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

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