So pumped about today’s feature, Zyderma HS! I have nothing but great things to say about this company and product – not to mention, Kelly (their Public Relations Product Specialist) is the sweetest, most informative woman! But let’s not waste any time chit-chatting, let’s jump right in and find out more about them and what their product can do for you!
This Canadian (yay) company was co-founded by David Okamoto, Rick Martin & Tom Heinar, who carry an extensive background in the cosmetics and healthcare industry. They’ve learned a ton about the harmful ingredients in most skin care products, as well as the resulting side effects. They’re totally relatable on a personal level, as parents and friends of those who suffer with different skin disorders and in the process, have become increasingly concerned with the lack of skin-friendly products. That’s when it was decided that action needed to be taken, time to make a difference!
“True beauty comes from within”, a saying we hear quite a bit. It may sound cliché, but I know that personally, I’ve experienced feeling more inwardly beautiful when I make a decision to choose joy and positivity. Of course, there are many ways that inward beauty can be achieved, and it can simply start with mental and emotional health.
I want to chat a bit today about how how nature can increase or decrease feelings and emotions, using flower essences. I have always been a firm believer that naturopathic remedies are our best “medicine”. That being said, I’ve always been intrigued with what flowers can impart in our daily health. A creation so beautifully perfected, from the ground we walk on! Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they can treat us on so many levels!
Alright everyone, I’m about to get real serious – cus this shampoo and conditioner has completely changed my hair/scalp game. Like…FOR REAL WORKS.
I was a bit hesitant to try another hair care product that claimed it was all natural, great for scalp, etc etc…but the reviews I kept seeing, reading and hearing about were just too good! I couldn’t pass it up – and boy, am I glad I didn’t!
Moogoo is an Aussie company known for being one of the most environmentally friendly companies out there. They’re incredibly honest about their ingredients, customer care and sustainability. They’re also known for their skin and hair care range – for anyone, really – but especially those with troublesome skin. (I.e. Sensitive skin, psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis.)
My sensitive skin can be an issue when it comes to my hair care, cus even if it’s organic and has decent ingredients – if it isn’t tackling the areas I need it to (dry, itchy scalp and somewhat dry hair) then it’s just a no go for me and sometimes makes my condition worse! Well, I have completely converted to the Moogoo family! Their Milk Shampoo + Cream Conditioner have both soothed my dry, itchy scalp (and yes, it was even like that in the summer – not just cold, dry months) and I have had zero flakiness! Zero! This shampoo for me, removes all – and I mean ALL – product build-up with just 2 rinses! The end result is my hair and scalp feel and look squeaky clean without the typical stripped-of-any-moisture feeling I’d typically get with other hair care. The moisture retention (without feeling weighted or greasy whatsoever) my hair is left with is amazing! I still sometimes can’t get over how amazing it is, and often chat with my sister about it being a miracle product! (She uses it as well, and raves about it too!)
If you’re into green beauty, and non-toxic hair care..then you know the crap that’s in conventional shampoos and conditioners. Irritants, fragrances, carcinogens and crazy toxins. Yep, even in a “mild” scalp care shampoo. Stay far, far away!
So, what Moogoo has done is they’ve utilized the use of many mild and gentle cleansers (in small amounts), to control the micro-flora of the scalp that can cause all of the many scalp problems we experience. It’s pH balanced, and is suitable for adults through babies. They explain why your scalp is having issues, they even list every ingredient on their site so you can research and know what’s up!
My scalp is causing me “ big issues”
“Psoriasis of the Scalp” can sometimes be confused with Seborrheic Dermatitis. Seborrheic Dermatitis will cause an itchy or flaky scalp, but can also spread to the hairline, ears, the eyes and eyebrows or along the side of the nose as well as other areas. It is related to Cradle Cap and is a reaction to the Malassezia yeast which is a normal part of the skin’s micro-flora. Our Milk Shampoo and Conditioner are natural and do not irritate the scalp, and we include Piroctone Olamine. As these are wash off products, the time that they can remain in contact with the skin to help is limited. If the condition is severe, a cream such as our Scalp Cream can be rubbed onto the affected areas. Please see our “We got mail page” to read of other people’s experiences.
Plaque Psoriasis can be much more difficult to control and there are specialized products that may need a prescription from your doctor.
Moogooalso have a Scalp Cream that they recommend using prior to washing your hair, if you’re really dry and itchy on the scalp. I applied it at night, (in damp hair) and the next morning washed it out. Not only did it give me immediate soothing relief when I first applied it (and throughout the night), but within 2-3 uses my flakiness and itchiness was completely subdued and gone. Along with the shampoo/conditioner – my hair and head was like new!
I cannot rave enough about this hair care, and this company! If you have normal hair, that’s awesome – I still recommend it. If you have coloured hair – get it. If you have dry hair, oily hair, scalp issues, no scalp issues – GET IT. It will make your hair not only feel silky smooth and healthy, but it’s just plain good for your scalp and body. Thank you, Moogoo for your dedication to customers, great ingredients and for creating incredible products! You’ve got a permanent fan.
If you’d like to follow the ever-wonderful Moogoo team (they are helpful, quirky and just so awesome…so, there’s no surprise when you see that they have well over 47,000+ followers) , check out the links below!
Ladies! We’re talkin’ lipsticks today and I couldn’t be more stoked. If you know me, you know I love me some lip products. I dunno, there’s something special about a tube of lipstick. Maybe it’s cus they’ve been around for aaaages…
“Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes. Also around 3000 BC to 1500 BC, women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied red tinted lipstick to their lips for face decoration.Ancient Egyptians extracted red dye from fucus-algin, 0.01% iodine, and some bromine mannite, but this dye resulted in serious illness.”
…or maybe it’s just because I’m a makeup lover, and a definitely lipstick hoarder. Lipstick can change your mood, your look..your whole persona, if you really want it to! But enough of why I love it and let’s jump right into why these featured Lippy Girl Lipsticks are rockin’ my life right now!
Focused mostly on lip products, this Canadian-based beauty company Lippy Girl Makeup has been around since 2011. They’ve been making a name for themselves – a great one – when it comes to vegan, cruelty-free and organic makeup. So far, I’ve been incredibly impressed with these amazing, affordable, all natural, top quality makeup products. Here are a few tid-bits that makes this cruelty-free company pretty neat:
Natural ingredients. They use all natural ingredients and none of their products contain chemical preservatives like Parabens, Phthalates or petroleum products.
Organic. Yes! Lippy Girluses organic oils to create their fabulous makeup products.
Vegan. You read right, everything created by LG makes sure to exclude any animal products. They are formulated with organic oils, bee-free waxes, and natural mineral pigments. Since many people are allergic and get irritated by animal ingredients like carmine, lanolin, keratin, lactose, elastin and more, you will never see these items in their products.
These are a few of the main non-vegan lipstick ingredients, but there are certainly others to watch out for, including casein (from milk), collagen (from animal tissue) and glycerin (from animal fat).
Cruelty free. Lippy Girl Makeup is a PETA certified cruelty free company. They make their promise to never test their products on animals, but they’ve made agreements with their manufacturer and ingredient supplier that they’ll never test on animals either. So solid.
The lipstick containers, which may look plasticky in pictures, are actually made of recyclable aluminum tubes – which make that lovely satisfying little click on closing – and the boxes are made with non-coated cardboard that you can easily recycle!
Okay, let’s get to the good part – SWATCHES!! I’ve taken swatches on my lips, and on my arm so you can get the full gist of it!
L to R: Surf Betty, Schmoopy, Rosie Posie and Boss Lady
L to R: Surf Betty, Schmoopy, Rosie Posie and Boss Lady (outside in natural light)
“Surf Betty” – A warm, nude-toned beige shade reminiscent of summery days lounging on the beach.
“Rosie Posie” – A semi-sheer, warm dusty berry red.
“Boss Lady” – A gorgeous matte, brick red with orange undertones.
Overall, I adore these lipsticks. They’re incredibly smooth, buildable in colour and Lippy Girl has such a great shade selection! I will definitely be adding to my collection (cus I need more to hoard, duh) very soon.
So you’ve made it to the end. Good job! Here’s a special lil something for ya! Use code “hullosam” at checkout for 10% off of your Lippy Girl purchase! Enjoy! Xo
These Water Systems and Alkaline Water Filtration Pitcheres reduce chlorine: taste and odour, heavy metals (not the musical kind…lolol), industrial chemicals and contaminants. Plus it remineralizes your water with important minerals like calcium and magnesium to create alkaline, pH balanced water with high anti-oxidant potential.
Santevia not only makes On-The-Go products, but they also offer Counter Top Dispensers, and my personal favourite: the Alkaline Water Pitcher! This pitcher holds over two litres of water at a time and the filters last for two months! It even has a digital display, counting down the days to when your filter needs to be replaced – and Lord knows I always forget stuff like that!
At just $59.99, for the pitcher and $15.99 for a replacement filter, it’s an awesome way to get clean, nourishing water without breaking the bank! If that isn’t enough goodness for ya, Santevia donates 10% of their profits to help people around the world! Including two orphanages in Thailand, a school in Bangladesh, water projects in Africa and Haiti and more! So, so great.
If you’ve made it this far…I’ve got some great news! Santevia will be holding a 15% off Pitchers online special starting this Thursday (September 24-27)! Head on over there starting Thursday so you can get in on the deal! ?
Zabana Essentials. Where do I start? Hm, let’s see…this company creates amazing products, and Shanell, the founder and owner of ZE is the sweetest person ever! Friendly, timely, super helpful and overall just a great person. Want to know more about the company and products seen above? Keep reading…
Shanell Edwards, is the founder of Zabana Essentials (Pronounced: Zab-Ana Essentials), which is located in San Diego, California. Zabana Essentialsgot its start when Shanell began her quest to find affordable natural-hypoallergenic bath and body products that would not irritate her sensitive skin. (I feel you girl!) She was a college graduate, attempting to start her career in the workforce and was on a tight budget (like many) and found it difficult to afford many of the well-known natural products on the retail shelves. After reading labels and realizing that she had some of the natural ingredients already in her kitchen, she decided to begin researching and experimenting and found that the answers to her quest were right at her fingertips!
It is now Shanell’s mission to offer affordable Natural, Vegan, Human Friendly and Cruelty Free Cosmetics that are not only nurturing for the skin, but enjoyable, attractive, and smell great! Her goal is to reach individuals who may not fit the stereotypical natural products consumer of the past, but people just like herself. People who are seeking healthy, non-intimidating alternatives, for their everyday lifestyle. Pretty great, if I do say so myself!
What does Zabana mean:
It is definitely a unique name! Zabana means Savannah in the Native American Taino dialect. What is special about a Zabana to Shanell and her business? A Zabana is a grassy plain eco-system that may contain an abundance of herbaceous plants that lend benefits to us humans. For centuries therapeutic oils have been extracted from natural plant matter to promote good health and well-being. All Zabana Essentials products are of plant derived origin, and every formulation they use the essence of herbs, whether it be through the use of dry herbs or essential oils, herbal or vegetable based body oils and butters. ZE believe’s it is vital that they use the nutrients provided to us by mother earth, as we can find an abundance of benefits using what has been provided to us.
Shanell kindly sent me a few products to try out (the French Green Clay Facial pictured above was my own purchase!) and here are my thoughts on them!
A gentle deep cleansing natural mineral rich bar that detoxifies, exfoliates, unclogs, and freshens armpits. Great to have during the Natural Deodorant Detox Transition or to use to keep your armpits extra fresh and clean when needed, plus Skin Rejuvenating & Healing Oils of: Olive, Coconut, and Shea Butter. I love to use it every shower, or even on a random day where I’ve been sweating a lot and need to freshen up without hopping in the shower. (I just swipe it under my pits and rinse out in the sink.)
TO USE: Moisten bar and create a lather with hands, once you have created a lather apply to armpits and rub in a circular motion. Let lather rest on armpits for 2-3 minutes then rinse.
*Organic, 100% NATURAL & VEGAN, Net wt. 4 oz. (113g)
Baking Soda Free Mini Deodorant Stick Lemongrass Nectar: Refresh your pits with this baking soda free (for sensitive types like moiiii) Deodorant Stick! A potent non-toxic/odor protective plant botanical & mineral blend of Odor Absorbing, Antibacterial & Soothing ingredients to keep you smelling fresh & clean.
TO USE: Smooth Deodorant Stick directly to your clean, dry underarm. (Easy peasy.)
*Organic, 100% NATURAL & VEGAN, Net wt. .35 fl. oz. (10g)
My experience with the deodorant: As you know, everyone’s body responds differently to products. Deodorant is no exception, in fact, it’s probably the most fickle, in my opinion. I strive to create content for my blog that is honest, positive and generally encouraging to the audience, consumers and the companies that I have the opportunity to interact and sometimes work with!
I have had people rave about how amazing they’ve smelled wearing this deodorant, about how long it lasts and how terrific it is overall. I completely agree, and at first…I smelled amazing! Fresh, lemongrass/nectar-y, hah! The protection was awesome too. However, after a long day..the deodorant started to smell a bit sour on me. I can’t really explain it, but it just didn’t mesh well with my body/skin/personal odor. This absolutely does not mean it is a bad product, or that I am even implying to not go and buy it, because it could TOTALLY work for you just like it worked for so many other ladies I know that own it! Bottom line is it just didn’t mix well with me! Typically I wouldn’t even review something I dislike strongly, but this isn’t the case. I didn’t hate it, and still don’t! In fact, I’m kind of sad my body rejects it. It truly is one of the most amazing smelling stick deodorants I’ve ever come across. It just wasn’t for me! :)
*Organic, 100% NATURAL & VEGAN, Net wt. 1.5 fl. oz. (15 ml)
Lotion Stick Lavender-Lemon: Thirsty skin? Quench it with this awesome Lotion Stick! A rejuvenating, moisturizing, and fast absorbing blend of plant botanicals leave your skin: soft, supple, smooth, and smelling good – lavender lemon-y good! ;)
TO USE: Apply to damp freshly showered skin and pat skin dry for a super velvety effect. On the go? Simply glide the Lotion Stick to the warmth of your skin. I keep this in my purse at all times, and it’s seriously the best on-the-go lotion!
What a whirlwind of wonderful products, right? If you haven’t had the chance to experience Zabana Essentials for yourself…well, what are you waiting for?! Head over to their website now!
And because I love you all so much I’ve got a 20% off your whole purchase deal, by using the discount code: Hullosam at checkout! (Expires this Sunday, September 6th) Don’t diddle-daddle! Go and get you some goodies!
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!