Lemongrass Spa Healing Elements Balm | Review

Lemongrass Spa Healing Elements Balm | Review

My mom and I recently made our first ever order from Lemongrass Spa. They are an affordable organic/natural/non-toxic skin care, hair care, and makeup brand. One thing we had to add to our cart was the Healing Elements Balm. I’ve heard many good things about it both online and from my chiropractor.

It is such a multi purpose product. You can use it anywhere on your body and it improves the health of your skin pretty quickly. With ingredients like coconut oil, apricot oil, jojoba oil, chamomile and lavender essential oils, as well as vanilla for a yummy scent, it’s no wonder that it works so well and is so loved.

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A couple of weeks ago I had a pretty deep, raw rug burn on my pinky knuckle. My nerves burned from the tip of my pinky to my elbow. I stupidly tried straight, undiluted lavender oil on my boo-boo. That was too harsh and made the burning worse. I added a touch of The Honest Co. Healing Balm and did not find any relief. Next, I gave Healing Elements a try. I dabbed a tiny scoop (it came with a little spatula for easy, less messy application) on my raw knuckle, topped it off with a band-aid and found instant relief from the pain. I carried on with that combo a couple of times a day for about a week until my knuckle scabbed over.

Mom has been using it as a night time moisturizer and we both agree that her eyes look less puffy and overall, her skin looks smoother. We have been trying to find a Vaseline replacement for her lips. This didn’t quite match up. She said it absorbed too quickly. She likes the barrier that the Vaseline provides. Do you know of any alternatives for her? Let us know in the comments.

We have been loving this and plan to keep our cupboards stocked with it at all times. It’s such a great multi purpose product that everyone should have on hand!

What are your favorites from Lemongrass Spa? I’d love to hear 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

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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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Graydon Discovery Kit | Review + Giveaway

Graydon Discovery Kit | Review + Giveaway

Graydon, a plant powered skincare line, has many wonderful, and effective products made from natural and organic ingredients. Like many of the kits they have offered, this discovery kit is an awesome way to be introduced to the brand.

 

Face Food Mineral Mist

I love facial mists. They leave the skin feeling cool, and fresh, with an extra boost of moisture. Graydon’s facial mist did not disappoint. The many minerals help to calm skin allergies, kill bacteria, produce collagen and reduce inflammation. It compliments any moisturizing routine and can help to reduce an over-powdered appearance after applying makeup.

Ingredients List

Ingredients: aqua (purified water), magnesium chloride, copper chloride, silver angstrom, zinc chloride

 

Detox + Renew Serum

This serum has an interesting smell. Something like wild weeds, grass, and turmeric. The texture is really nice. It hydrates and sinks into the skin well without leaving behind an oily residue. With a lot of nourishing and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this is a really nice serum to use.

Ingredients List

Ingredients: meadowfoam (limnanthes alba) seed oil, oat (avena sativa kernel) oil, camelia (camellia sinensis) seed oil, blueberry (vaccinum myrtillus) seed oil, cranberry (vaccinum macrocarpon) seed oil, raspberry (rubus idaeus) seed oil, saffron stem cell (crocus sativus flower extract & cell culture extract), turmeric (curcuma longa) oil, neroli (citrus aurantium amara), vitamin e (mixed tocopherols) oil, and nothing else!
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Superfood Mask + Scrub

I feeling like I now understand why Ostriches stick their heads in the sand. They must love the exfoliation! ? This mask feels a bit like I’m rubbing a beach all over my face…but in a good way. At first, I was a little surprised at how abrasive it can be, but it’s worth it.

The mask needs to be mixed with a liquid. Graydon suggests a creme cleanser or anything from your kitchen. I decided to take a little creative liberty and use a facial oil. One capsule and about 10 drops of oil mixed, scrubbed into the skin, let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes, then scrub away with a wet washcloth. Wow! I felt like I had a new face. My skin was so soft. For a couple of days after I felt like my skin looked more radiant and healthy. This is something I could easily use a couple times a week.

Ingredients List

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Zeolite (clinootilolite zeolite), White Willow Bark (salix babylonica), Matcha Green Tea (camellia sinensis), Chia Seed (salvia hispanica L), Probiotic blend, Shiitake Mushroom (lentinula edodes), Cinnamon (cinnamomum cassia presl.), Vitamin C (magnesium ascorbate), Green Coffee Bean (coffea arabica), Zinc (citrate), Aloe Vera (aloe barbadensis leaf), Licorice Root (glycyrrhiza glabra), Papaya (carica papayal.), Coconut Water (cocos nucifera l.), Activated Charcoal, Astaxanthin (from red algae), Micro Fermented Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronate), Vitamin D2, Xylitol, and nothing else!

 

Green Cream

It’s not really green. Maybe the smallest hint of a sage color. But the ingredients are green. With tons of green vegetables and herbs in this moisturizer, your skin gets all of the superfood benefits imaginable: detoxification, nourishment, inflammation reduction, and antioxidants.

Ingredients List

Ingredients: aqua (purified water), glyceryl stearate*, coco-caprylate/caprate*, dicaprylyl ether*, sodium olivoyl glutamate*, cetearyl alcohol*, cetyl alcohol*, stearyl alcohol*, caprylic/capric triglyceride*, aloe barbadensis (aloe) juice, brassica oleracea italica (broccoli) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, citric acid, **glyceryl caprylate, **glyceryl undecylenate, xanthan gum, chlorophyllin (chlorophyll), persea americana (avocado) oil, olea europea (olive) oil, carum petroselinum (parsley) oil, salvia sclarea (sage) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, thymus vulgaris (thyme) oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil. *vegetable wax, **natural vegetable preservative

 

Germs Away AromaBlend

I love germ-killing essential oil blends. My favorite is Young Living’s Thieves. Graydon’s Germs Away blend appears to be a mixture of Young Living’s Thieves and Purification and then some. For me, the lemongrass was the most powerful scent.

Ingredient List

Ingredients: cinnamomum cassia (cinnamon) leaf oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, pelargonium graveolens flower (geranium) oil, juniperus communis fruit (juniper) oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil, myristica fragrans (nutmeg) kernel oil, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil.
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I enjoyed each and every one of these products. The skincare products really made a positive impact on my skin (as long as I didn’t pick at my acne). I think my favorite item from this kit was the Mask/Scrub. Do any of these products appeal to you? If you’d like to try them, fill out the raffle form below to be entered to win this kit!

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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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Graydon Face + Body Travel Essentials | Review + Giveaway!

Graydon Face + Body Travel Essentials | Review + Giveaway!

Graydon Skin Care is a Canadian brand great for label readers like me. The ingredients are natural, nontoxic, cruelty-free, chemical and synthetic free, and organic whenever possible. Each product is made with luxury and pampering in mind. Both the packaging and the product inside are beautiful to use as well as display on your shelves or countertops. These face and body travel essential samples are nothing short of lovely.
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Aloe Milk Cleanser

Most of the time I prefer soapless facial cleansers like oils, creams or balms. This Aloe Milk Cleanser is a cream cleanser and makeup remover all in one. It leaves the skin feeling smooth, clean and hydrated.

Elements

This sunscreen is made from zinc rather than chemicals. Not only is your skin protected from the sun’s hot rays, Seabuckthorn oil and aloe juice help to nourish your skin as well. The formula is a slightly thick one. It works well on the body, but it’s not something I would want to wear on my face in the hot weather.

All Over Face + Body Lotion

This lotion smells of lavender and rosemary. Yum! It is very moisturizing, yet light weight. It works well as both a body lotion and a face lotion. I’ve noticed as a face lotion it has a slightly dewy finish. If I were to wear makeup over time I might use a couple extra mattifying products to keep foundation/concealer in place.

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All Over Soap + Shampoo

I decided to try this out as a shampoo. It doesn’t suds up quite as much as I’d like and it leaves almost a waxy feeling when rinsing it out, but when my hair dries it feels really clean, healthy and a bit thicker. I haven’t tried it as a body or face soap yet, but I think it is gentle enough so your skin won’t feel stripped and tight.

Hair Smoothie

This conditioner can be used as a mask, regular conditioner as well as a leave-in conditioner for dry ends. I’ve only tried it as a regular in shower conditioner. It doesn’t feel as creamy as I’d prefer but it detangles really well. After I’ve rinsed it out, my hair feels really soft and manageable.

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Each of these 5 products is wonderfully made and very effective. These are ones that I would go for in full size. I would love to share how awesome this brand it with you. If you are interested, feel free to fill out the form below to enter for an opportunity to win this little sample kit of these Graydon products.

-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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Bottega Organica Skin Care | Review

Bottega Organica Skin Care | Review

Bottega Organica is a natural, chemical free skin care brand. The ingredients go straight from their farms in Italy and Upstate New York into the bottle. They offer this wonderful little sample pack for just the cost of shipping. Included in it are an eye serum, cleansing oil, facial oil, facial moisturizer, and a hand cream.

Eye Contour Serum

The texture of this serum is very interesting as far as eye products go. It is very liquidy. I would describe it as watery rather than oily. It has a bit of a learning curve if you are used to creams. It has a faint honey-like scent and is a light brown color.

 

Cleansing Face Oil

This reminds me a lot of Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Acne Cleansing Oil. It has the same lemon-thyme scent and moisturizing texture. It feels and smells wonderful on my face!

 

Morning Face Oil

Just a couple of drops of this ginger-scented oil goes a long way. It is incredibly moisturizing and smells wonderful. I wouldn’t, however, use it under makeup. It’s a very oily oil. I enjoy using it on relaxing, no-makeup days.

 

Extra-Nourishing Face Formula

This oil based face cream is incredibly hydrating. It’s not something I would use under makeup. But applying this in combination with the Morning Face Oil smells wonderful. The ginger and vanilla scents go together very well!

 

Comfort Hand Balm

During the dry, colder months powerful hand moisturizers are always great to have on hand (ha). This hand balm is just that. It’s oil based but absorbs into the skin quickly and effectively. According to Bottega Organica’s website, this balm is supposed to be orange scented. To me, it only has a gentle olive oil scent, but it doesn’t linger.

 

All of these products are a liquidy formula. The eye serum is a watery consistency and the rest are oil based. I wouldn’t use any of these under makeup. For someone with oily skin, I think these will work but I’d be careful with the amount I apply. For dry skin, these oils will be loved by your skin! I have combination skin and my dry, flaky patches drink the oils right up.

 

Have you tried any products from Bottega Organica? What are your favorites?

 

-Liz

 

Note: Thank you to Lin at Bottega Organica for allowing me to try your wonderful products!

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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All Good Skin Care | Review

All Good Skin Care | Review

All Good makes wonderful, organic, and natural skin care products. Their products are high quality, effective and safe.

All Good’s Lip Balms are very buttery and hydrating. When applied, it melts right into the skin, getting to work quickly to moisturize dry lips. The two pictured are Original and Spearmint. Both are great, and there are other scents and even tints available.

Coconut Oil Skin Food is versatile and very handy. I’ve used it as a moisturizer, a carrier oil for essential oils, and even an oil cleanser. I really like the few scent options All Good has available. The two I have pictured are plain coconut as well as lemongrass. Lavender is also available. The lemongrass scent is very sweet. For comparison, it is sweeter that Young Living’s lemongrass essential oil.

Progressing through the drier, winter months my skin feels tight and dehydrated. Body lotions are a must have for this time of year. The body lotion from All Good is so creamy and moisturizing. The scents coconut, lavender, and lemongrass are all wonderful. But my favorite is the lavender. It is so sweet and flowery.

Sunscreen is always important to have on hand. This sport sunscreen is a great non-toxic choice. I am going to remember this for when the summer hits and I spend more time in the hot rays.

All Good products are just that…all good. I loved every single one that I tried. I plan to repurchase the body lotion in the lavender scent first. That was my favorite.

Are you familiar with the All Good brand? Do you have any favorites? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

-Liz

 

Note: Thank you, Misty, for sending me these wonderful samples! I’ve really enjoyed them.

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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