Add some natural skincare to your life with Geneva Naturals

Geneva Naturals

Sometimes I just take things for granted, for example thinking that I wrote about Geneva Naturals Skincare so that you’d know about this natural, well-priced line. And then I realize that I’m the only one who knows this since I forgot to tell you. Well the time has come to reveal the secrets of the two Geneva Naturals Skincare products that I’ve been using since October!

Geneva Naturals is a relatively new brand on the market and is sold on Amazon. There are 5 products in the line with the core of the line having 3: Advanced Vitamin C+E Serum, Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with SPF, and Advanced Anti-Aging Retinol Cream. I have the two creams and now I’m sorry I didn’t request the Serum when the company sent these for review.

Geneva Natural Anti-Aging Cream with SPF 20 and Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

Geneva Naturals was created in a collaboration with a leading Swiss dermatologist. Their mission is to offer natural, effective skincare that doesn’t break the bank. They use non-toxic ingredients to bring ageless beauty our way.

I’ve actually used this for a month at a time twice over the last 8 months. When I first received it I was using it right away but then in the craziness of my last broken leg I put it aside and only found it again in March. So I started using it again. Now I find myself reaching for it a few times a week, in between other skincare products.

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Cream (unscented) with sunscreen SPF20

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer ($19.99) is available in 2 versions with one being unscented. YEA for that option! The ingredients are pretty wonderful featuring “Edelweiss, a special anti-aging plant that grows in the Swiss Alps. Combined with Hyaluronic Acid, Coconut Oil, Moringa Oil and Vitamin E this day cream is specifically formulated to restore firmness and provide and every day protection from the sun for a more youthful and vibrant skin.

Advanced Anti-Aging Cream (unscented) with sunscreen SPF20

Here’s what I learned about Edelweiss: it’s a short lived flower found in the Alps and it has natural levels of UV protection along high levels of Leontopodic Acids A and B for remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. There’s also natural sun protection in Coconut Oil so that when they combine these ingredients they end up with a powerful protective product. As you know (or should know by now) you need suncare protection every single day of the year. Now that the sun is out for longer periods of time it means you need to be even more careful than before.

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with sunscreen SPF20

Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with sunscreen SPF20 is a thick lotion that takes a few minutes to absorb. I have never found it interfered with my foundation which is important. Once something balls up … out it goes!

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

At night I switch to Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream ($23.99). I don’t normally use retinol so I look for products that have fairly low doses of the ingredient. It’s perfect for me since I haven’t had any reaction to this anti-aging cream. It too uses Edelweiss extract to help stimulate cell regeneration and build collagen to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes.

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream (partial list of ingredients)

Retinol has many benefits including the fact that it can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes wrinkling and aging signs. You aren’t ever too young or too old to add this into your skincare regimen since it increases collagen production, helps fade discoloration from sun damage and hopefully builds elastin.

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

The Retinol Cream has a thinner consistency than the Anti-Aging Cream and it does have a fragrance that is on the natural side and doesn’t linger long. This cream works particularly well with serums and even with added Hyaluronic Acid products.

All Geneva Naturals products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free & cruelty free. If you are looking for an affordable natural brand I recommend Geneva Naturals. You’ll feel like you are using a luxury brand and you’ll appreciate that the cost is one not normally associated with luxury. I’ve been very happy with my experiences with these products and plan to keep them in my routine.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration, affiliate links

 Specials on Amazon

 

  •  GET 10% OFF when you purchase any 2 Geneva Naturals products ? LIMITED TIME OFFER  Enter code GNSKIN10 at checkout.
  •  GET 15% OFF when you purchase any 3 Geneva Naturals products ? LIMITED TIME OFFER  Enter code GNSKIN15 at checkout.

 

 

What you need for a perfect Memorial Day Weekend Getaway with IT Cosmetics!

Essentials for Memorial DayMemorial Day weekend is wonderful for many reasons – we have that extra day to remember our loved ones who aren’t physically with us anymore. We have a little more time to spend with the people we love who are still here, and we have some precious time to relax and rest. If you are lucky, you get to spend that time at the pool or the beach.

Aaahhhh....rest and relaxation!!

Aaahhhh….rest and relaxation!!

I’m heading to the pool! I have a few must-have’s that are absolutely essential for my Memorial Day pool getaway…I wonder how they compare to your list?IT Cosmetics Beach BagIT Cosmetics

First, a great beach bag is essential. I was sent the ultimate beach bag from IT Cosmetics – it’s big, it has a waterproof and sand-proof bottom, and it has a zippered top.  It really is perfection.  They also sent a wonderful round towel.  Love it!!

J Crew Panama Hat

J Crew Panama Hat

Hopefully the sun is out, which means sun protection is in order. I always wear a hat, and I love my J Crew Panama Hat. I also always wear sunglasses, and the coolest sunglasses in existence are the Garrett Leight Wilson Sunglasses that I bought from Shopbop.

Garrett Leight Wilson Sunglasses and Samsung Galaxy

Garrett Leight Wilson Sunglasses and Samsung Galaxy

For real – they are the COOLEST. No exaggeration. I also always have my phone with me. I love my Samsung Galaxy, although I have the S6 and I think it’s time for an upgrade, don’t you? Come on, enable me!!

Shoshanna Bikini

Shoshanna Bikini

It can’t be called a pool party without the perfect bikini. I favor Shoshanna bikinis.  They are bra sized and I always love the sweet, feminine prints. You can find her swimwear at Shopbop at incredible prices.

Eliza Flat Halogen Sandals

Eliza Flat Halogen Sandals

Of course, the perfect sandals are necessary. I got these Eliza Flat Halogen Sandals through Trunk Club. Have you heard of Trunk Club yet??  It’s a personal shopping service that is run through Nordstrom. You get a personal shopper who works with you. He or she picks out TEN pieces that you actually get to preview and approve online before they are sent to you in a big old trunk. Then you get five days to try on everything and decide if you want to keep anything. My personal shopper is incredible. Her name is Paulina and I swear, she is psychic. She knows what I want even when I have no idea. The only drawback is I have spent so much money that if my hubby knew he would probably leave me. But my wardrobe is rocking. If you try this service, go with Paulina – use this link and it will give me a credit, for which I will be forever thankful!

BKR Glass and Silicone Water Bottle

BKR Glass and Silicone Water Bottle

Another Memorial Day pool party essential is a water bottle. I am still raving about my BKR Glass and Silicone Water Bottle that came with my Zoe Report Box of Style Spring 2017. The newest Box of Style is out now…I am hoping it arrives soon.

IT Cosmetics recently sent me some fantastic travel size products that are really terrific for taking to the pool and the beach. Pop these into your beach bag along with a little travel mirror and you will have everything you need for looking great and feeling wonderful.

IT Cosmetics...travel sized and beach party ready!

IT Cosmetics…travel sized and beach party ready!

Confidence in a Cream Travel Size ($16)  Skin gets dry thanks to sun, wind, and chlorine, so a little bit of moisture every so often is the perfect answer. I adore IT Confidence in a Cream because it moisturizes thirsty skin, giving it a nice glow; it tackles skin texture and leaves it feeling smooth; it evens out skin tone; and it reduces the look of pores. Plus the travel size jar is perfect for a beach bag or a purse.

Confidence in a Cream Travel Size

Confidence in a Cream Travel Size

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Travel Size ($15)  Spending the day outside, a full coverage foundation doesn’t sound right…but neither does going bare-faced. I love the travel size version of IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ which has more coverage than a BB cream, but is still lighter than a foundation. It doesn’t get any better than this anti-aging serum and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ protection all in one fabulous package.

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Travel Size

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Travel Size

Bye Bye Under Eye Full-Coverage Waterproof Concealer Travel Size ($10) Ok, somehow my computer ate my photo of Bye Bye Under Eye Full-Coverage Concealer…but your skin won’t do the same, because this concealer lasts and lasts, even if you are swimming in a chlorine-filled pool. For those of you with decent skin, you probably just need a few little dots blended in under your eyes and maybe under your nose for fabulous coverage that looks natural and stays all day. This is my go-to concealer and has been for years and years.

IT Cosmetics travel size Bye Bye Undereye

IT Cosmetics travel size Bye Bye Undereye

Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil Mini ($12)  When my secretary when to Mexico for vacation, she asked me which brow pencil to get so she could comfortably lay by the pool knowing she had eyebrows safely in place. Without hesitation I recommended the Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil Mini, which I knew would work for her – and she is a strawberry redhead. It works for pretty much everyone and the spoolie and formula makes sure those brows are well-groomed and stay in place!

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

IT’s Your Brush Love Mini ($12)  The perfect mini-solution for quick cleaning lip brushes, eyeshadow brushes, powder brushes…I even use it to touch up overzealous lipstick or eyeliner application. It works like a dream and the size is truly perfect.

IT's Your Brush Love Mini

IT’s Your Brush Love Mini

With the perfect towel, bikini, sunglasses, hat, sandals, and cosmetics tucked into a fabulous beach bag I am totally ready for my pool party this weekend. Oh wait, I forgot my phone…that’s ok, I need to upgrade anyway!!!  Come on ladies, tell me…what did I leave off my list that YOU consider to be an essential for a perfect day at the pool or beach?  – Lisa

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VENeffect is anti-aging skincare at its fragrance free best

VENeffect

VENeffect

I will never understand why some cosmetic products are so highly fragranced. I do know that there’s a wide audience for lines like the French ones that have fragrance added but I don’t really get the draw. So many people (like MOI) have negative reactions to the added fragrance. Many can be a skin irritant if you have sensitive skin or rosacea.

When VENeffect offered their skincare line I was thrilled to say yes. I’ve tried several products from them and not only loved them but love the fact that I didn’t have to worry about fragrance. I’m so happy to welcome these back into my life again.veneffectThings to know about VENeffect:

  • The line was created by sisters (Dr. Rebecca Booth and Cecil Booth) who are both in the wellness business.
  • They discovered that women are affected by hormonal aging yet there was little in the way of solutions for it.
  • The Booth sisters created VENeffect as their breakthough anti-aging solution to reverse the signs of hormonal aging. Their goal – to restore skin to peak hormonal vitality.
  • VENeffect is the “only anti-aging skin care line formulated with a unique and powerful blend of 100% natural phytoestrogens to enhance collagen and improve elasticity in skin.”
  • VENeffect is hypoallergenic, synthetic fragrance free, gluten free, and paraben free. Made in the USA.

I’ve been using 3 VENeffect products while my blog partner Lisa has been using several others. Between the two of us you’ll be learning a lot about why we’re so impressed with these skincare wonders. Today you get me, Marcia.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser (veneffect.com)

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser (veneffect.com)

First they got me with the name since anything that will minimize my pores is wanted in my life. I used to have extremely oily skin. As I’ve aged my skin has become normal to dry but my pores still plague me.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

The ingredients in this gel cleanser are what makes it a hit for me.

  • Willow bark helps minimize the appearance of pores, removes excess sebum, and fights shine
  • Phytoestrogens, including soy and pomegranate, enhance luminosity
  • Pomegranate enzymes remove dead skin cells, revealing healthy skin
  • Cucumber and grapefruit extracts refresh and renew
VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

The cleanser lathers nicely yet never makes my skin feel taut. Sadly I have to use a razor on my upper lip to remove the hair that should be on my eyebrows. I find this to be a perfect shave cream for my face since there’s no irritation and the razor just glides along. It’s too expensive to use anywhere else but it’s my face that I’m most concerned about.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer is a luxury I am absolutely savoring.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

This anti-aging moisturizer is a fragrance free delight to use. It’s as light as whipped cream and just as rich. It feels so marvelous on my skin. In the morning I use a serum first, then apply VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, and then a sunscreen. In the evening I use 1 or 2 serums and then this moisturizer. My face looks luminous and feels soft and hydrated. I can’t begin to tell you how much this has done for my skin.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

It’s loaded with peptides, protein, and nourishing ingredients. With weather getting warmer it’s the perfect texture.

  • Enhances skin’s elasticity
  • Phytoestrogens are known to boost collagen production
  • Promotes hyaluronic acid production, the building block of dewy young skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightens and evens out skin tone
  • Restores skin to the healthy glow of peak vitality
    VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment is the perfect finish to my trio. I am an adamant eye cream user and am willing to spend whatever it takes to have ones I love.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    When you find out that this eye treatment works to target fine lines, crow feet, and wrinkles you’ll see you need to try this for yourself.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

     

    Ingredients include Resveratrol, Antioxidants, Dimethicone, Biotin, Peptides, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera. This helps firm your undereye area and replenish the moisture around your eyes. Since your undereyes have the thinnest skin on your face you want to treat them with loving care.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    This doesn’t interfere with my makeup at all. I let it sit for a few minutes as I’m doing my eyes and then I’m ready to go with soft smoother and brighter skin under my eyes. At night I’m using a caffeine serum from The Ordinary first and then VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment and they work beautifully together.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser, Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, Eye Treatment

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser, Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, Eye Treatment

I am happy to recommend this luxury line. The products help me hide my age from the masses and feel good about how my skin looks and feels. Fragrance be gone, long live VENeffect.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

 

 

 

 

 

What to buy to get a Trend Week Selfie GWP from Kleraderm? Ysaline Antiwrinkle Cream!

Kleraderm

It’s still Trend Week at Nordstrom in Michigan and Kleraderm has those amazing Selfie Kits as gifts with purchase – so what to purchase? I can tell you what I bought – yet another jar of Ysaline Antiwrinkle Cream ($175). I started using this fabulous moisturizer about 8 years ago and I have been buying it over and over ever since.

Ysaline Antiwrinkle Cream is loaded with omega 3-6-9 fatty acids that rush back to skin’s surface and sort of iron the skin from the inside out. Ysaline Antiwrinkle Cream is like a mystery to me and I make Joanne Recchia, the owner, explain it to me every time I get a facial from her. It has 27 active enzymes, and while it has those Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids to help fill fine lines and wrinkles, Ysaline Cream has no moisturizing properties! Instead it is an intense treatment of Omegas and hyaluronic acids that travel down to the second and third layers of the derma, releasing omega and filling fine lines and wrinkles. Ultimately, that means that the results are immediate and very impressive.

Kleraderm Ysaline CreamKleraderm Ysaline Cream

Now is the time to try out Ysaline Antiwrinkle Cream because the Nordstrom in the Detroit area has their Trend Show with specials from so many beauty lines!  You don’t need to be there get the goods, either. Kleraderm is offering the adorably clever Selfie Kits as gifts with purchase. There are two different ones from which to choose:

Kleraderm SelfieAmber + Argon Kit includes:

Amber + Argon 10ml Serum

Amber + Argon Face Cream 30ml

Nourishing Make Up Remover Gel full size

or

Kleraderm SelfieHydrating Kit includes: 

Collagen + Elastin Serum 10ml

Collasin Cream 30ml

Nourishing Make Up Remover Gel full size

The Trend Event is happening now through May 21. Customers can call either Nordstrom Michigan stores at Somerset or Partridge Creek to place orders. Sales staff will be happy to answer your questions about products or your skin!  – Lisa
Somerset (248) 816-5100 ext 1422 ask for Adam or Lina.
Partridge (586) 203-4300 ext 1050 ask for Denise.

*item reviewed purchased and repurchased many times by me.

Hanging with Joanne from Kleraderm after a fabulous Kleraderm facial

Hanging with Joanne from Kleraderm after a fabulous Kleraderm facial

Drugstore find alert: Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser and Gentle Moisturizing Cream

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser and Gentle Moisturizing Cream

I used to be such a skin care snob. I would never, ever use any drugstore skin care. Blogging has cured me of my narrow-minded ways…well, blogging and excellent drug store lines like Aquation.  Aquation has fantastic products at even better prices. You can find this line at Amazon, Meijer, and Walmart, and it’s one you want to be on the lookout for because you just can’t beat the value and the quality.

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Aquation Gentle Moisturizing CleanserThe Aquation Moisturizing Cleanser (16 0z. $8) is a super gentle, excellent fragrance-free cleanser for very sensitive and very dry skin. I have confused skin – sometimes it’s pretty dry, other times it’s as oily as a teenager, but whatever the mood it seems to love this cleanser. It leaves skin cleansed and hydrated. It removes makeup easily, even eye makeup without stinging eyes.

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream

The Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream (16 0z. for $22) is a terrific, super rich moisturizer that works wonders on very dry skin. If you have cracked skin or suffer from eczema, I would recommend checking out this fragrance-free jar of loveliness. It’s great on rashes and itchy skin. Slather some on and it works for a good 24 hours, with ingredients including ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and marine algae. While it’s very rich, it isn’t greasy. This big tub is a big home run!

Don’t be a skincare snob – be a skincare smarty pants and get yourself these excellent products from Aquation. You are going to love them and your skin is is going to love them even more.  – Lisa

*samples, affiliate links

Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ceramide NP, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Oleic Acid, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Ceramide EOP, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Phenylpropanol, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Gentle Moisturizing Cream Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ceramide NP, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Oleic Acid, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Ceramide EOP, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Phenylpropanol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin

Kypris Pot of Shade- skincare plus protection

Krypis Pot of Shade

Krypis Pot of Shade

I’d like to introduce my good friend Phyllis who has volunteered to write some reviews for Beauty Info Zone. Phyllis is one friend who really understands my obsessions. She’s changing all her skincare to natural and organic products and has a new philosophy about what she’s willing to use on her face. Her philosophy of buying lipsticks galore hasn’t changed though and hopefully I can get her to share some of her favorites with us. Today Phyllis is sharing her love of Krypis Pot of Shade so be prepared to fall in love yourself.  –  Marcia

Krypis Pot of Shade

Krypis Pot of Shade

As you can see, my pot of Krypis Pot of Shade is very well loved. I’ve been using it non-stop for over a month. I know it’s expensive at $68 but this Krypis cream is a 3-in-1 product. It’s a moisturizer, sunscreen (full spectrum SPF30) and a makeup primer.  Although it’s $68 US, I look at it this way- I’m really spending $23 for each benefit and saving room on my shelf.  Instead of three products, I only need one.

The Detox Market says: KYPRIS Beauty is a luxurious line of holistic, high-performance skincare boasting organic, wildcrafted and sustainably grown ingredients for gorgeous results and a beauty-full experience. All formulations are 100% natural and nature-derived, scented and preserved with essential oils and plant extracts, packaged in glass and never tested on animals. KYPRIS delivers a plethora of nourishing phytonutrients and the best of green science for luminous, petal-soft skin to enhance the luscious experience of being you.

Krypis Pot of Shade

Krypis Pot of Shade

According to the Kypris website:  Pot of Shade Heliotropic “A multifunctional, translucent veil of non-nano, broad spectrum SPF 30 and moisturizing botanicals to prime skin for daily radiance.

Here are the benefits of Pot of Shade Heliotropic: Offers gentle, yet effective protection from UVA and UVB * Enhances skin to appear more plump, smooth, and luminous * Non whitening * Plays well with other KYPRIS skin care and makeup * Free from essential oils to accommodate reactive, sensitive skin,  Calming, soothing, non-irritating”

There are many natural ingredients that are combined to make this cream stand out.

ZINC Non nano, non-irritating, sustainably sourced zinc for broad spectrum SPF 30 protection against sun damage.

SWEET IRIS STEM CELLS Enhance the skin to appear more plump, smooth, and luminous.

TAMANU An organic, co-op grown seed oil imparts a beautiful glow.

CHAPARRAL One of Earth’s oldest living plants yields a wildcrafted extract rich in botanical wisdom and lignans that impart an antioxidant-like effect.

SUNFLOWER These local, organic heliotropes deliver a wealth of fatty acids and beta carotene.

PROBIOTICS for deliciously hydrated skin.

SEA ALGAEA burst of soothing hydration for soft, supple skin as you bask in the Beauty of your days…potofshadeKrypis Pot of Shade cream has a gel-like texture that melts smoothly into my skin. I never look greasy or oily after application. It layers beautifully both over serums and under makeup. Its pale blue tint gives me a wonderful luminous and brightening effect and its light scent dissipates after a few seconds. Let’s not forget the importance of a good full spectrum spf30 which is all the protection I really need. I think (and you know we skincare enthusiasts are a fickle bunch) this could be Holy Grail status.

Kudos to Kypris for a Kick-ass Kream.

Krypis is available on their website and at The Detox Market.

photos courtesy of Kypris.comkypris-homepage-slide-desktop-5-1800x969

GLOW For A Cause – a company like no other

glow for a casue logoGLOW for a cause meets so many of my needs and I’m confident will meet many of yours too. The company itself strove to create the purest and highest quality products possible. The creator, Johanna Querry Smith, is an artist, teacher and skincare “productista” who created this brand as a passion project. But it’s more than a passion for her, it’s a way to pamper yourself while you are giving back. 5% of all sales goes to their non-profit partner organizations.

GLOW for a cause

GLOW for a cause

I was sent their TRY IT ALL in a BAG set that is an exciting way to discover some of their line. It contains 14 nicely sized sample products inside a wonderful cosmetic bag created by BROMS.the.poet. For me this was an excellent way to try their products, mostly because almost everything is fragranced.

GLOW for a cause CARRY IT ALL BAG (bag)

GLOW for a cause CARRY IT ALL BAG (bag)

The CARRY IT ALL BAG ($16) can be bought separately as can the TRY IT ALL SAMPLES ($12) or you can buy the set TRY IT ALL in a BAG ($24).

GLOW for a cause BODY BUTTERS

GLOW for a cause BODY BUTTERS

There are 10 Body Butters that GLOW for a cause manufacturers and each can be bought separately but for me the delight is in having the opportunity to sniff out all of these to see what I like best. In alphabetical order here they are:

  1. CALM:  fresh lavender and warm vanilla, a sultry scent
  2. DREAM:  a bouquet of flowers with a warm woody base, it’s a soft floral scent
  3. EMBRACE:  blend of white amber, ginger, brown sugar and coconut with a subtle note of rich vanilla and musk, this is one of my personal favorites even though I wasn’t sure about the musk at first
  4. INNOCENCE:  delicate sweetness of berries and flowers with a twist of almond, a little bit of every good scent that Glow says is like Paris in the spring
  5. INSPIRE:   vibrant blend of florals and a dash of sunny citrus, I love this because of the natural citrus that comes through
  6. NATURAL:  unscented so of course this is the one I tried first to check out the richness and luxurious feel of these body butters
  7. REFRESH:  eucalyptus, spearmint and bergamot mix, I love the spearmint in this, it’s not a typical fragrance in bath/body products
  8. VIBE: “the vibrant mix of red berries, honey and bergamot are rounded out by a blend of vanilla, clove, sandalwood and the luscious twist of citrus zests.”, this is such a delightful scent that isn’t typical at all, highly recommended
  9. WANDER:  Bergamot and jasmine are grounded by spicy florals and an earthy undertone of sandalwood, incense and vanilla. Floral and spice and sandalwood stand out most to me.
  10. WISH:  light florals, white tea, and bergamot grounded by light musks; delightfully sweet and not overwhelming

    GLOW for a cause BODY BUTTER

    GLOW for a cause BODY BUTTER

These body butters are very rich without being sticky. They absorb nicely and last a good amount of time. Most of these would take the place of wearing fragrance in my opinion. They are Paraben Free, Phthalate Free, Cruelty Free, and made in the USA.

GLOW for a cause skincare

GLOW for a cause skincare

There are two Facial Creams included in the samples: Calendula & Cream and Vanilla & Aloe. Vanilla & Cream is labeled Facial Moisturizing Cream. It’s made with 100% pure vanilla essential oil and aloe vera extract and has a very strong vanilla fragrance. It’s gluten free as well as paraben free plus there are no synthetic fragrances. The ingredients are amazing and you can tell from them what purity you are using.

INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth – 20, Glycerin, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Glyceryl Monostearate, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Palm Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba, Dimethicone, Grapefruit Pink Essential Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Natural Vitamin E, Vanilla Flavor, Sodium Citrate, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Green Tea Extract, Chamomile Extract, Silk Powder, Honey Powder, Banana Fruit Extract, Papaya Fruit Extract, Aloe Vera Powder, Apricot Fruit Extract

Calendula & Cream is the Facial Nourishing Cream and is created with lightly scented with 100% pure essential oils of lemon, bergamot and tangerine. It soothes damaged skin without leaving a greasy feeling. As a fan of citrus aromas this is my favorite of the two.

GLOW for a cause Facial Nourishing Cream and Facial Moisturizing Cream

GLOW for a cause Facial Nourishing Cream and Facial Moisturizing Cream

In addition to the moisturizers there’s a scrub and facial mask. FACIAL CLAY SCRUB in Ylang Ylang and Lime is lightly fragranced with 100% pure ylang ylang essential oil and the crisp notes of lime.  It contains Australian clay and apricot exfoliants that don’t hurt sensitive skin. I find it washes off easily with a wash cloth.

INGREDIENTS

Aqua, Kaolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Shell, Sodium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin, Organic Ylang Ylang Oil, Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Honey Powder, Aloe Vera Powder, Chamomile Extract

GLOW for a cause Facial Clay Scrub and Facial Clay Mask

GLOW for a cause Facial Clay Scrub and Facial Clay Mask

FACIAL CLAY MASK in Lime & Lavender is “Formulated with Australian and Rhassoul clays, our mask helps to lift impurities and revitalize skin. It is enhanced with evening primrose oil and carrot oil, reputed to nourish the skin and fight the effects of aging, and is infused with the calming aroma of lavender and lime.” I personally find the fragrance to be strong at first but then becomes easier for me to tolerate.

GLOW for a cause TRY IT ALL

GLOW for a cause TRY IT ALL

GLOW FOR A CAUSE has introduced me to a world of fragrances and products I wasn’t aware of. I love being able to try these samples for a reasonable price and I love having samples that are the perfect size for travel. The companies that they partner with are the benefits of their largesse. Specifically if you purchase the Try It All In A Bag you’ll help out Cowgirls vs Cancer, Boston’s Firefigter’s Burn Foundation, The Red Sox Foundation, MaxFun Animal Adoption Center, The Gathering Place, and Berni’s Journey.

For a unique experience and a way to help others try GLOW for a cause. —  Marcia

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