May 292015
 

Hello greenies! Wow, this is already the 21st edition of great discounts and free beauty gifts this year! Time surely does fly, doesn’t it? In case you’ve missed my review of Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil and a post on Grape Seed Oil, you can add it to your weekend reading, and if you’re planning on stocking up on some beauty products this week, I have collected some pretty sweet discounts and free beauty gifts for you to check bellow!

Love Lula free beauty box

 

♦ Love Lula has:

– up to 50% off sale

Love Lula SaleBodhi & Birch Rosa Rosa Daily Moisturiser 35,00/25,00 | Studio 78 Paris Foundation 32,00/19,95 | Zoya Nail Polish 11,00/9,95 | Suki Even Tone Brightening Serum 52,00/39,00 | John Masters Organics Rosemary Body Milk 18,00/14,40 | John Masters Organics Rosemary Body Wash 18,00/14,40 | The Organic Pharmacy Bath and Shower Gel 14,95/7,50 |  Suki Balancing Day Lotion 35,95/24,95 | Lavera Lip Gloss 10,50/5,50 | Nourish Radiance Body Treats 45,00/39,00 | *£

– 30% off on Zk’in skincare range (code: ZKIN30)
– FREE May Beauty Box with ANY order over £50 (code: BBOX)
– FREE REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot with any REN order (code: SHOT)
– FREE FOM London Antioxidant Mask when you buy FOM London Age Defying Facial Moisturiser
– FREE BiOrganics perfect balance shampoo when you spend £15 on BiOrganics products (code: BALANCE)
– FREE Willow Organic bath and shower oil when you buy any 2 Willow products (code: WILLOW)
– FREE Lippy Girl Lippy Bunny Lipstick when you buy any 2 Lippy Girl lipsticks (code: LIPPY)
– FREE Lovea hair oil when you spend £25 on Lovea (code: LOVEA)
– FREE Bodhi & Birch travel set when you spend £60 (code: TRAVEL).
–  FREE Studio 78 Paris mascara when you spend £45 or more on Studio 78 Paris products (code: STUDIO78)
– FREE Inika lip balm with any Inika foundation (code: INIKA)
– FREE Pulp de Vie lipgloss when you spend £25 on Pulp de Vie products (code: KISS)

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FeelUnique has:

– 15% off on everything (code: HEAVEN15). Valid till 31.5.2015
FREE REN Discovery Kit (worth £33) when you spend £50 on REN products
FREE Grown Alchemist hand cream when you spend £65 on Grown Alchemist products
FREE Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Serum (worth £22,50) when you buy any 2 products from Jurlique Sun Specialist range

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Akamuti has:

– exclusive discount for Nature of Europe readers: £5 off on any order over £15 (code: NATURE).

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Onlynaturals has:

– great discounts in their special offers section
FREE Inlight Under Eye Revive (sample size) when you buy any 2 Inlight products (code: INLIGHTEYE)
FREE Nourish Hand Cream when you buy any two Nourish products (code: NOURISHHAND)
FREE Inika Kabuki Brush (worth £26) when you spend £35 or more on Inika (code: KABUKI)
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 Trilogy Powerfully Natural Restores Trio when you buy any 2 Trilogy products (code: RESTORERS)

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Green People has:

–  buy 1 get 1 free offer on their 3 best selling products (Day Solution SPF15 Cream, Hydrating Firming Serum, Tinted DD Moisturiser; read our Green People DD Tinted Moisturiser Review)
– 25% off on Organic Homme (code: FATHER25)

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iHerb has:

– 20% off on Acure products

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Have a great weekend!

May 282015
 

Grapes What is Grape Seed Oil?

Grape Seed Oil is a by-product of wine making, obtained by pressing grape seeds. It can be obtained by cold pressing method or by using a solvent called hexane. Given how problematic hexane is, cold pressing method is therefore the safest one. Another problem, when using such solvents, is that the oil loses its precious and skin-beneficial properties by being stripped of vitamins and minerals.

Grape Seed Oil is a non-comedogenic, light and finely textured oil, with light green color and pleasant sweet aroma. It quickly absorbs into the skin, thus not leaving a greasy feeling. It is rich with fatty acids such as stearic, palmitic, oleic and a specially – up to 70% of – linolenic acid, making it a carrier oil with one of the highest content of linolenic acid among carrier oils. Grape Seed oil is also rich with highly potent antioxidants (such as Vitamin E), which lessen the damage of free radicals, as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin C.

It is a widely used and affordable carrier oil, with a shelf life of 12-16 months.

Grape Seed OilAura Cacia Grape Seed Oil | Cococare Grape Seed Oil | Heritage Products Grape Seed Oil | Hobe Naturals Grape Seed Oil | Life Flo Health Grape Seed Oil | Nature’s Alchemy Grape Seed Oil | Now Solutions Grape Seed Oil

 

Why use Grape seed Oil?

Due to its astringent properties, Grape Seed Oil is used for oily and acne prone skin. It tones the skin and is a great moisturizer. Full of potent antioxidants, Grape Seed Oil helps fighting aging of the skin and promotes skin’s elasticity. Given anti-inflammatory properties, it’s a great oil for sensitive skin as well.

It can be used for facial skin care or as a massage body oil, alone or with other carrier oils (such as Argan, Avocado, Jojoba and Sea Buckthorn oil) and/or essential oils and butters.

GrapeSeed Oil in Face Products

1. Acorelle Eye Serum 2. Antipodes Apostle Brightening Serum 3. Dr Bronner’s Shaving Gel 4. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask 5. Antipodes Mineral Foundation 6. Suki Intensive Nourishing Mask 7. Primavera Balancing Gel Cleanser 8. Little Butterfly London Mother&Baby Massage Oil 9. Bodhi&Birch Detox Salt Scrub 10. Seascape Island Apothecary Soothe Body Butter 11. Jane Iredale Lip Gloss 12. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream 13. Apeiron Regeneration Night Cream 14. Eco Lips Inc. Lip Balm 15. Out Of Africa Lip Balm 16. Bon Liquid Gold Pure Tissue Oil 17. Primavera Balancing Oil Control Lotion 18. Santaverde Aloe Vera Cream 19. Primavera Balancing Toner 20. MyChelle Cream Foundation 21. Domus Olea Toscana Anti-Wrinkle Intensive Skincare 22. PAI Skincare Age Confidence Facial Oil

Uses of Grape Seed Oil

  • facial cream
  • serum and facial oil
  • foundation
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • lip balm
  • shaving products
  • massage oil, body lotion

GrapeSeed Oil in Body and Hair Products

1. Aubrey Organics Relaxing Massage Oil 2. Aroma Naturals Extraordinary Beauty Oil 3. Dessert Essence Conditioner 4. Oskia Hand Cream 5. Avalon Organics Bath and Shower Gel 6. Avalon Organics Shampoo 7. Burt’s Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion 8. Indemne Lotion 9. La Claree Oliv Body Oil 10. Pilogen Hand Cream 11. Avalon Organics Conditioner 12. Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Body Oil 13. Lavera Anti-Grease Shampoo 14. Pacifica Body Wash 15. Avalon Organics Hand and Body Lotion 16. Eco Cosmetics Hand Cream

Grape Seed Oil is Recommended For:

  • oily and acne prone skin
  • anti-aging for mature skin (fine lines and wrinkles)
  • sensitive and irritated skin
  • toning and tightening of the skin
  • dark circles under eyes
  • a lubricant for shaving
  • hair treatment (growth)

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Do you use Grape Seed Oil? If you’re having troubles with your skin absorbing oils, then Grape Seed Oil just might be a great choice for you.

May 262015
 

Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil Ingredients: Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa moschata), Organic Golden Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus idaeus), Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata), Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolons), Rose Otto Essential Oil (Rosa damascena). Citronellol* Geraniol* Linalool* Benzyl Benzoate* Benzyl Alcohol* Isoeugenol* Eugenol* Limonene* Citral* Farnesol* Benzyl Salicylate*  *natural constituents of the essential oils

If there are two things I like using for my skin care, it’s facial oils/serums and rose essential oil. A rose facial oil is thus a perfect choice.

Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil comes in a generous 50ml bottle with a handy dropper for an easier, more precise and more hygienic use and application.

The one thing that will catch your attention right off the bat when you open Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil is the scent: so gentle, feminine and heavenly! There’s a barely noticeable Ylang Ylang scent, the rose essential oil is almost subtle, but it’s the geranium essential oil which carriers this lovely scent of Akamuti facial oil.

The facial oil is of a pretty liquid texture. As always, I first use a toner or hydrolate, before applying the facial oil. Only a drop or two are needed. Despite quick absorption properties of rose hip seed and jojoba oil, it takes quite a long time for this oil to be absorbed; for those with dry skin, this oil would absorb faster than it does on my oily – to – combination skin. Due to its longer absorption, I use this oil only as a night treatment.

Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil Review And what a treatment it is! This is a very nourishing oil, leaving your skin fed with precious skin-beneficial ingredients. The skin truly is rejuvenated, smooth and – as the name of the facial oil suggests – replenished, with a healthy glow.

Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil, like basically all Akamuti products, contains only a handful of organic, all natural ingredients. Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in essential fatty acids; it promotes cell and tissue regeneration. It is an excellent anti-aging oil, with anti-bacterial properties, and a great oil for oily skin. Jojoba Oil is a sebum identical ingredient, with very moisturizing properties, which smooths and softens the skin. Raspberry Seed Oil is a potent antioxidant with antibacterial and anti-acne properties. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil balances the skin by normalizing sebum production and has anti-irritant and anti-aging properties. Like Jojoba oil and Ylang Ylang, Geranium Essential Oil also balances and regulates oil and sebum, thus being great for oily and acne prone skin, as well as for dry and mature skin. It has anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic properties. Last – but not least – the precious Rose Otto Essential Oil, the best you can offer your skin.

Potentially problematic ingredients? None. None? What about Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol and Benzyl Salicylate? They are naturally occurring constituents of essential oils, but given these ingredients, when synthetic, are quite problematic when added to beauty products and therefore falling under banned or restricted ingredients in EU, they must be listed on ingredients list even when they are only naturally occurring constituents of essential oils.

Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil Review

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My final word? Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil, while containing ingredients very suitable for oily skin, is a facial oil I would recommend for all skin types – dry, mature, normal, oily and combination, as well as acne-prone. If you’re still unsure whether or not you should try using oils for your face – I would suggest you take a chance on this oil. It contains few, yet precious skin-beneficial ingredients and it is an extremely affordable facial oil. 50ml costs only around 15€, which is a really low price for such all natural facial oil, and given it’s needed only a drop or two for your face and neck to be nourished and replenished in the morning, I would wager and say these 50ml could easily last you for, at the bare minimum, 6 months.

And believe me, you will love the scent! And speaking of the scent – Akamuti, if you’re reading this: I’d love (a more concentrated) perfume roll-on and, well, since I’m on a roll with my wish list – a solid perfume with this scent as well. What say you?

Would I buy Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil again? Yes! It’s a great and very affordable facial oil, containing few, but very skin-beneficial ingredients. And if you decide to buy Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil, why not add, say Akamuti Lip Balm, and use the exclusive to Nature of Europe readers discount code: NATURE for £5 with your order over £15 ? I’d say that’s a pretty good deal, wouldn’t you?

Exclusive AKAMUTI Discount

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Are you a fan of facial oils? Have you tried Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil yet?

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For more information on Akamuti, visit their dedicated brand page.

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Akamuti Replenishing Rose Facial Oil has been provided to Nature of Europe by Akamuti for the purpose of an honest review.

May 222015
 

Hello greenies! How was your week? I was pretty busy sorting out the upcoming reviews of many green beauty products I have for you in store. But for today, since it’s Friday, I’ve gathered some pretty awesome discounts and – of course – free green beauty gifts as well! Check them bellow!

Weekly Discounts and Free Organic Beauty Gifts #20

 

♦ Love Lula has:

15% off on everything (code: BANK15). Valid till 25.5.2015
– up to 50% off on sale items
– FREE Balm Balm Rose Geranium Face Balm + Balm Balm Bag with any Balm Balm order over £25 (code: BAG)
– FREE REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot with any REN order (code: SHOT)
– FREE FOM London Antioxidant Mask when you buy FOM London Age Defying Facial Moisturiser
– FREE BiOrganics perfect balance shampoo when you spend £15 on BiOrganics products (code: BALANCE)
– FREE Willow Organic bath and shower oil when you buy any 2 Willow products (code: WILLOW)
– FREE Lippy Girl Lippy Bunny Lipstick when you buy any 2 Lippy Girl lipsticks (code: LIPPY)
– FREE Lovea hair oil when you spend £25 on Lovea (code: LOVEA)
– FREE Bodhi & Birch travel set when you spend £60 (code: TRAVEL).
–  FREE Studio 78 Paris mascara when you spend £45 or more on Studio 78 Paris products (code: STUDIO78)
– FREE Inika lip balm with any Inika foundation (code: INIKA)
– FREE Pulp de Vie lipgloss when you spend £25 on Pulp de Vie products (code: KISS)

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Onlynaturals has:

– 20% off on Nourish (code: NOURISH20)
– 10% off on Intelligent Nutrients
– great discounts in their special offers section
FREE Nourish Hand Cream when you buy any two Nourish products (code: NOURISHHAND)
FREE Inika Kabuki Brush (worth £26) when you spend £35 or more on Inika (code: KABUKI)
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 Trilogy Powerfully Natural Restores Trio when you buy any 2 Trilogy products (code: RESTORERS)

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Green People has:

–  buy 1 get 1 free offer on their 3 best selling products (Day Solution SPF15 Cream, Hydrating Firming Serum, Tinted DD Moisturiser; read our Green People DD Tinted Moisturiser Review)
– 25% off on Organic Homme (code: FATHER25)

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Akamuti has:

– exclusive discount for Nature of Europe readers: £5 off on any order over £15 (code: NATURE).

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iHerb has:

– 20% off on Aubrey Organics
– 20% off on Babo Botanicals
– 20% off on Nature’s Baby Organics
– 40% off on Acure Organics hair care (Argan Oil Shampoo, Argan Oil Conditioner, Lemongrass Shampoo, Lemongrass Conditioner, Pure Mint Shampoo, Pure Mint Conditioner)

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Pharmaca has:

25% off on your purchase (code: MEMDAY). Valid till 25.5.2015

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Have a great weekend! 

May 202015
 

AlmondWhat is Sweet Almond Oil?

Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) is obtained via expeller-pressing method from dried kernels of sweet almonds. It is classified as a fat and oil. Sweet Almond Oil is of a light consistency and golden color. It is rich with fatty acids, especially in linoleic and oleic,. It is also rich with Vitamins A, E and D, as well as magnesium, potassium and zinc.

It is an affordable and one of the most widely used carrier oils in cosmetic products, especially in body care products and products for body massage. It’s a stable oil, with a shelf life of approximately 1 year.

Sweet Almond Oil

Baensch Sweet Almond Oil  // Farfalla Sweet Almond Oil  // Heritage Products Sweet Almond Oil  // Nature’s Alchemy Sweet Almond Oil  //  Life Flo Health Sweet Almond Oil  // Primavera Sweet Almond Oil  // Born to Bio Sweet Almond Oil  // Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil  // Tea Natura Sweet Almond Oil  // Kart Sweet Almond Oil  // Hobe Labs Sweet Almond Oil  // Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil  // Cococare Sweet Almond Oil

Why use Sweet Almond Oil?

Sweet Almond Oil is an emollient, with high ability of trapping skin’s moisture. It easily absorbs into the skin, and it helps the skin restoring optimal PH balance. Due to its high content of fatty acids compounds, it regulates skin’s oil production, thus minimizing acne. It’s a potent anti-inflammation oil, helping irritated and inflamed skin, as well as skin’s allergies. It makes the skin soft, smooth, nourished, revitalized and calm.

Widely used as a body massage oil, it also tightens the skin and promotes blood circulation, thus reducing stretch marks.

It can be freely used with many other carrier oils, as well as essential oils and butters.

Sweet Almond Oil in Face Care Products

1. BioEarth Eye Contour 2. PAI Skincare Camellia&Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 3. Lavera Color Correction 4. Organic Surge Skin Perfecting Face Polish 5. Dr Hauschka Soothing Facial Cream 6. Kneipp Regeneration Eye Cream 7. Beyond Organic Skincare Moisturizing Day Cream 8. Gwdihw Smoochy Lips Vanilla 9. Sonnentor Rich Face Cream with Almond and Rose 10. Hurraw! Almond Lip Balm 11. Dr Hauschka Soothing Facial Oil 12. Lily Lolo BB Cream 13. Akamuti Sweet Orange Facial Cleanser 14. Kimberly Sawyer Almond and Lavender Face Scrub 15. Skin Blossom Gentle Cleansing Milk 16. Lavera Basis Sensitive Jojoba and Almond Lip Balm 17. CMD Naturkosmetik Sandorini Facial Massage Oil 18. Dr Hauschka Soothing Facial Lotion 19. Trilogy Cream Cleanser 20. Sante Eye Makeup Remover 21. Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream 22. Dr Hauschka Foundation 23. Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation 24. Nonique Luxurious Day Cream

Uses of Sweet Almond Oil:

  • body massage, body lotions
  • nail and cuticle treatment, hand cream
  • facial oils and serums
  • cleansers
  • lip balms
  • moisturizers and foundation
  • soaps

Sweet Almond Oil in Body Care Products

1. Dr Scheller Body Oil 2. Dr Hauschka Almond&St Worth Body Oil 3.  Dr Woods Almond Soap 4. Fair Squared Almond Hand Cream 5. Florame Almond Oil Shower Gel 6. Lavera BodySpa Honey Moments Shower Gel 7. Florame Hand Cream 8. Avril Apricot&Almond Shower Gel 9. Pacifica Jasmine Shower Gel 10. Organic Surge Shower Gel 11. Burt’s Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream 12. Akamuti Rose&Almond Hand Cream 13. Nonique Intensive Body Lotion 14. Akamuti Cocoa&Almond Body Butter 15. Willow Organic Body Scrub 16. Dr Bronner’s Almond Soap Bar 17. Logona Fragrance-Free Body Lotion 18. London Butterflies Whipped Body Cream 19. One With Nature Almond Soap Bar 20. Aubrey Organics Moisturising Lotion 21. Dr Bronner’s Almond Liquid Soap 22. Stop the Water Almond Shower Gel

Sweet Almond Oil is recommended for:

  • for dry, sensitive, irritated skin
  • oily and acne prone skin
  • against wrinkles and fine lines
  • under eye area, especially for dark circles
  • for sun-damaged skin
  • eczema and psoriasis
  • chapped and dry lips
  • for cuticles and strong nails
  • irritated scalp, dandruff

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I use Sweet Almond Oil alone and mixed with Olive Oil as a makeup remover, as well as facial oil for its nourishing properties. Do you use Sweet Almond Oil for face and body? Which products containing Sweet Almond Oil are your favorite?