Feb 242017
 

Hello greenies! How’s it goin’? Pretty fast, the time, if you ask me. Sometimes, I look back and think… where did the week go? I’m not alone with this sentiment; so many people say the same thing, how time’s been flying by. Or maybe we just take up too much various work. I think in my case, the biggest problem is being sleep deprived, and a quite terrible sleeping pattern; I used to have a strict schedule – going to bed around 10 and waking up around 6 in the morning, but nowadays… it’s all over the place, and it makes me even more tired. But I do know that eventually, I’ll have to take charge of this issue and deal with it. Sleep and rest are far too an important components of life for them to be pushed sidelines.

That aside, it’s getting warmer, the birdies are all chirpy, and I look forward to spending at least one day this weekend in my beloved forest. Is the Spring peaking around the corner already in your neck of the woods? Have any plans on spending some quality time in nature?

I reviewed REN cleansing water this week, so if you didn’t get a chance to read it, you can save it for your weekend and check it out. As expected, it was another detailed and honest review. And you can count on more reviews coming up in the next week as well – a little bit of everything for everyone.

In case you ran out of your favorite green beauty product or see one which has been on your wish list for a while now with a discount, why not check this week’s offers below?

Weekly Discounts and Free Organic Beauty Gifts #67

 

Love Lula has:

Love Lula Sale

Madara essentials set 24,00/19,95 |  Zoya nail polish set 46,80/24,95 |  Ermana revive face oil 25,00/20,00 |  Trilogy body gift set 20,00/14,95 |  John Masters Organics clay mask 28,00/19,00 |  Madara refreshing soap 9,00/6,00 |  Santaverde aloe vera cream 28,00/19,00 |  John Masters Organics hand and body wash 28,00/19,00 |  Living Nature night moisturizer 26,50/19,80 |  Living Nature hydrating toning gel 29,00/20,00 |

– big discounts in their sale section
– Madara Set worth £62 for only £29
40% off on Balm Balm (code: BALM40)
– 20% off on John Masters Organics foaming hand and body washes
– FREE Kae white clay when you spend 40 or more on Kae (code: KAE)
– 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:

cult-beauty-free-gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Kjaer Weis Beautiful Oil Delux sample when you buy Kjaer Weis foundation
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
FREE Hiram Green Arbole Arbole 10ml Atomiser (worth £34) with every 50ml Hiram Green Perfume
FREE Nourish London Argan and Kale Hand Cream 50ml (£12.50) when you spend £35 on Nourish.

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iHerb has:

– 10% off for new customers (code: LBK652)
– discounts on Sierra Lip Balm packs, including 58 % off on Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balms, Variety Pack, 8 Pack (was €6,52, now 2,77). Read my Sierra Bees Lip Balms review.
– more discounts in the daily and weekly specials section

 

FeelUnique has:

– 10% off your order (code: BETRUE). Valid til 27.2.2017
FREE REN Radiance Kit when you buy any two REN products
FREE Jurlique 15 ml Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum when you spend £50 on Jurlique
FREE The Organic Pharmacy Rose Balm (10g) when you spend £40 or more on The Organic Pharmacy
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 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

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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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Feb 212017
 

REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water is a rose hydrolate based cleansing toner, which will cleanse the skin of remains of makeup and refresh you skin.

REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water Review

As my dear readers know, a facial toner is unequivocally a staple in my beauty routine – morning and evening routine. While there are some facial toners, which more or less have a permanent spot on my cosmetic shelf, I am, at the same time, always trying new ones. As I’ve received quite a few emails asking me about this toner, I thought I’d finally get it and review it for you.

REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water comes in a generous 200ml clear bottle. Immediately, upon opening it, you can smell the rose hydrolate. I am vary of facial toners, which are water-based – not only are water-based toners a cheap way to sell facial toners, a hydrolate based facial toner will always bring more benefits to the skin, of course.

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I use REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water after a cleanser, when I’m wearing a foundation or tinted moisturizer, as it does not completely remove makeup on its own. As far as using it as an eye makeup remover, and even though I wear natural mascaras, which are easier to remove as opposed to conventional ones, I found the toner to remove mascara, just not the way an eye makeup remover would. The toner partially irritates my skin in a form of occasional itching, but even moreso, it’s quite  irritating for the eyes, which is not surprising given a few ingredients, which should not have a place in a natural facial toner, but more on that later. Though the REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water performs nicely – it removes the final impurities, it leaves the skin soft and fresh, given certain ingredients, I don’t think I could recommend it for those who have, for example, sensitive skin.

I use the REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water  also for days, when I do not wear makeup, but I still need to clean my face, just not with cleansers, as to give my skin a break from stripping it of its natural oils too much.

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The REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water does not contain many ingredients, but there are a few quite problematic ones.

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

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Lactic Acid, Citronellol, Geraniol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract

Lactic Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid, used as an exfoliator in beauty products. While it has skin-beneficial properties, such as exfoliating and renewing the skin, as well as some anti-aging properties, any use of alpha, as well as beta hydroxy acids should be such of a caution. Expect an article on hydroxy acids in the future.

Rose hydrolate and the rose centifolia extract – here’s all the information on Rose oil.

Citronellol and Geraniol are compounds of essential oils.

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Potentially problematic ingredients? Even though this toner does not contain many ingredients, there are too many, which are quite problematic.

  • Polysorbate 20, an emulsifier, used in this toner to mix glycerin and rose hydrolate. Polysorbate 20 can be treated with ethylene oxide, and as such can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a potential carcinogen. It easily penetrates the skin and can cause skin allergies.
  • Phenoxyethanol, a preservative, a skin and eye irritant.
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, a preservative, sold as natural alternative to parabens. There’s nothing natural about this preservative, as the process, used to create this preservative, is that of synthetic. While a rare occasion, it has to be pointed out that Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate can break down into formaldehyde and glycine. There’s a strong evidence it is a moderate to strong human toxin and allergen, and it has a very bad EWG score.

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My final word?

REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water can work adequately as a facial cleanser and toner, but given certain questionable and even toxic and irritating ingredients, I would not recommend this toner for those with sensitive skin. The toner comes in a generous 200ml bottle and costs around €15, but again, given it has only a handful ingredients, of which some, but especially one, have no place in facial products, much less “natural” ones, I cannot say I’d repurchase this toner. I’d strongly suggest REN re-formulates this toner, and drops the Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate from formulation.

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Have you tried REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water? How did you skin and eyes react to it? Would you buy a beauty product which contains Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate? Let me know!

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For more information on REN Skincare, please visit their dedicated brand page.

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REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water has been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links.

Feb 172017
 

Hello greenies! Is it just me, or is the Spring shyly peeking around the corner? The birdies are chirping happy melodies, and there’s this feeling coming over of mother Nature yawning as if to wake up any moment now. Basically, I’m ready for Spring. And the weekend, too. I’m gonna take a day or even two off… but then again, I say this every Friday.

How did you spend the week of love? Such a week should be every week, right? Well, I posted an updated edition of Rose oil – one of the most read articles of mine, and included various categories new products, each containing this precious ingredient. I’ve got a lot of new reviews preparing for you in the up coming weeks – something for everyone.

But for now, I welcome you to check this week’s discounts and free gifts with purchase below! And yes, Love Lula has a FREE Beauty Box – AGAIN!

Weekly Discounts and Free Organic Beauty Gifts #66

 

Love Lula has:

Free Love Lula Try Me Box

– big discounts in their sale section
– Madara Set worth £62 for only £29
40% off on Balm Balm (code: BALM40)
– 20% off on John Masters Organics foaming hand and body washes
– FREE Try Me Box with any order over £50 (code: TRYME)
– FREE John Masters Organics vanilla body wash 60ml with every John Masters Organics skincare product (code: VANILLA)
– 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:

cult-beauty-free-gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
FREE Hiram Green Arbole Arbole 10ml Atomiser (worth £34) with every 50ml Hiram Green Perfume
FREE Nourish London Argan and Kale Hand Cream 50ml (£12.50) when you spend £35 on Nourish.

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iHerb has:

– 10% off for new customers (code: LBK652)
– 10% off on bath & beauty products (valid till 17.2.2017)
– discounts on Sierra Lip Balm packs, including 58 % off on Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balms, Variety Pack, 8 Pack (was €6,52, now 2,77). Read my Sierra Bees Lip Balms review.
– more discounts in the daily and weekly specials section

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FeelUnique has:

– 20% off on A’Kin
– 3 for 2 on Balance Me
FREE The Organic Pharmacy Rose Balm (10g) when you spend £40 or more on The Organic Pharmacy
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 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

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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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Feb 142017
 

Roses. Love, beauty, happiness, romance, femininity, sensuality, poetry. Perfume.

Rose Oil The Beauty of Roses and Roses in Beauty 2017

The most famous of them all, rose is the queen of the flowers. And if rose is the queen among the flowers, then Rose oil is, without a doubt, the queen (king?) among essential oils and cosmetic ingredients in general. The cost of Rosa damascena essential oil corresponds with its royal place it has among cosmetic ingredients – being one of the most expensive ones there are.

Readers of Nature of Europe might have noticed my professed love for Rose oil as a cosmetic ingredient. I purposely search for natural organic beauty products containing Rose oil – due to its excellent skin-beneficial properties as well as due to love of its ancient perfume-synonymous beautiful scent. Roses are also, along with violets and sunflowers, my favorite flowers and I love vintage art depiction of roses.

Roses have been the staple of beauty and aromatherapy for a long, long time. Many moons ago, women would soak in rose-petal baths. Then they graduated to having rose petals macerated in various carrier oils and alcohol in order to produce early-known perfumes. Neither of these processes yielded as strong, concentrated and long lasting scent, as well as skin-beneficial properties as until the process of distillation was used.

There are some 200 rose species, and 1000s of hybrids, but for cosmetic purposes, the most famous and used are Rosa damascena and Rosa centifolia. Rosa damascena is mostly grown in Bulgaria, followed by Turkey, while Rosa centifolia is grown mostly in France and Morocco. Rosa damascena is a hybrid of French Rose (Rosa gallica) and Musk Rose (Rosa moschata).

Rose, being a beautiful, delicate flower demands a special treatment, both in the growing season as well as in the harvest season. In order for roses to be cultivated organically – and for essential oil to be certified as organic – no pesticides must be used. In line with tenderness of this beautiful flower, the labor itself of picking the rose flowers is hard, as it’s done by hand, before sunrise. The roses are distilled the very same day.

 

Rose Essential Oil

Aura Cacia Rose Otto  |  Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose Absolute  |  Now Foods Rose Absolute  |  Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose Otto  |  Aura Cacia Rose Absolute  |

For anyone wondering why the cost of Rose essential oil is so high: it takes approximately 4 tons of rose petals to produce 1 kg of a precious Rose otto essential oil. Along this, difficult extraction of Rose oil itself is also the reason why Rose oil is so expensive.

There are various-named Rose oils based on three main extractions of Rose essential oil:

  • Rose Otto (Attar of Roses) by steam distillation
  • Rose absolute by solvent extraction
  • Rose CO2 extract by carbon dioxide extraction

Rose Otto (Attar of Roses)

Rose otto is a product of steam distillation. With steam distillation process, stills are filled with roses and water. The still is then fired for about 60-100 minutes. Water and rose oil vaporize, are condensed and collected in designated flask. This process of distillation yields highly concentrated rose oil, while the condensed water is redistilled. This process of re-distillation yields the water-soluble fractions of the rose oil such as phenethyl alcohol. Phenethyl alcohol is a vital component of the aroma and makes up the large bulk, 80%, of the oil. The two oils are then combined and this process makes the final Rose otto.

Rose Oil Toners

 

Andalou Naturals toner  |  Akamuti rose hydrolate  |  Melvita rose waterKhadi rose waterSchuessler toner  |  Tammy Fender rose waterRossi Uvema tonerMV Skincare hydrating mistSo Bio Etic hydrolateJohn Masters Organics toning mistYin Yang tonicTrilogy mist tonerOdacite mistAurelia botanical essenceFlorame hydrolateCaudalie beauty elixir |

By-product of steam distillation product is Rose hydrolate. By-product in name only, since this, while compared with an actual Rose otto essential oil, is quite inexpensive, Rose hydrolate is an excellent rejuvenating, anti-bacterial, astringent, refreshing and calming facial toner. I, myself, have been using Rose hydrolate for about ten years now and I use it daily – alone or mixed with other hydrolates. Rose hydrolate is also great for hot summer days as a hydrating spray, as well as for fixing makeup, along with being used as laundry and room refreshing spray and as culinary additive.

Some producers steam distill fresh roses in order to create rose flower waters.

Rose absolute

Rose absolute is made by solvent extraction; rose flowers are agitated in a vat with solvent, such as alcohol or hexane. The solvent extracts aromatic compounds and waxes, which are then processed by vacuum. The semi-waxy mass is also known as concrete, which is then mixed with alcohol and once it evaporates, what remains is Rose absolute.

Extraction by solvent use yields more and more fragrant Rose oil and the process as well as Rose absolute is cheaper compared to Rose otto, however, chemical solvents used in solvent extraction leave behind toxic traces. Especially toxic is solvent hexane.

Approximately 350kg of roses are needed for 1kg of Rose absolute via solvent extraction as opposed to approximately 4 tons of roses needed for 1kg of Rose otto via steam distillation.

Rose Oil Face Care

 

Derma E cleansing oilYin Yang rose cleanser  |  Akamuti replenishing rose cream  | Trevarno moisturizerde Mamiel lip balmAurelia revitalize maskJohn Masters Organics foaming face washHurraw! lip balmDr Hauschka day creamSuti face creamPangea Organics lip balmJulisis hydra maskAndalou Naturals day cream |

Rose CO2 extract

Rose CO2 extract is obtained by using carbon dioxide under certain pressure and temperature, which turns carbon dioxide into fluid with permeation properties of a gas and the solvation properties of a liquid – essentially combining the steam distillation and solvent extraction processes, but without leaving any of the toxic traces as is the case with solvent extraction. Given expensive equipment, CO2 extraction of oils is very expensive, thus Rose CO2 extract is also expensive.

Chemical composition of Rose oil

The chemical composition of Rose oil is complex and contains 100s of known compounds, among them: citronellol, geranoil, nerol, methyleugenol, linalool, citronellyl acetate, phenyl ethanol, farnesol nonanal, phenyl acetaldehyde, citral, carvone, citronellyl acetate, eugenol and rose oxide.

Rosa cenfifolia is very high in phenyl ethanol while Rosa damascena contains a high level of citronellol.

The main odorous constituents which create the unique and distinctive scent of rose oil are beta-damascenone, beta-damascone, beta-ionone, and rose oxide, along with citronellol and geraniol. Unfortunately, one of the very constituents, giving the Rose oil its scent – geraniol – can be an irritant to those with sensitive skin as well as a perfume irritant to those, who are allergic to perfume. While I, myself, do have sensitive skin, luckily no constituent in Rose oil, including geraniol, causes my skin any adverse reaction.

Rose Oil Serums and Oils

 

MOA facial oilSupernatural Beauty face oilMay Lindstrom the youth dew serumAndalou Naturals serumREN moisture serumLiving Nature night oilEsse repair oilHerbfarmacy facial oilMel Millis rebalancing face oilBadger Balm antioxidant face oilKypris beauty elixir serumSkinOwl beauty dropsAkamuti replenishing face oilLess is More rose serumJane Scrivner face oil |

Why use Rose oil?

Rose oil has a myriad of highly effective skin-beneficial properties, such as being a potent antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Rose oil moisturizes and hydrates the skin. It has a rejuvenating, stimulating and calming properties. Rose oil is great for every skin type, and especially for dry, mature, irritated and skin prone to redness and eczema.

Non-cosmetic therapeutic uses of Rose oil

Rose oil can be used for treatment of various psychological and physical ailments as well:

  • heart problems, high pressure and poor circulation
  • respiratory problems (asthma, coughing)
  • digestive system (laxative, toner for stomach)
  • hormonal problems (for balancing hormons, irregular menstruation, purifying and toning effect on uterus)
  • soothes and calm the mind (depression, anger, grief, nervousness, stress)
  • an aphrodisiac

 

Rose Oil Body Care

Badger Balm body oilJohn Masters Organics hand creamPrimavera wash gelLavera body lotionBalance Me body creamAurelia dry body oilUrtekram hand creamSkin Blossom hand creamREN dry oilBalm Balm hand creamREN bath oilLola’s Apothecary bath and body oilWeleda body oilDr Hauschka body creamGreenfrog Botanic wash gelREN body lotionRossi Uvema hand and body lotionOdylique body lotionPacifica body butterNathalie Bond body oilDr Hauschka body oilOrganic Surge hand and body wash |

Cosmetic uses of Rose oil

Rose oil can be scarcely used alone, given it is an essential oil, which is very concentrated and potent, and can cause various skin reactions. For dermal use, it should be diluted with other carrier oils, such as jojoba oil, at around 0,6%, although in most cases, a Rose oil diluted in jojoba oil, at the 15%-20% could also be applied directly onto the skin. Rose concrete can be used alone, in small quantities, as a solid perfume on heart pulse points.

Rose oil blends well with many carrier oils and essential oils (geranium, jasmine, bergamot, chamomile, palmarosa, mimosa, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, patchouli, bergamot, sandalwood, ylang ylang). While the cost of Rose is high, if you decide to mix your own product based on Rose oil, you will not regret it and you will save some money as well, given a little bit of Rose oil goes a long way. Given this is a concentrated essential oil after all, I recommend learning about essential oil properties and rules of mixing and using them (great books containing needed knowledge are The Art of Herbalism and The Craft of Herbalism).

  • used as a solid perfume (alone or with mimosa and/or jasmine wax)
  • used in perfumes and perfumed sprays
  • in facial creams, cleansers, serums, oils, toners
  • in body and hair care (body wash, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner)
  • makeup

Basically, there isn’t a beauty product in which Rose oil would not be a much welcomed ingredient.

Caution when buying Rose oil

Synthetic ingredients can be appealing because they sometimes work to alleviate a problem faster, or they’re cheaper to purchase, easier to obtain. But synthetics have no synergism. Natural ingredients are perfectly made and all of their constituents are masterfully designed to work together harmoniously.” ~ Tiffany Psichopaidas, the author of The Art of Herbalism and The Craft of Herbalism

Popularity of Rose oil in cosmetic industry is undisputed, and so is its cost. With that fact come many problems of dishonesty and greed. Given the justifiable high cost of Rose oil, there are manufacturers which are selling cheap (and most of the times, toxic) synthetic Rose oil, promoted as the real Rose oil. If you see a Rose oil, say, 20ml, being sold for 20€, be aware it is not the real Rose oil. The cost of Rose oil is around, at the very least, 80€- 90€ for approximately 5ml.

Likewise, you will encounter sellers selling Rose oil, which is diluted with other oils, such as Geranium essential oil or Palmarosa essential oil, due to both having a similar aroma to Rose oil. Also, Rose oil can be diluted with carrier oils, and as such should and must be stated on the bottle, including the % of the Rose oil such product consists of – unfortunately, many brands do not state the % on the bottle. A 10ml oil, such as jojoba, consisting of 1% of Rose oil (that would be 0,1ml of Rose oil) should cost at least 15€.

Rose Oil Perfumes and Deodorants

 

Balm Balm perfumeJohn Masters Organics floral roll onWeleda deodorant  |  Lavera deo sprayPacifica perfume roll onWeleda perfumeCouverture No Chemicals perfume oil | Kahina Giving Beauty perfume oilSchmidt’s rose and vanilla deodorantUrtekram deo roll onBio Happy eau de toilettePacifica solid perfumeLavera deo roll on |   

Shelf life of Rose oil

Interestingly, when Rose oil is stored properly (18°C – 35°C), it can last for ever. Rose oil truly is a remarkable and unique oil.

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Rose Oil in Beauty Products

Given my unwavering love for Rose oil, I will continue using it in as many cosmetic products as possible, whether in products I buy or whether in products I make myself. My skin and my senses can attest to the incredibly beneficial properties of this most precious oil. In over ten years since switching to natural organic products, I cannot recall a time where I didn’t have natural organic products containing Rose oil, be it fragrance products, facial creams, oils and serums, body lotions and hair care products. Rose hydrolate has, too been a permanent fixture on my cosmetic shelf (read: in refrigerator) for over ten years. Before switching to natural organic beauty products, I used beauty products which contained some variant of rose; usually synthetic one, mainly due to the scent. There are many other cosmetic ingredients that I love, from various carrier oils, body butters and essential oils, but the Rose oil has been the cosmetic ingredient of my choice for many many years and will firmly remain so; the scent and the amazing skin-beneficial properties of Rose oil are undisputedly proven based on my long personal experience.

So, a post, dedicated to an amazing Rose oil was a given. I thought of starting the series of cosmetic ingredients with the Rose oil, but thought it better to post it right in time for Valentine’s day. It will have a prominent spot on Nature of Europe for the same time frame the Rose oil’s shelf life has.

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Do you incorporate Rose oil in your beauty regiment? Do you use beauty products containing Rose oil? If so, which are your favorite beauty products containing Rose oil? Do you buy beauty products solely because or mainly due to Rose oil being one of the ingredients?

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There’s also a previous Rose Oil: Beauty of Roses and Roses in Beauty 2015 Edition.

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Feb 102017
 

Hello greenies! How have you been this week? It doesn’t feel much of a “yay, it’s weekend” for me lately, as even the weekends are too busy. I really need to slow down; too many projects all at once, and not enough time to take a moment for myself – and I really need it.

In case you’ve missed it, I reviewed Balm Balm Rose Geranium Collection this week. The upcoming reviews will be about a toner, lipsticks… and much more. Oh, and an updated article on Rose oil, since it’s Valentine’s coming soon.

It’s not just a sentiment going on regarding the state of the green beauty blogging nowadays; after I mentioned this in one of my weekly discounts post (and a few times earlier as well), I received a lot of emails, in which you are pointing out exactly that – hording of beauty products, and a reader is suppose to must have all of them, the reviews are lackluster and more of a quick PR article as opposed to a thorough review, on which a customer could make an informed decision. I hear you and share all your sentiments on this topic, which will turn into a longer article soon.

Yeah, when I mentioned the copy-cats/thieves stealing other people’s ideas and work – a lot of passive aggressive feather-flying happened; nothing new. It’s one thing being inspired, something totally else is copying someone else’s work. I try to stay away from the passive aggressive, behind the scenes drama, the lobbying with other bloggers and brands and stores (oh yeah, all of this and much worse is happening), but it still somehow arrives at my doorstep; not that many of the things aren’t visible anyway. So, at one point in time, you should ask yourself: why am I blogging in the first place? Do I offer anything of substance? Is there any honesty in my work? Do I even put any work into blogging and do I promote a better lifestyle or am I in this to feed my ego? There’s enough PR pushing and drama going on in the other aspects of (conventional) beauty blogging and, especially, v-logging. Is there a need to bring this pettiness into green beauty blogging as well? I can only imagine the reactions, mostly behind the scenes, after I post my article on these subjects. But I prefer honesty as opposed to keeping up with the appearances. If anything, my blog is about honesty and offering an advice based on my knowledge and years of experience, and I know that my readers read my blog precisely because of that.

I know I’ve said this many times – please be patient with me when it comes to replying to your emails and comments. Believe me, I appreciate each and every email you send, and each and every comment you post.

So, shall we check this week’s discounts and free organic beauty gifts? There’s some Valentine’s gifts and discounts for you waiting bellow.

 

Weekly Discounts and Free Organic Beauty Gifts #65

 

Love Lula has:

FREE RMS Beauty UnPowder

– big discounts in their sale section
– Valentine’s Day gifts
– Madara Set worth £62 for only £29
40% off on Balm Balm (code: BALM40)
– 20% off on John Masters Organics foaming hand and body washes
– FREE RMS Beauty “Un” Powder mini when you spend £35 on RMS Beauty (code: RMS)
– FREE Oils of Heaven Argan Oil when you buy Oils of Heaven Cacay Oil (read my Oils of Heaven Cacay Oil review)
– FREE John Masters Organics vanilla body wash 60ml with every John Masters Organics skincare product (code: VANILLA)
– FREE Beauty Brews Orange & Apple Tea when you buy 2 Beauty Brews products (code: BREWS)
– 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
FREE Hiram Green Arbole Arbole 10ml Atomiser (worth £34) with every 50ml Hiram Green Perfume
FREE Nourish London Argan and Kale Hand Cream 50ml (£12.50) when you spend £35 on Nourish.

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iHerb has:

– 10% off for new customers (code: LBK652)
– 58 % off on Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balms, Variety Pack, 8 Pack (was €6,52, now 2,77). Read my Sierra Bees Lip Balms review.
– more discounts in the daily and weekly specials section

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FeelUnique has:

– 20% off on selected brands (brands include: A’Kin, butter LONDON, Dr Hauschka, Elemental Herbology, Figs&Rouge, Green&Spring, Inika, Nourish, REN, Sukin, Weleda)
– 3 for 2 on Balance Me
– 15% off on selected products in their Valentine’s shop
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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Green People has:

– 20% off on selected gift packs
– 20% off on sun care

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The Detox Market has:

 

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

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Happy Weekend!

 

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