Since I've started doing reviews on here, I've mostly gotten the chance to try out products from many different companies that sell organic, natural, hand made skin care. Because of the opportunities I've gotten to review these products I've been introduced to the world of chemical- free skin and hair care and have never looked back since. I've encountered awesome products from great companies that sincerely want to make and sell only 100% natural products, but I have also encountered several companies that claim to sell products that are organic and chemical free when they are in fact actually not. All it takes is a glance at a product's ingredients list to see what it's truly made from.
But I'm happy to say a company I recently found out about called Foreue is seriously the real deal. Foreue wants their customers to know that they can take comfort in knowing that only the best ingredients from nature, that bring no harm to animals yet bring high quality to humans, are included in their formulas.
Foreue also wants their products to WORK and strives to educate and offer the best natural products possible while doing their part to make the world a greener place.
Now when I say these products are 100% natural I am not even slightly kidding. All their beauty and personal care products are formulated with hand picked quality ingredients, featuring herbs, flowers, seeds, nuts, spices, clay, essential oils, vegetable base oils, and or oatmeal. Their soap is made from scratch, the old fashioned way. Using the cold processed method, it takes 5 weeks to complete a batch.
And as I've mentioned before, chemicals, synthetics and parabens in skin care products should be avoided. These additives can get into your bloodstream as toxins or clog your pores preventing good skin health (a little as a time). The detergent bars (some call soap) in the supermarket may seem harmless but in fact they may strip away our skin's natural sebum.
I was lucky enough to get a chance to try out several of these fantasic skin care products. First was their Rosewater Toner. Normally, I make my own toners because when I do I know exactly what I'm putting into them and can be sure that no toxic chemicals are being included. I was thrilled to read that the only ingredients in this toner was literally just Rosewater and Vegitable Gylcerin. That's it! It smells incredible and works great as part of my skin care routine before moisterizing. Next, I got to try the Replenish, Facial Moisterizing Serum. I've always wanted to try facial serums but was always afraid that since they have an oily texture to them (and I have oily skin) that they would some how clog my pores or make my oily skin even worse. But I've been pleasantly surprised that this serum hasn't done either of these things. Going on your skin it's pretty slick and greasy but after about 10-15 minutes my skin simply soaked it right in, leaving no oily residue behind. It's a great night time moisturizer and I've been looking for a good organic moisturizer for a long time now. The Replenish, Facial Moisterizing Serum is also made from some very comforting ingredients. It's made out of Jojoba Rose Hip (organic), Avocado, Wheat Germ, Borage (organic), primrose oil, carrot oil, Vitamin E and proprietary floral essential oils. Can't get anymore natural then that and most serums I've looked into had tons of weird ingredients in them. I can't wait to see, in the long run, the effect of using this serum will have on my skin. Especially since moisturizing is one of the most important things you can do to combat future signs of aging.
Now here is a giveaway everyone is going to love and want to enter. As I've mentioned in previous posts Couture Nerd is having a giveaway everyday in July. And I'm talking MAJOR giveaways. This one in particular is for a $100 giftcard to Sephora. Now if Lush is my candy store for bath/body/hair products, then Sephora is the make-up candy store of my sweet sweet dreams! I went there one time with my sister and I literally didn't want to leave. I wanted to sleep on their floor and play with their make-up samples all night long. But then I remembered I had a kid in a stroller with me and snapped myself out of the fantasy of hiding behind the MAC make-up section until the lights went out. So if you also have fantasies of living inside a make-up store and want to enter this fabulous giveaway then head over to the mother of all giveaway blogs, Couture Nerd and enter this giveaway, along with all the other's they've got running!
Well, get used to these Couture Nerd posts because their giveaways keep getting better and better, and I'm going to make sure and enter all of them! lol Well for this wonderful edition of awesome giveaways, Couture Nerd is giving away a $100 Visa Giftcard! This way if I don't win the Lush Cosmetics Giftcard giveaway I still got a shot at this one and I can blow all of it on Lush! haha. So make sure to head on down to Couture Nerd and enter this giveaway along with all the other great ones they've got going. And keep a look out for future giveaways since they are having one every day in July!
I honestly think that Couture Nerd is officially my favorite blog. They have been having some incredible giveaways lately and every day in July they will be hosting a new giveaway. And these aren't your ordinary giveaways these are MAJOR ones. Recently I made a post about their $200 Giftcard giveaway to Lush which I'm dying to win and now they are having a $100 Giftcard Giveaway to any store you want! I've never seen a blog do a giveaway for literally any store that you choose. Of course if I win I'm going to choose Lush because I could totally get my money's worth at that store and Couture Nerd has already gotten my hopes up with their Lush GC giveaway! So make sure to stop by Couture Nerd's blog for this giveaway, along with all the other great ones they have going and are going to have in the future! There are tons of ways to enter and many extra entry possibilities!
I had always been curious about Lush's solid shampoos, mostly because I liked the idea of no packaging and that these little hockey puck sized bars could last though at least 80 washes, but I was wearing that they wouldn't hold up with my super thick, long hair and sensitive scalp. Boy was I wrong! These solid shampoos are the best things I've ever used on my hair and there is no going back now. I have both the Godiva and Ultimate Shine Solid Shampoos and my hair looks like I stepped right out of a Pantene Pro-V photo shopped ad! No Joke. The Godiva is a shampoo & conditioner in one and it moisturizes my hair so well I barely have to straighten it after washing it. It just makes my hair so soft and smooth I can just air dry it and it looks great. After using Ultimate shine I decided to flat iron it just a tad, and I didn't even have to blow dry it straight first. The name Ultimate Shine says it all, my hair is literally glistening with shine as you will see in the pictures. I get compliments on how much people like my hair more then ever now. So basically all you gotta do is give one of these bars a try and you won't need anymore convincing. $9.95 for a bar seems a little steep but when you think about how much longer it lasts compared to bottled shampoo, how much better for the environment it is, and how effing great your hair looks it's a solid deal!
Although a lot of companies use the word Aromatherapy as a marketing tool it doesn't necessarily mean that they are actually using pure and natural ecessential oils in their products. I'm grateful that I got the chance to do a review for a company called Aromatic Health which stands behind being completely true to what Aromatherapy is really supposed to be about.
Aromatic Health carries products that are hand made, using only pure and organic essential oils and raw ingredients. Their products are cruelty free and do not contain synthetic fragrances, parabens, petrochemicals or preservatives. Another thing I love, and that is important to me, is that they use a minimal amount of packaging and promote the recycling or the re-use of their jars and bottles. Their Aromatherapist, who has been practicing for 10 years, uses her knowledge and experience to create essential oil products, and provide consultation services to aid in the healing of the body, mind and spirit.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to try out two of their awesome products to review. First was the Citrus Facial Toner. I absolutely loved this product and used it to the very last drop. Facial toners are very important after cleansing the skin because it allows the skin to absorb moisturizer more effectively. I have sensitive, combination skin that can break out or become oily very easily. This 100% natural, cruelty free, non-toxic, and Vegan toner is gentle enough to use everyday and still effective enough to cleanse your skin thoroughly. After using it my skin always felt so clean and fresh, and the smell was absolutely wonderful. Citrus is an awesome ingredient to use for skin and hair and I make it a point to always add it in any of my own home made skin care that I make for myself.
The other product I got to review was their Stress Relief Oil that comes as a roll on. It's made with a blend of essential oils that are known for their relaxing and anxiolytic properties. You simply roll it on your temples, the back of your hands, and the nape of your neck. I use this product often whenever I'm feeling stressed out, especially when I'm having PMS. And this little roll on bottle will last forever.
Both of these products are great and affordable. I highly recommend what I personally got to try and I can't wait to try more of the many products they have available. If you are interested in learning more about the healthy benefits of Aromatherapy and would like to give it a try then Aromatic Health is the place for you!