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!

Naked Soul Inspired Organic Beauty – High Quality and Luxurious Skin Care & Giveaway!!!

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.”

Reviews:

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!

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True Moringa Face, Hair, and Body Oil Review… a Multi-Purpose Product with a Mission!

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!

Product: True Moringa Refresh Face, Hair & Body Oil

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!

2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am thrilled to share with you my spectacular gift guide full of products for anyone and everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for amazing skincare, delicious snacks or even something for the dog, check out this guide to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free holiday season for you and your family!!!

Food & Snacks

Instead of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, try out these snacks (no fire needed)! They’re healthy, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds!

Organic Living SuperFoods offers unique and flavorful snacks that you would never guess were healthy! Their Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks, Cinnamon Pecans and Coconut Fig Superfood Squares incorporate traditional holiday flavors that everyone loves but in guilt-free, good-for-you snacks! Their Supergreen Smoothie Mix amps up your smoothies and their Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend will be a hit with tea lovers! Read my full review of the products above!

You also must try their different flavors of sprouted nuts… I’m talkin’ Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds (read my review here)!  They also just launched their brand new rewards program that will let you earn points that can be redeemed for coupons and discounts!

The holidays aren’t really the holiday without cookies! Thankfully, Maxine’s Heavenly makes these vegan Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies that everyone will love! They’re gluten-free, soy free, and absolutely delicious! Check out my review of these cookies and their other fantastic flavors! They’re better than homemade and perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Oganikk Artisanal Spinach Chips are healthy, handmade spinach chips that are everything you want in a snack, without all of the bad stuff! They’re bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients! The Cheezy Paprika flavor is my personal favorite… check out my review of these incredible snacks here. Who wouldn’t love some tasty snacks for the holidays?

Bath & Body Products

“Baby, its cold outside…’ so enjoy these fabulous soaps, bath bombs, bath soaks and shower gels in a steamy hot shower or bubble bath!

Not Soap, Radio specializes in creating products that are fun colors, have funky names, and fabulous, oh-my-goodness-I-smell-amazing scents! The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower is sweet, fruity, and refreshing! You, or whichever lucky person gets this on your shopping list, will definitely exit the shower or bath feeling re-energized and renewed!

This Peace, Joy & Sanity gift set comes with 3-bubbles for bath/shower and 3- hand/body lotions so it is the perfect way to try out the products! They come packaged in small travel-friendly bottles and truly smell amazing! Read my full review of this gift set and The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower, here. I also am a huge fan of their fragrance for hair/body… read more here! They have TONS of gift sets available now so head on over to their website!

If you’ve been on social media sometime between 2015 and now, you are probably aware that bath bombs have taken over! I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few and I highly recommend the fabulous bath bombs from Soul Shine Cosmetics! The Warm Vanilla Sugar and Green Tea Bath Bombs are the perfect way to relax and forget about all of the stress that can come along with the season!

I must also recommend the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub that really smells and tastes like apple pie! This moisturizing sugar scrub gently exfoliates to reveal a perfect pout that is ready to get kissed under the mistletoe! Read my full review of these products, including the adorable Owl Soy Candle pictured above, here!

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Keep with the spirit of giving this holiday season with Soapbox Soaps! This fantastic company donates bar soaps to people in need with every purchase! How amazing is that?! These hand soaps leave your hands feeling clean, soft, and smelling absolutely divine! They make a perfect hostess gift and the bar soaps are perfect stocking stuffers! Read more about the products above, here! Click here to read my previous review of their wonderful hair care and soap products.

Not sure what to get the person that has everything? How about Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care’s unique and luxurious Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak? This bath soak is infused with Rose Quartz, the stone of love and beauty. Tahitian gardenias and hibiscus blossom-infused dead sea salts exfoliate your skin and make you feel like you’re at tropical spa! Read my full review!

Hair Care

If you know someone that likes to go “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, make sure their hair looks good while you do it!

Do you know someone with curly locks and want to give the gift of good hair? Look no further than Evolvh Luxury Hair Care!  The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner, paired with their SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner will absolutely make this the best holiday ever for that curly-headed person on your shopping list! Click here for my full review! Know someone that needs a little volume in their life? Check out my review of Evolvh’s fabulous Volume Collection! Use code “Holiday20” to get 20% off on Black Friday (and Saturday)! Also, check out “The Love Your Hair Collection”, thier exclusive Cyber Monday gift set!

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly haircare, Plaine Products has a new, innovative way to help the environment while making you feel like you’re at a spa! Their high-quality shampoo and conditioner come packaged in recycled aluminum bottles that you return to the company when they’re empty! The bottles are then reused to cut down on plastic waste that ends up polluting our environment! Read my full review here.

Clothing & Accessories

It’s the holidays but who says you can only “Deck the Halls“? Now is the perfect time to get all decked out in vegan-themed apparel!

You can’t go wrong with the cute designs from Vegan Police Shop! Their “Ferocious Vegan” t-shirt was the first vegan t-shirt I ever bought, and is still a favorite to this day! Check out my review of these adorable buttons, tote, and lunch bag! Why not pick up some cute accessories that show off your love of animals and the planet?

Jewels by SJB creates unique, hand-made jewelry that spreads the vegan message! Go ahead and pick up something sparkly for yourself, your girlfriend or just about anybody on your list! There are tons of items to chose from, so head on over to their shop to check ’em out!  Best of all, a portion of each purchase is donated to help animals in need! Read more about this fanatic company and their products in my full review!

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Corkor creates sustainable and fashionable bags from cork! This Cork Clutch easily transitions from an over-the-shoulder or crossbody bag during the day, to a cute and classy clutch for a night out! Check out my full review of this fabulous bag, here!

Skin Care

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snowbut don’t forget to take care of your skin! Without a doubt, there is someone on your list that would love some natural and cruelty-free skincare!

Jivana’s Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is perfect for sensitive and reactive skin! This really hydrates and reduces redness and is as natural as can be! There’s a formulation to make everyone’s skin merry and bright! Check out my full review!

Give them a bottle of Leven RoseRosehip Night Serum and you’re sure to make them smile! It smells like lavender and contains rosehip seed oil to help keep your skin looking smooth, young, and healthy! Read my full review!

Looking for something that will fight breakouts and clarify the skin? Zglow Skincare’s Clearing Mud Mask is a powerful skin treatment that draws out bacteria and impurities to clear the skin naturally. It also is an amazing spot treatment! Click here for my full review of this face mask and more!

Men’s Skin and Beard Oil

Pick up some high quality skin care products for your man’s beard! “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”… and little elf told me this is how he keeps his beard looking so nice!

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is the perfect gift for the manliest-manly man on your list! The Burly Scrub is a rough and tough body scrub that’s perfect for exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. The Burly Balm is a moisturizer specifically made for guys that need some help in the dry skin department, and the Burly Hair And Beard Oil will get even the scraggliest beards into shape! Check out my full review of the Burly Men’s Line here, and read my previous review of their body butter and body scrub!

Candles

“All is calm, all is bright” when you light up these fragrant and long-lasting candles! Best of all, they’re named after movies and books!

Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells of men’s cologne what we all would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like! You may not be able to give Jon Snow to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t resist this scent! Read my full review of these oh-so-nice candles!

Subscription Boxes

We look forward to the holidays all year long and sing “Joy to the World” when they’re finally here! With a subscription box, you can give a gift that keeps on giving year round!

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The All Around Vegan Box subscription box includes snacks, lifestyle and activism products. This is the perfect gift for snack lovers, animal rights activists, and vegans new and old! Use code “TREASURE10” for 10% off! Read my full review for the details!

Don’t Forget about the Dog!

These treats are sure to have Scruffy Barkin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Your furbaby will absolutely love these plant-based treats from V-Dog! My dogs can’t get enough of the Wiggle Biscuits and absolutely adore the Breathbones which actually helped with their doggy breath! Want to switch your dog to an all vegan diet? Read my thoughts about V-Dog’s Kinder Kibble and Breathbones here and my thoughts on their incredibly cute Wiggle Biscuits! Make sure you pick something up for Scruffy!

Thank you to all of my readers and to all of the fantastic companies that participated in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide ! 

Happy Holidays!

Jivana Luxe Ayurvedic Skin Care Reviews- Natural, Vegan Products That Will Give You Healthy, Glowing Skin!

Company: Jivana

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Products:

Aloe and Rose Tonic For Face

Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil

Vata Face Cream

Bhana Body Scrub

Body Butter

Sananda Face Polish

Reviews:

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Aloe and Rose… sounds like the perfect toner to me!

Well, I was right! This toner soothes your skin after cleansing and also adds moisture. It has a subtle scent that smells like a sweet, floral tea that is absolutely delicious! This toner is made with 100% organic Rose Water, rose essential oil, and Aloe Vera to gently clear away any oil or make up to reveal a completely clean and healthy face! This toner is great for all skin types and I highly recommend it!

The Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is an absolute dream for my skin! It is made to address inflammation, redness and reactivity, and sensitive skin. It smells like a bouquet of flowers and is packed with skin loving ingredients. Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Argan Oil and Chammomile and Green Tea are a few of the star ingredients that make this oil so fantastic. It hydrates and calms the skin without feeling greasy or heavy.

I love using this in the morning. I wash my face, massage 3-4 drops onto my face and let in sink in as I get ready for the day. By the time I am ready to apply make up (10 minutes or so), my skin is completely moisturized and my make up applies smoothly and easily.

This oil definitely calmed and moisturized my combination/sensitive skin without causing breakouts. My skin is less red and it just generally looks healthier! I love this stuff!

The Vata Face Cream is a thick, luxurious face cream that nourishes your skin with essential oils and herbs. It smells AMAZING… light, herbal, refreshing, just trust me! It instantly hydrates to improve the texture and tone of your skin. I like to use this after the Aloe and Rose Tonic at nighttime, however, it would make the perfect daytime moisturizer as well since it is not too heavy or greasy. For a double dose of hydration, this could be used under the treatment oil.

Exfoliation is very important to healthy looking skin. Once or twice a week, use a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells and impurities, improve circulation to give your skin a nice glow, and to improve cell turnover. The Sananda Face Polish is a nice way to do all of these things. This sugar-based facial scrub is made for acne-prone skin and removes bacteria and oil from pores for clearer skin overtime. It has an herbal/citrusy scent and oils to nourish the skin, so it will not cause dryness like typical acne-fighting treatments.

I’ve never used anything quite like the Bhana Body Scrub! It is a sea salt scrub with ground herbs and essential oils. It has a texture that’s somewhat gel-like and it’s very interesting! When you use this scrub with hot water, the scrub breaks down and does a great job removing dry skin cells and moisturizing event the most dehydrate skin. I use this on my feet and elbows, and it really did improve the look and feel of my skin. As with any scrub, its a good idea to put on a lotion or body butter afterwards. This is a unique product that is fun to use and definitely gets the job done!

The Body Butter is perfect treat for your skin. The consistency is very thick but it instantly melts and absorbs into your skin to leave it soft, smooth, and hydrated. It has a subtle scent that is fresh, clean, and herbal and it leaves a nice glowing sheen on the skin. Love it!

The Bottom Line

Jivana products are thoughtfully created with the highest quality ingredients. They effectively cleanse, hydrate and nourish the skin with natural oils, butters, and essential oils. Their range includes products for your face, body, and hair so it is simple to switch to vegan, cruelty-free products that are free of harmful chemicals and contain only the purest ingredients.

I absolutely adore how the Aloe and Rose Tonic and Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil work together to dramatically hydrate and reduce the redness in my skin. I felt comfortable leaving the house without make up and my boyfriend even told me that my skin looked better!

I highly recommend these products and look forward to trying more from this line! Head on over to their website and let me know what you think!

Thank you, Jivana, for sending me these fantastic products to review!!