Now I’m a believer (LOTUSWEI!)

posted by: Emily

I was skeptical.

I really wanted to believe in the revolution, because the promise is amazing.

“Be at your best all the time with Flower Remedies.”

Jordan and I met Katie Hess back in August at the first Indie Beauty Expo. She is enchantingly lovely, and radiates calm, positive energy. Sure, I thought. I want to be like that!
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I read more about Lotus Wei. I gifted some of the Aura Mists to my friends and family at the winter holidays. I was a fan, I guess.
But then… I happened to get a sample of Modern Mineral Makeup‘s lipgloss collaboration with Lotus Wei. I put it on my lips, took a deep breath, and…
Wow. It smelled fantastic. I had to have more. I couldn’t stop smelling it. And not only did it smell good, it filled me with a sense of well-being. I would put the lip gloss on at night before bed, even though I didn’t really need violet-pink lips to sleep, just to smell the scent!
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When I discovered that the scent in the lipgloss is Lotus Wei’s Infinite Love, I knew I had to revisit Lotus Wei. I went to ABC Carpet and Home, where they have a stellar collection of natural and organic beauty brands, and sniffed the Infinite Love Anointing Oil. I was completely smitten.
Lotus Wei sent me one to use, and I can honestly say, it makes me feel happier and more at peace and calm!
I posted this on Instagram yesterday:
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And here’s what the caption said:

Dear @lotuswei, This potion is magic. Whenever I find myself grumpy and snapping at my kids for no reason, I get out my #infinitelove#anointingoil, put it on my pulse points, and take several deep breaths. Without fail, I return to my family with more patience, understanding, and, well, #love, than before. It is really helping me be the mom and person I mean to be. Thank you.

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And get this: the delicious scent ACTUALLY lasts LONGER than other natural perfumes I’ve tried! So in addition to getting new benefits from reapplying the recommended 5 times a day, the incredible scent really lingers in between!

We will definitely be writing more about Lotus Wei soon and often. There’s so much good to share. But for now, go check out their website for yourself: http://www.lotuswei.com/, and take the flower quiz on the Lotus Wei homepage. Find out what flowers you’re most attracted to and what it means! (Oh, I love personality quizzes!! They are what I loved most about teen fashion mags of the ’90s– RIP, Sassy!)

And, in case you didn’t notice, We’re on Instagram now! Please join us there, and follow us to find out about some BIG, upcoming giveaways!

 

 

 

 

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The Big Natural Deodorant Question

posted by: Emily

In the last few weeks, I’ve gotten three separate emails from readers about natural deodorant. It’s a popular question, and although we’ve posted about it in the past, it’s something we should probably address perpetually and often! New options come out regularly, and our tastes change as we change and try new things.

Here’s the current info on your Product Junkies’ deodorant preferences.

 

 

What I currently use:
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1. First I layer on a swipe of DeodoMom  (I like the roll-on best).
It’s basically milk of magnesia. I’ve used it for years. It really works, and I love it. It’s unscented, which is especially great if you have a newborn baby or don’t love essential oils.
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2. Then I layer on Bubble and Bee Pit Putty cream in Jasmint or Spearmint Tea Tree for a little scent and extra protection. I like most of these scents– you can order samples. **Important– it’s the CREAM not the stick!** I think the cream is the easiest to apply and is the most effective.
I find that combo is amazing and I’ve had absolutely no issues with odor!
I also love this one: http://www.piperwai.com/
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(Jordan uses it, and wrote about it here!)
BIG disclaimer on this one, though: I have psoriasis on my underarms (I know! ack!) and it’s easily kicked up by anything drying or with small particles. PiperWai is both. It’s too bad because this stuff WORKS– it’s definitely the best I’ve tried. And I can use a small amount every so often without side effects, but if I use too regularly, it irritates my arm pits and, boom!, psoriasis flare.
Here are some other brands to consider:
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream
I know so many people who swear by this, and it’s a really cool, Brooklyn company!
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(and their sensitive version has magnesium hydroxide, so is much like my combo above: http://meowmeowtweet.com/products/baking-soda-free-deodorant-cream)
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Haven’t tried this one but the internets are IN LOVE with it. I haven’t tried because it contains raw honey which must be kept away from babies under 1 year in all forms, so I have been holding off. Now that my youngest is over a year, maybe I’ll try it… stay tuned!

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Ready for Spring with Jane Iredale BeautyPrep

Posted by:  Jordan

Jane Iredale Beauty Prep

Emily and I recently had the treat of being invited to Jane Iredale’s launch of their new BeautyPrep line of cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.  On a blustery winter day in February we were transported into an oasis that smelled, tasted, and looked like spring!  The launch was held at Bouley Botanical, which was a much-needed respite for the winter-deprived senses with all the herbs growing in planters along the walls.  David Bouley served up small plates of botanical-infused delights as we tested out the new products.

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Jane Iredale and David Bouley

Jane spoke about her love of the new Eco-Cert certified line (with the exception of the moisturizer, which is–rest assured–100% natural but couldn’t be listed as Eco-Cert due to the Rose Stem Cell extracts not being Eco-Cert certified yet).  I am IN LOVE with this line. The smell is like a blast of spring, full of extracts of lemongrass, rose, cucumber, pear, apple, carrot–the list goes on but, let me tell you, it’s just so incredibly refreshing to use this gentle 3-step cleansing/toning/moisturizing set!

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BeautyPrep Cleanser ($28)

I love the ease of this cleanser–no water required!  I usually use a bit of coconut oil on my eye makeup, wipe off with a tissue, and then use a cotton pad doused in the cleanser to remove the rest of my makeup and any residual eye makeup.  So simple, quick, and provides gentle but thorough cleansing.

This no-rinse cleansing water provides a deep pore cleanse with nourishing Oat Amino Acids. Ideal for removing makeup and cleansing skin prior to toning and moisturizing, it contains a proprietary micellar water with dual Cucumber Extracts in liposome form that gently hydrate, smooth and protect the skin. Removes environmental pollutants and is antioxidant and vitamin rich to help reduce free radical damage. May be used with or without water, leaving no oily residue on the skin.

BeautyPrep Toner ($33)

The toner might be my favorite product of the line, though I love all three!  I use a couple pumps (the dispenser is so handy!) on a cotton pad and swipe over my just-cleansed face, and to my initial surprise there was no makeup or city grime left behind on the pad.  The toner left my face soft and ready for my serum and moisturizer.

This gentle toner refines pores and moisturizes with organic botanical liposomes. Prepares skin for layering moisturizer and makeup and is infused with Herbasome, a fruit extract infused water, to provide deep skin hydration. Contains organic Lemon Grass, Apple, Pear, Carrot and Coconut Water to balance pH and restore the surface of the skin

BeautyPrep Moisturizer ($45)

This moisturizer is perfection.  Creamy yet lightweight, it’s ideal for all seasons.  I layer it over my serum of choice both day and night.  And, as I mentioned, it smells divine!

This soothing cream moisturizes skin and helps prevent transepidermal water loss while protecting the skin from airborne pollutants. Prepares the skin’s surface so makeup goes on smoother and lasts longer. Contains four organic Rose Stem Cell Extracts:

·        White Rose supports natural cell regeneration and the skin barrier, while restoring suppleness.

·        Damask Rose helps to tighten pores, purify and smooth the skin.

·        Rosa Canina (Rosehips) calms and brightens skin and helps prevent transepidermal water loss.

·        Pale Rose helps to rebuild the moisture barrier and provide suppleness for the appearance of newer, softer skin.

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In addition to the face care line, Jane Iredale also launched a supplement that’s intended to help skin from the inside out.  I haven’t had a chance to try this yet since I’m pregnant, but as soon as I’m allowed to take supplements again, I can’t wait to test these out!

This scientifically advanced supplement is designed to treat acne and improve the health of the skin from the inside out, with a formula that combines Vitamins A and C with a highly-active phytonutrient found in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale.  Results show Skin Accumax helps clear the redness and irritation associated with acne breakouts as early as ten to twelve weeks after starting the program, and the unique skin supplement offers healthful benefits for skin problems by promoting important steps in maintaining skin integrity and restoring a well-balanced and natural appearance. Skin Accumax is easily absorbed by the body, has no harsh chemicals and will not cause dryness or flaking. There are no artificial colorings, flavorings or wheat in the product. Skin Accumax comes in an easy-to-take capsule and is suitable for adults 16 years and older who are not pregnant or breastfeeding.  The recommended regimen includes taking four capsules per day until results are seen. Some who have continued on the program reduce to two capsules a day. jane iredale is the exclusive distributor of Skin Accumax in the United States, and both Starter Packs ($115) and Single Packs ($65.80) are available at janeiredale.com.

Jane Iredale Skin Accumax

If you’re searching for a new line of facial care products, I can’t recommend Jane Iredale’s new BeautyPrep enough.  In the mornings I tend to just splash my face with warm water, apply toner (either the BeautyPrep or spritz on some Jane Iredale Hydration Spray in either Pommisst or Smell the Roses) and then follow with a Vitamin C serum, and moisturizer/sunscreen.  A quick swipe of Jane’s PurePressed foundation, followed by another spritz of the hydration spray to set the mineral foundation, and my skin is ready to face the day.

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Enjoying Bouley’s rose ice cream as I test out Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, now available in eight new darker shades.

 

Cheers to spring, and to Jane Iredale for this amazing new addition to their collection!

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Worker B Treatment Stick

Posted by:  Jordan

Ok, so now that Spring weather is officially in our future (73 degrees this week in NYC!?!  Where’s my glass of sparkling rose to celebrate?! ), this might not be the best timing for a recommendation for a winter skin savior, but no matter.  A savior is a savior no matter what time of year, right?

My two favorite skin saviors that got my whole family through this winter (and will continue to be used daily in our house) were the Beret Jane Miracle Salve, as I previously raved about in December.  The other mega-healing, skin-softening item we relied on is the Treatment Stick from Worker B.  This is absolutely my favorite lip balm of all time (and I’ve tried close to 1,000 I’d guess!).

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So creamy and moisturizing, and I love the oversized tube that feels like it really moisturizes my lips and the wrinkle-prone skin around it.  I use it every night before bed and every morning after brushing my teeth. My 4 year old daughter loves it too, and it’s so healing on her lips and nose that were constantly chapped all winter. Not only to be used as a lip balm, it can be used on dry patches anywhere on your body.

It’s rare that I would ever buy the same lip balm again because of my love to constantly try new things but this one will definitely be a staple in our medicine cabinet forever.  I’m a fan for life–thanks Worker B!

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Always something new to love!

posted by: Emily

When someone finds out that I write a natural beauty product blog, she often will ask me what products I’m actually using right now. The answer to that is constantly changing, as are the lotions and potions I’m loving, so every so often, I like to introduce you to new brands we’re discovering, or new products we love. Here are a few Jordan and I are into right now:

Isa’s Restoratives

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Shortly after I “discovered” this ultra-local, super-healthy, herbal, Brooklyn-based brand at the Indie Beauty Expo, Catbird, my favorite boutique for delicate jewelry and various treasures, started carrying it. What can I say, we both have great taste, right? I’m particularly loving the Blue Beauty Balm, Elixir II, and, my ultra-fave, Liquid Gold Facial Serum. It really is liquid gold. I love it under makeup for the perfect canvas in the dry, harsh winter.

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Petal and Leaf

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Some day soon I will write a big ol’ post about my years-long quest for natural fragrances that a) last, and b) don’t smell of patchouli, but that’s a whole other thing. In the meantime, I will say THANK YOU to Petal and Leaf, for making simple, beautiful fragrances that are not over-complicated with 20 different notes, and that are actually affordable! All the ingredients are actually listed on the website/packaging, both of which are completely stunning, by the way, and everything about the line is 100% natural, non-toxic, and gorgeous.

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As you would probably guess due to my love of Jasmine, my favorite scent is the Orange Blossom + Jasmine, but I also really like the Bergamot + Vanilla. Those are the only two I’ve sampled– there are 7 in total– so that’s a perfect record so far!

You can buy a sample set of all 7 for $16, including shipping!!!!, and each perfume is only $24, which, for a gorgeous, natural fragrance, is a true bargain! Go order the sampler now!!

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RGB Cosmetics

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Not only do I love this 5-free, vegan, gluten-free nail polish, but they also make a WONDERFUL, safe Nail Polish remover! It’s the only polish remover I’ve ever found that I can actually use inside my home without my whole family complaining about the smell. I even used it recently in the bathroom adjacent to my husband’s and my bedroom, right before we went to sleep, and neither of us could smell a thing! A miracle!

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Also, we were recently invited to this amazing press breakfast announcing the launch of some new products from Decleor. We had yummy food, made flower arrangements, and got to learn a lot about Decleor‘s new anti-pollution products. Apparently this whole pollution thing is a real skin concern, as the very same day, Tata Harper also announced a new Purifying Mask which combats the effects of environmental pollution on one’s skin!

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Here’s a picture of Jordan (l) and me (r) and the flower arrangements we made at the event with the help of the pros from NYC flower shop Florisity!

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Au Naturale Winner!

posted by: Emily

Happy Presidents’ Day and hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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I’m happy to announce we have a #WINNER for our $50 Au Naturale gift card giveaway! Thanks to all who commented, posted, and shared, and the big winner is… Carrie S.! Congrats, Carrie! We will email you and connect you to the Au Naturale staff for your prize!!

To all who didn’t win, I still urge you to try something Au Naturale— they sell samples on their website and offer a discount for joining their mailing list! You can also find them on Amazon.com!

Here are some swatches of colors of Au Naturale products I love (along with some RMS and swatches for comparison!) to help you decide what to buy. Happy shopping!

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Clockwise from Far Left: RMS bronzer, RMS Magnetic, RMS Seduce, Au Naturale Coffee, Au Naturale Palma, Au Naturale Gold Monarch, Au Naturale Addiction, Solar RMS, Au Naturale Bronzer (center) 

 

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from L: Magnetic, Seduce, Coffee, Palma, Gold, Addiction, Solar 

 

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Au Naturale Bronzer (L), Au Naturale Gold eye shadow (Center), RMS Solar (R)

 

 

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Have/Love/Want: Tinted Moisturizer with SPF

posted by: Emily

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Have: True Nature Botanicals Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage, SPF 20

I just ordered this tinted moisturizer and I haven’t tried it yet, which is the only reason it’s in the “Have” column and not the “Love” column yet. I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it! I got a sample of True Nature’s Pacific Face Oil and it’s just so lovely! It smells SO good, I wanted to use it as perfume, but it felt so good on my face, I had to use it there! And before I knew it, I’d used up the tiny sample bottle. I hope the tinted moisturizer smells as good!!

So when I noticed I was running low on my current Tinted Moisturizer with SPF (see below!) I decided to order True Nature Botanicals’ version for comparison’s sake. (I’m a junkie, I can’t stop trying new products!!)

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Love: Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted with SPF 30 non-nano Zinc Oxide

I’ve mentioned it before, but this Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted with SPF 30 non-nano Zinc Oxide is pretty fantastic! It’s a little more pricey than True Nature Botanicals, but it offers more SPF. It goes on very smoothly and is a great moisturizer. I still have to add a little concealer under my eyes, because the tint is very subtle, but it is a fantastic primer for makeup.

Plus, all January, if you spend $70 or more on JoshRosebrook.com, you will get a free Active Enzyme Exfoliator mask with purchase! Act fast to get this special $60 value!

 

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Want: Au Naturale Creme Foundation

This is a little bit of a cheat because it’s not exactly a tinted moisturizer. It’s technically a foundation, but with an SPF of 15 and all the yummy organic oils in every Au Naturale creme product, I’m going to put it in this category. Apply it with your fingertips over a light, non-tinted SPF moisturizer, and you’re good to go!

I love that Au Naturale has so many shades from which to choose, and that they offer samples on their website. For $5.50 each you can order several shades to try in the comfort of your own home.

*****GOOD NEWS if this last one is something you want, too: We are hosting a giveaway! Thanks to Au Naturale for offering one of our lucky readers a $50 gift card! Read all about it and enter here. You could buy so many foundation samples! Or this rose-gold creamy bronzer that I love. Or two multi-tasking Lip & Cheek Tints! *****

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