If you are into Eco Beauty, I am sure you have heard of the organic, handcrafted, small batch, skincare company called Earthwise Beauty. The owner of Earthwise Beauty has taken to flower essences in the past couple of years as her interest in adding them to her products grew into something more. Ava engrossed herself in every book she could get her hands on and took extensive courses on flower essences. Now Ava offers 33 different essences, and the opportunity to have a custom blend made.
At this point, if you aren't familiar with flower essences, I am sure you are wondering what the heck they are? I have posted about flower essences over the past couple of years as they have helped me in different ares of my life greatly. The best way to describe flower essences in my mind, is that they are the vibrational energy of a flower. Have you ever looked at a flower and just immediately felt happy? Does the scent of flowers put you in a good mood? Well, flower essences work in the same way as they do when we interact with them in the instances I mentioned above. Flower essences are made by thoughtfully picking the flowers, placing them in a bowl of filtered water, and leaving it out in the sun for a couple of hours. The vibrational energies soak into the water, and from there the water is added to alcohol and diluted a couple of times. That's pretty much the gist of the logistics of flower essence making.
Here are the ingredients as listed on Ava's website: water, gluten-free brandy (from grapes; a preservative), infusion of wild grown White yarrow (Achillea millefolium). Alcohol 22% by volume.
A couple of summers ago, I was having extreme anxiety problems over constant construction outside of my house from 6AM-7PM. Can you imagine loud banging and beeping all day ling from April to November? I was losing it. I contacted Ava and told her I started taking a flower essence that ended up really helping me in the end. If it weren't for that essence, I don't know what I would have done. So here I am now, I hopped on the essence bandwagon after seeing how much that one in particular had helped.
After this conversation about my experience, we had talked a lot about flower essences, and I asked her if there was one for empaths? I am someone who feels overwhelmed by being around and talking to people all day, while absorbing their woes. Now you'll find that hilarious, as I am a barista and I talk to at least 300 people in one morning. You know how people who are bartenders say they are basically a therapist since everyone tells them all of their problems? I would say it's the same for Baristas. When I come home from work I feel completely drained from talking, and simply absorbing everyone's energies. You can imagine how many grumpy and mean customers we get, and sometimes I really pick up on that even when I try to fight it. So here we are, Ava recommended the White Yarrow flower essence and the rest is history. White Yarrow as described on her website is for people who are over-sensitive, or are having a hard time adjusting to the amount of interaction you're having in city life. Sounded perfect for me, right? Ava recommended taking 2-3 drops of this essence 3-4 times a day. I just drop this essence into my water and drink it throughout the day.
At this point, I am on my fourth or fifth bottle of this particular essence. I can't even explain in words how much this has helped me in so many ways, except I am going to try. I think of this one time in particular where I took my essence in the morning. There was a customer who was behind the one I was helping, who had been standing there for at least two minutes tops. When I was done with my previous customer I said 'Hi, how are you?," He replied, "SICK OF WAITING, GET ME A COFFEE," in the most rude tone. I am telling you this man waited two minutes, and if you go to coffee shops then you know that's not long. Normally I would have immediately let this affect me, and just turned inward and sulked around. It is extremely difficult when you are working hard and people treat you like this. Try to find anyone who it wouldn't affect? It gets even the best of us! Even if you tell yourself don't let it bother you, you can't help how you feel inside. That day I had already taken my essence and that mans bad mood couldn't touch me. When I handed him his coffee I said "I hope you have a great dayyyyy!," with the biggest smile on my face. I took the next customer and realized I wasn't bothered, and I questioned as to why I wasn't? I immediately realized the essence had helped me, otherwise I know that in those instances, I am always affected.
Not only has it helped me in those types of ways, it helps me from feeling overwhelmed throughout the day when I am around a large amount of people. I notice when I have taken my essence that I am less fatigued mentally those days. For months I was taking my essence and then one day I just stopped. I seem to do this when my life is going well, and I forget that I am taking something that has been helping me because it has become part of my routine. Two weeks after I stopped taking the essence I was asking myself why I felt so defeated by work every day. Self reflection ensued and then I realized, oh yeah, hey, you're not taking your essence! So, I started taking it again, a couple of weeks ago, and that's what inspired me to write this post.
If you are an energy sponge like myself and feel helpless when always surrounded by people, I highly recommend trying this out. Like I said above, it's hard to describe in words how much this has helped me since the feelings are all inside me, but I know it helps. Besides the time above, I have tested taking it out of my life and re-incorporating it, and I came to the conclusion; this essence has helped and changed my life for the better. The only other thing that helps me in this way is by going out into the woods, as it gives the same effects of clearing my mind, and taking away all the negative energies I may be carrying around. Although I would love to be swinging from tree branches and sitting in moss all day, alas I cannot. Taking this essence daily is my answer to help me live a life without being bogged down by negative energies, or just overwhelming energies.
I have spoken with other friends who have taken this essence and have received great feedback as well. I am elated to know that us people who are sensitive to energies have a solution.
I hope you enjoyed reading my take on this particular flower essence! If you had a good experience and want to share, definitely leave it below. :)
Be sure to follow Earthwise Beauty on Instagram @earthwisebeauty and here essence page @pnw.essences
Not sure if you can use my discount code for the essences, but it takes 15% off of her website anytime, just use 'GreenQueen'.
Thanks for reading, all the best, Andie xo
Bare Element is a new subscription box to the green beauty space! I have received their last three boxes, and they have been stellar every time.I will give you the run down here, as I have been doing video unboxings of these, which I will link down below. I always like to introduce things that I am loving on multiple platforms, so I thought a blog post was appropriate.
With Bare Element you will receive only full size items, which is amazing! This box goes for $49.99, but if you use the code 'andie' you can get 10% off. (This is not an affiliate code, just a way for you to save some money, yay!) You can also either become a subscription member, or purchase boxes separately. To purchase boxes separately you can go: here. I've also been able to get to know the owner through emails and she is a super sweet individual. I always love when there is someone behind the scenes running a business with PMA and good vibes!
Each box comes with a detailed description card of each product that is in the box, that looks like this:
So let's get into this box! I am sure you saw the picture of what's in this month's box above! Looks pretty amazing huh?
This is the Malaya hair oil in all of its glory. I have had my eye on Malaya products since I saw them at the inaugural Indie Beauty Expo. To say that I was excited to see this product in the box is an understatement. I am a curly haired girl, give me a hair oil, and I am your best friend. If there are other curly girls out there, you know the struggle in trying to find good hair products.
Now, as I type this, I have only had this box for 8 days, but I have been using this hair oil every day. I typically try products for up to a month before I mention them, but I wanted to be able to share this for others who were interested in the box. Long story short, I am really liking the hair oil. I have been pretty underwhelmed by some hair products, as I have found some amazing staples, so I am always leary when I try a new hair product. Luckily this hair oil gives you hair as soft as my fluffy cat! I love using this for my frizzy days, which let's be real, is every day! You can use this oil as a styling product to combat frizz and dryness, or use it as a leave-in treatment. I haven't used this as a leave-in yet, but I will update everyone somewhere when I do.
So far I have used this on my hair when I get out of the shower, or on second day hair when it's dry. I have enjoyed the effects of both, as it leaves my hair silky smooth. I have a lot of different hair oils, but none of them make my hair this smooth, so I am a happy camper!
This hair oil also smells amazing, containing Organic essential oils of clary sage, Bulgarian Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, and Geranium Oil. It is not overly scented either like a lot of hair oils. I know I will be able to enjoy this on days when I have a migraine, so I am very pleased! Also, this product is valued at $48, so it pretty much already makes up the price of the box.
Ah, deodorant, how we know what a struggle it can be to work with. In this box we received the Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant in Lavender. As you can see in the picture, I am already loving the Grapefruit version, and I am always happy to have a backup deodorant.
If you are having an adverse reaction to a deodorant that contains baking soda, I would say hop on over and try this bad boy. Instead of baking soda, this contains dietary magnesium and arrowroot powder to control those pits and all of its woes. It is also contains a blend of nourishing oils and butters which keeps your armpits nice and moisturized.
I personally don't have a baking soda issue... Although, I did recently try out a new deodorant, and I was incredibly itchy from the baking soda. I immediately switched back to this version, and within about a day, my pits were healed and happy again. I think from now on I will stick to this formula, as it's never done me wrong. I personally love Meow Meow Tweet and I think their formulas are perfection, this goes for a lot of their other products I've tried too.
As you can probably see, this is not a stick formula. It may take time to get used to scooping something out onto your pits, but after a while it becomes second nature. I always love when I have someone over, and I'm like wait, I forgot my deodorant! I wip my pot out and then apply my deodorant, fingers to pits, fingers to pits! I always forget how unusual this is to someone who just uses a stick, and has never seen anyone apply deo with their fingers. But then again, my friends are used to my weird holistic ways of spreading oils, herbs, and dropping things under my tongue. I always get called a witch, which feels like home to me.
This deodorant retails for $14.
Last but not least, we have the Wabisabi Botanicals MULA Amazonion Super mask! Wabisabi is a newish brand to me, as I've just tried their Budhi Eye Nectar a couple of months ago, which I love by the way! I have been hearing so much buzz about Wabisabi, so I am pleased to be able to try another product from them. I feel a strong connection to this brand. Sometimes we are just energetically drawn to something, and it feels good! I think one reason why I am drawn to Wabisabi is because they use a lot of unique ingredients. They also support fair trade, ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients. Wabisabi also does not use any palm oil which I really support.
MULA is Buddhist term, meaning 'roots'. In this mask, there are ingredients that are formulated to give your skin a boost of antioxidants. The mask also is said to purify your pores, give you a boosting glow, and help to repair damaged and tired skin.
The MULA mask does contain cassia cinnamon and ginger, so for those that are very sensitive, I would be aware. I usually don't have very sensitive skin, but this made my face red for about an hour afterward. My face did not seem happy at all. But I will say, when I woke up, the sebum in my nose was all cleared, and my skin did seem fresh and awake! It definitely took away some of my texture as well. I think the next time I try this, I will add some honey so it might not be as harsh, as there is a tingling from the ingredients I mentioned above. I did really enjoy the scent too, which was chocolatel-y, with a hint of vanilla.
This mask is retailed at $46.
All together the products in this box are valued at $108, but you pay $49.99. I think subscription boxes, especially this one, are a great way to try a product that you may have your eye on, but don't want to pay full price for. You also get to try new companies and products that you may necessarily wouldn't have chosen for yourself. Click here to sign up for the subscription box! Below are my previous unboxing videos if you would like to see what's been in the boxes. The boxes from the previous months are still available to purchase until they sell out.
December Box: Video
January Box: Video
I Hope you guys enjoyed this review of the March Bare Element Subscription Box! Let me know if you have tried any of these products or are going to pick up this months box! :) I have really been enjoying these boxes. I feel like Basha (the owner) does a great job at curating. So far we have received everything from bath bombs, to lipstick, to toners, to body scrubs, to hair products and so on! I don't feel at all overloaded by one certain group of products which I feel can be overwhelming when subscribed to a box.
Hoping all is well with everyone! Thank you for reading XOXO
*Box was sent to me for review purposes. As always, I will be 100% with my readers. Because something is sent to me does not change my views.
(Photo from jsgd.com)
It's that time of the year! The W.E.L.L. Summit is having an event in Boston called the Day of Wellness. If you are unfamiliar with the W.E.L.L Summit, they are a focused on giving a 360 approach to wellness. W.E.L.L., meaning Wellness, Empowerment, Luxury, and Learning. The Well Summit had their inaugural event in Boston, but has since moved to NYC. Each year they have a weekend long event filled with amazing speakers and breakout sessions. The Boston Day of Wellness was created so us folk from New England could still join in on the fun and knowledge!
This event in particular is a one day event on March 18. On that day we will go over Ayurveda, Meditation, Nutrition, Fitness, Building a Wellness Business & More. All day there will be breakout sessions with leading experts! All of the speakers are from New England as well, which I think is amazing!
The breakout sessions include: Bring Life into Sacred Balance taught by Asha Ramakrishna, Gentle Yoga for Restful Sleep taught by Sara DiVello, Eat Like Your Future Depends On It taught by Heather Stevenson, How I Overcame a Stroke at 36 by Jessica Diaz, A Scientific Guide to Wellbeing Through Food taught by Rachele Pojednic, Gut Health taught by Jenny Hanway, Spice Up Your Digestion taught by Emily Griffin, Simplify & Detoxify Your Self Care taught by Casey Von Iderstein, and Creating an Inspired Life taught by Sarah Kelly & Leah Robert.
Read more about each breakout session, here.
Here is the schedule for the day:
8:15am Registration Wyndham Beacon Hill - Receive Name tags & Gift Bags at Registration Desk
Thirst Juice Co. DIY Breakfast Overnight Oats Bar With Superfood Toppings
9:15am Day of W.E.L.L.ness Kick off
10:30am Hidden Toxins in the Home with Emily Kanter of Cambridge Naturals
11:30am Financial Wellness with Nora Yousif
3:00pm to 5:00pm Workshops, Yoga
5:00pm to 6:00pm Closing
Your Wellness ticket will include:
Join me and other amazing wellness warriors for a day of fun and knowledge! I can't wait to connect and see everyone in such a lovely environment! Get your tickets, here! The creators of Day of Wellness were kind enough to offer $20 off your ticket if you use the code 'GreenQueen'.
Be sure to follow on Instagram @wellsummit!
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you there! :) XO
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Spring is fast approaching and flowers are budding in India at the UMA Oils’ meadow! It takes over 1,000 rose petals to make ONE drop of rose oil, which is a staple in UMA’s Ultimate Brightening line. It's the perfect time to switch up your skincare routine, so why not achieve that perfect glow you’ve always wanted? If you're yearning for bright, glowing, and dewy skin, enter the Uma Brighten Up Skin Care Giveaway to win a brightening skin care routine fit for royalty. Enter your email to potentially be one of the 3 lucky winners to receive a $130 Ultimate Brightening Kit.
The Ultimate Brightening Kit is one of my favorite bundles from UMA! I am currently using the Ultimate Brightening Face oil and I have seen results just days after I started using it! My skin is plump, nourished, brightened, and my redness has been reduced. The Ultimate Brightening Face Mask gives me instant results too! And don't get me started on how amazing all of the products smell! Just imagine slathering the Anti-aging body oil on you, it is heavenly! I love UMA's products because they are potent, fast acting,and unique. You can view the kit in all of it's glory: here! Don't miss out on this giveaway, and be sure to enter before March 1!
Check out my UMA Review on YouTube: here
You can also enter the giveaway here:ENTER
Good Luck, & I wish everyone all the best! xo
Nap in the Meadow is one of the newer creations made by Ava from Earthwise Beauty. This is a unique non-drying, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, acne reducing, and antioxidant filled face serum. But let's get real here, what product from Earthwise Beauty isn't unique? If you are reading this, I am sure you are aware of how much I love Earthwise Beauty.
Nap in the Meadow is a gorgeous pale blue, and or green color depending on the batch. Just the color alone brings me to a happy place. The scent of the face serum is floral, yet herbal at the same time. I would say Ava hit the nail on the head, it literally smells like a nap in the meadow!
Nap in the Meadow is made for all skin types, especially dry, mature, acne, combination, oily, and skin with eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.
Nap in the Meadow is a lightweight serum, that is based in aloe. For me personally, this serum is a does all kind of product. I have found that it takes away redness, balances skin, heals scars, and takes away texture while smoothing out the skin. I never leave this serum out of my skincare routine. Although, I have tested weeks without it so I could truly test its efficacy. When I wasn't using this serum, my skin reverted back to being dull, red, and textured. If anyone were new to Earthwise, I would recommend trying this product first. This serum contains potent ingredients made for many different skin ailments. Not only does the face serum contain amazing ingredients, but there is also the addition of flower essences explained down below.
Ingredients: Aloe leaf juice*, elderberry fruit extract, turmeric CO2 Total supercritical extract, polysorbate 20 (naturally derived), lavender oil (* and †), yarrow oil*, Italian everlasting oil†, German blue chamomile oil*, potassium sorbate (natural preservative), organic geranium bourbon oil, geranium rose oil*, copaiba balsam resin†, galbanum oil*, xanthan gum, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), wildflower essences†.
Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory which makes it a great ingredient to have in a face serum. Then there's Yarrow oil which has anti-inflammatory properties, but also helps to heal acne and balance out oily skin. German Blue Chamomile is another ingredient which decreases skin inflammation. The Helichrysum revitalizes skin tissue, being beneficial for wrinkles, and scar healing. The Lavender oil is used in the serum is to help combat constant dryness. Rose geranium and geranium bourbon are also used to help dryness. Elderberry Extract adds a healthy dose of antioxidants to reverse skin aging. Galbanum aids in skin tissue repair. Copaiba balsam resin helps to heal acne. Lastly, there's aloe, which helps reduce inflammation and helps repair tissues.
The following meadow wildflower essences, all made by Ava following the procedure used by Edward Bach, were included: white yarrow (for protection), silvery lupine (for strength, and longevity; youth preserving), wild rose (for youth, beauty, and skin firmness), and pink phlox (to preserve one's gentle qualities and innocence).
For people who may not know what flower essences are, they are the energetic vibrations from flowers.
Talk about a serious face serum!
Thank you for reading! As always, I have a 15% off code for Eathwise, just use 'GreenQueen'!
*This product was sent to me for review purposes. As always, I am 100% with my readers, and would never talk about something I don't fully back!
(Above picture is not my photograph)
This blog post is 'inspired' (ha, see what I did there), by the book launch of Flower Evolution: Blooming Into Your Potential With the Magic of Flowers by Katie Hess. Katie Hess is the owner of the company Lotus Wei. Her brand is based on flower essences in the form of elixirs, mists, anointing oils, serums, perfumes & more. Flower essences work as energetic vibrations through the body. They counteract the issues we are having and work on them in different ways based on the different essences.
I can't even begin to explain how enthralled I am about the new book, as I have been a long devotee of Lotus Wei. In this book, Katie will be delving into 48 different flowers, and how they can benefit and transform your life. Also included, is the amazing photography shot by Louie Schwartzberg. If you haven't seen any of his photographs, or cinematography, you have to! A lot of his work is on Netflix as of now, go and check it out, you will be AMAZED. I put his films on when I want to relax.
In reference to the 48 flowers, this post is part of a blog ring which will link to each bloggers take on an individual flower. Keep reading, and when you get to the end, make sure to click on and read everyone's experience.
In collaboration with the launch of the book, I have been testing out the Inspired Action elixir. I had been drawn to Red Bird of Paradise which is one of the flower essences in the Inspired Action elixir. When choosing an essence, Katie has you visually look at photos of flowers, and pick which ones you are most drawn to. For me, I couldn't take my eyes off of Red Bird of Paradise. I recently went to Arizona in May where I stayed with a friend. I remember standing inside her living room, staring out at this magnificent flower bush. I immediately went outside and marveled in its beauty. I couldn't step away, as it's energy and essence was one of the most remarkable things I had been called to.
This is the description of Red Bird of Paradise from Lotus Wei:
Message: Get it Done
The Red Bird of Paradise is a fiery gem. The flowers look like exploding orchids, bursting open into flames of orange, red, and yellow. The electric-red stamens reach out in long beautiful strands, and the leaves range from the deepest greens to blue. It flourishes in intense environments like the Sonoran desert, where the summertime temperatures can rise over 115 degrees! Instead of withering, it channels the hot sun and unfurls into a passionate display of floral fire. If you’re drawn to the Red Bird of Paradise, there may be something on your to-do list that you’ve been avoiding. Even though it may be high priority and important to you, you find yourself procrastinating. Red Bird of Paradise elixir motivates and inspires us to get things done. It fills us with passion and drive, and makes projects that we’ve previously put off effortless to finish. It dissolves struggle and resistance and helps us act with ease.
Here I am now, accepting the Red Bird of Paradise essence into my body, and I want to share my experience with you. I'm going to be honest when I say that I am THE biggest procrastinator of all time. All throughout school I would write my papers at 2 AM, having to be up for 5:30. If I had any type of deadline, I sometimes never reached it, and would even pass things in late. I have no excuse, I just like to rush things, what can I say? It makes sense as to why I was drawn to Red Bird of Paradise. I was actually pretty shocked as I read the description since it's pretty dead on!
How did I fair with the essence? The first day I received this essence, I immediately popped it under my tongue. About a couple hours later that day, I was putting away laundry that had been sitting in a basket for two weeks, no joke. For the next couple of weeks, I experienced the same phenomenon happening with everything that I was doing. I was finishing blog posts, I was cleaning, I was getting everything done that I needed to.
In the mornings I take 5 drops of this essence sublingually. Throughout the day I will add 5 more drops into my water, multiple times throughout the day. In taking this essence, I have also noticed that I am more focused. I have the power to focus on projects now that I would otherwise get distracted from. Besides procrastination and focus, this essence has also helped in reinventing my creativity in many ways. I didn't realize how much of a creative rut I had been in before I had been taking this elixir. I have so many projects up my sleeve at all times now, it's as if I don't have the time to procrastinate. I guess I didn't realize how strong of an effect I would have based on this essence. Not that I doubted Lotus Wei, or the power of flowers, but I have been pretty blown away. Once you open yourself up to new things, the possibilities are endless.
If this in anyway describes you, I highly recommend taking the Inspired Action elixir. Or if you are drawn to Red Bird of Paradise like I am, your body might be sending you signals, like mine did. I am beyond pleased with this elixir, and I will forever be an Inspired Action user.
Be sure to check out a sneak peek, giveaways, free downloads, and more: here
Also, check out Suzi's blog post to continue the blog ring: here
For more info, follow Lotus Wei on Instagram @lotuswei. & Follow Louie Schwartzberg @MovingArtbyLouieSchwartzberg
**This elixir was provided for review purpose. As always, I am transparent with my readers, notifying you when I have received something for free.
As always, thank you for reading. xoxo
Well it's Autumn of course, so I thought this would be the perfect time to do a pumpkin DIY. Nothing like a Head to Toe Pumpkin Mask to get you in the spirit! I mean you will be literally COVERED in pumpkin. So let's jump in.
First off, I want to mention that this book is written by Jessica Ress who is the owner of Angel Face Botanicals. After Jess sent me some of her products some odd months ago, I fell in love with her ethos, products, and energy. Jess is a plant and crystal intuitive. She's studied aromatherapy, reiki, crystal reiki healing, sound healing, and herbalism.
Her book goes over everything from facial masks/scrubs, moisturizers, facial oils, eye creams, body butters, infusions, bath/spa products, + more. I love the variety of projects that you can do yourself with this book. A lot of these recipes contain very simple ingredients and are not hard to re-create at all. Jess recommends to make these recipes with focused healing intentions and lots of love. I loved that little inspiration at the beginning of the book to get you going.
So let's get on with this DIY!
This is described as a nourishing, skin-brightening, soothing and moisturizing mask.
Here's what you'll need: (Yields 1-2 Full Body Masks)
1 Cup flesh of one small pumpkin, pre-prepared, or 1 can pumpkin
1/2 Cup of Cooked Oatmeal
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used Avocado, that's all I had)
1 Teaspoon Fresh Grated Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Grated Orange Zest
1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1/2 Cup of Raw Turbinado Sugar
Before I did anything with the other ingredients, I first cooked the oatmeal. Then I refrigerated the oatmeal letting it cool down before I moved on. For this recipe I decided to go with an organic can of pumpkin instead of using a fresh one. Then, in a medium sized bowl I used a fork to blend the cinnamon, avocado oil, and oatmeal together. The recipe recommends letting those ingredients sit together for 10-15 minutes. After letting that sit, I added the pumpkin along with the ginger, orange juice, and orange zest. After stirring, add the sugar and make sure to blend well.
To store the mask: put it in the refrigerator for a few days in an airtight container.
To use the mask: Jess recommends to take a quick shower or to use after a long soak in the tub to soften skin and remove toxins. The warmth of the shower will help to open your pores more easily for the mask to absorb into the skin. It is recommended to towel dry and then apply the mask all over your body. For me, I just sat on my shower chair while simultaneously letting a hair mask saturate my hair. It was a full pamper day in my house. I let the mask sit for about 10 minutes, but you can do up to 15 minutes. You will also want to use this on your face, keeping it on for the recommended 5-7 minutes. After the allotted time I washed both masks off. It is recommended to use a mild soap after. I used Dr. Bronner's. (Keep reading to see what I thought of this recipe)
Honestly I think the last time my skin was this soft is the day I was born. It may sound like I am exaggerating, but this was intensely moisturizing. My skin was super plump and hydrated. I also smelled like a pumpkin pie which was quite nice. I kind of wanted to lick this off my skin, so don't do this mask if you're hungry! I did have a bit of trouble in getting this to stay on my skin. Once I sat very still and just accepted my position, I didn't have much of it fall off. There was a slight tingling that occurred, but nothing that made it uncomfortable. The ginger and cinnamon are warming agents to the skin. Overall it was definitely a fun way to get nutrients and hydrate my body. I much more preferred to use it on my face though.
The face mask resulted in my skin appearing more bright, plump, and just down right rejuvenated. I think I would do this DIY more so knowing that I would be using it for my face. I was kind of terrified thinking of clogging my drains since I live in a very old house. I wonder if this would work sitting outside in the sun and rinsing it off with a hose after? I think I shall try it in the summer time.
Any who, I had such a fun time making it. I always love DIYs, so when Jess asked to collaborate on this, I was pumped. I've actually done another DIY based off of one of her other recipes that I will be sharing in some time.
You can find the book here: http://www.angelfacebotanicals.com/products/100-organic-skincare-recipes-make-your-own-fresh-and-fabulous-organic-beauty-products
Make sure to follow Angel Face Botanicals on Instagram @angelfacebotanicals
*This book was gifted to me so I could share a DIY with my readers. I find it would definitely be worth it to purchase, especially if you area beginning to DIYs and want to learn an array of recipes.
As always, thank you for reading! Much love xoxo
What in the world is a facial steam? Some people who are new to the idea of skincare routines are always perplexed by facial steams. As a lover of beauty regimens, I have been doing steams for quite sometime. Many cultures have been facial/body steaming for centuries. Facial steams help to open up your pores and release any clogged dirt within. Steaming can also be beneficial in reducing acne while also helping with circulation, etc.
How to do a facial steam at home: Simply put the herbs into a bowl(about 4-5 tablespoons), heat some water in a kettle to a boil, pour the water into the bowl, and kick off your shoes, relax and put a towel over you head, and get to steamin'! The recommended steaming time is 5 to 10 minutes. I can only steam for five, as I have a really awful neck. But even within that five minutes, it is pure bliss. A little spoiler of what is to come down below. ;)
Aphrodite facial steam, a new release to Earthwise Beauty in July of this year. Ava wildcrafted most of the herbs in the steam. The herbs were set to dry in the sun, and then be picked apart by Ava herself. Her in-laws even brought the highest quality Pu-erh tea from China to add to her steam. Ava selected herbs that would nourish, soothe, and moisturize the skin. All of the herbs are from this Spring and Summer, making them super fresh.(Picture posted below is a close up of the inside of the Kraft bag featuring the steam. All of the herbs come dried and smell absolutely divine.)
Calendula officinalis flowers(* or organic from our gardens), Helichrysum arenarium flowers(* or ^), Althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root*, Matricaria chamomilla (German chamomile) flowers*, Tilia europaea (linden tree) flowers and leaves(* or ^), Centella asiatica (gutu kola)*,Equisetum laevigatum(water horsetail)^,Centaurea cyanus (cornflower) petals (* or ^), Symphytum uplandicum (comfrey) leaves (* or organic from our gardens), Camellia sinensis (puerh tea) leaves. *Certified organic. ^ Responsibly wildcrafted.
You can read further on the website about each herb and how it is useful in this steam.
I have to say I had high hopes for this steam, and Ava surpassed them, as always. If you read my blog, or follow me anywhere, you know I think that Ava is a skincare wizard!
When you open the bag of this steam, you are immediately engulfed in the scent of fresh herbs. The steam smells even better when you are steaming, as it takes you away to a forest near a lake. I can feel the willow trees swaying behind me, the flowers dancing in the wind, and the little critters running all over the land. This steam is spa quality relaxation.
Ava puts all of her energies into this steam, and you can feel them throughout the experience. One of the reasons I have come to love Ava's products is that there is more that meets the eye. She doesn't just create amazing formulations, but her products have an energy force I can't really describe. There are only a couple of other companies I get this from, and when I do, I stick with them. The plants within the steam make me feel at home, even though I am home when I am steaming. At home in a sense that I feel as I am one with them. I hope that others get this feeling too, as it is magical and comforting. Doing a steam weekly is beneficial for your skin, but also a great time to meditate and be still. I have been all about just being as of late, and it's a great state of mind.
As for my skin, the steam is extremely moisturizing. I highly recommend steaming if you have dry skin (or irritated, acne prone, or just have skin in general). Steaming has helped balance my skin over time. Each time after steaming my skin is soft, supple, and feels new. I can see a brightness in my skin, where before it had become dull with all of life's doing! I love being able to bring my skin back to life each week through this ritual. I don't see facial steaming as a luxury anymore, as I have come to crave its ways of healing. Steaming weekly is a must have for me, as the results are just too good not to notice or not care about. If your skin feels and looks like it needs to be renewed, I highly recommend steaming. I recommend picking this steam up more than any others I have tried. I make a DIY steam, but I have to say I prefer this one over mine. Yup, I said it.
Thank you for reading. Make sure to pick this up before it's all sold out, as it is a limited time product. I ran to the computer and bought it the week after, fearing that it would have already been gone, haha. You can use the code 'GreenQueen' for 15% off. I don't get any kick back from this code. I truly LOVE Earthwise beauty and enjoy supporting the brand and its owner Ava. Also, Ava is kind enough to offer it to the people who want to try out her products! :)
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Come along and taste the most amazing flower essence filled chocolates! Come on, you know you want to! ;)
If you know Lotus Wei, the amazing flower essence company created by Katie Hess, then you know their sister company, Wei of Chocolate. Wei of Chocolate is run by Lisa Reinhardt, who like Katie Hess, just exudes inner peace, calmness, and awareness to the beauty of the world. Lisa combined the worlds of meditation and chocolate, a genius idea I might add. What a way to to get people to relax, slow down, and simply be. One quote that I think of is "The next message you need is always right where you are."-Ram Dass
Wei of Chocolate is vegan, dairy free, soy free, gluten free, organic fair trade chocolate and GMO free. These chocolates are made with coconut blossom sugar making it low glycemic. The chocolate also only contain 2g carbs and 30 calories per piece. Oh yeah, they are also infused with flower essences from Lotus Wei! Probably the best idea for a chocolate EVER! They currently sell nine different flavors, but the Wei Love is soon to be discontinued, and replaced with a new exciting flavor. (Go catch the Wei Love while it's on sale before it's gone.) You can purchase these in a 30 piece box, or an 8 piece tube. The tube is also perfect for travel. Isn't the packaging adorable? I love how each one comes individually wrapped making them easy for on the go.
So what're the flavors you're asking? Wei of Chocolate offers Wei Gratitude (Chai Spice), Wei Love (Rose Chili), Wei Pure (Rich Dark Chocolate, Wei Joyful (Citrus Infused), Wei Inspired (Himalayan Pink Salt), Wei Relaxed (Creamy Dark Chocolate), Wei Beautiful (Peppermint), Wei Radiant (Extra Dark Chocolate), & Wei Peace (Lavender Grey)!
Alright, let's talk chocolate! (As if we already weren't)
All in all, I am going to be a customer for life. These chocolates are truly out of this world. These also helped me to stop my craving for ice cream. I admit it, I am an ice cream-aholic! These chocolates have changed my nights into a relaxation ritual, instead of mindlessly eating ice cream. Did I mention you can get a monthly subscription too?! So awesome. Be sure to check out Wei of Chocolate: here. They are also on Instagram @weiofchocolate. Lisa just recently traveled to Iceland, and the pictures are magical! Thanks for reading as always! Be sure to sign up for their newsletter, as you can get a discount code!
*Disclaimer. There are affiliate links above, which mean I make a small percentage if you choose to click them and purchase. I thank you if you do, as it helps me to grow and further my hobby. One box was gifted to me for review, but I also made a purchase at the same time.
*Ambrosia del Cerrado, one of the most unique formulations of skincare I have tried thus far! It is a Vegan, cruelty free, organic, cold pressed, handcrafted, small batch product, as all Earthwise Beauty products are! This is described as a liquid moisturizer/toner. Ambrosia gives more hydration than the conventional toner, but feels lightweight on the skin.
Ambrosia del Cerrado was given a Portuguese name to focus on the Cerrado area in Brazil, which is considered the richest savanna in the world by the World Wide Fund of Nature. It is a beautifully colored, golden/orange liquid that has a scent of a freshly opened fruit. There are no added essential oils to this, so it is perfect for someone who is sensitive to them. The Pequi fruit and moringa oil give it the light scent of tropical summer. When I use this, I feel as though I am putting the rays of the sun on my face! (Except it has a cooling effect from the aloe, and it doesn't burn of course!)
Like many of Ava's products, this has an aloe base. When I was on vacation I was very drawn to this product. Between using this and the Chamomile & Lavender face gel, I was all set with the perfect skincare combination.
This is great for all skin types, oily, combo, and acne prone. It is especially great for those who have acne prone skin, since it doesn't contain any waxes which can cause breakouts. Ambrosia del Cerrado is a lightweight oil that leaves your skin feeling supple and brightened. The oil sinks right into your skin, while keeping you moisturized at the same time.
My Thoughts? This was actually one of the first products I had ever tried from Earthwise Beauty in a sample form. I'm going to be honest and say that I was not a fan of this through first impressions. There are a couple reasons for this; I was still using other products that were making my skin unbelievably dry, I hadn't been using Earthwise products that have been extremely nourishing for my skin as I do now, I didn't top it with another moisturizer, and I didn't use it in the way that I do today. Don't let this deter you from trying it if you have dry skin, because I have some tips to spill. Ava recommended that I use this while my face was still damp, and OH MY, did it make a difference! Thank you Ava! I also add another nourishing oil on top of this, such as Magical Babassu, or Marigold Fields. I am elated that she gave me this little piece of advice, because I would have been truly missing out. I decided to buy a big size to dedicate my time and energy towards testing this out fairly, and I am really happy that I did. Sometimes you just have to try things different ways, and see what happens. I am now living for this oil, and it is has become a staple in my routine.
Aloe barbadensis whole-leaf cold-press juice*, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Caryocar braziliensis (pequi) fruit oil, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Mauritia flexuosa (buriti) fruit oil, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Moringa oleifera seed oil, polysorbate 20 (naturally derived), potassium sorbate (natural preservative), non-GMO tocopherol (vit. E), xanthan gum, ascorbic acid (vit. C), citric acid.
Aloe vera certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity and content. All our imported hand-extracted plant oils are fair trade.
I love that Ava spotlights different ingredients from Indigenous places in the world. The Pequi fruit oil is something I had never heard of before. It comes from Brazil and it is packed with nutrients, such as Vitamin A, B1, and B2. This fruit oil helps to give supple, and firm skin. The Moringa oil is a powerhouse of nutrients as well. I have written a blog post on a particular Moringa Oil a while back if you would like to take a read, here. The Buriti oil in this is also known for its anti-aging effects, while also reducing scars and brown spots.
Have you been interested in something revolutionary and different to add to your skincare routine?! I recommend checking out Ambrosia! This is part of Earth Wise Beauty's Summer Essentials, you can check out what else they put together for this season, here! & Make sure to follow them on Instagram @Earthwisebeauty. Ava posts the most stunning photos, and has a wealth of knowledge on there. Don't miss out! ;)
I also have a 15% off code for you to use, which is 'GreenQueen'
As always thanks for reading!! xo
Andie is a green beauty blogger who also has a Youtube channel, Andie The Green Queen. She focuses on vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free products, cosmetics, lifestyle and more.