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10 Reasons You Should Add Rosemary to Your Beauty Routine

Benefits of Rosemay Essential Oil

10 Reasons You Should Add Rosemary to Your Beauty Routine

Read on to find out why Rosemary is such a superpower in the organic skincare industry!

In the cosmetics industry, this important component works it’s magic in more ways than one! It’s useful for toning the skin, increases blood flow, helps reduce puffiness thus, providing an overall better complexion. Depending on which products you use that contain rosemary leaf extract, you’ll be on your way to improved brain function, longer hair, maintained weight, and you’ll even be protected from UV damage. While these are just a few benefits that this ingredient has to offer, it does a lot more such as help fight cancer, improves asthma, and prevents blood clots. That’s 10 reasons right there!

Let’s take a look at a few products that contain the multi-faceted rosemary leaf extract:

1.Immersion Botanica – Rosemary & Lavender Cleansing Oil

  • Rating: 4.17 out of 5 Stars (18 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Immersion Botanica Rosemary & Lavender Cleansing Oil

Leaves your skin prefectly hydrated!

I had never tried a facial cleansing oil before and I was sceptical. After trying this Rosemary and Lavender Cleansing Oil, I will never go back to commercial face wash products. It smells great, feels amazing and leaves your skin perfectly hydrated! Not too oily and not too dry. I love it.

Krysta

Gentle but effective!

I use this as an everyday cleanser before bed. It is gentle but effective in removing basic makeup and cleansing my skin. It leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated, unlike commercial products that left my sensitive skin feeling tight and red.

Alli

So soothing!

This is only thing I use on my skin after removing makeup before bed. It’s gentle and hydrating, and the scent is so soothing!

Virginia

2. Lowen’s Natural Skincare – You Sure Clean Up Nice! – Face and Body Wash

  • Rating: Rated 4.82 out of 5 (11 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Lowen's You Sure Clean Up Nice! Face and Body Wash

My face feels smooth for hours!

Great face and body wash. I’m always skeptical of cleansers that claim they’re good enough for body and face but this one really is. I hate when face wash doesn’t rinse off well or body wash leaves too much residue. This one does the job without the feeling of gunk left on you. I also have pretty sensitive skin (especially on the face) and it felt good going on and rinsing off. Like other Lowen’s products it has a fun name

Yuka

Highly recommended!

This product is another example of how well Lowen’s does texture. I love how smooth their products are. Although this product is meant as a face/body wash, I only tried it on my face. It didn’t quite lather the way I expected but I didn’t care because…smooth! Like other Lowen’s products I’ve tried, the scent is au naturale and barely there. No sneezing or skin irritations, which is a big plus in my world.

Sue

A great “everything” cream!

Nice scent and lathers well, face felt nice, not too dry after

Lauren S.

3. Good Karma Skincare – Lux 7 Four in One Face Cream

  • Rating: 5.00 out of 5 Stars (12 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean

Would definitely recommend!

This face cream has a quiet fresh smell.
I like the feel of it on my face.
It leaves my face feeling smooth for hours.
Love-Love this glorious product.

Cynthia A

Melts right in to my skin!

Really appreciate finding this product. I am cautious about what products I choose for health reasons. Good Karma four in one face cream has given me the moisturizing results and healthy skin that I have been wanting for a long time. I recommend the product highly.

Ellie

Great moisturizer!

When used after the G.K. Toner, this is a great “everything” cream. I use it morning and night all over my face for smooth, refreshing, and glowing skin. A really great product!

Dale

Conclusion

Rosemary isn’t just for cooking! Healthy living is important; consider integrating rosemary leaf extract into your lifestyle as it can benefit you inside and out. Give us some feedback and let us know the products you’ve used and how it worked for you!

Say YES To The Miracles Of Argan Oil

Say YES To The Miracles Of Argan Oil

 You may have heard about argan oil, especially if you’re one to prefer natural skincare products. On beauty and personal care labels, you’ll see the ingredient labelled like this: Argania Spinosa (Argan) kernel oil.

The Miracle Oil of Nature

Argan oil: a rich, cold-pressed oil that is harnessed from the fruit kernel of the Moroccan Argan tree. It has many uses in cosmetics, working wonders for dry or aged skin, damaged hair or fragile nails. Regularly using argan oil for moisturizing your skin can reduce the amount of sebum, naturally suppressing oiliness and acne. That being said, it also helps keep your insides healthy! The edible version of hand pressed oil is a good antioxidant, it has hepatoprotective properties that can protect the liver and it can also prevent spikes in blood sugar levels.

If you don’t yet own products with argan oil, consider adding one of the following products in your skincare collection!

 

1.Immersion Botanica – Jojoba & Sea Buckthorn Facial Nutrient Serum

Replenish important skin nutrients with these oils rich in antioxidants, photo protective, regenerating vitamins A, B, C, E, and omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids.

  • Rating: 4.41 out of 5 Stars (17 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Immersion Botanica Hydrating Geranium Mist

My skin feels moist all day!

I use this serum every day. My acne has cleared up and my skin feels moist all day.

Tammy H.

Can’t live without!

This is one product I can’t live without!! It is super moisturizing without leaving my sensitive skin oily or greasy. Would highly recommend!

Alli

A little goes a long way!

I love how this product works on my skin. I pair it with the Fruit & Grains Facial Cleanser and I really like how it doesn’t leave my face oily–if I use the right amount! Honestly a little goes a long way so don’t use too much!

Daniela

2. BEE23 Natural Beauty – Heroine Hotty Balm

The natural ingredients in the moisturizer balm are completely kind and gentle to even the most sensitive skin and, together, provide a great end result.

  • Rating: Rated 4.79 out of 5 (14 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
BEE23 Natural Beauty Heroine Hotty Balm

It makes my sking so soft and smooth!

I love to put this on anytime of day, it is not greasy or oily, and absorbs into the skin quickly! It makes my skin so soft and smooth! I use it every day.

Maureen

My all-time favorite!

This is my all-time favorite moisturizer. I used to use coconut oil until I discover this. Heroin Hottie Balm absorbs much quicker and actually plumps my skin a little. I love it! Recommend it to anyone.

Lee-Anne H.

Without a doubt the BEST!

I have tried dozens of moisturizers over many years. Heroine is without a doubt the BEST product I have come across. Eliminates that dried out feeling after, after washing your face.

Lynn M.

3. Helena Lane Skincare – Argan & Neroli Moisturizer

Deeply nourishes dry, dull skin to reveal a luminous and radiant aspect of rejuvenated skin.

  • Rating: 4.29 out of 5 Stars (31 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Helena Lane Skincare Lavender & White Willow Mask and Exfoliant

Would definitely recommend!

I loved this product! A little goes a long way. The moisturizer left my skin soft and smelled delicious! I would definitely recommend this moisturizer for people with dry skin.

Meghan

Melts right in to my skin!

Melts right in to my skin! I feel so hydrated, love this moisturizer!

Tessa

Great moisturizer!

Such a great moisturizer! It was smooth, absorbed wonderfully, and the smell is super. I love all of Helena’s skincare, but this one is extra special for me!

Snita

Conclusion

Argan oil skincare products are very easy to incorporate into your morning and evening beauty routine. Do you already use products with argan oil? Let us know about the wonders you’ve noticed since using them!

Top 3 Lip Balms Your Lips Need For this Summer

Top 3 Lip Balms Your Lips Need For this Summer


Your lips need love year round. Period. During the summer, your lips can get sun burnt and chapped, and at PürPicks we want to make sure your lips are safe! For protection from the sun, look for lip balms that have beeswax, shea butter, and natural oils like Jojoba and Coconut. Lip balms should be used before and after you spend time in the sun to protect and heal. Read on to learn more about some of the best lip balms on PürPicks!

1.Shea Butter Market – Shea Lips

Shea Butter Market Shea Lips

Leaves the skin fresh and clean!

Great lip moisturizer. The dry cold weather gets me every year. This product helped soothe my dry cracked lips. Note: I’m a lip balm veteran – used blistex, vaseline, etc.

Rob

Felt like I was at a spa!

The citrus flavour is really great! A little bit thick in consistency but a little does go a long way. My only note would be that I do need to reapply a little more frequently then I do with something like vaseline.

 

Sarah

So gentle and refreshing!

Great scent, but I had to reapply quite often.

Micheline

2. Bee Real – Lip Balm

  • Rating: Rated 5.00 out of 5 (14 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean

Feels natural on the scalp!

I use this in both winter and summer. It keeps my lips moist in winter, no cracks and you don’t have to keep re-applying after a drink or food. Summer time protection from the sun is on point. My kids use them in winter too!

Debora A L.

I have sleep apnea and often wake up with dry cracked lips from using the mask. Since I’ve been using this lip balm my lips are always smooth and crack free. My fav is the peppermint.

Janice H.

Recommended!

I use this all year round; I buy a dozen at a time and have one at work, in the car, my purse, and every coat pocket! It’s the perfect consistency and not greasy. I love the peppermint

Jennifer

3. Om Organics – Lip Butter

  • Rating: 4.78 out of 5 Stars (18 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean

Fantastic!

This is super hydrating and it has become my go-to for whenever my lips feel dry! The ingredients are all natural, and the effect the product has on my lips is amazing

Tasneem

Gentle yet effective!

It is a nice smooth lip butter. I only gave 4 stars because I found it still wasn’t enough to keep my lips hydrated in the winter and I still needed to moisturize them.

Candice

I don’t even need foundation!

I keep this at my desk to use throughout the day. It’s really lovely to apply (tastes great and goes on nice and smooth) however I don’t find that it lasts long enough for me.

Amanda F.

Conclusion

Do you have any tips on how to heal cracked lips? What’s your favourite UV protecting lip balm? Let us know in the comments below!

Coconut Oil: If You Haven’t Used It Yet, You Should Start Now

Coconut Oil: If You Haven't Used It Yet, You Should Start Now

Coconut Oil: If You Haven’t Used it yet, You Should Start Now


This amazing fruit is more than just a pretty piña colada with a fancy umbrella. Coconut oil, a versatile natural product so many of us overlook has a plethora of benefits we couldn’t imagine. Did you know that beyond being used as a moisturizer, coconut oil has over one hundred uses and benefits? Not only is it healthier to use than regular cooking oil, it’s also amazing for hair, skin, and can also be used around the house! On top of that, it can sharpen the brain, provide immune support, and even be used to get rid of that stubborn cellulite. As we continue to become more health conscious, we want to know the best natural products to use and coconut oil is definitely one of them. Below, we’ve listed a few natural products skincare enthusiasts can’t get enough of:

1.Immersion Botanica – Rosehip Facial Nutrient Serum

Facial Serum

Immersion Botanica Rosehip Facial Nutrient Serum

Leaves the skin fresh and clean!

I have used this serum daily and have seen an improvement in my complexion, reduced redness and sun spots. Knowing that the ingredients are good for my skin is important to me and I enjoy the fresh scent.

Gail

Felt like I was at a spa!

I love this serum. The rosehip is minimizing my wrinkles and giving my skin a lovely glow!

Mohamed F.

So gentle and refreshing!

I love this serum for the incredible moisture it provides. I use it every night. I really depend on it to keep my skin in good condition.

krtaylor

2. Always Bearded – Beard Cream Bergamot & Ylang with Distilled Cedarwood

Shaving Cream

  • Rating: 3.50 out of 5 Stars (10 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Always Bearded - Begamot & Ylang with Distilled Cedarwood

Feels natural on the scalp!

My hubby tried this product, and while he doesn’t have a beard, he’s used to using natural products which are often great on his skin but way to greasy for his liking. He was happy to report that this cream does the job without being super slippery .. just a great comfortable moisturizer without all the mess.

Gail

Gave my hair a natural look!

I really liked this product, especially in comparison to the next one. Firstly, I have a super curly and short beard. This cream has a splendid smell and a great texture to it. It doesn’t stick to your hand (like oil does), and yet it softens the beard a bit which is nice.

Mohamed F.

Recommended!

I typically use a beard oil with a strong scent (and my girlfriend likes). I’ve tried other products and this was the only one that did seem to leave the beard softer. I’m not sure if it was better than the beard oil, but it was a nice change. The only downside was I found I needed to use a lot of it to get it everywhere.

krtaylor

3. Massage Balm Purifying / Revitalizing

Facial Cleanser

  • Rating: 3.80 out of 5 Stars (5 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Moor Spa Massage Balm Purifying / Revitalizing

Fantastic!

I like the smell of this product a lot, but I find on my skin it comes out a little greasy! I have extremely dry skin on my hands (I used it for a hand massage) and it just kind of sat on top. I love the smell and how it melts, but it didn’t absorb much for me.

Daniela

Gentle yet effective!

Not greasy as long as you give it a good massage. Great as a night cream!

Melanie

I don’t even need foundation!

Tried the revitalizing balm. As the descriptions says… as soon as you touch the product, it melts into oil. It has a nice unique citrus-y scent, and leaves the skin a bit shiny. It absorbed okay for me, so it gets 4 stars. I’d recommend this balm.

Vivian

Conclusion

Coconut oil is an essential natural ingredient in today’s world. It can be used for so many things like cooking, cleaning, smoother skin, and overall better health. Are you utilizing coconut oil? If so, let us know what you think about it because here at PurPicks, we always want to know!

Kaolin, The Unbelievable Benefits You Had No Idea About

Kaolin, The Unbelievable Benefits You Have No Idea About

Kaolin, The Unbelievable Benefits You Had No Idea About

Ever heard of Kaolin? At PurPicks, we started noticing this soft, white, powdery substance in more and more of the natural products from our brands, and it’s no wonder — kaolin has been used throughout the world for centuries in all kinds of ways! Porcelain, rubber, paint, paper, you name it, there’s probably kaolin involved. When it comes to beauty products, you can find kaolin used as an exfoliant to aid in purifying the skin and, in serums and masks, this ingredient is a godsend for clearing pores and keeps you from feeling too oily or too dry. Below are a few products containing kaolin that PurPicks’ health conscious community can’t resist:

1. Alaska Glacial Mud – Glacial Facial Purifying Mineral Mud Masque – Unscented

Facial Mask

  • Rating: 4.55 out of 5 Stars (22 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Alaska Glacial Mud - Glacial Facial Purifying Mineral Unscented

So gentle and refreshing!

I have the most sensitive skin and this is one of the only products I’ve found that I can enjoy. So gentle and refreshing. Feel like I’m having a special spa day from my own home.  10 stars!

Vivian

Leaves the skin fresh and clean!

I have dry skin. This mask is great! It leaves the skin looking fresh and clean.

Bonnie

Felt like I was at a spa!

Easy to apply. You could start to feel it working right away. It has a warming type sensation on your skin. Felt like I was at a spa. Easily washes off. My skin felt smooth and soft after. I am not normally a person who does masks but I really enjoyed this one. I also love the ingredients.

Shelly

2. Om Organics – Dry Shampoo

Haircare

  • Rating: 4.00 out of 5 Stars (59 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Om Organics Dry Shampoo

Feels natural on the scalp!

I don’t like the smell, yet it performs so well that I just forgot about the smell #lol. Very light weight, and feels natural on the scalp.

Sarah

Gave my hair a natural look!

It performs very well! I have dark hair and I was concerned about the white powder but it disappears very fast. Gave my hair a natural look with no need to wash with water. I really liked!

Taiana

Recommended!

I would definitely recommend anyone who have oily hair to try this product, it is very helpful.

Christina

3. Immersion Botanica – Fruit & Grains Facial Cleanser

Facial Cleanser

  • Rating: 4.47 out of 5 Stars (19 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Immersion Botanica Fruit and Grains Facial Cleanser

Fantastic!

This product was fantastic! I loved how it left my skin feeling.

Jillian

Gentle yet effective!

Such a gentle yet effective exfoliator. Feels great on my sensitive skin!

Alli

I don’t even need foundation!

This cleanser is perfect for my combination oily/sensitive skin! When I use it with the facial serum I don’t even need foundation. Love!

Virginia

Conclusion

Who knew kaolin was in so many different products! Exfoliators, dry shampoos, cleansers — oh my! Look through the ingredients in some of your favourite natural products and let us know if you see Kaolin in the ingredients. Maybe even buy one of these Kaolin-rich products for your friend Kaitlyn!

Beeswax: The Skin Protector That Works Wonders

Beeswax: The Skin Protector That Works Wonders

Beeswax: The Skin Protector That Works Wonders

Most of us who prefer natural ingredients know all about the work of bees. And although their most popular product is without a doubt honey, we’d like to put a spotlight on another one that works wonders for our skin: Beeswax.

The 100% natural fuel straight from mother nature.

Beeswax is an incredible natural substance and its use dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was the main ingredient in many ointments and creams used to treat burns, inflammations, heal bruises and even relieve joint pain. With all its rich protective properties, nowadays this special ingredient is present in cosmetics and body products due to its never-ending array of uses.

Beeswax body care products form a protective barrier that protect the skin without suffocating it or clogging pores, but rather allowing it to breathe while locking in moisture for reduced dryness. Being a good source of vitamins, this ingredient also helps with exfoliation and regeneration, offering your skin a truly rejuvenating look.

Below, we’ve listed a few natural products containing Cera Alba (Beeswax) that the natural skincare community seems to love:

Skincare Essentials

1. BEE23 Natural Beauty – Hotty Balm Normal To Oily

Facial Balm

Upgrade your beauty regimen for a smooth, silky soft skin that lasts.

  • Rating: 4.73 out of 5 Stars (49 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
BEE23 Natural Beauty Hotty Balm Normal to Oily

So soft and wonderful!

I was introduced by a friend to Michelle due to a bad skin reaction to some products. After two week of using her face cream I had nothing but good news. My face cleared up and it was just so soft and wonderful. Will be a user for life

Esabella

Grateful!

Normal to oily help my skin so much! I’m so grateful for this product.

Nonija R.

Keeps my dry skin happy!

I love this product! Thank you Michelle for creating it ! Keeps my often dry skin happy!

Mimi

2. Lowen’s Natural Skincare – Rub it in Why Don’t Ya!

Hand & Body Lotion

Use it to moisturize your skin and give it the healthy glow you’re after.

  • Rating: 4.70 out of 5 Stars (10 Reviews)
  • Certification: EWG Verified
Lowen's Rub it in Why Don't Ya!

One of the best moisturizer!

Probably one of the best moisturizer I’ve ever tried! I have dry hands from constant hand washing (perks of being a nurse) I also like how it’s not a strong fragrant moisturizer.

Esther

Great smell and texture!

Great smell, and texture, rubs in well and very smooth skin afterwards

Lauren

Moisturizes my driest areas!

Another super thick and creamy product from Lowen’s! Does a great job moisturizing all of my driest areas – heels, elbows, eczema … beautifully scent free.

Gail

3. Bee Real – Deodorant

Body Deodorant

You will be pleasantly surprised at how it effectively keeps sweat and stickiness at bay.

  • Rating: 5.00 out of 5 Stars (20 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Bee Real Deodorant

Smells so good!

This deodorant works, and smells so good! You don’t need to apply much, so it lasts forever too. Great product.

Brenda

Recommended!

I have been using this product for years. It is the best natural deodorant I have found that actually works, goes on smoothly, and smells nice. I recommend it to lots of patients.

Dr. Alanna Kuhn, ND

Best natural deodorant ever!

This is by far the best natural deodorant ever. It smells wonderful and really works, a little goes a long way.

Karen A.

What are your thoughts on Beeswax?

Beeswax is an excellent ingredient and has demonstrated to be a great addition to your skincare ritual.

Do you already use products with beeswax? Do share. If not, is your interest piqued? Let us know what you think about this incredible ingredient in a comment below – we’d love to hear your opinion.

3 Arrowroot Skincare Products You Can’t Pass Up

Arrowroot Article Featured Image

Arrowroot: the great moisture-absorbing ingredient

You may not have heard of arrowroot yet, but you will soon become familiar with the ingredient and its benefits. This herb is often listed as Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder on skincare product labels. Often used as a substitute for gluten in a variety of recipes, when used in cosmetics, arrowroot has moisture absorbing features that allow active ingredients to enter the first layers of our skin. This is why we also see arrowroot used in body powders which leave the skin soft and silky. It’s worth mentioning that many products that help with skin conditions like blisters, burns, and scabs incorporate arrowroot. Below, we’ve compiled a list of products containing arrowroot that PurPicks users can’t get enough of.


3 Skincare Products People are Raving About 

1. Bee Real – Deodorant

Body Deodorant

An excellent deodorant that keeps the smell at bay, and lets you feel confident when in stressful or active situations!!

  • Rating: 5.00 out of 5 Stars (20 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Bee Real Deodorant

Best I have used!

I switched to natural deodorants a few years ago in an effort to eliminate toxins from my body products. Bee Real deodorant is by far the best I have used.

Debora A. L

Goes on smoothly!

I have been using this product for years. It is the best natural deodorant I have found that actually works, goes on smoothly, and smells nice. I recommend it to lots of patients.

Dr. Alanna K

Lasts all day!

I wasn’t a fan of natural products until I started to use Bee Real products. My favourite is the Vanilla scent. Lasts all day no matter what activity you are doing.

Janice H

2. Always Bearded – Beard Cream Bergamot & Ylang with Distilled Cedarwood

Beard Cream, Men

This leave-in conditioning cream is a great alternative to beard oil, instead providing a non-oily matte finish.

  • Rating: 3.44 out of 5 Stars (9 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Always Bearded - Begamot & Ylang with Distilled Cedarwood

Does the job!

My hubby tried this product, and while he doesn’t have a beard, he’s used to using natural products which are often great on his skin but way too greasy for his liking. He was happy to report that this cream does the job without being super slippery

Gail

Recommended!

I can indeed recommend this cream, the smell alone is great. The cream is not too greasy, and easily applied to the beard and facial skin. Sometimes beard oil is too much, this cream you can rub between your palms and apply just enough!

David W

Really Moisturizing

My beard and neck area are always very dry. After using this beard cream, it really moisturized my beard and neck and made it feel very smooth. However after a while due to my eczema, my neck felt very irritated.

Calvin

3. Neitra Body Botanicals – Deodorant

Body Deodorant

Honestly, this could be the best deodorant you’ve ever had.

  • Rating: 4.58 out of 5 Stars (33 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
neitra deodorant

Really works!

Finally a natural deodorant that really works! Wonderful scents, I’d recommend it to anyone.

Terezie

Heaven in a jar!

Can’t even think of enough good to say. This deo is the balm!!!! Lasts the entire day, no matter what you do. Heaven in a jar and ohhhhhh so much better for your body!

Kathleen

Smells great!

OMG! A natural deodorant that smells great and actually works.
I’ve only ever used the deodorant salt before and it did not work so i thought I would be stuck using conventional deodorants for life.

Rosie

Let us know what you think of arrowroot!

The benefits of using products with arrowroot often speak for themselves, as seen in the positive reviews from people who use products that highlight the ingredient. Have you used any of the products mentioned? Let us know what you think by leaving a review – we’d love to hear from you!

Good Karma 4-in-One Face Cream Review

Good Karma 4-in-One Face Cream Review TBE

Sabrina Zimmerman
The Brunette Ecoholic

 

Clean beauty & lifestyle blogger, wellness advocate, ingredient nerd & happy herbivore

 

Age: 47


Skin Type: Oily/acne prone

Hair Type: Coloured, wavy

Skin Concerns: Acne, aging

Values: I’m a vegetarian

Good Karma 4-in-One Face Cream Review TBE

Sometimes when it comes to skin care, especially when you have acne prone skin, less can definitely be more. When my skin is acting up, I’ll generally scale back on the amount of product I am using until it calms down a bit and can handle more. The downside is that I feel like I am neglecting a step that my skin may need, so finding a product that multi-tasks, like this one from Good Karma Skincare, is a real plus!

I had the pleasure of using their Lux 7 Age Defying Four-in-One Face Cream and it hit all the right notes for me and my demanding skin!

Combining the best of both nature and science, Good Karma has completely simplified the beauty routine by taking FOUR products and putting them in ONE jar! Genius, right?!

This anti-oxidant rich moisturizer is designed to take the place of your day cream, serum, eye cream and night cream, and though it was kind of weird to just use one product (when you are used to using several!), I have to say that I loved the convenience of a singular product, especially on days when I was in a hurry.

But before I delve into how the product worked for me and my thoughts on it, I want to share a bit about how this ingenious product came to be…

Owner and holistic practitioner, Cynthia Ransom had a desire to create products that were convenient, affordable, luxurious, truly natural but most importantly would yield genuine results. She got her inspiration from a 68-year-old client (who happened to be a Native American Shaman) when she asked her what she used on her skin to achieve such a wrinkle-free complexion. The Shaman shared her beauty secret – a blend of seven natural oils and thus Lux 7 was born.

Using the 7 oils as the foundation of her products, along with her holistic science knowledge and experience, Cynthia worked with biochemists to perfect her nutrient dense creations as well as pioneering a new process she uses in all of her products called Bio-Fresh – a method which helps to preserve the integrity of the ingredients.

All ingredients used in Good Karma’s products are obtained from 100% natural and renewable resources, are cruelty-free and do not contain any toxic synthetic or harmful natural ingredients.

Now, on to my personal experience with the product….

First of all, this comes in 2 formulations – one for “normal-dry” skin and “normal-oily”. I chose the “normal-oily” as that would suit my skin best.

The cream comes in an airless container, which helps to protect the nutrient-dense formula from degrading from oxidation.

Besides the proprietary blend of the 7 (cold pressed, organic & unrefined) oils of Almond, Apricot, Avocado, Grapeseed, Olive, Sesame, & Vitamin E, it contains ingredients like Date Seed Extract to minimize the formation of wrinkles and protect skin from free radicals, Blue Algae Extract which helps to tighten skin, Sodium Hyaluronate to boost elasticity and hydration, and anti-aging antioxidants like CoQ10. Natural Grapefruit Peel Oil provides a light, refreshing scent.

The cream itself is light and silky and deeply hydrating. While it does go on a little “oily”, once it is absorbed, it is more matte. A little bit goes a long way too, so be careful when pressing down on the top to release product!

While I was using this (a few weeks), my skin was calm, soft and had a dewy glow. I noticed too that I didn’t break out, which always makes me happy!

Note: Their website does mention a warning that some people may go through a complexion detox when first starting to use this, especially if you have never used natural products, so if you have really sensitive skin, you may want to do a patch test or use this every other day to start.

All in all, I really liked this cream – the ingredients, the packaging (digging the whole airless container thing!), the multi-tasking benefits, the price, but most of all, I love how my skin looked while I was using this (I had to set it aside for now to test other products, but will definitely return to using it!).

One last thing I absolutely love about this brand is that they are not only a cruelty-free brand, but they give back to our animal friends through their “Beauty Feeds the Beasts” program – an initiative that provides meals for animals in shelters with every purchase of their products!

Price – $48

Ingredients – NORMAL TO OILY INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Ethyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Squalane, Cetyl Palmitate, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodceyl Xyloside, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Astaxanthin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower (Matricaria) Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Thioctic Acid, Ubiquinone, Methylsulfonylmethane, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol.

Have you ever tried Good Karma Skincare? What are your thoughts? Let me know below!

Peace & Love,

Sabrina xo

*Product was sent to me for review consideration, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Photos by TBE.

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What’s in Fragrance and Parfum

Yellow Field What's in Fragrance and Parfum
Emma Rohmann

Emma Rohmann
Green at Home


Emma Rohmann is a mom of 2, environmental engineer, and environmental health expert who helps families create healthier, greener homes simply.

Age: 34

 

Skin Type: Combination

Hair Type: Curly, dry (and red!)

Skin Concerns: None

Values: I prefer locally-made, small-batch products. Reduced packaging is an added bonus.

Yellow Field What's in Fragrance and Parfum

HINT: Mountain air and meadow flowers are not actually used in your air freshener.

We’ve been sold on the idea of a clean smell. So we use air fresheners, room sprays, plug-ins, candles and dryer sheets to add fragrance to our home. But the ingredients used to create those “Mountain Fresh”, “Spring Meadow”, and “Lavender Vanilla” scents are not as natural as their names imply. Instead, conventional fragrances are created with synthetic chemicals, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, hormone disrupters, and asthma or allergy-inducing chemicals.

Commercials even suggest that we can leave a month’s worth of take-out containers and old gym bags in a car – but it’s OK, because there’s a product that can cover up the smell. How did we get to a place where this sounds reasonable?!

What We Know

I tried to find what ingredients make up a “fragrance” or “parfum” in common household products. On Proctor and Gamble’s website (manufacturer of products such as Swiffer, Pampers, and Tide), there’s a document with 19 pages of chemical names that are used as potential fragrance ingredients. Spot checking this list, I found hormone disruptors, potential carcinogens, and allergens.

While present in small quantities, chemical fragrance often includes phthalates to help make them last longer and dissipate the scent into the air. Phthalates are a group of chemicals also found in PVC (like shower curtains and medical tubing) and some soft plastic children’s toys. In high doses, phthalates have been found to cause cancer and fertility problems in animal studies. The Canadian Cancer Society also reports a connection with hormone disruption.

In addition, synthetic musk compounds, which are found in fragrances of common household items, are persistent environmental toxins (classified by Environment Canada), and are showing up in fish and sediments in the Great Lakes.

To make things more complex, “scent-free” or “sensitive skin” on a product doesn’t necessarily mean it’s free from fragrance. Because of the other chemicals in conventional products, some fragrance is needed so the product smells scent-free. Note that essential oils are commonly used in “natural” and DIY recipes. These are more natural than chemical fragrance ingredients, but can also trigger allergies. Consider foregoing them too, or choose high quality organic brands and always test them first for allergies and sensitivities.

What We Don’t Know

According to Ecoholic’s Adria Vasil, of the 80,000 chemicals on the market for personal care products, only 7% have received toxicological testing. Obviously no company wants to release a product that causes noticeable reactions or harm, but there are less obvious impacts that take more time to show up.

Very little is known about how these chemicals interact with each other. But scientists are finding that, especially with hormone disrupting chemicals, even the low doses in our household products are enough to cause health concerns. We also often don’t learn of ecological impacts until it’s too late (like triclosan and microbeads).

What You Can Do

Many employers are starting to adopt a scent-free policy to promote a healthier work environment and help those with allergies. Even if you don’t have known allergies, consider doing the same in your home to help avoid the potential problems with chemical fragrances. Help reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals by avoiding any product with undisclosed fragrance ingredients. These can be hiding in air fresheners (sprays, plugins, and candles), personal care products, cleaners, and laundry detergent. Train yourself to read labels – look on all sides of the package and go beyond the marketing hype.

Have you gone scent-free? What have been your challenges or wins?

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TBE’s Favourite Oils for Acne Prone Skin

Essential Oils Sabrina Zimmerman

Sabrina Zimmerman
The Brunette Ecoholic

 

Clean beauty & lifestyle blogger, wellness advocate, ingredient nerd & happy herbivore

 

Age: 47


Skin Type: Oily/acne prone

Hair Type: Coloured, wavy

Skin Concerns: Acne, aging

Values: I’m a vegetarian

Essential Oils Sabrina Zimmerman

Awhile ago, I wrote a post on my favorite skincare essential oils for acne (see here), and today I want to share a few of my favorite carrier oils for treating acne prone skin.

Before I dive in, I want to stress that what works for me and my skin may not work for you, so please bear that in mind. Always do a patch test to ensure you’re not allergic or sensitive, and give the product at least two weeks to see how your skin reacts.

The oils I selected are the ones that have not only helped keep breakouts and redness in check, but that have improved my skin overall. Some of these even provide some serious anti-aging benefits, so it’s a double win!

Rosehip Oil

I’ve heard mixed reviews on Rosehip oil – some people love it, some complain it broke them out or irritated their skin. For me, it has been a skin saver. Rosehip oil is high in Linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that seems to be lacking in acne prone skin. It’s been found that skin that is deficient in Linoleic acid is higher in Oleic acid, which makes skin’s sebum thick and sticky which in turn clogs pores and causes breakouts. So, applying oils high in Linoleic acid, like Rosehip, should restore balance and help keep skin clear. Rosehip oil is also high in Vitamin A, which helps to improve skin tone, texture, and pigmentation, as well as Vitamin C to help stimulate collagen production. And the fatty acid content can help to regenerate skin that has been scarred. Since I have been using Rosehip oil in my skincare routine, I’ve noticed fewer breakouts, less irritation and my skin isn’t quite the grease factory it usually is.

Black Cumin Seed Oil

Another oil that is great for oily and acne prone skin is Black Cumin Seed oil, aka Nigella Sativa. High in vitamins A, B & C, as well as minerals such as Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium & EFAs, this oil helps to decongest and calm skin. Its potent antibacterial & antioxidant properties work to heal blemishes and repair damaged skin.

Chia Seed Oil

[…] As a food source, I’m a huge fan of these little seeds – I eat them every day, but let me tell you, as a skin oil they are a game changer! Besides being the richest botanical source of Omega-3 fatty acids found in nature, Chia Seed oil is high in skin protecting phytonutrients and antioxidants & has been proven to increase skin hydration, reduce trans-epidermal water loss and increase skin barrier function. The result (at least for me) is calmer, less red, less broken out, more dewy, plump and smooth skin!

Hemp Seed Oil

Dubbed “nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” because it contains all 21 known amino acids & its perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 (Linoleic) to Omega 3 (Alpha-Linoleic) fatty acids, Hemp Seed oil is one of the best oils for keeping oily/acne-prone skin in check. Besides being a rich source of EFA’s, Hemp Seed oil provides a good supply of antioxidants, phytosterols, phospholipids, as well as minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfur, & Zinc. Another benefit is its ability to prevent moisture loss in the skin and to alleviate itchiness and irritation! 


Other oils that are good choices for acne prone skin are:

 

Sacha Inchi –  High in Linoleic acid & antioxidants. 

Hazelnut – Hydrating & balancing. 

Evening Primrose – Calm & moisturizing for sensitive, irritated skin. High in GLA, which reduces inflammation in the skin. 

Grapeseed – High in Linoleic acid, light & fast absorbing. 

Jojoba – Mimics our natural sebum, balancing and calming.

Yangu Oil – Rich in EFA’s & antioxidants, light weight, yet very hydrating.{read my review on it here}


What are your favorite oils for treating acne prone skin? Have any of these worked or not worked for you?

Peace & love,

Brie xo

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