Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions October 2018

Petit Vour October 2018

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My October Petit Vour box arrived last week, but since I already had blog posts scheduled, it had to wait until today. If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen my unboxing. Here on the blog, you will get the unboxing AND my first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [all info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour October 2018

Petit Vour is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box with four (occasionally five) products. Petit Vour October 2018

The subscription is $18 USD a month in the U.S., $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate (@ 1.326) my box cost me $30.50 CAD this month.

Petit Vour October 2018

Let’s take a closer look inside to see what I got this month:

Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes sample size $18 USD, full size 0.5 oz / 15 ml $55 USD

Petit Vour October 2018

Dr. Goldfaden’s advanced, ultra-light brightening eye cream reduces the appearance of under eye darkness, puffiness, and fine lines for a more luminous and youthful glow. Soy Peptide, Rice Bran Extract, Organic Red Tea, and Arnica work together to deliver de-puffing and brightening properties while ensuring the eye area has a luminous and youthful-looking appearance. Perfect for all skin types.

  • Visibly brightens eye area
  • Reduces the appearance of under eye puffiness and fatigue
  • May minimize the appearance of unwanted lines

My eyes prone to dark circles and puffiness due to seasonal allergies and occasional insomnia so anything that claims to help, I’m willing to try once I do a patch test.

When I went to do my patch test, I found that the pump was defective and no product came out no matter how much I pressed the pump. Thankfully the Petit Vour Customer Service is really awesome, and they’re sending me a replacement. The review might be a little delayed as it probably won’t arrive for at least a week or so.

Kani Botanicals Prismatic Highlighter Balm full size $28

Petit Vour October 2018

A lightweight, glowy highlighter balm that leaves a natural, radiant glow. Formulated with nourishing ingredients, it creates a subtle, radiant sheen. 

I received the shade Rose Quartz (cool pink), it is also available in Moonstone (light gold). This looks really pretty, and not at all glittery. I can’t wait to try this out.

MAI Couture Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Paper full size $10 for 60 sheets

Petit Vour October 2018

Help absorb skin impurities and toxins with Mai Couture’s Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Papier. Effective at drawing out pollutants, bamboo charcoal absorbs bacteria, toxins, and micro-particles from the skin.

I haven’t owned blotting paper in a long time, but these ones sound great. I’ll probably keep them in my work bag for on the go touch-ups.

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask full size $8 for 0.75 oz package

Petit Vour October 2018

Detoxify and soften naturally with this gentle pink clay facial mask. This blend will draw out toxins without over drying the skin. Suitable for all skin types.

I love facial masks, and I plan on trying this out on the weekend if my patch test is ok. The joys of sensitive skin – but better safe than sorry!

Petit Vour October 2018

Overall I think that the October box was good – I’m most excited by the eye cream and the highlighting balm. Reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test everything out!

Total value of this month’s box – $64 USD / $84.86 CAD!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription box.

Wise Men’s Care Reviews

Wise Men's Care

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If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen me unboxing a package from Montreal based Wise Men’s Care (& Tök Communications).

Wise Men's Care

Although the line is marketed for men, I tested everything out myself, and I got the Mister to try things out as well. [info in italics taken from the Wise Men’s Care website]

Wise caters to a new generation of conscious consumer; those who want thoughtful, carefully-sourced, and natural personal care products down to the last ingredient and packaging detail. 
Artificial fragrances and colors, MEA, DEA or TEA, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates will never be found in our products.  Natural, healthy and cruelty-free ingredients will always be the core of our products. 

Wise Men's Care

In the box there were several items – Birch Bark Daily Shampoo, Glacier Clay Pomade, Sea Kelp Soap, and a Neem Wood Comb. The packaging is eco-conscious and recyclable.

Wise Men's Care

Onto the review! Starting with the Birch Bark Daily Shampoo – I love that they included a 100 ml travel size ($20 CAD) and a 475 ml refill pouch ($34 CAD).

Wise Men's Care Birch Bark Daily Shampoo

White Birch Bark extract is a sustainable botanical extract found in the Canadian Boreal forest and renowned for its high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. Less foamy and artificial than most shampoos, the unique array of essential oils found in this shampoo offer both aromatherapy and an exceptional cleansing experience. You will also enjoy active ingredients known to help encourage healthy and revitalized hair.

Other key ingredients include eucalyptus extract, keratin; cedarwood, clary sage, rosemary and geranium leaf essential oils.

Wise Men's Care Birch Bark Daily Shampoo

This shampoo doesn’t lather super well, but manages to deep clean regardless. It is super gentle, and leaves my hair feeling soft and clean. And it smells amazing – very earthy and woody. I love the essential oil blend that they used for this shampoo!

Next is the Glacier Clay Pomade in a 60 ml reusable glass container ($32 CAD) – the Mister shaves his head so he just doesn’t have enough hair to test out the pomade.

Wise Men's Care Glacier Clay Pomade

This pomade is made with hand-picked organic glacial marine clay from northern British Columbia, an ingredient renowned for its abundance of beneficial minerals. Great for any hair type, it features a medium yet natural hold with a matte finish and a fresh and earthy scent from north-western Canada. Unlike most styling products, the ingredients of this Glacial Clay pomade can help to promote healthy hair by moisturizing, nourishing and protecting throughout the day. Other key ingredients include shea & cacao butter, coconut oil; sandalwood, clary sage and vetiver grass essential oils.

Wise Men's Care Glacier Clay Pomade

Pomades are probably better suited for shorter hair, but that didn’t stop me from trying it in my collarbone length hair. It is a little stiff to work with at first, but the heat of your hands makes it easier to work with. It also has an earthy scent, but at the same time, it smells like a clay facial mask. It gives the hair a natural feel without being crunchy or dry to the touch.

Next is the Sea Kelp Soap $12 CAD:

Wise Men's Care Sea Kelp Soap

Sea Kelp extract is a sustainable botanical ingredient harvested off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes and is known for its high concentration of iodine, minerals and anti-oxidants. Great for any skin type, this soap offers a gentle yet effective cleansing experience and a fresh, vegetal and oceanic scent reminiscent of the Canadian Atlantic waters.

  • Hand-made in Québec by cold-processed saponification 
  • 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free
  • Free of palm oil and its chemically modified derivatives

The ingredients of this Sea Kelp Soap can help promote healthy skin by moisturizing, de-toxifying and nourishing your skin. Other key ingredients include shea butter, olive and canola oil; petit grain, black pepper, bergamot and vetiver essential oils.

Wise Men's Care Sea Kelp Soap

This is a really great natural soap. It lathers well and like everything tested in this package from Wise Men’s Care, it smells so good – very clean and earthy. We both really loved this soap!

Neem Wood Comb $15 CAD – I was really happy to see such a beautiful wood comb.

Wise Men's Care Neem Wood Comb

Neem has been used for millennia for it’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal  properties, just to name a few. For combs, using the wood from the neem tree is a great alternative to regular plastic or metal materials, who’s sharp edges, static electricity generation and toxic residue can damage your scalp, hair and health in general. The soft teeth of our neem wood comb massage your scalp and the wood’s many properties can help reduce dandruff and other scalp-related issues.

I didn’t realize that the Neem Wood Comb would help with scalp health – this is awesome! I always use a comb to detangle my hair after washing it, so this will get a ton of use by me.

You can buy all of the products separately, and they also have a few gift bundles ranging from $52 to $165 CAD.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR samples, however my opinion is always my own.

Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum + The Cosmic Serum Review

Poetic Blend - The Warrior Serum, The Cosmic Serum

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Today I’m reviewing The Warrior Serum and The Cosmic Serum – they were bonus surprises in my recent Poetic Blend giveaway winnings! I’ve already reviewed The Hero Oil and The Timeless Oil earlier this week.

Poetic Blend - The Warrior Serum, The Cosmic Serum

The Warrior Serum is a full size, and The Cosmic Serum was a sample size [info in italics taken from the Poetic Blend website]

The Warrior Serum:

Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum

This incredibly powerful yet gentle serum is formulated with advanced ceramide technology. Plant derived ceramides boost moisture retention in the skin and combine with AHA’s and Glycolic Acid to fight free radical damage. Pore cleansing, plant-based Salicylic Acid helps shed dead skin cells and clear pores while stimulating cellular regeneration. The end result is a plumper, smoother, and even complexion, made for the warrior in all of us. Suitable for all skin types including mature & blemish-prone skin.

Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum

This is a powerhouse serum, but at the same time is super gentle on my sensitive skin. I’ve been using this serum nightly after cleansing, and wake up with fresh and smooth skin. I love this one!

The Cosmic Serum:

Poetic Blend The Cosmic Serum

A cosmic wonder made with constellations of plant peptides & hyaluronic acid 
Meet your skin’s kismet – this powerful force of a serum is loaded with Hyaluronic acid, a bevy of peptide complex blends and plant stem cells boost collagen and restore elasticity. Suitable for all skin types, especially those looking for superior hydration + anti-aging properties.

This is what the full size looks like [screenshot taken from the Poetic Blend website]

Poetic Blend The Cosmic Serum [shot taken from Poetic Blend website]

I’ve been using my sample of The Cosmic Serum in the mornings after cleansing, and before applying facial oil for an added hydration boost. It absorbs quickly and plays nicely with all of the facial oils, moisturizers and makeup that I’ve used with it.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I won these in a giveaway, but because I love skincare, you know I’m going to share my experience!

Poetic Blend The Timeless Oil Review

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Today I’m sharing my review of The Timeless Oil from the Poetic Blend giveaway that I recently won. I’ve already reviewed The Hero Oil [info in italics taken from the Poetic Blend website]

Poetic Blend The Timeless Oil

Defying age and time, The Timeless oil is blended with precious plant-based oils that deliver optimal hydration and essential fatty acids which help the skin retain moisture and increase skin cell growth.

Poetic Blend The Timeless Oil

Formulated especially for dry to mature skin types. A unique blend of Rosehip, Argan and Sea buckthorn oil combine to fight free radical damage, plump dehydration lines, soften the appearance of wrinkles, and brighten dark spots. Our fast absorbing formula melts into the skin to deliver essential omega fatty acids and antioxidants.

Poetic Blend The Timeless Oil

This facial oil is AMAZING. It is super hydrating and has loads of awesome properties (plumping, softening, brightening). I know that I’ll be getting a lot of use from this one now that the weather is getting colder. My skin tends to need a lot more moisture during the winter months. It plays nicely with my moisturizer and foundation – which is always a great thing!

Disclosure: I won this in a giveaway, and because I love skincare, you know that I’m going to share my experience!

Poetic Blend The Hero Oil Review

Poetic Blend The Hero Oil

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Today I’m sharing my review of The Hero Oil from Poetic Blend that I won in their recent InstaGram giveaway that I showed here on Monday. [info in italics taken from the Poetic Blend website]

Poetic Blend The Hero Oil

This heroic elixir uses a natural blend of precious botanical oils that helps to rescue skin in need of relief from inflammation and other sensitivities. Supremely lightweight and contains soothing and calming properties, it also promotes healing and reparation. The Hero oil is always up for a fight.

Poetic Blend The Hero Oil

The Hero dry oil balances and tones normal/oily to blemish prone skin types with a potent blend of Jojoba, Grape Seed, Evening Primrose, and Black Currant seed oils. With a structure most similar to the skin’s natural sebum, Jojoba regulates the production of facial oils. Black Currant, Evening Primrose, and Grape seed oils deliver a potent dose of antioxidants that  fight free radical damage, brighten the complexion, and soothe irritation.

Poetic Blend The Hero Oil

The Hero Oil is lightweight, and absorbs into the skin quickly. It works so well for my sensitive skin as it really does help keep things calm and irritation free. It plays nicely with serums, moisturizers and with my foundation. Because it is a dry oil, it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin.

Disclosure: I won this in a giveaway, but because I love skincare so much, I had to share my experience!

Poetic Blend Giveaway Winnings!

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If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen my Stories and Unboxing of the beautiful prize package that I won from Poetic Blend. [info in italics taken from the Poetic Blend website]

Poetic Blend

Poetic Blend is a Canadian cruelty-free company:

All orders are made by hand, in fresh, small batches to maximize freshness. Each and every part of our production is done with a great labour of love, by hand in our studio; everything from assembling the rubber to the aluminium cap with the dropper, to the labelling, pouring, boxing and packaging is touched by the loving hand of a human.

Poetic Blend

The prize was the Face Oil Collection – the Ghost Oil, the Hero Oil, and the Timeless Oil. But the owner slipped in a full size of the new Warrior Serum, as well as a sample of the Cosmic Serum.

Poetic Blend Face Oil Trio - The Ghost Oil, The Hero Oil, The Timeless Oil

Poetic Blend Face Oil Trio - The Ghost Oil, The Hero Oil, The Timeless Oil

I’ve previously tried and reviewed the Ghost Oil (which I loved), so I won’t be reviewing it this time, but reviews of both the Hero and Timeless Oils are coming this week, as well as for the Warrior and Cosmic Serums.

Poetic Blend - The Warrior Serum, The Cosmic Serum

Look at the packaging! So beautiful! I cannot wait to share my experience with using these facial oils and serums with you this week!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I won these products in a giveaway, and because skincare is one of my favourite things, you know that I’m going to review them!

Buck Naked Soap Company Natural Lotion Bar Review

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Today I’m reviewing another bath + body product from Buck Naked Soap Company (thanks Rina!) that was sent to me to try out – the Natural Lotion Bar. I’ve already reviewed the Himalayan Salt Soap and the Geranium + Purple Clay Sugar Scrub [info in italics taken from the Buck Naked Soap Company website]

Buck Naked Soap Company

This bar provides extreme moisturizing with rich shea butter and cocoa butter that soothe and nourish skin. Surprisingly soft and light in texture, with only the natural scent of its base ingredients, you can use anywhere on your face or body that requires some extra TLC.

Buck Naked Soap Company Natural Lotion Bar

This is the ultimate body lotion for sensitive skin types. It has a very minimal ingredient list and has almost no scent.

I love that it is in a solid format, with a great storage tin – perfect for travelling.

Buck Naked Soap Company Natural Lotion Bar

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Candeilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax, Butyrosepermum Parkii, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol

My skin does really well with shea and cocoa butter based body products as they are rich and super hydrating but not at all heavy or greasy feeling.

Buck Naked Soap Company Natural Lotion Bar

Have you tried a solid body lotion before?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR sample. However my opinion and love for bath + body products is entirely my own!

Buck Naked Soap Company Geranium + Purple Clay Sugar Scrub Review

Buck Naked Soap Company Geranium + Purple Clay Sugar Scrub

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Today I’m reviewing another product from Buck Naked Soap Company that was sent to me (thank you Rina!). I’ve already reviewed the Himalayan Salt Soap. [info in italics taken from the Buck Naked Soap Company website]

Buck Naked Soap Company

Geranium + Purple Clay Sugar Scrub gently exfoliates while it cleanses, leaving your skin silky and smooth. Developed with rich, moisturizing Shae and Cocoa Butters, our formula is soap based and packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and the antiaging elements of Brazilian Purple Clay. These natural ingredients help improve skin tone and elasticity. Formulated with fair trade ingredients, this scrub does good for your skin, while doing good for our world.

Buck Naked Soap Company Geranium + Purple Clay Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are one of my favourite bath and body products – this one looks good enough to eat (but it isn’t recommended as it is soap based so it probably would not taste good).

Buck Naked Soap Company Geranium + Purple Clay Sugar Scrub

It exfoliates and moisturizes the skin really well, and the Geranium scent is absolutely gorgeous! Despite being super hydrating, it does not leave any greasy residue on the skin.

Buck Naked Soap Company Geranium + Purple Clay Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aqua, Sucrose (Sugar), Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Mica, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate & Lactobacillus, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil

Do you like sugar scrubs?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR sample, however my opinion and love of bath + body products is entirely my own!

Buck Naked Soap Company Himalayan Salt Soap Review

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If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen me unboxing my package from Buck Naked Soap Company. All this week I’ll be reviewing the items that I received (thank you Rina!), starting off with their Himalayan Salt Soap. But first, a little bit of info on this cruelty-free Canadian company [info in italics taken from the Buck Naked Soap Company website]

Buck Naked Soap Company

Buck Naked was born out of necessity. When baby Elias, son of Buck Naked founders Rina and John, developed skin irritations from traditional baby products, they soon realized they needed a truly natural alternative. As necessity is the mother of all invention, the Chamomile & Calendula Soap was invented to help soothe the little guy’s skin. With this creation, Rina discovered her passion of formulating skin care products using the purest of ingredients.

Since inception, we’ve introduced a full line of all-natural, vegan, handcrafted skin care products. We’re committed to being chemical-free, using only pure, natural ingredients. On this, we are unwavering: if you can’t (or shouldn’t) eat it, we won’t use it.

As someone with sensitive skin, this really speaks to me.

Let’s take a look at the Himalayan Salt Soap:

Buck Naked Soap Company Himalayan Salt Soap

Softening | Invigorating | Purifying

Himalayan salt helps maintain skin’s natural oil balance, cleaning and drawing out impurities while warm water opens your pores to absorb the benefits. This amazing ingredient is also known to improve moisture, elasticity and softness, and may even reduce the appearance of fine lines and cellulite.

Buck Naked Soap Company Himalayan Salt Soap

Not only does the soap look beautiful, it lathers beautifully and has a subtle scent. It is super gentle, and non-drying. I love that it has invigorating and purifying properties. And it exfoliates without irritating my sensitive skin.

I really like this one, and have added several of the various soaps to my wishlist!

Buck Naked Soap Company Himalayan Salt Soap

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR sample. However my opinion and love of bath + body products is entirely my own!