Satya Organic Eczema Relief Review

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Today I have a review of a the Organic Eczema Relief from Satya Organic Skin Care, a Canadian company. [info in italics is taken from well.ca]

 

As you all know, I have super sensitive skin, and over the summer started reacting to the baking soda in my natural deodorant – my underarm skin became red, itchy, and started to look like eczema. Up to now, it has mostly healed except for one spot that continued to flare up. My mother suggested that I use cortisone, but I wanted to try something more natural. A friend (thanks Miss A) suggested that I try this one since it is organic and has minimal ingredients.

 

Satya Organic Eczema Relief balm helps to relieve inflammation, itching and irritation, while retaining moisture and reducing flaking.  It also helps to restore suppleness to dry and damaged skin.  

Satya Organic Eczema Relief

  • Certified organic
  • Fragrance free
  • Proven eczema relief
  • Treats eczema, skin inflammations, irritations, severe dryness and rashes

Ingredients: Organic: Calendula, Collodial Oatmeal, Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil & Jojoba. 

 

I’ve been using this for over a month now, and it has helped so much to soothe and calm my skin irritation. It is a balm consistency and melts into the skin. The scent is very minimal, and slightly odd (I can’t quite place what the scent reminds me of). I had thought that it would smell like sweet almond oil, but it doesn’t! (the scent fades quickly though)

My complaint is that the because jar is fairly tall, it will be difficult to reach once it gets used up more than halfway. I guess I’ll figure it out as I use it up.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.

 

Halloween Nail Vinyls from Nail Polish Canada

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Today I have something fun for you – Nail Polish Canada has teamed up with a bunch of Canadian bloggers for a Halloween freebie promotion. I have a coupon code for 10 of my Canadian readers to receive a free set of Halloween Themed Graveyard Nail Vinyls by What’s Up Nails. (sorry international readers, you must have a Canadian address for this one)

This is a fun and super easy way to have Halloween themed nails – especially if you are like me, and are not skilled at nail art!

Here’s the link to claim your set: http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/products/free-graveyard-nail-vinyls-1-sheet-20-stencils-by-whats-up-nails.html

Coupon code: N8A8GA5KZ77O2

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[Above image was taken from the Nail Polish Canada website. All other images taken by me.]

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR sample and coupon code (not an affiliate code).

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash Review

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Today I have a review of the Sea Foam Complete Face Wash from Pacifica that I purchased recently from well.ca. This is my first time using anything from the Pacifica skincare line.

Harness the power of the ocean with marine extracts. Coconut water and natural sea vegetables and antioxidants come together in our gentle, sulfate-free foaming cleanser that removes daily toxins and make-up.

This is a gentle, yet super effective facial cleanser. It foams up easily and washes away without leaving a filmy residue. My skin feels super clean without feeling dry or stripped.

However, the Sea Foam Complete Face Wash is very much a coconut scented product. As you all know, I really do not like coconut scents. When I chose this cleanser, I figured that it would have a fresh ocean type scent. Sadly, I was mistaken. Thankfully the scent fades quickly because it is a really nice facial cleanser.

Pacifica Seam Foam Complete Face Wash

Here’s the ingredient list – I love that they explain the purpose of each ingredient:

purified water {solubulizer}, cocomidopropyl betaine (coconut source) {cleanser}, sodium cocoyl glutamate (coconut source) {cleanser}, sodium cocoyl sulfoacetate (coconut source) {cleanser}, sodium cocoamphoacetate {cleanser}, decyl glucoside (corn source) {cleanser}, aloe barbadensis leaf juice {skin conditioning}, glycerin (vegetable) {emollient}, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate {vitamin c}, glycol stearate {emollient}, carica papaya extract {enzyme to improve skin texture}, lemon bioflavanoids {antioxidant}, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil {skin conditioning}, cocos nucifera (coconut) water {emollient}, citric acid {PH balancing}, tocopherol acetate {skin conditioning}, panthenol {skin conditioning}, NaPCA {moisture binding}, allantoin{skin conditioning}, nori extract {thickener}, garcinia mangostana peel extract (mangosteen) {extract for skin support}, camellia sinensis leaf extract (white tea) {antioxidant}, sea algae extract {extract for skin support}, sodium benzoate {preservative}, potassium sorbate {preservative}, ethylhexylglycerin {preservative}, fragrance (all natural) {scent}.

Pacifica is 100% vegan, and cruelty-free.

I won’t be repurchasing this one due to my dislike of things coconut scented. I will finish it up though since it is a super gentle and effective facial cleanser.

Have you tried any of the cleansers from Pacifica? What is your fave?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

 

 

Weekly Recap Oct 9th to 15th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, October 9th – Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm Review *

Wednesday, October 11th – Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Natural Deodorant Review

Friday, October 13th – Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo Review

Now you’re all caught up, thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Please see original blog posts for product disclosures.

Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo Review

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Today I have a review of the Chia Seed Volumizing Shampoo from Hask that I recently purchased. (Info in italics taken from the Hask website)

Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Infused with a floral tea scent – Long-lasting Oil Absorption

Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors. Your ultimate hair care pick-me-up is now easier than lather, rinse and repeat. Skip a wash and extend your style with this lightweight, chia seed infused formula to transform hair from lifeless to voluminous. Ultra-fine rice starch acts quickly to soak up oil, sweat and odour leaving hair big, bouncy and clean. Amping up your beauty routine has never been this easy!

I have three main criteria for evaluating a dry shampoo, the first and most important is does it make my hair look clean. The second is does it make my hair feel clean, and not dry and straw like. And the third and final is the scent, is it mild and pleasant or strong and awful.

Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo

So how does the Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo measure up?

My hair is approximately bra strap length, and is thick and wavy. My hair is normal at the roots, drier at the ends. I mostly use a dry shampoo to get an extra day between washes, so I can go 3 days, before I need to wash my hair if I use dry shampoo after day 2.

It works pretty well to make my hair look and feel clean and add volume. It doesn’t leave a white or grey cast on my dark brunette hair, nor does it make it feel dry or gross. And it doesn’t irritate my scalp like some dry shampoos. Scent-wise, it is mild and pleasant –  a floral tea scent – so no complaints there.

Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo

I’d like to try some of the other dry shampoos in this line to see how they compare. It is also available in Argan, Coconut, Charcoal and Kalahari Melon – out of which I’d try them all except for Coconut because as you all know, I really dislike coconut scents.

Have you tried this dry shampoo? What is your fave?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.

Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant Stick

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Today I have a review of another Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant – this time the Charcoal + Magnesium. I’ve reviewed several natural deodorants here on the blog, both from Schmidt’s and other brands. I had started reacting to the baking soda in Schmidt’s. After contacting their customer service and discussing my reaction, they recommended trying either the Sensitive Formula or the Charcoal + Magnesium. Because my underarms were so irritated at the time, I switched to the Sensitive Formula. (read about my reaction, Schmidt’s excellent customer service and review of the Sensitive Formula here)

When I was in Nova Scotia last month, my mom gave me the Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant to try. I’ve been using it a few days a week for a month now, so I feel like I’m ready to review. I’ve been using a baking soda free deodorant from my stash every couple of days in between to give my skin a break and minimize the chance of a reaction re-occurring. So far, this has been successful!  (info in italics is taken from the Schmidt’s website)

  • Scent reminiscent of freshly fallen rain: vaporous, mild, and wispy
  • Enriched with mineral-derived ingredients: Magnesium and Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Plant-based powders help absorb wetness without the use of aluminum
  • Helps neutralize odour naturally
  • Free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens & phthalates; no artificial fragrance
  • Non-greasy, non-sticky feel. Easily absorbed; application requires only a small amount
  • Certified Vegan and Cruelty-free

Schmidt's Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant

I wasn’t sure how charcoal and magnesium would smell, but they did a good job in making this deodorant smell nice – it is mild and fresh smelling.

The Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant works well for me even in hot weather, and it is not at all greasy or sticky. It does however leave a faint grey cast on my skin when applied, but I’ve not noticed any staining of lighter coloured clothing.

Have you tried Schmidt’s or any other natural deodorants?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, my awesome mom purchased this for me.

 

Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm

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Today I have a review of the newly launching Bee Lovely All Over Balm from Neal’s Yard Remedies Canada. When asked if I wanted to try it, of course I said yes! (Info in italics is taken from the UK website)

Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely

This deeply nourishing, organic body balm instantly relieves dry and rough patches of skin* such as elbows, feet and knees. Easily absorbed, with the uplifting aroma of organic orange essential oil, it’s perfect for keeping the whole family soft and beautifully scented.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cera Alba/Beeswax*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Citrus Sinensis Peel Oil Expressed*, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool, CitralFarnesol, Geraniol. *Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed. Made with 99% organic ingredients.

Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely

This balm smells amazing due to the orange essential oil and it applies like a dream, and melts into the skin. It is soothing and super gentle on my  sensitive skin, and really does help soften and hydrate dry skin patches. This is going to be a staple for the upcoming colder months, for sure!

Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely

As with all Neal’s Yard Remedies products, the packaging is beautiful, with its signature blue glass jar, and metallic logo.

Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely

Neal’s Yard Remedies and the Bee Lovely All Over Balm is helping to save the bees:

Bee Lovely and help Save the Bees: You support more than 500 bees with every Bee Lovely All Over Balm, as 3% of sales from our Bee Lovely range goes to charities that help protect this humble, vital insect.

Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR sample, however my opinion is my own, based on my experience of using this product.

Weekly Recap Oct 2nd to 8th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, October 2nd – September Empties *contains some PR samples

Wednesday, October 4th – Sothys Paris Fall Winter 2017 Makeup Collection Review *PR samples

Friday, October 6th – Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl & Hold Mascara Review

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers, happy day to everyone else as well!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

 

Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl & Hold Mascara Review

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Today I have a mascara review from Essence Cosmetics – the Volume Stylist 18h curl & hold mascara. Info in italics taken from the package:

Essence Volume Stylist 18h

mascara for perfectly styled lashes, with micro styling waxes for voluminous and curved lashes, up to 18h hold. ophthalmologically approved.

Essence Volume Stylist 18h

Just a little about my lashes before getting into the review:

My lashes are long and stick straight, so I have to curl my lashes before I apply mascara or else it looks like I don’t have any lashes. As well, my eyes are sensitive so many mascaras irritate my eyes.

I have seven requirements for a mascara:

1. waterproof

2. smudge-proof

3. non-flaking / non-clumping

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black)

5. volumizing

6. must hold a curl

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes

Essence Volume Stylist 18h

So how does this mascara rate according to my seven requirements?

It is not a waterproof formulation, but I’ve not experienced any problems due to my eyes watering, nor any smudging, so it is definitely water resistant despite not being waterproof. And no flaking either.

 

It can get a little clumpy if you don’t wipe excess mascara off the brush before applying – I always blot my brush, so it hasn’t been an issue for me, personally, but if you don’t then it probably will be a problem.

Colour-wise, it is a nice, deep, dark black.

It is volumizing and holds a curl for me. I really hate it when a mascara can’t hold a curl and my lashes fall flat a few hours after applying.

And after a month of use, I can definitely say that it does not irritate my eyes.

Overall, I would give this mascara a 6.5 out of 7, and will likely re-purchase this one!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!