The UMA Brighten Up Skin Care Giveaway

February 19, 2017

The title of this post already gave it away so let's not beat around the bush - I have a giveaway for you today! For those of you who haven't yet heard of UMA, it is a brand, a very unique brand based on Ayurvedic practices. For the founder Shrankhla Holocek, beauty is rooted in the time-honored traditions of her family farm. Named after Shrankhla's aunt who exemplified simplicity and integrity, UMA oils are 100% organically cultivated, extracted, distilled and bottled on her family's 100-acre estate. Everything is grown and made there, on their farm. Wow! I've already spoke about UMA and their stunning products here on my blog and on my Instagram. You may remember my love for their hair oil or the Ultimate Brightening Face Mask. I'm still a massive fan of both, and of some of their other products that I had a chance to try out. Let me quickly just mention UMA's current campaign that is going on on Instagram and is called Dare To Go Bare. It's a campaign to inspire women everywhere to love the skin they're in. You can check my #daretogobare makeup free selfie here. There is still time to participate if you'd like, because there are also some prizes up for grabs. Anyways, I love what UMA is doing. Not only they are creating magical potions which are 100% natural and organic, but they also strive to inspire us to be confident in our own selves. Yaaas!
I adore UMA and I think you will too so I'm hosting a very special giveaway where three lucky winners (yes, three!) will receive a $130 Ultimate Brightening Kit! I've only tried the face mask from the line but if the rest is as good as the mask, then you are in for a real treat. As you know spring is fast approaching (yay) and flowers are budding in India at the UMA Oils’ meadow! It takes over 1,000 rose petals to make ONE drop of rose oil, which is a staple in UMA’s Ultimate Brightening line. It's the perfect time to switch up your skincare routine, so why not achieve that perfect glow you’ve always wanted? If you're yearning for bright, glowing, and dewy skin, enter the Uma Brighten Up Skin Care Giveaway to win a brightening skin care routine fit for royalty.  
Enter your email* to potentially be one of the 3 lucky winners to receive a $130 Ultimate Brightening Kit.

Easy rules right? All you need to do is enter your email and you can do that here. This giveaway is international and runs till the 1st of March 2017. On March 2nd three winners will be randomly drawn out of the signup list to receive a $130 Ultimate Brightening Kit from UMA. That is it!

Good luck to everyone!!

Have a great start of the week.

Much love,

Jana xx

*Disclaimer. This giveaway and post are sponsored by UMA. Please take in consideration that the products in these photos don't represent the giveaway's prize. This post does not contain affiliate links, but know that with participating in the giveaway, I will receive a small compensation from UMA. You will not be charged in any way by entering this giveaway. Thank you for supporting me.<3

Natural & Vegan Products in my Shower

February 13, 2017

Want to know which products I'm currently using in my shower? Then you came to the right place. I've been using some new goodies so I decided to share a little bit about them.
First I would like to show you a shower gel I've been using almost every day, the Botanical Bodywash in Rose & Neroli by the UK brand Greenfrog Botanic*. This body wash is quite unique since it's made from organic Soapberries, grown sustainably in the mighty Himalayan Mountains of the East, where for centuries they have been used for washing the body. These magical berries, used in Ayurveda medicine to treat soft, sensitive and dry skin, leave your body superbly clean and really respect the PH of your skin. No palm oil, sulphates and parabens, made with plant based ingredients because as they say "in a hot steaming shower, chemicals are absorbed through open skin pores and in breathed into the lungs" so nasties aren't welcomed there. This body wash has a strong scent, mostly of Neroli and is a bit too strong in my opinion. Luckily I don't hate it but I can say it's not my fave. I love that it's made from soapberries and I don't know if this is usually the case but the product doesn't lather much, if any at all. It's different than your standard conventional body wash but you do get used to it. No foam but that doesn't mean anything because the body wash cleanses my skin perfectly.

Sometimes I mix it up a little and use my Kahina Rose Beldi Soap* which I've received in a Beauty Heroes Box. I've mentioned it in this post. I'm loving it! Made with only two ingredients, saponified Olive Oil and Rose Flower Oil, this soap is as pure as can be. Just the other day I used it with the accompanying Kessa Mitt* and oh man, my skin was so smooth and soft. It removed all the dead skin cells and if you haven't tried this duo you really should. The soap is a bit more expensive but surely the kessa mitt can be used with some other body wash, so if not both, go at least for the kessa mitt. If you are a Beauty Heroes member you can buy it in their Beauty Store, using 15% discount.

Onto haircare. Ever since I got my new shampoo and conditioner from the lovely UK shop LoveLula, I've been using them regularly and I already can tell you a little bit about them. I wanted to get a full size bottle of Rahua Voluminous Shampoo* ever since I tried a sample of it. The Voluminous Shampoo’s gentle formula provides the very finest nature has to offer, creating beautiful volume and bounce. I will tell you more about the brand and the ingredients in a full review, but I want to keep this short and sweet. The shampoo is formulated with some beautiful plant derived ingredients sustainably sourced from the Amazon rainforest. It's 100% natural and vegan, no synthetics and sulphates. It has a herbal scent of Lavender and Eucalyptus. It's a nice and non-invasive scent. The shampoo lathers beautifully and provides great foam (sulphates really aren't necessary for products to foam). It washes all the dirt and oil from my hair and leaves them perfectly clean and fresh. It's one of the most beautiful shampoos I've tried but the only thing is that I don't get that much volume or bouncy hair. Which is a shame since they are marketing it as such, but then it does leave my hair very soft which I adore so it's good with me.

The matching Voluminous Conditioner* has the same herbal scent and is also 100% natural & vegan. The conditioner is very nourishing and makes my hair super soft and smooth. After leaving it on for a few minutes my hair feel very silky and beautiful. The only thing that comes with that silkiness is that I've been noticing some problems with static hair but I'm also half blaming my winter sweater and scarves. All in all I'm very pleased with both Rahua products and I recommend them.

Wishing you a beatufiul week and have a happy Valentine's Day!

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask

February 08, 2017

I’m very excited for today's post. It was created in collaboration with my amazing and beautiful friend Nicole, a fellow beauty blogger and an author of OrgaNic Obsessions. Do you follow her and read her blog? Her writing is very thoughtful and witty, and I enjoy it very much. You should definitely follow her on Bloglovin and also on Instagram. That way you’ll be all up to date with her writings and her daily musings. I have so much love for her and I’m sure you will fall in love with her too. So, what kind of collaboration did we come up with? We were talking about this cacao face mask (a couple of times!) and decided it would be fun to share our experiences and feelings and write a joint review. So today you will not only get my thoughts on the product but you will be also to read what Nic has to say about it.
 The mask we were talking about was the Hero of November’s Beauty Heroes box, the Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask*. Spoiler alert, I love it!! The founder Josh is well known in the green beauty community and I’ve only heard great things about him. He really knows a lot, like a whole lot, and he is super friendly and helpful. Josh works with a team of phyto-chemists and herbalists who understand the power of plants to return the body to a balanced and optimal state. Josh Rosebrook brings a refreshing, holistic approach to skin and hair care. Based on the products I’ve tried from his line I have to say I’m very impressed.

The Cacao Antioxidant Face Mask is hands down one of the best face masks I have had a pleasure to try. And I have tried quite a few. The mask is Josh’s original Hero product, his first product he formulated to address his own skin concerns. Using flavonoid-rich Cacao as its base, Josh consciously selected his favourite skin-loving whole plant materials for his personal recipe. And if you still think chocolate is bad for the skin, think again! The ingredient list makes my heart sing, there are some pretty amazing ingredients hidden in this gem. I will mention only a few and start with the wonderful Cacao. I’ve been a fan of it all along. Cacao is rich in antioxidants, it is firming and stimulating. I’ve tried a few cacao based face mask, my own DIY mask including, and I love each and every one. This one is a front runner for sure. The mask contains some plant oils like Almond, Marula, Baobab, Grape Seed Oils and a whole bunch of amazing herbs, spices and berries. I will of course firstly mention one of my biggest, if not the biggest love, the magnificent Turmeric. It’s very brightening and anti-inflammatory, if you haven’t gotten around to incorporating it into your daily routine, then I suggest you do it quickly. Turmeric lattes are very popular at the moment and I sure can understand why. In the mask are also Calendula, Ginger, Cinnamon, Marshmallow, Licorice and Goji Berry. Do check out the whole ingredient list here, it is a thing of beauty. 
Josh’s Cacao Antioxidant Mask is very decadent and very indulgent. The mask has a thick, rich consistency and a rich dark colour. I love the scent of it but can someone else please explain it to me? It contains essential oils of Orange, Lavender, Rosemary and Calendula but I can’t pin point the scent. It’s divine! The mask is all-in-one and one for all, concentrated with nutrients and phytochemicals to detoxify, rejuvenate and hydrate, working holistically on young and mature skin, men and women, and everyone in between. The mask dries on the skin and even though it’s tightening, it doesn’t dry out my skin. Here I have to say that I recommend applying the mask in steps. Start applying it on one cheek, then scoop out some more and apply on the other cheek, and so on. The mask dries quickly so apply it evenly and then leave it at that because if you go over it, the mask will stick to your fingers and roll off your skin. Yes, I have a real knack for describing things haha. I use about a teaspoon of the mask and leave it on for about an hour. I also love applying it before a bath and then wash it off there, because it can be just a tiny bit messy.

After washing it off my skin feels very soft, smooth and is visibly brighter. It’s even more healthy-looking and lovely the next morning. I’ve noticed it minimizes my pores and reduces spots. It does say it is detoxifying and you better believe that it is! My skin is most definitely revived after I use it and I really am most impressed with this product. It’s also said that it increases circulation and skin cell turnover, I don’t know about that but the mask really delivers. I highly recommend it. LOVE. 
Now for the big question, does Nicole agree with me?? Here is what she has to say about the mask.

There’s no denying the love I have for face masks, especially the ones that make a weekly appearance which despite owning more than a couple, are actually few and far between. (Part of that can be explained by my Cappie nature and my love for consistency in skincare). Ever since receiving Josh Rosebrook’s Cacao Antioxidant Mask in November’s Beauty Heroes box (or CAM as I like to call it, hey also the name of a very dear friend!) it has been making the weekly rounds in my masking sessions and I just could not be more in love with the results I consistently get.

We are all pretty much aware of the multiple skincare benefits of cacao (high in antioxidants & omega 6 fatty acids, the latter aiding in cellular health along with it boosting hydration, skin density and blood flow) and there is a lot of chocolate goodness in this mask, but I also wanted to take a closer look at the other players in the line up since it’s the parts that make up the beautiful whole of CAM. Cacao alone would surely not give the same results and this is where Josh’s excellent formulation knowledge and skills come into play, marrying specific ingredients that enhance the overall synergy of a product.

The INCI of CAM is somewhat long but don’t let that frighten you – it’s not to be compared to the laundry list of ingredients that are present in conventional products, more than half of which are fairly unpronounceable.  CAM is beautifully created with a plethora of skin-loving beneficial components and I chose to take a closer look at a couple that are not so commonly found or used yet by other brands, at least not to my knowledge.

Ashwagandha is one such ingredient. A component central to Ayurveda, it is a woody shrub said to brighten, plump, firm and calm your skin due to high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory levels.  It also aids in slowing down the signs of aging since it contains steroidal compounds stimulating collagen production, as well as being a great acne fighter as the compound withanolides inhibit a bacteria that can cause inflammation.  This might also be why I reach for CAM when my skin is feeling out of sorts and in need of a circulatory boost.

Ginkgo is another ingredient that is not present in any skincare item I currently own. That doesn’t mean to say that it’s totally new to me as it’s quite often used in Japanese cooking.  Gingko seeds can be found in chawamushi, a delicious amuse-bouche if you will often served at sushi restaurants. The seeds however do not appeal to my palate at all so I usually end up eating everything but the seeds. Presentation being an integral part of Japanese cuisine, gingko leaves are often used to beautify a dish, especially in the autumn.  But I digress – when you use CAM on a regular basis you will find that your skin looks brighter and less prone to redness. This is in part due to the inclusion of gingko, and together with its calming companions calendula and St. Johns Wort, you can imagine the soothing magic they weave together. Having sensitized, easily reactive skin my complexion always looks more radiant after a session with CAM.

When you look over the complete roster that comprises CAM you see that many of the ingredients share similar traits such as being calming, firming, brightening and softening. I do believe the reason why Josh’s mask is so effective is because of this intelligent synergy between all the components he has chosen to use to ensure soft, smooth, radiant skin every time you use it. Josh recommends applying an opaque layer and leaving it to work hard for about 45 minutes. Masking is one of all my all-time favourite self-care rituals so I tend to go over but that only seems to improve the results. As I mentioned at the beginning, Josh’s much loved Cacao Antioxidant Mask has made it on my favourites list and is one I keep coming back to every week. When you start taking masks with you abroad like I recently did on my trip to Hong Kong you know they’ve become pretty indispensable. Many thanks to Beauty Heroes for featuring CAM as one of their Hero Products last year and when Jana and I both were proclaiming how much we’re loving the consistent results that we’re seeing and getting (nearly every time we chatted), we just knew that we had to write a post about it together. So, from Sweden and Slovenia, with love!

As you can see, Nicole is also a fan and I'm most definitely sure she agrees with me saying that Josh is a genius! You can get the mask via Beauty Heroes Beauty Shop where BH subscribers receive 15% off.

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a lovely day!

With love,

Jana & Nic xx

*sample generously provided
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Beauty Heroes x Osmia

February 05, 2017

Hi beauties! How are you all doing? Today I'm bringing you my review of the February Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery. The brand featured this month is Osmia, which was was founded four years ago by the stunning Dr. Sarah Villafranco, medical doctor-turned-holistic beauty brand founder. Here she is with our main babe Jeannie and it looks like they were having the most wonderful time. Love. Osmia is created with consciously-sourced plant-based materials, aromatherapeutic essential oils and environmentally-aware packaging. Osmia products are rich in organic and wild-crafted ingredients, and their collection of skin and body products invite a daily ritual of self care.
The new Hero is the Night Body Oil by Osmia* and it is a beaut! This body oil was created to formulate a plant-based sleep prescription that calms body and mind from skin to soul. Based around the Nigh Body Oil, this month’s Beauty Heroes box is all about creating a perfect nightly sleep ritual for you. Sleep is the best medicine, and scent and ritual are the keys to a good night’s rest. You better believe that the oil has a wonderful soothing scent. It’s blended with organic French Lavender, sedating Roman Chamomile and comforting Moroccan Atlas Cedarwood Oil. This aromatherapeutic oil is a concentrated blend of intentionally sourced essential oils and is expertly crafted to cue the biological processes that relax the autonomic nervous system and prepare the body for rest. I adore the scent! Remember in my previous post when I said that the Province Apothecary Beard Oil contains that amazing Lavender essential oils that smells different to any old lavender scent? Well this one also has the same gorgeous scent of lavender. It’s so beautiful, I wish I could explain it to you. Many lavender essential oils smell almost a bit synthetic and un-natural, or maybe it’s just a different species of lavender. I don’t know and I don’t want to graduate in my explanation of Lavender here haha. You would need to smell it to know what I mean but believe me that it’s most wonderful. 
The proprietary blend of organic and wild-harvested essential oils and CO2 extracts are infused into a base of skin-strengthening botanical oils that includes organic Hemp, Jojoba, Rosehip, Sea Buckhorn, Kukui and Sweet Almond. Plus some more. The oil also contains steam-fractionated Coconut Oil, an ingredient that isn’t harmful or toxic and has lots of benefits and is widely used, but I would lie if I said I wasn’t just a bit surprised to see it in the oil. You know I’m super into my raw and extra virgin coconut oil (Cocovit is my fave) but after trying out the Night Body Oil I don’t think I’ll be avoiding it anymore in my body and hair oils. I didn’t even planning on mentioning it but since I’m writing about my thoughts and feelings I might as well do. This ingredient is also one of the reasons why the oil is so lightweight and non greasy. I know a lot of people hate the feeling of greasy oil on their skin but with this one you won't have to worry about that. I don't really care if an oil does leave a greasy feeling on the skin but it is very nice to have a product that keeps your skin nourished without any excessive oiliness or stickiness. The oil quickly absorbs into the skin and leaves it soft and smooth. It’s hydrating and has the most wonderful scent which really is perfect for an evening body care routine. I will say that January was a super cold month for us with temperatures going from -10 to -20 degrees Celsius and at that time my skin really needed super rich and deeply nourishing products. The body oil was a good choice but I did notice my skin started to itch through the day. Yes, I was (and still am) slacking on dry body brushing which helps immensily with dry skin. But now that we are back to mild winter, the body oil will be used religiously again. I actually already used half of the bottle! Yes, it is that lovely and oh the scent, the best!
Hero done, let’s move to the February’s Sidekick. Osmia Lip Doctor* is a beautiful lip balm made with only 6 ingredients. Contains Lavender-infuse Olive Oil, Avocado and Argan Oil, Cacao Butter, Candelilla Wax and Beeswax. The balm is rich and very nourishing, and smells like cacao. It’s yummy! The Lip Doctor really is a wonderful treat for them lips and even my boyfriend, who is very picky when it comes to lip balms (or beard oils), loves it.

What can I say, another lovely Beauty Heroes box. It is valued at $76 but you can get it for less than $40 if you subscribe to Beauty Heroes. If you wanna know more about Beauty Heroes subscription box, you can read this post. To sum up, it is one of my absolute favourite beauty subscription box. No doubt!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Province Apothecary

January 30, 2017

I'm very excited to introduce you to a new-to-me brand, a Canadian brand Province Apothecary. Their products are made from the highest quality certified organic, biodynamic and wildcrafted ingredients from each Canadian Province, and handblends these ingredients in small batches to create skincare that will nourish + balance your skin. Hence the name Province Apothecary. Some of founder's Julie Clark (who is a certified holistic esthetician and aromatherapist) favourite ingredients are organic seaweed from Nova Scotia, maple syrup from Quebec, organic sunflower oil from Ontario, organic beeswax from Alberta, organic lentil flour from Manitoba, and organic raspberry oil + glacial clay from British Columbia. Their ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced and fair-trade from small farms and companies across Canada, and Julie also gives back and she donates a percentage of yearly sales to different organizations. Beautiful. I'm happy to hear the product match their philosophy.
Beard Oil* with Cedar & Black Spruce has been used by my boyfriend Jaka and it's safe to say he loves it. This product is great for all skin types so as long as you have a beard you can use it. The beard oil contains oils like Sunflower, Jojoba and Grape Seed, and Evening Primrose. These ingredients make the oil very nourishing and they make Jaka's beard shiny and soft. Jaka says that it's the best oil he tried for his beard. Many of them aren't nourishing enough and it feels like he didn't use anything. He is quite picky so this product definitely gets big thumbs up. The scent of it is also great. To me it smells mostly of Lavender, but to Jaka it smell like something else. It has that sort of a lavender scent that I love. It's a bit different than your standard lavender scent, more complex and just oh so beautiful. The product that comes to mind containing such scent is the Body Butter from Metta Skincare. But I said it smell mostly of Lavender so let's not forget about the other essential oils - Bergamot, Black Spruce, Cedar Wood and Vetiver. You know what kind of a scent it has? It's like a forest, woody lavender. I like it and my boyfriend definitely recommends it.
The other two cute little products are designed and created for oily and combination skin. First is the Clear Skin Advanced Face Serum* with Jojoba & Sea Buckthorn. This targeted face serum is specially formulated for oily, acneic and combination skin. The blend of active plant botanicals supports the skin by boosting its natural regenerating abilities, so your skin will appear more even and less irritated for lasting results. This oil surprisingly feels quite heavy but it is not pore clogging. You do only need a tiny bit, two or three drops are plenty, especially in the morning. I no longer use it daily since I've been testing out the Maya Chia The Super Couple* but at the time I did use it, my skin has been really loving it. The igredient I have to mention is the Jojoba Seed Oil infused with Calendula Flowers, Plantain Leaves, Gotu Kola, Comfrey Leaves, Green Tea Leaf and Nettle Leaf. Beautiful. Full ingredient list can be found here. Anyways, does it work and helps to clear the complexion? Yes, it does! It calms the irritation, helps to reduce hyperpigmentation (due to the Turmeric Root Oil), helps the skin to heal faster and I'd also say it prevents some new acne. Based on my experience it really is a wonderful face serum for oily and acne-prone skin. 

Clear Skin Advanced Spot Treatment* with Turmeric & Calendula. No two blemishes are the same; that’s why Province Apothecary has developed a product effectively formulated for all kinds of blemishes, especially cystic blemishes. Featuring powerful organic Turmeric, this blend of exceptional plant botanicals soothe even deep-rooted problems. One drop is all you need to dramatically minimize the appearance and lifespan of imperfections, restoring your skin’s natural glow. This is such a great spot treatment. It also contains infused Jojoba Seed Oil, Neem Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin E, Turmeric Root Oil and Myrrh Oil. This blend of oils has a rich yellow colour like Turmeric and it also smells like it. The oil works very well at reducing inflammation and redness. I love applying it on a spot in the evening, really massage it in and the spot is definitely less angry and big in the morning. It helps to even out the skin and I'm all about that. When my skin isn't behaving its best I also like to dilute it with some other oil serum and apply all over my face. Very impressed.

Jaka & I feel in love with Province Apothecary and now I'm very intrigued to try their other products. If you get a chance do try them out I say go for it! I think you won't be disappointed. You can get them at the Petal & Post where you can use my code "smallbitsofloveliness" for free shipping on international orders. One x use.

Have a lovely week!

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Mallow + White Soothe Cleansing Oil

January 25, 2017

Mallow + White is a British brand known for their minimalistic approach to skincare. They bring us beautifully simple skincare (6 ingredients or less) for simply beautiful skin. Each ingredient is a key ingredient that has a purpose, and will work hard to nourish, restore, revitalize and soothe your skin. No fillers, just hard workers that pack a punch. Mallow + White is a 100% natural, organic and vegan brand, handmade with love in small batches in the UK. Each bottle and jar is formulated, mixed and personally filled in the Mallow + White private workshop surrounded by trees, lavender bushes and roses. These carefully hand-blended micro batches help ensure freshness and give maximum effectiveness to the skincare you buy. 
I was intrigued by Mallow + White products for quite some time but as I already said on Instagram, it was the lovely Galina who gave me that last push. If she says their products are good, then you listen. Check out her review here. I wasn't completely sure which product to try first but since I have (too) many facials oil and masks (even though you can't have enough facial masks haha), I decided on one of their cleansing oils. I opted for the Soothe Cleansing Oil*, fragrance free for sensitive skin. This product contains 5 beautifully simple ingredients for simply beautiful skin. The first ingredient is Cucumber Seed Oil, an oil I don't see wildly used in products (at least not in mine). Cucumbers are known for their cooling effect, which is wonderful for all skin types but especially sensitive and reactive skin. There are also Rice Rice Bran, Grapeseed, Apricot Kernel and Jojoba Oil. All poured and blended into sleek, dark violet glass to block light and preserve and protect the delicate natural botanicals in the product.
This product has a lightweight consistency and a delicate, fresh scent of Cucumber Oil. I really like the scent, goes very well with the whole "sensitive nature" of the product. It's soothing and lovely. The cleanser gently yet effectively removes my makeup. I love that it melts away my Lily Lolo mascara so easily and this product is yet another example why I prefer using cleansing oils (to cleansing balms) to remove my eye makeup. The cleansing oil has to be removed with a muslin cloth or cotton flannel, and that leaves my skin soft and nourished, without any greasy after-feel. The cleansing oil doesn't clog my pores, it's not heavy, it works wonderfully at removing makeup, and is just lovely to use! I would recommend it pretty much to everyone, also to those of you who are interested into trying out oil cleansing. I think it would be a great choice! Get it at Love Lula.

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

UMA All-Natural 7-Day Challenge

January 22, 2017

Remember my UMA Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil review? The product is without a doubt my favourite hair oil ever! This oil is really magical and makes my hair extremely soft and smooth. After trying out some more UMA products I fell in love with the brand even more. Today I'm so excited to bring you all about their All-Natural 7-Day Challenge which starts tomorrow.
UMA is a very unique brand based on Ayurvedic practices. For the founder Shrankhla Holocek, beauty is rooted in the time-honored traditions of her family farm. Named after Shrankhla's aunt who exemplified simplicity and integrity, UMA oils are 100% organically cultivated, extracted, distilled and bottled on her family's 100-acre estate. Everything is grown and made there, on their farm. Wow! There is a whole lot of things you can learn if you check out their story or if you read Shrankhla's interview on the Beauty Heroes website (click here). What I find very interesting is that she actually doesn't formulate any UMA products - she actually isn't allowed to interfere with the creative process. Traditional and respect mandated that she defers to their most senior family formulator. But that doesn't mean she is only the face of the brand, she started very young in her study of Ayurvedic formulations and she sure knows what she is talking about. But like I said, more in the interview. It's such a nice read.

Now about the challenge. I've already shared a photo announcing it on my Instagram. If you read the caption you will see that this challenge started with sharing the announcement photo on the 16th of January but after talking to Amanda from UMA all is not lost. Yay! The UMA All-Natural 7-Day Challenge is a pretty simple challenge with which UMA tries to promote pure and natural lifestyle. The challenge also encourages consciously questioning what we’re putting in and on our bodies and you know I'm all about that. I was more than thrilled to join the challenge so I'm giving a little shout out so you can join too. Not only you will learn and hopefully try some steps to live more naturally but everyone that participates and follows the rules will receive UMA Detox Bundle valued at $100!! How amazing is that?! So what's the catch? Nothing much but you have to share 7 photos in 7 days on your Instagram account (which has to be public). This challenge is open to everyone around the world and starts on the 23rd of January and ends on the 29th. So to be perfectly clear, Day 1 of the challenge starts on the 23rd and you must post/regram the firs photo on that day. On the Day 2 (24th January) you have to post the second photo and so on, until you post all 7 photos. If you regram the first three photos on the Day 3 for example, you won't be eligable to receive the UMA Detox Bundle. You must participate from the beginning and post daily. I hope you understand, let me know if you have any questions. You can either regram UMA's photos which they will share daily on their Instagram or you can make your own. They have to match the challenge for the day and they have to have at least one UMA product in it. I wanted to write this post before the challenge so you can prepare yourself. You'll need a few things to try the steps at home, I'm sure you already have at least one if not all. Now let's go through the days.
Day 1 (1/23) is about oil pulling first thing in the morning (I don't always have time in the morning so I sometimes do it in the evenings, then I wash my teeth and go to bed). For this you will need extra virgin and organic Coconut Oil, which is my oil of choice but some also swear by Sesame Oil. Oil pulling promotes oral health, gets rid of nasty bacteria that accumulates in your mouth when  you're sleeping, plus it whitens  your teeth. I wish I would do it more regularly, but a few times a week is better than nothing. You can read about oil pulling and my experience in this blog post.

Day 2 (1/24) - trade your daily cup of coffee for a metabolism-boosting, antioxidant-filled cup of herbal tea. Does this mean I can drink a cup of green tea since it's loaded with antioxidants? Probably not because this day is all about saying goodbye to caffeine. I'm sure I'll manage with a lovely cup of rooibos or lemon balm tea.

Day 3 (1/25) - only eat non-processed food all day. I will start my day with a smoothie and go from there. Here is one smoothie and here one juice recipe.

Day 4 (1/26) - use only beauty products with ingredients you can pronounce. You can start with a simple Coconut Oil. You can use it all over your body as a body oil, apply a few drops on your hair, on your cuticles, and so on.

Day 5 (1/27) -​ detox your body with warm lemon water in the morning to improve digestion, support liver detoxification, and reduce bloating. Have a spoonful of flaxseeds before bed to flush out toxins and get a boost of omega-3 fatty acids. You can also add some Turmeric and Black Pepper to your lemon water in the morning for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Plus some Ginger to make it even more delicious.

Day 6 (1/28) - pre-shower, stimulate your lymphatic system and boost circulation with dry brushing. Dedicate 3-5 minutes to massage the body with firm, small strokes in a circular motion towards the heart, starting from the feet and working your way up to the neck and face. Dry body brushing is so amazing! Not only you will help your body to flush out toxins but your skin will also become very soft, smooth and your skin will become really hydrated and you won't suffer from dry, even itchy skin. Here is my take on the dry body brushing.

Day 7 (1/29) - ​meditate for 5 minutes with the help of an essential oil. Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Bergamot are especially soothing. Any of UMA Wellness Oils will do the trick! Essential oils will help you reach a meditative state and promote focus, clarity, and relaxation. Not quite ready for meditation? Just try switching out your perfume for an essential oil with luscious scent notes to reap the benefits all-day long. My favourite way of meditating is through guided meditation I find on YouTube.

These are the 7 steps to help you live more naturally. I think they are pretty simple and straightforward. If you do them and share on your Instagram account, following the challenge terms, you will receive an UMA Detox Bundle valued at $100. Open internationally to public accounts only.

Here are all the rules again:
2. Sign-up for UMA email newsletter for challenge updates (the bottom right of their page).
3. Regram UMA’s daily challenge photo for all 7 days (each day one photo!) with a blurb about how you participated in each day’s challenge, including the hashtag #UMAallnatural. You must do this daily! Regraming three photos a day won't work, you have to join from the beginning and post on time.

Everyone that participates in all 7 days of the challenge, following the challenge terms, will receive an UMA Detox Bundle valued at $100.

If you need any more info you can read it here. If you decided to join, which I think it's a wonderful idea, I wish you the best of luck.

Have a great start of the week!

With love,

Jana xx

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