Is Dry Skin a Thing of the Past?

Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream and Advanced Hydration Mask

IMG_5672I received these samples with a Beauty Heroes purchase recently and I cannot tell you how excited I was.  These were pre release samples which I knew where going to be special.

I have not made a secret of the fact that I love Josh Rosebrook products.  From the quality of the ingredients, to the science behind them, to the maker himself.  I have never had the pleasure of meeting Josh Rosebrook, but I have read his manifesto on his website along with the many informative pages that give insight into who he is and what he wants to create as a brand.  I have come to admire and respect him for what he is bringing to the market to share with us and also for the knowledge he shares with us about what goes into his products.

I hear comments all the time about how expensive green beauty products are and that they don’t always work as well as conventional products.  I find this so very frustrating and it always comes from someone who is either close minded or is uneducated about green beauty.

On his instagram feed, he talks about the importance of quality ingredients and the value of buying from a brand that values raw, handcrafted organic ingredients used in a way to maximize their effectiveness.  He helps us understand what you are paying for.  I have always been a believer in the mantra, “you get what you pay for,” and this has never been more true than it is today in the world of green beauty.  I have discovered some of the most amazing skincare products and cosmetics that have high performance and are made from organic and wildcrafted plants, herbs and oils without the potentially harmful fillers, stabilizers or preservatives used in conventional products.  You know who is making these products and how much love and passion they put into bringing them to us.  They even carefully select packaging that respects our planet.

Let’s start with the Advanced Hydration Mask.  The pretty color is the first thing I noticed.  It is what I refer to as seafoam green.  It smells faintly of lavender and vanilla.  It is thick and feels a little grainy from little bits of solid plant butters that soften and melt easily when it makes contact with the skin.  The instructions for use are to mist your face and apply the mask while your skin is still damp.  Leave it on for 15-25 minutes and remove it with a dry, clean cloth.  I have followed Mr. Rosebrook’s instructions and this mask has been a game changer for my skin.  I have chronic, dry skin, but that may be a thing of the past with these 2 products.  Truth be told, many nights I do not follow the instructions and I just leave the mask on all night.  I wake up with very hydrated skin.

This mask is made with the finest collection of organic wildcrafted and non GMO plant butters, extracts and oils.  It contains a ‘botanical hyaluronic acid’, Indian Senna Seed Extract, and partly gets its pretty color from Blue Tansy and Chamomile essential oils.

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The full ingredient list is:

*Shea Butter, *Mango Seed Butter, *Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Indian Senna Seed Extract (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), *Sunflower Seed Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Jojoba Seed Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, Candelilla Wax, *Ashwagandha Flower Extract, *Turmeric Root Extract, *Rose Hips Flower Extract, *Goji Berry Fruit Extract, *Calendula Extract, *Black Cohosh Root Extract, *Elderberry Extract, *Bladderwrack Extract, Marshmallow Root Extract, *Ginger Extract, *Fenugreek Extract, *Chickweed Extract, *Licorice Root, *Raspberry Leaf Extract, *Dandelion Extract, *Sage Extract, *Eyebright Extract, *Milk Thistle Extract, *Rose Petal Flower Extract, *St. John’s Wort Extract, *Cat’s Claw Extract, *Cinnamon Extract, *Lavender Flower Extract, *Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, §Xanthan Gum, §Potassium Sorbate, Blue Tansy Essential Oil, Blue Chamomile Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil, Frankincense Gum Oil.

*CERTIFIED ORGANIC, †ORGANIC, ‡WILDCRAFTED, §NON-GMO PLANT SOURCED

The second product that my skin is soaking up is the Vital Balm Cream.  This cream is so lovely.  It is a beautiful pastel blue and has a slight herbaceous scent.  It is thick and creamy but melts into the skin quickly.  Mr. Rosebrook describes it as a “uniquely powerful moisturizer that combines the occlusive benefits of a balm with the absorption and luxury finish of a cream” and I think you cannot improve on that accurate description.   This magical balm can be applied over your serum.  You only need a small amount to get an incredible amount of hydration.  It leaves a very slight oil residue for a short time after application.  It works beautifully under makeup.  This balm has a similar ingredient list as the mask, full of rich plant butters and oils as well as ‘botanical hyaluronic acid’ and broccoli seed oil.

The full ingredient list is:

*Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Mango Seed Butter, *Honey, *Indian Senna Seed Extract (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), *Shea Butter, *Olive Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Jojoba Seed Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Vitamin E, Broccoli Seed Oil, *Witch Hazel Extract, *Ashwagandha Flower Extract, *Turmeric Root Extract, *Rose Hips Flower Extract, *Goji Berry Fruit Extract, *Calendula Extract, *Black Cohosh Root Extract, *Elderberry Extract, *Bladderwrack Extract, *Marshmallow Root Extract, *Ginger Extract, *Fenugreek Extract, *Chickweed Extract, *Licorice Root, *Raspberry Leaf Extract, *Dandelion Extract, *Sage Extract, *Eyebright Extract, *Milk Thistle Extract, *Rose Petal Flower Extract, *St. John’s Wort Extract, *Cat’s Claw Extract, *Cinnamon Extract, *Lavender Flower Extract, *Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, *Gum Arabic, §Xanthan Gum, §Potassium Sorbate, Blue Tansy Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, *Vanilla Extract.

*CERTIFIED ORGANIC, †ORGANIC, ‡WILDCRAFTED, §NON-GMO PLANT SOURCED

These two products may very well cure me of my chronic dry skin.   These products are game changers, so I wouldn’t wait too long to get them!  You can check them out here.

Your Inner Mermaid

Leahlani Mermaid Mask

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If you are on instagram and follow feeds on green beauty, you know what a cult favorite this mask has become.  Leahlani was a brand that I was not familiar with prior to my participation in social media.  With all of the photos of this mask and all of the love expressed for this brand,  I knew I wanted to try it.  I thought I should start with the Mermaid Mask.

My first impression was…

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WOW, it really is that green!  It is a beautiful shade of emerald that comes from organic chlorella and spirulina harvested in Hawaii.  These two superfoods, along with organic, raw, Hawaiian honey, purify and deeply clean, yet still draw moisture to the skin.  This mask is loaded with powerful antioxidants, Vitamins A and C.   You get cellular turnover with the micro algae.  Sea Buckthorn CO2 helps calm any inflammation, as well as aiding in cellular turnover.  The French Green Clay and Sea Clay help draw out any impurities, while balancing and nourishing the skin.  Due to the honey base, you get the toning and detoxifying without the tightening and cracking feeling.

I use many different masks during any given week.  I have tried some really great ones and some not so not great, but very few WOW me.  This mask made a difference in my skin with just one use.  I had some spots on my face that were mildly irritated where I had a blemish or 2 (from a detoxifying mask) that were healing but lingering longer than they should have.  After using this mask one time, I noticed a change in my skin.  The next morning, the redness/irritation was gone, the dry patches were gone and the blemishes were almost completely healed up.  I have discovered many great products during my green beauty journey, but very few that give dramatic results.  This is one of those products!

Did I mention how pretty the color is of this mask?  Because of the honey base, the best way to apply it is with your fingers.  It is thick and sticky.  After using this mask, I am definitely interested in trying more Leahlani skincare products.  If you want to check out the Mermaid Mask, you can do it here.

Have you tried any of her products and, if so, what are your favorites?  Leave a response in the comments section, as I would love to hear your opinions!  I need help deciding what to try next.

A Sublime Experience Courtesy of Okoko

Sublime Balm by Okoko Cosmetiques

Well they definitely named this correctly because sublime is what came to mind when I first used this after receiving it in my first Esthoria Beauty Box  (now Botanic and Terre).  It was actually a photo of this product that made me subscribe to the beauty box.  I mean, that color!

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Okoko Cosmetiques is a new, indie Canadian skincare brand that was founded by Oyeta Kokoroko.  If you ever see a photo of her, you will say, I want HER skincare routine!  She is gorgeous and her skin looks, dare I say it…SUBLIME! Continue reading “A Sublime Experience Courtesy of Okoko”