Tsi~La Organics Ilang Ilang Mini Parfum

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Today I bring you an exceptional all organic parfum that has been bringing joy (and some sexiness) into my life recently. It comes from the brand Tsi~La (pronounced chee-la), and is the abridged version of the word “atsilvsgi”, meaning “flower” in Cherokee. 

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Tsi~La Organics Ilang Ilang Eau De Parfum Mini is an exotic and flirtatious 100% natural floral fragrance. The enchanting and seductive scent of these tree blossoms arouses your primal desires. The creamy, floral scent is saturated with sugared citrus fruits and lush vanilla orchids to create pure flirtation. Enchanting Ilang Ilang — open, indulge and be seduced.

After receiving a sample of the Ilang Ilang Parfum from Spirit Beauty Lounge, I just knew I was going to have to place an order for the mini roll-on and of course, I did.

I have a few signature scents that I will forever use but I always love finding new scents and making new memories with them. There is something so sensual about the act of applying perfume that really makes me excited. I love to apply this roll-on parfum to my inner wrists, behind my ears and sometimes I will even roll a little bit on the ends of my hair… I like to do this so that when I walk by people they get tiny whiffs of beautiful scents and hopefully smile :)

On first sniff, I immediately noticed Ylang Ylang and Gardenia and of course, Vanilla. (I am a huge Vanilla fan). The vanilla in this is very unique and is perfectly described above as “lush vanilla orchids”.

Some describe this perfume as “sweet” and almost “candy like” but I personally think it is deeper than that. Yes, it does contain sweetness and yes sometimes I do feel like licking my wrists after applying it (just keeping it real), but I also find it to be very lush and exotic. Sexy would be a great word to describe it. After using up the sample quite quickly, I decided to buy the mini roll-on and it was well worth the price for the beautiful bottle, easy roll-on application and the SMELL! oh, the smell.

This is also the perfect purse perfume because it is so compact and easy to apply. It’s also not an overwhelming scent that will irritate sensitive noses (this is coming from someone with a very sensitive nose and sensitive… well, everything).

It has a lush scent that will not last for hours but remember it is devoid of nasty chemicals so it will not have the staying power of most chemical-laden perfumes. After applied, the scent does linger and it seems to get more beautiful as the day goes on. I don’t mind the scent not lasting hours and hours. I personally enjoy re-applying this throughout the day because just taking out the bottle makes me happy. I also very much enjoy not putting harmful chemicals into my skin, thank you very much!

Tsi~La is quite inspirational in their passion behind their brand. They are Vegan, Animal Cruelty Free, Preservative and Colorant Free, 100% Flower and Pant Based, Super-Fruit and Phytonutrient Infused and contain Zero Synthetic Chemicals.

Now that is impressive and a brand that I feel safe and proud to support!!

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Having this beautiful little roll-on parfum has made me curious to try more from Tsi~La.

Have you ever tried any of their scents? I am especially eager to try their Fiori D’arancio Eau De Parfum Spray. I also must try their Fleur Savage and L’absolu Vanille Parfum Roll-Ons. Oh, heck, they all sound dreamy and I wouldn’t mind having these little bottles all around my house.

MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

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I have a confession to make. I have been having a somewhat secret love affair with the MUN’s No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum for a few months now. Why so secretive? Well, the truth is that whenever I try out new products I am hesitant to jump the gun and rave about them before giving them a true trial with my skin. My skin is so sensitive that I have to give at least a month, if not longer  to able to know how and if  it’s working for me.

I am now confident and so incredibly happy to be able to share with you the product that has been making my skin glow and has completely changed my entire beauty routine.

Let’s take a look at the creator of MUN’s highly coveted serum, No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.

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Munemi Imai is an International makeup artist. She is no stranger to fashion and beauty by any means.  She includes as her clients, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and ELLE just to name of few. During a brief illness at one point in her career, Munemi discovered the powerful benefits for health, vitality and subsequently beauty, when she included natural ingredients into her food, personal care products and beauty choices. She also took a  thorough look at the  toxins and preservatives she was ingesting on a daily basis, both directly and indirectly. So, naturally a change in diet followed  to only include clean and simple foods. “After a few months, I realized not only did my body feel better, but my mind also felt better.” This “A Ha” moment  brought home the awareness of the  inherent power of natural & organic products. Soon after, she was inspired  to create her own natural cosmetics line and in 2009  Munskin.com was born.

My personal opinion of her “wonder serum” is that it’s a game changer. I’ve immediately added it into my beauty routine and ritual. It does what it claims to do. I have very, VERY sensitive and highly reactive skin, so I’m especially careful when experimenting with new skin care brands. I use a few drops of No.1 Aknari on the palm of my hand, rub together, then breathe in the ethereal scent of this gem then gently pat on my face, neck and decollete. This, my friends, is Aromatherapy at it’s purest essence and form.

I believe the high performance of this blend comes from nature’s unadulterated simplicity. As well as the orchestrated synergy of three of the finest Eco Cert 100% organic ingredients that Munemi specifically chose. The blend; Bulgarian Rose Otto, Argan Oil and Prickly Pear (Barberry Fig) Seed Oil. I agree with her, why complicate beauty?

The Rose and Argan really do transform the appearance of your skin over time. Prickly Pear brings your natural radiance and glow back. Prickly Pear seed oil is the rarest of them all. Along with being ultra moisturizing and softening, it’s packed with Sterols that are known to protect against free radicals. This precious oil is often referred to as “liquid gold”. It is one of the most expensive beauty oils in the world. Labor intensive and time consuming, the process is handled by Moroccan women cooperatives. The seeds are separated from the pulp and are dried before being cold pressed. Each seed contains only 5% of oil, up to 60 lbs of seeds (and a half ton of fruits) are required to yield about 34 oz. of oil. That’s pretty amazing.

The formula that Munemi has created is gentle, restorative and yet just brilliant. The  Bulgarian rose oil is strong when you first pump it from the Miron glass bottle. But it dissipates quickly into a silky desirable ever so sweet fragrance of the gentlest kind of  rose. It has noticeably reduced my tendency for dark circles. I use it morning and evening. I don’t ever want to be without this special blend. I want to say it’s addictive in the most positive sense of the word. I really look forward to my a.m. and p.m. treatment and enjoying it’s multiple benefits.

I find this serum works beautifully as a primer underneath makeup and makes my skin look incredibly glowing and healthy. I’ve had a few people ask me recently if I am using more highlighter on my skin because of the “glow” and honestly I owe much of the compliment to this serum. It is skin glowing magical.

No. 1 Aknari has become a permanent addition to my organic beauty ritual and has really brightened my complexion. Wait until you see how fast the serum sinks into your skin. I believe Munemi has created something really special and I highly recommend you add this product to your skin care program.

You can purchase the MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum for $95 at Spirit Beauty Lounge. One bottle of MUN No. 1 Aknari is a 3 to 4 month supply with daily use. I think it’s worth every penny!!!

Have you ever tried this serum? Share your thoughts in the comments section!!

xoxo,

Britanie

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…

 

Apricot Argan Oil

This multi-use elegant blend of rare oils is so versatile! I use it for my hair, skin care and even my nails. I love the vibrant uplifting scent. This oil is so light and smoothing. I use it on my wet hair after a shower. Just put a few drops of this delight on my hands and rub into my hair. It’s such a great treatment full of antioxidants, vitamins, polyphenols and omega fatty acids. I also use it on my face after I cleanse, tone, and then I press a few drops into my face for supreme moisture.

 

Lemon Bergamot Body Butter

Another winner top selling product and favorite. This is the best aroma ever in a body butter! It’s “rich buttery sunshine in a jar”. The mango and shea butters are blended perfectly with uplifting citrus essential oils lemon and bergamot fruit. This is formulation blends into your skin very quickly with no greasy residue. It’s just perfect. If you want a quick pick-me-up, do what I do…reapply all throughout the day. (Inhale deeply first!). I use it all over. A little goes a long way, this is really rich.

 

Rested & Refreshed Aroma Mist

This travel sized mist stays in my purse at all times. I spray it all throughout the day on my clothes, hair and directly in front of my face to breathe in the luscious and really fresh aroma. It naturallyneliminates airborne germs. It’s so relaxing with the South African grown Cape Lavender essential oil. Don’t worry about staining because it has a non-staining water base. At night I spray it on my bed pillows for a restful sleep and it’s added theraputic benefit of calming my nerves. It also contains green basil and citrus essential oils which balance mood and fight jet-lag as well as fatigue.

 

Instant Energy / Pulse Point Roll-On

If you follow my blog you are well aware of my love for all things aromatherapy! I love the complex scents and therapeutic benefits of essential oils. I can’t get enough of them. Botanical me has come up with an invigorating aromatherapy blend to roll on your neck, shoulders and pulse points. (Take a look on the site for demonstrations on how to use).

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Namaste Yoga Mat Spray

I love this multi-purpose aromatherapy spray for my yoga practice so much. We all know how sweaty the mat can get after a session. I spray about eight pumps of Namaste on mine to clean it and keep it bacteria free after each use. Don’t forget to wipe it off with a clean towel. Jill and Carly designed this to be used also as an air freshener and a fabric spray, too.

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I really LOVE this company. Jill and Carly are two really incredible giving women that realized that each one of us really can personally make a difference in our world. I encourage you to go to their site, botanicalme.com and take a look. I feel so good when I know that I can make a purchase for beautiful green beauty products (they also sell organic chocolate, honey and tea!) and at the same time help a cause that is just so important to children that need our help. Never forget the power each one of us has to make a big difference collectively in the world!

 

Have you ever tried anything from Botanical Me? Which products that I mentioned sound like something you’d like to try? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

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What’s on my Wishlist…

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I’m back with my 6th wishlist! (Feel free to look back on my older wishlists! 12345.) This month’s wishlist has been inspired by many fellow bloggers. I haven’t done one in awhile because I like to really save the products that I truly am LUSTING over, not just wanting, because if I did it any other way it would be mile long! Most of these products have been on my radar for awhile now while a few others are new discoveries. Either way, I am coveting all of these. Why is it so exciting to discover new products? I love when I place an order and then my anticipation goes sky high waiting for the order to arrive…then unwrapping and opening the beautiful package. Best of all, trying out the new special creations! Who else is with me on this? How blessed are we to have all these choices?

  1. Balm Balm Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm – I can’t get enough of cleansing balms. They are so lovely. I love to use them to remove makeup or to use as hydrating masks. I always look forward to using them at night as a part of my double-cleansing method. This balm was recommended by a fellow blogger, Fern & Moss, I saw her mention this a few times and I checked out the ingredients and was very impressed.
  2. Belle De Nuit Eye Mask – I have seen this mentioned lately on so many different sites. It seems incredibly relaxing and I could use all of the extra help I can get when it comes to a good nights sleep!
  3. Jade Facial Roller - Am I the only one that just thinks this seems like so much fun? I can just picture myself getting all relaxed before bed and bringing out this beautiful jade facial roller to use on my face and neck. It just seems so calming and decadent. Plus it has amazing reviews and is said to “rejuvenate face and neck skin”. We all want that!
  4. Inika Mineral Foundation – I am a huge mineral makeup fan. I seem to always revert back to applying minerals after using creams or liquids for awhile. I find they work with my skin the most naturally and are also the least reactive as they contain such simple ingredients. I’ve heard rave reviews about this particular mineral foundation and have been lusting after it for quite awhile now! It seems my color match would most likely be “Strength”, which by the way, makes me want it more. They have the best names for their colors. Love. Not to mention it’s an Australian company and I love, love, love Sydney!
  5. One Love Organics Cleansing Sponge – I won’t lie: I am attracted to cute packaging and this heart shape is no exception. The fact that it’s a heart is one thing and then knowing it’s made by OLO makes me want it even more. I know this baby would fit in perfectly with my products and look so cute doing it  :)
  6. ARCONA Gentle Solution – When I read this article interviewing Nicolle Mackinnon and Susannah Compton of No More Dirty Looks and read that Arcona Gentle Solution was the product that changed Nicole’s skin, I had to investigate. When I read the ingredients and saw that it’s specially formulated for sensitive skin, I knew I had to have it.
  7. Beauty Without Cruelty Concealer – I have just learned of this concealer thanks to this post by the lovely Annabel of Fragmented Splendour who also has this on her wishlist! What can I say? I want want want it. It seems so convenient to have a concealer in a pencil form like this, not only for travel but for on-the-go touch-ups and also to zero in at targeted areas. I love the simplicity of the ingredients and it has a crazy amount of amazing reviews
  8. Earth tu Face Cleanser – I first heard about this cleanser from one of my absolute favorite blogs out there, Free + Native. After I saw a few posts where this product was featured, I noticed more and more people were mentioning it and it peeked my curiosity. I am very impressed with the ingredients and am in need of a cleanser like this.
  9. Sunday Riley Juno Face Oil – This facial oil is described as “An enhancing, transformative lipid serum.” The beautiful Britta Aragon of CV Skinlabs mentioned this facial oil in my interview with her. That combined with the description of this oil as “obsession worthy glow” was enough to sell me on it! The ingredients sound so beautiful: Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Broccoli Oil, Carrot Oil, Chardonnay Grape Oil, Black Cumin, Cranberry Seed Oil, Berry Seed Blend (Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry). It says this oil is for all skin types including eczema prone.

Have you tried any of these products that I am lusting over? What is on YOUR wishlist? Share in the comments!!!

xoxo,
Britanie

RMS Beauty Sublime Lip Shine

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RMS Beauty Sublime Lip Shine is my new favorite lip color for Summer! When I first spotted the fuchsia, hot pink color in the pot, my first thought was “there is no way I can pull off that strong color!”. It seemed so bold. Boy was I wrong!  It is incredibly flattering on all skin tones and it instantly brightens the complexion. If you are scared of it being too pink, don’t be! It’s very buildable. You can wear it sheer to create a slight baby pink color or add more layers to make it more pigmented. It never looks like too much product is on my lips no matter how many layers of this I apply and the best part is that IT IS SO MOISTURIZING. It feels like a lip balm + lip tint all in one. It also lasts throughout the entire day on me and I find that by the end of the day while some of the pigment may have lessened, the pink color still lasts and looks natural and beautiful on my lips. You could also wear this on your cheeks as well!

Ingredients: castor seed oil*, coconut oil*, moringa oil*, carnauba wax*, cocoa seed butter*, beeswax*, centella asiatica extract, rosemary extract*, vitamin e. may contain + / – : red iron oxide ci 77491, yellow iron oxide ci 77492, black iron oxide ci 77499, titanium dioxide ci 77891, mica ci 77019. *Certified Organic. This product is gluten-free.

Where to buy: I purchased my Lip Shine on Spirit Beauty Lounge for $25.00!

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What do you think of this color? Have you tried any of the Lip Shines from RMS Beauty?

xoxo,

Britanie

*This post was not sponsored. All products mentioned were purchased with my own money. All opinions are 100% my own, as always!!*

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

Makeup Look: Gypsy Goddess

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I recently came across this beautiful hair piece from asos that I had lost amongst my many hair accessories for quite some time. When I found it I felt really inspired to do a dramatic gypsy goddess look. Although it’s Spring here and bright lip colors are what’s “in”, I still like to rock a good dark lip every now and then!

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Prep + Prime: Start by moisturizing the skin with a light but hydrating oil. I used Sibu Beauty SeabuckthornSeed Oil and added a light layer of Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Cream (review here) on top.

Correct + Conceal: To combat my stubborn dark circles I applied Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in “Like Porcelain” (review here) to the under eyes and on the eyelids to act as an eyeshadow primer. I also used the Kjaer Weis foundation as a concealer around any other areas that needed covering (ie: nose, chin). I blended everything out with a beauty blender.

Bronze + Illuminate: Who doesn’t want dewy skin? For an extra “glowy” look I dabbed RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (for those sensitive to coconut oil – I also use and love Ilia Beauty’s Polkadots & Moonbeams Illuminator) to the highest part of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow. To add some color to my cheeks I blended RMS Beauty Buruti Bronzer (again if sensitive to coconut oil, try Ilia’s Sway Bronzer) and Lip2Cheek in “Smile” to the apples of my cheeks.

Eyes: I started off by applying a light layer of Red Apple Lipstick Eyeshadow in “Porcelain” all over my lid and brow-bone. I then applied Alima Pure Eyeshadow in “Orchid” all over the lid, making sure not to go into the crease. For my crease color I used Red Apple Lipstick’s Pressed Eyeshadow in the color “Vamp”. I blended all three colors together and lined just the outer part of my eye with the Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner. To bring out the purple from the Alima Pure eyeshadow I applied two coats of Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara in “Aubergine” and added false lashes using EcoTools non-toxic glue.

Lips: I prepped my lips with Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lipbalm and added two layers of Ilia Beauty “Ink Pot” Lipstick. I used the actual lipstick to line my lips before coloring in.

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What do you think of this look? Would you wear a dark lip color in Spring? Would you rock a hair piece like this!? Share your thoughts in the comments! xx

 

 

Embracing my face makeup-free and freckles galore!

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Bare-Faced & Freckled (besides the lips & eyelashes, of course). I have started to really embrace not wearing any face makeup lately. I love makeup and I love colors but sometimes I think we all get too caught up in trying to “cover” so much of ourselves instead of focusing on enhancing and embracing. I used to wear full coverage foundation to cover my freckles because I hated them and now I honestly love them. They make me -me-. I am more focused on colors and things that bring light to my face, not cover it up. Of course I will still use foundation and concealer because lets face it, there’s almost always a time for it, but for the most part I am trying to let my skin be free of coverage.

Who else is with me on not trying to cover-up so much as enhance and embrace!?

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!*

Interview with Dr. Sarah Villafranco of Osmia Organics

I hope you’re all enjoying my in-depth interviews with some of the most important and inspiring women in the green beauty industry as much as I am!

I get so excited to learn the why and how they began their personal journey to create and turn their ideas into thriving business ventures.

I’m going to go ahead and say it, these women that I interview really embody the definition of Superwomen. Sarah Villafranco fits the the description perfectly.”A woman with exceptional strength or ability, especially one who successfully manages a home, brings up children, and has a full-time job”.

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Sarah was one of the first people to send me some of her incredible products to review. I’ll never forget how excited I was when I received her package in the mail. The first thing that impressed me was how beautiful the products looked not to mention the love I felt from the hand written personal note she included. Then of course the products performing at the one hundred percent level solidified it for me. The rest is history as they say. I’m an Osmia Girl for life, that’s for sure. I love every single product I’ve tried from her line. Sara’s love and creativity are apparent and literally felt from each soap, lotion, oil and each item she created from Osmia.

I can’t wait to someday stop by the Osmia Organics studio in Carbondale, CO, for tour and a real face to face visit with Sarah. I also can’t wait to see her at the next ‘A Night For Green Beauty’ Event in LA in August 2014!

It’s with so much respect and humble gratitude I introduce you to, the wonderful Sarah Villafranco~

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1.) What event or moment made you first realize that you wanted to create Osmia Organics? Was it a “moment” you had? Or an innate feeling you had forever that lead you to this specialized artisan industry?

I think it was when I took my first soap making class.  The second I saw soap being born, I began obsessing over making it myself.  I have always been fascinated with chemistry, and combining it with luxury skin care and the therapeutic effects of pure essential oils is my fantasy job!  Now, the business provides multiple channels though which I hope to educate and encourage people about healthy living, non-toxic skin care, and environmental responsibility – in a sense, I’m practicing the medicine I always wanted to practice.

 

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2.) We all have to know; what does your daily beauty ritual consist of? Please do tell! Include all products…

I wash my face with Black Clay Facial Soap  – it seems to keep my perioral dermatitis symptoms at bay. I wash my hair with an SLS-free shampoo (I like the Broo and Desert Essence lines for my thick, crazy hair).  I use either the Detox or Protein Exfoliating Mask once a week.  In between, I use our Luz Facial Smoothing Powder (for Spring release) if I need a quick little polish – and, it’s great for the lips.  Out of the shower, I use our Active Gel Toner, followed by the Purely Simple Face Cream.  For the body, I follow with whichever oil I’ve picked from our collection, and slather it on when my skin is still sopping wet.  I usually finish with Honey Myrrh Lip Repair.  As for “styling”, I sleep on my wet hair, wake up with what my daughters call Wild-Woman-Hair, and hope it settles into Loosely-Tousled-Hippie-Girl-Hair by the time I leave the house.  I am not much of a makeup user.  I have never worn foundation, and I wear eye makeup about once a month.  I almost always wear one of our lip glosses (Whisper lately), and I whip out the eyelash curler when I want to feel super fancy.

 

3.) If I were to unbeknownst to you, follow you for a day, what would a typical daily schedule look like? Example: what time do you wake? What are your go to meals? Exercise of choice?

I’m up by about 6:45, no alarm needed (unless you count the adorable 7 and 10 year old alarms that live with me).  If I’m taking the girls to school, we leave the house by 7:45.  I usually manage 2 pieces of GF toast and a cup of Earl Grey tea with almond milk most mornings.  I drop them and try to fit in a workout before going to the store.  Typical workout?  Run, either on the bike path or hiking trails, for about 60-80 minutes. Sometimes I sprinkle 100 burpees through the workout – they make you feel so strong!  In our short but gorgeous summer, I ride my road bike 25-30 miles in the mountains – the incredible scenery takes my mind off my exploding lungs.  I shoot for outdoor exercise whenever possible, but if I have a super busy day ahead, I hit the treadmill, bike, or yoga mat before I leave the house.   This is my sanity – I almost never sacrifice a workout.

Then, I’m at OO for the rest of the day – answering emails, helping customers in the shop, trying to keep up with phone calls and social media, planning our expansion, strategizing with the team about OO’s growth and future plans. I don’t really stop for lunch – a habit from the ER.  I just graze and snack all day on nuts, fruit, energy bars, etc.  Home by 6-6:30 most nights, where my amazing husband (who is a full-time lawyer) can often be found stirring a delicious vegetarian concoction on the stove.  I have a meal with him while we catch up on our day, then I head down to read stories with the girls (usually in 13 different accents). I tuck them in around 8, then work a couple hours on the computer, trying to get on top of my inbox.  (I never do).  I try to get to bed by 11, and I’m working on making it earlier – we all need more beauty sleep!

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4.) What/Who inspires you to keep going and to innovate such creative products?

Sometimes I create products to address certain skin concerns or issues.  Sometimes I’m grabbed by a scent in nature – I stand and close my eyes and try to compose a perfume in my mind while I’m surrounded by its inspiration (like Juniper Fire and Prima).  And, sometimes it’s just the ingredients themselves; working with such beautiful materials is like being an artist surrounded by fresh tubes of paint – you just can’t help yourself.

 

5.) What is a perfect day for you? You have a day all to yourself, what would you do? You have a day with your family how would you spend it?

Hmmm. A day all to myself?  First, I would drink my tea and get outside to exercise.  Then I’d crank music at Osmia, and tinker at my perfume table all day.  In the evening, I’d make myself a giant salad and pour a glass of wine, and then snuggle with my puppies and watch Jimmy Fallon.

With the family, I’d start the same way, but add a hike with the girls, taking an annoying number of pictures of them and the dogs, cook with my hubbie, read books with everyone, and maybe have an impromptu dance party.

In general, I try to fit as many pieces of my Perfect Day in to my Every Day as possible.

 

6.) What is your favorite Osmia Organics product and why?

Oh, now, that’s just not a fair question and you know it.  But, for today, I’ll say our Body Oils.  They have replaced lotion (often loaded with chemicals and preservatives) for most of our customers.  They comprise 11 antioxidant, skin-rejuvenating, botanical oils.  There is a scent for every mood – essential oil blends that can take you to wonderful places.  And they leave you feeling velvety and pampered.

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7.) What image or feeling do you hope people will affiliate with Osmia Organics?

Nurturing yourself and the Earth, really.  You owe it to yourself to be happy and healthy in this life.  And you owe it to the planet to care about your impact while you’re here.

8.) What do you see as well as hope for the future growth of your incredible coveted brand?

I want to grow at a pace we can barely keep up with, but stay in control of the choices we make as a company.  I’m not out to make the most money possible in the shortest time possible.  I want to DO this for a living.  I want to make gorgeous products without harmful ingredients. I want to give great jobs to great people.  I want our brand to represent a beautifully-lived, cherished, healthy life.  And I want to inspire our customers to slow down, nourish themselves, notice the world around them, and squeeze every drop of joy out of their lives.

 

XO to you (and all green beauty bloggers) – you do such a wonderful job at educating people, and helping them become informed (and wonderful smelling) consumers!

S.

 

Thank you so much Sarah for allowing me to interview you!!

Have you ever tried any of Sarah’s products? Did this interview inspire you as much as it did me??! Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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xoxo,

Britanie

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