October Skincare Favorites

It’s finally fall! Well, kind of. I bought a pumpkin-scented candle so at least it SMELLS like fall.  I’ll take it :o)

While fall is one of my most favorite seasons (mostly because everything is pumpkin-related), it can wreak havoc on my skin. My skin just can’t decide if it wants to be combo like in the summer or dry like in the winter so just goes back and forth while it makes up its mind. I usually find myself having to switch between products seemingly by the day to keep up, but the past several weeks I have actually, finally, found a great fall skincare routine! Without further ado…

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Farmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser

I.love.this.cleanser. On the front it says “true geranium and lavender” and that IS true. This cleanser is like a fresh bouquet of a garden, right on my face. It’s so refreshing, I enjoy the scent every time I use it (and I have used it a LOT).

The texture takes some getting used to, it is very thin and liquidy. One pump is all you need, because it doesn’t take much to make a lot of froth. It cleanses well too, it takes off makeup surprisingly well for being so light.

On a scale of moisturizing to drying, this cleanser is on the drier side. I wouldn’t say this is drying per se, but it is not moisturizing. It’s been awesome when my skin is oily, and is even working well this fall but I imagine as my skin gets very dry with winter, this may be too strong.

Ingredients: witch hazel, vegetable glycerin, acylglutamate (a natural amino acid derived from sugarcane), geranium essential oil, lavender essential oil.

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Buff Her Exfoliating Scrub

I’m not usually one for exfoliating scrubs, I often use chemical masks or my Clarisonic, but I couldn’t resist trying a scrub that smells like Oatmeal Blueberry Cookie. I mean really, who can pass up that? So I tried it and I love it!

The exfoliant is very fine. It’s made with oat flour and rice flour so no big chunks of something scratching up my face. It’s very smooth but does its job very well. My face always feels really soft after using this.

It also works really well combined with Farmaesthetic’s cleanser. I put one pump of the cleanser with a few shakes of this powder and voila! A perfect facial cleanser that cleans and exfoliates. I’ve been using this duo for awhile now and absolutely love it.

I’ve mostly been using the Oatmeal Blueberry Cookie because well, come on, it smells like an oatmeal blueberry cookie! But I do also have the Apple Granola one which is similar to the blueberry one but has apple instead. It smells nice, but there is something about that Oatmeal Blueberry Cookie one I just can’t resist…

The jar isn’t very big (only 1.5 oz), but I have used this quite a few times (at least 10 times) and I’ve barely made a dent. This has got to last 100 uses or so.

Ingredients: Organic Avena Sativa (Colloidal Oat Flour), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Organic Vaccinium Myrtillus (Blueberry) Fruit.

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Blissoma Lavish Loving Recovery Beta-glucan Mask

While this mask is quite the mouthful to say, it has been a lifesaver for my skin lately. It’s super moisturizing and very calming. Any time my skin starts acting irritated or dry, I just slather this all over and leave it for 20 minutes and then my skin is like new again! I started using it as a weekly treatment and it has kept my skin very happy.

The texture is very thick and creamy, and it doesn’t really have a scent. For those with essential oil allergies, fear not! No potential irritating ingredients in here, I’m very impressed with the variety of calming and good-for-skin ingredients. And it’s not just natural, it’s organic too!

Ingredients: Avena Sativa (oat) Kernal Milk*, Infusion of Passiflora incarnata* (passionflower), Astragalus membranaceus* (astragalus), Plantago major* (plantain), Prunella vulgaris* (self heal), Hypericum perforatum* (st. john’s wort), and Porphyra umbilicalis* (nori seaweed), Glycerin (vegetable origin), Theobroma grandiflorum* (cupuacu) seed butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate and Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernal Oil*, Extracts of Grifola frondosa* (maitake mushroom), and Ganoderma lucidum* (reishi mushroom), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Perilla frutescens Oil*, Soy Lecithin*, Aspen Bark Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Adansonia digitata (baobab) Oil*, Punica granatum (pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum.
*from Certified Organic Agriculture

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Blissoma Pure Soothing Complex

I actually reviewed this back in June and liked it so much, I bought a bottle! Since I’ve already reviewed it, you can read my previous review for the details. In summary though, this has been great for giving my skin some needed moisture without being too heavy.

 

So that’s it for my favorites this month! These skin care products have been awesome. My skin is very happy – which is quite a feat for this time of year!

Have you used these products before? What do you use in the fall?

Disclosure: Some of these products were samples provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write. This post contains affiliate links.

October Sponsor Love!

This month I have 5 sponsors to share with you! So much sponsor love going on right now :o)

Aeveka is a natural skincare line started from Ilona Landver, a yoga teacher, holistic health coach, massage therapist AND esthetician (wow!). The line is straightforward, which I appreciate since it can be a little overwhelming when a company offers too many products.

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One product that stood out to me is their Replenishing Eye Cream. I’m always on the hunt for a great eye cream that is both very moisturizing AND great at helping with darkness. This eye cream has all sorts of great ingredients like Co-Q10, evening primrose, green tea, eyebright and calendula. That’s like the kitchen sink of good-for-skin ingredients! I’m impressed.

You can also find Aeveka on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Batty’s Bath has been a sponsor for a few month’s now, which is super awesome that they are so supportive AND they always have fun stuff to share so I like to talk about them :o)

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One product that just caught my eye is the Skin Support Tea. As per the website, “Topical applications are great, but most times your body also needs a boost from the inside out to clear up skin problems!” I couldn’t agree more! I’m not a herbalist, so can’t speak to the claims of all of the herbs in that tea, but the reviews are great and a nice cup of hot tea is exactly what I look forward to in the fall.

You can also find Batty’s Bath on Etsy and Facebook.

 

The Choosy Chick is a new online store devoted to eco-beauty. And I have to say, for being a new store they have an AMAZING range of brands, I’m really impressed. Some of them include 100% Pure, Acure, Au Naturale, Dr. Alkaitis, Josh Rosebrook, MGA, Schmidt’s, Tsi-La and Waxelene – and these are just some of them!

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One item they sell that I love is the Choosy Chick Sampler Bag. For $29, you get a handmade bag filled with beauty samples. What a cool idea! I’ve only heard of monthly sampler bags/boxes, so this is a neat idea for anyone who is new to eco-beauty and wants to try a variety of products.

You can also find The Choosy Chick on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Foxy Mango is another awesome online store devoted to eco-beauty. I just love that there are so many options out there for people to buy eco-beauty!

I have to admit that after trying so many companies and so many products, when I peruse a website I tend to look just at the companies I already know about. So I decided this time I’m going to look at a company that I know nothing about!

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I’ve never heard of Brown Butter Beauty but am pretty impressed with how clean their products are. Their Mixed Greens Hair Pomade is not only nourishing, but can help with new hair growth! Hello pomade, are you my long lost hair soulmate? I need nourishment. I need new hair growth. I need this pomade.

Foxy Mango can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

 

And last but certainly not least is Peace, Love and Wellness. Peace, Love and Wellness is a blog by a stay-at-home mother, Andrea, with a son who is autistic.

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Andrea writes about her family’s path to wellness, which includes foods, recipes, autism therapy and recovery and even natural beauty! In reading through it, it’s a really nice blog that I recommend to anyone with a family seeking a more natural, wellness-based life.

You can also find Andrea on Facebook and Twitter.

 

That is it for my October sponsors, thanks so much to the sponsors for their support of my blog and I hope you will take a moment to check them out!

So So So Much Love for Petit Vour

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Enter to Win the Super Awesome Fall Giveaway!

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My Favorites for a Spa Night at Home

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August Sponsor Love!

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Fun Times with Jane Iredale & Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

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So Fresh and So Clean Clean with Farmaesthetics

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Softest.Skin.EVAR. with Amala

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This post does not have nor need a clever intro - I'm just going to say it: I love Amala skin care. I've been using it for the past month and can not get enough. It has made my skin soooooooo soft. Seriously, the softest skin I can remember having. … [Continue reading]