Monday, September 25, 2017

Review of Luk Beautifood Lipsticks and Interview With The Founder Cindy Luken

Hi Lovelies,

Welcome back, and if you are new here, welcome πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Luk Beautifood lipsticks

Today I wanted to review something I touched on in my Summer 2017 Favourites post, beautiful lipsticks made from real food, aka Luk Beautifood. They came all the way from Australia, and I received Peach Melon, which is gorgeous Peach, and Chai Shimmer, which is equally lovely shimmery gold. You will see them swatched below, as well as my honest thoughts on them. All that, and the interview with the founder, Cindy Luken - I am so happy to present it to you!

But first let's look at LukBeautifood brand, shall we? 

This ethical, holistic & cruelty free brand makes their products in Australia with ethical buying in mind, as well as using recyclable materials. Their mission is to give every woman the opportunity to cultivate her natural beauty without compromising her health and wellbeing with outdated chemically formulated cosmetics and time consuming beauty practices.
The products are made with a potent mix of active foods that feed your skin with nutrients, hydration and protective antioxidants + anti-inflammatories while actively contributing to your health and wellbeing.
TOXIN FREE: They don’t use toxic ingredients that are known endocrine disruptors, carcinogenic or linked to cancer* including preservatives, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic colours and fragrance.
100% NATURAL – they don’t use synthetic ingredients. At lΓΌk beautifood they make every effort we can to ensure our products leave the smallest footprint possible. Products are not tested on animals and are proudly made in Australia following the guidelines for COLIPA & TQM systems.
lΓΌk products are modern, multi-purpose and multisensory to create a super-nourishing, guilt-free and joyful experience every time.
* Evidence based research by EWG / Skin Deep, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

As I already mentioned, the products are made from food grade ingredients, meaning organic cold pressed oils, minerals, essential oils and so on. The lipsticks are gluten free, which gives more choice to those who have to avoid it (hooray or what?) and certainly do not contain any toxic ingredients in form of anything synthetic or petrochemical derived. They even come wrapped in a beautiful cloth which is meant to be recycled as a cleaning cloth. I find it too pretty to be using it that way, but I am not sure what I will do with it either, so for now they are sitting there waiting for my inspiration. And did I mention the lipsticks come in twelve shades? And that they've been featured in InStyle magazine?

LukBeautifood lipsticks

Shall we look at the ingredients?
Although they don't list ingredients for every single lipstick on their website, I poked around their blog and found a list of what they are made of, and here it is: beeswax (sorry my vegan readers), mineral, fruit and vegetable pigments, coconut, avocado, sesame seed oils and cocoa butter, as well as castor seed oil (no wonder they feel so moisturising), rosemary and some other essential oils and vitamin E. 

Swatches of LukBeautifood lipsticks Peach Melon and Chai Shimmer
What are my thoughts on them? Well, I must tell you that they don't resemble lipstick as we know it per se, they are more like lipstick-lip balm hybrid, meaning that if you want your lipstick to have that POW colour, then these might not be for you. They are very natural looking, and you have to layer them on to build up the colour, but then that's exactly why I love them - for the naturalness of them! Both in terms of nourishing natural ingredients, to how natural they look on the lips! I've mentioned this in my Summer 2017 Favourites post already, but I chose these two lipsticks over a ton of bright one I took away with me. You will feel nourishment from just one swipe. You will love those if you don't like traditional lipsticks and want your lips to look natural (hello, me!) Heck, you don't even need a mirror when applying these!

And now for the interview portion with the founder Cindy Luken. Enjoy!

πŸ’„ How did you become interested in natural and sustainable products?

That’s a great question as looking back, I’ve always lived a pretty simple and outdoorsy life and eaten healthy, nourishing foods. Interestingly. I’m drawn to well-designed items and make careful and thoughtful purchases to invest in and support the ‘maker’. My husband and I have been together for 25 years and discovering unique, beautifully designed products that are made with care and respect has taken us on an amazing journey of discovery.

I’ve never been a glossy magazine, mainstream media consumer influenced by what everyone else is doing. I have just lived from the heart - I have always found that mother nature is the most inspiring creator so let her beauty shine. From ingredients to form and function.

πŸ’„ What challenges have you faced in finding natural and eco friendly hair and skin products? I am guessing this led you to create your own line of products and opening an online shop, am I correct?

Like many others, I’ve had loads of challenges sourcing natural and eco friendly hair and skin products until now – there’s now so much choice! I’ve been lucky though, as in the late nineties I discovered the Darphin brand of skincare. It was fairly expensive then, and is still, but the simplicity and beauty of their aromatherapy philosophy has captivated me for nearly 20 years.

The products I use has changed slightly over the years as anything with water, such as moisturiser and cleanser, has chemical preservatives so I changed to Eminence Organics Jasmine & Tangerine moisturiser five years ago. Finding a replacement for the moisturiser took me a year of trialing 20 different products. After all these years, I still use the pure oils never morning – chamomile or tangerine and the purifying balm at night – I am addicted to it!

It’s a product that defines me, it’s my signature scent but better than this I am now a living case of what happens to your skin if you use clean beauty products, and eat healthy, for a long time! I turned 50 earlier this year.

Did the lead me to create my own line of products, well yes and no. I was actually looking for the ideal product to create my next business. My criteria included – must be ideal for selling online, be small so it can be shipped with free post (ie go via letter not parcel post), have a low cost of goods , have a potentially large customer base, be low risk (health wise) and, if possible tap into my skills of being a foodie/food scientist/ healthy lifestyle as I wholeheartedly believe that if you can apply your skills and passion to a product/ business then everything becomes easy to do.

By chance it was at the same time that I saw how lipstick was made whilst doing due diligence for a girlfriend looking at buying a beauty brand. It clicked that this could be ‘the product’. I looked up lipstick formulations and went ….hmm, I am a scientist and I can’t read or understand what the ingredient statement was saying. I deciphered it….and ah, waxes, oils, colours and flavours. Why on earth then are we not making lipstick from food using ingredients we can trust? It was 2006!

πŸ’„ What is the biggest challenge of starting and running your own company?

First is funding, working out what funds you need and where it will come from. Next is the challenge of having too many ideas and also too much to do when all of the business functions come from ‘you’ – IT, sales and marketing, financial, production, shipping and customer service. Getting your message into market is a universal challenge and what can take up the lion’s share of your time in the beginning. These challenges though bring the greatest rewards you can experience. The small wins feel like you’ve moved mountains! The big wins are incredibly satisfying.

πŸ’„ Have you always been eco conscious?

YES! As a kid I still remember going to a mud brick making lesson with my step-father and then building our own mud brick compost bin… that was more than 40 years ago! We put solar power in our house 25 years ago.

πŸ’„ What’s you long term vision for you and your brand?

For lΓΌk it’s to be seen as the brand that redefines what beauty means. For woman to embrace that natural beauty – the woman who lights up a room when she enters comes from being her true self. I want to show women that the recipe to natural beauty begins with nourishing your body and mind with healthy whole/clean food. Eating well and having a simple beauty routine is your skins best foundation and when you look good (glowing clear skin, healthy weight and vitality) you feel good.

For our product, it’s to make more makeup with food. The plan is to rollout to other categories, such as body and skincare and then go inside your body! Our products will continue to be loved and grow as a cult global beauty brand that has helped shape and redefine what beauty means by giving women confidence and choice.

πŸ’„ What does living a life of wellness mean to you?

1. Living in balance – work and play, family and me time, healthy whole food and morsels of deliciousness like a glass of wine with dinner every night.
2. Being conscious – of people, places and things.
3. Protecting precious resources - caring for our earth.
4. Nourishing & nurturing our bodies inside and out with natural, organic, clean, whole products.
5. Simplicity.
6. Exploration and discovery – feeding our minds.

πŸ’„ What makes you stand out in a sea of brands?

A fabulous product - lipstick made from food. A fresh perspective on an ancient concept. A team who believes and shares in the philosophy of natural beauty and most importantly, our community of Natural Beauties who embrace similar philosophies and who I learn so much from and share so much with in return.

πŸ’„ What are your top 3 favorite ingredients to work with?

Oh there are honestly are so many – but the ones I love and use daily are tangerine, camomile, to inhale and ingest, and oil (avocado and olive) to cleanse and feed my skin.

πŸ’„ What does your daily skin care regimen look like? What is your ideal "beauty wellbeing"?

As I was sharing earlier, in the late nineties when Jo Horgan commenced MECCA I discovered Daphin purifying balm aromatic. I also religiously use their camomile, tangerine and rose depending in the season and skin needs as well as Eminence Organics Jasmine & Tangerine moisturiser.

I use oil for pretty much everything else. I use avocado oil daily in the shower to cleanse, hydrate and soften my skin, it’s also a hero ingredient in my Lip Nourish base for the exact properties and benefits for lips. I also us olive oil to remove my 100% Pure black tea mascara.

πŸ’„ What changes and trends have you seen in the healthy beauty movement over the last few years?

The biggest is the sheer number of new brands. With the digital era, entry barriers to business have dropped. Now you can hang up your ‘for sale’ sign up on social media and start sharing and selling. Online courses and data rich sites help you create products, suppliers are a click away.

The healthy beauty movement is feeding off the healthy eating movement – we are at the tip of the iceberg in the beauty industry.

As for product, DIY is now a growing obsession as women pare back beauty. Anything that cleanses you inside and out is big news. The look – a healthy glow and clean smooth skin - epitomises natural beauty and living a healthy life. It shouts. I care for me.

πŸ’„ How can we be more conscious consumers to affect change in the beauty industry?

Two changes need to become ‘the norm’ for the conscious consumer to affect change in the beauty industry. Like all industries, it starts with challenging our consumer mind sets to ultimately change damaging consumerist practices. In response, the manufacturing practices will be challenged, eventually supplying in line with the demands of the conscious consumer.

The key all conscious consumers have is that they deeply understand the cheapest price is rarely the fairest price – on the ‘maker’ / producers or the environment. When on the journey, you can be easily overwhelmed with just how big the ‘change’ needs to be worldwide. Just know, the changes you make be it small or grand, all make a difference. At the least, if we all take self-responsibility and do what we can as we grow more conscious, that will continue to help this vital movement snowball.

Have you tried Luk lipsticks? What is your favourite? If not, what shade is calling your name? Please share with me, I would love to know.

So that is all for now, see you here again shortly. Please like and share my posts on social media, it really helps to get the green beauty word out - and you will forever have my gratitude! Follow me on Bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and YouTube. (someday I will start making YouTube videos, promise!)

Lots of Love,


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Living Nature Thickening Mascara Review

Hi Lovelies,

Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
Living Nature Thickening Mascara

How are all of you? Hope life is treating you well?

I am coming at you with another review, and we will keep it short and sweet this time, promise! As I've written about Living Nature as a brand before, it means I can skip intro to the brand portion and we can chat serious business here, aka product talk! After all that is why you are all here, isn't it? 

Joking aside, Living Nature is the brand I have a lot of respect for, and you can find me talking more about them in my Living Nature Soft Lights Illuminating Foundation review, and I still love that foundation I have to say, although I call it BB cream for light coverage.

I swear those ain't fingerprints!

So, let's peruse their mascara this time, shall we? It came to me via Botanical Brands for a review, and as I was in the market for a new fabulous natural mascara, I accepted. Did it live up to my expectations? We shall find out :)

This mascara is a Gold Award Winner of Best Mascara with Green Parent Magazine – Healthy mascara for stunning, not-to-miss eyes. Halloysite clay thickens lashes for impact without clumps or chemicals. FRAGRANCE FREE and suitable for sensitive skin and eyes, to minimise any irritation from fragrance.

Aqua (water), Iron oxide (CI 77499), Ricinus communis oil (castor oil), Cellulose, Kaolin (halloysite clay), Cetearyl wheatstraw glycosides (&) cetearyl alcohol (wheat straw extract), Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, Iron oxides (CI 77491, 77492), Jojoba esters, Cera alba (beeswax), Mel (manuka honey), Citrus grandis seed extract (grapefruit seed extract), Sclerotium gum, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium oil (manuka oil).

As you can see, it has really natural ingredients - ever heard of manuka honey AND manuka oil in your mascara?? - and it is preserved with grapefruit seed extract instead of dreaded phenoxyethanol. Because of this it gets my vote instantly, but then again all the ingredients the company uses are really natural from what I looked around. The volumising or the thickening part is supposed to come from clay, but I have to be honest I didn't see it, no matter how many coats I applied. Sorry, just being honest. The mascara made my lashes long and separated, and it also didn't flake or smudge on me, but I didn't see any volume for all six weeks I had it. 

So for this reason I am not sure if I am getting it again - you see, my natural lashes are short and sort of invisible, so my expectations for mascara are high. On top of being all natural it has to do many things, give me length, much needed volume, do not flake, do not smudge (big pet peeves of mine), last all day, do not irritate my eyes - I could go on! In short, I want it to be like any conventional mascara, but be totally natural - the bar isn't too high, no? 
Again, joking aside, this mascara is all of those things without one detail - as I said, it does not give me volume, and I desperately need it. If your natural lashes are better than mine, or if you are not looking do-it-all mascara, or you are not looking for volume in your mascara, this could be your perfect product. And as I said, I am really impressed with the ingredients - manuka honey in your mascara, hello! 
Having said all that, as I was typing all this, I just remembered one thing that would help this no-volume problem. So I might get it again after all - I just remembered I intend to purchase Jane Iredale Lash Extender & Conditioner - I had a mini sample of it and it made any mascara (I've tested with three different ones) PHWOAR level amazing, so the combo of the two might be a winning one?

So that is my post for today. Have you tried this mascara or anything else from Living Nature? What is your favourite product? What would you suggest I try next from them?

Please like and share my posts on social media, it really helps to get the green beauty word out - and you will forever have my gratitude! Follow me on Bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and YouTube. (someday I will start making YouTube videos, promise!) 

See you here again shortly. Ta ta for now :)

Want to check out my skincare reviews? Click here. Interested in make up reviews? Click here. All my body care and hair care reviews live in this post. Diy inclined? Even if not, you might enjoy my super-simple-minimal-ingredients-DIYs here. You are welcome.

Lots of Love,

P.s. This is a PR sample, and I am not sure if it's missing label or what is the deal with it - it looks like it has greasy finger prints on it, but I swear it came this way, the pictures were taken as soon as it came out of the box. Hopefully not all of them are like this?

P.P.s. I am not on their payroll in any shape or form, no affiliate links here either. The thoughts are all my own.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Randomness that is my life - loving colour blue, green beauty, Balenciaga bags, Missoni anything and flat shoes. Plus butterflies any day of the year.

Randomness that is my life - loving colour blue, green beauty, Balenciaga bags, Missoni anything and flat shoes. Plus butterflies any day of the year.

Living Libations Haircare Review - True Blue Spirulina Shampoo & Fortifying Frankincense Dry Shampoo

Hi Lovelies,

Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Living Libations

How are all of you? Hope life is treating you well?

Today I am excited to be reviewing some really natural and wonderful products that I really enjoyed using for the last couple of months -True Blue Spirulina Shampoo and Fortifying Frankincense Dry Shampoo. 

Living Libations is one of the first companies to come into my radar when I transitioned into green beauty more than eight years ago - I did countless of hours of research and the more I found out about them, the more I liked them - one of the few truly natural companies that use only top quality products and don't cut any corners. You can feel the products are top quality, and I don't know about you, but I do a happy dance when I find company like that. I mean you can read the ingredient list of any of the products and understand all of it without needing the chemist degree! And they work really well too, I enjoyed every single product I tried to date. Admittedly I haven't tried lots, just these two and a few dental products I reviewed in my Dental Hygiene Routine (link here if you want to check it out), but give me some time and I will work my way through them, don't you worry! Living Libations is one of the brands I am truly enamored with, and let me just say this - Best Skin(s) Ever and Poetic Pits - here I come :) 

I have written about Living Libations as a brand in said Dental Hygiene Routine post, so I won't be repeating myself here. Thankfully products from this wonderful Canadian company are available from within Europe via - and I wanted to take opportunity to thanks wonderful Wilma for a chance to try these wonderful products. (The link is not an affiliate link though, and I am not on their payroll in any way shape or form, just wanted to make this clear). This Dutch online store stocks the widest range of Living Libations products in Europe, there are selected few other retailers, but they tend to stock only a few products, mainly focusing on Best Skin Ever. So when I found out that Dutch Health Store has dental products and Poetic Pits too, which was my main draw to Living Libations brand, I placed my order immediately and have enjoyed them ever since.

So let's see how did I find the the spirulina shampoo and frankincense dry shampoo? Let's dive it!

Living Libations True Blue Spirulina Shampoo

True Blue Spirulina Shampoo

First of all, who knew spirulina is good for the hair?! Or that I would be using a shampoo that is such a muddy green in colour? Well, let me spoil this for you and tell you that this is one of the best of the shampoos I've used to date, if not the best! The ingredients are all truly natural and the formula is so well thought out that you don't have to worry about your hair looking anything less than fabulous! It is the ultimate wash-and-go of a green beauty world if I know one. I used this shampoo for over two months and I really do want to get it back now it is all gone. I am testing a array of other natural eco-luxe (if I can call it) shampoos, but let me say, none of them compares to this and I it is up top of my "to repurchase" product list. And we all know bloggers rarely repurchase a thing. So that is saying a lot.
I took this shampoo with me when I went away for a month to Lithuania, and I found it so good, I actually took the remains back, as I didn't want to waste a drop of it. I knew it would perform well, and it gave me worry free month when it came to my hair, I knew I could rely on it for my hair to look good. It did not disappoint. I have to add it passed my 4 days test with gusto, and I could go on longer in between of washes if I wanted to - I can't say that about many shampoos. It also didn't give me dandruff, and I can't say that about much of green beauty shampoos. It is a vegan product, gluten free and 100% organic too. Well worth the money I would say!

Let's look at the ingredients?

Structured Spring Water – Structured spring-water is infused with extra oxygen and trace minerals, and is said to increase cellular absorption of nutrients by the hair follicles.
Coco Protein – Coco protein is said to fortify the hair follicles, leading to less breakage. It is also commonly used to increase hair thickness and improve the flexibility of the hair follicle. This combined with yucca helps our shampoo to have suds.
Yucca – Yucca is a natural hair cleanser and an ancient Native American remedy for hair loss and dandruff. The high levels of saponins contained in yucca are what gives our True Blue Spirulina Shampoo its wonderful foaming characteristic.
Wild Harvested Seaweed Extract – Seaweed is a known stimulant for the hair, and is said to foster increased growth and protect against hair thinning. It is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids.
Organic Cold Water Infusion of Spirulina – Spirulina, a high-protein algae, is used to prevent hair thinning, increase hair volume, and dismiss dandruff. Packed with antioxidants and fatty acids, this powerhouse plant can bring balance to scalp and hair.
Organic Oats (non-gluten) – Oats naturally contain beta-glucan, a compound that helps to lock in moisture on the scalp. Oats are also renowned for removing dead skin cells and providing relief to itchy scalps.
Organic Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe Vera is said to regenerate hair and skin cells, smooth the hair cuticle, and create an invisible polymer film on the surface of each hair strand, helping to lock in moisture and nutrients.
Tansy – Tansy is high in azulene and sesquiterpenes, which are calming and cooling plant constituents making it the perfect essential oil to tame your scalp and mane.
Yarrow – Yarrow also high in azulene increases circulation to the scalp, which may promote healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss. The diaphoretic properties of yarrow root are said to encourage the release of toxins through the scalp, and the essential oil is a popular remedy for sleeplessness and stress.
German Chamomile – While chamomile is an ancient remedy for hair loss, German Chamomile is said to be best suited to hair care because it contains Azulene, a potent anti-inflammatory.
Frankincense – Frankincense is an ancient remedy for hair thinning. It is said to support a healthy scalp, maintain your mane, and fortify hair follicles. Emotionally, Frankincense Oil conjures feelings of sacred gratitude, and lends a ceremonial air to each application of our True Blue Spirulina Shampoo.
Blood Orange – Blood Orange oil is a tonic for the hair follicles and scalp, and its uplifting scent is always inspiring.
Vetiver – Vetiver roots are grounding and soothing, helping to smooth the hair follicle and lock in moisture. Just as it soothes the hair shaft, vetiver oil is a wonderful nervine that calms and cools a frazzled nervous system.
Lemon – A wonderful all-over hair tonic, lemon oil is a known dandruff-buster said to strengthen hair and increase shine. The aroma is uplifting, invigorating, and is commonly used to increase concentration and lift the spirits.
Lavender – The benefits of lavender oil in haircare are endless. This oil is traditionally used to prevent hair thinning, eliminate itchy scalp, deep condition hair, promote hair growth, and more. Lavender is a calming, soothing sedative that promotes deep relaxation.
Bergamot – Bergamot Oil deeply penetrates the scalp and hair shaft, helping to lock in moisture and fortify the hair. Bergamot is both a stimulant and a relaxant, helping to balance the emotions of sadness and anxiety.
Sage & Rosemary Super-Critical Antioxidants – Sage is an infamous hair treatment said to prevent hair thinning, increase shine, while rosemary is famous for its ability to eradicate dandruff and increase circulation in the scalp.

Now, if reading ingredient list like this does not make you happy, then I don't know what will! I also got a sachet sample of blue spirulina conditioner too, and I remember liking it, it made my hair super soft and shiny and easy to manage, although I must admit the shampoo on it's own will do that too, so you won't need that much of a conditioner anyway. Big deal, because left to it's own devices my hair is a frizzy tangly mess which is hard to manage. With my previous order I bought a sample of Seabuckthorn Shampoo, and I remember really liking it too, although I think I like this Spirulina one better.

Living Libations Fortifying Frankincense Dry Shampoo
Fortifying Frankincense Dry Shampoo 

I must admit this is the first ready made natural dry shampoo I am using, so I wouldn't be able to compare it to other brands, because since I switched to the green side (get it?) all I was using was my own DIY.

Ingredients: (again, all organic and fabulous)

 Arrow Root (Maranta arundinacea) – Arrow root powder promotes nutrient absorption in the skin and scalp. It creates soft, smooth skin between hair follicles.
Kaolin Clay (Kaolinite, White Clay) – This silica rich clay is an ancient hair and skin remedy that is used to draw out toxins and impurities. It is balancing and nourishing for dry skin and helps the scalp maintain optimal oils levels to prevent dandruff and flaking. Kaolin is also said to increase circulation to the scalp and reverse the damaging effects of heavy metals.
Frankincense resin – (Boswellia carterii) – Frankincense is an eternal offering of crystalline-clarity from the sap of the frankincense tree. Liquid pearls from the tree of life, frankincense resin is astringent and anti-inflammatory soothing and balancing the hair and scalp. These aromatic pearls of pure Somaliland frankincense nourish dry skin, calm skin ulcers, and repair scar tissue.
Rosemary Antioxidant Extract (Rosmarinus officinalis, CO2) – Rosemary extract is a natural preservative that extends the shelf life by slowing the oxidation process of the essential oils. This special supercritical extraction brims with beneficial antioxidants that protect and stimulate hair strands and scalp.
Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate) – Sodium bicarbonate is a natural cleaning agent that helps to remove toxins, impurities, and product build-up from the hair and scalp. Impressively absorbent, sodium bicarbonate absorbs excess oil at the hair follicle and throughout the hair.
Probiotics – When taken internally and applied topically to the scalp, probiotics have been shown to improve the hair’s resistance to toxins and inflammation. Probiotics may also improve scalp circulation and may alleviate dandruff. A 2011 study conducted by the International Journal of Trichology found that dandruff sufferers who took probiotics orally and topically saw a marked decrease in inflammation and dandruff and a noticeable increase in skin sensitivity. Living Libations probiotics contain Bacillus subtilis, a species of healthy bacteria that has been extensively studied and peer-reviewed for proven efficacy. This probiotic strain has a proven shelf life of two years without refrigeration, and is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
Frankincense carterii (Boswellia carterii) – Captured from the same African frankincense trees as our frankincense resin, this essential oil is hydro-distilled from the fresh oleo-gum of pure Carterii frankincense. With a warm, balsamic fragrance and an essence of fortitude, the essential oil is used to heal wounds, nourish dry skin, and stimulate the scalp. It is uplifting and anti-anxiety and offers a euphoric quality.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – Beautiful bergamot is a fresh citrus oil that functions as an antiseptic. It keeps the hair clean and clear up breakouts around the hairline. Bergamot is said help the scalp and hair to maintain perfect moisture levels.
Thyme Linalool (Thyme vulgaris linalool) – This gentle genus of thyme is non-sensitizing and non-irritating for the most sensitive of skin. As it tones and heals the skin and scalp, thyme linalool offers antimicrobial and antiseptic protection against acne-causing bacteria. Its anti-infectious nature makes it the perfect tool for gentle clarification and stimulating hair ovations.
Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) – Rich, earthy vetiver oil is grounding and calming for the skin, anointing the roots of each hair follicle as the rain anoints the grass. Vetiver is a humectant that helps skin and hair retain moisture.
Rosemary Verbenone (Rosmarinus officinalis verbenone) – Gentler on skin and more moisturizing than regular rosemary, Rosemary Verbenone clarifies scalp tissue, stimulates the scalp, and increases nutrient absorption. This essence is abundant with energizing botanical compounds that may help to eliminate dandruff, prevent hair loss, invigorate hair growth, and infuse hair follicles and strands with magnificent moisture.

As you can see, it is kaolin clay, baking soda and arrowroot based dry shampoo with a good few essential oils and some wonderful extracts, and do you know many (if at all) dry shampoos with probiotics in them? Exactly! All while being gluten free, dairy free, vegan organic and shelf stable for two years? Why yes, I will have some of that :) And did I mention it works so well too? Obviously check if you might be sensitive or allergic to some of the ingredients, same goes for the shampoo. And if you want to make sure if it's the right product for you, I would suggest trying out samples first. Thankfully Dutch health store sell samples of selected products and small sizes of the others.
I found it working well, although I must admit the first couple of times I tried it, I found it a bit heavy on the essential oils, which I wasn't used to. So my solution to it was to add more arrowroot powder to it at a time, although my scalp got used to it after first couple of uses.

That is all for today, thanks for reading my dear friends! If you made this thus far, you are a real rock star and I want you to give a pat on your back. And leave me a comment with a "rock star" - just for the fun of it! I know this was a long post, so we might have some fun at the end, right?

Have you tried any of the Living Libations products? What is your favourite? What would you suggest I try next? Please share, I would really love to know.

 Please like and share my posts on social media, it really helps to get the green beauty word out - and you will forever have my gratitude! Follow me on Bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and YouTube. (someday I will start making YouTube videos, promise!)

Lots of Love,

Want to check out my skincare reviews? Click here. Interested in make up reviews? Click here. All my body care and hair care reviews live in this post. Diy inclined? Even if not, you might enjoy my super-simple-minimal-ingredients-DIYs here. You are welcome.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I Can't Keep Calm, I Have a Giveaway!!

I Can't Keep Calm, I Have a Giveaway!!

I Can't Keep Calm, I Have a Giveaway!! by green-life-in-dublin 

Hi Lovelies,

Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

/Puts on a show voice/ I am so excited! And I just can't hide it! Oh la la la la la la 🎀

Ok, I guess you can see my excitement at hosting a giveaway with ISUN Skincare UK - hop on to this blog post to see all the deets. 

The best of luck to all of you entering!

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Lots of Love,


Friday, September 15, 2017

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2017

Hi Lovelies!

Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2017 (Outside UK)

How are you all doing? Hope life is treating you well?

I am excited to present you with my Love Lula September Beauty Box post! It feels like a treat each month, doesn't it? I know I always look forward to mine. And I love how much thought and effort Love Lula team are putting into it - the products tend to be one or more of these characteristics -cruelty-free, vegan, natural ingredients, organic, ethically sourced etc. Speaking of taking the guesswork off your shoulders!

So let's see what's in this month's box?

Hurraw Sun Protection Balm SPF15
I have one of these already, Hurraw are one of my favourite lip balms ever, and prior to every summer I make sure  to buy their SPF one. Great formula that stays on your lips, gorgeous truly natural and raw ingredients - what's not to like? Admittedly this SPF balm does have a white cast, but it doesn't bother me one bit - you can always apply lipstick on top, can't you?

Esse Gel Cleanser
I was eyeing Esse brand in Love Lula at the start of this month - talk about perfect timing! I have seen lots of great reviews on this cleanser, and the description says it does not dry out the skin - sounds like a music to my ears. We shall see.

Joik Bath Truffle
This white chocolate bath truffle was swiftly claimed my my five year old, and I don't mind at all! We shall test it in the bath later tonight. The description says it is rich in cocoa butter, and it will leave your skin superbly moisturised, soft and velvety.

Kimberley Sayer Sample Set
I've gone through two full size bottles of their Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturiser SPF30 as my face SPF product, so I am looking forward to trying more products from the range. In this box you will get Restore Anti-Aging Cream, Tangerine & Calendula Healing Light Night Cream, Light Cleansing Lotion and Gentle Face Cleanser. Let's hope I will be able to get the feel of the products out of those tiny samples?

Oils Of Heaven Gift Set

You get the cutest five mini bottles of organic rosehip, organic argan oils and natural oils of moringa, marula and cacay. Each 5ml bottle will give you five or more applications, and you will definitely be able to see which one you like the best. Rosehip oil is a long standing fave of mine, but I look forward to trying the rest of them.

Balm Balm Beauty Balm
Balms are always welcome in my house, especially prior to winter - they are such a great multitaskers, and I love the fact that this one is 100% certified organic - by Soil Association, no less! Admittedly I am a bit scared of essential oils in it, my very sensitive skin can handle very little of them - but you never know, maybe my skin will be able to handle it. This is the full size product.

So, I am really happy to start playing with the new goodies. Err, testing, I mean testing! They ship worldwide, and at the price is 13.95£ is is one of the best value boxes around! I mean you constantly get two or more full size products each month, and the sample sizes are always deluxe samples, allowing you to get a good feel of the product. And let's not forget, you get 20% off of the brands featured each month too! 13.95£ is a monthly recurring price for UK and for us international gals there are two options of three months (52.50£) or a year (210£) including post and packaging. Green beauty boxes are a great way to discover new items you might have missed otherwise, and I love that anything coming from LoveLula is cruelty free and guaranteed not to have any toxic ingredients - they have very strict criteria for any product they accept, and that is taking the guesswork off your shoulders. Another thing they recently started doing, is selling off the remains of their previous boxes, and at a very good prices too, so keep your eyes peeled if you fancy buying one-off box.

           You can subscribe to Love Lula box here.

             Or shop LoveLula website here.

What beauty boxes are you guys subscribed to? What is your favourite products discovered this way? Please share, I really want to know. Have a great weekend everybody!

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Lots of Love πŸ’•


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