Essance Organic Skincare

Company: Essance Organic Skincare

“HERBAL INFUSED SKINCARE: Raw beauty is possible with natural ingredients. Handmade so you can feel amazing, loved, and beautiful.”

Review:

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!

Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare: Vanilla Avocado Body and Hair Oil Review

Company: Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare

About the Company:

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Product:

Vanilla Avocado Body + Hair Oil – Sheer Body Oil Spray

Review:

Y’all know that I love a good multi-purpose product! That’s why I was so excited to try out this Vanilla Avocado Body and Hair Oil from Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare! I absolutely adore anything vanilla-scented and c’mon… I’m vegan, obviously I’m a huge fan of avocado!

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So, what exactly is calendula oil and why it is so great for the skin? Calendula inhibits bacterial, viral and fungal microorganisms. It also reduces inflammation, protects against free radical cell damage, increases collagen levels, and helps to prevent scars. It includes a long list of skin-loving ingredients such as fatty acids, beta-carotene, and quercetin for anti-inflammatory and protective properties. Read more about the wonders of Calendula, here.

Well, how did this product perform?

First, the vanilla scent is sweet and delicious. It is the kind of vanilla scent that I love to wear every day. Vanilla is great for anytime of year or occasion and the scent of this hair and body oil is absolutely gorgeous!

This product contains all organic ingredients including: coconut oil, aloe vera, olive oil, calendula flowers, virgin avocado oil, Madagascar vanilla, jojoba oil, and vitamin E. I mean, it doesn’t get any cleaner or natural than that, amiright?

As a body oil, I love to use this after I dried off from the shower. All you do it spray it on, rub it in, and you’re good to go! It absorbs very quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft, hydrated, and smelling amazing. It also leaves a subtle sheen on the skin that is so pretty! I have very dry skin and this product did a great job moisturizing my skin to make it look healthy and cared for. Love!

When this product arrived, I was actually struggling through the Flu. I had been in bed for days and my hair was the last thing on my mind. Needless to say that when I was finally feeling well enough to shower and tend to my hair, it was a dry, tangled mess. Even after I used my normal conditioner, my hair looked dead and I thought I would have to at least get a few inches cut off.

Just out of curiosity,  I worked 2-3 sprays into the ends of my hair when it was still damp. I couldn’t believe how much better my hair looked after using this! It was shiny and actually looked healthy! My hair needed a lot of help after all of that time that I was sick in bed and this oil seriously helped! I love this stuff!

The Bottom Line

Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare offers vegan, cruelty-free products that naturally care for your skin. They are sustainably made with the environment and your health in mind. The Vanilla Avocado Body and Hair Oil absolutely brought my hair back to life and it was also a fantastic moisturizer for my dry skin. Of course, it smells absolutely wonderful!

I highly recommend this product and look forward to trying more from this company! Head on over to Bodyceuticals’ website to read more about their mission and products!

Vegan Valentine’s Day Gifts That Are So Much Better Than Flowers!

Not sure what to get your Valentine this year? Flowers last a few days then end up in the trash (what a freakin’ waste of $$$)! Chocolates are nice while you eat them but they also put you into a sugar coma and are soon forgotten…

Give your Girlfriend/Boyfriend/Wife/Husband/Bae/Partner a vegan and cruelty-free gift that will make them feel special over and over again. Make Scents Natural Spa Line has exactly what you need to make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet!

Their Chocolate Decadence Body Butter and Strawberry Fields Body Scrub are a match made in heaven and are so much better than chocolate-covered Strawberries (seriously though, how are they so small, gone in seconds, yet so expensive?!) or any lame card you would pick up at the drug store. These luxurious body products smell insanely good and are sure to please even the pickiest of Valentine’s! In fact, you and/or your Valentine will smell SO good you will have to ban yourself from taking a romantic stroll in the woods to avoid attracting bears with the mouthwatering scent of these bath and body products. “Don’t say I didn’t, say I didn’t, say I didn’t warnnnnn yaaaaaaaa!”

Ok, back to the goods!

At first, I thought the  Chocolate Decadence Body Butter was a joke. It is super thick and smells like rich, dark chocolate. I was convinced (still am) that it belongs on top of a cupcake but hey, it does a great job as a moisturizer thanks to pure, unrefined cocoa butter! It just melts right in to make event the driest skin soft, hydrated and radiant!

Their Strawberry Fields Body Scrub smells like fresh, delicious strawberries… I really just wanted to put it on some toast and eat it, but that would be weird… right?!  This sugar scrub contains organic strawberries, vitamin C, vitamin E, and natural oils to gently exfoliate, soften, and scent the skin. This. Smells. So. Good!

These two products are perfect together… Just like you and your Valentine! Use these two products, and I bet my bottom dollar that you and your Valentine will be singing “Let’s Get It On…” in no time. They really are that good!

Head on over to Make Scents Natural Spa Line to check out all of the fabulous products that they have to offer! (They make some of my favorite products!!!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Review… A Natural Way to Have Healthy, Odor-Free Pits!

Company: SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant

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Product: SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Starter Kit For Women – $16.99 USD

Review: If you’re familiar with natural deodorants, you probably know that they do a pretty good job keeping your armpits smelling fresh, but they don’t do too much in the sweat-stopping department.

That’s why I was so excited to give the SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant a try! It is basically a 2 product system that uses natural vegan ingredients to keep your pits feeling dry and smelling great!

SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Vegan

The first step is the Underarm Detox Deodorant that is made to purify, exfoliate, and balance pH using organic, raw apple cider vinegar! How cool is that?!

The deodorant looks like your standard roll-on. After shaking the bottle up, you apply a few swipes to each armpit, and wait until it is almost dry (about 30 seconds). Then, you use the Underarm Dusting Powder (the part I was most curious about!).

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The Underarm Dusting Powder includes baking soda and arrowroot powder which is known to keep you dry, along with sweet orange and grapefruit oils to keep you smelling oh-so-nice! It is packaged in an adorable little powder puff which is perfect for fitting into the armpit area. I applied enough to cover my underarms (about 4 puffs on each side) and was good to go!

So, did it work?

It sure did! I am happy to report that this system delivered results! I felt dry and smelled fresh throughout the day and I did not experience any irritation. It is so important to get rid of unnecessary chemicals in your daily routine, so this system is perfect! It is vegan, cruelty-free, talc-free, paraben-free, aluminum-free, and made with naturally effective ingredients!

The Bottom Line

I recommend this product to anyone and everyone that is interested in cleaning up their daily routine! This unique system is effective, easy to use, and affordable. The packaging is tough so it is great for travel, and I love the citrusy scent of the cute little powder puff!

Head on over to SWAY to check out this system for yourself!

SWAY Underam Detox Deodorant

Swift Heist Beauty Body Scrub and Body Oil Reviews… Help For Your Dry, Winter Skin Is Here!

Company: Swift Heist Beauty

Products

SMOOTH CRIMINÁLE Body Scrub

HOSTILE TAKEOVER Body Oil

Review:

Ooh Baby, it’s cold outside… and you know my skin is as dry as a bone! If your skin is anything like mine, the second the weather drops it gets extremely dry, red, and cracked (not cute). I’m always up for trying new vegan and cruelty-free products that can help, so I was very excited to try out this body scrub and body oil from Swift Heist Beauty!

Using a moisturizing body scrub is a sure-fire way to keep your skin looking smooth and glow-y! The SMOOTH CRIMINÁLE Body Scrub is a sugar scrub that gently polishes away dead skin cells to reveal radiant skin. This scrub rinses away easily and has a gorgeous coconut and rose scent that leaves your skin delicately fragranced. The star ingredients of this scrub are coconut oil, shea butter, and sweet almond oil, so you know your skin’s going to feel great!

I used this scrub all over my body, including my insanely dry feet (I honestly don’t know how feet can be as dry as mine and not fall off!). I’m happy to report that with just one use, my feet were softer, smoother, and felt more comfortable! Goodbye dull looking skin!

After using the body scrub, I slathered on the summery, lime-scented HOSTILE TAKEOVER Body Oil. This body oil deeply moisturizes and improved my poor, struggling winter skin. I love that it has a bright lime scent that helped me forget that it is below freezing temperatures outside.  This body oil has a thin consistency that quickly and easily absorbs into the skin, giving you instant hydration and a healthy looking sheen, thanks to Grape seed oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Aloe! I’m in love!

The Bottom Line

Swift Heist Beauty offers high quality, beautifully scented products with natural ingredients that deliver fast results!

The SMOOTH CRIMINÁLE Body Scrub is the perfect way to scrub away dead skin cells for fresh, smooth looking skin!

If you have desperately dry skin like I do, I highly suggest ditching the lotions and creams. Just go straight for some body oil! I’m not exaggerating when I say that my skin looked so SOmuch better after using the HOSTILE TAKEOVER Body oil just a few times!

I also really enjoy the sleek, glass packaging (yay, no plastic!) and the simple yet stylish black and white labels of the products.

I highly recommend these fantastic vegan and cruelty-free products from Swift Heist Beauty to get, or to keep your skin looking summer-ready all year round! Head on over to their website to see all of the products that they have to offer!

Thank you, Swift Heist Beauty, for sending me these products to review!