New Product Review
I have always been excited about the cottage homemade skin care market and now our new product review. For the past 5 years most of my time has been On The Look Out for skin care ingredients information and recipes to pass along to you.
Now we have added our review section for those of you that have taken on all of the challenges of making, packaging, and getting the word out on your products.
The latest products to review come from Natures Brands sent in by Mary Inoa...
The products that we will be reviewing are..
This organic facial scrub is a very powerful scrub that removes all impurities from your skin. So just in case you all want to know, January and February were the months that I used this scrub. With all the dry skin that these months bring on, this scrub was hands down the "primo" of all scrubs. It removed all of my dry skin and left my skin feeling smooth and moisturized.
First of all the smell of apricots is so wonderful you will want to eat it up! It is all natural and contains organic ingredients so everyone can enjoy. I used this twice a week and it kept my skin clean and moisturized. This is a wonderful scrub for those who want a good cleaning without stripping your skin and it even tastes good!
This foundation is a moisturizing foundation with high coverage. As you open the jar you smell a light fragrance that is so inviting. I used this everyday and could not believe the "light" feeling on my face. Also, it absolutely did not change color as some foundations do as the day wore on. The foundation dries quickly so you can continue with your make-up routine and finish within minutes! This foundation is a great addition to the organic skin care line!
Karen picked Bella Mari Light Beige B10 which has a SPF of 30
Check back soon for the complete review
This Miracle Face Food product was sent in from Susan Jacobus on 9/05/2014....
The first thing Karen and I like right out of the box was the date on the label when it was made. Only one week before we got it. When you are using natural products freshness counts!!
Karen not only used it on her face and on her hands as well. Finding that texture on both were improved. The natural smell is from the lavender. Which is very calming...
To see the Website here is the address
And if you would like to get in contact with Susan here is her email email@example.com
She will be of great help for this wonderful natural product.
These great new products out by Sportique.! Sent in 03/06/14
As with all skin care products you need to have a skin care regime. Many of us have a hard time picking a product line to stick with. Judging by Sportigue line of products that Karen and I tried you will be on the right path for good and healthy skincare.
Shea Butter Hand Cream is extremely thick hand cream. To Karen and I it had a slight rose scent.
When you have your second ingredient as shea butter at 25% this cream lives up to it's name. Once on your hands you can feel the calming effect. Not only good for your hands but will work on your dry elbows and feet.
This is a highly nourishing cream!
The Elements Cream is made with Durvillea Anttartica, the world's strongest kelp used for it's anti-oxidants. This is an ingredient that is used in other parts of the world but rarely seen here in the US.
Makes for a great everyday cream and especially when you have spent a long day outdoors. After your shower this cream will last all night long.
This is a thick creamy soap. It lathers up great in both a wash cloth or sponge. With a light citrus scent.
Karen and I both shaved with this soap with good results. You will only need a dime size of this soap to wash and shave while in the shower.
This New Product Review Was sent in 01/13/12.
From Lily at Lily Organics Since 1986
This is a great product line for people with dry, normal and sensitive skin. Lily Organics have a trial pack for each skin type for $25.99. Each pack will give you enough product to give you a good idea on how it is going to work with your skin type.
I realy like that all of these products use all natural ingredients When you look at products in the stores you will see in big letters "Argan Oil" and then read the lable and argan oil as the 10th ingredient. In these products great ingredients from the first listed to the last.
SEAWEED BALANCING FACIAL CLEANSER
This facial cleanser is good for dry skin, sensitive skin , or then the air is real dry like the winter. It did not take the oil out of my skin but left it clean. I used it in the shower in the morning and before and after the rejuvenating enzyme mask.
If you have oily skin more than likely will need the toner.
(VEGAN) Water, seaweeds, Lily's homemade almond oil soap, pure essential oils of lavender, rosemary, sage, tea tree oil, vitamin E, lemon juice, and citrus seed extract.
BALANCING FACIAL TONER
I'm a real big fan of aloe and to see that it is the second ingredient on the list is great. Second when it comes to toners I have always tryed to push Witch Hazel when asked about toners.
I have sensitive skin so I used this toner in the morning while in the shower on my nose and chin. While in the shower the pores are moist open and more receptive, and being used at the end of my shower I made the most of it.
I realy like this product and would recommend starting with the trial size.
Here is the Ingredient list,
Purified water, aloe, witch hazel, lily flower, certified organic eucalyptus leaf, certified organic comfrey root, certified organic fennel seeds, certified organic calendula, certified organic elderberries, certified organic chamomile, certified organic lavender flowers, certified organic nettles, certified organic shavegrass, certified organic coltsfoot, white ginseng, certified organic kelp, bee propolis, kosher vegetable glycerin, citrus seed extract, and pure essential oils of sage and lavender.
KUKUI SENSITIVE FACIAL OIL TREATMENT-UNSCENTED
If you are looking for an oil to use at night this one would be a good oil to try.
Any time a product has the wording "Prevents Mature Aging" to me it has to have some kind of sunscreen. Sunscreens to me are the only prevention to aging skin. After being out in the sun this would be good, but I would not ad this to a product before going out in the sun. There is no sunscreen in this oil.
Kukui nut oil (aleurites moluccana, vitamin C - ascorbyl palmitate, vitamin E -D-alpha tocopherol) Certified Organic By the Colorado Department of Agriculture
REJUVENATING ENZYME MASK
This mask is listed for skin type Skin Type Normal to dry, combination, sensitive & damaged skin and I can not agree more. After using this mask my skin felt more moisturized. If you are having troubles with your face this may be a good once a week mask. Even with the trial size you will be able to get four good applications.
Big thumbs up on this mask.
Honey, papaya, pineapple, certified organic comfrey, lily, horsetail, mint, vitamins E and C, citrus seed extract.
This New Product Review Was sent in 08/29/11.
Look for the review with in the next two weeks.
From Boaz Ben Zeev at Kianomer Spa
Dead Sea Mud & Salt Soap
This Dead Sea Mud & Salt Soap was a hit with me and my son Cam. Cam will be 13 this weekend. Just after I started using this soap Cam had his first brake out with acne.
Not wanting to give up the soap I gave it to him to use. In four days his face was all cleared up.
This is a glycerin soap with Mar's Sal, (Dead Sea Salt), Limus ( Dead Sea Mud), Aloe Barbadensis flower Extract, Tocopherly Acetate, Geranium Maculatum oil.
This is the first soap that I have used that left my skin fealing real clean and just enough moisture to last the night.
The bar has lasted in the boys shower for two weeks and will go another week. Both boys are usings it.
This realy is a two thumbs up soap!!!!
Protector Eye & Decollete Cream
I used this cream around my eyes at night becaues it is a heavier cream. Getting a lot of emails for what to use around the eyes this would be a great cream to use.
After three weeks the dark circles under the eyes were lighter and my eyes were also less puffy.
This is a good night cream to use around the eyes and neck. You have delicate skin around the eyes and this is one cream that you can use.
This New Product Review Was sent in 08/15/11.
From Jade Stevens at Rhone Botanicals& Skin Care
Shea Butter & Lavender essence
It was Shea Butter that got me into skin Care in the beginning. The over the counter product had Shea Butter in big letters on the label. When I read the ingredients list it was the 8th ingredent listed.
Rhone's Shea Butter has Shea Butter as the first ingredient. Mixed with organic jojoba oil and Lavender essence.
This is a whole body butter. It is good for your, feet, elbows, hands and face. Just a little dab will go a long way.
You just want to make sure your skin is not allergic to the Lavender oil.
Dead Sea Salt Scrub Lavender
I'm on the search for information on dead sea ingredients so I was excited when Jade sent this along with her other products.
This is not like a suger scrub this is much coarser and will really exfoliate the skin. Along with a scrub this makes a great foot soak ingredient.
Karen first used it in the shower on her feet, removing a lot of her dead skin cells from the sun that built up over the summer. Along with smoothing out her heals and toes. The dead sea salt scrub did not leave the shower slippery with to much oil.
The second time I scored some brownie points with Karen with a foot treatment using both the scrub and shea butter.
First I filled the bath room sink with warm to hot water. After using the scrub on her feet I wanted to use the dead sea salts as a soak as well. She let her feet soak for 15 minutes and the used the shea butter as a moisturizer.
This is a true Lavender and left both Karens feet and the bathroom were filled with the Lavender scent.
I would definitely use this over any of the suger scrubs, I works better and you are getting a great foot soak as well.
Big points scored!!!
And two lip balms
MANGO Shea butter lip Balm
MANGO -Unrefined Shea Butter , Organic Jojoba, Mango Seed Oil, Mango Flavor Oil, Mandarin
This lip balm will just melt on your lips and last a long time.
All of these products are good for everyday ues and will make great stocking stuffers and gifts all year long.
Karen and I both really enjoyed all of these products.
This New Product Review Was sent in 08/09/11.
From Dana Staggs at CHANDA LLC
Peptide Enhancing Program
The Collagen Rejuvenation System
The ingredients that I like in the mask are egg albumen which is egg white kelp powder, rice yeast powder which is a yeast is a useful source of vitamins and aloe vera gel.
The kit comes with three masks, a face wash and a heavy moisturizer.
When you mix this two part mask together you will have enough for good coverage. Now if you have never used a egg white mask they get tight. And this mask is no exception. It gets so tight that you may think that it is a pull off mask. But Don't. I left this mask on for 15 minutes then rinsed it off with marm water.
My face not only felt smooth but Karen said WOW is your face looks smooth. The skin under my eyes also had a tighter look.
This would be a good mask to use the day before your big event. Or get two kits and have a spa party.
True: C Serum
This vitamin c serum uses Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate which is vitamin C analog 9 at 28% and the main bases are silicone. The other ingredient that I realy like is soy sterol.
I used the serum two times a day in the morning and at night for two weeks on my face and the back of my hands.
On my face it was my forehead that I saw a change in the lines were less prominent. But it was the back of my hands that saw the most change. Having been out in the sun most of my life I have age spots on both the back of my hands and up my arm. Many of the spots on the back of my hand have faded. Now I'm useing the serum on my ares as well.
I would use the serum mainly at night for the face. Being for the most part silicone it has a silky smooth fealing that lasts all night. As for my hands and arms I would use it both in the morning before sunscreen and then again at night.
This New Product Review Was sent in 06/03/11.
I'm so glad that Kelly O'Shea from Essence of Argan sent in this great oil to review.
Out of all the oils out there this is truly a healing oil and does not have to be put into a recipe, but I did as well!!!
Starting off the week of use, I tried it in a face mask to start. Not only did I want my skin to be clean but also my pores? This is the recipe I used.
1 tsp of Aloe Vera
With the oil in the mask it took a little longer to dry. 10 minutes.
After washing it off I put it on a small amount on my face, hands and arms for the night.
I try to keep up with the care of my face as most of us do, but in the morning my arms and elbows that got the most moisturizing benefit.
For the week I applied just a small amount on my face, hands and arms in the morning and at night.
The only difference was in the morning I would run my hands through my hair to hold it in place for the day. It would hold my hair in place and not look greasy.
Also one day out in the yard all day I did get some sun even though I had sunscreen on. After a shower I mixed 1 tsp aloe Vera and two pumps of Argan Oil together for and after the shower moisturizer.
At the end of the week my skin for one did not break out. And even being just over 50 my skin would have broke out with other oils.
Hands down (no pun intended) it was my elbows that got the best relief.
On the program "The Doctors" they had a tip of using Almond oil for helping the dark circles under your eyes. I would use Argan oil instead. The one point they did make is it would be a month before one could see any change in coloring. This is a good point when it comes to skin care, give it time there is no quick fix it is the good skin care routine that will give you the skin you are looking for.
To give a good review I look for the good first and then the down side. I spent more time looking for a down side to this oil and could not come up with a thing. The oil is good for your skin; you can use it on your hair, mild enough to us on a babies skin and you can use it for cooking. Yep you can eat it.
And that is not even getting into what it does for the working conditions of Berber Women in Morocco. That is another story in itself.
When it comes to a product the packaging can make or break a good product. The pump is first class when it comes to using oil. It gives you the right amount that you will need. One or two pumps. It also keeps you hands from getting into the container and contaminating the rest or your oil.
This oil is good for moisturizing but as well healing. I’m sure there is a part of your skin that could use Argan oil. For me it will be under my eyes and my elbows.
This New Product Review Was sent in 08/31/10.
Beautiful Skin by Renee
With, Rosehip Seed Oil, Vitamin E. Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Oil and Essential Oil of Rose I know I'm going to like this oil. I will be using it at night and in the morning for a week.
To start Karen and I both really like this combination of oils. With a very light rose/nut smell.
We both think that it is an oil for the whole body not just the face.
Many of the oils that are good for premature ageing are in here. Along with helping irritated skin. In the summer after your sunburn when your skin is dry this would be a good oil to use. In the winter this would be a good oil to use after your shower before drying off.
I have read articles about using oil in black hair care and believe this oil would be good for that as well.
Here is a little info on the oils used it this combination
Rosehip Seed Oil
Helps to counter the drying effects of the sun which are usually first noticed in fine wrinkle lines or "crows feet" around the eyes and mouth. Evens tone and smoothes roughness. A natural moisturizer for dry, sensitive, allergic, sun damaged, problem skin conditions and daily skin care.
Vitamin E. Oil
Vitamin E oil is a key ingredient of various anti-ageing creams and lotions because of its anti-aging effect. It is useful for reducing the visible fine lines and wrinkles of the skin and thus makes the skin look younger. The antioxidant properties of vitamin E oil prove to be quite valuable for the this type of skin problem.
Sun Burns and Sun Protection: Vitamin E oil is used to treat sunburns. They are absorbed by the epidermis layer of the skin and soothe the minor damages caused by ultraviolet radiations. It is used in making sunscreen lotions. When added to sunscreen, it enhances its effect. However, to get the best result one should apply it at least 20 minutes prior to any type of sun exposure.
Treating Scars Vitamin E oil is useful for removing scars from the skin. When it is regularly applied on acne scars or scars caused due to some bruises, it first softens the area and then lightens the mark within a few weeks. The scars will disappear within a few months. It is equally effective in reducing stretch marks. However, it may not be very effective for surgical scars.
Macadamia Nut Oil
It is suitable for all skin types but is particularly good for dry or mature skin because of its high percentage of palmitoleic acid. The palmitoleic acid protects the skin just like human sebum does.
Considered by many to be the best for antiaging products because of its high percentage of palmitoleic oil. Recommend for both hair care and skin care products, such as creams, lotions, massage oils, hair conditioners, facial cleansers, and as a carrier for essential oils. It is especially useful for dry skin, irritated skin, or for use as an antiaging ingredient.
Hemp Seed Oil
The hemp seed oil that is used for cosmetics and skin care products contains a high amount of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids), which makes it an important ingredient in anti-inflammatory skin care formulations. For this reason it is beneficial, as it helps to heal skin lesions, balance dry skin and fight skin inflammations. It is a non-greasy, emollient and moisturizing compound with excellent anti-aging and moisture balancing properties.
Carrot Seed Oil
This thin, yellow oil distilled from ground seeds is rich in Beta-Carotene and is valued for its soothing, relaxing properties. It is believed to stimulate cell renewal as well as the sweat and sebaceous glands. It is beneficial to mature or dry skin, helping to deter or reduce wrinkles. It also protects skin exposed to weather extremes. The oil has a heavy, woodsy, earthy, fruity scent.
Essential Oil of Rose
Oil of Rose helps combat the environmental damages, replenish the skin’s natural oils and have a calming effect on the skin. Regular use helps fight fine lines and makes skin flawless.
In addition it is good for skin allergies, dermatitis, broken capillaries, scars, inflamed skin and eczema. They are particularly good for dry and mature skins.
This New Product Review Was sent in 07/08/10.
Be Natural Organics
This Anti-Aging Collection came with four samples.
You only will need a small amount on your palm. This works up a great lather in no time. Even though it has a creamy feel to it when you are massaging it into your face and neck, it rinses off very clean.
The creamy feel and the thick lather gave me the idea the next morning to use it as a shaving cream. It worked great! If I were Be Natural Organic's I would make a two 4oz package set so you could keep one by the sink and one in the shower.
Right after washing and drying my face I put on a small amount of the Enzyme Peel on. My skin had a tingling feeling to it. I even put it around my eyes and it was not too harsh for my sensitive skin.
This is a very light liquid and gave my skin a cool feeling to it.
The Sea Kelp moisturizer has a very light green tea smell to it. My skin soaked it right up. This did not leave my skin feeling greasy at all.
My Over All Thoughts on this Product.
The first ingredient on their list is Aloe Vera Juice. Now I have to say I'm the biggest believer of Aloe Vera. It has been used on peoples' skin forever with good benefits. So if you have skin that can be sensitive to skin care products I would give this skin care routine a try.
I get the question at least three times a week about the wanting to mix more and more ingredients together. Now you cannot get an "all in one" mixture to do it all. You can not mix an exfoliant with a moisturizer, they are not trying to sell more products, it is just the way it works.
This is a four step routine. Cleanse, exfoliate, then a balance mist and then finish with a moisturizer.
It does not take that much time to do all four steps. This is a good start to a new skin care routine. If there is a step that you would like to change or there may be one step that does not agree with your skin, then you can change one step and keep what is working.
At last I really think this is a well made small batch product. When you do order it, it will be fresh and do what the lable says it will do.
They sent the Anti-Aging Collection if you are thinking about a new start to your skin care I would give this a try. With any skin care change you have to give it some time, there really is no over night miracle cream....
This New Product Review Was sent in 3/19/10.
This new mask is a 21 day program that I will be starting on 3/21/10 and as I use it I will be posting in a blog style on how it goes...
Day One 03/21/10
With just a little stir on went the mask. It does come already to use out of the jar. No need to add water.
I went over my face two times to make sure it was covered, and on thick enough.
Filling up the spray bottle with warm water to keep it from drying out. Then I came up with the idea of filling up the sink with hot water and holding my face over the sink to not only keep the mask moist but great for my sinuses.
Day Two 03/22/10
After a long day of flying I ended up in Jacksonville Fla. To end the day with Moor Mask. The 5 minutes was a great way to unwind. The only mistake was putting a little too much water on during the mask. Not that it washed it off only making it a little thin on one side.
It left a clean feeling and smooth skin. I am not putting any other creams on my face to see what the affect of the mask will be on its own.
Day Three 03/23/10
It was the next morning that I saw the first change. It was in shaving. I got a real close shave. Now I'm not sure if it was because my whiskers were standing up more or if it was because my skin was softer. I do know it was not my razor. I use inexpensive disposable ones and it is not new. Even at the five o'clock shadow time my face was still smoother than it has been at that time.
Day Four 03/24/10
Well my son Ben and I were out late at the BobCats game and having to get up early the next morning I did not take the time to put on the mask tonight.
In the morning I still got a close shave.
Day Five 03/25/10
Tonight I found out that if I take just a little water and run it through my hair it gets it off my face so the mask does not get in my hair.
After 5 minutes I rinsed off the mask with warm water.
While the mask was on I was thinking if I would have to wash my face. Although there was no need. My face felt very clean.
With the black color of the mask, the steam from the sink, The clean skin, in the end it did feel like I had been to a spa.
Day Six 03/26/10
The skin on my nose when I started was on the red side and today it is more the color of the rest of my face.
Day Seven 03/27/10
Well this is the 1/3 of the way through the program. My skin is really softer and I am liking the close shave.
I have to spray my face three times to keep it moist at this time. The mask product has a little water on the top so I know that it is as moist as it was when I started.
Karen says she can see that my face looks smoother.
Day Eight 03/28/10
I am sticking with the 5 minutes each night. Tonight I did change it a little by brushing my teeth while the mask was on. I only had to wait another 1 minute until taking off the mask.
Day Nine 03/29/10
Well I was running out of steam today so I did my mask and teeth early and got ready for bed around 8:00pm. Having to get up a 5:15 in the morning. This is something I would do at night for sure.
Day Ten 03/30/10
Well I'm out on an over-night and during the day in my bag some of the water leaked out of my mask. I did keep it in a zip lock bag so no big deal. So I just added a little to my jar. That is one thing I do not know if it is water or something else?
For the last 3 days I have not seen any change in my skin from day 4 and 5.
Day Elevin 03/31/10
I got this not from Meg.
Have been reading your review blog every few days (it’s very personable and interesting) and just wanted to let you know:
You should be building up to leaving the mask on for 10 minutes. Over the course of the 21 day program - the final 10 days and thereafter on maintenance applications – the mask should remain on your skin for 10 minutes – this is probably why you have not seen any progression over the last few days?
The liquid in the jar IS water – but it is water from the moors. If you are adding water to the jar to keep the mask moist – please ensure you use bottled or filtered water as normal tap water can contaminate the remaining mask in the jar.
Please don’t hesitate to email if you have any queries.
This is one reason I like the cottage products. It is easy to keep in touch with the people making these products. And you find out more about what you are using and how to use it to get the most out of it.
I changed the time up to 10 minutes.
Day Twelve 04/01/10
With 2 nights of leaving the mask on for 10 minutes each night I can feel and see my skin has changed. My color is more even. My forhead is less red and by know my nose is the same color as my cheeks.
When I was in the third grade I was hit by a car in the winter. My face got a lot of cinders in it and my nose had to be scrubbed with a brush to get them all out. So my nose skin is very smooth but has been on the red side, especially in the summer with the sun.
Today it is supposed to be in the 80's and a lot of sun...We will see how this mask works as the season changes from spring to more of a summer weather.
Day Thirteen 04/02/10
Well my skin does seem to be getting softer. I find myself feeling my face during the day. Even with a little sun on my face it was not dry at all. I still have not used any other creams on my face.
Day Fourteen 04/03/10
At the end of the day my whiskers did not seem to be like the old 5:oopm shadow. Tonight I did have to add some bottled water to the mask. It was getting dry around the side. So I scraped it all down to the bottom and then added some more water. And I am still keeping it on for just over the 10 minutes.
2/3 rds of the way through the program and my skin feels good!
Day Fifteen 04/04/10
Well here it is Easter and what a long weekend. I got sometime to myself with the mask. My skin has a even color even having been outside for most of the day.
Day Sixteen 04/05/10
My skin seems to have a bounce back feeling to it. After a full day of flying my skin still feels good.
Day Sevinteen 04/06/10
With only four more day to go there will be enough mask for a full 21 days. The sprayer has work well and the brush has only lost a few bristles. My forhead has a smoother look and feel than when I started.
Day Sevinteen 04/07/10
Well my 5:00 shadow is all but gone. I am getting a really close shave. And my skin has an even color even with some suntan on my face. Still not using any other skin care cream on my face and it is not dry.
Day Eighteen 04/08/10
Well with spring here my face has gotten some color. I thought that the mask would be to dry on my face. But my skin is still soft and smooth and the tan is not showing any sign of drying.
Day Nineteen 04/09/10
I left the mask on for 15 minutes. Well I put it on and Karen was watching the tv and I got hooked on the show. I did keep it wet. It turned out ok being on that long.
Day Twenty 04/10/10
I find my self feeling my face more just to feel the soft skin. And not only being soft it is plumped up.
Day Twenty-one 04/11/10
Well out of the 21 days I only missed one night. I still have enough for four more nights and will wait a month and use it for 3 nights in a row then.
My skin is a lot smoother and more even in color. The sprayer and brush held up great. There was just a little drying of the mask that made it a little lumpy in the end but no big deal. I would buy two small bottles over one large one.
This would be a great add to your product line if you own a spa. Start with the one treatment and then sell a bottle for your customer to take home...
I would like to thank Meg for sending her mask for me to try!