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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Natural Beauty Purchases


I'd like to think that my post-Christmas pleasure of gift receiving continues through January; but I'm wrong. I can't blame myself too much because, first, it seems like every beauty blogger has needed a few new things this month to boost their consciences (i.e. Anna, Estée, Suzie, Alix--I told you), and, second, January has been the longest and possible worst month ever. So, I've obviously caught a sense of the winter blues, but they're easing away with the approaching spring weather--yet how ironic it is that I'm lounging in four layers as we speak--and with these purchases that have mended my physiological state (and skin, too).

You could say the prose that influenced all this new beauty bumph was (and is--I'm still leafing)  No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O'Conner. Any natural beauty fiend or beauty obsessive in general could exhaust this book as vehemently as a chocolate bar (if you're any sort of a chocoholic like I am).
You could say this book has scared me away from my usual favorites (even Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, but that was short lived--I'm not too die-hard, yet).

Two words: Whole. Foods. I've been stalking the shelves of hydrasols, cleansing milks, and essential oils like I'm ready to shoplift the place. Of the ten few stops I've made, I've parted with two brown paper bags.

The Desert Essence Sweet Almond Hand and Body Lotion crossed one category off my list. Addressing the most important element of a body lotion--the scent, obviously--it smells like marzipan. And, on my list, that's nearly as good as it gets; but it goes to 'best' when I spill that the scent doesn't linger any longer than fifteen minutes post-application--so there's no perfume interruption.
Its thick, yet instantly absorbent properties have it's nightly application seeming less like a chore; but, luckily, the moisture lasts all day.

With one contestant from the body category, there's a compliment from the skincare arena by the name of the Derma E Refining Vitamin A and Glycolic Toner with Papaya. As an exfoliating toner fiend, you knew this would be the one I purchased. But, beyond its sensation-free, buffing powers, it's also ridiculously hydrating. With the blend of components labeled in the name, along with sea kelp, aloe vera, and witch hazel, it's also non-irritating and will help skiff those pesky scars.

Now, I suggest you hold onto a sturdy object because (dare I say) I've deviated from the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. I know, I know--it's shocking. Luckily, I'm still hanging onto my nearly empty bottle if I need to yearn for it again, but that likelihood doesn't look too vivid, as I've treasured and am treasuring the Herbivore Botanicals Blue Blue Clay Soap.
Normally in the beauty industry, we warn against using soaps on your delicate complexion; but this one is surprisingly un-soapy with a swift ingredients list of saponified olive, palm, coconut, cambrian blue clay, and mint and lavender oil--c'est toute.
Just like the REN compliment, this clay number calms the skin without a stripped feeling and aids in the riddance of pesky pimples. But the best part is yet to come--it's only nine dollars as opposed to the shocking thirty-ish.

I'm pleased to admit that my natural beauty stocks have been extended from the previously (lonely) standing coconut oil. But these all hold another secret power: ridding of that winter enigma.

11 comments :

  1. Ahhh LILIAN STOP WHY
    You're making me SO jealous I have wanted to try Herbivore Botanicals for so so so so sooooo so so long!

    *weeps*

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  2. I'm pretty desperate to go to whole foods now! I really want to the almond lotion now, especially if it smells like marzipan

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  3. I absolutely love the Ren ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. I can tell I am coming close to the end of yet another bottle and I have to fork over another $32 for its creamy clay goodness, it's just too good. I came across the Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Soap a few months ago but I wasn't sure how it would stack up against Ren's offering. The price alone is making me want to purchase it but I don't know if I can give up my dear Ren just yet but maybe, just maybe in the future.

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  4. I really want to try Herbivore Botanicals, their branding is great! Have you checked out the Vitacost or iHerb websites? They have all the same products as Whole Foods at MUCH cheaper prices!

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  5. Deviating from REN cleanser!? Am I reading this correctly!? You've always been obsessed with that cleanser! Looks like I'll have to keep my eyes out for the blue clay soap too now!
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  6. Awww; do they not ship to the UK? I'll try not to tease you; just don't look at the posts that have this soap in the photo. (: xo

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  7. Trust me: give it a try. I was ecstatically surprised to find out that it worked just as well. If you don't like it, you can always use it on the body and it's not too price-painful. The clay in this one is also very similar to that in the REN one. I've a Clay Soap convert after running a love affair with the REN number for a year. xo

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  8. I just snuck a peek and--wow--why didn't I discover these sooner?!? Thanks for the tip. xo

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  9. Haha! I know; you know me so well, too--I'm impressed. xo

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  10. They are amazing sites! I order from both all the time. There is also $10 off coupons on both sites if you haven't ordered before.

    I also have a natural beauty blog: makeupbymaryb.com !

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  11. They are amazing sites! I order from both all the time. There is also $10 off coupons on both sites if you haven't ordered before.

    I also have a natural beauty blog, if you're interested: makeupbymaryb.com !

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