Hair care for the health conscious

I now make shampoo! Who would have thought? hahaha not me, that’s for sure 🙂 But in the last 5 years, in my quest to keep my body away from the really harsh chemicals found today in our cosmetic and bath&bath products I declared war on three major … Continue reading

Pamper your skin

If your skin is as dry as mine I am sure it’s constantly craving moisture! I mean constantly! One of my biggest challenges while moving to the States has been to find a good cleansing milk for makeup removal that prevents my face from falling off after using it. 🙂 While in Romania it seemed that all makeup removing solutions were of a milky consistency here most of the products are really just high concentrations of soap and water. And soap does not go well on my face! It dehydrates it terribly and leaves it harsh and itchy. No bueno. For the first few years I had my mom send me the old L’Oreal cleansing milk I had used since my teen years. But when my Californialization process began I started to pay attention to the ingredients in my daily beauty routine products and discarded everything that contained parabens. And so my new challenge began – finding affordable, paraben-free products that were also a good match for my skin. And I found a few that my skin is now in love with! Here’s the scoop on the first one:

The Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk

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One day at Ulta I was introduced to the Juice Beauty line, a California based, USDA certified organic line of beauty products free of parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. I didn’t know what all of these substances were exactly but I knew I didn’t want pesticides and sulfates on my face! So I was interested right away!!

What was even more appealing about this line is that it is said to use over 30 freshly-squeezed organic juice concentrates as base (not water) which to me translates to super rich in potent antioxidants and essential vitamins which slow down the aging process. Some of their juices include apple, lemon, jojoba oil, aloe leaf, acai berry, goji berry, passion flower, champagne grape seed oil, a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells (which is blend of organic apple buds, grape buds and lemon), orange, pineapple, kiwi seed oil, pomegranate, carrot seed extract, blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, algae, bearberry, cucumber, chamomile, sage, coconut oil, etc. The list is long and crazy good! You can check it out here.

Also, the line is said to be gluten free and mostly vegan with the exception of their lip products which contain sustainably sourced honey and beeswax. But they also have a 100% vegan collection from Alicia Silverstone.

Anyways, so yesterday I finished my first cleansing milk bottle and I loved every ounce of it! My skin has reacted really well to it and it involved no water for which my face is really thankful. Oh and the affordable part: this bottle is 200mL/6.75 fl oz and retails for $22.00. Not bad at all seeing that I used it twice a day, every day, for a couple of months.

I am off to buying the second bottle today! My next project is to do some more product reviews research to see if any of their other products would be a good match for me. After all, my skin is my biggest organ so I am being more careful these days with what I put on it.

I’ll let you know what other wonders I discover! Until then, cleanse organic, kids!

Longer, healthier life or growing fangs?

A friend of mine Jessica Lopez who is a registered nurse and health coach and has an amazing website filled with information about improving one’s life talked about fluoride in one of her blog posts yesterday. I had heard of fluoride … Continue reading

Apply Yourself – Posh Spice vs. Sporty Spice

My experience with working out is an on-going love-hate affair. Mostly hate. It’s a continuous attempt that has me going mad with fury! While growing up in a communist and post-communist environment there were no gyms or much of a … Continue reading

Apply Yourself – Posh Spice vs. Sporty Spice

My experience with working out is an on-going love-hate affair. Mostly hate. It’s a continuous attempt that has me going mad with fury! While growing up in a communist and post-communist environment there were no gyms or much of a … Continue reading

To jump or not to jump

I was telling you earlier that I’ve bee a little busy lately and I started by telling you about the scavenger hunt we’ve done. Well, we did lots of other stuff, like a 5K obstacle course at the Marine Corps … Continue reading