Raw Honey in Skincare

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Recently, I watched May Lindstrom and Caroline Hirons interview on YouTube and I was really inspired by Lindstrom’s ingredient philosophy.

It dawned on me “I have raw honey!” We keep bees and just harvested 12 pints of honey – way more that I could ever eat. Propolis and honey are common skincare ingredients and even Dr Alktilas suggests mixing his Organic Universal Mask mask with honey so I decided to do some research and experiments.

Raw, organic honey is fantastic for the skin! (I wouldn’t recommend using conventional, massed produced honey). It’s antibacterial and contains zinc so it can treat and prevent breakouts. It’s very high in antioxidants so it can prevent signs of aging. It’s also nourishing and hydrating. Honey can be used alone as a cleanser or a mask. I used it as a mixer for powdered masked: Dr Alkaitis’s Organic Universal Mask and May Lindstrom The Problem Solver.

I absolutely loved mixing the Organic Universal Mask mask with honey – it made my skin feel very hydrated.

I didn’t 100% love honey with The Problem Solver. I will probably continue to do it periodically because it offers some great benefits but it damped the sensory experience of the mask. Mixing the powder with honey + water took away the tingling feeling I usually get with the mask and it lessened the wonderful molasses cookie scent it normally has. So, if you have sensitive skin, adding honey to The Problem Solver might make it less harsh on your skin.

I’m really excited to keep looking for places to use raw honey in my skincare routine! Have you bought raw honey at the story to use for skincare? How did you use it? Let me know!

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Simple | Water Boost Micellar Gel Wash | Review

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In A Few Words
A gentle cleanser suitable for normal and sensitive skin that contains no harsh chemicals, artificial colors or perfume.

The new Simple Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash, a new generation face wash with Micellar cleansing bubbles, infused with skin-essential minerals and plant extract, this formula delivers instant hydration AND gentle yet effective cleansing – perfect for even sensitive skin. The cleansing gel comes in a 5oz plastic tube and I bought mine for $6.00 on Amazon.

I think this a great buy from the drugstore! It’s gentle on the skin (soap free and SLS free) and leaves the skin feeling clean, but tight stripped. This cleanser is not hydrating or moisturizing at all, so might want pass if you have dry skin. It’s unscented, simple, and very utilitarian cleanser so while it does the job, it’s not enjoyable to use (but for I wasn’t expecting it to be). The Micellar Gel does a good job removing face makeup but I wouldn’t use it for eye makeup and I normally just second cleanse or morning cleanse. While washing your face, it stays a very thick gel consistency so I use a cloth to wash it off because it is difficult to rinse off with water.

This cleanser is a great basic, budget buy for normal to oily skin types.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Lactic Acid

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Phthalates
Parabens
Fragrances
Dyes
Aluminium

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
Unknown – I cannot find a clear answer, on their website they state “Our parent company Unilever have been leading our industry and investing £3 million a year for the past 7 years on developing alternative non-animal testing methods.” … which is not a “Yes”

Complete Ingredients:
Water (aqua), Cocamidopropyl betaine, Propylene glycol, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Sodium chloride, Panthenol, Citric acid, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl acetate, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Pantolactone, Saccharide Isomerate, Potassium chloride, Sodium citrate, Lactic acid, Sodium benzoate

Currently Loving | Cleansers

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A rundown of the cleansers I am currently grabbing for ALL the time. My skin is normal / dehydrated and I get hormonal acne. I look for cleansers that don’t strip the skin of its natural oils, has a low pH, is free of sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), is not abrasive/physically exfoliating, and fit in my budget!

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FEBRUARY FAVORITES | 2018

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Christophe Robin – Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender

This hair oil is the most nourishing product I have ever used. I have dry, color treated hair and a good hair oil is a must for me. This hair oil is silicone free and contains palm oil (I couldn’t find info how how it was sourced – if that is a deal breaker for you), linoleic acid, vitamin E, and olive oil. It’s a little hard to use because it is a semi-solid and can be tough to get out of the bottle – I just take mine into the shower with me and let the heat liquefy it a bit. I hae been using it for 3 months as an overnight mask or before/after styling and I have seen a noticeable difference in my hair – it feels and looks more moisturized, smoother, and all around healthier. This will probably be too heavy for someone with fine hair.

Smashbox – Camera Ready BB Water (fair)

Smashbox’s BB Water has been my everyday, go-to base! It has light coverage that evens out skin tone, lasts all day, melts seamlessly into the skin, and sets down completely without powder. This product really gives a “your skin but better look” and does not wear away throughout the day. My biggest complaint is that it takes close to a full dropper to do my entire face so I have been plowing through it.

e.l.f. – Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Lotion (rose)

This lotion is beautiful – it is a light pink,glitter free skin perfecter. I use the Glow Lotion as a primer under foundation or as a luminous base on a no-makeup day and it gives the skin an effortless, youthful, ethereal glow. This is the perfect thing to throw on if you don’t want to wear makeup, but your skin is looking a little dull or flat.

Kate Somerville – Anti Bac Clearing Lotion

I have the biggest love/hate relationship with this product – nothing clears my skin like a good benzoyl peroxide and nothing slowly sucks the life out of my skin like benzoyl peroxide. The Kate Somerville’s Anti Bac clears all of the texture from my chin and forehead, but I walk a fine line between using it frequently enough to be effective without drying the hell out of my skin. It’s made it into my February favorites because I took a good 3 month break from it and reintroduced into my skincare this month and was reminded about effective it can be on some of the problem areas on my face.

That’s So Retrograde

I’ve casually listened to this podcast for awhile now, but recently I have been on a binge listing to the whole catalog, and re-listening to episode I have really loved! It is a wellness podcast that covers everything from numerology to foam rolling. It is hosted by two hilarious women – Elizabeth and Stephanie. They are very well informed and yet are still constantly surprised and learning in each episode. They ask the perfect questions and have hilarious banter with their guests – even the episodes with guests I’m not particularly interested in are still entertaining. I have linked to an episode with Rose Marie Swift, the founder of RMS Beauty.

Detox Box | December 2017 – STILL AVAILABLE

The Detox Market describes the box as “a monthly box that allows us to share with you our tried-and-true favorites and game-changing discoveries. Each month you’ll receive products that are universal and exceptional—you know, the “holy grails”. Products that have people complimenting your skin, and asking what you’re doing. At The Detox Market, our search for the best in green beauty isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
We have strict ingredient standards, high expectations for performance, and a need to connect with the passion behind each brand. The products that make it are proven to be above and beyond.” The box will feature one brand and each box has a guaranteed value of $90.00.

This month’s box included three products from Dr. Alkaitis – a mask, toner, and facial oil. I have never even heard of this brand so really love that the Detox Market includes cards that introduce you to the brand and the founder. I think the education included in the box is a wonderful touch – it gives you some insight into the products and the brand philosophy! This box also came with a booklet/catalog from the brand itself that gave detailed information on the history of the brand, quality standards, products, skincare regimens, and ingredients. This month’s Detox Box has a total value of $143.00.

Dr. Alkaitis has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and created his brand with the philosophy that “if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” He takes a wholistic view that skincare goes beyond topical treatments and a complete picture of  good lifestyle choices lead to a healthy body and healthy skin. Dr. Alkaitis produce their products in their own factory and source their ingredients from producers that they have a person relationship with.

Organic Universal Mask – The mask is like a green juice for your skin (and it smells like!) that feed your face with superfoods such as Alfalfa, Wheatgrass, Chlorella, and Spirulina. It can be mixed with raw honey or goat’s milk yogurt! The box included a small packet of honey to try with this mask. I mixed mine with water and left it on for 20 minutes and it is definitely like your green juice in the morning – it smells gross, it’s not luxurious, but you keep doing it because you know it’s good for you.

Organic Herbal Toner – The toner is an aloe vera and witch hazel base that balances the skin. The third ingredient is “alcohol (drinkable grape alcohol)” and that made me a little nervous to use it, but the Dr. Alkaitis booklet actually addressed this concern stating “unlike de-natured alcohol that us mostly used, our organic grape alcohol is highly beneficial for your skin and facilitates the nutrient rich composition to be optimally absorbed by your skin.” I have used this twice and haven’t experienced any burning or drying from it.

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil – This oil contains 15 antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory herbs in a base of Organic Jojoba, St. John’s Wart, and Andean Mountain Rose Hip Seed oils. I can be used on the face, body, hair, and nails. I have not tried this yet! I have a few oils going right now and I want finish some up before I open a new one. I am disappoint that this high end oil comes in a plastic bottle – given the price point, I would expect glass packaging.

DETOX MARKET – THE Subscription Box for a Skincare Addict

Look. Listen. If you are really into skincare, green beauty, or niche brands (or you really want to be) you need, NEED to check out The Detox Box. They just launched in October of 2017 and the November box is still available. October’s box was a Vitamin C Oil Serum from Odacite that retails for $150.00 *insert Home Alone screaming face*.

Each month, the box will feature one brand and each box has a guaranteed value of $90.00. The Detox Market describes the box as “a monthly box that allows us to share with you our tried-and-true favorites and game-changing discoveries. Each month you’ll receive products that are universal and exceptional—you know, the “holy grails”. Products that have people complimenting your skin, and asking what you’re doing. At The Detox Market, our search for the best in green beauty isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
We have strict ingredient standards, high expectations for performance, and a need to connect with the passion behind each brand. The products that make it are proven to be above and beyond.”

The Detox Box November 2017 – Value $97.00

Josh Rosebrook – Hydration Accelerator
One of my favorite hydrating fist mists (I was running low on my current bottle, so this was well timed!), it’s packed with aloe juice, nut oils, herbs, and essential oils. This face mist is “a great foundation for the rest of your skin care regime. This light spray of liquid nutrition prepares your skin by lowering the surface tension of your skin cells, lubricating and loosening so that nutrients can penetrate deeper and faster. It naturally fills cells with water to make them plump and firm, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles for a smooth finish.”

Josh Rosebrook – Advanced Hydration Mask
I have been struggling with re-balancing my skin after a change to colder weather and central heat turning on and this mask did what my other SOS products couldn’t do! I used this mask morning and night two days in a row and it brought my tight, itchy dehydrated skin back to life! Damn, if this box didn’t read my mind! – Well, it is winter, so I’m sure everyone is dry…

11.16.17 AM Skincare

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Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Treatment Cleanser

Lilyana Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Gel-Cream

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion