January 2016 archive


As an esthetician trying new product lines is like an adventure for me. Getting to experience the different nontoxic ingredient combinations and figure out what skin types they will work best for is a thrill and I’m always excited to share great new finds with you guys! Saison Beauty products were sent to me awhile back and this product line intrigued me because they gear their products around the seasons, and they use particular ingredients that will work best in certain seasons throughout the year- how seriously cool is that? Because as we all know too well now, as the seasons change, so does our skin which can bring along a heap of issues with it! Saison’s approach is “to treat and revitalize our skin as it responds to the environmental conditions throughout the year. Saison products ARE concentrated with the highest-quality, organic plant extracts. We start with antioxidant-rich fruits, potent herbs and fragrant flowers. And, through a variety of extraction methods, we gain the necessary vitamins and nutrients to feed, enhance and fortify skin.” Rightfully fitting for the season, Saison sent me their Winter collection to keep my skin exfoliated and extra hydrated-and boy do they deliver!!

Winter Cleansing Oil: In my opinion this is what really sets Saison apart because cleansing properly in the winter is often overlooked. A cleansing oil is really the only way to go in the colder, drier months because it’s definitely going to amp up the hydration instead of stripping the skin of it’s natural oils. This is made to balance your skin during the winter with their signature winter blend of organic meadow foam, green tea, jojoba and safflower oils. This blend of oils are an important blend or antioxidants that are built to nourish your skin this time of year. I like to use this oil with my Clarisonic for an even deeper clean and it leaves my skin super soft and smooth! Retail: $47 for 1.7 oz.

Winter Cleansing Grains: Ok so I loooooove this exfoliator so much! It really does an exceptional job of removing the dead skin away and leaving you with a glowy and healthy complexion for the winter!! I love the ingredients they use for this of organic rice, natural clay and organic milk and honey powders to assist in a super gentle yet effective exfoliation process that leaves my skin feeling extra squeaky clean. What I love most about this product is that YOU make your own consistency, simply add a few drops of water and form your own paste however thick or thin you want it!! Retail: $36

Winter Botanical Lotion Spray: This gem is made with Saison’s blend of super concentrated botanical extracts of organic lavender, holy basil, peppermint and rose while aloe vera and glycerin work to keep the skin hydrated! This is much more then your average toner because this is truly refreshing your skin while keeping it hydrated at the same time-perfect for those cold winter months!! Retail: $39 for 1.7 oz.

Winter Moisturizer: Saison’s blend of meadowfoam, organic green tea and absorb acid are made to even skin tone and stimulate collagen production to leave your skin smooth, balanced and super hydrated. These powerhouse ingredients will rejuvenate the skin as well as prevent aging all while being lightweight and non-pore clogging at the same time! While this moisturizer wasn’t really for me as I have acne prone and quite oily skin, I highly recommend this for mature, dry skin types!! Retail: $54 for 1.7 oz.

So here’s the deal, this collection from Saison is made for mature and dry skin types and I can’t stress that enough. While I enjoyed these products- they were a little too hydrating for my oily skin right now! The exfoliator is a staple for me and does the job impeccably well and I highly, highly recommend this collection for those who have dry, aging skin and are longing for that youthful, dewy glow because let me tell you- these products will deliver the glow!! Best of all? Saison products contain NO petrochemicals, parabens, silicones, phthalates, sulfates, glycols, PEGs, DEA, MEA, TEA, triclosan, synthetic fragrances, colors or dyes. Any questions on Saison products or skin concerns always feel free to contact me! You can shop all Saison products at http://www.saisonbeauty.com.  Happy Wednesday free birds!!!


Winter is in FULL effect here in SoCal believe it or not and while I appreciate all the rain and cozy nights, my skin on the other hand does not! In fact my skin is so not used to this dry cold that it totally freaked out on me and started flaking awhile back, which I cannot remember the last time my skin flaked (cue crying emojis right now). As always my beloved True Nature Botanicals came to the rescue and sent me their limited winter release “Seed Serum” for me to try out on my parched skin. Let me tell you TN Botanicals can just do NO wrong ever!!! This super-concentrated face oil is built to relieve chapped skin during the harsh winter months, and I noticed the difference literally overnight.


True Nature Botanicals Pacific Seed Serum: Ok so heres the deal with this liquid gold- it has Omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids, powerful antioxidants and vitamins which deeply fortify, hydrate and defy aging. Ingredients like green tea seed oil is a huge standout for me, and it is a super antioxidant that is part exfoliant and part lubricant so it reduces dry flaking while smoothing the skin- how amazing is that?? You also have carrot seed oil which is high in beta carotene that is a potent antioxidant which protects your cells from damage. Another standout ingredient for me is hemp seed oil which I cannot rave more about because it truly reduces inflammation of the skin and works wonders. If you have acne or redness, hemp seed oil truly is a magical oil for those skin woes. Chia seed oil is also another standout for me because this is what gives your skin that glow, its packed with omega-3 fatty acids which nourish your cells and enhances your skin’s protective barrier. Of course this gem is naturally scented with a beautiful blend of therapeutic essential oils including Frankincense which is known to relieve dry skin! I cannot recommend this enough for your winter skincare routine, it is imperative that you hydrate correctly in these dry, cold months so your skin remains balanced and healthy. In my opinion a face oil is the ONLY way to go to correctly hydrate, and the Seed Serum fits the bill perfectly! Retail: $125 for 1 oz. http://www.tnbotanicals.com

As always if you have any questions about this product or skin concerns in general, don’t hesitate to contact me! I love getting to the bottom of skin woes and helping establish new, healthy, nontoxic routines!! Happy Wednesday free birds!!


I decided to kick off the new year with a quick little review of a nontoxic brand I have grown quite attached to over the past few months, Green People. I would call Green People The Honest Company of the UK- they offer organic skincare, makeup, hair care, sun care, body care as well as baby products. The line is pretty extensive and has a lot to offer anyone looking to detoxify their household. I was thrilled and intrigued when they sent me some baby body care, hair care and skincare and I dove right in! Green People is the UK’s most loved organic skincare brand, and the have officially launched in the U.S. “Green People takes care to make sure that their products are safe and nurturing for even the most sensitive skin. We sell a range of products suitable for all skin and hair types, even the most sensitive or reactive. We have organic credentials from the leading European certification bodies including The Soil Association, Organic Food Federation and Ecocert as well as being registered with the Vegan and Vegetarian Societies.” So what did I think about these UK goodies? Find out below!


Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo & Conditioner: Now when it comes to hair care I am quite the critic and very hard to please mainly because nontoxic hair care always seems to leave my hair feeling coated and filmy (aside from my beloved True Nature Botanicals). And I know this combination sounds like something your would find on your dinner plate instead of your shampoo bottles but trust me, this does your hair good just as it does your body good!! The scent is not offensive at all but rather fresh and earthy which I personally love. The quinoa protein in this not only nourishes but increases shine and it REALLY does!! The conditioner is light and doesn’t make my hair feel heavy after I rinse it out but leaves my hair soft to my liking. I really, really liked this hair care combo and feel that it’s a great price for how clean and effective they are. The ingredients in these are super clean- no parabens, SLS, pthlalates, or synthetic fragrances. Retail: $26.50 for 200ml (smaller size offered at $17.50 for 100ml)

Organic Children Bath and Shower Berry Smoothie: Now I think this may have been my favorite of the bunch simply because I truly appreciate nontoxic products that really perform on my kids!! I also appreciate the fact that they have a baby AND a children’s line so you can differentiate for each kid and what they need! I use this gem on my four year old son and he loves the sweet berry scent (not synthetic) and I love how it lathers up! Before every shower he always asks me, “mom can I use the smoothie soap?”. Needless to say if a soap is making an impression on my four year old, that means it’s a good one. It’s a gel consistency which results in squeaky clean kiddos! They also sent me some samples of their baby products which I enjoyed equally. Retail: $16.00 for 200 ml

Fruitful Nights Night Cream: With winter in full effect here in SoCal makes for super dry, flaky skin that requires a lot of extra love and attention, and this gem did the job! I paired this with my True Nature Botanicals Facial Oil for my nighttime routine and my skin was immediately rehydrated. Compromised of organic rosehip, fruit extracts and hibiscus, this thick cream is suitable for all skin types but I would not recommend it for sensitive skin. It is made to soften blemishes and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. I used this sparingly at night and woke up with rather soft skin and was quite satisfied! For those of you with aging, dry skin this is for YOU!! Trust me, pair this with a face oil and your skin will be set for the winter! Retail: $28.00 for 50 ml

I love seeing these amazing brands from overseas make their was over to the U.S. for us to enjoy and it just gives us more amazing nontoxic options for our family which I definitely appreciate! But what I like the most is how affordable these products are, they make it easy for you to go green! Head over to http://www.greenpeoplus.com to browse the products featured above plus everything else they have to offer. Happy Wednesday and New Year free birds!!