12.4.14

Hifas Da Terra Argan and red clay Mico-Soap

A little while ago, I have introduced the lovely spanish brand Hifas Da Terra. If you have missed the post, check here.
Today I am really excited to talk about my experience with Mico Soap, an exclusive handmade soap enriched with organically grown mushrooms.


My opinion

MicoSalud Mico-Soap (150g for 6€) is the kind of artisan soaps that I particularly fancy. Unique. Simple. Raw. I am not a frequent soap user, because I always thought that soap is too drying for the skin. Well, has my mind changed?

Handcrafted in Spain, Mico-Soap offers 3 varieties tailored to the different skin type/issue. The soap I have been testing is the Reishi Argan oil Red clay mico-soap. Designed to heal sores, psioriasis or excessive sweating, it is particularly more adapted to oily skins. Anti-oxidant Reishi (mushrooms) and regenerating Argan oil have been blended with remineralizing red clay to heal skin and regulate the oily content. Reishi are also known to activate blood circulation. With a coconut base, Mico-Soap is free from phtalates, sulfates and essential oils.

Using a bit of water, I massage the body with regular movements using the soap's featuring chunks of mushrooms on the top. The creamy lather is really soft yet purifying. I love the raw/earthy yet subtle smell - mainly because of the red clay (and the parfum). There is a very strong feeling of "detox" that emerges using this soap and although I am not suffering from any of the earlier mentioned skin conditions, I find this bar healing and treating. And I like that. I used it a couple of times on the face but unfortunately, my skin was left with a slightly tight sensation. I think the main reason is that the soap is not moisturising enough for my combination type skin. Fair enough (It is aimed at skins that are apparently oiler than mine). I have been trying the Calendula Mico-Soap version and I guess this one is more suitable to my skin type (review soon!).
At the end, I enjoy Mico-soap Reishi Argan oil Red Clay as an occasional detox treat for the body, but I wouldn't use it on a daily basis.

++ ingredients and price
- not soothing enough

My overall rating: 7/10

Composition: sodium cocoate, aqua, glycerin, parfum, bentonita, Ganoderma lucidum, Argania spinosa oil, tocopherol, coumarin.

What do you think? do you often use soaps in your beauty regime?

30.3.14

Healing plants for blemish-prone skins - Part 1

If you are suffering from regular breakouts or just the occasional odd ones and want to find natural solutions to treat it, then this post is for you!



If you wish to have a clearer skin and a more glowy complexion, medicinal plants and herbs can be really powerful when it comes to help treating inflammated/overreactive skins.

(I can't stress enough that an healthy skin is the result of a proteins/fatty acids/fibers-rich diet 
combined with plenty of water a day and a very thorough yet enjoyable skincare routine. Having said that, genetic/age/environnement/hormonal factors do play an important role in achieving skin balance.)

Here is a little selection of plants that are proven to purify the organism. Really good at giving a little spring body clean by flushing toxins out, these plants will help you to get a clearer complexion.

Burdock (Artium lappa) - The roots and the leaves mainly used to treat are super depurative and diuretic. Not only burdock helps in detoxifying liver and blood, but it helps clarifying the skin and re-balance it.

Nettle (Urtica Dioica) - Found in most of the gardens and wild areas, this herb is rich is minerals and vitamins and by no means really diuretic. Excellent to calm inflammated skin. If you have never tried nettle soup (super easy to do), have a go! Tasty and really purifying.

Wild pansy (Viola tricolor) -This beautiful violet flower is well known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of acid acetylsalicylic and tanins. Used internally or externally to improve skin suffering from acne or eczema.

Thyme (Thymus  vulgaris) - This medicinal plant which has a lovely aromatic scent is highly antiseptic and anti-bacterial. It is also rich in flavonoides which help soothing irritation. Thyme boosts skin regeneration processes and tonifies skin.

All of these plants can be taken as a warm infusion (some may also be available as supplements). 
So, get ready for a nice "me-time". Pour a cup of boiling water over a big spoon of fresh or dried plants. Leave it to infuse for 15 min.  Add a slice of lemon and a small tea spoon of organic raw honey. And relax.....

I also recommend to look out for these herbs in beauty creams, balms, face toners or cleansers as they all have a proven relieving effect on irritated/blemish prone skins.

Have you ever tested these plants? what do you think of phytotherapy?

23.3.14

Weleda Wild rose creamy body wash

You all know my love for Bodhi shower therapy and their heavenly aromatic scents (check here and here for reviews). I used them as a pure treat on weekends or for special occasions. On a daily basis, I rather have a slightly "less luxurious" shower gels or body soaps. Weleda bodycare line comprises a nice range of creamy body washes and I was delighted to receive the Wild Rose version as I am a very big fan of the rose fragance.


Product description: Weleda creamy body wash
Certified: yes (Natrue)
For: all skin types
Presentation: tube
Texture: cream
Price: 8£ for 200ml

My opinion

The Weleda Wild rose creamy body wash is a rich blend of delicate botanical oils and gentle detergents according to the Weleda "savoir-faire". Mixed with a bit of water, this creamy body wash transforms from a delicate white cream to a super onctuous thin layer of caring foamy emulsion (let's be honest, I am just a tiny disappointed that the body wash does not foam as much as I wished- I am one of those who L I K E foam :-)). Once rinsed, skin is left cleansed, nourished and really supple thanks to Sesame and Rosehip organic oils. It also contains squalene, a olive-derived lipid present in human sebum which boosts cell regeneration and helps skin rejuvenation. This body wash is extremely gentle and is really suitable for dry and sensitive skin. The soothing and calming Rose aroma is perfect to unwind from busy days and really helps bringing serenity.
If you are looking to switch to natural products without spending too much, the SLS-free Weleda shower cream is a very good choice. It is a lovely product at a very reasonnable price. I am really curious now to discover the other scents of the range (such as the Pomegranate or the Citrus body washes).

++ price and results
- foaming

My overall rating: 8/10

Composition: water, Sesamum indicum (sesame) oil, coco-glucoside, squalene, disodium cocoyl glutamate, glycerin, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan) extract, Rosa moschata (rosehip) seed oil, Rosa damascena (rose) extract, xanthan gum, lactic acid, fragance (parfum)*, limonene*, linalool*, citronellol*, geraniol*, citral*, eugenol*.
*from natural essential oils

Have you used Weleda body washes? what do you think?

13.3.14

Liebster Award

A big merci to Annie from Hello Purple Clouds who nominated me for the Liebster award. I love reading Annie's blog: nice reviews with a few touch of DIY (awesome) recipes: I try not to miss her any of her posts!


Liebster award aims to raise awareness of up and coming blogs with fewer that 200 followers (on Bloglovin for me). It is also a very nice way to discover new blogs and meets new bloggers. I am delighted to be part of it and I really thank Annie.

The rules are the following:

Aknowledge and link back the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the questions posed by the nominator.
Nominate 5-11 bloggers who have less that 200 followers.
Create your own questions for the nominees.
Let you nominees know that you've chosen them by leaving a blog or Twitter message.

Let's answer Annie's questions now. I thought I would keep it simple and short.

1- If you could change places with anyone, who would it be? I have really no idea. Blank.
2- Cat or dog? Both cute but do not fancy to have pets at home.
3- Name a great book your have read recently. "The winner stands alone" from Paolo Coelho.
4- Do you think there is extra-terrestrial life? It depends what you mean about "life". Cells /bacteria or more humanoids type of things :-)?
5- Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes, I believe in it.
6- Your favorite perfume or scent? Feminine from D&G ("non natural" unfortunately).
7- If you could only choose one beauty product, what would it be? Acure argan oil reviewed here. Beauty multitasker. Effective. Highly repairing.

I would like to nominate 6 super green beauty bloggers. Ladies, you may have already be nominated but nevermind: you are still going to be my picks! The main reason I choose your blogs is that I am an avid blog reader of yours!

Gemma from Buff Beauty
Liz from Smell like a green spirit
Chesca from Fern and Moss
Stephanie from Green Juice
Katie from What Katie rates
Bailey Rose from Bailey Blush

Here are my questions now for you:

1- At what age did you start blogging?
2- Besides beauty and blogging, what are your other interests (travel, sport...)?
3- Shy or extrovert?
4- Your star beauty product?
5- Origin of your blog name?
6- Best holidays: where did you spend it?
7- Best make-up tip?

7.3.14

So' Bio Etic BB cream- Perfecteur de Teint

With Perfecteur de Teint, the popular french organic beauty brand So'Bio Etic has created a very interesting BB cream. The cream aims at providing a very natural and uniform coverage while keeping the skin hydrated and protected. Ideal for any woman who wants to simplify their make-up routine (like me) and taking care of their skin at the same time.
So' Bio Etic was launched a few years ago in France and their skincare, bodycare, haircare and make-up products are predominantly distributed in french supermarkets and sell at a very affordable price. Since last year, you can also buy their products online but they only deliver in France at the moment.
I purchased Perfecteur de teint BB cream a while ago and I am happy to report my thoughts about it.


Product description: BB cream 5 in 1
Certified: yes (Ecocert)
Texture: cream
Shade: beige nude (01)
Price: 11€ for 30ml

BB cream Perfecteur de teint claims to provide 5 benefits in one. It hydrates, purifies and is able to protect the skin from UV rays due to the presence of SPF 10 (factor a bit too low in my opinion). In addition it evens the skin out without feeling and looking too "heavy" thanks to the light texture.
I choosed the lightest shade "beige nude" because my carnation can be quite fair in autumn/winter. I have combination skin type and I tend to like a natural and matte finish and do not particularly fancy a shimmering/shining look 3 hours after application.

This light silicon-free cream is formulated with a blend of soothing plant oils such as jojoba and sunflower and key revitalizing/calming extracts such as pomegranate and oat, which bring softness to the skin. The scent is very light, quite flowery.

Application is for me not the greatest feature of Perfecteur de teint. I usually warm up a bit of cream in my hand palm and delicately apply onto cleansed and moisturised face with gentle circular movement. However, it tends to dry up a bit in your hands quite easily if you do not apply it immediately, which is not really nice. A solution I found is to mix the cream with my current moisturiser. This makes applying more convenient. Rather than using my hands I could opt for a make-up sponge (!) or any other tools. It may facilitate the application as well. And perhaps I should, because I like the effect this cream gives.

The coverage is, for example, fairly good. The skin is left radiant and small wrinkles/pores are minimised as long as you do not apply too much of the product. The finish is natural, but I wished it could be a bit less shiny. As I do not apply mattifying powder, my skin can look a bit dewy at the end of the day.

As an overall, BB cream Perfecteur de Teint delivers well. Despite the fact that it may not apply easily (although using it with a sponge may be a solution?) and that the finish is not matte enough to my liking, I still think it is good value for money.

++ good price
- ease of application
-  slightly shiny finish

My overall rating: 7/10

Composition: aqua, Triticum spelta seed water*, dicaprylyl carbonate, glycerin, lauryl laurate, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, coco-caprylate/caprate, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, benzyl alcohol, hydrogenated lecithin, Iris germanica root*, parfum (fragance), Punica Granatum seed oil*, xanthan gum, sodium cocoyl glutamate, bisabolol, Avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, sodium phytate, dehydroacetic acid, tocopherol (vit E), Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Helianthus anuus (sunflower) seed oil, silica, lactic acid, benzyl salycilate, limonene, sodium benzoate, sodium chloride, alcohol, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) extract*.
May contain: CI 77891 (titanum dioxide), CI77492 (iron oxides), mica, CI 77491 (iron oxides), CI 77499 (iron oxides)
*Ingredients from organic farming

Have you heard of So'Bio Etic? what is your favorite natural BB cream?


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