Propolis & Manuka Hand Cream and Lipstick

The following products contain propolis and manuka. What is the difference and what are the health benefits?

Bioformule Propolis Lipstick

1) Propolis:

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.
  • Fights Parasites.
  • Improves Fertility for Females with Endometriosis.

Propolis in hand cream:
Propolis extract helps to repair and strengthen the skin’s barrier. Use often to soften skin and prevent dryness and cracking. Continue reading “Propolis & Manuka Hand Cream and Lipstick”

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Logona Organic Hair Color: Brand Review

Dear Organic Lovers,

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.

Why Logona?
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…

Logona Organic Hair Color

Continue reading “Logona Organic Hair Color: Brand Review”

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NYR Organic Mascara and Night Cream

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!

nyr-organic-night-cream-and-mascara

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”

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The Organic Pharmacy: The Lifting Eye Gel

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 Organic Pharmacy Lifting Eye Gel

My review:

Continue reading “The Organic Pharmacy: The Lifting Eye Gel”

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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”

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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.

 

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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

 

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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!! 🙂

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REN Skincare and The Golden Globes 2016

If you have seen the Golden Globes 2016, you have probably noticed Rachel McAdams’ glowing skin:

Rachel McAdams Golden Globes 2016
Photo: Getty Images

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.

REN Anti-Ageing Skincare

My Reviews:

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 :)!

 

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