Alima Pure Lip Tints

August 15, 2017

Nourishing. Soothing. Colorful. That is the description of Alima Pure Lip Tints that I'm going to talk to you about today. At Alima Pure they believe in minimal ingredients for maximum impact. Their products aren't tested on animals and are made from pure mineral pigments, nourishing plant oils, soothing botanicals, free from synthetic dyes, talc, nano particles and more. I already talked about two lipsticks from Alima Pure that I love but I have to say that their Lip Tints are even better.
Alima Pure Lip Tint is a buttery lip balm that conditions your lips with sheer wash of color. Formulated with a blend of soothing oils, like Pomegranate and Pumpkin Seed Oil, butters, like Cocoa Butter and waxes for a rich, moisturizing finish. Nourishing, moisturizing, buttery lip balm. Reading thins like that I was definitely expecting a lovely, easy-to-wear lippie. Did I get that? I'm happy to say that I did. I have two lips tints and both have a soft, buttery texture, they are moisturizing and feel so nice on the lips. They actually do feel like lip balms. My lips feel soft and have a beautiful wash of colour on them. But it's actually not just a wash of colour, they are much more pigmented and opaque that I was expecting. And I love that.

Lip Tints are available in 9 shades and I have two of them, Honey and Rosewood. Both are carmine free but be careful if you want vegan shades because not every Lip Tint shade is carmine free. For those of you who don't know, carmine is red pigment produced from a type of bugs and is used in a variety of things, including makeup and food. Search for "carmine, CI 75470 or E120", if you wish to avoid it. I do still have some old lipsticks that contain carmine but all my new ones don't contain it. 
Honey* is a nude shade, described as a "peachy beige". It's a very beautiful shade but because it's quite a light shade, I don't think it particularly suits my complexion. I don't really wear it on its own, maybe just one coat of it. I much rather pair it with the other shade I own, called Rosewood*. I thought Rosewood is more like a pink, dark pink colour, but it's actually more of a brown, brown with a touch of red colour. It's described as a "shimmery cocoa". I have to say that both are very good descriptions of the shades, I could hardly think of better words to describe them. They are very nicely pigmented and so comfortable to wear, I'm impressed and I wouldn't mind have a shade or two more.
I'm wearing Rosewood on the left photo, Honey in the middle and both together in the last photo.

I got my Alima Pure Lip Tints at Corpo Natura.

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

Mel Millis Phytonutri Daily Cleansing Oil

August 11, 2017

As you could see in this post I've been using quite a number of stunning products lately and the one that in my opinion really deserve a post is the absolutely gorgeous Mel Millis Phytonutri Daily Cleansing Oil*. This is a true stunner and I love it so much! Mel Millis artisan luxury skincare is based on its integrity to constantly strive in obtaining and using only the purest, freshest, nutrient rich, sustainably sourced, certified organic natural ingredients, only chosen for their individual ability to deliver exceptional, proven, effective results and not simply because of their organic status. Their products are free from many ingredients that I prefer to avoid, like Petrochemicals, Synthetic Ingredients, Mineral Oil and more, and they are also vegan (with exception of one product, their MM Face Peel contains honey). Products are made in micro-batches, in the UK, without outsourced base formulas. I'm in love with their philosophy, their ingredients and the packaging. You are probably all sick of me talking about the flower seeds infused packaging that I planted (and made a video that is up on my Facebook page) and I'm patiently awaiting for the flowers to peek through.
The Daily Cleansing Oil is suitable for all skin types and I have to say that my combination skin has been loving it. On the outside this product looks gorgeous and I just can't stop talking about those flower seeds in their paper packaging (you all know I love flowers and nature) and the inside is equally gorgeous. Probably more. Ingredient list is 100% certified organic which you know I love. This beautiful oil contains oils of Jojoba, Apricot, Avocado, Rosehip and Camellia. The oil is really quite lightweight and not greasy, and I really wouldn't mind using it as my daily facial oil. It beautifully cleanses and purifies the skin, removes excess dirt and makeup. I will say that you need a few seconds more to thoroughly dissolve mascara which is actually a good thing because the scent of this oil is divine. I don't know precisely what is it but it makes me so calm & relaxed, and uplifted, all at the same time. Aromatherapy is no joke and the blend of essential oils in this product are really just so gorgeous. Can't stop sniffing it. I love the ritual of cleansing and removing my makeup at night as it is, but with this cleansing oil the experience is on a whole different level. The blend of Rosemary, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Rose Geranium and Chamomile is truly wonderful. Some of these essential oils are also known for their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and astringent properties, to leave skin feeling refreshed, uplifted and cleansed. Love.
This beautiful cleansing oil also comes with organic muslin cloth which I wanted to include in the photos but unfortunately I'm not sure which one is it, because I have quite a few of them. Like it is with cleansing oils, I gently massage it into my skin, directly on top of my makeup, and just massage it for a while. Then I soak muslin or cotton cloth in warm water and gently wipe everything off. I always double cleanse my skin and sometimes I use it as a second cleanser but usually I use something else, lately the oil of choice has been the Pacific Northwest Body Oil* from Earthwise Beauty. Yes, I've been using their body oil as a second evening cleanser and it's been doing a good job. 

I got the Mel Millis Phytonutri Cleansing Oil on Love Lula. I highly recommend it.

Have a lovely end of the week!
With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

Take Care of Them Teeth

August 07, 2017

I wanted to talk to you about teeth and dental care today. I’m actually not the one who notices teeth as a first thing in a person nor am I the best and most regular visitor at the dentist. I wouldn’t say I’m scared of them but it is safe to say I don’t particularly enjoy going there. My teeth are not perfect but since I’ve been really enjoying products in my current routine I simply have to share them with you.
 The first this to mention is of course my toothbrush. In fact I’ve already mention it on my Instargam quite a while ago – it’s from a German brand Hydrophil (unfortunately it’s only created in Germany but made in China). Oh well. It is the best bamboo toothbrush I’ve tried and I tried a few. I’ve lost count of how many times I bought it which tells you that I really like it. The head of the toothbrush is a little smaller that your typical plastic brush but you quickly get used to that. You can also easier brush the teeth in the back and all around them. I have a medium soft and the bristles are precisely that - not too soft, not too hard, just lovely. Why do I use a bamboo toothbrush? Because it is a wonderful alternative to toothbrushes made from plastic. Ugh the annoying and horrible plastic! Not every plastic toothbrush can be recycled, if any, but luckily you can toss this bamboo toothbrush on your compost and in time it will disintegrate. The toothbrush's handle is bio-degradable and plastic-free and consists 100% of bamboo. The bristles are made from Nylon and are BPA free. They use colours that don't contain mineral oils or other chemical additives and that therefore don't leave any residue in the drinking- and groundwater when composted. Plus they are fair trade and they also give back to an organization commited to establish access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation for all humans worldwideYas! You can find them on their website (I think they ship worldwide), in almost every Müller or on Ecco Verde.
Next product is also crucial for healthy teeth and that is a good toothpaste. I’ve also tried a few natural and fluoride free toothpastes, mostly ones I found in our drugstores and different health stores. I bought quite a number of Himalaya’s Neem & Pomegranate toothpastes, they are good and you can find them in Dm’s. One I still have in the bathroom cupboard and can’t seem to get rid of is from Weleda. Don’t recommend them. Both of them are available in Dm. My newest obsession is the one I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste. It’s fresh and minty, lathers nicely and is made from recyclable metal packaging. It’s really a lovely product. Available on Beauty Heroes (subscribers have 15% off).
These two are always a part of my everyday routine but with the rest, unfortunately, I’m not as strict with and I don’t use them every single day, some only once a week. I do try and floss my teeth almost every single day (but one week is better than next). Like with the two already mentioned, I tried and  found a more eco friendly floss, meaning without plastic. The beautiful Suzi from Gurl Gone Green spoke about the Eco Dent Gentle Floss and luckily I found it on iHerb and immediately bought two of them. There is no plastic box, the box is the dispenser. Yas! Well the floss is wrapped around a plastic reel and it is stored in a plastic bag but there is no plastic case which is amazing! There is also a whole bunch of other things to mention – it’s vegan, there is no beeswax, no mineral wax, no artificial colours, sweeteners. It’s made with a blend of 11 essential oils, like Peppermint, Orange, Lemon, Anise, Fennel and more. I never looked at the ingredients in a conventional dental floss but this one is made with some very interesting ingredients, like Jojoba and Rice Bran Oils, Candelilla and Rice Bran Wax. Interesting. I have to say that I was slightly scared it wouldn’t work between my thigh gaps between my teeth but it actually does work really well. Get it on iHerb.
Bedrock & Bloom Smart Ash* is an all natural & organic teeth whitener + detoxifier, a non-abrasive powder made with Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal, All Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay and Mint, Orange Peel & Frankincense (all certified organic). I’m sure you’ve all seen selfies of people brushing their teeth with charcoal. It sure looks pretty having black teeth when you’re doing this haha. The thing with using charcoal on your teeth is that it can be a bit abrasive and not good for enamel. Bedrock & Bloom says "We've had Smart Ash independently lab tested test for abrasiveness using the RDA scale. The American Dental Association's recommended limit for abrasiveness using this scale is 250. Smart Ash was way under that at 105. So it's very fine and definitely not going to scrub off your enamel." Smart Ash promises to whiten teeth, cleans and detoxifies, reduce sensitivity, strengthen and restore. I have to say that it really whitens my teeth and cleanses them really well, but I don’t use it daily because I find it a bit to abrasive. All in all I really like this product and recommend it.
Another thing that really and truly whitens my teeth is the good old oil pulling (my post about it). This is an Ayurvedic practice for which you need coconut or sesame oil which you swish around in your mouth for about 20 minutes. Not only that it whitens your teeth and makes them feel super clean, it also helps to keep your gums and whole mouth healthy. Oil pulling is actually a wonderful detoxifier, like a whole body detoxifier. It is recommended to do it first thing in the morning, before drinking anything because while we sleep at night our saliva doesn’t circulate and we wake up with a mouthful of bad oral bacteria. So rather than swallow this bacteria take a teaspoon of oil and swish it for 10 to 20 minutes. 20 is better. After you’ve done it you have to spit it out and not swallow it! Spit it out in a trash bin and not in the sink, so you don’t clog up the pipes. I was super religious about this practice a while ago (like three years ago) and also wrote a blog post about it. I also inspired my friend to do oil pulling and she has now been doing it quite some time. And her teeth are really white!
I usually don’t complicate with the oil I use and simply use extra virgin, unrefined, organic coconut oil but the latest oil I used was 100% organic Dental Oil for healthy gums & teeth* from an Austrian brand Pure Skin Food. It’s based on Sesame Seed Oil, and also contains Olive Oil, Black Cumin, Calendula & Rosemary Extract and Parfum made from organic essential oils. Even though it contains parfum, the oil doesn’t have a strong and overpowering scent of essential oils. On the contrary I smell Black Cumin and Sesame Oil mixed with a bit of citrus. I really liked this oil, it tasted much fresher than coconut oil. But not as fresh as if it would if you'd use an oil with mint. In the end, the oil did a very good job and I liked using it.
If you’re not into the idea of oil pulling, which you really should give it a go (yeah, firstly you can experience some gagging but you get used to it and after results you end up loving it), at least brush your teeth the first thing in the morning, so you don’t swallow that nasty bacteria. On top of that I also suggest a nice mouthwash or a Brushing Rinse, like the one from Essential Oxygen. I found this product on iHerb and I’ve been really enjoying it. It contains 1% Food-Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, Deionized Purified Water, organic Aloe Vera and organic essential oils of Peppermint, Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon and Rosemary. Tastes very nice and fresh.

The last thing I want to mention is a tongue scraper. I usually just scrape my tongue with my toothbrush, I think I bought a plastic tongue scraper only once but I’ve been really into the idea of buying a stainless steel one. I have yet to find one and look for it online, so if you have any recommendations, hit me up.

Here you have it, these are the products I use every day or at least a few days of the week for my teeth and dental care. Hope you liked it and keep on smiling. :)

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Products that Impressed Me

August 02, 2017

Hi lovelies! Hope you're all having a lovely start of the new month. I wanted to start August with lots of love and share with you some bits and bobs that really blown me away. I've been struggling with the title of this post because this is not a favourites post but rather first impression/I'm really impressed with these products but I'm not ready to write a full on reviews of them. Not sure about you, but I test the majority of my products for a few weeks, if not months. Especially when it comes to skincare! So yeah like I said this post is going to be all about products that impressed me with first or tenth use. Not sure with which product should I start since I pretty much fell in love with all of them.
Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste is a toothpaste I wanted to try for a while but unfortunately they didn't ship to Europe. Luckily they are now available in the Beauty Heroes Beauty Shop and with my latest order I got not only one, but two. I thought to myself everybody is already loving this toothpaste so why not get two? I'm so pleased I did. Davids toothpastes are made from premium natural ingredients, without sulfates, artificial flavours, sweeteners, colors, preservatives, of course they are also flouride free. No animal testing and vegan as well. I love the packaging which is made from recyclable metal tube and you know what really makes my heart sing? That little tool that the toothpaste comes with it. I always wanted one of those haha. After using it three times I can honestly say that this is the best natural toothpaste I've ever tried. It's like a conventional toothpaste. Tastes very fresh and minty, and it actually also sting my mouth a bit. I never liked that burning feel when using conventional toothpastes but this one doesn't burn my tongue out and at the same time it does have a little kick to it which I like. Thumbs up!
Lately I've been very much into bar soaps. I wish to minimize my bathroom products waste and what better way to do that then with good old soaps? I made my own soap before, multiple times, but I found it a bit too drying to use in the shower so I ordered Trevarno Organic Soap Selection* and hoped for the best. I've tried some Trevarno products in the past and really liked them so I kinda knew I would like the soaps but you know how it is, some can be drying on the skin. Well these are very lovely. There are five different soaps in this box and I've tried two of them - Propolis and Lavender & Geranium. They all have quite a similar base of ingredients like, saponified Olive and Coconut Oils, Shea and Cocoa Butter. Propolis is used for it healing and restorative benefits, especially good for very dry or unhappy skin. I love this one! It provides a nice lather, cleanses my skin beautifully, it's not drying (just a touch to be really honest, but nothing major!) and I've just really been a fan of it. Lavender & Geranium soap on the other hand is slightly more drying so I rather use it as a hand soap and it works great for that. I'm excited to try the rest of them.
Talking about bar soaps I have another one I want to mention. This one is actually a shampoo! I've tried a few solid shampoo bars but I never liked them, at all! I always found them very, very drying and greasy at the same time. They just didn't do their job properly. I used them up as hand soaps at the end. Then a few weeks ago my cousins were very interested in trying out some solid shampoo bars and I quickly went on Etsy and found the brand Funky Soap. For my first shampoo from them I opted for the Acai Berry Shampoo and I couldn't have been happier with it. Lathers really beautifully, it's so easy to use and it makes such a good job of cleansing my hair. I'm so pleased with it. It is just slighty drying but since it leaves my hair soft and smooth, I really don't find that to be a problem. Funky Soap is a UK brand, 100% natural and handmade, not tested on animals and this Acai berry shampoo is also suitable for vegans. As opposed to Trevarno soaps, this one does contains Palm Oil BUT it's certified sustainable palm oil which I'm so happy to support. You can read more about palm oil in this post. Yeah, I like this shampoo very much.
Next are some very lovely skincare products. First is Phytonutri Daily Cleansing Oil* from another UK brand, Mel Millis. I adore this cleansing oil. The scent, omg the scent of this product is Divine! Ingredients are 100% certified organic and the truly gorgeous, relaxing yet uplifting scent comes from the blend of Sweet Orange, Chamomile, Lavender and Geranium. So. In. Love. The cleanser is suitable for all skin types and is enriched with the plant oils of Apricot, Avocado and Camellia. It works well at removing my makeup and excess dirt, and leaves my skin fresh and soft. It's a beautiful, beautiful product! I actually already mentioned this product on my Facebook page for its lovely packaging which is infused with dried wild British flowers. I posted up a video of planting the packaging and I've been watering them every day and the paper packaging just recently disintegrated. At least it looks that way when I stir around some dirt in the pot. Fingers crossed there will be some flowers peeking through soon. I'm overly excited about that haha.
The next product that positively surprised me is the Firming Eye Gel* from John Masters Organics. After testing out the texture on my skin I honestly didn't expect that much from this eye gel but it's actually better than I thought. It is exactly what is says it it, a gel. A super lightweight gel made with the base of Aloe Vera, Rose Flower Water and Rye Seed Extract. Plant extract in the product help to reduce inflammation and puffiness while helping to prevent damage from free radicals. The Eye Gel is hydrating and because it is so lightweight it's been a dream to use in this past few weeks. I don't see any big differences regarding fine lines around my eyes but I love that it's hydrating. Luckily I don't have problems with puffy eyes but I do see it helping with that, especially if you would store it in the fridge. It's a great everyday eye cream, especially for summer.
Last but most certainly not least a product from one of my favourite brands. Can you guess which one is it? Leahlani Skincare, of course! Leah's creations are truly magical and if there ever is a brand you should try then Leahlani is definitely it. I've been a fan of the brand for so long now and my love is forever growing. The product I've been loving lately is Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir*. It's an exotic feast for the skin, carefully formulated to hydrate and nourish the skin with organic Aloe and a potent blend of organic, Antioxidant rich tropical fruit oils such as Mangosteen, Goji Berry, Passion Fruit and Guava. It has quite a strong tropical scent, which I love & adore but at the first sniff it was just a tad too strong for me. When applied to the skin the scent is just right and it's one of those happy scents that bring a smile to my face. And that is always a good thing in the morning. I love that this oil is lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin & it doesn't clog my pores. It's a very yummy product. 

 Have you tried any of these products? Care to share your thoughts?

Happy Wednesday!

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Recent Empty Products

July 24, 2017

Hi lovelies! Hope you're all well. After a short break from my blog I'm coming back at you with a post about products that I've recently used up. For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, let me just quickly share with you that I haven't been feeling my best for the last couple of weeks. Fortunately I'm almost all better now. I had some serious back pain due to my scoliosis and let me tell you that it wasn't fun. After a few days of complaining and an amazing one hour back massage, I started doing yoga again, which I've been so bad at it lately. I've only done it once a week or every two weeks! I'm on my day 9 today and it feels good. Very good! This was luckily the first time I've experienced such pain in my back, like all over back pain. In my lower and upper back, and in between. I've noticed that my back muscles were and still are very tense and my yoga moves look very differently then they looked before. My flexibility went out the door but every day it is better and for that I'm so grateful. Anywho, I didn't mean to write about my health problems but about some empties, so here we go.

Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil* (review) was the Hero of the May Beauty Heroes box and I absolutely loved this oil! It is a beautiful, Beautiful body oil. Max and Me is an Austrian brand and to me it is one of the most special and magical brands on the market. It's highly vibrant & full of loving and positive energy. This really comes across with the scent of this body oil. It's calming, protecting and simply beautiful. Circle of Protection couldn't have a better name. It is everything that it says it is - "it tenderly embraces you and ensures the protection of your skin and your subtle body. You feel safe. You feel strong. You feel beautiful." I think this is what the most beautiful dreams are made of. LOVE.

Skin & Tonic Rose Mist* (review) is a lovely facial mist made with just 4 ingredients. I have to say I've been terribly impressed with Skin & Tonic products. The brand is British, organic and sustainable, and they pride themselves on simplicity, meaning that their products are made with a small number of ingredients. I like that. I also like that the mist contains Aloe Vera which really suits my skin. Honestly it's not the most hydrating face mist I've tried but I would still buy it again.

Rachel's Plan Bee Coconut Beach Body Oil* (review) is one of those (rare) products that really make me smile. I love & adore its delicious scent! It's like summer, beach, yummy sweet fruits and everything else you can think of of your best summer holidays in one place. It's the best summer holiday memories in a bottle. It's sweet with a touch of citrus zing and I'm just obsessed with it. As I'm writing this and trying to describe the scent, I simply cannot stop sniffing it! The scent is also long lasting and the body oil moisturizes my skin all day. I'm sure you are all sick of me writing about Rachel's Plan Bee products but I am not, so you better try Rachel's products asap so you'll finally understand why I love them so much.
Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum* (review) is yet another gorgeous products from this bunch of empty products. I miss this serum so much! It's full of beautiful Hawaiian ingredients like Turmeric, Hibiscus, Tamanu, Chia Oils and more. The serum works like magic on my skin, it's balancing, brightening, redness-reducing and hydrating. The scent of Ylang Ylang doesn't hurt as well. LOVE. I'm almost out of the Olena Face Oil as well, which is yet another stunning product from Honua.

Amly Botanicals Silver Rich Face Mist Radiance Boost* (review) is hands down one of the best facial mists I've used! I love everything about it - the scent, the performance, the bottle, everything. The scent gives me all the feels of a spa. It doesn't smell like spa but every time I used it I felt like I'm in a spa. Not that I've ever truly was in one and indulging in all the massages and stuff haha. The mist was a dream to use. The calming and relaxing scent is gorgeous and the hydrating benefits are only a cherry on top. LOVE.

Twelve Beauty Ideal Moisture Level Serum* (review) is a very lightweight serum that actually looks and has a consistency of water. This serum and the Amly face mist were a part of the April Boxwalla Beauty Box and I loved them both deeply. The serum packs a punch of hydration, it's instantly absorbed into the skin and is non-clogging. I loved it, it's a beautiful serum.
Earthwise Beauty Ruby Facial Oil* (review) is probably one of my favourite discoveries of this summer. The name really suits it since it definitely is a true gem. Ruby is lightweight, packed with gorgeous ingredients, it's beautifully absorbed into the skin, it's not heavy or greasy, but hydrating and works lovely at evening out the skin tone. I hear it's also plumping. I love that it contains oils that also have some sun-protecting ingredients and sun-damage-correcting, like I said, perfect for summer. I have another Ruby oil in my fridge since I've received it in the June Boxwalla Beauty Box. All I can say is yaay!

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo* (review) is a gorgeous shampoo that promises body and bounce. I didn't experience any of that but I still loved this shampoo. It foams up so well, it cleansed my hair like a charm, it's not stripping but leaves the hair shiny, smooth and soft. I also really liked the non-invasive, herbal scent. I loved it!

Lilfox Jungle Glow* (review) is an absolutely beautiful Hawaiian honey based enzyme cleanser + mask, and an exfoliator. I adore this product so much! Works perfect as a morning cleanser or a quick 5 minute morning or 1 hour evening mask. It is softening, smoothing, hydrating and also balancing and a bit brightening. Just recently Beauty Heroes had a few of their 2017 beauty boxes on offer and I just had to get another Lilfox box. The love is real. If you want to start the day with some serious pamper, or end it, and if you love honey, then you should definitely give Jungle Glow a go. 

So to quickly sum up this post, I really loved pretty much every single product that I mentioned and I highly recommend them. If you have any questions about them, let me know.

Have a lovely week!

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Boxwalla x Earthwise Beauty

July 10, 2017

What better way to start this week than with the June Boxwalla Beauty Box*? Get excited because the brand featured in it is the one and only Earthwise Beauty. How amazing is that? If you've been a reader of mine for a while you know I love Ava's products. I've been fortunate enough to try all three products that are featured in the June's Boxwalla beauty box before so not only I can give you short descriptions of the products, I can also link my reviews where you can read more about the products.

 If you don't know already, Boxwalla is a bi-monthly subscription service. Every two months they have a few different boxes, from beauty & food to book and film boxes, so everyone can find something for themselves. I only have experiences with their beauty boxes and I can honestly say that I'm impressed with the selection of brands and products every time. I've seen some comments like this before from other ladies but I have to say it as well - it seems like Lavanya knows what my skin needs and she always delivers. I can't even imagine the pressure to pick just the right products for the boxes, especially since they are bi-monthly, but man does she excels at that. You can actually check out a little bit about this process in this post. Onto the June box aka Wandering Wood Nymph's Sun-Kissed Alchemy. Ava Zhan founded Earthwise Beauty nearly 13 years ago (wow!), to create unique, nutrient dense products for the modern woman (or man) and in the box there are three of her beautiful creations.
Nap in the Meadow (review) is a facial serum packed with anti-inflammatory, brightening and very hydrating ingredients. It's a very lightweight aloe based serum with a gorgeous teal colour which comes from the powerhouse anti-inflammatory duo of Yarrow Oil & German Blue Chamomile Oil, mixed with the sunny yellow Turmeric Supercritical CO2 Extract. I had and used two bottles of it and loved it deeply. Read my review about it here and if you scroll down below to the end of the post you'll see that I wrote two updates, both in regards to one particular ingredient. I have said it already that even tho I am a beautician that doesn't mean I know everything, especially not about every ingredient. Sometimes I do miss things and it the Nap I've missed one ingredient that kept me away from the Nap for a while. I'm talking about polysorbate 20 which is used as an emulsifier. It's not the most harmful ingredient out there but since it's made with ethoxylation I wanted to stay away from it. Of course I couldn't keep my mouth shut and I emailed Ava about it. After our chat she decided to start testing some other ingredients and I'm happy to report that the tests have been successful and Nap in the Meadow is now free from polysorbate 20. Hooray! I haven't yet tried the reformulated version but I bet it's as amazing as it was, if not more. I missed this product so I'm thrilled and thankful that it's back in my life.
Next is the Ruby Facial Oil which is one of the most beautiful everyday face oil and just the perfect summer oil. I already used a bottle of this oil and I'm thrilled to have another one. It's packed with a range of antioxidant rich oils, many of which carry their own sun-protecting and sun damage correcting qualities, like Pequi Fruit, Buriti Oil, Rosehip, Raspberry and more. Ruby is super lightweight, it absorbs beautifully in the skin and helps to hydrate, protect and keep the skin in check. I've tried a few Earthwise Beauty facial oils before but let me tell you that Ruby is by far my favourite. Read my review about it here.
Last but certainly not least is the Farizad's Veil Powder SPF 30+ Powder. This is a very interesting and unique sunscreen powder, made with uncoated, non nano Zinc Oxide. This means you have to mix it with another product, either a serum, moisturizer or a facial oil. I love that you can customize it and use whatever product you want to. Ruby goes perfectly with it but ever since I used a bottle of it, I have been using it with Leahlani's Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir* and I have been really loving the two together. I'm still using the old version of the sunscreen that came in a plastic jar and even though the glass jar version doesn't have a sifter, I much prefer that than the plastic one. #saynotoplastic am I right? It's a bit hard to describe how much I use, I just go by feeling but the description on the Boxwalla card states to mix 1/32-1/16 tsp of Farizad's Veil with 1/2 dropper of Ruby (around 8 drops). You can also mix in some of the serum to make an ultra light, moisturizing lotion. As you can see, all the three product go perfectly together and I couldn't have been more pleased about that. Review here.
What can I say? Another wonderful beauty box from Boxwalla. They keep on impressing me with their curation. Sadly this box is no longer available but you should definitely check out the content of the August beauty box and join the Boxwalla till the July 20th to receive it. You can buy one box or join their subscription to receive the boxes every two months. Boxwalla ships worldwide. You can read more about them in this post or on their website. You can get Earthwise Beauty products here (you can use my code "Loveliness" to get 15% off) or if you live in Europe you can get them via this beauty shop.

Have a lovely week!

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided 
**this post contains affiliate links

The Best Natural Deodorants #NoBakingSoda

July 04, 2017

A lot of time has passed since I last talked about deodorants. I think that deodorants are one of those products you should really switch to a natural version. The amount of shit that is in conventional deodorants is just disgusting and it's not doing anything good for your body. Make a change, even if you're not into green beauty. It's actually been almost a year since I've reviewed my beloved Schmidt's deodorant for sensitive skin in the scent Geranium (now Geranium Flower). You can check it out here. I'm such a fan of this deodorant, even a bigger one than I was when I was writing the review. I've repurchased it numerous times and I think that speaks for itself. It's just so darn good! Honestly, I'm so beyond grateful to this brand for creating these deodorants because I was always one who really struggled with deodorants. Conventional or natural, it didn't matter. Either I had to change them up after a few months of use or they just didn't work like they should have. I do sweat quite a lot and that was always my insecurity. But as years go on, it's been easier and easier and I just accepted that. As long as I have an effective and affordable natural deodorant I'm all good. And now I have even more option that I had ever before!
 I do really like Schmidt's Deodorant in Geranium Flower but I'm not gonna lie that I did hope for some new scents, especially floral. They are always creating new scents but usually they all contain baking soda which sadly, I'm allergic to. I get red rashes under my arms and I just can't use deodorants with soda. But a few weeks ago my wishes came true and I couldn't be happier! They came up with three new scents (+ new packaging design) and I was lucky enough to be sent all three of them. Meet Jasmine Tea*, Coconut Pineapple* and Lavender Tips*. All three have the same base of ingredients as the Geranium has. First is Magnesium Hydroxide, then Coconut Oil and Arrowroot Powder. All three ingredients can be found in some DIY deodorant recipes. I knew about the coconut oil and arrowroot powder but for magnesium hydroxide I was quite surprised. I did find some recipes using magnesium oil tho, especially in baking soda free recipes. No Aluminium or Artificial Fragrance. Talking of fragrances, Jasmine Tea and Coconut Pineapple both contain Natural Fragrance, and Geranium and Lavender Tips contain one essential oil each (either Lavender or Geranium). Certified vegan, cruelty and gluten free.
After trying them out I have a new favourite and it's the beautiful Jasmine Tea. I'm such a fan of jasmine as it is, so it's no surprise it's my favourite out of all four of them. So. In. Love. When I use up all of them this will be a definite repurchase. Love love love! The deodorant I used on vacation was the Coconut Pineapple. I mean it's the perfect deodorant for your beach bag. It's not as coconuty as I though it would be and I actually prefer that the scent is kinda half and half coconut and pineapple. As for the Lavender Tips go, I gave that one to my mum because there is something with me and lavender scented deodorant. I just can't use them. I love lavender, I'm just really not a fan of lavender under my arms.

They last all day, even on hot summer days and when exercising but if I go somewhere in the afternoon I do reapply it because I'm a bit crazy like that. I know it's not necessary but I can't help myself. In my review of the Geranium deodorant I said that I experienced some irritation and redness due to magnesium hydroxide. The solution to that was super simple! After showering I started applying some body lotion or oil and that helped immensely and I got rid of the rash. I think my skin eventually also got used to the ingredients because after a year of everyday use I don't have this problem anymore, even if I don't apply any lotion prior to the deodorant. It is stated on the packaging that you should discontinue use if rash or irritation develops but if it's not that bad you can try my tip before tossing it. These deodorants can leave some residue on clothes but nothing a washing machine can't sort out.
I highly, Highly recommend Schmidt's Deodorants! I've been using them for more than three years (my first post on them) and as the years go by, I love them more and more. Next thing I'm hoping for is that they make a masculine scent in this sensitive line so that my boyfriend, who is also sensitive to baking soda, can use them as well. And no, he is not a fan of Tea Tree, which is the fifth deodorant from this line, and doesn't feel like using other baking soda-free scents that they have. I'm also hoping they will start packaging them in glass jars or some other more sustainable and eco-friendly packaging.

Schmidt's deodorants are sold at numerous places. I don't know if they are sold in shops (maybe in the US) but I order them online via Specia. At the moment the three new scents aren't yet available but I hope they will be soon.

Ps. Now that I'm searching for links I found out they also have two more scents for sensitive skin. First is Fragrance-Free and the other one is a completely new scent named Waves.

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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