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{ Beauty Review } Natural Instinct - Paraben & Sulphate free products to comfort your skin this winter 

Winter is here, the wind is blistering cold and my usual skin remedies just aren’t  cutting it. I’m pretty sure I’ve already been through at least a litre of sweet almond oil to replace my body cream, and it’s getting expensive!

It’s no secret that I am slightly obsessed with plant-derived skin care - you know,  products that are sourced from the purest botanical ingredients with as few synthetic additives as possible, to pack the most punch. We all want formulas that deliver, but I am always mindful of what I am putting on my skin, given it absorbs everything I apply and delivers it straight into my blood stream.

The only gripe I have with more ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ products is that many of them feel lovely and give a wonderful sensory experience, but can tend to lack on the efficacy front when put up against a more synthetic formula. Some just don’t seem to go the distance, feel as nice on application or require copious amounts to even feel a result. And then there’s the price. The really good quality essential oils are expensive - they need to be pure to be effective. So when you’ve just spent your last grocery bill on some at home spa therapy that promises to cocoon you in a glow of summer days (and don’t laugh, this happens to me on a regular), you want results, right?

Well, thankfully it seems that at last we don’t have to pay through the nose from some purity in our product.

A home grown brand, Natural Instinct, has created a plant-derived range that promises to ‘hydrate, rejuvenate and protect your skin’ without the chemical additives. Unlike some of the more boutique ‘natural’ skincare lines, I was surprised to find this is accessible (at Priceline and health food stores), affordable (most under $20) and effective (I’ll go into why later). Admittedly, I was only recently introduced to their offering, but I’m wondering how it took so long? There’s lots to love about this range. 

If you have dry or sensitive skin, need a product to protect your skin or constantly in search of the ’ Good Oils’, you need to get onto this.

For one,  every product is comforting and generous in application. What do I mean by this? For starters, the cream face cleanser, facial scrub and body cleanser spread beautifully, giving a good lather that means if you’re anything like me, you can use less and don’t have to replace the bottle within a week. That’s one point on the board.

Secondly, the ingredients are potent and substantial and the formulas deliver immediate results. I noted that there are ample amounts of the healing essential oils, rather than the standard, often token addition that inevitably sits at the end of the list (just so they can put ‘Jojoba Oil’ on the front of the bottle). In particular, the body wash and creamy facial cleanser (with generous amounts of organic red grape extract along with jojoba and pro-Vitamin B5) proved effective in both cleansing and comforting my skin, leaving it soft and plumped.

I’m not into toner per se, but I do like a product that ushers in moisture and helps prep your skin for whichever day/night cream I am applying. The clarifying toner is non-alcohol based, combines glycerin and witch hazel, and is gently scented with fragrant rosewater and sweet orange flower water, to leave skin feeling revived and fresh.  This was highly comforting and left my skin supple and even toned (added bonus). 

The body wash is hands down my favourite, with a relaxing scent and sufficient lather.  Second to that is the the facial moisturiser that makes a perfect base for makeup application, particularly during winter when we tend to get a few dry patches and skin lacks lustre.

So, with such results and the purest skin loving ingredients including, jojoba oil lavender oil, rose hip oil, sweet almond oil and avocado oil, you would expect this line to pay accordingly. Happily, most products are under $20, depending on the size of product you choose, which makes it an affordable addition to your beauty bounty.

You can find the range at Priceline and health food stores, but I particularly like their website which has a bit of a home-grown feel to it and actually has videos that explain what each product does and the ingredients they use. 

Needless to say, I have found a few staples that I will be keeping in the beauty cabinet, especially in these cold winter months. Go forth and enjoy!

T-Bird xxx

{ Beauty Review } Natural Instinct - Paraben & Sulphate free products to comfort your skin this winter

Winter is here, the wind is blistering cold and my usual skin remedies just aren’t cutting it. I’m pretty sure I’ve already been through at least a litre of sweet almond oil to replace my body cream, and it’s getting expensive!

It’s no secret that I am slightly obsessed with plant-derived skin care - you know, products that are sourced from the purest botanical ingredients with as few synthetic additives as possible, to pack the most punch. We all want formulas that deliver, but I am always mindful of what I am putting on my skin, given it absorbs everything I apply and delivers it straight into my blood stream.

The only gripe I have with more ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ products is that many of them feel lovely and give a wonderful sensory experience, but can tend to lack on the efficacy front when put up against a more synthetic formula. Some just don’t seem to go the distance, feel as nice on application or require copious amounts to even feel a result. And then there’s the price. The really good quality essential oils are expensive - they need to be pure to be effective. So when you’ve just spent your last grocery bill on some at home spa therapy that promises to cocoon you in a glow of summer days (and don’t laugh, this happens to me on a regular), you want results, right?

Well, thankfully it seems that at last we don’t have to pay through the nose from some purity in our product.

A home grown brand, Natural Instinct, has created a plant-derived range that promises to ‘hydrate, rejuvenate and protect your skin’ without the chemical additives. Unlike some of the more boutique ‘natural’ skincare lines, I was surprised to find this is accessible (at Priceline and health food stores), affordable (most under $20) and effective (I’ll go into why later). Admittedly, I was only recently introduced to their offering, but I’m wondering how it took so long? There’s lots to love about this range.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, need a product to protect your skin or constantly in search of the ’ Good Oils’, you need to get onto this.

For one, every product is comforting and generous in application. What do I mean by this? For starters, the cream face cleanser, facial scrub and body cleanser spread beautifully, giving a good lather that means if you’re anything like me, you can use less and don’t have to replace the bottle within a week. That’s one point on the board.

Secondly, the ingredients are potent and substantial and the formulas deliver immediate results. I noted that there are ample amounts of the healing essential oils, rather than the standard, often token addition that inevitably sits at the end of the list (just so they can put ‘Jojoba Oil’ on the front of the bottle). In particular, the body wash and creamy facial cleanser (with generous amounts of organic red grape extract along with jojoba and pro-Vitamin B5) proved effective in both cleansing and comforting my skin, leaving it soft and plumped.

I’m not into toner per se, but I do like a product that ushers in moisture and helps prep your skin for whichever day/night cream I am applying. The clarifying toner is non-alcohol based, combines glycerin and witch hazel, and is gently scented with fragrant rosewater and sweet orange flower water, to leave skin feeling revived and fresh. This was highly comforting and left my skin supple and even toned (added bonus).

The body wash is hands down my favourite, with a relaxing scent and sufficient lather. Second to that is the the facial moisturiser that makes a perfect base for makeup application, particularly during winter when we tend to get a few dry patches and skin lacks lustre.

So, with such results and the purest skin loving ingredients including, jojoba oil lavender oil, rose hip oil, sweet almond oil and avocado oil, you would expect this line to pay accordingly. Happily, most products are under $20, depending on the size of product you choose, which makes it an affordable addition to your beauty bounty.

You can find the range at Priceline and health food stores, but I particularly like their website which has a bit of a home-grown feel to it and actually has videos that explain what each product does and the ingredients they use.

Needless to say, I have found a few staples that I will be keeping in the beauty cabinet, especially in these cold winter months. Go forth and enjoy!

T-Bird xxx

"I am not my illness"

This letter is why I had to share my story - what an amazing woman, such kind words. Nela, thank you for sharing your journey with me - it’s a tough one at times but I guarantee you things do get better and there’s a great life to live out there! The fear is what holds us back - if you are unapologetic and know what all the good things have to offer the world, it will be yours to take. Lupus is an illness that will show you that you are stronger than you ever imagined. The hardest part is believing that you are still YOU, and you can only live your best life, every day. I wish you all the best - Tammi x

Hi Tammi

I just picked up Women’s Health Mag and saw your story about lupus. I want to say thank you for sharing it. I was diagnosed with lupus at 23, a month after suffering two mini strokes. The parts that I related to in your story was the potential fertility issues (As you probably did too, I had to discuss freezing eggs with my GP and that’s not something you expect having to do at such a young age) and also the part about never finding a partner to love you. I am 26 now and that thought is at the back of my mind all the time. I recently had my heart broken and every day I think “Who will love a woman with lupus, fibromyalgia, nerve damage and potential infertility?” Your story touched me and gave me comfort. Thank you. I wish you all the best with your wedding.

Nela

cultofpretty:

I love my job. 
No matter how many phenomenal beauty lines I get to feel/use/play with/tell you about, there are always more waiting to be found. (It is the job that never ends, in the best way.)
                 

Herbivore Botalicals is a recent indulgence. Aside from the fact that they are '100% Natural Vegan Handcrafted' - which I love considering my sensitive skin - the line is beautiful. I’m talking next level I want to collect my favorites and display them on top of my dresser next to my jewelry beautiful.
The product line falls within a very affordable price range (roughly $18 - $38 per item, $60+ for gift sets) but every item feels very high quality, in the jar and on your skin. It could be that I am particularly attracted to this line because it has an upscale free-spirited vibe, like a California flower child with remarkable taste. But I really think there is something here for any & every beauty fanatic (men included). 
The products are simple, smell delicious, and yield great results. A few of my favorites —> Pink Clay Mask (it’s pink!)Luminous Body Oil (mmm smells like jasmine)Calm Bath Salts (I actually do have these sitting on my dresser)Sea Salt Spray (for hair that always looks straight off the beach)
You can shop Herbivore Botanicals on their website or (which I didn’t realize until this moment - coincidence that they’ve come up twice recently) at Urban Outfitters. 
Products c/o the brand, Image via 
- Kristin

On a mission to try this…

cultofpretty:

I love my job. 

No matter how many phenomenal beauty lines I get to feel/use/play with/tell you about, there are always more waiting to be found. (It is the job that never ends, in the best way.)

                 

Herbivore Botalicals is a recent indulgence. Aside from the fact that they are '100% Natural Vegan Handcrafted' - which I love considering my sensitive skin - the line is beautiful. I’m talking next level I want to collect my favorites and display them on top of my dresser next to my jewelry beautiful.

The product line falls within a very affordable price range (roughly $18 - $38 per item, $60+ for gift sets) but every item feels very high quality, in the jar and on your skin. It could be that I am particularly attracted to this line because it has an upscale free-spirited vibe, like a California flower child with remarkable taste. But I really think there is something here for any & every beauty fanatic (men included). 

The products are simple, smell delicious, and yield great results. A few of my favorites —>
Pink Clay Mask (it’s pink!)
Luminous Body Oil (mmm smells like jasmine)
Calm Bath Salts (I actually do have these sitting on my dresser)
Sea Salt Spray (for hair that always looks straight off the beach)

You can shop Herbivore Botanicals on their website or (which I didn’t realize until this moment - coincidence that they’ve come up twice recently) at Urban Outfitters

Products c/o the brand, Image via 

- Kristin

On a mission to try this…