One Therapy Artisan Elixir

maj 29, 2016

You know how I feel about multi-purpose products, right? Well, I absolutely love them and today I have just that kind of a product to show you. Let me introduce you to a small Ireland brand called One Therapy. The brand was created by Sinead, a former beauty journalist and PR person. As a product reviewer she was testing dozens of products for her columns each week and the combinations were really starting to take their toll on her skin so she set out to create something for herself that would be packed full of nutrients and work to balance her stressed out complexion. A lot of experimenting and different combinations later, One Therapy was born. After a lot of encouragement from friends, she decided to take the plunge and make things official so she shipped her blend off to a lab and had it bottled.
One Therapy Artisan Elixir* is a unique blend of precious essential oils that nourish the body, illuminate the mind and empower the soul this eco friendly vegan moisturizer works to harmonise, heal and hydrate skin and hair. There, that's all you need to know, really. This daily moisturizer, elixir or oil serum, as I would call it, consists of only four ingredients - four certified food grade organic oils.

Elixir is based on pure Jojoba oil, a liquid wax which supposedly has a texture almost identical to the oil produced by our own skin. Balancing, moisturizing and good for all skin types. Jojoba oil is a base for three beautiful essential oils, which provide the elixir its intoxicating scent. 

First one is Ylang Ylang, derived from the flowers of Cananga tree which grows in Indonesia, Malaysia and some other places. It has a very unique and prominent scent, a scent that you can easily sniff out in a product. It is an uplifting scent and an oil that has been used as a skin and hair treatment for centuries. Ylang ylang is one of the best at relaxing the body and mind and is used to relieve stress, depression, anxiety. It is also supposed to help with oil production and is therefore great as a hair care treatment. Cute fact alert - in Indonesia the petals of Ylang Ylang flowers are scattered over the bed of newlywed couples on their wedding night.

Onto the Sandalwood, a very precious, expensive oil and one of the oldest known perfume materials. It has been used in ancient times, probably more than 4.000 years ago - in Egypt they used it in embalming. Sandalwood is a tree indigenous to India. It has a rich, warm, sweet fragrance with delicate wood notes. It is a powerful skin hydrator and is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is considered beneficial for meditation and for calming and focusing the mind. Sandalwood oil is a very popular oil and is used extensively as a harmonizing agent but due to the value of it, the trees are being illegally cut, leading to the waste of this precious resource as trees that are too young are cut, or trees are cut but the roots are left to rot (the roots are the most valuable part of the tree from which to extract the oil). (source) Trees must also grow for at least 30 years to even become suitable for harvesting and therefore we need to look for ways to responsively use it. Sandalwood essential oil in the One Therapy Artisan Elixir is certified Organic by the Soil Association which means you can be sure that it has been produced to the highest ethical and environmental standards. Sustainable and ethical sandalwood for the win.

The last but certainly not least is Frankincense, a resin (dried sap) obtained from trees that are native to Somalia. It is believed that the Babylonians and Assyrians burned them during religious ceremonies and that Egyptians bought entire boatloads of the resins from the Phoenicians, using them in incense, insect repellent, perfume and salves for wounds and sores. They also charred and ground it into a powder to make the heavy kohl eyeliner Egyptian women famously wore. Frankincse has an uplifting and grounding scent, it has a rich aroma and because of it is a popular mediation oil and has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. I know some ladies are not a fan of it because it reminds them of going to church but I really like the scent. One of the products I love that contains it is the wonderful Indigo Wild Zum Rub Frankincense & Myrrh (affiliate link). I mentioned it in this post. Frankincense is a natural astringent, skin calmer and balancer for both dry and oily skin.
Now that you know a little bit about the ingredients this elixirs contains, let's move on the actual product itself. Like I said, this product is an oil, which I mostly use as a body oil. Sometimes I also use it as a hair treatment and I love it in both ways. It's easily absorbed into the skin and leaves it soft and smooth. Like the majority of natural and green body oils, this one also leaves a feel on the skin. Oily is not the right word, but silky definitely is. The skin is silky to the touch and that feels very nice. Very nice indeed. I like that this product is so versatile, you can use it on your body, hair, even on your face. Perfect for travel, I think. Especially when travelling to sunny, exotic places because the scent of ylang ylang would blend right into. I've been really loving this product and if you're a fan of ylang ylang you would too.

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

D is for Detox

maj 22, 2016

We are way into spring already but that doesn't stop me for finally posting up a "detox your body this spring" kinda article. I wanted to post it up weeks ago but technically it is still spring so it's all good. There are lots of detoxifying foods and products you can incorporate into your daily routine. I picked the ones I love and have at home at the moment.
 Neem - a healing ingredient that has been used by Ayurveda for thousands of years. The neem plant is a long living tree, which also goes by the name Indian Lilac. It is a tree native to Burma, India. Neem has numerous amazing benefits and if you read any description of neem you will want to hop on the neem train asap. I bought neem a while back and had used it every now and then but not really regularly. Then something changed. Ava from Earthwise Beauty launched a new face mask Catharsis with neem. The description of neem under the product is so awesome that I immediately turned to my drawer of green goodies and started using it again and this time more often. It looks like I could write a whole article about neem but let's just say it's strongly antimicrobial, it heals acne, it's cooling nature is of great help with inflammatory conditions (apparent as redness on the face) such as rosacea. Neem regenerates healthy skin cells and evokes a healthy skin coloring. There is one thing I wanted to share after reading Catharsis mask description. Neem is a powerful plant that can send out a message when its healing has been accomplished and it is time to take a break from it: either you may start forgetting to use the cleanser, are no longer drawn to its powers, or, if you overlook the subtle messages and continue using neem religiously, you may even develop a mild rash or itching. If neem tells you that it is time to take a break, heed its advice and switch to a different cleanser or mask for a while. How interesting is that? A truly detoxifying ingredient that you need to try, if you haven't already. Search for pure, organic neem and mix it with water and honey, leave on your face for at least 10 minutes; or try the Earthwise Beauty mask. I had a sample and it's lovely! Use code "Loveliness" to get 15% off on all Earthwise Beauty orders.
Algea Chlorella* - this particular chlorella is from a Slovenian brand but you can easily find it in every health food store. In my country you can also find it every bigger supermarket and drugstore. Chlorella is an algae, chlorophyll rich, heavy metal and synthetic toxin removal, just to name a few benefits you can get from it. I like to incorporate something with detoxifying properties each spring and chlorella is exactly that. I totally missed it with this one but I usually go with organic chlorella so even though it is pure chlorella, I will next time pick some other brand.

Lani Tropical Cacao Detox Maks* - Tropical. Natural. Vegan. Three things that I love to hear. This mask smells straight like Cacao, especially when you mix it with liquid. Looks like it as well - just check this photo if you don't believe me. The mask contains nine ingredients. Let me just mention a few - Kaolin (Pink Australian Clay), Smectite (Beige Australian Clay), Cocoa Powder, Cocout Milk Powder and Water. The mask also contains Baking Soda and that's why the mask foams when you mix it with water. That really makes me smile. I like this mask.
Water and plants - I'm sure you all know about the amazing benefits of drinking lots of water and having some plants in the house. Water with some mint leaves and lemon or fruit makes is even tastier and good for you.

Asparagus - a delicious green veggie, that makes your pee stink like nobody's business (just being real with you hihi), which is totally normal. Asparagus has loads of benefits and amongst the two are that it contains glutathione, a potent antioxidant and inulin, a prebiotic that feeds the good bacteria in our gut.  It helps with the urinary tract infections and is also said it helps to reduce cellulite. Not sure about that but I know it taste really good and is the perfect spring food to enjoy.

How do you detox your body in spring?

Love you lots,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

True Botanicals Exfoliating Moisture Mask

maj 15, 2016

Hello ladies! How are you all doing on this fine day? A while back Beauty Heroes shared an amazing news on their Instagram account. Any guesses? Well, they announced that I'm one of the Beauty Heroes Brand Ambassadors! We did a little Q&A so if you're interested in learning a little bit more about me, go and check it out here. Oh my goodness, I still can't believe it! Feel so lucky, excited, honoured and grateful. Love. You can read more about Beauty Heroes here. It's the best green beauty subscription box out there. Seriously! Each month you get a beautiful selection of a carefully selected full-size (not sample!) Hero Product that fits the season and delivers results, rotating between skin, body, sun, hair care and makeup products. You usually also get at least one extra product, and a mini Hero mask. Beauty Heroes selects one clean beauty company each month to bring us the freshest batch of their star performer.

I've been lucky enough to receive three Beauty Heroes boxes and so far my favourite has definitely been the April box with "Nature is Luxury" theme. May's box has been really, really successful and was actually sold out! Ah-mazing! Unfortunately you can't get it anymore but you can subscribe to get the next, the June box. But in the meantime hop to their Beauty Store where you can also get the product I want to talk about today.

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, April's Beauty Box featured the stunning and most luxurious green brand - True Nature Botanicals or True Botanicals, as it's known now. The Hero product in the box was the Exfoliating Moisture Mask*. A skin revival mask formulated with replenishing moisture-loving lactic acid derived from beets, this mask actively exfoliates lifeless skin, awakens natural collagen product and boosts hyaluronic acid levels, transforming skin from dull to dewy in just a few minutes. And it's as awesome as it sounds!

The mask contains gorgeous ingredients like Green and White Tea, Mango and Avocado Butter, Potato Flour (love to drink and eat all these!), essential oils of Tuberose, Jasmine and Neroli, to name almost all of them. Based on the three flowers, I did though it would smell lovely but it doesn't. No biggie, it's not a perfume or body oil that it would need an amazing scent. But it does provide amazing results.

I massage it onto clean dry skin and leave on for 5 minutes. For sensitive skin apply only for 3 minutes. It was that one time that I left it on for more than the recommended time, for 10 minutes!, and after I washed it off my face, I could squeeze out every single spot I managed to find on my skin. I know, I know, you aren't supposed to squeeze and mess with your skin but sometimes it happens. #sorrynotsorry Mask tingles a bit, but doesn't burn or anything like that and surprisingly, I never experienced red or even slightly irritated skin after using it. After washing it off my skin looks brighter and the complexion is smoother and softer. The only thing you need to worry about is to only use it in the evenings and to always use a sunscreen in the morning to protect your skin.
I love a quick and effective mask and this one is definitely that. And it also gives your skin little extra antioxidants, which always do good for the skin. The mask is expensive ($90) but you can get a discount for 15% off if you subscribe to Beauty Heroes. That's way this non-toxic beauty discovery service is so good, because you get such luxurious products for $39 a month. As mentioned before, the May box featuring Mahalo is already sold out so unfortunately you can't get it anymore, but I'm most excited to share with you the June box featuring ... (can't tell you yet which brand is going to be :P ). I'm patiently waiting for it to arrive, but I have a feeling Beauty Heroes June box is going to be a pretty one. :)

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links (like every article from other BH brand ambassadors does)

Yoga. Food. Makeup.

maj 11, 2016

Maybe in the mood for some reading? Or for some cooking, yoga nad makeup? Well if you don't know what these three things have in common, then you clearly don't read the articles on The Peridot Mag. I don't have much time to write a proper post so today I'm going to be a bit lazy and share three of my articles I wrote for the magazine.

First is for all the ladies who love to eat delicious food and quickly cooked meals. (I'm raising my hand up in the air right now!) Creamy Vegan Pasta takes as much time as you need to cook your pasta. Everyone can make it, it's so easy and you know what else? Not to sound like a total ass but I have gotten some compliments and lovely comments of some ladies who have tried and loved it. I never thought people are even trying my recipes, let alone liking them!
The second article will give you some makeup inspiration, if you even need it. I created a spring inspired makeup look A Flash of Pink. The colour on the lips is a pretty good indicator that I was inspired by gorgeous spring flowers.
Last but certainly not least is a wellness article Jana's Favourite Yoga Poses. The name says it all, doesn't it? I shared three of my well loved yoga poses and wrote a little bit about why they are so wonderful.
Hope you enjoy reading them.

Have a lovely day!

Love you lots,

Jana xx

ps. you can still enter my iHerb giveaway :)

Seven Products I Love

maj 05, 2016

Have you entered my iHerb giveaway? Now that I got that shameless plug out of the way, I can move forward to other things. There have been some pretty amazing and really exciting things going on. If you follow me on Instagram then you know pretty much everything. But there is also one that I haven't yet posted on Instagram. I know some of you have already seen it, thank you for your sweet comments *I'm blushing* For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, I was featured on a Slovenian blog called BeautyFullBlog
When the lovely Nika, the author of the blog, reached out to me I was really happy and excited that she wanted to write an article about me and my blog. Wow! She is one sweet cookie and it was an absolute pleasure working with her. To make things more interesting Nika decided I should do some kind of a short post so I chose 7 green beauty products I can't live without. So if you're interested in those seven green beauty products, go ahead and check out Nika's article. Let me just throw a little spoiler or should I rather say sneak peak. Amongst 7 wonderful green beauty products you will find Honey, Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 and Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask. I love them all deeply. <3


Much love,

Jana xx

ps. Sorry but Nika's post is in Slovene, but you can always translate it ;)

iHerb Haul and Giveaway!

maj 01, 2016

Hello pretty ladies. How are you all doing? Today's post is brought to you by iHerb, an online store where I've been ordering products for a few years now. It's the store to where I turned to when I wanted to buy even better green, natural and organic products. Affordable products I couldn't get in our local drugstores and health food and beauty stores. Just go ahead and have a search "iHerb" on my blog, you'll see lots of my posts and reviews of products I ordered from there. That's way I was most excited when they contacted me to work together. Their offer was amazing and one I just couldn't say no to. I had the absolute pleasure to pick some of the products they stock, which was so wonderful in itself but then they also offered a giveaway where two, not one, but two! of my readers will receive a gift card. How could I say no?!

Before I go into the giveaway and the prize let me just quickly mention that even though my initial impression of iHerb was that it looks a bit sketchy (they improved their design through the years) and not really chic, I ended up absolutely loving the store. They have a big selection of beauty products (mostly natural and organic, but not every single product is "clean" so be careful with that), supplements, superfoods, teas and coffee, house cleaning products, products for babies and I could go on. Everyone can find something there, no matter if you're starting your green beauty journey or if you're already a green beauty expert. Or just a "normal" person, really. If you're a first-time iHerb consumer you can also use my discount code JIG460 and get $5 off your first order. Not to mention that shipping cost to Slovenia is only $4. But enough of my ramble, let's rather move to my short reviews of some products that you can get on iHerb.
Deep Steep Bubble Bath in Passion Fruit - Guava and Mango - Papaya - these are my go-to bubble baths and have been for a couple of years. I try not to indulge in a bath as often as I would like because of the water consumption, so one bottle lasts me a long time. These both have tropical, sweet scents, Passion Fruit - Guava even more so. They provide a very decent amount of bubbles which isn't always a case with natural and organic bubble baths. The foam doesn't last the longest but the scent lingers which is fine by me. I love them and you can hardly beat the price, especially considering the ingredients and huge bottles.

Organic India Triphala - I've already proclaimed my love for triphala here. It is a wonderful herbal concoction that has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years. Triphala actually means "the three fruits" and it consists of three Indian fruits - Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki. Each a superfood with its own active ingredients they form an antoxidant rich Triphala which is especially known for its colon and digestive support. A balanced digestion is the most important thing in our bodies and we should always keep it in check. Triphala doesn't act as laxatives do, your body doesn't crave or require it once you stop using it, it just tones and supports normal functions to the bowel and doesn't irritate them. You should definitely take a closer look into it, no matter if you have problems with your digestion or not. Organic is always best and capsules are much easier to swallow so I'm faithful to this Organic India Triphala with 90 capsules.

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub - I heard so many great things about this scrub that I just had to try it. It's said to be a deep cleansing and brightening experience with the likes of Organic Sea Kelp and Lemon Peel, which gently exfoliate your skin while French Green Clay removes impurities from your pores without taking your natural moisture with it. So far I have only used it once so I don't have much to say about it claims, but this is was one seriously good scrub! It has so many scrubby particles that you can really go to town with it. It made my skin really soft and smooth. I'm not surprised with that to be honest, Acure is one amazing brand.

Andalou Naturals A Path of Light Shea Butter + Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream - this is one of the most lightweight hand creams I've ever used. It instantly sinks into the skin. It's moisturizing but only to some extent. If you're struggling with really dry skin then this won't be enough but if you're looking for a fast absorbing cream that you can easily use at your computer, then you have to give it a go. I tend to always have it at my desk at work and I actually forgot it there so it's missing from the picture.

WiseWays Herbals Camellia Eye Cream - I have reviewed this eye cream here. It is a lovely cream, I loved using it and so has my friend. That's why this jar is for her. I would gladly buy it again but at the moment I have a few that I have to use up before buying any new eye creams.
Acure Organics Energizing Body Lotion, Mandarin Orange + Argan Stem Cell (review) - if you don't know, this is one of my favourite body lotions out there. Super hydrating and nourishing, makes my skin super soft and smooth. Love it! This one I picked up for my friend because she is also obsessed.

Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Conditioner (review) - I don't see myself ever be without it, I just love it so much! Perfect for dry, damaged hair, it's deeply nourishing and contains great ingredients.

Zhena's Gypsy Tea Acai Berry Herbal Superfruit Tea - I don't usually buy tea online but this one is an exception. It's just so good! It's Organic and Fair Trade South African Rooibos with Hibiscus, Rosehips, Lemon Grass, Acai Berries, Licorice Root and Orange Peel (+ natural flavours). I love pretty much all roiboos teas but this one just has that something special and I'm constantly going back for more.

Bdellium Tools Pink Bambu Series, Eyes 785, Tapered Blending Brush - I haven't used this one yet but I have a good feeling that I will love it. I have some other BT eye brushes and all but one I really love them. The one I don't like is from their Studio Line, the 776. Other than that, they are all super soft and vegan, of course. Highly recommend you to take a closer look at Bdellium Tools and their bamboo series. I love the look of the brushes from their purple bamboo series too and I do hope iHerb will start stocking them.

Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balms, Variety Pack - are you in need of a new balm? Because I sure ain't! Well actually my boyfriend isn't. He is so fond of these lip balms and being a tough lip balm judge that he is, I have to tell you that these have Jaka's stamp of approval. I've already mentioned his test that he does with every lip balm. If the balm stays on his lips through the night and if he still feels it on his lips in the morning, then it's a good one. And these sure are. I really like them too.

Did you see anything that you would like to try? Then like I said, you can use my discount code for your first order (JIG460) or even better, try your luck in the giveaway. There will be two winners and each will receive a gift card worth $50 to spend at iHerb. Yay! I have some rules for you so please make sure you're following them to be able to get the prize.

1. You have to follow my blog Small Bits of Loveliness on Bloglovin'.
2. You have to like iHerb on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
3. Make sure you fill in the Rafflecopter form to be eligible.
4. Winners must register to iHerb to claim their prize.
5. You can also follow me on Instagram for an extra entry.

This giveaway is international. Shipping will be taken care of for both US and non-US winners. Specifically for winners out of the US, you are responsible for any additional taxes/duties/brokerage fees levied to you by your Customs Agency and/or Postal Service. Also, before any of you international readers enter this giveaway, you need to check that iHerb can actually ship to your country. To see this go to, add a product to the shopping cart and click the "Country" drop down menu to see if your country is listed. This giveaway is open till the 15th of May 2016. Winners will be contacted my emails and if they don't respond in 48 hours another winners will be chosen.

Good luck!

Now tell me, do you also shop on iHerb? What are your favourite products to buy there? :)

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links and codes
***this giveaway is sponsored by iHerb
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