Honua Skincare Pa’akai Cleansing Cream Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Pa’akai Cleansing Cream from Honua Hawaiian Skincare that came in my August Petit Vour box [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Honua Pa'akai Cleansing Cream

Cleansing Hawaiian salt and antioxidant rich hibiscus combine to create a gentle daily cleanser that will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. Seaweed extract works to strengthen and renew the skin, while accelerating the natural skin repair process. The Pa’akai Cleansing Cream is great for all skin types.

Honua Pa'akai Cleansing Cream

The Pa’akai Cleansing Cream is super gentle, with a very faint rose scent. It is geared for all skin types, and as someone with sensitive skin, I can see this working for just about anyone (unless you have a sensitivity / allergy to one of the ingredients). My skin feels clean, hydrated and smooth after using.

Honua Pa'akai Cleansing Cream

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Pure Vitalized & Coconut Water (Aqua), Organic Rose (Rosa damascena) Hydrosol, Organic Witch Hazel Water (Hamamelis virginiana), Wild Harvested Seaweed Extract (Fucus vesiculosis), Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) Co2, Honua Pa’akai (Hawaiian Salt) Organic Herbal Oil Infusions of Rose Petals (Rosa damascena), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Chamomile Flowers(Matricaria recutita), Calendula Blossoms (Calendula officinalis), Comfrey Leaf & Root (Symphytum officinale) & Rosehips Seeds (Rosa mosqueta) in Organic High Oleic Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) & Sesame (Sesame indicum), Sorbitan Olivate, Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Lecithin, Organic Gromwell Root CO2 (Lithospermum erythrorhizon), Sage (Salvia officinalis) & Organic Rosemary Antioxidants (Rosmarinus officinalis), *Lactobacillus Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract and *Sodium Anisate *New Green Beauty Approved Preservative System

Honua Pa'akai Cleansing Cream

Have you tried this cleanser?

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

EiR NYC Active Face Wash Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Active Face wash from EiR NYC that came in my April Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour]

EiR NYC Active Face Wash

Made with an ancient recipe of African black soap, this face wash is an epidermal skin revival system that exfoliates, minimizes scarring, and brings breakouts to a screeching halt. Also, a great solution to stubborn zinc sun protection on the face.

I have to say that this cleanser is the most unappealing looking facial wash that I’ve ever used – it looks like muddy water in the package. And when you shake it up, it comes out as a dirty looking foam.

 

 

But don’t let that stop you from trying out this face wash because it is ALL KINDS OF AWESOME! It is gentle on my sensitive skin, and makes my face feel deeply cleansed without being drying. And despite how it looks, it has the most wonderful scent (without being over-scented or perfumey) likely due to the combination of lavender, ylang ylang, geranium, sage and cammomile essential oils.

EiR NYC Active Face Wash

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Water, Shea Butter, Shea Tree Bark Ash, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Pods Ash, Plantain Ash, Coconut Oil, Sustainable Palm Oil, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Geranium, Sage, Chamomile Essential Oil Blend 

Have you tried this one?

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Oil Cleanser from Kahina Giving Beauty that came in my March Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour]

Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser

Dissolve makeup, sunscreen and bacteria with this nourishing oil cleanser that leaves skin clean and soft without residue. Super hydrating, antioxidant rich plant oils combine with healing and anti-inflammatory Calendula, Turmeric, and Blue Tansy to calm and detoxify skin. Luxuriate in the scent of a blend of all natural neroli and geranium essential oils.

Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser

This unique Oil Cleanser is water soluble and can be removed with just water.  No washcloth required. Ideal for dry, sensitive, and acne prone skin.

This Oil Cleanser sounds so perfect for my skin!

Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser

The Oil Cleanser is super gentle, non-drying, and not at all greasy. As an added plus, it has loads of sensitive skin friendly and calming ingredients. Makeup removal is super easy, and it rinses away without leaving a residue. The cleansing oil has a very, very mild, natural scent of neroli and geranium.

 

Ingredients: 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Isoamyl Laurate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Panicum Millaceum (Millet) Seed Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Tocopherol, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil*, Tanacetum Annuum Flower Oil, Hypericum Perforatum (St. Johns Wort) Leaf Extract, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Bisabolol, Citronelol†, Geraniol†, Linalool†, Farnesol†, Limonene† 

Do you like cleansing oils?

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for!

 

Lowen’s Natural Skincare Reviews Part 1 -You Sure Clean Up Nice and Get Toned

Lowen's Natural Skincare You Sure Clean Up Nice & Get Toned Vegan Facial Toner

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if you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen my unboxing of the awesome box of goodies from Canadian brand Lowen’s Natural Skincare. When the owner reached out to me, of course I was interested in testing out some things – thank you! [info in italics taken from Lowen’s Natural Skincare website]

Lowen's Natural Skincare

A little background on the company:

Lowen’s Natural Skincare is a family-owned and operated skin care company based in Calgary, Alberta. Conceived by a veteran Pharmacist committed to using organic, fair-trade, and/or locally-sourced ingredients, Lowen’s creates unique skin care products that are safe, effective, long-lasting, and affordable.

Their products are made based on four main principals:

  1. Safe for us = safe for you: We ensure that our ingredients are thoroughly evaluated for safety, effectiveness, environmental impact, and animal welfare by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
  2. Keeping it simple:  What this means is that any single ingredient can provide multiple benefits within a particular product.  This keeps our ingredients list to a minimum number of “simple” components.
  3. Do no harm: We do not test our products on animals nor do we purchase ingredients that have been tested on animals.
  4. Sensible sourcing: We source local, certified organic and/or fair trade ingredients whenever possible and continually review and refine our practices to adhere to the above. If we are unable to find an ingredient close to home, we expand our search to find unrefined, organic, fair-trade ingredients

So yeah, knowing how I feel about skincare and cosmetics, you can see why I was so excited about testing things out! Because there were so many things in the box, I’ve decided to break it up into several parts – today I’m reviewing the You Sure Clean Up Nice (Face & Body Cleanser) and the Get Toned Vegan Facial Toner).

Starting with You Sure Clean Up Nice (Face & Body Cleanser) – to be honest I cringed a little at the thought of using the same cleanser for both face and body. But after doing my usual patch test for sensitivity, I tested it out on both my face and body but I’m going to talk more about using it as a facial cleanser.

Lowen's Natural Skincare You Sure Clean Up Nice Face & Body Cleanser

You Sure Clean up Nice!  Facial Cleanser is simply luxurious and like no other cleanser you’ve tried. We have formulated You Sure Clean up Nice! for all skin types but extra care was taken to ensure that it will be gentle on the most sensitive of skin types. (like all of our products).

Lowen's Natural Skincare You Sure Clean Up Nice Face & Body Cleanser

This cleanser is a sensitive skin dream! It is super gentle, but cleans really well – removes makeup without leaving my skin feeling tight or dry and doesn’t leave a residue. Because it is formulated for sensitive skin, it has no added fragrance, so it smells like its ingredients (basically, it barely smells like anything)! This would be great to take for travelling since it can be used on face and body.

Now onto the toner – Get Toned:

Lowen's Natural Skincare Get Toned Vegan Facial Toner

Get Toned! is a very clean, safe and simple facial toner. Having only 8 ingredients, they have been carefully selected to get the job done! Formulated with the refreshing and calming effects of lavender floral water, combined with the moisturizing and conditioning powers of  glycerin and Hydresia®.  Get Toned follows our mission perfectly as it is truly safe, effective…better!

Lowen's Natural Skincare Get Toned Vegan Facial Toner

I love facial toner / facial mists. This one has minimal ingredients and it is so refreshing to use after I wash my face. It smells beautiful due to the lavender. Very gentle, and hydrating.

So there you have it, part one of my Lowen’s Natural Skincare reviews. More to follow this week! Have you tried anything from Lowen’s?

Thanks for reading

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products were part of a PR package from Lowen’s Natural Skincare, but my love of natural skincare and opinions are entirely my own!

Empties – December 2018

Empties December 2018 - Lily De Mai, Harmony + Blossom, Essence, Hurraw

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As per usual, I’ve kept my empties for the month. I did not manage to finish up very many things in December, but since my goal is to use things up, any empties are progress in my quest to not let products go to waste.

Let’s take a look, and I will link to reviews and let you know if I will be repurchasing or not.

Empties December 2018 - Essence, Lily De Mai, Harmony & Blossom, Hurraw

Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof) – I’ve purchased this so many times, this is my HG waterproof mascara. I always go back to this or the Get Big Lashes one after I test out others. Original review is here.

Lily De Mai Bliss Transformative Moisture Mist – I absolutely loved this facial mist and I’m sad that it is empty. I’m putting it on my wishlist as I have a few facial mists in my stash to use up. Original review is here. (PR sample)

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay – This was a super gentle exfoliating clay cleanser. I have a bit of a cleanser stash to work through, so I won’t be purchasing this right now (even though I liked it a lot). Original review is here. (PR sample)

Essence The False Lashes Mascara – This is my fave non-waterproof mascara because it adds volume and holds a curl and I’ve purchased it several times. It even manages to hold up pretty well when my eyes water from laughing! I’ll purchase this again once I finish up another mascara in my stash. Original review is here.

Hurraw Lip Balm (Earl Grey) – I loved this lip balm. It smells like earl grey tea (bergamot). I’m a lip balm addict and just got a ton of new lip balms in my stash, so I won’t replace this just yet. I’m still using the Hurraw Moon Lip Balm at night (when I’m not using my Bite Beauty Lip Mask). Review is here.

Empties December 2018 - Lily De Mai, Harmony + Blossom, Essence, Hurraw

Were you able to finish up much in December?

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Disclosure: All PR samples identified. Please see original blog post for details.

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash Review

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Today I have a review of the Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash from Pacifica that I recently purchased from well.ca. [info in italics taken from the Pacifica website]

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash

Fortified with quinoa, sunflower seed oil and calendula, this foaming wash helps you get rid of the junk that blocks your beauty from radiating. Perfect foaming action helps gently lift dirt and debris to the surface so you can cleanse, remove dirt, makeup and even pollutants while helping balance. Calendula and aloe are great for even the most sensitive skin types.

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash

This cleanser is so gentle, and you only need the smallest amount – it foams up amazingly well! This is perfect for the most sensitive skins (unless you have an allergy or intolerance to one of the ingredients).

It works really well to remove makeup (except for waterproof mascara), and rinses clean without leaving my skin feeling dry or irritated. It works really well to calm the skin.

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash

Ingredients: aqua, glycerin, sodium cocoyl glutamate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, gluconolactone (corn), cetearyl glucoside, capric/caprylic/triglycerides, water, glycerine, caprylyl glycol, propanediol, glyceryl undecylenate, sucrose stearate, decyl glucoside, oryza sativa (rice) extract, glyceryl caprylate, bioflavanoids, potassium sorbate, parfum (natural), chenopodium quinoa seed extract, calendula officinalis flower extract.

This product is cruelty free and vegan (yay!). Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.

LunnaBeauty Cleansing Facial Polish Review

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Today I have a review of the Cleansing Facial Polish from new Canadian Etsy store – LunnaBeauty. The creator, Ria, reached out to me to see if I would like to try out one of their hand-crafted skincare products.

LunnaBeauty Cleansing Facial Polish

A little bit about LunnaBeauty – based in Toronto, Ria is originally from India, and her products are based on recipes handed down from her grandmother. There are currently three products in the line – Cleansing Pixie Sticks (this is the Facial Polish in a different packaging format), Wakeup Cleansing Cubes, and Facial Cleansing Grains.

LunnaBeauty Cleansing Facial Polish

The key ingredients of the Cleansing Facial Polish are: organic rice for exfoliation and brightness, sugar for moisture and exfoliation, and clay for deep cleaning. The Pixie Cleansing Sticks also have lavender, almond and jojoba oils (for soothing and calming). My jar definitely did not contain lavender but I think that is a good addition as the powder does need a hint of scent (otherwise it smells really bland) and calming properties are always a plus in my opinion.

I did a patch test first (as I always do for all skincare), with the powder mixed with water to test for any reaction / sensitivity to the ingredients. After my patch test showed no problems, I used it every couple of days as my skin does tolerate daily exfoliation. I liked mixing it with rose water – both for the scent and for the added soothing properties. It was gentle on my sensitive skin.

LunnaBeauty Cleansing Facial Polish

Bonus tip – it works really well to soften dry hands!

What is your favourite exfoliation product? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR sample. However my opinion is always my own.

 

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser Review

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Today I have a review of the Black Mint Cleanser from Odacité that came in my August Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser

This ultra-fresh minty gel transforms into a purifying foam that delivers an instant deep cleanse, eliminating excess oil, impurities, environmental toxins and makeup. Deeply purified, skin is invigorated with an extraordinary feeling of freshness. Complexion is clear and mattified, while hydration is preserved. Deep-cleanse combination, oily, or acne-prone skin. Skin is clear, invigorated and mattified. 

Because this cleanser has tea tree oil in it, I did two patch tests instead of my usual one, the first one on my arm, and the second one on my neck before trying it on my face – thankfully no reaction, so I was able to test it out for several days without incident.

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser

The cleanser is blackish-grey on the skin and smells super minty. It has a pleasant cooling tingle (and not the scary face melting kind)! The Black Mint Cleanser made my skin feel deeply cleansed without drying it out. I really like this facial cleanser!

Because my skin is both sensitive and in the normal to dry range, I personally would not use this every day, but probably once, maybe twice a week for a deep clean. I think that it would work amazingly well as a daily cleanser for oily or acne prone skin.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Water [Aqua], Algal Betaine [Capric/Lauric/Myristic/Oleic Amidopropyl Betaine], Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl/ Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Xanthan Gum, Activated Charcoal, Rhassoul Clay [Moroccan Lava Clay], Tea Tree Leaf Oil [Melaleuca Altemifolia], Peppermint Oil [Mentha Piperita], Rosemary Leaf Extract [Rosmarinus Officinalis*], Sunflower Seed Oil [Helianthus Annuus*], Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Tetra­sodium Glutamate Diacetate. | *Certified Organic Ingredients.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay – Jasmine & Chrysanthemum Review

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Today I have a review of the Cleansing Clay (Jasmine & Chrysanthemum) from Harmony + Blossom, a Canadian company that makes luxurious, handcrafted, botanical skincare. The owner / founder reached out to me, and I was intrigued to test out their products because they are a cruelty free Canadian company! [info in italics taken from the Harmony + Blossom website]

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay

Rejuvenate, nourish and balance your skin with this Cleansing Clay handcrafted with Coconut Milk, Banana, Licorice Root, Rice Powder, Jasmine, Chrysanthemum and French Pink Clay. The nourishing dry powder formula gently yet deeply cleanses to remove makeup, dirt and impurities.

Skin Type: Ideal for all skin types including sensitive and acne-prone complexions.

This Product Addresses: Dehydration, dullness, impurities, inflammation, breakouts.

The packaging is very pretty with its floral watercolour print, and it has all of the product information on it – what it is, how to use it, and the ingredients. I particularly love the message inside the top flap (pictured above right).

The first thing that I did after photographing the packing and product, was to do my usual skin patch test to check for product sensitivity even though it is formulated to be safe for sensitive skin types.

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay

In my experience, my skin doesn’t do well with daily exfoliation. Because I know this, I’ve been using the Cleansing Clay once every two to three days. But if your skin does well with daily exfoliation I can see it being a great daily cleanser. It is formulated to work for all skin types – even sensitive and acne prone skins.

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay

The Cleansing Clay gives a gentle exfoliating effect – it is not at all rough or scratchy. The grainy bits are very fine, and the combination of ingredients both cleanses and soothes the skin so it feels super clean without being irritated for dried out.

If you recall, I  do not usually like products with Jasmine in them, but for some reason, I cannot smell the Jasmine when I use the Cleansing Clay. It must blend in with the other ingredients in a way that works for my nose!

Ingredients: French Pink (Lilite) Clay, Coconut Milk (Maltodextrin and Milk Protein) Powder*, Rice Powder (Oryza Sativa)*, Banana Extract (Musa Apientum)*, Licorice Root Extract (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)*, Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum Parthenium) Botanical Extract*, Jasmine (Jasmine Grandiflorum) Botanical Powder*. *Certified Organic Ingredient

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay

Do you use exfoliating cleansers in your skincare routine? Or are you more into using chemical (acid type) exfoliating products?

Harmony + Blossom’s range of skincare products include a Cleansing Facial Nectar, a Jasmine & Rose Floral Essence, a Jasmine & White Tea Facial Nectar, a Peony & Diamonds Facial Dew, and  Radiance Beauty Mask.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this is a PR Sample for review. However my opinionated sensitive skin is entirely my own!