. I also loved using it as a cleansing balm. I have acne prone, sensitive skin and it didn’t break me out at all. I would repurchase this product, especially during the winter months. When I finished it off recently I’d been using it as a body balm and it works great in that function as well!

Cost: $ 17.00 CAD, 50 ml / 1.6 oz
Available at: Silkka Garden Apothecary
Rating: 5/5


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Product Review: Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt


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I’m always looking for ways to stretch my buck. I like the idea of living with less and valuing what I do spend my money on. So one of the ways I make my cleansers stretch longer is by using something like Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt. This micro-fibre mitt can take off makeup with just water. According to the website the micro-fibre is many times thinner than human hair. “When wet they create a hydromechanical process that breaks the surface tension of the oils that bond makeup to the skin. This emulsion is then easily swept away by the mitt.” Let me tell you this mitt really does work. I could probably just use this mitt to remove my makeup. But I like to double cleanse. So I then use a two ingredient cleanser to wash my face after using the mitt. I love this mitt because if I’m traveling I could just pack this mitt and call it a day. It’s light and dries easily after I’ve cleaned it. Plus it’s so easy and fast to use. So ladies you’ve got no more excuses. After a long night of partying (or working) it would just take a few minutes to remove your makeup with this mitt before going to bed. I’ve repurchased this mitt many times and continue to do so.

Cost: $18.00 CAD
Available at: Pure + Simple, Jane Iredale.ca
Rating: 5/5


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DIY: Two Ingredient Facial Cleanser

I actually found this recipe on the Girl Meets Real blog but I like it so much I wanted to share it with everyone.


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Here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

1-2 tablespoons chickpea flour (aka gram flour, Besan)

1-2 tablespoons ground oats

Instructions:

Grind oats in a blender or food processor until finely milled. You can keep it grainy if you prefer that texture. Once the oats are ground, combine with the chickpea flour and place into a container. A small jar works best. To use, put desired amount in your hand and mix with water then apply to your face.

Tips/Notes:

-You can also use oat flour. But for some reason it’s more expensive to buy oat flour than to get whole oats and grind them yourself.
-Make sure you don’t combine the cleanser with water until you’re ready to use it. This recipe lacks preservatives, so pre-mixing with water will only make it expire sooner.
-If you wear light makeup or organic/natural makeup ½ a teaspoon was enough to remove the makeup from my face. If you wear heavier makeup you may need to cleanse twice.
-Oats are great for: absorbing and removing excess oil and bacteria from your skin, exfoliates dead skin cells, helps to fight dull, flaky dryness, enhances wound healing, improves collagen deposition, healing dry and itchy skin. Source
-Chickpea flour is great for: reducing oiliness, fighting pimples, and naturally lightens the skin. Source

Thanks to Tehmina of Girl Meet Real blog for letting me repost this recipe