I discovered Osea a few months ago in a Beauty Heroes box. I’d seen the brand around, but I’d never actually tried their products until I received the box. I was blown away by the quality of the products featured in the box, and when Osea contacted me asking if I was interested in trying a few more of their products, I gladly accepted their offer. To give you a bit of background, Osea is a clean brand that was launched 20 years ago, with the aim of creating vegan, plant-based products using bio-available seaweed as the core ingredient. I’ve seen some bloggers compare Osea to La Mer, but in all honesty, Osea products, despite being much cheaper, are much more effective and luxurious than anything La Mer has on offer (how can anything with petrolatum as the first ingredient ever be considered luxurious?). Below are short reviews of the products I’ve tried from Osea so far: View Post

I discovered Lilfox in a Beauty Heroes box exactly a year ago. I’d loved Jungle Glow, the hero product, and called the box the best Beauty Heroes box I’d tried up until that point.

A couple of months ago, Madame Fox (aka founder Alexis Rose) got in touch with me and sent me a few more Lilfox products to try. After trying them on and off for the last two months, I’m glad to report that I love the overall feel and philosophy of the brand. Jungle Glow is still my number one product from the brand, but the Amazon After Dark Melty Jungle Cleansing Balm, their newest product, comes a close second. View Post

Until recently, good-quality emulsifying oil and balm cleansers were hard to find in green/clean beauty. This, however, has changed considerably in the last few months. There are so many options in the market right now that I’m sure you’ll find something that’s just perfect for your needs. Personally, I prefer emulsifying oil and balm cleansers over non-emulsifying ones as they are much easier to use. Emulsifying cleansers dissolve in water, which means that you don’t need to use a washcloth to take them off. I do like the ritual of using a cleansing cloth if I’m in the mood; but for everyday cleansing, I just like the ease of using something that dissolves dirt, oil, SPF and makeup in one easy step. The cleansers I’ll review below emulsify at varying degrees, but none of them have broken me out or irritated my skin. Without further ado, let’s get right into it! View Post

When I first tried Earthwise Beauty’s Nap In The Meadow, I liked it, but it didn’t immediately blow me away. However, the more I used it the more I loved it. It visibly makes a difference to the tone, texture and clarity of my skin when I use it regularly, and it has become one of my favourite hydrating serums (no easy feat considering I currently have about 30 serums on rotation!). Carrot-a-Day was love at first sight (or should I say, use?), and I still adore it. Others like Ruby Facial Oil and Blackstrap Molasses Face Mask have become skincare staples, and I am yet to meet an Earthwise Beauty product that hasn’t impressed me with its cleverness.

A couple of months ago, the brand sent me a few more of their products to try (Tigress was a more recent gift), and I’ve been loving them all. I’ve been meaning to write about them, but I have been struggling to find the time to work on detailed, essay-length reviews. I guess haikus can be just as effective as epic-length poems – so on that vein, I’m trialling a new, shorter approach to reviews. In fact, I’ve given myself the challenge of reviewing all these products as succinctly as possible in a single sentence. Without further ado, here are my one-liner reviews of some of my recent favourites from Earthwise Beauty.

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Moss Skincare founder Celestyna Higgins is a person I’ve admired from afar. Although I don’t know her well, she is one of the most passionate and talented green beauty formulators I’ve ever encountered. I’m always intrigued by her creations, as she uses unusual ingredients in innovative ways.

I’ve tried many products from her original line (‘Moss 1.0’), but many of those products were discontinued, repackaged or reformulated by the time I finished testing them (and blogging about them felt redundant). Most brands do all of the above, but Moss seems to do them at dizzying speeds. Last year, the original line was put into hibernation before they brought out a new Moss 2.0 with a slimmed-down selection of products. Originally meant to be an essential oil-free line comprising just two products that would ‘constitute a complete acne-clearing system,’ it has grown into a six-product line to include several products that include essential oils. In addition to the Moss reboot, she has also created a more pared-down diffusion line called Ambar (Sanskrit/Hindi for ‘sky’ – watch this music video if you want to learn how it’s actually pronounced in India – closer to ‘UM-ber’ than ‘amber’), which is what I will review below. I say ‘review,’ but it’s more of a mini-review-first-impressions-situation since I’ve only used these products for about a month. View Post