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August 3, 2015

beauty scoop | skin owl mangosteen beauty drops pm

I knew there had to be a deeper reason for why I was so drawn to Skin Owl’s Mangosteen Beauty Drops PM, an oxygenating, two-ingredient oil that reignites the glow of tired, dull skin.

Besides the fact that it’s been a secret weapon in my evening routine during pre-menstrual skin freakout weeks, its star ingredient, mangosteen, is local to Vietnam, where my mom is from.

skin owl mangosteen beauty drops pm

{Skin Owl sent me its Mangosteen Beauty Drops PM. It costs $85 for a 2-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

As I was prepping this review and doing a little research on Skin Owl and its founder, I ran across this post from Well + Good and immediately sent it to my mom, along with a picture of the mangosteen fruit and Vietnamese name for it.

“Ever eaten this before?” I texted.

“Yes, it’s good. We have it in Vietnam. Where did you see it?” she responded.

“I have a face oil that uses mangosteen oil in it.”

So of course I’m assuming my mom is face-palming herself, but she instead says that the next time I come home, she’ll buy it for me to try (you can get these exotic fruits at the Vietnamese store).

To eat. And maybe I will slather it on my face, too.

Mangosteen Beauty Drops PM

Because that’s how Skin Owl founder Annie Tevelin discovered its goodness while on a trip to Halong Bay (near Hai Ninh, where my mom was born).

She was clever enough to bottle up this goodness and bring it home for the masses who don’t have a Vietnamese mom but do suffer from lackluster skin, cystic acne and dryness all at the same time.

Mangosteen’s natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties help to heal blemishes and balance oily skin. In combination with organic, cold-pressed baobab oil from South Africa, Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops PM offers a shot of light moisture to address combination skin while further protecting it from free radical damage thanks to the powerful xanthones within mangosteen oil.

I love mixing a half a dropper full of Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops PM with a dollop of this fantastic exfoliating serum for a powerhouse, skin-brightening cocktail that has my skin looking and feeling luminous in the morning.

Because Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops PM is such a simple yet elegant and effective formula, it’s one that’s a bit easier to combine with evening vitamin A treatments without a worry of irritation (but you should always patch test first to confirm your skin doesn’t react!).

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Raw, organic, cold-pressed African Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Oil, Pure garcinia mangostana (Mangosteen) Oil

Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops PM smells both tart and sweet, similar to a tart cherry, and the clear oil glides onto skin leaving a light sheen that looks especially pretty on cheeks and hands (yes, I like to put my face oils on my hands sometimes).

The oil can also be used as a deep hydration mask by applying a full dropper onto the face and allowing it to drench the skin. Press a warm cloth onto your face to get a spa-like experience and relax for 4-5 minutes. Dab off excess oil and allow the rest to continue sinking into your skin.

Talk about a mega-luxurious treat!

When it comes to the bottom line — results — Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops PM is on my repurchase list. There’s something about this oil beyond the motherland connection that has really helped my skin appear less tired and dull.

I still break out (and I have had some pretty horrible breakouts in the past month), but I do notice a difference in clarity and balance to my skin in the morning after using this oil, especially in combination with an exfoliating serum.

The next item on my agenda: To run out to my local Vietnamese store to scoop up some mangosteens to experience how delightful they taste. And feel on my skin.

And OK, go home and visit my mom (Hi Mom!).

Have you tried anything from Skin Owl? Ever tasted a mangosteen? What other tropical fruits taste great and work well on the skin? Tell me in the comments section!

June 12, 2015

free stuff friday | josh rosebrook herbal infusion oil and tinted nutrient day cream

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Josh Rosebrook — both the man and the brand.

I’ve waxed poetic about his Hydrating Accelerator (I buy it in in multiples for home and work!) and gushed like a girl over his newly released Oculus Formula.

But now, I’m over-the-moon excited to share with you the exclusive launch of Josh Rosebrook’s new Herbal Infusion Oil and Tinted Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 … and, um, give away the duos to THREE LUCKY READERS!

Yeap, all caps was necessary.

josh rosebrook giveaway

I’ve been testing the Herbal Infusion Oil and Tinted Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 for just about a week now.

While I’ll offer full, detailed reviews later, I can tell you my first impressions of them both during my limited testing time (I typically test for four weeks at least).

Herbal Infusion Oil

Formulated as a multi-use treatment oil, Josh Rosebrook’s Herbal Infusion Oil serves as both a makeup remover and a healing, moisturizing skin treatment for all skin types.

I’ve used it to remove regular daytime makeup, heavy eye makeup and even sunscreen without experience redness, irritation or eye discomfort.

Sometimes even the best-made oil cleansers and makeup removers that combine a variety of ingredients are just a little too much for the delicate eye area.

Not this one that’s made with organic oils of olive, jojoba, sunflower, grapeseed, sesame, apricot and almond.

It also includes, in classic Josh Rosebrook style, organic herbal infusions of calendula, slippery elm, marshmallow root, bilberry, neem, alfalfa, skullcap, fennel seed, chickweed, ginkgo leaf, hawthorn berry and green tea.

Organic essential oils of rosewood, damask rose, and a proprietary blend of other organic essential oils round out the ingredients list.

Tinted Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30

A lovely iteration on Josh’s original Nutrient Day Cream (as reviewed in my “ultimate guide to natural sunscreens“), the Tinted Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 provides priming effects akin to a tinted moisturizer or light foundation while protecting the skin from the sun with non-nano zinc oxide.

Color-adjusting earth minerals correct and brighten the skin; the tint has a neutral-pale yellow undertone that looks flawless on my skin tone. I still like to spot-correct breakouts, as the coverage is sheer/light, but it definitely does a nice job of priming and evening out the skin.

If the color match is not quite right for you (whether you are darker or lighter), you’ll still get the priming benefits. It’s best to sample if possible to make sure it’s the right fit for you, of course.

Or, you could just win this giveaway to see if you like it! Want to be one of the first to try these brand new Josh Rosebrook products for free?

THREE of my lucky, loyal readers will the Herbal Infusion Oil and Tinted Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 duos. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway!

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February 23, 2015

beauty scoop | kypris beauty elixir II healing bouquet

With its natural essential oil blend of geranium, jasmine, patchouli and lavender, it’s easy, on the surface, to see why Kypris’ Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet has been one of my go-to facial oils since I began testing it in September 2014.

It’s a well-documented fact that floral scents grab my attention, and when they’re blended with stellar carrier oils and skin-saving actives such as CoQ10 and vitamin C, they get used on the regular.

This is because in addition to smelling good and looking pretty, my fussy skin deserves natural products formulated with ingredients that work hard to keep it calm, plump and happy.

kypris beauty elixir II healing bouquet

{KYPRIS sent me a sample of Beauty Elixir II Healing Bouquet to sample and review. It costs $200 for a 1.69-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Described as “flower power for combination skin,” Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet is packed with antioxidant-rich, American-made, fermented-from-yeast Kaneka CoQ10, which is said to be bio-identical to the CoQ10 produced by the body.

While this little tidbit about Kypris’ ingredients didn’t really speak to me at first (CoQ10 is CoQ10, right?), it became more interesting to me when I learned that many CoQ10 ingredients are processed from bacteria or tobacco derivatives.

Yeast fermentation is said to yield the most effective, biologically active form of CoQ10, and Kaneka CoQ10 is GMO-free, allergen-free and Kosher certified.

The inclusion of this ingredient alone reflects how thoughtful Kypris founder Chase Polan is in her formulations — and we haven’t even gotten to the additional abundantly beautiful, natural ingredients in Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet that make it a standout oil in my beauty cabinet.

Yes, I have a beauty cabinet. In my kitchen. Be jealous of my Midwestern space. Do not judge.

kypris beauty elixir II healing bouquet

Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet also boasts fat-soluble tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a stable vitamin C ester that, paired with the vitamin E-rich carrier oils in this formulation, encourages collagen production, reduces inflammation and can help fade acne scarring.

(This is the same form of vitamin C used in Odacite’s An Autumn on the World and Yuli’s Liquid Courage.)

As I continue to research the ingredients and results I want from my skincare, it’s become more and more crucial to me to prioritize stable vitamin C, paired with vitamin E, in my oils and serums.

Vitamin C provides potent protection, shielding skin from damaging free radicals. Vitamin E enhances the antioxidant effects of vitamin C when both are applied to the skin.

One additional ingredient that I’d love to see in Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet is ferulic acid, another potent plant antioxidant known for its ability to enhance the effects of both vitamins C and E — as dramatic as doubling the natural UV protection of both vitamins.

UPDATED: See tweet below for Kypris’ response about ferulic acid.

kypris beauty elixir II healing bouquet

Besides these heavy-hitting ingredients, Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet contains stearyl glycyrrhetinate, an isolate from licorice that helps diminish irritation, reduce flakiness and restore suppleness to dry, fussy skin.

This blends well with the ultra-moisturizing carrier oils we know and love, especially vitamin A- and E-rich baobab oil, linoleic-rich kukui nut oil and skin-healing tamanu oil, a favorite for my acne-prone skin.

Grapeseed oil, an oldie but goodie that oily, acneic skin tends to respond well to, forms the base of this oil, along with beta carotene- and linoleic acid-rich sunflower oil.

Another oil high in linoleic acid, pumpkin seed oil, makes an appearance in Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet, Pumpkin seed oil is one of those curious oils that I want to explore more, as it’s also rich in vitamins A and C, zinc, and other trace minerals and vitamins that are extremely beneficial to the skin.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Love, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Adansonia digitata (baobab) Oil, Aleurites moloccans (Kukui) Oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin Seed) Oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Opuntia engelmannii (Prickly Pear Seed) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Extract, Hippophae rhamonides (Seabuckthorn Berry) Extract, Punica granatum (Pomegranite Seed) Extract, Rubus occidentalis (Black Raspberry Seed) Oil, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry Seed) Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (From Licorice), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Rosamarinus officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Extract, Non-GMO Mixed Tocopherols, 100% Natural Essential Oil Blend (Geranium, Jasmine, Patchouli, Lavender)

As you can see, virgin coconut oil is the second ingredient in Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet. Many of you have said you are sensitive to coconut oil, sharing stories of horrible breakouts and reserving it instead for use in your hair and on your body.

Personally, I have never had issues with using coconut oil on my face (and I am oily / acne-prone), but could it be because I typically use organic, virgin coconut oil? This interesting post (from a brand, but with sited sources) notes that virgin coconut oil is indeed non-comedogenic and instead highly antiseptic.

The bottom line, though, is to trust and know your skin and when in doubt, sample, sample, sample before buying. Which leads me to the next part of this review: Price.

There’s no way around it, but yes, I agree that Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet is expensive. It’s $200 for a 1.69-ounce glass dropper bottle, which comes out to about $118 per ounce.

When put into that context, though, it’s more in line with the pricing of Yuli and Marie Veronique, and highlights how pricey Odacite’s beautiful “Autumn on the World” serum ($149 for half an ounce!) is.

While a $200 skincare investment is huge, I challenge you to keep in mind quality, sizing and thoughtfulness in formulation.

  • Is certified organic important to you?
  • Do wildcrafted ingredients speak to you?
  • Do packaging and design make your heart sing?
  • Do you want to have an intimate experience with your skincare ritual?

All of the brands mentioned above have one of more of these properties, and it really does come down to personal preference, what your skin needs and what your budget can handle.

I appreciate the bigger sizing of Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet, and I especially adore the rituals involved in the Kypris line.

As mentioned in a previous post, Kypris Antioxidant Dew was a game-changer for me. While it’s become a staple in my skincare ritual, getting mixed with whatever facial oil of the month I’m testing, I especially enjoy mixing it with my Healing Bouquet.

This is because not only do I know for sure that they’ve been formulated to work together in harmony, but I also appreciate that this smart combination helps me stretch my precious bottle of Healing Bouquet.

This oil, after six weeks of testing, kept my skin looking and feeling beautiful, but the biggest draw to me is that after the initial testing phase and moving on to other face oils, I found myself truly missing Healing Bouquet.

Besides knowing that it’s loaded with extremely active and beautiful ingredients, this face oil is one that I constantly wanted to use because my jasmine addiction is real. As superficial as it may sound, if something doesn’t smell good, I’m just not going to use it.

And that’s money wasted, no matter how amazing the ingredients lineup is or how beautifully it’s packaged. It has to smell good. And it has to work.

There’s no question to me that Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet does what it says it will do: “calm, soothe, and inspire radiant, supple skin for those with combination or inflamed, fussy skin due to blemishes or overexposure to the environment.” I’ve never had a breakout or reaction from using this — and it’s been in and out of rotation for five months and drastic weather changes.

And there’s also no question to me that it smells good. If you’re truly a die-hard jasmine fan, at least get a trial size of Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet to experience. You won’t be disappointed.

And if you are, you can send it to me. Surely there’s something in my beauty cabinet I can swap you for it.

Have you tried anything from Kypris? What active ingredients do you look for in your skincare? Where do you save on green beauty, and where do you splurge? Tell me in the comments section!

 

November 18, 2014

beauty scoop | laurel whole plant organics balance facial serum

With 26 beneficial active ingredients, Laurel Whole Plant Organics “Balance” Facial Serum isn’t exactly what you’d think of as a “minimalist beauty product,” but I’d dare to say that if you’re looking for a gorgeous, effective facial oil that provides moisture without skimping on acne defense, this could be the one that replaces every other face oil in your collection.

laurel whole plant organics balance facial serum

{Laurel Whole Plant Organics sent me a sample of its Balance Facial Serum for review. It costs $68 for a 30 ml glass dropper bottle.}

Formulated with the needs of oily, combination and breakout-prone skin in mind, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum promotes healing, refreshment and detoxification of the skin.

Founder Laurel Shaffer does this by incorporating powerful herbs and botanical extracts known for their therapeutic properties on the skin. A gentle base of jojoba and macadamia nut oils provide both slip and balance to the skin while a shot of rosehip seed oil cuts the moisture, providing a dry finish and silky feel to the skin.

Rosehip seed oil is fast becoming one of my favorites for priming the skin for makeup. It’s high in trans retinoic acid, which the body converts to vitamin A and aids in skin healing and overall cell turnover.

In addition to this super oil, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum contains red raspberry oil for natural sun protection (though I’m still a fan of mineral sun protection) as well as tamanu oil, a favorite of mine for speeding acne flare-ups through to recovery.

laurel whole plant organics balance facial serum

Here’s everything else inside Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum:

Jojoba Oil˚, Macadamia Nut Oil˚, Rosehip Seed Oil˚, Sesame Oil˚, Red Raspberry Seed Oil˚, Almond Oil˚, Tamanu Oil˚, Cranberry Seed Oil˚, Sea Buckthorn Oil˚, Rosemary Extract˚; in-house biodynamic proprietary blend of Passionflower˚, Licorice˚, Calendula˚, Chamomile˚, Echinacea˚, Yarrow˚, Baical Skullcap˚, Gotu Kola˚, Comfrey˚, Astragalus˚, Nettle˚, Lavender˚, Orange Peel˚; essential oils of Lavender˚, Rosewood˚, Helichrysum˚, Clary Sage˚ ˚signifies certified organic ingredient

Other ingredients to note are helichrysum, which is included for its balancing and astringent properties; lavender, an all-time favorite anti-inflamatory and calming ingredient; calendula and chamomile, also famous for their soothing qualities; passionflower, known for its anti-inflammatory properties; and rosewood, another wonderful antiseptic.

laurel whole plant organics balance facial serum

I’d also like to point out that Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum contains the skin care superstar herbs burdock and dandelion.

I’ve dabbled in burdock supplements off and on for seven years and love seeing its inclusion in luxury green skincare. Burdock leaf has mild antibacterial properties and mega blood cleansing benefits when taken internally.

Same goes for dandelion, which is rich in skin-loving vitamins and minerals and thought to help detoxify the liver (and thus, detoxify the skin).

I’m currently indulging in regular servings of dandelion tea to keep my current good skin-situation intact. A little topical application via Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum literally seals the (skin) deal!

I used this facial serum religiously for about four weeks several months ago (this review has been in the works for a while!), and as I begin to pare down my skincare arsenal (more on that later), this is one that definitely makes the cut.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum is an oil I like to use when my skin is in relatively good condition but could use just a little bit extra love in the skin defense department. I don’t use it on active breakout duty, but instead post-acne drama as my skin is re-establishing its balance and preparing for another cycle of hormonal defense.

Have you tried Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum or anything else from the line? What oils do you use at different times of the month? What are the keepers in your skincare arsenal? Tell me in the comments section!

 

October 28, 2014

beauty scoop | dr. alkaitis organic nourishing treatment oil

While I’m all about multipurpose products, I don’t typically think of my precious facial oils as the types of oils I’d slather on from head-to-toe.

It’s not that I don’t want to bathe in most of my facial oils; it’s just that most of my facial oils come in 1-ounce dropper bottles that cost at least $100 a pop.

With Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil, though, I have the luxury of being able to truly go from head to toe in it, and at $90 for a 4-ounce bottle, it’s a bit easier to justify said oil baths.

dr alkaitis organic nourishing treatment oil

{Dr. Alkaitis sent me a sample of its Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil to review. The travel set, which includes the Treatment Oil, costs $55. A full-sized treatment oil costs $90 for a 4-ounce bottle.}

Designed to be enjoyed on the face, body and hair (truly head-to-toe!), Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil is a thicker oil made from a base of virgin cold pressed organic jojoba oil, St. John’s Wort and Andean Mountain rosehip seed oil.

This ultra-luscious golden-hued base is infused with Dr. Alkaitis’ signature thoughtful herbal blend that targets dryness, redness and itchiness.

Wildcrafted herbs such as Indian madder, country sarsaparilla, country mallow, China root, costus, white sandalwood, cuscus grass, eagle wood, nut and bermuda Grasses and ashwagandha work together with organically grown Amazon root, liquorice and tumeric to deliver an incredible dose of antioxidants to troubled skin, soothing inflammation and calming the mind with its dusty, herbal scent that’s perfect for men or women.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Into a base of virgin cold pressed organic oils (organic Jojoba*, St. John’s Wort* and Andean Mountain Rose Hip seed* oils), the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended:

Indian Madderº, Country Sarsaparillaº, Amazon root* and Liquorice*. Country Mallowº, Turmeric*, China rootº, Costusº, and White Sandalwoodº. Cuscus Grassº, Olive*, Eagle Woodº, Nut Grassº, Bermuda Grassº and Ashwagandhaº. Also added are natural vitamin E complex (D- alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols) and 100% pure Essential Oils.

* – Signifies certified organically grown.
º – Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

dr alkaitis organic nourishing treatment oil

In the hair, Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil imparts gloss and shine while gently addressing any irritation you may experience on your scalp.

(If you’re seriously acne-prone like me, you know what a literal pain it is to deal with breakouts in your scalp. This stuff moves those little suckers along nicely and without much drama.)

On the face, Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil drenches the skin in a lavish cocoon of moisture. If you’re oily like me, you need to go light on the application — this is a thick oil — but during transition weather and dead-of-winter, this is an amazing choice for keeping dryness and tightness at ease without over-oiling your face and clogging your pores.

I like to use Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil on cooler nights, and sometimes I’ll layer it over a light cream if I’m looking for mega moisture.

What’s great about this truly multipurpose oil is that as I’m layering it onto my face and pulling it down my neck and onto my chest, I can keep the party going onto my arms, stomach and legs, as a couple pumps can cover a lot of ground.

However, I am generous with this oil on my body (as I am with all of my body oils) but mostly because I don’t feel so bad using so much because of the generous sizing in relation to its cost.

(And because I know that I don’t need as much on my face.)

While I’m sure all of you beauties out there are diligent about moisturizing everything, it’s probably safe to say you don’t always go from head-to-toe with one oil or lotion.

Which leads me to thinking … how do you deal with all the scent confusion? With Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil, you can have one signature scent for bedtime, head to toe, that’s actually quite soothing for bedtime.

It’s an especially beautiful pick for autumn and winter, as the herbal-woody scent evokes a cool-weather coziness that puts me at ease.

Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil is a repurchase for me. I’ll keep it stored with my body oil collection, as that will be my first and foremost use for it, but several cooler months out of the year, it will see some play on my face as it adjusts to cooling temperatures.

If you’re into body oils with unique scents, you’ll want Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil in your arsenal!

(And if you’re not sure it’s quite right for you, or you are new to Dr. Alkaitis, the Travel Set is a smart place to start — that’s what I did!)

Have you tried Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil? Do you use it primarily for hair, face or body? What scents are you drawn to during autumn and winter? Tell me in the comments section!

 

October 6, 2014

beauty scoop | meow meow tweet face oil

If I had a nickel for every time a guy asked me about the best face oils for his skin, I’d have about … fifteen cents.

But loyal lady readers, some of you have a few nice men in your lives, and if you want to ease them into green skincare with a nicely packaged, effective starter face oil, may I recommend Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil?

meow meow tweet face oil

{Meow Meow Tweet sent me a small sample of its Face Oil to review. A full size 0.9-ounce bottle costs $25.}

Though not marketed specifically for men or women, I could easily see Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil being a big hit among men.

Made with skin-soothing ingredients such as hempseed oil, jojoba oil and sesame oil, and spiked with a grounding dose of vetiver, patchouli and juniper, Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil is something of a stiff cocktail for skin that’s been a bit mistreated and could use a helping of simple, yet beautifully effective, moisturizing oils.

The scent isn’t girly at all, yet it’s not so over-the-top masculine that it would be out of place in any beauty buff’s collection.

meow meow tweet face oil

I’m a huge scent person, and while personally I’m not crazy-drawn to the scent of this oil on my face, when I catch whiffs of it after applying it on my hands or hair, it’s earthy and nutty (just like I like my men), and is quite comforting.

On the skin, it feels featherlight, thanks to a smart combination of jojoba oil (my favorite multipurpose skin / body / hair oil), sesame oil and hempseed oil.

The hempseed oil gives Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil a very pretty bold green tint to it (thanks, chlorophyll), thinned out a bit by the rich yellows of sesame and jojoba.

Hempseed oil is one of those underrated-yet-overachieving oils that delivers a shot of omega fatty acids and protein to the skin. I want to see (and feel — oh how luscious it is) hempseed oil in more concoctions.

meow meow tweet face oil

After using my Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil for a few weeks, I didn’t notice any out-of-the-ordinary breakouts, so it’s safe to say that at least on my skin, it was non-clogging and quite nourishing to the skin.

Here’s everything that’s inside Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil:

Organic hempseed oil, organic jojoba oil, organic sesame oil, essential oils of organic carrot seed, organic juniper, organic patchouli & organic vetiver

My skin drinks up jojoba oil and reacts quite well to it (it will forever be a staple in my skincare and I will forever be grateful to its powers for weening me off of ultra drying, OTC and RX acne treatments), so that earns Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil a big plus in my book.

While this isn’t a face oil that I would choose when lined up against my darling jasmine or rose concoctions, it is one that I’d reach for when I want a chilled out, simple face oil treatment with minimal yet effective ingredients to soothe inflamed skin or to just shake up a highly scented routine with something a bit more earthy.

At $25 for a full-sized bottle, Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil is easily one that you could feel good about stocking for those times when you just want something different.

It’s not a huge investment, and it’s got all the familiar ingredients that you’ve come to love, but with a scent that’s the oddball among your somewhat-predictable face oil wardrobe.

And sometimes, you just gotta love those oddball face oils. I’ll be refilling this for the cozy, earthy fall ahead.

Have you tried Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil? What scents are you drawn to, and which scents have grown on you? What plant oils do you think are underrated? Tell me in the comments section!

 

June 19, 2014

beauty scoop | odacite a spring in tokyo

When life hands you lemons, I hope they smell as cheerful and complex as Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” face oil.

odacite a spring in tokyo

{Odacite sent me a sample of “A Spring in Tokyo” to test and review. It retails for $149 for a 0.5-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Bursting with citrus goodness thanks to lemon verbena, pink grapefruit oil and palmarosa oil, Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” is designed to detoxify and revive tired, persnickety skin.

Founder Valerie Grandury originally created this happy face oil for a Japanese kabuki actress who was suffering from premature wrinkles, loss of firmness and breakouts that came along with the heavy makeup and long hours her career demanded of her body.

To help protect the actress’ precious skin, Valerie sought some of the rarest and most beautiful oils in the world and combined them with brightening and mood-boosting oils to make the process of applying a facial oil simply exhilarating.

odacite a spring in tokyo

Seriously, you can’t smell Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” and not feel uplifted. It’s that peppy.

Here’s everything that’s inside Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” face oil:

Plukenetia volubilis (Sacha Inchi) oil**, Camellia oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil**, Eugenia uniflora (Pitanga) Leaf Oil*, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil*, Corylus americana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil**, Daucus carota (Carrot) seed oil, Litsea cubeba (litsea cubeba) fruit oil, Lavandula burmati (lavandin) flower/leaf oil, Aloysia triphylla (lemon verbena) flower/leaf, Citrus paradisi (pink grapefruit) peel oil, Rosa bourboniana (rose) flower oil, Jasminum grandiflorum (jasmine) flower oil, Acacia decurrens (mimosa) flower extract, Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa) leaf oil, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil**, Vetiveria zizanioides (vetivert) root oil. |*Wild Crafted, **Organic

odacite a spring in tokyo

We’re seeing beautiful Sacha Inchi oil pop up more and more in the green beauty world. It’s known for its ability to protect the skin thanks to remarkable antioxidant properties.

Camellia oil is another biggie that a lot of us are loving lately. It’s rich in vitamins and antioxidants as well, and offers a smooth, non-greasy feeling as a major carrier oil.

What got my attention with Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” (besides the amazing smell!) is the inclusion of rare pitanga leaf oil as ingredient No. 3.

Pitanga leaf oil is rich in alpha hydroxy acids, which can improve the appearance of acne scars and discoloration.

It’s also known for its natural astingent properties, making it a perfect addition to an oil targeted to blemish-prone skin.

Other oils great for blemish-prone skin that are included in Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” are tamanu, hazelnut and jojoba.

Basically, this is a potent facial oil for the blemish-prone — but it does take a while to see results.

I used Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” every night for four weeks (my typical facial oil testing time), and while I still broke out during those 28 days, my skin did appear a bit brighter and I noticed a slight lightening of a few acne-scarred areas.

While the results were not drastic, I think that with continued nightly use, it could show some great results.

But oh, the life of a green beauty blogger — always on to the next product to test.

Odacite mentions that this oil layers beautifully under makeup, but with the inclusion of those wonderful-smelling citrus oils, I’d be cautious and either 1) use only at night or 2) use SPF 30+ to protect your skin from photosensitivity.

And while I’ve raved about the scent of this lightweight facial oil, one thing that does feel strange when using it just at night is … well … at night, I want to wind down and not be all pepped up with citrus.

You can tone it down by mixing it with a bit more jojoba oil if you have it on hand, or you can train yourself to not get as revved up by lemon verbena (good uck with that!).

Overall, “A Spring in Tokyo” is a winner, but it’s not a cure-all for breakouts.

Don’t buy this if you’re looking for a spot treatment; this is more of a long-haul, complexion-healing face oil that you’ll need to use consistently over time to truly see drastic improvements.

In a short time (like my four-week trial), you may notice a difference in the evenness of your complexion; the slight lightening of scars; the texture of your skin (soft!); and your attitude while applying it.

“A Spring in Tokyo,” you’re definitely my “happy oil” after a late night of blogging.

Have you tried anything from Odacite? What do you look for in an oil for aging, blemish-prone skin? Tell me in the comments section!

 

April 24, 2014

beauty scoop | jacq’s organics carrot con leche face serum

Carrots are making a comeback.

OK, so I don’t know that carrots actually ever went anywhere, but I’m finding that basically every beauty product I try that has carrot seed oil in it is an immediate match for my skin.

And that’s what drew me to Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum.

jacq's organics carrot con leche face serum

{Jacq’s Organics sent me a sample of its Carrot Con Leche Face Serum. A full size, 2-ounce glass dropper bottle retails for $28.}

Carrot seed oil is rich in beta-carotene as well as vitamins A and E. It helps to heal chapped skin while also balancing the moisture in skin — no greasy overload here!

Carrot seed oil is also said to help remove toxic buildup in the skin and diminish the appearance of scars. It’s no wonder it’s such an appealing oil to those of us with blemished, angry skin!

jacq's organics carrot con leche face serum

I sought out Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum via the blemished and oily skin section of the shop and can’t tell you how refreshing it was to see something besides tea tree oil in the lineup for problem skin.

(Love ya, tea tree, but come on — can we explore more natural solutions to acne?!)

jacq's organics carrot con leche face serum

A further look down the ingredients list revealed a beautiful combination of some of my favorite oils that offer a slew of vitamins and light moisture to the skin.

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green tea) Leaf Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Calendula officinalis CO2 extract, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn Berry) CO2 extract and GMO-Free Vitamin E.

Anytime you can get carrot, camellia, pumpkin AND sea buckthorn into an oil at an incredibly affordable price ($28!) is just mind-blowing and skin/money-saving.

jacq's organics carrot con leche face serum

I used Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum as my daytime face oil for about three weeks (until my small sample size was finished!) and found myself excited to reach for it every morning.

That’s saying a lot because it’s very difficult to stick to just one oil for several weeks of testing when there’s so many options and you have your old favorites right there begging for attention.

The extremely lightweight texture makes Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum a stellar pick for those with very oily skin. On some days, I found myself adding a little extra oil or a light layer of shea over my face to get a bit more moisture (I’m oily but have a few dry spots).

As the weather gets warmer and my skin becomes dewier naturally (read: sweaty and oily mess), I think Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum will be a go-to for that subtle touch of moisture.

Besides the almost-perfect weight of Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum, I was totally taken with the scent of this oil.

It was extremely subtle and fresh like morning dew. Imagine the smell of a springtime sunrise — that’s this. Dainty, fresh and clean.

After a description like that, I’d be insane NOT to put Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum on my repurchase list. With summer just around the corner, this is bound to be my go-to oil for my summer sunrises.

(OK, I’m not awake when the sun comes up, but you get what I mean.)

Have you tried anything from Jacq’s Organics? What face oil ingredients are you drawn to? Tell me in the comments section!

 



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