I have to start this post with apologizing for not posting in awhile. As it turns out, the PhD program is more intensive than I thought. Silly me for thinking it would be somewhat easy :o) I’ll probably only be able to blog once a week from now on, which makes me a little sad but yet still determined to take some fun time away from studying each week to talk about what I love – green beauty!
The other night, I needed a break from studying so took a quick bath and caught up on some fun reading with the latest Spirituality & Health magazine. If you’re not aware of the magazine, it’s one of my favorites and I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in wellness and health.
Anyhoo – back to the spa night! I posted a quick picture on my Instagram account of the products I used, but thought it would be fun to do a post about it and provide more info on the products.
I received a sample of the Enfusia Spa Salt Muscle Soak in the latest Vegan Cuts beauty box (I hope to get that review up soon! In the meantime, it’s a monthly sample box that is full of eco and animal-friendly products). I was hoping the scent would be stronger, but the salts included were a nice mixture that did help soothe my muscles and back. With walking around campus and carrying a heavy backpack every day (although I did just splurge and buy a rolling backpack!), my back has not been feeling so great so these bath salts were much needed!
Ingredients: Pacific Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Epsom Salts (Muscle Soak & Soothing Detox Bath Soak only), Dead Sea Salt (Fleur de Lys, White Fig, and Wild Orchid only), Himalayan Sea Salt (Arabian Sandalwood only), Hawaiian Lava Salt (Soothing Detox Bath Soak only), Crushed Rose Petals (Let’s Get Naked and Rose Ylang-Ylang only), French Lavender Buds (Lavender only), Essential and/or Natural Fragrance oil.
I don’t believe I’ve talked about Gabriel’s Seaweed Bath & Shower Gel before which is odd because it’s been a staple for awhile! It’s a great body wash, but also doubles for bath bubbles and even shaving gel. It cleans well and even foams nicely (which is rare for natural body washes) but also leaves my skin soft and moisturized. I added a bit to the bath, along with the Enfusia salts, to give the bath some bubbles :o)
But what I love most – the scent. It’s a clean green-ish scent, but not grassy. If I could bottle it up as a lotion or a perfume, I would wear it all the time.
Ingredients: Aqua (Infusion of Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice), Saponaria Officinalis (Soapwort) Leaf Extract, Ammonium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (Amino Acid), Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Soyamide DEA, Laminaria Japonica (Red Seaweed) Extract, Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract, Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae Powder(Blue Green Algae), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Betula Alba Bark/Leaf Extract, Trace Minerals, Fragrance (Aromatic Oil Blend), Propanediol, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbic Acid.
And of course, no relaxing time would be complete without lavender. Aura Cacia is my go-to for essential oils, and I’ve had their Organic Lavender Essential Oil in my closet for awhile, and still smells great! I added 3 drops to my bath for extra lavender-y relaxation goodness. I love essential oils because a teensy bit goes a very long way.
While in the bath, I thought I would use the time for a face mask. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my selfie awhile back with Josh Rosebrook’s Cacao Antioxidant Mask on. It’s a very dark, thick mask that I absolutely love to wear. I was able to chat with the Josh Rosebrook himself at A Night for Green Beauty and for one – he’s hilarious and awesome and I kind of want to go out of my way back to California just to chat with him again, and two – he’s super knowledgeable about skin and hair care. The concept behind all of his products is to make everything synergistic. I remember him saying that it’s not just about vitamin C, or just about some other random ingredient, it’s about using multiple ingredients together for maximal effect – and I couldn’t agree more.
Well, this concept works because this mask is awesome. Not only does it smell delicious (like spicy, dark chocolate), but it makes my skin bright and glowing after use! Sometimes I have a little redness immediately after washing, but then after 30 minutes or so that fades and my skin looks awesome. And best of all – it’s organic too!
Ingredients: Structured vitamin water concentrate, distilled water, organic cacao (cocoa) powder, organic witch hazel extract, vinegar, organic oils of: almond and grape seed; herbal infusions of: lavender flowers, ginkgo leaf, alfalfa, bilberry, neem leaf, comfrey, marshmallow root, skullcap, St. John’s wort, yerba mate, sage, bladderwrack, papaya leaf, hawthorn berry and clary sage. Organic coq10 organic essential oils of: orange, lavender, rosemary, calendula.
When you apply it, it feels like it is just sinking into your hair. The first time I used it, I wondered if this would be moisturizing enough. But let me tell you, this is not only really moisturizing but leaves my hair very soft and shiny without being greasy. I actually use this on its own, without shampoo. Even with no shampoo, this doesn’t leave my hair greasy, just soft and shiny and healthy.
And the smell! It’s sort of like a cinnamon smell, I can’t really describe it. It’s quite strong though and stays with my hair even after rinsing. I’ll get whiffs of it throughout the day, which is pretty awesome for a natural product.
I wish the container was a bit more handy with keeping in the shower, but other than that – I can’t think of anything negative to say about it! I’ve used it multiple times and love it each time I use it :o)
Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Virola Sebífera (Ucuuba) Butter*, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Orbignya Oleifera (Babaçu) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Dehydroacetic Acid and Benzyl Alcohol, Dipterix Odorata (Cumaru) Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Aniba Canelilla (Preciosa) Essential Oil. *Ingredient proceeding from Organic Farming. 98,7% of the total of ingredients are of natural origin. 15,5% of the total of ingredients proceed from Organic Farming.
After the bath, it’s all about moisture. I started by applying a body oil. I’ve been using Earthbody’s Body Oil in Inspire the past few weeks and really love it. I usually stick to fresh and lively scents in the summer, but I can’t resist putting this on daily – especially at night before bed. It’s a rich, spicy orange scent that is very earthy and sensual. The website describes it as a blend of tangerine, vanilla, jasmine and patchouli – which might sound a bit odd at first glance but it totally works and is balanced really well. I find myself smelling my arms and applying more just to smell it!
It’s very moisturizing but also light, which has been really nice this summer. The last thing I want to do is be a greasy mess! And did I mention it was organic?!?
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Passiflora Incarnata (Passion) Flower, Ocimum Tenuiflorum (Holy Basil) Leaf*, Tilia Europaea (Linden) Flower*, Matricaria Chamomilla (Chamomile) Flower*, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Oil, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin(Patchouli) Oil
*Certified organic by OTCO
Moa Green Balm is another new product to my stash. It’s an all-in-one balm that can be used for cleansing as well as moisturizing and healing. I haven’t used it for cleansing yet, but plan to this winter when my skin is dry. I’ve been using it as a hand salve and cuticle cream and LOVE it. It’s very moisturizing, as a good balm should be. The summer may not sound like a time when hands and cuticles are dry but we’ve been having some extreme heat lately here in Arizona that has left my poor hands in dire need of a lot of moisture. After the bath, I applied this as a hand cream for lots of moisture, and as a foot cream (but made sure to put on some socks right after!).
What’s interesting about this balm is that it has some anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory ingredients in it, such as tea tree and yarrow. These ingredients would make it handy for people with irritated, dry skin.
Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soy Bean) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Aqua Purificata (Water), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Ol, Chlorophyll, Limonene*.
*occurs naturally in tea tree oil.
If you are an eco-beauty like myself, you have probably heard of Waxelene before. It’s a natural petroleum jelly alternative made with limited ingredients.
It comes in different sizes, and I have the lip balm container, making it very handy for lip application! It doesn’t really have a taste, or a nice scent like some other lip balms, but I tell you what – this little tube packs quite the moisturizing punch! It’s a blend of a waxy and oily lip balm. It’s both thick like a wax, but very moisturizing like the oily ones. It stays on my lips for quite awhile and has really helped them stay moisturized in this very hot, dry weather. AND – it’s organic!
Ingredients: organic soy oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil (non-GMO), organic rosemary oil.
So that’s it for my spa night at home! What do you use for at-home luxury?