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Intelligent Nutrients, Styling Gel and Curly Hair Serum

Intelligent Nutrients, Styling Gel

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, 1 alcohol denat.,1,3 glycerin,1 acacia senegal gum,1 inulin,1 agave americana leaf extract,1 xanthan gum,1 citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil,1 ethyl palmate,1 nigella sativa (black cumin) seed oil,1,2 cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil,1,2 rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil,1,2 vitis vinifera (red grape) seed oil,1,2 vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil,1,2 mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil,1 cinnamomum camphora (ravintsara) leaf oil,1 rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil,1 menthol,1 elettaria cardamomum seed oil,1 cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) bark oil,1 vanilla planifolia fruit (natural flavor),1 rubus idaeus (red raspberry natural flavor type), 1 chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower oil,1 citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil,1 citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, 1 limonene,1,4 linalool,1,4 citric acid, tocopherol (vitamin e) 1 certified organic, 2 antioxidant intellimune® seed oil complex, 3 denatured using certified organic bergamot essential oil 4 naturally occurring component of organic essential oil blend

Ingredients wise, this gel has much of the same ingredients as the curly hair serum below. That’s not too surprising. I do like the certifications this product has: certified organic, leaping bunny, and green e org certified (renewable energy). The gel has a very mild, almost spearmint-like smell to it. The hold is medium to firm. A little bit goes a long way so if you like a light hold, use this sparingly. I did like this gel but it’s a bit pricey so I’m going to keep looking for another styling gel. I wish they had larger sizes of this gel available to make it more affordable. This gel works to tame my frizzy hair as well and I found it easier to control the type of hold I wanted with this product than the curly hair serum. It also doesn’t weigh my hair down nor leave too much product build up over time. I found I had to wash my hair more often with the curly hair serum.

Cost: $38.99 CAD, 200 ml / 7 oz
Available at: ThairIntelligent Nutrients Canada
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

IN-curly hair serum

Intelligent Nutrients, Curly Hair Serum

Ingredients: Aqua (water), glycerin,1 galactoarabinan, cetearyl alcohol, alcohol,1 sucrose,2 cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, diheptyl succinate, glyceryl stearat SE, pullulan, xanthan gum, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder,2 nigella sativa (black cumin) seed oil,2,3 cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil,2,3 vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil,2,3 vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil,2,3 rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil,2,3 euterpe oleracea (acai) fruit oil,2 aroma,2,4 lecithin,2 cathamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil,2 cetearyl glucoside, sorbitol, trehalose, acaia senegal gum, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, brassica alcohol, brassicyl isoleucinate esylate, glucanotactone, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, limonene,5 linalool,5 geraniol,5 citronellol,5 citral,5 tocopherol (vitamin e) 1 made using organic ingredients 2 certified organic 3 antioxidant intellimune® super seed oil complex 4 certified organic active aroma/flavor oils citrus noblis (mandarin orange) peel oil, pelargonium graveolens(geranium) flower oil, litsea cubeba (may chang) fruit oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, jasminum officinale (jasmine) oil, vetiveria zizianoides (vetiver) root oil, honey natural flavor type 5 naturally occurring component of essential oil blend

Let’s talk ingredients first. There are some natural emollient (diheptyl succinate), emulsifying (glyceryl sterate SE) and surfactants (xanthan gum) in this serum. Then there are the anti-oxidant ingredients (pumpkin, cranberry and raspberry seed oils) two of these oils are anti-inflammatory as well. Then there are the oils used for scent (mandarin, geranium, may chang, patchouli, bergamot, jasmine and vetiver). I normally don’t like the scent of vetiver but in this styling product the concentration is so small it’s quite hard to detect. Despite all the essential oils used in this product I found that the scent wasn’t overpowering. Once my hair was dry only a faint scent lingered and this dissipates throughout the day. Those with sensitive noses won’t need to be nervous using this product. As for the frizzies, this curly hair serum did work to keep them at bay. But I found the hold too firm for me. I couldn’t get the right amount in my hair. I was either putting too much or too little. So I’ve started adding this to my leave-in to dilute it enough so that my hair doesn’t get frizzy but also isn’t too crunchy. Like their styling gel I find this a bit pricey so I’m unsure if I will repurchase this. I will have to do some more experimentation with this product.

Cost: $35.99 CAD, 140 ml / 5 oz
Available at: ThairIntelligent Nutrients Canada
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

Have you tried any Intelligent Nutrient products?


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August/September: Empties

8-August-Sept Empties

Sudsatorium, Living in the Momint – Review to come

I’ve tried a number of Sudsatorium’s conditioners before and I can’t decide which ones I like the best. Each conditioner has its special qualities. I like Living in the Momint for its soothing scalp properties and it really helps keep my hair manageable, soft and shiny.

Cost: $11.95 CAD, 150 ml / 4.2 oz
Available at: Natural CodeEtsy
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Intelligent Nutrients, Styling Gel – Review to come

This styling gel has some impressive certifications! It’s certified organic, leaping bunny, and green e org certified (renewable energy). The gel has a very mild, almost spearmint-like smell to it. The hold is medium to firm. A little bit goes a long way so if you like a light hold, use this sparingly. I did like this gel but it’s a bit pricey so I’m going to keep looking for another styling gel.

Cost: $38.99 CAD, 200 ml / 7 oz
Available at: Thair, Intelligent Nutrients Canada
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

Intelligent Nutrients, Curly Hair Serum – Review to come

This curly hair serum keeps the frizzies at bay. But I found the hold too firm for me. I couldn’t get the right amount in my hair. I was either putting too much or too little. So I’ve started adding this to my leave-in to dilute it enough so that my hair doesn’t get frizzy but also isn’t too crunchy. Like their styling gel I find this a bit pricey so I’m unsure if I will repurchase this. Will have to do some more experimentation with this product.

Cost: $35.99 CAD, 140 ml / 5 oz
Available at: Thair, Intelligent Nutrients Canada
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 3/5

Parkdale Butter, Espresso Face BalmReview

This is a lovely face balm which I used over the summer. It’s a bit heavy for summertime use though its very hydrating and I love the smell of espresso. I enjoy Silkka Garden Apothecary’s Mint + Grapefruit Balm more so I won’t be repurchasing the Parkdale Butter Balm.

Cost: $24.99 CAD, 120 ml / 4 oz (also available in 60 ml size $14.99 CAD)
Available at: Parkdale ButterList of stockists
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 4/5

S W Basics, Cocoa Lip Balm – No review

This is a decent lip balm which kept my lips nicely hydrated. It’s slightly melty and soft so sometimes I would use a bit more than I intended. But all in all it’s a good lip balm.

Cost: $5.00 CAD, 4.5 g / 0.15 oz
Available at: Natural Code,
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

Have you ever tried any of these products or brands? If yes, what did you think?


Marie Veronique Advanced, PRO Collection

Marie Veronique generously sent me seven sample sizes from the PRO Collection to test out. I’ve been testing them for about a month now and I have to say that I’m amazed at the effects this collection is having on my skin. Read further for more details on each of the products.

Oil de Jour (vegan)

Ingredients: Camellia oleifera (camellia) oil, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Borago officinalis (borage) oil, Persea americana (avocado) oil, Olea europaea (olive) oil, Actinidia deliciosa (kiwi) seed oil, Salvia hispanica (chia seed) oil, Rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil, Sesamum indicum (sesame seed) oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli seed) oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate seed) oil, astaxanthin, Opuntia ficus indica (barbary fig seed) oil, Rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil, algae oil, Lycopersicon esculentum miller (tomato seed) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin. Essential oils: helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Cananga odorata (ylang ylang), Myrtus communis (green myrtle)

This oil was the first sample I finished off. Living in Canada, we were just coming out of winter when I started testing these products and my skin needed extra hydration. I’m so happy that MV has a vegan version of this oil. Taking a look at the ingredients list, this oil has a lot of powerhouse oils. Jojoba, olive, avocaodo and rosehip are well known oils for hydrating and nourishing the skin. Add in the Meadowfoam, camellia, borage, kiwi seed, chia seed, broccoli seed, pomegranate seed, Barbary fig seed and tomato seed oils and that is an amazing combination of antioxidant, and omega 3 goodness for your skin to drink in. Raspberry seed and astaxanthin provide protection from UV rays. I wouldn’t normally spend this much on a facial oil but there are so many great oils in this one that I can’t begrudge them the price tag. If you were to try and DIY you would end up spending more than what this bottle costs, especially if you go for organic oils.

Cost: $90.00 USD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique, Lilou Organics
Rating: 5/5

Eye Recovery Serum

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, sodium salicylate, isododecane (stabilized L-ascorbic acid), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), ferulic acid, n-acetyl glucosamine, niacinamide (vitamin B3), L-carnosine, dipalmityol hydroxyproline, silica, aminoguanadine, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate (Leucidal™), aspen bark. Essential oils: Myrtus communis (green myrtle), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Psidia altissima (lary)

This eye recovery serum will probably be the next sample I finish off as it’s become one of my favourites. I used to have really dark circles under my eyes. But using this serum, combined with eating better and sleeping better, my under eye circles are almost completely gone. There’s still a faint darkness but I’m confident that if I keep these healthy habits up they will disappear entirely. The serum feels slippery and almost thick but don’t let the consistency fool you. Once spread on the skin it forms a thin but nourishing barrier of protection. Olive oil, helichrysum and lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties help bring puffiness down. Green and white tea provide the anti-oxidants. Vitamin C, N-acetyl-glucosamaine and niacinamide help to brighten the skin. This serum is somewhat pricey for the size but again the ingredients are worth it. Plus, it’s worked wonders with my under eye circles. Many under eye creams promise to reduce under eye circles and don’t deliver. This one has been the exception, and I have tried so many! So yes, I would repurchase this again.

Cost: $75.00 USD, 15 ml / 0.5 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique, Lilou Organics
Rating: 5/5

Gentle Retinol Serum

Ingredients: Camelia sinensis (Green tea) infusion, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, vegetable glycerine, kombucha tincture, encapsulated retinol (7%), niacinamide (Vitamin B3), beta glucan, sodium salicylate, n-acetyl glucosamine, Photoaging Repair Complex™, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, isododecane (stabilized Vitamin C), mixed tocoperols (vitamin E), Argania spinosa (argan) oil, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip seed) oil, Rubis fruticosus (blackberry seed) oil, Brassica oleracia italica (broccoli seed) oil, rosemary oleoresin, preserved with Leucidal® Liquid and aspen bark. Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Carota daucus (carrot seed), Curcuma longa (curcuma), helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Cistus ladaniferus (cistus), Boswellia carterii (frankincense)

Normally I’m allergic to frankincense so I was pleasantly surprised that I’m able to use this serum without a reaction. Then again, frankincense is the last ingredient on this list so the percentage in the formulation isn’t enough to irritate my skin. I’m amazed how much my acne has really decreased using this product. When I do get new blemishes they are small and with a little treatment go away without much fuss. Some of the same anti-oxidants, nourishing and anti-inflammatory ingredients are in this serum from the previous products I’ve mentioned above. The price is a bit much for me though, so I’m knocking the rating down a bit. I’m going to see how my skin does without the retinol serum.

Cost: $110.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique, Lilou Organics
Rating: 4/5

Profoliation Mask

Ingredients: Lactic acid, camellia sinensis (green tea) infusion, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), xanthan gum, Solanum tuberosum (potato) flour, Cocos nucifera (coconut) flour, sodium salicylate, probiotic complex. Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium), Boswellia carterii (Frankincense), Citrus nobilis (orange), Citrus medica limonum. Active ingredient: 5% lactic acid

The first time I tried this mask I was a bit overzealous and put too much on my face. I quickly experienced a burning, itching sensation. Oh the joys of lactic acid. I had the common sense to wash it off immediately so there wasn’t any further skin irritation. When I tried it again I made sure not to use as much. Lactic acid is an AHA which is safe for all skin types. AHA’s aid with skin lightening, absorption, and reduces wrinkles. Plus the probiotics help to balance the skin’s microbiota. When I use this mask my skin feels soft, smooth and refined after washing it off my face. I like that it’s pretty much invisible once I put it on. I won’t go out shopping with the mask on, but I can walk around the house or our backyard without looking like a mud monster. It’s not the most expensive mask I’ve ever bought but it would be a bit of a splurge for the average consumer. I would repurchase this mask to keep it in my weekly rotation.

Cost: $50.00 USD, 50 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Rating: 4/5

Luminous Lightening Serum

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green tea), Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, vegetable glycerin, Vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, Sesamum indicum (sesame seed) oil, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip seed) oil, Rubus fructicosus (blackberry seed) oil, niacinamide (vitamin B3), sodium salicylate, N-acetyl glucosamine, Isododecane (stabilized l-ascorbic acid), uva ursi tincture, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Sambucus nigra fruit (elderberry) extract, crosspolymer/silica, Coffea Arabica (coffee) fruit extract, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), pearl powder, rice powder, centrophenoxine, resveratrol, Leucidal, Broussonetia kazinoki (paper mulberry) root extract, aspen bark, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) lecithin, xanthan gum, mixed tocopherols (non-GMO vitamin E), kombucha tincture, Rosemary oleoresin. Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Curcuma longa (tumeric), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Cistus ladaniferus (Cistus), Boswellia carteri (Frankincense), Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium).

The lightening serum in combination with the eye recovery serum has really helped my skin look amazing. It’s now smoother, glowing and my pigmentation spots are fading. Licorice root, bearberry, Viatmin C and green tea are known for lightening the skin. Plus the normal skin nourishing ingredients like grapeseed, sesame seed, rosehip, and sunflower help round out this lightening serum’s ingredients. This serum has a nice syrup-like texture that dries smooth. It looks a little darker coming out of the bottle than you would expect but what a lovely effect it has on my skin. So far this lightening serum is the fastest working one I have used. So if you have some super fast lightening that you need to do for an upcoming event this bottle will give you the effectiveness you need in a shorter period of time. As with most of Marie Veronique’s products they do not skimp on quality and the price reflects that. But wouldn’t you rather have one bottle of lightening serum that really works than lots of cheaper products that don’t? I can certainly say yes to that question. Marie Veronique kindly sent me the sample size bottle and that has lasted me over a month so far and the bottle isn’t empty yet!

Cost: $110.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Rating: 5/5

Redness Relief

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (calendula) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, glycyrrhiza uralensis (Chinese licorice) extract, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil, sodium salicylate, rutin, probiotic complex, glucosamine HCl, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), arabinogalactan, lycopene, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum. Essential oils: Psidia altissima (lary), curcuma longa (curcumin), helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)

Redness relief is full of anti-inflammatories and probiotics to help rosacea prone skin types. Its key ingredients are described on the website below. Already having the lightening serum and the eye recovery serum, I used the redness relief mostly around my nose. It has toned down the redness somewhat, but hasn’t eliminated it entirely. Of all the samples I was sent, this was the only one that disappointed me somewhat. I’m going to try the lightening serum around my nose to see what effect it has.

“Sodium salicylate, a powerful anti-inflammatory, limits frequency and severity of flushing episodes.

Rutin is a bioflavonoid that builds capillary strength.

Sea buckthorn oil creates an environment in which the human Demodex (a mite 50% more populous on rosacea-prone skin) fails to thrive.”

Cost: $80.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique, Lilou Organics
Rating: 3/5

Serum De Jour

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, sodium salicylate, isododecane (stabilized L-ascorbic acid), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), ferulic acid, probiotic complex, glucosamine HCl, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), astaxanthin, coenzyme-Q, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, Psidia altissima (lary), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil

This is a lovely serum. Its chock full of anti-oxidants. When used in conjunction with the oil du jour this serum can help protect against photo aging. Besides being full of anti-oxidants it also had a calming, soothing and hydrating effect on my skin. It also has a lovely light scent due to the lavender essential oil and neroli hydrosol. The scent will dissipate once absorbed into the skin. I have so many serums now, someone looking into my skin care cabinet might think I’m a serum addict! It’s hard not to become one when you love testing products so much. This serum is a great general serum to use on your skin daily to keep it well hydrated. I would repurchase this serum again.

Cost: $90.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Rating: 4/5

Overall I would say that the Marie Veronique Pro Collection is a very effective group of skin care products that each address a certain need or skin issue. Some products worked better for me than others. I’m going to repurchase my favourites and see how my skin does without the other products. I have to say, it was a joy smelling all of these products when I was using each of them. They all have a light herbal scent that differs with the ingredients. Some have a more citrus or sharp tang to them while others smell more earthy. Those who are scent sensitive need not worry though. The scents are not strong and dissipate once the item is absorbed into your skin. Now if only Lilou Organics
would carry the rest of the Pro Collection so I can buy them.

Samples were provided for review but all opinions expressed are my own.


February/March: Empties

Laidbare, From Dusk Till Dawn Vitamin C SerumReview

I’m currently undecided if I want to repurchase this serum. It seemed to work well on my under eye circles but didn’t do much for my skin tone.

Cost: $9.99 GBP, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: NaturismoLaidbare Naturaceuticals
Rating: 3/5

100% Pure, Candy BlushReview

This was a decent blush. But it’s certainly not very travel-friendly. One accidental drop and it shattered to pieces. I had to use it as a loose blush because of that. I love the colour but I’m not sure if I would repurchase this again.

Cost: $36.00 CAD, 9 g / 0.32 oz
Available at: Big Carrot100% Pure CanadaHusk
Rating: 4/5

Lily Lolo, Concealer (Samples) – No Review

My first time trying out the brand Lily Lolo came courtesy of Katie Vibes when she gave me the Lily Lolo Loose Powder Eyeshadow in Moonlight for the Green Beauty Swap. I really liked the eyeshadow, so I thought I would try more of Lily Lolo’s products. When Naturalla Beauty had a discount code on her blog, I happily bought some samples of the concealer from the Lily Lolo USA website. It looks like the concealer sample pack is no longer available on the Lily Lolo USA website which is a pity. For things like concealer and foundation I find it helpful to try the sample sizes before buying the full sized product. I bought the colours Nude and Caramel. Nude is about three shades too pale for me but works well for concealing my under eye circles. Caramel is also too light for my skin tone but is much closer to it. Now if they had another concealer a shade darker it would be a perfect match for me! I have already bought the full sized concealer in Caramel from White Apothecary.

Cost: Full Size: $21.00 CAD, 4.5 g / 0.16 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo USA, Lily Lolo UK
Rating: 4/5

Haut Cosmetics, Purifying Primer Review

This is still one of my favourite primers. I also like to use it in the evening as a kind of treatment cream when I’m breaking out. It helps keep my skin clear without having to use too much spot treatment. With my acne, I find a multi-pronged approach works well.

Cost: $ 59.00 CAD, 250 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics, Beauteabar
Rating: 5/5

Hurraw, Lip Balm in Vanilla BeanReview

My original review was for the grapefruit flavour so I decided to try a new flavour this time around. Hurraw doesn’t disappoint. My lips were still beautifully hydrated all day long with the Vanilla Bean flavour. I would definitely repurchase this balm.

Cost: $3.79 CAD
Available at: HurrawThe Big Carrot, Noah’s Natural Foods.
Rating: 5/5

Crawford Street, Tangerine Lip BalmReview

Another nice lip balm. This one was living in my purse for the longest time. Since this balm is more solid than others I’ve tried, it lasted longer and also doubled as face balm in a pinch. There isn’t much tangerine flavour to it but that’s okay. You don’t always want to taste your lip balm when you’re eating food. I would repurchase this in the future.

Cost: $5.00 CAD, 4 g / 0.15 oz
Available at: Logan & FinleyCrawford StreetClementine Fields
Rating: 4/5


January/February: Empties

100% Pure, Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Creamreview

Previously I had only tried a small sample of this body cream from Glam Goes Green. But when I was Christmas shopping I went to Husk and bought the full sized tube. I have to say, this stuff is the bomb! It smells like the world’s most yummiest, mouth watering vanilla cupcake. I’m not usually a fan of vanilla (and neither is hubby). But we both agreed that this stuff smells amazing. It’s not an overpowering scent either. It is subtle and sweet. Besides the lovely scent it actually is a really good body cream. It’s thick but I like to spread it on damp skin just after my shower and it still moisturizes really well if sparingly used. My skin feels silky smooth after using this body cream and of course smells like heaven. I love it! I will repurchase this again in the future.

Cost: $21.00 CAD, 236 ml / 8.0 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Green, 100% Pure, Husk
Rating: 5/5

Lavina, Organic Jojoba Oilreview

Hello mama! Here’s a lovely oil that can be used head to toe. I’ve been trying a lot of DIY recipes lately and I often see jojoba oil listed as one of the ingredients. It’s a really versatile oil and I’ve been loving it in my hair as well as on my face. I created my own DIY facial oil blend for nourishing and clarifying my skin. It’s been working so well I may not buy anymore facial oils in the future unless I’m tempted beyond measure. This one gets full marks because it ticks off all my criteria. Organic? Cold Pressed? Canadian business? Check, check and check!

Cost: $20.00 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Lavina
Rating: 5/5

Holistic Vanity, Brightening Hyaluronic Lotionreview

Holistic Vanity is another brand love affair for me. I like a lot of their products so you’ll see me mention them a lot on my blog. This lotion is lovely and soothing. Paired with the Antipodes brightening serum it’s a knock out team. The lotion is light enough to use for the day time but I like to use it at night. I must get some more of this soon.

Cost: $68.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

Antipodes, Apostle Skin-Brightening Serumreview

I have sensitive skin. So when I find a brightening serum that doesn’t irritate it, I tend to stay loyal unless I find something better. So far, I haven’t found any product better than this brightening serum. I’m a fan of convenience so I haven’t been rubbing my face with lemons, even though it may cost less. I’m still loving this serum so I will definitely repurchase this again!

Cost: $58.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1.0 oz
Available at: White ApothecaryUrb Organic Spa
Rating: 5/5

Have you tried any of these brands?


Brightener Serums for every budget level

Hi all, one of the most common complaints I hear about going eco-friendly is that it can be expensive. Not always! But you do have to know what you’re looking for sometimes. That’s where green beauty bloggers like myself come in. We post product reviews so you can get a better idea of what will work for your skin before spending a whole lotta money.

I’m of the mindset where if it works amazing for my skin I’m willing to spend a bit more. But I also pick and choose where I’m willing to spend more. Not all of the products I use are high end. You can do the same easily. If you’re like me and have spots on your skin (from acne or sun damage) then you want to use a brightener. Here are the best options I’ve found for brightener serums at every budget level. These products work great for my sensitive, acne prone combination skin type. Phew! That was a mouth full.

High Medium Low/DIY
La Bella Figura,
Modern Radiance Concentrate
Apostle Brightening Serum
Organic Lemons
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TO USE: Apply after cleansing the face and spritzing on some toner. TO USE: Apply after cleansing the face and spritzing on some toner. TO USE: Apply after cleansing the face. Dip a cotton ball in freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply it to your face. Let it sit on your skin for one hour and then rinse.
THE GOOD: This worked really well for my skin. I saw results really quickly. In as little as 4 days my spots were much lighter. Using just one pump a day can make this last longer. THE GOOD: Along with my Lavina Barbary Fig Seed Oil this is a winning combination for brightening. Very affordable in my books THE GOOD: It’s pretty easy and fool proof to use lemons for brightening. I recommend using organic lemons. Since you will be putting it on your face, its best to avoid pesticides as much as possible.
THE BAD: It’s expensive for the amount of product you get. THE BAD: Not as easy to find in Canada. Only some places carry this product. Antipodes has a USA website though and hails from New Zealand. THE BAD: It can take a while to see results using lemons. Also you have to avoid being out in the sun as using this can make your skin sensitive to sun exposure.
COST: $155 CAD
30ml / 1.0 oz
COST: $38.00 CAD
30 ml / 1.0 oz
COST: cheap!
Clementine Fields, Husk
Available AT:
White Apothecary, Urb Organic Spa
your local grocery store

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Product Review: @AntipodesNZ , Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum


Ingredients: aqua (wairewa water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice, Cyathea medullaris (mamaku) extract, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, sclerotium gum, Vitis viniferia (grapeseed) extract, xantham gum, Vitis vinifera (grapeseed) extract, Actinesis chenensis (kiwifruit) skins, Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed extract, Gandoderma lucidum (reishi) mushroom extract, fragrances of apple and cardamon: benzyl benzoate*, cinnamyl alcohol*, citral*, citronellol*, d-limonene*, eugenol*, farnesol*, geraniol*, linanool*

*Component of essential oil

This serum is the colour of grape juice and smells very berry-like to me. It must be the raspberry seed extract that I’m smelling. As for consistency it’s a liquid but it’s also almost gel-like. I love this serum! It’s been working wonders on my old acne scars as well as some pigmentation spots that I have. Besides working on the spots my overall skin tone is brighter and more even as well. I was previously using La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate (see review here). I can tell this is going to last me a while. I use just a dime sized amount once a day after I’ve cleansed and toned my face. I’m glad to have a found a more affordable replacement. Will I repurchase? You betcha!

Cost: $58.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1.0 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Urb Organic Spa
Rating: 5/5