How many times in your life have you heard “there’s an oil for that”? If we’re talking about me…I’ve lost track. I mean, just from the array of oils in the above photo, it’s enough to make you crazy with intrigue, no? ;) What do I use them for? Why do I use them? How many times a day, do I diffuse them or apply them topically or both?! All the questions! Get your cute lil noggins ready because this blog post is all about my favourite essential oils, how I use them and the what’s, why’s…and then some!
When Gianne and Jay founded Organic Bath Co., they were inspired by brands who used their cache to make the world better through charitable donation. They knew that giving back would be a huge part of their brand’s ethos.
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.
Would you just look at all these goods!? The Choosy Chick knows how to supply a girl with some great clean products! The Choosy Chick (TCC) is committed to researching, sampling and selecting the finest non-toxic personal care products. They’ve developed their very own standard (click to read more about that) for ingredients which has become the foundation for their product selections. What I love so much about TCC is that they are not only wonderful at what they do, but they are not fooled by natural sounding names, or natural looking packaging. They truly dig deep to find products that meet their standard of organic and natural. So, as a result of their ‘choosy’ nature, they offer the purest, most effective and unique products available right now. I just love that – getting to choose the products that fit right for you, and knowing that they’ve been hand-picked by some really smart, honest and organic-loving people!
The items seen in my box are:
- Skinnyskinny’s Black Coffee Organic Scrub
- Josh Rosebrook’s Moisturizing Cleanser
- Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator (.5 oz)
- Josh Rosebrook’s Styling Cream, Medium Hold
- Josh Rosebrook’s Deep Hydrating Serum (2 sample sizes)
- Shmidt’s Natural Deodorant, Lavender + Sage
- Au Naturale Eye Pencil, Coco
All of these products have been used and absolutely loved! TCC really does pick the best products to be sold on their site – I am VERY impressed with the quality! The super cute packaging it came in doesn’t hurt either!
A few products I especially love are:
The Au Naturale Eye Pencil in ‘Coco’. It glides on SO smoothly (no tugging needed, hallelujah!) and the formulation is super gentle, so it won’t irritate my eyes. Win! (Photo below of ‘Coco’ swatched on my arm.)
Josh Rosebrook’s Styling Cream. This. Stuff. Is. Awesome! It provides texture to my hair, with a nice medium hold (as it says) and smells AMAZING! Kind of like a lemon sorbet…YUM! I also love that this styling cream stimulates the cells in the hair follicle and feeds the scalp to keep your hair growing thick and beautiful. All of the benefits! Plus, it’s not stiff and washes easily from the hair. I can’t seem to get enough of it!
If you’re wanting to find The Choosy Chick on social media, they can be found on:
Check out this awesome song “Color” by New York songstress VÉRITÉ!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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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:
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If you’re keen, here are some of their upcoming tour dates! You DO not want to miss out on their shows!
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:
- 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, Licorice, Chamomile, 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.**”
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!
- 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!
Just the name “elixir” sounds magical to me. This Facial Elixir: Oily/Combination is absolutely that.
- 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 those are some of my favourite products, and here are two amazing extras! You can read more about them by clicking on their photos! :)
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Thanks for reading, see you again soon! Xo