Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself. I also earn points on what I buy and can pick out free gifts. This months order was a nice mixture of both purchased and gifted.

 

Essential Oils:

Grapefruit – This is for my mom. She loves Grapefruit EO as a perfume! Young Living’s meets her specific tastes.

DiGize – I always have this oil on hand! It soothes any tummy upset.

Thieves Roll-On – I decided to give this a go. We have gone through many bottles of Thieves EO so I thought it would be great to have a pre-diluted option on hand. I plan to use it on my neck at any sign of a sore throat or sniffles.

Deep Relief – Muscle rubs are a staple. This one smells sweet and soothing. It is pre-diluted, so it won’t be so irritating on your skin.

 

Personal Care:

Acne Treatment – This stuff seems to be helping! It reduces redness and inflammation overnight and I don’t wake up with any weird discoloration or flakiness from the cream.

Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste – This is a great, clean toothpaste!

Thieves Mouthwash – I’ve been using this mouthwash for quite a while. I love the ingredients and it leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean.

 

Home Ware:

Thieves Dish Soap – This was $12 and it does not suds up very well…enough said.

Blender Bottel – I lost the little spring blender thing for my old one so I decided to grab this one for $6.

 

Other than the dish soap, this order has been a hit! Everything is getting used, and being loved.

What are your Young living staples? Tell me about your favorites in the comments!

 

-Lizzie 

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques “Deep Sea Masque” | Review

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques “Deep Sea Masque” | Review

Finding affordable, organic skin care and makeup products is a rare thing. Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques is a rare gem in regards to price and quality.

Clay face masks are one of my favorites because you can really see where the oil and gunk are being pulled out. The Deep Sea Masque from Lauren Brooke comes as a powder to be mixed with any liquids of your choosing and is created with so many nourishing ingredients, it’s impossible to not be intrigued by it. With several kinds of clay and seaweed, as well as a few herbal extracts and peppermint oil, your skin is left clean, smooth, and refreshed.

I find this mask quite enjoyable and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mud mask. Tell me about your favorite masks in the comments below.

~ Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

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Andalou Naturals “Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk” | Review

Andalou Naturals “Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk” | Review

Gentle cleansers such as milk and oils are all the rage right now. They remove makeup with ease, your skin is left very soft and hydrated, and it can help balance out overly oily and acne prone skin, as well as moisten dry skin. Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk ticks off all of those points.

First off, it smells great. You can smell the apricot as well as hints of the other fruity ingredients.

The texture is really nice. It feels gentle and nourishing, but not oily. The makeup removal component is pretty good, however, removing water resistant/proof mascara takes a bit more effort than it would with an oil.

Andalou’s Cleansing Milk is made without GMO’s, gluten, or synthetic chemicals. Resveratrol, CoQ10, and their “PhytoCellTec” are used to keep skin hydrated, youthful, and healthy.

I was really keen on this because of the probiotics. I hoped it might help a bit with my acne. I’m not really sure if it made much of a difference there because I have so much internal healing to do before my acne clears up. I also have a bad habit of picking at my acne, which causes it to spread and get worse. It wasn’t designed for acne prone skin so I won’t hold it accountable.Other than that I’m really happy with this cleanser and would recommend it and purchase it again.

Other than that, I’m really happy with this cleanser and would recommend it and purchase it again.

Smells great ✓

Feels great ✓

Doesn’t dry out the skin ✓

Made with safe, ethical ingredients ✓

And it’s in a purple bottle ✓

A good one all the way around.

In the comments, tell us about your recent favorite cleanser.

~Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Mother Dirt Probiotic Skin and Hair Care | Review

Mother Dirt Probiotic Skin and Hair Care | Review

Probiotics are becoming more and more popular in diet and health practices. Recently brands have been adding probiotics to their beauty products. Mother Dirt was created with the intent of keeping your external microbiome happy and healthy. There are four products available for skin and hair care: a probiotic mist, a shampoo, a foam cleanser, and an oil moisturizer. They come in bottles that are TSA approved so you can easily pack it in a carry on case for a flight. Even though the packages are small, a surprising amount of product is jammed in there. Each bottle lasted a lot longer than I anticipated.

All of the products are unscented, are hypoallergenic, and score very well by the Environmental Working Group.

The shampoo is very gentle… almost too gentle. It felt great when using it but my hair became greasy quickly throughout the day. I could not skip a day of washing my hair. I missed having a (naturally) scented shampoo. Mother Dirt doesn’t sell a conditioner to go along with their shampoo. On their website, it says a lot of people didn’t need one. My rat’s nest was still in desperate needed one so I chose The Honest Co. Conditioner.

The foam cleanser can be used for the face and body. It is so gentle, yet very effective. My skin didn’t feel stripped after cleansing, but it still removed my makeup. It even did a decent job taking off waterproof mascara! But again, I missed a pretty scent.

The moisturizer had a strange texture. It didn’t feel oily or greasy. It had more of a slippery texture, almost silicone like. The packaging for this one needs some work. It leaked a lot and often the oil would splatter or squirt when I would pump it out of the bottle.

AO+ Mist is a live probiotic spray. You can mist it anywhere on your body to replenish good bacteria. This mist is perfect… not so heavy that it leaves large droplets, but not so fine that you have to spray it a thousand times before you feel anything.

All in all, I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped to be. Even though the mist is slightly pricier than I’d prefer, I really liked the texture so I would repurchase it. I also liked the gentle cleanser and might pick that one up again. The oil cleanser and shampoo didn’t wow me. However, I am glad I tried Mother Dirt. My eyes were opened to this trend. I look forward to seeing what the natural beauty community comes up with next using pro and prebiotics.

What are your favorite good bug supporting products? Please share with everyone in the comments!

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Andalou Clarifying Kit | Review

Andalou Clarifying Kit | Review

 

Andalou Naturals is a great brand to finds a wide range of natural skin, body and hair care products for the whole family and all skin types. I have reviewed a couple full sized products for this kit recently. They can be found here and here.

This particular range is created for oily, problematic skin. There are also many ingredients for anti-aging and firming. Kombucha is added as well, though it is not clear which strains of probiotics are in the kombucha, or how long the probiotics are active for. To try out the five main products from the clear skin line, Andalou has put together this travel size tester kit.

The cleansing gel bubbles up nicely, and washes away excess oils, but does so without leaving the skin ridiculously tight and bone dry.

The pore minimizing toner has a cooling effect. It smells of mint but the herbs take down the punch that peppermint can have.

A couple of times a week using the exfoliating mask helps to gently exfoliate the skin without using any abrasive ingredients.

The oil-free moisturizer hydrates and stays matte at the same time. I prefer to use it in the morning. Because it has a matte finish it works well under makeup.

The recovery cream is best to be used in at the end of your evening routine. It is slightly thicker and leaves somewhat of a dewy effect. It is very moisturizing without being heavy.

Except for the toner, all of these products have an herby-citrus scent. I’ve really liked all five of these products but my favorites are the oil-free moisturizer and the toner.

For me, these products haven’t completely eliminated my acne, but my spots heal quickly. I have the best results when I quit fussing with and picking at my acne. Just leaving my skin alone and letting these gentle products do their work has helped my skin stay a little clearer.

Do you have any favorite Andalou products? Which acne remedies have worked well for you? Share in the comments!

 

I have a skin and hair care giveaway going on for about another week here. If you haven’t yet, please enter!

 

-Liz

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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Bella Mari Blemish Concealer Stick | Review

Bella Mari Blemish Concealer Stick | Review

Rather than doing a full foundation routine, I feel more comfortable dabbing a bit of concealer on my spots and panda eyes. Plus it’s a lot simpler to do. One of my first priorities when detoxing my products was to find a good, inexpensive, organic concealer. And here she is! Bella Mari Blemish Concealer.

At a drugstore price, it feels like a high-end product. It conceals redness as well as darkness. The texture is thick, and creamy, yet very blendable. It works into the skin with ease and rarely gets cakey. I find it easiest to blend with my fingertips. From the slightly dewy, creamy finish a light dusting of powder helps to set it and keep it in place for the day. The compact packaging makes it great for small storage space as well as being travel or purse friendly.

The ingredients are in fact organic and wildcraft and score a lovely 1 from EWG. With several antibacterial essential oils, it is made to help heal acne spots while hiding them for the day.

I am glad I stumbled upon this in an Amazon search! When I run out I expect I will be repurchasing it.

Have you found any organic concealers that are to die for? Please tell me about them in the comments!

 

-Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Andalou Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel | Review

Andalou Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel | Review

Face masks are always a fun way to pamper your skin. I really like using masks from which you can see the results immediately. You can see when clay masks draw out oils. With peel off masks, you can see the gunk that has been pulled out of your pores. When I saw this Kombucha Peel from Andalou Naturals I was very intrigued.

I believe in the be benefits of probiotics. Kombucha is a great probiotic rich drink. When I saw the name of this mask I was very curious about the probiotic factor. I haven’t been able to find much information from Andalou about the reasons behind using kombucha in this mask. Probiotic skincare still sounds really intriguing!

The main focus of the ingredients in this mask are the fruit enzynmes. They are there to dissolve and gently exfoliate dead skin cells and any other gunk in your pores.

It truly is a gentle mask. It is a gel like texture. You apply it, let it dry, then wash it away. It is clear, very light weight and flexible. It’s nothing like a clay mask or a peel off mask. (So in other words, it’s not any fun.)  I imagine this would be great for someone with really sensitive skin. I personly prefer something a bit more rugged. Something that provides grossly satisfying results, and that’s fun to use.

Since I don’t feel excited to use this kombucha mask, I don’t reach for it very often. I imagine, to see real results I’d have to use it frequantly. Because I only reach for it every so often I haven’t seen any improvement in my skin. Although, after removing it each time my skin does feel very soft. So it must be doing its job. You just have to keep up with it.

This gentle exfoliating mask is from the same “Clear Skin” range as the mattifying moisturizer I posted about recently.

I feel sort of neutral about this one. I didn’t love it but I didn’t dislike it. Let me put it this way: I don’t feel like I won’t survive when I run out. I look forward to trying a new mask, but I also would like to try other products from this range.

What kind of face masks do you like? What are your favorites, or do you make your own?

 

-Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Andalou Naturals Oil Free Clarifying Moisturizer | Review

Andalou Naturals Oil Free Clarifying Moisturizer | Review

Since detoxing my cosmetic and personal care collection, I have had a difficult time finding a good, everyday moisturizer that isn’t too greasy looking. Most natural moisturizing products are oil based, so it makes sense that they would leave your skin looking extra “dewy”. For me, that doesn’t look so great, and it’s even worse under makeup. Andalou Naturals have come up with an oil free moisturizer that is matte and pretty safe to use.

Using the “Build Your Own Report” button on EWG’s skin deep database, I learned that this Acai and White Tea moisturizer has a rating of 3 (1 being safe and 10 being toxic). Andalou’s moisturizer is also non-GMO, gluten free, paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free as well as cruelty-free and vegetarian.

I completely love the way this oil free moisturizer feels on my face. It’s hydrating, light weight and mattifying all at the same time. It works well as both a daytime and a nighttime moisturizer. Because it is mattifying, it’s a dream to use under makeup.

Of course, once you find something you really like the company stops making it! As I was gathering my links to write this post, I couldn’t find this product on Andalou’s website. It turns out they renamed and repackaged their clarifying moisturizer. I’m not sure if they reformulated it as well. All of the information available for the new Acai and Kombucha moisturizer looks really similar to the Acai and White Tea that I love. The URL address even says “White Tea” rather than “Kombucha”. Fingers crossed that it’s still the same!

Do you have any favorites from Andalou? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments.

-Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Living Libations Blemish Bundle Review

Living Libations Blemish Bundle Review

I first discovered Living Libations in a YouTube video about oil cleansing (Watch it! It’s really good!). As Sarah explained how this cleanser had helped heal her acne I knew I had to give it a try! Browsing Living Libations’ website, reading a few of their articles, I could tell this was a perfect place for me to be shopping. Their philosophies and values for personal care, both for the inside and the outside of our bodies matches up perfectly with mine and I will be very happy to continue being one of their customers.

This skin care bundle contains an oil cleanser, spot treatment, and a washcloth. All of these items are made out of organic products. And that makes me very happy!

The “Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever” oil cleanser has a very silky, hydrating texture and smells incredible. Grapefruit and lavender essential oils give it an amazingly sweet, citrusy scent while the other oils, like vetiver, give a herbally twist to the scent. The “Best Skin Ever” oil cleanser is my favorite of the trio.

Zippity Dew Dab” is a spot treatment. It’s a blend of some really potent essential oils like carrot seed, blue tansy, and niaouli. Sometimes I’d add one drop to my moisturizer and even in that dilution the smell made my eyes water. Because it smells so strong I don’t use it very often, but when I do, I notice my skin heals a bit quicker.

I really like the “Organic Hemp Cloth“. It’s really gentle and soft, yet exfoliating at the same time. I love the fact that it is an organic fabric! Fancy!

After using this set, my acne hasn’t totally cleared up, but there is a good reason for that. I am dealing with a toxic, leaky gut and for my body, acne is a big side effect of that. I did, however, notice that using these three products encouraged my skin to heal quicker.

In total, I thoroughly enjoyed the Blemish Bundle and would highly recommend it!

Note: Living Libations sent this to me for review. That has had no effect on opinion or review, and I plan to be a continued customer of Living Libations. Thank you so much, Charlotte, for your kindness and generosity!  

-Liz

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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Lauren Brooke Two Step Cleansing System – Acne-Prone/Oily Skin | Review

Lauren Brooke Two Step Cleansing System – Acne-Prone/Oily Skin | Review

Recently I have been struggling with acne. At 20 years old, this is the worst my acne has ever been. There are several possible contributing factors. I was using a lot of harsh, chemically products for a long time. I have recently made the switch to natural products. My gut is also in really poor condition. A very common symptom of digestive disorders is skin conditions, like acne.

This two-step cleansing system from Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques is the first completely natural facial cleanser I have tried. While is hasn’t cured me of acne, it has helped my skin heal quite a bit faster from each zit that I get.

For me, there are too many parts to the system to use in the shower, so I only use it when getting ready for bed. I only need two or three pumps of the oil cleanser, and when I wear makeup I add a couple of extra pumps to melt any tough to remove eye makeup, like mascara. The biodegradable towelettes wipe away the oil and makeup really well.

One problem: I have gone through all of the wipes, but I still have half the bottle of cleanser left. However, the wipes are really big. I think if I were to use these again I would cut each wipe in half and only use only one half at a time. I could not find any information on how many wipes came in the packet.

The packet was packaged in a cute little box. I found that I had to be really careful opening and closing it. The box easily came undone and was a bit annoying to have to put back together to close properly.

I love the smell of both the cleanser and the wipes. It’s very lemony and herby and yummy smelling!

I love the ingredients! Both products are vegan. All of the ingredients are plant based. Almost all of them are organic. The few that are not certified organic are Non-GMO. This system is about as natural and non-toxic as you can get!

Overall I really enjoyed this cleansing duo. I would purchase it again! And I highly recommend it!

Have you tried any products from Lauren Brooke?

What is your favorite nontoxic skin care product?

I would love to hear what you have to say in the comments below!

Liz

Note: This cleansing set was sent to me to review. All opinion and observations  stated above are my 100% honest experiences and statements. Thank you so much to Chris at Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques for your kindness and generosity!  

 

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Gel | Review

The Body Shop Tea Tree Gel | Review

 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel Acne Relief is a nice product. I have been using Proactive Advanced Blemish Treatment to get rid of my spots but it is so strong that it gives me awful dry patches. This tea tree gel is gentle and heals your spot gradually. It does not work quite as fast as the Proactive treatment, but it is a lot kinder to the skin. I ran out of it pretty quickly and I didn’t like that much but I believe it is meant to be a travel size. I understand that The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is basically the same thing just without the dofa applicator and in a larger size. If I am wrong please correct me in the comments!
Have you used any of these products? How did you like them? What is your favorite product from The Body Shop?
❤️ Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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