November 28, 2014

shopping guide | fashion discounts & deals

As much as I know every one of you LOVES green beauty, I also know that I have some extremely stylish readers who put together show-stopping looks with the coolest clothes and accessories.

I’ve rounded up a few of the best fashion and accessories companies below that are having some major deals this weekend. But, remember, please shop wisely! If you don’t need it, don’t buy it just because it’s on sale.

And, remember, it’s better to give than to receive. (I’m in the market for a classic black DVF wrap dress, in case you want to take advantage of these sales and send me a belated birthday present!).

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Accompany

  • 30% off sitewide
  • Code: PURPOSE

Alternative Apparel

  • 30% off sitewide
  • Code: THANKFUL
  • Valid through Small Business Saturday

BaubleBar

  • Black Friday 15% off 2 items
  • Code: FRIDAY15
  • Valid 11/28 – 11/29
  • 35% off 4+ items
  • CODE: FRIDAY35
  • Valid 11/28 – 11/29
  • Cyber Monday 20% off
  • Code: CYBER20
  • Valid 11.30 (6om EST) – 12.02 (11:59pm EST)

BB Dakota

  • Black Friday 30% off full-price styles
  • CODE: THANKS30
  • Valid 11/27 – 11/29

Current Elliott

  • Black Friday 25% off sitewide
  • Code: THANKS
  • Valid through Cyber Monday

Dolce Vita

  • Up to 60% off, extra 20% off sale + free shipping
  • CODE:BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout
  • Valid through Cyber Monday

DVF

  • 15% off sitewide on Black Friday
  • CODE: FRIDAY15
  • 15% off sitewide on Cyber Monday
  • CODE: CYBER15

Equipment

  • 25% off sitewide
  • Code: THANKS
  • Valid through Cyber Monday

Everlane

  • Everlane has established The Black Friday Fund, donating all profits for the day to their factory partners in Hangzouh, China.
  • All proceeds will go towards updating recreational facilities for the 300 people who live and work at the factory.
  • By purchasing on Black Friday, customers will be able to see their individual contribution.
  • On December 1, Everlane is opening up its popular 1-hour delivery service to New York City.
  • For the same cost as standard shipping, customers in select Manhattan ZIP codes will be able to order Everlane’s most-wanted styles and receive them in under an hour.

Frankly Basic

  • 25% off all shoes
  • Code: SHOES
  • Valid through Cyber Monday

Free People

  • Up to 50% off select items on Black Friday
  • Additional 25% off all sale items on Cyber Monday

J Brand

  • 30% sitewide on Black Friday
  • 25% off select styles on Cyber Monday

J. Crew

  • 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no mimimum on Black Friday
  • Code: HOLIDAY
  • 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum on Cyber Monday
  • Code: MONDAY

Joie

  • 25% off sitewide through Cyber Monday
  • Code: THANKS

Kate Spade Saturday

  • 30% off sitewide + free shipping through Sunday
  • CODE: DEALME
  • 30% off sitewide on Cyber Monday
  • Code: OHWOW

Madewell

  • 25% off your entire purchase through Sunday
  • Code: GIFTON

Piperlime

  • 25% off sitewide + be entered to win a trip for 2 to NYC fashion week
  • Code: IHEARTNYC
  • Valid on Black Friday

Plum Pretty Sugar

  • Spend $100, receive 10% refund
  • Spend $200, receive 15% refund
  • Spend $300, receive 20% refund
  • Code: PRETTYFRIDAY
  • Valid on Black Friday

Shopbop

  • 15% off $250
  • 20% off $500
  • 25% off $1000
  • Code: GOBIG14
  • Valid through Cyber Monday

Theory

  • 40% off sitewide through Sunday

TOMS

  • 25% off sitewide (excludes core classics and sale items) through Cyber Monday
  • Code: CHEER

Zappos

  • For every order placed on Zappos.com from Black Friday to Cyber Monday Zappos will donate 10 meals to families in need, in partnership with Feeding America.
  • Their commitment is to donate up to 5,000,000 meals ($500,000). That many meals would feed the entire state of Kentucky!
  • Through Feeding America’s bulk discounts, subsidies, etc. they’re able to use $1 in donations to generate 10 meals.
  • Feeding America is a national top-rated charity with a network of over 200 food banks, and supporting 61,000 local charities in all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico.

November 28, 2014

shopping guide | green beauty discounts & deals

All right, beauty enthusiasts, it’s that time of year again: Some of our favorite green beauty brands are offering up major discounts and deals.

Now’s the time to stock up on your favorites and choose healthy, gorgeous green beauty gifts for your loved ones.

I’ve rounded up some of the best deals I could find via the millions of emails and social media posts that have been popping up over the past 24 hours. Enjoy, and spend wisely!

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{The first time I ever set foot in ABC Carpet and Home in New York, I made my friend Carolyn wait as I shopped for, oh, two hours. She was not impressed with me, but took this photo anyway!}

100% Pure

  • Free Black Tea Mascara with purchase $75 or more (11/26- 12/1)
  • Free shipping on all orders
  • Code: PUREFRIDAY (November 26-November 29)

Abe’s Market

  • 10% off sitewide
  • Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • Valid on Black Friday
  • 15% off orders $30 or more
  • Code: SNEAKPEEK
  • Valid Sunday, November 30:
  • Cyber Monday
  • $5 off orders of $30 or more. Code: CYBERMONDAY5
  • $10 off orders of $50 or more. Code: CYBERMONDAY10
  • $25 off orders of $100 or more. Code: CYBERMONDAY25

African Botanics

  • 20% off
  • Valid through December 8
  • Code: thankyou20

Alima Pure

  • Free gift with purchase and free U.S. shipping on orders $65+ — no code needed 11/27 to 12/1.
  • 10% off with code MONDAYMONDAY on Cyber Monday

B-Glowing

  • Receive a free Chi Flat Iron with your order of $200 or more
  • Coupon Code:  BFCHI
  • Valid Dates: 11/27/14 – 12/3/14
  • 10% off orders
  • CODE: GivingTen

BeauTeaBar

  • From 9am EST to 11:59pm EST on Black Friday, receive 15% off all orders over $50, complimentary shipping, plus an extra special custom made Rose and Cardamom candle as our gift to you.
  • Code: PINKFRIDAY
  • On Saturday BeauTeaBar turns ONE YEAR OLD! All orders over $25 on this day will receive a complementary #likeaboss nail polish.

BeautyBar

  • $15 off $75, $35 off $150, and $65 off $250
  • DATE: 11.24-12.09
  • CODE: BBCYBER14
  • Cyber Monday: Get a free gift with any purchase

Beautyhabit

  • Free standard shipping
  • Code: THANKFUL
  • Valid through 12/1

Birchbox

  • Free Birchbox for every $60 you spend on subscriptions
  • Code: BOXME (11/28-11/30).
  • 25% off full-sized products when you spend $35
  • Code: FRIDAY25 (11/28-11/30).

The Choosy Chick

  • Spend $100 or more and get a $20 gift card and free shipping
  • Valid on Black Friday

EMBODY Beauty

  • Save 20% off all orders of $75 or more
  • Code: GRATITUDE.
  • Free shipping on all U.S. orders.

The Detox Market

  • Black Friday through December 3
  • $10 off $100 code: THANKS10
  • $30 off $200 code: THANKS30
  • $60 off $300 + gift w/ purchase code: THANKS60
  • Starts November 25th and goes until December 3rd.

Dr. Hauschka

  • Receive a free cleansing cream with all orders over $50 from Black Friday through Cyber Monday

Fig & Flower

  • BOGO 40% off (local residents, in-store only)
  • Valid on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
  • 20% off
  • Code: SHOPSMALL
  • Valid through Cyber Monday

Indie Lee

  • Orders $65 or more, receive a sample-sized trio of the CoQ-10 Toner, Squalene Facial Oil and Lavender Chamomile Moisturizing Oil.
  • Code CYBERINDIE from 11/28 to 12/1.

Integrity Botanicals

  • Receive 20% off all orders over $100
  • Code: BLACK20
  • 15% off all orders under $100
  • Code: BLACK15.
  • All U.S. orders over $50 receive free shipping.
  • Valid through Cyber Monday at  11:59pm PST

John Masters Organics

  • 25% off sitewide
  • Code: HOLIDAY14
  • Valid through Cyber Monday

Jordan Samuel Skin

  • 30% off sitewide
  • Code: PEACE30
  • Valid Black Friday through Cyber Monday

Juice Beauty

  • Free Green Apple Nutrient Eye Cream with any $50 purchase and free shipping.
  • Code: BFS14
  • Valid Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
  • Free Full Size Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer ($38 value) with any $40 purchase and plus free shipping.
  • Code: SS14
  • Valid Small Business Saturday

Jurlique

  • Travel Essentials Set – $29 (over 50% off, a $73 value)
  • Jurlique Anti-Aging Set – $89 (50% off, a $179 value)
  • Daily Radiance Set – $96 (over 50% off, a $209 value)
  • $15 off any $50 purchase on Cyber Monday
  • $50 off any $150 purchase on Cyber Monday
  • $100 off any $300 purchase on Cyber Monday

Laurel Whole Plant Organics

  • 20% off on Friday 11/28
  • Code: THANKFUL20
  • 11/28 Friday midnight until 12/1
  • 15% off
  • Code: THANKFUL15

Marie Natie

  • 30% off sitewide
  • Code: GOBBLE

Meow Meow Tweet

  • 15% off sitewide
  • Code: TURTLEDOVES until 11/30 at 11:59pm EST.

Nourish Organic

  • 50% off all orders on Black Friday (11/28/14)
  • Code: GREEN50
  • 25% all orders on Cyber Monday and throughout Cyber Week
  • Code: CYBER25

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

  • 20% off sitewide 11/28-12/1.

Olie Biologique

  • 30% off
  • Code THANKS30

Ora’s Amazing Herbal

  • Free shipping and 20% off
  • Code: BLACKFRIDAY

The Organic Pharmacy

  • 20% off VIP shopping event
  • Valid 11/28-11/30

Osmia Organics

  • 15% off Cyber Monday
  • Code OOHolidays

Pharmaca

  • 20% off and free shipping on orders over $35 through 12/1 9 a.m. MST
  • Code: NOVSALE

Priti NYC

  • 40% off sitewide on Black Friday

Rachel’s Plan Bee

  • Free shipping and free gift with purchase (travel size samples of facial + body oil plus a lip balm)
  • No code needed
  • Valid Black Friday 12-midnight CST

Saffron Rouge

  • 20% off 5 bestselling brands for 5 days.
  • Visit Saffron Rouge site every day beginning on Black Friday for daily sale reveals.

Sibu Beauty

  • 60% off sitewide and free shipping on orders over $50
  • Code: SIBU60
  • Valid through Cyber Monday

Sigma Beauty

  • Free standard shipping on international + U.S. orders on 11/27  – 11/28 11:59pm PST
  • Code: BF2014
  • 20% off sitewide on Cyber Monday 12am PST-11:59pm PST
  • Code: CM2014

Splurge Skincare

  • 20% off and free shipping
  • Code: SPLURGENOW
  • Valid on Black Friday

TATCHA

  • 20% off
  • Valid through December 8
  • Code: FF2014

Tarte Cosmetics

  • 25% off
  • Code: FRIDAY
  • Valid through Small Business Saturday

Vapour Organic Beauty

  • 30%
  • Code: V30
  • Valid through Small Business Saturday

Weleda

  • 30% off sitewide
  • Valid Black Friday through Small Business Saturday

Yes To

  • 35% off sitewide and free shipping through Small Business Saturday at 11:59pm EST
  • Code: SAYYES.
  • 40% off on Black Friday
  • Code: BRIGHT ends Black Friday 11:59pm EST
  • 35% off Saturday and Sunday
  • Code: HOLIDAY35 ends Small Business Saturday at 11:59pm EST

Zoya

  • Buy 12 trio sets for $20 (a $30 value) and get free shipping through Cyber Monday.

November 26, 2014

beauty scoop | rachel’s plan bee body oil

Ask nicely and you shall receive.

 

Back in March, I reviewed Rachel’s Plan Bee Facial Oil, a simple, vanilla-scented face oil that’s budget-friendly and effective.

I love vanilla as much as the next gal, but I wasn’t sure how many of you would be taken by the idea of having a vanilla-scented face.

Thus the inclusion of a “Hey Rachel, wanna make this into a body oil?” at the end of my review.

It happened.

And it happened to coincide with a stunning new product redesign that makes me even happier to use and wholeheartedly recommend Rachel’s Plan Bee products.

rachel's plan bee body oil

{Rachel’s Plan Bee sent me a sample of its new Body Oil to review. It costs $24 for a 3.8-ounce amber glass pump bottle.}

Now clearly I wasn’t the only one who requested that Rachel create a luscious body oil, given the wild success of her facial oil.

Tons of other fans out there told the Queen Bee they needed this decadent oil in a pump bottle for the body, and WOW she delivered!

Rachel’s Plan Bee’s new Body Oil has the same familiar scent and feel of the facial oil, but with the addition of a few key ingredients that make for a better slip and faster-drying effect for the entire body.

rachel's plan bee body oil

Here’s the full list of both the Facial Oil and Body Oil, for easy comparison:

Body Oil Ingredients: Apricot kernel oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, grapeseed oil, tocopherol oil, safflower oil, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, vanilla planifolia, citrus sinensis (orange) peel oil.

Facial Oil Ingredients: Apricot kernel oil, squalane (olive), grapeseed oil, alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, vanilla planifolia, citrus sinensis (orange) peel oil

As you can see, the Body Oil includes sunflower seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil and safflower oil, which are all oils well-known for their ability to provide a beautiful texture and quick-drying effect when massaged onto the skin.

All of the carrier oils (apricot kernal oil, sunflower seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, grapeseed oil, vitamin E and safflower oil) combine to pack a dense hydration that your skin will drink up, but without feeling overly sticky or coated.

As with all my body oils, I apply this straight out of the shower, onto damp skin, and quickly massage it in before putting on a robe and doing my hair and makeup in the morning.

I absolutely adore the scent, and it again makes for a nice base layer of fragrance, especially if you tend to use vanilla and spice scents in your daily beauty routine.

If you haven’t already found your favorite body scrub, might I suggest taking a peek at Rachel’s?

Her Body Polish collection includes my favorite, Vanilla & Spice (reviewed here, but please note the packaging has the older design!) and makes for an even better base layer to use before applying the oil. Your skin will be smooth and smell good enough to eat!

So, if you couldn’t already tell, Rachel’s Plan Bee Body Oil is a favorite of mine and a definite repurchase.

Now, let’s see if this “ask nicely and you shall receive” thing works again: I would love to see an expanded collection of body oil scents to match the scrubs and body butters in Rachel’s collection!

And one more thing, which is probably a “phase 2 or 3″ for this beauty startup: How cool would it be to see certified organic ingredients in the collection?

Beauties, we know that we will pay more for certified organic — would you pay a bit more for that in this particular collection? I don’t know how much the cost would go up with the incorporation of certified organic ingredients, but it seems like the logical next step after adding more scents and redoing the product design.

These are the things that excite me about seeing all these great new green beauty brands come to life! Evolution is cool, no?

Have you tried anything from the newly redesigned Rachel’s Plan Bee? What are your favorite products from the line? What are your thoughts on using certified organic vs. natural botanical ingredients? Tell me in the comments section!

 

November 24, 2014

beauty scoop | kypris antioxidant dew

It’s not often that you’ll find me waxing poetic about a skincare product that’s not an oil.

I’m obsessed with face oils and rarely let lotions, gels or traditional serums close to my mug.

But Kypris’ Antioxidant Dew is one of those rare green beauty products that’s seriously captured my attention — and earned a prominent spot in my skincare routine.

And it doesn’t fall into any of the product categories mentioned.

kypris antioxidant dew

{Kypris gave me a sample of its Antioxidant Dew to experience and review. It costs $60 for a 1.69-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Appropriately called a “dew,” Kypris Antioxidant Dew is a milky, lightweight moisturizer designed to be used as 1) your sole daily moisturizer or 2) your moisturizing base in a multi-layered approach to natural skincare.

The closest thing I can compare Kypris Antioxidant Dew to is a slippery, runny serum, but when I think “serum,” I usually think “sticky,” and Kypris Antioxidant Dew is definitely not.

Its base of glycerine and aloe give it a watery consistency and allows it to dry to an even, light finish that’s neither tightening nor sticky. It’s just refreshed and quenched skin that remains after use.

kypris antioxidant dew

Some have described Kypris Antioxidant Dew as a gel, and that too is misleading.

For those of you familiar with the texture of Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel, Kypris feels extremely different despite the fact that both products use aloe vera in their respective bases.

The key difference, I’d say, is that Dr. Alkaitis uses aloe and witch hazel in its base, which gives the Soothing Gel a tightening effect, whereas Kypris’ base of aloe and glycerine is much more hydrating and less toning.

kypris antioxidant dew

With that said, both products are part of my routine and serve completely different purposes.

As mentioned earlier, Kypris Antioxidant Dew is an amazing product to mix and layer (preferably with other Kypris oils and serums), and I love using just three dots of Antioxidant Dew with 2-3 drops of my facial oil (I’m a fan of Kypris’ Beauty Elixir II — review to come!) to treat my skin and prep it for makeup.

After speaking with Kypris founder Chase Polan (who is a wealth of knowledge and good energy!) on several occasions about how to use Kypris to the fullest, I learned that most of us overindulge way too much in our beloved serums and oils.

It was only after talking with Chase and having her demonstrate how to make a beautiful Kypris emulsion of Antioxidant Dew and Beauty Elixir I (another gorgeous oil from the line!) did I realize how little you really need — of any beauty product — if you choose smart formulations and products that are easy to layer and blend.

For example, the old Kim would have used a whole pipette of Antioxidant Dew (what’s that, like 10-15 little dots?!) and then topped off my face with 5-6 drops of expensive oil.

And then complain about how expensive my beauty habit was.

Friends, it doesn’t have to be like this. Sustainability in beauty goes farther than ingredients and packaging. It extends to sustainability in use and sustainable marketing and formulations.

Oh how I appreciate a skincare founder (and, ahem, business woman) who encourages mindful use of her creations!

It is this very direction that makes me rethink seemingly expensive pricing for so many of the gorgeous oils on the market.

You can make them last longer if you actually follow the 2-3 drop recommendation and, if you feel you need more moisture, cut them with an effective dew / serum / whatever you want to call it.

My skin has been loving the Kypris Antioxidant Dew + Beauty Elixir II combination, and though I’ve had to move on to more product testing, I am anxiously awaiting getting back to this part of my soon-to-be established skincare routine.

Here’s everything inside Kypris Antioxidant Dew:

Love, water/aqua, algae extract, glycerin, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, oat beta glucan, squalane, sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA, wheat amino acids, Symphytum officinale (comfrey) extract, panthenol, hydroxyproline, Rosa damascena (rose) flower water, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter, phospholipids, superoxide dismutase, Borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, ascorbyl palmitate, Calophyllum inophyllum (foraha) nut oil, Urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, Rosa centifolia (rose) flower extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Helianthus annuus(sunflower) seed oil, undecylenoyl glycine, Triticum vulgare (wheat germ) oil, lecithin, capryloyl glycine, xanthan gum, Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract

The only things I’d like to call out for discussion is the inclusion of retinyl palmitate in a product that’s recommended for day and night as well as the use of Japanese honeysuckle as a natural preservative.

We’ve had the Japanese honeysuckle discussion here before (and you can find more info here and here), so I’d like to focus more on the topic of  retinyl palmitate in a daytime-use product.

The EWG recommends avoiding sunscreens and other skincare and lip balms that contain vitamin A, retinyl palmitate and retinol, as an FDA study suggested that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when used in the presence of sunlight.

But then you can hop on over to Paula’s site where she explains that top derms criticized the study and, in the end, suggest that beauties be mindful about using sunscreen and limiting excessive sun exposure when using products with retinyl palmitate.

This is generally the stance I take with vitamin A derivatives and daily use. If you’re concerned about retinyl palmitate in Kypris Antioxidant Dew, but love the texture of this moisturizer and want to keep it in your routine, then just use it at night and instead mix your daily oils with a balm or whipped shea butter for additional moisture.

What’s your take on retinyl palmitate? Have you tried anything from Kypris? Do you blend or layer any of your beauty products? Tell me in the comments section!

 

November 19, 2014

beauty scoop | odacite pure elements facial serum concentrates

Lately, I’ve been enjoying playing beauty alchemist at home with my abundance of botanical elixirs, mixing and matching potions to enhance simple DIY solutions or add a touch of extra healing power to some of my existing favorites.

This mixologist mannerism was brought upon by two things: The idea of smartly layering and combining products thanks to the tip of a favorite brand founder and the introduction of Odacite’s Facial Serum Concentrates into my life.

odacite facial serum concentrates

{Odacite sent me samples of its Facial Serum Concentrates in Blueberry Jasmine, Peach Cypress and Black Cumin + Cajeput. Each serum concentrate varies in cost; the Blueberry Jasmine skin booster costs $44 for a 0.17-ounce dropper bottle. The Peach Cypress skin booster costs $34 for a 0.17-ounce glass dropper bottle. The Black Cumin + Cajeput skin booster costs $27 for a 0.17-ounce dropper bottle.}

As part of Odacite’s “Pure Elements” collection, these 0.17-ounce glass dropper bottle serum concentrates are available in 18 specially targeted formulations that are designed to be used on their own for intense treatment or mindfully mixed into your current skincare products.

Each of Odacite’s serum concentrates packs a potent dose of vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories all based on your skin’s needs.

Skin looking lackluster? There’s a serum concentrate for that.

Skin feeling imbalanced? There’s a serum concentrate for that.

Skin getting fussy? There’s a serum concentrate for that.

By now you can probably guess which serums I chose to test in their full-size, one-month treatment sizes:

  1. Blueberry Jasmine because I must have all the jasmine things and am approaching the last year of my 20s and need to get my anti-aging, antioxidants on;
  2. Peach Cypress because I’m combination/oily and need some balance in my life;
  3. and Black Cumin + Cajeput because despite turning yet another year older, I still deal with acne breakouts on a regular basis.

The first set of Odacite’s Facial Serum Concentrates I tested and finished were the Peach Cypress and Black Cumin + Cajeput based on my skin type and persistent acne issues.

I used 2-3 drops of the Odacite Peach Cypress Facial Serum Concentrate in the morning, mixed into my daily face oil, to encourage my skin to start off in balance for the day.

The light serum didn’t add any bulk to my already-nutrient-packed daily oil, yet seemed to help my skin feel plumper and healthier. The combination of skin-loving sea buckthorn oil (I need more of this oil in my life!) with naturally astringent cypress and grapefruit kept my skin feeling hydrated yet never over-oiled.

With that said, I think this skin booster is more on my “nice to have, but do not absolutely need” list, as I didn’t see mind-blowing results with it. It was just a nice booster to my normal daily facial oil.

Here’s what’s inside Odacite Peach Cypress Facial Serum Concentrate:

Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin Peach (Prunus persica) kernel oil, Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil, Cypress, Pink grapefruit, Lavender, Bisabolol, Ylang ylang (Cupressus Semper- virens, Citrus paradisi, Lavandula angustifolia, Vanillosmosis erythropappa, Cananga odorata) essential oils. Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil.

In the evenings, I used the Black Cumin + Cajeput Facial Serum Concentrate. Again, I would mix it in to my regular nighttime oil, but I would also spot-treat with this powerful skin booster and even do an intense all-over treatment (i.e. I wouldn’t mix it in with anything) and WOW is this one a winner!

Odacite says its Black Cumin + Cajeput Facial Serum Concentrate is formulated to absorb deep into pores to help clear and smooth the complexion, and they weren’t lying.

I found that the noted purifying properties of black cumin oil really did help control the spread of breakouts. Case in point: I tested this during a crazy stressful time that resulted in tons of tiny red pimples along my hairline and even further into my hair area near my temples.

After deep-treating my skin with this oil alone, those little suckers cleared up faster than usual, and I didn’t experience any additional breakouts after that time.

Sold and sold.

Odaciate explains that cajeput gets to the source of your problematic skin with its potent antiseptic properties to helping to prevent further breakouts.

Another thing to note is that cajeput is a star ingredient in our beloved Osmia Organics Spot Treatment (reviewed here) that works so well for many of you.

If you haven’t tried Odacite Black Cumin + Cajeput Facial Serum Concentrate and react well to the Osmia Organics Spot Treatment, you MUST add it to your wish list. It’s absolutely on my repurchase list.

Here’s what’s inside Odacite Black Cumin + Cajeput Facial Serum Concentrate:

Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin organic Black Cumin (Nigella sativa) oil, Certified organic Cajeput (Melaleuca minor) essential oil, Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Toco- pherols) oil.

Now that it’s winter in Kansas City (did you know winter comes a month early here?), I’m adding heavier oils into my routine but don’t like to completely shun my lighter-weight oils, especially when it comes to pre-makeup skin treatment and priming.

Currently in the mornings, I’m adding Odacite Blueberry Jasmine Facial Serum Concentrate to a particularly smelly facial oil I’m testing.

As a part of the “Age-Defying” collection of Odacite’s Facial Serum Concentrates, Blueberry Jasmine is prized for its ability to liven up the skin’s cell energy. Jasmine coupled with blueberry offers the skin a burst of free radical-fighting defense thanks to a healthy helping of antioxidants.

Jasmine is also said to help heal burns and promote new cell growth on topical level; from an aromatherapy lens, it’s absolutely divine at calming the nervous system and promoting a sense of happiness and beauty with every sniff.

If you’re an Odacite fan like me and own “A Summer in Hossegor,” you MUST blend it with that beauty. Blueberry on blueberry love is just beautiful, and your skin will thank you.

Here’s what’s inside Odacite Blueberry Jasmine Facial Serum Concentrate:

Highest-grade cold-pressed certified organic Vaccinium corymbosum (Blueberry*) seed oil, Jasminum sambac (jasmine) flower oil, Litsea cubeda fruit oil, Acacia decurrens (mimosa) flower extract, Certified organic Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata) oil, Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil.

The most expensive of the three Odacite skin boosters I tested, Blueberry Jasmine is well worth the price and experience. You’re getting very expensive, effective ingredients without a huge base of a cheaper carrier oil (see what the first two ingredients are?!) and an instant shot of radiance every morning. Approve and repurchase!

Besides these three skin boosters that I had the privilege to test out in full sizes, I’m intrigued by more from the age-defying collection of concentrates (this turning 29 thing is starting to mess with me).

Specifically, the Wild Carrot Facial Serum Concentrate, loaded with antioxidants, is screaming my name. Acai Rose Facial Serum Concentrate is singing the same siren song, with its ultra-strength of antioxidants and superfood, acai, doing a little youth dance before my credit card.

I’ll be sure to update this post as I test out more of these full-sized serum concentrates (they last a month, which is a great testing time and low cost commitment for these potent oils!).

If you have similar skin to mine (combo/oily and acne-prone), Odacite has some nice little sets of skin boosters at a discounted price that you can experience, too.

The Combination + Pimple Prone duo includes the Black Cumin + Cajeput I raved about earlier as well as Jojoba + Lavender, which is designed to unclog pores but is a simple DIY.

The Oily + Pimple Prone set also has the Black Cumin + Cajeput, but with the addition of Grapeseed + Grapefruit, formulated to clear existing acne but another simple DIY depending on if you keep grapeseed oil on hand for oil cleansing and grapefruit essential oil in your collection for…whatever you would use grapefruit EO for in your daily life (sniffing to make your happy despite how stupid cold it is?!).

What Odacite Facial Serum Concentrates have you tried, or which ones appeal to you? What is your experience with mixing various oils and serums for a customized treatment? Tell me in the comments section!

 



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