Company: Essance Organic Skincare
“HERBAL INFUSED SKINCARE: Raw beauty is possible with natural ingredients. Handmade so you can feel amazing, loved, and beautiful.”
I’m so excited to be back! While I was away, I tried out a fantastic products from a brand called Essance Organic Skincare! Their products are made in Portland, OR and honestly, their everything I want in my skincare products! They’re organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and full of beneficial plants and herbs!
I had the opportunity to try out a bunch of their products that are included in their Dragon’s Blood Starter Package. Don’t worry, Khalisi’s dragons weren’t harmed to make these products! They are named for the antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients called Sangre de Drago (aka Dragon’s Blood).
Ok, let’s go!
First, the Dragon’s Blood Cleanser is great for all skin types and does a great job removing the day’s dirt, oil, and make up without drying your skin. Its thick, rich formula contains skin-loving ingredients including aloe vera, olive oil, papaya, rosehip seed oil, MSM, frankincense to not only cleanse, but to moisturize and fight signs of aging, dryness, and inflammation! This isn’t just a cleanser, it is a skin treatment in and of itself.
After cleansing, I spritzed on the Dragon’s Blood Toner. All you need to do is lightly mist this refreshing toner all over you face and let the orange blossum, peppermint, witch hazel, lavendar, frankincense, and Chaga mushroom balance and reinvigorate your skin in preparation for the products below!
To seal the benefits of the toner into your skin, immediately apply the Dragon’s Blood Cream. It easily glides onto the skin which quickly drank it up like a sponge, leaving my complexion looking dewy and ready for make up! This cream has the same plant-based ingredients as the cleanser to really give your skin the benefits of these fantastic ingredients.
At night after cleansing and toning, I used the Dragon’s Blood Serum which has the same fresh, herbal scent as the rest of the line. This product is more like a thick cream/serum hybrid, jam packed with Chaga mushroom, Rooisbos Tea, coconut oil, rose distallate, rosehip, argan oil, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, and carrot oil. This list of superstar ingredients moisturizes and supplies anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties as you sleep. Your skin really couldn’t ask for more!
If you’re looking for a great body moisturizer, their Passionfruit Lotion is great for everyday use to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Like the rest of their products, it easily absorbs right into the skin. I love the light scent and the long list of all natural ingredients including aloe, jojoba, coconut oil, rose, and rooibos tea.
Last but not least, is the Passionfruit Lip balm! If I don’t have lip balm on, I really don’t feel my best! My lips dry out almost immediately (yesssss, mom, I drink plenty of water), so I’m always looking for a healthy, vegan and cruelty free lip product that moisturizes and doesn’t break the bank! I love this lip balm because it does everything a great lip balm should!
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for some serious skincare but want all natural, plantbased, and crueltyfree ingredients, Essance Skincare is for you! Each and every product contains all natural, nourishing ingredients that make your skin look healthy and glowing! I love how my skin looks! I only need a little concealer and I’m out the door! The redness is my cheeks is not as noticeable and my skin just looks radiant and cared for! Essance Skincare truly makes amazing products that are good for you, the environment and the animals!
Head on over to their website and let me know what you try! Thank you, Essance Organic Skincare, for sending me these products to review!
Company: Naked Soul Beauty
“Our luxurious ingredients and fresh botanicals will transport you to the cherry blossom-lined streets of Kyoto and the white sand beaches of Tulum. As President of Naked Soul, I am committed to bringing you the safest and most nourishing ingredients for your skin and spirit.
You will indulge your skin with exotic ingredients like white camellia seed oil from Asia, known as the “beautification oil” and a geisha’s secret to flawless skin and lustrous hair. All the products in our collection are free of parabens, dioxins, sulfate cleansers, synthetic colors, and fragrances and are never tested on animals.
In addition to carefully curating the finest ingredients, I believe business should benefit as many people as possible. Naked Soul’s strongly supports fair-trade and ecological practices. When you purchase products from Naked Soul, you are investing in your beauty and that of the planet. Now that’s beautiful.”
All of these products contain Organic White Cammellia Oil, a powerhouse ingredient that provides moisture, softens your skin, and fights the signs of aging. Sign me up!
Ok! First up, is the SACRED Cleansing Cream. I love this cleanser! It is just what you need to gently wash away all of your make up while adding moisture and anti-aging properties to your skin. All you do is massage 3-4 pumps onto your face, add a little water, massage, and voilà! Your face is completely clean and hydrated! It easily removed my mascara, eye liner, foundation, and several layers of bronzer (hey, don’t judge me, it’s winter!).
The SACRED Cleansing Oil is the pure oil version of the SACRED Cleansing Cream discussed above. Like the cream version, it completely removes make up and impurities while adding a dose of moisture to the skin. It is just a matter of preference whether you would like to use a cream or oil cleanser!
Next, is the fabulous GODDESS Face & Eye Cream! You all know I love a good, multi-use product! Organic White Cammellia Oil gave my poor, dry skin some must needed moisture. I used 2-3 pumps of this face/eye cream and my skin instantly drank it up! My skin does not feel or look dry whatsoever, it looks dewy, fresh, and hydrated! I really like to use this under my make up and like its subtle, slightly sweet scent.
I was also sent a sample of Naked Soul Beauty’s Hair Prayer Oil Elixir. I have long, curly, highlighted hair, so you know your girl needs some hair oil! I really enjoy this one, especially the floral fragrance. It is absolutely gorgeous! I concentrated this product on the ends of my hair, then ran my fingers through my curls (staying away from the roots). I am happy to report that my locks looked healthier and shiny, which noticeably less frizz. I also worked a tiny bit of this oil on my dry hair, which helped to smooth my curls. I really like this hair oil!
If masks aren’t a part of your skincare routine, they need to be! I tried out the BREATHE Ageless Pearl Mask, Naked Soul Beauty’s “most powerful anti-aging mask.” This mask applies to the skin like a gel, and works to build collagen and fight blemishes. It contains passion flower, sea kelp, and actual pearls! It has a sweet scent and leaves your skin feeling smooth, moisturized, and calmed. It is a luxurious treat for your skin!
The HEART Tight Mask is another fantastic skin treatment! It will “lift, tone, and tighten with algae extracts” and has an absolutely stunning rose scent. When you apply this gel to your face, it quickly dries and tightens on your skin. You can actually feel your skin being lifted. How cool is that?!
Next, I tried the SOUL White Camellia Oil Exotic Elixir, starring Naked Soul Beauty’s signature ingredient. This oil can do it all… you can use it on your body, in your bath, and even in your hair to add moisture and nourishment to your routine. My hands were incredibly dry, thanks to the recent cold weather, and this oil really helped to moisturize them. After a few applications, my skin was as good as new. It also leaves a nice, healthy looking sheen on the skin that I really like! If you’re curious about White Camellia Oil and what it can do for your skin, I suggest giving this product a try!
Another great way to try out some of Naked Soul Beauty’s products is their SIMPLICITY Collection Sample Set which will give you “brighter, younger-looking skin.” It includes 4 generously sized samples jars of the ALIGNED Sea Kelp Face & Eye Night Serum, LOVE Exfoliating Mask, Goddess Face and Eye Cream, and the Sacred Cleansing Oil.
The Bottom Line
I love this line! Everything from the sleek, packaging to the high-quality ingredients and formulations, I truly enjoy Naked Soul Beauty’s products! I had never used (or heard of) White Camellia Oil, but now that I have, I’m in love! My skin looks bright, healthy, and hydrated and my hair looks healthy and shiny, as well… who wouldn’t want that?!
It is also great that they offer sample sets to let people discover their new favorite products. Check out my Instagram posts later today for a giveaway of the SIMPLICITY Collection Sample Set and the Heart Tight Mask @VeganTreasureHunter, and Naked Soul Beauty’s Instagram for their latest sales @NakedSoulBeauty.
Have a great day!
Company: True Moringa
The Moringa Tree is also known as “The Miracle Tree” due to its ability to thrive with very little water and its nutritionally dense leaves. 100% cold-pressed Moringa oil that is ethically cultivated by small farming families in Ghana is the basis of True Moringa products. Moringa oil hydrates the skin, nourishes with antioxidants, restores tones and texture, soothes redness and damage, as well as minimizes signs of premature aging!
Best of all, with every purchase made through TrueMoringa.com, a Moringa tree is planted in your name which will help provide food security and sustainable income for small farming families in Ghana.
How AWESOME IS THAT!? Read more about their amazing story here!
Review: You know who loves a great, multi-purpose product?! THIS GIRL DOES!
True Moringa’s 100% vegan oil can be used on your face, hair and body! The “Refresh” variety contains peppermint oil which gives it a nice, fresh minty scent that I really enjoyed.
I used 1 pump of this oil on my face in the morning for a dose of moisture. It works into the skin easily and leaves a silky finish on the skin. My makeup applied easily on top of it and my skin looked healthy and hydrated without looking greasy. I also used this on my insanely dry chapped lips and it really helped to heal them!
I also used this on my damp hair to eliminate frizz and on my dry hair to smooth fly aways. This product did a great job keeping my frizzy curls under control and left my locks smelling minty fresh!
I also used this as an all over moisturizer and it definitely helped to soften my super dry hands and elbows that were peeling and cracking (which they always seem to do now that the colder weather is starting to show up). With just a few applications, my hands and elbows were moisturized, less red and irritated, and overall the condition of my poor skin was drastically improved!
The Bottom Line
True Moringa makes fabulous, high-quality oils that deliver wonderful results! This multi-use product is great for travel or for anyone that just wants to simplify their beauty routine with 1 do-it-all oil! It is perfect to throw into your purse or gym bag for an easy way to quickly hydrate your skin and hair!
I highly recommend True Moringa’s Face, Hair & Body Oil to anyone and everyone that enjoys clean beauty and helping people! This company has a great mission that gives back to people in need in Ghana, so you can feel great about your purchase! Of course, all of their products are vegan and cruelty-free… and pretty close to perfection in my opinion!
Thank you, True Moringa, for sending me this fantastic oil to review and for all of the wonderful work that you do to make the world a better place! Head on over to their website and check out all of the products that they have to offer!
Company: Selfish Care
Product: Nourishing Beauty Balm (1 ounce/30 ml) $60.00 USD
Review: There’s nothing wrong with taking care of yourself! Being a little selfish is a great thing. Loving yourself enough to take care of your skin and wellbeing is necessary to feel confident, valued, and empowered.
I love the message behind Selfish care and am thrilled to share their Nourishing Beauty Balm with you! This balm is full of fabulous ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, and jojoba oil to deeply moisturize, soften, and protect the skin.
It also includes Cranberry seed oil, which is enriched with fatty acids and antioxidants to improve inflamed, aging skin. Nettle Oil improves skin’s texture, while Coffee Oil helps to regenerate skin cells.Elderflower Oil tightens and brightens while Red Clover Oil gives skin a healthy dose of Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and minerals. Last but not least, Alkanet Root Oil provides astringent and antimicrobial properties to this powerhouse balm!
Ok, so now you know what’s in it… but does it work?!
I used this balm in the AM and PM immediately after cleansing my face. This balm melts right into the skin and a little bit goes a long way! This balm provided deep (and much needed) moisture to my dry/combination skin. My face was noticeably more hydrated and it generally looked healthier and more even-toned. It also helped to calm the redness in my skin. I am happy to report that it did not cause any breakouts and has left my skin looking radiant and well cared for!
I also received a sample of Selfish Care’s soon to be launched Nourishing Beauty Oil. Just like the balm, it is packed with skin loving ingredients like Coconut Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and other essential oils. It smells sweet and delicious, and instantly hydrates the skin while giving it a gorgeous glow!
The Bottom Line
Selfish Care’s Nourishing Beauty Balm and Beauty Oil are fantastic products. They are carefully formulated with natural ingredients to give exceptional results. Of course, they are vegan and cruelty-free! I highly recommend the Nourishing Beauty Balm to anyone that is looking to care for their skin with products that are designed to address multiple skin concerns in one easy step (aging, redness, dryness, etc.). Head on over to Selfish Care’s website to read more about this balm! Show your skin a little love!
Thank you, Selfish Care, for sending me these products to review!
Company: Dr. Botanicals
Product: Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask (1.69 ounces/50 ml)£53.00 / $69.92 USD
Review: Ok, so if you’re still here after seeing how much this product costs, you know that this is clearly a LUXURY item.
For the most part, I collaborate with small(ish) indie companies that are new or just looking for some feedback or marketing. That’s the way I like it! The more vegan and cruelty-free companies out there, the more animals will be saved from cruel animal testing procedures! (Why would anyone want to put cruelty on their face?!)
With that said, I shouldn’t discriminate against high-end brands, now should I? Vegans can take their skincare very seriously, after all!
The Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask is described to be “an intense overnight treatment with refreshing Japanese Orange to leave the skin renewed by morning.” This skin treatment also contains shea butter for deep moisturization and rejuvenation. Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil is part of this million dollar formula to nourish the skin for a healthier and overall younger appearance. As for the rest of the ingredients, they are nowhere to be found on the company’s website or the product’s packaging.
This mask is white and the consistency is very thick. It melts right into the skin which is perfect since you’re wearing it as you sleep. The sophisticated fragrance of this mask is primarily notes of sweet oranges.
After applying a thin layer on my face the night before, I woke up to hydrated and soothed skin. I think this treatment would be great for normal to dry skin, especially during the upcoming winter months. Hydration is the key to healthy and young looking skin, so this would also be beneficial for people with aging skin.
The Bottom Line
Did this product work? Yes, it sure did!
Is it worth the price tag? Well, if you enjoy trying new skincare and have money to burn, sure I’d recommend this product! It’s high quality, vegan, cruelty-free and certainly moisturized my thirsty skin.
Will a less expensive product deliver similar results? Absolutely, but again, if you’re into luxury skincare, this mask is for you!
Thank you, Dr. Botanicals, for sending me this product to review!
Company: Make Scents Natural Spa Line
Citrus Grove Body Scrub (10 oz.) $30.00 USD
Citrus Grove Body Butter (7.5 oz.) $22.50 USD
Reviews: I have been SO excited to give these brand new vegan/cruelty-free products from Makes Scents Natural Spa Line a try! They have been in the works for awhile, and let me tell you, they hit it out of the park! I was generously sent 2 products to review, so let’s jump right in!
First up, is the Citrus Grove Body Scrub. I love, Love, LOVE this scent! It smells like a sweet blend of oranges mixed with lemon, lime, and grapefruit. It naturally lifts your spirits and gets you energized for the day! This is a sugar-based scrub, so the sugar granules are abrasive enough to slough away dead skin cells but not too rough that it can’t be used a couple times a week. Alpha hydroxy acids from citrus fruits also help to gently exfoliate the skin. You get 10 ounces of product in a sleek black plastic jar, which is perfect for use in the shower since it won’t break if it slips out of your hands.
This scrub definitely does its job! After the first use, my skin felt soft and smooth and it had a nice, healthy glow. The scrub leaves behind a subtle scent of citrus which is absolutely lovely.
The Citrus Grove Body Butter actually blew my mind! The consistency is so thick and the texture is so smooth, I couldn’t believe it! Sunflower and coconut oil, along with cocoa butter and citrus essential oils makes this a truly luxurious and effective moisturizer to use on your freshly exfoliated skin.
This body butter melts into the skin completely and does not feel greasy whatsoever. You’re left with soft, radiant skin that smells incredible! You get 7.5 ounces of product which will last for quite some time because a little bit goes a long way.
I also used this on my feet and elbows, which are always, always dry. This body butter did a wonderful job moisturizing and bringing my skin back to life. If a product can make my dry feet look and feel better, it is a winner!
The Bottom Line
These products are fantastic! They are super luxurious and made with high quality, all-natural ingredients. I recommend these products to anyone that wants to pamper and care for their skin! They even have 2 ounce samples that you can buy to try out the line!
Thank you, Makes Scents Natural Spa Line, for sending me your brand new products to review! I’m a huge fan!
Company: Olìe Biologique
(All purchases can be made through their Amazon store)
This facial oil is the perfect shade of yellow because it is absolutely PURE GOLD! My skin loves everything about it and I am so excited to share it with you!
Ok, so if you’ve visited my blog before, you may know that I review a lot of skincare. A LOT. Some facial oils moisturize, others help to reduce acne and bumps, while others calm redness or soften fine lines. Well, I needed all of that to get done with one oil… and I am thrilled to say that I’ve found it with Olìe Biologique’s Balancing Oil!
It is the perfect formulation of non-GMO, plant-based, and all natural cold-pressed oils. Best of all, it is certified by PETA as a cruelty-free and vegan product. Jojoba, Tamanu, Argan, and Baobab oils blend together to make this an extremely effective daily skin treatment.
Every night, I used 3-4 drops of this oil on my face. Its thin consistency allows it to work into the skin easily and it absorbs quickly. I will note that it has a light to medium herbal, almost vegetable-like scent (it is plant-based, after all), but once it is massaged into the skin, it is not noticeable.
After just one week (actually, I noticed a difference after just a few days) my skin was noticeably more radiant, moisturized, even-toned and healthy looking. The stubborn clogged pores on my forehead began to clear out, the redness in my cheeks decreased, and I had absolutely no breakouts. Although it has only been a week, I believe that the very fine lines around my mouth and eyes have also decreased.
My skin has been looking so good that I even went out a few times without makeup! The 0.17 fl. oz. size is about $15.00 USD. It is a sample size, but I think it will last at least 4-6 weeks, so the price is fantastic!
The Bottom Line
I am beyond impressed with this Balancing Oil! I am loving how my skin looks since using this, and of course, I love that it is vegan and cruelty-free!! I highly recommend this exceptional product to anyone looking for healthy, organic skincare that is effective and affordable. The sample size is the perfect way to find which formula is right for your skin type without investing too much money. All of their products are available for purchase through their Amazon store (link above). Give it a try and let me know how you like it!
Thank you, Olìe Biologique, for sending me this incredible product to review!
Company: Cannabliss Organic
“Cannabliss Organic skincare is made with naturally rich hemp oil to provide numerous healing benefits. Our full spectrum hemp oil is grown organically in Colorado and has been shown to work wonders on dry skin, acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, eczema, and psoriasis.”
Products: Topical Cannabis Starter Kit – $25.00 USD
Review: If you haven’t heard of the wonderful effects of hemp oil, where have you been? Hemp oil is known to improve “dry skin, acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, eczema, and psoriasis.” Well… sign me up!
This Starter Kit contains the Revitalizing Serum, Moisturizing Lotion, and Hemp Salve (5 ml each). All 3 products contain hemp oil. The Revitalizing Serum is a thin consistency with a light citrusy herbal scent. This serum works into the skin easily and absorbs quickly. Along with Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, this contains fabulous, good-for-your-skin ingredients including resveratrol and vitamin C to fight free radicals and signs of aging.
The Moisturizing Serum is to be layered on after using the serum. The consistency is thin and absorbs quickly like the serum, making this pair of products perfect to use under makeup or at bedtime. The scent is unique and absolutely delicious! It smells like a sweet vanilla creme donut and I really love it!
When used together, these products definitely hydrated my skin without causing breakouts. The redness in my cheeks was reduced and my skin feels firm and healthy.
I have to note that the Hemp Salve that comes with this set contains beeswax, but the company is working on a vegan formula which they hope will be certified vegan soon. Based on that information, I will say that this salve does an excellent job moisturizing. The consistency is that of a thick balm and has a moderately strong lavender/herbal scent. It is intended to use on very dry areas of skin, like elbows, knees, cuticles or even lips. I used this as a lip balm and it made them so soft and smooth with only one use! I will definitely purchase this once they release the vegan version.
The Bottom Line
I truly enjoy these products from Cannabliss Organic! Hemp has such amazing effects on the skin, and these products would be suitable for all skin types. They smell amazing and really bring your skin to life. I highly recommend the Revitalizing Serum and Moisturizing Lotion, and can’t wait for them to release the vegan version of the Hemp Salve!
Thank you, Cannabliss Organic, for sending me this Starter Kit to review! I’m a huge fan!
Company: MG Naturals
“Imagine a world where make up is hydrating, soothing & healing just like your skin care, not loaded with petrochemicals, potential carcinogens, free radicals & nasty fillers. A world where your make up doesn’t cover up your imperfections, but actually heals & soothes, so you can have the best skin possible”
“Well that world is here at “MG Naturals”
Who doesn’t want to try makeup that doesn’t have nasty chemicals in it? By now, most people know that natural is better, which is why I was so excited to review these products from MG Naturals! This company is based in Australia, but offers worldwide shipping, yay! Ok, so let’s get to it!
The Airbrush Miracle Liquid Foundation caught my eye because it is vegan and cruelty-free (of course) and 100% Titanium Dioxide free (studies have shown this chemical to be carcinogenic). It also contains cucumber and marshmallow extracts to hydrate and soothe. Aloe Vera, apricot kernel oil, carrot seed and organic macadamia nut oil join the party to nourish and reduce fine lines! It also has natural SPF! That’s a lot of fantastic natural ingredients, but how did it work?!
This foundation has a mousse-like, whipped consistency with a sweet, powdery floral scent. When I worked this foundation into my skin, it gave me light coverage with a radiant, satin finish. I have some serious redness in my cheeks, so it showed through, as it does with most foundations. It did reduce my redness to give my face a more finished look. The formula is buildable, so I was able to achieve light to medium coverage.
This foundation is described to be “your skin, only better” which is 100% accurate! I will definitely use this foundation in my day to day routine, especially when I want a natural glow. I will note that I had the most success applying and blending this foundation with my fingers.
Next up, is the Mineral Magic Veil, which I absolutely love! It contains organic rice powder and kaolin clay to absorb oil (goodbye shiny forehead!), and silk mica which gives this powder gorgeous, shimmery radiance. It is meant to blur imperfections and fine lines, which it did! It is pretty much an Instagram filter that you apply to your face to make your skin look healthy! You get 10 grams of product so the container will last a very long time! I really like this finishing powder and it is now part of my makeup routine!
The Bottom Line
I recommend these products from MG Naturals to anyone that wants great makeup without all of the toxins found in typical cosmetics. The Airbrush Miracle Liquid Foundation gives the loveliest satin finish on the skin while giving natural-looking coverage. The Mineral Magic Veil blurs imperfections and makes your skin look photoshopped! When used together, your skin looks effortlessly gorgeous while soaking in ingredients that are actually good for your skin! You can’t beat that! Head on over to their website to check out all of their products!
Thank you, MG Naturals, for sending me these products to review!