Most of my catchups with brands happen entirely by accident, and my recent catch up with Pedro Catalá from Twelve Beauty was no exception. He was vacationing in Australia with his partner, and I happened to catch up with him for brunch without any prior planning. Apart from being super friendly and charming, Pedro turned out to be the most knowledgeable green beauty insider I’d ever met. This is not surprising considering he has degrees and PhDs in botany, pharmacy and natural cosmetology. He also teaches cosmetic formulation at an Italian university, so he definitely knows what he’s talking about! We had a lengthy discussion about green beauty and ingredients (followed by a brief beauty shopping expedition). Pedro’s scientific and results-driven approach to green beauty was refreshing, and his products occupy a unique niche that combine green ingredients with cutting-edge technology. View Post

I know I’m late to the party considering this box is already sold out and the next box has been announced, but better late than never, right? So here goes:

Overall Impressions: I received this February box early March, and I have been using it on and off for the last few weeks. It’s a great box, and all it’s been getting a lot of love on Instagram. I really admire the contents of this box, but unfortunately, two out of the three products in this box didn’t work for me. Even though my personal experience with this particular box has been mixed, the quality of all the products in this box are outstanding and I’d highly recommend it overall. View Post

I was lucky to receive the February Beauty Heroes box way back in January, and I have been bursting to tell everyone how amazing it is. A couple of days before I received the box, I had a long Skype chat with Beauty Heroes founder Jeannie Jarnot. It was inspiring to hear her talk about her beauty journey and how she founded the company at a time when the concept of green beauty subscription boxes didn’t exist. Towards the end of the conversation, when she told me that the February box was going to be sleep-themed, she asked me if I had a regular sleep routine. I don’t. Having a regular sleep routine is one of those things I struggle with. When I hesitantly told her I didn’t, she said that she hoped the Osmia Night Body Oil would help me create a nighttime ritual. View Post

Living Libations

Living Libations is a Canadian brand with an original take on natural skincare. They have a unique, whimsical aesthetic, and their super-concentrated products are made with the purest natural ingredients available. I’d reviewed some of their products in the past, and I was thrilled to receive the following products to test and review. Here are my thoughts:

Living Libations Best Skin Ever Sandalwood:

Living Libations is best known for their Best Skin Ever range, and this is one of the more recent iterations of their bestseller. So what is Best Skin Ever? It’s an oil cleanser that you can also use as a face, hair and body oil. Unlike most other versions of Best Skin Ever, the sandalwood does not contain coconut oil. This makes it perfect for those of us who are sensitive to coconut oil. No matter how pure, products with coconut oil break me out, and I’m so glad this is 100% coconut oil-free.

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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