Best Shampoo Ever?? Plastic Free, Vegan and Natural, feat. Natural Wisdom Spa

september 30, 2018

Hi my lovelies! How are you all feeling about shampoo bars? Ever tried them? What are you using to wash your hair? Gone are the days when natural and organic shampoos wouldn't lather and wash the hair really and truly properly. We now have so many wonderful shampoos made with beautiful ingredients but for me it was still something missing. And that was a perfect solid shampoo bar. You guys, it looks like I finally found it!

 I dabbled into the world of natural solid shampoo bars a few years ago but my experience with them wasn't that great. My hair were left greasy, heavy, with lots of shampoo residue, no matter how much I rinsed it off. They were never good enough to repurchase them and I usually end up using them as body wash. For a while I was going back and forth, from liquid shampoo to shampoo bars. I liked some of them but was never really 100% sold on them. And then I tried Natural Wisdom Spa Shampoo & Body Wash. Oh my word, I love thee so! I have seen this brand prior to buying from them on Instagram. Some of my fellow bloggers and friends talked about this brand and their products, always raving about them. In spring I met with the lovely Mirna from @green_aboveandbeyond and she was yet again talking about this brand. It's safe to say she is in love. She was talking about their Vitamin C Antioxidant Treatment Gel and Vitamin C Facial Moisturizer with such passion and ever since then I have these two products on my WL. But what really intrigued me were their shampoo & conditioner bars. She has just washed her hair with them and she was like "touch my hair, they are so soft!" That I did and she was right! I ordered the bar quickly after and the rest is as they say , history. I'm so dramatic haha but when you're on a mission to find that perfect shampoo with natural ingredients that isn't in plastic packaging, you would be extatic too.
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass, Solid Conditioner & Shaving Bar. Vegan, plastic free, natural, biodegradable
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural, biodegradable
Natural Wisdom Spa is a UK brand founded by Maeve Smith, a Homeopath and natural health mentor since 2005. Maeve has also studied Pathology and Disease, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine as well as bio-chemistry and natural skincare formulation. Natural Wisdom Spa is described as "an artisan skincare brand that dares to be different." Their products are handcrafted in small batches, they are raw, alcohol & gluten free. They use potent, vibrant, active ingredients, premium certified organic ingredients are always a priority and they also use CO2 extracted raw seed oils, herbal and botanical extracts. I love all that but what really makes a brand truly special to me is their care for animals and the environment. Natural Wisdom Spa is vegan & cruelty free and they intentionally chose Miron violet glass bottles and jars, not only because they better protect the potency and freshness of their products than clear or brown glass, but also because glass is easily recyclable and reusable. They use a minimal amount of plastic and I truly appreciate that. Thank you for caring, Maeve.

Natural Wisdom Shampoo & Body Washes are made from 100% natural, vegan, Ecocert & COSMOS accredited ingredients that are readily biodegradable. Quick google search tells me that "readily biodegradable" ingredients are those that have "the natural ability to biodegrade to their natural state, when subjected to sunlight, water and microbial activity, from 60-100% in 28 days". You can check out the complete ingredient list here but among other things they contain Spirulina, Apple Cider Vinegar, Shea Butter. They are scented with Grapefruit and Lemongrass. I quite like the citrus scent. When I first tried this Shampoo Bar it actually came together with the Conditioner - it was a two in one type of product, but now it is only available separately. You can pick between a smaller 50 g bar or a regular 100 g one. See all the options here.
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural, biodegradable
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural, biodegradable
Why is this shampoo so good?

First off it lathers like crazy! It gives a gorgeous silky lather, and cleanses my hair very thoroughly yet it is not stripping or drying at all. If you have ever used a solid shampoo bar on long hair then you may be aware that the feeling of dry hair after rinsing is normal, but normal doesn't mean it's good. The other problem I had with shampoo bars in general was the feeling of waxy hair. I hated my hair when they were freshly washed and they looked fine but they felt horrible. It was like the shampoo was still in my hair, and it didn't matter if I quickly rinsed my hair or took my time and really thoroughly rinsed them. The feeling was pretty much always there. But with this shampoo it's completely different. My hair are truly and properly clean, they are smooth and lovely. Well I do always use the matching conditioner as well, which I really love too, and that helps with the smoothness and softness of my hair. I adore this shampoo and I highly recommend it. You can get it here. And their Solid Conditoner and Shaving Bar too.

How I use it?

I use it on wet hair and you could rub it between your hands and create lather that way but I usually take the easy route and I simply rub it directly onto the hair. You do use a bit more that way but I actually don't care because I just prefer to use it that way. I especially love doing this when I use an oil hair treatment before washing. Currently I'm using the gorgeous Prim Botanicals The Hair Oil** from a previous Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box** (review here). The shampoo gently but very effectively removes everything and that makes me so happy. It just works!
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural
The Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar is vegan, handmade, natural and what really drawn me in is the fact that it is completely plastic free. Yes, yes, yes! I'm obsessed and I urge you to try it out too.

You can either get it at their website (see here) or via their Etsy shop here.

With love,

Jana xx

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Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash

september 25, 2018

There is a number of products I'm using weekly if not daily but I always manage to write about them when I either finish them already or when they are on their last stretch. That's the case with the products I'm going to review today. I actually had to stop using them haha just so I'm not showing empties (not that you can tell). Ok so the products that deserve a place on this blog of mine are from the one and only Rachel's Plan Bee. I proclaimed my love for Rachel and her beautiful products a few times before but since it's been a hot, HOT minute since I talked about this pretty little brand I just wanted to do it one more time. Rachel is an absolute sweetheart and I love all of her products. I love seeing Rachel's growth and her care for the environment - Rachel started using more glass packaging and you know I'm all about that. A while ago she came out with a new product, Hand & Body Wash and I have been testing them for a few months and I truly love them so much. My boyfriend loves them even more than me and the fact that he told me a numerous time that these soaps are really good (he usually doesn't say anything), says A LOT. Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Coconut Beach, Original, Lavender Spirit
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Coconut Beach, Original, Lavender Spirit
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Original
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash* is a liquid soap stored in glass packaging. I already talked about it here. Honestly, it's the next best thing to solid bar soaps, if you think of the low/zero waste lifestyle and our very precious environment. It contains moisturizing ingredients such as Coconut, Olive, Sunflower and Jojoba Oils, Shea Butter. I think that all of these ingredients are saponified, using Potassium Hydroxide which is essential ingredient to make soaps and after saponification of oils none of it remains. There is also Water in the formulation, of course, and Glycerin & Aloe Vera, and essential oils. If you have ever tried Rachel's Plan Bee products then you are probably like me, in love with her scents. Ah they are just so lovely! Hand & Body Wash comes in three scents: Original, Coconut Beach and Lavender Spirit. 

Original is an uplifting blend of sweet Citrus and comforting Vanilla that is reminiscent of a creamsicle. I love this scent so much and after years of using products with it, I find it so comforting.

Coconut Beach is a tropical blend of Coconut extract and Citrus fruit that will remind you of happy days at the beach. This scent is only available during summer.

Lavender Spirit - soothing Lavender & Chamomile and a touch of Citrus & Vanilla make this blend perfect for an evening shower and days you want to destress.
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Coconut Beach Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Lavender Spirit
Hand & Body Wash gives a very velvety, silky and smooth lather. It's actually softening to the skin and I really, really like using these soaps. I have tried using them as shampoo as well, and they work great but I wouldn't use them exclusively on my hair. But on Jaka's very short hair the soap works perfectly and he is just like obsessed. Big thumbs up for these hand and body washes. I highly recommend them.

You can get Hand & Body Washes in four different sizes/packaging - from mini sample version to a refill pouch. I do have to say that I hope Rachel comes out with solid bars of soaps since bars truly are my favourite but one of her Hand & Body Washes in glass packaging is like I said, the next best thing. Definitely put them on your wishlist and all of her other products as well. Soon she will again start selling her incredible Cocoa Cream and I can't wait to get it (check it out here). 

You can get Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash straight from their website (click here). If you live in Europe then you can shop Rachel's products at So Natural Beauty (click here).

Have a lovely week!

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

LEVEL UP Ambassador Discovery by Beauty Heroes

september 21, 2018

Hello beauties! I'm going to talk about something very special today. About collaboration between Beauty Heroes and six fellow Beauty Heroes ambassadors. Yes, you heard me right! Six green beauty bloggers/youtubers/influencers teamed up with Beauty Heroes and each of them curated their own little beauty discovery and I live for that! So happy to see the inclusion of #beautyheroestribe. So as you can see to me this month's Limited Edition Discovery is very special, unique and I just love it. Jeannie Jarnot did it again and I'm so proud and honoured to be a part of this awesome Beauty Heroes family.

Ok so this month's LE discovery is called LEVEL UP Limited Edition Ambassador Discovery and it features six ambassadors and six different brands. You can see all of them here.
September LEVEL UP Limited Edition Ambassadors Discoveries feat. Maya Chia, Ayuna, True Botanicalsy, Mahalo Care, Mo Mi by Modern Minerals, Innersense
Ayuna Ambassador Discovery Beauty Heroes
I want to briefly talk about three of them. First is the curation made by Arjun from Just Ask Arjun. For his LE Discovery he chose one of my favourite brands, the stunning Spanish brand Ayuna. In the discovery are a full sized Balm - Volcanic Revitalizing Mask and a deluxe sample of Cream - Natural Rejuvenating Treatment. I love and adore all Ayuna products (well I have yet to try their newest creation Spirulite but I'm sure I will love it too). The Balm is one of my fave masks and is an instant gratification mask. You can read my review here. It's detoxifying and very soothing at the same time. I love how it reduces redness and inflammation only after a ten minute masking session. I find it truly amazing. I also love how easy to use is. Don't get me wrong, I love a good powder mask and creating a whole masking spa ritual moment around it but sometimes all I crave is a jar of mask that you just open and apply on your face. The best combination with this mask is to first apply Essence (review) and then follow up with the Balm. Works AMAZING every single time. And the Cream? It's balancing, calming and hydrating. It's fluffy and dreamy and I love it so much. Also works really well as an eye cream. I'm so infatuated with this brand and I can't rave about them enough. This discovery is valued at $190 and you can get it for $99. You can get Arjun's LE Discovery here.
Mo Mi by Modern Minerals Ambassador Discovery Beauty Heroes
Next curation was made by Mercedes from L'Amour et la Musique and it features Mo Mi by Modern Minerals. In this discovery you will receive four full sized products: their Styling Jelly, Texture Mist, Dry Shampoo and a LE Lip Gloss. You may have seen on my Instagram that I just got a very similar package yesterday, from the beautiful Rayna from Reina Organics. She kindly sent me Mo Mi by Modern Minerals Discovery Kit (see here). So I have yet to try these products and let you know how they work for my hair. But I have used Modern Minerals lip glosses before and I really like them. This discovery is valued at $130 and you can get if for $69. You can get Mercedes' LE Discovery here.
Maya Chia Ambassador Discovery Beauty HeroesLast curation I want to mention was made by Sarah from Whoorl and it features Maya Chia. In this discovery you will get two full sized Maya Chia products: Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil and The Highlight of the Day (you can pick from 4 different colours: After Hours, Golden Hour, Afternoon Delight or Happy Hour). I'm so excited to start using these two products. I loved their Super Couple Face Oil (more here) and I'm really looking forward to trying out this oil which contains Pure Supercritical Chia Oil and Essential Oils of Neroli, Fennel, Black Pepper and Anise. I also wanted to try one of Maya Chia's highlighters ever since their launch. Everyone loves them, I think that Lisa Eldridge also mentioned them so you know they legit haha. This discovery is valued at $102 and you can get it for $59. You can get Sarah's LE Discovery here.

There are three more Limited Edition Ambassadors Discoveries:
- Chelsea from That's Chelsea chose Innersense products, get the discovery for $49 here,
- Danielle from Cruelty Free Vegan Beauty chose Mahalo products, get it for $69 here and
- Lisa from This Organic Girl chose True Botanicals, get it for $129 here.

Oh and each "box" actually comes in this cute Beauty Heroes pouch that you can see on the second photo, with Ayuna's products.

These Limited Edition discoveries are not a part of Beauty Heroes monthly subscription service so you don't need to subscribe to Beauty Heroes to receive them. But if you are a Beauty Heroes member you will save 15%.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Love,

Jana xx

My products are currently sadly at the customs so the photos I used it this post are by Beauty Heroes.
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Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pots in Harmony & Happy (with swatches)

september 19, 2018

Ever since I started working with Love Lula, I have tried a few Ere Perez products. So far I've been most impressed with their Rice Powder Bronzer in Tulum* (read my review here) and I think I now love it even more than I did when I wrote my review. A few weeks ago I was very interested in getting myself a new blush from this Australian brand. I took to it to the wonderful Love Lula Natural Beauty Facebook Group and the lovely ladies on there very kindly recommended I should try Ere Perez's Carrot Colour Pots. I did and I was so blown away with my first "pink pot" that I got myself another shade. Spoiler alert: I love that one too!
Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pot in Happy and Harmony. Love LulaEre Perez Carrot Colour Pot in Happy and Harmony. Love Lula
Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pot in Happy and Harmony swatches. Love LulaEre Perez Carrot Colour Pots are described as "natural balms". They feature "many healthy ingredients like Carrots, full of antioxidants, considered helpful in keeping skin soft and hydrated." There is also Olive and Avocado Oils, and a few more ingredients. These babies are vegan, so there is no Carmine (or beeswax, or any other animal derived ingredient). They are creamy but not overly creamy and to the point where they look super shiny, even greasy on the skin. I wouldn't say they turn into powder on the cheeks but on me they look/feel somewhere between a cream and powder blush. They are extremely pigmented and know that a little goes a very long way, especially when it comes to darker shades. They are truly very rich in colour but what is amazing with them is that they are easily blendable. I love applying them with my finger and tapping them on my cheeks and then blending the edges either with a clean finger and/or a foundation brush. Carrot Colour Pots are also long-lasting and they pretty much last all day long. 

You may have heard me talking about them before (on Instagram) and that's because I enjoy them terribly. If I wouldn't, I definitely wouldn't have picked another shade. Even though I don't find them heavy at all and think they would work for pretty much every skin tone, I do have to say that if you find them to be too oily or creamy, you could try to apply a little bit of translucent powder first and then put the Carrot Colour Pot on top. Generally cream blushes don't apply and blend as nicely on top of powders, as they do before powdering the skin, but this lovely lady who had this problem (she found them to be too oily), tried applying some powder under the blush and said that this combination works great. If you are experiencing the same problem with a cream blush than perhaps try this too. Just use the powder sparingly, less is better. Also experiment and you'll see what works best for you. To me they are perfection when I apply them on top of my CC Cream (I'm using Sappho, shade Light - review here). 

I have the shade Harmony*, a "dusty pink" or coral-ish pink. I'm wearing it on my cheeks and as an eyeshadow. Check out Harmony Carrot Colour Pot here.
Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pot in Harmony. Love Lula
Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pot in Harmony. Makeup selfie. Love Lula
And here is Happy*, a "crimson red", a red with a slight brown undertone. I'm wearing Happy on my cheeks and on my lips. Check out Carrot Colour Pot in Happy here.Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pot in Happy. Love Lula
Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pot in Happy. Makeup selfie. Love Lula
Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pot in Happy. Makeup selfie. Love Lula
I love these beautiful cream blushes so much and I highly recommend them. I will definitely get more in the future, especially if they come out with new shades. I got Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pots at Love Lula.

You can get them here.

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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EMBRACE with Wabi-Sabi Botanicals and Odacité

september 16, 2018

I was planning on posting my review of the September Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box* last weekend but that obviously didn't happen. Not that I need an excuse haha but I was sick and then I had to put my attention to the Earthwise Beauty review (see previous post here) & campaign I'm doing over on my Instagram (see here). Even though I always want to review or should I say show you lovely people the new subscription beauty boxes as soon as I can, sometimes second impression is better than first. If you follow me on Instagram then you already saw what's in the September box (see here) but let me just share a few more info and my experience with the products.

In the September Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box* you will find two products: Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Age Gracefully Serum and Odacité Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum. Check it out here.
September Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box EMBRACE Odacite Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum, Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Age Gracefully
September Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box EMBRACE Odacite Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum, Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Age Gracefully
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Age Gracefully Targeted Treatment Serum Art of Organics September 2018
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Age Gracefully Targeted Treatment Serum. Not to name any favourites but to me this serum is a standout in this box. I love this little serum so much! Age Gracefully is a rare and precious treatment serum that "targets and delays premature signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, while protecting skin from free radical damage so that you truly age gracefully." This serum is very concentrated and minimalist, in its ingredient list and the white & gold packaging. Age Gracefully contains three ingredients: Cacay, Acai and Green Coffee. Wabi-Sabi is very transparent and you can find so many informations about the ingredients they use and their practices, just their philosophy in general, and I LOVE that. So that's why I really want to share a little bit more about the three ingredients that are in the Age Gracefully serum.

The ingredient that first caught my eye is Cacay Oil, because I already used a whole bottle of Cacay Oil from a UK brand Oils of Heaven (check it out here). I loved that oil. Cacay is a stunning ingredient and it is 3x more powerful than famous Rosehip Oil. It also contains naturally-occuring retinol. So the Cacay Oil in this serum is organically grown, wild-harvested, cold-pressed, unrefiend, from Brazilian Amazon. Cacay oil is one of the most sustainable oils on the planet, and the harvesting of Cacay oil helps to keep Amazonian soil fertile and productive as the trees add nutrients back to the soil after cultivation. Cacay oil is a valuable player in the fight against the current deforestation of the Amazonian rainforest. Amazing, isn't it? Wabi-Sabi also has this two indicators besides their ingredients, either sun or moon, and Cacay has moon which indicates that the ingredient is produced entirely by women. Next is Acai, organically grown, wild-harvested, cold-pressed, unrefiend Acai Fruit Oil from central highlands of Brazil. It is sourced in small volume and helps to support the small, rural communities in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It is exceptionally rich in chlorophyll and helps to bring fresh oxygen to the skin. Last we have Green Coffee, certified organic, cold-pressed, unrefiend Green Coffee Oil, from a coffee farm in the South of Brazil. Green Coffee Oil provides a potent dose of protective antioxidants and chlorogenic acid and helps combat free radicals.

It has a green-ish colour and an earthy aroma, which reminds me of my beloved Earthwise Beauty products. Age Gracefully can be used on all skin types. This serum is concentrated, potent, heavy-duty oil and is perfect for mixing with other lightweight oils, like Wild Beauty Apothecary Bloom Oil* (review here) or Leahlani Skincare Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir* (review here). I absolutely love using it in the mornings, even though it contains naturally-occurring retinol I didn't experience any problems. It's not like I'm using a true retinol product and I'm also using spf, so I'm not worried. But I did think twice about it and also consulted with Nic from Art of Organics. And then I also used the 100% Cacay Oil in the daytime and it was completely fine. Age Gracefully is very nourishing and I find it really beautiful. It works so well on my skin, it's keeping it soft and moisturized, and it just has been a really lovely addition to my standing morning skincare routine. I'm very impressed with it and I'm definitely curious to try their other serums, especially Balancing Act and Light Reveal. Check out Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Age Gracefully Serum here.
Odacite Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum Art of Organics September 2018 EMBRACE
Second product in the September AO box is Odacité Aventurine Lip Kiss Vitamin C + CoQ10 Lip Serum. This lip serum created a huge buzz and hype around it when it first came out. A lot of fellow green beauty blogger raved about it and I was intrigued by this little cutiepie. First of all let's talk about the packaging. It so reminds me of my younger years where some of us girls had these lip products in similar packaging, with a roller ball. Don't wanna know what was inside but they had a fruity aroma and I loved them. Well this beauty contains a bunch of amazing ingredients, from Baobab, Moringa, Jojoba, Shea Butter, Pomegranate, Blueberry, and so on. I was surprised to see "Aroma" in it, but I haven't dealt deeper into this ingredient. I also already talked about the use of Santalum Album (Sandalwood) which is known for their sustainability issues (I talked about that here). It's not all black and white but I don't know the origin and where the Sandalwood they are using comes from. The "ingredient" I probably love the most is the ball of Aventurine Crystal which touches your lips. Not only does it look beautiful but Aventurine is also said to bring good luck and prosperity, so why wouldn't you want to carry it with you at all times? The little black bottle (there is 2 ml of product) makes that so easy and you can literally put it in every pocket.

Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum is describes as "a triple-action serum, formulated to address the vertical lines of the lip area, prevent dryness and help restore lips' natural plumpness". It contains Mint and Capsicum, which provide a subtle tingly sensation. Because of the two ingredients I wouldn't use this serum on chapped lips or as a nourishing treatment. Know that it was not created as a nourishing lip balm but a lightweight, tingly serum. I don't really see any plumpness in my lips, I only feel it. I like applying it through the day, I find it very addictive. I have to honest and say that it is nice but I'm not as in love with is as some other ladies are. I'm happy that I got to try it in this box but I don't see myself repurchasing it. If I'm talking Odacité products, I would rather buy one of their serum concentrates (see here), which actually remind me of Wabi-Sabi Botanicals serums and they are indeed very beautiful. Check out Odacité Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum here.
September Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box EMBRACE, Odacite Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum, Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Age Gracefully
The two products are valued at $103 and the September Art of Organics box is $39. If you wish to get this box you have to subscribe to Art of Organics for a minimum of two months, which is $78 (see here). You will get September and October Clean Beauty Boxes. I'm very excited for the October, not only because it's my birthday month but also because of the products that are going to be in the AO box. 

You can get the September Art of Organics box here.

Have a beautiful Sunday!

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Sungod & Catharsis Face Masks by Earthwise Beauty + Giveaway

september 14, 2018

Today I have something exciting to share with you. I've been sitting on this for a while and I can finally spill the beans. Over on my Instagram page I'm hosting a contest, a campaign with one of my fave brands, Earthwise Beauty, where one super lucky winner will receive $150 in store credit to be used on the EWB website! How great is that?! I shared all the rules to participate on Instagram (see here) so go ahead if you want to join in on the fun. The whole giveaway is all about Earthwise Beauty's potent face masks so let me introduce you to them more closely.
Earthwise Beauty Sungod and Catharsis Face Mask. Powder, potent, active, organic
 Earthwise Beauty Sungod and Catharsis Face Mask. Powder, potent, active, organic
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask consistency mixed with water and honey
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask consistency mixed with water and honey
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask consistency mixed with water and honey
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask consistency mixed with water and honey
I just recently talked about Sungod Face Mask* (see here) so let me just start my review with it. Sungod is a "reparative mask for all skin types" and was created for the souls who always crave sun rays, who worship the sun's power, and who, during dark winter months, dream about sun-washed beaches and cliffs. I live for summers, sun and beaches so Sungod was practically made for me. Sun, as well all know, is so extremely important and not only because of the Vitamin D. But what goes hand in hand with the majestic sun are the unwelcome effects it can leave on our skins, from sun damage, hyperpigmentation, premature signs of aging. Sungod helps and reduces all those effects and also contains plants that are supposedly anti-cancer plants, like Maitake and Shiitake Mushrooms, Wildflower Pollen and Goldenseal. This precious mask nurtures with sun-reminiscent and historically sun-associative botanicals such as Calendula, Sunflower and Turmeric. Check out full ingredient list here. All the roots, the mushrooms, flowers, leaves and so on, make Sungod a very potent, active and nurturing mask.

At EWB they describe Sungod as a mask that rebuilds skin tissue that is compromised, damaged from environmental factors, sensitized, or unhealthy. This is not a face mask that offers a quick but ephemeral brightening or purifying effect. In my experience Sungod is in fact brightening but know that this mask needs a bit of time and regular, weekly use to really show itself in all its potential. I completely agree with Ava's description that Sungod is a reparative mask. It repairs and rebuilds the skin and helps the skin to heal faster and to improve texture & elasticity. They say that you can also expect an improvement in chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and cold-sore outbreaks. I love that it's so nurturing and just a wonderful mask to use weekly for brighter, thicker and healthier skin.

How I mix & use Sungod?

Sungod smells like pollen and is recommended for all skin types, but be careful if you have very sensitive skin, because it's very potent. It depends on how my skin is feeling but I like to use it two different ways. Lately I've been loving mixing it only with water. I use warm water and treat the mask almost like a tea, hence the quite warm water. I'm very particular when it comes to mixing powder masks and I highly recommend doing it my way, if you don't mind me bossing you around haha. First I put a desired amount of the mask into a mixing bowl (mine is from Laurel Whole Plant Organics). I usually use about a teaspoon. Then I sprinkle in some water with my fingers. I run my fingers under a tap so that only a few drops fall into the mixing bowl. That way I don't add a lot of water at a time and I never have a too runny mixture. And if it is, just leave the mask for 5 minutes and it will thicken up a bit & will be easier to apply.

The second way I like to mix it is with water and raw organic honey (and sometimes with a drop or two of oil and/or a toner, but usually I just stick with water). I prefer to mix it with honey when I feel like my skin needs a little extra moisture or when I don't want the mask to be too active. When I only mix it with water, I do experience a rush of blood into my face which is shown by slightly red skin after I rinse off the mask. It goes away in about 10 - 20 minutes. I leave the mask on for 10 - 20 minutes and that works great for my skin. What I also find very important when it comes to masking is that they always work best when they are hydrated, meaning when they are not dried up on the skin. Every once in a while I therefore mist my face with water or a face mist, in this case with Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist*.

For the end of my Sungod Face Mask review let me tell you that this mask wants a committed relationship. If you have it, you better use it regularly and you will really reap all the benefits. Very impressed with this mask. You can check out Sungod Face Mask hereEarthwise Beauty Catharsis Face Mask mixed with water. TextureEarthwise Beauty Catharsis Face Mask mixed with water. TextureEarthwise Beauty Catharsis Face Mask mixed with water. Texture
Earthwise Beauty Catharsis Face Mask mixed with water. Texture
Catharsis Face Mask* differentiates from Sungod in a way that you don't need to use it weekly to notice results on your skin. It's an instant gratification mask and that is often what we expect from masks. The same as Sungod, Catharsis is also very potent and active but it contains less ingredients, only five to be precise. There is Aloe Vera, Neem (the star ingredient of this mask), Spirulina, Chlorella and Orange Peel. Neem is a very well known ingredient in India and has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years. Neem is strongly antimicrobial, healing for acne of all types. "Fun" fact about me and neem is that I had some toenail fungus and I treated it with organic neem oil & it worked like a charm. Sure it doesn't have the best scent profile but if a plant oil can do that on fungus, then imagine how beneficial it must be for reducing acne. Supposedly it's also great for rosacea because of its cooling and anti-inflammatory nature.

Catharsis is described as a "firming, acne-reducing mask", it removes impurities and provides a strong detox and skin brightening effect, but is nonstripping, nondrying, moisturizing, and gentle. You can mix this mask the same way as Sungod but I prefer to only mix it with water. Neem turns into this unique consistency when mixed with water and honestly it's harder to achieve an even application with it. I love applying Sugod with a brush but Catharsis works best when applied with fingers. Don't fuss around with it and try to make it look all cute. The mask feels very cooling on the skin which is quite pleasant actually. I love the anti-inflammatory vibes it gives me. I find it very interesting and unique that when you have the mask on the skin it feels cooling, but once you remove it my skin starts to feel warm and looks flushed. Skin feels very tight, but not like dry skin tight, but like "did I just get botox?" tight. It is definitely firming, and plumping. The perfect way to describe it is that is that my skin feels invigorated. And soft and radiant. I really like it. Plus there's the whole purifying and detoxifying aspect of Catharsis, which is something  I always appreciate.

This mask is vegan (Sungod contains humanely-gathered flower pollen), smells like neem (the scent is kinda bitter and green) and is suitable for all skin types, especially acne-prone, mature, and with rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema. Check out Catharsis Face Mask here.
Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist
Earthwise Beauty Sungod and Catharsis Face Mask. Powder, potent, active, organic
Earthwise Beauty Sungod and Catharsis Face Mask. Powder, potent, active, organic
As a part of the contest I'm hosting on Instagram (see here), you can get both of these Earthwise Beauty masks with a 25% discount code which is valid only for a few days, from 14th to 18th September.

Use the code "TwoWeeksOfMasking" and you will receive 25% off Sungod (get it here) and Catharsis Face Masks (get it here). This code is not valid for any other Earthwise Beauty product, but you can always use my code "Loveliness" to receive 15% off your order. But as is always the case you can't combine both codes in the same order. Shop Earthwise Beauty products here.

In Europe available at Reina Organics and Eminessences.

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a lovely weekend. See you on Instagram!

Much love to you all,

Jana x

*samples generously provided
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Evening Skincare Products on Rotation (aka I wish I had Three Faces)

september 04, 2018

I've been going back and forth with my evening skincare routine and my skin is kinda hating it. I had a feeling it would but it's so hard to pick and choose a set routine while having all these absolutely stunning products. I do always strive to have a regular routine and I almost always change or add just one product to the already existing routine. That's how I can really notice if and how a particular product works. But at the moment I'm all over the place. And before I go any further with this I know that I'm completely and 100% aware that this is a #firstworldproblem. NOT. I'm so very grateful to all the brands and companies who want to work with me so the least I can do is to give their products a fair chance to try and review them for you. Which I love doing! I do take it seriously cause I know that I share a lot of products with you that are quite expensive so I really want to try them properly and thoroughly. I hope you know that. Anyways, I'm grateful for everything I have so let me share my new(ish)-to-me products that I currently have and would love to use every. single. evening. Not sure where I'm going with this intro but the products I'm going to talk about today I either already reviewed or I'm just going to share my initial, first impressions.
Evening Skincare Routine featuring Ayuna, Moss, Earthwise Beauty, Flower and Spice, African Botanics, Lani
Evening Skincare Routine featuring Ayuna, Moss, Earthwise Beauty, Flower and Spice, African Botanics, Lani
Evening Skincare Routine featuring Ayuna, Moss, Earthwise Beauty, Flower and Spice, African Botanics, Lani
African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Boxwalla Beauty Box. Plant based retinol.
African Botanics Fleurs d´Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil* (review). Let's start this post with a bang. This African Botanics oil was featured in the August Boxwalla Beauty Box which btw you can still get as a one-time box here (or if you subscribe for three months: US here and international here). This oil is on a whole different level! I'm always a bit vary (or at least I try to be) of products that are super hyped and raved about, thinking to myself they cannot possibly be that great. Well I was so wrong to think that about this one because it. is. so. incredible. It's bloody amazing, it's what it is! This beauty screams luxury and the effect it gives on my skin is non-comparable to any oil or product I have ever tried before. It contains plant based Retinol, Kalahari Melon and Marula Seed Oils, Rosehip, Rooibos, Honeybush, Jasmine, Rose, Immortelle, Microalgaea. This is one potent oil so I tend to use it more as a treatment, either once a week or more, it really depends. This is one of the products that shows immediate results and it truly transforms my skin through the night. It's brightening, firming, lightweight, it reduces redness and inflammation, it just transform the appearance and texture of my skin. Stunning! First time trying African Botanics and to say that I'm impressed is an understatement. I love pairing Fleurs with Ayuna Cream in Light, both products are incredible on their own but together they are even more beautiful and effective. And to my absolute joy I will receive another African Botanics product - it's going to be in the October Boxwalla Beauty Box. This time it will be all about their Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum and I truly cannot wait!! You can get the Boxwalla box here. Check out African Botanics products here.
Ayuna Less is beauty Cream Light. Beauty Heroes August Beauty box
Ayuna Cream Rejuvenating Treatment (Light)*. Is there really any words left for me to describe how I feel about Ayuna and their unbelievable products? Ayuna was the brand featured in last month's, August Beauty Discover by Beauty Heroes (see my review here) and the Cream Light was their Hero product. Ayuna is known for infusing their products not only with beautiful plants but also with science and I would have to agree with the description "forward thinking green beauty". The Cream is vegan and preserved with natural probiotic. There is Pomegranate Seed, Carrot Root and Cotton Steam Cell Extracts, Shea Butter, Squalane, Turmeric, Gotu Kola. The formula goes perfectly with the name of the product - this cream is lightweight and it beautifully absorbs into the skin, leaving it hydrated, soft and more balanced. Ayuna products always make such a huge difference in my skin and I can't rave about them enough. Even though this cream is light and would be perfect as a daytime moisturizer, I prefer to use moisturizers in the evenings because of the SPF I'm using (Farizad's Veil + an oil serum). For the last few months I've been really enjoying having a fairly minimalist skincare routine, so I can't be bothered with applying five layers of skincare products. Also too much hydrating and moisturizing products together can clog my pores so I tend to keep it more minimal. Anyways, this cream is absolutely gorgeous and it's always a super special treat when I use it. Love it so much. You can find it here (BH members have 15% off) or if you're in Europe you can get it here.
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm and Resiliency Face Serum
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni and Resiliency. I have a few new EWB products to try and review for you guys and believe me that I get the most questions about Ava's brand and her products. I completely understand why! (insert heart eyed emoji) I'm really trying to use these two products exclusively to really see how they perform. Resiliency Face Serum* was previously known as Carrot-a-day Serum (review here). Described as firming, depuffing, lifting gel serum, great for reducing acne. There's Aloe Vera, Carrot Seed Essential Oil, Helichrysum. This serum is very lightweight and feels cooling on the skin, and yes, also depuffing, but luckily I don't have a massive problem with that. I really like how it feels on my skin. The second EWB product is their NEW Yasuni Face Balm*, which I've already proclaimed my love for on Instagram (see here). I also love their Tigress Face Balm (review), such a gem for acne-prone skin and by far the best face balm for oily skin. Yasuni is also great if you have problems with acne, blackheads, congestion and also if you have sensitive skin, since it doesn't contain any essential oils. Another difference from Tigress is that Yasuni's star feature is its enzymatic mild exfoliation from fruits (Acai, Buriti). Not to mention its extremely lightweight texture, it is even lighter than Tigress. It's not quickly absorbed into the skin but nonetheless it truly feels like feather and like you're not wearing anything. It's a dream. I cannot wait to test them out some more but in the meantime you can also get the samples, if not the whole jars of them. Get them on EWB's website here (affiliate code "Loveliness" gives you 15% off your order). In Europe available at Eminessences and Reina Organics.
Flower and Spice Midnight Beauty and Soothe and Repair
Flower and Spice Beauty Midnight & Soothe and Repair. I desperately wanted to talk about Flower and Spice products and this post is the perfect opportunity for that. So far I only mentioned them on my Instagram (see here). There are some brands that I instantly connect with and this is one of them. I first heard of them by one of my lovely friends on Instagram, the lovely Sarah (@greendaisy81) AND coincidentally at almost the same time of day, the lovely F&S founder Karmen contacted me if I wanted to try her products. After a quick browse through their website I was like oh yes, please and thank you! Karmen is actually a Slovenian (!!) who lives in the Netherlands where her beautiful brand was created, and the products are made in Switzerland. Karmen currently has three skincare products and they all have gorgeous scents. I just feel good energy from them and it's hard for me to stay away from Karmen's products. Plus I'm only seeing very positive reviews of them. First product to mention is the Midnight Beauty Rich Revitalising Serum*, which has all these stunning ingredients such as Prickly Pear, Argan, Sacha Inchi, Coriander, Rose. The scent, oh the scent. Smells like Coriander, I think. I would describe it as subtly spicy and herbal. Very nice. First word that comes to mind to describe it is nourishing. There's also their Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser* which I know should be used in the morning but for me this product is reserved for nighttime use. There's also Prickly Pear, Coriander and Rose, but also Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Oat Extract. It has the same scent as the serum, a bit stronger. The cream is lightweight and is quickly absorbed into the skin but it is still hydrating. More to come when I use them for longer. Get Flower and Spice products here.
Lani Tropical Night Serum vegan
Lani Tropical Night Serum*. Here I have another serum that has the name "night" in the name and at Lani they say "our silky serum works all night to replenish your skin with much-needed moisture, vitamins and nutrients." I do like the sound of that and you know what I love even more? The ingredient list of course! Night Serum contains Cacay (and I tried pure, 100% Cacay Seed Oil and really loved it), Squalane, Passionfruit, Prickly Pear and Jojoba oils. I love these ingredients! I haven't tried the oil yet but it sounds very hydrating and moisturizing. It also has this super intoxicating scent of Jasmine. It's quite strong but oh so lovely. I like Lani's products and their packaging is so lovely. I haven't tried all of Viola's products but my fave would have to be her Tropical Cacao Detox Mask and Fruit Radiance Mask. Check out Lani's products here.
Moss Skincare Illumina Vitamin C Exfoliating Serum
Moss Skincare Illumina Vitamin C Perfecting Treatment Intensif* (review). Like the African Botanics Fleurs oil, I use this serum as a treatment and not every single evening. This product was also in one of the stunning Boxwalla beauty boxes (in the April box). Illumina is a gorgeous and effective serum, that is both exfoliating and full of vitamin C. Contains Pumpkin Enzyme, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (a stable form of Vitamin C), White Willow Bark, Moth Bean Extract, herbal infusions of Burdock Root, Magnolia Bark, White Tea, and more. This potent serum works magic on hyperpigmentation spots - it reduces and fades them (like Fleurs), it reduces inflammation, smoothes the skin. It's a stunning serum and I love incorporating it into my evening skincare routine. It pairs beautifully with Flower and Spice Midnight Beauty Rich Revitalising Serum and I think the combination with Lani Tropical Night Serum would be gorgeous as well. You can get MOSS Illumina serum here.

Hope you liked this post and have a lovely day!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Quick Peek into the September Beauty Discovery with Josh Rosebrook

september 02, 2018

Lovelies, are you as shocked as I am that it is already September?? Oh my goodness, I can hardly deal with the fact that it's the end of summer. I love it so. But that is life and I can't do anything about it. What I can do is to get excited about things that make autumn beautiful. I much prefer spring because I love all the flowers, blooms and the fact that summer is coming but I can't ignore all the beautiful changing leaves autumn gives us. I do really like October though and not only because it's my birthday month. But before October is of course September and the beginning of each month is always exciting because of all the new beauty subscription boxes. Today I'm bringing you the September beauty box by Beauty Heroes. Before you read further I have to say that this is only a quick introduction to the box and the products. This is not a full on review of them because I haven't used them a lot, especially the Hero product.

September Beauty Discovery* features Josh Rosebrook products: Active Enzyme Exfoliator, Advanced Hydration Mask and Hydrating Accelerator. Check it out here.
Beauty Heroes September 2018 Beauty Discovery Box Josh Rosebrook
Beauty Heroes September 2018 Beauty Discovery Box Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator, Hydrating Accelerator, Advanced Hydration Mask
Beauty Heroes September 2018 Beauty Discovery Box Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator
Beauty Heroes September 2018 Beauty Discovery Box Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator texture
The Hero of this box is the Active Enzyme Exfoliator (full size, 45ml), which is a fave exfoliator of a few bloggers, and you guys that says a whole lot! I wanted to try this product for quite some time and I was so thrilled to see it in this box. Remember the Beauty Heroes box featuring Josh Rosebrook's Cacao Antioxidant Mask? I love that mask and actually got a new jar of it! Check out my review here that I have done together with Nic. I also love his Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30. So the Active Enzyme Exfoliator is a dual-action professional-grade resurfacing treatment ideal for all skin types, that works to clear and soften skin. Like all Josh Rosebrook products this exfoliator contains an array of stunning ingredients: they use only the finest certified organic, organic and wildcrafted ingredients available - delicately prepared in small batches to protect the potent benefits of each plant. This exfoliator/mask is based on Honey which I love love love and there are just so many ingredients worth mentioning but let me just write a few: Neem, Turmeric, Chamomile, Goji Berry, Licorice. Beside Honey there are a few other ingredients that support healthy cell turnover like Papaya, Yucca, Beetroot and Elderberry, that naturally soften the appearance of skin congestion. There are also Walnut Shells that provide gentle exfoliation. The product has a herbal scent of Fennel which I find soothing. So far I only tried this exfoliator twice. I applied in on cleansed skin, massaged it onto my skin a little bit and left it on for at least half an hour. Then I massaged some more and rinsed off with water. You can see how it looks in action on my Instagram, I saved my stories under highlights "beauty heroes". I love the feeling this mask/exfoliator leaves on my skin. It's softening and smoothing and it also helps to clear out/decongest my pores. Not as much a purifying mask, of course, but it still helps with that and I really appreciate it. Oh and the exfoliator isn't very abrasive, especially if you don't massage it around your skin. First impressions are very good!! Check it out here.
Beauty Heroes September 2018 Beauty Discovery Box Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask
Beauty Heroes September 2018 Beauty Discovery Box Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask
Beauty Heroes September 2018 Beauty Discovery Box Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask
There are two Sidekicks in this box. First is the Advanced Hydration Mask (22ml), which I tried before thanks to a sample I got at Reina Organics. This mask has this beautiful blue colour and a delicious scent of Blue Tansy. It contains Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Honey, Mango Butter, Turmeric, Broccoli Seed Oil. I really encourage you to check out Josh Rosebrook's ingredient lists for yourself, they are so lovely to read. It is really is so good to see all the beautiful plants that are packed in his products. This mask packs a massive punch of hydration and nourishment. I feel it's perfect for dry, normal, dehydrated skin, skin that needs some extra love & hydration. You can use this product as a mask, leaving it on your skin for 20 minutes and then removing it a washcloth, or as an overnight mask/balm. It's a beautiful product but since I have combination skin I have to be a bit vary of it since it can clog my pores a little bit. I like to use it sparingly, first misting my face with the Hydrating Accelerator and then using it as a mask for 10-15 minutes and removing it with a warm washcloth. Skin is left hydrated, moisturized, soothed and soft. I also love using this beauty as a lip balm and as a moisturizing cuticle balm. Check it out here.
Beauty Heroes September 2018 Beauty Discovery Box Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator
And the second Sidekick of the box is Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator (60 ml), a top-seller since day one. A toner, light moisturizer and herbal vitamin-infused water that balances your skin's pH and preps your skin to more readily absorb serums, oils and creams that follow. It contains vitamin infused Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, a few oils like Jojoba, Marula, Hemp Seed, Almond, and other potent ingredients such as Ashwaganda, Turmeric, Calendula, Dandelion, Chamomile. I forgot how beautiful this toner smells of Ylang Ylang. Ooh it's so good!! And the spray mister is the best! Gives a very fine mist which I L O V E. Check it out here.
Beauty Heroes September 2018 Beauty Discovery Box Josh Rosebrook. Quote Jeannie Jarnot
You can get the September Beauty Discovery feat. these three Josh Rosebrook products here. You have to subscribe for at least 3 months, which means you will also be getting the October and November boxes. And they are going to be good! One is going to be featuring a brand I already love and the other will be a new-to-me brand. I'm excited!

This Beauty Discovery is valued at $125 and you can get it for $42.95. Get it here.

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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