It’s definitely that time of the year again…scrambling to find Christmas gifts (and maybe a bit last minute…seeing as how it is only 20 days away!). Not sure what to get? Well, I’ve got gift ideas for ya! Lots of beautiful gift sets and deals going on that you don’t want to miss! Ones that won’t break the bank and then others that…well, tend to be more of a luxurious treat. But hey, that person deserves it – or maybe it’s for you! YOU deserve it! Check ’em out below!
It’s been a little while since I fully reviewed (on here) one of my favourite Beauty Boxes…since November actually! If you’re new to Petit Vour, well you’re in for a treat! This monthly subscription box is really special! It not only lets you in on some amazing non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free beauty products…but for only $15, each box comes packed with four deluxe-sized (and sometimes full-sized) products. It’s an awesome deal, and you’ll discover some awesome new brands that are safe for your face, body and more! Oh, and of course it comes with the cutest little description card, describing all of the products within the box – along with the perfect illustration by Mia Charro. Win/win!
The Japanese word genki means to be happy, healthy and in harmony with oneself. It suggests wellbeing is achieved by balancing physical, emotional and spiritual elements to create a happy self.
Australian ownedBe genki definitely put that definition to great use when they created their luxurious range of animal-, environment-, everything-friendly self-care products that utilize the healing properties of organic essential oils accompanied with lifestyle recommendations. The sweet Samantha Sargent, founder and creator of Be Genki believes that our skin is a highly complex functioning organ that reflects our health and wellbeing. Nurturing the health of our skin helps to promote the health of our body and mind, and nurturing the health of our body and mind helps to promote healthy glowing skin. This holistic point-of-view can be the way to a genki life – happy and healthy on the inside & out. Her hope is that these products and point-of-view help inspire holistic happiness. Every product is designed to encourage you to take a moment in the day, just for you, to create a nurturing ritual and luxurious well-earned rest from the fast pace of life, promoting optimum inner health and harmony.
Don’t you find it annoying when you’re in the market for some natural products and yet you still encounter the ever so annoying urge to read every ingredient listed…just in case it should have something you’re not going to like, or that won’t be good for your body or environment. Don’t lose hope! Bambu Earth is a line of natural, sustainable, and ethical products that claims to be “worry-free”, which means you don’t have to worry about what’s on the ingredient label or how your purchase will negatively impact people or the environment. Bambu Earth sources their ingredients from providers that are fair-trade, sustainable, organic and eco-friendly. Whew! Peace of mind, right? :)
In Spring of 2009, Bambu Earth was born. Amber had a desire to live a simpler, more sustainable life. She has been making soap for over 12 years now..so you know it’s high quality, and well-crafted! The soap and skincare is created in small batches by hand in an effort to better the community and world. Amber believes that nature, created by God, provides us with all of the tools most people need to live a healthy life. For this reason, Bambu Earth uses simple, all-natural ingredients, in their rawest form in their products to provide living nutrients to the skin. Their products are made with sustainable, ethical and local ingredients.
What about the origin of the store name? Well, Bambu Earth was named after their signature ingredient: bamboo activated charcoal. This ingredient (as Amber, founder and CEO of Bambu Earth has stated) is amazing, as it draws out impurities from your skin. Bamboo is sustainable, and grown without pesticides, not to mention it replenishes itself quickly. It takes about 5 years of nurturing bamboo before you even see one sprout – pretty crazy! After that, it grows about an inch per day. It grows so rapidly, you can actually hear it growing…can you imagine?
The two products seen above are amazing, and I highly recommend looking into purchasing them, cus, I honestly don’t know what I did before them. Most of the time, I feel like I’m pampering myself whenever I use these products, and I really enjoy and appreciate the wonderful scents of the products, but without any harsh chemicals added to it!
The Petitgrain Facial Creamis what your skin has been craving! A simple, effective cream that doesn’t have a bunch of alcohol or questionable ingredients. Something that moisturizes but doesn’t leave you greasy. And let’s be honest, it gets tiring trying cream after cream that promises the world but doesn’t deliver. Thankfully, the Petitgrain Cream is formulated with simple, effective ingredients without harsh chemicals, alcohol, or preservatives. This cream does not contain water (like most creams), so it won’t evaporate leaving your skin feeling dry hours later. All it contains are simple, quality ingredients of unrefined shea butter, sweet almond oil and organic jojoba oil to give your face the lightest all-day moisture that will penetrate deep into your skin without feeling greasy. Since these oils are non-comedogenic, they won’t clog your pores either!
Unrefined Shea Butter (Fair-Trade) – Deep moisturizing, Vitamins A, E and F, non-comedogenic
Sweet Almond Oil – Light moisturizer, softens skin, abundant in Vitamin E, non-comedogenic
Jojoba Oil – Light moisturizer, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, compound is closest to our skin’s natural oils (sebum) making it ideal in facial care, non-comedogenic
Petitgrain – Useful for maintaining the skin’s moisture balance, helps clear and tone, ideal for mature and problem skin types as well as normal, oily and dry skin.
Apply very small amount to clean face. A little goes a long way. A pea sized amount of this product will moisturize your entire face and neck giving you more than 180 applications.
Dry Shampoo (Dark Tresses)
Overslept? In a hurry? Bambu Earth’sDry Shampoo revives second day hair and absorbs extra oil so no one will ever know. It is especially formulated to give volume to limp hair and leave your tresses with a fabulous clean scent. Their blend of natural herbs soothe dry skin and horsetail powder promotes healthy hair growth! It comes in formulations for light and dark hair. The one pictured above, is for medium to dark hair, so you won’t get that gray-haired look like most dry shampoos give you – THANK GOODNESS! This stuff is amazing! I can easily go almost a week with not washing my hair and it’ll somehow still look fresh and clean – AND smell nice too!
You definitely want to follow Bambu Earth on their social medias! You’ll be privy to discounts, possible giveaways, awesome reviews and more!
HAPPY SATURDAY EVERYONE! I am suuuuper pumped to announce that A Musical Mind is up on (one of my favourite) Nashville’s awesome non-profit jewerly/leather/accessories sites – Red Earth Trading Co UPDATE: Red Earth merged with Nashville company Nisolo.
“Red Earth is an ethical lifestyle brand creating hope and opportunity through fashion. We have talented artisans from around the world handcraft all of our products. Each piece is a unique blend of local artistry and heritage mixed with the influence of modern design. Many of our pieces are made from up-cycled materials.”
The rest of Red Earth’s story can be found HERE (click the linked photo below):
Aren’t they just the best? I’ve had the chance to work with them many times, when I lived in Nashville and I’ve always had a great time. Their message and the heart behind all of their products is beautiful. That being said, I had the opportunity to create a playlist for their Spring 2014 line/blog and had a blast doing so – cus if you know or follow me in any way, I’m a playlist maker and (OBVIOUSLY) a music lover!