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Natural Beauty Box Roundup For May

Natural Beauty Box Roundup For May

It’s that time!  The natural beauty box roundup for May is here!  Every month I get a little giddy peaking into the boxes as I get them in the mail wondering what could be inside.  This month is no different!  Another month brings new brands in clean beauty that I haven’t tried.  I love when the seasons start to change too because then you start to see different products for the seasons.  The sun is starting to shine everywhere and it’s feeling like summer is getting close!

*This month we are seeing boxes from Beauty Heroes and The Detox Market.  I also share about Boxwalla and The Clean Beauty Box but they are bi-monthly boxes, so I only receive them every other month.  

If you want to check out past reviews on those boxes, check them out below:

On to the reviews!  

Up first this month is Beauty Heroes, next will be The Detox Box which you can subscribe to here.

 

Beauty Heroes: Bathing Culture

 

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Never was there a more perfect time for us to consider the importance of bathing!

 

This is my first time seeing and experiencing Bathing Culture as a brand.  It was founded by two city dwellers who loved going outdoors to explore and get adrenaline highs.  Tim Hollinger and Spencer Arnold wanted to create a business that would both be clean and environmentally friendly.  They did just that!  As they delved into the beauty industry- specifically body wash, they were struck with how toxic it actually was.  They realized they had their work cut out for them and created a gender neutral, regional organic, Rainforest Alliance, personal care products that truly performed.  Oh and did I mention the formulas are housed in biodegradable and reusable bottles?  They really go to the extra milel to create clean products that are both sustainable and truly clean.  They have gone so far as even opening up 50 refill locations and planted a tree for every 5 gallons sold- talk about next level! 

Mind and Body Wash- This month’s heroic product is not just any body wash.  It has organic ingredients that not only cleanse your skin but add hydration with shea butter.  The scent is a blend of balsam, vetiver, ylang ylang, ho wood, and frankincense.  It comes housed in a glass bottle and pump.  (I did want to note on the pump due to the COVID pandemic, the founders have had manufacturing issues supplying the pump.  They have worked tirelessly to try and source more, however, it has been hard to find replacements.  Boxes will be delayed as a result, unless you don’t mind not having a pump and just having a screw top).

Outer Being Face & Body Oil- Inspired by their outdoor adventures, the founders created this face and body oil.  A perfect oil to use all over your body.  Filled with raspberry seed oil, sea buckthorn, and marula seed oil to name a few, this oil truly hydrates the skin.  This helps to continue your bathing ritual after you use the Mind and Body Wash.  It helps to lock in the moisture and keep your skin feeling soft and supple.  A skin treat for sure!

Golden Hour Hydrosol- This hydrosol is filled with Bulgarian Rose Oil, Moroccan Rose Oil, Turkish Rose Oil and hand harvested Moroccan Neroli Flower Oil.  It will take you back to the scent of flowers and the memories they hold.  This is perfect for post sun skin, in the morning to awaken your senses, and as an all over body mist.  It has such an uplifting scent that isn’t over powering.

This box is valued at $127 but you can get it for $58.95!  Get it here! 

 

Detox Box: One Love Organics

 

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This month’s Detox Box is showing up with One Love Organics!

 

The Detox box for May is all about One Love Organics.  We are seeing their popular Enzyme Cleansing Oil, Vitamin C Facial Serum, and their Botanical A Facial Cleanser.  This brand has been around since the beginning of clean beauty!  They know skincare.

Botanical B Enzyme Cleansing Oil- This cleanser is full of vitamin B complex.  I love how it’s an oil but then when you add water it slightly emulsifies and the formula turns into a milky consistency.  It not only removes my makeup, but everything else too.  My skin is left feeling smooth and hydrated, not stripped at all.  It smells like a tropical paradise with hints of coconut.

Vitamin C Facial Serum- This facial serum it packed with vitamin C and also includes rosehip, baobab, and jojoba oil that transforms dull/lackluster skin into radiant/glowing skin.  I apply it to clean skin that’s still slightly damp.  You can use it in the morning or at night.  I love how rich the oil feels on my skin.  It really feels so nourishing.

Botanical A Facial Cleanser- This facial cleanser contains AHAs, BHAs and wintergreen extract.  It lathers up and helps to cleanse your skin even more.  I start with the Botanical B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and then I follow with this.  It really is the perfect cleanser to really achieve that deep clean feeling.  My skin feels so clean!

You can get all of this- $156 value for $55!  Such a good deal.  I would hop on it now before it sells out!  Get the box here.

 

Natural Beauty Box Roundup May

Sharing my full review on all the natural beauty boxes for the month of May on the blog.

Live Botanical Review

Live Botanical Review

Excited to finally share my Live Botanical Review with you guys!  I first discovered Live Botanical at IBE Dallas.  I had the pleasure of meeting the maker and founder Carolyn.  It was so great to connect and hear her enthusiasm for herbs.  Sometimes people merely create a line but I could instantly tell this was Carolyn’s passion.  Although she is an herbalist, much of how Carolyn sees skincare is based on her 15+ years in the technology field as an analyst.  It’s always so fascinating to see how people get their start in skincare.

Live Botanical  has become a gold mine as I’ve tried more products.  I knew it was only a matter of time before I did a full review on the line. It’s not often I find products that not only are clean, but also effective and budget friendly.  People are constantly asking what options I would recommend that are less expensive and it can be hard.  Sometimes you have to sacrifice performance, however, not with Live Botanical.  I think that’s why I initially got so jazzed about it.  I saw that not only was the line organic, non-GMO, ethically wild-harvested, local, sustainable and fair trade but budget friendly.  She really goes the extra mile.  She also uses glass packaging too-something I swoon over.  I mean it’s kind of rare to check all the boxes but also be affordable!

*This is an updated review of her products.  She redid her packaging and also came out with some products this past fall and I’m excited to update you on all of it!  So excited to share my full Live Botanical review with you!

Oh and Carolyn the founder has been so kind to offer 20%!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN!

First I’m going to share some new products that I’m officially obsessed with!

 

 

Live Botanical Review

Sharing some of my new favorites from Live Botanical.

 

 

First Light Brightening Oil

This oil had me at first swipe!  I remember looking at my skin two weeks into using this and wondering why my skin looked so good?  I hadn’t changed anything except added in this oil.  I’m telling you it’s GOOD!  My skin looked brighter, more even and less red.  What’s in this little magic bottle?  So much goodness.  Date extract is one ingredient that has been known to increase brightness, hydration, while also decreases hyperpigmentation, and redness.  It also has a stable form of Vitamin C (10%) which has been known to be great for even the most sensitive skin types.  Carrot Root which has been shown to also add brightness.  I can’t forget to mention cranberry seed oil which has been known to be one of the most abundant sources of polyphenols, which helps with firmness and elasticity.  I also love that it has squalene, a non-comedogenic oil that has been known to not only protect the skin but also help minimize fine lines and absorb into the skin quickly.  It feels so velvety on your skin and sinks in, no greasy residue but a smooth finish is left behind.  

When I wake up my skin feels amazing- super supple but also looks brighter.  It really lives up to it’s name!  I can’t recommend this enough if you’ve been looking for an oil that is not only active but also hydrating.  Did I mention it’s super budget friendly too?!  $68!  And with my coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN you get 20% off!  Snag it here!  

 

Antioxidant Mask

This is another new product that deserves some serious applause.  It’s a beautiful green hue of skin nourishing ingredients.  Filled with all the things like oatmeal and snow mushroom that give your skin humectants to draw moisture into the deep layers of your skin.  Then there’s pumpkin seed powder, full of antioxidants, amino acids, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.  Plus, minerals like zinc for inflammation and Vitamin K for discoloration.  It’s the mask you’ve been waiting for!  It smells so good too.  A mixture of chamomile, bergamot, and citrus.  This is the perfect mask for dry, combination and sensitive skin types.  It takes your skin from feeling dehydrated and dull to moisturized and supple in no time.  It looks like a whipped butter when you open the jar, apply a little product to your hand and add a little water.  This turns the mask into a creamy consistency.  I leave mine on for 30 minutes.  My skin feels so refreshed and rejuvenated!!  A serious treat for the skin.  Get the mask here! and don’t forget to use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN to save 20% off!

 

Live Botanical Review

This First Light Brightening Oil is a skin changer!

 

 

Seasonal Radiance Elixir 

This Radiance Elixir is just giving me all the feels!  It’s so nutrient dense and hydrating.  This elixir is rich in niacinamide which helps to lessen redness overall.  The blend is in a base of mushroom complex- snow mushroom, reishi, and Oregon Grown Shiitake.   This blends helps draw moisture into the skin. My skin feels so revived.  It feels a little heavier than most hydrating elixirs which I love!  My skin feels prepped and ready for oils and serums.  Get your Seasonal Radiance Elixir here!

 

 

Skin Repair Balm

First, the Skin Repair Balm is such an amazing multi-use product.  I’ve used it as a cleansing balm, hydrator and to help heal and relive pain from a burn.  One of the ingredients I love in the balm is yarrow-a powerful anti-inflammatory.  As a cleansing balm it removes all my makeup and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and supple.  I wake up with perfectly moisturized skin.  I put it on a hot water burn and it instantly took away the throbbing pain.  I’m wondering what this little jar can’t do?!  Snag yours here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Balancing Whipped Oil

I was so excited to try out the new Blue Tansy + Babassu Balancing Whipped Oil!  If you’ve followed me long enough you know I’m a big fan of blue tansy- this oil does so much.  First, the smell is so wonderful!  It has a sweetness to the smell but still smells herbal too.  Besides, smelling good, it also relaxes the nervous system.  It also helps to balance the hormones in our body- can you say YES!  It calms inflammation and redness in the skin.  Babassu is also in this whipped oil, which I love too.  It’s similar to coconut oil but not pore clogging like coconut oil can be.  These two combined are perfect for combination, dry or skin prone to breakouts. If you do have dry skin you may still want to use an oil first then the whipped oil.  I loved applying it after cleansing and toning.  I found I didn’t need extra hydration right now.  My skin felt so good in the morning!  It quickly absorbs into the skin leaving it feeling hydrated but with a matte look, not oily.  Overall, I can’t recommend this product enough! If you have skin that is breaking out or just skin that needs a little tlc- this is perfect.  Grab your Blue Tansy + Babassu here!  Don’t forget to use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

 

Live Botanical Review

The Antioxidant Mask is a new favorite in the Live Botanical line.

 

 

Glowing Honey Mask 

To leave this product out of my Live Botanical review would be doing you a huge diservice- I’m obsessed!  This mask began my love affair with Live Botanical.  I love it!  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!

 

Hyaluronic Serum

I also tried the Aer Hyaluronic Serum and was so excited after the first use!  It’s unlike any product I’ve used.  I apply it after toning and press it on my face.  It leaves your skin feeling a bit wet but then it absorbs and fills in lines and evens out your whole complexion.  I apply my moisturizer/oil after and then my makeup and love the end result.  My skin is dewy and moist the whole day and doesn’t look haggard.  Am I making sense?  The first ingredient is aloe, which I’m all about-it replenishes the skin and plumps it up.  You guys need this-it’s fantastic and a staple in my makeup routine!   Get yours here!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Coconut & Bergamot Body Oil

I can’t get enough of this body oil!  It’s so good.  The smell of this is enough to transport you to an island oasis.  It comes in a glass bottle, making it easy to apply.  I applied it right after showering and it melted into my skin.  My skin felt hydrated and moisturized but not greasy at all.  I need this on repeat-no joke!  Seriously one of the best body oils!  Get your Body oil!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

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That glow you get after using the Glowing Honey Mask from Live Botanical.

 

Hormonal Harmony Calming Oil

This oil is so soothing.  I even had my sisters try it and they loved it as well.  It smells so light and calming. My skin soaked it up and there was no oily residue left behind.  It felt so calming on my skin.  In the morning I would wake up with skin that looked so fresh and revitalized.  I especially notice when products are soothing and calm redness since it’s something I deal with.  This really helped give my skin an overall even look.  I also loved applying it before my makeup.  It was the perfect moisturizer, not too heavy but just enough.  I can’t recommend it enough for anyone, but especially those with sensitive skin types and those prone to redness!  Plus, when you see the ingredient list you might drool a little- so good! Get your Hormonal Harmony Calming Oil here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Nourishing Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil leaves your skin hydrated and supple.  It’s a rich cleanser made for dry and sensitive skin types.  It’s not going to dry your skin out at all like some cleansers might.  I have more dry/combination skin and it worked great for me.  A luxurious cleanser filled with lemon balm, rose, chamomile, and lavender. Get your cleanser here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Travel Size Kits

Don’t forget to check out the Live Botanical kits.  These kits are great for getting 7-10 days to sample products.  Also great for travel when you don’t want to bring along all your full size products.  She offers 4 kits depending on your skin type.  Check out all the kits here!  

That concludes my Live Botanical review.  I absolutely believe in this line and can’t wait to try more products!  The quality that goes into each product is really amazing, not too mention the price tag is awesome!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!  Shop all of Live Botanical here!

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OSEA Review

OSEA Review

*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!

 

Ocean Cleansing Mud- 

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! 

Sea Vitamin Boost-

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!

Hyaluronic Sea Serum-

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!

Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish-

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!

White Algae Mask-

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!

Salt of The Earth Body Scrub-

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!

Ocean Cleanser-

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!

Undaria Body Polish-

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!

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Max and Me Review

Max and Me Review

My Max and Me review is finally complete.  I have really taken my time to get to know each product throughout the whole process.  I didn’t want to rush my skin or my thoughts.  This line is very special and I knew I needed time to experience it.

If you aren’t familiar with Max and Me- let me introduce you.  This exquisite line is from the beautiful country of Austria.  This line represents a love story between the two founders.  Max and Tanja.  Max and Tanja are a husband and wife team, Max and Tanja Gruber.  The name, Max and Me, really is a representation of their love for each other.  Their hope is that you feel the product in your whole being and feel the vibrations of it as you use it.  It truly is an experience!  You feel their sweet and tender love story coming through the product, and you can’t help but be grateful for your own loves that surround you.

Their passion is so evident in their products and ingredients as well.  With organic and wildcrafted ingredients that perform to the highest standards.  In the end, they even go beyond organic!  Here is an exert from their website-

Max and Tanja lovingly source ingredients only from farmers, cooperatives and distillers who carefully harvest wild plants, or practice organic farming, in harmony with nature its seasons and its rhythm. We need them to consider plants as beings of light that are respected and revered.

The line is blended by hand in small artisan batches, making sure no detail is spared.  After blending by hand, they are then bottled in violet/amber glasses to preserve and protect it.  I loved reading that their whole process of creating and manufacturing Max and Me takes place in the midst of a flower garden-how appropriate.  The care and attention to detail of this line is truly special.

I had sampled the Circle of Protection Oil before and fell in love with it.  It still is my favorite body oil- there’s nothing like it.  From the smell to the hydration and feel.  It’s a true luxury.  When I received my skincare treats from Max and Me I was beyond excited!

So without further adieu let me introduce you to Max and Me…

Purity & Grace Oil Cleanser-

Let’s start with their oil cleaner- it’s such an amazing product in itself.  The smell alone is intoxicating!  I apply 3-4 pumps to my hands and rub in circular motions on dry skin to remove all the build up and makeup from the day.  It even gets off eye makeup.  After removing the day’s grime I take a warm washcloth and use it to remove all the oil.  My skin feels clean, and balanced afterwards.  I’ve never looked forward to cleansing my skin as much as I have when I’ve been using this cleansing oil.  The whole experience from the scent, to the feeling of the oil- it’s all so luxurious. My self care after a long day.  This cleanser is perfect for all skin types.  There are mixtures of altas cedar, lavender and mountain juniper.  Grab your Purity and Grace Oil Cleanser here!

Enchanted Facial Oil-

Ohh, this oil is divine!  It’s won best in show from Indie Beauty Expo in 2016 and for good reason.  The smell again is wonderful.  From jasmine, lavender, sandalwood and rose- it envelops you in this tantalizing aroma.  This oil is especially great for sensitive, irritated or mature skin.  It helps to calm and soothe with oils of argan, marula, macademianut, rosehip, pomegranate, and evening primrose.  I apply it after my hydrosol.  Using circular motions to blend it in, while inhaling the scent.  It calms me and helps me relax.  When I wake up in the morning my skin feels balanced, hydrated and less congested.  This oil is a winner!  Get your Enchanted Oil here!

I Am The Light Oil-

I loved this facial oil as well.  It is different than the Enchanted oil but equally special.  I use the Enchanted oil before going to bed, while the I Am The Light I like to use in the morning.  It helps to revive tired, dull skin.  Bringing back your inner glow!  This is why I precisely love using it in the morning.  It gives my face a lit from within glow before I even apply my makeup.  My makeup looks better and goes on so smooth.  There are so many all star ingredients in this bottle.  From argan, rosehip, pomegranate, marula and so many more.  Again, the smell just captures you- the perfect way to wake up tired skin.  Get your I Am The Light Oil here!

Sweet Serenity/Beauty Balm-

This little jar is full of goodness. This is such a multitasking product.  It not only helps soothe skin, and hydrate but also helps to boost collagen for mature skin.  I love applying it at night on top of the Enchanted for additional moisture and skin love.  In the morning it works great as a moisturizer before makeup.  I allow 30 minutes for it to set on my skin before applying makeup.  It doesn’t feel overly oily like some balms- my skin literally drinks it up and is left feeling dewy to the touch.  This balm is especially great for those who suffer from acne or irritated skin.  Not only would it soothe your skin but help bring balance.  The essential oil blend in this balm are made to soothe and heal the skin.  Grab your Sweet Serenity/Beauty Balm here!

Sweet Serenity Rescue-

This balm is another multitasking product.  Really taking healing and soothing the skin to the next level.  It releases heat in the skin, calms redness, and relieves stressed skin.  This is the perfect antidote for skin that is stretched and irritated.  Also, great for burns or bites.  It helps to transform your skin back to it’s glory days.  I applied this at night by itself and loved how my skin felt so transformed in the morning.  Not only did my skin feel so hydrated but my redness was minimized.  I loved applying this to my lips too- ultra moisture!  Great on days when I go makeup free.  My skin feels like it’s getting repaired the whole day with all of it’s goodness.  Grab your Sweet Serenity Rescue here!

Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash-

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!

Crystal Clear Beauty Body Oil-

This little number is so hydrating and smells divine too.  Crystal Clear helps troubled, irritated skin, helping to calm and soothe it.  The oil clears and detoxifies the skin.  It doesn’t feel as heavy as the Circle of Protection body oil.  It’s a nice light feeling.  My skin still felt hydrated the whole day.  I loved applying this all over my body after showering for the ultimate hydration experience. Snag your Crystal Clear Beauty Body Oil here!

A Journey In Time and Dimensions-

Fell for this oil too!  It leaves you with the softest, dewiest skin.  I would also apply this after showering and my skin just drank up every drop.  The smell transports you to happy times and melts away stressors.  I loved how dewy my skin felt even at the end of the day.  It even has toning effects on the skin too.  Scents of ylang ylang, sandalwood, rose, frankincense and patchouli capture your mind.  This is such a luxe body oil!  Get your body oil here!

That concludes my review of this beautiful line, Max and Me.  I truly have loved experiencing each product.  Such a treat.  Max and Me has been so generous to offer my readers something very special.  You can order any of their skin treats straight from their studio(so fresh) until Oct. 1st and receive free shipping on all orders over  200 € (approx. $250 USD) with coupon code: maxandmeatsuzi. A huge savings since they are based in Austria. Plus, you will receive a full sized “Purity and Grace” Facial Oil Cleanser as a gift. It gets better, American customers don’t have to pay VAT as you do in Europe, so 20% of the prices you see in their online store are always deducted for American customers when you order (you will only see this when you’ve placed your order and are already in the payment system of their online shop).

So in other words, what are you waiting for?!  Grab some items for yourself and as gifts!

If you have any questions let me know in the comments.  What do you want to try the most from their line?

May Beauty Heroes: Max and Me

May Beauty Heroes: Max and Me

It’s the start of a new month and with it brings another Beauty Heroes Discovery!  This month it’s all about the luxurious Austrian skincare line Max and Me.  I had never tried Max and Me until my Beauty Heroes box this month.  I was so elated to see the brand in the box and learn all about what makes them so special.  It truly is a unique brand, from their name, to the actual product.  Before I dive into this month’s Beauty Hero, if you’re not familiar with Beauty Heroes keep reading below for all the details and why this beauty box delivers month after month.

Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot.  A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie 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.

Ok, now I can gush about this month’s Beauty Hero product!

First, I must explain a little more about Max and Me.  Max and Me is a husband and wife team, Max and Tanja Gruber.  The name, Max and Me, really is a representation of their love for each other.  Their hope is that you feel the product in your whole being and feel the vibrations of it as you use it.  It truly is an experience!  You feel their sweet and tender love story coming through the product, and you can’t help but be grateful for your own loves that surround you.

Their passion is so evident in their products and ingredients as well.  With organic and wildcrafted ingredients that perform to the highest standards.  In the end, they even go beyond organic!  Here is an exert from their website-

Max and Tanja lovingly source ingredients only from farmers, cooperatives and distillers who carefully harvest wild plants, or practice organic farming, in harmony with nature its seasons and its rhythm. We need them to consider plants as beings of light that are respected and revered.

The line is blended by hand in small artisan batches, making sure no detail is spared.  After blending by hand, they are then bottled in violet/amber glasses to preserve and protect it.  I loved reading that their whole process of creating and manufacturing Max and Me takes place in the midst of a flower garden-how appropriate.  The care and attention to detail of this line is truly special.

Circle of Protection-

The heroic product among the Max and Me line is the Circle of Protection.  It’s a body oil, but it’s hard to even call it “just” a body oil.  It really is something so much more.  The ingredients include some of the best organic oils.  From argan, rosehip, marula and magnolia, just to name a few.  The oil is thicker in consistency but not greasy feeling at all.  It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a weird residue.  Your skin feels perfectly hydrated and not wet feeling.  I have to tell you about the smell-so wonderful!  With notes of jasmine, geranium, and rose that literally awaken your senses and uplift you.  It isn’t a strong smell at all.  I can lightly smell it throughout the day, which I love. I apply mine after the shower once I’ve towel dried off.  My pores in my skin are open from the warm shower and they drink in this beautiful oil.  Suffice to say I can’t get enough!

Travel Size Circle of Protection + Enchanted Face Oil

The sidekicks this month are a travel size Circle of Protection and a sample of Max and Me’s award winning Enchanted Face oil.  The travel size can be given to someone special whom you want to experience the amazing oil or you can savor it for yourself and use it for travel.  I’m going to gift mine to my mom with her Mother’s Day gift.  She is the epitome of love and grace and I couldn’t think of a better oil for her to enjoy.  The Enchanted Face Oil is another all star product among the Max and Me line.  It got me addicted just long enough to realize how amazing it is and how much more I wanted of it!  The oil smells so wonderful!  I smell notes of rose, sandalwood, jasmine and lavender.  The organic oils in the facial oil are some of the best.  Including some of my favorite facial oils of argan, marula, pomegranate, primrose and macadamia oil.  These oils work together to regenerate, protect and soothe the skin.  It feels so rich going on and leaves your skin feeling balanced and moisturized.  A rare and exquisite facial oil.

This month it’s all about the Circle of Protection and Beauty Heroes and Max and Me have created a unique opportunity for a global meditation.  For more information and how to be a part, read more here.

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.  This month’s Love More product is Ojai Wild’s Perfume.  It’s a travel set of Ojai Wild’s perfume when you spend $125+ in the Beauty Store. ($42 value)

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 $95 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.  Sign up here!

Have you used Max and Me in the past?