Feb 262018
 

My Love Lula Beauty Box arrived a bit late this month, but nonetheless – it’s here and 3 out of 4 products in this month’s Beauty Box are quite awesome; 3 products are full-sized and a total worth of February’s Beauty Box is £65! Given how much I’ve been enjoying the Madara masks (review soon!), I’ve had their milk scrub on my wish list for quite some time now and – what do you know – it came as a surprise in my Love Lula Beauty Box (just kidding about the surprise part – I sneak around to see if the Love Lula Beauty Box is already out and what’s in it before I receive it, tee hee). Unfortunately, there’s one product in this month’s Beauty Box which does not belong  – anywhere, for that matter. Keep in mind that this post is about my first impressions of the products; some will receive a full review in the near future.

So, what’s in February Love Lula Beauty Box?

Love Lula Beauty Box February 2018

Madara Exfoliating Oil-to-Milk Scrub (60ml/£24). As mentioned, I had this product on my wishlist for quite some time now and it will receive a full review soon – but for now – my first impressions. A generous amount of 60ml and quite affordable price, this scrub has a sweet chewing gum scent. Its texture is a smooth, clear mixture of a gel-like thick oil and tiny wax microbeads, which gently exfoliate. Upon application, I gently massage the oil; eventually it becomes warm. I then wet my face with warm water and the oil turns into a creamy milk. I continue adding water, until the scrub is washed off. The scrub acts like a cleanser as well, resulting in a clean and smooth skin. Given its tiny exfoliating microbeads, this scrub is suitable for all skin types, including those, with sensitive skin. And while exfoliation should not be part of a daily routine, this scrub is gentle enough to be used, say, three time a week. Great product!

Oils of Heaven Avocado Oil (30ml/£19). A new oil from Love Lula’s own brand – Oils of Heaven. I’m a proud owner of all the Oils of Heaven oils and seeing Love Lula launching new oils to ad to an already great selection of high quality carrier oils – another bonus. The new addition is this Avocado oil – a greenish gold fresh Avocado oil, suitable for all skin types. It’s a light and fast-absorbing oil; those with dry skin could use it under makeup as well. It has a typical Avocado oil scent, which always reminded me of bushes and grass somewhere in a forest; some may find it weird, but I’ve been using natural cosmetics and oils and butters for so long now, that I find any of the natural scents fascinating and welcoming. There’s a huge, 30ml, amount of this oil – it should last for at least 6 months (you can also get a 15ml size)! Another great carrier oil from Oils of Heaven!

Pure & Light Essential Face Cream (travel size 15ml/£34 for a full size 50ml). Haven’t had a chance to try anything from Pure & Light until now. This facial cream has a pleasant and gentle scent – between citrusy and ylang-ylang. There’s a ton of ingredients in this one – from carrier oils, essential oils and butters. The texture is light, but this is misleading as this cream is very rich. It may be a bit too rich for those with oily skin, especially during the day, but for a night treat – quite welcoming. This cream is perfect for cold harsh winter when outside – not just as a face cream but as I’ve seen as a hand cream as well. Rich, indeed.

Urbanveda Radiance Hydrating Toner (150ml/£12,99). Ummm… no. The ingredients in this toner are… no, just no. Starting with alcohol denat – alcohol in skin care is a huge no; the alcohol denat – the cheapest alcohol – more than a huge no: it is extremely drying and damaging to the skin. Just… no! Then there’s PEG (PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether). The scent of this toner is very strong and long lasting and very much artificial, thanks to, among others, an ingredient “parfum” as well as ingredients which I’ve pointed out in my reviews of other Urbanveda products (here and here): Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (an antimicrobial preservative that works by forming formaldehyde in cosmetic products), Hexyl Cinnamal (synthetic fragrance ingredient, associated with allergies), Butylphenyl methylpropional (also known as Lilial, Lilyal, synthetic fragrance additive, synthetic scent ingredient, masking agent. Possible human immune system toxicant and allergen; associated with endocrine disruption, may cause contact dermatitis. Easily penetrates, responsible for long-lasting, powerful scent. Restricted in cosmetics use due to being possible toxicant and allergen), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde (also known as Lyral, synthetic fragrance, masking agent. Known human immune toxicant and allergen. Easily penetrates, responsible for long-lasting, powerful scent). No – that’s all I can say about this product.

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Discovered any new products or brands in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box? Oh, you haven’t subscribed to it yet? Well, then you can do so here – it’s quite amazing how affordable this beauty box is! And – you also get 20% off on all the brands featured in the Beauty Box!

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Love Lula Beauty Box 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.

 

Feb 162018
 

Hello greenies! I’ve been battling a cold for the past two weeks, and just when I thought the thing might take a hike, it came back with a vengeance! I know I should have probably stayed in instead of hiking in the snow, but alas, I could not have stayed away given it was sunny and beautiful.

Despite it all, I was quite a busy bee this week – in case you’ve missed, there’s a 2018 edition of Rose Oil available, I reviewed Alteya Organics rose water and lip balm, and there’s currently a giveaway going on – if you want to win La Mav concealer!

Below are this week’s sales, discounts and free organic beauty gifts waiting for you!

Weekly Discounts and FREE organic Beauty Gifts #106

 

Love Lula has:

FREE Selection Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Selection Beauty Box when you spend £50! (code: FREEBOX).
FREE Balm Balm Starter Kit when you spend £30 on Balm Balm (code: STARTER)
FREE Antipodes Hosanna Intensive Serum when you buy any 2 Antipodes products (code: SERUM)
FREE John Masters Organics Rosemary Body Wash when you spend £35 on John Masters Organics (code: BODYWASH)
40% off on FOM London
FREE Pacifica BB Cream (10ml) when you spend 25 on Pacifica (code: PACIFICA)
FREE INIKA Lip & Cheek Cream when you spend £30 on INIKA (code: INIKA)
FREE Dr Hauschka Eye Cream when you buy one of the Dr Hauschka’s day creams
FREE Glossworks Nail Polish when you spend £20 on Glossworks (code: GLOSS)
FREE Walden Natural Perfumes Castles in the Air Perfume (5ml) when you spend £20 on Walden (code: CASTLES).
FREE Oils of Heaven Tamanu Oil when you spend £20 on Oils of Heaven (code: TAMANU)
FREE Antipodes Hand and Body Cream when you buy any 2 Antipodes products (code: JOYFUL)
FREE Apple & Bears Mini Body Wash when you spend £10 on Apple & Bears (code: APPLE)

New Inika Makeup

 

 

 

 

 

 

– new makeup from Inika
– newly added Selection Boxes to pick your favorite Beauty Box
– Newly launched Ere Perez Eye Shadow Palettes
– New makeup from Dr Hauschka
– New items from RMS Beauty
– big discounts in their sale section

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Alyaka has:

 

– newly launched RMS Beauty lipsticks
– big discounts in their sale section

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Content Beauty has:

– 10% off when you buy 2 or more products from the BFFS Collection (code: NATURALBFFS)
– newly launched RMS Beauty lipsticks
– great savings in their sale section
free gifts with purchase:

Content Beauty FREE Gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator when you spend £80 on Josh Rosebrook
FREE Twelve Skincare Rapid Eye Treatment when you spend £89 on Twelve Skincare
FREE Idil Botanicals Hydrating Essence Atomiser (8ml) with any Idil Botanicals cleanser
FREE Antipodes Grace Cleanser when you buy any 2 Antipodes products
FREE Kypris Trio Serum Deluxe Sample when you spend £100 on Kypris Beauty Elixirs
FREE Dafna cleansing kit when you spend £100 on Dafna
FREE Trilogy body oil when you buy any 2 Trilogy products

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iHerb has:

– 5% off your order (code: LBK652)
– 20% off on iHerb brands
– 15% off on brands of the week
Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balms Variety Pack (8 lip balms) for €1,71
Sierra Bees Creme Brulee 8 pack for €2,14
Sierra Bees tinted lip balms pack of 4 for 2.95€ (read my review)
– more discounts in the daily and weekly specials section

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FeelUnique has:

 

– 20% off on 120 brands
– up to 40% off on Valentine’s Gift Sets
– 20% off on Inika
FREE gifts with purchase
– FREE Burt’s Bees Endless Shine Trio Gift Set when you spend £25 on Burt’s Bees
FREE Jurlique Rose Moisture Cream when you spend £50 on Jurlique

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Green People has:


FREE gifts with purchase
– up to 60% off in their Winter sale and more discounts in their special offers section

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Onlynaturals has:

– big discounts in their sale section
FREE gifts with purchase:
FREE Green People Quinoa shampoo when you spend £30 on Green People (code: QUINOA)
FREE Madara Time miracle sample set when you buy any Madara product (code: TIMEMIRACLE)
FREE Oskia Renaissance mask when you buy 2 Oskia products (code: OSKIAMASK)
FREE Trilogy body oil when you buy any 2 Trilogy products (code: TRBODYOIL)
FREE Weleda Skin food (10ml) when you spend £25 on Weleda (code: SKINFOOD)

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Integrity Botanicals has:

FREE GIFTS with purchase
– discounts in their sale section

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Pharmaca has:

20% off your order (code: HEALTHY20).
– 30% off on Dr Hauschka body care
– 25% off on Dr Hauschka skin care
– 20% off on Juice Beauty Cleansers
– 20% off on Acure
– 20% off on Trilogy
– 15% off on 100% Pure
– Buy 1 get 1 FREE on Andalou Naturals body care products
free gifts with purchase

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The Detox Market has:

 

The Detox Market The Best of Green Beauty Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best of Green Beauty Box (worth $310) for $149
– Newly launched Beauty Box

* in order for discount codes being properly applied, you have to click the offered links

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The Choosy Chick has:

 

The Choosy Chick FREE Inika gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Inika Lip & Cheek Cream when you spend $65 on Inika (code: INIKAGIFT)
– Big discounts in their sale section

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Happy Weekend!

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Feb 132018
 

Alteya Organics rose water and rose lip balm are a treat for anyone, who appreciates high quality rose products.

Alteya Organics Rose Water Spray and Rose Lip Balm Review

 

This review is a collection of my favorite and most used skincare products – hydrolates and lip balm – all based on and around my favorite cosmetic ingredient – rose oil. I’ve been using hydrolates for nearly 20 years – and my most used hydrolate has always been the rose hydrolate. I’ve been saying for ages now – you can never go wrong with a high quality hydrolate and it’s one of the best skincare products – for any and all skin types.

Alteya Organics is a organic certified brand, offering a complete skincare collection, based on their high quality rose oil and its derivates.

Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water Spray and Alteya Organics White Rose Water Spray

Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water Spray

A rose hydrolate – I could write poems about it, yet, at the same time – what more can I even say about a rose hydrolate, aside I have it in my fridge at all times? Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water Spray is a high quality of an intoxicating beautiful rose scented hydrolate. Its purposes are endless: it can be used as a toner after cleansing the skin, it can be used as a refreshment during hot Summer days, as a body toner after shower and before applying a body lotion/oil, it can be used as a fragrant hair spray and even in culinary.

Alteya Organics White Rose Water Spray

If Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water Spray has a typical fragrant rosa damascena scent, the Alteya Organics White Rose Water Spray has a more modest rose scent – its source is rosa alba. If there’s anyone out there, who does not like the fragrant rose scent of rose damascena, but still wishes to give the skin all the skin-beneficial properties of a rose oil (high quality hydrolates contain around 10% of rose oil) – then the White rose hydrolate is a great choice for you.

Potentially problematic ingredients? None.

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Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Lip Balm

Alteya Organics Rose Lip Balm

I could not pass a lip balm from such a brand – a lip balm, containing rose oil, could I now? The Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Lip Balm is a of rich buttery texture, composed of ingredients, perfect for lip nourishment and hydration – waxes, butters and oils, all providing vitamins and fatty acids. The scent is amazing – even though it contains rosemary oil, which can at times be overpowering, the rose scent sits in the front row – and it lasts for quite a long time as well.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Triticum Vulgarum (Wheat) Germ Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Linalool**, Citronellol**, Eugenol**, Geraniol** *Certified organic ingredients **Naturally occurring in the essential oils

Almond Oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in essential fatty acids (especially linoleic acid) and Vitamin E. Great for sensitive skin. Beeswax and Carnauba are emollients, with anti-bacterial and anti-irritant properties. Macadamia Seed Oil is a rich and skin-identical ingredient due to high palmitoleic acid (found in the sebum of human skin). It softens the skin and works as an anti-irritant. Shea Butter, rich with Vitamins E and a nourishing butter; renowned for its skin softening and moisture retaining ability. Excellent for healing aged and extremely dry skin. Cocoa Seed Butter, high in Vitamin E, helps to soften, moisturize, condition and protect dry skin. It also seals in moisture and improves skin elasticity.  Wheat Germ Oil has potent antioxidant properties. Rosemary Extract, an antioxidant, promotes and improves circulation and stimulates cells renewal. It has antimicrobial properties and is great for oily, acne and blemishes prone skin.

And rose oil.

Potentially problematic ingredients? None.

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My final word?

Alteya Organics Rose Water Spray and Rose Lip Balm

If you’re looking for a high quality rose hydrolate – the Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water Spray and Alteya Organics White Rose Water Spray are a great choice. It’s obvious these two rose hydrolates are actually – hydrolates – a by product of rose oil distilation (as opposed to ordinary water containing not-worth-mentioning drop of rose oil, if at all; some use artifical fragrant rose oil instead of a much more expensive rosa damascena rose oil) and these hydrolates contain actual rose oil remains.

I’m not sure when was the last time I came across a lip balm, which actually had that true rose scent – the Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Lip Balm has it, which means the rose oil is not only in the name of a product, but the lip balm does contain a fair amount of rose oil. The lip balm is nourishing, buttery, with a lovely and quite lasting rose scent – hat’s not to like – especially if you are a fan of roses and use lip balms almost like a rose uses water.

Price? The rose sprays may be a bit up there as far as the cost goes – £13,35 – but the Bulgarian Rose Spray comes in a generous 250ml bottle, whereas the White Rose Spray I tested and reviewed comes in a 100ml bottle and costs £7,95. Alteya Organics also has both hydrolates available in larger and more affordable bottles.

The Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Lip Balm is almost £4 for 5g – not the cheapest, but with rosa damascena being one of the ingredients – reasonable – and will therefore make sure to drop it my basket again.

Needless to say, given Alteya Organics’ products revolve around rosa damascena, I do have quite a few of their products on my wish list – namely, Rose Otto Day Face Moisturizer, Nourishing Rose Otto Face Serum and Moisture Dew Hand Cream – I am sure these products are also a treat for the skin!

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Are you familiar with Alteya Organics products? Do you, like me, deliberately search for products containing rose oil? Let me know!

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Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water Spray, Alteya Organics White Rose Water Spray and Alteya Organics Rose Lip Balm have 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.

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Feb 122018
 

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

Rose Oil The Beauty of Roses and Roses in Beauty 2018 Edition

 

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 butter Nathalie 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 forever. Rose oil truly is a remarkable and unique oil.

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Rose oil in beauty products

| Pacifica Body ButterPacifica Solid Perfume  |  Alteya Hydrolate  |  Inika BB Cream  |  Lyonsleaf Facial Oil  |  La Mav Nectar  |  Laurel Elixir  |  Hurraw Lip Balm  |  Fairfield Gardens Lip Balm   |  Alteya Lip Balm  |  Balm Balm Face Cream  |  Walden Natural Perfumes Two Eternities Perfume  |  Schmidt’s Deodorant  |  Elsa’s Deodorant  |

 

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 the previous
Rose Oil: Beauty of Roses and Roses in Beauty 2015 Edition
Rose Oil: Beauty of Roses and Roses in Beauty 2017 Edition

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Feb 092018
 

Hello greenies! Boy am I glad it’s Friday! I’m still feeling under the weather, and I know it’s gonna take some time before I have my health in order… no matter what – I keep on getting up and trying my very best to take it one day at the time. It’s hard, sometimes, to turn off all the lists of what needs to be done, even when trying to take a moment to gather my thoughts, but that is something I try to acquire every day anew.

It’s been quite cold and snowy in my neck of the woods, and with me not feeling all that well, I managed to squeeze in only one short walk in my beloved forest – but hey, even if short, I’ll take it, as being in the forest is a must for my all-around well-being.

Was just thinking… I keep seeing these profiles popping up on Instagram, where all they post, day in and day out, is the never ending posts containing more and more products – and I’m seeing what appears to be the same people having several different profiles (with a tons of bought followers, of course), but also what I’ve noticed is that these products continue staying full, week after week, month after month. Basically, these profiles don’t give a hot darn about these products, there are no meaningful descriptions that would be based on personal experience and beneficial to readers and potential customers. Just unused 40 products in one photo of alleged beauty routines, and these same products being shuffled around day in and day out. Of course, when you keep on seeing these same brands popping up on these profiles, you can’t help but to be put off . Integrity and intentions, as well as honesty come into question with such brands, who are so eager to be a part of these frauds. How green of a brand are you, when you want to be a part of a dishonest Instagram profile (with, usually, not even a blog, or a non-self hosted one), which shows off 50 beauty products – how very green, uh?

Have you noticed that green beauty bloggers, when showing their makeup, nearly all look presentable? One thing has to be said – so far, green beauty bloggers, who show the makeup they wear, do not look like beauty “gurus” who are aggressively promoting cheap toxic makeup. Green beauty bloggers’ makeup is natural, tasteful, elegant and in most cases – minimal. Encouraging, isn’t it? The question is – will it stay that way, or are we close to makeup gurus of the “green” beauty variety popping up with theatrical plastic green makeup?

In case you’ve missed – I’ve reviewed La Mav’s Nightly Repair Nectar and I’ve got a few more reviews coming up next week, along with, maybe, a surprise for Valentine’s. Hopefully, my health will allow me to do everything I’ve on my to do list.

This week, with Valentine’s approaching, there’s, again, tons of great offers for all the green beauty lovers: Love Lula still has its January Beauty Box for FREE, the Detox Market has a free bundle worth $190 – that and many more free green beauty gifts and discounts waiting for you below!

Weekly Discounts and FREE Organic Beauty Gifts #105

 

Love Lula has:

FREE Balm Balm Starter Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE January Beauty Box worth £71! (code: FREEBOX). Read my review.
FREE Balm Balm Starter Kit when you spend £30 on Balm Balm (code: STARTER)
FREE John Masters Organics Rosemary Body Wash when you spend £35 on John Masters Organics (code: BODYWASH)
40% off on Oils of Heaven (code: HEAVEN). Valid till 9.2.2018
40% off on Balm Balm  (code: BB40). Valid till 9.2.2018
40% off on FOM London
– 25% off on Urban Veda
Early Bird Valentine Selection Box worth £60 for only £24
FREE Pacifica BB Cream (10ml) when you spend 25 on Pacifica (code: PACIFICA)
FREE INIKA Lip & Cheek Cream when you spend £30 on INIKA (code: INIKA)
FREE Dr Hauschka Eye Cream when you buy one of the Dr Hauschka’s day creams
FREE Glossworks Nail Polish when you spend £20 on Glossworks (code: GLOSS)
FREE Walden Natural Perfumes Castles in the Air Perfume (5ml) when you spend £20 on Walden (code: CASTLES).
FREE Balm Balm Geranium Rose Face Balm when you spend £20 on Balm Balm (code: FACEBALM). Read my review.
FREE Inika Mineral Blush when you spend £25 on Inika (code: INIKA)
FREE John Masters Organics Lavender Hydrating Mist when you buy John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Oil
FREE Oils of Heaven Tamanu Oil when you spend £20 on Oils of Heaven (code: TAMANU)
FREE Antipodes Hand and Body Cream when you buy any 2 Antipodes products (code: JOYFUL)
FREE Bellapierre lipstick when you spend £30 on Bellapierre (code: ENVY)
FREE Apple & Bears Mini Body Wash when you spend £10 on Apple & Bears (code: APPLE)

New Inika Makeup

 

 

 

 

 

 

– new makeup from Inika
– newly added Selection Boxes to pick your favorite Beauty Box
– Newly launched Ere Perez Eye Shadow Palettes
– New makeup from Dr Hauschka
– New items from RMS Beauty
– big discounts in their sale section

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Alyaka has:

Alyaka Valentine's 15% off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15% off your Valentine’s order (code: KISS)
– newly launched RMS Beauty lipsticks
– big discounts in their sale section

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Content Beauty has:

– 10% off when you buy 2 or more products from the BFFS Collection (code: NATURALBFFS)
– newly launched RMS Beauty lipsticks
– great savings in their sale section
free gifts with purchase:

Content Beauty FREE Gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator when you spend £80 on Josh Rosebrook
FREE Twelve Skincare Rapid Eye Treatment when you spend £89 on Twelve Skincare
FREE MV Skincare Energizing Mask Pack when you spend £75 on MV Skincare
FREE Idil Botanicals Hydrating Essence Atomiser (8ml) with any Idil Botanicals cleanser
FREE Antipodes Grace Cleanser when you buy any 2 Antipodes products
FREE Kypris Trio Serum Deluxe Sample when you spend £100 on Kypris Beauty Elixirs
FREE Acure organics Hair and Skin Duo when you spend £30 on Acure Organics
FREE Dafna cleansing kit when you spend £100 on Dafna
FREE Trilogy body oil when you buy any 2 Trilogy products

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iHerb has:

– 5% off your order (code: LBK652)
– 15% off on brands of the week
Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balms Variety Pack (8 lip balms) for €1,71
Sierra Bees Creme Brulee 8 pack for €2,14
Sierra Bees tinted lip balms pack of 4 for 2.95€ (read my review)
– more discounts in the daily and weekly specials section

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FeelUnique has:

 

– up to 40% off on Valentine’s Gift Sets
– 10% off on Inika
FREE gifts with purchase
– FREE Burt’s Bees Endless Shine Trio Gift Set when you spend £25 on Burt’s Bees
FREE Jurlique Rose Moisture Cream when you spend £50 on Jurlique

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Green People has:


FREE gifts with purchase
– up to 60% off in their Winter sale and more discounts in their special offers section

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Aurelia has:

– 10% off your first order (code: WELCOME10)

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Onlynaturals has:

– big discounts in their sale section
FREE gifts with purchase:
FREE Green People Quinoa shampoo when you spend £30 on Green People (code: QUINOA)
FREE Madara Time miracle sample set when you buy any Madara product (code: TIMEMIRACLE)
FREE Oskia Renaissance mask when you buy 2 Oskia products (code: OSKIAMASK)
FREE Trilogy body oil when you buy any 2 Trilogy products (code: TRBODYOIL)
FREE Weleda Skin food (10ml) when you spend £25 on Weleda (code: SKINFOOD)

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Integrity Botanicals has:

FREE GIFTS with purchase
– discounts in their sale section

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Pharmaca has:

20% off your order (code: HEALTHY20).
– 30% off on Dr Hauschka body care
– 25% off on Dr Hauschka skin care
– 20% off on Juice Beauty Cleansers
– 20% off on Acure
– 20% off on Trilogy
– 15% off on 100% Pure
– Buy 1 get 1 FREE on Andalou Naturals body care products
free gifts with purchase

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The Detox Market has:

FREE Crazy in Love Bundle worth $190

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Limited Edition “The Crazy in Love Bundle” (worth $190) when you spend $190

 

The Detox Market The Best of Green Beauty Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best of Green Beauty Box (worth $310) for $149
– Newly launched Beauty Box

* in order for discount codes being properly applied, you have to click the offered links

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The Choosy Chick has:

 

The Choosy Chick FREE Inika gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Inika Lip & Cheek Cream when you spend $65 on Inika (code: INIKAGIFT)
– Big discounts in their sale section

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Happy Weekend!

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