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Essential Oils + Their Benefits

Hello lovelies! I have for you something a bit different today – it isn’t a review, however it is very relevant to the last review I did regarding Bali Botanic. Before I got into Essential Oils, I did a lot of research on them, figuring out what oils were best for your health/skin issues and more…of course that helped me out a bit, but there were (and still are) a lot of questions I had. As you know, we never stop learning and EO’s never cease to amaze me with their medicinal and therapeutic powers.

Essential oils are volatile liquids distilled from plants and organic matter like seeds, flowers, fruit, stems, bark, roots, and leaves. They can be used to heal and support your body’s emotional and physical well-being, typically entering the body in three ways. Application to the skin using a compress, a spray, a bath, or massage; they can be inhaled using a diffuser, dry evaporation, steam, or a spray; and they can be ingested either orally or by suppository. (Please take caution and note that the ingestion of essential oils is only recommended under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider.)

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Bali Botanic 100% Pure Organic Lavender Essential Oil

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Essential oils have always been my thing. Whether it be for a great nights sleep, to help me kick a cold, for purification purposes, to aches and pains. EO’s are the best! I’ve tried many different oils, but lavender is definitely one of my favourites. It’s funny because you think, “Oh all lavender oils are going to smell the same…” – wrong! I have totally noticed a difference in essential oils and their scent/potency through out different brands.

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Good Medicine Beauty Lab Review

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I hope you’re as excited as I am today, to introduce to you some of my new obsessions in the skincare world! I know, I know..I say that a lot, right? “These are my all-time fave!”, “I can’t live without this!”, and “It’s my holy-grail!” – but it is possible to have a lot of specific favourites. :) These are no exception. They are truly exceptional products!

 

You’re wondering why? Well, for one, Good Medicine Beauty Lab is a desert-born, small batch, organic skincare company. (I know, a mouth-full…but so amazing!) They refer to their products as “desert-born” because their skincare formulas are inspired by the types of plants that are able to thrive in harsh desert environments.

Good Medicine feature extracts of wildcrafted desert botanicals such as Larrea, Desert Sage and Juniper Berries. These plants grow in the wild where they are nurtured by sunlight and rain and are neither crossbred, chemically fertilized or even irrigated. They remain free of the harsh chemicals so prevalent in plant life today.

Super rad, right?


One of the first things I notice about skincare (besides their packaging) is their scent. Their products smell SO GOOD.  They have a sort of warm, somewhat masculine, herbal scent. They really are created uniquely! Their ingredients stand out from any other skincare products I’ve come across.

 

A few of their common ingredients are:

  • Desert sage – Powerful antioxidant, rich in Vitamin CThe foliage of sagebrush is rich in Artimitin, a powerful disinfectant and antiseptic rich in Vitamin C. So rich in Vitamin C in fact, that except for rose hips, there is no greater source found anywhere in North America’s deserts.Sage’s antiseptic and disinfectant properties combine with the antioxidant power of Vitamin C to create a germ-free environment to reduce harmful ions and prevent free radical formation.
  • Juniper/berries – Reduces puffiness, purifies & smooths the skinThe berries of the Utah Juniper are best known for their antiseptic (elimination of micro-organisms), aromatic, diaphoretic, diuretic (increases cellular fluid exchange) and rubefacient (increased blood circulation) qualities.The combination of these amazing qualities removes unwanted waste and fluids from the underlying tissues when applied topically, reducing puffiness and smoothing lines and wrinkles.
  • Larrea – Brightens, strengthens & softens the skinLarrea (commonly known as Chaparral or Creosote) is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-protozoan. It contains high levels of Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (NDGA), a very powerful antioxidant.These potent properties eliminate acid-forming microbes that cling to the surface tissues, thus preserving the skin’s natural barrier. It guards against rough patches, lesions, red areas, age spots and inflammatory breakouts.

 

Now that you know what amazing ingredients are put in their products, and how truly unique Good Medicine Beauty Lab is, let’s take a look at the products sent to me!


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RAIN / replenishing oil wash – APRICOT + TAMANU + PRIMROSE

Oh, this oil is sooo lovely! This indulgent oil blend is a deep cleaning, intensely hydrating, skin balancing dream. Good Medicine created this specific blend of oils to penetrate into the deepest layers of your skin to release dirt, makeup and pollutants that bind to your skins natural oils. With the perfect ability to balance any skin type (no matter if you are oily, dry or both), Rain will restore you natural skin tone, heal scaring and red spots, and make your complexion glow with perfect health. Oil washing is a beautiful thing….really, really beautiful.


GM_Jar_9oz_Sand__23745.1440019358.1280.1280SAND / red mineral polish – YUCCA + RAW HONEY + VETIVIER

Now, if you know me, you know that I love the beach. Love may even be an understatement! Sunshine, ocean breeze, salty, freckled skin, the feeling of sand between your toes. Speaking of which, ever notice how your skin feels silky smooth after a beach day? That glorious sand (that also can be a pain and get into every nook and cranny) is one of natures best exfoliants! I remember my mum telling me this when I was younger, and how most people know that sand is a great exfoliant, but few ever think to add it to their skincare regime. Well, you don’t have an excuse anymore – beach or no beach!

 

This beautiful head-to-toe mineral polish uses the ancient cleansing powers of wildharvested yucca root, naturally rich in saponins (natural surfactant and emulsifier) to melt away dead skin cells. Its gentle but effective exfoliation actions tightens and tones, while maintaining the skin’s delicate pH balance. Combined with tiny desert crystalized minerals, this vitamin-rich creamy compound reveals smooth, soft, enlivened skin without scratching or damaging cells.


Good_Medicine_Skincare_Clarity_Face_Cream__94119.1438982283.1280.1280CLARITY / awakening face cream – WILD SAGE + DESERT ROSE + GARDENIA

This is my absolute favourite product (besides the eye cream, which I’ll get to) Good Medicine has created. This face cream is silky smooth, goes on like a dream (a little goes a lonnnng way!) and it plumps up my skin, making me look well-rested and glowy – without being oily!

 

It’s a nutrient-rich herbal cream that delivers a power boost of vitamins and minerals, free-radical fighting antioxidants and quickly restores your natural moisture barrier. Its ultra creamy texture and divine aroma quickly rejuvenates the senses while bringing balance and hydration. Anti-aging properties lift and clear the skin revealing a bright, soft and enlivened complexion.


GM_Jar_9oz_Ashes__66664.1440017686.1280.1280ASHES / reincarnation cleansing grains – JUNIPER + POWEDERED PEARLS + LILY OF THE VALLEY

 

Can a germicidal, soapless cleanser be breath-takingly beautiful. This one is! This a gentle non-soap germicidal cleaner that quickly softens and brightens the skin without altering its natural pH balance. It is pretty cool, if I do say so myself! Ashes burst and bubble as they deep clean the dirt, daily pollution and bacteria from your lovely skin. It won’t strip your skin of its natural oils or disrupt its delicate pH balance. This silky soft combination of potato, Vitamin C, 50 plus trace mineral salts, citric crystals, pearls, milk and sugar cane naturally purifies the skin, tightens pores, controls excess sebum and reduces acne and hormonal breakouts. It simply brightens and clarifies for clean, smooth skin.

 

TIP: Use it with your favorite shampoo to revitalize, heal and nourish your scalp.


GM_Jar_1oz_StarryEyes__23887.1440020134.1280.1280STARRY EYES / brightening eye cream – CARROT SEED + ROSEWOOD + COQ10

 

This my second most favourite item that Good Medicine has created.  It does an amazing job hydrating, soothing, smoothing out fine lines and firming puffy eyes. As soon as I apply it I can feel it start to warm and tingle – which I love, cus it means it’s working! (Not to mention I see results!)

 

It quickly brightens and hydrates the delicate skin around your eyes by boosting the production of collagen and proteins. It’s packed with a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, humectants, antioxidants and free radical scavengers. Starry Eyes repairs the skin’s natural defense system to guard against environmental stress. This intense therapy formula promotes blood circulation, cell reconstruction and deep hydration. If you use it daily, it will improve skin elasticity, appearance of fine lines, puffiness and lift dark circles. Your beautiful eyes will be smoother, brighter and refreshed – who doesn’t want that?!


GM_Jar_2oz_HoneyBee__20059.1440014170.500.750HONEY BEE / blossoming revelation mask – WILD HONEY + APPLE PECTIN + ALOE VERA

 

Transform your skin in 1 minute! ONE MINUTE. You definitely have time for that! This wild desert honey mask is truly a miracle worker for dry, tired skin. Good Medicine wild desert tinture blends with age-defying essential oils, creating a hydraulic motion that quickly rebuilds moisture levels in the skin.

 

As Honey Bee purifies and restores balance to every skin type, it stops bacteria growth and acts as a mild alpha-hydroxyl acid to reveal a new layer of skin. This vitamin and mineral-rich formula clears and evens out skin tone, smooths fine lines, firms, hydrates and softens the delicate facial tissue restoring a healthy, youthful glow. Lovely!


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Orange / Celebration Bath Salts – ACCEPTANCE / LAUGHTER / INDIVIDUALITY

Yellow / No Worries Bath Salts – POSSIBLITES / OPTIMISM / MENTAL CLARITY

Though these salts are disguised as a simple luxury to delight the senses, they are actually much more. While working to repair and rejuvenate sore tired muscles, and dull sallow skin, the pure essential oils and color activate the olfactory and neural systems to elevate mood and enliven visual imagery. A little more time spent in our Bath Salts is all it takes to increase mobility, lighten a heavy heart, alter a dismal perspective, and discover anew hidden parts of yourself. Ten short minutes is all it takes to loosen muscles and quiet the mind. Bath Salts leave the skin resilient, smooth and receptive.

How To Indulge:  Sprinkle desired amount into a warm bath just before entering the water and watch as it bubbles and bursts around you, turning first into a frothy lather and then dissolving to a silky colored pool.


There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this (somewhat lengthy) review and now want to go out and buy all the Good Medicine Beauty Lab products! ;) Oh, and of course I have a special lil discount code for ya! 15% off anything in their store with the code “hullosam“! ENJOY! xo

 

To follow them on social media, check out their links below:

Instagram: @goodmedicinebeautylab

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/goodmedicinebeautylab

Twitter: @goodmedicinelab

 

xo

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Love this band (and song) Astronauts, Etc.Eye To Eye

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Monee Cosmetics Seaberry Hydration Masque

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Masques (or masks), mini facials, spa-like vibes…all my fave! Now, typically, I am SUPER picky about my masques and the ingredients they contain. If I’m gonna leave something on my skin for 15-30 minutes, it had better be darn good! So, you can imagine how happy I was when I received this lovely Monee Cosmetics Seaberry Hydration Masque, which is packed with antioxidants – blueberry, cranberry, Oregon grape, seabuckthorn, bayberry and cayenne – to help fight free radicals.

 

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This masque is unique because it doesn’t harden, it’s quite thick and velvety – oh, and it can even be used as an exfoliant after letting it sit on your skin for 15 minutes or so (with the natural fibers that are found in it). Another great thing to note is the inclusion of glycolic acid at just 5% which gently exfoliates and reveals brighter, more radiant skin. Peptides and hyaluronic acid plump the skin and deliver moisture at a higher level – LOVE that!

 

I really enjoy using this mask after I cleanse my face before bed, it just feels so luxurious and hydrating on my skin – plus it smells to die for!  I’ll apply a generous application, let it sit for 30 minutes (I get a slight tingly feeling – which means it’s working its magic, so don’t fret!) and then I’ll wash it off with warm water, and warm damp cloth. My skin feels amaaaaazing, and SO soft and supple afterwards. What I love most about this masque, besides its benefits and clean ingredients (made from 99% natural and 70% organic ingredients)….is its amazing scent. I honestly don’t even know how to describe it, other than intoxicatingly wonderful – so you’ll just have to get it for yourself and see (smell)!

 

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If you’d like to find out more about this masque, and other products by Monee Cosmetics, follow them here:

 

Instagram: @moneecos

Twitter: @moneecos

 

xo

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St. South Better Still

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Eco Diva Beauty – Natural Spring Makeup Tips

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Hey everyone!!

 

Gosh, I am so excited to share this Eco Diva Beauty blog post I contributed to this month!

 

I love what this company does! Carrying only the most sustainable, effective, pure, and luxurious products, Eco Diva is changing the cosmetic world! Environmentally friendly, body and skin friendly, and always conscious about the health effects our makeup products have on our well-being. They’re doing it right by me! (You can read more about their values here.)

 

 

If you want to read more on how to get a natural spring makeup look using all organic and toxic-free products directly from the wonderful Eco Diva Beauty store…click on the photo below!

 

Natural Spring Makeup

(Photography by Lindsey Pruitt)


You can follow Eco Diva Beauty on:

Instagram: @ecodivabeauty

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

Twitter: @EcoDivaBeauty

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

 

SHOP ECO DIVA BEAUTY BELOW!

 

 

xo

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LOVE this song by indie rock band from Brooklyn, Oberhofer – “Together/Never”

Enjoy!! :)

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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 Whole Plant Organics 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 the growth of new cells, calming and cooling to the 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 the skin, promotes the 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 social:

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!

 

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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!!! :)