Jan 272017
 

Hello greenies! It’s Friday! And it’s a sunny even if pretty cold. It all points to me having another busy weekend; sometimes, I don’t think I mind being preoccupied with so many things all at once, but my energy levels cannot keep up as of yet. I’ve been pretty busy during the week; did you notice? I posted two reviews – Alima Pure Mascara (which you can get for free with purchase; more info bellow) and Andalou Naturals toner.

As I’ve been absent from my blog nearly the whole year last year, there’s a lot of products waiting to be reviewed (and I thank again, to my business partners, for showing such grace and understanding), so I’m being busy presenting them to you. But, since I take the time to offer you a detailed, as opposed to short “raving” and “obsessive” review, it takes some time before the reviews are done.

In passing, I’m also planning to post a few articles regarding the state of green beauty blogging; one topic is about hoarding products for the sake of showing off and posting quick reviews (lovely Ana expressed her opinion on this a while ago; bok, srce! :D), the other topic is about those bloggers, who without any shame whatsoever copy (read: steal in broad daylight) ideas and work of those, who have worked hard to create it in the first place. I am observing one of those, who is copying my whole UNIQUE idea of having brands and stores directories, ingredients list, intro guides… you name it – might as well just copy paste my whole blog and walk down the street with stolen goods in her hand with not an ounce of shame. Gross.

And I promise – I’ll get around the comments, emails… as soon as I can – I did not forget about you, my lovelies! A new post about readers’ questions should arrive in the near future as well – keep sending me emails, and I’ll get around them sooner than latter – whether it’s about ingredients, product recommendation, store recommendation – anything :)

Anyway, if you ran out of your favorite product or see one, which has been on your wish list for a while and can get it now for less (or even for free with purchase), I’ve collected some more discounts for you bellow. And, of course – free gifts with purchase.

 

Weekly Disxounts and Free Organic Beauty Gifts #63

 

Love Lula has:

Madara Set

– 10% off when you spend £40 in their End of January Sale (code: GIVEME10). Valid till 31.1.2017
– 15% off when you spend £70 in their End of January Sale (code: GIVEME15). Valid till 31.1.2017
– Madara Set worth £62 for only £29 (I’m testing the Madara night cream – review soon!)
– 20% off on Humble Natural Beauty (code: HUMBLE20)
– 20% off on Oils of Heaven
– FREE Oils of Heaven Argan Oil when you buy Oils of Heaven Cacay Oil (read my Oils of Heaven Cacay Oil review)
– FREE Beauty Brews Grace – Orange & Apple Organic Tea 50g when you buy any TWO Beauty Brews products (Code: BREWS)
– FREE Balm Balm Deep Cleansing Set when you spend £25 or more on Balm Balm (code: BALMBALM)
– FREE Dr Hauschka Lemongrass bath essence (30ml) with any two products from Dr Hauschka Body care selection (code: LEMONGRASS)
– FREE Kure Bazaar nail file with any Kure Bazaar nail polish (code: FILE)

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Content Beauty has:

– great savings in their sale section
free gifts with purchase:

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FREE Alima Pure Starter Set (lip tint and eye pencil) when you spend £50 on Alima Pure
FREE Plant Apothecary Travel Size Zit Zap when you spend £30 on Plant Apothecary
FREE Antipodes 75ml Reincarnation Facial Exfoliator (£21.99) when you buy any TWO Antipodes products
FREE Therapi Travel Set of Moisturiser 15ml + Toner 30ml when you buy TWO Therapi products
FREE Dafna Eye Care Serum worth £50 when you purchase TWO Dafna products
FREE Amala Brightening Face Polish worth £60 when you spend £100 on Amala
FREE Skin and Tonic Coco Mask 50g (£22) when you spend £50+ on Skin & Tonic

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iHerb has:

– 10% off for new customers (code: LBK652)
– 59% off on Now Foods Purifying Toner (I am testing it now – review soon!) – was €6,50 now €3,53

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FeelUnique has:

– 3 for 2 on Balance Me
FREE REN Skincare Evercalm Regime Kit when you buy 2 REN Skincare products
FREE Jurlique Rose Water Balancing Mist with two Jurlique products
FREE A’Kin Hand Cream when you spend £30 on A’Kin
FREE Caudalie Radiance 3-piece Pouch (worth £30) when you spend £40 on Caudalie
FREE Melvita Nectar de Roses Fresh Micellar Water when you spend £25 on Melvita
FREE Odylique Superfruit Concentrate (10ml) when you buy 2 or more Odylique products
FREE The Organic Pharmacy Rose Balm (10g) when you spend £40 or more on The Organic Pharmacy
FREE Green & Spring Relaxing Shower & Bath Foam when you spend £35 on Green & Spring

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Natuurlijke Cosmetica Winkel has:

– 20% off on Scotch Naturals
– 40% off on Burt’s Bees
– 40 % on AnneMarie Borlind

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The Detox Market has:

 

best-of-detox-market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST of Green Beauty Box (worth $270) for only $149

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Happy Weekend!

 

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Jan 262017
 

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner is non-water based facial toner, loaded with antioxidants and soothing ingredients – all that for an incredibly affordable price and a scent that will keep you coming back for more.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner Review

A big box full of empty Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toners – is what I’ve amassed in the past years. The Andalou Naturals toner checks all of my skincare demands: it’s not water based, it’s a rose toner, it contains a load of excellent ingredients, smells divinely and is ridiculously affordable to top it all. I could just end my review right here and now, and just say I highly recommend it!

But you know I have to give you a more detailed review than that.

Over the years, Andalou Naturals is a brand whose products I’ve been stocking up nearly every month – from skincare, body care and hair care, so yes – you can expect a lot more reviews from this brand in the upcoming months, and there’s hardly I product I use (and have been using for years) which I wouldn’t recommend; like the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner I’ll review today, as well as, for example, Andalou Naturals Facial Scrub.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner comes in a bright pink spray bottle for precise application; there’s a generous 178ml of this amazing toner. The spray gives a precise application- whether you apply the toner directly on your face before moisturizer, or for refreshing your makeup.

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Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral TonerWhat you’ll notice, right of the bat, is that this toner smells divine – the same goes for the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Collection as a whole. The scent is so feminine and so roses – so of course, for someone, who likes roses as much as I do, the scent is a winner in itself; BUT! – this is what I must point out – the source of the scent is not natural. Yes, the toner does contain geranium and damascena rose. But the scent is that which could indicate its source is not natural; the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner contains a fragrance and masking ingredient, (which, of course, smells of roses) called phenethyl alcohol.

My skincare routine has always consisted of using a facial toner first thing in the morning – I actually wash my face with a toner and use it again, usually spraying it before applying a moisturizer. I use it during the day, especially in summer, to freshen up. And in the evening, I use it for my cleaning ritual before applying night treatments; this is exactly how I’ve been using the Andalou Naturals rose toner as well. As I use toner for my eyes as well, it’s really important the toner does not irritate my eyes, and Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner does not.

The Andalou Natural 1000 Roses Floral Toner is packed with awesome ingredients – the antioxidants are abundent. I must put an emphasis, again, on the fact this Andalou Naturals toner is based on aloe very and rose hydrolate. There’s too many toners out there, which are based on water, so you never know whether you’re paying and getting a bottle of water with a small % of other ingredients added.

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Before we take a closer look at the ingredients, I have to point out a similar issue I’ve raised in 100% Pure foundation review – the extracts and the lack of the INCI classification: There are extracts, which go through unnatural process and are usually themselves preserved with such preservatives, such as phenoxyethanol. In short – I’d like to see INCI ingredients list. Also, the claim behind stem cell notion may be a bit misleading; the function that fruit stem cells have for fruits is not the same they would have for human skin.

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So let’s take a closer look at the ingredients.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis juice*, rosa damascena (rose) distillate*, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), tocopherol (vitamin E), lauric acid, phytocelltec (alpine rose, malus domestsica, solar vitis) and bioactive 8 berry complex*, soothing complex: [hyaluronic acid, magnolia officinalis bark, phoenix dactylifera (date) leaf cell and boswellia serrata (boswellin) extracts], punica granatum (pomegranate) extract*, hibiscus sabdariffa and camellia sinensis (white tea) extracts*†, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus tangerina (tangerine) and pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) oils*, rosa centifolia (rose) oil. * Organic † Fair Trade

Aloe vera has hydrating and anti aging properties. It rejuvenates and tightens the skin.  Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), is a moisturizer, lubricant and a thickening agent. Tocopherol  is Vitamin E, an antioxidant. Grape seed oil is rich with fatty acids and highly potent antioxidants (such as Vitamin E), which lessen the damage of free radicals, as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin C.

Lauric acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid common in coconut oil, has antibiotic, anti-viral and antimicrobial properties; it reduces inflammation and acne breakouts. Hyaluronic acid is a very potent humectant, hailed for its great water-binding properties. It creates a non-sticky film on the skin, retaining the moisture in the skin. It smooths the skin.

Fruit extracts are potent antioxidants: Malus Domestsica (apple stem cell extract) has anti-aging properties, it promotes radiant, youthful skin and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Magnolia Officinalis Bark has anti-inflammatory properties and fights against wrinkling and sagging skin. Another two potent antioxidants are Hibiscus Sabdariffa extract and White Tea extract.

Boswellia Serrata extract has astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties; it promotes soft and smooth skin. Punica Granatum (pomegranate) extract, a potent antioxidant, is high in ellagic acid, essential acids and Omega5. Citrus Tangerina (tangerine) has antiseptic and is great for acne-prone skin.

And then there are roses: rosa damascena (rose) distillate, alpine rose,  pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) oil, and rosa centifolia (rose) oil.

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Potentially problematic ingredients?

  • Phenethyl alcohol: an aromatic alcohol (roses scent), masking agent, fragrance agent, preservative. It occurs naturally in the environment. It is produced by microorganisms, plants, and animals. Phenethyl Alcohol has been found in a number of natural essential oils. Andalou Naturals does not state the Phenethyl Alcohol in their products is a naturally occurring constituent of essential oils.
  • Ethylhexylglycerin, a weak preservative; could be irritating to skin and eyes.

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My final word?

A few of the claims regarding Andalou Naturals products, specifically the ingredients such as (fruit) stem cells and the lack of the proper INCI classification do minimize a bit the value of natural products promise. However, there’s also a lot of natural and skin-beneficial ingredients, especially antioxidants in Andalou Natural products for me to keep going back to them (so keep an eye on my blog, as I’ll bring you more Andalou Naturals reviews). Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner is not exception; I’ve been using it for years, and never experienced any side effects. I keep at least one bottle in my fridge at all times (this facial toner, straight from the fridge during summer is a treat for skin).

The price? Very affordable – 178ml of this toner costs around €10 and the bottle lasts for 2 months; and keep in mind, I am not all that modest with my usage of toners.

Should I even say whether I’d buy it again?

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Are you familiar with Andalou Naturals? Have you tried their floral toner? What’s your take on it?

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For more information on Andalou Naturals, visit their dedicated brand page.

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The Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner has been purchased by myself, many times over. The post contains affiliate links.

iHerb 10% discount code LBK652

 

 

Jan 242017
 

Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara is quite pigmented and offers a natural and soft look by separating the lashes, giving them volume and a moderate length.

Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara Review

Alima Pure is known for their high quality mineral makeup. Their mascara offers quite a good finish on the lashes; what I’m not all that excited about is the fact it contains quite a good amount of synthetic ingredients.

Alima Pure offers two colors of their natural definition mascara – rich brown and black; as I’ve been really liking the dark brown mascara lately (I have natural jet black hair, so black mascara does not give me an unnatural look) for that natural look during the day, I picked the rich brown color to test and review for you.

When it comes to mascaras, I prefer the wand to be a bit more… hairy. Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara has a rubber wand and the bristles are not as plentiful, so I was a bit skeptical about the application, and even moreso – how good it will separate the lashes while applying it. No worries – the wand easily separates the lashes and it nicely glides through the lashes as well.

I do not prefer to layer mascaras as in waiting between layers for one to dry and then applying the next one, as in most cases, the lashes become less and less separated; combing afterwards also never sounded all hat appealing to me, as the process takes off mascara as well. I prefer to just work on one eye, wiggling with mascara.

Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara Review Upon the first touch, there’s not much volume or length, but I keep on zig-zaging the Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara, going from the root of the lashes upwards, and the definition and volume quickly take form; the final look is that of a soft and natural, with moderate length, but more volume.

I didn’t experience Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara clumping, but every now and again, it does flake on my eyelid – specifically, while applying it and even that on my left eyelid, which may be more due to my clumsiness while applying it. The mascara’s staying power is quite impressive; it losses its rich pigmented look after about 5 or 6 hours. Even though Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara is not being sold as waterproof, it battles “moderate amount of water” although it does contain an ingredient, which could be the reason for Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara being somewhat waterproof; the ingredient  in question – Acrylates/Octylacrymide Copolymer – is a synthetic one.

What I am not liking about the mascara in regards to perfomance, is that it losses its look of softness of the lashes being separated after a while; the lashes become a bit “glued” together and heavy.

Just as easily as it is applied, it’s also removed; I use various carrier oils to remove my eye makeup and I’ve never had a problem with getting this mascara off.

The Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara also contains lashes – nourishing ingredients, such as jojoba oil, beeswax and Provitamin B5.

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How about the ingredients?

Ingredients:  Aqua, Hydrolyzed Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Esters, Lanolin Oil, Stearic Acid, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sodium Carboxyethylsilanetriol, Cetyl Alcohol, Zea Mays (Corn) Propanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/Octylacrymide Copolymer, Ozokerite Wax, Glycerin, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuaba) Wax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate [+/- Iron Oxides ( CI 77499)]

Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite Wax and Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuaba) Wax are emulsifiers and thickening agents. Glycerin is a humectant and lubricant.

Acrylates/Octylacrymide Copolymer is a film-forming agent; this is an ingredient, which makes many products (especially mascara)  water-resistant/waterproof. The ingredient is, of course, a synthetic one, and while it is not classified as toxic, it may be an eye-irritant. Alima Pure also describes this ingredient as adding a glossy finish.

Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1 is (hair) conditioning and thickening agent. Glyceryl Caprylate is an emollient and natural thickener. Hydrolyzed Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Esters are emollient and conditioner agents. Sodium Carboxyethylsilanetriol, is a synthetic ingredient; it prevents separation of pigment. Panthenol (Provitamin B5), a component of honey, helps facilitate smooth application. Stearic Acid, a naturally-occurring fatty acid, used to condition and protect lashes. Glyceryl Undecylenate is an emollient, a lash conditioner and preservative enhancer.
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Potentially problematic ingredients?

  • Sodium hydroxide (EWG score 3) can be a potential irritant for skin and eyes; those who know that this ingredient irritates their skin should not use this mascara.
  • Cetyl Alcohol is an emulsion stabilizer and can be irritating (those, who have very sensitive skin should caution with this mascara), as well as comedogenic.
  • Lanolin Oil is an emulsifier, conditioner and emollient. For vegans, products containing this ingredient would be off the list, as lanolin coats a sheep’s fur – think of lanolin as a sheep sebum. Lanolin can also contain various impurities, such as dirt and dust so lanolin must first be purified  and refined before it can be used. It’s this refining process, which uses various synthetic ingredients, that’s problematic, as well as the fact that sheep are sprayed directly with pesticides to treat mites and pests.
  • Propanediol, solvent, is a potential skin irritant.

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My final word?

FREE Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara

Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara is pigmented and can reasonably last during the day; after a while, though, the feeling of the lashes being weighted down sets in a bit. Otherwise, the mascara nicely separates the lashes, giving them a soft look, as well as a moderate length, and an even better volume.

The biggest problem I have with Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara is that it’s not as natural as it promises – there’s too many synthetic ingredients in it; some may even prove to be irritating, especially to those, who have very sensitive eyes.

The price? €20 for 8g, which falls somewhere in the middle of reasonable.

Nature of Europe teamed up with Corpo Natura and you can get a FREE Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara when you spend €100 on Alima Pure. So, if you’ve planned on stocking up Alima Pure goodies, this is a good time to do so, as you’ll get a free mascara.

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Have you tried Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara? Did you like it? What do you look for in natural mascara? Let me know!

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For more information on Alima Pure, visit their dedicated brand page.

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Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara was sent to Nature of Europe by Corpo Natura for the purpose of an honest review. Special thanks to the always lovely Anouk.

Jan 202017
 

Hello greenies! What have you been up to this past cold winter week? Yes, it’s cold – but it’s winter and it should be, right? I’ve tried to take a few moments for myself and go for a walk in a forest, to unplug as well as to charge my batteries with nature’s beauty. I’m still taking it one day at the time; one day it’s harder than the other. I try to keep myself busy, but reality still creeps in.

It’s Friday, right? So, aside from my weekly musings here, it’s also time for another edition of weekly discounts and – would you believe it – Love Lula has a FREE Beauty Box again! And! – Lucy Rose has 40% off on Zoya nail polishes; I think any fan of natural nail polishes will appreciate this, but you gotta act quick as they are flying off the shelves, as you can imagine! Before I start with the discounts, in case you’ve missed, I’ve reviewed Oskia Cleanser and 100% Pure Foundation this week. Two new reviews will wait for you here next week, so make sure you check my lil’ blog.

 

Weekly Discounts and Free Organic Beauty Gifts #62

 

Love Lula has:

– 20% off on Humble Natural Beauty (code: HUMBLE20)
– 20% off on Oils of Heaven
– FREE Beauty Box with any order over £50 (code: FREEBOX)
– FREE Balm Balm Deep Cleansing Set when you spend £25 or more on Balm Balm (code: BALMBALM)
– FREE Dr Hauschka Lemongrass bath essence (30ml) with any two products from Dr Hauschka Body care selection (code: LEMONGRASS)
– FREE Kure Bazaar nail file with any Kure Bazaar nail polish (code: FILE)

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iHerb has:

– 10% off for new customers (code: LBK652)

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FeelUnique has:

– 10% off on everything, including sale items (code: WISH)
FREE The Organic Pharmacy Rose Balm (10g) when you spend £40 or more on The Organic Pharmacy
FREE A’Kin Revitalazing Night Cream when you spend £30 or more on A’Kin
FREE Melvita Nectar de Roses Fresh Micellar Water when you spend £25 on Melvita
FREE Odylique Superfruit Concentrate (10ml) when you buy 2 or more Odylique products
FREE Green & Spring Relaxing Shower & Bath Foam when you spend £35 on Green & Spring

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Onlynaturals has:

– big discounts in their sale section
FREE gifts with purchase:
FREE John Masters Organics Unscented Body Wash (worth £26,50) when you spend £50 on John Masters Organics (code: BUW)
FREE Antipodes hand cream (worth £28,99) when you buy 2 Antipodes products (code: JOYFUL3)
FREE A’Kin night cream (worth £28) when you spend £30 on A’Kin (code: AKINNIGHT)
FREE Balance Me hand cream when you spend £30 or more on Balance Me (code: BALANCEHAND)
FREE Madara Cellular Repair Serum (10ml) when you buy 2 Madara products (code: CELLULAR)
FREE Nourish Peptite Serum (15ml) when you spend £20 on Nourish (code: NOURISH2)

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The Detox Market has:

 

best-of-detox-market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST of Green Beauty Box (worth $270) for only $149

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Happy Weekend!

 

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Jan 192017
 

100 Percent Pure Foundation offers full coverage and smooth-feeling skin. The dry texture of the foundation makes it great for those with oily skin, while also offering potent anti-aging antioxidants.

 

100 Percent Pure Foundation Review

 

Natural beauty has come a long way; and while natural skincare products have long over-passed the conventional ones both in skin-beneficial effectiveness as well as being non-toxic, makeup, including foundation, can still lag behind, mainly due to not containing such synthetic ingredients as, for example, silicones.

The 100 Percent Pure Foundation checks many points of a conventional foundation: it offers quite a remarkable coverage, weather it’s acne or redness that needs to be covered, and it thoroughly evens out the skin tone. 100 Percent Pure offers 9 different colors of this foundation; I’ve been using the white peach color. I was going back and forth between creme and white peach, and I think the most accurate color, for me, would be somewhere in between, or creme and white peach mixed. While white peach is a light color, on occasions even a bit too light, it also tends to be a bit too yellow.

100 Percent Pure Foundation Review

What needs to be pointed out regarding the 100% Pure Foundation is that its colors are derived from fruits, as opposed to minerals (such as irons).

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The texture of 100 Percent Pure Fruit Pigmented Foundation is on a thicker side – it’s creamy and rich. But it’s also more on a dry side, and while thus making it great for oily skin – even for those, with oily skin, a moisturizer and/or a primer is a must. The application of the foundation should be quite quick, as the foundation dries up. I recommend first applying tiny dots and then thoroughly blending it or first putting it on the outer side of your hand, swirling a foundation brush and applying the foundation with a light hand on your face. This foundation offers great coverage and as with every foundation, but this one even moreso, I would highly recommend being modest with its application, especially due to its more dryish and matte appearance, it can quickly look unnatural. If there are spots that need more coverage, apply a tiny amount of the foundation with a concealer brush. An even better way of applying this foundation is by using a makeup blender (the cheaper Real Techniques one or the more expensive one – BeautyBlender); when I have a moment to spare, I prefer applying the 100 Percent Pure Foundation using a wet makeup blender to easily spread the foundation and to get a bit more fresh finish.

100 Percent Pure Foundation ReviewThe concentration of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and even moreso – rice starch –  is quite high and as such, the 100% Pure Foundation gives a very matte and dry finish, so I would not recommend this foundation to those who have very dry skin; even those, again, who have oily skin, will need to use a good amount of moisturizer before applying the foundation, otherwise the application will be more difficult and the finish look will not be smooth and natural. To those, who use blush, I’d recommend a powder based one as opposed to cream blush, since the foundation’s finish is very matte.

The foundation also has quite a lot of skin-beneficial ingredients – fruit based antioxidants and vitamins, but it also has a few ingredients, which are questionable. Specifically, the Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract and Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed and these preservatives are the reason why my skin, unfortunately, has a reaction to the foundation: occasional acne.

I do have a bit of an issue with the ingredients list as the ingredients are not clearly stated – what’s an extract, butter, oil etc.; but only a fruit, for example, what is the source. There are extracts, which go through unnatural process and are usually themselves preserved with such preservatives, such as phenoxyethanol. In short – I’d like to see INCI ingredients list.

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So, let’s take a closer look at the ingredients.

Ingredients:
Active Ingredients: 15% Titanium Dioxide, 10% Zinc Oxide Other Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Juice) Leaf Extract*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Extracts of Prunus Persica Fruit (Peach), Prunus Armeniaca Fruit (Apricot), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Bean) and Lycium Barbarum Fruit (Goji Berry), Euterpe Oleracea Pulp (Acai) Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (Pomegranate Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Extracts of Camelia Sinensis Leaf Ferment (White Tea), Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry), Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Vitis Vinifera Skin (Muscadine Grape), Garcinia Mangosteen Peel (Mangosteen), Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit (Acerola), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract * Certified Organic

Rice Starch is an absorbent, mainly used instead of talc. As it has drier finish, it’s used in products targeting oily skin.

Prunus Persica Fruit (Peach) is an emollient, with hydrating  and antioxidant properties. It contains various Vitamins, such as A, B, C and E. Apricot oil has anti-inflammatory, ant-aging, anti-septic, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. Cocoa Bean and Goji Berry are high in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and amino acids. Acai Oil, an emollient, is a potent antioxidant; its fatty acids promote a tighter skin. Another very potent antioxidant and a great oil with anti-aging properties is Pomegranate Oil.

Tocopherol is Vitamin E  Sodium Ascorbate Vitamin C, both antioxidants. Camelia Sinensis Leaf Ferment Extract (White Tea) is another antioxidant.

Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry), a very potent antioxidant, promotes smooth skin and fights fine wrinkles, while hydrating the skin. It also has anti-inflammatoryproperties. Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), another potent antioxidant, is rich with Vitamin C, calcium and iron.

Grape seed oil is rich with fatty acids and highly potent antioxidants (such as Vitamin E), which lessen the damage of free radicals, as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin C.

Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit (Acerola) is another potent antioxidant with anti-mircrobial, anti-fungal, and hydrating properties; it promotes collagen and elastin production. Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry), another antioxidant, high in vitamin A, B and C.

Garcinia Mangosteen Peel (Mangosteen) is very high in polyphenol antioxidants, known as xanthones. It promotes  collagen renewal It also has antibacterial properties. Its trade name is Xanthosteen 3510.

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Potentially problematic ingredients?

  • Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract. I’ve mentioned this ingredient in my EOS Lipbalm review: The issues surrounding Honeysuckle Flower Extract are plentiful and a debate around this ingredient has been going on for a long time now. Honeysuckle Flower Extract, while having a sweet and natural-sounding name, is a preservative, used, unfortunately, in quite a lot of products which are sold as natural. Whether or not the Honeysuckle Flower Extract is an actual paraben – natural or synthetic – the debate doesn’t seem to be settled yet. Of course, as it’s always the case – those brands, which use whichever preservative, always claim it’s the best out there, most natural etc. A word paraben in itself denotes a synthetic ingredient, a man-made preservative inspired, if you will, by the Parahydroxybenzoic acid, a phytochemical present in a variety of fruits and vegetables.This extract goes by various names such as Lonicera Caprifolium, Japanese Honeysuckle, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Honeysuckle Extract, while its trade name (that in itself speaks of this extract not being natural, since natural ingredients cannot be trade-marked) is Plantservative.
  • Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed. On the ingredients list, it says only that, without the “extract” added. I’ve raised the issue with this ingredient in my Dr Alkaitis review: Grapefruit seed extract (citrus grandis) : a preservative. Just as with Honeysuckle flower extract, there’s more or less nothing natural about this very natural sounding extract. Its trade name is Citricidal (but you won’t find it listed as such on ingredients lists) – a natural extract can not be patented and sold under a trade name. An actual grapefruit seed extract goes through a synthetic process, and the biggest concern with this preservative is the possible contamination with benzethonium chloride, methylparaben and triclosan. Grapefruit seed extract could be just that, obtained from grapefruit seeds and would not be contaminated. But – grapefruit seed extract is used as a “natural” preservative and in order for the extract to have the properties of a preservative, the compounds, with which the extract is contaminated, are the source of antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
  • Garcinia Mangosteen Peel (Mangosteen) – its trade name is Xanthosteen 3510. A natural ingredient cannot be patented, so this ingredient is not natural.

On the ingredients list, you’ll notice only one ingredient being certified organic. All other ingredients are some type of extracts, though this is not visible from the ingredients list, as not even a word extract is written. A lot of such fruit extracts go through a chemical process in pharmaceutical labs, are patented and have a trade name.

Needless to say, this is not good.

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My final word?

100 Percent Pure Foundation Review

The 100 Percent Pure Foundation offers a great coverage, and since it’s a very dry and matte foundation, it’s mostly recommended for those with oily skin. A moisturizer and/or a primer is a must, otherwise, especially due to rice starch, the finish will look too dry and even cakey. The foundation lasts basically all day.

There may be some problems with finding the right color, so I’d guess some would have to venture into buying two different colors to find a perfect mix.

While the foundation does contain a lot of antioxidants, it also contains a few bad ingredients, mainly the preservatives; aside that, I also has an issue with in ingredients list, which does not fully explain just how many of the ingredients are truly natural, as opposed to being not so natural extracts. 100% Pure should address these issues, as well as other green beauty bloggers; unfortunately, I haven’t seen much of the detailed talk regarding this issue; there was a debate specifically targeting the preservative called Honeysuckle Flower Extract many years ago, but this seems to have quieted down.

The 100% Pure Foundation comes in an effective 30ml bottle with a pump in order to preserve the foundation and it costs around 35 – 40€, which is somewhat reasonable, especially since only a small amount of this foundation is needed in order to gain full coverage.

Would I buy it again? The foundation performs quite well, but I have this nagging issue with certain ingredients, so at this point in time, I am not certain whether I would.

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Have you tried 100 Percent Pure Foundation? How did you like it? Which are your favorite natural foundations? Let me know!

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For more information on 100% Pure, please visit their dedicated brand page.

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100 Percent Pure Foundation has been provided to Nature of Europe by Natuurlijke Cosmetica Winkel for the purpose of an honest review.