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Two Organic Body Scrubs I’ve Been Loving



Sugar body scrubs can be lovely, they usually smell amazing and peel away dead skin cells to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. But often they have a couple of disadvantages, they either feel too harsh or sugar dissolves in water too quickly and you can’t really exfoliate the skin.

But I’ve been using two brands for about a year now and they have brilliant body scrubs that are also certified organic.

I’ve had bad experience with KICKS body exfoliants from their previous line but since then, they’ve revamped the existing ranges and also released an organic one. When this happened a bit more than a year ago, the brand contacted me asking if I wanted to try some of their organic body range. I still like most of the products I tried but the one I keep repurchasing is this Lemongrass Sugar Scrub with Argan Oil. The tub is simple and pretty, the actual exfoliant has a subtle cirtusy scent and the texture is quite unique. In fact, that makes it hard for me to explain what it really looks like. The grains are not too rough but they remain on your body until you wash the product off, they don’t dissolve immediately and leave time to exfoliate while the Argan Oil hydrates the skin.  It’s easy to get the amount of the scrub you need without seeing half of it running through your fingers, it’s a bit like thick glue that somehow keeps the sugar grains where they should be. It’s a beautiful body scrub and it’s quite affordable, as well.
Sadly, this is a product you can get only in the Nordics (mum always asks me to bring her some when I come from Norway), so I have another body scrub that is just as lovely.

This Organic Shop Raspberry Cream Body Scrub is very similar to the KICKS one, actually, but the texture of it is a bit more fluid. You shouldn’t worry about that because it is still easy to use and you don’t end up wasting the product.
I’ve used several of the brand’s exfoliants, I purchased this one a few weeks ago and it might be my favourite from them. It’s very gentle and effective at the same time, thanks to the Shea Butter and Raspberry Fruit Extract in it. It smells divine and feels nourishing but the downside for me is the packaging. It doesn’t seem stable and it’s quite difficult to open and close the lid. Apart from this, they’ve created a beautiful body exfoliant that I really love.

Hope you can find the time to pamper yourself this Sunday!

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March Favourites

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April is almost here, so my hopes for finally having some spring days in Norway are getting high. It’s time for all the rain to go away and make space for some sunshine!

It looks like most of my favourites this month are body-related but I’ve been really enjoying these products.
It’s not the first time that I’m using a body scrub from M. Asam, they are just amazing and I’m in love with this Brown Sugar Body Exfoliant. It’s basically sugar crystals soaked in grape seed oil, so it exfoliates really well and conditions the skin at the same time. It also smells incredible and this big jar contains 600 grams of product which is going to last a really long time.

Rituals have some of my favourite body products and all the good reviews I’ve read about their Honey Touch Indian Rose & Himalaya Honey Body Cream are true. It’s such a rich moisturiser but all the product sinks into the skin and doesn’t leave any noticeable film on top. It leaves my skin nourished and scented with the most elegant fragrance and I simply can’t get enough of it. Rituals are really making it hard for me to pick a favourite line from them.

I’ve been using only aluminum-free deodorants for the past few years and it turns out that it’s quite hard to find one. Luckily, there are a few drugstores and bio shops that have affordable aluminum-free deodorants. Dr. Organic‘s Organic Pomegranate Deodorant was a random purchase. I was just passing by a bio shop and saw a huge display of the brand’s products. It was really hard to choose from all the scents they had but I decided to go for this one. It actually has a delicate rose scent for me rather than pomegranate and I think it’s a very good everyday deodorant that isn’t sticky or uncomfortable to wear. It’s vegan and I’d definitely try the other scents.

My skincare favourite for the last couple of months has been Clinique Superdefense Night Recovery Moisturiser* which I reviewed here. It’s one of the best night creams I’ve ever tried, it’s fragrance-free, it saves my skin in the cold weather, it makes me look more radiant and healthy and I’m simply in love with it.

Last but not least, a product that receives so many different comments but for me, it’s one of the most exciting launches of the year. I love Lisa Eldridge and I’ve been waiting for these beauties for months. Now that I finally have them, I’m using them all the time and I think I’m addicted to them. Lancôme Juicy Shaker combines nourishing lip oils and pigments to condition the lips and to give them a juicy and beautiful look. Yes, the oil disappears less than an hour after application but it leaves a pretty stain and the lips still feel nourished and soft. I’ve done a full review on the product, so check it out here to see swatches of 12 of the shades. Some of my favourite ones are: Vanilla Pop, Meli Melon, Berry in Love and Mangoes Wild.

These are my March beauty favourites and I’m curious to know what you’ve been loving in the past few weeks.

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Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose

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Whenever I travel to the UK, I always take a look at the Sanctuary SPA shelves in Boots. There is just something so relaxing about their body products and in the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to find my favourite range from them. And I did find it.

At the beginning of the year, Sanctuary SPA launched in Norway which made me really excited. However, the variety is still quite poor and the prices are much higher than the ones in London, for example. The set that I’m showing you today, isn’t available in Norway, unfortunately, but if you find yourself in the UK, be sure to check it out.

Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose is a range that has some of the best-smelling body products I’ve ever tried. The scent is feminine, delicate, slightly floral but very subtle and not too overpowering. It’s almost like a light perfume.

I’d like to start with the first product that I tried from the range which turned out to be my least favourite. I fell in love with the scent of the White Lily & Damask Rose Body Scrub but I really don’t like the beads in it, they just don’t do anything for my skin.

The White Lily & Damask Rose Body Wash is amazing, light but moisturising thanks to the bursting moisture particles with Jojoba Oil. My skin feels clean, soft and wonderful-smelling.

Although, I’ve tried much more moisturising body lotions, the White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion isn’t greasy or heavy and still has decent hydrating properties thanks to the Shea Butter and Rose Extracts. The scent is incredibly calming and uplifting at the same time. My skin is left feeling nourished and smooth.

I’m in love with this delicately scented Sanctuary SPA range, the aroma is divine!
Do you have a favourite body care series from the brand?

Not for Me

IMG_3467post IMG_3470post IMG_3472post IMG_3473postI have never done a Disappointing products post so far, just because I’m careful with my purchases and I rarely regret making them. However, everybody has moments of random buys or hearing positive reviews but the product didn’t work for them.

First of all, I’d like to say that I can’t guarantee that a product that I like, would be good for you exactly how I can’t say that what I dislike, won’t work for you. We all have different skin types and preferences, so have that in mind.

I’m most likely to make a mistake with dry shampoos because I always try new ones. The Boots Paradise Island Dry Shampoo isn’t my first disappointment with such type of product. I’ve mentioned in my London Beauty Haul post that I don’t even remember throwing this one in my shopping basket and I still don’t know how I got it. I dislike the scent and the effect after I use the product. It smells so artificial and sweet of coconut that it’s unbearable. It also makes my hair feel sticky and doesn’t do anything to refresh it.

Next one is a CC Cream by Oriflame and it’s their Even Out CC Face Cream with SPF 20. I like that it has SPF, it makes the skin look smoother but it’s so dark and I have the lightest shade! Not sure if it has something to do with the trend in Scandinavia (Oriflame is a Swedish brand for those of you who didn’t know) girls to use a base 2-3 shades darker than their actual skin tone but it looks orange and dark and if this is the lightest shade, can’t imagine what would be with the other ones.

One day I saw a cute packaging and I needed a body scrub anyway, so I picked up the Kicks Body Scrub in Rhubarb and Strawberry. Everything looked so promising that once I got back home, I immediately jumped in the shower to try it. The cap was sealed, so I couldn’t smell it in the store…smart move. The smell is so plastic-y and unpleasant that I can’t even describe it. The product itself isn’t impressive either, it has too small particles, it actually foams up like a body wash rather than being an exfoliant and just doesn’t do anything for my skin.

Last but not least are two products that I really wanted to like, they’re both nail polishes, one is from Topshop and the other one is from Catrice. On the nails they look nothing like in the bottles. I normally like Topshop nail polishes but maybe the problem is that this one is from their Matte Nails range. Same with Catrice, it’s from their new Luxury Nudes line and it’s described as a Soft Matt. The shades are Sixteen Candles (Topshop) and 08 Little Dose of Rose (Catrice) and both of them look as if I’ve applied one of those paper correction fluids on my nails. In the bottles they look really pretty, the Topshop one seems to be a soft lavender shade and the Catrice one looks like a gentle pink with a bit of shimmer. In reality, they both look Barbie pink and it’s really intense and too much in your face.
The nail polishes are actually my biggest regret because my expectations were too high.

Have you been disappointed by a beauty product lately?

March Favourites

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It’s one of the first spring days but also one of the last days of March, so I decided the time for monthly favourites has come!

L’Occitane hand creams have always been some of my favourites and the reason why I love their Immortelle Brightening Hand Care is the fact that it’s lightweight but really nourishing. Plus, it has SPF 20, so it’s wonderful for the first rays of sun but when it’s still chilly and you need a hydrating hand cream.

There is a body product in my favourites and it comes from Rituals, a brand that creates great bath, body and home products with amazing scents. Their Fortune Scrub with Organic Mandarin and Yuzu is fresh and warm at the same time. It’s also a body wash because the scrub turns into a foaming cream on contact with water, it’s very gentle and leaves your skin soft.

I wanted to share with you two of my favourite face skincare products at the moment – a facial serum and a lip balm. They’re both natural and handmade, I’d be talking more about their brands soon because I think they deserve a lot more attention. It’s really charming and special when somebody puts so much effort and passion to create something like this.

The facial serum* is by Mirins Copenhagen and you’ve probably seen me posting pictures of some of their products on Instagram. The serum has base oils and essential oils in it. The base oils are Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil, the essential oils are Lavender and Frankincense. The product is actually an oil but absorbs very quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy or sticky feeling. I use it in two ways: in the night, I use a couple of drops, I warm the product between the palms of my hands and apply it on cleansed and toned skin, then I apply my night moisturiser; in the morning, I mix a drop of the serum with my day cream and apply it on cleansed and toned skin. When seasons are changing my combination skin can get dry patches, in fact, it happened when I travelled to London last month and the serum was the product that helped me bring back my skin to its normal condition.

I’ve been using two AS.AP products in the past month and soon I’ll be sharing more about their fabulous cleansing oil but first I wanted to mention their Lip Balm #7 Vanilla and Lavender*. Mine actually doesn’t smell of lavender and vanilla, in fact, it smells of roses and I’m not sure what’s the reason but I love the scent. It’s delicate, sophisticated and simply gorgeous. It’s an incredibly lightweight lip balm but also, very hydrating. I apply a small amount of the product morning and evening and my lips are soft and nourished. The ingredients list may show you that this lip balm feels very soothing, too. It has Almond Oil, Unrefined Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Unrefined Avocado Oil and Organic Honey – pure magic!

The only make-up product this month comes from Soap&Glory and it’s their Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush in Hot Chocolate. It has a retractable pencil on one side and a brush on the other. It’s super skinny, so it gives you really good control and makes it easy to fill in your eyebrows. I’m struggling quite a bit with this part of my make-up routine but the pencil has made my life a bit easier.

Have you tried any of these products?

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