With spring less than five days away, it’s time to give my wardrobe an update. I’m ready to mix more vibrant colors with classic basics. I’m also ready to add some more sustainable designers to my style choices. One such company that meets both of those needs is planet-friendly prAna.
Growing up I never gave too much thought to the type of cleanser I used on my face. As long as my face was clean I was happy. However, as I got older I realized I needed more than clean skin. I wanted a product that refreshed, hydrated, and treated my skin to some beneficial ingredients. I now have it all with Snowberry Gentle Cleanse & Tone and Instant Deep Cleanser.
Founded in New Zealand, Snowberry is all about creating premium natural anti-aging skincare. Their products are designed to combat the effects of free radicals, dehydration, and discoloration, just to name of a few. Perhaps this is why they won the 2011 Discover Beauty Award at Cosmoprof USA.
One of my favorite aspects of the Snowberry skincare line is the fact their products are free of parabens, fragrance, artificial colors, alcohols, or petrochemicals. Every product is also dermatologist tested, but not tested on animals. Snowberry is also the first skincare company in New Zealand to receive the carboNZeroCert™ certification. This means they have a low carbon footprint and strive to be a more environmentally sustainable company.
After reading about Snowberry, I was excited to try their Gentle Cleanse & Tone and Instant Deep Cleanser.
When you have sensitive, dry skin like I do, you want a cleanser that is gentle and doesn’t strip your skin of moisture. The Gentle Cleanse & Tone does exactly what its name says, cleanses and tones.
This is thanks to ingredients like:
- Plant saponins from the nut of the soap tree
- Kiwi fruit, kumquat and green pea protein extracts
- Naturally humectant vegetable glycerin, vitamin E and oil from the Andiroba tree nut
Each time I use the Gentle Cleanse & Tone my skin always feels hydrated, replenished, and nice and smooth. I never have to worry about any skin irritation or that dry, tight sensation some cleansers cause.
I also tested out the Snowberry Instant Deep Cleanser. Known as “the supernatural cleanser and makeup remover,” by Snowberry insiders, this cleanser uses highly concentrated oils to cleanse and re-hydrate skin.
The cleanser features a blend of:
- Macadamia nut oil
- Indian neem oil
- Inca Inchi oil
- Lingonberry oil
- Coenzyme Q10
Even though the Instant Deep Cleanser is formulated with oils, it can be used on all skin types. It worked well on my dry skin. I only need a few pumps to remove all my makeup and get my skin nice and clean. But what I love most is how my skin feels after I use the product; soft and smooth. It also doesn’t irritate my eyes, which is especially nice when I need to remove my eye makeup.
After using the Snowberry Gentle Cleanse & Tone and the Instant Deep Cleanser, my skin is getting more from my cleansing routine. It no longer feels stripped of moisture or dulled after cleansing. Instead, my skin is soft and smooth and has a nice healthy glow.
Have you tried Snowberry products? What are your most important cleansing needs?
Discovery. Union. Compassion. These were the three words that greeted me when I opened my BBEO box from BuddhiBoxes. I couldn’t wait to see what this subscription to pure Zen had brought my way.
If you’re not familiar with BuddhiBox, it was founded by yoga teacher, yogini, entrepreneur, and resilient dreamer Maxine Chapman. Maxine wanted to share her favorite yogi finds with the world. Every product included in the various subscription boxes the site offers are cruelty-free and ethically sourced. And each month, a portion of the sales from Buddhibox help support the work of a variety of global charitable organizations.
I’m a big fan of subscription boxes, but I’m an even bigger fan of companies who care about the products they are sending subscribers and who support charity. It’s just another reason to feel pure Zen about the BBEO BuddhiBox.
The BBEO box is a monthly subscription filled with essential oils, a healing crystal, meditation and extra sample goodies. It was created to inspire all of us busy women to take some time out to recharge our mind, body, and soul. It’s also ideal for anyone interested in learning more about essential oils, crystals, and meditation.
My BBEO box included a Raw Rose Quartz Crystal, Quintessentials Anahata Essential Oil Blend and Organic Geranium Oil Sample, Chuao Chocolatier Choco-Pod, and Bonus Anahata Chakra Affirmation Sticker and Meditation.
I’m kind of a newbie to crystals, so I don’t know much about the power of the rose quartz. I immediately loved the calming rosy, pink color. I learned from the enclosed box card that the Rose Quartz is the stone of the heart. It’s a crystal of unconditional love. As such, it carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. I feel those vibes each time I gaze at the crystal on my desk.
The Anahata Chakra Affirmation Sticker and Meditation also tie into the unconditional love theme of the box. It reminds us all that, “I can love & be loved, I forgive. I am caring.” The sticker was designed by Jenn Morgan, The Soul Filled Yogi and BuddhiBox ambassador. I’m curious to explore the rest of the set and the meditations, which can be found on the Buddhibox website, for some inspiration and pure Zen.
Next up in my box was a roller ball filled with the Quintessentials Anahata (Compassionate Energy) Essential Oil Blend as well as a sample of their Organic Geranium Oil. The Anahata rollerball features a pure rose blend designed to stimulate the 4th chakra, the heart. It may increase your ability to give and receive love and uplift your vibration to higher frequencies. Maybe I should wear this blend the next time I do online dating or go on a date. I could use some pure Zen and an uplifted vibrating frequencies to handle my matches.
Although I loved the scent of the Anahata blend, the Geranium sample was a bit overpowering for me. I’m not a big floral person, especially since I’m allergic to most flowers. Geranium is supposed to uplift and connect you to your heart center. It may also help balance hormones, relieve stress, minimize inflammation, and improve circulation.
As a chocolate lover, I was thrilled to see a sample of the Chuao Salted Chocolate Crunch bar. If you haven’t tried Chuao bars before, you are missing a unique chocolate experience. This sample features a dark chocolate bar filled with crunchy, toasted breadcrumbs and dusted with sea salt. Simply speaking, it’s divine.
After sampling my first BBEO box, I’m also curious to see what the coming months will bring.
Subscribe to the BBEO Buddhibox: Buddhibox.com
How do you find pure Zen? What is your favorite piece in the BBEO box?
I’m a bit of tea curator. I don’t drink just any tea. Instead, I have a carefully curated collection of favorites and unique flavors. Of course, I like to change up my flavors with each season. Thanks to The Spice Lab, I’m ready spring into tea time with a selection of their Limited-Edition Spring Teas.
I don’t care how old I am, I adore a good animated feature. Maybe it’s because it brings out the kid in me. Or maybe it’s because I know I’m going to leave the experience feeling happy. That’s exactly what happened with I watch DreamWorks Trolls, out on DVD and Blu-ray February 7, 2017.
Most people like to start off the new year by making resolutions. I like to start it off by sleeping in and maybe watching football. Yes, I am one of those people who doesn’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. What I do resolve to do, and practice quite often, is to revive and refresh my beauty routine.
It wasn’t so long ago when prepping your skin before applying makeup was simple. For me, it consisted of only applying moisturizer. The idea of a primer or lip treatments weren’t really available or even popular. Today, all of that has changed and I put a lot more pep in my prep.
The holidays have come and gone. The temperatures are plummeting and winter is in full splendor. I don’t know about you, but I could use some extra pampering this time of year. I’ve found just the thing to rescue me from head to toe with cruelty-free products from Beterre Skin+Care.
It’s hard to believe Christmas and Hanukkah are only a few days away. The stockings might be hung by the fire and the menorah ready to be set a glow, but you might still struggling to find the perfect gift to light up the holidays in style for your special someone. Or perhaps you haven’t quite decided what it is you’re longing to see under the tree or during those eight crazy nights.