Art of Organics LUSH Box feat. LILFOX

February 22, 2018

The February Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box LUSH* featured three LILFOX products: Flowerball Heart Chakra Body Nectar, Gelsomino Luxury Jasmine Lip Butter and Amazon After Dark Melty Jungle Cleansing Balm. I've tried these products a few times so far and my first impression are great, like I would imagine they would be.

LILFOX is a brand that was born in Miami, Florida, founded by Alexis Rose also known as Madame Fox. She creates skincare potions and elixir infused with wild-crafted, organic plant essential oils and delicate hydrosol phytonutrients. Based on my experience with LILFOX products they are very effective, they have quite strong scents, which kind of remind me of a rainforest or jungle. Or perhaps of something more tropical but not Leahlani-like. Will try to describe each product's scent better down below.
Art of Organics February box LUSH feat. LILFOX. Flowerball Heart Chakra Body Nectar, Gelsomino Luxury Jasmine Lip Butter, Amazon After Dark Melty Jungle Cleansing Balm
 Art of Organics February box LUSH feat. LILFOX. Flowerball Heart Chakra Body Nectar, Gelsomino Luxury Jasmine Lip Butter, Amazon After Dark Melty Jungle Cleansing Balm
FLOWERBALL Heart Chakra Body Nectar was an exclusive release to Art of Organics and I'm so pleased to have it in my live. This body oil has come at a perfect time since we all know February is the month of love. Not sure if you're into chakras but heart chakra is all about love, joy, compassion. We all need more of that in our lives so keep your energy flowing and you chakra(s) in balance. How to incorporate Flowerball in all this? While massaging it into your skin you can think and send kind thoughts to your skin and your body. "I love you and you're beautiful" are great ways to start. It's actually very easy to think like that when you have a body oil with such lovely scent. It has a complex Jasmine scent provided by two different Jasmine essential oils (Jasmine Sambac & Jasmine Grandiflorum), blended together with Violet Leaf, Bergamot and Pink Grapefruit. It's not your typical jasmine scented product. It's an exotic, sensual, strong, "I can do anything" type of scent. I really like using it. You can get it here.
Art of Organics February box LUSH feat. LILFOX. Gelsomino Luxury Jasmine Lip Butter, Amazon After Dark Melty Jungle Cleansing BalmArt of Organics February box LUSH feat. LILFOX. Gelsomino Luxury Jasmine Lip Butter, Amazon After Dark Melty Jungle Cleansing Balm
GELSOMINO Luxury Jasmine Lip Butter contains only one Jasmine essential oil, the Jasmine Grandiflorum and I actually prefer the scent of this product to Flowerball. Among other ingredients it also contains Neroli, which I love. At the first sniff I didn't expect to like this product as a lip balm. To me it smells more like a perfume and sometimes I even apply it on my wrists. I thought it would have a heavy floral taste but luckily it doesn't and I've been loving it on my lips. Gelsomino is vegan, made with Candellila Wax, Murumuru and Cupucua Butters, Maracuja Oil and more. Beautiful ingredient list. The lip balm is light, gives a nice hydration boost and is perfect for daytime use. Get it here.

AMAZON AFTER DARK Melty Jungle Cleansing Balm is like Gelsomino, LILFOX's new launch that I've been seeing all over Instagram. Of the three products I was probably the most excited to try this one. Amazon After Dark is a luscious infusion of Amazonian plant butters, collagen-stimulating Hibiscus, White Willow Bark and skin plumping Camellia. It has a strong scent of Rose Geranium, but there's also Petitgrain and Ylang Ylang, to name two more. This cleanser is designed for use as a deep evening cleanser that you remove with warm wash cloth, and as a light morning cleanser you apply on wet skin and rinse off with water. I've only used it three times thus far. I love using it as your standard cleansing balm: apply on dry skin, massage well and remove with a cloth. It removes all my makeup and leaves my skin skin refreshed and cleansed. I also tried using it as a light cleanser but I don't feel like rinsing it with water removes every trace of it so I will just keep using it in conjunction with a cloth. You can get it here.
If you like Jasmine, strong, floral-based scented products, that are effective and gorgeous, then LILFOX is the brand for you. Unfortunately this February Art of Organics box is already sold out but you can get these LILFOX products in the Art of Organics beauty store. Members always have 15% off their order. Check them out here.

Have a beautiful end of the week!

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Vegan Matcha Latte with Coconut Cream Powder

February 20, 2018

I've posted this photo on my Instagram the other day and since I know some of you are not following me there, I'm going to share with you my current drink obsession here as well. This will be another post dedicated to matcha tea but this one with a little delicious twist.
Matcha Latte with Matcha Ninja and Anima Mundi Coconut Cream Powder
Matcha Ninja Matcha Tea
First things first, find a good Matcha tea. I've been absolutely loving my Matcha Ninja matcha. It really is as good as everyone says it is. And more. Matcha is a type of green tea which is ground into a powder that you (can) mix with water and drink. This particular matcha, from Matcha Ninja, is 100% raw and organic, it's smooth and light, with no bitterness. Highly recommend. I ordered it directly from their website (they have free shipping and I'm all about that). You can read more about matcha tea and its benefits here.

Next is the product that changed my matcha latte game. Meet the yummiest addition to my matcha tea ever, the Anima Mundi Coconut Cream Powder*. This is straight up 100% coconut meat, blended to smooth perfection. It is seriously amazing and super delicious. If you like coconut, then you will LOVE this. It's handcrafted & sustainable, organic, vegan, there is no added sugar, just pure 100% coconut meat. Silky and nourishing, this supplement powder is packed with healthy oils (which are especially important for women) and fiber to support a healthy gut, skin and brain. It gives sweetness and a touch of creaminess to my matcha late. But it is not just for matcha lattes, you can also add this powder to your coffee, smoothie, chai and more. LOVE. 

Now let's move to the "how to" part of the post. I add one teaspoon of matcha to my cup and pour over some warm to hot water. Not a lot but just enough to mix it well. I always use my TEATOX Bamboo Matcha Whisk* which I love using. I pour in a plant milk of choice, either Rice or Oat milk, which I also heat up a little. Final step is one teaspoon of the Coconut Cream Powder and this dreamy matcha latte is finished.

I've received the Anima Mundi supplement in the first Wellness Box by Beauty Hereos, which is now sold out but you can get still get the Coconut Cream Powder here. You can get matcha tea in many stores but not every single matcha is good. You can get Matcha Ninja matcha here. Bamboo whisk is not really essential but honestly, I can't imagine mixing my matcha with anything else. As for the vegan milk goes, you can find it everywhere or make your own at home.

Let me know if you try it out. :)

Lots of love,

Jana xx

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Inner Senses SENSUAL Body Oil

February 14, 2018

Hello lovelies! Hope you're all having a great day. Actually when I'll be posting this it will be Valentine's Day, so have a LOVEly day. I didn't plan this but you wouldn't believe that I have a product that is in the lines of this day. I'm going to be reviewing SENSUAL Body Oil* from Inner Senses. This is a new-to-me brand but it really isn't a new brand, not at all. Their provenance started over 20 years ago on the white shores of Barbados, where they lived closely with nature, attending the Jasmine plants and Aloe Vera that grew on the farm. Their products are hand blended in the UK, they are cruelty free and they source the most innovative and ethical ingredients.
Inner Senses SENSUAL Body Oil with Rose, Jasmine and Sandalwood
 Like I said for the first product from them I picked their SENSUAL Body Oil, which marries the King and Queen of flowers – Jasmine & Rose Otto – in combination with Sandalwood to create a luxurious treat for the skin and the senses. These three beautiful ingredients are mixed in a blend of Organic Sunflower Seed and Apricot Kernel Oils. This product is 92.75% organic and 100% natural. First of, this body oil smells wonderful! I've always been a fan of Jasmine, especially in body care products, and perfumes. There is just something about it that I love so much. It's very aromatic and floral. It's a beaut. But the oil doesn't have a strong scent of Jasmine, like some other products in my collection. I don't really have products with Sandalwood but it really goes well with Jasmine and timeless Rose. Talking about Sandalwood, did you know that there are more types of Sandalwood? The Sandalwood used in this oil is Santalum Album or Indian Sandalwood, which is a small tropical tree that takes many years to mature and this fragrant tree has become a target for illegal harvesting of wild crafted sandalwood in India. Due to illegal harvesting and short supply of this plant in its natural habitat, Santalum album is now considered a vulnerable and threatened species of sandalwood tree in India. I'm not sure how they are dealing with this issue in India, but I'm happy to report that in Australia they were aware of this problem and thankfully they planted Santalum Album trees in the early 80s in response to the unsustainable harvesting of Indian sandalwood.

So what's with the Sandalwood oil used in the SENSUAL Body Oil? I reached out to Inner Senses founder Lisa Basso and she kindly and quickly responded. Her answers were thankfully reassuring. At the moment they're still using East Indian Sandalwood (S. Album) sourced fairly and responsibly through a regulated State sponsored auctions in India. That said, they are slowly phasing in two new Sandalwood oils and will be phasing out the use of this particular oil altogether by May/June 2018. They will start using Santalum Album, from a sustainable plantation in Australia, and Santalum Spicatum, also of Australian origin. Both oils have different therapeutic profiles and aroma. With all that being said I'm so happy to support a brand that knows of this issue and is taking steps to find the most ethical and environmentally friendly solutions. Good job Lisa & the Inner Senses team!
Inner Senses SENSUAL Body Oil Inner Senses SENSUAL Body Oil with Rose, Jasmine and Sandalwood
SENSUAL Body Oil has a beautiful scent which lingers on the skin beautifully. I love that this oil is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it soft and hydrated. It is a beaut. I love everything about it but I will say that even though I love glass packaging I'm not the biggest fan of the dispenser. The bottle has that typical "essential oil dispenser" packaging which is called orifice reducer. I mean I'm not that fussed about it to remove it and this way you can't spill the whole oil but I would prefer something else. Not sure about you, but I think that the brand deserves a more chic and beautiful design. But what's in the bottle is really beautiful, so if you're on the market for a new body oil, definitely check this one out.

Get your SENSUAL Body Oil here.

Have a beautiful day!

With love,

Jana xx

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A Few Products in More Eco-Friendly Packaging

January 26, 2018

Following my last post about beauty packaging I gathered some products packaged in either glass, metal, or paper materials. There is of course still some plastic involved but I just wanted to share some options with you. It's really so very easy to find expensive organic products that meet all my standards and that also have beautiful, eco-friendly packaging so I rather picked more affordable products (well some are still a bit up there). I found them all in one store - Love Lula, which also offers free worldwide shipping. There was also a great discussion about beauty packaging in the Love Lula Natural Beauty Club on Facebook, and that also kinda inspired this post.
1. Trevarno Lavender & Geranium Cleansing Oil. Trevarno is definitely a brand that uses my kind of packaging, mostly glass and aluminium lids, even for bottles. This oil is based on Calendula, Chamomile & Comfrey Olive Oil and I'm asking myself how come I haven't tried this oil yet?! Sounds lovely!

2. Trevarno Organic Handmade Soap Selection. I have these soaps and I love them! You receive 5 different soaps and I'm on my third one, the Rose & Jojoba, and I absolutely love it. Definitely my fave. Just so you know the box that came in also contains some plastic which is unfortunate but at least there's way less plastic than with your standard shower gel. They lather nicely, and are not drying. Definitely recommend.

3. Nizou Exotic Jasmin Scented Candle. Ok I kinda missed the point with this one, since it does come in an unnecessary paper box. It's almost 10 pm as I'm writing this and I clearly have to go to bed. Oh well. I also didn't want to choose a candle from PHB with more eco-friendly packaging because I have one of those candles and it's not that great. This candle does sound lovely though. It's hand poured in the UK, created with pure, natural, biodegradable, soy bean wax. It combines the subtle fragrance of sweet jasmine, ylang ylang and white lilies. Comes in a glass jar and aren't candle jars the best to reuse for something else? All in all, soy or coconut based wax candles are such a better eco-friendly alternative to paraffin based candles.

4. Tabitha James Kraan 4-in-1 Organic Conditioner Golden Citrus. Lovely 4-in-1 product that works as a conditioner, leave-in treatment, nourishing scalp cream and a texturize & curl styling cream. I tried all the products from this brand and I really liked them.

5. PureChimp 100% Natural Super Shampoo Bar. I haven't tried this shampoo bar yet but I'm intrigued. At the moment I have two other shampoo bars which I got on Etsy, where there are loads. I kinda have a love hate relationship with them but they are (kinda) growing on me. Bar soaps are such a wonderful alternative to shampoos and shower gels, but I still have to find the one that really works for my hair.

6. KIKI Health Organic 100% Raw Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is such a staple. You can use it for your hair, face (it can be comedogenic so be careful), body, for hands, in the kitchen. Can't imagine a live without it. Coconut oils almost always come in glass jars which are the easiest to reuse. Here I also have to mention honey, which is in my opinion one of the best skincare ingredients. It works so well for my skin and you can also easily get it in a glass jar.
7. Inner Senses DREAM Body Oil. I haven't tried this oil but I love the Sensual scent! That one is a bit more expensive so I rather picked this Dream body oil. The design isn't the most appealing but they do use lots of organic ingredients and the Sensual smells lovely + it's lightweight. I'm looking forward to trying out more of their products.

8. The Ohm Collection Deo Dorant Powder No Sweat - Blossom. This is not your typical deodorant because it comes in a powder form! I'm very intrigued by it but since I'm allergic to baking soda I don't see myself ever trying it. But I like the packaging and I wish they will come out with more options for sensitive skin.

9. Lyonsleaf Body Butter. LOVE. Such a beautiful body butter. Read my review here. Lyonsleaf is a beautiful brand and I highly recommend their products.

10. Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy. 5 ingredients. Simple yet effective. I will say that I was sceptical about the use of Fractionated Coconut Oil because I prefer extra virgin coconut oil but it pleasantly surprised me and I would buy this product again. Makes my hair soft and smooth and because the Coconut Oil is fractionated, the product isn't heavy but rather beautiful and it washes off quite easily.

11. Herbfarmacy Nail & Cuticle Oil. I've had this oil for quite some time and I still really enjoy using it. It's 100% organic and it does a very good job at moisturizing my cuticles and nails. I only wish I would be more consistent with it. Herbfarmacy is a beautiful brand but I do hope they would just stop using phenoxyethanol in some of their products.

12. OKKO Lip Balm - Organic Rosehip - Unflavoured. I love that this lip balm comes in a paper packaging. So refreshing to see that! Mango, Cocoa, Candelila Wax, not only does it sound nourishing but it's also vegan. Definitely the one to put on my wishlist!

13. PearlBar Planet Loving Bamboo Toothbrush. I haven't tried this particular brand of bamboo toothbrushes but I love the one I have. This is a 100% biodegradable charcoal-infused bamboo toothbrush which you can simply toss into your compost pile. Better option than disposable plastic toothbrushes. I will say that they feel a bit differently to the plastic toothbrushes and not every brand worked for me but do give them a go and see for yourself.
14. The Rose Tree Tahiti Cocoa Lip Butter. After trying out their Cleansing Butter (review here) I'm interested in more of their products. I heard that this Lip Balm is really good, someone described it as pure heaven. If you don't mind applying it with your finger then I say go for it. 

15. RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up. I'm such a massive fan of this product! I've been using it for so long now and I still have so much left. It's not the most affordable and it does contain Coconut Oil, which can cause acne, but other than that it's a beaut. It's hydrating and therefore perfect for under the eyes and I also use it to cover redness and spots. If you set it with powder it lasts a long time. It's very lovely and I also love the glass packaging.

16. Balm Balm Chamomile Floral Water Hydrosol. Toners and hydrosols packaged in glass bottles are my jam! I haven't tried this one yet, but I had their Frankincense and Rose Hydrosols and both are nice. Not that hydrating, personally I prefer toners with aloe vera but using them from time to time hydrosols are really lovely.

17. Lyonsleaf Marshmallow Soften and Rejuvenate Facial Oil. With Sunflower, Avocado, Baobab, Borage, Rosehip, Marshmallow, this oil sounds lovely. It's a newer product from Lyonsleaf and if you're looking for a new oil serum then definitely take this one into consideration.

18. Elli Face Serum. Elli is a new-to-me brand, grown and crafted in Africa & 100% organic. Nice! This serum contains Baboab, Marula, Jojoba, Chamomile, Helichrysum. I'm into it. Based on the ingredients it sounds really beautiful.

19. PHB Ethical Beauty Mineral Eyebrow Powder. I ordered this product on a whim and I was so pleasantly surprised by it! It's such a lovely powder - great shade match (I have Ash Blonde), it's not orange, it goes on nicely and stays put all day. And in paper packaging. Highly recommend. Check out my review here.

Hope you liked this post and have a lovely weekend!

With love,

Jana

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Packaging Is Important

January 23, 2018

I'm interested to know how you choose brands and products you want to try and use? Do you choose based on ingredients? Reviews? Because the product looks beautiful? Because you think it may work wonders for your skin? Because your favourite blogger recommends it?

Do you ever consider the packaging and the materials your beauty products are made of? Are they recyclable? Can you reuse them?
Beauty Products Packaging Is Important. Glass, aluminium, plastic, bamboo, paper.
 Personally I'm very much into packaging. First are the ingredients and the philosophy of the brand, and then it is definitely the packaging and materials. If you do not know, we bloggers are so fortunate that we are kindly gifted a number of products and we probably all have too many products, definitely more than any normal person would need. With that in mind, I always try and think if I really need that new product in my life and I rather say no, than to accumulate products that would just sit on shelves and in my fridge. Not that I'm perfect but I'm very happy with the amount I have (which is actually rather small in comparison to some other bloggers) and don't feel overwhelmed by it. So since I try a lot of products I'm quite conscious of the packaging. More products mean more waste and if I can get a similar product in a better packaging then I'm like no thank you. I'm one of those people who annoys brands if they would consider having a more eco-friendly packaging materials. We consumers have a massive influence on the market so why not speak about the important things in life, which eco-friendly packaging most definitely is. Everything that concerns environment is an important topic to discuss and since my blog is mainly about beauty products, I feel I have to talk about this.

So what is my favourite packaging material? Glass packaging and aluminium lids. So glass and metal.
Glass, paper, aluminium, metal packaging. Eco-friendly. Organic and natural products.Glass. Recyclable, eco-friendly packaging.
Violet Miron Glass packaging, organic and natural products
Glass is a sustainable, recyclable material, made from sand, soda ash, limestone and “cullet,” the industry term for furnace-ready recycled glass. Personally I love Miron Violet Glass the most. Not only is it recyclable but it also preserves and adds vitality and energy to the contents inside. Miron glass blocks all harmful rays from the light spectrum and therefore the products stay fresher longer, and the glass also preserves the dynamic energy of what is stored inside. In terms of preserving the products, brown glass is better than clear, but you can recycle or upcycle all of them.
Glass packaging, aluminium lids. Eco-friendly packaging.
Metal. And by metal I'm thinking of aluminium. It can be recycled again and again and supposedly almost 75% of metal packaging is recycled in Europe, making it the most recycled packaging. (source) That's one of the reasons why I love my 24Bottles stainless steel water bottle. One of the most known beauty brands that uses metal packaging is a makeup brand Kjaer Weis and that's not all, they also offer refills. Not only eco-friendly but also oh so beautiful. Here I also have to mention Earthwise Beauty who uses aluminium lids. Lani, Meow Meow Tweet and S.W. Basics as well. My beloved Gaia Creams were also using glass jars & bottles with aluminium lids.

Next is biodegradable packaging made from waste paper. Meow Meow Tweet's deodorant sticks come in that sort of packaging and I also had a lip balm from another brand in such biodegradable packaging. Even better that "just" a packaging made from recycled paper, is the one that is infused with wildflower seeds. Mel Millis' external packaging is made like that (and they use Miron glass bottles with plastic lids) and all Elate Clean Cosmetics' pressed powder products come in seed paper + they also use bamboo packaging. I also love that Boxwalla's boxes are made from post-consumer paper!
Bamboo packaging, makeup beauty products
Bamboo packaging. As you may know bamboo is a sustainable material because it is grown in abundance in many parts of the world, it grows quickly and is self-regenerating. Plus it doesn't need any pesticide to grow well. I remember living in this apartment where my neighbours had bamboo and it grew like crazy, especially after it rained. Bamboo sure sounds like an amazing option, but is it really that sustainable and eco-friendly as we may think? It depends. Bamboo is usually used as an alternative material to plastic, which I'm all for. First of all I adore my bamboo toothbrush! I think that when it comes to makeup it is also a very good choice and is definitely way, WAY better than plastic (can't even compare the two actually). If the brands also offer refills then that's perfect. As mentioned, Elate offers that and Zao Makeup as well. I still think that metal packaging for makeup is better (in terms of being more eco-friendly) but bamboo is the next best thing, cause sadly plastic is a standard when it comes to makeup. Oh and makeup can be also packaged in paper, not to mention glass as Gressa is doing. PHB Ethical Beauty and 100% Pure use paper packaging for some of their products.

I have nothing bad to say about bamboo but what about bamboo packaging for skincare? The most known brand that uses bamboo packaging is Hawaiian brand Mahalo. They store their products in jars made of glass which are then covered with/in bamboo. But I can toss away my used up bamboo toothbrush into a compost pile but I don't see myself doing that with a glass & bamboo jar. But then I also can't throw this kind of packaging into a (glass) recycling bin. So to me this combination isn't as eco-friendly as one might think but then at least the jars are glass and not plastic. Or am I just missing something? Perhaps you could try breaking them apart, if that's even possible. There are better options and I definitely prefer just straight up glass jars and bottles, without any bamboo attached to it.

Plant-based biodegradable plastic or bioplastic, made from plant biomass, such as corn or sugarcane. Supposedly this kind of plastic is biodegradable and should not contain any synthetic materials but I'm still very vary & iffy of it. Plus I think you would have to have a lot of plants to make it, which in the end may not even be that eco-friendly and good on the environment. And this bioplastic is not the same as biodegradable plastic, which is still made out of plastic. No to plastic of any kind. With that said the plastic resin for Tata Harper's tubes is derived from corn, which means it is made from a renewable resource instead of petroleum, which I have to say I applaud very much.
Plastic packaging
Plastic. Yuck. Nuff said. As you know, I also use and have plastic in my life, sadly I don't see myself being able to live without it, at least not just yet. I can live, happily live, with an oil in a glass bottle with an aluminium lid but we consumers are very fussy, so the majority of brands (still) use plastic lids. Here I'm thinking of pumps, pipettes and droppers. BUT at least they use glass bottles and not plastic! The glass here is definitely half full and not half empty. Sure you could argue that plastic is recyclable but how much of it is really recycled?? And also not every plastic can be recycled, not to mention that it can be toxic and harmful. For example, I have this toner which I ordered online and wrongly assumed that it is bottled in clear glass. When it arrived I was sadly disappointed because it was packaged in plastic. Not just any plastic, but with a sign "PET 1" which is like the worst kind of plastic there can be and is pretty much always a "single-use" or disposable plastic. So no, not recyclable. Plus yuck! This kind of plastic can leak some nasty chemicals into a product. Why would I want to use that? You know I'm not into chemicals and when I want to try a new product which in fact is (that toner) 100% organic but then the packaging was this after thought cheap plastic mess?! I immediately poured it into an old toner glass bottle but I'm still a bit iffy about it. I'm not actually that extreme every time and I just leave it but sometimes I simply can't.

There are many ways of making packaging pretty, beautiful, chic, minimalistic, luxurious and in this day and age the most gorgeous ingredients/products packaged in a single-use plastic packaging can simply put just f*ck off.

For the end I also want to say, is outer or external packaging of the products really necessary? What is it made of? What about the use of soy ink? The one thing that also urks me is when a brand sends me one of their products and the box is like HUGE! Really? You really need a packaging that big for a product that I can fit into my pocket?

I will say it again, I'm in NO way perfect but I do try to choose more consciously and be more mindful of my choices. I know that sometimes it's hard, even impossible to resist a brand and their products but in that case perhaps pick only one product instead of five. Do you really need them? Use less, love more, as Beauty Heroes say. If you can, then choose eco-friendly and recyclable packaging and then of course also recycle. There is so much more that I want and need to say, but I will leave this post as it is and perhaps in the future do an update when I will know more about this topic. There is so much more to mention and to learn and if you have anything to add I would love to chat more about it, either in the comments or privately via email.

I'm no expert so if you want to live even more low waste life then I highly suggest following blogs dedicated to zero waste style, where you will find more amazing tips and tricks. Following people who live a zero waste life, who care for the environment and all that good stuff is especially a wonderful thing to do on Instagram or Facebook. That way you're constantly reminded of all the (plastic) s*it we keep producing.

One other thing, the last one I promise! IT IS PERFECTLY OKAY if you start slow. You don't have to change everything over night. You will only feel overwhelmed and dishartened and possibly you will want to stop asap. Baby steps are better than no steps.

Wishing you a lovely day!

With love,

Jana xx


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KHUS + KHUS Sans Age Face Serum

January 16, 2018

KHUS + KHUS. Ever heard of this brand? It is one to remember, trust me!

I was introduced to KHUS + KHUS last month, when two of their products were featured in the December Beauty Heroes Discovery. Both are so special and I've been really impressed with them. SO impressed. KHUS + KHUS was founded by Kristi Blustein, an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Certified Yoga Teacher. Mind. Blown. KHUS + KHUS' concept is simple, they believe strongly that plants support the body + mind in healing. Their products are packed with 100% botanical ingredients & they want to collect the life-force energy contained in botanicals and share their healing potential with us, and that requires healthy, ethically grown plants. I'm loving the sound of all this but what really sold me on the brand are truly effective and simply gorgeous products.
KHUS + KHUS Sans Age Face Serum
KHUS + KHUS Sans Age Face Serum Anti-inflammatory and soothing oil
KHUS + KHUS Sans Age Face Serum* was the Sidekick of 2017 December Beauty Heroes Discovery but for me it was the Hero #2. This serum actually comes in a 50ml bottle but we received a very generous 30 ml bottle, which is like your standard oil serum packaging. I'm so, So grateful for that because I've REALLY been obsessed with all the benefits my skin has been getting in the last couple of weeks. And I still have a lot of oil left, which makes my heart sing! This serum is all about diminishing signs of inflammation, and increasing a look of vitality and youthfulness in skin. Have you ever heard of a term "inflamm-aging"? At KHUS + KHUS they understand the biochemical connection between systemic inflammation and visible signs of aging. You can find articles about this topic online, but in its essence the term “inflamm-­aging” is used to describe the aging phenomenon induced by chronic, persistent inflammation. Most people are familiar with the visible inflammation that can be seen on the surface of the skin, with redness representing a sign of infection, irritation or discomfort. It can also be invisible. The best thing to do (for your skin) is to avoid inflammatory food, like sugar, refined flour, meat, especially processed meat, junk food, and stock up on anti-inflammatory food, including green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, berries, and more. My favoruite anti-inflammatory food is actually a spice Turmeric. LOVE. Turmeric lattes are popular for a reason. My curry recipe is also filled with Turmeric, find how to make it here.

The second best thing are products that support your skin and don't cause any further irritation but rather soothe and calm it. Here enters the KHUS + KHUS Sans Age Face Serum, a serum that "evokes sensations of peacefulness and relaxation, lends a cooling feel, and bestows a quality of good energy." This serum promises to reduce appearance of inflammation of the skin and increase cellular regeneration. Does it really work with inflammation? Well let's have a quick look at the ingredients. First is Helichrysum or The Everlasting Flower (in Slovenian it is known as "smilj" or "suhocvetnica") which has strong ability to lower inflammation and also has anti-aging benefits. A family friend gifted me her own facial oil made with Olive Oil and Helichrysum (which btw grows also in Croatia) and I haven't had a chance to properly try it out, but my mom has been using it and she absolutely loves it! She's always like "look how soft my skin is!". Helichrysum is also in my beloved Earthwise Beauty's Tigress Face Balm* and you know how I feel about it. Review here. The second ingredient in the Sans Age Face Serum is Blue Tansy which is also known as Moroccan Chamomile. It is highly anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties. It's soothing and relaxing to the nervous system. Blue Tansy is also known for its gorgeous blue colour, which occurs through distillation process. And the third calming ingredient is German Chamomile.
KHUS + KHUS Sans Age Face Serum
This hero trio is nicely tucked away in a blend of oils of Marula, Baobab, Argan, Sea Buckthorn & Rosehip. NON-GMO certified, 99% organic, and sustainably wild harvested ingredients. The serum has a blue-ish, almost green-ish tint and smells of Helichrysum and Blue Tansy. It has a lightweight consistency which my combination skin always loves and adores. My skin isn't that sensitive but sometimes it is slightly itchy and I sometimes also get these random red patches. My skin's main concerns are hyperpigmentation and redness, also inflammation. With continuing use of this facial serum my skin has been less inflamed and I've noticed a reduction in redness on my skin as well. Not brightening but soothing and calming and not only for my skin but also for my mind. Sometimes I just randomly open up the bottle and smell the oil to get some of that peacefulness. The oil is also hydrating and softening. It is really making my skin happier & healthier.
KHUS + KHUS Sans Age Face Serum
Beofre trying out the Sans Age (and the Bleu Body Wax*) I didn't really have any expectations. I knew of the brand and I loved the look of it (fyi I'm so into the miron violet glass) but other than that I didn't really knew much. But as you can see it is safe to say I fell in love with KHUS + KHUS. I highly recommend trying out the brand and this gorgeous oil. It's not comedogenic so I would recommend it to everyone, including itchy, inflamed, sensitive skin, if you have eczema, fine lines, wrinkles, redness, psoriasis, capillaries. I'm very intrigued by their other face serum as well. Check out the whole range here.

You can get it straight from KHUS + KHUS here or via Beauty Heroes here (members get 15% off).

If you're interested I saw that you can still get the 2017 December Beauty Heroes Discovery featuring KHUS + KHUS here.

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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The Rose Tree Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter

January 14, 2018

Last month I got this new cleansing balm and all it took for me to fall in love with was one use. Let me introduce you to a new-to-me brand that is definitely not new on the market, The Rose Tree. This UK brand was founded by Olga Rumble and at The Rose Tree they use ethically sourced and as many organic ingredients as they can, they don't test on animals and the majority of their products come in glass jars. The first product I decided to try out from them is their Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter* and, spoiler alert, I really like it!
They say "Prepare to be amazed with our super luxurious cleansing butter packed with potent botanicals to gently lift off makeup and dirt, and it only takes 2 minutes!" and I could say the same. This product caught my eye with two words, Carrot and Mango. Looking at the ingredient list, which is 75% organic, I see two Carrot components. The first is Carrot Seed Oil, derived from Wild Carrot, and Organic Carrot Oil, derived from organic Carrot Extracts macerated in organic Sunflower Oil. Interesting. Carrots have brightening benefits on the skin and I'm all about that. As for Mangoes go, in the cleanser is Mango Butter which is a "superb hydrating moisturiser, with skin rejuvenating properties".
This butter has such a lovely, smooth & soft texture that melts beautifully on the skin. Like it is with cleansing balms and oils, I apply it on my dry skin and gently, but thoroughly massage it onto my skin. It removes my makeup very nicely and with a bit of time spent on my eyes, it also removes mascara. As always, I remove everything with a wet wash cloth. It leaves my skin properly cleansed and soft, not dry or tight. It doesn't clog my pores, but if your skin doesn't tolerate Coconut Oil, then I would stay away from this product. Oh and there's also Beeswax, therefore not vegan. The butter has a nice, natural scent of Lavender. It's not a strong Lavender scent, which I really appreciate because I don't love every Lavender-scented product. This one I do. I find it quite lovely. I also really love that it comes in a glass jar, I'm all about that less plastic life.

I would recommend this product for normal, dry and mature skin, also combination if your skin agrees with Coconut Oil. You can get this product here.

Have a lovely Sunday my lovelies!

Love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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