Most of us lead fast-paced lives. I find that the more stressful my life becomes, the more I’m drawn to everyday rituals that force me to slow down and give time back to myself. San Francisco-based luxury skincare label, founded by modern-day alchemist Julie Elliott, takes self-care rituals to new heights by creating seductive products that evoke the opulence of a bygone era. She uses her deep understanding of aromachology and uses natural ‘perfumerie as medicine.’ Intensely perfumed using high-vibrational floral extracts, oils, and essences, her products combine ancient wisdom with modern technology to create thoroughly singular creations that, according to their website, ‘stimulate the senses while offering hydrating and curative effects.’ All housed in beautiful red glass (a nod to the colour of glass originally used by alchemists, who considered the colour of blood to represent life force), these creations make no concessions to the fact that some us may be too time-poor (or just plain tired) to spend half an hour every evening on a skin ritual.

I’d been meaning to explore the line for a very long time, but I’d never known where to start! Julie solved this problem for me by surprising me with a very large, beautifully packaged box of treasures containing the entire ‘foundation collection:’ a selection of nine signature In Fiore treatments designed to be used cohesively or layered on top of each other. I’ve been using these products on and off for the last two months, and I’ve been enjoying their unique approach to skincare. Before I go into the reviews, I’ll briefly go through the order in which you’re meant to layer these products. This layering order, they claim, will maximise the potency of their products and yield the most visible results (while also reducing congestion). The order is: 1) Oil, 2) Toner, 3) Serum, 4) Cream, and 5) Balm.

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One of the first truly natural luxury skincare brands from Australia, Sodashi is a firm blogger favourite. I’d heard great things about the line from a number of my friends and colleagues, but I never quite got around to trying it until a couple of weeks ago. I was looking for a natural shave product, and I stumbled upon Sodashi’s Clean Skin Cleanser and Shaving Emulsion (my favourite is Omorovicza, but for some reason, they don’t sell the shaving cream in Australia and I couldn’t be bothered to order it online from the UK). I ended up buying Sodashi’s Fitness Recovery Oil, as well, and received three deluxe samples (of their Balancing Clay Cleanser with Lime, Nourishing Repair Treatment, and Rejuvenating Face and Neck Moisturiser) with my order. I’ve only used these products for around two weeks, so this is more of a ‘first impressions’ post than a full-blown review. Here are my thoughts:

  • Balancing Clay Cleanser with Lime (A$80.70): This cleanser is amazing, and I wish I’d purchased a full-sized bottle of this cleanser instead of the shaving emulsion. Its texture is really unique in that it’s a cream clay cleanser that doesn’t feel gritty or stripping. I like massaging it on damp skin and taking it off with a hot muslin cloth. It leaves my skin soft and glowing. It smells very spa-like (the lime scent is very mild), and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of their bestsellers. Highly recommend.

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I’ve been hearing about Beauty Heroes since I started my blog, and many of my friends have been long-term subscribers. The original green beauty box that started it all, the US$39 (approx.)/month subscription service introduces its subscribers to a new green beauty brand every month. These boxes normally contain one Hero Product (usually the star product from that month’s brand) and one or two sidekicks. This month’s hero brand is Maya Chia. The hero product this month is The Super Couple Astaxanthin + Chia Ultra Luxe Face Oil, and the sidekick is their Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm (these have got to be some of the longest names I’ve ever had to type out!).

As the name implies, the Maya Chia line explores the use of supercritical chia seed oil in skincare. Rich in Omega 3, chia seed oil reduces the appearance of fine lines and increases firmness of the skin, without leaving a greasy feeling behind. View Post

Metta

Metta is a natural skincare company based in Melbourne, Australia (they are, in fact, made next door to my work). The line is named after an ancient style of meditation that encourages loving kindness with yourself and the world around you.

The Metta website quotes an ancient Pali verse as their inspiration:

By wishing strong happiness for others, “one sleeps easily, wakes easily and dreams no evil dreams. One’s mind gains concentration quickly. One’s complexion is bright.” View Post