Recently, when I was talking skincare with Rossana Sotos, the  founder of I Am Natural Store, she asked me if I’d tried Bottega Organica. I’d looked at their offerings multiple times, but I’d never tried at any of their products. I was in need of a new mist, and Bottega Organica has an exhaustive range of mists for every possible skin type. I asked Rossana for a recommendation, and she told me she loved their Ageless Face Mist. When the owner of one of the most cutting-edge natural luxury skincare retailers in the country with an endless supply of products tells you she loves a product, you pay attention. Without any hesitation, I bought a bottle.

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Living Libations is one of those rare brands that have unanimously positive reviews online. Normally, you always see one or two people complaining about cystic acne from using cleansing oils, but their Sea Buckthorn Best Skin Ever Cleansing Oil has probably the most number of positive reviews I’ve seen for ANY skincare product. These reviews are not just positive but poetic: people often use words like ‘magic’ and ‘alchemy’ to describe their experience with the brand.

Living Libations is a Canadian brand  created by Nadine Artemis, and if you are interested, do check out her YouTube channel, where she demonstrates some of her products with husband Ron. Living Libations products range from cleansers to dental care, hair care, perfumes, salt inhalers and personal lubricants. They are all very intriguing formulations, and if I had unlimited funds, I’d try every one of them. Since I’m always on a strict budget, I had to narrow my options down to three. Here are my reviews: View Post

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Recently, Cult Beauty had a 2 for 1 offer for Ilcsi masks, and I grabbed this and their very popular Sour Cherry and Blackthorn Gel mask. I’ll be reviewing the Sour Cherry and Blackthorn mask shortly, but I thought I’d start with the Apricot because I couldn’t find very many reviews for this product. For those who haven’t explored the brand, Ilcsi is a cult Hungarian brand that makes freshly made organic products. They used to sell this line at David Jones many years ago here in Australia, but unfortunately, it got dropped. I’d forgotten all about this old favourite, and it’s so great to re-discover this line after all these years!

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It comes in standard Ilcsi glass jar packaging. I’d have preferred a pump dispensing system of some sort since it’s more sanitary, but the glass jar adds to the home-made appeal that Ilcsi products have. I don’t like to dip my fingers in the jar and potentially contaminate the product, so I use a foundation brush to apply it to my face. View Post

Kypris1Kypris is one of those rare brands that ticks all the boxes for me. Their products are natural yet scientifically formulated, and all the products I’ve tried so far really work. Kypris Beauty Elixir III – Prismatic Array is no exception. It is arguably one of the best face oils I’ve tried, and I just can’t stop raving about it.

Which Elixir should I buy?

The Kypris line has 3 elixirs, and for a while, I wasn’t sure if I should invest in this or Elixir II – Healing Bouquet. I use the word ‘invest’ because these oils aren’t cheap and the full sizes come in 47ml bottles. This is massive compared to the 15 and 30 ml bottles most brands offer . So if you buy a bottle, you’re making a huge commitment since a bottle of this elixir will last you 6-8 months. View Post

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I love multi-tasking products, so I was really excited when I saw this 4 in 1 Contioner on I Am Natural Store. The brand claims that this product can be used as a traditional conditioner, a nourishing scalp cream, a leave-in conditioner and a high performance styling tool.

This is my first product from Tabitha James Kraan, and I bought the trial 60ml size. Tabitha James Kraan (let’s call the brand TJK from now on!) is a London-based label that focuses on organic haircare. Its eponymous founder, some research revealed, believes in reducing the use of harsh cleansers and using organic oils to nourish the hair and scalp. Her star product is her dry shampoo (available in two shades for dark and fair hair). According to her website, she advocates ’employing her organic dry shampoo as part of a cunning care routine, stretching the time between shampoos, and allowing the hair to enjoy the enviable rewards of regained natural equilibrium – high gloss, bounce and healthy body.’ I’m now really curious to try her dry shampoos, but I’ll try not to digress too much and talk about her conditioner instead! View Post