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Aleavia: Relieve Your Skin

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I recently came across this skincare line that claimed to balance the pH of the skin and act as emollients or conditioners for the skin. The entire line, working in a “positive manner with the body’s bio-system to aid in skin restoration, which expedites the recovery and repair of skin from various unpleasant and unattractive skin conditions.” That was pretty impressive to me, and so, I dived right in to see if what these skincare products claimed to do was true.

 

Aleavia‘s products are alkaloid based bio-stimulants which actually feed a wide variety of friendly microorganisms on the skin causing the healthy bacteria to go into a feeding frenzy. This ultimately results in much higher activity levels of normal friendly bacteria. Over a short period of time, the “good guys” will completely overwhelm any harmful bacteria, virtually eliminating skin disorders of many types. These skin care products accomplish this on a molecular level using a combination of 100%-natural, organic, and environmentally safe ingredients.

 

Pretty great, right? I mean, why subject your skin to any sort of harsh chemical or toxic ingredient? Aleavia has been such a Godsend to me. Simple, cleansing, soothing, restoring and refreshing. I’ve been loving it!


Immerse Lavender Prebiotic Soothing Body Wash

Boy, was I ever impressed (still am) with this extremely moisturizing, and calming body wash. You know, I remember back in the day when I’d use a generic body wash (full of terrible ingredients) that claimed a lot of these same properties, but wasn’t living up to the hype. I’d wonder why my body felt super dry and almost “squeaky”…not realizing I had stripped it completely void of any natural and beneficial body oils. This body wash does exactly the opposite and is amazing and definitely leaves me smelling lovely, fresh and feeling smooth and clean.

 

Immerse Lavender Prebiotic Soothing Body Wash


Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover

No lie, my hands-down, favourite facial cleanser right now! When I want a serious cleanse from a full-face of makeup – this is it.

 

It’s hard to find an organic, chemical-free, natural oil based cleanser that does the job of completely getting off ALL makeup. Sometimes it’s tough because there isn’t enough lather, or you feel like you need to really “wipe” all of what’s left, off with a cloth or something. The best thing about Cleanse is it is 100% organic, and it removes make up quickly and entirely, all in one wash. Seriously, the best facial cleanser I’ve come across yet.

 

Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover

Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover


Restore Prebiotic Skin Restoration

This…spray…is…awesome! It was specifically created to take unhealthy skin and restore it back to healthier conditions. Of course, with all natural ingredients, the Restore spray is truly..well, restorative, ha. It not only can be used on your face and body, but your scalp as well. Lord knows with all the crazy ingredients in hair care products I’ve used year after year, prior to detoxing my skin/body care, my scalp needs some healing! It can tend to be dry, sometimes itchy, so I welcome any organic/clean hair care product that claims to soothe and restore.

 

Lately, after I shower, I towel dry my hair and section off some front pieces (where I get most dry) and spray it with Restore. It immediately feels refreshed and soothes any irritation I may still have – I’ve definitely noticed a difference! Along with the uses mentioned above, this spray is also great for those with rosacea, eczema, acne or scarring.

Restore Prebiotic Skin Restoration


I really do love this whole organic skincare/body care line and recommend it to anyone and everyone! The simple, prebiotic ingredients are seriously amazing and I can personally say that I am very happy with the results. I will continue to use Aleavia and look forward to healthier, happier skin!

 

You can find Aleavia on:

Instagram: @aleaviaskincare

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

 

xo

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Ok, so now for some long awaited music! I’m SUPER proud of this band (Les and Jake are good pals) – they’ve come a long way from their Nashville days to their recent move to L.A.! These dudes are SO talented! You can read more about them in an interview I did with them last year, here.

 

Their new song Someone Else has been on repeat since it released Tuesday! It’s sooo good. So go ahead, check out LANY:

 

If you’re keen, here are some of their upcoming tour dates! You DO not want to miss out on their shows!

 

May:
Supporting Tove Styrke:

 

June/July:
Maudlin Strangers tour:
June 18
Constellation Room in Santa Ana
June 19
The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ
June 20
Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, NV
June 22
The Loading Dock in Salt Lake City
June 24
El Corazon in Seattle, WA
June 25
Hawthorne Theatre Lounge in Portland, OR
June 29
Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, CA
July 1
The Echo in Los Angeles

 

July 31
Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL

S.W. Basics FTW!

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As basic (ha) and simple as S.W. Basics is – these amazing products are anything but boring or just “the norm”. S.W. is driving it home with their few ingredients and all natural, organic, minimal mantra.

 

Simplicity is the essence of awesome

 

Who could argue with that? Sometimes all you want is a skincare/body care line that is simple and clean! S.W. Basics brings that to the table, without a doubt. Here are a few products I dig, what they do and more!


Hibiscus Mask: S.W. calls this their “Slumber party essential”. I think it’s one, because it’s a mask and that’s a staple for a classic girl slumber party. Two, it is a bright burgundy colour…so, that’s girly! (Right?)

 

Besides all the girly nonsense, this mask does work! With a complexion-smoothing blend of organic hibiscus, French green clay, and organic lavender – it is sure to have your skin singin’ the “ooh’s” and “ahh’s”!

 

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Body Scrub“Dessert for your skin”, and maybe even for your mouth? But really, check out these ingredients! Mixed coarse organic demerara sugar and organic shredded coconut (for exfoliation) with some moisturizing organic coconut oil. That is DEFINITELY edible (I won’t lie, I tried some and dang…it’s TASTY), but I’m not saying you should eat it all and not salvage it for your body – because lemme tell you something, this scrub is so good that even the Huffington Post said it’d get you a boyfriend! That’s quite the statement!

 

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Last but certainly not least, we have…

Exfoliant: This is pretty self-explanatory – well, all of these S.W. products are. But this one, well, as a (past) exfoliant despiser, this one RULES. No micro-bead or harsh, jagged exfoliants in this lil guy! S.W. says it’s “kitchen-cabinet awesomeness”, and I completely agree. This newly USDA-Certified Organic concoction is made up of organic oat and almond flours that are not too rough but not too soft, mineral-rich sea salt, and tah-dah: a simple, nourishing, super-effective exfoliant that leaves your skin baby-butt soft and even glowing! GLOWING. I love a good glow!

 

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All-in-all, I’m super impressed with S.W. Basics successful attempt to create products that cater to a simple, clean and natural lifestyle. Nourishing and caring for your skin, whether you’re sensitive, oily, dry or whatever..these products are great at loving your body well! <3

 

You can find S.W. Basics on:

Instagram: @swbasicsofbk

Twitter:@swbasicsofbk

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

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

Tumblr: http://blog.swbasicsofbk.com/

 

xo

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Here’s a great song by The Morning Benders (also known as POP ETC) called “Cold War”! Enjoy!

 

Petit Vour Beauty Box

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Beauty Boxes have been all the rage lately, containing beauty samples and other skincare products (sometimes full sized) that make you look and feel beautiful, and – if you’re lucky – aren’t even released in stores yet! Not only are they great for the smaller sample sized products that won’t clog up your bathroom cabinets – but many of the subscriptions average out to less than 20 bucks a month, but still provide a value of twice that or more! That’s pretty great! The only downfall these boxes such as Ipsy, Birchbox and Glossybox (to name a few) have is, they don’t always contain products with the friendliest of ingredients. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found out you could get a beauty box that carried some safer, organic, cruelty-free and luxury (yes, luxury) vegan brands! It also has the cutest little French name! ;)

 

Petit Vour delivers monthly, wonderful little beauty products right to your doorstep. Inside your cute pink box, you’ll find four to five personalized beauty products for you to apply, blend, buff, lather, soak, and spray. These beauty samples are generously sized (and sometimes full-sized! Love that!), with enough product for you to figure out if it’s right for you. Thank goodness, cus Lord knows I am picky and always love trying samples before making a solid decision.

 

There are a few different options to choose from, one month, three months and six months. My pick and the best bang for your buck, is the one month at only $15. The $15 also includes free shipping and 20% of your order goes back to you! Pretty great deal, if you ask me!

 

What I Received In My Box:

 

  • Suntegrity’s “5 In 1” Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen – Tinted (sample size)
  • Lauren B’s Nail Couture nail polish (full sized)
  • Box Natural’s Luxe Towelettes (2 samples)
  • The Konjac Sponge Co’s French Pink Clay Facial Puff Sponge

 

I highly recommend signing up! It’s super easy and takes no time at all – plus, you can cancel at anytime! Head over to the Petit Vour website to get started!

 

You can find Petit Vour on:

Instagram: @petitvour

Twitter: @PetitVour

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

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

Tumblr: http://petitvour.tumblr.com/

xo

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Oh, and in honour of all things French – here’s a great tune by Christine and the Queens, “Saint Claude”.

 

 

Bright Eyed and Fresh-Faced

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This look is super easy, and always complimenting of all skin tones.

 

Step 1: Moisturize + Prime

I’m pretty combination so I like to focus on keeping my t-zone fairly free of moisturizer unless it is a mattefying one. Ursa Major’s Face Balm is my favourite right now, with the highest quality ingredients, a little goes a long way! I especially love how light it feels on my skin, refreshing and cool – plus it mattifies my face wonderfully. If I am more dry, I’ll use One Love Organic’s Vitamin C Facial Serum – my favourite! Brightening and moisturizing and so, so good for your skin! Primer is not always something I apply, if I’m going for a lighter, fresher look, I typically skip it. But, if I want a more flawless, concealed look – it does wonders at keeping makeup put and on for awhile! Do what is most comfortable and what suits your skin type best.

 

Step 2: Brows

Fill in your brows, if you feel that they are sparse in some areas. I love using a brow wax/pomade, EcoBrow in Rita, in particular. It’s like Anastasia’s DipBrow Pomade, but free of all of the parabens and other chemicals. If you’ve got a great set of brows, then girl…rock it. (Also, I may be jealous!)

 

Step 3: Mascara

I like quite a lashy look for this bright-eyed effect we’re going for! The lashier, the better. Oh, and curling my lashes is KEY for me – such a game changer. But, again, it’s what you feel comfortable with. My go-to mascara right now, and probably favourite mascara ever is the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea. Ladies…it not only does an amazing job at lift and curl, but it holds well AND smells sweet (like fruits, haha)!

 

Step 4: Conceal

This isn’t super necessary unless, like me, you’ve got some blue/purply under eye bags..or any little spots you want to hide. For me, concealing is important. It not only brightens up this look (any look, really), it keeps the canvas clean and fresh. RMS’ “Un” Cover-Up is killer for achieving a great conceal – and it doubles as a foundation too (warms up and literally melts onto your skin)!

 

Step 5: Blush

You want a natural flush, glowy, rosy cheek kind of situation to be happening here…so, pick your favourite ‘cheeky’ shade and apply on the apples of your cheeks. Alima Pure’s Satin Matte Blush in Mimosa is my favourite for achieving that ‘blushing from within’ look.

 

Step 6: Highlight

Again, not necessary, but I love me a good highlight! It gives you a soft, radiant, glowy look – and who wouldn’t want that? I know I do! I used the ever so loved bareMinerals Flawless Radiance for this look.

 

Step 6: Lips

Lip balm, lip tint, lipstick…how about all three of them in one? I’m obsessed with Kjaer Weis’ Lip Tint in Romance – a vibrant reddish pink tone (almost coral) that gives you that pop of colour you want for this bright, fun look!

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And that’s all, folks! Have fun with this look, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to rock it. If you feel confident and happy, do it up!

 

Hope you’re having a great night. Here’s a little tune I’m digging right now by the band Unknown Mortal Orchestra – I hope you like! Thanks for dropping by and I’ll see you soon. Xo

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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.

 

Ursa Major’s Fortifying Face BalmProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 preset


 

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.

 

Ursa Major’s Trailside Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset


 

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!!! :)

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