Misting Addiction

I am a serial mister.  I mist in the morning.  I mist in the evening.  Sometimes I even mist in the middle of the day.   I mist with my kids.  I mist alone.  I have even misted in my car and on airplanes.  Heck, I misted on a train once and I am not ashamed to admit it!  I mist prior to applying my serums, oils and balms, during the application, and occasionally I mist after.  So now you know.  I love to MIST!

I have quite a collection of misting sprays, because as I said, I LOVE TO MIST!  So why should we use a mist as part of our skin care routine?

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The spritz of a face mist feels refreshing, but there’s a lot more happening than that instant cooling sensation. There are water face mists and there are hydrating face mists. Mineral or Thermal water face mists don’t have any hydrating ingredients in them.  They are just what they say they are….WATER.  The idea is the water spritz will wet your face and hydrate it.  The problem is, users rarely read the directions on the can, I mean really how much instruction do we need, HOLD the can with the NOZZLE toward your face and PUSH, right?  Actually, no, the important part is blot off any excess.  If you skip this important step, the water just evaporates and will actually leave your skin drier than you started.  The instructions on the can tell you to “pat dry” after a few minutes.  Who knew?

Your skin needs hydration and moisture to be healthy.  Hydration refers to the amount of water in the skin.  Products targeted at hydrating your skin, are designed to increase the water content in your skin.  Think about the word dehydrated (lack of hydration) and you can invision a shriveled up raisin vs a plump juicy grape.  Moisturizers are targeted at preventing transepidermal water loss, TEWL (the process by which water passes from inside your body out through the epidermis) by forming a barrier or protective seal on your skin to prevent water loss.  Think about the word moisturize and you probably lean toward oily substances.  Lack of moisture leads to dry skin.  For healthy skin, you need to Hydrate first, then Moisturize.  You need both to maintain healthy skin.

Hydrating face mists are designed to seep deep into your pores and deliver nutrients as an active part of your skin care routine.  They are also great for cooling your skin, balancing your skin pH, setting your makeup, and offering a jolting pick me up.

Face mists work through a process called vasoconstriction, the narrowing of blood vessels. Misting our faces and generating vasoconstriction can accomplish many positive effects. It can help increase blood flow to the brain, regulate body temperature, and maintain homeostasis, which is the internal stabilization of physiological processes. But with the right ingredients, misting our faces can do much more than just boost our biological processes—it can actually nourish and enhance our complexions.

Vasoconstriction can help keep skin balanced and your complexion even.  When the blood vessels in the face are dilated,  your skin can appear red and blotchy.

A face mist with a base other than water is prefered.  Here are some great options.  Look for a face mist with a base of aloe vera, which has antioxidants, healing properties, and is 4x as penetrating as water.  It not only penetrates the skin, it pulls moisture in along with it.  It also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and contains antioxidants including beta-carotene and vitamins C and E.

Another great base for effective face mists is green and white tea.  Tea delivers a boost of antioxidants and polyphenols. Antioxidants and polyphenols have been shown to decelerate the aging process by neutralizing free radicals, preventing them from damaging skin cells, and reducing inflammation.

Algae extract is another beneficial ingredient because it repairs cellular damage and prevents TEWL by improving skin barrier function.

Additional ingredients in mists like botanical oils and humectants will help keep skin hydrated and provide aromatherapy.  There is a lot of debate and misinformation about Essential Oils on the internet these days and it gets quite confusing and combative.  Wherever you are on the pro or con side of EO’s, you should read the post by Josh Rosebrook on Essential Oils.  He is very knowledgeable and has links to actual scientific studies to help clear up questions about their use, safety, and benefits.  Check it out here.

A nutrient rich face mist is a necessary addition to your skin care routine.  So enough about ingredients, lets talk about some of my favorite face mists!  I could write about so many, but I will save you having to read a 10 page blog post.  I will try to narrow it down to a few favorites.

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator – One spritz of this and you will understand why it has reached cult status!  In a base of aloe vera leaf juice, it also contains evening primrose, marula, sea buchthorn, and calendula.  It has a delicate scent and is so refreshing.  It is made to enhance your regimen and will help your serums and oils penetrate more deeply and infuse your pores with nutrients.  It is also a great price point and comes in a 2oz ($22) and a 4oz size ($35).  You can check it our here.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics – LWPO makes 2 face mists (Elixers) Normal/Mature and Oily/Combination.  I have mature, dry skin so I will share my experience with the Normal/Mature Elixer.  This mist is in a base of Rose Hydrosol and as you can imagine, it smells divine.  Laurel believes in using whole plant ingredients which makes for more powerful, nutrient dense formulas.  This mist attracts and holds moisture in the skin while repairing damage and promoting healing with powerful ingredients like Calendula, Astragalus, and Helichrysum.  Did I tell you how amazing this smells?  The more I use LWPO products, the more I appreciate her ability to combine science and nature to achieve beautiful products that work.  You can check the elixer here.

La Bella Figura Jardin de Fleurs Skin Revitalizer – This mist is a powerhouse of ingredients and is in a base of Jasmine Flower Water, Coconut Water, and Rose and CornFlower Water.  It contains Hyaluronic Acid for intense hydration and leaves my skin plump and ready to absorb the rest of my skin care regimen.  It has a light floral scent that I love.  I am a huge fan of La Bella Figura products because they smell lovely and they work!  You can read the entire list of ingredients and check it out here.

Amly Siver Rich Face Mist – This mist is a base of  water, but it is Amly’s unique silver-rich spring water along with floral waters of Neroli, Geranium, and Lavender.  It is a specialized mist because it also contains a long list of powerful ingredients to help support healthy sleep patterns.  Who doesn’t need a healthier sleep pattern?  It also contains a unique ingredient, Snow Algae, which “activates overnight collagen production and cellular repair to ward off signs of aging by boosting the skin’s longevity.”   I find myself using it every night just before I go to bed. This mist has a beautiful floral scent that I find very calming and grounding.  Perfect to lull me off to sleep!  You can check it out here.

In Fiore Vitale Toning Facial Essence – This is an aloe-based toning mist that uses orange flower distillate and a long list of herbal infustions to protect your skin and maximize absorption of your serums and face oils. The nuanced fragrances of all of the In Fiore products are due to the formulator’s gift as a perfumeur.  She has created a luxurious and effective experience following Asian cleansing rituals that she calls the 4-2-4 method.  You can read about the method here by clicking on the “application” link.  I find her products to be a luxurious reminder to pamper our skin.  Her products make you want to take that time to create a ritual for yourself and use that as a sort of meditation and healing process.  If you want to take your skin care to the next level, this is a great line to experience.  You can check it out here.

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden – What can I say about ML that hasn’t already been written about?  Even though this contains water, it also has witch hazel and colloidal silver to ensure the absorbtion of fat and water soluable vitamins.  Like all of ML products, The Jasmine Garden stimulates all of your senses to create a true selfcare experience.  I find myself misting myself with this beautiful spray just to smell its delicioius aroma.  It not only makes my skin feel hydrated, it also elevates my mood and has a calming effect due to the presence of Jasmine.  You can check it out here.

True Botanicals Renew Nutrient Mist – I did a full post on this Mist and the other True Botanical products I love and you can read it in its entirety here.   If you don’t want to read the entire post, you can check out the mist here.

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I hope I narrowed the list down enough that I didn’t overwhelm you.  I tried to focus on the ones I use the most and also of note is that I am less likely to use a mist consistently if the sprayer is faulty.   I like a fine, medium width spray.  Is it weird that I focus on the spraying mechanism?  Anyway, if you see a mist in the photo that you are curious about, don’t hesitate to ask me about it!

 

Thank you for stopping by!

Do you need a Vitamin C Serum?

Vitamin C Serum Review

I have tried out several Vitamin C formulas over the last few months.  It seems to be the hot ingredient of the moment, but there are many varieties and formulations on the market and it gets quite confusing.

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Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant naturally found in our skin in both the epidermis (outer layer) and the dermis (layer just underneath the epidermis).  As we age, however, the levels decline in both layers.  Levels may also decrease with stress, excessive exposure to UV light and pollutants such as cigarette smoke and exhaust.

We all know the importance of Vitamin C in our diet, but why do we need vitamin C in our skin care?  Can it:

Lighten Scars √

Help with Hyperpigmentation √

Reverse Sun Damage √

Give You Younger Looking Skin 

Fade Dark Spots √

Vitamin C has a host of benefits for our skin.  It can improve clarity, stimulate collagen, and minimize melanin production to even out your skin tone and brighten your complexion.  The antioxidant property of Vitamin C has also been shown to protect against damage caused by free radicals.  It has also been shown to help with wound healing and regulating the synthesis of collagen.  All good things, right?

Before I continue, I want to explain something.  There is a term thrown around ALL THE TIME, but do you know exactly what it means?  Let’s pause for a mini science lesson.

FREE RADICALS

Exactly what is a FREE RADICAL? This is an overly simplified description, but I hope it answers the question adequately.  Our bodies are made up of molecules.  Most of these molecules contain an even number of electrons.  We can talk about atoms and covalent bonds and you can have flash backs from your high school or college chemistry classes, but I will spare you that trauma!  The gist is, when some molecules react with oxygen, which happens daily, there can be a break in the electron bond and you have all these unpaired electrons going off on their own.  They don’t like to be alone, (does anyone?) so they scavage the body trying to find another electron to become a pair.  During this search, they become very reactive and reek havoc on other cellular components like the DNA or cellular membrane.  They can pull electrons from other molecules, which further destabilizes that molecule.  This becomes a domino effect and can damage cells.  This can further lead to mutations, etc which can cause disease and aging. Our bodies defense system against these free radicals is ANTIOXIDANTS.  Antioxidants can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the reaction before important molecules or components are damaged.  They are able to give electrons to free radicals without becoming destabilized themselves, thus stopping the destructive chain reaction. Of course all of this is oversimplified, but I don’t think you parked on this page for a full on chemistry lesson.  If you did, I am really sorry, because I hated chemistry in college!

So, back to the blog post.   What are the issues with Vitamin C?

The problem with Vitamin C is that it is quite unstable and degrades quickly once it comes into contact with water, heat and oxygen.  This makes formulating it into skin care a bit tricky.  It also has to be at the right pH (≤3.5) for it to be absorbed by the skin.   The quicker it is absorbed into your skin, the less likely it is to oxidize and therefore lose its potency.  This acidic pH can make it irritating to many people, especially those with sensitive skin.  When choosing a product, make sure it is in a dark, glass container with a closed delivery system to maximize efficacy.

There is also some scientific evidence that Vitamin C can act as a “pro-oxidant” if it is oxidized or comes into contact with metals, meaning that instead of fighting free radicals, it may generate them.  Metals, such as iron, are found in our water and air.  Therefore, if your vitamin C mixes with water or air that contains lead, it will act as a pro-oxidant rather than an antioxidant.  I feel the benefits of Vitamin C far outway this possible risk.

Another issue with Vitamin C in skin care is determining the correct concentration.  There are many opinions on this topic, but the majority seem to agree that 10-20% is the most effective concentration.  The key is finding a concentration that your particular skin can tolerate and actually achieve results.

There are different forms of Vitamin C that you will see listed on labels.

  • Ascorbic Acid (L-Ascorbic Acid)
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate
  • Sodium Ascorbate
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP)
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA) or Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside
  • Ascorbyl Glucosamine
  • Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate

You can use Vitamin C in the morning or at night with your regular skin care routine.  It is usually recommended to use it in the morning so it can protect your skin from all of the environmental stressors you may encounter and you get that great sun protective effect.

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I have experimented with 3 different formulas over the last 6 months.  The first is the True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster.  This product is in a powder form so it maintains its potency until the moment you are ready to use it.  It contains 3 ingredients:

  • Organic Tapioca starch (from the root of the Cassava Plant)
  • L-ascorbic acid
  • Ferulic acid

 

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The tapioca starch works as an exfoliant, hydrator and skin healer, while the ferulic acid is an antioxidant found in plant cell walls that works really well with Vitamin C. In fact, the Vitamin C has been shown to double the photo protection of the ferulic acid.  It is one of the purest and most potent formulas out there.  When mixed with a serum, you get about a 10% concentration of L-ascorbic acid.  It activates once you mix it with a liquid. You can mix it with your serum, face oil, sunscreen or whatever else you put on your face.   It comes in a small amber glass bottle with a shaker top.  It is the perfect size for traveling.  I mix a shake or two with my True Botanicals serum.  It mixes easily and there is no mess.   I have also mixed it with other serums, oils, or face balms and it works just as well.  My skin tolerates this formula really well.  I don’t get any dry patches or redness.  What I do get is healthier looking skin.  It truly gives me a glow and helps even out my skin tone.  It helps fade scars.  I have always been a blemish picker and this really helps fade any residual marks that have been self-inflicted.  UUgh!  You can check out the TB Vitamin C Booster here.

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Another formula that I use is the Ursa Major Vitamin C Serum which comes housed in a black Miron glass pump bottle.  This is the lightest formula of the ones I tested.  It uses a relatively stable, naturally derived water-soluble form of Vitamin C, ascorbic acid polypeptide, at a 1.5% concentration.  This serum is a perfect fit for those with sensitive skin due to the inclusion of rose and soothing aloe juice base. It also contains aspen bark for gentle exfoliation, rosehip which helps with skin discolorations, edelweiss for its potent antioxidant power,  as well as shea butter and sunflower seed oil for hydration.

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This formula is very light weight, non greasy, and works well under makeup.  It definitely made my skin brighter and hydrated.  The texture and light fruity scent make it an easy choice.  I received this serum in a subscribtion box as well.  You can check out the Ursa Major Vitamin C Serum here.

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The last formula I have used is the Odacite, An Autumn of the World 15% Vitamin C Serum.  This is a potent Vitamin C in the form of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and it is combined with some extra virgin precious oils including Acai, Passion Fruit, Meadowfoam, Carrot, Raspberry, Pomegranate, and Rosehip Oils.  It comes in a black glass bottle with a dropper.  The potent antioxidant properties and omega 5 fatty acids in these oils help make this a super charged serum for fighting against the elements.  This particular form of vitamin C is the latest development in Vitamin C and has been shown to be 5 times more potent than other compounds.  It is lipid-soluble, so it has a higher rate of penetration into the deeper layers of our skin where collagen production takes place. This serum is the most expensive of the 3 products I own, but luckily, I subscribed to the Detox Market monthly subscription box and this was the first product they sent out.  If you haven’t checked out this box, please take a moment to check it out here.  This serum was created for a private client and is part of the Odacité, Private Collection.  

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I find that this product is the strongest of the 3 and a little goes a long way.  You only need to add 2-3 drops and you can apply it straight to your skin or mix it with other products.  When I first received this serum I was applying way too much everyday and noticed after a week that my skin was getting red and flaky.  I backed off and just applied a few drops in the morning and it made a world of difference.  My skin looked hydrated, clear, and brighter.  I find myself always reaching for this oil when I get a blemish or a sun spot.  It clears up blemishes very quickly without leaving the surrounding area dry and flaky and it noticeably lightens my sun spots.  You can check it out here.

I believe in the power and importance of adding a Vitamin C formula to my skin care routine.  I found all three of these formulas to be quite different, but they all worked really well and delivered on the benefits they claim.  I hope my descriptions will be helpful to you so you can chose a product that will work best for your skin type.

Do you use a Vitamin C product in your skin care routine?  Have you tried any of these products or do you have another favorite?  I would love to hear about your experience!

A Truly Botanical Experience

I purchased a skincare trial kit from True Botanicals so I could dip my toe in rather than take the full plunge.  It is a great way to try out a line without spending a lot of money and the sizes are large enough for you to get a few weeks’ worth of product and get a real feel for them.  True Botanicals is a luxury skincare line, so I wanted to try it before making the investment.  The hair care line is a staple for me, so I know the quality is top notch.  You can read my full review of the shampoo and conditioner  here.

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I ordered the Renew line because let’s face it, I need to be renewed!  When it arrived, my first thought was that the bottles were a little small.  My brain immediately went to the expression…”WARNING: items may appear larger than they actually are!”  But, as it turns out, they lasted a little over 2 weeks.  I felt it was an enough product to get a feel for the line and know if it worked for me.

Let’s start with the brand.  True Botanicals was founded by Hillary Peterson.  With a story that we hear often, after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she started looking more closely at the ingredients in her personal care products.  She spent eight years studying the effects and healing powers of botanicals and consulted with world leaders in green chemistry and sustainability.  She wanted a luxury skincare line that was effective without harming our skin, health, or environment.  She later partnered with Christina Mace-Turner, who has used her strong tech background to bring the company to the next level.

 One thing that makes the line different from other green beauty brands is that they have conducted Independent Scientific Clinical Studies with their products to show their efficacy.  They have tested their Renew, Pure Radiance Oil and Renew, Cellular Repair Serum against the cult favorite, Crème de la Mer.  I confess that, at one time, I subscribed to the hype of Crème de la Mer.  I am proud to say that I am a more educated consumer now and know that inside that fancy white glass jar is just glorified Vaseline with a hefty price tag.

The randomized, comparative, double blind trials showed that True Botanicals Renew, Pure Radiance Face Oil out performed Crème de la Mer in all categories:

  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increased facial hydration
  • Reduced facial pore size
  • Increased facial elasticity
  • Increased facial smoothness (when used in combination with the Renew, Cellular Repair Serum)

The True Botanicals Clear Collection was used in an Independent Clinical Study along with Proactiv+ and showed not only a consistent reduction in acne lesions over time, but also significantly reduced skin dryness.  The study also proved that the Proactiv+ worked initially, but had a decrease in impact over time.  Having spent part of my career as a Clinical Research RN, I love when the claim is backed by scientific studies!  You can read about the study here.

True Botanicals is also the first skincare company to have its entire product line MADE SAFE™ certified.  MADE SAFE™ is a nonprofit organization that certifies that a product is made with safe, nontoxic ingredients.  It is the most comprehensive product safety evaluation available to us.  You can check out their website to learn more here.

The packaging is sleek, high tech and beautiful.   The products are separated into several collections to tackle a variety of skin conditions.  If you have a skin issue, they have a solution!

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BASICS is their newest collection aimed at prevention. UPDATE They have recently removed this line. It is targeted toward those who don’t have any skin issues yet and want to keep it that way.  I started my 14-year-old daughter on this line a few months ago.  She absolutely loves using it and her skin looks amazing.   My husband asked me a few weeks ago, true story, “I thought teenagers were supposed to have acne and bad skin.  Why does Emily’s skin look so good?”  I am not exaggerating when I tell you, I have found myself looking at her across a room or in the car and thinking how amazing her skin looks.  She literally glows.  Now for a teenager, that is pretty amazing.  She uses the Basics Cleanser, Face Oil and the Clear Toner. I used to be able to give her my green beauty cast offs, but she won’t take them anymore.  She doesn’t want to use anything else.  I wish I could pass out samples to all her friends, particularly the teenage boys!

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RENEW is for the consumer looking to tackle the causes of aging at the cellular level.  This is ME!  This line contains super concentrated, bio-active ingredients to fight the signs of aging.

CLEAR is formulated for acne-prone skin.  It goes against what most people expect from acne treatments.  This line destroys acne-inducing bacteria while balancing your skin and keeping it hydrated.

CALM was created for rosacea-prone skin.  It also helps over-exfoliated or inflamed skin with potent soothing ingredients.

So, let’s talk about the trial kit.  I bought the Renew Trial kit that comes with a Hydrating Cleanser, Nutrient Mist, Pure Radiance Oil, and Cellular Repair Serum.

The RENEW line has a clean, fresh scent.  The Hydrating Cleanser is gentle and intended to clean, but not strip the skin of moisture.  The star ingredients are Green and White Tea, Aloe Vera, and Camelia Oil.  Green and White Tea are chosen as the base because they are packed with antioxidants and polyphenols, for toning, soothing, and inhibiting organisms that attack collagen and elastase.

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I love the smell of this cleanser, but the whole time I was using it during the trial period I kept thinking it needed the addition of an oil cleanser!   For me, this cleanser alone feels a little slimy and my face doesn’t feel completely clean when I am done. This is totally a preference for me.  I know the potent ingredients in this cleanser are ridding my face of all dirt, grime, pollution, etc. and the feeling I am getting is just a well-hydrated face, but using this alone didn’t work for me.  During the dryer, winter months, it will probably be perfect alone, but not long after I finished this trial kit, they released the True Botanicals PRE CLEANSE OIL.   I think they were reading my mind!

Also in the kit is the Nutrient Mist.  I love this stuff!  Made with Green and White Tea, Algae Extract, and Kombucha, it hydrates, balances, and soothes my skin.  This mist is a spritz of cool, refreshing hydration.  It is loaded with antioxidants to help decelerate the aging process, plump the skin.  It contains polyphenols which protect the skin from oxidative stress.  The spray mechanism on this mist is perfection.  Sometimes mists spray really hard and fast.  You know the ones that make you flinch when you spray them.  Sometimes the spray is too wide and they get all in your hair or the spray diameter is too narrow and you end up having to spray about 10 times to cover your whole face.  This one sprays a fine mist with the perfect diameter.  Maybe I am a total nerd and spend too much time thinking about these things, but I think it is important.  The spray mechanism is not a game changer, but definitely a bonus.

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The Cellular Repair Serum is a thick bright orange serum packed with Ceramides and some proprietary blends of bio actives that deliver high concentrations of free-radical fighting ingredients.  This serum is one of the few that I have used that I feel just soaks into my skin rather than sitting on top of it.  I apply it right after the mist and massage it in my skin and it is absorbed quickly.  The color is beautiful and the smell is that clean fresh scent.  Love this serum!

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Last in the trial kit was the Pure Radiance Oil.  I love face oils because they nourish the skin and help improve the barrier function that our skin was designed to do.  They absorb directly into your skin and work their magic.  This antioxidant powerhouse is the combination of many oils and extracts, but some of the star ingredients are Chia, Kiwi and Papaya Seed Oils, Passion Fruit Oil, Algae Extract, and Astaxanthin.  I have learned that Astaxanthin helps protect your skin from sun damage, which is a big plus for someone living in the very sunny state of Arizona.

The Pure Radiance Oil also smells clean and fresh.  You only need a few drops and it will make your skin feel so nourished and hydrated without feeling greasy.  This oil absorbs really well into your skin especially if you apply it while your face is still damp from your face mist.

So, when my trial was done, I was hooked.  I knew I would be purchasing more from this brand and it would be one of my favorite green beauty skincare lines.  I was in Northern California this summer and was able to stop into the shop located in Mill Valley.  I did not repurchase the Pure Radiance Oil because I had made a stop at Gargiulo Vineyards and picked up a new bottle of Vintner’s Daughter   a few days before.  Once that is gone, I will definitely purchase a bottle of the Pure Radiance Oil.  Along with the products for my daughter, I purchased a full-size Cleanser, Mist, Serum, and Pre Cleanse Oil.  I also purchased the Vitamin C Booster.  This was a new product for me and it is amazing too.  It is a very potent formula that comes in powder form.  The glass vial has a shaker top so I just sprinkle a little bit into my serum and apply it to my face at night.  I love this combination.

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Adding the Pre Cleanse Oil prior to using the cleanser has made this regimen exactly what I was looking for in my skincare routine.  It gives me that extra feeling of clean by removing the majority of my makeup prior to using the Cleanser.

True Botanicals is a brand I have fallen in love with and my skin is loving it!  I feel the founders set out on a mission to create a safe, nontoxic and effective luxury skincare line and they have achieved that goal.  I have my eye on a few other products in their line that I hope to purchase soon.  They just released the Antioxidant Booster, which is the first skincare product to feature apple peel.  I know this will be added to my collection very soon!

I also want to try the Deep Repair Eye Serum.  So many goodies to explore!  Have you tried any of the True Botanicals line?  Did you know that they have free samples?  If you sign up for their newsletter, you get $20 off your first purchase.  If you have any favorites, let me know!

Take $20 your first order over $40 use code JOINUS20

True Botanicals Hair Care

As a former Surgical Intensive Care Unit Nurse and the mother of 2 children, I have been exposed to, if not been up to my elbows in, pretty much every bodily fluid there is and some other really gross stuff that we don’t need to detail here.  None of that stuff really bothers me, but I will tell you something that always makes me want to gag….

The smell of dirty hair!  Have you ever gotten in a crowded elevator and someone in the crowd is on day 4 of their blow out?  I can feel my lunch in my throat just thinking about it.  GAG!  I don’t know why an oily scalp grosses me out as much as it does, but hey, we all have our triggers.   I have nothing against people who can go days without washing their hair, believe me, I envy them, because I wish I could do it.

As a result of this, I am a compulsive hair washer.  I use a scalp scrubber (I have issues) and I wash my hair almost every day, so I go through a lot of shampoo.  I also feel it is important to switch my shampoo every 2 weeks.  I think it helps prevent buildup and keeps it from getting stagnant.  It also satisfies my need to try new products.

I got the True Botanicals Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner when I purchased some of their skincare products.  Review of that to come once I finish them up!

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First, a little about the company.  True Botanicals, based in Marin, California,  is the brain child of Hillary Peterson and Christina Mace-Turner.   It is an often heard story in the green beauty world…Hillary Peterson was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and started researching  exposure to toxins through everyday products and what she was putting on her skin.  When she couldn’t find products that were healthy and effective, she decided to create her own.  It sounds so simple doesn’t it?  Why don’t I have that kind of drive?  Maybe it is the lack of start-up funds?  Maybe I am just lazy?  Anyway…

True Botanicals was one of the first companies to be certified by Made Safe™ , a certification program that not only looks at the safety of the products, but also looks at the supply chain.  They have also conducted independent clinical trials to prove the efficacy of their products.  More on that when I do my review of their skincare line.  They have one of the top green chemists in the world as well as a dermatologist and aromatherapist on their product development advisory board.  They are committed to bringing us luxury products that are safe and effective!

They come in aluminum containers with pump dispensers.  The packaging was love at first sight.  I make a conscious effort to limit our use of plastic (an impossible task at times) and these containers had me swooning.  The pump dispensers also make me so happy.  It is the simple things, I guess.  No fear of broken glass in the shower!

True Botanicals has several scents in their line of products.  The shampoo and conditioner come in the FRESH scent.  To me, it smells like being outside with lots of trees, I get citrus and green tea.  It is a fresh, clean scent.

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The shampoo lathers more than most green shampoos which was quite a nice surprise.  If that is something you miss from conventional shampoos, you will appreciate the lather of this one.  They use natural surfactants (cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine) made from coconuts rather than synthetic ones.  It makes my hair feel so clean without stripping it of any moisture.  It contains Green Tea Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Aloe Leaf Extract all of which moisturize your scalp while the Green Tea Oil also acts as an exfoliator by “dissolving the oil complex that holds dead skin cells together.”  That means no flaking scalp!

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The conditioner has the same scent as the shampoo with the addition of a slight aroma of rosemary.  The conditioner is light, so it doesn’t weigh down my hair, but it gets all the tangles out and my hair looks shiny and frizz free!  The conditioner contains Aloe Extract, Green Tea Oil, Shea Butter and Macadamia Seed Oil,  all of which moisturize your hair without weighing it down.  I have a lot of hair and it is naturally wavy/curly.  But not the pretty kind of wavy that I can let dry naturally.  It is an inconsistent curl and it gets frizzy, so I have to blow dry it.  This set makes blow drying easy and my hair looks healthy, shiny and smooth!

The set is expensive, but definitely worth it.  I love the smell, texture and results that these products provide.  I will keep them in my rotation and alternate them with my less expensive sets I get from Whole Foods (soon to be Amazon Foods?), but it is definitely one of my favorite green beauty shampoo/conditioner sets.  Did I tell you how much I love their packaging?

This is a definite repurchase for me.  I will definitely make a stop at the store in Mill Valley when I am in Northern California next month.

If you have used this shampoo or conditioner, I would love to hear your thoughts!