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Survival Products: My Collection

Owens Acres Energizing Aromatherapeutic Scent

There’s some things I don’t leave the house with, especially when I have to make the 40 mile trek into work.  Some are obvious:  coffee (to drink for the trip), my purse, etc…but when you dig into my purse there are absolute must have products that I reach for over the course of my work day.

My purse is a bulging mess, and believe me when I say I try to downsize as much as I can but the same products remain.  I cannot leave the house without them:

1.  Owens Acres Headache Balm:  I think the name of the product says it all.  Comes in a twist up tube in two sizes, .15 oz. and .50 oz.  Think tube of lip balm.  Anyway, its a lovely balm with Lavender and Peppermint, great for those tense necks and pounding temples.  As well, a quick swipe beneath the nose opens up those pesky sinuses.  I order them two at a time, one to keep at home and the other for my purse.

2.  Owens Acres Lavender Lotion Bar:  Comes in 2oz or 4 oz tins, I keep the 2 oz in my purse.  Great for dry hands (and I HATE dry hands) and the Lavender is potent enough for a relaxing escape, no matter how brief.

3. Owens Acres Arnica Warm Roll On:  I have bone spurs in my neck and they are aggravated by cold weather.  When my neck hurts boy does it hurt a sickly, throbbing hurt.  The Arnica Warm really helps with the pain. I apply and wrap my neck in a scarf.

4.  Energizing Perfume Roll On:  Is a great pick me up for those work blahs.  Smells like Lime Lifesavers, it really does.

5.  Starbucks VIA:  For when Starbucks is closed and I need coffee.  The swill that’s in the work lunchroom can take the caulking off a bathtub *shudders*

6.  Tea:  when I feel chilly, which makes me miserable.  Sometimes all I need is a hot cup of tea to warm me up and lift my spirits.

7.  Owens Acres Lip Balms (bottom of page):  I keep Peach and Peppermint with me.  No color, just serious, natural moisture.  Laura just came out with Cinnamon and Pomegranate as well.

8. Owens Acres Aroma Inhaler in “Anxiety”:  yeah.

 

So there you have it.  I need a bigger purse.

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Andalou Naturals: Citrus Verbena Shower Gel and Body Lotion

Andalou Natruals Citrus Verbena Shower Gel

Sometimes we fellow beauty bloggers exchange requests from beauty companies to do reviews on their products.  Makes sense, right?  I mean,  why would a beauty blogger with normal skin do a review for anti acne products, or in turn, why would a blogger with freaky, hyper-reactive skin do a review on products for oily skin?

As a blogger, you have to choose your product reviews carefully, because you don’t want to try a product that reacts poorly with your skin.  As well, as natural beauty bloggers we are careful to review products that are considered healthy to use.  Personally, I’ve been playing it real safe and have reviewed products that 1.  work on me and 2. have an ingredient list I understand.  Technically, I know how my skin is, and when I try a product that doesn’t make my skin morph into shoe leather or even worse, the oozy, broken out skin I have been used to, I get a bit excited.

All this being said, I was put in contact with Andalou Naturals to do a review on two of their products (they let me chose, which was super nice of them) and after scouring their website (which is a nice website, easy to get around, has tons of information and is very easy to read) I picked two products and waited for them to come in the mail.

Andalou Citrus Verbena Body Lotion

I am now the proud owner of their Citrus Verbena Body Wash and matching Lotion.  I used the lotion first (having already been in and out of the shower) and immediately fell in love with the smell, texture and performance.

Citrus Verbena Body Lotion:

1.  Square green pump bottle with a very attractive label.  Comes in a generous 11 oz size.

2.  The first ingredient is Aloe, which is impressive to me.  In my mind, lotions with the first ingredient of water makes me doubtful because hello, water!  I look for some sort of fruit or plant oil, something I know that is going to do more than cover up my dry skin.

3.  My skin (which is dry and flaky and like a dusty chalkboard) soaks this stuff up and it leaves  behind softness, no grease, weird residue, or anything shimmery.  It moisturizes like you wouldn’t believe, goes on like a dream (must be the Sunflower oil, which I love) and leaves you feeling clean, not like you just smothered yourself in lotion.  I think we all know that feeling? Your clothes stick to you?  Not with this.

4.  The citrus verbena smell is very natural, there’s nothing perfumy about this.  Its crisp, refreshing and just smells good.  I am a very frequent hand washer, and I use it over and over again over the course of the day on my hands, but once I put it on my horribly dried out legs I don’t have to reapply.

5. The website had tons of information regarding the Advanced Fruit Stem Cell Science this company is all about.  Their ingredients are very impressive, are clear on the website and on the bottle, but the Fruit Stem Cell thing is greek to me.  The lotion contains Evening Primrose Oil, Apricot Oil, Shea Butter, Citrus Extracts (Lime and Lemon) as well as other healthy things.  They have a glossary of all of their ingredients on their web page.

 

Citrus Verbena Shower Gel

  1.  I love this stuff.  Smells good, rinses away well, foams up well and I don’t itch after washing.  My skin is soft afterwards, and not overly dry (I take hot showers so I can’t blame dry skin on products alone).  Comes in an identical green bottle like the lotion, but has a flip-top cap instead of a pump.  11 oz.
  2. The ingredients in the Shower Gel are nearly identical to those in the Body Lotion, save for a few I listed below.

All in all?  I like this product.  I like it a lot.  I love the shower gel more than the lotion because the citrus scent is very refreshing in the shower.  I would suggest heading to the website and reading all of the information they have to offer on their products.  I know my sister-blogger Melissa Whitman is trying the Andalou Naturals Omega Glow Facial  Concentrate.  She will be coming out with a review of that soon, so check her blog for that.

(Note:  This post has been edited for content by the blogger.)

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Scents.

Rose Geranium.

Rose Geranium

This post is rather indulgent on my part, since I am going to talk about my favorite and least favorite scents.  I am working on my second cup of coffee this morning, and after staring at the Badger Balm Soap Page on their website, my mind started mulling over the scents I like and dislike.

*slurps coffee*  So lets begin.

Lavender:  Hands down personal favorite.  If a product has Lavender EO, that’s almost an instant sell for me.  That being said, fake lavender scents just offend my nose.  One of the first natural products I ever purchased was a Lavender Lip Balm and I was hooked.  Lavender EO roll ons for stress and headaches is another product that gets me giddy.  My first one was from a company up in Washington State.  I purchased it a couple of years ago and loved it.  After trying to remember who the company was, I remembered:  Island Thyme Botanical Body Care and Artisan Soaps up in Orcas Island, WA.  I was completely and totally hooked with the idea of smearing lavender (and peppermint) all over my face.  From there I found Lil’s Lavender and discovered their awesome smelling lavender lotion.  They also have an amazing Lavender peppermint headache roll on.

I have to laugh at myself, here.  Back in the day I spent hours on-line trying to find local, lavender products.  My how times have changed.  I would still recommend both companies, and that Lil’s Lavender lotion is amazing.

Rose Geranium: for a soap this is my favorite.

Lavender Rose:  Kettle Care has an amazing fragrance oil I purchased several years ago and I still have a bit left.  Its packaged in an amber-colored bottle and still smells amazing.  (Side Note:  Their Joint Ease Lotion with Arnica is the absolute amazing product.  I have arthritis in my neck and this stuff eases the sickening pain I get).

Another side note:  Kettle Care was my first experience with a home based industry and the amazing, healthy products that comes from such an industry.  I have been hooked every since.

Peppermint:  I have a love-hate relationship with Peppermint EO.  I love how much it clears my head from headaches or sinus pressure, how peppermint tea makes my stomach feel better, but other than that, I am not a fan.  Its sad, because I have two huge containers of Heather’s Tummy Care Peppermint Tea for when the IBS starts.  I cannot stand peppermint tea, having drank way too much of it over the course of my life, but it works.  I deal with peppermint because it works.  Owens Acres Headache Balm (thanks, Laura!) is the best for my sinus and regular headaches (feels great on the back of my neck) and I use it all the time but still, peppermint.  *sigh*

That being said, I simply cannot stand lip products with Peppermint OR Vanilla.  OK, so I have a weakness for Owens Acres Peppermint Lip Balm but its super strong, strong enough to clear my nose; but a “flavoring” of Peppermint in a lip stick or a lip gloss usually makes me hit the “back” button on my browser.  I once found an amazing lip color.  I mean, amazing!  I had to have it, the color was the color, if you know what I mean.  I checked out the ingredients, realized it was flavored with a peppermint-vanilla “blend”, and moved on to something else.  Seriously, folks.  Can’t stand it.  I still have dreams of that lipstick color.

One more, and then I will stop.  I have an aversion to body products that smell like baked goods.  Chocolate cake soap?  Sugar Cookie scrub?  I just…no.

So there you have it.  My likes and dislikes.  I realize I am picky and maybe a bit shallow in my choices, but hey.  I’m set in my ways, and I can thank Mom for that.  So tell me, what scents do you like/dislike?

*slurps coffee*

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What I Ask From Beauty Products

yellow hat flower

Yellow Hat Flower

I don’t know if I am the only one who feels this way, so I am going to throw this out there.

When it comes to beauty products, I ask one thing of them. To make me feel pretty on the inside.

Looking good doesn’t really pertain to what I am talking about. We can be done up with all sorts of product, but are we pretty? On the outside sure, but what about the inside? Is that perfume you are wearing uplifting you, or does it matter only what others think? That lipstick, sure its a stunning color but does it warm you from the inside?

I am talking about putting a product on and feeling good about wearing it. Colors, aromas, textures, purpose…all these things can make us feel good and that is what I am looking for in a product. I want to put on a scent and be uplifted. I want an eye color to make me feel pretty. I want a foundation to give me confidence.

In other words, its more important to me to feel pretty on the inside more so than on the outside.   Agape & Zoe Naturals are a prime example.  Their fragrance, Green, is listed as “a refreshing combination of cucumber and mandarin, with a hint of mint”.  I absolutely LOVE the smell, its refreshing and clean and unique.  My best friend turns her nose up at it, but that’s just fine, because for me its uplifting and wonderful and clean and puts a sparkle in my eye.

Another example is Owens Acres Lavender Lotion Bar.  My friend doesn’t like it because its heavy and she’s not a fan of lavender, but I put it on and my skin is softened and the smell is fresh lavender.  Its soothing like a warm blanket, or a hot cup of tea, no matter where I am.

As well, I received a sample of Eve Organics Limelight Eyeshadow.  Never would I have thought this color would be my color, but I wear it and I get a smile on my face.  A BIG smile.  This eyeshadow makes me feel goofy and happy.  Don’t ask me why.  It just does.  Its the most perfect green, and I mean perfect.  Check out the picture on the link and notice the awesome gold flecks in all that green.  Its AWESOME!

Perchance I am asking too much from the products I use?  I don’t think so.  I am blessed to use clean, wonderful products that delight as well as beautify.  With life being, well, life, when was the last time you were delighted by anything or anyone?

We gotta find the happiness.  Its out there.

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What’s Coming Up and What’s Already On the Web Page at Owens Acres

Hand of Fatima Beaded Necklace from Owens Acres

Laura over at Owens Acres has been a busy woman, which means more goodies for us.  Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new and what’s going to be new.

And if you couldn’t already tell, I am just so happy there’s more goodies!

Garden Jewelry:  along with her soap and lotion making skills, Laura beads like none other.  She’s working on her Garden Jewelry Pages and she’s always adding more.  I personally cannot wait for what she’s gonna come up with for the holidays, but in the meantime I am wearing this lovely Hand of Handsa necklace she made me.

There’s going to be a Beard and Mustache Conditioner that is also good for dry skin and ethnic hair.  Can’t wait to try this on my wild mop of hair.

Goddess Butters:  these are going to be awesome.  I am going to cut and paste what she wrote on her blog:    So sometimes our skin is just super parched and dry and regular ol’ lotion just isn’t quite enough to revive it.  Hello Goddess Butters!  Pure organic coconut oil, organic palm oil, and pure essential oils.  Will come in 8 divine goddess natural scents (not fake or perfumes!) including:  Rose, Coffee, Rosemary, Neroli (Orange Blossom), Chamomile, Bitter Almond, Orange, and Vanilla.  Each smells unbelieveable!  Can be used alone or mix some in the palm of your hand with your favorite Owens Acres lotion, for example:  Coffee Butter and Tangerine Lotion – OMG!  Hope to add Lavender to the lineup soon.  Will come in 4 oz. colbalt blue jar with aluminum lid.  $12 ea

I will be here all night if I go thru everything, but here’s a quick rundown:  we’ve got Serenity Travel Tea in a Tin, Hand-Stamped Muslin Sacks, an adorable 6 inch plush bunny stuffed with lavender, tea wallets…heck just  check out her latest blog post here, or go enjoy her delicious items on her web page at http://www.owensacres.com

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