Kaia NaturalsJuicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths are my newest obsession for light makeup removing, or refreshing my face! No, I’m not saying that you should only use a facial cloth to remove all of your makeup, and cleanse your face…that wouldn’t be good for your skin. However, there are times in a gal’s life when disposable wipes are needed. I.e. a hot summers day, or you’re at the gym and need to remove your makeup on-the-go. Or maybe you’re hiking, or camping (or both) and there’s not a sink in sight – the Juicy Bamboo cloths come to the rescue!
So, who is/what is Kaia Naturals you ask?
Kaia Naturalsis a multi-award winning Toronto based beauty brand with a focus on providing “fast beauty” with a conscience – aka non-toxic ingredients. Their main product, these Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths, were designed as a sustainable alternative to the usual cleansing cloth.
Some of the awards Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths have won:
Made in small batches, these 100% biodegradable cloths are made of one ingredient: bamboo grass, which makes them super soft and free of any harsh dyes, fragrances and chemicals. The cloths are soaked in organic honey and vitamins B12, C, and E. They’re also 100% biodegradable and act as a cleanser, toner, and eye-makeup remover! They nourish AND re-balance your skin without stripping it bare and leaving it dry. In the past – and generally even now – facial wipes have dried out my skin, but these all-natural bamboo fiber cloths are extremely hydrating and gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skins…I mean, you can use them around your eye area! In fact, they are so gentle, they are also the official cleansing cloth approved for use in oncology esthetics training. That should say enough. :)
These cleansing cloths contain a mixture of:
Miel (honey) - non-irritating and known for its healing properties, honey is filled with antioxidants and soothes skin
Sorbitan laurate - cleansing agent
Sunflower seed oil - emollient
Hydrolyzed jojoba esters - emollient
Annnnnd they are gluten-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free and paraben-free!
So, as you can see above, these are highly-concentrated cloths with skin-loving nutrients. They’ve got a very distinct, citrusy (and quite pleasant/soothing) scent that comes from a blend of natural essential oils such as spearmint, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime. (Yum!) In addition to being eco-friendly, non-toxic, and having amazing ingredients…the packaging the cloths come in are quite unique! Unlike most cleansing cloths which come in a resealable bag (and then dry out super quick), the cloths come in a little plastic container! So, when you’re done using the cloths up you can re-use the container for storing makeup or pencils…or whatever your heart desires!
You can find them in a pack of 30 cloths for $15.50 or 20 Individually wrapped cloths for $19.50 – perfect for on-the-go! Even if you don’t need them to remove makeup, they’re a great natural hand-wipe alternative to keep in your bag, car, etc.
Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths are available to purchase in some select luxury spas and boutiques across the US and Canada.
I love supporting small businesses, especially when they promote healthy living, cosmetics and skincare – and this one is no exception!
Helmer Homemade is a small Pennsylvania business owned and run by the sweet Kylie Helmer. Everything she creates is made with love, the purest ingredients, and sometimes even little helping hands – as she has two kiddies. She strives everyday to create a more natural lifestyle for her family, which I wholeheartedly support! Everything in the shop is completely natural and vegan; as Kylie chooses to use candelilla wax instead of beeswax.
So, that being said, here are the cute little chapsticks she sent over to me!
Helmer Homemadechapstick is created with the purest, most natural ingredients. The chapsticks are tinted naturally with Organic Beet Root Powder and are super soothing + moisturizing too. Due to the homemade nature, her products may differ slightly from batch to batch, but that’s the beauty in it!
L: Minty Fresh + R: Cutie Fruity
Here are a few of the chapsticks offered and their scent description:
Cutie Fruity: a funky citrus blend that will wake you up & make you feel like you’re on a tropical island. Hello Mellow: a relaxing scent; bye-bye stress! Minty Fresh: smells even better than a candy-cane, this pure peppermint flavored chapstick is refreshing + energizing.
Ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa butter, candelilla wax, beet root powder, essential oils
* Due to the homemade nature, my products might differ slightly from batch to batch. Thank you for understanding and supporting a Mama who just loves to create all-natural products for her family (and yours!)
If you’d like to purchase these, and other Helmer Homemadeproducts, check out herEtsyshop and follow their social medias:
From L to R: Siren Serum, Champagne Serum, Honey Love Microdermabrasion 3-in-1 Cleanser, Mask & Exfoliator and (my fave) the Mermaid Mask!
I am SO excited to share these wonderful, tropical, SUPERB skincare products today! I’ve heard quite a lot of great things about Leahlani Skincare products and had the opportunity over the past couple of months to really get to try and thoroughly enjoy them!
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 CosmeticsSeaberry Hydration Masque, which is packed with antioxidants – blueberry, cranberry, Oregon grape, seabuckthorn, bayberry and cayenne – to help fight free radicals.
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)!
If you’d like to find out more about this masque, and other products by Monee Cosmetics, follow them here:
So, we know that most conventional lip balm products are full of toxic ingredients, they contain several endocrine disruptors (parabens, BHT, and chemical sunscreens), coal tar dyes linked to cancer, artificial fragrance and flavor, and petroleum-derived oils which in turn lock in all that toxicity. Growing up, my mum always kept those Carmex lip pots around and I was obsessed with them! I wore that stuff all the time. Little did I know that they contain horrible ingredients, including phenol. Phenol is prohibited in the use of cosmetics in Japan and Canada. The European Union has classified it as “toxic by inhalation, skin contact & ingestion; possible risk of irreversible effects.” The reason being, it is a neurotoxin (a toxin affecting the nerve cells) and is toxic in low doses, beside having an accumulative effect. However, the FDA has deemed phenol as “safe for general use”…..but then again the FDA deems a lot of terrible things “safe”. Nope. Not gonna fly.
What to use to soothe, moisturize and pamper our lips? I mean, I want baby bottom smooth lips, I dunno about you. Well, I finally found one of my favourite lip balm products…maybe ever. Henné Organics Lip Balms are fully made from 100% organic and natural ingredients, they’re cruelty-free and they nourish and hydrate my lips for hours on hours. Their packaging – a luxurious Miron Violet glass packaging (great for increasing the shelf life of the lip balm and prolonging its potency) – is suuuuper chic and fancy, while still being sustainable.
Henné’s vision is to become a high end body care brand for the modern woman.
“We want to reintroduce a splash of luxury into the mundane. A modern and minimalistic approach that replaces the standard lip balm with something extraordinary. A lot of the higher end natural products are also actually not very natural at all. We want to show that beauty and skincare products can be high end and organic. This is why we got USDA organic certification right off the bat. Initially we are just focusing on the organic lip balm, but we plan to launch future products that fall within the skincare/body care category.”
They’re definitely on the right track with the most amazing lip balm I’ve ever used! I seriously cannot get enough of it! I keep on on my nightstand next to my bed (for before bed, and in the morning…or whenever I need it.) and one in my purse! Not only do I love this lip balm, I loooove their ingredients. Check out the full list of what these balms are made of, and explanations of their benefits below!
The most luxurious, creamy consistency.
Coconut Oil- This ultra hydrating oil repairs and softens dry lips, retains the moisture content of the skin and also happens to be an incredible antioxidant. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin infections.
Avocado Oil- Avocado oil helps relieve dry and itchy skin. It also increases collagen production, which keeps the lips plump and decreases the effects of aging.
Shea Butter– Shea butter is deeply moisturizing and naturally rich in Vitamins A, E and F. It also provides UV protection and strengthens the skin.
Cocoa Butter- Cocoa butter not only smells amazing but is also considered by many as the ultimate natural moisturizer. This wonderful ingredient not only gives you soft and kissable lips but its antioxidants can even reduce the appearance of scars, burns and stretch marks.
Beeswax- Beeswax is a great natural alternative to the artificial and often petroleum-based chemicals added to many lip balms. It contains anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe easily irritated skin, and the Vitamin A in beeswax provides long-term moisture in the skin.
Jojoba Oil- Jojoba oil has become one of the most popularly used organic components in beauty products, and for good reason. With its antibacterial qualities, jojoba oil reduces skin bacteria by unblocking pores. The oil also has a high quantity of ceramides which handles skin cells and maintains skin hydration.
Vitamin E- Vitamin E oil is extremely effective in getting rid of dry or chapped lips, and it not only protects your lips from sun damage but can also be used to heal minor sunburns. It also helps prolong the shelf life of our lip balm, ensuring that you can use the product longer.
If you’re keen on trying out this awesome balm, you can try out Henné Organics with the 25% off promo code: HULLOSAM at checkout! So, whatcha waiting for? Go forth and SHOP HERE!
Ahhh, Elemental Herbology, where shall I start? This company was inspired by the desire to balance and harmonize; the beauty of nature and the power of herbal medicine. Kristy Cimesa, Founder of Elemental Herbology, conceived EH to offer a unique skincare range, founded on the origins of the Five Elements.
What I love most about this company is not just their mantra, but their product ingredients. Not only are they herbal, but they are responsible for harvesting and the production of all raw materials used. They ensure their products are 100% free from synthetic fragrance, artificial colour, mineral oils, sulphates, parabens and preservatives – AND they combine therapeutic levels of Plant Compounds, Herbal Extracts, Essential Fatty Acids, Botanical Oils, Vitamins, Minerals and Anti-oxidants, so they can help your skin achieve a state of optimum health and vitality. So great!
I have three wonderful products that I’ve been loving that I would like to share with you all today. So let’s get started, shall we?
Sun Kiss: Body Hydrator With Self-Tan (click photo to bring you to link)
This is a great gradual (moisturizing) tanning product. However, be careful when using it because it’s super liquidy, which can result in a bit of a mess! The smell is very strong, not terrible, but very strong. I don’t really even know how to describe it..but, I do know that I will take it over any other (non-organic) sunless tanners. The way Elemental Herbology describes it is:
This daily body hydrator contains subtle levels of an eco-certified botanical self-tanning agent with ultra-nourishing, skin-softening oils to create a beautifully hydrated, natural and healthy glow whilst also helping to prolong the life of your tan. Its light texture allows the skin to breathe, whilst protecting the skin by boosting antioxidant activity and cooling, calming and nourishing over-exposed skin.
Here are some of the key ingredients:
Watermelon Seed Oil, also known as Kalahari Oil it is extracted from the seed of a watermelon which is prized for its high nutritive benefits, its light texture and intensive moisturizing capabilities. While ultra nourishing it is an ideal product for use during the summer months as it allows the skin ‘to breathe’.
Macadamia Oil contains the richest known source of Omega 7 Palmitoleic acid which helps replenish the skins naturally occurring lipids so that optimum hydration levels can be maintained.
Olive Oil rich in polyphenols, amino acid derivatives and powerful anti-oxidants it helps protect against environmental extremes and nourish and hydrate parched skin.
Pomegranate contains powerful antioxidants which help protect the skin against oxidative damage.
Fig extract rich in anti-oxidants is the ‘secret of Mediterranean women’ and helps fight against the damaging effects of the sun and environmental extremes. Rich in mucilages and more particularly sugars with softening and moisturizing activities. It helps comfort stressed skin, firms the tissues and intensively boosts hydration levels by preserving the cutaneous water balance.
Aloe Vera helps protect against oxidative damage making it highly beneficial for dry, cracked and parched skin. It is also helps cool and soothe the skin.
Lavender harmonizes sebum production, soothes sensitive skin and has an anti-bacterial effect.
I’d say that it’s pretty accurate in description. It really does work quickly, and will give you an overall natural looking tan. (No orange-fake-tan-look either) I have found myself applying it at night, and then in the morning I’ll take a shower to get rid of the smell. (Again, not terrible…just not my favourite scent!)
Neroli & Rose Damask Body Cream
Elemental Herbology’sNeroli & Rose Damask body cream. This is really, really moisturizing and very luxurious. It doesn’t immediately absorb into your skin, but I rather enjoy that because I can pop on my pj’s, get into bed and it feels as if I am having an overnight treatment mask for my body! The body cream is subtly fragranced with natural Orange Flower Water and Neroli aromas, which I enjoy very much!
Here are some of the key ingredients:
Mango Butter– intensely moisturizes
Organic Aloe– helps to soothe the skin
Magnolia, Lotus, and Soya help to improve the texture of skin.
Pure Rose Damask Water and ultra-nourishing botanicals restore optimum moisture and soothe sensitive skin.
Argan Oil, Rose Hip Oil and Ubuntu Ximenia help to restore hydration and improve the barrier function of the skin.
If you want a luxurious, pampering body cream, this one is well worth it!
Eye Elixir Eye Cream
This Eye Elixir is somethin’ else! I would recommended for anybody who is concerned about ageing, city dwellers, frequent flyers (great to use while flying) and for everybody with puffy and weary eyes. I find it also works really well to soothe my allergies (when my eyes get kind of red and itchy). Especially if you stick it in the fridge to get cold! It tingles around your eyes, but in a good way. It’s DIVINE!
EH describes this eye cream as:
Our triple-action, advanced eye-serum helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. Combining innovative cosmetic technology with active botanical ingredients, it will help to firm, tighten, lift and nourish the delicate eye region to transform weary, parched or weathered eyes.
Here are some of the key ingredients:
LANABLUE® (Blue Green Algae) helps stimulates collagen synthesis and repair.
EYELISS™ helps increase lymphatic circulation and improve firmness and elasticity.
Kombuchka™ improves radiance.
Hematite helps increase collagen synthesis to firm and tone the skin.
Rose Water hydrates and soothes; Plant Peptides help to plump fine lines and wrinkles.
Macadamia Nut, Grapeseed and Lavender Oils help to nourish, soothe and soften the skin.
Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae, a Blue Green Algae, helps smooth and re-densify the epidermis.
Powerful Peptides combine to help prevent and fight “bags” under the eyes by decreasing the capillary permeability, increasing lymphatic circulation and improving firmness and elasticity.
A natural vegetable astringent obtained from Oak Apple gently firms the skin and strengthens cell structure resulting in the texture of the skin being visibly improved.
A plant based anti-ageing ingredient derived from Wheat Amino-Acids and Palmitic Acid helps create a natural ‘botox like effect’, combating the two main sources of wrinkles to smooth out lines and re-densify deep wrinkles.
Hematite and Kombuchka helps restore the radiance and tone of the skin.
L-Ascorbic Acid stimulates collagen growth to help reduce wrinkles and protect the skin against UVB and UVA damage.
Macadamia Nut Oil, Aloe Vera, Yerba Santa, Rose Water and Lavender Oil nourish, soften and soothe the delicate eye region.
Overall, this is an awesome eye crea-uhh-elixir… ;) So if you’re tired of all of the typical eye creams not doing their job, and just causing irritation – then this one is for you!
If you’d like to know more about Elemental Herbology, or simply would like to follow them on their social medias, here are some links for ya to check out: