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Lush’s Aromarant Deodorant

Recently I’ve been reading all kinds of terrible things about the ingredients in deodorants/anti-perspirants. I’m not entirely convinced that my deodorant will give me cancer but I figure that the least amount of chemicals I put in/on my body the better. So I’ve set out on a little journey to find a good natural deodorant.

First up,  Lush’s Aromarant Deodorant. This Vegan deodorant bar is made with lemon tea and herbs to deliver fresh,  astringent cooling to sweaty pits (or feet). It’s also full of Bicarbonate Soda to help absorb ordors and neutralize the microbes that live on our skin and react with our sweat. It’s scented with Sandalwood oil to leave you smelling good. I was pretty nervous about saying goodbye to my old stand-by – Dove – but happy that I gave Aromarant a shot.  It smells fresh and left my armpits feeling cool. I first tried it out while vacationing in Chicago and it kept me smelling fresh for the whole day. However, it is not an anti-perspirant so if you’re a super Sweaty Betty, this may not be for you! Also, it comes in a huge block that sometimes dries out so the first couple of swipes can be a little harsh when applying it. Lastly, it’s not as powerful as my old Dove deodorant when I’m in super sweat mode like during workouts. Lush has about 3 other natural deodorants in different strengths so that you can find the perfect one for yourself. All in all, I like it. It works pretty well for me and I haven’t gotten any complaints of me stinking up the joint. But I think I will keep looking. I like a smoother application when it comes to deodorant.

So I will continue on my quest for the perfect natural deodorant. I will keep you all up to date on what I find! And if there are any that you’d recommend or that you’d like me to try, drop me a line and let me know.

What do you think? Are you switching to natural deodorant or are you happy with your regular one? What do you use to stay smelling like roses?

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Happy Birthday Beauty Maven!

The Beauty Maven Blog turns 1 today!

woot!

Minnie Birthday Cake Clipart

One year ago today I embarked on this little journey to share my thoughts on all things beautiful with the world. I’ve learned so much and made so many new friends a long the way. It’s fun to see how far this blog has come since the very first post.

To celebrate my baby blog’s birthday, I’ll be giving away Safiya Beauty Luxuriously Rich Hand Creme to 2 lucky winners! Just leave a comment below and a random number generator will select a winner on June 8th.

And in the spirit of reminiscing, here are 9 of my fave blog posts from the last year:

Beauty Maven of the Week – Angelina Jolie

Honey Bunny

Lancome Oscillation Video Review

Lipstick Queen

Beating Winter Skin #4 – Must Try Products

Lush Product Review – Angels on Bare Skin & Tea Tree Toner

Juice Beauty Review

Best Tinted Moisturizers

Oil Cleansing Method

Here’s to the next year. Enjoy!

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Juice Beauty Review

So you regular readers may remember that I recently started using Lush’s Angel on Bare Skin face cleanser and I absolutely love it. But I was still in need of a great moisturizer for my face. I have always heard great things about Juice Beauty so I headed to my local Sephora to give the line a try. I was impressed with Juice Beauty’s line of products. They are all made with certified organic ingredients and are packed with powerful antioxidants and polyphenols, essential vitamins, vital phytonutrients and age-defying hydroxy acids. 

And of course, like most times I enter any Sephora, I left with much more than I actually anticipated buying. Here’s my Juice Beauty loot:

NUTRIENT MOISTURIZER:

Nutrient Moisturizer

This nutrient-rich organic moisturizer blends certified organic grape juice, vitamin-rich carrot juice and nourishing essential fatty acids to replenish and protect for smooth, healthy skin. I adore this moisturizer! As soon as I tried it on in the store I was in love. It’s ridiculously supple and moist. I feel like I’m treating my face to a small indulgence each time I use it.  I’ve been using it twice a day and my skin has never felt better. It provides great moisture without making my face feel or look greasy. And it’s long-lasting. Applying this to my face literally makes me a wee bit happier – I know, I’m a dork. 

COMPLETE INGREDIENTS:

organic juices of vitis vinifera (white grape) juice, daucus carota sativa (carrot) juice & aloe barbadensis leaf juice, organic botanical extracts of calendula officinalis flower, matricaria chamomilla flower, tilia europea (linden) leaf & rose canina (rosehip) fruit, glycerin, organic plant oils of butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) & simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed, organic essential fatty acids of oenothera biennis (evening primrose), linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed & borago officinali (borage) seed, organic honey, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, organic algae extract, squalane, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), panthenol (vitamin B5), hyaluronic acid, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, glyceryl stearate, potassium sorbate, phospholipids, beta carotene, palmitic acid, stearic acid, cetearyl glucoside, xanthan gum, sodium hydroxide, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, litsea cubeba (may chang), cananga odorata (ylang ylang), boswellia carterii (frankincense) & commiphora myrrha pure essential oils.

SPF 30 MINERAL SHEER MOISTURIZER:

SPF 30 Mineral Sheer Moisturizer

I originally was just going to use the Nutrient Moisturizer at nighttime so I also purchased the Mineral Sheer Moisturizer with SPF for daytime use. This sheer moisturizer combines chemical-free full-spectrum SPF 30 sun protection with certified organic white grape and pomegranate juices, vitamin antioxidants and essential nutrients to replenish and protect for optimum anti-aging benefits. Unfortunately, when I applied this moisturizer it made my face look ashen and white. No matter what I did I could not rub it in fully. So this will have to go back to the store. 

COMPLETE INGREDIENTS:

Active Ingredient: titanium dioxide 10%
Inactive Ingredients: juice of pyrus malus (apple) juice,* vitis vinifera (white grape) juice,* punica granatum (pomegranate) juice* & aloe barbadensis leaf juice,* cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract,* camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract,* glycerin, glyceryl stearate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid, phospholipids, panthenol (vitamin B5), allantoin, cera alba (beeswax),* magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus aurantium (petitgrain), cinnamomum camphora (ho wood) & citrus reticulata (mandarin) pure essential oils.
*certified organic by a USDA approved agency

BLEMISH CLEARING SERUM:

Blemish Clearing Serum

I have blemish-prone skin and the blemish clearing serum sounded like something that would be beneficial for me. It’s a powerful hydroxy-acid complex of certified organic apple, lemon and raw cane sugar blended with vitamin antioxidants and coenzyme Q10 to help clear blemishes and even out skin tone and texture. I’ve been using this under my moisturizer and have enjoyed the results. 

COMPLETE INGREDIENTS:

juices of pyrus malus (apple) juice,* citrus medica limonum (lemon) juice* & aloe barbadensis leaf juice,* saccharum officinarum,* salix alba (willow bark) extract, glycerin, botanical extracts of taraxacum officinale (dandelion) leaf,* melissa officinalis (lemon balm) leaf,* salvia officinalis (sage) leaf* & camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf,* algae extract,* ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), panthenol (vitamin B5), allantoin, phospholipids, sodium hydroxide, sclerotium gum, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, xanthan gum, lavandula angustifolia & commiphora myrrha pure essential oils. * certified organic by a USDA approved agency

So now my facial routine is Angels on Bare Skin cleanser, Tea Tree Oil Toner, Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum and finally Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer. My face has really been responding well to all of the products. Plus I’m proud to announce that I’ve “naturaled up” my face cleansing routine – woot! 

Have any of you tried Juice Beauty? What did you think of it? What’s your facial cleansing routine?

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Lush Product Review – Curly Wurly & Veganese

So as you all know, I’ve been trying to natural up my beauty routine and that goes for my hair too. I’ve also been having some moisture issues with my hair lately and thought it was time for a new shampoo.  I bought Curly Wurly (love the name!!) from Lush which claims to renew moisture and shine to unruly curls:



Coconut and vanilla to tame unruly curls. This thick, rich marvel is so unlike any other shampoo that your hair will think it’s discovered a parallel universe: one where curls soften, relax and shine on command. Amazingly enough, we make it all happen without preservatives. (Helen, LUSH inventor extraordinaire, says she’s rather pleased with that fact.) Coconut, cocoa and avocado butters, along with jojoba oil, control curls, weigh hair down and smooth hair follicles. Shredded coconut aids application and free-range eggs take the place of synthetic polymers, while lemons and papaya cleanse and add shine. Apply lovingly, then rinse out thoroughly (this might take a little extra effort due to all the exquisite natural ingredients). 

I have been using Curly Wurly for about a month now and am pretty pleased with it. It smells great and I can feel the difference in my hair when I rinse it out. I have two complaints. The first is that the shredded coconut bits are really tough to wash out. Especially since I have super thick, kinky hair. After I get out of the shower I have to spend an extra couple of minutes combing through my hair and picking out little coconut pieces. I still haven’t decided if this is a deal breaker for me or not. The other thing I was bothered by was that while Lush’s ingredients are mostly natural, there are still some harsh synthetic chemicals floating around in there. Granted there’s a lot more natural stuff than synthetic stuff so I’m not totally bothered by it but I am really striving towards a 100% natural routine. I think the pros out weigh the cons with this product so I will be sticking with it. For now anyway.

I also started using the Veganese Conditioner from Lush:

Lavender and lemon garden of goodness to gently detangle and add shine. Completely vegan, Veganese conditioner softens your hair with an agar seaweed infusion, a lovely natural ingredient used in jelly desserts in Indonesia. While certainly gentle enough for fine hair, this conditioner can soften and add shine to most any tress nest. With lemons, lavender, and rosemary, Veganese is perfect for regular use to keep your hair in shape. 

I really like this conditioner. It smells terrific and my hair feels incredibly soft once I wash it out. It also softens up my hair enough to allow some of the coconut bits to fall out on their own! Another plus is that it is completely vegan. I guess my only con with this would be the synthetic ingredients issue. But again I really enjoy this conditioner and will definitely continue to use it. 

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Lush Product Review – Angels on Bare Skin & Tea Tree Toner

I started using a great cleanser from Lush, Angels on Bare Skin, which has been doing wonders for my skin. I’ve been using it for about a month and have seen a great difference in my face. My skin is much brighter and clearer and smoother. I’ve also had less flare-ups since I’ve been using it. Angels on Bare Skin has ground almonds which gently exfoliates the skin. The rose absolute tones and lavender oil soothes achy skin. I paired the Angels on Bare Skin cleanser with a Tea Tree Toner which promises to calm inflamed pores and blemishes. It works especially well in the dry winter months. 

Angels on Bare Skin:

 

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Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis)GlycerineKaolinWater (Aqua)Lavender Oil (Lavandula hybrida)Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia)Lavender Flowers (Lavendula hybrida),*Limonene*LinaloolPerfume,. 

Tea Tree Toner:

Tea Tree Water (Melaleuca alternifolia)Grapefruit Water (Citrus grandis)Juniperberry Water (Juniperus communis)*Limonene.

I’m a fan of both!

Have you had any good experiences with Lush? Any bad? Let me know!

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