I’m glad to start the new year with a brand new discovery from the natural world!
Last year I got the opportunity to try some new natural products that I found really interesting and special because of their concept. What captivates me the most are the scents of these products, apart the lovely vintage look packages. It’s been a few months now that I use By Nieves products. I’ve got used to them and I really like them too, so I decided to review those products I use. Behind this special brand is Nieves, the founder and creative force, who has developed this handmade collection of natural products. Check their nice website for detailed information.
I’m a huge fan of all sorts of fragrances; from body perfumes to house sprays and so I was fascinated the most by the description of this product. It sounds also a little bit esoteric, which is even more charming for me 🙂
I will start with the entire description of ingredients in this product:
Juniper Needle (Juniperus communis): Purifying for mind and spirit, psychological protection and healing. Included in many protection spells. Used in Egypt, ancient China and Tibet for purifying. Antiseptic, antimicrobial.
Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis): Supports detoxification, ritualizes space, purges negative energy. Included in many protection spells. Antiseptic, antimicrobial.
Eucalyptus (Eucaplytus globulus): Antibacterial, antifungal. Great for the respiratory system. Maintains and restores equalibrium, eases tension. Small molecular size helps it remain airborne for a long time.
Lisea Cubeba (Litsea cubeba): Mood elevating, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and insect repellant. Lovely citrus note.
Himalayan Cedar (Cedrus deodora): Nourishes self-awareness, inner strength, confidence, and mental clarity. Grounding. Antiseptic, antifungal.
Benzoin (Styrax benzoin): Improves circulation, clears respiratory passages, antiseptic, and astringent. Delicious vanilla note.
Rose (Rosa damascena): Mood elevating, aphrodisiac, “Queen of essential oils” promotes love, focuses intention and unites the spiritual with the physical
Also Contains: Neutral Grape Spirits and Water
I adore this product everywhere, to spritz the room and refresh the air, and even to have it in my bag to uplift the mood with its special scent. The scent is refreshing and quite strong and it will be appreciated especially in winter time to disinfect the air and protect from viruses. I also like it because it’s a great natural alternative to hand sanitizers. Essential oils have a very high vibrational frequency and thus are the best kept secrets for wellbeing from ancient times. Fortunately, nowadays we are coming again to rediscover these old knowledges. This spray comes in a glass bottle in two sizes: 1oz. which is great for the bag and the bigger one 4.oz.
In these days you find on the market a plethora of balms, but I’m rarely attracted by any. I must admit that this one has really captivated me because of its fabulous smell. Its texture is quite dense but not heavy on skin and it’s a great all-around product. There are infinite ways to use this product because although it’s based on oils, it absorbs quickly, without leaving the skin too oily. Apart using it on dry areas I also like it to put a little bit in my hair and even on the top of cheekbones for that radiant glow!
Here is the list with ingredients:
Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera): Moisturizes, protects, softens, contains Lauric Acid which has antibacterial, antiviral and general antimicrobial qualities.
Soy Wax (Glycine max): Imparts lightweight protection to the skin and is ideal for massaging muscles, joints, and tendons. Absorbs nicely with out leaving a heavy barrier feel.
Organic Sesame Oil (Sesamum indicum): Significant source of antioxidant Vitamin E and is a nourishing moisturizer.
Virginia Cedar (Cedrus atlantica): Balances and calms skin irritation and is said to help prevent urinary tract infections
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Skin regenerator. Normalizes skin. Reduces puffiness and irritation. Healing. Mentally restorative and relaxing.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina): Calming, uplifting aphrodisiac and euphoric. Balancing and regenerative for the skin.
Orange (Citrus aurantium amara): Creates a healthy skin tone and smells terrific! Uplifting.
As you can see the list is quite simple but powerful: a blend of natural vegetable oils and the right mix of essential oils that gives this product a divine scent. The balm comes in a beautiful glass jar in three sizes: 2oz. 8 oz. and sample size.
I got a trial size of this serum and it was more than enough to give an opinion (=very generous sample). Otherwise you find it in one 2.oz glass bottle. Until now I have tried many natural serums made of organic base and essential oils. This serum is very nice smelling, and it absorbs quickly. It leaves a light layer of fresh and moisturized feeling. Its scent is really citrus fresh and captivating, but when it comes to serums I prefer blends with even more beneficial ingredients and less scent. However, for hydrating your skin and give a boost to normal to dry skin, this serum will be a good solution. I would not recommend it to those with very sensitive skin if they don’t tolerate essential oils. I didn’t have any problems though and I used it also under my make-up.
Organic Evening Primrose Oil: Astringent and soothing, high in gamma linoleic acid an essential acid. Improves skins barrier functions.
Organic Sesame Oil: Small molecular size allows deep penetration. Protects from UVA damage.
Organic Jojoba Oil: Moisturizing oil that promotes suppleness and prevents loss of skin hydration. A traditionally revered cosmetic oil known for it’s superior penetrative and healing properties.
Squalane: Antioxidant oil similar to skins own surface lipids. Absorbs readily. Potent anti-aging. (plant source)
Ascorbyl Palmitate: Oil soluble vitamin C a very stable and available source of C for the skin. Potent antioxidant. Prevents damage from stress, sun, smoke(free radicals). Encourages healthy elastin and collagen. Minimizes wrinkles, reverses discoloration and smoothes scars.
Frankincense Essential Oil: Softens wrinkles. good for circulation, anti aging. Antidepressant, relieves tension and anxiety. Relieves melancholia and morbidity.
Organic Benzoin Resin: Reduces age spots, acne and scar tissue. Psoriasis and wounds are soothed. Relieves stress and nervous tension
Lavender Essential Oil: Skin regenerator. Normalizes skin. Reduces puffiness and inflamation. Healing. Mentally restorative and relaxing.
Rosemary Essential Oil: Eliminates toxins. Stimulating, astringent reduces wrinkles, heals acne, soothes eczema. Energizing and uplifting
Palmarosa Essential Oil: Reduces wrinkles, scars, broken veins and acne. Regenerates tissue. Regulates sebum production. Hydrating. Promotes a sense of well being.
Cedar Essential Oil: Prevents acne, soothes eczema. Grounding, calming, prevents anxiety.
Rose Essential Oil: Reduces scars, wrinkles and broken capillaries. Increases circulation. Cell regenerator . Aphrodisiac. Spiritually uplifting, antidepressant, euphoric.
There are also other products in the collection like: the organic herb and clay scrub and mask in powder called Face fix and Bath salts that I haven’t tried yet.