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April Beauty Heroes Discovery: LILFOX

Another month, another Beauty Heroes box for the win!  I get so excited to see what’s hiding in the box every time it comes.  It’s like Christmas every month!  This month we had the honor of trying out LILFOX.  LILFOX was created by founder, Alexis Rose.  A native southern Floridian, she is a certified aromatherapist, and essential oil educator.  Each product has a blend of organic wildcrafted essential oils and isn’t watered down.  The products are aimed to deliver a glow, and to help you find your own unique skincare ritual.  I love that each product is crafted in their studio and not outsourced.  I also swooned over their luxe packaging when I saw it.  Their products are packaged in amethyst glass to help preserve the contents, and protect the biodiversity of the formula.  Who doesn’t love that?  This month the hero product is their Jungle Glow Rainforest Honey Enzyme Cleanser + Mask.  The sidekick is the Cleopatra Milk and Honey Mask.  These two masks offer a one-two punch for getting smooth, glowing skin. Before I delve into all the details, let me first introduce you to Beauty Heroes if you’re new.

Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot.  A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie last year at IBE, and she is truly one of the sweetest people.  Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty service that selects only the best clean beauty brands.  Each month you can find one to two full size truly heroic products in each box.  The products typically range from skincare to haircare products.  However, every 3 months Beauty Heroes offers a makeup box as well that’s optional for members or non-members.  I absolutely love their “Use Less, Love More” philosophy.  By only getting one or two products, you allow yourself to truly experience them.  Of course you can trust their picks, as they are strict on their integrity standards.  What’s not to love about this whole concept?  As a Beauty Heroes Ambassador, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such a movement.

I’ll say it again and again, if you haven’t signed up for Beauty Heroes then get on it!  This luxe green beauty box is where it’s at!

Before I get into the full review I wanted to also mention Alexis the founder mixes all her formulas in micro batches to ensure the consistency is just right.  I did have a couple questions about the ingredients-namely the several listed towards the end of the Jungle Glow Mask.  Here are the ingredients in the Jungle Glow Mask-

Ingredients:

Mel (Raw Rainforest Honey)**

P.incarnata (Maracuja) Oil

Amazonian White Clay

R.canina (Rosehip Seed) Oil* + Seeds

T.cacao (Raw Cacoa)*

Tocopherols (Vit.E/non-gmo)

Essential Oil Blend Including:

C.paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Oil*

C.aurantium var. amara (Neroli + Petitgrain* + Bitter Orange*) Oil

V.planifolia (Vanilla) Co2 Extract

(d-Limonene, Linaloo, Citral, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcochol, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Ugenol, Iso Eugenol***) ***Components Naturally Occurring in Essential Oils in Trace Amounts

The last ingredient listing starting with d-Limonene and going through the end of the list I questioned.  In my experience, these can be synthetic isolates.  However, Alexis the founder, a certified aromatherapist shared with me some enlightening information:

These constituents listed at the end of the label are naturally occurring in the essential oils in trace amounts are not synthetic additives.

In the EU, they require you to list all potential allergens (26 possible) that are naturally occurring within the plant essential oils. If you would take out these components and add them to the formula singularly and or synthetically isolated, then you could be adding a harmful skin-sensitizing ingredient.

I am a certified aromatherapist and formulate with only 1% or less on our facial care products including the jungle glow cleanser and mask. Essential oils can contain 100’s of naturally occurring plant components that if you were to singularly take out (which they do in commercial perfumes and clinical skincare formulas) then you would be looking at amounts that can be potential skin irritants.

Jungle Glow-

The Jungle Glow is unlike any mask I’ve every used.  Upon opening it, I’m greeted with scents of orange, bergamot and ylang ylang.  The consistency is like a decadent thick jam mixed with some really luxe honey.  The ingredient sourcing is superb.  Alexis sources the honey from a specific beekeeper in Hawaii from a rainforest.  Along with the honey, cacao, and rosehip seed powder get mixed into this elaborate mask too.  The mask not only acts as an exfoliant but also as a true facial mask restoring your glow back.  I first applied it as an exfoliant, getting all the dead skin off.  Then I added a little more product and left it on for 30 minutes as a mask.  This product does both so well-a real two for one.  After removing the mask my skin felt smooth, and calm.  Redness was minimized and my skin felt awake and revived.  You could say my skin was aglow.  I loved how my skin didn’t feel dry after wearing the mask either.  This mask has decadence written all over it.

Cleopatra Milk and Honey Mask-

This month the sidekick product is LILFOX’s newest product the Cleopatra Milk and Honey Mask.  This is a dry mask.  I really appreciate dry masks at times for a good detox, and also because they last longer than a traditional mask since they aren’t activated until you mix them with water.  I feel you get the full potency right as your mixing it with water, creating for yourself your own little spa treatment.  The mask incorporates coconut milk, crushed rose petals, honey and french rose clay.  Plus resurfacing enzymes of pineapple and papaya.  I typically am not drawn to dry masks, because my skin is dry and they tend to detoxify so well that my skin is also left feeling quite taut.  But I must say the Cleopatra was a different mask all together.  It really exfoliated my skin more than any other dry mask has and gave it such a smooth feeling.  My skin didn’t feel moisturized necessarily but that isn’t the job of a detox mask.  My makeup went on smoother and I felt I had a little skin resurfacing right in my own bathroom-not too shabby!

If you haven’t subscribed to Beauty Heroes this is the month-get on it!  Have I mentioned the value you get in a Beauty Heroes Box?  It’s crazy!  This box alone, was over $100 in value.  When you sign up for Beauty Heroes initially you pay for 3 months, which is $115.  Which averages out to $38.33 a month…so you’re already paying for your first month’s box if you joined this month!  I’m not a math wizard but that’s a deal.  And you’re getting the best of the best every month in green beauty.

Also, be sure to check out the Beauty Store here for all the best of green beauty.  Every month Beauty Heroes offers a Love More Promotion.  This offer is for non-members and members.  April’s Love More promotion is a double dose of Josh Rosebrook when you spend $125+ in The Beauty Store. ($30 Value) Josh’s newest products in deluxe samples, the Advanced Hydrating Mask and the not yet released Vital Balm Cream, are up for grabs this month as the promotion. What a great promotion!

Have you subscribed to Beauty Heroes?  What’s been your favorite box?

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