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FRESH LOOK: Follain

It’s time for FRESH LOOK – where I share a favourite green beauty item, shop or site that’s revamped its look and branding! This is a completely new series – as are a lot of my series posts, but I’m diggin’ the idea. Whaddya think?

This past month green beauty shop and native to Boston Follain revamped their website, and I am SO into it! From their layout to their swatches of product, right down to their ingredient descriptions and restricted ingredient list….Follain has GOT IT GOING ON!

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Meow Meow Tweet!

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When I first discovered Meow Meow Tweet, the first thing I thought was “HOW FREAKING AWESOME IS THIS COMPANY’S NAME!?!” but for real, though. Brilliant! Especially for a company that concocts all organic, vegan products with pure, natural and organic ingredients. Meow, meow indeed. I like a lot!

 

With more buzz than a bee, Meow Meow has been getting around with the press! Featured in popular magazines, renowned blogs, websites and more! So, I thought to myself, they MUST  be doing something right.

 

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Browsing their website was like eye-candy in itself! Bright, cheerful and colourful vibes all over the place! Suuuuper cute, simple, yet totally cool packaging. I couldn’t get enough! So, here I am..to tell YOU a few products I’m loving right now!

 

(From left to right) Face Exfoliant, Face Oil, Face Toner, Body Oil – Juniper Mint, Face Cleanser and Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream with Grapefruit, and (not pictured, cus I forgot…) Vegan Lip Balm – Rosemary EucalyptusProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

 

This little Mini-Travel Migrator Kit that you see above has been a Godsend! I was out of town last weekend and it made the trip with me. Lightweight, It’s perfect for traveling, for sticking in your purse (especially the deodorant and body oil) and they’re all the perfect little size!

 

I love all of the products, but some of my favourites would have to be the Face Toner, Body Oil and Deodorant Cream. Here’s a little rundown of what my faves do, and some of the ingredients in them:

 

Face Toner:

This toner is great for a daily toning of the face for all skin types. Especially those with combination and blemish prone skin. This awesome toner can also be used as a makeup setter spray, aftershave (spray on to avoid ingrown hairs) and a scalp spray for dandruff. Gotta love a product that does more than just one thing!

 

Its ingredients are: hammamelis virginiana (wild harvested witch hazel) distillate, aqua (water), *rosa damascena (rose) hydrosol, *vegetable glycerin, *acetic acid (apple cider vinegar), *lavendula angustofolia (lavender), *pelargonium graveolens (geranium), *cymbopogon martini (palmarosa), *helichrysum italicum (immortelle) essential oils. (All the ingredients starred are certified organic)

 

Body Oil – Juniper Mint:

This fresh and woody juniper berry scented oil combines with crisp peppermint and herbal rosemary to calm, tone and treat dry or weathered skin. I had no idea, but apparently it can also be used as a scalp treatment to promote hair growth and help with dandruff. Again, Meow Meow is killin’ it with the multiple/different ways of using their products! Getting more bang for your buck!

 

Its ingredients are: *helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, *cannabis sativa (hempseed) oil, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, *cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *juniperus communis (juniper) essential oil, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oil, *mentha piperita (peppermint) essential oil. (All the ingredients starred are certified organic)

 

Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream with Grapefruit:

Okay. Deodorant. A tricky area for me…not only because my pits need to have a serious detox (read more on what that entails) but because I reaaaally love a great smelling armpit. That always proved a bit difficult for me when it came to natural, organic deodorants. But not anymore! This baking soda free deodorant cream made the switch to natural deodorant A LOT easier. If you have ever struggled with underarm sensitivity from baking soda, then this is definitely for you! Meow Meow has taken their well-loved classic deodorant cream and made a few modifications to create this new formula, perfect for those with sensitive skin and just as effective. It’s designed without baking soda and clay – what can cause sensitivities on some – this recipe uses dietary magnesium and arrowroot powder to help control moisture and odor. Interesting, right? Nourishing plant oils and butters soothe and condition the skin, and a really lovely blend of citrusy essential oils keeps you smelling so fresh and so clean-clean throughout the day! Two thumbs up!

 

Its ingredients are: *maranta arudinacea (arrowroot) powder, *butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, magnesium hydroxide, *cocos nucifera (virgin coconut) oil, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, *cirus paradisii (grapefruit) essential oil, *citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, *citrus sinensis (sweet orange) essential oil, *citrus limon (lemon) essential oil. (All the ingredients starred are certified organic)


 

Now, onto another important smelly (the good kind) topic! Natural perfumes. Oh boy..this can also be a doozy. Essential oils are essential (hehe) in this arena, as well as plant extracts and absolutes (they’re similar to essential oils).

 

Stilllife is Meow Meow Tweet‘s line of natural perfumes. Pictured below is the Perfume Sample Set, in which there are 1/2 ml samples of the full line. Certified organic, and certified nose-pleasing! Here is the rundown of what they offer for scents:

 

Dreamtiger: Sweet, Fruity & Floral with a Woody Undertone with notes of Blood Orange, Ylang Ylang & Vetiver

Wild Heart: Floral, Brassy, & Fresh with notes of Rose, Geranium, Jasmine & Wood

Macondo: Grassy & Bold with a Tinge of Sweetness with notes of Wild Sage, Bergamot, Balsam & Fir

Green CockatooWarm, Sweet and a Little Smokey with notes of Tobacco, Jasmine & Vanilla

ArgonautCrisp, Bright & Herbaceously Floral with notes of Violet, Clary Sage & Patchouli

 

My two favourite scents would have to be Macondo and Green Cockatoo! It’s pretty conclusive of my personality and what I lean towards in the scent department. Candle-wise too!

 

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And, because you just MUST…check out Meow Meow Tweet‘s social media handles below:

 

Instagram: @meowmeowtweet

Twitter: @meowmeowtweetny

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meowmeowtweet

Tumblr: http://icatsoap.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/meowmeowtweet

 

Here’s a rad little New Wave playlist to close out this feature today! Enjoy it, and thanks again for hangin’ with me!

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Laurel. Plants, Love, Science

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Plants. Herbs. Flowers. All beautiful things, and incredibly beneficial to our well-being. Not only within the food pyramid, but for our bodies and skin. So, what makes Laurel different from any other line of organic skincare? Their whole plant, flower and herb based ingredients. Their biodynamic and raw, unrefined whole plant ingredients. Their purity, unmatched.

 

I was incredibly excited to try out Laurel and after about a week of testing these lovely products (aren’t they packaged so elegantly?), here’s a quick little review of their benefits, ingredients and why you should try them out!

 

Why Laurel is different:

  • No water, no alcohol, no fillers: ONLY beneficial active plants
  • 100% Whole Plant Organic Formulas
  • No chemically refined plant ingredients
  • No toxins or synthetics of any kind
  • Handmade with love
  • Artisan farm sourced ingredients

 

You sold yet? I am. Properly nourishing your face and skin is just as important as nourishing your body. Laurel balances, cleanses, nourishes and heals. Almost imm ediately.


Hands down one of my favourite Laurel products to use at the moment. The Anti-inflammatory Serum does exactly what you think it does. It soothes, calms, and restores your skin. If I’m just a little bit red around my jawline, or nose, I gently pat it on those areas. It works wonders to dry skin too, and it has plant ingredients in it that have been linked to sun-protection. Here’s a little overview:

 

Skin type:

  • Sensitive / Rosacea / Inflamed / Acne / Reactive skin
  • 100% Whole Plant Organic
  • 25 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:
    • Borage  reduces inflammation, high in essential fatty acids, prevents wrinkles and scarring
    • Blue Chamomile – cooling, anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerative for skin, and heals scars
    • Baicall Skullcap – a powerful anti-inflammatory, used to manage all types of inflammation in the body, and rich in antioxidants
    • Helichrysum – anti-inflammatory, cleansing, antiseptic, and cell regenerating
    • Lemon balm – high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and helps heal inflamed/problem skin

 

“The Anti-Inflammatory facial serum is an ideal moisturizer for sensitive skin, cystic acne, and rosacea, as well as all skin types suffering from any signs of inflammation. Signs of inflammation include dry patches, redness, uneven skin tone, breakouts, eczema, collagen loss, broken capillaries, and so on. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and rapid absorption, as well as its healing and soothing nature, are truly transformative.

 

This serum features a whole plant blend of: Chinese Skullcap, LicoriceChamomile, and Astragalus to help to reduce inflammation, soothe dry patches, treat broken capillaries, even skin tone, and reduce redness, as well as breakouts. Addressing inflammation is step one of of ALL skin care regimes, because when the skin is inflamed, it cannot function in a healthy way. An earthy, herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Helichrysum, Lemon Balm, Blue Chamomile, Neroli, and Myrrh is added to calm, soothe, and restore skin health.

 

**Like the other Laurel Whole Plant Organic serums, this serum also contains plants that have been linked to sun protection, such as Red Raspberry Seed, Cranberry Seed, and Jojoba.**”

 

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This Healing Balm is THE BOMB…or should I say the balm? (But really.) This thing works miracles. For example, I had some sort of dry patch near my mouth, applied a dab on it before bed and woke up to it completely soft and restored. Crazy! I love when products just simply work!

 

Skin type:

  • All skin types
  • 100% Whole Plant Organic
  • 14 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:

    • Helichrysum – anti-inflammatory, cleansing, antiseptic, and cell regenerating
    • Tamanu – anti-inflammatory, wound healing, antibacterial, stimulates skin immunity, treats broken capillaries, delays onset of freckles and hyper-pigmentation
    • Pomegranate – a powerful antioxidant, deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer
    • Calendula – promotes cellular healing, has beneficial skin restoration properties
    • Lavender – anti-inflammatory, promotes growth of new cells, calming and cooling to skin

 

“The Healing Balm is a truly magical heal-all and can benefit any skin type. From extremely sensitive faces, to occasional cuts and scrapes, and on to more extreme cases of eczema or dermatitis – this is a must have for any medicine cabinet. This balm features a whole plant blend of Calendula, Comfrey, Lavender, Yarrow, Marshmallow, and Self Heal to soothe, heal, calm inflammation, and treat irritations. A sweet herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Lavender, Lemon Balm, and Helichrysum is included to soothe, heal, and treat skin irritations.”

 

That Self Heal ain’t a joke. This balm will be a mandatory staple for my skincare regimen for years to come!

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Just the name “elixir” sounds magical to me. This Facial Elixir: Oily/Combination is absolutely that.

 

Skin type:

  • Oily / Combination / Acne
  • 99% Whole Plant Organic
  • 22 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:
    • Chamomile – anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, softens and protects, soothes and calms all skin types
    • Neroli – regenerates skins cells, improves skins elasticity
    • Lavender – anti-inflammatory, calming and cooling to skin, promotes growth of new cells, and has a balancing action of oil production
    • Meadowsweet – astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing, and helps calm rashes and irritation
    • Lemon Balm – high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and helps heal inflamed/problem skin

“The Oily/Combination Elixir is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and refreshing to the skin. It is full of bioavailable nutrients, which make it a powerful anti-aging tool.

This nutrient dense elixir features Calendula, which is a soothing antimicrobial, as well as wound healing Self Heal and Meadowsweet.Chamomile and Helichrysum are soothing and anti-inflammatory, reducing any redness. Licorice, Rose Geranium, and Rose encourage balance and detox. Neroli, Frankincense, and Lavender are all abundantly strong notes in this blend, making skin regeneration paramount. Non-alcoholic and non-drying Witch Hazel is high in antioxidants, reduces swelling, and helps to relieve congested skin. A soft, fresh, herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Lavender, Neroli, Lemon Balm, Helichrysum, andRoman Chamomile is included to soothe, clear, and heal troubled skin types.”

SO GREAT!

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So those are some of my favourite products, and here are two amazing extras! You can read more about them by clicking on their photos! :)

 

Facial Cleanser: Oily/Combination

 

Facial Exfoliant: Almond Grain

 

 

You can follow Laurel on..

Instagram: @laurelskin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurelWholePlantOrganics

Twitter: @laurelskin

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/laurelwpo/

 

Thanks for reading, see you again soon! Xo

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Ursa Major Is Out Of This World

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Hello and Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m very excited about today’s featured organic skincare line, Ursa Major! Their products are simple, pure and they maintain a minimal, essential skincare line that just plain works. I mean, they even clearly state:

 

“We believe anything’s possible in life when you look and feel your best.”

 

I don’t think anyone can really disagree with that statement. When you feel your best, you tend to also look your best – you radiate from the inside out. Ursa Major’s products definitely make me feel good, and let me tell you, their ingredients alone will do that.

 

Before you start skeptically thinking “Oh, Sammie is totally paid to say all these great things. They’re probably not all that…”  I just want you to know that all of the products that I have been reviewing or featuring are nothing but my honest-to-goodness opinion. I would not feature anything on my blog that I don’t enjoy or actually use. Same goes for my music! Just wanted to get that out there.


 

So, let’s jump right in! I have been on the hunt for a nice little shaving cream, and one that is unisex is a plus (hey boyfriend, you can borrow it if ya like! *wink*)! Ursa’s Stellar Shave Cream is nothing short of Stellar. Ursa Major describes it as:

 

a nourishing, concentrated, non-lathering shave cream.”

– Actively nourishes the skin
– Soothes & hydrates
– Close, comfortable nick-free shave
– Soap-free formula offers unbeatable post-shave feel

 

It is exactly all of that. The shaving cream aroma in itself, blending in hints of ginger, grapefruit, vetiver (LOVE) and bergamot (DOUBLE LOVE), is enough to want to use it all the time – even at the slightest bit of hair on my leg. I mean, let’s be real. Ladies, you need this shaving cream. Men, you also need this shaving cream. You’ll all thank me later.

 

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Face Balms, face balms, face balms…ahhh where do I begin? I love ’em. But particularly this Fortifying Face Balm with aloe, carrot, kendi and myrtle. Ooof, a doozy of amazing stuff right?! The ingredients just make me so happy!

 

This lightweight moisturizer has some amazing benefits for your skin:

 

-Anti-aging properties (increases firmness and elasticity)
-Deep hydration that is lightweight, almost a serum-like texture, plus it’s fast-absorbing!
-Strong calming and antiseptic properties to help soothe irritated skin (aka mine, cus let’s be real, it gets irritated)

 

And the aroma is somewhat herbal-y. Lavender, lime, spearmint and rosemary. HELLO! I freakin’ love this stuff. Seriously, my go-to every morning and night. Cannot get enough.

 

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So, if you weren’t sure of the difference between lotions, creams and balms…here’s a little run down for you! Lotions, creams and balms all have one common goal, to hydrate, treat and repair dry skin. However, the difference between these three products is the consistency, thickness and the depth of moisturizing and repair.

 

A lotion has the lightest consistency of the three and is designed mainly for light-weight topical moisturizing. Generally, lotion will moisturize skin for a brief period of time and does not contain agents to treat and repair skin.

 

A cream has mid to light consistency that is usually used on the face area. Generally, a cream is formulated for the face with additional anti-aging and treatment ingredients added to achieve a desired skin outcome.

 

A balm has a denser consistency and is designed not only to hydrate the skin but to also treat and repair dry skin such as hands, joint areas and feet. A balm helps to repair, protect and nourish the skin.

 

So there you go! :)

 


 

I have a little bonus treat! Yes, it is definitely a treat. The Trailside candle by Ursa Major! This is my first candle that is all-natural scented, and made from scratch right over yonder in Vermont. (Ursa’s headquarters.)
This 100% natural soy wax candle has a blend of the most pure, most beautiful scented (in my opinion) essential oils! It contains cedar, spruce, sandalwood, mint and orange. So, you know that it smells amazing!  What I love too about this candle is that it has a more subtle scent “throw” than the candles most of us are used to – with their synthetic fragrances and enhancers. I adore it, it’s the perfect gift – for yourself, or someone special.

 

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If you’d like to purchase Ursa Major’s wonderful products, as well as follow them on social media, click the links below!

Instagram: @ursamajorvt
Twitter: @ursamajorvt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ursamajorvt
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/UrsaMajorVT

 

Now, what kind of post would this be if I didn’t include a lil playlist or song? Lucky for you, I created this “Breakfast With Friends” playlist this morning and I’m loving it! Happy, bubbly, AWAKE…it’s a fun one! So, enjoy and thanks for reading!

 

 

Xo

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P.s. Happy happy happy birthday to my sweet baby sis who is turning 24 today! I LOVE YOU JORDIE!!! :)

Kiss My Honey is The Balm!

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Welcome back, friends!

I trust you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and spent some time with family/friends!

 

I wanted to introduce to you, and do a quick review on what you see right up there in that there photograph (I actually wrote that like I was reading that with a twang…). Kiss My Honey Lip Balm! My new obsession as far as lip balms are concerned. I have been wearing it on my lips now for a few days and notice a MEGA difference. No gimmicks here, folks. I don’t play around with lip stuff. I am a stickler for a good balm, mainly cus my lips can get so dry and goodness, it gets so annoying…but these two balms are just bliss! The ingredients are preservative free, chemical free, and paraben free. Not to mention their two flavours, Chocolate and Mint, are great.

 

So, let’s talk about the ingredients in these balms (specifically the Chocolate balm) for a hot minute!  They’re comprised of organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, organic unrefined Shea butter, vitamin E Grapefruit seed extract, organic sweet almond oil, organic peppermint essential oil (for mint flavored) and 100% chocolate flavor oil (chocolate flavored lip balm). Let me tell you what…I want chocolate every time I pop open that Chocolate lip balm lid. It smells THAT great.

 

The consistency of these balms is smooth, almost velvety like. It doesn’t have ANY stickiness whatsoever – which occurs often with some natural balms that use honey – and I LOVE THAT. Both Chocolate and Mint balms are colourless – which I prefer (for lipstick over it purposes). They just glide on over your lips with ease, leaving them feeling soft and “kissable” (haha) for forever! Even hours after the first fresh coat, my lips are so soft. It’s a nice change from all the crappy balms that just dry out, or have too much fragrance in them…including parabens and other non-quality ingredients. That being said, I can put the lip balm on before my lipstick of choice and it isn’t greasy or sticky, so the lipstick just glides on top of it with no issue at all and my lips look moisturized and softer. Who wouldn’t want that?!

 

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I have made up my mind recently that I am going to slowly transition my everyday cosmetics, beauty and body products – including all my daily makeup – from toxic to organic, natural, makeup. These balms are a great start! Baby steps, ladies. No need to rush. In fact, here’s a great blog post by the wonderful Amanda over at Organic Bunny about “How To Switch From Toxic Makeup to Natural Makeup“. I learned a lot, and will continue to keep on keepin’ on with this!

 

That’s all for today, folks! Thanks for reading, I hope these posts encourage, inspire, motivate, excite you, and all the other great verbs. If you’d like to purchase these balms, and find out more regarding Kiss My Honey lip products, you may do so HERE, as well as check out their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and blog!

 

And last – but certainly not least – here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ for ya music-heads (like myself). It has Honey in the track title…so, naturally, I had to. Plus, Joseph Arthur is wonderful. Like a quiet, restful nap on a Sunday afternoon. Enjoy!

 

 

xo