Happiness in a bottle (and you can win it!): Malaya Organics

posted by: Emily

There’s a bakery by my house that often puts out a sandwich-board sign reading, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy cupcakes, and that’s kind of the same thing.” Well, I’m all for the occasional cupcake, but there’s only so many times a month (week?) one can eat cupcakes without going into sugar shock. So what’s a girl to do when she’s had her daily allotment of caffeine, and it’s just not the time for a cupcake? I’ve been looking for that special, mid-day treat that can perk me up without side effects or consequences, and…. I’ve found it! It’s a bottle full of happiness!


We met Malaya Organics‘ founder, Katya, along with a thousand other brand-creators at the Indie Beauty Expo last month, but Katya stood out because she’s just so genuinely kind and nice. Then, we actually tried her products– she gave us little samples at the expo– and, wow, both Jordan and I fell in love with the whole Malaya line! It’s truly exceptional.


So which product is my personal Happiness in a Bottle? It’s the Citrus & Bloom Body Oil, and oh my goodness, I can’t stop smelling it. It combines my two favorite scents, florals and citrus, in a fresh, new way. Katya was kind enough to send me a bottle (!!!!) AND she’s agreed to give away one to a lucky reader, too! You can win my version of Happiness in a Bottle– a $68 value!!! (see below for details!)

Here’s what else we’re loving from this small-batch, hand-crafted, woman-owned organic line.


Jordan wrote in an email to Katya:

I started using the rejuvenating face serum this week and am absolutely LOVING it!  The smell is addictive and my face feels so soft and smooth. Can’t wait to continue using it over the course of the next few weeks to see continued results!

We also both received the Lip Balm from Malaya and it’s amazing.


And Katya heard I have a new baby and gave me the Organic Soothing Baby Oil to try, and my whole family loves it (it’s not just for babies, but perfect for anyone who needs an oil moisturizer that’s not too scented and very gentle! I’ve used it on my face!).


Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. You must follow Malaya on (at least) one form of social media to enter. TwitterFacebookPinterest and comment below
  2.  For a bonus entry, subscribe to their newsletter (Go to MalayaOrganics.com to sign up)\
  3. For another bonus entry, share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter and tag a friend

We go by the honor system here at PJR so please just comment below to tell us which of the above entry methods you’ve completed! One winner will be chosen randomly next week! Good luck!


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Au Naturale– an introduction and 50% off!

posted by: Emily

This is not an official review, because we haven’t received samples to test from Au Naturale yet, but I had to post about this fantastic company and this amazing deal.

It was love at first sight when we met Au Naturale at the Indie Beauty Expo a few weeks back. Somehow, I’d never heard of this cool, woman-founded company out of Green Bay, Wisconsin. When we came across their table, we were at the end of a LONG morning in a badly-lit convention hall. We had smelled more products and perfumes than I could process. We had met hundreds of people. And I was running out of bare skin to test any products on.

As soon as we started talking to the Au Naturale team, each of whom is just lovelier than the next, I knew their brand was something special. So I rolled up a sleeve and exposed more skin to test out their goods. And let me tell you, it was worth it. I just completely fell in love with their awesomely-textured lipsticks, richly-pigmented eye shadows, their on-trend colors, their perfect ingredients, and the brand’s philosophy. They’re kind of like a dream come true.

So while I cannot yet attest to how the products wear over the course of a day, or on my actual face, even, I can say that I loved what I tested out on my arm, and from what I’ve read on their website and in reviews, Au Naturale is the real deal.

They are sending Jordan and me some products to test out at home, and we will tell you what we think as soon as we can, but in the meantime, Au Naturale has just debuted their own Amazon.com store, and in honor of it, they’re offering 50% off!! It’s just too good to miss. I had to share!

Even though they’re sending us samples for free (and we will be doing one of the best giveaways EVER for one lucky reader, I am so excited!!) I already bought some stuff in addition (two cream eye shadows and a lip gloss!). IT’S THAT GREAT. (And with discount, eye shadows are $10, lipgloss $7.50– these are like drugstore prices for LUXURY, hand-made awesomeness!)



Eye shadow in Addiction


Eye shadow in Ivory


Lip Gloss in Deep Coral







See below for details, and stay tuned for full review.


More details on the deal from Au Naturale:

Au Naturale Cosmetics
are now available on Amazon!We are proud to announce the launch of our amazon store!
Same product, same price, but with the convenience of Amazon! Over 75 products available now, and more appearing each day. Here is the link to our Amazon store: http://amzn.to/1PkOd7r

We are new to Amazon and looking for reviews, so we are offering all of our loyal customers a 50% Off Promo Code to use on Amazon for the rest of the month!

It’s good for your first Au Naturale Amazon purchase, and can be used on all Au Naturale products, with the exception of kits.

Just use the Promo Code: NATURALE, and don’t forget to leave reviews for all your favorite products! We are exceptionally grateful for any kind words left for our products.

Don’t use Amazon, no problem, you can still get Au Naturale in all the usual places.

Many Thanks for your continued support!

Team Au Naturale

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Target and W3LL PEOPLE

Quick good-news update!


Target has started carrying one of our favorite brands, W3LL PEOPLE!


Right now, Target has a deal offering $5 off when you spend $20 on beauty items with promo code BEAUTY5. This includes W3LL PEOPLE items! Now would be the time to snap up that W3LL PEOPLE mascara we’ve raved about, or any of the other W3LL PEOPLE things we adore! 

(Now we’re just trying to figure out how to place several separate orders and make use of as many $5 coupons as possible…)


Let us know what you try!

Happy Weekend!

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Calendula Balms are the bomb

posted by: Emily

I kind of hate saying something is “the bomb” because, for something that’s supposed to be positive, it has kind of violent connotations. But let’s look past that.

Today I want to present some calendula balms to you. Monday was Labor Day, and while it’s still 92 degrees and this week my two hometowns’ rival baseball teams, the Baltimore Orioles (go O’s) and the NY Yankees (boo!) faced off in the Bronx, summer is on its way out. I hate to admit it. But it’s going to happen.

So as we face the inevitable colder weather that will come to all but the lucky few who live in perfect climates where winter doesn’t happen (why don’t I live in California?!) we will be faced with my nemesis: Dry Skin. Well, the Yankees and Dry Skin.

Below I want to list the ingredients for 4 Balms I’ve tried and liked, all including Calendula, which is what unites them and separates them from other balms and creams on the market. These are all waterless products, which, in my mind, is what makes a balm. You can read below, but you will see that they all have pretty similar ingredients: Calendula plus some other oils, beeswax, essential oils. There are some exceptions and additions, but they all have the same basic contents. They all smell similar, which is what first made me think of comparing them.

They are all marketed differently– eye balm, baby cream, all the same– which should be noted, and they can be divided into two categories by texture: Indie Lee and Splurge are both little pots with sort of hard oils you rub to melt, and the other two are tubes– more like Vaseline texture, without petroleum obviously. So a lot of this comes down to personal preference of what texture you like, and, of course, how much you want to pay!

The Indie Lee one is the most expensive, but it’s also the only one that lists Calendula oil as the first ingredient. I’m guessing Calendula oil is expensive. So it you want the most concentrated Calendula Balm, this is the one for you. I have it. I got it on sale which is the only reason I bought it. It’s fine, but for my money, I’d just as soon save some dough and have a little less Calendula concentration. But that’s just me!

The benefit of a tube vs a pot is that, if you’re a germ-phobe like me, you don’t have to obsessively wash your hands before using some balm from a tube like you do when dipping your fingers in a little pot, but I can get past that because I like the texture.

The bottom line is this: my favorite of these 4 is the Splurge Skincare Melted Buttah. I love the little pot, the texture is, well, da bomb, and you absolutely cannot beat the $10 price tag. It’s the perfect little pick me up or gift. Toss one in your purse– in each purse you own at this price!– and you’ll have moisturized lips, cuticles, whatever. It’s my go-to gift lately for hostess presents, people I don’t know well, men who need moisture, etc. And I LOVE Splurge Skincare. Small-batch, owned by 2 women, it’s the real deal. The kind of company I like to support.

Below are all 4 options, because you have to have options! Enjoy!


Splurge Skincare: Melted Buttah $10 for .3 oz

Ingredients: organic castor oil (ricinus communis), red raspberry seed oil (rubus idaeus), beeswax (cera alba), babassu oil (orbignya oleifera), organic jojoba oil (simmondsia chinensis), calendula (calendula officinalis flower extract) infused in olive fruit oil (olea europaea), essential oil blend


Indie Lee: Calendula Eye Balm, $42 for .5 oz

INGREDIENTS: Calendula Officinalis Flower (calendula) Oil, Beeswax, Magnifera Indica (mango) Seed Butter, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender Oil, Squalane (olive derived), Persea gratissima (avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E)


Honest Company: Healing Balm $12.95 for 3 oz

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Oil*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO)


Weleda Calendula Weather Protection Cream (it’s called a cream, but, let’s face it, it’s a balm– it is waterless).

$13.00 for 1 oz

Ingredients:Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Lanolin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*.
* from natural essential oils

There’s your roundup, folks. I’m going to keep denying that colder weather is coming. I’ll be the one outside in a dress, trying to soak up the fading light. But at least, with these balms, I’ll have really nice cuticles….

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Indie Beauty Expo!!

Posted by: Emily

In case you were wondering, YES, we are the luckiest ladies in the Green Beauty World. We had the amazing opportunity last week to attend the first annual Indie Beauty Expo. It was, as the name suggests, a convention for all things Indie Beauty. Most, but not all, of the companies there were also Green, and a large percentage were women-owned or run. Basically, we were in heaven.


Over the next weeks (and probably months!) we will be introducing you to the new brands we met and loved, but we just want to post a little teaser here, so you can drool over what’s coming. There will be TONS of giveaways for you!

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Here are just a few of the brands we “met” and adored, and their websites for you to peruse and enjoy:

Isa’s Restoratives: http://www.isasrestoratives.com/

Trilogy Natural Skincare: http://www.trilogyproducts.com/


Farmaesthetics: https://www.farmaesthetics.com/

Au Naturale Cosmetics:  http://www.aunaturaleglow.com/ (OMG, their Bronzer! The eyeshadows! They’re the next RMS!)

Bottega Organica: http://www.bottegaorganica.com/

Mun: http://munskin.com/


Malaya Organics: http://malayaorganics.com/

LotusWei: http://www.lotuswei.com/ (Katie, the company founder is pretty much the coolest lady ever)

Osmia Organics: http://osmiaorganics.com/ (we are kind of obsessed with their Rosemary Lotion and Deodorant!)


Hynt Beauty: http://www.hyntbeauty.com/

Kypris Beauty: http://www.kyprisbeauty.com/pages/home

White & Elm: http://www.whiteandelm.com/

Modern Minerals Makeup: http://modernmineralsmakeup.com/

Forager Botanicals: http://www.foragerbotanicals.com/

Arya Essentials: http://aryaessentials.com/


And some old favorites:

Vapour Organic Beauty: https://www.vapourbeauty.com/

Tata Harper: https://www.tataharperskincare.com/


(here’s a photo of me at the Tata shrine they had set up, as Ms. Harper herself didn’t arrive till later in the day)

So basically, this list could go on and on. But for now, just know that some awesome giveaways and info are coming soon.

Next up: Keep an eye out for our review of InnerSense Organic Haircare‘s Shampoo and Conditioner. Spoiler alert: It’s a WINNER!


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Seaweed Bath Company Shampoo & Conditioner, plus GIVEAWAY!

Posted by:  Jordan

Seaweed Bath Co Shampoo Last Fall I posted how I was loving the bath soaks from Seaweed Bath Co.  In that post I mentioned how I couldn’t wait to try their shampoo and conditioner, especially on my husband who was (note the spoiler word, “was“!) battling scalp psoriasis (or some majorly severe dandruff, not sure which).  I’ve been waiting to post this review for a while because I reallllly wanted to test it over the course of several months.  I ordered Seaweed Bath Co’s Balancing Argan Hair Set in the Eucalyptus & Peppermint just after the holidays and have been using it since late winter.

Well, I am here to personally attest that I don’t think my husband and I will ever use another shampoo and conditioner again! Not only is his dry, flaky scalp completely healed (and this has been an issue we’ve been tackling for close to a decade), but as an added, unexpected benefit, this shampoo/conditioner is like a miracle for my hair.  It somehow gives my hair incredible bounce and volume, and whenever I use anything else it just doesn’t compare.  Of course, it’s 100% natural and made with only ingredients that are good for your body.    Up until this point natural shampoo was just so utilitarian.  It cleaned my hair, but nothing special beyond that.  This shampoo and conditioner changed all that!  I even had a group of girl friends stay at my house recently for a NY girls weekend,  and I made them test it out.  Several went directly home and ordered it too!  It’s that good. Try it once and see if you’re as devoted as we are.  Order it on their website and get 15% the boxed set using code SPRING2015. Or get the set on a special Zulily sale today through Thurs 6/18/15 for only $15.99!

One lucky winner will receive his or her own set for free, simply by entering our giveaway!  Enter between now and Sunday, June 21st at midnight EST and we’ll choose one winner at random.  In order to enter, please leave a comment below.  For an extra entry, like us on Facebook and comment there, too.  Winner will be announced Monday, 6/22  on Facebook, so be sure to check there!  Contest open to Continental US residents only.


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W3LL PEOPLE makes a new mom’s day!

posted by: Emily

First, I’m happy to announce the winner of our Kari Gran Lip Whip giveaway: Alyssa. Alyssa, please email us your mailing address so we can coordinate your prize! (productjunkiesrehab@gmail.com)

And along the lines of feeling like a winner, I had the unique opportunity last weekend to have my makeup done by the one and only Shirley Pinkson, one of the founders of W3LL PEOPLE. She was doing an event at a store in my neighborhood, Bird. Even though I have a newborn and a toddler, I could not resist the opportunity to see what Shirley would do with my makeup. (Shout out to my amazing in-laws for babysitting so I could go!) There’s nothing like a little makeup to make a new mom feel like a person again. I was so lucky to get the chance.


Shirley, showing me how to contour. Maybe when my kids are in high school I will have time to :) My eyes are mostly closed, but you can see how great the W3LL PEOPLE makeup looks!

I love that Bird sells W3LL PEOPLE cosmetics. How awesome it is for me to be walking down the street and just pop into a store and buy one of my favorite all-natural brands! I love everything W3LL PEOPLE and have been using their products for years, but have recently become a super-fan of their mascara. It is INCREDIBLE. Seriously, even if you think you’ve found the best mascara– natural or not natural– I encourage you to drop EVERYTHING and go out and buy this one.


Shirley told me that it took them 3 years to develop the mascara because she wanted to get it just right. Well, she did. They worked hard not only on the formula, which is perfect, but also on finding the right brush. It’s made by the same manufacturer that makes Shu Uemura mascara wands, which, if you’ve ever read anything about mascara, you probably know are the beauty industry’s gold standard when it comes to mascara wands.

She also told me that the mascara is designed to be applied in two coats– not one, not three, but precisely two. And if you hold the brush up against the upper lashes for a few seconds, it coaxes them into the perfect, natural curl I’m always going for. Really, it’s the best mascara ever.

Here are the products Shirley used on me:

– The new Universalist #9 multi-stick, as both blush/contour and on my lips.

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It’s a nice better-than-nude nude color.

– Realist Invisible Setting Powder


I liked it so much, I bought it.

– Nudist Colorbalm #6, layered over the Universalist #9


I would have bought it, but I already own (and love) it!

– Expressionist Mascara


Luckily, Bird had some in stock. I bought some, even though I had two at home, because Shirley said, as you can read in the image above, that it’s SOLD OUT on their website, and will be for a while. AND I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IT! I always have a tube or two on hand, in addition to the one I’m currently using. THAT is how much I love it.

Actually, the best example I can tell you of how I love this mascara is this:

A few days after my son was born, I looked in the mirror. I was so happy, but I wasn’t looking quite like myself. I had just come home from the hospital, so I hadn’t been wearing makeup. I realized I needed a little something. I put on 2 coats of Expressionist Mascara and sent Jordan this text:

And in unrelated news: I am struck once again how everything in life is a little better when wearing mascara. I took a few days off from it and today put on mascara and was like “wow. Everything is better.” Must remember this in the future and blog about it. I think that’s the secret to happiness.

And here’s a photo of me nursing my baby after Shirley had worked her magic:


If you haven’t tried W3LL PEOPLE, you should. They sell samples of almost everything on their site. But not the mascara. That, you just have to buy. Believe me, you will not be sorry.


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