Botanical Me

I’m so excited to introduce you to two very inspirational sisters, Jill and Carly the founders of Botanical Me. Botanical Me is a collection of vibrant aromatherapy products inspired by the unique healing plants of Africa. This brand was born in 2012 out of an ephiphany from a conversation between Jill and her husband (a native of Nigeria and a Malaria survivor). That light bulb moment sparked her to team up with her sister, Carly.

They used their nine years of aromatherapy business experience to source, design and formulate the Botanical Me collection. The “botanical sisters” intention was to create a natural body care and aromatherapy company that would contribute part of their proceeds to support malaria prevention and treatment in Africa. They partnered with, Malaria No More. This organization supports prevention programs and treatments in communities. Jill and Carly want their donations to potentially save thousands of children’s lives and help with the education and ultimately the eradication of this devastating disease. The “Me” to the Botanical-me is short for Malaria Eradication!

Their motto is, “Natural body care that inspires, heals and gives back!”. I think this is some pretty admirable stuff! It is so incredible to me when a company can use their combined ingenuity to create a brand that not only give us clean and green beautiful beauty products, but that can turn their passion for helping into reality! Win and win, again!

Now on to the innovative products that are my favorites…

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My Top Four: Favorite Affordable Facial Oils

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To say that I am a lover of facial oils would be a drastic understatement. I truly adore my oils and although I have quite the collection, I still am always lusting after more. There is no such thing as too many oils! With that said, I have a large collection of oils that are more on the expensive side and I know that it’s not realistic for everyone to spend $50-$100 on a small bottle of oil every few months. I do think some oils are worth the extra money and if you are interested in knowing what my favorite less-affordable but brilliantly amazing facial oils are then I will definitely make a post on those!

I get asked a lot which oils are great for the face but will not cost an arm and a leg. I have compiled a list of these top four oils which are all easily available, affordable and incredibly effective. I also chose all of these oils because in my opinion they are the best for all skin types.This list is in no particular order of favorites!!

  1. Badger Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Oil ($15.27) – This is the most expensive oil of the bunch (still affordable!) and most definitely the most delicious smelling and decadent as well. It smells like a flower garden and is incredibly relaxing. It always gives my skin a beautiful glow and is very moisturizing. It is highly absorbent, antioxidant-rich and contains healing oils like Jojoba, Baobab, Pomegranate and more! This face oil is ideal for dry, mature or combination skin, but can be used on all skin types.
  2. Acure Organics Argan Oil ($13.49) – Coined as “liquid gold”, this is by far the most effective and affordable Argan Oil out there. It is 100% organic, rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids and is lightweight and easily absorbed! This oil is not only great for the face, but I also love to use it on my cuticles, hands, and hair!
  3. Sibu Beauty Seabuckthorn Oil ($9.98) – I don’t usually like to choose favorites but I have to say that this is definitely my favorite out of the bunch. In-fact, Seabuckthorn Oil (berry & seed) is now my every day staple. It keeps eczema at bay and reduces redness. Seabuckthorn Seed Oil has been long used as a topical treatment to aid relief of skin conditions like eczema, acne, rosacea, dermaitits, age spots, you name it! It is truly an incredibly healing oil that I can never be without. I have literally gone through five bottles of this oil because I use it day and night!
  4. Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil ($12.12) – Jojoba Oil is the first oil I recommend to anyone who is starting out in the world of facial oils. Why? because it is it is nearly identical in chemical structure to the natural oils in skin and hair, and therefor is easily absorbed without leaving a greasy residue. Here’s another interesting fact: Jojoba Oil is not actually an oil, but a wax :) It also seems to be the the oil that responds best with all skin types from dry to sensitive to oily or acne-prone. It’s a staple-oil that I think everyone should have in their home!

Have you tried any of these Facial Oils? What are YOUR favorite affordable oils?

xoxo,

Britanie

Meet my new favorite day cream

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When it comes to day creams and moisturizers I have had the hardest time finding “the one”. I don’t have an issue with nighttime moisturizing as I reserve most of my oils for nighttime. When it comes to day I prefer to wear a cream or moisturizer that will help my dry and sensitive and easily reactive skin, but not leave over a greasy residue. I also look for a cream without SPF. This might seem like a huge no-no to many of you but for me I prefer to use sunscreen in my mineral makeup or applied on top of my cream. I don’t want to HAVE to wear SPF as it tends to irritate my skin, even the natural ones. I prefer it when I can choose to use a sunscreen on it’s own or over top of a cream.

Next up is scent. Scent is a huge thing for me. I can’t handle overly scented products but I also really enjoy having some type of relaxing scent when I apply my cream… it’s more of a ritualistic thing for me.

Enter my new favorite day cream…

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Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream

Yes, you read it correctly, VANILLA POD. When I first heard the name I wanted it (if you didn’t know already, I am a Vanilla addict) and then when I saw it contained Manuka Honey I was sold. Manuka Honey in a cream? without any stickiness? Brilliant.

I have been using this cream every single day and my skin is clearer, more hydrated and even glowing. I also sometimes add a little bit at nighttime if I feel I need added moisture after my oils. It sinks into the skin IMMEDIATELY. It almost gives a matte-look to the skin at first and then within a few minutes you’ll notice a glow to the cheeks. It wears beautifully underneath makeup. Also can I just say that the scent is perfection? If you are a vanilla fan you will love this, if you aren’t a vanilla fan I think you will still love this. It doesn’t have an overbearing vanilla scent. It has a subtle real vanilla scent with a hint of citrus to it. It’s divine to say the least.

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Key Ingredients:

+ Manuka Honey acts as a healing, anti-wrinkle agent that has antibacterial prowess in addition to naturally astringent properties.

+ Rosehip Oil helps reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles due to its naturally high concentrations of Vitamin A & C as well as essential fatty acids. Extracted from the seeds of the rosehip, this oil is a perfect skin moisturizer and conditioner. Moreover, it contains beta-carotene, which acts as an antioxidant in assisting the repair of parched and damaged skin.

+ Vinanza Grape’s many beauty benefits include assisting your skin with hydrating, smoothing and firming, as well as preventing moisture loss. Its plethora of other beauty benefits range from being an effective anti-wrinkle, healing and hydrating agent, to also showing antibacterial and astringent properties. Independent clinical trials have yielded truly extraordinary results in showing Vinanza Grape improving elasticity and firmness in the skin by 16%*.

+ Avocado Oil helps boost collagen and prevent premature aging. Nutrient rich. Delivers the benefits of everyday nutrients to your skin with potent levels of Vitamins A, B1, B2 and D, as well as Omegas 3 and 9.

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Have you ever tried the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Cream or anything else from Antipodes? Share your thoughts in the comments! Let me know what YOUR favorite day cream is!

You can purchase the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Cream here or here or directly on the Antipodes website.

xoxo,

Britanie

*This post was NOT sponsored. I purchased the items myself and all opinions are always my own!*

HANA Organic Skincare Review

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This Eco Lux pure skincare line was created on beautiful Bainbridge Island off the coast of Washington State. I’m really loving this entire line, which I would describe as being incredibly delicate, gentle and really effective. My skin has been drinking these beautiful ingredients right up! The line is not only gluten free (I’m gluten-sensitive) but uses certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic ingredients! There will be a discount code at the end of this review! [Read more...]

Rose Love

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I don’t know what it is but lately I just can’t seem to get enough of Rose. Rose tea, Rose water, Rose oil, Rose-scented anything (as long as it’s not that artificial smelling rose – eek). I actually dedicated an entire post to my love for roses called “Beauty and health benefits of roses”.  I shared the benefits of this beautiful flower but wanted to reiterate some of the many amazing benefits of smelling, drinking, bathing and moisturizing in this flower…

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Beauty Buzz | Blue Orchid Botanicals – Wildflower Grains & Citrus Body Scrub

Blue Orchid Botanicals – Mind.Body.Soul Vegan Skin Therapy

The lovely Falon Thomas created this holistic skincare line after the birth of her second daughter who had atopic dermatitis. She was fully inspired to  use her accumulated knowledge and benefits of living a naturally centered and plant based lifestyle for herself and her family. She transitioned into a wellness warrior!

Falon extensively researched herbalism, extracts, and natural ingredients, and then began experimenting with the recipes that would become her product line at Blue Orchid Botanicals. I love her commitment and passion!

I have always believed that whole, natural wellness starts within. My motto is mind,body,soul skin therapy because our state of mind is the source of positive patterns. Beauty is brilliant because it’s state relies on the individual.

When Falon asked me to try two of her products, I was very excited! And here is what I received…

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Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Oil

Let me start out by saying, I love, love, LOVE Pelle Beauty’s newest addition to her performance based skincare line, LUXE Beauty Oil! I reviewed the Pelle Beauty Stellar Oil last year and although I love and recommend that oil, I have to say that the Luxe oil has completely stolen my heart.

One of my favorite flowers in the world is Jasmine. The scent is so unique and some of the flower’s power comes in its ability to deeply relax as well as lift depression. Just as significant is that the essential jasmine oil can boost confidence AND improve skin elasticity. Wow, that’s pretty impressive!

Take a look at some of the other powerhouse ingredients:

Cucumis Sativus Oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadow foam) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride,  Oribignya (Babassu) Oleifera oil, Citrus aurantium amara (Neroli) flower oil, Jasminum sambac (jasmine) oil, Rosa damascena flower oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil, Fusanus spicatus (sandalwood) oil.

Benefits of this beauty oil:

  • Luxe Beauty Oil is an exceptional deep penetrating & healthful way to revive your skin. A natural anti-aging beauty oil containing 10 plant-based floral extracts & botanicals to refine, restore & revitalize lackluster complexions. Stunning results for all skin types.
  • Luxe contains high doses of Omega 3’s, essential fatty acids & Vitamin E to naturally preserve elasticity & improve your skins appearance. Your complexion is protected, nourished & happy. Luxe intensely moisturizes yet is lightweight for all skin-types. Our potent essential oil blend works double duty to provide both an indulgent aromatherapy experience and radiant complexion.

Created by the beautiful Marnie Cipriani, this Vegan friendly line delivers what it promises. Marnie said it perfectly,

“We create skincare that is simple, straightforward and easy to use. We believe in making the most natural products we can while ensuring that they’re luxurious, safe and effective. We use the finest plant based ingredients and essential oils available to keep you gorgeous!”

I’ve been using Luxe for three months now and I have to say this is an exceptional aromatic jewel of a product. When I opened the bottle (I know this seems overly dramatic…but you have to take my word for it until you experience it for yourself) I felt like I was immediately transported to a field of pure white jasmine buds! There is real magic in the synergy of pure Jasmine and Neroli.

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Now on to the performance. “Renew, restore, revitalize“, yes it definitely does! I use Luxe at night after my routine of cleansing and toning, I add two to three drops of this nectar on my hands to warm it up. I then use upward circular light strokes until my face, neck and décolleté have absorbed all the loveliness in.  My winter dry, overly reactive skin drinks this right up. Remember that a little goes a very long way!

Another two favorite ways that I enjoy this Queen of the Pelle Beauty line is to use it as a perfume. Put a few drops behind your ears and on your wrists. And/ or after shampooing your locks, when hair is still damp, rub a few drops on the ends of your hair and let air dry. This oil makes your hair shine and I probably don’t have to mention that when you walk by your significant other or anybody thats in your close proximity, a compliment is probably going to follow.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this is the perfect time for a personal splurge. Marnie has offered a discount code to my readers. Just use the code “BBB15″ for 15% off of your purchase (can be applied to any Pelle Beauty purchase.)

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Have you ever tried the Luxe Beauty Oil or any other product from Pelle Beauty? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All products were generously provided for my honest opinion. All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only review and recommend products and brands I love and use myself! All Photographs are (C) Britanie Faith unless stated otherwise.*

Brand Focus: Pollen & Wax

I was introduced to the brand, Pollen & Wax, “for the organic being”, from the lovely Megan from Seed to Serum. If you read her article you can feel her enthusiasm jump off the page for this relatively new line! That kind of love for a product always makes me really curious to see if I feel the same after I personally experience it for myself. I always have to give new products some  time to acclimate to my skin, because I have a very sensitive and reactive complexion. Well, I’m happy to report that Pollen & Wax is a brand that I will use and continue to recommend. What began as an Etsy shop in May of 2013 (which they still have) has grown to have their very own domain.  Take a look over at: POLLENandWAX.com 

Bee, the owner and creator who hails from Seattle Washington has this to say:

“This company grew out of a dream to create holistic and  luxurious items that will love you back and protect your health (and the earth!). It is so inspiring to be a part of a community of mindfulness and conscientious action, and uplifting to realize that we can make a small difference in every corner of our lives. It is my wish that P&W products help you indulge in self-love and healing while supporting our fragile ecosystems and honoring our own bodies. In love and health” Bee

This line of organic beauty and wellness care is hand-crafted in small artisanal batches. The names of her products are so eclectic, you will have so much fun discovering what’s in each one.

I especially love the process that Bee has invented called, Typology. This will help you narrow down and craft a skincare routine for your individual needs. She based it on the energetics of the four seasons.

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Beauty Buzz | Gressa Skin

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Gressa Skin  was created and formulated by the beautiful Svetlana Sanchez who says this about her philosophy:  “I believe health comes from the organic whole foods that we eat. I feel the same about our skin. Our chic eco-skincare does just that, provides nutritious and luxurious skinfood. I invite you to turn the simplest, most essential daily need of skincare into a ritual. Feel good about what goes in your skin.”

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Svetlana Sanchez, Owner and Founder of Gressa Skin

Gressa believes that true beauty is an achievement of absolute balance. Balance of the soul. Balance of the mind. Balance of the body. Gressa came to life during a search for this very balance. Gressa is chic, eco-skincare that sets you on a journey to find balance within each bottle.

All of Gressa’s products are prepared and hand-poured in micro batches to ensure freshness and potency. Learn more about the Philosophy behind Gressa Skin and take a peek into The Gressa Ritual. You can also learn more about the ingredients used in Gressa Skin as well as the wonderful organizations that Gressa gives back to.

Now onto the products I tried out from the line…

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Lip Boost BARE – This 100% Vegan trademark formula spotlights Carnauba Wax, Cacao Butter and Coconut Oil and tops it off with Sea Buckthorn Oil and CoEnzyme Q10 for ultra boost to your delicate pout. This lip boost has quickly become one of my favorite go-to colors. It brightens up my lips with a beautiful sheer rosey-pink tint with slight shimmer. It’s incredibly moisturizing, feels like your wearing a very hydrating lip balm! The Lip Boosts are great on their own or worn underneath or overtop of other lip colors. I am eager to try the other two colors Lavish and Brilliant.

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Dirty Pretty Things – Regenerate, renew, re-mineralize and revitalize your skin with this blend of traditional herbs and spices loaded with antioxidants for your skin to eat up. When I was first sent these products from Gressa I wasn’t able to use the Dirty Pretty Things as I was in the middle of a horrible bout of dermatitis and Svetlana recommended that I wait until the dermatitis was more under control since the warming spices would be a bit too much for my skin. I had to look at this beautiful bottle and wait for my skin to heal so I could finally use it. That day finally came and it was worth the wait! This mask/cleanser in one smells like a cozy autumnal afternoon and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Another way to use this product is as a spot treatment on any blemishes. But now for my favorite way to use Dirty Pretty Things:  Draw a warm bath for yourself with Epsom salts, light a candle, and mix a little of this incredible alchemical mixture with honey and apply to your face. This product helps me enjoy winter just a little bit more! Happy spa-at-home moments.

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Rejuvenating Mist – Made with pure Neroli Oil this Rejuvenating Mist is a MUST in anyone’s beauty routine. I am a huge fan of Neroli – the benefits of it are endless. It’s known for it’s ability to combat anxiety and stress and tone and soothe the skin. I use this every day, all day. It’s also wonderful on damp hair! Gressa Skin also sells a Purifying Mist which is from pure rose petals which I have to try next.

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Have you tried anything from Gressa Skin? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All products were generously provided for my honest opinion. All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only review and recommend products and brands I love and use myself! All Photographs are (C) Britanie Faith unless stated otherwise.*

My Must-Have Affordable and Organic Beauty Oil

I am really thrilled to be reviewing the Acure Organics 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil here on my blog. I actually purchased this on whim when I was at Whole Foods Market. The Acure Organics Argan Oil caught my eye and I decided to buy it. When I first used it, I applied it on my hands and within seconds the back of my hands looked smooth and any dryness I had before I applied it was all gone.

I was so impressed that I lathered it on my face and neck before bed and was amazed when I woke up the next day with the most supple, glowing looking skin. I have been using it day and night ever since purchasing it and am almost out of my bottle. I am picky when it comes to oils that I use on my face since I am incredibly sensitive and prone to eczema. I also break-out sometimes if I am not using the correct oil for my skin. This oil not only doesn’t break me out but it heals any post-breakout redness within days. I also love to use this as an under-eye serum. It sinks in quickly and leaves my entire eye area feeling soft and hydrated. It’s also a must-have for your hair! I use a few drops on damp hair every day.

This is an oil that everyone should have in their beauty cabinet. Why? Not only is it 100% organic, but it’s incredibly affordable and easily accessable and even more, it WORKS. It’s more effective than many oils I have tried that are double, even triple the price of this oil.

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can you tell how much I love this!?

Here is a little more about this “liquid gold”…

A true skin SUPER FOOD! Incredibly rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids, and Proteins, Argan Oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars + stretch marks; all while restoring texture, elasticity and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbed! This oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” so get yourself some beauty bling!

Argan Oil is 5 products in 1. Use it as a:

  • repairing facial serum
  • body + decollete massage oil
  • hair serum
  • hand + cuticle repair
  • soothes dry elbows + heels

You can purchase this oil here for just $10.95! This is the best deal I have found for this oil.

I will be re-purchasing two more bottles of this right after I post this review. I will never be without this oil.

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Have any of you tried the Acure Organics 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil or any other products from Acure Organics? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only review and recommend products and brands I love and use myself! All Photographs are (C) Britanie Faith unless stated otherwise.*

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