My Favorite Natural Products of 2011!

Hello!  I hope the sun is shining in your area of the world today!

So, I decided to do another video~ this time showcasing my favorite products of 2011 that are all natural products!  I try very hard to find and use products that are good for my health as well as good overall products.  These are all of my favs and I wanted to share them with you!  I love all of these products that I just keep buying more of them when I run out. 🙂

And yes, as I mention in the video, many of these products are the only product in their category that I use!  I didn’t realize how true this was until I watched this video 🙂

I’m probably not going to post all of my youtube videos on my blog since some ideas I’m thinking about doing are maybe more youtubeland than my blog.  However, if any of you would like to see them, you can either go to my youtube channel www.youtube.com/sunnymothernature, or if you would prefer me just posting them on this blog too, let me know!  🙂

The products I mentioned in this video are:

1) Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla & Apricot (Available at Sephora.com, QVC.com, and Josiemarancosmetics.com typically for $35 each)

2) Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (Available at websites mentioned above; 1.7 oz for $48; 0.5 oz for $14; or 4oz for $96)

3) ArganUSA Argan Oil 32 oz (Available at zamourispices.com for $100 in plastic, or $110 in glass)

4) Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in Lavender and Unscented Baby-Mild (Available at Target and drbronner.com for about $4.49 each)

5) Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizing Spray USDA certified organic (Available at drbronner.com for $3.99; it was available at Target, but I don’t believe it is anymore)

6) Josie Maran Argan Lip Gloss (These are only available at josiemarancosmetics.com for $18.  QVC and Sephora only have her Natural Volume Lip Glosses which I have not tried)

7) And lastly- Local Pure Honey!  or USDA Certified Organic Honey

I hope you enjoyed this video~ If you have any questions, or want to request a video, please leave them in the comment section below! 🙂

Also, check out my blog at http://www.sunnymothernature.wordpress.com

(I’m still using my laptop to record, so I know the quality isn’t the best.)

FTC: I bought all of the products mentioned in this video myself, except for this round of honey which was a Christmas present from my sister and brother-in-law, and this round of the Dr. Bronner products were Christmas presents from my parents 🙂  I do typically buy my products either in kits, or when there are sales, to save money though.  Also, I am not affiliated with any of these companies, nor was I contacted by any of them.  I just love all of these products and wanted to share them with you!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

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Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Tinted Moisturizer Review with Sunny Mother Nature

Tinted Moisturizer

Ever since I first heard about, and began to use, Josie Maran Cosmetics, I’ve been wanting to try their Argan Tinted Moisturizer.

I had never used a tinted moisturizer before and the only type of foundation I had used since I was 14 was Bare Escentuals’ foundation in fair (which I no longer used because the formula seems to have changed and no longer works for me).  So, I was curious!  I decided to buy it finally last fall during Sephora’s F&F sale.

Josie Maran’s Tinted Moisturizer is supposed to be a moisturizer, a sheer foundation, and a SPF all in one (like any other tinted moisturizer).

I had really high hopes for this product!  I used this on and off (you’ll find out why soon enough) for four months.  Here’s my thoughts on it.
Pros:
 
1. I love the SPF 30!  There are very few foundations, tinted moisturizers, etc. that have SPF 30.  Most of the time you’re lucky if it’s a SPF 20.  But Josie Maran Cosmetics went above and beyond and gave their tinted moisturizer SPF 30 which I love and greatly appreciate.
2. It gives a nice finish.  I did really like the look of my skin when I had this product on.  I did still have to use concealer over it (like most tinted moisturizers).
3.  They tell you what the ingredients in the tinted moisturizer are on their website and have little symbols to tell you what it does and doesn’t have in it!
The Cons:
 
1. My skin broke out every time I used it.  It must be at least one ingredient that they have in more than one of their products because I’ve tried a fair amount of their products and about half of them have made my skin break out.  This disappointed me.  Even if I only used this one day and then did not use it for days after, it still broke me out.  Whether I did add a drop or two of argan oil, or when I didn’t, it just did not matter.  It still broke me out.
2. The lightest shade is too dark for my skintone.  I am fair (aka very pale), so I tried the color Creme, which is supposed to be for fair complexions.  However, that color was really too dark for me, no matter how much or little product I used.  They only have 5 shades, so they really need to expand a little.
3. It is a thick tinted moisturizer.  For some, this may be a positive.  However, for me, it is so thick of a consistency that I actually needed to add a couple drops of Josie Maran Argan Oil to it in my palm, mix it, and then apply it to my skin.  This way it gave a nice coverage.  When I didn’t mix in a couple drops, it would not spread evenly over my skin and I ended up looking streaky and kind of orange.
4. The packaging is not recyclable.  No tubes can be recycled where I live (maybe they can be recycled where you live?), so I feel that their company’s ideals don’t follow through with the tinted moisturizer’s packaging.
5. It has a chemical sunscreen, not a physical sunscreen.  Again, this could be a positive or a negative to you, depending on which you look for.  However, I personally like to have physical sunscreens over chemical (but I was looking over that with this product because I thought I would really like it).
6. It is kind of expensive.  You receive 1.7 oz. for $38.  Compared to some other brands, I guess it’s kind of in the middle.  However, $38 for any foundation or tinted moisturizer is more on the expensive side for me.  It just really depends on whether you personally feel $38 is a decent price, or too expensive.
Conclusion:
Overall, I did really like this product, but the two things that stopped me from using this product (and I ended up giving this tinted moisturizer to my mom) were that it was breaking me out and that it was at least one shade too dark for my skin.  My mom is about one shade darker than me (she is considered light complexion).
 However, my mom really likes Josie Maran’s Argan Tinted Moisturizer!  So, if you have light skin, (but not fair), or darker, and you don’t have acne-prone skin, I do really recommend this product for you.  Sadly, it just does not agree with my skin, or skintone.  I did love the finish this product gave though.
 If you are interested in buying Josie Maran’s Argan Tinted Moisturizer, you can buy it at www.josiemarancosmetics.com, or www.sephora.com.
I still love Josie Maran Cosmetics, even though this product didn’t work out for me!!  I like what they are trying to do and what they stand for.  And there are many other Josie Maran Cosmetics products that I absolutely love~ including the 100% pure argan oil, the whipped argan oil body butters and the argan lip glosses!
As for me, I am still on the hunt for a good tinted moisturizer, or foundation that does not cause breakouts.  Have any of you tried Josie Maran’s Tinted Moisturizer?  What did you think?  Do any of you have suggestions for a natural/organic tinted moisturizer or foundation?  Please leave a comment below!  I need suggestions 🙂
 Have a sunny day!
  ~Kim
Please Note: I am not affiliated with Josie Maran Cosmetics or Sephora.  Neither company sent me this product to try, nor did they compensate me for this review.  I bought this product myself from Sephora during one of their sales.

Sunny Mother Nature Loves Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters

Sunny Mother Nature loves Josie Maran’s new Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and in Vanilla & Apricot!

I have, since I was at least 11 years old, always had trouble with my hands cracking and bleeding in the winter.  My mom, my sister and I have all searched for lotions, body butters, etc. to try to help my hands.  Every now and then I would find something that worked to help keep my hands from bleeding, but I would still have trouble with them cracking.  In this journey, I have tried so many different lotions, body butters and shea butters that I lost count years ago.

But then I wanted to go more natural too.  So, the search was even more difficult.  Until I found Josie Maran Cosmetics.

The new Josie Maran Cosmetics’ Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla & Apricot are amazing!  I have been using these for a little over a month.  Every time that I rub these into my hands, my hands instantly begin to feel at a normal moisture level, instead of dry and preparing to crack.

They are also not oily.  I just place a little on my hands throughout the day, rub it in, and my hands feel wonderful for hours, without greasiness.

And the scents are divine.  I love them both.   They are not like normal “fruity scents” either.  They smell like actual citrus fruits and an actual apricot!  It’s simply amazing.

My hands have NEVER looked this good during the winter (since maybe I was a little kid) as they do now.  My hands look like how they do during the summer!  No cracking or bleeding- and no sign that they will either!!

These are truly miracle producing products for my hands.  I’ve never said any other product, not just for my hands but any product, was a miracle product either.  But, no other product has given me these kind of drastic results either.  Ever.

On Josie Maran Cosmetics’ website, www.josiemarancosmetics.com, it states “This velvety, lightweight and hydrating body butter is whipped to perfection, so you can spread the love with Josie Maran’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil. This precious, rare oil is spun into a unique creamy butter to easily revitalize skin and restore softness while improving skin’s texture. Powerful anti-oxidants enrich and nourish your skin as you indulge your senses with your choice of two subtle all-natural aromas, invigorating sweet citrus and soothing vanilla apricot. 8 fl oz./240 mL.”  The body butters are $35 each. 

Another thing that I love is that the ingredients are all good for you.  Many of the ingredients are organic and most of the rest are plant derived.  Even better is what they leave out- there are no petrochemicals (like mineral oil or petrolatum), no parabens and no artifical colors in these body butters!

Also, there is no ingredient listing of “fragrance,” or “parfum”-so, you truly know what all the ingredients in these wonderful body butters are!  They even placed the ingredients on their website-so you know what the ingredients are before you buy. 

The ingredients for Vanilla & Apricot are-

Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Sclerotium Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernal (ORGANIC Argan) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Oil, Natural Vegetable Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (ORGANIC Avocado) Oil, Beta Carotene, Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruite Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Matcha Tea Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract

The ingredients for Sweet Citrus are-

Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Sclerotium Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernal (ORGANIC Argan) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Oil, Natural Vegetable Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Persea Gratissima (ORGANIC Avocado) Oil, Beta Carotene, Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruite Extract, Citrus Grandis (Pink Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Matcha Tea Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract

The little symbols they use for these body butters are (to show what they do and don’t have in them):

Argan Oil Fragrance Free Made with Love! Natural No Animal Testing Organic Paraben Free Petrochemical Free Recyclable Recycled Toxin Free Vegan

Will I be buying these again?  YES!!  I will continue buying Josie Maran’s Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters as long as they are made because of how natural they are as well as the results I have had with my hands.

So, give either one a try-I personally love both of the scents (although my Sweet Citrus is going down quicker than my Vanilla & Apricot).  And these are body butters, so try them all over your body.  I just need the extra moisture specifically on my hands.  Hopefully if you try these, they will work as good for you as they have been working for me. 

Mother Nature won’t mind you trying them either-after all, they’re way more natural and good for you, and for her, than a majority of body butters and lotions on the market.

If you want to learn more about Josie Maran Cosmetics, or their Mother Nature friendly philosophy behind the brand, please visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

Please Note-I am not affiliated with Josie Maran Cosmetics, nor did they give me these products to try, or compensate me for my review.  I received these body butters as early Christmas presents from my mother, in hopes that they would help my hands.