Organic Beauty: Gianna Rose Atelier French Milled Soaps Review

Hello classics!  Today, as a continuation of my Organic Beauty series where I review natural and healthy beauty products, I’m going to be reviewing a particularly lovely soap.  This product was lovingly gifted to me by Uncommon Scents at the Meridian, a local Eugenian shop featuring a wide array of beautiful and natural products.  If you haven’t stopped by yet, I highly recommend it.  They just got in a new order of these beautiful soaps I am reviewing for you today!

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The scent that I chose was Gardenia and Jasmine, one of the more floral and fragrant scents.  For those among us who love a more understated smell, they have many different scents, many of which are quite subtle.

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Highlights of This Product

  • Triple-milled.  For those of you who don’t know, milling soap is a process to mix the soap together and remove any air bubbles or moisture.  Most soaps are milled over once, but these lovelies are milled three times!  This means the soap particles are pressed closer together, and your soap will last much longer.
  • Exfoliating.  This was such a surprise!  The Gardenia and Jasmine soap (made with real Organic Jasmine flowers, no less) features tiny little beads that exfoliate your skin while you’re cleaning.  These beads aren’t harmful microbeads either – they’re entirely natural!  This makes for a deeper clean, as the soap works on double time to remove any dirt or oil from your skin.
  • Fragrant.  I cannot stress enough how delightful this soap smells.  It does something that I think is quite rare in a soap – it actually keeps your skin smelling good through the day!  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could skip perfume altogether, as this wonderful soap had me smelling exactly like a flower shop.  My bathroom too!  Ever since I began using this product regularly, the bath has simply emanated wonderful floral scents, akin to a florist in paris.

Drawbacks

  • For those of us with sensitive skin, the exfoliants may be a little on the rough side.  I would have to sample their other scents to determine if this is specific to one product, or all products.
  • If you aren’t a fan of fragrance, definitely opt for one of their more understated scents.

All-in-all, if you’re running out of a bar soap, look no further than this wonderful collection!  If you’re in the Eugene, OR area, make sure to stop by Uncommon Scents at The Meridian and find your favorite scent.  Hurry, before they’ve all been picked!

Cheers,

Josephine

Uncommon Scents at the Meridian and The Unexpectedly Delightful Honeysuckle Bath Bomb

Hello darlings, bold beauties, and modern classics!

Today’s topic of review is self-care, specifically in the form of the Barr-Co Honeysuckle Bath Bomb.  This product is currently sold out online, but available through my favorite local skin, bath, & body shop: Uncommon Scents at the Meridian.  If you are interested in purchasing this wonderful quick-selling item from their store, simply give them a call!

As part of a recent development in my life, I’ve begun work as an independent web designer and social media specialist.  I’m overjoyed to be able to put my work towards a company I can not only say aligns with my core values of Earth-friendly and ethical business, but a company I have been shopping at for-ev-er!  Yes, that company is Uncommon Scents at the Meridian.  They’ve lovingly gifted me this bath bomb to spark off an upcoming blogging series, where I review products sold (and even made) by Uncommon Scents at the Meridian.

But enough about my business endeavors –

lets talk about this delightful bath bomb!

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The Barr-Co is an offshoot of K Hall Designs that has had a dramatic growth spurt in popularity.  You can find their products in local shops, as well as chain stores such as Anthropologie.

They specialize in “simplistic, clean designs using the most natural ingredients available” (source).  I truly felt this message was carried out in their Honeysuckle scented Bath Bomb, featuring only 6 easily readable and identifiable ingredients!

 

Highlights of this product:

  • Delicate and enchanting scent, extremely true to that of a real Honeysuckle.  I have often thought many bath bombs had an almost overpowering scent that made their extended use unpleasant, and found that the Barr-Co’s product was easy on the senses.
  • Silky Feeling.  Another one of my problems with some bath bombs is the unpleasant sensation left on your skin after use.  But instead of an oily or heavy residue interfering with my post-bath rituals, I stepped out with my skin shimmering and silky.  It was as if I’d been wrapped up in a big satin scarf!
  • Quick Dissolving with a Delightful Fizz.  Part of the fun of bath bombs is always watching them bubble and unfurl in the water – this one was no different.

The only downsides I can comment on was that, like most bath bombs, it left a colorful ring around the tub that must be cleaned eventually.  This also might not be an ideal product for those who buy bath bombs primarily for the visuals.  It did not significantly alter the color of the water, or product any fun designs, shimmer, or shapes.

Overall, I would say that the Honeysuckle Barr-Co Bath Bomb is ideal for a relaxing night in after a long day at work.  Prepare yourself a nice bowl of fresh fruit, perhaps a glass of champagne and a sheet mask, and drop this ball of joy into the water for a spa-like experience right from the comfort of your own home!

A big thank you to Uncommon Scents at the Meridian and the Barr-Co!  Reviewing this product was a joy and I will absolutely be purchasing it in the future.

Cheers,

Josephine

 

Organic Beauty: Derma E Exfoliation

Hello all, and welcome to the second post in my Organic Beauty series, in which I talk about switching up my makeup and skincare routines to incorporate only products with organic/natural materials.  I’m having a very positive journey down this road, and encourage everyone else to give it a try.

This post is going to be centered around the Derma E. Microdermabrasion scrub, made with citrus oil and dead sea salt.  I have been using this product for months now, and am excited to share my experience with it!

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  • Honestly effective.  Every time I use this scrub my face is left feeling baby soft.  And while some exfoliants can be rough on your skin, and leave it raw, I have never experienced this with Derma E.
  • Non-Invasive Scent.  I know this is a very important point for a lot of people.  Derma E scrub has a very gentle and almost unnoticeable scent, that doesn’t stick on your skin after you’re done.
  • Long Lasting.  It might seem daunting to spend 25 or so dollars on a 2 OZ tub, but this product requires a very small amount per use.  I’ve had mine for two months now and have barely scratched the surface.  Considering you’re only supposed to use this exfoliant twice a week, one container could easily last you anywhere from 6 months to a year.

My only caution against this product would be that sometimes the actual scrubbing process itself can feel slightly stinging, or intense.  Make sure to scrub in upward circles towards the grain of your pores, and go as gently as you need to, in order to avoid irritation.  Rest assured that while sometimes feeling aggressive, overall I consider this product to be very gently cleansing.

Organic Beauty: Nourish Argan + Rosewater Lightweight Moisturizing Lotion

Hello, and a big warm welcome to the first post in a series of blog posts I’m going to be creating regarding Organic Beauty.  I recently started the process of switching all my skincare, haircare, and makeup routines to incorporate only products with natural organic ingredients.  Personally, I felt it didn’t make sense for me to try and achieve clear and beautiful skin while giving myself a face full of chemicals every morning and night.  

I had always been under the impression that Organic or natural products = products that don’t actually work.  Since I’ve initiated the switch, I’ve realized I could not have been more wrong!  My skin feels more beautiful than ever, and my body is functioning at a higher rate than it used to.

In this little article, I want to give a quick write-up of my personal favorite daily moisturizer: Nourish Organic Argan + Rosewater lightweight moisturizing face lotion.

Highlights of this product:

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  • Extremely dainty.  As someone who has combination oily skin, my number one fear of most moisturizers is that it will bump up the amount of oil my face produces.  I use Nourish lotion once or twice a day, and have never felt weighted down, or over-saturated with moisture.  It just leaves me soft!
  • Clean Smell.  This Nourish lotion does have a scent – a subtle lemon and rosewater, if I had to name it.  But the scent is gentle, and by no means overpowering.
  • UDSA Certified Organic.  I believe this point mostly speaks for itself.
  • Long Lasting.  A tiny bit of this beautiful lotion goes a long way.  I usually use just a drop on my finger, and spread it around my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin.
  • Fast-Drying.  Once you apply Nourish lotion, it isn’t there to stay.  It absorbs into your skin quickly, meaning you can apply it before bed and not worry about leaving a lotion faceprint in your pillow.  You can also apply before your makeup routine, and achieve a similar benefit.
  • Cost-Efficient.  A bottle of this lotion costs about $16-$20 depending on where you purchase it.  While that may seem steep at first, my Nourish has been lasting me, and occasionally my husband, for over two months now.

All-in-all, the next time your daily moisturizer is running low, consider giving Nourish a chance to baby your face.

A Delightfully Natural Way to Get Your Beauty Rest

About a week ago I came across an article on DavidWolfe.com describing a new sleep remedy that was claimed to be”better than a sleeping pill”.  The recipe simply involved boiling an unpeeled banana in water, and adding a pinch of cinnamon.  Immediately I was thinking, no way.  I’ve had sleep disturbances for 5+ years now, and the solution was a banana the entire time?

I’m certain I’m not the only one out there who has a certain sense of hesitation when thinking about beginning the nighttime routine.  My sleep disturbances manifest in different ways – falling asleep takes time, being asleep generally involves vivid and stressful dreams, and waking up often feels as though I hadn’t gotten a wink of rest all night.

I’ve taken sleeping pills, melatonin, and different natural supplements on-and-off for years.  And yes, I have coupled this with healthy diet and exercise.  Sleeping pills work fine, but I hate the idea of having to medicate myself to sleep regularly.  Melatonin can easily become addictive, and I stopped buying it years ago.  And all the natural remedies I’ve tried seemed to make me subtly relaxed, rather than ready for a deep rest.

Banana Tea – or whatever you want to call it – was nothing like that.

The recipe goes:

  • 1 Banana with the top and end cut off, unpeeled.
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • David Wolfe recommends Stevia to avoid blood sugar spike before bed (but I use a tiny bit of honey)
  • I also choose to add some chamomile flowers.

Organic ingredients and filtered water is encouraged.

Boil all of this in a pot, and voila!  Drink up!

The first night I ingested this tea, I slept like an absolute baby.  I was asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow, and didn’t wake until the morning.  No stressful dreams or periodic waking up.  It was my ideal type of rest.

Since the first time I tried the recipe, it hasn’t been a “work every time” fix.  It always helps me get to sleep, but some nights are easier than others.  There are still occasions when I wake in the night, or recall intense and vivid dreams.  But overall?  This tea works more consistently and solidly than any sleeping medication I’ve ever taken.  I’ve shared this with my husband, mother, and a few friends, and have heard similar positive feedback.

So if you have problems going to sleep, or just plain-old want to give it a try, I strongly encourage it!  It’s all-natural, no-risk, and – of course – quite tasty 💖

Cheers,

Josephine

It’s Enough to Be Young and in Love

Hey folks.

I urgently need to talk about Lana Del Rey’s new song “Love”, and it’s music video.

Lana has always been one of my favorite artists, for the way she highlights the simplicity of familiar concepts, in a nuanced and highly emotional way.  Everything she pours out might be cliché coming from another artist, but from Lana, it somehow becomes an audible bearing of the soul.  I believe this is due to her humble roots, kind attitude, and the way she has stayed true to herself throughout her rise to fame.  She is, without a doubt, one of the most intelligent creative minds in the music industry today.  Her talent speaks largely for itself.

On the topic of “Love” – I couldn’t put into words my favorite thing about it until I watched the music video, released today.  While many of Lana’s songs focus on individual stories, or personal memoirs, “Love” emphasized the universal emotions of youth.  The music video made it clear that it was not just about herself, but about us all.

Hidden within this heartbreakingly simple song was a feeling: you’re okay, you’re holding a world in the palm of your hand, you feel nothing but happiness and wonder.  You’re going somewhere incredible.

It’s her ability to perfectly recreate these emotions in a song that has captivated me.

Through her music journey, Lana’s fans have had the privilege of watching her grow and become more comfortable in her own skin.  I’ve been watching since she was proclaimed the worst performance to ever grace the SNL stage in 2012, and I get to be here now – seeing her smile and wink at the camera as she heartfully spills out lyric after lyric packed with enchantment.

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Flowers in her hair, high heels on, white dress glowing, this is Lana at her finest.  Creating honest and touching ballads that speak to the common desires of us all, using nothing but her powerful voice, charm, and imagination.

My youngest and most genuine love to Lana, and my entire heart for whatever she produces next.

Truly,

Josephine

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