Skin & Tonic Steam Clean

June 23, 2017

Skin & Tonic is a brand I've already wrote on this blog of mine. I've reviewed their Rose Mist, a lovely rose toner, and today I'm going to talk about Skin & Tonic's cult product, the Steam Clean. I'm saying cult product because I've seen it on quite a number of blogs and the reviews are always positive. I was really excited to try out this product but my first impression wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. But things quickly changed for the better.
 Skin & Tonic is a brand made in the UK and they are all about simplicity and organic ingredients. I can just finish here because this definitely makes my heart sing. The founder Sarah truly believes in less is more and creates certified organic, sustainable skincare with no more than 7 ingredients. They support, wherever possible, small and local British & French producers/ farmers, they source from Fair Trade women’s co-operatives in Ghana & Sri Lanka, they've partnered with Charity Water and donate 10% of profits to them, providing essential, clean water and sanitation to those in the world who need it the most. They also strive to be as carbon neutral a company as possible and have already started planting trees in the Suffolk countryside to offset our carbon footprint. I mean how could you not love and adore such philosophy?

Steam Clean is described as a "simple but effective cleansing balm". It contains Grape, Thistle and Borage Seed Oils, and Beeswax. These ingredients create a very lovely consistency of the balm. I'm struggling to describe it, it's very smooth and the word slick actually comes to my mind. It's not grainy which many cleansing balms are due to Shea Butter. It's quite lightweight and I really think it would work great on oily skin types. I don't know how the texture changes in winter but I really enjoyed using it in the warmer months. I was surprised to be so into it, I don't normally go on and on about the consistency. I mean the empty jar speaks for itself, I loved it. Steam Clean turns into oil in seconds and it's such a wonderful product to remove your makeup with. It just glides on the skin and just a little bit of massaging breaks everything down and effectively removes all traces of makeup. It really works like a charm and I can say it's definitely one of my fave cleansing balms I've used. 

The only thing that slightly bothered me was the scent of Eucalyptus and Spearmint. I wasn't too keen of it. I consider myself lucky that I can quite quickly get used to smelly-to-me scents and in the end I kinda even enjoy them. In all honesty this unisex scent doesn't smell bad but I would definitely prefer something else. On the other hand Eucalyptus is a very beneficial plant, especially for acne-prone and oily skin. It's anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and has healing properties. Spearmint has some of the same skin benefits. To think about it now my skin did look healthy and nice when I was using this balm. 
As said I used the Steam Clean in the evenings to remove my makeup and all the grime from the day. I massaged a small amount of balm straight onto my face and removed it with a warm washcloth. I always double cleanse so this was my first cleanser and then I went in with a little bit of this or some other balm/oil, and repeat the whole process. After removing my makeup my skin was always very soft and smooth, properly cleansed but never dry or uncomfortable. 

Handmade, cruelty free and packaged in 100% recyclable glass container, this product is suitable for normal to oily skin. It excites me to also mention that Skin & Tonic will soon be providing refills to save on packaging. I got it from Love Lula** but you can also get it straight from the Skin & Tonic website.

Happy Friday!

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
**affiliate link

Beauty Heroes x Honua Skincare

June 19, 2017

It's almost the 20th of June, where has the time gone? The 20th is the last date on which you can snatch the current month's Beauty Heroes beauty discovery. So it's about time I share my thoughts on the June's discovery featuring the beautiful Hawaiian brand Honua Skincare. Since I need a bit of time to properly test out the products this will be more of a review in quotation marks. I have been using the products for about 4-6 weeks but I know that my skin needs more time to really show me all the pros and benefits. I've actually never been one to test a bunch of products at the same time and each skincare item I'm testing out I use every day for at least! 3-4 weeks and then give out any thoughts. But I rather use them even longer, and my skin prefers that as well. I usually only change up one skincare product at a time because you know how it is using two new products at a time, you can hardly tell which one is working better for your skin. Or is that just me? But this month I have been using two new products at the same time and my skin has been very happy. So what is in the June's Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery?
For less than $40 you will receive two full sized Honua Skincare products worth $106. I'm always amazed and thrilled that you can get expensive products for half of their actual prices. I mean who doesn't like a good deal? I sure do! If you follow me on Instagram, then you've already seen a couple of posts dedicated to this month's discovery. Honua Skincare is a newer brand on the market and I was drawn to it ever since I found out about it. There is just something there that really sparked my interest. Maybe it is the beautiful founder Kapua Browning, who was actually born with two names and I love the meaning behind both. One means ˝exotic flower˝ and the other translates to the ˝woman in charge of bringing peace˝. What I really like about Kapua is that not only is she a super friendly, passionate and humbled person, at least that's the feeling I got from her, she is also a licensed esthetician and instructor. Who better to create a skincare line than an esthetician who's been working on her clients for 10 years, have been making her own products for clients and knows different skin types? Yaas! 
At the moment Honua, which means ˝earth˝ in Hawaiian, has 4 products in their line, and two of them are available through the June's Beauty Heroes box*. The Hero is the Aloha Youth Serum, a beautiful lightweight yet really hydrating serum that works so well on my skin. The serum is loaded with planet's most potent healing botanicals, phytonutrients and minerals, from Coconut Water, Rose Hydrosol and Aloe Vera to cell renewing Hibiscus, anti aging and brightening Noni and Turmeric, and skin loving Tamanu & Chia Oils. Lots of these ingredients are from farms based on different Hawaii islands and I absolutely love that. Kapua's family is known for protecting the land, water and farmlands of Hawaii and Kapua is passionate to protect the farming rituals of Hawaii by donating a portion of her profits to three organizations in her homeland.

The Aloha Youth Serum has the consistency of a ˝typical˝ serum, meaning lightweight, quickly absorbing and hydrating. It has an off white to light yellow colour and a scent of Ylang Ylang. It promises firming and plumping effect, cool, calm relief from inflammation and healthy, sustained brightening and hydration for all day glow. I would pretty much agree with everything here. The effects for me weren't instant but with regular use, every morning and night, my skin is looking calmer, brighter and healthier. It's hard to speak about anti-aging benefits but I do believe in the product so I'm just gonna keep on using it. I didn't experience any reaction to it but almost every time I apply it (on my cleansed face after toner), I get a slightly tingly feeling that goes away in seconds. I'm glad to say I fell in love with this serum and that it brings me joy every time I use it. It definitely has the right name - Aloha, which is a way of life, a gift from the Hawaiian people to the world. Kapua describes aloha with a few words, like kindness, humility, patience, perseverance. *insert heart emoji*
The Sidekick of June's Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery is Honua Skincare ʻŌlena Beauty Oil. This is a product I've been most excited to try out even before I knew it was going to be featured in the box. ʻŌlena is Hawaiian turmeric and I'm all about the amazing and beneficial turmeric. This wonderful yellow ingredient is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse known to treat skin conditions like sun damage, eczema and acne. Aloha serum contains quite a number of ingredients, ʻŌlena on the other hand contains less than 10. ʻŌlena contains an organic & wildcrafted herbal oil infusion of Turmeric, Noni, Cacao and Chia, and a few more. The oil has a yellowish to light green colour and quite a strong scent. I have no idea what I'm smelling but it kinda smells like curry leaves. I don't hate the scent and I've already got used to it but it's safe to say it's not my favourite. ʻŌlena promises hydration, super soft skin and improved elasticity. Since it contains Turmeric I was expecting some serious brightening and skin tone evening benefits. The effects don't happen overnight, which is exactly why I don't review products after a week or two. But as I'm looking at my skin, it does feel more even and just healthier. Maybe I'd get even better results if I'd use it morning and night like it's recommended but I prefer to only use it at night. It's not that heavy but I have more lightweight oils to use in the mornings, like this one for example.
The last thing I also want to mention is their packaging. LOVE. I love the bottles, I love the 100% recyclable and compostable paper packaging, I love the writings & the drawings inscribed with vegetable ink, everything. So beautiful. I'm very impressed with this month's Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery and I'm so grateful to have these two beauties in my beauty cupboard. As I said, this is the last call to get this box so you better hurry if you want to try Honua. You can subscribe here.

I almost forgot to mention that each box comes with this beautiful flower Plumeria. To Kapua, the flower is a symbol of beauty and peace that brings a smile to those around her. Love that. I've shared it in this picture. I think that's all I wanted to say. :)

Have a lovely week. Aloha.

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Teatox Matcha Starter Set

June 16, 2017

Hi beauties! Hope you're all doing well. We're back from our holidays in Croatia so it's time for a new blog post. I was super lazy on our vacation and for a minute there I did think I should write something like "products I took with me" post but I very quickly changed my mind and just enjoyed my time there. You can see some pictures on my Instagram from the beautiful Mali Lošinj and see how beautiful the sea is there, and there is also a short video of the holidays on my Facebook page if you want to have a look.  

 Instead of products I took with me or some other holiday inspired post I kinda feel more like talking about matcha tea today. You may be thinking what is wrong with me talking about tea in this hot weather. Well like most, if not all teas, matcha is one of those teas that can be drink as a cold drink. You may have heard of iced matcha tea lattes. I haven't tried that yet since I don't mind drinking a warm tea even in the summer, but I just wanted to mention this option. But what matcha even is and why has been getting all the rave?

Matcha is a special type of powdered green tea and has a long tradition in Japanese culture. The green tea leaves are shaded from the sun for the last few weeks of their growth, increasing the chlorophyll content and creating a gorgeous green color. Then, the leaves are carefully ground with stone grinding wheels to produce a fine powder. It is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its gorgeous green color and antioxidant properties. And the later is the main reason why I started drinking it. I've been a fan of green tea for ever and since matcha has a much bigger content of antioxidants it was an obvious next step. Not only it is an antioxidant powerhouse, one of the benefits that I notice is that it gives a boost of energy. But the effect is different than that energy boost you get with coffee. It lasts longer and there are no spikes and crashes. I read somewhere that it just comes on gently and leaves just as gently and I agree with that. Works great! Talking about matcha & coffee there is something else definitely worth mentioning. There is none of that coffee breath and supposedly it also doesn't stain your teeth. Oh yeah! The taste of both is different tho. Jaka doesn't like matcha because to him it tastes like broccoli. Haha to me it doesn't but since matcha is full of chlorophyll he might be onto something. But like I said, to me it doesn't taste bad or vegetable-like, it's like a mild green tea and I really like it.
There are some other health benefits of matcha. It boosts memory, burn calories and detoxifies the body, to name a few. Unlike other types of teas, the green tea powder is not strained out before consuming, so you are consuming the entire leaf, making Matcha more potent than other tea varieties. There is also this whole ceremony surrounding the making of matcha tea. I'm no expert but I did wanted to try the traditionally used bamboo whisked, called chasen. That was one of the main reason I picked up this Teatox Matcha Starter Set* on LoveLula. As you can see the set comes with the whisk and Japanese Organic Matcha Tea Poweder (30 g). These two provide a perfect duo for your own personal tea ceremony. I've been really enjoying them and a while back I also made a video where I shared how I mix my own matcha tea. Well technically it's matcha tea latte since I blend the green tea with mylk (oat or rice) and a teaspoon of coconut sugar. You'll see in the video. I also want to mention that I like to avoid regular teaspoons when I'm making matcha, I only use wooden utensils. I don't know if there is an actual point in doing this, some avoid them and some don't. I also don't like using stainless steel straws for my smoothies because I feel it reacts to the nutrients. Didn't google it, it's just the feeling I'm receiving. Anywho, I've been really enjoying using this Teatox Matcha Starter Set and if you're new to this whole matcha madness then I highly suggest trying it out.
You can get it here.

Have you tried Matcha? What are your thoughts about it?

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

The Number One Reason To Choose Sunscreens with Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

May 29, 2017

I think it's about time that we speak about sunscreens again. It seems that everyone is talking about them, not only bloggers and magazines but also people in general. We all want to find something good for the skin, something that gives us a good UV protection and that it's not too heavy and pore clogging. I'm lucky enough that I found some great products that do all that and more. I will mention them down bellow but first should we speak about that number one reason?
Non-nano Zinc Oxide is coral reef safe and it's not toxic to marine life. And that is the number one reason why you should be a more conscious consumer and spend your money wisely. Zinc oxide is a physical UV filter, the same as Titanium Dioxide but the later doesn't provide as good of a UVA and UVB protection as Zinc Oxide, and is also more prone to cause acne. Zinc Oxide on the other hand can actually help with treating and healing acne. But not all physical filters are created equally, so make sure that you choose ones with non-nano particles that don't penetrate into your body. But know onto the biggest problem, is your sunscreen safe for the planet?

If you're using sunscreen that contains chemical filters like Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Homosalate and more, then I'm sorry to say this but yes, you are causing damage to marine life. And don't think you can get away with it in your everyday life. Each night when you wash off your sunscreen from your face, it goes down the drain and the pollution already begins. I don't know how to write this post not sounding too high and mighty, and a know it all, but these are facts and there is nothing you can do about it. Well you can and I urge you to change your sunscreen and then you won't feel like I'm attacking you. I know that some people respond to images better than words so why not google something like "sunscreen coral damage"? In posts like this I always feel like I have to defend myself saying things like "I'm not perfect" and things like that, but the truth is that I'm trying and that is often times more than lots of people are doing. I only want to bring this to your attention and make you think. We are already doing so much shit to our oceans and planet in general as it is (plastic pollution!!) and sunscreens with chemical filters are only adding more stress and damage to marine life.
(I found these pictures online: photo 1, photo 2 & 3, picture 4.)

As someone who uses sunscreen on a daily, at least at this time of the year, this issue is very worrying and the whole "ignorance is bliss" thing really bothers me. I completely get that not everyone is interested in these things and unfortunately media isn't really talking about this. But when you do learn things like this then I think you really should make a change. Why bother supporting brands that aren't doing anything good for the environment? And that aren't even good for you? Chemical filters are in fact worse not only for the planet but they actually don't offer as good of a UV protection as non-nano Zinc Oxide. They are photounstable, which means they are less effective and therefore useless because they can leave your skin at risk from sunburn but also from longer term skin damage like photoaging. Not to mention the whole other nasty things that are associated with chemical filters, like for example being hormone disruptors. As you can see there are many reasons why it is best to choose non-nano Zinc Oxide based sunscreens.
One thing I have to also mention is that of course not every non-nano Zinc Oxide sunscreen is good. They are great for the planet but they may still contain some ingredients that you may be better off. I think everyone should do their own research but often times less ingredients is better. I love that in this day and age there are many sunscreens that aren't as heavy and rich as they were and don't leave any white residue on the skin. I don't have many options but for my face I utterly adore Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28**(review here). It is just amazing! No white residue, it's not heavy, doesn't break me out or dry out my skin, and also contains a gorgeous array of ingredients. LOVE. Next one is from Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil SPF 30+ Powder* (review here). I love this one because you can customize it to your skin. Since it is a powder you can mix it with your favourite oil or moisturizer and make your own concoction. This one can be a bit drying if I use too much, which I actually just found out a few days ago.

One of the sunscreens that also sound good and is more affordable is Badger Rose Face Sunscreen SPF 25, but I haven't tried it. I did use some other Badger sunscreens and yes, they are a bit rich and heavier but their ingredients are great and for that one week of summer holidays I think it's manageable. The one I mentioned is supposedly lightweight so maybe try that. BUT I will say that one year I wasn't that impressed with one of the Badger sunscreens. First year was good and then the next year is wasn't. They recommended to gently but thoroughly squeeze the bottle to mix all ingredients together and that shoud do the trick. For my holidays this year I will be using Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30 in a plastic free tin! Unfortunately they don't ship to Europe but I was lucky enough to buy it from Andrea via her Marketplace. I also suggest checking out Josh Rosebrook, 100% Pure, Pratima, Soleo Organics (this brand is like Badger also available in Slovenia) and Suntegrity is another brand that many green beauty bloggers have tried it. There are more but these are the ones that I can think of at this moment. Search for nano-nano Zinc Oxide based sunscreens that don't contain any chemical filters. One other thing I also have to mention is makeup. I'm happy to report that Lily Lolo, Inika and Alima Pure are using non-nano Zinc Oxide

If you want to learn more about Zinc Oxide then check out the post What's up with Zinc Oxide?. I don't know everything about this mineral but the safest option for our planet and ourselves in sunscreens today is definitely non-nano Zinc Oxide. You can also check out the Three Beautiful Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Sunscreens post from last year.

There is so much more to say about this topic but I will leave it at that. You can get some good sunscreens in some health stores but when it comes to these products it looks like online shopping is the way to go.  

Hope you're well and have a happy Monday!


Jana xx

*sample generously provided
**affiliate link

PS. You can now find me on Facebook! I finally made an account. :)

Earthwise Beauty Ruby Facial Oil

May 24, 2017

There has been some time since I've talked about Earthwise Beauty and Ava's blends. But there has been a product I've used lately that stood out to me and is actually my favourite facial oil I've had a pleasure to try from Earthwise Beauty. Ruby Facial Oil* has been my everyday oil for the last couple of weeks and I have to say I'm impressed. It is the perfect oil for warmer and sunny months and you'll see why in a minute.
 Ruby Facial Oil was launched only a couple of months ago, in March 2017. Their main goal for this oil was to offer a face oil that would work perfectly with their sunscreen, the Farizad's Veil SPF 30+ Powder (I wrote about it here & here). I was fortunate enough to get this ruby baby just a day or two before it was launched and I was honestly like "oooh check out those ingredients *insert heart eyed emoji*". The base is Organic Guava Seed Oil from India and it is said that it helps to maintain skin elasticity to prevent signs of premature aging and wrinkles. Guava Seed oil is non-comedogenic and helpful with acne. It is also said to reduce pore size, tone and tighten skin. Not sure if the use of Ruby reduced the size of my pores but I really haven't experienced any problems with spots and my skin has been looking very lovely lately. Yas! There are some other oils I would like to mention that are in the Ruby, such as Cranberry, Rosehip and Raspberry Seed Oils + Pequi, Buriti and Celery. The last three ingredients are very interested and I don't see them in many products, if at all. Some of these oils are rich in antioxidants, many of which carry their own sun-protective qualities, others are wrinkle-reducing and sun-damage-correcting (I'm like yaas!), and there is a large group of non-comedogenic oils particularly recommended for skin types prone to congestion (Milk Thistle, Guava, Rosehip, Cranberry). And it contains the ever amazing Turmeric. Nuff said. Oh and there is no essential oils which is perfect for all of those with sensitive skin.

I love that Ruby contains so many beautiful antioxidant-rich and non-comedogenic oil, and also because some of the oils have some sun-protective qualities. Love that! Based on these ingredients it truly is the perfect oil for summer. Now don't go out using just this oil and think that your skin will be really protected from the UV rays, but I do love that some of the oils offer a bit of UV protection. I won't say that it doubles the SPF protection of Farizad's Veil but the two are a perfect match. So far the oil checks all the boxes. What's next? Scent? Nothing special, light and non invasive. It is described as "a very light scent of guava fruit, pequi fruit (which itself reminds us of pineapples and passion fruit), and rosehips with a minimal addition of the bliss-inducing, extremely relaxing mimosa flower". It has a lovely darkish yellow colour that doesn't stain my skin.
The last but certainly not least is the consistency of Ruby, and this is another reason why I think this oil is perfect for summer. Ruby has a very lightweight texture. It is beautifully absorbed into the skin and makes it soft and supple. There is something really special about this oil and my skin really agrees with it. It's not at all heavy but light and beautiful.

Ruby Facial Oil is certified cruelty free, vegan, handcrafted, fair trade, and my combination skin adores it! Suitable for all skin types including acne-prone and sensitive. You can get Ruby Facial Oil directly from Earthwise Beauty where you can use my code "LOVELINESS" to get 15% off. If you live in Europe get it at Eminessences shop. Last option and also my fave is that you can get Ruby as a part of the June Boxwalla Beauty Box, as I've already said in my previous post. The last day to get the box is the May 25 so if you like the sound of it, be sure to subscribe.

Have a lovely day!

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

´Wandering Woman's English Spring´ Beauty Box by Boxwalla

May 22, 2017

Hi loves! How are you all doing on this fine day? I wanted to do a rather short and sweet post about the April's Boxwalla Beauty Boxwith a theme "Wandering Woman's English Spring". Unfortunately you can't receive this box any longer, since you have to subscribe to Boxwalla boxes in advance. At the moment Boxwalla's instagram is all about their upcoming beauty box which you can get if you subscribe to May 25. I'm very excited about it actually and I'm sure you'll be to because The Drunken Boxwallas are featuring the beautiful Earthwise Beauty. Since the brand isn't the most affordable one, now really is The time to try three of their products by subscribing to Boxwalla and get them for a very, very good price. You can get three gorgeous products valued at $160 for less than $50! But enough about the June Beauty Box, I do have some things to say about the April box.
 The Wandering Woman's English Spring Box is a sojourn through England in Spring, filled with hydrating drinks to quench your skin. I love how Lavanya (co-founder of the wonderful Boxwalla) each month brings us something completely different to the previous box. There are always some very exciting brands and products featured in their boxes. Her curations are wonderful and just oh so amazing. I really can't fault her + her writings are to die for magical. When I say box, I am talking about their beauty boxes. They do have other boxes as well, if you're more into books, film or food. Check them out here.

But now let's being our journey in East Sussex, in Lisa's wildflower meadow called Amly. 100m bellow the Amly Meadow, flows an artesian spring with water rich in silver. Lisa & Kerry were inspired by this healing silver-water to create Amly Botanicals and their Radiance Boost Silver Rich Face Mist. Handmade in England, this face mist is formulated specifically to relieve tired, stressed skin, but can be used by all skin types. We all need a revitalising and illuminating skin product in our beauty cupboard, don't you agree? I sure as heck do! This face mist is hands down one of my favourite mists I have tried. It's so good! First of all, I love the chic and super luxurious packaging. This kind of packaging really makes my heart skip a beat. But as you know, the packaging can only do so much, the thing that really matter is what's inside. Formula is blended with organic flowers, hedgerow fruit, native herbs and exquisite essential oils of Neroli, Jasmine, Rose Otto, Chamomile, Linden Blossom and Frankincense. It smells like walking through the most wonderful and heavy scented forest garden. It. Is. Devine. I will say that I was very surprised seeing the ingredient list. There is a lot of ingredients, including moisture-boosting Hyaluronic Acid, skin-perfecting Copper Peptides and nourishing plant Probiotics. The mist is hydrating and it really is oh so beautiful. The perfect toner for the 7 Skin Method. The mist ticks all the boxes. It's full of gorgeous natural ingredients, it's hydrating, smells heavenly and also looks very nice on my bathroom shelve.
From East Sussex, we land in Central London where Pedro Catala practices as a pharmacist. Inspired to threat his patients' post treatment reactive skin, he created Twelve Beauty, a line that exemplifies the magic that happens when the beauty of nature meets the rigors of science. The Twelve Beauty product that was featured in the Boxwalla Beauty Box was their Ideal Moisture Level Serum, described as "deceptively light, deeply hydrating serum that forms a permeable viscoelastic film on the skin, allowing nutrients through yet preventing moisture loss from the skin". It's an interesting serum since it has water-like consistency but even tho it feels like water, it feels completely different on the skin as "plain old" water does. It packs a punch oh hydration and plumps up the skin. I haven't used it for long but I quickly noticed my skin to be plumper and bouncier.
Both products bring so much hydration to my skin and they really are so beautiful. I've been enjoying them thoroughly and I'm very excited to keep on using them and reaping all their benefits. As I've said this box is no longer available but definitely check out the June Beauty Box: The Wandering Wood Nymph's Sun Kissed Alchemy. And yes, there will be a sunscreen in there. Read more about Boxwalla boxes and their philosophy in my post and if you're interested in joining you can subscribe here. I almost forgot but I again have to mention how much I love the carefully crafted tree-free handmade paper that each Boxwalla box is made of, and the fact that the products fit perfectly into them. Perfectly-sized boxes are my jam, I always love and appreciate that.

Have a wonderful start of the week.

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

Walden Two Eternities Natural Perfume

May 19, 2017

I don't know when was the last time I talked about perfumes. Many, many posts ago. Today I want to review a very special perfume. Special in a way that I (along with some other bloggers) was a small part of creating them. We helped with choosing the scents. So a while ago I've received a parcel with 5 perfume samples and I had to test and score them from 1 to 10. Honestly, I wasn't too keen on any of the samples so I was crossing my fingers that I got the smelly ones. I didn't know what to expect but I was hoping for the best. And then Walden Natural Perfumes came to life. Made from only the finest natural absolutes, resins and essential oils Walden Perfumes are named after Henry David Thoreau’s seminal work Walden. The book - part meditation, part handbook for simple living in natural surroundings - has inspired countless readers and Walden Natural Perfumes are proud to walk in his footsteps.
I wanted to try something fresh and floral, something for spring. I was on the fence which perfume to choose since they all sound so beautiful but Two Eternities and A Little Star-Dust sounded the most appealing. After a much needed chat with Stephan from Love Lula I decided for Two Eternities. And I couldn't have picked a better scent for me!! A Little Star-Dust has a strong and quite sweet scent of Ylang Ylang, which I actually like but not so much as a perfume. Two Eternities* is the one for me. It is described as "a garland of forest flowers including Wild Rose, Jasmine and Iris floating above a fresh citrus base of Bergamot and Sweet Orange Oil". It is exactly that! A beautiful floral scent, it's fresh and slightly sweet, so, So lovely. Mmm I love it. I also really like the packaging. It looks like a proper perfume with heavy glass and a wooden cap. It's a spray perfume and I don't have a lot of those. Natural perfumes most of the time come in a roll-on packaging where the flower and essential oils are blended in an oil base or solid perfume where there are also butters in the blend (or beeswax, something solid). I don't discriminate but I do tend to apply this perfume only on my clothes, not so much on my skin. Why? Because the base is Alcohol which I don't like to apply on my skin. But that is not a deal breaker, not at all. In the base of Grain Ethanol there are all those beautiful ingredients like Jasmine, Wild Rose, Sweet Orange and a few more. The scent is dreamy.
Now you know that I love the scent but does it last on me? Is the staying power any good? When I first started testing it out I was quite disappointed and not that impressed. Since all my other perfumes are oil based or solid, and because I never liked too strong perfumes, I only applied two spritz of it and thought that was plenty. I never wanted to be that person who you can smell a mile away. Not my thing. But there is a difference between conventional and natural perfumes. Two spritz didn't work as I thought they would and not only that I wasn't That person, I couldn't even detect the scent after an hour. So I started using more and that did the trick! Now I apply a few more spritz, like five or even more, and as I said, I apply the perfume on my clothes and the perfume definitely last for a few hours. Awesome! But it's not as long lasting as is A Little Star-Dust. Probably because it's fresher and more light, and the later is more heavy and sweet. But saying this I do still detect the scent on the shirt I wore yesterday.

I've fallen in love with this perfume and I've been wearing it every day. Get your Walden Two Eternities Natural Perfume at Love Lula. If you're not that into fresh and floral scent then check out their other perfumes here.

Happy Friday!

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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