The following products contain propolis and manuka. What is the difference and what are the health benefits?
Honey isn’t the only thing that bees make. Propolis or “bee glue” is a greenish-brown mixture that honey bees produce by combining their own saliva and beeswax with exuded substances they collect from tree buds, sap flows and other botanical sources. It is used as a coating to build their hives.
What are the health benefits?
Propolis is thought to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. According to Dr. Axe (Draxe.com), Propolis:
Helps Combat Cancer.
Treats Candida Symptoms.
Stops Herpes (Cold Sores) Reproduction.
Prevents and Treats Common Cold and Sore Throats.
Improves Fertility for Females with Endometriosis.
At the moment, I’m searching for a great organic brand for hair coloring without PPD, peroxides, ammonia etc. After hours researching and reading many positive reviews, I decided to buy & try Logona’s products.
Well, I gave up on searching for permanent hair color brands as I noticed they all contain ingredients such as PPD or peroxide. And if your stylist/colorist tells you they’ve found a natural or organic permanent hair color, do not believe them! In addition, there is a question whether 100% organic hair dyes do exist. Therefore, I’m trying to find the most natural products that cover the best…
When visiting Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) store in Covent Garden in London I fell in love with the ingredients of the “Lengthening Mascara” and the “Vitamin E & Avocado Night Cream”. I just had to buy and try both products!
As mentioned in one of my previous posts, Neal’s Yard Remedies is an ethical organic health and beauty shop in London. It’s one of Britain’s best-loved beauty brands.
After using the products for a few weeks, here is my review:
NYR’s Vitamin E & Avocado Night Cream: I have a sensitive combination skin and after using this product (Made with 91% organic ingredients!) for a few weeks I can say that I love this light and non- greasy cream. You can notice that it deeply nourishes the skin overnight, leaving it beautifully soft the following morning. Continue reading “NYR Organic Mascara and Night Cream”→
Are you searching for an organic lifting eye gel without toxic ingredients? Well, in London I was searching in department stores such as Harrods (all brands contained some toxic ingredients!), Selfridges (sell interesting organic brands!) and in the city. I fell in love with the lifting eye gel of The Organic Pharmacy, which is made with 81.5% organic ingredients.
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.
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?
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)
Micronized and Nano Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide
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.
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:
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! 🙂
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.
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!! 🙂
If you have seen the Golden Globes 2016, you have probably noticed Rachel McAdams’ glowing skin:
According to Birchbox and Rachel McAdams’ make-up artist (her sister!) Kayleen McAdams, to get her flawless complexion, McAdams used the following skincare products by REN:
Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask
Instant Brightening Beauty Shot
Instant Firming Beauty Shot
Global Protection Day Cream
I definitely want to try out the above products, as I’m very happy with the brand. Moreover, a few weeks ago I tried REN’s anti-ageing products for the first time.
KEEP YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL™ FIRM AND LIFT EYE CREAM
When buying eye creams, I always try to find natural/organic products which absorb into the skin easily, and are gentle on sensitive skin. Creams that are too oily or thick can ruin my eye makeup. I like the creamy texture of this product. It absorbs nicely and goes well under makeup (concealer looks natural after applying). People do complain about the packaging, as they can’t see when it’s time to buy a new product. However, creams must be packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable (no jars!). Therefore, if you really like the product, it is always good to have another one in stock.
Bio Extracts and Results:
Hexapeptide-11 from Yeast Fermentation increases firmness and reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Native Peptides from Wheat fill in wrinkles, lift and reduce the appearance of expression lines and deep wrinkles
Hydroxyproline from Aminoacids Lipovector plumps the skin
Alpha-Linoleic Acid from Arctic Lingonberry Seed oil lightens skin colour and increases moisture level
Ceramide from Carthame Oil captures water and strengthens skin’s surface
BIO RETINOID™ ANTI-AGEING CREAM
I have a “sensitive combination” skin. Therefore, I always try to find natural/organic creams that contain the right ingredients for my concerns and are not too oily. Because this REN product doesn’t have an SPF, I use it as a night cream. I like the luxurious, silky texture of the cream and I noticed that my skin is much smoother and clearer. It is a natural, non-irritating retinoid product. I will definitely keep using it.
Bio Extracts and Results:
Retinoid Analogue from Brazilian Organic White Beggar’s-Tick Flower, boosts collagen and dramatically reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Galactan from Red Algae, repairs cells and protects DNA which prevents premature ageing
Oleuropein from Olive Leaf. An anti-oxidant that detoxifies and boosts radiance
Phycocolloids from Porphyridium Cruentum Microalga, instantly lift and firm skin
Hyaluronic Acid from Yeast, replenishes and plumps skin
I can’t wait to try out REN’s “Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot” and the other above mentioned products!
Stay tuned for my next post, where I will review my favourite “organic winter” teas :)!