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 knew I’d love Boxwalla’s latest beauty box even before I tried it, and I’m pleased to report that I love it even more than I thought I would. Called ‘The Wandering Woman’s English Spring,’ the box contains two deeply hydrating, ultra-light products from Amly Botanicals and Twelve Beauty (perfect picks for spring, if you live  in the Northern Hemisphere). Without further ado, here are my impressions of the two products featured in this box. View Post