Mother’s Day Gifts 2016 Roundup

Posted by: Jordan

It’s coming!!!  Every mom’s favorite day where she gets spoiled all day long and hopefully taken out to a great brunch and showered with love (and possibly a nice gift!).  So what are you getting the special mom in your life (please feel free to forward these hints to any husbands/sons who desperately need some ideas!)

 

Violets Are Blue

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I was recently introduced to this woman-owned, local NY company and have fallen head over heels for their products as well as their  beliefs and mission.  You can read more about Cynthia, the delightfully sweet owner, and how she started her company here.  An incredibly thoughtful gift for a mom going through cancer treatment would be a gift set from their Beloved line, which is unscented and specifically formulated to be safe for dry, parched treatment-ravaged skin which needs some extra love without the possibly intolerable extra scents.  I have been using the White Tea and Carrot Seed creamy cleanser, the Carrot Seed and Rosehip serum, and lip balm from the signature line and love how gentle and effective they are.  My skin feels soft, clean, and calmed after using all three products, plus the scent is fresh and light.

Tata Harper

Tata Harper mother_s_day_set_box We are so in love with this brand, it’s ridiculous!  Our yet-to-be-checked-off-the-bucket-list dream is to visit Tata’s organic farm in Vermont to see this amazing company up close and personal.  This Mother’s Day Spa Kit is a comprehensive, indulgent introduction to the brand that every mom is sure to love.  From now through 4/30 if you spend $150 or more, be sure to use the code MASKLOVE for 3 deluxe samples of their Resurfacing Mask, Moisturizing Mask, and Purifying Mask (Don’t you love getting freebies for yourself when purchasing gifts!  Though I suppose you could be super generous and pass along the free gift to mom…)

Bembli Body

Bembli Body For the budget-conscious gift that seems like you spent a lot more than you did, check out the handmade natural products from Bembli Body.  I have the body scrub, face scrub, and body cream (which my 4.5 year old daughter confiscated from me and now only wants to use that after her baths!).  The scrubs are made with brown sugar, organic green tea, and raw organic honey.  My skin feels insanely soft after using both the face and body scrubs, plus they come in a wide array of natural scents from therapeutic-grade essential oils.  Shipping is free over $25 plus as a gift for PJR readers get 15% off your order using code RJ15.

 

Honest Company Essentials Bundle

Honest Essentials bundle Get mom a gift certificate to an Essentials Gift Bundle.  You can choose a single delivery for about $40 or a 3 month/6 month/full year subscription.  She has the choice of a huge array of body, face, and home supplies to add to her bundle and can customize it how she’d like.  I’m looking forward to trying the newly reformulated sunscreen in my next bundle.

Jane Iredale Greatshape Eyebrow Kit + Brow shaping by Carrie Lindsey

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For a unique gift idea, how about a gift certificate to have mom’s eyebrows shaped, paired with this handy new eyebrow kit from our well-loved Jane Iredale? I have the kit in Blonde and it’s the perfect shade to fill in my sparse light-colored brows, plus I love having the wax, the dual-sided brush, and brow powder all in one handy little kit.   If you’re local to NYC I recommend a gift certificate for the full shaping and tinting treatment at Carrie’s Lindsey’s new salon in Fort Greene.  I’ve trusted only Carrie with my brows for a few years now, and even though she’s moved from the storefront in my neighborhood to her own salon just a short train ride away, I’m following her.  She’s the BEST.  In Carrie we trust.

Kahina Giving Beauty

Kahina giving beauty Emily wanted to add in that anything from Kahina Giving Beauty would be a great gift for any mom who wants to support other women around the globe.  In this case, Berber woman who inhabit the argan forest in Southwest Morocco. Says Emily, ” I met the founder/CEO at the Elev8 event [earlier this week in NYC] and was so moved by their philanthropic mission and the brand’s incredible ethics, sustainability, and efficacy! Definitely a brand we should all be aware of (and using!).”

Neal’s Yard Remedies

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A brand I was introduced to when I stopped in their London store 6 years ago when I was first venturing into the the world of natural beauty, Neal’s Yard Remedies is offering 20% this month on their Lavender shower gel and lotion set.

 

 

 

 

Cocoon Apothecary

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How cute is the packaging on this organic bubble bath and lotion gift set from Cocoon Apothecary?  The scent, which I’ve yet to try, but sounds divine, is citrus and floral with a tropical twist.

True Moringa

True Moringa Mother's Day Gift Set An incredible Mother’s Day gift set from True Moringa includes their lemongrass body oil, a bar of Theo coconut almond dark chocolate (my favorite–so delicious!), and a soy candle scented with essential oils rather than artificial fragrance oils.  Each hand poured candle was made by a woman who has resettled from a refugee camp and is working to build a better life in the states.

 

 

 

Kosmatology

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I haven’t tried anything from this mom-founded organic skincare company yet, but the Mother’s Day gift sets are very cute and at a great price point!  Save an extra 15% off sitewide using code MOM15.  I think I’d have to choose the Grapfruit Gift Set!  Sounds lovely.

 

 

 

 

We want to wish a happy mother’s day to our own mothers and mothers-in-law this year, as well as all of our mom readers.  May everyone’s day be filled with some extra love, attention, and gratitude for all that moms do!

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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.

Jane Iredale and David Bouley

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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