All posts tagged: natural skincare

Sumbody | Save Me, Honey Shower Mask

Skin clearning. Purifying. Calming. Last year when I went on a weekend getaway to the San Francisco Bay Area, I stumbled upon a natural skincare store and purchased these toner pads. I was also on the lookout for a new mask since I was almost finished with my Tata Harper Exfoliating Mask. I noticed a jar labeled honey shower mask. I was intrigued. So I asked the store clerk exactly how it worked. She explained that it could be used as a mask or face scrub while you’re in the shower. Seems simple enough, right?  $29.95 large jar (4 oz) Upon opening the jar, you’re immediately hit with a peculiar scent thanks to the third ingredient, apple cider vinegar. The first ingredient, honey, gives the mask it’s runny consistency. Spread throughout the mask are sea salt granules to give you some exfoliation. However, they are rather sharp edged granules that may sting a little. Due to the obsidian clay and other grainy ingredients there is settling. But that can easily be fixed by mixing the ingredients again until …

Lina Hanson | Global Body Serum

I believe using pure and natural ingredients derived from the earth will help your skin get the nutrients it needs to look its best. Thus, I made it my goal to source the most pure, anti‐aging essential oils in the world. Years ago I was one those half-witted people who thought that the answer to clear skin was to stay away from oils. I couldn’t have been more wrong. For over a year now I’ve been using oils on my face and have been completely loving it. Oils like this one have actually helped clear my face of existing acne scars. So now it was time to give the same attention to the rest of my body. $64 for 100 ml The violet MIRON glass bottle is truly great for those traveling abroad because it’s a very sturdy container. Lina also chose the perfect size as it meets the TSA liquid restrictions of 3.4 fluid ounces. The oil has a light yellow tint, feels non-greasy, and sinks easily into the skin. The vanilla scent is complimented with …

What’s In My Bag? | Yosemite National Park, California 2014

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.  – Ansel Adams, photographer While I’ve been a little neglectful of this blog its naught for good reason. The Mister just returned from Afghanistan and we took a trip to a little (ha!) place in the mountains of California. As outgoing as I am, this was actually my first real camping trip… and now I want to go camping every month! We truly roughed it with a campsite just a mile away from the South Yosemite entrance. It came equipped with, well, nothing save for a small camp grill at the site and community vault toilets. So what was I to bring to a vacation where I couldn’t shower every night? The bare minimum. Face Konjac Sponge Co. Bamboo Charcoal Sponge Yoshimomo Botanique Marine Mineral Facial Toner Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30 Body Honestly pHresh Deodorant in Sugar Mint Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 NatraCare Intimate Wipes These products and …

Sodashi | Eye and Lip Cleanser with Chamomile

This gentle cleansing cream removes eye make-up and lipstick and contains plant extracts to nourish and strengthen eye lashes. Last year when I won a Sodashi Instagram giveaway, I received a clay face cleanser and and an eye/lip cleanser. I’ve used liquid eye makeup removers, natural oils but a cream eye makeup remover was completely new to me. I immediately looked through the website to find out more about this unique product. I was a bit hesitant because I thought it would irritate my eyes but today I’m here to confess my love for this product! Sodashi packaging is nothing short of classic. They house their effective products in beautiful violet miron bottles to block all visible spectrum light with the exception of the violet range and infra red. This helps tremendously with protecting the quality and efficacy of ingredients. To my relief, it’s quite sturdy as demonstrated with a few accidental knocks off the bathroom sink. With only 50 mL (1.7 fl oz) of cleanser, the bottle is rather small which makes it perfect …

The Japanese Konjac Sponge | Wild Mint Puff + Giveaway

I used to be a Clarisonic MIA user but after a while I jumped off that wagon. When I went on a greener path, I searched for a more natural alternative. I tried exfoliating masks then moved onto exfoliating granules like this one from One Love Organics. But what I really searching for was a facial tool like Clarisonic to use on a daily basis. Enter the konjac sponge. This facial puff made out of Japanese konjac fibers is completely natural, safe for daily use, and biodegradable. A few months ago I entered myself in the Japanese Konjac Sponge Instagram giveaway. I was one of several winners. When they reached out to me about my win they graciously gifted me extra sponges for my readers! So continue on to see how you can win a sponge for yourself! $11.50 per sponge The sponges are made out of root fibers from the konjac plant which has been used in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese diet for centuries. They have high water retention making the surface always covered in …

May Lindstrom | The Blue Cocoon

If there’s anything that you should keep in your beauty arsenal it’s a good balm. According to Merriam-Webster, a balm is an oily substance with a pleasant smell and that is used for healing, soothing, or protecting the skin. I generally see balms associated with lips in mainstream markets. However, a balm can and should be used on every place where your skin is suffering from dryness. As I was expecting for this past winter to do a number on my skin, I decided to get a balm that would help my skin from flaking. Eco-skin chef, May Lindstrom, had just released a balm in her line that was certainly a blue enchantress. Luckily, Epic Beauty Bar was having a nice sale and I found my moment to save some money on this pricey item. $160 per pot (1.6 oz / 50 mL) As most of you may know I’m a sucker for clean black packaging. The violet glass pot with gold lettering brings on quite the polished look. I especially loved seeing May’s signature whimsical dandelion silhouette  on the lid. …

Skincare Ritual | Winter 2013

Wow. Is it April already?! This past winter San Diego didn’t have much of a cold season. Due to last winter being so unbearably cold on some days I was preparing myself for another cold snap. However, it was pretty mild with temperatures averaging around 73°F during the day and 55°F in the evening. They don’t call it Sunny San Diego for no reason! So this time around I didn’t have to rely on heavy creams to keep my face supple. Here’s a roundup the products that have kept my face glowing through a typical Southern California winter. Morning 1. Cleanse with Sodashi Clay Cleanser with Lime | 2. Moisturize with Odacite Beautiful Day Moisturizer | 3. Boost skin with Saya Rooibos + Aloe Face Serum | 4. Protect with a mix of Suntegrity BB Cream + Coola Tinted Mineral Sunscreen To sort of wake myself and my skin up I splash water on my face and then proceed to the rest of my routine. During the winter, a thicker cleanser is ideal in order …

Evohe | Foam Wash

When my friends and I were getting close to the end of our Australia trip, we realized we hadn’t seen some of the country’s more popular animals (i.e. koalas, kangaroos, etc). A lovely couple, whom we are now friends with, generously offered to take us to the Healesville Sanctuary outside of Melbourne. It was an unforgettable experience seeing and interacting with these unique animals. Just before we left, we perused the gift shop for any trinkets we may take away from the zoo. I noticed a shelf full of skincare products. Reading the labels front to back, I quickly realized that this brand is all natural and boasts ingredients unique to Australia. In the end I decided on this foam wash and am so grateful that I did. Today, I consider this my best skincare find and buy from the Land Down Under! $30.00 per  bottle (6.2 fl oz) The reason I purchased this item out of everything else was because it was different. Initially I wanted to use it as a facial foam wash. When …