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Moroccan natural: beauty fusion

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In the past I’ve written some articles about different cold-pressed organic oils. Among the most widely spread oils is the argan oil, which I haven’t written about yet, because you find articles about its benefits everywhere. And recently this oil has become commercialized too much in sense that although a product hasn’t “seen” this oil inside they promote it, too.

Some time ago I got a proposal to try some products made with argan oil from a British brand called Moroccan natural. At first, I admit, I wasn’t really excited because of my previous reasons and because rare are those who would offer high quality organic argan oil. So I checked their website first and slowly I became more interested. First, because I saw that they have pure list with ingredients, interesting packages and different products which are all based on oriental tradition and uses. Among small handy roll-ons and elixirs based on organic argan oil, they also have culinary argan oil, rhassoul clay, african soap and pearl powder. This last product that I will review too has caught my attention immediately because it really makes a difference! So, without hesitation I decided to review  some Moroccan natural products I’ve tested:

 

Moroccan natural Pearl powder

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As I mentioned this product caught my attention immediately, not just because I haven’t tried it yet but also because of its uses through the history. Listen to this:

“Pearl Powder has been recorded for nearly 3000 years in skin treatments prized by royalty in Egypt and China. Cleopatra, the last Queen of Egypt and Wu Zetian, the only woman in Chinese history to ever attain the title of Emperor, were fames for their use of Pearl Powder to maintain and achieve their youthful, beautiful skin.
Highly-revered during the ancient times, modern science has confirmed what the ancient medics have proven to be true – that pearl powder stimulates new skin cells, increases collagen levels that help to firm and smooth the skin and improve the skin’s radiance.”

Here are some benefits that pearl powder provides according to Moroccan natural:

-Anti-ageing; smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
-Develops a radiant and more youthful appearance
-Removes melasma (which causes age spots, freckles and dark patches on the skin)
-Nourishes the skin
-Promotes radiance
-Evens out skin tones and restores elasticity
-Brightens and lightens the skin
-It is also known to speed healing and remove blotches, acne, acne scarring, dry patches and rosacea and address sun damage

List with ingredients: 100% Natural Pearl Powder

These are interesting facts about pearl powder from the Moroccan natural website that I wanted to share with you.
Regarding the instructions on how to use it, they suggest to use it as a face mask mixed with yogurt or milk or even with egg white and lemon juice. These are really green DIY suggestions, however there is also the option to mix it your favorite cosmetic product.

How do I use the pearl powder? Since I’m not a big fan of home made masks (I do them just from time to time), I’ve tried to mix the powder with my current face cleanser (now I use the creamy one from Pangea organics) and then I massage the mix gently into my skin and leave it on for about a minute. Next, I rinse off with water. It works amazing! The skin looks radiant, very soft and smooth. I find this an innovative solution for achieving quickly a fresh and clean face. This product has really captivated me and I find it great to regenerate the skin, especially dull skin. Moroccan natural Pearl powder comes in a small lovely jar of 10g along with a spatula for dosage.

 

Moroccan natural Rhassoul Clay

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Even this product has a long historical use as a cleanser for hair and skin. The most fascinating is that it is used as a chemical free alternative to shampoo or soap. Because it is a lava clay it also helpful for treating acne. But I prefer it the most as a face/body mask in addition to being a cleanser as well. In terms of ingredients this product is similar to pearl powder; one ingredient only: the lava clay that has so many functions: it acts as cleanser, acne treatment, skin purifier. Because of its high percentage of silica, magnesium, potassium and calcium, the Rhassoul Clay according to studies mentioned on Moroccan natural website has benefits such as:

– reduces dryness and flakiness
– improves skin clarity, elasticity and texture
– removes surface oil and oil from inside and around comedones
– removes dead skin layers, resulting in a general smoothing of the skins surface.

When it comes to its uses this clay is a multi-purpose. You can use it as:

– a face mask
– a hair shampoo and conditioner
– a gentle body/face scrub and cleanser all in one

I have received a 50g sample of this clay, big enough to try all the 3 methods of use. I’ve first tried it as a shampoo. Because I have short hair, the quantity was not a problem. I have mixed approx. 40gr of clay with 70ml water and applied on the hair. I have followed the instructions and massaged with additional water this paste into the hair. I was really curious if I’d need a conditioner or not, because I had my hair freshly dyed and so I need conditioner. I didn’t need it! After washing the paste from my hair until they were clean, the hair were ok, without any knots. I could comb them easily. I was very attracted about this all in one ultra green solution, but at the end I didn’t like the result on my thin hair. When I dried the hair they were so clean and “thin” and flying around and they didn’t have a good shape, without any volume although they were clean. I guess this kind of clay has the best effect on oriental women who have rich and thick hair, so that this product softens and cleanses them thoroughly. I find it a fantastic solution but on my hair it does not work as I would like it to. If anyone has experiences with Rhassoul clay would love to hear on which type of hair do you use it.

But I do like this clay as a face mask and body cleanser/mask. It leaves the skin purified, it does not dry it harshly and it’s very good for treating acne, especially in combination with argan oil.

The next 2 products are both packed in a 10ml glass jar with a roll-on for an easy and controllable application. The base of both products is the argan oil, the difference is in additional ingredients which change the purpose of use.

 

Moroccan natural Soothe and Smooth Eyes

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List with ingredients: Organic Virgin Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa) Oil, Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil (Opuntia ficus-indica) Oil, Cucumber Seed Oil (Cucumis Sativus) Oil

As you can see from the list above this product has 2 other oils which are beneficial for the under eye area. Argan oil provides anti-aging effects because its high content of vitamin E, while Cucumber Seed Oil has calming and mildly astringent qualities. In addition, Prickly Pear Seed Oil moisturizes and revitalizes the skin which is a great combination for the delicate skin under the eyes prone to puffiness, aging and dark circles. While applying a thin layer under the eyes, which is very easy to control with the handy roll-on, this oil feels really light and hydrating. I tap it gently into the skin and massage it around the eye area avoiding the eyes. I find it a good solution for under eyes, especially if you have problems with thin and dehydrated skin around the eyes.

 

Moroccan natural Organic Argan Radiance

Moroccan natural

List with ingredients: Organic Argan Oil (Argana Spinosa), Sea Buckthorn Oil, Pearl Powder.

The difference between this and previous product is visible from their colors; the previous product for the eyes has a light yellow color, while Argan radiance has a deep golden yellow color because of the added Sea Buckthorn Oil. Along with the benefits of argan oil, Sea buckthorn oil provides lots of other precious benefits too. I know very well this oil, because I already used it years ago to ingest, because of its amazing benefits. The most important benefits of this oil for the skin are the high amount of vitamins A and E and high levels of beta-carotene (this is why it’s so orange) that both prevent the damage of free radicals and so protect the skin and retard the aging process. I was testing this oil just in the right time, because I was curious how it would work with acne. I don’t have them, but I got a severe blotch right when I received this oil. Not that I was happy about the blotch at all, but I took this opportunity to test the oil. I was massaging the oil in the skin a few times per day and the blotch disappeared quite quickly, compared to other times when I cannot get rid of the redness that still remains on the skin. According to this, I assume that the high amount of vitamins helps the skin to regenerate itself quicker and become healthy.
Another thing that I like about this oil is the healthy glow that it gives to the skin. I guess it’s due to the pearl powder that this product already contains. To sum up, I find both products very handy and interesting, with many benefits for the skin.

What has fascinated me mostly about this British brand is the fusion of modern and traditional knowledge, the variety of interesting products all in one brand and the simplicity of less but very powerful ingredients.

If anyone has any comments and experiences with these products feel free to share, thanks!

Skin care products your skin will love!

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I’ve been quite long with doing this article; first I was so immersed in trying and exploring them on all levels, plus researching every brand which are all new for me, that the time just passed away. Finally, it’s a great time to present you some of my new fabulous discoveries that I use recently and adore them! I realized that in the last year I was unconsciously more oriented on European brands, but somewhere in my head I had wishes to try something new from US brands that are so praised. For this wish come true, I have to thank very much Amy, from the US web shop Pure citizen, who suggested me all these beauties, and which you can purchase them all in one place! Here is a thorough review of each of these products.

 

Organic Grits & Honey Scrub by HollyBeth Organics

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The luxury of this scrub are its incredibly natural and genuine ingredients you could eat them! These are for me things that are a really luxury for the skin and should have the slogan “Because you’re worth it” 🙂

This is the first product I’ve tried from this brand and I was so fascinated by its texture and how it works on skin that it’s definitely among n.1 scrubs on my favorite list.

Ingredients: Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal*, Honey, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (organic sweet almond) Oil*, Tocopherol (organic vitamin E). *organic

As you can see the list with ingredients you are literally in front of an all-to-eat product! The product is handmade with organic ingredients, Cruelty-Free and it comes in a glass jar (2 oz./ 60 ml). I hardly describe this product in detail because you should experience it with your senses. The smell is gentle, natural from honey. The texture is based on honey and crushed almonds, this is why it’s like an edible product. When applied on damp face, it is easy to spread and then after a while you rinse it with water and the skin becomes smooth and cleansed. It’s so delicate that it can be used on every skin type, even sensitive.

 

Pangea Organics Cleanser in Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange

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For those who search a gentle and mild face cleanser like me, this one from Pangea organics will be great! This is another fabulous product that was the first I’ve tried from this brand and immediately liked it. When I opened the bottle for the first time it came out a vigorous scent of red oranges. This cleanser is the type of cleanser I prefer most, especially in the morning when my skin has nothing on, but it needs a boost of freshness and yet light moisture at the same time. It comes in a handy and beautiful glass bottle with a pump so that the application is most hygienic. Its texture is light and creamy, but not greasy and at the end when you wash it off, it leaves the skin hydrated and clean. Another beautiful thing that I noticed is their package(from carton made with wind energy): not just beautiful design but also ecological. When the package unfolded, it is made from one piece and inside there is written the Pangea philosophy. This product has a long list with ingredients, among the main ones are antioxidants and essential fatty acids for radiant skin, herbal extracts that soothe, balance and rejuvenate the skin. After your face is cleansed, the skin remains soft and nourished thanks to Calendula that is great for soothing and calming irritations. Blood orange as another key ingredient cleanses and balances the skin. The product is Gluten-Free and suitable for Vegan and comes in a 120ml bottle (4.oz).

 

Acure Argan Stem Cell + Chlorella Growth Factor Facial Mask

Acure skincare

In general I’m not a “fanatic” of masks but when it comes to a special multi-purpose product that gives a boost and treats the skin so good like this Acure mask, then it becomes my SOS beauty product.

I like this mask because its texture and all that nice properties which leaves your skin cleansed and revitalized with precious ingredients all in one. This mask is called Cell stimulating because of so many great ingredients like:

French Green Clay draws out impurities

Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil for moisturizing the skin

Organic Acai Berry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Rosehips, Organic Pomegranate, Organic Rooibos for the boost of vitamins and antioxidants

Organic Chlorella for for increasing the skin’s firmness and tone.

I’ve received this mask in a 30ml tube which I find handy to apply. I was laughing so much when I saw the instructions on the package: “Apply evenly over the face until you look like a green sea-monster. Allow to set for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly to a refreshed and renewed you!” When applied on face it really looks like a green monster 😀 You need a thin layer of this mask because it’s very powerful on the skin. Once I got some redness but it wasn’t a bad sign, it was the reaction because of removing impurities and because of increased blood circulation. This mask is really an energetic boost to your skin!

 

Cleansing sponge by Dr. Sponge

dr. sponge

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Finally I’ve tried this famous sponge! And it was quite a revelation for me, mostly because of its natural property of increasing volume when soaked with warm water. It doubles the volume twice! And for those you think it’s a usual sponge, it’s not! This is the most fascinating fact that

“Dr. Sponge™ is an all-natural and biodegradable facial and body cleansing sponge made from revolutionary plant fiber of Konjac, which is an exotic plant native to Eastern Asia that contains natural richness in protein, vitamin (A, E, D, B1, B2, B6, B12, and C), potassium, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, fatty acids and folic acid. ”
This is great solution for all who have very sensitive or problematic skin, as well as for babies, for whom was originally designed. The most important thing is that it does not contain any harmful ingredients and it’s completely natural. Its texture is smooth and not rigid or rough as it might look at first sight and so it really suit even sensitive skin. After using it on your face you can feel a soft feeling on your skin. I haven’t tried it dry but it is said that you don’t need to dry the face with towel because when you squeeze out excess water from the sponge it can be used to dry the skin. And no additional cleanser needed! This is the best thing about this product! You can find many varieties of this sponge and as I read on the website: “each sponge lasts for at least 3 – 4 months and can be used repeatedly on a daily basis.” I will test it and the time will tell, but anyhow I’d say that it’s a very innovative, useful and convenient product especially for those with problematic skin. I’ve tested the original facial and body Cleaning sponge in white color and without any fragrance.Later I saw another great tip that I have to try: the small sponges can be used to apply foundation as well!

Do you use/like any of these brands or products?

Treating your skin after summer holidays

My favorite summer products

I have made a short video with some beauty tips about treating your skin after you come back from summer vacation. You want to keep your nice bronzed skin fresh and glowing with right products and beauty routine. Choose products that hydrate and moisturize your skin without being heavy and thick. Although your skin is oily, remember that it needs hydration too, especially after being exposed to sun and salt. Btw the salt from the sea is great for detoxifying your body and to naturally polish your skin (=excellent natural body scrub) but finally hydrating your body with water from inside and outside is crucial to achieve the best results in natural way.

After your summer holidays your skin loves:

Gentle scrubs to remove dead cells and keep the skin soft

Hydration with face&body mists and light fluids/creams

Extra nourishment on very dry areas (lips, body).

Check the video presentation of my favorite products that I use in summer and recommend you.

Hope you find useful and if you have any comments feel free to share!

Living nature balancing night gel review

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About oily and combination skin type

Recently, I’ve dedicated my attention mostly to dry and dehydrated skin, but I haven’t forgotten about those who aren’t in this “category” and have in contrary, combination or oily skin.

If you still use conventional products for combination/oily skin, you will find out they are mostly based on alcohol and “synthetic plant extracts” which dehydrate the skin and consequently you end up in a vicious circle. However, this is not a long term solution. Even though the skin becomes temporarily mattified on the surface after using those products, we haven’t resolved the problem with dehydrating the skin with so harsh ingredients.

Although the skin is oily, it doesn’t mean that it has enough hydration. 

This type of skin produces lots of oils, this is why it’s greasy, but it doesn’t produce enough water. Because of this imbalance between “water” and “oils”, the skin is imbalanced (and called combination). And so it needs to balance its natural moisture and oils and most of all start to regenerate itself.  If we start to take away the oils from the surface, we haven’t resolved the core problem, which is gaining balance through self-regeneration. We have to start understanding the fact that our body is a living system who can heal itself and thus we have to treat it gently, which is nowadays more rare than not.

The key is to use very light products with natural antibacterial properties and also with some hydrating ingredients to rebalance the skin again.

A few months ago I had the opportunity to try Living nature’s Balancing gel and now after a while I have to emphasize that is one of the best products for combination skin that I’ve encountered! I was really impressed about this gel. Although is a version for night and I don’t have combination skin, I have tried it on myself as well. (Yes, I’m to curious to try all beauty goodies 🙂 To get better results I’ve tested it also on some other women who have combination skin. The results were very satisfying! They told me the skin is soft, hydrated and silky, without being shiny. And my dry skin hasn’t suffer at all, even though this gel is not suitable for it, somehow it hasn’t felt unpleasant or drying.

This product is so gentle, that it won’t dehydrate the skin harshly with an artificial matte effect. Instead, it leaves the skin naturally soft and soothed. The best is to use it during the night, even though I found that is ok to use it even during the day, if needed. Its texture is like a liquid, non-sticky gel. It has a very light, liquid consistency and when applied to the skin, it disappears quickly in a very light layer of non-shiny moisture on the skin. This is the best way, I can describe it. I like that in the formulation are also included some natural antibacterial ingredients like: Manuka honey and ginger root extract. While the Harakeke Flax gel provides hydration to the skin. The gel is packed in a 50ml package.

Another observation: even though is a night gel, I was curious to try how it works under make-up, because it is so light in consistency. For combination skin it’s a very good make-up base, because it gives a layer of “protection” to the skin, without creating many heavy layers underneath the foundation.

 

INCI: Aqua (water), Mel (manuka honey), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Sclerotium gum, Glucose (plant sugar), Squalane (vegetable squalane), Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter**, Parfum (natural fragrance)*, Phormium tenax leaf juice (NZ flax gel), Bisabolol (from chamomile), Zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, Olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, Glucose oxidase (from milk), Lactoperoxidase (from milk), Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, *From natural essential oils: Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool
** Certified organic

Snowberry Active outdoor SPF30 sun protection cream

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We are not in full summer, at least here in European part of the world, but since I haven’t written about sunscreens last summer, I intend to highlight them now. It doesn’t matter in which season we are in, because we need a good sunscreen at hand all the year, especially if we travel a lot or if we are outdoor.
Nevertheless, I decided to review a new sun-protecting cream that I’ve discovered and tested recently and that I like very much. As I mentioned in my past posts about sun, I’m not the kind of person who is obsessed with wearing high SPF all the time, even though outside is raining 🙂 But I always have a good SPF cream with me all the year (when I don’t use it I keep it in the fridge). I think that a good sunscreen with SPF15 is perfect for everyday sunny days, while I use higher SPF like 30 when the sun is stronger or if I’m outside all the day exposed to the sun.

I think that at Snowberry have explained well the logic about which SPF we should choose:
“Which is most effective? SPF15, 30 or 50? It probably seems a no-brainer but actually, it’s among the best (or worst) examples of misleading consumer information in any field, anywhere! First, you know that the SPF refers only to UVB rays, so choosing a sunscreen solely on the SPF is pointless. To know that your sunscreen also protects against equally harmful UVA, you must choose only those that say they are ‘Broad Spectrum.’ Second, the SPF scale is logarithmic – which means that for our purposes it’s pretty much meaningless. If it was a linear scale, then an SPF30 would block twice as much UVB as does the SPF15, but that’s not so. Instead, where SPF15 blocks 94% of UVB rays, SPF30 accounts for just 4% more, and SPF50, for just one per cent more than that! This is why many dermatologists say an SPF15 is all you need, provided you put enough on – and that’s the rub and the irony. Whether it’s an SPF15 or an SPF50, to enable the sunscreen to do its job, it must be applied at a rate of 1/4 to 1/3 of a teaspoon to the typical adult face. What most of us do regardless of what SPF we have, is use too little, and second, we tend to apply even less of the higher SPF because we think we must be getting much more protection. Answer to our question – if you intend to be outside much of the time, choose a broad spectrum SPF30 sunscreen and apply at least 1/4 of a teaspoon to your face, every two hours. If it’s a normal working/at home day when more time will be spent under shelter, the SPF15 is fine. And remember, an SPF15 properly applied is better in any conditions than an SPF30 or 50 that’s not.”

 

Snowberry Active outdoor Broad spectrum high sun protection SPF30

This sun cream is the last product that I’ve tried from Snowberry beauty and if you remember I’ve already written about their brand and products.
I like this sun cream, first because is very nourishing, hydrating but at the same time it absorbs very quickly in the skin, leaving a the skin smooth. And most important: it doesn’t leave heavy, white stripes on your face! You can apply it easily on your skin. It can be easily worn even under makeup, but for everyday use I’d advise to use their Everyday SPF15 cream.
Snowberry sun creams provide a full-spectrum UV protection thanks to zinc oxide which, according to Snowberry, is not nano sized. They don’t use nanotechnology. They also include in their sun creams other natural ingredients which provide high moisture to the skin: a naturally derived emulsifier from olive oil, shea butter, coconut derived glycerine, Inga oil extract  (derived from the beans of Inga edulis, this extract is a highly effective skin moisturiser with antimicrobial properties which helps to reduce skin inflammation) and aloe vera extract to soothe the skin. The Coffee bean oil caught my attention, because at Snowberry claim that is “a natural ingredient from coffee beans with moisturising and sun protection properties. It provides natural protection from ultraviolet light and is rich in phytosterols which promote excellent moisture retention.” Besides these ingredients they also have a few other botanical complexes that provide protection against UV radiation (like Cassia Alata leaves extract, and natural extract obtained from the roots of Kaempferia galanga), plus some antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals.

How to use the cream: Snowberry suggests to apply the product before you expose to the sun (cca. 20 min before) and to reapply the cream every 2 hours if you are actively outside.

Snowberry claim their sun creams are certified broad spectrum sun protection products, which means our skin is protected against both UVB and UVA light. Snowberry Everyday SPF30 is also certified under the internationally recognized Boots Star system to provide good UVA protection (see the 4-Star logo on the box which means Superior).

Snowberry skincare

I have also added an excerpt from Snowberry page that I find very informative, where they have written a few facts about sunscreens and environment:

“Many of us love to swim over coral reefs – they’re among the most beautiful sights on Earth! But when we do, we also know we’ve got to wear a sunscreen to avoid quite severe burning, especially on the back and shoulders. What most of us don’t know is that many traditional sun screens contain parabens, cinnamates, benzophenones and camphor derivatives, and these ingredients are now known to be damaging coral reefs. It may seem strange when you think how little sunscreen you apply before that idyllic swim, but University research indicates that upwards of 4,000 tons of sun screen products are washed onto coral reefs around the world every year! We hope that you would prefer to know that your sunscreen won’t damage marine life in any way. How do you do that? By using a natural sunscreen based on the natural, insert inorganic mineral, zinc oxide. It’s one of the reasons that Snowberry’s Active Outdoor SPF30 and Everyday SPF15 are much better for the environment. Says Snowberry Founder, Soraya Hendesi, “We simply won’t use ingredients that can do harm to the environment. But we also know that our sunscreens are better for people too…”

Hope you will find this information useful in the flood of so many sun protection products. If you already use Snowberry products, feel free to share with me your comments.

Beyond organic skincare

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“We believe that nature has given us all we need to nurture, support and heal us.
It’s from this beauty and purity that we get our inspiration and passion.”                                     – Beyond organic skincare 

These words sum up the entire philosophy about Beyond, a company with fabulous organic skincare products that I “casually” discovered recently. And I’m so glad I did, because their products have enchanted me from the first minute I’ve opened and tried them. Behind their metallic blue glass jars lays a world of divine herbal fragrances. Before reviewing their products I will mention some great facts about this British company from Cornwall:

Certified Organic with the BDAA (Biodynamic Agricultural Association) who actually pre-date
the organic movement by many years and take a holistic approach to organic farming.

Certified organic with NATRUE as well.

100% Natural

Fair Trade

NOT tested on animals (neither are our ingredients)

Suitable for Vegetarians

Low Carbon Footprint

Recycled and recyclable packaging.

 

Beyond Organic Detoxifying Cleanser review

Beyond Organic skincare

I want to start with my favorite product from the collection I’ve tested. I love it so much that it definitely receives my “Highly recommended” seal! Among organic skincare brands there are several natural oil-based cleansers, which we usually use them in combination with a cotton cloth to cleanse the face. Beyond’s cleanser is this kind of cleansers, too. The main difference (in comparison with other cleansers I’ve tried) is in its formulation. I have dry skin and this winter I was also prone to some sore spots and I have to say this cleanser is really fabulous! It doesn’t just remove the impurities, but while cleansing it also nourishes your skin with organic oils from: Coconut, Gold of Pleasure oil, Sunflower, Macadamia, Sesame and Wheatgerm Oil. They have also infused the sunflower oil with burdock that has amazing healing properties for treating and soothing eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Because of Rosemary and other essential oils it has a fresh and slightly citrus scent. This cleanser also comes in another version which is based on Geranium and that I’d love to try as well.
I use this cleanser regularly in the evening to clean impurities from my face. I find this cleanser extremely effective for removing the make-up. Because it’s loaded with so many beneficial oils, I need just a small amount in size of a peanut for the entire face. I massage gently the cleanser into my skin and then I follow twice with a damp muslin cloth (soaked in warm water). After, my skin is soft and cleansed. I love this cleanser especially for the evening because it also moisturizes well my skin and so I don’t need any other product after (except lots of toner). It can be used even in the morning, but I personally don’t prefer this type of cleansers before putting my makeup on. In every case, when using this cleanser, you will have additional benefits cause it will gently nourish your skin. According to Beyond, this cleanser promotes tissue repair and reduces inflammation, because of carefully selected plant extracts and oils.

List with Ingredients: Coconut Butter (Cocos Nucifera)*, Gold of Pleasure oil (Camelina Sativa)* and Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus)* infused with: Burdock (Articum Lappa)*, Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)* and Comfrey. (Symphytum spp.)*, Macadamia Oil (Macadamia Integrifolia)*, Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum)*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum Vulgare)*, 
Rosemary Antioxidant (Rosemarinus Officinalis)*, Essential Oil (containing Citronellol, Limonene and Linalool)* *Organic Ingredients (100%)
No parabens. No chemicals. No nasties. 100% Organic and Natural the ideal fair trade skincare. Don’t forget that we are strictly against testing on animals and use recycled packaging with vegetable dies.

 

Beyond Organic Firming Eye Cream review

Beyond organic skincare

I was very curious to try this eye cream as well. Especially because my skin under the eyes is delicate and I’m prone to dark circles. So discovering new eye creams is always very challenging for me. Beyond’s Firming eye cream comes in a small 7ml glass jar, but it’s so dense and nourishing that a little goes a long way. I mostly like the fact that it’s unscented, without any essential oils. Sometimes the fragrances can irritate the sensitive area around the eyes and so its formulation it’s perfect especially for sensitive and mature skin. There is no claim that this cream would reduce dark circles, but I’ve tried it anyway. I realized that after using it, it leaves the skin nourished with a refreshing feeling. However, it is designed for the purpose to nourish the skin and consequently to prevent wrinkles. The most interesting ingredients in this cream are the queen of flowers: certified organic Rose hydrolat and Rosehip oil, full of all beneficial properties this flower provides. But I was the most curious about what is Eyebright (macerated in sunflower oil). First I thought it’s a blend of herbs, but later after doing a research about it, I found that Eyebright is the name of a flower, in herbalism called Euphrasia, which has many interesting properties, perfect for adding it into an eye cream! Here I’ve found some facts about this gorgeous plant:
“Herbalists use Eyebright as a poultice (with or without concurrent administration of a tea) for the redness, swelling, and visual disturbances caused by blepharitis and conjunctivitis. The herb is also used for eyestrain and to relieve inflammation caused by colds, coughs, sinus infections, sore throats and hay fever.”
For those who want to know more about Euphrasia, here is a nice link to discover more.
Coming back to Beyond’s eye cream, I use it both in the morning and evening and while applying any eye cream, it’s great to massage gently this area with fingers. This way you will stimulate blood and lymph circulation and reduce puffiness. Moreover, the cream will also penetrate better in the skin.

List with ingredients: (certified organic at source) Rose Hydrolat (Rosa damascene)*, Eyebright maceration in Sunflower oil (Euprasia spp in Helianthus annuus)*, Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia integrifolia)*, Rosehip Oil (Rosa canina)*, Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa)*, Olive Leaf Emulsifier (Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate), Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (Hippophae rhamnoides)*, Lecithin (Lyosolecithin)*, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Corn (Propanediol), Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba) *Organic Ingredients (95%)

 

Beyond Organic Moisturising Day Cream review

Beyond organic skincare

I’ve also received a 7ml sample (which is very generous for a sample!) of Beyond organic moisturizing day cream. In general, it comes in a 30ml glass jar. I had used his cream for quite a long time to give an objective opinion and it also lasted for quite a long time. The texture of this cream is very silky, nourishing, but not so dense. I’d say a medium texture: not too light and not too dense. A perfect formulation for a day cream which I’d suggest to all skin types. While I was using this cream, the weather was very cold and my skin was very dry, so I knew the cream wasn’t enough. But as I said, the conditions were quite extreme. In general, this cream is great to wear as a make-up base, especially under mineral make-up. It leaves a non greasy healthy glow, some kind of radiance to the skin. I’d define it the perfect day cream for normal to dry skin.
When you look at the list with ingredients you will notice again that the base is Rose hydrolat, many vegetable oils that nourish the skin like: Macadamia, sunflower, Seabuckthorn and others. That means it is great for dry skin (in normal weather conditions:) as well.

Ingredients: Rose Hydrolat (Rosa damascene)*, Gold of Pleasure oil (Camelina sativa)* and Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus)* infused with: Mallow (Althea officinalis)*, Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)* and Comfrey (Symphytum spp.)*. Macadamia nut oil (Macadamia integrifolia)*, Almond oil (Prunus dulcis)*, Sesame oil (Sesamum indicum)*, Rosehip seed oil (Rosa canina)*, Olive Leaf Emulsifier (Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate), Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Lecithin (Lyosolecithin)*, Sea Buckthorn seed and fruit oil (Hippophae rhamnoides)*, Corn (Propanediol), Aloe extract (Aloe barbadensis)*, Grapefruit seed extract (Citrus paradisi)*, Willow Bark extract (Salix Alba), Coconut fragrance (Cocos Nucifera in alcohol), Essential Oil (containing Limonene, Linalool and Geraniol)* *Organic Ingredients (94.75%)

 

Have I mentioned that all Beyond products have a fantastic scent, the real organic signature? When you open the jar, your nose “tells” you that the ingredients are with no doubt directly from nature! I really recommend you to discover this lovely brand! I will come back soon with another review of a fantastic product from Beyond 🙂

Face, body and lips nourishment

Face, body and lips nourishment

Recently I receive quite a lot of questions about treating the skin in winter, especially when the weather conditions are not pleasant for our skin. Chapped lips, dry, red and flaky skin on face and body are just some of many troubles we have in cold winter time. Our goal in preventing dry skin is to protect it with nourishing oils that have beneficial properties. Along with this is also very important to wear warm clothes and gloves on hands if possible. I remember that years ago every winter was a nightmare for me because I had issues with very dry skin. Although I had a myriad of all kinds of products and oils for dry skin, nothing really helped. That was the time when I didn’t know about the huge difference between a beneficial organic oil and petroleum-based oil… I know from experiences that dry skin can be a huge problem so I decided to launch another GIVEAWAY in collaboration with Ecco-verde shop that generously sponsored it. I have chosen a few products for you that I hope will help you to pamper your skin and make you feel better. I like them very much and so I decided to share them with you, too!

3 essential organic products for treating dry skin in winter are:
organic lip balm
organic face oil
body massage oil with aromatherapeutic properties

Of course these are not all the products you need but they are very welcome for everyone in winter time! Let’s take a close look at them.

 

Crazy rumors Lip Balm

Ingredients: Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Candelilla Wax, Soy Wax, Jojoba Oil, Carnauba Wax, Natural & Organic Flavors and/or Pure Essential Oils, Vitamin E, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Natural Stevia
This time I’ve started “from the end” and put the list with ingredients of this lip balm on top. As you can see it speaks for itself, because it contains so many good oils that your lips will be protected all the time! I’ve noticed a really huge difference when I switched on natural lip balms from the classic Labello I was using. Now, I don’t need anymore such big amounts of lip balm, because the lips are naturally nourished and protected as well. Organic oils make a protective barrier that is natural and gentle to our skin. While wearing it, our organism doesn’t need to clean itself from unwanted toxins. I have discovered this funny brand called Crazy rumors recently. It has caught my attention because they are specialised just in lip balms and because they have so many lovely packagings. They have a few collections with different flavours and also a collection with tinted balms. I have chosen for you a lip balm from their Tea flavoured collection with Orange Bergamot spicy flavour. Among beneficial oils they are naturally flavoured with essential oils and sweetened with natural stevia which I find really interesting! The balms are vegan and 100% natural 🙂

 

Badger balm Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Oil

We are already well informed about Badger balms in their signature tin boxes with lovely illustrations! But apart the balms that are super great and handy for winter time I also wanted to give a try to their oils. I was intrigued to try the Face oil with Damascus rose. It was a great choice! The oil has an orange color and is packed in a beautiful glass bottle (29.5ml) with a pump. The damascus rose is not the main beneficial ingredient in this oil but it’s also loaded with organic cold-pressed oils full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids of jojoba, baobab, pomegranate, seabuckthorn and calendula that soothe our skin (and give this oil the orange color). The scent of this oil is a delicate mixture of natural aromas of chamomile, lavender and rose. This oil is perfect for everyday use and suitable for all types of skin. It absorbs quickly and I recommend it for applying it under mineral makeup. Badger has also other body and face oils that are all to try, since this one is really a pleasant discovery!

Ingredients (INCI): *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, Essential Oils of *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), *Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto), and *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile), and CO2 Extracts of *Rosa Canina (Rosehip), *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn), and *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula).       *= Certified Organic

 

Weleda Arnica Massage Oil

After a good shower there is nothing better to massage your body with a blend of essential oils! I have intentionally chosen this body oil because it has an energizing scent and it reminds me about all benefits that this beautiful flower has. I remember that people used to infuse arnica flowers in natural alcohol and use it when they wounded themselves to disinfect and treat the wound. But Weleda has done a collection of organic massage oils, one of this is with arnica. In the base oils (sunflower and olive oil) they have added the extract of biodynamic grown Arnica flower which has some special benefits especially for muscle pains. I like to choose this kind of oils because they help to regenerate the body especially when tired, or in winter when people “fight” against influences.
On Weleda they claim that this oil is their best-seller for sport professionals and people with muscle pains or different injuries. I add that you don’t have to feel that these oils are just for “old moms” with many pains 😀  Instead, use these high vibrational essences to reload your body with energy and to relax it. It will also help those who suffer from cold feet.

“Arnica soothes inflammation and dilates the blood vessels. Applied to the skin, it promotes healing of damaged tissues and speeds up the repair mechanism, although it should not be applied to broken skin. Not surprisingly, arnica is a great sports remedy, widely used for soft tissue injuries and muscular pain by sports injury specialists, physiotherapists and massage therapists.”

Read more about Arnica benefits here.

Ingredients (INCI): Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Coumarin*.[parasep] * from natural essential oils.

Green makeup tip I have chosen for you the greenest products with high-quality ingredients and aromatherapeutic properties so that you can enjoy them totally! All 3 products are also suitable for vegans. Everyone included 🙂

 

GIVEAWAY Nourish your skin with green products!

Follow these simple steps and you can receive those beautiful products that I’ve reviewed for you.

GIVEAWAY RULES:

1. Comment below: Drop a few thoughts about these products OR let me know if you like to use oils in winter.
2. Give a like to Ecco-verde on Facebook. Here is the link.
3. Follow my blog (if you are a new follower)

Thank you! 
The giveaway is open internationally and finishes on Sunday, December 16th, 2012, at 24:00 CEST.
 I will announce the random chosen winner the day after on my blog, Facebook page and Twitter!

This giveaway is sponsored by one of my favorite green shops Ecco-verde. (Note that you can order from all Europe countries)

Review of my favorite Living nature skin care products

Some advices for treating dry skin in winter

living nature skincare review

This summer I discovered and tried for the first time Living Nature make-up products. I am so excited about this brand that I decided to try also their skincare products and some other make-up products as well. Today I’ll write a thorough review of Living nature’s skincare products that I like and use, plus unite it with some tips for treating dry skin in winter time. For those who haven’t heard about Living nature yet, check my video where I presented the brand and did 3 make-up looks with their make-up products.

When we enter in colder days, our skin needs some extra nourishment and all our attention. Beside drinking lots of water even in winter (or even better hot herbal teas to warm the body), we also need to take appropriate care of our skin. If you don’t have time or money to spend in a spa, you can still do a nice treatment in your own home. Try to take half an hour 1-2 times per week to give a nice pampering not just to your skin but also to your senses. Massage and aromatherapeutic smells make wonders for our wellbeing. If you are short with time, make facial treatments along with other body treatments (wear a mask when in bath/shower).

Living nature skin care products

Living nature is faithful to their native New Zealand’s plants. They have their trademark bioactive ingredients which are the main theme through all their products. Among the most important are:

Active Manuka Honey to nourish and heal
Harakeke Flax Gel to soothe and hydrate
Kumerahou to cleanse without breaking the skin’s moisture barrier.

Essential oils, citrus oils, flower extracts (such as calendula) as well as Evening primrose oil, Carrot oil, Jojoba, Nut oils, Cocoa butter, Shea Butter, Rosehip, and many more.

While researching the philosophy and ingredients behind this brand, I was fascinated the most by the in-depth description of plants they use. For those of you who like to immerse in this knowledge, spend some time on their website.

My winter treatment proposal for dry skin

1.step Make a gentle scrub to your face 1-2 times a week.
This way your skin will be soft because you will remove dead cells and allow it to breathe.
I have started my dry skin treatment with Living nature Vitalising exfoliant instead of using a standard cleanser. This was a great choice because this exfoliant is not like a usual “mechanic” scrub that exfoliate with sugar or other particles. Instead it is formulated with natural honey acids and other ingredients that nourish the skin. So don’t be surprised because there are no particles in it, the product will do a great job anyway because of its progressive formulation. This exfoliant is a good choice especially for those who have dry and sensitive skin. The texture of this exfoliant is like a light liquid gel with a delicate fresh smell of orange. After using it the skin is soft and cleansed in a gentle way. I use it directly (after the Gentle make-up remover) once or twice a week, when I remove my make-up in the evening. In that case it works as a scrub and a deep cleanser all together. But I don’t suggest to use it everyday instead of your regular skin cleanser because the skin doesn’t need exfoliation every day. While applying it to the skin, gently massage the product with circular motions. You can leave it on for a couple of minutes, but you will achieve the best results if you leave it on for 20min. After rinse with water. I have another observation: In the past when I was using conventional scrubs without particles (usually based on synthetic AHA acids) my skin burned a lot and so I didn’t like them, but this formulation made of natural ingredients works great on my dry and sensitive skin, no burning or redness!

NOTE If you wear any makeup before doing this treatment, remove it with Living nature Gentle makeup remover. This product is my favourite now and highly recommended to try! I will review it apart, in the 2nd part where I will present you some new makeup items for winter. This products goes directly in my green bag 🙂

Living nature skincare

2.step  Apply a mask on your face 2-3 times a week (especially for dry skin) to nourish your skin and give it a boost of nutrients and hydration.
After having properly removed impurities from my face, it’s time to apply a hydrating mask! I have chosen the Hydrating gel mask, because I wanted hydration but without heavy and greasy ingredients. All of these Living nature products have a light texture which is a modern way of giving the skin what it needs. Sometimes it’s not good to overload the skin with lots of greasy and heavy ingredients. Maybe the skin is dry but does not need oils, it needs just lots of water/hydration. This mask is really amazing! I’d recommend for every skin type, especially dry and sensitive. It’s also a great product to use even when your travel. While traveling on plane where the air is dry, you can apply it on the face and leave it for 20 minutes or more, if you want. And you won’t even look like you wear a mask, because it has a transparent gel texture. Vegetable oils (St John’s wort and wheat germ oil) plus extracts from calendula and carrot, combined with Manuka honey and Harakeke Flax Gel will make your skin soft, regenerated and prepared for cold days. After having done your relax treatment for about 20 min, rinse the mask with warm water. Both the mask and the exfoliator come in 50 ml bottles.

3.step: Hydrate your skin with a splash of toner.
After all these lovely treatments, I always love to refresh my face with a splash of toner. This is why among many Living Nature toners I decided to choose this one: Nature’s hydrating mist. It’s the only one that comes in a spray, which is extremely handy also for carrying it with you while traveling. This light mist is a quick pick-me-up. It hydrates, calms and refreshes your skin. You can use it before your moisturizer, during the day or even to set your mineral make-up. It has a delicate scent because of essential oils. It comes in a 100ml spray bottle.

Living Nature skincare

I haven’t chosen any other toner from their collection (3 toners all together), but I received a few samples of Extra hydrating toning gel that I tested with curiosity. This toner is not a conventional toner with fluid consistency, but it’s almost a light fluid gel that you apply on skin. It makes the skin really soft and it feels great on dry skin after the application. The only thing I didn’t like is that after I have applied the serum/moisturizer/oil after, this toner started to make some kind of small flaky pieces on my skin. So when I’ve used it again I haven’t put nothing on after. I have also tried to wait a few minutes and more but on my skin is the same result. So I’ve used it as a light lotion in the evening before going to sleep. (Note: I haven’t used this toner after the previous one, but on its own).

Green makeup tip All of you who suffer from dry skin, especially in winter carry with you a spray toner to hydrate your skin when needed.

 

4.step Skin treatments

I cannot live without eye creams since I was 15, because I always had dry and thin skin plus under eye dark circles. So I absolutely wanted to try even Living nature’s Firming eye cream. This light cream, but rich in texture at the same time, gives your under eye area a boost of hydration. It’s loaded with Harakeke and larch tree extract, Manuka honey and other beneficial ingredients for preventing the first signs of aging in a natural and gentle way. It comes in a 10ml tube and a little goes a long way. The only thing that I don’t like so much is the smell that reminds of seaweed, even though is not in the ingredients. But this is my subjective feeling and overall I like this cream very much. It is great (nourishing and it absorbs quick in the skin) when used alone and under make-up as well.

Green makeup tip Apply the eye cream around the eyes with gentle massaging and tapping it into the skin. Around the eyes we have many acupressure points that stimulate the overall face and organs. Massaging this area is also great to reduce puffiness = retention of fluids.

Living nature skincare

Last but not least, my second n.1 product from this collection is Living nature Firming flax serum! In the night time I mainly use just light textures so that my skin breathes, this is why I wanted to try this serum the most. This serum is really a super beauty elixir to use as a face treatment on its own or under your moisturizer/oil in morning and evening. It comes in a small 13ml glass bottle with a pump. It has a beautiful scent that makes you smell it even more 🙂 It is not because of other rewards that received, but it’s a product really worth of awards! Sometimes it’s hard to describe why a skin product works so well. I guess it’s the overall feeling: when a product wake-up our senses and it makes us feel good, plus when we see the obvious result on the skin. After applying it, the skin looks radiant, smooth and nourished. As other products here, it has again a light, white color texture. It absorbs quick in the skin but it does not pull it together. For me, using just this product after other treatments, it was enough. But you can also use after an oil/moisturizer if you feel so, especially if your skin is dehydrated.

Since Christmas time is approaching, I saw that they have beautiful gift/travel sets for different skin types and for body treatments as well. This is not just a beautiful green gift but also an opportunity to test the products!

Living nature’s package is so beautiful designed! But apart being beautiful, the package is also intelligent! It’s not by chance that some products are dispensed upside down:
“Due to the lack of use of synthetic preservatives such as parabens in our natural products this means we need to take extra precautions to protect our products from exposure to air. Our solution was a positively charged dispensing system (cap on bottom of product) which limits the amount of air that the product is exposed to, eliminates the need for complex pumps that can’t be recycled, and ensures that the last drops of product are easily available to you – our customers!”

This is my complete review and home beauty facial treatment with all the Living nature’s products that suits great my dry skin. Overall, I love all of them, it was a great choice and new discovery. I am especially fascinated by the light and modern textures combined with natural ingredients and the feeling they leave on the skin. Living nature is absolutely Green makeup n.1 choice of this year! Stay tuned for the 2nd part where new green makeup tips wait for you!

 

Photo credits and many thanks to Boris Gorjan photographer for beautiful pictures!

Beauty ritual for moms on the go (and all women who don’t have time) – part 1

mom on the go

A friend of mine asked me for some beauty advices for young moms and so she has inspired me to write this post that I dedicate to all mothers, especially those with small children and no time. After the maternity leave many young mothers realize that they haven’t taken care of themselves and then they don’t know where to start.
I completely understand that the newborn baby is your world, but don’t forget about yourself. If you won’t take care of yourself (not just outside but also inside) you also won’t have enough energy to share with your beloved.
I want to give some quick beauty tips to all young mothers, so that they won’t fall in the trap and forget about themselves. Don’t get me wrong: I know how it feels to care for yourself and have zero time. But with some good advices and some organization it can be done! Overall, it’s very important to celebrate every aspect of your beauty and consequently feel good about yourself. This way you will be at ease and full of energy not just by yourself but even your closest people will feel it. Take just a couple of minutes every day for yourself and spend them preciously. That time is yours and is sacred: it is meant to fill your batteries. Once a week take a few hours just for yourself and relax. I recommend to visit a good (organic if possible) salon and do some facial treatments, give your body a massage, do some relaxing exercise, chat with a friend or anything that you love and makes you feel good. You also must know how to receive good if you want to give it, too. Otherwise, you will end with low batteries and no energy.

So apart the regular “beauty basics”, here are a few tips how to look gorgeous every day with just a few products. I know that a mother is always gorgeous, but if she celebrates her beauty and herself she is even more seductive to the entire world!

 

Basic Skin care

Take at least just a few minutes every evening and morning for the basic beauty routine. Your skin will thank you! This way you also stimulate your feelings and wellbeing.

Did you know that all our organs are connected through our face?

Do a massage on your face while applying the cleanser or cream. The warmth of your hands through massage will help you release negative emotions, balance hormones, feel better and the skin will be radiant and naturally lifted.

 

Choose a few but high quality organic products

1. A good cleanser that can be rinsed with water is a must-have. It will do a great job: it will clean impurities and refresh your face every morning and evening. Here are some Green makeup suggestions

Organic skin cleanser

2. The next step is the toner. For those who has no time the best solution is a refreshing toner in a spray bottle. You can even take it with you and use it during the day to uplift and refresh yourself. I recommend a good organic hydrolat depending on your skin type. Choose light essences like chamomile, rose or lavender. They are calming even for sensitive skin and for your senses as well. You can also spritz it on your body instead of harsh chemical perfumes. Since there are many hormonal disruptors in conventional perfumes, you don’t want to harm yourself and your baby. Keep yourself as natural as possible and instead of the perfume use natural hydrolats.

Face skincare

3. Instead of a normal moisturizer, choose a rich serum according to your skin type. They have more beneficial properties to feed your skin during hard times and hormonal imbalances, than moisturizers. They should be among basics especially for revitalizing the skin and give it a boost of vitamins and other beneficial ingredients.

Optional luxuries

quick beauty rituals

Face masks once a week choose 1 or more masks to clean impurities or hydrate your skin. Use clay for impure skin and rich nutrients like honey for hydrating.

Body oils/lotions for preventing or diminishing stretch marks. Good organic massage oils will nurture your skin, make it soft and relax you before you go to sleep. With a nice massage you will stimulate the blood and lymph circulation and relax your muscles.

 

top photo credit: fashion gone rogue by Alexi Lubomirski for Vogue

Cold-pressed oils: The difference

natural oils

My series of cold-pressed oils articles has been put aside for a while. Before continuing with this series, I want to explain  what is in general the difference between cold-pressed and conventional oils. This is not important just in cosmetic use, because what we apply on the skin goes also in our blood system. What we eat It has also has a huge impact on our health.

Oils used in conventional cosmetics (and even cheap oils in the food industry) are not cold-pressed. They are produced by using heat in the extraction process and other chemical substances, which change the nature of the oil molecule from a normal trans fatty acid to an abnormal configuration that is literally poisonous for our body. This kind of extraction is very convenient for the industry, because you produce higher quantities (and it’s cheaper than the cold-pressed extraction), but the nutritional quality and the oil’s flavor are totally degraded.
In contrary, vegetable organic cold-pressed oils are extracted by squeezing the seeds in a big press. The oil produced by this method has no trace of chemicals and trans fatty acids.

The Cold-Press Process
Extracting oil through cold-pressing involves crushing the seed or nut and forcing out the oil. Presses come in a range of sizes, from small sizes for home use to huge commercial presses. The seeds are dropped inside a cylinder that contains a rotating screw. This screw grinds and crushes the seeds until the oil is extracted. Small holes in the bottom of the cylinder allow the oil to escape into a collection container. Although some heat is generated through friction as the screw breaks down the seeds, it’s usually not enough heat to damage the oil.

Regarding the quality of oils, their use and differences, I especially got knowledge through Dr. Johanna Budwig’s work.

“Her research has shown the tremendous effects that commercially processed fats and oils have in destroying cell membranes and lowering the voltage in the cells of our bodies, which then result in chronic and terminal disease.”

I have read her books and recommend them to you, but to illustrate you quickly about what I’m talking about in short I found this website where her work is explained. I didn’t immerse so much in her diet science but I was more interested in the scientific explanation and researches about the differences between good and bad fats and the importance of using the best oils for our health. Here is a short excerpt from the mentioned article about Dr.Budwig’s  science:

“Without the proper metabolism of fats in our bodies every vital function and every organ is affected. This includes the generation of new life and new cells. Our bodies produce over 500 million new cells daily. Dr Budwig points out that in growing new cells, there is a dipolarity between the electrically positive nucleus and the electrically negative cell membrane with it’s high unsaturated fatty acids. During cell division the cell and new daughter cell must contain enough electron rich fatty acids in the cells surface area to divide off completely from the old cell. When this process is interrupted the body begins to die. In essence, these commercially processed fats and oils are shutting down the electrical field of the cells allowing chronic and terminal diseases to take hold of our bodies.”

This is a short note for all of you who also care of your body inside and not just outside. I’m a firm believer that the beauty is first located inside of us – in body, mind and spirit – and consequently reflects outside. The ritual of celebrating our outer beauty should be the harmonious answer to honoring even our inside beauty. Eating food that is alive (= from nature and healthy grown) is one of the best ways to start taking care of our inside.

Do you like/use cold-pressed oils? Why and which ones?

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