Benefits of Rooibos Tea: My Experience

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Hello Beauties!

If you’re anything like me and you are a tea-a-holic, I’m always on the look out for the next holy grail tea. I think I may have found it! Rooibos tea (or red bush tea) is a wonderful bright red medicinal, herbal beverage that is obtained from the Aspalathus linearis bush plant, native to South Africa. Rooibos tea is actually considered a herb, and not a true tea.

The taste is very unique and hard to describe…it’s almost nutty. It’s nothing like I’ve ever had before, so it took me some getting used to, but it’s something I crave now. It’s definitely a pleasant taste, not overpowering at all and pairs well with a lot of meals. You can add vanilla or honey to sweeten it. I’m someone who cannot stand tea that is too sweet or strong, and Rooibos tea fits perfectly for my taste buds! Make sure to get certified organic African red tea or Rooibos tea. You can get loose leaf or tea bags (which I prefer).

I’m someone who enjoys and craves tea all day long, and so I was looking for something that was caffeine free (unlike green tea) but had all the benefits, if not more, than my beloved green tea. Rooibos tea has quickly become my holy grail, go to tea. It has countless amazing health and skin benefits that I have personally experienced and thought I’d share with you.

So here is my experience…

I’m generally an anxious person who struggles to fall asleep at night. Because I was consuming so much green tea per day, my caffeine intake did not help with my insomnia. Rooibos tea is actually recommended by doctors to their patients who suffer from insomnia as it’s completely caffeine free and helps to reduct stress levels and relax the body before bed. Although I still do have some restless nights, overall a cup of this tea before bed does help to relax me significantly!

Although I am a healthy, young woman, I do suffer from weak bones, especially in the winter months as I don’t drink dairy milk. Rooibos tea is rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals that assist in maintaining good bone structure and stronger teeth. I can say that this is completely true. No longer, do I hear and feel my bones “creaking,” especially in my knees.

Another amazing benefit of drinking this miracle tea is for the skin and anti ageing. My skin is absolutely in love with this tea! I have dry, sensitive and breakout prone skin, so anything that will help to hydrate it is a winner for me. I’m always on the lookout for a tea that has skin and anti ageing benefits. It is recommended to drink around 6 cups per day to see any results, which is very true. My skin clears up quicker, is more hydrated and soft, breaks out less, texture and skin tone is more even, and the list goes on. It also provides my skin with a lovely, healthy glow, that almost blurs any lines on the face. This is due to the alpha hydroxy acid and zinc content of Rooibos tea, which are very good for the skin. Not only are Alpha Hydroxy Acids, such as Glycolic Acid, naturally occurring in Rooibos tea, they are also found in skincare products, such as peels (the Environ Intensive Toner is amazing) to treat acne, wrinkles, and provide the skin with a healthy glow!

These are just the main benefits that I have experienced with this tea and would highly recommend everyone to try this beautiful tea and see the results for yourself! There are many articles online that have a comprehensive list of health and skin benefits that Rooibos tea provides. I hope this post helps anyone out there struggling with minor skin problems and love healing the skin naturally!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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KORA Organics Balancing Rose Mist Review

Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing the KORA Organics Balancing Rose Mist. I was looking for a rose mist that was really hydrating and dewy looking on the skin. I was given the KORA Organics Calming Lavender Mist as a gift however I found it broke me out (probably due to the lavender) as I have sensitive skin. I did really enjoy the scent of it as it was very calming and herbal so I decided to give the Rose mist a go since I know my skin loves rosewater and is great for people with sensitive skin. I love the look of my skin with this mist as it gives a really nice dewy look, however if you spritz a lot of it throughout the day without any makeup on, it can feel sticky especially on my eyelids which is really uncomfortable. However I found the rose mist to be less sticky than the lavender mist, and felt more refreshing. To fix this problem you could always just spritz less.

I mainly got this mist to make my mineral powder foundation (Jane Iredale Purepressed Base) look more dewy and hydrating during the colder months, which it does a fantastic job of. It also gets rid of any dry flakes you have on the skin without disturbing your makeup. If you feel like your powder foundation looks a bit heavy, this does a great job of making it look more natural. It also doesn’t break me out, and I noticed any existing pimples were reduced dramatically when using this. The ingredients in this mist are exceptional for dry, sensitive skin like mine. I noticed this mist didn’t contain as much or any essential oils that can irritate the skin. For my skin, spritzing 2-3 times a day is enough to see results. The packaging also frustrates me. The lid is very hard to open and the nozzle even broke off at one point. I do however love how fine the mist is, and how evenly it spreads across the face (which the Vanessa Megan one failed to do). I have since repurchased this again, and can now say this product is a holy grail and replaced my Vanessa Megan rosewater toner! I know this product is quite pricey and you can get plain rosewater anywhere, however I feel like the added ingredients in this product make it extra special.

Description on Website:

“A replenishing and nourishing facial mist with the added benefits of organically grown Rose, Noni, Aloe and Hibiscus. This unique combination provides the skin with antioxidant protection known widely to assist in supporting the skin’s own collagen production.”

Directions

“Use morning and night after cleansing and before your choice of KORA Organics moisturizers. Simply spritz a fine mist directly onto clean, fresh skin. To maintain makeup freshness throughout the day gently spritz over makeup. Essential for travelling to re-hydrate the skin.”

Ingredients: Rosa damascena (Rose) Flower Water*, Rosa centifolia (Rose)*, Hibiscus sabdariffa (Hibiscus)* Extract, Alcohol^, Parfum (Natural), Sodium PCA, Glycerin^, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract *, Polyglycerol-10 Isostearate, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Malpighia glabra (Acerola Cherry Powder)*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Glyceryl Caprylate, Maltodextrin^, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic sea salt ), Lactic Acid, Aqua (Water). *Ingredient from Organic Farming. ^Made using Organic Ingredients. 98.99% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 87.63% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

Skin Type for: Normal/Dry skin

Smell: I really enjoy the heavenly rose scent. It’s not obnoxious at all, just very calming and refreshing. 

Feel: If you do spritz a lot throughout the day without makeup on, it can feel sticky. However, over the top of foundation you cannot feel it. When I go to wash my face at the end of the day it feels incredibly soft, smooth and hydrated.

Packaging:

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The sprayer on this mist is the best I have come across. I love how even and fine the mist comes out of the bottle and the nozzle allows you to control how much to spray. What I don’t like is how hard the lid is to take off and put back on. There’s a certain way to take off the lid (almost snap it off on the side), which led to the nozzle falling off at one time but I was able to put it back on easily.

Longevity: As mentioned, if you do have dry skin and go to town with your mist all day long, it will run out very quickly.

Look: I love how dewy and hydrated my skin looks when this is applied with or without makeup on.

Recommend: I would highly recommend this if you have sensitive, dry and flakey skin and are looking to make your mineral makeup more dewy. I feel like what sets this rosewater spray apart from others is definitely the sprayer and how even and fine a mist you get, but also the ingredients just work perfectly together to calm and soothe the skin. I have now repurchased this three times, so you know how good it is!

Rating: 5/5

Size: 65 mL / 2.19 fl.oz.

Price: AU$39.95

Where to Buy: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

KORA Organics Cream Cleanser Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be giving you the low down on an amazing new discovery, the KORA Organics Cream Cleanser! I was first given samples of this cleanser about 2 weeks ago and absolutely fell in love with it that I purchased the full size. I can usually tell with the first go if my skin will like a product, and I was given three samples so I felt like I was given a lot of time to see how my skin liked it….and it LOVED it. I am really picky with skincare products, including organic ones, because my skin is so sensitive and reactive.

I love how soothing and calming this cleanser is to my skin. I have tried organic cream cleansers in the past that were too rich and heavy and left a film over my skin and broke me out, but this one is formulated so perfectly in that it’s light and nourishing at the same time. I’ve had such hydrated, clear, glowy skin for such a long time whilst using this product. I never get flaky skin anymore, which makes applying my powder foundation so easy and seamless. My pores are also so much smaller that if I do ever get a pimple here and there it is so small and easily extracted that it leaves no mark behind!

I still use my Environ cleansing gel to remove my makeup as I don’t think this is powerful enough to do so. This is perfect for no makeup days when you don’t want to strip the skin of its natural oils. I have tried so many products from KORA Organics and I have yet to be disappointed! I love this product so much that I look forward to washing my face! It leaves my skin feeling very comfortable, not too oily, not too dry, just right. I would highly recommend this cleanser if you suffer from dry, sensitive skin and are looking to have a radiant, healthy glow.

Description on website:

Enriched with powerful benefits of Noni Extract, Aloe and Sandalwood to gently clean away dirt and grime whilst helping to nourish and revitalise dry, dehydrated skin. KORA Organics Cream Cleanser is ideal for sensitive skin; containing Rosehip, Avocado and Macadamia nut oils to nourish and maintain skin balance. Your skin will feel clean, fresh and invigorated.

I definitely agree with the nourishing and skin balancing properties!

Directions:

Cleanse morning and night. Gently massage a small amount using circular motions onto damp face, neck and décolletage. Rinse using tepid water and a soft face cloth. Pat dry. For beautiful skin follow with your choice of KORA Organics Mist and KORA Organics Moisturiser.

I would highly recommend using tepid water with this cleanser as it has helped calm my skin. The redness and dryness that I was struggling with has also diminished using tepid water with this cleanser. I don’t use a face cloth, however after I rinse off the cleanser with my hands I go in with a cotton pad, which is very gentle on the skin.

Ingredients: Matricaria chamomilla (recutita – Chamomile) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf juice*, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Stearic Acid, Dicaprylyl Ether, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa eglentaria(Rose Hip) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus aurantium ssp.bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Oil*, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin (GMO free)*, Potassium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride (Macrobiotic sea salt solution), Beta Carotene, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Aqua (Water), limonene**. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. **From essential oils. 98.33% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 50.71% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.

NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free. Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard.

Skin Type: For Normal/Dry/Sensitive Skin

Texture: 

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I absolutely love how creamy, yet light the texture of this cleanser is. It’s more watery than past cream cleansers I have tried, which is amazing for my breakout prone skin. It feels amazing and nourishing on the skin without being heavy or leaving a film on the skin. Your skin feels baby soft afterwards which lasts throughout the day, even with powder foundation on top!

Scent:

The scent is very natural, soothing and calming because of the Chamomoile. I love how the scent is not overpowering at all!

Packaging:

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I love KORA Organics aqua blue packaging! It’s so soothing and beautiful to look at. I also love the positive affirmations at the back of each product, in which this reads gratitude. I love the squeeze tube packaging, however I feel like some of the product leaks into the lid which could waste some product, however it’s not too big of a problem.

Price: AUD $44.95

Size: 90 mL / 3.04 fl.oz.

Results:

-clear skin

-smooth, baby soft skin

-flake free, hydrated and soothed skin

-balanced and even skin

Recommend? 100% yes! Especially for those with dry, sensitive skin.

Rating: 5/5

Where to Buy: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

KORA Organics Hydrating Mask Review

Hi Beauties!

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Today I will be reviewing the KORA Organics Hydrating Mask.

My Thoughts:

I was given this mask as a christmas gift, so this has lasted me quite a while and I still  have a few uses left! If you have a similar skin type to me, that is dry, sensitive, and prone to breakouts, or you just need a mask to hydrate, brighten and reduce redness, then this is the product for you. This product does exactly what it says it does, which is why it has fast become a favourite of mine. This mask really does replenish, rejuvenate, soothe and hydrate dull, dry skin. I love that it produces results almost instantly with a couple of uses, including; reducing redness, adding hydration and suppleness, soothing breakouts, brightening and evening skin tone, and providing your skin with a natural, healthy glow. I’m not easy to please with skincare products, especially with certified organic skincare, (due to breaking out in the past), however KORA never disappoints and I would highly suggest giving this mask a try!

Description on website:

“Containing Noni Extract, Vitamins and minerals to restore essential moisture to the skin. This calming uniquely formulated mask cleans, rehydrates and protects the skin. KORA Organics Hydrating Mask refines pores, removes dead skin cells and promotes healthy tissue rejuvenation leaving the skin feeling replenished and rejuvenated.”

Directions: 

“Apply enough Hydrating Mask to completely cover the skin over the face, throat and décolletage once or twice a week. Avoid the eye area. Allow mask to set for approx. 5 to 10 minutes. Gently remove with tepid water and a soft face cloth. Follow with your choice of KORA Organics Calming Lavender or Balancing Rose Mist and moisturise with your choice of either KORA Organics Hydrating or Soothing Day and Night Cream.”

I love that you only need a little bit to cover the entire face! I use it roughly once a week and leave it on for 10 minutes. However, you can leave it on for longer if your skin is really dry, but I find that 10 minutes does the trick! I personally follow up with my own skincare routine after I wash the mask off. I use Environ’s Alpha Forte Toner, and Dr Spiller’s Collagen Creme.

Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf juice*, Rosa damascena (Rose) Water*, Glycerin^, Kaolin, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) & Silica, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Glyceryl Caprylate, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Rosa damascena (Rose) Oil*, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) Oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Carrageenan, CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Green), Lactic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. ^Made from Organic Ingredients. 98.4% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 77.1% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

Skin Type: For Normal / Dry Skin.

*KORA also makes one for more oily skin (Clay Purifying Mask) which I had a sample of and didn’t like as it was way too strong for my skin.

Look: The mask has a whitish/green tinge to it. Instantly after one use, I noticed my skin looking more even and brighter in tone. My skin also had a nice glow and the redness was reduced.

Smell: I love the smell of all KORA products, with this mask being no exception! It smells very earthy and calming. The smell is very subtle and definitely not offensive in any way.

Feel/Consistency: 

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I love how this mask feels on my skin. It feels very light, cool, watery, yet moisturising on the skin. I also love how it doesn’t dry hard or tight on the skin, it just feels very hydrating. When you wash the mask off, your skin feels incredibly hydrated, smooth and supple to the touch.

Price: AU$44.95. The price is very much worth the results and longevity of this product. It comes with a lot of product and is easily spreadable, so you don’t have to use a whole lot of it.

Size: 100 mL/3.38 fl.oz. Recently, KORA has repackaged the mask and now it comes in 75 mL tube. Although you get less product, I think it is better because I still have a lot to use up and it is almost past the expiry date.

Packaging: 

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I love the squeeze tube packaging as it allows you to control how much product you use. I also love the respect affirmation at the back of the packaging.

Rating: 5/5

Recommend? Absolutely Yes! Particularly those who have really dry, sensitive skin that is also prone to breakouts. This is particularly good to use in the winter months to give your skin that much needed hydration and natural glow.

Where to Buy: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Chemical Vs. Physical Sunscreens: Choosing the Safest Option

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Hello Beauties!

Since it is almost summer here in Australia, I thought I would make a blog post about the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens. Although, you should be wearing sunscreen all year round, especially here in Australia, the sun is more harsh in the summer months. It is so important to protect your skin from sun damage as well as skin cancer. Before doing my own research, I never knew that conventional sunscreens, or chemical sunscreens, could do more damage than good. You would expect a sunscreen to protect you from the sun, not expose you to more damage by allowing the sun’s rays to be easily absorbed into the skin.

To see what type of sunscreen ingredient/s is used in your product, look at the ACTIVE ingredient list.

Ingredients to AVOID in Sunscreens (Chemical):

-Oxybenzone

-Octinoxate (Octylmethoxycinnamate)

-Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)

-Homosalate

-Octocrylene

-Avobenzone

Basically, anything other than Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, should be avoided.

These toxic, chemical ingredients, used in almost all conventional sunscreens, should be avoided due to thier ability to deeply penetrate the skin, causing allergic reactions and are known hormone disruptors. This is why many people avoid wearing sunscreen because they say it breaks them out. Not only are these toxic ingredients not offering the best possible broad spectrum protection, they are also damaging to your health!

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, minerals that occur in nature, offer the best broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. 

Ingredients that are SAFE in Sunscreens (Physical):

-Zinc Oxide

-Titanium Dioxide

These two ingredients are incredible not only because of the broad sun protection they provide, but they also help heal such skin conditions as acne! You should also choose non-nano particle sized Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, so that the minerals sit on top of the skin to act as a physcial barrier, rather than being absorbed into the skin. Most of the time, a product will state this on their labelling.

You should choose a mineral sunscreen that has an SPF of 15-20 to be the safest. It is a common misconception that the higher the spf, the more protection you get. However, the protection you get isn’t correlative to the numbers. For example, an SPF of 10 means 90% of UVB rays are blocked. There is plenty of research out there on SPF and the percentage of protection each offers. Basically, don’t be fooled by marketing schemes with higher SPFs!

I personally wear and love the Jane Iredale Purepressed base in Warm Silk (review here). It not only offers broad spectrum sun protection, but it is also approved by the Skin Cancer Council, offering an SPF of 20! It gives amazing buildable coverage, is water resistant, look flawless and natural, has incredible staying power, and heals any hormonal breakouts I may have! It is honestly such a wonderful multitasking product recommended to me by my beautician!

There are many other mineral sunscreens out there to choose from. All you need to look for in the active ingredient list is either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, or both! Other great brands that offer mineral sunscreen include; Inika’s mineral foundation SPF 15 (they also offer a liquid foundation with SPF) that is more sheer in coverage, and Mukti’s Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15. I would really recommend the Jane Iredale if you are looking for an all round fabulous and affordable (considering what it does and the quality) mineral foundation sunscreen.

I hope this helped you beauties out there in making the safest choices about the sunscreen you wear! Please be safe this summer and have fun! I would love to know what is your favourite mineral sunscreen brand?

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Beauty Tip of the Day: Squeezing Pimples

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Hello beauties! Today i’d thought I would share a beauty tip of mine to not only safely squeeze those surface pimples, but ways you can also avoid this. Now I know that squeezing should be avoided as much as possible, but when there is a clogged whitehead pimple on your face, you need to squeeze it out. If you can avoid it, don’t squeeze. The most important tip I can give you is to not use your fingers, but rather toilet paper to squeeze. This will not only avoid potential scarring, but also the spreading of bacteria. It is also more gentle on your face and more effective in squeezing the pimple. After you have squeezed the pimple (best to do this after the shower), put some ice on it to reduce the swelling. Then you can go in with your toner or you can actually put the gel from an aloe vera leaf plant onto the pimple or all over the face, as it really dries it up, whilst hydrating at the same time. Another tip, if you have a lot of clogged pores, I would really suggest going to get regular facials (steam and squeezes) to detoxify your skin.

Now, for the tips on avoiding squeezing your face when it is unnecessary! For me, there are several factors that lead me to pick my face, but I have really learnt to have more will power. Stress and habit are the main factors for me. So, I have learnt to deal with these factors by practicing yoga everyday (to deal with stress), as well as fighting my habit to pick by knowing that it will do me no good, but leave me with a red face and potential scarring. I would suggest to avoid mirrors as often as you can, so that you don’t stand in front of them picking your face away! Another tip is to keep you nails cut short to avoid picking with them, and to spread the bacteria from under your nails and to your face. I would also suggest to keep yourself occupied, because I find that when i’m bored I tend to focus on picking my face. Socialize with friends and family, read your favourite book, or watch your favourite television show. Anything to keep yourself occupied is a great way to avoid picking your face.

If, like me, you are going through a little bit of a hormonal (that time of the month) breakout phase, and you want to cover your face but heal it at the same time, wear quality mineral powder foundation. I suggest the Jane Iredale Purepressed base and no concealer or liquids. It’s very healing as well as great at covering. Whilst you wear the mineral makeup, misting your face with water throughout the day, over your makeup, REALLY clears up your pimples faster. Spraying water over the powder mineral foundation helps to also dry up your spots! On another note, if you can, try to not wear makeup for an entire week consecutively to let your skin breathe and heal. This tip is by far the best for me! Last, but not least, don’t be tempted to overuse product or be too harsh on your skin during these breakouts phases. Your skin will only freak out and produce more breakouts. I know i’ve done this numerous times! Keep your skincare simple, gentle, and stick to what you know works for you!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Kora Organics Blemish Gel Review

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Hello beauties! Today I will be reviewing the Kora Organics Blemish gel. Kora Organics is a certified organic skincare line, created by Australian Victoria’s Secret Model and certified health coach, Miranda Kerr. This was probably the second Kora product I have ever tried, and was really impressed. It is the best natural/certified organic blemish treatment I have yet tried. At first I was skeptical, because there are many natural blemish treatments out there that do not work, or don’t work as fast. This product, however, does work really well and really fast. It features Noni fruit extract, a powerful antioxidant (Kerr’s beauty secret), which also features in each Kora Organics product.

Description as on the Kora Organics Website:

KORA Organics Blemish Gel is a powerful blend of concentrated botanicals specifically designed to naturally help with and address problematic skin. Noni extract and Lemon Myrtle combine to simply, quickly and effectively support the skin against blemishes.

Directions: Apply a pea sized amount to clean, dry skin directly onto the spot or blemish 2-3 times a day. Gently smooth the gel around the blemish and allow 1-2 minutes to dry. Use in conjunction with KORA Organics skincare products.

I would definitely recommend to only apply directly to the blemish and not the entire face, to prevent irritating your skin (as it’s very potent) and it will also prevent you from using up the product quicker.

Ingredients: Olea europea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Aloe barbardensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Alcohol*, Glycerin, Cocoyl Proline, Malpighia glabra (Acerola Cherry Powder)*, Maltodextrin, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Lactic Acid, Aqua (Water,) citral**. **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.

Smell: The smell of this product is absolutely divine! I think it must be the Lemon Myrtle! Smells very botanical and fresh. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

Feel: The feel is gel like and liquidy. Once rubbed into skin, it does dry, however it’s able to not only dry out the blemish, but also hydrate the skin at the same time, which is pretty amazing. My skin doesn’t feel irritated, however I only apply the product to the blemish to avoid any irritation that might occur, with the natural alcohol in the product. 

Effective? Yes, it is quite effective. It seemed to get rid of my blemishes (especially the hard ones on my jawline) in about 3 days. Each day your blemish is significantly reduced and less red. However, I would only apply directly to the blemish, because when I used to apply it to a whole area, it would sometimes cause a few blemishes (maybe because of the potent nature and natural alcohol in the product).

Size: The product is 10ml or 0.43 fl.oz. It is quite small.

Packaging: Really love the aqua blue packaging! It comes in a squeeze tube (much better than the previous pump version) so you are able to control the amount of product as well as get all of the product out. I also really love that at the back of each of Kora’s products, there is a positive word. So, for this product I believe it is laughter. I think positive affirmations are a really great added touch to the Kora range.

Longevity: This is probably the product’s only fault. I go through this product quite quickly, which is annoying because this product is quite expensive along with added shipping prices (or you can buy in store). I think I may have gone through about one each month/month and half. However, if you only apply a small amount directly to the blemish it will last a decent amount of time. But if you’re the type of person to break out regularly, you might use this product up very quickly.

Price: AUD $39.50. This is quite expensive relative to the amount of product you receive, especially if you buy it online and pay for added shipping (coming to roughly $50). However, because it is made with such good quality and potent botanicals and it is certified organic, it is expected to be on the pricier side.

Rating: 4/5. Only because it doesn’t last very long and it is quite expensive.

Recommend? Yes.

Where to get it? Of course you can purchase it off the Kora organics website: http://www.koraorganics.com. I really would recommend their online store because of the wonderful customer service. In Australia, your package will arrive within 1-2 days, which is amazing. You also receive very generous amounts of samples, and sometimes even a full size product! You can also purchase Kora at: http://www.net-a-porter.com, however I don’t think they sell the full range. Kora organics is also available within David Jones stores.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Mukti Pink Grapefruit Body Wash Review

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Mukti Botanicals is an Australian certified organic skincare line, ranging from face, body, and haircare products. I’m always on the verge of finding a good organic body wash for my sensitive skin, which is really reactive. I thought i’d give Mukti’s Pink Grapefruit body wash a try, as pink grapefruit is meant to help with body breakouts, and because it’s organic I thought it would be gentle on my skin. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like this product, it didn’t work so well to heal breakouts, but rather would create some red bumps on my body whenever I used this product. However, I can’t fault the product as it wasn’t specifically targeted for breakout prone skin, however it shouldn’t cause breakouts! Even though it is all natural and contains some really good ingredients, I’m still not sure what might be irritating my skin with this product. It was quite disappointing because I actually really enjoy other Mukti products, but this one however was a miss for me. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, and so what might not work for me, might be the perfect product for you. Also, what is so great about Mukti is that they offer samples on their website! In saying that, I did get a sample of this, and at that time my skin was fine, however it probably needed more uses to see how it’d work on my skin.

Description as on the Mukti website:

Features: calendula, sage, citrus.

“A gentle foaming and cleansing gel that leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and lightly moisturised. Naturally infused with a harmonising blend of organic plant extracts and pure essential oils. Suitable for babies and children. Also suitable as a bubble bath.”

Benefits:

-Cleansing & hydrating

-pH balanced

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Ingredients: Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice; Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate; Cocobetaine; Certified Organic Aqueous Extracts of Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosus), Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf, Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense), Nettle (Urtica Dioica), Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense), Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Sage (Salvia Officinalis) & Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium); Xanthan Gum; Certified Organic Essential Oils of Pink Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi), Tangerine (Citrus Tangerina) & Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia); Vitamin E (Tocopherol); Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid & Sorbic Acid; Salt (Sodium Chloride); Citric Acid.

The Smell: The smell is quite citrusy and you can definitely smell the pink grapefruit. Citrus smells aren’t my favourite, but it wasn’t so unbearable to use.

The Feel: It’s quite an odd gel like texture, from the Aloe Vera base. Not my favourite texture either. Would have preferred something more creamy. It lathers quite well, but not to the extreme. It also feels as though there is some residue left on the skin, which I don’t like.

Size: The product comes in quite a large bottle, containing 500ml. So, if you’re not that impressed with the product, then it feels wasteful to throw it out. It will definitely last for a while.

Who is it suitable for? The Mukti website states all ages, even suitable for babies and children. Although if you have sensitive, reactive breakout prone skin, i’d probably stay away. If you did want to give it a try, i’d suggest getting a sample first.

Rating: 2/5

Recommend? Unfortunately this product is a miss for me!

For more information, visit the Mukti Botanicals website: http://www.muktiorganics.com

If anyone has any suggestions on good organic body washes or soaps for sensitive acne prone skin, please let me know!

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beautywithinandout

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