Jan 302015
 

Hello greenies! The weekend is right around the corner, and if you’re planning on buying new green beauty goodies, we’ve got some pretty big discounts for you – and a lot of them! And, of course, some free green beauty gifts.

Free Organic Beauty Gifts

 

 

 

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FeelUnique has these FREE gifts:

FREE Caudalie The Premier Cru Mini Duo (worth over £67) when you spend £60 or more on any Caudalie products
FREE Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer when you spend £25 or more on Nourish products
– and a big discount of up to 50% off in Winter sale

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Onlynaturals has:

discounted products and
FREE gifts with purchase

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♦ Over at Green People:
– you can save £5 on cleansers
– and get a starter pack worth £28,40 for only £16,95

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Happy Weekend!

Jan 272015
 

What is Rose Hip Seed Oil?

Rosa Canina Fruit Rose Hip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina) is extracted and pressed from the seeds of a rose bush. Rosa Canina is found in Europe, northwest Africa and west Asia.
Also used in skin care are two other Rose Hip Seed Oils extracted from Rosa Moschata and Rosa Rubiginosa.

Rose Hip Seed Oil has a red-ish/orang-y/amber appearance and is very light in its consistency, along with having a distinctive rose hip scent. It is important that Rose Hip Seed Oil is cold pressed. If you come across Rose Hip Seed Oil, which has a clear appearance, it means it’s been refined: oil from the seeds was extracted using hexane, a carcinogen. Refined rose hip oil, aside from having then carcinogen properties if hexane was used in the process, now doesn’t have all the skin-beneficial properties anymore, as they were destroyed during high heat.

Rose Hip Seed Oil

1. A’Kin Pure Radiance Certified Organic Rosehip Oil 2. Balm Balm 100% Organic Rosehip Oil 3. Life Flo Health Pure Rosehip Seed Oil 4. Now Foods Certified Organic Rosehip Seed Oil 5. Russell Organics Rosehip Seed Oil 6. Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil 7. Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil 8. Sukin Rosehip Oil 9. The Organic Pharmacy Virgin Cold Pressed Rose Hip Oil 10. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil 11. Melvita Rosehip Oil

Rose Hip Seed Oil is easily absorbed into skin and does not leave a greasy feeling. Rose Hip Seed Oil is a great moisturizer.

Rosa Canina Also known as “oil of youth”, Rose Hip Seed Oil has a myriad of skin-beneficial properties. Rose Hip Seed Oil contains high level of essential fatty acids, such as omega-6 (linoleic) and omega-3 (linolenic). The fatty acids are properties, which regenerate the skin and can help in healing scars, burns and it can help preventing or minimizing stretch marks.

Along with being high in Vitamin F (essential fatty acids), Rose Hip Seed Oil also contains Vitamin A. Vitamin A regenerates skin cells, it promotes elastin and collagen, thus providing the skin with elasticity and youthfulness.
Rose Hip Seed Oil also contains Vitamin C, a great agent against anti-aging as well as for skin’s healing.

Why use Rose Hip Seed Oil?

High levels of essential fatty acids and vitamins, Rose Hip Seed Oil rejuvenates and regenerates the skin. Rose Hip Seed Oil increases the levels of elastin and collagen, thus providing the skin with elasticity, firmness and smoothness. Rose Hip Seed Oil is a great anti-aging oil.

It can be used for facial skin care or as a massage body oil, alone or with other carrier oils and/or essential oils and butters.

Uses of Rose Hip Seed Oil:

  • as facial moisturiser
  • body and massage oil
  • hair treatment
  • under eye treatment; for dark circles
  • as a cleansing oil, used alone or mixed with other carrier oils and essential oils

Rose Hip Seed Oil in Beauty Products

1. Aubrey Organics Revitalizing Therapy Serum 2. Suti Rejuvenate Organic Face Oil 3. Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant and Ultra Hydrating Face Cream 4. A’Kin Rosehip & Shea Intensive Moisture Antioxidant Creme 5. Suki  Nourishing Facial Oil 6. The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Firming Serum 7. Nourish Protect Hydrating Moisturizer 8. Living Nature Radiance Night Oil 9. Aubrey Organics Revitalizing Therapy Toner 10. Ila Beyond Organic Body Oil for Vital Energy 11. Trilogy Nutrient Plus Firming Serum 12. Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Shampoo 13. Madara Superseed Age Recovery Organic Facial Oil

Rose Hip Seed Oil is recommended for:

  • undernourished skin
  • dehydrated skin
  • mature skin
  • for skin losing elasticity and firmness
  • scar healing and reducing the discoloration of scars
  • burns healing
  • sun-damaged skin
  • delicate skin around eyes
  • against fine lines and wrinkles
  • dermatitis.

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For more information on cosmetic ingredients, visit our cosmetic ingredients glossary section.

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Photo credits:
– Rosa Canina (Wikipedia via Roberta F.)
– Rosa Canina Fruit (Wikipedia via Denes Emoke)

Jan 262015
 

A reader from Italy has sent us a question about which unscented natural beauty products would be suitable for sensitive skin:

I’m trying to use more natural cosmetics. I have sensitive skin and I’m looking for natural cosmetic products that would have no scent. Can you tell what products without fragrances would be fine for my skin?

Scent is one of the aspects of beauty products that most enjoy; some even buy beauty products based solely on scent alone. I am very partial to the scent of roses, and have a hard time passing by beauty products, which contain the scent of roses.

However, some people either do not like scented beauty products, or their skin is sensitive to fragrant ingredients in the products. Conventional, synthetic beauty products contain synthetic scent ingredients (labeled as fragrance, perfume etc.). When it comes to natural beauty products, the source of scent are essential oils. Unfortunately, even though essential oils contain many skin-beneficial components, some people are allergic to essential oils.

So, which unscented natural products would be suitable for sensitive skin? We’ve compiled a few suggestions.

Here are some unscented natural beauty products for face care:

Readers Questions: Unscented Natural Beauty Products for Sensitive Skin

1. Acure Sensitive Facial Cleanser 2. Aubrey Organics Sunscreen SPF30 3. Badger Balm for Sensitive Dry Skin 4. Badger Balm Unscented Face Oil 5. Badger Balm Unscented Cleansing Oil 6. MyChelle Deep Repair Cream 7. MyChelle Supreme Polypeptide Cream 8. Badger Balm Lip Balm 9. A’Kin Unscented 24 Hour Pure Moisture

And here are some unscented natural beauty products for hair and body care:

Readers Questions: Unscented Natural Beauty Products for Sensitive Skin

1. A’Kin Unscented Wheat Free Very Gentle Conditioner 2. A’Kin Very Gentle Natural Shampoo 3. Acure Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion 4. Badger Balm Unscented Botanical Body Soap 5. John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Shampoo 6. John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Detangler 7. A’Kin Unscented Very Gentle Body Wash 8. John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Body Lotion 9. Nourish Organic Body Lotion 10. John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Body Wash 11. Nourish Organic Body Wash

There aren’t as many choices when it comes to unscented natural beauty products as there are with scented ones. You could always make your own unscented face and body care natural products, using various carrier oils and body butters.

Jan 232015
 

Hello greenies! It’s Friday and that means we have another installment of discounts and free organic beauty gifts for you. For some discounts, you’ll have to be pretty fast to catch them. Check them bellow.

 

 

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♦ You can still catch big winter sale discounts of up to 50% at Feelunique (brands include: A’Kin, Antipodes, Balm Balm, Burt’s Bees, Caudalie, Cowshed, Dr Hauschka, Inika, Jurlique, Lavera, Lily Lolo, Living Nature, Melvita, MyChelle, Nourish, REN, The Organic Pharmacy, this works, Trilogy) along with a £3 off purchase worth £30 discount (code: 3offjan2015).

FeelUnique Winter Sale

A’kin Clean & Comfort Gift Set / Melvita Moisturizing Rose Nectar Day Cream / Living Nature Nourishing Body Wash / Burt’s Bees Bee Day Collection Gift Set /The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Gel / Jurlique Balancing Day Care Cream / The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Ultra Face Cream / Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask / Cowshed Mixed Trio Gift Set / Trilogy Refresh & Shine Conditioner / Nourish Balance Vita – Boost Body Butter

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Onlynaturals has:

special offers and discounts on selected products
– free gifts with purchase:

FREE Alva Sanddorn Skin Oil when you spend £25 or more on Alva products (code: SKINOIL)
FREE Green People Trial Size products when you spend £20 on Green People
FREE Living Nature Lip Balm when you spend £25 or more on Living Nature products (code: LIVINGLIP)
FREE Nourish Hand Cream when you buy any two Nourish products (code: NOURISHHAND)
FREE Spiezia Trial Size product when you spend £35 or more on Spiezia products
FREE Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser when you buy any two Suki products (code: SUKICLEANSE)
FREE Trilogy Eye Contour Cream when you buy any two Trilogy products (code: EYECONTOUR)

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Happy Weekend!

Jan 202015
 

We’re expanding our ingredients glossary by dedicating a whole post to ingredients; both good and toxic. You’ve been sending us emails, asking us about certain ingredients, their properties, for which skin type would certain ingredients be suitable, which products contain certain ingredients etc.  So, today, we’re kicking off this series with one of the most popular, used and versatile cosmetic ingredients – Jojoba Oil.

 

What is Jojoba Oil?

Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) plant

Jojoba oil/liquid wax is extracted from the seeds of a Simmondsia chinensis shrub. Jojoba tree is native to Southern USA California, Arizona) and Mexico. Jojoba is not really an oil, but a mixture of liquid wax esters. Unlike most other vegetable oils, Jojoba Oil does not contain triglycerides, which makes Jojoba oil a very stable oil, with a long shelf life. Unrefined Jojoba oil has a clear golden appearance and mild odor.

Jojoba fruit

Rich in fatty acids, Jojoba Oil consists of gadoleic acid, erucic acid and oleic acid. Due to containing myristic acid, Jojoba oil works great against skin inflammation.

Jojoba Oil may be the most versatile oil, used for all skin types and its amazing properties position it as one of the best oils in skin care.

Why use Jojoba Oil?

Out of all the oils, Jojoba oil resembles the skin’s sebum (skin’s own oil) the closest, it penetrates deep into the skin, absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy residue, but instead forms a layer which prevents the skin from its water loss, thus proving to be great for hydrating the skin. Jojoba oil rejuvenates and softens the skin, as well as minimizes wrinkles and fine lines. Aside from being a great moisturizer, Jojoba oil is a great anti-bacterial skin treatment.  Jojoba Oil does not clog the pores and is great for acne prone skin. As a cosmetic ingredient, it’s also used as an emollient and emulsifier.

Jojoba Oil

1. Aubrey Organic Jojoba Oil 2. Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil 3. Desert Essence Jojoba Oil 4. Now Solutions Jojoba Oil

Uses of Jojoba Oil

It can be used alone or with other carrier oils and/or essential oils and butters. Jojoba Oil can be used as:

  • a day cream/moisturiser for dry skin
  • a night cream for oily skin
  • as body oil and for body massage
  • various hair treatments (hair mask, hair conditioner, for split ends)
  • as a nail cuticle treatment
  • as a lip balm
  • as a make up remover (used alone or mixed with other carrier oils such as olive oil and coconut oil)

Beauty Products Containing Jojoba Oil

1. A’Kin Ginko&Jojoba Intensive Moisture Hair Masque 2. Dr Hauschka Jojoba&Marsh Mellow Conditioner 3. Lavera Basis Organic Protection Face Cream 4. EOS Honeysuckle Dew Lip Balm 5. Weleda Iris Hydrating Day Cream 6. Madara Radiant Energy Superseed Organic Facial Oil 7. Antipodes Facial Exfoliator 8. Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturizer 9. Lavera Basis Deodorant 10. Skin Blossom Age Resist Face Moisturizer 11. REN Rosa Centifolia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 12. John Masters Organics Jojoba&Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser 13. Pai Skincare Avocado&Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream 14. RMS Beauty Oil 15. Suki Purifying Foaming Cleanser 16. A’Kin Lavender&Jojoba Hand&Nail Cuticle Cream

Jojoba Oil is recommended for:

  • all skin types
  • acne prone skin
  • oily skin
  • dehydrated skin
  • mature skin
  • against fine lines and wrinkles
  • psoriasis
  • scalp massage
  • conditioner for dry, damaged hair.

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Do you use Jojoba Oil? For which purpose do you mostly use Jojoba Oil and do you mix it with other carrier oils, essential oils?

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For more information on cosmetic ingredients, visit our cosmetic ingredients glossary section.

 

Photo credit:
– Jojoba plant (Wikipedia via brewbooks on Flickr)
– Jojoba fruit (Wikipedia via Kenneth Bosma)