Back in August, I’d read about Vanessa Gualy’s skincare routine on No More Dirty Looks–she’d mentioned that she applies natural oil to wet skin just after showering. Maybe it’s just because I was paying closer attention, but after reading that post it seemed like body oil as a replacement for body lotion kept popping up all over the place. Then I read this post, again on No More Dirty Looks. I figured when I came across a body oil I thought I’d like, I’d give it a try.
A few weeks later, I was cruising through Target, checking out the latest new products that had been added to the natural beauty section (which I am happy to report is slowly growing…), and I stumbled across this Shea Moisture Organic Lavender and Wild Orchid Body Oil. I checked out the ingredients, liked what I saw, thought the price seemed fair (around $10, I believe) and decided to give it a try.
Well. As it turns out, this body oil thing? It’s pretty great. Read on for my review!
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It’s Honey Month for a few more days (I can hardly believe it’s nearly October!), and I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite bee-lovely beauty brands: Melvita. Named for the words “honey” (mel) and “life” (vita) in Latin, Melvita is all about products made with ingredients that come from the hive, blended with other organic ingredients from nature.
Behind the brand: Founder Bernard Cheviliat is a beekeeper and biologist—which means he brings a scientific background to the products Melvita creates. Founded in 183, the company was one of the first companies in the world to earn the ECOCERT certificate for organic products.
The products: From Moisturizing Day Cream (formulated with royal jelly, chestnut and rosehip oil) to the Hydrastim Moisturizing Gel, which appears to be sold out at the moment, but combines aloe vera and the extract of an Amazon river plant called mourera fluviatilis with hyaluronic acid and other organic ingredients that keep your skin at its ideal moisturization level. Melvita’s products are made with ingredients that are responsibly harvested, packaged in recyclable materials and promote ethical, humane and fair-trade partnerships. The next product I’d like to try is their new Alum Spray Deodorant, made with alum crystal, rosehip oil, mint, orange and lemon. (Have you tried it? I need details!)
Last week I indulged in a rare treat–cruelty-free feather hair extensions! And before you call PETA, I promise they really are cruelty-free. I asked many, many questions. These feathers were either molted naturally or trimmed from a rooster–not plucked–and no birds were killed to obtain them.
Here’s how it works: a stylist attaches the feather to a small piece of your hair with a little plastic bead that’s lined with silicone to keep from breaking or damaging your locks, using a tool that reminded me of those Topsy Turvy tools that were all the rage in the 90s (anyone else remember those?). Then, he or she flattens the bead with a special pair of pliers to hold fast to your hair and the feathers.
I picked out two of the more natural-looking ones, but you can also get them dyed in some really fun colors. You can wash and style them just like your regular hair (they’ll even curl or take to a flat iron). My stylist (at Escape Hair & Skin Studio in Charlotte) said that they can last for up to three months–but you can have them removed or take them out yourself easily.
I’m already contemplating where I might put a few more feathers. Maybe in with my bangs? Would you get feather hair extensions?