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!
Luxurious, quality-driven, elegant…the list goes on. Just some of the many adjectives that describe this lovely California-based skincare company, True Nature Botanicals rebranded to True Botanicals. A skincare line that not only delivers superior results, but that houses no toxins and makes sure that only the highest quality ingredients are being utilized.
They don’t want us smellin’ fresh…but we’re gonna do it anyways! #majorkey
Okay okay, but really, when was the last time you were able to say that an all-natural stickdeodorant really worked?For me? NEVER. Now, as far as the underarm deodorant game goes..Meow Meow Tweet’s Baking Soda Free Cream Deodorant is the show stopper. It works, plain and simple. However, if you’re wanting to not deal with the actual scooping out of the cream and all…then Ursa Major’s newest addition: Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant is where it’s at!
I mean…can you even handle these gorgeous lipsticks right now? From the packaging, right down to the unique colours! These Axiology Natural Organic Lipsticks are to die for! Oh and I am convinced their creator and founder, Ericka Rodriguez is an angel! She is not only stunning, but has a heart of gold and is the loveliest, kindest soul. Don’t you just love when a company cares for your body, as much as they care for the environment? These lipsticks are formulated completely without chemicals or synthetics – I mean, why put a bunch of nasty stuff inside of what’s about to go on your precious lips?! (And get ingested too!) Instead, Axiology crafts them with a “harmonious blend of natural and organic ingredients“. The results are stunning! Earth-based tones that dazzle, compliment and command attention. Not limited to just one skin type – but on every skin type and complexion, with a burst of vibrancy + moisture that lasts all day.
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!
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!