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Free Thought Fridays: Water and its effects on skin


Hello dear blog readers, I decided to start a new series which I’m going to call Free Thought Fridays. Basically I’m going to post about what’s going on in my brain. Some days it will be eco related and other days it might just be a quote or poem. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it! Would love to hear your thoughts, yay or nay.

Not long ago, I read this article on the Daily Mail about water intake and its effects on skin. It seems plausible to me that someone who’s dehydrated could see dramatic results such as Sarah Smith has. Smith doesn’t tell us too much about how she eats or lives her life. The only details we get are that she drinks about a litre of water in 24hrs and occasionally goes to yoga. So it’s hard to tell what real impact that drinking more water had on her skin.

If you look at the comments on the article, some people argue that the after photo was retouched. While others comment that drinking lots of water has improved their skin, among other benefits. Keep in mind that the body of an average human adult is made up of 53% water. While “the brain and heart are composed of 73% water”. So it makes sense to me that we would benefit from staying hydrated.

Btw, Please be careful about drinking too much water too suddenly. There is such a thing as having too much water. It’s called hyponatremia or water intoxication. Read this article from the Scientific American about hyponatremia.

Further reading:

How much water should you drink? – Webmd

Water: How much should you drink every day? – Mayo Clinic

Are you overhydrated? – Men’s Health.com

What do you think? Would you say the Daily Mail article is bogus or real?

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Brightener Serums for every budget level

Hi all, one of the most common complaints I hear about going eco-friendly is that it can be expensive. Not always! But you do have to know what you’re looking for sometimes. That’s where green beauty bloggers like myself come in. We post product reviews so you can get a better idea of what will work for your skin before spending a whole lotta money.

I’m of the mindset where if it works amazing for my skin I’m willing to spend a bit more. But I also pick and choose where I’m willing to spend more. Not all of the products I use are high end. You can do the same easily. If you’re like me and have spots on your skin (from acne or sun damage) then you want to use a brightener. Here are the best options I’ve found for brightener serums at every budget level. These products work great for my sensitive, acne prone combination skin type. Phew! That was a mouth full.

High Medium Low/DIY
La Bella Figura,
Modern Radiance Concentrate
Apostle Brightening Serum
Organic Lemons
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TO USE: Apply after cleansing the face and spritzing on some toner. TO USE: Apply after cleansing the face and spritzing on some toner. TO USE: Apply after cleansing the face. Dip a cotton ball in freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply it to your face. Let it sit on your skin for one hour and then rinse.
THE GOOD: This worked really well for my skin. I saw results really quickly. In as little as 4 days my spots were much lighter. Using just one pump a day can make this last longer. THE GOOD: Along with my Lavina Barbary Fig Seed Oil this is a winning combination for brightening. Very affordable in my books THE GOOD: It’s pretty easy and fool proof to use lemons for brightening. I recommend using organic lemons. Since you will be putting it on your face, its best to avoid pesticides as much as possible.
THE BAD: It’s expensive for the amount of product you get. THE BAD: Not as easy to find in Canada. Only some places carry this product. Antipodes has a USA website though and hails from New Zealand. THE BAD: It can take a while to see results using lemons. Also you have to avoid being out in the sun as using this can make your skin sensitive to sun exposure.
COST: $155 CAD
30ml / 1.0 oz
COST: $38.00 CAD
30 ml / 1.0 oz
COST: cheap!
Clementine Fields, Husk
Available AT:
White Apothecary, Urb Organic Spa
your local grocery store

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Product Review: @AntipodesNZ , Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum


Ingredients: aqua (wairewa water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice, Cyathea medullaris (mamaku) extract, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, sclerotium gum, Vitis viniferia (grapeseed) extract, xantham gum, Vitis vinifera (grapeseed) extract, Actinesis chenensis (kiwifruit) skins, Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed extract, Gandoderma lucidum (reishi) mushroom extract, fragrances of apple and cardamon: benzyl benzoate*, cinnamyl alcohol*, citral*, citronellol*, d-limonene*, eugenol*, farnesol*, geraniol*, linanool*

*Component of essential oil

This serum is the colour of grape juice and smells very berry-like to me. It must be the raspberry seed extract that I’m smelling. As for consistency it’s a liquid but it’s also almost gel-like. I love this serum! It’s been working wonders on my old acne scars as well as some pigmentation spots that I have. Besides working on the spots my overall skin tone is brighter and more even as well. I was previously using La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate (see review here). I can tell this is going to last me a while. I use just a dime sized amount once a day after I’ve cleansed and toned my face. I’m glad to have a found a more affordable replacement. Will I repurchase? You betcha!

Cost: $58.00 CAD, 30 m1 / 1.0 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Urb Organic Spa
Rating: 5/5


Slowing down

Hello dear blog readers, I’m sorry to say that I will be slowing down the pace of my blog posts. I’ve been dealing with some health issues lately and it has become too challenging to keep up with twice a week postings. I ask for your understanding at this difficult time in my life.

On a brighter note, don’t worry, I won’t be shutting things down completely. I will be back! I have some exciting things lined up for the blog that I hope to share with you soon.

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August/September: Empties

Aura Cacia Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a lot like Jojoba Oil. It doesn’t have much of a smell either. While Jojoba is a heavier oil, grapeseed is lighter and easier to spread on my skin. This oil is better used during the summer months because it’s lighter. It’s a light golden yellow in appearance and for me it feels like it sits on the surface of my skin, providing a barrier to environmental pollutants. I don’t think I’ll repurchase this oil as fall is now coming and this will be too light for use come winter time. I’m also experimenting with other oils. Oh, another thing about grapeseed oil, it’s also used in cooking! But make sure if you put the cooking oil on your skin that it’s organic.
Cost: $6.29 CAD, 118 ml / 4.0 oz
Available at: Well.ca, Healthy Planet, Ambrosia Natural Foods
Rating: 4/5

Now Solutions, Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil doesn’t really have much of a smell so it’s perfect for those who are scent sensitive or purists. It’s medium golden yellow in appearance but completely absorbs into the skin. I like to use it just after my shower as I find having damp skin helps to spread the oil easier. Jojoba oil is a medium weight oil in my books. It’s nice and moisturizing but not overly heavy. It’s also a common ingredient in DIY recipes so it can be useful to have it around. Besides using this for the skin you can also use this on your hair. But only put as much as necessary, otherwise you’ll end up with greasy, lanky hair. I like to repurchase this oil every now and then to keep it on hand.
Cost: $16.99 CAD, 118 ml / 4.0 oz
Available at: Well.ca, Healthy Planet, Ambrosia Natural Foods
Rating: 4/5

Susdatorium, Conditioner Sampler Set, Umpa Lumpa and Unscentsed

Review of Conditioner Sampler Set to come. I’ll do a full review of the conditioner sampler set when I’ve used all the 13 sample sizes up. Umpa Lumpa is coloured purple and smells very strongly of the tropical fruits that make up its main ingredients list. The smell was too strong for me so I had to water it down. But it really did a great job at making my hair soft and manageable. Unscentsed on the other hand, was completely unscented and that was quite refreshing too. I didn’t try it as a detangler but it works nicely as a conditioner. All of Sudsatorium’s conditioners are generally really good in quality. So far it’s been pretty hard to get a conditioner that doesn’t do it job very well. I think I may repurchase Unscentsed in the future to try it out as a detangler.
Cost: $58.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Sudsatorium Etsy Shop
Rating: 4/5

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Product Review Updates

I wanted to write updates for some of my older product reviews since things did change over time. It’s amazing how the effect of a product can change depending on what you’re using before or after it. Product formulations also change so sometimes that is the reason why a product may work better or worse for you over time. So without further ado, here are the updates!

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Antipodes, Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner

Ingredients list: Aqua (purified water), lavendula officinalis (pure distilled lavender water)**, salvia officinalis (distilled sage water), anthemis nobilis (chamomile), naticide (preservative), fragrances of lavender and sage, d-limonene*, geraniol*, linalool*, coumarin*. *Component of essential oil.

Read empties review here.  Read original review here. The first time I tried this product I was using other products around it that completely dried out my skin. It wasn’t pretty. I went back to it again and it worked a lot better for me. But now the efficacy of the toner has waned. It doesn’t seem to do much for my skin now. I’m not going to repurchase this when I have a DIY recipe that works better for me and costs less.

Cost: $32.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.5 fl oz
Available at: Urb Organic Spa, White Apothecary
Rating: 2/5

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W3ll People, Narcissist Foundation & Concealer Stick

Ingredients: Organic sunflower oil, organic castor seed oil, organic beeswax, silica, castor isostearate beeswax succinate, mica (CI 77019), safflower seed oil and organic aloe extract, lysine, tocopherol, proprietary essential oil blend, organic green tea, chamomile. May contain titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)

Original review.  Read samples review here. Well I’m so glad I stuck with this product because after I found my colour match I’ve been using it every day ever since. I’ve tried other foundations but so far this one has worked the best for me. It gives me a nice, even, golden glow and goes on easily. I wasn’t fond of stick foundation/concealers before W3ll People, but these guys have me convinced. I’ve also tried the Vapour Illusionist Concealer and that didn’t work as well on me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still try samples of other foundations. But until I find something better this is the one for me. Why mess with perfection?

Cost: $39.00 CAD, 10g / 0.38 oz
Available at: Fresh Faced, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 5/5

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Rahua Beauty, Voluminous Conditioner

Ingredients: Aqua, organic green tea leaf extract, organic lemongrass extract, organic aloe vera leaf extract, colza oil, glycerin, jojoba seed oil, rahua ungurahua oil, stearalkonium chloride (plant-derived), glyceryl stearate, shea butter, hydrolyzed quinoa, potassium sorbate (plant-derived), tocopherol (vitamin E), lavender oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, panthenol, citric acid.
Read original review here. My hair must have gone through some changes. This used to work like a dream on my curly, prone to frizz hair. But when I tried it again 2 months ago it just made my hair limp. Perhaps it’s because I’m using more DIY products on my hair? Now I’m wondering if Rahua’s Finishing Treatment will still work for me or not. I’ll have to experiment and find out!
Cost: $39.00 CAD, 275 ml / 9.3 oz
Available at: Saffron Rouge, Pure + Simple, Fresh Faced
Rating: 3/5 stars

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Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant

Ingredients: Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Rosa Moschata, Rosa Damascena, Glycerin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate. * from natural essential oils

Read original review here. Well, I gave up on this deodorant after a while. I started getting sick of the fake rose smell.  Also the alcohol started drying out the skin on my armpits really badly. I’ve come to the realization that spray deodorants aren’t the greatest thing for me. I also wanted to get away from limonene and linalool as much as possible. I know this deodorant works well for a lot of people, so don’t give this a nix just because of my review. But if you have sensitive skin or dry skin, especially on your armpits then you might want to try something less drying.

Cost: $18.55 CAD, 100mL /3.4 fl.oz
Available at: Ambrosia Natural Foods, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 2/5


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