New Skincare Products feat. Blüh Alchemy, Lani and Okoko Cosmetiques

marec 29, 2019

If you follow me on Instagram (@smallbitsofloveliness) then you may know I've been feeling a little off for the last couple of weeks (see here) but for the most part I'm feeling back on track so it's about time to write a new post. I received some new products last week and I want to talk about the three I've been using ever since I got them.
Lani Blue Mint Facial Cleansing Powder, Okoko Cosmetiques Dragon's Blood Serum, Bluh Alchemy Toning Elixir
Bluh Alchemy Toning Elixir Deep Hydration Finger Lime Caviar, Hyaluronic Acid. March Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Bluh Alchemy Toning Elixir Deep Hydration Finger Lime Caviar, Hyaluronic Acid. March Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Blüh Alchemy Toning Elixir* was the Sidekick of the March Beauty Discovery* and I'm really feeling this toner. First let me say that the Hero, the Multi C Serum* is beautiful too but I can't tell you anything more because I only used it a few times. Blüh Alchemy is a new brand and they just relaunched their new packaging which I LOVE. That floral design really draws me in, and that white packaging with blue writings too, I find it quite unique. The brand was founded by Becky Blüh who created an edited line of botanical skin care that utilizes synergistic blends of potent extracts. One of the most interesting ingredients in Toning Elixir is Finger Lime Caviar, which enhances skin's absorption of vital actives and is rich in collagen boosting vitamin C. There's Snowflower, which helps to quell the appearance of inflammation, Mountain Pepper Leaf which has been clinically studied for its ability to strengthen capillaries, MSM and Niacinamid, but also Aloe Vera, Hibiscus, Hyaluronic Acid, and more. It has quite a strong scent, I mainly smell Rose Geranium. This facial mist feels very refreshing but also hydrating. It is just really lovely! You can get Blüh Alchemy Toning Elixir here.
Lani Blue Mint Facial Cleansing Powder Tropical, Natural, Vegan
Lani Blue Mint Facial Cleansing Powder Tropical, Natural, Vegan. Blue Spirulina
Lani Blue Mint Facial Cleansing Powder* is a brand new product from Lani and it's really nice. This vegan cleansing powder contains Coconut Milk, White Clay, Oats. There's also Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate which is derived from natural fatty acids in coconut oil and is 100% natural and biodegradable with super gentle cleansing power. ⁣Star ingredient is Blue Spirulina which is not only rich in antioxidants but also makes this cleanser really unique. As you can see on the photo, this cleanser turns into this vibrant blue colour when mixed with water. I have to say it's rather strange to apply a blue coloured product on my face but also really fun. This cleanser is very gentle & mild and I love to use it in the mornings. It feels soothing because of the oats and is non-stripping which I really appreciate. First impressions are really good. The scent is something I enjoy too - a blend of Peppermint and Vanilla instantly brings me back to my childhood and this chocolate candy I used to often had. And the packaging? Isn't it just so cute? Love it! You can get Lani Blue Mint Facial Cleansing Powder here.
Okoko Cosmetiques L'Élixir de Pureté Super Elixir Dragon's Blood Sand du Dragon Prestige Edition. The Green Jungle Beauty Shop, code Jana saves 10%
Okoko Cosmetiques L'Élixir de Pureté Dragon's Blood Prestige Edition* is "the answer to a lot of problems all rolled into one." This is my first product created by Oyeta, the founder of Okoko and I'm definitely enjoying it. This serum addresses specific concerns in today's modern world such as anti-pollution, dullness, skin tone, hydration, skin defense and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and aging. This innovative, all-natural, plants-based serum is packed with high-performance active ingredients that provide multi-targeted benefits and increase moisture. Okoko has two Dragon's Blood serums, note that this one is Prestige Edition and in comparison to the one with white label, this new red label has a gel-like consistency for a more slippery feel that is very pleasing to use revealing instantly soft skin. It also has a more intense concentration of active ingredients than the white label. It has new actives that effectively address anti-pollution, oxygenation, anti-aging and strengthen skin defense. The star ingredient is of course Dragon's Blood, tree resin with very high antioxidant content. It has a base of Bamboo Water and highly concentrated Aloe Vera extraction, Willow Bark, Licorice, Ceramides, Birch Wood and prebiotics. This vegan serum has a lovely gel-like lightweight consistency which is quickly absorbed into the skin. It's way to soon to say it works wonders on my skin but it does feel very nice, hydrating and soothing - it reduces inflammation and redness. I'm very excited to use it regularly. You can get Okoko Cosmetiques L'Élixir de Pureté Dragon's Blood Prestige Edition here. You can always use my affiliate code Jana for 10% off your order at The Green Jungle Beauty Shop.

Have a wonderful Friday & weekend!

Sending you much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Introducing the March Clean Beauty Box feat. Beneath Your Mask

marec 20, 2019

Hi lovelies! How are you all doing? Couple of days ago I received the March Clean Beauty Box* so let me share with you my first impressions and introduce you to a new-to-me brand that I've been really curious to try out. But first a few words about Clean Beauty Box, which was previously known as Art of Organics. Not only that they've gone through a name change, they also changed their packaging. They downsized, minimized the waste and made it more eco-friendly by packaging the goodies in one box only. I'm so happy about that, I think this was a very good decision. So before we got a box of products in another box and now there's just the one box which you can see looks gorgeous. This month's print is utterly stunning - it was created by Fox & Follow, check them out on Instagram at @foxandfallow here. I have to say that it's really fun to see the print on the outside of the box. I bet at least one person working at the post office thought it's cute. It definitely catches your eye! I guess this is good marketing, wouldn't you say so?
In the March Clean Beauty Box* are two products from Beneath Your Mask: Indulge Total Body Elixir (full size) and Nourish Skin + Hair Serum (20 ml). Check out the box here. March Clean Beauty Box Indulge Beneath Your Mask Indulge Total Body Elixir, Nourish Skin + Hair Serum March Clean Beauty Box Indulge Beneath Your Mask new packaging, eco friendly, less waste
March Clean Beauty Box Indulge Beneath Your Mask new packaging, eco friendly, less waste March Clean Beauty Box Indulge Beneath Your Mask March Clean Beauty Box Indulge Beneath Your Mask Indulge Total Body Elixir, Nourish Skin + Hair Serum March Clean Beauty Box Indulge Beneath Your Mask Indulge Total Body Elixir
Since I haven't tried Beneath Your Mask before let me quickly share some information about the brand. Beneath Your Mask was founded by Dana Jackson who after being diagnosed with Lupus and Lupus Nephritis, started to look for products that would help her skin and hair, and was inspired to make her own beauty products. I encourage you to read Dana's story here, what a journey and transformation. Beneath Your Mask strives to create pure, luxurious, all-natural products loaded with tons of healing ingredients that appeal to all your senses. They’ve sourced the world’s most potent, organic, and wild-crafted botanicals from 25 countries, each chosen for its restorative benefits. Their products are highly concentrated and do not contain any water, phosphates, parabens, sulfates, gluten, toxins, GMOs, or synthetic colors and fragrances. Their products are hand-crafted with love in small batches and sealed in violet-colored glass packaging that harnesses specific light rays to increase the energy level of each product. Beneath Your Mask currently offers five skincare products and as I said, you get two of them in the March Clean Beauty Box.
Indulge Total Body Elixir is a luxurious body oil, formulated to match skin's natural lipid balance. This fast absorbing blend promotes healing and rejuvenation, deeply nourishes, and protects from the elements. Indulge contains 18 pure plant oils and botanicals such as Sunflower, Baobab, Grapeseed, white Camellia, Golden Jojoba, Sea Buckthorn. I'm having a bit of a hard time describing the scent - I mostly smell Ylang Ylang but it's not straight up sweet and floral like ylang ylang. It's much more complex. I can't figure out the undertone but I think I can smell a little bit of Geranium and Myrrh. Besides the three essential oils you will also find Lavender, Grapefruit and Lemongrass. I like the scent but I'm not in love with it, at least not yet. I'm so strange with scents sometimes. I either get used to it or I leave the product and come back to it at a later time and then I suddenly love its aroma (even tho I didn't care for it at the beginning). But anyways, the body oil absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it moisturized and soft. You can check out Beneath Your Mask Indulge Total Body Elixir here.
March Clean Beauty Box Indulge Beneath Your Mask Nourish Skin + Hair Serum
Nourish Skin + Hair Serum is "the most comprehensive serum ever created, this blend is extremely effective at balancing moisture levels & restoring elasticity to skin and hair while protecting them from environmental stressors." This serum is designed for skin and hair, and is supercharged with a potent cocktail of pure plant and essential oils such as Hemp, Safflower, Rosehip, Macadamia, Pomegranate and Neem. It has a strong scent of Lemongrass but there's also Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Thyme and a few more essential oils. The oil is very emollient and quite lightweight. I've tried it both on my face and my hair and I liked it. Because it has quite a strong scent I think I will mainly use it as an overnight hair & scalp treatment. You can get Beneath Your Mask Nourish Skin + Hair Serum here.
March Clean Beauty Box Indulge Beneath Your Mask Indulge Total Body Elixir, Nourish Skin + Hair Serum
You can get March Clean Beauty Box featuring Beneath Your Mask products here.

Happy Wednesday!

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Current Hand Care Situation

marec 18, 2019

I'm quite terrible when it comes to taking care of my hands. I do use hand creams daily, especially in the winter time but I still think I should use them more regularly. The thing is that a hand cream is either too rich and oily to use at my computer or I just applied a cream and I need to do something and have to wash my hands. It's a never ending cycle haha. Saying all this I do love a good hand cream and lately I've been really enjoying two - one is lightweight and the other is rich & heavy duty.
Balm Balm Lavender Hand Balm, Alteya Organics Hand Cream Age Defense. LoveLula
Alteya Organics Hand Cream Rose Oil Age Defense. LoveLula
 Alteya Organics Hand Cream Age Defense* is a "NaTrue certified organic deeply nourishing hand cream that helps fight signs of aging by revitalizing skin and minimizing spots and discoloration." Based in Distilled Thermal Water this vegan friendly hand cream contains some really lovely ingredients including Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Pracaxi Seed Oil, Mango Seed Butter, Rose Flower Oil. The ingredient list on LoveLula differentiates from the list on the product so make sure to check out Alteya Organics website if you're allergic to an ingredient. It has a strong scent of Roses and quite rich and almost thick texture but once you apply it the cream immediately sinks into the skin and leaves hardly any residue. It's super nice! I haven't been using it for long but my initial impressions are very good - it's moisturizing, rich but still lightweight & great to use when you're working at your computer. I like.
You can get Alteya Organics Hand Cream Age Defense here.
Balm Balm 100% Organic Lavender Hand Balm LoveLulaBalm Balm 100% Organic Lavender Hand Balm LoveLula
Balm Balm Lavender Hand Balm* is made from Sunflower, Shea butter, Beeswax, Jojoba, Calendula & Lavender Essential Oil. All these ingredients are organically grown and I absolutely love that. This is a true balm - rich, heavy duty and oily. This is definitely not the product to apply before working at your computer (well it can be if you only use it on the tops of your hands which I sometimes do) but is a perfect product to use if you're going on a walk or before bedtime. The other day we went for a walk and after an hour and a half my hands were still doing really well and there were still some remnants of the balm on my hands (keep in mind that I also had my hands in my pockets and wasn't thinking of the cream or being careful with it). So yeah, it's a beautiful product that protects the skin and nourishes it. You can get Balm Balm Lavender Hand Balm here.

Have a lovely Monday!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Do You Love Dry Body Brushing?

marec 15, 2019

It's been almost six years since I wrote a post dedicated to dry body brushing. You can check it out here if you'd like but know that it's in Slovene so not that helpful for my non-Slovenian readers. Now tell me have you tried dry body brushing and do you love it? This practice is super easy and quick to do and very beneficial not only for your skin but for the whole body. You only need a few minutes and a dry body brush to do it. Done.

 Dry body brushing is known to stimulate the lymphatic system and can promote detoxification, an important part of maintaining our health and vitality. There's been such a huge boom with gua sha and talk about lymphatic system and lymphatic drainage that I'm pretty sure most of us already know what this is. If you need a little refresh, "the lymphatic system is part of the vascular system and an important part of the immune system, comprising a large network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph directionally towards the heart". We also have lymphatic organs like lymph nodes for example and we have about 500-600 lymph nodes in our bodies. I'm no doctor but I'm pretty sure we all had a swollen lymph node in our lives before - perhaps when you had a sore throat you could feel swollen node(s) on your throat. Lymphatic system has a few functions, one is to help protect the body against infection, it forms part of the body's immune system. It helps to get rid of toxins (I hate to use this word) but it helps to remove waste, viruses, bacteria, and when lymph is not flowing well, you may end up with an accumulation of waste and toxins that compromises the body’s ability to maintain a healthy state. Unlike blood circulation, which is actively moving because of the heart’s pumping action, lymphatic drainage is part of body’s passive drainage system, so it appreciates some help. You can do so by movement, exercise, clean, healthy diet, belly breathing, and of course dry body brushing.
Pursoma Body Brush. Vegan, cruelty free. Dry Body Brushing. Wellness Discovery Beauty Heroes
Dry brushing is done with a dry body brush, usually before shower. I love doing it in the morning because it gives me a boost of energy, it's very invigorating, but it can be done in the evening too. Not only that it helps to move the lymph but it also makes my skin really soft and smooth. It brushes off dead skin cells and nothing is more beneficial if you're struggling with dry skin, especially on your legs.
It's really amazing and I highly recommend doing it.

So how to do it?

1. I start with my right feet and work my way up the leg with long sweeping movements. You always have to go up or more correctly you have to brush towards the heart, towards the center of your body. So I start at the bottom of my feet and then go up my leg - from the calf to my knee, and then from my knee to groin area. Dry brushing helps to reduce cellulite so you can take a few extra moments on the back of your legs and butt, and you can do some circular movements as well but I like to always end with long strokes upwards. Brush your right butt cheek up and then bring the lymph to the front of your body. Do the same on the left leg.

2. With upwards movements brush you stomach, sides of your stomach and your lower back. On your stomach you can also do clockwise circular movements because this is the direction of digestion.

3. Then I do the arms, again starting with my right side. I brush the palm of my hand & then the other side of the hand. Follow up with long strokes from fingers to my shoulder, all around my arm. Then I swipe the brush from the back and around my shoulder towards the chest. I raise my hand and swipe/brush down my armpits. Same on the left arm.

4. Then it's back to back. I start somewhere in the middle of my back (shoulder blades area) and I brush from my spine across the shoulder blades to the front of my body. Then I move to the back of my neck and do downward motions on both sides - down my neck from my hairline to the right shoulder and then same on my left side.

5. Then I do the front, or should I rather say the sides of my neck. Downward strokes from my jaw below ears to clavicle. Then I do the same moves I did before - from the shoulders I brush towards my chest, then raise one hand and brush downward my armpit and end by sweeping the brush under my boob. Same on the other side and that's it.

It may sound a bit complicated so I highly recommend watching a YouTube video or two but once you get used to it it's the easiest thing to do. I also want to mention the pressure - you can use more pressure when you're brushing your legs but when it comes to your neck & chest use lighter pressure. It depends on how much time I have or how lazy I am but I usually do about 5-10 brush strokes on one area, it also depends on the area. I do more strokes on my legs and less on my chest.
Pursoma Body Brush. Vegan, cruelty free. Dry Body Brushing. Wellness Discovery Beauty Heroes
Pursoma Body Brush. Vegan, cruelty free. Dry Body Brushing. Wellness Discovery The Detox Collection Beauty Heroes
There are quite a few body brushes on the market, some are vegan and some are not. I just recently received a beautiful vegan Body Brush by Pursoma* and you guys, this is the softest dry body brush I have ever tried!! It's made from ethically harvested Jute Fiber and it feels so great on the skin. I'm very impressed with it. You can check it out here but I actually got it in the newest Wellness Discovery* by Beauty Heroes, in the Detox Collection which is ideal for digital device junkies. You can check it out here. In The Detox Collection are also the Digital Detox Bath Treatment w/ French Green Clay & hand-harvested French Grey Sea Salt. Digital Detox help to reduce poor sleep quality, tension and stress. Minerals de Mer Soak w/ French Grey Sea Salt and Brown & Organic Green Seaweed, is perfect for rebalancing the mind and body, and Refresh Polish w/ Brown and Green Algae, Oats and Quinoa and Rice Bran Oil exfoliates, detoxifies and nourishes the skin. This Limited Edition Wellness Discovery offers another collection, The Recover Collection which you can check out here.

Since I mentioned bath products let me just say that I love baths so SO much but I'm always a bit wary about water consumption. Sometimes I really feel bad about it so I just take a quick shower instead but in all honesty baths are for me the ultimate self-care practice and they are the best thing I can do to relax. When I have a lot on my mind, when it's super cold, when I'm feeling down, when I'm stressed out, being able to have a bath is such a privilege and I adore them deeply. But let me go back to water. If you didn't know already Beauty Heroes is striving to do better for the environment and Jeannie & her team are really mindful about that. They are not only into green but also into blue beauty which is "the active contribution by beauty brands to leaving the planet better than we found it by minimizing packaging, sourcing sustainable ingredients and giving back to earth". You can read more about their Project Blue Beauty here. So on the card that came in the Pursoma discovery is a Blue Beauty Tip which I would like to share with you:

"Did you know one shower requires half the water of a bath? Practice mindful water consumption; shorten showers the day before and the day after your Pursoma Ritual to offset the water used in your bath."

From dry body brushing to baths and blue beauty we're now at the end of this rather long post. Thank you so much for reading and if you have any questions let me know.

You can get Pursoma Body Brush here and the Pursoma Wellness Discovery here.
Beauty Heroes members save 15%.

Much love to you,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Review of April Boxwalla Beauty Box

marec 13, 2019

Hi loves! How are you doing? I'm so excited to talk about the April Boxwalla Beauty Box* today. It features two products that I've tried before and I love them both. I've reviewed them already so definitely check out my full reviews if you want to know more about these two products. If you're new here, Boxwalla is a bi-monthly subscription service where you can choose from a few different boxes. You have to subscribe to receive your Boxwalla box but what is different to other subscription boxes is that you can cancel your subscription at any time. You can only join & pay for one box and then either cancel or stay subscribed for the next bi-monthly box. Boxwalla beauty boxes are so amazing and I know many people who subscribed for just one box but then stayed a long time subscriber because they were always so impressed with their curations. And I completely agree, Lavanya really knows what she's doing and she always delivers on their boxes.

In the April Boxwalla Beauty Box* with the theme Letters to Winter from Spring, are two full size products: Mālayā Organics Advanced Repair Mask and Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser. Check it out here.
April Boxwalla Beauty Box Malaya Organics, Flower and Spice
Malaya Organics Advanced Repair Mask Neem Honey Herbal Complex. Detoxifying, moisturizing, brightening, softening
Malaya Organics Advanced Repair Mask Neem Honey Herbal Complex. Runny consistency, gritty
Malaya Organics Advanced Repair Mask Neem Honey Herbal Complex Masking Selfie April Boxwalla Beauty Box
Mālayā Organics Advanced Repair Mask (review) is a potent, youth-boosting formula that softens, calms, and clarifies skin to help achieve your most radiant complexion. It's a super beautiful and effective honey based mask. Its star ingredient is highly anti-bacterial, healing and skin-beneficial Wild Neem Flower Honey. I love me some honey and I love me some Neem, so this ingredient is perfect for me. There are also Clays, Aloe Vera Gel and a proprietary complex of 9 reparative herbs, that gently draw out impurities and exfoliate. There is Blue Tansy, which I love for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, Black Currant, Red Thyme Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil and more. So gorgeous. It has a Lavender scent, well it kinda smells like a mixture of Lavender and earth or more like hay, I like it. The mask itself is quite runny so rather scoop out less than more so you don't end up spilling & wasting it. I love leaving it on my face for about half an hour, even longer. It does dry up on the skin but I don't find it uncomfortable, so sometimes I don't even bother misting it. It soothes my skin, calms the inflammation (meaning that it can calm down a growing spot and reduces it), it evens out my skin tone & reduces redness. It makes my skin soft, smooth (the mask is gently exfoliating) and also a bit moisturized. It just takes care of everything! Advanced Repair Mask can be used on all skin types. I highly recommend it for oily, acne-prone and combination skin. If you want some gentle but effective skin detox, gently exfoliated but also calmed and glowing skin, then this is the mask for you. It's a beaut! You can check out Mālayā Organics Advanced Repair Mask here. Affiliate code MALAYAJANA saves 15%.
Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser Rose and Coriander
Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser Rose and Coriander
Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser (review) was the cream I deeply fell for a couple of months ago. It. Is. So. Good. I said on my Instagram (see here) that I highly recommend Karmen's products (who is btw a fellow Slovenian) and that you better put her products on your wishlist for 2019. Well now you can get this cream at such a good price so if you can then definitely subscribe to Boxwalla. Let me now quote myself: I first tried it months ago (in spring and summer of last year) and although it was beautiful, I didn't really see any major difference in my skin. Fast forward to late autumn and winter and I. Am. Obsessed. This cream is moisturizing and gives a pack of hydration but is also lightweight, non-greasy and doesn't clog my pores (combo skin over here). It's soothing, super lush and creamy and I just really love it. A true gem. This cream is formulated with Swiss Mountain Spring Water, Rose Water, oils of Apricot, Prickly Pear, Shea Butter, Oat Extract, Aloe Vera and more. You can check out Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser here.

I highly recommend the April Boxwalla Beauty Box. I love both products so much & I think you would to. The box is valued at $160 but by subscribing to Boxwalla you can get it for $49.95. You can subscribe here.

Get the April Boxwalla Beauty Box here.

Let me know have you tried these two products before? Are you excited to receive this box?

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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The first photo in this post is by Boxwalla.

Golde Turmeric Tonic Blends

marec 10, 2019

Turmeric is hands down my favourite ingredient in skincare because it's so effective at brightening and evening out my skin tone. But before I started adding it to my DIY concotions and trying out products containing it, I first fell in love with it as a spice and superfood. Turmeric is rich in antioxidants and is mostly known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric contains tons of different actives and nutrients but the main one is curcumin. There's a bunch of information and research on what turmeric can do for your body and the benefits are amazing. Because it calms down inflammation in the body it can be beneficial not only for the skin but also muscle recovery, gut health and with boosting immunity. Supposedly daily intake of turmeric reduces the risk of cancer, balances hormone levels, cleanses the liver, manages arthritis pain, and much more. I don't eat turmeric daily (although I do like adding it to my food) but when I eat it more regularly I notice quicker muscle recovery and my skin looks brighter, more radiant and less inflamed. I really should eat it daily. That has been a bit easier lately with these delicious Golde Turmeric Tonic Blends. Golde was founded by Trinity Mouzon and her partner Issey, after Trinity was directly inspired by the remarkable results she witnessed turmeric had on her mom's chronic rheumatoid arthritis.

For a limited time you can get all three blends in the Golde Beauty Heroes Wellness Discovery* - you get Original, Matcha and Cacao Turmeric Tonic Blends. Check it out here.
Golde Turmeric Tonic Blends Original, Cacao, Matcha. Beauty Heroes Wellness Discovery Limited Edition
Golde Turmeric Tonic Blend Beauty Heroes Wellness Discovery
Golde Turmeric Tonic Blends Matcha. Beauty Heroes Wellness Discovery Limited Edition
All three flavours, Original, Matcha and Cacao, are formulated with all organic ingredients: Coconut Milk, Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Black Pepper. Black pepper enhances curcumin absorption so make sure you always add black pepper to your dishes with turmeric. To get back to the ingredients. Golde's proprietary Turmeric is an heirloom blend from India, selected specifically for its high curcumin content and quality. Matcha Tonic of course also contains Organic Matcha Powder (premium Japanese matcha green tea) and Cacao Tonic contains Organic Fermented Cacao Powder. Each Golde Tonic offers 30 daily servings and with each daily dose, your skin will look more vibrant and your muscles will feel more relaxed. These benefits become more noticeable as intake increases. You can take your daily dose of Golde up to three times a day, I usually drink my latte just once per day. You can mix them with water, milk, smoothies, coffee, and more. I love mixing them with rice or oat milk. When I really need a boost of energy I drink the Matcha Tonic to which I also add a bit of pure Matcha Green Tea just to give myself an extra dose. I really enjoy the taste of all three but especially Original (which I didn't expect to like this much) and Cacao. Cacao is probably my fave. Another thing I love about Golde is their packaging. Doesn't it look so lovely and modern? Love.

You can get Golde Limited Edition Wellness Discovery here.

Love you lots,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Three Stunning Evening Cleansers

marec 06, 2019

If there is one thing I love doing every evening is to remove all my makeup and impurities from the day. I find it so relaxing and almost therapeutic to wash my face and cocoon my skin in beautiful, plant based products. I really don't think there ever was a time when I enjoyed all the gorgeous products that I have as I do know. They bring me so much joy it's almost sad haha. But they really do make me feel so special and I just love what I do. It's so much trying out new formulations, new products, new brands. It's a good life for sure. I was thinking of what to review today and I really wanted to share with you all the new beauty subscription boxes but since I'm still waiting for them to arrive, let me share with you my current top three cleansing balms/oils. I've been terribly enjoying them ever since I first tried them and they are definitely the products I highly recommend.
Leahlani Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil, Inlight Beauty Face Cleanser, Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser
Leahlani Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil
Leahlani Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil* (review and I also mentioned it here) is my go-to cleansing oil when I need something quick and effective. Pamplemousse is a rinsable cleansing oil (contains di-ppg-2 myreth-10 adipate) and is a perfect cleanser when you quickly want to get to bed, when you don't want to fuss around with a washcloth, when you go places and just want something that doesn't need a lot of effort but still beautifully removes everything from your face. Pamplemousse is based on Macadamia and Sunflower Seed Oils and contains other gorgeous ingredients like Acai, Papaya, Guava, Hibiscus and a few more. It has a super yummy, warming but also citrusy scent of Grapefruit, Vanilla and Plumeria. I love it. I usually apply 3-4 pumps and thoroughly but gently massage my face. Rinse with water and voila, my skin is fresh, properly cleansed and refreshed. It really removes everything and is such a joy to use. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. If you haven't tried Leahlani products then you are missing out!

You can get Leahlani Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil here.
Inlight Beauty Face Cleanser Beauty Heroes
Inlight Beauty Face Cleanser Beauty Heroes
Inlight Beauty Face Cleanser* (I mentioned it here) is a 100% organic cleansing balm with notes of Cypress, Lavender and Lemon. Inlight is a brand I wanted to try for literally ages and last year it was featured in November Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery (this box is still available - get it here) and you guys, this cleanser is so freaking stunning. It contains Sesame, Jojoba, Olive and Coconut Oils, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Green Tea, Rosehip, Clove, Evening Primrose, Rosemary. I love the ingredients, the scent, how it transforms into an oil once you start massaging it onto your skin, the packaging, the design, everything. It's truly beautiful. This is not a rinsable product so you have to use a washcloth to remove it, which in fact is one of my absolute favourite things to do. The warmth of a washcloth on my face is hands down one of the best feelings ever. So relaxing and comforting. I would say that if you're very close to nature, if you enjoy spending time in forest then you will adore this product. If you live in a city, then it will definitely bring you a little peace of mind like you experience when you're out there in nature surrounded by trees and other greenery. It is suitable for all skin types including sensitive, oily and prone to acne, rosacea or redness.

I got Inlight Beauty Face Cleanser via Beauty Heroes - check it out here (BH members always have 15% discount). Inlight is a UK brand so check out their website here where you can also get it.
Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser Beauty Heroes
Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser Beauty Heroes
Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser* (I mentioned it here and here) is a cleansing balm that I didn't expect much from but I ended up being very in love with. It's just so wonderful. The base of this cleanser is very simple and minimal - there's Jojoba Seed Oil and Beeswax. It may sound a bit underwhelming but in reality the combination of the two gives this amazing consistency. It's very soft, creamy, almost fluffy and the balm instantly transforms into a luxurious oil. So stunning. It also contains 9 essential oils: Ylang Ylang, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Lavender, Myrrh, Sandalwood and Sweet Orange. I mainly smell Ylang Ylang but of course the aroma is much more complex. I can describe it as a happy, invigorating scent. I love it so much. Nourishing Cleanser is very effective at removing my makeup & it leaves my skin soft and hydrated. Love.

I received it in January Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes (see my review here) which is sadly no longer available but you can get it separately in their Beauty Store here (Beauty Heroes members save 15%). You can get it at LoveLula here too.

What are some of your favourite evening cleansers?

With love & light,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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The Intuitive & Sweet Serenity by max and me

marec 04, 2019

Back in December I never reviewed these two beautiful products from max and me, that were in December Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery*. I don't have any excuse other than my box arrived late and I simply just didn't get around to it. Lately I've been really into these two special products so let me review them for you now. This discovery is actually still available to purchase (check it out here), but you can always get the products separately (and if you're a Beauty Heroes member you always have 15% off in their Beauty Store).

max and me is an Austrian brand created by Max and Tanja Gruber. I've already wrote about their products when they were featured in a previous BH box (see here). max and me is mostly known for their high vibrational products, as well as high quality and intentionally sourced ingredients - the founders search for ingredients that possess a rare and unusually high level of vibrancy. Guided by their intuition and refines connection to the natural world, they identify pure plant materials that they believe will deeply communicate on a cellular level. The higher the vibration, the more potent their healing capacities.
max and me the Intuitive Botanical Floral Mist, Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash. December 2018 Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery
max and me the Intuitive Botanical Floral Mist, Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash. December 2018 Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery
max and me The Intuitive Botanical Facial Mist Beauty Heroesmax and me The Intuitive Botanical Facial Mist Beauty Heroes
 Let's start with the Sidekick of this box, the max and me The Intuitive Botanical Facial Mist. "The mist is perhaps the most intuitive skincare product in our repertoire." This is max and me's newest launch and in words of Jeannie & Beauty Heroes team this is the product we instinctively reach for when we need instant skin revitalization, a subtle energy shift or just a little "clearing". The Intuitive is more than just a facial mist. I would say it's similar to Cistus & Moonlight Face Mist* by Earthwise Beauty (review) - it contains beautiful skin beneficial ingredients but it also works as an aura mist. It supports physical and energetic layers and is one of those products that speaks to you when you need it. It is like that with some of the products I have, always with those that have something extra in them, an energy, high vibration that draws me in. For me Earthwise Beauty products are like that and also the Serum* from Emanufaktur (review). There are more but I can't think of them at the moment.

max and me's The Intuitive has strongly been calling me by my name this previous week & who am I to decline its call? It can all sound very strange I'm aware of that but there's just this energy that draws me in. For me one of the signs to either stop or start using the product is its scent. Like for example with The Intuitive. At first I liked the scent, it was nice but after a few days I started using another facial mist. I wanted to get back to it in a couple of weeks later but I found its scent to be very powerful and way too strong for me. I was actually thinking to myself how did I like this scent at the beginning?? Well this week all changed. I used it one morning and I immediately knew what the scent reminds me of. This will only be interesting to my Slovenian and Croatian readers but it reminds me of those chocolate bonbons covered in either white, pink or red sugar. Do you know which ones I mean? Sounds a bit bizzarre because the mist doesn't smell like chocolate or sugar or anything that would remind you of sweets but the mist triggered this memory in me and now every time I mist my face with it, I think of those bonbons. Maybe they're still available, I don't even know, I have to check.

But anyways, The Intuitive in fact smells like Palo Santo, at least this is what I heard because I never smelled Palo Santo. Sourced from a small producer in Ecuador, Palo Santo is the heart of this blend because of its energy-supporting, stress-relieving properties. There's also Yarrow, Bitter Orange, Rose, Calendula, Marula, Hyssop, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy. Beautiful blend. Honestly I can't tell you much about the effect it gives on the skin because I love it so much as is that I wasn't paying much attention to my skin (which is probably a first haha). It's revitalizing, the spray mister gives the most fine mist which I adore and I believe this mist would be great for pretty much all skin types. Love. You can get max & me The Intuitive Botanical Facial Mist here.
max and me Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash Beauty Heroes
max and me Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash Beauty Heroes
max and me Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash Beauty Heroes
Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash was the second product, the Hero of December Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery. This product is very well loved among other bloggers and green beauty lovers, and I get the hype. This is a honey based mask, more specifically it contains Raw Manuka Honey from New Zealand, but is unlike any other honey based mask or product I've tried before. The mask doesn't look like it would contain honey, it's not runny or liquidy and you don't have to mix it in the jar before use. It's creamy, fluffy and mousse-like. It contains so much goodness - White Kaolin Clay, Shea Butter, Thai Mangosteen Powder, Tamanu Oil, Balinese Cacao Powder, Propolis, Black Cumin Seed Oil, and so much more. Oh, it's a beaut. The scent is strong and powerful. Top notes of Helichrysum, spicy Manuka Honey and sweet Cacao ground the aroma, while floral notes of exotic Gardenia, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Rose, Propolis and Palmarosa, rise up like waves of fruitiness. Even though this mask is fully blended and isn't in a powder form you still have to emulsify it in your hand. If it's dry it will crumble off your skin so make sure you mix it with either water or The Intiutive. I scoop out some mask and in the palm of my hand I mix in some water. Then apply onto freshly cleansed skin and leave on my face for at least 30 minutes. I love leaving it on for an hour. Because this mask contains oils and butters it doesn't rinse off with water, you have to use a washcloth to remove it completely. This mask leaves my skin brighter and more even plus it's super soft and smooth. I love to use it when my skin needs hydration, when it's looking dull and uneven. I find it to be a great morning mask but of course it also works amazing in the evening. Such a beautiful creation. You can get max and me Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash here.

You can still get this discovery here (very limited edition).

Shop max and me products at Beauty Heroes here (members have 15% off).

Check out max and me products, their philosophy and story here.

Have a wonderful week & a beautiful March!

With love,

Jana

 *samples generously provided
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Ps. Since I'm talking about Beauty Heroes let me mention their March Beauty Discovery with Bluh Alchemy (check it out here). This month they're featuring Bluh Alchemy's Multi C Serum and Toning Elixir. This discovery is valued at a whopping $207 - when you subscribe to Beauty Heroes you can get the products for $42.95 (or less if you subscribe for more months). You can subscribe here.

My Two Favourite Teas from Earthwise Beauty

marec 01, 2019

Can I stop talking about Earthwise Beauty and their products? Definitely not! I won't shut up. Today won't be about Ava's skincare products though but about two of their gorgeous teas. I've had the pleasure of trying out quite a few of their teas and I have two definitive faves - one is for an energy boost and the other helps to relax the mind and is perfect before bedtime. Both are really delicious, high quality and intentionally sourced. They feel like my mom's homemade herbal tea (which is so yummy!) - filled with love & so much care. Earthwise Beauty's teas come nicely packaged in boxes and the teas itself are hand-packaged in clear bags made of natural cellulose. The bags are made from wood grown in sustainably managed plantations and are certified compostable and recyclable. Yes!
Earthwise Beauty Chrysanthemum Tea Whole Flower Herbal Tea
Earthwise Beauty Chrysanthemum Tea Whole Flower Herbal Tea and Dragon's Well Whole Leaf Long Jing Green Tea
Earthwise Beauty Dragon's Well Green Tea Toasty and Opulent Whole Leaf Long Jing Tea
Earthwise Beauty Dragon's Well Green Tea Toasty and Opulent Whole Leaf Long Jing Tea
Earthwise Beauty Dragon's Well Green Tea Toasty and Opulent Whole Leaf Long Jing Tea
Dragon's Well Green Tea* is described as "toasty, floral, opulent". This is one of the best green teas I've tried, if not the best. It's so, SO good. Dragon's Well Green Tea is the world-renowned, authentic Long Jing from a village near Hangzhou, China. The tea is laboriously hand-harvested and hand-processed using centuries-old local, artisanal techniques. It is a loose whole leaf and bud tea (the leaves are not ripped, chopped, or powdered). No pesticides were used on this tea. Green tea is considered to be one of the most beneficial teas and I make sure to drink it daily. It's rich in antioxidants, it increase immunity, and it has a cooling influence on the body, reducing inflammation that may appear as reddened acne or cold-sore outbreaks, rosacea, or rashes. In China it is customary to brew high quality tea many times and Ava recommends to brew Dragon's Well Green Tea up to four times. I find it perfect if I brew it three times, it's still super delicious and doesn't loose its flavour. So how does it taste? I would describe it as delicate, light, fresh, floral, smooth, never bitter. It is lightly caffeinated so when I really need a boost of energy I have to drink two cups of it, but then on the other hand the low caffeine content of this tea is great if you want to drink it in the afternoon. Yesterday I drank it at around 7 pm and I didn't have any problems with sleeping. Let me also mention Ava's description of the flavour: "it has a fuller flavor than most green teas, with notes of toasted soybeans and florals (unlike most green teas, which are perceived as light-flavored and usually grassy). The flavor of our Long Jing is fresh-green and round." As is with green tea, you also have to be careful not too boil the water when making Dragon's Well. It should be around 80° Celsius. Steep, covered, for 1 to 2 minutes only, then strain if desired but it's not necessary. I always strain my tea and then use the leaves again, with freshly "boiled" water. This green tea is so very yummy and really amazing. I highly recommend it. You can get Dragon's Well Green Tea here.
Earthwise Beauty Chrysanthemum Tea Whole Flower Herbal Tea
Earthwise Beauty Chrysanthemum Tea Whole Flower Herbal Tea
Earthwise Beauty Chrysanthemum Tea Whole Flower Herbal Tea
Chrysanthemum Tea* is a "cooling, relaxing, refreshing whole flower tea". This one is also grown near Hangzhou, China (this is where Ava's in-laws live) on a small family farm in the countryside and is grown without the use of pesticides. I mentioned Chrysanthemum tea before (see here) and some of my readers who are Chinese or are familiar with Chinese medicine all said that this tea is drunk daily and is very beneficial for eye health. Chrysanthemum flowers also have anti-inflammatory properties so drinking the tea often improves the health and appearance of the skin. This tea is said to be wonderful to drink in the evenings, before bedtime to help to relax the mind, to help one unwind at the end of the day and to fall asleep more easily. Chrysanthemum tea has a mild, delicate, almost sweet flavour - it's very pleasant. With this tea you use freshly boiled water and let the flowers steep for about 10 minutes. As you can see on my photos I love to add some Goji Berries to my Chrysanthemum tea - this is a traditional Chinese remedy to improve eye health. I love how this tea tastes and its health benefits additionally draw me to it. You can get Chrysanthemum Tea here.

When it comes to Earthwise Beauty (and Pacific Northwest Essences) you can always use my affiliate code Loveliness to get 15% off your order. Shop the whole line here. Thank you for your continuing love and support.

Have a beautiful weekend!

So much love to you,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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