My Favorite Natural Products of 2012: Beauty Products Edition

 

Hi everyone!  I hope it is sunny in your life!  In this video (Part 1 of the Favorite Natural Products of 2012 series) I talk about my favorite skincare, haircare, and body products that I either discovered in 2012 or that I’ve used throughout 2012.  Enjoy, and have a sunny day!

For the other half of my Favorite Natural Products of 2012- Everyday Products Edition: https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/everyday-fav-natural-products-2012/

Products included in this Beauty Products video:

1. Deep Steep Honeydew Spearmint Body Mist
2. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Destress Express Spirit Essence
3. Awaken Certified Organic Room & Body Spray in Erbaviva
4. Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo
5. Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner
6. Pure Local Honey (if you can’t buy local honey, please buy USDA certified organic)
7. Josie Maran Argan Oil
8. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Anti-Aging Moisture
9. Babybearshop All the Better to Kiss You With Certified Organic Lip Balm in Pepperminty
10. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Lip Delivery Antioxidant Lip Gloss in Clear Frosting
11. Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soaps in Baby Mild, Peppermint, Lavender, and Citrus Orange Scents
12. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla Apricot
13. Argan USA Argan Oil
14. La Tourangelle 100% USDA Certified Organic Sunflower Oil
15. Meowmeowtweet Deodorant Cream in Lavender (You don’t need to keep this in the fridge, I just like to do so)

Please note: All of the products that I talked about in this video I either bought myself, or were given to me as gifts from my friends and family.  I am not affiliated with any of these brands and am not paid to talk about any of them.  I enjoy sharing products that I have found that I love!

My Skincare Routine for Clear Skin Naturally

Hi!

Today, I wanted to share with all of you what I use on my face~ everything I use is all natural, and help keep my skin acne free. None of my skin secrets have any chemicals, detergents, artifical fragrances, etc. and, along with cutting out processed foods and sugar, are the reasons why my skin is clear!  The fact that my skin is clear now, and never was when I was using Proactiv, Biore, Clean & Clear, etc. just goes to show that going back to nature is overall better for your health, and your skin!

So let’s begin!

My All Natural Skincare Routine for Acne Prone Skin

My Cleanser is: Honey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who viewed My Favorite Natural Products of 2o11 video/post, this will come as no surprise.

Honey is the most wonderful “cleanser” I have used for a long, long time.  It is antibacterial.  Therefore, it helps to heal your acne, and also does not contribute to your acne.  Those are two things that are very hard for me to find from a cleanser.

Honey also does not dry out my skin.  It is actually quite moisturizing!  Another wonderful thing about honey is that it is water soluble.  This means that once water touches the honey, it starts to dissolve.  Honey leaves no residue on my face, which is another plus.

How to: Just take about half a spoonful of honey and wet your face.  Then, take small amounts of the honey and start rubbing the honey all over your face.  Finally, rinse away!  It’s easy, and takes the same amount of time as a regular cleanser, without all of the harsh chemicals, detergents, etc.

If you would like to see a small explanation of how to use honey as a cleanser, please watch My Favorite Natural Products of 2o11 video 🙂

The Requirements: Please use either local pure honey (support local beekeepers!) or USDA certified organic honey.  A study was done within the past few months that confirmed that a significant amount of regular honey from grocery stores and stores like Wal-mart, Walgreens, CVS, etc. are ultra filtered honey~bottom line this means that it is either not honey at all, or honey from China (which can be diluted~with high fructose corn syrup, rice syrup, etc.~, or it can be contaminated~with antibiotics, lead, etc.~, or it can be not honey at all).  There is no reason to ultra filter honey other than to hide where that “honey” is coming from.  So please use local pure honey or USDA certified organic honey!  This way it is definitely honey 🙂

Precaution: Please do not try using honey if you are allergic!

My Acne and Acne Scar Treatment: Limes!

Limes are a wonderful little fruit, and are just as wonderful as a night treatment for healing acne and fading acne scars.  I found using limes to not dry out my skin, and definitely helped lessen the appearance of my scars on my face over a few months.  Lemons could also be used instead of limes, but I found lemons to dry out my skin, and also irritated my skin (which limes did not).

How to: After you have cleansed your skin, cut a lime until you have one small slice (I typically would cut a lime in half, and then cut one of those halves into 4 pieces.  I would then place all of the lime except for one slice into the fridge to use later).  Take one of those slices and squeeze the juice into a small bowl.  Then, dab a clean finger into the bowl and gently pat onto any acne and acne scars on your face.  Repeat until lime juice is on all of your acne and acne scars.  Let dry.

The Requirements: Preferably use an organic lime, but conventional limes work as well.  Also, please use fresh lime juice.  It is unknown how long presqueezed lime and lemon juices have been in those plastic containers.

Precaution: Only use this acne and acne scar treatment at night.  Lime juice and lemon juice both photosensitize your skin (make your skin more sensitive to sunlight).

My Moisturizer: Argan Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, an oil is my moisturizer, and yes, I do have acne prone skin.  I know this sounds ridiculous, but it does help.  Argan oil has helped to balance my skin, moisturizes wonderfully, and does not cause acne!

How to: After cleansing your face and applying the lime juice, simply dampen your fingers and your face (where you are going to apply the argan oil).  Take one or two drops (not dropper-fulls, but drops) of oil onto your fingers.  Rub gently between your fingers and then dab onto the skin where it is needed.  You can apply one or two more drops onto your face if needed.

Requirements: Preferably use organic argan oil.  If it is cold pressed, and better yet, the first cold pressing, it has even higher amounts of essential fatty acids than compared to just refined and pure argan oil (which would be cheaper).

Also, there is a difference in quality~ the Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil which is what I use on my face (and is the first cold pressing) feels much lighter on my skin and soaks into my skin quicker than the ArganUSA Argan Oil (which I use on the rest of my body because it is less expensive, but it is not the first cold pressing) feels just a little bit heavier and takes a little bit longer to soak in.

I personally recommend Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Oil for the face, or any USDA Certified Organic Argan Oil.

Precautions: With argan oil, more is not better~Less is more in this situation.  Use only a few drops at first, then see if you need more.  Also, either your fingers or your skin needs to be damp for the oil to penetrate into the skin.  Otherwise, you will feel you need more argan oil, and it will take much longer to be absorbed by the skin.

And that’s it!  I hope these skincare ideas help you achieve clear skin!  I love these, and have been using them for many months.

Are you going to try any of my suggestions, or do you have any questions about my tips?  Leave a comment below!

And don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoy my posts~ it makes me happy ❤

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please note: I am not affiliated with Josie Maran Cosmetics, they did not send any products to me for review, and I am not being compensated by them.  I have bought so many of their argan oil bottles by now, that I lost count 🙂  (I’ve been using their argan oil as my sole moisturizer for over a year now)

Sunny Mother Nature Loves Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Wipes!

Bear Naked Wipes

“Erase your face, not the polar bear race!”

I love this phrase! 🙂

It is always fun when I find something that I absolutely love and I want to share with other people and the Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Makeup Wipes are no exception!

I have tried the Almay Makeup Remover Towelettes before and these were a major disappointment.  However, the Josie Maran Cosmetics wipes are far, far superior! 

The first thing I noticed with the Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Wipes is that they smelled really good.  It is a nice, light citrus scent.  I’ve read some reviews that don’t like it, but I really do. 

The Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes also leave my skin feeling soft and not stripped.  One of the reasons why I didn’t like the Almay makeup towelettes is that they would leave my skin feeling very, very odd.  I’ve been trying to figure out how exactly to describe how my skin felt with these wipes and I’m struggling with words.  They didn’t make my skin burn or sting, but they did irritate my skin.  Not only that though, they would leave my skin with this really weird and uncomfortable sensation.  I hated it!! 

The Bear Naked wipes are the first ones that do not leave my skin feeling that way!  They are really gentle on my skin.  

They are also paraben free, fragrance free, cruelty-free, petrochemical free, vegan, and biodegradable!  All of these make me feel really good to use these on my face!  I try to especially avoid parabens, fragrance (as an ingredient listing), and petrochemicals, as well as use products that are cruelty-free.

Now, they don’t take off waterproof makeup, nor do they really take off eye makeup in general.  So, I just use an eye makeup remover in addition to these.  However, I had to do this with the Almay makeup remover towelettes too, so this wasn’t a huge deal to me.  They do take off my normal makeup really nicely though!  I do wash my face though after I use these.  I heard on various youtube beauty videos that it was recommended to take your makeup off first and then wash your face.  Otherwise, your face wouldn’t get cleaned.  (They recommended if you didn’t have makeup remover to wash your face twice.  Once to remove the makeup and the second time to cleanse your skin).  I have been noticing that my face isn’t breaking out as much since I’ve been following this routine.  If just using a makeup wipe works for your skin though, and it doesn’t make you break out, go for it! 

They are $12 for 30 wipes.  This is more expensive than drugstore makeup wipes (I think I paid $5 or $6 for the Almay ones), but they are around the same price as other non-drugstore brands.  You can buy these from www.josiemarancosmetics.com, www.sephora.com, or www.qvc.com

Josie Maran Cosmetics even gives a portion of each of these makeup wipes sold to help save the polar bears!  They give the portions to the National Resources Defense Council’s Polar Bear SOS initiative.  So, you are doing something good for your face and polar bears!  If you would like to learn more about this initiative, please go to www.polarbearsos.org.

So, if you want to try some natural makeup wipes, try Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Wipes!  They work nicely and help save polar bears, which you and Mother Nature will love!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: I am not affiliated with Josie Maran Cosmetics, Almay, or the National Resources Defense Council.  None of these companies are compensating me for my review.  Almay and the National Resources Defense Council did not send me products to try. 

Josie Maran Cosmetics did send my mom and me some products at the beginning of December 2010, but not for review (I didn’t have my blog at this time.  I started it at the end of Dec.).  My mom ordered some Josie Maran Body Butters for me for Christmas (because of my cracking hands) during their Cyber Monday sale and Josie Maran Cosmetics accidently missed our order.  So, they sent some products as little gifts to us to make up for it, and two of those products were travel sized Bear Naked wipes.  My mom and I were amazed at their generosity!  However, this has not swayed my opinion of this product.  These are my honest opinions and thoughts.  I bought the Almay makeup remover towelettes myself.  My mom did buy me two full sized Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Wipes as early Birthday presents for me too because of how much I love these! Thanks Mom! 🙂

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.