22.9.14

Bodhiluxe: my feature on French beauty

Bodhiluxe is absolutely stunning online magazine featuring everything G r e e n, L u X e, sustainable, from Food to Beauty to Lifestyle to Home….Big applause to Elijah founder of Bodhiluxe and the eco-luxe english beauty brand Bodhi & Birch and Gemma from buff beauty also editor of Bodhiluxe for their amazing job.

I had the privilege to write a post "the truth behind French beauty" on Bodhiluxe. Enjoy it here.

21.9.14

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

As you all may know, face cleansing is one of my favorite parts in my beauty routine. It is such an important step that I am always keen to spend lots of time hunting for the "perfect face cleanser" (if one exists!). I already reviewed a few cleansers on this blog and I love this one and this one, so can Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish stands up the competition?


Product name: Cleanse & Polish Liz Earle
Certified: no
For: all skin types
Texture: white cream
Price: £14.75 for 100ml +2 muslin cloths

My opinion

The Cleanse & Polish hot cloth cleanser is one of the top beauty products from the English skincare brand elaborated by Liz Earle. It is such an icon amongst (green and classical) beauty bloggers that I could not resist to trying it!
Although it is end of summer, I really wanted to experience a creamy cleanser during hotter days and figure out whether I would still enjoy it (or not!). I have a tendency to like the "splashy and fresh feeling" of cold water rinse for face cleansing but yet, I have decided to give a try to some more nurturing cleansing methods.
  Housed in a really nice and clean-cut blue bottle, the cleanser comes as a rich waxy cream that reminds me a bit of a really thick whipped creme fraiche. One pump delivers the right amount of product needed for one cleansing application. So far, great start! The system is handy, hygienic and perfect if you have to travel, so you don't have to worry about product leaking.
   I use mainly the Cleanse & Polish in the evening, massage it all over the face, insist on the make-up area that needs more attention and then wipe it off a few times with the provided muslin square damped in hot water (aka "hot cloth cleansing"). I tend to avoid the eye area as I prefer to use a specific natural eye remover.
  The scent of this cleanser is lovely. I am a huge fan of invigorating scent and Eucalyptus aroma really seems to adequately deliver the sensation of "freshness" that I am looking for. Infused with Rosemary and Chamomille essential oils, known for their antiseptic properties and enriched in moisturising Cocoa butter, the cleanser is really gentle and does a great job. My skin is left cleansed and soft.

However, as much as I would like to like it, I don't have the "whow" factor. Not sure why. I guess my expectations were maybe too high. Or perhaps I am just missing my Konjac sponge when using the Cleanse and Polish? Or am I still secretly in love with the Aurelia Miracle cleanser? Who knows…

  Lastly, I would like to draw your attention to the composition of this product. If you look at the ingredient list, you will notice the presence of some "not so green" ingredients, such as propylene glycol (used as a plant extraction medium), phenoxyethanol (used as a preservative), and polysorbate 60 (used as an emulsifier). I do think these compounds could easily be replaced by more natural and skin beneficial alternatives. So this choice of formulation is a bit a let-down for me, especially coming from a "naturally skincare company".

++ packaging and texture
- ingredients not 100%natural

My overal rating: 6.5/10

Composition: aqua (water), caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma (cacao) seed butter, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl esters, sorbitan stearate, polysorbate 60, glycerin, cera alaba (beeswax),  propylene glycol, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, panthenol, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract,  Anthemis nobilis (chamomille) extract, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) oil, limonene, citric acid, phemoxyethanol, benzoic acid, ethylhexylglycerin, dehydroacetic acid, polyaminopropyl biguanide.


Have you used the Cleanse & Polish? What do you think?


14.9.14

My skin boost of hydration: Jonzac thermal water spray

If you are a fan of French beauty brands (read my post about where to natural beauty shop in France; I also talked about french products here and here and here and here), then you may be really familiar with the pharmacy-type brands La Roche Posay, Avene, Vichy…They all evolve around a one key ingredient: the thermal spring water.


So today I want to introduce you another French brand that became one of my favorites this summer. Also because it is the likely reason why my skin feels and looks so healthy recently. It is called the Jonzac thermal water.

For those who don't know, the thermal spring water is known for its therapeutic and skin curative properties, which have been accredited by the French Academy of Medicine. Please notice that not every beauty facial spray with "water" can be easily recognised as such, so read the labels when you purchased a face mist. Starting as hot water (hence "thermal") at a stunning 1850m of depth and after being filtered through the massive rocks, the natural mineral water from Jonzac becomes a soothing, pure and perfectly mineralised end product.
Its unique, rich and preserved content makes it suitable to any types of skin, particulary the ones prone to redness and inflammation. The good proportion of zinc helps skin healing and soothing. The cell regeneration processes are boosted, which helps the skin to look more radiant and moisturised.

I have been using Jonzac thermal water for a couple of months now, mainly after face cleansing. The spray allows a fine dispersion. I often wait a couple of minutes before gently pat dry. Then I nicely prepare my skin to receive the night serum/oil or my morning moisturiser. It can complement very nicely the toner actions too. In 3 words, I like it!

Retailing at a very affordable price (around 7€ for 200ml) and also available in a travel format as well, Jonzac thermal water is an excellent beauty staple in anyone's skincare routine.

….awesome to any thirsty skins!

What do you think? Have you already incorporated the thermal water in your beauty routine?

31.8.14

French beauty brands from the mountains...

The Alps form a magnificent and breathtaking natural spectacle - the white mountains, the pine tree forests, the green grass fields with grazing cows, stunning waterfalls, wild flowers (arnica, gentiane…) growing happily in high altitudes... and so on so forth. It is an obvious proof of what nature has to offer - wild, fresh and pure.


Spending my holidays there, on the French side of the Alps, I thought I would share with you a few french beauty brands (or products) that have been inspired/created by the mountains.

The first one is Pure altitude, a luxury beauty line. Originally it was exclusively created for  "Les fermes de Marie", a famous spa in the rich village of Megeve, but now can be found in other places and shops too. Edelweiss being their signature ingredient, Pure altitude combines efficacy, pleasure and well-being. For those who don't know, Edelweiss is a rare mountain white flower that only grow in an immaculate environnment. Its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are particularly appealing to sensitive and ageing skins.
The brand features 3 different skincare lines which one of them is certified organic by Ecocert.  If you are more interested in bodycare products, then check their wonderful body beauty oil or body scrub which sounds both really divine!


The second brand I would like to mention has been created by "Les thermes de St Gervais" and offers a range of skincare products featuring unique thermal water that originates from the privileged settings of the Mont-Blanc. Although all the products (helas!) are not 100% natural, I essentially want to focus here on the benefits of the thermal water used in the formula and which is (luckily!) available as a water spray on its own. This unique, pure, and isotonic water offers excellent therapeutical properties due to its exceptionnal composition: highly mineralised and rich in oligo-elements. St Gervais thermal water is often recommended by dermatologues when you suffer from skin conditions such as exczema, psioriasis or acne. Not only St Gervais water helps to promote wound healing, but its anti-inflammatory qualities are amazing too. It is a bit less well-known than Avene or La Roche-Posay but worth a look. I will soon dedicate a future post to all the (great) thermal waters sprays you can get in France and why we (I!) are all crazy about them.

The final brand I would like to mention is Huiles et Baumes, a French company that offers their own range of skincare/bodycare plus a plethora of raw plant oils, essential oils and much more. The Ecocert certified line features alpine pure spring water in all of their product formulation. Based in Annecy (if you have not been to this truly beautiful lake in between amazing mountains, then you are missing something), this line is mainly aimed at sensitive and dehydrated skins. Most of the products feature Activalps, a skin protective and calming complex made of eldelweis, genepi and arnica extracts. If you are a beauty oil and balms lover, then you may be tempted by their lovely SOS alpine balm or their lovely collection of 100% pure plant oils. All in all, worth a look!

Any questions or comments? let me know!


24.8.14

Skin Likes natural deodorant

Scent, smell, fragance: broad topic! If you are a avid reader of my blog, you know that I am quite sensitive to a product's scent (perhaps who is not?).
I have not reviewed many deodorants so far, the main reason being that I have not been convinced by any and/or I also need to test some more.
However, one stood out (from the ones I used) and thought it would deserve a bit of attention in a specific post. Jim Steele, the founder of Skin likes generously sent me its creation, a 100% natural deodorant to sample and after many months of use, here is what I think.
































Product name: Skin Likes natural deodorant
Certified: no
Texture: gel (liquid)
For: ladies
Price: £10.00 for 70ml

My opinion

I am going to be honest. First impression: the packaging is so so-not enough attractive or glamorous, it looks almost a bit cheap.
Straight to the content now. I love it! The base of this deodorant is scottish spring water (which sounds really soothing) along with a mix of essential oils whose names have not been displayed. I contacted Jim to learn a bit more about the essential oil mixture, but he did not want to reveal the secret formula. My skin (in that area) can be sensitive to some essential oils, but luckily my delicate armpits tolerates the ones Skin Likes uses. I do not get any sort of reactions/irritations.
The roller glides very well to leave a thin and aromatic watery layer that really smells wonderful. I love the scent. Fresh, light yet strong.
Another benefit of this deodorant is that it does not leave white marks. Who has not been bothered by those indesirable white marks on clothes or under the armpits just after application of classical deos? So that's a great plus!
The retail price seems a bit high, but let me tell you that this deodorant, contrary to some sprays, lasts a very long time.
So, all in all, I love it a lot. The only thing, perhaps for some, is that I felt I had to re-apply in the afternoon to ensure a confortable protection until the evening. I does not bother me too much, but I see that it can be a bit unpractical.
So if you are looking for a very nice green alternative to classical deodorants, I would highly recommend this one. I have been pleasantly surprised by my experience (not hiding that I was a bit dubitative at the beginning). So here we go.
Last message for all my male readers out there: do not be jealous because you have one version specifically created for you!  Have a look on their website for more info.

++ lovely scent, no white marks
- emballage, does not last the full day

My overal rating: 8/10

Composition: Scottish spring water, bicarbonate of soda, xanthan gum and a special blend of bacteria-busting therapeutic essential oils.

Have you tried it? which deodorant(s) are you using?

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