Summer is kind of here, and the rising temperature, airless public transport and running around like crazy through holidaying crowds comes oh-so-dreadful sweating! And sometimes the way, way too much sweating. One thing that green beauty is definitely missing is a good antiperspirant, hence natural deodorants should do. There is a huge choice of natural and safe deodorants out there that don’t contain any synthetic aluminium salts. I haven’t tried them all, but I would like to share two of my current favourites.
The first one is Madara Bio-Active Deodorant (£10 or €12.50). This is a roll-on natural deodorants, enriched with a “BIO blend of antibacterial Palm rose essential oil and plant extracts” and it’s aluminium free.
Aqua, Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Glycerin***, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa Oil)*, Sodium PCA, Salvia Officinalis (Salvia) Leaf Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Mentha Piperiata Peppermint Leaf Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract*, Lysolecithin, Scierotium Gum, Aroma, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactyl Lactate, Triethyl Citrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Xantan Gum, Pullulan, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Limonene**, Citral**, Farnesol**
I quite like Madara skin and hair care products, they have good and clean ingredients and do what they promise. This deodorant is no different and it offers quite good protection. I am not a huge fan of roll-on deodorants, but Madara Bio-Active deodorant dries up quite fast so I’m ok with it. It doesn’t leave stains on white or black clothing like many other natural deodorants do. It helps to prevent both sweating itself and stinky smell, lasts the whole day without a need to reapply. And it’s really gentle too so I can use it even straight after shaving, smells good too, a bit floral but not overpowering. If you read this you probably think that this is the perfect deo and it is, but there is always a but…I can use it only up to a week, after that it’s no longer effective and I need to have 3-4 days break to make it work again.
So that’s where my second favourite natural deodorant comes along. Actually, I should add that I like to use at least 2-3 types of the same product and rotate them for best results. It looks like this approach works well with deodorants too. My second pick is Hippy Paste Deodorant (£5 per 60g), which has a creamy-paste kind of texture and it’s formulated with bicarbonate of soda. At the moment I have Pure, which is unscented and I’ve tried Tropical one before, which has a very pleasant coconutty scent!
Certified organic coconut oil, certified organic arrowroot powder, certified organic shea butter, sodium bicarbonate, beeswax
I am sure that real connoisseurs of green beauty are well aware how effective soda based, cream deodorants are, but for many it might look a bit unusual. Basically, there is nothing to worry about, it’s applied as any other cream, the only two points to remember are that it’s best not to keep it in the bathroom as it can separate and test it first as some people are sensitive to bicarbonate of soda.
There are many natural cream deodorants available on the market, but I love Hippy Paste deodorant as it’s very affordable, has 100% natural ingredients and the brand has very strong ethics especially when it comes to looking after the environment. As I’ve mentioned earlier I use this deodorant during a break from Madara Bio-Active deo. It is not supposed to prevent body from sweating but rather controls the smell, I personally find that it does both for me. Another good point about this deo is that it’s really easy to reapply during the day if needed. The only down side is that it leaves yellow marks on white clothing, however they are not permanent and are removed after wash. Otherwise, it’s a really good and efficient product to keep arm pits dry and fresh. Hippy Paste have quite a few flavours to choose from as well as a recent addition of vegan deodorant. I’ve also noticed that Hippy Paste deo kind of balances sweat production, so when I use it a couple of days in a row I don’t need any deodorant at all on a less busy day!
So far I am very happy with both of these natural deodorants. I’ve struggled a bit to find the right products for me but finally I am sorted with good smelling arm pits even in hot weather on a busy day.
As you can see I am struggling to keep up with my blog and social media! But I am determined to get better. For now, here is a new video with my review of a stunning Pacifica Coconut Multiples Palette. It’s vegan, cruelty free, with natural ingredients, beautiful packaging and stunning colours…I hope you will enjoy this video!
I have finally managed to edit a YouTube video with my review of Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and ready to share it with you guys! I have a bit of mixed feelings about this product and as this cleanser gets quite a lot of attention, I made a full video about it with all my thoughts. I hope you will find it useful!
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua, Cetearyl Olivate, Sucrose Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Palmitate, Parfum (Natural), Geraniol*, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Citronellol**, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Linalool**, Retinyl Palmitate, CI77491 (natural iron oxide), Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.
Hello! Now that Spring is finally here (though it doesn’t look like it at all), it’s time for some wishful thinking and another Wish List. This month I am dreaming about glowing skin as well as casual and super comfy outfit!
- So the first thing on my list is Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples (£15.45). This stunning pallet has all you need for fresh and glowing skin including blush, bronzer and highlighter!
- Leejiham Vita Propolis Ampoule (~$22.7). I’ve tried a sample of this K-beauty serum and I love it, so need to get a full size asap. My skin turned into its most radiant version only after a couple of applications, so I was very impressed. Leejiham is not a completely natural brand, but this particular product has quite clean ingredients.
- ASOS Mini Suede Backpack With Tassels (£35). This backpack is just beyond cute!
- Monki Oki straight blue cropped (£40). I love Monki clothing…I actually didn’t know that they organic cotton for their pieces. So these cropped jeans are made of 99.% organic cotton too.
- LA MONTAGNE – GRIS sweat-shirt (69 euros) + 9 euros delivery. Another piece of eco-fashion, this sweatshirt is made in France with 100% recycled cotton and elastane.
- Esprit Cotton Trainers (£45). These trainers are suitable for vegans, have textile top and rubber soils. And look just spot on for spring!
And the last thing on my wish list is to have lovely, sunny weather, that’s missing at the moment!
Ok, so I am so excited to share this review with you guys, because I’ve been so impressed with my recent green beauty discovery, I couldn’t keep to myself any longer. Let me introduce you to Whamisa, a natural skincare & haircare brand from South Korea. The main point that makes this brand to stand out from others is the use of fermented plant extracts in its formulations. In addition, Whamisa products are Ecocert certified, cruelty free and as I understood, they are vegan friendly. And don’t start me talking about their packaging…it’s absolutely beautiful!
I should say in advance, that I have a soft spot for Asian brands in general and Korean skincare was something I was dying to try. So when I came across Whamisa products, I couldn’t resist the temptation. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have seen my haul, but in this post I am going to share my thoughts on their Organic Flowers & Aloe Vera Fermented Hydrogel Facial Mask. I got this mask from the US online retailer Glow Recipe. It’s a bit expensive at $9 each. There is another Korean retailer with affordable international shipment TesterKorea that sells Whamisa products much-much cheaper. But for some reason they don’t stock this particular mask…I think I will order other products from them to try though, as I find Glow Recipe pricing to be just too expensive. Hopefully TesterKorea will bring this Organic Flowers mask in the future!
Ok, so now back to my review. Basically, this mask is a sheet mask soaked in the rich essence (very popular concept in Asia). You can find the full ingredients on the Whamisa website, basically both sheet and mask are mainly made from different plant extracts, some of them are fermented too. I would really love to name a few active ingredients, but I am a bit lost here, because there are just so many! I think I will focus just on my thoughts in this one.
This is how the mask looks like when you open the packaging. I should say that the first time it was a bit tricky to apply. Let me put it this way – it’s not exactly a perfect fit for my a bit long face My second attempt was much better! I should say that it sticks to the face much better than I thought, it didn’t really move much. The sheet itself is a clear, gel like material (I think it’s mainly plant based). The essence is a clear thick liquid with a very pleasant and refreshing flowery scent. For me it’s something between plum and ginseng
I applied this mask after cleansing my face and left it for aprox. 30-40 min. During this time it had dried quite a lot and I just peeled it off. It’s really easy to do. There was a bit of essence left, but I didn’t wash it off and left it overnight. That’s why I think it’s a really good idea to do this mask in the evening.
Ok, so now let’s talk about the results. I should say I was very impressed as I didn’t expect to see any visible changes to my skin after one application. I even had to take some after pictures. I didn’t edit them on purpose, the only thing I regret is that I didn’t take any before pictures!
As promised on the packaging, my skin looked so much brighter and well-nourished! It’s definitely a great product for anyone who is concerned with their skin colour and texture. It’s very brightening, skin tone correcting, refreshing product to achieve radiant complexion. I actually couldn’t believe my eyes how glowing my skin looked. The pores and post acne spots were less visible, the skin colour looked very fresh and my skin felt very soft to touch. So I am definitely in love with this mask! It’s one of these rare products that give immediate and visible results. Now I only need to find where to buy it at cheaper price, because $9 per single use is a bit steep for me.
Another point that concerns me a bit is that it’s not the most environmentally-friendly product as each mask is packaged individually, so quite a lot of waste only after one use. But I think this kind of concentrated product is not something you want to use too often. I would probably say it’s more than enough to use 1-2 times per month.
There are another sheet masks by Whamisa, two more hydrogel masks and one sea kelp mask. I am preparing a video about kelp one, with a demo and my thoughts, so stay tuned! I hope to publish it this coming week.
Are there any Whamisa products that you’ve tried? Or do you have other favourite natural skincare brands made in Asia? Please share in the comments
Hello! I have one more video for you, this one is all about Evolve Organic Beauty products and features a review of some of my current favourites. I’ve done a review of Evolve Organic Beauty products before as I love this brand so much. In this video I am talking about Evolve Organic Beauty Hyaluronic Serum, Fresh Face Facial Wash with organic papaya & goji and Radiant Glow Mask with raw cacao & coconut. Serum and wash are suitable for acne-prone skin, while I don’t use mask when have a lot of inflammation, but it’s useful to tackle post-acne scars!
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