It’s that time again! More goodies that have delighted me with their efficacy, ingredients, and/or smelly smells. Read on!
1. Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Organic Perfume Oil, $10. Natural Joy Beauty sent me a bottle of LBC Perfume Oil in Whimsy, a light floral blend with no sharp or spicy notes. The delicate scent comes in a little roll-on container that is easy to travel with (I have taken it with me on two trips), is easy on the nose, and is entirely natural. Plus, this is going to last a loooong time. Artificial scents tend to give people headaches, and this is like wearing flowers in your hair – just a light, lovely scent all day, sans headache. In addition to their lovely perfume blends, Natural Joy carries an excellent assortment of truly natural cosmetics and skin care products, and have extended an exclusive discount code for Epic Beauty Guide readers — save 15% on any order (!) with coupon code EPIC15. The code expires 31st of July 2012, so go explore!
2. Skin Apotheke Ubtan Clarifying Cleansing Scrub, $16. This is my old standby that gets put on the back burner and is then revisited with much delight and deep self-actualizing questions like “why did I ever stop using this??” With skin-nurturing, blemish-destroying ingredients like sandalwood, rice bran, turmeric, and neem, this powerhouse powder has done wonders for my skin in a ridiculously short amount of time. In only seven days, it is back to being radiant and blackhead-free after a bad testing experience with a pore-clogging sunblock. Ah, the things I do for you. I first wash my face, then pour about 1 tsp. of the ubtan powder in the palm of my wet hands, rub my hands together to get the powder wet, and then apply it to my face. I gently scrub for about 30-6o seconds in each area and leave it on to rest as a mask for about a minute longer. I wash it off with my cleanser again, follow with toner, and done! Beautiful, soft, glowing, moisturized skin. Nom nom indeed.
3. Mtn. Rose Herbs Calendula Hydrosol, 4 oz., $9. I have been using this calendula hydrosol as a toner for the past month or so and while it smells like musty flowers, it is incredibly soothing and helps the skin heal quickly. It is simple and cheap, and can be applied by soaking a cotton ball in the liquid and smooshing it all over your face and neck. So refreshing! You can also try mixing it with witch hazel (alcohol-free, try The Homestead Company) – equal parts witch hazel and calendula. This will be a staple in my cabinet even when I’m trying other toners for EBG.
4. Vapour Illusionist Concealer, $22. Richly pigmented and completely skin-friendly, this concealer is a favorite of mine. I use it under my eyes for the days when my thinly-skinned eye area likes to exhibit my little veins for all the world to see. While I have been consistently using retinal and vitamin C to thicken my under-eye skin, it’s a slow process and this concealer comes in handy. It looks natural, doesn’t crease (a little goes a long way, and it will crease if you use too much), and lasts the whole day. What’s more, it doesn’t clog my pores at all. Three cheers!
5. Skin Apotheke Organic Deep Pore Hot Oil Cleanser, $21. A few years ago, after a few readers had inquired about the oil cleansing method (OCM), I tried it and ended up with a buttload of clogged pores. Of course, I knew cleansing with oil was an age-old technique and excellent for parched complexions, but it just needed to be done correctly with quality oils (and potentially without castor oil). Enter the Organic Deep Pore Cleanser, yet another Skin Apotheke product that has continued to add to the line’s excellent reputation. This golden oil contains some incredible active ingredients known for encouraging clear, glowing skin: camellia seed oil, tamanu oil, sea buckthorn, and an excellent selection of healing essential oils. I use this (followed by the ubtan scrub) every night. Your. Skin. Will. Glow. It is an excellent choice for those with dry skin, sensitive skin, and/or those prone to blackheads.
Hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and your thoughts on them. Any suggestions for future reviews?