Persephenie Jade Camellia Organic Body Balm


I have had the good fortune of meeting Persephenie Lea who is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, and I love supporting her small business. She hand-crafts her skincare and fragrances in small batches, and uses only the highest quality ingredients. Some of her perfumes are “mixed media” so not all of them are 100% natural, but her body care is, and include the frequent use of organic botanicals.

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Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette Review

Tarte Full paletteI’ve had my eye on this palette for many months now. Every time I would pop into Sephora or Ulta, I was magnetically drawn to this beauty. A palette filled with  twelve warm and cool neutral shades was bound to be mine. I finally caved in and bought the Tarte Tartlette Palette when I read the back of the box, and found it to be free of parabens, phthalates and mineral oil. It would be a stretch to call this an “all natural” makeup choice, but the absence of phthalates in particular makes me very happy.

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Musk Malabi by Ayala Moriel Parfums


A fragrance based around rose and neroli might not strike you as an autumnal perfume choice, but Musk Malabi by Ayala Moriel is a unique creation. Yes, there’s a strong focus on the aforementioned flowers. How could there not be with rose absolutes from Bulgaria and Turkey present, as well as neroli, orange blossom absolute and blood orange? But it’s the addition of a few other botanicals that elevate Musk Malabi to the level of chilly weather comfort.

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Natural Beauty Finds at Target

Target GroupI’ve been really impressed lately with Target’s natural beauty offerings, and a few of them are in my frequently used category. Boots makes a couple that I completely adore, the Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, and the Botanics Organic Hydrating Cream. The former is 97% organic and the later is 81% organic. Both of them have very clean ingredients that are free parabens and phthalates, and are amazingly inexpensive. I have tried many cleansing balms including Eve Lom, Omorovicza, and Diptyque, and the Boots Botanics Cleansing Balm is my favorite. (You can see in the pic below that my jar is almost empty and I’m ready to bust out my new one). The scent is light and grassy, but doesn’t linger, and the olive oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil melt easily on the skin and feel soothing as you massage it on your face. A cloth is included, which you run under hot water, and then lay it over your face for a minute, then smooth the balm away. I always notice how soft my skin is after I use this. Continue reading “Natural Beauty Finds at Target”

My Top Picks from Aesop

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It’s been more than a little while since my last post, and I’ve really been enjoying my hiatus from blogging. But as much as I’ve appreciated my time away, I feel compelled to write about my new found favorites, and there are many of them! A review of my top five picks from Aesop is a great place to start as I love their simple presentation and amazing aromas. Just a heads up for those of you who prefer 100% all natural, these are not. They are natural leaning however, and their products are free of synthetic colors, mineral oils, silicones, parabens and pearling agents. (*more on ingredients)

First up is the Aesop Geranium Leaf Scrub. I’m on my second tube of this scrubbing wonder, as I am always a sucker for anything geranium. This is a bit different than your average geranium scented product though, as the geranium leaf is more subdued and does not overwhelm the scrub. It plays nicely with the bergamot and mandarin peel, completing a refreshingly aromatic triad. As for performance, I was pleasantly surprised at what a luxurious lather this produces with such little product, so the tube pictured above lasted me about 3-4 months when used twice weekly. The pumice is very fine, but does a fantastic job of exfoliating. I really can’t recommend this enough!

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