Aug 282015
 

Hello greenies! After a few-week vacation, I’m back with another edition of some great beauty discounts! In case you’ve missed, I’ve reviewed Laure facial elixir this week, and for the next week, I’ve got some great stuff planned for you as well. But for today, there are summer sales going on, so I am sure you will find something for yourself. Check them bellow!

FeelUnique has:

– 5% off when you spend £25 (code: 5feel08). Valid till 31.8.2015
– £10 off when you spend £80 (code: 10feel08). Valid till 31.8.2015
FREE Balance Me Collagen Boost Restore & Replenish Face Cream (10ml) when you purchase any Collagen Boost moisturizer or cleanser
FREE Jason Aloe Vera Gel when you purchase any Jason sun care product
– FREE Jurlique Rose Balancing Serum (worth £20) when you buy any 2 Jurlique products
FREE Kadalys banana lip balm when you spend £40 or more on Kadalys
FREE Melvita argan oil mini duo when you spend £25 on Melvita (one to be Melvita floral or extraordinary water)
FREE this works perfect skin miracle when you spend £30 or more on this works products
up to 75% off in their Summer Sale (brands include: A’Kin, Antipodes, Aromatherapy Associates, Badger Balm, Balm Balm, Bulldog, Burt’s Bees, Caudalie, Cowshed, Deep Steep, Dr Hauschka, Dr Bronner’s, EcoTools, Elemental Herbology, Figs&Rouge, Green People, Inika, Jane Iredale, Jason, John Masters Organics, Jurlique, Lavera, Lily Lolo, Living Nature, Moa, Madara, Melvita, Nourish, MyChelle, Pacifica, REN, Real Techiques, Sukin, The Organic Pharmacy, Trilogy, Weleda)

FeelUnique Sale
Elemental Herbology weekend facial kitLavera firming eye cream  |  Living Nature illuminating foundationTrilogy booster serumREN limited edition essentials kitMelvita rose radiant cream  |  REN keep young and beautiful kit |   The Organic Pharmacy ultra dry skin creamJurlique night creamMelvita rose radiance duoNourish relax duo setLiving Nature minisGreen People age defy facial oil  |  Jurlique balancing cream  |  Jurlique herbal antioxidant facial oil  |  Elemental Herbology kit

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♦ Love Lula has:

Free Love Lula GiftLove Lula Free Gift

– 5% off when you spend £25 (code: BANK5). Valid till 31.8.2015
– 10% off when you spend £40 (code: BANK10). Valid till 31.8.2015
– 15% off when you spend £70 (code: BANK15). Valid till 31.8.2015
– big discounts on selected products
– FREE August Beauty Box with any order over £40 (code: BOX40)
– FREE John Masters Organics 4-piece set when you spend £35 on John Masters Organics (code: FOUR)
– FREE Healthy Oils sample with every Healthy Oils scrub– FREE REN Skincare Set (worth £34) when you spend £50 on REN (code: GIFT1)
– FREE Rahua Luxury Shower Gel and Body Lotion when you spend £50 on Rahua (code: GIFT2)
– FREE Aviela Shea Hand Butter with any Aviela order (code: GIFT3)
– FREE Balm Balm fragrance free set when you spend £40 or more on Balm Balm (code: 3FREE)
– FREE Luxsit anti-blemish gel (8ml) with every Luxsit order
– FREE Willow Organic Butterfly Travel Set (worth £49) when you buy any 2 Willow products (code: WINGS)
– FREE Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner when you buy any 2 Trilogy products (code: QUENCH)
– FREE Omnisens fragrant green tea when you spend £15 on Omnisens products (code: TEA15)
– FREE Onnen Organic olive oil face soap when you spend £20 or more on Onnen Organic products (code: ONNEN)
– FREE Fair Squared Hand Cream when you spend £15 on Fair Squared (code: FAIR)
– FREE Nizou Romantic Damask Rose Scented Candle when you buy any 2 Nizou candles (code: NIZOU)
– FREE Omnisens Exotic Body Oil (worth £16,50) when you spend £25 or more on Omnisens (code: OMNI)
– FREE Bee Good Travel Sized Honey & Propolis Cream Cleanser with any Bee Good purchase over £25 (code: BEE25)
– FREE Hope’s Relief Goat’s Milk Soap when you spend £25 or more on Hope’s Relief (code: GOAT)
– FREE Willow Organic bath and shower oil when you buy any 2 Willow products (code: WILLOW)
– FREE Lovea hair oil when you spend £25 on Lovea (code: LOVEA)
– FREE Inika lip balm with any Inika foundation (code: INIKA)

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Ecco Verde has:

– 20% off on Everyday Minerals bronzers and blushes
– 10% off on Antonia BurrellFREE Weleda washgel when you spend €25 on Weleda
FREE PAI gentle eye cream when you buy PAI age confidence facial oil
FREE CMD Naturkosmetik shampoo&shower gel when you spend €29,99 on CMD products

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Onlynaturals has:

– 10% off this weekend (code: BANKHOLIDAY). Valid till 1.9.2015
– 25% off on Trilogy Age Proof range
– big discounts in their sale section
FREE Pai Exfoliator (worth £24) when you spend £45 on Pai (code: PAIEXFOLIATE)
FREE Balm Balm Rose & Geranium lip balm when you spend £20 on Balm Balm products (code: BALMBALMLIP) – FREE Evolve Facial Polish when you buy any 2 Evolve products (code: DETOX)
FREE A’Kin Unscented 24 Hour Pure Moisture when you buy any 2 A’Kin products (code: PUREMOISTURE)
FREE Kimia Precious Eye Serum (worth £49) when you buy Kimia Rejuvenating Facial System (code: KIMIAEYE)
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 Inlight Under Eye Revive (sample size) when you buy any 2 Inlight products (code: INLIGHTEYE)
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)

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iHerb has:

– 50% off on MyChelle starter kits (now only $10)
– lowered prices – up to 50% off –  on selected Suki, EcoTools, Pacifica and Aubrey Organics products

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Happy weekend!

Aug 262015
 

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir is a refreshing and balancing facial toner, consisting of 22 active ingredients in a form of hydrolates and extracts, working in harmony to soothe and hydrate oily and acne prone skin.

 

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir Review

As you know, I can’t do without hydrolates and facial toners; and I use a lot of them. I use various hydrolates, alone or mixing them together, as well as toners: after using cleansers to remove the final traces of makeup, before applying facial creams and serums in the evening and before applying makeup. I also use them generously just for the sake of refreshing and hydrating the skin. I doubt anything in the beauty industry causes me giving a side-eye to a beauty product as much as when I see a product which consists of 8o% of water, 10% of alcohol, 9% of hydrolate, if any at all,  and a few drops of a few essential oils, plus a few preservatives, and being marketed as a toner –  an all natural toner at that –  for 40€. Here’s what I think a facial toner is: various hydrolates and essential oils and/extracts and that’s it! When a toner consists of only hydrolates, it’s a great facial product for cleansing and/or refreshing, and when it consists also of essential oils and/or extracts, it also serves as hydrating, balancing, calming and anti-aging facial product.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir ReviewLaurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir is just that: a facial toner, consisting of of hydrolates and extracts great for oily, combination and acne prone skin.

The elixir, like their serum, comes in a miron glass bottle with a spray pump for precise application. The scent is quite a strong herbal scent, with chamomile and frankincense being the strongest; it’s a mix of an earthly scent and a scent of a freshly made herbal infusion. Its texture is watery, as you’d expect from a facial mist consisting of hydrolates, but it’s also slightly oily due to essential oils. This texture serves two purposes: it refreshes and hydrates the skin, while at the same time leaving your skin with a bit of an oily feeling – like you’ve applied a very thin layer of a smooth, matte and easily absorbed moisturizer. The ingredients in this elixir are calming, balancing and anti-bacterial – great for oily and acne prone skin, which is also a sensitive one.

I use Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir in the evening, after I’ve cleansed my face, as preparation before applying a serum or moisturizer. It works great before applying makeup as well: before serum and mineral foundation. It not only prepares the skin to absorb a serum or moisturizer, but it also balances oily skin, as well as proving calming effect. The elixir can be also used alone, when you feel like leaving your skin breathe; just spray the elixir all over your face, and it will be refreshed and the ingredients will still provide hydration and balance.

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How about the ingredients? Laurel was not modest when formulating this facial mist; there are 22 ingredients of a mixture of extracts, essential oils and their hydrolates. And no water or alcohol.

Chamomile Hydrosol˚, Orange Blossom Hydrosol˚, Calendula Hydrosol˚, Rose Geranium Hydrosol˚, Lemon Balm Hydrosol˚, Lavender Hydrosol˚, Helichrysum Hydrosol˚, Frankincense Hydrosol˚; extracts of Calendula˚, Self Heal˚, Echinacea˚, Licorice˚, Meadowsweet˚, Cleaver˚, Chickweed˚; Microorganism Ferment, Proprietary Flower Essence˚; essential oil blend of Lavender˚, Roman Chamomile˚, Neroli˚, Lemon Balm˚, Helichrysum˚, Blue Chamomile˚ ˚signified certified organic ingredient

Chamomile a potent antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties. Suitable for dry, sensitive skin and acne-prone skin. Calendula with its soothing effect, is an antioxidant with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin. Rose Geranium has anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic properties. It balances and regulates oil and sebum, thus great for oily and acne prone skin, as well as dry and mature skin. It promotes skin circulation and is a good lymphatic cleanser. Lemon Balm also known as Melissa, is an astringent,  anti-irritant, anti-bacterial and anti-toxin. It promotes cell regeneration. Lavender is antiseptic and antibacterial.

Helichrysum, also known as Immortelle oil, is one of the most expensive oils. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging and restorative properties, so does its hydrolate. Frankincense has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle agents, which softens and smooths, renews and rejuvenates the skin. Echinacea is moisturizer, while Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties. Self Heal or Prunella, has astringent properties. Meadowsweet has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties; it is soothing, and helps calm rashes and irritation. Cleaver has anti-inflammation, astringent and detoxifying properties. Chickweed is soothing and calming, and helps with itching skin. Neroli is p recious, delicate and expensive essential oil. It’s an astringent and moisturizer, great for mature skin and sensitive skin. It balances sebum production, thus great for oils skin as well. Reduces wrinkles. Calming and soothing properties. It normalizes the skin and promotes skin cell regeneration.

Potentially problematic ingredients? There’s one.

  • Microorganism Ferment. I suspected which ingredient could be behind this, but not being completely sure, I contacted Laurel for further explanation. The ingredient, used as preservative, is Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate. I’ve mentioned this preservative in my Nourish serum review. Laurel and I had a conversation about this ingredient (and a few other topics, which I will cover in the up coming Laurel reviews). She said it’s a mild preservative which it still allows for hydrosols beneficial bacteria to exist, and more or less the only one she felt comfortable enough to use it; I thank Laurel for her detailed explanation. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the ferment preservatives may not be as widely used as of yet, and there aren’t that many studies of these ingredients available, so I am skeptical about this preservative (as well). It may sound natural – but how natural is it really? Lactobacillus/Dipteryx odorata seed ferment filtrate, another ferment preservative, for example, is also marketed as natural preservative, but it contains a synthetic anti-fungal preservative called undecylenic acid (mostly found in products targeting fungal infections).

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My final word?

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir ReviewLaurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir consists of extracts, essential oils and their hydrolates perfect for oily and acne prone skin. It’s hydrating and balancing. Great when used alone or before applying skin care products and makeup since does not contain only hydrolates, but essential oils as well: it leaves the skin smooth and makes for a great and smooth application of either a serum or foundation, all the while these active ingredients work on the skin.

Price? $44 (approximately €40) for 100ml, which may seem a bit much, especially if you were to use it as a toner for cleansing. If used to prepare the skin for further care, a few sprays cover the face – even though you’d be tempted to spray it all day long. Given the ingredients, the price, in my opinion, is reasonable, and this elixir is one of those products which will stay on my re-purchase list. No, I am not fond of the ferment preservative, and as much as I understand the need for some type of preservative, I am equally apprehensive when it comes to preservatives in beauty products. All in all, this elixir is a great product, and all the other Laurel elixirs are firmly on my wish list. So I really recommend this elixir for all those with combination, oily and skin prone to acne.

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What do you expect and demand from a facial toner/mist? Do you prefer facial toners based on hydrolates, or are you OK with toners containing water? Have you tried Laurel Whole Plant Organics Elixir – did you like it?

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You can also get Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Elixir and other Laurel Whole Plant Organics products at The Detox Market.

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Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Elixir has been provided to Nature of Europe by Laurel Whole Plant Organics for the purpose of an honest review.

Aug 072015
 

Hello greenies! Looks like the summer has returned, yay! The Akamuti giveaway was a success and I am happy for the two lucky winners! Can’t wait to hear how they’re liking the goodies! I will be taking a 2-week vacation; while I enjoy green beauty blogging, a bit of a time off is needed. I may pop up around, here and there. I’ve got a lot of things planned for the weeks after vacation, so make sure you check back! But before I leave for vacation, I’ve got some discounts and free organic beauty gifts for you!

Free Organic Beauty Gifts

 

FeelUnique has:
– 20% off your order (code: TAKE20). Valid only today.
– 5% off when you spend £25 (code: 5feel08)
– £10 off when you spend £80 (code: 10feel08)
FREE Balance Me Collagen Boost Restore & Replenish Face Cream (10ml) when you purchase any Collagen Boost moisturizer or cleanser
FREE Caudalie to go pouch & Divine oil (15ml) when you spend £40 on more on Caudalie
FREE Dr Hauschka harmony body kit when you spend £30 or more on Dr Hauschka
FREE Jason Aloe Vera Gel when you purchase any Jason sun care product
FREE Jurlique summer tote bag when you spend £30 on Jurlique
FREE Kadalys banana lip balm when you spend £40 or more on Kadalys
FREE Melvita argan oil mini duo when you spend £25 on Melvita (one to be Melvita floral or extraordinary water) – FREE this works perfect skin miracle when you spend £30 or more on this works products

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♦ Love Lula has:

– big discounts on selected products
– FREE Healthy Oils sample with every Healthy Oils scrub
– FREE Tabitha James Kraan hair conditioner with every Tabitha James Kraan order (code: HAIRTREAT)
– FREE REN Skincare Set (worth £34) when you spend £50 on REN (code: GIFT1)
– FREE Rahua Luxury Shower Gel and Body Lotion when you spend £50 on Rahua (code: GIFT2)
– FREE Aviela Shea Hand Butter with any Aviela order (code: GIFT3)
– FREE La Mav Night Repair Cream (worth £28) with any order over £50 (code: LAMAV)
– FREE Balm Balm fragrance free set when you spend £40 or more on Balm Balm (code: 3FREE)
– FREE Luxsit anti-blemish gel (8ml) with every Luxsit order
– FREE Willow Organic Butterfly Travel Set (worth £49) when you buy any 2 Willow products (code: WINGS)
– FREE Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner when you buy any 2 Trilogy products (code: QUENCH)
– FREE Omnisens fragrant green tea when you spend £15 on Omnisens products (code: TEA15)
– FREE Onnen Organic olive oil face soap when you spend £20 or more on Onnen Organic products (code: ONNEN) – FREE Fair Squared Hand Cream when you spend £15 on Fair Squared (code: FAIR)
– FREE Nizou Romantic Damask Rose Scented Candle when you buy any 2 Nizou candles (code: NIZOU)
– FREE Omnisens Exotic Body Oil (worth £16,50) when you spend £25 or more on Omnisens (code: OMNI)
– FREE Bee Good Travel Sized Honey & Propolis Cream Cleanser with any Bee Good purchase over £25 (code: BEE25)
– FREE Hope’s Relief Goat’s Milk Soap when you spend £25 or more on Hope’s Relief (code: GOAT)
– FREE Willow Organic bath and shower oil when you buy any 2 Willow products (code: WILLOW)
– FREE Lovea hair oil when you spend £25 on Lovea (code: LOVEA)
– 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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Ecco Verde has:

FREE Dr Organic olive oil lip balm when you spend €19,99 on Dr Organic products
FREE PAI gentle eye cream when you buy PAI age confidence facial oil

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Onlynaturals has:

– 25% off on Trilogy Age Proof range
– big discounts in their sale section
FREE A’Kin Unscented 24 Hour Pure Moisture when you buy any 2 A’Kin products (code: PUREMOISTURE)
FREE Kimia Precious Eye Serum (worth £49) when you buy Kimia Rejuvenating Facial System (code: KIMIAEYE)
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 Inlight Under Eye Revive (sample size) when you buy any 2 Inlight products (code: INLIGHTEYE)
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)

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iHerb has:

5% off when you spend $40
8% off when you spend $40,01 – $49,99
9% off when you spend $50 – $59,99
10% off when you spend $60 or more

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I wish everyone a happy weekend!

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