Caudalie: Organic Grape Water & Vinoperfect

Dear Beauty Lovers,

A few weeks ago, I received Caudalie’s “Organic Grape Water” and “Vinoperfect” samples to review!

Caudalie Grape Water and Vinoperfect

Caudalie is a multi-channel French skincare company, specializing in anti-ageing, skincare, body care, fragrance & masks. Ingredients are derived from the vineyards of Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy. The company is active in toxicology and ecology. Continue reading “Caudalie: Organic Grape Water & Vinoperfect”


Rejuvenation Water With Amino Acids

Rejuvenation Water is naturally flavored Derbyshire spring water enriched with amino acids.

Rejuvenation Water

Are you searching for healthier alternatives for traditional soft drinks? Than you should definitely try them out! They are available in three refreshing flavors; Apple & Mint, Ginger & Lime and Spanish Orange. My favorite taste is “Apple & mint”! I love the unique flavor. Ginger lovers will looove the “Ginger & lime” taste!

It addition, Rejuvenation Water is not sweet at all. It  only contains 2 grams amount of natural sugar from the fruit juices. Naturally sweetened with the finest Stevia, the leaf extract.

What Are Amino Acids?
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and the L-Glutamine within Rejuvenation Water is the most abundant amino acid in the human body. Each 500ml serving contains 5g of L-Glutamine. I love to workout and I used to take L-Glutamine to build and maintain my muscle mass. Proteins promote health at a cellular level, making up the structure of all cells and tissues in the human body.

Therefore, drinking Rejuvenation Water:

  • Fuels the immune system
  • Builds a natural support to stress, depression and anxiety
  • Aids digestion and the body’s absorption of proteins.

Check out Rejuvenation Water’s site to learn more about the brand.


Organic Ecocert Sunscreens and Lovea

The weather is finally improving in Belgium and I was searching for organic ecocert – certified sunscreens! I found the French brand Lovea at Holland & Barrett (before De Tuinen) in Maastricht.

Organic Ecocert Lovea Sunscreen

Why I love Lovea’s organic ecocert products?

  • Natural (Ecocert/Cosmebio certified)
  • Mineral sunscreens, PABA & Paraben free
  • Safety formulas, complying with European standards
  • Very high UVA – UVB protection
  • Moisturizing properties (Monoï of Tahiti)
  • Water resistant, non greasy

Why 30+ SPFs?
In general, dermatologists suggest products with SPFs no lower than 30 and no higher than 50. In addition to an SPF of 30+, your sunscreen should include some combination of the following UVA-blocking ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule, and oxybenzone. Sunscreens with both UVA and UVB protection may be labeled multi spectrum, broad spectrum, or UVA/UVB protection.

Why organic ECOCERT products?


Ecocert Logo

Founded in France in 1991 ECOCERT is one of the largest organic certification organisations in the world, carrying out inspections in over 80 countries. In relation to natural and organic cosmetics ECOCERT defines criteria for a natural and/or organic standard that guarantees respect for the environment throughout the production line, through respect for the consumer and the promotion of natural substances. ECOCERT is one of the most recognised organic certification bodies in the world and one of the most respected.

Clean Cuisine posted an interesting article about “The Organic Sunscreen Myth” and mentioned Lovea.

Scary Sunscreen Ingredients:

  • OMC (octyl methoxycinnamate)
  • Octocrylene
  • Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone
  • Homosalate
  • Octinoxate
  • Octisalate
  • Micronized and Nano Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide

Read more about the trouble with Oxybenzone and other sunscreen chemicals and WebMD’s article about sunscreen labels.



Neal’s Yard Remedies: Ethical Organic Health & Beauty

Neal’s Yard Remedies is an ethical organic health and beauty shop in London. It’s one of Britain’s best-loved beauty brands and I haven’t seen the brand in any other country yet. They won lots of health and beauty rewards (Natural Health Magazine Beauty Awards 2016, veggie award, winner CEW Beauty Award 2015 etc.) and I fell in love with the brand when I noticed the organically produced ingredients in the products.

Neal's Yard Remedies Covent Garden

In general, you see a lot of “organic” or “100% natural” on products’ packaging. However, when you look at the ingredients, they still contain  some toxic ingredients (I always try to search for eco-certified brands). Therefore, a few months ago I created the following “instaguide” for my instagram followers:

Instaguide series The Organic Label


They can make a screenshot and save it on their phone to always have it handy when they go shopping for non-toxic beauty and personal care products.

Now back to Neal’s Yard Remedies. In their Convent Garden’s store (their first shop opened in 1981), I mentioned I’m blogging about organic toxic-free products and they were really friendly and explained all the interesting products and the story behind the brand. For my skin issue (expression lines and combined skin) I got some samples that I will try out and review soon. They also mentioned that I have to drink lots of water and gave me brochures about herbal remedies. Aaaand I could NOT leave the store without buying their organic certified “Vitamin E and avocado night cream” and lengthening mascara. I will also post a review about them soon! 🙂

Neal's Yard Remedies Certifications

Inside Neal's Yard Remedies London

Inside Neal's Yard Remedies



Organic Veggie Café in London

Hi Organic Lovers,

I’m back!

I recently moved to my new home in Belgium and didn’t have much time to spend on my blog. But I’m finally settled and found time to share my experience of my organic journey in London a few weeks ago.

As mentioned earlier in one of my posts, I lived in London for two years. I see it, after Belgium and NYC, as my 3rd home. London is super close to Belgium (approx. 2 hours from Brussels and via Eurostar). As a result, I go there often to combine business with pleasure hehe.


Wild Food Café Covent Garden

A few weeks ago, I had lunch at one of my favorite places in beautiful Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden: Wild Food Café. WFC is a raw and wholefood veggie café. Every time I go there, I have the feeling I’m in exotic Cuba! If you go there, you know what I mean! 🙂 The food is really fresh and from local independent suppliers and organic producers!

Wild Food Cafe Covent Garden

Wild Food Cafe Inside

Wild Food Cafe London

Wild Food Cafe London

If you love raw, vegan and nutrient-packed food you should definitely try out Wild Food Café!

Next week I will write about the health and skincare shop: Neal’s Yard Remedies. One of Britain’s best-loved beauty brands!

Stay tuned!


Dragon Fruit: The Surprising Health Benefits

The Dragon Fruit (also called “pitaya”) is the fruit of the cactus genus Hylocereus. I believe it is an extremely beautiful fruit. It has its origins in Mexico, South America, and Central America. According to, New World settlers probably brought it to Southeast Asian nations like Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where it remains an important part of the dietary fruit intake.

Dragon FruitWhen you open the fruit, the texture is like a kiwi, and the meat is filled with small black seeds which must be chewed if they are to be digested. The leaves of dragon fruit can be steeped for a very healthy form of tea. The rough outer skin has little nutritional value and is rarely eaten.

Health benefits:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Contain vitamin C (equivalent to 10% of the daily value)
  • Polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids
  • B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism
  • Carotene
  • Protein

There are no health risks associated with dragon fruits, and studies have even shown that pregnant women and breast-feeding women are safe to eat dragon fruits without any worry of risks.

Check out DailyBurn for some healthy and creative dragon fruit recipes!


Hemp Seeds & The Cannabis Plant

I recently discovered the amazing health benefits of hemp seeds!

Hemp seeds are produced from the hemp plant,Cannabis sativa L. While hemp is commonly confused with marijuana, as it belongs to the same family, the two plants are quite different. Most notably is the level of THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Hemp contains less than 1% of the psychoactive drug while marijuana contains up to 20% or more.

Hemp Plant

I love the organic hulled raw seeds of Vitanza HQ.  A couple of spoonfuls of the hemp seeds packs a serious amount of essential nutrients! They have a pleasantly nutty taste, like a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut. I often sprinkle the seeds into salads, smoothies, yoghurt, cereal or oats!!! Very yummy & healthy!!

Organic Hemp Seeds

Health benefits of raw hemp seeds:

  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance
  • More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
  • Rich in Vitamin E
  • Can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar
  • There are no known allergies to hemp foods.

Organic Nail Polish Removers & KOH Cosmetics

Hi Organic Fashionistas!

For those using nail polish and remover often, it’s worth knowing that chemicals in nail polish can be harmful if you’re regularly exposed to them. The two most common chemicals are formaldehyde and toluene. Formaldehyde is used as a hardener in nail polish and toluene is used to help nail polish glide on more smoothly. Especially when you are pregnant it is recommended to use nail polish that’s free from both chemicals.

In addition, if you are exposed to large doses of acetone over long periods of time, there’s a small possibility that this could lead to developmental problems and birth defects. Many beauty bloggers mention the US organic brand Karma Naturals. This soybean based oil contains propylene carbonate, soybean oil methyl exter, and tocopheryl acetate as ingredients- no acetone whatsoever!

Yesterday, I went shopping in Antwerp to find organic nail polish removers. No organic brand that sparked my interest but at Parfuma I noticed the “Purifying Polish Remover” from KOH Cosmetics with no acetone (however this means another chemical namely ethylacetate which is less drying and healthier for cuticles!) with vitamin E, almond oil and castor oil.

KOH Cosmetics

Furthermore, I noticed KOH’s  “Calcium Nail Whitener”. I love the small  fashionable black box that comes along. After applying, I noticed a healthy-looking pink nail bed! Love it!!!

I love the brand and wondering whether there are other organic healthier alternatives? Let me know!! 🙂


Oranges: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts

Happy Tuesday Organic Lovers!

It’s finally March and winter is almost over! This year spring begins March 20th!

As you all know, colds and flus are most common in the winter or rainy seasons. And to boost my immune system, I often drink freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning.

Fresh Orange Juice

Health benefits of freshly pressed orange juice:

  • Ability to boost immune system function
  • Reduces signs of aging
  • Protects against cancer
  • Boosts cellular repair and metabolism
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves blood pressure
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Lowers cholesterol levels

The skin & pulp in oranges have considerable health benefits!

Can vitamin C cure colds?
The answer is NO. According to MedlinePlus, despite the popular belief that vitamin C can cure the common cold, research about this claim is conflicting. Large doses of vitamin C may help reduce how long a cold lasts, but they do not appear to protect against getting a cold.

Natural cold and flu remedies
In addition to orange juice, I drink plenty of water; warm water with lemon juice and honey (is known to be antimicrobial and helps the immune system fight infection; teas (clears the nasal passages); soups and I add lots of RAW garlic (powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties) and onion to my food (no kissing :P). Medical professionals also recommend that you should spend about 10 to 15 minutes in a steam shower, up to three times per day.

Fresh orange juice during pregnancy?
According to, most unpasteurized juice is not safe, because your immune system is suppressed when you’re pregnant. You should drink only pasteurized juice products unless the fruit is freshly washed and squeezed immediately before you drink it (as fresh orange juice often is).

If fruit juice is not pasteurized during pregnancy, e.g. if you buy it freshly pressed, that means it has not been heated enough to kill the bacteria in the juice. This can be harmful to the baby or mom.

Not only is orange juice high in vitamin C and folic acid, it’s also a good source of potassium, which has been shown to help lower high blood pressure, a particular danger during pregnancy.