Monday, February 29, 2016

BelloCrate February 2016

When it comes to skincare, I've definitely been cleaning up my stash.  By that I mean, using more natural and organic products that are better for my skin.  That's why I love beauty boxes like BelloCrate.  Each month BelloCrate curates a unique selection of beauty products that are natural and cruelty free so you can feel good about incorporating them into your routine.  This month's box was full of pampering beauty products, let's take a look.

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Charis Botanicals - Lavender Chamomile Body Scrub

This scrub is a unique blend of fair trade sugar and organic oils that work together to gently exfoliate and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.  It has a very calming scent - great for using at night at the end of a long day!  I would keep this scrub out of the shower to prevent excess moisture from getting in the container though.  If I want to use a scrub in the shower I typically put a bit in a separate container so the remaining product stays clean and dry.

Creme de la Creme Face Mask

While some may consider dry face masks more work, I personally love them.  A dry face mask eliminates the need for preservatives so you are getting the purest ingredients possible.  This particular mask by Creme de la Creme contains kaolin clay which helps with acne prone skin - that's me!  This mask also contains bentonite clay which removes impurities, and organic raw cacao powder which helps repair skin.  It smells absolutely amazing and my skin felt really rejuvenated after using it.  This is definitely my favorite item this month!

Creme de la Creme Herbal Facial Steam

I don't think I've ever had a product like this.  To use this Facial Steam, you boil water and add a handful of the mixture.  While the water is still hot, but removed from heat, you put your face over the steam and cover your head with a towel.  You breathe in, relaxing for about 20 minutes or until the water isn't hot anymore.  It definitely sounds like a nice facial treatment.  The mixture includes dried rose petals which are an anti-inflammatory and lavender and chamomile flowers which help puffy eyes and brighten the skin.

Chizzled Organics - Stressless Body Butter

I always need more body butter!  This one in particular, has an aromatherapy blend which helps relieve stress - I can definitely use that.  I really like the smell of this body butter too.  It has sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils.  It's very rich and feels really soothing when it melts into the skin.  I'll definitely be keeping this on my nightstand.

Jamison Naturals Vegan Lip & Body Balm

These balms are packed with natural ingredients such as carnauba wax, coconut oil and essential oils.  The body balm is ideal for extra dry skin because it is thicker than typical lotions.  The lip balm is also rich and hydrates with cocoa butter for long-lasting hydration.  I love the size of these balms.  They're perfect to throw in your purse!

Evy Jo and Co - Natural Tooth Powder

I don't think I have ever used a tooth powder before.  To use this product, you dip your dry toothbrush in the jar and brush your teeth without water.  If you wanted to wet your toothbrush first, you simply scoop out the product so the remaining powder doesn't get wet.  This tooth powder contains ingredients such as bentonite clay (absorbs toxins), kaolin clay (polishes), sea salt (neutralizes bacteria), xylitol (prevents plaque buildup), baking soda (an antiseptic), cinnamon (inhibits bacteria),  peppermint (freshens), and spearmint (antifungal.)  I was definitely intrigued by this product but I did find it a bit messy to work with and wish it had more mint flavor.

LeiLani Essence Essential Oil Perfume - Sunset Rose & Dark Winter samples

Essential oil perfumes are fairly new to me as I've only tried a few.  Of the two scents included this month, Sunset Rose is definitely my favorite.  It is a bit floral with a hint of vanilla, amber and citrus.  It's hard to know what scents you might like, judging from descriptions online. LeiLani Essence's scents are available in sample sizes so you can try them out before you buy a full size.  I love that idea.

If you're looking to clean up your beauty routine, but don't know where to start, BelloCrate is a great way to discover new products.  Monthly subscriptions are $20.99/mo - use code beautypuff to save 50% on your first BelloCrate!

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