Oh, Jasmine!

posted by: Emily

If you see me walking around sniffing my arms or smelling my hair, or trying to get my lips closer to my nose, it’s because I’ve discovered the smell of Jasmine.


Oh, Jasmine! Where have you been all my [green beauty] life? Something about the scent is comforting and energizing at the same time. It reminds me of my grandmother– which is not to say it’s an 80-year-old lady smell. On the contrary, my Granny was a very classy, worldly, savvy lady, and Jasmine is all those things, too.

Since we are enjoying a spring-like week here in New York, and Jasmine is such a lush, spring-y floral, here are my top 3 Jasmine-scented products:

  1. Herbivore Botanicals’ Jasmine Body Oil

Oh my. This is just perfect. I really love this body oil. It’s part perfume, part dry-oil, part moisturizer. I cannot stop smelling it. I sneak off into my bathroom every few hours to get another whiff! I seriously cannot get enough.


You can find Herbivore Botanicals at Catbird, Sephora, and Birchbox, among many other retailers. It’s a Seattle-based company (Seattle is a city very dear to my heart) and everything they make is safe, non-toxic, and truly luxurious! (I also adore their Rose Lip Butter!)


2. Innersense Organic Beauty Color Radiance Daily Conditioner

Innersense black friday

We met the founders of this fantastic company at the Indie Beauty Expo in August. We loved them right away, and loved their products even more. I’ve been really enjoying this conditioner, especially, so I wrote to the PR person at Innersense to ask what, specifically, made it smell SO GOOD! Jasmine, she said. Of course!

Use code “THINKDIRTY” to get $10 off your purchase of Innersense on their website!

3. Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm Ring

Impulse buy alert! I cannot resist a new lip balm, and, as we’ve established above, I’m really into Jasmine. So this tiny ring of Lip Balm called out to me to the tune of $15 on Cyber Monday, when I got it for a discount at Catbirdnyc.com.


Of all the Jasmine products on this list, this one reminds me most of my beloved Granny. Again, that’s a good thing, not an old-lady thing. This Jasmine smell is the driest, not mixed with other lush florals, it’s demure and subtle.

If you try it and love it, the full size lip balm is also available for $34.rodin.jpg


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2015 Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals from our Favorite Natural Beauty Brands

Here is our annual roundup of all our favorite brands’ discounts.  All of these items make excellent gifts (or just stock up on items for yourself to carry you through the long winter!)


Beret Jane Miracle Salve Beret Jane: A new product we’ve just been introduced to this season, Beret Jane Miracle Balm, is your go-to skin savior this winter.  My 4 year old daughter is already experiencing the red nose syndrome that comes with cold weather, dry air, and runny preschool noses.  As soon as I apply this balm under her nose the redness calms down and–here’s my favorite part–it doesn’t sting her sensitive skin like many balms/lotions do, even the most gentle (and of course all-natural) ones in my arsenal.   The balm is 40% off on Cyber Monday for our readers using code CM2015.  If you miss the cyber monday deal, or think of an extra cousin you forgot to get a gift for, don’t fear.  They will be running a special 25% off promotion for PJR readers all December using code PJR25.  And I just can’t rave about the wonderful calendula and lavender scent enough!  Amazing!



Indie Lee:  Speaking of Calendula balms, the Calendula Eye Cream from Indie Lee was one of Emily’s favorite products of the year, along with the Brightening Cleanser containing strawberry oil.  All Indie Lee products are 20% off until November 30th, 2015 using code GiveThanksTake20.




Innersense black friday Innersense Organic Beauty: Our favorite new hair care brand is offering 25% off orders of $50 or more with the code bf2015



Ellovi ButterEllovi:  Lovely, soothing, all-natural body and lip butters from Ellovi are all buy-one-get-one-free from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.




Tata Harper: WOW! An almost-unheard of sale from Emily’s all-time favorite brand!


This is a pretty big one! From Tata Harper: use this link to get $25 off your purchase of $100 or more!!!


It’s for first-time buyers only, so if you’ve been thinking about buying something from this INCREDIBLE, effective, non-toxic, luxury brand, this is definitely the moment.







John Masters Organics: A long-time favorite. Use this code for 25% off everything: holiday15 at johnmasters.com. Our favorites include the Rose foaming Face Wash and the Argan Oil!

John Masters Vitamin C serum








Au Naturale cosmetics!!!: a new favorite, this brand is offering 30% off  all orders (!!!), plus 2 eyeshadows with any purchases over $150



Lux Naturals Whipped Shea Butter The entire site is 25% at Lux Naturals, one of our favorite wintertime body creams.  The texture is simply unbeatable!  Stock up for yourself and for hostess/stocking stuffer/teacher gifts–I recommend the Vanilla Peppermint or the Herbal Lavender.  Use code holiday25 from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.





credologo Credo Beauty, a “safe beauty” alternative to Sephora offers an amazingly curated selection of natural beauty products.  During the entire holiday season (while supplies last) they are giving away two full size products (Renewal Complex Eye Gel from Intelligent Nutrients and a Bio -Extreme Clear Lipgloss from W3LL People) with any purchase over $75 using code CredoHoliday.  I love shopping for gifts and having a freebie thrown in for me!




Enjoy your long weekend, being with family, and thinking of how to make others happy this holiday season–it’s what life is all about.


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PiperWai Natural Deodorant

Posted by:  Jordan



Introducing my newest favorite natural deodorant: PiperWai.

A direct quote from my husband, “This is what I’ve been looking for my whole life.  I don’t want the aluminum and junk in my deodorant, you know, but until now I haven’t tried one that actually works all day for me.”  I usually do the majority of product testing around here, and if it’s something that I think works really well, and he might use too, I make him put it to the test.  Test was aced and PiperWai is now officially replacing my husband’s conventional “man cologne” smelling Speed Stick.

PiperWai was founded by two girl friends (much like myself and Emily) on a mission to find a healthier alternative to chemical-filled anti-perspirants that actually works all day and won’t irritate sensitive skin.  It’s the first deodorant on the market to use activated charcoal, which makes it super absorbent and odor-eliminating.  The cream rubs in clear and easily, and has a pleasant gender-neutral herbal scent.  Despite the initial weirdness I had for the play-doh like texture, after testing it for several weeks now, I can officially say that our family is in love with it.  I don’t often gush about natural deodorants, as there aren’t many on the market that work all day and keep both me and my husband from smelling too “natural”.  Sometimes I’ll try one and like it for a few days, but then the effectiveness starts to fade.  Not so with PiperWai.  I have a feeling it will be a permanent staple in our bathroom from now on.  If you’re still on the hunt for the ultimate natural deodorant for you and your family, I definitely encourage you to try this out!

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DIY Beauty Recipes Courtesy of Yuve Vegan Nutritional Shakes

Posted by: Jordan


Yuve shakes I was recently introduced to Yuve, a vegan nutritional shake that is non-GMO, soy-free,  and dairy-free and made with raw chia seeds and cocoa.  According to their co-founder:

Created by a former Russian dancer, Yuve is a new, convenient, and delicious way to consume all of the essential ingredients the body requires to sustain health, beauty and youthfulness on the go. Moreover, it’s formulated using over 25 all natural ingredients and avoids the sins of its industry entirely. No Artificial Colors. No Artificial Sweeteners. No Artificial Flavors. Whatsoever. Yuve was created less than a year ago and had a big success among its consumers.
On a hurried morning–as they all are now that school has started–earlier this week, I decided to put my sample package in a blender with some almond milk and ice.  It was so delicious, you guys!!!  While drinking my yummy, frothy, healthy shake, I skimmed over all the vitamins, protein (16 grams!), minerals, fiber, and lack of calories and sugar in the shake.  There’s nothing artificial, just an easy way to drink a super healthy breakfast!  Yuve shakes also have beautifying ingredients: “Resveratrol, vitamins, and antioxidants improve your skin, hair and fluid balance” I read on the package.  Sounds pretty good to me.  And tastes great too–trust my 4-year-old, who eagerly helped me enjoy it! (Is it terrible that I tried to drink it as quickly as I could so as not to share it??)  After quickly (selfishly) downing my shake, I ran off to volunteer for Organ Donor Enrollment Day which included a fun (read: terrifying) spin class.  Upon completing a sweaty morning of spinning and trying to get NY’ers to sign up to be organ donors, I realized…I wasn’t counting the minutes until lunchtime like I normally am at 11am.  Yuve, thanks for making my crazy morning that much less like a Cathy comic since I didn’t have the typical mid-morning hangriness due to my typical lacking breakfast.  Interested in trying Yuve for yourself?  Sign up for your free sample on their website.
And now, as promised, the DIY beauty recipes from Yuve!  I can’t wait to try out all of these as the weather cools down and I spend more time at home during my free time.


Super Facial Mask with Pomegranate

This mask works for pretty much all types of skin. Easy to make, it moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. It is important to use Manuka honey and not just a regular honey due to its great antibacterial properties. Also, make sure you use unrefined organic Shea butter. There are lots of different types of Shea butter on the market, but keep in mind that refined and ultra-refined Shea butter will not have the same healing properties as the raw one!
Do NOT use canned pomegranate juice! Only natural pomegranate squeezed juice revitalizes skin by promoting collagen and elastin production. It also reduces the signs of skin aging caused by sun damage and exposure, such as wrinkles and fine lines.  Cacao helps to decrease puffiness in the face and the eye area and brightens skin.  Sounds good, right? Well, simply follow the instructions and enjoy fruitful results!

2 tsp Manuka Honey
1 tsp Raw Shea Butter
1 tsp Fresh-Squeezed Pomegranate Juice
1 tsp Raw Cacao Powder
1 tsp Fresh-Squeezed Apple Juice (use instead of cacao for a more toning effect)


1. Heat up 2 teaspoons of Manuka honey and 1 teaspoon of Shea butter.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice and 1 teaspoon of cacao
3. Cool off the mixture and apply it to the face.
4. Leave it on for 10-15min and then rinse with warm water.

Yuve Super Facial Mask with Pomegranate


Facial Toning Ice –Cubes Natural Skin Treatment

The benefits of using a facial toner are remarkable. Smaller looking pores, refreshed feeling and the added moisture are just a few of the advantages. But did you know that using a toner also helps prevent ingrown hairs, restores the pH balance, and adds a layer of protection to your face? Toner achieves this by tightening cell gaps and reducing the penetration of impurities and containments in the environment.

Our Facial Toning Ice Cubes mixture is an easy and natural way to gain these benefits and all from the comfort of your kitchen. With only five ingredients you probably already have around your house, you can create a batch of our facial toning ice cubes and use this natural skin treatment first thing in the morning.

Handful of fresh parsley
2 Cucumbers
4 tbsp Aloe Vera


1. Place fresh parsley in a saucepan with water and let water boil.
2. Strain water with parsley and put clear water in a bowl.
3. Place cucumber and kiwi in a juice maker and squeeze juice.
4. Mix juice with the parsley water in a bowl.
5. Add aloe Vera juice and mix everything.
6. Pour liquid in ice cube trays and put it in the fridge.
7. Apply one cube to your face every morning.

Yuve DIY frozen toner cubes


Coco Lemon Body Scrub

How well did you care for your skin this summer?  Summer activities can make our skin look and feel drier than normal, and a body lotion may not be enough to replenish your skin and bring back its natural moisture and glow, however, an exfoliating can.  Our Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub recipe will not only save you money but will leave your skin feeling fresh, soft to the touch and smelling yummy.  Whip up a batch for you and while you’re at it make a batch for a friend or family member. Their skin will thank you!


½ Cup Organic Coconut Oil
½ Coconut Flour
¼ cup Grind Oatmeal
15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
15 drops Essential Rose Oil
20 drops Essential Sweet Orange Oil (You can use other essential oils too)


1. Combine all the ingredients and mix them until smooth texture.

Rub your body with a scrub while taking shower and rinse it with water.

Yuve Coco Lemon Body Scrub
While you’re signing up to try out your free sample of Yuve, don’t forget to sign up for another freebie: our giveaway happening now!

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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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