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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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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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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