In episode #22 we are learning how to naturally heal acne with Marissa Gossett. Marissa is an acne-overcomer, skin therapist, indie wellness researcher, and champion-of-women dedicated to helping you achieve the skin of your dreams! She’s born-and-raised a Southern California girl with nothing more than a few unpopular ideas and an Instagram account, she proudly created a new way to see skin imbalances so that women can stop dreading their faces and start living wholeheartedly. Beginning skin coaching with only a few desperate/courageous women (who found her on Instgram though hashtags!), she now receive multiple breakthroughskin pictures weekly! She wants women, like you, to see their skin in a whole new light and find their holy grail regimen and lifestyle habits that reveal their skin’s most glowing potential.
One of the things she’s often asked is “What are you going to tell me my dermatologist, esthetician, and the internet hasn’t told me?” For as long as she can remember, she’s always been curious about the mysteries of human wellness, especially in regards to skin, because that has been where she’s struggled. Why do some women live unhealthy lives and manage to have zero breakouts? Why do others live very healthily and struggle with lifelong acne? The answer: modern skin treatment removes and destroys, yet true skin treatment feeds and nourishes. She believes that no matter where you are on your skin journey, it’s ultimately up to you to change your skin. Clear skin gives you the freedom to be the truest version of yourself.
It’s here, the Art of Organics July Discovery: Illuminate! I’m beyond excited for this box!! Sometimes you just get a beauty box and it checks all the boxes- this one did just that. We are seeing Leahlani’s Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir in this box, plus Au Naturale’s Powder Highlighter. I’ve loved getting to sample these two products!
If you aren’t familiar with Art of Organics and this green beauty box, then keep reading as I explain why this box is one to get a hold of. Their belief is really simple-You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for beauty. I couldn’t agree more! Their goal is to bring people the cleanest, best, and most luxurious products. Claire the founder, has always been a beauty junkie and on the quest to purge her own makeup bag, she realized she wanted to share her journey with others and raise awareness. I noticed instantly after opening the box, the attention to detail. They name their boxes each month as well as follow a theme. The card inside describes the products in the box so well and gave directions for application. The box is $38, with a value of $70+ and features each month 2-4 full size products. They have high standards for their product selection, such as being cruelty free, organic and non-toxic. They have more specifics on the ingredients they don’t use hereon their website.
Ok, on to the review…
Leahlani Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir-
I’m a huge fan of Leahlani’s products. I had a feeling this was going to be a good one the minute I tested it on my hand. Then as I inhaled the warming Hawaiian scent. It took me away to Kaui where Leahlani’s creations are made by hand with some serious love. This is meant to be a morning elixir before you apply your makeup, sunscreen or any oil/lotion. It really enhances your skin- whatever way you use it. Made with a balance of squalene oil, mangosteen, goji berry, guava and passionfruit oils. I love how Leahlani describes the scent, “She smells of jasmine flowers and tropical rain showers.” I couldn’t have said it better. It leaves your skin feeling smooth, hydrated- not greasy. I applied it before my makeup and loved the way it made my skin feel. It smoothed cracks and made everything appear brighter. I would apply it to slightly damp skin after misting it with a toner. It really hydrates, primes your skin and gives you an all over glow. I’m hooked! Another Leahlani win in my book! If you haven’t used any Leahlani products, be sure to checkout my review on her line here. Her products are some of the very best in green beauty and really do perform. The product I would recommend you start with is her Mermaid Mask- you’ll be in love after one use!
Au Naturale Powder Highlighter-
So fun to see a makeup product in the box this month- nice change of pace! I’ve used a handful of Au Naturale products, but not their powdered highlighter. This is perfect for summer weather! Especially when it can get hot and humid quick. This won’t be sliding off the skin. The color is in Begonia- a pretty pearlized hue with a touch of peachy pink tones in it. I loved applying this on my upper cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, middle of eyebrows, and middle of chin. It looks so natural and gives me a glow without it looking like I’m trying…you know what I mean! It comes in a handy pump bottle- great for applying on your brush and then applying to the skin. I’ll be wearing this all summer!
I would hop on this month’s box soon if you’re thinking about snagging one. If you haven’t signed up for Art of Organics box you can sign up here! Don’t miss out on this fabulous green beauty box! Not only do you get quality products each month but for a steal. You pay $39 each month and get access to some stellar products. You can sign up for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months! At 6 and 12 months you start saving. Also, each month a theme is chosen around the box.
Today on The Golden Hour Podcast we are learning how to improve your complexion with skincare tips from Dr. Trevor Cates, founder and owner of The Spa Dr. and author of the bestselling book Clean Skin From Within. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California and currently lives in Park City, Utah where she helps patients from around the world achieve graceful aging and glowing skin. Dr. Cates is host of The Spa Dr. weekly podcast and has her own PBS special, Younger Skin From Within. She believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients. Dr. Cates’ The Spa Dr. skin care and supplement lines are formulated with natural and organic ingredients designed to help you achieve the clean and natural path to confidence and beautiful skin.
*This post is sponsored by OSEA. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
So excited to share with you all my OSEA skincare review! I hadn’t tried their products until Beauty Heroes had them in a recent box. In the box was their Ocean Cleanser- let’s just say it was love the first time I used it! I couldn’t get enough of the milky cleanser. I knew I needed to try more of their products!
If you’re not familiar with OSEA allow me to fill you in on this natural skincare line. This brand is truly unique. I was so intrigued by the founder Jenefer’s story of how she started it. She was inspired by her grandmother who credits the ocean to healing her. She had been on bedrest after a severe leg injury. Her grandmother recalls having a dream about the sea and the next day went for a swim. A few weeks later her grandmother was healed! Jenefer went to her roots when creating OSEA. From what she learned from her grandmother of the healing properties of the ocean and her knowledge, she chose seaweed as the base of her skincare line. Seaweed contains powerful minerals and ingredients to help restore and nourish the skin.
I love OSEA’s commitment to clean skincare as stated so well on their website:
OSEA delivers proven results without causing harm to our health or the health of our environment. Jenefer’s innovative formulations of certified organic, bioavailable seaweed, infused with pure steam-distilled and cold pressed essential oils create powerful natural anti-aging solutions and reduce the appearance of blemishes–eliminating the need for synthetic ingredients entirely. OSEA is free of synthetic chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates.
OSEA was also the first company to sign the “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”:
In 2002, OSEA was the first company to sign “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”, an initiative started by the Environmental Working Group that holds companies accountable for ensuring that their products are “free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.” Since then, over 1,000 companies have joined OSEA in pledging to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in all beauty products!
I was excited to dive into the products they sent me and report back to you guys my thoughts!
This cleanser is especially formulated for oily, and acne prone skin. It gently exfoliates while getting rid of impurities on the skin. The first thing I noticed upon using it was the scent! It has essential oils of tea tree, peppermint and rosemary. It gives your skin a tingly, refreshing vibe- overall feeling very energized. It contains organic algae and cypress oil that help to balance blemishes and remove impurities. I would apply this cleanser on my skin at night and in the morning, but I found I liked it best in the morning as a gentle exfoliant and morning wake up call for my skin. My skin is on the dry side so this cleanser works better for me once a day. However, my sister who has oily skin loves it! It helps to remove excess oil and give her an overall brighter appearance. I applied to damp skin and used circular motions to remove makeup and dirt- avoid eye area. Grab your Ocean Cleansing Mud here!
This toning mist is not only beautiful in color but performs well too! It instantly gives my skin some major hydration and feels so refreshing. I love squirting it on my skin in the morning to wake me up and in the afternoon even for a quick pick me up. With ingredients like resveratrol, organic algae and pomegranate, it’s no wonder this mist makes me swoon every time I use it. If your skin feels dull and lifeless this is for you! Get your Sea Vitamin Boost here!
It’s no wonder this serum was awarded Best Beauty Award in Style for 2017! It works and works well! If you have dry skin or wrinkles this is for you. It instantly adds moisture to thirsty skin and smooths fine lines. Hyaluronic acid is known for it’s ability to attract moisture to the skin. Just to give you a little visual, hyaluronic acid attracts 1,000 times it’s weight in water- making it a powerful player in improving elasticity. Your skin will feel supple and smooth. Not only does this serum have hyaluronic acid but also three different kinds of organic seaweed that help deliver antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. In other words it’s a powerhouse serum for the skin! I love applying this after the Sea Vitamin Boost and then pressing this into my skin before my oils. It makes my makeup look better and gives me an overall polished look- can’t recommend it enough! Get your Hyaluronic Sea Serum here!
I was so intrigued by this product! I’ve been reading so much about putting probiotics on the skin topically and not just internally. So many benefits! Plus, I know how powerful vitamin c is. This polish comes in a powder form with pure vitamin c and vegan probiotics. It also has finely ground rice and bamboo and seaweed powders. These help gently slough off the dead skin cells. The vitamin c and probiotics give your skin an overall brightness and helps to fade hyper pigmentation. I noticed improved resilience of my skin and just a fresh faced looked. Get your Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish here!
This mask feels so good on the skin. This is an anti-aging mask. It really is meant to improve overall skin tone and brighten the complexion. The ingredients are white marine algae, white tea, and resveratrol. These ingredients help to minimize redness- which I’m always all about and give an overall glow to the skin. The mask also has mineral peptides and hyaluronic acid. These two help to mask those fine lines and moisturize the skin. I would apply this at night and leave it on for 20-60 minutes. You can even leave it on overnight! My skin felt so supple, smooth and less red after using. It’s such a nourishing mask and one I can’t stop using! Get your White Algae Mask here!
Talk about a scrub! This body scrub doesn’t mess around. It is filled with Dead Sea and Himalayan Pink Salts, Bolivian Rose and Organic seaweed of course. Plus, it boasts some Acai, shea butter and passionfruit that leave your skin feeling like butter. I applied to wet skin and used circular motions. My skin felt so refreshed and clean! Sometimes we focus on facial exfoliation but our body needs great exfoliation as well! Grab your Salt of The Earth Body Scrub here!
*Here are the other two products I had previously tried and loved!
This cleanser is a definite fave! I love that it comes in a frosted glass bottle- so chic. It’s such an overall soothing cleanser, yet highly effective. It removes all my my makeup and grime from the day- yes even my stubborn eye makeup. I get my skin damp first and then apply several pumps to my hands. Then I rub in circular motions all over my face. After rinsing with water my skin feels so hydrated, and clean. Not stripped or dry. It does such a great job of imparting hydration to the skin, and nourishing it with vitamins and minerals. Did I mention it smells like candy?! The lime really stands out to me. There also are notes of juniper, and cypress. A great all around cleanser- can’t get enough! Get your Ocean Cleanser here!
This body polish is unlike any I’ve used. It is creamy in consistency but yet strong enough to remove and exfoliate unwanted dry skin. After using it my skin looks slightly pink and plump. It takes dull skin and gives it a good polish, revealing the brightest and prettiest skin. Upon opening it, you’re greeted with scents of lavender and Sweet Melissa. It awakens your senses and revitalizes your whole body. It exfoliates the skin with powdery grains of pumice, acai, and guarana. I get my body wet first, and then apply the body polish and use circular motions to rub it in. A serious skin treat! Grab your Undaria Body Polish here!
That concludes my OSEA skincare review. There’s so many more skincare treats I can’t wait to try! Checkout their full shop here! Did you see anything you want? Have you tried any OSEA products? Let me know if you have any questions!
I’ve got the Best Green Beauty Facial Masks rounded out for you! Everything from a quick glow mask to a detoxifying mask and everything in between. There are so many great green beauty masks- it’s hard to just have one. They all really serve a different purpose too. What’s great about these masks is they aren’t filled with any of the nasties! A mask serves your skin in so many ways.
They make skin feel moisturized, revived…oh and let’s not forget the glow! Plus, masking is like having your own mini spa session, while in the comfort of your own home (a big deal when you’re a mama). As an esthetician, I’ve realized the mark of a good mask is bringing real nourishment to the skin. In conventional masks, you find nothing but junk…serious toxic junk. I looked up one of the most popular conventional masks out on the market and you know what’s in it? A ton of chemicals! What’s crazy is masks sit on your face for a good 15-30 minutes. A long time for chemicals to be soaking into your skin…um scary!
So now that you’ve tossed your conventional masks, let’s chat about what to replace them with.
Mermaid Mask-This mask is seriously so good. The founder Leah is a saint, no joke. I’ve gotten to know her on social media and she truly is the sweetest. She creates all of her products by hand in Kaui, Hawaii. Her mask is a little piece of heaven. With ingredients like Chlorella, sea buckthorn, spirulina and raw honey, this mask is pure decadence. A lot of masks moisturize after wearing, but you don’t notice a visible difference to the naked eye. Not the case with the Mermaid Mask, you’ll be glowing! It smells so insanely good too. You’ll be tempted to eat it. This mask is great for everyone. Acne skin, pre-mature, congestion, dryness and redness. Oh and P.S. when you buy it you must know that there is this thing called Mermaid Mask Monday on social media- where all the mermaids come out and wear their mask! Get your Mermaid Mask here!
Kokoleka Mask- Kokoleka, how I love you! This mask is something special. I love how Leah describes it on the bottle, a “Ritual Dessert Facial Mask”…can you say yum?! First let’s talk scent. It’s very similar to the Cleansing Powder, smells like sweet coconut, but with a chocolate twist because of the cacao-I so dig it! This mask is different than the Meli Glow. Kokoleka is meant to detoxify and purify your skin. It comes in a powder form, and is activated when you add water. I use a small ceramic bowl and brush, and apply it liberally all over my face. Don’t add too much water, you want it to be a thick creamy texture. I applied too much water the first time, and it was more soupy. It does harden but not like a typical clay mask that drys your skin out. This one isn’t drying at all! Your skin feels smooth and radiant. I visibly notice a difference in my skin every time I use it. I’m convinced everyone needs this! Get your Kokoleka here!
I love this mask! It makes my skin glow in minutes- no joke! It apply it all over in the morning and then grab my toothbrush and then rinse off once I’m done brushing my teeth. It feels so hydrating and soothing to the skin. It gives a slight exfoliation too with herbal grains. The raw honey in this mask draws moisture to the skin while soaking up all the excess oils at the same time. What I love is that this mask can be used daily as a cleanser or as a mask a couple times a week. It really lives up to it’s name: Glowing Mask. I promise you won’t be disappointed! I can’t get enough of this decadent skin treat! Oh and did I mention it’s only $30? Get your mask here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
This mask and wash is by far one of my very favorite masks! It is just delectable. The smell literally transforms me to a calming and soothing place with cacao, honey and mangosteen. I can’t get enough. As I write this my jar is completely gone…I know sad. I literally used every last drop. The beauty of this product is it can be used in many ways. One way is as a cleanser. I use it to rub away all the day’s grime and wipe off with a warm washcloth. My skin feels renewed and refreshed. I also love using it as a mask. First, I would use the Purity and Grace oil cleanser first to remove all the dirt from the day and then follow with the Sweet Serenity Mask. I would then go about my nighttime routine and then at the end wash it off with a warm washcloth. My skin loved every drop. This little ritual of cleaning and masking has given my skin some serious restoration and glow. I would also use this as an exfoliant in the morning and leave it on after rubbing on my face while I brushed my teeth. It worked perfectly as a mask/cleanser/exfoliant combo. After the mask my skin is hydrated, balanced and glows. I can’t say enough about this product! Get your Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash here!
This mask is unlike any mask I’ve tried and it performs unlike any mask I’ve used for brightening. The mask is for sun damaged, mature skin and is packed full of potent vitamin c. I also has a blend of active ingredients. It literally is a blend of plants and essential oils- no crazy preservatives. It’s in powder form too, so the ingredients are very potent because there is no water dubbing them down. When you add water, it activates the mask right then and you’re getting the best stuff! Since it’s in a powder form and contains plants, it does have bits and pieces here and there. But I love that about it! You are literally using the earth to nourish and treat your skin- how cool! Get your Laurel Brighten Mask here!
I’ve had the pleasure of sampling this mask in the past and it was gone too quick! It smells amazing, like your favorite berry jam. It does wonders to awaken the skin and gently exfoliate. Say goodbye to dull looking skin with this baby. The ingredients again are so good. Raw honey, and raw royal jelly, are just a few that make this mask truly decadent. Not only does my skin look brighter, and more even after using, but I love knowing that it’s fighting signs of anti-aging with it’s super antioxidant vitamin b found in royal jelly. This is a cult favorite from Laurel’s line and for good reason! Get your Laurel Berry Enzyme Mask here!
Problem Solver- The Problem Solver does just that, solves your skin’s problems. It a little miracle in a bottle. I use this on my skin after late nights, when I have a blemish or when my skin is just congested. Unlike the others I’ve mentioned, this mask is a powder and doesn’t activate until you mix it with water. I love May’s philosophy in doing it this way. You are getting the full potency every time you use it, since it activates with water. With ingredients like bamboo charcoal, raw cacao and soil nutrients, your skin will be in it’s own little wonderland. My skin is renewed and revived after this mask. Oh and did I mention it will literally last you forever?? The jar is huge! Trust me, you need this in your life. Get your Problem Solver here!
Honey Mud- This mask literally looks like chocolate pudding. Not only does it look like chocolate pudding but it smells like it too! The mask is a thick texture. It’s really just all things wonderful. Ok, I know you want more details on what it does to the skin. Well, allow me to explain. It does so much, from bringing balance to stressed skin, to using enzymes to lightly polish skin and reveal a brighter more even complexion. Your skin feels so nourished and hydrated. I even wear this in the shower if my skin is feeling extra dry to protect my skin from the heat and to keep all the moisture intact. A definite skin treat again and again! Get your Honey Mud here!
First, it comes in this chic glass jar. You open it and instantly get a whiff of rich cacao-just like the name suggests. I’m in love! It looks like dark rich frosting but not the kind you eat. This decadence is the kind you apply to your face. Before application I mist Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator over my face. Leaving my skin dewy and ready for masking. I just use a spoon to apply some of the mask on the back of my hand and then use my fingers to apply to my face. I’ve found the formula is too thick for a brush. Once applied, I wait 45 minutes to let the mask do it’s magic. You can do less time but I like to get the full effect. Then I just wipe off with a washcloth. After, my skin feels revived, refreshed and awake. I love applying my oils after and then waking up to skin that is seriously happy and radiant. The mask detoxifies while at the same time nourishing and giving back so many nutrients into the skin. A serious skin treat! So what’s in this mask that makes it so magical?! The ingredients in the mask are amazing and really make this “glow” happen. Cacao is a known antioxidant that helps to slow the aging process and beef up collagen to give skin it’s health back. Plus, it helps to bring circulation to the skin, causing it to absorb nutrients better. If that wasn’t enough there are a chockfull of plant oils that help moisturize, repair and calm the skin. Best of all? This mask is perfect for any skin type! Dry, sensitive, oily-anyone can benefit-I’ve seen it for myself. I have dry skin and my sister has oily and it does wonders for us both. Get your Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask here!
The Bean Antioxidant Mask does not disappoint. It’s filled with pure ingredients that literally are nourishing the skin as it sits on top of your face. It like a thick mud but not drying like you might assume. It goes on easy and then dries. However, my skin doesn’t feel dry after using it. Instead, it feels like it just received a surge of adrenaline to the skin- in the best possible way! I know, weird way to describe it but my skin was more awake and the blood flow to the skin was so apparent. It was as if my skin had a good workout and was shining from the inside out. It smells divine. A sweet smell with notes of cacao and vanilla, ylang ylang and sandalwood. My skin also feels much smoother, and clear. It’s evident the mask actually gets in and detoxifies the skin. Get your Bean Antioxidant Mask here!
This mask does exactly what it says- it moisturizes and exfoliates. It’s a gel consistency. It gets rid of all the dead skin and reveals that inner glow(aka new skin). I leave mine on for 5 minutes. It’s especially great right before a big event or night out when you want your skin to be glowing. It also gives you an even smooth canvas for flawless makeup application. You won’t be disappointed with this mask-Get yours here!
I love this mask! If you want to see a noticeable difference the minute you take off your mask, then this is it. I had heard people rave about it in the green beauty community for quite sometime and let’s just say It did not disappoint. Tata Harper has created some amazing skincare products, that are not only natural but perform. So often a product can be clean, but it does’t do anything. Tata’s products are the opposite. Having tried several other products, I’m always impressed with the quality and difference I see in my skin. The resurfacing mask is a gel like substance that looks clear when applied. You leave it on for 30 minutes and bam, your left with that lit from within glow. I love doing this in the morning before I put on my makeup. It literally exfoliates and removes the dead skin cells, all while minimizing pores and redness. You are left with revitalized skin. It’s really more of a peel than a mask. I use it once a week. It is suitable for all skin types, but if you do have sensitive skin I would patch test before trying. Another great perk about Tata products? They can be found in mainstream stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Sephora. Get your Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask here!
This mask gets you glowing in 3 minutes flat- just like the name suggests. It’s perfect for the most sensitive skin types. Worried your skin might react to a mask? This may be the one for you. Using enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells, this mask does in 3 minutes what some some masks take 15 or 20 to do. It looks like a gel and feels lights and refreshing on the skin. If you’re perpetually running late, this may be the mask for you! I put it on before I brush my teeth and rinse off once I’m done. The perfect amount of time to get a quick glow for the rest of the day. Get your Ursa Major Flash Mask here!